China’s reaction to Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Sri Lanka in ‘great danger’, NSW teacher shortage investigation

Good morning, this is Akash Arora with the SBS News morning briefing.

Nancy Pelosi accuses China of blocking Taiwan from world events

China responded to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan with an outbreak of hostilities in the waters surrounding Taiwan, a summons from the US ambassador in Beijing, and a halt in agricultural imports from Taiwan. The news comes after Ms. Pelosi warned China that it cannot stop world leaders from visiting Taiwan and . Unfortunately, Taiwan was not allowed to participate in global meetings, most recently at the World Health Organization, due to objections from the Chinese Communist Party, Ms. Pelosi said in a statement. “While they may prevent Taiwan from sending its leaders to global forums, they cannot prevent world leaders or anyone else from coming to Taiwan to pay tribute to its flourishing democracy, celebrate its many successes, and reaffirm our commitment to continued cooperation.”

Take action to encourage more Ukrainian students to come to Australia

According to plans, Ukrainian Ambassador to Australia Vasily Miroshnichenko intends to hold talks with Education Minister Jason Clare. The proposal aims to encourage more students from the war-torn country to come to Australia to study. “There is a huge difference in tuition fees for locals and foreigners, as well as for those who come here as refugees,” Mr. Miroshnichenko told SBS News. “Australia has some of the best universities in the world and we can definitely take advantage of that,” he said. His proposal follows action in countries such as the UK, where higher education institutions capped tuition fees for Ukrainian students to the level paid by local students, and Scotland, which abolished tuition fees for Ukrainian students from the academic year starting in August.

Sri Lankan president says country is in ‘great danger’

Sri Lanka is “facing an unprecedented situation” in which its people are in “great danger,” the country’s new president, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said Wednesday. “Today we are facing an unprecedented situation that our country has never faced in recent history… We are in great danger,” the 73-year-old MP said as he opened a new session of parliament. Mr. Wickremesinghe was elected leader of the country after his predecessor, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, resigned and fled Sri Lanka after months of protests and political unrest. Mr Wickremesinghe said constitutional amendments were needed to curtail presidential powers, indicating he would meet a key demand from the protesters who ousted Mr Rajapaksa.

New NSW investigation into teacher shortage

, weeks after thousands of state and Catholic school teachers quit their jobs and protested in Sydney’s CBD demanding better pay and conditions. NSW AUEC Secretary Mark Northam and NSW Teachers’ Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos will face an investigation on Thursday. In a recent Monash University report, more than half of the teachers surveyed described their workload as excessive and overwhelming, saying they plan to quit the profession. One of the investigators, Fiona Longmuir, will also be present at the investigation. “Teachers don’t mind hard work,” she said. “But they feel overwhelmed by the ever-increasing administration and standardization being forced on them, which may not be to the benefit of the students.”

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