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On 12 April in Asian history

 

ON 12 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 12, 2016

599 BC Birth of Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism who died in 527 BC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/history/mahavira.shtml
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/jainism-the-story-of-mahavira/
http://www.hearty-india.com/2011/06/mahavir-jayanti-vardhamanas-bday.html

1852: In the Second Burmese war, Rangoon is occupied by the British
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Anglo-Burmese_War
http://www.gktoday.in/second-anglo-burmese-war/

1852-04-12  Prise de Rangon

1868: Birth of Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander, who died on 4 February 1918
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/222.html

1895: Bonifacio first declaration of the Philippines independence inside a cave at Pamitinan


http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1067/today-in-philippine-history-april-12-1895-bonifacio-first-declared-independence-inside-a-cave-pamitinan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamitinan_Cave

1912: Birth of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, second vice president of Indonesia, who died on 1st October 1988
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Sultan_Hamengkubuwono_IX

1913: Birth of Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist
http://judoinfo.com/fukuda.htm

1927: Kuomintang (Guomindang) starts massacre of Communists in Shanghai


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_12_Incident
http://alphahistory.com/chineserevolution/shanghai-massacre/
http://hwcahuffman.weebly.com/shanghai-massacre.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3739.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mOeJjON_iI

1928 : Birth of Akbar Padamsee, Indian painter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Padamsee
http://akbarpadamsee.net/biography.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Akbar+Padamsee&biw=1366&bih=622&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiksNHejIfMAhUFthoKHe6WBWYQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tkMT7waMmI

1932: Birth of Lakshman Kardirgamar, Sri Lanka politician, who was killed on 12 August 2005
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshman_Kadirgamar

1942: Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers during Bataan Death March
http://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/bataan_death_march.php

1942-04-12 Massacre officiers Philippins

1945: Birth of Lee Jong-wook, Korean Director-General of the World Health Organization (2003-2006) who died on 22 May 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Jong-wook

1946: Birth of Chen Yifei, Chinese painter who died on April 10, 2005
http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-chen-yifei.php

1953: Viet Minh forces invade Laos. Laotian Government requests formal condemnation of Viet Minh aggression

1956: SWRD Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon up to his assassination on September 26, 1959
http://www.swrdbandaranaike.lk/his_life.html

1960: Amir Mohammad Khan is sworn in as Governor of West Pakistan, up to September 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Amir_Mohammad_Khan

1962: Death of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer, born on September 15, 1860
http://guruprasad.net/posts/celebrate-sir-m-visvesvarayas-birthday-engineers-day/
http://www.vigyanprasar.gov.in/dream/feb2000/article1.htm

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRHXrR1JpDE

1963: In the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia, Indonesian volunteers (in fact regular soldiers) begin to infiltrate Sarawak and Sabah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation

Sarawak et Borneo map

1966: 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/aureview/1968/jan-feb/kipp.html

1972: Chinese Ping-Pong team visits U.S. on two-week tour, including White House reception with President Nixon
https://www.ncuscr.org/content/table-tennis-delegation-1972
http://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/april-14-1972-chinas-ping-pong-team-visits-13374336

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGG50HwYBHo

1973: Establishment of diplomatic relations between Paris and Hanoi

1975: In Cambodia, evacuation of the last Americans. France recognizes the National Union Government (Khmer Rouge and prince Sihanouk)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-embassy-in-cambodia-evacuated
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/12/newsid_2524000/2524143.stm

1986: Qiao Shi becomes vice Premier minister of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/former-party-official-qiao-shi-publishes-speeches-256708.html

1987: Death of Wang Renwei, Chinese actress, born on November 8, 1914
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/48History7713.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3900.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9iSP8uIhM

2001: In Indonesia, President Wahid authorizes the resumption of military operations against the separatists in Aceh

2006: Death of Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India), born on April 24, 1929
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/13/movies/13kumar.html?_r=0
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/dr-rajkumar/biography.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12-april-2006-rajkumar-legendary-kannada-film-actor-died

2008: During the Boa Forum, in Hainan (China), President Hu Jintao meets Taiwan vice-president Vincent Siew. It is the highest-level contact since 1949


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7343945.stm

2010: Death of Palito, Filipino comedian, born on September 4, 1934
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/188218/showbiz/veteran-comedian-palito-passes-away-at-76
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palito

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzEZk_WY4UQ

2011 : Death of Sachin Bhowmick, Indian screenwriter and director, born on July 17, 1930
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Sachin-Bhowmick-passes-away/articleshow/7968983.cms

2015: In Japan, candidates backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and junior coalition partner Komeito are elected in all of the 10 gubernatorial polls held across the nation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-ruling-camp-wins/1780158.html

2015: Death of Puren the youngest sibling of the final Qing monarch Puyi, a child-ruler portrayed in the Bernardo Bertolucci film « The Last Emperor »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/brother-of-china-s-last/1780234.html

2016: Cambodian court charges opposition leader Um Sam An over criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government border policy with Vietnam
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodian-court-charges-opposition-leader-over-criticism-of-government/a-19180239
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/in-blow-for-immunity-lawmaker-arrested-111206/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cambodian-police-charge-opposition-critic-border-policy-38323659

2016: For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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12 APRIL 2017

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is preparing to send several warships to join a US aircraft carrier strike group heading for the Korean peninsula, in a show of force designed to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704120031.html

28 MARCH 2017

Japan prepares to create force like U.S. Marine Corps

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force stepped up preparations Monday toward creating an amphibious force like the U.S. Marine Corps by putting in place a new unit that will offer training to members of the envisioned brigade
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/123019-japan-prepares-to-create-force-like-us-marine-corps

22 MARCH 2017

Japan now has two big helicopter carrier ships as Kaga enters service

Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2081156/japan-now-has-two-big-helicopter-carrier-ships-kaga-enters
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/japan-rolls-military-vessel-170322085927402.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/22/national/politics-diplomacy/msdf-boosts-overseas-deployment-capabilities-second-big-helicopter-carrier/#.WNK2y4WcE2w

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese emperor kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-emperor-kicks-landmark-visit-vietnam
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170228_33/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/173575/vietnam—japan-economic-relations.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

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

11 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

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

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

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

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

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

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

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

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

29 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

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

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

16 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

15 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

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

24 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

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

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

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

2 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

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

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

19 AUGUST 2016

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

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

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

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

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

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

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

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

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

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

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

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

15 JUNE 2016

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

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

9 JUNE 2016

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

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

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

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

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

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

6 MAY 2016

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

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

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

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

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

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

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

22 APRIL 2016

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

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

19 APRIL 2016

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

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

12 APRIL 2016

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

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

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

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

3 APRIL 2016

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

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

2 APRIL 2016

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

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

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

28 MARCH 2016

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

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

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

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

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

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

8 MARCH 2016

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

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

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

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

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

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

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

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

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

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

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

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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

31 JANUARY 2016

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

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

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

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

28 JANUARY 2016

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

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

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

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

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

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

8 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

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

4 JANUARY 2016

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

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

1 JANUARY 2016

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

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

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

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

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

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

20 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

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

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

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

20 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

26 AUGUST 2015

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

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

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

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

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

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

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

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

19 JULY 2015

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

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

16 JULY 2015

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

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

7 JUNE 2015

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

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

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

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

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

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

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

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

14 MAY 2015

Japan Cabinet approves greater overseas defense role

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

12 MAY 2015

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam

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

7 MAY 2015

187 scholars urge Abe to address Japan’s wartime history

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

30 APRIL 2015

Japan considering joint US air patrols to show China they don’t own the South China Sea

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

29 APRIL 2015

Abe addresses US Congress, the first ever Japanese PM

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

28 APRIL 2015

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

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

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/04/27/us-japan-new-military-agreement/26443297/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-japan-leaders-meet/1801078.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/22/content_15254581.html

16 APRIL 2015

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

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

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

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

6 APRIL 2015

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

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

31 MARCH 2015

Japan extends North Korea sanctions amid stalled abduction probe

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

26 MARCH 2015

Japan unveils Izumo, its largest warship since World War II

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

21 MARCH 2015

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

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

18 MARCH 2015

Japan ruling bloc agrees on new security legislation

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

13 MARCH 2015

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

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

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

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

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Abe hopeful for Japan-Russia island dispute resolution

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

6 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Doubts raised over Japan’s ability to handle international crisis

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

1 FEBRUARY 2015

Prime Minister Abe condemns Islamic State, vows justice for Goto

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

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

10 JANUARY 2015

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2014

USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.asiaobserver.org/security-in-asia

26 DECEMBER 2014

US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

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

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

1 DECEMBER 2014

Japan starts destruction of WWII chemical weapons in China

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

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Sino-Japan Ties Improving?

Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-japan-ties-improving/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

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

10 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing

The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-japan-leaders-hold-talks-beijing-201411104626592285.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-japans-abe-hold-landmark-meeting-after-awkward-handshake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29983537

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201411070091

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

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

27 OCTOBER 2014

Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe

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

26 OCTOBER 2014

Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

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

22 OCTOBER 2014

China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29724179

17 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

16 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan, Intelligence and Security

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

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

History and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

Australia ‘to buy Japanese submarines’

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

Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years

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

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

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

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

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

29 AUGUST 2014

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

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

22 AUGUST 2014

Japan Joins the Great Arms Bazaar

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

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

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

29 JULY 2014

Japan, France agree on defence equipment cooperation

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

28 JULY 2014

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia amid Ukraine unrest

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

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

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

25 JULY 2014

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

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

3 JULY 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision

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

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

24 JUNE 2014 

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

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

3 JUNE 2014

Japan PM may visit North Korea in kidnap probe

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

1 JUNE 2014

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

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

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

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

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

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412722/japan-plans-more-proactive-role-in-asian-security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27630604

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

21 MAY 2014

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

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

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

17 MAY 2014

Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip

The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-china-ministers-hold-first-meeting-war-shrine-trip

15 MAY 2014

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

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

4 MAY 2014

Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China amid territorial dispute

A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for China Sunday to try to mend ties amid a territorial dispute which has prevented a leaders’ summit
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-delegation-leaves-beijing-mend-ties-china-amid-territorial-dispute

25 APRIL 2014

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

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

23 APRIL 2014

Obama pledges Japan islands support as Asian tour begins

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

22 APRIL 2014

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Tokyo said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406059/japan-lodges-protest-against-china-ship-seizure

21 APRIL 2014

Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation

A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405922/japan-warns-over-china-ship-seizure

19 APRIL 2014

Japan risks angering China with military expansion

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

31 MARCH 2014

UN orders Japan to halt whaling in the Antarctic

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

30 MARCH 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

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

20 MARCH 2014

Could China and Japan Work Together in East Africa?

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

Japan, N. Korea move to restart formal talks

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

12 MARCH 2014

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

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

7 MARCH 2014

Japan: No N. Korea Aid Until Abduction Issue Resolved

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

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

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

26 FEBRUARY 2014

Japan moves to relax arms-export ban

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

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

China steps up propaganda war on Japan

China has embarked on a major propaganda campaign, including plans to mark the ‘rape of Nanjing’ in new national holiday, to discredit Japan on the world stage
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10662966/China-steps-up-propaganda-war-on-Japan.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Russo-Japanese Rapprochement Moves Forward

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2014

NHK governor campaigns for revisionist in Tokyo election

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

3 FEBRUARY 2014

The Japan-India strategic equation is not working

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

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

28 JANUARY 2014

Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim

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

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

27 JANUARY 2014

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

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

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

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

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

26 JANUARY 2014

Japan TV chief dismisses wartime sex slavery

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

25 JANUARY 2014

India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

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

24 JANUARY 2014

Abe’s Yasukuni visit: the view from Japan

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

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

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

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

20 JANUARY 2014

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-japan-protests-chinese-memorial-korean-assassin-ties-fray/1833517.html http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390509/china-memorial-to-korean-assassin-sparks-japan-feud

10 JANUARY 2014

China postpones private exchange programs with Japan

China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programs with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000929349

9 JANUARY 2014

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

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

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

China takes Japan shrine dispute to UN

China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/china-takes-japan-shrine-dispute-un-20141912939172706.html

6 JANUARY 2014

Japan PM Abe urges dialogue with China, Korea

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

30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

Japan wants to join patrols of vital sea lanes with foreign forces and launch counter attacks if ships of other nations come under attack

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-govt-wants-sea-lanes-part-of-self-defence-55538.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

Deal to Move Okinawa Base Wins Approval

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

26 DECEMBER 2013

Yasukuni war shrine: what is its importance?

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

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

Japan’s Abe Condemned for Visit to Controversial War Shrine

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

17 DECEMBER 2013

Japan boosts military forces to counter China

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

16 DECEMBER 2016

55% say Japan-US relations ‘good’

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

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

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

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

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

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

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

10 JANUARY 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Increased tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.

http://www.worldreview.info/content/senkaku-islands-tensions-drive-russia-and-japan-closer?goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_5816189462866046977#%21

3 DECEMBER 2013

The U.S.-Japan Security Alliance

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

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

2 DECEMBER 2013

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

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

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

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)

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

25 NOVEMBER 2013

81% of Japanese don’t feel affinity toward China

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

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

China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

China establishes ‘air-defence zone’ over East China Sea

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese team in China to mend ties

A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-team-china-mend-ties

5 NOVEMBER 2013

How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?

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

4 NOVEMBER 2013

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

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

2 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia hold first diplomatic-defence talks

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

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

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

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan, Russia eye WWII peace talks: ministers

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

Japan’s new (defensive) attack force

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

29 OCTOBER 2013

A Contracts-Based Survey of Japan’s Defense Industry

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

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

28 OCTOBER 2013

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute

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

27 OCTOBER 2013

Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24684683
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/27/war-of-words-in-asia-as-japan-hints-at-defence-changes-with-china-firing-a-warning-action/

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

24 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese pacifism appears to be fading.

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

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

23 OCTOBER 2013

Japan to review self-imposed weapons ban

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2013

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

3 OCTOBER 2013

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

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

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

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

US, Japan Agree to Bolster Defenses

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Japan signals major boost to defence budget

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Leaders of China, Japan hold ‘brief talk’ at G20

China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/113017/leaders-of-china-japan-hold-brief-talk-at-g20/

23 AUGUST 2013

Spy drone to be deployed in FY15

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

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

19 AUGUST 2013

Russia and Japan launch territorial row talks

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

6 AUGUST 2013

Japan Unveils Biggest Warship Since WWII

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

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

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

27 JULY 2013

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

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

26 JULY 2013

Japan military ‘needs marines and drones’

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

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

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

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

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

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

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

7 JUNE 2013

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

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

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

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

31 MAY 2013

Japan competing with China for Africa trade

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

15 MAY 2013

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

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

14 MAY 2013

Japan PM adviser arrives in North Korea

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

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

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

9 MAY 2013

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

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

1 MAY 2013

Japan in Depth / Abe, Putin get ball rolling

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

23 APRIL 2013

Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings

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

13 APRIL 2013

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

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

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853

9 APRIL 2013

Patriot missiles installed in Tokyo on N. Korea threat

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

18 MARCH 2013

Japan’s new patrol aircraft equipped to combat Chinese submarine

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

17 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens Japan with Attack

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

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

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

11 MARCH 2013

Beijing protests Tokyo’s one-China policy violation

China on Monday lodged strong protests to Japan over violations of the one-China policy related to Tokyo’s anniversary commemoration of its devastating earthquake.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/12/content_16299877.htm

1 MARCH 2013

US sailors jailed in Okinawa rape trial

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

23 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

8 FEBRUARY 2013

7 reasons China and Japan won’t go to war

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

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Russia-Japan dispute over erupts again

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

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan plans increased defence spending to deter neighbours

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

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

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

2 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

30 OCTOBER 2013

JCG to create 600-strong Senkaku unit

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

25 JANUARY 2013

Japan pivots south, with eye on China

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

Japan Envoy Meets Chinese Communist Party Chief Over Island Dispute

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

24 JANUARY 2313

Asia’s other island spat…between Japan and Russia

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

19 JANUARY 2013

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

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

18 JANUARY 2013

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

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

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

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

11 JANUARY 2013

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

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

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

The Japanese government has embarked on a plan to acquire the Global Hawk–a high-altitude, long-distance unmanned surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft–from the United States to enhance the ability of Self-Defence Forces (SDF) to collect information, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40822&sec=1

31 DECEMBER 2012

Chinese fishing boat ‘detained in Japan’

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

Three China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan

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

21 DECEMBER 2012

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

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

13 DECEMBER 2012

Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row

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

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddae432-2a62-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_184578755#axzz2B9u2L8sh

3 NOVEMBER 2012

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

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

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Understanding the complexity of Okinawa

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

30 OCTOBER 2012

Japan to boost maritime defence

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

29 OCTOBER 2012

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

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

24 OCTOBER 2012

From Kuriles with love

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

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

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

22 OCTOBER 2012

Japan and China: warm trade ties temper political tensions

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

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138194/takashi-yokota-and-kirk-spitzer/tokyos-missing-muscle

16 OCTOBER 2012

Japan, U.S. may conduct joint drill to retake remote island

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm

13 OCTOBER 2012

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

10 OCTOBER 2012

China officials to skip IMF meetings in Japan

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

4 OCTOBER 2012

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

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

3 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2012

China accuses Japan of stealing islands

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

Japan vows no compromise on islands row

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

China postpones ceremony to mark 40 years of Japan ties

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Dangerous Rocks: Can both sides back off peacefully?

