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On 10 February in Asian history

ON 10 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 10, 2017

1242: The 87th Japanese emperor Shijo, born on March 17, 1231, dies in an accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shij%C5%8D

1258: Mongol Hulagu Khan forces take Bagdad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_%281258%29
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/04/25/050425fa_fact4
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1356.html

1258 Bagdad destroyed

1307: Death of Temür Khan, Emperor Chengzong of Yuan, born on October 15, 1265
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/01/monarch-profile-temur-khan.html
http://expectativasracionais.blogspot.fr/2008/09/temur-khan-emperor-chengzong-of-yuan.html

1747: Birth of Aida Yasuaki, Japanese mathematician, who died on October 26, 1817

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Yasuaki




 
1771: To the head of a powerful army, the Marathe Madhava Râo Sindhia enters Delhi to restore the legitimacy of Shah Alam II, the emperor Moghol exiled with Allâhâbâd
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P071

1846: During the first Anglo-Sikh War, British defeat Sikhs in final battle of Sobraon
http://britishbattles.com/first-sikh-war/sobraon.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sobraon

1846-02-10 Battle of Sobraon

1847: Birth of Nabinchandra Sen, famous Bengali poet who died on January 23, 1909
http://www.indianetzone.com/54/nabin_chandra_sen.htm

1859: British Gen Horsford defeats the Begum of Oudh Mazrat Mahral & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
http://ve65.blogspot.fr/2015/02/nana-sahib-from-wikipedia-free.html
http://www.newsgram.com/unsung-hero-of-1857-revolt-begum-hazrat-mahal/

1899: During the Philippines American war, Battle of Caloocan
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Caloocan
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/battleofcaloocan.htm

1899-02-10 Battle of Caloocan

1904: The Russo-Japanese War over Korea and Manchuria begins after the Battle of Port Arthur as Russia declares war on Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1930: Yên Bái mutiny in French Indochina

http://www.ovguide.com/yen-bai-mutiny-9202a8c04000641f8000000006ba23d4
https://historybytez.com/2016/02/10/1930-yen-bai-mutiny-in-french-indochina/

1939: Japanese forces invade the Chinese island of Hainan
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=177
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_Operation

1942: A Japanese submarine launches a brutal attack on Midway, a coral atoll used as a U.S. Navy base. It was the fourth bombing of the atoll by Japanese ships since December 7
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-sub-bombards-midway

1943: In India, Gandhi starts a hunger strike to protest his detention
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1943/02/11/page/3/article/gandhi-starts-hunger-strike-to-last-21-days

1945: Death of Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist, born on November 20, 1878
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacleto_Diaz

1946: Netherlands proposes the creation of an Indonesian Commonwealth which will be rejected by the Nationalists
http://www.houseofdavid.ca/Indo_feb10.htm

1952: Birth of Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/lee-hsien-loong-6891.php
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong

1952: India passes first test of democracy in the country first general election
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/10/newsid_3485000/3485587.stm

1967: At London, Alexis Kossygine condemns « the dictatorial regime of Mao Zedong »

1976: In China an anti-Deng Xiaoping campaign is launched. He is accused to follow the capitalist way (up to 17 February)
http://chineseposters.net/themes/criticize-rightist-deviationism.php

1976 anti Deng

1984: Birth of Kim Hyo-jin, South Korean actress
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Hyo-jin.php

1986: Birth of Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
http://asianwiki.com/Yui_Ichikawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tALvSqs8zs

1987: Birth of Yuja Wang, Chinese classical pianist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuja_Wang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHO4Ucw9zL4

1987: Death of Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist, born in 1930
http://www.thelovelyplanet.net/tag/syed-sadequain-ahmed-naqvi/
http://www.siliconeer.com/past_issues/2014/january-2014/Jan14-Siliconeer-Art-The-Rich-Legacy-of-Sadequain.html
http://jawaidsiddiq.blogspot.fr/2011/06/syed-sadequain-ahmed-naqvi.html

Jawaidsid Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi

1987: Birth of Choi Siwon, South Korean actor, singer and dancer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choi_Siwon

1990: Birth of Sooyoung, Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sooyoung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QftqXfUAnls

1995: Birth of Haruna Kawaguchi, Japanese model and actress
http://asianmediawiki.com/Haruna_Kawaguchi

2005: North Korea proclaims that it has nuclear weapon and that i will no more take part to the Six powers negotiations in Beijing

2006: Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition returns to Cambodia after one year self exile
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4699574.stm

2007: Jun Da Bin (Jeong Hye-seon), South Korean actress, born in March 1980, commits suicide
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1641239/bio

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq8CD2RW8mI

2008: A fire severely damages Namdaemun, the first National Treasure of South Korea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Namdaemun_fire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCh6mQX7ROM&feature=related

2009: Wu Shu-chen, former Taiwanese first lady pleads guilty to money-laundering and forgery but denied embezzlement charges in a high-profile corruption case
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7880656.stm

2011: India and Pakistan announce that the two countries would resume peace talks that have been stalled since 2008, when Pakistani militants staged coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/asia/11talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12416441
http://www.france24.com/en/india-pakistan-peace-talks-resume-mumbai-attacks-gilani-singh

2011: Tashi Dhondup, Tibet’s freedom singer, is released after more than a year in a re-education through labour camp in Qinghai province. He receives a hero’s welcome at home for his songs that express the pain caused by the lack of freedom in Tibet
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibet’s-freedom-singer-released,-gets-hero’s-welcome-20745.html

2011: Despite serving a four-year sentence, the well-known blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, famous for his fight against forced abortions, says he is free only in his home. Still, he pledged to continue his fight for a more just China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chen-Guangcheng,-practically-still-in-prison-20743.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12413660

2012: Dissident poet Zhu Yufu gets seven years in prison. A dissident as far back as 1979 when he began collaborating with Wei Jingsheng on Beijing’s ‘democracy wall,’ Zhu Yufu has already spent many years in prison for his actions in favour of democracy.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-Hangzhou,-dissident-poet-gets-seven-years-in-prison-23944.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120210-327150.html

2015: An anti-corruption party, led by Arvind Kejriwal has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31294500
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/india-ruling-party-heading-defeat-dehli-150210042226101.html http://www.thehindu.com/elections/delhi2015/10inthpredelhielectionpackage/article6879029.ece?ref=relatedNews

2015: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-02-10/anwar-ibrahim-malaysian-opposition-leader-loses-final-appeal-to-sodomy-conviction-sentenced-to-five-/1413903
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/10/malaysia-overwhelming-evidence-sees-anwar-ibrahim-s-sodomy-conviction-upheld/ http://www.nst.com.my/node/72443

2015: Death of former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, at the age of 100
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1709907/deng-liqun-chinas-former-communist-party-propaganda-chief-and?page=all
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/world/asia/deng-liqun-divisive-chinese-communist-party-official-dies-at-99.html?_r=0

2016: Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatima_Surayya_Bajia

2016: Pyongyang has executed chief of staff General Ri Yong Gil, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The punishment is the latest in a series of purges of top leaders in North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-executes-military-chief-for-corruption/a-19038791

Security in Asia

Asie politique

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10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

Recently the Russia ambassador to Seoul hinted during a press conference with members of the South Korean media that if THAAD is indeed installed in South Korea then Russia will respond with its own countermeasures
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/10/the-limits-to-russias-potential-thaad-response/
https://sputniknews.com/military/201702101050526581-thaad-funding-cause-arms-race/

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

13 JANUARY 2017

Why is India risking Chinese anger by trying to sell missiles to Vietnam?

The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms sale as “stirring up trouble”, and said China would “hardly sit with its arms crossed”
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2061550/why-india-risking-chinese-anger-trying-sell-missiles-vietnam

6 JANUARY 2017

China and India : 2.5 billion people, nukes and missiles. What could go wrong?

The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/04/asia/china-india-icbm/index.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

As Bangladesh and Myanmar build up their navies, India and China compete to supply Equipment
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-bay-of-bengal-naval-arms-race/

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

A Chinese government-backed institute has released a report that says the United States is stepping up its military activity in the Asia-Pacific region
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161125_27/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/trump-will-pursue-regional-hegemony-in-south-china-sea/8059486?section=world

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

The Pivot to Asia has been one of the main focuses of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. With the election of Donald Trump, the US approach to Asia is expected to undergo a major change
http://www.dw.com/en/report-warns-of-arms-race-if-trump-reduces-asia-engagement/a-36410741

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Security in the Asia Pacific: the risks and ramifications of Trump’s impulsive adventurism

Now that Donald Trump’s nativist insurgency has captured its capital, the rest of the world is anxious to know how that vision will be visited upon them, as Trump seeks to define his boilerplate “America-first” slogan overseas
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/trumps-impulsive-adventurism-and-security-in-the-asia-pacific-the-risks-and-ramifications

24 OCTOBER 2016

Guess what India and China need to improve relations? More spies

Strange as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other’s strategies, with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is critical
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2039640/guess-what-india-and-china-need-improve-relations-more-spies

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes

China and Russia blasted Washington on Tuesday (Oct 11) for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-russia-criticise-us-deployment-of-missile-defence-system-in-south-korea-over
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2027171/china-and-russia-close-ranks-against-us-missile-defence

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the cold war, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2026157/russia-considers-restoring-military-bases-vietnam-and
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37591756

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160912_20/
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-09/12/content_7254045.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/surge-in-europes-arms-sales-to-asia/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-towards-japan
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-from-submarine/a-19496546
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/north-korea-tests-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

28 JUNE 2016

Is China militarising space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1982526/china-militarising-space-experts-say-new-junk-collector

23 JUNE 2026

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-says-new-missile-can-strike-us-military-bases-in-the

4 JUNE 2016

U.S. intends to maintain and expand military presence in the Asia-Pacific’

US secretary for Defence Carter has proposed to further deepen defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing cooperating countries together under the umbrella of a “security network.” Militaries of the countries under this network would train together and eventually operate together, Carter proposed.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244651303
http://www.dw.com/en/south-china-sea-tensions-top-asia-security-summit-in-singapore/a-19306325http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-defence-chief-carter-urges-china-to-quit-self-isolation-and-join-principled

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/russian-navy-may-create-pacific-fleet-base-disputed-kuril-islands

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

The Japanese government will send personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and Coast Guard to Indonesia late this month to help enhance that country’s naval capabilities
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160314_03/

23 FEBRUARY 2016

Military spending in Asia-Pacific to hit US$533b in 2020: Report

By the end of the decade, total defence spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit US$533 billion per year, up from US$435 billion in 2015, according to British military publisher IHS Jane’s.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/report-military-spending-asia-pacific-hit-533b-2020
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-tensions-fuel-s748b-arms-race-asia-pacific

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

North Korea on Sunday (Feb 7) launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland. These are key dates in the reclusive nation’s missile programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chronology-of-north-korean-missile-development

9 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. hopes to deploy THAAD in S. Korea as soon as possible. upseting China

The United States hopes to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD system to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible. « We’d like to see this move as quickly as possible. We are beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect this will move in an expeditious fashion. »
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188046
http://news.yahoo.com/us-responses-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-upset-china-050557834.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-hopes-to-send-anti-missile-system-to-south-korea-as-quickly-as-possible

8 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-launch-may-spur-talks-u-missile-013336680–finance.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

Philippine Supreme Court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

9 DECEMBER 2015

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore continues to double down as recipient and benefactor of the US tilt to Asia, jointly announcing on Dec. 7 – the anniversary of the destruction of the US fleet by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 – that it is adding Poseidon P8-A spy planes to an already formidable US presence on the island
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/singapore-commitment-host-us-military-facilities/

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1201473/pakistan-russia-sign-landmark-defence-deal

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

22 JULY 2015

India, Japan, U.S. plan naval exercises in tightening of ties in Indian Ocean

Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/22/us-india-military-exercises-idUSKCN0PW1EB20150722

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?

