Monthly Archives: septembre 2017

On 30 September in Asian history



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1207: Birth of Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Afghan scholar and Sufi poet who died on December 17, 1273

1551: End of the Tainei-ji incident: A coup in Yamaguchi by the military establishment of the Ōuchi clan forces their lord Ōuchi Yoshitaka to commit suicide, and the city is burned

1626: Death of Nurhaci, Manchurian founder of the Jin Dynasty, born in 1558

1874: Birth of Vyner Brooke, third and final White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) (1917-1946) who died on 9 May 1963

1917: Birth of Park Chung-hee, president of South Korea (1963-1978) who died on October 26, 1979

1920: Birth of Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing), Chinese writer who died on September 8, 1995

1922: Birth of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director, who died on August 27, 2006

1932: Birth of Shintaro Ishihara, writer and governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012

USA Shintaro Clinton caricature

1945: In the Philippines, under popular pressure, MacArthur is obliged to free Luis Taruc, leader of the Huk (People’s Anti-Japanese Army)

1947: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations

1948: Siliwangi division recaptures Madiun. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) abandons Madiun, pursued by army. Aidit and Lukman leave for China

1949: End of the first meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (started on 21).  Mao is elected president

1950: Zhou Enlai warns that China will not stand idly by if « the imperialists wantonly invade the territory of North Korea. »Two days later, he formally notifies the Indian ambassador to China that if the U.S. enters North Korea, China will intervene

1953: Joint Americano-French communiqué announcing a bigger aid to France in Indochina

1959: Coming back from USA, Nikita Khrushchev goes to China

Nikita Kroutchev et Mao Tse Tung

1961: Birth of Sally Yeh, Hong Kong pop star and actress

1964: First large scale antiwar demonstration staged at Berkeley

1965: Procommunist military officers, calling themselves the September 30 Movement (Gestapu), attempt to seize power, killing five generals. Their failure led to Sukarno’s displacement from power; a bloody purge of PKI members and the rise of Suharto who retake control on October 1


1969: Thailand announces the gradual withdrawal of the US forces from its territory

1972: Birth of Shaan, Indian singer

1975: The General Assembly of the United Nations postpones the question of the admission of the two Vietnam

1977: Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmena III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines,_Jr.

1979: Birth of Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter

1982: Birth of Li Xiaolu (Jacqueline Li), Chinese actress and singer

1987: Mohammad Najibullah becomes president of Afghanistan (until 1992)

1987: Birth of Denise Laurel, Filipino actress and singer

1990: The Soviet Union and South Korea establish diplomatic relations

1993: Around 10,000 people are killed when an earthquake measuring 6.4 struck southern India

1996: Death of Asao Uchida, Japanese actor

1999: Japan’s worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo

2004: Death of of Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor, born on March 21, 1936

2004: The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo

2008: Veteran Singapore opposition leader and human rights fighter Josue B. Jeyaretnam dies He was the first to break a government monopoly on power in Singapore when he won a seat in parliament in 1981


2008: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Nicolas Sarkozy sign a major co-operation pact which paves the way for the sale of French nuclear reactors to Delhi

2009: At least 475 people are dead and thousands are trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake shook western Indonesia

2010: An Indian holy site is to be split between 3 religious communities, but Muslims and Hindus plan to appeal court

2010: North and South Korea end their first military talks in two years without making progress. The meeting was aimed at easing tensions heightened by the sinking of a South Korean frigrate near the nations’ disputed sea border in March

2016: A Chinese court jailes for life Wan Qingliang, former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou, after finding him guilty of corruption

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 September in Asian history


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1945: In the Philippines, under popular pressure, MacArthur is obliged to free Luis Taruc, leader of the Huk (People’s Anti-Japanese Army)

1947: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan join the United Nations

1948: Siliwangi division recaptures Madiun. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) abandons Madiun, pursued by army. Aidit and Lukman leave for China

1953: Joint Americano-French communiqué announcing a bigger aid to France in Indochina

1964: First large scale antiwar demonstration staged at Berkeley

1965: Procommunist military officers, calling themselves the September 30 Movement (Gestapu), attempt to seize power, killing five generals. Their failure led to Sukarno’s displacement from power; a bloody purge of PKI members and the rise of Suharto who retake control on October 1


1969: Thailand announces the gradual withdrawal of the US forces from its territory

1990: The Soviet Union and South Korea establish diplomatic relations

2010: North and South Korea end their first military talks in two years without making progress. The meeting was aimed at easing tensions heightened by the sinking of a South Korean frigrate near the nations’ disputed sea border in March

On 30 September in South Asian history


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1207: Birth of Jalaluddin Muhammad Rumi, Afghan scholar and Sufi poet who died on December 17, 1273

1922: Birth of Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director, who died on August 27, 2006

1947: The Islamic Republic of Pakistan joins the United Nations

1972: Birth of Shaan, Indian singer

1987: Mohammad Najibullah becomes president of Afghanistan (until 1992)

1993: Around 10,000 people are killed when an earthquake measuring 6.4 struck southern India

2004: Death of of Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor, born on March 21, 1936

2008: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Nicolas Sarkozy sign a major co-operation pact which paves the way for the sale of French nuclear reactors to Delhi

2009: At least 475 people are dead and thousands are trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake shook western Indonesia

2010: An Indian holy site is to be split between 3 religious communities, but Muslims and Hindus plan to appeal court


On 30 September in Southeast Asian history


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1874: Birth of Vyner Brooke, third and final White Rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) (1917-1946) who died on 9 May 1963

1945: In the Philippines, under popular pressure, MacArthur is obliged to free Luis Taruc, leader of the Huk (People’s Anti-Japanese Army)

1948: Siliwangi division recaptures Madiun. The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) abandons Madiun, pursued by army. Aidit and Lukman leave for China

1953: Joint Americano-French communiqué announcing a bigger aid to France in Indochina

1965: Procommunist military officers, calling themselves the September 30 Movement (Gestapu), attempt to seize power, killing five generals. Their failure led to Sukarno’s displacement from power; a bloody purge of PKI members and the rise of Suharto who retake control on October 1


1969: Thailand announces the gradual withdrawal of the US forces from its territory

1975: The General Assembly of the United Nations postpones the question of the admission of the two Vietnam

1977: Philippine political prisoners, Eugenio Lopez, Jr. and Sergio Osmena III successfully escaped from Fort Bonifacio Maximum Security Prison in the Philippines,_Jr.

1979: Birth of Vince Chong, Malaysian singer-songwriter

1987: Birth of Denise Laurel, Filipino actress and singer

 2008: Veteran Singapore opposition leader and human rights fighter Josue B. Jeyaretnam dies He was the first to break a government monopoly on power in Singapore when he won a seat in parliament in 1981


2009: At least 475 people are dead and thousands are trapped under rubble after a strong earthquake shook western Indonesia


On 30 September in Japan’s history


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1551: End of the Tainei-ji incident: A coup in Yamaguchi by the military establishment of the Ōuchi clan forces their lord Ōuchi Yoshitaka to commit suicide, and the city is burned

1932: Birth of Shintaro Ishihara, writer and governor of Tokyo from 1999 to 2012

USA Shintaro Clinton caricature

1996: Death of Asao Uchida, Japanese actor

1999: Japan’s worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo

2004: The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo


On 30 September in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1626: Death of Nurhaci, Manchurian founder of the Jin Dynasty, born in 1558

1920: Birth of Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing), Chinese writer who died on September 8, 1995

1949: End of the first meeting of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (started on 21).  Mao is elected president

1950: Zhou Enlai warns that China will not stand idly by if « the imperialists wantonly invade the territory of North Korea. »Two days later, he formally notifies the Indian ambassador to China that if the U.S. enters North Korea, China will intervene

1959: Coming back from USA, Nikita Khrushchev goes to China

Nikita Kroutchev et Mao Tse Tung

1961: Birth of Sally Yeh, Hong Kong pop star and actress

1982: Birth of Li Xiaolu (Jacqueline Li), Chinese actress and singer

2016: A Chinese court jailes for life Wan Qingliang, former Communist Party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou, after finding him guilty of corruption


On 29 September in Asian history


On 29 September in Asian history

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Updated on September 29, 2017

1637: Killing in Japan of Lorenzo Ruiz, the first Filipino martyred for the Christian faith and the first Filipino saint

1856: French forces land in Tourane (now Danang) in Annam (now central Vietnam)


1898 : In Philippines, the Malolos Congress ratified the June 12, 1898 Act of the Declaration of Independence from Spain

1915: Birth of Brenda Marshall, Filipino actress who died on July 30, 1992

1918: Hara Takashi becomes Prime Minister of Japan, up to his killing on November 4, 1921

