Iran joins Shanghai Cooperation Organisation at 21st annual conference

The SCO met for its 21st annual conference on Friday, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where it admitted Iran as the organisation’s ninth full member. The summit brought together heads of state to discuss members’ continued cooperation.

Japanese Prime Minister to step down amidst disastrous COVID handling

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has announced his intention to step down as leader of the country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) as his government fails to effectively tackle the spread of Covid-19.

Russia commits to increased coordination with Central Asian allies

Russia’s Minister of Defence Sergei Shoigu has committed to working more closely with the nation’s allies in the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), following the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan.

China clamps down on education capitalists

The Communist Party of China (CPC) have announced a groundbreaking overhaul of the country’s education-technology sector. The plan includes banning involved companies from raising capital, holding an initial public offering (IPO), or in any way profiting from the school curriculum. On top of this, companies that teach school subjects can no longer accept overseas investment or teach foreign curriculums. The wider industry, which has amassed a total value of $100 billion, has been “severely hijacked by capital” according to the party, subsequently disrupting “the nature of education as [a form of] welfare.”

China is taking over their private sector – promising results await

Some have questioned China’s commitment to a system that has brought such rapid change to what was one of the poorest countries in the world only a few generations ago. However, China’s recent completion of its grand long-term aim to abolish absolute poverty should show the millions of people who make up the CPC take this task seriously.

Armenia to hold snap election following Prime Minister Pashinyan’s resignation

Armenia will hold a snap parliamentary election on Sunday 20th June following the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan in April. Pashinyan hopes by winning he will renew his mandate, having become increasingly unpopular after the signing of a Russian-brokered truce with Azerbaijan.

Communist parties meet in ‘World Symposium’

More than 150 representatives of Communist and workers’ parties participated in a World Symposium organised online by the Communist Party of China (CPC) last week (27 May 2021).  The meeting began with a message of greetings from Chinese President and CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping. He told the international guests that “Marxism sheds light in a scientific way on the laws governing the development of human society, showing the way forward to emancipation and stimulating the advance of civilisation.”