Monthly Archives: juin 2017

Main news on South Korea

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

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

20 MARCH 2017

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

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

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

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

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

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

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

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

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

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

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

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

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

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

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

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

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

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

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

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

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

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

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

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

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

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

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

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

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

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

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

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

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

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

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

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

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

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

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

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

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

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

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

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

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

20 DECEMBER 2015

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

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

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

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

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

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

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

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

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

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

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

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

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

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

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

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

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

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

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

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

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/

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

5 MARCH 2015

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

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

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

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

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

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

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

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201412190026
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141219000813
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/12/116_170256.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/south-korea-press-freedom-illusion/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141107000783

6 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-suspends-21-billion-deal-upgrade-fighter-jets
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141105/DEFREG03/311050037/South-Korea-Pentagon-Kill-BAE-F-16-Upgrade-Contract

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439685/no-easy-retirement-in-south-korea

23 OCTOBER 2014

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

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/10/21/419933/Amnesty-slams.htm

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage-65803.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436218/un-cites-erious-s-korean-racism

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-aims-to-strengthen-air-defence-65019.html

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

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433128/asian-games-begin-in-incheon
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/09/19/2014091901713.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89763

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140829000532

27 AUGUST 2014

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

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27082014-president-parks-measures-deal-economic-challenges-analysis/

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11054817/South-Koreans-will-be-extinct-by-2750.html

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28814553
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/16/pope-warns-wealthy-koreans-about-plight-of-poor/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-beatifies-Korean-martyrs-who-encourage-us-to-ask-ourselves-if-we-are-ready-to-die-for-the-faith-31906.html

14 AUGUST 2014

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

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

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

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-s-korea-first-asia-visit-15-years
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/14/pope-arrives-in-seoul-for-asian-youth-day-catholic-festival/
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/632_162941.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/08/293_162473.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

31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423381/s-korea-ruling-party-boosts-majority-with-key-poll-wins
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140731000761

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-south-korea-establish-military-hotline/

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

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124174/south-korean-pm-keeps-job-after-nominees-pull-out/

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417047/south-korea-president-takes-hit-as-second-pm-nominee-falls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/nominee-for-south-korean-premier-exits-over-colonization-remarks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140613001050

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-president-park-pledges-speed-reform-after-elections

22 MAY 2014

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

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster
http://www.dw.de/south-koreas-park-names-ahn-dai-hee-as-new-prime-minister/a-17653121

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/10/south-koreas-poverty-stricken-elderly/

29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/south-korea-president-in-personal-apology-over-ferry-disaster/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/s-korea-leader-apologises-over-ferry-disaster-20144294350390862.html

27 APRIL 2014

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

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-premier-tenders-resignation-over-ferry-response/2014/04/26/71dca9be-cdaf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/27/south-korean-prime-minister-resigns-over-ferry-disaster/

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140425001207

16 APRIL 2014

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

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

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

17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140317000964

12 MARCH 2014

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

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

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-spy-chief-takes-heat-forged-spy-case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399546/nine-arrested-over-attack-on-hong-kong-journalist

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

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

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/south-korea-military-drills-us-north-korea

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

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

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_151787.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395502/south-korean-mp-sentenced-to-12-years-for-treason

8 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korean-conscientious-objectors-seek-alternatives-to-military-service/1847516.html

Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393969/pope-beatifies-korean-martyrs

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Seoul to expand support for working moms

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140204001136

3 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392987/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-20-years-in-mp-sedition-trial

24 JANUARY 2014

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

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/south-korea-elderly-older-poverty

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

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

12 JANUARY 2014

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

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140112000267

12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131212000941

 

8 DECEMBER 2013

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

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25288268
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/south-korea-expands-air-defence-zone-into-china-s/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/south-korea-air-defence-zone-overlap-chinas

5 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

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

http://fpif.org/south-koreas-free-speech-problem/

4 DECEMBER 2013

Korea’s Domestic Cold War

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

http://fpif.org/koreas-domestic-cold-war/

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

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131113001048

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10427646/Royal-welcome-for-President-of-South-Korea.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378347/britain-lays-on-the-pomp-for-s-korean-president

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

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376421/s-korea-conducts-military-drill-on-disputed-islets

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

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

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/south-korean-foreign-aid-contributing-to-international-security/

18 OCTOBER 2013

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

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-slams-Japanese-minister-lawmakers’-war-s-52997.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

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

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

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

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/08/korea-south-north-us-military-chuck-hagel

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/south-korea-stages-huge-military-parade-201310173257340937.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/01/south-korea-military-display-video

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

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

http://fpif.org/korean-democracy-crossroads/

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/09/24/south-korea-rejects-boeings-f-15se-fighter-will-restart-fx-iii/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4cf2af98-24e2-11e3-bcf7-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2fq9cmbrB
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371254/s-korea-rejects-boeing-bid-for-7-7-bn-fighter-deal

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-ex-PM-defiant-after-bribery-conviction-51790.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24028798

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-map-out-plan-deter-n-korea-nuclear

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gay couple seeks recognition

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

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/09/116_142422.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/asia/south-korean-lawmakers-back-arrest-of-colleague-for-treason.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

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

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/232/South-Korean-Fighter-Order-AF-Backs-F-35

25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130825000057

9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130809000689

5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

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

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130805000452

25 JULY 2013

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

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130725001023

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/

11 JULY 2013

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

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

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

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

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

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

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

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

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

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

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

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

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

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

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

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

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

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

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

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

20 MARCH 2013

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

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

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

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

28 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

25 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

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

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

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

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

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

19 DECEMBER 2012

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

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/19/s-korea-puts-a-woman-in-the-blue-house-exit-polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121219145148235453.html

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

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

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211238116923946.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

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

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/27/s-korea-elections-what-are-candidates-foreign-policy/

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

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

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

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

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121019000764&cpv=0

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4891&Itemid=194

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

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

4 OCTOBER 2012

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

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/asia/south-korea-and-japan-fight-over-rocky-islets.html?ref=asia

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012924821369510.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19608783

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

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

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

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

15 AUGUST 2012

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

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19264432

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

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

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

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

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

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

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120808001121&cpv=0

11 JULY 2012

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

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

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127511341235201.html

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18670195

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

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

17 JUNE 2012

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

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120617-353428.html

4 JUNE 2012

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

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

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

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

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

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120319001131

9 FEBRUARY 2012

South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/asia/south-koreas-assembly-speaker-resigns-over-bribery-scandal.html?_r=1&ref=asia

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120129000378

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/20547b72-47e1-11e1-a4e5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1kay0qXqn

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120121000102

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120108000128

13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-south-korea-tension-builds-over-coast-guard-murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16154118

7 DECEMBER 2011

GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111207000911

6 DECEMBER 2011

Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday
http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20111206000810

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8947915-south-korean-lawmaker-fires-tear-gas-in-parliament-amid-anger-at-us-trade-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110112000713

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 30 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1857: In India, Battle of Chinhat lost by the British
https://www.tornosindia.com/the-battle-of-chinhat/
https://bloggingonhistory.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/the-battle-of-chinhat-beginning-of-the-epic-lucknow-siege/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chinhat

1857-06-30 Battle of Chinhat

1946: In China, after the failure of negotiations, hostilities resume between Communists and Nationalists

1953: Lt. General John W. O’Daniel sends details of the Navarre plan (« Principles of the Conduct of the War in Indochina ») to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC)
http://www.vietnamgear.com/NavarrePlan.aspx

1964: Signature of a border agreement between China and Outer Mongolia

1965: Agreement between India and Pakistan to stop hostilities in Kutch Desert
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-30-1965-a-ceasefire-is-agreed-under-un-auspices-between-india-and-pakistan-to-stop-the-war-at-the-rann-of-kutch

