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Latest news about Asia and the European Union. The EU is deepening its strategic partnerships with China, India, Japan and negotiations are well underway on new partnership and free trade agreements with South Korea and with south-east Asian countries. Asia comprises high-income industrialised partners and dynamic emerging economies but is also home to two thirds of the world's poor. Development cooperation therefore remains high on the EU's agenda with Asia, and more than five billion euros allocated to Asia by the EU for the period 2007-2013. Policies are address common challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development, security and stability, governance and human rights, as well as the prevention of, and response to natural and human disasters. The EU is stepping up its support to regional integration through the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and intensifying cooperation with the Association of South-East Asia Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

EU signs geographical indications deal with China
The EU and China signed a bilateral agreement Monday to protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation.

Europe needs to be a player, not a playing field, EU tells China
The EU needs a balanced relationship with China, EU president Charles Michel told Chinese president Xi Monday in a summit which underlined differences over human rights, climate and trade issues.

EU looks to improve trade & investment relations with China
At a high-level virtual meeting Tuesday, the EU called on China to engage in trade reform and to remove barriers impeding access to the Chinese market for EU exporters and European investors.

Importance of China to EU's COVID recovery underlined at summit
The importance of the EU's trading relationship with China for recovery from COVID-19 was underlined at a video conference summit Tuesday but Hong Kong and human rights was high on the agenda.

EU signs aviation agreement with Japan
The EU and Japan signed an agreement on civil aviation safety Monday, with the aim of boosting EU cooperation with Japan and reinforcing the competitiveness of the EU's aviation industry.

EU, Japan strenthen ties to face COVID-19 crisis
EU and Japan leaders at a video conference Tuesday signalled close coordination in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, stressing the importance of global solidarity, cooperation and multilateralism.

Brussels imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel
The EU Commission decided Wednesday to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of steel road wheels originating in China, to be in place as of tomorrow and to remain in place for a 5-year period.

Green light for talks on EU-Japan Passenger Name Record agreement
The EU Council gave a green light Tuesday for the start of negotiations with Japan on an agreement to enable the transfer of Passenger Name Record data from the European Union to Japan.

EU launches WTO action against Indonesia over steel
The European Union brought a dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO) Friday against Indonesian export restrictions for raw materials used in the production of stainless steel.

EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force
The EU-Singapore trade agreement came into effect Thursday, offering European companies a gateway to the fast-growing South-east-Asian region, boosting trade for companies, farmers and workers.

EU-China agree deal on Geographical Indications
The EU and China signed a landmark agreement to recognise each other's protected regional products Wednesday, protecting 100 European GIs in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the EU from imitation.

EU extends anti-dumping measures against Chinese bicycles
The EU has extended anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese bicycles of 48.5% until 2024, a measure called for by European trade unions, bicycle manufacturers, small businesses and cyclists.

EU starts probe into dumped hot rolled steel from China, Taiwan and Indonesia
The European Commission initiated Monday an anti-dumping investigation into imports of hot rolled stainless steel sheets and coils from China, Indonesia and Taiwan.

EU and Japan select first Joint Master Programmes
The European Commission announced Wednesday the results of a call for proposals for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships with Japan launched in October 2018.

EU lifts Taiwan's yellow card for illegal fishing following reforms
The EU lifted its illegal fishing 'yellow card' against Taiwan Thursday in recognition of the country's upgrading its legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in general and in Taiwan
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, decided on 27 June to lift the yellow card acknowledging the progress made by Taiwan and the major upgrade of its fisheries legal and administrative systems to fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

Brussels signs landmark aviation agreements with China
The EU strengthened aviation relations with China Monday, signing an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement in a boost for EU trade in aircraft and related products.

EU - China aviation agreements
The European Union and China signed on 20 May 2019 an agreement on civil aviation safety and a horizontal aviation agreement to strengthen their aviation cooperation.

EU, Japan strengthen bilateral ties
The recently-signed EU-Japan free trade agreement was hailed as "one of the greatest achievements in EU-Japan relations" by EU and Japanese leaders meeting at their summit in Brussels on Thursday.

EU, China to cooperate on WTO reform after 'honest' talks
The European and China agreed at a summit Tuesday to deepen the EU-China strategic partnership, cooperate on WTO reform and intensify talks to strengthen international rules on industrial subsidies.

Half dangerous goods coming to EU made in China: report
More than half of all dangerous products detected by the EU's 'Safety Gate for dangerous products' came from China, according to the European Commission's 2018 report released Friday.

EU launches ICT, pharma cases against India, Turkey at WTO
The EU brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation against India and Turkey Tuesday, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on IT products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals.

EU Parliament go-ahead for trade deal with Singapore
The European Parliament gave its endorsement Wednesday to the free trade and investment protection deals between EU and Singapore, serving as blueprint for further cooperation with Southeast Asia.

EU-Japan free trade zone opens for business
The EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on 1 February, allowing businesses and consumers across Europe and in Japan to take advantage of the largest open trade zone in the world.

EU-Japan data sharing agreement comes into effect
The EU Commission adopted Wednesday an 'adequacy decision' which allows personal data to flow freely between the European Union and Japan on the basis of strong protection guarantees.