The European Union's continuing commitment to development and co-operation in Asia encompasses a wide variety of projects right across the continent. Here are some of the more recent initiatives. Japan: Commission President Jacques Santer, on his first official visit to Japan last October, spoke at Keio University and stressed that similarities between Japan and the EU made them ideal partners. He said closer co-operation on matters concerning trade, development and humanitarian aid, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, drug abuse, competitiveness, unemployment and the problems posed by an ageing population might help the two sides to learn from each other and achieve common goals. The EU also participated in recent US-Japan car talks to ensure a fair deal for European companies. South Korea: A Framework Agreement signed on October 28 last year is to strengthen political dialogue and economic co-operation in areas of intellectual property rights, market access conditions, maritime transport, norms and standards and ship building. The EU has also proposed to fully participate in and help finance the KEDO (Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation) non-proliferation initiative. It also fully supported South Korea's membership of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the two sides worked closely together to help advance WTO telecommunications negotiations. Nepal: An integrated programme to improve the catchment areas of the Bagmati River, ECU 12.2 million (HK$106 million). Bangladesh: Support for the Rural Development Committee of Bangladesh, ECU 33 million. Laos: Improvement of veterinary services, ECU 5.7 million. China: Co-operation in regard to rules and standards, ECU 5.21 million. Training programmes for young managers, ECU 9.935 million. A programme to strength self-management at village level, ECU 10.67 million. Participation in Asia-Invest programme, ECU 10 million. Energy co-operation discussions aimed at developing viable, sustainable and renewable energy policies. Thailand: A ECU 2 million humanitarian aid package to provide food and medical treatment for around 100,000 Karen and Mon refugees from Burma. Cambodia: A ECU 1.5 million aid package to enable a six-month health and de-mining programme. Regional: An Asia-wide health programme, ECU 25 million. The extension of the system for the advancement of technological information, ECU 3 million. A project to assist the campaign for the eradication of rinderpest in South Asia, ECU 7.7 million.