Volume 3, Issue 1

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January - March 2001 · Published: Apr 2001

Daily Digest

The Straits Times – Nepal in danger of becoming the next India as it struggles with surge in COVID-19 deaths

Nepal logged another record high of COVID-19 cases, raising concerns that it could be like next-door India.

The Hindu – India’s welfare ‘critically important’ to U.S.: Kamala Harris

While US lawmakers and private citizens had been vocal for support to India as the second COVID-19 wave broke across the country, the Biden administration was widely criticized for being slow to act.

Asia Times – Anti-China alliance coalescing in South China Sea

Major powers are wading deeper into the South China Sea in a series of moves that promise to rile China while answering US calls for like-minded nations to counter jointly Beijing’s rising assertiveness.

South China Morning Post – China sends ‘warning shot to Australia’ as patience wears thin

China’s latest squeeze on Australia may be largely symbolic, meant as a warning shot for Canberra and other middle powers in the age of US-China rivalry, observers said.

Associated Press — China suspends economic dialogue with Australia

China suspended an economic dialogue with Australia, stepping up a pressure campaign that began over Australian support for a probe of the coronavirus and has disrupted exports to the country’s biggest foreign market.

New York Times — Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’

The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.

Japan Times — Japan set to extend coronavirus emergency, possibly until end of May

With no signs of a decline in new COVID-19 cases in hard-hit areas, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the state of emergency — now in effect in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, and Kyoto prefectures — will be extended.

South China Morning Post — US-China relations: Biden’s trade team set for first talks to discuss phase one deal

Top trade negotiators from China and the Biden administration may hold their first conversation soon to review the phase one trade deal.

Myanmar Now – Police officer injured in Naypyitaw blast as spate of homemade bomb attacks continues

A police officer was injured in a bomb explosion in Naypyitaw’s Pyinmana Township, residents told Myanmar Now, just hours after two bombs went off in Yangon the night before.

The Hindu – Third wave inevitable, says Principal Scientific Adviser

A third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable, given the amount of virus circulation, K. VijayRaghavan, principal scientific adviser to the government of India, has warned.