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24/04/2014 - 10:30
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Asian News Outlook

While on these very same days, Washington and Tokyo are experiencing a tough time overcoming the difficult impasse in the negotiations over a wide-ranging, Asia-Pacific free trade agreement (TPP), Australia and Japan have sealed on Monday a long-awaited, comprehensive economic partnership agreement. The deal, officially known as the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement or JAEPA, comes after over seven years of negotiations, and has been greatly welcomed by both sides and defined by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as of “historic significance” and as a reflection of the “shared values” between the two countries.

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Some 7 million voters headed to the polling centres in Afghanistan last Saturday, 5 April, for the first democratic election since 2001, which could lead to the first democratic transfer of power in the country's history.

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The 10-day European tour by the Chinese President Xi Jinping ended with his visit to Belgium and the headquarters of the European Union, making him the first Chinese head of state to visit the EU institutions since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two sides in 1975.

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On April 18, student activists and members of civic organisations (The Coalition of Student and Civic Groups against the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement) occupied the Legislative Yuan asking for a review of the controversial Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement.

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From 17 to 20 March 2014, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht visited Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar in an attempt to boost trade ties with the region. High-level talks were held in each country to attain constructive progress.

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Protests against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have grown stronger and more intense.

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The first ASEAN-EU Dialogue on Connectivity was held last week in Brussels. Connectivty is an increasingly central goal of ASEAN, a task at which it has been effective up to a certain extent.

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EIAS News

India’s mandatory CSR for corporates is a unique initiative that, if implemented well, could multiply the country's efforts to bring about economic and social inclusion. It might also set an example for other developing countries. India's corporate world should see this as an opportunity, as well as a responsibility.

On the last day of his visit to Europe, H.E. Mr Xi Jinping delivered a speech at an event organised by the College of Europe in collaboration with the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the European Union and the Chinese Embassy to Belgium.

Former EIAS Visiting Fellow Dr Eduardo Zachary Albrecht has devised a methodology that looks at unfolding crises in Asia and the Middle East, and forecasts developments.

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The second call for applications for all levels (Bachelor, Master, PhD (exchange), Postdoc and Staff) of scholarships launched on 04.10.2013 and will be closed on 17.02.2014

The Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) will host the conference "East Asia and the European Union: strong Economics, weak Politics?" on May 8-9 2014.

In January 2014, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation launched a new website aimed at EU companies interested in doing business in Japan: www.eubusinessinjapan.eu.