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24/04/2014 - 10:30
Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies, Brussels

Overview of Recent Events

Since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in 2008, Taiwan's priority has been to improve cross-Strait relations in order to reinforce its position in the region. President Ma’s goal is to increase economic opportunities and cooperation both with mainland China and with Taiwan’s primary trading partners. Simultaneously, Taiwan is looking towards participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). This interactive panel discussion addressed the issues described above.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Given the increased frequency of environmental disasters and the extent of devastation brought about by these calamities in recent years, ASEM parners have called upon to step up and match the unparalleled effects of these disasters with an exceptional Asia-Europe cooperation to ensure the substantial reduction of losses of lives and assets. Thus, this briefing seminar aimed to take stock of initiatives undertaken by the Philippines to respond to climate change, as well as discussing EU Disaster Risk Management policy and the post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



During his visit to Brussels, H.E. Mr. Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Bangladesh's Minister of Foreign Affairs, addressed the participants of this EIAS Briefing Seminar on the post-election political situation in his country, new government’s foreign policy priorities, ongoing trials of crimes against humanity and genocide at the International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh, and recent developments in the socio-economic sector.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS welcomed Mr Sartaj Aziz, National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, for a lecture on the role of Pakistan in fostering regional peace, with particular reference to Afghanistan, as well as the state of EU-Pakistan relations.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



EIAS had the pleasure of welcoming Hon. (Prof.) Tissa Vitarana for a lecture on 'Ensuring a Durable Peace in Sri Lanka'. Prof. Vitarana highlighted the efforts being made by the Government of Sri Lanka for the full implementation of the National Plan of Action of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations and those highlighted in the Sri Lanka National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 2011-2006 (NHRAP), including a strong commitment by all players of society to respect minority rights and inter-ethnic reconciliation.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This briefing seminar sought to evaluate the progress made by Afghan women in the last decade, and to discuss the European Union's engagement in Afghanistan beyond 2014 from a gender perspective. With the withdrawal of international troops by the end of the year, the post-2014 scenario raises concerns that the already weak state will be further destabilised and the security situation worsened. Consequently, the progress, foremost the hard-fought achievements of women, could be jeopardised.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



As part of the 2014 Asia Festival Fair & Festival, EIAS organised a seminar on EU-Indonesia trade and investment relations. The EU is rediscovering a new Indonesia, with its large potential in terms of size, expected growth rates and economic integration in Asia. This seminar provided ideas, views and interpretations on EU-Indonesia trade and investment relations, and identified on what basis EU-Indonesia trade and investment can be best enhanced in an innovative way.

Venue: Community Centre de Zandloper



This year marks the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Belgium and Nepal. In light of this, EIAS, in collaboration with the Embassy of Nepal, will be organising a series of seminars on Nepal, with the first one in the series centering on investment opportunities in two strategic sectors for Nepal: hydropower and tourism.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



At this EIAS Expert Roundtable, Dr Udasmoro’s presentation discussed how and why women have struggled to become active subjects in the media during Indonesia's New order Era (1968–1998) and the reformasi era (1998-present). Furthermore, women’s representation in the media was analysed, in order to illustrate the dynamic development of their self-narration.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This seminar focused on the relations between China and Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, with a particular focus on the newly established 16+1 platform. While the framework of relations between these countries and China is still 'work in progress', it has attracted increasing attention in Brussels for supposedly affecting the united stance of the EU. In fact, there are voices talking about the new dividing line in Europe and China’s ‘divide and rule’ strategy.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Following the EU-India Summit in February 2012 FTA negotiations entered an intense phase. This workshop focused, first, on the way labour rights and environmental considerations are being safeguarded during FTA negotiations, and second, on the role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) before, during and after FTA negotiations.

Venue: Room 5.503, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management



This briefing seminar brought together experts from the European Institutions and representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce to reflect on the negotiations and on the potential impact of an EU-China investment agreement. The panelists also shed light on the linkage between what unfolded during the Summit and the reforms proposed by the CCP during the Third Plenum in mid-November.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Martin Jacques, author of the global best-seller 'When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order' visited EIAS to examine recent developments and current trends in China and that country's place in the global order.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



This briefing seminar acted as a follow-up to the EU-Korea Summit that was be held on 8 November in Brussels, and also provided the opportunity to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the EU.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies



Indian companies are coming up with new technologies and radical business models to penetrate the country’s mass markets. They aspire to achieve this by transforming almost every element of the value chain, from products to supply-chain management, and creating novel business models. This briefing seminar covered case studies of successful innovations from Indian and multinational firms, ideas and strategies for entering and expanding business in India, and opportunities and challenges for global companies operating in India.

Venue: European Institute for Asian Studies