Freezing New York weather contrasts tense political relations in East Asia.

Editor’s Warning: mention of anti-Black violence

Happening in the World: In the wake of President Biden’s reaffirmation of the United States’ commitment to Taiwan, China has declared that any action from Taiwan that indicates independence “means war.” Taiwan views itself as a sovereign state, yet China views it as a “breakaway democratic province.” This warning follows China’s deployment of warplanes around the island. (BBC

Happening in the United States: In a new study commissioned by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, the Louisville Metro Police Department received harsh criticism after the murder of Breonna Taylor last year. The report stated that the LMPD is “ridden with low morale” and that Louisville residents of color don’t trust the police “due to generations of problematic relations.” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer stated that the city is “committed to reimagining public safety” and claimed that several reform measures were already in place. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: An Arctic air mass has engulfed New York City for the next few days, with subzero temperatures and the possibility of heavy snowfall. NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Dave A. Chokshi said residents “should please remain inside as much as possible” and layer heavily if they do go outside. He also requested that New Yorkers should call 311 if their heat is not working, or if they see someone outside who “appears to be experiencing homelessness.” (Gothamist)

Happening in our community: The Harriman Institute is holding a talk today from 3 pm to 5 pm with author and professor Eliot Borenstein to discuss his prize-winning books on contemporary Russia, Plots against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism and Pussy Riot: Speaking Punk to Power. Part of the Institute’s Contemporary Culture Series, the conversation, moderated by Mark Lipovetsky, will explore the content of his books and the direction of Russian culture and society. To register, click here.

Image of a wintry New York via Pxhere