1920: Birth of Noriyoshi Matsuura, Japanese film maker who died on January 15, 2005

1929: Death of Giichi Tanaka, Japanese baron and general, 26th Premier (1927-29), born on June 22, 1864

1932: Birth of Mehmood Ali, Indian actor who died on July 4, 2004

1936: Volksraad (People Council) votes to support petition for autonomy for Indonesia within the constitution of the Netherlands

1945: British forces land in Indonesia

1946: Birth of Ravi Baswani, Indian actor, who died on July 27, 2010

1949: China’s Initiation of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-Existence

1949: The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China

1950: The United Nations Security Council invites Red China to participate on discussions on Taiwan

 1954: USA says it will contribute financially to the French forces in Indochina and will give aid to these associated states

 1955: In Indonesia, elections show big gains for NU and PKI, but disappointment for Masyumi; many small parties win seats,_1955

 1957: A passenger train collides with an oil-tanker train in the Gambar province of western Pakistan, killing 300 people

 1965: Hanoi announces that downed pilots will be treated as war criminals

1967: US president Johnson proposes to meet Ho Chi Minh and to suspend bombings on North if he accepts negotiations (see previous exchanges of letters)

1968: Birth of Samir Soni, Indian actor

1972: Publication of a Joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between China and Japan


1977: Birth of Sin Joo-ri, Korean actress

1977: Birth of Won Bin, South Korean actor

1979: Just before the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, self-criticism by the Communist Party on the Cultural Revolution excesses

1988: In Bangladesh, floods cause 30 million people with no shelter

1996: Death of of Endo Shusaku, Japanese Catholic author, born in March 1923

2001: Death of Nguyen Van Thieu, President of South Vietnam (1967-1975), born on April 5, 1923


2006: Death of Khalique Ibrahim Khalique, Pakistani journalist and Urdu poet and critic, born in 1926

2007: Terrorist attack in Malé (Maldives), twelve foreign tourists wounded

2008: Afghanistan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claims responsibility in a video message for an August ambush that killed 10 French soldiers in Sarobi. The attack, in which 21 troops were also wounded, shocked France and sparked debate about the country’s involvement in war-torn Afghanistan

2011: China successfully launches an experimental craft paving the way for its first space station amid a blaze of national pride, bringing the growing Asian power closer to matching the United States and Russia with a long-term manned outpost in space

2012: Death of Nan Huai-Chin, Chinese scholar, born on March 18, 1918

2013: Thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei in a series of protests on Sunday, hurling shoes at the portrait of the beleaguered President Ma Ying-jeou and demanding he step down.

2013: Death of Toyoko Yamasaki, Japanese journalist and author, born on November 3, 1924

2014: Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is sworn in as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban

2016: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters

Philippines home affairs and society



Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community


Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes

22 JULY 2017

Philippines votes to extend martial law in south until end of 2017

The Philippine congress on Saturday voted to extend president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist militants

19 JULY 2017

Philippine government calls off formal talks, backchannel negotiations with Reds

Negotiations between the government and communists will not resume next month and even informal talks have been canceled because of recent guerrilla attacks

17 JULY 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers Muslim self-rule to counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday (July 17) in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who have seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule

29 JUNE 2017

The brutal war on drugs in the Philippines – in pictures

 A year on from the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his ‘war on drugs’ has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 Filipinos, according to Human Rights Watch

29 MAY 2017

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks

23 MAY 2017

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said

18 MAY 2017

Philippines rejects millions in EU development aid

The Philippines has rejected €250 million in development assistance from the European Union due to perceived interference in domestic matters

11 APRIL 2017

Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes

Soldiers battling Abu Sayyaf in central Philippines are reported to have killed a key commander of the armed group who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage

17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals


Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places


Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs


Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution


Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte


Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks


Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected


Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week


Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators


26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery


30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.


Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill

12 MAY 2016

Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’

Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.

10 MAY 2016

Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS.


Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.

28 JANUARY 2016

A bright future for the Philippines

Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth.

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?

29  DECEMBER 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges voters not to support candidates who are pushing for divorce and death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged voters not to support candidates in the 2016 elections who are pushing for divorce, death penalty and other measures that it said are against the Church’s doctrines


Benigno Aquino urges Philippine Congress to pass bill to create autonomous Muslim region

Philippine president Benigno Aquino urges Congress to pass a bill giving greater autonomy to a Muslim minority in the country’s south, the next step in ending a 45-year insurgency


25 NOVEMBER 2015

The Philippine Left and the 2016 elections

By accumulating and consolidating its electoral base over the years, the Left, while still incapable of winning a Senate seat let alone the presidency by itself, is now in the position of being able to sway and tilt the balance in the expected close presidential race next year

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf


14 OCTOBER 2015

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

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island


Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.


28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.


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

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


Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014


Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.


Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president


25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

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

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

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

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

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

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

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


25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

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

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

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


13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

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


Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos.

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital.

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines.

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group.

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm.

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila.

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives.

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions.

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

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

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos


26 JANUARY 2013

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

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn.

23 JANUARY 2013

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

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties.

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

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

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

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

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.


21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain



Poverty traps Philippine child labourers


Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

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


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

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

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

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

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe


Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students

18 NOVEMBER 2011
Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI


NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

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

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

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


Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001


China’s society



China issues white paper on public health

The Chinese government Friday published a white paper on public health, stressing that health is a precondition for the survival of humanity and the development of human society

4 AUGUST 2017

Pope ‘loves China’, Vatican official says on trip there

Pope Francis “loves China” and the Vatican hopes the country has a great future, a Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday cited a visiting Vatican official as saying, in an expression of goodwill despite strained relations between the two

27 JUNE 2017

China rejects ‘interference’ as Vatican raises bishop case

China said on Tuesday (Jun 27) it opposed outside interference after the Vatican reported that one of its bishops in the country was being held at an undisclosed location after he was forcibly removed from his diocese–interference–as-vatican-raises-bishop-case-8982790“grave-concern”-over-the-fate-of-Mgr-Shao-Zhumin,-held-by-police-for-more-than-a-month-41126.html

9 MAY 2017

China’s ‘outstanding’ former top diplomat Qian Qichen dies, aged 89

Former foreign minister and vice-premier played key role in return of Hong Kong and Macau to China

21 MARCH 2017

Fan Bingbing wins Best Actress at Asian Film Awards

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was named Best Actress at the 11th Asian Film Awards held in Hong Kong’s cultural centre on Tuesday (March 21)

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system


Vatican and Beijing near deal on appointment of bishops, Hong Kong cardinal says

Beijing and the Vatican have reached an initial consensus over the appointment of bishops on the mainland, removing a key ­obstacle to the normalisation of ties, Cardinal John Tong Hon said

14 JANUARY 2017

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111

30 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese Catholics must “Sinicise”: Communist Party official

Chinese Catholics must run their church “independently” from the Vatican and guide believers on a path of “Sinicisation”, a senior Communist Party official has stated

23 DECEMBER 2016

« Underground » Catholics pose challenge for Pope’s hopes of better relations with China

The Vatican, though, is currently seeking better relations with communist China – which is making some underground Catholics wary and concerned. Some are not ready to accept reconciliation with a Chinese government that has persecuted them for years. They now represent the biggest challenge to Francis’ hopes of developing a long-lasting entente with Beijing, according to Catholic Church officials and scholars

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Over half a million Chinese now living with HIV/AIDS

There were 654,000 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in China by the end of September, with 201,000 deaths, according to figures revealed on Wednesday

10 NOVEMBER 2016

China has about 9m left-behind rural children

There are around 9.02 million left-behind children, with either one or both parents who are migrant workers in cities, in rural China according to a new survey by the Ministry of Civil Affairs


China cracks down on ‘rebel’ fishing village of Wukan

Police used tear gas and rubber bullets against protesters in Wukan after clashes broke out over a series of arrests, Chinese media reports. The village gained fame for rebelling against the government in 2011


A generation left behind: Millions of Chinese children abandoned as parents seek work

Around 61 million children are left behind in China’s rural villages and towns while their parents work in the big cities, and many of the ‘left-behind’ kids suffer from emotional trauma, depression or anxiety

5  AUGUST 2016

Beijing, Vatican reach initial accord on appointment of bishops, Hong Kong cardinal says

The head of Hong Kong’s Catholic Church has revealed that the Vatican and Beijing have reached an initial agreement on the appointment of Catholic bishops in mainland China in an effort to secure a breakthrough in bilateral ties

30 JULY 2016

Mindong Bishop Mgr Vincent Huang Shoucheng dies

Mgr Vincent Huang Shoucheng, underground bishop of Mindong (Fujian), died this morning at 11 am (local time). He was 93

11 JULY 2016

China sees aging population expand

There were 222 million people aged 60 or above in China at the end of 2015, 16.1 percent of the total population, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Monday.

