Daily Archives: 20 mars 2017

On 20 March in Asian history


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Updated on March 20, 2017

673: Emperor Tenmu of Japan assumes the Chrysanthemum throne at the Palace of Kiyomihara in Asuka

1127: Jin troops summon the Song emperor Qinzong and his father Huizong, two captured emperors, to their camps on a directive from Taizong. Beginning of weeks of looting, rapes, arson and execution of prisoners of war and civilians

1181: Death of Taira no Kiyomori, famous Japanese general, born in 1118

1351: Death of Mohammed ibn-Tughluq, sultan of Delhi since 1324. Born in 1290 http://www.newindianexpress.com/education/student/article1377184.ece


1602: The Dutch East India Company (VOC) is established

1736: Birth of Chao Phraya Chakri who founded the current Chakri dynasty in Thailand in April 1782 (Rama I) and died in September 1809

1739: Nader Shah occupies Delhi and sacks the city, stealing the jewel of the Peacock Throne. 30,000 civilians are killed

1833: US and Siam sign a treaty of amity and commerce

1865: Death of Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai, born in 1833

1881: Birth of Chinese scholar Zhang Shizhao

Zhang Shizhao

1900: US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an ‘open door’ policy in China have essentially accepted his stand.

1902: France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea

1902-01-30 Anglo-Japanese alliance

1913: Song Jiaoren (Sung Chiao-jen), a founder of the Kuomintang is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies two days later

1923: Birth of Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, Journalist and political activist who died on December 18, 2006

1926: Chiang Kaishek (Jiang Jieshi), then head of the KMT military, launches a coup to take over power in the Guomindang. In the process, he ousted many communists who had been a part of the Guomindang-Communist alliance

1935: Death of Hayami Gyoshu, Japanese painter, born on August 2, 1894

1942: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: « I came out of Bataan and I shall return »


1945: The British, with the 19th Indian Division retake Mandalay in Burma

1945-03-20 Prise de Mandalay

1946: Death of Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), born on February 28, 1911

1951: Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java

1952: The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with restoring of sovereignty for Japan

1956: Indonesian Assembly (DPR) convenes. PNI-Masyumi-NU coalition forms government. Ali Sastroamidjojo is Prime Minister

1965: That day, and later in April, fighting broke out between India and Pakistan. Beginning of the Second Indo-Pakistani war with first large scale offensive on August 5

1966: Birth of Alka Yagnik, Indian singer


1967: Birth of Yukito Kishiro, mangaka

1969: US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970

1973: Birth of Jung Woo-sung, Korean actor


1977: The Indian Congress Party of Indira Gandhi loses the general elections against the newly founded Janata Party. Morarji Desai is charged to form a new government


1980: Birth of Ock Ju-Hyun, South Korean singer

1987: Birth of Kangana Ranaut, Indian actress


1990: Ferdinand Marcos’s widows, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement and racketing

1990: Birth of Joaquin Maria Gutierrez, Filipino violinist


1991: Khaleda Zia first women to become PM in Bangladesh up to March 1996

1991-03-20 Khaleda Zia PM

1995: A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons



2004: Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is reelected with less than 30,000 votes (50,11 %) more than Lien Chan (49,89 %)


2008: Death of Shoban Babu, Indian actor


2009: China’s president Hu Jintao urges North Korea to restart stalled negotiations on dismantling its nuclear program saying he hopes all sides would work to « resolve their differences »

2010: Girija Prasad Koirala, the former Nepalese prime minister who brokered the peace deal that ended a bloody 10-year civil war, died at age 85

2013: Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, dies in a Singapore hospital

2013: The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator says http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html

2014: Death of Khushwant Singh, Indian writer who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex,


Holidays and observances

Japan: Shunbun no Hi, a national holiday

Chinese culture and history


20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeologists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place


Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist

All about East-Timor (Timor-Leste)

20 MARCH 2017

East Timor holds first presidential election since UN peacekeepers left

Asia’s youngest democracy is choosing a new president in its first such election since a UN peacekeeping mission left the country in 2012. The vote is a political preliminary for July’s vote for a prime minister

24 JANUARY 2017

Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute

Timor-Leste has withdrawn its Australian espionage claims in the permanent court of arbitration as a “confidence-building measure”, as the two countries continue to negotiate over their maritime border

9 JANUARY 2017

Australia and Timor-Leste to negotiate permanent maritime boundary

Australia and Timor-Leste have agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries, potentially ending years of dispute over the lucrative oil-rich Timor Gap and closing a chapter of mistrust and enmity between the two neighbours

6 OCTOBER 2016

East Timor journalists face defamation trial after story on Prime Minister Rui Aria de Araujo

Two East Timorese journalists are going on trial in a criminal defamation case brought by the country’s prime minister that has alarmed press freedom groups


East Timor takes maritime dispute with Australia to UN Court

East Timor has accused Australia of being a bully as the International Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands prepares to hear a decade-long dispute over the sharing of oil and mineral wealth in the Timor Sea

29 AUGUST 2017

Timor Leste urges Australia ‘not to turn its back on law’ over maritime boundary

Timor-Leste has urged Australia not to “turn its back on the law” and to negotiate over the Timor Sea maritime boundary, but Australia has claimed the commission it has been brought before has no jurisdiction to hear the matter and said that any decision it makes will be not be binding on Australia.

11 APRIL 2016

East Timor-Australia maritime border to be negotiated before United Nations after protests

East Timor is taking Australia to the United Nations to solve the dispute over its maritime border under international maritime law.

15 MARCH 2016

Japan, E. Timor fear China is trying to change balance of power

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with East Timor’s President Taur Matan Ruak in Tokyo on March 15 to share concerns over China’s growing maritime presence in Southeast Asia.

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Rape of East Timor

Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the world is run

30 DECEMBER 2016

The battle for Timor-Leste’s past

In 1975, Indonesian forces invaded Timor-Leste, heralding an occupation that lasted 24 years and claimed the lives of up to a third of the population. Forty years later, another clash is underway: an internal “history war” over the official narrative of the country’s turbulent past

27 AUGUST 2015

Indonesia, Timor Leste agree to resolve border problems, boost ties

Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed on Wednesday to begin negotiating unresolved land and maritime border issues and enhance bilateral ties, particularly on trade and investment.The commitment was made during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Timor Leste Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araújo at the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday 26

3 JUNE 2015

East Timor ‘reactivates’ bid for new maritime boundary with Australia

An espionage operation by Australia’s foreign spy service underpins a new bid by East Timor to establish a maritime boundary between the two countries and gain a bigger share of the lucrative Timor Sea oil and gas fields.

