Volume 2, Issue 4

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October - December 2000 · Published: Jan 2001

Daily Digest

Nikkei Asia — Myanmar general’s visit to Russia keeps arms flowing to junta

Gen. Maung Maung Kyaw’s visit to Moscow signals that Russian-made arms will flow to the Southeast Asian nation even as much of the international community views it as a pariah after the February coup.

Asia Times — Apple Daily arrests another blow to HK press freedom

Security chief says the public should cut ties with the outlet’s editors and executives for publishing “objectionable” articles.

New York Times — Ex-Mayor on Duterte’s ‘Narco Politician’ List Is Killed

The death came three days after the International Criminal Court’s departing chief prosecutor requested a full investigation into the bloody war on drugs in the Philippines.

Japan Times — South Korea, Japan and U.S. to hold meeting Monday to discuss North Korea

It is believed that officials from the three countries will discuss future measures on North Korea-related issues now that the Biden administration has finished a review of its policy on the reclusive nation.

Asia Times – ‘Shrink the China gap,’ says DOD boss Austin

If there was any doubt about who the Biden administration believes is the greatest military threat to the United States, it has now become crystal clear.

Myanmar Now – Former head of Covid-19 vaccine rollout charged with high treason

In the days after the military plunged Myanmar into chaos by staging a coup, Dr Htar Htar Lin was getting ready to join healthcare workers across the country in the growing Civil Disobedience Movement.

Focus Taiwan – Taiwan to be added to EU’s safe travel list soon

The white list will reportedly be expanded now to include the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Albania, Lebanon, North Macedonia, and Serbia, the reports by foreign news agencies said.

South China Morning Post – Shenzhou-12 manned space station mission launch ‘success’

The launch of China’s manned space flight was declared a success shortly after the Shenzhou-12 reached its designated orbit on Thursday morning.

Nikkei Asia — Taiwan reports largest incursion yet by Chinese air force

Twenty-eight Chinese air force aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after G7 leaders issued a joint statement scolding China for numerous issues and underscoring the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

NK News — Kim Jong Un admits food security issues as party plenum event kicks off

The North Korean leader conceded that the nation’s food situation is getting “tense” due to failures in the agricultural sector and poor weather while claiming that national industrial output had grown 25% from the same period last year.