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On 9 November in Asian history

ON 9 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 9, 2017

1180: In Japan, Battle of Fujigawa, nicknamed “the battle that never took place” betweenTakeda clan and Taira army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fujikawa

1180-11-09 Battle of Fijikawa

1187: Death of Song dynasty Emperor Gaozong, born on June 12, 1107
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Gaozong_of_Song

1867: Tokugawa Yoshinonu, 15th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate hands power back to the Japanese emperor. Beginning of the Meiji Restoration
http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Yoshinobu_Tokugawa.html
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Tokugawa_Yoshinobu
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/meiji.htm

1877: Birth of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a Muslim poet, philosopher and politician who introduced the theory of the Two-Nation theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Muhammad_Iqbal

1878: Birth of An Chang-ho, Korean independence activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Chang-ho
http://ahnchangho.or.kr/site/main/ehtml/top1.htm

1900: China resumes nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration

1911: Birth of Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, who died on September 23, 2004
http://www.poemhunter.com/tabish-dehlvi/biography/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAFpBkXqcW8

1918: Birth of Choi Hong Hi, South Korean general and martial art  master, founder of Taekwon-Do, who died on June 15, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choi_Hong_Hi

1937: Japanese troops  begin the occupation of Shanghai
http://ww2timelines.com/japan/incidents/37batlleshanghai.htm


1937: In China, Taiyuan fall to the Japanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taiyuan
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2444688
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10624.html

1937-11-09 Fall of Taiyuan

1945: In Indonesia,  Sukarno asks  Sutan Sjahrir to form a Cabinet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soetan_Sjahrir

1945: Soo Bahk Do Moo  Duk Kwan, martial arts organization  is  founded in Korea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soo_Bahk_Do
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moo_Duk_Kwan

1946: The first  constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is adopted
http://www.cliostein.com/documents/1998/98%20lec%20ho%20chi%20hanoi.pdf

1947: Junagadh is  annexed as to Indian military intervention
http://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1900s/yr45/findojunagadh1947.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_integration_of_Junagadh

1953: Cambodia  becomes fully independent from France
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/young-sihanouks-struggle-independence

1954: Birth of Shankar Nag, Indian actor and director who died on September 30, 1990
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/shankar-nag/biography.html

1963: In Japan, about  450 miners are killed in a coal-dust explosion. In addition, 160 people died in  a train crash

1964: Eisaku Sato  becomes the Japanese prime minister, succeeding Ikeda Hayato
http://www.nndb.com/people/432/000091159/

1965 : Ferdinand Marcos is elected 10th President of Philippines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1965

1970: During the  Vietnam War, the Supreme Court of the United States votes 6 to 3 against  hearing a case to allow Massachusetts to enforce its law granting residents the  right to refuse military service in an undeclared war
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/supreme-court-refuses-to-rule-on-legality-of-vietnam-war

1971: Emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19711009&id=gpsrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=d_sFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6618,1148038

1978: A Chinese  military delegation, lead by general Wu Xinguan, arrives to Manila  (Philippines)

1980: Second visit of  Singapore premier Lee Kuan-yew to China

1980: Death of Fubuki Koshiji, Japanese actress born in 1924
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0467047/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1zID_JkXY

1981: General Ne Win,  is replaced as head of state of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma by  General San Yu (up to July 1988). Ne Win continues to be head of the only one  party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

san-yu-2

1984: Birth of Se7en, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwoGlre-bk0

1985: Birth of Koo Hye Sun, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koo_Hye_Sun
http://star.koreandrama.org/?p=661

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUeyfGD2jxQ

1990: A new  democratic constitution is issued in Nepal
http://www.nepaldemocracy.org/documents/national_laws/constitution1990.htm

1994: Chandrika  Kumaratunga wins the presidential election of Sri Lanka
http://www.jstor.org/pss/2645745
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_presidential_election,_1994

Chandrika 2

1997: Chuan Leekpai,  Thai PM for the second time, up to February 9, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuan_Leekpai

2001: The first  Japanese warship to be engaged out of the archipelago quit Sasebo for the  Indian Ocean for Diego Garcia anglo-US base 

2003: Death of Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili litterateur, born on  December 3, 1937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binod_Bihari_Verma

2003: Pham Van Tra is  the first Vietnamese Defense minister to go the USA (up to November 12)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/11/world/defense-minister-from-vietnam-meets-rumsfeld.html

2003-11-09-vietnamese-minister-of-defence-to-usa

2003: Early general  elections in Japan. DLP keeps largely the first position but the Democratic  Party, the main opposition party grows from 137 to 177 MP
http://cpri.tripod.com/cpr2003/japan-election.pdf

2004: Death by suicide of  Iris  Chang, sino-american author, born on March 28, 1968
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/11/11/MNGB59PKL01.DTL

2005: Death of K.R. Narayanan, President of India (1997-2002)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4421632.stm
http://www.thehindu.com/2005/11/10/stories/2005111012320100.htm

2005: Malaysian  Azahari Husin, brains of the main terrorist attacks in Indonesian, including  the October 2002 attack in Bali, is killed in an police action in Malang (East  Java)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azahari_Husin

2007: For the first  time in three years, Aung San Suu Kyi can meet the leaders of her party, the  National League for Democracy (NLD)


2009: Nine ethnic  Uighurs are executed for their involvement in July’s deadly ethnic  rioting in China’s northwest Xinjiang region
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8350360.stm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2009/11/2009119115451405418.html

2010: US President  Barack Obama praises Indonesia’s successful transition to democracy and  seals a « comprehensive partnership » agreement with his Indonesian  counterpart on the first day of a long-delayed visit to his childhood country
http://www.f rance24.com/en/20101109-barack-obama-pledges-close-partnership-trip-indonesia-jakarta

 

Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Independence Day (1953)

Pakistan : Allama Iqbal Day (1877)

Chinese culture and history

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9 NOVEMBER 2017

Historic photos of China by Jack Birns (1947-1949)

Seen through the lens of hindsight, Birns’ photographs give us a sense not only of what China was like more than fifty years ago, but also of why the warfare, weariness, and desperation of the time proved such fertile soil for communist revolution
http://monovisions.com/vintage-historic-photos-of-china-by-jack-birns-1947-1949/

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up in Indian Ocean

Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats

24 OCTOBER 2017

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Hong Kong Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/11/13/hkfp-history-a-brief-visual-history-of-the-peak-tram/

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hoover Acquires The Personal Papers Of General Bai Chongxi, A Prominent Military Leader In Republican China

 The personal papers of Bai Chongxi include official files at different stage of his military and political careers, correspondence between Bai and important Nationalist Chinese government officials, family letters and correspondence, personal diaries and documentaries recording his family activities, an inspection tour he took to Taiwan in the spring of 1947
http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-acquires-personal-papers-general-bai-chongxi-prominent-military-leader-republican-china

5 AUGUST 2017

How Mao and Khrushchev fought over China-India border dispute

Following is a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2105501/how-mao-and-khrushchev-fought-over-china-india-border-dispute

24 JULY 2017

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/saving-harbin-chinese-city-struggles-preserve-russian-legacy-170724092530834.html

28 JUNE 2917

The last Hong Kong governor: Chris Patten on 20 years after the handover – video

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called “one country, two systems”. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/jun/28/chris-patten-the-last-governor-of-hong-kong-video-interview
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/28/hong-kong-handover-anniversary-chris-patten-britain-did-not/

16 JUNE 2017

Scapegoats or traitors? The tale of the British radio propagandists in wartime Shanghai who were convicted in Hong Kong

Seventy years ago, two broadcasters for a German radio station were found guilty of assisting the enemy. Collaboration was rife, so why were these Britons singled out while so many others went unpunished?http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2098418/scapegoats-or-traitors-tale-british-radio
http://www.historynet.com/book-review-secret-war-in-shanghai-by-bernard-wasserstein-ww2.htm

8 JUNE 2017

Echoes of 1950s persecution in China’s crackdown on liberal voices

On the 60th anniversary of the start of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s campaign against intellectuals that saw some half a million people persecuted by the Communist Party, some present-day scholars say there is again growing pressure from the authorities to silence liberal voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2097521/echoes-1950s-persecution-chinas-crackdown-liberal

28 MAY 2017

160 years on, apology for a racist tax on Chinese in Australia

The Chinese community in ­Australia has applauded an apology by the government of Victoria for a racist tax levied on immigrants more than a century ago, calling it a step towards eliminating the discrimination that continues to this day
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096026/160-years-apology-racist-tax-chinese-australia

22 MAY 2017

The secret agents who spied on the US for China

Behind the warming relations between the world’s two leading economies, a hidden and often brutal war continues for valuable intelligence about military technology and other classified information
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2095195/secret-agents-who-spied-us-china

16 APRIL 2017

Chinese experts name 10 most amazing archaeological sites

Chinese archaeologists worked at more than 2,000 sites in 2016, and experts have selected the 10 best ones
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-experts-name-10-most-amazing-archaeological-sites

4 APRIL 2017

Meet the Gurkhas, fearsome fighters with a 200-year history

A former serviceman in Hong Kong explains what binds him and his fellow Nepalese to a proud military tradition
http://www.atimes.com/article/meet-gurkhas-fearsome-fighters-200-year-history/

20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeo

logists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2017-03/20/content_15588670.html

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/hong-kong-documentary-uncovers-lost-history-170313051008305.html

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2060228/struggle-get-documentary-hong-kongs-1967-riots-screen

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon
http://www.atimes.com/article/260000-chiang-kai-shek-documents-made-public/

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/nov/17/dina-goldstein-modern-girl-chinese-pinups-in-pictures
http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.fr/2016/11/dina-goldstein-modern-girl.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2054842/battle-hong-kong-through-eyes-people-who-lived

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/culture-insider-how-did-ancient-chinese-keep-food-warm-winter

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv//the-maritime-silk-road/lamu-s-last-chinese/3270974.html

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2044791/old-hong-kong-pictures?utm_source&utm_medium&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

Security in Asia

Asie politique

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9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday he and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reiterated firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solving the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/151/70/153/1510220285505.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/09/trump-xi-say-will-solve-menace-north-korea-together.html

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

23 OCTOBER 2017

Can China and India reset ties?

 China and India seem to be resetting ties. Chinese minister Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party of China, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam (Doka La, Donglang) standoff between the two countries
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/574.html

7 OCTOBER 2017

 Additional considerations on the North Korean strategy

The response to North Korea’s  further military escalation should consist in Japan’s and South Korea’s nuclear rearmament. It would be the response, but also the explicit justification, for North Korea’s rearmament
http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3042:additional-considerations-on-the-north-korean-strategy&Itemid=135

5 OCTOBER 2017

The weapons sales making China a big gun in Southeast Asia

China is gradually stepping up military engagement with Southeast Asia, building on the firm economic footings it has established in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114172/weapons-sales-making-china-big-gun-southeast-asia

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Co-Existence of China, US, Japan and India in the Asian Regional Order

China, Japan, and India have plenty of geopolitical and economic space to continue to grow and work together. All of them have strong ties or regular working relationships with the US which is the only major power in both the Pacific as well as the Indian Oceans and the only superpower that exerts global influence
https://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/555.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

Russia’s power play in North Korea aimed at both China and US

When Russia sent its bombers flying over the Korean peninsula last week, it was as much a signal to its allies in Beijing as it was a telegraph to Washington that Moscow too, was pivoting to Asia
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/01/asia/russia-north-korea-analysis/index.html

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

The altitude and speed of Hwasong-12 would have made it very difficult to destroy missile in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to N Korea. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/what-stopped-japan-from-intercepting-north-korean-missile/a-40293016

28 AUGUST 2017

India and China agree to end border standoff

India and China have agreed to an « expeditious disengagement » of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/india-china-agree-to-disengagement-along-disputed-frontier-new-9163802
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/doklam-row-china-removes-road-building-equipment-from-face-off-site/articleshow/60262735.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/155/229/170/1503918000706.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/china-india-border-face-ends-what-made-china-step-back-2583363

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

14 AUGUST 2017

US-North Korea crisis tests Cold War’s nuclear deterrence doctrine

The doctrine of nuclear deterrence, put to the test in the standoff between Washington and Pyongyang, dates to the Cold War when the world’s two superpowers seemed hellbent on « mutually assured destruction »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-north-korea-crisis-tests-cold-war-s-nuclear-deterrence-9122572

14 JULY 2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?

India’s nuclear policy is now believed to be placing a greater emphasis on China instead of focusing on archrival Pakistan. But this is not to be mistaken as a shift in the nation’s nuclear doctrine, say experts
http://www.dw.com/en/is-india-turning-its-nuclear-focus-toward-china/a-39698420
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253969760/india-should-ally-with-asia-rather-than-us-chinese-state-media

10 JULY 2017

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

India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/with-eye-on-china-india-united-states-japan-conduct-naval-excercises/3935558.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170710_29/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2102045/malabar-exercise-india-us-and-japan-deploy-its-biggest-carriers

3 JULY 2017

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

Experts unsure why Chinese road construction project at tri-junction with Bhutan sparks huge military stand-off, but incident shows tensions remain high
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100871/china-india-border-dispute-bubbles-over-once-more-no

20 JUNE 2017

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

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

16 JUNE 2017

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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

9 JUNE 2017

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

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

5 JUNE 2017

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

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-05/india-fears-chinese-encirclement-citing-overwhelming-sino-presence-in-south-asia/1676616

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

26 APRIL 2017

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

The US military has started moving parts of a controversial anti-missile defence system to a deployment site in South Korea, amid high tensions over North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-26/us-starts-moving-thaad-missile-defence-system-to-south-korea/8472480?section=world
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203364
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252957159/after-north-korea-shows-off-its-military-power-now-south-korea-declares-us-an

23 APRIL 2017

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

The threat from a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry came days after Ms Bishop used an ABC interview to warn North Korea’s nuclear weapons program posed a « serious threat » to Austalia”
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-22/north-korea-accuses-australia-of-blindly-following-the-us/8464252?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/23/north-korea-warns-australia-of–nuclear-strike-julie-bishop-mike-pence
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2089955/australia-and-new-zealand-hit-back-north-koreas-threat

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

Following the missile strike on a Syrian government air base, the US has sent a strike group toward the Korean Peninsula to bolster Washington’s presence in the region, as North Korea appears closer to conducting another nuclear and missile test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170409000204
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-carrier-strike-group-diverted-north-korea-region/
http://www.voanews.com/a/us-strike-group-heads-toward-north-korea/3802649.html

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

By targeting Syria while hosting Xi Jinping, Trump is signalling he’ll act alone if Beijing doesn’t rein in Pyongyang, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2085811/us-sends-message-north-korea-strike

31 MARCH 2017

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

The Diplomat‘s Ankit Panda and Prashanth Parameswaran discuss France’s interests in the Asia-Pacific region in the context of French President Francois Hollande’s recent three-nation trip to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/03/france-as-a-21st-century-asia-pacific-power-hard-interests-and-direct-engagement/

28 MARCH 2017

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

Contrary to the dominant views that picture the China-Russia strategic partnership as shaky and unsustainable, the two countries have been consolidating their relations steadily and consistently over the last two décades
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/385.html

14 MARCH 2017

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

In this Brzezinski Institute report, Jon Alterman considers the ways in which the U.S. and Chinese governments have approached the Middle East and the Asian space leading to it and the implications that potential shifts would have not only for their bilateral ties but also for the future of geopolitics more broadly
https://www.csis.org/analysis/other-side-world-china-united-states-and-struggle-middle-east-security

7 MARCH 2017

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

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

Recent weeks have witnessed a further intensification of the nuclear arms race in South Asia, with arch-rivals India and Pakistan both carrying out tests of nuclear-capable missiles and making bellicose war threats
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/28/inpk-f28.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

Recently the Russia ambassador to Seoul hinted during a press conference with members of the South Korean media that if THAAD is indeed installed in South Korea then Russia will respond with its own countermeasures
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/10/the-limits-to-russias-potential-thaad-response/
https://sputniknews.com/military/201702101050526581-thaad-funding-cause-arms-race/

2 FEBRUARY 2017

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

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

13 JANUARY 2017

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

The fast-evolving relationship between Vietnam and India drew Beijing’s ire this week via the government mouthpiece Global Times, which described the Indian arms sale as “stirring up trouble”, and said China would “hardly sit with its arms crossed”
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2061550/why-india-risking-chinese-anger-trying-sell-missiles-vietnam

6 JANUARY 2017

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

The countries are home to 2.5 billion people, a long and sometimes disputed border — which they’ve fought wars over — and each have nuclear weapons
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/04/asia/china-india-icbm/index.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

As Bangladesh and Myanmar build up their navies, India and China compete to supply Equipment
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-bay-of-bengal-naval-arms-race/

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

A Chinese government-backed institute has released a report that says the United States is stepping up its military activity in the Asia-Pacific region
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161125_27/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-25/trump-will-pursue-regional-hegemony-in-south-china-sea/8059486?section=world

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

The Pivot to Asia has been one of the main focuses of US President Barack Obama’s foreign policies. With the election of Donald Trump, the US approach to Asia is expected to undergo a major change
http://www.dw.com/en/report-warns-of-arms-race-if-trump-reduces-asia-engagement/a-36410741

10 NOVEMBER 2016

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

Now that Donald Trump’s nativist insurgency has captured its capital, the rest of the world is anxious to know how that vision will be visited upon them, as Trump seeks to define his boilerplate “America-first” slogan overseas
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/10/trumps-impulsive-adventurism-and-security-in-the-asia-pacific-the-risks-and-ramifications

24 OCTOBER 2016

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

Strange as it may sound, China and India need a basis in espionage to improve their relationship. The two countries are ignorant of each other’s strategies, with suspicion taking the place of intelligence just when understanding is critical
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2039640/guess-what-india-and-china-need-improve-relations-more-spies

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

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

China and Russia blasted Washington on Tuesday (Oct 11) for its decision to deploy a missile defence system in South Korea in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-russia-criticise-us-deployment-of-missile-defence-system-in-south-korea-over
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2027171/china-and-russia-close-ranks-against-us-missile-defence

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

Russia is considering plans to restore military bases in Vietnam and Cuba that had served as pivots of Soviet global military power during the cold war, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defence Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2026157/russia-considers-restoring-military-bases-vietnam-and
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37591756

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

China and Russia have kicked off 8 days of joint naval exercises in the South China Sea. It’s the first time the 2 countries are holding joint drills in the contested waters
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160912_20/
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-09/12/content_7254045.htm

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

Even though the European integration has been built and developed on a “pacifist” platform after the Second World War’s tragedies, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands keep selling arms worth billions of dollars to Asia-Pacific nations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/surge-in-europes-arms-sales-to-asia/

30 AUGUST 2016

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

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

North Korea fired a submarine-launched missile on Wednesday that flew about 500 km (311 miles) towards Japan, a show of improving technological capability for the isolated country that has conducted a series of launches in defiance of UN sanctions
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile-towards-japan
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-from-submarine/a-19496546
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/24/north-korea-tests-submarine-launched-ballistic-missile

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

28 JUNE 2016

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

A small spacecraft sent into orbit by the Long March 7 rocket launched from Hainan in southern China on Saturday is tasked with cleaning up space junk, according to the government, but some analysts claim it may serve a military purpose
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1982526/china-militarising-space-experts-say-new-junk-collector

23 JUNE 2026

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

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened United States military bases across the Pacific after North Korea’s test of a powerful new missile triggered emergency United Nations Security Council talks late Wednesday (June 22) on curbing Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-says-new-missile-can-strike-us-military-bases-in-the

4 JUNE 2016

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

US secretary for Defence Carter has proposed to further deepen defense cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region by bringing cooperating countries together under the umbrella of a “security network.” Militaries of the countries under this network would train together and eventually operate together, Carter proposed.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244651303
http://www.dw.com/en/south-china-sea-tensions-top-asia-security-summit-in-singapore/a-19306325http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-defence-chief-carter-urges-china-to-quit-self-isolation-and-join-principled

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

Russia this year will deploy coastal missile systems and drones of a new generation in the Kuril islands, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Friday.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/russian-navy-may-create-pacific-fleet-base-disputed-kuril-islands

21 MARCH 2016

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

The disputed South China Sea will soon see increased U.S. military activity from five Philippine bases, following the signing of a deal between Manila and Washington that will allow the Pentagon to deploy conventional forces to the Philippines for the first time in decades
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/03/21/these-are-the-new-u-s-military-bases-near-the-south-china-sea-china-isnt-impressed/

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

The Japanese government will send personnel from the Self-Defense Forces and Coast Guard to Indonesia late this month to help enhance that country’s naval capabilities
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160314_03/

23 FEBRUARY 2016

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

By the end of the decade, total defence spending in Asia-Pacific is expected to hit US$533 billion per year, up from US$435 billion in 2015, according to British military publisher IHS Jane’s.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/report-military-spending-asia-pacific-hit-533b-2020
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-tensions-fuel-s748b-arms-race-asia-pacific

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

North Korea on Sunday (Feb 7) launched a long-range rocket seen by much of the outside world as a covert test of ballistic missile technology for a future weapons system capable of striking the US mainland. These are key dates in the reclusive nation’s missile programme.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chronology-of-north-korean-missile-development

9 FEBRUARY 2016

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

The United States hopes to deploy its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense or THAAD system to the Korean peninsula as soon as possible. « We’d like to see this move as quickly as possible. We are beginning the consultations now in the coming days with the South Koreans and we expect this will move in an expeditious fashion. »
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188046
http://news.yahoo.com/us-responses-nkorea-nuke-missile-tests-upset-china-050557834.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-hopes-to-send-anti-missile-system-to-south-korea-as-quickly-as-possible

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

North Korea’s latest rocket launch might kick off a buildup of U.S. missile defense systems in Asia, U.S. officials and missile defense experts said, something that could further strain U.S.-China ties and also hurt relations between Beijing and Seoul.
http://news.yahoo.com/north-korea-launch-may-spur-talks-u-missile-013336680–finance.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

The Philippines has offered the United States eight bases where it can build facilities to store equipment and supplies under a new security deal, a military spokesman said on Wednesday, amid rising tension with China over the South China Sea.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/philippines-offers-eight-bases-to-us-under-new-military-deal/
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/14/1542335/8-philippine-camps-eyed-us

12 JANUARY 2016

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

The Philippines Supreme Court on Tuesday declared constitutional a security deal with the United States allowing an increased U.S. military presence in the former U.S. colony as tension rises in the South China Sea.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-idUSKCN0UQ0JK20160112
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-welcomes-more/2421044.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/high-court-upholds-edca/239110/

10 JANUARY 2016

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

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

9 DECEMBER 2015

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

Singapore continues to double down as recipient and benefactor of the US tilt to Asia, jointly announcing on Dec. 7 – the anniversary of the destruction of the US fleet by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii in 1941 – that it is adding Poseidon P8-A spy planes to an already formidable US presence on the island
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/singapore-commitment-host-us-military-facilities/

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

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

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1201473/pakistan-russia-sign-landmark-defence-deal

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

22 JULY 2015

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

Japan is set to take part in joint naval exercises with India and the United States in the Indian Ocean in October, military and diplomatic sources said, a drill that so riled China eight years ago that Delhi has not since hosted such a multilateral wargame
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/22/us-india-military-exercises-idUSKCN0PW1EB20150722

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?

