Daily Archives: 14 juin 2017

On 14 June in Asian history


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Updated on June 14, 2017

1161: Death of Qinzong, 9th emperor of the Chinese Song dynasty, born on May 23, 1100

1276: While taking exile in Fuzhou, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnant of the Song dynasty court holds the coronation ceremony for Emperor Duanzong of Song

1285: Forces led by Prince Tran Quang Khai of Vietnam’s Tran Dynasty destroys most of the invading Mongol naval fleet in a battle at Chuong Duong

1287: Kublai Khan defeats the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria

1444: Birth of Nilakantha Somayaji, Indian mathematician, who died in 1544

1789: Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,000-mile) journey in an open boat

1838: Birth of Yamagata Arimoto, Japanese PM from November 1898 to October 1900

1888: In Borneo Island, Sarawak becomes a British protectorate

1899: Birth of Kawabata Yasunari, Japanese writer, Nobel Prize for Literature, who died on 16 April 1972

1904: First of the two-days battle of Telissu (Chinese Liaoning province). The Japanese rout the Russians and inflict heavy casualties

1904-06-14 Battle of Telissu

1907: Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers

1909: Prince Hirobumi Ito resigns as governor of Korea

Hirobumi Ito

1920 : Birth of Bharat Bhushan, a Hindi film actor known for his sensitive portrayals of musicians and poets in several films of the 1950s and 1960s, who died on January 27, 1992


1936 : Death of Zhang Binglin (Zhang Taiyan), Chinese philosopher and activist, born on December 25, 1868

1945: Filipino troops of the 15th, 66th and 121st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL liberate the captured in Ilocos Sur and start the Battle of Bessang Pass in Northern Luzon.

1945: Burma is fully liberated by Britain

1949: With the help of France, Bao Dai, who have been ousted by the Viet Minh (Communists) proclaims himself again emperor of Vietnam. The Associated State of Vietnam is established with Bao Dai as Head of State

Bao Dai Time

1960 : Dwight Eisenhower arrives in Manila for the first State visit of an US president to the Philippines

1960: After the death of his father, Prince Norodom Sihanouk becomes head of Cambodia

Sihanouk 1960

1963: Letter in 25 points of the Chinese communist party to Soviet Union communist party

1965: Nguyen Cao Ky becomes Prime Minister of South Vietnam at the head of a military junta; General Nguyen Van Thieu became the figurehead chief of state

1971: Birth of Pritam Chakraborty, Indian music director and composer


1974: Birth of Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress who died on September 1, 2009

1975: Death of Pablo Antonio, a pioneer of modern Philippine architecture, born on January 25, 1902

1979: Death of Ahmad Zahir, Afghan singer and composer, born on June 13, 1946



1982: Birth of Lang Lang, Chinese pianist


1998: In Taiwan, KMT and independent candidates, win almost all the seats in local élections

2004: The Workers Party of Bangladesh is split, as Khandaker Ali Abbas leaves to form a new party

2008: In Afghanistan, Taliban attack Kandahar prison, freeing 350 of their militants

2009: Vietnam authorities arrest Le Cong Dinh a high-profile lawyer for allegedly conspiring against the government

2011: India signs its biggest defence deal with the USA to procure ten C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for US$ 4.1 billion under which American defence major Boeing will set up test facilities for hi-tech aeronautics engines for the Defence Research and Development Organistaion (DRDO)

2012: Police in the restive Indonesian province of Papua have shot dead a senior separatist leader, Mako Tabuni, sparking violent protests by locals.

2012: Death of Kaka Radhakrishnan, Indian actor, born in 1926

2014: Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured

2015 : Death of Qiao Shi, former chairman of the NPC, China’s top legislature, from 1993 to 1998. He was also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee


Main news on Singapore


14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats


Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament


8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state


Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh


Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore continues to double down as recipient and benefactor of the US tilt to Asia, jointly announcing on Dec. 7 – the anniversary of the destruction of the US fleet by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 – that it is adding Poseidon P8-A spy planes to an already formidable US presence on the island


US agrees spy plane deployment in Singapore amid China tensions

The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea

25 NOVEMBER 2015

Singapore lifts ban on 240 publications

Singapore’s conservative government has lifted a ban on 240 publications, ranging from communist material to adult content


China President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6) evening, kick-starting his two-day state visit to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and to launch new initiatives for bilateral cooperation

28 OCTOBER 2015

Singapore still the easiest place to do business

Singapore has held on to its decade-long place at the top of the World Bank’s rankings of the easiest place to do business, according to the latest Survey


Singapore election: Governing party secures decisive win

Singapore’s ruling party romped to a strong election victory on Friday and increased its share of the vote and seat tally as it brushed off an opposition challenge in the city state’s most hotly contested polls


Singapore PAP faces fight for every seat for first time

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling People’s Action Party will face a fight from opposition candidates in all 89 parliamentary seats for the first time since independence 50 years ago, nominations showed yesterday

25 AUGUST 2015

Singapore’s parliament is dissolved to prepare for a Sept 11 general election

Singapore’s parliament is dissolved to prepare for a general election as prime minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a fresh mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living in a slowing economy

31 JULY 2015

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early Polls

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is gearing up for a general election later this year, despite the fact that under the country’s parliamentary system they do not have to be held until January 2017. It will be a watershed vote, the first since the death of the country’s founder Lee Kuan Yew and coming as the country marks its 50th anniversary

24 JULY 2015

US blacklists Singapore shipping company over NKorea links

The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments. http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/us-blacklists-singapore-shipping-company-over-north-korea-links.html

29 JUNE 2015

Singapore, Australia signs comprehensive strategic partnership

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sign a joint declaration on the comprehensive strategic partnership that will witness enhanced cooperation in trade and economics, foreign affairs, defense and security

25 JUNE 2015

Fugitive ex-S’pore MP returns to face charges after 35 years

After more than three decades on the run since being accused of criminal breach of trust (CBT), former MP Phey Yew Kok, who was once one of Singapore’s most powerful unionists, has come out of hiding. On Monday, he gave himself up at the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok after 35 years as a fugitive

25 MAY 2015

Singapore, China complete inaugural bilateral naval exercise

Singapore and China’s navies complete their first-ever four-day Exercise Maritime Cooperation, which involves the RSS Intrepid, the RSS Valiant and the Yulin frigate.

18 MAY 2015

Singapore and French ties get stamp of approval

In Paris, the Presidents of Singapore and France witness the signing of six Memorandums of Understanding and unveil a special stamp issue marking 50 years of friendship between the two countries.

14 MAY 2015

Iran navy ‘fired on Singapore ship’

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship’s aid

5 MARCH 2015

Singapore arrests 2 for protest outside PM’s office

Two Singaporean men have been arrested for staging a weekend protest outside the government complex that houses the offices of the president and prime minister

29 MARCH 2015

Singapore holds funeral of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew

More than 415,000 out of the 3.9 million residents living in Singapore have made the trip to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew, independent Singapore’s first prime minister. They have had to queue for up to 10 hours over the past several days

23 MARCH 2015

Singapore’s founding father, Lee Kuan Yew, dies at 91

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state’s rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday, aged 91
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/singapores-founding-father-lee-kuan-yew-dies-91-pmo http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32012346 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-12975980

New opposition party SingFirst unveils leadership team

The newest opposition party in town, Singaporeans First (SingFirst), unveiled its leadership team at a dinner last night to celebrate its inauguration

4 MARCH 2015

Singapore has the best quality-of-living standards in Asia: Mercer report

Singapore is ranked first in Asia and 26th globally in terms of quality-of-living standards, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Rankings. The Austrian city of Vienna came in tops overall

3 MARCH 2015

Singapore world’s most expensive city for expats

Singapore has retained the position of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for the second successive year, according to a survey conducted the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)

18 FEBRUARY 2015

US to base four warships in Singapore as China flexes military muscles

The four combat ships are designed to fight in coastal areas and represent further signs of America’s military tilt to Asia


EU-Singapore FTA may not come into force in 2015: PM Lee

Singapore firms eyeing expansion plans in Europe may have to wait a little longer for improved market access. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is « not absolutely confident » the EU-Singapore FTA can come into force this year

10 JANUARY 2015

Tentative but no fundamental change in Singapore

Singapore’s economy continues to impress, even with some potential storm clouds on the horizon. The government’s response to calls for greater equity and accountability will determine the extent of trust and credibility it has with the populace. Current measures remain inadequate

21 DECEMBER 2014

Malaysia to charge S$7.60 entry fee for foreign vehicles from Singapore

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year


Singapore signs Arms Trade Treaty

Singapore signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York on Friday (Dec 5).

