Asian News Outlook

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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EIAS News

On 8 December the European Institute for Asian Studies, in cooperation with the Taipei Representative Office in the EU and Belgium, hosted a roundtable on “EU-Taiwan Trade and Investment Relations: State of Play and Next Steps”, to present the findings of research conducted by EIAS and ECIPE.

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.

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The Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations (IFAIR) invites students, young researchers and practitioners to participate in the 2nd Interregional EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue, running under the heading “Building global partnerships – Which role for the EU and ASEAN?”, taking place between 14 and 28 March 2015.

The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is launching the 5th session of its “MINERVA” EU-Japan Fellowship (1 April - 30 September 2015): a 6 months in-house fellowship scheme in Japan, targeting EU and Japanese academics, trade/economic analysts and civil servants.

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.”