Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which is best known as Britain’s tax collection agency, is also in the forefront of the fight against money laundering. However, its efforts are not always amenable to public scrutiny.
The meeting between India’s prime minister and China’s president inspires cautious optimism, but the loose nature of the discussion is an indication that tackling longstanding differences between China and India is likely to be difficult.
Chinese President Xi Jinping's decision to remove a constitutional provision limiting his term in office may have little practical impact on who is already one of the Chinese Communist Party's strongest leaders in history. Still, the decision tells us a great deal about Xi's long-term intentions, but also about resistance he may still be encountering to his political agenda.
Britain’s Nuclear Safeguards Bill overcame its first major hurdle last week and will now undergo further parliamentary scrutiny before receiving Royal Assent later this year. Now is a good time to reflect on the Bill’s necessity and the obstacles it will face.
Prime Minister Theresa May undertakes her long-awaited visit to Beijing tomorrow. It gives London an opportunity to define and shape its relationship with China, and move it beyond behind-the-scenes sniping and grandiose public rhetoric.
Overturning its policy of supplying Ukraine with strictly non-lethal military aid, the US will soon supply the Ukrainian military with much-anticipated anti-tank guided missiles. However, will this be enough to turn the tide of the war in the Donbas?
Taiwan has had industrial financial viability problems with the construction of new minehunting vessels. These problems are indicative of the difficulties Taipei faces in its indigenous military modernisation efforts aimed at ameliorating its military inferiority vis-à-vis China.
Pictures of what appears to be a test installation of a naval railgun on a PLA Navy landing ship suggest China is moving forward with sea trials of a weapon which can threaten all Western surface assets. At the start of a huge ship-building plan, China is ideally placed to capitalise on this technology.