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On Tuesday, 22 July, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced that an agreement had been reached for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, after two years of negotiations.

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On Tuesday 22 July 2014 the Indonesian elections results were announced, confirming the victory of the governor of Jakarta, Joko Widodo. The future of Indonesia is uncertain following the elections. Under the Jokowi presidency, a new era of Indonesian politics might be on its way. The question is whether Jokowi will prove to be the right man to lead the country through its transition.

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The South Korean stance on illegal fishing is turning its tide, according to the Director General of the South Korean Ministry of Ocean Fisheries, Mr Choi Wan-huyn. At the ‘2014 Korean Ocean Week’, held last week, Mr Choi admittedly pointed at the country’s ‘lukewarm’ attitudes towards International fishing standards, but reiterated that genuine improvements from South Korea are lurking on the horizon.

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From July 14-16 2014, the BRICS Group – consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – held in Brazil its sixth Summit. The focus was placed primarily on themes relating to social inclusion and sustainable development.

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From 7 to 11 July 2014, the EU and Japan held the sixth round of negotiations on the anticipated Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that is slated to be part of a broader Economic Partnership (EPA).

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On Wednesday, July 9, 186 million Indonesian voters went to the 550,000 polling stations spread across the archipelago to vote for the country’s future president, marking Indonesia’s third free and fair election.

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On July 6 German Chancellor Angela Merkel embarked on a three-day visit to the People’s Republic of China accompanied by a delegation of German business leaders, her seventh since her election in 2005.

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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.

On June 23-27 2014, EIAS, in cooperation with the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP), organised a training course on 'Strengthening knowledge and understanding of trade remedy measures, the EU's competition policy and related issues' for a visiting delegation of 14 senior officials from the Vietnam Ministry of Industry and Trade.

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A new call for applications under the Lotus Unlimited project has now been opened. This is a limited call, for certain levels only. The call will be open until 31 July 2014.

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation proposes a 6 month in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, designed to support its research and policy analysis of EU-Japan economic and industrial issue

The Special Issue of the International Journal of Asian Business and Information Management (IJABIM), focusing on 'Tourism in Asia: Trends and Challenges', seeks to nurture interdisciplinary work among researchers in the field of tourism, travel, culture, consumer behaviour, leisure, marketing, hospitality and sport in Asia.