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Security Commentaries #004 

February 1st, 2021 - Approx. 8 min read  


Asia Pacific 

  • U.S. sends carrier into South China Sea as Chinese bombers fly near Taiwan - Tensions rise in the Taiwan strait after both the US and China send war planes over Taiwan's ADIZ.

Around the World

  • Davos 2021, The Great Reset - In a time of global economic turbulence and the upending of traditional modes of governance, do the so-called Davosian global elites have something that could actually reset the agenda for the world moving forward?

U.S. sends carrier into South China Sea as Chinese bombers fly near Taiwan - Jaime Ocon, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

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. The next day, China sent another 15 warplanes into the ADIZ, including J-10 and J-16 advanced fighter jets ... Read More.

 " It appears that China's "peaceful rise" is now a distant memory.With the short-term memory lost, China shows the agonizing signs of its own dynastic-cycles shortening the legitimacy by the fear of neighbors" 
- Patrick Mendis 

Dr. Patrick Mendis

A former American diplomat and a military professor in the NATO and the Pacific Commands, Dr. Mendis is currently a distinguished visiting professor of culture and diplomacy at the Chinese Culture University in Taipei.

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Davos 2021, The Great Reset - Richard Chen, Taiwan Center for Security Studies

The Davos Agenda at this year’s World Economic Forum (WEF) was held virtually on the 25th of January, with a second phase of the forum being held in-person later this May in Singapore. The theme of this year’s summit is “The Great Reset”, signaling that the coronavirus pandemic offers perhaps an opportunity to “reset and reshape” the world in a way that is more aligned with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, politicians, business leaders, and stakeholders from various industries all attended this multi-stakeholder forum online, seeking to address and partake in setting the global agenda ... Read more. 

 As the world enters a time when countries across the globe consistently take the blunt of the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, China has somehow through its own means changed the rules of the game and repositioned itself on the world stage. Gen. Juichou Richard Hu (ret.)
A specialist in security and strategy research, national defense policy, crisis management, strategic leadership and communication as well as public policy. General Hu is the Deputy Director of Taiwan Center for Security Studies.

What’s New in the World

  • Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader was detained in the early morning of Monday, as Burmese military seized control of the country… Read more 
  • Thousands detained over the weekend in Russia, protesters demanding the Kremlin release Alexi Navalny… Read more
  • Tensions persist as neighboring countries in the Himalayas clash again… Read more
  • Iran is waiting for the Biden administration to make the first move when it comes to dialogue regarding the nuclear deal… Read more 
  • Despite boycotting the conference in the past, big businesses are back at the Davos of the Desert—The KSA’s Future Investment Initiative (FII)… Read more


TCSS Take - On Last Week’s Edition

Dr. Ilias Iliopoulos 
Opinion on Jan. 25, 2021 TCSS Security Commentary:

“How China’s Economy is still growing even during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

COVID-19 has crippled the international economy to an extent that it has been unprecedented since the end of the Second World War; and a recovery remains highly uncertain… Read more

Opinion on Jan. 25, 2021 TCSS Security Commentary:

“In America, Joe Biden is Sworn In, What Next?”

As my distinguished Colleague Professor Patrick Mendis rightly commented, President Biden’s advisors should not be “blind to those things Trump got right.”... Read more

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.
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Editors : Richard Chen & Jaime Ocon
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