30 MAY 2015

US to step up maritime defense cooperation with Southeast Asia

Through the new Southeast Asia Security Initiative, the U.S. Defense Department is proposing that it help to equip and step up the defense capabilities of Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines, particularly in maritime matters
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/US-to-step-up-maritime-defense-cooperation-with-Southeast-Asia

21 MAY 2015

Asia defense spending: New arms race in South China Sea

The Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Taiwan are beefing up their military in the face of increasingly bold incursions in the region by China. But most of that spending is not going to weapons makers in the United States.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102698589

14 MAY 2015

Analyzing Southeast Asia’s Military Expenditures

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

30 APRIL 2015

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

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150428_06.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

25 APRIL 2015

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

The United States has asked for access to Philippine military bases in eight locations to rotate troops, aircraft, and ships as Washington shifts its forces to Asia and as China expands its military presence in the South China Sea
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/476254/news/nation/us-seeks-access-to-philippine-bases-as-part-of-asia-pivot

18 APRIL 2015

Pakistan, China, Iran and the remaking of regional security

The regional security in South Asia and the adjacent regions to the west and north are on the cusp of a profound transformation. Broadly, there are three vectors involved here
http://atimes.com/2015/04/pakistan-china-iran-and-the-remaking-of-regional-security/

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/revelations-on-chinas-maritime-modernization/
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china.html

14 APRIL 2015

Nuclear tensions rising in South Asia

South Asia, a volatile and unstable region, has been witnessing an escalation in military and nuclear rivalry, somewhat overshadowed by the understandable fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-32289368

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

9 MARCH 2015

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

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-tests-missile-that-could-carry-nuclear-warhead-to-every-part-of-india/2015/03/09/920f4f42-c65c-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1168421/test-launch-of-shaheen-iii-ballistic-missile-successful-ispr

5 MARCH 2015

ISIS has eye on Southeast Asia: Terror expert

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group is beefing up its external operations wing and courting support in South- east Asia, a security expert said at a counter-terrorism meeting here
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/isis-has-eye-southeast-asia-terror-expert

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

The United States has deployed its newest and most advanced surveillance aircraft for patrols over the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea
ttp://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-sends-spy-plane-patrol-disputed-south-china-sea

25 FEBRUARY 1915

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

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/482784/n-korea-may-have-100-atomic-arms-by-2020-us-experts

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Turkey eyes deal with China on missile defence

Turkey’s defence minister said on Thursday the country does not plan to integrate a new missile defence system with NATO infrastructure and officials said a US$3.4 billion deal with China was still under consideration
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/20/content_15229881.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?
http://sea-globe.com/a-new-cold-war-southeast-asia-globe/

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

9 JANUARY 2015

North Korea Seems to Be Closer to Missile-Launching Submarine

North Korea has displayed its cyberattack capabilities and advances toward making nuclear warheads, the country’s adversaries say. Now, the North appears to have shown progress in fitting submarines with missile launchers
http://38north.org/2015/01/jbermudez010815/
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/09/world/asia/north-korea-progress-developing-missile-launching-submarine.html?ref=asia

28 DECEMBER 2014

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

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=17090&source=GovDelivery#%2EVKDXpIcmf9U%2Elinkedin

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141221000004&cid=1101

19 DECEMBER 2014

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

South Korea, the United States and Japan have produced significant progress on a pact on sharing their military intelligence to better deal with threats from North Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141218000971
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/12/19/2014121901519.html

Malaysia’s Defense Budget: A Push to the East

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

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

30 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

24 NOVEMBER 2014

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

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China building possible airfield in South China Sea: US

The vast land reclamation project on the Fiery Cross Reef in the Spratly Islands is one of several pursued by China but the first that could accommodate an airstrip, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Pool said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-building-possible/1487310.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/21/china-building-south-china-sea-island-airstrip-military-installations

17 NOVEMBER 2014

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

American naval officers who publically raise concerns about China’s military capabilities and intentions can find themselves sidelined, their careers stunted. That is the case of Capt. James Fanell, formerly the chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/us-navy-muzzles-china-critic/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan successfully test fires Hatf-VI missile

Pakistan on Thursday conducted a successful training launch of intermediate range Shaheen-II (Hatf-VI) ballistic missile, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).
http://tribune.com.pk/story/790505/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-hatf-vi-missile/

6 NOVEMBER 2014

China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia

China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141106000166&cid=1101

26 OCTOBER 2014

Pacific Powers Build Capability, Warily Eye Neighbor Countries

Ninety percent of the world’s trade flows by sea and the majority of that through narrow, vulnerable straits such as Malacca, Singapore and Taiwan. This has forced the Asia-Pacific region to outspend all other nations, except the US, in procurement of ships and submarines.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260019/Pacific-Powers-Build-Capability-Warily-Eye-Neighbor-Countries

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

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

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defencehttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

CAMBODIA: SEARCH FOR BALANCED FOREIGN POLICY IN THE REGION
 
Vietnam provided a USD 21,6 million loan for Cambodia for the Royal armed forces modernization. The funds will be mainly allocated for weapons and equipment purchase, personnel training, and medical services, the Vietnamese media report
http://eurasianintelligence.org/news.php?new=88&num

13 SEPTEMBER 2014

The New, Improved Shanghai Cooperation Organization

China’s ambitious goals for the SCO are helped by the imminent addition of three new members.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/the-new-improved-shanghai-cooperation-organization/

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

30 AUGUST 204

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

14 AUGUST 2014

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

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

12 AUGUST 2014

Australia and US sign defence pact

The United States and Australia have signed an agreement to bolster US air and navy presence in northern Australia, under a plan to strengthen defence ties and project more power into the Asia Pacific, where China’s influence is growing.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/australia-us-sign-defence-pact-201481251124370185.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

31 JULY 2014

Russia’s Strategic Pakistan Play

Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan, even in the face of official Indian concerns, is being seen by some quarters as evidence of a “major” regional re-alignment in the wake of the American drawdown in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/russias-strategic-pakistan-play/

21 JULY 2014

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

With China rising and Japan seeking to become a « normal nation, » the stage is set for increased tensions
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/asias-most-dangerous-rivalry-heats-china-vs-japan-10918

14 JULY 2014

China and Strategic Imbalance

The recent Shangri-la meeting in Singapore saw some sharp exchanges between Chinese and other participants. Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig protected by more than 80 naval vessels in the South China Sea four days after President Barack Obama’s “reassurance trip” to China’s East Asian neighbors in April 2014 was widely seen as a deliberate and calculated provocation.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-and-strategic-imbalance/1/

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

27 JUNE 2014

Beijing Explores India, China, Pakistan Joint Security Mechanism

Buoyed by the optimism over the new Indian government’s moves to improve ties with Pakistan and China, Beijing apparently is exploring a trilateral security cooperation with its two neighbours
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/beijing-explores-india-china-pakistan-joint-security-mechanism-548846

26 JUNE 2014

An Arms Race Explodes in Asia-Pacific

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

24 JUNE 2014 

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

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

23 JUNE 2014

Arctic Fusion: Russia and China Convergent Strategies

Is the Arctic becoming a Sino-Russian lake? The question must be asked, because of the way these two Eurasian giants are gaining a massive and coordinated influence in the whole Arctic region, taking advantage of the geophysical changes caused by global warming
https://www.redanalysis.org/2014/06/23/arctic-fusion-russia-china-convergent-strategies/

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20062014-revisiting-indias-nuclear-doctrine-analysis/

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

The Philippine economy has been one of the fastest-growing in Asia in recent years, and if there is ever a time for Manila to invest in boosting its military capability, it is now. The Philippines has born the brunt of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, with standoffs on the Scarborough Shoal, Second Thomas Shoal, and most recently a land reclamation project on Johnson Atoll. Yet, given decades of neglect, recent modernization efforts by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) look pretty anemic.
http://cogitasia.com/the-philippines-slowly-modernizes-its-defense-capabilities/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

South Korea will donate a corvette warship to the poorly-equipped Philippine navy amid growing tensions — particularly with China — over maritime territorial disputes in the region, the government said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414039/s-korea-donates-warship-to-manila

5 JUNE 2014

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

http://www.andrewleunginternationalconsultants.com/files/a-rising-china-india-and-the-us—the-global-analyst-june-2014.pdf

1 JUNE 2014

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

China on Sunday strongly denounced Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US defence chief Chuck Hagel for making « provocative » speeches against Beijing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10867878/China-accuses-US-defence-chief-Chuck-Hagel-and-Japanese-Prime-Minister-Shinzo-Abe-of-provocative-speeches.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-remarks-by-us-japan-on-disputed-territories/1926961.html

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

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

The United States on Saturday accused China of acting as a “destabilising” force in pursuing its territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying its failure to resolve disputes with its neighbours threatens the region’s long-term progress
http://www.france24.com/en/20140531-usa-chuck-hagel-says-china-destabilising-force/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/us-china-destabilising-asia-pacific-region-20145317512706660.html

30 MAY 2014

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

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

China frets over Japanese nuclear program

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

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-300514.html

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

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

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

22 APRIL 2014

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

The United States and countries bordering the Pacific have signed a deal to reduce the chance of accidental clashes at sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27118587
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2014/04/23/406037/Asia-Pacific-navies.htm

15 APRIL 2014

Asia bucks military spending decline

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/north-koreans-complain-london-hairdresser-kim-jong-un

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act
http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

25 MARCH 2014

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401778/china-to-have-nuclear-missiles-on-subs-soon-us-admiral

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force
http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

Philippine officials announced that they have reached a “consensus” with the United States on a plan to host temporary U.S. military facilities on Philippine bases. The two countries are in the last stages of negotiations to increase the number of American troop visits each year
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-reaches-consensus-on-temporary-us-military-facilities/1870967.html

10 MARCH 2014

A New Security Alliance for Asia-Pacific

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

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/security-alliance-asia-pacific/

4 MARCH 2014

Why Washington Can’t Restrain Tokyo

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

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/why-washington-cant-restrain-tokyo/

5 FEBRUARY 2014

China’s military rise forcing Asian defence splurge

China’s growing military might is forcing its neighbours to ramp up their defence spending but it will be decades before it rivals the United States as a military superpower, the IISS think tank said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393409/china-military-rise-forcing-asian-defence-splurge

14 JANUARY 2014

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

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

9 JANUARY 2014

Is it time to create an ‘Asian NATO’?

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

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/9/lyons-an-asian-maritime-alliance/#!

1 JANUARY 2014

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

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/01/china-military-presence-superpower-collision-japan#!

30 DECEMBER 2013

Japanese goverment wants sea lanes part of self-defence

Japan wants to join patrols of vital sea lanes with foreign forces and launch counter attacks if ships of other nations come under attack
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-govt-wants-sea-lanes-part-of-self-defence-55538.html

10 DECEMBER 2013

Senkaku Islands tensions drive Russia and Japan closer

Increased tensions between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the South China Sea are driving Russia and Japan closer.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/senkaku-islands-tensions-drive-russia-and-japan-closer?goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_5816189462866046977#%21

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

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

The United States sent a clear message to China not to over-step its territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10476579/US-military-aircraft-defies-Chinas-new-defence-zone-to-fly-over-disputed-East-China-Sea.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b2a6c054-56c9-11e3-ab12-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2lmxnvOGr
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/26/us-aircraft-fly-over-disputed-china-air-zone/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

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

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

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

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

16 OCTOBER 2013

How Dependent are East Asian States on Arms Imports?

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

http://cogitasia.com/how-dependent-are-east-asian-states-on-arms-imports/

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Chinese Firm to Co-Produce Turkey Missile Defense System

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-chinese-firm-under-us-sanctions-wins-turkey-missile-defense-system-tender/1758277.html

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/326c5442-278c-11e3-8feb-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

China-U.S. Military Ties on the Upswing

In less than two years, China-U.S. military relations have experienced a remarkable turnaround. President Xi Jinping in particular has expressed strong support for developing more military exchanges as part of his concept of a “new type great power relationship” between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41421&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=e1e47c7d7cff5f0850126680300dc7f3#.UkskvctOLIU

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

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

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

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

http://www.eurasiareview.com/08092013-a-salutation-to-arms-asias-military-buildup-its-reasons-and-its-implications-analysis/

16 AUGUST 2013

China, Japan, and India’s Asian Arms Race

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-16/china-japan-and-indias-asian-arms-race?goback=%2Egde_134242_member_266504416#%21

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.
http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

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

http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

NATO and Its Limits in the Asia-Pacific

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

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41120&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=9d1a9227cf70ee122ce7683e197cf0c8#.UeGRW8tOLVI

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

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

19 JUNE 203

Su-35 will give China air superiority in East Asia

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

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

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

15 JUNE 2013

Asia-Pacific and a Common Defense

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

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

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

29 MAY 2013

World eyes China’s coexistence strategy

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

23 MAY 2013

China Has Drones. Now What?

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139405/andrew-erickson-and-austin-strange/china-has-drones-now-what

13 MAY 013

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

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

3 MAY 2013

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

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

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

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

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

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

21 MARCH 2013

Problems with the Asia Pivot

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

15 MARCH 2013

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

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

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

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

12 MARCH 2013

China’s military development, beyond the number

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

7 MARCH 2013

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

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

US, China take part in Pakistan naval drills

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

5 MARCH 2013

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

2 MARCH 2013

Chinese trader indicted in US accused of busting Iran missile embargo

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

26 FEBRUARY 2013

China unveils new stealth missile frigates

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

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons safety and security

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/columns/23-Feb-2013/pakistan-s-nuclear-weapons-safety-and-security

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Why arms race? Why Asia isn’t Europe 1913

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

14 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

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

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

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

28 JANUARY 203

Main battle tanks in Asia

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

China carries out anti-missile test

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

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

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

16 JANUARY 2013

US pivot sparks Asian arms race

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

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

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

Japanese destroyer could be modified into aircraft carrier

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

2 JANUARY 2013

Pakistan’s tactical nukes

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

1 JANUARY 2013

Tokyo eyeing purchase of US spy drones

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

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

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

26 DECEMBER 2012

US proposes sale of spy drones to S Korea

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

20 DECEMBER 2012

Asian region UAV capability on the rise

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

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/195/Asian-region-UAV-capability-on-the-rise

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

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

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

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

29 NOVEMBER 2012

The Problem From Hell: South Asia’s Arms Race

India has responded to Pakistan’s nuclear build-up by innovating and adopting a controversial concept called « Cold Start. »
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/29/nuclear-south-asia-the-problem-from-hell/

15 NOVEMBER 2012

Thailand Defence pact with US ‘only reaffirms ties’

The 2012 Joint Vision Statement for the Thai-US Defence Alliance, to be signed during the visit of US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta today, posed no legal difficulties in terms of the Constitution and would have no impact on strategic ties with China, Defence Minister Sukampol Suwannathat said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Defence-pact-with-US-only-reaffirms-ties-30194375.html

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand.
http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

14 NOVEMBER 2012

US defence pact ‘won’t affect’ Thai neutrality

Security experts said this week that Thailand would not lose its neutrality after the decision to sign a new defence agreement with the United States during the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama, but the country must be careful not to be seen as moving too close to the American orbit
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/US-defence-pact-wont-affect-Thai-neutrality-30194293.html

9 NOVEMBER 2012

Japan turns to US amid fears over China

Japan’s defence minister has called for revision of the guidelines that govern its military co-operation with the US, amid concern in the region over China’s increasingly assertive maritime policies and rapidly growing naval power.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ddae432-2a62-11e2-a137-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_184578755#axzz2B9u2L8sh

1 NOVEMBER 2012

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

China’s military shipyards now are surpassing Western European, Japanese, and Korean military shipbuilders in terms of both the types and numbers of ships they can build. If Beijing prioritizes progress, China’s military shipbuilding technical capabilities can likely become as good as Russia’s are now by 2020 and will near current U.S. shipbuilding technical proficiency levels by 203
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/01/u-s-navy-take-notice-china-is-becoming-a-world-class-military-shipbuilder/

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

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

17 OCTOBER 2012

Tokyo’s Missing Muscle

Recent rhetoric concerning the East China Sea and the Senkaku Islands, which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands, makes it appear that the Japanese government is taking a tougher approach on foreign policy and military affairs. Its decision to purchase the disputed islands in September triggered outrage from China and spawned observations that Japan is veering toward the right.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138194/takashi-yokota-and-kirk-spitzer/tokyos-missing-muscle


The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

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

16 OCTOBER 2012

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

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering holding a joint military exercise on an uninhabited island in Okinawa Prefecture in November. The exercise would simulate the coordination of forces to recover an island occupied by an enemy, according to sources close to the Japanese government.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121015001953.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

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

12 OCTOBER 2012

Asian Powers Increase Military Spending

A new study shows that over the past decade, five Asian powers have increased military spending to levels among the highest in the world, with China leading the way. The study released Monday by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies says China has quadrupled its defense budget since 2000. It also says India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan have dramatically increased their military spending.
http://www.voanews.com/content/asian-powers-increase-military-spending/1527155.html

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

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

6 OCTOBER 2012

2 U.S. carriers deployed to W. Pacific

Two aircraft carrier strike groups of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet have been deployed since mid-September to the Western Pacific in an apparent attempt to keep the activities of the Chinese military in check amid growing Japan-China tension over the Senkaku Islands.
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T121005002922.htm

20 AUGUST 2012

US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2012

EAST CHINA SEA DISPUTE
Beijing more sensitive to war tremors

Long-standing historical and geopolitical tensions between Japan and China are coming to a head over a group of islands in the East China Sea. The struggle for sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands in Japan) is heating up at a dangerous time for both countries. While Japan faces crucial elections, massive protests against Japan erupted in dozens of Chinese cities. In some places, anger was vented against Japanese products and brands. Protesters overturned Japanese-brand cars, set fire to buildings, and smashed Japanese-made electronics.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NI18Ad01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

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.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

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

28 AUGUST 2012

Nationalism runs high in Asian disputes

Tensions in Asia’s territorial disputes continue to escalate. A dangerous mix of nationalist sentiments and domestic politics in China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines, have exacerbated long simmering disputes over several island clusters throughout the region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH29Ae01.html

25 AUGUST 2012

Australia foreign minister rules out US bases

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

US insists missile defense targets DPRK, not China

However, military experts in both the United States and China questioned the US’ intentions, saying the expensive system, which is well beyond Pyongyang’s military capability, is actually « looking at China ».
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-08/25/content_15705030.htm

23 AUGUST 2012

Pentagon plans new missile defences in Asia

The United States is planning to build a new missile defence shield in Asia to contain threats from North Korea and counter China’s growing missile capabilities.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9493917/Pentagon-plans-new-missile-defences-in-Asia.html

21 AUGUST 2012

China’s Navy Goes Global

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

27 JULY 2012

China, India set course for naval strength

The INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier (former Admiral Gorshkov), which Russia refurbished for India, left its berth at the Sevmash shipyard in Russia’s northern city of Severodvinsk and sailed into the White Sea to undergo trials on June 8.
http://gbtimes.com/news/china-india-set-course-naval-strength

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

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

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

The Philippines air force has decided to purchase 12 TA-50 trainer jets from South Korea in a project worth nearly $360 million, a Philippines broadcaster reported Wednesday. The aircraft produced by Korea Aerospace Industries will be delivered within next year, ABS-CBN reported citing air force officials.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120620001048&cpv=0

14 JUNE 2012

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

China’s rise, North Korea’s threat bolster trilateral cooperation; historical animosity, economic interests with Beijing still in the way
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120614000896&cpv=0

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

The United States pledged to help the Philippines step up its defenses in the face of a rising China, as President Benigno Aquino III and President Barack Obama prepared to meet at the White House amid Philippine warnings that “weakness invites aggression.”
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/39371/us-to-boost-ph-defense

4 JUNE 2012

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

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

3 JUNE 2012

India’s Defence Budget 2012-13

The Union Budget 2012-13, presented to the Indian Parliament in March 2012, has allocated US $40.3 billion for the Defence Services that include the three armed forces (Army, Navy and Air Force), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Ordnance Factories. The allocation – which constitutes India’s official defence budget – is an increase of 17.6 per cent over the previous amount.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/169/India-s-Defence-Budget-2012-13

2 JUNE 2012

US to move the majority of its naval fleet to Asia

The United States will move the majority of its war ships to the Pacific Ocean as part of a strategy of boosting links with its Asian allies, Leon Panetta, the American defence secretary, has announced
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9307583/US-to-move-the-majority-of-its-naval-fleet-to-Asia.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18305750

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

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

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

8 MAY 2012

India fortifies its island defenses

The Indian Navy has commissioned a new base, Indian Naval Ship (INS) Dweeprakshak, in the Lakshadweep Islands. Located at Kavaratti, the island chain’s capital, Dweeprakshak will provide the navy with a permanent and more robust presence in waters that are threatened by pirates
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NE08Df02.html

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

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

17 APRIL 2012

Vietnam, US to hold five day naval exchange

Vietnam and the US will hold five days of « non-combatant » naval exchange activities next week in the port city of Danang, the US Embassy said, amid rising tensions in the South China Sea
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-us-hold-five-day-naval-exchange-151421389.html

13 APRIL 2012

North Korea rocket launch fails

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

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

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

28 MARCH 2012

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

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

23 MARCH 2012

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

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

21 MARCH 2012

India overtakes China as world’s biggest arms importer

India has overtaken China as the world’s biggest importer of weapons, with Asian nations the most aggressive consumers of military hardware, a new report says.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/03/21/world/asia/india-arms-trade/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

South Korea out to extend missile range

President Lee Myung-bak said on Wednesday it was no longer acceptable that South Korea limited its missiles to a range of 300km while North Korea was poised to test a rocket next month with a range estimated at more than 3,000km. Seoul restricts its firepower under a 2001 memorandum of understanding with Washington
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ad35d806-7333-11e1-9014-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pmwni98T

7 MARCH 2012

Asian military spending to pass Europe in 2012: think tank

Military spending in Asia will top that in Europe for the first time this year, a London-based think-tank said Wednesday in its annual assessment of the strength of the world’s armies. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said shifts in global economic power were increasingly reflected in military spending
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187612/1/.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0aab435c-6846-11e1-a6cc-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1oT9Ir22S

5 MARCH 2012

Is an India-China arms race brewing? 

