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On 16 February in Asian history

ON 16 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 16, 2017

185: In China, end of the Yellow Turban Rebellion
http://thethreekingdoms.wikia.com/wiki/The_Yellow_Turban_Rebellion

549: Death of Zhu Yi Chinese official of the Liang Dynasty, born in 483
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Yi_(Liang_Dynasty)

1032: Birth of Yingzong (Zhao Shu), 5th Emperor (1063-1067) of the Chinese Song dynasty who died on January 25, 1067
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Yingzong_of_Song
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1255.html

1222: Birth of Nichiren Daishonin, Japanese founder of Nichiren Bouddhism who died in October 13, 1282
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/nichiren_1.shtml
http://www.nichirenbuddhist.org/LearnBuddhism/Nichiren/lifeofnich.html

1249: André de Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Andr%C3%A9_de_Longjumeau.html

1304: Birth of Jayaatu Khan Emperor Wenzong of Yuan who died on September 2, 1332
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayaatu_Khan,_Emperor_Wenzong_of_Yuan

1543: Birth of Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter who died in October 1590
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan%C5%8D_Eitoku
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/kano_eitoku.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Kano+Eitoku&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PNA7T72DH4eFhQf74MjpCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

1781: After Warren Hastings sent another force against Mahadaji Sindhia, General Camac defeats Sindhia at Sipri which will lead to the Treaty of Salbai on 17 May 1782 guaranting peace for twenty years

1874: Beginning of the Saga Rebellion, one of a number of uprisings in Kyushu  against the new Meiji government of Japan by members of the former samurai-class (up to April 9)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_Rebellion

1884: Birth of Yasuda Yukihiko, Japanese painter, who died on April 29, 1978
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Yukihiko
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Kano+Eitoku&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PNA7T72DH4eFhQf74MjpCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543#hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Yasuda+Yukihiko&oq=Yasuda+Yukihiko&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=178151l181054l0l182510l11l7l0l0l0l3l144l496l4.1l7l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=b0b66fb9f81689f2&biw=1192&bih=543

1900: Chun Say Tat Po, is the first Chinese daily newspaper published in USA at San Francisco

1916: Birth of General Duong Van Minh, last South Vietnam president, who died on August 6, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duong_Van_Minh

1921: Birth of Hua Guofeng, successor of Mao Zedong in 1976 and died on August 20, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Guofeng

1931: Birth of Ken Takakura (Goichi Oda), Japanese actor in Kita
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0847264/
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/takakura_ken.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXbhw8sJqfY

1942: Birth of Kim Jong-il, second leader of North Korea who died on December 17, 2011
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1907197.stm
http://www.korea-dpr.com/lib/103.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hINyNT5oFkY

1944: Death of Dadasaheb phalke.Indian filmmaker, born on April 30,.1870
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadasaheb_Phalke
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/16-february-1944-dadasaheb-phalke-director-and-screenwriter-died

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_q_m7GpeVY

1945: The Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines is occupied by American troops, almost three years after the devastating and infamous Bataan Death March
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bataan-recaptured

1945: American forces land on Corregidor island in the Philippines (fights up to 3 March)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_the_Recapture_of_Corregidor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iXlE5Q23cs

1945: First US aircraft carrier strikes on Tokyo

1950: Birth of Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuki_Tomokawa
http://time-has-told-me.blogspot.com/2006/10/kazuki-tomokawa_11.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPQ0u8NFoO4

1950: Fearing Communists Chinese military assistance to Hanoi, France requests U.S. aid in fighting the Viet Minh

1950: Birth of Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer who died on August 18, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Tam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzHWtr9ehIo

1952: Start of peace negotiations between Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

1960: Birth of Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherie_Chung
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=203
http://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/1608439/former-actress-cherie-chung-goes-behind-camera-hong-kong-love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6v54KvWs2Q

1961: China uses its first nuclear reactor

1962: USA suspend their help to the Laotian government of Prince Boun Oum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum

1964: Birth of Sean Lau Ching-Wan, Hong Kong Film Award winning and Golden Bauhinia Award winning film and television actor
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/lau_ching_wan.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi2jreRsJEU

1974: Birth of Johnny Tri Nguyen, Vietnamese American stuntman and martial arts actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Tri_Nguyen

1975: Birth of Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanase_Aikawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZyS_YBDcOw

1976: Birth of Kyo, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyo_%28musician%29

1976: Birth of Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Odagiri_Joe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqinYULQh3g&feature=fvsr

1981: Start of a voyage of pope John-Paul II to Pakistan, Philippines and Japon
http://www.aenet.org/popepaul/pope0.htm

1986: After the National Assembly declared the election in favor of Marcos, close to a million supporters of Cory Aquino attend a rally to hear Cory outline a national campaign of civil disobedience
http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2014/feb/17/philippines-ferdinand-marcos-corazon-aquino

1988: death of author and educator Ye Shengtao, born on October 28, 1894
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Ye_Shengtao

1997: Death of Wu Chien-Shiung (Wu Jianxiong) Chinese-American physicist, nicknamed Madame Curie of China, born on May 29, 1912 in Shanghai
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/sciencephysics/a/Chien-Shiung-Wu.htm
https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/chien-shiung-wu/

2009: The Pakistani government and Taliban of the Swat Valley sign an agreement. Sharia will be applied in this region

2009: Death of Stephen Cardinal Kim Sou-hwan, Korean Cardinal, Protopriest of the Holy Roman Church, born in 1921
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14492&size=A
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/17/world/asia/17kim.html

2012: Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120216-328369.html

2012: Death of Chikage Awashima, Japanese actress, born on February 24, 1924
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/chikage-awashima-versatile-adored-japanese-actress-of-stage-and-screen-7619257.html
http://www.japan-zone.com/news/2012/02/16/rip_awashima_chikage.shtml

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRQgBV1ayaM

2015: East Timor swears in Rui Araujo as new prime minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31492776

2015: India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

2015: The South Koren National Assembly confirms Lee Wan-koo as prime minister by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

 

Holidays and observances

North Korea: Kim Jong-il’s Birthday

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

After decades of a self-imposed ban on arms exports, the Abe government in 2014 began to allow the country’s producers to export arms and military equipment. This is a significant development, albeit part of an evolutionary and incremental process. Still, it will be a while before Japan appears on the list of major global arms suppliers
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/16/japanese-arms-for-sale

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe

US President Donald Trump, fresh from patching up ties with China, has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of US support in any conflict over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2070017/trump-and-abe-vow-deeper-trade-and-security-ties-us-and-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/trump-assures-abe-disputed-east-china-sea-islands-170210201048825.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251648725

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

Japan’s defense ministry says it has successfully test-fired at sea a new interceptor missile jointly developed with the United States
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170205_01/

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the military alliance with Japan as global concern grows over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/03/national/politics-diplomacy/shinzo-abe-james-mattis-u-s-japan-bilateral-ties-defense/#.WJTKAoWcHSE
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003500222
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170203_28/

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo started the year 2017 with his foreign policy activism by undertaking a six-day tour to four Asia-Pacific nations –the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2017
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-i-analysis/
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-ii-analysis/

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

The Japanese defence ministry’s first communications satellite was successfully placed in orbit on Tuesday, as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade the Self-Defence Forces’ (SDF) communications network to better deal with security challenges
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064980/new-arms-race-japans-defence-ministry-launch-first-ever
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_30/

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

Following a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a revised pact to boost logistics cooperation between their defense forces
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-arrives-australia-talks-turnbull-security-trade/#.WHqSEoWcE2w
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/14/australia-and-japan-to-strengthen-military-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/14/content_15557168.html

6 JANUARY 2017

Japan recalls envoy after South Korea puts ‘comfort woman’ statue outside consulate

Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea in protest at the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2059912/japan-recalls-its-ambassador-south-korea-over-new-comfort-women
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/japan-says-recalling-envoy-to-skorea-over-new-comfort-woman-statue

29 DECEMBER 2016

Anger as Japanese minister visits ‘war crimes’ shrine after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada, has provoked anger in South Korea and China following a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, a day after she accompanied the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on his reconciliatory trip to Pearl Harbor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/anger-as-japanese-minister-visits-war-crimes-shrine-after-pearl-harbor-trip
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057841/japan-defence-minister-visits-yasukuni-war-shrine-one-day-after

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered « sincere and everlasting condolences » to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38438714
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161228_07/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/28/shinzo-abe-pearl-harbor-horrors-of-war-memorial-hawaii-obama

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

20 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base

Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favour of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa, dealing a significant blow to opponents of the plan led by the island’s governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056041/japans-top-court-backs-tokyo-bid-relocate-okinawa-base
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38381107
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161220_34/

16 DECEMBER 2016

Abe-Putin summit ends with economic deals but no isle steps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Russia will start negotiations on a special system to conduct joint economic activities on 4 Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-putin-summit-ends-economic-deals-no-isle-steps/#.WFQcuIWcE2x
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161216_34/

15 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discuss disputed islands at hot spring

Japan and Russia agreed at a leaders’ summit on Thursday to revive security talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty formally ending the second word war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2054925/japans-shinzo-abe-and-russias-vladimir-putin-discuss-disputed
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_31/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russia’s foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/russia-warns-japan-not-expect-quick-progress-islands-123919543.html
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Kuril islands missiles should not spoil Putin’s visit, Russia tells Japan

Ahead of president’s trip, tensions rise over weapons on Russian-controlled Kurils, some of which are claimed by Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/missiles-on-islands-should-not-spoil-putins-visit-russia-tells-japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/japan-vows-respond-russian-missile-deployment-disputed-islands/
https://sputniknews.com/politics/201611231047762708-russia-japan-kurils/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

This new political circumstance allows Abe to propose a national referendum to revise the constitution. The LDP presented a draft for constitutional revision in 2012 and will lead the coming debate because of its strength in the Diet
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-military-djibouti-idUSKCN12D0C4

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

Washington and Tokyo have signed a bilateral agreement to increase military logistics cooperation as tensions with China continue to escalate
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160927/1045728300/us-japan-amended-asca.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets after the Chinese planes passed over the Miyako Strait on Sunday, east of the islands which both neighbors claim as their own.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37469983
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-scambles-jets-over-china-military-fly-past/a-35890212

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear programme with Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Abe arrived in Cuba for summit talks with President Raul Castro to seek Havana’s assistance in responding to Pyongyang’s nuclear activities
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160923/1045621554/japan-cuba-visit.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cuba-japan-abe-idUKKCN11S2BT?il=0

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

For Japan, developing new missiles helps prevent China’s provocations

To prepare for military provocations by China and North Korea, it is essential to steadily make progress on bolstering Japan’s defence capabilities
http://www.asianews.network/content/editorial-developing-new-missiles-helps-prevent-china%E2%80%99s-provocations-27160

19 AUGUST 2016

Japan defence ministry seeks record budget in 2017 to upgrade missile system, fighter jets

Japan’s defence ministry will seek a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen (US$51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, a government official with direct knowledge of the plan said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2006071/japan-defence-ministry-seeks-record-budget-2017-upgrade-missile
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608190031.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday (Aug 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-to-develop-missile/3041898.html

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/

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

This year’s defense white paper expressed concern about China’s habit of portraying all its actions as accomplished fact and again referred to Beijing’s « heavy-handed » efforts to increase its military presence in the East China Sea and South China Sea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608020072.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160802_14/

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/29/content_15470591.html

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

 A survey of people in Taiwan shows that a record 56 percent of respondents picked Japan as their favorite country. About 1,000 Taiwanese responded to the survey that was carried out in January and February
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_15/

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

Russia’s minister for development of the Far East has called on Japan to jointly develop the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_13/

15 JUNE 2016

For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class spy ship entered Japanese territorial waters on Wednesday, according to Japan’s defense ministry. The move is the first of its kind since 2004, when a Chinese nuclear submarine entered Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial sea near Sakishima Islands, in Okinawa prefecture
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_37/

9 JUNE 2016

Japan protests as China’s PLA Navy sails near disputed Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea

A People’s Liberation Army vessel entered waters surrounding the Tokyo-administered isles, called the Diaoyu Islands by China and the Senkakus in Japan, at 12.50am and left at 3.10am, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1970375/japan-protests-chinas-pla-navy-sails-near-disputed
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_12/ht

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons during his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on May 27, the first by a sitting U.S. president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605270097.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160527_34/

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. It was the 13th time the two leaders have met since 2013, when Abe made the first official visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in a decade. But when Abe has only held seven meetings with his U.S. counterpart, why is he meeting Putin so often?http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/opinion-why-has-japan-been-cozying-vladimir-putin

6 MAY 2016

Abe meets Putin to advance bilateral talks on isle row and peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, eager to promote bilateral dialogue and advance talks on the decades-old territorial row that has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a postwar peace treaty
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/06/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-meets-putin-advance-bilateral-talks-isle-row-peace-treaty/#.Vy0Je49OLNN
http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-japan-leaders-meet-as-tensions-loom/3318571.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160507_10/

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

US President Barack Obama does not believe that his country owes Japan a formal apology for the 1945 nuclear bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/03/content_15426640.html

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

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/

22 APRIL 2016

Japan-made stealth aircraft takes to skies for 1st time

With an eye to the future, the nation’s first stealth airplane made its maiden flight on April 22, making Japan the fourth country in the world to successfully fly a manned stealth Aircraft.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-made-stealth-aircraft-takes-skies-first-time
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/japan-succeeds-test-flight-first-stealth-fighter-jet-060235847.html?nhp=1

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

12 APRIL 2016

Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima memorial located on the site where American planes launched the world’s first nuclear attack. The blast and the radiation that resulted killed some 140,000 people
http://www.dw.com/en/kerry-visits-japans-hiroshima-memorial/av-19178054
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/11/john-kerry-lays-flowers-at-hiroshima-memorial/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-deeply-moved-by/2685544.html

3 APRIL 2016

Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines for port call near disputed South China Sea waters

A Maritime Self-Defense Force flotilla of three ships arrived in the Philippines early Sunday on a goodwill visit — the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years — amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/03/national/msdf-submarine-escort-ships-arrive-philippines-port-call-training/#.VwF2bThXrIV
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Japanese-sub-arrives-in-Philippines-on-training-exercise
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/conflicts/17217-japanese-submarine-warships-dock-at-philippine-port-near-disputed-south-china-sea-waters

2 APRIL 2016

Two years after Crimea, are Japan–Ukraine ties weakening?

Times of crisis are a chance to discover who your true friends are. Ukraine learned this lesson two years ago. While it was largely Euro–Atlantic nations that spoke out against Russia’s actions in Crimea, Ukraine also found a supporter in Japan.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/02/two-years-after-crimea-are-japan-ukraine-ties-weakening/

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

28 MARCH 2016

 Tokyo’s new ‘self-defence’ laws take effect, allowing Japan to fight in foreign wars

 Japan’s new security laws took effect enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the second world war in a landmark defence policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing constitution.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1931393/tokyos-new-self-defence-laws-take-effect-allowing-japan-fight
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160329_02/

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

That requires both the Abe administration and the Okinawa prefectural government to offer sincere and straightforward answers to questions posed by the other side as part of serious efforts to find common ground
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201603240018

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

8 MARCH 2016

Japan invites Robert Mugabe to summit as it eyes Africa for growth

The Japanese government has invited Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, to Tokyo for talks later this month as Tokyo seeks to expand its influence and business opportunities in Africa
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12187070/Japan-invites-Robert-Mugabe-to-summit-as-it-eyes-Africa-for-growth.html

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

 A key question as 2016 progresses will be: how best to focus US–Japan cooperation to address both the challenges and opportunities that accompany the rise of China? There are six thorny issues that carry the potential to undermine US–Japan cooperation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/15/six-challenges-for-us-japan-cooperation-in-asia/#more-49565

12 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea disbands committee on Japan abduction issue in response to sanctions

North Korea said Friday it has disbanded a special committee that was set up in 2014 to look into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected of being abducted decades ago and in its territory, in response to Tokyo’s decision earlier this week to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/n-korea-disbands-team-probing-fate-of-japanese-abductees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/12/national/politics-diplomacy/north-korea-disbands-committee-on-japan-abduction-issue-in-response-to-sanctions/#.Vr5ZnTjMtjp

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan moves toward unilateral sanctions over North Korea’s missile launch

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Feb. 8 he is preparing to slap unilateral sanctions against North Korea for its “intolerable” act on firing a long-range ballistic missile that flew over islands of Okinawa Prefecture.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602080046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-plans-to-impose/2499056.html

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday advocated amending part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying there is a contradiction between the existence of the Self-Defense Forces and the article that stipulates Japan never maintains land, sea and air forces.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-for-amending-part-of-article-9-of-constitution

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Japan says it has found no evidence its WWII government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, Tokyo has told a UN committee, the latest pronouncement in a corrosive row over interpretations of history
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187796
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-tells-un-no-evidence-forced-wwii-sex-slavery

31 JANUARY 2016

Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

The United States urged Japan to consult with China before its provocative Senkaku Islands purchase in 2012, a declassified email forwarded to then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601310039
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/31/national/u-s-urged-japan-consult-china-2012-senkakus-purchase/#.Vq6FdzjMtjp

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-doubles-number-f-15s-southern-island-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160131_15.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan reconsiders, decides to join U.N. nuclear disarmament group

Tokyo, in a sharp reversal of policy, will now join a U.N. nuclear disarmament group even though it still does not want a treaty banning weapons of mass destruction.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601280036

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

Tokyo believes 70 years of pacifism and a commitment to international law and order give it a right to a permanent seat at the UN’s top table. But regional rival China is unlikely to allow that to happen
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-steps-up-campaign-for-full-un-security-council-seat/a-19007001

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/23/japan-must-carefully-evaluate-chinas-strategic-intentions/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Japan, UK to develop air-to-air missile system

Japan and the UK are taking defence co-operation a step further. The two countries’ foreign and defence ministers announced this after a meeting in Tokyo on Friday (Jan 8)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-uk-to-develop-air/2410918.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/12087634/RAF-fighters-bound-for-Japan-for-first-time-in-decades-as-UK-builds-military-ties.html

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty after WWII. The reason is a sovereignty dispute over an island chain. Now PM Abe has called for a summit with President Putin to tackle the issue. But can it succeed?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-japan-and-russia-finally-resolve-their-territorial-dispute/a-18959623

4 JANUARY 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants summit with Vladimir Putin to resolve territorial row over islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin must take place in order for the countries to forge a peace treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35219262
http://www.dw.com/en/japans-abe-to-try-and-resolve-world-war-ii-row-with-russia/a-18956623

1 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s Master Plan to Destroy the Chinese Navy in Battle

 It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japans-master-plan-destroy-the-chinese-navy-battle-14779

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

Japan is closing in on becoming the fourth nation to test fly its own stealth jet, a move that could further antagonize neighboring Asian countries who’ve opposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to strengthen the role of its armed forces
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/japan-set-to-test-stealth-jet-as-abe-strengthens-armed-forces?cmpid=yhoo.headline

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands
http://news.yahoo.com/russia-building-military-bases-islands-claimed-japan-134635651.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

U.S. approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday
http://news.yahoo.com/u-approves-sale-global-hawk-drones-japan-165257370–finance.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

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

20 OCTOBER 2015

S Korea, Japan defence ministers meet as ties thaw, but Seoul, Tokyo differ over Japan’s overseas military operations

The defence ministers of South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul on Tuesday, in a further sign that relations are beginning to emerge from an extended diplomatic deep freeze
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-defence-ministers-meet-ties-thaw
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151020_42.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151020001104

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korean missile issue

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150930_03.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated on Monday (Sep 21) that there is no room for compromise with Japan over the disputed south Kuril islands, calling on Tokyo to « recognise » post-WWII « historic realities »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-must-recognise/2142368.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

Japan’s upper chamber of Parliament early Saturday approved controversial bills allowing the country’s military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances — a major shift after seven decades of pacifism
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/18/asia/japan-military-constitution/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-passes-law-allowing-troops-fight-150918125944422.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japanese-diet-enacts-security-laws-marking-japan%E2%80%99s-departure-pacifism

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-pledges-maritime-security-aid-vietname-150915125026675.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan ‘disappointed’ by Chinese leader Xi’s WWII speech

Japan said Thursday it was « disappointed » there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-disappointed-chinese-leader-xis-wwii-speech http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/04/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-regrets-absence-reference-reconciliation-xi-speech/#.VelMrDjAJMt

26 AUGUST 2015

Barack Obama apologises to Japan over US spying claims released by Wikileaks

United States president Barack Obama apologises to Tokyo over WikiLeaks claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians, a Japanese government spokesman says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-26/barack-obama-apologises-to-japan-over-us-spying-claims-released-by-wikileaks/1486028

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/

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the archipelago in a long-running dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/russian-pm-visits/2069404.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/22/content_15307412.html

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/how-russia-tries-to-intimidate-japan/
http://tass.ru/en/russia/810266?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report&utm_campaign=SitRep0724

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have approved this year’s Defence White Paper, which warns of a severe security situation that is growing in the region, with China as one of the factors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-says-security/1998914.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002302049
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/21/national/politics-diplomacy/defense-white-paper-stresses-threat-posed-china/#.Va68Du_ALVJ
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1842676/japan-sharpens-its-criticism-china

19 JULY 2015

Japan Defense Ministry picks Fuji Heavy and Bell to build new military transport helicopter

Japan has awarded Fuji Heavy Industries and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopters a $3.02 billion deal to build a fleet of military transport aircraft that would also be sold overseas
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/defense-ministry-picks-fuji-heavy-and-bell-to-build-new-military-transport-helicopter

16 JULY 2015

Japan’s lower house of parliament approves a set of bills to allow the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

Japan’s House of Representatives approved of a package of 11 security bills that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to assist its allies abroad, even if there is no direct threat to Japan, for the first time since the end of World War II
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33546465
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/16/japan-lawmakers-approve-contentious-bills-to-bolster-military-presence-abroad/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-pushes-security-bills-through-lower-house-desp-78221.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2015-07/17/content_6589202.htm

7 JUNE 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

The United States and Japan on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost of around $2 billion.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/500058/news/world/us-japan-say-first-test-of-raytheon-s-new-sm-3-missile-a-success

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

Japanese and Ukrainian leaders on Saturday agreed not to allow the changing of the status quo by force, in reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine in March last year.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002204570
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150606_35.html

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

Japan’s defence minister Gen Nakatani has declared Japan’s intention to heighten its support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ member countries, to counter China’s moves to reclaim land on reefs in the Spratly Islands and establish military facilities there
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-aims-to-boost-support-for-Asean-to-thwart-Ch-75860.html

14 MAY 2015

Japan Cabinet approves greater overseas defense role

Japan’s Cabinet has endorsed a set of defense bills allowing the country’s military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/japan-cabinet-approves-draft-laws-to-expand-military-role/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/561543/japan-cabinet-oks-bills-to-expand-military-role
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32735359

12 MAY 2015

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam

The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan’s coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo boosts maritime ties with two nations at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201505120079

7 MAY 2015

187 scholars urge Abe to address Japan’s wartime history

A group of historians and scholars of Japan studies has called on Japan to make an unbiased accounting of history as a step to promote peace and friendship in Asia. 187 noted scholars in the United States, Britain, and other countries made the appeal in a statement titled “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan. »
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/07/national/politics-diplomacy/187-scholars-urge-abe-address-japans-wartime-history/#.VUvfKO_GNjo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/554499/japan-academics-call-on-tokyo-to-face-history

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/

29 APRIL 2015

Abe addresses US Congress, the first ever Japanese PM

Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan became the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress. Abe summarized key themes for U.S.-Japan relations including history, as August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150430_05.html
http://cogitasia.com/abes-speech-to-congress/
http://www.bbc.com/news/32522234

28 APRIL 2015

Abe’s Visit Marks ‘New Era’ for US-Japan Alliance

 US President Barack Obama has hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House to showcase a deeper defence partnership between the two countries and advance a Pacific trade pact
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/abes-visit-marks-new-era-for-us-japan-alliance/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/29/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-obama-bolster-alliance-globally-declare-trade-talks-progress-prime-minister-repeats-comfort-women-remorse/#.VT_8qu_GNjp

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://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/04/27/us-japan-new-military-agreement/26443297/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

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

16 APRIL 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan’s sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/17/national/putin-says-hes-ready-discuss-isle-row-hits-japans-sanctions-ukraine/#.VTLCl-_GPIU

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

31 MARCH 2015

Japan extends North Korea sanctions amid stalled abduction probe

Japan says it will extend sanctions against North Korea for two more years, citing no progress in talks on abducted Japanese nationals
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126588

26 MARCH 2015

Japan unveils Izumo, its largest warship since World War II

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has taken delivery of the Izumo, the largest Japanese military vessel to see service since World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/26/asia/japan-msdf-new-helicopter-carrier/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11497780/Japan-receives-biggest-warship-since-Second-World-War.html

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

18 MARCH 2015

Japan ruling bloc agrees on new security legislation

Japan’s ruling parties reached broad agreement on Wednesday that paves the way for the most drastic change in the nation’s security policy in six decades and sets the stage to update guidelines for defence cooperation with Washington.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-ruling-bloc-agrees/1725000.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/18/national/politics-diplomacy/komeito-agrees-to-permanent-law-on-dispatch-of-sdf/#.VQn41e9_lMs

13 MARCH 2015

Japan, France sign defence pact to spur cooperation, joint development

Japan and France signed a deal on military equipment and technology transfers on Friday, in a move to drive cooperation and joint development of defence gear, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strengthens security ties with major powers
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-france-sign-defenc/1714548.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-03/13/content_15238805.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/13/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-ink-defense-gear-transfer-pact-at-two-plus-two-meeting/#.VQNlvO9_nmQ

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Abe hopeful for Japan-Russia island dispute resolution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a decades-long territorial dispute between Japan and Russia could soon be resolved, but Tokyo’s decision to slap sanctions in response to Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine, appears to have complicated the progress of the territorial talks.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/abe-hopeful-for-japan/1643770.html

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan says it won’t give in to terrorism – but no troops

Japan told the world’s nations Thursday it will never give in to terrorism and will continue providing non-military assistance for the fight against the Islamic State and other extremist groups — but not military troops or equipment “at this point.”
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-says-it-wont-give-in-to-terrorism-but-no-troops

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Doubts raised over Japan’s ability to handle international crisis

Japan’s failure to rescue two hostages beheaded by Islamic State militants has raised doubts about its ability to handle an international crisis, as the country reels from news of journalist Kenji Goto’s killing
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/doubts-raised-over-japans-ability-to-handle-international-crisis

1 FEBRUARY 2015

Prime Minister Abe condemns Islamic State, vows justice for Goto

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 1 condemned the apparent killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State, vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010016
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/01/national/islamic-state-group-purportedly-releases-goto-execution-video/#.VM6q4u83Nla
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010012

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

10 JANUARY 2015

Japan eyes new law to aid non-U.S. forces in international conflicts

The government plans to enact a law authorizing the Self-Defense Forces to support allied foreign militaries other than U.S. forces in the event of international conflicts, an outline of security-related legislation showed Saturday.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/10/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eyes-new-law-to-aid-non-u-s-forces-in-international-conflicts/#.VLGk7b3LTUA

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.asiaobserver.org/security-in-asia

26 DECEMBER 2014

US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

The new Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) aims to « enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the US homeland, » the Defense Department said in a statement.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/452294/us-delivers-second-radar-defense-system-to-japan

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/

1 DECEMBER 2014

Japan starts destruction of WWII chemical weapons in China

A Japanese-built facility in China on Monday began destroying the largest cache of World War II chemical weapons abandoned in the country, Tokyo officials said, in a rare case of cooperation between the two countries
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-starts-destruction-wwii-chemical-weapons-china

27 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/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201411130062

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

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

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

27 OCTOBER 2014

Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe

A Japanese delegation arrived in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang’s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439903/japan-delegation-arrives-in-n-korea-over-kidnapping-probe
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996554

26 OCTOBER 2014

Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

Japan’s response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260020/Japan-Builds-Response-Chinese-Area-Denial-Strategy

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

17 OCTOBER 2014

Japan’s Abe irks China, S Korea with shrine offering

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine yesterday, prompting sharp rebukes from China and South Korea, even as Abe seeks meetings with their leaders to improve strained ties.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/10/18/2003602336
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/17/china-protests-japan-shinzo-abe-yasukuni-shrine

16 OCTOBER 2014

Abe plays up friendship with China while pushing for summit with Xi

In the world of diplomacy, words can be a weapon. With this in mind, the Japanese prime minister’s latest remarks are particularly significant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently started using the expression « stable friendly relations » in reference to Japan-China ties.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Abe-plays-up-friendship-with-China-while-pushing-for-summit-with-Xi

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan, Intelligence and Security

In 1997, the Japanese government unveiled a plan for wide-scale centralization and reform of the nation’s intelligence community. Hoping to consolidate the myriad of small intelligence agencies and bureaus, the plan called for the creation of super-agencies that combined military and civilian, foreign and domestic intelligence operations
http://www.faqs.org/espionage/Int-Ke/Japan-Intelligence-and-Security.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

Japan has imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29345451
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-says-visit-putin-aide-disputed-island-regrettable

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

History and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations

Many Taiwanese have a surprisingly positive take on Japan’s colonial legacy, with memories that remain salient today.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/history-and-the-possibility-of-taiwan-japan-relations/

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

Australia ‘to buy Japanese submarines’

News Corp Australia claims the Australian government will select the Japanese-built Soryu Class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats, when they retire in 2030.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-09/08/content_15164405.html

Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years

The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/07/national/head-of-japans-top-pro-pyongyang-group-arrives-in-north-korea-for-the-first-time-in-eight-years/#.VA3FKL1OLmI

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Dhaka-quits-UN-race-for-Tokyo-64237.html

Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years

Shinzo Abe on Sunday became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, on the second leg of a South Asian tour that sought to assert Tokyo’s interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abe-becomes-first-japanese-pm-visit-sri-lanka-24-years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-sri-lanka-leaders/1350640.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP).
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/03/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-five-women-cabinet

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the « expansionism » of some nations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-and-india-vow-boost-strategic-ties-during-summit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429897/india-and-japan-will-shape-21st-century-says-modi

29 AUGUST 2014

UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII ‘comfort women’

A UN watchdog issued a fresh call Friday to Japan to take full blame for forcing women from Korea and elsewhere in Asia to work as sex slaves during World War II.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429474/un-issues-fresh-call-to-japan-over-wwii-comfort-women29

22 AUGUST 2014

Japan Joins the Great Arms Bazaar

Japan’s major defense contractors are wasting no time taking advantage of a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last April to relax the half-century self-imposed ban on sales of military equipment abroad. There had been a total ban on such exports since the late 1960s.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/japan-joins-great-arms-bazaar/

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

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on « maintaining peace and stability » in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be « perceived as hostility by China »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-gives-Hanoi-six-naval-ships-to-counter-China-31789.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28599397

29 JULY 2014

Japan, France agree on defence equipment cooperation

Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defence cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423156/japan-france-agree-on-defence-equipment-cooperation

28 JULY 2014

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia amid Ukraine unrest

Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125204/japan-to-step-up-sanctions-against-russia-amid-ukraine-unrest/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/28/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-announces-additional-sanctions-on-russia-over-ukraine/

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

Japan has released declassified diplomatic archives indicating that both China and Taiwan started asserting their ownership of the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands only from 1971
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Tokyo-releases-records-to-boost-claim-to-islands-62776.html

25 JULY 2014

Japan rejects UN watchdog’s call on ‘comfort women’

Japan on Friday rejected a call by a UN watchdog to accept full blame for pressing Asian women into wartime sexual slavery in military brothels, saying it was not obligated to do so
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/422563/japan-rejects-un-watchdog-call-on-comfort-women
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623442/japan-rejects-un-watchdogs-call-on-comfort-women

3 JULY 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision

Japan is to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the regime in Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents during the cold war
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/japan-to-lift-some-sanctions-against-north-korea-after-abductee-move
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/03/japan-set-to-lift-sanctions-on-north-korea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/03/national/japan-outlines-sanctions-reward-for-n-koreas-action-on-abductions/#.U7WuNL1OLmI

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

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

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

3 JUNE 2014

Japan PM may visit North Korea in kidnap probe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make a rare visit to North Korea, his foreign minister said Tuesday, days after announcing a deal to re-open the probe into Japanese citizens kidnapped by spies in the Cold War years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413446/japan-pm-may-visit-north-korea-in-kidnap-probe

1 JUNE 2014

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

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412843/japan-says-chinese-ships-in-disputed-waters http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/31/c_133375656.htm

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412721/abe-stands-up-for-asean

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

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

21 MAY 2014

Japan to set up 3 military outposts near disputed isles: Report

Japan plans to set up military outposts on three islands far west of Tokyo to boost the defence of its outlying islands, including a group of rocky outcrops also claimed by China

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-set-3-military-outposts-near-disputed-isles-report

17 MAY 2014

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

15 MAY 2014

Shinzo Abe reveals plans to lift Japan’s ban on fighting in conflicts overseas

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for a new interpretation of the constitution, which could pave the way for the military to fight overseas
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/shinzo-abe-plan-lift-japan-ban-fighting-conflicts-overseas
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420077

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

25 APRIL 2014

Obama says Japan’s wartime sex slavery was ‘terrible’ violation

The Japanese wartime system of sex slavery was a « terrible » violation of human rights and its victims need to be heard, US President Barack Obama said Friday in Seoul
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406628/obama-says-japan-wartime-sex-slavery-was-terrible-violation

23 APRIL 2014

Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins

US President Barack Obama has assured Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27116863
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2014/04/24/406109/Diaoyutais-within.htm

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

19 APRIL 2014

Japan risks angering China with military expansion

Planned construction of radar station near Taiwan is latest twist in row over disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/19/japan-china-radar-station-near-taiwan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-expands-army-footprint-first-time-40-years-risks-angering-china

31 MARCH 2014

UN orders Japan to halt whaling in the Antarctic

United Nations judges have ordered Japan to end whale hunts in the Antarctic after dismissing Japanese arguments that the hunting was carried out for scientific research purposes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10734305/UN-orders-Japan-to-halt-whaling-in-the-Antarctic.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/31/un-court-bans-japanese-whaling-in-antarctic/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-says-abide-un-courts-antarctic-whaling-ban

30 MARCH 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling “outstanding issues” impeding bilateral ties
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/30/national/diplomats-seek-thaw-in-dealings-with-north/#.UzhnJ71OLIU

20 MARCH 2014

Could China and Japan Work Together in East Africa?

