Rodion Ebbighausen is the Managing Director (Asia) of Deutsche Welle
The drugs are thought to have originated from Myanmar's Shan State, which is part of the so-called Golden Triangle. The impassable mountain region provides ideal conditions for drug production and trafficking.
The EU wants to expand its influence in Southeast Asia and counter China's growing economic, military and political clout in the region. Until now, China has been the main focus of the EU's engagement in Asia, and the Europeans are looking to diversify by strengthening their ties to other players in the region.