August 8: The United States prepared its largest security package for Ukraine, expected to be valued at US$1 billion and finalised on Monday (Aug 8), China conducted military exercises and placed sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday (Aug 5) due to displeasure with her visit to Taiwan, At least 44 people, including 15 children were killed over a three-day bombardment on the Gaza Strip which began on Friday (Aug 5).
August 1: Venezuela and Colombia jointly declares re-establishment of diplomatic ties, Ukrainian President Zelenskiy calls for more sanctions on Russia amidst their bid to cut gas supplies, Iran announces it has new ideas on restoring 2015 nuclear deal
Feb 7: Thousands protest against vaccine mandates in Canada last Saturday (Feb 5), Amnesty International calls Israel an apartheid state last Tuesday (Feb 1), Demonstrators protest against racism in Brazil after Congolese refugee killed last Saturday (Feb 5).
Can we confidently say that ASEAN is ready to radically adopt technology across MSMEs and businesses? Connectivity in ASEAN is greatly fragmented and implementing technology will be a great feat. Cyber illiteracy and lack of information to business owners seem to be the biggest hurdle in the process of digitising ASEAN. That said, the ASEAN Digital Masterplan and ASEAN Connectivity 2025 hopes to serve and guide member states in transitioning into this emerging digital age.
Despite having gained recognition and success worldwide, Korean artists still experience a glass ceiling due to the racism and discrimination rampant in the Western music industry. These artists are only acknowledged as successful when they accomplish extraordinary achievements, while others are not subjected to these standards.
The Indonesian government has started its redevelopment plans to improve its economic distribution. How would this impact its neighbours? Would Indonesia’s growth in power and vision to be the “big brother” of ASEAN be accepted by others?
China, the world’s most populous country, has seen its ebb and flow of state power. Nonetheless, the sheer size of this emerging great power, along with its technological and economic progress keeps the world watching closely. What does China’s position under the Xi regime entail regionally and globally?