The renewal of sanctions comes just days after the commander-in-chief’s latest Russia visit during which he toured military facilities across the country.
Diplomats in Brussels have said that tensions over trade, investments and minority rights mean China and the EU may fail to agree a joint declaration at the April 9 summit.
China is struggling to ease worries as it readies for a major summit in late April, especially among Western nations wary about debt, transparency and Chinese influence.
We’ll stop targeting police when EU guarantees force has stopped oppressing Arakanese civilians, group says
The directive, known as RED II, aims to stop the use of crops that cause deforestation in transportation fuel by 2030.
Southeast Asian nations benefit from Brussels’ role as a counterweight to major powers in the region
Brussels began a formal procedure in October to strip the country’s special trade status over concerns for human rights, democracy and rule of law.
"Thailand's fishing industry at all levels has a responsibility to the environment and the world,” a Thai military government spokesperson told Reuters.
The EU said Thailand has amended its fisheries legal framework in line with international law and improved monitoring and surveillance, but the ILO says workers remain at risk.
China has watched Brexit nervously, worried not only about potential market turmoil from a disorderly departure but about losing Britain's support for free trade within the EU.
Cambodia's Parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party following threats by the EU to deny the country duty-free trade access.
Launched in 2015, the Durable Peace Program has been funding NGOs to help the thousands of families displaced by the civil war in Myanmar's northeast.
Members of Brussels’ monitoring mission have met with a united front from politicians, union leaders and businesspeople as they investigate rights and labor conditions here.
Reforms are making progress but Brussels’ support still needed, union reps tell delegation probing rights abuses
Though 70 percent of Myanmar’s garment exports go to the EU, investors in the industry are mostly Asian, so revoking the GSP won’t affect foreign investment, according to DICA.