20 NOVEMBER 2014

PSA, Port of Singapore and CAG win top honours at Supply Chain Asia Awards

PSA Singapore, which was named Container Terminal of the year, beat four contenders including those from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Its parent, Port of Singapore, won Asia Container Port of the Year, while Changi Airport Group took home the Asia Air Cargo Port of the Year award.

14 NOVEMBER 2014

China, Singapore to widen military ties

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Minister of National Defence of Singapore Ng Eng Hen on Friday held talks and reached a four-point consensus.


A sustainable future for Singapore

As part of a review of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, the Government will spend S$1.5 billion on rolling out programmes to create a cleaner and greener Singapore.


Singapore PM wins defamation suit

Singapore’s High Court ruled Friday that an activist defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by accusing him in a blog of misappropriating state pension funds.


Like Hong Kong, Singapore needs democracy

Editor’s note: Dr. Chee Soon Juan is the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


Singapore 1st in Asean to fight IS

Singapore will contribute military personnel and equipment to the US-led coalition combating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to join the effort.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Singapore is « the best country in the world » for business and enterprise 

For the ninth consecutive year the Asian city-state takes first place in the special list drawn up by the World Bank. « Business-friendly », it takes two days to open a business and four to import containers. Hong Kong in third place, South Korea fifth.

S’pore’s court rules that law that criminalises sex between men is constitutional

Singapore’s Court of Appeal has ruled that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men, is constitutional.

27 OCTOBER 2014

China launches direct currency trading with Singapore

China officially announced direct currency trading with Singapore in China Foreign Exchange Trade System on Monday, marking another important push forward for China and Singapore’s economic ties.

8 OCTOBER 2014

Why Singapore will not replicate Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests

On 27 September, hundreds of people staged a ‘Return Our Central Provident Fund’ (CPF) protest rally at Hong Lim Park, Singapore. Simultaneously in Hong Kong, the Occupy Central movement, morphed into a bigger and broader pro-democracy ,The supposed similarities have led some to ask will — or when will — Singapore do a ‘Hong Kong’? The short answer is it won’t. There are three main reasons why the protests in Hong Kong will not be replicated in Singapore.


Singapore Government on alert for Bash aka Shellshock bug threat

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore says it is closely monitoring the Bash bug situation. At least one financial institution, OCBC Bank says it has stepped up surveillance for possible exploits, although its websites are « not susceptible » to the vulnerability.


Singapore population now at 5.47 million, slowest growth in 10 years

Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in a decade in the one year to June 2014, due to a slow down in the inflow of foreign workers.


Singapore PM and Hong Kong leaders reaffirm strong ties

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong met Hong Kong political and business leaders yesterday in his first trip to the city since 2001.


Singapore Bans Local Documentary on Political Exiles

Singapore on Wednesday banned a local documentary about nine dissidents living in exile, saying its contents undermined national security.


Singapore, Indonesia agree on borders

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on their maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore and will sign a treaty during president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s three-day state visit to Singapore, which starts today

24 AUGUST 2014

35,000 older workers earn less than US$800 in Singapore

The number of older workers taking home less than S$1,000 (US$800) a month in Singapore has doubled to nearly 35,000 over the past decade, according to figures from the Ministry of Manpower

3 AUGUST 2014

More Singaporeans moving to Hong Kong to work

Some high-profile names have joined the latest wave of Singaporeans who have moved to Hong Kong for various reasons

12 JULY 2014

Singapore libraries to destroy copies of gay penguin book

State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed a children’s book about two male penguins raising a baby chick inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state’s family values.

28 JUNE 2014

Singapore gay rally draws thousands amid controversy

An annual gay rally in Singapore has drawn thousands amid an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.

10 JUNE 2014

Singapore firm charged over arms smuggling to North Korea

A shipping company registered in Singapore is charged in connection with the transfer of financial assets and resources that could have been used to contribute to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program

13 MAY 2014

Can civil society influence policies?


21 APRIL 2014

Singapore needs to address its treatment of migrant workers

Unrest is spreading among Singapore’s migrants over working conditions. How can a country of millionaires justify failing to act?


16 APRIL 2014

Singapore accepts Indonesia apology over warship row

Singapore on Wednesday welcomed an apology from Indonesia’s military chief over the naming of a warship after two marines who staged a deadly bombing in the city-state in 1965


6 MARCH 2014

Singapore to buy Airbus refuelling tankers for air force

Singapore said Thursday it would replace its ageing KC-135R air refuelling tankers made by US firm Boeing with Airbus’s A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft



4 MARCH 2014

Singapore most expensive city in the world: study

Singapore is now the most expensive city in the world, according to the latest study by the Economist Intelligence Unit. This is mainly due to the strong Singapore dollar and the high cost of cars, utilities and clothes, the research firm said


21 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore’s Foreigner Problem

Does Singapore have a problem with xenophobia? It seems that barely a month goes by these days without news reports highlighting friction between Singaporeans and foreign workers in the tiny, multi-ethnic city-state.


15 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?

It is time for the two neighbors to move beyond historical grievances.


11 FEBRUARY 2014

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.


10 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia, Singapore row worsens

Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation


Indonesia naming ship after MacDonald House bombers « would reopen old wounds »

Singapore has sent a strong signal to Indonesia that it opposes the naming of an Indonesian warship after two marines who carried out the bombing of MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.


17 DECEMBER 2013

Singapore deports foreign workers after riots

City state to send 53 South Asian workers home for their role in clashes sparked by the death of an Indian migrant.




Hundreds Riot in Singapore’s Little India

Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore after being enraged by a fatal road accident in a rare case of public unrest in the wealthy city-state.


Singapore: Little India riot videos

On Sunday night, one neighborhood in the normally law abiding city state of Singapore descended into chaos amid rioting by Indian migrant workers. About 400 people were involved in the riots which were sparked after an Indian worker was hit and killed by a private bus driven by a Singaporean.


25 OCTOBER 2013

Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison ‘not welcome’ in Singapore

Extramarital dating website Ashley Madison has raised social hackles around the world with its promotion of adultery. But in Singapore, its forthcoming launch has been met with staunch opposition, as residents and politicians insist its maxim that « Life is short. Have an affair » is unwelcome in the conservative city-state.


19 OCTOBER 2013

Singapore ‘least bogged down in Asia by bureaucracy’

Singapore’s civil service emerged tops in a survey of 12 Asian economies, for being least encumbered by red tape and concentration of power.



S’pore population growth slowest in 9 years

Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in nine years in the 12 months up to June 2013, even as the total fertility rate inched up, according to figures released by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD)http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-population-growth-slowest-in-9-years-52131.html


EU, Singapore Conclude Comprehensive Trade Deal

The European Union and Singapore submitted for approval today (20 September) one of the world’s most comprehensive free trade agreements, which the EU sees as a stepping stone towards a wider deal with southeast Asia.



Singapore police arrest 14 over match-fixing

Police in Singapore have arrested 14 people suspected of being members of an organised crime ring, in the latest match-fixing scandal to hit football.




Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

At a time not too far distant, Lee Kuan Yew, the font of all authority, legitimacy, orthodoxy and indeed fear in Singapore for over 50 years will no longer be with us. It is thus perhaps appropriate to begin discussing what the absence of Lee Kuan Yew will mean for the Singaporean republic.


11 AUGUST 2013

Changes needed to avert « mid-life crisis »: ESM Goh

Singapore is now at an inflexion point of its development as a society, where there is a need for some changes to avoid a « mid-life crisis », says Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong.