On Saturday, the Indian armed forces ended a major military exercise near the Chinese border, while China has announced that it will increase its military spending by 11.2 per cent in 2012
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2012/03/2012358105253868.html

7 FEBRUARY 2012

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

Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120206005049.htm

5 FEBRUARY 2012

Japan, US negotiate defence plan

Japan and the United States are discussing the transfer of U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture out of the country ahead of the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Futenma Air Station, government sources said
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120204003831.htm

27 DECEMBER 2011

Japan set to ease arms export ban

Japan is to ease an arms export ban that has been in place since 1967, the top government spokesman has confirmed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336548
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1173511/1/.html

22 DECEMBER 2011

Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil

South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion  deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111222-317755.html
3 AUGUST 2011

White paper calls China ‘overbearing’

The Japanese Defense Ministry’s white paper for 2011, approved by the Cabinet Tuesday, expresses strong concern about China’s growing maritime activities in recent years, describing China as « overbearing. »
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T110802005930.htm

21 JUNE 2011

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

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou and his Kuomintang (KMT) party face a tough battle for re-election in January 2012. Beijing desperately wants him to win, and that Washington favors him over his challenger, opposition leader Tsai Ing-wen, isn’t a secret either. With the timely authorization of an upgrade of the Taiwan air force’s F-16A/B fleet, the United States could provide Ma, who is domestically constantly criticized for letting the guard down against China, with some political ammunition for the home front. There are also reasons to believe Beijing would tone down its rhetoric against military support, and tolerance to some extent
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MF22Ad01.html

15 JUNE 2011

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

India has signed on June 14 its biggest defence deal with the USA to procure ten C-17 heavy-lift aircraft for US$ 4.1 billion under which American defence major Boeing will set up test facilities for hi-tech aeronautics engines for the Defence Research and Development Organistaion (DRDO)
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=373228&catid=36

12 JUNE 2011

US not coming to Philippines aid vs China

The United States yesterday said it will not side with any party in the Spratlys conflict, which is to say that the Philippines’ most powerful ally will not be coming to its aid should its spat with China escalate into a shooting war
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/14118/us-not-coming-to-ph-aid-vs-china

6 JUNE 2011

Asia-Pacific countries readying for arms trade treaty at UN

Representatives from 30 Asia-Pacific countries gathered in Bali on Monday to discuss arms transfers and ways to improve controls through a new international legally binding instrument — the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) — currently being negotiated at the UN
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/06/07/asia-pacific-countries-readying-arms-trade-treaty-un.html
5 JUNE 2011

Philippines shops for US military gear

Amid increasing concern over renewed tensions in the South China Sea, the Philippine Embassy here is shopping for excess defense equipment from the United States under Washington’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/12084/philippines-shops-for-us-military-gear

28 APRIL 2011

Return of US forces to Subic Bay (Philippines) possible

High-level visits here by American officials have raised the prospect of a return of the United States’ military presence in this former naval base in the wake of disasters that hit Japan, which have delayed the planned US military build-up in Guam
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110428-333354/Return-of-US-forces-to-Subic-possible

15 APRIL 2011

India hones its missile shield

One consequence of the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 has been an acceleration of India’s ballistic missile defense (BMD) program to protect against a sudden missile attack, possibly nuclear tipped, particularly from rogue elements in Pakistan. The BMD can also be extended to space to protect India’s remote and communication satellites especially in the context of China conducting an anti-satellite test in 2007, in what is seen as a…
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MD16Df01.html

Countering China’s Military Modernisation: An Indian Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12 APRIL 2011

South Korea to complete missile defence system by 2015

South Korea will complete a missile defence system by 2015 designed to intercept potential ballistic missiles from North Korea, the military said Tuesday
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1632468.php/South-Korea-to-complete-missile-defence-system-by-2015

14 MARCH 2011

India ‘world’s biggest arms buyer’

India has overtaken China to become the world’s largest importer of weapons, according to a Swedish think-tank that monitors global arms sales. India’s defence budget for the coming year is 1.5 trillion rupees ($32.5bn), a 40 per cent increase from two years ago. It imports more than 70 per cent of its weapons
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/03/201131464110211223.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12729363

18 November 2007

IN WHAT HANDS WILL FALL THE PAKISTAN’s NUCLEAR WEAPONRY ?

With the future of Pakistan’s leadership in doubt, debate is intensifying in USA about whether the hightly classified program has done enough
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/11/18/asia/nuke.php

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=77559
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711090028.aspx

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Once formidable, Taiwan’s military now overshadowed by China’s

Some experts say that given China’s overwhelming numerical advantage in weaponry, Taiwan should focus less on big platforms like submarines and more on lower-cost weapons like antiaircraft and anti-ship missiles that can blunt China’s superiority
http://www.todayonline.com/world/once-formidable-taiwans-military-now-overshadowed-chinas

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-to-increase-defence-spending-11776

18 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3277365

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

In search of greater regional connectivity, Taiwan’s ‘New Southbound Policy’ (NSP) has progressed from the research and planning stage to large-scale implementation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/17/taiwans-southward-integration-faces-a-long-uphill-battle/

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3269913

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, an action that would likely lead to a larger U.S.-China conventional or nuclear war, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-secret-military-plan-invade-taiwan-2020/

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

The Air Force Monthly recently received photos of a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) FC-K-1D aircraft carrying a rarely seen stand-off cruise missile
http://www.airforcesmonthly.com/2017/09/26/taiwan-tests-new-stand-off-cruise-missile/#.WcvTVRH-oiY.linkedin

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

22 AUGUST 2017

China warns US ahead of Taiwan Defence Minister’s brief visit

China warned the United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island’s Defence Minister to the US on his way to and from Central American allies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-warns-us-ahead-of-taiwan-defence-ministers-brief-visit
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3237056
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201708220014.aspx

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201708130007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/08/14/2003676483

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-protests-against-cambodia-sending-taiwanese-fraud-suspects-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2017/07/27/499681/taiwan-has.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707270009.aspx

21 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets to monitor military planes from mainland China in air defence zone

Taipei has released two photos of Beijing military planes flying over the East China Sea near the island after it scrambled fighter jets to monitor them on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103643/taiwan-scrambles-jets-monitor-military-planes-mainland
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/22/2003675050

17 JULY 2017

China upset about ‘negative’ Taiwan content in US defence bill

China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defence bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-upset-about–negative–taiwan-content-in-us-defence-bill-9038538
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/342317-china-upset-about-negative-taiwan-content-in-us-defense-bill
https://sentinel.tw/trump-first-arms-package-taiwan/

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

Even as Taiwan loses diplomatic allies to its bigger rival China, the increasingly isolated government has bested Beijing at a level of international relations that common people can feel: the number of countries that let citizens enter visa free
https://www.voanews.com/a/how-taiwan-gained-on-china-in-global-diplomatic-rivalry/3943956.html

3 JULY 2017

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets China’s Taiwan affairs minister in Shanghai

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday concluded his visit to Shanghai, where he attended this year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, with a controversial closed-door meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the Hongqiao State Guest Hotel
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/04/2003673849
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030025.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030019.aspx

2 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese carrier passes en route to Hong Kong

Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwan-scrambles-jets-chinese-carrier-passes-en-route-hong-kong/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707020017.aspx

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100808/us-arms-sales-morale-booster-taiwan-says-tsai-ing-wen
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-outraged-by-us-1-42-billion-planned-us-arms-sales-to-8992150
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706300008.aspx
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100657/us-approves-first-arms-sales-taiwan-under-trump-us14

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098038/panama-establishes-diplomatic-ties-china-blow-taiwan
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/99210
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706130005.aspx

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

3 JUNE 2017

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

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096762/james-mattis-outrages-chinas-military-delegation-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706030020.aspx
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0603/c90000-9223867.html

25 MAY 2017

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

On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/prospects-us-taiwan-relations

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/192/139/1495031125560.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2017/05/18/497537/re-naming-agency.htm

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/17/497535/fiji-is.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/05/18/2003670817

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094089/taiwan-touts-benefits-us-its-weapons-purchases

2 MAY 2017

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

Foreign Minister David Lee said that international news agency Reuters issued « regrets and apologies » over its latest news coverage, which the Presidential Office said had misrepresented President Tsai Ing-wen
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/reuters-embarrassed-over-president-tsai-interview-says-foreign-minister

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-china-fears-taiwan-after-trump-snub
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/donald-trump-spurns-taiwan-presidents-suggestion-of-another-phone-call
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2017/04/29/496446/Trump-rejects.htm

24 APRIL 2017

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

A blockade of Taiwan would be Beijing’s most pragmatic and logical military course of action. It is imperative that Taiwan take the necessary measures to defend against that form of coercion
https://sentinel.tw/blockade-taiwan-fan/

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

Taiwan said that a mainland activist who tried to seek political asylum on the island had voluntarily returned home, ending a dilemma for Taiwanese authorities over how to deal with the case
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2088941/mainland-asylum-seeker-zhang-xiangzhong-agrees-return
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/19/chinese-activist-returns-voluntarily-says-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704190012.aspx

10 APRIL 2017

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

The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086404/beijing-prevents-wife-imprisoned-taiwanese-activist
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/04/11/495334/No-entry.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704100026.aspx

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39501621
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/04/06/2003668167

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

A prominent Taiwanese human rights advocate has been detained in China and is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security, the Chinese government has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39428220
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/29/missing-taiwanese-human-rights-activist-detained-by-china
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201703290021.aspx

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

China said on Monday it has complained to Japan after a Japanese minister visited self-ruled Taiwan over the weekend, warning this could hurt relations between Beijing and Tokyo
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2017/03/27/china-upset-as-japanese-minister-visits-selfruled-taiwan/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/27/content_15592457.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/25/national/politics-diplomacy/senior-japanese-official-45-years-pays-visit-taiwan/#.WNk7fuQ6w2w

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship
http://www.fpri.org/article/2017/03/donald-trump-is-no-friend-of-taiwan/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2016/12/11/trump-will-use-taiwan-as-a-bargaining-chip-in-relations-with-china/#66fbbd3e7e79

21 MARCH 2017

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

Taiwan will build its own submarines, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday, as the self-ruled island looks to fresh arms sales by the United States, accompanied by key submarine technology, to counter a growing military threat from China
http://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-to-build-own-submarine/3775159.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/22/494023/Plan-for.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201703210017.aspx

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

Defence spending is targeted to rise to 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2018, up from about 2 per cent this year, Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers in Taipei on Thursday. Taiwan plans to develop indigenous ships, aircraft, weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of defence or offence, he said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2079548/taiwan-plans-defence-spending-increase-counter-rising
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170317_02/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-says-capable-of-strike-against-china/3601368.html

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

The Washington Free Beacon said the US ‘is preparing to provide more and better defensive arms,’ while the ‘New York Times’ called it ‘a robust package’
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/03/16/2003666856
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-white-house-blocked-needed-u-s-arms-sale-taiwan/

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea and amid speculation that Japan may become the second northeast Asian state to deploy the system, many have expressed concern that Taiwan, a close economic and defence partner of the US despite a lack of official diplomatic ties, could be next
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/could-taiwan-be-next-thaad-trouble

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight
http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/video-trilemma-shifting-taiwanese-identity

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702151050710261-india-china-taiwan-delegation/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/15/content_15572021.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

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

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069872/taiwan-touch-us-trump-call-xi-jinping
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201702100017.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/02/11/2003664761

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/07/how-taiwans-authoritarian-history-could-affect-its-current-geopolitics/

6 FEBRUARY 2017

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

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2068888/banning-taiwans-flag-cambodia-adds-taipeis-woes-beijing

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/01/tsais-latin-america-tour-signals-taipeis-uneasiness/

20 JANUARY 2017

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

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2063984/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-aspires-create-new-era
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201701200017.aspx

12 JANUARY 2017

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

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-says-nigeria-wants-it-move-its-trade-office-abuja
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2061589/taiwan-accuses-nigeria-collaborating-beijing-after-it?spm=0.0.0.0.Uog6Ij
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/13/2003663000

8 JANUARY 2017

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

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060386/taiwans-wise-tsai-makes-low-key-us-stop-reduces-risk
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170108_22/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/09/2003662766

6 JANUARY 2017

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

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2059695/taiwanese-independence-must-be-fought-all-fronts

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-president-tsai-ing-wen-to-transit-houston-san-francisco-next-month
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/31/488114/Presidential-Office.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/30/china-urges-us-block-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2056276/taiwan-losing-out-diplomatic-war-beijing-sao-tome
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-welcomes-sao-tomes-split-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612210023.aspx

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-linked-former-us-official-visits-taiwan-sparking/3346774.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/12/07/486071/No-major.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612060021.aspx

3 DECEMBER 2016

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

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-03/donald-trump-speaks-to-taiwans-leader-tsai-ingwen-in-historic-first-contact-since-1979/1637042

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/03/485744/In-move.htm
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html

2 DECEMBER 2016

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

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051236/beijing-warns-taiwan-investors-against-using-profits
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/12/03/2003660482

26 NOVEMBER 2016

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

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2049324/why-donald-trump-might-not-follow-us-presidents-precedent-taiwan

9 NOVEMBER 2016

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

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2044347/taiwans-ruling-party-urges-beijing-respect-hong-kongs

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201611050007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/11/06/2003658663

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2041723/kmt-chief-plays-both-sides-visit-nanjing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161031_03/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201610310012.aspx

10 OCTOBER 2016

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

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2026698/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-continues-call-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201610100004.aspx
https://youtu.be/bxMxMwKxkTE

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025032/will-taiwans-strategy-bypass-beijings-international

1 OCTOBER 2016

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

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/how-beijing-uses-people-to-people-ties-as-leverage-over-taiwan

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-attacks-hong-kong-over-string-of-visa-denials

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2022284/trade-between-chinese-mainland-taiwan-drops-98-year
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201609200030.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN11T08P
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609230014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/24/2003655812

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2020938/taiwan-tight-lipped-four-new-structures-being-built

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247604701
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609130032.aspx

31 AUGUST 2016

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

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-budgets-for-12-year-29-billion-advanced-jet-trainer-programme

25 AUGUST 2016

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

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2008856/taiwans-president-orders-revamp-military-strategy
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/26/476639/President-demands.htm

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protests-welcome-Chinese-communist-leader’s-visit-to-Taipei-38367.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2016/08/23/476329/Protesters-greet.htm

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-says-unofficial-communication-channels-remain-with-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/21/476105/Committed-to.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608200018.aspx

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201608080006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/09/2003652743

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/taiwan-sets-up-submarine-development-center/

27 JULY 2016

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

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45216

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tsai-rejects-deadline-over-1992-consensus
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/23/2003651597/1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2016/07/21/44b0a1a4-4e25-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

20 JULY 2016

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

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1992173/south-china-sea-taiwanese-lawmakers-and-flotilla-head
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/21/2003651465/1
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201607200013.aspx

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/15/taiwanese-actor-dropped-china-no-other-love-independence

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/15/taiwans-friend-buying-days-are-over/

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/07/content_15459758.html

1 JULY 2016

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

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-01/taiwan-navy-mistakenly-fires-supersonic-missile-towards-china-hitting-boat/1595456
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1983931/taiwan-launches-investigation-deadly-navy-anti-ship
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/07/02/471015/p1/Missile-misfire.htm

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-wants-maintain-communication-china#sthash.zPvYTuB6.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-to-continue-dialogue-with-mainland-china-says-tsai/a-19363557

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_13/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-has-stopped-communication-mechanism-with-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/26/2003649479

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245244285
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/25/470315/p1/Tsai-begins.htm

6 JUNE 2016

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

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-wont-recognise-chinese-air-defence-identification-zone-over-south-china http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/07/2003648057

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-tsai-urges-china/2845748.html
http://atimes.com/2016/06/democracy-is-nothing-to-fear-taiwan-tells-china-on-tiananmen-anniversary/

25 MAY 2016

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

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/without-clarity-on-1992-consensus-tsai-and-dpp-will-face-challenges-ahead/

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/21/content_15436731.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0521/c90000-9061048.html

18 MAY 2016

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

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-president-elect-tsai-ing-wens-5-national-security-challenges-after-may-20/

13 MAY 2016

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

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-tells-panel-to-visit-taiping-before-making-a-ruling-on-sea-row/

8 MAY 2016

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

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN0XZ0MD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605080016.aspx

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-claims-china-has-kidnapped-eight-of-its-nationals/a-19178515
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-accuses-china-kidnapping-eight-its-nationals-kenya
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/04/12/463194/Govt-protests.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/04/12/2003643753

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/09/recognising-the-republic-of-china/

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/04/03/2003643080

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan
http://global-politics.co.uk/wp/2016/03/30/could-taiwan-be-asia-pacifics-ukraine/

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/24/2003642295
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/23/461559/Taiwan-takes.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201603230029.aspx

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

10 MARCH 2016

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

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-says-taiwan-preside/259023

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201603070039
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603070011.aspx

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-steps-up-warnings/2575568.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603050016.aspx
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-03/05/content_6944119.htm

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/24/content_15389568.html

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-urges-taiwan-ratify-controversial-trade-pact

21 FEBRUARY 2016

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

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1915118/dont-make-us-suffer-even-more-taiwanese-businessmen

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-urges-china-taiwan-talks-amid-uncertainty-election-050541341.html

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/securing-taiwan-starts-overhauling-the-navy-15122

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-president-visits-disputed-islands-despite-us-criticism/a-19008594
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/28/content_15379710.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/01/29/2003638307/1

27 JANUARY 2016

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

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/what-the-united-states-owes-to-taiwan-and-its-interests-in-asia/

25 JANUARY 2016

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

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1904873/war-china-likely-if-taiwan-continues-seek-independence

20 JANUARY 2016

Tsai’s diplomatic dilemmas

If the future DPP government does not accept the ‘1992 Consensus’ — based either on the Chinese Communist Party government’s ‘One-China’ principle or on the Kuomintang government’s ‘One China, Respective Interpretations’ understanding — and cannot form a mutually agreeable new arrangement with Beijing, it will face a series of enormous diplomatic challenges
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/20/tsais-diplomatic-dilemmas/

17 JANUARY 2016

China warns Taiwan after landslide election victory

Taiwan should abandon its « hallucinations » about pushing for independence as any moves towards it would be a « poison », Chinese state-run media said after a landslide victory for the island’s independence-leaning opposition
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/china-warns-taiwan-landslide-election-victory-160117033937156.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/01-17/196049.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/963985.shtml
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/17/content_15373750.html

