On 1 February, Myanmar’s military enacted a coup against the ruling NLD party, detaining former State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. The military’s removal of the elected government has showcased Myanmar’s democracy crisis.
While the world is still dealing with the impacts of the pandemic, the Russian and Chinese militaries seem to be growing closer than ever. On December 22nd, 2020, Russian and Chinese bombers flew a joint patrol mission over an area of the Western Pacific that is dangerously close to disputed territories between China, South Korea, and Japan. This mission succeeds a first one in 2019 which had already shaken up peace in East Asia.