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2012

The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Beijing faces protests dilemma

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Anti-Japan protests hit China cities amid island row

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

Six Chinese ships entered waters surrounding a disputed island chain claimed by both China and Japan on Friday amid deteriorating relations between the two regional powers, prompting Japan to summon its Chinese ambassador in protes
http://www.france24.com/en/20120914-china-defies-japan-sending-ships-disputed-islands-diaoyu-senkaku http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201291445921803663.html http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49027621/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

12 SEPTEMBER 2012

History proves Diaoyu islands are China’s territory

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

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

Japan buys islands at center of row with China

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

9 SEPTEMBER 202

Thousands protest in Japan against Osprey aircraft

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japanese government agrees terms to buy Diaoyu Islands

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

30 AUGUST 2012

What’s behind the China – Japan island dispute?

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

29 AUGUST 2012

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

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

27 AUGUST 2012

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

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

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

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

Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row

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

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

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

27 JULY 2012

Japan may send troops to disputed islands

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

17 JULY 2012

Japan tests China’s eastern flank

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

11 JULY 2012

Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute

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

8 JULY 2012

Tokyo will fight for Senkakus

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

26 APRIL 2012

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336548 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1173511/1/.html

19 OCTOBER 2011

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

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

6 NOVEMBER 2010

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

Here is one of the videos

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

19 OCTOBER 2010

Territorial disputes with Russia

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

4 OCTOBER 2010/10/04

Anger simmers over Okinawa base burden

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

23 JULY 2010

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

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

9 MARCH 2010

Japan confirms secret pact on US  nuclear transit

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

 

India home affairs and society

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12 APRIL 2017

Kashmiri youth: The new face of violent resistance against Indian rule

The Indian government was forced to postpone by-elections in Kashmir due to violent protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces have continued for months, with experts pointing to a new resistance movement
http://www.dw.com/en/kashmiri-youth-the-new-face-of-violent-resistance-against-indian-rule/a-38402220

3 APRIL 2017

Kishori Amonkar: Legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary singer Kishori Amonkar passed away last night at the age of 84. In her career spanning over several decades, she sang playback for Hindi cinema only twice
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rip-kishori-amonkar-death-geet-gaya-patthharon-ne-drishti/1/920062.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-39487737

23 MARCH 2017

Tamil writer Ashokamitran passes away

His oeuvre includes now over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose writings
http://www.thehindu.com/books/tamil-writer-ashokamitran-passes-away/article17616921.ece?homepage=true

11 MARCH 2017

Modi party wins India’s biggest state, strengthens grip on power

Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide victory in India’s most populous state on Saturday (March 11) in a massive vote of confidence for the prime minister halfway into his first term
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-party-wins-indias-biggest-state-strengthens-grip-on-power
http://indianexpress.com/elections/election-results-2017-narendra-modi-guides-bjp-to-massive-win-in-samajwadi-party-amarinder-singh-rahul-gandhi-bsp-mayawati-harish-rawat-goa-assembly-manipur-laxmikant-parsekar-aap-kejriwal-akhilesh-y/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-wins-landslide-election-victory-in-india-s-biggest-state-1.1992116

30 JANUARY 2017

Why India’s Hindu hardliners want to sideline Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on this day 69 years ago but his ideas of Hindu-Muslim unity still haunt India’s Hindu hardliners, writes BBC Hindi’s Rajesh Joshi
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38794202

6 JANUARY 2017

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart Attack

Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including Gandhi, City of Joy and East is East, died on Friday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38527232
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2059973/award-winning-indian-actor-om-puri-dies-heart-attack

2 JANUARY 2017

Indian court bans politicians from using religion, caste to win votes

India’s top court on Monday prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their strategy in upcoming elections. « No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion, » said Chief Justice T.S. Thakur in an order, adding that election process must be a « secular exercise »
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-no-politician-can-seek-vote-in-the-name-of-caste-creed-or-religion-supreme-court-2288542
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38487409

8 DECEMBER 2016

Muslim divorce practice ‘unconstitutional’ says Indian court

In a major boost for women’s rights, an Indian court on Thursday branded as “unconstitutional” the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by saying the word “talaq” three times
http://www.atimes.com/article/muslim-divorce-practice-unconstitutional-says-indian-court/

6 DECEMBER 2016

India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38218232
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jayalalithaa-funeral-aiadmk-chennai-chaos-national-mourning-rajaji-hall-marina-beach-tamil-nadu-mgr-memorial-4413871/
http://www.dw.com/en/south-india-mourns-jayalalithaas-death/a-36657407

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Indian court orders cinemas to play national anthem

All cinemas must play the national anthem before screening movies and audiences should stand for it, India’s highest court ruled Wednesday, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-court-orders-cinemas-play-national-anthem
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38155630

19 NOVEMBER 2016

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, saying it goes against Indian law and the sovereign right of countries to determine their own laws and penalties
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-opposes-un-resolution-for-moratorium-on-death-penalty-1.1932108

12 OCTOBER 2016

Jayaram Jayalalitha: Ailing India chief minister gives up powers

The ailing chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state has handed over all her responsibilities to her deputy, the state governor has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37627598
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29392335

Militants killed as three-day Indian Kashmir gunbattle ends

A gunbattle which lasted almost three days in Indian Kashmir ended on Wednesday (Oct 12) with the killing of two militants holed up inside a government building, as the region reels from deadly unrest
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/militants-killed-as-three-day-indian-kashmir-gunbattle-ends/3200716.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pampore-encounter-enters-third-day/article9210373.ece?homepage=true

6 OCTOBER 2016

How India’s Muslims view the Kashmir dispute

Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, has drawn media focus in recent months due to the volatile situation there. Muslim intellectuals say greater autonomy should be given to resolve the imbroglio
http://www.dw.com/en/how-indias-muslims-view-the-kashmir-dispute/a-35981601

2 OCTOBER 2016

Kashmir attack: Militants target Baramulla Indian base

Militants have attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37536349
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/terrorist-attack-near-46-rashtriya-rifles-army-camp-in-jk-3062041/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

17 Indian soldiers killed in attack on Kashmir base

 Seventeen Indian soldiers and four suspected rebel fighters have been killed in an attack on an army headquarters in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to a statement by the army’s northern command
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/20-dead-attack-army-base-kashmir-160918055803596.html
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/jaish-e-mohammed-terrorists-attack-in-uri/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/uri-terror-attack-17-soldiers-killed-arms-recovered-had-pakistan-marking-jems-hand-indicated_1930818.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honouring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37269512
http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/crowds-flock-vatican-mother-teresa-sainthood-ceremony
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/04/europe/mother-teresa-canonization/index.html

29 AUGUST 2016

50 days later, curfew on Kashmir lifted

Authorities of India-administered Kashmir lifted the curfew as it entered its 51st day from all parts of the Valley except Pulwama district and some parts of Srinagar. The decision was taken at a high-level security meeting, sources said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247166191
http://zeenews.india.com/news/jammu-and-kashmir/curfew-lifted-in-kashmir-valley-rajnath-singh-to-head-all-party-team-on-sept-4_1923756.html

28 AUGUST 2016

With successful test, India becomes fourth country to launch scramjet engine ever

On Sunday, India achieved a huge milestone in its future space transportation efforts after it successfully test launched a scramjet engine
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247144317
http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-india-successfully-test-fires-scramjet-engine-joins-elite-club-of-nations-2249657

15 AUGUST 2016

Modi raps Pakistan in national address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of « terrorism » in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-raps-pakistan-in-national-address
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modis-balochistan-comments-upset-pakistan/a-19475682

8 AUGUST 2016

Indian PM Narendra Modi criticises attacks on Dalits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised recent attacks against India’s low-caste Dalit community.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-37007490
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/india/modi-was-sleeping-for-last-2-years-mayawati-on-dalit-atrocities/158962.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/congress-stages-walkout-in-lok-sabha-over-attacks-on-dalits/article8959870.e

28 JULY 2016

India author and activist Mahasweta Devi dies aged 90

Mahasweta Devi, who was born to a poet father, Manish Ghatak, and a social worker-writer mother, Dharitri Devi, in Dhaka in 1926, never shied away from politics
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/mahasweta-devi-author-writer-social-activist-death-2941143/
http://www.thehindu.com/books/mahasweta-devi-indefatigable-chronicler-of-the-oppressed/article8912250.ece?homepage=true
http://indianexpress.com/photos/picture-gallery-others/mahasweta-devi-a-voice-committed-to-empowerment-of-tribals-in-india-2940604/

26 JULY 2916

India parliament passes controversial child labour law

India’s parliament on Tuesday (Jul 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-parliament-passes/2989198.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-child-labour-bill-passed-in-parliament-admist-doubt-over-loopholes-2238402
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36901465

20 JULY 2016

Kashmir newspapers ‘ban’ lifted

 Last week, the Kashmir government asked newspapers to stop publication for a few days, saying that the ban was a « temporary measure to address an extraordinary situation »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36842520

16 JULY 2016

Info blackout in Kashmir in bid to curb unrest

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare-up of tensions in the region which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/info-blackout-in-kashmir-in-bid-to-curb-unrest-1.1863298
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/15/content_15463859.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36815815

 9 JULY 2016

Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Burhan Wani is killed in encounter in Kashmir

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani (22), the architect of the social-media driven psychological warfare in Kashmir, was killed along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district on Friday evening
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245676779
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/burhan-wani-hizbul-poster-boy-killed-in-encounter/article8826275.ece

5 JULY 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands cabinet, inducting 19 new faces

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expanded the Union Council of Ministers by inducting 19 new faces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-expands-cabinet-adds-19-new-faces-1.1857866
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/latest-headlines/list-of-portfolios-of-narendra-modi-government-after-reshuffle/152409.html

22 JUNE 2016

India launches 20 satellites in record mission

India has once again proven its desire to become a key player in the global space industry. The country’s state-run space agency pulled off a massive 20-satellite launch in a single attempt
http://www.dw.com/en/india-launches-20-satellites-in-record-mission/a-19347663

17 JUNE 2016

A court in India has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for their roles in a notorious massacre during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

An Indian court jailed 11 Hindus for life on Friday for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36557036
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-court-jails-11-for/2881136.html

2 JUNE 2016

India court convicts 24 over 2002 Gujarat riots massacre

Fourteen years after an armed mob set ablaze the Gulberg Housing Society, massacring 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, a special Gujarat court on Thursday convicted 24 people, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya, but rejected the serious prosecution charge of conspiracy
http://www.dw.com/en/india-court-convicts-24-over-2002-gujarat-riots-massacre/a-19299529
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36423413
http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/24-held-guilty-36-freed-in-gulberg-society-massacre-conspiracy-charges-against-all-dropped-zakia-jafri-calls-it-half-justice_1891181.html

23 MAY 2016

India successfully tests reusable space launch vehicle

India on Monday successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and reentering the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-successfully-launches-reusable-launch-vehicle/article8635448.ece?homepage=true

14 MAY 2016

Two journalist shootings reinforce India’s sad record

Gunmen have shot dead two journalists in eastern India in separate incidents within 24 hours. They are the latest killings of members of the media in what is Asia’s deadliest country for reporters
http://www.dw.com/en/two-journalist-shootings-reinforce-indias-sad-record/a-19257552

10 MAY 2016

Why are many Indian Muslims seen as untouchable?

Although untouchability among Hindus is widely documented and debated, its existence among India’s Muslims is rarely discussed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36220329

2 MAY 2016

Indian veteran RSS leader Balraj Madhok passes away

Rashtriya Swamyasewak Sangh (RSS) activist and former president of Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) Balraj Madhok, aged 96, died on Monday
http://www.sify.com/news/veteran-rss-leader-balraj-madhok-passes-away-news-national-qfcmEcbidhhgg.html

25 APRIL 2016

Henri Tiphagne: Biggest challenge is ‘criminalization’ of human rights work in India

 Indian activist Henri Tiphagne is set to receive Amnesty International Germany’s human rights award in Berlin on Monday. DW spoke to him about his work and the obstacles faced by rights groups in India
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-eyes-more-foreign-workers-stealthily-challenging-immigration-taboo

4 APRIL 2016

47 Indian policemen get life sentences for 1991 Sikh killings

A court in northern India has sentenced 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

15 MARCH 2016

Pope: Mother Teresa to be proclaimed saint on 4 September, in Rome

Francis’ decision came in today’s ordinary public consistory for the canonisation of the blessed. The life of the « little sister » devoted to the poorest of the poor went from a shack in a Kolkata slum to a Nobel Peace Prize and global reach of the Missionaries of Charity
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope:-Mother-Teresa-to-be-proclaimed-saint-on-4-September,-in-Rome-36952.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/vatican-announces-sainthood-mother-teresa-160315135935104.html

4 MARCH 2016

Loud and clear, Indian students send message of freedom

Freedom cries are back in the embattled campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of a nationalism debate after a few of its students were slapped with sedition charges
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/03/loud-clear-indian-students-send-message-freedom-160304162328179.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/india-student-leader-calls-freedom-moving-speech-160304073240045.html

22 JANUARY 2016

What is driving inequality in India?

While many Indians live on less than a dollar a day, the country boasts a relatively high number of millionaires. DW takes a look at the factors behind this gap between the rich and the poor.
http://www.dw.com/en/what-is-driving-inequality-in-india/a-18998489

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Unemployment down in urban centres, but persists in rural areas, says Survey

The unemployment rate in urban areas reduced from 4.5 per cent in 2004-05 to 3.4 per cent in 2011-12, new data from the National Sample Survey Office show. In rural areas, the rate has been stable at around 1.7 per cent during this period
http://www.thehindu.com/data/unemployment-down-in-urban-centres-but-persists-in-rural-areas-says-survey/article8264731.ece?homepage=true

20 FEBRUARY 2016

Patriot or traitor: Dark choice for Indian journalists

Some 800 journalists presented a petition to the Supreme Court in New Delhi this week demanding protection as well as an investigation into recent attacks against reporters
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2016/02/patriot-traitor-dark-choice-indian-journalists-160220042747985.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

India protest march against ‘sedition’ arrest of student leader

Thousands of supporters of a student leader from a top Indian university have marched to protest against his arrest on sedition charges.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35601414
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-jnu-crackdown-thousands-march-streets-of-delhi-2179330

4 FEBRUARY 2016

The New Threat to Islam in India

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/

28 JANUARY 2016

India: Volatile Peace In Assam – Analysis

As Assam recorded the lowest insurgency-related fatalities in 2015, since 1992, hopes of a lasting peace were regenerated. Nevertheless, enduring challenges have scuttled such hopes in the past, and many of these remain unaddressed
http://www.eurasiareview.com/28012016-india-volatile-peace-in-assam-analysis/

26 JANUARY 2016

Arunachal Pradesh comes under President’s rule, opposition cries ‘murder of democracy’

The Centre on Tuesday brought Arunachal Pradesh under President’s rule and kept the Assembly under suspended animation after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court, a decision that came under strong attack from Congress and other parties which called it « murder » of democracy
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-arunachal-pradesh-comes-under-president-s-rule-opposition-cries-murder-of-democracy-2170631

23 JANUARY 2016

India declassifies files on death of independence leader Bose

The declassfied files were published on a government website and hosted at the national archives. The move comes amid mounting public pressure on the government to shed light on the independence fighter’s death.
http://www.niticentral.com/2016/01/23/netaji-files-declassified-2-340202.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modi-declassifies-netaji-files/article8145670.ece?homepage=true

22 JANUARY 2016

The Indian Republic & its virtues

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
http://www.freepressjournal.in/the-indian-republic-its-virtues/764239

20 JANUARY 2016

Indian Director EVV Satyanarayana passes away

Popular Telugu film director E V V Satyanarayana, known for his comedy films, died of cardia arrest. He was 53
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/others/news-interviews/EVV-Satyanarayana-passes-away/articleshow/7339620.cms

13 JANUARY 2016

2016 will test India’s democratic Framework

 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/

7 JANUARY

Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and prominent Muslim politician, dies

Sayeed took up the position for the second time in March last year after forming an alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a junior partner in the government. He previously led the state government between 2002 and 2005
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/indian-administered-kashmir-cm-dies-delhi-160107064607813.html
http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/mufti-mohammad-sayeed-the-death-of-a-statesman/article8078096.ece?homepage=true

2 JANUARY 2016

Communist Party of India leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passes away

Comrade Bardhan, as the General Secretary of CPI, helped build Left unity. He was continuously elected as general secretary till the 21st Party Congress held in 2012 in Patna. His wisdom and socio-political experience were benefitted to the movement of the left, democratic and secular formations, the party said
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/veteran-cpi-leader-a-b-bardhan-passes-away/
https://deadfamous.info/ardhendu-bhushan-bardhan-indian-politician-died-at-91

18 DECEMBER 2015

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel prize winner who dedicated life to the poor, to be made a saint

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate who dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-18/mother-teresa-of-calcutta-nobel-prize-winner-who-dedicated-life-to-the-poor-to-be-made-a-saint/1527862
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35129463
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/kolkata/missionaries-of-charity-delighted-over-paths-being-cleared-for-mother-teresas-sainthood/article8004437.ece?ref=relatedNews

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Is India becoming increasingly intolerant?   

