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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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During the closing ceremony of the Asian Games held in Incheon, South Korea last Saturday, powerful North Korean representatives unexpectedly turned up to meet with their South Korean counterparts. This surprising get together has fuelled hopes of a breakthrough in the Korean peninsula.

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Young North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been missing from public duties since 3 September. This seems to be an unusual absence for him, who had been constantly captured by public eyes.

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Last Monday, after ten months, the Mars Orbiter Mission, more commonly known as Mangalyaan, meaning Mars- craft in Hindi, entered the Red Planet orbit on its first attempt making India the first Asian nation to follow the United States, Russia and Europe in conducting a successful Mars expedition.

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Monday 22 September marked the beginning of a new phase in the Republic of Fiji’s troubled political history as the country's first democratically elected prime minister - Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama - after eight years of military rule was sworn in.

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EIAS News

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.