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21 November 2014

President Jokowi assumed office only one month ago, and while he is well-known and respected in Indonesia and Jakarta he still has little experience on the international arena. This is why he received much attention and curiosity during his first one-week foreign mission.

21 November 2014

China hosted the 2014 annual gathering of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders under the theme of "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership". As the host country, China seemed to take advantage of the opportunity to express its desire to play a primary role in the region.

9 November 2014

Following frustration and accusations by US officials and Western media for giving too little aid to West Africa in the fight against Ebola, the Chinese government decided to triple its contribution to EUR 98 million. Hereby China becomes the second biggest donor country to date, after the US, although some European countries, especially the UK, have donated a bigger fraction of their GDP to the fight against Ebola.

6 November 2014

Laos is no longer the sleeping beauty of Indochina. During the past years the country has steadily been increasing its global profile: in 2011 a stock market was established in Vientiane, and in 2012 the Laotian capital hosted the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), bringing many of the world’s major leaders to Laos for the first time.

4 November 2014

North Korea has invited the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, for a potentially historical visit to the country in March next year. The invitation comes at a moment when North Korea and the EU have re-opened a human rights dialogue, which broke off in 2003, but it also goes paired with the North Korean request to soften a joint EU-Japan UN resolution on the country’s human rights situation.

28 October 2014

This year’s Plenary Session was very much awaited given the main topic’s singularity. On behalf of the Politburo, President Xi Jinping exposed the work report entitled “CCP Central Committee Decision concerning Some Major Questions on Moving Ruling the Country According to the Law Forward”.

28 October 2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang undertook a European Tour two weeks ago, swinging across Germany, Russia and Italy to finally attend the 11th ASEM meeting in Milan. The trip, from October 9 to October 16 2014, was particularly productive and allowed Li Keqiang to ink significant contracts with China’s European partners.

24 October 2014

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs announced the EU will triple its aid to Nepal and Bhutan to EUR 360 million and EUR 42 million respectively in comparison with the previous years over the 2014-2020 period during a visit to both countries that is taking place this week.

22 October 2014

The 10th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit took place on 16-17 October in Milan, where the leaders of Asia and Europe held discussions under the theme of “Responsible Partnership for Growth and Security”. ASEM was created in 1996 as a key forum for dialogue and cooperation between Europe and Asia. A wide range of topics discussed in the dialogue include, inter alia, finance, trade, economic growth, human rights, disaster preparedness, immigration, climate change, maritime security, energy security, counter terrorism and global governance.

20 October 2014

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.

16 October 2014

Japan and the United States have revised their defence cooperation guidelines for the first time since 1997 amid rising tensions in East Asia. The updated guidelines will expand the scope of the U.S.-Japan alliance cooperation, allowing the Japan Self-Defence Force (JSDF) to exercise their right of collective self-defence. This move follows earlier Cabinet decisions removing strict restrictions on Japan’s arms exports and a reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution.

13 October 2014

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. However, eleven out of the fourteen CSOs invited – that include democracy and policy advocacy groups – signalled their absence from the event scheduled to run on Friday and Saturday last week as a sign of protest.

8 October 2014

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.

3 October 2014

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.

26 September 2014

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.

24 September 2014

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. However, Bainimarama is the same person who led the military coup in 2006 that overthrew Laisenia Qarase’s duly elected government.

21 September 2014

The new round of sanctions recently imposed by the EU on Russia due to the state of the Ukraine crisis appear successful in further pressuring Russian businesses and isolating President Vladimir Putin from the international community. Russia’s state banks and top firms see themselves cut from Western capital markets, trade in various financial instruments with maturity exceeding 30 days have been prohibited and technologies related to oil exploration in the Arctic and the extraction of shale gas will not be supplied. At a conference held on 16 September 2014 Aleksei L.

19 September 2014

On 17 September Xi Jinping arrived in India for a two-day official visit. The visit kickstarted in the city of Ahmedabad, the commercial capital of president Modi’s home province of Gujarat, followed with a visit to Delhi. The two leaders met previously this past July in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil for the 6th BRICS Summit in which they announced the launch of the New Development Bank

12 September 2014

Asian leaders have welcomed the new President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker’s impending term with positive remarks. The majority of commentary emanates from China, Europe’s second biggest trading partner, where it is hoped that Juncker and his new Commission will mark a new era of improved political Sino-European relations with stronger economic ties. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance the Chinese government attaches to durable ties with the EU and the European integration process.

12 September 2014

North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju, secretary and director of the Korean Workers' Party International Affairs Department, is visiting Europe this week, with scheduled stops in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Although his visit does not foresee any meetings with government officials of European countries, analysts of North Korean politics have come to regard his visit as indicative of a more active diplomatic approach pursued by Pyongyang in order to lift the reclusive regime out of its isolation.