Monthly Archives: mars 2017

On 31 March in Asian history

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

ON 31 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 31, 2017

1074: Death of Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japanese regent, born in 992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwara_no_Yorimichi

1504: Birth of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru who died on March 28, 1552
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Angad_Dev
http://sites.google.com/site/guruangaddev/aboutguruangaddev

1521: The first mass in the Philippines is held on an Easter Sunday in an island named Mazaua (believed to be Limasawa). Limasawa thus became the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country
http://philippinehistoryblog.blogspot.fr/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html#!/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Mass_in_the_Philippines

1521-03-31 First mass

1536: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 13th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate (1546-1565) who died in June 1565
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Ashikaga_Yoshiteru

1787: Birth of Siam king Nangklao (Rama III)
http://whattodobangkok.com/thailand-royal-family/king-of-siam-rama-iii/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Rama_III

Nangklao Rama III

1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kanagawa
https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/treaty-of-kanagawa

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1860: Death of Evariste Huc, French missionary in China and explorer in Mongolia and Tibet, born on August 1, 1813
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89variste_R%C3%A9gis_Huc
http://www.jeanguillemot.com/En/offres/Expedition_Evariste_Huc.htm

1865: Birth of Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian female physician who died on February 26, 1887
http://www.thebetterindia.com/10305/lesser-known-facts-behind-india-first-lady-doctor-anandi-joshi/
http://creative.sulekha.com/anandi-gopalrao-joshi-through-her-letters_544652_blog

Anandi Gopal Joshi

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/americanscapturemalolos.htm

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_expedition_to_Tibet
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040403.2.56

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1906: Birth of Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese Nobel Prize in Physics (1965) who died in July 1979
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1965/tomonaga-bio.html

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

1915: Birth of Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese sergent discovered in the jungles of Guam 28 years after the war, who died on September 22, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoichi_Yokoi

1932: Birth of Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director, who died on January 15, 2013
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2004/great-directors/oshima/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amLjzmQwJZ8&feature=related

1934: Birth of Kamala Surayya, Indian poet and author who died on May 31, 2009
http://www.poemhunter.com/kamala-das/biography/
http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_19/embraced.aspx

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KUXGRxjPNQ

1936: Birth of Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1029098/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanday%C5%AB_Dokumamushi

1938: Birth of Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi from1998 to 2013, governor of Kerala since March 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Dikshit

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Christmas_Island
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/revolt-on-christmas-island-20120313-1uy5q.html

1944: Japanese Navy Marshal Mineichi Koga dies in the crash of his plane
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineichi_Koga

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India


http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/31/newsid_2788000/2788343.stm
http://www.rediff.com/news/special/an-epic-journey-the-day-the-dalai-lama-came-to-india/20170321.htm
http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?article=The+Dalai+Lama+arrives+in+India+-+2+historical+letters+of+1959&id=38856

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGHS_T-4geY

1964: Birth of Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=4859

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-announces-bombing-halt

1970: Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb
http://www.onthisdeity.com/31st-march-1970-%E2%80%93%C2%A0the-yodo-go-hijack/
http://www.hawaiilibrary.net/articles/japan_airlines_flight_351

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsB90xXdlOU

1972: Death of Meena Kumari, Indian actress, born on August 1, 1932
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meena_Kumari
http://www.angelfire.com/film/meenakumari/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-march-1972-meena-kumari-legendary-indian-film-actress-died

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx6_SiQ9cYI

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces
http://partners.nytimes.com/library/world/asia/033075vietnam-danang.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2994.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eC73rZPH3Q

1977: Birth of Toshiya, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiya_(musician)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZTOe4LZJQ

1979: The Chinese authorities put an end on the « Beijing Spring » and arrest around thirty antiestablishment protestors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Spring
http://www.brasscheck.com/wei/call.html

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest

1980: Birth of Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maaya_Sakamoto
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=527

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-C9gjmhtxw

1984: Birth of Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanin_Vismitananda

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7J2o2qAcDs

1993: The basic Law of the Special administrative Region of Macau is adopted by the Chinese National Congress, effective in December 1999
http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/details.jsp?id=6824
http://www.cecc.gov/resources/legal-provisions/the-basic-law-of-the-macao-macau-special-administrative-region-of-the-prc

1993: Death of Chichay, Filipino actress, born on January 21, 1918
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichay

1996: In Burma the National Convention is suspended
http://www2.irrawaddy.org/research_show.php?art_id=3564

2002: Death of Moturu Udayam, Indian women’s rights activist, born on October 13, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moturu_Udayam

2005: Death of Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born on September 5, 1905
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justiniano_Montano

2006: In Sri Lanka, the coalition supporting President Mahinda Rajapakse, The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins 225 of the 266 seats in the parliament. The main opposition party, the UNP gets 33 seats

2012: in Pattani, Thailand, at least 10 people are killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far South
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123317429173143.html

2014: South Korea returns fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/rival-koreas-trade-fire-across-sea-border-201433143345118512.html

2014: Death of Irene Fernandez, Malaysian human rights activist, born on April 18, 1946
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/world/asia/irene-fernandez-champion-of-oppressed-dies-at-67.html?_r=0

 

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

2014: United Nations judges order 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

2014: A Pakistani court indicts 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

2015: A Thai military court jails a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/07/man-jailed-for-30-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-the-monarchy-on-Facebook
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-politics-idUSKBN0MR13720150331

2015: Malaysian police detains a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-holds-journalists-under-sedition-law
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/on-the-arrest-of-tmi-5-foreign-correspondents-club-of-malaysia
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-arrests-five-journalists-under-sedition-act/73289

2016: Vietnam names veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan first chairwoman of National Assembly
https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-names-first-chairwoman-national-assembly-053035894.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-has-first-chairwoman-of-parliament-60751.html

 

Holidays and observances

 Thailand: King Nangklao Memorial Day

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 31 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 31, 2017

1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kanagawa
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/treaty_of_kanagawa/

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces

http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/americanscapturemalolos.htm

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_expedition_to_Tibet
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040403.2.56

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Christmas_Island
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/revolt-on-christmas-island-20120313-1uy5q.html

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-announces-bombing-halt

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces
http://partners.nytimes.com/library/world/asia/033075vietnam-danang.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2994.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eC73rZPH3Q

2014: South Korea returns fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/rival-koreas-trade-fire-across-sea-border-201433143345118512.html

On 31 March in South Asian history

ON 31 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 31, 2017

1504: Birth of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru who died on March 28, 1552
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Angad_Dev
http://sites.google.com/site/guruangaddev/aboutguruangaddev

1865: Birth of Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian female physician who died on February 26, 1887
http://www.thebetterindia.com/10305/lesser-known-facts-behind-india-first-lady-doctor-anandi-joshi/
http://creative.sulekha.com/anandi-gopalrao-joshi-through-her-letters_544652_blog

Anandi Gopal Joshi

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_expedition_to_Tibet
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040403.2.56

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1934: Birth of Kamala Surayya, Indian poet and author who died on May 31, 2009
http://www.poemhunter.com/kamala-das/biography/
http://www.islamicbulletin.org/newsletters/issue_19/embraced.aspx

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KUXGRxjPNQ

1938: Birth of Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013, governor of Kerala since March 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Dikshit

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India where he is greeted by Nehru

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/31/newsid_2788000/2788343.stm
http://www.rediff.com/news/special/an-epic-journey-the-day-the-dalai-lama-came-to-india/20170321.htm
http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?article=The+Dalai+Lama+arrives+in+India+-+2+historical+letters+of+1959&id=38856

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGHS_T-4geY

1972: Death of Meena Kumari, Indian actress, born on August 1, 1932
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meena_Kumari
http://www.angelfire.com/film/meenakumari/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-march-1972-meena-kumari-legendary-indian-film-actress-died

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx6_SiQ9cYI

2002: Death of Moturu Udayam, Indian women’s rights activist, born on October 13, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moturu_Udayam

2006: In Sri Lanka, the coalition supporting President Mahinda Rajapakse, The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins 225 of the 266 seats in the parliament. The main opposition party, the UNP gets 33 seats

2014: A Pakistani court indicts 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

On 31 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 31 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Southeast Asian history”

Updated on March 31, 2017

1521: The first mass in the Philippines is held on an Easter Sunday in an island named Mazaua (believed to be Limasawa). Limasawa thus became the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country
http://philippinehistoryblog.blogspot.fr/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html#!/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Mass_in_the_Philippines

1521-03-31 First mass

1787: Birth of Siam king Nangklao (Rama III)
http://whattodobangkok.com/thailand-royal-family/king-of-siam-rama-iii/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Rama_III

Nangklao Rama III

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/americanscapturemalolos.htm

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/johnson-announces-bombing-halt

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces
http://partners.nytimes.com/library/world/asia/033075vietnam-danang.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2994.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0eC73rZPH3Q

1984: Birth of Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yanin_Vismitananda

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7J2o2qAcDs

1993: Death of Chichay, Filipino actress, born on January 21, 1918
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chichay

1996: In Burma the National Convention is suspended
http://www2.irrawaddy.org/research_show.php?art_id=3564

2005: Death of Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born on September 5, 1905
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justiniano_Montano

2012: in Pattani, Thailand, at least 10 people are killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far South
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123317429173143.html

2014: Death of Irene Fernandez, Malaysian human rights activist, born on April 18, 1946
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/world/asia/irene-fernandez-champion-of-oppressed-dies-at-67.html?_r=0

 

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

2015: A Thai military court jails a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/07/man-jailed-for-30-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-the-monarchy-on-facebook
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-politics-idUSKBN0MR13720150331

2015: Malaysian police detains a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-holds-journalists-under-sedition-law
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/on-the-arrest-of-tmi-5-foreign-correspondents-club-of-malaysia
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-arrests-five-journalists-under-sedition-act/73289

2016: Vietnam names veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan first chairwoman of National Assembly
https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-names-first-chairwoman-national-assembly-053035894.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-has-first-chairwoman-of-parliament-60751.html

 

Holidays and observances

 Thailand: King Nangklao Memorial Day

On 31 March in Japan’s history

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

ON 31 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Japan’s history”

Updated on March 31, 2017

1074: Death of Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japanese regent, born in 992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujiwara_no_Yorimichi

1536: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 13th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate (1546-1565) who died in June 1565
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Ashikaga_Yoshiteru

1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kanagawa
https://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured-documents/treaty-of-kanagawa

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1906: Birth of Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese Nobel Prize in Physics (1965) who died in July 1979
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1965/tomonaga-bio.html

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

1915: Birth of Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese sergent discovered in the jungles of Guam 28 years after the war, who died on September 22, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoichi_Yokoi

1932: Birth of Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director, who died on January 15, 2013
http://www.sensesofcinema.com/2004/great-directors/oshima/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amLjzmQwJZ8&feature=related

1936: Birth of Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1029098/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanday%C5%AB_Dokumamushi

1938: Birth of Michiko Nomura, Japanese voice actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=4633

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Christmas_Island
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/revolt-on-christmas-island-20120313-1uy5q.html

1944: Japanese Navy Marshal Mineichi Koga dies in the crash of his plane
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mineichi_Koga

1970: Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb
http://www.onthisdeity.com/31st-march-1970-%E2%80%93%C2%A0the-yodo-go-hijack/
http://www.hawaiilibrary.net/articles/japan_airlines_flight_351 

1977: Birth of Toshiya, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toshiya_(musician)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZZTOe4LZJQ

1980: Birth of Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maaya_Sakamoto
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=527

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-C9gjmhtxw

2014: United Nations judges order 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

On 31 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest

ON 31 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Chinese history”

Updated on March 31, 2017

1860: Death of Evariste Huc, French missionary in China and explorer in Mongolia and Tibet, born on August 1, 1813
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89variste_R%C3%A9gis_Huc
http://www.jeanguillemot.com/En/offres/Expedition_Evariste_Huc.htm

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_expedition_to_Tibet
http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=SFC19040403.2.56