24 JULY 2013

Singapore is one of top 10 most pessimistic countries in the world

According to a poll published by Gallup on 18 Jul 2013, Singaporeans are one of the top 10 most pessimistic in the world about the direction of their lives last year. Nearly 1 in 4 Singaporeans expect their lives in 5 years to be worse than their present lives.


13 JUNE 2013

Singapore official gets jail sentence in sex case

Peter Lim, former commissioner of Singapore’s Civil Defense Force, was found guilty last month of receiving oral sex in May 2010 from a woman who wanted government contracts.                                                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/109156/singapore-official-gets-jail-sentence-in-sex-case/

30 MAY 2013

Singapore tells M’sian MPs to stay out of its affairs

Singapore has warned Malaysian politicians to stay out of its affairs, in light of the arrests of 21 Malaysians for demonstrating in the island republic.                                                                                               http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/5/30/nation/13173190&sec=nation

Singapore Airlines announces $17bn aircraft order from Airbus and Boeing

Singapore Airlines has announced new aircraft orders valued at more than $17bn (£11.3bn) shared between the big two manufacturers, Airbus and Boeing.                                                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/may/30/singapore-airlines-orders-airbus-boeing

12 MAY 2013

Veteran local actor Dai Peng dies from same cancer as Huang Wenyong

Veteran actor Dai Peng, whose real name is Dai Dexin, has passed away at the age of 75 from lymphoma. He died on Sunday afternoon (May 12) at 2.30pm.                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130514-422553.html

11 MAY 2013

Police reminds organiser of protest at Speaker’s Corner to comply with laws here

Police on Saturday issued a reminder to social worker Jolovan Wham about his plan to hold a demonstration on Sunday at the Speakers’ Corner. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130511-421931.html

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’ http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/singapore-and-the-us-an-extraordinary-relationship-gets-closer/

22 MACH 2013

On the fast track to a Singapore–Malaysia economic union?

The recent announcement of a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a commute of only 90 minutes, has raised the prospect of closer economic integration between the two cities.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/22/on-the-fast-track-to-a-singapore-malaysia-economic-union/

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Business/Story/A1Story20130317-409239.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Population increases in Singapore: balancing growth and quality-of-life

Singapore’s White Paper on population, issued on January 31 2013, has generated intense debate on the appropriate balance between growth and quality-of-life for Singapore citizens, illustrating the accelerating dilemma between the two faced by Singaporean policymakers and society. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/02/28/population-increases-in-singapore-balancing-growth-and-quality-of-life/

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Should Singapore’s Section 377A be ‘trimmed’?

With two cases challenging Singapore’s anti-gay law pending in the High Court, the country’s Law Minister has met with both LGBT groups and church members to discuss the country’s stance on gay rights. While LGBT advocates want to see Section 377A – which criminalises sex between men – repealed, while conservative church leaders insist that it be retained.                                                                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/99083/should-singapores-section-377a-be-trimmed/

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Rare mass rally over Singapore immigration plans

Singaporeans have staged a rare demonstration, in protest at government plans to allow more immigration. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/16/world/asia/singapore-protest-immigrants/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21485729

28 JANUARY 2013

Singapore’s rulers suffer by-election loss

In a surprise result, Singapore’s long-ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) at the weekend suffered a second consecutive by-election loss since winning the 2011 general election, ceding the island state’s Punggol East seat to the main opposition Workers’ Party. The result saw opposition politician Lee Lu Lian take the Workers’ Party’s seventh seat in parliament, a small but significant win for proponents of a more pluralist political system in the wealthy city-state                                                                        http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA29Ae01.html

26 JANUARY 2013

WP’s Lee wins Punggol East by-election

Ms Lee Li Lian of the Workers’ Party (WP) has won the Punggol East by-election.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1250425/1/.html                                         http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130127-398098.html

7 JANUARY 2013

Politics and power in Singapore

PAP uses clout to deny services to opposition constituency                                                                                             http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5088&Itemid=181

26 DECEMBER 2012

Singapore in 2012: balancing growth with domestic imperatives

Singapore has continued to skilfully pursue a business location strategy in 2012, the key requirements of which include keeping the share of wages in the national income below the share accruing to capital, and tapping into new commercial opportunities and economic partners.

18 DECEMBRE 2012

Singapore-European Union Conclude Free Trade Agreement

Singapore concluded an agreement with the European Union (EU) this weekend in a deal that will grant both parties improved access to each other’s markets. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian nation to conclude such a deal, with the agreement seeing the EU eliminating tariffs on all imports from Singapore over a five-year period.

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Singapore opposition leader freed from bankruptcy

Prominent Singapore opposition leader Chee Soon Juan has been discharged from bankruptcy, the government said Wednesday, after an unprecedented concession by two former prime ministers to whom he owed about $408,000. http://asiancorrespondent.com/92350/singapore-opposition-leader-freed-from-bankruptcy/


Singaporean Tells China U.S. Is Not in Decline

In an unusual public airing of strategic problems surrounding China’s rise, the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, warns China that it should view the United States not as a declining power, but as a nation with the ability to innovate and bounce back

How to make more Singaporean babies

How to get Singaporeans to have more babies has become a major part of the debate about this country’s future, and the government is encouraging people to speak out on the issue

26 AUGUST 2012

Singapore to have two more universities

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, said this will mean that by 2020, 40 per cent of each school-going cohort will be able to have a university education, higher than the current 27 per cent

11 AUGUST 2012

« Enormous » problems if Singaporeans don’t procreate: Lee Kuan Yew

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has expressed concerns over Singapore’s low fertility rate. Giving some simple statistics, Mr Lee said the Chinese reproduction rate is 1.08 – with two Chinese becoming one in the next generation. For the Indians, the rate is 1.09, and for the Malays – 1.64.

26 JUNE 2012

How Singapore Policed the Foreign Press

A few years ago the word “gazetted” was possibly the most feared word for any publication operating in Asia, especially Southeast Asia. The term described the way the Singaporean government policed the foreign press by selectively curtailing or expanding a publication’s circulation within the island republic.

17 JUNE 2012

As Singapore Loosens Its Grip, Residents Lose Fear to Challenge Authority

Those accustomed to thinking of this booming city-state as a bastion of apolitical strivers and shopaholics might be stunned by the burst of civic activism sweeping this crowded flyspeck of an island.

26 MAY 2012

Workers’ Party wins Hougang by-election

The Workers’ Party (WP) has won the Hougang by-election. Mr Png Eng Huat, 50, chairman of the Hougang Constituency Committee, beat the People Action Party’s Desmond Choo, 34. The final results showed that WP had won the by-election with 13,447 votes, out of a total of 21, 657 votes. It obtained 62.09 per cent of the eligible votes cast. 294 votes were spoilt

6 MARCH 2012

Maids in Singapore to get a weekly day off from 2013

The Singapore government has announced that maids working in the country must get a weekly rest day. The new regulation will take effect from 1 January 2013 and apply to all foreign maids whose work permits are renewed or issued after the date

24 FEBRUARY 2012

Singapore’s Lee Family and Nepotism

Singapore’s ruling Lee family, apparently angered by a comment made on a Singapore-based blog Temasek Review Emeritus, has come down hard, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife, Ho Ching, his brother Lee Hsien Yang, all demanding apologies for intimating that they have filled top government positions with family members

4 JANUARY 2012

Singapore leaders to take large pay cuts

Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and senior officials from his government will take a huge pay cut after opposition complaints over their high salaries


Singapore’s population hits 5.18 million

Singapore’s population has reached 5.18 million, up 2.1 per cent from 5.08 million last year. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens and 530,000 are permanent residents. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens
and 530,000 are permanent residents.


Singapore defends a controversial security law permitting arrest and detention without warrant or trial, despite neighbouring Malaysia’s plan to abolish a similar legislation

12 JULY 2011

Singapore ranked 8th most expensive city for expats

Singapore has entered the top 10 list of Mercer’s 2011 cost of living survey, moving up two spots to be ranked the 8th most expensive city for expatriates. Angola’s capital, Luanda, has retained the unenviable title of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, narrowly edging out
Tokyo, according to the survey published on Tuesday.