1970: The Cooper-Church Amendment, limiting the president power in Cambodia involvements is adopted by the US Senate
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cooper-church-amendment-passes-in-senate

1974: France quits South-East Asia Treaty Organization (Seato)
 http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1965/05/29/page/6/article/paris-orders-seato-staff-in-bangkok-home

1977: SEATO is officially dissolved
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0846053.html

1986: Beginning of talks between China and Portugal on Macau future

2011: Pakistan has stopped the United States from using an air base in the southwest of the country which it is alleged to have used to launch controversial drone strikes, according to the country’s defence minister.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/06/20116304212789309.html

 

 

On 30 June in South Asian history

ON 30 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1857: In India, Battle of Chinhat lost by the British
https://www.tornosindia.com/the-battle-of-chinhat/
https://bloggingonhistory.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/the-battle-of-chinhat-beginning-of-the-epic-lucknow-siege/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chinhat

1857-06-30 Battle of Chinhat

1914: Mahatma Gandhi’s first arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1917: Death of Dadabhai Naoroji, Indian intellectual, educator and early political leader, born on September 4, 1825
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/dadabhai-naoroji.html

1943: Birth of Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Indian director and screenwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeed_Akhtar_Mirza
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0592595/

Saeed Mirza

1943: Birth of Ahmed Sofa, Bangladeshi author, poet, and critic who died on July 28, 2001
http://www.poemhunter.com/ahmed-sofa/biography/

1965: Agreement between India and Pakistan to stop hostilities in Kutch Desert
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-30-1965-a-ceasefire-is-agreed-under-un-auspices-between-india-and-pakistan-to-stop-the-war-at-the-rann-of-kutch

1996: New general elections in Bangladesh under a caretaker government headed by Justice Habibur Rahman. Victory of the Awami League

2004: Death of Jamal Abro, Pakistani writer, born on May 2, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Abro
http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-jamal_abro.html

2007: In Bangladesh, General Ershad quits the chairmanship of Jatiya Party and retires

2007: Death of Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi born in  1943
http://www.expressindia.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=88869

2010: Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announces his resignation in a televised speech. He says that he wanted to bring an end to political deadlock in the country and move the peace process forward
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10464705.stm

2011: Pakistan has stopped the United States from using an air base in the southwest of the country which it is alleged to have used to launch controversial drone strikes, according to the country’s defence minister.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/06/20116304212789309.html

2011: The Bangladeshi parliament has overturned a 15-year-old requirement that general elections are overseen by non-partisan caretaker governments
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13973576

On 30 June in Southeast Asian history

1992-06-30 Fidel Ramos sworn in

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1755: Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants

1856 : Birth of Manuel Luna y Novicio, Filipino violin virtuoso and conductor, who died on July 15, 1883
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1570/today-in-philippine-history-june-30-1856-manuel-luna-was-born-in-badoc-ilocos-norte

1953: Lt. General John W. O’Daniel sends details of the Navarre plan (« Principles of the Conduct of the War in Indochina ») to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC)
http://www.vietnamgear.com/NavarrePlan.aspx

1966: Birth of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (EYD), Indonesian politician and former governor of Jakarta. Also known by his Hakka Chinese nickname Ahok (阿學)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basuki_Tjahaja_Purnama
http://eklusiftheme.blogspot.fr/2013/01/ahok-basuki-tjahaja-purnama-biography.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

1967: The South Vietnamese Armed Forces Council resolves rival claims to the presidency in favor of Nguyen Van Thieu for the September 3 election
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-becomes-president

1969: Birth of Nguyen Cao Ky (Ky Duyen) Vietnam-born American singer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_Cao_K%E1%BB%B3_Duy%C3%AAn

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

1970: The Cooper-Church Amendment, limiting the president power in Cambodia involvements is adopted by the US Senate
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cooper-church-amendment-passes-in-senate

1974: France quits South-East Asia Treaty Organization (Seato)
 http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1965/05/29/page/6/article/paris-orders-seato-staff-in-bangkok-home

1977: SEATO is officially dissolved
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0846053.html

1992: In the Philippines, General Fidel Ramos succeeds Cory Aquino as president
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Fidel_Valdez_Ramos.aspx
https://bloomspresidents.wordpress.com/fidel-v-ramos-1992%E2%80%931998/

1992-06-30 Fidel Ramos sworn in

1998: Joseph Estrada is sworn in as the new president of the Philippines (till January 2001)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Estrada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrP9Z88M7Po&feature=related

2010: Benigno Aquino III is sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines, reiterating his campaign pledges to root out widespread corruption and « lift our country from poverty »
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1208/today-in-philippine-history-june-30-2010-senator-benigno-aquino-iii-is-inaugurated-as-the-15th-president-of-the-philippines
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/06/29/aquino.profile/index.html?fbid=NuTq9yHI9lS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10457448.stm

2016: Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/30/rodrigo-duterte-sworn-in-as-philippines-president-extends-olive-branch-to-elites
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ZLHONMHMY

On 30 June in Japan’s history

ON 30 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on June 30, 2017

1957: Death of Kaiwai Gyokudo, Japanese painter born on November 24, 1873
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawai_Gyokudo
http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1058&bih=482&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Kaiwai+Gyokudo&oq=Kaiwai+Gyokudo&aq=f&aqi=&aql=undefined&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=5364l9513l0l13l6l0l0l0l0l239l743l0.4.1l6

1991: Birth of Kaho, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaho_(actress)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE265on3y7U

1994: The Japanese Premier Tsutomu Hata, after few weeks, is replaced by the socialist Tomiichi Murayama
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Hata
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomiichi_Murayama

 

 

On 30 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 30 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on June 30, 2017

1946: In China, after the failure of negotiations, hostilities resume between Communists and Nationalists

1953: In China, end of the census. Chinese population is 600 million inhabitants
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_National_Population_Census_of_the_People’s_Republic_of_China

1953: Birth of Lin Feng-Jiao, Taiwanese actress, wife of Jackie Chan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Feng-jiao
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/6203.html

1964: Signature of a border agreement between China and Outer Mongolia

 1979: Birth of Rosanne Wong (Wong Yuen-guan), Hong Kong singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosanne_Wong
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wong_rosanne.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0GSlOgr1ak

1986: Beginning of talks between China and Portugal on Macau future

1993: Death of Hong Kong singer and songwriter Wong Ka Kui, 31 years old, after an accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Ka_Kui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5jG8mLYXV8&feature=fvw

2007: Pope Benedict XVI, sends a 50-page letter to the Catholics in China, calling for unity of the Church
http://www.ucanews.com/news/pope-benedicts-letter-to-chinese-catholics-revisited-in-hong-kong/79198
http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/letters/2007/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20070527_chi

2009: Taiwan lifts decades-old ban on investment by Chinese
http://www.smh.com.au/business/taiwan-lifts-decadesold-investment-ban-on-chinese-20090630-d416.html

2011: Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui is accused of taking $7.8m from a secret diplomatic fund during his 1988-2000 presidency. Prosecutors say he took money from the National Security Bureau fund to set up a private think tank, of which he became honorary president.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13970691

2012: Police fire choking volleys of pepper spray against Hong Kong crowds demonstrating against President Hu Jintao  as he is visiting the city to mark its return to Chinese rule.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120630-356422.html

2014: A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-proposes-peace-to-Seoul-because-it-fears-Beijing-31494.html

On 30 June in Asian history

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1755: Philippines close all non-catholic Chinese restaurants

1856 : Birth of Manuel Luna y Novicio, Filipino violin virtuoso and conductor, who died on July 15, 1883
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1570/today-in-philippine-history-june-30-1856-manuel-luna-was-born-in-badoc-ilocos-norte