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan faces backlash over what he describes as growing intolerance and insecurity in India. Is he right ? A TV debate
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2015/11/india-intolerant-151126163400696.html

17 NOVEMBER 2015

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

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a mutiny from senior members of his Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time in his premiership after a humiliating election defeat in the pivotal state of Bihar exposed deep rifts over his leadership
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-attacked-by/2251362.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Huge blow for Indian PM Narendra Modi as he concedes defeat in Bihar key state election

Narendra Modi conceded defeat Sunday in a key election in Bihar, one of India’s poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1876771/huge-blow-indian-pm-narendra-modi-he-concedes-defeat-key-state
http://www.sify.com/news/bihar-assembly-elections-2015—full-results-news-national-pliw2Jbagjagc.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/elections/bjp-gets-a-taste-of-voter-intolerance-115110900038_1.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34760794

29 OCTOBER 2015

PM Bhargava: India scientist to return award in protest at ‘intolerance’

One of India’s top scientists has said he will return a prestigious government award to protest against the « growing intolerance in the country »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34664597

28 OCTOBER 2015

Indian filmmakers return awards in protest at ‘intolerance’

A group of 10 Indian filmmakers has returned national awards in protest at what they say is a rising climate of intolerance. The group, including prominent directors Dibakar Banerjee and Anant Patwardhan, made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34657716
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/dibakar-banerjee-nine-other-filmmakers-return-national-award-to-protest-rising-intolerance/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/ftii-protest-filmmakers-return-national-awards/article7814594.ece?homepage=true

25 OCTOBER 2015

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

The first women fighter pilots would be selected from the batch which is undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, the Indian Defence Ministry said
http://atimes.com/2015/10/indian-govt-approves-induction-of-women-fighter-pilots-in-iaf/

23 OCTOBER 2015

India literary council condemns attacks on writers

India’s Sahitya Akademi, which bestows literary honours, has condemned recent attacks on writers and rationalists. It came as 100 writers protested outside the council, demanding it take measures to protect freedom of speech
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34612800
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/sahitya-akademi-condemns-mm-kalburgis-murder-appeals-to-writers-to-take-back-awards/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/sahitya-akademi-condemns-kalburgi-murder-appeals-to-take-back-awards/article7797189.ece?homepage=true

17 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Writers Return Awards to Protest Government Silence on Violence

 In the last month, 35 leading Indian authors and poets have returned coveted awards from the National Academy of Letters in a collective revolt against what Salman Rushdie this week called the “thuggish violence” creeping into Indian life under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/world/asia/india-writers-return-awards-to-protest-government-silence-on-violence.html?ref=asia&_r=1

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Supreme Court rejects Modi govt’s judicial reform move, revives collegium system of appointing judges

The Supreme Court Friday struck down a law giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a bigger say in the appointment of top judges, calling the new system harmful to judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy, agencies report
http://atimes.com/2015/10/supreme-court-scuttles-modis-judicial-reform-move/

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indian court convicts 12 men for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

Nine years after seven RDX bombs kept in Mumbai suburban trains exploded killing 188 people and injuring 829, a MCOCA court in Mumbai convicted 12 people in the serial blasts case
http://atimes.com/2015/09/12-convicted-one-acquitted-in-711-mumbai-train-blasts-case/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34218396

28 AUGUST 2015

India celebrates ‘victory’ in 1965 war with Pakistan

India has begun more than three weeks of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of what it claims was victory in the 1965 war with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34083174

27 AUGUST 2015

Indian army deployed to riot-hit areas of Gujarat

Thousands of troops patrolled Gujarat Thursday after at least nine people, including a police officer, died in the worst caste-based violence to hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in more than a decade
http://www.france24.com/en/20150827-india-deploys-troops-after-deadly-caste-riots
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/indian-army-deployed-riot-hit-areas-gujarat-150827052532462.html

26 AUGUST 2015

Patel row: Army out, PM Modi appeals for calm as 9 killed in Gujarat clashes

At least seven people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in Gujarat on Wednesday after a huge rally by the Patidars demanding a change in the reservation quota of the state
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/patidar-agitation-to-intensify-police-indulging-in-violence-hardik-patel/
http://www.sify.com/news/images-patels-on-warpath-as-quota-politics-gets-deadly-in-gujarat-imagegallery-0-national-pi0uqPfjdahce.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34059789

27 JULY 2015

Abdul Kalam, former Indian president and top scientist, dies aged 83

India’s former president and top scientist Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who played a lead role in the country’s nuclear weapons tests, has died aged 83
http://asiantribune.com/node/87529
http://www.thehindu.com/specials/in-depth/apj-abdul-kalam-19312015/article7470874.ece?ref=relatedNews
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Dr-APJ-Abdul-Kalam-former-President-of-India-dies-in-Shillong/articleshow/48240877.cms

12 JULY 2015

1.6 million children in India left out of school system

A recent United Nations survey has shown that about 1.6 million young children in India are being left out of the school system. Girls are the most disadvantaged as most parents prefer to prepare them for marriage, rather than a career
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/1-6-million-children-in/1977978.html

11 JUNE 2015

India: Amnesty urges journalist death probe

Jagendra Singh died on Monday, a week after he was allegedly set on fire by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh state
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/journalist-set-on-fire-in-india-after-facebook-post-making-allegations-against-local-politician-10307785.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33090032
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/they-hounded-and-killed-him-son-recounts-how-journalist-father-was-set-fire

28 MAY 2015

India’s Mysore crowns new maharaja Yaduveer Wadiyar

A 23-year-old economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts has been crowned the new maharaja of Mysore, titular head of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty in southern India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32911649
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/575835/boston-graduate-crowned-maharaja-of-indian-royal-dynasty

25 MAY 2015

 After one year, has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations? Some analysis

Is a year in power long enough to evaluate the performance of a new government? Possibly difficult in a country with many unresolved social and economic issues like India, but it is a good time for some stock-taking.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32790929
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/05/india-year-change-political-guard-150524092615437.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/TOI-rating-With-77-5-Modi-govt-gets-distinction-in-its-first-year/articleshow/47422949.cms

1 MAY 2015

India rejects US ‘freedoms’ report

India has criticised a US congressional panel claim that minorities in the country have been subjected to « violent attacks » after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32545270

11 MARCH 2015

Manmohan Singh: India ex-PM summoned in coal scandal

A court in India has summoned former PM Manmohan Singh over a corruption scandal involving coal mining licences.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31828527
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/coal-scam-former-prime-minister-manmohan-singh-industrial-kumar-mangalam-birla-and-four-others-summed-as-accused-by-a-special-court/article6981525.ece?homepage=true
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/world/asia/manmohan-singh-summoned-to-court-in-indian-coal-corruption-case.html?ref=asia&_r=0

1 MARCH 2015

India’s ruling Hindu party shares power in Muslim-majority Kashmir

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government in the country’s only Muslim-majority state for the first time after an historic power-sharing deal with a bitter regional rival.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/485825/india-ruling-hindu-party-shares-power-in-muslim-majority-kashmir
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jammu-now-closer-to-kashmir/article6948801.ece?homepage=true

26 FEBRUARY 2015

India parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks

The Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned on Thursday after opposition members denounced comments by the leader of a Hindu group who said Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa had tried to convert people to Christianity
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-parliament-disrupted-over-mother-teresa-remarks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11432266/Hindu-nationalist-denounces-Mother-Teresa-for-ulterior-motives.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s ruling party BJP to govern Muslim-majority Kashmir for the first time

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party will for the first time govern the country’s only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir under a power-sharing deal with another party, officials said Tuesday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31598836
http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/south-asia/story/indias-ruling-party-bjp-govern-muslim-majority-kashmir-the-first-time-201

17 FEBRUARY 2015

India PM slams religious violence after church attacks

India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday promised a crackdown on religious violence and freedom of worship for all faiths after a series of attacks on churches.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/477550/india-pm-slams-religious-violence-after-church-attacks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31499978
http://www.sify.com/news/full-text-pm-modis-speech-on-religious-tolerance-news-national-pcrqsjegfehbj.html

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Delhi election: Arvind Kejriwal’s party routs Modi’s BJP

An anti-corruption party has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-31294500
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/india-ruling-party-heading-defeat-dehli-150210042226101.html
http://www.thehindu.com/elections/delhi2015/10inthpredelhielectionpackage/article6879029.ece?ref=relatedNews

4 JANUARY 2015

India Has World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires

For the first time India has more billionaires than any other country outside the U.S. and China, according to an annual list of the world’s richest individuals released this week
http://blogs.wsj.com/indiarealtime/2015/02/04/india-has-worlds-third-largest-number-of-billionaires/?mod=WSJBlog&mod=irt

30 JANUARY 2015

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as six

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-police-rescue-hundreds-child-slaves-young-six

22 JANUARY 2015

Muslim population in India rose by 24% during 2001-11

New Delhi: Muslim population in India has grown by 24 percent between 2001 and 2011 against national average of 18 per cent with the community’s representation rising to 14.2 percent from 13.4 percent of total population
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/muslim-population-in-india-rose-by-24-during-2001-11_1534536.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Muslim-population-grows-24-slower-than-previous-decade/articleshow/45972687.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily

1 JANUARY 2015

BJP’s push for ban on religious conversion sparks fierce debate

The Hindu nationalist party’s president, Mr Amit Shah, together with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is among those who have called for nationwide legislation to outlaw such practices, which often see people of a certain faith publicly pressured to abandon it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bjps-push-ban-religious-conversion-sparks-fierce-debate

30 DECEMBER 2014

In India, a court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from three killing cases

A special CBI court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from the alleged fake encounter killing cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, and Tulsiram Prajapati.
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/amit-shah-gets-relief-in-sohrabuddin-encounter-case-court-drops-charges-against-him/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/amit-shah-discharged-from-sohrabuddin-case/article6738447.ece?homepage=true

25 DECEMBER 1014

Thousands flee deadly violence in India’s Assam

More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-flee-deadly-violence-indias-assam
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-army-hunts-rebels-after-assam-massacre-20141225105838655329.html

23 DECEMBER 2014

Regional party wins most seats in key Kashmir vote

The regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won most seats in elections in Indian-administered Kashmir, but not enough to form a government.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30575235
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-ruling-party-makes-kashmir-poll-gains-2014122311251790223.html

21 DECEMBER 2014

Mass conversion in India PM’s home state sparks anger

Hardline Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/451360/mass-conversion-in-india-pm-home-state-sparks-anger

18 DECEMBER 2014

India’s biggest space rocket lifts off

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/india-biggest-space-rocket-lifts-off-201412188632762877.html
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/gslv-mark-iii-india-s-largest-rocket-blasts-off-successfully/348922?utm_source=taboola
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/countdown-begins-for-gslv-markiii-launch/article6701651.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2012-18

10 DECEMBER 2014

 Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

 Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30411049
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/malala-satyarthi-receive-peace-prize-20141210125127564166.html

Furor over ‘conversion’ of Muslims in India

India’s opposition politicians have protested inside parliament against the alleged mass conversion of about 200 Muslims to Hinduism in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/furor-over-conversion-muslims-india-rss-bjp-2014121092810267146.html

5 NOVEMBER 204

Will Narendra Modi change India?

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

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Sadashiv Amrapurkar: Bollywood actor dies

Veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya, died on Monday morning at the Kokilaben Dhirbubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1142199/veteran-bollywood-actor-sadashiv-amrapurkar-passes-away-at-64
http://indianexpress.com/photos/entertainment-gallery/remembering-sadashiv-amrapurkar-bollywoods-most-memorable-villain/8/

31 OCTOBER 2014

India pays low-key Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

No ministers of India’s new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering an attack on a revered Sikh shrine to clear out militants holed up in the complex
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-pays-low-key-gandhi-tribute-30-years-after-assassination
http://www.sify.com/news/30-years-later-a-prime-ministers-assassination-recalled-news-columns-ok4oaudcdjieg.html

Bengaluru: India’s Bangalore city changes name

India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Bengaluru from Saturday, eight years after the state first proposed the name change.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29845215

20 OCTOBER 2014

BJP ousts Congress in two states

In Maharashtra, the BJP won 123 of 288 seats from Wednesday’s assembly elections, needing another 22 to easily form the government. In Haryana, the party won an absolute majority on its own for the first time.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1139115/bjp-ousts-congress-in-two-states
http://www.firstpost.com/politics/assembly-polls-122-seats-maharashtra-47-haryana-gives-bjp-big-win-1764457.html

13 OCTOBER 2014

India: Anger As Minister Says Christian, Muslim Dalits Should Be Denied Job Quotas

Christian and Muslim leaders lashed out Monday after India’s minister for social justice said the government would not be granting job reservation rights to “untouchables” who converted.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13102014-india-anger-minister-says-christian-muslim-dalits-denied-job-quotas/

11 OCTOBER 2014

Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children

The 60-year-old activist has been campaigning against child trafficking in India for over 30 years, presenting child slavery not as a welfare problem but as a human rights issue that feeds illiteracy and poverty.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/95d12402-5091-11e4-9822-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific/

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Top India politician Jayalalitha jailed for corruption

One of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29390682
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/j-jayalalithaa-sentenced-to-4-yrs-in-jail-rs-100-crore-fine/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29392335

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s first Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ enters orbit

An Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet’s orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28268186
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/india-triumphs-with-first-mission-mars-201492424235943945.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/india-mission-mars-orbiter-infographic-2014923164346339601.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

India puts states on alert after al Qaeda announces India wing

The communally-sensitive states of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Assam and Uttar Pradesh were put on increased alert on Thursday, a day after after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing in India and its neighbourhood.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/states-on-alert-after-al-qaeda-announces-india-wing/article1-1259905.aspx?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/04/world/asia/al-qaeda-india/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/what-s-in-the-55-minute-al-qaeda-video-announcing-india-branch-586669?pfrom=home-lateststories&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2009.04.14

India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO

India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012, according to a WHO report published today which found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-has-highest-number-of-suicides-in-the-world-who-114090400879_1.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Modi’s ‘man with the golden touch’ has dark past

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi powered to a decisive victory in May’s national elections, the focus was not just on him but also on his closest aide Amit Anilchandra Shah, a portly, bespectacled politician with two murder cases against him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-man-golden-touch-has-dark-past

20 AUGUST 2014

India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

Mr Iyengar was credited with his own brand of yoga, and taught author Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, among other celebrities.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28862979

12 JULY 2012

India’s Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Narendra Modi accused Pakistan on Tuesday of waging a « proxy war » in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister in nine years to visit Kargil, scene of a deadly 1999 conflict with Pakistan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/426307/india-modi-makes-landmark-visit-to-disputed-kashmir
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-pm-visits-disputed-kashmir-zone-201481271111197409.html

11 JULY 2014

Tributes pour in for Indian actress Zohra Sehgal

Tributes have poured in for celebrated Indian actress Zohra Sehgal who has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 102
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-28259073

7 JULY 2014

 India rejects ban on Islamic courts

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking ban on Islamic Sharia courts in the country but maintained that such courts were not legal and their decree could not be enforced
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/india-rejects-ban-islamic-courts-2014779525449676.html

26 JUNE 2014

Delhi court summons Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked by a Delhi court to appear before it on August 7 on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, alleging that they had fraudulently acquired Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL)
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/delhi-court-summons-sonia-rahul-in-national-herald-case/article6151487.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/sonia-gandhi-rahul-gandhi-summoned-to-delhi-court-next-month-548377?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%206-26

12 JUNE 2014

India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes

India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic” and full of “sweeping generalizations”
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-rebuffs-simplistic-un-criticism-over-sex-crimes/1935339.html

6 JUNE 2014

India Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple

Several people have been injured after Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at India’s Golden Temple as special prayers were held to mark the deadly military offensive there in 1984
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27727812

4 JUNE 2014

India police rescue ‘trafficked’ children

About 500 children rescued after police in Kerala state raid orphanages who fail to provide documents for children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/india-police-rescue-trafficked-children-20146461313675499.html

29 MAY 2014

India gang rapes: Outrage over police ‘discrimination’

There is outrage over police inaction in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27631241
http://www.france24.com/en/20140529-indian-teens-found-hanging-gang-raped-budaun-uttar-pradesh/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/29/teenage-girls-gang-raped-and-hanged-in-india/

26 MAY 2014

Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister

Narendra Modi has taken the oath of office as India’s prime minister at the start of a new era hailed by his Pakistani counterpart as an opportunity to end decades of regional instability.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/modi-sworn-as-india-prime-minister-2014526124620254451.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modi-sworn-india-prime-minister
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27572807

21 MAY 2014

Will the Indian National Congress survive?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/21/will-the-indian-national-congress-survive/

19 MAY 2014

India’s Congress party stands behind Gandhis

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.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-congress-party-stands-behind-gandhis-2014519144744315736.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/congress-closes-ranks-behind-gandhis-after-poll-rout

17 MAY 2014

India election results 2014: five reasons why Narendra Modi won

Some of the factors that played into the BJP’s decisive victory over India’s dynastic Congress party:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10836541/India-election-results-2014-five-reasons-why-Narendra-Modi-won.html

16 MAY 2014

BJP, allies win Indian elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Indian election on Friday with a landslide win of 283 seats, making it the largest single majority party in nearly 30 years
http://eciresults.nic.in/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2005.16.14
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/17/world/asia/india-elections.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_MorningBrief%2005%2016%2014&_r=0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/india-modi-leads-bjp-historic-poll-win-2014516143751892711.html

6 MAY 2014

Endgame for the Gandhis?