JUNE 1, 2011

Khaw Boon Wan is new PAP Party Chairman

The People’s Action Party (PAP) has appointed Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister For National Development, as the new chairman of its central
executive commitee (CEC). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will remain as the secretary-general while the two deputy prime ministers, Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will now be the first and second assistant secretary-generals respectively.

27 MAY 2011

Author jailed over Singapore criticism

A British author will spend up to eight weeks in a Singapore jail after a court rejected his appeal against a conviction for contempt of court. Alan Shadrake’s appeal against a sentence of two months, meted out to him last November for what was described by the court as « scandalising » comments in his book, « Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, was rejected on Friday.

25 MAY 2011

Old wine, old bottle in Singapore

For the first time since Singapore achieved independence, national founder, former prime minister and until now mentor minister Lee Kuan Yew is not among its cabinet line-up. His surprise resignation this month and the composition of the new cabinet announced over the weekend are the result of the ruling People’s Action Party’s (PAP) worst electoral showing since 1966 a disconnect has grown between Lee’s strong style of government

18 MAY 2011

Singapore drops to 3rd place in world competitiveness

Singapore has dropped from first to third place, behind Hong Kong and the United States, in the 2011 World Competitiveness Rankings published by Swiss business school IMD

11 MAY 2011

Analyzing the Singapore Election

A Step on the Long Road to Political Pluralism?

To be sure, the PAP still enjoys overwhelming electoral support and parliamentary supremacy. Even after dropping 6.5 per cent of total votes in this election, it commands a 60.1 per cent approval rating. Under Singapore’s first-past-the-post voting system, aided by gerrymandering, this translates into all but six of the 87 seats in parliament. The political space opened up by the Workers’ Party taking these six seats should thus not be exaggerated

14 APRIL 2011

Singapore Death Book Has a Sympathetic Hearing

Singapore’s government may well be regretting the use of a sledgehammer to crack a small nut, in this case prosecuting the British author of a hitherto obscure, Malaysia-published book critical of the injustices present in the Lion City’s eager use of capital punishment. The case has brought international attention to Singapore’s relatively easy and allegedly discriminatory use of the hangman’s noose in a way that casts doubt
on its preferred image as a state that is strict but fair. The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on the appeal by author Alan Shadrake against a six-week prison term and a S$20,000 fine for contempt of court relating to passages in his book: « Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the dock. » It was argued that Shadrake had deliberately impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Singapore judiciary with his book

1 APRIL 2011

Singapore: the Maid, the Pack and the Soldier

The country goes a little nutty after a maid is seen carrying a soldier’s backpack. The Singapore Armed Forces announced Thursday that it would conduct military exercises in several Singapore sectors between April 4 and April 11, blank rounds and « thunderflashes » are to be used, according to the dispatch from the front.


Singapore PM: Reproduce in Year of Rabbit

As Singaporeans usher in the Year of the Rabbit, Singapore’s prime minister hopes citizens will follow the fertile animal’s example and reproduce. In his annual Chinese New Year message Wednesday February 2, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that Singapore’s fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 1.16 percent in 2010 and urged couples to have more babies. Despite financial incentives offered by the government, Singapore
citizens face a population shortfall, a problem that is « extremely challenging, » Lee said.

22 JANUARY 2011

Here is a serie of very interesting TV interviews of Lee Kuan Yew (history of Singapore, private life..)


20 JANUARY 2011

Singapore’s flawed ‘freedom’

What do you call a country that takes 35% of salaries to finance a state investment fund run by the prime minister’s wife? Where the government controls companies responsible for 60% of gross domestic product and 85% of its citizens live in public housing? And a country with stringent
restrictions on the media and public information, limits on freedom of expression and assembly, and courts that help perpetuate the domination of the only ruling party the country has ever known?

You call it the second-freest economy on Earth if you’re the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal.


Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said that Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years if we do not ‘replace ourselves’.

25 AUGUST 2010

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on government

In a statement, police said they had arrested a « man in his late 20s » on Tuesday « in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence ».

17 MAY 2010

PM Lee on Nepotism and his father’s legacy



Corruption in China


14 JUNE 2017

Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained

The chairman of an influential Chinese insurance company has stepped down after domestic media reported that he had been detained as authorities pursue a sweeping campaign against alleged corruption in the financial industry

26 JANUARY 2017

Can China be the next anti-corruption success story, after Hong Kong and Singapore?

Tony Kwok says Beijing’s plan to set up a super agency to combat the scourge is a big step in the right direction, and shows it is adopting best practices from elsewhere

29 DECEMBER 2016

China’s senior general Wang Jianping being investigated for bribery

A Chinese general is being investigated for suspected bribery, the defence ministry said on Thursday (Dec 29), a man connected to the jailed former domestic security chief and one of the most senior incumbent military officials to be targeted for graft

28 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese Communist Party expels two former senior military officials over alleged graft

Fan Changmi was previously the political commissar for the Lanzhou Military Area Command, while Niu Zhizhong was formerly a deputy commander of the People’s Armed Police

9 OCTOBER 2016

Former Communist Party boss of Yunnan Bai Enpei province to spend life behind bars

A former Communist Party boss of Yunnan province has been given a suspended death sentence for corruption, the harshest penalty imposed on a senior official arrested since President Xi Jinping launched his anti-graft drive in late 2012


China jails former Communist Party chief of Guangzhou Wan Qingliang for corruption

A Chinese court has jailed for life Wan Qingliang, former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou, after finding him guilty of corruption


Luxury clubs closed in China amid graft crackdown

Scores of luxury clubs in China have been forced to shut down or downgrade, media said, as Beijing’s anti-corruption drive continues to bite

25 JULY 2016

Chinese Gen Guo Boxiong sentenced to life for corruption

Guo Boxiong, once head of a powerful military committee, has been sentenced for life for taking ‘massive’ bribes. He is the highest military figure to be jailed as part of President Xi’s fervent corruption campaign

4 JULY 2016

Ling Jihua, former Chinese presidential aide of Hu Jintao, sentenced to life in prison

Ling Jihua, the one-time top aide to former president Hu Jintao, has been sentenced to life in prison for taking more than 77 million yuan (HK$89 million) in bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, mainland state media reported on Monday

15 JUNE 2016

China: Disgraced Zhou Yongkang’s son and wife are jailed

The son and wife of imprisoned former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang have been jailed after they were found guilty of corruption, officials say

13 MAY 2016

Ling Jihua, former right-hand man of ex-president Hu Jintao, charged with graft

Chinese prosecutors have indicted the former top aide to ex-President Hu Jintao on charges of taking bribes, illegally obtaining state secrets and abuse of power, state media reported Friday, in the latest high-profile blow in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping crackdown on corruption

7 MARCH 2016

China Communist party punished nearly 300,000 for graft in 2015

China’s ruling Communist Party punished nearly 300,000 of its members last year for corruption, its graft watchdog said amid a wide-ranging crackdown by President Xi Jinping on official malfeasance


Sichuan governor removed from post

Wei Hong has been removed from his posts as governor and vice Party chief of Sichuan province for « serious violations of discipline, » the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) announced on Thursday.

20 JANUARY 2016

Former Xinjiang party chief Yang Gang jailed for corruption

Former Communist Party chief in China’s Xinjiang region Yang Gang has been jailed for 12 years for corruption, state media report.

12 JANUARY 2015

China’s ex-deputy police chief jailed for 15 years: state media

China has jailed former vice public security minister Li Dongsheng for 15 years, state media reported on Tuesday, the latest official tied to ousted security tsar Zhou Yongkang to be sentenced for corruption offences.

12 DECEMBER 2015

China anti-corruption cases have quadrupled since 2013, study says

In Chinese business and political circles, conversations frequently return to a familiar question: When will President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign end? http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-anti-corruption-cases-have-quadrupled-2013-study-says

12 OCTOBER 2015

Former China energy chief Jiang Jiemin jailed for corruption

The former chief of China’s biggest oil firm has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for accepting bribes, state media said


China expels Supreme Court deputy justice over corruption

A former justice of China’s Supreme Court is facing possible corruption charges, and has been stripped of membership in the ruling Communist Party and fired from all public positions

10 AUGUST 2015

Chinese General Gu Junshan gets suspended death sentence for graft

A senior Chinese military officer has been handed a suspended death sentence for corruption after he was exposed as owning dozens of homes, gold statues and luxury liquor, state media said.