Despite troubled relations at home, the two countries have a shared interest in Africa
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/could-china-and-japan-work-together-in-east-africa/

Japan, N. Korea move to restart formal talks

Japan and North Korea are moving to restart formal government-level talks, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Thursday, after a shift over the contentious issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese citizens
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400850/japan-n-korea-move-to-restart-formal-talks

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

7 MARCH 2014

Japan: No N. Korea Aid Until Abduction Issue Resolved

Japan says it will not provide any aid to North Korea until the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North is resolved
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-no-n-korea-aid-until-abduction-issue-resolved/1865975.html

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

26 FEBRUARY 2014

Japan moves to relax arms-export ban

Japan’s ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defence influence, a report said Wednesday, a move that would mark a major shift from its pacifism and could irritate China

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397092/japan-moves-to-relax-arms-export-ban-report

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

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Russo-Japanese Rapprochement Moves Forward

Despite the mounting ferocity of Sino-Japanese rhetoric, China’s partner Russia is moving forward on normalizing its ties with Japan. Indeed, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi on February 8, and Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Tokyo in May

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42009&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=665&cHash=65d664eb52b912540a07701edf9b4f2b#.Uw0BmL3LTIU

5 FEBRUARY 2014

NHK governor campaigns for revisionist in Tokyo election

A Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) governor handpicked by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Nanking Massacre was a fabrication designed to cancel out U.S. atrocities during speeches supporting a like-minded candidate in the Tokyo gubernatorial election. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201402040048 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26029614
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393410/china-furious-at-japan-nhk-manager-nanjing-denial

3 FEBRUARY 2014

The Japan-India strategic equation is not working

If New Delhi’s motive in according Abe the high honour was to elevate the profile of this year’s summit meeting and nudge him to sign on the dotted line of the proposed Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation accord, the outcome was far from satisfactory.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/03/the-japan-india-strategic-equation-is-not-working/

28 JANUARY 2014

Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim

Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea on Tuesday, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/28/22477682-disputed-islands-are-ours-japans-new-textbooks-claim?lite

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-revises-teaching-manuals-to-include-island-c-56596.html

27 JANUARY 2014

Peace Is The Only Answer In China-Japan Island Dispute – Analysis

The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war

http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012014-peace-answer-china-japan-island-dispute-analysis/

Japan govt distances itself from NHK head’s ‘comfort women’ comments

Tokyo on Monday distanced itself from comments by the new head of national broadcaster NHK, who said the Imperial Army’s system of wartime sex slavery was not unique to Japan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391754/japan-govt-distances-itself-from-nhk-head-comfort-women-comments
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/27/japan-sex-slaves-korea-nhk-katsuto-momii

26 JANUARY 2014

Japan TV chief dismisses wartime sex slavery

New NHK boss says Japan’s World War Two policy of forcing conquered women into brothels was « common in every country »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/japan-tv-chief-dismisses-wartime-sex-slavery-201412652738860639.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25901572

25 JANUARY 2014

India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

India and Japan late Saturday affirmed plans to « further strengthen » defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-japan-pledge/968530.html
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41870&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=13fc3dd883ad5b6975463c2215ab0c80#.UuWCW8vLTIU
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/26/india-and-japan-asias-win-win-partnership/

24 JANUARY 2014

Abe’s Yasukuni visit: the view from Japan

Some analysts denounce Abe for his ignorance of the impact of his visit upon China and South Korea and upon security in Northeast Asia. Hugh White points to Japan’s strategic predicament between China and the United States as a reason for his visit. However, these views do not address the Yasukuni issue in Japan’s domestic politics.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/24/abes-yasukuni-visit-the-view-from-japan/

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

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

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

Japan, France discuss arms, Africa at two+two talks in Paris

Japan’s defence and foreign ministers were in Paris on Thursday to talk with their French counterparts about regional security, a first step towards future joint military equipment projects.

http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20140109-japan-france-discuss-arms-africa-twotwo-talks-paris

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

Japan PM Abe urges dialogue with China, Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to explain to leaders in China and South Korea about his visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, which honors the country’s war dead.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117947/japan-pm-abe-urges-dialogue-with-china-korea/

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

27 DECEMBER 2013

Deal to Move Okinawa Base Wins Approval

A long-simmering dispute between the United States and Japan over the fate of a Marine base on Okinawa was apparently resolved on Friday when the Okinawan governor gave his approval to move the base to a remote area.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/deal-to-move-okinawa-base-wins-approval.html?ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/okinawa-governor-approves-us-base-relocation-2013122744845561601.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/okinawa-approves-relocation-us-airbase-japan-0

26 DECEMBER 2013

Yasukuni war shrine: what is its importance?

Key questions and answers about Tokyo’s Yasukuni war shrine, which has come back into focus after Japan’s Abe enraged neighbours by visiting it

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/10538086/Yasukuni-war-shrine-what-is-its-importance.html

Japan’s Abe Condemned for Visit to Controversial War Shrine

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni shrine Thursday, sparking outrage in China and South Korea and further damaging Japan’s already frosty relations with the region
http://www.voanews.com/content/japans-abe-condemned-visit-controversial-war-shrine/1817699.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/26/china-and-s-korea-angry-over-japan-pm-s-visit-to-controversial-shrine/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/26/c_132999139.htm

17 DECEMBER 2013

Japan boosts military forces to counter China

Japan’s cabinet has approved a new national security strategy and increased defence spending in a move widely seen as aimed at China.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25411653
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/17/japan-takes-defence-policy-into-uncharted-waters/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385305/japan-boosts-military-purchases-as-china-row-simmers

16 DECEMBER 2016

55% say Japan-US relations ‘good’

Fifty-five per cent of Japanese believe relations between Japan and the United States are good, the highest figure since 2000, according the latest joint survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and Gallup.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/55-say-Japan-US-relations-good-55050.html

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries have wrapped up a summit in Tokyo with a pledge to cooperate to ensure freedom of air and sea navigation.
http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-asean-pledge-cooperation-in-ensuring-freedom-of-navigation/1810301.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/japan-asean-call-free-seas-skies-201312146434816362.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384696/japan-to-pledge-20-bn-aid-to-asean

10 JANUARY 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

3 DECEMBER 2013

The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

Forged in the wake of World War II, the U.S.-Japan security alliance has served as one of the region’s most important military relationships and as an anchor of the U.S. security role in Asia.

http://www.cfr.org/japan/us-japan-security-alliance/p31437?cid=rss-analysisbriefbackgroundersexp-the_u.s._japan_security_allian-120313

2 DECEMBER 2013

‘Minimal’ change eyed to view on collective self-defense right

The government may make only “minimal” changes to its constitutional interpretation so that Japan can exercise the right to collective self-defense when an ally or a nation with which it has close ties is under armed attack, provided there is no other way to deal with the contingency, according to a government draft.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000838087

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

Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)

Some of the claims to sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands don’t hold up well under scrutiny, argues Tadashi Ikeda.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/getting-senkaku-history-right/?allpages=yes

25 NOVEMBER 2013

81% of Japanese don’t feel affinity toward China

The percentage of respondents in a recent Cabinet Office survey who do not feel an affinity to China, hit a record 80.7 per cent, up 0.1 percentage point from the previous year

http://www.asianewsnet.net/81-of-Japanese-don’t-feel-affinity-toward-China-54272.html

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/

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

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

5 NOVEMBER 2013

How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/how-serious-is-the-recent-china-japan-verbal-escalation/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_5803893475464204291#%21

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings » http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia hold first diplomatic-defence talks

The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agreed on Saturday to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-russia-hold-first/871756.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia eye WWII peace talks: ministers

Japan and Russia took a step towards making a peace that has eluded them since World War II on Friday, with a loose agreement for talks on a treaty.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-russia-eye-wwii-peace-talks-ministers

Japan’s new (defensive) attack force

Japan’s rapid moves to develop an amphibious capability is sending a clear signal on a certain group of disputed islands.http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/01/japans-new-defensive-attack-force/

29 OCTOBER 2013

A Contracts-Based Survey of Japan’s Defense Industry

Japan is seeking to pull itself from an 11-year decline in defense spending with significant budget increases, including its largest year-over-year increase in over two decades. As scholars and analysts parse the implications of the budget trajectory for the future of Japan and the security environment in Asia, it is timely to assess the country’s defense industrial base.

http://cogitasia.com/a-contracts-based-survey-of-japans-defense-industry/

28 OCTOBER 2013

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute

China is stepping up pressure on Japan in a long-running maritime dispute, deploying Chinese vessels near contested East China Sea islands and accusing Japanese leaders of making provocative statements.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-intensifies-press-on-japan-in-east-china-sea-dispute/1778408.html

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/

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db42ec8e-3fab-11e3-8882-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2j34uizoc

24 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese pacifism appears to be fading.

As the generation that experienced the Second World War is replaced by a new cohort that is psychologically detached from the horrors of the war, the number of devotees to fervent pacifism has been shrinking. Japanese pacifism as a meaningful policy alternative is no more.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/24/japans-persistent-pacifism/

23 OCTOBER 2013

Japan to review self-imposed weapons ban

Japan plans to review its self-imposed ban on weapons exports, according to a draft of the country’s new security strategy, a proposal that could unnerve China and South Korea.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/japan-review-self-imposed-weapons-ban-2013102305233607215.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

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

3 OCTOBER 2013

Japan, U.S. to revise defense guidelines by end of 2014

Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers agreed Thursday to revise defense cooperation guidelines between the two countries by the end of 2014 to reflect changes in the security environment in Asia.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000697798

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/04/390453/US-Japan.htm

US, Japan Agree to Bolster Defenses

The United States and Japan have agreed to boost regional military surveillance amid territorial tensions with China and nuclear and missile threats from North Korea. After security talks in Tokyo, U.S. defense officials also welcomed Japan playing a larger role in its own national defense.
http://www.voanews.com/content/kerry-hagel-meet-with-japanese-counterparts-in-tokyo/1761954.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan’s Abe: No Concessions, but No Escalation in Islet Spat With China

Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Fridayaipei and Tokyo struck a fishing agreement in April covering the waters around the islands that has eased tensions.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-abe-japan-china-islands-territorial-dispute/1758678.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371954/japan-pm-open-to-talks-not-concessions-with-china

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan signals major boost to defence budget

After 11 years of decline, Japan’s 2013 defence budget rose this year by 0.7 per cent to US$47 billion (4.68 trillion yen). It is conducting a review of its long-term defence policy guidelines that will set the course for the nation’s defence strategy for the next decade.

http://www.worldreview.info/content/japan-signals-major-boost-defence-budget?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_276011377#%21

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/

23 AUGUST 2013

Spy drone to be deployed in FY15

The government has decided to deploy the Global Hawk, an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, in fiscal 2015 to strengthen patrol and surveillance activities around Japan, government sources said.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000487880

19 AUGUST 2013

Russia and Japan launch territorial row talks

Russian and Japanese diplomats held talks in Moscow on Monday in a bid to restart stalled negotiations over a territorial row that has kept the two neighbours from signing a World War II peace treaty and rejuvenating economic ties.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365396/russia-and-japan-launch-territorial-row-talks

6 AUGUST 2013

Japan Unveils Biggest Warship Since WWII

Japan has unveiled its biggest warship since the Second World War as part of a plan to bolster its defense of territorial claims in disputed waters.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111594/japan-unveils-largest-warship-since-world-war-ii/

http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-unveils-biggest-warship-since-ww2/1724301.html

27 JULY 2013

Japan’s Abe vows maritime help to Philippines amid China row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-abe-vows-maritime/758032.html

26 JULY 2013

Japan military ‘needs marines and drones’

Japan should bolster its marine force and introduce surveillance drones, a defence review paper says, highlighting concerns over China and North Korea.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23433070

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137263929494940.html

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

Risk of incident from « coercive » acts by China: Japan

China’s « coercive » behaviour in waters around islands at the centre of a bitter dispute with Japan is dangerous and could trigger an incident, Tokyo said in a new defence paper                                                                   http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130709/DEFREG03/307090011           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/risk-of-incident-from/738556.html

7 JUNE 2013

Abe, Hollande agree on N-tech / Japan, France seek greater cooperation on security

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting French President Francois Hollande agreed at a meeting on Friday to enhance their nuclear and security cooperation.                                                                                                                                                             http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000289903

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to conclude a nuclear cooperation agreement as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000268214

31 MAY 2013

Japan competing with China for Africa trade

In 2011, China’s trade with Africa reached 138.9 billion dollars, five times Japan’s. Tokyo needs oil, rare earths and markets for its vehicles and high tech. Its aid includes agricultural projects, technical training, and maritime security off the coast of Somalia. The Japanese capital will host an International Conference on African Development on 1-3 June, organised by the government of Shinzo Abe.                                                                                                                                     http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-competing-with-China-for-Africa-trade-28073.html

15 MAY 2013

Japan PM Abe ‘would meet’ N Korea leader Kim over abductions

Japan’s PM has said he would consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to settle a row over Pyongyang’s kidnapping of Japanese nationals.                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22536186

14 MAY 2013

Japan PM adviser arrives in North Korea

An adviser to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday, a report said, amid speculation North Korea may be trying to re-engage an old adversary amid frosty ties with China.                                                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130514-422581.html  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201305140120

Japanese mayor: WWII ‘comfort women’ sex slaves ‘necessary’ for morale

The outspoken mayor of Osaka is under fire not only from the government but from members of his own party for saying that the use of “comfort women,” some of whom were forced into prostitution, during World War II was necessary for the morale of Japanese soldiers. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/14/18245613-japanese-mayor-wwii-comfort-women-sex-slaves-necessary-for-morale?lite                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/china-denounces-japanese-mayors-sex-slave-comment/1660665.html

9 MAY 2013

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

Japan has protested to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

1 MAY 2013

Japan in Depth / Abe, Putin get ball rolling

Japan and Russia have agreed to restart stalled talks on the long-standing northern territories dispute, but high hurdles remain before a resolution acceptable to both parties can be hammered out.                                                                                                                                                 http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000180050                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/04/30/world-war-ii-not-over-for-japan-and-russia/

23 APRIL 2013

Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Tuesday to « expel by force » any attempt by China to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands, after eight state-owned Chinese ships sailed into the territorial waters surrounding the archipelago.                           http://www.france24.com/en/20130423-china-japan-senkaku-islands-territorial-dispute             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-pm-vows-to-expel-by-force-any-chin/648614.html   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134234352877776.html                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22260140

13 APRIL 2013

In Okinawa, the war isn’t over: Protests aimed at new US base

The Pentagon plans to put a new Marine Corps air base in the seaside village of Henoko, Okinawa, in 2022, and many residents aren’t happy about it.                                                                                                                http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/13/17598118-in-okinawa-the-war-isnt-over-protests-aimed-at-new-us-base?lite

10 APRIL 2013

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

9 APRIL 2013

Patriot missiles installed in Tokyo on N. Korea threat

Japan has deployed Patriot missiles in its capital as it readies to defend the 30 million people who live in greater Tokyo from any North Korean attack, officials said Tuesday.                                                                                                           http://www.france24.com/en/20130409-japan-patriot-missiles-tokyo-defend-north-korean-attack-usa

18 MARCH 2013

Japan’s new patrol aircraft equipped to combat Chinese submarine

Japan’s defense ministry has announced that its domestic P-1 patrol aircraft designed and produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries will begin its service with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force this month, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News.              http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130318000059&cid=1101

17 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens Japan with Attack

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement from the Foreign Ministry Sunday saying that it would be a fatal mistake for Japan if it thinks it will be safe when a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-threatens-japan-with-attack/1623026.html

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Japan on Wednesday 13 March called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China                                                                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259652/1/.html

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

1 MARCH 2013

US sailors jailed in Okinawa rape trial

Two American sailors have been jailed for the rape of a Japanese woman in a case that has led to fury over US military in Japan.       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201331112859759495.html

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Tokyo and Washington allied against North Korea, but diplomatic with Beijing

In the interview at the White House, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and Barak Obama confirm the economic and political alliance between the two countries. Japan is the most important partner for the U.S. in Asia. Obama’s silence on disputed islands between Japan and China. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-and-Washington-allied-against-North-Korea,-but-diplomatic-with-Beijing-27221.html

8 FEBRUARY 2013

7 reasons China and Japan won’t go to war

Even as tensions between Beijing and Tokyo grow by the day, there are good reasons to believe outright conflict can be avoided.                                 http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/08/7-reasons-china-and-japan-wont-go-to-war/

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Russia-Japan dispute over erupts again

Two Russian fighter jets have violated Japanese airspace, prompting Tokyo to scramble its own aircraft, reports say.                                                           http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/07/russia-japan-dispute-over-islands-erupts-again/                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21364559                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/japanese-pm-pledges-to-solve-territorial-dispute-with-russia/1598834.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan plans increased defence spending to deter neighbours

One of Japan’s political priorities under its new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be to boost the capability of its Self-Defence Forces (SDF).                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.worldreview.info/content/japan-plans-increased-defence-spending-deter-neighbours

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to defend disputed islands from incursions by China, after a series of confrontations at sea. http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-pm-vows-to-protect-disputed-islands-from-china/1595783.html  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251817/1/.html                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Disputed-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-islands-to-be-defended-“at-any-cost”-says-Japanese-27034.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japanese Premier Won’t Take Step in Relocating U.S. Base Before Meeting Obama

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan said Saturday that he would not immediately ask the Okinawan authorities for approval to begin constructing a long-stalled American air base, casting doubt on his government’s hopes to show progress in a troubled base-relocation plan ahead of his planned trip to Washington later this month.                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/world/asia/japanese-premier-holds-back-on-us-base-relocation.html?ref=asia

30 OCTOBER 2013

JCG to create 600-strong Senkaku unit

To beef up security around the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard will create a 600-member unit exclusively engaged in front-line missions in waters around the islands, where spotting Chinese vessels has become a daily operation, according to sources. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130129004614.htm

25 JANUARY 2013

Japan pivots south, with eye on China

After decades of self-imposed pacifism, Japan is beginning to carve out a new role in regional maritime affairs. Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a charm offensive across the Pacific, with Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam among the countries Tokyo is bidding to align against China’s rising  assertiveness                                                                                                                                                              http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/OA26Dh01.html

Japan Envoy Meets Chinese Communist Party Chief Over Island Dispute

A special envoy from Japan met China’s Communist Party chief, Xi Jinping, Friday and expressed the hope that the territorial tensions between the two countries over a group of islands in the East China Sea could be resolved.  http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427929/20130125/senkaku-diaoyu-island-east-china-sea-japan-shinzo-abe-xi-jinping-natsuo-yamaguchi-new-komeito-beijin.htm                                                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312515545263204.html

24 JANUARY 2313

Asia’s other island spat…between Japan and Russia

As tensions mount in the East and South China Seas, a dispute over islands between Tokyo and Moscow has also been left unresolved.                         http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/24/history-aside-a-russian-japan-rapprochement/

19 JANUARY 2013

U.S. links Abe-Obama meet to progress on major issues

The United States has pressed Japan to achieve results concerning key bilateral issues before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington, effectively setting hurdles for Tokyo, which wants enhanced ties with its main ally, diplomatic sources said. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130119a3.html

18 JANUARY 2013

Clinton assures Japan on islands, invites Abe to U.S. in February

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton assured Japan on Friday of U.S. support in Tokyo’s dispute with Beijing over a string of islands and invited new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Washington in late February for a meeting with President Barack Obama. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/18/us-japan-usa-idUSBRE90H1AX20130118

Abe Steps into Southeast Asia’s Spotlight: Japan Reengages ASEAN

Japan’s new prime minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Southeast Asia from January 16-18 for his first overseas trip with stops in Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. Abe initially hoped to make the United States his first visit abroad, but Southeast Asia is a notable second choice. http://cogitasia.com/abe-steps-into-southeast-asia%E2%80%99s-spotlight-japan-reengages-asean/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_206487307

11 JANUARY 2013

New Japan PM: China’s island dispute moves ‘wrong’

Reaffirming his hawkish stance on China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan will not negotiate with Beijing over a contested cluster of uninhabited islands and that China was “wrong” for allowing violent protests over the territorial dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95259/new-japan-pm-chinas-island-dispute-moves-wrong/

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

Chinese fishing boat ‘detained in Japan’

Japan’s coastguard has detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters, China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan.                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121231443436671.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873208

Three China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan

Three Chinese government ships on Monday 31 entered territorial waters around East China Sea islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo, Japan’s coastguard said.                                                                               http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245302/1/.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

Bill confirms U.S. backing on Senkakus / ‘Security treaty applies to isles’ in Okinawa

The U.S. Congress has approved a defense policy bill for fiscal 2013, which reconfirms the Senkaku Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. security treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan in case of hostilities.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121222003037.htm

13 DECEMBER 2012

Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row

Japan has lodged a formal protest with China after a Chinese plane reportedly flew close to islands claimed by both countries. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/13/japan-accuses-china-of-airspace-violation-in-islands-row/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20707760
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/13/world/asia/japan-china-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

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

3 NOVEMBER 2012

The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: can China and Japan trust one another?

China and Japan’s dispute over sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands is getting more and more complicated. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-senkakudiaoyu-dispute-can-china-and-japan-trust-one-another/

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Understanding the complexity of Okinawa

For decades, the US military presence in Okinawa has been in the background of the US–Japan alliance, but this month the island received national and international attention.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/02/understanding-the-complexity-of-okinawa/

30 OCTOBER 2012

Japan to boost maritime defence

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has warned China and South Korea that his government intends to strengthen Japan’s defences in its surrounding seas, indicating it will not back down in its territorial disputes with both countries
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=38260&sec=1

29 OCTOBER 2012

The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute

As China and Japan spar over control of a group of tiny islets in the sea between them, the deeper issue is really the question of which of Asia’s two biggest economies will gain control first of the valuable oil and natural gas located there. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/1029/The-real-reason-China-Japan-are-locked-in-a-territory-dispute

24 OCTOBER 2012

From Kuriles with love

The geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region is getting set for a significant makeover, with Russia and Japan embarking on a fresh dialogue at the diplomatic and political level. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is scheduled to visit Russia in December and preparatory working-level consultations were held in Tokyo this past weekend between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NJ25Dh01.html

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Japan and China: warm trade ties temper political tensions

Japan and China have long used economics to sustain an otherwise difficult relationship. There are a number of reasons to expect that they will continue to do so for many years to come http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/22/japan-and-china-warm-trade-ties-temper-political-tensions/#more-29587

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, China embark on ‘propaganda war’ / Government changes tactics on Senkaku Islands, begins appeals to international communit
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121012003485.htm

10 OCTOBER 2012

China officials to skip IMF meetings in Japan

China’s central bank governor and finance minister have withdrawn from upcoming International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings being held in Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012101073632603923.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19893398

4 OCTOBER 2012

Diaoyu/Senkaku, risk now of a « disastrous » economic war

Ongoing military provocations on both sides keep the level of tension high. And the big companies of the Chinese economy decide to boycott the summit convened in Tokyo by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Lagarde urges both to return to dialogue: « The world situation is shaky, we cannot afford a confrontation between the two major Asian economies. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Diaoyu/Senkaku,-risk-now-of-a-disastrous-economic-war-25996.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan

Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day Wednesday, Japanese coastguards sai
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121003-375346.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

China accuses Japan of stealing islands

China has taken a bitter territorial dispute with Japan to the UN General Assembly, with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi accusing Tokyo of stealing disputed islands.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129283645792866.html

Japan vows no compromise on islands row

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has insisted that there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and denounced attacks on Japanese interests. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120927004054.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201292722139105715.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/25/japan-and-taiwan-tangle-over-islands/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19709355

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

China postpones ceremony to mark 40 years of Japan ties

China has postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of its diplomatic relationship with Japan, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, amid high tensions between the two countries over a territorial disput
http://www.france24.com/en/20120923-china-postpones-ceremony-marking-diplomatic-ties-with-japan-amid-territorial-dispute

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Dangerous Rocks: Can both sides back off peacefully?

The territorial dispute between Japan and China over the rocky outcrops, known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China, has escalated beyond expectations as both governments have upped the ante and domestic politics constrains room for maneuver.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/20/opinion/china-japan-dispute-kingston/index.html?hpt=ias_r1

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

A interesting Taiwanese point of view based on historic texts
http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/the-inconvenient-truth-behind-the-diaoyusenkaku-islands/

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Beijing faces protests dilemma

Large anti-Japanese street protests took place in dozens of Chinese cities over the weekend after Tokyo’s purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) from their private Japanese owners in order to nationalize them. Japanese media described these as the largest scale anti-Japanese demonstrations since the two countries normalized their relations four decades ago http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI19Ad02.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Panasonic, Canon shutter China factories amid violent anti-Japan protests

Major electronics firms Panasonic and Canon have temporarily suspended production at factories in China after a territorial dispute over a group of uninhabited islets in the East China Sea triggered violent anti-Japanese protest
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13908056-panasonic-canon-shutter-china-factories-amid-violent-anti-japan-protests?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1347809914.1347900312.161&__utmb=238145375.2.10.1347900312&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=88745560

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Anti-Japan protests hit China cities amid island row

Angry protesters have staged sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in cities across China, amid escalating tensions over disputed islands in the East China S
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19609945 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49044938/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

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/

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

History proves Diaoyu islands are China’s territory

A Chinese point of view
http://gbtimes.com/news/history-proves-diaoyu-islands-are-chinas-territory

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan’s Future Depends on China: This is the Real Danger in the Territorial Dispute

As fractious and potentially incendiary at the Japan-China territorial tempest has become–and it has become horrendously fractious and potentially incendiary, and will certainly get worse before getting better–it is not without a very important, even vital, silver lining
http://www.forbes.com/sites/stephenharner/2012/09/11/japans-future-depends-on-china-this-is-the-real-danger-in-the-territorial-dispute/

Japan buys islands at center of row with China

The Japanese government has bought three uninhabitated islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, officials said on Tuesday, furthering heightening tensions between Asia’s two economic giants http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-09/11/content_15748704.htm http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-sends-patrol-ships-to-Diaoyu/Senkaku-25786.html

9 SEPTEMBER 202

Thousands protest in Japan against Osprey aircraft

The protesters — as many as 100,000, according to organizers — gathered at a seaside park on Okinawa to demand that the plan to deploy 12 MV-22 Osprey aircraft on the island be scrapped, saying they are unsafe http://asiancorrespondent.com/88983/thousands-protest-in-japan-against-osprey-aircraft/

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japanese government agrees terms to buy Diaoyu Islands

Japan has reached an agreement to buy the Diaoyu Islands from the family which claims ownership of them, according to Japanese media on Wednesda
http://gbtimes.com/news/japanese-government-agrees-terms-buy-diaoyu-islands http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9523416/China-reacts-angrily-to-Japanese-plan-to-buy-disputed-islands.html http://www.france24.com/en/20120905-japan-government-agrees-buy-disputed-islands-senkaku-diaoyu-china

30 AUGUST 2012

What’s behind the China – Japan island dispute?

