Daily Archives: 13 juin 2017

North and South Korea relations

13 JUNE 2017

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back

23 MAY 2017

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

South Korea’s military fires warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China

10 MAY 2017

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

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”

7 APRIL 2017

North and South Korea face off in historic football match in Pyongyang

Korea’s flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday as the women’s football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north

11 DECEMBER 2016

How does North Korea’s Kim react to crisis in the South? He blows up the ‘Blue House’

Pyongyang’s obvious delight in the impeachment of ‘vegetable president’ Park Geun-hye has some in Seoul concerned the North may take advantage of the political crisis


North may have hacked South’s cyber command

North Korea may have hacked into the South’s cyber command, which would be the first time it has been compromised, according to an official of the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday

1 OCTOBER 2016

South Korean president Park Geun Hye urges North Koreans to defect

South Korean President Park Geun Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday (Oct 1) and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South


South Korea has plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

South Korea may launch a special forces unit to assassinate the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, Defence Minister Han Min Koo has said


South Korea ready to raze Pyongyang to the ground in case of nuke attack, military source says

South Korea has prepared a pre-emptive strike plan to obliterate the North Korean capital Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case the North shows any signs of launching a nuclear attack, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday, quoting a military source in Seoul

27 APRIL 2016

South Korean patrol boat fires five warning shots to drive off North Korean intruders

A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots Friday after a North Korean patrol boat and fishing boat crossed the countries’ disputed maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said

24 APRIL 2016

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

From now on, for South Korea, the big stick would be brandished to force North Korea to renounce its nuclear ambitions.

12 MARCH 2013

DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that the military will prepare for « preemptive retaliation strikes » as ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States continue

8 MARCH 2016

South Korea slaps new sanctions on Pyongyang in wake of nuclear test and rocket launch

Seoul has said it will sanction new individuals and organizations in response to Pyongyang’s recent actions. The announcement comes a day after the US and South Korea began their largest military exercise in history.

21 FEBRUARY 2016

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week.

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Korea expels all S. Koreans in Kaesong Industrial Complex, freezes all assets held by S. Korean companies in comple

North Korea says it is kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and freezing the assets of companies operating there, calling the South’s move to suspend operations a « declaration of war ».

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.


South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean vessel one day after North’s rocket launch

The South Korean navy has fired several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident came one day after the North launched a long-range rocket

7 JANUARY 2016

North Korea nuclear test: South restricts entry to Kaesong industrial zone, to resume propaganda broadcasts

South Korea is to impose partial restrictions on entry to a joint industrial complex and will resume loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts a day after the North shocked the world with its fourth nuclear test

6 JANUARY 2016

Korean defense ministry rejects N. Korea’s H-bomb test claim

South Korea’s defense ministry says it has upped its defense readiness and is keeping a close eye on any unusual movement north of the border. It also says it is working in close coordination with the U.S. « In close collaboration under the South Korea-U.S. alliance and with the international community, our military will take necessary measures to make North Korea pay for the nuclear test. »

11 DECEMBER 2015

North and South Korea hold talks to boost ties

North and South Korea have held high-level talks at a North Korean border town, aiming to ease tensions and improve ties that degenerated after a military standoff in August.

26 NOVEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month

The two Koreas agreed on Thursday (Nov 26) to hold a rare high-level dialogue next month, in line with an accord struck in August aimed at easing cross-border tensions

23 NOVEMBER 2015

North Korea threatens ‘merciless retaliation’ against South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang vows to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul hold fire drills near the border on the anniversary

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Koreas agree to hold talks next week

South and North Korea agreed to hold a preparatory meeting on Nov. 26 for high-level talks in line with their agreement on Aug. 25, the Ministry of Unification said Friday

25 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea’s navy fires warning shots at North Korean patrol boat near disputed maritime border

South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat near the rivals’ disputed maritime border, where sailors on both sides have been killed in past exchanges of fire

20 OCTOBER 2015

Koreans reunite during tearful family meeting, 60 years after separation by war

Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans have reunited with family members in North Korea, in a tearful meeting more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War


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

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile


North, South Korea agree to family reunion in October after breakthrough in marathon talks

 North and South Korea agree to hold a reunion in October for families separated by the Korean War at Mount Kumgang resort, following all-night talks between the two sides.


24 AUGUST 2015

North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement after talks

South Korea will stop anti-North Korea loudspeaker broadcasts on “condition of no abnormal situations,” as North Korea issues “regret” for recent “provocations” and promises they won’t recur, Yonhap News Agency said

22 AUGUST 2015

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

High level officials from the two Koreas are holding talks in a bid to ease tensions, after the passing of a North Korean-imposed deadline for the South, to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border

20 AUGUST 2015

South Korea fires shells in response to suspected North Korea rocket attack

South Korea fires dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, believed to be aimed at a loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts

15  AUGUST 2015

Stop loudspeaker broadcasts or face retaliation, N Korea tells Seoul

North Korea has demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul’s accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers

11 AUGUST 2015

South vows retaliation against NK mine attack

South Korea blamed North Korea for landmine blasts that wounded two soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) last week, vowing to make the reclusive regime pay « a harsh price, »

8 AUGUST 2015

Kim Dae-jung’s widow returns from North Korea

The widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung has returned from North Korea. She reportedly did not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during her visit

5 AUGUST 2015

South Korean ex-first lady in ‘peace visit’ to North

The widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has travelled to the North, hoping to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula

17 JULY 2015

 Seoul invites N.K. to September security forum

South Korea’s Defense Ministry invited North Korea’s vice minister-level officials Friday to attend its annual high-level security forum, slated for September, setting the stage for cross-border defense dialogue

North envoys storm out of Kaesong talks

Multiple rounds of negotiations between the two Koreas on wages and other issues involving the Kaesong Industrial Complex collapsed early Friday morning after North Korea’s envoys stormed off. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3006774

23 JUNE 2015

North Korea sentences two South Korean men to life

North Korea Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labour for life on espionage and other charges, state media reported, rejecting repeated calls by Seoul to release them
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150623_47.html http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/23/world/north-korea-men-sentenced-spying/index.html

24 MAY 2015

Women peace activists cross North-South Korea border

A group of women activists have made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea in a move aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation on the divided peninsula http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/women-peace-activists-cross-north-south-korea-border-150524044729768.html

27 MARCH 2015

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals

26 MARCH 2015

North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean spies

North Korea said late on Thursday it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea

11 MARCH 2015

Factory owners jittery over salary dispute between North, South Korea

A salary dispute between North and South Korea has sent jitters through factory owners operating at an industrial complex that is supposed to be a symbol of cooperation for the divided Korean peninsula

1 JANUARY 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a proposal in a New Year address Thursday for a summit with President Park Geun-hye as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule

29 DECEMBER 2014

Seoul offers high-level talks with N. Korea

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss the issues of separated families, humanitarian aid, economic cooperation and joint projects that could help lay the groundwork for unification

22 OCTOBER 2014

South Korea scraps ‘Christmas tree’ tower hated by North

South Korea had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang.

19 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange fire over border’

North Korean troops approached the demarcation line separating the two sides, prompting South Korean soldiers to fire warning shots, officials said.

15 OCTOBER 2014

Korean generals hold military talks

Generals from North and South Korea have held military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported.

11 OCTOBER 2014

North Korean state media warn talks with the South in danger

North Korea’s state media said on Saturday that expected talks with the South to try to improve ties between the rivals were in danger of being cancelled because authorities in Seoul allowed a group to send leaflets hostile to Pyongyang

10 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange land border fire’

The incident came as South Korean activists launched balloons containing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

5 OCTOBER 2014

More S.Koreans Than Ever Support Reunification

In the survey of 1,200 people by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, some 55.9 percent said reunification is in South Korea’s interest, the most since the poll started in 2007 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/10/02/2014100201109.html

4 OCTOBER 2014

North, South Korea agree to talks during surprise visit

North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks after top Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games on Saturday, raising hopes for improved ties between the arch rivals.


Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.

At the U.N., Park presented her vision of Korean unification to leaders from more than 140 countries gathered for the annual meeting, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, and called for their support to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. She also pressed Japan by addressing the thorny issue of sex slavery during World War II


S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.


 South Korean fisherman finds possible North drone

A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said.

29 AUGUST 2014

How to solve the divided families between South and North Korea?

According to official statistics produced by the Ministry of Unification, as of 30th June 2014 there were 129,553 South Koreans registered as ‘members of divided families’. This is an official status and it means that the registered person is eligible to apply for a family reunion with their relatives in the North

22 AUGUST 2014

South Korea’s Limited Options for Engaging Pyongyang

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang.

18 JULY 2014

North and South Korea: can Seoul’s plans for reunification work?

Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea’s president continues to push it as a key policy goal

18 JULY 2014

North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South

North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part

29 JUNE 2014

Pyongyang proposes « peace » to Seoul because it fears Beijing

A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally

22 MAY 2014

Koreas exchange fire in disputed waters

North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks

20 MAY 2014

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said


12 MAY 2014

South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’

South Korea is continuing an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea “must disappear soon.”


27 APRIL 2014

North Korea labels South’s president as ‘crafty prostitute’ after Obama visit

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to « crafty prostitute » in thrall to her « pimp » Barack Obama.



14 APRIL 2014

N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South

North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of « fabricating » a link in order to smear Pyongyang

12 APRIL 2014

N. Korea blasts reunification offer as ‘psychopath’s daydream’

North Korea on Saturday blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the « daydream of a psychopath »

4 APRIL 2014

North Korea launches misogynist tirade against South Korean president

While the North’s propaganda is often vitriolic, the highly personalised and sexist nature of the attack – the latest salvo is titled: « We accuse Park the bitch » – is more unusual

South Korea finds images of presidential residence on Kim Jong-un’s drones

Two North Korean drones that crashed in South Korea had taken hundreds of aerial photos of military installations as well as the official residence of President Park Guen-hye, authorities in Seoul have revealed

3 APRIL 2014

Alleged N. Korean Drones Fly Over Seoul Presidential House

South Korea has acknowledged a surveillance drone, likely operated by North Korea, flew over the presidential palace in Seoul and took several pictures, before crashing near the border


1 APRIL 2014

Breathless in North Korea

For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.


31 MARCH 2014

South Korea fires back at North after artillery shells land in disputed waters

South Korea has returned fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric

29 MARCH 2014

N. Korea warns of « war » over S. Korea’s anti-Pyongyang leaflets

North Korea said Saturday its relations with South Korea had been driven into a « catastrophic » phase again, warning the South’s scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war

28 MARCH 2014

Pyongyang slams South Korean President over nuclear remarks

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye over comments she made about the country’s nuclear program, accusing her of « blabbering » like a « peasant woman. »


6 MARCH 2014

N. Korea rejects South request for family reunion talks

North Korea on Thursday rejected Seoul’s request for talks on reunions for families separated by the Korean War, further souring the mood after a recent upswing in cross-border ties


4 MARCH 2014

Seoul asks Pyongyang to hold family reunifications on “regular basis »

The president of South reminds his Northern counterpart that « time passes everyone » and asks that war separated families be allowed to see each other on a regular basis before it’s too late


28 FEBRUARY 2014

N. Korea snubs South request on detained missionary

North Korea on Friday refused to entertain an official request from Seoul to release a South Korean missionary arrested four months ago on espionage charges


25 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification drive

South Korean President Park Geun Hye vowed Tuesday to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification, building on a recent thaw in cross-border ties despite the North’s anger over South-US military drills.

24 FEBRUARY 2014

N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea

South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.

20 FEBRUARY 2014

North and South Korea hold first family reunion in three years

Families torn apart for more than 60 years — separated by the Korean War — began to reunite at a mountain resort in North Korea

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Koreas take first steps towards building mutual trust

North and South Korea will hold a new round of family reunions, while putting an end to slander as a first step to building mutual trust

13 FEBRUARY 2014

No agreement reached at inter-Korean dialogue

The two Koreas failed to reach an agreement during their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday due to differences over planned Seoul-Washington military drills During the 12-hour marathon talks, the North “constantly demanded” Seoul’s postponement of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises until after the event. The joint South Korea-US drills are scheduled to begin February 24


12 FEBRUARY 2014

North, South Korea hold first high-level talks since 2007

North and South Korean officials held their highest-level talks since 2007 on Wednesday, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War.

N. Korea Demands Pay Raise for Kaesong Workers

North Korea is demanding a pay raise for at least some of its workers in the special Kaesong industrial complex, where South Korean firms manufacture products using labor provided by Pyongyang



Pyongyang backpedals: Seoul must cancel ‘war games’ with US or no family reunions

The powerful National Defense Commission, the highest executive body led by dictator Kim Jong-un, has issued a statement calling on the South to cancel military exercises: « Dialogue and exercises of war of aggression cannot go hand in hand ». Yesterday, during bilateral talks, no objections were expressed


North and South Korea Set Dates for Family Reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold family reunions later this month in which hundreds of elderly relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades.


North Korea Agrees to Talks on Reunions

North Korea agreed on Monday to hold border talks with South Korea this week to discuss arranging reunions where relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades, officials here said.

27 JANUARY 2014

S. Korea offers North dates for family reunions

South Korea proposed Monday holding family reunions for those separated by the Korean War in mid-February, ahead of joint military drills with the United States that North Korea wants cancelled



24 JANUARY 2014

North Korea proposes family reunions with South

North Koreahas made a sudden proposal for the resumption of reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying the programme could help improve cross-border ties.

9 JANUARY 2014

N Korea rejects Seoul’s call for reunions

Pyongyang has rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War, citing Seoul’s planned joint military exercises with the United States as a major barrier.

20 DECEMBER 2013

North Korea threatens to strike South

North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea « without notice » in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies earlier this week, officials said.

12 NOVEMBER 2013

N. Korea slams President Park for fueling inter-Korean tensions

North Korea slammed President Park Geun-hye Tuesday for fueling tensions with provocative anti-Pyongyang remarks made during her recent trip to Europe. The North’s Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement issued by an unidentified spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), referred to Park by name and accused her of being a hypocrite and only focused on maintaining a confrontational stance with the DPRK.



North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ action to stop kidnapping

North Korea on Friday warned of « merciless » action to stop the alleged abduction of its citizens by South Korean spy agents and activists.


North Korea Accepts Seoul’s Call for Kaesong Talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea’s offer to hold working-level talks next week to improve the competitiveness of the joint industrial park in Kaesong.



N. Korea accuses S. Korea president of ‘moral vulgarity’

North Korea accused South Korean President Park Geun-Hye of « moral vulgarity » Wednesday after she suggested she was ready to hold a summit with its leader Kim Jong-Un at any time.




2 S. Korean firms withdraw from inter-Korean factory park

Two South Korean companies with factories at the inter-Korean factory park in Gaeseong have decided to close operations in the face of unfavorable business conditions, sources said Tuesday.



Park open to meeting N.K. leader

President Park Geun-hye said she was open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at any time if it is necessary for peace on the Korean Peninsula, indicating a softer approach to the belligerent regime that remains fickle with the South.


30 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korean MPs make rare crossing to North

A group of South Korean lawmakers crossed the fortified border into North Korea Wednesday to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure.

25 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea repatriates South Korean citizens at DMZ

North Korea repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily defended border crossing on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said, in a rare humanitarian gesture amid persistent tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.

24 OCTOBER 2013

Pyongyang accepts South lawmakers’ visit to Gaeseong

North Korea on Thursday accepted a request by South Korean lawmakers to visit Gaeseong, raising hopes that momentum will pick up for the joint factory park whose recently resumed operations are suffering after a five-month freeze.