18 JUNE 2016

Former Chinese ambassador Wu Jianmin dies in car accident

Wu Jianmin, former Chinese ambassador to France, died in a car accident early Saturday morning in Wuhan, capital of central province of Hubei, according to the Foreign Ministry

31 MAY 2016

China back-pedals on tough national smoke-free law

China has back-pedalled on a proposed national smoke-free law, with plans now to grant exemptions to restaurants, bars, hotels and airports

4 MAY 2016

16% of China’s population over 60

China had 222 million people aged 60 years or older as of the end of last year, accounting for 16.1 percent of its total population, a senior official announced Tuesday

28 APRIL 2016

China passes law giving police sweeping powers over foreign NGOs

The mainland on Thursday passed a controversial law governing foreign non-governmental organisations that grants police huge powers to regulate the groups.

25 APRIL 2016

Mei Baojiu: China’s renowned Peking opera master dies aged 82

 Youngest son of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang was devoted to his art, considering it his lifetime mission to pass it on to the younger generation

24 APRIL 2016

China’s President says Communist leadership above religion

Chinese religious groups must obey the staunchly atheist ruling Communist Party, President Xi Jinping has told a key meeting on religion according to state media, as Beijing tightens controls on civil society organizations and churches.

20 APRIL 2016

China says population has reached 1.373 billion

China’s mainland population reached 1.373 billion at the beginning of November, up 33.77 million since the last census was held in 2010, the statistics bureau said in estimates published on Wednesday

29 MARCH 2016

A study on strikes in China

China’s workers have driven the explosive growth of its economy in recent decades. Now, with record numbers of strikes across the country, the government views them as an existential threat, and it may just be right

16 MARCH 2016

China adopts charity law

The new law, which was adopted at the annual legislative session and will take effect in September, eases restrictions on the fundraising and operational activities of charity groups, promises tax benefits for the sector, and will tighten supervision on their internal management.

26 FEBRUARY 2016

China fighting uphill battle in war on drugs

Despite Beijing’s efforts to tackle the country’s drug problem, official reports show that illicit drug abuse is on the rise among young Chinese. DW examines the social and economic reasons behind this issue

15 JANUARY 2016

China to give illegally born children access to social welfare

China has ordered its local governments to allow children born illegally under its former one child policy to have access to state healthcare and education.

28 DECEMBER 2015

Corruption gets a cartoon rap: Chinese propaganda spins lyrics on Xi Jinping’s reforms

State-run CCTV released the cartoon rap on Saturday to mark the second anniversary of the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms, a high-powered committee founded and headed by President Xi Jinping

27 DECEMBER 2015

China officially ends one-child policy

China officially ended its one-child policy yesterday with the signing into law of a bill allowing all married couples to have a second child as it attempts to cope with an ageing population and shrinking workforce

16 DECEMBER 2015

Xi defends China’s web controls in call for ‘Internet sovereignty of all countries’

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged world leaders to respect each country’s sovereignty over its own Internet as he sought broader support for strict controls like China’s on Wednesday

28 NOVEMBER 2015

 China pledges resolute measures to root out poverty by 2020

China’s top leadership on Saturday pledged resolute measures to help the remaining 70 million poor people shake off poverty and enjoy essential social services by 2020

30 OCTOBER 2015

China’s population to reach 1.45 billion by 2030

China’s population is expected to reach 1.45 billion by 2030 following the overhaul of the country’s family planning policy to allow all couples to have two children, a senior official said Friday

29 OCTOBER 2015

China ends one-child policy, allows two children for each couple

China will ease family planning restrictions to allow all couples to have two children, after decades of the strict and controversial one-child policy left it with an ageing population and shrinking workforce

20 OCTOBER 2015

China’s feminists defy government oppression

« Shameless ». That was how Hillary Clinton described Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent hosting of a meeting on women’s rights at the United Nations.

5 OCTOBER 2015

Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, now 85, becomes China’s first medicine Nobel laureate

Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou, now 85, became China’s first medicine Nobel laureate when it was announced Oct 5, 2015 that she was one of three scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

27 AUGUST 2015

China arrests chemical warehouse management over blasts

Chinese police have arrested 12 people over a series of giant explosions that killed 139 people and devastated a large section of the Chinese port city of Tianjin, state media said

21 AUGUST 2015

Wang Dongxing, Mao Zedong’s ex-security chief dies at age 99

A former senior official of the Communist Party of China, Wang Dongxing, died on Friday. Wang, who was in charge of Chairman Mao Zedong’s security for years, was also a key figure in the ousting of the Gang of the Four

12 AUGUST 2015

 Dozens dead, hundreds injured; areas of Chinese port city Tianjin devastated by blasts

Chinese state media says the death toll in huge explosions that hit the port city of Tianjin has more than doubled to 44, with over 500 other people injured

4 AUGUST 2015

First Catholic bishop for three years ordained in China

The first Catholic bishop to be ordained in China for more than three years was consecrated on Tuesday amid a heavy police presence, worshippers said.,-Fr-Joseph-Zhang-Yinlin-becomes-the-new-coadjutor-bishop-of-Anyang-(Henan).-The-photo-gallery-34950.html

15 JULY 2015

Chinese politician Wan Li, last of the ‘Eight Immortals’ dies

Wan Li, a major Chinese Communist political figure who served as vice premier and who was seen as a liberal voice in the Communist leadership, has died. He was 98.

14 JUNE 2015

Former senior Chinese official Qiao Shi dies aged 91

Qiao served as chairman of the NPC, China’s top legislature, from 1993 to 1998. He was also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee

1 JUNE 2015

Beijing public smoking ban begins

A tough new ban on smoking indoors rolls out across the Chinese capital Monday, with lighting up now prohibited in all offices, shopping malls, restaurants, bars and airports.

5 MAY 2015

Lu Ping: Chinese official who oversaw Hong Kong handover dies

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

29 APRIL 2015

Rewriting the role of Chinese women

Even with recent activist arrests, China’s feminist landscape is shifting with many women challenging rooted norms

12 MARCH 2015

Puren, brother of China’s last emperor dies aged 96

Puren was the youngest sibling of the final Qing monarch Puyi, a child-ruler portrayed in the Bernardo Bertolucci film « The Last Emperor »

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church démolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up

20 MARCH 2015

China ‘ends’ anti-church demolition campaign

Beijing has ordered an end to an « anti-church » demolition campaign that has infuriated China’s fast-growing Christian population and drawn international condemnation, a Chinese bishop has claimed.

14 MARCH 2015

The problem of too many baby boys in China

China ranks in the world’s top five worst performing countries for equal gender ratios – with 33 million more men

25 FEBRUARY 2015

China expects 1m more babies to be born every year

A new peak in births is likely to occur as a result of the relaxing of the family planning policy and could continue for several years, according to experts

15 FEBRUARY 2015

China to abolish temporary residence permit

China is soon to abolish temporary residence permits and replace them with a new equivalent, according to newly passed public security measures.


Chinese prelate held in secret for 14 years dies at age 94

Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian, an underground bishop who has not been seen since his arrest 14 years ago, has died at age 94, a relative said on the weekend.

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed

28 JANUARY 2015

Shanghai government calls for more children or the city will collapse

By the end of the year, a third of all residents will be 60 and over. Forgetting 35 years of the country’s violent one-child policy, an official with the Family Development Bureau blames women who choose a career over family for the problem. The existing hukou system of family registration, which penalises migrant workers, comes in for criticism

12 JANUARY 2015

Fewer Chinese parents than expected seek 2nd children

China’s push to encourage more couples to have a second child after decades of restrictive family planning policies has fallen short of expectations in the first year, state media reported Monday

29 DECEMBER 2014

China blocks access to Google e-mail service

China has blocked the last remaining way to access Google’s popular e-mail service, experts said Monday, as authorities work to establish « internet sovereignty » by controlling what enters the country via the web


China renews pledge to stop using executed prisoner organs

China will stop its controversial practice of using executed prisoners as a source of transplant organs from next month, a Chinese newspaper reported Thursday, a promise it has made repeatedly in the past.


Half a million people living with HIV/AIDS in China

The number of people living with HIV/AIDS in China hit 497,000 by the end of October, with 154,000 deaths, according to latest official figures.

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Beijing adopts smoking ban for public places: state media

China’s capital on Friday passed a smoking ban for all indoor public places and offices, state media reported, despite the failure of past attempts to limit where the country’s 300 million smokers can light up.

26 NOVEMBER 2014

China drafts first domestic violence law

China has drafted its first national law against domestic violence, a move hailed by activists as a step forward in a country where abuse has long been sidelined as a private matter.

