After decades of a self-imposed ban on arms exports, the Abe government in 2014 began to allow the country’s producers to export arms and military equipment. This is a significant development, albeit part of an evolutionary and incremental process. Still, it will be a while before Japan appears on the list of major global arms suppliers http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/16/japanese-arms-for-sale
11 FEBRUARY 2017
Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe
A survey of people in Taiwan shows that a record 56 percent of respondents picked Japan as their favorite country. About 1,000 Taiwanese responded to the survey that was carried out in January and February http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_15/
18 JUNE 2016
Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands
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.
USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”
The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea http://www.asiaobserver.org/security-in-asia
In 1997, the Japanese government unveiled a plan for wide-scale centralization and reform of the nation’s intelligence community. Hoping to consolidate the myriad of small intelligence agencies and bureaus, the plan called for the creation of super-agencies that combined military and civilian, foreign and domestic intelligence operations http://www.faqs.org/espionage/Int-Ke/Japan-Intelligence-and-Security.html
24 SEPTEMBER 2014
Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia
Japan’s major defense contractors are wasting no time taking advantage of a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last April to relax the half-century self-imposed ban on sales of military equipment abroad. There had been a total ban on such exports since the late 1960s. http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/japan-joins-great-arms-bazaar/
The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791
24 JUNE 2014
Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military
Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.
Japan’s ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defence influence, a report said Wednesday, a move that would mark a major shift from its pacifism and could irritate China
Despite the mounting ferocity of Sino-Japanese rhetoric, China’s partner Russia is moving forward on normalizing its ties with Japan. Indeed, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Sochi on February 8, and Putin has accepted an invitation to visit Tokyo in May
If New Delhi’s motive in according Abe the high honour was to elevate the profile of this year’s summit meeting and nudge him to sign on the dotted line of the proposed Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation accord, the outcome was far from satisfactory.
Peace Is The Only Answer In China-Japan Island Dispute – Analysis
The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war
Some analysts denounce Abe for his ignorance of the impact of his visit upon China and South Korea and upon security in Northeast Asia. Hugh White points to Japan’s strategic predicament between China and the United States as a reason for his visit. However, these views do not address the Yasukuni issue in Japan’s domestic politics.
China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud
Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties
Fifty-five per cent of Japanese believe relations between Japan and the United States are good, the highest figure since 2000, according the latest joint survey conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and Gallup.
In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.
‘Minimal’ change eyed to view on collective self-defense right
The government may make only “minimal” changes to its constitutional interpretation so that Japan can exercise the right to collective self-defense when an ally or a nation with which it has close ties is under armed attack, provided there is no other way to deal with the contingency, according to a government draft.
A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes. http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-team-china-mend-ties
5 NOVEMBER 2013
How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?
The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agreed on Saturday to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue.
A Contracts-Based Survey of Japan’s Defense Industry
Japan is seeking to pull itself from an 11-year decline in defense spending with significant budget increases, including its largest year-over-year increase in over two decades. As scholars and analysts parse the implications of the budget trajectory for the future of Japan and the security environment in Asia, it is timely to assess the country’s defense industrial base.
As the generation that experienced the Second World War is replaced by a new cohort that is psychologically detached from the horrors of the war, the number of devotees to fervent pacifism has been shrinking. Japanese pacifism as a meaningful policy alternative is no more.
Japan, U.S. to revise defense guidelines by end of 2014
Japanese and U.S. foreign and defense ministers agreed Thursday to revise defense cooperation guidelines between the two countries by the end of 2014 to reflect changes in the security environment in Asia.
After 11 years of decline, Japan’s 2013 defence budget rose this year by 0.7 per cent to US$47 billion (4.68 trillion yen). It is conducting a review of its long-term defence policy guidelines that will set the course for the nation’s defence strategy for the next decade.
