Malaysia's new visa-free policy for Chinese travelers is a positive response to China's announcement that it will grant unilateral, visa-free entry to travelers from six countries including Malaysia, tourism industry insiders said. The move will also boost travel to Malaysia, they added. Malaysia's visa-free policy for up to 30 days for Chinese travelers will take … Continue reading Malaysia approves visa-free policy for Chinese citizens
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, has stressed the need to strengthen foreign-related legal system development, as he chaired a group study session of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee on Monday. Xi highlighted the need to create law-based governance conditions and a favorable external environment … Continue reading China’s Xi Jinping stresses foreign-related legal system development
- The author is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Public Administration at the University of Macau, Macao SAR, China. On Dec. 1, 2021, the EU unveiled its “Global Gateway” strategy, an ambitious project formulated with the aim of boosting interregional connectivity. The strategy articulates the EU’s plan for narrowing the global … Continue reading OPINION – EU’s ‘Global Gateway’ and China’s BRI: Rivals or partners
Suella Braverman has launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, accusing him of abandoning secret promises and saying "your plan is not working". The former home secretary was sacked by the prime minister on Monday following a controversial article where she accused the Met Police of bias towards left-wing protesters, and not long after she … Continue reading Read Suella Braverman’s letter to Rishi Sunak
In one of his responses to Sir Keir Starmer, Rishi Sunak tries to bait his opponent over a vote later this evening. Sir Keir is facing down his internal rivals later today - as some want a ceasefire, while the leadership is urging for "humanitarian pauses". The ultimatum to his party from Sir Keir means … Continue reading Sunak attempts to goad Starmer over Israel-Gaza vote
The SNP's Westminster leader Stephen Flynn is up next, and immediately asks the prime minister on the prospect of a ceasefire in Gaza. Rishi Sunak says the UK is doing as much as possible to get aid into the nation, but does not address a ceasefire directly. Mr Flynn goes back and calls for a … Continue reading SNP calls for free vote on Gaza ceasefire
The Rwanda fallout has started. Rishi Sunak is trying his best to put a positive spin on the judgment, pointing out that "the principle of removing asylum seekers to a third country is lawful". He is scraping the barrel. It's a rhetorical trick that is unlikely to convince his opponents, with backbenchers now seething over … Continue reading Rwanda judgment leaves Sunak fighting on two fronts
Today should have been a good day for Rishi Sunak. With inflation down to 4.6%, the UK government is all but guaranteed to meet its major pledge to halve inflation by the end of the year. Yet this win on the cost of living has been completely overshadowed by the Rwanda plan and events in … Continue reading Even good news on inflation may not impress Sunak
The UK government's flagship immigration policy, known as the Rwanda plan, is hanging in the balance this morning after the highest court in the land found it to be unlawful. But what is the scheme? Why is it so controversial? And how has it ended up in the judicial system? The Rwanda plan was first … Continue reading Rwanda: Everything you should know about Supreme Court judgement on govt’s immigration plan
The government's Rwanda plan, devised to tackle illegal migration, has been dismissed by the Supreme Court, ending over 18 months of legal battles in the UK. Lord Reed announced the "unanimous" judgment from the court's justices on Wednesday, saying those sent to the country would be at "real risk" of being returned home, whether their … Continue reading Supreme Court faults decision by UK govt to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda
President Bola Tinubu, on Saturday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, began his deliberation with the captains of the Saudi Arabian industry at the Nigeria-Saudi investment roundtable. The President declared that with his team in place, every negative perception or notion about what Nigeria has represented in the past with respect to the ease of doing business, … Continue reading Will Tinubu uphold agreement with Saudi investors?
At 10.30am in Washington, White House spokesman John Kirby announced what he was claiming to be a significant moment in the negotiations for a pause in fighting. "We understand that Israel will begin to implement four-hour pauses in areas of northern Gaza each day, with an announcement to be made three hours beforehand and we … Continue reading Humanitarian pauses? Mixed messages as Israel casts doubt on US announcement
China paid tribute to two American World War II veterans, Mel McMullen and Harry Moyer, among the last surviving members of the Flying Tigers, a U.S. military command that aided China in its battle against Japan. Their recognition comes when both the U.S. and China seek inspiration from past collaborations to mend strained relations. Mel … Continue reading China pays tribute to WWII American pilots, aims at improving ties
Some schools across England are having to give parents the difficult news that they will not be opening on time due to new fears over a certain type of concrete. Some others are having to put in "mitigations", for example closing some school buildings. The Department for Education (DfE) has newly identified 104 schools and … Continue reading List of UK schools affected by concrete safety fears
The education systems in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are devolved, meaning they are responsible for carrying out checks on their schools. Statements about the presence of Reinforced Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (RAAC) in schools in Scotland and Northern Ireland have been issued, and the risks are being urgently assessed. A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said they … Continue reading What have Scotland and Northern Ireland said about dangerous concrete in schools?