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17 December 2014

On Sunday December 14, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and his coalition partner Komeito won the Lower House election by a landslide, maintaining 326 seats in the 475-seat house. Mr Abe’s LDP secured 291 seats (losing just four seats compared to the elections two years ago) while Komeito seized four more, reaching 35 seats. The coalition managed to keep its two-third majority in this very powerful House, hence allowing it to pass bills without the approval of the House of Councillors (upper house of the parliament).

15 December 2014

From December 1-12, the city of Lima hosted the 20th annual session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which laid the foundation for a global commitment to environmental protection at the 2015 Conference in Paris.

12 December 2014

The first freight train with a direct link between China and Spain covered a total distance of 13,052 kilometres, reaching its final destination Madrid on December 9. It took 21 days for the 82-wagon cargo to conclude the test run along this route, which is supposed to be provided with regular service soon.

11 December 2014

The Human Rights Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and China was set up in 1995. Since then, two rounds of the dialogue take place every year, and its 33rd edition was held in Brussels on 8 and 9 December. The platform provides room for an exchange of views on issues including international cooperation in human rights and women’s rights.

5 December 2014

Mongolia’s perpetually conflicted parties have cast aside their differences to form a “super coalition” in the face of numerous economic problems, such as falling commodity prices in the mining sector, the country's most important industry. The ruling Democratic Party and its main opposition, the Mongolian People’s Party, have joined hands to tackle the problems, together with members of the Justice Coalition and Civil-Green Party.

28 November 2014

Tensions have been running high as the 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit was underway in Kathmandu on 26 and 27 November 2014. The Summit, established in 1985 and including India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh and Afghanistan (since 2005), aims at enhancing economic ties and regional integration in the Indian subcontinent.

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.