16 FEBRUARY 2015

East Timor swears in Rui Araujo as new prime minister

Rui Araujo, a former health minister, took the oath of office on Monday along with 37 cabinet ministers, the AP news agency said.

10 FEBRUAY 2015

Ex-health minister named E. Timor PM

East Timor’s President Taur Matan Ruak on Tuesday endorsed the leading political party’s decision to nominate former Health Minister Rui Araujo as the tiny nation’s next prime minister, replacing Xanana Gusmao who resigned Friday


East Timor PM Xanana Gusmao offers resignation

East Timor resistance hero Xanana Gusmao has submitted his resignation as prime minister, the government said Friday, after more than a decade leading the half-island nation during the fraught early years of its independence

12 DECEMBER 2014

From poet to despot: The changing face of Xanana Gusmao

As foreign media recasts Timor-Leste’s Xanana Gusmao from darling of democracy to potential despot, it’s time to re-examine the myth surrounding the ‘poet’ politician, write Angie Bexley and Maj Nygaard-Christensen.

25 OCTOBER 2014

No good time for Xanana Gusmão to let go

Timor-Leste’s prime minister, Xanana Gusmão, has deferred his decision to step down as his country’s leader until April 2015. He had announced earlier this year that he intended to leave office firstly in September, then in October. He has since said that he wishes to stay on to oversee negotiations with Australia over a resolution to the Timor Sea dispute.

26 AUGUST 2014

Timor-Leste Success

Why It Won’t be the Next Failed State

23 MAY 2014

Timor-Leste: Lessons of a Failing State?

Despite record international goodwill and generosity, Timor-Leste is a basket case



Can East Timor dodge the ‘resource curse’?

Despite oil and gas riches, signs of wealth remain scarce in the impoverished country.


20 FEBRUARY 2013

East Timor risks all in oil dispute

East Timor appears ready to roll the dice in its dispute with Woodside Petroleum over construction of a liquefied natural gas plant. If East Timor’s move backfires, it could potentially spoil its resource sharing agreements in the Timor Sea with Australia, redraw maritime boundaries and cast doubts over the ability of East Timor’s capital city of Dili to keep its word.                                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/02/20/east-timor-risks-all-in-oil-dispute/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_216136614

31 DECEMBER 2012

East Timor: UN ends peacekeeping mission

UN forces have been pulling out since October when East Timorese security forces took over responsibility for maintaining law and order.                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873267                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012123173256112503.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s Time to Invest in Timor-Leste

As Brunei assumes ASEAN’s chairmanship for 2013, one major question it faces is Timor-Leste’s bid for membership in the group. Despite some ASEAN members’ previous resistance to Timor-Leste’s entrance, the country’s sustained political and economic development over the last year and a half reflect a maturing nation poised for ascension to ASEAN. Brunei has a genuine opportunity to build ASEAN’s inclusiveness and invest in a nation that will pay dividends in the future.

23 OCTOBER 2012

Timor Leste to take over policing as UN withdraws

UN peacekeepers will hand over full responsibility for policing to Timor Leste next week as they begin withdrawing in earnest from Asia’s youngest nation, a UN official said Tuesday 23.

16 JULY 2012

Violence erupts in East Timor over new government

Police in East Timor say protesters angry that their party was shut out of the incoming government have thrown stones at officers, burned or destroyed 58 cars and damaged some houses. The protesters are believed to be supporters of the Fretilin party, which finished second to Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao’s party in July 7 parliamentary elections.

9 JULY 2012

East Timor poll: Xanana Gusmao’s party wins most seats

East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao is set for a new term of coalition government after his party won parliamentary elections – but without an overall majority. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1212317/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18759085

16 APRIL 2012

Second round of presidential election.

Taur Matan Ruak is elected with 61 % of the votes

18 MARCH 2012

East Timor’s president fails to make election run-off

East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta on Sunday failed to make the run-off in the country’s presidential election, preliminary poll results indicated. The second-round vote will likely see Francisco Guterres face off against Taur Matan Ruak.

17 MARCH 2012

East Timor in test vote

East Timor voted Saturday 17 in the country’s second presidential election as a free nation, seen as a key test for a young democracy taking charge of its own security as UN forces prepare to leave http://www.france24.com/en/20120317-east-timor-test-vote-presidential-election-timor-leste

13 MARCH 2012

Race to the top in East Timor

Timorese voters will go to the polls twice this year to elect the nation’s president and parliament for the third time since achieving independence in 2001. The elections, scheduled respectively for March and June, promise to be the most significant to date for Timor Leste, also known as East Timor

6 MARCH 2012

Timor-Leste independence leader dies

Timor-Leste’s first and shortest-serving president Francisco Xavier do Amaral died on Tuesday 6 after a long battle with cancer, a presidential spokesman said. The popular veteran of the nation’s resistance struggle against Indonesia’s brutal 24-year occupation died aged 74 in a hospital in the capital Dili

4 MARCH 2011

East Timor applies to join Asean

Foreign Minister Zacarias da Costa signed the application on a trip to Indonesia, the country which is currently chairing the 10-nation bloc.

3 MARCH 2010

2010: A court in East Timor sentences 24 rebels to up to 16 years in prison for the attempted assassinations of the country’s president and prime minister in 2008.


2009: A former Indonesian army officer has admitted in a magazine interview that five foreign journalists were deliberately killed during Indonesia’s 1975 invasion of East Timor

14 JULY 2008

2008: Indonesia is blamed by a joint commission for 1999 violence in East Timor

17 APRIL 2008

2008: After two months in Australia where he has been in hospital after to be wounded in a killing attempt, President Ramos-Horta comes back to East Timor

22 FEBRUARY 2008

2008: United Nations extends East Timor mission for one year

11 FEBRUARY 2008

East Timor president, and Peace Nobel Prize, Ramos Horta is wounded in an attack led by rebel leader Alfredo Neinabo who died in the action

12 MAY 2007

Nobel Prize Ramos-Horta wins the first East Timor presidential election since independence with 73 % of votes, while 90% went to vote

8 JULY 2006

Jose Ramos-Horta is appointed Prime Minister of East Timor by President Xanana Gusmao

8 APRIL 2005

Indonesian president Sulilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day visit to East Timor


East Timor is admitted to United Nations


In East Timor, the first government, led by Mari Alkatiri, leader of Fretilin, is sworn in

30 AUGUST 2001

Under United Nations control, first general elections in East-Timor. Fretilin gets 55 of the 88 seats


In Indonesia, Xanana Gusmao, leader of the East Timor separatists, arrested in 1992, is freed


At Dili, in East Timor, militiamen attack International Red Cross building and Mgr Belo residence where 5,000 people took refuge

30 AUGUST 1999

1999: After months of violence by pro-Indonesia militias, under the control of United Nations, the East-Timor people, with a 98,6 per cent toll of participation  chose to become independent by 78,5 per cents of the voters

5 MAY 1999

Under an United Nations frame, signature of the agreement between Indonesia and Portugal for the organization of a referendum in East Timor

3 APRIL 1999

1999: Beginning of massacres in East Timor by militiamen opposing independence

11 MARCH 1999

Indonesia and Portugal agree for the organization of a referendum in East Timor: self-government or independence

9 JUNE 1998

Indonesian President Habibie orders that some political prisoners to be freed and says he is ready to give a special status to East Timor

Main news on South Korea


20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges



7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system


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

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong


Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate


Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties


Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign


South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency


« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties


President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society


South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield


U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

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


13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula

10 JANUARY 2016

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

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand


Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87


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

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »


U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly


South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise


If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes

6 APRIL 2015

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

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.

