Daily Archives: 4 avril 2017

Thailand foreign relations and security

4 APRIL 2017

Thailand approves purchase of Chinese tanks to replace old US model

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the purchase of 10 Chinese-made tanks at the price of Bt2 billion in order to replace World War II-era American vehicles, Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311314
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084725/military-spending-thailand-buy-chinese-tanks-replace-ageing

5 JULY 2016

Thailand buys 3 Chinese submarines for $1 billion

Thailand’s defense minister confirmed Tuesday that his country’s navy will buy three submarines from China for $1 billion, saying that reasonable price and a 10-year payment period were the main reasons
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/china-military-news/2016-07/05/content_7134524.htm

20 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta-ruled Thailand flirts with Russia as U.S. ties cool

Thailand is pursuing closer ties – and possible arms deals – with Russia, with relations between Thailand and its traditional partner, the United States, cooling in the wake of a May 2014 coup
http://news.yahoo.com/junta-ruled-thailand-flirts-russia-u-ties-cool-133223945.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

New contract for Royal Thai Navy Offshore Patrol Vessel

BAE Systems have signed a new contract with Bangkok Dock to assist in the licensed construction of a second 90 metre Offshore Patrol Vessel for the Royal Thai Navy
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/520/New-contract-for-Royal-Thai-Navy-Offshore-Patrol-Vessel
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/thailands-navy-to-get-a-boost-with-new-patrol-vessel/

17 DECEMBER 2015

US tells Thailand a return to democracy would boost ties

Washington’s top diplomat for East Asian affairs has told Thailand’s leaders that democracy must be restored in the country for relations to flourish between the longtime allies
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/us-tells-thailand-a-return-to-democracy-would-boost-ties/

9 JULY 2015

Thailand condemned for repatriation of 109 Uighurs to China

Thailand faced a blizzard of international criticism Thursday, and its consulate in Istanbul was ransacked, after it deported 109 ethnic Uighur refugees to China despite fears that they would face persecution there
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thailand-sends-100-ethnic-uighurs-back-china-32319325?singlePage=true
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/thailand-uyghurs-07092015085045.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33457401
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/618712/foreign-reaction-thailand-condemned-over-uighur

2 JULY 2015

Thailand plans $1.4 billion purchase of three Chinese submarines

Thailand’s navy has approved a 36 billion baht (S$1.4 billion) plan to buy three submarines from China, the southeast Asian nation’s defence minister said on Thursday, in what could be a sign the country is cosying up to the regional superpower
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-plans-14-billion-purchase-three-chinese-submarines

23 APRIL 2015

Thai Navy Petitions Govt to Buy Submarines

The Royal Thai Navy has formally submitted a request to the government to buy submarines for its submarine division, which has lacked a single vessel for the last 64 years
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1429780945&section=11

14 MARCH 2015

US must not impose its idea of democracy: Thai PM

The United States should not try to impose a one-size-fits-all democracy on the rest of the world, Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said yesterday
http://www.asianewsnet.net/US-must-not-impose-its-idea-of-democracy-Thai-PM-72789.html

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Beijing and Bangkok aim to boost military ties

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

27 JANUARY 2015

US-Thai alliance ‘remains intact’

The highest-ranking US official to visit Thailand since the army seized power last May has signalled that while the coup d’etat « challenged » their 182-year relationship, the broader US-Thai alliance remained intact
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-thai-alliance-remains-intact

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

Thailand’s commanding naval admirals are once again reviving stalled efforts to procure submarines and have resolved recently to bring their efforts to fruition
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2015-01/06/content_6299697.htm

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/453695/pm-puts-hurry-up-on-defence-budgets

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

The United Nations said Wednesday it was « seriously concerned » about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/UN-voices-serious-concern-on-human-rights-in-Thail-30242420.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

Wealthy Thais who have welcomed military rule are now calling for what may prove a more wrenching change: a boycott of their beloved European cars, wines and boutiques
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f6e80b8-fdde-11e3-bd0e-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz35rreYz6u

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

The European Union on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140623-eu-suspends-cooperation-with-thailand-over-military-coup/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416929/eu-cuts-back-thailand-ties

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/415941/cambodia-slams-thailand-over-post-coup-worker-exodus
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27888009

