Asia-Pacific Affairs Daily Briefing – 25 June 2020
Daily News Briefing – Asia-Pacific (25 June 2020)
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister claims India will attack in attempts to divert attention from the clash with China.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi warned India against launching any form of attack on his nation, remarking that if needed Islamabad would respond accordingly with full force. In the same statement, Qureshi accused India of planning to carry out this tactical move in order to redirect the attention being placed on the recent clash between India and China. These remarks were made one day after India urged the reduction of personnel in the Pakistan embassy in New Delhi due to assertions of their involvement in unlawful acts. The Indian foreign ministry also announced that they would be doing the same in the Pakistani capital because of several attacks they experienced.
Pyongyang suspends plans against South Korea
The North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un intends to suspend plans for military action against Seoul. This announcement symbolized the first North Korean act to de-escalate the tension between the two. It came one day after the same media source reported North Korea’s new plan to send anti-propaganda leaflets to the South. That media article as well as several others targeting the nation of the South have been deleted today. In addition to this, the North Korean military has also removed several speakers placed on the border to broadcast anti-Seoul propaganda. These measures have left the South Korean Ministry of Unification, the agency that handles the affairs with North Korea, confused and disoriented in regards to the real intentions behind all these acts.
Putin organizes ‘Victory Day Parade’ to solidify support amid pandemic
On Wednesday, Russia staged a military parade in Moscow that had been previously postponed as Putin attempts to gain more support before a referendum that could extend his rule. The event was in commemoration of the Nazi defeat in 1945. This comes only days before July 1st, the day in which there will be a national vote on amendments to the constitution that would enable Putin to extend his rile to 2036.
China opposes US plans to deploy missiles in the Asia Pacific region
The Chinese Ministry for National Defense spoke out against the U.S plan to position intermediate-range missiles in Asia. An official statement said “China will never sit idle and will take all necessary countermeasures.” This announcement came shortly after it was reported that the US was starting to discuss plans to place these missiles in Japan. Through the same Chinese press statement, China urged Japan and the countries of the region to consider the peace of the region while making decisions and stated they should not “fall victim to Washington’s geopolitical ploys.” China considers the development of this US initiative as a direct threat towards China’s security and will not allow the solidification of this measure.
The UN calls for innovative policies to secure the distribution of food in Asia-Pacific during the pandemic.
In a statement released by the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the organizations urged for a coordinated response amongst the countries in the Asian-pacific region to ensure the “food security and nutrition for billions of people.” Recent policy briefings issued by the same agency have shown that the current approach for processing, growing and harvesting food need to be modified in order to tackle the repercussions caused by COVID-19. The same report showed that the pandemic was causing a decline in income that resulted in making food less affordable. The statement said “Hunger and malnutrition could rise.” FAO’s solutions consisted of a multilateral cooperation between the governments of the region and other stakeholders to construct a sustainable food system to address the issue and develop more policies.
Amazons new ‘made-in-China’ label policy may affect Chinese products in India
Amazon Inc., alongside Walmart Inc., have decided to require merchants to display the country of origin for the products being sold digitally in India. This new measure would single out goods that have been developed in China. It was announced in the midst of an eruption of Anti-China sentiment amongst the Indian population, as border tension rises. Although there has been no mention in regards to when this policy would be instilled, if it happens to be carried out it could potentially hurt the sales of Chinese products. These plans came only weeks after the clash between the two nations in the Galwen border region. The dispute has spiked anger amongst Indian civilians towards China and has triggered a Boycott towards Chinese goods.