21 MARCH 2015

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

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.


President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.

19 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea’s constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting


Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said


South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.

23 OCTOBER 2014

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

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.


S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)


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

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.


South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.


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

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier

27 AUGUST 2014

President Park’s Measures To Deal With Economic Challenges – Analysis

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.

14 AUGUST 2014

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

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

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

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


31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense

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.

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner

22 MAY 2014

South Korea’s Park names Ahn Dai-hee as new prime minister

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

Nearly half of South Korea’s elderly (65 or older) live below the poverty-line. In response to economic vulnerability and social isolation, the suicide rate among the elderly has tripled since 2000


29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response

27 APRIL 2014

The South Korean prime minister resigns over the government’s handling of the ferry which sunk with more than 300 people on board.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to reconsider the timing of Washington’s transfer of its wartime operational control of Korean troops, scheduled for 2015, in the face of persistent North Korean nuclear threat


16 APRIL 2014

More than 270 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank

28 MARCH 2014

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

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

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


17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders

12 MARCH 2014

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

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

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

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

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.




S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service


Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said


Seoul to expand support for working moms

The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home



S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.


24 JANUARY 2014

South Korea’s rapid economic rise leaves many of its elderly facing poverty

In a fast-paced nation famous for its high achievers and its big spending on private tutors and luxury goods, half of South Korea’s elderly are poor, the highest rate in the industrialised world.


22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul


16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future


14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.


12 JANUARY 2014

South Korea agrees to pay 5.8% more to host U.S. troops

South Korea on Saturday agreed to pay 920 billion won ($867 million) this year for the upkeep of 28,500 U.S. troops here, an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s contributions, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday 12


12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

South Korea scored a $1.1 billion contract with Iraq on Thursday to sell 24 light attack fighters in the country’s largest aircraft export deal, Seoul officials said. Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, is also to strike an additional $1 billion deal soon for logistical support over the next 25 years




South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan


South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.



Korea’s Domestic Cold War

South Korea’s conservative government is rolling back free speech protections and going after progressive activists and political parties.


28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

Presidents Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia held summit talks on Wednesday in Seoul and agreed to broaden economic cooperation including a Russian-led project to develop a North Korean border port that will set the basis for an envisioned railway link from Korea to Siberia.In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to seek wider cooperation on short and long-term projects in such fields as shipbuilding, financial infrastructure, logistics, energy, science, space and knowledge sharing.



Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.


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

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings »

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

South Korea’s economic rise is an amazing story. From a country devastated by the Korean War with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of $67, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has grown to the world’s 12th largest economy. Over the past 25 years, South Korea has become an important contributor to international development assistance.


18 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea slams Japanese minister, lawmakers’ war shrine visit

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy



8 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea wants US to keep control over combined wartime defence forces

Sixty years after the end of the Korean war, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should take charge if another war breaks out with the communist neighbour to the north.


2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.


Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.



South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.


S. Korea’s ex-PM defiant after bribery conviction

Han Myeong-sook, former prime minister and ex-leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, faces another long legal battle over bribery accusations which have dealt blow to her political career and reputation as an pro-democracy activist against the military-backed governments in the 1970s and ’80s.



South Korean ex-dictator’s family to settle $154m in fines

The family of a former South Korean president convicted of corruption vows to pay back an estimated $154m of corruptly-obtained assets.



Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

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


S Korea, US map out plan to deter N. Korea nuclear

South Korea and the United States have mapped out a joint operational plan which outlines concrete measures to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats, a report said Sunday.



Gay couple seeks recognition

Movie director and producer Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, left, speaks before his wedding ceremony with his partner Kim Seung-hwan at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul, Saturday, the first public wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple in a country that does not recognize gay marriage. / Yonhap



South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing’s F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country’s air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.


25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

The prosecution’s requests for chemical castration for sex offenders rose sharply this year as a revised law allows the hormonal treatment for even those who commit sexual violence against adults, the top prosecution office said


9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

Nearly seven decades after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule, the matter of Tokyo’s compensation for Koreans conscripted into forced labor and military service remains unresolved.


5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff and four senior secretaries on Monday to reinvigorate her administrative drive as she enters the second half of her first year in office.


25 JULY 2013

Korea, U.S. fail to agree on sharing troop upkeep

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

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

11 JULY 2013

Korea, Buddhist monks in turmoil: Gambling and alcohol are ruining us

The venerable Jangju – one of the most important members of the Jogye Order, the largest and most important Buddhist denomination in the country – sounds the alarm: « Some monks are even go to Macau and Las Vegas to gamble. One of us has sold temple land to pay off debts. A cleanout is needed ».                                                                                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Korea,-Buddhist-monks-in-turmoil:-Gambling-and-alcohol-are-ruining-us-28442.html

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

A court in South Korea has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay more than £230,000 in compensation to four Korean citizens who said the firm used them as forced labour during the second world war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/south-korea-court-japan

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

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

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

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

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

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said Friday.                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109213/skoreas-ex-spy-chief-indicted-in-election-scandal/

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

Church releases its annual figures. Bishops’ Conference reports more than 5 million Catholics, almost 85,000 more than in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-Korean-Catholics-increase-in-numbers-28057.html

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

President Park Geun-hye placed 11th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women this year.  It is the first time Park has made it onto the annual list by the U.S. economic magazine. She is also the only Korean on the roster  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130523000542

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

The US and South Korea are marking the 60th anniversary of forging their bilateral alliance, and are fresh from the most strident round of North Korean threats against them for many years.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/05/201357155049678486.html                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-skorean-president-to-show-unity-on-nkorea/1656198.html                                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18089314-south-koreas-iron-lady-park-geun-hye-comes-to-washington?lite

