Southeast Asian nations have had varied responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Singapore shows great competence in handling the outbreak, while the majority of Southeast Asian nations struggle with the lack of technical capacity, unprepared healthcare systems, and low public awareness.
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A Loss of Faith in One Country, Two Systems: The Legality of Suspending the Australia-Hong Kong Extradition Agreement
This week and next week we are publishing the best Australian Outlook pieces of 2020, as selected by our committee of commissioning editors. As new national security laws prompt states to reevaluate the future direction of their relationships with Hong Kong, Australia has set a precedent by suspending its extradition agreement. The move represents a sound appreciation of the international legal framework.
Although overseas arrivals precipitated Italy’s second lockdown, migrants arriving from Africa and the Middle East are not super spreaders of COVID-19. It is unfortunate, yet not surprising, that populist leaders have capitalised on the pandemic to further anti-immigration sentiment in an already divided country.
There is nothing sinister in the federal government’s desire to control Australia’s foreign policy. However, proposed legislation to scrutinise “arrangements” between foreign governments and Australia’s states, localities, and public universities fails to recognise the role of subnational actors in promoting economic opportunities and increasing diplomatic engagement.