21 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea warns of ‘merciless firing’ against S. Korea

North Korea on Monday warned of « merciless firing » against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.


15 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea keeping over 500 South Koreans prisoner – including plane crew hijacked 35 years ago

A South Korean politician has said that the return of 516 citizens being held by North Korea for up to 60 years is ‘the top priority’ of the government in Seoul.


4 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea Condemns North’s ‘Insult’ of President Park

South Korea is lashing back at North Korea for comments made about South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The statement issued by the North’s National Defense Commission (NDC) contained a rare attack on South Korea’s president by name

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference


N Korea postpones family reunions with South

In a blow to improving relations between the two Koreas, North Korea has ordered the indefinite postponement of a planned resumption of family reunions.


Gaeseong park begins test-run as Koreas discuss sustainable growth

An inter-Korean factory zone in North Korea began its trial-run production on Monday after a five-month hiatus, as the two Koreas discuss ways to ensure sustainable growth of the joint economic venture. More than half of the 123 South Korean firms with factories at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North’s eponymous city were set to start trial operations, with the aim of fully normalizing operations thereafter, and have asked North Korean workers to report to work



Koreas Agree to Reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their joint industrial complex at Kaesong after Pyongyang agreed to meet Seoul’s key demands. North Korea unilaterally shut down the factory zone in April but under a deal reached Wednesday will allow joint management and, for the first time, invite foreign investors

North Korean hackers suspected of cyber-espionage attack on South

North Korean hackers are suspected of launching a covert cyber-espionage campaign against the South Korean government in an attempt to steal highly classified intelligence on defence and security.



Koreas stuck on when to reopen factory park, agree on future talks

The two Koreas failed Monday 2 to agree on the reopening date of the joint industrial complex in North Korea’s border town of Gaeseong, but agreed to meet again later this week.



Koreas hold first talks on reopening industrial park

North and South Korea held the first meeting Monday of a committee tasked with reopening their Kaesong joint industrial zone — five months after it was shut down amid soaring military tensions.

S. Korea offers $6.3 mn in aid for North via WHO

South Korea announced Monday $6.3 million in humanitarian funding for North Korea through the World Health Organisation, the second such aid package in just over a month.


26 AUGUST 2013

Preparation for cultural integration of two Koreas crucial

It is never too soon to start preparing for cultural integration of the two Koreas post-reunification, which is likely to entail heavy social conflict, according to President Park Geun-hye’s top cultural adviser.“In the last 60 years that the two Koreas have been in confrontation, we have witnessed not only our language but also our customs and culture changing drastically from one another. Such sense of difference can aggravate the conflict if the two Koreas unexpectedly reunify,” Kim Dong-ho, 76, a policymaker-turned-film guru said in an interview with The Korea Herald.


23 AUGUST 2013

North and South Korea set date for family reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to allow reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 war, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul and Washington with missile strikes and nuclear war.

20 AUGUST 2013

S. Korea agrees talks on resuming cross-border tours

South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold talks with North Korea about resuming tours to a scenic resort in the North after a five-year suspension.


19 AUGUST 2013

Seoul demands family reunions, tours be discussed separately

Seoul on Monday reiterated its demand to separate the issues of reunions of divided families and stalled tours to Mount Geumgang as a cash-strapped Pyongyang seeks to link them to reopen the lucrative resort program.

18 AUGUST 2013

North Korea agrees to family reunions with South

North Korea has agreed to a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-1953 war, official media in Pyongyang say.

17 AUGUST 2013

Why do China and South Korea trade with North Korea?

South Korea and China have maintained trade with North Korea as a means of enhancing their prosperity and security.


16 AUGUST 2013

Seoul offers Aug. 23 talks on family reunions with North Korea

South Korea on Friday proposed holding talks with the North next week to arrange the first reunions of separated families in nearly three years in September.


14 AUGUST 2013

Koreas ‘reach deal’ to re-open Kaesong industrial zone

North and South Korean officials have reached an agreement about re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, officials from Seoul say.




7 AUGUST 2013

North Korea says it wants to reopen joint industrial zone with South

North Korea pledged Wednesday to take steps to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Zone, the joint manufacturing complex where it halted the operations of South Korean companies during a period of high tensions this year.

28 JULY 2013

S. Korea makes final offer for Gaeseong talks

Seoul on Sunday proposed what it said would be the “last offer” for talks with Pyongyang over the normalisation of the joint industrial park in Gaeseong, raising pressure on the North to offer clear assurances to prevent its unilateral closure.


26 JULY 2013

Seoul toughens stance on Gaeseong

South Korea on Friday vowed no let-up in its fierce pressure on Pyongyang to formally accept responsibility for the shutdown of the Gaeseong industrial town and pledge not to close it again.


19 JULY 2013

North and South Korean women’s football teams to meet in East Asian Cup

The North Korean women’s football team hold their first training session on Friday, ahead of their East Asian Cup encounter with neighbours South Korea. The last time a North Korean sport team visited South Korea for a sports competition was when the North Korean men’s football team visited Seoul in 2009 to compete against the South Korean team in a World Cup qualifier


17 JULY 2013

Two Koreas fail to agree on reviving joint factory estate

A fourth round of talks about the complex again ended without agreement, but the two sides will meet again next Monday, said Seoul’s chief delegate Kim Ki-Woong.                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/360252/two-koreas-fail-to-agree-on-reviving-joint-factory-estate

10 JULY 2013

Two Koreas fail to narrow differences over Gaeseong

The two Koreas failed to narrow their differences over how to reopen the idle joint industrial zone during a second round of negotiations in Gaeseong on Wednesday.                        http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130710001041                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013710141032850187.html

7 JULY 2013

Kaesong talks: North and South Korea reach agreement

North and South Korea agreed early on Sunday to take steps to reopen a jointly run industrial park after 16 hours of talks. The agreement marks a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension between the two rivals.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23208617                                      http://www.france24.com/en/20130707-koreas-agree-desire-reopen-joint-factory-park-kaesong-talks-south-north

6 JULY 2013

Koreas hold rare meeting to discuss joint factory park

Delegates from North and South Korea began talks Saturday on re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, which had been seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation. The factory park was closed in April amid rising tensions.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130706-koreas-rare-meeting-discuss-joint-factory-park-kaesong-north-south                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10163704/Koreas-hold-talks-over-reopening-Kaesong-industrial-zone.html

4 JULY 2013

Rival Koreas agree to talks over factory park

North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks aimed at reopening a jointly-run factory complex three weeks after their last attempt at dialogue collapsed.                                         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201374133245775953.html

11 JUNE 2013

Dialogue Between North and South Korea Collapses

An agreement between North and South Korea to hold high-level government talks this week collapsed in a last-minute dispute over who should lead their delegations                                                 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/world/asia/dialogue-between-north-and-south-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                                                                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/north-korea-cancels-talks-south

10 JUNE 2013

Koreas agree on ministerial talks on Wednesday

Working-level delegates of the two Koreas met in the border truce village on Sunday and confirmed their plan to hold ministerial talks on Wednesday in Seoul to put their strained relations back on track.                                                                                  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130609000357                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/north-south-korea-agree-to-more-talks/1678522.html

9 JUNE 2013

North and South Korea hold official talks

North and South Korean officials have sat down for their first talks in years, confronting decades of mutual distrust in a search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions.                                                                                                                                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136914653947578.html           http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-talks/1678118.html

6 JUNE 2013

North and South Korea ‘agree Kaesong talks’

South Korea has accepted an offer to hold talks on joint commercial projects from the North, pointing to a restoration of communication channels between the two countries. Pyongyang said Seoul could set the date.                                                              http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/06/koreas-to-hold-talks-over-kaesong/                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22793424                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136632935691191.html

28 MAY 2013

N. Korea to allow managers to visit Kaesong complex

North Korea said Tuesday it would allow South Korean managers to visit the Kaesong joint economic zone but declined to enter into talks with Seoul on re-opening the complex, which was closed in April amid heightened tensions on the peninsula. http://www.france24.com/en/20130528-north-korea-allow-manager-visits-kaesong-complex                                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/n-korea-invites-s-korean-businesses-for-talks-on-kaesong/1669553.html