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

South Korea, the seventh country to join the 20-50 club (GDP per capita over US$20,000 and a population of 50 million), lies at the geopolitical centre of Northeast Asia, acting as a bridge which mediates the interests of advanced economies with those of developing ones. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/04/south-koreas-role-in-asia-partnership-with-australia/

20 MARCH 2013

South Korea on alert for cyber-attacks after major network goes down

South Korea is investigating a suspected cyber-attack that paralysed systems at major media and banks on Wednesday, amid speculation that the North could be responsible.                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/south-korea-under-cyber-attack                                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-paralysed-by-cyber-attack/

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

Civil servants and state-run organizations are coming under close scrutiny as President Park Geun-hye seeks to tighten discipline and stamp out inappropriate conduct. Three separate audits into the military, civil service and state-run companies will be in full swing by next week. The results are expected to affect possible reshuffles of top posts in the organizations                                                                                                                              http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130314000791

28 FEBRUARY 2013

In S Korea, one newborn boy in five will not marry

Low birthrate and economic competition are undermining South Korea’s social structures. The national statistical institute projects that one boy in five will not marry with a devastating impact on the country’s development. The Church sounds the alarm and offers pro-life support to counter the trend                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-S-Korea,-one-newborn-boy-in-five-will-not-marry-27268.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.                 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

One of the slogans of President Lee Myung-bak’s government stated its aim of establishing a “fair society,” but his administration has been severely tarnished by a string of corruption scandals involving members of his family and top aides.                                                                                     http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/116_130871.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

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

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

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

19 DECEMBER 2012

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

Park Geun-hye of the ruling conservative Saenuri party faces Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic United Party in the 19 December polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506399 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491418

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

The chairman of South Korea’s main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation’s liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the December presidential poll. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384220.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

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

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/22/south-korea-heeds-warning-from-the-north/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20024606

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

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

4 OCTOBER 2012

Fight Over Rocky Islets Opens Old Wounds Between South Korea and Japan

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.


S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.


Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.


S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says


Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223614/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459920

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

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

15 AUGUST 2012

South Korea’s Lee says history ‘harming Japan ties’

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19240600 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19207086

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NH11Dg02.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281081820614896.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/world/asia/south-koreans-visit-to-disputed-islets-angers-japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.

11 JULY 2012

South Korea: A president’s brother is held over graft

President Lee’s family has chalked up a first. His 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is the first of a sitting president to be jailed. A court ruled that he should be held in custody while allegations against him are investigated, to prevent him from destroying evidence.

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/22/south-korea-s-population-passes-50-million.html

17 JUNE 2012

Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in sets S.Korean presidential bid

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.

4 JUNE 2012

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

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

« I’m stepping down as the party head to take responsibility, » Democratic United Party (DUP) head Han Myeong-Sook said after the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) retained its majority in Wednesday’s polls http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120413-339577.html

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

The conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) on Wednesday won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), which was tipped to score an easy victory in earlier opinion polls. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241123555633872.html http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-12/Saenuri-Party-Claims-Victory-in-South-Korean-Elections.html#video_section

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership


South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours


13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”


GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge


Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.



Main news on Bangladesh

20 MARCH 2017

PM Nawaz orders immediate reopening of Pak-Afghan border

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday ordered the reopening of the Pak-Afghan border with immediate effect, a month after it was closed following the deadly Sehwan blast said to have been carried out by cross-border terrorists

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world

14 OCTOBER 2016

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

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression


Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul


Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan

29 AUGUST 2016

Kerry offers security aid to help Bangladesh fight terror, says Islamic State has links in the country

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks

23 JULY 2016

80 killed, over 200 injured in twin suicide bomb attacks on Kabul protesters; Islamic State claims responsibility

Islamic State (IS) jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001

21 JULY 2016

Bangladesh court convicts former PM’s son

A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions

2 JULY 2016

ISIS attack on Dhaka café leaves 20 foreigners dead

In an act that killed nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, assailants wrenched a cafe’s customers from a space of tolerance and cultural exchange to one of terrorism

12 JUNE 2016

Bangladesh arrests 3,000 as PM vows to catch killers

Police in Bangladesh have arrested 85 suspected militants and more than 5,000 other suspects in a nationwide crackdown over Islamist killings. The government claims that domestic jihadi groups are behind the attacks

28 MAY 2016

Tokyo renews pledge to give Dhaka $6b

Japan yesterday (28) assured Bangladesh of fulfilling its commitment to provide Bangladesh with $6 billion and under the arrangement Dhaka would get $1.5 billion this year.

11 MAY 2016

Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging. Condemnations in Pakistan

Clashes erupted in Bangladesh Wednesday after the execution of a top Islamist leader, heightening tension in a country reeling from a string of killings of secular and liberal activists.

10 MAY 2016

Top Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has executed Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government beefed up security to deal with a possible backlash from Islamists

5 MAY 2016

Bangladesh top court upholds Nizami death sentence for 1971 war crimes

The Supreme Court in Dhaka has confirmed the death sentence for Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was convicted of rape and murdering top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence

19 APRIL 2016

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

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.

30 MARCH 2016

Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest

A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year

28 MARCH 2016

Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh starts tally of Rohingya minority

Bangladesh has begun a count of the number of Rohingya Muslims living on its territory, as reported persecution continues to drive thousands from Myanmar. The census will also include data on living conditions.


Bangladesh sentences two to death for war crimes

The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971

31 JANUARY 2016

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issues a decree to ensure the safety of journalists and give them access to accurate information

The deputy spokesman for Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that the decree focuses on the safety of journalists as well as ensuring probes into the killing of journalists

24 JANUARY 2016

Taliban demands removal from blacklists to join peace talks

The militant group has said pre-conditions must be met before they join any talks aimed at ending their insurgency. The statement comes as Afghanistan boosts efforts to end the conflict amid an uptick of violence

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh

17 JANUARY 2016

In Bangladesh, Ershad makes brother GM Quader Jatiya Party co-chairman

Ershad announced that Quader has been made co-chairman of the party at a media call in its stronghold Rangpur on Sunday

6 JANUARY 2016

Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for war crimes

Death row war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed of the Jammat-e-Islami party and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were executed after Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid rejected their mercy petitions late Saturday

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Two Bangladesh opposition leaders to be put to death over war crimes after court appeal rejected

Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan

31 OCTOBER 2015

Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A publisher of a slain online critic Avijit Roy has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, police say, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country

22 OCTOBER 2015

Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists

A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media

7  AUGUST 2015

Fourth secular Bangladesh blogger hacked to death

A gang armed with machetes has hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police have said.

