The Economic Survey for the fiscal year 2015-16 was released last Friday in India. Based on a new calculation method, this key Indian government report predicted that the economy of the South Asian giant will grow by 8.1-8.5 percent in the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2016
China launched a massive infrastructure project worth CNY 500 billion (EUR 71.32 billion) in Northwestern Gansu province on 1 March 2015 as part of its ambitious Silk Road project to facilitate trade and people exchanges between China and Central Asia.
Last Wednesday, Chinese media disclosed President Xi Jinping’s blueprint for the achievement of the Chinese Dream: the “Four Comprehensives”. The term was first mentioned last December during his visit to Jiangsu province.
Most attention is now being given to the highly anticipated launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by the end of this year, which will establish a free trade area second only to the European Union in terms of the depth of integration. The novelty of these last days is that Malaysia, which is the chair of ASEAN for 2015, has launched the idea of an ASEAN Peacekeeping Force.
After an intensification of violence between the ethnically Chinese Kokang and Myanmar’s military forces, President Thein Sein has declared martial law in the Kokang region for the next three months effective immediately.
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.
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.
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