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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.

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.