The dispute over the Senkaku Islands, five islets and three rocky outcroppings, revolves around who got there first. China calls them the Diaoyu Islands and dates its authority there to the 14th century. Japan annexed them in 1895 after finding them uninhabited. Here’s a basic breakdown of the dispute. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0830/What-s-behind-the-China-Japan-island-dispute

29 AUGUST 2012

Japan and North Korea begin intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years

Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the war
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20120830a5.html

27 AUGUST 2012

Japan protests after man seizes flag from ambassador’s car in Beijing

A man ripped a Japanese flag from a car carrying Japan’s ambassador in Beijing on Monday, triggering a protest from Tokyo in the latest flare-up of a territorial row that provoked the worst anti-Japanese protests in years
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/27/13504791-japan-protests-after-man-seizes-flag-from-ambassadors-car-in-beijing?lite http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222419/1/.html

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row

Japanese police have arrested five Hong Kong activists who landed on disputed islands, reports say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19264633 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1220325/1/.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

27 JULY 2012

Japan may send troops to disputed islands

Japan’s defence minister on Friday warned Tokyo could send troops to a chain of East China Sea islands at the centre of a territorial row with China if the simmering dispute escalated http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216103/1/.html

17 JULY 2012

Japan tests China’s eastern flank

As tensions continue to swirl in the South China Sea, pressure is also building on China’s eastern flank. The recent escalation of a long-standing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands highlights significant regional and global changes in the balance of power. Waves from the stormy waters between China and Japan are being felt throughout the world.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NG18Ad01.html

11 JULY 2012

Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute

Cheng Yonghua, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday and informed by Kenichiro Sasae, the vice foreign minister, that the violation of Japanese territorial waters is « extremely serious » and « unacceptable. »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9391842/Japan-summons-Chinas-ambassador-over-islands-dispute.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/11/japan-china-islands-row-overshadows-asean-talks/

8 JULY 2012

Tokyo will fight for Senkakus

Officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government, who have been working to purchase the Senkaku Islands since Gov. Shintaro Ishihara announced the planned move two months ago, were disturbed to hear the national government has suddenly started attempts to buy the islands.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120707002529.htm

26 APRIL 2012

U.S. comes to agreement with Japan to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa

The U.S. and Japanese governments said Thursday 26 that they will move about 9,000 Marines off Okinawa to other bases in the Western Pacific, in a bid to remove a persistent irritant in the relationship between the two allies http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-comes-to-agreement-with-japan-to-move-9000-marines-off-okinawa/2012/04/26/gIQA1seKkT_story
html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17865198

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

19 OCTOBER 2011

Japan’s new PM visits South Korea. Will the visit bring the countries closer?

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, on his first foreign visit to South Korea since assuming his post two months ago, returned ancient royal books stolen during Japanese colonial rule but made no concessions on long-running issues, despite rising concerns about China and North Korea. Japan-s-fresh-claim-to-disputed-islands-reignites-feud-with-South-Korea
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/1019/Japan-s-new-PM-visits-South-Korea.-Will-the-visit-bring-the-countries-closer

6 NOVEMBER 2010

Protests in Tokyo follow appearance of video  showing Chinese boat’s collision with coastguard vessels on September 7
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2010/11/201011619519809945.html

Here is one of the videos

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

19 OCTOBER 2010

Territorial disputes with Russia

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s visit Monday  November 1 to Kunashir, one of the four islands under dispute with Japan,  unnecessarily added to instability in Northeast Asia at a time when stronger  international cooperation is called for in the region, which has growing  economic and security importance.
http://www.koreaherald.com/entertainment/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101029000865

4 OCTOBER 2010/10/04

Anger simmers over Okinawa base burden

The Japanese island of Okinawa is the reluctant host  of dozens of US military bases – and a row over moving an airfield has sparked  an angry stand-off.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11390281

23 JULY 2010

Aug. deadline for Futenma ‘abandoned’ / Indecision  fed by pressure from Okinawa

The August deadline for a final decision on the  location and construction method of a replacement facility for the U.S. Marine  Corps’ Futenma Air Station in Okinawa Prefecture has been abandoned by the  Japanese and U.S. governments, several sources close to the issue said.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100722004207.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T100723005957.htm

9 MARCH 2010

Japan confirms secret pact on US  nuclear transit

Japan has confirmed the existence of a  secret Cold War deal allowing the transit of nuclear-armed US vessels through  its ports. The secret deal was sealed in the 1960s between US and Japanese  diplomats, who agreed that the transit of nuclear arms through ports did not  constitute the introduction of weapons into Japan, and so did not require prior  consultation on the US side
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8557346.stm

 

Human rights in China

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16 FEBRUARY 2017

China ‘eliminating civil society’ by targeting human rights activists – report

China’s human rights situation further deteriorated last year as police systematically tortured activists and forcibly disappeared government critics while state TV continued to broadcast forced confessions, a new report shows
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/china-eliminating-civil-society-by-targeting-human-rights-activists-report

23 JANUARY 2017

China must respect lawyers’ human rights

From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/china-must-respect-lawyers-human-rights
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights-Lawyers-tortured-to-extract-confessions-39754.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Historian’s new book on Cultural Revolution turns acclaim in China to censure

It seemed that China’s censors had finally muzzled Yang Jisheng, the famed chronicler of the Mao era
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/historians-new-book-on-cultural-revolution-turns-acclaim-in-china-to-censure

21 JANUARY 2017

Beijing internet censors close websites of liberal economic think tank

Two websites run by a liberal Chinese think tank, have been shut down by government censors
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064260/beijing-internet-censors-close-websites-liberal

18 JANUARY 2017

China: As Xi Jinping praises free trade, critics of Mao lose their jobs

This month, state media has reported three high-profile incidents of people losing their jobs for criticizing Mao, as universities restrict discussion of the Party and school history textbooks are revised to emphasize the Communists’ role in fighting Japan during World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/18/asia/china-mao-insults/index.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

Human Rights: letter to Xi Jinping for arrested Chinese writers

More than 100 authors from around the world have signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him to stop violations against the writers of his country on the World Day for Human Rights, which is celebrated today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights:-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-for-arrested-Chinese-writers–39366.html
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/dec/10/human-rights-day-us-and-eu-call-on-china-to-release-political-prisoners

11 OCTOBER 2016

Imprisoned Chinese Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti given top human rights award

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other groups bestow honour on economics professor who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of separatism
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2027106/imprisoned-chinese-uygur-scholar-ilham-tohti-given-top
http://www.martinennalsaward.org/?p=1078

6 OCTOBER 2016

Two dueling visions of human rights in China

U.S. CECC annual report and China’s own human rights action plan showcase starkly difference concepts of “human rights.”
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/2-dueling-visions-of-human-rights-in-china

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Three Labour rights activists sentenced in China amid worker unrest

Three labour rights activists were handed suspended prison terms in China in a case which illustrates Beijing’s growing anxiety over worker unrest as the economy stalls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/27/three-labour-rights-activists-sentenced-in-china-amid-worker-unr/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160927_35/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years’ jail for fraud

A prominent mainland rights lawyer who took on high-profile politically sensitive cases has been jailed for 12 years for fraud in one of the harshest sentences to be imposed on rights advocates in recent years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021629/prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-xia-lin-sentenced-12
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/22/china-lawyer-for-ai-weiwei-jailed-for-12-years-in-severe-retaliation

4 AUGUST 2016

China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge

Zhou Shifeng, 51, was the first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July. About 300 suspects were detained or interrogated in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html

3 AUGUST 2016

Christian church leader jailed in Chinese human rights crackdown

Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998638/second-activist-sentenced-subversion-charges-after-huge
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/03/christian-church-leader-hu-shigen-jailed-chinese-human-rights-crackdown

2 AUGUST 2016

Chinese human rights Zhai Yanmin gets suspended-three-year sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a secrecy-shrouded yearlong case involving hundreds of rights activists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998132/human-rights-activist-sentenced-3-years-jail-suspended
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36950011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/china-sentences-activist-in-first-trial-of-lawyer-crackdown/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

7 JULY 2016

China releases human rights worker Zhao Wei on bail after a year of detention

Almost a year to the day after she was seized from her Beijing home and spirited into secret detention, Chinese police say they have released a young legal assistant on bail
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/07/china-to-release-human-rights-worker-zhao-wei-on-bail-after-a-year-of-detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1986633/young-chinese-legal-assistant-held-huge-crackdown

14 JUNE 2016

Citizens’ civil, political rights effectively protected: Chinese Report

Citizens’ civil and political rights have been effectively protected, and the people have been guaranteed and supported to act as masters of their own country, according to a report reviewing the human rights development from 2012 to 2015 released by the Chinese government on Tuesday.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/14/content_15448544.html

11 MAY 2016

China refuses entry to German chair of human rights committee

Beijing has refused entry to the German lawmaker who chairs the parliament’s Human Rights Committee. The decision comes after he reportedly criticized rights violations in Tibet
http://www.dw.com/en/china-refuses-entry-to-german-chair-of-human-rights-committee/a-19249261

24 APRIL 2016

China: Police prevented Western diplomats from visiting civil rights lawyer Ni Luyan

Last month, Ni was meant to receive the International Women of Courage Award in Washington D.C. for her work in defending those unfairly evicted from their homes, but was barred from traveling to the U.S. as the government refused to issue her a passport
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-police-prevented-western-diplomats-from-visiting-civil-rights-lawyer/

30 MARCH 2016

Rights activist Ni Yulan ‘barred from leaving’ China

A Chinese human rights activist says she has been barred from leaving the country just as she was planning to travel to the US to accept an award
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35924192

29 MARCH 2016

China editor resigns over media censorship

Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35915056
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12206275/China-newspaper-editor-resigns-over-media-control.html

24 MARCH 2016

Christian lawyer Zhang Kai released in China

A Chinese Christian lawyer who opposed a Communist Party campaign to remove crosses from churches has been released after seven months in detention, according to his social media accounts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12202826/Christian-lawyer-Zhang-Kai-released-in-China.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Zhang-Kai,-lawyer-who-defends-China’s-crosses-from-demolition,-is-released-37033.html

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist ‘disappears’ while trying to fly to Hong Kong

Jia Jia, a Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.h
ttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/chinese-journalist-disappears-fly-beijing-hong-kong

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-columnist/2612280.html

16 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist Yang Jisheng banned from flying to US to accept a prize for his work

Yang Jisheng, a retired correspondent from Beijing’s official news service Xinhua, was awarded Harvard University’s prestigious Louis M Lyons Award in December for his “ambitious and fearless reporting” on one of the 20th century’s deadliest man-made catastrophes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/asia/yang-jisheng-tombstone-harvard.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/chinese-journalist-banned-from-flying-to-us-to-accept-a-prize-for-his-work

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

29 JANUARY 2016

EU slams China’s on-air ‘confessions’ as unacceptable

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China’s human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens « unacceptable »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-chinas-air-confessions-unacceptable

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

13 JANUARY 2016

China charges two more rights lawyers in crackdown: attorney

China has formally arrested on “subversion” charges two more human rights lawyers held in secret for six months, a lawyer said Wednesday, bringing the total accused to nine as a sweeping crackdown intensifies.
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/13/china-charges-two-more-rights-lawyers-in-crackdown-attorney/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-lawyers-01132016110726.html

12 JANUARY 2016

China charges human rights lawyers with ‘subversion’

The Chinese authorities have arrested and charged at least seven human rights lawyers and associates with « subversion », friends and family say.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35289978
http://www.dw.com/en/china-formally-arrests-human-rights-laywers/a-18974654

10 JANUARY 2016

China arrests four labour activists amid crackdown: Lawyers

China has formally arrested four labour activists who have helped workers fight for their rights, lawyers for two of them said on Sunday, as the government steps up a crackdown on activists pressing for change within the system
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-arrests-four-labour-activists-amid-crackdown-lawyers

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

China Jails Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

A court in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has handed down an 18-month jail term to an activist who showed online support for last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in neighboring Hong Kong
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/239826259

22 DECEMBER 2015

Pu Zhiqiang: China rights lawyer gets suspended jail sentence

A Beijing court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence to Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most outspoken human rights lawyers, for posting online comments critical of the Communist Party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35157525
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893795/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-convicted-be-releasedhttp://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893800/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-pays-price-beliefs-he

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

2 NOVEMBER 2015

New Criminal Laws Take Effect in China

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls “starting rumors on the web.”
http://www.voanews.com/content/new-criminal-laws-take-effect-in-china/3033335.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

8 AUGUST 2015

Chinese Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Held For ‘Subversion’ As Crackdown Continues

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin are holding a top rights lawyer under « residential surveillance » on suspicion of subversion, denying her visits from her defense attorney amid an ongoing crackdown on the legal profession, rights groups and lawyers said.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235566701

22 JULY 2015

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s passport after four years

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has gotten back his passport four years after it was confiscated by Beijing authorities and plans to attend a London exhibition in September
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/dissident-chinese-artist-passport-150722145714881.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/526750/news/world/china-returns-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-s-passport-after-four-years

19 JULY 2015

China carries out crackdown on lawyers and activists

Since July 9, more than 200 lawyers and activists have been targeted in what Amnesty International called an « unprecedented » spree of detentions and police questioning
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-crackdown-lawyers-activists-150719112829794.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/detained-china-human-rights-lawyer-confesses-state-media

11 JULY 2015

China detains dozens of rights lawyers: Amnesty

« More than 50 lawyers and activists were targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown, » Amnesty International said in a statement
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/620292/china-detains-dozens-of-rights-lawyers-amnesty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/234661653

15 MAY 2015

China indicts detained a year ago rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on charge of making trouble

Pu Zhiqiang was charged with « inciting ethnic hatred » and « picking quarrels and provoking trouble », Beijing prosecutors said
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150516_01.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-indicts-detained-lawyer-charge-making-trouble-092821738.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/562895/china-rights-lawyer-charged-after-a-year-in-detention

17 APRIL 2015

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for leaking state secrets

Amid tight security, a Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1768883/jailing-chinese-journalist-gao-yu-part-push-silence
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/17/asia/china-gao-yu-jail/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32346382

13 APRIL 2015

China releases 3 of 5 female activists

A lawyer for 5 detained Chinese activists says 3 of the women have been released. The status of the other 2 activists remains unknown, but they are believed to be still in custody
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150414_03.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32285585

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11493548/China-jails-Christian-pastor-who-fought-church-demolitions.html

24 MARCH 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and US singer Joan Baez win Amnesty’s top rights award

Amnesty International awarded its top honour Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to US folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-03-25/chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-and-us-singer-joan-baez-win-amnestys-top-rights-award/1429133 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/506944/amnesty-international-honours-ai-weiwei-joan-baez

20 MARCH 2015

Reuters websites blocked in China

 Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China on Friday, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503431/reuters-websites-blocked-in-china
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503651/chinese-anti-censorship-group-says-it-under-attack

12 MARCH 2015

Chinese police detain five women’s rights activists

China formally detained five women’s rights activists on Thursday, apparently for planning to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, paving the way for police to levy formal charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-police-detain-five-womens-rights-activists

3 MARCH 2015

China Detains Activist Demanding Rehabilitation of Zhao Ziyang

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained a political activist who called publicly for the rehabilitation of late ousted reform-minded premier Zhao Ziyang, fellow activists said on Tuesday. Veteran Beijing-based activist Li Jinping, who has campaigned on behalf of Zhao’s name for more than a decade, was taken away on Monday by police
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/petitions-03032015112330.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

China to put 81-year-old writer Tie Liu on trial: Lawyer

An octogenarian Chinese writer who has spent more than two decades in labour camps will be put on trial Wednesday, his lawyer said, as part of Beijing’s crackdown on critics of the Communist Party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-put-81-year-old-writer-trial-lawyer

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights abuses in China ‘cruelest’ since 1989: report

The Hubei-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch group described a « worsening and regressive human rights situation, » and a domestic security regime that is more oppressive than anything seen in the past 25 years.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/human-rights-abuses-in-china-cruelest-since-1989-report/73015

28 JANUARY 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/461258/us-concerned-about-press-freedom-in-china-senior-diplomat

16 DECEMBER 2014

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450253/china-pro-democracy-activist-xu-youyu-awarded-swedish-rights-prize

China Jails More Journalists Than Any Other Country in 2014

China led the world in imprisoning journalists in 2014, with a total of 29 behind bars, amid fears Beijing may be exporting its model of censorship within the East Asian region, a Paris-based press freedom group said in an annual report on Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-12162014133255.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

China: Mongol dissident Hada freed but in poor health, family says

One of the country’s longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who spent much of the last two decades behind bars, has been freed, a family member said yesterday.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1659192/mongol-dissident-hada-freed-poor-health-family-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-releases-one-its-longest-serving-political-prisoners-relative-says

28 NOVEMBER 2014

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: lawyer

Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445955/china-activists-stand-trial-in-dissent-crackdown-lawyer
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rights-11272014171205.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China rejects Uighur scholar’s appeal against life sentence

A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-rejects-uighur-scholars-appeal-against-life-sentence-0

19 NOVEMBER 2014

China Says Controls on Internet Needed to Maintain Stability

Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-says-controls-on-internet-needed-to-maintain-stability/2526010.html

12 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese activist Guo Yushan detained on criminal charge

A Chinese scholar and human rights advocate who was instrumental in helping the blind activist Chen Guangcheng escape from extrajudicial detention in 2012 has been detained on the criminal charge of “provoking troubles”, his lawyer has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/chinese-rights-activist-guo-yushan-detained

10 OCTOBER 2014

More than 40 detained in mainland for backing Occupy Central

After a first wave of repression, mainland police continues to persecute those who express support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Special Autonomous Region. In Beijing, arrests, searches, violence and detentions continue. The persecution also affects Chongqing, Guangzhou and Anhui province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-40-detained-in-mainland-for-backing-Occupy-Central-32387.html

1 OCTOBER 2014

China detains activists for supporting HK protests: rights groups

Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435353/china-detains-activists-for-supporting-hk-protests-rights-groups

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government
 
The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin « disappear » after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-internment-in-a-mental-hospital-for-criticizing-government-32197.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese writer Huang Zerong, also known as Tie Liu, has been detained by police allegedly for writing articles critical of a senior official.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29204874

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten « ideological » control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429938/china-universities-vow-ideology-clampdown-on-staff-students
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1582944/three-prestigious-mainland-universities-vow-strengthen-ideological

30 AUGUST 2014

China tells journalists to learn ‘Marxist news values’

China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn « Marxist news values » and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the media
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-tells-journalists-learn-marxist-news-values

23 AUGUST 2014

China independent film festival shut by authorities

A Chinese independent film festival was closed by authorities on its opening day, organisers said Saturday, the latest sign that free expression is being increasingly targeted in the tightly-controlled country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/428330/china-independent-film-festival-shut-by-authorities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28911343

7 AUGUST 2014

Chinese dissident Gao Zhisheng released from prison

One of China’s most prominent dissidents, Gao Zhisheng, has been released after three years in jail
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28689580
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11019505/Wife-speaks-to-dissident-Gao-Zhisheng-after-he-is-released-from-prison.html

China tightens control over instant messaging

Move will curtail growing use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/china-tightens-control-over-instant-messaging-201487155558180234.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125593/china-blocks-line-kakao-talk/

30 JULY 2014

China charges Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti with separatism

Tohti’s lawyer accuses prosecutors of ‘shocking’ handling of case and ignoring his rights to a defence
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/china-uighur-scholar-ilham-tohti-charged
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423276/chinese-prosecutors-charge-uighur-academic-with-separatism

17 JULY

Advice for journalists in China: Hire a lawyer

Investigative journalists in China have always had to bow to censorship and worry about being arrested. But this year, the Communist party has stopped them from working altogether
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10971707/Advice-for-journalists-in-China-Hire-a-lawyer.html

4 JULY 2014

In China, protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for « fraud » and « gathering crowds ». His lawyer slams the « fabricated charges »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protestant-pastor-gets-12-years-for-opposing-the-seizure-of-church-land-31540.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10945422/Christian-leader-jailed-for-12-years-amid-Chinese-church-crackdown.html

26 JUNE 2014

China Uighur scholar denied food in detention: lawyer

Beijing – Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang denied food for 10 days to a prominent Uighur academic detained on separatism charges, his lawyer told AFP Thursday, as nine in the region were sentenced for terror offences
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417633/china-uighur-scholar-denied-food-in-detention-lawyer
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124197/china-detained-uighur-scholar-went-for-days-without-food/

21 JUNE 2014

China rights lawyer arrested for ‘state subversion’

« Tang Jingling has been arrested on charges of ‘inciting subversion of state power’, » his wife Wang Yanfang wrote on her Sina Weibo microblog account, where she also posted a photo of the notice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416691/china-rights-lawyer-arrested-for-tate-subversion

Tang Jingling

19 JUNE 2014

‘Tell me where my husband is’ Ilham Tohti’s wife plea to China’s Communist Party

Nearly six months after her husband disappeared into the custody of China’s security services, the wife of respected Uighur academic Ilham Tohti issues an emotional plea for information on his whereabouts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10911745/Tell-me-where-my-husband-is-wifes-plea-to-Chinas-Communist-Party.html

China jails activists demanding more transparency

A Chinese court sentenced three activists to lengthy prison terms on Thursday after they campaigned for asset disclosure by senior government officials including President Xi Jinping.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/acb1ad16-f765-11e3-9e9d-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz356mim7lF
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416237/heavy-jail-terms-for-chinese-anti-graft-trio-lawyer

18 JUNE 2014

China bans unapproved ‘critical reporting’

China has banned its journalists from undertaking « critical reporting » without prior approval, state media said Wednesday, a further clampdown in a country whose media restrictions already rank among the world’s harshest
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416036/china-bans-unapproved-critical-reporting-xinhua
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-unauthorized-critical-journalism/1939580.html

17 JUNE 2014

Chinese rights lawyers warn of crackdown after arrest of Pu Zhiqiang

Chinese rights lawyers have warned that they are under mounting pressure, with the formal arrest of one of China’s best-known advocates, Pu Zhiqiang, and multiple detentions.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/17/chinese-rights-lawyers-crackdown-arrest-pu-zhiqiang-ai-weiwei

13 MAY 2014

Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

Police in China on Friday arrested one of the country’s most celebrated human rights lawyers, as leaders of the ruling Communist Party renew their push to punish government critics
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/13/world/asia/china-human-rights-lawyer-arrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415242/chinese-police-arrest-prominent-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang

8 MAY 2014

China journalist Gao Yu detained in Tiananmen lead-up



Prominent journalist Gao Yu has been « criminally detained », China has announced, as the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests nears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27321241

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10816725/Chinese-journalist-charged-with-leaking-state-secrets-and-paraded-on-TV.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

For decades, China’s capital has been the last resort for citizens whose grievances could not be solved through the legal system at the local level.  But starting Thursday, legal reforms ban petitioners from taking their case to higher authorities, in a move that analysts say highlights the leadership’s uneasiness with local grievances reaching the capital
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bans-public-from-petitioning-beijing-over-local-grievances/1905217.html

23 APRIL 2014

Chinese dissident Cao Shunli who died in detention nominated for rights Nobel

Cao Shunli, a Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406308/chinese-dissident-who-died-in-detention-nominated-for-rights-nobel
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-dissident-who-died-detention-nominated-rights-nobel

18 APRIL 2014

China jails four more New Citizens Movement activists

A Chinese court sentenced four anti-corruption activists to prison on Friday, closing another chapter in a protracted crackdown on dissent
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/18/china-jails-new-citizens-movement-activists
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/china-sentences-anti-corruption-activists-201441885818751847.html

17 APRIL 2014

Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on ‘internet rumours’

Qin Zhihui, who was detained in official effort to gain greater control over social media, found guilty of ‘provoking troubles’

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/chinese-blogger-jailed-crackdown-internet-rumours-qin-zhihui

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-blogger-sentenced-to-3-years-for-spreading-rumors-online-30859.html

China releases blogger Charles Xue on grounds of ill-health

A Chinese-American venture capitalist known for his controversial blogs has been released on bail after nearly eight months in detention because of a « serious illness », Beijing police said amid a crackdown on online dissent

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/17/china-releases-blogger-charles-xue-ill-health

15 APRIL 2014

Four Chinese rights lawyers allege torture by police

Lawyers were investigating detention centre in Jiansanjiang when they say they were seized and beaten

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/chinese-rights-lawyers-police-torture

11 APRIL 2014

Chinese activist group warns Communist Party: ‘We cannot be stopped’

A trenchant essay by the civil rights group New Citizens’ Movement is published condemning Beijing’s ‘systematic persecution’ of dissidents as its jailed leader’s appeal is denied

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10759457/Chinese-activist-group-warns-Communist-Party-We-cannot-be-stopped.html

China upholds four-year sentence of activist Xu Zhiyong

Chinese authorities have rejected an appeal by imprisoned rights advocate Xu Zhiyong, as a publisher released his autobiography – and his beleaguered civic group, the New Citizens Movement, launched a website – in a concerted gesture of defiance.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/china-upholds-sentence-activist-xu-zhiyong

10 APRIL 2014

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10756813/China-denies-church-demolition-campaign-but-says-Christianitys-growth-excessive.html

China film directors’ guild declines to award best picture

A major Chinese directors’ association declined to name a best picture or best director at its annual awards ceremony, an unprecedented move that triggered debate over whether it was intended as a protest against censorship.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404387/china-film-directors-guild-declines-to-award-best-picture

8 APRIL 2014

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church ‘demolition campaign’

Christians in eastern China are calling on Communist Party leaders to abandon what they say is an « ill-conceived » and invasive campaign to tear down local churches.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10752477/Chinese-Christians-urge-Communist-Party-to-halt-church-demolition-campaign.html

2 APRIL 2014

Falun Gong lawyers ‘incited illegal activities’

Chinese state media lashed out Wednesday at four rights lawyers detained for investigating the treatment of practitioners of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement, saying the quartet « incited illegal activities »

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403120/falun-gong-lawyers-incited-illegal-activities

27 MARCH 2014

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren released from prison

Chinese dissident Tan Zuoren has been released after serving his full, five-year term in prison. He was sentenced in February 2010 for “inciting subversion of state power” when he criticised the crackdown on the pro-democracy movement of June 1989.