6 MAY 2013

South Korea rejects North demands

South Korea has dismissed an « incomprehensible » list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135632432956894.html

5 MAY 2013

North Korea Sets Conditions for Reopening Kaesong

North Korea has set conditions for the revival of the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park, which has suspended operations amid escalating tensions. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency quoted a spokesman from the powerful National Defense Commission Sunday as saying that South Korea should stop all hostile acts and military provocation if it is truly worried about Kaesong’s future. http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-sets-conditions-for-reopening-kaesong/1654810.html

26 APRIL 2013

South Korea to pull out citizens from joint industrial zone after North snubs talks

Troubled relations between North and South Korea suffered a fresh blow Friday after Seoul decided to withdraw all its remaining citizens from the manufacturing zone jointly operated by the two.                                                                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/26/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/26/south-korea-pulls-out-all-workers-from-industrial-zone-in-north/

25 APRIL 2013

North Korea: South warns of ‘grave measures’ if it rejects Kaesong talks

South Korea has warned of « grave measures » if their Northern neighbours rejects talks on the Kaesong industrial park, which has been closed for nearly a month.                                                                                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10017546/North-Korea-South-warns-of-grave-measures-if-it-rejects-Kaesong-talks.html                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22289659

18 APRIL 2013

North Korea lists demands for talks

North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201341883956213774.html                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorea-to-us-no-talks-without-removal-of-sanctions/1643893.html                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/18/north-korea-conditions-us-talks

17 APRIL 2013

South Korean workers leave Kaesong

Kaesong opened in 2004 as part of a so-called sunshine policy of engagement and optimism between the two Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce – but not a treaty.                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/17/south-korean-workers-leave-kaesong/

16 APRIL 2013

New threat from North Korea

North Korea has fired off new threats to South Korea vowing “sledge hammer blows” of retaliation. The anger was sparked by reported anti-North Korean protests in the South on Monday as their neighbours celebrated the birth of its founding leader. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/16/new-threats-from-north-korea/                              http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17782957-north-korea-vows-sledge-hammer-blows-of-retaliation-over-protests-in-south?lite

15 APRIL 2013

South Korea demonstrates against nuclear threat from Kim Jong-un

Around 300 protesters converged on Seoul to burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung on the 101st anniversary of his birth. http://www.euronews.com/news/asia/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9995947/North-Koreans-mark-Kim-Il-sungs-101st-birthday-with-flowers-and-music.html

14 APRIL 2013

N Korea dismisses South’s dialogue offer on Kaesong

North Korea dismissed on Sunday the South’s offer for dialogue on the future of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, calling the offer an « empty » political gesture.                                                                                                           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-dismisses-south-s/637922.html              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9993017/North-Korea-rejects-talks-with-South.html

12 APRIL 2013

Seoul, Washington offer dialogue with North Korea

Tension on the Korean Peninsula took a new twist Friday as South Korea and the U.S. offered an olive branch to North Korea to defuse the security crisis through dialogue                                                                                                     http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130412000725

11 APRIL 2013

Seoul urges Pyongyang to negotiate

South Korea called on North Korea to come to the bargaining table, Thursday, to discuss the resumption of operations at the joint industrial park in Gaeseong.                                                                      http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/04/116_133770.html

9 APRIL 2013

North Korea warns foreigners to leave South

North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to leave the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang.                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17666065-north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-leave-south?lite                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9980992/North-Korea-urges-foreigners-to-leave-the-South.html                                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/09/north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-evacuate-the-south/

8 APRIL 2013

N Korea pulls workers out of Kaesong industrial zone

North Korea said on Monday it was withdrawing all workers and suspending operations at its joint industrial zone with South Korea — the only surviving symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.                                                      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-pulls-workers-out/631414.html                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130408-north-south-korea-suspend-cooperation-kaesong-complex                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22065348

5 APRIL 2013

How a North Korean Attack on South Korea Might Unfold

What if the North Koreans grew desperate enough to attempt to conquer only the portions of South Korea closest to them — which are also the most valuable?                                       http://www.fpif.org/blog/what_a_north_korean_attack_on_south_korea_might_look_like

3 APRIL 2013

North Korea Blocks Workers From South at Border

North Korea blocked South Koreans on Wednesday from crossing the heavily armed border to a jointly-operated industrial park, raising doubt about the future of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/north-korea-blocks-workers-from-south-at-border.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134304954907439.html

1 APRIL 2013

South Korea warns North of ‘strong response’ to any attack

The South Korean president on Monday warned North Korea that any provocative moves will be met with « a strong response » as the United States deployed stealth fighter jets in the tense region as part of joint military exercises. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/01/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1         http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/south-korea-promises-strong-response-to-threats-from-north/                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/2013414483571148.html

30 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens to Close Factories It Runs With South

North Korean, reiterating that it considered the Korean Peninsula back in “a state of war,” threatened Saturday to shut down a factory complex it jointly operates with South Korea and that stands as the last significant symbol of cooperation.   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/31/north-korea-launches-economic-threat/  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/asia/north-korean-sites-are-down-in-possible-cyberattacks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 MARCH 2013

North Korea says it is in ‘state of war’ with South

« From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly, » a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/30/north-korea-state-war-south-korea                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013330031388862.html                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21979127

South Korea Warns North of Punishment Should War Declaration Go Beyond Words

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense has issued a statement calling on Pyongyang to stop making what it calls unacceptable threats.                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-tensions/1631570.html                                               http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/30/north-korea-s-war-threats-are-unacceptable-says-seoul/

29 MARCH 2013

N Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US bases

North Korea’s leader has responded to America’s use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013328222926559483.html                     http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130329000137            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9961077/North-Koreans-stage-mass-rally-in-support-of-Kim-Jong-uns-call-to-arms.html                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreans-rally-to-support-threat-of-military-strike/1630983.html

28 MARCH 2013

North Korea still working with South

Get soldiers to action stations but keep the border factories running. These are North Korea’s priorities as the Stalinist state threatens to launch war on all enemies within reach.                                                                                                                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/28/north-korea-still-working-with-south/

27 MARCH 2013

N Korea severs military hotline with South

Pyongyang cuts off last direct communication link between two countries, and warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/

North Korea warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’

North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions « for a simmering nuclear war » have been created on the peninsula.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133274430576757.html                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/

25 MARCH 203

US, South Korea Announce New Counter-Attack Plan

South Korean defense officials say a new contingency plan with the U.S. military will allow them to immediately and decisively counter any fresh provocations from North Korea.                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-announce-new-counter-attack-plan/1627869.html
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130324000289                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201332575556586193.html

22 MARCH 2013

After nuclear tests, Seoul authorizes humanitarian shipments to the North

South Korea this morning approved the first shipment of humanitarian aid to North Korea since military tensions and Pyongyang’s provocations forced Seoul to stop all cooperation.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.asianews.it/news-en/After-nuclear-tests,-Seoul-authorises-humanitarian-shipments-to-the-North-27471.html

16 MARCH 2013

North Korea tells South to leave islands

A North Korean propaganda website has warned of strikes against Southern islands and advised residents to leave.                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21814416

12 MARCH 2013

North Korea threatens to attack South island

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to « wipe out » a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses.                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013312101014475983.html             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259428/1/.html

8 MARCH 2013

China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes.                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

North Korea ends peace pacts with South

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.                                                                                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21709917

6 MARCH 2014

S. Korea Vows Retaliation if North Breaks Truce

South Korea is responding firmly to North Korea’s threat to abrogate next Monday the peninsula’s truce agreement and resume military action. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17206704-south-korea-well-strike-back-at-north-if-attacked?lite                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-vois-retaliation-if-nkorea-breaks-truce/1616057.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea vows active support of U.N. probe into North Korean rights abuses

