Chinese missile test and NEA Public Health Initiative
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Chinese missile test and NEA Public Health Initiative

4 November 2021

Dear Network Members and Colleagues,

This week, we publish a new policy brief by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen and Dr. Cameron Hunter on the recent Chinese nuclear-capable hypersonic missile test. We also feature a special report on the Northeast Asian Public Health Initiative by Dr. Shin Young-jeon who argues that it may help restart dialogue between the DPRK, US, and ROK. Finally, we share two upcoming conferences featuring APLN members, staff, and associates as well as member activities.

On 1 November, APLN published a policy brief by Dr. Bleddyn Bowen and Dr. Cameron Hunter, which analyses the implications of a recent flight test of a new Chinese nuclear-armed hypersonic missile system, known as a Fractional Orbital Bombardment System. The authors assess the implications, address concerns from US commentators, and the possible impact on international treaties.Key recommendations include:

  • The United States and other countries should not rush to react to the development with ill-thought-out weapons technologies in response.
  • More dialogue on outer space security in the Asia-Pacific is urgently needed. Countries should not wait for the United States or China to lead on solutions to space security concerns.
  • States should strengthen international agreements on outer space security.

Read the Policy Brief

On 28 October, APLN published a special report by Dr. Shin Young-jeon on the Northeast Asian Public Health Initiative (NEAPHI). He argues that NEAPHI may help restart the stymied dialogue between the DPRK, ROK, and the United States.Key recommendations include:

  • A stable funding mechanism is needed to induce the DPRK’s participation in large-scale projects, such as Covid-19 vaccine support for all 25 million North Koreans. 
  • Conditions should be created for China, Russia, and Mongolia to play a more active role instead of the United States, which may inhibit DPRK cooperation. 
  • It is necessary to develop a strategic plan that differentiates roles among existing international organizations and NGOs (e.g., WHO, GHSA, etc.) to facilitate a regional public health initiative.  
This report is part of APLN’s DPRK Cooperative Threat Reduction+ project. You can read earlier special reports in this series on our website.

Read the Special Report

On 12 November 12, 2021, the APLN is hosting two panels at the 1st Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Forum (YLF) hosted by the Jeju Free International City Development Center (JDC) and organized by the East Asia Foundation (EAF). APLN Vice-Chair Professor Chungin Moon, will moderate the panel “Promoting Peace and Security in the Asia-Pacific: Young Leaders’ Perspectives,” and APLN Senior Associate Fellow Jessica Lee will speak on the panel “Pathways to Peace on the Korean Peninsula.”YLF is a platform for young leaders to discuss common issues around the world such as peace, environment, youth and employment, and to create consensus, pursue peace, and realize sustainable development. The forum’s main theme for this year is: “The Role of Youth; Sustainable Development and Peace in Asia-Pacific.”

Sign up to watch the forum sessions here.

On 8-9 November, the Seoul Peace Initiative Conference will be held in Seoul. On the first day, APLN Research Director Dr. Peter Hayes will present an ongoing APLN project Reducing the Risk of Nuclear Weapons Use in Northeast Asia (NU-NEA). On the second day, APLN Policy Fellow Dr. Tanvi Kulkarni will give a presentation titled Coexisting with Dangerous Weapons: Nuclear Weapons and Everyday Peace. and Sign up for the conference here.The conference is arranged by the Seoul Peace Initiative Consortium, of which APLN is a member. You can read more about the Seoul Peace Initiative here.

The Fractured Himalaya: India & China – The way forward
On 2 November, Hindustan Times interviewed APLN member and former Foreign Secretary of India, Nirupama Rao on the state of India-China relations. Watch the interview on YouTube.

On 1 November, former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark appeared on A Podcast of One’s Own hosted by Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, where they discussed gender stereotypes in politics. Listen to A Podcast of One’s Own here.

On 22 October, APLN Senior Associate Fellow Dr. Van Jackson delivered a keynote lecture on nuclear war risks in East Asia at Ritsumeikan University. The lecture is available on The Undiplomatic Podcast.





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