Recent months have been crucial for EU-Asia relations. With Trump’s new trade tariffs and the uncertain future of NATO after the mid-July summit in Brussels, the EU reached two important deals with two major Asian countries: Japan and China. These new agreements add to the existing economic relations between the EU and other key Asian regional actors, such as India. The recent adoption of the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) has set the stage for a more dynamic economic partnership between these two big economies. At the same time, the 20th EU-China summit also focused on strengthening the economic ties and cooperation between these two actors. The upcoming ASEM summit (18-19 Oct.) will be important to further strengthen EU-Asia ties. Europe is inevitably trying to diversify its economic and trade portfolio in light of Donald Trump’s threats to impose tariffs onto European goods and services. What has the EU to gain from its economic ties with Asian countries? How will EU and China boost their bilateral trade and economic relations without European companies being obliged to render too much of their technology and know-how accessible to Chinese counterparts? How has the Europe-Asia Meeting developed so far and what will its future direction be?