Corruption, lackluster candidates, falling GDP growth combine to hobble a tired dynasty

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/endgame-for-gandhis/

22 APRIL 2014

‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools

Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/discrimination-india-schools-2014422123039276470.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406089/india-children-uffer-discrimination-in-classroom

15 APRIL 2014

India’s Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

After two thousand years of persecution, India’s two million eunuchs to be formally recognised as third sex and listed as ‘backward’ caste entitled to reserved government jobs and university places
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10767555/Indias-Supreme-Court-creates-official-third-sex-for-eunuchs-and-transgenders.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27031180

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems « 3 Sections. »

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-born-poet-Vijay-Seshadri-wins-2014-Pulitzer-Prize/articleshow/33760078.cms

12 APRIL 2014

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10762531/Women-who-have-sex-before-marriage-should-be-hanged-says-senior-politician-in-Indias-Socialist-Party.html

10 APRIL 2014

India election 2014: Narendra Modi reveals he is married

Narendra Modi’s family confirms for the first time he has a wife and says the BJP leader was forced into a child marriage at 17 years old

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10758070/India-election-2014-Narendra-Modi-reveals-he-is-married.html

7 APRIL 2014

India Begins World’s Largest Election

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.

http://www.voanews.com/content/india-set-to-begin-mammoth-elections/1887569.html

http://www.france24.com/en/20140407-india-vote-video-congress-bjp-aap/

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/indias-elections-mainstream-privilege-northeast-23084

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26883201?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2004.07.14

4 APRIL 2014

An Indian judge on Friday ordered 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.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403474/india-court-orders-first-death-sentences-for-multiple-rapes
http://www.bbc.com/news/26887723

25 MARCH 2014

Indian engineer dies in honour killing

The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10722153/Indian-engineer-dies-in-honour-killing.html

20 MARCH 2014

Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India’s best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/03/journalist-khushwant-singh-dies-201432075235300829.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26661491

5 MARCH 2014

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

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/schedule-set-for-lok-sabha-poll-battle/article5752607.ece?homepage=true

http://www.voanews.com/content/indias-massive-parliamentary-elections-to-begin-april-7/1864439.html

28 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s governance — worse than China’s?

India may be the world’s most populous democracy. But the quality of its governance is very poor, and much worse than China’s on many scores

http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=526:india-s-governance-worse-than-chinas&catid=11:politics&Itemid=113

20 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s top court halts release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

India’s top court on Thursday blocked the release of three of former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s killers after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced their freeing as against all principles of justice
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396079/india-top-court-halts-release-of-rajiv-gandhi-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26269476

19 FEBRUARY 2014

India Tamil Nadu chief minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

The chief minister of an Indian state Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-minister-orders-release-rajiv-gandhis-killers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26252797

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Indian court suspends Gandhi killers death sentence

India’s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence Tuesday for three killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, citing delays in the case 23 years after he was assassinated by Tamil separatists.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10645435/Indian-court-suspends-Gandhi-killers-death-sentence.html

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2014/02/killers-ex-indian-pm-get-reprieve-201421851649339534.html

India creates new state despite protests

India’s lower house of parliament has passed a decree to create the country’s 29th state amid chaotic scenes and uproar in from opponents of the bill.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/india-creates-new-state-despite-protests-20142181550649855.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister quits after corruption bill blocked

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party sent shockwaves through India’s political establishment in local elections last year, quits to protest blocking of anti-corruption bill after fewer than 50 days in office
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10639605/Delhi-chief-minister-quits-after-corruption-bill-blocked.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26192983

5 FEBRUAY 2014

India: 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties join hands in Parliament

In indications of emergence of a Third Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls, 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties on Wednesday formally joined hands as a block in Parliament to pitch for pro-people, anti-communal and federal agenda
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/11-non-Congress-non-BJP-parties-join-hands-in-Parliament/articleshow/29902370.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/third-front-parties-come-together-in-parliament/article5656930.ece?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-5-14

23 JANUARY 2014

India: Woman gang-raped on orders of ‘kangaroo court’

Police in India’s West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25855325

http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/23/india-women-sentenced-to-rape-by-village-elders-/

21 JANUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his sit-in protest to demand police reforms

Kejriwal told a crowd that two policeman he wanted suspended for misconduct would be sent on leave, but he failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/delhi-chief-minister/962540.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/dehli-minister-ends-protest-against-police-2014121142642983138.html
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/protesters-from-arvind-kejriwal-s-aap-break-barricades-throw-stones-at-cops-473665?curl=1390323140

16 JANUARY 2014

India’s Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

India’s governing Congress Party has named Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign this year
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25767998
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-sonia-gandhi/956824.html

5 JANUARY 2014

India launches satellite from space centre

India has successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/india-launches-satellite-from-space-centre-201415143713101654.html
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/gslvd5-with-indigenous-cryogenic-engine-launched-successfully/article5541607.ece?homepage=true

3 JANUARY 2014

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.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/manmohan-says-modi-as-pm-will-be-disaster-blames-him-for-presiding-over-riots/1214983/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/indian-pm-step-down-after-may-elections-201413739119928.html

1 JANUARY 2014

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10545883/New-protests-after-suicide-of-16-year-old-gang-raped-twice-in-Calcutta.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

New Delhi gets ‘common man’ government with anti-corruption activist as chief minister

Arvind Kejriwal, a 45-year-old taxman-turned-activist-turned-politician, vowed to end corruption in the Indian capital, cut electricity bills by half and provide households with free water.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2013/12/delhi-kejriwal-sworn-as-chief-minister-2013122872553648765.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/new-delhi-gets-common-man-government-with-anti-corruption-activist-as-chief-minister/2013/12/28/2fd6d62a-6fb3-11e3-aecc-85cb037b7236_story.html

http://freepressjournal.in/no-frills-of-office/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387071/anti-graft-crusader-leads-delhi

20 DECEMBER 2013

India government asks court to review anti-gay law

India’s government asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/117504/india-government-asks-court-to-review-anti-gay-law/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25461691

13 DECEMBER 2013

India’s BJP declines to form Delhi government

India’s main opposition BJP has declined to form a government in the capital, Delhi, despite emerging as the single largest party in state polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25361082

11 DECEMBER 2013

Indian top court says gay sex is an offence

India’s Supreme Court has upheld a law criminalising gay sex, setting aside a landmark lower court decision in 2009 which had overturned the colonial-era ban on homosexuality.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2013/12/indian-top-court-says-gay-sex-an-offense-2013121152555111516.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10509952/Indias-top-court-upholds-law-criminalising-gay-sex.html

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

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/New-Delhi:-archbishop,-priests-and-nuns-arrested-during-peaceful-demonstration-29785.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Anti-corruption party leads rout of ruling Congress in India elections

India’s ruling Congress Party has pledged a period of “deep introspection” after suffering a series of humiliating election defeats on Sunday.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/09/world/asia/india-election-party/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10503934/Anti-corruption-party-leads-rout-of-ruling-Congress-in-India-elections.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25292627

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Indian rocket to Mars successfully enters Earth’s orbit

India’s first mission to Mars completed its first stage on Tuesday, successfully entering an elliptical orbit around the Earth 44 minutes after take-off, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced.
http://www.france24.com/en/20131105-indian-mars-rocket-successfully-enters-orbit-earth
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10426972/India-launches-first-Mars-bound-spacecraft.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/05/india-launches-a-mission-to-mars/

24 OCTOBER 2013

Manna Dey, legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey died in hospital today after a five-decade career on the soundtracks of Indian movie classics, reports said. He was 94.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24649143
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/bollywood/10401257/Bollywood-singer-Manna-Dey-dies.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

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.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/17/india-china-and-pakistan-lead-global-slavery-index-/

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114537/report-majority-of-modern-day-slaves-are-in-asia/

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

India’s ‘hugging saint’ Amma celebrates 60th birthday — with hugs

India’s « hugging saint », who has hugged more than 32 million people around the world, celebrated her 60th birthday on Friday in the company of disciples from around the globe.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371880/india-hugging-saint-celebrates-60th-birthday-with-hugs

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

4 India lawmakers arrested for deadly violence

Police said Saturday that they have arrested four state opposition lawmakers for allegedly inciting clashes between Hindus and Muslims that killed 48 people early this month in northern India.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113688/4-india-lawmakers-arrested-for-deadly-violence/

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

India charges four with Mumbai gang rape

Four men have been formally charged in a Mumbai court over the gang rape of a young photographer in the city last month, a case that reignited anger about women’s safety across India.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/five-charged-over-mumbai-photographers-gang-rape

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391910240159331.html

Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from ‘wrong caste’

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an « honour killing » by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10320449/Indian-woman-20-killed-by-her-family-for-eloping-with-man-from-wrong-caste.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24156835

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian politicians face arrest over riots

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24141678http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391815133878853.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10310670/Delhi-gang-rapists-lawyer-makes-Taliban-like-comment-that-he-would-have-burned-victim-alive.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Governance in India: Women’s Rights

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.

http://www.cfr.org/india/governance-india-womens-rights/p30041?goback=%2Egde_2015135_member_5837267060517793793

India’s opposition names hardliner Modi as PM candidate

India’s main opposition named hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday for next year’s elections, overriding doubts in the party about his polarising character.
http://dawn.com/news/1042625/indias-modi-nominated-as-bjps-candidate-for-pm
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-opposition-names-hardliner-modi-pm-candidate

Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

Four men convicted over roles in rape and murder of 23-year-old woman in Delhi last year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391392314350126.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24078339

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

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.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/girl-6-ordered-marry-rapists-10-year-old-son

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

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.

http://tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/11807-presidential-decree-reserves-seats-for-hindu-and-sikh-in-parliament

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10286774/Narendra-Modi-blamed-for-fake-encounter-killings-policy-in-Gujarat.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/world/asia/indian-police-officer-says-leaders-approved-executions.html?ref=asia

29 AUGUST 2013

Yasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen ‘top militant’ arrested

Police in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23876045

28 AUGUST 2013

India: Fatwa ‘bans watching cartoons’

Religious leaders at the Darul Uloom seminary, in Deoband, declared that viewing animations – even those featuring comedy characters – was against the tenets of Islam

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-23865215

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.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Gujarat-government-to-rebuild-mosques-destroyed-during-2002-anti-Islamic-pogrom-28857.html

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 ».

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366851/mumbai-top-cop-promiscuous-comment-sparks-ire-after-rape

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/mumbai-top-cops-promiscuous-comment-sparks-ire-after-rape

27 AUGUST 2013

Police guard ‘tribal Virgin Mary’ statue in India

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10267977/Police-guard-tribal-Virgin-Mary-statue-in-India.html

23 AUGUST 2013

Female photojournalist gang-raped in Mumbai

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.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/23/photojournalist-gang-raped-in-mumbai/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10261073/Female-photojournalist-gang-raped-in-Mumbai.html

20 AUGUST 2013

Anti-black magic campaigner assassinated in India

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10257030/Anti-black-magic-campaigner-assassinated-in-India.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23776406

17 AUGUST 2013

Indian police capture alleged top terrorist

Indian police said they had arrested a top militant accused of helping mastermind the 1993 Mumbai blasts and over 40 other deadly bomb attacks across the country. Seventy-year-old Abdul Karim Tunda, an alleged member of the banned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, was arrested by a special Delhi police team near the border with Nepal on Friday 16.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-police-capture-alleged-top-terrorist
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365095/indian-police-arrest-alleged-top-terrorist

16 AUGUST 2013

India: A Bumbling Giant

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/india-bumbling-giant

14 AUGUST 2013

Submarine sinks after blasts, 18 navymen missing

After a series of deafening explosions, the Indian Navy’s Kilo class submarine INS Sindhurakshak sank with 18 sailors on board around midnight on Tuesday at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/submarine-sinks-after-blasts-18-navymen-missing/article5020065.ece?ref=relatedNews

http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/14/crew-members-killed-in-mumbai-as-indian-submarine-blows-up/

30 JULY 2013

India coalition approves new state of Telangana

India’s ruling Congress-led coalition has unanimously agreed to the formation of a new state in the Telangana region of southern Andhra Pradesh state, officials say.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23499197

24 JULY 2013

Beyond the debate, govt. accepts 65% Indians are poor

National poverty line will stand at a per capita expenditure of around Rs. 50 per day in rural areas and Rs. 62 in urban areas

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/beyond-the-debate-govt-accepts-65-indians-are-poor/article4948698.ece?homepage=true

21 JULY 2013

Indian investment moves marred by steel pullouts

India may be trying to lure foreign investors to revive its ailing economy, but the axing of two mega steel projects underlines obstacles even industry giants face, analysts say.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/360898/indian-investment-moves-marred-by-steel-pullouts

13 JULY 2013

Veteran Bollywood villain Pran dies

Veteran Indian film actor Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, has died in Mumbai at the age of 93.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300474

1 JULY 2013

Indian officials say 3,000 still missing after floods

More than 3,000 people are still missing following floods and landslides which have ravaged northern India’s Uttarakhand state, officials have said, amid fears the death toll could touch 10,000.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10153227/Indian-officials-say-3000-still-missing-after-floods.html

16 JUNE 2013

India’s opposition alliance splits ahead of polls

India’s main opposition alliance split on Sunday, with the second-biggest party in the coalition pulling out after hardliner Narendra Modi was elected to lead the dominant party’s 2014 election campaign.                                                                                        http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/355419/india-opposition-alliance-splits-ahead-of-polls                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130616-430181.html

14 JUNE 2013

UN: India to be world’s most populous country by 2028

India looks set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country from 2028, according to the United Nations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22907307

10 JUNE 2013

LK Advani: India BJP leader quits all party posts

One of the founding members of India’s main opposition BJP, LK Advani, says he is resigning from all his party posts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22838647

9 JUNE 2013

Indian hardliner Modi to front India’s opposition

Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi was chosen Sunday to front the main opposition’s campaign for general elections in 2014, boosting his chances of becoming the nation’s next prime minister. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130609-428641.html   http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-nationalist-opposition-names-controversial-hindu-leader-modi-to-lead-campaign/2013/06/09/7600d57a-d101-11e2-9577-df9f1c3348f5_story.html

3 JUNE 2013

Tripura: Christian man beheaded for not converting to Hinduism

After he married a tribal girl, her father pressured him to change religion. After a prayer ritual, a shaman performed the murder. His wife now fears for her life and that of their son.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tripura:-Christian-man-beheaded-for-not-converting-to-Hinduism-28097.html

30 MAY 2013

Rituparno Ghosh: Bengali filmmaker dies in India

Award-winning Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh has died from a heart attack in the city of Calcutta. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22712973

25 MAY 2013

Maoist Attack in India Kills Congress Party Officials

Indian officials have expressed outrage over an attack by Maoist rebels on a convoy of ruling Congress party members that left at least 23 people dead. Saturday’s attack targeted the politicians as they left a campaign event in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.                                                                                                                                        http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458065&catid=35              http://www.voanews.com/content/india-maoists/1668388.html                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/26/india-leaders-condemn-barbaric-maoist-rebel-attack-on-convoy/

11 MAY 2013

India’s opposition calls on PM to resign

Demand for Manmohan Singh’s resignation comes after country’s law minister and railway minister are forced to step down. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351114194638324.html                                                             http://asiancorrespondent.com/107502/2-indian-ministers-resign-in-latest-govt-scandals/                                                                                                          http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/11/world/asia/pakistan-election/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 MAY 2013

Indian Supreme Court Clears Controversial Nuclear Plant

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday 6 dismissed petitions questioning the safety of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu state, against which the locals have been protesting due to safety concerns.                                                                       http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/42969-indian-supreme-court-clears-controversial-nuclear-plant/                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201356776113728.html