1857: In India, Battle of Chinhat lost by the British
https://www.tornosindia.com/the-battle-of-chinhat/
https://bloggingonhistory.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/the-battle-of-chinhat-beginning-of-the-epic-lucknow-siege/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chinhat

1857-06-30 Battle of Chinhat

1914: Mahatma Gandhi’s first arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa

1917: Death of Dadabhai Naoroji, Indian intellectual, educator and early political leader, born on September 4, 1825
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/dadabhai-naoroji.html

1943: Birth of Saeed Akhtar Mirza, Indian director and screenwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeed_Akhtar_Mirza
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0592595/

Saeed Mirza

 1943: Birth of Ahmed Sofa, Bangladeshi author, poet, and critic who died on July 28, 2001
http://www.poemhunter.com/ahmed-sofa/biography/

1946: In China, after the failure of negotiations, hostilities resume between Communists and Nationalists

1949: The Worker Party of North Korea, founded on August 28, 1946, is dissolved
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers’_Party_of_Korea

1953: In China, end of the census. Chinese population is 600 million inhabitants
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_National_Population_Census_of_the_People’s_Republic_of_China

1953: Lt. General John W. O’Daniel sends details of the Navarre plan (« Principles of the Conduct of the War in Indochina ») to the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific (CINCPAC)
http://www.vietnamgear.com/NavarrePlan.aspx

1953: Birth of Lin Feng-Jiao, Taiwanese actress, wife of Jackie Chan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Feng-jiao
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/6203.html

1957: Death of Kaiwai Gyokudo, Japanese painter born on ovember 24, 1873
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawai_Gyokudo
http://www.google.fr/search?hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&biw=1058&bih=482&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Kaiwai+Gyokudo&oq=Kaiwai+Gyokudo&aq=f&aqi=&aql=undefined&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=5364l9513l0l13l6l0l0l0l0l239l743l0.4.1l6

1964: Signature of a border agreement between China and Outer Mongolia

1965: Agreement between India and Pakistan to stop hostilities in Kutch Desert
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-30-1965-a-ceasefire-is-agreed-under-un-auspices-between-india-and-pakistan-to-stop-the-war-at-the-rann-of-kutch

1966: Birth of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (EYD), Indonesian politician and former governor of Jakarta. Also known by his Hakka Chinese nickname Ahok (阿學)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basuki_Tjahaja_Purnama
http://eklusiftheme.blogspot.fr/2013/01/ahok-basuki-tjahaja-purnama-biography.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

1967: The South Vietnamese Armed Forces Council resolves rival claims to the presidency in favor of Nguyen Van Thieu for the September 3 election
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/thieu-becomes-president

1969: Birth of Nguyen Cao Ky (Ky Duyen) Vietnam-born American singer
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_Cao_K%E1%BB%B3_Duy%C3%AAn

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

1970: The Cooper-Church Amendment, limiting the president power in Cambodia involvements is adopted by the US Senate
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/cooper-church-amendment-passes-in-senate

1974: France quits South-East Asia Treaty Organization (Seato)
 http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1965/05/29/page/6/article/paris-orders-seato-staff-in-bangkok-home

1977: SEATO is officially dissolved
http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/history/A0846053.html

1979: Birth of Rosanne Wong (Wong Yuen-guan), Hong Kong singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosanne_Wong
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wong_rosanne.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0GSlOgr1ak

1986: Beginning of talks between China and Portugal on Macau future

1991: Birth of Kaho, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaho_(actress)

1992: In the Philippines, General Fidel Ramos succeeds Cory Aquino as president
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Fidel_Valdez_Ramos.aspx
https://bloomspresidents.wordpress.com/fidel-v-ramos-1992%E2%80%931998/

1992-06-30 Fidel Ramos sworn in

1993: Death of Hong Kong singer and songwriter Wong Ka Kui, 31 years old, after an accident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Ka_Kui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5jG8mLYXV8&feature=fvw

1994: The Japanese Premier Tsutomu Hata, after few weeks, is replaced by the socialist Tomiichi Murayama
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Hata
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomiichi_Murayama

1996: New general elections in Bangladesh under a caretaker government headed by Justice Habibur Rahman. Victory of the Awami League

1998: Joseph Estrada is sworn in as the new president of the Philippines (till January 2001)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Estrada

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrP9Z88M7Po&feature=related

2004: Death of Jamal Abro, Pakistani writer, born on May 2, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Abro
http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-jamal_abro.html

2007: In Bangladesh, General Ershad quits the chairmanship of Jatiya Party and retires

2007: Pope Benedict XVI, sends a 50-page letter to the Catholics in China, calling for unity of the Church

http://www.ucanews.com/news/pope-benedicts-letter-to-chinese-catholics-revisited-in-hong-kong/79198
http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en/letters/2007/documents/hf_ben-xvi_let_20070527_china.html

2007: Death of Sahib Singh Verma, Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Delhi born in  1943
http://www.expressindia.com/news/fullstory.php?newsid=88869

2009: Taiwan lifts decades-old ban on investment by Chinese
http://www.smh.com.au/business/taiwan-lifts-decadesold-investment-ban-on-chinese-20090630-d416.html

2010: Benigno Aquino III is sworn in as the 15th president of the Philippines, reiterating his campaign pledges to root out widespread corruption and « lift our country from poverty »
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1208/today-in-philippine-history-june-30-2010-senator-benigno-aquino-iii-is-inaugurated-as-the-15th-president-of-the-philippines
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/06/29/aquino.profile/index.html?fbid=NuTq9yHI9lS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10457448.stm

2010: Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announces his resignation in a televised speech. He says that he wanted to bring an end to political deadlock in the country and move the peace process forward
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10464705.stm

2010: Park Yong-ha, 33, a popular South Korean actor and singer commits suicide, hanging himself with an electrical cord
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10459061.stm
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Park_Yong-ha.php

2011: Pakistan has stopped the United States from using an air base in the southwest of the country which it is alleged to have used to launch controversial drone strikes, according to the country’s defence minister.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/06/20116304212789309.html

2011: The Bangladeshi parliament has overturned a 15-year-old requirement that general elections are overseen by non-partisan caretaker governments
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13973576

2011: Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui is accused of taking $7.8m from a secret diplomatic fund during his 1988-2000 presidency. Prosecutors say he took money from the National Security Bureau fund to set up a private think tank, of which he became honorary president.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13970691

2012: Police fire choking volleys of pepper spray against Hong Kong crowds demonstrating against President Hu Jintao  as he is visiting the city to mark its return to Chinese rule.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120630-356422.html

2014: A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-proposes-peace-to-Seoul-because-it-fears-Beijing-31494.html

2016: Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/30/rodrigo-duterte-sworn-in-as-philippines-president-extends-olive-branch-to-elites
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ZLHONMHMY

On 29 June in Asian history

1064-06-29  Arrivée New Zélandais

ON 29 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 29, 2017

226: Cao Pi dies after an illness; his son Cao Rui succeeds him as emperor of the Kingdom of Wei
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Pi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Rui

1596: Birth of Go-Mizunoo, 108th emperor of Japan (1611-1629), who died on September 11, 1680
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Mizunoo

1725: Death of Arai Hakuseki, Japanese writer and politician, born on March 24, 1657
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arai_Hakuseki

1873: Death of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Indian poet and playwright, born on January 25, 1824
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Madhusudan_Dutt
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Dutt,_Michael_Madhusudan

1900: The Imperial Chinese Court issues what is essentially a declaration of war against the foreigners in China and blames hostilities on them, giving license to Boxers for even greater attacks

1923: Birth of Chou Wen-chung, Chinese American composer of contemporary classical music
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/china/Chou.htm

