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Asia Update

July 2017

Asia-related activities of Bertelsmann Stiftung and insights into important developments in the region.


Award Ceremony

China is more than a market for German companies

China is Germany's most important Asian business partner. Many companies are getting involved and supporting Chinese society. On June 15 in Shanghai they were recognized by us for their exemplary projects. The awardees are automotive supplier Bosch, equipment manufacturers Freudenberg and Rose Plastic, the chemical companies Lanxess and Wacker and software manufacturer SAP. Read an event report and watch short videos of the projects here


Asia Policy Brief

President Moon Jae-in: The Right Choice for South Korea

The success of the newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in will depend on whether he can unite a divided society. He also needs the support of the opposition to implement his ambitious reform agenda, argues Hannes B. Mosler, assistant professor at the Institute of Korean Studies and the Graduate School of Asian Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, in this new Asia Policy Brief. Read more and download the new Asia Policy Brief here



EU-India FTA - Two Unequal Partners?

Talks between India and the EU about a possible Free Trade Agreement (FTA) have been going on for some while now and have been anything but easy so far. There are many hurdles to take before both sides will be able to agree to a deal. Our newest GED Study examines the economic effects such an agreement could potentially have. It could provide new stimulus and could result in an annual increase in the EU's GDP, argue Cora Jungbluth and Murali Nair. Read a blogpost and download the study here


Blog Post

EU and Japan Summit: A Strong Signal for Free Trade

While Donald Trump seems to dump one trade pact after the other, the EU and Japan have made a strong case for free trade and against protectionism ahead of the G20 meeting later this week: both sides achieved a political agreement at the EU-Japan Summit in Brussels. While further negotiations are necessary, a new study by our colleagues in the "Global Economic Dynamics" project finds that the potential wealth gains of a deep free trade agreement between Japan and the EU are significant. Read a blog post about the issue here



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