30 DECEMBER 2015

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

According to Tsai, her defense industry policy emphasizes the development of  Taiwan’s aviation, shipbuilding and information security industry. Specific projects include the production of: 1) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), 2) high-end trainer aircraft, 3) next generation fighter aircraft, 4) prototype submarines, and 5) developing an information security army. We will analyze each of the five projects
http://atimes.com/2015/12/presidential-candidate-tsai-ing-wens-policy-towards-taiwans-defense-industry/

China says Taiwan talks could ‘collapse’ if framework challenged

China said Wednesday that ties with Taiwan could “collapse” if the island refuses to recognize the framework that has underpinned negotiations between the two for more than two decades
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-says-taiwan-talks-could-collapse-if-framework-challenged/

16 DECEMBER 2015

US to sell arms to Taiwan despite Chinese opposition

The United States government authorized eight separate defense deals  with Taiwan on Wednesday, totaling $1.83 billion and drawing criticism and concern from the Chinese government. While the deal is small in comparison to the multibillion-dollar agreements recently signed by Middle Eastern countries, it comes with big implications for the relationship between Washington, D.C., and Beijing.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-defense-sales-taiwan-angers-chinese-government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35115507
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/16/content_15359498.html

7 DECEMBER 2015

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

Less than six weeks before Taiwan’s 2016 presidential election in January, presidential candidates in Taiwan have stepped up efforts to sway voters in their favor. Among key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, retirement and the health of the national economy—much focus has been placed on how the cross-strait relations should proceed in the future
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/strait-talk-taiwans-politicans-are-split-keeping-the-%E2%80%98status-14526

7 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Taiwan leaders hail historic talks in Singapore

Leaders of political rivals Taiwan and China have met for the first time in more than 60 years for talks that come amid rising anti-Beijing sentiment on the self-ruled island and just weeks ahead of élections
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742680 http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/oppose-taiwan-independence-chinas-xi-says-historic-meeting
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/07/content_15341421.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/11/08/450389/p1/Cross-strait-leaders.htm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/highlights-china-taiwan/2243964.html

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

10 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s President Ma defends China policy on National Day

At the National Day celebrations, President Ma Ying-jeou recounted the achievements under his leadership over the past seven years, especially his China policy. He said cross-strait relations are at their best in more than 60 years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-president-ma/2183234.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201510100011.aspx

24 AUGUST 2015

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

A day after President Ma Ying-jeou said that Taiwan is committed to building its own submarines, Taiwan’s Defense Ministry insisted on Monday that it had still not given up on the idea of buying submarines from the United States
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201508240025.aspx

24 JULY 2015

Taiwan lodges protest with China over military drill

Taiwan said Friday it had filed a protest with China over a military exercise it slammed for portraying the island as a target, despite improved ties between the two former bitter rivals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-lodges-protest-china-over-military-drill
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/07/25/441580/China-builds.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150725000090&cid=1101

14 JUNE 2015

Mainland to lift entry-permit policy for Taiwan résidents

The Chinese mainland will remove entry permit requirements for Taiwan residents, as top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng vowed to boost exchanges across the Taiwan Strait on Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-06/14/content_15276627.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2015/06/15/438452/PRC-to.htm

12 JUNE 2015

 Scandal in Taiwan over military vehicle made with Chinese parts

Taiwanese authorities are investigating a massive military procurement scandal involving a locally developed armoured vehicle after contractors have allegedly used inferior components from China to manufacture it.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/scandal-in-taiwan-over/1911774.html

6 JUNE 2015

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

Taiwan’s coast guard on Saturday commissioned its biggest ships for duty in the form of two 3,000-ton patrol vessels, as the island boosts defences amid concerns about China’s growing footprint in the disputed South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-coast-guard-launches-new-ships-south-china-sea-tensions-rise

2 JUNE 2015

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

In response to the China-South Korea free trade agreement (FTA) news yesterday, Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyun (孫立群) said that the agreement will indeed send shockwaves through Taiwan’s industry, and proposed that the government should quickly speed up trade agreement negotiations with China and other countries.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/business/2015/06/02/437429/Taiwan-to.htm

4 MAI 2015

China’s President Xi meets Taiwan Kuomintang chief

Chinese Communist Party chief Xi Jinping held talks with the visiting leader of Taiwan’s ruling party on Monday (May 4), the first such meeting for six years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-president-xi/1823792.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150504_20.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-05/04/content_15258878.html

2 MAY 2015

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

The chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), Eric Chu, on Saturday began his first visit to China since taking up his post early this year, and is scheduled to hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the first time
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201505020004.aspx

13 APRIL 2015

Taiwan unable to become AIIB prospective founding member: China

Taiwan is unable to become one of the prospective founding members of the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a Chinese official said Monday without giving any reasons
http://uk.businessinsider.com/afp-taiwan-rejected-as-founding-member-of-aiib-beijing-2015-4?r=US
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201504130006.aspx

8 APRIL 2015

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

President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/taiwan-president-ma-taiwan-won%E2%80%99t-give-south-china-sea-territory

2 APRIL 2015

China objects after US fighter planes land in Taiwan

China protested on Thursday after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/516459/china-objects-after-us-fighter-planes-land-in-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/03/2003615037
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/04/03/432715/US-personnel.htm

31 MARCH 2015

Taiwan’s largest missile ship goes into service

Taiwan’s largest-ever missile ship went into service Tuesday after a ceremony presided over by President Ma Ying-jeou as the island strives to modernise its military in response to a perceived threat from China
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513779/taiwan-largest-missile-ship-goes-into-service
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/taiwans-newest-weapon-against-china/

24 MARCH 2015

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

President Ma Ying-jeou visited Singapore March 24 to pay last respects to Lee Kuan Yew, the city-state’s founding father who died aged 91 the day before
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=228713&ctNode=445
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150326000126&cid=1101

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Taiwan’s Marginalized Role in International Security

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

18 JANUARY 2015

Washington’s Obsolete Taiwan Policy

Washington’s strange Taiwan policy, criticizing the pro-Taiwan side for resisting Chinese expansion (“causing tension”) while supporting the pro-China party in Taiwan (and indirectly, China itself), is deeply at odds with U.S. policy elsewhere in Asia
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/washingtons-obsolete-taiwan-policy/

 

29 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan kicks off plan to build its own submarines

Deputy Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told parliament the ministry has approved guidelines for the design contract for an Indigenous Defence Submarine.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-kicks-off-plan-to/1556438.html

23 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan launches its largest ever missile ship

The 500-tonne corvette named ‘Tuo Chiang’ – ‘Tuo River’ – is the first of its kind ever produced by Taiwan and was touted by defence minister Yen Ming as « the fastest and most powerful » in Asia
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-launches-its-largest-ever-missile-ship
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/12/24/2003607480

21 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan navy to take delivery of new stealth missile corvette

Taiwan’s navy is set to receive a delivery of its first locally designed stealth missile corvette from a Taiwanese shipbuilder during a ceremony slated for Dec. 23, the country’s Ministry of National Defense said Friday.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141221000004&cid=1101

9 DECEMBER 2014

China’s envoy visits Taiwan amid protest

Dozens of demonstrators chanting anti-Beijing slogans protested Tuesday when a senior Chinese envoy arrived in Taiwan, some of them scuffling with police and demanding the official « crawl back to China ».
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/448552/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protest

8 DECEMBER 2014

China angered by US bill allowing Taiwan warship

China’s foreign ministry rebuked the US Congress on Monday after legislators passed a bill allowing the sale of second-hand warships to Taiwan, the self-ruled island which Beijing claims as a renegade province
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-angered-us-bill-allowing-taiwan-warship

7 DECEMBER 2014

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

An army general has warned that China will not leave the Taiwan problem « unresolved for a long time », after the island’s Beijing-friendly ruling party suffered a bruising election defeat, a state-run newspaper said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447912/china-ex-general-says-force-an-option-in-taiwan-problem

2 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan develops new missiles to counter China’s threat

Taiwan arms developers said Tuesday that new surface-to-air missiles would defend its airspace for « up to 20 years » as it aims to update weaponry to counter a perceived military threat from China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-develops-new-missiles-counter-chinas-threat

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

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

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

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

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

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

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

In 2013, Taiwan’s political and economic developments again centred on its relationship with China, and the effect of cross-Strait rapprochement on Taiwan’s domestic conditions. Yet even without China as a factor, Taiwan would still face significant challenges.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/23/taiwan-battles-economic-and-cross-strait-tensions-in-2013/

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/382462/rallies-as-taiwan-split-over-gay-marriage
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2013/12/01/394927/Gay-marriage.htm

26 NOVEMBER 2013

China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381797/china-envoy-visits-taiwan-amid-protests

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379965/gambia-cuts-diplomatic-ties-with-Taipei

 

China’s economy and development

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

13 OCTOBER 2017

How can China afford its science and technology goals?

 China is at a historic economic juncture. Its urban-centric growth model has orphaned the rural population while the urban population struggles with incomes below OECD levels and housing, education and health costs above those in Europe
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/13/how-can-china-afford-its-science-and-technology-goals/#more-91341

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

OECD: Chinese GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017

China’s economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2017-09/21/content_32275000.htm

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

24 JULY 2014

IMF revises China growth forecasts for 2017, 2018 higher

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday revised upwards China’s growth forecasts for 2017 and 2018 to 6.7 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/30/95/1500896621199.html

2 JULY 2017

Latest Long March rocket fails after launch from southern China

China’s ambitious space programme appeared to suffer a setback on Sunday when a Long March-5 rocket with a communications satellite on board failed to successfully launch
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100960/latest-long-march-rocket-fails-after-launch-southern

5 JUNE 2017

Why Canadians are opposed to a free-trade deal with China

China and Canada have been engaged in exploratory talks towards a free-trade agreement. Yet, in its public statements to Canadians, Ottawa often sounds non-committal. A free-trade deal makes good sense for both countries. So what’s not to like?
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2096867/why-canadians-are-opposed-free-trade-deal-china

01 JUNE 2017

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect, and many are confused

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-new-cybersecurity-law-goes-effect-rattles-businesses

18 MAY 2017

New Chinese law hurts foreign business say economists & industry organisations

More than 50 world industry organisations have urged the Chinese government to delay enforcement of the country’s first cybersecurity law in a letter sent Monday, May 15
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/18/new-chinese-law-hurts-foreign-business-says-economists-industry-organisations
https://www.uschina.org/sites/default/files/May%202017%20Global%20Association%20Letter%20on%20Cybersecurity%20Law%20Implementation%20%28ENG%29.pdf

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

15 MAY 2017

EU rejects China’s vision for ‘modern Silk Road’

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/eu-china-summit-bejing-xi-jinping-belt-and-road

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-hosts-silk-road-summit-in-shadow-of-n-korea-missile-1.2027198
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-14/china-wants-new-silk-road-one-belt-one-road-project-to-help-it-dominate-world-trade/1671328

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

12 MAY 2017

Beijing, US reach trade deal to boost American imports to China in wake of Xi-Trump summit

The United States has reached a trade agreement with Beijing that will boost shipments of American liquefied natural gas, beef and other products, as well as improve its market access of financial services to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2094045/china-us-sign-trade-deal-wake-xi-trump-summit
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2017/05/13/497313/p2/China-agrees.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39894119

5 MAY 2017

China sends homegrown jumbo passenger jet C919 into sky

Change is in the air in China as the country’s first domestically made airliner – the C919 – successfully completed its much-delayed maiden flight from Shanghai Airport
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/05/china-s-c919-airliner-gets-set-to-challenge-airbus-and-boeing
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/05/content_15608516.html

17 APRIL 2017

Rumbling of reform in China’s fiscal foundations

Significant progress is being made towards building the foundations of a fiscal system to undergird rule-based governance. The most important driver of change is the Budget Law and associated documents
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/17/rumbling-of-reform-in-chinas-fiscal-foundations/

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

1 APRIL 2017

New Chinese work permit system to rank foreigners

The Chinese government has introduced a new ranking system for foreign nationals applying for working permits
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170402_01/

16 MARCH 2017

China, Saudi Arabia sign agreements worth about $91 billion

China and Saudi Arabia on Thursday (March 16) signed MOUs and letters of intent potentially worth about US$65 billion (S$91.8 billion) during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a senior Chinese diplomat said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-saudi-arabia-sign-agreements-worth-about-91-billion
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0316/c90000-9191261.html

5 MARCH 2017

China sets 2017 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

Premier Li Keqiang announced the figure on Sunday as he delivered a government report at the opening of the country’s annual session of parliament, the National People’s Congress
http://www.ecns.cn/business/2017/03-05/247926.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2076224/amid-brexit-and-trump-uncertainties-china-strikes-note-caution
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170305/1083.html

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetized the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as a Global Power
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/365.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Weighing up China’s investment in the United States

Chinese investment flows into the United States have reached unprecedented heights over the past two years and the future promises more of the same. The acquisition of US companies accounts for 84 per cent of these investments
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/15/weighing-up-chinas-investment-in-the-united-states/

9 FEBRUARY 2017

For China, Europe is the new Africa

For the past few years, Chinese investments in Italy have grown exponentially in every sector, from football to engines, fashion to real estate, tourism to energy
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-China,-Europe-is-the-new-Africa-39892.html

7 JANUARY 2016

EU ready to help China fight protectionsim

The EU is ready to stand with China in the fight against protectionism, but Beijing needs to reform to be fair to investors, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-%E2%80%98ready%E2%80%99-help-china-fight-protectionism

29 JANUARY 2017

A time of test for the China model of economic growth

The ‘China model’ of economic growth has been essentially a story of a hyper-charged economy led by an authoritarian state. But now the model has become unsustainable, with China experiencing economic slowdown as well as rampant corruption, growing inequality and environmental destruction
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/29/a-time-of-test-for-the-china-model-of-economic-growth/

20 JANUARY 2017

China’s economy grows 6.7% in 2016

China’s economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38686568
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/china-questionable-gdp-numbers-why-does-it-even-bother/8198196?section=world

27 DECEMBER 2016

China issues white paper on space development

China on Tuesday issued a white paper on the development of space industry since 2011 and major tasks for the next five years
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/27/content_15548171.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-27/china-says-space-programme-must-help-protect-national-security/8149676?section=world

18 DECEMBER 2016

The social cost of smashing China’s iron rice bowls

China has ordered state firms to smash the decades-old system of providing cradle-to-grave welfare support, known as the country’s “iron rice bowl.”
http://www.atimes.com/article/social-cost-smashing-chinas-iron-rice-bowls/

11 DECEMBER 2016

US-China trade shows signs of improvement

Trade between the world’s two largest economies has shown signs of improvement as the US trade deficit with China, a long-term US concern, narrowed significantly in October
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-12/11/content_15540347.html

8 DECEMBER 2016

China considers easing foreign investment limits

China has indicated it could relax restrictions on foreign investment in some sectors as it struggles to counter an overseas exodus of capital, while facing accusations of protectionism from US President-elect Donald Trump
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-considers-easing-foreign-investment-limits-0

30 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s New ‘Cybersecurity’ Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China’s new laws on cybersecurity are no better than trade protectionism in a new guise
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/chinas-new-cybersecurity-rules-look-like-cyberprotectionism-instead/

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China steps up protection for property, intellectual rights

China will increase protection for property rights, including stepping up oversight of the management of state-owned assets, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing guidelines issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-steps-protection-property-intellectual-rights/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

China working to make yuan key international currency

China government is making strategic moves to construct an Asia-based economic bloc based on the Chinese yuan
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-working-make-yuan-key-international-currency-29417

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Evaluating China’s Economy

Can China keep up its growth and deliver on its “harmony” pact with the Chinese people?http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/evaluating-chinas-economy/

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Despite the yuan’s devaluation, China’s exports continue to fall

Although the yuan lost about 1.5 per cent against the US dollar last month, Chinese exports still dropped 7.3 per cent in dollar terms compared to a year earlier. October’s decline follows a fall of 10 per cent in September
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-the-yuan’s-devaluation,-China’s-exports-continue-to-fall-39082.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-11/08/content_15522785.html

31 OCTOBER 2016

France and China are set to very soon launch a fund for joint investment in overseas projects

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke of the plans after meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/31/france-and-china-investment-fund-to-seek-global-opportunities

30 OCTOBER 2016

China, Japan and South Korea pledge to promote talks on free trade and energy

Trade chiefs from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Saturday to promote negotiations on free trade and cooperation in the energy sector at a trilateral meeting in Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2041375/china-japan-and-south-korea-pledge-promote-talks-free-trade-and

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

From the outset of China’s economic reform era, diaspora Chinese have provided the lion’s share of inward foreign investment. This has been concentrated in export-oriented sectors, driving growth of transnational production networks that today bind China’s neighbours to it through the world’s most integrated intraregional trading system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/14/the-chinese-diasporas-role-in-the-rise-of-china/#more-52297

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia-China Economic and Trade Partnership Falters

Russian-Chinese trade fell by 5 percent year-on-year to $28 billion in the first six months of 2016, mainly because of plummeting prices for commodities such as oil, gas, lumber, metal and coal, Russia’s main exports. At the same time, the U.S. remains China’s most important economic relationship with bilateral trade between the two hitting $263 billion in the first half of this year
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-china-economic-trade-partnership-falters-n645291

18 AUGUST 2016

Reconstructing China’s steel industry

China’s annual production of crude steel reached 804 million tonnes in 2015, 6.3 times higher than the total production in 2000. It accounts for nearly 50 per cent of total global steel output, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883a jump from only 15 per cent at the end of the previous century
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883

18 JULY 2016

China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project

Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245920175

15 JULY 2016

China GDP: Economy beats expectations with 6.7pc growth

In the face of deteriorating conditions, China’s economy has defied expectations of a slowdown with GDP growth for the June quarter holding steady at 6.7 per cent
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/chinese-economy-beats-expectations/7632616?section=world
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-growth-steadies-while-still-raising-concern/a-19401936

5 JULY 2016

China revises GDP calculation

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has adopted a new method of calculating GDP that it says « better reflects the contribution of innovation to economic growth. »
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/07/05/3521s933150.htm

28 JUNE 2016

China’s first regional jet takes maiden flight

 China’s first commercial regional jet, the ARJ21, took maiden flight from Chengdu city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province to Beijing on Tuesday, marking a landmark success
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-28/216020.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/06-28/97979.shtml

13  JUNE 2016

China’s fixed asset investment slumps to 16-year low

China’s fixed asset investment — a proxy for construction and infrastructure spending — slows to its slowest rate of growth since 2000, suggesting the impact of financial stimulus injected into the economy is already starting to wane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-13/chinas-fixed-asset-investment-slumps-to-16year-low/1589960

3 MAY 2016 

Is China making life difficult for foreign companies?

Once, China welcomed them with open arms, but now overseas firms are complaining about the country’s increasingly hostile business environment as concerns rise over protectionism, forced technology transfers and tightening censorship
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1940397/china-making-life-difficult-foreign-companies

2 MAY 2016

China completes implementation of VAT scheme

China has replaced all business tax with value-added tax (VAT) after extending the policy to cover the construction, real estate, finance and consumer services sectors
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-05/02/content_15425968.html

26 APRIL 2016

China’s ‘Triple Bubble’ Economy Poised to Burst

After a nearly disastrous start to the year in January and February, China’s economy steadied itself in March. Now, the early April indicators suggest a continuation of the uptick
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98triple-bubble%E2%80%99-economy-poised-burst-0

1 APRIL 2016

China manufacturing rebounds unexpectedly

An unexpected expansion in Chinese manufacturing has provided cause for renewed optimism in the world’s second largest economy. Last year China saw its slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century
http://www.dw.com/en/china-manufacturing-rebounds-unexpectedly/a-19157202

23 MARCH 2016

China offers $11.5 billion in loans, credit to 5 Mekong River nations

Premier Li Keqiang said that China will be using money to build its influence with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, specifically, the five countries along the Mekong River
http://atimes.com/2016/03/china-offers-11-5-billion-in-loans-credit-to-5-mekong-river-nations/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/China-to-help-develop-Mekong-River-basin

16 MARCH 2016

Lawmakers approve China’s five-year plan against economic headwinds

Chinese lawmakers on Wednesday approved the country’s economic and social development blueprint for the 2016-2020 period, which sets targeted average annual economic growth at above 6.5 percent in the next five years.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/16/c_135194463.htm
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-risky-experiment/a-19120034

12 MARCH 2016

Foreigners in China to get better legal service

China’s top judge has asked the courts to improve the legal environment through better handling of disputes involving foreigners, particularly in the marine sector, as the country opens wider to the outside world and tries hard to attract overseas enterprises
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreigners-china-get-better-legal-service

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Latin America: China’s power play right under the U.S.

