Volume 1, Issue 2

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July - September 1999 · Published: Oct 1999

Daily Digest

South China Morning Post — US announces new policy encouraging government ties with Taiwan officials

The Department of State announced guidelines encouraging engagement between American and Taiwanese government officials. This new policy brings Washington into compliance with a law signed by former president Donald Trump.

Asia Times — Moon’s light dims as Korea stumbles over Covid

Increasing cases and a troubled vaccination drive are eroding memories of 2020’s containment success, raising risks for the ruling party.

Nikkei Asia — Myanmar tribunal sentences 19 to death for violence toward military

Before the coup, Myanmar had imposed the death penalty but had carried out no executions for three decades. Of the 19 people tried, 17 remain at large and are on a wanted list.

Associated Press — Japan imposes new virus measures in Tokyo ahead of Olympics

 Japan announced that it will raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo to curb the rapid spread of contagious variants ahead of the Summer Olympics.

Korea JoongAng Daily – Moon accepts defeats, acknowledges public anger

President Moon said he will put all possible efforts into satisfying the public in areas such as overcoming the Covid-19 pandemic, helping the economy recover, and stabilizing livelihoods.

Focus Taiwan – DPP lawmakers seek to pass resolution on Myanmar in Legislature

According to DPP Legislator Fan Yun, the draft resolution urges Myanmar’s troops to stop using force against peaceful protesters and to instead use dialogue to resolve the stand-off between the military and protesters.

The Hindu – India reports highest single-day spike with over 1.31 lakh new infections on April 8

With 1,31,787 new COVID-19 cases reported, India registered the highest single-day spike in infections since the beginning of the pandemic. As many as 802 deaths were also recorded on the day.

South China Morning Post – US lawmakers prepare a sweeping effort to counter China

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will meet next week to consider legislation intended to beat back Beijing’s expanding global influence.

Myanmar Now – Troops attack Kalay protest stronghold with heavy weapons, killing at least eight

Regime troops stormed the Tarhan protest camp in Kalay, Sagaing Region in a pre-dawn attack, killing at least eight people and wounding around 20, according to sources on the ground.

The Hindu – China is capable of launching cyberattacks on us: Rawat

Accepting a capability differential between India and China, Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat said China is “capable of launching cyberattacks on us and it can disrupt a large number of systems.”