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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.

22 April 2015

The World Economic Forum on East Asia 2015 was held from 19 to 21 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. This year's conference was held under the theme “Anchoring Trust in East Asia’s Regionalism”.

17 April 2015

The 7th World Water Forum, held in Seoul and Daegu, Republic of Korea, closes its doors today, April 17. It is the largest international event on water and it has been held every three years since 1997 on or around World Water Day.

18 March 2015

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Brussels has been cancelled. While the European capital is no longer among Modi’s itinerary destinations, France and Germany still appear on the tour agenda. According to Indian sources, the reason is attributable to the European Union’s silence over a possible date for convening the long-awaited EU-India Summit in April 2015.

18 March 2015

China concluded its annual 'Two Sessions' of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on 15 March. The NPC deputies approved a number of important policy documents, including the government work report, the national economic and social development plan and the central budget.

16 March 2015

George Osborne, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced on 12 March that the UK intended to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a founding member.

13 March 2015

The Republic of Maldives could again be falling into political instability after just seven years of multi-party democracy. Sustained protests erupted in the capital following opposition leader and former President Mohamed Nasheed’s arrest at the end of February. Protestors call for President Yameen Gayoom to resign and accuse his administration of arresting former President Mohamed Nasheed on false charges, thus violating the constitution.

11 March 2015

On Monday, German Chancellor Merkel visited Japan, urging the host nation to confront its wartime past. She arrived in Tokyo for a two-day trip to meet Emperor Akihito and Premier Abe. Her last visit to Japan dates back to 2008.

9 March 2015

Tourism is a primary source of income and economic growth for Bhutan. As a Bhutanese official reported last week, the country is too small to develop rewarding economies of scale, and the sustainable development of the tourism sector is therefore considered as the best means for stimulating an increased inflow of capital and foreign direct investments.

6 March 2015

China’s annual 两会 (lianghui) or sessions of the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), have begun this week.

4 March 2015

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

3 March 2015

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. According to Xinhua, the state news agency, the project covers the construction of 60,000 km of road, including 4,070 km of expressways, to improve the connectivity of existing transportation networks.

2 March 2015

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. According to China’s top leader, the “Four Comprehensives” call for comprehensively constructing a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively deepening reform, comprehensively governing the country according to the law, and comprehensively using strict governance of the Party.

26 February 2015

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.

23 February 2015

Chinese Lunar New Year is back and this time the protagonist is the bearded ruminant belonging to the family of Caprids: the goat, or the sheep, but also the ram. The confusion among these animals originates from the fact that the Chinese character for “horned animal”, 羊 yáng, covers all three. Originally this term also indicated prosperity and auspiciousness, whilst in modern Chinese the character for prosperity, 祥 xiáng, is ‘dressed’ with a component that makes its written appearance slightly different from the original one, but it unquestionably shares the same linguistic root.

20 February 2015

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. Martial law will grant the military unprecedented powers in the continued fighting between rebels and government troops. After six years of relative stability, several violent clashes erupted on February 9, which officials blamed on an attack on military positions by the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) near Laukkai.

19 February 2015

Last Friday, Indonesia's Defence Minister confirmed his country would ink a defence agreement with Japan. The first step of this agreement is the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whose primary purpose is to indicate an intended common line of action.

18 February 2015

Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol confirmed on Monday to have made an offer of EUR 1 billion to buy a majority holding in Italy’s AC Milan Football Club. The news was launched last weekend by Thai and Italian media, after which Fininvest, Silvio Berlusconi’s holding company, and current owner of AC Milan, had to publicly deny the intention to sell the club.

18 February 2015

Newly elected President Sirisena of Sri Lanka has sought to mend ties with India during his first foreign visit on Monday, 16 February. The points of discussion with Indian Prime Minister Modi were wide-ranging and encompassed trade and cooperation on a range of sectors including defence and security cooperation, trade, strategic ties and the resolution of issues between India and Sri Lanka.

12 February 2015

Bangladesh has been struck by a new wave of intense political violence. The last two firebomb attacks in the southern district of Barisal on Friday night and in the northern district of Gaibandha on Saturday killed nine people, bringing the death toll to 76 since the political crisis sparked last month in the country once again.