Volume 2, Issue 3

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July - September 2000 · Published: Oct 2000

Daily Digest

The Hindu – Adolescent girls grappled with increased pressure to get married, more gender-based violence during pandemic: Study

“COVID In Her Voice: A Girl-led and Centred Participatory Research Study” also found girls spent longer hours on household chores and lacked tools to continue school education online.

Nikkei Asia – US starts pushing Taiwan to address currency practices

The US Treasury said Taiwan, along with Vietnam and Switzerland, have engaged in market interventions to keep their currencies undervalued in the department’s semiannual foreign exchange report, but stopped short of naming them currency manipulators.

Myanmar Now – Some countries will officially recognise Myanmar’s shadow government in the coming days, says new minister

The new interim cabinet was formed by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, a shadow parliament working underground to topple the coup regime.

South China Morning Post – Hong Kong protests: Jimmy Lai, four ex-lawmakers jailed over 2019 march from Victoria Park

Publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was jailed for 14 months for his role in two illegal protests during Hong Kong’s anti-government unrest in 2019, while four former opposition lawmakers were also sent to prison.

Japan Times — In break from official line, LDP No. 2 floats Tokyo Games cancellation

The Secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said that canceling the Tokyo Games “is still an option,” a rare admission by a top official that has cast further doubt upon the postponed sporting event.

Reuters — Myanmar security forces arrest prominent leader of anti-coup campaign

Myanmar security forces arrested one of the main leaders of the campaign against military rule after ramming him with a car as he led a motorbike protest rally, friends and colleagues said.

Asia Times — China puts national security on HK’s curriculum

Students are indoctrinated in the importance of national security and respect for China but activists see the campaign as brainwashing.

New York Times — Seeking Cooperation on Climate, U.S. Faces Friction With China

John Kerry, President Biden’s climate envoy, is pressing China to do more to address global warming. But he faces an emboldened Beijing leadership that thinks the United States has lagged behind.

The Hindu – India, Russia diverge on Indo-Pacific strategy

Russian Ambassador to India Nikolay Kudashev, while stressing both countries’ commitment to their contract for the S-400 missile system, warned India of “a revival of the Cold War-era thinking and Cold War-era structures.”

South China Morning Post – China’s military to hold live-fire drills off Taiwan as US delegation visits the island

China’s military will begin live-fire drills on Thursday in waters off Taiwan’s southwest coast, as an unofficial US delegation visits
the self-ruled island.