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule

7 APRIL 2015

China corruption: Nanjing mayor jailed for 15 years

A Chinese court sentenced a former mayor of Nanjing to 15 years in prison on Tuesday for accepting bribes, the latest senior official to be jailed in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping campaign against graft

3 APRIL 2015

China ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang charged with bribery, abuse of power, leaking secrets

China’s former security chief Zhou Yongkang has been charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets, making him the most senior official being prosecuted in decades

28 FEBRUARY 2015

China jails former vice-governor as anti-corruption drive continues

Ni Fake found guilty of taking more than $2m in bribes, as senior military official loses immunity from prosecution by being booted from parliament

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Top China official to face prosecution for corruption

Former senior official Su Rong has been expelled from the Chinese Communist Party for corruption and faces prosecution, said the country’s top anti-corruption body


China executes ‘mafia-style’ mining tycoon Liu Han

Chinese authorities on Monday executed a former mining tycoon connected to the eldest son of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, himself the focus of a high-profile corruption investigation, state media reported

16 JANUARY 2015

Chinese spy chief Ma Jian placed under graft probe, authorities confirm

« Vice-minister and member of the party committee of the State Security Ministry Ma Jian has been put under investigation for suspected serious violation of discipline and laws, » the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said

15 JANUARY 2015

PLA officers placed under investigation

Liu Zheng, deputy head of the People’s Liberation Army’s General Logistics Department, is under investigation for suspected legal violations, the PLA said on Thursday

7 JANUARY 2015

More than 70,000 officials punished for violating frugality rules in 2014

A total of 71,748 Chinese officials were punished in 2014 for violating the eight point anti-graft rules, the top antigraft body said Wednesday.

5 JANUARY 2015

Communist chief of China’s Nanjing city probed

« Nanjing city party secretary Yang Weize, suspected of severe violations of discipline and law, is now under investigation, » the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement late Sunday.

28 DECEMBER 2014

Chinese princelings not targeted… for now

Among the various officials and party cadres who have fallen in China’s anti-corruption campaign, one group stands conspicuously missing: princelings

10 DECEMBER 2014

Liu Tienan: Top Chinese economist jailed over bribery

Liu Tienan, a former top economic official, has been jailed for life in China for accepting millions of dollars in bribes, state media report.


Despite Crackdown, Corruption Seen as Worsening

Despite Xi Jinping’s well-publicized anti-graft campaign that has led to the fall of numerous corrupt officials including former security czar Zhou Yongkang, who has been officially expelled from the CCP and arrested on graft-related charges, China’s position on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index has deteriorated in the past twelve months. Simon Denyer at The Washington Post reports:


China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.


PLA general probed for corruption

China’s military is investigating another top officer in its widening crackdown on corruption, a woman major-general with a senior post at an army university, financial news magazine Caixin reported on Thursday


President of China’s Sinopec oil services unit dismissed amid investigation

Xue Wandong, the president of Sinopec Oilfield Services Corp (SOSC), was relieved of his duties by the company’s party apparatus, Xinhua said on its Weibo social media account. He is being investigated for reasons that were not specified


Chinese military targets corruption

The Chinese military is beefing up supervision to fight corruption in its ranks with detailed regulations, which analysts said will be crucial in preventing graft-related crimes. The areas being targeted – including project construction and medical and weapons procurement – are involved in more than 90 per cent of the corruption in the military, an official with the military procuratorate said

24 NOVEMBER 2014

China corruption watchdog launches inspections, eyes Sinopec

China’s corruption watchdog has launched a series of inspections into state-owned enterprises and government bodies including China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner, state media said


Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China visit

Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog has said.


Corruption said to be rampant in China’s sports sector

The mainland sacked a number of senior officials and players for match-fixing and bribery in soccer games two years ago, but the latest official statement suggests the problem of graft in the sector is more widespread.

28 OCTOBER 2014

China ex-general admits taking bribes for promotions

Xu Caihou, formerly China’s second-highest ranking officer as vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, « was found taking advantage of his position to assist the promotion of other people », Xinhua news agency said, citing military prosecutors

17 OCTOBER 2014

China rail official given death sentence for corruption

Zhang Shuguang was found guilty by a court in Beijing of taking bribes of more than 47m yuan ($7.7m; £4.8m) over 11 years.


China’s anti-graft campaign to last ‘at least 5 years’

China’s anti-corruption chief said the central government’s ongoing campaign against extravagance and corruption will continue for at least five years.

30 AUGUST 2014

China’s experience with graft: The good and the bad

Nowhere is it so markedly distinctive as in his determination to fight China’s widespread corruption. Mr Xi’s war against corruption, first launched in December 2012 to catch both « flies » (low-level offenders) and « tigers » (high-level corrupt officials), is still going on unabated. It has netted more than 40 high-profile « tigers » or officials and executives of state-owned enterprises equivalent to ministerial and provincial-governor rank

29 JULY 2014

China begins corruption inquiry into former security chief Zhou Yongkang

Zhou is most senior Chinese politician to be linked to corruption scandal since Communist party came to power in 1949

21 JULY 2014

Tianjin police chief investigated for corruption

The police chief of China’s Tianjin city is being investigated for corruption, authorities said, the third senior security official in the northern port to be targeted for graft in eight years

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.

27 JUNE 2014

Chief of China’s Guangzhou ‘investigated for graft’

The Communist chief of China’s sixth-biggest city Guangzhou is being investigated for corruption, Beijing said Friday, the latest official to fall in a high profile campaign against graft

25 JUNE 2014

China corruption: Communist Party’s Su Rong sacked

China’s most senior serving politician to be investigated for corruption since President Xi Jinping took power has been sacked.

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption

8 JUNE 2014

China investigation finds 1,000 ‘naked officials’ in Guangdong

An investigation in China has revealed that more than 1,000 officials in the southern province of Guangdong have spouses or children living abroad

23 MAY 2014

Death sentence for Chinese mining tycoon

The death sentences for Liu Han and his brother Liu Wei were the first in trials of their 36-member gang by a court in the central province of Hubei, the Xinhua agency said



22 MAY 2014

China corruption fight turns on ‘naked officials’ with family overseas

China has removed a senior »naked official », one whose spouse and children have emigrated, from his post in the southern province of Guangdong, state media reported on Thursday, as the government’s anti-graft campaign turns its focus to a group it sees as a corruption risk.


25 APRIL 2014

Fourteen NPC members sacked or resign over corruption

Fourteen senior officials at Chinese state-owned companies and in the government, all of them members of the 12th National People’s Congress, have been dismissed or have stood down for « serious violation of discipline and law » — a term usually signifying corruption


15 APRIL 2014

Dongguan legislator detained amid sex trade crackdown

Liang Yaohui, a deputy to the National People’s Congress, China’s top legislature, was detained on Monday by local police for the suspected crime of organizing prostitution, police in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province announced via its official microblog


9 APRIL 2014

China sacks former security chief Zhou Yongkang’s associate

The Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said that Guo Yongxiang, a former vice-governor of Sichuan province, had been expelled from the party and removed from office

1 APRIL 2014

China corruption purge claims top general Gu Junshan

China has court-martialled a senior former army officer in the biggest corruption scandal to engulf the People’s Liberation Army, a move that could foreshadow the unprecedented criminal prosecutions of other leading military and Communist Party officials

30 MARCH 2014

China seizes $14.5bn assets from Zhou Yongkang family and associates – report

Chinese authorities have seized assets worth at least $14.5bn from family members and associates of retired domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is at the centre of China’s biggest corruption scandal in more than six decades, according to Reuters news agency



20 MARCH 2014

Former top China army officer under house arrest in graft probe

A top retired Chinese general has been put under virtual house arrest while he assists with an investigation into the military’s worst corruption scandal in almost a decade, two sources said, an indication the probe might be expanding


9 MARCH 2014

China investigates Yunnan vice governor Shen Peiping

Shen Peiping, vice governor of Yunnan in the southwest, was suspected of « serious disciplinary and legal violations », the party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a one-sentence statement on its website

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China sacks security vice-minister Li Dongsheng

China says it has formally sacked the former vice-minister of its public security office, Li Dongsheng.


