The European Documentation Centre at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) provides a wealth of information on all things European, from regulations regarding the import of fish sauce or roast duck into the European Union to detailed information on the activities of the European Commission. Established in 1997 following an agreement between HKBU's Department of Government and International Studies (GIS) and the European Commission, the centre houses more than 2,500 books, journals and thousands of documents on CD-Roms. The centre's supervisor, Terence Yeung, said it played a unique roll as a research resource for students and an information centre that could be used by the public. 'Many of the public inquiries we receive are related to exporting Chinese food and Asian food products to countries in the European Union, or anti-dumping polices,' Mr Yeung said. It is a personal challenge to provide information and answer every question or query as fully as possible. 'The better the answer or the more complete the information we provide, the better equipped the knowledge seeker will be to make use of the information,' Mr Yeung said. Mr Yeung, who holds a degree in political science, said many people in Hong Kong, including businesspeople, still viewed Europe as separate countries. 'With the expansion of the EU there is a vast range of new opportunities on an academic, business and knowledge-enhancement level to explore,' he said. The European Documentation Centre is of particular use to students following the European studies course, in which knowledge of the European Union is an essential requirement. Mr Yeung said the centre was a specialist library which received, on a regular basis, all the official publications of the institutions of the EU. This meant that it housed the text of all legislation made by the EU, as well as all the bulletins, reports, policy statements, statistical material and records of debates that emerged from the various governing bodies of the European Union. Mr Yeung said that in recent years China had reformed its domestic and international economic policies. The impact of these reforms on international relations were expected to increase in the coming years. As a result, relations between China and the EU would intensify and become more crucial for managing global issues such as international trade, security, health and the environment. Hong Kong, with long-standing and significant European business interests operating in China and an associated European community, will remain a hub for China-EU relations. It is also an appropriate place to analyse these developments.