Chinese banks sent nearly $30 billion in loans to Latin American governments last year, more than double the amount from 2014. It’s also more money than the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank gave to the region last year combined, according to the Inter-American Dialogue, a non-profit in Washington.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/11/news/economy/china-latin-america-billions-of-dollars-loans-investments/index.html

3 FEBRUARY 2016

China top planner: GDP will grow 6.5% to 7% this year

On the heels of the Chinese manufacturing sector posing its lowest reading in three years, China’s top economic planner reinforced previous forecasts and said the world’s second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5% and 7% this year
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-top-planner-gdp-will-grow-6-5-to-7-this-year/
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/facing-economic-headwinds-china-predicts-slower-growth-in-2016/

19 JANUARY 2016

China economy grew 6.9% in 2015, slowest pace in 25 years

The official figures released on Tuesday (Jan 19) confirm a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that is rippling around the world and spooking global financial markets
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/china-economy-grew-69-in-2015-slowest-pace-in-25-years
http://en.people.cn/business/n3/2016/0119/c90778-9005938.html
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Economic-problems-bring-threat-of-deflation?page=1

16 JANUARY 2016

China-initiated AIIB officially launched

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-initiated multilateral bank, started operation on Saturday, marking a milestone to reform global economic governance system.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/16/content_15373498.html
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/01-16/85072.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn//content/963850.shtml

11 JANUARY 2016

Five myths about China’s economy

When China’s stock market tumbles — as it did this past week — world markets can’t help but feel the effects. But how worried should we be about China’s economy? It may be the second largest in the world, yet it remains opaque and misunderstood. Here are five common misconceptions
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-chinas-economy/2016/01/07/08a8d5e6-b4c4-11e5-a842-0feb51d1d124_story.html

25 DECEMBER 2015

The good and bad of China’s economy in 2015

 The Chinese economy this year has been marked by slackening growth and a stock market meltdown. But the Asian giant also scored successes in its attempts to become a major global financial player
http://www.dw.com/en/the-good-and-bad-of-chinas-economy-in-2015/a-18918678

2 DECEMBER 2015

China has just become a global financial giant

China has taken another fateful step towards gaining full recognition as a global economic superpower. The International Monetary Fund recently decided, with the United States’ support, to admit Chinese yuan, also known as renminbi, into the « special drawing rights » basket of elite currencies along with the US dollar, euro, pound sterling and yen
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/12/china-global-financial-giant-151202091823742.html

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

3 NOVEMBER 2015

China unveils Thirteenth Five-year Plan roadmap

The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday issued the full text of proposals for mapping out a blueprint for China’s development over the next five years starting 2016
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/03/content_15338906.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1875480/chinas-new-five-year-plan-aims-make-nation-faster
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1875271/snapshot-chinas-next-five-year-plan

2 NOVEMBER 2015

First ‘Made in China’ passenger jet unveiled

The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China showed off the first of the C919 twin-engine planes in a ceremony attended by some 4,000 government officials and other guests at a hangar near Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/11/china-passenger-jet-unveiled-151102104743384.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11969350/China-unveils-first-domestically-produced-large-passenger-jet-C919.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/china-passenger-jet-leaves-production-line-151102054428051.html

22 OCTOBER 2015

China, UK sign mega nuke power deal

China’s President Xi Jinping committed to a multibillion- dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that Prime Minister David Cameron hopes will unleash a wave of investment from the world’s second largest economy
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-uk-sign-major-nuke-power-deal
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/22/britain-and-china-sign-landmark-nuclear-deal/

13 SEPTEMBER 2015

China unveils details of state-firm reforms

China unveiled details on Sunday of how it would restructure its state-owned enterprises (SOEs), including partial privatization, as data pointed to a cooling in the world’s second-largest economy
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/13/us-china-economy-activity-idUSKCN0RD04420150913
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/aff90924-5a01-11e5-9846-de406ccb37f2.html#axzz3leRSDIEs
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/942236.shtml

29 JUNE 2015

China-led AIIB development bank holds signing ceremony

China has hosted the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a new international financial institution set to rival the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33307314
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-06/29/content_15283452.html

17 JUNE 2015

Australia and China sign ‘history making’ free trade agreement after a decade of negotiations

Australia and China have signed a free trade agreement with Prime Minister Tony Abbott hailing it as « history making » for both countries
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-17/australia-and-china-sign-history-making-free-trade-agreement-after-a-decade-of-negotiations/1459480
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-06/17/content_15278323.html

5 JUNE 2015

Laos and China to Set Up Joint Company for High-Speed Railway

Laos is setting up a joint company with China to oversee the construction and financing of a multibillion-dollar, high-speed railway project that will link the two neighboring countries and extend to Thailand, according to a transport ministry official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-and-china-to-set-up-joint-company-for-major-high-speed-railway-06042015172519.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

14 APRIL 2015

China gets 40-year rights at Pakistani port

China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported on Tuesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-04/14/content_15250708.html
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150415000133&cid=1101

6 JANUARY 2015

China eases rare earths controls after WTO gripe

China has scrapped its export quotas for rare earths, minerals used in mobile phones and other high-tech products, after losing a World Trade Organization (WTO) case brought by Washington and other trading partners over controls that alarmed global technology producers.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/china-business/2015/01/06/425800/China-eases.htm

30 NOVEMBER 2014

Private not state firms are China’s growth engine

Virtually every dimension of China’s economic success over the past three-and-a-half decades can be attributed largely to the rise of markets and private businesses. Private firms account for almost all the growth in employment, most of the expansion of output and investment in manufacturing, and in recent years for over half of the growth in exports. Because they are more productive, private firms have largely displaced state firms in sectors that are open to entry. State firms remain completely dominant only in natural monopolies, such as electric power and rail transport, and in sectors where entry is restricted: upstream oil and gas, financial services, and telecommunications.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/30/private-not-state-firms-are-chinas-growth-engine/

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Australia and China seal major free trade deal

China and Australia have sealed a major free trade agreement, as Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare address to parliament in Canberra.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-30076974
http://www.euronews.com/2014/11/17/china-and-australia-sign-long-awaited-free-trade-deal/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/business/pact-with-china-eases-way-for-australian-exports.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_r=0

9 NOVEMBER 2014

Russia, China Sign Energy Deals at APEC Summit

China and Russia have signed energy cooperation agreements on the sidelines of the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing.
http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-china-sign-energy-deal-at-apec-summit/2513909.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-russia-sign-accord-on-2nd-gas-route/2014/11/09/23f6d0cc-6813-11e4-bafd-6598192a448d_story.html

8 NOVEMBER 2014

APEC voices cautious support for China FTZ

A Pacific Rim summit on Saturday voiced cautious support for a vast free-trade zone proposal being pushed by China in the face of reported resistance from the United States, which is promoting its own regional trade pact
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/global-markets/2014/11/09/421380/APEC-voices.htm

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Chinese Investment in Central Asia: With or Without the SCO?

The 14th annual Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit came to a close in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on September 12 with a prominent political agreement in tow: India and Pakistan are expected to be inaugurated into the ranks of SCO member states, significantly expanding the geographic reach and political diversity of the organization.
http://cogitasia.com/chinese-investment-in-central-asia-with-or-without-the-sco/

24 OCTOBER 2014

China and 20 other countries sign up to regional bank

The signatories put their names to a memorandum of understanding to establish the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) at a ceremony in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-and-20-other-countries-sign-regional-bank
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439386/china-pushes-ahead-with-regional-bank

23 OCTOBER 2014

Renminbi stepping in right direction toward internationalisation

To align the RMB with its growing global stature, the PRC has embarked on a strategy to internationalise the RMB. Typically, it is taking a gradual approach. In this, it has embarked on a number of initiatives designed to encourage the wider use of the RMB and raise its status in the international monetary system.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/10/23/renminbi-stepping-in-right-direction-toward-internationalisation/

16 OCTOBER 2014

China is poised to report its slowest growth since the financial crisis

Gross domestic product is forecast to have expanded by 7.2% in the third quarter, compared to the same period last year, according to a median estimate of 15 economists. That puts economic growth at its slowest pace since the first quarter of 2009, and well short of 7.5% expansion in the second quarter.
http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/16/news/economy/china-gdp/index.html?hpt=hp_t3&hpt=ias_c2

16 OCTOBER 2014

China overseas investment almost doubles in September: Govt

China’s overseas investment almost doubled year-on-year to US$9.79 billion (S$12.4 billion) in September, the government said Thursday, again exceeding incoming funds even though they recovered from multi-year lows
http://business.asiaone.com/news/china-overseas-investment-almost-doubles-september-govt

10 OCTOBER 2014

Li seals German deals worth $18b

Deals worth more than $18 billion were signed as Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday in the third round of top-level talks this year between the Asian and European export powerhouses.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-10/11/content_15176459.html

9 OCTOBER 2014

Is China’s Bubble the Next Financial Crisis?

Will China be the source of the next global financial disaster? The evidence increasingly offers reason for concern, though the nature of any calamity could be very different from what the world endured in 2008.

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-10-09/is-china-s-bubble-the-next-financial-crisis

Chinese president declares victory in austerity campaign

Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has declared victory after a 15-month-long austerity campaign that cut US$8.6 billion in public spending, state media said, as he pledged not to relent against official corruption.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2014/10/10/2003601762

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

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.
http://forumblog.org/2014/09/china-jobs-labour-market-unemployment/

China August trade surplus up 77.8 per cent on-year at record $62.4 billion

China’s trade surplus surged 77.8 per cent to a record $62.4 billion in August, as exports rose while imports showed a surprise decline.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/china-august-trade-surplus-778-cent-year-record-624-billion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2014-09/08/content_15164306.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

China Authorizes Local Governments to Issue Bonds

China’s Finance Ministry released on Monday a long list of amendments to the country’s budget law that included removing a 20-year ban on local and regional governments from issuing bonds.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/business/international/china-authorizes-local-governments-to-issue-bonds.html?ref=asia&_r=0

21 JULY 2014

China debt tops 250% of national income

China’s total debt load has climbed to more than two and a half times the size of its economy, underscoring the difficult challenge facing Beijing as it seeks to spur growth without sowing the seeds of a financial crisis
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/895604ac-10d8-11e4-812b-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz387lGP6iu

18 JULY 2014

Brand wars: Battling China’s trademark ‘squatters’

Savvy to China’s complex trademark laws, these individuals target valuable foreign brands and register them as trademarks in China.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/17/world/asia/china-trademark-squatters-penfolds/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

10 JULY 2014

China’s yuan ‘a growing force in global finance’

China’s yuan is a growing force in global finance, more than doubling in use over the past year, according to a new study from the Institute of International Finance Thursday
http://news.yahoo.com/chinas-yuan-growing-force-global-finance-172929413.html

3 JULY 2014

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

1 JULY 2014

China and ASEAN’s Economic Integration: Developments & Opportunities

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

27 JUNE 2014

China Considers Economic Benefit to Joining Trans-Pacific Partnership

Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would add two percentage points to China’s annual GDP, according to the new chief economist of the People’s Bank of China, Ma Jun
http://www.asiabriefing.com/news/2014/06/china-considers-economic-benefit-joining-trans-pacific-partnership/#sthash%2EmXykDbfP%2Edpuf

25 JUNE 2014

China’s growing reach in South Asia

China’s economic reach in the South Asian region has grown considerably since the late 1990s, while that of India has lagged behind
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/06/25/chinas-growing-reach-in-south-asia/

8 JUNE 2014

China’s trade surplus rises to $36bn in May

China’s exports grew in May but a drop in imports signalled a possible weakening of demand in the world’s second-largest economy
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27753079

3 JUNE 2014

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

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

21 MAY 2014

China and Russia sign gas deal worth $400bn

China and Russia have signed a long-awaited natural gas supply deal, which will see Moscow supply 38 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas to Beijing each year for 30 years under a contract valued in excess of $400bn overall
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/21/china-and-russia-sign-30-year-gas-deal/
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-russia-reach-major-gas-deal/1919087.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d9a8b800-e09a-11e3-9534-00144feabdc0.html#axzz32Mx91CrJ

11 MAY 2014

A growing headache for the Chinese economy

Its people won’t stop saving and spend their money, while local authorites and state businesses won’t stop borrowing

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/may/11/chinese-economy-spend-saving-borrowing

9 MAY 2014

China inflation decelerates to 18-month low

China’s inflation eased in April, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy, reports Bloomberg’s Mark Barton

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/recession/china-economic-slowdown/10818920/China-inflation-decelerates-to-18-month-low.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408882/china-deflation-fears-rise-as-inflation-tumbles

27 APRIL 2014

China’s WTO loss a win for Asian access to US energy market

In late March, a World Trade Organization ruling found that China’s restrictions on the export of rare earth elements (REEs) violate international law

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/04/27/chinas-wto-loss-a-win-for-asian-access-to-us-energy-market/

17 APRIL 2014

China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling

China will appeal a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that its export restrictions on rare earths and other resources broke international rules, the commerce ministry said

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-appeal-wto-rare-earth-ruling-govt

14 APRIL 2014

China group buys $6bn Glencore Peru copper mine

A Chinese consortium is buying Glencore Xstrata’s copper mine in Peru in a $6bn (£3.6bn) all-cash deal, marking one of China’s largest mining acquisitions

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27017623

http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/14/china-makes-biggest-ever-mine-purchase-at-las-bambas/

China to revise foreign investment law

Chinese officials are soliciting ideas to build a level playing ground for all businesses, domestic and overseas

http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-to-revise-foreign-investment-law-59188.html

5 MARCH 2014

China targets 7.5% economic growth for 2014

China is targeting growth of about 7.5 percent in 2014, Premier Li Keqiang said, unchanged from last year as the government tempers expectations for an economy transitioning to a more sustainable model
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398314/china-targets-7-5-economic-growth-for-2014
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/05/china-growth-target-reforms

2 MARCH 2014

China becomes No.1 goods trading country

China was the world’s largest goods trading nation in 2013, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) announced over the weekend, citing data from the World Trade Organization

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/845671.shtml#%2EUxQQZxnjRNF%2Elinkedin

22 JANUARY 2014

China approves 12 new free trade zones: State media

China has approved a dozen new free trade zones months after opening its first one in Shanghai, state media said on Wednesday, furthering efforts to test economic reforms and bolster growth

http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-approves-12-new-free-trade-zones-state-media

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-01/22/c_133066293.htm

20 JANUARY 2014

China’s GDP growth falls to 14-year low at 7.7 percent

China’s economic growth decelerated in the final quarter of 2013 and appears set to slow further, adding to pressure on its leaders to shore up an expansion as they try to implement sweeping reforms
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia-china/2014/01/21/398902/Chinas-GDP.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chinas-economy-grows-robust-77-percent-in-2013-but-signs-of-slowdown-emerge/2014/01/20/34733800-81a0-11e3-9dd4-e7278db80d86_story.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25805227

15 JANUARY 2014

China’s economic balancing act

Like most reforms, the economic reforms announced by Beijing may produce sustainable long-term growth, but they will almost certainly dampen growth in the short term.

http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2014/01/15/chinas-economic-balancing-act/

10 JANUARY 2014

China to overtake U.S. as world’s top trader

China reported Friday that its total trade for 2013 reached $4.2 trillion, a sharp increase over the previous year. It is the first time the world’s most populous country has cleared the $4 trillion barrier, a feat accomplished despite lackluster numbers for the final month of the year.

http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/10/news/economy/china-us-trade/index.html#!

12 NOVEMBER 2013

China vows ‘decisive’ role for markets, results by 2020

China’s ruling party pledged to let markets play a « decisive » role in allocating resources as it unveiled a reform agenda for the next decade on Tuesday, looking to overhaul the world’s second-largest economy to drive future growth.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-vows-decisive-role-markets-results-2020?page=0%2C0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379476/china-communist-party-vows-to-deepen-reforms-at-key-meeting
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24910434

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/china-pledges-bigger-role-free-market-20131112111721991631.html

9 NOVEMBER 2013

China inflation 3.2% in October

The rise from the same month last year in the consumer price index (CPI), a main gauge of inflation, was a marginal increase from the 3.1% recorded in September and marks an eight-month high.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378960/china-october-inflation-3-2

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-inflation-hits-8-month-high-amid-tightening-fear

3 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese premier warns slowing growth raises job concerns

China’s slowing growth poses a major challenge to job creation for the world’s most populous nation and the country will need to achieve a « golden » balance between structural adjustment and growth, Premier Li Keqiang was quoted as saying on Sunday.

http://business.asiaone.com/news/chinese-premier-warns-slowing-growth-raises-job-concerns

18 OCTOBER 2013

Legal Services Reform in China: Limitations, Policy Perspectives, and Strategies for the Future

http://www.canalyt.com/legal-services-reform-in-china-limitations-policy-perspectives-and-strategies-for-the-future/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_5796781401848168449#%21

10 OCTOBER 2013

Time for financial reform in China

By the time China becomes the largest economy in the world, the market will expect to see liberalised macro settings and an economy that is more open to the world.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/10/time-for-financial-reform-in-china/

9 OCTOBER 2013

China has overtaken the US as the world’s top oil importer.

After decades as the world’s biggest market for the international oil trade, America is ceding that position, the US Energy Information Administration said this week. The implications for international relations and global security are profound.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/01ba1a04-2c24-11e3-acf4-00144feab7de.html?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_5793920243051020292#axzz2hKWHzFRf

 

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Why big American businesses fail in China

If Tolstoy had written a history of foreign corporations in China, it might have started something like this: « Companies that succeed in China do so for similar reasons; every company that fails, fails in its own way. »

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/23/20653611-why-big-american-businesses-fail-in-china?lite

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s spending 39% of its GDP paying off debts

China pumped $3.4 trillion into China’s economy last year, according to a new report by credit rating agency Fitch. And for another fun number: local governments have amassed $3.3 trillion in debt, says a Chinese government-affiliated economist.

http://qz.com/126089/chinas-spending-39-of-its-gdp-paying-off-debts/

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Restoring Confidence in China’s Banks

China Banking Regulatory Commission Chairman Shang Fulin, in the clearest preview so far of the task facing the government in restoring public confidence in the country’s banking system, earlier this week outlined a far-reaching six-part plan to address the system’s many ills

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5717&Itemid=422

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

How to handle a Chinese government raid. Very carefully

Five Chinese government officials knock on your company’s door with a search warrant.  What do you do?http://www.chinalawblog.com/2013/09/how-to-handle-a-chinese-government-raid-very-carefully.html

China’s shadow banking tug of war

The party is over for Chinese banks, who have for the last few years enjoyed record profits. Since the end of 2008, the Chinese leadership’s desperate bid to keep the wheels of growth turning has let a flood of credit into the banking system and led to an unprecedented US$6.2 trillion of bank loans to state-owned companies and local governments.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/16/chinas-shadow-banking-tug-of-war/

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nation vaults to world’s 3rd-largest investor

Even as global outward foreign direct investment contracted last year, China set records in this area, becoming the world’s third-largest investor, a government report said on Monday.

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-09/10/content_16955945.htm

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Diamond decade’ ahead for China, Asean

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Diamond-decade-ahead-for-China-Asean-51152.html

26 AUGUST 2013

China says economy stabilizing after long slowdown

China’s government tried Monday to reassure companies and its public about the economy’s health, saying growth is stabilizing after a lengthy decline and should hit the official target of 7.5 percent for the year.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112539/china-says-economy-stabilizing-after-long-slowdown/

28 JULY 2013

China ‘orders audit of government debt’

China has called for an audit of all government debt, the national auditor announced Sunday, as concerns grow over official liabilities in the world’s second-largest economy.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/361920/china-orders-audit-of-government-debt

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23486466

25 JULY 2013

China unveils fresh measures to boost growth

China has unveiled a series of moves aimed at boosting growth, indicating that policymakers are concerned about the slowdown in its economy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23445528

24 JULY 2013

China manufacturing continues to lose steam

China’s manufacturing industry has seen its growth slow down to an 11-month low in July, as the job market weakened, a survey has revealed, indicating that the world’s second-largest economy is losing steam.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201372455818793711.html

19 JULY 2013

China frees banks to set their own lending rates

Chinese authorities have given the banking industry greater freedom by allowing banks to set their own lending rates.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23377060

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3a289af0-f06a-11e2-b28d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ZWJoB3tQ

10 JULY 2013

Chinese exports fall, ‘grim’ outlook warning

The Customs service reported exports were down 3.1 percent from the same month last year. They had been forecast to rise 4.0 percent. It was the first decline since January of last year. http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/10/chinese-exports-fall-grim-outlook-warning/

5 JULY 2013

China, Pakistan ink transport pact

China and Pakistan signed an agreement on Friday on the blueprint for a huge transport project linking northwestern China to the Arabian Sea.                                                      http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-07/06/content_16739853.htm                http://asiancorrespondent.com/110307/pakistan-china-set-sights-on-arabian-sea-link/

22 JUNE 2013

China in US$270b oil deal with Russia

China and Russia are to deepen their existing energy industry cooperation after signing a deal to supply oil to China worth US$270 billion over the next 25 years.                                                                                                                                 http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-in-US$270b-oil-deal-with-Russia-48257.html

13 JUNE 2013

EU complains to WTO over Chinese stainless steel duty

The European Union lodged a complaint at the World Trade Organisation against China over duties on EU made stainless steel tubes.                                                                                                                                            http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/13/eu-complains-to-wto-over-chinese-stainless-steel-duty/

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.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.eurasiareview.com/09062013-china-faces-turning-point-on-labor-analysis/

6 JUNE 2013

Nicaragua gives Chinese firm contract to build alternative to Panama Canal

Nicaragua has awarded a Chinese company a 100-year concession to build an alternative to the Panama Canal, in a step that looks set to have profound geopolitical ramifications.                                                                                                                                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nicaragua-china-panama-canal

5 JUNE 2013

China launches inquiry into European wine exports as trade war fears grow

China has escalated a trade dispute with the European Union by announcing an anti-dumping investigation into EU wine exports, in the wake of Brussels’ decision to slap tariffs on Chinese solar panels.                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jun/05/china-europe-wine-exports-trade-war                                                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22778022

4 JUNE 2013

China solar panel duties imposed by EU

The European Commission has announced it is imposing temporary anti-dumping levies on Chinese solar panel imports. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22766639

China’s Search for A New Energy Strategy

Much like the United States, China has an “all of the above” energy strategy: it plans to continue to rely on traditional sources of energy even as it makes the transition to cleaner fuels. And this is only natural. Both countries are continent-sized economies with diverse energy needs and geographically dispersed resources. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139425/damien-ma/chinas-search-for-a-new-energy-strategy

28 MAY 2013

China recognises that not all bubbly is Champagne

Beijing said Tuesday that only sparkling wines produced in Champagne can use the name in China, giving the region’s wine makers a long sought after victory in its bitter battle to stop the name from being abused.                                                                         http://www.france24.com/en/20130528-china-recognises-bubbly-champagne-france-wine%20

27 MAY 2013

EU opposes plan to impose duties on solar panels from China

A majority of EU governments oppose a plan to impose hefty duties on solar panel imports from China, a survey of member states showed on Monday 27, undermining efforts by Brussels to pressure Beijing over its trade practices. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/27/eu-duties-chinese-solar-panels

27 MAY 2013

China’s next big round of economic reform

There is every sign that the new Chinese leadership is contemplating a major round of economic reform comparable to that when Zhu Rongji took China into the WTO more than a decade ago.                                                                                                                               http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/27/chinas-next-big-round-of-economic-reform/

24 MAY 2013

China Plans to Reduce the State’s Role in the Economy

The Chinese government is planning for private businesses and market forces to play a larger role in its economy, in a major policy shift intended to improve living conditions for the middle class and to make China an even stronger competitor on the global stage.                                                                                                           http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/25/business/global/beijing-signals-a-shift-on-economic-policy.html?pagewanted=all&goback=%2Egde_1212327_member_244002688&_r=0

17 MAY 2013

How to protect your IPR in China

One of the biggest challenges for European small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is preserving their intellectual property. i.e. their products, their brand or their customers. To better understand this euronews has looked at the experience of some German enterprises in Suzhou, near Shanghai, which have learned the process the hard way.”                                                                                                                                                                http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/17/how-to-protect-your-ipr-in-china/

16 MAY 2013

China threatens own trade action if EU opens telecoms case

China threatened on Thursday to retaliate if the European Union formally opens an investigation into alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Chinese mobile telecom equipment companies.                                                                                                             http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130516-423240.html                                                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351616579384597.html

29 MARCH 2013

Inflation continuing to rise – an early warning or just a seasonal effect?

