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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.

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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.

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China hosted the 2014 annual gathering of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders under the theme of "Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership".

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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EIAS News

On 18 November, the 3rd KINU Human Rights Forum in Europe took place in Brussels. The event was co-organised by the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) and the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and was attended by 40 experts.

Ms Theresa Fallon, Senior Associate at EIAS, has been awarded the Vietnamese Ambassador's Distinction Award for her contribution to strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and the European Union.

Ms Lin Goethals, EIAS Director for Asia and Visiting Fellow at the European Union Centre in Taiwan; and Mr Richard Turcsanyi, EIAS Associate and PhD Candidate at the Institute of Asia Studies in Slovakia; presented their research at the National Central Library of Taiwan as part of their participation in the Taiwan Fellowship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (a joint venture between the Japanese Government/METI and the European Commission/DG Enterprise & Industry) is launching the 5th session of its “M

The UACES Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on EU-China relations is announcing the Call for Papers for the Fourth Workshop on Europe-China Relations in Global Politics, titled “Cities as Actors in EU-Asia Cooperation.”

Proposed paper topics include knowledge economy and development, intellectual property rights, environment and energy, security intelligence and information sharing, research and higher education cooperation and the circulation of people.