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/27/chinese-dissident-and-earthquake-campaigner-tan-zuoren-released-from-prison/

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-quake-activist-released-from-prison/1880618.html

26 MARCH 2014

Cao Shunli: ‘Access denied’ to Chinese activist’s body

The family of a Chinese activist who died in police detention this month have been denied access to her body, Amnesty International says.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26753856

14 MARCH 2014

Chinese activist Cao Shunli dies after being denied medical help

Human rights activist Cao Shunli has died of illness after Chinese state security agents denied her medical attention, a human rights website has reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/14/china-activist-cao-shunli-dies-human-rights
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10698538/Chinese-activist-dies-after-six-months-in-detention.html

13 MARCH 2014

China detains citizen journalists after Tiananmen ‘immolation’: Amnesty

China has detained at least four people including the founder of a citizen-run news website which reported that a woman set herself on fire last week in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, a rights group said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399802/china-detains-citizen-journalists-after-tiananmen-immolation-amnesty

3 MARCH 2014

Detentions of Chinese Activists Tripled Last Year: Report

The number of arrests and disappearances of government critics tripled in a « nightmarish » first year of Xi Jinping’s presidency, an overseas rights group said in an annual report on Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/detentions-03032014182151.html

2 MARCH 2014

China’s human rights situation ‘worst in decades’

First year under president Xi Jinping sees the most severe campaign against dissidents for decades

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10670520/Chinas-human-rights-situation-worst-in-decades.html

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.

http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Cao Shunli Chinese activist falls into coma while in detention

A leading Chineseactivist, who disappeared into detention last September as she tried to board a flight to Geneva, has been taken to hospital in a coma.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10653269/Chinese-activist-falls-into-coma-while-in-detention.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Wife of China’s jailed Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo hospitalised

Liu Xia, who has been under effective house arrest since her husband Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, suffers from heart problems, possibly severe depression, and other ailments made worse during her time under guard, her friends say.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10650516/Wife-of-Chinas-jailed-Nobel-Laureate-Liu-Xiaobo-hospitalised.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/20/liu-xia-wife-of-jailed-nobel-winner-taken-to-hospital-say-supporters

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Outspoken Chinese scholar joins US think tank

Xia Yeliang, an outspoken professor dismissed from Beijing’s top university, has joined the Cato Institute in Washington where he will work for a « freer China, » the think tank said Wednesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394754/outspoken-chinese-scholar-joins-us-think-tank

29 JUANARY 2014

New York Times journalist forced to leave China after visa row

Austin Ramzy, who has reported from the country for six years, is the third of the paper’s staff not to receive a resident journalist visa since it ran a story on the wealth of the former premier Wen Jiabao’s family in 2012

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/29/new-york-times-journalist-leave-china-visa

28 JANUARY 2014

Chinese lawyers warn Communist Party will target legal teams

As the Communist party wages its most intense campaign against free speech in years, there are fears it will now attack the lawyers who dare to defend dissidents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10601346/Chinese-lawyers-warn-Communist-Party-will-target-legal-teams.html

26 JANUARY 2014

Chinese court sentences human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in jail

A Chinese court sentenced prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong to four years in prison on Sunday after he campaigned for political transparency and the right for poor children to be educated. The US has condemned his conviction.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140126-china-court-xu-human-rights/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10597707/Who-is-Xu-Zhiyong.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25900272

25 JANUARY 2014

China activist Liu Yuandong on trial in Guangzhou

Mr Liu, a leader of a movement which has organised small protests urging an end to one-party rule, is accused of disrupting public order
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Liu-Yuandong,-activist-who-called-for-end-of-single-party-rule,-on-trial-in-Guangzhou-30132.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25874436

22 JANUARY 2014

For Freedom, Justice and Love — My Closing Statement to the Court

This is Xu Zhiyong’s closing statement on January 22, 2014, at the end of his trial. According to his lawyer, he had only been able to read “about 10 minutes of it before the presiding judge stopped him, saying it was irrelevant to the case.”

http://chinachange.org/2014/01/23/for-freedom-justice-and-love-my-closing-statement-to-the-court/?blogsub=confirming#blog_subscription-2

22 JANUARY 2014

Chinese anti-corruption activist Xu Zhiyong goes on trial

Xu stood trial behind closed doors at a Beijing court on charge of disrupting public order. The charge stems from small protests authorities say he helped organize to call for education equality or the disclosure of public officials’ assets to curb corruption
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/22/chinese-anti-corruption-activist-xu-zhiyong-trial
http://asiancorrespondent.com/118692/china-rights-activist-trial-opens-tight-security/

13 JANUARY 2014

China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism

The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-crackdown-on-cyber-activism/

9 JANUARY 2014

China abolishes its labour camps and releases prisoners

China appears to have fulfilled a promise to dismantle hundreds of labour camps and release tens of thousands of people who were imprisoned in them without trial.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10561434/China-abolishes-its-labour-camps-and-releases-prisoners.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-child-policy-eased-as-laojiao-centres-close-29912.html

19 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/chinese-journalists-ideology-exam-media

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

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese labour camps to continue under other name: Amnesty

China’s much-vaunted abolition of its widely loathed « re-education through labour » camps risks being no more than a cosmetic change because of other rights abuses, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385243/chinese-labour-camps-to-continue-under-other-name-amnesty

13 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese activist Xu Zhiyong indicted over series of anti-corruption protests

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted prominent activist Xu Zhiyong four months after he was arrested for organising protests against official corruption, his lawyer said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/13/chinese-activist-xu-zhiyong-indicted-anti-corruption-protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10515923/Chinese-civil-rights-activist-to-face-trial-within-weeks.html

11 DECEMBER 2013

US calls for Liu Xiaobo release

In a statement marking the fifth anniversary of Liu’s detention, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on China to release Liu Xiaobo as well as his wife, Liu Xia, who is currently under house arrest.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/us-calls-for-liu-xiaobos-release/

China university ‘sacks scholar for political criticism’

Zhang Xuehong said he was dismissed by the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai on Monday.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25319846

6 DECEMBER 2013

Police Recommend Trial for Chinese Rights Advocate

The police in Beijing have recommended that one of China’s most prominent human rights advocates, Xu Zhiyong, be tried for his role in organizing demonstrations demanding that the Communist Party disclose officials’ wealth and provide equal educational opportunities, his lawyer and a friend said
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/07/world/asia/chinese-rights-advocate.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 DECEMBER 2013

New York Times and Bloomberg facing expulsion from China

The New York Times and Bloomberg are facing the closure of their Chinese offices after publishing a string of investigative reports that embarrassed the Communist party
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10498086/New-York-Times-and-Bloomberg-facing-expulsion-from-China.html

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Outspoken Chinese journalist leaves magazine

An award-winning Chinese journalist who made high-profile corruption allegations against a senior official has left his magazine post, sources said on Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382072/outspoken-chinese-journalist-leaves-magazine

25 NOVEMBER 2013

An exiled Chinese dissident has again been rejected in his bid to turn himself in to Chinese authorities.

Wu’er Kaixi, listed by Beijing as the second-most-wanted leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, tried to surrender during a stop at the Hong Kong airport Monday
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-dissident-rejected-in-surrender-bid/1797163.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s top court bans police from torturing suspects

Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25029934 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/top-china-court-calls-for/895148.html

18 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese media ‘ordered to ignore celebrated director Jia Zhangke’

Leaked directive from Chinese censors reportedly tells media outlets they must not report or comment on Jia Zhangke’s latest film, which focuses on the human cost of China’s breakneck development
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10457249/Chinese-media-ordered-to-ignore-celebrated-director-Jia-Zhangke.html

15 NOVEMBER 2013

China to abolish ‘re-education through labour’ system

China is to abolish its controversial « re-education through labour » system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380051/china-to-abolish-re-education-through-labour-system

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Dell suppliers accused of human rights violations in China

Mingshuo Computers, which assembles motherboards for Dell, has been filmed by undercover reporters breaking Chinese labour laws.
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/06/dell-suppliers-accused-of-human-rights-violations

Family of blind Chinese dissident get permission to visit him in the US

The mother and brother of a prominent blind Chinese activist have received permission from the government to visit him in United States, a rare sign of tolerance on the part of authorities amid a broader crackdown on dissents.
http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21317262-family-of-blind-chinese-dissident-get-permission-to-visit-him-in-the-us?lite

31 OCTOBER 2013

Top Chinese film-maker says country’s censors are ‘ridiculous’

Prominent Chinese director Feng Xiaogang has spoken out against the restrictions imposed by the country’s censorship bureau, calling them « ridiculous ».
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/oct/31/chinese-censors-ridiculous-feng-xiaogang

28 OCTOBER 2013

How Chinese censorship is reaching overseas

The efforts of China’s leaders to prevent its citizens from circulating information inconvenient to the ruling Communist Party are well known. But while censorship is a daily reality for media outlets inside mainland China, their counterparts abroad are increasingly finding themselves under pressure as well.
http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/28/how-chinese-censorship-is-reaching-overseas/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese paper apologizes after reporter confesses

A newspaper whose detained reporter made a televised confession saying he had defamed a company in exchange for money published a front-page apology Sunday, saying the improper practices had taught it a “profound lesson.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24690631
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10407433/Chinese-newspaper-apologises-for-reporters-conduct.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114955/chinese-paper-apologizes-after-reporter-confesses/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese daily takes on police over jailed reporter

A Chinese newspaper made a bold front-page appeal on Thursday – for a second day – urging the authorities to release one of its journalists after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a state-owned construction company.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-china-newspaper-plea-police-jail-reporter

23 OCTOBER 2013

China’s global war against press freedom

Over the past five years the Chinese government has expanded its campaign to constrain foreign news outlets from casting China in a negative light, according to a report released today by the non-government organization Freedom House
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/chinas-global-war-against-press-freedom/
http://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/CIMA-China_Sarah%20Cook_10_22_13.pdf

22 OCTOBER 2013

China’s Human Rights Record Challenged at UN

China has made a spirited defense of its human rights record, which is under review at the U.N. Human Rights Council.  While admitting some shortcomings Tuesday, the Chinese delegation told the 47-member U.N. body that Beijing has made many improvements in promoting and protecting the rights of its citizens.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-defends-record-before-un-human-rights-council/1774419.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/22/china-challenged-human-rights-un

19 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese university fires outspoken economist amid crackdown on dissent

Professor Xia Yeliang, 53, had drawn the ire of school officials for his blog posts calling for democratic reforms and rule of law in China. Xia said he was told on Friday that professors and school leaders had voted to end his contract.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-dismisses-professor-advocating-free-speech/2013/10/19/d83951de-3896-11e3-8a0e-4e2cf80831fc_story.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/edvantage/chinese-university-fires-outspoken-economist-amid-crackdown-dissent?page=0%2C0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375406/china-economist-critical-of-government-sacked-from-university

16 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Held After Retweeting News of Unrest

Authorities in the central Chinese province of Henan are holding a prominent rights activist in administrative detention after she retweeted news of ethnic unrest in the troubled region of Xinjiang, her husband said. Liu Linna, widely known by her pseudonym Liu Shasha, was detained on Monday by authorities in her home city of Nanyang after she went to apply for a permit to visit her husband in Hong Kong
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/retweet-10162013104615.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Journalist Amid Crackdown on Rumors

A Chinese investigative journalist who has accused officials of corruption has been arrested, his lawyer said on Thursday, becoming the latest in a series of government critics to be swept up in Beijing’s crackdown on rumors.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-arrests-journalist-amid-crackdown-on-rumors/1766963.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24476615

7 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Activist Accuses Shanghai Police of Undermining Rule of Law

A Chinese rights activist says police who confiscated personal items from his Shanghai home are undermining the rule of law espoused by China’s new leadership. In a phone interview with VOA Monday, Feng Zhenghu called for an investigation into the seizure of his items in 11 police raids on his home between April 2010 and December 2012.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-activist-accuses-shanghai-police-of-undermining-rule-of-law/1764912.html

5 OCTOBER 2013

China land rights disabled activist Ni Yulan released from jail

Disabled Chinese activist Ni Yulan said Saturday she had been freed from jail but was in very poor health after spending more than two years locked up for « picking quarrels ».
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/disabled-chinese-rights-activist-freed-jail
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-rights-lawyer-vows-sue-police
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24413126

5 OCTOBER 2013

China’s two million web police monitor Internet

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/digital1/chinas-two-million-web-police-monitor-internet
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24396957

2 OCTOBER 2013

How Internet Censorship Actually Works in China

Studies show that the government permits some dissent online—but strikes down hard on calls for collective action.
http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/10/how-internet-censorship-actually-works-in-china/280188/

1 OCTOBER 2013

China Arrests Activist for Seeking Public Comment in Rights Report

Cao Shunli, a prominent human rights petitioner, has been missing since September 14, when police barred her from boarding a plane to Geneva. Cao was on her way to a human rights meeting in the Swiss city.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-arrests-activist-for-seeking-public-comments-in-un-rights-report/1760594.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2013

Wei Jingsheng: Anti-blogger laws worse than Cultural Revolution

The great Chinese dissident comments on latest repressions imposed by the government of Xi Jinping on freedom of expression and attacks the communist regime, interested only in safeguarding their privileges while continuing to violate the rights of the people: « They are even more brazen faced than Mao Zedong. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Wei-Jingsheng:-Anti-blogger-laws-worse-than-Cultural-Revolution-29106.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

A tiny crack may have formed in China’s determination to wall off its internet from the world, after a report suggested that uncensored web access would be allowed in a small area of Shanghai.
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/china-to-allow-facebook-and-twitter-in-shanghai-free-trade-zone/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10329989/China-to-lift-Twitter-Facebook-bans-in-free-trade-zone.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

China Detains Activists Over UN Campaign

Chinese authorities have detained two prominent rights activists who were en route to Geneva ahead of a U.N. review of Beijing’s rights record, and are questioning two more on suspicion of subversion after they campaigned against China’s application to join a U.N. human rights agency, overseas groups and relatives said this week
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/campaign-09182013110608.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Communist party intensifies online crackdown

An influential Communist party journal has compared online rumours to Cultural Revolution-style denunciations and warned of the need to curb « wanton defamation » of authority, as China intensifies its campaign to control social media.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/chinese-communist-party-online-crackdown

China activist still seeks democracy after 50 year fight

When Chinese police beat elderly former professor Sun Wenguang so badly they broke four ribs, it was just part of the price he has paid for a lifetime defying authority.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-activist-still-seeks-democracy-after-50-year-fight?page=0%2C0

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

Detained Chinese-American blogger confesses to ‘irresponsible’ online posts

Chinese state television aired a surprising video Sunday of one of the country’s best-known bloggers in handcuffs admitting that he spread irresponsible information on the Internet – just days after the government announced a new crackdown on online rumors. 

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/16/20526388-detained-chinese-american-blogger-confesses-to-irresponsible-online-posts?lite

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Police arrest billionaire and friend of dissidents, Wang Gongquan

He is accused of gathering people « to disturb public order » : the same accusation with which activist Xu Zhiyong was imprisoned. Wang is one of the proponents of a collection of online signatures for the release of Xu . The billionaire believes that faced with the Party corruption, the gap between rich and poor, abysmal pollution; an alliance between entrepreneurs and citizens is needed to push the government to increasing openness thus avoiding a rise in violence.
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/09/16/china-detains-activist-billionaire-wang-gongquan-amid-crackdown-on-dissent/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Police-arrest-billionaire-and-friend-of-dissidents,-Wang-Gongquan-28998.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s Guangzhou moves to end ‘Re-education Through Labor’ camps

China’s third-largest city Guangzhou — capital of China’s richest and most progressive province Guangdong — has announced it has taken the first concrete steps in unbolting the country’s often reviled « Re-education Through Labor » (RTL) system.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/09/world/asia/china-reform-labor-camps/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

China releases Shi Tao reporter jailed in Yahoo email case

Shi Tao was released Aug 23, 15 months before the end of his sentence, the Independent Chinese Pen Center said in a statement. There was no indication why Shi was released early.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10294042/China-releases-reporter-jailed-in-Yahoo-email-case.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-releases-prominent-dissident-early-says-rights-group/1745531.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113078/china-releases-reporter-jailed-in-yahoo-email-case/

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Media: Official Drowned During Corruption Questioning

Chinese officials said a Communist Party member was drowned after having his head held under water by investigators who were trying to get him to confess to corruption. State media said six Communist Party graft investigators will soon stand trial on intentional injury charges related to the death of Yu Qiyi, an engineer at the Wenzhou Industry Investment Group
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-official-drowned-during-corruption-questioning-state-media/1742869.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201394143723109399.html

25 AUGUST 2013

China journalist held for Chongqing ‘rumours’

China has detained a journalist for « fabricating rumours », police said Sunday after he made online accusations of wrongdoing against a former senior official in Chongqing, the megacity once headed by Bo Xilai.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-journalist-held-chongqing-rumours

24 AUGUST 2013

Chinese police arrest anti-corruption campaigner Xu Zhiyong

Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112419/chinese-citizens-movement-leader-arrested/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10262461/Chinese-police-arrest-anti-corruption-campaigner-Xu-Zhiyong.html

Chinese prof banned from classrooms over speech

An outspoken college law professor calling for constitutional rule has been banned from teaching, as the Chinese authorities tighten ideological controls, including launching an unusual assault on advocacy of constitutionalism.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/112425/chinese-prof-banned-from-classrooms-over-speech/

20 AUGUST 2013

Chinese lawyers targeted as Xi Jinping tightens control

China’s new leaders have accelerated the country’s descent into a police state, not only arresting scores of critics but now also targeting their lawyers.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10254632/Chinese-lawyers-targeted-as-Xi-Jinping-tightens-control.html

17 AUGUST 2013

China detains prominent rights activist: group

Police in the southern city of Guangzhou arrested Yang Maodong, an advocate for legal reform, on a charge of « assembling a crowd to disrupt order in a public place », US-based group Chinese Human Rights Defenders said on a blog.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-detains-prominent-rights-activist-group

16 AUGUST 2013

Chinese Court Upholds Jail Sentence of Nobel Laureate’s Relative

A Chinese court has upheld what some see as a politically motivated prison sentence against the brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-sentence/1730836.html

8 AUGUST 2013

China’s legal system leading to ‘terrorism’

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-080813.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Chinese journalist ‘was illegally abducted’ by security forces

Chen Min, who had been demanding the release of the jailed human rights activist Xu Zhiyong, said he was seized by agents in Beijing last Friday and forcibly returned to Guangdong province in southeastern China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10223238/Chinese-journalist-was-illegally-abducted-by-security-forces.html

2 AUGUST 2013

US official: China’s rights record getting worse

« We continue to see a deterioration in the overall human rights situation in China, » said Uzra Zeya, acting assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362781/us-official-china-rights-record-getting-worse

Chinese web giants join forces in crackdown on ‘online rumors’

Six major Chinese websites have launched a joint site dedicated to eradicating online rumors, as part of Beijing’s efforts to clean up false information on the country’s wildly popular microblogs, state media reports.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/08/02/world/asia/china-online-rumor-crackdown/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

19 JULY 2013

Chinese blogger ‘gagged’ after attacking government for treatment of poor

Li Chengpeng, an author and social critic with over seven million followers on Sina Weibo, China’s leading micro-blogging site, was among several prominent opinion makers who spoke out this week over the sudden and shocking death of an impoverished 56-year-old watermelon salesman from Hunan province.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190892/Chinese-blogger-gagged-after-attacking-government-for-treatment-of-poor.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10190914/Li-Chengpengs-essay-translated-watermelon-vendor-died-pursuing-the-Chinese-dream.html

Chinese directors question promised reforms over censorship

Newly-announced changes to the Chinese systems of film quotas and censorship have met with a mixed reaction from film-makers in the country.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/jul/19/chinese-film-censorship

17 JULY 2013

China detains activist Xu Zhiyong

China has detained a lawyer known for his anti-corruption and human rights campaigns, reports say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23339401                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Activist-Xu-Zhiyong-arrested-for-violence,-after-asking-Party-to-disclose-leaders-assests-28490.html

Xinhua journalist accuses China official of ‘huge graft’

A journalist with China’s official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday accused the head of a key state-owned firm of « corruption involving a huge amount ».
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130717-438031.html

Chinese whistleblower blinded in acid attack

An amateur Chinese whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the internet, was rammed by a car, blinded with acid, and deprived of two of his fingers.                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10184412/Chinese-whistleblower-blinded-in-acid-attack.html

9 JULY 2013

China frees maker of film about labor camp abuse

Du Bin, a Chinese journalist said that he has been conditionally released from detention after five weeks in which he was asked about his book on the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown and a film he made about labor camp abuses.                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/110427/china-frees-maker-of-film-about-labor-camp-abuse/

7 JULY 2013

Chinese women’s rights activist Ye Haiyan made homeless say reports

Authorities in southern China have left one of the country’s most prominent women’s rights activists, Ye Haiyan, homeless, according to accounts on social media websites by Ye and her supporters.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/07/china-womens-rights-ye-haiyan-homeless

25 JUNE 2013

Riot Police Raid Chinese Dissident’s Legal Team

Riot police in the southern Chinese island province of Hainan on Tuesday raided the hotel rooms of four rights lawyers who arrived to defend a dissident writer and escorted them back to the provincial capital.The Guangzhou-based legal team for writer Zheng Qiuwu and his wife arrived in Hainan’s Wenchang city late on Monday, planning to meet with the couple, who are being criminally detained on suspicion of “illegal business activities,” the lawyers said.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/raid-06252013105618.html

17 JUNE 2013

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng: NYU is forcing me out

Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist whose dramatic escape from house arrest last year provoked a diplomatic firestorm between Washington and Beijing, said he is being forced to leave New York University over fears his presence there is affecting the university’s relationship with China
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/17/us/chen-nyu/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

14 JUNE 2013

Liu Xiaobo’s wife appeals to Xi Jinping over jailed Chinese Nobel laureate

The wife of jailed Chinese Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo on Friday appealed to President Xi Jinping to choose « justice » over « merciless oppression », in a rare public statement since being placed under house arrest three years ago.  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120771/Liu-Xiaobos-wife-appeals-to-Xi-Jinping-over-jailed-Chinese-Nobel-laureate.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130614-429855.html

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese censors target Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

China’s army of internet censors have picked an unusual target in their battle to wipe dissent from the country’s computer screens: Winnie the Pooh and Tigger.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10120738/Chinese-censors-target-Winnie-the-Pooh-and-Tigger.html

13 JUNE 2013

Independent filmmaker Du Bin disappears in Beijing

Beijing-based documentary filmmaker Du Bin disappeared in the Chinese capital – days ahead of the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown last week – causing concern among his family and human rights advocates over the journalist’s likely detention by security organs.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22883981
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1258417/independent-filmmaker-du-bin-disappears-beijing?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_249362055

9 JUNE 2013

China jails relative of Nobel prize winner

Court sentences brother-in-law of imprisoned Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo to 11 years over real estate fraud. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136951959481835.html

7 JUNE 2013

Family of China Rights Advocate Chen Guangcheng Given Passports

The mother and older brother of Chen Guangcheng, a prominent rights advocate who fled to the United States last year, were both granted Chinese passports on Friday, allowing them to start the process of applying for visas to travel to the United States to see their relative.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/world/asia/family-of-china-rights-advocate-chen-guangcheng.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 MAY 2013

China launches new crackdown on internet celebrities

In its latest bid to contain the often riotous jumble of news and rumour on the Chinese internet, the Communist party has decided to bring the most high-profile and influential voices to heel.                                                   http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10053820/China-launches-new-crackdown-on-internet-celebrities.html

9 MAY 2013

Chinese Police Detain Anti-Graft Activist’s Supporters

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangzhou have detained and questioned a lawyer who attempted to visit detained anti-corruption activist Liu Ping.                                                                                                                                 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/supporters-05092013144659.html

9 MAY 2013

Exiled activist Chen Guangcheng’s brother beaten in latest attack against family

The elder brother of exiled blind activist Chen Guangcheng said he was beaten by two unidentified men on Thursday morning, the latest in a string of attacks against the Chen family over the past few weeks.                                                  http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1233721/exiled-activist-chen-guangchengs-brother-beaten-latest-attack-against

1 MAY 2013

Calls For Chinese Quake Activist’s Release

Five years after a devastating earthquake left more than 80,000 people dead and missing in the southwestern province of Sichuan, Chinese rights activists have launched a campaign for the release of a prominent writer jailed for investigating corruption and shoddy construction of school buildings. An open letter circulating on China’s Internet calling for the release of writer Tan Zuoren was signed by a number of prominent rights lawyers and dissidents, including Guo Feixiong and Zheng Enchong, as well as U.S.-based veteran pro-democracy activists Xu Wenli and Wang Ruowang.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/release-05012013111354.html

21 APRIL 2013

Activists, Monks Blocked From Sichuan Quake-Hit Area

Chinese authorities have blocked rights groups and Tibetan monks from participating in rescue efforts in an earthquake-struck zone in southwestern Sichuan province, activists said Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the tremblor climbed past 200 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/quake-04212013221452.html

19 APRIL 2013

Eight Anti-Corruption Activists Detained in China

Chinese authorities have detained eight anti-corruption activists over their participation in a signature drive that calls on central government officials to disclose their assets. Although there is widespread public support for officials to disclose such information, government efforts to promote the policy appear to be slowing. Rights lawyers in Beijing say the activists have been taken into custody in recent days on suspicion of unlawful assembly                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-corruption-activists-detained-in-china/1645053.html

17 APRIL 2013

Chinese journalists banned from quoting foreign media

Chinese journalists and newspapers have been officially banned from quoting foreign media reports in their stories. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9999880/Chinese-journalists-banned-from-quoting-foreign-media.html

13 APRIL 2013

Mother of Hunan child rape victim loses labor camp suit

A court in central China’s Hunan province on Friday rejected a demand for compensation by the mother of a young rape victim who is suing a local authority for putting her into a labor camp for petitioning.                                                                                                                                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1103&MainCatID=11&id=20130413000084

4 APRIL 2013

Christian arrested in Shanxi for daring to bring books to Christian residents

Li Wenxi ran a bookstore in Beijing. In December, he decides to go in Taiyuan, in the north of the country, to help local faithful open a bookstore. However, the police laid a trap for him, seize all his stuff and threw him in jail. « Don’t you dare bring Christianity to Shanxi, » they told him. After his desperate wife turned to the Internet, his story was reposted across the blogosphere. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-arrested-in-Shanxi-for-daring-to-bring-books-to-Christian-residents-27568.html

29 MARCH 2013

Chinese Nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo’s brother-in-law arrested on fraud charges

Police have arrested the brother-in-law of China’s jailed Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo on fraud charges, in what the family said is the latest act of official retaliation
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/29/chinese-liu-xiaobo-brother-fraud

11 MARCH 2013

Beyond censors’ reach, free expression thrives, to a point

On March 24, 2012, investigative journalist Yang Haipeng posted on his Sina Weibo microblog a story he had heard that alleged a link between Neil Heywood, an English businessman who had been found dead in a Chongqing hotel, and Bo Xilai, the powerful Chongqing Communist Party chief. His post is widely recognized as the first significant public mention of a connection between the two men and it spread like wildfire online before being deleted the next day. A month later, Yang’s Sina Weibo account, which had 247,000 followers, was shut down.                           http://www.cpj.org/reports/2013/03/challenged-china-media-censorship-weibo-expression.php

7 MARCH 2013

Arrests and beatings, the « dark side » of the National Assembly

Just like every year around sensitive political gatherings, police and the authorities clamp down with raids and interrogations to prevent high profile dissidents and democratic activists from disrupting the Party sessions                                                                                http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Arrests-and-beatings,-the-dark-side-of-the-National-Assembly-27324.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China: 100+ leading intellectuals sign human rights petition

More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress.                                                                                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/                http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

Chinese environmentalist beaten after calling on official to swim in polluted creek

A Chinese environmentalist was allegedly subjected to a vicious five-hour attack after attempting to draw attention to the putrid state of the country’s waterways by challenging a local official to swim in a creek near his home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9896761/Chinese-environmentalist-beaten-after-calling-on-official-to-swim-in-polluted-creek.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Forced labour in China, the release of dissidents begins

The government opens the gates of the « re-education through labor « for some dissidents, who will finish serving their sentences under house arrest. The measure does not include the bishops and Catholic priests who are paying for their fidelity to the Holy See. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Forced-labour-in-China,-the-release-of-dissidents-begins-27150.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/02/15/is-this-really-the-end-of-chinas-re-education-through-labour/

11 FEBRUARY 2013

China tightens concert rules after Elton John’s ‘disrespectful’ Beijing show

Chinese authorities have hardened their line on foreign musicians, after Elton John infuriated them by dedicating a performance to outspoken artist and activist Ai Weiwei, according to industry sources.                                                                   http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/11/china-tightens-concert-rules-after-elton-johns-disrespectful-beijing-show/

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Ten sentenced over China ‘black jails’

Ten people have been sentenced to prison for illegally detaining petitioners who had travelled to Beijing, to appeal to the government, state media reported, in a possible sign the government is trying to rein in abuses. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132575754716886.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Asylums and mutilation: China’s new forms of torture while the central government debates

whether to reform the system of « re-education through labor » cases of human rights violations multiply and worsen. The story of Chen Qingxia, wife of a mentally ill man, beaten until she lost the use of her legs as she tried to present his petition to the central government. Her husband was interned in a psychiatric hospital and her 12 year old son has disappeared into thin air.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Asylums-and-mutilation:-China’s-new-forms-of-torture-26969.html

24 JANUARY 2013

Pregnant Chinese Woman Sent to Labor Camp

49-year-old Liu Yuling is six months pregnant. She’s not at home preparing for birth though. She’s serving a one-year forced labor sentence at the Masanjia labor camp in Liaoning province.                                                                                                                     http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-24/pregnant-chinese-woman-sent-to-labor-camp.html

22 JANUARY 2013

For the Chinese New Year « write to Gao Zhisheng, in jail for seeking justice »

The call comes from Hu Jia, one of the country’s best-known dissidents, who said: « It does not matter whether Gao received them or not, because the number of cards he received would make the authorities treat him with more respect and improve his conditions inside the jail. » After almost a year, the family can meet him for 30 minutes « but without talking about politics. »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-the-Chinese-New-Year-write-to-Gao-Zhisheng,-in-jail-for-seeking-justice-26924.html

20 JANUARY 2012

Double trouble for China

China is among the least free societies in the world and suffers from a dangerously high rate of income inequality according to two reports this week from Freedom House and the Chinese government’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).                                          http://thediplomat.com/china-power/double-trouble-for-china/

7 JANUARY 2013

Protesters in China call for press freedom

The protesters gathered outside the office of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong province, on Monday calling for media freedom, a taboo subject in the country, holding banners and chanting slogans.                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131765743709723.html                                                              http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangzhou,-journalists-revolt-terrorizes-Party-26793.html

China to reform controversial forced labour camps

China will reform its controversial system of forced labour camps this year, state media reported on Monday, which would mark a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi inping.                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130107-393943.html  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/08/world/asia/china-says-it-will-overhaul-re-education-system.html?ref=asia&_r=0

4 JANUARY 2013

Guangdong: journalists criticize Party propaganda and censorship

Press freedom « raped ». Head of provincial propaganda under attack after forcing the publication of an editorial lauding party achievements and removing newspaper editorial calling for the implementation of the constitution. Open letter from journalists blocked online; their microblog threatened.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Guangdong:-journalists-criticise-Party-propaganda-and-censorship-26769.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20911823

3 JANUARY 2013

Shenzhen: police officer gets 14 years in prison for his pro-democracy activity

After eight months in jail without trial, Wang Dengchao, a police officer in favour of democratic reforms in China gets a harsh sentence after being convicted by a court in Luohu. Afraid that the military might join the people in the fight for freedom, the Communist party is using an iron fist against any form of unrest                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shenzhen:-police-officer-gets-14-years-in-prison-for-his-pro-democracy-activity-26762.html

28 DECEMBER 2008

China’s new law intensifies online clampdown

China has unveiled tighter Internet controls, including legalising the deletion of posts or pages which are deemed to contain « illegal » information and requiring service providers to hand over such information to the authorities for punishment http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121228122858304837.html

25 DECEMBER 2012

Quake Activist Gets Five-Year Term

A Chinese campaigner for victims of the devastating 2008 Sichuan earthquake is ordered jailed for ‘disrupting public order.’
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/quake-12252012125929.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

China Censorship Not Improving Under New Leaders, Analysts Say

Analysts say China’s new Communist Party leaders are giving no indication they intend to relax the country’s tough online censorship laws.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-censorship-not-improving-under-new-leaders/1569591.html

14 DECEMBER 2012

Three Reasons to Free Liu Xiaobo

The wrongful conviction of Liu Xiaobo was based on a false premise; that citizens who hold different opinions [from the ruling Chinese Communist Party] are « dangerous elements. »
http://www.rfa.org/english/commentaries/lxb-12142012121159.html