Data released in February by the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics showed a continued rise in inflation. The rate for the month was 3.20 %, its highest rate in since April 2012.                                                                                 http://gbtimes.com/focus/economy/inflation-continuing-rise-early-warning-or-just-seasonal-effect

20 MARCH 2013

China’s hidden debt risk

Since China’s era of reform and opening up began, the country has experienced three instances of large-scale public-finance problems. http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/the-structural-threats-to-china-s-financial-stability-by-zhang-monan#ILCW1OM6I1MmzASr.99

13 MARCH 2013

Troubles with airport expansion in China

China’s current transportation development plans call for huge numbers of new airports, but building them looks to be untenable, both economically and environmentally.                                                                                                                http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/18/troubles-with-airport-expansion-in-china/

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Why A China Crash May Be Imminent

Those silly enough to believe that China‘s economy has “recovered” should at least been given some pause by this week’s events. For China surprised the market with moves to reduce liquidity in the banking system and curb the property market. Clearly, the government is worried about the re-appearance of bubbles due to excessive credit growth. And they should be worried because it’s obvious that the bubbles which caused China’s slowdown never went away. In fact, they’ve gotten worse from government stimulus designed to prevent a hard economic landing. These government actions have made the chances of an imminent China crash more likely. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesgruber/2013/02/23/a-china-crash-may-be-imminent/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_220466701

11 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s individual, private businesses top 40.6 mln: SAIC

China’s individually-owned businesses and private enterprises topped 40.6 million around January end, according to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). They are providing jobs for about 80 million people and report 2 trillion yuan ($321.03 billion) in capital. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/761190.shtml

8 FEBRUARY 2013

China trade and loan surge boosts economy

The latest economic statistics from China show a solid recovery in domestic and overseas demand. http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/08/china-trade-and-loan-surge-boosts-economy/

4 FEBRUAY 2013

CAP1400, the nuclear reactor innovated by Chinese company State Nuclear Power Technology Corp will be ready for export some time this year.

The design is based on an earlier model by the Westinghouse Electric Co., but the new Chinese unit has increased efficiency and advanced nuclear technology. The partnership to work on the development of the CAP1400 reactor with Westinghouse began in 2008 and will be followed up by research on the CAP1700 this year.                                                                                                             http://gbtimes.com/focus/business/news/china-ready-export-nuclear-reactor

28 JANUARY 2013

Can China keep growing?

There was much breathless speculation towards the end of last year about whether China’s growth was running out of puff.                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/28/can-china-keep-growing/

18 JANUARY 2013

China’s economic growth slows

China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1999 last year, but it seems to have avoided a sharp economic slowdown – or “hard landing”.                                                       http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/18/china-s-economic-growth-slows/                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201311853244143303.html

4 JANUARY 2013

China set to boost international trade

China’s trade policies will become more open to boost its sluggish imports and exports this year, despite being set to miss its trade target for 2012, according to a senior official                                                                                                                                          http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-set-to-boost-international-trade-40955.html

31 DECEMBER 2012

China to resume import tax for some goods in 2013

China will reimpose import tax on some goods – including solar equipment, natural gas pipelines and railway machinery – from 2013 to help domestic manufacturers, the finance ministry said                                                                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121231-392720.html

26 DECEMBER 2012

China opens world’s longest high-speed rail route

China has officially opened the world’s longest high-speed rail route, linking the capital Beijing with the southern commercial hub of Guangzhou. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20842836 http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/26/the-train-takes-the-strain-from-the-plane-in-china/

21 DECEMBER 2012

Does China Belong in the WTO?

http://nationalinterest.org/commentary/does-china-belong-the-wto-7895?goback=.gde_140572_member_198326774

24 NOVEMBER 2012

China Eastern seals $5.4 billion deal to buy 60 A320s

China Eastern Airlines, one of the country’s top three carriers, has agreed to buy 60 Airbus (EAD.PA) A320 aircraft for about $5.4 billion, expected to be delivered in stages from 2014 to 2017.
http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2012/11/24/china-eastern-seals-5-4-billion-deal-to-buy-60-a320s/

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Charting China’s Economy: 10 Years Under Hu

After 10 years behind the big desk at Zhongnanhai, what is Mr. Hu’s economic legacy? China Real Time charts it out:
http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2012/11/18/charting-chinas-economy-10-years-under-hu/

9 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s economy to overtake US in next four years, says OECD

China will overtake the US in the next four years to become the largest economy in the world, says a leading international thinktank.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/09/china-overtake-us-four-years-oecd

1 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s New Leaders Face Economic Challenges

It remains unclear what plans China’s new leaders have for the state-owned enterprises, but the stakes are high. Maintaining a stable economy is a key reason why Chinese remain willing to accept the party’s continued monopoly on political power.
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-new-leaders-face-economic-challenges/1537322.html

14 OCTOBER 2012

The ‘new normal’ of Chinese growth

Growth of Chinese GDP decelerated to 7.8 per cent in the first half of 2012 from 9.6 per cent a year ago
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/14/the-new-normal-of-chinese-growth/

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

China ready to further liberalize RMB capital account

« China is now ready to further liberalize its renminbi capital account, » said Dai Xianglong, chairman of the National Council for Social Security Funding (NCSSF) and the former governor of the People’s Bank of China, on Wednesday 12 during the Summer Davos 2012 in Tianjin
http://gbtimes.com/news/china-ready-further-liberalize-rmb-capital-account

10 AUGUST 2012

Chinese exports and imports slow down

Exports grew in July by only 1 per cent (against June’s 13 per cent), the lowest since 2009. Imports rose 4.7 (a month earlier it was 6.3). Industrial output declines. Inflation drops because of lower pork and poultry prices.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-exports-and-imports-slow-down-25524.html

24 JULY 2012

China’s sinking shipyards

The world’s economic crisis and overcapacity have hit the once-prosperous industry. This year, only 182 ships are under construction compared to 2,036 in 2007. Jiangsu province is the worst-hit with a 62 per cent drop in orders.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China’s-sinking-shipyards-25373.html

23 JULY 2012

China bids $15bn for Canada’s Nexen

China’s Cnooc has agreed to buy a Canadian oil group for $15.1bn plus debt, the largest overseas acquisition by a Chinese company if completed.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0afa749a-d4bb-11e1-bb88-00144feabdc0.html#axzz21Trwow7z
13 JULY 2012

China’s economic growth rate continues to slow

Between April and June year-on-year growth was 7.6 percent – down from 8.1 percent in the first quarter. That was the slackest pace in more than three years.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/13/chinese-gdp-growth-slows-again/

8 JULY 2012

China’s premier warns of further economic slowdown

China’s economy faces “huge pressure” to slow further despite stimulus measures, Premier Wen Jiabao said Sunday 8 July, damping hopes for a quick recovery from the deepest slump since the 2008 global financial crisis.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85552/chinas-premier-warns-of-further-economic-slowdown/

24 JUNE 2012

Chinese investment in US set to ‘double’

Chinese investment in the United States is likely to double soon thanks to lower costs and more local incentives, a US official said on the weekend.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-06/24/content_15519446.htm

23 JUNE 2012

China offers credits for investment from Taiwan

Four Chinese state banks will offer up to US$95 billion in credit to Taiwanese investments in business on the mainland, the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Yi told a conference in Xiamen
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/NF23Cb01.html

20 JUNE 2012

China vows stricter rare earth regulation

China on Wednesday pledged to more strictly regulate its rare earth industry, saying its regulations are aimed at protecting the environment and are in line with WTO rules. As the world’s largest producer of rare earth metals, China will continue to intensify regulations for the sector while supplying the global market in line with WTO rules, according to a government white paper issued Wednesday. The country will implement stricter environmental standards and protective exploitation policies for the rare earth industry, said the white paper, published by the Information Office of the State Council, or China’s cabinet.The government will continue to enforce regulations on the mining, production and export of rare earth metals, improve relevant laws and regulations and crack down on all violations, it said.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/716161.shtml
http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/716071/Full-Text-Situation-and-Policies-of-Chinas-Rare-Earth-Industry.aspx

1 JUNE 2012

China to restart nuclear power programme

Beijing has indicated that it will lift its year-long moratorium on new nuclear projects in a move that will breathe life into an industry plagued by uncertainty since the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi reactor last year
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b328f9aa-abb9-11e1-a8a0-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1wTdjgqrR

29 MAY 2012

Rising minimum wages are changing China’s economy

The southern city of Shenzhen raised it’s minimum wage by 15.9 percent to 1,500 yuan (238 USD) as of February 2012. Beijing, the capital of China, also raised its minimum wage recently. The minimum wage was raised by 8.6 percent, on top of increases of 20 percent and 20.8 percent in the two previous years. The minimum wage in Beijing today is 1,260 yuan
http://gbtimes.com/focus/economy/rising-minimum-wages-are-changing-chinas-economy

25 MAY 2012

China’s economy suffers ‘sharp slowdown’

A nationwide real estate downturn, stalling exports and declining consumer confidence have produced what a Chinese cabinet adviser, quoted on the official government Web site on Thursday, characterized as a “sharp slowdown in the economy.”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/47561828/ns/business-us_business/

12 MAY 2012

China cuts reserve requirement

China’s central bank cut the amount of cash that banks must hold as reserves on Saturday, freeing an estimated Rmb400bn ($63.5bn) for lending to head-off the risk of a sudden slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f5e77682-9c36-11e1-955d-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1ugkHkTmL

11 MAY 2012

China’s economy slows down further

China’s economy is slowing down further, national figures suggest, with data for April showing sharper than expected declines in investment and industrial production
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201251181239101366.html

19 APRIL 2012

ASEAN to become top trade partners

The members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will together become China’s top trading partners within the next three years, a trade organization predicted on Wednesday.
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2012-04/19/content_15094287.htm

9 APRIL 2012

China sets up rare earth body to streamline the sector

China has set up a rare earth association in a bid to streamline the sector’s development, as it continues to face criticism over its policies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17655146

30 MARCH 2012

US exports to China pass $100b in 2011

China imported over 100 billion US dollars of goods and services from the US for the first time in 2011, according to a report released by the US-China Business Council on Wednesday
http://radio86.com/news/us-exports-china-pass-100b-2011

17 MARCH 2012

Calls to advance trade ties

China should accelerate its steps in advancing a free trade agreement with Japan and South Korea and promoting the integration of the Asian economies, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-03/17/content_14853514.htm

10 MARCH 2012

Chinese deficit widens as exports slump

China’s trade deficit hit $31.5bn in February as exports slumped, underscoring concerns about slowing global demand and cooling growth in the world’s second-largest economy
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/59e3ff88-6aa1-11e1-9781-00144feab49a.html#axzz1ojavGKcV
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/China-Reports-Rare-Trade-Deficit-142181303.html

8 MARCH 2012

China ‘blocks Airbus deals’ in EU carbon levy spat

China has blocked firms from buying planes made by European manufacturer Airbus in a row over a carbon levy, the firm’s parent company EADS has said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17298117

5 MARCH 2012

Chinese PM sets path for slower growth

China’s prime minister has opened the 10-day annual session of the country’s nominal state parliament by cutting projected growth for the country to 7.5 per cent and pledging increased government spending in an effort to increase domestic consumption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/03/20123515629913491.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20120305-china-premier-cuts-economic-growth-target-wen-jiabao-inflation-parliament

10 FEBRUARY 2012

Chinese imports fall sharply in January

Chinese imports fell sharply in January, a sign of sluggish domestic demand that will fuel concerns about whether the fragile global economy can count on China as a bastion of growth
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2b1bb9d0-537b-11e1-aafd-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1lvcBsRfd

9 FEBRUARY 2012

Chinese inflation jumps to 4.5%

Chinese inflation jumped in January, breaking a streak of five straight monthly declines, but seasonal factors were largely to blame and price pressures were expected to weaken in the coming months
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/755da71a-52c2-11e1-9f55-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1lvcBsRfd

6 FEBRUARY 2012

Chinese airlines shun EU carbon tax

China said Monday it will bar its airlines from paying charges on carbon emissions of flights in and out of Europe. The United States and Russia also oppose the EU-imposed measures to rein in climate-changing gases, which came into effect this year
http://www.france24.com/en/20120206-china-airlines-shun-carbon-tax-aviation-climate-change-european-union-emissions

30 JANUARY 2012

China loses WTO appeal over raw materials exports

The World Trade Organisation’s appeals body has upheld a ruling that China restricted exports of certain raw materials to protect its domestic manufacturers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16803072

21 JANUARY 2012

Chinese firms invest $ 184 million in Taiwan in 3 years

Taiwan’s government said Saturday 21 that Chinese firms had invested around $184 million on the island since it relaxed rules on mainland investment in mid-2009 amid warming relations
http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20120121-323289.html

17 JANUARY 2012

Chinese growth slows to near three-year low

China has announced its slowest rate of quarterly growth in two-and-a-half years as efforts to tame high inflation and global turbulence affected the world’s second largest economy. The government said on Tuesday 17 that economy achieved 8.9 per cent growth in the fourth quarter of 2011, the slowest expansion since the second quarter of 2009, when the economy grew 7.9 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/01/201211741552342838.html http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/677820ca-40bc-11e1-8fcd-00144feab49a.html#axzz1jiU2GiTD

28 DECEMBER 2011

China signs Afghanistan’s first oil extraction deal

China has signed Afghanistan’s first major oil exploration contract, a deal that could earn the wartorn country five billion euros over 25 years. China already has Afghanistan’s biggest foreign investment – a 2.6-billion-euro copper-mining contract
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20111228-china-signs-afghanistans-first-oil-extraction-deal

27 DECEMBER 2011

China building Asia’s biggest thermal power plant

BEIJING – China’s Shenhua Group will build the largest coal-fired power station in Asia over the next five years, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday 27, as the country struggles to meet its energy needs
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111227-318514.
html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16336453

14 DECEMBER 2011

China set to tax US-made car imports

In a statement, China’s commerce ministry said on Wednesday that it was taking action in response to damage to its car industry from US “dumping and subsidies”. The move will affect several larger vehicles popular in China, including sport utility vehicles made by Germany’s BMW and Mercedes-Benz brands at their US plants. Shares of BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes, fell 5 per cent and 3 per cent respectively on Wednesday
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/31a43596-266e-11e1-9ed3-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1gYNIgvdr
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-tax-us-car-imports-trade-tensions-escalate

11 DECEMBER 2011

Chinese exports drop as EU debt crisis heightens

The growth of China’s exports in November has dropped to its lowest level since December 2009 as demand for made-in-China goods shrank due to the escalating European debt crisis
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/sunday/2011-12/11/content_14246006.htm

1 DECEMBER 2011

Chinese manufacturing activity slows

China’s manufacturing has recorded the weakest performance since the global recession eased in 2009, official data showed, vindicating Beijing’s move to free up credit as global woes hit its exports. The purchasing managers’ index (PMI) compiled by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing (CFLP) fell to 49 in November, down 1.4 points from October, the CFLP said in a statement on Thursday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/20111211347300698.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/11/2011113010142472788.html

15 NOVEMBER 2011

The IMF warns China over banks

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned China about the possible « fragility » of its financial system. In a report published today, it states that China’s banks are strong enough to support isolated crises, but incapable of overcoming a crisis derived from overexposure to credit, housing bubbles, and the currency values.

The 126-page report is based on stress tests carried out on 17 Chinese banks, which cover 83% of the commercial banking system in the country. Prepared in June, it was released today with 29 recommendations to the Chinese authorities, fearing that reduced growth, and a housing bubble will lead to a credit crisis, similar to that afflicting the United States and which has caused the present global crisis
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-IMF-warns-China-over-banks-23174.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/1b51d274-0ebf-11e1-b83c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1donBKRLP

14 NOVEMBER 2011

Obama: China must play fair on trade

China needs « to understand that their role is different now than it might have been 20 years ago or 30 years ago when if they were breaking some
rules it didn’t really matter, it didn’t have a significant impact, » Obama said at the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific economic summit (APEC) in Hawaii on Sunday.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2011/11/201111144430818116.html

12 NOVEMBER 2011

Growing tensions over trade agendas at APEC summit

US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao presented competing trade agendas at the APEC summit Saturday, with Obama privately taking China to task for what he said Americans saw as « unfair » trade and currencypractices.
http://www.france24.com/en/20111113-obama-calls-china-play-rules-apec-summit-hu-jintao-currency-trade-usa-election
http://blogs.voanews.com/breaking-news/2011/11/13/obama-says-americans-impatient-and-frustrated-with-chinas-economic-reforms/

10 NOVEMBER 2011

China export growth dips as EU slows

Chinese exports slowed in October, pressured by the mounting woes in Europe  and adding to the growth risks that could lead Beijing to ease monetary policy  and slow the pace of renminbi appreciation.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/fce7b050-0b4a-11e1-ae56-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1dKvKsLAM

29 OCTOBER 2011

China names new financial regulators

China has named new heads to three top financial regulatory posts, the official Xinhua news agency said, the first big step in a comprehensive leadership change that will culminate when its top political leaders retire.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c9008df2-0249-11e1-ab83-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1cG5SEGh0

14 OCTOBER 2011

China’s small firms see profits disappear

A large proportion of small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Pearl River Delta region of south China expect no profit over the next six months due to rising material and labor costs and shrinking overseas orders, a recent survey shows. This delta is one of China’s two leading industrial centers – the other is the area around the Yangtze Delta, where a credit crunch has caused many company bosses in the city of Wenzhou to flee. The survey, concluded in September, covered about 3,000 SMEs that have revenues of less than 30 million yuan (US$4.7 million), including firms based in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Zhuhai. Their average profit has already dropped
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/MJ14Cb01.html

12 OCTOBER 2011

China and Russia are committed to expanding cooperation in economic, trade and energy, said a joint communique inked by the two countries as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a two-day official visit to China.
http://english.sina.com/china/2011/1012/404419.html
http://english.sina.com/z/20111011Putinvisit/index.shtml

11 OCTOBER 2011

China expands resource tax across the country

China will expand a tax on oil and natural gas sales to the entire country as of 1 November, to try and reduce consumption
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15252134

28 SEPTEMBER 2011

Trade deficit with China cost nearly 2.8 million U.S. jobs since 2001

California was the hardest hit, losing nearly 455,000 jobs from 2001 to 2010 due to trade with the Asian giant, according to Robert the institute’s director of trade and manufacturing policy research. Texas lost nearly 233,000 positions the same way.http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/09/trade-deficit-with-china-cost-nearly-28-million-us-jobs-since-2001.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2011

China and India Making Inroads in Biotech Drugs

Chinese and Indian drug makers have taken over much of the global trade in medicines and now manufacture more than 80 percent of the
active ingredients in drugs sold worldwide. But they had never been able to copy the complex and expensive biotech medicines increasingly used to treat cancer, diabetes and other diseases in rich nations like the United States — until now.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/health/policy/19drug.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 SEPTEMBRE 2011

