Volume 2, Issue 2

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April - June 2000 · Published: Jul 2000

Daily Digest

Nikkei Asia – Japan and China start new talks on Fukushima water release

Japan and China have launched a new round of discussions regarding the release of treated wastewater from the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, based on an agreement from a November summit, Nikkei has learned.

Nikkei Asia – Trump comeback threatens to scuttle IPEF in its infancy

The supply chain agreement under the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) goes into effect Saturday, but former U.S. President Donald Trump’s potential return to the White House threatens to paralyze the 14-member pact just as it is starting to get off the ground.

The Diplomat – Most Experts Agree: China Isn’t About to Invade Taiwan

Is a Chinese invasion of Taiwan tomorrow’s Ukraine war?

Reuters – Philippine coast guard says Chinese claim of intrusion ‘inaccurate’

A Philippine coast guard official on Thursday described as “inaccurate” its Chinese counterpart’s claim that a fisheries vessel “illegally intruded” into Beijing’s waters.

Nikkei Asia – Taiwan and China spar over capsizing, inspections near Kinmen islands

Fears of a maritime incident that could trigger a serious escalation of tensions are growing after two Chinese people died when their speedboat capsized last week in Taiwanese waters.

The Diplomat – A China-Russia Arctic Alliance? Not So Fast.

With the Arctic finding itself under ever greater global scrutiny due to climate change, and opening up to increased economic activities, from shipping to mining to fishing, the question of whether great power competition is spilling over into the far north has assumed greater importance.