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html

16 JUNE 2015

Death sentence upheld for Islamist leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed involved in 1971 killing of Bengali intellectuals

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, a leading figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is guilty of crimes against humanity. His party has called for a general strike tomorrow, raising fears about fresh violence

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.

20 APRIL 2015

Shots fired’ at Bangladesh opposition leader’s car

Shots were fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, her secretary said Monday, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy

13 APRIL 2015

Two killed as Bangladesh Islamists protest at execution

Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the largest Islamist party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader

11 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Kamaruzzaman for war crimes

Jamaat-e-Islami henchman Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been hanged for his atrocities that were ‘worse than the Nazis’ to stop the dawn breaking on Bangladesh in 1971

5 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh opposition head granted bail in graft cases

Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in two graft cases after appearing before a special court

Taliban publish biography of ‘RPG-loving’ ‘special’ Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban has published a biography of their « charismatic » supreme leader Mullah Omar, in which they say he has a « special » sense of humour and that his weapon of choice is a RPG-7 grenade launcher

30 MARCH 2015

Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday, the second such attack on a critic of religious fundamentalism in the mainly Muslim country in less than two months

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by extremists

Avijit Roy, who has been killed in an attack in Dhaka at the age of 42, was a Bangladeshi-American blogger, published author, and prominent defender of the free-thought movement in Bangladesh.

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Arrest warrant issued for Bangladesh ex-PM

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country

18 FEBRUARY 2015

War crimes court sentences Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan to death in Dhaka

A war crimes tribunal on Wednesday sentenced Abdus Subhan to death a senior leader of hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence, raising fresh fears of violence in the Muslim-majority nation.


Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia charged over arson attack

Bangladesh’s opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has been charged with instigating an arson attack on a bus which claimed the lives of seven people

27 JANUARY 2015

Tens of thousands mourn son of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia

Tens of thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s son in a massive show of support for the embattled former premier

19 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia released after 16 days of confinement

Bangladesh has ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade.

4 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader locked in office

Bangladesh police have banned all protests in the capital Dhaka from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office, ahead of the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.

30 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death

ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the nation’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, became the 16th person and the 11th Islamist to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal.

23 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to death for war crimes

A former government minister in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The special tribunal in Dhaka found Syed Mohammad Qaiser, 73, guilty of genocide, murder and rape.


India arrests accused in suspected plot to kill Bangladesh PM

Indian police have arrested a key suspect behind a blast in the state of West Bengal who is also believed to have been involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and stage a coup there


Bangladesh ranks 14th in graft index

Corruption rose in Bangladesh with the country sliding two notches to rank the 14th most corrupt country in the world, according to this year’s Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.


Child labour in Bangladesh persists

A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader loses fresh bid to stop trials

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.

Bangladesh court hands out death verdict to war criminal Mobarak

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences fugitive mayor to death for war crimes

Zahid Hossain Khokon, a main opposition party official, was found guilty of 10 charges including forcibly converting minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month war.


Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for war criminal

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge


Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali

A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

23 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91

Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan


Sexual abuse rates spike in Afghanistan

The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) has expressed concerns about rising rates of sexual abuse and harassment in Afghanistan. Over the past six months alone, there were over 240 recorded cases of sexual abuse against women and children in at least six provinces of the country


Bangladesh passes law to impeach judges

Bangladesh’s parliament has approved legislation amending the country’s constitution to allow the impeachment of Supreme Court judges.


Bangladesh Islamist Delwar Sayeedi death sentence commuted

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence given to Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment.


Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.


Bangladesh’s Zia loses court battle on corruption charges

Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life


Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17

9 JULY 2014

Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said

24 JUNE 2014

Bangladesh defers verdict on Jamaat leader

Bangladesh’s war crimes court has postponed a verdict on the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle, according to local media

23 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court orders opposition chief’s trial go ahead

A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.


20 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court delays Zia ‘fraud’ trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has received a short reprieve after a court postponed its decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her imprisoned for life if found guilty

20 MARCH 2014

A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs


19 MARCH 2014

Bangladesh opposition’s Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered Wednesday to stand trial over charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in a case that could see her jailed for life.

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition wins in local elections

The Nationalist and Islamic fundamentalist parties take 51 upazila (sub-districts) out 97. For the opposition, the result shows that the general election in January was « a farce. »


30 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

A Bangladeshi court has sentenced Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling

29 JANUARY 2014

Political assassinations on the rise in Bangladesh, with 138 deaths in January

Human rights activists are sounding the alarm about the rise in political assassinations, particularly among the ranks of the opposition. Many murders are at the hands of the police, which has refused to comment the allegations. In 2013, nearly 4,400 people have died.


12 JANUARY 2014

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh for the third time

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.

Bangladesh’s third largest party head becomes opposition leader

With Sheikh Hasina taking oath as prime minister today and third largest party’s head Raushan Ershad already named leader of the opposition, Bangladesh will have two PMs and two leaders of the opposition at the same time


10 JANUARY 2014

Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing

6 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh ruling party wins elections marred by boycott, violence

The Bangladesh Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were marred by low turnout and violence and were boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.

5 JANUARY 2014

18 dead, polling booths firebombed as Bangladesh votes

Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and at least 18 people were killed as violence flared across Bangladesh on Sunday during a walkover election boycotted by the opposition.

4 JANUARY 2014

Renewed violence in Bangladesh ahead of disputed election

Dozens of polling booths were torched on the eve of Bangladesh’s violence-plagued election Saturday as the opposition staged a general strike in a final act of defiance against the « farcical » polls.

3 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader urges vote boycott

Bangladesh opposition leader made a last-ditch plea Friday for voters to boycott this weekend’s « farcical » elections and accused the government of placing her under house arrest.

30 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia ‘under house arrest’

Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader, has been put under house arrest, her aides said today as police surrounded her home in the capital Dhaka.

29 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh activists clash with police at polls protest

Supporters of Bangladesh’s opposition parties have clashed with security forces in Dhaka ahead of the country’s general election next week.

26 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition leader under ‘virtual house arrest’

Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month.


15 DECEMBER 2013

Violences kill 13

At least 11 people were killed in Noakhali and Nilphamari as Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers and ran riot in several parts of the country to protest the execution of their leader Abul Quader Mollah



13 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh execution sparks violent protests

A wave of violence has swept through Bangladesh after the hanging of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence.

12 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh executes opposition leader

Bangladesh has hanged opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah over war crimes, making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.

11 DECEMBER 2013

UN chief, Kerry call Bangladesh PM over poll standoff

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday to stress the need for talks with the opposition to resolve the country’s election standoff.