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/31/newsid_2788000/2788343.stm
http://www.rediff.com/news/special/an-epic-journey-the-day-the-dalai-lama-came-to-india/20170321.htm
http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?article=The+Dalai+Lama+arrives+in+India+-+2+historical+letters+of+1959&id=38856

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGHS_T-4geY

1964: Birth of Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=4859

1979: The Chinese authorities put an end on the « Beijing Spring » and arrest around thirty antiestablishment protestors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Spring
http://www.brasscheck.com/wei/call.html

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest

1993: The basic Law of the Special administrative Region of Macau is adopted by the Chinese National Congress, effective in December 1999
http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/details.jsp?id=6824
http://www.cecc.gov/resources/legal-provisions/the-basic-law-of-the-macao-macau-special-administrative-region-of-the-prc

 

On 30 March in Asian history

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive

ON 30 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on March 30, 2017

365: Death by poisoning of Jin Aidi , emperor of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, born in 341
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ai_of_Jin

892: Birth of Shi Jingtang, founder of the Later Jin Dynasty who dieed on July 28, 942
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Jingtang
https://khmerpac.com/2015/11/28/shi-jingtang-and-the-khitans/

1010: Birth of Renzong, 4th emperor of the Song dynasty (1022-1063) who died on 30 April 1063
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Renzong_of_Song

1664: Death of Guru Har Krishan, 8th guru of Sikhism since October 7, 1661, born on July 7, 1656
http://sikhism.about.com/od/guruharkrishan/p/Guru_Har_Krishan.htm

1875: Birth of Jang In-hwan, Korean independence activist, who died on April 24, 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_In-hwan

1885: The Battle of Kushka (Afghanistan) triggers the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandjeh_Incident

1899: Birth of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer, who died on September 22, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharadindu_Bandyopadhyay

1908 : Birth of Devika Rani, Indian legendary actress and first recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, who died on March 9, 1994
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devika_Rani
https://www.geni.com/people/Devika-Rani-Roerich-Chaudhuri/6000000017936455383

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcsdK8eK_7Q

1919: Gandhi announces resistance against Rowlatt Act
http://www.indianetzone.com/14/the_rowlatt_act_1919.htm
http://pakistanstory.blogspot.com/2010/04/rowaltt-act-continued-pakistan-movement.html

1940: A pro-Japanese government is set up in Nanjing as Wang Jingwei as its leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Jingwei_Government
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-set-up-puppet-regime-at-nanking
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3094.html

1941: Birth of Wasim Sajjad, interim prior to elections president of Pakistan in 1993 and 1997
http://storyofpakistan.com/wasim-sajjad

1951: In the Korea War, the United Nations forces cross the 38th parallel. The General MacArthur threatens to attack China

1952: Death of Jigme Wangchuck, Bhutan King, born in 1905
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Wangchuck

1955: Birth of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter who died on October 8, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marilou_Diaz-Abaya
http://www.asiancinevision.org/marilou-diaz-abaya-obsessions-and-transitions-a-biographical-survey-16/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4sqRVvFi-g

1956: Prince Sihanouk resigns in protest against US press criticism of his neutralist policy and his recognition of the communist China

1965: During Vietnam War: a car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bomb-explodes-outside-u-s-embassy-in-saigon

1972: In the Vietnam War, the Easter Offensive (Nguyen Hue Offensive) begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnamese-launch-nguyen-hue-offensive
http://www.historynet.com/north-vietnamese-armys-1972-eastertide-offensive.htm

http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Easter_Offensive

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive

 1979: Deng Xiaoping puts forward the four cardinal principles
http://english.cri.cn/3126/2008/10/31/53s419813.htm
http://academics.wellesley.edu/Polisci/wj/China/Deng/principles.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3465.html

Deng Xiaoping 1978

1979: Birth of Park Kyung-lim, South Korean comedian and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Kyung-lim

1983: Birth of Tian Hebe, Taiwanese singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebe_Tian
http://yummycelebrities.com/2005/12/30/hebe-tien-profile/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fMEHYegH5M

1993: Death of S. M. Pandit, Indian painter, born on March 25, 1916
http://smpanditji.blogspot.fr/
http://www.saffronart.com/sitepages/ArticleDetails.aspx?Articleid=86&PageNo=1
https://www.google.fr/search?q=S.+M.+Pandit&biw=1301&bih=641&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=LhIYVc-SC87iapnYgAg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1.05

 S. M. Pandit

1996: Khaleda Zia quits as Bangladesh Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khaleda_Zia

1997: In Cambodia, an attack against a demonstration of Khmer National Party, led by opposition leader Sam Ramsy, causes at least 16 casualties
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/138764.stm

1997: In India, Congress Party (I) remove its support with no participation to the government of Deve Gowda of Janata dal

2002: Death of Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist, born on July 21, 1920
http://www.hindilyrics.net/profiles/anand-bakshi.html

2004: Santo Domingo Premier Roosevelt Skerrit announces the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing to the detriment of Taipei

2005: Death of O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist, born on July 2, 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._V._Vijayan
http://www.hindu.com/2005/03/31/stories/2005033106451100.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/30-march-2005-o.p.-vijayan-cartoonist-and-malayalam-writer-died

2007: In Taiwan, the opposition demonstrates against the government campaign against Chiang Kai-shek. All his statues and his name have been removed from public places

2008: Death of Dith Pran, Cambodian photographer, born on September 27, 1942 (The Killing Fields)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dith_Pran
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Fields

2009: Pakistani troops say they have taken control of a police academy after unidentified attackers had overrun the facility, killing up to 50 people and taking many officers hostage
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/2009330115046679194.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7971993.stm

2011: South Korea protests after Japan authorized new school textbooks that describe a disputed cluster of rocky islets as Japanese-owned. The outcrops in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) are known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, and administered by Seoul
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110330-270966.html

2011: Burma’s military government is officially dissolved after the new president of a civilian-led parliament was sworn in. Senior General Than Shwe, who has ruled Burma for the last two decades, has given up his last official role as head of Burma’s armed forces
http://www.france24.com/en/20110330-burma-swears-president-totally-loyal-junta-thein-sein-myanmar-army-general
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12903507

2014: Sri Lanka’s ruling party won local elections, but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, official results show

2014: Death of Phuntsok Wangyal, Tibetan politician. Born on January 2, 1922
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/phunwang-03302014141111.html
http://www.matteopistono.com/blog.htm?post=952395
http://www.savetibet.org/phuntsog-wangyal-goranangpa-a-formidable-figure-in-modern-tibetan-history/

2014: More than 100,000 protesters take to the streets of Taiwan’s capital as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathers 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/

2015: The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

2015: Myanmar peace negotiators agree the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-rebels-agree/1757654.html

2015: Malaysia’s government unveil a new anti-terrorism bill that allows lengthy detentions without trial, as worries grow in the Muslim-majority country over the appeal of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group
http://www.ucanews.com/news/malaysia-unveils-anti-terror-bill-aimed-at-islamic-state-supporters/73282
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition/1757474.html

2016: Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, is sworn in as Myanmar’s president, becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/htin-kyaw-sworn-in-as-myanmars-first-elected-civilian-president-in-decades
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-swears-in-first-civilian-head-of-state-since-1962/3260795.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19730-transcript-president-u-htin-kyaw-s-inaugural-address.html
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/the-faces-of-the-next-five-years-burmas-sworn-in-leadership.html

 

 

Vietnam Foreign Policy and Defence

*****

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

19 JANUARY 2017

Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063573/arrests-vietnam-breaks-rally-against-chinas-invasion
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vietnam-police-halt-anti-china-protest-over-islands

16 JANUARY 2017

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062592/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-meets-vietnamese-leaders-promises?spm=0.0.0.0.RcYBwd
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WH0epoWcE2w
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/japan-to-provide-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-amid-maritime-row-with-china-65869.html

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Pope and Vietnam’s president meet at the Vatican in bid to warm long-strained ties

Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2048934/pope-and-vietnams-president-meet-vatican-bid-warm-long-strained
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-receives-Vietnamese-president,-highlighting-good-relations-and-a-shared-spirit-of-dialogue-39223.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/346844/pope-francis-welcomes-vietnamese-leaders-visit-to-vatican.html#pur11RWLhjtIZukR.97

4 OCTOBER 2016

US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port

Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-warships-make-landmark-visit-to-strategic-vietnam-port/3179524.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160903_22/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-vietnam-visit-key-takeaways_1925525.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anderscorr/2016/08/29/vietnams-three-strategic-options/#4e5617322104

11 AUGUST 2016

What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam

The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/09/what-the-end-of-the-us-arms-embargo-means-for-vietnam/

10 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials
http://atimes.com/2016/08/vietnam-moves-new-rocket-launchers-into-disputed-s-china-sea/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-deploys-defensive-system-on-disputed-islands-in-South-China-Sea-38276.html

29 JUNE 2016

Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/298790/viet-nam-liberia-officially-establish-diplomatic-ties.html#RJyqVsDsohdIfpX1.97

23 MAY 2016

Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-announces-full/2808866.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

22 MAY 2016

Obama in Vietnam: Arms and trade deal on agenda as trip begins

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-arrives-in-vietnam/2807542.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36354326
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1951031/sandwiched-between-giants-vietnam-seeks-obamas-assurance
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/156802/new-mark-in-vietnam-us-comprehensive-partnership.html

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year

Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-to-get-2-more-russian-frigates-this-year-62341.html

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

11 MAY 2016

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies

Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
http://atimes.com/2016/05/quietly-vietnam-hosts-arms-gathering-attended-by-us-companies/

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

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

4 APRIL 2016

Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing

Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/04/vietnam-seizes-chinese-vessel-detains-crew
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2016/04/03/Vietnam-seizes-chinese-ship%2C-State-media-reports
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-seizes-chinese-oil-tanker-state-media

27 MARCH 2016

Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute ‘peaceful, friendly’: defence ministers

Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-china-to-handle-sea-dispute-peaceful-friendly-defence-ministers-60635.html

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China

Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/vietnam-lodges-complaint-china-violations-160219101856958.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s China challenge

The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/vietnams-china-challenge-2/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

19 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters

Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-warns-china/2439218.html

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases

 Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power
http://atimes.com/2016/01/vietnams-plan-to-deter-china-with-western-jets/

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/us-ambassador-to-vietnam-dismayed-about-detentions-of-dissidents-12292015115930.html

4 DECEMBER 2015

Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner

Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/12/04/vietnam-israels-closest-asean-partner/

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

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

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-strengthen-defense-ties-vietnam

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

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

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-first-british-prime-minister-visit-vietnam
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-video
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-regime-business-diplomatic-game

7 JULY 2015

Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit

Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/vietnam-communist-party-white-house-150708045555640.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/obama-vietnam-party-chief-discuss-east-sea-in-landmark-meeting-47641.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/obama-vietnam-trans-pacific-partnership-china/index.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/07/08/the-geo-politics-of-vietnam-us-rapprochement/#more-46812

2 JUNE 2015

Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-receives-russian/1888578.html

18 MAY 2015

Vietnam Condemns Chinese Ban on Fishing in South China Sea. china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest

Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ban-05182015140858.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/18/asia-pacific/china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest/#.VVpJ1e_GMcB

 

7 APRIL 2015

China’s President Xi Jinping calls for ‘new approach’ to territorial dispute with Vietnam

President Xi Jinping called on the visiting Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday to explore a « new approach » to solving the two countries’ disputes
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1759804/chinas-president-xi-jinping-calls-new-approach-territorial-dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-vietnam-must-manage/1770992.html

24 MARCH 2015

US and Vietnam: From Foes to Friends

Vietnam’s new ambassador to the United States reflects on the state of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship
http://thediplomat.com/2015/03/us-and-vietnam-from-foes-to-friends/

7 MARCH 2015

US to provide 6 patrol ships to Vietnam as ties strengthen

Ly V. Thang, head of the defense cooperation office at the US Embassy in Hanoi, said the US and Vietnam are finishing negotiations for the transfer of the vessels, which is expected to take place next year
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/us-to-provide-6-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-as-ties-strengthen-39507.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field

