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East Asia #1

  • Membership in CCP
  • Fishing in North Korea
  • Vietnam evacuations
  • Singapore’s situation
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POLITICO

Is North Korea’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program a Dangerous Ruse?

Experts increasingly believe the “hermit kingdom” could be using the humanitarian crisis to seek technology for biological weapons.

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ABC Australia

Former members explain the Chinese Communist Party in the wake of proposed US travel bans

On the morning news broke that Washington was considering a travel ban on Chinese Communist Party members last week, Wang Yao’s ears pricked up.

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Editor’s Note:

This newsletter deals with East Asia, but also how countries in East Asia interact with the rest of the world. Here Australian media, in light of moves in the US, dig into what being part of the CCP actually means.

Channel News Asia

Commentary: COVID-19 is accelerating maritime insecurity in Southeast Asia

SINGAPORE: COVID-19 is showing the world how a health crisis can exert disproportionate pressure on existing social and political fissures.

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Global Fishing Watch

Report exposes rampant illegal fishing in North Korean waters

Washington, D.C. – A new study published today in the journal, Science Advances reveals widespread illegal fishing by dark fleets — vessels that do not publicly broadcast their location or appear in public monitoring systems — operating in the waters between the Koreas, Japan and Russia, some of the world’s most disputed and poorly-monitored waters.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the interesting relationships between countries in East Asia is China and North Korea. Here a website focused on fishing and overfishing writes up its report on Chinese vessels heading towards waters under a sanctions regime.

Nikkei Asian Review

China must act now to prevent Yangtze floods getting worse

Qingfeng Zhang is Director of the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division of the Asian Development Bank’s East Asia Department.

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CNN

Vietnam to evacuate 80,000 tourists from Da Nang after three residents contract COVID-19

Vietnam is evacuating 80,000 people — mostly local tourists — from the popular resort city of Da Nang after three residents tested positive for coronavirus, the government said.

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Associated Press

China launches ambitious attempt to land rover on Mars

China launched its most ambitious Mars mission yet on Thursday in a bold attempt to join the United States in successfully landing a spacecraft on the red planet.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Nippon Steel and Idemitsu tackle plastic waste in recycling push

TOKYO — Nippon Steel and other industrial stalwarts of Japan are strengthening efforts to make use of plastic waste instead of shipping it abroad.

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Editor’s Note:

COVID has impacted business, including some areas you might not suspect. Here Nikkei writes about how a drop in exports of plastic waste has pushed major corporations towards recycling.

South China Morning Post

Can Singapore maintain its sweet spot between China and the US?

Singapore has also sought to involve as many major powers (including the US) in the regional balance, so that no power can dominate, with the Singaporean – and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) – position of not “choosing sides” between Beijing and Washington coming as a natural evolution of this balance-of-power approach.

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Bloomberg

Quirky IPO Rule Means Wall Street Won’t Lead Ant Group’s Shanghai Sale

Banks have to invest in deals they lead on new tech bourse JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, UBS plan to pass on China IPO lead

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