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An “Indo-Pacific” Outlook for the European Union

An “Indo-Pacific” Outlook for the European Union

30/10/2020 The Indo-Pacific Region (IPR) has been deemed as the most relevant geopolitical theatre of the 21st century where the future of the international order will be decided. The persisting bipolar competition in the area, exemplified by the India-China discord and the U.S.-China confrontation, has been overshadowing the existing regional constructs implemented to enhance economic

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Japan’s Connectivity and Military Policies: Poking the Dragon

Japan’s Connectivity and Military Policies: Poking the Dragon

20/10/2020 While China is Japan’s biggest trading partner, the relationship between the two countries has had its ups and downs over the past decades. Polls suggest that Japanese opinion of China in 2020 has hit an all-time low. Recently, Japan has increasingly been making decisions that may not be to Beijing’s liking. Two noteworthy developments

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China’s Carbon Pledge for 2060: A Matter of Credibility

China’s Carbon Pledge for 2060: A Matter of Credibility

14/10/2020 On 22 September 2020, President Xi Jinping laid out the most ambitious environmental goal for China so far. Addressing the United Nations Assembly, he stated that the country will boost its Nationally Determined Contributions by achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. Such a pledge echoes the “ecological civilization” framework, introduced under President Xi Jinping in

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The EU and Indonesia: Committed to a sustainable economic recovery

The EU and Indonesia: Committed to a sustainable economic recovery

09/10/2020 On 17 September 2020, in a virtual event with the Minister for National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Suharso Monoarfa, and the EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Vincent Piket, the “EU-Indonesia Cooperation Publication – Building capacity for Green Growth” was launched. It calls for attention on EU-Indonesia cooperation, a thirty-year strategic partnership which, despite the current

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EU-India Relations: Factoring China In

EU-India Relations: Factoring China In

India-China relations are souring. The EU is playing a delicate balancing act in advancing its values and interests with both players. The EU-India Summit of July 2020 is indicative of how the EU looks towards India to deliver as a reliable partner in Asia, with similar values of multilateralism and democracy. The Joint Statement cemented

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EIAS Participates in Roundtable Devoted to Turkmenistan’s Neutrality

EIAS Participates in Roundtable Devoted to Turkmenistan’s Neutrality

On 25 September 2020, H.E. Tchary Atayev, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the Kingdom of Belgium and the European Union, hosted a high-level roundtable under the title ‘Constructive Dialogue for Peace and Sustainable Development’ on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the country’s Permanent Neutrality Status. After some brief historical context, the Ambassador highlighted the

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Suga takes over Japanese leadership. Same old, or new opportunities?

Suga takes over Japanese leadership. Same old, or new opportunities?

28/09/2020 Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has taken office on 16 September 2020, replacing Shinzo Abe who stepped down due to health reasons. 71-year-old Suga is a political veteran with a notoriously tight schedule, who has climbed his way up the political ladder from humble farmer origins. Suga served as Chief Cabinet Secretary under

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EU-Cambodia Trade Relations: Challenges & Way Forward

EU-Cambodia Trade Relations: Challenges & Way Forward

24/09/2020 On 12 August 2020, for the first time in the history of the ‘Everything But Arms’ (EBA) mechanism, the decision to partially withdraw trade preferences to one of its key beneficiaries, Cambodia, came into effect. Simply put, the EBA represents the European Commission’s trade scheme which grants duty-free and quota-free access for all products

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