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Bulletin  N° 31, August 2016
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Next events


Round table "Foreign policy of China in the Government of Xi Jinping"
 
The Latin America – Asia Pacific Observatory invites to participate in the round table “La política exterior de China en el gobierno de Xi Jinping” (Foreign policy of China in the Government of Xi Jinping), to be held on 15 September, at 9.30 a.m., at the Headquarters of the ALADI.



Outstanding activities

Presentation of the book “Exploring spaces for the productive integration between Latin America and Asia Pacific”
 
The Latin America - Asia Pacific Observatory presented the book “Explorando espacios para la integración productiva entre América Latina y Asia Pacífico” (Exploring spaces for the productive integration between Latin America and Asia Pacific). Such event was held on 23 August 2016 at the General Secretariat of the ALADI in Montevideo.
 
Seminar “La Alianza del Pacífico como instrumento de internacionalización”
 
The Coordinator of the Latin America - Asia Pacific Observatory participated in the seminar “La Alianza del Pacífico como instrumento de internacionalización” (The Pacific Alliance as an instrument of the internationalization) organized by the Center of Studies of Asia Pacific of the Universidad EAFIT of Medellín, Colombia, on 17 and 18 August 2016.
 
International seminar “La conexión china en la política exterior de Argentina en el siglo XXI”
 
The Coordinator of the Observatory, Dr. Ignacio Bartesaghi, will participate in the international seminar “La conexión china en la política exterior de Argentina en el siglo XXI” (Chinese connection in the foreign policy of Argentina in the Twenty-First Century), to be held on Monday, 12 September, at 8:00 a.m., at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella from Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Publications

Los esquemas de asociación de China y sus TLC con Latinoamérica
 
Participation of the Academician Alonso P. Ferrando witin the framework of the presentation of the book of the Observatory "Explorando espacios para la integración productiva entre América Latina y Asia Pacífico" (Exploring spaces for the productive integration between Latin America and Asia Pacific). (Publication in Spanish).
 
“¿Es posible una estrategia latinoamericana hacia las inversiones chinas buscando integración productiva?”
 
Participation of the Academician Gustavo Bittencourt within the framework of the presentation of the book of the Observatory "Explorando espacios para la integración productiva entre América Latina y Asia Pacífico"(Exploring spaces for the productive integration between Latin America and Asia Pacific) . (Publication in Spanish).
 
La Alianza del Pacífico y el Acuerdo de Asociación Transpacífico
 
Participation of Ignacio Bartesaghi within the framework of the Seminar “La Alianza del Pacífico como instrumento de internacionalización” (Pacific Alliance as an instrument of internationalization) organized by the Center of Asia Pacific Studies of the Universidad EAFIT. (Publication in Spanish).


News


Outstanding publications 

A darse las manos
 
Magazine Megatrade of foreign trade, shipping, and global logistics of July. (Publication in Spanish).
 
El G-20 enfrente al desafío de regresar a la base de su fundación
 
Paper by the Expert Gustavo Girado published by the newspaper BAE. (Publication in Spanish).
 
Las relaciones comerciales entre Uruguay y China
 
Report of January – June 2016 period published by the Department of International Business and Integration of the Universidad Católica del Uruguay. (Publication in Spanish).


 
Academic and business activities 
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivers scholarships of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
 
The Vice.Minister of Foreign Relations, Integration, and Economic Promotion, Carlos Castaneda, attended the delivery act of 21 scholarships to Salvadoran youngsters that will travel to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to take the undergraduate and postgraduate studies. (News in Spanish).
 
Experts assessed the main policies and challenges of India for obtaining the development
 
“India is, for Chile, a fundamental partner in the great Asian adventure that has been holding as a State policy for several decades”. With this sentence an analysis seminar was begun, where the problems that such Asian country in its economic development vocation must face were analyzed. (News in Spanish).

Malcorra participated in the opening of a Seminar about the role of China in the Latin-American industry
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra participated in the opening of a Seminar about the role of China in the Latin-American industry, particularly in Argentina, held at the Bolsa de Comercio (Trade Board) of Ciudad de Buenos Aires. (News in Spanish).
 
2016 Latin American Colloquium
 
Date: 5 October 2016. Time and Venue: To be advised. Organizer: University of Queensland.
 
Austrade Mission- Building Capacity in Panama' Mining Sector
 
Austrade invites you to register interest in participating in a mission to Panama to explore opportunities for Australian institutions to support the country in developing capacity in its mining industry.
 
Third ABAC 2016 Meeting, China
 
This important meeting was established for 1 to 4 August of this year, to be held in Shenzhen (China). In this meeting, among other things, the texts and details of the Meeting with leaders to be held in November in Lima (CEO Summit). (News in Spanish).
 
