Text: Serge Van Heertum - Pictures: Philip Verhasselt - Tranlation: Marc Arys
© sbap 2018
 

In the capital of Europe, summits are legion and give the opportunity to see rare planes or offer sometimes unusual views. On October 18th and 19th, it was the ASEM 12 summit, the 12th Europe - Asia Summit.
Brussels airport saw a ballet of official state airplanes and it was the tarmac of the 15th Transport Wing of Melsbroek which was "laden" with some Asian wide bodies. This was an opportunity to make some interesting shots as you will see a little further down this page.

ASEM 12

What is ASEM?

ASEM is an intergovernmental process established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation between 51 Asian and European countries plus two institutional partners (the EU and the Association of South East Asian Nations - ASEAN).
ASEM aims at promoting a more global vision among European and Asian policymakers by allowing them to exchange views on political, economic, financial, social and cultural issues. ASEM also aims at stimulating a wide range of contacts and dialogue between the two regions on topics such as education, social protection and employment, and co-operation on the protection of cultural heritage.

The ASEM12 was held on 18-19 October 2018 in Brussels. The ASEM summit brought together 51 European and Asian countries represented by their heads of state or head of government. In addition there was also a large representation of representatives of the European Union and the Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
The summit was chaired by the European Council President Donald TUSK. European Commission President Jean-Claude JUNCKER and High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica MOGHERINI, also represented the EU at the summit.

The discussions where focused on the theme Europe and Asia, Global Partners for Global Challenges. The present leaders sought to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between the two continents on a wide range of areas, including:
- trade & investment
- connectivity
- sustainable development and climate
- security challenges such as terrorism, non-proliferation, cyber-security, irregular migration

The focus of the Summit has been stronger “Connectivity”, with discussions taking place around financial and economic issues, global issues and Europe-Asia connectivity, as well as international and regional issues. 
"We come out of this two-day Summit with a reinforced global partnership between Europe and Asia. It has allowed us to translate our global weight into concrete policy initiatives; on regional and international security, foreign policy issues, climate change action, free and fair trade, and the digital agenda to name a few.” said the European Union’s High Representative/Vice-President, Federica Mogherini. 

The aim of the Summit was indeed to promote joint actions on global challenges such as the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, terrorism, migration, cyber security, ocean governance, education, sustainable tourism and the protection of cultural heritage. In support of those efforts, the ASEM Sustainable Connectivity Monitor (ASCM), has been presented. This tool, developed by the European Commission, measures the degree and the manner in which ASEM partners are linked via economic, physical, political, institutional and people-to-people connections.

 
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from Vietnam Prime Minister Mr Nguyên Xuân Phuc
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Boeing B747-4B5 from the Republic of South Korea President Mr Moon Jae-in
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Boeing 747-437 from Indian Vice President Mr Venkaiah Naidu
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Boeing 747-47C from Japan Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe
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 Canadair CL-600-2B16 from Danish Prime Minister Mr Lars Løkke Rasmussen
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Airbus A321-231 from the Belgian Air Force
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Airbus A319-115X (CJ) from Italian Prime Minister Mr Matteo Renzi
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Two Agusta (with gunner) were deployed to provide security
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 No less than five wide boddies on Melsbroek apron
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General view of the Military side of Brussels Airport
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The least that can be said is that there was intense activity at Melsbroek military airport
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