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-110000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries – including Qatar – abstained
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/13/thailand-votes-against-forced-labour-protocol

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/un-rule-thai-cambodian-border-row-201311116485209849.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-awards-disputed-temple-site-to-cambodia/1787655.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/379318/icj-delivers-win-win-ruling

16 OCTOBER 2013

Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month

The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/verdict-10162013160957.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

5 JUNE 2013

Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

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

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

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

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

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

18 JULY 2012

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

Bangkok bomb attack fuels Israel-Iran tension

An Iranian man blew off his own leg and wounded four people when he lobbed a grenade in the Thai capital Tuesday, with Israel blaming the blasts on Iran. The attack comes just one day after attempted bomb attacks against Israeli diplomats
http://www.france24.com/en/20120214-bomber-wounded-attempt-attack-bangkok-police-iranian-thailand http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/15/world/asia/explosions-in-bangkok-injures-suspected-iranian-national.html?_r=1&ref=asia

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 4 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 4 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 4, 2017

1287: King Wareru founds Kingdom of Ramannadesa, and proclaims independence from Pagan Empire

http://www.myanmars.net/myanmar-history/king-wareru.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wareru

1885: Signature, in Paris, of a Protocol for the suspension of hostilities between France and China in Tonkin
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/cts166-76.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2976.html

1944 : The Battle of Kohima, a turning point in the Second World War that halted Japan’s advance into Asia, starts. Sometimes called the “Stalingrad of the East”, it ended on 22 June 1944 with the defeat and retreat of Japanese forces

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/the-pacific-war-1941-to-1945/the-battle-of-kohima-1944/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/the-pacific-war-1941-to-1945/the-battle-of-kohima-1944/

1954: At the end of French Vietnam war, the French government asks the USA an air and sea operation on Dien-Bien-Phu

1967: The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam

1971: In Sri Lanka, beginning of a Che Guevarist uprising by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Uprising
http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/08/the-jvp-insurrection-and-lessons-learnt/

1975: In Vietnam, the Operation Baby Lift knows a terrific blow when an American plane transporting orphans crashes near Saigon causing 172 dies

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-baby-lift-aircraft-crashes
http://www.super70s.com/Super70s/Tech/Aviation/Disasters/75-04-04(C5Vietnam).asp

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

1987: Secret US overture to North Korea proposing food and medical aid if Pyongyang participates in Seoul 1988 Olympic

 

On 4 April in South Asian history

ON 4 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 4, 2017

1889: Birth of Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Indian journalist, poet, and playwright  who died on January 30, 1968
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/makhanlal-chaturvedi-biography.html

Makhanlal Chaturvedi

1897: Birth of John Lionel Kotalawela, third Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953-1956) who died on 2nd October 1980
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lionel_Kotalawela

1905: In India, an earthquake at 6:19 am, hit the Kangra valley, kills 20,000, and destroys most buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala

1912: Chinese republic is proclaimed in Tibet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/tibet-proclaimed-china-republic-1912_n_3016243.html

1944 : The Battle of Kohima, a turning point in the Second World War that halted Japan’s advance into Asia, starts. Sometimes called the “Stalingrad of the East”, it ended on 22 June 1944 with the defeat and retreat of Japanese forces

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/the-pacific-war-1941-to-1945/the-battle-of-kohima-1944/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/4-april-1944-the-battle-of-kohima-started

1949 : Birth of Parveen Babi, Hindi film actress, who died on January 20, 2005
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parveen_Babi

1971: In Sri Lanka, beginning of a Che Guevarist uprising by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Uprising
http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/08/the-jvp-insurrection-and-lessons-learnt/

1972: Birth of Lisa Ray, Indo-Canadian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Ray
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712908/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px3FjrWoR20&feature=fvst

1979: Former Prime Minister  Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/4/newsid_2459000/2459507.stm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/27/AR2007122701067.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMvL1W_Jgz8&feature=related

1987: Death of Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Indian journalist and author, born on July 3, 1911
http://www.poemhunter.com/sachchidananda-vatsyayan/biography/

1987: Death of Chogyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist master, born in February 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chogyam_Trungpa
http://shambhala.org/teachers/chogyam-trungpa/

2014: An Indian judge orders three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year
http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723

2016: A court in northern India sentences 47 policemen to life in prison over the massacre of Sikh pilgrims 25 years ago. The killings were committed during an insurgency by Sikh militants in the region
http://www.dw.com/en/47-indian-policemen-get-life-sentences-for-1991-sikh-killings/a-19163431

On 4 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 4 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 4, 2017

1287: King Wareru founds the Kingdom of Ramannadesa, and proclaims independence from Pagan Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wareru

1885: Signature, in Paris, of a Protocol for the suspension of hostilities between France and China in Tonkin
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/cts166-76.htm

1910: Birth of Đặng Văn Ngữ, Vietnamese physician and intellectual, born on April 1, 1967
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90%E1%BA%B7ng_V%C4%83n_Ng%E1%BB%AF

1947: Birth of Wiranto, former Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiranto

1947: Birth of Eliseo Soriano, Philippine evangelist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliseo_Soriano

1954: At the end of French Vietnam war, the French government asks the USA an air and sea operation on Dien-Bien-Phu

1960: In Burma, U Nu is nominated PM for the third time, up to March 1962 when he will be replaced by Ne Win
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Nu

1964: Birth of Riduan Isamuddin, better known by the nom de guerre Hambali, former military leader of the Indonesian terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), arrested in Thailand on August 11, 2003, now in extrajudicial detention in Guantanamo Bay detainment camps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riduan_Isamuddin
http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/10019-hambali-riduan-isamuddin

1964: Birth of Dang Than, Vietnamese poet and writer
http://www.thewriterspost.net/author_dangthan.htm

1967: The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam

1975: In Laos, the king gives his agreement for a government of twelve members, five of each side, plus two neutral

1975: In Vietnam, the Operation Baby Lift knows a terrific blow when an American plane transporting orphans crashes near Saigon causing 172 dies

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-baby-lift-aircraft-crashes
http://www.super70s.com/Super70s/Tech/Aviation/Disasters/75-04-04(C5Vietnam).asp

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

1976: Seni Pramoj’s Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/momrajawong-m-r-kukrit-pramoj

1976: Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest by the Khmer Rouge
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/prince-norodom-sihanouk

1999: In Malaysia, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is elected chairwoman of the People’s Justice Party (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) after her husband Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan_Azizah_Wan_Ismail
http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jul/09/opinion/op-49822

2006: In spite of his victory in the April 2 legislative elections, but boycotted by opposition, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigns after a meeting with the king
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00075.htm
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/a-40-2006-04-04-voa1-90152367/1353869.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3617.html

2011: A prominent Vietnamese legal scholar, Cu Huy Ha Vu, who sued the prime minister and called for multiparty democracy is convicted of propaganda against the state and sentenced to seven years in prison and another three years under house arrest. The case was one of the most highly charged political trials in Vietnam in years
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/world/asia/05vietnam.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tens-of-thousands-of-Catholics-in-Vietnam-support-sentenced-dissident-21204.html

2012: Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, or NLD, wins 43 of the 44 seats it contested in the by-élections
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/04/world/asia/myanmar-elections/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

On 4 April in Japan’s history

ON 4 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on April 4, 2017

1884: Birth of Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese naval commander, mastermind of the Pearl Habor attack who was killed when his plane was shot down on 18 April 1943
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=1
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/yamamoto-isoroku-japans-mastermind-of-the-pearl-harbor-attack-is-born

1944 : The Battle of Kohima, a turning point in the Second World War that halted Japan’s advance into Asia, starts. Sometimes called the “Stalingrad of the East”, it ended on 22 June 1944 with the defeat and retreat of Japanese forces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/4-april-1944-the-battle-of-kohima-started

1946: Birth of Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuaki_Sat%C5%8D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VjselWmpJI

1957: Birth of Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuyoshi_Kuwano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJaA33gVcJQ

2007: Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe, condemns the government decision to withdraw from the school history books any references to the imposed suicides in Okinawa before the US landing in 1945

 

On 4 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1990-04-04 Basic Law announced

ON 4 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1885: Signature, in Paris, of a Protocol for the suspension of hostilities between France and China
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/cts166-76.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2976.html

1912: Chinese republic is proclaimed in Tibet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/tibet-proclaimed-china-republic-1912_n_3016243.html