11 DECEMBER 2012

China bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin stripped of title

Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his split from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) on Tuesday during his own ordination as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai which had been approved by Pope Benedict XVI in July.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012121284751566792.html http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Abp.-Savio-Hon:-dismissal-of-Shanghai-bishop-an-abuse”.-Churches-of-the-world-pray-for-him-26607.html

7 DECEMBER 2012

Nobel Prize winning author Mo Yan says censorship is necessary

This year’s Nobel Prize in literature winner, Mo Yan, who has been criticized for his membership in China’s Communist Party and reluctance to speak out against the country’s government, has defended censorship as something as necessary as airport security checks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9728801/Nobel-Prize-winning-author-Mo-Yan-says-censorship-is-necessary.html

6 DECEMBER 2012

Nobel peace prize winer’s wife Liu Xia describes ‘Kafkaesque’ house arrest

The wife of China’s Nobel Peace prize-winner Liu Xiaobo has spoken out from under house arrest for the first time in more than two years, describing the Kafkaesque conditions she is being kept in.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9726907/Nobel-peace-prize-winners-wife-Liu-Xia-describes-Kafkaesque-house-arrest.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/outcry-12062012115228.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

China war veteran, 80, sent to labour camp: Son

An 80 year old Chinese war veteran spent a year and a half in a « re-education » camp for trying to complain about a policeman, his son said, the latest in a series of high-profile labour camp cases.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121205-387865.html

2 DECEMBER 2012

In rare case, Beijing court sentences ‘petitioner interceptors’

A Beijing court has sentenced 10 people to up to 18 months in jail for illegally detaining petitioners from another city, state media reported on Sunday, in a rare case of the judiciary taking on the shadowy men who operate on the margins of the law.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/02/15611810-in-rare-case-beijing-court-sentences-petitioner-interceptors?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Blind dissident Chen Guangcheng’s nephew jailed

The nephew of the blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has been jailed for three years after assaulting local officials who were searching for his uncle
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9713635/Blind-dissident-Chen-Guangchengs-nephew-jailed.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20551967

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Jiangsu Holds Environmental Activist

Chinese authorities accuse her of having joined an overseas democracy movement. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/environment-11292012120132.html

23 NOVEMBER 2012

The hero who denounced poisoned milk dead after a beating

Jiang Weisuo, 44, shocked China and the world with his complaints of industrial pollution in children’s milk factories. In early November he had been beaten bloody by an « unknown individual. » Police arrest a suspect but won’t reveal the details
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xian,-the-hero-who-denounced-poisoned-milk-dead-after-a-beating-26436.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Child Deaths Reporter Held

A Chinese journalist who broke the story about the shocking death of five runaway boys in a dumpster in the southwestern province of Guizhou has « disappeared » after being forced into a vehicle by police, rights activists said.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/boys-11222012152908.html

1 NOVEMBER 2012

China opposition party lasts a day, founder gets 8 years in prison

A court in China has sentenced a man to eight years in prison for trying to form an opposition party and for online messages criticizing the ruling Chinese Communist Party, a week ahead of a congress which will usher in a new generation of leaders.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/01/14847377-china-opposition-party-lasts-a-day-founder-gets-8-years-in-prison?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1351756722.1351790696.202&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1351790696&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1351502809.198.8.utmcsr=asiaobserver.org|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/on-31-october-in-asia-history&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=168977122

14 OCTOBER 2012

China writers praise Mo Yan for dissident release call

An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121014-377565.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Hainan, activist publishes free book on pollution; arrested for illegal earnings

Futang Liu, an ecologist, is likely to get two to five years in prison. Charged with illegally receiving funding from some environmental groups. In recent months, the man had issued 18 thousand free copies of a book-length investigation against the pollution of the industrial giants in China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hainan,-activist-publishes-free-book-on-pollution;-arrested-for-illegal-earnings-26080.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

Ai Weiwei slams judge as court rejects appeal

A Chinese court upheld a $2.4 million tax evasion fine against China’s most famous dissident Ai Weiwei on Thursday, ending his long legal battle with the authorities but paving the way for him to be jailed if he does not pay
http://www.france24.com/en/20120927-china-court-rejects-ai-weiwei-appeal-24-million-tax-evasion-fine-artist
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/27/14121627-ai-weiwei-slams-judge-as-court-rejects-appeal?lite#__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1348610097.1348816378.170&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1348816378&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=168570210

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

China dissident Chen accepts Taiwan visit invitation

Blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has accepted an invitation to visit Taiwan, Taiwanese lawmakers said Saturday, in a move likely to anger China
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120901-368981.html

31 AUGUST 2012

China frees Yahoo! dissident after 10 years

A Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by US Internet giant Yahoo! was released from prison on Friday after serving a 10-year term for subversion, his wife said
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-frees-yahoo-dissident-10-years-022950632.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/88522/china-dissident-jailed-on-yahoo-info-to-be-freed/

26 AUGUST 2012

« Hundreds of Thousands » Victim of Psychiatric Abuse in China: Report

Sent to psychiatric institutions against their will—that’s what’s happening to thousands of Chinese people each year, according to a Hong Kong base human rights group
http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2012-08-24/-hundreds-of-thousands-victim-of-psychiatric-abuse-in-china-report.html

2 AUGUST 2012

Government wants more transparency, i.e. more control over NGOs

China’s Communist leaders are still unable to find a way to deal with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). Although they are increasingly proving necessary for the country’s social development in support of the weakest segments of the population, they continue to be viewed with suspicion by the state. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-wants-more-transparency,-i.e.-more-control-over-NGOs-25456.html

27 JULY 2012

China activist Ni Yulan’s jail term reduced

An appeals court in China has dismissed disabled land rights activist Ni Yulan’s fraud conviction, reducing her jail time by two months. Ms Ni, who is a lawyer, will still remain in jail because of a public disturbance conviction.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19009132
http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2012-07-27/disabled-ex-lawyer-s-sentence-reduced.html#video_section

24 JULY 2012

The battle for democracy in China is changing gear

A group of Chinese lawyers asks the regime to shed light on the death of Li Wangyang and to end the suspicious deaths in custody, the blind dissident Li Guizhi is helped to escape and hid from government repression, activists in Hong Kong are increasingly asking Beijing for democracy and human rights. The communist regime reacts the same way: forced labour and summary arrests. But while dialogue with the United States seems at a standstill, the movement inside the China appears increasingly determined.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-battle-for-democracy-in-China-is-changing-gear-25372.html

21 JULY 2012

Another blind activist escapes Chinese custody

Her flight follows that of Chen Guangcheng. Li Guizhi, a 57-year-old blind woman, was arrested on 1 July trying to enter Hong Kong for a pro-democracy rally. Her relatives helped her flee. She is currently hiding out at a secret location in Hebei province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Another-blind-activist-escapes-Chinese-custody-25346.html

20 JULY 2012

Ai Weiwei loses tax evasion case

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei lost his lawsuit against the Beijing tax bureau in a local court hearing Friday, leaving him still subject to tax evasion charges and more than $2 million in fines. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/07/20/world/asia/ai-weiwei-tax-evasion-appeal/index.
html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20120720-china-court-rejects-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-appeal-against-tax-evasion-fine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18919834

18 JULY 2012

Fears of Chinese media crackdown ahead of leadership transition

The apparent toppling of two senior newspaper executives in Shanghai has triggered claims that Chinese authorities are conducting a pre-emptive crackdown on the media in the lead up to this year’s crucial leadership transition
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9409097/Fears-of-Chinese-media-crackdown-ahead-of-leadership-transition.html

10 JULY 2012

China bishop, named by Rome, held in his seminary

A Chinese priest who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary, in a move likely to further strain relations between Beijing and the Vatican.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48132012/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655

21 JUNE 2012

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu scoops German book prize

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu Thursday won the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20120621-354514.html

Man poisoned by the authorities in Fuzhou to stop his petition

For the last two years, Mao Qiping had sought redress after his house was demolished. He had also led a fight with fellow residents against illegal land grab. After following him, unidentified men beat him with metal rods and injected him with a chemical substance. He died after two days of agony. Like in Li Wangyang’s case, police said it was an « accident ».
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Man-poisoned-by-the-authorities-in-Fuzhou-to-stop-his-petition-25089.html

20 JUNE 2012

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei warned not to attend his own court case

The Chinese artist and social activist was noticeably absent from opening arguments at a Beijing courtroom after he was warned off by police. Instead, Ai, 54, stayed home at his studio while his wife, Lu Qing, represented their design company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., with a team of lawyers. http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/20/12318406-chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-warned-not-to-attend-his-own-court-case?lite http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/china-ai-weiwei/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 JUNE 2012

Hunan authorities reopen Li Wangyang’s case: it was not suicide

A provincial spokesman confirms that domestic and international public opinion « convinced » the authorities to ask for the help of a team of experts to shed light on the death of the dissident who was found hanging under police guard. However, the body was cremated right after the death
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hunan-authorities-reopen-Li-Wangyang’s-case:-it-was-not-suicide-25038.html

6 JUNE 2012

Top China dissident found dead

Leading Chinese dissident Li Wangyang, jailed for more than 22 years after the 1989 Tiananmen democracy protests, died in strange circumstances in central China Wednesday, his family and rights groups said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120606-350971.html

1 JUNE 2012

Regaining moral high ground? Google tells Chinese when they’re being censored

“Starting today we’ll notify users in mainland China when they enter a keyword that may cause connection issues,” Alan Eustace, a Senior Vice President for Google, wrote on the company’s Inside Search blog on Thursday 31. “By prompting people to revise their queries, we hope to reduce these disruptions and improve our user experience from mainland China.”
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/01/12005289-regaining-moral-high-ground-google-tells-chinese-when-theyre-being-censored?lite
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Google-invents-a-new-way-to-circumvent-Beijing-censorship-on-web-24921.html

29 MAY 2012

New rules for Chinese microbloggers

A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on « sensitive » subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9297081/New-rules-for-Chinese-microbloggers.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47596791/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

28 MAY 2012

Father of Tiananmen victim commits suicide after years of official obstruction

The father of a man killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has hanged himself in protest after two decades of failed attempts to seek government redress, a support group has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9295329/Father-of-Tiananmen-victim-commits-suicide-after-years-of-official-obstruction.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120528-348958.html

26 MAY 2012

First a Black Hood, Then 81 Captive Days for an Artist in China

The policeman yanked the black hood over Ai Weiwei’s head. It was suffocating. Written in white across the outside was a cryptic phrase: “Suspect 1.7.”…..
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/world/asia/first-a-black-hood-then-81-captive-days-for-artist-in-china.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia

24 MAY 2012

Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutality

Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/24/world/asia/china-human-rights-report/index.
html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2012/05/23/beat-him-take-everything-away

19 MAY 2012

China dissident Chen Guangcheng arrives in the US

Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng said he was gratified by the way the Chinese government had dealt with his situation with « restraint and calm » after arriving in the United States
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252035212808683.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18135039

11 MAY 2012

Chen Kegui Charged with « Intentional Murder », Lawyers Pressured

Lawyers hoping to defend the nephew of blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng are facing an uphill battle. It comes as authorities in Shandong province reportedly charged Chen Kegui with “intentional murder” – though he has not killed anyone
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-05-11/chen-kegui-charged-with-intentional-murder-lawyers-pressured.html#video_section

4 MAY 2012

For China, a Dissident in Exile Is One Less Headache Back Home

After more than a week of high-level diplomacy over the fate of the blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese government was widely seen as making a major concession on Friday by agreeing to allow Mr. Chen to apply to leave for the United States
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/05/world/asia/for-china-chen-guangchengs-exile-is-one-less-headache.html?_r=1&ref=asia

3 MAY 2012

Chinese dissident Chen seeks asylum in the US

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng appealed for asylum in a telephone call to US lawmakers over fears for his and his family’s safety. Chen sought refuge at the US Embassy before entering the hospital on Wednesday http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17947131
http://www.france24.com/en/20120503-china-chen-guangdong-blind-lawyer-dissident-asylum-usa-clinton-obama

2 MAY 2012

Chinese activist Guangcheng leaves US embassy in Beijing

Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left Beijing’s US embassy where he had taken refuge after fleeing house arrest last week, officials said Wednesday. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to arrive for talks in China starting Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-china-chen-guangcheng-leaves-us-embassy-blind-lawyer-activist http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/2012528554197845.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/china-clinton-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 APRIL 2012

China dissident Chen Guangcheng escapes house arrest

One of China’s best-known dissidents, Chen Guangcheng, has escaped from house arrest and has released a video addressed to Premier Wen Jiabao
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17865465
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17865440
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201242794558183774.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17877005

10 APRIL 2012

China land rights lawyer Ni Yulan and husband jailed

The human rights activist Ni Yulan and her husband Dong Jiqin were sentenced today to prison for causing « disturbances » and « fraud ». The court has imposed two years and eight months on Ni Yulan, a lawyer with disabilities the result of police beatings, and two years on her husband who helped to vindicate the rights of people who were unfairly dispossessed of land or houses
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ni-Yulan-and-her-husband-jailed-for-defending-those-who-were-dispossessed-of-homes-24454.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17661224

6 APRIL 2012

Famed Chinese dissident Fang Lizhi dies

Fang Lizhi, a famed Chinese democracy activist, has died in the United States, where he fled in exile more than 20 years ago
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/07/world/us-chinese-dissident-dies/index.html?eref=edition
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120407-338238.html

27 MARCH 2012

Hangzhou, a dissident sentenced to 4 years for « Arab spring » stifled by Beijing

Xue Mingkai, already a year in prison, was convicted of « subversion of state power ». The movement began in 2011, but stamped out by the violence of the communist regime, which is still hunting activists to throw them in jail
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hangzhou,-a-dissident-sentenced-to-4-years-for-Arab-spring-stifled-by-Beijing-24352.html

21 MARCH 2012

Chinese Lawyers Chafe at New Oath to Communist Party

China’s Justice Ministry has issued a requirement that new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party, another step in a campaign to rein in lawyers who continue to challenge the political and legal systems by which the party maintains power
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/23/world/asia/chinese-lawyers-chafe-at-new-oath-to-communist-party.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&ref=asia&adxnnlx=1332446757-sqxhpRwe8sTuwKfpANi6dA#
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Practicing-law-now-will-require-an-oath-of-allegiance-to-the-Communist-Party-24310.html

19 MARCH 2012

Chinese Activist Is Missing, Rights Group Says

Liu Ping, a rights activist who has angered officials in China with her advocacy of free elections and support of labor and women’s rights issues, has been missing since early this month after she was detained in Beijing by security personnel from her hometown, according to an advocacy group
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/world/asia/chinese-activist-is-missing-rights-group-says.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 MARCH 2012

China poised to limit use of mental hospitals to curb dissent

The hardest thing about being imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital is keeping your sanity. Li Jinping knows. The 47-year-old political activist spent seven months in Beijing’sChaoyang District Mental Health Center, heavily sedated. If he refused his drugs, he would be tied to his bed
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-china-psychiatric-20120317,0,4595712.story?page=1

14 MARCH 2012

China passes new law allowing secret detentions

Chinese legislators Wednesday approved changes to the country’s criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations. The nation’s state media applauded the overhaul of the criminal procedure law — the first in more than 15 years — as a step forward for human rights. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/14/world/asia/china-criminal-law/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/201231364711376740.html

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

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16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight
http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/video-trilemma-shifting-taiwanese-identity

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702151050710261-india-china-taiwan-delegation/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/15/content_15572021.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069872/taiwan-touch-us-trump-call-xi-jinping
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201702100017.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/02/11/2003664761

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/07/how-taiwans-authoritarian-history-could-affect-its-current-geopolitics/

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2068888/banning-taiwans-flag-cambodia-adds-taipeis-woes-beijing

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/01/tsais-latin-america-tour-signals-taipeis-uneasiness/

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2063984/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-aspires-create-new-era
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201701200017.aspx

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-says-nigeria-wants-it-move-its-trade-office-abuja
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2061589/taiwan-accuses-nigeria-collaborating-beijing-after-it?spm=0.0.0.0.Uog6Ij
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/13/2003663000

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060386/taiwans-wise-tsai-makes-low-key-us-stop-reduces-risk
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170108_22/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/09/2003662766

6 JANUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence must be fought on all fronts, says former Chinese official

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2059695/taiwanese-independence-must-be-fought-all-fronts

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-president-tsai-ing-wen-to-transit-houston-san-francisco-next-month
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/31/488114/Presidential-Office.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/30/china-urges-us-block-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2056276/taiwan-losing-out-diplomatic-war-beijing-sao-tome
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-welcomes-sao-tomes-split-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612210023.aspx

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-linked-former-us-official-visits-taiwan-sparking/3346774.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/12/07/486071/No-major.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612060021.aspx

3 DECEMBER 2016

 Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-03/donald-trump-speaks-to-taiwans-leader-tsai-ingwen-in-historic-first-contact-since-1979/1637042

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/03/485744/In-move.htm
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html

2 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing warns Taiwan investors against using ‘profits earned on mainland’ to support independence

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051236/beijing-warns-taiwan-investors-against-using-profits
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/12/03/2003660482

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Why Donald Trump might not follow US presidents’ precedent on Taiwan

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2049324/why-donald-trump-might-not-follow-us-presidents-precedent-taiwan

9 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s ruling party urges Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2044347/taiwans-ruling-party-urges-beijing-respect-hong-kongs

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201611050007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/11/06/2003658663

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2041723/kmt-chief-plays-both-sides-visit-nanjing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161031_03/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201610310012.aspx

10 OCTOBER 2016

On national day, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen continues call for Beijing talks but refuses to accept ‘one China’ principle

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2026698/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-continues-call-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201610100004.aspx
https://youtu.be/bxMxMwKxkTE

4 OCTOBER 2016

To secure seat at world table, Taiwan pushes past Beijing but tactic seen as risky

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025032/will-taiwans-strategy-bypass-beijings-international

1 OCTOBER 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/how-beijing-uses-people-to-people-ties-as-leverage-over-taiwan

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-attacks-hong-kong-over-string-of-visa-denials

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Trade between Chinese mainland, Taiwan drops 9.8pc year on year in first seven months

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2022284/trade-between-chinese-mainland-taiwan-drops-98-year
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201609200030.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN11T08P
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609230014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/24/2003655812

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s new facilities on Taiping Island may have military use

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2020938/taiwan-tight-lipped-four-new-structures-being-built

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247604701
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609130032.aspx

31 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan budgets for 12-year, $2.9 billion advanced jet trainer programme

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-budgets-for-12-year-29-billion-advanced-jet-trainer-programme

25 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen orders revamp of military strategy, weapons upgrade

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2008856/taiwans-president-orders-revamp-military-strategy
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/26/476639/President-demands.htm

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protests-welcome-Chinese-communist-leader’s-visit-to-Taipei-38367.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2016/08/23/476329/Protesters-greet.htm

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-says-unofficial-communication-channels-remain-with-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/21/476105/Committed-to.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608200018.aspx

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201608080006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/09/2003652743

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/taiwan-sets-up-submarine-development-center/

27 JULY 2016

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45216

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tsai-rejects-deadline-over-1992-consensus
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/23/2003651597/1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2016/07/21/44b0a1a4-4e25-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

20 JULY 2016

 South China Sea: Taiwanese lawmakers and flotilla head to Taiping Island in sovereignty, fishing rights push

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1992173/south-china-sea-taiwanese-lawmakers-and-flotilla-head
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/21/2003651465/1
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201607200013.aspx

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/15/taiwanese-actor-dropped-china-no-other-love-independence

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/15/taiwans-friend-buying-days-are-over/

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/07/content_15459758.html

1 JULY 2016

Taiwan navy ‘mistakenly fires’ supersonic missile towards China, hitting boat

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-01/taiwan-navy-mistakenly-fires-supersonic-missile-towards-china-hitting-boat/1595456
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1983931/taiwan-launches-investigation-deadly-navy-anti-ship
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/07/02/471015/p1/Missile-misfire.htm

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-wants-maintain-communication-china#sthash.zPvYTuB6.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-to-continue-dialogue-with-mainland-china-says-tsai/a-19363557

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_13/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-has-stopped-communication-mechanism-with-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/26/2003649479

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245244285
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/25/470315/p1/Tsai-begins.htm

6 JUNE 2016

Taiwan says won’t recognise Chinese air defence identification zone over South China Sea

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-wont-recognise-chinese-air-defence-identification-zone-over-south-china http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/07/2003648057

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-tsai-urges-china/2845748.html
http://atimes.com/2016/06/democracy-is-nothing-to-fear-taiwan-tells-china-on-tiananmen-anniversary/

25 MAY 2016

Without Clarity on 1992 Consensus, Tsai and DPP Will Face Challenges Ahead

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/without-clarity-on-1992-consensus-tsai-and-dpp-will-face-challenges-ahead/

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/21/content_15436731.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0521/c90000-9061048.html

18 MAY 2016

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s 5 national security challenges after May 20

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-president-elect-tsai-ing-wens-5-national-security-challenges-after-may-20/

13 MAY 2016

Taiwan tells panel to visit Taiping before making a ruling on South China Sea row

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-tells-panel-to-visit-taiping-before-making-a-ruling-on-sea-row/

8 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s new government accuses China of interference in its WHO status

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN0XZ0MD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605080016.aspx

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-claims-china-has-kidnapped-eight-of-its-nationals/a-19178515
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-accuses-china-kidnapping-eight-its-nationals-kenya
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/04/12/463194/Govt-protests.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/04/12/2003643753

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/09/recognising-the-republic-of-china/

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/04/03/2003643080

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan
http://global-politics.co.uk/wp/2016/03/30/could-taiwan-be-asia-pacifics-ukraine/

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/24/2003642295
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/23/461559/Taiwan-takes.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201603230029.aspx

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

10 MARCH 2016

China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-says-taiwan-preside/259023

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201603070039
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603070011.aspx

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-steps-up-warnings/2575568.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603050016.aspx
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-03/05/content_6944119.htm

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/24/content_15389568.html

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-urges-taiwan-ratify-controversial-trade-pact

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Don’t make us suffer even more, Taiwanese businessmen on Chinese mainland tell president-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1915118/dont-make-us-suffer-even-more-taiwanese-businessmen

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-urges-china-taiwan-talks-amid-uncertainty-election-050541341.html

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/securing-taiwan-starts-overhauling-the-navy-15122

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-president-visits-disputed-islands-despite-us-criticism/a-19008594
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/28/content_15379710.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/01/29/2003638307/1

27 JANUARY 2016

What the United States Owes to Taiwan and its Interests in Asia

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/what-the-united-states-owes-to-taiwan-and-its-interests-in-asia/

25 JANUARY 2016

War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1904873/war-china-likely-if-taiwan-continues-seek-independence

20 JANUARY 2016

Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

If the future DPP government does not accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ — based either on the Chinese Communist Party government’s ‘One-China’ principle or on the Kuomintang government’s ‘One China, Respective Interpretations’ understanding — and cannot form a mutually agreeable new arrangement with Beijing, it will face a series of enormous diplomatic challenges
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/20/tsais-diplomatic-dilemmas/

17 JANUARY 2016

China warns Taiwan after landslide election victory

Taiwan should abandon its « hallucinations » about pushing for independence as any moves towards it would be a « poison », Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/china-warns-taiwan-landslide-election-victory-160117033937156.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/01-17/196049.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/963985.shtml
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/17/content_15373750.html

30 DECEMBER 2015

Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s policy towards Taiwan’s defense industry

According to Tsai, her defense industry policy emphasizes the development of  Taiwan’s aviation, shipbuilding and information security industry. Specific projects include the production of: 1) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), 2) high-end trainer aircraft, 3) next generation fighter aircraft, 4) prototype submarines, and 5) developing an information security army. We will analyze each of the five projects
http://atimes.com/2015/12/presidential-candidate-tsai-ing-wens-policy-towards-taiwans-defense-industry/

China says Taiwan talks could ‘collapse’ if framework challenged

China said Wednesday that ties with Taiwan could “collapse” if the island refuses to recognize the framework that has underpinned negotiations between the two for more than two decades
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-says-taiwan-talks-could-collapse-if-framework-challenged/

16 DECEMBER 2015

US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

The United States government authorized eight separate defense deals  with Taiwan on Wednesday, totaling $1.83 billion and drawing criticism and concern from the Chinese government. While the deal is small in comparison to the multibillion-dollar agreements recently signed by Middle Eastern countries, it comes with big implications for the relationship between Washington, D.C., and Beijing.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-defense-sales-taiwan-angers-chinese-government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35115507
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/16/content_15359498.html

7 DECEMBER 2015

Strait Talk: Taiwan’s Politicians are Split on Keeping the ‘Status Quo’

Less than six weeks before Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election in January, presidential candidates in Taiwan have stepped up efforts to sway voters in their favor. Among key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, retirement and the health of the national economy—much focus has been placed on how the cross-strait relations should proceed in the future
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/strait-talk-taiwans-politicans-are-split-keeping-the-%E2%80%98status-14526

7 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks in Singapore

Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China have met for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled island and just weeks ahead of élections
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742680 http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/oppose-taiwan-independence-chinas-xi-says-historic-meeting
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/07/content_15341421.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/11/08/450389/p1/Cross-strait-leaders.htm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/highlights-china-taiwan/2243964.html

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

10 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s President Ma defends China policy on National Day

At the National Day celebrations, President Ma Ying-jeou recounted the achievements under his leadership over the past seven years, especially his China policy. He said cross-strait relations are at their best in more than 60 years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-president-ma/2183234.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201510100011.aspx

24 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan still in market for U.S. submarines: Minister of National Defense

A day after President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan is committed to building its own submarines, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry insisted on Monday that it had still not given up on the idea of buying submarines from the United States
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508240025.aspx

24 JULY 2015

Taiwan lodges protest with China over military drill

Taiwan said Friday it had filed a protest with China over a military exercise it slammed for portraying the island as a target, despite improved ties between the two former bitter rivals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-lodges-protest-china-over-military-drill
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/07/25/441580/China-builds.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150725000090&cid=1101

14 JUNE 2015

Mainland to lift entry-permit policy for Taiwan résidents

The Chinese mainland will remove entry permit requirements for Taiwan residents, as top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng vowed to boost exchanges across the Taiwan Strait on Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-06/14/content_15276627.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/06/15/438452/PRC-to.htm

12 JUNE 2015

 Scandal in Taiwan over military vehicle made with Chinese parts

Taiwanese authorities are investigating a massive military procurement scandal involving a locally developed armoured vehicle after contractors have allegedly used inferior components from China to manufacture it.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/scandal-in-taiwan-over/1911774.html

6 JUNE 2015

Taiwan coast guard launches new ships as South China Sea tensions rise

Taiwan’s coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defences amid concerns about China’s growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-coast-guard-launches-new-ships-south-china-sea-tensions-rise

2 JUNE 2015

Taiwan to speed up cross-strait trade talks to counter China-South Korea FTA

In response to the China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) news yesterday, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said that the agreement will indeed send shockwaves through Taiwan’s industry, and proposed that the government should quickly speed up trade agreement negotiations with China and other countries.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2015/06/02/437429/Taiwan-to.htm

4 MAI 2015

China’s President Xi meets Taiwan Kuomintang chief

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting leader of Taiwan’s ruling party on Monday (May 4), the first such meeting for six years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-president-xi/1823792.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150504_20.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-05/04/content_15258878.html

2 MAY 2015

Taiwan’s ruling party chairman Eric Chu begins first visit to China

The chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, on Saturday began his first visit to China since taking up his post early this year, and is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201505020004.aspx

13 APRIL 2015

Taiwan unable to become AIIB prospective founding member: China

Taiwan is unable to become one of the prospective founding members of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese official said Monday without giving any reasons
http://uk.businessinsider.com/afp-taiwan-rejected-as-founding-member-of-aiib-beijing-2015-4?r=US
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201504130006.aspx

8 APRIL 2015

Taiwan president says ROC won’t give up S. China Sea territory

President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/taiwan-president-ma-taiwan-won%E2%80%99t-give-south-china-sea-territory

2 APRIL 2015

China objects after US fighter planes land in Taiwan

China protested on Thursday after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/516459/china-objects-after-us-fighter-planes-land-in-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/03/2003615037
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/04/03/432715/US-personnel.htm

31 MARCH 2015

Taiwan’s largest missile ship goes into service

Taiwan’s largest-ever missile ship went into service Tuesday after a ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou as the island strives to modernise its military in response to a perceived threat from China
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513779/taiwan-largest-missile-ship-goes-into-service
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/taiwans-newest-weapon-against-china/

24 MARCH 2015

President Ma Ying-jeou pays last respects to Lee Kuan Yew

President Ma Ying-jeou visited Singapore March 24 to pay last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father who died aged 91 the day before
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=228713&ctNode=445
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150326000126&cid=1101

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security

The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from countless international security organizations. This has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also the world at large
http://cogitasia.com/taiwans-marginalized-role-in-international-security/

18 JANUARY 2015

Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy

Washington’s strange Taiwan policy, criticizing the pro-Taiwan side for resisting Chinese expansion (“causing tension”) while supporting the pro-China party in Taiwan (and indirectly, China itself), is deeply at odds with U.S. policy elsewhere in Asia
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/washingtons-obsolete-taiwan-policy/

 

29 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan kicks off plan to build its own submarines

Deputy Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told parliament the ministry has approved guidelines for the design contract for an Indigenous Defence Submarine.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-kicks-off-plan-to/1556438.html

23 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan launches its largest ever missile ship

The 500-tonne corvette named ‘Tuo Chiang’ – ‘Tuo River’ – is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was touted by defence minister Yen Ming as « the fastest and most powerful » in Asia
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-launches-its-largest-ever-missile-ship
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/12/24/2003607480

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

9 DECEMBER 2014

China’s envoy visits Taiwan amid protest

Dozens of demonstrators chanting anti-Beijing slogans protested Tuesday when a senior Chinese envoy arrived in Taiwan, some of them scuffling with police and demanding the official « crawl back to China ».
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/448552/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protest