20 FEBRUARY 2014

China tycoon Liu Han charged for ‘mafia-style’ crimes

A Chinese court has charged a tycoon with crimes including murder, intentional injury and organising a « mafia-style gang », state media report.



19 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Vice Governor Subject of Corruption Probe

China’s Communist Party has announced a corruption probe into another ex-associate of retired senior politician Zhou Yongkang, who himself is the subject of a rumored investigation




China’s anti-graft agency to widen net

China’s top anti-graft agency has pledged to punish both corrupt officials and their leaders who failed to supervise them effectively amid the agency’s efforts to boost clean governance


30 JANUARY 2014

Chinese Communist Party expels Nanjing mayor

Ji Jianye was found to have « received a huge amount of money and gifts either by himself or through his family members », the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement posted on its website

29 JANUARY 2014

China Convicts Two More Anti-Corruption Activists

China’s ruling Communist Party is continuing its crackdown on government critics by convicting two more anti-corruption activists. A Beijing court on Wednesday found Hou Xin and Yuan Dong guilty of « gathering a crowd to disturb public order. »

23 JANUARY 2014

How Serious is Xi Jinping’s Corruption Campaign?

People at the very top of the communist party – except those who stuck their heads up – aren’t touched


China blocks foreign news sites that revealed elite’s offshore holdings

The blocking of foreign news sites that revealed details of offshore holdings by the relatives of senior leaders has continued in China as reports emerged of a propaganda directive ordering websites and services to target users posting on the subject.


22 JANUARY 2014

Chinese leaders’ riches cloaked in offshore tax havens, report says

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists report said the documents show almost 22,000 clients of offshore companies and banks have addresses in mainland China and Hong Kong, including at least 15 of China’s richest men and women, members of the National People’s Congress and executives of state-owned companies

19 JANUARY 2014

China’s former PM denies role in family’s ‘hidden riches’

Wen Jiabao, the former Chinese premier whose relatives were accused of amassing a $2.7 billion fortune in 2012, tells Hong Kong columnist: « I want to leave this world clean. »


16 JANUARY 2014

Chinese general arrested for gilded lifestyle

Gu Junshan, a former lieutenant general and deputy logistics chief with great influence within the People’s Liberation Army, was arrested after an investigation into his personal affairs.


5 JANUARY 2014

China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft

China investigated almost 37,000 officials suspected of corruption in more than 27,000 cases between January and November, state media said Sunday.


30 DECEMBER 2013

China holds ex-security chief’s colleague over graft

Li Chongxi, chairman of the Sichuan province Political Consultative Conference is being probed for « suspected severe violation of discipline and the law », the ruling party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said.


28 DECEMBER 2013

500 local Chinese lawmakers resign in fraud scandal

More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, as Beijing ramps up its sweeping anti-corruption crackdown, state media reported Saturday.



25 DECEMBER 2013

China vice police minister sacked: Communist Party

Li Dongsheng, formerly a vice minister of public security, was removed from his various posts for « severe violations of discipline », according to an official circular reported by the state Xinhua agency.


20 DECEMBER 2013

China investigates deputy minister

No details were given in the one-sentence announcement about Li Dongsheng, who was placed under investigation by the ruling Communist party’s disciplinary body. However, such investigations usually relate to alleged corruption and abuse of power.



13 DECEMBER 2013

Analysts: China Corruption Crackdown Lacks Independence

In the first year of his administration, Chinese President Xi Jinping has touted a high-profile effort to root out graft. His efforts to cut government waste and go after high-ranking officials have won him praise, but some say much more needs to be donen check.


11 DECEMBER 2013

China puts former security chief under house arrest-sources

China has put Zhou Yongkang, one of the most powerful politicians of the last decade, under virtual house arrest while the ruling Communist Party investigates accusations of corruption against him, several sources said on Wednesday.



26 OCTOBER 2013

China, corruption and the court intrigues of Nanjing

What really lay behind the sacking of Ji Jianye, mayor of one of China’s largest and booming cities?http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/26/china-corruption-nanjing-ji-jianye-mayor

24 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese daily takes on police over jailed reporter

A Chinese newspaper made a bold front-page appeal on Thursday – for a second day – urging the authorities to release one of its journalists after he was detained for writing reports alleging financial misdeeds at a state-owned construction company.


23 OCTOBER 2013

China’s global war against press freedom

Over the past five years the Chinese government has expanded its campaign to constrain foreign news outlets from casting China in a negative light, according to a report released today by the non-government organization Freedom House


22 OCTOBER 2013

China says 99.9 per cent of graft defendants found guilty

Nearly 200,000 people were investigated for embezzlement or bribery between January 2008 and August this year, China’s top prosecutor, Cao Jianming, told the National People’s Congress parliament.


18 OCTOBER 2013

129 senior officials investigated in first 8 months

China’s prosecutorial agencies have placed 129 officials at the prefectural level or higher under investigation for suspected corruption and bribery in the first eight months of this year, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP).


17 OCTOBER 2013

China, Nanjing mayor arrested on corruption charges

Ji Jianye removed from office and brought to Beijing for internal Party investigation. State media praise the new move against bribes, but former mayor’s closeness to powerful Jiang Zemin points to new battle for power within national political scene.




Bo Xilai Conviction Won’t Curb Chinese Corruption

Constitutional reforms, transparency, free speech are musts for China to fight corruption



Corruption and the world’s biggest building

The New Century Global Centre is the biggest building in the world; 16 Wembley stadiums could fit underneath its vast roof.



China, one child policy ‘breeds corruption in the Party’

In the last year, Chinese officials for family planning have collected 16.5 billion yuan. A lawyer trying to figure out where does this money: « They should be used to repay public services, but disappear into thin air. Even the audit for the government knows where they are really. « 


China’s Smiling Safety Official Gets 14 Years in Jail

A Chinese official who ignited a national controversy when he was caught smiling at the scene of a deadly bus crash has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption. Yang Dacai was founded « guilty of taking bribes and holding a large amount of property which he cannot account for. » Yang, who did not contest the charges, was also fined about $8,000



China’s Ex-Security Chief Helping Probe, not Target

China’s former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, one of the country’s most powerful politicians of the last decade, is helping authorities in a corruption probe and, contrary to media reports, is not currently the target of the investigation, sources told Reuters.


China investigating corruption allegations against state asset regulator Jiang Jiemin

A move to bring down Zhou Yongkang, the widely-feared former head of China’s security apparatus, has claimed the scalp of one of his senior lieutenants, the former chairman of the giant oil monopoly China National Petroleum Company (CNPC)http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/01/china-accuses-state-assets-chief

30 AUGUST 2013

Trial for China’s ‘smiling official’ Yang Dacai

A Chinese official who sparked an outcry after images showed him grinning at the scene of a fatal bus crash has pleaded guilty to corruption charges.



25 AUGUST 2013

Justice obstructed by brokers


23 AUGUST 2913

Chinese court releases video of Bo Xilai’s wife testifying against him

Video footage released by a court in east China shows Gu Kailai testifying against her husband, disgraced Chinese leader Bo Xilai, who is currently on the second day of his trial on Friday. The 64-year-old former Communist party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been charged with illegally taking almost 27 million yuan (£2.8m), corruption and abuse of power

China tries to cover up giant corruption scandal in Nepal

Nepali authorities detain 22 senior Nepali officials as well as 2 Chinese suppliers who worked with the state electricity company following an unprecedented operation by Anti-Corruption Commission. The identity of the Chinese company involved is still unknown, but Beijing is concerned the story might discredit its electrical product exports.

22 AUGUST 2013

Bo Xilai: Disgraced politician goes on trial in China

The trial of Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician once tipped for the highest levels of power, has begun. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23776348 http://www.voanews.com/content/china-bo-xilai-denies-taking-bribes/1734705.html

9 AUGUST 2013

China sacks top economic official Liu Tienan

Liu Tienan, formerly deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission, « accepted huge amounts of bribes », Xinhua news agency reported.