1928: Birth of Radius Prawiro, Indonesia’s Finance Minister, Governor of the International Monetary Fund and the Vice-Governor of the Asian Development Bank for Indonesia from 1967 to 1971, who died on May 26, 2005
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radius_Prawiro

1932: USSR and China sign a non-aggression treaty 

1939: Birth of Lo Lieh, Hong Kong martial arts actor, who died of a heart attack on November 2, 2002
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0516316/

1944: Death of Han Yong-un, Korean buddhist reformist, born on August 29, 1879
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Yong-un

1944: US Congress promises the independence of the Philippines on July 4, 1946

1945: Birth of Chandrika Kumaratunga, first female Sri Lankan president (1994-2005) http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/chandrika-kumaratunga-7154.php
 Chandrika 1

1949: The last US soldiers leave South Korea

1950: Opening of the Conference of Pau between France and the three states of Indochina

1951: Attempt coup d’état against Thai Prime Minister Pibulsonggram
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manhattan_Rebellion
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=275

1960: Prince Souvanna Phouma, Prime Minister of Laos for the third time
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souvanna_Phouma

1964: First New Zealand Army Detachment Vietnam (NEWZAD) arrives in Vietnam, based at Thu Dau Mot, Binh Duong province
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-new-zealand-troops-arrive
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/vietnam-war

1064-06-29  Arrivée New Zélandais

1966: US aircraft bomb the North Vietnamese cities of Hanoi and Haiphong for the first time
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vietnam-air-war-escalates

1969: Birth of Toru Hashimoto, lawyer and incumbent mayor of Osaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toru_Hashimoto

1970: US ground troops return from Cambodia after a two-month operation
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-ground-troops-return-from-cambodia

1981: In China, resignation of conservative Hua Guofeng, heir of Mao Zedong, as chairman of the Central committee of the Chinese Communist Party. He is succeeded by reformist Hu Yaobang

1984: Birth of Han Ji-hye, South Korean actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Ji-hye
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Han_Ji-hye.php

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

 

1989: US Congress votes new sanctions against China
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/congress-votes-new-sanctions-against-china

1995: The Sampoong Department Store collapses in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, South Korea, killing 501 and injuring 937
http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/analysis/compare/sampoong.html

2002: Naval clashes between South Korea and North Korea lead to the death of six sailors and sinking of a North Korean vessel

2004: Lee Hae-Chan, chairman of South Korea party Uri, succeeds Goh Kun as Prime Minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hae_Chan

2004: In Pakistan, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, chairman of the Pakistan’s Muslim League-Q, is appointed Prime Minister, succeeding Zafarullah Khan Jamali
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zafarullah_Khan_Jamali

2007: Death of Edward Yang, Taiwanese firm director
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/02/arts/02yang.html
http://filmalert.blogspot.com/2007/07/death-of-edward-yang-1947-2007.html

2010: Taiwan and China sign a landmark trade agreement – some 60 years after the island cut ties with the Chinese mainland. Under the new deal, tariffs on goods traded between the two sides will be scrapped and Taiwanese firms is to have access to services on the Mainland
http://www.bbc.com/news/10442557
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-and-taiwan-sign-historic-trade-pact-2013330.html

2010-06-29 China-Taiwan trade pact

2011: Two French journalists held hostage in Afghanistan since December 30, 2009, have been released along with their interpreter after 547 days
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/06/29/afghanistan.france.hostages/index.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110629-french-afghan-hostage-journalists-freed

2012: Three astronauts have returned to Earth after achieving China’s first manual docking in orbit, a milestone in the country’s effort to build a space station by the end of the decade.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262924331771678.html

2014: China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

2015 : China hosts the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution set to rival the World Bank and Asian Development Bank
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33307314
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-06/29/content_15283452.html

2015 : Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sign a joint declaration on the comprehensive strategic partnership that will witness enhanced cooperation in trade and economics, foreign affairs, defense and security
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-06/29/c_134366389.htm

All about Bhutan

29 JUNE 2017

Tiny Bhutan protests to China over road building in disputed territory

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has protested to its mighty neighbour China over road building in disputed territory that set off new frictions between Beijing and the Indian government on Thursday (June 29)http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/tiny-bhutan-protests-to-china-over-road-building-in-disputed-territory
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/253782652/bhutan-hopes-china-will-follow-bilateral-agreement-on-borders
http://www.sify.com/news/chinas-foray-into-tiny-bhutan-threatening-himalayan-peace-news-topnews-rg3ieMjgabajd.html

25 APRIL 2017

A judicious view of the emergence of modern Bhutan

The chief justice of a country emerging from a strongly monarchical past, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck says the modernizing kingdom can find its own path
http://www.atimes.com/article/judicious-view-emergence-modern-bhutan/

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Bhutan’s upper house rejects 4-nation traffic deal

The National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan rejected a regional traffic agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) over concerns for environmental pollution and security threat
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/23/content_15530421.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

The China factor in India–Bhutan relations

China’s increasingly cosy relations with Pakistan, and more recently Nepal, has concerned India for many years. The country now appears to be expanding its presence in the Himalayas through negotiations with another of India’s neighbours: Bhutan
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/10/15/the-china-factor-in-india-bhutan-relations/

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Evaluating Bhutan’s development

With a population of less than one million and nestled in the eastern Himalayas, this small country has adopted the sustainable development approach of gross national happiness (GNH), a measure of wellbeing that differs markedly from traditional measures such as gross national product (GNP)
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/24/evaluating-bhutans-development/

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Bhutan’s queen gives birth to a baby boy

Announcing the birth of The Gyalsey to the nation, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, said that it is the good fortune of the people of Bhutan that on this auspicious day His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born, fulfilling the wishes and the prayers of the people.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutans-royal-couple-welcomes-first-child
http://www.kuenselonline.com/gyalsey-is-born-bhutan-receives-gift-most-precious/

19 AUGUST 2015

Bhutan reports US$42.87m of unused budget last year

In what is a matter of concern for planners and implementers, most government agencies continue to return a substantial amount of unused budgets to the finance ministry at the end of every fiscal year.

http://www.kuenselonline.com/nu-2-8b-of-total-budget-unused-last-year/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Bhutan for Bangladesh’s passage through India

Dhaka and Thimphu have sought Delhi’s cooperation in easing movement of trucks through Indian territory to expand bilateral trade and economic relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-for-Bangladeshs-passage-through-India-68708.html

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties

At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-proposes-30-quota-for-women-in-political-pa-67076.html

21 JULY 2014

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy

A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world’s two most populous nations
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Bhutan-small-kingdom-with-big-diplomacy-30239031.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

Bhutan boost economy by powering India

So tiny Bhutan, with a new government looking for ways to grow the country’s economy, is not hesitating to tap its hydropower potential in collaboration with India. It hopes to increase the amount of electricity generated from the current 1,500MW to 10,000MW within seven years.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutan-boost-economy-powering-india

2 AUGUST 2013

Bhutan’s ‘gross national happiness’ masks problems, says new prime minister

Bhutan’s lauded ‘gross national happiness’ is overused and masks problems with corruption and low standards of living in the country, according to the country’s new prime minister.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10217936/Bhutans-gross-national-happiness-masks-problems-says-new-prime-minister.html

26 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s Thinley still on the happiness trail

The defeat of former Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s party in the Himalayan nation’s second general election this month came as a surprise to most observers, given his international stature. However, in hindsight, the reasons are discernible, and point to popular disapproval of his aggressive pursuit of what can be termed as « Bhutanese exceptionalism. »

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-260713.html

13 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s opposition party scores upset win

People’s Democratic Party storms to power after winning 32 seats out of 47 in nation’s second parliamentary elections.                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013713125727754144.html              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10178571/Bhutan-opposition-sweeps-to-power.html

