Daily Archives: 10 juin 2017

On 10 June in Asian history

ON 10 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 10, 2017

223: Death of Liu Bei, Chinese emperor of Shu Han state during the Three Kingdoms, born in 161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5227.html

671: Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku. The instrument, which measure time and indicates hours, is placed in the capital of Ōtsu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_clock

867: Birth of Emperor Uda of Japan, who died on September 3, 931
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Uda

1563: Death of Ikeda Nagamasa, samourai commander, born in 1519
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikeda_Nagamasa

1592: The Japanese division which started to invade Korea in April had been joined by eight more, and they are knocking down the doors of King Seonjo’s palace in Seoul. (The king had already fled north to Pyongyang.) Thus began the seven-year-long Imjin War
http://prkorea.com/yisunsin/imjin.htm
https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/325.asp

1776: Death of Hsinbyushin, Burmese king, born on November 28, 1736
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsinbyushin
https://www.facebook.com/MadMonarchs/posts/522768891119236

1786: A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China

1871: As a retaliation for the massacre of the sailboat General Sherman’s sailors in 1866, The American capture forts in the Korean island of Kanghwa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinmiyangyo

1889: Birth of Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor, producer and filmmaker
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370564/bio
http://goldsea.com/Personalities/Hayakawas/hayakawas.html

1904: Birth of Lin Huiyin, Chinese female architect and writer, who died on April 1, 1955
http://china.org.cn/english/NM-e/98587.htm
https://storify.com/ecomusic/lin-huiyin

1907: Start of the Beijing-Paris car race
http://www.unmuseum.org/autorace.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_to_Paris


1907: France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East

1927: Birth of Lin Yang-kang, Taiwanese politician, vice-Premier (1984-1987) who died on April 13, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Yang-kang

1936: Death of Tsuchida Bakusen, Japanese painter, born on February 9, 1887
http://www.artelino.com/articles/bakusen_tsuchida.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuchida_Bakusen
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Tsuchida+Bakusen&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&ei=ACHTT7CsMYm6hAf7i4nUAw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBAQ_AUoAQ&biw=1441&bih=656

1945: Australian Imperial Forces land in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei


http://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/borneo-1945-amphibious-success-story
https://www.awm.gov.au/journal/j37/borneo.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFKYdDifTo

1946: Chinese troops complete their withdrawal from Hanoi

1950: Zhu Feng, Chinese communist Mata Hari in Taiwan, who so successful at espionage that she served as the conduit to transmit the island’s defense strategy from Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Defense to the People’s Liberation Army, is shot by a firing squad
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/622506.shtml

1050-06-10 Zhu Feng executed

1956: The People’s Daily publishes a lecture, delivered on May 26 by Lu Ting-yi (Lu Dingyi) director of the propaganda director, Launching the 100 Fowers Movement in China
http://alphahistory.com/chineserevolution/lu-dingyi-hundred-flowers-1956/

1960: Birth of Balakrishna Nandamuri, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandamuri_Balakrishna

1962: Birth of Wong Ka-kui, Hong Kong musician, who died on June 30, 1993
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Ka_Kui
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/793879.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AHLyTiNkJI

1965: During the Vietnam War, the Battle of Dong Xoai begins
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-begins-at-dong-xoai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dong_Xoai
http://www.145thcab.com/History/NL16HIST.htm

1969: In South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front announces the formation of a Provisional Revolutionary government of South Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_Revolutionary_Government_of_the_Republic_of_South_Vietnam
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/PRG(1969-1975)TVT.html
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00472337085390111?journalCode=rjoc20

1971: The White House announces the end of its 21-year embargo on trade with China
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flash/june/china71.htm

1977: Birth of Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2005/09/14/takako-matsu/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYu5jkO8YgY

1989: Birth of Ryuya Wakaba, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Wakaba_Ryuya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR8sdUrdY-U

1992: Death of Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazzman, born on January 20, 1931
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1217393/

1994: By a new test, China breaks the moratorium on nuclear tests
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-06-11/news/mn-2812_1_comprehensive-nuclear-test

1997: Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of Son Sen and 13 members of his familly before fleeing his northern stronghold
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/14/world/khmer-rouge-said-to-execute-a-top-aide-on-pol-pot-s-order.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Sen

2005: US and South Korean presidents Bush et Roh meet in Washington. They disagree on what to do with North Korea
http://www.nti.org/gsn/article/south-korean-us-leaders-meet-in-washington/

2007: Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai escapes a murder attempt
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6738201.stm

2008: War in Afghanistan: An airstrike by the United States results in the deaths of eleven paramilitary troops of the Pakistan Army Frontier Corps and eight Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal areas

2010: A South Korean space rocket explodes, dashing Seoul’s hopes of joining Asia’s space race. The Naro-1 rocket blew up less than three minutes after take off as it tried to launch a satellite into orbit
http://www.france24.com/en/20100610-seoul-south-korea-naro-rocket-explodes-dashing-korean-space-race-dreams

2011: The Philippine government decides to refer to the waters west of the country as “West Philippine Sea” after China issued a stern warning calling on its neighbors to “stop searching the possibility of exploiting resources” in the contested region without its permission

2014: Death of Keshav Malik, Indian poet and critic, born on November 5, 1924
http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/last-word-2/
https://openspaceartforumindia.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/keshav-malik-1924-2014-by-johnny-ml/

2014: Former journalist Moon Chang Keuk, a political novice, is named South Korea’s new PM
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140610001686 http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-journalist-political-novice-named-south-koreas-new-pm

2015 : Indian parachute commandos in helicopters cross over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

2015 : Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

Philippines foreign Policy & security

PHILIPPINES FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY

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10 JUNE 2017

US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi

Special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/10/us-commandos-helpingphilippines-troop-battle-islamist-militants/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/06/11/1708722/us-forces-assisting-philippines-battle-end-siege

1 MAY 2017

Duterte visits Chinese warships in hometown Davao in first Philippines port call since 2010

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday visited Chinese warships docked in his hometown, highlighting fast-warming relations despite competing claims in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2092036/duterte-visits-chinese-warships-hometown-davao-first-philippines
http://www.manilatimes.net/president-open-war-games-china-sulu/325058/

30 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to White House in ‘warm’ phone call as Chinese ships arrive in the Philippines

US President Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, telling the Philippine leader during a phone call that he is interested in developing « a warm, working Relationship »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-04-30/donald-trump-invites-rodrigo-duterte-to-white-house-in-warm-phone-call-as-chinese-ships-arrive-in-th/1668166
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/30/1695408/trump-invites-duterte-white-house-discuss-renewed-ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2091832/trump-invites-duterte-washington-friendly-phone-call

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

21 APRIL 2017

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday (April 21), brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-defence-chief-visits-disputed-spratly-island
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/22/1692733/chinese-challenge-philippines-defense-chiefs-plane

19 MARCH 2017

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-duterte-says-not-war-china-cant-stop-scarborough-shoal-activities/#H2H4yozdRHh0LQvW.97
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153556/duterte-cant-stop-china-panatag
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1217622/duterte-bound-for-bangkok-monday-cant-stop-china

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

Philippine president’s courting of China as he pivots away from the United States could reap dividends – or a military coup
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2073858/duterte-plays-dangerous-game-south-china-sea

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group’s lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
http://www.dw.com/en/duterte-wants-mindanao-peace-does-milf-want-it-too/a-37078888

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

3 JANUARY 2017

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

20 DECEMBER 2016

China offers $14 million arms package to Philippines for free

China has offered to provide $14 million worth of small arms and fast boats to the Philippines for free, aiding President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and fighting terrorism, Manila’s defence minister said on Tuesday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250331103
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2056027/china-offers-14-million-arms-package-philippines-free

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Communist rebels see Philippine-US ties troubling peace deal

Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249664433

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Meeting Putin, Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western « bullying » and « hypocrisy » during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/20/content_15528859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/20/rodrigo-duterte-slames-western-hypocrisy-as-he-meets-putin

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte makes U-turn on US order for 26,000 rifles

The Philippines police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier, the police chief said on Monday, following an about-face by President Rodrigo Duterte, who previously said the deal would be scrapped
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2045745/philippines-duterte-makes-u-turn-us-order-26000-rifles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-police-boss-says-us-guns-deal-after-duterte-u-turn

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte lashes United States ‘monkeys, fools’ for halting sales of 26,000 weapons

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chides the United States for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision « fools » and « monkeys » and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-11-03/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-lashes-united-states-monkeys-fools-for-halting-sales-of-26000-weapons/1630234
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/philippines-can-buy-assault-rifles-russia-duterte-says-us-suspends-sale/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

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

25 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan for three-day of talks, but the first day of his visit was overshadowed by his rants against the United States, calling Americans « foolish » while threatening to cut off a 2014 defence pact with Washington DC
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/duterte-warns-defence-pact-japan-visit-161025141718165.html

20 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte announces ‘separation’ from US; aligns Philippines with China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his « separation » from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had « lost » and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-announces-separation-us-aligns-philippines-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/philippines-duterte-china-announces-split-161020131226993.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038577/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-gets-red-carpet

19 OCTOBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte says ‘goodbye’ to US ties in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was « time to say goodbye » to the US during a visit to China on Wednesday, as the combative leader reconfigures his country’s diplomatic alliances
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte-says-goodbye-to-us-ties-in-beijing/3219936.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-20/rodrigo-duterte-says-south-china-sea-case-to-take-back-seat/7948474?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-praises-friendly-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-during-visit

Anti-US protests dispersed in Manila

Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-US protesters outside the US embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators
http://www.atimes.com/article/anti-us-protests-dispersed-manila-duterte-china/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37702784

6 OCTOBER 2016

Rodrigo Duterte wants to liberate Philippines from United States ‘shackling dependency’, Minister says

The President of the Philippines wants to liberate his country from a « shackling dependency » on the United States which can not guarantee its help when Philippine sovereignty is under threat, the foreign minister says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-wants-liberate-philippines-us-shackles-foreign-minister

4 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte tells Obama ‘you can go to hell’ in new tirade

President Rodrigo Duterte told his US ally Barack Obama « you can go to hell » in a speech Tuesday that was his latest tirade against the US over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/04/1630518/duterte-tells-obama-you-can-go-hell-new-tirade
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/16/duterte-to-obama-go-to-hell
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2025064/philippine-leader-duterte-tells-obama-go-hell-eyes-arms
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/philippine-us-war-games-under-way/7903038?section=world

US, Philippines launch war games amid uncertainty over ties

 The US and Philippines have launched war games as relations between the two allies have been cast into doubt. The new Philippines president has vowed to make the country less dependent on the US
http://www.dw.com/en/us-philippines-launch-war-games-amid-uncertainty-over-ties/a-35952731
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161004_27/

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines Duterte seeks alliances with China and Russia

President Duterte said on Tuesday he would build by next year “new alliances” with China and Russia to cushion the fallout from the possible withdrawal of the United States from the Philippines
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-president-duterte-seeks-alliances-russia-china
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/248009851

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

After blasting the United States supposedly for interfering in his war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday said he wanted American troops out of Mindanao as he blamed Washington for the conflict and security threats in the South
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/13/1623292/rody-wants-us-troops-out-mindanao
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-says-he-wants-us-special-forces

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a « son of a whore ».
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/obama-calls-meeting-duterte-following-insult
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-06/barack-obama-scraps-planned-talks-with-rodrigo-duterte-over-son-of-a-whore-slur/1614908

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

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

21 AUGUST 2016

Philippine President Duterte threatens to quit UN after it calls for end to drug war-related killings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday (Aug 21) after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-duterte-threatens-to-quit-un-after-it-calls-for-end-to-drug-war
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/22/1616049/rody-threatens-quit-un

8 AUGUST 2016

Philippines receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan Thursday, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/18/national/philippines-accepts-first-10-japan-funded-patrol-vessels-beef-coast-guard/#.V7Y3xY9OI2w
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-receives-first-japanese-coast-guard-vessel#sthash.oS2i0p4U.dpuf

12 AUGUST 2016

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

Japan on Friday announced it would give the Philippines two new vessels to boost Manila’s capacity to patrol its waters, with the allies facing Chinese aggression in separate maritime disputes.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/577429/news/nation/japan-gives-philippines-patrol-ships

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

10 AUGUST 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls US envoy Philip Goldberg ‘gay’, prompting summons

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row after calling the US ambassador « gay », in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila’s envoy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-leader-calls-us-envoy-gay-prompting-summons
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-calls-us-envoy-gay/7717106?section=world

9 JULY 2016

China’s proposal to start South China Sea talks not based on court ruling refused by Philippines

The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China’s foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/asia/south-china-sea-philippines-talks/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-refuses-bilateral-talks-with-china-following-south-china-sea-ruling/a-19408968
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245966867

3 JULY 2016

Philippines celebrates victory in South China Sea case, despite China’s refusal to accept result

People across the Philippines are celebrating victory after an international court in The Hague ruled China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/philippines-celebrates-victory-in-south-china-sea-case/7623440?section=world
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/13/filipinos-call-on-china-to-do-a-chexit-in-the-south-china-sea/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245785487
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/13/1602477/full-text-aquino-says-maritime-arbitration-ruling-victory-all

 

13 JUNE 2016

Filipino group say flag-planting on disputed shoal in South China Sea halted by China

Chinese coast guard vessels prevented a Philippine nationalist group from planting a Filipino flag on a rocky South China Sea outcrop, the group said on Monday (June 13), the latest territorial standoff between the two countries
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/filipino-group-say-flag-planting-on-disputed-shoal-in-south-china-sea-halted-by-china

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

 5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

3 MAY 2016

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

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

15 APRIL 2016

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines and will keep 300 troops including combat aircraft in region

The United States revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1935972/us-reveals-joint-patrols-south-china-sea-philippines-and-will
http://www.singaporestar.com/index.php/sid/243161959
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-to-rotate-more-aircraft-troops-through-philippines-1.404418

8 APRIL 2016

Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute

The United States has allocated more than US$120 million (85.19 million pounds) in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-gets-us-military-aid-boost-amid-south-china-sea-dispute

21 MARCH 2016

These are the new U.S. military bases near the South China Sea. China isn’t impressed.

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

18 MARCH 2016

US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines

Representatives of the US and the Philippines have reached a deal on five locations for US troops on the island country. The move comes as tensions with Beijing rise over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.dw.com/en/us-agrees-with-manila-on-bases-in-philippines/a-19128268
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/20/1564662/us-philippines-agree-5-base-locations-under-edca

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

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

1 MARCH 2016

Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer

The Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Japanese and Philippine governments have signed an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and related technologies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-sign-deal-defense-equipment-transfer
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1456641889&section=13

29 JANUARY 2016

In the Philippines, Japan’s royals honor war dead

Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan’s brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation
http://www.manilatimes.net/japans-royals-honor-war-dead/242074/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160129_24.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601290062

26 JANUARY 2016

Japan’ Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims

Emperor Akihito said Tuesday that Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and Empress Michiko embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/26/national/imperial-couple-departs-philippines-first-ever-official-visit-reigning-emperor/#.VqfwEDjMvIV
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/27/1546748/philippines-japan-forge-stronger-ties
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160126_39.htm

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

Philippine Supreme Court allows military deal with U.S. as sides meet in Washington

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

 

21 DECEMBER 2015

Philippine leader says $2.5b to be spent on military modernisation

Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised Monday that 83.9 billion pesos (US$1.77 billion, S$2.5 billion) allocated for military modernisation projects would be spent by 2017 as the country faces a territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-leader-says-25b-be-spent-military-modernisation

 

18 NOVEMBER 2015

US Gives the Philippines 2 New Vessels Amid South China Sea Tensions

The United States will hand over two new ships to the Philippine navy to boost the U.S. ally’s maritime security capabilities amid tensions in the South China Sea, President Barack Obama announced November 17 in Manila as he kicked off his weeklong visit to Asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-gives-philippines-two-new-vessels-amid-south-china-sea-tensions

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

14 OCTOBER 2015

Philippine army rejects call for negotiations to free hostages who appear in new video held by men with guns and machetes

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

17 AUGUST 2015

Philippines can’t afford full military modernisation: officials

The Philippines can only afford a « frugal » military upgrade, defence officials said Monday, even though maritime tensions with China are growing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/658596/philippines-can-t-afford-full-military-modernisation-officials

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

31 JULY 2015

Aquino endorses interior minister Manuel Roxas as successor

Speaking to Liberal Party (LP) members, allies and supporters, said there is no other person who can continue the reforms that his administration has started but Roxas, whom he called a man of “clear integrity.”
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/31/content_15298359.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/709554/aquino-names-mar-of-the-hour
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/aquino-endorses-roxas-as-lp-standard-bearer/

21 JULY 2015

Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 per cent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said on Tuesday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/11753108/Philippines-hikes-defence-budget-amid-China-tensions.html

16 JULY 2015

Philippines to re-open Subic Bay former US base amid China sea row

The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/phl-reopens-subic-bay-military-000000185.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-open-former-us-amid-china-sea-row-183755548.html

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

24 JUNE 2014

Philippine vice president Jegomar Binay blasts Aquino, declares candidacy

Controversial Philippine vice-president Jejomar Binay on Wednesday angrily lashed out at President Benigno Aquino as he declared his determination to run for president in 2016
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/602804/philippine-vice-president-blasts-aquino-declares-candidacy
http://www.manilatimes.net/aquino-govt-a-failure/194823/#end

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

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

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

8 MAY 2015

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea: sources

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-hold-first-naval-drill-south-china-sea-sources

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

25 APRIL 2015

US seeks access to eight Philippine bases as part of Asia pivot

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

20 APRIL 2015

Vietnam asked Philippines to form pact to counter China, Aquino reveals

A new “strategic partnership” being negotiated between two states fending off China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea was suggested by Vietnam, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has revealed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1771526/vietnam-asked-us-form-strategic-pact-counter-china-philippine

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

26 FEBRUARY 2015

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push

The Aquino government is also warmly embracing Hollande’s trip, the first by a French head of state since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1947, as an endorsement of the Philippines’ maturing democracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/francois-hollande-in-philippines-for-climate-change-push
http://www.france24.com/en/20150226-hollande-enlists-film-stars-climate-change-push-manila-philippines-marion-cotillard-melanie-laurent/

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

5 JANUARY 2015

Philippines urges China to show respect in South China Sea. Protest rejected by China

The Philippines accused China on Thursday (Feb 5) of ramming Filipino fishing boats off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, and demanded its powerful neighbour respect its sovereignty over the potential flashpoint territory.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-urges-china/1640354.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/05/content_15224411.html

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/philippines-vietnam-upgrade-ties-in-show-of-unity-against-china-38204.html

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

China’s reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a « threat » to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-island-building-threat-all-asean-philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-slams-china/1608684.html

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at the Philippines for criticising Beijing’s ongoing reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea, saying that its actions were within the scope of Chinese sovereignty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-philippines-criticising-island-project-south-china-sea

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

7 DECEMBER 2014

China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-condemns-philippines-over-disputed-sea-arbitration
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1207/c90883-8819170.html

6 DECEMBER 2014

Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

A Swiss hostage has escaped from the armed group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, after hacking one rebel commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity, security officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447649/swiss-escapes-philippine-militant-kidnappers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/daring-escape-swiss-hostage-philippines-2014126620353561.html

4 DECEMBER 2014

Amnesty says police torture thriving in Philippines

Torture of suspected criminals by police in the Philippines has thrived under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, human rights monitor Amnesty International said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/447235/amnesty-says-police-torture-thriving-in-philippines

3 DECEMBER 2014

Manila has ‘nothing to gain’ from military pact with US

A defence pact that Manila and Washington inked early this year serves as only a deterrent to a « shooting war » between the Philippines and China, the Philippines’ Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/manila-has-nothing-gain-military-pact-us

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Manila won’t join US-led fight against ISIS: Aquino

The Philippines, a treaty ally of the United States, will not join the US-led coalition against the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Manila-wont-join-US-led-fight-against-ISIS-Aquino-67915.html

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

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

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

17 OCTOBER 2014

Philippine militants release two German hostages

Two German hostages have been freed by the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, the Philippines military and the group have said, on the day the group had threatened to kill one of them.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/philippines-abu-sayyaf-hostages-2014101713310373157.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29665728

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

In Asia’s Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-great-south-china-sea-clash-china-vs-vietnam-11058

30 JULY 2014

Philippines’ Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140730/DEFREG03/307300025/Philippines-Aquino-Seeks-Quash-Rumors-Military-Coup

26 JULY 2014

Aquino rating 8 points down vs graft

Carried out from June 24 to July 2, the survey showed an 8-point decrease in the proportion of Filipinos approving of the administration’s anticorruption efforts—from 50 percent in March to 42 percent in June
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623514/aquino-rating-8-points-down-vs-graft

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

13 JULY 2014

The Philippines offer US$1.5bn to modernize its armed forces

 

The Philippines has offered a US$1.5 billion budget to defense contractors around the world for phase one of its three-tier armed forces modernization program. It wishes to strengthen its bargaining chips in the dispute over the South China Sea’s disputed territories, reports the US Defense News Weekly.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140713000038&cid=1101

11 JULY 2014

Australian jihad campaigner arrested in Philippines

An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join « jihad » in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/australian-jihad-campaigner-arrested-philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/philippines-arrests-australian-imam-2014711134919534455.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vietnam-joint-commission-deepen-defence-ties

4 JULY 2014

Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

A Philippine court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the country’s most prominent politicians and the third legislator facing criminal charges in a massive corruption scandal.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-court-orders-third-senator-arrested-over-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/616957/juan-ponce-enrile-surrenders

24 JUNE 2014

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

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

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414224/vietnam-philippines-navies-in-first-spratlys-games
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

7 JUNE 2014

Philippines to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

The three, who include a son of former president Joseph Estrada and a 90-year political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, are accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-arrest-three-powerful-senators-corruption-scandal

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

4 JUNE 2014

China ordered to submit counter-argument in sea dispute with Philippines by Dec. 15

China has been ordered by the international Arbitral Tribunal handling the maritime dispute case filed by the Philippines to file its counter-memorial, or counter-argument, by Dec. 15, despite its position that it will not participate in the arbitration
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/105670/china-ordered-to-submit-counter-argument-in-sea-dispute-by-dec-15

3 MAY 2014

Communist rebel officer arrested in Philippines

A high-ranking communist rebel officer has been arrested in the Philippines, a military official said on Saturday, amid a surge of deadly clashes between soldiers and the insurgents

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407981/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-in-philippines

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-philippines

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

21 APRIL 2014

Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405929/suspected-communist-guerrillas-kill-philippine-mayor

http://www.voanews.com/content/gunmen-kill-philippine-mayor/1897553.html

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

1 APRIL 2014

3 Philippine senators indicted for plunder

An OMB special panel said Tuesday there was enough basis to hold Philippine Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and several others criminally liable for plunder and graft in connection with the alleged illegal disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress

http://www.asianewsnet.net/3-Philippine-senators-indicted-for-plunder-58738.html

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140401000069&cid=1101
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402933/china-says-ties-damaged-by-philippines-un-ruling-call

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/590216/ship-evades-chinese-blockade

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26806924

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402458/philippine-vessel-evades-china-blockade-of-disputed-reef

28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402331/philippines-to-defy-china-pursue-un-case-on-sea-row

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

The terms of the deal, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) disband its 12,000-member guerrilla force and share power with Manila in the Muslim south of the mainly Catholic nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399907/philippines-muslim-rebels-to-sign-peace-treaty-on-march-27

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524388

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392396/philippines-stands-firm-in-diplomatic-row-with-hong-kong

29 JANUARY 2014

Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, military officials said Wednesday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119044/philippines-says-37-rebels-killed-in-offensive/

27 JANUARY 2014

Philippines launches offensive against rebels

The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-launches-offensive-against-rebels-201412723831805504.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391762/philippine-military-attacks-hardline-muslim-renegades

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

15 JANUARY 2014

Philippines seeks US ships to counter China

The Philippines has said it wants to acquire two more navy ships from the US to boost its maritime protection amid military threats from China, according to the country’s military chief.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-gains-more-us-navy-ships-20141157811844465.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/

31 DECEMBER 2013

PHL-China relations in 2014: How to navigate the West Philippine Sea disputes

The year 2013 was, by all means, a challenging period for Philippine-China relations. Despite earlier hopes that a new Chinese administration, under President Xi Jinping, would positively change the complexion of bilateral relations, we have instead seen an escalation in maritime tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/341702/opinion/blogs/phl-china-relations-in-2014-how-to-navigate-the-west-philippine-sea-disputes#!

20 DECEMBER 2013

Philippine mayor killed at Manila airport

Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province, was killed together with his wife, an 18-month-old baby and one other person, Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reported from Manila on Friday.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/philippines-mayor-killed-at-manila-airport-201312205187710448.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/philippine-mayor-three-others-killed-at-manila-airport/1814248.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/china-territorial-dispute-philippines

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking

With aid running short and near anarchy in the hardest-hit areas, the estimated two million children affected by the monster storm are its most vulnerable victims, Save the Children warns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10447457/Typhoon-Haiyan-children-at-risk-of-abuse-and-trafficking.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity

The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24901993
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/11/philippines-tens-of-millions-affected-by-typhoon-haiyan-as-president-declares-state-of-calamity/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippines-state-national-calamity-2013111116128730244.html

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan havoc

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has promised that help is on the way for the hundreds of thousands hit by Typhoon Haiyan, as the death toll was expected to reach 10,000 in one province alone.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippine-leader-pledges-help-after-typhoon-201311109527746483.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/10/death-toll-in-philippines-after-typhoonhaiyan-more-than-10000/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/10/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-survivors-in-pictures#/?picture=422109427&index=12

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

Manila’s development of Oyster Bay has been driven in part by rising traffic at Subic Bay, particularly as more American battleships drop anchors at its piers. According to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), 72 US warships and submarines visited Subic between January and June this year. That figure compares with 88 US naval vessel visits in 2012, 54 in 2011 and 51 in 2010. The figures exclude port calls made in Manila and other ports outside Subic.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-071113.html

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago. http://asiancorrespondent.com/115344/hk-warns-manila-of-sanctions-over-hostage-tragedy/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/hong-kong-gives-philippines-sanctions-warning-20131156552579778.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

South China Sea: Manila backtracks on accusing Beijing of « imperialism”


Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea:-Manila-backtracks-on-accusing-Beijing-of-imperialism”-29360.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

20 OCTOBER 2013

Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the « Sultan of Sulu » after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375482/philippine-ultan-who-launched-sabah-incursion-dies
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88357/heir-of-sulu-sultanate-dies

12 OCTOBER 2013

US Warns Of Mindanao Terrorist Threats

The United States embassy in Manila yesterday warned US citizens of a “series of credible security threats” in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-us-warns-mindanao-terrorist-threats/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former President Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others were charged with plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

Philippines fails to reach deal with US over increased military presence

Discussions over proposals to expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines failed to reach a deal, Filipino officials said Thursday, a day after US President Barack Obama called off a Manila visit.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-fails-reach-deal-us-over-increased-military-presence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372903/philippines-says-deal-on-wider-us-role-needs-more-work

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Coordinated MNLF attack shows Misuari’s hand

The separate but coordinated moves of five rebel commanders from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by Nur Misuari betrayed Misuari’s hand in the deadly attack on Zamboanga City, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/498307/coordinated-mnlf-attack-shows-misuaris-hand-afp#ixzz2gPkVrz3Q

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/miss-philippines-crowned-miss-world-amid-muslim-anger
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/09/27/2714291/miss-world-2013-winner-revealed.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippines military frees final hostages, still pursuing rebels

Efforts to negotiate the hostages’ release failed, resulting in intense bursts of fighting that had left 158 people dead as of Thursday, including 125 members of the MNLF, the government-run Philippines News Agency said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-troops-rescue-last-hostages-kill-15-muslim-rebels
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/asia/philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aquino to charge Philippine rebel leader over city attack

Philippines – President Benigno Aquino vowed Sunday to bring criminal charges against Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari for a deadly attack on a major southern Philippine city that left hundreds dead or injured.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aquino-charge-philippine-rebel-leader-over-city-attack

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine airstrike hits rebels in Zamboanga

