Asia-Pacific Affairs Daily Briefing – 23 June 2020

Asia-Pacific Affairs Daily Briefing – 23 June 2020

Daily News Briefing – Asia-Pacific (23 June 2020)


China responds to Japan announcing the renaming of disputed territory.
The Southern Japanese local assembly of Ishigaki city announced their plans to rename the islands which are an area of dispute between their nation, Taiwan and China. The plan involved changing the name from “Tonoshiro” to “Tonoshiro Senkaku” in order to avoid confusion since there is already a Japanese territory in Ishigaki with the same name. Following the statement, the Chinese authorities responded with anger, claiming that the islands traditionally belonged to them. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated “Japan’s adoption of the so-called name-changing bill is serious provocation against China’s territorial sovereignty, which is illegal, null and void” and expressed their intentions of engaging in diplomatic dialogue with Japan in order to urge them to reconsider

China and India met at Himalayan Border to discuss ongoing dispute.
After the violent encounter in the Galwan region last week, commanders from both India and China met on Monday to discuss the future of the situation. The summit was held in Moldo which belongs to China. Sources say that the reunion between the two was tense. This can be attributed to the strong push from the Indian commander towards the withdrawal of Chinese troops in the region. No official statement was released on the meeting yet but the Chinese foreign ministry stated in numerous occasions after the last week attack that despite the recent dispute both nations will continue “resolving the issue on the ground through military and diplomatic channels.”


China and the EU hold a summit to discuss a range of issues.
The meeting held on Monday between China and the EU served to expand their economic ties and ensure cooperation in the leading global issues. In an official statement released by Premier Li, one of the Chinese representatives, after the meeting indicated they “hope Europe, too, could keep that momentum and continue opening-up its trade and investment market while easing restrictions on exports to China”. The same statement showed that both sides were heavily interested in finalizing the “China-EU Comprehensive Investment Agreement by this year, a key agreement that would afford broader access to the Chinese market for European business and investors”, according to the CGTN, a Chinese state-owned news network.

Russia and the US commence their nuclear talk in meeting in Vienna.
The Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and US Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, Marshall S. Billingslea met today in Vienna to discuss the future of the nuclear agreement between the two nations. Billingslea commented on the meeting on twitter and stated that the meeting was “very positive”. Russia had previously stated their stance in favor of extending the already preexisting agreement, START, that would expire this upcoming February. In contrast, the US had commented recently that they were contemplating the idea of nuclear testing. The US, the organizer of the encounter, had persistently expressed their desires of including China into the negotiation but the Chinese government repeatedly denied the invitation. In response, Billingslea stated through Twitter after the meeting “China is a no-show. Beijing still hiding behind Great Wall of Secrecy on its crash nuclear build-up, and so many other things”.


Japan sends jets to stop Chinese surveillance aircraft.
In an official statement released by the Japanese Ministry of Defence it was announced that electronic surveillance aircrafts that belonged to the Chinese air forces flew over parts of the Sea of Japan. Although the foreign aircrafts did not violate any border, Japanese fighter plans were sent to monitor and intercept the situation. The Chinese air vessel was equipped with devices to communicate traffic and raider the perimeter.

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.