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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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rakhine

The Rakhine State Danger to Myanmar's Transition

By International Crisis Group

The violence since 25 August that has driven 270,000 Rohingya civilians over Myanmar’s border into Bangladesh is not just causing a humanitarian catastrophe. It is also driving up the risks that the country’s five-year-old transition from military rule will stumble, that Rohingya communities will be radicalised, and that regional stability will be weakened.

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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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green

Invitation Sep. 28th --- How Green is China?

The EU-Asia Centre invites you to a panel discussion on the state of the environment in China. Beijing is now a strong defender of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and a ‘Green China’ is now propagated by the government as a top priority. China has made remarkable progress in introducing Green technology and is working with the EU on several environmental projects. At the same time there are huge challenges in cleaning up the environment, not least due to years of neglect, the emphasis on economic growth and the heavy dependence on coal.