Past Issues

Daily Digest

Nikkei Asia – Myanmar military chief to be excluded from ASEAN summit

ASEAN Foreign ministers agreed to not invite Myanmar’s military chief to a leaders summit because of slow progress on restoring peace in the country.

Inquirer – Isko Moreno open to oil extraction in WPS with Chinese private groups

Should he become the country’s next president, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said he is open to a deal with private groups in China for the exploration and possible extraction of oil and natural gas in the West Philippine Sea.

The Japan Times – Kishida and South Korea’s Moon discuss lingering wartime disputes

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida urged South Korean President Moon Jae In to take the initiative to resolve a bilateral spat over wartime compensation.

The Hindu – India-U.S. Financial Dialogue includes new focus on climate change

The eighth Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-India Economic and Financial partnership held a session dedicated to climate finance for the first time.

The Diplomat – AUKUS: A New Justification for Thailand’s Submarine Acquisition Plans?

The new trilateral security partnership could bolster the Thai navy’s long-standing submarine plans, but many obstacles remain.

South China Morning Post – Upgrades for Chinese military airbases facing Taiwan hint at war plans

Satellite images have revealed China is upgrading and reinforcing its airbases closest to Taiwan along its southeastern coast, indicating Beijing may be stepping up its plans to take the island by force.

South China Morning Post — Vladimir Putin breaks Nobel Peace Prize silence to threaten Russian laureate Dmitry Muratov

Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a thinly veiled threat against the journalist Dmitry Muratov, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week for his investigative journalism as editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

Reuters — U.S. calls Cambodia opaque over Chinese activity at navy base

The United States accused Cambodia of lacking transparency about Chinese construction activities at its biggest naval base, and urged the government to disclose to its people the full scope of Beijing’s military involvement.

Associated Press — China: Military drills, flights were needed to defend Taiwan

China’s recent increase in military exercises and warplane missions near Taiwan — which have raised concerns around the region — were necessary to defend the nation’s sovereignty and territory, a Chinese official said.

The Japan Times – Flanked by nuclear missiles, North Korean leader says U.S. and South threaten peace

Kim Jong Un says North Korea’s weapons development is necessary in the face of hostile policies from the United States and a military buildup in South Korea, state media reported.