Daily Archives: 14 juillet 2017

On 14 July in Asian history

1900-07-14 Prise de Tientsin


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Updated on July 14, 2017

756: Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty China flees the capital Chang’an as An Lushan’s forces advance toward the city during the An Lushan Rebellion

1636 : Aurangzeb is appointed the Viceroy of Deccan by his father and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

1853: US commodore Matthew Perry lands at Kurihama (Yokosuka) and gives the shogun one letter from USA’s president asking for trade relations

1885: Birth of Laos king Sisavang Vong (1904-1959) who died on October 29, 1950

Sisavang Vong 2

1893: Birth of Garimella Satyanarayana, Indian poet and Freedom fighter who died on December 18, 1952

1897: Birth of Plaek Pibulsonggram, twice prime minister of Thailand  (1938-1944 and 1948-1957), who died on June 11, 1964

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight-Power Allied Forces occupy Tianjin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tientsin

1900-07-14 Prise de Tientsin

1908: In Japan, second government Katsura Taro (up to August 1911)

1920: Birth of Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician who died on February 26,  2004

1937: Birth of Yoshiro Mori, Japanese Prime Minister from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001


1943: Birth of Rohana Wijeweera, founder of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front, in Sri Lanka, killed on 13 November 1989

1946: Following the independence, Americano-Philippine agreement on US military bases in the Philippines

1950: Korean War: North Korean troops initiate the Battle of Taejon



1963: Relations between the Soviet Union and China reach the breaking point as the two governments engage in an angry ideological debate about the future of communism

1963: Death of Indian religious leader Swami Shivanand Saraswati, born on September 8, 1887

1964: US military intelligence publicly charges that North Vietnamese regular army are fighting in South Vietnam

1968: Birth of Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist/professional wrestler


1975: Death of Madan Mohan, Indian Bollywood film director, born on July 25, 1924

1978: Kampuchea Khmer Rouge Vice Premier Ieng Sary, pays a visit to Bangkok

1984: In a telegram to Khieu Samphan, Prince Sihanouk threatens to resign as chairman of the coalition government of Democratic Kampuchea if Khmer Rouges forces don’t stop its attacks against his National Army

1985: Khmer Rouge announce that a future Cambodia government should be « liberal on economy and parliamentary in politics »

1987: In Taiwan, the martial law in in force since 1949 is lift and the family links with Communist China are now authorized

1998: Zhu Lilan, Minister of Technologies, is the first member of Beijing government to go to Taiwan for an international seminar 

2001: First day of a three-day summit in Agra between Indian premier Vajpayee and Pakistani president Musharraf

2001: In Nepal, after the kidnapping of 71 policemen, the Nepali army is send for the first against the communist rebellion. 160 guerrillas are killed

2003: Indonesian Fathur Rahman al-Ghozi, member of Jemaah Islamiyah, who planned deadly attacks in the Philippines, escapes from jail with the complicity of Philippine officers

2004: Giving in to the blackmail of the kidnappers of a Filipino in Irak, Manila starts to withdraw its 51 soldiers in that country

2004: In Cambodia, following an agreement between Funcipec and PPC parties signed on June 30, king Sihanouk reappoints Hun Sen as Premier, putting an end to an 11 months crisis. Hun gets 60 % of the members of the cabinet

2007: North Korea closes its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, but the total end of its nuclear programme has to be discussed

2008: Indonesia is blamed by a joint commission for 1999 violence in East Timor

2011: After revealing that Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel had ordered the rigging of the 2007 senatorial elections in Maguindanao, Zaldy Ampatuan also claimed that the former president got some P200 million in kickbacks from road projects in the ARMM.

Security in Asia

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14 JULY 2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?

India’s nuclear policy is now believed to be placing a greater emphasis on China instead of focusing on archrival Pakistan. But this is not to be mistaken as a shift in the nation’s nuclear doctrine, say experts

10 JULY 2017

Malabar Exercise: India, US and Japan deploy its biggest carriers in show of force against China’s growing naval power

India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region

3 JULY 2017

China, India border dispute bubbles over once more, but no one is quite sure why

Experts unsure why Chinese road construction project at tri-junction with Bhutan sparks huge military stand-off, but incident shows tensions remain high

20 JUNE 2017

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

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea

16 JUNE 2017

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

A new Cold War is brewing in the Indian Ocean, with an informal alliance of the United States, India, Australia, Japan on one side and China on the other. While tensions in the ocean are not yet as pitched as in the hotly contested South China Sea, the potential for conflict is unmistakably rising in the high stakes strategic theater

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir

5 JUNE 2017

India fears Chinese encirclement, citing ‘overwhelming’ Sino presence in South Asia

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea

26 APRIL 2017

US starts moving THAAD missile-defence system to South Korean deployment site

The US military has started moving parts of a controversial anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs

23 APRIL 2017

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against Australia if it doesn’t stop ‘blindly toeing US line’

The threat from a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry came days after Ms Bishop used an ABC interview to warn North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a « serious threat » to Austalia”

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

Following the missile strike on a Syrian government air base, the US has sent a strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to bolster Washington’s presence in the region, as North Korea appears closer to conducting another nuclear and missile test

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

By targeting Syria while hosting Xi Jinping, Trump is signalling he’ll act alone if Beijing doesn’t rein in Pyongyang, analysts say

31 MARCH 2017

France as a 21st century Asia-Pacific power: Hard interests and direct engagement

The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss France’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of French President Francois Hollande’s recent three-nation trip to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia

28 MARCH 2017

China-Russia strategic cooperation: The West has so far gotten it wrong

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have been consolidating their relations steadily and consistently over the last two décades

14 MARCH 2017

The Other Side of the World: China, the United States, and the Struggle for Middle East Security

In this Brzezinski Institute report, Jon Alterman considers the ways in which the U.S. and Chinese governments have approached the Middle East and the Asian space leading to it and the implications that potential shifts would have not only for their bilateral ties but also for the future of geopolitics more broadly

7 MARCH 2017

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

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

Recently the Russia ambassador to Seoul hinted during a press conference with members of the South Korean media that if THAAD is indeed installed in South Korea then Russia will respond with its own countermeasures


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

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong

13 JANUARY 2017

Why is India risking Chinese anger by trying to sell missiles to Vietnam?

The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms sale as “stirring up trouble”, and said China would “hardly sit with its arms crossed”

6 JANUARY 2017

China and India : 2.5 billion people, nukes and missiles. What could go wrong?

The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

As Bangladesh and Myanmar build up their navies, India and China compete to supply Equipment

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

A Chinese government-backed institute has released a report that says the United States is stepping up its military activity in the Asia-Pacific region

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

The Pivot to Asia has been one of the main focuses of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. With the election of Donald Trump, the US approach to Asia is expected to undergo a major change

10 NOVEMBER 2016

Security in the Asia Pacific: the risks and ramifications of Trump’s impulsive adventurism

Now that Donald Trump’s nativist insurgency has captured its capital, the rest of the world is anxious to know how that vision will be visited upon them, as Trump seeks to define his boilerplate “America-first” slogan overseas

24 OCTOBER 2016

Guess what India and China need to improve relations? More spies

Strange as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other’s strategies, with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is critical

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa

11 OCTOBER 2016

China, Russia criticise US deployment of missile defence system in South Korea over North Korea’s nukes

China and Russia blasted Washington on Tuesday (Oct 11) for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the cold war, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday


China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month


Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters


Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions

28 JUNE 2016

Is China militarising space? Experts say new junk collector could be used as anti-satellite weapon

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose

23 JUNE 2026

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un says new missile can strike US military bases in the Pacific

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

4 JUNE 2016

U.S. intends to maintain and expand military presence in the Asia-Pacific’

US secretary for Defence Carter has proposed to further deepen defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing cooperating countries together under the umbrella of a “security network.” Militaries of the countries under this network would train together and eventually operate together, Carter proposed.

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.

21 MARCH 2016

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

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

The Japanese government will send personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and Coast Guard to Indonesia late this month to help enhance that country’s naval capabilities

23 FEBRUARY 2016

Military spending in Asia-Pacific to hit US$533b in 2020: Report

By the end of the decade, total defence spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit US$533 billion per year, up from US$435 billion in 2015, according to British military publisher IHS Jane’s.

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

North Korea on Sunday (Feb 7) launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland. These are key dates in the reclusive nation’s missile programme.


U.S. hopes to deploy THAAD in S. Korea as soon as possible. upseting China

The United States hopes to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD system to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible. « We’d like to see this move as quickly as possible. We are beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect this will move in an expeditious fashion. »


North Korea rocket launch may spur U.S. missile defense buildup in Asia

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.

12 JANUARY 2016

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

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.

10 JANUARY 2016

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

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said


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


No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.


Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region

22 JULY 2015

India, Japan, U.S. plan naval exercises in tightening of ties in Indian Ocean

Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea

30 MAY 2015

US to step up maritime defense cooperation with Southeast Asia

Through the new Southeast Asia Security Initiative, the U.S. Defense Department is proposing that it help to equip and step up the defense capabilities of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, particularly in maritime matters

21 MAY 2015

Asia defense spending: New arms race in South China Sea

The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan are beefing up their military in the face of increasingly bold incursions in the region by China. But most of that spending is not going to weapons makers in the United States.

14 MAY 2015

Analyzing Southeast Asia’s Military Expenditures

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently released their 2014 database, which shows robust growth in defense spending throughout Southeast Asia. Though the SIPRI data only goes through 2014, when at least two countries have already announced 2016 defense budgets, it shows important regional trends

30 APRIL 2015

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

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.

25 APRIL 2015

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

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea

18 APRIL 2015

Pakistan, China, Iran and the remaking of regional security

The regional security in South Asia and the adjacent regions to the west and north are on the cusp of a profound transformation. Broadly, there are three vectors involved here

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points

14 APRIL 2015

Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia

South Asia, a volatile and unstable region, has been witnessing an escalation in military and nuclear rivalry, somewhat overshadowed by the understandable fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

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

9 MARCH 2015

Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements

5 MARCH 2015

ISIS has eye on Southeast Asia: Terror expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is beefing up its external operations wing and courting support in South- east Asia, a security expert said at a counter-terrorism meeting here

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Turkey eyes deal with China on missile defence

Turkey’s defence minister said on Thursday the country does not plan to integrate a new missile defence system with NATO infrastructure and officials said a US$3.4 billion deal with China was still under consideration


India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.


 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.

9 JANUARY 2015

North Korea Seems to Be Closer to Missile-Launching Submarine

North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers

28 DECEMBER 2014

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

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

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

19 DECEMBER 2014

Korea, Japan, U.S. Close to Intelligence-Sharing Pact

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

Malaysia’s national security focus is shifting to its eastern state of Sabah, evidenced by the money, personnel, and equipment allocated to the state in the 2015 defense budget. This shift comes in response to incidents along Sabah’s long and porous maritime border with the insecure islands of the southern Philippines. It also belies the deep distrust between the two neighbors over border issues. Malaysia’s interests in the South China Sea also come into play given that the realignment of men and materiel will allow greater force projection into the area.


The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.

30 NOVEMBER 2014

America’s Next Big Challenge: Countering China’s Diplomatic Blitzkrieg

It is clear that China has combined proactive diplomacy with large-scale economic incentives to quell any regional backlash against its maritime assertiveness across the Western Pacific. What will Washington do?http://nationalinterest.org/feature/americas-next-big-challenge-countering-china%E2%80%99s-diplomatic-11754

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China building possible airfield in South China Sea: US

The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommodate an airstrip, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool said.

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Intelligence chief sidelined for warning China is preparing for war with Japan

American naval officers who publically raise concerns about China’s military capabilities and intentions can find themselves sidelined, their careers stunted. That is the case of Capt. James Fanell, formerly the chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).


China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia

China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6.

26 OCTOBER 2014

Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

Ninety percent of the world’s trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan. This has forced the Asia-Pacific region to outspend all other nations, except the US, in procurement of ships and submarines.

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.

23 OCTOBER 2014

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

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea



India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean


Vietnam provided a USD 21,6 million loan for Cambodia for the Royal armed forces modernization. The funds will be mainly allocated for weapons and equipment purchase, personnel training, and medical services, the Vietnamese media report


The New, Improved Shanghai Cooperation Organization

China’s ambitious goals for the SCO are helped by the imminent addition of three new members.


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

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.

30 AUGUST 204

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said

14 AUGUST 2014

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

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

12 AUGUST 2014

Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China’s influence is growing.

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan

21 JULY 2014

Asia’s Most Dangerous Rivalry Heats Up: China vs. Japan

With China rising and Japan seeking to become a « normal nation, » the stage is set for increased tensions

14 JULY 2014

China and Strategic Imbalance

The recent Shangri-la meeting in Singapore saw some sharp exchanges between Chinese and other participants. Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig protected by more than 80 naval vessels in the South China Sea four days after President Barack Obama’s “reassurance trip” to China’s East Asian neighbors in April 2014 was widely seen as a deliberate and calculated provocation.