30 MAY 2015

US to step up maritime defense cooperation with Southeast Asia

Through the new Southeast Asia Security Initiative, the U.S. Defense Department is proposing that it help to equip and step up the defense capabilities of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, particularly in maritime matters
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/US-to-step-up-maritime-defense-cooperation-with-Southeast-Asia

21 MAY 2015

Asia defense spending: New arms race in South China Sea

The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan are beefing up their military in the face of increasingly bold incursions in the region by China. But most of that spending is not going to weapons makers in the United States.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102698589

14 MAY 2015

Analyzing Southeast Asia’s Military Expenditures

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently released their 2014 database, which shows robust growth in defense spending throughout Southeast Asia. Though the SIPRI data only goes through 2014, when at least two countries have already announced 2016 defense budgets, it shows important regional trends
http://cogitasia.com/analyzing-southeast-asias-military-expenditures/

30 APRIL 2015

Japan considering joint US air patrols to show China they don’t own the South China Sea

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150428_06.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

25 APRIL 2015

US seeks access to eight Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

18 APRIL 2015

Pakistan, China, Iran and the remaking of regional security

The regional security in South Asia and the adjacent regions to the west and north are on the cusp of a profound transformation. Broadly, there are three vectors involved here
http://atimes.com/2015/04/pakistan-china-iran-and-the-remaking-of-regional-security/

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/revelations-on-chinas-maritime-modernization/
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china.html

14 APRIL 2015

Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia

South Asia, a volatile and unstable region, has been witnessing an escalation in military and nuclear rivalry, somewhat overshadowed by the understandable fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-32289368

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

9 MARCH 2015

Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-tests-missile-that-could-carry-nuclear-warhead-to-every-part-of-india/2015/03/09/920f4f42-c65c-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1168421/test-launch-of-shaheen-iii-ballistic-missile-successful-ispr

5 MARCH 2015

ISIS has eye on Southeast Asia: Terror expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is beefing up its external operations wing and courting support in South- east Asia, a security expert said at a counter-terrorism meeting here
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/isis-has-eye-southeast-asia-terror-expert

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/482784/n-korea-may-have-100-atomic-arms-by-2020-us-experts

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Turkey eyes deal with China on missile defence

Turkey’s defence minister said on Thursday the country does not plan to integrate a new missile defence system with NATO infrastructure and officials said a US$3.4 billion deal with China was still under consideration
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/20/content_15229881.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?
http://sea-globe.com/a-new-cold-war-southeast-asia-globe/

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

9 JANUARY 2015

North Korea Seems to Be Closer to Missile-Launching Submarine

North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers
http://38north.org/2015/01/jbermudez010815/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/world/asia/north-korea-progress-developing-missile-launching-submarine.html?ref=asia

28 DECEMBER 2014

USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=17090&source=GovDelivery#%2EVKDXpIcmf9U%2Elinkedin

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141221000004&cid=1101

19 DECEMBER 2014

Korea, Japan, U.S. Close to Intelligence-Sharing Pact

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141218000971
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/12/19/2014121901519.html

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

Malaysia’s national security focus is shifting to its eastern state of Sabah, evidenced by the money, personnel, and equipment allocated to the state in the 2015 defense budget. This shift comes in response to incidents along Sabah’s long and porous maritime border with the insecure islands of the southern Philippines. It also belies the deep distrust between the two neighbors over border issues. Malaysia’s interests in the South China Sea also come into play given that the realignment of men and materiel will allow greater force projection into the area.
http://cogitasia.com/malaysias-defense-budget-a-push-to-the-east/

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

30 NOVEMBER 2014

America’s Next Big Challenge: Countering China’s Diplomatic Blitzkrieg

It is clear that China has combined proactive diplomacy with large-scale economic incentives to quell any regional backlash against its maritime assertiveness across the Western Pacific. What will Washington do?http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-next-big-challenge-countering-china%E2%80%99s-diplomatic-11754

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China building possible airfield in South China Sea: US

The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommodate an airstrip, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-building-possible/1487310.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/21/china-building-south-china-sea-island-airstrip-military-installations

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Intelligence chief sidelined for warning China is preparing for war with Japan

American naval officers who publically raise concerns about China’s military capabilities and intentions can find themselves sidelined, their careers stunted. That is the case of Capt. James Fanell, formerly the chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/us-navy-muzzles-china-critic/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
http://tribune.com.pk/story/790505/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-hatf-vi-missile/

6 NOVEMBER 2014

China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia

China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141106000166&cid=1101

26 OCTOBER 2014

Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

Ninety percent of the world’s trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan. This has forced the Asia-Pacific region to outspend all other nations, except the US, in procurement of ships and submarines.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260019/Pacific-Powers-Build-Capability-Warily-Eye-Neighbor-Countries

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

3 OCTOBER 2014

US lifts 40-year arms ban to boost Vietnam sea defence

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defencehttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

CAMBODIA: SEARCH FOR BALANCED FOREIGN POLICY IN THE REGION
 
Vietnam provided a USD 21,6 million loan for Cambodia for the Royal armed forces modernization. The funds will be mainly allocated for weapons and equipment purchase, personnel training, and medical services, the Vietnamese media report
http://eurasianintelligence.org/news.php?new=88&num

13 SEPTEMBER 2014

The New, Improved Shanghai Cooperation Organization

China’s ambitious goals for the SCO are helped by the imminent addition of three new members.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/the-new-improved-shanghai-cooperation-organization/

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

30 AUGUST 204

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

12 AUGUST 2014

Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China’s influence is growing.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/australia-us-sign-defence-pact-201481251124370185.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/russias-strategic-pakistan-play/

21 JULY 2014

Asia’s Most Dangerous Rivalry Heats Up: China vs. Japan

With China rising and Japan seeking to become a « normal nation, » the stage is set for increased tensions
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/asias-most-dangerous-rivalry-heats-china-vs-japan-10918

14 JULY 2014

China and Strategic Imbalance

The recent Shangri-la meeting in Singapore saw some sharp exchanges between Chinese and other participants. Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig protected by more than 80 naval vessels in the South China Sea four days after President Barack Obama’s “reassurance trip” to China’s East Asian neighbors in April 2014 was widely seen as a deliberate and calculated provocation.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-and-strategic-imbalance/1/

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

27 JUNE 2014

Beijing Explores India, China, Pakistan Joint Security Mechanism

Buoyed by the optimism over the new Indian government’s moves to improve ties with Pakistan and China, Beijing apparently is exploring a trilateral security cooperation with its two neighbours
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/beijing-explores-india-china-pakistan-joint-security-mechanism-548846

26 JUNE 2014

An Arms Race Explodes in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is now well and truly in an arms race like no other.  China alone is said to have quadrupled its military spending since 2000. Indeed, in 2013 Asian countries spent a combined US$322 billion on military budgets compared to US$262 billion in 2010
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/arms-race-explodes-asia-pacific/

24 JUNE 2014 

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

23 JUNE 2014

Arctic Fusion: Russia and China Convergent Strategies

Is the Arctic becoming a Sino-Russian lake? The question must be asked, because of the way these two Eurasian giants are gaining a massive and coordinated influence in the whole Arctic region, taking advantage of the geophysical changes caused by global warming
https://www.redanalysis.org/2014/06/23/arctic-fusion-russia-china-convergent-strategies/

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20062014-revisiting-indias-nuclear-doctrine-analysis/

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

A Rising China, India and the US – A Triangular Relationship in a Multipolar World

http://www.andrewleunginternationalconsultants.com/files/a-rising-china-india-and-the-us—the-global-analyst-june-2014.pdf

1 JUNE 2014

China Calls Japan, US Comments on Disputed Areas ‘Provocative’

China on Sunday strongly denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US defence chief Chuck Hagel for making « provocative » speeches against Beijing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10867878/China-accuses-US-defence-chief-Chuck-Hagel-and-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-of-provocative-speeches.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-remarks-by-us-japan-on-disputed-territories/1926961.html

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

US says China a ‘destabilising’ force in Asia-Pacific region

The United States on Saturday accused China of acting as a “destabilising” force in pursuing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying its failure to resolve disputes with its neighbours threatens the region’s long-term progress
http://www.france24.com/en/20140531-usa-chuck-hagel-says-china-destabilising-force/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/us-china-destabilising-asia-pacific-region-20145317512706660.html

30 MAY 2014

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412722/japan-plans-more-proactive-role-in-asian-security http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27630604

China frets over Japanese nuclear program

Chinese officials are eyeing Japan’s plutonium stocks with increasingly alarm as their East Asian neighbor shifts to the right, suspecting that the real intention is to retain the option of developing nuclear weapons. With territorial issues intensifying concerns, the nuclear issue has potential to further undermine regional security if left to fester

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-300514.html

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

22 APRIL 2014

The US and China and others countries sign deal to ease maritime tension

The United States and countries bordering the Pacific have signed a deal to reduce the chance of accidental clashes at sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27118587
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2014/04/23/406037/Asia-Pacific-navies.htm

15 APRIL 2014

Asia bucks military spending decline

For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia however has failed to get the memo

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/north-koreans-complain-london-hairdresser-kim-jong-un

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act
http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

25 MARCH 2014

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401778/china-to-have-nuclear-missiles-on-subs-soon-us-admiral

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

10 MARCH 2014

A New Security Alliance for Asia-Pacific

The creation of a multinational defense organization, not unlike NATO, might be one solution to preserve stability and security in Asia-Pacific.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/security-alliance-asia-pacific/

4 MARCH 2014

Why Washington Can’t Restrain Tokyo

The current U.S. security posture in East Asia leaves it with few options should a crisis escalate

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/why-washington-cant-restrain-tokyo/

5 FEBRUARY 2014

China’s military rise forcing Asian defence splurge

China’s growing military might is forcing its neighbours to ramp up their defence spending but it will be decades before it rivals the United States as a military superpower, the IISS think tank said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393409/china-military-rise-forcing-asian-defence-splurge

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements in South Korea target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

9 JANUARY 2014

Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

China’s bullying tactics in the East China Sea and South China Sea will only increase with its expanding military might despite President Obama’s much-heralded pivot to Asia. The pivot is not enough. Washington must elevate regional military cooperation if China is to be deterred.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/9/lyons-an-asian-maritime-alliance/#!

1 JANUARY 2014

China’s military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Who holds the key to the future of East Asia? As US influence recedes, arch-enemies China and Japan are flexing their muscles

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/01/china-military-presence-superpower-collision-japan#!

30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

Japan wants to join patrols of vital sea lanes with foreign forces and launch counter attacks if ships of other nations come under attack
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-govt-wants-sea-lanes-part-of-self-defence-55538.html

10 DECEMBER 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Increased tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/senkaku-islands-tensions-drive-russia-and-japan-closer?goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_5816189462866046977#%21

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

US military aircraft defies China’s new defence zone to fly over disputed East China Sea

The United States sent a clear message to China not to over-step its territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10476579/US-military-aircraft-defies-Chinas-new-defence-zone-to-fly-over-disputed-East-China-Sea.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b2a6c054-56c9-11e3-ab12-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2lmxnvOGr
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/26/us-aircraft-fly-over-disputed-china-air-zone/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

Manila’s development of Oyster Bay has been driven in part by rising traffic at Subic Bay, particularly as more American battleships drop anchors at its piers. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), 72 US warships and submarines visited Subic between January and June this year. That figure compares with 88 US naval vessel visits in 2012, 54 in 2011 and 51 in 2010. The figures exclude port calls made in Manila and other ports outside Subic. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-071113.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

How Dependent are East Asian States on Arms Imports?

In 2012, Asian states spent more on defense than European states for the first time in modern history, with both arms sales to Asia and Asian defense budgets rising substantially. What role do arms imports play in Asian military modernization relative to domestic defense production?

http://cogitasia.com/how-dependent-are-east-asian-states-on-arms-imports/

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/ http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Firm to Co-Produce Turkey Missile Defense System

NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm that has been hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-chinese-firm-under-us-sanctions-wins-turkey-missile-defense-system-tender/1758277.html

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/326c5442-278c-11e3-8feb-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

China-U.S. Military Ties on the Upswing

In less than two years, China-U.S. military relations have experienced a remarkable turnaround. President Xi Jinping in particular has expressed strong support for developing more military exchanges as part of his concept of a “new type great power relationship” between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41421&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=e1e47c7d7cff5f0850126680300dc7f3#.UkskvctOLIU

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

A Salutation To Arms: Asia’s Military Buildup, Its Reasons And Its Implications – Analysis

This year, Asian defense spending will surpass that of Europe for the first time in over half a millennium. A steep drop in European military expenditures after the Cold War, a concurrent and steady rise in Chinese expenditures, and a recent sharp increase in defense spending across the rest of Asia rapidly closed the gap between the two continents.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/08092013-a-salutation-to-arms-asias-military-buildup-its-reasons-and-its-implications-analysis/

16 AUGUST 2013

China, Japan, and India’s Asian Arms Race

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-16/china-japan-and-indias-asian-arms-race?goback=%2Egde_134242_member_266504416#%21

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.
http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.

http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

NATO and Its Limits in the Asia-Pacific

A NATO delegation headed by the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Knud Bartels discussed regional security with counterparts from Asian countries including General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of the Joint Staff of Japan’s Self Defense Force and Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army in which they reportedly had an open discussion on the security situation in Central, South and Northeast Asia

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41120&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=9d1a9227cf70ee122ce7683e197cf0c8#.UeGRW8tOLVI

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country’s weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357802/philippine-president-vows-to-rebuild-air-force-by-2016                                                                                                                  http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/436579/aquino-vows-to-beef-up-philippines-air-power

19 JUNE 203

Su-35 will give China air superiority in East Asia

After purchasing Su-35 advanced fighters from Russia, the PLA Air Force will be able to dominate the skies over East Asia between 2016 and 2018, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang in Canada.                                               http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000136&cid=1101

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

15 JUNE 2013

Asia-Pacific and a Common Defense

While serving as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was said to have considered evolving NATO to address the Pacific, thus creating, or at least modifying the organization. Little emerged from the hypothetical « Pacific–Atlantic Treaty Organization. » However, the need to establish a functional security organization in Asia-Pacific remains present. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5500&Itemid=262

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                          http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40996&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=de1474d596c6712a34e9845332c977aa

29 MAY 2013

World eyes China’s coexistence strategy

China is no longer merely a passive recipient of the world order, but it has become a key factor in determining the foreign and defense policy choices that are open to other international actors. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-290513.html

23 MAY 2013

China Has Drones. Now What?

