US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore

US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore. “On Monday, April 5, 2021, Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour launched U.S. Embassy Singapore’s USSG55 campaign celebrating 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore. Starting this month, a combination of digital and traditional media elements branded with #USSG55 will showcase the United States and Singapore’s shared history, built on a strong foundation for a secure, prosperous, and innovative shared future. To kick off the campaign, a dedicated website will serve as a portal for the year’s events, programs, press releases, photographs, and more.”

Reuters: China tweet that enraged Australia propelled by ‘unusual’ accounts, say experts

Reuters: China tweet that enraged Australia propelled by ‘unusual’ accounts, say experts. “A Chinese official’s tweet of an image of an Australian soldier that sparked a furious reaction from Canberra was amplified across social media by unusual accounts, of which half were likely fake, an Israeli cybersecurity firm and Australian experts said.”

CNN: Pakistan’s TikTok ban is about censorship, not China

CNN: Pakistan’s TikTok ban is about censorship, not China. “The ban is notable because, unlike countries such as India and the United States that have already gone after TikTok, Pakistan doesn’t have a tense political relationship with China. The two share close economic, diplomatic and military ties, and Pakistan is an integral part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.”

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: MIAC Presents Virtual Event for New Online Treaties Explorer Resource

New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs: MIAC Presents Virtual Event for New Online Treaties Explorer Resource. “The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC), in partnership with the U.S. National Archives Office of Innovation, is pleased to announce an online launch event of the Indigenous Digital Archive’s Treaties Explorer, also known as ‘DigiTreaties.’ Thanks to an anonymous donor, the U.S. National Archives has been able to conserve and make the first-ever scans of its holdings of 374 Ratified Indian Treaties.”

Washington Post: U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes

Washington Post: U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes. “Senior U.S. officials are beginning to explore proposals for punishing or demanding financial compensation from China for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to four senior administration officials with knowledge of internal planning. The move could splinter already strained relations between the two superpowers at a perilous moment for the global economy.”

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online

The National: Treasure trove of priceless UAE archives now online. I mentioned the initiative for this archive back in 2017. “The online portal contains 250,000 priceless archives. The majority are text documents and come from British foreign office files about the Gulf but photographs and video footage from the UAE are also included…. Work on digitising the documents began two years ago and the collection that has gone online is vast. Letters, treaties, maps and telegrams chart 200 years of intrigue, political strife, war, independence and progress. It would take researchers months to go through them all but some catch the eye immediately.”

Quartz: A cyber-attack in Japan could now bring the US into war

Quartz: A cyber-attack in Japan could now bring the US into war. “In a briefing yesterday in Washington, DC, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo declared that ‘a cyberattack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack under Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty.’ The security agreement, ratified after World War II, guarantees the United States’ defense in the event of an attack on Japan.”

A casualty of the US government shutdown: American embassy Twitter, other social media accounts (American Bazaar)

The American Bazaar: A casualty of the US government shutdown: American embassy Twitter, other social media accounts. “If you follow the Twitter handles of the US Embassy and the country’s four consulates in India and have missed seeing any new tweets from them on your timeline, do not think that the missions are still on an extended holiday mode.”