Successful investment seminar with the participation of important Japanese companies
 
During three days, 75 businessmen of 54 companies of the infrastructure and energy areas of Japan were informed about the excellent possibilities of investment in Argentina. (News in Spanish).
 
2016 - Australia-Latin-America-Business-Awards--Now-Open
 
Since 2002 the Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC) and the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) have recognised outstanding contributions to the development of Australia's commercial links with the Latin American region through their "Australia-Latin America Business Excellence Awards".

Japan – Latin American and the Caribbean Business Forum
 
This year the second edition of the “Foro Empresarial Japón-América Latina y el Caribe: “Progresar juntos, liderar juntos e inspirar juntos”” (Japan – Latin American and the Caribbean Business Forum: To progress together, to lead together and inspire together), on 1 and 2 November, in Tokyo. (News in Spanish).
 
Launch of the Mercosur- ASEAN chair
 
On Thursday, 04 August 2016, at 7 p.m., at Sala Francisco Bauzá | Central Headquarters (Av. 8 de Octubre 2738). Contact: dnii@ucu.edu.uy. Tel. 2487 2717 ext.  6261 and 6267. Department of International Business and Integration- Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales. Universidad Católica del Uruguay. (News in Spanish).
 
Invitation of the Asociación para el Fomento de las Relaciones Colombia China
 
The “Asociación para el Fomento de Relaciones Colombia China” (Association for the Promotion of the Colombia China Relations) is pleased to invite you to its opening event (News in Spanish).
 
Exposition “La relación entre las dos Coreas y el proceso de vinculación con la sociedad norcoreana"
 
We invite you to participate in the Exposition that the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Jong-youn CHOO, will give about the issue “La relación entre las dos Coreas y el proceso de vinculación con la sociedad norcoreana" (The relation between the two Koreas and the linkage process with the North Korean society). (News in Spanish).


 
Agreements and negotiations

Foreign Minister to attend ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers´Meetings
 
Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se attended ASEAN-related Foreign Ministers’ meetings in Vientiane, Laos, from July 24 to 26.
 
General Governor of Australia pays a State visit to Mexico
 
Sir Peter Cosgrove arrived at Mexico in order to pay a State visit, within the framework of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between both countries. (News in Spanish).
 
Malcorra received the Governor General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Susana Malcorra received this morning the Governor  General of Australia, Peter Cosgrove with his wife, after placing flowers on the monument of Gral. San Martín, they had a private meeting. (News in Spanish).
 
Ambassadors of Asean appreciated the incorporation of Chile into the Amity and Cooperation Agreement
 
After three days the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 10 countries signed the formal accession to the agreement of the Association of South-East [...] Asian Nations (Asean), the five diplomatic representatives accredited in our country presented, in a commemorative meeting, ideas, and posed challenges for this new stage. (News in Spanish).
 
Wang Yi: Continuously Elevate China-ASEAN Relations to New Levels
 
On August 3, 2016, when jointly meeting the press after his talks with Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith of Laos, Foreign Minister Wang Yi talked about China-ASEAN relations, expressing that China will join efforts with all ASEAN countries to elevate China-ASEAN relations to a new level.
 
President ratifies agreement with the Republic of China (Taiwan)
 
The President of the Republic, Juan Carlos Varela Rodríguez, sanctioned, and promulgated, in the Official Gazette, Law N° 35, of 2 August 2016, whereby the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is adopted, signed in Panama, on 9 March 2016, and promulgated in the Official Gazette No. 28,088-A, on 3 August 2016, in compliance of the internal legal requirements in the Republic of Panama. (News in Spanish).
 
25 Panamanian women will be trained as a result of the Agreement between Panama and the Republic of China (Taiwan)
 
In an act held in Palacio Bolívar, Headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) delivered a gift of B/.115,803.93, for the Superior Institute Tagua, for the training of 25 Panamanian women in Touristic Management in Gastronomy and Hotel Business. (News in Spanish).
 
Director-General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Zhu Qingqiao Gives Exclusive Interview to People's Daily Online over Rio Olympics
 
On August 3, 2016, Director-General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Zhu Qingqiao gave an exclusive video interview to People's Daily Online over the Rio Olympics.
 