22 NOVEMBER 2014

8,000 Chinese Teachers Strike for Higher Pay

Despite a lack of organized unions in China, 8,000 teachers in Zhaodong, Heilongjiang organized a three-day strike this week in response to unfulfilled government promises to increase wages and benefits. Christina Larson at Bloomberg Businessweek reports

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Foreign student numbers in US reach record high, with almost one third from China

China was the primary driver of this growth, with student enrolments increasing by 17 per cent to more than 274,000 students. Chinese students now make up 31 per cent of all international students in the US, with more than double the number of students than India, at 102,673.

10 NOVEMBER 2014

What does the 4th Plenum mean for death penalty reviews?

27 OCTOBER 2014

China plans to scrap death penalty for 9 crimes

China’s legislature is considering cutting nine crimes from the list of 55 punishable by death, state media said Monday, including illegal fundraising which has been at the centre of several controversial cases

23 OCTOBER 2014

China’s new wave of emigrants

22 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese Salafism and the Saudi Connection

In China, the Hui Salafi sect, and its links with Saudi Arabia, have a long and complex history.

China Executed More Than 2,000 People Last Year: Rights Group

Chinese authorities executed some 2,400 people in 2013, with a similar number of death penalties expected to be carried out this year, according to estimates from a U.S.-based rights group

15 OCTOBER 2014

More than 82 million in poverty in China: official

More than 82 million people in China still live on less than about $1 a day, a senior official said, despite a decades-long boom that made it the world’s second-largest economy.

12 OCTOBER 2014

Forced military training for Chinese students encounters resistance

Training became compulsory for all high school and university students in 2001. But Chinese society and social values have radically changed since then, as reflected in the pushback from students and parents


Migrant workers in Guangdong set to negotiate pay annually

Guangdong province is expected to allow its large number of migrant workers to negotiate salaries and related benefits annually with their employers after a new regulation is passed–64973.html


China detains film director Wang Quan’an for hiring prostitute

Beijing police say they have detained film director Wang Quan’an on a charge of prostitution.


Teachers underrated and poorly paid in China: Poll

China’s teachers are not receiving appropriate pay and esteem, suggests a poll on teachers’ satisfaction level of their jobs, reported on Sept 10, Teacher’s Day in China


China’s paradox: unemployment, and a lack of workers

This paper provides a few perspectives on the Chinese labour market, which combines a labour shortage with challenges for job seekers.


HIV cases rising among the elderly in Beijing

The number of newly discovered HIV cases in people aged 60 or older increased in Beijing in recent years


How China can continue to lower its suicide rate

China’s suicide rate has fallen dramatically in the past decade. In the 1990s, China had one of the highest suicide rates in the world at 23.2 suicides per 100,000 people. But by 2012 the estimated national average suicide rate had decreased to 9.8 per 100,000 people, nearly 60 per cent lower than in the 1990s.

Urbanization and Demographics Could Skew China’s Economic Rebalancing 

China’s urban population may grow by as many as 230 million people in the next 15 years. But most growth will take place not in metropolises like Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing but in the myriad small- and medium-sized satellite cities around them


Child tantrums, concubines, hotpot burns and smog: China insurers have it covered

Your child throws a tantrum and smashes something? Take out « naughty child insurance ». Similarly, buy cover against your bride becoming pregnant before the honeymoon, your team being knocked out of the football World Cup, burning your tongue eating hotpot or if smog ruins your holiday

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said

28 AUGUST 2014

Chinese Security Personnel Storm Zhejiang Church, Demolish Cross

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang on Thursday dispatched more than 1,000 security personnel to remove a cross from a Christian church building, local Protestants said

21 AUGUST 2014

Churches and crosses demolished: lawyers challenge Zhejiang government in defense of religious freedom

The faithful of the Salvation Church in Pingyang (Wenzhou) were violently harassed by police and thugs in an attempt to defend the cross of their church. Lawyers say this violates the Chinese Constitution. The government of Wenzhou defends itself: only a tiny fraction of the buildings were destroyed churches. But Protestant pastors accuse it of persecution.

19 AUGUST 2014

Beijing arrests nearly 1,000 members of Christian sect accused of brainwashing

Over the past three months China has arrested nearly 1,000 members of a Christian sect referred to as a cult by Beijing, state media said on Tuesday

13 AUGUST 2014

Chinese actor Gao Hu charged amid crackdown on illegal drugs

Gao Hu, 40, who has appeared in films such as The Bullet Vanishes (2012), was detained for possession and use of marijuana and methamphetamine

3 AUGUST 2014

At least 367 dead in southwest China quake

More than 367 people died and almost 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China’s mountainous Yunnan province Sunday, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation

31 JULY 2014

China reforms hukou system to improve migrant workers’ rights

China is to overhaul the system that migrant workers say has made them second-class citizens, easing the settlement of 100 million people in cities over the next six years

28 JULY 2014

China gets richer but more unequal

China is becoming more unequal as it gets richer, with about a third of the country’s wealth now concentrated in the hands of 1% of its citizens, according to new research.

17 JULY 2014

Chinese protestors attempt mass suicide in bid for justice

Twelve petitioners try to kill themselves in Beijing in a desperate attempt to publicise injustices they claim to have suffered at the hands of Communist Party officials

13 JULY 2014

Shanghai pilots greater judicial independence

China’s financial hub of Shanghai on Sunday initiated a judicial reform pilot to make judges more accountable and curb government interventions in courts.

8 JULY 2014

China tells hospitals not to deny emergency care to the poor

China’s hospitals must not turn away injured people who need emergency care, the country’s National Health and Family Planning Commission said on Tuesday, as the government tries to tackle a persistent problem in its sprawling healthcare sector

China rules that tomb treasures ‘belong to state

A Chinese court has ruled that artefacts recovered from a tomb cannot returned to their original owner’s descendants because they belong to the state, media reported on Tuesday

4 JULY 2014

In China, protestant pastor gets 12 years for opposing the seizure of church land

Shaojie Zhang was arrested along with 20 other members of the official Christian church in Nanle in November 2013. Nothing had been known about his whereabouts until his trial. Officially, the court convicted him for « fraud » and « gathering crowds ». His lawyer slams the « fabricated charges »

17 JUNE 2014

Another Chinese church is stripped of its cross as a Communist Party ‘anti-church’ demolition campaign continues in Zhejiang province

Nearly a week after Christians thwarted government attempts to remove the cross from their place of worship as part of an ongoing “anti-church” campaign, authorities returned to destroy the religious symbol

27 MAY 2014

Chinese elderly commit suicide to avoid coffin ban: report

Six elderly people in China are said to have committed suicide to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

21 MAY 2014

Zhejiang: list and pictures of 64 demolished Christian churches

The campaign of persecution against Christians in Zhejiang has led to the destruction of places of worship, the removal or obliteration of crosses, and a month-long clashes between Christians and police over churches and other places of worship. Meanwhile, the plan to demolish the « Jerusalem of the East » moves on relentless.

11 MAY 2014

After successfully suing Walmart, China woman now guns for state labour union

In the three decades since China began reforming its economy, its giant state labour union – with upwards of 280 million members – has sat on the sidelines, rarely intervening on behalf of workers in disputes.

8 MAY 2014

Chinese authorities warn religious groups against converting children rescued from the streets

China has 870 non-government orphanages, 583 run by religious groups. The authorities warn them against proselytising or imposing their religion on their charges. A source in the NGO world tells AsiaNews that the warning is « common sense, » but « it all depends on how rules are applied. » Yet, it would wrong to force a Christian-run orphanage to hide its faith.

5 MAY 2014

Rebel China nudists defy Communist Party ban on nakedness

Just months after a police crackdown on China’s top nudist destination, naturists ‘flout’ government rules which outlaw skinny dipping and naked sunbathing

1 MAY 2014

China Bans Public from Petitioning Beijing Over Local Grievances

For decades, China’s capital has been the last resort for citizens whose grievances could not be solved through the legal system at the local level.  But starting Thursday, legal reforms ban petitioners from taking their case to higher authorities, in a move that analysts say highlights the leadership’s uneasiness with local grievances reaching the capital

28 APRIL 2014

China begins demolition of ‘oversized’ church

Chinese authorities have begun the demolition of a Christian church after a weeks-long standoff between worshippers and the local government, which claims it is an illegal structure

25 APRIL 2014

Topless Guangzhou students protest sexism in job market

The banner held by the students — who had paint covering their bodies and who wore sunglasses to hide their identities — read: « Employers should get rid of sexual discrimination and put more weight on women’s value. We need equal work opportunities. »

A top Communist Party official hits back at predictions highlighted by the Telegraph that an explosion in the number of churchgoers will see China become the world’s largest Christian nation by 2025

22 APRIL 2014

Strike spreads at Chinese supplier to Adidas and Nike

Staff at factory in Jiangxi join industrial action in which up to 30,000 workers are striking in neighbouring Guangdong

10 APRIL 2014

China denies church ‘demolition campaign’ but says Christianity’s growth ‘excessive’

Communist officials in China have denied waging a “demolition campaign” against churches in the country’s most Christian regions, after reportedly ordering a dozen to be destroyed

8 APRIL 2014

Chinese Christians urge Communist Party to halt church ‘demolition campaign’

Christians in eastern China are calling on Communist Party leaders to abandon what they say is an « ill-conceived » and invasive campaign to tear down local churches.

22 MARCH 2014

Thousands mourn Shanghai’s ‘underground’ bishop Fan Zhongliang

Thousands of mourners packed a Shanghai square Saturday to bid farewell to « underground » Catholic Bishop Joseph Fan Zhongliang, whose faith led him to endure decades of suffering at the hands of China’s ruling Communist Party, they said’s-funeral-attended-by-5,000-priests-and-faithful-from-the-official-and-underground-Churches-30629.html

18 MARCH 2014

Authorities in Shanghai allow Masses for the late underground bishop

The authorities in Shanghai have granted Catholics in the diocese the right to celebrate Masses for their bishop, Mgr Joseph Fan Zhongliang, who died on 16 March

28 FEBRUARY 2014

More than 1,000 arrested over baby trafficking in China

Chinese police have detained 1,094 people and rescued 382 infants in a nationwide crackdown on four online baby trafficking rings, state media said on Friday, as criminals prey on citizens yearning to escape strict population curbs.

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Beijing opens dozens of new baby hatches for abandoned children

Every year in China at least 10 thousand infants are abandoned. Because of the one-child policy, many of them are girls, but there are also many babies with disabilities or serious illnesses. 60 million births that are not legally registered.

14 FEBRUARY 2014

China gay activists’ message for Putin on Valentine’s Day

A group of gay and lesbian activists staged a Valentine’s Day kissing protest in Beijing on Friday, aimed at highlighting Russia’s controversial anti-homosexuality laws.

12 FEBRUARY 2014

China retains grip on foreign film quota

China’s authorities are to retain a strict quota of 34 foreign films a year, contrary to reports they were planning to ease restrictions.

13 JANUARY 2014

China’s Crackdown on Cyber Activism

The government is trying to inhibit the growing power of online activism in China.

30 DECEMBER 2013

In China, one in five children live in rural villages without their parents

More than 61 million children — about one-fifth of the kids in China — live in villages without their parents. Most are the offspring of peasants who have flocked to cities in one of the largest migrations in human history. For three decades, the migrants’ cheap labor has fueled China’s rise as an economic juggernaut. But the city workers are so squeezed by high costs and long hours that many send their children to live with elderly relatives in the countryside.

China tells Communist Party officials to stop smoking in public

Communist Party officials must not smoke in public places or buy cigarettes using public funds, and should encourage their colleagues to quit smoking, a top Chinese government body said in a circular on Sunday.

28 DECEMBER 2013

In China, One-child policy eased as laojiao centres close

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Assembly today adopted a resolution loosening the country’s one-child policy. It also formally abolished Re-education through labour camps, also known as laojiao centres.

27 DECEMBER 2013

China’s urbanization rate to hit 60% by 2018

China’s urbanization rate is expected to hit 60 percent by 2018 at the current rate ofurbanization, according to a blue book released on Thursday by the Chinese Academy of SocialSciences.

19 DECEMBER 2013

China’s sex workers face paying for their incarceration

Beijing may have abolished ‘re-education through labour’ camps, but rights groups say parallel ‘custody and education’ system remains

Chinese journalists face Marxist ideology exam

Chinese journalists will have to pass a new ideology exam early next year to keep their press cards, in what reporters say is another example of the ruling Communist party’s increasing control over the media under President Xi Jinping

11 DECEMBER 2013

China considers nationwide ban on smoking in public

China’s leaders are considering a nationwide smoking ban in public, a leading health official said on Wednesday, as the country’s tobacco-related health and economic costs continue to mount.


Chinese parents paid £2 billion in fines for breaching one-child policy

Twenty four out of mainland China’s 31 provinces and autonomous regions have now declared their earnings from the one-child policy last year, which total 20 billion yuan (£2 billion)


Chinese mom sues after she was fined $54,200 for flouting one-child policy

Chinese warehouse worker Liu Fei was fined 330,000 yuan ($54,200), or 14 times her yearly wage, for having a second child and her failure to pay means the boy has no access to basic rights like schooling and healthcare.

23 NOVEMBER 2013

More Chinese homosexuals opting for ‘contract marriage’

Homosexuals in China are increasingly opting for what they call « contract marriage » with a member of the opposite sex – but where no sex or love is involved – to alleviate the pressure on their parents to see them marry, said lesbian Chinese documentary film-maker He Xiaope.

21 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s top court bans police from torturing suspects

Chinese officials must stop using torture to extract confessions from suspects, the Supreme Court has ruled.

20 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s billionaires ranks on rise

China is home to 157 billionaires, up from 147 last year, the second-largest billionaire population in the world after the United States, according to a report jointly released by Wealth-X and UBS AG

15 NOVEMBER 2013

China to abolish ‘re-education through labour’ system

China is to abolish its controversial « re-education through labour » system, under which police panels can sentence offenders to years in camps without a trial, the official Xinhua news agency said Friday.


Chinese vote no on democracy

A rising proportion of China’s middle class believes the country does not need to become a democracy or introduce elections, despite its increasingly important role in the world.

30 OCTOBER 2013

China’s hukou system lags behind urbanisation

The management of China’s hukou, or household registration, system has failed to keep pace with urbanisation, a research institution has warned.The warning was based on a recent survey finding that although more than 50 per cent of China’s population live in cities, only about a quarter of city dwellers have obtained hukou documents in cities, the institution said.

29 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing, Shanghai divorces soar over property-tax loophole

Divorce rates in China’s two wealthiest cities, Beijing and Shanghai, have soared after the announcement of a property tax that includes a loophole for couples who split up, figures show.

14 OCTOBER 2013

Keep your distance: China cracks down on young love

If you are a Chinese high school student and she tells you to stay away, it does not mean she doesn’t like you anymore – she might be worried that you are violating the school’s regulations. According to an article in local media a secondary school in Hangzhou has enforced new rules forbidding pupils to get closer than half a meter – from each other. Another school in Wenzhou has banned what it deems close interaction – holding hands, hugging, and especially kissing.

Beijing to close « at least » 2,000 coalmines

The aim is to improve safety in the industry. Every year, thousands of miners die amid general indifference. The tragedy is due to widespread corruption among public officials who take kickbacks to let companies to operate despite their poor safety records.,000-coalmines-29268.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

Urbanization and Hukou reform

They are likely to headline China’s new economic reforms. But they cannot be pursued in isolation.

5 OCTOBER 2013

China’s two million web police monitor Internet

China is employing two million people to keep tabs on people’s Internet use, according to state media, in a rare glimpse into the secret world of Beijing’s vast online surveillance operation.


Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children

Police in China have rescued 92 children and two women, according to Chinese state media. They were kidnapped to be sold on.


Execution of street hawker ignites public outcry in China

The execution of Xia Junfeng, a Chinese street hawker, has ignited one of the largest public outcries in years


The rise and rise of Wang Jianlin, China’s richest man

Wang Jianlin will take to the red carpet on Sunday 22, flanked by a cast of celebrities, to celebrate a £3 billion investment in the Chinese film industry. Malcolm Moore looks at the rise of China’s richest man.


 World Bank chief urges China to better manage urbanization

China must plan its massive urbanization better to limit environmental damage and to ensure that millions of migrants benefit more from the process, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said

Chinese women move up ranks of global super-rich

Half of the world’s wealthiest female billionaires are Chinese, according to a respected ranking published on Tuesday by a Shanghai-based business magazine.


Chinese pop star Faye Wong separates from husband, igniting debate on divorce

Faye Wong, one of East Asia’s best-loved pop stars, has announced she is separating from her husband, igniting debate over a divorce crisis in China.


Number of China Billionaires Surpasses 300

A Beijing-based publication says the number of billionaires in China has risen to more than 300 in the last year.The Hurun Report‘s 2013 China Rich List says there are now 315 billionaires in the country, the first time the number has surpassed 300.

China’s floating population totals 236 million

China had 236 million floating people — those who left their places of origin to seek employment or education elsewhere — last year, a health official said on TuesdayThe number represents one-sixth of the country’s total population, with more than half of them of working age born after 1980.


China’s Guangzhou moves to end ‘Re-education Through Labor’ camps

China’s third-largest city Guangzhou — capital of China’s richest and most progressive province Guangdong — has announced it has taken the first concrete steps in unbolting the country’s often reviled « Re-education Through Labor » (RTL) system.


Group Slams China’s ‘Abysmal’ Record on Child Rights

China has failed to uphold the rights of the country’s children, with many left vulnerable to sexual abuse, child labor, and harm through shoddy goods and medicines and poor safety standards, an overseas-based rights group said on Tuesday. »China’s abysmal record in protecting children continues to raise serious concerns, » the China Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) group said in an e-mailed statement released with its report on the abuse of Chinese children’s rights to health, safety, and education

29 AUGUST 2013

Woman forced to abort at nine months because her husband already had a child

Lili Zeng underwent induced labour, and a lethal injection was made on the child’s skull. In spite of all this, he was born alive, only to die in his mother’s arms. The woman’s husband forced the operation on her after he left her. He already had a son from a previous marriage. Women’s Rights Without Frontiers slams what happened.

17 AUGUST 2013

Guangzhou, 30 thousand attend funeral of underground Protestant pastor

At least 30 thousand people yesterday attended the funeral of Pastor Samuel Lamb, one of the pillars of the underground Protestant Church. The faithful queued for hours at the Yinhe morgue, Tianhe District, to pay their respects to the pastor, surrounded by a huge police presence. Some present pointed out that such a huge turnout had never been seen at the funeral of a party leader of Guangdong.,-30-thousand-attend-funeral-of-underground-Protestant-pastor-28763.html

16 AUGUST 2013

China announces end date for taking prisoners’ organs

A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November.

14 AUGUST 2013

Chinese execution video reignites death penalty debate

A grisly video that appears to show the public execution of a man in China has gone viral on the internet sparking renewed debate over the practice in the country that most kills its prisoners.

9 AUGUST 2013

Chinese students flock to join the Communist Party

In 1989 Chinese university students faced down tanks to fight against Communist party rule. Today however the Party is so popular on campus that it is concerned that too many students are applying for membership.

8 AUGUST 2013

China’s migrant children: The ones left behind

5 AUGUST 2013

The woman who nearly died making your iPad

Tian Yu worked more than 12 hours a day, six days a week. She had to skip meals to do overtime. Then she threw herself from a fourth-floor window

21 JULY 2013

Nearly 90% of Chinese families are full or partial homeowners: survey

About 87% of families in China fully or partially possess the house they currently live in and 10% have at least two residences, according to a survey conducted by Peking University.

20 JULY 2013

Richest families in China 234 times better off than poorest: study

The average total assets of the most well-off families in China are worth approximately 234 times than the assets of the poorest, Guangzhou’s Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

19 JULY 2013

Protestors take to the streets of Chinese city

Within seven days protesters have returned to the streets of a Chinese city. This time their anger is over a plan to build an incinerator in a district of Guangzhou in the south of the country.

10 JULY 203

Call for China Women’s Rights Court to Address Labor Bias

Seven top women lawyers have called on China’s Supreme People’s Court in Beijing to set up a women’s rights tribunal to handle a huge backlog of legal challenges linked to workplace discrimination. Lawyers say women are suing potential employers in such large numbers that national courts lack capacity to handle all the cases.                                                                    

3 JULY 2013

Jiangsu Workers Clash With Police in Shipyard Strike

About two thousand workers at China’s biggest private shipbuilder in the eastern province of Jiangsu have clashed with police after they blockaded the plant’s entrance in protests over unpaid salary arrears, local media reports and workers said on Wednesday.                   

1 JULY 2013

China introduces law requiring children to visit parents

« Family members who live apart from their parents should visit often or send their regards to their parents, » states China’s new Elderly Protection law, which came into force on Monday.                                                          

29 JUNE 2013

China’s registered drug users top 2 million in March

China’s Ministry of Public Security said Tuesday that the country’s number of registered drug users had reached 2.14 million by the end of March.                                                   

28 JUNE 2013

In China, activists fight for gay marriage

With arms around each other’s shoulders, Wu Yebin and An Wei strolled past rows of food booths and game stalls along the main road cutting through their small village in northern China one recent Friday morning.                                                                             

18 JUNE 2013

Religion is out for Communist Party members: official

Zhu Weiqun, director of the national ethnic and religion commission of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee, the nation’s political advisory body, recently declared that the party needs to maintain the principle that its members cannot practice religion, or else it will « tear the party apart » and cause religious activities to « fundamentally collapse. » If party members want to practice a religion, they should first leave the party, he added.

13 JUNE 2013

Hukou Reform: The Inevitable Change

The Hukou system户籍謄本, also known as the house registry system must be reformed to keep up with the societal and migrational changes of China’s population.                                                                                                

9 JUNE 2913

China Faces Turning Point On Labor

China is facing a major shift in labor availability as the government considers plans to transform the economy, experts say.                                                                                                                                               

3 JUNE 2013

Unmarried Chinese mothers to be fined

Plans to fine women who have children out of wedlock have caused outrage in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

30 MAY 2013

Aging Chinese Face a Bleak Picture

China’s elderly are poor, sick and depressed in alarming numbers, according to the first large-scale survey of those over 60, an immense challenge for Beijing and one of the greatest long-term vulnerabilities of the Chinese economy.

26 MAY 2013

Police surround China village for Catholic celebration

China – Police surrounded a Chinese village on Sunday to prevent pilgrims from joining a Catholic parade to honour the Virgin Mary, who locals say appeared in the village a century ago.                                   

24 MAY 2013

New concerns for China’s rising middle class

With two cars, foreign holidays and a cook for their apartment, one Beijing family epitomises the new middle class created by China’s decades of rapid economic growth — and its resulting worries.                                                                                                      

15 MAY 2013

For the first time in more than 50 years, Mass celebrated at Shanghai’s Orthodox cathedral

Hundreds of worshippers attended today’s divine liturgy officiated by Kirill, the patriarch of Moscow, in Shanghai’s Mother of God Surety of Sinners Orthodox Cathedral. It was the first religious service in the church for over 50 years.                                            ,-Mass-celebrated-at-Shanghai’s-Orthodox-cathedral-27930.html

14 APRIL 2013

China’s gay lovers desperately seeking ‘a wife’

Around 80% of homosexuals in China marry to please demanding parents and save their careers

29 MARCH 2013

Adult children who don’t look after their elderly parents will risk lawsuits

One of the strongest tenets of Confucianism is the emphasis on filial piety, the belief that devotion to one’s family should always be placed at the forefront of one’s thoughts and ambitions. This applies not only to parents caring for their children, but vice-versa when the time comes.                                                                                                                                                     

9 MARCH 2013

51% of managers in mainland Chinese firms are women

A new survey from an independent accounting agency indicates that women now account for 51% of top management positions in Chinese mainland companies, the highest such ratio worldwide.                                                                                          

7 MARCH 2013

China’s parliament holds 83 billionaires

The legislature of the world’s last major communist country is almost certainly the wealthiest in the world, according to a popular rich list that names 83 dollar billionaires among the delegates to China’s parliament this year.                                      

1 MARCH 2013

China’s billionaires on rise

China has had more billionaires created by its stock markets this year than in the United States – 212 compared with 211 – a new survey revealed on Thursday.                                                                                                                                                                

China parades foreign Mekong killers before execution

Four foreign men have been executed in China for the murder of 13 Chinese fishermen on the Mekong river in 2011, after being paraded on state TV.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Papal resignation sees Chinese Catholics torn between God and Caesar

Pope Benedict XVI, at age 85, resigns Thursday, the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to step down. His resignation has shocked the world, including followers in China, who have long been caught in the middle of the delicate relations between China and the Vatican

19 FEBRUARY 2013

China plans new payment system for medical treatment

Patients will be able to pay after they receive medical treatment as part of a new payment method, China’s Ministry of Health revealed Tuesday.


China Issues Plan to Narrow Income Gap

The Chinese government on Tuesday issued a long-awaited plan to narrow the gulf between rich and poor, offering broad vows to lift the incomes of workers and farmers and choke off corrupt wealth but few specific goals to rein in the nation’s wide inequality.                                               

20 JANUARY 2012

Double trouble for China

China is among the least free societies in the world and suffers from a dangerously high rate of income inequality according to two reports this week from Freedom House and the Chinese government’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).                                

19 JANUARY 2013

Index shows wealth gap at alarming level

The Gini coefficient hit 0.474 in China in 2012, higher than the warning level of 0.4 set by the United Nations, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Friday.                                                                                                                                                             

10 JANUARY 2013

China censor row paper Southern Weekly back on stands

A Chinese newspaper that saw a stand-off over censorship has published a new issue, as police removed a small number of demonstrators outside its offices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Another newspaper attack on censorship: first cracks in Beijing regime

The Beijing News in the wake of the Southern Weekend refuses to publish an article imposed by communist propaganda. After a long standoff, the government wins, but entire editorial staff protests online. Meanwhile back at the newsstand, albeit with some difficulty, the Guangzhou weekly that first started the protest against government censorship                                                                                 

8 JANUARY 2013

Health insurance to cover 95% of rural residents

China will increase spending on public health insurance, particularly for rural residents, ensuring that at least 95 percent of its rural population is covered, Health Minister Chen Zhu said on Monday.                                                         

29 DECEMBER 2012

Mapping rural labour migration in China

China’s rapid economic development and the government’s policy towards encouraging higher inter-regional labour mobility have led to a massive rural–urban labour force exodus since the mid-1980s.                                                    

28 DECEMBER 2012

Heirs of Mao’s Comrades Rise as New Capitalist Nobility

(article forbidden in China)                                           

27 DECEMBER 2012

Top ten wealthiest business people in China

As the second largest economy in the world, China has its share of wealthy businessmen and businesswomen. But what is the story behind their success? How did these individuals manage to leap ahead of their peers? Here is our list of the ten wealthiest business people in China and a brief run-down on their story.                                                       

25 DECEMBER 2012

China cracks down on child-trafficking gangs

89 children saved 355 suspects arrested – That is the result of the latest operation in China to crack down on child smugglers.


Nobel laureate Mo Yan now China’s 2nd highest earning writer

Nobel prize winner Mo Yan is China’s second richest author, raking in annual copyright revenue of 21.5 million yuan (US$3.45 million), trailing only children’s author Zheng Yuanjie, according to the latest China literature rich list, Chengdu’s West China Metropolis Daily reports.

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Migrants Banned From Beijing Exam

Authorities in the Chinese capital bar children of migrants from sitting university entrance exams, causing parents to petition the authorities.

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Chinese migrant workers, mutilated in the name of economic growth

In Guangdong, the rich southern province that is driving the gross domestic product of the « world’s factory », every year more than 60,000 workers are involved in work-related accidents. Between employers refusing to pay compensation and local governments conniving with industrialists, this silent army pays with the lives of its members China’s prominence on the world economic stage,-mutilated-in-the-name-of-economic-growth-26418.html

21 NOVEMBER 2012

National anguish at death of five Chinese street children

The deaths of five street children who poisoned themselves after lighting a fire to fend off the cold have triggered an outpouring of online grief and reinforced a national debate over China’s growing wealth gap.


China Seeks to Join the Consumer Society


China to cut prison organ-harvesting programs

China plans to implement a new national donation system which will allow the government to phase out next year the practice of removing organs from executed prisoners to be used in transplant operations.


In Communist China, women officially equal but lagging far behind politically

Mao Zedong was arguably the father of Chinese feminism, with his famous observation that “women hold up half the sky.” But when Mao’s Communist Party heirs take to the stage in November to unveil their new leadership lineup, there aren’t likely to be many females — if any — among the country’s new rulers.

23 OCTOBER 2012

Graying challenges ahead

According to China’s National Committee on Aging, China’s elderly already make up 22 percent of the world’s elderly population, and it is expected to increase to 26 percent by the end of 2050.

11 OCTOBRE 2012

Amnesty warns over land grabs in China

Forced evictions in China have risen sharply over the past couple of years as debt-laden local governments seeking to shore up their precarious finance have raised funds by selling seized land to developers, Amnesty International said


China’s netizens outraged over caged beggars at Taoist temple fair

With more than 100,000 pilgrims and visitors expected to attend the annual Xishan Wanshou Palace Temple Fair, authorities thought it would be a good idea to confine the local beggars in one spot.|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=2387571


China Labor Watch reports worker abuse, underage employment at Samsung factories

China Labor Watch has discovered « severe labor abuses » at six Samsung-owned factories and two of its suppliers, according to a report the organization released this week. During a four-month investigation, CLW found that employees at eight factories were subject to a « long list » of abuses, including forced and excessive overtime hours, unpaid labor, and physical and verbal abuse

22 AUGUST 2012

Diocese of Shanghai under siege after Ma Daqin’s « big blow »

The seminaries will be closed until further notice, a nun was forced to step down as superior general. Seminarians and nuns « did not cooperate » with the government for the ordination of July 7, when Ma Daqin decided he was quitting the Patriotic Association. Catholics resistance to and criticism of official Church body on the rise. A bishop tells AsiaNews: « The government has lost control of the masses and the confidence of the people. »’s-big-blow-25608.html

9 AUGUST 2012

Closed-door murder trial: Wife of ousted politician Bo Xilai faces China court

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7 AUGUST 2012

China’s Religious Freedom

China’s religious freedom has been making headlines of late following a US report released last week that showed a marked deterioration drawing fierce criticism from China who say the report was prejudiced.

5 AUGUST 2012

Chinese organ trafficking ring dismantled

A major organ trafficking ring has been dismantled by Chinese police, with 137 people arrested, including 18 doctors who performed illegal operations on their impoverished victims.

3 AUGUST 2012

China bans foreign remakes as it cracks down on TV

The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued six new guidelines recently that were put into effect over the past few days, according to Beijing News.

30 JULY 2012

Foreigners Getting the Beijing Brush Off

As tensions rise between Beijingers and expats, Chinese xenophobia comes into focus

28 JULY 2012

China waste water pipeline scrapped after protest

Authorities in China say a project to build a waste water pipeline in the city of Qidong has been scrapped after a protest over pollution

27 JULY 2012

Critics question China’s ban on gay blood donors

As China unveils new policies to address the country’s continuing blood donation shortage, Critics are questioning the fairness and even legality of the continuing ban on donations from gay men.

21 JULY 2012

New Chinese dictionary in row over ‘gay’ omission

A newly published edition of one of China’s most authoritative dictionaries has already been criticised by rights campaigners.

19 JULY 2012

China’s internet population hits 538 million

China’s internet user population is now 538 million people, according to a report released by China Internet Networks Information Center (CNNIC) on Thursday.

10 JULY 2012

China bishop, named by Rome, held in his seminary

A Chinese priest who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary, in a move likely to further strain relations between Beijing and the Vatican.

6 JULY 2012

Chinese police ‘eliminate child trafficking gangs’

Police in China say they have “eliminated” two major child trafficking gangs, freeing 181 children and making 802 arrests.

3 JULY 2012

China factory construction halted amid violent protests

Chinese officials have halted the construction of a copper alloy plant in Sichuan province following violent protests by local residents.

29 JUNE 2012

China’s incoming president Xi Jinping’s family ‘has wealth of hundreds of millions’

The family of China’s next president has amassed a fortune running into hundreds of millions of pounds, according to a hugely damaging new report.

21 JUNE 2012

Man poisoned by the authorities in Fuzhou to stop his petition

For the last two years, Mao Qiping had sought redress after his house was demolished. He had also led a fight with fellow residents against illegal land grab. After following him, unidentified men beat him with metal rods and injected him with a chemical substance. He died after two days of agony. Like in Li Wangyang’s case, police said it was an « accident ».

14 JUNE 2012

‘Forced abortion’ sparks fury in China

China’s family planning authorities are investigating a case in which a seven-months pregnant woman was allegedly forced by the local government to abort her second child.

12 JUNE 2012

Corruption spreading in China, Postal Savings Bank president arrested

The crackdown in China’s banking sector continues. After the arrest of the deputy president the Agricultural Bank of China, the president of the Postal Savings Bank Tao Liming is placed under house arrest. He authorised too many unregistered loans with higher than normal interest rates. Party purges its Shandong branch, kicking out 102 members,-Postal-Savings-Bank-president-arrested-25006.html

4 JUNE 2012

Millionaire households growing in China

Ranking third on the worldwide list of millionaire households, the number of millionaires in China grew to 1.4 million last year, up 15.6 percent year-on-year, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.

29 MAY 2012

New rules for Chinese microbloggers

A five-strikes-and-out rule will see anyone posting five tweets on « sensitive » subjects have their account on Sina’s Weibo suspended for 48 hours

24 MAY 2012

Report: Chinese city enforcers accused of brutality

Squads of local government enforcers are operating in Chinese cities without proper supervision, often employing brutal methods and carrying out illegal detentions, a new report from Human Rights Watch claims

Thousands of pilgrims reach Sheshan on pope’s Day of Prayer

Thousands of pilgrims from Shanghai and across the country have gathered to pray at the Our Lady of Sheshan Basilica today, 24 May, feast day of Mary Help of Christians, anniversary of the Day of Prayer for the Church in China set aside by Pope Benedict XVI in 2007’s-Day-of-Prayer-24842.html

19 MAY 2012

Chinese ‘princelings’ use family ties to state to gain riches

12 MAY 2012

Shanghai’s wealthiest residents revealed

There are 370,000 people with 6 million yuan (S$1.2 million) living in Shanghai today, or one-in-65 people in a city with a population of 23 million. A total of 140,000 people in Shanghai have personal assets of 10 million yuan, an increase of 6.1 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 13.7 per cent of China’s high net worth individuals

10 MAY 2012

Chinese Dissidence From Tiananmen to Today

How the People’s Grievances Have Grown

26 APRIL 2012

Vatican speaks out against ‘illegitimate’ Chinese bishops

The Vatican on Thursday condemned the participation of « legitimate » bishops in the ordination of state-sanctioned « illegitimate » bishops in China as part of an ongoing dispute.

24 APRIL 2012

Ex-officials from restive Chinese village expelled from Communist Party

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

17 APRIL 2012

Fury at Beijing’s ‘cigarettes with Chinese characteristics’

13 APRIL 2012

Low teachers’ salaries exposed

A new US survey shows that Chinese teachers’ average wage has almost dropped to the bottom on a list of 28 countries studied.

9 APRIL 2012

Sex before marriage more accepted in China

Chinese people are showing increasingly tolerant attitudes toward pre-marital sex with over 70 percent now having sex before tying the knot, according to a survey. Figures from 1994 showed that only 40 percent of people had pre-marital sex then, while the number was much lower back in 1989 at 15 percent, according to studies conducted by sexologist Li Yinhe

6 APRIL 2012

More than 2,000 people arrested on Qingming Day

They were going to the national cemetery to pay tribute to prominent Chinese leaders, followed by a visit to Tiananmen Square to lay flowers. Instead, they ended up in the black jail at Jiujingzhuang. Activist Mao Hengfeng is arrested,000-people-arrested-on-Qingming-Day-24442.html

30 MARCH 2012

Websites closed, six detained for spreading rumors

Chinese authorities closed 16 websites and detained six people responsible for « fabricating or disseminating online rumors, » the State Internet Information Office (SIIO) and Beijing police said Friday 30

27 MARCH 2012

Corruption is crucial threat, Wen says

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

23 MARCH 2012

« Organ donations from condemned prisoners will be abolished within five years »

For years, Beijing has tried to sidestep the issue, but this week, it admitted that death row prisoners have been used for organ donations after their execution. The decision to stop does not stem from any humanitarian considerations, but from the fact that organs come from donors with high infection rates

21 MARCH 2012

Chinese Lawyers Chafe at New Oath to Communist Party

China’s Justice Ministry has issued a requirement that new lawyers and those reapplying for licenses swear an oath of loyalty to the Communist Party, another step in a campaign to rein in lawyers who continue to challenge the political and legal systems by which the party maintains power

16 MARCH 2012

Children of China’s Future

Aging population and poverty require stronger investment in China’s rural youth

14 MARCH 2012

China’s Wen Jiabao says ‘reforms urgent’

China’s Premier Wen Jiabao has delivered a strong warning about the  »urgent » need for reforms, without which, he said, tragedies such as the Cultural Revolution could still happen

China passes new law allowing secret detentions

Chinese legislators Wednesday approved changes to the country’s criminal code that will allow the police to hold certain suspects at secret locations. The nation’s state media applauded the overhaul of the criminal procedure law — the first in more than 15 years — as a step forward for human rights.

11 MARCH 2012

Chinese police free 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011

Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by the Public Security Ministry. The report said police rescued 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in raids against 3,195 trafficking gangs

9 MARCH 2012

310 child abductors held, 77 babies rescued in China

Police in 14 provinces and autonomous regions in China detained 310 suspects and rescued 77 children after launching a massive crackdown on child kidnappings

7 MARCH 2012

The Challenge for China’s New Leaders

The Dangers of Allowing Inequality to Worsen

3 MARCH 2012

China’s rebel village holds council polls

Saturday’s vote for the committee governing Wukan went ahead with official approval after a long campaign by local people to end what they say was years of corrupt rule by Communist Party officials‘Wukan-model’-tested-in-vote-24139.html

22 FEBRUARY 2012

China’s pension system faces a crisis

The phenomenon of China’s aging population is now becoming widely recognized. In spite of its recent economic boom, China may face a major crisis in its national pension system within the next 20 years

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Journalist beatings erase Wukan optimism

Early Tuesday morning, the Foreign Correspondents Club of China notified journalists that three employees of European news agencies had been attacked in two separate incidents this past week while attempting to cover a land dispute story in eastern China

20 FEBRUARY 2012

China factory explosion leaves many dead

Nearly 50,000 people died in work-related accidents in the first nine months of 2011, down 16 per cent from the same period in 2010, figures from the State Administration of Work Safety show

17 FEBRUARY 2012

5000 Chinese Steel Company Workers Strike

Over 5000 workers from Hanzhong Iron and Steel Group Company in Shaanxi Province went on a strike on Tuesday to protest low wages and long working hours. They blocked the factory entrance, demanding a pay raise. They didn’t get a response from the factory’s management. The next day, they took a banner to the streets reading, « We want our lawful rights and interests, we need food to survive

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Top China football referee Lu Jun jailed over bribes

The man who was once China’s top football referee has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in jail for taking bribes to fix matches


Fall of anti-mafia hero shakes China’s model city

A purported open letter from China’s most famous law enforcement officer on Thursday intensified rumours of in-fighting, corruption and organized crime in a city that one of the Communist Party’s rising stars had turned into a model of security and harmony


Rumours swirl as top Chinese policeman ‘goes on leave’

A top Chinese policeman – in charge of a major crackdown on organised crime – has gone on leave, amid rumours that he is under investigation for corruption


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

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


Rebellious Chinese village takes baby steps toward democracy

Wukan, a village in Guangdong province in southern China, is making headlines again – this time for taking the first steps toward open and transparent elections, which 7,688 villagers participated in on Wednesday

25 JANUARY 2012

China’s youth rush to join the ‘Party’

20 JANUARY 2012

Public anger at businesswoman’s death sentence for fraud

The upholding of a death sentence given to an ex-millionaire businesswoman found guilty of fraudulent fundraising has provoked public anger and widespread discussions on capital punishment itself

China end-2011 urban jobless rate steady at 4.1 per cent

China’s urban jobless rate, the country’s only official measure of unemployment, was steady at 4.1 percent at the end of 2011, unchanged for six quarters, the labour ministry said on Friday

18 JANUARY 2012

China Expands Program Requiring Real-Name Registration Online

China will expand nationwide a trial program that requires users of the country’s wildly popular microblog services to disclose their identities to the government in order to post comments online, the government’s top Internet regulator said on Wednesday 18

17 JANUARY 2012

Urban population exceeds rural for first time in China

The urban population exceeded the rural population for the first time in more than 5,000 years in China according to 2011 statistics

6 JANUARY 2012

China punishes 4,843 officials above county head level for discipline violations in 2011: watchdog

A total of 4,843 Chinese officials above the county head level were punished for discipline violations in 2011, a disciplinary official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said Friday 6

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

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

4 JANUARY 2012

China pushes minimum wage rises

Two of China’s leading cities are raising their minimum wages despite the prospect of slower economic growth this year, a move that owners of smaller businesses warn could result in widespread closures given the sharp fall in demand from western economies

1 JANUARY 2012

Labor disputes soar in Guangdong

Labor dispute cases reported in Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse in South China, surged almost three-fold in the past four years, with the implementation of the new Labor Contract Law

Criminal law on NPC agenda

A controversial draft amendment that proposes to outlaw forced confession and permits secret detention will be discussed at the plenary session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) in March, an additional agenda item of the meeting this year apart from its routine schedule


Wars, conflicts and strategy on 29 September in Asian history


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Updated on September 29, 2017

1856: French forces land in Tourane (now Danang) in Annam (now central Vietnam)


1898 : In Philippines, the Malolos Congress ratified the June 12, 1898 Act of the Declaration of Independence from Spain

1936: Volksraad (People Council) votes to support petition for autonomy for Indonesia within the constitution of the Netherlands

1945: British forces land in Indonesia

1949: China’s Initiation of the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-Existence

1954: USA says it will contribute financially to the French forces in Indochina and will give aid to these associated states

1965: Hanoi announces that downed pilots will be treated as war criminals

1967: US president Johnson proposes to meet Ho Chi Minh and to suspend bombings on North if he accepts negotiations (see previous exchanges of letters)

1972: Publication of a Joint communiqué establishing diplomatic relations between China and Japan


2007: Terrorist attack in Malé (Maldives), twelve foreign tourists wounded

2008: Afghanistan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claims responsibility in a video message for an August ambush that killed 10 French soldiers in Sarobi. The attack, in which 21 troops were also wounded, shocked France and sparked debate about the country’s involvement in war-torn Afghanistan

2016: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters