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asean

Mogherini attends ARF in Manila

EU High Rep, Federica Mogherini, boosted the EU’s presence in Asia with her attendance this week at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) annual meeting in Manila. The ARF brings together the ten ASEAN countries, the EU and countries such as Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the United States.

Mogherini also co-chaired the annual EU-ASEAN ministerial conference, which this year marks 40 years of partnership between the two blocs (see below). She met with the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, and with the Foreign Minister of the Philippines, Alan Cayetano. She thanked the Foreign Minister for the good cooperation with the EU under his country's chairmanship of ASEAN. The two discussed bilateral relations related to human rights, trade, development cooperation, and the final ratification of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.

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india

The Sino-Indian BRI equation

By Observer Research Foundation

Over a month has passed since India walked a lonely path and boycotted the Belt and Road Forum, China’s showpiece international conference on its most ambitious economic and political initiative in recent times. The decision made news and provoked strong and divergent opinions, not least within India.

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dprk

EU Tightens Sanctions on DPRK

At the Foreign Affairs Council on 17 July the EU agreed to tougher sanctions against North Korea following its latest test of an intercontinental missile on 4 July. The statement called on the DPRK to ‘to comply without delay, fully and unconditionally, with its obligations under all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and to refrain from any further provocative action that could increase regional and global tensions.’

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jp

Event Report --- EU-Japan relations

On 12 July the EU-Asia Centre held a panel discussion on the prospects for EU-Japan relations against the background of the agreements in principle which both sides reached on 6 July.