ASEM summit opens in Milan
Updated: 2014-10-16 21:24
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) smiles with Latvia's President of the Republic Andris Berzins (C) and and French President Francois Hollande during the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Milan October 16, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]
MILAN - The tenth Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) opened in Milan, Italy on Thursday under the theme of "Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security."
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The two-day summit is scheduled to formally accept Kazakhstan and Croatia as its members, making the ASEM a 53-member forum with enhanced influence.
The ASEM, founded in 1996, is a high-level and large-scale inter-governmental platform of dialogues and cooperation between the two continents.