Ershad’s house cordoned off

Law enforcers have entered the house of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in Baridhara in the capital hours after he directed his partymen to resign from their posts of ministers and adviser to the PM.



Bangladesh opposition to boycott elections

Bangladesh’s 18-party opposition coalition has said it will boycott a general election scheduled for January, plunging the volatile country into political uncertainty just hours before the final deadline for nominations.

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Seven dead in Bangladesh opposition vote protest

Bangladesh opposition supporters blocked roads and ripped up railway tracks Tuesday in protests against elections announced for January, leaving seven people dead and plunging the nation into fresh turmoil.

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh to hold parliamentary elections in January

Bangladesh’s parliamentary election will be held on 5 January, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has announced.

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Garment Industry to See Rise in Minimum Wage

Bangladesh factory owners say they have agreed to a 77 percent increase in the minimum monthly wage for garment workers, after days of unrest forced the closure of hundreds of production facilities. Thursday’s announcement followed a meeting between the manufacturers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that resulted in the agreement, which will raise wages to about $66 per month.

13 NOVEMBER 2913

Dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory protest

Riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns in Bangladesh during a protest over wages Tuesday that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured, police said.


Bangladesh arrests 5 opposition leaders

Bangladeshi authorities have arrested three senior leaders of the main opposition party amid increasing tensions ahead of next year’s elections, an official said Saturday.


152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi court has convicted more than 300 soldiers at the start of a mass verdict over a 2009 military mutiny in which scores of senior officers were massacred.


Bangladesh convicts UK Muslim leader, US citizen of war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.

31 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh garment workers reject proposed pay hike

Bangladeshi garment workers on Thursday rejected a proposed 50 per cent wage rise and there were fears of fresh strikes in the crisis-hit industry if the impasse was not quickly resolved.


28 OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence erupts across crisis-hit Bangladesh

Fresh violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday, leaving at least four people dead as rival party activists clashed on the second day of a strike amid a mounting political crisis.

27 OCTOBER 2013

Opposition strike begins in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, wants Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, to hand power to a caretaker administration before the January election.

25 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition protest turns deadly

At least five demonstrators have been killed and dozens injured across Bangladesh and thousands of opposition activists rallied in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday to demand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quit and order polls under a caretaker government.

9 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh ex-minister Abdul Alim jailed for war crimes

Abdul Alim, 83, of the Bangladesh National Party was guilty of nine of 17 charges dating back to the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.


1st OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh MP sentenced to death

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971.


Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Low Pay, Shut Factories

More than 100 garment factories in Bangladesh have been forced to close as workers protest for a third day demanding a sharp raise in their minimum wage.


Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Abdul Quader Molla, 65, the fourth-highest-ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country’s Supreme Court after it overturned an appeal to acquit him of all


Anwar Hossein passes away

Veteran character actor of Bangla cinema Anwar Hossain passed away due to old-age complications, at the age of 82.
He was admitted to Square Hospital in the capital on August 18 with various complications.

13 AUGUST 2013

Clashes mark Bangladesh opposition strike

Violent clashes between police and protesters take place during 48-hour shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami party.


12 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh: U.S. Calls for Activist’s Release

The United States on Monday urged Bangladesh to free a human rights activist, saying his detention had a “chilling effect” on civil society. The police seized the activist, Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the human rights group Odhikar, on Saturday after the organization questioned the official account of a deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters in May


1 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh Islamist party Jamaat e Islami is banned

Bangladesh’s main Islamic party, the Jamaat e Islami, launched violent protests last night after a court banned its members from contesting next year’s general election.

17 JULY 2013

Bangladesh war crimes: Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to be executed

Clashes erupt after tribunal finds Jamaat-e-Islami secretary-general Mojaheed guilty of war crimes in 1971 uprising.                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201371765535804837.html                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23340507

16 JULY 2013

Violence erupts in Bangladesh after verdict against former Islamic leader

90 year-old Ghulam Azam sentenced to 90 years in prison for war crimes. The verdict sparks explosions, clashes and scenes of urban warfare all over Bangladesh for national hartal (strikes) organized by supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and secular activists of Gonojagoron Mancha. Four people die, including a child.                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violence-erupts-in-Bangladesh-after-verdict-against-former-Islamic-leader-28481.html

27 JUNE 2013

US cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety

An order by President Barack Obama removed Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges under the « GSP » program, increasing pressure on Dhaka to boost workplace safety after a series of disasters in the country’s huge garment industry.                                                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357336/us-cuts-bangladesh-trade-privileges-over-worker-safety

21 JUNE 2013

Poverty-cut rate rare, remarkable

Poverty rate in Bangladesh will drop between 23.34 and 26.51 percent of the total population by 2015 provided that the country maintains its current pace of poverty reduction, according to World Bank estimates.                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/poverty-cut-rate-rare-remarkable/

Bangladesh: 10 Islamic terrorists sentenced to death

A court in Dhaka have sentenced 10 Islamic extremists to death for a suicide bombing in 2005. Eight people were killed in the attack, including four lawyers, and 70 were injured. The prisoners are part of the fundamentalist group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), banned by the government in the same year of the attack                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh:-10-Islamic-terrorists-sentenced-to-death-28266.html

13 JUNE 2013

Bangladesh, work at 12 or face starvation

Roni is the assistant mechanic because « at home we had nothing to eat. » Poverty is the main reason that 7.4 million children are forced to work. 80% domestic workers, of which 17% suffer abuse and torture.                                                                                                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-work-at-12-or-face-starvation-28194.html

14 MAY 2013

Bangladesh hit by Jamaat shutdown

Bangladesh’s opposition party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has called for a nationwidewide shutdown following the arrest of its leader, local media have reported.                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135145217704963.html

10 MAY 2013

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse tops 1,000

The death toll from the collapse of a building housing textile factories outside the Bangladesh capital rose above 1,000 on Friday, as dead bodies continued to be pulled from the rubble, officials said                                                                                                              http://www.france24.com/en/20130510-death-toll-bangladesh-building-collapse              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-toll-passes-1-000-as-stacks-o/670182.html

9 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death

War tribunal convicts Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129

8 MAY 2013

Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800

The army in Bangladesh says 804 people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the capital Dhaka.                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22450419                                                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/08/bangladesh-building-collapse-death-toll-over-800/

6 MAY 3013

Skirmishes erupt again on Afghan-Pakistan border

Clashes resumed along the contested Afghan-Pakistan border on Monday after Pakistani troops returned to repair a gate adjacent to a Pakistani border post between the Afghan province of Nangarhar and the Pakistani tribal agency of Mohmand that was the site of last week’s firefight Afghanistan, which has refused to recognize the 1893 British-mandated border between the two countries, says the gate is illegally located on Afghan territory.                                               http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border

