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Security Commentaries #014
May 17th, 2021

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Asia Pacific

China’s Digital Yuan : China becomes a frontrunner among developed economies in implementing a centralized digital currency. China’s another attempt to internationalize the Chinese Yuan.

How the Mekong Basin Communities Cope with Water Security: Earlier this month, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) announced a new 10-year strategy and 5-year action plan to ensure an acceptable balance between basin development and management.

Looking Back on the ASEAN Emergency Summit on Myanmar Crisis: The Positives and the Challenges:  Perhaps the ASEAN consensus in past weeks towards the Myanmar crisis deserves some appreciation, as it is finally breaking through the organization’s conservative norms. 

Looking Back on the ASEAN Emergency Summit on Myanmar Crisis: The Positives and the Challenges

- Elpeni Fitrah,  Taiwan Center for Security Studies
The ASEAN special high-level summit to address the ongoing crisis in post-coup Myanmar last month, located in ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, Indonesia, actually produced a spontaneous progressive resolution to end the turmoil. However, the agreement is considered far from perfect and still provokes dissatisfaction from some parties... Read More. 
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How the Mekong Basin Communities Cope with Water Security

- Thuong Nguyen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The MRC Strategic Plan 2021-2025 is a unified corporate plan, fully integrated with the Integrated Water Resources Management-based Basin Development Strategy (IWRM-BDS) 2021-2030. The strategy guides the MRC Secretariat’s actions in supporting the Mekong countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, and Vietnam, to address emerging challenges and achieve improvements in the Mekong River Basin... Read More. 
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China's Digital Yuan 

- Brian T. Castro,  Taiwan Center for Security Studies
China has conducted the experimental implementation for its digital currency trials in many cities, including Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Suzhou. During the trials, the participants were chosen through a lottery draw. Digital yuan employs a near-field communication system that allows mobile phones to use the system without an internet connection. Choosing such a feat was proof that China would want to include areas with limited internet coverage or far-flung places. Such differences could pose an immense challenge to the currently popular applications such as AliPay, WeChatPay, and other electronic financial transactions... Read More
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Editor’s Picks — Hot Off the Press


Ongoing airstrikes in Gaza to continue at “full force”, says Netanyahu… Read more

COVID-19 situation in India threatens global supply chains and Covax vaccine-sharing scheme… Read more

Taiwan’s coronavirus cases surge as alert Level III implemented for the first time on the island… Read more

“Darkside” the hacker group behind the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack in the US says it's shutting down… Read more

The government in Seoul faces criticism for lack of a robust plan to combat carbon emissions… Read more

What is Happening at TCSS- 1st Climate Action Strategy Meeting


The 1st Climate Action Strategy Meeting of the Taiwan Center for Security Studies (TCSS) kicked off with participants from the diplomatic community here in Taiwan, members of the Rotary Club, and experts from E3G and iDERA.

In this inaugural meeting, Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu, Director of TCSS presented the joint vision of a combined and comprehensive effort to support Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in combating climate change and building climate resilience. The meeting will move forward with support from all stakeholders involved and throughout the year progress towards a series of climate action initiatives in line with the agenda of COP26 in Glasgow.

This is a developing project on climate security and resilience, stay updated on the progress of this joint initiative in the days ahead.

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Editors : Richard Chen & Jaime Ocon
Image Sources: Getty Images,Taiwan CDC, Richard Chen
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