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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.

5 September 2014

On Monday, 1 September 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Premier Zhang Gaoli have initiated the construction of what will be “the world’s largest construction project”, a 3,968 km long pipeline connecting gas fields between Siberia and China’s Northeast.

3 September 2014

On Sunday, August 31 2014, Beijing’s government discarded demonstrator's demands for free, open 2017 Hong Kong’s Chief Executive elections.

1 September 2014

The month of August has seen major European car brands come under fire in China. Earlier this month, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in China accused the three German luxury-car brands - Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz - of breaching anti-monopoly regulations in the People’s Republic.

27 August 2014

In Pakistan, the past two weeks were marked by mass demonstrations organised by opposition leader and former international cricket star Imran Khan. The protesters’ goal is to topple the current Pakistani government under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is accused of alleged fraud in last year’s national elections.

22 August 2014

On August 21 and 22, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a two-day official visit to Mongolia, during which both sides agreed to boost bilateral ties by upgrading their relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. Furthermore, they pledged to increase the volume of bilateral trade to USD 10 billion by 2020; it currently stands at USD 6 billion.

14 August 2014

On 12 August, three weeks after the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting co-chaired by Catherine Ashton and Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pham Binh Minh, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy carried out a one-day visit to Hanoi. Defined as an “important catalyst” by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the visit was the first paid by the EU foreign minister to Vietnam since the Lisbon Treaty came into effect in 2009.

13 August 2014

From 8 to 10 August, the 21st meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the 4th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting and the 47th ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting were held in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw under the motto "Moving forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community." One of the most active participants was Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who on the sidelines met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi, marking the first meeting between the two countries’ top diplomats since the launch of Shinzo Abe’s second cabinet in December 2012.

12 August 2014

On August 7, 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) convicted the two top surviving cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime, Nuon Chea, 88 and Khieu Samphan, 83, and sentenced them to 35 years in prison. “Their condemnation is an important positive step in the global fight against impunity. It demonstrates that any political leaders can be held accountable for their acts, even decades after they were committed,” said the EU Spokesperson.

8 August 2014

On Monday, 4 August 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded an “historic” visit to Nepal, constituting the first visit to the Himalayan nation by an Indian Prime Minister in 17 years. Despite shared borders and traditionally close India-Nepal ties since ancient times, the two countries’ bilateral relationship had been deadlocked during the past few years, largely caused by political discrepancies and aggravated by the controversy around the development of joint trans-boundary water resources.

7 August 2014

On 5 August 2014, the Japanese cabinet released Japan’s annual defence white paper, containing an assessment of the security environment surrounding Japan, the country’s national security strategy, the National Defence Program Guidelines, strategies to actively promote Japan’s security cooperation with other countries, as well as the cabinet decision on exercising the right to collective self-defence.

5 August 2014

On July 28 2014, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region saw a new major clash between Muslim Uighurs and Chinese police forces with a death toll of almost 100 people. While the Chinese state media accuse Uighur separatists of the attack, claiming that they stormed a police station as well as numerous government buildings, the US-based Uighur American Association (UAA) claims that Chinese security forces opened fire on Uighurs protesting against a Ramadan crackdown on Muslims.

31 July 2014

Catherine Ashton, Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, following the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial meeting on 22-23 July; travelled on 28 July for an official two-day visit to Manila, where she met with Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario.

29 July 2014

On 22-23 July 2014 the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting (AEMM) was held in Brussels, co-chaired by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission; and Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and Country Coordinator of ASEAN-EU Dialogue Relations.

25 July 2014

On Tuesday, 22 July, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj announced that an agreement had been reached for a bilateral Free Trade Agreement, after two years of negotiations. At a press conference, Abe expressed his hope that the agreement will gain approval from both countries' parliaments early next year.