1 MAY 2013

Sexual Violence Widespread in India, UN Says

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

29 APRIL 2013

8 myths about India’s growth

Is India different? Last month, India’s finance minister confidently declared that nothing could stop his country from becoming the world’s third-biggest economy. He may well be right, but size alone does not make India a special case. Its growth has been fast, but it is no trailblazer. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/8_myths_about_indian_growth?page=0,0&goback=.gde_1791498_member_237837386

24 APRIL 2013

India singing legend Shamshad Begum dies

Begum had been in poor health in recent months and died at her residence late on Tuesday, family members told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.                                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22275484

21 APRIL 2013

Indian protests after the rape of a five years young girl in Delhi

Allegations that the police had offered the family a bribe of 2,000 rupees ($37) to « keep quiet » contributed to the growing anger of protesters who gathered in the Indian capital. « They were reluctant to register our complaint [that she was missing] when we approached them the first time, » the father of the girl said. « Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342015235341248.html                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/21/rape-and-torture-of-girl-sparks-furious-new-delhi-protests/                                                                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10008690/Indian-protests-after-two-rape-cases-of-young-girls-in-Delhi.html

18 APRIL 2013

India has one third of world’s poorest, says World Bank

India now has a greater share of the world’s poorest than it did thirty years ago. Then it was home to one fifth of the world’s poorest people, but today it accounts for one-third – 400 million.                                                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10003228/India-has-one-third-of-worlds-poorest-says-World-Bank.html

14 APRIL 2013

Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9993453/Teenager-exposes-Indias-one-month-wives-sex-tourism.html

2 APRIL 2013

Indian Tamil actors protest Sri Lanka war conduct

Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103971/indian-tamil-actors-protest-sri-lanka-war-conduct/

31 MARCH 2013

India’s Hindu party elevates controversial leader

The main opposition Hindu nationalist party on Sunday  31 elevated Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive figure in Indian politics, to the party’s top decision-making bodies, with his supporters believing he could become prime minister in national elections next year. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103826/india-narendra-modi-election/

29 MARCH 2013

Indian author flees after rape allegations

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

22 MARCH 2013

Bollywood star convicted for illegal weapons

India’s Supreme Court sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332163853512530.html

19 MARCH 2013

UN Vote on Sri Lankan Civil War Threatens Indian Government

Discord in India about a United Nations resolution on war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war has prompted a key regional ally to pull out of the coalition government. The government says its stability is not under threat, but the Congress-led alliance has become more fragile                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/un-vote-on-sri-lanka-threatens-indias-congress-party/1624261.html                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331910374510398.html

Indian bill on tough rape laws passed by parliament

A bill containing harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, has been passed by India’s lower house of parliament.                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21826247

14 MARCH 2013

Communist Party India, Left Movement, West Bengal, Naxalites

Questions and Answers

http://www.exploringgeopolitics.org/Interview_Reynolds_Nathalene_Communist_Party_India_Left_Movement_West_Bengal_Naxalites.html

13 MARCH 2013

Five troops killed as gunmen attack Kashmir security camp

Militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed at least five security personnel in a gun and grenade attack near a school in Srinagar.                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21766580

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Parliament gives nod to anti-sexual harassment Bill

The Rajya Sabha today unanimously passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill which provides for deterrent punishments and brings in its ambit even domestic workers and agriculture labour, besides workers in organised and unorganised sectors.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445371&catid=360200830.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Millions strike in India over high prices

An estimated 100 million Indians, angry about rising prices, low pay and poor working condition, walked off their jobs on Wednesday, on the first day of a two-day strike organised by eleven major trade unions.   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322016857755633.html

Indian sisters aged six to 11 raped, murdered and thrown down well

The girls, whose mother is a poor, widowed domestic servant, were last seen outside a cheap roadside café selling rice and dahl, and may have decided to follow their killer because they were hungry.                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9883009/Indian-sisters-aged-six-to-11-raped-murdered-and-thrown-down-well.html

9 FEBRUARY 2013

Afzal Guru: Delhi parliament attack plotter hanged

A Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India’s parliament has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected.                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-21392156                                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9859271/Delhi-parliament-attack-plotter-hanged-in-India.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Report Faults Indian Government Over Widespread Child Sex Abuse

Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.                        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/world/asia/report-faults-indian-government-over-widespread-child-sex-abuse.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21352102

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Why India lags behind China

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/03/why-india-lags-behind-china

3 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian President approves death penalty in some rape cases

India’s president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1252002/1/.html

23 JANUARY 2013

Rajnath Singh takes over India’s BJP leadership

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has elected veteran politician Rajnath Singh as the new party president. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21155808

15 JANUARY 2013

Indian caste councils praise families that carry out ‘honour killings’

In a submission to India’s Supreme Court, leaders of caste councils made a plea for greater understanding of those who kill their children for ‘honour’ but denied encouraging them.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9803127/Indian-caste-councils-praise-families-that-carry-out-honour-killings.html

13 JANUARY 2013

7 men gang rape bus passenger in India

In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night.                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/13/world/asia/india-new-gang-rape/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

9 JANUARY 2013

The girls stolen from the streets of India

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

6 JANUARY 2013

Haradhan Bandopadhyay passes away at 86

Noted screen and stage actor Haradhan Bandopadhyay, who had starred in many celluloid classics of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, passed away after a brief illness. He was 86                                                                                                     http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Haradhan-Bandopadhyay-passes-away-at-86/articleshow/17907708.cms

4 JANUARY 2013

Gang Rape Reveals the Real India…

…and hopefully the glimmers of change                                                                                                                                     http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5082&Itemid=404

31 DECEMBER 2012

From the Delhi police: Why women deserve to be raped                                                                                     http://forums.asiaone.com/showthread.php?t=57392#1

30 DECEMBER 2012

India gang-rape victim’s body cremated

The body of a woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India’s capital has been cremated amid an outpouring of anger and grief by millions across the country demanding greater protection for women from sexual violence. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/201212306127972964.html                                               http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/30/family-holds-private-funeral-for-indian-gang-rape-victim/

29 DECEMBER 2012

India mourns death of gang-rape victim

Shocked Indians are mourning the death of a woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago in an ordeal that has galvanised people to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/2012122973834570942.html

28 DECEMBER 2008

Indian teenager commits suicide after gang rape

A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped has committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relatives have said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9768614/Indian-teenager-commits-suicide-after-gang-rape.html

23 DECEMBER 2012

India gang rape: journalist shot dead as protests continue

The Indian government failed to stem a wave of furious protest against the gang-rape of a student on Sunday, as a journalist was shot dead by police during a demonstration against another sex attack.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763983/India-gang-rape-journalist-shot-dead-as-protests-continue.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763657/India-gang-rape-protests-intensify-as-water-cannon-and-tear-gas-deployed.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/12/23/world/asia/india-rape-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

20 DECEMBER 2012

India elections: BJP’s Narendra Modi secures Gujarat win

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India’s next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20778816
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9758527/Narendra-Modi-hailed-as-Indias-next-prime-minister.html

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

12 DECEMBER 2012

Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar maestro, dies

Legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, a major influence on musicians ranging from The Beatles to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, has died at the age of 92 after surgery in the United States, his family said Wednesday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20690632 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1242390/1/.html

5 DECEMBER 2012

Indian government wins controversial foreign retail vote

India’s government has won a crucial vote in parliament on its controversial plans to open the retail sector to foreign competition
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20604455

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Inder Kumar Gujral, former Indian prime minister, dies

Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has died after a long illness in a hospital near the capital, Delhi, aged 92. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20552041

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Mumbai attack gunman Ajmal Qasab executed

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been hanged. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20422265 http://www.france24.com/en/20121121-india-mumbai-kasab-terror-hangs-surviving-gunman-attacks

17 NOVEMBER 2012

Bal Thackeray, Hindu leader and Shiv Sena founder, dies

Hindu fundamentalist politician Bal Thackeray, the founder of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, has died in Mumbai at the age of 86.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20376653 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/11/2012111712347525901.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20180376

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi, has been appointed the head of a committee which will look after party activities relating to the 2014 general elections.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20352518

India textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes

Meat-eaters « easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes », according to a controversial school textbook available in India.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20354669

4 NOVEMBER 2012

India’s Rahul Gandhi uses rally to take centre stage

Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, addressed tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in New Delhi on Sunday, raising his profile before a possible bid to become prime minister.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9654146/Indias-Rahul-Gandhi-uses-rally-to-take-centre-stage.html

28 OCTOBER 2012

Indian prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to overhaul his government’s image ahead of state and national elections taking place over the next 18 months. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/2012102882712401450.html http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/manmohan-expands-cabinet-with-new-faces/article4040545.ece

26 OCTOBER 2012

Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle

The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20096813

23 OCTOBER 2012

Indian girls ‘should be banned from owning mobiles’

Girls should be banned from owning mobile phones to stop them eloping, an Indian MP has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9628163/Indian-girls-should-be-banned-from-owning-mobiles.html

21 OCTOBER 2012

Bollywood veteran film-maker Yash Chopra dies

One of India’s most influential film-makers, Yash Chopra, has died from dengue fever in Mumbai, aged 80. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20023315
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/yash-chopra-king-of-romance-leaves-a-void-in-bollywood/1020177/%22

18 OCTOBER 2012

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

Five members of a family in India were sentenced to death on Friday for the torture and « brutal » murder of a young couple in a so-called « honour killing » two years ago
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121005-375852.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19840429

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

India’s Congress Party facing leadership crisis over Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turns 80-years-old on Wednesday, and senior party figures believe he will not lead the party into the next general election, which could be as early as next year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9565858/Indias-Congress-Party-facing-leadership-crisis-over-Rahul-Gandhis-reluctance.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

India slowly confronts epidemic of missing children

More than 90,000 children are officially reported missing every year, according to data compiled and released late last year by leading children’s rights group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which showed the problem was far greater than previously thought. Up to 10 times that number are trafficked, according to the group
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-slowly-confronts-epidemic-of-missing-children/2012/09/22/395d51b0-fd95-11e1-b153-218509a954e1_story.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Nuclear protesters briefly block Indian port

A government official says thousands of fishermen in nearly 500 boats blocked a port for nearly two hours, protesting construction of a nuclear power plant in southern India http://asiancorrespondent.com/89799/nuclear-protesters-briefly-block-indian-port/

20 SEPTEMBER 2012

Nationwide strike begins in India

Schools, shops and government offices were shut in some Indian states as protesters blocked road and rail traffic as part of a one-day nationwide strike against sweeping economic reforms announced by the government last week http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/20/india-national-strike-govt-formally-approves-supermarket-reforms/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201292005144775438.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2012

Trinamool Congress quits India coalition over reform plan

A key regional party has pulled out of India’s governing coalition over its decision to open up the retail sector to global supermarket chains
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19637424

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

India Backs Foreign Investment in Retailing

After years of intense debate, India’s government agreed on Friday to open the country’s retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, pushing for a profound shift in India’s economic and political direction
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/business/global/india-backs-foreign-investment-in-retail-sector.html?ref=asia

10 SEPTEMBER 2012

Indian cartoonist jailed for mocking corruption

A political cartoonist whose drawings mock Indian government corruption has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was widely condemned as evidence of political leaders’ growing intolerance of criticism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9533671/Indian-cartoonist-jailed-for-mocking-corruption.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19540565

31 AUGUST 2012

Gujarat riots: BJP’s Maya Kodnani jailed for 28 years

A special Gujarat court today sentenced Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=421803&catid=35 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19432982

Philippines home affairs and society

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11 APRIL 2017

Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes

Soldiers battling Abu Sayyaf in central Philippines are reported to have killed a key commander of the armed group who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/abu-sayyaf-spokesman-and-kidnapping-mastermind-muamar-askali-killed-in-bohol-clash
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/army-kills-abu-sayyaf-commander-blamed-beheadings-170412052319125.html

17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603444/news/nation/european-parliament-calls-for-de-lima-s-release-and-probe-on-war-on-drugs?related
https://m.facebook.com/hrw.ph/posts/1590619237633793
http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/03/17/1682057/watch-debate-eu-parliament-dutertes-drug-war

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/15/phil-m15.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2077082/philippines-lawmakers-dismiss-foreign-minister-yasay-amid
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/09/1679352/yasay-dumped-lying

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-house-overwhelmingly-approves-re-imposition-death-penalty/#ySBY5vgmUuqL7JR9.97
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-moves-to-restore-death-penalty-for-drug-offenses/a-37841088
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/878935/senators-divided-on-fate-of-death-penalty-measure

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry
http://www.voanews.com/a/philippine-economic-growth-on-track-to-lead-southwest-asia/3656732.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

5 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vp-vows-take-duterte-after-cabinet-exit
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/philippine-dictator-ferdinand-marcos-given-controversial-heros-burial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/ferdinand-marcos-hero-burial-philippines-161118043531138.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/marcos-philippine-president-citizens-react-heros-burial-manila-dictator-duterte

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044031/philippine-dictator-marcos-allowed-heros-burial-supreme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/08/philippines-president-ferdinand-marcos-granted-heros-burial-manila

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2038320/duterte-always-loved-communists-except-when-he-was-killing

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-maoist-guerrillas-say-wont-give-up-arms-as-part-of-peace-deal

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
http://www.dw.com/en/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers-in-the-philippines/a-35890128

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247946077
http://opinion.inquirer.net/97604/deny-the-past-desecrate-the-present

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

 

26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2009435/philippine-government-communist-rebels-agree-indefinite
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/philippine-govt-rebels-to/3076274.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/philippines-communist-rebels-agree-ceasefire-160820132516863.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-rebels-announce-7-day-truce-for-norway-talks-1.1882165
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/20/content_15482408.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/filipinos-protest-burial-ferdinand-marcos/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37076080

 

30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-withdraws-communist-ceasefire
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/801239/duterte-calls-off-truce
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608498/unilateral-ceasefire-reds-cancelled

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippines-duterte-declares-ceasefire-communists-160725135756380.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-declares-communist-ceasefire-085815376.html?nhp=1

 

Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1991761/philippine-court-clears-former-president-arroyo-plunder
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/20/1604750/sc-clears-gma-plunder
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/574304/news/nation/the-cases-against-gloria-macapagal-arroyo

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-sworn-in-as/2917296.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160630_29/
http://www.asianews.network/content/full-text-dutertes-inaugural-speech-21279
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels
http://www.dw.com/en/hopes-of-peace-for-communist-insurgents-in-philippines/a-19356647

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/06/philippine-government-rebels-to-end-hostilities-for-peace-talks/

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/rodrigo-duterte-meets-with-rival-islamists-in-philippines/7524946?section=world

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-parliament-proclaims-rodrigo-duterte-as-the-nations-next-president-in-his
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-president-robredo-vp/265143/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/30/c_135399351.htm

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-incoming-president-offers-olive-branch-posts-pebels-1
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463392621&section=13
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/785918/duterte-4-cabinet-posts-open-to-reds

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36297583

12 MAY 2016

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

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-duterte-presidency-is-a-threat-to-democracy/a-19247260#disqus_thread
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/rodrigo-duterte-era-philippines-160511101236269.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-infamous-quotes-philippines-rodrigo-duterte

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
http://atimes.com/2016/05/philippines-vote-counting-machines-fail-in-first-polling-hours/
http://www.inquirer.net/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-10/controversial-mayor-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-following-incendiary-campa/1578682

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.
http://www.dw.com/en/islamist-militant-rebels-release-10-indonesian-hostages-in-philippines/a-19227727
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/philippines-abu-sayyaf-indonesian-captives-160501073913227.html

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-troops-attack/2740670.html

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html
http://atimes.com/2016/04/freed-italian-hostage-leaves-philippines-hospital/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-military-officials-least-18-soldiers-killed-over-150825497.html?nhp=1

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/23/the-return-of-the-marcoses/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/02/philippines-celebrates-30th-anniversary-revolution-160225075334366.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x73sTMGJ3U

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

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/

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/stormy-seas-ahead-for-the-philippine-economy/

29  DECEMBER 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges voters not to support candidates who are pushing for divorce and death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged voters not to support candidates in the 2016 elections who are pushing for divorce, death penalty and other measures that it said are against the Church’s doctrines
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/549419/news/nation/cbcp-urges-voters-to-snub-pro-divorce-death-penalty-bets

8 DECEMBER 2015

Benigno Aquino urges Philippine Congress to pass bill to create autonomous Muslim region

Philippine president Benigno Aquino urges Congress to pass a bill giving greater autonomy to a Muslim minority in the country’s south, the next step in ending a 45-year insurgency
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-08/benigno-aquino-urges-philippine-congress-to-pass-bill-to-create-autonomous-muslim-region/1523808

 

25 NOVEMBER 2015

The Philippine Left and the 2016 elections

By accumulating and consolidating its electoral base over the years, the Left, while still incapable of winning a Senate seat let alone the presidency by itself, is now in the position of being able to sway and tilt the balance in the expected close presidential race next year
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/the-philippine-left-and-the-2016-elections/

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

 

14 OCTOBER 2015

Philippine army rejects call for negotiations to free hostages who appear in new video held by men with guns and machetes

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

 

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

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

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

 

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

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 Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

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.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

 

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

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.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

 

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

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.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

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

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

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

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

 

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

 

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

 

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

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

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

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

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

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/

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

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

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

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 Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

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

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

China foreign policy

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12 APRIL 2017

In a phone call, China’s Xi urges Trump to peacefully resolve North Korea tensions

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged US President Trump to seek a peaceful resolution with North Korea after both sides traded fresh provocations. Trump has threatened unilateral action over Pyongyang’s nuclear program
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-urges-trump-to-peacefully-resolve-north-korea-tensions/a-38393069
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/12/content_15599336.html

6 APRIL 2017

Xi-Trump summit: Trump says he will have ‘very, very great relationship’ with Xi

US President Donald Trump said  he thinks he will have a « very, very great relationship » with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the two leaders met for the first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/xi-trump-summit-trump-says-will-have-very-very-great-relationship-with-xi
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-meets-his-creditor-chinas-xi-jinping/a-38314925
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/07/content_15597023.html

21 MARCH 2017

Chinese flirt with Russia over the Ukraine crisis

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/

20 MARCH 2017

China and Israel vow to deepen relations

China on Monday vowed to boost cooperation with Israel in ­Beijing’s latest move to step up engagement with the Middle East, after signing deals worth US$65 billion with Saudi Arabia last week
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2080572/china-and-israel-vow-deepen-relations
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/netanyahu-china-talks-premier-li

18 MARCH 2017

US, China to cooperate on ‘dangerous’ North Korea situation

The US and China pledged on Saturday (Mar 18) to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the situation had reached a « dangerous level »
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/18/us-and-china-will-work-together-on-north-korea
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/tension-as-tillerson-brings-tough-north-korea-stance-to-china-1.1996011
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/china-rejects-trump-criticisms-over-north-korea

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Russia, China Block UN Sanctions On Syria Over Gas Attacks

Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/252079499
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39116854
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/01/content_15578961.html

China’s top diplomat in talks with Trump in Washington

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi met US President Donald Trump in the White House ­on Tuesday to discuss “shared ­interests of national security” and a possible summit between the American leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2074874/chinas-top-diplomat-talks-trump-washington

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Could China’s Trump tactics actually be working?