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities

27 JUNE 2014

Beijing Explores India, China, Pakistan Joint Security Mechanism

Buoyed by the optimism over the new Indian government’s moves to improve ties with Pakistan and China, Beijing apparently is exploring a trilateral security cooperation with its two neighbours

26 JUNE 2014

An Arms Race Explodes in Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region is now well and truly in an arms race like no other.  China alone is said to have quadrupled its military spending since 2000. Indeed, in 2013 Asian countries spent a combined US$322 billion on military budgets compared to US$262 billion in 2010

24 JUNE 2014 

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

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves

23 JUNE 2014

Arctic Fusion: Russia and China Convergent Strategies

Is the Arctic becoming a Sino-Russian lake? The question must be asked, because of the way these two Eurasian giants are gaining a massive and coordinated influence in the whole Arctic region, taking advantage of the geophysical changes caused by global warming

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said

5 JUNE 2014

A Rising China, India and the US – A Triangular Relationship in a Multipolar World


1 JUNE 2014

China Calls Japan, US Comments on Disputed Areas ‘Provocative’

China on Sunday strongly denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US defence chief Chuck Hagel for making « provocative » speeches against Beijing

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

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

31 MAY 2014

US says China a ‘destabilising’ force in Asia-Pacific region

The United States on Saturday accused China of acting as a “destabilising” force in pursuing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying its failure to resolve disputes with its neighbours threatens the region’s long-term progress

30 MAY 2014

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

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

China frets over Japanese nuclear program

Chinese officials are eyeing Japan’s plutonium stocks with increasingly alarm as their East Asian neighbor shifts to the right, suspecting that the real intention is to retain the option of developing nuclear weapons. With territorial issues intensifying concerns, the nuclear issue has potential to further undermine regional security if left to fester


25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

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

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

22 APRIL 2014

The US and China and others countries sign deal to ease maritime tension

The United States and countries bordering the Pacific have signed a deal to reduce the chance of accidental clashes at sea

15 APRIL 2014

Asia bucks military spending decline

For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia however has failed to get the memo


7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

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

25 MARCH 2014

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

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

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year

10 MARCH 2014

A New Security Alliance for Asia-Pacific

The creation of a multinational defense organization, not unlike NATO, might be one solution to preserve stability and security in Asia-Pacific.


4 MARCH 2014

Why Washington Can’t Restrain Tokyo

The current U.S. security posture in East Asia leaves it with few options should a crisis escalate



China’s military rise forcing Asian defence splurge

China’s growing military might is forcing its neighbours to ramp up their defence spending but it will be decades before it rivals the United States as a military superpower, the IISS think tank said

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements in South Korea target North Korea, China

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

9 JANUARY 2014

Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

China’s bullying tactics in the East China Sea and South China Sea will only increase with its expanding military might despite President Obama’s much-heralded pivot to Asia. The pivot is not enough. Washington must elevate regional military cooperation if China is to be deterred.


1 JANUARY 2014

China’s military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Who holds the key to the future of East Asia? As US influence recedes, arch-enemies China and Japan are flexing their muscles


30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

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

10 DECEMBER 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

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

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

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

26 NOVEMBER 2013

US military aircraft defies China’s new defence zone to fly over disputed East China Sea

The United States sent a clear message to China not to over-step its territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.

23 NOVEMBER 2013

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

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm


A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

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

16 OCTOBER 2013

How Dependent are East Asian States on Arms Imports?

In 2012, Asian states spent more on defense than European states for the first time in modern history, with both arms sales to Asia and Asian defense budgets rising substantially. What role do arms imports play in Asian military modernization relative to domestic defense production?


2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

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


Chinese Firm to Co-Produce Turkey Missile Defense System

NATO member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defense firm that has been hit by U.S. sanctions to co-produce a $4 billion long-range air and missile defense system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, U.S. and European firms




China-U.S. Military Ties on the Upswing

In less than two years, China-U.S. military relations have experienced a remarkable turnaround. President Xi Jinping in particular has expressed strong support for developing more military exchanges as part of his concept of a “new type great power relationship” between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.


Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.



More US boots on Philippine soil

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


A Salutation To Arms: Asia’s Military Buildup, Its Reasons And Its Implications – Analysis

This year, Asian defense spending will surpass that of Europe for the first time in over half a millennium. A steep drop in European military expenditures after the Cold War, a concurrent and steady rise in Chinese expenditures, and a recent sharp increase in defense spending across the rest of Asia rapidly closed the gap between the two continents.


16 AUGUST 2013

China, Japan, and India’s Asian Arms Race


14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

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

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.


12 JULY 2013

NATO and Its Limits in the Asia-Pacific

A NATO delegation headed by the Chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, General Knud Bartels discussed regional security with counterparts from Asian countries including General Shigeru Iwasaki, Chief of the Joint Staff of Japan’s Self Defense Force and Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, Deputy Chief of General Staff of China’s People’s Liberation Army in which they reportedly had an open discussion on the security situation in Central, South and Northeast Asia


1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

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

19 JUNE 203

Su-35 will give China air superiority in East Asia

After purchasing Su-35 advanced fighters from Russia, the PLA Air Force will be able to dominate the skies over East Asia between 2016 and 2018, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang in Canada.                                               http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000136&cid=1101

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

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

15 JUNE 2013

Asia-Pacific and a Common Defense

While serving as US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was said to have considered evolving NATO to address the Pacific, thus creating, or at least modifying the organization. Little emerged from the hypothetical « Pacific–Atlantic Treaty Organization. » However, the need to establish a functional security organization in Asia-Pacific remains present. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5500&Itemid=262

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

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

29 MAY 2013

World eyes China’s coexistence strategy

China is no longer merely a passive recipient of the world order, but it has become a key factor in determining the foreign and defense policy choices that are open to other international actors. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-290513.html

23 MAY 2013

China Has Drones. Now What?


13 MAY 013

Why China and the US won’t go to war over the South China Sea

China’s increasing assertiveness in the South China Sea is challenging US primacy in the Asia Pacific. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/13/why-china-and-the-us-wont-go-to-war-over-the-south-china-sea/

3 MAY 2013

China’s Military and the U.S.-Japan Alliance in 2030: A Strategic Net Assessment

The emergence of the People’s Republic of China as an increasingly significant military power in the Western Pacific presents major implications for Japan, the U.S.-Japan alliance, and regional security. But a comprehensive assessment of the current and possible future impact of China’s military capabilities and foreign security policies on Tokyo and the alliance, along with a detailed examination of the capacity and willingness of both the United States and Japan to respond to this challenge, is missing from the current debate. Such an analysis is essential for Washington and Tokyo to better evaluate the best approaches for maintaining deterrence credibility and regional stability over the long term. http://carnegieendowment.org/2013/05/03/china-s-military-and-u.s.-japan-alliance-in-2030-strategic-net-assessment/g234?goback=%2Egde_140572_member_238080610

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/

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

The United States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a « deterrence » mission over the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/us-sends-b2-bombers-over-korean-peninsula/1630176.html

21 MARCH 2013

Problems with the Asia Pivot

Tom Donilon, the U.S. national security advisor, was at the Asia Society in New York last week to talk about the Obama administration’s effort to shift Washington’s strategic focus away from the military quagmires of the Greater Middle East to the dynamism of Asia – a region where, as the president puts it, “the action’s going to be.”  Unveiled to much fanfare  in late 2011, this signature initiative – variously known as the “pivot” or the strategic “rebalance” – is all about shoring up the U.S. presence in a vital region that is increasingly under the sway of an ascendant China                                                                       http://monstersabroad.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/problems-with-the-asia-pivot/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_225285368

15 MARCH 2013

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year

Asia’s defence spending overtook Europe’s for the first time last year, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said on Thursday, reflecting China’s military rise and shrinking European economies                                                             http://www.dailymirror.lk/business/other/26702-asias-defence-spending-overtakes-europes-iiss-.html                                                                                                     http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/29441

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

China’s military development, beyond the number

While reports warn of China’s rising military budget and lack of transparency, numbers and hyped headlines often cloud the bigger picture.             http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/12/chinas-military-development-beyond-the-numbers/

7 MARCH 2013

China-Russia partnership to combat Obama’s ‘Asia Pivot’ strategy

A potential partnership may be formed between China and Russia in Northeast Asia to combat the « Asia Pivot » strategy of the United States, reports Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                                                                                        http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130307000087&cid=1101

US, China take part in Pakistan naval drills

The United States and China began naval drills in the Arabian Sea with Pakistan and other countries on Thursday, the Pakistani navy said, in a show of strength against terrorism and piracy.                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407050.html

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)                                                                                                http://www.asiaobserver.org/asean

2 MARCH 2013

Chinese trader indicted in US accused of busting Iran missile embargo

A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.                 http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/01/17147929-chinese-trader-indicted-in-us-accused-of-busting-iran-missile-embargo?lite

26 FEBRUARY 2013

China unveils new stealth missile frigates

China has launched the first ship in a new class of stealth missile frigates, state media have reported, amid ongoing tensions with neighbouring countries over Beijing’s maritime claims.                                                                                                    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/26/china-new-stealth-missile-frigates                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21590331

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security


15 FEBRUARY 2013

Why arms race? Why Asia isn’t Europe 1913

In the Asia-Pacific region many media outlets and pundits fear that a naval arms race is indeed developing and lament its possible consequences. It is not hard to see why                                                                                                                                                       http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/15/what-arms-race-why-asia-isnt-europe-1913/

14 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2013

India bribery scandal threatens to ground $750-million copter deal

India’s defense minister threatened Wednesday to cancel a $750-million helicopter deal with an Italian defense company if an official investigation proves contracts were secured through kickbacks, in the latest corruption scandal to hit the Congress Party-led government in advance of a 2014 general election.                                                                                                                     http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-india-helicopter-20120213,0,7057311.story?track=rss

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

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

28 JANUARY 203

Main battle tanks in Asia

Whereas many militaries are moving towards lighter and more mobile armoured vehicles, Asia’s infatuation with tanks shows no sign of wavering. In fact, the reverse is true, with several nations adopting main battle tanks (MBTs) for the first time in recent years. http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/204/MAIN-BATTLE-TANKS-IN-ASIA

China carries out anti-missile test

China tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air after an initial test in 2010, state media said, in a move that will unnerve its neighbours.                                                                                                                           http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/28/china-anti-missile-test

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

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

16 JANUARY 2013

US pivot sparks Asian arms race

Against the backdrop of renewed large-scale US military sales to Asian allies, and with newly re-elected US President Barack Obama choosing the region as his first official foreign destination, regional maritime disputes between China and Southeast Asian states are poised to intensify in the months ahead.                                                                                                                http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA17Ae01.html

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

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

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

After purchasing F-35 Lighting II aircraft from the United States, the 22DDH class destroyer currently being built by Japan could be easily modified into an aircraft carrier, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.                  http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000104&cid=1101

2 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s tactical nukes

Pakistan is developing a new generation of smaller « tactical » nuclear weapons. The dangers and challenges such arms present are very real. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/02/pakistans-new-nuclear-problem/

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

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

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

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

26 DECEMBER 2012

US proposes sale of spy drones to S Korea

The administration of US President Barack Obama formally proposed a controversial sale of advanced spy drones to help South Korea bear more of its defence from any attack by the heavily armed North.                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121226183333131143.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Asian region UAV capability on the rise

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry is one of the fastest growing military aviation markets. The Asia-Pacific region in particular is investing in these highly useful aircraft on a grand scale, either by buying foreign designs or, in many cases, producing aircraft locally. China, India, South Korea and Pakistan are making notable progress in this regard.


19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

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

29 NOVEMBER 2012

The Problem From Hell: South Asia’s Arms Race

India has responded to Pakistan’s nuclear build-up by innovating and adopting a controversial concept called « Cold Start. »

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand.

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit


Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.


 U.S. Navy take notice: China is becoming a world-class military shipbuilder

China’s military shipyards now are surpassing Western European, Japanese, and Korean military shipbuilders in terms of both the types and numbers of ships they can build. If Beijing prioritizes progress, China’s military shipbuilding technical capabilities can likely become as good as Russia’s are now by 2020 and will near current U.S. shipbuilding technical proficiency levels by 203

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ19Df01.html

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right.

The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian states are trying to build up toward an unprecedented level of naval modernisation as tensions in the South China Sea test their abilities to find diplomatic solutions to their territorial disputes. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/17/the-defence-of-narrow-seas-in-southeast-asia/

16 OCTOBER 2012

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

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government.

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

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

12 OCTOBER 2012

Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have dramatically increased their military spending.

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

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

6 OCTOBER 2012

2 U.S. carriers deployed to W. Pacific

Two aircraft carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet have been deployed since mid-September to the Western Pacific in an apparent attempt to keep the activities of the Chinese military in check amid growing Japan-China tension over the Senkaku Islands.

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1227194/1/.html


Beijing more sensitive to war tremors

Long-standing historical and geopolitical tensions between Japan and China are coming to a head over a group of islands in the East China Sea. The struggle for sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) is heating up at a dangerous time for both countries. While Japan faces crucial elections, massive protests against Japan erupted in dozens of Chinese cities. In some places, anger was vented against Japanese products and brands. Protesters overturned Japanese-brand cars, set fire to buildings, and smashed Japanese-made electronics.


Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

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

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

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


S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

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

28 AUGUST 2012

Nationalism runs high in Asian disputes

Tensions in Asia’s territorial disputes continue to escalate. A dangerous mix of nationalist sentiments and domestic politics in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, have exacerbated long simmering disputes over several island clusters throughout the region.

25 AUGUST 2012

Australia foreign minister rules out US bases

The United States will not seek permanent military bases in Australia and nor would hosting one be in Canberra’s interests, Foreign Minister Bob Carr said on Saturday http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1222059/1/.html

US insists missile defense targets DPRK, not China

However, military experts in both the United States and China questioned the US’ intentions, saying the expensive system, which is well beyond Pyongyang’s military capability, is actually « looking at China ».

23 AUGUST 2012

Pentagon plans new missile defences in Asia

The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China’s growing missile capabilities.

21 AUGUST 2012

China’s Navy Goes Global

China is developing a ship-based cruise missile that has the capability to attack targets thousands of kilometers inland, snapshots published by a military enthusiast web site suggest. For the first time, that would give the People’s Liberation Army Navy a weapon comparable to the US’s hugely successful Tomahawk missile http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4755&Itemid=206

27 JULY 2012

China, India set course for naval strength

The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Admiral Gorshkov), which Russia refurbished for India, left its berth at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern city of Severodvinsk and sailed into the White Sea to undergo trials on June 8.

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

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

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials.

14 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S., Japan seek security ties

China’s rise, North Korea’s threat bolster trilateral cooperation; historical animosity, economic interests with Beijing still in the way

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”

4 JUNE 2012

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

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4

3 JUNE 2012

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation – which constitutes India’s official defence budget – is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.

2 JUNE 2012

US to move the majority of its naval fleet to Asia

The United States will move the majority of its war ships to the Pacific Ocean as part of a strategy of boosting links with its Asian allies, Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, has announced

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

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

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out

8 MAY 2012

India fortifies its island defenses

The Indian Navy has commissioned a new base, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Dweeprakshak, in the Lakshadweep Islands. Located at Kavaratti, the island chain’s capital, Dweeprakshak will provide the navy with a permanent and more robust presence in waters that are threatened by pirates

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

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

17 APRIL 2012

Vietnam, US to hold five day naval exchange

Vietnam and the US will hold five days of « non-combatant » naval exchange activities next week in the port city of Danang, the US Embassy said, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea

13 APRIL 2012

North Korea rocket launch fails

North Korea’s keenly-watched rocket launch has failed, Pyongyang has confirmed. The rocket – seen by many as a banned test of long-range missile technology – was launched from north-west North Korea http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/13/world/asia/north-korea-launch/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17698438 http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120413001143

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

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

28 MARCH 2012

India’s army unfit to fight a war, army chief says

India’s tanks do not have enough shells to fire, its air defenses are obsolete and its ill-equipped infantry can’t fight at night, the country’s army chief told the prime minister in a letter this month, an Indian newpaper reported Wednesday 28 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/indias-million-man-army-does-not-have-the-weapons-to-fight-a-war/2012/03/28/gIQATesLgS_story.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tokyo prepares a defence system, in response to North Korean missile

The Japanese defence minister ordered the preparation of a « missile defense system », which will be located near the island of Okinawa. The international community is concerned about the escalation of tension. Ban Ki-moon: a launch could discourage international donors and stop humanitarian aid to Pyongyang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-prepares-a-defence-system,-in-response-to-North-Korean-missile-24315.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17484628

21 MARCH 2012

India overtakes China as world’s biggest arms importer

India has overtaken China as the world’s biggest importer of weapons, with Asian nations the most aggressive consumers of military hardware, a new report says.

South Korea out to extend missile range

President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday it was no longer acceptable that South Korea limited its missiles to a range of 300km while North Korea was poised to test a rocket next month with a range estimated at more than 3,000km. Seoul restricts its firepower under a 2001 memorandum of understanding with Washington

7 MARCH 2012

Asian military spending to pass Europe in 2012: think tank

Military spending in Asia will top that in Europe for the first time this year, a London-based think-tank said Wednesday in its annual assessment of the strength of the world’s armies. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said shifts in global economic power were increasingly reflected in military spending

5 MARCH 2012

Is an India-China arms race brewing? 

On Saturday, the Indian armed forces ended a major military exercise near the Chinese border, while China has announced that it will increase its military spending by 11.2 per cent in 2012


Japan, U.S. agree to move 4,700 marines to Guam

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said


Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
3 AUGUST 2011

White paper calls China ‘overbearing’

The Japanese Defense Ministry’s white paper for 2011, approved by the Cabinet Tuesday, expresses strong concern about China’s growing maritime activities in recent years, describing China as « overbearing. »

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou looks for F-16 boost

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang (KMT) party face a tough battle for re-election in January 2012. Beijing desperately wants him to win, and that Washington favors him over his challenger, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, isn’t a secret either. With the timely authorization of an upgrade of the Taiwan air force’s F-16A/B fleet, the United States could provide Ma, who is domestically constantly criticized for letting the guard down against China, with some political ammunition for the home front. There are also reasons to believe Beijing would tone down its rhetoric against military support, and tolerance to some extent

15 JUNE 2011

India signs deal with USA to procure 10 C-17 aircraft

India has signed on June 14 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)

12 JUNE 2011

US not coming to Philippines aid vs China

The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war

6 JUNE 2011

Asia-Pacific countries readying for arms trade treaty at UN

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali on Monday to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a new international legally binding instrument — the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — currently being negotiated at the UN
5 JUNE 2011

Philippines shops for US military gear

Amid increasing concern over renewed tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippine Embassy here is shopping for excess defense equipment from the United States under Washington’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program

28 APRIL 2011

Return of US forces to Subic Bay (Philippines) possible

High-level visits here by American officials have raised the prospect of a return of the United States’ military presence in this former naval base in the wake of disasters that hit Japan, which have delayed the planned US military build-up in Guam

15 APRIL 2011

India hones its missile shield

One consequence of the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 has been an acceleration of India’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) program to protect against a sudden missile attack, possibly nuclear tipped, particularly from rogue elements in Pakistan. The BMD can also be extended to space to protect India’s remote and communication satellites especially in the context of China conducting an anti-satellite test in 2007, in what is seen as a…

Countering China’s Military Modernisation: An Indian Perspective

Article published on OpinionAsia, by Laxman Behera on April 10, 2011

Just days after India announced a 11.6 per cent increase in its 2011 defence budget in February, China reciprocated with a 12.7 per cent growth in its defence budget. The marginal difference between the two growth rates, as it may seem, is however a poor indication of the absolute defence spending by two countries. At US$ 91 billion, China’s latest announced budget is more than two-and-a-half times bigger than India’s. This difference is widened further, if one takes into account China’s actual defence spending – both announced and hidden – which is estimated to be 2-3 times its officially declared figures.

As the official statistics from Beijing indicate, China’s defence expenditure has been increased by a whopping 2300 per cent between 1989 and 2011. Behind this massive growth lies China’s ability to sustain its annual spending at unprecedented, double digit levels through out this period, except last year when the budget growth was deliberately reduced to 7.5 per cent, mainly because of the $60 billion worth of extra-budgetary provisions towards the modernisation of the defence industry. The momentum of high spending has not only elevated China’s ranking as the second largest military spender in the world (from its previous position of 8th largest in late nineties), but has resulted in a vast improvement in its military modernisation which has taken even the counties like the US by surprise.

Given the historical animosity between India and China, Beijing’s rapid growth in defence spending and the consequent modernisation of its military capability has further added a degree of insecurity among the Indian security establishment. The security analysts in particular see a clear correlation in China’s increasing assertiveness in many bilateral and global issues in recent times and with its growing military capability. The demand in India has therefore been to increase spending to bolster the capability of the defence forces so as to avoid another 1962-type embarrassment, if the relationship between the two counties deteriorates to that extent.

It would however be economically strenuous for India to immediately raise its absolute defence spending to China’s. This would amount to a full-fledged and unaffordable arms race for India. With an economy four times the size of India’s, Beijing has a natural advantage in committing more resources on its defence. New Delhi has therefore to seriously think how much it can truly afford to devote to its national defence without compromising its huge socio-economic requirements, and being dragged into an expensive arms race.

At 1.8 per cent of the country’s GDP, India’s 2011 defence budget seems to be affordable to meet the requirement of the armed forces. It would be logical for New Delhi to progressively increase its defence spending in a matter of 5-7 years to three per cent of GDP. This level of spending is not only internationally accepted as affordable, but the one promised to be delivered to national defence by the Prime Minister in 2005.

With a progressive increase in defence spending, India has to expedite its arms procurement process so as to provide its armed forces with the required capability in right time. To do so, it needs to quickly overcome the ‘Bofors Syndrome’ which has resulted in non-fructification of critical arms acquisition plans despite funds being repeatedly made available. While China which has a clear geo-political disadvantage in sourcing state-of-the-art arms from the West, India is flooded with offers, with some countries even offering collaboration and co-production arrangements. Barring few items, India can virtually buy anything off-the-shelf from the global market for its armed forces. If India can exploit this favourable condition, it can not only quickly overcome the military obsolesce that has creped in over past several decades, but can project a credible deterrence against a militarily assertive China.

The procurement of arms from the global market to enhance defence capability is however not a long-term solution. No major power in the world boasts of a credible military capability without a strong domestic defence industry. Much of China’s present military capability is also driven by the success of its indigenous industry in producing advanced military systems. While China has been able to do so by reforming its vast, inefficient Mao-era defence industry, India has failed to replicate this even though it continues to proclaim of achieving ‘substantial self-reliance’ in defence production. Critical reform measures suggested by various agencies and Committees with regard to eliminating the structural and managerial weakness of the state-owned defence enterprises and bringing the private sector in defence industry have been implemented in a half-hearted manner. Developing the domestic industry to a world class standard is therefore the most critical challenge for India in the long run.

While budgetary, industrial and procurement-related measures are the most critical for challenging China’s military modernisation, India also need to step up its efforts in sensitising the broader international community about the implication of Beijing’s military modernisation. Although, India has ruled out the option of joining any military alliance, there is still a lot of scope for building and strengthening strategic partnerships with countries that are suspicious of China’s military aspirations. Joint military exercises, defence industry cooperation, and intelligence sharing are the areas which India needs to pursue vigorously with strategically relevant counties. Gaining moral and material support in peace and crisis time would provide India with an added weapon to counter the threat from China.

12 APRIL 2011

South Korea to complete missile defence system by 2015

South Korea will complete a missile defence system by 2015 designed to intercept potential ballistic missiles from North Korea, the military said Tuesday

14 MARCH 2011

India ‘world’s biggest arms buyer’

India has overtaken China to become the world’s largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales. India’s defence budget for the coming year is 1.5 trillion rupees ($32.5bn), a 40 per cent increase from two years ago. It imports more than 70 per cent of its weapons

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Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong’s parliament Friday (Jul 14) in a move that will worsen growing fears the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing

1st JULY 2017

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets for annual pro-democracy march following Chinese president’s visit

An annual protest march began in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing’s sovereignty

Xi Jinping sends warning to advocates of Hong Kong independence but offers pan-democrats hope of better relations

President Xi Jinping adopted a speak-softly-but-carry-a-big-stick approach yesterday, offering a chance for dissenters to be engaged but also warning that those who threatened national sovereignty would not be tolerated – and those who heard him took note

28 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong protesters arrested over demonstration a day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival

Hong Kong police on Wednesday (June 28) arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the célébrations

23 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern

The kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said

21 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new cabinet revealed with plenty of familiar faces

Beijing has approved chief-executive elect Carrie Lam’s ministerial choices, which mostly comprise incumbents and promotees from within the current administration

10 JUNE 2017

United States expert Xie Feng becomes new foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong

A diplomat with two decades of experience in handling Sino-US relations has been appointed to head the foreign ministry office in Hong Kong

26 MAY 2017

Hong Kong’s Bar Association chief warns against making Basic Law interpretations by Beijing ‘standard practice’

The new head of Hong Kong’s professional body of barristers has warned against worsening fears over the city’s autonomy and judicial independence if “standardising” Beijing’s interpretations of the city’s mini-constitution means making it a regular practice

26 APRIL 2017

Hong Kong arrests ousted pro-independence lawmakers over oath-taking fiasco

Two former Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers were arrested without warning by local police on Wednesday morning as part of what many fear to be a wider crackdown on dissent by the Beijing government

24 APRIL 2017

Bail for Hong Kong’s disgraced former leader Tsang

A Hong Kong court on Monday granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office

22 APRIL 2017

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade

Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s ­electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years

30 MARCH 2017

Cardinal Tong tells Carrie Lam that the Church stands for full democracy and religious freedom in Hong Kong

In a letter to Beijing’s candidate, the bishop of Hong Kong promises a frank and honest relationship with the new government from « a friend who will give forthright admonition » to people in power

27 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists charged hours after election of new city leader

Hong Kong police have started a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, informing at least nine people they will be charged for their involvement in a series of street protests more than two years ago

26 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam selected to be city’s next leader

Former chief secretary Carrie Lam has been elected as chief executive, becoming the first female leader of Hong Kong

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung appointed vice-chairman of top Chinese political advisory body

Leung is the second vice-chairman – effectively a state leader – from Hong Kong, in addition to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. But Leung is the first chief executive to become a vice-chairman of the national political body during his tenure

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Tsang guilty of misconduct in office, making him first Hong Kong leader convicted in criminal trial

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became Hong Kong’s first ever chief executive to be convicted in a criminal trial as the High Court on Friday found him guilty of misconduct in public office when he was the city’s leader

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Hong Kong pips Singapore to be ranked world’s freest economy for 23rd consecutive year

The city scored 89.8 out of 100 points in the annual index of economic freedom compiled by the Heritage Foundation, up by 1.2 points from last year, beating Singapore by 1.2 points and edging the island nation to second place


Beijing’s ‘Invisible Hand’ at Work Ahead of Hong Kong Election

China has sent one of its most senior officials to drum up flagging support for its favored candidate in forthcoming elections for Hong Kong’s next leader, according to local media reports

1 JANUARY 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong to protest bid to unseat lawmakers

Thousands of protesters, chanting « Sovereignty belongs to the people! » marched through Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to protest at the government’s legal bid to unseat pro-democracy lawmakers Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Leung Kwok-hung, and Edward Yiu

23 DECEMBER 2016

President Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong leader for ‘curbing independence’

President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s efforts in “curbing Hong Kong independence and street violence”, while also effectively setting requirements and priorities for the city’s next leader

12 DECEMBER 2016

Pro-democracy camp takes record quarter of seats on Election Committee that will choose Hong Kong’s leader

The city’s democratic camp has seized a record quarter of the seats in the committee that will go on to pick Hong Kong’s next leader in March

10 DECEMBER 2016

Hong Kong leader CY Leung says will not run again

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said on Friday (Dec 9) he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Hong Kong court rules pro-independence politicians barred from legislature

A Hong Kong court disqualifies two pro-independence politicians from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system

13 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday (Nov 13) in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat


China rules Hong Kong politicians must swear allegiance to country baring 2 pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers from taking office

China’s top legislature has effectively barred two democratically elected, pro-independence politicians from taking office in Hong Kong, marking Beijing’s most direct intervention in the territory since the 1997 handover


Hong Kong police clash with anti-China protesters

Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Sunday (Nov 6) to drive back hundreds of protesters angry at China’s decision to intervene in a row over whether two pro-independence lawmakers should be barred from the city’s legislature

12 OCTOBER 2016

New Hong Kong politicians defy Beijing by raising independence issues during swear-in ceremony

Three newly-elected Hong Kong MPs have been barred from the legislature after using a swearing-in ceremony to raise the contentious issues of independence and more democracy, highlighting growing defiance of Beijing

5 OCTOBER 2016

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong deported from Thailand ‘at China’s request’

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong returned home on Wednesday (Oct 5) after being deported from Thailand, where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists, as supporters blamed China for his detention


Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

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


China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend élections


Hong Kong elections: anti-Beijing activists gain foothold in power

Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured on to the streets of Hong Kong to issue an unprecedented call for political change, a new generation of pro-democracy activists has gained a foothold in power in the former British colony.


Record Hong Kong turnout for bitterly fought Legislative Council polls

A record number of voters turned out for Sunday’s Legislative Council elections, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover

31 AUGUST 2016

China ‘to launch global hunt’ for boss of Hong Kong-based newspaper Sing Pao Daily News

Shenzhen police are reportedly looking for Gu Zhuoheng over a case of financial irregularity, following Sing Pao’s recent criticism of Leung Chun-ying

21 AUGUST 2016

Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists

Hundreds of people have taken part in a tightly-controlled demonstration in Hong Kong to protest at the government’s decision to bar six independence activists from standing in September’s legislative élections

5 AUGUST 2016

Banned election candidates lead Hong Kong independence rally

Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China led the city’s first pro-independence rally on Friday (Aug 5) as tension over the upcoming vote escalâtes

30 JULY 2016

Hong Kong National Party convenor Chan Ho-tin disqualified from running in Legislative Council polls

Chan Ho-tin, whose candidacy was invalidated by the city’s election watchdog on Saturday, is one of a number of localists who refused to sign a recently introduced ­additional declaration form which ­reinforces acknowledgement that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.

21 JULY 2016

Hong Kong ‘Umbrella Revolution’ leader Joshua Wong convicted for protests

A key figure in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a « chilling warning » by rights campaigners

20 JULY 2016

Hong Kong election candidates must issue China pledge by law, says electoral commission

Candidates in Hong Kong’s September elections must pledge that the city is an « inalienable » part of China, the head of the Electoral Affairs Commission said, adding that advocating for independence could end their candidacy

6 JULY 2016

China demands Lam Wing-kee return from Hong Kong, but Hong Kong security chief says ‘no legal way’ to return bookseller Lam Wing-kee to China

A statement issued by the Ningbo Public Security Bureau said Lam had broken his bail terms by failing to return to the mainland for further investigation after his initial eight months in detention, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported

1 JULY 2016

Hong Kong protesters march over abducted booksellers

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand the resignation of its unpopular leader and answers over China’s alleged abduction of five local booksellers

17 JUNE 2016

Protests in Hong Kong over bookseller detention in China

Angry protesters gathered in Hong Kong Friday after a city bookseller broke silence to reveal how he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China for eight months for trading titles critical of Beijing

9 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong is the most expensive Chinese city for expats and second in Asia

Hong Kong has become the second most-expensive location for expatriates in Asia, overtaking Tier 1 mainland cities for the first time in five years and going up two places from last year’s fourth position, reveals the latest semi-annual cost-of-living survey by London-based human resource consultancy ECA International

8 JUNE 2016

Lancome shuts main Hong Kong stores as protesters accuse it of bowing to China

Lancome, the face-cream company owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, shut main stores in Hong Kong on Wednesday as protesters gathered accusing it of bowing to China by cancelling a concert featuring a pro-democracy singer.

7 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong acquitted over anti-China protest

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was acquitted on Tuesday (Jun 7) over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict.

31 MAY 2016

Hong Kong reclaims crown as world’s most competitive economy

Despite constant concerns that Hong Kong is losing its edge to mainland and regional rivals, the city has reclaimed the title of the world’s most competitive economy, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Centre

30 MAY 2016

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist beaten by police handed prison sentence

The assault of Ken Tsang by seven police officers in 2014 was caught on tape, sparking outrage in Hong Kong. Now he has been given a jail term for resisting arrest.

17 MAY 2016

Chinese official visits Hong Kong amid tension

The three-day visit by Zhang Dejiang, who in charge of Hong Kong and Macau affairs, is the first by such a senior official since the 2014 occupy democracy protests and comes amid growing concerns that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous territory http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/chinese-official-visits-hong-kong-tension-160517052748951.html

2 MAY 2016

Hundreds join protest over sacking of Ming Pao editor

Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the headquarters of a Hong Kong newspaper where a respected editor was recently sacked after publishing a front-page story linked to the Panama Papers leak

20 APRIL 2016

Firing of top Hong Kong editor after Panama report rattles city’s media

The sudden sacking of a senior editor at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper after the paper ran a front-page expose of local figures based on the Panama Papers sent shockwaves through the city’s media industry onWednesday

14 APRIL 2016

Panama Papers reveal Hong Kong’s murky financial underbelly

The so-called Panama Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists this month, have exposed the key role played by Hong Kong and Singapore in funnelling that wealth into tax havens

10 APRIL 2016

Student leaders unveil new Hong Kong political party

Joshua Wong and Mr Nathan Law, who spearheaded the Occupy movement in 2014, founded Demosisto with the aim of running in the Legislative Council elections in September

3 APRIL 2016

Controversial Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award

A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards on Sunday (Apr 3), after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025

22 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and China: A special Relationship

Recent developments in Hong Kong – from the violent disturbances in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on the first day of the Chinese new year to the disappearance of publisher Lee Bo – have taken concerns about political risk in Hong Kong to a new level, both in the city and beyond.


16 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and Macau to be integrated with nine mainland provinces: State Council plan

A proposal to foster economic, social, technological and infrastructure integration includes speeding up construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway

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.

4 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong booksellers: One of five missing men returns home

Mr Lui, the general manager of Mighty Current, disappeared on 15 October while in Shenzhen in southern China

3 MARCH 2016

Macao’s GDP contracts 20.3% in 2015

Due to the continued decline in exports of services, Macao’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 20.3 percent in real terms last year, with a 22.8 percent contraction in the first half, and a smaller slump of 17.7 percent in the second half, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pro-democracy candidate Alvin Yeung wins key Hong Kong election

Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party defeated Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong by more than 10,000 votes


Dozens injured as police, protesters clash in Hong Kong

Activists angered over authorities’ attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early hours of Tuesday.


Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.

27 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong’s former anti-corruption chief cleared of wrongdoing

Hong Kong has cleared its former anti-corruption chief of criminal wrongdoing, saying there is not enough evidence to prosecute him, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday

17 JANUARY 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller paraded on China state television

A missing Hong Kong publisher of books critical of Beijing appeared weeping on state television Sunday, saying he had returned to China to surrender to police 11 years after fleeing a fatal drink driving incident

Mgr Stephen Lee is the new bishop of Macau

Pope Francis has appointed Stephen Lee Bun-sang as the new bishop of Macao, replacing Mgr José Lai Hung-seng

13 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong Chief Executive heckled in parliament during annual policy address

In a two-hour long policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying outlined his a wide range of policy initiatives for the city in 2016. But even before entering the Legislative Council where the speech took place, the leader knew he was facing a tough crowd, as protesters gathered outside the building to vent their anger.

10 JANUARY 2016

Thousands march in Hong Kong over missing publishers

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have attended a protest rally following the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China

8 JANUARY 2016

The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong

The publishers’ serial disappearances have stoked “white terror” fear in Hong Kong, a rare corner of freedom in China. The city’s pro-democracy forces accused Chinese law enforcement agencies of trespassing into the Hong Kong jurisdiction and making illegal arrests

3 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong demands answers from mainland Chinese police after five booksellers go missing

Hong Kong police are seeking ­answers from their mainland counterparts over the mysterious disappearance of a bookseller and his associates involved in publications critical of the Chinese Communist Party, amid fears they might have been secretly ­detained by law enforcement personnel from across the border

1 JANUARY 2016

Controversial Hong Kong bookseller becomes fifth man to go missing in mysterious circumstances

A controversial Hong Kong bookseller who specialises in reading material critical of the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing – just weeks after four of his associates disappeared in mysterious circumstances

11 DECEMBER 2015

Alibaba buys South China Morning Post, pledges to uphold editorial independence

Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, has bought the South China Morning Post and all other media assets from the SCMP Group, and has pledged to uphold editorial independence and to invest to strengthen the quality of the content.

23 NOVEMBER 2015

In Hong Kong district election, pan-democrats win 112 out of 431 seats but fail to take control of any district

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp saw an increase in district council seats following the first public election since last year’s mass pro-democracy movement, although pro-establishment parties retained the majority, according to poll results released Monday

28 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong’s work-life balance deteriorating: Survey

More than 60 percent of local employees perceived Hong Kong’s work-life balance as deteriorating compared to 10 years ago, a survey concluded

6 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong university protests over academic freedoms

Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University marched Tuesday to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system

5 OCTOBER 2015

Ex-Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office

Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the financial hub.


Fears for Hong Kong academic freedom as top legal scholar Johannes Chan barred from vice-presidency of Hong Kong University

A leading law professor was barred from taking up a senior post at one of Hong Kong’s top universities on Tuesday in what some said was a blow to academic freedom as Beijing tries to tighten its grip a year after student-led protests rocked the city


Rallies in Hong Kong mark anniversary of mass protests

Thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied near government headquarters in Hong Kong amid tight security to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city

27 AUGUST 2015

HK student leaders charged with unlawful assembly

Hong Kong police have charged 3 student leaders for attending an unlawful assembly almost one year after the mass protests that demanded democratic elections. Those charged include former student federation leader Alex Chow and a teenage student group’s leader, Joshua Wong

14 JULY 2015

Student activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law charged with obstructing police in Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong and another prominent young pro-democracy activist were charged Tuesday over an anti-China protest last year, in what they said was a witch hunt against political campaigners in the city

25 JUNE 2015

Fiasco for China’s Allies in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s wealthiest businessman, Li Ka-shing, said he was “very disappointed” over the Hong Kong government’s failure to enact its reform package for the 2017 election of the chief executive. Asked who was responsible for what is now widely called a fiasco, Li ducked the question. “Everyone in Hong Kong is discussing this,” he said

18 JUNE 2015

Hong Kong lawmakers vote down Beijing-backed constitutional reform package

A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader — as long as the candidates were approved by Beijing — has been rejected by Hong Kong’s legislature

4 JUNE 2015

Thousands rally in Hong Kong for Tiananmen vigil

A park in central Hong Kong turned into a sea of candles on Thursday (Jun 4) as tens of thousands gathered to mark the 26th anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square incident, with the city deeply divided ahead of a vote on how to choose its next leader

31 MAY 2015

No end to Hong Kong political battle as last-ditch meeting fails

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers said on Sunday they would « definitely » veto the government’s planned political reforms after a last-ditch meeting with Chinese officials failed to reach any agreement

28 MAY 2015

Hong Kong leader challenged to step down over electoral reform package

Hong Kong’s leader was challenged to step down on Thursday as he clashed with angry pro-democracy lawmakers over the government’s controversial electoral reform package, which goes to a vote next month.

5 MAY 2015

Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies

Lu Ping, the Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong’s transition from British to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, has died at the age of 87

25 APRIL 2015

European Union urges Hong Kong to adopt ‘genuine choice’ in elections amid city’s reform fracas

The European Union weighed in on Hong Kong’s political reform, saying people should be given a “genuine choice” in electing the city’s leader in 2017

22 APRIL 2015

Hong Kong unveils election reforms but pro-democracy leaders push back

Hong Kong’s government unveiled electoral reform proposals Wednesday that will allow citizens for vote for the city’s leader for the first time, but again failed to offer concessions to pro-democracy lawmakers and activists who object to China’s power to veto candidates

20 APRIL 2015

China vice president says 2017 vote wish of most Hong Kong people

The planned 2017 election for Hong Kong’s top official is what most people in the Chinese territory want, Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao said on Monday, despite demonstrations by thousands last year against the way it will be conducted


China to curb visits to Hong Kong by Shenzhen residents

China will limit visits by residents of the city of Shenzhen to neighboring Hong Kong, a politician and media said on April 12, following recent tension in the former British colony over growing numbers of mainland visitors. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/12/beijing-to-limit-hong-kong-visits-by-mainland-chinese

30 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong activists use newspaper petition to warn of academic threats

Activists published a full-page petition in a Chinese-language newspaper in Hong Kong on Monday, warning of growing threats to academic freedom and the educational system amid fears of a broader Chinese clampdown on the former British colony

25 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong Ready for Fresh ‘Occupy’ Protests Says City Leader

Hong Kong’s leader said on Wednesday the city was prepared for a fresh flareup of pro-democracy street protests, while issuing a call to arms against opposition democratic lawmakers who have disrupted government policy-making in the legislature

1 MARCH 2015

Hong Kong police arrest 33 after anti-mainland march

Hong Kong police arrested 33 people and fired pepper spray during clashes with demonstrators that disrupted traffic on Sunday (Mar 1), as a protest at the rising number of visitors from mainland China turned violent.

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament seek mainland security laws to counter protests

Two Hong Kong delegates to China’s parliament are pushing to implement mainland security laws months after pro-democracy protesters shut down major parts of the Chinese-controlled city, broadcaster RTHK said on Sunday

17 FEBRUARY 2015

HK’s population at 7.26 million at end of 2014

Hong Kong’s population has increased 42,300, or 0.6 percent, to 7,264,100 at the end of 2014 from 7,221,800 at the end of 2013, according to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Tuesday


China seizes toilet rolls depicting HK leader CY Leung

China’s authorities have seized 7,600 toilet rolls and 20,000 packets of tissue printed with the image of Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung.


Macau Faces Biggest Test as Corruption Crackdown Hits Hard

The “build it and they will come” strategy that has earned billions for casinos in Macau is facing its biggest test yet as a construction binge in the Chinese city bumps up against plummeting revenue

1 FEBRUAY 2015

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters return to streets

Thousands of pro-democracy activists have returned to the streets of Hong Kong for their first big rally since mass protests last year.

19 JANUARY 2015

Hong Kong creates cadet force modelled partly on Chinese army

Hong Kong has created a new army cadet force modelled partly on the Chinese military, sparking fears of tighter controls over the city’s youth in the wake of student-led pro-democracy protests.

12 JANUARY 2015

Controversial Hong Kong media tycoon’s home firebombed

The home and former offices of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who also played a prominent role in large pro-democracy protests last month, were firebombed early on Monday, a spokesman said

31 DECEMBER 2014

A 14 years teenage girl arrested and put into a children’s home for drawing a chalk flower on a wall has been bailed after a successful appeal


23 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial

Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.

Hong Kong tycoon, former top official sentenced in corruption trial

Tycoon Thomas Kwok received a five year sentence Tuesday, and former chief secretary Rafael Hui got seven and a half years, after having been found guilty by a Hong Kong high court jury last week.

20 DECEMBER 2014

 Xi Jinping defends ‘one-China’ idea in Macau, amid protests

 Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Macau residents to respect the « one-China » policy during a visit to the former Portuguese colony.

19 DECEMBER 2014

Umbrellas banned as Xi Jinping arrives in Macau

President Xi Jinping visited a drizzly Macau on Friday for the 15th anniversary of the gambling hub’s return to Chinese rule, with onlookers barred from using umbrellas – the emblem of democracy protests in nearby Hong Kong.

15 DECEMBER 2014

‘Occupy is over’: Hong Kong chief executive announces end to protests as Causeway Bay is cleared

Hong Kong’s leader declared an end to 78 days of mass protests by pro-democracy demonstrators after police today cleared the last major camp and arrested 20 peaceful  protesters.

12 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai resigns after arrest

Hong Kong publishing tycoon Jimmy Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing, has stepped down as editor-in-chief of the popular Apple Daily newspaper after being arrested for refusing to leave a key pro-democracy protest site in the centre of the city.

11 DECEMBER 2014

Hong Kong police clear main protest site, ending pro-democracy occupation

Hong Kong police dismantled the city’s main pro-democracy protest site on Thursday (Dec 11), clearing tents and barricades after more than two months of rallies and arresting more than 200 demonstrators, who vowed their struggle lives on.


Occupy Central leaders turn themselves in to Hong Kong police

The three co-founders of the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement which has become Hong Kong’s biggest civic disobedience campaign turned themselves in to the police on Wednesday


Hong Kong protest leaders to ‘surrender’

The three original founders of Hong Kong’s « Occupy Central » protest movement have announced that they will « surrender » to police while some other protesters started a hunger strike and called for a new wave of protests.


Hong Kong Protests Reach Violent High as Students Clash With Police Overnight

After two months of stalemate, the students attempt to block access to the government headquarters leading to intense clashes

26 NOVEMBER 2014

Hong Kong Police Clear Democracy Protest in Mong Kok, Arrest Leaders

Hong Kong authorities cleared a main protest camp Wednesday and arrested two leaders of the Occupy Central movement, which is calling for greater democracy in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

25 NOVEMBER 2014

Lawmaker ‘Long Hair’ among 80 arrested amid clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Bailiffs began clearing a major pro-democracy protest site in Hong Kong’s bustling Mong Kok district Tuesday, triggering scuffles, arrests and a standoff with growing crowds of protesters.

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters attempt parliament break-in

Masked teenagers rammed government offices in Hong Kong with metal barricades and charged police as the ongoing protests turned violent for the first time.

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Hong Kong authorities clear part of Admiralty protest site

The bailiffs, backed by police, dismantled barricades outside Citic Tower after the building’s owners complained about the disruption and were granted a high court injunction.

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Hong Kong court notice clears way for action at Admiralty protest site

A Hong Kong court notice ordering the eviction of democracy demonstrators from parts of the main protest site they have occupied for seven weeks has been published in leading newspapers, the first such public circular that empowers authorities to start clearing rally sites

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Hong Kong protest leaders denied Beijing flight

Three pro-democracy student leaders from Hong Kong have been stopped from boarding a plane to Beijing


Hong Kong protest leaders request formal meeting with Beijing

Hong Kong protest leaders made a formal request Friday to speak with China over political reform, calling on a pro-Beijing politician to act as their mediator


Protesters clash with police in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters have clashed with police in Hong Kong for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations


Hong Kong lawmakers demand inquiry into city leader

Hong Kong’s democratic lawmakers called for an official inquiry into the city’s embattled leader Wednesday, saying he « has no political integrity » after receiving large undeclared payments from an Australian company

29 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong lawmaker James Tien ousted from Chinese government body for ‘disloyalty

The prominent businessman and politician had criticised Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun Ying for failing to put an end to more than a month of pro-democracy protests – an unusual move for a pro-Beijing lawmaker

28 OCTOBER 2014

Thousands mark one month of Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong democracy activists on Tuesday marked one month of mass protests by unfurling a sea of umbrellas as student leaders called for direct talks with Beijing officials, the first time such a request has been made.

26 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong protesters in disarray as vote on next steps halted

Hong Kongs pro-democracy protesters were on Sunday forced to suspend a planned vote on their next steps – hours before it was due to begin – due to differing opinions about how to move their month-long campaign forward.

23 OCTOBER 2014

UN Rights Watchdog Calls for Open Elections in Hong Kong

The United Nations Human Rights Committee called on China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, stressing that included the right to stand for election as well as the right to vote.

21 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong talks break up without agreement

Hong Kong’s leaders held their first direct talks with protesters who occupy large areas of the city on Tuesday, but without reaching any agreement.

20 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong court bans protesters from blocking roads

The Hong Kong High Court Monday granted two interim injunctions barring protesters from occupying key areas in the city even as the Chinese government accused the demonstrators of “putting social order at risk”.

18 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong: violence flares again as protesters reoccupy streets

Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.

16 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong leader calls for talks but rules out key concession

Hong Kong’s government is ready for new talks with student protesters next week, its chief executive has said.

15 OCTOBER 2014

Police beating caught on video sparks Hong Kong outrage

Hong Kong police came under fire Wednesday after plainclothes officers were filmed beating and kicking a handcuffed protester during some of the worst clashes since mass pro-democracy rallies erupted over two weeks ago.

14 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong Police Dismantle Protest Barriers With Chainsaws and Sledgehammers

Hundreds of Hong Kong police used sledgehammers and chainsaws to dismantle pro-democracy barricades near government offices and the city’s financial center on Tuesday, reopening a major road for the first time since protests began two weeks ago.

13 OCTOBER 2014

Masked men attack Hong Kong democracy protesters

Violence broke out at the heart of Asia’s most important financial centre on Monday afternoon as dozens of masked men launched an assault on pro-democracy protesters camped out on the streets of Hong Kong.

12 OCTOBER 2014

Zero chance’ of protest success, says HK leader

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters have an « almost zero chance » of changing Beijing’s stance and securing free elections, the city’s embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in a TV show Sunday.

11 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong Media Become Propaganda Tool Used to Attack Occupy Central

Many of Hong Kong’s media outlets have followed the line of the Chinese Communist Party in reporting on the Occupy Central’s democracy protests.

10 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong protest: Thousands on streets for fresh rally

Thousands of people are demonstrating in Hong Kong’s financial district after protest leaders called for a show of strength.

9 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong Government Cancels Talks, Tells Protesters to Clear Streets

The Hong Kong government on Thursday called off scheduled talks with pro-democracy student leaders aimed at ending nearly two weeks of a mass civil disobedience campaign calling for universal suffrage, and told protesters to clear the streets

8 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong chief executive CY Leung faces questions over secret $7m payout from Australian firm

Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, CY Leung, has pocketed millions in secret fees from a listed Australian company in return for supporting its Asian business ambitions, a Fairfax Media investigation can reveal

6 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong officials resume work as protests thin

Hong Kong’s civil servants returned to work and schools were reopening Monday as a massive pro-democracy protest that has occupied much of the city center for the week dwindled

2 OCTOBER 2014

Hong Kong leader refuses to step down amid protests but opens door to talks

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive CY Leung says he will not resign, but has offered talks between his government and pro-democracy protesters

1 OCTOBER 2014

Defiant Hong Kong protesters demand leader steps down

Student demonstrators in Hong Kong have vowed to step up their mass pro-democracy protests if Chief Executive CY Leung does not resign.


Tear gas used against Hong Kong protesters

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse protesters, just after the city’s leader announced that his government will launch a new round of consultations on electoral reform shortly.


Hong Kong democracy protesters enter government complex

At least 100 pro-democracy protesters have pushed through a police cordon to break into the main government compound in Hong Kong.


Former Hong Kong chief secretary Rafael Hui says he accepted secret payoff from Beijing

A former top Hong Kong civil servant told a court on Tuesday that he had received a secret payment of HK$11 million (S$1.8 million) « from Beijing » in 2007 through a businessman intermediary, local media reported


Hong Kong students kick off class boycott to demand greater democracy

Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong on Monday to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, underscoring a restive younger generation’s determination to challenge the Chinese Communist Party

Ups and downs in Singapore-HK ties



Time is right to rejuvenate Hong Kong-India relations

Hong Kong has a significant Indian community and much in common with India such as the British-derived law and the English language. Despite this however, I have found knowledge of India, even among the highly educated classes, to be either limited or wrong. The strange point is that the mainlanders have a sound knowledge of India, particularly its history and culture.


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.


Hong Kong democracy activists shave heads in protest

Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have shaved their heads in a protest over what they see as China’s growing political control over the city.


Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.

31 AUGUST 2014

China insists on right to choose candidates for HK leader

China insisted Sunday on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, a move likely to trigger protests from democracy advocates in the former British colony

Unchallenged Macau leader elected for a second term

Macau re-elected its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest Sunday as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability.

28 AUGUST 2014

Hong Kong Officials Raid Home of Media Mogul Critical of Beijing

Hong Kong anti-corruption officials have raided the home of media mogul Jimmy Lai, whose publications are often critical of mainland China

24 AUGUST 2014

Four arrests as Macau police halt unofficial democracy poll

Four people were arrested as police shut down voting facilities in Macau after activists ignored strong objections from Beijing and held an unofficial referendum on electoral reform, the event organiser said

19 AUGUST 2014

Were some Hong Kong marchers paid?

The biggest difference from previous protests was a flurry of accusations from media outlets – including Ming Pao, RTHK, ATV, TVB, Now TV, Oriental Daily News and Apple Daily – that organisers had hired marchers.

17 AUGUST 2014

HK pro-Beijing activists rally against pro-democracy campaign

Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms

15 AUGUST 2014

Hong Kong legal body votes to oust its pro-Beijing president

The Hong Kong Law Society has sent a strong rebuke to Beijing after it passed a vote of no confidence in its own president, who backed a controversial white paper reaffirming China’s control over the city

Hong Kong chief backs anti-Occupy move

Hong Kong’s top politician has backed a petition designed to counter Occupy Central ahead of a planned march on Sunday opposing the demands of the pro-democracy movement, which is expected to attract crowds of more than 100,000

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

1 AUGUST 2014

Macau follows in Hong Kong’s footsteps on electoral reform

A civil referendum on electoral reform is brewing in Macau, following Hong Kong’s unofficial poll in June. Scheduled to be held from Aug 24 to 31, the referendum asks respondents if they support universal suffrage for the Macanese chief executive election in 2019, and whether they have confidence in the sole candidate for the 2014 chief executive election, who is incumbent Fernando Chu

29 JULY 2014

Hong Kong leader says Occupy protest would be ‘illegal’

Hong Kong’s leader declared a planned occupation of the city’s financial district by pro-democracy campaigners illegal Tuesday, and warned senior officials not to support the movement

26 JULY 2014

China denounces British parliament’s inquiry into Hong Kong affairs

China denounced the launch of a British parliamentary inquiry into the affairs of Hong Kong that has begun 30 years after the two countries agreed on the return of the financial hub to Beijing

23 JULY 2014

Beijing’s censorship and Macau universities

Lecturers are fired because they express pro-democracy views or mention the horror of Mao’s reign. The politburo and the principle of « one country, two systems » are off-limits on university campuses.

16 JULY 2014

China accuses Britain of interference over Hong Kong

China on Wednesday accused London of interfering in its internal affairs after British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg met two leading Hong Kong pro-democracy activists urging greater freedoms from Beijing.

15 JULY 2014

Hong Kong’s leader calls for limited electoral change despite protests

Hong Kong’s chief executive has set out the course towards limited electoral reform in his report to Beijing, arguing that mainstream opinion opposes the direct nomination of leaders

11 JULY 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers blast Britain over report

Pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong hit back Friday at former colonial ruler Britain over a report they said showed no « commitment » to the city and strived to avoid embarrassing Beijing

7 JULY 2014

Mainland Takes Charge in Hong Kong

China’s Xi Jinping administration, with its tougher stance on external and internal relations, is assuming greater control over Hong Kong’s affairs through the China Liaison Office, the mainland’s representative in the territory, setting the political agenda often without even consulting the city’s own leadership.

6 JULY 2014

Hong Kong press freedom faced ‘darkest days’ in past year

Hong Kong journalists said Sunday the past year had been the « darkest » for press freedom for decades, with growing political tensions expected to worsen the situation in the future

4 JULY 2014

Organisers of huge Hong Kong rally arrested

Police on Friday arrested the organisers of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-democracy rally since the city was handed back to China, sparking outrage from campaigners who denounced the « political suppression »

2 JULY 2014

Hong Kong police detain hundreds after mass protests

More than 500 demonstrators arrested for illegally ‘occupying’ street in central business district during pro-democracy protest

1 JULY 2014

Hundreds of thousands march through Hong Kong to demand democracy

In what is likely to be Hong Kong’s largest protest since its return to Chinese control, huge crowds pour onto the streets of the former British colony to protest against Beijing and demand greater democratic rights

29 JUNE 2014

Hong Kong democracy ‘referendum’ voting ends

The 10-day poll was held by protest group Occupy Central, which says almost 800,000 voted online or in person.

27 JUNE 2014

Hong Kong lawyers march against Beijing ‘interference’

More than a thousand lawyers all dressed in black took to the streets of Hong Kong in a silent march Friday against « interference » by Beijing in the city’s judiciary

24 JUNE 2014

China orders media to ‘delete’ Hong Kong democracy poll

Communist Party propaganda chiefs order China’s heavily controlled media to erase all mention of a referendum gauging support for democracy in Hong Kong

20 JUNE 2014

Tens of thousands vote in Hong Kong democracy ‘referendum’

Tens of thousands of people voted in an unofficial « referendum » on Hong Kong’s political future on Friday as tensions between pro-democracy activists and Beijing soared and one former senior official predicted a « very long hot summer » of protests

17 JUNE 2014

Hong Kong paper claims banks pulled ads after pressure from Beijing

Two London-based banks have stopped advertising in a Hong Kong newspaper, Apple Daily, because of pressure from Chinese authorities, claims one of the paper’s publishers

11 JUNE 2014

Protests in Hong Kong after China moves to assert control

Protesters turned Hong Kong’s constitutional document into toilet paper Wednesday in an angry demonstration against Beijing’s publication of a controversial White Paper reasserting China’s control over the city

10 JUNE 2014

Hong Kong must accept Beijing’s control, China’s Communist Party warns

Nearly a week after more than 100,000 protesters gathered in Hong Kong to remember the Tiananmen crackdown and call for universal suffrage, Beijing issues controversial white paper reminding the former colony it does not enjoy « full autonomy »
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4 JUNE 2014

Crowds Gather in Hong Kong to Mark 25th Anniversary of Tiananmen Killings

Tens of thousands gathered at a central Hong Kong park on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, even as a stifling security presence in Beijing and elsewhere in mainland China appeared to forestall protests

1 JUNE 2014

Protesters march in Hong Kong ahead of Tiananmen vigil

Pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to call for greater political freedoms in China and an end to one-party rule, ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown



28 MAY 2014

Hong Kong Democracy Activists Challenge Beijing with Referendum Plan

Hong Kong appears to be heading toward more political confrontation in the coming weeks, as pro-democracy activists prepare to hold an unofficial referendum to pressure the territory’s government and its superiors in Beijing to accept greater public involvement in the election process


21 MAY 2014

Concern Grows in Hong Kong Over Beijing’s Embrace

Much has been written about the erosion of Hong Kong’s political and administrative autonomy as Beijing leans on Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his allies to promote One Country over Two Systems. But scant attention has been paid to the erosion of the territory’s commercial and financial autonomy.


10 MAY 2014

Beijing’s Choice and Hong Kong’s Elections

Beijing can better achieve its goals by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.


26 APRIL 2014

Tiananmen Square protest museum opens in Hong Kong

The world’s first museum dedicated to the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square has opened in Hong Kong


10 APRIL 2014

Beijing’s Censors Ban Hong Kong Short Film

A short online video revealing Hong Kongers’ worries for their future was banned by China’s censorship bureau



28 MARCH 2014

Hong Kong democrats start hunger strike

More than a dozen Hong Kong democracy activists, including five lawmakers, said they were starting a hunger strike Friday as they step up their campaign for universal suffrage

26 MARCH 2014

The assault on press freedom in Hong Kong

Before the People’s Republic of China opened its doors to outsiders, Hong Kong used to be the keyhole through which the world peered into the vast, yet little known, country. After that it remained a place where journalism could thrive. But there are worrisome signs that being a journalist in the former British colony is becoming increasing difficult, if not dangerous.


23 MARCH 2014

Who will help the helpers in Hong Kong?

Foreign domestic helpers have come under the spotlight in Hong Kong recently, with several foreign domestic maids making allegations of torture and abuse at the hands of their employers


12 MARCH 2014

Nine men arrested over cleaver attack on Hong Kong journalist

Nine men have been arrested in connection with a brutal attack on a veteran Hong Kong journalist that sparked concerns for press freedom in the Chinese city, police say.


9 MARCH 2014

HK triads hide behind veil of respectability


6 MARCH 2014

China parliament head warns of western-style democracy for Hong Kong

The head of China’s parliament warned on Thursday that importing western-style democracy for a planned direct election in Hong Kong in 2017 could lead to « disastrous » results, a delegate who attended the closed-door meeting said

28 FEBRUARY 2014

After Brutal Attack, Hong Kong Journalists Call for End to Violence

Journalists groups started a signature campaign Friday to gather support for press freedom after Kevin Lau, former editor in chief of the Mingpao daily and one of the city’s most influential editors, was stabbed multiple times


26 FEBRUARY 2014

Hong Kong journalist stabbing sparks outrage

Kevin Lau Chun-to, a former editor of a Hong Kong newspaper whose abrupt dismissal in January sparked protests over press freedom is in critical condition after being hacked by an assailant with a meat cleaver

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Protestors March for Press Freedom in Hong Kong

Protestors took to Hong Kong streets on Sunday to march for press freedom, in a demonstration organized by journalists as fears grow that free expression is being compromised.

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Beijing’s Fight Against Democracy Activism in Hong Kong

Resentment toward Beijing is rising in Hong Kong due to Beijing’s persistent efforts to impose mainland-style policy aimed at limiting democratic rights for Hong Kong residents, silencing critics and assimilating Hong Kong into China


16 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese military port approved in Hong Kong

The controversial construction of a People’s Liberation Army port along Hong Kong’s historic Victoria Harbour has been approved, amid growing unease about China’s role in the former British colony.

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Ill wind for Hong Kong’s press freedom

Undeterred, a steady stream of the city’s famously tough and boisterous journalists braved the cold to gather outside the office of privately owned Commercial Radio, a local station, to protest against the sacking of a popular but polarising talk show host Li Wei-ling.



China Leans on Hong Kong’s Press

Beijing pulls the strings, editors move, tycoons shift advertising



Hong Kong actor Wu Ma dies of lung cancer

His wife confirmed that Wu had been diagnosed with lung cancer after years of heavy smoking, with his health taking a turn for the worse around 10 months ago when the cancer was declared incurable. Despite the diagnosis, his wife said that he managed to « enjoyed every precious minute with his family. »

30 JANUARY 2014

Hong Kong’s Hugely Wasteful Fiscal System

Crying wolf over Hong Kong’s fiscal future has been a regular feature of the government in recent years but over the past few weeks almost daily wolf cries have been heard as the bureaucracy attempts to sustain its control of a hugely wasteful system of spending and reserve accumulation in the face of public demands for measures to reduce poverty


Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference

29 JANUARY 2014

A new Cultural Revolution: China’s war against Hong Kong publications

The publisher Wentian Yao, who was about to release a book on Xi Jinping, was arrested on phoney charges. For several years, Beijing has done everything it can to destroy books, stop publications, and censor newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong. Although the mainland appears to be winning this « war without explosion or smoke », its victory is but a veil hiding its real problems.


14 JANUARY 2014

Hong Kong pulls off 20-year reign as world’s freest economy

Hong Kong is the world’s freest economy yet again, in a two-decade reign of the position, a US-based think tank has reported.



13 JANUARY 2014

Can China Win Back Hong Kong?

Relations between Hong Kong and mainland China have fallen to some of their greatest depths since the city’s handover to Beijing.


7 JANUARY 2014

Hong Kong Kung fu movie mogul Run Run Shaw dies aged 106

Run Run Shaw, a pioneering Hong Kong media mogul whose studio helped to bring kung fu movies to the wider world, died Tuesday, his company said. He was 106

1 JANUARY 2014

Thousands rally on New Year’s Day for Hong Kong democracy

Thousands marched in Hong Kong Wednesday to demand a greater say in how their future leaders will be chosen, expressing fears that China will limit long-awaited political reforms.

23 DECEMBER 2013

Monopoly Takes Hong Kong’s Economic Heights

Monopoly marches on in supposedly competitive Hong Kong as a few families entrench themselves ever deeper into the sinews of the economy.


22 DECEMBER 2013

HK sees sharp fall in corruption reports

Hong Kong has become cleaner – it seems. The number of corruption reports made to its anti-graft watchdog this year looks set to fall to a two-decade low, due possibly to « heightened awareness of the public against corruption ».



HK gets election ball rolling

The premise that candidates in the future chief executive elections, to be conducted under universal suffrage, must « love the country and Hong Kong » is self-evident, said the chief secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, who announced on Wednesday the launch of a five-month public consultation on electoral reform.



China Tries to Head off Hong Kong Democracy

Twenty years after stalling universal suffrage for Hong Kong to elect its chief executive and legislators – promised in the territory’s mini constitution called the Basic Law, Beijing is now bent on hijacking the process of chief executive selection for 2017. Patriotism – equated as it is with allegiance to Communist Party dictatorship, has been introduced as a filter to screen out critics.


21 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong domestic workers treated as ‘slaves’: Amnesty

Amnesty International on Thursday condemned the « slavery-like » conditions faced by thousands of Indonesian women who work in Hong Kong as domestic staff, accusing authorities of « inexcusable » inaction.


13 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong activists head to Spratlys in « fishing » trip

Hong Kong activists left Wednesday on what they called a « fishing » boat trip to disputed islands, more than a year after they sailed to another contested chain to assert China’s sovereignty.


Hong Kong  warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago.

20 OCTOBER 2013

Hong Kong Television Network: Protest over licence ruling

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against what they see as a lack of government transparency and accountability.

15 OCTOBER 2013

Trust Issues: Hong Kong Resists Beijing’s Advances

When Hong Kong reverted to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, expectations were high—in Beijing and among the pro-mainland forces in Hong Kong—that identification with the Chinese nation would slowly but surely strengthen among the local population, especially among the younger generations, eventually solving the problem of Hong Kong’s full integration into China. However, sixteen years later the situation is very different



One-fifth of Hong Kong poor’

One-fifth of Hong Kong’s population lives in poverty, says a report that establishes an official poverty line in the affluent Chinese territory for the first time.



Britain, don’t interfere with Hong Kong’s internal affairs

Hugo Swire, British Foreign Office minister of State, wrote in Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post on Saturday that Hong Kong’s progress toward universal suffrage was « vital to its future stability, » and Britain stands ready to lend support in any way it canauling the electoral system.



Former Hong Kong minister appeals fraud conviction


29 AUGUST 2013

China warns US against meddling in Hong Kong politics

The United States refused to back down Thursday in its support for democracy in Hong Kong after Beijing accused Washington’s envoy to the city of meddling in China’s internal affairs.


24 AUGUST 2013

Hong Kong police arrest 1800 in triad raids

Hong Kong police said Friday they had arrested more than 1,800 people during anti-triad raids for crimes including illegal gambling and drug offences.


20 AUGUST 2013

Hong Kong Finds New Maids to Exploit

With Indonesians, like Filipinas, having become too aware of their rights, HK turns to Bangladesh


22 JULY 2013

Alibaba defends Jack Ma’s Tiananmen Square comments

Chinese internet giant Alibaba has accused Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post of misinterpreting comments made by company founder Jack Ma regarding the infamous crackdown on student protests at Tiananmen Square in 1989.



16 JULY 2013

Universal suffrage in Hong Kong, Beijing wants to « select » candidates

Zhang Xiaoming, the representative of the Chinese mainland, meets elected LegCo members for the first time since 1997, says a screening process for the post of chief executive is necessary. For Lee Chuek-yan, Zhang sends a very « bad message ». Alan Leong hopes it is « casual chat ».



1 JULY 2013

Hong Kong protesters urge leader to resign

ens of thousands of protesters have marched on Hong Kong streets, demanding greater democracy and the resignation of the city’s embattled leader.




24 JUNE 2013

Hong Kong Leader Defends Role in Letting NSA Leaker Flee

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said Monday there was « no legal basis » to stop Edward Snowden from leaving the city while authorities were processing the U.S. extradition request and « asking (Washington) for further important information » on the case.


23 JUNE 2013

U.S. ‘disappointed’ that Hong Kong let NSA leaker Edward Snowden leave

The U.S. said Sunday it is « disappointed » that Hong Kong declined to arrest NSA leaker Edward Snowden and warned other countries « in the Western Hemisphere » that they should stop him in his tracks as he reportedly heads to Ecuador via Moscow with assistance from WikiLeaks.


21 JUNE 2013

Hong Kong’s democratic dilemma

Hong Kong is on a slow march towards full democracy, but as protesters up the pressure, business is increasingly fearful about the possible impact of the protests themselves


15 JUNE 2013

Hundreds protest in Hong Kong in support of Snowden

Chanting “No extradition” and “Shame on the U.S. government,” hundreds of people took to the rainy streets of Hong Kong on Saturday to voice solidarity with Edward Snowden and denounce the United States as a hypocritical “big brother” whose cyber-surveillance activities rival those of the Chinese government.


15 MAY 2013

HK anticorruption agency investigates ex-chief

Hong Kong’s corruption watchdog has launched a criminal investigation of its former chief following complaints of excessive spending when giving tens of thousands of dollars in gifts to mainland Chinese and other officials.                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/107672/hk-anticorruption-agency-investigates-ex-chief/

10 MAY 2013

Hong Kong property sales plunge 60% — with prices following

The volume of Hong Kong property sales fell 60% compared with last year in a sign that recent government policies are cooling one of the world’s most expensive real estate markets


7 MAY 2013

Hong Kong dock workers end strike

Dock workers in Hong Kong have ended a 40-day strike that affected one of the world’s busiest ports


2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey


4 APRIL 2013

Hong Kong port strike enters seventh day

Several hundred striking Hong Kong dockworkers are refusing to back down in a weeklong pay dispute that is slowing cargo shipments at the world’s third busiest port.


25 MARCH 2013

Hong Kong maids lose residency fight

Hong Kong’s top court has ruled against two Filipino domestic workers seeking permanent residency, the final decision in a case that affects tens of thousands of other foreign maids in the city.                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133254315486835.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/hong-kong-court-denies-right-to-seek-residency-to-foreign-domestic-workers/1627862.html


28 FEBRUARY 2013

CPPCC Member insults Leung Kwok Hung ‘You aren’t even a fucking Chinese’

In a Legislative Council meeting on Feb 18 2013, Lawrence Ma Yan-kwok 馬恩國, a member of CPPCC Shanxi Committee and the vice-spokesperson for DAB‘s Administration of Justice and Legal Services, blasted Legislative Council member Leung Kwok-hung, aka Long Hair, for not loving China and insulted Leung “You aren’t even a fucking Chinese” (3:29) after Leung quoted Ma’s speech, in which Ma agrees with Wu Bangguo that Hong Kong should not have the separation of powers.                                                            http://badcanto.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/cppcc-member-insults-leung-kwok-hung-you-arent-even-a-fucking-chinese/

14 FEBRUARY 2013

Leung’s popularity falls to record low, poll finds

Plagued by accusations made by a former ally, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s popularity has plunged to a record low, according to a poll by the University of Hong Kong released on Thursday.                                                                                                           http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1150205/leungs-popularity-falls-record-low-poll-finds

28 JANUARY 2013

Hong Kong Journalists Protest Proposal to Restrict Information

Journalists in Hong Kong have issued a petition urging the government to scrap a proposed law limiting the personal data corporate directors must make publicly available. Critics argue the amendment will restrict press freedom and protect potentially corrupt directors from public scrutiny of their business holdings                                                                                                                                 http://www.voanews.com/content/hong-kong-journalists-protest-proposal-to-restrict-information/1592069.html

25 JANUARY 2013

Disgruntled Hong Kong embraces Union Jack as symbol of freedom

Fifteen years into Chinese sovereignty over Hong Kong, the Union Jack returns to be a politically loaded symbol in the quest for identity as two different visions of the future of Hong Kong and Greater China square off in the autonomous city. Surprisingly, the long-retired colonial flag has been adopted as a symbol for those who advocate a distinct cultural and political identity for Asia’s leading financial hub.


1 JANUARY 2013

Hong Kong protesters urge leader to resign

Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong Tuesday, calling for the city’s embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.                                                                                                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013119593990515.html



13 DECEMBER 2012

Jackie Chan suggests China should crack down on Hong Kong protests

The actor’s comments, made during an interview with a Chinese newspaper, provoked a fierce reaction from critics who described him as a stooge for the Chinese government.

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Beijing signals new hard line on Hong Kong

When a mainland Chinese official accuses unnamed « external powers » of interfering in Hong Kong affairs, it’s a given that he is referring to the United States and Great Britain – and perhaps Taiwan as well. It’s also a given that, 15 years after Hong Kong’s handover from British to Chinese sovereignty, such a cryptic, undocumented allegation is the clearest signal yet that authorities in Beijing have completely lost the plot in their management – check that, mismanagement – of a city that is supposed to remain a largely autonomous Special Administrative Region of China until 2047

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Hong Kong Administration Seeks Closer China Ties

Hong Kong’s five-month-old administration, despite some highly publicized rear guard action over national loyalty introduction into the public schools, is nonetheless moving fast to insinuate more Beijing-inspired ideas.

Shifting ground on Hong Kong’s autonomy


China’s “One country two system” under threat

As mainlanders head to Hong Kong to protest, Chinese authorities are increasingly cracking down on the former British colony.


Hong Kong votes amid anger at Chinese interference

Hong Kong residents voted Sunday to renew half the seats in the island’s legislative council at a time of discontent over Chinese influence. The vote takes place a day after mass protests forced the government to back down on “patriotism” classe
http://www.france24.com/en/20120909-hong-kong-votes-amid-anger-chinese-control-education-election http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19533116


Hong Kong backs down on ‘patriotism’ classes

Hong Kong’s government has backed down on a plan to force children to take Chinese patriotism classes, after thousands took to the streets in protest ahead of legislative poll
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201298135259455926.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/amid-protest-hong-kong-backs-down-on-moral-education-plan.html?_r=1&ref=asia


Protests against brainwashing classes continue in Hong Kong

Thousands of students and teachers in Hong Kong on Thursday protested for the eighth straight day in front of the government headquarters against plans to introduce a « national education » curriculum, while the authorities insist the plans must be enforced, reports Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao.


Thousands hold rally in Hong Kong against patriotism class Thousands of protesters held a rally in Hong Kong Saturday in a final push to force the government to scrap Chinese patriotism lessons before the start of a new school year

Thousands of students in Hong Kong have begun a hunger strike over the Chinese government’s plans to introduce a “national education” curriculum

15 JULY 2012

Former SCMP Hacks Appeal to Change Paper’s Direction

Twenty-four journalists who formerly worked for the South China Morning Post have written an open letter to the paper’s group executive director, Hui Kuok, expressing their concern that critical coverage of China is being abandoned in order to please the Communist authorities in Beijing

3 JULY 2012

Beijing gives Tsang a slap in the face

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, the second chief executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, stepped down from office over the weekend after serving seven years without getting a time-honored sinecure from the central government of China. In the context of Chinese culture, that’s a slap in the face.

2 JULY 2012

One country, two (failed) systems

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. At least 400,000 Hongkongers, snaking all over Central in absolutely sweltering heat, from early afternoon until deep into the night, and from all walks of life (tycoons excluded), all of them expressing their anger at Hong Kong’s new CEO, pro-Beijing property developer Leung Chun-ying; the notion of « one country, two systems »; their impossibility to actually vote; and last but not least, motherland China.

1 JULY 2012

Hong Kong leader sworn in as protests swell

Hong Kong’s new Beijing-backed leader has been sworn amid rising public discontent over widening inequality and lack of full democracy in the semi-autonomous southern Chinese financial centre.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012714286700794.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/02/world/asia/protesters-march-as-new-hong-kong-leader-is-sworn-in.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/hongkong/9368130/100000-march-in-Hong-Kong-on-15th-anniversary-of-handover.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18664132

26 JUNE 2012

Donald Tsang: Fall of a fallen leader

With the last days of his term as Hong Kong’s Chief Executive drawing near, Hong Kong society remains reluctant to loosen their grip on Donald Tsang for his corruption allegations.

30 APRIL 2012

Hong Kong delays China patriotism lessons

Hong Kong said Monday 30 it would delay the introduction of mandatory « national education » classes, which have been criticised as a bid to brainwash children with Chinese patriotism

25 APRIL 2012

Hong Kong to limit mainland China maternity services

Hong Kong hospitals will limit maternity services to most pregnant women from mainland China from next year, under new proposals from its incoming chief executive. Mainland women will be prevented from giving birth in Hong Kong unless they have a Hong Kong husband.

18 APRIL 2012

New South China Morning Post Editor Confronts the Press

Wang Xiang Wei was appointed editor of the 110-year South China Morning Post in February. This is not the first time the newspaper, one of Asia’s most influential English language dailies, has had a Chinese editor. But Wang is the first from the Peoples’ Republic of China

4 APRIL 2012

Hong Kong sizes up next leader CY Leung’s loyalties

Over the weekend thousands of marchers took to the streets of Hong Kong’s commercial district to protest against what they perceived as Beijing’s meddling in the city’s political affairs

1 APRIL 2012

Thousands march against Hong Kong’s new leader

Thousands of Hong Kong people staged a noisy protest Sunday against the city’s incoming government chief and decried Beijing’s alleged interference in the city’s recent leadership election

29 MARCH 2012

Billionaire Kwok brothers arrested for graft in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption on Thursday arrested the chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties, brothers Raymond and Thomas Kwok, on suspicion of corruption, the company said

28 MARCH 2012

Hong Kong wins appeal in maid residency case

A Hong Kong court has overturned last September’s landmark ruling which granted foreign domestic helpers the right to apply for permanent residency. The government’s victory is a major blow for hundreds of thousands of foreign maids working in the city

25 MARCH 2012

Leung Chun-ying elected Hong Kong’s new leader

An election committee of about 1,200 Hong Kong notables picked Beijing-loyalist Leung Chun-ying as the city’s next leader on Sunday, after a fraught campaign which will intensify pressure on China to keeps its promise to allow Hong Kong a direct leadership election in 2017
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17503171 http://uk.news.yahoo.com/beijing-loyalist-lead-hong-kong-fraught-election-082507969.html

1st MARCH 2012

Hong Kong leader apologizes for accepting tycoons’ hospitality

Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Donald Tsang, issued a public apology Thursday for the public concern he had caused by accepting hospitality from tycoons

17 FEBRUARY 2012

Pressure mounts on favourite to quit Hong Kong leadership race

The man believed to be Beijing’s choice for the next chief executive of Hong Kong was under growing pressure to quit the race Friday over an illegal extension at his family home
14 FEBRUARY 2012

China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit

11 FEBRUARY 2012

Hong Kong’s « Election »

As Chief Secretary Henry Tang’s candidacy fades, the oligarchs try to prop him up

Hong Kong rages at wave of pregnant Chinese

Chinese officials are trying to reassure Hong Kong citizens that they will curb the number of pregnant women coming to give birth in the city as anger over non-residents’ access to health and education resources stirs up wider anti-mainland feeling

5 JANUARY 2012

Hong Kong’s Leaders Back Away from Their Own Pact

After having agreed a 9.2 percent hike in power prices, they now find it too steep


Task force set up to investigate vote rigging in Hong Kong

Hong Kong – Hong Kong’s anti-graft agency set up a 20-member task force to look into allegations of vote rigging in district elections last month, a top official said Thursday

28 NOVEMBER 2011

Leung Chun-ying runs for Chief Executive of Hong Kong

Leung Chun-ying, former Executive Council convener, announced his bid for Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region on Sunday.

Hong Kong leader denies eroding press freedom

Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang on Monday defended his administration’s respect for freedom of the press, after complaints that the media was excluded from a Chinese state visit

24 NOVEMBER 2011

Hong Kong’s waning economic resilience

Asia’s economies have so far managed to escape the economic crisis in Europe and the US. But that resilience seems to be waning as fears grow that Hong Kong – a regional economic powerhouse – could slide into recession.


Pro-Beijing parties sweep Hong Kong district polls

Well-financed pro-Beijing parties swept district polls in Hong Kong, official results showed Monday, ahead of bigger elections next year when the territory’s leader will step down. Sunday’s vote was more closely watched than usual because under reforms passed this year, district councillors will be able to run for new seats in the Legislative Council in 2012

23 OCTOBER 2011

Hong Kong mothers march against mainland babies

More than 1000 protesters, including pregnant mothers, marched in Hong Kong Sunday opposing the growing number of
mainland Chinese women coming to the city to give birth, organisers said.

19 OCTOBER 2011

Card. Zen on hunger strike for freedom of education in schools

Card. Joseph Zen has begun a hunger strike this morning in support of Catholics’ right to freedom of education. The hunger strike which will last at least three days aims to « underline the unjust ruling of the Supreme Court against the diocese, which threatens to destroy Catholic education in the territory


Filipina maid wins landmark Hong Kong case

Hong Kong’s High Court has ruled that a law banning foreign maids from settling permanently in the city was unconstitutional, in a
landmark case for the city’s domestic helpers


Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Henry Tang resigns
A controversial Hong Kong official expected to become the territory’s next leader on Wednesday announced his resignation, fuelling
speculation that he would be tapped for the city’s top job. Henry Tang, the semi-autonomous territory’s chief secretary, had faced a storm of criticism over remarks he made about what critics called heavy-handed security imposed during a visit by China’s vice-premier Li Keqiang last month

18 MAY 2011

Hong Kong: China’s most patriotic city

Let’s face it, nearly 14 years after the British handed back this colony to Chinese rule, this city of 7.1 million people has yet to take the motherland in a warm, loving embrace. There have been lots of firm handshakes sealing economic deals, but hugs of genuine affection have been few, and ond kisses – indeed, even perfunctory pecks on the cheek – even fewer. So far, Hong Kong’s reunification with the mainland has been an economically successful but distinctly cold-blooded affair

28 AUGUST 2010

China approves controversial Hong Kong election reforms

China’s top lawmaking body Saturday approved controversial electoral reforms for Hong Kong, the city’s government-run radio station said. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing voted 98 per cent in favor of the reforms, RTHK radio reported

3 AUGUST 2010

How far and how fast should one of the planet’s most densely populated conurbations be allowed
to grow?
Last week the government Census and Statistics Department published its population projections for 2010-2039, data which reach
into many areas of government policy. Using a 2009 baseline of 7.003 million the forecast is for the total to reach 8,892 million by 2039, an annual increase of some 0.8 percent or 63,000 a year

25 JUNE 2010

Hong Kong: Plan to Expand Legislature Is Approved

The Legislative Council voted 46 to 12 on Friday to approve a plan to add 10 seats to the legislature in 2012. The public would elect lawmakers to fill five seats

20 JANUARY 2010

Former Tiananmen movement leader Zhou Yongjun was sentenced to nine years
Former Tiananmen movement leader Zhou Yongjun was sentenced to nine years in prison on the charge of attempted fraud and fined
80,000 yuan. He was arrested in Hong Kong in September 2008. Instead of expelling him to the place he came from, Hong Kong authorities handed him over to Chinese police in violation of Hong Kong lawhttp://www.asianews.it/news-en/Arrested-in-Hong-Kong,-Tiananmen-protest-leader-sentenced-to-nine-years-in-a-Chinese-prison-17401.html

5 JULY 2009

Freedom of expression in Hong Kong on decline, journalists say

30 APRIL 2009

Bishop John Tong of Hong Kong, « man of dialogue, » but with « non-negotiable principles »
A wide-ranging interview with the successor to the combative Cardinal Zen. The progress and prospects of the Church’s efforts in the territory, and toward the sister Church in China, in a give-and-take relationship. Openness and dialogue with the Chinese government, but remembering the Chinese bishops in prison, and asking for complete religious liberty. Memories of childhood and of his conversion. The work of the Holy Spirit Study Centre

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 14 July in Asian history


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756: Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty China flees the capital Chang’an as An Lushan’s forces advance toward the city during the An Lushan Rebellion

1853: US commodore Matthew Perry lands at Kurihama (Yokosuka) and gives the shogun one letter from USA’s president asking for trade relations

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight-Power Allied Forces occupy Tianjin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tientsin

1900-07-14 Prise de Tientsin

1946: Following the independence, Americano-Philippine agreement on US military bases in the Philippines

1950: Korean War: North Korean troops initiate the Battle of Taejon



1963: Relations between the Soviet Union and China reach the breaking point as the two governments engage in an angry ideological debate about the future of communism

1964: US military intelligence publicly charges that North Vietnamese regular army are fighting in South Vietnam

1998: Zhu Lilan, Minister of Technologies, is the first member of Beijing government to go to Taiwan for an international seminar

2001: First day of a three-day summit in Agra between Indian premier Vajpayee and Pakistani president Musharraf

2001: In Nepal, after the kidnapping of 71 policemen, the Nepali army is send for the first against the communist rebellion. 160 guerrillas are killed

2004: Giving in to the blackmail of the kidnappers of a Filipino in Irak, Manila starts to withdraw its 51 soldiers in that country

2007: North Korea closes its Yongbyon nuclear reactor, but the total end of its nuclear programme has to be discussed

2008: Indonesia is blamed by a joint commission for 1999 violence in East Timor

On 14 July in South Asian history


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1636 : Aurangzeb is appointed the Viceroy of Deccan by his father and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

1893: Birth of Garimella Satyanarayana, Indian poet and Freedom fighter who died on December 18, 1952

1920: Birth of Shankarrao Chavan, Indian politician who died on February 26,  2004

1943: Birth of Rohana Wijeweera, founder of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or People’s Liberation Front, in Sri Lanka, killed on 13 November 1989

1963: Death of Indian religious leader Swami Shivanand Saraswati, born on September 8, 1887

1975: Death of Madan Mohan, Indian Bollywood film director, born on July 25, 1924

2001: First day of a three-day summit in Agra between Indian premier Vajpayee and Pakistani president Musharraf

2001: In Nepal, after the kidnapping of 71 policemen, the Nepali army is send for the first against the communist rebellion. 160 guerrillas are killed

On 14 July in Southeast Asian history


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1885: Birth of Laos king Sisavang Vong (1904-1959) who died on October 29, 1950

Sisavang Vong 2

1897: Birth of Plaek Pibulsonggram, twice prime minister of Thailand  (1938-1944 and 1948-1957), who died on June 11, 1964

1946: Following the independence, Americano-Philippine agreement on US military bases in the Philippines

1964: US military intelligence publicly charges that North Vietnamese regular army are fighting in South Vietnam

1978: Kampuchea Khmer Rouge Vice Premier Ieng Sary, pays a visit to Bangkok

1980: Birth of Jed Madela, Filipino singer


1984: In a telegram to Khieu Samphan, Prince Sihanouk threatens to resign as chairman of the coalition government of Democratic Kampuchea if Khmer Rouges forces don’t stop its attacks against his National Army

1985: Khmer Rouge announce that a future Cambodia government should be « liberal on economy and parliamentary in politics »

2003: Indonesian Fathur Rahman al-Ghozi, member of Jemaah Islamiyah, who planned deadly attacks in the Philippines, escapes from jail with the complicity of Philippine officers

2004: Giving in to the blackmail of the kidnappers of a Filipino in Irak, Manila starts to withdraw its 51 soldiers in that country

2004: In Cambodia, following an agreement between Funcipec and PPC parties signed on June 30, king Sihanouk reappoints Hun Sen as Premier, putting an end to an 11 months crisis. Hun gets 60 % of the members of the cabinet

2008: Indonesia is blamed by a joint commission for 1999 violence in East Timor

2011: After revealing that Arroyo and her husband Jose Miguel had ordered the rigging of the 2007 senatorial elections in Maguindanao, Zaldy Ampatuan also claimed that the former president got some P200 million in kickbacks from road projects in the ARMM.

On 14 July in Japan’s history


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1853: US commodore Matthew Perry lands at Kurihama (Yokosuka) and gives the shogun one letter from USA’s president asking for trade relations

1908: In Japan, second government Katsura Taro (up to August 1911)

1937: Birth of Yoshiro Mori, Japanese Prime Minister from April 5, 2000 to April 26, 2001


1968: Birth of Kazushi Sakuraba, Japanese mixed martial artist/professional wrestler




On 14 July in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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756: Emperor Xuanzong of Tang Dynasty China flees the capital Chang’an as An Lushan’s forces advance toward the city during the An Lushan Rebellion

1900: During the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight-Power Allied Forces occupy Tianjin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tientsin

1900-07-14 Prise de Tientsin

1963: Relations between the Soviet Union and China reach the breaking point as the two governments engage in an angry ideological debate about the future of communism

1987: In Taiwan, the martial law in in force since 1949 is lift and the family links with Communist China are now authorized

1998: Zhu Lilan, Minister of Technologies, is the first member of Beijing government to go to Taiwan for an international seminar