31 MAY 2013

Bhutanese brave mountains and monsoon for election

Voters in Bhutan braved heavy rain and treacherous mountain paths to cast their ballots on Friday as the « land of the thunder dragon » began electing a government for only the second time.                                                                                                           http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130531-426490.html

27 MARCH 2013

Bhutan’s second trip to the parliamentary polls

With its second general elections, Bhutan takes one more step towards securing its democratic gains.                                                                                         http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/27/bhutans-second-trip-to-the-parliamentary-polls/

30 JANUARY 2013

Booming Bhutan

The Happiest Place on Earth?                                                                                                                        http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138797/john-berthelsen/booming-bhutan

26 JUNE 2012

Bhutan grieves for destroyed historic site

Bhutan is mourning the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a four-century-old architectural wonder that had dramatically stood on a ridge at the confluence of two rivers before it burned to the ground over the weekend.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/bhutan-dzong-fire/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 JUNE 2012

China, Bhutan look to establish formal ties

China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China’s foreign ministry said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120622-354801.html

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Indian Govt lifts ban on export of essential Bhutan items

Bhutan has expressed happiness over acceptance of its request of exemption from application of any export bans on essential commodities. India has exempted Bhutan from the application of ban on export milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-Basmati rice
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=399062&catid=40

4 NOVEMBER 2011

South Asia’s fledgling democracy

Jigme Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan, has told Al Jazeera that his people will seek guidance from the country’s king, who will be asked to intervene if the fledgling democracy encounters any major governing problems. Thinley’s statement has been criticised by Tshering Tobgay, an
opposition leader, who says it reflects a lack of trust and confidence in the government’s capabilities
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/11/201111310720643833.html

13 OCTOBER 2011

Bhutan king Jigme Wangchuk marries commoner Jetsun Pema

Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk has married his commoner bride in a lavish ceremony at a monastic fortress in the Himalayan nation.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15285121
http://www.asiaone.com/static/multimedia/gallery/111013_bhutan/
http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44913679/ns/today-today_people/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MJ18Df02.html

12 OCTOBER 2011

The wedding of King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and 21-year-old Jetsun Pema is for tomorrow (video)
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/10/201110125201477334.html

6 NOVEMBER 2088

2008: Bhutan’s king Jigme Singye Wangchuck hands his eldest son, Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the Raven crown which gives him the
title of Druk Gyalpo, or Dragon King
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/11/200811624757933975.html

24 MARCH 2088

Bhutanese vote in an historic poll that will change the country in a constitutional monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7310832.stm

2 JUNE 1999

The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the kingdom for the first time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan_Broadcasting_Service

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29 JUNE 2017

Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday (June 29), her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as « outrageous »
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253782406/vietnam-blogger-gets-10-yr-sentence-for-conducting-propaganda
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-blogger-mother-mushroom-jailed-for-10-years

25 JUNE 2017

Hanoi Expels French-Vietnamese Professor and Government Critic Pham Minh Hoang

French-Vietnamese professor Pham Minh Hoang has been deported to Paris, according to his wife and supporters of the former political prisoner
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253730354/hanoi-expels-french-vietnamese-professor-and-government-critic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40398096

21 JUNE 2017

Report: Vietnamese activists under constant threat of violence

An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression
http://www.dw.com/en/report-vietnamese-activists-under-constant-threat-of-violence/a-39349703

8 MAY 2017

Ho Chi Minh City’s top leader removed from Vietnam’s Politburo

The Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Dinh La Thang has been warned and dismissed from the Politburo of the Party Central Committee for multiple financial wrongdoings he had committed when leading Vietnam’s oil and gas behemoth
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/177936/dinh-la-thang-disciplined-for-misdeeds-at-petrovietnam.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39840943

19 APRIL 2017

Fighting corruption in Vietnam requires institutional reform

The first half of 2016 saw Vietnam’s fight against corruption gain new momentum. Having consolidated his power after being re-elected as Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong issued resolutions and directives aimed at tightening party members’ ethical conduct
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/19/fighting-corruption-in-vietnam-requires-institutional-reform/

29 DECEMBER 2016

Vietnam economy propelled by manufacturing and building boom

Vietnam’s economy is estimated to grow 6.2 percent in 2016, propelled by a manufacturing and building boom
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250506629

2 DECEMBER 2016

Is Vietnam’s new religion law a smokescreen for political repression?

A controversial law on religion passed in Vietnam has triggered renewed fears of state repression in the name of national unity
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2051224/vietnams-new-religion-law-smokescreen-political-repression

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Vietnam vows full speed ahead with economic reforms, with or without the TPP

As Donald Trump prepares to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade pact is helping to spur the biggest overhaul of Vietnam’s economy in décades
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050035/vietnam-vows-full-speed-ahead-economic-reforms-or-without

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Alert: No wives for 4 million Vietnamese men

Some four million men in Vietnam will have no opportunity of getting married by 2050 if the current imbalance in the nation’s sex ratio persists, said experts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/alert-no-wives-4-million-vietnamese-men

4 OCTOBER 2016

Vietnam War propaganda broadcaster ‘Hanoi Hannah’ dies

Silky-voiced communist propaganda broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah”, famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2024988/vietnam-war-propaganda-broadcaster-hanoi-hannah-dies

23 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s New Prime Minister Quietly Turns the Wheels of Economic Reform

Phuc took office in the shadow of a highly charismatic predecessor — former prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung. With a focus on straightforward, practical economic measures, the new government has quietly embarked on a series of promising reforms
http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-new-prime-minister-quietly-turns-the-wheels-of-economic-reform/

25 JULY 2016

Tran Dai Quang re-elected as President

The swearing-in ceremony took place soon after the voting result came in, of which 485 out of 487 members of the newly-elected National Assembly voted for Trần Đại Quang to become the next President
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/161022/tran-dai-quang-re-elected-as-president.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/300112/tran-dai-quang-sworn-in-as-president.html#JK8SO5JKEWF1DwFr.99

17 JULY 2016

Vietnamese authorities stop anti-China protest in Hanoi

Dozen of Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi were taken away by police as they tried to rally support for an international tribunal’s ruling rejecting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/south-china-sea-vietnam-police-detain-dozens-protesters-hanoi/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-detains-activists-after-south-china-sea-ruling-0
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1990913/down-china-invasion-vietnam-detains-activists-after-south

27 JUNE 2016

Top Chinese envoy visits Vietnam as South China Sea tension rises

China`s top diplomat met Vietnam`s leadership on Monday during a scheduled visit aimed at strengthening historically close relations at a time when ties are strained by squabbles over the South China Sea
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/top-chinese-envoy-visits-vietnam-as-south-china-sea-tension-rises_1900802.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_34/

22 MAY 2016

Vietnam launches parliamentary election

More than 69.2 million Vietnamese are set to cast votes to elect members of the national and local legislative bodies in the country’s biggest-ever general election on Sunday
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-launches-parliamentary-election-62417.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/vietnam-parliamentary-elections-starts-116052200052_1.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-20/vietnam-national-assembly-elections-plagued-by-bias/7430010

20 MAY 2016

Vietnam Releases Prominent Dissident Ahead of Obama Visit

Family members of dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest for advocating democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, confirmed his release, which occurred around 8 a.m. local time.
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/index.php/sid/244261471

7 APRIL 2016

Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected Vietnam’s PM

Vietnam elected Thursday a new Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to lead the emerging economy as it comes under increasing pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nguyen-xuan-phuc-elected/2672918.html
http://www.dw.com/en/new-prime-minister-rounds-out-vietnams-leadership-trio/a-19170482
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-07/vietnam-elects-new-prime-minister-nguyen-xuan-phuc/1566998

