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Geostrategic Diary – June 6, 2022 a.m.

First published in The Science of Where Magazine

FOCUS

  • June 5, 2022. By Peter Timmer, East Asia Forum. In just over two months, the world food situation has gone from bad to worse. Calls to not panic fell on deaf ears, even as the Ukrainian military put up stiff opposition to the Russian onslaught. If Ukraine somehow wins the war, it will be decades before its economy and agricultural exports return to their previous levels. Food security now top priority for G20 cooperation

THINK TANKS & GLOBAL NEWS

TECH, DIGITAL, CYBER

  • June 6, 2022. By Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs. Resecurity, Inc. (USA) has identified an increase in activity within hacktivist groups conducted by a new group called “Cyber Spetsnaz”. “Cyber Spetsnaz” is Attacking Government Agencies
  • June 6, 2022. By Global Times. China’s fintech giant Ant Group launched a digital wholesale bank – ANEXT Bank – in Singapore on Monday, providing digital financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises in Singapore and the region, especially those engaging in cross-border business operations, according to the company. Ant Group launches digital wholesale bank in Singapore to serve regional SMEs
  • June 6. 2022. By Global Times. Indian media outlet, The Economic Times, on Sunday hyped about a “data leak” targeting Chinese companies as more than 500 subsidiaries of Chinese companies in India are reportedly under scrutiny by local authorities for alleged “financial irregularities.” Chinese companies were found to have “collected a large amount of personal data on individuals,” exacerbating “national security concerns,” said the report. Biz Quick Take: ‘Data leak’ hype only to hinder India’s own digital progress
  • June 6, 2022. By , Reuters. An Australian court on Monday ordered Google to pay a former lawmaker A$715,000 ($515,000), saying its refusal to remove a YouTuber’s “relentless, racist, vilificatory, abusive and defamatory” videos drove him out of politics. Google ordered to pay Australian politician over defamatory YouTube videos
  • June 6, 2022. By Reuters. The website of Russia’s Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities appeared to have been hacked, with an internet search for the site leading to a “Glory to Ukraine” sign in Ukrainian. Russian ministry website appears hacked; RIA reports users data protected

AROUND THE WORLD

Americas

Australia 

Australia – China

  • June 6, 2022. By Peter Layton, The Interpreter. It’s time to be alarmed not just alert. On Sunday, Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles revealed a “very dangerous” intercept by a People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s (PLAAF) fighter of an Australian P-8 maritime patrol aircraft took place on 26 May over the South China Sea. The P-8 aircraft was flying in international airspace at the time, well outside territorial waters. Australia has conducted maritime patrols in the area for several decades – the P-8s flight was unremarkable, the J-16 fighter’s aggressive moves anything but. A flare up in China’s deliberate pattern of aggression
  • June 6, 2022. By , The Strategist. The 26 May incident where a Chinese fighter aircraft fired flares and chaff at an Australian maritime patrol aircraft in international airspace above the South China Sea, risking a potentially fatal crash, is not an isolated episode. And it’s not peculiar to the Australia–China relationship, so it would be wrong to see it as all about us and connected with any notion that Beijing is focusing much effort on a positive ‘reset’ of our bilateral relationship. Close encounters of the PLA kind: Xi shows the South Pacific its future

Australia – Indonesia

Australia – South Pacific

  • June 6, 2022. By Graeme Dobell, The Strategist. China makes ambitious offers to South Pacific states. Australia’s great counter-offer is to South Pacific people. The people dimension must define Australia’s effort for the islands. Australia’s bipartisan promise to South Pacific people

Bangladesh

China

China – Canada

China – India

India

  • June 6, 2022. By Sanjeev S. Ahluwalia, ORF. For all the brouhaha around the hydrogen economy at Davos and the competition amongst the Indian ministries to garner a piece of the regulatory action around this future energy business, it is hard to find any authentic, consistent information on the state of play in green hydrogen (GH) from government websites of the concerned ministries. Green hydrogen: A Pie in the sky or an unfolding transformation?

