But the story took another turn when President Trump withdrew from the TPP in his early days in office (which ultimately took place anyway without the US and became the CPTPP). Given the many security crises in our neighbourhood, I inevitably have to turn much of my attention to events that are dulling up near our borders. However, I am convinced that the Asia-Pacific region is our economic neighbourhood. That is why we have an interest in the region evolving. Our economic relations with Southeast Asia are strong. For many years, the EU has been the main source of foreign direct investment in ASEAN and one of its main trading partners.