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139405/andrew-erickson-and-austin-strange/china-has-drones-now-what

13 MAY 013

Why China and the US won’t go to war over the South China Sea

China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea is challenging US primacy in the Asia Pacific. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/13/why-china-and-the-us-wont-go-to-war-over-the-south-china-sea/

3 MAY 2013

China’s Military and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2030: A Strategic Net Assessment

The emergence of the People’s Republic of China as an increasingly significant military power in the Western Pacific presents major implications for Japan, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and regional security. But a comprehensive assessment of the current and possible future impact of China’s military capabilities and foreign security policies on Tokyo and the alliance, along with a detailed examination of the capacity and willingness of both the United States and Japan to respond to this challenge, is missing from the current debate. Such an analysis is essential for Washington and Tokyo to better evaluate the best approaches for maintaining deterrence credibility and regional stability over the long term. http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/05/03/china-s-military-and-u.s.-japan-alliance-in-2030-strategic-net-assessment/g234?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_238080610

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’ http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/singapore-and-the-us-an-extraordinary-relationship-gets-closer/

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

The United States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a « deterrence » mission over the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/us-sends-b2-bombers-over-korean-peninsula/1630176.html

21 MARCH 2013

Problems with the Asia Pivot

Tom Donilon, the U.S. national security advisor, was at the Asia Society in New York last week to talk about the Obama administration’s effort to shift Washington’s strategic focus away from the military quagmires of the Greater Middle East to the dynamism of Asia – a region where, as the president puts it, “the action’s going to be.”  Unveiled to much fanfare  in late 2011, this signature initiative – variously known as the “pivot” or the strategic “rebalance” – is all about shoring up the U.S. presence in a vital region that is increasingly under the sway of an ascendant China                                                                       http://monstersabroad.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/problems-with-the-asia-pivot/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_225285368

15 MARCH 2013

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Thursday, reflecting China’s military rise and shrinking European economies                                                             http://www.dailymirror.lk/business/other/26702-asias-defence-spending-overtakes-europes-iiss-.html                                                                                                     http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/29441

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

China’s military development, beyond the number

While reports warn of China’s rising military budget and lack of transparency, numbers and hyped headlines often cloud the bigger picture.             http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/12/chinas-military-development-beyond-the-numbers/

7 MARCH 2013

China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy

A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                                                                                        http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101

US, China take part in Pakistan naval drills

The United States and China began naval drills in the Arabian Sea with Pakistan and other countries on Thursday, the Pakistani navy said, in a show of strength against terrorism and piracy.                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407050.html

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)                                                                                                http://www.asiaobserver.org/asean

2 MARCH 2013

Chinese trader indicted in US accused of busting Iran missile embargo

A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.                 http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/01/17147929-chinese-trader-indicted-in-us-accused-of-busting-iran-missile-embargo?lite

26 FEBRUARY 2013

China unveils new stealth missile frigates

China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media have reported, amid ongoing tensions with neighbouring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims.                                                                                                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/26/china-new-stealth-missile-frigates                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21590331

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/23-Feb-2013/pakistan-s-nuclear-weapons-safety-and-security

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Why arms race? Why Asia isn’t Europe 1913

In the Asia-Pacific region many media outlets and pundits fear that a naval arms race is indeed developing and lament its possible consequences. It is not hard to see why                                                                                                                                                       http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/15/what-arms-race-why-asia-isnt-europe-1913/

14 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea says new cruise missile can strike North as regional tensions rise

South Korea sent a stern warning to North Korea on Thursday, two days after the North tested a nuclear bomb, saying it could strike the isolated state if it believed an attack was imminent as it deployed a new cruise missile to drive home its point. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/14/16961138-south-korea-says-new-cruise-missile-can-strike-north-as-regional-tensions-rise?lite

13 FEBRUARY 2013

India bribery scandal threatens to ground $750-million copter deal

India’s defense minister threatened Wednesday to cancel a $750-million helicopter deal with an Italian defense company if an official investigation proves contracts were secured through kickbacks, in the latest corruption scandal to hit the Congress Party-led government in advance of a 2014 general election.                                                                                                                     http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-india-helicopter-20120213,0,7057311.story?track=rss

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

28 JANUARY 203

Main battle tanks in Asia

Whereas many militaries are moving towards lighter and more mobile armoured vehicles, Asia’s infatuation with tanks shows no sign of wavering. In fact, the reverse is true, with several nations adopting main battle tanks (MBTs) for the first time in recent years. http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/204/MAIN-BATTLE-TANKS-IN-ASIA

China carries out anti-missile test

China tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air after an initial test in 2010, state media said, in a move that will unnerve its neighbours.                                                                                                                           http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/28/china-anti-missile-test

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

Taiwan urged the United States on Monday to honour an agreement to supply submarines to replace its current elderly fleet, as a US congressional group visited the island to evaluate defence needs In April 2001 then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1250770/1/.html

16 JANUARY 2013

US pivot sparks Asian arms race

Against the backdrop of renewed large-scale US military sales to Asian allies, and with newly re-elected US President Barack Obama choosing the region as his first official foreign destination, regional maritime disputes between China and Southeast Asian states are poised to intensify in the months ahead.                                                                                                                http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA17Ae01.html

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

After purchasing F-35 Lighting II aircraft from the United States, the 22DDH class destroyer currently being built by Japan could be easily modified into an aircraft carrier, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000104&cid=1101

2 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s tactical nukes

Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk–a high-altitude, long-distance unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft–from the United States to enhance the ability of Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to collect information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40822&sec=1

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.                                                                                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392707.html

26 DECEMBER 2012

US proposes sale of spy drones to S Korea

The administration of US President Barack Obama formally proposed a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea bear more of its defence from any attack by the heavily armed North.                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121226183333131143.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Asian region UAV capability on the rise

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is one of the fastest growing military aviation markets. The Asia-Pacific region in particular is investing in these highly useful aircraft on a grand scale, either by buying foreign designs or, in many cases, producing aircraft locally. China, India, South Korea and Pakistan are making notable progress in this regard.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/195/Asian-region-UAV-capability-on-the-rise

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such a goal, the US has adopted strategic ambiguity as the cornerstone of its policy toward the cross-Strait relations for the past few decades.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/the-strategic-triangle-us-china-taiwan-relations/

29 NOVEMBER 2012

The Problem From Hell: South Asia’s Arms Race

India has responded to Pakistan’s nuclear build-up by innovating and adopting a controversial concept called « Cold Start. »
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/29/nuclear-south-asia-the-problem-from-hell/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand.
http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddae432-2a62-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_184578755#axzz2B9u2L8sh

1 NOVEMBER 2012

 U.S. Navy take notice: China is becoming a world-class military shipbuilder

China’s military shipyards now are surpassing Western European, Japanese, and Korean military shipbuilders in terms of both the types and numbers of ships they can build. If Beijing prioritizes progress, China’s military shipbuilding technical capabilities can likely become as good as Russia’s are now by 2020 and will near current U.S. shipbuilding technical proficiency levels by 203
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/01/u-s-navy-take-notice-china-is-becoming-a-world-class-military-shipbuilder/

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ19Df01.html

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138194/takashi-yokota-and-kirk-spitzer/tokyos-missing-muscle


The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian states are trying to build up toward an unprecedented level of naval modernisation as tensions in the South China Sea test their abilities to find diplomatic solutions to their territorial disputes. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/17/the-defence-of-narrow-seas-in-southeast-asia/

16 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, U.S. may conduct joint drill to retake remote island

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15. http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=37765&sec=1

12 OCTOBER 2012

Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have dramatically increased their military spending.
http://www.voanews.com/content/asian-powers-increase-military-spending/1527155.html

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

6 OCTOBER 2012

2 U.S. carriers deployed to W. Pacific

Two aircraft carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet have been deployed since mid-September to the Western Pacific in an apparent attempt to keep the activities of the Chinese military in check amid growing Japan-China tension over the Senkaku Islands.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121005002922.htm

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227194/1/.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

EAST CHINA SEA DISPUTE
Beijing more sensitive to war tremors

Long-standing historical and geopolitical tensions between Japan and China are coming to a head over a group of islands in the East China Sea. The struggle for sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) is heating up at a dangerous time for both countries. While Japan faces crucial elections, massive protests against Japan erupted in dozens of Chinese cities. In some places, anger was vented against Japanese products and brands. Protesters overturned Japanese-brand cars, set fire to buildings, and smashed Japanese-made electronics.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI18Ad01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

Six Chinese ships entered waters surrounding a disputed island chain claimed by both China and Japan on Friday amid deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, prompting Japan to summon its Chinese ambassador in protes
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-china-defies-japan-sending-ships-disputed-islands-diaoyu-senkaku http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201291445921803663.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49027621/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

28 AUGUST 2012

Nationalism runs high in Asian disputes

Tensions in Asia’s territorial disputes continue to escalate. A dangerous mix of nationalist sentiments and domestic politics in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, have exacerbated long simmering disputes over several island clusters throughout the region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH29Ae01.html

25 AUGUST 2012

Australia foreign minister rules out US bases

The United States will not seek permanent military bases in Australia and nor would hosting one be in Canberra’s interests, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Saturday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222059/1/.html

US insists missile defense targets DPRK, not China

However, military experts in both the United States and China questioned the US’ intentions, saying the expensive system, which is well beyond Pyongyang’s military capability, is actually « looking at China ».
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-08/25/content_15705030.htm

23 AUGUST 2012

Pentagon plans new missile defences in Asia

The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China’s growing missile capabilities.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9493917/Pentagon-plans-new-missile-defences-in-Asia.html

21 AUGUST 2012

China’s Navy Goes Global

China is developing a ship-based cruise missile that has the capability to attack targets thousands of kilometers inland, snapshots published by a military enthusiast web site suggest. For the first time, that would give the People’s Liberation Army Navy a weapon comparable to the US’s hugely successful Tomahawk missile http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4755&Itemid=206

27 JULY 2012

China, India set course for naval strength

The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Admiral Gorshkov), which Russia refurbished for India, left its berth at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern city of Severodvinsk and sailed into the White Sea to undergo trials on June 8.
http://gbtimes.com/news/china-india-set-course-naval-strength

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

China’s rising assertiveness to claims over the contested Spratly Islands has spurred the Philippines to ramp up a long-overdue upgrade of its external defense capability. Manila’s move signals an impending arms race in the increasingly volatile region. Next month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government will begin bidding for some 70 billion pesos (US$1.8 billion) worth of military contracts, the initial outlay of a 500 billion peso budget for a five-year modernization of the 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG06Ae01.html

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

14 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S., Japan seek security ties

China’s rise, North Korea’s threat bolster trilateral cooperation; historical animosity, economic interests with Beijing still in the way
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120614000896&cpv=0

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

3 JUNE 2012

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation – which constitutes India’s official defence budget – is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/169/India-s-Defence-Budget-2012-13

2 JUNE 2012

US to move the majority of its naval fleet to Asia

The United States will move the majority of its war ships to the Pacific Ocean as part of a strategy of boosting links with its Asian allies, Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, has announced
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9307583/US-to-move-the-majority-of-its-naval-fleet-to-Asia.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18305750

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

8 MAY 2012

India fortifies its island defenses

The Indian Navy has commissioned a new base, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Dweeprakshak, in the Lakshadweep Islands. Located at Kavaratti, the island chain’s capital, Dweeprakshak will provide the navy with a permanent and more robust presence in waters that are threatened by pirates
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NE08Df02.html

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

In the strongest comments yet from an American official on the South China Sea dispute, Commander of the US Marines in the Pacific Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen said the Philippines and US were bound by a military agreement http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255828/news/nation/us-commander-reaffirms-phl-defense-treaty?ref=related_stories

17 APRIL 2012

Vietnam, US to hold five day naval exchange

Vietnam and the US will hold five days of « non-combatant » naval exchange activities next week in the port city of Danang, the US Embassy said, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-us-hold-five-day-naval-exchange-151421389.html

13 APRIL 2012

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea’s keenly-watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/13/world/asia/north-korea-launch/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17698438 http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120413001143

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

Following a series of high-profile procurement deals, Vietnam’s growing naval program symbolizes its evolving military posture. Driven by persistent maritime disputes with China and facilitated by an expanding economy, Vietnam is actively modernizing its military through naval, air and electronic-fighting capability upgrades http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NC29Ae01.html

28 MARCH 2012

India’s army unfit to fight a war, army chief says

India’s tanks do not have enough shells to fire, its air defenses are obsolete and its ill-equipped infantry can’t fight at night, the country’s army chief told the prime minister in a letter this month, an Indian newpaper reported Wednesday 28 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/indias-million-man-army-does-not-have-the-weapons-to-fight-a-war/2012/03/28/gIQATesLgS_story.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

21 MARCH 2012

India overtakes China as world’s biggest arms importer

India has overtaken China as the world’s biggest importer of weapons, with Asian nations the most aggressive consumers of military hardware, a new report says.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/21/world/asia/india-arms-trade/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

South Korea out to extend missile range

President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday it was no longer acceptable that South Korea limited its missiles to a range of 300km while North Korea was poised to test a rocket next month with a range estimated at more than 3,000km. Seoul restricts its firepower under a 2001 memorandum of understanding with Washington
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad35d806-7333-11e1-9014-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pmwni98T

7 MARCH 2012

Asian military spending to pass Europe in 2012: think tank

Military spending in Asia will top that in Europe for the first time this year, a London-based think-tank said Wednesday in its annual assessment of the strength of the world’s armies. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said shifts in global economic power were increasingly reflected in military spending
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187612/1/.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0aab435c-6846-11e1-a6cc-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1oT9Ir22S

5 MARCH 2012

Is an India-China arms race brewing? 