29 JULY 2013

2,290 disciplined for excessive extravagance

More than 2,000 Party and government officials have been punished as of late June for breaking new Party rules against extravagance and excess formality, an official from China’s top anti-graft agency said on Monday 29.


23 JULY 2013

China bans construction of government buildings

China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years as another step in a frugality drive aimed at calming public anger over corruption.


22 JULY 2013

GlaxoSmithKline admits some staff in China involved in bribery

Abbas Hussain, the drug maker’s head of emerging markets who was dispatched to Shanghai to oversee the crisis, apologised to the Chinese authorities and promised the company was taking the charges « extremely seriously ».



17 JULY 2013

Xinhua journalist accuses China official of ‘huge graft’

A journalist with China’s official Xinhua news agency on Wednesday accused the head of a key state-owned firm of « corruption involving a huge amount ».                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130717-438031.html

Chinese whistleblower blinded in acid attack

An amateur Chinese whistleblower, who spent his free time embarrassing Communist party officials by posting pictures of their luxury cars on the internet, was rammed by a car, blinded with acid, and deprived of two of his fingers.                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10184412/Chinese-whistleblower-blinded-in-acid-attack.html

16 JULY 2013

China crackdown on corruption campaigners

Three Chinese activists campaigning for officials to disclose their assets will be put on trial in a co-ordinated crackdown that underscores the limits of an anti-corruption push by the new government. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/chinese-crackdown-corruption-campaigners

8 JULY 2013

China ex-rail minister given suspended death sentence

A Chinese court has given former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun a suspended death sentence for corruption and abuse of power, state media report.                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23222240                                    http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/

5 JULY 2013

China’s Anti-Corruption Drive Uncovers Scandals

China’s high-profile anti-corruption push continues to make headlines, with a regular stream of officials brought down for abusing power                                                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/china-anti-corruption-drive-uncovers-scandals/1695689.html

3 JULY 2013

China sacks regional party official Wang Suyi

China has sacked a top regional party official for suspected « disciplinary violations », state media report. Wang Suyi was formerly head of Inner Mongolia’s United Front Work Department. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23156908

30 JUNE 2013

China expels legislator for violating discipline

The National People’s Congress said it took the action against Zhou Wenbin on Saturday following an investigation, the Xinhua News Agency said. No details were given, although the charge of violating discipline is usually shorthand for bribery, embezzlement, the selling of offices or other forms of corruption.                                                                                                    http://asiancorrespondent.com/110036/china-expels-legislator-for-violating-discipline/

26 MAY 2013

Corrupt Chinese officials turn to ‘black’ PR

In the middle of the biggest anti-corruption campaign for years, crooked Chinese politicians are paying to vanish from sight, with all negative stories about them scrubbed from the internet. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10081431/Corrupt-Chinese-officials-turn-to-black-PR.html

20 MAY 2013

Corruption in China, Checked and balanced?                              http://www.economist.com/blogs/analects/2013/05/corruption-china?fsrc=rss&utm_source=feedly

14 MAY 2013

Fallen energy chief Liu Tienan okayed 50+ projects in final 3 months

Liu Tienan, the former Chinese energy chief who has been placed under investigation for corruption, approved more than 50 energy projects within the last three months of his tenure at the National Energy Administration, reports the Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130514000136&cid=1103

Axe falls on deputy police chief of Chongqing

The former deputy police chief of Chongqing has been placed in detention on suspicion of taking £1.7 million in bribes, according to the Communist party’s mouthpiece.                                                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10056587/Axe-falls-on-deputy-police-chief-of-Chongqing.html

12 MAY 2013

Top planning official Liu Tienan probed by anti-corruption committee

The deputy head of the mainland’s top economic planning agency has officially been placed under investigation by the Communist Party’s top graft-busting organ on suspicion of « serious discipline violations ».                                               http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1236076/senior-china-planner-investigated-new-corruption-crackdown                                                                      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/world/asia/china-eyes-liu-tienan-an-official-challenged-by-a-journalist.html

25 APRIL 2013

Chinese official sacked after ‘citizen journalists’ expose extravagant banquet

Video and pictures of lavish dinner emerge after campaigners gatecrash event hosted by Communist boss in Jiangsu province http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/25/china-official-sacked-extravagant-banquet

19 APRIL 2013

Eight Anti-Corruption Activists Detained in China

Chinese authorities have detained eight anti-corruption activists over their participation in a signature drive that calls on central government officials to disclose their assets. Although there is widespread public support for officials to disclose such information, government efforts to promote the policy appear to be slowing. Rights lawyers in Beijing say the activists have been taken into custody in recent days on suspicion of unlawful assembly                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/anti-corruption-activists-detained-in-china/1645053.html

10 APRIL 2013

Ex China rail minister Liu Zhijun charged with corruption

China has charged once-powerful former Railways Minister Liu Zhijun with corruption and abuse of power, state media has reported.                                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22089011                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134109418694786.html

6 APRIL 2013

Can China’s new government end corruption?

Li Keqiang, the new premier of China, vowed to “tackle corruption” and “clear government,” which includes — mind you — most schools, hospitals, banks, universities, companies, public transport, the courts and the police.        http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/04/06/commentary/can-chinas-new-government-end-corruption/?goback=%2Egde_2387236_member_229987869#%2EUV7v7KLcmrI

24 MARCH 2013

Former PetroChina chairman detained for corruption

Jiang Jiemin, the former chairman of PetroChina, China’s biggest oil producer, has been detained by central discipline authorities for corruption, reports Boxun, a citizen journalism website that often makes claims that are difficult to prove. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130324000089&cid=1101

21 MARCH 2013

Why China’s Corruption Is So Hard to Clean Up


Corrupt Hubei official linked to Zhou Yongkang arrested

Wu Yongwen, deputy director of the standing committee of the Hubei Provincial People’s Congress, has become the second deputy provincial or ministerial-level official since the country’s leadership transition to be detained by the authorities for corruption http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130321000076&cid=1101

4 MARCH 2013

Chinese ex-police detained while trying to stamp out corruption

« More than 70 police raided our (guest house), » said former policeman He Zuhua. « Police are everywhere. » He says he and a handful of former police officers are being pursued and detained by authorities after traveling to the capital to help shine a light on corruption within their ranks http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/04/17180627-chinese-ex-police-detained-while-trying-to-stamp-out-corruption?lite

14 FEBRUARY 2013

‘Hero’s Welcome’ for Corrupt Official

A former Shanxi official gets a warm reception from business leaders and Chinese Communist Party members upon his release from jail.                 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/graft-02142013122807.html

24 JANUARY 2013

As anti-corruption fight gets underway, party officials withdraw money from banks

China’s new leader Xi Jinping ends the meeting of the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection by reiterating his commitment to fight graft and moral decay. Many Communist officials react by withdrawing foreign cash from banks and selling off their real estate. Five-year plan against corruption will not work, experts say.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-anti-corruption-fight-gets-underway,-party-officials-withdraw-money-from-banks-26951.html

14 DECEMBER 2012

Chinese governor charged over opium fuelled lifestyle

Yang Hongwei, the former governor of Chuxiong Yi autonomous prefecture in south-west China, was in the dock on Thursday accused of taking some 10.11 million yuan (£1m) in bribes and using the money to purchase 17 properties in Yunnan province and six in Melbourne, Australia.


Investigation into Sichuan deputy chief Li Chuncheng confirmed

China’s official news agency Xinhua has confirmed that Li Chuncheng, the deputy Communist Party secretary of Sichuan province, is under investigation for « alleged discipline violation » by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, making him the first senior party official to be probed for corruption since new party general secretary Xi Jinping took over from Hu Jintao last month.


China Targets Top Sichuan Official in Anti-graft Drive

China’s anti-corruption commission has begun an inquiry into a top official in the southwestern province of Sichuan, state media reported Wednesday. He’s the most senior person to be investigated since Xi Jinping became Communist Party leader last month

12 NOVEMBER 2012

In China, corruption is hot topic at party congress

Leaders from President Hu Jintao on down to regional party chiefs have issued warnings against graft and called for public disclosure of officials’ assets.