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

7 DECEMBER 2014

China ex-general says force an option in ‘Taiwan problem’

An army general has warned that China will not leave the Taiwan problem « unresolved for a long time », after the island’s Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a bruising election defeat, a state-run newspaper said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447912/china-ex-general-says-force-an-option-in-taiwan-problem

2 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan develops new missiles to counter China’s threat

Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for « up to 20 years » as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-develops-new-missiles-counter-chinas-threat

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

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

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

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/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

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/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/23/taiwan-battles-economic-and-cross-strait-tensions-in-2013/

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382462/rallies-as-taiwan-split-over-gay-marriage
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/12/01/394927/Gay-marriage.htm

26 NOVEMBER 2013

China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381797/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protests

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379965/gambia-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-taipei

 

Pakistan home affairs & society

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16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 83 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2071708/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-pakistan-shrine-kills-75
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/17/pakistan-suicide-bombing-in-religious-shrine-kills-at-least-72-including
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1329815/attack-sehwans-heart/

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistani authorities have put Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, under house arrest. Experts say this might be due to the pressure from the new US administration on Islamabad
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-cracks-down-on-group-linked-to-2008-mumbai-attacks/a-37343092
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38803746
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1312687/india-urges-credible-crackdown-following-hafiz-saeeds-detention/

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/pakistans-missing-human-rights-activists/

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

A Pakistani law allowing military courts to try civilians on terror charges has expired. It’s unclear if the government will extend the law, after criticism of the courts’ legality and of their failure to curb terrorism
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-military-courts-what-did-they-achieve/a-37049690

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

Pakistan has endured over a decade of political discord, security crises and prolonged military rule. In 2016, the fragile civilian-led government experienced both setbacks and successes following this legacy of instability
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/03/pakistan-muddles-along/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s murder – nine years ago on December 27 – has remained a mystery. But it is clear that her Pakistan People’s Party is no longer a big force in the country’s politic
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-has-moved-beyond-benazir-bhutto/a-18943893

23 DECEMBER 2016

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan after 18 months of self-exile

Former president of Pakistan and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday reiterated his unflinching belief in democracy in the country and vowed to resume his political struggle through parliament
http://www.dawn.com/news/1304052/touchdown-zardari-lands-in-pakistan-after-18-months-in-self-imposed-exile
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2016/no-compromise-on-national-interests-zardari

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back militant groups
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-pm-sharif-names-general-bajwa-as-new-army-chief-1.1935712
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1245263/editorial-new-army-chief/

12  NOVEMBER 2016

At least 43 dead, 100 injured at Pakistan’s shrine blast

At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday (Nov 12), officials said
http://www.dawn.com/news/1295928/at-least-43-killed-100-injured-in-blast-at-khuzdar-shrine
http://nation.com.pk/national/12-Nov-2016/at-least-30-dead-100-injured-in-hub-shrine-blast

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-opposition-leader-imran-khan-says-under-virtual-house-a/3244732.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-stone-throwing-supporters-of-op/3244080.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-police-raid-opposition-party-ptis-rally-in-islamabad/a-36179571

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistan’s government has imposed a travel ban on a leading journalist after he sparked an uproar by reporting that civilian officials had clashed with the military over its covert support for militants
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37615467
http://www.dawn.com/news/1289496/human-rights-journalist-organisations-protest-travel-ban-on-dawn-staffer

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
http://www.dawn.com/news/1288177/pakistan-passes-anti-honour-killings-and-anti-rape-bills
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-parliament-passes-legislation-against-honour-killings

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/27/content_15501954.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

 A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday (Sep 17) confiscating his property, a lawyer said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-property/3135154.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183308/ghazi-murder-case-islamabad-court-orders-confiscation-musharrafs-property/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246988083

17 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq

Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-islamization-before-and-after-dictator-zia-ul-haq/a-19480315

8 AUGUST 2016

Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2000884/bombing-hospital-pakistani-city-quetta-kills-least-42
http://www.dawn.com/news/1276183/70-dead-as-blast-hits-quetta-civil-hospital-after-lawyers-killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37015640

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

 The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/farooq-haider-khan-is-pm-of-pakistan-administered-kashmir-1.1871287

28 JULY 2016

Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones

Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1996001/welcome-pakistans-wild-west-where-guns-are-cheaper-smartphones

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144838/musharrafs-bank-accounts-frozen-property-confiscated-rules-special-court/
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jul-2016/court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-bank-accounts

8 JULY 2016

Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan

Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/pakistan-humanitarian-abdul-sattar-edhi-dies-160708184523940.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137773/abdul-sattar-edhi-put-ventilator-condition-deteriorates-faisal-edhi/
http://www.dw.com/en/abdul-sattar-edhi-a-life-bigger-than-accolades/a-19243405

22 JUNE 2016

Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’

One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an « act of terror »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36597498
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-23/popular-pakistani-sufi-singer-amjad-sabri-shot-dead-in-act-of-terror-police-say/1592790
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1128233/amjad-sabri-killed/

23 APRIL 2016

Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-pm-says-resign-if-found-guilty-panama-papers-probe#sthash.WLTYYS24.dpuf

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36099794
http://www.dawn.com/news/1253497/gen-raheel-dismisses-6-army-officers-from-service-over-corruption

 

1 MARCH 2016

Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?

Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-qadris-hanging-lead-to-blasphemy-law-reforms-in-pakistan/a-19082554
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hanging-revives-pakistan-capital-punishment-debate-160229164410577.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/pakistan-hangs-anti-blasphemy-law-governor-assassin-160229022556488.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35693767

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-has-24-million/2552540.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85

3 FEBRUARY 2016

With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1237386/115-killings-make-pakistan-fourth-deadliest-country-for-journalists

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away

Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/22/content_15376922.html

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35359072
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234231/breakthroughs-made-in-identifying-bacha-khan-university-attackers-dg-ispr

18 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-18/pakistani-court-acquits-former-president-pervez-musharraf-of-rebel-leaders-murder/1537121
http://www.dawn.com/news/1233775/atc-acquits-pervez-musharraf-in-akbar-bugti-murder-case
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35341255

14 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/12097851/Pakistan-arrests-militant-group-head-suspected-of-attack-on-Indian-air-base.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan suicide bombing kills ‘at least 22’ in Mardan

A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The blast took place as people queued outside the government office
http://www.dw.com/en/deadly-suicide-blast-at-government-office-in-pakistan/a-18949395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35192375

 

12 SEPTEMBRE 2015

Uncommon tongue: Pakistan’s confusing move to Urdu

While many nations are adopting English, Pakistan is going the opposite way, with the Supreme Court ruling for it to be replaced with Urdu as the official language
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34215293

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

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Arrest warrant issued for former Pakistani PM Gilani

A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as well as one of his senior ministers in a dozen graft cases against them
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/arrest-warrant-issued-former-pakistani-pm http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/671440/arrest-warrant-issued-for-former-pakistani-pm

 16 AUGUST 2015

Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast

Mr Khanzada was seen as the man in charge of the anti-terror campaign in Pakistan’s biggest province
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33952413
http://www.dawn.com/news/1200807/punjab-home-minister-shuja-khanzada-killed-in-terror-attack

22 JULY 2015

Asia Bibi death sentence suspended by Pakistan court

Christian woman who became first female to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law granted full hearing by supreme court
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11756143/Asia-Bibi-death-sentence-suspended-by-Pakistan-court.html
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Jul-2015/supreme-court-stays-asia-bibi-s-execution

16 JUNE 2015

Pakistan hangs seven prisoners for murder

Pakistan reportedly hanged seven prisoners on Tuesday, bringing the total number put to death since executions resumed last December to 160, officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/pakistan-hangs-prisoners-murder-150616122934188.html

12 JUNE 2015

Pakistan shuts down offices of NGO Save the Children

Pakistani authorities have sealed off the offices of the international aid group Save the Children, saying the charity was « working against the country », police and government officials say http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11670128/Pakistan-shuts-down-offices-of-Save-the-Children.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/590745/pakistan-warns-aid-groups-after-save-the-children-expelled

5 APRIL 2015

Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack

A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/ten-men-jailed-pakistan-malala-attack-150430101505917.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/30/malala-yousafzai-s-attackers-jailed-for-25-years/

24 APRIL 2015

Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud shot dead in Karachi

A leading Pakistani human rights activist has been killed in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32452760
http://tribune.com.pk/story/875375/t2f-director-shot-dead-in-karachi/

21 APRIL 2015

Pakistan hangs 15, highest number since executions resumed

Pakistan hanged 15 people on Tuesday, officials said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-hangs-15-highes/1798890.html

 16 APRIL 2015

Pakistan Supreme Court halts executions given by military courts

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has suspended death sentences handed down by the country’s new military courts, set up in the wake of a Taliban massacre at a school in December last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/pakistan-halts-executions-handed-military-courts-150416091421734.html

17 MARCH 2015

Pakistan hangs 12 in largest execution since moratorium lifted

Pakistan hanged 12 male convicts on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said, the largest number of people executed on the same day since an unofficial moratorium on capital punishment was lifted in December
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/17/uk-pakistan-executions-idUKKBN0MD0E120150317
http://tribune.com.pk/story/854551/pakistan-hangs-12-men-in-largest-execution-since-moratorium-lifted/

10 MARCH 2015

Pakistan ends death penalty suspension after seven years

Pakistan is to resume executions for all death penalty offences, months after a moratorium was partially lifted to allow executions of terror convicts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812177
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/493457/pakistan-lifts-death-penalty-moratorium

9 MARCH 2015

Death sentence over ‘blasphemy’ killing of Pakistan governor

A Pakistani court Monday upheld the death sentence for the killer of a politician who sought blasphemy law reform, but struck out a terrorism conviction, making it unlikely he will be executed soon
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/492484/death-sentence-over-blasphemy-killing-of-pakistan-governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/pakistan-court-upholds-conviction-governor-killer-150309125004005.html

7 FEBRUARY 2015

YouTube to remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’: officials

YouTube will remain blocked in Pakistan ‘indefinitely’, an official said Saturday, as experts have failed to find a way to filter content deemed offensive and blasphemous in the Muslim majority country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/youtube-remain-blocked-pakistan-indefinitely-officials

28 JANUARY 2015

‘More journalists killed in Pakistan than any other democracy’

For a democratic country, Pakistan ranks worryingly high when it comes to the number of attacks on journalists. http://www.asianewsnet.net/‘More-journalists-killed-in-Pakistan-than-any-ot-71075.html

16 JANUARY 2015

In Karachi, Charlie Hebdo protesters clash with police at French consulate

About 200 protesters clashed on Friday with Pakistani police outside the French consulate in the southern city of Karachi after a demonstration against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent.
http://www.france24.com/en/20150116-charlie-hebdo-protests-turn-violent-near-french-karachi-consulate/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/16/pakistan-violence-flares-in-protest-over-charlie-hebdo-cartoon/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1157420/agence-france-presse-photographer-shot-by-anti-charlie-hebdo-protesters-police

6 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan legislators approve military courts for terrorism

Pakistan’s parliament Tuesday approved the setting up of military courts to hear terrorism-related cases, after a Taliban massacre at a military-run school in the northwest shocked the nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454740/pakistan-legislators-approve-military-courts-for-terrorism
http://www.dawn.com/news/1155271/parliament-passes-21st-constitutional-amendment-army-act-amendment

5 JANUARY 2015

Pakistani cleric calls Taliban freedom fighters

A prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of the political party Jammat-e-Islami Pakistan,  Sirajul Haq, has sought to legitimize the insurgency in Afghanistan and in a recent interview with Geo TV he told his followers, who are primarily Pakistani, that fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan is a fight for freedom
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17727-pakistani-cleric-calls-taliban-freedom-fighters

26 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan judge issues arrest warrant for Abdul Aziz

A judge in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a cleric at a radical mosque in Islamabad who has refused to condemn the massacre of children at an army-run school.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30607078

22 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan to execute 500 Islamist terrorists after Taliban school attack

Pakistan announced on Monday that it planned to execute an estimated 500 Islamist terrorists in the coming days as part of a « decisive war » against the Taliban in response to the massacre of 133 children at a school last week.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11308548/Pakistan-to-execute-500-Islamist-terrorists-after-Taliban-school-attack.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan kills 50 militants

Pakistani security forces killed 50 suspected militants on Friday, bringing the two-day death total to 77 as operations against insurgents intensified in the wake of a Taliban school massacre that killed 149 people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450915/pakistan-kills-50-militants

Pakistan resumes executions after Peshawar school attack

Pakistan has carried out two executions, the first since a death penalty moratorium since 2008 was lifted after a deadly attack on a Peshawar school.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30556260
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/pakistan-executes-two-after-school-massacre-20141219171340982284.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan’s indigenous defence production reaches $1.5 billion

The country’s indigenous defence production has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the Jane’s Defence Weekly. The journal quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5 billion (per year), which for us is a huge bonus.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan’s-indigenous-defence-production-reaches-69108.html

Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead

At least 142 people, including 132 children, have been killed in a horrific attack by Pakistani Taliban fighters (TTP) on a military-run school in Peshawar in Pakistan’s northwest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30491435
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/fighters-attack-army-run-school-pakistan-20141216742794184.html

10 DECEMBER 2014

Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30411049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/malala-satyarthi-receive-peace-prize-20141210125127564166.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

Leading Pakistan communist Sobho Gianchandani dies

Sobho Gianchandani, one of Pakistan’s last leaders from its first generation of Marxists, has died at the age of 94
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30397351

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani actress Veena Malik faces 26-year prison sentence for ‘blasphemy’

Bollywood actress Veena Malik and her husband are sentenced to 26 years for roles in television programme based on marriage of Prophet Mohamed’s daughter
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11261473/Watch-Pakistani-actress-Veena-Malik-faces-26-year-prison-sentence-for-blasphemy.html

27 NOVEMBER 2014

EU urges Pakistan to overhaul blasphemy laws

The European parliament on Thursday called on Pakistan to overhaul its blasphemy laws with a view to repealing them, saying they were “increasingly used to target” Christians and other minorities.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1147298/eu-urges-pakistan-to-overhaul-blasphemy-laws

25 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan defense minister says US policies in region have failed

Pakistan Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Tuesday that the American policies have failed in the region, calling for solution to problems in the region by regional countries. The minister told reporters in Islamabad that the region is suffering from the US policies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/893557.shtml

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/

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

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/

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

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahirul Qadri, who has been calling for resignation of PM, says he will now tour cities in a « revolution of the poor ».
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/pakistan-cleric-qadri-ends-islamabad-protest-20141022637683600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/tahir-ul-qadri-political-enigma-pakistan-2014102271530973245.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to hanging for row over sharing water glass

Ruling against Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, upheld after blasphemy conviction over row in which Muslim women objected to Bibi using their drinking glass because of her religion
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11169304/Pakistani-Christian-woman-sentenced-to-hanging-for-row-over-sharing-water-glass.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

5 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson

Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/772040/pakistani-taliban-only-loyal-to-mullah-omar-says-ttp-spokesperson/

4 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan Taliban pledges support to ISIL

The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136205/pakistani-taliban-declare-allegiance-to-is-militants
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-declare-allegiance-to-Islamic-State-and-global-jihad/articleshow/44345966.cms?

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistani-court-sends-100-activists-jail-201491315950198907.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taliban gunmen who shot schoolgirl Malala finally arrested

Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends
http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/09/13/00/24/taliban-shooters-who-attacked-malala-arrested
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/malala-attackers-arrested-pakistan-201491212302111196.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM

Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-parliament-backs-prime-minister-as-crisis-deepens/2435856.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistan-nawaz-sharif-backed-parliament-201492131048231666.html

31 AUGUST 2014

Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more, witnesses and hospital officials have told Al Jazeera.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/31/at-least-two-dead-after-pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-violent/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

29 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28978048
http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Aug-2014/third-empire-called-for-final-decision

28 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan police launch PM murder probe to defuse crisis

Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-to-face-murder-case-imran-insists-on-pms-resignation-news-national-oi2ua3fedgjbe.html
http://freepressjournal.in/sharif-offers-to-face-murder-case-qadri-rejects/

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

20 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-army-pushes-talks-amid-protests-20148207445493362.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427623/pakistan-army-urges-talks-as-protesters-march-on-parliament

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-calls-off-pakistan-talks-kashmir-row-201481812504921915.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan

Pakistan’s third largest party to quit parliament to force PM resignation

Lawmakers from Pakistan’s third largest party will resign from Parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down, a party official said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-third-largest-party-quit-parliament-force-pm-resignation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-khan-pulls-party-out-parliament-2014818141856398979.html

17 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan’s Khan calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric declared that only a « revolution » would bring about change
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427237/pakistan-khan-calls-for-civil-disobedience-movement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-protest-leaders-insist-pm-should-go-201481615334557188.html

15 AUGUST 2014

Imran Khan convoy reaches Pakistan capital

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-imran-khan-201481582750798942.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/15/imran-khan-s-anti-government-convoy-attacked-on-the-road-to-islamabad/

14 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan: Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri lead protest march

Two convoys are taking thousands of anti-government protesters from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Islamabad, the capital, amid tight security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28770311
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/pakistan-braces-for-anti-nawaz-sharif-protest-in-islamabad-on-independence-day/

9 AUGUST 2014

Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police

Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country’s second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-police-clash-with-tahrir-qadri-supporters-20148975449318173.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/

15 JULY 2014

Pakistan captures key Taliban commander

The Pakistani military has captured a high-ranking Taliban commander who once tried to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf and later escaped jail with hundreds of other prisoners, security officials have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/pakistan-captures-key-taliban-commander-201471518504419357.html

23 JUNE 2014

Clashes erupt as Qadri returns to Pakistan

Anti-government Pakistani leader Tahir-ul-Qadri has arrived in Lahore after his plane was diverted from the capital Islamabad, as hundreds of his supporters clashed with police outside an airport
http://www.dawn.com/news/1114429/qadri-threatens-to-topple-govt-vows-to-lead-revolution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/clashes-as-cleric-qadri-returns-pakistan-201462354125765536.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10919761/Clashes-in-Pakistan-as-leading-cleric-flies-in-to-lead-revolution.html

20 JUNE 2014

Pakistan helicopters pound rebels as 200,000 civilians flee

Pakistani helicopter gunships pounded militant targets in the country’s northwest Friday, killing up to 20 rebels, as the number of civilians fleeing an expected ground offensive passed 200,000
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416482/pakistan-helicopters-pound-rebels-as-200000-civilians-flee

15 JUNE 2014

Pakistan army launches assault in tribal area

Pakistan says it has launched a « comprehensive operation » against armed groups northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, after killing scores of fighters in air raids.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/pakistan-air-raids-20146152339256306.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140615-pakistan-launches-comprehensive-offensive-against-militants-taliban-north-waziristan/

12 JUNE 2014

US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan

The US has resumed its drones programme in Pakistan, with two strikes on militant strongholds in the North Waziristan tribal region overnight
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27807123
http://www.dawn.com/news/1112253/drone-targeted-haqqani-network-commander-afghan-taliban-sources
http://www.voanews.com/content/suspected-us-drone-strikes-kill-12/1935103.html

Pakistan court backs Musharraf request to leave country

The Sindh High Court removed Mr Musharraf’s name from an exit control list on Thursday. The former leader is currently barred from leaving Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27808940
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/court-allows-musharraf-leave-pakistan-2014612865356671.html

4 JUNE 2014

Pakistan’s Karachi on knife-edge after arrest of Altaf Hussain

The 60-year-old is revered by his fiercely loyal supporters — mainly ethnic Mohajirs who migrated from India at the time of partition, while critics accuse him of running his party as a violent mafia-like organisation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413584/pakistan-karachi-on-knife-edge-after-arrest-of-altaf-hussain
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110529/protest-to-continue-until-altafs-safety-assured-sattar

3 JUNE 2014

Pakistan MQM leader Altaf Hussain arrested in London

Police in London have arrested the leader of Pakistan’s powerful MQM party, Altaf Hussain, on suspicion of money-laundering
http://www.dawn.com/news/1110316/altaf-hussain-arrested-in-london-for-money-laundering
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27680038

29 MAY 2014

Police in Pakistan accuse murdered woman of illegal marriage

Lahore’s police chief has hit back at allegations his officers failed to prevent the murder of a pregnant woman in broad daylight, accusing the victim of an illegal marriage and her husband of killing his first wife

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10863054/Police-in-Pakistan-accuse-murdered-woman-of-illegal-marriage.html

27 MAY 2014

Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi

Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html

24 MAY 2014

Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration

Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/24/pakistan-s-prime-minister-to-attend-indian-prime-minister-s-swearing-in/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/pakistan-sharif-attend-modi-inauguration-201452454611476370.html

13 MAY 2014

Pakistan police charge 68 Pakistani lawyers with blasphemy

Pakistani police have charged 68 lawyers with blasphemy in what is thought to be the biggest ever case of its kind in the country.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27391334

8 MAY 2914

Human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman shot dead

Notable human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman Advocate was shot dead at his office in Multan Wednesday (7)  evening
http://tribune.com.pk/story/705659/human-rights-lawyer-rashid-rehman-shot-dead/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1104788/rights-advocate-rashid-rehman-khan-gunned-down-in-multan

1 MAY 2014

Violence against women in politics rising in Pakistan

A recent study by the Centre for Social Research and UN Women shows that violence against women in politics is on the rise in three South Asian countries namely Pakistan, India and Nepal

http://www.dawn.com/news/1103511/violence-against-women-in-politics-rising-in-pakistan-india-study

30 APRIL 2014

Pakistan under fire for media attacks

Pakistani authorities should investigate the country’s powerful military and intelligence agency for human rights abuses against journalists following attacks on leading reporters, Amnesty International has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistan-under-fire-media-attacks-2014429231948149441.html

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-079-2014

25 APRIL 2014

Pakistan journalist Hamid Mir issues defiant statement

The Pakistani journalist shot last week has issued his first statement, once again blaming the country’s intelligence agency for the attack

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27153234

21 APRIL 2014

Pakistan mulls tighter controls on madrassas

The Pakistani government is proposing reform of the nation’s madrassas, which are accused of fostering terrorism

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/pakistan-tighter-controls-madrassas-islamabad-201442064231355458.html

20 APRIL 2014

Famous Pakistan TV host Hamid Mir shot by gunmen

Police in Pakistan say gunmen have shot a famous television talk show host amid a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121852/famous-pakistan-tv-host-hamid-mir-shot-by-gunmen/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1100972/journalist-hamid-mir-injured-in-gun-attack-in-karachi

16 APRIL 2014

Pakistani Taliban declares end to ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but is still open to talks with the government, according to a spokesman for the group
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/pakistani-taliban-declares-end-ceasefire-2014416144743830975.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405248/pakistani-taliban-refuse-to-extend-ceasefire-will-continue-talks

5 APRIL 2014

Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy

A Pakistani Christian couple have been sentenced to death for blasphemy after allegedly sending a text message insulting the Prophet Muhammad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26901433

3 APRIL 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf survives new assassination attempt

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is currently on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off along a route on which his convoy was due to pass early on Thursday
http://www.france24.com/en/20140403-pakistan-musharraf-survives-assassination-attempt/

31 MARCH 2014

Pervez Musharraf indicted for treason by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Monday indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10733886/Pervez-Musharraf-indicted-for-treason-by-Pakistani-court.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/treason-indictment-for-musharraf/1882742.html

26 MARCH  2014

Pakistan officials open first ever direct talks with the Taliban

A first day of peace talks between the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Taliban has concluded in the tribal region of North Waziristan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10724533/Pakistan-officials-open-first-ever-direct-talks-with-the-Taliban.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26731838

14 MARCH 2014

Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire

The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-rape-victim-sets-herself-fire-2014314111240556157.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399917/raped-pakistan-teen-dies-after-setting-self-on-fire

11 MARCH 2014

Pakistan laws prohibiting underage marriage un-islamic: CII

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded its 191th meeting, here Tuesday with the ruling that the laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1092468/pakistani-laws-prohibiting-underage-marriage-un-islamic-cii

2 MARCH 2014

Pakistan’s madrassas reined in by government

Pakistan plans to bring all of its madrassas, or religious schools, under its national education system in a landmark security policy aimed at combating extremism.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/pakistan-madrassas-reined-government-201432124518842809.html

Pakistan halts air strikes against Taliban

Pakistan on Sunday said it was halting air strikes against Taliban militants in response to a month-long ceasefire announced by the insurgents a day earlier, paving the way for the resumption of peace talks
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397832/pakistan-halts-air-strikes-against-taliban
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26408489

1 MARCH 2014

Pakistan Taliban announce one month truce

The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26398758
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistani-taliban-announce-month-long-ceasefire

Polio vaccination teams attacked by Pakistani militants

Militants ambush convoy of health workers with roadside bomb, killing 12 of their security team and wounding dozens more

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10669840/Polio-vaccination-teams-attacked-by-Pakistani-militants.html

25 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan court orders end to blockade on NATO supply route

In a boost to U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, a provincial court on Tuesday ordered that protesters end their blockade of the main NATO supply route through Pakistan

http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-pakistan-blockade-nato-afghanistan-supply-route-20140225,0,559298.story?track=rss&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-27-14#axzz2uWLoEJkw

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Top Pakistan Taliban commander Asmatullah Shaheen ‘shot dead’

Asmatullah Shaheen was ambushed as he drove through a village near Miranshah in North Waziristan, reports said. Three aides in the vehicle also died.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26323200

http://www.voanews.com/content/key-pakistan-talibancommandershotdead/1858037.html

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan halts talks with Taliban

The announcement comes after Pakistani jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwest, killing at least 15
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistani-forces-bomb-taliban-hideouts-201422061750182372.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-airstrikes-taliban-hideouts-kill-15

17 FEBRUARY

Taliban Execution of Pakistani Security Forces Stalls Talks

A Pakistan Taliban faction announced the execution of 23 soldiers on Monday, dealing a fresh blow to already dwindling hopes that peace talks might end years of violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-peace-talks-stalled-by-soldier-deaths/1852733.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10643505/Peace-talks-collapse-as-Taliban-execute-23-Pakistani-soldiers.html

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan Taliban sets tough terms for peace

Tehreek-e-Taliban says government has to free all jailed fighters if peace negotiations are to make headway
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/pakistan-taliban-sets-tough-terms-talks-20142108485710749.html

6 FEBRUARY 2014

Pakistan enters peace talks with Taliban

The first formal meeting between Pakistan’s government and a Taliban-nominated team has been held in Islamabad, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26065385
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393587/pakistan-holds-landmark-talks-with-taliban

5 FEBRUARY 2014

No peace until Pakistan embraces Islamic law: Taleban negotiators

Negotiators representing Taleban insurgents said on Wednesday there was no chance of peace in Pakistan until the government embraces Islamic sharia law and US-led forces withdraw completely from neighbouring Afghanistan.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-peace-until-pakistan-embraces-islamic-law-taleban-negotiators
http://tribune.com.pk/story/667873/govt-ttp-committees-may-meet-tomorrow-irfan-siddiqui/

31 JANUARY 2014

Musharraf barred from leaving country

A court in Pakistan trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has refused to allow him to go abroad for medical treatment, saying it did not have the authority to lift his travel ban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/musharraf-barred-from-leaving-country-2014131125925507720.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route

17 JANUARY 2014

Former Pakistani PM Ashrad indicted in rental power case

An accountability court in Islamabad indicted former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and six others in the rental power case on Friday, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080908/former-pm-ashraf-indicted-in-rental-power-case

9 JANUARY 2014

The economic role of women in Pakistan

Women constitute half of the Pakistan’s 190 million population and represent a big part of the labor force. However their vitality and potential has never been fully realized in the past 66 years after independence despite having surpassed their male counterpart in every field of life.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/economic-role-women-273/

2 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan’s Musharraf ‘rushed to hospital’

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital after suffering a « heart problem » on his way to court for a hearing in his treason case.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/pakistan-musharraf-rushed-hospital-20141263249563879.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/02/pakistan-s-musharraf-rushed-to-hospital-ahead-of-treason-trial/

1 JANUARY 2013

Musharraf’s Treason Trial Begins Without his Presence

Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf went on trial for treason Wednesday but defense lawyers told the court security threats prevented him from attending the proceedings
http://www.voanews.com/content/explosives-prevent-musharrafs-court-appearance/1821226.html

30 DECEMBER 2013

Pakistan appoints first female judge to sharia court

Pakistan’s national sharia court, which hears cases under the country’s Islamic legislation, on Monday appointed a female judge for the first time in its 33-year history.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1077328/pakistan-appoints-first-female-judge-to-sharia-court

24 DECEMBER 2013

Musharraf’s Pakistan treason trial delayed after explosives found

The trial of Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Islamabad.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25498375
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/24/musharraf-treason-trial-postponed-after-bomb-scare/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10536538/Bomb-scare-turns-start-of-Musharraf-treason-trial-into-pantomime.html

Pakistan, Indian army commanders meet on Kashmir

Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met on Tuesday in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes on the de facto border.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-indian-army-commanders-meet-kashmir

12 DECEMBER 2013

Lawyer For Doctor Who Helped CIA Flees Pakistan

Samiullah Afridi, the lawyer for the doctor who collected DNA samples for the CIA to help find Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has fled Pakistan after receiving death threats

http://www.rferl.org/content/lawyer-for-doctor-who/25198560.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%2012-13-13

27 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan names new army chief

Pakistan named a new army chief on Wednesday, promoting a veteran infantry commander to the most powerful position in the troubled nuclear-armed nation battling a homegrown Taliban insurgency. General Raheel Sharif will take over as head of the 600,000-strong army from General Ashfaq Kayani, who is retiring after six years at the helm.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381996/pakistan-names-new-army-chief

Malala Yousafzai tops list of most powerful Asians in the UK

Malala Yousafzai has topped a list of the 101 most powerful British Asians and Asians resident in the UK, knocking Labour MP Keith Vaz off the number one spot he held last year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/10478618/Malala-Yousafzai-tops-list-of-most-powerful-Asians-in-the-UK.html

23 NOVEMBER 2013

US Drone Protesters in Pakistan Block NATO Supply Route

Thousands of right-wing Pakistani activists led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday staged a protest against US drone strikes, threatening to block NATO supply routes if strikes continue.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-rally-against-us-drone-strikes-pakistan
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-drone-protesters-in-pakistan-block-nato-supply-route/1796359.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden faces charges in child’s death