On Saturday, the Indian armed forces ended a major military exercise near the Chinese border, while China has announced that it will increase its military spending by 11.2 per cent in 2012
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2012/03/2012358105253868.html

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, U.S. agree to move 4,700 marines to Guam

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120206005049.htm

5 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336548
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1173511/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111222-317755.html
3 AUGUST 2011

White paper calls China ‘overbearing’

The Japanese Defense Ministry’s white paper for 2011, approved by the Cabinet Tuesday, expresses strong concern about China’s growing maritime activities in recent years, describing China as « overbearing. »
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005930.htm

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou looks for F-16 boost

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang (KMT) party face a tough battle for re-election in January 2012. Beijing desperately wants him to win, and that Washington favors him over his challenger, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, isn’t a secret either. With the timely authorization of an upgrade of the Taiwan air force’s F-16A/B fleet, the United States could provide Ma, who is domestically constantly criticized for letting the guard down against China, with some political ammunition for the home front. There are also reasons to believe Beijing would tone down its rhetoric against military support, and tolerance to some extent
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MF22Ad01.html

15 JUNE 2011

India signs deal with USA to procure 10 C-17 aircraft

India has signed on June 14 its biggest defence deal with the USA to procure ten C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for US$ 4.1 billion under which American defence major Boeing will set up test facilities for hi-tech aeronautics engines for the Defence Research and Development Organistaion (DRDO)
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=373228&catid=36

12 JUNE 2011

US not coming to Philippines aid vs China

The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/14118/us-not-coming-to-ph-aid-vs-china

6 JUNE 2011

Asia-Pacific countries readying for arms trade treaty at UN

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali on Monday to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a new international legally binding instrument — the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — currently being negotiated at the UN
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/06/07/asia-pacific-countries-readying-arms-trade-treaty-un.html
5 JUNE 2011

Philippines shops for US military gear

Amid increasing concern over renewed tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippine Embassy here is shopping for excess defense equipment from the United States under Washington’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/12084/philippines-shops-for-us-military-gear

28 APRIL 2011

Return of US forces to Subic Bay (Philippines) possible

High-level visits here by American officials have raised the prospect of a return of the United States’ military presence in this former naval base in the wake of disasters that hit Japan, which have delayed the planned US military build-up in Guam
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110428-333354/Return-of-US-forces-to-Subic-possible

15 APRIL 2011

India hones its missile shield

One consequence of the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 has been an acceleration of India’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) program to protect against a sudden missile attack, possibly nuclear tipped, particularly from rogue elements in Pakistan. The BMD can also be extended to space to protect India’s remote and communication satellites especially in the context of China conducting an anti-satellite test in 2007, in what is seen as a…
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MD16Df01.html

Countering China’s Military Modernisation: An Indian Perspective

Article published on OpinionAsia, by Laxman Behera on April 10, 2011

Just days after India announced a 11.6 per cent increase in its 2011 defence budget in February, China reciprocated with a 12.7 per cent growth in its defence budget. The marginal difference between the two growth rates, as it may seem, is however a poor indication of the absolute defence spending by two countries. At US$ 91 billion, China’s latest announced budget is more than two-and-a-half times bigger than India’s. This difference is widened further, if one takes into account China’s actual defence spending – both announced and hidden – which is estimated to be 2-3 times its officially declared figures.

As the official statistics from Beijing indicate, China’s defence expenditure has been increased by a whopping 2300 per cent between 1989 and 2011. Behind this massive growth lies China’s ability to sustain its annual spending at unprecedented, double digit levels through out this period, except last year when the budget growth was deliberately reduced to 7.5 per cent, mainly because of the $60 billion worth of extra-budgetary provisions towards the modernisation of the defence industry. The momentum of high spending has not only elevated China’s ranking as the second largest military spender in the world (from its previous position of 8th largest in late nineties), but has resulted in a vast improvement in its military modernisation which has taken even the counties like the US by surprise.

Given the historical animosity between India and China, Beijing’s rapid growth in defence spending and the consequent modernisation of its military capability has further added a degree of insecurity among the Indian security establishment. The security analysts in particular see a clear correlation in China’s increasing assertiveness in many bilateral and global issues in recent times and with its growing military capability. The demand in India has therefore been to increase spending to bolster the capability of the defence forces so as to avoid another 1962-type embarrassment, if the relationship between the two counties deteriorates to that extent.

It would however be economically strenuous for India to immediately raise its absolute defence spending to China’s. This would amount to a full-fledged and unaffordable arms race for India. With an economy four times the size of India’s, Beijing has a natural advantage in committing more resources on its defence. New Delhi has therefore to seriously think how much it can truly afford to devote to its national defence without compromising its huge socio-economic requirements, and being dragged into an expensive arms race.

At 1.8 per cent of the country’s GDP, India’s 2011 defence budget seems to be affordable to meet the requirement of the armed forces. It would be logical for New Delhi to progressively increase its defence spending in a matter of 5-7 years to three per cent of GDP. This level of spending is not only internationally accepted as affordable, but the one promised to be delivered to national defence by the Prime Minister in 2005.

With a progressive increase in defence spending, India has to expedite its arms procurement process so as to provide its armed forces with the required capability in right time. To do so, it needs to quickly overcome the ‘Bofors Syndrome’ which has resulted in non-fructification of critical arms acquisition plans despite funds being repeatedly made available. While China which has a clear geo-political disadvantage in sourcing state-of-the-art arms from the West, India is flooded with offers, with some countries even offering collaboration and co-production arrangements. Barring few items, India can virtually buy anything off-the-shelf from the global market for its armed forces. If India can exploit this favourable condition, it can not only quickly overcome the military obsolesce that has creped in over past several decades, but can project a credible deterrence against a militarily assertive China.

The procurement of arms from the global market to enhance defence capability is however not a long-term solution. No major power in the world boasts of a credible military capability without a strong domestic defence industry. Much of China’s present military capability is also driven by the success of its indigenous industry in producing advanced military systems. While China has been able to do so by reforming its vast, inefficient Mao-era defence industry, India has failed to replicate this even though it continues to proclaim of achieving ‘substantial self-reliance’ in defence production. Critical reform measures suggested by various agencies and Committees with regard to eliminating the structural and managerial weakness of the state-owned defence enterprises and bringing the private sector in defence industry have been implemented in a half-hearted manner. Developing the domestic industry to a world class standard is therefore the most critical challenge for India in the long run.

While budgetary, industrial and procurement-related measures are the most critical for challenging China’s military modernisation, India also need to step up its efforts in sensitising the broader international community about the implication of Beijing’s military modernisation. Although, India has ruled out the option of joining any military alliance, there is still a lot of scope for building and strengthening strategic partnerships with countries that are suspicious of China’s military aspirations. Joint military exercises, defence industry cooperation, and intelligence sharing are the areas which India needs to pursue vigorously with strategically relevant counties. Gaining moral and material support in peace and crisis time would provide India with an added weapon to counter the threat from China.

12 APRIL 2011

South Korea to complete missile defence system by 2015

South Korea will complete a missile defence system by 2015 designed to intercept potential ballistic missiles from North Korea, the military said Tuesday
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1632468.php/South-Korea-to-complete-missile-defence-system-by-2015

14 MARCH 2011

India ‘world’s biggest arms buyer’

India has overtaken China to become the world’s largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales. India’s defence budget for the coming year is 1.5 trillion rupees ($32.5bn), a 40 per cent increase from two years ago. It imports more than 70 per cent of its weapons
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/03/201131464110211223.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12729363

18 November 2007

IN WHAT HANDS WILL FALL THE PAKISTAN’s NUCLEAR WEAPONRY ?

With the future of Pakistan’s leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying in USA about whether the hightly classified program has done enough
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/18/asia/nuke.php

China foreign policy

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10 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump agrees to support ‘One China’ policy in Xi Jinping call

Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/donald-trump-agrees-support-one-china-policy-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38927891
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/10/content_15569370.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

In a first, Trump writes a letter to Chinese President, and China is pleased

In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he looked forward to working with him « to develop a constructive relationship » that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251591453
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/09/trump-china-letter-no-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/09/content_15568561.html

4 FEBRUARY 2017

China warns US after James Mattis says disputed isles covered by Japan treaty

China warns Washington that it is risking instability in Asia after US defence secretary Mattis vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over disputed isles in South China Sea
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5C2sPoL2ljinLA22sj7VgN/China-warns-US-after-James-Mattis-says-disputed-isles-covere.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/04/china-accuses-us-of-putting-stability-of-asia-pacific-at-risk
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2068083/china-lashes-out-mattis-remarks-east-china-sea-islands

23 JANUARY 2017

China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to Donald Trump ­congratulating him on becoming the United States president, as it warned Washington to abide by the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2064723/china-congratulates-trump-and-warns-tread-carefully

18 JANUARY 2017

Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday (Jan 18) and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/xi-calls-for-world-without-nuclear-weapons-equality-for-all/3448894.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2063383/chinas-xi-calls-world-without-nuclear-weapons
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2017-01/19/c_135980499.htm

15 JANUARY 2017

One-China policy can’t be bargaining chip, Beijing warns Trump

China’s foreign ministry said its One-China policy isn’t negotiable and urged Donald Trump to recognise the « high sensitivity » with which it views Taiwan, a day after the president-elect hinted for the second time in a month at a reset of US-China relations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/one-china-policy-cant-be-bargaining-chip-beijing-warns-trump
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/15/content_15557302.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-15/beijing-tells-donald-trump-‘one-china’-policy-non-negotiable/8183340?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

What China and the US must do in 2017 to improve relations

Wang Jisi says the Sino-US relationship has entered a new normal, with cooperation and competition both increasing, leading to a repeated pattern of escalation and de-escalation of tensions
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2055973/what-china-and-us-must-do-2017-improve-relations

19 DECEMBER 2016

Norway and China resume diplomatic ties after 2010 row over Nobel peace prize going to dissident

Norway and China have resumed diplomatic relations and negotiations on a free-trade agreement, ending a six-year diplomatic freeze caused by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055782/norway-china-restart-diplomatic-ties-after-row-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/19/content_15544819.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions ‘one China’ Policy

China has warned that it’s « seriously concerned » after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of « one China. »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/china-trump-one-china-reaction/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38286645
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/12/content_15540918.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit

Mongolia says China has closed a key border crossing, creating huge congestion, nearly a week after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visited the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/china-blocks-mongolia-border-dalai-lama-visit-161210060313417.html

5 DECEMBER 2016

Donald Trump rails against China as team runs damage control over Taiwan

President-elect Donald Trump railed against China on Sunday, only hours after his transition team denied that his call with Taiwan’s president signaled a new US policy toward Pacific power
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/04/trump-foreign-policy-faces-scrutiny-as-team-defends-taiwan-phone-call
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38167022

27 NOVEMBER 2016

China freezes bilateral diplomacy with Mongolia over Dalai Lama visit

China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/china-freezes-bilateral-diplomacy-with-mongolia-over-dalai-lama-visit/

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, China-Latin America ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and China-Latin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/24/content_15531517.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1124/c90000-9146152.html

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Chinese official Meng Hongwei to head Interpol

Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei is the first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post. His appointment begins immediately
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37932927
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/10/new-interpol-head-is-chinese-former-head-of-paramilitary-police-force

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

Xi, Modi held talks amid India frustrations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during talks late on Saturday (Oct 15) to work to resolve recent frustrations between the regional rivals
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/xi-modi-hold-talks-amid-india-frustrations/3209366.html

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/13/content_15509927.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-cambodia-sign-62m-trade-deal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-time-cash-heal-all-wounds
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ahead-xi-visit-relations-china-level-never-seen-119221/

1 OCTOBER 2016

US and South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for missile system, China paper says

The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/us-and-south-korea-will-pay-the-price-for-missile-system-china-paper-says

26 AUGUST 2016

Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad

The Chinese army will offer training in medicine and medical care to soldiers of Bashar Assad, engaged for over five years in a civil war which has bloodied the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-will-train-army-troops-of-Bashar-Assad-38402.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Syria crisis: China claims Omran images are ‘fake’ and being used as ‘Western propaganda’

Chinese state media have suggested that haunting images of Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from rubble after an air strike in Syria, could have been faked and used as part of a “propaganda war” by the West
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/china-claims-omran-images-are-fake-and-being-used-as-western-pro/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

16 AUGUST 2016

Chinese military to provide ‘aid and training assistance’ to Syrian government

The Chinese military will provide aid and training assistance to the Syrian government, as a Chinese military envoy agreed with Syrian defence minister in Damascus on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2004676/chinese-military-provide-aid-and-training-assistance
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-china-idUSKCN10R10R

12 AUGUST 2016

China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

15 JULY 2016

China warns Australia: stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations

China’s Foreign Ministry has said it was shocked by remarks Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made on AM on Wednesday, that China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-15/china-warns-australia-stay-out-of-the-south-china-sea-or-risk-damage-to-bilateral-relations/1599180
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245847421

25 JUNE 2016

Russia’s President Putin hails ‘all-embracing’ bilateral partnership with China with nations due to sign more than 30 trade deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted on Saturday about its “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China during his latest visit to Beijing, as the two countries try to present a united front amid increasing tensions with the West.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1981566/russias-president-putin-hails-all-embracing-bilateral
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-russia-eye-closer/2905078.html

23 JUNE 2016

Putin : Russia and China are ‘close allies’

Mutual trust between Russia and China has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/23/content_15453321.html

15 JUNE 2016

Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House

The meeting between US ­President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

 12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

7 JUNE 2016

Why China must take Donald Trump seriously

Now that Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race, China will have to sit up and take notice of the rhetoric being bandied about by the brash billionaire in his campaign speeches. China is Trump’s favourite whipping boy (even more than Mexico). In recent months, he has amped up his tirade against China from “China is ripping us off” to “China is raping us”. So far, the reaction from Beijing has been sanguine, with the belief that his trade threats against China are bluster, and, just like his predecessors, the trade policies of a potential Trump administration will not reflect the campaign rhetoric.
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1968030/why-china-must-take-donald-trump-seriously

5 JUNE 2016

China hits out at US, Philippines over South China Sea, says ‘doesn’t fear trouble’

A senior Chinese defence official on Sunday (June 5) slammed the United States for double standards and irresponsible behaviour on the South China Sea dispute and scolded the Philippines for taking the spat to an UN arbitration court, saying that China « does not fear trouble » when it comes to upholding its sovereignty
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hits-out-at-us-philippines-over-south-china-sea-says-doesnt-fear-trouble
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-05/china-criticises-us-south-china-sea-provocations-says-it-doesnt-fear-trouble/1587570

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

21 APRIL 2016

US, China envoys discuss N.Korea

A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160421_32/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

16 MARCH 2016

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/15/americas/argentina-chinese-fishing-vessel/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1926268/china-demands-investigation-sinking-fishing-boat

8 MARCH 2016

China and the Iran Nuclear Deal

The deal offers some significant and sobering lessons on “multilateralism with Chinese characteristics.”
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-china-and-iran-nuclear-deal

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese govt officially acknowledges thaw in Vatican ties

China Friday officially acknowledged a thaw in bilateral ties with the Vatican in an semi-official government newspaper. Beijing further opened the possibility of a papal visit to China in the wake of Asia Times’ historic interview with Pope Francis in late January.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-officially-acknowledges-thaw-in-vatican-ties/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/970460.shtml

19 FEBRUARY 2016

China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea

China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/beijing-urged-to-exercise-restraint-in-south-china-sea/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/19/content_15387727.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties

Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue
http://news.yahoo.com/pope-extends-olive-branch-china-bid-mend-ties-143859102.html
http://atimes.com/2016/02/at-exclusive-pope-francis-urges-world-not-to-fear-chinas-rise/

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

27 JANUARY 2016

China’s pivot to Persia

As the Middle East enters a new brave world, marked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and an emerging detente between Iran and the West, China has begun to recalibrate its regional Policy
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-pivot-persia-160124051232743.html

23 JANUARY 2016

China’s vision of the Middle East

 Xi Jinping’s first visit to the Middle East since becoming China’s president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing’s foreign policy in the region
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-vision-middle-east-160121052018955.html

23 JANUARY 2016

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decadehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-idUSKCN0V109V
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/552396/news/world/iran-china-agree-600-billion-trade-deal-after-sanctions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35390779

21 JANUARY 2016

China, Egypt agree to boost cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative

China and Egypt agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the North African country.
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0122/c90000-9007570.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30629669/xi-signs-egypt-deals-as-china-looks-to-boost-mideast-clout/

13 JANUARY 2016

China And Russia: The Partnership Deepens – Analysis

Relations between China and Russia became noticeably closer in the past year and, if the numerous agreements they have appended their signatures to come to fruition, they are apt to become still closer in 2016.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13012016-china-and-russia-the-partnership-deepens-analysis/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

China hits India where it hurts

China has moved for the first time to demonstratively erode India’s ‘influence’ over one of its small neighbors, Nepal. The disclosures following the weekend talks in Beijing by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa  during his 5-day visit point in that direction
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-hits-india-where-it-hurts/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-12-29/china-to-donate-14-m-litres-of-fuel-dpm-thapa.html

22 DECEMBER 2015

China to replace Japan as second-largest funder of U.N. peacekeeping

China is set to replace Japan as the second-largest financial contributor for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the next budget year, according to estimates by the United Nations
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-replace-japan-second-largest-funder-un-peacekeeping

17 DECEMBER 2015

China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/world/asia/taiwan-arms-sales-us-china.html?ref=asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/beijing-summons-us-envoy-over-warship-sales-taiwan

7 DECEMBER 2015

Sino-Russian Cooperation

Today, Washington’s relations with both Beijing and Moscow are difficult, while China and Russia increasingly cooperate in the economic, military, and political spheres. How durable is today’s Sino-Russian cooperation, and how worried should the United States be?http://cogitasia.com/sino-russian-cooperation/

4 DECEMBER 2015

Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/04/content_15354442.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b17f4ed4-9a84-11e5-be4f-0abd1978acaa.html#axzz3tOFrajwF

23 NOVEMBER 2015

China’s regional isolation

The Asian giant is suffering increasing diplomatic isolation due to its aggressive manoeuvres across contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/11/china-regional-isolation-151122134410410.html

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at Line of Actual Control

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742682
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1876440/president-xi-jinping-tells-hanoi-parliament-china-and
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/china-vietnam-should-maintain-status-quo-in-east-sea-party-chief-trong-tells-president-xi-53336.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

20 OCTOBER 2015

China’s president Xi Jinping arrives in Britain for first state visit set to begin ‘golden era

The visit — the first since 2005 by a Chinese leader — has been hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ for the two countries
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34571436
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-21/chinas-president-xi-jinping-arrives-in-britain-for-first-state-visit-set-to-begin-golden-era/1505512

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

13 OCTOBER 2015

China reopens border with Nepal for goods movement

Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-reopens-border-with-nepal-for-goods-movement/

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Xi Jinping begins US state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Seattle on his first state visit to the United States
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150923_05.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/chinese-president-woos/2144590.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Israel to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers

Israel plans to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers to help build new apartments as part of efforts to lower housing costs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/29581747/israel-to-bring-in-20-000-chinese-construction-workers/

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

29 JULY 2015

Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System

Turkey’s president is meeting top officials in China to strengthen ties that have been strained over the delayed sale of a and Beijing’s treatment of its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235246185
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1844967/china-turkey-strengthen-cooperation-against-terror-and
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/can-china-turkey-relations-move-on/

5 JULY 2015

Beijing warns citizens in Turkey of anti-China protests

Beijing has warned its citizens travelling in Turkey to be careful of anti-China protests, saying some tourists have recently been « attacked and disturbed »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/beijing-warns-citizens-turkey-anti-china-protests-150705172423183.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-uighur-problem-turkey-protests-150706091424395.html

24 JUNE 2015

China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub

Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-blocks-un-action-against-pakistan-concerning-mumbai-terror-attack
http://www.freepressjournal.in/china-backs-paskitan-on-zaki-ur-rehman-lakhvis-bail/

9 JUNE 2015

China and Russia step up cooperation in Central Asia

The growing Sino–Russian partnership is evidence that the Western policy of isolating Russia has failed. The policy has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/06/09/china-and-russia-step-up-cooperation-in-central-asia/

26 MAY 2015

India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles

Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-china-relations-advance-by-inches-not-miles-65180/

21 MAY 2015

CNN: China navy warns U.S. spy plane in disputed South China Sea

The Chinese navy warned a U.S. surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on May 20.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/20/politics/south-china-sea-navy-flight/index.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201505210105

16 MAY 2015

Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row

China’s foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday (May 16) that Beijing was « unshakeable » in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-rebukes-us-over/1851746.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11610002/China-rejects-US-calls-for-South-China-Sea-retreat.html

14 MAY 2015

India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks

India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/india-modi-arrives-china-trade-talks-150514043359786.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-china-trip-will-deepen-friendship
http://www.sify.com/news/modi-xi-hold-extremely-productive-talks-news-others-pfpauggbdagfd.html

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-japan-leaders-meet/1801078.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/22/content_15254581.html

20 APRIL 2015

Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.

A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

13  APRIL 2015

China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat

China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-falls-short-of-backing-india-for-a-permanent-un-seat/article7098822.ece

3 APRIL 2015

China evacuates foreigners from Yemen in first such operation

China evacuated 225 people from 10 different countries from war-ravaged Yemen, Beijing said Friday, an unprecedented move underscoring the country’s growing global reach
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/518019/china-evacuates-foreigners-from-yemen-in-first-such-operation

24 MARCH 2015

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-china-agree-foster-peace-disputed-border
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-agrees-india-maintain-border-peace

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean

For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

20 FEBRUARY 2015

China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-indian-pm/1671004.html
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1239592.shtml

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Beijing and Bangkok aim to boost military ties

China and Thailand agreed yesterday to expand military links over the next five years, from increasing intelligence sharing to fighting transnational crime, as the ruling junta seeks to counterbalance the country’s alliance with Washington.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1705545/beijing-and-bangkok-aim-boost-military-ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/468332/thailand-china-bolster-military-ties-as-us-relations-splinter

China denounces interference after Obama welcomes Dalai Lama

China is opposed to foreign countries receiving the Dalai Lama, a government spokesman said Friday, the day after US President Barack Obama held a symbolic first public encounter with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-denounces-interference-after-obama-welcomes-dalai-lama
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/obama-dalai-lama-greeting-criticised-china-150206073339663.html

26 JANUARY 2015

In Indian Republic Day message, China tells India ‘don’t fall into trap’ laid by U.S.

China has offered to lift its strategic partnership with India to a “higher level,” and prompted New Delhi to avoid a “zero-sum trap” that was being set up by Washington and its allies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-india-don%E2%80%99t-fall-trap-laid-us

8 JANUARY 2015

China’s Xi woos Latin America with $250 billion investments

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Jan. 8 $250 billion in investment in Latin America over the next 10 years, as part of a drive to boost Beijing’s influence in a region long dominated by the United States.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201501080062

26 DECEMBER 2014

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push

China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-raises-nepal-aid-five-fold-regional-diplomacy-push

14 DECEMBER 2014

A new era in China-Malaysia relations

Cementing four decades of diplomatic relations with a commitment to address regional security issues, the home ministry has made great strides forward in fostering strong collaborations with China
http://www.asianewsnet.net/A-new-era-in-China-Msia-relations-69016.html

8 DECEMBER 2014

China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship

China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-angered-us-bill-allowing-taiwan-warship

6 DECEMBER 2014

The invisible ‘third wheel’ in US, Japan and China relations

Relations between the US, China and Japan are essentially conducted bilaterally, but in each of these bilateral relations, there is a tacit acknowledgement of the fingerprint of the third country, states an analysis piece in Guangzhou-based South Reviews.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141206000039&cid=1501

1 DECEMBER 2014

UK-China row over Hong Kong escalates

A row between London and Beijing over China’s refusal to allow British MPs to visit Hong Kong escalated on Monday, with Downing Street describing the decision as “mistaken” and “counter-productive”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/95346204-796b-11e4-a57d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3KgAq2XTe
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/11265202/China-warns-Britain-to-stay-out-of-its-affairs.html

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Sino-Japan Ties Improving?

Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-japan-ties-improving/

China Rebukes Turkey Over Uighur Refugees

China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. They were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rebukes-turkey-over-uigher-refugees/2537870.html

22 NOVEMBER 2014

Extensive Network of Secret Chinese Military Units Attack US on Daily Basis

One military unit of China’s hacker army, Unit 61398, was revealed by a security company in February 2013. It is just one of around 20 similar units operating under the GSD’s Third Department, and alongside the Third Department are the Chinese regime’s other spy departments fighting against the West.
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1094262-chinas-silent-war-on-the-us/

17 NOVEMBER 2014

China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing’s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443826/china-will-never-use-force-to-achieve-its-goals-xi
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/17/xi-jinping-says-china-will-always-seek-to-resolve-disputes-peacefully

10 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing

The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-japan-leaders-hold-talks-beijing-201411104626592285.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-japans-abe-hold-landmark-meeting-after-awkward-handshake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29983537

8 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan says will help China fight Xinjiang-militants

Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1143134/pakistan-says-will-help-china-fight-xinjiang-militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1635051/china-says-pakistan-will-help-fight-against-xinjiang-militants

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201411070091

31 OCTOBER 2014

China pledges $81.43m in aid to Afghanistan

China on Friday pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about $81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/31/content_15185161.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889376.shtml

22 OCTOBER 2014

China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29724179

19 OCTOBER 2014

China says it’s hard to resume cyber security talks with US

Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of « mistaken US practices », China’s top diplomat told US Secretary of State John Kerry
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-its-hard-resume-cyber-security-talks-us

17 OCTOBER 2014

China, Vietnam pledge to ‘address and control’ maritime disputes

China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes

14 OCTOBER 2014

Moscow and Beijing ‘natural allies’ Putin tells China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with « natural ally » Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/moscow-and-beijing-natural-allies-putin-tells-china

10 OCTOBER 2014

Li seals German deals worth $18b

Deals worth more than $18 billion were signed as Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in the third round of top-level talks this year between the Asian and European export powerhouses.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-10/11/content_15176459.html

9 OCTOBER 2014

China and Iran: Friends in Need

While energy has clearly become a central part of the relationship, it is by no means the only, or most significant, component of bilateral ties. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-and-iran-friends-in-need-2/

6 OCTOBER 2014

China cyber-war costing US billions: FBI chief

China is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the United States that costs American business billions of dollars every year, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436196/china-cyber-war-costing-us-billions-fbi-chief
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11142685/FBI-chief-says-Chinese-hackers-are-like-drunk-burglars.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia’s rival superpowers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-makes-maiden-india-visit-seeking-reset-ties
http://tribune.com.pk/story/763520/chinese-premiers-visit-to-india-of-talks-investment-and-existential-threats/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-welcomes-Xi-Jinping-in-Ahmedabad-India-China-sign-3-pacts/articleshow/42728040.cms

13 SEPTEMBER 2014

China Urges Central Asian Neighbors to Step Up Extremism Fight

China’s President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region.
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/china-urges-central-asian-neighbors-step-extremism-fight/
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/0913/c90883-8782144.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

In paper to U.N., China renews call for restart of N. Korea nuclear talks

China has renewed its commitment to an early resumption of six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ahead of the United Nations General Assembly later this month
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/09/116_164306.html

30 August 2014

China’s APEC Diplomacy

From India and the US to Japan and Taiwan, the 2014 APEC summit presents interesting diplomatic opportunities for China.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/chinas-apec-diplomacy/

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/259401/vn-and-china-agree-to-restore-relationship.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-try-to-repair-ties-63857.html

23 AUGUST 2014

US slams China over spy plane ‘provocation’

The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html

15 AUGUST 2014

China seeks to conduct dialogue with Vatican

China hopes to conduct constructive dialogue with the Vatican and promote the improvement of bilateral relations, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said after Pope Francis sent a message to President Xi Jinping while flying over China.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-08/15/content_15157135.html
http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140816/191364–pope-allowed-to-fly-over-china-for-the-first-time-are-attitudes-changing-.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Pope sends unprecedented greeting to Beijing

Pope Francis sends unprecedented greetings to China amid one of the most intense periods of repression for Chinese Christians for year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11034073/Pope-sends-unprecedented-greeting-to-Beijing.html

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

26 JULY 2014

China denounces British parliament’s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs

China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/10992493/China-denounces-British-parliaments-inquiry-into-Hong-Kong-affairs.html

22 JULY 2014

The Promise and Peril of China-India Ties

President Xi Jinping and Premier Narendra Modi are seeking a detente. But will it last?http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/the-promise-and-peril-of-china-india-ties/
http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/problem-modi-overtures-china

21 JULY 2014

China stays quiet on MH17 disaster

Closer Sino-Russian relations mean Chinese leaders are loth to apportion blame for downing of Malaysia Airlines plane
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/china-mh17-disaster-ukraine-malaysia-airlines

16 JULY 2014

China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong

China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420953/china-accuses-britain-of-interference-over-hong-kong

9 JULY 2014

China and India ignore border tensions to forge economic ties

While the countries stand to gain much from improved cooperation, political animosity and territorial disputes dating back to the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict have undermined progress, writes World Review guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/china-and-india-ignore-border-tensions-forge-economic-ties

8 JULY 2014

US, China Split Over More Active Japanese Military

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks with their Chinese counterparts on economic and military issues.  Washington and Beijing disagree over Japan’s military taking a more active role in conflicts outside its borders
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-china-split-over-more-active-japanese-military/1953184.html
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2014/07/07-us-china-strategic-economic-dialogue

4 JULY 2014

China attacks Japan for ‘barbarous’ past

China’s president has sharply criticised Japan’s history of military aggression in China and South Korea, during a speech in Seoul that came days after Tokyo changed its pacifist constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-attacks-japan-barbarous-war-past-20147462238353147.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/xi-slams-japan-barbaric-colonial-aggression-against-china-korea/1950664.html

3 JULY 2014

China and India’s top brass meet in Beijing

The vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, met with the chief of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, in Beijing on Thursday. Singh is the first Indian Army chief to visit China since 2005
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000127&cid=1101

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

17 JUNE 2014

Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks aimed at easing tension over territorial disputes.
http://www.voanews.com/content/top-china-diplomat-travels-to-vietnam-for-talks-to-ease-tensions/1938560.html

12 JUNE 2014

Chinese PM demands audience with Queen on visit to Britain

The Chinese prime minister threatened to scrap an upcoming visit to the UK unless he was granted an audience with the Queen, it has been claimed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10894272/Chinese-PM-demands-audience-with-Queen-on-visit-to-Britain.html

9 JUNE 2014

China ships ‘rammed 1,400 times by Vietnamese vessels’

Chinese officials have accused vessels from Vietnam of launching more than 1,400 ramming raids on its ships near a drilling rig in the South China Sea.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27758685

8 JUNE 2014

India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes

The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital.  It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-indian-foreign-ministers-meet/1932020.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/new-india-government-talks-with-china-fm-20146813152122169.html

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

22 MAY 2014

Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to international criminal court

Russia and China have vetoed a draft UN resolution calling for the crisis in Syria to be referred to the international criminal court – ignoring support for the measure by 65 other countries and all other members of the security council.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/russia-china-veto-un-draft-resolution-refer-syria-international-criminal-court
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411317/china-russia-veto-un-attempt-to-refer-syria-to-icc

Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the « strategic importance » of his country’s ties with Beijing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411203/malaysia-stresses-china-ties-despite-asian-rows

23 MAY 2014

Challenged by China, ASEAN States Seek Common Response

Over the past few weeks, tensions in the South China Sea have once again bedeviled relations between China and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42414&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=0bbf656e9c05502074da0d9eedbd2ea4#.U4oOVL1OLmI

19 MAY 2014

U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying

The Department of Justice said on Monday it had charged five individuals in China’s People’s Liberation Army in connection with stealing trade secrets from some of the largest American companies, including Westinghouse, United States Steel and Alcoa.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/us/us-to-charge-chinese-workers-with-cyberspying.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/05/us-indicts-china-officials-over-cyber-spying-2014519144043988535.html

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410686/chinese-ships-evacuate-3500-from-vietnam

18 MAY 2014

China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-evacuates-3000-nationals-from-vietnam-201451720204843212.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/18/china-sends-ships-to-evacuate-workers-from-vietnam/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140518-vietnam-protest-china-riot-police/

17 MAY 2014

China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots

The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27458866
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410329/china-evacuates-its-nationals-from-vietnam

Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip

The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-china-ministers-hold-first-meeting-war-shrine-trip

16 MAY 2014

China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling

China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27434945
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/china-vietnam-protests-territorial-dispute
http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1916188.html

6 MAY 2014

Norway criticised over snub to Dalai Lama during Nobel committee visit

The Norwegian government is facing increasing pressure over its decision to snub the Dalai Lama when he arrives in the country on Wednesday, despite the fact that he has been invited by the Nobel committee to mark the 25th anniversary of his Nobel peace prize
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/norway-snub-dalai-lama-nobel-visit

4 MAY 2014

Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China amid territorial dispute

A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for China Sunday to try to mend ties amid a territorial dispute which has prevented a leaders’ summit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-delegation-leaves-beijing-mend-ties-china-amid-territorial-dispute

3 MAY 2014

Sino-Venezuelan Ties: Strong Despite Unrest

China is now Venezuela’s second largest trade partner and Venezuela is China’s biggest investment destination in Latin America. In recent years, there have been several multi-billion-dollar agreements on investments in oil, energy, construction and high-tech industries between the two nations. Additionally, China has provided more than $36 billion in loans to Venezuela since 2008

http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sino-Venezuelan-Ties:-Strong-Despite-Unrest-/122.html

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

25 APRIL 2014

Norway govt turns back on Dalai Lama to woo China

Norway said Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406671/norway-govt-turns-back-on-dalai-lama-to-woo-china

22 APRIL 2014

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Tokyo said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406059/japan-lodges-protest-against-china-ship-seizure

21 APRIL 2014

Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation

A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405922/japan-warns-over-china-ship-seizure

14 APRIL 2014

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/anxious-china-emerges-diplomatic-player-afghanistan

8 APRIL 2014

US, China Exchange Tough Words on Regional Policies

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart challenged each other over China’s policy goals in the region during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday. Hagel is on a three day trip to China aimed at improving military ties between the two countries

http://www.voanews.com/content/hagel-to-china-us-committed-to-defense-of-its-asia-allies/1888501.html

28 MARCH 2014

Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

21 MARCH 2014

Pope Francis hints at warming ties with Beijing

Relations between China and the Holy See could take a big step forward this year after Pope Francis revealed that he has been exchanging letters with China’s president, Xi Jinping, for a year, reports Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140321000086

18 MARCH 2014

China Splits with Russia Over Ukraine

« China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of the tension, » said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-splits-with-russia-over-ukraine/1873418.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-03/18/c_133195555.htm

16 MARCH 2014

China urges restraint on Ukraine after UN resolution veto

China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400168/china-urges-restraint-on-ukraine-after-un-resolution-veto

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400077/un-resolution-on-crimea-russia-vetoes-china-abstains

6 MARCH 2014

Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China

Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/sri-lankas-growing-links-with-china/

2 MARCH 2014

China And The Middle East: More Than Oil

http://www.eurasiareview.com/02032014-china-middle-east-oil-analysis/

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China steps up propaganda war on Japan

China has embarked on a major propaganda campaign, including plans to mark the ‘rape of Nanjing’ in new national holiday, to discredit Japan on the world stage

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10662966/China-steps-up-propaganda-war-on-Japan.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China rejects UN report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity

China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-un-criticism-in-north-korea-rights-probe/1853512.html

15 FEBRUARY 2014

China Promises to Pressure N. Korea Back to Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has completed a two-day visit to China, pleased at Beijing’s commitment to pressure North Korea to return to nuclear talks.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-promises-to-pressure-n-korea-back-to-nuclear-talks/1851874.html

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Spain court signs ex-Chinese leaders’ arrest warrants

A Spanish court has issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese leaders, including retired President Jiang Zemin, as part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119450/spain-court-signs-ex-chinese-leaders-arrest-warrants/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394489/china-anger-over-spanish-arrest-warrant-for-jiang-zemin

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

29 JANUARY 2014

Purge raises fears over North Korea-China links

The execution, in December 2013, of Jang Song-thaek, uncle and close advisor to North Korea’s 31-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, has serious ramifications for North Korea’s external relations. Mr Jang was China’s best business partner among North Korea’s leadership

http://www.worldreview.info/content/purge-raises-fears-over-north-korea-china-links

24 JANUARY 2014

China loses control of its foreign policy

To some people, President Xi Jinping’s efforts to consolidate his control over China’s military and government are a welcome development, especially given China’s haphazard approach to crisis management. Xi’s actions might even be interpreted as a sign that China is transitioning towardshu a more « advanced » political system in which the military and foreign policy are controlled by a strong civilian chief executive.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-240114.html

20 JANUARY 2014

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-japan-protests-chinese-memorial-korean-assassin-ties-fray/1833517.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390509/china-memorial-to-korean-assassin-sparks-japan-feud

17 JANUARY 2014

China’s Central Asia focus challenges Moscow’s ambitions

Russia’s main cause for concern can be found in Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – which Moscow has long considered its own turf. Beijing has raised its profile there considerably over the last year

http://www.worldreview.info/content/chinas-central-asia-focus-challenges-moscows-ambitions?utm_source=eshot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=World%20Review%20-%20Jan%2017th%202014%20-%20China,%20Russia,%20Central%20Asia#!

