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Towards an EU-China Digital Dialogue: The need for a constructive balance between a synergetic relationship and competition

Towards an EU-China Digital Dialogue: The need for a constructive balance between a synergetic relationship and competition

01/07/2020 Digital connectivity, digital economy and cybersecurity have become quite important and sensitive matters in the framework of EU dialogue and bilateral engagement between EU and China. A bilateral dialogue started in 2009, focusing on Information Technology, Telecommunications, and the use of the Internet. In 2013, a new “EU-China 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation” was

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Viet Nam as a stepping stone for EU-ASEAN trade

Viet Nam as a stepping stone for EU-ASEAN trade

Published on 30/06/2020 Following the Viet Nam-EU Partnership and Cooperation Framework Agreement (PCA), the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and EU-Viet Nam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) were concluded by the European Council on 30 March 2020. The EU and Viet Nam signed these agreements on 30 June 2019, after which the Vietnamese National Assembly

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Does the pandemic open the EU’s doors for Chinese FDI?

Does the pandemic open the EU’s doors for Chinese FDI?

23/06/2020 While the intensity of pandemic-related health cases in the EU seems to be in retreat, relaxation of social restrictions throughout the EU Member States seems to have established a foothold. In an economic context, however, the virus is mostly yet to hit. The national economic governing bodies of the EU Member States are working

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Uzbekistan’s Report on Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labour Released

Uzbekistan’s Report on Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labour Released

22/06/2020 In recent years, extensive work has been implemented by the Government of Uzbekistan to prevent and eliminate human trafficking and forced labor, to protect the rights and legitimate interests of citizens. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev implemented effective measures to eliminate child and forced labor had been undertaken in cooperation with

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Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Macau

Tourism and COVID-19: The Case of Macau

19/06/2020 The world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and tourism is one of the worst affected sectors globally. According to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), international tourism fell by 22% in the first quarter of 2020 and this decline could extend to 80% throughout the year. This plunge is not a direct

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Turkmenistan: Celebrating 25 Years of Neutrality

Turkmenistan: Celebrating 25 Years of Neutrality

17/06/2020 In December 1995, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously endorsed Turkmenistan’s unique status of neutrality. Thenceforward the status has defined and guided its foreign policy, broadly characterised by the principles of non-interference and non-participation in any military associations and alliances. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of such an occasion, this article considers the origins, evolution

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A Green Sino-European focus in the aftermath of Covid-19

A Green Sino-European focus in the aftermath of Covid-19

10/06/2020 Ever since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, China has had a different approach than the European Union (EU) on how to combat the virus. As the EU is an economic and political union, health protection and healthcare systems are a responsibility of the EU Member States. Therefore, slightly different approaches in fighting the

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Uzbekistan’s Economic Resilience in the Face of COVID-19

Uzbekistan’s Economic Resilience in the Face of COVID-19

09/06/2020 As COVID-19 continues to make itself felt throughout the world, it is becoming clear that some states, and furthermore, some regions are affected differently and at different times. Despite many of the CARs (Central Asian Republics) bordering directly with China, it took roughly two to three additional months for it to be transmitted to

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Is the European Commission Contradicting its Own Principles in the New Anti-Money Laundering List?

Is the European Commission Contradicting its Own Principles in the New Anti-Money Laundering List?

08/06/2020 On 7 May 2020, the European Commission presented: An Action Plan for a Comprehensive EU policy on preventing money laundering and terrorism financing A revised methodology for listing high-risk third countries A new delegated act identifying 12 additional countries with strategic Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) deficiencies. This delegated

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