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6 July 2015

The 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels. The Summit adopted a joint statement, setting priorities for the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the years to come.

3 July 2015

In these eventful days of uncertainty about the future of Greece, the European Union is not the only actor involved that is holding its breath and anxiously awaiting updates. Following the EU-China Summit meeting on Monday 29 June 2015 in Brussels, Chinese Premier Mr Li Keqiang expressed his concerns over the Greek debt crisis, but he promised that China is ready and willing to “play a constructive role”.

30 June 2015

The European Trade Policy Day took place on 23 June 2015 with a wide range of participants of high authoritative positions. Specifically, personnel from the European Parliament and trade unions arrived in Brussels to participate in this event hosted by EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström. Together, they shared ideas that would shape the European Union’s approach to trade for the next five years, which will be published this coming autumn in a Communication.

29 June 2015

In the last EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting held on 22 June in Luxembourg, the strategic debate on EU-Asia relations played a prominent role. The agenda of the meeting, chaired by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, included the EU's strategic partnership with China as well as cooperation on connectivity between Asian partner states.

20 June 2015

North Korea is currently dealing with a severe drought, as the climate has remained dry for several weeks. This trend brings about detrimental consequences for the country because summer is a critical season for rice farmers in North Korea. Citizens, especially women and children, are at a greater risk of starvation than in previous years.

17 June 2015

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) met with the European Union’s Directorate General of Research and Innovation (DG R&I) on 15 June 2015 in Seoul to lay out a detailed plan for a joint research project in science and technology. Leading the representatives from the two groups were Lee Suk-joon, MSIP’s vice-minister, and Robert Jan-Smits, DG R&I’s Director-General.

12 June 2015

On Monday June 8, the Chinese State Council Information office released a white paper on human rights titled “Progress in China’s Human Rights in 2014”, claiming that the country is playing a constructive role in promoting development of global human rights. The paper praises the progress achieved in China since the last report in 2013: “The tremendous achievements China has made in its human rights endeavours fully demonstrate that it is taking the correct path of human rights development that suits its national conditions”.

9 June 2015

On 6 June 2015, Hungary became the first EU member state to officially commit to participating in China’s 'One Belt, One Road' initiative. Hungarian Minister of Economy and Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Budapest, solidifying the two countries’ wishes for stronger bilateral relations and increased cooperation through the Chinese initiative.

5 June 2015

On 19 May 2015, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission issued a joint communication to signify their intent to turn the relationship between the EU and the ASEAN into a strategic partnership.

4 June 2015

During the final day of the 14th Asia Security Summit, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, delivered a speech expressing the EU’s desire to play an enhanced role in Asian affairs, specifically security.

2 June 2015

Reaffirming the strong bilateral relationship between the EU and Japan based on mutual values and principles, Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker met in Tokyo on May 29 for the 23rd Japan-EU Summit. The meeting ushered in an intensification in the cooperation between the two countries, notably in the fields of trade and investment, regional and international security, climate change and post-2015 global development.

1 June 2015

Following the recent migrant crisis in Southeast Asia, Thailand invited 17 countries that are directly or indirectly affected by irregular migration in the Indian Ocean and through the Bay of Bengal. These 17 countries are Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Vietnam, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Representatives from the US, Japan and Switzerland were present as observers. Officials from UNHCR, IOM and UNODC were also present.

18 May 2015

Over the past two weeks, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have all denied immigrants - arriving in large boats - entry into their territorial waters. Some are economic immigrants seeking work and income, mostly from Bangladesh, but a large share of the immigrants are refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, from where they are escaping persecution. As a consequence of the denied entry, hundreds of refugees are caught in open sea, some without functioning motors and therefore at the mercy of the weather and the coast guards of the three would-be destination countries.

18 May 2015

This week the World Education Forum 2015 will convene in Korea to discuss the world’s progress on education, particularly in light of the “Education for All” initiative set out during the last forum in 2000. While progress has been mixed for most – hardly any country has met any, let alone all the goals – there is some cause for optimism, especially in Asia.

8 May 2015

Two years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza Building, calls for more protection for workers in the Bangladeshi ready-made garments (RMG) industry continue to be heard.

8 May 2015

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, made her official visit to China – the first one in her new capacity – to attend the 5th round of the High-Level Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on 5-6 May, 2015.

7 May 2015

Foreign policy played a minor role in the UK election campaign. This might reflect the relative consensus between the major political parties on Britain’s external objectives. The result of the elections, though, might have different implications for other countries, both in Europe and Asia.

30 April 2015

The 26th ASEAN Summit concluded on 28 April 2015 by identifying the regional bloc’s priorities for 2015. This looks to be a milestone year for the 10-nation grouping as it sets to establish, by 31 December, the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)

29 April 2015

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend has spurred the European Commission into quick action. The Commission responded to the catastrophe that has, according to the United Nations, affected eight million people by dispatching humanitarian experts to the crisis areas on the same day the earthquake struck, and before a full assessment on the damage could be made.

23 April 2015

On Monday April 20, the Chinese President Xi Jinping flew to Pakistan on a two-day official visit and closed a USD 28 billion deal in trade agreements and infrastructure projects which constitutes only the beginning of a series of accords totalling USD 46 billion.