CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday welcomed the opening of free travel between his country and New Zealand, saying it is a "win-win" for both countries.
"Today's milestone is a win-win for Australians and New Zealanders," Morrison said in a joint statement with his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern on Monday, adding it will help drive the economic recovery for both countries while continuing to navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic, especially in the travel and tourism sectors. (Australia-New Zealand-Travel)
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PARIS -- "All the subjects of the 2021 edition of the Boao Forum fall under global governance," said former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin who is participating in the annual conference being held on April 18-21.
"From the place of China in the world, the great 'Belt and Road' project to the digital revolution and new forms of development ... all changes require a strengthening of global governance," said Raffarin in a recent written interview with Xinhua. (China-France-Boao Forum)
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SEOUL -- The fundamental reason for the sustained development of China's economy lies in the Chinese government's ability to deal with crises and the governing ability of the Communist Party of China (CPC), a South Korean expert on China has said.
"In the process of responding to the COVID-19 crisis, the Chinese government's crisis response capabilities and the CPC's ability to govern make me feel that the fundamental reason for the sustained development of the Chinese economy in the past should lie here," Han Woo-deuk, chief executive officer (CEO) of CHINA LAB, told Xinhua in a recent interview.(South Korea-China-Economy)
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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia started phase 2 of its national immunization program against COVID-19 on Monday, expanding to other high risk groups following the vaccination of the country's frontliners.
"Around 500,000 teachers in the government and private sector across the country will be vaccinated. The decision was made after taking into consideration several aspects and factors such as risk of infection, especially with schools having reopened," said Khairy, who is the coordinating minister for Malaysia's national COVID-19 immunization. (Malaysia-Vaccination)