Governor and Mayors visited Korea in order to speak about investments in Paraguay
 
Within the framework of the visit to the Republic of Korea of the Governor of Central Department, Blas Lanzoni; and the Mayors of Luque, Carlos Echeverría; de Lambaré, Armando Gómez, and Mariano Roque Alonso, Carolina Aranda, a Seminar about the Investment Opportunities in Paraguay, held at the Hotel Summerset of Seoul, with the local support of KOTRA, KIBWA, the Ministry of Planning of the Future and the Embassy of the Republic of the Paraguay in Korea. (News in Spanish).
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Muñoz and Ambassadors of ASEAN in Chile celebrated 49º anniversary of ASEAN
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, arrived at the Embassy of Indonesia so as to celebrate with the Ambassadors and representatives of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Philippines on the 49º anniversary of the establishment of the ASEAN. (News in Spanish).
 
BRICS Development Partnership Administrators' Meeting, New Delhi (August 6-7, 2016)
 
The BRICS Development Partnership Administrators’ Meeting successfully concluded on 7 August 2016 in New Delhi. The 2-day meeting provided an opportunity to the Member States to better understand the structure of their respective development cooperation programmes and saw fruitful exchanges among the BRICS Member States on key issues of global, national and sectoral significance in the field of development cooperation.
 
Liu Yandong Meets with Minister of Culture Rafael Tovar of Mexico
 
On August 9, 2016 local time, Vice Premier Liu Yandong met in Mexico City with Minister of Culture Rafael Tovar of Mexico.
 
Diplomatic mission promotes the trade links in Malaysia and participates in the celebrations of the 49° anniversary of the ASEAN
 
The Embassy of Peru in Malaysia, and representatives of the member countries of the ASEAN participated yesterday in a commemorative event of the 49 years of its foundation, chaired by the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, with the Secretary-General of the mentioned institution. (News in Spanish).
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Muñoz goes with President to an interview with the Governor of Australia
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Muñoz, went with the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, to the interview with the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and aimed at deepening the cooperation in mining, education, defense, energy, commerce, and investments. (News in Spanish).
 
First Chinese Seminar for the Protection of Water begins
 
From 9 to 26 August, the first seminar China-Costa Rica for the protection of the water took place in San José, whose objective is to share experiences with technicians Costa Rican protecting the environment and water conservation. (News in Spanish).
 
China imports more and more food for its middle class
 
China demands more and more food products. For that reason, Latin America and the Caribbean, that count on favorable characteristics for the agricultural production, may take advantage of an excellent opportunity in order commercialize its goods in Asia. (News in Spanish).
 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs speeds up the export of Argentinian prawns to China
 
Upon joint procedures held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Agroindustry, and the SENASA, technical body in charge of the health issues of the People’s Republic of China adopted an amendment for its regulations of food additives that will enable to overcome barriers that, since 2014, was suffering the export of prawns, squids and meat of crabs of Argentinian origin. (News in Spanish).
 
Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Trade of China receives the Cuban Ambassador
 
At the Headquarters of the Ministry of Trade of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) a fraternal meeting between its Vice-Minister Zhang Xiancheng, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba Alberto J. Blanco Silva was held. (News in Spanish).
 
Seminar on the innovation in China brought together entrepreneurs so as to promote new alliances
 
Within the framework of the third version of the Chinese Fair of Electronics and Machinery, held between 25 and 27 July 2016, a meeting was held, where Chilean entrepreneurs shared their experiences in the creation of goods and services by means of trade platforms in the giant Asian. (News in Spanish).
 
Venezuela and China strengthen geopolitical view for the joint development
 
At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Vice-President for the Planning and Head of the China–Venezuela High Level Joint Commission, Ricardo Menéndez, offered information to the media about the main issues that will be dealt with in the technical working tables during the three days of the event. (News in Spanish).
 
Increasing economic engagement with Latin America
 
Trade Minister the Hon Steven Ciobo MP is travelling to Latin America this for his first official visit to Colombia and Chile. During the visit Minister Ciobo will work to strengthen bilateral trade and investment links with both countries, including exploring the feasibility of a free trade agreement with Colombia.
 
Negotiation of the FTA CA – Korea goes towards its conclusion
 
The fifth negotiation round of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America and South Korea was held in Seoul, Korea, from 8 to 12 August. This working week was useful to continue conversations about the pending issues in the norms texts and to deepen the discussions about the lists for market access and services. (News in Spanish).
 
Meeting between External Affairs Minister and Minister of External Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (August 18, 2016)
 
H.E. Ms. Delcy Rodriguez, Minister of External Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela met Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister on 18th August, 2016. She was accompanied by a 14 member delegation including Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum and President of PDVSA, H.E. Mr. Eulogio del Pino and Venezuelan Vice Minister for Asia, Middle East and Oceania H.E. Mr. Felix Plasencia.
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs received in an interview the Minister of Trade of  Australia
 
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heraldo Munoz, received in an interview the Minister of Trade of Australia, Steven Ciobo. At the meeting, the authorities spoke about the main aspects of the bilateral relation and about issues of common interest, as the cooperation between Australia and the Pacific Alliance, the Transpacific Agreement, and the cooperation within the framework of Defense. Upon the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs headed a lunch in honor of the Minister Ciobo. (News in Spanish).
 