The Philippine armed forces have launched a helicopter airstrike as part of their ongoing assault at Muslim rebels occupying parts of a major southern city, stepping up efforts to end an eight-day standoff that has left dozens dead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139165552136175.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine clashes rage despite truce effort

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has headed to the southern city of Zamboanga in a bid to broker a truce with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters holding scores of civilian hostages while locked in a deadly stand-off with government forces.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391444458212495.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/487263/govt-misuari-agree-on-ceasefire-starting-saturday-midnight-says-binay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24089553

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Fighting rages amid Philippine hostage crisis

Troops in the Philippines have surrounded six villages in the south of the country where hundreds of fighters linked to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding at least 170 hostages.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139106147258221.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/10/new-clashes-between-islamic-rebels-and-philippine-government-forces/

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine rebels take hundreds hostage

At least 200 people have been taken hostage in southern Philippines after rebels rampaged through coastal communities, leaving at least six people dead, local news reports say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013990014907480.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/philippines/2013/09/10/388579/200-Filipino.htm
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/484401/mnlf-storms-zamboanga-city-leaves-6-dead

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Women in Philippine politics

If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity. In 1998, only 16.2 per cent of elected officials (including the president and vice president and Congress and local government officials, down to city and municipal levels) were women.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Women-in-Philippine-politics-51279.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila, Beijing, and UNCLOS : a test case ?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-030913.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-accuses-china-of-building-on-disputed-reef/1742128.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

France drops Philippines from tax blacklist

The Philippines has been removed from the French government’s blacklist of noncooperative countries for their tax policies.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/france-drops-philippines-tax-blacklist

30 AUGUST 2013

Philippine radio commentator gunned down

A popular radio commentator known for being critical of alleged corruption and rising crime in a southern Philippine city has been killed by a gunman, police said Friday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112688/philippine-radio-commentator-gunned-down/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/ http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

Across the Philippines on Monday, « National Heroes Day, » tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against discretionary funds given to lawmakers that critics say are not being used as intended and instead are funneled to corrupt organizations..

http://www.voanews.com/content/filipinos-protest-government-corruption/1736852.html

21 AUGUST 2013

‘Million people march’ vs pork spreads like Arab Spring

A social media initiative calling for a “million people march to Luneta” to demand the scrapping of the lawmakers’ pork barrel is shaping up as a sort of an Arab Spring spreading across the Philippine archipelago—from Baguio in the north to Davao in the south.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring

20 AUGUST 2013

Floods in the Philippines – in pictures

Flooding caused by some of the heaviest rains on record in the Philippines submerged more than half its capital, Manila, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/aug/20/floods-philippines-in-pictures

12 AUGUST 2013

US to increase Philippines presence

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longtime allies had already agreed in principle to allow a bigger US military presence in the Philippines.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364262/philippines-wants-to-use-more-us-military-assets

8 AUGUST 2013

Philippines to start talks with US on greater military presence

The Philippines said it would soon start talks on expanding US access to its bases, a move that would result in a greater presence of American troops in the country amid rising tensions with China.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-start-talks-us-greater-military-presence

6 AUGUST 2013

Philippines adds 2nd major warship to fleet

The Philippines on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter as its second major warship to challenge China’s massive territorial claims that Filipino officials say have intruded into their country’s potentially oil-rich offshore seas.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111582/philippines-adds-2nd-major-warship-to-fleet/

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

27 JULY 2013

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

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

22 JULY 2013

Thousands of farmers to get plots of Aquino family farm

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday that work would start in weeks to divide his family’s giant sugar plantation between thousands of peasant farmers, ending a decades-long struggle for control.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130722-439150.html

Thousands protest in Philippines

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippines Monday to demand better jobs, more inclusive growth and the protection of human rights ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s state of the union address.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/361026/thousands-protest-ahead-of-philippine-president-speech
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615756-filipino-protesters-demand-more-as-president-delivers-address?lite

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

A fraught naval stand-off between a modern Chinese flotilla and a rusty Philippine hospital ship over a South China Sea shoal is undermining supposed regional progress towards a binding code of conduct over the waters. With Beijing’s military focused on fortifying its positions and Manila loathe to lose its gateway to untapped energy reserves, neither side is likely to back down. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180713.html

14 JULY 2013

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will receive 75% of the gold, copper and other resources mined from the southern island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23305339 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201371473745138809.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

6 JULY 2013

Philippine communists vow revenge for slain spokesman

Communist insurgents Saturday promised revenge after Philippine soldiers killed their regional spokesmen along with seven other rebels in the latest operation against the militants since talks to end one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies collapsed. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130706-435213.html

5 JULY 2013

Philippines aims to nearly halve poverty by 2016

Nearly 28 percent of the country’s 97 million people live below the poverty line and the government’s aim is to reduce that to 16.6 percent within the next three years. http://asiancorrespondent.com/110282/philippines-aims-to-nearly-halve-poverty-by-2016/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

Philippine President Benigno Aquino vowed on Monday to acquire fighter jets, air defence radar and other equipment within three years to bolster the country’s weak air force, amid a territorial dispute with China. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357802/philippine-president-vows-to-rebuild-air-force-by-2016 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/436579/aquino-vows-to-beef-up-philippines-air-power

24 JUNE 2013

China rejects Philippines’ illegal seizure of Ren’ai Reef: Chinese FM spokeswoman

China will not tolerate the seizure of the Ren’ai Reef, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal, which the country claims as its indisputable territory, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130625000097&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

6 JUNE 2013

Philippines’ Enrile Quits as Senate President, Blasts Colleagues

The Philippine Senate’s Marathon Man, Juan Ponce Enrile, had been expected to be ousted from his post as Senate president after the May 13 election when forces aligned with President Benigno S. Aquino III became a majority. But probably nobody expected the 89-year-old lawmaker to go out with such an astonishing burst of acrimony, comparing himself to Jesus Christ being « crucified » by his enemies. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5478&Itemid=187

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

23 MAY 2013

China sent warship to break Philippine control of reef: Global Times

China sent a warship to a shoal in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea earlier this month because it was trying to stop the Philippines from trying to assert de facto control of the reef, according to the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130523000150&cid=1101

23 MAY 2013

Taiwan stops hiring Filipino workers

Taiwan is refusing to hire new workers from the Philippines after the country’s coast guard shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352324951266483.html

21 MAY 2013

Aquino: We can fight back vs any threat

Faced with territorial disputes and worries of external and internal threats, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday claimed that the Philippines can fight back and defend itself within its bounds. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75177/philippines-protests-chinese-warships-presence

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

4 MAY 2013

Palace rues PH tag as 3rd worst place for journalists

Malacañang is not elated by reports that the country remains the third worst place for journalists. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/73535/palace-rues-ph-tag-as-3rd-worst-place-for-journalists

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-philippines-over-disputed-is/654032.html

10 APRIL 2013

Philippines Files Charges Against Chinese Ship Stuck on Reef

Philippine officials say 12 fishermen who were onboard a suspected Chinese ship are facing the first of several charges after their vessel got stuck on a major protected reef in the southwestern Philippines far from reefs and islands in the South China Sea that are contested by China. http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-files-charges-against-chinese-ship-that-got-stuck-in-protected-reef/1638419.html

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

9 MARCH 2013

21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized in Syria arrive safe in Amman

The United Nations welcomed the release on Saturday of 21 Filipino peacekeepers, who had been seized by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights, as they crossed to freedom in Jordan after a three-day ordeal. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/298564/pinoyabroad/news/21-filipino-un-peacekeepers-seized-in-syria-arrive-safe-in-amman?ref=bannerh1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21725991

8 MARCH 2013

Philippines: HRW condemns extrajudicial killing of activist mother

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for swift justice following the gunning down of an activist and mother of three in Davao City in the Philippines earlier this week. http://asiancorrespondent.com/100807/hrw-philippines-activist-cristina/

7 MARCH 2013

Philippines demands Syrian rebels release UN troops

The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407070.html

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China strategy for the Pilippines

The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/china-strategy-for-the-philippines/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos’ standoff in Borneo linked to peace deal with Muslim rebels

The peculiar standoff on Borneo between Malaysian security forces and a group of men from the southern Philippines has its roots in a recent landmark peace deal between Manila and Muslim rebels, according to an expert on the region. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/18/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Sultan: Hold your ground

Saying there was no turning back, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has declared that his followers who crossed into the town of Lahad Datu in the Malaysian state of Sabah this month were staying put to reclaim their ancestral homeland. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64851/sultan-hold-your-ground

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos refuse to end Borneo standoff

Followers of a Philippine sultan who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan has said amid a tense standoff. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201321824845491993.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/295486/news/regions/sabah-standoff-a-result-of-peace-pact-with-milf-sulu-sultan-claims?ref=bannerh1

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipino gunmen to leave Malaysia territory if demands are met

A group of close to 100 Filipinos, who are in a standoff with Malaysian authorities after forcing out villagers from Kampung Tanduao, is claiming to be the royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate. They also want to stay put in Sabah, an area they are laying claim to, and not be deported to the Philippines. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.asianewsnet.net/Filipino-gunmen-to-leave-Msia-territory-if-demands-42775.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130215-402284.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64577/heirs-of-sultan-of-sulu-pursue-sabah-claim-on-their-own

11 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines’ Aquino visits rebel stronghold

Philippines: Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory in a bid to speed up efforts to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253538/1/.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294388/news/nation/pnoy-visits-milf-in-former-battleground-in-maguindanao?ref=topstories

1 FEBRUARY 2013

China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ request to take South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/01/china-opposes-taking-sea-disputes-to-un-fm/

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

The Philippines has taken the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario announced. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippines-takes-China-to-UN-tribunal-41801.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21137144

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

3 JANUARY 2013

The Philippines the big surprise

The Philippine GDP growth rate for 2012 is now estimated to be 6 per cent, which exceeds many earlier consensus forecasts of around 5 per cent. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/03/the-philippines-2013-outlook/

2 JANUARY 2013

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131284554693970.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

27 DECEMBER 1012

A delayed take-off

The Philippines is finally picking up economic momentum, but this rapid growth has passed over the vast majority of the poor http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f0d5036-4443-11e2-932a-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_202857748#axzz2HekwaLbK

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

7 DECEMBER 2012

Death toll over 500 in the Philippines following typhoon

Rescuers were digging through mud and debris Friday to retrieve more bodies strewn across a farming valley in the southern Philippines by a powerful typhoon. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing. http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752731-death-toll-over-500-in-the-philippines-following-typhoon?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9714430/Philippines-criticises-dictatorial-China.html

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territor
http://asiancorrespondent.com/92683/philippines-will-not-stamp-new-chinese-passport/ http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-vietnam-refuse-to-stamps-new-chinese-passport/1554884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Manila, booming economy: growth exceeds (also) the estimates

The figure for the third quarter (July/September) showed a 7.1% increase compared to the same period in 2011. From « the sick man of Asia », the Philippines have become « the region’s diamond. » The country is among the top 10 in the world in 2012 for economic growth. Mindanao opens investment after the agreement between the government and the MILF
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila,-booming-economy:-growth-exceeds-(also)-the-estimates-26476.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-protests-depiction-of-disputed-islands-on-new-chinese-passports/1550883.
html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211229560658870.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Sea dispute to be raised at ASEM: Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday his country would raise overlapping claims to the South China Sea during a summit of Asian and European leaders in Laos this wee
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1235211/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Misuari to followers: Armed option remains

Moro leader Nur Misuari on Sunday told his followers here that armed struggle remained an option for the Moro National Liberation Front to advance the cause of the Bangsamoro people even if the MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/293208/misuari-mnlf-keeping-options-for-armed-struggle-open

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1231404/1/.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

Hunted by U.S.-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaida-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines. But the rebels turned them away, afraid that harboring extremists would scuttle their peace talks with the government.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90675/philippine-peace-deal-seen-as-blow-to-terrorists/

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Audit finds Philippines lost US$2.46b to anomalies

The Philippines lost $2.46 billion through misuse of state funds and assets during the latter years of graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s rule, government auditors said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1229865/1/.html

Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Media groups, Filipinos protest tough cyber law

Media groups and Filipinos stepped up calls Wednesday for repealing a tough new law that targets cybercrime but activists fear will be used to suppress online freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation. http://asiancorrespondent.com/90299/media-groups-filipinos-protest-tough-cyber-law/ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/281742/sc-no-tro-on-cyberlaw

2 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks on resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90293/philippines-muslim-rebels-close-to-peace-accord/

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines-China tension eases

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas met with China’s leader-in-waiting on Friday 21 and told him that Manila hoped to have friendly relations with Beijing and overcome difficulties caused by a territorial row in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/50916/ph-china-tension-eases

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

24 AUGUST 2012

First female chief justice named

President Benigno Aquino on Friday named a veteran judge as the first female chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, following his controversial ousting of her predecessor. http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367401.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/271066/news/nation/pnoy-names-sereno-new-chief-justice?ref=bannerh1

18 AUGUST 2012

Philippines interior secretary missing in plane crash

Interior secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after small plane crashed at sea off a central island. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/asia/philippines-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/252450/robredo-2-others-missing-after-plane-crash

6 AUGUST 2012

Philippines: Battle rages between govt troops, Islamic rebels in Maguindanao

Government troops and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are still locked in pitched battles in several towns of Maguindanao leaving the national highway that connects Cotabato City and General Santos City impassable.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87137/battle-rages-in-maguindanao/

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/45499/china-fishing-boats-warships-drop-anchor-off-pag-asa

25 JULY 2012

Philippines’ ex-leader Gloria Arroyo free on bail

A Philippine court has granted bail to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on election sabotage charges, but she is unlikely to leave detention immediately because of a pending corruption case.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86492/philippine-ex-leader-gets-bail-ruling-still-held/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18979995

23 JULY 2012

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all Filipinos on Monday to unite in sending a message to China over a territorial row, insisting his country would not give in to its more powerful neighbour. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120723-360873.html

20 JULY 2012

Philippines struggles to curb child labour

In the Philippines there is a renewed push to stamp out child labour where over millions of children eke out a living as workers, miners and farm hands instead of going to school. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012720103130712708.html

