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China fury over Japan ‘security dialogue’ with Taiwan

August 27, 2021

BEIJING -- China today expressed strong opposition to the first-ever round of security talks between the ruling parties of Japan and Taiwan, lodging a formal protest  with Japan. China's Global Times newspaper, which reflects official views, quoted "mainland experts" as warning Japan that "such attempts of self-comfort and catering to the US' Indo-Pacific strategy to contain the mainland may provoke a strong backlash from Beijing".  

IATA warns governments on high cost of COVID testing

July 26, 2021

GENEVA - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to take action to address the high cost of COVID-19 tests in many jurisdictions, and urged flexibility in permitting the use of cost-effective antigen tests as an alternative to more expensive PCR testsIATA also recommended that governments adopt recent World Health Organisation (WHO) guidance to consider exempting vaccinated travellers from testing requirements. 

India: A case study in COVID-induced inflation

June 30, 2021

NEW DELHI --India's inflation in May surged past the 6% ceiling of the official target range. The price increase was broad-based, with both headline and core components touching recent highs, ANZ Bank said in a research note. Various State-level lockdowns and rising health costs likely added to the inflationary impulse in the month, ANZ said. "We expect the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to not react to this data point, but to monitor if it is sustained."