A Pakistani doctor accused of helping the United States find Osama bin Laden has been charged with murder over a surgery that authorities claim he was not authorized to perform, authorities said Friday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/22/world/asia/pakistan-bin-laden-doctor/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/22/pakistani-who-helped-cia-find-al-qaeda-boss-osama-bin-laden-on-murder-charge/

20 NOVEMBER 2013

Malala Yousafzai gets EU’s Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has received the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize at a ceremony in Strasbourg.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25014916
http://asiancorrespondent.com/116175/malala-makes-impassioned-plea-for-child-education/

17 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason

Pakistan announced Sunday it would put former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, punishable by death or life imprisonment, for imposing emergency rule in 2007
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/380313/pakistan-to-try-ex-military-ruler-musharraf-for-treason
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24977818

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan private schools ban Malala book

Private schools association say Taliban victim’s work is « tool of the West » and does not represent Pakistan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-private-schools-ban-malala-book-2013111012321445293.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379195/schools-ban-malala-yousafzai-anti-pakistan-book

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Musharraf granted bail in last legal case

Ruling means former Pakistan president is on bail in all the cases brought against him since his return from exile.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/musharraf-granted-bail-last-legal-case-201311492237145994.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan to review US ties after ‘attack on peace’, says interior minister

Calling the drone strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud on Friday “an attack on regional peace by America,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Saturday said bilateral ties with the US will now be reviewed
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan-to-review-US-ties-after-attack-on-peace-s-53549.html

Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies

According to the hospital sources, Reshma had been in coma for a month after being diagnosed with throat cancer years ago.
http://dawn.com/news/1053832/legendary-folk-singer-reshma-dies

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan Criticizes US Killing of Pakistani Taliban Leader

The Pakistan government has criticized the United States for the drone-strike death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, saying his killing jeopardizes peace talks with the militant group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-taliban-leader-dead-in-us-drone-strike/1782006.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-summons-us-envoy-over-mehsud-killing-201311215125815104.html

Khan Said named as new Pakistani Taliban leader

Senior members of the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday picked the group’s No. 2 commander, Khan Said, to be their new leader following the death of their former chief in a US drone attack the day before.
http://dawn.com/news/1053612/pakistani-taliban-meeting-chooses-khan-said-sajna-as-new-chief
http://www.france24.com/en/20131102-pakistan-taliban-chief-Mehsud-drone-USA-islamist%20militants

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud killed in US drone strike

Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a US drone strike in the country’s restive North Waziristan region on Friday, security sources and a senior Taliban commander have said.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131101-pakistan-taliban-leader-mehsud-killed-usa-drone-strike
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/pakistan-taliban-chief-killed-drone-strike-2013111163646666844.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10421817/Profile-Hakimullah-Mehsud-the-boyish-looking-militant-with-a-5-million-bounty-on-his-head.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Three per cent of drone deaths civilian: Pakistan

The number, which was provided by Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence to the Senate, is much lower than past government calculations and estimates by independent organisations that have gone as high as 300. The ministry said 317 drone strikes have killed 2,160 Islamic militants and 67 civilians since 2008.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1344514/three-cent-drone-deaths-civilian-pakistanhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/pakistan-lashed-low-drone-victim-numbers-201310316713239576.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary

India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

24 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan’s PM Sharif urges Obama to stop drone strikes

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (photo) pressed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday to stop drone strikes in his country, as the two leaders sought to strengthen ties after years of strained relations.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131024-pakistan-sharif-urges-obama-usa-stop-drone-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/10/pakistani-pm-urges-obama-end-drone-strikes-2013102322503172689.html

19 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan playback singer Zubaida Khanum passes away

One of the best playback singers in the Pakistani film industry, Zubaida Khanum breathed her last on Saturday night after suffering a fatal heart attack.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/music/news-and-interviews/Pakistan-playback-singer-Zubaida-Khanum-passes-away/articleshow/24433866.cms?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24601883

U.S. releases $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan

The Obama administration has decided to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan, a senior administration official said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/19/politics/u-s-pakistan-aid/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

11 OCTOBER 2013

The bravest girl in the world

Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Malala Yousafzai, The Bravest Girl in the World, will air Sunday, October 13 at 7 pm ET, and reair during Amanpour’s normal Monday timeslot.
http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/11/the-bravest-girl-in-the-world/

Pakistani Taliban gloat after Malala misses Nobel

The Taliban was « delighted » that Malala Yousafzai, the teenager it tried to assassinate last year for supporting girls’ education, had not won the Nobel Peace Prize, a spokesman in Pakistan said on Friday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131011-taliban-gloat-after-malala-misses-nobel-pakistan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingnews/374252/malala-didn-t-deserve-nobel-says-taliban

10 OCTOBER 2013

Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov human rights prize

Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24475305
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malala-Yousafzai-awarded-the-2013-Sakharov-Prize-29246.html
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/314311-eu-awards-top-human-rights-award-to-malala/

Malala Yousafzai leaves Jon Stewart speechless on Daily Show

Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan for standing up for women’s education, received a standing ovation on a US chat show for her message to the man who had tried to kill her.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10368740/Malala-Yousafzai-leaves-Jon-Stewart-speechless-on-Daily-Show.html

Musharraf arrested in Pakistan over Red Mosque case

Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf has been arrested over a 2007 mosque raid a day after the country’s supreme court granted him bail in another case.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24481955
http://dawn.com/news/1048796/musharraf-rearrested-over-lal-masjid-operation

9 OCTOBER 2013

Former Pakistan ruler Musharraf granted bail

Pakistan’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, has been granted bail by country’s top court, his lawyers have said, bringing closer his possible release after nearly six months of house arrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/former-pakistan-ruler-musharraf-granted-bail-2013109131449534224.html

7 OCTOBER 2013

Taliban says it would again target Malala Yousafzai, who pushed girls’ education

The Pakistani Taliban would again target 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai an advocate of education for girls who survived an assassination attempt last year, a spokesman for the militant group told CNN on Monday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/07/world/asia/taliban-malala/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10360502/Pakistan-Taliban-issues-fresh-threat-to-kill-Malala-Yousafzai.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

Pakistan: Malala Yousafzai , the Girl Shot by Taliban Wins a Rights Award

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last October is in London declared the winner of the Anna Politkovskaya award given annually by the group Reach All Women in War to a woman who defends human rights. The group said Ms. Yousafzai, 16, had been chosen “for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared,” for giving a voice to many women and girls and for promoting education for girls.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/05/world/asia/pakistan-girl-shot-by-taliban-wins-a-rights-award.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan forced to rethink India policy

As Pakistan increasingly realizes that terrorism and militancy are by-products of its strategic depth maneuvers in the 2000s, instinctive mistrust of India is fading. The benefits of peace will also soon become clear, with high hope invested in the success of bilateral dialogue that such as that between the countries’ prime ministers on Sunday
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-300913.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s dismal education prospects

The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child recently published a report noting that Pakistan has the world’s second-largest number of children out of school, while in April 2012 UNICEF indicated that some 20 million Pakistani children, including an estimated 7.3 million of primary school age, are not in school.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/26/pakistans-dismal-education-prospects/

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistani Christians protest church attack

Pakistani Christians have protested across the country to demand better protection for their community after a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a historic church in Peshawar, killing more than 80 people and wounding at least 140 others.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201392391826858810.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/23/pakistan-christians-demand-better-protection-after-peshawar-bomb-attacks/

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Church Bombing Kills 81

At least 75 people have died and more than 120 wounded in a suicide attack against a church in northwestern Pakistan.  A number of women and children are among the victims of Sunday’s violence, being described as the deadliest ever assault on the country’s Christian minority.
http://www.voanews.com/content/suicide-bombers-kill-50-at-pakistan-church/1754638.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Peshawar-,-two-suicide-bombers-attack-Protestant-church-:-over-one-hundred-dead-and-130-injured-29076.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan Frees Afghan Taliban Deputy Commander

Pakistan has freed Afghan Taliban deputy commander Abdul Ghani Baradar in a attempt to jumpstart a tumultuous peace process in neighboring Afghanistan as most NATO troops prepare to leave the war-torn country by the end of 2014.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-releases-senior-taliban-commander/1754282.html http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/12003-update-mullah-baradar-released-from-pakistani-prison-hpc-welcomes-move
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013921243903471.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Malala nominated for EU’s Sakharov prize

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls’ education, and US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden have been nominated for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370169/malala-snowden-nominated-for-eu-sakharov-prize
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113501/pakistans-malala-snowden-nominated-for-eu-human-rights-prize/

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Can Nawaz rescue Pakistan?

Over 46 million people exercised their right to vote in Pakistan in May earlier this year — close to 55 per cent of the population and a record turnout since 1988. Pakistan’s first transition from one civilian government to another is an incredible achievement for a country that has been under military rule for a large part of its history.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/14/can-nawaz-rescue-pakistan/

Pakistan’s nuclear father dissolves political party

The father of Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has dissolved his political party after it failed to win a single seat in the May 11 elections.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan%E2%80%99s-nuclear-father-dissolves-political-party

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s new President Hussain takes office

Pakistan’s new President Mamnoon Hussain took office on Monday, presiding over a government battling to overcome a Taliban insurgency, resolve an energy crisis and repair the economy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-new-president-hussain-takes-office
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23456284

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends

Benazir Bhutto’s widower stepped down as president of Pakistan on Sunday, winning praise for completing a full five-year term but attracting criticism for leaving a country mired in economic and security strife.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10294303/Pakistans-president-steps-down-after-completing-historic-full-term.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/20139814311627401.html
http://dawn.com/news/1041441/zardari-ends-tenure-treated-to-honour-guard

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan releases Taliban in peace move

Pakistan has announced the release of seven senior Taliban figures to facilitate a peace process aimed at reaching a political resolution to the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, the country’s foreign ministry has said.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11829-pakistan-releases-seven-taliban-prisoners
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/2013975411597807.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Pakistan: Drones kill senior militant commander who appeared in video with kidnapped US soldier

The American State Department accused Mullah Sangeen Zadran of orchestrating kidnappings, bombings and co-ordinating the movement of hundreds of fighters across the border into Afghanistan to engage international forces.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10291144/Pakistan-Drones-kill-senior-militant-commander-who-appeared-in-video-with-kidnapped-US-soldier.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

IMF extends $6.7 bn lifeline to Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund threw Pakistan a $6.7 billion lifeline Wednesday to help the struggling nuclear-armed country achieve economic reforms, particularly in its troubled energy sector.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/368026/imf-extends-6-7-bn-lifeline-to-ailing-pakistan

2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Police to investigate Pervez Musharraf’s role in Red Mosque operation

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, could face a fresh murder charge dating back to his role in clearing the Red Mosque of armed radicals in 2007 which ended with the deaths of more than 100.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10281236/Police-to-investigate-Pervez-Musharrafs-role-in-Red-Mosque-operation.html

29 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan orders retrial of Bin Laden doctor

A Pakistani judicial official has overturned the 33-year jail sentence passed on Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped CIA agents hunting for al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who was killed in 2011.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/08/2013829115812490129.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/29/pakistan-overturns-sentence-of-doctor-who-helped-find-bin-laden/

26 AUGUST 2013

Karzai arrives in Islamabad for first official visit in more than 18 months

Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, has urged Pakistan to help his country defeat fighters who he says are bent on destabilising both countries.

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/08/26/karzai_arrives_in_islamabad_for_first_official_visit_in_more_than_a_year_and_a_half http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/2013/2013/08/201382652340485340.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/26/pakistan-to-help-afghan-reconciliation-efforts-with-talaban/ http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11693-analysts-doubt-positive-outcome-from-karzais-pak-visit

25 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan realease over 300 fishermen in “goodwill gesture”

Following clashes this month along the Kashmir border Pakistan has freed 362 Indian fishermen detained over the past two years as a goodwill gesture. They were detained, says Pakistan, after straying into their territorial waters. The newly-elected Pakistani government is seeking to ease its often-troubled relations with India.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/25/pakistan-releases-over-300-indian-fishermen-in-goodwill-gesture/

19 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan PM invites extremists for talks

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for dialogue with extremists to end bloodshed that has left thousands dead in the country in more than a decade of violence.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365416/pakistan-pm-invites-extremists-for-talks
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23759951

18 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan: Don’t Resume Executions, Says HRW

Pakistan’s government should revoke its decision to resume executions and renew its moratorium on the death penalty, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists said in a joint letter to the Pakistani government today.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/18082013-pakistan-dont-resume-executions-says-hrw/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365210/pakistan-orders-temporary-stay-of-executions

17 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan drops charges in Rimsha ‘blasphemy’ cleric case

A Pakistani court has dismissed charges against a Muslim cleric who had been arrested on suspicion of framing a Christian girl accused of blasphemy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23739778

13 AUGUST 2013

Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10239396/Pakistani-prime-minister-calls-for-better-ties-with-India.html

11 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan says India fired on border posts

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/20138118293667922.html

6 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan Rebels Target Bus Convoy

A local official in southwest Pakistan says rebel separatists have kidnapped and killed at least 13 people after stopping their convoy of buses as it headed to Punjab province.
http://www.voanews.com/content/rebels-attack-buses-kill-13/1724150.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/06/india-says-five-soldiers-killed-in-attack-in-kashmir-on-pakistan-border/

Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir

2 AUGUST 2013

John Kerry pledges early end to Pakistan drone strikes

US Secretary of State John Kerry has concluded a visit to Pakistan by pledging to end drone strikes against militants « very, very soon ».
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23545221

1 AUGUST 2013

US and Pakistan agree to restart security talks

America and Pakistan have announced a new chapter in their turbulent alliance, agreeing to upgrade ties dominated in recent years by rows over drone strikes and Islamic terrorists.
http://dawn.com/news/1033392/us-pakistan-to-resume-high-level-negotiations
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10216467/US-and-Pakistan-agree-to-restart-security-talks.html

30 JULY 2013

Mamnoon Hussain is elected 12th president of Pakistan

Ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain was elected as the 12th President of Pakistan on Tuesday, replacing Asif Ali Zardari whose five-year term expires in September.
http://dawn.com/news/1032958/mamnoon-hussain-elected-12th-president-of-pakistan

About 200 inmates escape in Pakistan Taliban attack on prison

Taliban gunmen wearing police uniforms attacked the largest jail in a northern Pakistani province early Tuesday, allowing about 200 inmates to escape, authorities said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/29/world/asia/pakistan-prison-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23493323
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10210231/More-than-240-prisoners-escape-in-Pakistan-jailbreak.html

26 JULY 2013

Pakistan Opposition Boycotts Presidential Vote

Pakistan’s main opposition party says it will boycott the upcoming presidential election to protest the change in the date of the poll without being consulted.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-opposition-boycotts-presidential-vote/1710422.html

20 JULY 2013

Women ‘banned from shopping alone’ in northern Pakistan

Islamic clerics and tribal elders in Pakistan’s north-west Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have barred women from shopping without a male relative.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23388205

14 JULY 2013

First Pakistani women paratroopers make history

Pakistan’s first group of female paratroopers completed their training on Sunday, the military announced, hailing it as a « landmark achievement » for the deeply conservative Muslim country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/359829/first-pakistani-women-paratroopers-make-history

12 JULY 2013

Malala’s forgotten sisters

Girls as young as 5 are still being sold into marriage in Pakistan. And no one will stop it. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan

Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addresses UN

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all.                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-pakistans-malala-celebrates-sixteenth-birthday-with-un-education-appeal/1700490.html

10 JULY 2013

Pakistan bomb kills Zardari security chief

The chief security officer of Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has been killed in a bomb attack in the port city of Karachi, police say.                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23259860               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013710143218541754.html

5 JULY 2013

China, Pakistan ink transport pact

China and Pakistan signed an agreement on Friday on the blueprint for a huge transport project linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea.                                                      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/06/content_16739853.htm                http://asiancorrespondent.com/110307/pakistan-china-set-sights-on-arabian-sea-link/

5 JULY 2013

Death penalty back in Pakistan

Pakistan’s new government has allowed a ban on the death penalty to expire, in a move condemned as « shocking and retrograde » by London-based rights group Amnesty International.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013758546675143.html

3 JULY 2013

Pakistan condemns US drone attack

Pakistan has strongly condemned a US drone strike that killed at least 17 people and wounded many others in North Waziristan’s Miranshah bordering Afghanistan. In a press release on Wednesday, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the strikes were a  violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201373145444176859.html  http://asiancorrespondent.com/110159/us-drone-kills-16-suspected-militants-in-pakistan/

24 JUNE 2013

Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges

Pakistan’s government says it’s planning to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial on treason charges. Newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement in parliament on June 24.                                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/24/pakistan-sharif-says-musharraf-should-face-treason-charges/

23 JUNE 2013

Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for killing nine foreign tourists

Nine foreign tourists and their local guide were murdered when Taliban gunmen dressed as policemen forced their way into a climbing camp during the night in a remote northern region of Pakistan.             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10137506/Pakistan-Taliban-claims-responsibility-for-killing-nine-foreign-tourists.html                                                                        http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/23/tourists-killed-in-pakistan/

15 JUNE 2013

Gunmen in Pakistan bomb female students’ bus then attack hospital

At least 23 people were killed in the twin attacks – including 12 women on the bus, travelling to a university in Quetta, capital of the troubled Baluchistan province. Eleven others died when a bomb exploded in the emergency ward of the city’s Bolan Medical Complex where the wounded were taken. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10122549/Gunmen-in-Pakistan-bomb-female-students-bus-then-attack-hospital.html                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/06/201361510251151772.html

12 JUNE 2013

Pakistan Female Fighter Pilot Wins Battle of Sexes

With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic republic of Pakistan. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-female-fighter-pilot-wins-battle-of-sexes/1680672.html

5 JUNE 2013

Nawaz Sharif formally elected Pakistan Prime Minister for historic third time

After securing 244 votes in the 342-member parliament on Wednesday, Nawaz Sharif was formally elected as Pakistan’s 18th prime minister returning to power after surviving a military coup, a seven-year exile in Saudi Arabia, and a government dismissal http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/05/nawaz_sharif_formally_elected_pakistan_prime_minister_for_historic_third_time

Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif urges end to US drone strikes

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for an end to US drone strikes in his first address since being re-elected to the post.                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22779669                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22788570

1 JUNE 2013

New Pakistan parliament sworn-in

Pakistan’s new parliament was sworn-in on Saturday, completing the country’s first-ever democratic transition of power in a country ruled for half its history by the military.                                                   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/new-pakistan-parliament-sworn-in/694660.html                                                              http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-marks-first-peaceful-democratic-transition/1673338.html

30 MAY 2013

Pakistani Taliban withdraw talks offer after leader killed

The Pakistani Taliban have withdrawn their offer of peace talks with the government following the death of their second in command in a US drone strike.                                     http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10089719/Pakistani-Taliban-withdraw-talks-offer-after-leader-killed.html                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135301492770448.html

29 MAY 2013

Top Pakistan Taliban leader ‘killed by drone’

A US drone strike has killed the number two of the Pakistani Taliban, Wali-ur-Rehman, in North Waziristan region, according to three security officials in Pakistan.               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201352955158237275.html                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22698363

27 MAY 2013

Imran Khan’s party won second most votes in Pakistan election

Imran Khan’s party won the second largest number of votes in Pakistan’s general election, according to newly released data, despite finishing third in terms of seats.                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10082600/Imran-Khans-party-won-second-most-votes-in-Pakistan-election.html

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

20 MAY 2013

Pakistan election results in full

Here are the results of the 11 May general elections in Pakistan, which were won by Nawaz Sharif and his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. Polling was postponed in some areas, with the results of re-runs still to come in                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22558474

19 MAY 2013

Senior Pakistani politician killed in Karachi

Zahra Shahid Hussain, central vice-president of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party and one of its founding members, was killed late on Saturday, just hours before re-elections took place on Sunday. The motives behind the attack remained unclear.  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013518193629150615.html                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/19/pakistan-senior-female-politician-in-khan-s-pti-party-shot/                                                                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10066786/Imran-Khan-blames-London-based-rival-for-Zahra-Shahid-Hussain-killing.html

14 MAY 2013

Video shows ‘vote rigging’ in Pakistan

Amateur mobile phone footage allegedly showing vote rigging at a polling station during Pakistan’s general elections has surfaced amid growing complaints from various political parties over vote fraud in Saturday’s election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10056503/Video-shows-vote-rigging-in-Pakistan.html

12 MAY 2013

Nawaz Sharif poised to return as Pakistan PM

Nawaz Sharif, winner of the Pakistani elections, is holding talks to form a new government, with fixing the economy and tackling the armed insurgency likely to be his two biggest challenges.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351215947745266.html                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/12/former-pakistan-prime-minister-makes-triumphant-return/

11 MAY 2013

Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election

The frontrunner to become Pakistan’s next prime minister on Sunday night promised to stand together with the West in taking on the forces of terrorism, hours after voting finished in the country’s historic general election. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html                                                                                                                                                 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nawaz-sharif-imran-khan-elected-to-parli/671718.html

10 MAY 2013

Record number of women fight to be heard in Pakistani election

Saturday’s general election in Pakistan will see a 129.8 per cent rise in the number of women candidates compared to the previous elections in 2008. But about 10 million women are not registered to vote, and even the activists face serious obstacles.                          http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20130510-record-number-women-fight-be-heard-pakistani-election

9 MAY 2013

Gunmen abduct Pakistan ex-PM Gilani’s son at election rally

The son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen during an election rally.                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22462410                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135985715497546.html

9 MAY 2013

Infographic: How the Pakistan elections work

Explaining polling process in the May 11 vote for national and provincial assemblies across the nation of 182 million.            http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/05/20135815269941163.html

6 MAY 2013

Second Afghan-Pakistan border clash in a week

Afghan and Pakistani troops have clashed across the border between the two countries for the second time in a week. http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22427641

29 APRIL 2013

Pre-election violence continues in Pakistan

At least eight people, including the son of an influential Afghan cleric, have been killed and 45 others wounded after a suicide bomber rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Peshawar, police have said.                                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013429144211458515.html

23 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s Musharraf Appears Before Anti-Terrorism Court

An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has ordered the country’s former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, to be made part of an ongoing investigation into assassination of Benazir Bhutto five years ago. Also on Tuesday police say they found a vehicle packed with explosives near the Musharraf residence.                                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/article/1647276.html                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342352843862374.html

22 APRIL 2013

Pakistan Government Declines Treason Charges Against Musharraf

Pakistan’s caretaker government will not file treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf, saying the move would be beyond its limited mandate.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistani-government-declines-treason-charges-against-musharraf/1646208.html                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10010152/Pakistans-government-refuses-to-try-Pervez-Musharraf.html                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22253247

20 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf in custody for two weeks

Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007.                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22229320                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/20/pakistan-s-ex-president-in-custody-for-two-weeks/                                                                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/musharraf-to-remain-in-custody/1645465.html

19 APRIL 2013

Pakistani police arrest Pervez Musharraf in Islamabad

He was initially placed under house arrest at his home in Islamabad but later transferred to the police headquarters in the city.                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22211766                                                                                                             http://dawn.com/2013/04/19/musharraf-surrenders-to-authorities-appears-in-court/  http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/19/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

18 APRIL 2013

Musharraf placed under house arrest

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has been placed under house arrest, his spokeswoman said Thursday. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/18/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c1             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134185552874909.html                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22196101

17 APRIL 2013

Deadly blast hits Pakistan election rally

At least 16 people killed and dozens wounded after bomb strikes campaign rally of secularist politician in Peshawar http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201341616343565646.html

16 APRIL 2013

Pakistan court bars Musharraf from elections

Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been barred from running for parliament in the only seat he had been approved to contest                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013416103441625181.html                                            http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-180413.html

13 APRIL 2013

Pakistan’s democracy is yet to be substantive

When Pakistan holds elections on 11 May 2013 it will be the first time in Pakistan’s history that an elected government hands over power to another elected government. Though this is a positive development, most Pakistani and international observers are not optimistic that the elections form part of a broader transition from procedural to substantive democracy http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/13/pakistans-democracy-is-yet-to-be-substantive/

11 APRIL 2013

Pakistan: Dynamics of Failing State Theory

“Pakistan speaks of America’s continual betrayal. America finds Pakistan duplicitous wants it to focus on global threats, be it communalism or Jihadist. Pakistan wants to concentrate on the threat next door –India.                                                           http://southasianidea.com/geopolitics/pakistan-dynamics-of-failing-state-theory/

8 APRIL 2013

30 Pakistani soldiers killed in northwest valley

Four days of fierce fighting in northwestern Pakistan left 30 soldiers and nearly 100 militants dead as the army attempted to wrestle control of a remote, mountainous valley from the Taliban and their allies, military officials said http://asiancorrespondent.com/104721/30-pakistani-soldiers-killed-in-northwest-valley/

8 APRIL 2013

Pervez Musharraf ordered to answer treason allegations

Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has been ordered to appear in court over treason allegations and has barred him from leaving the country.                                                                           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9978894/Pervez-Musharraf-ordered-to-answer-treason-allegations.html                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22062324

6 APRIL 2013

Malala charity to fund education of girls in Pakistan

Malala Yousafzai – the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban last October – has started a fund to educate other girls in Pakistan.                                                                                                                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/05/pakistani-schoolgirl-shot-by-taliban-launches-malala-fund-charity/                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22045269

4 APRIL 2013

How my brother tried to kill me in ‘honor attack’

This Pakistani girl’s life of misery and suffering began at the tender age of 12, when instead of going to school she was married to a man old enough to be her grandfather. She says: « My family married me off when I was 12 years old. My husband was 60. Every day he would beat me. I would cry and beg him stop. But he just kept on beating me. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/afghanistan-honor-killing-survivor/index.html?hpt=ias_t2

30 MARCH 2013

Pakistan gunmen attack primary school in Karachi

Gunmen on Saturday hurled a firecracker and opened fire at a primary school in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, killing its principal and wounding eight children, police said.              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9962446/Pakistan-gunmen-attack-primary-school-in-Karachi.html      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013330132359756777.html

29 MARCH 2013

Pakistan’s Musharraf granted bail to run in election

Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf has won a legal victory in a Karachi court which means he cannot be immediately arrested on charges of conspiracy to murder and illegally removing from office a number of judges, including the Supreme Court chief justice.                                                                                                                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/29/pakistan-s-musharraf-granted-bail-to-run-in-election/

28 MARCH 2013

Teacher’s murder sparks calls for school protection for Pakistan’s girls

The murder of a teacher has prompted a petition calling for Pakistan’s government to take a greater role in protecting girls and teachers attending school                                                                                                                                           http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/asia/pakistan-teacher-death-petition/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

20 MARCH 2013

UN denounces US drone use in Pakistan

The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator has said.                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html

19 MARCH 2013

Pakistani Taliban suspend peace talks with government

The Pakistani Taliban have suspended peace talks with the Pakistani government, claiming the stakeholders are “not serious” with the peace initiative, a spokesman for the banned outfit said in a video released Monday                                                                      http://dawn.com/2013/03/18/ttp-suspends-talks-with-government/

16 MARCH 2013

Pakistan’s Ashraf government makes history

Pakistan’s PM has hailed as « a victory » for democracy the completion of a full term by an elected government for the first time in the country’s history.                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21817492

15 MARCH 2013

Balochistan govt to be dissolved on March 19

The disgruntled chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani on Friday agreed to end the ongoing constitutional crisis in the province after a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari.                                                                                                               http://dawn.com/2013/03/15/balochistan-govt-to-be-dissolved-on-march-19/

11 MARCH 2013

Pakistan defies US with gas pipeline to Iran

Iranian and Pakistani leaders have inaugurated the construction of a much-delayed section of a $7.5bn gas pipeline linking the two neighbours, defying the threat of US sanctions.                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/03/201331110555932441.html                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/11/pakistan-iran-gas-pipeline-inaugurated-defying-us-opposition/                                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-130313.html?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_222310431

10 MARCH 2013

Police Arrest Dozens in Pakistan Christian Attack

Police in central Pakistan have arrested dozens of men a day after a mob burned a Christian area in Punjab province over alleged blasphemy. The incident has outraged Christians and civil society activists, who took to the streets on Sunday to demand effective protection of minorities and reforms in the controversial blasphemy laws of majority-Muslim Pakistan                                                                                                                                          http://www.voanews.com/content/christian-homes-set-ablaze-in-pakistan/1618681.html                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259092/1/.html

9 MARCH 2013

Dozens of Christian homes set on fire by Muslim mob, Pakistani authorities say

More than 100 homes of Christians were set on fire by outraged Muslims in the Badami Bagh community in Lahore on Saturday after police arrested Sawan Masih, a Christian in his mid-20s accused of speaking against the Muslim prophet Muhammad, officials said. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/09/world/asia/pakisan-unrest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

9 MARCH 2013

Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome

Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ».                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html

5 MARCH 2013

Benazir Bhutto’s friends attempt to seize party from her husband

Benazir Bhutto loyalists are launching an attempt to wrest control of her party back from President Asif Ali Zardari, her widower, hurling accusations that he is destroying her legacy.                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9909851/Benazir-Bhuttos-friends-attempt-to-seize-party-from-her-husband.html

3 MARCH 2013

Deadly bombings hit Shia district in Karachi

A bomb attack in Pakistan’s largest city Karachi killed at least 35 people, including women and children, and wounded 70 others, police said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/20133315617954671.html                                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21649412

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

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan ‘militant leader’ Malik Ishaq arrested

Pakistani police have detained Malik Ishaq, founder and former head of militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), at his home in Punjab province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21553492

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan Shiites call off protest, agree to bury dead

Thousands of Pakistani Shiite Muslims called off nationwide protests Tuesday and agreed to bury the dead from a bombing that killed 89 people, after the government promised to arrest those responsible                 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1255192/1/.html                        http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2013-02-20/hundreds-arrested-over-quetta-bomb-attack/1090936

Afghan forces arrest Pakistan Taliban commander

Prominent Pakistani Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad has been arrested in eastern Afghanistan.                                                                   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21504250

Gwadar: a potential base for Chinese expansion?