In 2011, China’s trade with Africa reached 138.9 billion dollars, five times Japan’s. Tokyo needs oil, rare earths and markets for its vehicles and high tech. Its aid includes agricultural projects, technical training, and maritime security off the coast of Somalia. The Japanese capital will host an International Conference on African Development on 1-3 June, organised by the government of Shinzo Abe. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-competing-with-China-for-Africa-trade-28073.html
15 MAY 2013
Japan PM Abe ‘would meet’ N Korea leader Kim over abductions
To beef up security around the Senkaku Islands, the Japan Coast Guard will create a 600-member unit exclusively engaged in front-line missions in waters around the islands, where spotting Chinese vessels has become a daily operation, according to sources. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T130129004614.htm
25 JANUARY 2013
Japan pivots south, with eye on China
After decades of self-imposed pacifism, Japan is beginning to carve out a new role in regional maritime affairs. Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched a charm offensive across the Pacific, with Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam among the countries Tokyo is bidding to align against China’s rising assertiveness http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/OA26Dh01.html
Japan Envoy Meets Chinese Communist Party Chief Over Island Dispute
U.S. links Abe-Obama meet to progress on major issues
The United States has pressed Japan to achieve results concerning key bilateral issues before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington, effectively setting hurdles for Tokyo, which wants enhanced ties with its main ally, diplomatic sources said. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20130119a3.html
18 JANUARY 2013
Clinton assures Japan on islands, invites Abe to U.S. in February
The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk–a high-altitude, long-distance unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft–from the United States to enhance the ability of Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to collect information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40822&sec=1
Bill confirms U.S. backing on Senkakus / ‘Security treaty applies to isles’ in Okinawa
The U.S. Congress has approved a defense policy bill for fiscal 2013, which reconfirms the Senkaku Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. security treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan in case of hostilities. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121222003037.htm
13 DECEMBER 2012
Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has warned China and South Korea that his government intends to strengthen Japan’s defences in its surrounding seas, indicating it will not back down in its territorial disputes with both countries http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=38260&sec=1
29 OCTOBER 2012
The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute
The geopolitics of the Asia-Pacific region is getting set for a significant makeover, with Russia and Japan embarking on a fresh dialogue at the diplomatic and political level. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is scheduled to visit Russia in December and preparatory working-level consultations were held in Tokyo this past weekend between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and his Japanese counterpart Akitaka Saiki. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/NJ25Dh01.html
23 OCTOBER 2012
South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit
Japan, U.S. may conduct joint drill to retake remote island
The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm
Large anti-Japanese street protests took place in dozens of Chinese cities over the weekend after Tokyo’s purchase of the disputed Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) from their private Japanese owners in order to nationalize them. Japanese media described these as the largest scale anti-Japanese demonstrations since the two countries normalized their relations four decades ago http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI19Ad02.html
17 SEPTEMBER 2012
Panasonic, Canon shutter China factories amid violent anti-Japan protests
Japan and North Korea begin intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years
Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the war http://www.japantimes.co.jp/rss/nn20120830a5.html
27 AUGUST 2012
Japan protests after man seizes flag from ambassador’s car in Beijing
As tensions continue to swirl in the South China Sea, pressure is also building on China’s eastern flank. The recent escalation of a long-standing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands highlights significant regional and global changes in the balance of power. Waves from the stormy waters between China and Japan are being felt throughout the world. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NG18Ad01.html
11 JULY 2012
Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute
Officials of the Tokyo metropolitan government, who have been working to purchase the Senkaku Islands since Gov. Shintaro Ishihara announced the planned move two months ago, were disturbed to hear the national government has suddenly started attempts to buy the islands. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120707002529.htm
26 APRIL 2012
U.S. comes to agreement with Japan to move 9,000 Marines off Okinawa
Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm
Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s visit Monday November 1 to Kunashir, one of the four islands under dispute with Japan, unnecessarily added to instability in Northeast Asia at a time when stronger international cooperation is called for in the region, which has growing economic and security importance. http://www.koreaherald.com/entertainment/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101029000865