Chinese Communist Party’s mounting battle against graft

Even as the government crows about its relentless crackdown on graft – 660,000 officials have been found guilty since 2007, or 360 a day – a series of scandals exposed online in recent months has greatly embarrassed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

29 OCTOBER 2012

More officials probed for graft

From January to August, prosecutors across the country had investigated 12.7 percent more officials, for crimes related to their office, from a year ago, according to the Supreme People’s Procuratorate.

26 OCTOBER 2012

Bo Xilai formally placed under investigation

Bo Xilai, the disgraced Chinese politician, has been formally placed under investigation « for alleged criminal offences », after he was stripped of his legal immunity and expelled from the country’s parliament. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9637320/Bo-Xilai-formally-placed-under-investigation.html

8 OCTOBER 2012

Over 660,000 officials get punished for corruption

The Communist Party of China’s anti-corruption agencies have punished more than 660,000 officials found guilty of disciplinary violations in the past five years, senior leader He Guoqiang announced on Monday.


Chinese Public Doubts Beijing’s Pledges to Fight Corruption

By detailing the extent of disgraced politician Bo Xilai’s abuses, China’s communist leadership has taken a hard stance on corruption, but many commentators in China say they doubt whether the case will lead to fundamental change in China

Bo Xilai expelled from top legislature

The Standing Committee of Chongqing Municipal People’s Congress has decided to remove Bo Xilai from his post as deputy to the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature

29 AUGUST 2012

Chinese official ‘flees country with £20m public money’

Wang Guoqiang, the party secretary in Liaoning province’s Fengcheng, is believed to have fled China in April although the case only came to the public eye this week after online speculation about his whereabouts — and bank balance.

27 JULY 2012

China jails former top FDA official

Zhang Jingli, former deputy director of the State Food and Drug Administration, China’s drug watchdog, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for taking bribes, fabricating charges against a superior and illegally selling a book he wrote.

26 JULY 2012

Bo Xilai’s wife Gu Kailai charged with murdering Briton Neil Heywood

The wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai and a family aide have been charged with the murder of a British businessman, state news agency Xinhua has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127261276838568.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9428978/Bo-Xilais-wife-Gu-Kailai-charged-with-murdering-Briton-Neil-Heywood.html

11 JULY 2012

‘Naked officials’ lay bare China’s graft

Corruption is a fact of life in China. As China’s economy has grown rapidly over the past three decades, the opportunities for unscrupulous officials to amass private fortunes have proliferated. At the same time, the standard of living for the majority of Chinese citizens has greatly improved along with China’s economy. Some level of corruption has been tolerated, so long as the rising tide continued to lift all boats. However, there remains one type of corrupt officials whose excesses are so great as to expose the political shortcomings of China, and threaten the very stability of the nation itself

25 JUNE 2012

China’s Corruption: A Reporter Looks Back

A onetime Communist Party “corruption fighter”, Li Changchun, may now be part of China’s corruption problem.

25 JUNE 2012

Communist Party leader warns politicians after Bo Xilai scandal

A top Communist Party leader has warned Chinese politicians to keep their spouses and children « in check » in the wake of the Neil Heywood scandal.

20 JUNE 2012

Top Chinese Officials accused of Academic Corruption

Chinese micro-bloggers have exposed massive academic corruption among top Chinese leaders and academic institutions. This brings into question the quality of many doctoral dissertations from top officials throughout the country.

18 JUNE 2012

China steps up efforts to keep officials from leaving country

China prosecutors say that 18,487 officials have been caught since 2000 while allegedly trying to flee overseas with ill-gotten gains, according to one report.

13 JUNE 2012

China jails former football chiefs for corruption

After an investigation that shamed Chinese football, Xie Yalong and Nan Yong, who had both previously run the national association, were each sentenced to ten-and-a-half years for taking bribes and ordered to pay 200,000 yuan (£20,000) in fines.

24 APRIL 2012

Ex-officials from restive Chinese village expelled from Communist Party

China’s ruling Communist Party has expelled two former top officials from a southern Chinese village where local residents rose up last year to protest corruption and abuses of land rights

27 MARCH 2012

Corruption is crucial threat, Wen says

« Corruption is the most crucial threat to the ruling party, » Wen said at the State Council’s annual conference on anti-corruption work, adding that corruption may completely undermine the country’s political foundations if not handled properly

3 MARCH 2012

China’s rebel village holds council polls

Saturday’s vote for the committee governing Wukan went ahead with official approval after a long campaign by local people to end what they say was years of corrupt rule by Communist Party officials

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Top China football referee Lu Jun jailed over bribes

The man who was once China’s top football referee has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for taking bribes to fix matches http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17054150


Chinese Communist Official: Only a « Freak » Would Turn Down Bribes

A Chinese Communist Party official from Sichuan Province has said that taking bribes is normal—and turning them down could make you seem like a « freak » in Communist political circles. The comments were made by the former vice mayor of the city of Meishan, Yu Zhiping. Yu’s description of bribery as normal and honesty as « freakish » came after his own corruption trial last year, over accusations of taking nearly half a million US dollars in bribes. The down-on-his-luck official also implied that he himself had taken his first bribe simply in order not to make the person offering it to him lose face http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-02-03/chinese-communist-official-only-a-freak-would-turn-down-bribes.html#video_section

6 JANUARY 2012

1,480 cases of illegal land grab, demolition handled in 2011: Supervision Minister

Almost 1,500 cases of illegal land appropriation and demolition were handled in the year 2011, and 509 people involved were held accountable, a senior official said on Friday

On 14 June in South Asian history


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1444: Birth of Nilakantha Somayaji, Indian mathematician, who died in 1544

1920 : Birth of Bharat Bhushan, a Hindi film actor known for his sensitive portrayals of musicians and poets in several films of the 1950s and 1960s, who died on January 27, 1992


1971: Birth of Pritam Chakraborty, Indian music director and composer


1979: Death of Ahmad Zahir, Afghan singer and composer, born on June 13, 1946



2004: The Workers Party of Bangladesh is split, as Khandaker Ali Abbas leaves to form a new party

2008: In Afghanistan, Taliban attack Kandahar prison, freeing 350 of their militants

2011: India signs its biggest defence deal with the USA to procure ten C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for US$ 4.1 billion under which American defence major Boeing will set up test facilities for hi-tech aeronautics engines for the Defence Research and Development Organistaion (DRDO)

2012: Death of Kaka Radhakrishnan, Indian actor, born in 1926

2014: Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured


On 14 June in Japan’s history


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1838: Birth of Yamagata Arimoto, Japanese PM from November 1898 to October 1900

1899: Birth of Kawabata Yasunari, Japanese writer, Nobel Prize for Literature, who died on 16 April 1972

1904: First of the two-days battle of Telissu (Chinese Liaoning province). The Japanese rout the Russians and inflict heavy casualties

1904-06-14 Battle of Telissu

1909: Prince Hirobumi Ito resigns as governor of Korea

Hirobumi Ito

1945: Filipino troops of the 15th, 66th and 121st Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL liberate the captured in Ilocos Sur and start the Battle of Bessang Pass in Northern Luzon.

1945: Burma is fully liberated by Britain


On 14 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1161: Death of Qinzong, 9th emperor of the Chinese Song dynasty, born on May 23, 1100

1276: While taking exile in Fuzhou, away from the advancing Mongol invaders, the remnant of the Song dynasty court holds the coronation ceremony for Emperor Duanzong of Song

1287: Kublai Khan defeats the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria

1904: First of the two-days battle of Telissu (Chinese Liaoning province). The Japanese rout the Russians and inflict heavy casualties

1904-06-14 Battle of Telissu

1907: Government of Transvaal sends home 50,000 Chinese day workers

1936 : Death of Zhang Binglin (Zhang Taiyan), Chinese philosopher and activist, born on December 25, 1868

1963: Letter in 25 points of the Chinese communist party to Soviet Union communist party

1982: Birth of Lang Lang, Chinese pianist


1998: In Taiwan, KMT and independent candidates, win almost all the seats in local élections

2015 : Death of Qiao Shi, former chairman of the NPC, China’s top legislature, from 1993 to 1998. He was also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee