The Pheu Thai Party, led by Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, has expressed support for increased trade with China. However, analysts suggest the government may engage more with the US and other democracies to differentiate itself from the previous military-led regime.
Japan PM Fumio Kishida’s reshuffling of cabinet came after his declined popularity, with snap elections and the ruling party’s leadership elections on the horizon.
Five Chinese manufacturers producing the seized chili powder at the border are to undergo extra scrutiny that their all their food imports will be inspected until mid-October.
The British government has refused to officially label China as a “threat”, despite calls from lawmakers after a researcher in the British parliament was allegedly accused of spying for China.
Analysts believe that the efforts by the US, UK, and Australia to rebuild diplomatic ties are necessary to prevent the further decline in bilateral relations, for example, with China having lifted tariffs on Australian commodities recently.
Maria Ressa, the renowned investigative journalist of Rappler, has faced multiple legal disputes, which she claims are politically motivated. Despite the acquittal, she still faces two additional legal battles.