Japan has confirmed the existence of a secret Cold War deal allowing the transit of nuclear-armed US vessels through its ports. The secret deal was sealed in the 1960s between US and Japanese diplomats, who agreed that the transit of nuclear arms through ports did not constitute the introduction of weapons into Japan, and so did not require prior consultation on the US side http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8557346.stm
Recent months have brought several reports of Indian Muslims being arrested and deported back from the Middle East or, as in January, arrested by Syrian forces while attempting to cross into ISIS-controlled territory. One Indian Muslim has now joined ISIS in Afghanistan. http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/the-new-threat-to-islam-in-india/
If India is to emerge as a global economic and political player, it is imperative that the elected state allow institutional frameworks to function effectively and safeguard the property rights, civil rights and political rights of all Indians. 2016 will be a crucial year, not only for the current government, but for India’s eroding faith in its democratic institutional framework http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/13/2016-will-test-indias-democratic-framework/
11 JANUARY 2016
Modi fails to live up to high hopes
In his first calendar year as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi focused on economics. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest. Meantime, domestic politics became more polarised, contributing to two high profile election defeats for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state elections. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/11/modi-fails-to-live-up-to-high-hopes/
Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and prominent Muslim politician, dies
Ashok Singhal: Controversial Indian VHP leader dies
Mr Singhal was the international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) – an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – for more than 20 years. The VHP is a close ally of Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34830451
10 NOVEMBER 2015
India’s Modi attacked by party colleagues after big poll loss
Persistent anti-Muslim violence in India (1992-2015): Gainers and losers
The gruesome lynching of a Muslim by an excited Hindu mob on September 28, 2015 has been the latest in the series of incidents of anti-Muslim violence in India. Like the demolition of the Babri Masjid, this incident too is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the Indian polity. It also sent a wrong message to Pakistan, which has had worsening relations with India following the emergence of the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014 http://atimes.com/2015/10/persistent-anti-muslim-violence-in-india-1992-2015-gainers-and-losers/
24 OCTOBER 2015
Indian govt approves induction of women fighter pilots in IAF
He is a powerful speaker and draws huge crowds. He talks about himself in the third person. He’s the most energetic leader India has had in years, burning the midnight oil and campaigning for his party with equal fervour. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29739689
Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, offered to resign on Monday after last week’s election debacle, but colleagues rejected their gesture, a senior party figure has said.
Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party
Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister
India’s general election has begun with voters casting ballots in two remote northeastern states. Billed as the world’s largest democratic exercise, the staggered election involving some 815 million voters will conclude in five weeks. Opinion polls say the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to emerge the winner on its promise of economic revival.
India’s Massive Parliamentary Elections to Begin April 7
India says it will begin its multi-stage parliamentary election in April, with opinion polls suggesting that an opposition, Hindu nationalist block could upset the longtime ruling Congress Party. In total, nine rounds of voting will be held, with the final round being held May 12. A final result is not expected until May 16
Manmohan says Modi as PM will be disaster, blames him for presiding over riots
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made it clear that he will not seek a third term as PM if the UPA returns to power and threw his weight behind Rahul Gandhi, virtually setting the stage for the declaration of the Congress vice president as the party’s PM nominee for the General Elections.
New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta
There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire after suffering two gang-rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her assailants.
New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration
Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons
India is home to nearly half of world’s 30 million modern-day slaves
There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India.
A court in northern India has ordered the arrest of dozens of suspects, including politicians and community leaders, for inciting violence during recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, police say
Delhi gang-rapists’ lawyer makes ‘Taliban-like’ comment that he would have ‘burned victim alive’
The Indian lawyer for two of the four Delhi gang-rapists sentenced to hang last week has criticised the victim’s parents for allowing her to go out at night with a boy and claimed he would have « burned her alive » if she had been his daughter.
Women in India face myriad cultural challenges that impede social advancement, analysts say. Discriminatory family codes, lack of education, and cultural stigmas are only a few examples. Heightened media attention given to such inequities has raised pressure on the government to not just reform the institutional treatment of women, but also raise the level of dialogue on the larger issue of women’s rights in a rapidly modernizing society.
Girl, 6, ordered to marry rapist’s 10-year-old son
A village panchayat (council of elders) in Kota district in Rajasthan made a shocking order that a six-year-old rape victim has to marry the 10-year-old son of the alleged rapist, Malaysia Nanban reported.
Presidential decree reserves seats for Hindu and Sikh in parliament
President Hamid Karzai issued a Legislative Decree that would jointly entitle the Hindu and Sikh populations of Afghanistan a single seat in the National Assembly, increasing the total number of seats from 249 to 250. Many welcomed the decision as a major step by the government to better serve religious minorities in Afghanistan.
Narendra Modi blamed for fake encounter killings policy in Gujarat
A high-ranking Indian police officer awaiting trial on suspicion of staging extrajudicial killings and passing them off as shootings committed during major terrorism arrests accused political leaders in the state of Gujarat of approving the executions.
Gujarat government to rebuild mosques destroyed during 2002 anti-Islamic pogrom
Authorities will present the financing and restoration plan by October 1. Over 2 thousand Muslims and Hindu extremists destroyed about 535 places of worship during massacre. Local Islamic community sees plan as move by chief minister Narendra Modi to ingratiate himself with them ahead of elections.
Mumbai top cop’s ‘promiscuous’ comment sparks ire after rape
Mumbai’s top policeman has drawn anger in the wake of the gang-rape of a young photographer by suggesting that people must choose between a « promiscuous culture » that allows public kissing, or a city made safe by « moral policing ».
Tribesmen in India have threatened to destroy a statue of the Virgin Mary dressed in a sari and posing as a local tribal woman if Christians do not agree to dismantle it. They say it is an attempt to lure local nature worshippers to convert to Christianity.
A 22-year-old photojournalist on her first magazine assignment was gang-raped in a middle class Mumbai suburb, reviving painful memories of the murder of a student in Delhi last year, which resulted in nationwide protests.
Narendra Dabholkar was shot twice in the head and once in the forehead by two gunmen in Pune, Maharashtra, who had parked their motorbike 30 feet away outside a police post. He died as he was being rushed to a nearby hospital.
A mission to India by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women has concluded that sexual violence and harassment is widespread in the country. After a 10-day visit to several Indian states, Rashida Manjoo said sexual violence targeting India women is perpetuated in public spaces, in the family and in the workplace. http://www.voanews.com/content/un-sexual-violence-widespread-in-india/1652578.html
An award-winning Indian writer is on the run after five women who worked as cooks at a charity school he founded accused him of rape, police said on Friday. Laxman Mane, 63, disappeared after the women filed complaints earlier this week, alleging that he had repeatedly assaulted them between 2003 and 2010, mostly on the school premises in western Maharashtra state http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1263080/1/.html
The death of a student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus has prompted anguished soul-searching about the place of women in Indian society. The widespread killing of female foetuses and infants is well-documented, but less well-known is the trafficking of girls across the country to make up for the resulting shortages. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125
India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters
India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ19Df01.html
5 OCTOBER 2012
Five condemned to death for India ‘honour’ killing
Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’
Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump. https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-2016-election-cleanest-safest/
10 MAY 2016
Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments
Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/muddy-relations-for-is-in-the-philippines/
8 FEBRUARY 2016
Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off
The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support. http://atimes.com/2016/02/philippines-presidential-election-campaign-kicks-off/
28 JANUARY 2016
A bright future for the Philippines
Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/28/a-bright-future-for-the-philippines/
Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election
The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml
Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell
27 MARCH 2014
Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists
The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.
Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014
The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.
An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.
The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187
President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino
25 FEBRUARY 2013
Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations
This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html
29 DECEMBER 2012
Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino
Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.
The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html
13 SEPTEMBER 2012
Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno
Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed. http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy
18 NOVEMBER 2011 Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room
Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/
The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html
17 JUNE 2011
Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce
Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187
12 OCTOBER 2010
Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant
The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.” http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3
13 SEPTEMBER 2009
Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years
As a global player China has a possibility for independent actions following its interests. Due to its economic and military power, the country can choose the most favorable foreign policy development with no regard to most of the other states. China is considered to be one of few supporters of Russian latest foreign policy, however, the statement is very controversial and need to be carefully analyzed http://holdthetrend.com/index.php/2017/03/17/chinese-flirt-russia-ukraine-crisis/
China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue. Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS) http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039
9 AUGUST 2016
Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands
Now that Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race, China will have to sit up and take notice of the rhetoric being bandied about by the brash billionaire in his campaign speeches. China is Trump’s favourite whipping boy (even more than Mexico). In recent months, he has amped up his tirade against China from “China is ripping us off” to “China is raping us”. So far, the reaction from Beijing has been sanguine, with the belief that his trade threats against China are bluster, and, just like his predecessors, the trade policies of a potential Trump administration will not reflect the campaign rhetoric. http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1968030/why-china-must-take-donald-trump-seriously
5 JUNE 2016
China hits out at US, Philippines over South China Sea, says ‘doesn’t fear trouble’
A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday. http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160421_32/
29 MARCH 2016
China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law
Today, Washington’s relations with both Beijing and Moscow are difficult, while China and Russia increasingly cooperate in the economic, military, and political spheres. How durable is today’s Sino-Russian cooperation, and how worried should the United States be?http://cogitasia.com/sino-russian-cooperation/
As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/
16 OCTOBER 2015
China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions
Extensive Network of Secret Chinese Military Units Attack US on Daily Basis
One military unit of China’s hacker army, Unit 61398, was revealed by a security company in February 2013. It is just one of around 20 similar units operating under the GSD’s Third Department, and alongside the Third Department are the Chinese regime’s other spy departments fighting against the West. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1094262-chinas-silent-war-on-the-us/
17 NOVEMBER 2014
China will never use force to achieve its goals: Xi
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
China is now Venezuela’s second largest trade partner and Venezuela is China’s biggest investment destination in Latin America. In recent years, there have been several multi-billion-dollar agreements on investments in oil, energy, construction and high-tech industries between the two nations. Additionally, China has provided more than $36 billion in loans to Venezuela since 2008
Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation
A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
US, China Exchange Tough Words on Regional Policies
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Chinese counterpart challenged each other over China’s policy goals in the region during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday. Hagel is on a three day trip to China aimed at improving military ties between the two countries
Relations between China and the Holy See could take a big step forward this year after Pope Francis revealed that he has been exchanging letters with China’s president, Xi Jinping, for a year, reports Hong Kong newspaper Wen Wei Po
« China always respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states. The Crimean crisis should be resolved politically under the frameworks of law and order. We call on all sides to remain calm and exercise restraint to avoid further escalation of the tension, » said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei
The execution, in December 2013, of Jang Song-thaek, uncle and close advisor to North Korea’s 31-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, has serious ramifications for North Korea’s external relations. Mr Jang was China’s best business partner among North Korea’s leadership
To some people, President Xi Jinping’s efforts to consolidate his control over China’s military and government are a welcome development, especially given China’s haphazard approach to crisis management. Xi’s actions might even be interpreted as a sign that China is transitioning towardshu a more « advanced » political system in which the military and foreign policy are controlled by a strong civilian chief executive.
China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud
Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties
China’s Central Asia focus challenges Moscow’s ambitions
Russia’s main cause for concern can be found in Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – which Moscow has long considered its own turf. Beijing has raised its profile there considerably over the last year
China slams ‘troublemaker’ Japan after Africa visit
China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »
France announces fast-track visas for Chinese tourists/p>
The measure was announced as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Paris establishing full diplomatic ties with Communist China. The new visa regime under which travel requests from Chinese visitors will be processed within 48 hours is due to come into force on January 27.
A few years back it was fashionable in some circles to talk about China’s dictatorship diplomacy. This term referred to Beijing’s close economic and sometimes political cooperation with international pariah states, particularly resource rich ones. Core members of this group included Iran, Venezuela, Sudan and Zimbabwe, and to a lesser extent, North Korea and Burma.
China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals.
Why Chinese-Japanese Economic Relations Are Improving
When it comes to Japan, China seems torn. On security issues, it is becoming increasingly hawkish — witness its recent declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands in the East China Sea. But on economic ties — from Japanese imports to Japanese investments — it is becoming increasingly dovish. In short, China has started to delink economics from politics.
The six energy-rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf are seeking to strengthen ties with China, Gulf Cooperation Council chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said Wednesday after talks with the Chinese foreign minister.
US and China are competitors but not enemies: report
A report published jointly by Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Beijing-based China Strategic Culture Promotion Association on Dec. 12 says China and the United States do not see each other as enemies, though they do view each other as competitors, according to China’s Global Times.
China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan
China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. »
A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.
China to loan Pacific island nations $1.24 billion to support construction projects
China will provide a concessionary loan of up to US$1 billion (S$1.24 billion) to Pacific island nations, a part of the world where Beijing and Taiwan compete for influence, to support construction projects, state media on Friday cited Vice-Premier Wang Yang as saying.
Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations
ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period
China and India have signed a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead
The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.
China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues
China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Li Baodong has ruled out summit talks between Japan and China on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum summit meeting in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 7-8.
A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea
Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship. http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Beijing backs truce bid in Syria
China supports Russia’s proposal that Syria hand over its chemical weapons to international control for their eventual destruction, President Xi Jinping said on Friday.
President Xi Jinping on Saturday proposed that China and Central Asian countries build an « economic belt along the Silk Road », a trans-Eurasian project spanning from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.
China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute.
The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.
Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis
On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.
China supports an independent and objective investigation by UN experts into allegations of the use of chemical weapons in Syria, China’s foreign minister said on Monday, while urging a cautious response and political resolution to the crisis.
Chinese analysts have been assessing whether recent developments, especially the presidential and U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) meetings, have affected U.S.-China relations in major ways. Their general sense is that relations have improved significantly since the nadir of 2010. This assessment, however, downplays the fact that the improvements have been primarily at the declaratory level rather than in major changes to policy or underlying thinking.
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.
Beijing’s welcome ceremony, and Ha Noi’s decision to send its president – the first Vietnamese leader to visit China since President Xi Jinping took office in March – reflect a mutual desire to improve the close, but complex and often-strained ties between the communist allies and one-time war foes, say observers. »The pomp and ceremony reveals Xi’s personal endorsement for warmer ties, » said Singapore-based analyst Euan Graham.
After several years of steady growth, the close ties between China and Russia is becoming a major factor in world politics. At their meeting earlier this year in Moscow, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed their historically unprecedented close ties, pledged solidarity regarding many important global issues, and announced dozens of economic and other partnerships. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-russia-ties-on-the-rise/
China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital
Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/23/china-and-its-southeast-asian-neighbours-need-more-strategic-capital/
India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims. http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841
US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.
The Chinese have a saying, « Dream different dreams while on the same bed » – meaning that even the closest partners are never alike in their minds. It is tempting to cast the China-Russia relationship in the spirit of the proverb. But then, if Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Moscow in late March drew enormous attention it is for a variety of other reasons as well.
In addition to meetings and talks with African leaders on Wednesday, Xi began his Thursday routine in Durban with a breakfast meeting with 13 African and regional leaders. The main topic of conversation was China-Africa cooperation.
China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi
China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy »
A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear
There used to be some sympathy in Asia for North Korea and its striving defiance of the US and others that it sees as enemies. But now, even China, the long viewed ally of North Korea, sees North Korea’s defiance as a nuisance. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/763728.shtml
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