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  • A Stronger Australia in Southeast Asia?

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/11/02 Early next year, Sydney will play host to a appropriate summit between Australia and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which is commemorating its 50th anniversary this year. But as we approach that conference, questions remain about what role Canberra should really play in Southeast Asia amid concerning developments within the subregion, vexing security issues in Asia additional broadly, and uncertainty over the role of other powers inclunding the United States. Australia’s position and standing as a wealthy, Western-oriented country in the region, one would think, would give it an chance at the negotiating table where critical issues like North Korea and a potential conflict in the South China Sea will dictate the broader schedule. And some analysts continue to argue that the Australian government should take a additional proactive stance with ASEAN, which is facing difficult times as individual members take unilateral action to silence dissent, upsetting civil rights groups and a lot of in the West.
  • The downsides to Singapore’s education system: streaming, stress and suicides

    CHINA, 2017/09/23 Singapore’s education system is reputed for producing children who top the world rankings in standardised tests. The city national took initial place in the last Pisa (world education rankings. The country’s school system is geared towards high succcess in exams, but the emphasis on rote learning and memorisation, combined with pressure to succeed, affects children’s social skills, health and in general happiness .Run by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pisa tests, conducted each three years, are intended as a measure of problem-solving and cognition. From presently on Singapore’s superiority in the rankings may be coming at an equally high price.
  • UNWTO: International tourism – strongest half-year results since 2010

    AFGHANISTAN, 2017/09/09 Destinations worldwide welcomed 598 million international tourists in the initial six months of 2017, some 36 million additional than in the same period of 2016. At 6%, increase was well above the trend of recent years, making the current January-June period the strongest half-year since 2010. Visitor numbers reported by destinations around the world reflect strong request for international travel in the initial half of 2017, according to the new UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Worldwide, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) increased by 6% compared to the same six-month period last year, well above the sustained and consistent trend of 4% or higher increase since 2010. This represents the strongest half-year in seven years.
  • Saving face on the Korean Peninsula

    CHINA, 2017/05/07 Kim Jong-un sees nuclear capability as almost his sole source of regime security and he is not going to give it up, no matter how strong the pressure. He is not stupid. All he has to do is to look at the history of Iraq and Libya, where neither dictator had nuclear weapons. So if the United States insists on de-nuclearisation of the peninsula, presumably that would require regime change, and regime change is unlikely without the use of force. War in the area would be hugely destabilising and potentially disastrous. No one in their right mind should want that. China is right to urge negotiations, but what is to be negotiated? Kim is not going to negotiate away his own security by giving up his nuclear capability. But if China exerts sufficient pressure, he may acknowledge to stop testing.
  • Macau receives 30 million visitors in 2016

    CHINA, 2017/01/23 Macau received over 30 million visitors in 2016, 28 million of which came from mainland China, and last year was the initial in a decade at the same time as the number of overnight visitors was higher than day visitors, said the director of the Government Tourist Office. Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes pointed out that while the total number of visitors saw annual increase of 0.8% to 30.95 million people and visitors from China remained virtually unchanged, increasing by just 0.1%, the number of international visitors increased by 7.9%.
  • China-Portuguese Speaking Countries Cooperation Fund presented in Macau

    CHINA, 2017/01/23 A presentation session of the China-Portuguese Speaking Nations Cooperation and Development Fund and the investment framework for investment in Portuguese-speaking nations is due to take place on 25 January in Macau, organised by the Macau Institute for Trade and Investment Promotion (IPIM). This session is co-organised by the Macau Economic Service, the Finance Services Bureau and the Macau Monetary Authority and support is provided by the Permanent Secretariat of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Portuguese-Speaking Nations.
  • São Tomé and Príncipe should eventually become a member of Forum Macau

    CHINA, 2017/01/23 The restoration of diplomatic relations between São Tomé and Príncipe and China will enable all Portuguese-speaking nations to meet in Forum Macau, the Forum’s new Deputy Secretary-General told the Tribuna de Macau newspaper. Ding Tian, ​​who has just been appointed to that office by the Ministry of Commerce of China, cautioned, however, that diplomatic institutions had not from presently on been re-established, and there is therefore “no practical communication channel.”
  • Higher earning Why a university degree is worth more in some countries than others

    AFGHANISTAN, 2016/12/11 A university education may expand your mind. It will as well fatten your wallet. Data from the OECD, a club of rich nations, show that graduates can expect far better lifetime earnings than those without a degree. The size of this premium varies. It is greatest in Ireland, which has a high GDP per chief and rising inequality. Since 2000 the unemployment rate for under-35s has swelled to 8% for those with degrees – but to additional than 20% for those without, and nearly 40% for secondary school drop-outs. The country’s wealth presently goes disproportionately to workers with letters next their names.
  • Macau businessman wants to take companies from China to Cabo Verde

    CHINA, 2016/06/04 Macau businessman David Chow, who is involved in a tourism project in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), has promised to take to Cabo Verde additional entrepreneurs and companies from China in different areas of economic activity, according to statements made in Praia. Chow was speaking at the end of a conference between the Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva and a mission from the China/Africa Development Fund, weekly newspaper A Semana reported.
  • Portugal invited to be “partner country” of the Macau International Fair 2016

    MACAU, 2016/05/17 The Macau Institute for Trade and Investment Promotion (IPIM) will invite Portugal to be the partner country of the 21st edition of the Macau International equitable, IPIM’s Executive Director Gloria Batalha Ung said Thursday. On the sidelines of a conference called “Ideas from Macau, Ideas from Europe,” Gloria Ung said that from this year onward a Portuguese-speaking country will be invited to take a additional active part and to gain wider exposure.