South Korea’s decision to support a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses by North Korea signals that Seoul’s new conservative administration is willing to pressure its neighbor on such issues — even if it hurts the chances for engagement. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-vows-active-support-of-un-probe-into-north-korean-rights-abuses/2013/02/28/5a7c14c0-8194-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea first female president urges North to drop atomic ambitions

South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye has urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test.                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/25/south-korea-first-female-president-urges-north-to-drop-atomic-ambitions/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea threatens « final destruction » of South Korea

North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting in Geneva that « South Korea’s erratic behaviour would only herald its final destruction ».                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/north-korea-threatens-destroy-south-korea                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21510479                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9880727/North-Korea-envoy-warns-South-of-final-destruction.html

14 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea says new cruise missile can strike North as regional tensions rise

South Korea sent a stern warning to North Korea on Thursday, two days after the North tested a nuclear bomb, saying it could strike the isolated state if it believed an attack was imminent as it deployed a new cruise missile to drive home its point. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/14/16961138-south-korea-says-new-cruise-missile-can-strike-north-as-regional-tensions-rise?lite

13 FEBRUARY 2013

N.K. warns ‘slightest incident’ could lead to war

North Korea said Wednesday the situation on the Korean Peninsula was so serious that even the “slightest accidental incident” could lead to an all-out war.                                                                                                                                                                            http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130213001136

12 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korean protestors call for North Korea to be ‘punished’ as Seoul government enters emergency mode

In Seoul, South Korea, activists burnt the North Korean flag – at a rally against the neighbouring country’s nuclear test on February 12. http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/south-korean-protesters-call-for-north-korea-to-be-punished/                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-government-enters-emergency-mode-42643.html

31 JANUARY 2013

S. Korea warns North against nuclear test

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak held an emergency security meeting Thursday that warned North Korea of « serious consequences » if it went through with an expected nuclear test                                     http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251333/1/.html

25 JANUARY 2013

North Korea threatens South over UN sanctions

North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea if it joins a new round of tightened UN sanctions against Pyongyang, a day after the US expanded existing sanctions and denounced the communist state’s decision to conduct nuclear testing.               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312591822380791.html                      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/25/north-korea-threatens-attack-south-korea?intcmp=239                                                                          http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-threat-south/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

24 JANUARY 2013

South Korea calls on Pyongyang to end ‘provocations’

Cho Tai-young of the South Korean Foreign Ministry said: “North Korea should listen to the messages the international community has sent until now, follow them and move forward in a non-confrontational manner. This path will benefit both North Korea and the international community.”                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/24/south-korea-calls-on-pyongyang-to-end-provocations/

2 JANUARY 2013

S. Korea Dismisses North’s Call for Reduced Tensions

Some observers said the speech was unusually conciliatory and could also signal possible domestic reforms. One South Korean analyst, Chang Yong-Seok of Seoul National University, said the North may offer greater incentives for farms and factories, and ease state controls over businesses                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-dismisses-norths-call-for-reduced-tensions/1576201.html


North Korean leader in peace call to the South

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/01/north-korean-leader-in-peace-call-to-the-south/                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131145239391827.html

24 DECEMBER 2012

Can Korea’s New President Engage the North?

There was no ‘Rock the Vote’ among liberal voters in last Wednesday’s national elections despite the fact that many felt severely betrayed by the sitting Lee Myung-bak government, which analysts will probably rank the worst in South Korean history, particularly in terms of inter-Korean relations.                                                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5069&Itemid=182

13 DECEMBER 2012

South Korea wants more sanctions against North over rocket

South Korea has called for tougher sanctions against the North as protests continued against Pyongyang’s rocket launch on Wednesday.


Saenuri Party candidate Rep. Park Geun-hye said on Monday she would push to establish representatives’ offices in Seoul and Pyongyang to normalize strained bilateral ties.

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

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


6 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean soldier ‘defects to South Korea’

A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea through the heavily militarised land border, telling Seoul military personnel that he had shot dead two officer
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210674042996525.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121006-375958.html

5 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean Media Urge ‘Great War’ Ahead of South Korean, US Elections

North Korea’s state-run news agency has published new warnings to South Korea and the United States, threatening a “great war.”


West Sea tension grows after warning shots at N.K. boats

Tension is escalating around the skirmish-prone western maritime border as Pyongyang vowed retaliation against South Korea’s firing of warning shots Friday at North Korean fishing vessels that violated the territorial waters


S Korea fires warning shots at North’s boats

Move follows several incidents in recent weeks of North Korean fishing vessels crossing the disputed Yellow Sea border


Korean unification ‘inevitable’

Korean unification is « inevitable », according to Lee Myung-Bak, the South Korean president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9538607/Korean-unification-inevitable.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120912-371207.html

29 AUGUST 2012

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

Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the wa

10 AUGUST 2012

N. Korea rejects South’s call for talks on reunions

North Korea’s Red Cross on Friday rejected a proposal by its South Korean counterpart for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, according to the North’s state media. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120810-364703.html


2 MAY 2012

‘North Korea jamming’ hits South Korea flights

Jamming signals thought to be from North Korea have affected GPS navigation on at least 250 flights, South Korean officials say

23 APRIL 2012

North Korea threatens to reduce South Korea’s government ‘to ashes’

North Korea’s military has threatened to reduce South Korea’s conservative government « to ashes » in « three or four minutes » – an escalation of its recent belligerent language. It vowed Monday to launch unspecified « special actions » of « unprecedented peculiar means, » an unusually specific warning

18 APRIL 2012

South Korea to Continue Aid to North Despite Rocket Launch

Despite the provocative rocket launch by North Korea last Friday, South Korea is to continue providing humanitarian aid to its impoverished neighbor, with whom it remains technically at war.

7 MARCH 2012

South Korea threatens ‘revenge’ for any North Korea attack

South Korea’s defence chief on Wednesday urged his soldiers to launch strong counter-attacks if provoked by the North as the two Koreas exchanged tirades despite a recent nuclear deal. Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said any fresh attacks from the North must be turned into a chance for the South’s military to « avenge » the North’s 2010 bombardment of a South Korean frontline island http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187538/1/.html

20 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea warns of ‘total war’ over South’s military drills

South Korea on Monday conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threat to attack

18 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea rejects South Korea call for talks on reunions

North Korea rejected the South’s call for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying Seoul should first respond to its conditions for dialogue


North Korea owes South $3.11b, repayment uncertain

North Korea owes a total of 3.5 trillion won ($3.11 billion) to South Korea, but strained inter-Korean relations make it uncertain whether Pyongyang will pay back the loan as scheduled. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, the South Korean government provided its northern neighbor with 1.37 trillion won in loans from 1998 to 2006 to support the construction of a light water reactor, as part of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) project to curb North Korean nuclear ambitions. The maturity of the loan has not been clearly set, though

5 JANUARY 2012

South Korea willing to hold talks with new NK leader

Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Thursday 5, South Korea would consider holding talks with North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Nuclear Summit in March. “If he takes up an appropriate title when we hold talks with North Korea, the talks will be held with him” Kim told reporters in Seoul, after briefing President Lee Myung-bak on 2012 policy plans

2 JANUARY 2012

Seoul sees ‘turning point’ with N. Korea after Kim death

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations. But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120102-319486.html http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1683521.php/LEAD-South-Korea-leader-leaves-door-open-for-North-but-army-on-alert

30 DECEMBER 2011

Do ‘not expect any change from us’, warns North Korea

North Korea warned the world Friday that newly anointed leader Kim Jong-un would continue the tough stance against the South. The statement also said, “the world… including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us”
http://www.france24.com/en/20111230-north-korea-warns-kim-jong-il-jong-un-south-asia-diplomacy-funeral-death http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/30/world/asia/north-korea-policy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

26 DECEMBER 2011

Former S. Korean first lady heads North for condolences

South Korea’s former first lady Lee Hee-ho arrived in the North on Monday to pay respects to the deceased leader Kim Jong-il. Her husband, late former president Kim Dae-Jung, initiated the now-defunct « Sunshine » detente policy with the North
South to crack down on Kim Jong-il mourners