1949: Birth of Yau Shing-tung, Chinese mathematician
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/science/17yau.html?pagewanted=all


 1953: Birth of Chen Yi, Chinese composer and violinist
http://www.presser.com/composer/chen-yi/

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

1954: Birth of Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor, filmmaker, comedian, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000329/
http://www.jackiechan.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9tya4EO764

1975: Execution of Zhang Zhixin, Chinese communist member opposed the the Gang of Four, born on 5 December 1930
http://www.china.org.cn/china/60th_anniversary_people/2009-09/17/content_18547110.htm
http://clearharmony.net/articles/200601/31118.html
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/04/remembrance-zhang-zhixin/

1987: Death of Chogyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist master, born in February 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chogyam_Trungpa
http://shambhala.org/teachers/chogyam-trungpa/

1990: The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is announced and its flag is revealed
http://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/attached_2.html
http://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Hong_Kong

1990-04-04 Basic Law announced

 

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On 4 April in Asian history

1990-04-04 Basic Law announced

ON 4 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 4, 2017

1287: King Wareru founds Kingdom of Ramannadesa, and proclaims independence from Pagan Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wareru

1884: Birth of Isoroku Yamamoto, Japanese naval commander, mastermind of the Pearl Habor attack who was killed when his plane was shot down on 18 April 1943
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=1
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/yamamoto-isoroku-japans-mastermind-of-the-pearl-harbor-attack-is-born

1885: Signature, in Paris, of a Protocol for the suspension of hostilities between France and China
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/cts166-76.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2976.html

1889: Birth of Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Indian journalist, poet, and playwright  who died on January 30, 1968
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/makhanlal-chaturvedi-biography.html

Makhanlal Chaturvedi

1897: Birth of John Lionel Kotalawela, third Prime Minister of Ceylon (1953-1956) who died on 2nd October 1980
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lionel_Kotalawela

1905: In India, an earthquake at 6:19 am, hit the Kangra valley, kills 20,000, and destroys most buildings in Kangra, Mcleodganj and Dharamshala

1910: Birth of Đặng Văn Ngữ, Vietnamese physician and intellectual, born on April 1, 1967
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%90%E1%BA%B7ng_V%C4%83n_Ng%E1%BB%AF

1912: Chinese republic is proclaimed in Tibet
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/04/tibet-proclaimed-china-republic-1912_n_3016243.html

1944 : The Battle of Kohima, a turning point in the Second World War that halted Japan’s advance into Asia, starts. Sometimes called the “Stalingrad of the East”, it ended on 22 June 1944 with the defeat and retreat of Japanese forces

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/world-war-two/the-pacific-war-1941-to-1945/the-battle-of-kohima-1944/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kohima
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/4-april-1944-the-battle-of-kohima-started

1946: Birth of Katsuaki Sato, Japanese martial artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuaki_Sat%C5%8D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VjselWmpJI

1947: Birth of Wiranto, former Commander of the Indonesian Armed Forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiranto

1947: Birth of Eliseo Soriano, Philippine evangelist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliseo_Soriano

1949 : Birth of Parveen Babi, Hindi film actress, who died on January 20, 2005
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parveen_Babi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXF7r4v7PU4

1949: Birth of Yau Shing-tung, Chinese mathematician
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/17/science/17yau.html?pagewanted=all


 1953: Birth of Chen Yi, Chinese composer and violinist
http://www.presser.com/composer/chen-yi/

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

1954: At the end of French Vietnam war, the French government asks the USA an air and sea operation on Dien-Bien-Phu

1954: Birth of Jackie Chan, Hong Kong actor, filmmaker, comedian, producer, martial artist, screenwriter, entrepreneur, singer and stunt performer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000329/
http://www.jackiechan.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9tya4EO764

1957: Birth of Nobuyoshi Kuwano, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuyoshi_Kuwano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJaA33gVcJQ

1960: In Burma, U Nu is nominated PM for the third time, up to March 1962 when he will be replaced by Ne Win
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Nu

1964: Birth of Riduan Isamuddin, better known by the nom de guerre Hambali, former military leader of the Indonesian terrorist organization Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), arrested in Thailand on August 11, 2003, now in extrajudicial detention in Guantanamo Bay detainment camps
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riduan_Isamuddin
http://projects.nytimes.com/guantanamo/detainees/10019-hambali-riduan-isamuddin-