The underlying diplomatic philosophy is to create interdependent relations with as many major powers as possible, while avoiding taking sides. And whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs, Vietnam is unlikely to change course any time soon.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/02/05/vietnam-to-continue-playing-the-diplomatic-field/

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/philippines-vietnam-upgrade-ties-in-show-of-unity-against-china-38204.html

30 DECEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s 5th Russian-built submarine launched

The fifth of six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam contracted to buy from Russia was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/12/30/Vietnam%E2%80%99s-5th-Russian-built-submarine-launched

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-modi-pledges-modernise-vietnams-defences

22 OCTOBER 2014

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

 Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent bloggers whose case was raised by President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being jailed for 12 years by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of « anti-state propaganda. »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438995/freed-vietnam-dissident-arrives-in-us-vows-fight

OCTOBER 2014

Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438318/vatican-and-vietnam-edge-closer-to-restoring-diplomatic-ties

17 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

2 OCTOBER 2014

Vietnam Party General Secretary begins South Korea visit

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Seoul yesterday afternoon, beginning a four-day state visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye.
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/260845/party-general-secretary-begins-rok-visit-to-enhance-relations.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties

India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/india-tightens-vietnam-defence-oil-ties-31198.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-india-vietnam-china-xi/2451075.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties

Officials from Vietnam and the Vatican began two-day talks Wednesday on prospects of restoring full diplomatic ties as a respected local bishop acknowledged that “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/vatican-09102014202554.html

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

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

22 AUGUST 2014

Delicate diplomacy for Vietnam

Rising territorial tensions and the recent oil rig crisis have put Sino-Vietnamese ties on the rocks, driving Hanoi to ramp up strategic alliances with other regional powers, particularly the United States. But Vietnam is not poised to completely drop the gauntlet by jettisoning its deep-seated reliance on its giant northern neighbor that has both burgeoned and bedeviled bilateral ties.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-220814.html

14 AUGUST 2014

US military chief visits Vietnam, 1st since 1971

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China
http://news.yahoo.com/us-military-chief-visits-vietnam-1st-since-1971-094754699.html;_ylt=AwrBJSCHl.5TW04AEODQtDMD

9 AUGUST 2014

U.S. Sen. McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

U.S. Sen. John McCain says it’s time for the United States to ease restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam, citing progress the communist country has made on human rights
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125618/u-s-sen-mccain-time-to-ease-arms-sales-ban-on-vietnam/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/mccain-confident-of-support-for-easing-arms-embargo-on-vietnam-29708.html

4 AUGUST 2014

A US-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast

Expectations that Hanoi will enter Washington’s embrace appear unrealistic as the pro-Chinese camp prevails in Vietnam
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/a-us-vietnam-alliance-not-so-fast/

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

30 JULY 2014

‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge

A former ambassador to Beijing was among 60 prominent members of Vietnam’s Communist Party urging the country’s leaders to « escape » reliance on China through political and economic reforms
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423231/communist-party-members-urge-vietnam-to-escape-china

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vietnam-joint-commission-deepen-defence-ties

28 JUNE 2014

Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa in the French colonial period

On March 3, 1925, the Governor General of Indochina issued a statement confirming that Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) belong to Vietnam, part of the French territory. Thus, even in the French-ruled period, Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos continued
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/special-reports/106047/vietnam-s-sovereignty-over-hoang-sa-in-the-french-colonial-period.html

19 JUNE 2014

China moving 2nd rig closer to Vietnam

China says it is moving a second oil rig closer to the Vietnamese coast in disputed waters amid continuing tensions and confrontations between ships from the countries
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416265/china-moving-2nd-oil-rig-near-vietnam
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/06/20/410580/China-declares.htm

17 JUNE 2014

US envoy nominee open to lifting arms ban to Vietnam

President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam said Tuesday it may be time for Washington to consider lifting a ban on the sale and transfer of lethal weapons to the former American enemy
http://news.yahoo.com/envoy-nominee-open-lifting-arms-ban-vietnam-212421356.html;_ylt=AwrBEiFWPqRT9lEAWHrQtDMD

17 JUNE 2014

Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

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

11 JUNE 2014

China uses Vietnamese textbook to back claim in South China Sea dispute

China is using photocopied pages from a geography textbook for Vietnamese ninth-graders published 40 years ago to help win international support for its claim to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/11/world/asia/china-vietnam-paracels/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

9 JUNE 2014

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

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

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414224/vietnam-philippines-navies-in-first-spratlys-games
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

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

27 MAY 2014

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig. http://www.france24.com/en/20140527-vietnam-accuses-china-sinking-fishing-boat/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10857750/Chinese-vessel-rams-and-sinks-Vietnamese-fishing-boat.html

19 MAY 2014

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410686/chinese-ships-evacuate-3500-from-vietnam

18 MAY 2014

China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-evacuates-3000-nationals-from-vietnam-201451720204843212.html http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/18/china-sends-ships-to-evacuate-workers-from-vietnam/

http://www.france24.com/en/20140518-vietnam-protest-china-riot-police/

17 MAY 2014

China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots

The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27458866 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410329/china-evacuates-its-nationals-from-vietnam

16 MAY 2014

China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling

China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27434945

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/china-vietnam-protests-territorial-dispute http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1916188.html

15 MAY 2014

Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests

At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting, Reuters news agency has reported, as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/dozens-killed-vietnam-anti-china-protests-201451524632499784.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/vietnam-mobs-set-fire-to-foreign-factories-in-anti-china-protest/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/chinese-nationals-vietnam-riots-cambodia

14 MAY 2014

Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests

At least 500 people have been arrested after protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire across Vietnam Tuesday amid an eruption of anti-China sentiment following Beijing’s deployment an oil rig in contested waters last week
http://www.france24.com/en/20140514-hundreds-arrested-vietnam-anti-china-protests-rig/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10830569/Vietnam-mobs-burn-factories-in-China-protests.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409747/protesters-torch-factories-in-vietnam

11 MAY 2014

Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute

Hundreds of people across Vietnam have protested against China’s role in a sea dispute – the largest rallies of their kind recently in the communist country

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27362939

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409207/vietnam-protests-over-china-oil-rig

7 MAY 2014

Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea

Vietnam says Chinese ships repeatedly rammed and used water cannons against Hanoi’s patrol vessels in the South China Sea, where Beijing has placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-ships-ram-vietnamese-vessels-in-south-china-sea/1909349.html
http://thanhniennews.com/politics/chinese-ships-ram-vietnamese-vessels-in-latest-oil-rig-row-officials-26069.html

5 MAY 2014

Vietnam says China’s oil rig movement into South China Sea is ‘illegal’

Vietnam says China’s plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia’s most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam’s territorial waters
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-says-chinas-oil-rig-movement-south-china-sea-illegal

18 APRIL 2014

Vietnam says 7 killed in shooting on China border

Seven people were killed in a gun battle between border guards and Chinese illegal migrants at a remote frontier crossing in northeast Vietnam, authorities said Friday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405563/vietnam-says-7-killed-in-shooting-on-china-border

 

20 MARCH 2014

U.S.-Vietnam: From Comprehensive to Strategic Partners?

Lew Stern argues that Vietnam has adopted a new strategic vocabulary that will facilitate an upgrade in U.S.-Vietnam defense relations from a “comprehensive partnership” to a “strategic partnership

http://cogitasia.com/u-s-vietnam-from-comprehensive-to-strategic-partners/

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/

 

12 DECEMBER 2013

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

Vietnam has long been Russia’s closest partner in Southeast Asia, especially during periods in which both countries were seeking to balance against China. Historically, the country has been a major area of focus for China — either as a potential client state extending the Chinese coastline south or as a potential thorn in Beijing’s side. This is the essence of Russia’s interest in Vietnam

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/russia-strengthens-ties-vietnam?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20131212&utm_term=FreeReport&utm_content=readmore

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level

Vladimir Putin’s visit to Vietnam earlier this month, his third since assuming the Russian presidency, was accompanied by references to the ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ between both countries. This wording has been adopted since last year, clearly indicating that the two countries are getting closer to each other and intend to cultivate a special bond.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/11/30/russia-and-vietnam-taking-it-to-the-next-level/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam Vote Reaffirms Party Role in Constitution

Ninety-eight percent of Vietnam’s National Assembly voted in favor of revisions to the Southeast Asian country’s 1992 constitution on Thursday, but critics say the changes are a step backward for the country

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-constituional-reforms-reaffirm-centrality-of-party-in-economy/1799573.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam

Vietnam is a relatively youthful country, and as the youth of today grow up and inherit their country, so too will it adapt to their ideas

http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/changing-face-vietnam/

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud

Former finance chief and business associate to die by lethal injection for their parts in embezzlement of $25 million.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/vietnam-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-2013111662741522258.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam gets 2 new deputy PMs

Vietnam’s legislature approves the appointment of two new deputy prime ministers, including Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, bringing to five the number of deputy prime ministers in Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s cabinet.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379639/vietnam-gets-two-new-deputy-prime-ministers

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia’s Putin signs energy, military deals with Vietnam

Russia and Vietnam will cooperate in offshore oil exploration and deepen military ties, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after « constructive and open » talks with his counterpart in Hanoi.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379482/russia-putin-signs-energy-military-deals-with-vietnam

8 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam may resume firing squads for exécutions

Country struggles to obtain  chemicals needed for lethal injections as 678 people wait on death row

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/vietnam-firing-squad-executions

7 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty slams Vietnam rights record

Authoritarian Vietnam has stepped up an alarming crackdown on domestic dissent even as it seeks a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Thursday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378712/amnesty-slams-vietnam-rights-record

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam’s 7reaches 90 million

Vietnam’s population has reached 90 million, ranking 14th among the countries with the largest population in the world, 8th in Asia and 3rd in Southeast Asia, according to Dr Duong Quoc Trong, director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-population-reaches-90-million-53532.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Confucius Institute Project Raises Concern in Vietnam

A plan to establish an organization that promotes Chinese languages and culture in Vietnam has drawn criticism from Vietnamese scholars, who say Beijing is trying to invade the country with its ideology

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-confucious-institute-project-raises-concern-in-vietnam/1780894.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s Latest Trial Shows New Generation of Activism

A man in Vietnam has been convicted of « abusing democratic freedoms » for using the social media site Facebook to campaign for the release of his brother, a jailed government critic.  It is the latest case involving a new generation of Internet-based activists.Thirty-year-old Dinh Nhat Uy was put on trial Tuesday for posting information on his Facebook page in support for his brother, who is serving a four-year jail sentence for distributing anti-government leaflets

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-dissident-found-guilty-sentence-suspended/1778990.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/115043/vietnam-court-convicts-dissident-facebook-user/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam

Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Hanoi Sunday morning to watch a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples ahead of a planned parliamentary debate on the topic next month.

http://www.voanews.com/content/hundreds-turn-out-to-support-same-sex-marriage-in-vietnam/1777892.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/23/vietnams-role-in-asean/

19 OCTOBER 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Dissident In New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure

Jailed prominent Vietnamese dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu has begun another hunger strike—this time in protest against the seizure of his artwork he had drawn in prison, according to his wife.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/19102013-jailed-vietnamese-dissident-new-hunger-strike-artwork-seizure/

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-set-up-working-group-to-discuss-sea–52762.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s foreign policy tightrope

Vietnam’s new foreign policy approach, which some analysts have labelled ‘more friends, fewer enemies’, reflects its precarious position as a bird on the wire caught between China and the United States.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/12/vietnams-foreign-policy-tightrope/

State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap

In Vietnam, a state funeral was being held on Saturday for a national hero – General Giap, the independence icon who masterminded military victories over colonial power France in the 1950s and later over the Americans.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/state-funeral-in-vietnam-for-war-hero-general-giap/
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/246191/millions-mourn-loss-of-peoples-general.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnamese civil society bringing political change