6 APRIL 2016

Vietnam’s assembly ‘dismisses’ prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister has stepped down after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises, but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/vietnam-assembly-dismisses-prime-minister-160406133834975.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/06/content_15411576.html

2 APRIL 2016

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman Tran Dai Quang as president

Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday (April 2), elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-parliament-swears-top-policeman-president
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160402_23/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/154422/new-president-vows-to-fulfill-assigned-tasks.html

31 MARCH 2016

Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly

Veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected with 95.5 percent of votes after a poll in the country’s 500-strong legislative body early Thursday, state-run VTV said.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-names-first-chairwoman-national-assembly-053035894.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-has-first-chairwoman-of-parliament-60751.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today

Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/the-truth-about-democracy-in-vietnam-today/

23 MARCH 2016

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

A prominent Vietnamese blogger was handed a five-year jail term on Wednesday (Mar 23) on anti-state charges, a heavy sentence that was roundly condemned by lawyers and media watchdogs as a « travesty of justice »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial

17 MARCH 2016

Vietnam’s ‘Lady Gaga’ joins groups of dissidents and activists running for parliament

Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi, dubbed « Vietnam’s Lady Gaga » for her risqué outfits, is running for parliament along with a group of dissidents and activists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-17/vietnams-lady-gaga-joins-groups-of-dissidents-and-activists-running-for-parliament/1559992
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/12196698/Vietnams-Lady-Gaga-aims-for-switch-from-pop-to-politics-in-challenge-to-staid-communist-rule.html

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s uphill battle against corruption

Since 1994, the party has consistently identified corruption as a major threat to the survival of the regime. Although the CPV adopted anti-corruption laws 10 years ago, the party still combats corruption among its members through so-called self-criticism campaign to ‘alert, warn and deter’ corrupt officials
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/11/vietnams-uphill-battle-against-corruption/

28 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveils new leadership at 12th National Congress

Re-elected General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong pledged to maintain a pro-growth status quo that balances foreign ties and cements a consensus leadership that analysts say was strained by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s assertiveness in the latter years of his administration
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-28/vietnams-communist-party-unveils-new-leadership-at-12th-national-congress/1541069
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150588/structure-of-12th-party-central-committee.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160128_24.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam Communist Party boss Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected

Mr Trong, who is 71 and effectively the most powerful man in Vietnam, was the only candidate nominated. He is seen as a conservative and closer to China.
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-communist-party-chief-poised-elected-055807339.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160127_35.html
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150619/mr–nguyen-phu-trong-re-elected-party-secretary-general.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung pulls out of party boss race

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has withdrawn from the contest to lead the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35401259

24 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party boss ‘to run unopposed’

The General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, will be the only candidate for the post at a party congress, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35394333
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-party-chief/2453276.html

21 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders

The 12th national congress of Vietnam’s Communist Party opened on Thursday morning, which will see the election of a new Central Committee and outline the country’s next socio-economic plan.
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnams-communist-party-meets-to-pick-new-leaders/a-18995037

19 JANUARY 2016

Viet congress will see fight for top post

Vietnam’s five-yearly Communist Party Congress opens tomorrow with a fierce contest expected as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung challenges current party chief Nguyen Phu Trong for the top post
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/viet-congress-will-see-fight-top-post

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s Leadership Succession Struggle

While Vietnamese vary in their political perspectives, there is a broad desire among them for the country’s politics to be liberated from unaccountable politics dominated by entrenched elites. Whether the 12th party congress brings that outcome closer remains to be seen.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/vietnams-leadership-succession-struggle/

11 JANUARY 2016

Party Central Committee’s 14th meeting opens

The 14th meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee opened in Hanoi on January 11, scheduled to discuss the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and finalise personnel preparations for the next tenure
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/149893/party-central-committee-s-14th-meeting-opens.html

6 JANUARY 2016

Fast-growing Vietnamese economy going blue

Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and having the potential to be one of the great success stories in development, Vietnam should pursue high growth through sustainable development, especially through blue economy, foreign experts say
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/nav/newsr/6860

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

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

13 NOVEMBER 2015

How Will Vietnam’s New Communist Princelings Shape the Country’s Future?

The Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) is preparing a new slate of leaders to replace the old guard who are retiring at the 12th National Congress in 2016. Public attention has been drawn to the rise of young ‘princelings’ — the children of current or former leaders in communist authoritarian regimes like Vietnam and China — to local executive positions and bodies
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/how-will-vietnams-new-communist-princelings-shape-the-countrys-future/

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam’s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-marks-70-years-declaring-independence-france

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

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

27 JUNE 2015

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer Le Quoc Quan

 Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday, after spending two and a half years in jail on tax evasion charges http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/605692/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer

24 JUNE 2015

Vietnam’s legendary musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Professor Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, died at the age of 94 on Wednesday, after nearly a month of fighting for his life at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital
http://tuoitrenews.vn/lifestyle/28859/vietnam-legendary-musicologist-tran-van-khe-dies-at-94

15 MAY 2015

Vietnam’s democratisation movement

Since the mid 1990s, public criticism of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) government has expanded to involve thousands of citizens across the country
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/05/01/vietnams-democratisation-movement/

30 APRIL 2015

Vietnam marks 40 years since end of war

The war pitted communist North Vietnam against the US-backed South and ended with the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, on April 30th, 1975
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150430_29.html
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/129448/in-pictures–grand-parade-marks-40-years-of-reunification.html

 

13 FERUARY 2015

Popular Vietnamese communist party official Nguyen Ba Thanh dies

The 61-year-old Nguyen Ba Thanh was the former top official in central Danang, and helped transform the coastal city into a tourism and investment hub by cutting corruption and red tape, then, head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/474473/popular-vietnamese-communist-party-official-dies
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnams-top-anticorruption-official-loses-cancer-battle-dies-at-62-38763.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field

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

9 JANUARY 2015

Vietnam Expects Intense Political Year in 2015

2015 will be an intensely political year. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s 12th Congress will convene in January 2016 to renew the nation’s leadership. Aspirants to top positions are already canvassing district and provincial party organisations for support
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/vietnam-expects-intense-political-year-2015/

6 DECEMBER 2014

Vietnam writer Nguyen Quang Lap ‘arrested over blog’

An award-winning Vietnamese writer has been arrested, reportedly for publishing criticism of the Communist government on his blog.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30360665
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447697/second-vietnam-blogger-arrested-on-anti-state-charges

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s PM wins approval in parliamentary confidence vote

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung survived a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday, with 64 per cent of the delegates giving a vote of ‘high confidence’ in his leadership and 14 per cent showing’low confidence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnams-pm-wins-approval-parliamentary-confidence-vote
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/11/15/Vietnam-PM-wins-broad-backing-in-rare-confidence-vote

22 OCTOBER 2014

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

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

20 OCTOBER 2014

Gender equality has improved much in Vietnam

Gender equality in Vietnam has vastly improved during the past 20 years, said Hoang Ba Thinh, director of the Center for Gender, Population, Environment and Social Affairs under Vietnam’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/10/20/Gender-equality-has-improved-much-in-Vietnam

Public sector corruption on the rise in Vietnam

Public sector corruption remains serious and complex, especially in finance and banking, land and natural resources management and exploitation, and public investment, a high-ranking government official said Monday.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/10/20/Public-sector-corruption-on-the-rise-in-Vietnam

 

17 OCTOBER 2014

Vietnam’s Ex-Lawmaker Maintains Innocence After 18-Year ‘Harsh’ Jail Term

Fresh from his release from 18 years in jail, Le Van Tinh, a former Vietnamese lawmaker said he had faced harsh treatment during his imprisonment, most of which was in solitary confinement, because he had maintained his innocence on charges of plotting to overthrow the communist government in Hanoi.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/prisoner-10172014154427.html

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

2 OCTOBER 2014

Poverty projected to fall by experts

The rate of households living under the poverty line in Viet Nam is expected to remain below five per cent in 2015 and fall by about 1.5 per cent annually until 2020.
http://vietnamnews.vn/society/260873/poverty-projected-to-fall-by-experts.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Vietnam ‘can look to Singapore for help on financial reform’

Vietnam can tap Singapore for help to reform and transform areas such as its financial sector, emeritus senior minister Goh Chok Tong said yesterday at the start of his four-day official visit to the country
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-can-look-to-Spore-for-help-on-financial-re-64929.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-leaders-discuss-trade-former-singaporean-pm
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/260552/singapore-willing-to-share-banking-loan-experience.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

HRW: Vietnam police abuse, torture

Vietnamese police abuse and sometimes torture people in custody for crimes as minor as traffic violations and are rarely disciplined for a practice that has lead to deaths of detainees, Human Rights Watch said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432583/hrw-vietnam-police-abuse-torture

 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

The U.S.-Vietnam 123 Agreement Could Help Vietnam’s Electricity Needs

The Vietnamese government has laid out an ambitious plan to meet future electricity demands, but making use of multiple energy sources remains a challenge. In this context, the U.S.-Vietnam nuclear cooperation agreement could play a critical role in shaping the country’s electricity production over the next decades.
http://cogitasia.com/the-u-s-vietnam-123-agreement-could-help-vietnams-electricity-needs/

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

26 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam jails activists for up to three years

A Vietnamese court has jailed three activists for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday, after a one-day trial marked by strict security including the detention of scores of supporters.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/428886/vietnam-jails-activists-for-up-to-three-years

 

31 JULY 2014

UN envoy says Vietnam still ‘violating’ religious freedom

Vietnam was accused of « serious violations » of religious freedom by a UN expert on Thursday, despite the communist country making some progress on easing tight state control of matters of faith
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423474/un-envoy-says-vietnam-still-violating-religious-freedom
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Practice-of-religion-now-freer-in-Vietnam-says-UN–62970.html

30 JULY 2014

‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge

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

15 MAY 2014

Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests

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

14 MAY 2014

Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests

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

11 MAY 2014

Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute

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

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

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

 

14 APRIL 2014

Vietnam Frees at Least One More Political Activist

Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger, was released from a prison in southern Ho Chi Minh City at the weekend, his father said on Monday. Trung was convicted of subversion and news of his release was not made public
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-vietnam-frees-at-least-one-more-political-activist/1892889.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404936/vietnam-frees-two-high-profile-dissidents

7 APRIL 2014

Vietnamese Dissident Arrives in US after Early Release from Prison

One of Vietnam’s best known dissidents, a rights lawyer and son of a revolutionary poet, has been released early from prison. Afterwards, he traveled to the United States. Lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, 56, is one of Vietnam’s most famous dissidents. He had served three years of a seven-year prison sentence before he was suddenly released

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnamese-dissident-arrives-in-us-after-early-release-from-prison/1888486.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-releases-high-profile-dissident-who-tried-sue-pm

19 MARCH 2014

Vietnam jails blogger for critical posts

A Hanoi court finds dissident Pham Viet Dao guilty of « abusing democratic freedoms » in the latest crackdown on dissent.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/vietnam-jails-blogger-critical-posts-20143197839471148.html

16 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s child workers number 1.75m

Viet Nam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-child-workers-number-1-75m-58055.html

15 MARCH 2014

Bitter taste brewing in Vietnamese coffee

Vietnam is now one of the largest coffee producers and exporters in the world — with a 20 per cent global market share. Although roasted and instant coffee exports have increased steadily, the industry faces risks due to its low capacity to deal with world price fluctuations

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/15/bitter-taste-brewing-in-vietnamese-coffee/

12 MARCH 2014

Vietnamese police fabricates evidence, distorts witness statements to convict blogger

Bui Thi Minh Hang has been in jail for a month with two other people without any indictment. As she continues her hunger strike, police tries to extort false statements against her from five activists. Despite the lack of evidence of any guilt, she could get from three months to three years in prison.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vietnamese-police-fabricates-evidence,-distorts-witness-statements-to-convict-blogger-30540.html

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/testimony-03112014175300.html

4 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s popular blogger jailed on anti-state charges

Popular Vietnamese blogger and journalist Truong Duy Nhat was jailed for two years on Tuesday for posting articles critical of the Communist government and leaders, his lawyer said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398162/vietnam-popular-blogger-jailed-on-anti-state-charges
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/vietnam-jails-ex-journalist-over-blog-post-201434125415556634.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Vietnam upholds dissident lawyer jail term

Scores of police encircled the Hanoi People’s Court of Appeals, which upheld a two and a half year jail sentence for Catholic lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, whose conviction in October was denounced by rights campaigners as politically motivated.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395687/vietnam-upholds-dissident-lawyer-jail-term

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Vietnamese diplomat seeks asylum in Switzerland

A Vietnamese diplomat once posted at the country’s consulate in Geneva says he has sought political asylum in Switzerland, just days before a UN review of Vietnam’s human rights record.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-diplomat-seeks/977842.html

22 JANUARY 2014

Vietnam delays nuclear plant project

The Vietnamese government has decided to defer a plan to build a nuclear power plant for at least two years to ensure safety measures are put in place.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390931/vietnam-delays-nuclear-plant-project

20 JANUARY 2014

Vietnam sentences 30 heroin smugglers to death in biggest drugs trial

Vietnam has sentenced 30 drug smugglers to death in the communist country’s largest ever narcotics case, involving scores of defendants and nearly two tons of heroin
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10584932/Vietnam-sentences-30-heroin-smugglers-to-death-in-biggest-drugs-trial.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20140120-30-get-deaths-for-trafficking-drugs-in-vietnam.aspx

14 JANUARY 2014

Vietnamese Security Agents Assault Monk of Banned Buddhist Church

Vietnamese plainclothes security agents have assaulted a prominent monk as part of a greater crackdown on the banned Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam (UBCV) following its announcement of a new executive committee, an affiliated advocacy group said Tuesday

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/assault-01142014175407.html

10 JANUARY 2014

The Rise and Survival of Nguyen Tan Dung: A New Era in Vietnamese Politics

The twisting political fortune and enigmatic personae of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung provides a particularly interesting illustration of Vietnam’s changing political scene.

http://cogitasia.com/the-rise-and-survival-of-nguyen-tan-dung-a-new-era-in-vietnamese-politics/

9 JANUARY 2014

Workers clash with police in Vietnam

Workers building a massive Samsung factory in Vietnam have battled police and torched motorbikes, in a rare outbreak of labour violence in the tightly controlled countryhttp://asiancorrespondent.com/118066/4-injured-in-vietnam-samsung-factory-riot/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/workers-clash-with-police-vietnam-20141995553679508.html

Vietnamese police block Buddhist Memorial Day celebrations

More than a hundred agents are « intercepting, harassing and intimidating » monks, nuns and ordinary members of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, denying access to the Long Quang Pagoda in Hue. Those who are arrested have come from various parts of the country to join the celebration
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vietnamese-police-block-Buddhist-Memorial-Day-celebrations-29993.html

8 JANUARY 2014

Death row Vietnam executive in ‘shock’ graft trial claim: report

The former boss of a scandal-mired Vietnamese state shipping firm alleged he paid bribes to senior communist party officials to try to evade arrest, state media said Wednesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388677/death-row-vietnam-executive-in-hock-graft-trial-claim-report

3 JANUARY 2014

Fixing Vietnam’s Economy

Vietnam has been facing a debt crisis since 2006 although its difficulties began before that when the rapidly changing economy exposed a number of key weaknesses such as inflation, a skyrocketing state budget deficit and the inefficient use of SOEs as economic spearheads.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/fixing-vietnam-economy/

30 DECEMBER 2013

Freed Vietnamese Political Prisoner Decries Jail Conditions

A Vietnamese political prisoner released after 14 years in detention has called for better treatment for dissidents remaining in the country’s prison camps, saying he was barely able to survive his own sentence

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/huynh-anh-tri-12302013184238.html

20 DECEMBER 2013

Constitutional Reform Not the Only Avenue for Economic Reforms in Vietnam

Reform-minded Vietnamese and foreign investors were disappointed when Vietnam’s National Assembly passed a new constitution in late November without making any changes on the dominant role of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the economy

http://cogitasia.com/constitutional-reform-not-the-only-avenue-for-economic-reforms-in-vietnam/

13 DECEMBER 2013

Shoots of hope for Vietnamese democracy

Last month, at the Vietnamese legislature’s end-of-year session, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) was reaffirmed in the revised Constitution as the state’s one-party ruler. But social and political conditions are changing in Vietnam; are there any prospects for democratic development in this country of 90 million?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/13/shoots-of-hope-for-vietnamese-democracy/

12 DECEMBER 2013

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

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

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

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level

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

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

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam Vote Reaffirms Party Role in Constitution

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

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

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam

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

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

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud

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

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

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam gets 2 new deputy PMs

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

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

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia’s Putin signs energy, military deals with Vietnam

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

8 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam may resume firing squads for exécutions

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

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

7 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty slams Vietnam rights record

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

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

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam’s 7reaches 90 million

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

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

31 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Confucius Institute Project Raises Concern in Vietnam

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

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

29 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s Latest Trial Shows New Generation of Activism

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

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam

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

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

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

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

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

19 OCTOBER 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Dissident In New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

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

12 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s foreign policy tightrope

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

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

State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap

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

11 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnamese civil society bringing political change

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

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

10 OCTOBER 2013

US signs nuclear technology deal with Vietnam

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

4 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap dies

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

2 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam dissident Le Quoc Quan jailed over tax evasion

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

Vietnam’s exports set to surpass target

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

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

Vietnam concerned by ageing population

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

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

How eating dog became big business in Vietnam

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

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam, France upgrade relations to strategic partnership

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

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Viet Nam unveils plans to overhaul education system

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

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws

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

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect

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

29 AUGUST 2013

Visions of a democratic Vietnam

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

23 AUGUST 2013

Ties strengthen between Japan and Vietnam

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

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

20 AUGUST 2013

New Vietnamese party to challenge rules

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

16 AUGUST 2013

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

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

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

Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

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

Vietnam activists ‘to form multi-party democracy’

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

15 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam ‘Threatened’ by Chinese, Thai Investments in Laos

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

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

9 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam Tries Public-Private Partnerships

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

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

6 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam executes 1st prisoner by lethal injection

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

1 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings

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

25 JULY 2013

Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties

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

24 JULY 2013

Vietnamese Dissident Said Weak from Hunger Strike

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

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

16 JULY 2013

Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style

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

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

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

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

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

12 JULY 2013

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

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

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

10 JULY 2013

Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam

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

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

7 JULY 2013

Vietnam: Playing with fire

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

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

5 JULY 2013

Border demarcation enhances peace between Laos and Vietnam

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

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

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

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

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

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

11 JUNE 2013

Vietnam MPs vote low confidence in PM Nguyen Tan Dung

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

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

2 JUNE 2013

Vietnam’s peasants betrayed by the party

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

30 MAY 2013

Two paths for US-Vietnam ties

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

22 MAY 2013

Vietnamese Blogger Held for Distributing Rights Leaflets

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

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

15 MAY 2013

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

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

14 MAY 2013

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

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

11 MAY 2013

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

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

10 MAY 2013

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

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

27 APRIL 2013

Viet Nam stands up for East Sea

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

22 APRIL 2013

U.S. Navy Begins Annual Vietnam Naval Engagement Activity

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

19 APRIL 2013

Opinion: The Promise of a Democratic Vietnam

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

9 APRIL 2013

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs

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

5 APRIL 2013

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

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

22 MARCH 2013

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

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

16 MARCH

Influential factors in the Vietnam–US relationship

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

14 MARCH 2013

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

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

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

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

8 MARCH 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Named ‘Woman of Courage’

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

2 MARCH 2013

Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics

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

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnamese Reporter Fired for Critical Essay

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

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam’s Democratic Destiny

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

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam Faces Political Entropy

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

9 FEBRUARY 2913

Despite crackdown on dissent, can Vietnam reform ?

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

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents

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

31 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam deports pro-democracy activist

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

22 JANUARY 2013

One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi

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

9 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam convicts 14 activists of ‘anti-state plot’

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

29 DECEMBER 2012

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

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

27 DECEMBER 2012

2012: A tough year for Vietnam

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

4 DECEMBER 2012

Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

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

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam officials to face parliamentary confidence votes

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

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged to resign

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

6 NOVEMBER 2012

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

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

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Chinese companies invade Vietnam, dangers for production and environment

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

30 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters

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

22 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM admits ‘faults’ on economy

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

15 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM escapes punishment despite censure

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

4 OCTOBER 2012

The future of US relations with Vietnam

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

3 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies in US

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

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam jails three bloggers in crackdown on dissent

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam PM orders fresh crackdown on bloggers

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

7 SEPTEMBER 2012

Undercover Reporter Jailed

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

Hanoi and Berlin aim to strengthen economic and trade cooperation

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Viet Prime Minister Under Threat

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call

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

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

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

31 AUGUST 2012

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

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

25 AUGUST 2012

Viet Nam seeks nuclear power infrastructure

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

23 AUGUST 2012

Major Vietnamese bank in turmoil after founder’s arrest

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

21 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam arrests high-flying banking mogul

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

5 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam holds first gay pride parade

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

4 AUGUST 2012

Inflation falls from 23% to 5% in one year

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

2 AUGUST 2012

Blogger Barred from Travel

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

30 JULY 012

Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’

The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html

15 JULY 2012

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

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

10 JULY 2012

Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam

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

21 JUNE 2012

China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’

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

15 JUNE 2012

New Clashes in Land Dispute

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

3 JUNE 2012

Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam

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

19 APRIL 2012

Vietnam edges towards casino capitalism

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

18 APRIL 2012

Wealthy Vietnam MP faces sack over husband fraud

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

4 APRIL 2012

Opinion: Vietnam’s Disheartening Anniversary

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

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

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

27 MARCH 2012

Vietnam and the US: The Odd Couple

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

2 MARCH 2012

Vietnam’s Communist Party Ponders Change

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

1st MARCH 2012

US, Vietnam Begin Tough Trade Talks

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

21 JANUARY 2012

China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea

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

17  JANUARY 2012

Vietnam’s navy unveils first home-made warship

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

7 DECEMBER 2011

Vietnamese actor Don Duong dies at 55

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2011

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

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

Vietnam’s Forced Labor Camps

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

16 AUGUST 2011

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests

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

26 JULY 2011

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung re-elected

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

25 JULY 2011

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

23 JULY 2011

Nguyen Sinh Hung elected Assembly Chairman, four Vice Chairs chosen

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

15 JULY 2011

US navy ships visit Vietnam amid heightened China tensions

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

13 MAY 2011

Vietnam should brace for ageing population, expert says

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

4 MAY 2011

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

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

19 JANUARY 2011

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

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

20 AUGUST 2010

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

21 JANUARY 2010

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

28 DECEMBER 2009

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

14 JUNE 2009

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

2 JANUARY 2009

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