Volume 3, Issue 1

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January - March 2001 · Published: Apr 2001

Daily Digest

Bloomberg – India, China Deadlocked Over Troops Near Key Himalayan Pass

China wants its neighbor to pull back additional troops from the high-altitude border, a request that India has rejected.

KBS World – DIA: N. Korea May Resume Underground Nuclear Tests

The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the U.S. Department of Defense has projected that North Korea may resume underground nuclear tests if it does not agree to complete denuclearization.

South China Morning Post – Indonesia, Malaysia “worried, concerned” over AUKUS nuclear submarine plan

Indonesia and Malaysia share strong reservations over Australia’s decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, even though nuclear weapons were not part of the plan.

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.