Vietnam’s political culture is gradually transforming from totalitarianism to pluralism. Why? Because an emerging and independent civil society is openly challenging communist party rule.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/11/vietnamese-civil-society-bringing-political-change/

10 OCTOBER 2013

US signs nuclear technology deal with Vietnam

The United States and Vietnam have signed a pact allowing the transfer of nuclear technology to the south-east Asian country, opening the way for US investment in the burgeoning industry.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/10/us-signs-nuclear-technology-deal-vietnam

4 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded victories against France and the US, has died aged 102.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24402278
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/04/vietnam-general-behind-defeats-of-us-and-france-dies-age-102/

2 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam dissident Le Quoc Quan jailed over tax evasion

One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents, Le Quoc Quan, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax evasion.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24361701
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi:-30-months-in-prison-sentence-for-the-Catholic-lawyer-Le-Quoc-Quan-29173.html

Vietnam’s exports set to surpass target

Vietnam is expected to see an export turnover of US$131 billion this year, representing a 14 per cent increase from 2012. According to a Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) forecast, turnover would be 4 per cent higher than the target set by the National Assembly earlier this year

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-exports-set-to-surpass-target-52319.html

Vietnam concerned by ageing population

Vietnam ‘s population was ageing rapidly and had entered the « ageing phase », with many challenges to be addressed including income insecurity, inadequate social protection and limited healthcare capacity.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-concerned-by-ageing-population-52337.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

How eating dog became big business in Vietnam

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi’s top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/27/eating-dog-vietnam-thailand-kate-hodal

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam, France upgrade relations to strategic partnership

Vietnam and France upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s three-day visit to Paris which concluded Thursday 26, Vietnam News Agency reported.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130926-vietnam-france-upgrade-bilateral-relations-to-strategic-partnership.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

More than 100 Vietnamese reform-seeking intellectuals signed a petition calling on the government to establish an open public forum to discuss prospects for democracy in the authoritarian state. It is the latest bid to pressure the country’s Communist leaders to end one-party rule, which rights groups say suppresses virtually all forms of political dissent. o the charter should not be done hastily.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/reform-09232013235835.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Viet Nam unveils plans to overhaul education system

Viet Nam is expected to comprehensively renew education and training by 2030 to effect in both education quality and efficiency.

http://vietnamnews.vn/society/245212/viet-nam-unveils-plans-to-overhaul-education-system.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam, South Korea seeks to sign free trade deal next year

Vietnam and South Korea agreed to conclude a free-trade deal by the end of next year as they seek to expand trade by more than three times and work toward an agreement for two nuclear power plants.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130909–south-korea-seeks-to-sign-free-trade-deal-with-vietnam-next-year.aspx

2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws

A controversial law to prevent Vietnamese internet users from sharing news articles drew criticism on Tuesday from human rights groups which said the decree is designed to clamp down on dissent in the one-party Communist state.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/02/world/asia/vietnam-internet/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect

The decree, known as Decree 72, says blogs and social websites should not be used to share news articles, but only personal information.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23920541

29 AUGUST 2013

Visions of a democratic Vietnam

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-290813.html

23 AUGUST 2013

Ties strengthen between Japan and Vietnam

Following a shady past, involving Japanese imperialist expansion and controversial ties with the United States, it seems that Japan-Vietnam relations have experienced an observable improvement, especially within the past couple of years. The implications of such close interaction are important, particularly when considering the region’s economic, political and security structure.

http://globalriskinsights.com/2013/08/23/ties-strengthen-between-japan-and-vietnam/

20 AUGUST 2013

New Vietnamese party to challenge rules

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-200813.html

16 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam media violate child’s right to privacy in reporting abuse: experts

A recent study by the non-government Center for Community Development and Social Work found that every year at least 6,000 news articles fail to protect children’s privacy, Infonet – the online newspaper of the Ministry of Information and Communication reported.

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130815-vietnam-press-violate-child-right-privacy-experts.aspx

Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-frees-student-activist-rare-appeal-ruling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013816132033738690.html

Vietnam activists ‘to form multi-party democracy’

A group of activists in Vietnam have expressed their intention to form a new political party to promote multi-party democracy in the communist country.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23722798

15 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam ‘Threatened’ by Chinese, Thai Investments in Laos

Vietnam “feels threatened” by increasing Chinese and Thai investment in neighboring Laos and is concerned that the two countries will dethrone it as the top investor there, according to a senior Lao official. The concern was expressed in a letter from the secretariat of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to its Lao counterpart

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/investment-08152013161625.html

9 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam Tries Public-Private Partnerships

The concept of public-private partnerships (PPP) isn’t novel, but it is gaining new traction in Vietnam. The country recently announced it will build its first express highway through a PPP arrangement that draws on private investment by Bitexco, a large multi-industry corporation.

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-highway/1727039.html

6 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam executes 1st prisoner by lethal injection

Vietnam executed its first prisoner by lethal injection on Tuesday, ending a two-year pause in capital punishment caused by difficulties in obtaining the needed chemicals, state media reported.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111593/vietnam-executes-1st-prisoner-by-lethal-injection/

1 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings

Communist Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, under a new decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362605/vietnam-to-clamp-down-on-social-media-news-postings
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10215935/Vietnam-to-ban-sharing-of-news-stories-on-social-media.html

25 JULY 2013

Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he spoke frankly to Vietnam’s leader about human rights but called for greater cooperation between the former war adversaries in areas from trade to security.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-presses-vietnam-on/756812.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23430117

24 JULY 2013

Vietnamese Dissident Said Weak from Hunger Strike

Nguyen Van Hai, also known as Dieu Cay, is serving a 12-year prison term for conducting “propaganda against the state” in relation to his blogging and citizen media activities. His case has been mentioned by President Barack Obama, whose administration is appealing for the release of political prisoners.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/40575

16 JULY 2013

Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style

It’s a dangerous business being a journalist in Vietnam, to be sure

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5569&Itemid=188

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.

http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/242061/viet-nam-strives-to-strengthen-strategic-partnership-with-india.html

12 JULY 2013

Hanoi against the beatification of Cardinal Van Thuân. Canonisation process witness stopped at airport

Nguyên Hoang Duc, literary critic and former civil servant, blocked at the boarding gate. He was expected in Rome, on official invitation, for the closing ceremony of the diocesan inquiry. A meeting with the Cardinal began his journey of conversion which resulted in his baptism. The Communist Government wants to hinder the process.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-against-the-beatification-of-Cardinal-Van-Thuân.-Canonisation-process-witness-stopped-at-airport-28451.html

10 JULY 2013

Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam

A new report on global corruption trends finds more than half of Vietnam’s population believes corruption has increased in recent years.  In a survey done by Transparency International, 55% of respondents from Vietnam felt an increase in corruption, compared to an average of 48% in Southeast Asia as a whole 

http://www.voanews.com/content/report-corruption-growing-in-vietnam/1699090.html

7 JULY 2013

Vietnam: Playing with fire

Follow America and save the country; follow China and save the party. This saying, heard everywhere in Vietnam, distills the geopolitical dilemma facing its ruling Communist Party

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5549&Itemid=188

5 JULY 2013

Border demarcation enhances peace between Laos and Vietnam

The recent success in border demarcation and restoration has enhanced peace and orderliness along the Laos-Vietnam border, according to Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bounkeut Sangsomsak.                                                                                                                     http://www.asianewsnet.net/Border-demarcation-enhances-peace-between-Laos-and-48845.html

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

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

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

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

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

11 JUNE 2013

Vietnam MPs vote low confidence in PM Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister survived a non-confidence ballot in the national assembly on Tuesday, but with his position weakened after more than 30 percent of its members voted against him.                                                                                                                    http://asiancorrespondent.com/108971/vietnam-prime-minister-survives-no-confidence-vote/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22857710

2 JUNE 2013

Vietnam’s peasants betrayed by the party

Even after Doan Van Vuon and his brother Quy were indicted for attempted murder in January 2013, it seemed reasonable to hope that they would catch a break from Vietnam’s courts. Vuon, a Vietnamese farmer, was after all a popular hero. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/02/vietnams-peasants-betrayed-by-the-party/

30 MAY 2013

Two paths for US-Vietnam ties

The success of the United States in Southeast Asia and its « pivot » policy in the Asia-Pacific will be built on the strength of its partnerships with strategic allies. Longstanding allies such as Japan, South Korea and Australia have provided the US with strong support in the region, but to implement the « pivot » Washington needs to expand its pool of reliable strategic partners. Vietnam has the potential to serve as one of those partners: under the current ruling Communist Party of Vietnam or a different future political regime, there always has been and always will be concern in Hanoi about the influence and intentions of its giant neighbor                                                                                       http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-300513.html

22 MAY 2013

Vietnamese Blogger Held for Distributing Rights Leaflets

A prominent blogger and her two colleagues were briefly detained this week by authorities in southern Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province after distributing leaflets and balloons promoting international human rights standards.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/blogger-05222013154831.html

15 MAY 2013

 Surprise or Déjà Vu? The Vietnam Communist Party’s Seventh Plenum

The Seventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) met from May 2 to May 11 to discuss, among other things, “possible ways to perfect the political system, [strengthen] party building, and [promote] the party leadership in mass mobilization work.” The plenum was also tasked to elect three additional members to the Politburo.                                                                                                                   http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-leaders-at-the-seventh-plenum-surprise-or-deja-vu/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_241569491

14 MAY 2013

Vietnam’s land law reforms: radical changes or minor tinkering?

In the last decade, the area of land taken from farmers has reached one-million hectares, significantly greater than the 810,000 hectares redistributed during the socialist land reforms in the 1950s. Currently land grab cases comprise over 30 per cent of all land disputes reaching officials and the courts.                                                                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/14/vietnams-land-law-reforms-radical-changes-or-minor-tinkering/

11 MAY 2013

In Vietnam, Seeking Basic Rights Is No Picnic in the Park

Organizing picnics in one party communist state Vietnam is no walk in the park, as some human rights activists have painfully discovered. Last weekend, the blogger activists and their friends and relatives tried to break new ground by holding picnics in public parks to discuss human rights issues but ended up being beaten, interrogated and arrested by police or thugs they claimed were hired by the authorities. http://www.rfa.org/english/commentaries/east-asia-beat/picnic-05112013142328.html

10 MAY 2013

Can Vietnam have a one-party, two-candidate system?