15 JANUARY 2014

China slams ‘troublemaker’ Japan after Africa visit

China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-troublemaker/955532.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-troublemaker-japan-after-africa-visit

13 JANUARY 2014

France announces fast-track visas for Chinese tourists/p>

The measure was announced as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Paris establishing full diplomatic ties with Communist China. The new visa regime under which travel requests from Chinese visitors will be processed within 48 hours is due to come into force on January 27.

http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20140113-france-announces-fast-track-visas-chinese-visitors

11 JANUARY 2014

China’s Dictatorship Diplomacy Implodes

A few years back it was fashionable in some circles to talk about China’s dictatorship diplomacy. This term referred to Beijing’s close economic and sometimes political cooperation with international pariah states, particularly resource rich ones. Core members of this group included Iran, Venezuela, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and to a lesser extent, North Korea and Burma.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-dictatorship-diplomacy-implodes/#!

10 JANUARY 2014

China postpones private exchange programs with Japan

China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programs with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000929349

9 JANUARY 2014

China takes Japan shrine dispute to UN

China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/china-takes-japan-shrine-dispute-un-20141912939172706.html

6 JANUARY 2014

China trying to help broker South Sudan truce: Chinese FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday his country was trying to help in efforts to broker an end to fighting in South Sudan

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388266/china-trying-to-help-broker-south-sudan-truce-chinese-fm

30 DECEMBER 2013

Why Chinese-Japanese Economic Relations Are Improving

When it comes to Japan, China seems torn. On security issues, it is becoming increasingly hawkish — witness its recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea. But on economic ties — from Japanese imports to Japanese investments — it is becoming increasingly dovish. In short, China has started to delink economics from politics.

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140615/richard-katz/why-chinese-japanese-economic-relations-are-improving

25 DECEMBER 2013

Arab monarchies eye stronger ties with China

The six energy-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf are seeking to strengthen ties with China, Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said Wednesday after talks with the Chinese foreign minister.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386644/arab-monarchies-eye-stronger-ties-with-china

19 DECEMBER 2013

China steps back from expelling journalists

The Chinese government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal by Joe Biden, the American vice-president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10527425/China-steps-back-from-expelling-journalists.html

12 DECEMBER 2013

US and China are competitors but not enemies: report

A report published jointly by Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Beijing-based China Strategic Culture Promotion Association on Dec. 12 says China and the United States do not see each other as enemies, though they do view each other as competitors, according to China’s Global Times.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131213000145&cid=1101

4 DECEMBER 2013

Joe Biden mum on airspace tensions after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other’s motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that’s pitted China against the US. and its Asian allies.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/04/21753595-joe-biden-mum-on-airspace-tensions-after-meeting-with-chinas-xi-jinping?lite

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10496325/No-breakthrough-in-talks-between-US-and-China-over-air-identification-zone.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. »

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese team in China to mend ties

A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-team-china-mend-ties

8 NOVEMBER 2013

China to loan Pacific island nations $1.24 billion to support construction projects

China will provide a concessionary loan of up to US$1 billion (S$1.24 billion) to Pacific island nations, a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence, to support construction projects, state media on Friday cited Vice-Premier Wang Yang as saying.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-loan-pacific-island-nations-124-billion-support-construction-projects

27 OCTOBER 2013

Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24684683 http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/27/war-of-words-in-asia-as-japan-hints-at-defence-changes-with-china-firing-a-warning-action/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations

ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41526&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=4dd6e0c00ec3fa41a3d07dd6a0f1ec3c#.UmwgWMtOLmQ

23 OCTOBER 2013

China-India reach border defence pact

China and India have signed a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/india/2013/10/23/391942/China-India.htm

Vatican Diplomacy Looks to China

The new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/vatican-diplomacy-china/

17 OCTOBER 2013

China and Iran : Destined to clash ?

An expanding Chinese presence in the Middle East could pose the greatest long-term threat to Iran.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/17/china-and-iran-destined-to-clash/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_5796563956151631872#%21

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm

http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday

http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-set-up-working-group-to-discuss-sea–52762.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

China’s foreign policy debate

Xi Jinping may have grabbed the APEC Summit limelight, but China still needs to resolve some foreign policy questions.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/12/chinas-foreign-policy-debates/

11 OCTOBER 2013

China criticises Spain lawsuit over former president

China on Friday criticised a lawsuit in Spain against former Chinese president Hu Jintao over allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-criticises-spain-lawsuit-over-former-president

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.

http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Spanish court indicts China’s ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1329293/spanish-court-indicts-former-president-hu-jintao-genocide-charges

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374247/spain-probes-former-chinese-president-over-tibet-genocide

3 OCTOBER 2013

China president makes historic speech in Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Chinese rule out summit with Japan

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong has ruled out summit talks between Japan and China on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 7-8.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000687999

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship. http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Beijing backs truce bid in Syria

China supports Russia’s proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control for their eventual destruction, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013xivisitcenterasia/2013-09/14/content_16969491.htm

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Xi proposes a ‘new Silk Road’ with Central Asia

President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed that China and Central Asian countries build an « economic belt along the Silk Road », a trans-Eurasian project spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2013-09/08/content_16952160.htm

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130908000082&cid=1102

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Leaders of China, Japan hold ‘brief talk’ at G20

China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113017/leaders-of-china-japan-hold-brief-talk-at-g20/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

28 AUGUST 2013

Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis

On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28082013-can-china-and-india-now-press-the-reset-button-analysis/

26 AUGUST 2013

China supports UN investigation in Syria

China supports an independent and objective investigation by UN experts into allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, China’s foreign minister said on Monday, while urging a cautious response and political resolution to the crisis.

http://news.asiaone.com//news/world/china-supports-un-investigation-syria

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366487/china-urges-cautious-approach-on-syria-chemical-weapons

24 AUGUST 2013

Why China charms Cambodia

Cambodia’s persistent infatuation with China was blatantly displayed on the world stage in 2012 when, as ASEAN Chair, it refused to address the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/24/why-china-charms-cambodia/

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

26 JULY 2013

New Chinese Thinking on Sino-U.S. Relations?

Chinese analysts have been assessing whether recent developments, especially the presidential and U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) meetings, have affected U.S.-China relations in major ways. Their general sense is that relations have improved significantly since the nadir of 2010. This assessment, however, downplays the fact that the improvements have been primarily at the declaratory level rather than in major changes to policy or underlying thinking.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41181&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=248c9a54afdaaef6c68b392f3255e8c8#.UfQEhstOLIU

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

16 JULY 2013

Chinese investment and aid in Cambodia a controversial affair

China is now Cambodia’s largest foreign investor, a major donor of aid and an increasingly important trading partner. But this growing relationship is also accompanied by renewed controversies. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/16/chinese-investment-and-aid-in-cambodia-a-controversial-affair/

1 JULY 2013

US nudges China on sea disputes

US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a « massive » military build-up. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-nudges-china-on-sea/730674.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79351/us-pushes-code-of-conduct

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

22 JUNE 2013

Beijing’s Aggressive New Foreign Policy and Implications for the South China Sea

The Xi Jinping leadership is embarking on an ambitious and all-rounded diplomacy that official Chinese commentators have called large-scale or high-powered diplomacy (dawaijiao). Its essence, according to the Xinhua News Agency, is “taking relations with big powers as crucial; giving priority to [China’s] neighbors; treating ties with developing countries as fundamental; and deeming as a major platform the country’s multi-lateral obligations” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41056&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=b702a69617a58b57006dbc4430cfb900

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

Beijing’s welcome ceremony, and Ha Noi’s decision to send its president – the first Vietnamese leader to visit China since President Xi Jinping took office in March – reflect a mutual desire to improve the close, but complex and often-strained ties between the communist allies and one-time war foes, say observers. »The pomp and ceremony reveals Xi’s personal endorsement for warmer ties, » said Singapore-based analyst Euan Graham.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-and-China-work-towards-warmer-ties-48239.html

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors. http://www.voanews.com/content/china-vietnam-agree-on-hotline-to-resolve-maritime-disputes/1685504.html

12 JUNE 2013

China-Russia Ties on the Rise

After several years of steady growth, the close ties between China and Russia is becoming a major factor in world politics. At their meeting earlier this year in Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed their historically unprecedented close ties, pledged solidarity regarding many important global issues, and announced dozens of economic and other partnerships. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-russia-ties-on-the-rise/

8 JUNE 2013

Obama calls for ‘new model’ at China summit

Hosting Xi at a two-day summit in a luxurious desert estate in southern California, Obama said on Friday that the US welcomes China’s « peaceful rise » but made clear that Beijing must play by the same rules of economic world order as other major nations. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136813018281398.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678

6 JUNE 2013

Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nicaragua-china-panama-canal

23 MAY 2013

China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital

Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/23/china-and-its-southeast-asian-neighbours-need-more-strategic-capital/

22 MAY 2013

Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html

22 MAY 2013

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174

21 MAY 2013

Obama, Xi bid to boost ties with June meeting

China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/107966/obama-xi-bid-to-boost-ties-with-june-meeting/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22605278

20 MAY 2013

China and India pledge to improve ties

India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip. http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html

19 MAY 2013

Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries. http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/ http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/

18 MAY 2013

Will China mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

An official visit to Beijing by Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week has prompted speculation that China may finally be ready to claim its place as a world power by trying to negotiate an end to one of world’s most caustic conflicts http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/18/18321247-will-china-mediate-the-israeli-palestinian-peace-process?lite

11 MAY 2013

Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm

India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims. http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841

8 MAY 2013

China welcomes Binyamin Netanyahu

Chinese leaders welcomed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Beijing on Wednesday, hard on the heels of the Palestinian president, in a piece of diplomatic choreography that has highlighted the country’s growing interest in the Middle East. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/08/china-welcomes-binyamin-netanyahu

7 MAY 2013

Pentagon accuses China of trying to hack US defence networks

China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernisation, the Pentagon has said, for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks and prompting a firm denial from Beijing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/07/pentagon-accuses-china-hack-defence http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10040757/China-denies-Pentagon-cyber-attack-claims.html

6 MAY 2013

China rebukes Israel ahead of Netanyahu visit

The Chinese government had stern words for Israel at the start of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s five-day visit to the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/07/world/asia/china-israel-talks/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

30 APRIL 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

26 APRIL 2013

China’s Middle East footprint

Despite concerns about stability, oil and Islamism, Beijing will continue to let Washington underwrite security in the gulf region. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0426-schenker-china-middle-east-20130426,0,5765641.story?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_236172881

23 APRIL 2013

Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees

On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html

22 APRIL 2013

China denies its troops crossed into India

China dismissed as « speculation » on Monday complaints in New Delhi that its troops had crossed into Indian territory and set up a camp in a remote disputed area of the Himalayas. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177

13 APRIL 2013

US, China agree on ‘nuclear-free Korea’ push

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles

12 APRIL 2013

Xi, Putin share bed, with their own dreams

The Chinese have a saying, « Dream different dreams while on the same bed » – meaning that even the closest partners are never alike in their minds. It is tempting to cast the China-Russia relationship in the spirit of the proverb. But then, if Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow in late March drew enormous attention it is for a variety of other reasons as well.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-120413.html

10 APRIL 2013

China and Russia urge North Korea to step back from missile launch

North Korea’s two closest allies, China and Russia, have put pressure on Pyongyang to step back from launching a missile, the South Korean Foreign minister has said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9984010/China-and-Russia-urge-North-Korea-to-step-back-from-missile-launch.html

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ». http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853

29 MARCH 2013

Xi charts fresh era for Africa relations

In addition to meetings and talks with African leaders on Wednesday, Xi began his Thursday routine in Durban with a breakfast meeting with 13 African and regional leaders. The main topic of conversation was China-Africa cooperation.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-03/29/content_16355376.htm