Beijing to make yuan fully convertible by 2015

The yuan will achieve “full convertibility” by 2015, EU Chamber of Commerce in China President Davide Cucino said, citing officials of the Communist regime. Over the next few years, Beijing will put into place a gradual plan to reach full convertibility of its currency, which is currently
undervalued by as much as 35 per cent according to some analysts. Chinese officials have also said that London would become an offshore trading centre for the yuan
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-to-make-yuan-fully-convertible-by-2015-22584.html#

11 AUGUST 2011

Crash-weary China puts brakes on rail plans

China has suspended all new railway construction projects as controversy swirls over the nation’s high-speed network nearly three weeks after a fatal crash.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/08/20118117836934525.html
http://www.asianage.com/international/china-recalls-bullet-trains-new-blow-technology-255

9 AUGUST 2011

China inflation rises to 6.5% in July

Chinese consumer inflation accelerated to 6.5 per cent from a year earlier, up from 6.4 per cent in June, according to data released by China’s National Bureau of Statistics. Inflation was driven mostly by volatile food prices, which soared 14.8 per cent in July from a year earlier
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8a9d8da4-c238-11e0-bc71-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz1UYyGsAMq

22 JUNE 2011

Beijing-Shanghai railway speed claim faked

Railway Ministry exaggerated the speed that a showcase rail link between Beijing and Shanghai is capable of operating at, a report said on Wednesday, citing a retired top engineer. Zhou Yimin, a deputy chief engineer at the ministry, told the financial magazine Caijing that the trains’
maximum operating speed should be 300kph rather than the originally targeted 350kph.
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Asia/Story/STIStory_682679.html

21 JUNE 2011

China buying Euro debt

China is going to help debt-ridden Europe by buying Euro bonds in lieu of dollar-labelled securities as it has done for years. This way it will help Europeans realise stable economic growth, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said a few days before Prime Minister Wen Jiabao starts a
visit to Hungary, Great Britain and Germany on 24-28 June
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-buying-Euro-debt-21897.html

31 MAY 2011

Russia and China initial massive natural gas deal

Government negotiators on Tuesday reached general agreement on terms for long-term deliveries of gas that will bring Russia a welcome cash infusion and China additional fuel for its energy-hungry economy, a senior Russian official said.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1642645.php/Russia-and-China-initial-massive-natural-gas-deal

26 MAI 2011

Chinese rare earth metals prices soar

A gravity-defying leap in the price of Chinese rare earth metals has triggered fears that the cost of components used in a range of goods from mobile phones to hybrid cars could soar.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/751cab5a-87b8-11e0-a6de-00144feabdc0.html

16 MAY 2011

China to export nuclear technology

Beijing plans to build second-generation nuclear power plants in neighbouring countries, including Vietnam, Pakistan, Malaysia and others. At the same time, it wants to increase domestic civilian nuclear production six-fold by 2020. It has tightened security after Fukushima
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-to-export-nuclear-technology-21571.html

EU president thanks China for euro help

China made a significant contribution to maintaining the stability of the euro zone and promoting the resurgence of the European economy. Europe shows gratitude for this,’ state media quoted Van Rompuy as saying during talks with Hu at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1639439.php/EU-president-thanks-China-for-euro-help

6 MAY 2011

ODI set to overtake FDI ‘within three years

With an annual growth rate of « 20 to 30 percent », outbound direct investment (ODI) will overtake foreign direct investment (FDI) « within three years », a senior Ministry of Commerce official said.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-05/06/content_12454686.htm

29 MARCH 2011

China to maintain nuclear power goal

Beijing’s decision following the earthquake and tsunami damage to nuclear power plants in Japan this month to suspend approvals for its own new nuclear plants and to conduct a nationwide review of existing facilities and those under construction does not indicate a change is likely in
China’s atomic energy strategy, experts and senior government officials say
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China_Business/MC30Cb01.html

27 FEBRUARY 2011

China Reduces Growth Goal and Vows to Curb Inequities

Premier Wen Jiabao reduced China’s economic growth goals and said that the government would focus on ensuring the benefits of expansion were more evenly distributed.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/China-Lowers-Growth-Forecast-to-Curb-Inflation-and-Pollution-117054323.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/business/global/28yuan.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-02/28/content_12084841.htm

25 FEVRIER 2011

Aviation sector has high hopes for next 5 yrs

China plans to invest 1.5 trillion yuan ($228.2 billion) in the aviation industry, building 45 airports and adding 700 new commercial planes, over the next five years to meet surging demand, a top regulator said on Thursday.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-02/25/content_12075490.htm

14 FEBRUARY 2011

Chinese economy overtakes Japan

China has become the world’s second-biggest economy after the US, pushing Japan to third place in 2010. Nominal GDP of $5.47 trillion in 2010 put Japan behind China’s $5.88 trillion, the data showed.
http://english.aljazeera.net/business/2011/02/201121445425144962.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12427321
http://www.france24.com/en/20110214-china-supplants-japan-worlds-number-two-economy

19 JANUARY 2011

China and US seal $45bn trade deals

The White House said on Wednesday that China had committed to buying $45bn worth of exports from the US, including a $19bn deal
for 200 Boeing air planes. Boeing said the aircraft will be delivered over the three-year period 2011-2013. The various deals will altogether support up to 235,000 jobs in 12 US states, according to the White House. In addition to the Boeing deal, China will also invest in US exports from agriculture, telecommunications and technology companies, including General Electric,
Honeywell and Navistar.http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/01/2011119143513239307.html
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/Hu-Faces-Day-of-Rich-Ceremony-Tough-Talk-114193599.html

Main news on Bangladesh

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

How Bangladeshis are coping with half a million new Rohingya refugees

The sudden arrival of half a million Rohingya Muslims has upended life in this humble village, which is now overshadowed by one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/how-bangladeshis-are-coping-with-half-a-million-new-rohingya-refugees/2017/09/29/4a6624ca-a1ee-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.9d6d8e728d29

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

26 AUGUST 2017

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

20 AUGUST 2017

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

29 AUGUST 2016

Kerry offers security aid to help Bangladesh fight terror, says Islamic State has links in the country

The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are “connected” to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2010891/kerry-offers-security-aid-help-bangladesh-fight-terror
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/kerry-in-bangladesh-for-security-talks-amid-terror-concerns-1.1887155
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

23 JULY 2016

80 killed, over 200 injured in twin suicide bomb attacks on Kabul protesters; Islamic State claims responsibility

Islamic State (IS) jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/1993817/islamic-state-bombings-kabul-kill-least-80-making-it-groups
http://www.euronews.com/2016/07/23/bloodshed-in-kabul-as-isil-murder-scores-of-minority-hazarahttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36874570

21 JULY 2016

Bangladesh court convicts former PM’s son

A Bangladesh court on Thursday convicted the exiled eldest son of the main opposition leader for money laundering and sentenced him to seven years in prison, a move that could end his political ambitions
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-court-convicts-former-pm-s-son-1.1866356
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/07/21/tarique-used-his-political-clout-as-a-shield-to-commit-financial-crime-high-court

2 JULY 2016

ISIS attack on Dhaka café leaves 20 foreigners dead

In an act that killed nine Italians and seven Japanese citizens, assailants wrenched a cafe’s customers from a space of tolerance and cultural exchange to one of terrorism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/20-foreigners-killed-in-bangladesh-hostage-carnage-1.1856179
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36692613

12 JUNE 2016

Bangladesh arrests 3,000 as PM vows to catch killers

Police in Bangladesh have arrested 85 suspected militants and more than 5,000 other suspects in a nationwide crackdown over Islamist killings. The government claims that domestic jihadi groups are behind the attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/bangladesh-arrests-160611161725828.html
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-thousands-over-killing-wave/a-19324753

28 MAY 2016

Tokyo renews pledge to give Dhaka $6b

Japan yesterday (28) assured Bangladesh of fulfilling its commitment to provide Bangladesh with $6 billion and under the arrangement Dhaka would get $1.5 billion this year.
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/tokyo-renews-pledge-give-dhaka-6b-1231042

11 MAY 2016

Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging. Condemnations in Pakistan

Clashes erupted in Bangladesh Wednesday after the execution of a top Islamist leader, heightening tension in a country reeling from a string of killings of secular and liberal activists.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/bangladesh-hikes-security-top-islamist-hanged-war-crimes-082146919.html?nhp=1
http://www.dawn.com/news/1257686/pakistan-accuses-bangladesh-of-killing-opposition-leaders-through-flawed-trials
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/05/11/we-are-nizami-pakistan-jamaat-protests-their-war-criminal-comrades-execution-by-bangladesh

10 MAY 2016

Top Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami hanged in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has executed Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami for committing war crimes during the 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. The government beefed up security to deal with a possible backlash from Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/top-islamist-leader-motiur-rahman-nizami-hanged-in-bangladesh/a-19248272
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36261197

5 MAY 2016

Bangladesh top court upholds Nizami death sentence for 1971 war crimes

The Supreme Court in Dhaka has confirmed the death sentence for Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was convicted of rape and murdering top intellectuals during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-court-upholds-nizami-death-sentence-for-1971-war-crimes/a-19237525
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36210552

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/04/16/police-arrest-journalist-shafik-rehman-in-a-2015-sedition-case

30 MARCH 2016

Dhaka court orders ex-PM Khaleda Zia’s arrest

A court in Bangladesh has ordered the arrest of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Zia has been charged with involvement in firebomb attacks on a passenger bus that killed one and injured more than 30 people last year
http://www.dw.com/en/dhaka-court-orders-ex-pm-khaleda-zias-arrest/a-19152053
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/03/30/court-orders-khaledas-arrest-over-deadly-bus-firebombing-in-dhaka

28 MARCH 2016

Bangladesh court upholds Islam as religion of the state

Bangladesh’s High Court on Monday rejected a 28-year-old petition calling for the removal of a constitutional provision recognising Islam as the official religion of the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/bangladesh-court-upholds-islam-religion-state-160328112919301.html
http://atimes.com/2016/03/bangladesh-islamists-protest-legal-move-to-scrap-state-religion/

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh starts tally of Rohingya minority

Bangladesh has begun a count of the number of Rohingya Muslims living on its territory, as reported persecution continues to drive thousands from Myanmar. The census will also include data on living conditions.
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-starts-tally-of-rohingya-minority/a-19046349
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/bangladesh-begins-survey-of-undocumented-rohingya-muslims/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Bangladesh sentences two to death for war crimes

The International Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) awarded death penalty to former Razakar commander Md Obaidul Haq alias Abu Taher and a member of the notorious militia, Ataur Rahman Noni, for their crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/bangladesh-sentences-death-war-crimes-160202130516749.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2016/02/02/134303.php

31 JANUARY 2016

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani issues a decree to ensure the safety of journalists and give them access to accurate information

The deputy spokesman for Ghani, Sayed Zafar Hashemi, said that the decree focuses on the safety of journalists as well as ensuring probes into the killing of journalists
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/23554-ghani-issues-decree-to-ensure-safety-of-journalists

24 JANUARY 2016

Taliban demands removal from blacklists to join peace talks

The militant group has said pre-conditions must be met before they join any talks aimed at ending their insurgency. The statement comes as Afghanistan boosts efforts to end the conflict amid an uptick of violence
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-demands-removal-from-blacklists-to-join-peace-talks/a-19001347

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

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

17 JANUARY 2016

In Bangladesh, Ershad makes brother GM Quader Jatiya Party co-chairman

Ershad announced that Quader has been made co-chairman of the party at a media call in its stronghold Rangpur on Sunday
http://bdnews24.com/politics/2016/01/17/ershad-makes-brother-gm-quader-jatiya-pa

6 JANUARY 2016

Bangladesh court upholds death sentence for Jamaat-e-Islami leader Nizami

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a top Islamist political leader for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/bangladesh-court-upholds-death-sentence-nizami-160106071459350.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/06/supreme-court-seals-fate-of-nizami-confirms-jamaat-chiefs-death-sentence-for-horrific-war-crimes
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/the-nightmare-named-nizami-198244

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Bangladesh executes two opposition leaders for war crimes

Death row war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed of the Jammat-e-Islami party and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) were executed after Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid rejected their mercy petitions late Saturday
http://atimes.com/2015/11/decks-cleared-for-execution-of-2-war-criminals-in-bangladesh/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/bangladesh-executes-opposition-leaders-151121145034814.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Two Bangladesh opposition leaders to be put to death over war crimes after court appeal rejected

Bangladesh’s highest court has upheld the death sentences of two opposition leaders convicted for atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-18/bangladesh-opposition-leaders-to-be-put-to-death-over-war-crimes-after-court-appeal-rejected/1516088
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/death-sentences-bangladesh-leaders-upheld-151118055645478.html

31 OCTOBER 2015

Secular publisher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A publisher of a slain online critic Avijit Roy has been hacked to death in Bangladesh, police say, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/10/31/avijit-roys-publisher-dipan-hacked-to-death-at-shahbagh-hours-after-attack-on-another-publisher
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/secular-publisher-hacked-death-bangladesh-151031151220898.html

22 OCTOBER 2015

Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists

A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/bangladeshi-group-orders-firing-female-journalists-151022125708043.html

7  AUGUST 2015

Fourth secular Bangladesh blogger hacked to death

A gang armed with machetes has hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka in the fourth such murder in Bangladesh since the start of the year, an activist group and police have said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/fourth-secular-bangladesh-blogger-hacked-death-150807102408712.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/11789697/Bangladeshi-blogger-who-criticised-Islam-hacked-to-death.html

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2015/07/31/102277.php

16 JUNE 2015

Death sentence upheld for Islamist leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed involved in 1971 killing of Bengali intellectuals

Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, a leading figure in the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is guilty of crimes against humanity. His party has called for a general strike tomorrow, raising fears about fresh violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-upholds-death-sentence-top-islamist
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Death-sentence-upheld-for-Islamist-leader-involved-in-1971-killing-of-Bengali-intellectuals-34529.html

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

6 JUNE 2015

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

20 APRIL 2015

Shots fired’ at Bangladesh opposition leader’s car

Shots were fired at a car carrying Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia when it stopped at a market in Dhaka, her secretary said Monday, with television footage showing scores of people attacking her convoy
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/shots-fired-bangladesh-opposition-leaders-car-203112061.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/khaledas-motorcade-comes-under-attack-78383

13 APRIL 2015

Two killed as Bangladesh Islamists protest at execution

Two student activists have been shot dead in Bangladesh, police said Monday, as the largest Islamist party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/527067/two-killed-as-bangladesh-islamists-protest-at-execution
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175690/two-killed-as-bangladesh-islamists-protest-execution-of-ji-leader

11 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh hangs Islamist leader Kamaruzzaman for war crimes

Jamaat-e-Islami henchman Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been hanged for his atrocities that were ‘worse than the Nazis’ to stop the dawn breaking on Bangladesh in 1971
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2015/04/11/bangladesh-hangs-islamist-leader-kamaruzzaman-for-war-crimes-worse-than-nazis
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/profile-kamaruzzaman-76902
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32263541

5 APRIL 2015

Bangladesh opposition head granted bail in graft cases

Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader Khaleda Zia has been granted bail in two graft cases after appearing before a special court
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/bangladesh-khaleda-zia-opposition-150405070328147.html

Taliban publish biography of ‘RPG-loving’ ‘special’ Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban has published a biography of their « charismatic » supreme leader Mullah Omar, in which they say he has a « special » sense of humour and that his weapon of choice is a RPG-7 grenade launcher
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11517249/Taliban-publish-biography-of-RPG-loving-special-Mullah-Omar.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150406-taliban-publish-biography-leader-mullah-omar-afghanistan/

30 MARCH 2015

Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi blogger was hacked to death in Dhaka on Monday, the second such attack on a critic of religious fundamentalism in the mainly Muslim country in less than two months
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/another-blogger-hacked-death-bangladesh
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/bangladeshi-blogger-murdered-capital-dhaka-150330084024852.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy hacked to death by extremists

Avijit Roy, who has been killed in an attack in Dhaka at the age of 42, was a Bangladeshi-American blogger, published author, and prominent defender of the free-thought movement in Bangladesh.
http://www.news.com.au/world/bangladeshi-american-blogger-avijit-roy-hacked-to-death-by-extremists/story-fndir2ev-1227242353108
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31664262

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Arrest warrant issued for Bangladesh ex-PM

A Bangladeshi court has issued an arrest warrant for opposition leader Khaleda Zia for failing to attend hearings for graft charges, amid growing political turmoil in the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/02/arrest-warrant-issued-bangladesh-pm-150225061136694.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1165835/bangladesh-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-khaleda-zia

18 FEBRUARY 2015

War crimes court sentences Jamaat leader Abdus Subhan to death in Dhaka

A war crimes tribunal on Wednesday sentenced Abdus Subhan to death a senior leader of hardline Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami for atrocities committed during the country’s war of independence, raising fresh fears of violence in the Muslim-majority nation.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/war-crimes-court-sentences-jamaat-leader-to-death-in-dhaka/73029

4 FEBRUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia charged over arson attack

Bangladesh’s opposition leader, Khaleda Zia, has been charged with instigating an arson attack on a bus which claimed the lives of seven people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31127763

27 JANUARY 2015

Tens of thousands mourn son of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia

Tens of thousands of mourners turned out Tuesday for the funeral of Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s son in a massive show of support for the embattled former premier
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tens-thousands-mourn-son-bangladesh-opposition-leader-khaleda-zia

19 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader Zia released after 16 days of confinement

Bangladesh has ended its confinement of opposition leader Khaleda Zia after a surge in political violence left 27 people dead, but her party vowed to continue a nationwide transport blockade.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/bangladesh-opposition-leader-khaleda-zia-released-20151197294842666.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-ends-confinement-opposition-leader-zia

4 JANUARY 2015

Bangladesh opposition leader locked in office

Bangladesh police have banned all protests in the capital Dhaka from Sunday and locked main opposition leader Khaleda Zia in her office, ahead of the first anniversary of an election her party boycotted.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/bangladesh-opposition-khaleda-zia-20151472120761851.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-police-lock-opposition-leader-office-ban-protests

30 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death

ATM Azharul Islam, 62, assistant secretary general of the nation’s largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, became the 16th person and the 11th Islamist to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/12/bangladesh-sentences-islamist-leader-death-2014123071546419103.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/punished-to-the-maximum-57747

23 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh ex-minister sentenced to death for war crimes

A former government minister in Bangladesh has been sentenced to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. The special tribunal in Dhaka found Syed Mohammad Qaiser, 73, guilty of genocide, murder and rape.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30587716

6 DECEMBER 2014

India arrests accused in suspected plot to kill Bangladesh PM

Indian police have arrested a key suspect behind a blast in the state of West Bengal who is also believed to have been involved in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh and stage a coup there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-arrests-accused-suspected-plot-kill-bangladesh-pm

3 DECEMBER 2014

Bangladesh ranks 14th in graft index

Corruption rose in Bangladesh with the country sliding two notches to rank the 14th most corrupt country in the world, according to this year’s Corruption Perception Index of Transparency International.
http://www.thedailystar.net/graft-rising-53288

2 DECEMBER 2014

Child labour in Bangladesh persists

A US agency in its new survey Monday claimed the presence of child labour in the Bangladesh’s informal garment sector, as it expanded its list of products worldwide it says were likely produced by child or forced labour.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Child-labour-in-Bangladesh-persists–68439.html

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader loses fresh bid to stop trials

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday lost her latest attempt to halt trials on graft charges which could see her jailed for life if found guilty, her lawyer said.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2014/11/25/422590/Bangladesh-opposition.htm

Bangladesh court hands out death verdict to war criminal Mobarak

A special tribunal in Dhaka today handed death penalty to local Awami League leader Mobarak Hossain for gunning down 33 people in Brahmanbaria during the country’s Liberation War in 1971
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangladesh-court-hands-out-death-verdict-to-war-cr-68039.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sentences fugitive mayor to death for war crimes

Zahid Hossain Khokon, a main opposition party official, was found guilty of 10 charges including forcibly converting minority Hindus to Islam during the nine-month war.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443150/bangladesh-sentences-fugitive-mayor-to-death-for-war-crimes

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Bangladesh court upholds death penalty for war criminal

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court today upheld the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-court-upholds-islamists-death-sentence/2505673.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/other/2014/11/04/421040/Bangladesh-court.htm

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Death for Bangladesh Islamist leader Mir Quasem Ali

A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party has been sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29870007
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/440983/bangladesh-court-orders-islamist-tycoon-to-hang-for-war-crimes

29 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death

A special tribunal in Bangladesh has sentenced the head of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party to death for his role in the deaths of thousands during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/jamaat-chief-sentenced-death-bangladesh-201410296842621834.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29813571

23 OCTOBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91

Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29749450

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Sexual abuse rates spike in Afghanistan

The New Afghanistan Women Association (NAWA) has expressed concerns about rising rates of sexual abuse and harassment in Afghanistan. Over the past six months alone, there were over 240 recorded cases of sexual abuse against women and children in at least six provinces of the country
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16503-sexual-abuse-rates-spike-in-afghanistan

18 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh passes law to impeach judges

Bangladesh’s parliament has approved legislation amending the country’s constitution to allow the impeachment of Supreme Court judges.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/bangladesh-passes-law-impeach-judges-20149186316677635.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh Islamist Delwar Sayeedi death sentence commuted

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has commuted the death sentence given to Islamist leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi to life imprisonment.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29233639

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh sets two-year jail term for child marriage

