China has not only attempted to change facts on the ground in the South China Sea, but is also seeking to gradually change the world’s mind regarding its claims there. This battle over perceptions has not received adequate attention.
The US Department of Commerce has written to American suppliers of China’s biggest chip manufacturer, warning them of “unprecedented risks” that their products could be used by the Chinese military.
The letter reminds the firms they must apply for licences to ship controlled items to Shanghai-based SMIC. But it does not appear that Washington has decided whether or not to add the firm to a trade blacklist. SMIC has denied any military links. And it said it had not received any formal notice of new restrictions from the US. But the latest action caused Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation’s shares to drop about 7% in Hong Kong trade.
New report from Save the Children warns of ‘unprecedented global education emergency’.
World is facing a hidden education emergency.
COVID-19 leaves estimated $77 billion gap in education spending for world’s poorest children.
Children in 12 countries are at extremely high risk of dropping out of school forever.
In another 28 countries children are at moderate or high risk of not going back to school.
Girls are at increased exposure to gender-based violence and risk of child marriage and teen pregnancy during school closures.
Save the Children calls for increased funding of education, including conversion of debt liabilities into investment in children.
Deep budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning, Save the Children warns in a new report launched today.