South Korea said Monday it will crack down on those who set up memorial altars for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and an activist who flew to Pyongyang to attend his funeral without the government’s permission

25 DECEMBER 1911

North Korea links future Seoul ties to condolences for Kim

North Korea said Sunday the future of inter-Korean relations depended on Seoul’s attitude toward condolences over the death of leader Kim Jong Il

23 DECEMBER 2011

N.K. to accept all funeral delegations from South

North Korea said Friday that it would accept all South Korean delegations to mourn the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, a move that could spark conflict as Seoul has decided to allow only a select number of groups to attend his funeral http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111223000609

11 DECEMBER 2011

S. Korea’s Christmas lights plan ruffles the North’s feathers

On Sunday, North Korea said that lighting of Christmas decorations at Aegibong in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province could result in an “unpredictable situation”

24 NOVEMBER 2011

North Korea threatens South with « sea of fire »

North Korea’s military threatened Thursday to turn South Korea’s presidential palace into a ‘sea of fire,’ a day after its neighbour conducted
military drills near their sea border.

15 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea adopts more flexible N.K. stance

Seoul sends hepatitis B vaccines to Pyongyang, halts flying propaganda leaflets. The South Korean government has been taking a more « flexible” approach to North Korea since Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik took office in September.


South Korea Approves Sending Medical Aid to North

South Korea on Tuesday authorized the World Health Organization to resume distribution of Seoul-financed medical aid to North Korea, amid growing international calls for humanitarian assistance for malnourished North Korean children.

29 OCTOBER 2011

Allies to write defense plan on N. Korea

South Korea and the U.S. agreed to establish a joint operational plan to counter North Korean provocations within this year and strengthen bilateral cooperation in dealing with cyberspace threats, the allies’ defense chiefs said Friday


South Korea’s nuclear envoy has held rare talks with his North Korean counterpart in Beijing. No details were given, but ahead of the meeting the South’s Wi Sung-lac said talks with Ri Yong-ho would focus on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programme

22 AUGUST 2011

North Korea seizes South’s Mount Kumgang resort assets. It has given South Koreans 72 hours to leave the resort at Mount Kumgang, which lies just inside North Korea. The resort used to be a symbol of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of hard currency for Pyongyang.

10 AUGUST 2011

South Korea and North Korea exchange artillery fire after the South said that a shell from the North landed near waters that it claims near an island that the North shelled in late 2010, a move that sharply escalated tensions on the peninsula.


29 JUNE 2011

North Korea’s communist regime sharpened its tone in the conflict with South Korea, threatening a ‘sacred’ war on its southern neighbour.

17 JUNE 2011

South Korea has placed guided missiles capable of reaching the North Korean capital Pyongyang near the countries’ shared border

9 APRIL 2011

Photos of N. Korea nuke facility raise concerns in Seoul

North Korea appeared to be speeding up its construction of a light-water reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, raising eyebrows in Seoul as fears rise over radioactive materials from Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant.

27 FEBRUARY 2011

North Korea threatened « all-out war » in response to exercises by South Korean and US troops due to start Monday and told Seoul to stop cross-border propaganda, upping the rhetoric against its arch rivals


Military talks aimed at easing tension between North and South Korea have broken down. North Korea reacts angrily http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/


Military officers from the rival Koreas have met at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November. Tuesday’s talks were an attempt to restart the six-way talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear-weapons programme, last
held more than two years ago when the North walked out, announcing the process dead

12 JANUARY 2011

An important diplomatic hot line connecting North and South Korea went back into service after having been severed for more than seven months  The two sides spoke briefly using the line, which is located at the so-called truce village of Panmunjom. The line connects a government office on the North Korean side of the border with a corresponding office on the South Korean side

10 JANUARY 2011

South Korean and Japanese defense ministers agreed to “expand and deepen” bilateral military cooperation during talks in Seoul on Monday, amid heightened tensions following a series of deadly North Korean attacks last year

19 DECEMBER 2010

Security Council meets on Korea tensions

The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and a North Korean warning
of a « catastrophe » if South Korea goes ahead with a live-fire drill. Russia called for the meeting, and Moscow wants the U.N.’s most powerful body
to adopt a statement calling on North Korea and South Korea « to exercise maximum restraint » and urging immediate diplomatic efforts to reduce

17 DECEMBER 2010

Russia has asked South Korea to stop a scheduled joint military exercise with the United States, hours after North Korea warned it will strike back if the South proceeds with the drill.

16 DECEMBER 2010

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea on Thursday saying he was ‘very concerned’ by the escalating tension on
the Korean Peninsula


China’s top foreign policy official met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Thursday 9 and the two sides « reached consensus » about defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said.


The top American military officer lashed out at China on Wednesday for failing to intervene diplomatically with North Korea, as he met with his South Korean counterpart to discuss possible armed responses to future provocations from Pyongyang. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sharply criticized Beijing for not condemning North Korea’s artillery barrage against a South Korean island two weeks ago

28 NOVEMBER 2010

China proposes emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks next month as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula

25 NOVEMBER 2010

South Korea’s defence minister resigns amid criticism of his handling of North Korea’s shelling of an island near their disputed maritime border

24 NOVEMBER 2010

President Lee Myung-bak instructs his military to strike North Korea’s missile base near its coastal artillery base if it shows signs of additional provocation.

23 NOVEMBER 2010

North Korean shells aim to shock

The United States and South Korea now have to face what has become more than an abstract question: What is more troubling, the specter of North Korea as a growing nuclear power with a brand new uranium-enrichment facility almost ready to go into operation, or a nasty assault by « conventional » weapons on land?

23 NOVEMBER 2010

South Korea returns fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines and two civilians

30 MAY 2010

Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails

South Korea and Japan pressed China Sunday to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, but failed to win its
public support for the move after a three-way summit

27 MAY 2010

What are motives behind the Cheonan attack?

A lot of speculation has been going on across the country over why North Korea allegedly torpedoed a South Korean naval ship, killing 46 young seamen, as the international team of investigators concluded last week. If the North attacked the 1,200-ton Navy Corvette, what triggered the decision and what kind of outcome or effect was it expecting?

10 JUNE 2009

Could North Korea Provoke a New Korean War?

30 JANUARY 2009

North Korea cancels pacts with South

North Korea has said it is cancelling all political and military agreements with South Korea in a further sign of deteriorating relations between the countries. South Korea expressed « deep regret » at the decision and urged the North to engage in talks

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security


12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China

3 JUNE 2017

US Defence Secretary Mattis outrages Beijing with explicit commitment to defend Taiwan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday

25 MAY 2017

 U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China

2 MAY 2017

Reuters ’embarrassed’ over President Tsai interview, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister David Lee said that international news agency Reuters issued « regrets and apologies » over its latest news coverage, which the Presidential Office said had misrepresented President Tsai Ing-wen

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea

24 APRIL 2017

Taiwan’s dilemma: Why a blockade is likelier than an invasion

A blockade of Taiwan would be Beijing’s most pragmatic and logical military course of action. It is imperative that Taiwan take the necessary measures to defend against that form of coercion

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

Taiwan said that a mainland activist who tried to seek political asylum on the island had voluntarily returned home, ending a dilemma for Taiwanese authorities over how to deal with the case

10 APRIL 2017

Wife of detained Taiwanese activist barred from boarding flight to mainland China

The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

A prominent Taiwanese human rights advocate has been detained in China and is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security, the Chinese government has said

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

China said on Monday it has complained to Japan after a Japanese minister visited self-ruled Taiwan over the weekend, warning this could hurt relations between Beijing and Tokyo

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship

21 MARCH 2017

Taiwan to build its own submarine, President vows on visit to 50-year-old vessel

Taiwan will build its own submarines, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday, as the self-ruled island looks to fresh arms sales by the United States, accompanied by key submarine technology, to counter a growing military threat from China

