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Security Commentaries #003 

January 25th, 2021 - Approx. 7 min read  


Asia Pacific 

  • How China’s Economy is still growing , even during the COVID-19 pandemic. - As nations around the world are fighting off waves of infection, China is returning its economy to the pre-COVID-19 status and continuing its growth as the top economy in the world.

Around the World

  • In America, Joe Biden is Sworn In. What Next?- Building back trust and alliances, rejoining the Paris Climate Accords and the World Health Organization, managing coopetition with China—the new U.S. President is turning a page on American foreign policy in this COVID-ridden world.
How China’s Economy is still growing even during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Jaime Ocon, Taiwan Center for Security Studies  

Even in the midst of a pandemic, while many countries are still struggling to find their footing, China’s National Bureau of Statistics has reported a GDP growth rate of 2.3%. Although this was the slowest growth rate China has had since the 1970s , it goes without saying that supply chains were almost completely halted due to the pandemic. 

"In and out of lockdown ahead of everybody else, the Chinese economy powered ahead while much of the world was struggling to maintain balance," stated Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asian economics research at HSBC, in a Monday research report ... Read More

In America, Joe Biden is Sworn In. What Next? 
- Richard Chen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies 

As U.S. President-elect Joseph R. Biden took his oath of office on January 20th, 2021, the inauguration was attended not by crowds of his supporters or well-wishers on the National Mall in Washington. Rather, the inauguration of the 46th U.S. President was in many ways quite different than that of his predecessors, namely the one that came before him. Contrary to exacerbating numbers on the size of attendance, Biden gave a seismic showing of his commitment and intention to combat the pandemic, bring unity back to the U.S domestically, and return American leadership back to the world stage.... Read more

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This Past Week—What is Happening at TCSS

  • Synergia Foundation Webinar: Director Fu-Kuo Liu of TCSS joined the 96th Synergia Forum on “Biden’s India Approach and the Asia Challenge" on January 14th, 2021 as a Special Expert.

  • Cybersecurity Webinar: American University in Dubai (AUD) & Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) hosted a joint webinar on January 21st, 2021: “5G, Internet of Things and the Safety of Web Conference”

  • Webinar Discussion on “The Situation in the Tigray Province of Ethiopia”, on January 22nd, 2021. Jointly hosted by Taiwan Center for Security Studies and the Embassy of Saint Lucia in the Republic of China

What’s New in the World

U.S. sends carrier into South China Sea as Chinese bombers fly near Taiwan ... Read more
On January 24th , a total of 13 warplanes entered the Taiwanese ADIZ and prompted the Taiwanese Air Force to scramble fighters and deploy air-missile defence systems. Nevertheless, be it coincidence or as a result, the United States has also sent its USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group into the South China Sea as part of a freedom of navigation exercise. “We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability.” - State Dept. Spokesperson Ned Price. TCSS will have more on this in next weeks newsletter. 

Latest China bill allows its coast guard to use weapons and demolish buildings in territorial waters that it claims ... Read more

Crazy moves which have gravely offended the Chinese people” resulted in sanctions for over 20 former Trump administration officials... Read more

Lèse-majesté laws in Thailand broke records of “toughest ever imposed” when Anchan Preelert, 65, was sentenced to 43 years in prison... Read more

Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba and Ant Group, reappeared via virtual web conference on Wednesday after three months of absence from public view.... Read more
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Editors : Richard Chen & Jaime Ocon
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