After inheriting the Pakistani port of Gwadar from Singapore on Feb. 18, China now has a promising base to project its influence over the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, reports the Global Times, a nationalistic tabloid produced under the auspices of the party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130219000016&cid=1101

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Quetta: Shia Hazaras refuse to bury Pakistan bomb dead

Ethnic Hazara women in the Pakistani city of Quetta are refusing to bury the bodies of scores of people killed by a huge bomb in a Shia commercial area.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21495975

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Bomb rips through Shiite enclave in Pakistan

A blast targeting Shiites in a busy Pakistani marketplace killed at least 67 people on Saturday. The strike occurred the southwestern Pakistan city of Quetta.                                                                                                                                                http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/pakistan-blast/index.html?hpt=ias_c1             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254678/1/.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier

A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446

26 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s battle for democracy

Democratic forces in Pakistan continue to fight an uphill battle despite a multitude of national challenges. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/26/pakistan-democracy/

17 JANUARY 2013

Derailing Democracy in Islamabad

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137764/aqil-shah/derailing-democracy-in-islamabad?page=show

Official refuses court order to arrest Pakistan PM

Pakistan’s anti-corruption chief refused a Supreme Court order to arrest the prime minister in a graft case Thursday, citing a lack of evidence, in the latest clash between the government and the country’s top court.                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/95630/official-refuses-court-order-to-arrest-pakistan-pm/

Pakistan cleric signals end to Islamabad sit-in

Tahir-ul Qadri made the announcement as the country’s corruption watchdog told the Supreme Court it did not yet have enough evidence to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on graft allegations, as the top judge had ordered.                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130117-396264.html                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21055900

15 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan top court orders PM arrest

The Pakistani Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Raja Pervez Ashraf, the country’s prime minister, in connection with a corruption case, officials say. The court ordered the arrest of Ashraf on Tuesday morning, in case relating to contracts for the purchase of rental power plants by the federal government when Ashraf was the federal minister for water and power. ttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201311592859175153.html                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21022855

12 JANUARY 2013

Talks fail to quell Pakistan Shia protests

Talks between Pakistani officials and Shia leaders have failed to quell a protest that brought thousands of people out onto cold, wet streets for a second night to watch over the bodies of 96 people killed in Quetta in one of the country’s worst sectarian  ttacks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013112182336231791.html

11 JANUARY 2013

More than 100 dead in bombings across Pakistan

At least 115 people have been killed in a series of bombing across Pakistan, including 81 who died after two successive bombs exploded minutes apart in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta late Thursday, police sources said.                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130110-quetta-pakistan-50-dead-twin-explosions                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20989329

10 JANUARY 2013

Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues

A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/

8 JANUARY 2013

India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border

Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html

6 JANUARY 2013

Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops

A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html                                                                                                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/

4 JANUARY 2013

Bahawal Khan to succeed Pakistan militant leader Mullah Nazir

A successor to Pakistani militant leader Mullah Nazir, who was killed in a US drone strike, has been announced. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20909841

Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-20908439                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/04/world/europe/uk-pakistan-malala-discharged/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 JANUARY 2013

US drone kills senior Pakistan tribal leader

Commander Mullah Nazir, known to have ties to Afghan Taliban, among at least nine fighters killed in separate strikes. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9778161/Mullah-Nazir-very-much-an-American-target.html   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/2013135203260995.html

Shot schoolgirl given peace award

A 15-year-old schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban will be honoured for her courage and determination.  http://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/national/shot-schoolgirl-given-peace-award-1-4633462

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/

30 DECEMBER 2012

Pakistan’s bleak outlook lightened by the game-changer with India

With a general parliamentary election likely to be held early in the year, and changes to the leadership of the army and judiciary due by the end of the year,Pakistan faces some daunting challenges as it enters 2013.                                              http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/30/pakistans-bleak-outlook-lightened-by-the-game-changer-with-india/

Pakistani Taliban execute captured policemen

Government officials say 21 out of 23 tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been executed by their captors in northwest Pakistan. Naveed Akbar Khan, a local government official, told the AFP news agency on Sunday: « We found 21 bullet riddled bodies of security personnel a short while ago in an uninhabited area. »            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/20121229214853934265.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Clerics call for protests over polio worker killings

In Pakistan hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of another victim of the attacks on UN-backed polio eradication teams. The total number of deaths has now risen to nine.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/20/clerics-call-for-protests-over-polio-worker-killings/

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Pakistan court orders action against Taliban, armed groups in Karachi

In an interim order issued Saturday, the Supreme Court’s bench five-member hearing a case for the implementation of the apex court’s earlier order in a suo motu case related to the law and order situation in Karachi directed the provincial government to arrest all prisoners released on parole and present them before it. http://dawn.com/2012/11/03/sc-orders-action-against-taliban-armed-groups-in-karachi/

3 NOVEMBER 2012

Pakistani Taliban target female students with acid attack

It’s the latest cruel tactic in the Pakistani Taliban’s battle to stop girls and women from getting an education: acid thrown in their faces to scar them for life and deter others from following in their footsteps.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/03/world/asia/pakistan-acid-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

19 OCTOBER 2012

Pakistan court rules army must stop interfering in politics

In a rare challenge to Pakistan’s powerful generals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the military should stop interfering in politics
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121019-378696.html

15 OCTOBER 2012

Fourteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in Swat, has arrived in the UK for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19954043
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90712/thousands-rally-for-pakistani-girl-shot-by-taliban/
http://www.france24.com/en/20121009-pakistan-girl-malala-yousufzai-shot-taliban-school-bus-swat-valley

9 OCTOBER 2012

Shot down because demanding the right for girls to go to school

Leaders from around the world have condemned the shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, an education and rights activist in the northwestern Pakistani region of Swat. Yousafzai was shot by Taliban gunmen on Tuesday in her hometown of Mingora while on her way home from school.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/2012101018922566669.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Pakistani politician, Imran Khan, is leading a “peace march” in protest against US drone strikes

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9591518/Imran-Khan-sets-off-on-peace-march-to-campaign-against-drones.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19854297

1 OCTOBRE 2012

Setback for Pakistani teen facing blasphemy charges

Three witnesses whose testimony could absolve a 14-year-old Pakistani girl facing life in prison have changed their statements.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/01/world/asia/pakistan-blasphemy-girl/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Anti-Islam film: Pakistan minister offers bounty

A Pakistani government minister has offered a $100,000 (£61,616) reward for the death of the maker of an anti-Islam film produced in the US
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/23/pakistani-minister-offers-bounty-for-death-of-film-maker/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19687386

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Insults to Islam stir mass Pakistan protests

Reports say more than 17 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129219618263113.html
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/21/pakistan-deadly-protests-against-anti-islam-film/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19678412

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

Pakistan’s government has declared Friday a national holiday to allow protests against the anti-Islam film.

The announcement came hours after hundreds of lawyers surrounded the Islamabad compound that houses the US Embassy on Wednesda
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/19/pakistan-declares-national-holiday-for-film-protests

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Pakistan to ‘reopen Zardari fraud cases’

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf says he will obey Tuesday’s Supreme Court order to reopen a corruption case against the country’s president
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/18/pakistan-pm-vows-to-probe-zardari-corruption-allegations/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129181154102792.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

Reports: Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile

Pakistan on Monday conducted a successful test fire of the indigenously developed multi tube Cruise Missile Hatf-VII (Babur), having a range of 700 kilometers
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/17-Sep-2012/pakistan-tests-nuclear-capable-missile
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/17/13913915-reports-pakistan-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile

Protestors go on rampage in Karachi

One person was killed and nine others were injured after protestors led violent protests in front of the US consulate in Karachi
http://dawn.com/2012/09/16/one-person-killed-in-karachi-protests/

Pakistan’s blasphemy law ‘vaguely formulated and arbitrarily enforced’

With Muslim leaders in many countries calling for a global law barring what they call insults to Islam, the main non-Catholic world Christian grouping on Monday said just such a law in Pakistan is used to persecute other religions
http://dawn.com/2012/09/17/pakistans-blasphemy-law-vaguely-formulated-and-arbitrarily-enforced/

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

Hundreds killed in Karachi factory inferno

Factory fires in two major cities in Pakistan have killed more than 300 people and injured dozens more, including some who had to leap from windows to escape the flames, officials and survivors have said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129124543681430.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19566851

8 SEPTEMBER 2012

India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19530819

Pakistan frees Christian girl jailed in blasphemy case

A young, mentally-challenged Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy after she was found to be in possession of burned pages of the Koran has been released from jail, Pakistani officials said Saturday, a day after a court granted her bail http://www.france24.com/en/20120908-pakistan-frees-christian-girl-accused-blasphemy-case-rawalpindi-rimsha-koran-burning

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Save the Children foreign staff ordered out of Pakistan

Save the Children’s foreign staff have been ordered to leave Pakistan within two weeks, the aid agency confirms http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19500103 http://www.france24.com/en/20120906-save-children-foreign-staff-expelled-deported-pakistan-afridi-osama-bin-laden-usa

3 SEPTEMBER 2012

Asif Ali Zardari ‘extending Pakistan political dynasty’ with son

Pakistan’s ruling political dynasty has been accused of abusing its power after it emerged that President Asif Ali Zardari’s 23-year-old son met several world leaders during a recent summit in Tehran.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9517712/Asif-Ali-Zardari-extending-Pakistan-political-dynasty-with-son.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Palistani cleric arrested for falsifying evidence in blasphemy case

A Pakistani cleric has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with evidence after he submitted burned pages of the Koran as proof against a 14-year-old Christian girl accused of blasphemy, police said on Sunday. http://www.france24.com/en/20120902-cleric-imam-arrested-tampering-evidence-blasphemy-case-rimsha-khalid-chishti-pakistan
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/02/world/asia/pakistan-girl-blasphemy/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/20129252559111935.html

15 AUGUST 2012

Pakistan frees 55 Indians for independence day

Pakistan on Wednesday released 55 Indian fishermen, 15 of them teenagers, as a « goodwill gesture » to mark independence day in India
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120815-365550.html

3 AUGUST 2012

Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers

A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19116499

Pakistan court strikes down contempt law Pakistan’s top court on Friday struck down a new law exempting members of the government from being tried for contempt, clearing the way for legal proceedings against the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1217793/1/.html

2 AUGUST 2012

India overturns ban on Pakistan investments

India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35

1 AUGUST 2012

Report blasts Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces have killed, raped or carried out mass arrests of Rohingya Muslims after deadly sectarian riots in the northeast in June, a rights group has said, adding the authorities had done little to prevent the initial unrest. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128154245751775. htmlhttp://asiancorrespondent.com/86908/human-rights-group-cites-atrocities-in-western-burma/

Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted

Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus. http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348

31 JULY 2012

World’s biggest ever blackout as India is brought to a standstill

The world’s biggest ever blackout brought half of India to a standstill, as a catastrophic power outage left 670 million people without electricity. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9441940/Worlds-biggest-ever-blackout-as-India-is-brought-to-a-standstill.html

30 JULY 012

Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’

The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910 http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html

29 JULY 2012

Anna Hazare begins fifth hunger strike in 16 months

Anna Hazare, the Indian activist, began his fifth hunger strike in 16 months on Sunday as he pushes for strong anti-graft legislation. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9436316/Anna-Hazare-begins-fifth-hunger-strike-in-16-months.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216398/1/.html

2 AUGUST 2012

India overturns ban on Pakistan investments

India has reversed its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/20128264238428195.html http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=418737&catid=35

27 JULY 2012

British ambassador says Pakistan is ‘world leader’ in visa application fraud

During a news conference to publicise the London Olympics, Adam Thomson said UK visa officials had sifted out thousands of forged documents submitted by Pakistanis trying to obtain travel documents for Britain during the past year.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9432649/British-ambassador-says-Pakistan-is-world-leader-in-visa-application-fraud.html

24 JULY 2012

Pakistani Taliban chief warns Islamabad

Mualana Wali-u-Rehman, known in militant circles as « Molvi Sahib », carries a Turkish-made Zigana-K pistol and a Russian AKS-74U assault rifle. Rehman, a former activist from Pakistan’s largest religious-political party, Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam, was one of the founding members of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban, or TTP) in South Waziristan, when it emerged in late 2007.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NG25Df03.html

19 JULY 2012

Pakistan’s courts take on the ISI

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency to close a notorious cell that focused on monitoring internal politics, in a direct challenge to the ISI’s ability to operate as a « state within a state ».
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NG19Df02.html

10 JULY 2012

Protests in Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

There have been protests in the Pakistani capital Islamabad against the government’s decision to re-open NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/10/pakistani-protests-over-nato-s-re-opened-afghan-supply-lines/ http://www.france24.com/en/20120709-pakistan-islamists-rally-against-reopening-nato-supply-routes-afghanistan

8 JULY 2012

Ex Pak IB chief hid bin Laden in Abbotabad with Musharraf’s approval: ex ISI chief

A retired Pakistani military officer, Brigadier Ijaz Shah is alleged to have harboured Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan for years, former head of Pakistan’s spy agency, the directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), General Ziauddin Butt, has claimed.
http://www.sify.com/news/ex-pak-ib-chief-hid-bin-laden-in-abbotabad-with-musharraf-s-approval-ex-isi-chief-news-international-mhilajfadbd.html?scategory=international

4 JULY 2012

Pakistan mob burns man to death for ‘blasphemy’

A Pakistani mob has taken a man accused of blasphemy from a police station and burnt him to death, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18713545

3 JULY 2012

Pakistan ends blockade of Nato supply routes

Pakistan has announced it will end its blockade of Nato supply routes into Afghanistan, after the US finally apologised for a mistaken attack that killed 24 of its troops. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9373772/Pakistan-ends-blockade-of-Nato-supply-routes.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18691691

22 JUNE 2012

Pakistan elects Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected a former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201262244252924620.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9349742/Pakistan-elects-Raja-Pervez-Ashraf-as-prime-minister.html

21 JUNE 2012

Pakistan courts order arrest of new prime minister nominee

Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts on Thursday sabotaged the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/20126209109434788.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9346965/Pakistan-courts-order-arrest-of-new-prime-minister-nominee.html

19 JUNE 2012

Pakistan Supreme Court bars PM Gilani from office

Pakistan’s top court has disqualified Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012619104352956999.html
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NF21Df02.html#

18 JUNE 2012

Taliban to U.S.: End drone strikes in Pakistan, or no more polio vaccines

A Taliban commander in northwest Pakistan has announced a ban on polio vaccines for children as long as the United States continues its campaign of drone strikes in the region, according to a statement by the Taliban.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/18/world/asia/pakistan-taliban-polio/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

13 JUNE 2012

Pakistani singer Mehdi Hassan dies

Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia, has died. He was 84. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012613105952254143.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18421080

11 JUNE 2012

US withdraws supply route negotiators from Pakistan

US negotiators who have been trying to reach a deal with Pakistan over a supply route to Nato troops in Afghanistan have quit the talks. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18401465

India and Pakistan in talks over Siachen Glacier

Indian and Pakistani defence officials held a fresh round of talks on Monday seeking to end decades of dispute over the Siachen Glacier, dubbed the world’s highest battlefield.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9323679/India-and-Pakistan-in-talks-over-Siachen-Glacier.html

5 JUNE 2012

US Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills Al-Qaida No. 2

U.S. official says a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second in command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, dealing what is said to be a major blow to the terror group. Tuesday’s 5 confirmation of al-Libi’s death came a day after missiles from a U.S. drone hit a vehicle and compound in the North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least 15 people, including foreigners
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201265174418788725.
html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-officials-say-drone-attack-targeted-al-qaidas-no-2/1147332.html

23 MAY 2012

Pakistan jails doctor who helped CIA find Bin Laden

A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama Bin Laden has been jailed for at least 30 years, officials say http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012523111832779910.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18175964

18 MAY 2012

No-confidence vote only way to unseat me, Gilani tells opposition

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani challenged the opposition Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz on Friday, daring the Sharifs to bring a vote of no-confidence against him
http://dawn.com/2012/05/18/no-confidence-vote-only-way-to-unseat-me-gilani-tells-opposition/

27 APRIL 2012

Defiant PM vows not to cede office

Armed with the support of his party, allies, and some argument, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took his turn on Friday 27 to hit back hard at his political foes, telling the National Assembly he would not cede office owing to his conviction by the Supreme Court for contempt unless the house disqualified him
http://dawn.com/2012/04/28/defiant-pm-vows-not-to-cede-office/

United States Talks Fail as Pakistanis Seek Apology

The latest high-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan ended in failure on Friday 27 over Pakistani demands for an unconditional apology from the Obama administration for an airstrike http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/28/world/asia/talks-between-us-and-pakistan-fail-over-airstrike-apology.html?_r=1&ref=asia#

26 APRIL 2012

Pakistani PM Gilani guilty of contempt but spared jail

Pakistan’s Supreme Court has found Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani guilty in a contempt of court case. However, the court gave Mr Gilani only a symbolic sentence and he will not have to serve any time in jail.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17848796

25 APRIL 2012

Pakistan conducts ballistic missile test

Pakistan has successfully conducted a test of an intermediate range ballistic missile, the country’s military has said. The Hatf-IV Shaheen-1A missile is capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) department said on Wednesday http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/201242545255746331.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/pakistan-missile-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

18 APRIL 2012

Pakistan’s Army Chief Calls for Glacier Demilitarization

Pakistan’s army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has called for the demilitarization of the disputed high-altitude Siachen Glacier where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops have been stationed for decades
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Pakistans-Army-Chief-Calls-for-Demilitarization-of-World-Highest-Battleground-147974215.html

30 MARCH 2012

More than 100,000 flee clashes between Pakistani troops, Islamists

More than 100,000 people have fled the north-west Khyber tribal region since government troops launched a January offensive against Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants, the UN refugee agency said on Friday
http://www.france24.com/en/20120331-unhcr-100000-flee-clashes-pakistan-troops-taliban-qaeda-khyber-tribal-northwest

25 MARCH 2012

Taliban threaten Pakistani lawmakers who support resumption of NATO supplies to Afghanistan

The Taliban on Sunday 25 threatened to attack Pakistani lawmakers and their families if they support allowing NATO to resume shipping supplies through the country to troops in neighboring Afghanistan http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/taliban-threaten-pakistani-lawmakers-who-support-resumption-of-nato-supplies-to-afghanistan/2012/03/25/gIQA3B3aZS_story.html

9 MARCH 2012

Pakistan bans Ahle Sunnah Wal Jamaat Islamist group

Pakistan’s government has issued orders banning the country’s largest Islamic extremist group. Activists from the pro-al-Qaeda group formerly known as the Sipah-e-Sahaba (SSP), or Soldiers of the Companions of the Prophet, have been convicted of killing hundreds of Shia Muslims
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17322095

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Pakistan appeals to Interpol over Musharraf arrest

Pakistan is in the final stages of asking Interpol to help arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120221-329332.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/21/world/asia/pakistan-musharraf/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

13 FEBRUARY 2012

Pakistani Court Indicts Prime Minister for Contempt

Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan’s prime minister, has been charged with contempt of court by the country’s supreme court, after he disobeyed a court order to open corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/14/world/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-prime-minister-for-contempt.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201221344753846407.html http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/12/world/asia/pakistan-gilani-court/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

11 FEBRUARY 2011

Crowds swarm Suu Kyi as campaign begins

9 FEBRUARY 2012

US drone in Pakistan kills ‘al-Qaeda ally’

The second US drone attack in two days in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region killed has killed four people, including a senior militant commander with links to al-Qaeda, Pakistani intelligence officials and Taliban sources said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201229111725286336.html

1 FEBRUARY 2012

Profile: Pakistan’s ISI

The charge that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence is supporting Taliban fighters in Afghanistan is just the latest of many charges directed at Pakistan’s shadowy intelligence service, which for decades has been accused of plotting assassinations, backing armed groups, and organising attacks against neighbouring countries
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/2012218213493884.html

27 JANUARY 2012

Pervez Musharraf postpones Pakistan return, aide says

Mr Musharraf had previously vowed to end his self-imposed exile and fly back to Pakistan by the end of this month to revive his political career
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16766967

16 JANUARY 2012

Amid tensions, Pakistani lawmakers vote to support ‘democracy’

Pakistani lawmakers on Monday passed a resolution supporting the country’s democratic system, a vote that came after weeks of public speculation and political intrigue about the possibility of a coup in the volatile nation http://edition.cnn.com/2012/01/16/world/asia/pakistan-politics/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

11 JANUARY 2012

Firing of Pakistan’s Defense Secretary Raises Tension With Army

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani fired his defense secretary, a retired general and confidant of Pakistan’s army chief, on Wednesday 11 as the civilian government appeared headed for a collision with the country’s powerful military leadership
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/12/world/asia/firing-of-pakistans-defense-secretary-raises-tension-with-army.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16511826

10 JANUARY 2012

Pakistani Judges Press Prime Minister to Defy President

The political and legal crisis in Pakistan took a new turn on Tuesday when the Supreme Court threatened to dismiss Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for failing to comply with court orders to reopen corruption cases against his political boss: President Asif Ali Zardari
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/11/world/asia/car-bomb-kills-dozens-in-pakistan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16494070

8 JUANURY 2012

Former Pakistan President Announces Plans to Return Home

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has announced plans to return to the country later this month. Musharraf told supporters in Karachi via telephone Sunday that he would arrive between January 27 and January 30 http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Former-Pakistan-President-Announces-Plans-to-Return-Home-136906133.html

29 DECEMBER 2011

Pakistan murder testimony doctor Baqir Shah shot dead

A doctor who testified that Pakistani security forces had killed a group of unarmed foreigners has, himself, been shot dead. Dr Baqir Shah was gunned down in the city of Quetta after he contradicted police reports from earlier this year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16360476
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16359639

25 DECEMBER 2011

Thousands rally for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

More than 100,000 people have rallied in support of Pakistani cricket legend and opposition politician Imran Khan in the southern city of Karachi. Sunday’s rally further cemented Khan’s status as a rising force in Pakistani politics, ahead of parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in 2013
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/2011122514241338231.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16329906

23 DECEMBER 2011

Pakistan Military Denies Conspiracy to Seize Power

Pakistan lurched between crises on Friday with its military chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, dismissing talk of a coup and canceling a visit from a top American general, a sign that Pakistani fury at the United States over air strikes that killed 26 soldiers is far from abating
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/world/asia/pakistan-military-seeking-to-quash-rumors-denies-conspiracy-to-seize-power.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 DECEMBER 2011

Tumultuous Year Strains US Pakistani Relations

Pakistan and the United States have maintained a critical strategic partnership for the past 10 years despite tense relations over the war in Afghanistan and U.S. suspicions that Islamabad maintains ties to militant groups
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/Tumultuous-Year-Strains-US-Pakistani-Relations-136067983.html

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 16 February in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 16 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 16, 2017

1249: André de Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Andr%C3%A9_de_Longjumeau.html

1781: After Warren Hastings sent another force against Mahadaji Sindhia, General Camac defeats Sindhia at Sipri which will lead to the Treaty of Salbai on 17 May 1782 guaranting peace for twenty years

1874: Beginning of the Saga Rebellion, one of a number of uprisings in Kyushu  against the new Meiji government of Japan by members of the former samurai-class (up to April 9)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_Rebellion

1945: The Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines is occupied by American troops, almost three years after the devastating and infamous Bataan Death March
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bataan-recaptured

1945: American forces land on Corregidor island in the Philippines (fights up to 3 March)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_the_Recapture_of_Corregidor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iXlE5Q23cs

1945: First US aircraft carrier strikes on Tokyo

1950: Fearing Communists Chinese military assistance to Hanoi, France requests U.S. aid in fighting the Viet Minh

1952: Start of peace negotiations between Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

2009: The Pakistani government and Taliban of the Swat Valley sign an agreement. Sharia will be applied in this region

2012: Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120216-328369.html

 

On 16 February in South Asian history

ON 16 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1781: After Warren Hastings sent another force against Mahadaji Sindhia, General Camac defeats Sindhia at Sipri which will lead to the Treaty of Salbai on 17 May 1782 guaranting peace for twenty years

1944: Death of Dadasaheb phalke.Indian filmmaker, born on April 30,.1870
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadasaheb_Phalke
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/16-february-1944-dadasaheb-phalke-director-and-screenwriter-died

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_q_m7GpeVY

1981: Start of a voyage of pope John-Paul II to Pakistan, Philippines and Japon
http://www.aenet.org/popepaul/pope0.htm

2009: The Pakistani government and Taliban of the Swat Valley sign an agreement. Sharia will be applied in this region

2015: India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

 

On 16 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 16 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1916: Birth of General Duong Van Minh, last South Vietnam president, who died on August 6, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duong_Van_Minh

1945: The Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines is occupied by American troops, almost three years after the devastating and infamous Bataan Death March
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bataan-recaptured

1945: American forces land on Corregidor island in the Philippines (fights up to 3 March)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_the_Recapture_of_Corregidor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iXlE5Q23cs

1950: Fearing Communists Chinese military assistance to Hanoi, France requests U.S. aid in fighting the Viet Minh

1962: USA suspend their help to the Laotian government of Prince Boun Oum
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boun_Oum

1974: Birth of Johnny Tri Nguyen, Vietnamese American stuntman and martial arts actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Tri_Nguyen

1981: Start of a voyage of pope John-Paul II to Pakistan, Philippines and Japon
http://www.aenet.org/popepaul/pope0.htm

1986: After the National Assembly declared the election in favor of Marcos, close to a million supporters of Cory Aquino attend a rally to hear Cory outline a national campaign of civil disobedience
http://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2014/feb/17/philippines-ferdinand-marcos-corazon-aquino

2015: East Timor swears in Rui Araujo as new prime minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31492776

 

On 16 February in Japan’s history

ON 16 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1222: Birth of Nichiren Daishonin, Japanese founder of Nichiren Bouddhism who died in October 13, 1282
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/subdivisions/nichiren_1.shtml
http://www.nichirenbuddhist.org/LearnBuddhism/Nichiren/lifeofnich.html

1543: Birth of Kano Eitoku, Japanese painter who died in October 1590

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan%C5%8D_Eitoku
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/artists/kano_eitoku.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Kano+Eitoku&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PNA7T72DH4eFhQf74MjpCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543

1874: Beginning of the Saga Rebellion, one of a number of uprisings in Kyushu  against the new Meiji government of Japan by members of the former samurai-class (up to April 9)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_Rebellion

1884: Birth of Yasuda Yukihiko, Japanese painter, who died on April 29, 1978
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuda_Yukihiko
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Kano+Eitoku&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PNA7T72DH4eFhQf74MjpCQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBQQ_AUoAQ&biw=1192&bih=543#hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Yasuda+Yukihiko&oq=Yasuda+Yukihiko&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=178151l181054l0l182510l11l7l0l0l0l3l144l496l4.1l7l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=b0b66fb9f81689f2&biw=1192&bih=543

1931: Birth of Ken Takakura (Goichi Oda), Japanese actor in Kita
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0847264/
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/takakura_ken.shtml

1945: The Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines is occupied by American troops, almost three years after the devastating and infamous Bataan Death March
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bataan-recaptured

1945: American forces land on Corregidor island in the Philippines (fights up to 3 March)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_the_Recapture_of_Corregidor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iXlE5Q23cs

1945: First US aircraft carrier strikes on Tokyo

1950: Birth of Kazuki Tomokawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuki_Tomokawa
http://time-has-told-me.blogspot.com/2006/10/kazuki-tomokawa_11.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPQ0u8NFoO4

1952: Start of peace negotiations between Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

1975: Birth of Nanase Aikawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanase_Aikawa

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZyS_YBDcOw

1976: Birth of Kyo, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyo_%28musician%29

1976: Birth of Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Odagiri_Joe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqinYULQh3g&feature=fvsr

1981: Start of a voyage of pope John-Paul II to Pakistan, Philippines and Japon
http://www.aenet.org/popepaul/pope0.htm

2012: Death of Chikage Awashima, Japanese actress, born on February 24, 1924
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/chikage-awashima-versatile-adored-japanese-actress-of-stage-and-screen-7619257.html
http://www.japan-zone.com/news/2012/02/16/rip_awashima_chikage.shtml

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRQgBV1ayaM

On 16 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 16 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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185: In China, end of the Yellow Turban Rebellion
http://thethreekingdoms.wikia.com/wiki/The_Yellow_Turban_Rebellion

549: Death of Zhu Yi Chinese official of the Liang Dynasty, born in 483
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Yi_(Liang_Dynasty)

1032: Birth of Yingzong (Zhao Shu), 5th Emperor (1063-1067) of the Chinese Song dynasty who died on January 25, 1067
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Yingzong_of_Song
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1255.html

1249: André de Longjumeau is dispatched by Louis IX of France as his ambassador to meet with the Khan of the Mongols
http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Andr%C3%A9_de_Longjumeau.html

1304: Birth of Jayaatu Khan Emperor Wenzong of Yuan who died on September 2, 1332
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayaatu_Khan,_Emperor_Wenzong_of_Yuan

1900: Chun Say Tat Po, is the first Chinese daily newspaper published in USA at San Francisco

1921: Birth of Hua Guofeng, successor of Mao Zedong in 1976 and died on August 20, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Guofeng

1950: Fearing Communists Chinese military assistance to Hanoi, France requests U.S. aid in fighting the Viet Minh

1950: Birth of Roman Tam, Hong Kong famous singer who died on August 18, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Tam

 

1952: Start of peace negotiations between Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan)

1960: Birth of Cherie Chung, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherie_Chung
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=203

1961: China uses its first nuclear reactor

1964: Birth of Sean Lau Ching-Wan, Hong Kong Film Award winning and Golden Bauhinia Award winning film and television actor
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/lau_ching_wan.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qi2jreRsJEU

1988: death of author and educator Ye Shengtao, born on October 28, 1894
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Ye_Shengtao

1997: Death of Wu Chien-Shiung (Wu Jianxiong) Chinese-American physicist, nicknamed Madame Curie of China, born on May 29, 1912 in Shanghai
http://womenshistory.about.com/od/sciencephysics/a/Chien-Shiung-Wu.htm
https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/chien-shiung-wu/

2012: Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120216-328369.html