April 6, Thursday, 2023

1. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has met with the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, in California. She is stopping in the US on her way back to Taiwan after a tour of Central America. At a news conference, Tsai said, “The peace that we have maintained and the democracy that we have worked hard to build are facing unprecedented challenges.”
2. A United Nations report says North Korea stole a higher value of cryptocurrency assets in 2022 than in any previous year using increasingly sophisticated techniques. It recommends that the head of the country’s agency responsible be sanctioned.
3. Japan has outlined a new strategy to preserve biodiversity and start restoring nature by 2030. The government revised the strategy for the first time in 11 years in response to the UN’s COP 15 biodiversity convention in December. Delegates adopted a pledge to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s lands, coastal areas and inland waters.