Volume 1, Issue 3

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October - December 1999 · Published: Jan 2000

Daily Digest

The Manila Times – Terrorists yield in Maguindanao

Five members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and two self-confessed gun-for-hires surrendered to the police, handing over firearms including 40-millimeter (mm) grenade launchers and an anti-tank missile.

Al Jazeera – ASEAN summit begins without Myanmar after top general barred

Southeast Asian leaders have begun their annual summit without Myanmar after its military refused to send a representative in protest over the exclusion of its top general.

The Korea Herald – N. Korea calls for implementing five-year economic plan at Cabinet meeting

North Korea has held a Cabinet meeting and urged officials to put utmost efforts to accomplish the country’s five-year economic development plan.

Nikkei Asia – Xi attacks U.S. attempts to expand Taiwan’s UN involvement

Chinese President Xi Jinping called on all nations to defend the status quo of the United Nations-backed international order, batting off attempts by the U.S. to expand Taiwan’s participation in the global organization.

South China Morning Post – China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a “daily” basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Chinese coastguard and maritime militia are said to be harassing vessels involved in “any new exploration or drilling operations” on Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company is exploring a gas field.

Nikkei Asia – Kishida to upgrade U.S. alliance with focus on “free” Indo-Pacific

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized his intention to “strategically promote the realization of a free and open Indo-Pacific” in cooperation with U.S. President Joe Biden.