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This year’s Plenary Session was very much awaited given the main topic’s singularity. On behalf of the Politburo, President Xi Jinping exposed the work report entitled “CCP Central Committee Decision concerning Some Major Questions on Moving Ruling the Country According to the Law Forward”.

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang undertook a European Tour two weeks ago, swinging across Germany, Russia and Italy to finally attend the 11th ASEM meeting in Milan.

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EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced the EU will triple its aid to Nepal and Bhutan to EUR 360 million and EUR 42 million respectively in comparison with the previous years over the 2014-2020 period during a visit to both countries that is taking place this week.

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The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit took place on 16-17 October in Milan, where the leaders of Asia and Europe held discussions under the theme of “Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security”.

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On 10 October, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever recipient of the award, for tirelessly promotion the rights of girls to education, and 60-year old Kailash Satyarthi, who has long worked against the exploitation of children and forced labour.

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Japan and the United States have revised their defence cooperation guidelines for the first time since 1997 amid rising tensions in East Asia.

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The decision of Indonesia's outgoing President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to invite civil society organisations (CSO) to join the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) for the first time this year has attracted significant attention.

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Ms Lin Goethals, EIAS Director for Asia and Visiting Fellow at the European Union Centre in Taiwan; and Mr Richard Turcsanyi, EIAS Associate and PhD Candidate at the Institute of Asia Studies in Slovakia; presented their research at the National Central Library of Taiwan as part of their participation in the Taiwan Fellowship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dr Chan-un Park, professor at the Hanyang University Law School visited EIAS on Wednesday, July 23.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has wrapped up a six-day trip to Britain and Greece. The visit infused fresh vigor into China's ties and cooperation with the two countries and with Europe as a whole.

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Proposed paper topics include knowledge economy and development, intellectual property rights, environment and energy, security intelligence and information sharing, research and higher education cooperation and the circulation of people.

An article by H.E. Mme. Yang Yanyi, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the EU.

The 12th Annual Conference of the European Association of Taiwanese Studies (EATS) will take place at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, 8-10 April 2015.