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

Defence spending is targeted to rise to 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2018, up from about 2 per cent this year, Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers in Taipei on Thursday. Taiwan plans to develop indigenous ships, aircraft, weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of defence or offence, he said

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

The Washington Free Beacon said the US ‘is preparing to provide more and better defensive arms,’ while the ‘New York Times’ called it ‘a robust package’

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea and amid speculation that Japan may become the second northeast Asian state to deploy the system, many have expressed concern that Taiwan, a close economic and defence partner of the US despite a lack of official diplomatic ties, could be next

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy


How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people


Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment


Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston

6 JANUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence must be fought on all fronts, says former Chinese official

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy


Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader


 Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979



Beijing warns Taiwan investors against using ‘profits earned on mainland’ to support independence

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Why Donald Trump might not follow US presidents’ precedent on Taiwan

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse


Taiwan’s ruling party urges Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives


Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly

10 OCTOBER 2016

On national day, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen continues call for Beijing talks but refuses to accept ‘one China’ principle

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president

4 OCTOBER 2016

To secure seat at world table, Taiwan pushes past Beijing but tactic seen as risky

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say

1 OCTOBER 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions


Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.


Trade between Chinese mainland, Taiwan drops 9.8pc year on year in first seven months

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.


Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.


Taiwan’s new facilities on Taiping Island may have military use

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness


Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China

31 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan budgets for 12-year, $2.9 billion advanced jet trainer programme

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry

25 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen orders revamp of military strategy, weapons upgrade

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year

27 JULY 2016

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said

20 JULY 2016

 South China Sea: Taiwanese lawmakers and flotilla head to Taiping Island in sovereignty, fishing rights push

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen

1 JULY 2016

Taiwan navy ‘mistakenly fires’ supersonic missile towards China, hitting boat

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.

6 JUNE 2016

Taiwan says won’t recognise Chinese air defence identification zone over South China Sea

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
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4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday

25 MAY 2016

Without Clarity on 1992 Consensus, Tsai and DPP Will Face Challenges Ahead

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland

18 MAY 2016

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s 5 national security challenges after May 20

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security

13 MAY 2016

Taiwan tells panel to visit Taiping before making a ruling on South China Sea row

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life

8 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s new government accuses China of interference in its WHO status

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.

10 MARCH 2016

China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Don’t make us suffer even more, Taiwanese businessmen on Chinese mainland tell president-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.

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.


Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »

27 JANUARY 2016

What the United States Owes to Taiwan and its Interests in Asia

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.

25 JANUARY 2016

War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.

20 JANUARY 2016

Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

If the future DPP government does not accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ — based either on the Chinese Communist Party government’s ‘One-China’ principle or on the Kuomintang government’s ‘One China, Respective Interpretations’ understanding — and cannot form a mutually agreeable new arrangement with Beijing, it will face a series of enormous diplomatic challenges

17 JANUARY 2016

China warns Taiwan after landslide election victory

Taiwan should abandon its « hallucinations » about pushing for independence as any moves towards it would be a « poison », Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition

30 DECEMBER 2015

Presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s policy towards Taiwan’s defense industry

According to Tsai, her defense industry policy emphasizes the development of  Taiwan’s aviation, shipbuilding and information security industry. Specific projects include the production of: 1) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), 2) high-end trainer aircraft, 3) next generation fighter aircraft, 4) prototype submarines, and 5) developing an information security army. We will analyze each of the five projects

China says Taiwan talks could ‘collapse’ if framework challenged

China said Wednesday that ties with Taiwan could “collapse” if the island refuses to recognize the framework that has underpinned negotiations between the two for more than two decades

16 DECEMBER 2015

US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

The United States government authorized eight separate defense deals  with Taiwan on Wednesday, totaling $1.83 billion and drawing criticism and concern from the Chinese government. While the deal is small in comparison to the multibillion-dollar agreements recently signed by Middle Eastern countries, it comes with big implications for the relationship between Washington, D.C., and Beijing.


Strait Talk: Taiwan’s Politicians are Split on Keeping the ‘Status Quo’

Less than six weeks before Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election in January, presidential candidates in Taiwan have stepped up efforts to sway voters in their favor. Among key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, retirement and the health of the national economy—much focus has been placed on how the cross-strait relations should proceed in the future


China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks in Singapore

Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China have met for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled island and just weeks ahead of élections
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742680 http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/oppose-taiwan-independence-chinas-xi-says-historic-meeting

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two

10 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s President Ma defends China policy on National Day

At the National Day celebrations, President Ma Ying-jeou recounted the achievements under his leadership over the past seven years, especially his China policy. He said cross-strait relations are at their best in more than 60 years

24 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan still in market for U.S. submarines: Minister of National Defense

A day after President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan is committed to building its own submarines, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry insisted on Monday that it had still not given up on the idea of buying submarines from the United States

24 JULY 2015

Taiwan lodges protest with China over military drill

Taiwan said Friday it had filed a protest with China over a military exercise it slammed for portraying the island as a target, despite improved ties between the two former bitter rivals

14 JUNE 2015

Mainland to lift entry-permit policy for Taiwan résidents

The Chinese mainland will remove entry permit requirements for Taiwan residents, as top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng vowed to boost exchanges across the Taiwan Strait on Sunday

12 JUNE 2015

 Scandal in Taiwan over military vehicle made with Chinese parts

Taiwanese authorities are investigating a massive military procurement scandal involving a locally developed armoured vehicle after contractors have allegedly used inferior components from China to manufacture it.

6 JUNE 2015

Taiwan coast guard launches new ships as South China Sea tensions rise

Taiwan’s coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defences amid concerns about China’s growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea

2 JUNE 2015

Taiwan to speed up cross-strait trade talks to counter China-South Korea FTA

In response to the China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) news yesterday, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said that the agreement will indeed send shockwaves through Taiwan’s industry, and proposed that the government should quickly speed up trade agreement negotiations with China and other countries.

4 MAI 2015

China’s President Xi meets Taiwan Kuomintang chief

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting leader of Taiwan’s ruling party on Monday (May 4), the first such meeting for six years

2 MAY 2015

Taiwan’s ruling party chairman Eric Chu begins first visit to China

The chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, on Saturday began his first visit to China since taking up his post early this year, and is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time

13 APRIL 2015

Taiwan unable to become AIIB prospective founding member: China

Taiwan is unable to become one of the prospective founding members of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese official said Monday without giving any reasons

8 APRIL 2015

Taiwan president says ROC won’t give up S. China Sea territory

President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region

2 APRIL 2015

China objects after US fighter planes land in Taiwan

China protested on Thursday after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years

31 MARCH 2015

Taiwan’s largest missile ship goes into service

Taiwan’s largest-ever missile ship went into service Tuesday after a ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou as the island strives to modernise its military in response to a perceived threat from China

24 MARCH 2015

President Ma Ying-jeou pays last respects to Lee Kuan Yew

President Ma Ying-jeou visited Singapore March 24 to pay last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father who died aged 91 the day before

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security

The complicated question of Taiwan’s sovereignty has led to its exclusion from countless international security organizations. This has left a critical hole not only in the security of Taiwan’s 23 million citizens, but also the world at large

18 JANUARY 2015

Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy

Washington’s strange Taiwan policy, criticizing the pro-Taiwan side for resisting Chinese expansion (“causing tension”) while supporting the pro-China party in Taiwan (and indirectly, China itself), is deeply at odds with U.S. policy elsewhere in Asia


29 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan kicks off plan to build its own submarines

Deputy Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told parliament the ministry has approved guidelines for the design contract for an Indigenous Defence Submarine.

23 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan launches its largest ever missile ship

The 500-tonne corvette named ‘Tuo Chiang’ – ‘Tuo River’ – is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was touted by defence minister Yen Ming as « the fastest and most powerful » in Asia

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.