17 JULY 2012

Filipinos charged over $12,000 to flee Syria: Manila

Filipino workers trying to flee the unrest in Syria are being charged up to US$10,000 (S$12,624) by their employers before they can leave, the foreign department in Manila said on Tuesday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120717-359698.html

9 JULY 2012

Philippines suspends governor for hitting reporter

President Benigno Aquino suspends a province governor for a month without pay for storming a state-run radio station and hitting a broadcaster on the head with a microphone.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120709-358093.html

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

China’s rising assertiveness to claims over the contested Spratly Islands has spurred the Philippines to ramp up a long-overdue upgrade of its external defense capability. Manila’s move signals an impending arms race in the increasingly volatile region. Next month, Philippine President Benigno Aquino’s government will begin bidding for some 70 billion pesos (US$1.8 billion) worth of military contracts, the initial outlay of a 500 billion peso budget for a five-year modernization of the 125,000-strong Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP)
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NG06Ae01.html

30 JUNE 2012

Gov’t not doing enough to punish rights abusers’

A New York-based human rights watchdog on Saturday said Philippine government efforts at prosecuting human rights violators were not enough, with most cases failing to reach the trial stage.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/42407/govt-not-doing-enough-to-punish-rights-abusers

28 JUNE 2012

Another prospective witness in Maguindanao massacre case confirmed killed

A prosecutor in the Maguindanao massacre case on Thursday confirmed that another prospective prosecution witness has been killed.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/263428/news/nation/another-prospective-witness-in-maguindanao-massacre-case-confirmed-killed?ref=topstories
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621705

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials. http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

18 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said Monday 18.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40487/china-not-pulling-out-7-vessels-around-scarborough-shoal

17 JUNE 2012

Communists ready to resume talks with Philippines

Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies said Sunday they were prepared to resume formal peace talks with the government.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/214067/communists-ready-to-resume-talks-with-philippines

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40007/scarborough-shoal-it%E2%80%99s-ph-map-vs-china-map

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

29 MAY 2012

Philippine Senate convicts chief justice

Philippine senators have voted overwhelmingly to convict Renato Corona, the country’s top judge, for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts after a trial that lasted five months http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252992220148225.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203217/guilty-corona-accepts-fate-after-senate%e2%80%99s-20-3-vote

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/37711/92-china-ships-now-in-panatag-shoal-tensions-up

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

Hundreds of Filipinos demonstrated outside the Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday over an escalating territorial row, with the protesters denouncing China’s rulers as arrogant bullies http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/philippines-china-dispute/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120511-345343.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18030805

28 APRIL 2012

UN approves PH territorial claim to Benham Rise

The United Nations has approved the Philippines’ territorial claim to Benham Rise, an undersea landmass in the Pacific Ocean potentially rich in mineral and natural gas deposits, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/183779/un-approves-ph-territorial-claim-to-benham-rise

23 APRIL 2012

Manila Court Backs Breakup of Aquino Estate

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court in the Philippines ruled unanimously on Tuesday 23 to break up the rambling estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to more than 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of sometimes bloody conflict over the land
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/manila-court-backs-breakup-of-aquino-estate.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

In the strongest comments yet from an American official on the South China Sea dispute, Commander of the US Marines in the Pacific Lieutenant General Duane Thiessen said the Philippines and US were bound by a military agreement
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/255828/news/nation/us-commander-reaffirms-phl-defense-treaty?ref=related_stories

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29742&sec=1

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Panatag Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday 17
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/33497/china-to-philippines-quit-scarborough-shoal http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340640.html

11 APRIL 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to corruption charge

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband have pleaded not guilty to corruption charges related to an overpriced deal with a Chinese telecommunications company in a second criminal case against her
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114826389816.html

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

The Philippines has summoned China’s ambassador in Manila after two Chinese ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241112736382783.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29560&sec=1

18 MARCH 2012

Japan to pour more investments in PH

The Japanese are back and a euphoric President Benigno Aquino III says he expects the wave of Japanese investments currently pouring into the country to continue for some time.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/163239/japan-to-pour-more-investments-in-ph

3 MARCH 2012

Government defends abstention in UN vote on Syria

Fearing reprisals against Filipino workers, the Philippine government abstained from voting on a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolution deploring the “brutal actions of the Syrian regime” and reiterating the need to urgently address humanitarian needs, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/27133/government-defends-abstention-in-un-vote-on-syria

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120229-330899.html

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to poll fraud

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has pleaded not guilty to an electoral fraud charge at the opening of a landmark trial.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222311129150864.html

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16459425

7 JANUARY 2012

While one general rises …

Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, a senior military aide to former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, will now serve « Cory’s » son, current President Benigno Aquino III, as the 43rd chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Dellosa’s appointment comes at a time of rising security threats, including growing maritime tensions with China and changing dynamics in insurgencies in the country’s southern region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae02.html

… while another one falls
The recent filing of kidnapping and illegal detention charges against prominent retired Philippine general Jovito Palparan has restored faith in President Benigno Aquino’s promised reform agenda and given cheer to the country’s many human-rights campaigners. Palparan, a figure intimately tied to the rash of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances recorded during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidency, has disappeared since the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued charges against him and three other soldiers for kidnapping two University of the Philippines students and a peasant farmer in June 2006
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae01.html

27 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flash floods death toll nears 1,500

Almost 1,500 people are now known to have died in flash floods that struck the southern Philippines more than a week ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336706

19 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines floods: Aid agencies say 120,000 in need

Aid agencies in the Philippines are trying to reach more than 120,000 people affected by flash flooding on the island of Mindanao. At least 972 people died in the disaster, according to goverment sources.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16249763
http://www.france24.com/en/20111219-mass-burial-flash-flood-victims-death-count-650-philippines-washi-rescue
18 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flood toll passes 650 as search continues

The number of people killed in the Philippines by floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi has risen to 650. Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing on southern Mindanao island. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112184120695345.htmlhttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/philippines-storm/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-16236757 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/flooding-kills-scores-in-southern-philippines.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 DECEMBER 2011

US urges China to release human rights lawyer

The United States has urged China to « immediately release » human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and to clarify his whereabouts. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121618851238855.html
13 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine vote official held on fraud charge

Benjamin Abalos, the former head of the country’s election authority, surrendered to a Manila regional court in suburban Pasay city on Tuesday 13 and was placed under arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121375759425118.html

12 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine chief justice impeached

The Philippine House of Representatives has impeached the country’s supreme court chief justice over alleged corruption and favoritism toward arrested ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A majority of the 284 members of the lower chamber of congress signed a resolution on Monday to impeach Renato Corona, who will now be tried by the senate in an impeachment tribunal
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121214140969931.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16144786

6 DECEMBER 2011

Palace-Supreme Court fight escalates

Philippines: Palace officials on Tuesday joined President Benigno Aquino III in stepping up attacks against the Supreme Court, warning magistrates against obstructing a popular reformist agenda and raising the specter of a people power uprising
against them
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/106417/palace-supreme-court-fight-escalates

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Mike Arroyo liable in helicopter scam

A fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman found the husband of the former President and now Pampanga representative liable for graft charges for the allegedly anomalous sale of helicopters to the Philippine National Police in 2009
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/99407/mike-arroyo-liable-in-helicopter-scam

Slow trial frustrates Philippine massacre kin

Two years after a political massacre in the southern Philippines became the single worst slaying of journalists in the world, more than half of the nearly 200 suspects remain at large
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45410170/ns/world_news/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK24Ae02.html

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
18 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines: Gloria Arroyo stopped from boarding plane

The Philippine government has defied a Supreme Court ruling that allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15732351
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/20111115113623552423.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111681616795467.html

More Filipino families rate themselves poor in survey

The number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor has grown, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, particularly in Luzon (excluding Metro Manila) where gloom about worsening conditions had expanded, eclipsing improvements seen in other areas.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/93967/more-filipino-families-rate-themselves-poor-in-survey
10 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines roils South China Sea

Tensions are rising again as China and the Philippines bump boats and trade diplomatic barbs over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Adding fuel to the fire were recent « war games » staged by 3,000 American and Filipino marines near the hotly disputed maritime territory. The latest row was sparked by alleged intrusions into each other’s claimed area in the potentially oil-and-gas rich chain of islands, where more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage passes each year. It also comes ahead of a crucial East Asian Summit meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia where world leaders will be in attendance and the issue on the agenda
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK10Ae01.html

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines bans ex-president Arroyo from travel

The Philippine government on Tuesday rejected an appeal from former president Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment, saying she may be trying to avoid a graft probe.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111108-309408.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673847.php/Ex-Philippine-president-Arroyo-not-allowed-to-seek-treatment-abroad

3 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines ranks 8th among 135 on world gender equality

The Philippines, where women and men enjoy the same access to education, remains in the top 10 countries with the least gender gap, according to the 2011 Global Gender Gap rankings by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. From ninth place last year, the Philippines ranks eighth among 135 countries this year, with a score of 0.768.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/16879/philippines-ranks-8th-among-135-on-world-gender-equality

26 OCTOBER 2011

Clashes in Philippines Could Threaten Government Peace Talks

Philippine defense officials say fighting between government forces and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group has displaced some 20,000 residents of two southern provinces. The fighting is happening even though the two sides are in the midst of peace talks.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/southeast/Clashes-in-Philippines-Could-Threaten-Government-Peace-Talks-132611893.html

17 OCTOBER 2011

Italian missionary’s slay shocks Church

In a broad daylight murder that stunned members of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as government officials, Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio—fondly known as “Father Pops”—was gunned down in a church compound in Arakan town while a flag-raising ceremony was going on nearby
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/15531/italian-missionarys-slay-shocks-church

15 OCTOBER 2011

Wasted youth in the Philippines

It’s a cliche for politicians to talk about youth as the hope of a nation. In the Philippines, national leaders are instead planning a war on youth. A series of startling crimes committed by children barely out of grade school has national legislators mulling legal changes that would make kids as young as nine years old criminally liable for their actions. Calls to lower the age limit gained momentum following news footage featuring a series of armed robberies committed by minors who forcibly open the doors of taxis caught in traffic
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MJ15Ae02.html

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

24 AUGUST 2011

President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

The Philippines’ newest warship, which sailed on Tuesday into Manila Bay after a 14,679-kilometer voyage from the United States, was hailed by President Benigno Aquino III as a symbol of the country’s determination to defend its claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South
China Sea)
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/46823/president-aquino-ship-symbol-of-our-defense

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20419&sec=1
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/35983/philippines-china-word-war-worsens

29 JULY 2011

House raiders: So sorry

“You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

With those words, Senior Superintendent Rafael Santiago on Friday apologized to the Filipino nation, “and especially to Madame Susan Roces,” for what he and his men did six years ago—steal election returns (ERs) to ensure the victory of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the
fraud-marred 2004 presidential election.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/33073/house-raiders-so-sorry

28 JULY 2011

The Aquino-Arroyo Contest Heats Up

The bloodhounds appear to be sniffing closer to former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom the current president, Benigno S. Aquino III, has vowed to put in jail on corruption charges. Whether they will track her down remains problematical, given the Filipino culture of
impunity. Arroyo announced earlier this week that she was to enter St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila on July 28 for what was described as a “risky” operation to correct a pinched nerve in her spine. And, despite the fact that Aquino appears intent in getting her behind bars, the Malacañang presidential palace asked the public to offer prayers for Mrs. Arroyo’s recovery
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3351&Itemid=187

20 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys

The politicians landed on Pagasa island, the only island in the Spratlys chain populated by Filipinos, and sang the national anthem with residents
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14212130
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011720202513219765.html

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

15 JULY 2011

Philippine navy colonel detained for calling for Aquino ouster

A colonel in the Philippine Navy who allegedly called for the ouster of the government has been confined to his quarters, the chief of the navy said Frida
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1651389.php/Philippine-navy-colonel-detained-for-calling-for-Aquino-ouster

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

26 MAY 2011

A million Filipinos joined ranks of unemployed since November

More than one million adult Filipinos joined the ranks of the unemployed between November and March, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS survey, conducted on March 4 to 7 and released on Wednesday, said adult unemployment rose to 27.2 percent, or an estimated 11.3 million, from 23.5 percent (9.9 million) just four months before.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/9254/a-million-filipinos-joined-ranks-of-unemployed-since-nov

23 MAY 2011

Call for Chinese restraint over Spratlys

Meeting amid renewed tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the defence chiefs of China and the Philippines jointly called for « responsible behaviour » while all parties work for a peaceful resolution
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.htmlwsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19058&sec=1

20 MAY 2011

Saudis reject Philippine maids pay rise bid

The Philippines said Friday Saudi Arabia had rejected a demand to guarantee higher pay for Filipina maids, temporarily closing one of the largest labour markets for the struggling Asian nation. The dispute began early this year after the Philippines demanded a minimum US$400 (S$494) monthly wage for its domestic workers as well as proof that Saudi households employing them would pay and provide humane working conditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110520-279878.html

29 APRIL 2011

VFA allows US presence But DFA adds revival of US bases ‘not possible

Temporary US presence in the country may be permitted, but the return of American military bases in the Philippines is “not possible” under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110429-333544/VFA-allows-US-presence

7 APRIL 2011

Ex-dictator Marcos in Philippine ‘Hall of Heroes

Marcos, who has been accused of human rights abuses and massive corruption, is in the museum as part of a showcase for those who received the military’s highest honour, the « Medal of Valour, » Brigadier General Jose Mabanta told AFP
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110407-272352.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

07 FEBRUARY 2011

MILF divided, Mindanao peace process at risk

Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front create a new army and leave the line of dialogue supported by the rest of the group. AsiaNews sources emphasize the risk of a new civil war in the Muslim majority region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/MILF-divided,-Mindanao-peace-process-at-risk-20712.html

27 October 2010

Policeman says he was paid for Philippine massacre

A Philippine police officer on Wednesday 27 testified in court that he was paid about 350 US dollars (S$455) by a powerful Muslim clan scion to help carry out the country’s worst political massacre.

Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon said he received the money from Andal Ampatuan Jnr to set up the police checkpoint that stopped the convoy of a rival politician in the southern province of Maguindanao last year
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20101027-244498.html

19 OCTOBER 2010

Filipinos aim to give US army the boot

Some 3,000 United States Marines are currently in the Philippines for joint training exercises with their Filipino counterparts amid mounting opposition calls to scrap a controversial bilateral military pact
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LJ20Ae02.html

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

17 MAY 2010

Elections in the Philippines: Little to be Proud of

Gabriela Perdomo – Final results are yet to be announced but it is not too early to give a poor mark to the most recent presidential and legislative elections in the Philippines. The May 10 ballot was marked by allegations of fraud, vote-buying and violence, leading up to and on election day, leaving dozens of fatal victims behind
http://www.angus-reid.com/analysis/view/35499/elections_in_the_philippines_little_to_be_proud_of/

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

 

 

 

Taiwan home affairs and society

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10 JUNE 2017

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201706100018.aspx
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/10/tremendous-loss-taiwan-acclaimed-director-believed-killed-helicopter-crash-assignment/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/06/10/498550/beyond-beauty.htm

24 MAY 2017

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions
http://www.atimes.com/article/first-asia-taiwan-recognizes-sex-marriage/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170521_09/

24 APRIL 2017

Most of the new Taiwan citizens come from Vietnam

Nearly 70 per cent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-new-taiwan-citizens-come-vietnam#sthash.30qrNUqN.dpuf

28 MARCH 2017

Taiwan district court acquits former president of leaking classified information

A Taiwan district court cleared former president Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday of charges of leaking classified information over a controversial wiretapping case in 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2082778/taiwan-district-court-acquits-former-president-leaking
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201703280019.aspx
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-found-not-guilty-in-leaks-case/3631002.html

14 MARCH 2017

Taiwan’s ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou was once a luminous figure. But his attempt to bring down a rival politician has landed him in court. If convicted he could be imprisoned for several years. Klaus Bardenhagen reports from Taipei
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-ex-president-indicted-in-wiretapping-scandal/a-37933123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-ying-jeou-charged-with-leaking/3593430.html

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre

Supporters of Taiwan independence and cross-strait unification clashed on Tuesday at a Taipei hall built in memory of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as the island commemorated the 1947 massacre in which the Chiang was blamed for killing thousands of Taiwanese 70 years ago
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

11 JUNUARY 2017

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_02/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201701110029.aspx

2 JANUARY 2017

The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

On Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump startled observers when, departing from protocol, he took a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has suggested that under his administration, the United States may break from the pointedly ambiguous “One China policy.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?postshare=9731483517456576&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.db03c8330ebc

26 DECEMBER 2016

Chen Shui-bian makes first public speech after prison release

Chen – who was handed a 20-year sentence for a string of corruption charges shortly after leaving office in 2008 – made a short speech at the opening of his daughter’s dental clinic in Tainan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chen-shui-bian-makes-first-public-speech-after-prison-release

17  DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s Kuomintang party is broke and adrift

A new law has allowed the government to freeze its assets, leaving it unable to pay staff
http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21711925-new-law-has-allowed-government-freeze-its-assets-leaving-it-unable-pay-staff-taiwans

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwanese ‘double agent’ jailed for 18 years after decade of spying for mainland China

A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for mainland China as relations worsen with Beijing.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021960/taiwanese-double-agent-jailed-18-years-after-decade

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan opposition KMT’s bank account frozen in assets probe

 Taiwan’s government has ordered a freeze on the opposition Kuomintang’s bank account, officials said Thursday, as part of an investigation into its allegedly ill-gotten political assets
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-kmts-bank-account-frozen-assets-probe

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

 Taiwan politicians break ranks to meet with Beijing

 A group of opposition officials from Taiwan have bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip as relations with Beijing turn frosty under new president Tsai Ing-wen
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-politicians-break-ranks-meet-beijing

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thousands take to streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei in protest against govt’s plans to reform pensions

A record 250,000 retired military personnel, police officers, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s pension reform plans, which they say are unfair and « humiliate » their professions
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-take-to-streets-of-taiwans-capital-taipei-to-protest-govts-plans-to-reform
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/04/2003654459/1

27 AUGUST 2016

Grading Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office

It has been 100 days since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office, and public disappointment is already growing towards her administration. A series of policy flip-flops have added to the impression that her administration is indecisive
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/grading-tsais-first-100-days-in-office
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/policy-indecision-marks/3075912.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608270019.aspx

23 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s population to decrease in 5-9 years

 Taiwan has a low birth rate compared to most other countries. As longevity increases, the nation will turn into an aged society in two years, and a super-aged society in 10 years
http://www.asianews.network/content/taiwan%E2%80%99s-population-decrease-5-9-years-26231

15 AUGUST 2016

President Tsai Ing-wen ‘losing control’ of Taiwan’s pro-independence camp

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is facing what analysts view as the biggest challenge to her authority since taking office after she reluctantly withdrew her nominations for the top posts in the island’s judiciary.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2004169/president-tsai-ing-wen-losing-control-taiwans-pro

1st AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologises to country’s indigenous people for first time in history

President Tsai Ing-wen has formally apologised to Taiwan’s indigenous people for centuries of suffering, becoming the country’s first-ever leader to do so
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36940243
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608010026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/02/2003652277

22 JULY 2016

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?

 Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/how-bad-is-taiwans-economy/

12 JUNE 2016

Taiwan rejects ex-president’s Hong Kong trip

Taiwanese authorities on Sunday (June 12) refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-rejects-ex-presidents-hong-kong-trip
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/13/2003648490
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/13/469179/Presidential-Office.htm

21 MAY 2016

Ma Ying-jeou faces investigation in 24 cases against him

Former President Ma Ying-jeou is facing investigation in several cases, including corruption allegations against him, as he has lost his presidential immunity from prosecution
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ma-ying-jeou-faces-investigation-24-cases-against-him

20 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president

Taiwan swears-in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female President, taking the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president-amid-warnings-from-chi/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/20/taiwan-s-first-female-president-tsai-ing-wen-sworn-in/http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605200008.aspx
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160520_23/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

26 APRIL 2016

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby

Archaeologists in Taiwan have found a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-fossils-idUSKCN0XN1WI

13 APRIL 2016

Taipei will not be part of Beijing’s Super-Bank: Humiliating conditions

The island’s government announces that it will not be part of the Asian Investment Bank. For entry, the Chinese government demanded it make an application through its Ministry of Finance. This model « is not acceptable. Not only does this wound our national dignity, but violates the very principle of dignity. « 
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei-will-not-be-part-of-Beijing’s-Super-Bank:-Humiliating-conditions-37206.html

8 APRIL 2016

Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet

Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-first-ministers-new-cabinet#sthash.osubKpQF.dpuf

7 APRIL 2016

No Taiwan politicians found in ‘Panama Papers’ initial report

No Taiwan politicians are among the 90 Taiwanese passport holders whose names were found among the massive trove of leaked files from the Panama-based offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to an initial report released by CommonWealth Magazine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-taiwan-politicians-found-panama-papers-initial-report#sthash.faRV1sgf.dpuf

26 MARCH 2016

Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/kuomintang-picks-little-hot-chili-pepper-hung-hsiu-chu-new-party-chief
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/27/2003642525
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/27/461865/Hung-elected.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier

Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/16/2003641679
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160315_25/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwanese Mark Lee and Chiang Wei-liang win Berlin awards

Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee (李屏賓) on Saturday won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Taiwanese director Chiang Wei-liang (曾威量) was awarded the Audi Short Film Award for his film Anchorage Prohibited (禁止下錨).
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/22/2003639925

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116, as rescue ends

Tainan City government called off rescue missions in the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex Saturday, from which 114 people were found dead, bringing the death toll to 116 in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan Feb. 6
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35569224
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201602130020.aspx

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) won the ninth legislative speakership election in a widely predicted landslide victory, becoming the nation’s first non-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) speaker.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/02/2003638625
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241944&ctNode=2194&mp=9
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/02/02/457596/LY-elects.htm

28 JANUARY 2016

ROC improves in Corruption Perceptions Index ranking

Taiwan ranked No. 30 out of 168 countries and territories surveyed in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Jan. 27 by Berlin-based Transparency International
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241755&ctNode=2194&mp=9

25 JANUARY 2016

Simon Chang appointed as new premier

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has appointed Simon Chang (張善政) as the new premier after approving the resignation of former Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601250020.aspx
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/2016/01/26/457039/President-appoints.htm

 

16 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan election: First female president Tsai Ing-wen elected after landslide victory against ruling Kuomintang including in parliament

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35333647
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/16/asia/taiwan-election/index.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601160033.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601170012.aspx
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/122524/taiwans-new-leader-disappears-chinese-social-network

 

17 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s embattled KMT ousts presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu

At an emergency congress, party members voted overwhelmingly to drop Hung Hsiu-chu following a series of poor ratings in opinion polls. She will be replaced by the party’s chairman, Eric Chu
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34559238
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-embattled-kmt-ousts-presidential-candidate-hung-hsiu-chu

10 OCTOBER 2015

Rare blue-green accord on National Day

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), attending for the first time in President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) two terms, said she had accepted her invitation in the spirit of national unity
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/10/11/448042/Rare-blue-green.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201510100004.aspx

19 AUGUST 2015

New political party established to campaign for social welfare

A new political party, the Social Welfare Party (SWP,社會福利黨), was established in Taipei on Wednesday to campaign for better social welfare policies, joining a wave of new and emerging parties that are eyeing seats in Taiwan’s Legislature
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508190027.aspx

14 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan, « happiness » boom : never such a high quality of life

The annual survey published by the National Development Council shows that 88% of citizens are satisfied with their family life . The only drawback is the social involvement: almost 50% never help in community life.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan,-happiness-boom-:-never-such-a-high-quality-of-life-35044.html

6 AUGUST 2015

James Soong announces presidential bid

James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of Taiwan’s minority People First Party (PFP), announced Thursday that he will stand in the presidential election to be held next January
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508060006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/08/07/2003624795

2 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan protesters rip up textbooks, demanding education minister’s resignation

Nearly a thousand people rallied outside Taiwan’s education ministry on Sunday (Aug 2), demanding the minister’s resignation and the scrapping of what they describe as a « China-centric » high school curriculum.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-protesters-rip-up/2024130.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/08/03/2003624506

19 JULY 2015

 Taiwan’s ruling party endorses conservative pro-China candidate Hung Hsiu-chu for presidential run

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has officially endorsed wildcard candidate Hung Hsiu-chu to run for president next year, as the deeply divided party faces a battle to regain public support.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-19/taiwans-ruling-party-endorses-conservative-prochina-candidate-hung-hsiuchu-for-presidential-run/1471606
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201507190019.aspx

23 JUNE 2015

 Taiwan attracts high number of immigrants from Hong Kong, Macau

A growing number of residents from Hong Kong and Macau are relocating to Taiwan, as the island is coming up with schemes to attract talent and investors from overseas.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-attracts-high/1935608.html

 

24 MAY 2015

 Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins best director at Cannes Film Festival

 Prominent Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday with his first martial arts film « The Assassin » (聶隱娘)http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250002.aspx
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/572427/taiwan-celebrates-hou-best-director-award-at-cannes
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aedu/201505250025.aspx

21 MAY 2015

‘Taiwan’s Mandela’ announces presidential bid

A veteran Taiwanese opposition figure and human rights activist launched a bid on Thursday (May 21) to stand for president next year, posing the latest threat to the embattled ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-mandela/1863522.html

16 MAY 2015

Eric Chu will not run for president in Taiwan’s 2016 election

The head of Taiwan’s ruling party says he will not run for president in the 2016 election. Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu has declined to take part in the party’s primary to select its candidate, as registration closed on Saturday (May 16).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/eric-chu-will-not-run-for/1851400.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/05/17/436208/Chus-pledge.htm

15 MAY 2015

New Taiwan labour laws: Two days off per week, maximum 40 working hours beginning 2016

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the maximum allowable working hours will be cut to 40 per week with a mandatory two days off, officials of the Legislative Yuan said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-labour-laws-two-days-week-maximum-40-working-hours-beginning-2016

 

18 APRIL 2015

Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president

President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201504180014.aspx

15 APRIL 2015

Taiwan opposition DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as 2016 candidate

Taiwan could be on track for its first ever female leader after the island’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will run for president
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/16/2003616029
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-reveals-female-presidential-candidate
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201504150093

18 MARCH 2015

Taiwan protesters rally to mark « Sunflower Movement » anniversary

Taiwan protesters Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the student-led « Sunflower Movement », which saw the occupation of parliament for more than three weeks over a trade pact with China.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/500659/taiwan-protesters-rally-to-mark-sunflower-movement-anniversary
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/03/19/2003613879

1 MARCH 2015

Chiang statue beheaded as Taiwan marks ‘White Terror’

A statue of Taiwan’s former leader Chiang Kai-shek was beheaded in another sign of growing fears over Chinese influence on the island as it marked the anniversary of a 1947 massacre that left thousands dead, reports said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chiang-statue-beheaded-taiwan-marks-white-terror

23 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan’s ex-leader faces fresh money laundering charge

Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted convicted former president Chen Shui-bian on an additional charge of money laundering, less than three weeks after he was freed from jail on a medical parole
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-leader-faces-fresh-money-laundering-charge
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2015/01/24/2003609973

17 JANUARY 2015

In Taiwan, KMT elects Eric Chu chairman

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) is elected chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with 99.61 percent of all ballots cast, the highest in terms of percentage of votes obtained since the party first chose its leader by popular vote among party members in 2000.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/01/18/2003609503
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-embattled-ruling-party-looks-new-leader-turn-tide-0

13 JANUARY 2015

Prominent Taiwanese women’s advocate Shih Chi-ching dies

Taiwanese women’s rights advocate and writer Shih Chi-ching died of a heart attack at her home in Miaoli county in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the Central News Agency. The writer played a role in reforms of the country’s divorce laws.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1104&MainCatID=11&id=20150115000177

5 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan ex-president Chen Shui-bian granted parole

Ailing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is released from prison on medical parole after serving six years for a graft conviction relating to his presidency.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30677700
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/01/06/2003608566

28 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s ex-VP Lu goes on hunger strike seeking parole for Chen Shui-bian

