Volume 1, Issue 2

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July - September 1999 · Published: Oct 1999

Daily Digest

The New York Times: Biden Inaugurated as the 46th President Amid a Cascade of Crises

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. and Kamala Devi Harris took the oath of office at a Capitol still reeling from the attack of a violent mob at a time when a deadly pandemic is still ravaging the country.

Korea JoongAng: Moon reshuffles to concentrate on North, security

President Moon Jae-in replaced key members of his cabinet and aides at the Blue House. The reshuffle, particularly of key members handling foreign affairs and national security, is part of the Moon administration’s preparation to deal with the new U.S. administration, particularly on North Korea issues.

Foreign Policy: China Issues Sanctions on Long List of Trump Officials

Beijing announced sanctions on nearly every Trump administration official who worked on China policy. The announcement on the heels of Biden’s inauguration could be an attempt to gauge the new administration’s positions.

Nikkei Asia: Suga pursues Biden’s commitment on ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will urge President Joe Biden to keep the U.S. committed to a “free and open Indo-Pacific region,” seeking to curb China’s growing influence in the region and advance an international order based on the rule of law.

NK News – ‘The people are God’: See North Korea’s new propaganda slogans and posters

North Korea is rolling out a new series of propaganda slogans and posters urging citizens to rally around the Workers’ Party of Korea.

The Hindu: Indian military personnel for Moscow soon for S-400 training

As India prepares to receive the first batch of S-400 long-range air defense system by year-end, the first group of Indian military specialists are scheduled to depart for Moscow soon to undergo training courses on the S-400.

Asia Times: China’s economy shines through fast gathering clouds

China’s 6.5% surge in the last quarter of 2020 epically trolled outgoing US President Donald Trump in the final three days of his presidency.

South China Morning Post: US declares China has committed ‘genocide’ in treatment of Uygurs

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his last full day as America’s top diplomat to issue a final blow against Beijing.

NK News: North Korea touts new missile at military parade

State media reported that a submarine-launched ballistic missile, rockets and tanks rolled through Kim Il Sung Square.

South China Morning Post: Will Joe Biden’s US$1.9 trillion ‘American Rescue Plan’ be a boon for China, or could excessive liquidity lead to financial trouble?

The president-elect’s newly outlined stimulus package looks to have global implications, prompting China’s central bank to call attention to growing external risks to its economy and that of the world at large.