L. Linkevičius: Lithuania's dialogue with Asia is gaining momentum
On 24-25 October, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania is hosting the international conference “Pivot to Asia: Challenges and Opportunities” in Vilnius. Speakers from more than a dozen countries and international organizations are sharing their insights into developments in the Asia-Pacific region and their impact on Europe and Lithuania.
“Today, the eyes of the world are on Asia. The Asia-Pacific region has become particularly prominent on the global geopolitical, economic and innovation map. Lithuania with its academic, scientific, cultural and business community, which is seeking and finding many paths to mutually beneficial cooperation with Asian partners, is no exception,” said the Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius in his opening statement.
According to L. Linkevičius, during 15 years since joining the informal platform for dialogue and cooperation – the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) – and becoming a member of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Lithuania’s political, economic and cultural dialogue with Asia has been gaining momentum.
The conference brings together experts, politicians, businessmen and culture representatives from Bhutan, India, Japan, the U.S.A., China, Singapore, the European Union, NATO and Eastern Neighborhood countries to discuss topical issues of the dialogue between East and West. They will also discuss interactions among political ideals and policies, economic strength and culture underlying soft power, as well as new opportunities for discovering shared interests.
An exhibition "Royal Textiles from the Land of the Peaceful Dragon – Kingdom of Bhutan" will be opened at the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania on 25 October. This is the first exhibition showcasing the cultural heritage of Bhutan in Lithuania.