6 MAY 2013

Clashes over Bangladesh protest leave 27 dead

The government in Bangladesh has cracked down on protests, taking a television station off-air and transferring the man at the head of the group that instigated the deadly protests out of Dhaka under police escort.                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22423815                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013561483654241.html

5 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600

More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22420025

Riot police battle Islamists in Dhaka Bangladesh

Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22418379

1 MAY 2013

Bangladesh ‘slave labour’ condemned by Pope

Pope Francis has denounced as « slave labour » the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22370487

Bangladesh factory-collapse toll passes 400

May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths of more than 400 people after a building collapsed near Dhaka. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135161932635626.html

26 APRIL 2013

Violent clashes erupt over Bangladesh building collapse

Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during a mass rally by garment workers outside of the capital Dhaka on Friday, two days after a building collapse killed more than 300 people and left scores more unaccounted for. http://www.france24.com/en/20130426-bangladesh-police-protestors-clash-mass-rally-building-collapse

18 APRIL 2013

Yunus given rare honour in USA

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States, in recognition of his efforts toward combating global poverty. Yunus is only the seventh person in history to have won both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, another of the highest US civilian awards                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/yunus-given-rare-honour/

11 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh opposition editor Mahmudur Rahman arrested

He faces charges including sedition and unlawful publication of a conversation that led to the resignation of the head judge of a war crimes tribunal.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22110132

8 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam.                                                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html

6 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law

One person has been killed as hundreds of thousands of people continued protests in Bangladesh to demand that the government introduce an anti-blasphemy law that would include the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134661058364976.html                                http://www.voanews.com/content/thousands-in-bangladesh-rally-for-antiblasphemy-laws/1636029.html

20 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman dies

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said.                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130320-410090.html                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013320123245762582.html

14 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh political crisis deepens

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), leader of the 18-party opposition, threatened to call another national strike on March 21 if more than 150 of its activists, are not released from police custody soon. The activists were arrested after violence marred a political rally in Dhaka on Monday, with attacks and vandalism spreading through the country during a dawn-till-dusk protest over clashes in a political standoff that have claimed nearly 100 lives in the past two weeks                                                                                                    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-05-140313.html

2 MARCH 2013

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.                                                                                                                    http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/02/more-deaths-in-bangladesh-war-crimes-violence/

1 MARCH 2013

Afghanistan political puzzle

The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014 certainly has decisive impact on both Afghanistan’s domestic situation as well its relations with its neighboring states. Afghanistan’s internal political environment will inescapably transform, once the foreign troops depart from the country.                                                                                                                                                                          http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3355&storylist=1&goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_219108636

1 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh verdict sparks deadly protests

At least 34 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in Bangladesh after a member of the opposition was sentenced to death for war crimes.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322814221920994.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to death

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Journos denounce attacks

Journalists and their professional bodies have denounced the Friday attacks on journalists by religious fanatics during demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men and their sympathisers in the capital and elsewhere.                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=270265

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh protests trigger changes to war crimes law

Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law which will allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader, after protesters called for his execution.                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21492198


Huge Bangladesh rally seeks death penalty for war crimes

Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632


Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth highest ranked leader of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been found guilty of rape, genocide and murder, by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal.                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132561816876315.html                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/96949/bangladesh-jails-islamic-party-leader-to-life/

31 JANUARY 2013

Bangladesh strike over war crimes trials sparks clashes

At least two people were killed as violence erupted across Bangladesh during a strike called by the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21271872

25 JANUARY 2013

MPs to resign if caretaker not restored

BNP yesterday threatened that its lawmakers would quit parliament if the government did not restore the caretaker government system. The threat came following the recent comment by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the next general election would be held under her government.                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266568

21 JANUARY 2013

Death for Bachchu Razakar

The international crimes tribunal made history yesterday (21) by sentencing Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment, for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.                                                                                                http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266151

20 OCTOBER 2012

Bangladesh mutiny: 723 border guards jailed

Nearly 6,000 people have now been jailed for the mutiny over pay and conditions, which left 74 people dead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20018665 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254694

1 October 2012

Buddhist villages ransacked by angry Muslims

Muslim protestors have attacked several Buddhist villages in Bangladesh after an image said to show a burnt Koran was posted on a social website.


Bangladesh: More data needed on abandoned children, trafficking

Children in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by their parents are vulnerable to traffickers, but tackling the problem is hampered by the lack of data on missing children, say aid workers

1 AUGUST 2012

Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted

Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus.

30 JUNE 2012

World Bank cancels loan for Bangladesh bridge

The World Bank has cancelled a $1.2bn loan for Bangladesh’s Padma bridge project, saying the government had not co-operated in investigating « high level » corruption in the project. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201263062236349471.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-18655846

15 JUNE 2012

UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804

13 MAY 2012

Bangladesh indicts opposition leader

Former Bangladeshi opposition leader, Ghulam Azam, has been indicted by a special court for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation’s 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan. Azam, 89, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party  is accused of creating and leading pro-Pakistan militias which carried out many killings and rapes during the nine-month-long war http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012513125224311695.html

7 MAY 2012

Dhaka, Delhi agree to sign extradition treaty

Bangladesh and India have agreed to conclude an extradition treaty at the earliest and vowed not to allow domestic or foreign militants and insurgents in each other’s territories.

30 APRIL 2012

General strike disrupts life in Bangladesh

The strike on Monday was called to protest against the disappearance of an opposition official, Elias Ali, which his party, the BNP, blames on the government and security agencies http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012430174341357708.html

23 APRIL 2012

Strike turns violent in Bangladeshi town of Sylhet

One person has been killed and at least 20 injured as thousands of people protested over a politician’s disappearance in the Bangladeshi city of Sylhet, police have said. Demonstrators are angry at the disappearance of opposition leader Ilias Ali http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813091

15 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh claims victory in Bay of Bengal dispute‎

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday 15 termed the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.

12 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh given 90 days to restore caretaker gov’t

Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system

6 MARCH 2012

Teaching troubles in Bangladesh

Almost half the population of Bangladesh does not know how to read or write. Authorities want to change this so they have made education free and mandatory until the age of 11


Inflation hits 15yr high

Fuel import, energy price hike, and taka’s devaluation against the US dollar have jacked up the country’s non-food inflation to 13.16 percent in January — which is the highest in the last fifteen years

19 JANUARY 2012

Bangladesh ‘foils anti-government plot’

The Bangladesh army has foiled a plan to bring down the government of Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, according to a military spokesman. Brigadier-General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said around 16 former and active officers were involved in the plot, unearthed in December
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/2012119105036344988.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16627852

12 JANUARY 2012

Ghulam Azam lands in jail

Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam was sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971

25 NOVEMBER 2011

Hasina, India in bind

POPULARITY is a rare quality which begins to elude the rulers when they need it the most. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a similar situation. Her stock has shrunk at a time when she requires it badly. People had returned her with a sweeping majority. Yet they increasingly feel, three years after her being in power, that her non-governance, if not mis-governance, has only made their life miserable.