26 MARCH 2013

China’s exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern

Even more than Africa, Latin America has become a major focus of Beijing’s drive for commodities. A study last year found that the region has been the leading destination for Chinese foreign direct investment – mostly for raw materials and by big government-run companies such as Chinalco and CNOOC. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/china-latin-america-resources-concern

23 MARCH 2013

Xi Jinping in Moscow: Russia-China ties ‘guarantee world peace’

Xi Jinping has said China’s friendship with Russia guarantees « strategic balance and peace » in the world, on the second day of his trip to Moscow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21911842 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/770022.shtml http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130323000094&cid=1101

22 MARCH 2013

New China president arrives in Moscow

First official trip abroad by Xi Jinping expected to bolster « strategic partnership » and trade that hit $87.5bn in 2012.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332213131936139.html

19 MARCH 2013

China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi

China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy »

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320065/china-india-should-accommodate-each.html

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

15 MARCH 2013

Beijing-Vatican breakthrough not expected

Chinese mainland bishops and Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong Hon expressed their hopes Thursday that China-Vatican relations could improve after the election of Pope Francis. But analysts said that although the Vatican is likely to continue to seek dialogue with China under Pope Francis, major breakthroughs in Beijing-Vatican relations are not expected http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/768314.shtml http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/inherits-03152013141804.html

15 MARCH 2013

Chinese, French presidents agree to promote strategic partnership

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande discussed over phone topics concerning bilateral ties and cooperation late Friday. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/16/c_124465432.htm

14 MARCH 2013

Chinese contractors’ rise in Vietnam: Causes, problems, and implications

By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/14/chinese-contractors-rise-in-vietnam-causes-problems-and-implications/

14 MARCH 2013

China and Latin America: Big Business and Big Competition

China is becoming a major player in Latin American and Caribbean economies.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/china-and-latin-america-big-business-and-big-competition/

12 MARCH 2013

Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions

The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.” http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468

11 MARCH 2013

Beijing protests Tokyo’s one-China policy violation

China on Monday lodged strong protests to Japan over violations of the one-China policy related to Tokyo’s anniversary commemoration of its devastating earthquake. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/12/content_16299877.htm

9 MARCH 2013

China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/china-says-it-will-not-abandon-north-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0 http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-not-solution-to-north-korea/1618337.html

8 MARCH 2013

China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

7 MARCH 2013

China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy

A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101

5 MARCH 2013

US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

U.N. diplomats say the United States and China have reached a tentative deal on new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-to-discuss-north-korea-sanctions/1615283.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1258063/1/.html

3 MARCH 2013

Shifting emphasis: Beijing’s reactions to North Korea nuclear test

Beijing’s policy on North Korea has always been a balance between two objectives: stability and denuclearisation. Beijing desires stability in the Korean Peninsula because it believes that a stable and friendly North Korea is in China’s long-term strategic interest. But similarly, China does not want a nuclear-armed North Korea, also for strategic and practical reasons. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/shifting-emphasis-beijings-reactions-to-north-korea-nuclear-test/

28 FEBRUARY 2013

US hackers attacked military websites, says China’s defence ministry

Hackers from the US have repeatedly launched attacks on two Chinese military websites, including that of the Defence Ministry, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21615448

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China likely to appoint expert on N.Korea & Japan as foreign minister

Barring last-minute changes, Wang Yi (above), 59, China’s ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007, was likely to be appointed foreign minister during the annual full session of parliament next month, the sources said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130227-405120.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/

24 FEBRUARY 2013

China living in denial of NK’s status as an ally

There used to be some sympathy in Asia for North Korea and its striving defiance of the US and others that it sees as enemies. But now, even China, the long viewed ally of North Korea, sees North Korea’s defiance as a nuisance. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/763728.shtml

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Wars, conflicts and strategy on 10 February in Asian history

1846-02-10 Battle of Sobraon

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 10 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 10, 2017

1258: Mongol Hulagu Khan forces take Bagdad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_%281258%29
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/04/25/050425fa_fact4
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1356.html

1258 Bagdad destroyed

1771: To the head of a powerful army, the Marathe Madhava Râo Sindhia enters Delhi to restore the legitimacy of Shah Alam II, the emperor Moghol exiled with Allâhâbâd
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P071

1846: During the first Anglo-Sikh War, British defeat Sikhs in final battle of Sobraon
http://britishbattles.com/first-sikh-war/sobraon.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sobraon

1846-02-10 Battle of Sobraon

1859: British Gen Horsford defeats the Begum of Oudh Mazrat Mahral & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
http://ve65.blogspot.fr/2015/02/nana-sahib-from-wikipedia-free.html
http://www.newsgram.com/unsung-hero-of-1857-revolt-begum-hazrat-mahal/

1899: During the Philippines American war, Battle of Caloocan
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Caloocan
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/battleofcaloocan.htm

1899-02-10 Battle of Caloocan

1904: The Russo-Japanese War over Korea and Manchuria begins after the Battle of Port Arthur as Russia declares war on Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1930: Yên Bái mutiny in French Indochina
http://www.ovguide.com/yen-bai-mutiny-9202a8c04000641f8000000006ba23d4
https://historybytez.com/2016/02/10/1930-yen-bai-mutiny-in-french-indochina/

1939: Japanese forces invade the Chinese island of Hainan
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=177
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_Operation

1942: On this day, a Japanese submarine launches a brutal attack on Midway, a coral atoll used as a U.S. Navy base. It was the fourth bombing of the atoll by Japanese ships since December 7
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-sub-bombards-midway

1946: Netherlands proposes the creation of an Indonesian Commonwealth which will be rejected by the Nationalists
http://www.houseofdavid.ca/Indo_feb10.htm

2005: North Korea proclaims that it has nuclear weapon and that i will no more take part to the Six powers negotiations in Beijing

2011: India and Pakistan announce that the two countries would resume peace talks that have been stalled since 2008, when Pakistani militants staged coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/asia/11talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12416441
http://www.france24.com/en/india-pakistan-peace-talks-resume-mumbai-attacks-gilani-singh

 

On 10 February in South Asian history

ON 10 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 10, 2017

1771: To the head of a powerful army, the Marathe Madhava Râo Sindhia enters Delhi to restore the legitimacy of Shah Alam II, the emperor Moghol exiled with Allâhâbâd
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P071

1846: During the first Anglo-Sikh War, British defeat Sikhs in final battle of Sobraon
http://britishbattles.com/first-sikh-war/sobraon.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sobraon

1846-02-10 Battle of Sobraon

1847: Birth of Nabinchandra Sen, famous Bengali poet who died on January 23, 1909
http://www.indianetzone.com/54/nabin_chandra_sen.htm

1859: British Gen Horsford defeats the Begum of Oudh Mazrat Mahral & Nana Sahib in Indian mutiny
http://ve65.blogspot.fr/2015/02/nana-sahib-from-wikipedia-free.html
http://www.newsgram.com/unsung-hero-of-1857-revolt-begum-hazrat-mahal/

1943: In India, Gandhi starts a hunger strike to protest his detention
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1943/02/11/page/3/article/gandhi-starts-hunger-strike-to-last-21-days

1952: India passes first test of democracy in the country first general election
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/10/newsid_3485000/3485587.stm

1987: Death of Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist, born in 1930
http://www.thelovelyplanet.net/tag/syed-sadequain-ahmed-naqvi/
http://www.siliconeer.com/past_issues/2014/january-2014/Jan14-Siliconeer-Art-The-Rich-Legacy-of-Sadequain.html
http://jawaidsiddiq.blogspot.fr/2011/06/syed-sadequain-ahmed-naqvi.html

Jawaidsid Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi

2011: India and Pakistan announce that the two countries would resume peace talks that have been stalled since 2008, when Pakistani militants staged coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/world/asia/11talks.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12416441
http://www.france24.com/en/india-pakistan-peace-talks-resume-mumbai-attacks-gilani-singh

2011: Tashi Dhondup, Tibet’s freedom singer, is released after more than a year in a re-education through labour camp in Qinghai province. He receives a hero’s welcome at home for his songs that express the pain caused by the lack of freedom in Tibet
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibet’s-freedom-singer-released,-gets-hero’s-welcome-20745.html

2015: An anti-corruption party, led by Arvind Kejriwal has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31294500
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/india-ruling-party-heading-defeat-dehli-150210042226101.html

2016: Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatima_Surayya_Bajia

On 10 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 10 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 10, 2017

1899: During the Philippines American war, Battle of Caloocan
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Battle_of_Caloocan
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/battleofcaloocan.htm

1899-02-10 Battle of Caloocan

1930: Yên Bái mutiny in French Indochina
http://www.ovguide.com/yen-bai-mutiny-9202a8c04000641f8000000006ba23d4
https://historybytez.com/2016/02/10/1930-yen-bai-mutiny-in-french-indochina/

1945: Death of Anacleto Diaz, Filipino jurist, born on November 20, 1878
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacleto_Diaz

1946: Netherlands proposes the creation of an Indonesian Commonwealth which will be rejected by the Nationalists
http://www.houseofdavid.ca/Indo_feb10.htm

1952: Birth of Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/lee-hsien-loong-6891.php
http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/Lee_Hsien_Loong

2006: Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition returns to Cambodia after one year self exile
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4699574.stm

2015: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has lost his final appeal against a conviction and been sentenced to five years in jail for sodomy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-02-10/anwar-ibrahim-malaysian-opposition-leader-loses-final-appeal-to-sodomy-conviction-sentenced-to-five-/1413903
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/10/malaysia-overwhelming-evidence-sees-anwar-ibrahim-s-sodomy-conviction-upheld/ http://www.nst.com.my/node/72443

On 10 February in Japan’s history

ON 10 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1242: The 87th Japanese emperor Shijo, born on March 17, 1231, dies in an accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Shij%C5%8D

1747: Birth of Aida Yasuaki, Japanese mathematician, who died on October 26, 1817
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Yasuaki



1904: The Russo-Japanese War over Korea and Manchuria begins after the Battle of Port Arthur as Russia declares war on Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1939: Japanese forces invade the Chinese island of Hainan
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=177
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_Operation

1942: On this day, a Japanese submarine launches a brutal attack on Midway, a coral atoll used as a U.S. Navy base. It was the fourth bombing of the atoll by Japanese ships since December 7
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-sub-bombards-midway

1986: Birth of Yui Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model
http://asianwiki.com/Yui_Ichikawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tALvSqs8zs

1995: Birth of Haruna Kawaguchi, Japanese model and actress
http://asianmediawiki.com/Haruna_Kawaguchi

 

On 10 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1976 anti Deng

ON 10 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1258: Mongol Hulagu Khan forces take Bagdad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_%281258%29
http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2005/04/25/050425fa_fact4
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1356.html

1258 Bagdad destroyed

1307: Death of Temür Khan, Emperor Chengzong of Yuan, born on October 15, 1265
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/01/monarch-profile-temur-khan.html
http://expectativasracionais.blogspot.fr/2008/09/temur-khan-emperor-chengzong-of-yuan.html

1904: The Russo-Japanese War over Korea and Manchuria begins after the Battle of Port Arthur as Russia declares war on Japan
http://www.onwar.com/aced/data/romeo/russojapanese1904.htm
http://www.russojapanesewar.com/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War
http://www.russojapanesewar.com/imp-proc-04.html

1939: Japanese forces invade the Chinese island of Hainan
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=177
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hainan_Island_Operation

1967: At London, Alexis Kossygine condemns « the dictatorial regime of Mao Zedong »

1971: Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria

1976: In China an anti-Deng Xiaoping campaign is launched. He is accused to follow the capitalist way (up to 17 February)
http://chineseposters.net/themes/criticize-rightist-deviationism.php

1976 anti Deng

 1971: Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Nigeria

1987: Birth of Yuja Wang, Chinese classical pianist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuja_Wang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHO4Ucw9zL4

2009: Wu Shu-chen, former Taiwanese first lady pleads guilty to money-laundering and forgery but denied embezzlement charges in a high-profile corruption case
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7880656.stm

2011: Despite serving a four-year sentence, the well-known blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, famous for his fight against forced abortions, says he is free only in his home. Still, he pledged to continue his fight for a more just China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chen-Guangcheng,-practically-still-in-prison-20743.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12413660

2012: Dissident poet Zhu Yufu gets seven years in prison. A dissident as far back as 1979 when he began collaborating with Wei Jingsheng on Beijing’s ‘democracy wall,’ Zhu Yufu has already spent many years in prison for his actions in favour of democracy.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-Hangzhou,-dissident-poet-gets-seven-years-in-prison-23944.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120210-327150.html

2015: Death of former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, at the age of 100
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1709907/deng-liqun-chinas-former-communist-party-propaganda-chief-and?page=all
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/13/world/asia/deng-liqun-divisive-chinese-communist-party-official-dies-at-99.html?_r=0