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Asian News Outlook

Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fumio Kishida has wrapped up an eight-day trip to India and Europe to promote Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “global diplomacy”. During his first foreign visit to Europe, he stopped in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom to help boost Japan’s strategic and economic cooperation with the EU.

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Pope Francis’ seventh and longest international Apostolic Journey started on Monday January 12, 2015 when he departed from Rome heading to Sri Lanka. Since Pope Francis started his Papacy on March 13, 2013, this is his second visit to Asia.

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On Monday January 12, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Park Geun-hye delivered the highly-awaited message to the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un.

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Maithripala Sirisena has won the presidential elections in Sri Lanka as former President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat to his rival, announcing on his twitter on Thursday that, “I value and respect our democratic process and the people’s verdict, and loo

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On Sunday December 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and his coalition partner Komeito won the Lower House election by a landslide, maintaining 326 seats in the 475-seat house.

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From December 1-12, the city of Lima hosted the 20th annual session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which laid the foundation for a global commitment to environmental protection at the 2015 Conference in Paris.

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The first freight train with a direct link between China and Spain covered a total distance of 13,052 kilometres, reaching its final destination Madrid on December 9.

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EIAS News

On 8 December the European Institute for Asian Studies, in cooperation with the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium, hosted a roundtable on “EU-Taiwan Trade and Investment Relations: State of Play and Next Steps”, to present the findings of research conducted by EIAS and ECIPE.

On 18 November, the 3rd KINU Human Rights Forum in Europe took place in Brussels. The event was co-organised by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) and the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and was attended by 40 experts.

Ms Theresa Fallon, Senior Associate at EIAS, has been awarded the Vietnamese Ambassador's Distinction Award for her contribution to strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union.

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The Lodz East Asia Meeting conference is an annual gathering of scholars interested in Asian affairs, especially their political and economic aspects.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Stanford University (Stanford) are pleased to announce that applications are welcome between now and 1 March 2015 for the 2015 Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellowship on Southeast Asia.

The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) invites students, young researchers and practitioners to participate in the 2nd Interregional EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue, running under the heading “Building global partnerships – Which role for the EU and ASEAN?”, taking place between 14 and 28 March 2015.