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Bangladesh opens 1971 war crimes trial

The first trial of a suspect from Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence began on Sunday, in a widely-criticised court process that the government says will finally bring traitors to justice.


Political killings on the rise

Incidents of political killing have taken an alarming rise in the country with death of over 100 leaders and activists of different
parties in the last 10 months.


Energy-starved Bangladesh signs nuclear power deal with Russia

« Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, » said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology.

3 JULY 2011

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s son charged for grenade attack

Bangladeshi prosecutors have charged the eldest son of  prime minister Khaleda Zia over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 20 people
and injured current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Zia’s long-time rival


Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 March in Asian history

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1602: The Dutch East India Company (VOC) is established


1739: Nader Shah occupies Delhi and sacks the city, stealing the jewel of the Peacock Throne. 30,000 civilians are killed

1902: France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea

1902-01-30 Anglo-Japanese alliance

1942: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: « I came out of Bataan and I shall return »


1945: The British, with the 19th Indian Division retake Mandalay in Burma

1945-03-20 Prise de Mandalay

1951: Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java

1952: The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with restoring sovereignty to Japan

1965: That day, and later in April, fighting broke out between India and Pakistan. Beginning of the Second Indo-Pakistani war with first large scale offensive on August 5

 2009: China’s president Hu Jintao urges North Korea to restart stalled negotiations on dismantling its nuclear program saying he hopes all sides would work to « resolve their differences »

2013: The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator says http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html

On 20 March in South Asian history


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1351: Death of Mohammed ibn-Tughluq, sultan of Delhi since 1324. Born in 1290 http://www.newindianexpress.com/education/student/article1377184.ece


1602: The Dutch East India Company (VOC) is established


1739: Nader Shah occupies Delhi and sacks the city, stealing the jewel of the Peacock Throne. 30,000 civilians are killed

1923: Birth of Shaukat Siddiqui, Pakistani author, Journalist and political activist who died on December 18, 2006

1945: The British, with the 19th Indian Division retake Mandalay in Burma


1945-03-20 Prise de Mandalay

1965: That day, and later in April, fighting broke out between India and Pakistan. Beginning of the Second Indo-Pakistani war with first large scale offensive on August 5

1966: Birth of Alka Yagnik, Indian singer


1977: The Indian Congress Party of Indira Gandhi loses the general elections against the newly founded Janata Party. Morarji Desai is charged to form a new government


1987: Birth of Kangana Ranaut, Indian actress


1991: Khaleda Zia first women to become PM in Bangladesh up to March 1996

1991-03-20 Khaleda Zia PM

 2008: Death of Shoban Babu, Indian actor



2010: Girija Prasad Koirala, the former Nepalese prime minister who brokered the peace deal that ended a bloody 10-year civil war, died at age 85

2013: Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, dies day in a Singapore hospital



2013: The United States has violated Pakistan’s sovereignty and destroyed tribal structures with unmanned aerial drone strikes in its counterterrorism near the Afghan border, a UN human rights investigator says http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331523115707202.html

2014: Death of Khushwant Singh, Indian writer who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, aged 99

On 20 March in Southeast Asian history


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1602: The Dutch East India Company (VOC) is established

1736: Birth of Chao Phraya Chakri who founded the current Chakri dynasty in Thailand in April 1782 (Rama I) and died in September 1809

1833: US and Siam sign a treaty of amity and commerce
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1942: General Douglas MacArthur, at Terowie, South Australia, makes his famous speech regarding the fall of the Philippines, in which he says: « I came out of Bataan and I shall return »


1945: The British, with the 19th Indian Division retake Mandalay in Burma


1945-03-20 Prise de Mandalay

1946: Death of Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet (Buah Rindu), born on February 28, 1911

1951: Indonesian army offensive against Darul Islam on Java

1956: Indonesian Assembly (DPR) convenes. PNI-Masyumi-NU coalition forms government. Ali Sastroamidjojo is Prime Minister

1969: US president Nixon proclaims he will end Vietnam war in 1970

1990: Ferdinand Marcos’s widows, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement and racketing

1990: Birth of Joaquin Maria Gutierrez, Filipino violinist



On 20 March in Japan’s history


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673: Emperor Tenmu of Japan assumes the Chrysanthemum throne at the Palace of Kiyomihara in Asuka

1181: Death of Taira no Kiyomori, famous Japanese general, born in 1118

1865: Death of Keisuke Yamanami, Japanese samurai, born in 1833

1902: France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea

1902-01-30 Anglo-Japanese alliance

1935: Death of Hayami Gyoshu, Japanese painter, born on August 2, 1894

1945: The British, with the 19th Indian Division retake Mandalay in Burma


1945-03-20 Prise de Mandalay

1952: The United States Senate ratifies a peace treaty with restoring sovereignty to Japan

1967: Birth of Yukito Kishiro, mangaka

1969: Wedding of John Lennon and Yoko ono

1995: A sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway kills 12 and wounds 1,300 persons




Holidays and observances

Japan: Shunbun no Hi, a national holiday

On 20 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1127: Jin troops summon the Song emperor Qinzong and his father Huizong two captured emperors to their camps on a directive from Taizong. Beginning of weeks of looting, rapes, arson and execution of prisoners of war and civilians

1881: Birth of Chinese scholar Zhang Shizhao

Zhang Shizhao

1900: US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an ‘open door’ policy in China have essentially accepted his stand.

1902: France and Russia issue a joint declaration that approves the Anglo-Japanese Alliance, but stipulates that they have the right to protect interests in China and Korea

1902-01-30 Anglo-Japanese alliance

1913: Song Jiaoren (Sung Chiao-jen), a founder of the Kuomintang is wounded in an assassination attempt and dies two days later

1926: Chiang Kaishek (Jiang Jieshi), then head of the KMT military, launches a coup to take over power in the Guomindang. In the process, he ousted many communists who had been a part of the Guomindang-Communist alliance

2004: Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian is reelected with less than 30,000 votes (50,11 %) more than Lien Chan (49,89 %)

 2009: China’s president Hu Jintao urges North Korea to restart stalled negotiations on dismantling its nuclear program saying he hopes all sides would work to « resolve their differences »