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22 July 2014

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.

16 July 2014

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. This summit has attracted particular attention owing to the signing of a deal to create a new Development Bank to be based in Shanghai and an emergency reserve fund among the BRICS.

15 July 2014

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). The talks resumed after the EU’s assessment of the progress that was achieved during the first year and whether Japan had adequately implemented the commitments it made prior to the official launch of the negotiations in 2013. In line with the EU’s negotiation mandate, the Commission is currently finalising a report on the progress findings to be presented to the Council later in 2014.

13 July 2014

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. The two candidates, Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto ran effective campaigns gathering considerable national and international attention, as both candidates highlight the greater changes occurring in Indonesia’s political landscape.

9 July 2014

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. First landing in Chengdu, where she toured a Volkswagen-operated factory and praised the Southwestern province’s “vitality,” she then flew to Beijing for her official meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Items on the agenda comprised of trade talks, technology and cultural exchanges.

4 July 2014

In May 2014 a report was leaked in which the advisors to president Shinzo Abe recommended Japan to revisit its defence laws, and more specifically, Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution. On Tuesday, the Abe administration approved a major reinterpretation of the country's pacifist post-war constitution, allowing the country to exercise its right to collective self-defense.

3 July 2014

International spectators are not new to North Korea’s boasting war rhetoric and sabre rattling in international politics. The North’s most recent outbursts, just a few days before of Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping’s visit to South Korea – scheduled on July 3 and 4 – came therefore with little surprise.

2 July 2014

The new Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for China was published on 1 July 2014, in which the results demonstrate a slight recovery of the Chinese manufacturing sector. The PMI is an economic indicator elaborated through a series of monthly surveys to 400 companies, analysing variables such as employment, new customer orders, production, speed of supplier delivery and inventory. PMI results above 50 points denote an expansion of the manufacturing economy, while results below highlight a contraction in the market.

17 June 2014

Ongoing political tensions opposing governments of China and Japan reached a new peak last week, after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying confirmed on Tuesday that Beijing has applied to have 11 documents giving a first-hand account of the Nanjing Massacre and so-called “comfort women” issue archived in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register, and implied also the UN agency accepted the application.

13 June 2014

On Tuesday, June 10 2014, the Chinese State Council released the white paper on Hong Kong, emphasizing Beijing’s control over the Special Administrative Region.

6 June 2014

On May 28, North Korea and Japan concluded the three-day talks session the two countries kicked-off in Stockholm, Sweden, the previous Monday. Before negotiations started, delegates from both sides had expressed their intentions to hold “forward-looking" and "wide-ranged" talks on issues that frame the bilateral relationship between Pyongyang and Tokyo. These topics include the abduction question, Japanese concerns over North Korean ballistic tests and nuclear weapons programme, as well as economic sanctions enforced by Japan.

27 May 2014

In a televised statement, Thailand’s army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha officially announced on Thursday May 22 that the military had taken over the country, confirming voices of a new military coup – the nation's 19th since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932.

23 May 2014

After more than a decade of talks, on May 21 China and Russia signed a USD 400 billion deal that will last for 30 years and supply China's northeast regions with 38 billion cubic meters of gas per year via the Eastern ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline. The agreement was signed between the state-owned companies Gazprom and the China National Petroleum Corp during a two-day visit of President Vladimir Putin to Shanghai.

21 May 2014

Marking the end of the 2014 elections, which started on April 7, Narendra Modi met with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, who gave him in capacity as leader of the winning Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) the mandate to form a new government.

19 May 2014

By David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies
A high-level delegation of senior EU officials was in Myanmar beginning on 18 May for the first bilateral EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue with the country emerging from decades under military rule and transforming itself into a more normal state.

18 May 2014

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrapped up his nine-day visit to six European countries (Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Germany, France and Belgium) with a visit to the NATO Headquarters in Brussels on May 6 and attending the 22nd EU-Japan Summit the following day. At the NATO Headquarters, Mr Abe signed the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP) and addressed the allies on the state of the military cooperation between Japan and NATO. During the joint press conference with the Secretary General of NATO, Mr Anders F.

7 May 2014

The first Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) between the European Union and an ASEAN partner entered into force May 1 following a negotiation and ratification process with Indonesia that spanned several years.

5 May 2014

By David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies

Senior foreign ministry officials from close to 50 EU and Asian partner countries met in Brussels from 28 to 30 April 2014 to plan for the forthcoming 10th Asia-Europe Summit (ASEM) of Heads of State and Government, to be chaired by the EU and hosted by Italy from 16-17 October 2014 in Milan.

29 April 2014

By David Fouquet, Senior Associate, European Institute for Asian Studies
Military and civilian security specialists from more than 40 EU and Asia-Pacific countries met discreetly in Brussels recently in a rare display of the European involvement in such issues, despite its reputation as being absent from such processes.

29 April 2014

President Obama began his Asian tour on Wednesday, 23 April, an eight-day trip that is taking him to four countries amidst rising tensions in the region. Visiting Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines, President Obama will be touring Asia for the first time after his last tour was cancelled in October 2013 due to a shutdown of the US government.