Volume 2, Issue 3

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July - September 2000 · Published: Oct 2000

Daily Digest

NK News: North Korea is a serious threat to US and the world, Biden press secretary says

Jen Psaki says the U.S. will work with allies to pressure North Korea and explore the potential for diplomacy.

Nikkei Asia: China fires opening salvo at Biden, making coast guard quasi-military

China enacted legislation explicitly granting broad powers to the country’s coast guard and confirming the force’s quasi-military status. It comes a day after Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, assured his Japanese counterpart that the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands fall under the U.S.-Japan defense treaty.

South China Morning Post: Vietnam beat coronavirus. With its economy booming, can it face up to China?

Some 1,600 delegates from across the country will travel to Hanoi to attend Vietnam’s 13th National Congress. Delegates will select new leadership for one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and one that has increasingly found itself caught in the middle of the crossfire between the United States and China, its two biggest trade partners.

The Korea Herald: Two Koreas look toward new relationship with Biden

Policymakers in Seoul and Pyongyang are trying to figure out how Biden’s White House will approach the Korean Peninsula, where tensions still linger.

The Diplomat – Sea Vigil: India’s Coastal Security Exercise

Since the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, coastal security has assumed particular importance among India’s national security concerns.

Focus Taiwan – Biden to make sure Taiwan can defend itself: Blinken

Joe Biden’s secretary of state nominee said the US commitment “that Taiwan has the ability to defend itself” will continue.

South China Morning Post: Will Joe Biden meet Xi Jinping? China awaits clues to future of US relations

As US President Joe Biden takes the helm, he will need to reckon with a very different China than the country he dealt with as vice-president more than four years ago.

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.