Malaysia – Thailand

  • June 6, 2022. By  Wu Shang-Su, The Interpreter. With pandemic restrictions easing, especially for travel, some Southeast Asian countries have resumed the pursuit of enhanced intra-regional connectivity. The Malaysian and Thai governments last month established a joint committee to explore high-speed rail connections between Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur. Proceed with caution: high-speed rail for Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur

Mexico

  • June 6, 2022. By Reuters. Migrants and asylum seekers who enter Mexico through its southern border face abuses and struggle to obtain protection or legal status as a result of policies aimed at preventing them from reaching the US, Human Rights Watch said today. As leaders meet in Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas, they should commit to ending abusive anti-immigration policies and to ensuring people seeking protection are received humanely in the US, Mexico, and elsewhere. Mexico: Asylum Seekers Face Abuses at Southern Border
  • June 6, 2022. By Reuters. Mexico’s ruling party was primed to capture four more state governments after elections on Sunday, preliminary results showed, strengthening President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s grip on power ahead of the contest to succeed him in 2024. Mexican president’s party set to win most states in Sunday elections

Russia – Ukraine

  • June 6, 2022. By  and , Reuters. Russia struck Kyiv with missiles for the first time in more than a month, while President Vladimir Putin warned he would hit new targets in Ukraine if western nations supplied the country with longer-range missiles. Russia strikes Kyiv again after weeks, Putin warns West on missile supplies
  • June 5, 2022.  By Karolina Hird, Mason Clark, and George Barros, ISW. Ukrainian forces continued to conduct limited and localized but successful counterattacks against Russian positions throughout Ukraine on June 5, including retaking large areas of Severodonetsk—the city in Luhansk Oblast the Kremlin has concentrated the majority of its forces on capturing. A Russian Telegram channel claimed that Ukrainian troops launched a counterattack north of Kharkiv City, indicating that Ukrainian forces continue to pressure Russian defensive lines near the Russian border.[1] Ukrainian forces are likely seeking to leverage the continued Russian focus on Severodonetsk to conduct counterattacks on other axes of advance. Even as Russian forces continue to pour equipment and troops into the Severodonetsk-Lysychansk area, Ukrainian forces have conducted a successful counterattack in Severodonetsk in the last 48 hours and pushed Russian troops back to the eastern outskirts of the city and out of southern settlements.[2] Ukrainian counteroffensive pressure will likely continue to draw the attention of Russian forces to Luhansk Oblast and therefore leave vulnerabilities in Russian defensive efforts in Kharkiv Oblast and along the Southern Axis. The ability of Ukrainian forces to successfully counterattack in Severodonetsk, the Kremlin’s current priority area of operations, further indicates the declining combat power of Russian forces in Ukraine. Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment, June 5

Russia/Ukraine – USA – India

  • June 6, 2022. By Kanwal Sibal, VIF. If western governments are ready to accommodate India by balancing their longer term interest in keeping it within their “democratic” fold with their shorter term interest in drawing India into the circle of “democratic” states condemning Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine, America’s “India experts” are being encouraged or have taken upon themselves to keep flagging the issue of India’s “neutral” position on the conflict to mould public opinion against it. Responding to American Criticism of India’s Stance on Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Russia/Ukraine – Sweden 

  • June 6, 2022. By Tayfun Ozberk, Naval News. The Swedish government released an extra amending budget on June 2, 2022, with recommendations indicating that Sweden will provide Ukraine with financial assistance and military equipment. The RBS-17 (Robot-17) short-range anti-ship missile is part of the new package. How can this system help Ukraine ? How Can Swedish RBS-17 Anti-Ship Missiles Help Ukraine?

South Korea – USA – North Korea

UAE

  • June 5, 2022. By HRW.  Wide-ranging legal changes introduced by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in late 2021 fail to address the longstanding and systematic restrictions on citizens’ and residents’ civil and political rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The new laws maintain previous provisions and include new ones that pose grave threats to fundamental human rights. UAE: Sweeping Legal ’Reforms’ Deepen Repression

UK 

Uganda

  • June 6, 2022. By HRW. Ugandan security forces raided the offices of an opposition political party on the eve of the May 26, 2022, by-election in Omoro County in Northern Uganda, Human Rights Watch said today. The security forces beat party supporters and arbitrarily detained at least 13 opposition supporters that night, and on election day. Uganda: Omoro By-Election Marred by Abuses

USA 

PERSPECTIVES

  • June 6, 2022. By , The Strategist. The issue of whether the religion of Islam is a faith that endorses extremism, and more specifically violent extremism, or is used and abused by extremist groups for notional objectives, is an important one. This query continues to be a recurrent theme at different levels in world politics. In a new book, Extremist Islam: recognition and responses in Southeast Asia, counterterrorism expert Kumar Ramakrishna urges authorities to pay more attention to the persistent danger of violent Salafism in the region. What’s the connection between Islam and extremism?
  • June 6, 2022. By East Asia Forum. The costs of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine continue to mount, not only in terms of lives lost and cities and villages reduced to rubble. The war in Europe has loaded big costs on the global economy, especially developing economies already under stress from the COVID-19 crisis, and is shaking the foundations of the global economic and political order on which post-war prosperity and security were built.  Dealing with the global food crisis yet another big job for Indonesia’s G20 summit