1964: Birth of Dang Than, Vietnamese poet and writer
http://www.thewriterspost.net/author_dangthan.htm

1967: The U.S. lost its 500th plane over Vietnam

1971: In Sri Lanka, beginning of a Che Guevarist uprising by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Uprising
http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2012/04/08/the-jvp-insurrection-and-lessons-learnt/

1972: Birth of Lisa Ray, Indo-Canadian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Ray
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0712908/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px3FjrWoR20&feature=fvst

1975: In Laos, the king gives his agreement for a government of twelve members, five of each side, plus two neutral

1975: Execution of Zhang Zhixin, Chinese communist member opposed the the Gang of Four, born on 5 December 1930
http://www.china.org.cn/china/60th_anniversary_people/2009-09/17/content_18547110.htm
http://clearharmony.net/articles/200601/31118.html
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/04/remembrance-zhang-zhixin/

1975: In Vietnam, the Operation Baby Lift knows a terrific blow when an American plane transporting orphans crashes near Saigon causing 172 dies


http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/operation-baby-lift-aircraft-crashes
http://www.super70s.com/Super70s/Tech/Aviation/Disasters/75-04-04(C5Vietnam).asp

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

1976: Seni Pramoj’s Democratic Party wins elections in Thailand
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/momrajawong-m-r-kukrit-pramoj
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_general_election,_1976

1976: Prince Norodom Sihanouk resigns as leader of Cambodia and is placed under house arrest by the Khmer Rouge
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/prince-norodom-sihanouk

1978: Birth of Kim Hyun Jung, Korean pop singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Hyun_Jung

1978: Birth of Aska Yang, Taiwanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aska_Yang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ8xCzyO5YI

1979: Former Prime Minister  Zulfikar Ali Bhutto of Pakistan is executed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/4/newsid_2459000/2459507.stm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/27/AR2007122701067.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMvL1W_Jgz8&feature=related

1986: Birth of Lee Hyuk Jae, Korean singer and member of boy band (Super Junior)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eunhyuk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am7YstdpLwQ

1987: Death of Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Indian journalist and author, born on July 3, 1911
http://www.poemhunter.com/sachchidananda-vatsyayan/biography/

1987: Secret US overture to North Korea proposing food and medical aid if Pyongyang participates in Seoul 1988 Olympic

1987: Death of Chogyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist master, born in February 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chogyam_Trungpa
http://shambhala.org/teachers/chogyam-trungpa/

1990: The Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is announced and it flag is revealed
http://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/attached_2.html
http://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/en/basiclawtext/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Hong_Kong

1990-04-04 Basic Law announced

1999: In Malaysia, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is elected chairwoman of the People’s Justice Party (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) after her husband Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wan_Azizah_Wan_Ismail
http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jul/09/opinion/op-49822

2006: In spite of his victory in the April 2 legislative elections, but boycotted by opposition, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra resigns after a meeting with the king
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0604/S00075.htm
http://www.voacambodia.com/a/a-40-2006-04-04-voa1-90152367/1353869.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3617.html

2007: Nobel Prize laureate Kenzaburo Oe, condemns the government decision to withdraw from the school history books any references to the imposed suicides in Okinawa before the US landing in 1945

2011: A prominent Vietnamese legal scholar, Cu Huy Ha Vu, who sued the prime minister and called for multiparty democracy is convicted of propaganda against the state and sentenced to seven years in prison and another three years under house arrest. The case was one of the most highly charged political trials in Vietnam in years
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/world/asia/05vietnam.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tens-of-thousands-of-Catholics-in-Vietnam-support-sentenced-dissident-21204.html

2012: Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, or NLD, wins 43 of the 44 seats it contested in the by-élections
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/04/world/asia/myanmar-elections/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2014: An Indian judge orders three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year
http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723

2016: A court in northern India sentences 47 policemen to life in prison over the massacre of Sikh pilgrims 25 years ago. The killings were committed during an insurgency by Sikh militants in the region
http://www.dw.com/en/47-indian-policemen-get-life-sentences-for-1991-sikh-killings/a-19163431

 

Holidays and observances

Taiwan and Hong Kong: Children’s Day