Ad-Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba receives Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of China
 
CUBA, 19 August 2016.- The ad-interim Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Abelardo Moreno Fernández, had, this morning, Friday, 19 August, a courtesy meeting with Wang Chao, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, who is paying a working visit to our country. (News in Spanish).
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Muñoz went with President Bachelet to an interview with Mayor of Shanghai
 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Muñoz went with President Bachelet to Michelle Bachelet, to a bilateral meeting that she had with the Mayor of Shanghai, Yang Xiong, who is visiting Santiago with a view to deepening the bonds between his city and our country. (News in Spanish).
 
ROK to Attend the 17th FEALAC SOM
 
The government of the Republic of Korea will attend the 17th Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) in Guatemala from August 24 through 26.
 
The FEALAC 17th Senior Officials' Meeting
 
The 17th FEALAC SOM (Senior Officials Meeting) will take place on August 24-26, 2016 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
 
Official visit to Paraguay of Her Imperial Highness of Japan, Princess Mako
 
The Government of Republic of Paraguay announces the Official Visit of of Her Imperial Highness of Japan, Princess Mako, from 7 to 14 September 2016 as a result of the invitation sent by the President of the Republic, Horacio Cartes, considering the friendly relationships between both countries. (News in Spanish).
 
Costa Rica is reelected by acclamation in order to continue heading the Social and Political Cooperation and Sustainable Development Group of the  Forum for East-Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FOCALAE)
 
Costa Rica is reelected by acclamation in order to continue heading the Social and Political Cooperation and Sustainable Development Group with the People’s Republic of China, during the second day of the celebration of the XVII Meeting of High Officials of the Forum for East-Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FOCALAE), held in Guatemala. (News in Spanish).
 
Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Chao Visits Cuba
 
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Chao visited Cuba from 17 to 19 August 2016, and had meetings and conversations with the Ad-interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Abelardo Moreno, and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba Ana Teresita González Fraga, respectively. (News in Spanish).
 
Cuba participates in the Meeting of High Officials of FOCALAE
 
After two days of intense work, the Seventeenth Meeting o High Officials of the Forum for East-Asia-Latin America Cooperation was closed on Friday, 26 August. (News in Spanish).
 
Panama concludes fruitful participation in FOCALAE
 
Panama presented, in the Seventeenth Meeting of High Officials of the Forum for East-Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FOCALAE), held in Guatemala, a progress report of the projects executed in the country within the framework of this mechanism, and also promoted a Forum of Logistics, to be held in Panama, in  2017, and will be focused on the integration of the region in the value chains  of the East Asia –Latin America Trade. (News in Spanish).
 
Panama and India exchange experiences regarding the supply of medicines
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industries, and Health participated in the information meeting with representatives of the Council of Promotion of the Exports of Pharmaceutical Products (PHARMEXIL) of India, the sixth main country producer, and exporter of medicines and  leader in the export of vaccines in the world. (News in Spanish).
 
Panama and Vietnam signed an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation
 
The Republic of Panama and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam signed, on Tuesday, an Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Tax Evasion as regards the Income Tax. (News in Spanish).
 
Commercial exchange between the People’s Republic of China and RD is 1,800 MM dollars
 
The new permanent representative of the Office of Trade Development of the People’s Republic of China in the country, Fu Xinrong, affirmed that the commercial exchange of that nation with the Dominican Republic reaches 1,800 million dollars. (News in Spanish).
 
Honduras participates in the Seventeenth Meeting of High Officials of FOCALAE
 
The Seventeenth Meeting of High Officials of the Forum for East-Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FOCALAE), held in the City of Guatemala from 24 to 26 August, brought together 36 member countries of this Forum, 20 from Latin America, and 16 from East Asia, in order to progress in their works facing the Eighth Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, to be held in Seoul, Korea, next year and to the commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of its foundation in 2019. (News in Spanish).
 
Panama and Japan applaud strengthening of bilateral relations
 
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Hincapié, and the Deputy of Japan Natsuo Yamaguchi, President of the Komeito party, applauded the excellent level reached this year in the bilateral relations strengthened with the signature of agreements and establishment of the Panama-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group. (News in Spanish).
 
Exemption of visa to Chinese citizens will increase the flow of tourists towards Peru
 
Today it was established to exempt, with some restrictions, the temporary visas of tourists and business to the citizens of the People’s Republic of China entering Peru, according to the Supreme Decree 069-2016-RE of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (News in Spanish).
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