China’s envoy visits Taiwan amid protest

Dozens of demonstrators chanting anti-Beijing slogans protested Tuesday when a senior Chinese envoy arrived in Taiwan, some of them scuffling with police and demanding the official « crawl back to China ».


China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship

China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province


China ex-general says force an option in ‘Taiwan problem’

An army general has warned that China will not leave the Taiwan problem « unresolved for a long time », after the island’s Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a bruising election defeat, a state-run newspaper said.


Taiwan develops new missiles to counter China’s threat

Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for « up to 20 years » as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China

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

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

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.


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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors

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


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


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

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




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.


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

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.



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


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


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


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


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

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.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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.



10 MARCH 2014

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


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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.


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.


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.



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


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


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



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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.


Wars, conflicts and strategy on 13 June in Asian history


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1858: The Sino-Russian Treaty of Tianjin is signed. One of several others treaties under the same name with France, Great-Britain and the United States

1900: China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupts into violence in Beijing after Baron von Kettler, the German minister to China killed a man with his walking stic

1951:U.N. troops seize Pyongyang, North Korea

1952: Soviet mission in Tokyo loses its diplomatic status

1958: China’s first atomic reactor, built with Russian help, begins operating

1969: Soviet Union refuses to resume border talks with China

1971: The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam War

1973: US Kissinger and North Vietnamese Le Duc Tho sign a new peace agreement

2000: In Pyongyang, start of the first inter-Korean summit since 1953, between Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il (up to 15)



2002: In Nepal, Defense minister says that security forces killed 500 Maoist rebels

2009: North Korea warns that it will increase its nuclear activities and could launch military action against the US and allies after the UN Security Council announced new sanctions over last month’s atomic test

2010: Pakistani officials reject allegations that their country’s powerful intelligence agency still supports the Taliban and other Afghan insurgents after a paper from a Harvard academic accused the agency of continued links to the rebels

On 13 June in South Asian history


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2002: In Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is elected chairman of the Loya Jirga

2002: In Nepal, Defense minister says that security forces killed 500 Maoist rebels

2003: Death of Malik Meraj Khalid, former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (November 1996-February 1997)

2010: Pakistani officials reject allegations that their country’s powerful intelligence agency still supports the Taliban and other Afghan insurgents after a paper from a Harvard academic accused the agency of continued links to the rebels

2012: Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia, has died. He was 84.


On 13 June in Southeast Asian history


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1935: Birth of Samak Sundaravej, shortly Thai Prime Minister in 2008, who died on November 24, 2009

1944: Birth of Ban Ki-moon, the incumbent United Nations General Secretary

1949: Former emperor Bao Dai arrives in Saigon after three years in self exile in Hong Kong

 1971: The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam War

1973: US Kissinger and North Vietnamese Le Duc Tho sign a new peace agreement

1997: Death of Nguyen Manh Tuong, Vietnamese lawyer and intellectual, born in 1909

2012: Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi leaves Burma on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago.



On 13 June in Japan’s history


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1256: Death of Tankei, Japanese sculptor, born in 1173


1584: Birth of Miyamoto Musashi, Legendary Samurai warrior, artist, and author of The Book of Five Rings who died on June 13, 1645

1645: Death of Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese sworsdman, born on June 13, 1584

1931: Death of Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician, born on January 29, 1853

1948: Death of Osamu Dazai, Japanese writer, born on June 19, 1909

1952: Soviet mission in Tokyo loses its diplomatic status

1978: Birth of Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model



1999: Death of Yoshiki Iwama, Japanese screenwriter, born on October 1929

2006 : Death of Hiroyuki Iwaki, Japanese conductor, born on September 6, 1932



2010: A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returns to Earth.


On 13 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1858: The Sino-Russian Treaty of Tianjin is signed. One of several others treaties under the same name with France, Great-Britain and the United States

1900: China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupts into violence in Beijing after Baron von Kettler, the German minister to China killed a man with his walking stic

1905: Birth of  Xian Xinghai, Chinese composer of The Yellow River, who died on October 30, 1945


1928: Birth of Li Ka-shing, Hongkong billionaire

1958: China’s first atomic reactor, built with Russian help, begins operating

1969: Soviet Union refuses to resume border talks with China

1978: Death of modern novelist Liu Qing

2002: François Cheng is the first China-born writer to join the prestigious French Académie Française

2002-06-13 François Cheng

2008: China and Taiwan sign a landmark deal on tourism

2011: Migrant workers clash with police for a third consecutive night outside the southern city of Guangzhou. About 1,000 protesters set fire to cars and damaged government buildings on Sunday night near the city in China’s manufacturing

2014: Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang

On 13 June in Asian history


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1256: Death of Tankei, Japanese sculptor, born in 1173


1584: Birth of Miyamoto Musashi, Legendary Samurai warrior, artist, and author of The Book of Five Rings who died on June 13, 1645

1645: Death of Miyamoto Musashi, Japanese sworsdman, born on June 13, 1584

1858: The Sino-Russian Treaty of Tianjin is signed. One of several others treaties under the same name with France, Great-Britain and the United States

1900: China’s Boxer Rebellion against foreigners and Chinese Christians erupts into violence in Beijing after Baron von Kettler, the German minister to China killed a man with his walking stic

1905: Birth of  Xian Xinghai, Chinese composer (The Yellow River), who died on October 30, 1945


1928: Birth of Li Ka-shing, Hongkong billionaire

1931: Death of Shibasaburo Kitasato, Japanese physician, born on January 29, 1853

1935: Birth of Samak Sundaravej, shortly Thai Prime Minister in 2008, who died on November 24, 2009

1944: Birth of Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations General Secretary

1948: Death of Osamu Dazai, Japanese writer, born on June 19, 1909

1949: Former emperor Bao Dai arrives in Saigon after three years in self exile in Hong Kong

1951:U.N. troops seized Pyongyang, North Korea

1952: Soviet mission in Tokyo loses its diplomatic status

1958: China’s first atomic reactor, built with Russian help, begins operating

1969: Soviet Union refuses to resume border talks with China

1971: The New York Times begins publication of the Pentagon Papers on Vietnam War

1973: US Kissinger and North Vietnamese Le Duc Tho sign a new peace agreement

1978: Birth of Mikako Ichikawa, Japanese actress and model



1978: Death of modern novelist Liu Qing

1997: Death of Nguyen Manh Tuong, Vietnamese lawyer and intellectual, born in 1909

1999: Death of Yoshiki Iwama, Japanese screenwriter, born on October 1929

2000: In Pyongyang, start of the first inter-Korean summit since 1953, between Kim Dae-jung and Kim Jong-il (up to 15)



2002: François Cheng is the first China-born writer to join the prestigious French Académie Française

2002-06-13 François Cheng

2002: In Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai is elected chairman of the Loya Jirga

2002: In Nepal, Defense minister says that security forces killed 500 Maoist rebels

2003: Death of Malik Meraj Khalid, former caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan (November 1996-February 1997)

2006 : Death of Hiroyuki Iwaki, Japanese conductor, born on September 6, 1932



2008: China and Taiwan sign a landmark deal on tourism

2009: North Korea warns that it will increase its nuclear activities and could launch military action against the US and allies after the UN Security Council announced new sanctions over last month’s atomic test

2010: Pakistani officials reject allegations that their country’s powerful intelligence agency still supports the Taliban and other Afghan insurgents after a paper from a Harvard academic accused the agency of continued links to the rebels

2010: A capsule of the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa, containing particles of the asteroid 25143 Itokawa, returns to Earth.

2011: Migrant workers clash with police for a third consecutive night outside the southern city of Guangzhou. About 1,000 protesters set fire to cars and damaged government buildings on Sunday night near the city in China’s manufacturing

2012: Death of Ustad Mehdi Hassan, Pakistan’s legendary classical singer who captivated millions of music fans across South Asia. He was 84

2012: Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi leaves Burma on her first trip to Europe since 1988 to formally accept the Nobel Peace Prize that thrust her into the global limelight two decades ago.

2014: Chinese police arrest prominent rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang