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On 12 August in Asian history

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ON 12 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Upgrated on August 12, 2017

1281: The fleet of Qubilai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasions_of_Japan

1424: Death of Yongle, third emperor (1402-1424) of China Song dynasty, born on 2 May 1360
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/09/yongle-yung-lo-chinese-emperor.html

1602 : Emperor Akbar’s vizier, Abu’l Fazl is murdered on the instigation of Akbar’s son, prince Salim (who was later known by his imperial name, Jahangir)
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12th-august-1602-abul-fazl-akbars-vizier-was-assassinated-at-the-instigation-of-akbars-son-prince-salim

1604: Birth of Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese shogun
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2128.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Iemitsu

1864: Assassination of Sakuma Shozan, Japanese politician and reformer, born on March 22, 1811
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakuma_Sh%C5%8Dzan
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/91.html

1902: Birth of Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian vice-president (1945-1956) who died on March 14, 1980
http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=hatta_bandung

1907: Birth of Benjamin Henry Sheares, second President of Singapore (1971-1981), who died on May 12, 1981
http://www.istana.gov.sg/the-president/former-presidents/dr-benjamin-sheares
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_650_2005-01-24.html

1909: Birth of Muhammad Ali Bogra, Pakistan premier (1953-1955), who died on July 15, 1963
http://pakistanweb.com/html/bogra.htm

1910: Birth of Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (1965-1970), who died on November 23, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusof_bin_Ishak

1919: Birth of Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist, who died on December 31, 1971
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/vikram-sarabhai.html

1924: Birth of general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistan (1977-1988), who died on August 17, 1988
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P020

Zia-ul-Haq

1932: Birth of Queen Sirikit, Queen of Thailand
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/queen-sirikit-of-thailand/
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nsjfL-muo0


1948: United States and the Republic of China recognize the Seoul new government as the one corresponding to the November 14, 1947, resolution of the United Nations

1950: Bloody Gulch massacre during the Korean War. American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Gulch_massacre

1952: Birth of Chen Kaige, Chinese film director
https://web.archive.org/web/20060630015915/http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_artqa/2003-09/24/content_38464.htm

http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/chen-kaige-57311734/
http://www.scaruffi.com/director/kaige.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8_nEH2ZS3k

1954: Birth of Leung Chun-ying, Chief executive of Hong Kong since July 1, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leung_Chun-ying

1955: After the forced resignation of Muhammad Ali Bogra, Chaudry Mohammed Ali is sworn in as 4th Pakistan’s PM (up to September 12, 1956)
http://www.pakistanweb.com/html/muhammad.htm

1955: In Indonesia, Masyumi-led government takes power just before elections. Harahap is Prime Minister

1966: Death of San Yu (Chang Yu), Chinese painter who lived in Paris, born on October 14, 1901
http://ravenel.com/artist.php?id=2&lan=en
http://www.artofsanyu.org/index.php
https://www.google.fr/search?q=San+Yu&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=plImUPDUHoOWhQfGhoHwBw&ved=0CFYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

1967: Birth of Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Andy_Hui

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1kF6EbntUo

1969: In South Vietnam, Viet Cong launch a new offensive
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vc-launch-new-offensive

1969: Birth of Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga_Muhlach
http://www.fanpix.net/gallery/aga-muhlach-pictures.htm

1971: Seoul asks Pyongyang the resumption of negociations between the two Red Cross

1977: Start of Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed
http://justice4tamils.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/1977-riots-in-sri-lanka/

1977: Birth of Park Yong-ha, South Korean actor and singer who committed suicide on June 30, 2010
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Park_Yong-ha.php

1978: Signature at Beijing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the PRC (will enter into force on 23 October)
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/beijing.htm

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1984: Birth of Marian Rivera, a Philippine actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Rivera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Hj0i1LSZc

1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Mount Ogura in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520 including Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto. It is the worst single-plane air disaster
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/12/newsid_2529000/2529031.stm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=20896&page=gr

1988: General Sein Lwin, elected the 6th president of the Union of Burma on July 27, is forced to resign after street demonstration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sein_Lwin

1991: Death of Chinese painter Lin Fengmian, born on November 22, 1900
http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-lin-fengmian.php
http://www.linfengmian.net/index.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/23/arts/23iht-seno.1.5839946.html?_r=0

Lin Fengmian

2002: Inter-Koreas talks at Seoul. It is decided to reopen roads and railways between the two countries

2004: Lee Hsien Loong is appointed Prime Minister of Singapore, succeeding Goh Chok Tong
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/e65f9022-dcfc-4ee7-8049-ae2784b58d45
http://www.thomaswhite.com/global-perspectives/lee-hsien-loong-prime-minister-singapore/
http://www.worldhealthsummit.org/fileadmin/downloads/2013/WHSRMA_2013/CVs/Biography%20of%20PM%20Lee%20Hsien%20Loong%20(MOH).pdf

2005: Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, born on February 12, 1932, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4147196.stm

2005: Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives

2008: Thailand’s Supreme court issues arrest warrants for former PM Thaksin and his wife after they fled to Britain
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/08/200881192139819721.html

2009: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejected opposition complaints of irregularities surrounding last month’s presidential polls, confirming Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s re-election

2011: Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD movement should join Burma’s « national reconciliation », the government has said in its first-ever news conference
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14496464
http://www.france24.com/en/20110812-junta-urges-aung-san-suu-kyi-register-democracy-nld-party-burma-Myanmar

2012: Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi meets president for first time as parliamentarian

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/12/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

http://www.france24.com/en/20120812-aung-san-suu-kyi-official-meeting-burma-president-thein-sein-first-talks

2013: Grandpass mosque in Colombo (Sri Lanka) is shut down after the violent attack by some Buddhist monks. The authorities carried out the order agreeing to the demands of the attackers who want the place of worship dismantled
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka:-Government-shuts-mosque-after-Buddhist-monk-violence-28722.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/muslims-close-sri-lanka-mosque-after-buddhist-unrest-0

 

Holidays and observances

Thailand: HM the Queen’s Birthday and National Mother’s Day

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12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/singapore-lee-hsien-loong-siblings-accuse-him-of-abusing-power
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2098224/siblings-singapore-pm-fear-their-safety-accusing-him-harassment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40270152

12 JUNE 2017

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

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-woman-detained-for-radicalism-in-singapore-after-she-8938532
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-12-06-51-57

2 JUNE 2017

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

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-defence-ties-on-sidelines-of-shangri-la-dialogue

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

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

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

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

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

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

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

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

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

18 JULY 2016

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

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

22 JUNE 2016

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

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

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

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

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

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

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.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

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

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

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

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

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

9 DECEMBER 2015

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
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/singapore-commitment-host-us-military-facilities/

7 DECEMBER 2015

US agrees spy plane deployment in Singapore amid China tensions

The United States has agreed with Singapore on a first deployment of the US P8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore this month, in a fresh response to China over its pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/547110/news/world/us-agrees-spy-plane-deployment-in-singapore-amid-china-tensions

25 NOVEMBER 2015

Singapore lifts ban on 240 publications

Singapore’s conservative government has lifted a ban on 240 publications, ranging from communist material to adult content
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34925128

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China President Xi Jinping arrives in Singapore for state visit

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Singapore on Friday (Nov 6) evening, kick-starting his two-day state visit to mark 25 years of diplomatic relations and to launch new initiatives for bilateral cooperation
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinese-president-xi-arrives-singapore-state-visit
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/06/content_15341313.html

28 OCTOBER 2015

Singapore still the easiest place to do business

Singapore has held on to its decade-long place at the top of the World Bank’s rankings of the easiest place to do business, according to the latest Survey
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-still-the-easiest-place-do-business

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singapore election: Governing party secures decisive win

Singapore’s ruling party romped to a strong election victory on Friday and increased its share of the vote and seat tally as it brushed off an opposition challenge in the city state’s most hotly contested polls
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/voting-begins-singapore-poll-set-test-ruling-partys-004929559.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/specialreports/sgvotes2015/top-stories/pap-wins-in-a-landslide/2121396.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34205869

1 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singapore PAP faces fight for every seat for first time

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s ruling People’s Action Party will face a fight from opposition candidates in all 89 parliamentary seats for the first time since independence 50 years ago, nominations showed yesterday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/ruling-singapore-party-has-opposition-every-seat-next-election

25 AUGUST 2015

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

Singapore’s parliament is dissolved to prepare for a general election as prime minister Lee Hsien Loong seeks a fresh mandate from voters worried over immigration and the high cost of living in a slowing economy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-25/singapore-to-hold-general-election-amid-worries-of-immigration-slowing-economy/1485598
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-dissolved/2071898.html

31 JULY 2015

Singapore’s Perpetual Rulers Prep for Early Polls

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

24 JULY 2015

US blacklists Singapore shipping company over NKorea links

The U.S. Treasury Department has blacklisted a Singapore-based shipping company for allegedly supporting a North Korean firm accused of illicit weapon shipments. http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/us-blacklists-singapore-shipping-company-over-north-korea-links.html
http://www.singaporenews.net/index.php/sid/235096419

29 JUNE 2015

Singapore, Australia signs comprehensive strategic partnership

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott sign a joint declaration on the comprehensive strategic partnership that will witness enhanced cooperation in trade and economics, foreign affairs, defense and security
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-06/29/c_134366389.htm
http://www.plenglish.com/index.php/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3937201&Itemid=1

25 JUNE 2015

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

After more than three decades on the run since being accused of criminal breach of trust (CBT), former MP Phey Yew Kok, who was once one of Singapore’s most powerful unionists, has come out of hiding. On Monday, he gave himself up at the Singapore Embassy in Bangkok after 35 years as a fugitive
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Fugitive-ex-Spore-MP-returns-to-face-charges-after-77083.html

25 MAY 2015

Singapore, China complete inaugural bilateral naval exercise

Singapore and China’s navies complete their first-ever four-day Exercise Maritime Cooperation, which involves the RSS Intrepid, the RSS Valiant and the Yulin frigate.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-complete/1871162.html

18 MAY 2015

Singapore and French ties get stamp of approval

In Paris, the Presidents of Singapore and France witness the signing of six Memorandums of Understanding and unveil a special stamp issue marking 50 years of friendship between the two countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-french-ties/1855346.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/president-tony-tan-takes/1854800.html

14 MAY 2015

Iran navy ‘fired on Singapore ship’

Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship’s aid
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/561775/iran-navy-fired-on-singapore-ship
http://thediplomat.com/2015/05/iranian-boats-fire-on-singapore-flagged-tanker-in-persian-gulf/

5 MARCH 2015

Singapore arrests 2 for protest outside PM’s office

Two Singaporean men have been arrested for staging a weekend protest outside the government complex that houses the offices of the president and prime minister
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/519607/singapore-arrests-2-for-protest-outside-pm-office
http://asiancorrespondent.com/131901/arrest-two-peaceful-protesters-questions-freedom-of-assembly-singapore/

29 MARCH 2015

Singapore holds funeral of long-time leader Lee Kuan Yew

More than 415,000 out of the 3.9 million residents living in Singapore have made the trip to Parliament House to pay their respects to the late Lee Kuan Yew, independent Singapore’s first prime minister. They have had to queue for up to 10 hours over the past several days
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32102686
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/29/thousands-gather-for-funeral-of-lee-kuan-yew/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/29/asia/singapore-lee-kuan-yew-funeral/index.html

23 MARCH 2015

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

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state’s rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on Monday, aged 91
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/singapores-founding-father-lee-kuan-yew-dies-91-pmo http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32012346 http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-12975980
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-12975980
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-first-prime/1720740.html

New opposition party SingFirst unveils leadership team

The newest opposition party in town, Singaporeans First (SingFirst), unveiled its leadership team at a dinner last night to celebrate its inauguration
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/new-opposition-party-singfirst-unveils-leadership-team

4 MARCH 2015

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

Singapore is ranked first in Asia and 26th globally in terms of quality-of-living standards, according to the Mercer 2015 Quality of Living Rankings. The Austrian city of Vienna came in tops overall
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-has-the-best/1694430.html

3 MARCH 2015

Singapore world’s most expensive city for expats

Singapore has retained the position of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for the second successive year, according to a survey conducted the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
http://www.singaporenews.net/index.php/sid/230734739

18 FEBRUARY 2015

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

The four combat ships are designed to fight in coastal areas and represent further signs of America’s military tilt to Asia
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/18/us-to-base-four-warships-in-singapore-as-china-flexes-military-muscles

3 FEBRUARY 2015

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

Singapore firms eyeing expansion plans in Europe may have to wait a little longer for improved market access. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is « not absolutely confident » the EU-Singapore FTA can come into force this year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/eu-singapore-fta-may-not/1635358.html

10 JANUARY 2015

Tentative but no fundamental change in Singapore

Singapore’s economy continues to impress, even with some potential storm clouds on the horizon. The government’s response to calls for greater equity and accountability will determine the extent of trust and credibility it has with the populace. Current measures remain inadequate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/01/10/tentative-moves-in-singapore-but-fundamental-changes-remain-absent/

21 DECEMBER 2014

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

Motorists with foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor Bahru from Singapore will have to pay a Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of RM20 (S$7.55) from the middle of next year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-to-charge-s-7-60/1541870.html

5 DECEMBER 2014

Singapore signs Arms Trade Treaty

Singapore signed the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York on Friday (Dec 5).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-signs-arms/1513354.html

20 NOVEMBER 2014

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

PSA Singapore, which was named Container Terminal of the year, beat four contenders including those from Hong Kong and Shanghai. Its parent, Port of Singapore, won Asia Container Port of the Year, while Changi Airport Group took home the Asia Air Cargo Port of the Year award.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/psa-port-of-singapore-and/1483528.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

China, Singapore to widen military ties

Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and Minister of National Defence of Singapore Ng Eng Hen on Friday held talks and reached a four-point consensus.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-11/14/content_15191099.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/bigger-more-regular-sino-spore-military-drills

8 NOVEMBER 2014

A sustainable future for Singapore

As part of a review of the Sustainable Singapore Blueprint, the Government will spend S$1.5 billion on rolling out programmes to create a cleaner and greener Singapore.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/a-sustainable-future-for/1460910.html

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Singapore PM wins defamation suit

Singapore’s High Court ruled Friday that an activist defamed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong by accusing him in a blog of misappropriating state pension funds.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442041/singapore-pm-wins-defamation-suit

6 NOVEMBER 2014

Like Hong Kong, Singapore needs democracy

Editor’s note: Dr. Chee Soon Juan is the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/05/opinion/chee-singapore-democracy/index.html?hpt=ias_t3

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Singapore 1st in Asean to fight IS

Singapore will contribute military personnel and equipment to the US-led coalition combating Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, becoming the first Southeast Asian nation to join the effort.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-will-join/1450248.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/441181/singapore-first-southeast-asian-nation-to-join-fight-against-is

29 OCTOBER 2014

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

For the ninth consecutive year the Asian city-state takes first place in the special list drawn up by the World Bank. « Business-friendly », it takes two days to open a business and four to import containers. Hong Kong in third place, South Korea fifth.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Singapore-is-the-best-country-in-the-world-for-business-and-enterprise-32552.html

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

Singapore’s Court of Appeal has ruled that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men, is constitutional.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spores-court-rules-that-law-that-criminalises-sex–66699.html

27 OCTOBER 2014

China launches direct currency trading with Singapore

China officially announced direct currency trading with Singapore in China Foreign Exchange Trade System on Monday, marking another important push forward for China and Singapore’s economic ties.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-10/27/c_133746169.htm

8 OCTOBER 2014

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

On 27 September, hundreds of people staged a ‘Return Our Central Provident Fund’ (CPF) protest rally at Hong Lim Park, Singapore. Simultaneously in Hong Kong, the Occupy Central movement, morphed into a bigger and broader pro-democracy ,The supposed similarities have led some to ask will — or when will — Singapore do a ‘Hong Kong’? The short answer is it won’t. There are three main reasons why the protests in Hong Kong will not be replicated in Singapore.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/10/08/why-singapore-will-not-replicate-hong-kongs-pro-democracy-protests/

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Singapore Government on alert for Bash aka Shellshock bug threat

The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore says it is closely monitoring the Bash bug situation. At least one financial institution, OCBC Bank says it has stepped up surveillance for possible exploits, although its websites are « not susceptible » to the vulnerability.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-government-on/1384584.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Singapore’s population grew at its slowest pace in a decade in the one year to June 2014, due to a slow down in the inflow of foreign workers.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-population-now-at-5-47-million-slowest-growt-64983.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

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.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Singapore-PM-and-Hong-Kong-leaders-reaffirm-strong-64637.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Singapore Bans Local Documentary on Political Exiles

Singapore on Wednesday banned a local documentary about nine dissidents living in exile, saying its contents undermined national security.
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/singapore-bans-local-documentary-political-exiles/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/431544/singapore-bans-film-on-dissidents

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Singapore, Indonesia agree on borders

Singapore and Indonesia have agreed on their maritime boundaries in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore and will sign a treaty during president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s three-day state visit to Singapore, which starts today
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-Indonesia-agree-on-borders-64050.html

24 AUGUST 2014

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

The number of older workers taking home less than S$1,000 (US$800) a month in Singapore has doubled to nearly 35,000 over the past decade, according to figures from the Ministry of Manpower
http://www.asianewsnet.net/35000-older-workers-earn-less-than-US$800-in-Singa-63722.html

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
http://www.stasiareport.com/the-big-story/asia-report/hong-kong/story/more-singaporeans-moving-hong-kong-work-20140803

12 JULY 2014

Singapore libraries to destroy copies of gay penguin book

State-run libraries in Singapore have deemed a children’s book about two male penguins raising a baby chick inappropriate and are to destroy all copies following complaints the content was against the city-state’s family values.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/12/singapore-libraries-pull-gay-penguin-book

28 JUNE 2014

Singapore gay rally draws thousands amid controversy

An annual gay rally in Singapore has drawn thousands amid an unprecedented backlash from religious groups.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28071499

10 JUNE 2014

Singapore firm charged over arms smuggling to North Korea

A shipping company registered in Singapore is charged in connection with the transfer of financial assets and resources that could have been used to contribute to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414609/singapore-firm-charged-with-possible-link-to-pyongyang-nuclear-plans
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27778468

13 MAY 2014

Can civil society influence policies?

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Can-civil-society-influence-policies-60280.html

21 APRIL 2014

Singapore needs to address its treatment of migrant workers

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

http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/apr/21/singapore-address-treatment-migrant-workers

16 APRIL 2014

Singapore accepts Indonesia apology over warship row

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405280/singapore-accepts-indonesia-apology-over-warship-row

6 MARCH 2014

Singapore to buy Airbus refuelling tankers for air force

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/singapore-buy-airbus-refuelling-tankers-air-force

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398554/singapore-to-buy-airbus-refuelling-tankers

4 MARCH 2014

Singapore most expensive city in the world: study

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-most-expensive-city-in-the-world-study-57674.html

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore’s Foreigner Problem

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

http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/singapores-foreigner-problem/

15 FEBRUARY 2014

Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?

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

http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/singapore-and-indonesia-an-uneasy-coexistence/

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Indonesia, Singapore row worsens

Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Singapore-row-worsens–56944.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-move-signals-strong-displeasure-to-Indonesia-56908.html

6 FEBRUARY 2014

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

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

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/indonesia-naming-ship/985112.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Singapore deports foreign workers after riots

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/singapore-deports-foreign-workers-after-riots-2013121712302378394.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385318/singapore-to-deport-south-asian-workers-involved-in-riot

9 DECEMBER 2013

Hundreds Riot in Singapore’s Little India

Hundreds of South Asian workers rioted in Singapore after being enraged by a fatal road accident in a rare case of public unrest in the wealthy city-state.
http://www.voanews.com/content/hundreds-of-south-asians-riot-singapores-little-india/1806308.html
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/09/21830380-singapore-rocked-by-first-major-riot-in-44-years?lite
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/383956/lee-warns-of-violence-after-riot-in-little-india

8 DECEMBER 2013

Singapore: Little India riot videos

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

http://asiancorrespondent.com/117094/singapore-little-india-riot-videos/

25 OCTOBER 2013

Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison ‘not welcome’ in Singapore

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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/singapore/10404686/Extramarital-dating-site-Ashley-Madison-not-welcome-in-Singapore.html

19 OCTOBER 2013

Singapore ‘least bogged down in Asia by bureaucracy’

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

http://asianewsnet.net/Spore-least-bogged-down-in-Asia-by-bureaucracy-52988.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

S’pore population growth slowest in 9 years

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

EU, Singapore Conclude Comprehensive Trade Deal

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

http://www.eurasiareview.com/20092013-eu-singapore-conclude-comprehensive-trade-deal/

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singapore police arrest 14 over match-fixing

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013918213621253409.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24149076

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Singapore after Lee Kuan Yew

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/13/singapore-after-lee-kuan-yew/

11 AUGUST 2013

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

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

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/changes-needed-to-avert/772622.html

24 JULY 2013

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

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

http://forums.asiaone.com/showthread.php?t=63187#1

13 JUNE 2013

Singapore official gets jail sentence in sex case

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

30 MAY 2013

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

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

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

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

12 MAY 2013

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

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

11 MAY 2013

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

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

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

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

22 MACH 2013

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

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

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

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

28 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

24 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2013

Rare mass rally over Singapore immigration plans

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

28 JANUARY 2013

Singapore’s rulers suffer by-election loss

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

26 JANUARY 2013

WP’s Lee wins Punggol East by-election

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

7 JANUARY 2013

Politics and power in Singapore

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

26 DECEMBER 2012

Singapore in 2012: balancing growth with domestic imperatives

Singapore has continued to skilfully pursue a business location strategy in 2012, the key requirements of which include keeping the share of wages in the national income below the share accruing to capital, and tapping into new commercial opportunities and economic partners.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/12/26/singapore-in-2012-balancing-growth-with-domestic-imperatives/

18 DECEMBRE 2012

Singapore-European Union Conclude Free Trade Agreement

Singapore concluded an agreement with the European Union (EU) this weekend in a deal that will grant both parties improved access to each other’s markets. Singapore is the first Southeast Asian nation to conclude such a deal, with the agreement seeing the EU eliminating tariffs on all imports from Singapore over a five-year period.
http://www.2point6billion.com/news/2012/12/18/singapore-european-union-conclude-free-trade-agreement-11924.html

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Singapore opposition leader freed from bankruptcy

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Singaporean Tells China U.S. Is Not in Decline

In an unusual public airing of strategic problems surrounding China’s rise, the prime minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, warns China that it should view the United States not as a declining power, but as a nation with the ability to innovate and bounce back
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/world/asia/singapores-prime-minister-warns-china-on-view-of-us.html?_r=1&ref=asia

How to make more Singaporean babies

How to get Singaporeans to have more babies has become a major part of the debate about this country’s future, and the government is encouraging people to speak out on the issue
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI07Ae02.html

26 AUGUST 2012

Singapore to have two more universities

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, said this will mean that by 2020, 40 per cent of each school-going cohort will be able to have a university education, higher than the current 27 per cent
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1222253/1/.html

11 AUGUST 2012

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

Former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has expressed concerns over Singapore’s low fertility rate. Giving some simple statistics, Mr Lee said the Chinese reproduction rate is 1.08 – with two Chinese becoming one in the next generation. For the Indians, the rate is 1.09, and for the Malays – 1.64.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1219552/1/.html

26 JUNE 2012

How Singapore Policed the Foreign Press

A few years ago the word “gazetted” was possibly the most feared word for any publication operating in Asia, especially Southeast Asia. The term described the way the Singaporean government policed the foreign press by selectively curtailing or expanding a publication’s circulation within the island republic.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4631&Itemid=181

17 JUNE 2012

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

Those accustomed to thinking of this booming city-state as a bastion of apolitical strivers and shopaholics might be stunned by the burst of civic activism sweeping this crowded flyspeck of an island.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/world/asia/activism-grows-as-singapore-loosens-restrictions.html?ref=asia

26 MAY 2012

Workers’ Party wins Hougang by-election

The Workers’ Party (WP) has won the Hougang by-election. Mr Png Eng Huat, 50, chairman of the Hougang Constituency Committee, beat the People Action Party’s Desmond Choo, 34. The final results showed that WP had won the by-election with 13,447 votes, out of a total of 21, 657 votes. It obtained 62.09 per cent of the eligible votes cast. 294 votes were spoilt
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120526-348604.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1203784/1/.html

6 MARCH 2012

Maids in Singapore to get a weekly day off from 2013

The Singapore government has announced that maids working in the country must get a weekly rest day. The new regulation will take effect from 1 January 2013 and apply to all foreign maids whose work permits are renewed or issued after the date
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17267746

24 FEBRUARY 2012

Singapore’s Lee Family and Nepotism

Singapore’s ruling Lee family, apparently angered by a comment made on a Singapore-based blog Temasek Review Emeritus, has come down hard, with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, his wife, Ho Ching, his brother Lee Hsien Yang, all demanding apologies for intimating that they have filled top government positions with family members
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4269&Itemid=195

4 JANUARY 2012

Singapore leaders to take large pay cuts

Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, and senior officials from his government will take a huge pay cut after opposition complaints over their high salaries
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201214951738986.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2011

Singapore’s population hits 5.18 million

Singapore’s population has reached 5.18 million, up 2.1 per cent from 5.08 million last year. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens and 530,000 are permanent residents. Out of this number, 3.26 million are Singapore citizens
and 530,000 are permanent residents.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110928-302016.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2011

Singapore defends a controversial security law permitting arrest and detention without warrant or trial, despite neighbouring Malaysia’s plan to abolish a similar legislation
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1663419.php/Singapore-defends-law-permitting-arrest-without-warrant

12 JULY 2011

Singapore ranked 8th most expensive city for expats

Singapore has entered the top 10 list of Mercer’s 2011 cost of living survey, moving up two spots to be ranked the 8th most expensive city for expatriates. Angola’s capital, Luanda, has retained the unenviable title of the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, narrowly edging out
Tokyo, according to the survey published on Tuesday.
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/My%2BMoney/Story/A1Story20110712-288798.html

JUNE 1, 2011

Khaw Boon Wan is new PAP Party Chairman

The People’s Action Party (PAP) has appointed Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Minister For National Development, as the new chairman of its central
executive commitee (CEC). Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will remain as the secretary-general while the two deputy prime ministers, Mr Teo Chee Hean and Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, will now be the first and second assistant secretary-generals respectively.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110601-281945.html

27 MAY 2011

Author jailed over Singapore criticism

A British author will spend up to eight weeks in a Singapore jail after a court rejected his appeal against a conviction for contempt of court. Alan Shadrake’s appeal against a sentence of two months, meted out to him last November for what was described by the court as « scandalising » comments in his book, « Once A Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the Dock, was rejected on Friday.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/05/2011527648641741.html

25 MAY 2011

Old wine, old bottle in Singapore

For the first time since Singapore achieved independence, national founder, former prime minister and until now mentor minister Lee Kuan Yew is not among its cabinet line-up. His surprise resignation this month and the composition of the new cabinet announced over the weekend are the result of the ruling People’s Action Party’s (PAP) worst electoral showing since 1966 a disconnect has grown between Lee’s strong style of government
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/ME25Ae01.html

18 MAY 2011

Singapore drops to 3rd place in world competitiveness

Singapore has dropped from first to third place, behind Hong Kong and the United States, in the 2011 World Competitiveness Rankings published by Swiss business school IMD
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1129684/1/.html

11 MAY 2011

Analyzing the Singapore Election

A Step on the Long Road to Political Pluralism?

To be sure, the PAP still enjoys overwhelming electoral support and parliamentary supremacy. Even after dropping 6.5 per cent of total votes in this election, it commands a 60.1 per cent approval rating. Under Singapore’s first-past-the-post voting system, aided by gerrymandering, this translates into all but six of the 87 seats in parliament. The political space opened up by the Workers’ Party taking these six seats should thus not be exaggerated
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3185&Itemid=181

14 APRIL 2011

Singapore Death Book Has a Sympathetic Hearing

Singapore’s government may well be regretting the use of a sledgehammer to crack a small nut, in this case prosecuting the British author of a hitherto obscure, Malaysia-published book critical of the injustices present in the Lion City’s eager use of capital punishment. The case has brought international attention to Singapore’s relatively easy and allegedly discriminatory use of the hangman’s noose in a way that casts doubt
on its preferred image as a state that is strict but fair. The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment on the appeal by author Alan Shadrake against a six-week prison term and a S$20,000 fine for contempt of court relating to passages in his book: « Once a Jolly Hangman: Singapore Justice in the dock. » It was argued that Shadrake had deliberately impugned the impartiality and integrity of the Singapore judiciary with his book
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3126&Itemid=195

1 APRIL 2011

Singapore: the Maid, the Pack and the Soldier

The country goes a little nutty after a maid is seen carrying a soldier’s backpack. The Singapore Armed Forces announced Thursday that it would conduct military exercises in several Singapore sectors between April 4 and April 11, blank rounds and « thunderflashes » are to be used, according to the dispatch from the front.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3099&Itemid=195

2 FEBRUARY 2011

Singapore PM: Reproduce in Year of Rabbit

As Singaporeans usher in the Year of the Rabbit, Singapore’s prime minister hopes citizens will follow the fertile animal’s example and reproduce. In his annual Chinese New Year message Wednesday February 2, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong noted that Singapore’s fertility rate fell to an all-time low of 1.16 percent in 2010 and urged couples to have more babies. Despite financial incentives offered by the government, Singapore
citizens face a population shortfall, a problem that is « extremely challenging, » Lee said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/02/02/singapore.pm/index.html

22 JANUARY 2011

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

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_626756.html

20 JANUARY 2011

Singapore’s flawed ‘freedom’

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

You call it the second-freest economy on Earth if you’re the Heritage Foundation and Wall Street Journal.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MA20Ae01.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2010

Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years

Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said that Singapore’s population could shrink by half in 20 years if we do not ‘replace ourselves’.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20100905-235616.html

25 AUGUST 2010

Singaporean arrested after Facebook attack on government

In a statement, police said they had arrested a « man in his late 20s » on Tuesday « in connection with investigations into offences related to incitement of violence ».
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20100825-233873.html

17 MAY 2010

PM Lee on Nepotism and his father’s legacy

http://www.temasekreview.com/2010/05/17/pm-lee-on-nepotism-and-his-fathers-legacy/

 

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

Countries affected by the Asian migrant crisis issue have agreed to establish an anti-trafficking task force, but the Rohingya migrants still face an uncertain future
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asia-nations/1880868.html https://sg.news.yahoo.com/no-miracle-solution-asian-migrant-crisis-meeting-183515970.html

20 MAY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia agree to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants

Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 « boat people » adrift at sea in rickety boats but made clear their assistance was temporary and they would take no more
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/490534/news/world/malaysia-indonesia-to-let-boat-people-come-ashore-temporarily
http://www.asianewsnet.net/REFUGEE-CRISIS-Malaysia-Indonesia-agree-to-offer-t-75333.html

14 MAY 2015

Understanding Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

About 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in the first three months of 2015, according to a United Nations estimate
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/world/asia/Understanding-Southeast-Asias-Migrant-Crisis.html?ref=asia

8 MAY 2015

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

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

28 APRIL 2015

Asean seeking to resolve sea row ‘through peaceful means’

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was « extremely concerned » after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seeking-resolve-sea-row-through-peaceful-means
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-extremely-concerned-asean-statement-disputed-sea

26 APRIL 2015

Too early for common SE Asia time zone: Diplomats

The proposal would have put the whole region eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, the same zone as regional economic giant China, diplomatic sources had said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/too-early-common-se-asia-time-zone-diplomats

21 APRIL 2015

One tanker attacked in SE Asia every two weeks: Watchdog

Pirates attack one small coastal oil tanker every two weeks in the waters off Southeast Asia, which remained the world’s piracy hotspot in the first quarter, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/04/21/one-tanker-attacked-in-se-asia-every-two-weeks-piracy-watchdog/

20 APRIL 2015

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

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

9 APRIL 2015

No pivot to SE Asia PM: Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is not trying to counter US influence in the region

Russia, which is now considered by Thailand as a true friend after its ties with the United States and other countries in the West soured in the wake of the military coup, is not trying to counter American influence in this region, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said
http://www.asianewsnet.net/No-pivot-to-SE-Asia-73867.html

10 MARCH 2015

South China Sea security architecture to figure in India-ASEAN dialogue

Amid growing concern over China’s territorial assertions in the South China Sea, India and the 10-member ASEAN will discuss the security architecture in the sea as well as connectivity projects with Southeast Asia to give a fillip to India’s Act East policy, a top official said on Tuesday
http://www.singaporenews.net/index.php/sid/230939159

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Southeast Asia set to become a new EU

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on course to declare its 10-member nations a unified common market as of December 31, 2015, but sceptics say European Union-style economic integration will be difficult to achieve http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/southeast-asia-set-eu-150211114547688.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

ASEAN Eyes Closer Military Ties in 2015

The grouping is mulling new defense initiatives under Malaysia’s chairmanship
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/asean-eyes-closer-military-ties-in-2015/

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 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?
http://sea-globe.com/a-new-cold-war-southeast-asia-globe/

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

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

3 JANUARY 2014

Thai-Cambodian ties ‘warming’

Thailand and Cambodia look set to take a more compromising stance over their dispute on « overlapping » maritime areas, according to a security source. « They have adopted such a stance because they have already reckoned that unsuccessful negotiations mean both sides will lose benefits. If they can’t reach a deal, it will be impossible to use the maritime resources from the overlapping areas, » the source said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Thai-Cambodian-ties-warming-30251138.html

27 DECEMBER 2014

ASEAN Way lights path ahead for region

The pursuit of the ASEAN Economic Community – with the goal of forming a single market and production base with a free flow of goods, services, capital and skilled labour – is now in its final stretch
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-way-lights-path-ahead-region

18 DECEMBER 2014

Greater Mekong Subregion likely still a decade away

With the vast Chinese market on its northern doorstep, it is being touted as the next big growth area in Southeast Asia. And it is due to receive a US$51.5 billion boost when Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) leaders meet this week in Bangkok
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Greater-Mekong-Subregion-likely-still-a-decade-awa-69246.html

13 DECEMBER 2014

China, ASEAN should build community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust: Chinese experts 

China and the ASEAN countries should build a community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust to meet the supreme interests of all parties, experts from both sides said at the ASEAN Development Forum 2014 held in Hong Kong on Saturday.
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1213/c90883-8822514.html

11 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea-Asean Summit marks 25 years of ties

South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have had ties for 25 years, but each of its members continue to have unique values and things to offer each other
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-Asean-Summit-marks-25-years-of-ties-68846.html

10 DECEMBER 2014

Businesses hope for more Korean investments in Singapore, ASEAN companies

The inaugural ASEAN-ROK Business Council Meeting was held in Busan, South Korea on Wednesday (Dec 10) with the aim of boosting co-operation between the private sectors, ASEAN and South Korea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/businesses-hope-for-more/1522828.html

3 DECEMBER 2014

Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, Southeast Asia at the crossroads: Three paths to prosperity, finds that the region can address its productivity challenges and find new catalysts for growth by pursuing the opportunities associated with three global megatrends
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/three_paths_to_sustained_economic_growth_in_southeast_asia?cid=other-eml-nsl-mip-mck-oth-1412

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201411130062

11 NOVEMBER 2014

5 things to watch for at Asean summit

The Asean summit that starts here tomorrow will be the last meeting for ASEAN leaders in 2014 and also the last meeting before the chair rotates from Myanmar to Malaysia. Here are five key issues to look out for:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442736/5-things-to-watch-for-at-asean-summit

8 NOVEMBER 2014

ASEAN a perennial quiet achiever

On 12 November 2014, ASEAN leaders will gather in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s new capital, for their twice-yearly summit.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/08/asean-a-perennial-quiet-achiever/

29 OCTOBER 2014

Experts: Start work on ASEAN power grid now

A power network that connects the national grids of all ASEAN countries could boost energy security, increase energy supply and, ultimately, make electricity cheaper for people.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/experts-start-work-asean-power-grid-now

23 OCTOBER 2014

ASEAN companies face cybersecurity challenges

As companies in the region go online, they face cybersecurity challenges in an evolving business landscape with new threats and security systems that are often too fragmented and complex
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-companies-face-cybersecurity-challenges

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.
http://cogitasia.com/india-asean-trade-working-toward-greater-manufacturing-integration/

10 OCTOBER 2014

Southeast Asia’s Points of Light in a Murky Democratic Dawn

Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, the struggle for democracy in Southeast Asia continues to battle strong headwinds. Sometimes, as in Thailand where the military seized power last May, this has resulted in a complete reversal of course.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/southeast-asias-points-light-murky-democratic-dawn/

10 OCTOBER 2014

Asean+3 upgrades finance body

Asean plus Japan, China and South Korea on Friday signed an agreement to upgrade their Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (Amro) to an international organisation in the future.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/437045/asean-3-upgrades-finance-body

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Asean issues first joint statement on ISIS crisis

Asean foreign ministers have raised concerns over the situation in Syria and Iraq, issuing their first joint statement on the brewing crisis over militant group ISIS.The 10-nation bloc released a joint statement on the issue yesterday, after an Asean-US ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Asean-issues-first-joint-statement-on-ISIS-crisis-65059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia ratifies Asean haze pact

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was signed in 2002, went into effect the following year, and Indonesia is the last country to ratify it.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432547/indonesia-ratifies-asean-haze-pact
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-ratifies-haze-treaty-12-years-stalling/

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Is bigger better for ASEAN in a mega-regional world?

Big-block trade agreements or ‘mega-regionals’, revolving around one or more major powers, are the latest trend in trade policy negotiations. ASEAN is involved in two: the American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Chinese-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). But are mega-regionals good for trade and economic growth? Will they spur regional and global economic integration? And where does ASEAN stand?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/10/is-bigger-better-for-asean-in-a-mega-regional-world/

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

ASEAN: Toward a common voice

A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In a related video, the CEO of GE ASEAN, Stuart Dean, explains the company’s approach to the region.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/public_sector/asean_toward_a_common_voice

29 AUGUST 2014

Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace

The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalise goods, capital and skilled labour flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/08/29/banking-integration-in-asean-gathers-pace/

12 AUGUST 2014

Asean calls for progress on Code of Conduct

Expressing serious concern over increased tension in the South China Sea, ASEAN foreign ministers have called for quick progress on a long-delayed Code of Conduct (COC) to manage disputes in the waters where China has rival claims with four ASEAN states
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-calls-progress-code-conduct

8 AUGUST 2014

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

5 AUGUST 2014

Southeast Asia Supplying Jihadists to Middle East?

Southeast Asian governments with large Muslim populations are concerned that the nascent Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, or its Islamic rival the al-Nusrah Front, are recruiting young followers for battle and also raising funds throughout the region.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/southeast-asia-supplying-jihadists-middle-east/

2 AUGUST 2014

Asean to look into boosting security ties ahead of AEC

Asean will explore the ways and means of strengthening cooperation in order to tackle new, non-traditional security threats at the annual ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw next week, an official said
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-62997.html

21 JULY 2014

Asean calls for MH17 probe

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has condemned the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and called for an independent investigation into the catastrophe
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-calls-mh17-probe

1 JULY 2014

China and ASEAN’s Economic Integration: Developments & Opportunities

A collection of articles published by China Briefing on this topic
http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2014/07/01/china-aseans-economic-integration-developments-opportunities.html#sthash%2ERE2ildaE%2Edpuf

3 JUNE 2014

China-ASEAN Wage Comparisons and the 70 Percent Production Capacity Benchmark

As wage increases in China continue to rise – along with the comparatively high national welfare costs – increasing comment is being made as to the legitimacy of the “China Plus One” scenario. Coined some years ago, this theory – in reality, more of a shrewd observation – suggests that future manufacturing capacity will be placed both in China and externally in another location by the same manufacturer.
http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2014/06/03/china-asean-wage-comparisons-70-production-capacity-benchmark.html

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412721/abe-stands-up-for-asean

24 MAY 2014

Asean’s neutrality is its strength

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aseans-neutrality-its-strength

12 MAY 2014

Asean fires warning shot across China’s bows

Southeast Asian leaders have expressed « serious concern » over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-fires-warning-shot-across-chinas-bows
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409415/china-claims-certain-countries-damaging-its-ties-with-asean

11 MAY 2014

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

Surging maritime tensions dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders Sunday, with Vietnam calling on its regional neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sea-row-dominates-southeast-asian-summit-0

10 MAY 2014

ASEAN FMs Urge Restraint in East China Sea Disputes

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed concern over escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where China has been involved in maritime disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines
http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-fms-urge-restraint-in-east-china-sea-disputes/1911855.html

5 MAY 2014

Asean centrality rests on peoples not leaders

As the global strategic landscape has undergone dramatic shifted, the much heralded Asean centrality is being challenged to the core. The most frequently asked questions these days are: Is there such thing as the Asean centrality? If so has Asean earned it?http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Asean-centrality-rests-on-peoples-not-leaders-30232855.html

25 APRIL 2014

Wake-up call for Asean nations

After almost 47 years of Asean’s existence, there are many who are inclined to believe that the region’s present peace and prosperity are the natural order of things. Delivering the 34th Singapore Lecture this week, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah noted that the region’s strategic landscape would be influenced by changes in the relationship between emergent major and middle powers. Asean’s challenge would be to find its place in the new configuration

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Wake-up-call-for-Asean-nations-59639.html

21 APRIL 2014

14 nations look to resolve regional boat people issue

In a two-day international workshop titled Special Conference on the Irregular Movement of People, at the Foreign Ministry on Monday and Tuesday, representatives are expected to establish measures to protect asylum seekers and prevent human trafficking and people smuggling in the region
http://www.asianewsnet.net/14-nations-look-to-resolve-regional-boat-people-is-59484.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405891/indonesia-speaks-out-on-boatpeople-amid-australia-tension

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Asean winning Japan investments

More Japanese companies are choosing the Asean region over China as an investment destination as rising costs and concerns about the environment make Asia’s biggest economy less attractive, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397532/asean-winning-japan-investments

24 JANUARY 2014

Asian countries talk up ASEAN at Davos meeting

The strength of ASEAN is at its greatest when members work together, Southeast Asian countries said on Friday at a panel discussing the future of the regional bloc amid ongoing territorial spats with China

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asian-countries-talk-up/967290.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997
http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUARY 2014

Will an Integrated ASEAN Region Challenge China?

China’s status as the global darling for foreign investment and trade is facing some competition these days from Southeast Asian nations that, while small, are forming an increasingly important economic bloc. Though the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, comprises a market of 610 million people — less than half the size of China’s — the bloc’s more affluent consumers are looking increasingly attractive, especially to Japanese companies wary of risks stemming from escalating territorial disputes with Beijing

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/will-an-integrated-asean-region-challenge-china/

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

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

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries have wrapped up a summit in Tokyo with a pledge to cooperate to ensure freedom of air and sea navigation.

http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-asean-pledge-cooperation-in-ensuring-freedom-of-navigation/1810301.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/japan-asean-call-free-seas-skies-201312146434816362.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384696/japan-to-pledge-20-bn-aid-to-asean

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Building ASEAN as a learning community

In October 2003, member states endorsed the ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II), which established a vision for economic integration through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). At the 2007 ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the deadline to establish the AEC was shortened from 2020 to 2015, underscoring the determination of ASEAN leaders to achieve this ambitious goal.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/11/29/building-asean-as-a-learning-community/

22 NOVEMBER 2013

ASEAN as pawn in great power game

Without a cohesive identity and clear future vision, ASEAN will risk strategic irrelevance and remain at the mercy of great power rivalry between China and the USA for regional influence

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-221113.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations

ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41526&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=4dd6e0c00ec3fa41a3d07dd6a0f1ec3c#.UmwgWMtOLmQ

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/23/vietnams-role-in-asean/

11 OCTOBER 2013

Wrap-up of the 23rd ASEAN Summit

The major achievements of the 23rd ASEAN Summit held this week in Brunei can be linked to what did and did not happen.

http://aseanec.blogspot.fr/2013/10/wrap-up-of-23rd-asean-summit.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

9 OCTOBER 2013

ASEAN summit gets under way in Brunei

Asian leaders are gathering in Brunei against a backdrop of divisive territorial disputes and flagging free trade efforts, with China taking expected to take on a prominent role in the absence of US President Barack Obama.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/asean-summit-gets-under-way-brunei-20131094534761988.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Asean is not yet ready for integration, Mahathir says

Singapore is the onlymember that will be completely ready for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, and some of the group’s poorer members should be allowed to retain their economic protections, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Asean-is-not-yet-ready-for-integration-Mahathir-sa-30215069.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Diamond decade’ ahead for China, Asean

Trade and investment between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to more than double by 2020, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.These goals are part of what the premier calls a « diamond decade » of relations the two must strive to achieve. Trade is expected to reach US$1 trillion in 2020, compared with $400 billion last year, Li said at the 10th China-Asean Expo, which opened on Tuesday in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Diamond-decade-ahead-for-China-Asean-51152.html

20 AUGUST 2013

US firms doubt AEC single market goal

Two leading American business groups Tuesday said US firms operating in Asean countries are sceptical the regional bloc can meet a 2015 deadline to establish a single market.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365537/us-firms-question-aec-2015-deadline

14 AUGUST 2013

ASEAN vows unity on South China Sea: Thai official

Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday vowed unity in pressing China to accept a binding code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea, the Thai foreign ministry said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-vows-unity-south-china-sea-thai-official

12 JULY 2013

ASEAN: between China and America

Where is ASEAN going right now? Cambodia had a difficult year as ASEAN Chair in 2012,  struggling with unfortunate regional tension on the issue of South China Sea, which resulted in ASEAN’s disunity for the first time in 45 years.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/12/asean-between-china-and-america/

4 JULY 2013

China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules

This week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations appeared to make progress on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Following meetings in Brunei, the group announced that China had agreed to discuss a set of rules known as the “code of conduct” to avoid conflict in the disputed waters http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-south-china-sea-dispute-heads-to-beijing-for-talks/1694932.html                                                                                                     http://www.asianewsnet.net/Koreas-to-meet-on-Gaeseong-48803.html

2 JULY 2013

China and its Neighbors

In recent years China’s claims in the South China Sea have provoked much regional tension with the Philippines and Vietnam, although while the Philippines and Vietnam also have conflicting claims between each other over most of the Spratly Islands, there has not been much tension between these two nations. Malaysia and Brunei, despite being also parties to the Spratlys dispute, have been keeping a low profile. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5539&Itemid=171

24 JUNE 2013

Southeast Asia : The next crisis ?

Southeast Asia, so long a byway of the world economy, has become a well-worn path for foreign investors seeking refuge from the continuing after-effects of the global financial crisis. They have come because the region has been surging ahead over the last few years, even as the West slumped, China readjusted and India stuttered.                                                                                      http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/24/southeast-asia-the-next-crisis/3/?all=true&goback=.gde_1972950_member_252658355

14 JUNE 2013

US investment shifts to ASEAN

As China and India begin to lose luster, private investors are increasingly setting their gaze on the diverse and rapidly growing countries of ASEAN. For US businesses, the shift has become especially palpable. http://investvine.com/us-investment-shifts-to-asean/?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_250373070

2 JUNE 2013

How indigenous people are turned off their lands

Hundreds of thousands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are said to have been displaced http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/02/indigenous-people-turned-off-land

23 MAY 2013

China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital

Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/23/china-and-its-southeast-asian-neighbours-need-more-strategic-capital/

29 APRIL 2013

Wrap-up of the 22nd ASEAN Summit

Last week the ASEAN Summit and its associated preparatory meetings took place in Brunei. Here are a few developments related to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)                                                                                                                                                http://aseanec.blogspot.fr/2013/04/wrap-up-of-22nd-asean-summit.html?goback=.gde_2343547_member_236423857

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/

26 MARCH 2013

Religion, race and politics: ASEAN’s Gordian knot

It’s time for ASEAN to play a constructive role in tackling religious and racial tensions across the region. http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/26/religion-race-and-politics-aseans-gordian-knot/

22 MACH 2013

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

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

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

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

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Japan on Wednesday 13 March called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China                                                                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259652/1/.html

10 MARCH 2013

Funding tertiary education in Southeast Asia and beyond

In recent decades Southeast Asian countries have simultaneously enjoyed rapid economic growth and a significant expansion of the higher education sector. But many countries in the region are finding it difficult to pay for this expansion of their universities. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/10/funding-tertiary-education-in-southeast-asia-and-beyond/

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)

http://www.eias.org/publication/briefing-paper/countering-maritime-piracy-and-robbery-southeast-asia-role-recaap?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219471758

22 FEBRUARY 2013

ASEAN’s great power dilemma

Since the end of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has engaged the outside world to play an active security role within greater East Asia. In 1994, ASEAN created the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), at which regional powers such as the United States, Japan, and China meet annually to discuss security issues in the region and beyond                                    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-220213.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia-Singapore Political Obstacle Removed, but Still No Full Implementation of the AFAGIT

Yesterday Singapore’s and Malaysia’s prime ministers announced plans to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This is just the latest progress in improving cross-straits relations. Hopefully, this will help lead to ending the long delay in full implementation of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Goods in Transit (AFAGIT), a key but low-profile aspect of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). http://aseanec.blogspot.sg/2013/02/malaysia-singapore-political-obstacle.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Sombath Case a ‘Blow’ to ASEAN

The “forced disappearance” of Lao activist Sombath Somphone is a blow to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), rights groups said Tuesday, as members of parliament across Asia and Europe urged the Laotian Prime minister to order an “urgent” investigation into his case                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/sombath-02062013164521.html

18 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN dogged by rights concerns

As senior diplomat Le Luong Minh officially assumed the post of ASEAN Secretary-General about a week ago, a court in his home country Vietnam was sending more than a dozen peaceful activists to jail in the largest trial of its kind in the one-party communist state. http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/rights-01182013210700.html

13 JANURY 2013

Challenging ASEAN: the American pivot in Southeast Asia

As much as China is front and centre for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN.                                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/13/challenging-asean-the-american-pivot-in-southeast-asia/

9 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes

This is the aim of the organisation’s new secretary general, Vietnam’s Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/ASEAN-seeks-talks-with-Beijing-to-settle-South-China-Sea-disputes-26816.html

7 JANURY 2013

Brunei to hasten Asean integration

« Brunei’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2013 will be very important in ensuring the ASEAN Community meets its 2015 deadline, and I am confident that Brunei is capable of taking the role as chair », said executive director of the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman.                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/01/03/brunei-hasten-asean-integration

20 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s Time to Invest in Timor-Leste

As Brunei assumes ASEAN’s chairmanship for 2013, one major question it faces is Timor-Leste’s bid for membership in the group. Despite some ASEAN members’ previous resistance to Timor-Leste’s entrance, the country’s sustained political and economic development over the last year and a half reflect a maturing nation poised for ascension to ASEAN. Brunei has a genuine opportunity to build ASEAN’s inclusiveness and invest in a nation that will pay dividends in the future.
http://cogitasia.com/asean%E2%80%99s-time-to-invest-in-timor-leste/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_197275829

 

4 DECEMBER 2012

Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

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

23 NOVEMBER 2012

US and China vie for influence in SE Asia

When Air Force One touched down in Cambodia this week, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit the country. But during his trip, part of a US attempt to “rebalance” towards Asia, Mr Obama bumped up against a rival power
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a0566e9e-3493-11e2-8b86-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld_asia-pacific_china%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz2D9UqYvYy

20 NOVEMBER 2012

No Asean unity in sea row with China

Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) decided on Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) aimed at preventing violence over disputed territories
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=39081&sec=1
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Asean-Summit,-no-agreement-between-the-U.S.-and-Cina-regarding-the-South-China-Sea-26402.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Leaders at ASEAN summit sign human rights declaration

Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact on Sunday during an annual summit in which they also focused on bruising territorial rows and deadly unrest in Myanmar. Heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hailed their declaration on human rights as a landmark agreement that would help protect the region’s 600 million people http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1237958/1/.html http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-summit-opens-in-phnom-penh/1548305.html

17 NOVEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s democracy deficit and the protection of human rights

The first-of-its-kind ‘ASEAN Human Rights Declaration’ will be adopted at the ASEAN Summit in November this year.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/17/aseans-democracy-deficit-and-the-protection-of-human-rights/

24 OCTOBER 2012

Free Speech and the Battle for ASEAN

In the last decade, several of ASEAN’s member countries recognized the need for greater regional integration to confront the challenges of the 21st century. They convinced their fellow members to go along, resulting in the 2007 ASEAN Charter and the announcement of the ASEAN Political-Security Community to be established in 2015. The goal of both is the promotion of greater political integration based upon shared values of human rights, rule of law, and democracy. Unfortunately, diverging trends in freedom of expression within ASEAN signal trouble for the fast-approaching 2015 deadline.
http://cogitasia.com/free-speech-and-the-battle-for-asean/

17 OCTOBER 1012

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/

12 OCTOBER 2012

ASEAN: regional stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia?

On 8 August 2012 ASEAN celebrated its 45th year. As a mature regional economic organisation, ASEAN can act as a potential stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia. ASEAN’s internal developments affect developments in the East Asian region, so the association stands to consolidate this influence by promoting the resolution of the South China Sea issue and supporting Myanmar’s transition to democracy and economic development.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/12/asean-regional-stabiliser-in-southeast-and-east-asia/

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

China Mends Fences in Sea Dispute

Following much prodding and diplomacy, China appears to be showing some flexibility in its approach towards drawing up a code of conduct with the Southeast Asian nations aimed at avoiding clashes over competing territorial claims in the vast sea, diplomats in the region told RFA
http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/sea-09222012101905.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Experts paint gloomy picture on South China Sea conflict

As China’s military power grows, the potential for conflicts between members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) may increase, and finding solutions within the grouping could become more difficult, experts have said
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/21/experts-paint-gloomy-picture-south-china-sea-conflict.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Clinton calls for ASEAN unity on S China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201293153550538791.html

28 AUGUST 2012

ASEAN ministers vow to narrow gap among nations

ASEAN’s economic meeting pledged on Tuesday 28 to support the association’s new members in order to narrow development gaps between the member countries.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/08/29/asean-ministers-vow-narrow-gap-among-nations.html

8 AUGUST 2012

The end of ASEAN centrality?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) suffered a major loss of face, at least in the perceptions of some international media and academic experts, owing to its failure to issue its customary joint communique at its last ministerial meeting (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, or the AMM) in Cambodia held during July 9-13.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH08Ae03.html

18 JULY 2012

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33587&sec=1

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

17 JULY 2012

Why there’s no Asean joint communiqué

I am sharing this article with the Filipino people to inform them of the real state of the discussions during the 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh on July 9. I was present during the discussions in the different sessions.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/44771/why-there%E2%80%99s-no-asean-joint-communique
13 JULY 2012

ASEAN talks fail over South China Sea dispute

Days of heated diplomacy at Southeast Asian talks have ended in failure, as deep splits over China prevented the ASEAN grouping from issuing its customary joint statement for the first time. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271381350228798.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/world/asia/asian-leaders-fail-to-resolve-disputes-on-south-china-sea-during-asean-summit.html?_r=1&ref=asia

1 JUNE 2012

Experts make strong case for Asean integration

Despite the painful lessons from Europe, Asean nations are moving towards integration as a way to boost regional resilience against external shocks
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Experts-make-strong-case-for-Asean-integration-30183284.html

5 MAY 2012

Asean seen as economic growth force by 2015

The Southeast Asian region, with an estimated population of 600 million, is anticipated to join the ranks of China and India as a major economic growth force in Asia should its constituent countries succeed in integrating their economies by 2015
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30249&sec=1

3 APRIL 2012

ASEAN strengthens regional cooperation against human trafficking

Senior officials from the ASEAN member states came together yesterday  April 3  to strengthen ties in the fight against regional human trafficking
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120404-337697.html

3 APRIL 2012

Asean calls for Burma sanctions to be lifted

Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), meeting in Cambodia, have called for economic sanctions against Burma to be lifted
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17599929

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 12 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Upgrated on August 12, 2017

1281: The fleet of Qubilai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasions_of_Japan

1948: United States and the Republic of China recognize the Seoul new government as the one corresponding to the November 14, 1947, resolution of the United Nations

1950: Bloody Gulch massacre during the Korean War. American POWs are massacred by North Korean Army.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Gulch_massacre

1971: Seoul asks Pyongyang the resumption of negociations between the two Red Cross

1977: Start of Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed
http://justice4tamils.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/1977-riots-in-sri-lanka/

1978: Signature at Beijing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the PRC (will enter into force on 23 October)
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/beijing.htm

1978-08-12 Traité paix et amitié

 

2005: Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, born on February 12, 1932, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4147196.stm

2005: Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives

 

On 12 August in South Asian history

ON 12 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Upgrated on August 12, 2017

1281: The fleet of Qubilai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasions_of_Japan

1602 : Emperor Akbar’s vizier, Abu’l Fazl is murdered on the instigation of Akbar’s son, prince Salim (who was later known by his imperial name, Jahangir)
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/12th-august-1602-abul-fazl-akbars-vizier-was-assassinated-at-the-instigation-of-akbars-son-prince-salim

1909: Birth of Muhammad Ali Bogra, Pakistan premier (1953-1955), who died on July 15, 1963
http://pakistanweb.com/html/bogra.htm

1919: Birth of Vikram Sarabhai, Indian physicist, who died on December 31, 1971
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/vikram-sarabhai.html

1924: Birth of general Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq, dictator of Pakistan (1977-1988), who died on August 17, 1988
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P020

Zia-ul-Haq

1955: After the forced resignation of Muhammad Ali Bogra, Chaudry Mohammed Ali is sworn in as 4th Pakistan’s PM (up to September 12, 1956)
http://www.pakistanweb.com/html/muhammad.htm

1977: Start of Sri Lankan riots of 1977, targeting the minority Sri Lankan Tamil people less than a month after the United National Party came to power. Over 300 Tamils are killed
http://justice4tamils.wordpress.com/2009/09/04/1977-riots-in-sri-lanka/

2005: Sri Lanka’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, born on February 12, 1932, is fatally shot by an LTTE sniper at his home
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4147196.stm

2005: Civil unrest provoked in the Maldives

2013: Grandpass mosque in Colombo (Sri Lanka) is shut down after the violent attack by some Buddhist monks. The authorities carried out the order agreeing to the demands of the attackers who want the place of worship dismantled
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka:-Government-shuts-mosque-after-Buddhist-monk-violence-28722.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/muslims-close-sri-lanka-mosque-after-buddhist-unrest-0

On 12 August in Southeast Asian history

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1902: Birth of Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian vice-president (1945-1956) who died on March 14, 1980
http://myhero.com/go/hero.asp?hero=hatta_bandung

1907: Birth of Benjamin Henry Sheares, second President of Singapore (1971-1981), who died on May 12, 1981
http://www.istana.gov.sg/the-president/former-presidents/dr-benjamin-sheares
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_650_2005-01-24.html

1910: Birth of Yusof bin Ishak, first President of Singapore (1965-1970), who died on November 23, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusof_bin_Ishak

1932: Birth of Queen Sirikit, Queen of Thailand
http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/queen-sirikit-of-thailand/
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nsjfL-muo0

1955: In Indonesia, Masyumi-led government takes power just before elections. Harahap is Prime Minister

1969: In South Vietnam, Viet Cong launch a new offensive
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/vc-launch-new-offensive

1969: Birth of Aga Muhlach, Filipino actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga_Muhlach
http://www.fanpix.net/gallery/aga-muhlach-pictures.htm

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

1984: Birth of Marian Rivera, a Philippine actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Rivera

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Hj0i1LSZc

1988: General Sein Lwin, elected the 6th president of the Union of Burma on July 27, is forced to resign after street demonstration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sein_Lwin

2004: Lee Hsien Loong is appointed Prime Minister of Singapore, succeeding Goh Chok Tong
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/e65f9022-dcfc-4ee7-8049-ae2784b58d45
http://www.thomaswhite.com/global-perspectives/lee-hsien-loong-prime-minister-singapore/
http://www.worldhealthsummit.org/fileadmin/downloads/2013/WHSRMA_2013/CVs/Biography%20of%20PM%20Lee%20Hsien%20Loong%20(MOH).pdf

2008: Thailand’s Supreme court issues arrest warrants for former PM Thaksin and his wife after they fled to Britain
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/08/200881192139819721.html

2009: Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejected opposition complaints of irregularities surrounding last month’s presidential polls, confirming Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s re-election

2011: Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD movement should join Burma’s « national reconciliation », the government has said in its first-ever news conference
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14496464
http://www.france24.com/en/20110812-junta-urges-aung-san-suu-kyi-register-democracy-nld-party-burma-Myanmar

2012: Myanmar opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi meets president for first time as parliamentarian

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/12/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

http://www.france24.com/en/20120812-aung-san-suu-kyi-official-meeting-burma-president-thein-sein-first-talks

 

Holidays and observances

Thailand: HM the Queen’s Birthday and National Mother’s Day

On 12 August in Japan’s history

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1281: The fleet of Qubilai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasions_of_Japan

1604: Birth of Tokugawa Iemitsu, Japanese shogun
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2128.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Iemitsu

1864: Assassination of Sakuma Shozan, Japanese politician and reformer, born on March 22, 1811
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakuma_Sh%C5%8Dzan
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/91.html

1978: Signature at Beijing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the PRC (will enter into force on 23 October)
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/beijing.htm

1978-08-12 Traité paix et amitié

1985: Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Mount Ogura in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520 including Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto. It is the worst single-plane air disaster
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/12/newsid_2529000/2529031.stm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=20896&page=gr

 

On 12 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1978-08-12 Traité paix et amitié

ON 12 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1281: The fleet of Qubilai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasions_of_Japan

1424: Death of Yongle, third emperor (1402-1424) of China Song dynasty, born on 2 May 1360
http://epicworldhistory.blogspot.fr/2012/09/yongle-yung-lo-chinese-emperor.html

1948: United States and the Republic of China recognize the Seoul new government as the one corresponding to the November 14, 1947, resolution of the United Nations

1952: Birth of Chen Kaige, Chinese film director
https://web.archive.org/web/20060630015915/http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_artqa/2003-09/24/content_38464.htm

http://www.hollywood.com/celebrities/chen-kaige-57311734/
http://www.scaruffi.com/director/kaige.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8_nEH2ZS3k

1954: Birth of Leung Chun-ying, Chief executive of Hong Kong since July 1, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leung_Chun-ying

1966: Death of San Yu (Chang Yu), Chinese painter who lived in Paris, born on October 14, 1901
http://ravenel.com/artist.php?id=2&lan=en
http://www.artofsanyu.org/index.php
https://www.google.fr/search?q=San+Yu&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=plImUPDUHoOWhQfGhoHwBw&ved=0CFYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

1967: Birth of Andy Hui, Hong Kong actor and singer
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Andy_Hui

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1kF6EbntUo

1978: Signature at Beijing of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between Japan and the PRC (will enter into force on 23 October)
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/beijing.htm

1978-08-12 Traité paix et amitié

1991: Death of Chinese painter Lin Fengmian, born on November 22, 1900
http://www.chinaonlinemuseum.com/painting-lin-fengmian.php
http://www.linfengmian.net/index.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/23/arts/23iht-seno.1.5839946.html?_r=0

Lin Fengmian