Taiwan’s former vice-president Annette Lu, 70, started her hunger strike on Sunday (Dec 28) as part of a growing campaign for the release from prison of ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-ex-vp-goes-on/1553956.html

8 DECEMBER 2014

New Taipei mayor appoints James Soong as chief adviser

Ko Wen-je, elected as Taipei’s next mayor on Nov. 29, invited minor opposition People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong to serve as his chief adviser on Monday, an offer which was readily accepted.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141208000098&cid=1101

3 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou quits as Kuomintang chief

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has resigned as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/12/04/2003605930
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30288662

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

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

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

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

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/23/taiwan-battles-economic-and-cross-strait-tensions-in-2013/

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382462/rallies-as-taiwan-split-over-gay-marriage
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/12/01/394927/Gay-marriage.htm

26 NOVEMBER 2013

China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381797/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protests

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379965/gambia-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-taipei

4 NOVEMBER 2013

First direct China-Taiwan telecoms cable goes live

The first telecommunications cable directly linking Taiwan and China has begun operating. It is expected to meet surging demand arising from closer economic ties between the two former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378138/first-direct-china-taiwan-telecoms-cable-goes-live
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/first-direct-china-taiwan-telecoms-cable-goes-live-officials

26 OCTOBER 2013

Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalize same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tens-thousands-march-same-sex-marriage-taiwan

Taiwan major held on China spying claims: Report

Taiwanese air force major has been taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China, a report said Saturday, in the latest spying scandal to hit Taiwan.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-major-held-china-spying-claims-report

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

19 OCTOBER 2013

Recent population figures confirm Taiwan aging problem: official

Recent official statistics showing an increase in Taiwan’s 65-and-over population indicate that Taiwan is on course to go from being an « aging society » to an « aged society, » said deputy interior minister Hsiao Chia-chi

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131020000059&cid=1103

15 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah survives no-confidence vote

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Tuesday survived a no-confidence vote launched by opposition lawmakers who accused the government of violating the constitution over attempts to expel the parliamentary speaker.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374807/taiwan-premier-survives-no-confidence-vote
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/10/16/391433/No-confidence-motion.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131015000081&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2013

Anti-government protesters dog Taiwan National Day

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114279/government-protesters-dog-taiwan-national-day/

8 OCTOBER 2013

China could invade by 2020, Taiwan’s military says

If China’s 20-year-long military buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be capable of invading Taiwan by 2020 despite any moves by Taiwanese allies to repel an incursion, a Taiwanese military report said Tuesday.

http://www.france24.com/en/20131009-china-could-invade-by-2020-taiwan-military-report

3 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan president questioned in leaking info probe

Taiwanese prosecutors questioned President Ma Ying-jeou late Thursday, a report said, following allegations that a legislator’s phone was wiretapped in a widening political scandal that has gripped the island.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372893/taiwan-leader-questioned-in-leaking-info-probe

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan premierJiang blocked from speaking at Legislature

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocked Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan’s session opening yesterday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/09/18/389197/Jiang-blocked.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130917000092&cid=1101

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Charting Course for 2014 Elections, Taiwanese Opposition Debates China Policy

The leaders of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have spent the summer in discussion and negotiation over the Party’s China policy, trying to establish a consensus on one of the central issues of Taiwanese politics. These negotiations, taking place in the party’s newly-revived China Affairs Committee (CAC), represent a significant shift in strategy for the party, which is trying to establish and bolster its foreign and cross-straits policy credentials.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41351&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=2f84ae0ee91fb79abf1d9841635c8c83#.UjNxzctOLIU

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Speaker Ousted in Political Scandal

Taiwan’s ruling party has expelled the speaker of the parliament in a move that has shaken up the island’s politics and put in question a cross-strait trade agreement with Beijing. Wang Jin-pyng was removed from the party because of allegations that he improperly pressured prosecutors in a case involving a fellow lawmaker.
http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-speaker-ousted-in-polticial-scandal/1747786.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24050840

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Ma taking Taiwan back to ‘White Terror’ era: DPP

In a rare show of solidarity, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition and his rival within the party accused President Ma Ying-jeou Monday of returning the country to the « White Terror » era of autocratic rule.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130910000070&cid=1101

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

In Taipei, 1,200 gather for gay marriage ‘wedding banquet’

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organizers said.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/local/taipei/2013/09/08/388402/1200-gather.htm

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwanese director wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang won the Grand Jury Prize for his latest film Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs) at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130909000058&cid=1104

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Number of female managers in Taiwan soars by nearly 60%

The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58% from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000006&cid=1103

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Taiwan Justice minister steps down amid controversy

Justice minister Tseng Yung-fu resigned Friday, hours after being accused of influence peddling by prosecutors in a special investigation unit.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130907000048&cid=1101

31 AUGUST 2013

Taipei, government launches new measures to protect foreign workers

About half a million migrants, mostly from Indonesia and Thailand, live and work on the island. The government wants to curb the mediation of employment agencies, which undermine productivity and often hire workers illegally.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-government-launches-new-measures-to-protect-foreign-workers-28885.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Taiwanese President Ma’s confidante granted bail in bribery case

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwanese-president-mas-confidante-granted-bail-bribery-case

23 AUGUST 2013

The Democratic Progressive Party’s Defense Policy Blue Papers and the Opposition’s Vision for Taiwan’s National Defense

The blue paper, a series of four documents prepared by the DPP’s New Frontier Foundation, gave Chairman Su Tseng-Chang ammunition for speeches stressing the party’s defense credentials to the Taiwan public and the United States.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41303&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=54e4bd9ee534f173510547dc38722975#.UhkU-MtOLIU

Taiwan ‘to go on buying arms from US’

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/366078/taiwan-to-go-on-buying-arms-from-us

14 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan’s convicted ex-president to rejoin opposition

Taiwan’s main opposition grouping on Wednesday approved an application by disgraced ex-president Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party despite fears the move would damage its image.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-convicted-ex-president-rejoin-opposition

8 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan upholds first public transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363723/taiwan-upholds-first-public-transgender-marriageas set Aug. 14 Gaeseong talks

7 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan names new defence chief amid plagiarism scandal

Taiwan’s chief of general staff General Yen Ming was named defence minister on Wednesday following the resignation of his predecessor over plagiarism claims just six days after taking office.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-names-new-defence/768320.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-new-defence-chief-amid-plagiarism-scandal

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201387960611283.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Defense minister resigns after only six days on the job

Taiwan Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖), who was appointed only last week, tendered his resignation last night due to a plagiarized article in a 2007 book he wrote and edited.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/08/07/385759/Defense-minister.htm

2 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan politicians scuffle over nuclear bill

Taiwan’s politicians have punched each other and wrestled in a parliamentary brawl over a controversial bill on a nuclear power plant.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/02/taiwan-lawmakers-brawl-in-parliament/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/02/taiwanese-mps-fight-parliament-video

1 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan leader defends controversial China trade deal

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday defended a controversial trade pact with China following protests against the deal, saying it would benefit the island’s economy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362614/taiwan-leader-defends-controversial-china-trade-deal

29 JULY 2013

Taiwan defence minister resigns after corporal’s death

Taiwan’s defence minister has resigned, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday, after the death of a corporal who was allegedly abused by the military in a case that has sparked outrage across the island.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/759618.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/30/385061/Defense-chief.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130729000082&cid=1101

23 JULY 2013

Taiwan struggles to recruit soldiers

Taiwan’s military managed to recruit only 1,847 soldiers or 31 per cent of its targeted number in the first half of the year, raising doubts over whether it can transition smoothly from a decades-old conscription system to one built around professionals by 2015.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Taiwan-struggles-to-recruit-soldiers–49410.html

20 JULY 2013

Taiwan’s Ma reelected ruling party chief

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was overwhelmingly reelected chairman of the ruling party Saturday, amid corruption scandals involving top officials and public anger at his government.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130720-438837.html

5 JULY 2013

It’s Taiwan’s fault if it doesn’t trust us, says Chinese general

Chinese general Luo Yuan, vice chairman of the China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, says Taiwan’s attitude is the factor that has delayed the building of cross-strait military trust.                                                                                                                          http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130705000138&cid=1101

2 JULY 2013

Taipei mayor sets off on trip to China, Russia

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday (2 July) led a delegation to attend the three-day Taipei-Shanghai City Forum, which will be held today in China, with the mayor’s delegation then set to head to Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan on July 6.                                                                                                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/07/03/382726/Taipei-mayor.htm

25 JUNE 2013

All-out brawl erupts in Legislature

A massive brawl erupted among lawmakers in the Legislature yesterday, as members of the ruling party and opposition party fought for control over the rostrum, ahead of a scheduled discussion on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum.                                                                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/25/fight-breaks-out-in-taiwan-s-parliament/                 http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/26/382137/All-out-brawl.htm

23 JUNE 2013

Chen Guangcheng visits Taiwan

In Taiwan Chen is scheduled to give a news conference, address the island’s legislature, meet the parliamentary Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng, and speak at universities.                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/23/chen-guangcheng-visits-taiwan

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday.                                                                                                                                                       http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

13 JUNE 2013

Important consensus reached between KMT, CPC: Yu Zhengsheng

A senior Chinese official said Thursday that important consensus had been reached between the ruling parties of Taiwan and China regarding the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.                                                                                                                         http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130614000075&cid=1101

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                          http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=40996&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=de1474d596c6712a34e9845332c977aa

3 JUNE 2013

Taiwan’s former president attempts suicide

Taiwan’s imprisoned   former President Chen Shui-bian tried to kill himself but was stopped by guards, the Justice Ministry said.                                                                                                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136374625995221.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22750253                                           http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/06/04/380303/Ex-president-attempts.htm

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard.                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate.                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

Gangsters and politics shake hands in Taiwan

In Taiwan, the borderline between the realms of politics and organized crime has always been murky; some people say that gangsters on the island do not bribe politicians but become them. Yet a recent mass attempt by outlaws to become members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has perplexed observers                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150513.html

14 MAY 2013

Ma Ying-jeou’s popularity falls to new low

Support for Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, has fallen to a record low of 19.1%, while public dissatisfaction has climbed to a record high of 69.9%, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.                                                                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130514000004&cid=1101

7 MAY 2013

Taiwan intelligence unit confirms Hong Kong visit

A top Taiwanese intelligence official has visited Hong Kong in a landmark trip seen as the latest sign of fast-warming ties between Taiwan and former rival China, officials and local media said Tuesday.                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130507-420972.html

6 MAY 2013

Taiwan wavers on F-16 deal

Taiwan says that it needs fighter jets which are more advanced than the upgraded F-16 announced by the United States, suggesting that it was dropping its bid for dozens of the aircraft.                                                                                                                       http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130506-420729.html

1 MAY 1013

Taiwan launches integrity probe for top officials

Taiwan is carrying out a review looking at the integrity of its top-tier politicians, a report said Wednesday, after a string of high-profile corruption scandals that have rocked the island.                                                                                                            http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130501-419676.html

21 APRIL 2013

Ma: No point rushing into political talks with Beijing

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, says the time is not right for political talks with Beijing, and there is no point rushing political dialogue. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130421000070&cid=1101

19 APRIL 2013

Activists ‘horrified’ at Taiwan executions

Taiwan has executed six prisoners, the second time in six months a group of six has been put to death.                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22222342

17 APRIL 2013

Taiwan shows force in biggest live-fire drill since 2008

Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire drill since 2008 on Wednesday, in an operation involving more than 7,000 troops that simulated a Chinese attack as its leader warned of Beijing’s arms build-up                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-shows-force-in-big/641104.html

11 APRIL 2013

Taiwan moves closer to setting up China liaison office

Taiwan’s cabinet Thursday approved regulations governing the opening of a China liaison office on the island, a priority in efforts to normalise relations with its former enemy.                                                                                                  http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130411-415321.html

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22092853                                                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150413.html

4 APRIL 2013

Taiwan’s strategic confusion

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou’s mantra of ‘no unification, no independence, and no use of force’ is coming under increasing strain.                                                                                                                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/04/taiwans-strategic-confusion/

1 APRIL 2013

Taiwan president’s confidante disciplined by party

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party on Monday suspended the membership of Lai Su-ju, a confidante of the island’s president, for her alleged involvement in a high-profile corruption scandal.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130401-412783.html

30 MARCH 2013

Taiwan vows to step up patrol in East China Sea

Taiwan’s president has commissioned a new vessel to beef up patrol in a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.                                                                                                                                 http://asiancorrespondent.com/103670/taiwan-vows-to-step-up-patrol-in-east-china-sea/

24 MARCH 2013

Taiwan outlines international trade pact

Taiwan has outlined strategies for joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade deal being negotiated among 11 countries, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.                            http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2013/03/24/374044/Taiwan-outlines.htm

16 MARCH 2013

Taiwan develops medium-range missile: Report

Taiwan has developed its first medium-range guided missile that could be used against former rival China, according to a former defence minister in a new book cited by a media report Saturday.                                                                                         http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130316-409205.html

10 MARCH 2013

Up to 200,000 protest nuclear energy

Over 100 civic groups joined the nationwide event, including the I am Human group and Victims of Nuclear Power, from Northern Taiwan. Despite the unseasonably hot and humid weather, people flooded into the street in front of the Presidential Office, with some even decked out in heavy costumes.                                                                                                                                          http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/03/10/372647/Up-to.htm

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou says US plays pivotal role in cross-strait peace

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the United States plays a pivotal role in the development of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, noting in particular the stabilizing effect of Washington’s « six assurances. »                                       http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130228000088&cid=1101

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan to Continue Enforcing Death Penalty

Taiwan says it will continue to enforce the death penalty, despite international appeals to end capital punishment on the island. Taiwan has executed 15 people since 2010, when it ended a five-year informal moratorium on the death penalty. Six people were put to death in the latest round of executions in December 2012                                                                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwan-to-continue-enforcing-death-penalty/1611571.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported                   http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1256403/1/.html                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99398/china-taiwan-unification-xi-jinping/

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan Foreign minister calls for peaceful Diaoyutais resolution

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday called for a peaceful resolution to the East China Sea sovereignty row as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his trip to the United States amid the ongoing disputes between Tokyo and Taipei over the Diaoyutai Islands. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2013/02/23/371123/Foreign-minister.htm

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Two accords bring Taipei and Beijing closer

The two sides sign an agreement allowing clearance of their respective currencies. Another would let either side open offices across the strait.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-accords-bring-Taipei-and-Beijing-closer-27129.html

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Outgoing Taiwan premier cites health as reason for resignation

As part of the resulting Cabinet reshuffle, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah will replace Chen and Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) head Mao Chi-kuo will in turn be appointed vice premier, while Deputy Taipei Mayor Chen Wei-jen will assume the secretary-general post                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.asianewsnet.net/Outgoing-Taiwan-premier-cites-health-as-reason-for-42289.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Jiang Yi-huah to replace Sean Chen as premier

Taiwan  Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is set to replace Sean Chen as Taiwan’s premier, according to media reports citing high-ranking officials.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/02/01/369220/Jiang-to.htm

31 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan’s pension funds are like a train headed towards a cliff

An aging population and low birth rate are a threat to the country’s pension funds. Those for military, civil service and teachers are in fact expected to go bankrupt between 2019 and 2027. The issue has sparked an intense debate between and within parties http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan’s-pension-funds-are-like-a-train-headed-towards-a-cliff-27012.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

Taiwan urged the United States on Monday to honour an agreement to supply submarines to replace its current elderly fleet, as a US congressional group visited the island to evaluate defence needs In April 2001 then-President George W Bush approved the sale of eight conventional submarines as part of Washington’s most comprehensive arms package for the island since 1992 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1250770/1/.html

12 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf: report

The government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region, a local newspaper said yesterday.                   http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/12/367130/Taiwan-to.htm

9 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan executions put Justice Minister Tseng on the spot

Rights lawyers say they plan to file criminal charges against Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, while calling for his impeachment for « illegally » ordering the execution of six convicts who had been handed death sentences, confirmed by the Taiwan Supreme Court, for a total of eight murders. The men were executed on December 21 by pistol shots to the head and heart in three prisons across Taiwan, without prior notification to families or lawyers                                                                                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OA10Ad01.html

1 JANUARY 2013

Defense Ministry begins transition toward all-voluntary armed forces

Men born after 1994 will only have to receive four months of military training as opposed to 12 months starting from this year, as part of the transition to an all-voluntary armed forces.                                                                                  http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/01/01/365921/Defense-Ministry.htm

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.                                                                                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392707.html

30 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan holds first Chinese music concert

Thousands of music fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island’s first concert staged by Chinese singers and rock bands, reports said Sunday, in the latest sign of warming cross-strait relations.                                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20121230-392455.html

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

When it comes to the US-China-Taiwan relations, the initial assertion tells us that without US backing, declaration of de jure independence is simply not a feasible option for Taiwan. But the complicating factor is that Washington not only has an interest in the security of Taiwan but also in stable relations with China, particularly after growing bilateral ties. Thus, the maintenance of the status quo turns out to be US policy, too. To achieve such a goal, the US has adopted strategic ambiguity as the cornerstone of its policy toward the cross-Strait relations for the past few decades.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/the-strategic-triangle-us-china-taiwan-relations/

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Taiwan to trim number of generals after amendment

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed an amendment to the Organic Act of the Ministry of National Defense, paving way for the nation’s armed forces to significantly downsize the number of its generals from 379 to 268.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/28/362326/Nation-to.htm

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Foreign affairs ministry rejects proposal to invite Dalai Lama

“After an internal evaluation, we decided that now is not an appropriate time to have the Dalai Lama visit Taiwan,” Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said at a legislative hearing when asked by opposition lawmakers to confirm the decision.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/23/361836/Foreign-affairs.htm

11 NOVEMBER 2012

DPP to set up committee to handle China affairs: report

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to set up a committee to find a new direction for its ties with China after the Beijing leadership transfer concludes at the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a report said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/11/360591/DPP-to.htm

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Beijing main obstacle to FTA with EU: European lawmaker

The European Parliament supports Taiwan’s bid to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, but strong pressure from China is the main obstacle preventing this from being realized, a visiting European Parliament member said yesterday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/11/02/359603/Beijing-main.htm

29 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s China spy problem

As relations between Taipei and Beijing continue to improve following the re-election of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, to a second term in January, China’s intelligence collection against the island it claims as its own remains as aggressive as ever, with major spy cases grabbing the headlines about once every six months.
http://thediplomat.com/china-power/taiwans-china-spy-problem/?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_179918121

27 OCTOBER 2012-10-27

Crisis of confidence in Taiwan’s govt

The Taiwan government is suffering a public confidence crisis only five months into President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=38166&sec=1

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=37765&sec=1

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 1995
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ05Df01.html

Taiwanese Pro-Independence Politician Visits China

Frank Hsieh, the former chairman of Taiwan’s pro-independence party, is touring China for a visit that he says is aimed at building mutual trust
http://www.voanews.com/content/taiwanese-pro-independence-politician-visits-china/1520148.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Taiwan sends patrol boats near disputed islands

Two Taiwanese coast guard patrol ships have sailed to waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea to assert Taiwan’s claim to i
http://asiancorrespondent.com/89245/taiwan-sends-patrol-boats-near-disputed-islands/

22 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan refuses medical parole for jailed ex-leader

Taiwan authorities on Wednesday refused to grant ex-president Chen Shui-bian parole for medical treatment, saying he could get proper treatment in prison http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120822-366831.html

17 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan ex-leader cleared of perjury charge

Taiwan’s high court on Friday cleared former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120817-365965.html

11 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan women in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.
http://www.divaasia.com/media_photo/17924

9 AUGUST 2012

Beijing and Taipei sign new trade agreements

New deal provides greater legal protection and cuts custom red tape. Investors in China and Taiwan are promised equal, if not preferential, treatment. In case of arrest, police must inform families and companies on the other side. In Taiwan, people protest deal fearing mainland colonisation of the island. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-and-Taipei-sign-new-trade-agreements-25515.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19204608

28 JULY 2012

Ma orders Foreign Ministry to probe removal of flag in London

President Ma Ying-jeou has instructed the Foreign Ministry to look into a recent row over the removal of an R.O.C. flag from a London display by Olympic organizers, his spokesman said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2012/07/28/349118/Ma-orders.htm

Wife of James Soong dies of cancer aged 72

Viola Chen, wife of People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, died of colon cancer yesterday. She was 72.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120728-361947.html

24 JULY 2012

Taiwan’s Chen rattles the prison bars

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, serving the third year of his 17-and-a-half-year prison term for corruption, has been grabbing much renewed attention lately. This time around, however, it is not his crimes or trials that are in the focus but the state of his health
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NG25Ad01.html

16 JULY 2012

Taiwan tests new weapons in China war simulation

Taiwan for the first time Monday tested how a fleet of advanced submarine hunting aircraft and attack helicopters would be utilised in the event of an attack by rival China, officials and media said. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120716-359484.html

4 JULY 2012

President Ma vows to excise ‘tumor of corruption’

President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated his administration’s intolerance of corruption at a Kuomintang Central Standing Committee conference held yesterday (July 4) afternoon. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120705-357291.html

3 JULY 2012

Lin Yi-shih gives partial confession over graft

Former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世)was taken into custody yesterday after partially confessing to bribery allegations at a 12-hour interrogation session. The Taipei District Court granted prosecutors’ demand to detain Lin on the grounds that he was involved in the serious crimes of bribery and spoliation of evidence.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/07/03/346366/p1/Lin-gives.htm

28 JUNE 2012

Beijing’s generosity puts Taipei on edge

It might be customary elsewhere that when Country A showers Country B with billions of dollars, both sides’ leaders present the good deed concertedly so that either has a chance capitalizing on it in political terms. But this does not apply in the case of mainland China and Taiwan, because both sides claim they belong to one country.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NF28Ad01.html

23 JUNE 2012

China offers credits for investment from Taiwan

Four Chinese state banks will offer up to US$95 billion in credit to Taiwanese investments in business on the mainland, the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Yi told a conference in Xiamen
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/NF23Cb01.html

18 JUNE 2012

Taiwan to clear all landmines near China

In yet another sign of warming ties with former rival China, Taiwan said on Monday that all landmines laid on the frontline islands off the mainland during the 1950s will be removed within six months
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1208401/1/.html

22 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma plays it cool

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou was widely expected to embed a formula for unification with China into his re-inauguration speech on Sunday. Perhaps the embattled leader, whose approval ratings have fallen to as low as 20%, wanted to do so. However, he also had to toe the line with Washington
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NE22Ad02.html

20 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma sworn in for second term

President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in to the 13th presidential term of the Republic of China yesterday morning, calling his inauguration a milestone on Taiwan’s journey to becoming a mature democracy.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/05/21/341769/President-Ma.htm
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30861&sec=1

28 MAI 2012

28 MAI 2012

Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chair vote

Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday became the new chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), easily beating his four opponents in a race that could have a major impact on the future direction of the party.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2012/05/28/2003533904

14 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma Loses the Reins

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pushing for a series of highly controversial reforms he doesn’t want to deal with in his second term, which begins May 20
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4502&Itemid=185

6 APRIL 2012

Taiwan ranks 46th happiest country in the world, 3rd in Asia: UN report

The happiest region in the world is Northern Europe, with Denmark in the lead, and the least happy region — according to the recently released World Happiness Report conducted by the Earth Institute (EI) of Columbia University, entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly — is Sub-Saharan Africa, with Togo at the bottom. Taiwan ranked number 46
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/04/06/336929/Taiwan-ranks.htm

28 MARCH 2012

Comments on Taiwanese Marriage Trend Spark Outrage

A legislator’s comments in Taiwan have touched off a public furor over one of the island’s stickiest social issues. Increasingly, Taiwanese men are choosing wives from overseas, and some say that is leaving growing numbers of local women without husbands
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/east-pacific/Controversy-Brews-in-Taiwan-Parliament-Over-Men-Seeking-Foreign-Wives-144341535.html

26 MARCH 2012

Taiwan opens Chinese Investment Door Wider

Chinese businessmen have only invested US$272 million in the island since 2009 when rules were relaxed, a tiny fraction of the US$80 billion that 80,000 Taiwanese companies have invested in China
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4366&Itemid=236

22 MARCH 2012

Closer cross-Straits relations welcomed

Top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) met in Beijing for the first time since the KMT’s victory in the island’s leadership election in January
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-03/23/content_14894206.htm

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Beijing mayor visits Taiwan amid protests

Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan Thursday, officials said, amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120216-328369.html

14 FEBRUARY 2012

China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NB16Ad01.html

9 FEBRUARY 2012

Taiwan’s Dynamic Civil Society

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4213&Itemid=192

21 JANUARY 2012

Chinese firms invest $ 184 million in Taiwan in 3 years

Taiwan’s government said Saturday 21 that Chinese firms had invested around $184 million on the island since it relaxed rules on mainland investment in mid-2009 amid warming relations
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20120121-323289.html

15 JANUARY 2012

Why Ma won the election and what’s next for Taiwan and China

In presidential elections this weekend, Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s incumbent president from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, decisively defeated Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). With about 52 percent of the vote (compared to Tsai’s 45.6 percent and the third-party candidate James Soong’s 2.8 percent), Ma will be able to govern with a clear majority of popular support. His margin of victory was far higher than most opinion polls had predicted. Many Soong supporters seem to have decided in recent days that by voting for their preferred candidate, who is almost politically identical to Ma, they might hand Tsai the victory
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/137029/daniel-lynch/why-ma-won-the-elections-and-whats-next-for-taiwan-and-china#

14 JANUARY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou wins second term

Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou has won a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16557209
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201211493452412316.html http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/7e4b45bc-3eb3-11e1-9139-00144feab49a.html#axzz1jSb7r42u

31 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan to cut conscription to 4 months in 2013

Taiwan’s defence ministry yesterday (December 30) announced it would slash compulsory military training times for all males from one year to four months starting in 2013, at least a year earlier than expected http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=25731&sec=1

30 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan, Israel to establish free trade deal task force

Taiwan and Israel have agreed to set up a task force to study the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) before 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/12/30/327426/Taiwan-Israel.htm

2 DECEMBER 2011

Dead heat election raises Taiwan stakes

With barely a month-and-half left before Taiwan’s crucial presidential election, the race is neck and neck between incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou and the leading opposition candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. Televised presidential debates that begin this weekend will likely add to the uncertainty. The only guarantee in  this exciting drama is that it is not over until the last voter casts his or her ballot on January 14, 2012.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/ML03Ad01.html

17 NOVEMBER 2011

US and China fret over Taiwan

Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency in Taiwan in May 2008, relations across the Taiwan Strait have  improved dramatically. In the past three-and-a-half years, 16 agreements have been signed on practical matters  that have largely benefited the people on both sides of the strait.
The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for January 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on United States interests
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MK18Ad01.html

10 NOVEMBER 2011

Taiwan says early-warning radar nearing completion

Taiwan said it has begun testing a billion-dollar early warning radar system, designed to give an  extra six minutes’ warning of any Chinese missile attack, which is nearing  completion. Deputy Defence Minister Chao Shih-chang said the installation the state-of-the-art, long-range radar system, supplied by US defence group Raytheon, has entered its final stage.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1164555/1/.html

6 NOVEMBER 2011

Arms deliveries to Taiwan are lagging: US draft study

The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief barrier to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several
eapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/11/06/322065/Arms-deliveries.htm

4  NOVEMBER 2011

Dark days for Taiwan’s spies

When Taiwan’s government last month announced budget cuts in military intelligence, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) insisted operations against mainland China would not be affected. It’s only administrative expenses being whittled down, said the MND, and if anything, Taiwan’s strength in intelligence warfare will be boosted. However, media paint a vastly different picture, suggesting Taiwan’s future leaders will be completely deaf and blind to secretive developments across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MK04Ad01.html

26 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan’s Ma talks peace but gets an earful

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s mention of a possible peace agreement with mainland China to end six decades of hostility across the Taiwan Strait has become a political bombshell
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MJ27Ad01.html

18 OCTOBER 2011

Peace talks possible in a decade: Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that his administration would “cautiously consider” whether Taiwan should negotiate a peace agreement with China within the next decade if three major premises are met, including a high level of consensus among nationals
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/10/18/320190/p1/Peace-talks.htm

13 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan ex-president gets extra jail term

Taiwan’s ex-leader Chen Shui-bian – who is already in jail for corruption – was given an additional 18-year sentence on Thursday for his role in a financial scandal, a high court spokesman said. Chen, who was president between 2000 and 2008, is already serving a jail term of 17 years and  six months on two bribery convictions in sprawling corruption cases that saw his wife Wu Shu-chen get the same sentence.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111013-304869.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2011

Deficit decreases for 3rd year: gov’t

The deficit for the 2012 budget has decreased by 33.1 percent to NT$114.6 billion, the third consecutive decline, which shows the annual budget drafted by the cabinet for next year is well-planned and appropriate for the long-term development of Taiwan, Premier Wu Den-yih announced yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2011/09/27/317962/Deficit-decreases.htm

22 SEPTEMBER 2011

China hits out at US deal on Taiwan F-16 fighters

China has reacted angrily to a US deal to upgrade Taiwan’s ageing fleet of US-built F-16 fighter planes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15014358
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/09/22/317461/MOFA-MND.htmhttp://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-09/22/c_131154350.htm

25 JULY 2011

Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate

For every pregnancy leading to a Taiwanese woman giving birth, a remarkable three are estimated by a Taiwan pediatrician to have  been aborted, a figure that others believe isn’t too far from reality
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3340&Itemid=192

3 JULY 2011

Ma Ying-jeou officially named KMT candidate

Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, who was yesterday officially declared the Kuomintang (KMT) running candidate for the 2012  presidential elections, expressed his hope to see Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng keep his post next year in the Legislative Yuan
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/07/03/308413/p1/Ma-officially.htm

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan lifts historic ban on Chinese solo tourists

Taiwan lifts a decades-old ban on travel to the island by individual Chinese tourists, saying visitors would act as « peace ambassadors » for the former arch foe. Initially, Taiwan will allow 500 individual arrivals from the mainland per day, who it hopes will help maintain  across the Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1136531/1/.html

16 MAY 2011

Taiwan to allow promotion of island’s independence

Taiwan’s parliament tentatively approves a measure that would allow local groups to support the island’s independence, as well as communism, in a further move to promote pluralistic democracy.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1639421.php/Taiwan-to-allow-promotion-of-island-s-independence

10 MAY 2011

Who’s influencing who across the strait?

In numerous interviews given to Western media before and after he took office in 2008, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said his cross-strait policies would make China more like Taiwan and not the other way around. He spoke of his government’s responsibility to further the democratic  development of all ethnic Chinese communities, and labeled Taiwan a beacon of democracy to Asia and the world.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/ME10Ad01.html

16 APRIL 2011

Taiwan set to lift 20-year sex trade ban

The world’s oldest profession will still come with some strict rules, however. It will be restricted to red-light districts, away  residential and religious zones. Brothels and sex workers will be required to apply for licences and prostitutes will have to undergo periodic health checks.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=18466&sec=1

3 FEBRUARY 2011

Malaysia to allow visa-free entry for Taiwanese

Taiwanese nationals will soon be allowed to visit Malaysia without a visa, a minister said Thursday, in a bid to increase the
number of tourists and boost foreign exchange earnings
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20110203-261853.html

8 JANUARY 2011

Number of countries granting Taiwan visa-waiver privileges hits 97

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the number of countries that have granted visa-waiver privileges to Taiwanese passport  holders has increased to 97, indicating that the government’s “flexible diplomacy” strategy has borne fruit.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2011/01/08/286829/Number-of.htm

22 NOVEMBER 2010

Gender crisis looms in Taiwan

The traditional Chinese preference for male heirs is cited as one of the reasons for Taiwan’s growing gender imbalance. Its
male-female ratio at birth stands at 108.4 boys per 100 girls last year
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=15621&sec=1

16 SEPTEMBER 2010

More Taiwanese favor status quo with mainland

More and more Taiwanese prefer to maintain the political status quo with China while fewer wish to see the two sides reunify,
despite vastly improved relations over the past two years.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=14343&sec=1

12 SEPTEMBER 2010

ECFA formally takes effect today

The landmark economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China and an intellectual property rights protection  pact across the Taiwan Strait formally take effect today, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced yesterday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan-business/2010/09/11/272229/ECFA-formally.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11275274

1 SEPTEMBER 2010

Taiwan eases Hong Kong and Macau visa process

Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for visa to Taiwan for free via the Internet starting today, the National Immigration  Agency said. After citizens from the two Chinese cities received approval on their online visa applications, they can print the approval statements and give them to Customs officers when entering Taiwan along with their mainland China issued passports for clearance. Upon receiving the Customs clearance stamp, a print approval statement is in effect a 30-day visa.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20100901-235070.html

16 MAY 2010

Taiwan hopes for full membership at World Health Organisation

Taiwan tells the World Health Organization (WHO) that it hopes to finally become a full WHO member in place of the observer status it  currently enjoys
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1556119.php/Taiwan-hopes-for-full-membership-at-World-Health-Organisation

12 MARCH 2010

Taiwan justice minister resigns over death penalty

Taiwan’s justice minister has resigned after failing  to win support for her opposition to the death penalty. Wang Ching-feng had  said she would not give the go-ahead for any executions
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8563838.stm

31 JANUARY 2010

Taiwan’s Ma welcomes US arms

The United States has announced a US$6.4 billion package of weapons, including PAC-3 missiles, to be sold to Taiwan, drawing  strong protest from China. China reiterated yesterday its stern objection to US arms sales to Taiwan, and suspended all military exchanges with the United States. But President Ma Ying-jeou, who was in Los Angeles at the time of the announcement, said that with the weapons, Taiwan will be more confident of defending itself, which will facilitate the development of cross-strait ties, according to his spokesman Tony Wang
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=9853&sec=1

3 JANUARY 2010

Mainland tourists to Taiwan hit mark

A total of 606,100 mainland tourists visited Taiwan in the past year, with each spending nearly $1,800 on the island, including accommodation and shopping, Shao Qiwei, chairman of the Beijing-based Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits, said on Friday
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2010-01/02/content_9255795.htm

11 SEPTEMBER 2009

Taiwan’s Ex-President Sentenced to Life Term

A Taiwanese court sentenced former president Chen Shui-bian to life in prison after convicting him on graft charges Friday, a
spectacular fall from grace for a man who rode to power on promises to end decades of corruption and expand the island’s de facto independence
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/11/AR2009091103657.html

27 JULY 2009

Chinese President Congratulates Taiwan Leader

President Hu Jintao of China congratulated on Monday 27 July the Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou after his election this weekend as  chief of Taiwan’s governing party, a victory that analysts said could bolster Mr. Ma’s efforts to pursue engagement and economic ties with China
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/world/asia/28taiwan.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8170128.stm

3 MAY 2009

At last Taiwan has a feet in the World Health Organization

Common sense prevailed at last. After a dozen years of futile efforts, Taiwan has achieved a breakthrough: Acquiring observer’s status  at the forthcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the ruling body of the World Health Organization
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/editorial/taiwan-issues/2009/05/03/206595/A-victory.htm

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 10 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 10 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 10, 2017

1592: The Japanese division which started to invade Korea in April had been joined by eight more, and they are knocking down the doors of King Seonjo’s palace in Seoul. (The king had already fled north to Pyongyang.) Thus began the seven-year-long Imjin War.
http://prkorea.com/yisunsin/imjin.htm
https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/325.asp

1871: As a retaliation for the massacre of the sailboat General Sherman’s sailors in 1866, The American capture forts in the Korean island of Kanghwa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinmiyangyo

1907: France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East

1945: Australian Imperial Forces land in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei


http://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/borneo-1945-amphibious-success-story
https://www.awm.gov.au/journal/j37/borneo.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFKYdDifTo

1946: Chinese troops complete their withdrawal from Hanoi

1969: In South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front announces the formation of a Provisional Revolutionary government of South Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_Revolutionary_Government_of_the_Republic_of_South_Vietnam
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/PRG(1969-1975)TVT.html
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00472337085390111?journalCode=rjoc20

1971: The White House announces the end of its 21-year embargo on trade with China
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flash/june/china71.htm

1994: By a new test, China breaks the moratorium on nuclear tests
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-06-11/news/mn-2812_1_comprehensive-nuclear-test

2008: War in Afghanistan: An airstrike by the United States results in the deaths of eleven paramilitary troops of the Pakistan Army Frontier Corps and eight Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal areas

2011: The Philippine government decides to refer to the waters west of the country as “West Philippine Sea” after China issued a stern warning calling on its neighbors to “stop searching the possibility of exploiting resources” in the contested region without its permission

2015 : Indian parachute commandos in helicopters cross over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

On 10 June in South Asian history

ON 10 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 10, 2017

1960: Birth of Balakrishna Nandamuri, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandamuri_Balakrishna

2007: Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai escapes a murder attempt
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6738201.stm

2008: War in Afghanistan: An airstrike by the United States results in the deaths of eleven paramilitary troops of the Pakistan Army Frontier Corps and eight Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s tribal areas

2014: Death of Keshav Malik, Indian poet and critic, born on November 5, 1924
http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/last-word-2/
https://openspaceartforumindia.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/keshav-malik-1924-2014-by-johnny-ml/

2015 : Indian parachute commandos in helicopters cross over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

On 10 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 10 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1776: Death of Hsinbyushin, Burmese king, born on November 28, 1736
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsinbyushin
https://www.facebook.com/MadMonarchs/posts/522768891119236

1945: Australian Imperial Forces land in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei
http://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/borneo-1945-amphibious-success-story
https://www.awm.gov.au/journal/j37/borneo.asp

1946: Chinese troops complete their withdrawal from Hanoi

1969: In South Vietnam, the National Liberation Front announces the formation of a Provisional Revolutionary government of South Vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_Revolutionary_Government_of_the_Republic_of_South_Vietnam
https://facultystaff.richmond.edu/~ebolt/history398/PRG(1969-1975)TVT.html
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00472337085390111?journalCode=rjoc20

1990: Birth of Valeen Montenegro, Filipina actress
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Valeen_Montenegro

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdysuZghS2c

1997: Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot orders the killing of Son Sen and 13 members of his familly before fleeing his northern stronghold
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/06/14/world/khmer-rouge-said-to-execute-a-top-aide-on-pol-pot-s-order.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Sen

Son-Sen

2011: The Philippine government decides to refer to the waters west of the country as “West Philippine Sea” after China issued a stern warning calling on its neighbors to “stop searching the possibility of exploiting resources” in the contested region without its permission

2015 : Indian parachute commandos in helicopters cross over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

2015 : Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

On 10 June in Japan’s history

ON 10 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on June 10, 2017

671: Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku. The instrument, which measure time and indicates hours, is placed in the capital of Ōtsu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_clock

867: Birth of Emperor Uda of Japan, who died on September 3, 931
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Uda

1563: Death of Ikeda Nagamasa, samourai commander, born in 1519
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikeda_Nagamasa

1592: The Japanese division which started to invade Korea in April had been joined by eight more, and they are knocking down the doors of King Seonjo’s palace in Seoul. (The king had already fled north to Pyongyang.) Thus began the seven-year-long Imjin War.
http://prkorea.com/yisunsin/imjin.htm
https://www.strategypage.com/bookreviews/325.asp

1889: Birth of Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor, producer and filmmaker
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0370564/bio
http://goldsea.com/Personalities/Hayakawas/hayakawas.html

1907: France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East

1936: Death of Tsuchida Bakusen, Japanese painter, born on February 9, 1887
http://www.artelino.com/articles/bakusen_tsuchida.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsuchida_Bakusen
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Tsuchida+Bakusen&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&tbm=isch&prmd=imvnso&source=lnms&ei=ACHTT7CsMYm6hAf7i4nUAw&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBAQ_AUoAQ&biw=1441&bih=656

1945: Australian Imperial Forces land in Brunei Bay to liberate Brunei


http://www.navy.gov.au/history/feature-histories/borneo-1945-amphibious-success-story
https://www.awm.gov.au/journal/j37/borneo.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cFKYdDifTo

1977: Birth of Takako Matsu, Japanese singer and actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2005/09/14/takako-matsu/

1989: Birth of Ryuya Wakaba, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Wakaba_Ryuya

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR8sdUrdY-U

1992: Death of Hachidai Nakamura, Japanese jazzman, born on January 20, 1931
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1217393/

 

On 10 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 10 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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223: Death of Liu Bei, Chinese emperor of Shu Han state during the Three Kingdoms, born in 161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5227.html

1786: A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China

1904: Birth of Lin Huiyin, Chinese female architect and writer, who died on April 1, 1955
http://china.org.cn/english/NM-e/98587.htm
https://storify.com/ecomusic/lin-huiyin

1907: Start of the Beijing-Paris car race
http://www.unmuseum.org/autorace.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peking_to_Paris

1907: France and Japan sign an agreement to maintain the independence and integrity of China, equality for all nations in trading with China, and the status quo in the Far East

1927: Birth of Lin Yang-kang, Taiwanese politician, vice-Premier (1984-1987) who died on April 13, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Yang-kang

1946: Chinese troops complete their withdrawal from Hanoi

1950: Zhu Feng, Chinese communist Mata Hari in Taiwan, who so successful at espionage that she served as the conduit to transmit the island’s defense strategy from Taiwan’s Vice Minister of Defense to the People’s Liberation Army, is shot by a firing squad
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/622506.shtml
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/chinas-mata-hari-2/

1050-06-10 Zhu Feng executed

1956: The People’s Daily publishes a lecture, delivered on May 26 by Lu Ting-yi (Lu Dingyi) director of the propaganda director, Launching the 100 Fowers Movement in China
http://alphahistory.com/chineserevolution/lu-dingyi-hundred-flowers-1956/

1962: Birth of Wong Ka-kui, Hong Kong musician, who died on June 30, 1993
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wong_Ka_Kui
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/793879.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AHLyTiNkJI

1971: The White House announces the end of its 21-year embargo on trade with China
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/flash/june/china71.htm

1994: By a new test, China breaks the moratorium on nuclear tests
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-06-11/news/mn-2812_1_comprehensive-nuclear-test