Many constitutional issues are up for debate — the role of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in state organs and in society; the role of the armed forces; state versus private management and ownership of land; and the mechanisms needed to protect citizens’ and human rights.                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/10/can-vietnam-have-a-one-party-two-candidate-system/

27 APRIL 2013

Viet Nam stands up for East Sea

Viet Nam has reiterated that it will adopt every suitable peaceful measure to defend its sovereignty, jurisdiction and legitimate national interests in the East Sea in accordance with the UN Charter, international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).                                                                                        http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/238738/viet-nam-stands-up-for-east-sea.html

22 APRIL 2013

U.S. Navy Begins Annual Vietnam Naval Engagement Activity

The U.S. Navy began the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy April 21 with the arrival USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) in Da Nang.
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg93/Pages/USNavyBeginsAnnualVietnamNavalEngagementActivity.aspx?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_236178529

19 APRIL 2013

Opinion: The Promise of a Democratic Vietnam

The struggle for democracy and political reform in Vietnam has a found itself a banner around which to rally. It is called Petition 72, with « 72 » referring to the original number of respected scholars and former government officials who drafted the proposed constitution as an alternative to Vietnam’s current one. Petition 72, among other significant proposed changes, would abolish Vietnam’s one-party structure                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5351&Itemid=188

9 APRIL 2013

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs

Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims                                                                                                                    http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/dissidents-04092013182514.html

5 APRIL 2013

Peter Doan Van Vuon, anti-forced evictions hero, gets five years

Despite the convictions, the family’s punishment was not as bad as expected. The men in fact got two to five years in prison whilst the women were handed down suspended sentences. Although blaming them for the bad « impact on social order », the judge decided to avoid a verdict that could fuel social tensions.                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Peter-Doan-Van-Vuon,-anti-forced-evictions-hero,-gets-five-years-27580.html

22 MARCH 2013

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging.                                                     http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5274&Itemid=188

16 MARCH

Influential factors in the Vietnam–US relationship

Optimism surrounding the potential Vietnam–US strategic partnership has been riding high after John Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran and key player in the bilateral diplomatic relationship, became US Secretary of State in February 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/16/influential-factors-in-the-vietnam-us-relationship/

14 MARCH 2013

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.                                                                                                           http://my.news.yahoo.com/vietnam-anti-china-activists-mark-island-battle-072419364.html?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_223453097

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

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

8 MARCH 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Named ‘Woman of Courage’

Ta Phong Tan, a Catholic ex-policewoman who is serving a 10-year jail sentence for conducting « anti-state propaganda » in her online writings, is one of ten “extraordinary women” from around the world recognized by the State Department for their work advocating for women’s empowerment.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ta-phong-tan-03082013153228.html

2 MARCH 2013

Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics

The non-partisan and apolitical initiative launched by family members and is divided into two groups, active in the north and south of the country. Among signatories, two bishops and a Buddhist religious leader, member of a group persecuted by Hanoi. The promoters speak of spurious sentence and illegal trial.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-sign-petition-for-release-of-jailed-Vietnamese-Catholics-27281.html

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnamese Reporter Fired for Critical Essay

A Vietnamese journalist working for a state-run newspaper has been fired and threatened with prosecution after criticizing a Communist Party leader on his personal website. Nguyen Dac Kien was let go by the official Family and Society newspaper on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after writing a blog post that took issue with a speech by General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/fired-02262013175113.html                                                              http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-reporter-fired-after-criticizing-communist-leader/1611545.html

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam’s Democratic Destiny

It has sometimes been said that if Vietnam were to make the transition from a single-party state to a multi-party one, it would lead to democracy and freedom. That may not be true                                                                                                                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5198&Itemid=188

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam Faces Political Entropy

The Vietnamese Communist Party, once credited for opening the country and joining the global economy, is in crisis. Its factional conflict, economic mismanagement and inattention to quality-of-life issues have eroded its claim to be « the force leading the state and society. » http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5194&Itemid=188

9 FEBRUARY 2913

Despite crackdown on dissent, can Vietnam reform ?

Within ASEAN, only Laos scores as poorly as Vietnam on political rights, according to Freedom House, with the two Communist neighbors both receiving the lowest possible mark of seven, a score unchanged for years as Burma improved to a six for 2012. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/09/despite-crackdown-on-dissent-can-vietnam-reform/2/

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of « subversive activities », according to the state-run Vietnam Television.                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/04/vietnam-jails-activists-subervsion                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Trial-ends-with-22-Vietnamese-activists-receiving-sentences-ranging-from-10-years-to-life-27047.html

31 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam deports pro-democracy activist

A pro-democracy activist released from a Vietnamese prison was on his way to his California home after nine months in detention, according to his family.                                                                                                                                                   http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/30/world/asia/vietnam-activist-freed/index.html?hpt=ias_c2  http://asiancorrespondent.com/96657/vietnam-deports-american-activist-detained-for-9-months/

22 JANUARY 2013

One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi

Benedict XVI received the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. A statement from the Holy See speaks of « cordial discussions » and “the hope that some pending situations may be resolved and that the existing fruitful cooperation may be strengthened. »                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-step-closer-to-diplomatic-relations-between-the-Vatican-and-Hanoi-26934.html

9 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam convicts 14 activists of ‘anti-state plot’

Thirteen were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence. Most are Catholics, and they include bloggers and students.                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20955432                                                                                             http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/trial-01082013181353.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Ho Chi Minh City, the People’s Court condemns three bloggers for a total of 25 years

Nguyen Van Hai, his son, Nguyen Tri Dung and Maria Ta Phong Tan, were convicted of subversive propaganda against the state. They fought for the respect of human rights and against corruption in the party. The Prime Minister ordered all the organs of the regime to stop the spread of « subversive » internet sites and blogs at all costs. On December 27, another blogger, the Catholic Le Quoc Quan, arrested for tax evasion. The authorities want to stop his activities in favor of democracy and religious freedom.                                                                                                        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ho-Chi-Minh-City,-the-People’s-Court-condemns-three-bloggers-for-a-total-of-25-years-26737.html

27 DECEMBER 2012

2012: A tough year for Vietnam

As 2012 winds down, Vietnamese leaders are probably glad to see the end of what has been a difficult year. Despite there still being a few days of activity left, the General Statistics Office recently announced that Vietnam’s GDP increased by only 5.03% this year. This is the lowest rate of growth since 1999 and is well below previous targets for 2012, which were generally above 6%. Notably, even this low rate of growth was only achieved after a slight fourth quarter upswing.                                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/pacific-money/2012/12/27/2012-a-tough-year-for-vietnam/

4 DECEMBER 2012

Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-le-luong-minh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_192902062

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam officials to face parliamentary confidence votes

The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442922

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged to resign

A member of the Communist-dominated parliament in Vietnam has in a rare show of dissent told PM Nguyen Tan Dung that he should resign for his mistakes in handling the economy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20322830

6 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam’s fight against corruption: a self-defeating effort?

Vietnam’s National Assembly will pass the revised Law on Anti-Corruption in the next few weeks to try to intensify the fight against corruption.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/06/vietnams-fight-against-corruption-a-self-defeating-effort/

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Chinese companies invade Vietnam, dangers for production and environment

Beijing also relocates to increase profits by taking advantage of local labor. Experts warn Hanoi: danger of upsetting balance of trade between the two countries, as well as flooding of low-priced and poor quality goods. Risks to public health and the environment.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-companies-invade-Vietnam,-dangers-for-production-and-environment-26250.html

30 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters

Vietnam has jailed two musicians for spreading anti-state propaganda, after they wrote songs critical of government policy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20133840

22 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM admits ‘faults’ on economy

Vietnam’s prime minister admitted on Monday that his government had made mistakes in its stewardship of the troubled economy, in the latest bout of self-criticism by the secretive Communist regime http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121022-379096.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/91051/vietnam-pm-apologizes-for-mismanaging-economy/

15 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM escapes punishment despite censure

Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121015-377829.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

The future of US relations with Vietnam

While the usual suspects — Iran, China, Cuba and Syria — dominate what passes for debate over foreign policy in the US, neither presidential candidate has had much to say about Vietnam
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/04/the-future-of-us-relations-with-vietnam/

3 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies in US

Nguyen Chi Thien, a dissident poet who spent 27 years in Vietnamese prisons, has died in California aged 73. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19819794
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/arts/nguyen-chi-thien-vietnamese-dissident-poet-dies-at-73.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam jails three bloggers in crackdown on dissent

Three Vietnamese bloggers, well known for their criticisms of the country’s Communist government, were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison Monday in what rights activists said was an « absolutely outrageous » ruling. http://www.france24.com/en/20120924-vietnam-jails-three-bloggers-crackdown-dissent-human-rights-censorship-internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19697905

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam PM orders fresh crackdown on bloggers

Vietnam’s prime minister has ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the governmen
http://asiancorrespondent.com/89218/vietnam-pm-orders-fresh-crackdown-on-bloggers/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19582374

7 SEPTEMBER 2012

Undercover Reporter Jailed

In a conviction condemned by rights groups, a Vietnamese journalist has been sentenced to four years in jail for offering a bribe to a policeman which he said was part of an investigation to expose police corruption
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/media-09072012184158.html

Hanoi and Berlin aim to strengthen economic and trade cooperation

Strengthening economic cooperation between Berlin and Hanoi, enhancing connections with direct flights and spreading the German language and culture in the Asian nation. These are just some of the many topics on the agenda of Philipp Rosler, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Vice-Chancellor and one of Angela Merkel’s closest collaborators, who will be on official visit to Vietnam from September 17 to 19
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-and-Berlin-aim-to-strengthen-economic-and-trade-cooperation-25756.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Viet Prime Minister Under Threat

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s grip on Vietnam’s government is weakening. The Vietnamese premier is under attack by intra-party rivals who don’t like his rich friends and fault his management of the economy. If Dung goes down, important changes in Vietnam’s management of economic and social issues are likely to follow
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4799&Itemid=188#

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call

Viet Nam protests against China’s plan to invite international bidding for oil block 65/12, about 3 nautical miles off Cay (Tree) Island of Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Ngh
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/229586/vn-slams-chinas-island-oil-bid-call.html

In Vietnam, Message of Equality Is Challenged by Widening Wealth Gap

The daughter of a member of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo, the country’s most powerful political body, Ms. Huong had only days before been appointed the head of a state-owned construction company. Commentators on the Internet expressed outrage that someone so young — she is reported to be 24 — held such a senior corporate post.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/world/asia/in-vietnam-message-of-equality-challenged-by-wealth-gap.html?_r=1&ref=asia

31 AUGUST 2012

What Happened to Independence, Freedom, and Happiness in Vietnam?

It is almost 67 years since the revelation of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and 37 years since the country’s unification. Despite revolutions to throw off the shackles of foreign powers, and a brutal war that stifled early hopes of democracy, Vietnam today remains under the thumb of an authoritarian government.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4782&Itemid=213

25 AUGUST 2012

Viet Nam seeks nuclear power infrastructure

Viet Nam is seeking more support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and countries with advanced nuclear power industries to develop the infrastructure for its nuclear power programme.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Industries/229261/viet-nam-seeks-nuclear-power-infrastructure.html

23 AUGUST 2012

Major Vietnamese bank in turmoil after founder’s arrest

Nervous Vietnamese crowded the branches of one of the country’s major banks Thursday to withdraw some $240 million following news of the arrest of the bank’s founder on fraud charges. The stock market was also hit by the news
http://www.france24.com/en/20120823-vietnam-bank-turmoil-sotck-arrest-founder-deposits-fraud-acb

21 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam arrests high-flying banking mogul

Vietnam police have arrested a top banking tycoon on suspicion of illegal business activities, the government said on Tuesday, sending ripples through financial markets in the communist state
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/254870/vietnam-arrests-high-flying-banking-mogul
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88020/vietnam-arrests-banking-tycoon/

5 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam holds first gay pride parade

Dozens of cyclists decorated with balloons and rainbow flags streamed through the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Sunday for the first gay pride parade in the nation’s history. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363553.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128594623174870.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Inflation falls from 23% to 5% in one year

« Vietnam at a Glance » notes that inflation declined to 5 per cent in July from 23 per cent in August 2011. The trade deficit, too, narrowed to US$58m in the first seven months compared to almost $6bn a year earlier.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Economy/228355/inflation-falls-from-23-to-5-in-one-year.html

2 AUGUST 2012

Blogger Barred from Travel

A blogger in Vietnam who has been critical of the one-party communist state was prevented by the authorities on Thursday from traveling abroad, a month after he was attacked by suspected government agents. Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh said staff at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi stopped him from boarding a flight to Singapore when he wanted to accompany his mother, who needed medical treatment in the island state.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/blogger-08022012141554.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

15 JULY 2012

Government deploys tanks as over 10 thousand Vinh diocese faithful march for religious freedom.

More than 10 thousand Catholics marched in different areas of the diocese of Vinh to demand respect for religious freedom against threats and violence of the government. On the eve of the marches, to intimidate the Catholics, the authorities deployed tanks outside the bishop’s residence, with patrols by gangs of thugs and soldiers http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-deploys-tanks-as-over-10-thousand-Vinh-diocese-faithful-march-for-religious-freedom.-25293.html

10 JULY 2012

Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Vietnam where she is promoting U.S. investment and raising human rights concerns. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is looking for ways to expand trade and investment with Vietnam, which was up 17 percent between 2010 and 2011 to nearly $22 billion. http://www.voanews.com/content/clinton-urges-vietnam-to-protect-human-rights/1381816.html#hash=relatedInfoContainer

21 JUNE 2012

China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’

China on Thursday 21 « vehemently opposed » a new Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over islands in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120621-354493.html

15 JUNE 2012

New Clashes in Land Dispute

Clashes broke out between villagers and a group of men hired to clear their land for a controversial development site on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital Friday, leaving several villagers injured and others vowing to protect their homes should demolition crews return, sources said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/clashes-06152012152150.html

3 JUNE 2012

Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam

Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip to the base by an American defense secretary since the war ended
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/03/us/panetta-vietnam-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 APRIL 2012

Vietnam edges towards casino capitalism

To roll or not to roll, that is the multi-billion dollar question Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party now weighs. The casino quandary hinges on how a nominally communist state that still deploys revolutionary rhetoric can openly embrace such a free-wheeling capitalist concept.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/ND19Ae01.html

18 APRIL 2012

Wealthy Vietnam MP faces sack over husband fraud

One of Vietnam’s wealthiest individuals is at risk of losing her seat in parliament after failing to disclose that her husband was wanted for fraud. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, 53, chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, is accused of not having disclosed details of her marriage and party status when applying to be a parliamentary candidate.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340642.html

4 APRIL 2012

Opinion: Vietnam’s Disheartening Anniversary

Under Communist leadership, Vietnam has failed to make its mark on the world. The new Vietnam needs to focus on the future
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4393&Itemid=213

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

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

27 MARCH 2012

Vietnam and the US: The Odd Couple

Particularly in this American election year, human rights issues will test the durability of the rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States – former enemies now seemingly the best of friends
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4369&Itemid=188

2 MARCH 2012

Vietnam’s Communist Party Ponders Change

The Communist Party of Vietnam turned 82 on Feb. 3, of which 36 years have been spent ruling Vietnam. We can only guess what the next 82 years will bring. Indeed, this past week the party’s delegates and executives met in Hanoi to discuss much needed reform
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4286&Itemid=188

1st MARCH 2012

US, Vietnam Begin Tough Trade Talks

Vietnamese and Americans joined together in Hanoi last December for a happy celebration, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the entrance into force of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed in December, 2001. The gathering of current and former trade negotiators, diplomats, and business leaders exchanged witty anecdotes about who had been the toughest negotiator. However, the main focus for both American and Vietnamese participants was on the positive prospects for future US-Vietnam relations across the spectrum of trade and strategic common interests
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4282&Itemid=238

21 JANUARY 2012

China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea

In the wake of a major maritime ruckus last spring, hopes of a deal between China and Vietnam are rising in the South China Sea
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA21Ae02.html

17  JANUARY 2012

Vietnam’s navy unveils first home-made warship

Vietnam’s navy has taken delivery of its first locally-made warship, equipped with artillery and missile systems, local media report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16590100

7 DECEMBER 2011

Vietnamese actor Don Duong dies at 55

One of Vietnam’s best-known actors, Don Duong – once labelled a traitor by his country’s armed forces – has died of heart failure and a brain haemorrhage aged 55, relatives say
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16072280

22 SEPTEMBER 2011

20-million-dollar war memorial sparks public outrage in Vietnam

Vietnamese plans for a memorial to war widows sparked an outcry Thursday when it was revealed that the cost had spiralled to five
times its initial estimate.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1664428.php/20-million-dollar-war-memorial-sparks-public-outrage-in-Vietnam

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

Vietnam’s Forced Labor Camps

An international human rights group has called on the Vietnamese government to shut down scores of drug rehabilitation centers and release tens of thousands of people it says are being held against their will and compelled to endure forced labor and torture. Thousands of detainees,
including women and children, are made to work up to 10 hours a day doing unhealthy and tedious work such as shelling cashews, it alleges. The oil from the nuts is caustic and can burn the skin. Other detainees are forced to do farming, work in construction, sew garments and do other menial labor. Those who refuse to work are subjected to torture and deprived of food and water, it says
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3725&Itemid=213

16 AUGUST 2011

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests

At least 2 thousand faithful of Ho Chi Minh City have celebrated a mass and prayed for the Catholics arrested by Vietnamese police during raids in recent weeks in the Diocese of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. The vigil was held last August 14 organised by the Redemptorists, who wanted to enounce
the Vietnamese authorities repression of Christians and their property, claiming the right to religious freedom in the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-Catholics-in-prayer-against-government-arrests-22374.html

26 JULY 2011

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung re-elected

Vietnam’s one-party parliament elects Nguyen Tan Dung for a second term as prime minister in a widely expected move, a parliamentary
source said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110726-291141.html

25 JULY 2011

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly appointed Truong Tan Sang as the communist country’s new president amid challenges at home with the economy and abroad with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/25/2329746/vietnam-announces-new-president.html#ixzz1TF25cSy4

23 JULY 2011

Nguyen Sinh Hung elected Assembly Chairman, four Vice Chairs chosen

Nguyen Sinh Hung has been elected Chairman of the 13th National Assembly with 457 votes, accounting for 91.4 per cent.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Politics-Laws/213641/Nguyen-Sinh-Hung-elected-Assembly-Chairman-four-Vice-Chairs-chosen.html

15 JULY 2011

US navy ships visit Vietnam amid heightened China tensions

Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery  exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43766185/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

13 MAY 2011

Vietnam should brace for ageing population, expert says

Vietnam must «prepare now rather than later» to support its rapidly ageing population or face economic challenges, an expert
warned
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1638960.php/Vietnam-should-brace-for-ageing-population-expert-says

4 MAY 2011

Vietnam: Ethnic Hmong ‘in mass protest in Dien Bien’

Thousands of ethnic Hmong people in Vietnam are holding a protest calling for autonomy in a rare outbreak of unrest, a local official tells the BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13284122

19 JANUARY 2011

Nguyen Phu Trong is the new General Secretary of the Communist Party[/u] of Viet Nam

The election of the 67-year-old National Assembly chairman as the Party leader is announced as the 11th National Party Congress ends its nine-day sitting in Ha Noi
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/Politics-Laws/207768/Nguyen-Phu-Trong-appointed-new-Party-leader-.html

20 AUGUST 2010

Death of Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian, born in 1937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dang_Phong

21 JANUARY 2010

A court in Vietnam has convicted four activists, including prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, of trying to overthrow the Communist government
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8470110.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/01/201012182633950983.html

28 DECEMBER 2009

A Vietnamese court sentences pro-democracy activist Tran Anh Kim to five-and-a-half years in prison for subversion against the communist state. The former army officer was a member of the Democratic Party of Vietnam and the pro-democracy Bloc 8406, both of which are banned
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8432168.stm

14 JUNE 2009

Vietnam authorities arrest Le Cong Dinh a high-profile lawyer for allegedly conspiring against the government
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8099416.stm

2 JANUARY 2009

The authorities in Vietnam sack the editors of the country’s two largest pro-reform newspapers. Nguyen Cong Khe and Le Hoang were ousted months after two of their journalists went on trial over coverage of a government corruption scandal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7807519.stm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Korea nuclear saga

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30 MARCH 2017

Satellite images show activity at North Korean nuclear test site

Satellite imagery shows that up to 100 people have assembled at the main administrative area of North Korea’s nuclear test site, a gathering not seen since January 2013, a month before Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test, a US institute monitoring the country said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083394/satellite-images-show-activity-north-korean-nuclear-test-site
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/north-korea-ready-its-sixth-nuclear-test

24 FEBRUARY 2017

 China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea

China on Friday dismissed renewed pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over its role in North Korea, saying the crux of the matter was a dispute between Washington and Pyongyang
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-north-koreas-nuclear-plan-problem-between-us-and-north-korea

28 JANUARY 2017

North Korea likely to have restarted plutonium reactor, says US think tank

North Korea is suspected of having resumed operations at its plutonium production facility, a US institute monitoring the site said Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2066209/north-korea-likely-have-restarted-plutonium-reactor-says-us
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/28/north-korea-has-restarted-reactor-to-make-plutonium-fresh-images-suggest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170128_14/

1 JANUARY 2017

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is in the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38482142
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170101_18/

27 DECEMBER 2016

North Korea’s Kim determined to develop nuclear capability by 2017, defector says

A high-profile North Korean defector said on Tuesday that top leader Kim Jong-un is determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability by next year and would not be dissuaded by economic incentives, South Korean media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057490/north-koreas-kim-determined-develop-nuclear-capability-2017

30 NOVEMBER 2016

U.N. stiffens sanctions on North Korea, trying to slow its nuclear march

In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions.html?smid=li-share&_r=0
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/30/content_15534686.html

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Is North Korea’s nuclear tech for sale?

Concerns remain about the possible transfer of North Korea’s nuclear technology and knowledge to non-state actors. How likely is North Korea to engage in a nuclear arms sale with a terrorist group?http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/03/is-north-koreas-nuclear-tech-for-sale/

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

US sanctions Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea

The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/26/us-sanctions-china-north-korea-dandong-hongxiang
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2022768/us-sanctions-chinese-company-over-ties-north-korea

11  SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state

North Korea has demanded the US recognise it as a “legitimate nuclear weapons state” following its fifth and largest atomic test, adding that threats of further sanctions against the country were “laughable”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/11/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-legitimate-nuclear-state-pyongyang
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-11/us-must-recognise-north-korea-as-nuclear-weapons-state-kcna-says/7834620?section=world

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea conducts 2nd nuclear test this year

An announcer with North Korean state television KCNA read a statement from the Nuclear Weapon Research Institute of the DPRK confirming a successful nuclear test was conducted to assess the capacity of a nuclear warhead that can now be miniaturized to fit on various types of missiles
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247519847
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37317782
https://www.nknews.org/2016/09/north-koreas-5th-nuke-test-why-now-and-what-next/

22 JULY 2016

Secret North Korean nuclear site identified, report claims

A US think tank said on Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1993289/secret-north-korean-nuclear-site-identified-report-claims

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea nuclear envoy says six-party talks are ‘dead’

A North Korean nuclear envoy attending a security forum in Beijing said Wednesday that the long-stalled negotiations on the North’s nuclear weapons program are « dead, » dashing hope that Pyongyang might change its course on its nuclear ambition
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-envoy-six-party-talks-are-%E2%80%98dead%E2%80%99

25 APRIL 2016

Obama dismisses N Korea proposal to ‘halt’ nuclear tests

US President Barack Obama has dismissed North Korea’s proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US ends its annual military exercises with the South
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36127011

9 APRIL 2016

State media says North Korea has successfully tested an engine designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Kim Jong Un reportedly said the successful outcome guarantees that North Korea will be able to carry out different types of nuclear attacks against enemy forces, including the United States
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160409_10/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/09/north-korea-says-long-range-missile-engine-could-reach-united-states/

1 APRIL 2016

North Korea to pursue more ‘nuclear deterrence’

North Korea pledged to pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of the United States and its allies with a top envoy saying there is now a state of « semi-war » on the divided peninsula.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/north-korea-pursue-nuclear-deterence-160401132750285.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-02/korean-peninsula-in-state-of-semiwar-pyongyang-envoy-says/1565136

25 MARCH 2016

US Intel officials: North Korea ‘probably’ has miniaturized nuke

Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea « probably » possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/24/politics/north-korea-miniaturized-nuclear-warhead/index.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, just weeks after being slapped with tough, new UN sanctions, state media reported Tuesday.
http://english.sina.com/world/2016/0314/898536.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3016254

9 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0WA2QM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35760797

7 MARCH 2016

North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes

North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” against South Korea and the United States over their annual military exercises, while Seoul vowed a merciless response against any provocations from the North
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35741936
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015914

4 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country’s military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’

Kim Jong Un has intensified his rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. His commments follow a recent UN vote to impose unprecedented sanctions on Pyongyang
http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/04/kim-jong-un-orders-north-korea-to-ready-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-any-time/
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-readying-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-a-moments-notice/a-19093198

2 MARCH 2016

UN slaps North Korea with tough new sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/slaps-north-korea-tough-sanctions-160302154647785.html
http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12267.doc.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35704273
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160303_05/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/241822871

6 JANUARY 2016

North Korea claims successful ‘hydrogen bomb’ test, world reacts with condemnations and suspicion

North Korea conducted its latest underground nuclear test at 10 am local time on Wednesday, January 6, with state media claiming the device was a « miniaturized » hydrogen bomb detonated on the personal orders of Kim Jong Un just two days before his birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/analysis-breaking-north-korea-bomb-test-claim-160106182207672.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/06/asia/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-test/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-07/north-koreas-hydrogen-bomb-test-draws-global-condemnation-china-urges-denuclearisation/1533192

10 DECEMBER 2015

We have hydrogen bomb, says Kim Jong-un

“Thanks to the historic gun shots fired by our dear leader [Kim Il Sung], our state was able to become a strong nuclear-armed country capable of producing hydrogen bombs alongside atomic bombs in our defense of our sovereignty and integrity,” Kim was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012652
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35066203

25 NOVEMBER 2015

N.Korea’s Growing Nuclear Potential

A US expert on North Korea says Pyongyang may already have produced more than 10 nuclear weapons – and could vastly expand its nuclear stockpile within five years
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/insideasia/2015112501.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

North Korea main nuclear complex is in ‘full operation’ as Pyongyang issues warning to US

North Korea has confirmed suspicions that it has restarted operations at its Yongbyon nuclear plant and threatened to use nuclear weapons against the United States « at any time. »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11865395/North-Korea-main-nuclear-complex-is-in-full-operation-as-Pyongyang-issues-warning-to-US.html
http://www.nknews.org/2015/09/n-korea-upgrading-nuclear-facilities-in-nyongbyon-kcna/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/09/15/north-korea-restarts-nuclear-fuel-reactor/

21 JULY 2015

North Korea not interested in Iran-like nuke talks with US

North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday
http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-not-interested-in-Iran-like-nuke-talks-78415.html

20 MAY 2015

North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step toward building nuclear missiles
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/20/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons/index.html

22 APRIL 2015

The Wrong Lessons From North Korea

The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, and today it is a full-fledged nuclear power. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/143720/sue-mi-terry-and-max-boot/the-wrong-lessons-from-north-korea

21 MARCH 2015

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at “any time”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1743986/north-korean-envoy-says-pyongyang-prepared-use-missiles-any-time
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/north-korea-says-can-fire-nuclear-missile-time/
http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/north-korean-envoy-says-they-have-nuclear-missiles-and-is-prepared-to-use-them/story-fnh81fz8-1227272365664

25 FEBRUARY 1915

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

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

28 JANUARY 2015

Japan, U.S., S. Korea seek credible denuclearization talks with N. Korea

Nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea affirmed Wednesday the importance of holding a « credible dialogue » with North Korea toward its denuclearization, a step that could lead to the resumption of long-stalled six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-us-south-korea-seek-denuclearization-talks-north-korea
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/28/c_133953848.htm

18 JANUARY 2015

North Korea nuclear chief meets with US negotiators amid standoff

US academics and former senior officials met North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Sunday, to get a feel for each other’s positions amid a years-long standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons buildup.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/18/north-korea-nuclear-chief-meets-with-us-negotiators
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150118000495

20 NOVEMBER 2014

Pyongyang threatens new nuclear test in response to UN criticism

North Korea has reacted furiously to a United Nations resolution condemning its record on human rights and hinted that it will carry out a new nuclear test.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11242443/Pyongyang-threatens-new-nuclear-test-in-response-to-UN-criticism.html

28 JULY 2014

N. Korean Official Threatens White House Nuclear Strike

A high-ranking North Korean military official has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, accusing Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.voanews.com/content/korean-official-threatens-white-house-nuclear-strike/1966403.html

12 JULY 2014

N. Korea vows to boost nuclear forces against US threat

North Korea threatened Saturday to strengthen its nuclear forces as a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier prepares to take part in joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-vows-boost-nuclear-forces-against-us-threat

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

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

10 MAY 2014

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test

North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-renews-threat-nuclear-test

25 APRIL 2014

Obama warns North Korea of consequences of nuclear test

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. stands « shoulder to shoulder » with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearised North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10786855/Obama-warns-North-Korea-of-consequences-of-nuclear-test.html

12 APRIL 2014

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons programme

Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea’s atomic programme at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/anti-nuclear-states-demand-n-korea-halts-weapons-programme

30 MARCH 2014

N. Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a « new form » of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402539/n-korea-vows-not-to-rule-out-a-new-nuclear-test
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/north-korea-threatens-to-carry-out-more-nuclear-tests/

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

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

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

24 DECEMBER 2013

N Korea ‘restarting nuclear programme’

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making « wide-ranging, extensive » efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think-tank has said, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/n-korea-restarting-nuclear-programme-2013122445725815560.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

N. Korea joins int’l satellite organization

North Korea joined the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) convention last month as part of an ongoing effort contribute to the development of maritime transportation and safety, state media said Monday

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131202000298

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Institute: NKorea resumes work at missile site

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/116629/institute-nkorea-resumes-work-at-missile-site/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

IAEA: North Korea May Be Restarting Nuclear Plant

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the agency’s 35-member board Thursday that North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex appears to have re-started its reactor. But the agency says without access to the site, IAEA inspectors cannot draw a definite conclusion

http://www.voanews.com/content/iaea-north-korea-may-be-restarting-nuclear-plant/1799416.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea has restarted reactor, says intel chief

South Korea’s spy chief confirms that the North has reactivated its nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium

http://www.asianewsnet.net/N-Korea-has-restarted-reactor-says-intel-chief-52541.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

More signs of reactivated NK reactor, says think tank

Satellite photos show hot waste water being discharged into a nearby river from a drainpipe at the Yongbyon nuclear complex

http://www.asianewsnet.net/More-signs-of-reactivated-NK-reactor-says-think-ta-52391.html

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, North Korea Meet Over Nuclear Talks Impasse

U.S. experts have met with North Korean officials to discuss resuming stalled international talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Former U.S. special envoy for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth attended Wednesday’s high level, but informal, meeting at a London hotel, but declined to discuss the talks.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-agree-on-expanded-nuclear-deterrence/1761149.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

North Korea ‘has technology to build uranium-based nuclear bombs’

North Korean scientists are thought to have attained the ability to build uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country’s secretive atomic work.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/north-korea-uranium-based-nuclear-bombs

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

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

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday 20 for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113667/china-nkorea-ready-to-make-nuclear-commitment/

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

N Korea seeks to restart nuclear talks

North Korea’s senior nuclear strategist has called for a new round of six-nation denuclearisation talks without precondition.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013918151542813753.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-calls-for-six-party-talks-without-preconditions/1751954.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Institute: North Korea nuke reactor likely restarting

A recent satellite image appears to show North Korea is restarting a plutonium reactor, in a move that could raise renewed international alarm over its nuclear weapons program, a U.S. research institute said
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/11/20444046-institute-north-korea-nuke-reactor-likely-restarting?lite

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

US, S. Korea Discuss Prospects for N. Korea Nuclear Talks

The top U.S. and South Korean envoys on North Korea have met in Seoul to discuss efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang, as well as a proposal by China for informal talks. Washington says North Korea needs to show it is serious about abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons before the United States will resume negotiations.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-no-talks-with-nkorea-without-commitment-to-denuclearization/1746562.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903001063

5 JULY 2013

‘Substantial’ differences with North Korea over nuclear talks: Russia

Russia said on Friday it still had « a number of substantial » differences with North Korea concerning efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on the Stalinist state’s nuclear weapons drive.           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/substantial-differences/735322.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

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

20 JUNE 2013

S.Korea, US, Japan raise bar for talks with N. Korea

South Korea, the US and Japan on Thursday called on North Korea to demonstrate its sincerity toward dialogue with denuclearisation measures before returning to the negotiating table.                                                         http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-US-Japan-raise-bar-for-talks-with-N-Korea-48207.html

19 JUNE 2013

N. Korea repeats offer for nuclear talks

A top North Korean diplomat repeated an offer for international talks over his country’s disputed nuclear programme during a meeting in China on Wednesday, saying the denuclearisation of the peninsula was the « dying wish » of North Korea’s founder.                                                                                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130619-430908.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678                                                      http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

28 MAY 2013

Six-party soap opera set to restart

Recent talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Vice Marshall Ch’oe Ryong-hae, North Korea’s special envoy to China, produced a rather unexpected result: North Korea agreed to resume the six-party nuclear talks.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-280513.html

25 MAY 2013

China calls on North Korea to enter nuclear talks

A personal envoy to North Korea’s leader indicated Kim Jung Un was open to restarting nuclear disarmament talks, a move that came as China’s leader delivered a blunt message to Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Chinese state-run media                                                                                                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/asia/china-north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 MAY 2013

North Korea sanctions delaying nuclear programme, says UN report

International sanctions have curtailed North Korea’s ability to push ahead with its nuclear weapons programme, according to a UN report, but doubts remain about how far China will go in implementing UN resolutions passed in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/north-korea-sanctions-un-report                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135155217257365.html

3 MAY 2013

Pentagon: North Korea moving closer to developing nuke that can hit U.S.

North Korean advances in nuclear technology are moving the country closer to its goal of being able to strike the United States with an atomic weapon, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress on Thursday. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18025942-pentagon-north-korea-moving-closer-to-developing-nuke-that-can-hit-us?lite

24 APRIL 2013

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. http://www.fpif.org/articles/breaking_out_the_bush_playbook_on_korea

24 APRIL 2013

North Korea: Radioactive gases ‘consistent with’ nuclear test detected

Global tracking stations record isotopes thought to have been released by underground detonation at Punggye-ri in February http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/north-korea-nuclear-radiation

23 APRIL 2013

North Korea demands recognition as nuclear state

North Korea renewed its demand Tuesday for recognition as a nuclear power, saying it was a pre-requisite for the start of any dialogue with the United States.                                                                                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-nucle/649184.html               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10011861/North-Korea-demands-it-is-recognised-as-nuclear-weapons-state.html

15 APRIL 2013

US recovery of North Korean satellite exposed nuclear progress

The US recovered the front section of the rocket used in North Korea’s satellite launch in December, which gave away the status of the regime’s nuclear arms programme, writes Eli Lake of the Daily Beast                                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/the-daily-beast/9995514/US-recovery-of-North-Korean-satellite-exposed-nuclear-progress.html

14 APRIL 2013

US calls on N Korea to negotiate

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called on Pyongyang to go back to the negotiating table as he told Japan the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats.                                                              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-committed-to-defend/638226.html                                                                               http://www.france24.com/en/20130414-usa-south-north-korea-nuclear-china-kerry-defence                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22141550

13 APRIL 2013

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.                                                                                          http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles             http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/13/john-kerry-gets-china-commitment-to-help-rid-north-korea-of-nuclear-weapons/

2 APRIL 2013

Analysts Downplay North Korean Nuclear Threats

Analysts say it is too soon to tell how North Korea’s decision to resume operations at a shuttered plutonium nuclear reactor and further uranium enrichment will impact Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program                                                                                                            http://www.voanews.com/content/analysts-downplay-north-korean-nuclear-threats/1633098.html

2 APRIL 2013

North Korea says it plans to restart shuttered nuclear reactor

After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announced Tuesday it will restart a nuclear reactor it had shut more than five years ago.                                                                                         http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1            http://asiancorrespondent.com/103974/north-korea-vows-to-restart-nuclear-facilities/                  http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-to-restart-yongbyon-nuclear-reactor/1633003.html

1 APRIL 2013

The Next Korean War

As North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un issues increasingly over-the-top threats — including intimations that he might launch nuclear strikes against the United States — officials in Washington have sought to reassure the public and U.S. allies. North Korea, they say, may initiate cyberattacks or other limited provocations, but the leaders in Pyongyang wish to survive, so they are highly unlikely to do anything as foolhardy as using nuclear weapons.                                                                     http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139091/keir-a-lieber-and-daryl-g-press/the-next-korean-war

31 MARCH 3013

N Korea vows to ‘strengthen nuclear weapons’

North Korea has pledged to strengthen its nuclear weapons programme, a day after announcing it is in a « state of war » with South Korea, as the region remains tense amid a military build-up by both North and South Korea.                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013331122717842211.html                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreas-kim-vows-to-launch-more-satellites/1632038.html                                                                                                                  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/31/17539256-north-korea-nukes-are-our-countrys-life?lite

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

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

9 MARCH 2013

North Korea rejects UN demands, vows to become ‘nuclear weapons state

North Korea formally rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that demands an end to its nuclear arms program, signaling it would defy international sanctions and pursue its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/08/17242007-north-korea-rejects-un-demands-vows-to-become-nuclear-weapons-state?lite

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

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

7 MARCH 2013

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.                                                                                                                               http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0                http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm                                                                                                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against US

North Korea accuses the US of preparing to « light a fuse for a nuclear war » and says it may launch a pre-emptive attack. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9915491/North-Korea-threatens-nuclear-strike-against-US.html

5 MARCH

US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

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

4 MARCH 2013

Russia shows little concern over North Korean nukes (for now)

The danger emanating from the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs is perceived in very different ways by the key players in Northeast Asia. Whereas Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are extremely worried and want to impose harsher sanctions on the recalcitrant regime, Beijing and Moscow are obviously not ready to act tough on Pyongyang, even while showing some concern.                                                                                                     http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/russia-shows-little-concern-over-north-korean-nukes-for-now/

3 MARCH 2013

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

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

18 FEBRUARY 2013

EU agrees new sanctions against North Korea after nuclear test

The European Union agreed a raft of new sanctions on Monday against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s nuclear test last week http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254987/1/.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea may stage two more nuclear tests this year, source says

North Korea has told its key ally China that it is prepared to stage one or two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, a source said.                                                                                                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/north-korea-more-nuclear-tests                                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20130216-402415.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

China calls in North Korean ambassador over nuke test

China’s foreign minister called North Korea’s ambassador in for a dressing-down and demanded his country cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing’s displeasure over its ally’s latest nuclear test.                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/97340/china-calls-in-nkorean-ambassador-over-nuke-test/                                                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/china-02132013015542.html

12 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ nuclear test

North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site.                                                                                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9864069/North-Korea-confirms-successful-nuclear-est.html                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/north-korea-confirms-third-nuclear-missile-test/                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-conducts-3rd-nuclear-test-42642.html

8 FEBRUARY 2013

‘China unlikely to succeed in dissuading Pyongyang from nuke test’

While the Chinese government has reportedly been engaged in painstaking efforts to persuade North Korea to forgo its planned nuclear test, most analysts say such efforts will fall eventually upon deaf ears                       http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/485_130264.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

China should not fear NK disputes

It’s widely predicted that North Korea will soon conduct another nuclear test. Sino-North Korean relations now face a new challenge to maintain the traditional bonds of friendship.                                                                                                                  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/760434.shtml                                                                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/nuclear-test-north-korea-china/1598585.html

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Five things to know about North Korea’s planned nuclear test

North Korea’s plans for a new nuclear test, like most things that happen inside the reclusive state, are shrouded in mystery. But that’s not stopping analysts and officials from making some informed guesses about what’s going on. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-explainer/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Kerry warns of punishment for North Korea nuclear test

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea’s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously.                                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/96947/kerry-warns-of-punishment-for-nkorea-nuclear-test/

1 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea’s Nuclear Needs

North Korea, which might have been inclined to remain a non-nuclear power twenty years ago, now seems determined to develop its nuclear weapons capability despite world condemnation, says expert Victor Cha, who served as director of Asian Studies for the National Security Council under former president George W. Bush.                                                                                                                                      http://www.cfr.org/north-korea/north-koreas-nuclear-needs/p29907?cid=rss-analysisbriefbackgroundersexp-north_korea’s_nuclear_needs-020113

28 JANUARY 2013

Resolve the North Korean nuclear issue

Given the turmoil in the Middle East and South Asia and the tension in East Asia, success in resolving the North Korea nuclear issue is needed and still could be within reach, despite North Korea’s harsh response to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning it for the missile launch in December.                                                                                                  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/OA29Dg01.html

24 JANUARY 2013

North Korea plans nuclear test and says rocket programme is targeted at US

North Korea has said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its « arch-enemy » the US, two days after the UN condemned its rocket launch.                                                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131244504577116.html                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/24/north-korea-nuclear-rocket-us                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/23/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

23 JANUARY 2013

Pyongyang tells UN, it will pursue its nuclear programme

UN Security Council votes unanimously (China included) to boost sanctions against the Stalinist regime for pursuing its rocket programme. For Pyongyang, the decision is undemocratic and unrealistic; denuclearisation will come when the whole world does it. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-tells-UN,-it-will-pursue-its-nuclear-programme-26944.html                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9819976/North-Korea-vows-to-strengthen-nuclear-programme-after-UN-sanctions.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea ‘has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities’

Satellite imagery has confirmed the fears of Washington and Seoul that North Korea has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities around the country.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9761711/North-Korea-has-constructed-multiple-uranium-enrichment-facilities.html

31 AUGUST 2012

North Korea vows to expand nuclear deterrent

North Korea on Friday vowed to expand and modernise its nuclear deterrent « beyond imagination » unless the United States changes its policy towards the communist nation.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223255/1/.html

22 AUGUST 2012

Satellite shows North Korea’s progress on nuclear reactor

North Korea has put a dome on a light-water reactor it is building, a key step towards completing a plant that could be used to support its nuclear weapons programme, a leading defence journal said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9491451/Satellite-shows-North-Koreas-progress-on-nuclear-reactor.html

20 AUGUST 2012

North Korea could have fuel for 48 nuclear weapons by 2015

North Korea will have been able to build as many as 48 nuclear weapons by 2015 unless the international community is able to make sanctions already imposed on the regime work.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9487574/North-Korea-could-have-fuel-for-48-nuclear-weapons-by-2015.html

20 JULY 2012

North Korea to ‘re-examine’ nuclear issue

North Korea has said it was being forced to « re-examine » its nuclear programme because of fresh signs the US remains hostile towards the country, indicating it will step up defiant efforts to boost its nuclear arsenal. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201272011434388132.html

12 JULY 2012

North Korea says it needs weaponry to defend against US nuclear threat

North Korea has claimed that it needs atomic weaponry to defend itself from a constant threat of US nuclear attack and that Pyongyang would never give up its right to a « peaceful space programme ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9395729/North-Korea-says-it-needs-weaponry-to-defend-against-US-nuclear-threat.html

2 JUNE 2012

China must not let N.Korea go nuclear

North Korea has proclaimed itself as a nuclear state in its amended constitution. Washington and Seoul have dismissed the claim, saying that they would not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power. China should not join the two and help them exert pressure on North Korea. However, it is also necessary for China to criticize North Korea’s latest move and oppose its intention to legalize its nuclear status http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/712600/China-must-not-let-NKorea-go-nuclear.aspx

31 MAY 2012

North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitution

North Korea proclaimed itself a « nuclear state » this week following a revision of its constitution earlier this year http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/31/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-constitution/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 MAY 2012

N Korea vows to boost nuclear ‘deterrent’ amid US pressure

North Korea has warned that it will bolster its nuclear programme and take unspecified counter-measures unless the US eases diplomatic pressure on it
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18160986

17 MAY 2012

Satellite image suggests North Korea may have resumed work on reactor

North Korea has resumed work on the construction of a reactor that could help it push forward its nuclear weapons program, according to an academic group’s analysis of a recent satellite image http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/17/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

16 APRIL 2012

N. Korea says it will not allow IAEA inspectors / Bilateral accord with U.S. likely to be called off

North Korea has defiantly said it will not allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to monitor its uranium enrichment activities in response to the United States’ statement that it will call off food aid to the country, diplomatic sources said Monday 16
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T120416004900.htm

13 APRIL 2012

The following is a partial timeline of the North Korean nuclear saga:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/hold-a-short-history-of-the-north-korean-nuclear-saga.html

9 APRIL 2012

Tunnel linked to looming North Korea nuclear test? South Korea thinks so

Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials. The excavation at North Korea’s northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/09/11094985-tunnel-linked-to-looming-north-korea-nuclear-test-south-korea-thinks-so?lite

13 MARCH 2012

N. Korea asks U.S. to open liaison offices / Official say U.S. must alter ‘hostile stance’

North Korea’s chief envoy for the six-party talks on the nation’s nuclear development program has called on the United States to open a liaison office in both countries’ capital cities, according to sources familiar with the matter
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/world/T120312005660.htm

29 FEBRUARY 1012

North Korea to suspend nuclear programme

North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the moratorium has been enforced http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222915936296108.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/world/asia/us-says-north-korea-agrees-to-curb-nuclear-work.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693555.php/North-Korea-agrees-to-nuclear-moratorium http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17208755

25 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea Stance on Nuclear Plan Unchanged

North Korea said that “nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States,” a day after an American special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there was little change in their negotiating style on their nuclear programs under a new leadership taking shape in Pyongyang http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/world/asia/north-korea-stance-on-nuclear-plan-unchanged.html?_r=1&ref=asia

23 FEBRUARY 2012

US and North Korea resume nuclear talks

Envoys from the United States and North Korea have met in Beijing for their first talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programme since the death of Kim Jong-il, the country’s long-time leader
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/24/world/asia/us-and-north-korean-officials-meet-for-talks-in-china.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222354626464321.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

US and North Korea to hold nuclear talks in Beijing

US and North Korean officials will meet on 23 February in Beijing to discuss Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear programme, the US state department says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17017179 http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/13/10397615-us-says-it-will-hold-nuke-talks-with-north-korea

25 OCTOBER 2011

No  agreement but US has ‘positive’ talks with North Korea

The US and North Korea have failed to reach a deal on resuming international negotiations on the North’s nuclear programme, after two days of talks.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15424869
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/20111025141612955851.html

24 OCTOBER  2011

North Korea and US nuclear talks begin in Geneva

The US and North Korea are holding direct talks in Geneva over restarting stalled nuclear negotiations. Six-party discussions involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the US broke down in April 2009 when North Korea walked out.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15424869
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/10/24/world/asia/us-north-korea-meeting/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
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Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 March in Asian history

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 30 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 30, 2017

1885: The Battle of Kushka (Afghanistan) triggers the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandjeh_Incident

1940: A pro-Japanese government is set up in Nanjing as Wang Jingwei as its leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Jingwei_Government
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/japanese-set-up-puppet-regime-at-nanking
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3094.html

1951: In the Korea War, the United Nations forces cross the 38th parallel. The General MacArthur threatens to attack China

1956: Prince Sihanouk resigns in protest against US press criticism of his neutralist policy and his recognition of the communist China

1965: During Vietnam War: a car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bomb-explodes-outside-u-s-embassy-in-saigon

1972: In the Vietnam War, the Easter Offensive (Nguyen Hue Offensive) begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnamese-launch-nguyen-hue-offensive
http://www.historynet.com/north-vietnamese-armys-1972-eastertide-offensive.htm

http://military.wikia.com/wiki/Easter_Offensive

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive

 2009: Pakistani troops say they have taken control of a police academy after unidentified attackers had overrun the facility, killing up to 50 people and taking many officers hostage
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/2009330115046679194.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7971993.stm

2011: South Korea protests after Japan authorized new school textbooks that describe a disputed cluster of rocky islets as Japanese-owned. The outcrops in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) are known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, and administered by Seoul
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110330-270966.html