Volume 2, Issue 4

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October - December 2000 · Published: Jan 2001

Daily Digest

BBC – Trump India visit: The key diplomatic takeaways

The US president and Indian prime minister did not reach a much discussed trade deal, but their meeting was nonetheless a success from the standpoint of optics.

The Diplomat: How Does Asia Think About Taiwan and Its New Southbound Policy?

A prosperous Taiwan is in the interests of South and Southeast Asian countries, as are peaceful Beijing-Taipei relations.

Nikkei Asian Review – ‘The future is not Asian’: Joseph Nye

The well-known American political scientist says that the division of the future will not be between East and West but authoritarian and liberal, and China will not lead Japan or India.

Al Jazeera: China sentences bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 years in prison

A Chinese-born Swedish citizen, one of five Hong Kong-based booksellers known for publishing anti-China tracts, has been sentenced following a confession some say was coerced.

Yonhap News: S. Korea to take ‘maximum’ quarantine steps in Daegu, surrounding province against coronavirus

The Korean government has designated Daegu and its neighboring county as “special care zones” due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which will include both enhanced quarantine measures and financial support.

Japan Times: Coronavirus outbreak highlights need for independent CDC-style body in Japan

The spread of the Covid-19 in Japan and the government’s handling of it have spurred calls for an agency that, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US, has broad independence from the health authority.

Nikkei Asian Review – Malaysia’s Mahathir: Timing of resignation ‘depends on me’

Whether or not the 94-year-old Malaysian prime minister steps down will be decided after he chairs the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in November, his coalition’s presidential council has determined.

Asia Times: Fear reigns in Korea’s viral ‘hot zone’

A report from Daegu, South Korea’s fourth-largest city, which has become Ground Zero for the spread of the coronavirus thanks to the actions of a controversial, and mysterious, church.

East Asia Forum: Coronavirus epidemic just a bump in the road for China

Why the coronavirus, while a short-term setback, will not prevent the country from achieving its goals, including those it has set for 2020.

AL Jazeera: Sri Lanka says it will withdraw from UN rights resolution

The Sri Lankan prime minister, who oversaw the crushing of the Tamil separatist movement in 2009, said his country will not abide by a 2015 UN resolution that calls for accountability for excesses in the final days of the conflict.