It’s been a month and adjusting to Donald Trump as US president has been an enormous challenge for China, as for many around the world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39061702

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump agrees to support ‘One China’ policy in Xi Jinping call

Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/donald-trump-agrees-support-one-china-policy-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38927891
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/10/content_15569370.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

In a first, Trump writes a letter to Chinese President, and China is pleased

In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he looked forward to working with him « to develop a constructive relationship » that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251591453
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/09/trump-china-letter-no-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/09/content_15568561.html

4 FEBRUARY 2017

China warns US after James Mattis says disputed isles covered by Japan treaty

China warns Washington that it is risking instability in Asia after US defence secretary Mattis vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over disputed isles in South China Sea
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5C2sPoL2ljinLA22sj7VgN/China-warns-US-after-James-Mattis-says-disputed-isles-covere.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/04/china-accuses-us-of-putting-stability-of-asia-pacific-at-risk
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2068083/china-lashes-out-mattis-remarks-east-china-sea-islands

23 JANUARY 2017

China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to Donald Trump ­congratulating him on becoming the United States president, as it warned Washington to abide by the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2064723/china-congratulates-trump-and-warns-tread-carefully

18 JANUARY 2017

Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday (Jan 18) and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/xi-calls-for-world-without-nuclear-weapons-equality-for-all/3448894.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2063383/chinas-xi-calls-world-without-nuclear-weapons
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2017-01/19/c_135980499.htm

15 JANUARY 2017

One-China policy can’t be bargaining chip, Beijing warns Trump

China’s foreign ministry said its One-China policy isn’t negotiable and urged Donald Trump to recognise the « high sensitivity » with which it views Taiwan, a day after the president-elect hinted for the second time in a month at a reset of US-China relations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/one-china-policy-cant-be-bargaining-chip-beijing-warns-trump
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/15/content_15557302.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-15/beijing-tells-donald-trump-‘one-china’-policy-non-negotiable/8183340?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

What China and the US must do in 2017 to improve relations

Wang Jisi says the Sino-US relationship has entered a new normal, with cooperation and competition both increasing, leading to a repeated pattern of escalation and de-escalation of tensions
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2055973/what-china-and-us-must-do-2017-improve-relations

19 DECEMBER 2016

Norway and China resume diplomatic ties after 2010 row over Nobel peace prize going to dissident

Norway and China have resumed diplomatic relations and negotiations on a free-trade agreement, ending a six-year diplomatic freeze caused by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055782/norway-china-restart-diplomatic-ties-after-row-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/19/content_15544819.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions ‘one China’ Policy

China has warned that it’s « seriously concerned » after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of « one China. »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/china-trump-one-china-reaction/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38286645
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/12/content_15540918.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit

Mongolia says China has closed a key border crossing, creating huge congestion, nearly a week after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visited the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/china-blocks-mongolia-border-dalai-lama-visit-161210060313417.html

5 DECEMBER 2016

Donald Trump rails against China as team runs damage control over Taiwan

President-elect Donald Trump railed against China on Sunday, only hours after his transition team denied that his call with Taiwan’s president signaled a new US policy toward Pacific power
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/04/trump-foreign-policy-faces-scrutiny-as-team-defends-taiwan-phone-call
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38167022

27 NOVEMBER 2016

China freezes bilateral diplomacy with Mongolia over Dalai Lama visit

China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/china-freezes-bilateral-diplomacy-with-mongolia-over-dalai-lama-visit/

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, China-Latin America ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and China-Latin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/24/content_15531517.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1124/c90000-9146152.html

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Chinese official Meng Hongwei to head Interpol

Vice Minister of Public Security Meng Hongwei is the first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post. His appointment begins immediately
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37932927
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/10/new-interpol-head-is-chinese-former-head-of-paramilitary-police-force

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

Xi, Modi held talks amid India frustrations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during talks late on Saturday (Oct 15) to work to resolve recent frustrations between the regional rivals
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/xi-modi-hold-talks-amid-india-frustrations/3209366.html

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
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/13/content_15509927.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-cambodia-sign-62m-trade-deal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-time-cash-heal-all-wounds
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ahead-xi-visit-relations-china-level-never-seen-119221/

1 OCTOBER 2016

US and South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for missile system, China paper says

The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/us-and-south-korea-will-pay-the-price-for-missile-system-china-paper-says

26 AUGUST 2016

Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad

The Chinese army will offer training in medicine and medical care to soldiers of Bashar Assad, engaged for over five years in a civil war which has bloodied the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-will-train-army-troops-of-Bashar-Assad-38402.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Syria crisis: China claims Omran images are ‘fake’ and being used as ‘Western propaganda’

Chinese state media have suggested that haunting images of Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from rubble after an air strike in Syria, could have been faked and used as part of a “propaganda war” by the West
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/china-claims-omran-images-are-fake-and-being-used-as-western-pro/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

16 AUGUST 2016

Chinese military to provide ‘aid and training assistance’ to Syrian government

The Chinese military will provide aid and training assistance to the Syrian government, as a Chinese military envoy agreed with Syrian defence minister in Damascus on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2004676/chinese-military-provide-aid-and-training-assistance
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-china-idUSKCN10R10R

12 AUGUST 2016

China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 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

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

15 JULY 2016

China warns Australia: stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations

China’s Foreign Ministry has said it was shocked by remarks Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made on AM on Wednesday, that China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-15/china-warns-australia-stay-out-of-the-south-china-sea-or-risk-damage-to-bilateral-relations/1599180
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245847421

25 JUNE 2016

Russia’s President Putin hails ‘all-embracing’ bilateral partnership with China with nations due to sign more than 30 trade deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted on Saturday about its “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China during his latest visit to Beijing, as the two countries try to present a united front amid increasing tensions with the West.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1981566/russias-president-putin-hails-all-embracing-bilateral
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-russia-eye-closer/2905078.html

23 JUNE 2016

Putin : Russia and China are ‘close allies’

Mutual trust between Russia and China has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/23/content_15453321.html

15 JUNE 2016

Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House

The meeting between US ­President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

 12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

7 JUNE 2016

Why China must take Donald Trump seriously

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 Chinese defence official on Sunday (June 5) slammed the United States for double standards and irresponsible behaviour on the South China Sea dispute and scolded the Philippines for taking the spat to an UN arbitration court, saying that China « does not fear trouble » when it comes to upholding its sovereignty
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hits-out-at-us-philippines-over-south-china-sea-says-doesnt-fear-trouble
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-05/china-criticises-us-south-china-sea-provocations-says-it-doesnt-fear-trouble/1587570

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

21 APRIL 2016

US, China envoys discuss N.Korea

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

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

16 MARCH 2016

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/15/americas/argentina-chinese-fishing-vessel/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1926268/china-demands-investigation-sinking-fishing-boat

8 MARCH 2016

China and the Iran Nuclear Deal

The deal offers some significant and sobering lessons on “multilateralism with Chinese characteristics.”
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-china-and-iran-nuclear-deal

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese govt officially acknowledges thaw in Vatican ties

China Friday officially acknowledged a thaw in bilateral ties with the Vatican in an semi-official government newspaper. Beijing further opened the possibility of a papal visit to China in the wake of Asia Times’ historic interview with Pope Francis in late January.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-officially-acknowledges-thaw-in-vatican-ties/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/970460.shtml

19 FEBRUARY 2016

China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea

China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/beijing-urged-to-exercise-restraint-in-south-china-sea/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/19/content_15387727.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties

Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue
http://news.yahoo.com/pope-extends-olive-branch-china-bid-mend-ties-143859102.html
http://atimes.com/2016/02/at-exclusive-pope-francis-urges-world-not-to-fear-chinas-rise/

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

27 JANUARY 2016

China’s pivot to Persia

As the Middle East enters a new brave world, marked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and an emerging detente between Iran and the West, China has begun to recalibrate its regional Policy
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-pivot-persia-160124051232743.html

23 JANUARY 2016

China’s vision of the Middle East

 Xi Jinping’s first visit to the Middle East since becoming China’s president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing’s foreign policy in the region
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-vision-middle-east-160121052018955.html

23 JANUARY 2016

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decadehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-idUSKCN0V109V
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/552396/news/world/iran-china-agree-600-billion-trade-deal-after-sanctions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35390779

21 JANUARY 2016

China, Egypt agree to boost cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative

China and Egypt agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the North African country.
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0122/c90000-9007570.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30629669/xi-signs-egypt-deals-as-china-looks-to-boost-mideast-clout/

13 JANUARY 2016

China And Russia: The Partnership Deepens – Analysis

Relations between China and Russia became noticeably closer in the past year and, if the numerous agreements they have appended their signatures to come to fruition, they are apt to become still closer in 2016.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13012016-china-and-russia-the-partnership-deepens-analysis/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

China hits India where it hurts

China has moved for the first time to demonstratively erode India’s ‘influence’ over one of its small neighbors, Nepal. The disclosures following the weekend talks in Beijing by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa  during his 5-day visit point in that direction
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-hits-india-where-it-hurts/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-12-29/china-to-donate-14-m-litres-of-fuel-dpm-thapa.html

22 DECEMBER 2015

China to replace Japan as second-largest funder of U.N. peacekeeping

China is set to replace Japan as the second-largest financial contributor for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the next budget year, according to estimates by the United Nations
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-replace-japan-second-largest-funder-un-peacekeeping

17 DECEMBER 2015

China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/world/asia/taiwan-arms-sales-us-china.html?ref=asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/beijing-summons-us-envoy-over-warship-sales-taiwan

7 DECEMBER 2015

Sino-Russian Cooperation

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/

4 DECEMBER 2015

Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/04/content_15354442.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b17f4ed4-9a84-11e5-be4f-0abd1978acaa.html#axzz3tOFrajwF

23 NOVEMBER 2015

China’s regional isolation

The Asian giant is suffering increasing diplomatic isolation due to its aggressive manoeuvres across contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/11/china-regional-isolation-151122134410410.html

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at Line of Actual Control

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

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

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

20 OCTOBER 2015

China’s president Xi Jinping arrives in Britain for first state visit set to begin ‘golden era

The visit — the first since 2005 by a Chinese leader — has been hailed as the beginning of a ‘golden era’ for the two countries
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34571436
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-21/chinas-president-xi-jinping-arrives-in-britain-for-first-state-visit-set-to-begin-golden-era/1505512

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

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

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

13 OCTOBER 2015

China reopens border with Nepal for goods movement

Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-reopens-border-with-nepal-for-goods-movement/

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Xi Jinping begins US state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Seattle on his first state visit to the United States
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150923_05.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/chinese-president-woos/2144590.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Israel to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers

Israel plans to bring in 20,000 Chinese construction workers to help build new apartments as part of efforts to lower housing costs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/29581747/israel-to-bring-in-20-000-chinese-construction-workers/

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

29 JULY 2015

Erdogan in China Amid Tensions on Uighurs, Missile System

Turkey’s president is meeting top officials in China to strengthen ties that have been strained over the delayed sale of a and Beijing’s treatment of its Turkic-speaking Uighur minority
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235246185
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1844967/china-turkey-strengthen-cooperation-against-terror-and
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/can-china-turkey-relations-move-on/

5 JULY 2015

Beijing warns citizens in Turkey of anti-China protests

Beijing has warned its citizens travelling in Turkey to be careful of anti-China protests, saying some tourists have recently been « attacked and disturbed »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/beijing-warns-citizens-turkey-anti-china-protests-150705172423183.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-uighur-problem-turkey-protests-150706091424395.html

24 JUNE 2015

China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub

Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-blocks-un-action-against-pakistan-concerning-mumbai-terror-attack
http://www.freepressjournal.in/china-backs-paskitan-on-zaki-ur-rehman-lakhvis-bail/

9 JUNE 2015

China and Russia step up cooperation in Central Asia

The growing Sino–Russian partnership is evidence that the Western policy of isolating Russia has failed. The policy has only served to push Russia deeper into Chinese arms
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/06/09/china-and-russia-step-up-cooperation-in-central-asia/

26 MAY 2015

India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles

Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-china-relations-advance-by-inches-not-miles-65180/

21 MAY 2015

CNN: China navy warns U.S. spy plane in disputed South China Sea

The Chinese navy warned a U.S. surveillance plane flying over artificial islands that Beijing is creating in the disputed South China Sea to leave the area eight times, according to CNN, which was on board the flight on May 20.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/20/politics/south-china-sea-navy-flight/index.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201505210105

16 MAY 2015

Beijing rebukes US over South China Sea islands row

China’s foreign minister told top US diplomat John Kerry on Saturday (May 16) that Beijing was « unshakeable » in its defence of sovereignty, as tensions between the powers mount over Chinese island-building in strategic but disputed waters.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-rebukes-us-over/1851746.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11610002/China-rejects-US-calls-for-South-China-Sea-retreat.html

14 MAY 2015

India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks

India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/india-modi-arrives-china-trade-talks-150514043359786.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-china-trip-will-deepen-friendship
http://www.sify.com/news/modi-xi-hold-extremely-productive-talks-news-others-pfpauggbdagfd.html

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-japan-leaders-meet/1801078.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/22/content_15254581.html

20 APRIL 2015

Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.

A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

13  APRIL 2015

China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat

China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-falls-short-of-backing-india-for-a-permanent-un-seat/article7098822.ece

3 APRIL 2015

China evacuates foreigners from Yemen in first such operation

China evacuated 225 people from 10 different countries from war-ravaged Yemen, Beijing said Friday, an unprecedented move underscoring the country’s growing global reach
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/518019/china-evacuates-foreigners-from-yemen-in-first-such-operation

24 MARCH 2015

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-china-agree-foster-peace-disputed-border
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-agrees-india-maintain-border-peace

21 MARCH 2015

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

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Sri Lanka, China and India: rivalry in the Indian Ocean

For smaller Asian countries it is no surprise that China has emerged in the last decade as an essential trading partner, Sri Lanka is no exception: becoming it’s largest foreign finance partner in 2010, overtaking India and Japan
http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sri-Lanka–China-and-India:-rivalry-in-the-Indian-Ocean-/173.html#.VOeyNe83NMs

20 FEBRUARY 2015

China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-indian-pm/1671004.html
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1239592.shtml

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

China denounces interference after Obama welcomes Dalai Lama

China is opposed to foreign countries receiving the Dalai Lama, a government spokesman said Friday, the day after US President Barack Obama held a symbolic first public encounter with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-denounces-interference-after-obama-welcomes-dalai-lama
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/obama-dalai-lama-greeting-criticised-china-150206073339663.html

26 JANUARY 2015

In Indian Republic Day message, China tells India ‘don’t fall into trap’ laid by U.S.

China has offered to lift its strategic partnership with India to a “higher level,” and prompted New Delhi to avoid a “zero-sum trap” that was being set up by Washington and its allies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-india-don%E2%80%99t-fall-trap-laid-us

8 JANUARY 2015

China’s Xi woos Latin America with $250 billion investments

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Jan. 8 $250 billion in investment in Latin America over the next 10 years, as part of a drive to boost Beijing’s influence in a region long dominated by the United States.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201501080062

26 DECEMBER 2014

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push

China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-raises-nepal-aid-five-fold-regional-diplomacy-push

14 DECEMBER 2014

A new era in China-Malaysia relations

Cementing four decades of diplomatic relations with a commitment to address regional security issues, the home ministry has made great strides forward in fostering strong collaborations with China
http://www.asianewsnet.net/A-new-era-in-China-Msia-relations-69016.html

8 DECEMBER 2014

China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship

China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-angered-us-bill-allowing-taiwan-warship

6 DECEMBER 2014

The invisible ‘third wheel’ in US, Japan and China relations

Relations between the US, China and Japan are essentially conducted bilaterally, but in each of these bilateral relations, there is a tacit acknowledgement of the fingerprint of the third country, states an analysis piece in Guangzhou-based South Reviews.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141206000039&cid=1501

1 DECEMBER 2014

UK-China row over Hong Kong escalates

A row between London and Beijing over China’s refusal to allow British MPs to visit Hong Kong escalated on Monday, with Downing Street describing the decision as “mistaken” and “counter-productive”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/95346204-796b-11e4-a57d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3KgAq2XTe
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/11265202/China-warns-Britain-to-stay-out-of-its-affairs.html

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Sino-Japan Ties Improving?

Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-japan-ties-improving/

China Rebukes Turkey Over Uighur Refugees

China on Friday lashed out at Turkey for offering shelter to roughly 200 Uighurs from the western Chinese region of Xinjiang. They were rescued from a human-smuggling camp in Thailand.
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rebukes-turkey-over-uigher-refugees/2537870.html

22 NOVEMBER 2014

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

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday vowed always to use peaceful means in pursuit of Beijing’s goals, including in maritime disputes, just days after US President Barack Obama warned of the dangers of outright conflict in Asia.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443826/china-will-never-use-force-to-achieve-its-goals-xi
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/17/xi-jinping-says-china-will-always-seek-to-resolve-disputes-peacefully

10 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing

The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-japan-leaders-hold-talks-beijing-201411104626592285.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-japans-abe-hold-landmark-meeting-after-awkward-handshake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29983537

8 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan says will help China fight Xinjiang-militants

Pakistan will help China with its fight against extremists that Beijing says are active in its unruly far western region of Xinjiang, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday during a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1143134/pakistan-says-will-help-china-fight-xinjiang-militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1635051/china-says-pakistan-will-help-fight-against-xinjiang-militants

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201411070091

31 OCTOBER 2014

China pledges $81.43m in aid to Afghanistan

China on Friday pledged to provide non-reimbursable assistance of 500 million yuan (about $81.43 million) to Afghanistan this year at an international meeting on Afghanistan held in Beijing.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/31/content_15185161.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889376.shtml

22 OCTOBER 2014

China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29724179

19 OCTOBER 2014

China says it’s hard to resume cyber security talks with US

Resuming cyber security cooperation between China and the United States would be difficult because of « mistaken US practices », China’s top diplomat told US Secretary of State John Kerry
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-its-hard-resume-cyber-security-talks-us

17 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

14 OCTOBER 2014

Moscow and Beijing ‘natural allies’ Putin tells China

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday praised growing economic ties with « natural ally » Beijing as he hosted Chinese premier Li Keqiang for high-profile talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/moscow-and-beijing-natural-allies-putin-tells-china

10 OCTOBER 2014

Li seals German deals worth $18b

Deals worth more than $18 billion were signed as Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in the third round of top-level talks this year between the Asian and European export powerhouses.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-10/11/content_15176459.html

9 OCTOBER 2014

China and Iran: Friends in Need

While energy has clearly become a central part of the relationship, it is by no means the only, or most significant, component of bilateral ties. http://www.chinausfocus.com/foreign-policy/china-and-iran-friends-in-need-2/

6 OCTOBER 2014

China cyber-war costing US billions: FBI chief

China is waging an aggressive cyber-war against the United States that costs American business billions of dollars every year, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436196/china-cyber-war-costing-us-billions-fbi-chief
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11142685/FBI-chief-says-Chinese-hackers-are-like-drunk-burglars.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia’s rival superpowers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-makes-maiden-india-visit-seeking-reset-ties
http://tribune.com.pk/story/763520/chinese-premiers-visit-to-india-of-talks-investment-and-existential-threats/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-welcomes-Xi-Jinping-in-Ahmedabad-India-China-sign-3-pacts/articleshow/42728040.cms

13 SEPTEMBER 2014

China Urges Central Asian Neighbors to Step Up Extremism Fight

China’s President Xi Jinping urged Central Asian states to step up the fight against religious extremism and cyber terrorism, state media said, as Beijing reaches for help across its borders in addressing security concerns in its restive Xinjiang region.
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/china-urges-central-asian-neighbors-step-extremism-fight/
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/0913/c90883-8782144.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

In paper to U.N., China renews call for restart of N. Korea nuclear talks

China has renewed its commitment to an early resumption of six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ahead of the United Nations General Assembly later this month
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/09/116_164306.html

30 August 2014

China’s APEC Diplomacy

From India and the US to Japan and Taiwan, the 2014 APEC summit presents interesting diplomatic opportunities for China.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/chinas-apec-diplomacy/

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

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

23 AUGUST 2014

US slams China over spy plane ‘provocation’

The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html

15 AUGUST 2014

China seeks to conduct dialogue with Vatican

China hopes to conduct constructive dialogue with the Vatican and promote the improvement of bilateral relations, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said after Pope Francis sent a message to President Xi Jinping while flying over China.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-08/15/content_15157135.html
http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140816/191364–pope-allowed-to-fly-over-china-for-the-first-time-are-attitudes-changing-.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Pope sends unprecedented greeting to Beijing

Pope Francis sends unprecedented greetings to China amid one of the most intense periods of repression for Chinese Christians for year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11034073/Pope-sends-unprecedented-greeting-to-Beijing.html

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

26 JULY 2014

China denounces British parliament’s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs

China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/10992493/China-denounces-British-parliaments-inquiry-into-Hong-Kong-affairs.html

22 JULY 2014

The Promise and Peril of China-India Ties

President Xi Jinping and Premier Narendra Modi are seeking a detente. But will it last?http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/the-promise-and-peril-of-china-india-ties/
http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/problem-modi-overtures-china

21 JULY 2014

China stays quiet on MH17 disaster

Closer Sino-Russian relations mean Chinese leaders are loth to apportion blame for downing of Malaysia Airlines plane
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/china-mh17-disaster-ukraine-malaysia-airlines

16 JULY 2014

China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong

China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420953/china-accuses-britain-of-interference-over-hong-kong

9 JULY 2014

China and India ignore border tensions to forge economic ties

While the countries stand to gain much from improved cooperation, political animosity and territorial disputes dating back to the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict have undermined progress, writes World Review guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/china-and-india-ignore-border-tensions-forge-economic-ties

8 JULY 2014

US, China Split Over More Active Japanese Military

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks with their Chinese counterparts on economic and military issues.  Washington and Beijing disagree over Japan’s military taking a more active role in conflicts outside its borders
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-china-split-over-more-active-japanese-military/1953184.html
http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/up-front/posts/2014/07/07-us-china-strategic-economic-dialogue

4 JULY 2014

China attacks Japan for ‘barbarous’ past

China’s president has sharply criticised Japan’s history of military aggression in China and South Korea, during a speech in Seoul that came days after Tokyo changed its pacifist constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-attacks-japan-barbarous-war-past-20147462238353147.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/xi-slams-japan-barbaric-colonial-aggression-against-china-korea/1950664.html

3 JULY 2014

China and India’s top brass meet in Beijing

The vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, met with the chief of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, in Beijing on Thursday. Singh is the first Indian Army chief to visit China since 2005
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000127&cid=1101

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

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

17 JUNE 2014

Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

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

12 JUNE 2014

Chinese PM demands audience with Queen on visit to Britain

The Chinese prime minister threatened to scrap an upcoming visit to the UK unless he was granted an audience with the Queen, it has been claimed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10894272/Chinese-PM-demands-audience-with-Queen-on-visit-to-Britain.html

9 JUNE 2014

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

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

8 JUNE 2014

India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes

The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital.  It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-indian-foreign-ministers-meet/1932020.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/new-india-government-talks-with-china-fm-20146813152122169.html

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

22 MAY 2014

Russia and China veto UN move to refer Syria to international criminal court

Russia and China have vetoed a draft UN resolution calling for the crisis in Syria to be referred to the international criminal court – ignoring support for the measure by 65 other countries and all other members of the security council.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/russia-china-veto-un-draft-resolution-refer-syria-international-criminal-court
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411317/china-russia-veto-un-attempt-to-refer-syria-to-icc

Malaysia stresses China ties despite Asian rows

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has distanced himself from growing territorial conflicts in Asia, telling a Japanese newspaper they should not jeopardise the « strategic importance » of his country’s ties with Beijing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411203/malaysia-stresses-china-ties-despite-asian-rows

23 MAY 2014

Challenged by China, ASEAN States Seek Common Response

Over the past few weeks, tensions in the South China Sea have once again bedeviled relations between China and the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42414&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=0bbf656e9c05502074da0d9eedbd2ea4#.U4oOVL1OLmI

19 MAY 2014

U.S. Charges Chinese Army Personnel With Cyberspying

The Department of Justice said on Monday it had charged five individuals in China’s People’s Liberation Army in connection with stealing trade secrets from some of the largest American companies, including Westinghouse, United States Steel and Alcoa.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/20/us/us-to-charge-chinese-workers-with-cyberspying.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/05/us-indicts-china-officials-over-cyber-spying-2014519144043988535.html

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410686/chinese-ships-evacuate-3500-from-vietnam

18 MAY 2014

China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-evacuates-3000-nationals-from-vietnam-201451720204843212.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/18/china-sends-ships-to-evacuate-workers-from-vietnam/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140518-vietnam-protest-china-riot-police/

17 MAY 2014

China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots

The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27458866
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410329/china-evacuates-its-nationals-from-vietnam

Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip

The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-china-ministers-hold-first-meeting-war-shrine-trip

16 MAY 2014

China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling

China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27434945
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/china-vietnam-protests-territorial-dispute
http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1916188.html

6 MAY 2014

Norway criticised over snub to Dalai Lama during Nobel committee visit

The Norwegian government is facing increasing pressure over its decision to snub the Dalai Lama when he arrives in the country on Wednesday, despite the fact that he has been invited by the Nobel committee to mark the 25th anniversary of his Nobel peace prize
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/norway-snub-dalai-lama-nobel-visit

4 MAY 2014

Japan delegation leaves for Beijing to mend ties with China amid territorial dispute

A delegation of senior Japanese lawmakers left for China Sunday to try to mend ties amid a territorial dispute which has prevented a leaders’ summit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-delegation-leaves-beijing-mend-ties-china-amid-territorial-dispute

3 MAY 2014

Sino-Venezuelan Ties: Strong Despite Unrest

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

http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/Sino-Venezuelan-Ties:-Strong-Despite-Unrest-/122.html

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

25 APRIL 2014

Norway govt turns back on Dalai Lama to woo China

Norway said Friday that its government would not meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Oslo in May, in a controversial decision aimed at warming up icy relations with China
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406671/norway-govt-turns-back-on-dalai-lama-to-woo-china

22 APRIL 2014

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Tokyo said Tuesday it has lodged a formal protest against China’s seizure of a Japanese ship over unpaid bills dating back to the 1930s, in the latest row to underscore the bitter enmity between the Asian giants
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406059/japan-lodges-protest-against-china-ship-seizure

21 APRIL 2014

Chinese Court Orders Japanese Boat Seized for Wartime Compensation

A court in Shanghai has ordered the seizure of a Japanese ship as reparation for a debt dating back to the 1930s. The move is considered the first confiscation of Japanese assets in a lawsuit over wartime compensation

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-court-orders-japanese-boat-seized-for-wartime-compensation/1897720.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405922/japan-warns-over-china-ship-seizure

14 APRIL 2014

Anxious China emerges as diplomatic player in Afghanistan

China is quietly preparing for a more robust role in the future of Afghanistan, concerned that the withdrawal of NATO troops will leave a hotbed of militancy on its doorstep

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/anxious-china-emerges-diplomatic-player-afghanistan

8 APRIL 2014

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/hagel-to-china-us-committed-to-defense-of-its-asia-allies/1888501.html

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.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

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

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

21 MARCH 2014

Pope Francis hints at warming ties with Beijing

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

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140321000086

18 MARCH 2014

China Splits with Russia Over Ukraine

« 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

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-splits-with-russia-over-ukraine/1873418.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-03/18/c_133195555.htm

16 MARCH 2014

China urges restraint on Ukraine after UN resolution veto

China abstained from voting on a United Nations Security Council resolution to condemn the referendum in Crimea because it does not agree to a confrontational move, its foreign ministry said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400168/china-urges-restraint-on-ukraine-after-un-resolution-veto

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400077/un-resolution-on-crimea-russia-vetoes-china-abstains

6 MARCH 2014

Sri Lanka’s Growing Links with China

Trade, investment and a strategic Indian Ocean location bring the two countries closer together

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/sri-lankas-growing-links-with-china/

2 MARCH 2014

China And The Middle East: More Than Oil

http://www.eurasiareview.com/02032014-china-middle-east-oil-analysis/

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China steps up propaganda war on Japan

China has embarked on a major propaganda campaign, including plans to mark the ‘rape of Nanjing’ in new national holiday, to discredit Japan on the world stage

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10662966/China-steps-up-propaganda-war-on-Japan.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China rejects UN report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity

China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-un-criticism-in-north-korea-rights-probe/1853512.html

15 FEBRUARY 2014

China Promises to Pressure N. Korea Back to Nuclear Talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has completed a two-day visit to China, pleased at Beijing’s commitment to pressure North Korea to return to nuclear talks.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-promises-to-pressure-n-korea-back-to-nuclear-talks/1851874.html

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Spain court signs ex-Chinese leaders’ arrest warrants

A Spanish court has issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese leaders, including retired President Jiang Zemin, as part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119450/spain-court-signs-ex-chinese-leaders-arrest-warrants/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394489/china-anger-over-spanish-arrest-warrant-for-jiang-zemin

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

29 JANUARY 2014

Purge raises fears over North Korea-China links

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

http://www.worldreview.info/content/purge-raises-fears-over-north-korea-china-links

24 JANUARY 2014

China loses control of its foreign policy

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.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-02-240114.html

20 JANUARY 2014

China memorial to Korean assassin sparks Japan feud

Japan on Monday protested against a Chinese memorial to a Korean who assassinated a Japanese official over a century ago, branding him a terrorist and saying the move did not help repair deteriorating ties

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-japan-protests-chinese-memorial-korean-assassin-ties-fray/1833517.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390509/china-memorial-to-korean-assassin-sparks-japan-feud

17 JANUARY 2014

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

http://www.worldreview.info/content/chinas-central-asia-focus-challenges-moscows-ambitions?utm_source=eshot&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=World%20Review%20-%20Jan%2017th%202014%20-%20China,%20Russia,%20Central%20Asia#!

15 JANUARY 2014

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 »

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-troublemaker/955532.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-troublemaker-japan-after-africa-visit

13 JANUARY 2014

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.

http://www.english.rfi.fr/visiting-france/20140113-france-announces-fast-track-visas-chinese-visitors

11 JANUARY 2014

China’s Dictatorship Diplomacy Implodes

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.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/chinas-dictatorship-diplomacy-implodes/#!

10 JANUARY 2014

China postpones private exchange programs with Japan

China has postponed its private sectors’ exchange programs with Japanese counterparts scheduled this month, the government’s top spokesperson said Thursday.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000929349

9 JANUARY 2014

China takes Japan shrine dispute to UN

China has taken its feud with Japan to the UN, questioning Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s « erroneous outlook » on history after he visited a shrine commemorating former leaders convicted as war criminals.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/china-takes-japan-shrine-dispute-un-20141912939172706.html

6 JANUARY 2014

China trying to help broker South Sudan truce: Chinese FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday his country was trying to help in efforts to broker an end to fighting in South Sudan

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388266/china-trying-to-help-broker-south-sudan-truce-chinese-fm

30 DECEMBER 2013

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.

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/140615/richard-katz/why-chinese-japanese-economic-relations-are-improving

25 DECEMBER 2013

Arab monarchies eye stronger ties with China

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.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386644/arab-monarchies-eye-stronger-ties-with-china

19 DECEMBER 2013

China steps back from expelling journalists

The Chinese government appears to have stepped back from expelling 24 reporters from the New York Times and Bloomberg after weeks of negotiation and an appeal by Joe Biden, the American vice-president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10527425/China-steps-back-from-expelling-journalists.html

12 DECEMBER 2013

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.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131213000145&cid=1101

4 DECEMBER 2013

Joe Biden mum on airspace tensions after meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

Emerging from a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that U.S.-China relations depend on trust and a positive notion of each other’s motives. Neither leader made public mention of a major clash over disputed airspace that’s pitted China against the US. and its Asian allies.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/04/21753595-joe-biden-mum-on-airspace-tensions-after-meeting-with-chinas-xi-jinping?lite

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10496325/No-breakthrough-in-talks-between-US-and-China-over-air-identification-zone.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. »

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese team in China to mend ties

A 178-member Japanese business delegation visited Beijing yesterday, the largest business group to visit China since bilateral ties soured due to territorial disputes over the Diaoyu/Senkaku isles in September last year. The visit was organised by the Japan-China Economic Association, which has visited China yearly since 1975 but shelved their trip last year due to the disputes.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-team-china-mend-ties

8 NOVEMBER 2013

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.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-loan-pacific-island-nations-124-billion-support-construction-projects

27 OCTOBER 2013

Japan will stand up to China, says PM Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says other countries want Japan to adopt a more assertive leadership role in Asia to counter the growing power of China.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24684683 http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/27/war-of-words-in-asia-as-japan-hints-at-defence-changes-with-china-firing-a-warning-action/

24 OCTOBER 2013

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

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41526&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=4dd6e0c00ec3fa41a3d07dd6a0f1ec3c#.UmwgWMtOLmQ

23 OCTOBER 2013

China-India reach border defence pact

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.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/india/2013/10/23/391942/China-India.htm

Vatican Diplomacy Looks to China

The new course set by Pope Francis with the reshuffle going on in key Vatican ranks could open a window of opportunity for a future rapprochement between the Holy See and China.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/vatican-diplomacy-china/

17 OCTOBER 2013

China and Iran : Destined to clash ?

An expanding Chinese presence in the Middle East could pose the greatest long-term threat to Iran.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/17/china-and-iran-destined-to-clash/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_5796563956151631872#%21

Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead

The visit came a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/japan/2013/10/18/391563/Japanese-cabinet.htm

http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-set-up-working-group-to-discuss-sea–52762.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

China’s foreign policy debate

Xi Jinping may have grabbed the APEC Summit limelight, but China still needs to resolve some foreign policy questions.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/12/chinas-foreign-policy-debates/

11 OCTOBER 2013

China criticises Spain lawsuit over former president

China on Friday criticised a lawsuit in Spain against former Chinese president Hu Jintao over allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-criticises-spain-lawsuit-over-former-president

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

10 OCTOBER 2013

Spanish court indicts China’s ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1329293/spanish-court-indicts-former-president-hu-jintao-genocide-charges

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374247/spain-probes-former-chinese-president-over-tibet-genocide

3 OCTOBER 2013

China president makes historic speech in Indonesia

Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Chinese rule out summit with Japan

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.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000687999

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

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

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.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013xivisitcenterasia/2013-09/14/content_16969491.htm

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

Xi proposes a ‘new Silk Road’ with Central Asia

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.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2013-09/08/content_16952160.htm

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130908000082&cid=1102

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Leaders of China, Japan hold ‘brief talk’ at G20

China’s president and Japan’s prime minister held a brief, surprise meeting Friday at a Group of 20 summit in Russia in the first contact between leaders of the Asian neighbors since tensions flared a year ago in an island dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113017/leaders-of-china-japan-hold-brief-talk-at-g20/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

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.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

28 AUGUST 2013

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.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28082013-can-china-and-india-now-press-the-reset-button-analysis/

26 AUGUST 2013

China supports UN investigation in Syria

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.

http://news.asiaone.com//news/world/china-supports-un-investigation-syria

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366487/china-urges-cautious-approach-on-syria-chemical-weapons

24 AUGUST 2013

Why China charms Cambodia

Cambodia’s persistent infatuation with China was blatantly displayed on the world stage in 2012 when, as ASEAN Chair, it refused to address the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/24/why-china-charms-cambodia/

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

26 JULY 2013

New Chinese Thinking on Sino-U.S. Relations?

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.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41181&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=248c9a54afdaaef6c68b392f3255e8c8#.UfQEhstOLIU

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.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

16 JULY 2013

Chinese investment and aid in Cambodia a controversial affair

China is now Cambodia’s largest foreign investor, a major donor of aid and an increasingly important trading partner. But this growing relationship is also accompanied by renewed controversies. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/16/chinese-investment-and-aid-in-cambodia-a-controversial-affair/

1 JULY 2013

US nudges China on sea disputes

US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a « massive » military build-up. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-nudges-china-on-sea/730674.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79351/us-pushes-code-of-conduct

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

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

22 JUNE 2013

Beijing’s Aggressive New Foreign Policy and Implications for the South China Sea

The Xi Jinping leadership is embarking on an ambitious and all-rounded diplomacy that official Chinese commentators have called large-scale or high-powered diplomacy (dawaijiao). Its essence, according to the Xinhua News Agency, is “taking relations with big powers as crucial; giving priority to [China’s] neighbors; treating ties with developing countries as fundamental; and deeming as a major platform the country’s multi-lateral obligations” http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41056&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=b702a69617a58b57006dbc4430cfb900

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

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

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

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

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

12 JUNE 2013

China-Russia Ties on the Rise

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/

8 JUNE 2013

Obama calls for ‘new model’ at China summit

Hosting Xi at a two-day summit in a luxurious desert estate in southern California, Obama said on Friday that the US welcomes China’s « peaceful rise » but made clear that Beijing must play by the same rules of economic world order as other major nations. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136813018281398.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678

6 JUNE 2013

Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nicaragua-china-panama-canal

23 MAY 2013

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/

22 MAY 2013

Chinese premier begins Pakistan visit

Chinese premier Li Keqiang has arrived in Pakistan for a two-day visit where he will meet prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif, as the long-time allies look to boost trade ties. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135224581824859.html

22 MAY 2013

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174

21 MAY 2013

Obama, Xi bid to boost ties with June meeting

China’s new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than expected, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/107966/obama-xi-bid-to-boost-ties-with-june-meeting/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22605278

20 MAY 2013

China and India pledge to improve ties

India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip. http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html

19 MAY 2013

Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries. http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/ http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/

18 MAY 2013

Will China mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

An official visit to Beijing by Israeli and Palestinian leaders last week has prompted speculation that China may finally be ready to claim its place as a world power by trying to negotiate an end to one of world’s most caustic conflicts http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/18/18321247-will-china-mediate-the-israeli-palestinian-peace-process?lite

11 MAY 2013

Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm

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

8 MAY 2013

China welcomes Binyamin Netanyahu

Chinese leaders welcomed Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Beijing on Wednesday, hard on the heels of the Palestinian president, in a piece of diplomatic choreography that has highlighted the country’s growing interest in the Middle East. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/08/china-welcomes-binyamin-netanyahu

7 MAY 2013

Pentagon accuses China of trying to hack US defence networks

China is using espionage to acquire technology to fuel its military modernisation, the Pentagon has said, for the first time accusing the Chinese of trying to break into US defence computer networks and prompting a firm denial from Beijing. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/07/pentagon-accuses-china-hack-defence http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10040757/China-denies-Pentagon-cyber-attack-claims.html

6 MAY 2013

China rebukes Israel ahead of Netanyahu visit

The Chinese government had stern words for Israel at the start of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s five-day visit to the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/07/world/asia/china-israel-talks/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

30 APRIL 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

26 APRIL 2013

China’s Middle East footprint

Despite concerns about stability, oil and Islamism, Beijing will continue to let Washington underwrite security in the gulf region. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0426-schenker-china-middle-east-20130426,0,5765641.story?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_236172881

23 APRIL 2013

Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees

On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html

22 APRIL 2013

China denies its troops crossed into India

China dismissed as « speculation » on Monday complaints in New Delhi that its troops had crossed into Indian territory and set up a camp in a remote disputed area of the Himalayas. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177

13 APRIL 2013

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

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.

http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles

12 APRIL 2013

Xi, Putin share bed, with their own dreams

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.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-120413.html

10 APRIL 2013

China and Russia urge North Korea to step back from missile launch

North Korea’s two closest allies, China and Russia, have put pressure on Pyongyang to step back from launching a missile, the South Korean Foreign minister has said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9984010/China-and-Russia-urge-North-Korea-to-step-back-from-missile-launch.html

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ». http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853

29 MARCH 2013

Xi charts fresh era for Africa relations

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.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2013-03/29/content_16355376.htm

26 MARCH 2013

China’s exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern

Even more than Africa, Latin America has become a major focus of Beijing’s drive for commodities. A study last year found that the region has been the leading destination for Chinese foreign direct investment – mostly for raw materials and by big government-run companies such as Chinalco and CNOOC. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/china-latin-america-resources-concern

23 MARCH 2013

Xi Jinping in Moscow: Russia-China ties ‘guarantee world peace’

Xi Jinping has said China’s friendship with Russia guarantees « strategic balance and peace » in the world, on the second day of his trip to Moscow. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21911842 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/770022.shtml http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130323000094&cid=1101

22 MARCH 2013

New China president arrives in Moscow

First official trip abroad by Xi Jinping expected to bolster « strategic partnership » and trade that hit $87.5bn in 2012.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332213131936139.html

19 MARCH 2013

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 »

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320065/china-india-should-accommodate-each.html

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

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

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

15 MARCH 2013

Beijing-Vatican breakthrough not expected

Chinese mainland bishops and Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong Hon expressed their hopes Thursday that China-Vatican relations could improve after the election of Pope Francis. But analysts said that although the Vatican is likely to continue to seek dialogue with China under Pope Francis, major breakthroughs in Beijing-Vatican relations are not expected http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/768314.shtml http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/inherits-03152013141804.html

15 MARCH 2013

Chinese, French presidents agree to promote strategic partnership

Newly-elected Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Francois Hollande discussed over phone topics concerning bilateral ties and cooperation late Friday. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-03/16/c_124465432.htm

14 MARCH 2013

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

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

14 MARCH 2013

China and Latin America: Big Business and Big Competition

China is becoming a major player in Latin American and Caribbean economies.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/china-and-latin-america-big-business-and-big-competition/

12 MARCH 2013

Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions

The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.” http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468

11 MARCH 2013

Beijing protests Tokyo’s one-China policy violation

China on Monday lodged strong protests to Japan over violations of the one-China policy related to Tokyo’s anniversary commemoration of its devastating earthquake. http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-03/12/content_16299877.htm

9 MARCH 2013

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

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

8 MARCH 2013

China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

7 MARCH 2013

China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy

A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101

5 MARCH 2013

US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

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

3 MARCH 2013

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

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

28 FEBRUARY 2013

US hackers attacked military websites, says China’s defence ministry

Hackers from the US have repeatedly launched attacks on two Chinese military websites, including that of the Defence Ministry, officials say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21615448

27 FEBRUARY 2013

China likely to appoint expert on N.Korea & Japan as foreign minister

Barring last-minute changes, Wang Yi (above), 59, China’s ambassador to Japan from 2004 to 2007, was likely to be appointed foreign minister during the annual full session of parliament next month, the sources said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130227-405120.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/

24 FEBRUARY 2013

China living in denial of NK’s status as an ally

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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On 12 April in South Asian history

ON 12 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 12, 2017

599 BC Birth of Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism who died in 527 BC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/jainism/history/mahavira.shtml
http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/j/jainism-the-story-of-mahavira/
http://www.hearty-india.com/2011/06/mahavir-jayanti-vardhamanas-bday.html

1928 : Birth of Akbar Padamsee, Indian painter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Padamsee
http://akbarpadamsee.net/biography.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Akbar+Padamsee&biw=1366&bih=622&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiksNHejIfMAhUFthoKHe6WBWYQ_AUIBigB&dpr=1

1932: Birth of Lakshman Kardirgamar, Sri Lanka politician, who was killed on 12 August 2005
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakshman_Kadirgamar

1956: SWRD Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon up to his assassination on September 26, 1959
http://www.swrdbandaranaike.lk/his_life.html

1960: Amir Mohammad Khan is sworn in as Governor of West Pakistan, up to September 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Amir_Mohammad_Khan

1962: Death of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, Indian politician and engineer, born on September 15, 1860
http://guruprasad.net/posts/celebrate-sir-m-visvesvarayas-birthday-engineers-day/
http://www.vigyanprasar.gov.in/dream/feb2000/article1.htm

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRHXrR1JpDE

2006: Death of Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India), born on April 24, 1929
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/13/movies/13kumar.html?_r=0
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/dr-rajkumar/biography.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12-april-2006-rajkumar-legendary-kannada-film-actor-died

2011 : Death of Sachin Bhowmick, Indian screenwriter and director, born on July 17, 1930
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Sachin-Bhowmick-passes-away/articleshow/7968983.cms

On 12 April in Southeast Asian history

 1942-04-12 Massacre officiers Philippins

ON 12 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1852: In the Second Burmese war, Rangoon is occupied by the British
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Anglo-Burmese_War
http://www.gktoday.in/second-anglo-burmese-war/

1852-04-12  Prise de Rangon

1895: Bonifacio first declaration of the Philippines independence inside a cave at Pamitinan
http://kahimyang.info/kauswagan/articles/1067/today-in-philippine-history-april-12-1895-bonifacio-first-declared-independence-inside-a-cave-pamitinan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamitinan_Cave

1912: Birth of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, second vice president of Indonesia, who died on 1st October 1988
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Sultan_Hamengkubuwono_IX

1942: Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers during Bataan Death March
http://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/bataan_death_march.php

1942-04-12 Massacre officiers Philippins

1953: Viet Minh forces invade Laos. Laotian Government requests formal condemnation of Viet Minh aggression

1956: SWRD Bandaranaike, Prime Minister of Ceylon up to his assassination on September 26, 1959
http://www.swrdbandaranaike.lk/his_life.html

1963: In the confrontation between Indonesia and Malaysia, Indonesian volunteers (in fact regular soldiers) begin to infiltrate Sarawak and Sabah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia%E2%80%93Malaysia_confrontation

Sarawak et Borneo map

1966: 1st B-52 bombing on North Vietnam
http://www.airpower.maxwell.af.mil/airchronicles/aureview/1968/jan-feb/kipp.html

1973: Establishment of diplomatic relations between Paris and Hanoi

1975: In Cambodia, evacuation of the last Americans. France recognizes the National Union Government (Khmer Rouge and prince Sihanouk)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-embassy-in-cambodia-evacuated
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/12/newsid_2524000/2524143.stm

2001: In Indonesia, President Wahid authorizes the resumption of military operations against the separatists in Aceh

2010: Death of Palito, Filipino comedian, born on September 4, 1934
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/188218/showbiz/veteran-comedian-palito-passes-away-at-76
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palito

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzEZk_WY4UQ

2016: Cambodian court charges opposition leader Um Sam An over criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government border policy with Vietnam
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodian-court-charges-opposition-leader-over-criticism-of-government/a-19180239
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/in-blow-for-immunity-lawmaker-arrested-111206/
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/cambodian-police-charge-opposition-critic-border-policy-38323659

2016: For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

On 12 April in Japan’s history

ON 12 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1868: Birth of Akiyama Saneyuki, Japanese naval commander, who died on 4 February 1918
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/222.html

1913: Birth of Keiko Fukuda, Japanese-born American martial artist
http://judoinfo.com/fukuda.htm

1942: Japan kills about 400 Filipino officers during Bataan Death March
http://www.ducksters.com/history/world_war_ii/bataan_death_march.php

1942-04-12 Massacre officiers Philippins

1985: Birth of Hitomi Yoshizawa, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitomi_Yoshizawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kJBXQnwmg

2015: In Japan, candidates backed by Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and junior coalition partner Komeito are elected in all of the 10 gubernatorial polls held across the nation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-ruling-camp-wins/1780158.html

2016: For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

 

On 12 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 12 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1927: Kuomintang (Guomindang) starts massacre of Communists in Shanghai

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_12_Incident
http://alphahistory.com/chineserevolution/shanghai-massacre/
http://hwcahuffman.weebly.com/shanghai-massacre.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3739.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mOeJjON_iI

1946: Birth of Chen Yifei, Chinese painter who died on April 10, 2005
http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-chen-yifei.php

1972: Chinese Ping-Pong team visits U.S. on two-week tour, including White House reception with President Nixon
https://www.ncuscr.org/content/table-tennis-delegation-1972
http://abcnews.go.com/Archives/video/april-14-1972-chinas-ping-pong-team-visits-13374336

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGG50HwYBHo

1986: Qiao Shi becomes vice Premier minister of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/former-party-official-qiao-shi-publishes-speeches-256708.html

1987: Death of Wang Renwei, Chinese actress, born on November 8, 1914
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/48History7713.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3900.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx9iSP8uIhM

2008: During the Boa Forum, in Hainan (China), President Hu Jintao meets Taiwan vice-president Vincent Siew. It is the highest-level contact since 1949


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7343945.stm

2015: Death of Puren the youngest sibling of the final Qing monarch Puyi, a child-ruler portrayed in the Bernardo Bertolucci film « The Last Emperor »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/brother-of-china-s-last/1780234.html