Bangladesh on Monday approved a law setting a two-year jail term for anyone involved in marrying a girl aged under 18, in a bid to cut the country’s notoriously high child marriage rate.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432404/bangladesh-sets-two-year-jail-term-for-child-marriage

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Bangladesh’s Zia loses court battle on corruption charges

Bangladesh’s highest court on Sunday rejected appeals by opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432202/bangladesh-zia-loses-court-battle-on-corruption-charges

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Dhaka-quits-UN-race-for-Tokyo-64237.html

9 JULY 2014

Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/bangladesh-wins-sea-border-dispute-with-india-20147881221238354.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-india-welcome-courts-ruling-sea-border

24 JUNE 2014

Bangladesh defers verdict on Jamaat leader

Bangladesh’s war crimes court has postponed a verdict on the leader of the country’s largest Islamist party for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle, according to local media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/bangladesh-defers-verdict-jamaat-leader-201462462725784475.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-delays-war-crimes-verdict/1943626.html

23 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court orders opposition chief’s trial go ahead

A top Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s trial over embezzlement charges should go ahead in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406285/bangladesh-court-orders-opposition-chief-trial-go-ahead

20 APRIL 2014

Bangladesh court delays Zia ‘fraud’ trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia has received a short reprieve after a court postponed its decision on whether to halt her embezzlement trial that could see her imprisoned for life if found guilty
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/04/bangladesh-court-delays-zia-fraud-trial-2014420143710145938.html

20 MARCH 2014

A million children live on the streets of Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, about a million children live in the streets, half under the age of ten. And about 95 per cent of them also take drugs

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-million-children-live-on-the-streets-of-Bangladesh-30616.html

19 MARCH 2014

Bangladesh opposition’s Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was ordered Wednesday to stand trial over charges that she and her associates embezzled more than $650,000 in a case that could see her jailed for life.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400710/bangladesh-opposition-chief-to-face-corruption-trial
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26643635

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition wins in local elections

The Nationalist and Islamic fundamentalist parties take 51 upazila (sub-districts) out 97. For the opposition, the result shows that the general election in January was « a farce. »

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh-opposition-wins-in-local-elections-30364.html

30 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

A Bangladeshi court has sentenced Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, and 13 others to death for arms smuggling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/bangladesh-arms-smugglers-sentenced-death-2014130101339413268.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25962798

29 JANUARY 2014

Political assassinations on the rise in Bangladesh, with 138 deaths in January

Human rights activists are sounding the alarm about the rise in political assassinations, particularly among the ranks of the opposition. Many murders are at the hands of the police, which has refused to comment the allegations. In 2013, nearly 4,400 people have died.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Political-assassinations-on-the-rise-in-Bangladesh,-with-138-deaths-in-January-30165.html

12 JANUARY 2014

Sheikh Hasina sworn in as PM in crisis-hit Bangladesh for the third time

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1080042/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-bangladesh-pm-for-third-time
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/389199/sheikh-hasina-sworn-in-as-pm-in-crisis-hit-bangladesh

Bangladesh’s third largest party head becomes opposition leader

With Sheikh Hasina taking oath as prime minister today and third largest party’s head Raushan Ershad already named leader of the opposition, Bangladesh will have two PMs and two leaders of the opposition at the same time

http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-56005.html

10 JANUARY 2014

Britain reviews aid to Bangladesh after election violence

British government has said it is reviewing its funding of aid programmes in support of Bangladesh’s parliament following an electiom marred by deadly violence and accusations of ballot fixing
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10564063/Britain-reviews-aid-to-Bangladesh-after-election-violence.html

6 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh ruling party wins elections marred by boycott, violence

The Bangladesh Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, won Sunday’s parliamentary elections, which were marred by low turnout and violence and were boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/06/world/asia/bangladesh-elections/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/06/bangladesh-ruling-awami-league-wins-election-scarred-by-violence-and-boycotts/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10553249/Bangladesh-prime-minister-Elections-were-legitimate.html

5 JANUARY 2014

18 dead, polling booths firebombed as Bangladesh votes

Thousands of protesters firebombed polling stations and at least 18 people were killed as violence flared across Bangladesh on Sunday during a walkover election boycotted by the opposition.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/18-dead-polling-booths/943662.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-mars-controversial-bangladesh-polls-20141510625512920.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10551743/At-least-18-killed-in-Bangladesh-election-violence.html

4 JANUARY 2014

Renewed violence in Bangladesh ahead of disputed election

Dozens of polling booths were torched on the eve of Bangladesh’s violence-plagued election Saturday as the opposition staged a general strike in a final act of defiance against the « farcical » polls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10550571/Renewed-violence-in-Bangladesh-ahead-of-disputed-election.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/04/world/asia/bangladesh-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/violence-eve-bangladesh-elections-2014141337726950.html

3 JANUARY 2014

Bangladesh opposition leader urges vote boycott

Bangladesh opposition leader made a last-ditch plea Friday for voters to boycott this weekend’s « farcical » elections and accused the government of placing her under house arrest.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-opposition/942394.html

30 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia ‘under house arrest’

Khaleda Zia, Bangladesh’s former prime minister and main opposition leader, has been put under house arrest, her aides said today as police surrounded her home in the capital Dhaka.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10542535/Bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-Khaleda-Zia-under-house-arrest.html

29 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh activists clash with police at polls protest

Supporters of Bangladesh’s opposition parties have clashed with security forces in Dhaka ahead of the country’s general election next week.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25543054
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/protester-killed-during-clashes-bangladesh-2013122984511139648.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition leader under ‘virtual house arrest’

Bangladesh’s opposition accused authorities of placing their leader under virtual house arrest Thursday, as tens of thousands of troops were deployed across the country ahead of general elections next month.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386749/bangladesh-opposition-leader-under-virtual-house-arrest

15 DECEMBER 2013

Violences kill 13

At least 11 people were killed in Noakhali and Nilphamari as Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers and ran riot in several parts of the country to protest the execution of their leader Abul Quader Mollah

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ten-more-dead-bangladesh-pm-issues-warning

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/violence-kills-11/

13 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh execution sparks violent protests

A wave of violence has swept through Bangladesh after the hanging of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes committed during the bloody 1971 war of independence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-execution-sparks-violent-protests-201312135743734649.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10516017/Four-killed-in-clashes-after-Islamist-leader-executed.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384660/clashes-in-bangladesh-after-islamist-hanged

12 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh executes opposition leader

Bangladesh has hanged opposition leader Abdul Quader Mollah over war crimes, making him the first person to be put to death for massacres committed during the country’s bloody 1971 war of independence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2013/12/bangladesh-politician-be-executed-20131212622649656.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-supreme-court-will-not-review-death-penalty/1808614.html

11 DECEMBER 2013

UN chief, Kerry call Bangladesh PM over poll standoff

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry called Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday to stress the need for talks with the opposition to resolve the country’s election standoff.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384339/un-chief-kerry-call-bangladesh-pm-over-poll-standoff

4 DECEMBER 2013

Ershad’s house cordoned off

Law enforcers have entered the house of Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad in Baridhara in the capital hours after he directed his partymen to resign from their posts of ministers and adviser to the PM.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/ershad-asks-jp-leaders-to-withdraw-nomination/

2 DECEMBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition to boycott elections

Bangladesh’s 18-party opposition coalition has said it will boycott a general election scheduled for January, plunging the volatile country into political uncertainty just hours before the final deadline for nominations.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/bangladesh-opposition-boycott-elections-2013122900876856.html

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Seven dead in Bangladesh opposition vote protest

Bangladesh opposition supporters blocked roads and ripped up railway tracks Tuesday in protests against elections announced for January, leaving seven people dead and plunging the nation into fresh turmoil.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381761/seven-dead-in-bangladesh-opposition-vote-protest

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh to hold parliamentary elections in January

Bangladesh’s parliamentary election will be held on 5 January, chief election commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has announced.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25093165

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Garment Industry to See Rise in Minimum Wage

Bangladesh factory owners say they have agreed to a 77 percent increase in the minimum monthly wage for garment workers, after days of unrest forced the closure of hundreds of production facilities. Thursday’s announcement followed a meeting between the manufacturers and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that resulted in the agreement, which will raise wages to about $66 per month.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-garment-industry-to-see-rise-in-minimum-wage/1790050.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-200-Bangladesh-garment-factories-reopen-with-bigger-paycheques-for-workers-29540.html

13 NOVEMBER 2913

Dozens hurt in Bangladesh garment factory protest

Riot police fired tear gas to battle thousands of stone-throwing garment workers who rampaged through two industrial towns in Bangladesh during a protest over wages Tuesday that closed at least 200 factories and left dozens of people injured, police said.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115776/dozens-hurt-in-bangladesh-garment-factory-protest/

9 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh arrests 5 opposition leaders

Bangladeshi authorities have arrested three senior leaders of the main opposition party amid increasing tensions ahead of next year’s elections, an official said Saturday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/115596/bangladesh-arrests-5-opposition-leaders/

5 NOVEMBER 2013

152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh

A Bangladeshi court has convicted more than 300 soldiers at the start of a mass verdict over a 2009 military mutiny in which scores of senior officers were massacred.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/05/world/asia/bangladesh-soldiers-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/05/bangladesh-court-sentences-152-to-death-for-2009-mutiny/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/11/bangladesh-mutiny-verdict-due-201311561736760822.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

Bangladesh convicts UK Muslim leader, US citizen of war crimes

A Bangladesh war crimes court found a British-based Muslim leader and a US citizen guilty on Sunday in absentia for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-convicts-uk-muslim-leader-us-citizen-war-crimes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10423362/British-Muslim-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24793127

31 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh garment workers reject proposed pay hike

Bangladeshi garment workers on Thursday rejected a proposed 50 per cent wage rise and there were fears of fresh strikes in the crisis-hit industry if the impasse was not quickly resolved.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-garment-workers-reject-proposed-pay-hike

28 OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence erupts across crisis-hit Bangladesh

Fresh violence erupted across Bangladesh on Monday, leaving at least four people dead as rival party activists clashed on the second day of a strike amid a mounting political crisis.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/fresh-violence-erupts-across-crisis-hit-bangladesh

27 OCTOBER 2013

Opposition strike begins in Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, wants Sheikh Hasina Wajed, the prime minister, to hand power to a caretaker administration before the January election.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/opposition-strike-begins-bangladesh-201310276169411597.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh opposition protest turns deadly

At least five demonstrators have been killed and dozens injured across Bangladesh and thousands of opposition activists rallied in the capital, Dhaka, on Friday to demand that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quit and order polls under a caretaker government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-opposition-protest-turns-violent-20131025123326451853.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh ex-minister Abdul Alim jailed for war crimes

Abdul Alim, 83, of the Bangladesh National Party was guilty of nine of 17 charges dating back to the country’s 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24456910

1st OCTOBER 2013

Bangladesh MP sentenced to death

Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide during the war for independence from Pakistan in 1971.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/bangladesh-mp-sentenced-death-201310171446700799.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-lawmaker-to-death-for-war-crimes/1760364.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Low Pay, Shut Factories

More than 100 garment factories in Bangladesh have been forced to close as workers protest for a third day demanding a sharp raise in their minimum wage.
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladeshi-garment-workers-protest-pay-shut-factories/1755037.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-garment-workers-stop-Bangladesh,-demanding-higher-wages-29086.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2013

Bangladesh Islamist leader sentenced to death

Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Abdul Quader Molla, 65, the fourth-highest-ranked leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is the first politician to be found guilty by the country’s Supreme Court after it overturned an appeal to acquit him of all
harges.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391735611372698.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh-sentences-islamic-leader-to-death-for-war-crimes/1751139.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/17/world/asia/bangladesh-islamist-death-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10315433/Islamist-leader-sentenced-to-death-in-Bangladesh.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2013

Anwar Hossein passes away

Veteran character actor of Bangla cinema Anwar Hossain passed away due to old-age complications, at the age of 82.
He was admitted to Square Hospital in the capital on August 18 with various complications.
http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/anwar-hossain-passes-away/

13 AUGUST 2013

Clashes mark Bangladesh opposition strike

Violent clashes between police and protesters take place during 48-hour shutdown called by Jamaat-e-Islami party.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/201381372219815527.html

12 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh: U.S. Calls for Activist’s Release

The United States on Monday urged Bangladesh to free a human rights activist, saying his detention had a “chilling effect” on civil society. The police seized the activist, Adilur Rahman Khan, secretary of the human rights group Odhikar, on Saturday after the organization questioned the official account of a deadly crackdown on Islamist protesters in May

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/world/asia/bangladesh-us-calls-for-activists-release.html?ref=asia&_r=0

1 AUGUST 2013

Bangladesh Islamist party Jamaat e Islami is banned

Bangladesh’s main Islamic party, the Jamaat e Islami, launched violent protests last night after a court banned its members from contesting next year’s general election.
http://dawn.com/news/1033394/bangladesh-court-rules-jamaat-illegal-bars-party-from-polls
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/10215920/Bangladesh-Islamist-party-election-ban.html

17 JULY 2013

Bangladesh war crimes: Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to be executed

Clashes erupt after tribunal finds Jamaat-e-Islami secretary-general Mojaheed guilty of war crimes in 1971 uprising.                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/201371765535804837.html                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23340507

16 JULY 2013

Violence erupts in Bangladesh after verdict against former Islamic leader

90 year-old Ghulam Azam sentenced to 90 years in prison for war crimes. The verdict sparks explosions, clashes and scenes of urban warfare all over Bangladesh for national hartal (strikes) organized by supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami (Islamic Party) and secular activists of Gonojagoron Mancha. Four people die, including a child.                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violence-erupts-in-Bangladesh-after-verdict-against-former-Islamic-leader-28481.html

27 JUNE 2013

US cuts Bangladesh trade privileges over worker safety

An order by President Barack Obama removed Bangladesh’s duty-free trade privileges under the « GSP » program, increasing pressure on Dhaka to boost workplace safety after a series of disasters in the country’s huge garment industry.                                                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357336/us-cuts-bangladesh-trade-privileges-over-worker-safety

21 JUNE 2013

Poverty-cut rate rare, remarkable

Poverty rate in Bangladesh will drop between 23.34 and 26.51 percent of the total population by 2015 provided that the country maintains its current pace of poverty reduction, according to World Bank estimates.                                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/poverty-cut-rate-rare-remarkable/

Bangladesh: 10 Islamic terrorists sentenced to death

A court in Dhaka have sentenced 10 Islamic extremists to death for a suicide bombing in 2005. Eight people were killed in the attack, including four lawyers, and 70 were injured. The prisoners are part of the fundamentalist group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), banned by the government in the same year of the attack                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh:-10-Islamic-terrorists-sentenced-to-death-28266.html

13 JUNE 2013

Bangladesh, work at 12 or face starvation

Roni is the assistant mechanic because « at home we had nothing to eat. » Poverty is the main reason that 7.4 million children are forced to work. 80% domestic workers, of which 17% suffer abuse and torture.                                                                                                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-work-at-12-or-face-starvation-28194.html

14 MAY 2013

Bangladesh hit by Jamaat shutdown

Bangladesh’s opposition party, Jamaat-e-Islami, has called for a nationwidewide shutdown following the arrest of its leader, local media have reported.                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135145217704963.html

10 MAY 2013

Death toll in Bangladesh building collapse tops 1,000

The death toll from the collapse of a building housing textile factories outside the Bangladesh capital rose above 1,000 on Friday, as dead bodies continued to be pulled from the rubble, officials said                                                                                                              http://www.france24.com/en/20130510-death-toll-bangladesh-building-collapse              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-toll-passes-1-000-as-stacks-o/670182.html

9 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Jamaat leader sentenced to death

War tribunal convicts Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on charges of genocide and torture of unarmed civilians during 1971 war. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013595575783613.html                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22461129

8 MAY 2013

Bangladesh building collapse death toll over 800

The army in Bangladesh says 804 people have been confirmed dead after the collapse of an eight-storey factory building near the capital Dhaka.                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22450419                                                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/08/bangladesh-building-collapse-death-toll-over-800/

6 MAY 3013

Skirmishes erupt again on Afghan-Pakistan border

Clashes resumed along the contested Afghan-Pakistan border on Monday after Pakistani troops returned to repair a gate adjacent to a Pakistani border post between the Afghan province of Nangarhar and the Pakistani tribal agency of Mohmand that was the site of last week’s firefight Afghanistan, which has refused to recognize the 1893 British-mandated border between the two countries, says the gate is illegally located on Afghan territory.                                               http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/05/06/skirmishes_erupt_again_on_afghan_pakistan_border

6 MAY 2013

Clashes over Bangladesh protest leave 27 dead

The government in Bangladesh has cracked down on protests, taking a television station off-air and transferring the man at the head of the group that instigated the deadly protests out of Dhaka under police escort.                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22423815                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013561483654241.html

5 MAY 2013

Bangladesh Rana Plaza factory collapse toll passes 600

More than 600 bodies have been pulled from the rubble of a Bangladeshi clothing factory complex that collapsed last week, police say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22420025

Riot police battle Islamists in Dhaka Bangladesh

Clashes between police and Islamist protesters in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka have left at least three people dead and 60 injured. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22418379

1 MAY 2013

Bangladesh ‘slave labour’ condemned by Pope

Pope Francis has denounced as « slave labour » the conditions of workers caught in a deadly building collapse in Bangladesh last week.   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22370487

Bangladesh factory-collapse toll passes 400

May Day rallies in Bangladesh have taken on an added significance as workers marched through the streets to demand improved safety standards after the deaths of more than 400 people after a building collapsed near Dhaka. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/20135161932635626.html

26 APRIL 2013

Violent clashes erupt over Bangladesh building collapse

Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters during a mass rally by garment workers outside of the capital Dhaka on Friday, two days after a building collapse killed more than 300 people and left scores more unaccounted for. http://www.france24.com/en/20130426-bangladesh-police-protestors-clash-mass-rally-building-collapse

18 APRIL 2013

Yunus given rare honour in USA

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award of the United States, in recognition of his efforts toward combating global poverty. Yunus is only the seventh person in history to have won both the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, another of the highest US civilian awards                         http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/yunus-given-rare-honour/

11 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh opposition editor Mahmudur Rahman arrested

He faces charges including sedition and unlawful publication of a conversation that led to the resignation of the head judge of a war crimes tribunal.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22110132

8 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh, Prime Minister: No to a law against blasphemy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam.                                                                                                                             http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html

6 APRIL 2013

Bangladesh protesters demand blasphemy law

One person has been killed as hundreds of thousands of people continued protests in Bangladesh to demand that the government introduce an anti-blasphemy law that would include the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/20134661058364976.html                                http://www.voanews.com/content/thousands-in-bangladesh-rally-for-antiblasphemy-laws/1636029.html

20 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman dies

Bangladesh President Zillur Rahman, a veteran ruling party politician named to the largely ceremonial post in 2009, died Wednesday in a Singapore hospital, an embassy official said.                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20130320-410090.html                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/2013320123245762582.html

14 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh political crisis deepens

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), leader of the 18-party opposition, threatened to call another national strike on March 21 if more than 150 of its activists, are not released from police custody soon. The activists were arrested after violence marred a political rally in Dhaka on Monday, with attacks and vandalism spreading through the country during a dawn-till-dusk protest over clashes in a political standoff that have claimed nearly 100 lives in the past two weeks                                                                                                    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-05-140313.html

2 MARCH 2013

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.

Violent clashes in Bangladesh over the past three days have left at least 60 people dead.                                                                                                                    http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/02/more-deaths-in-bangladesh-war-crimes-violence/

1 MARCH 2013

Afghanistan political puzzle

The withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014 certainly has decisive impact on both Afghanistan’s domestic situation as well its relations with its neighboring states. Afghanistan’s internal political environment will inescapably transform, once the foreign troops depart from the country.                                                                                                                                                                          http://weeklypulse.org/details.aspx?contentID=3355&storylist=1&goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_219108636

1 MARCH 2013

Bangladesh verdict sparks deadly protests

At least 34 people are reported to have been killed and hundreds injured in protests in Bangladesh after a member of the opposition was sentenced to death for war crimes.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322814221920994.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh Islamist sentenced to death

Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Journos denounce attacks

Journalists and their professional bodies have denounced the Friday attacks on journalists by religious fanatics during demonstrations by Jamaat-Shibir men and their sympathisers in the capital and elsewhere.                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=270265

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh protests trigger changes to war crimes law

Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law which will allow the state to appeal against the life sentence of an Islamist party leader, after protesters called for his execution.                                                                                                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21492198

8 FEBRUARY 2013

Huge Bangladesh rally seeks death penalty for war crimes

Hundreds of thousands of people are rallying in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, calling for the death penalty for Islamists on trial for war crimes. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21383632

5 FEBRUARY 2013

Bangladesh politician jailed for war crimes

Abdul Quader Molla, 64, the fourth highest ranked leader of the country’s Jamaat-e-Islami party, has been found guilty of rape, genocide and murder, by the controversial International Crimes Tribunal.                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132561816876315.html                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/96949/bangladesh-jails-islamic-party-leader-to-life/

31 JANUARY 2013

Bangladesh strike over war crimes trials sparks clashes

At least two people were killed as violence erupted across Bangladesh during a strike called by the largest Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21271872

25 JANUARY 2013

MPs to resign if caretaker not restored

BNP yesterday threatened that its lawmakers would quit parliament if the government did not restore the caretaker government system. The threat came following the recent comment by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the next general election would be held under her government.                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266568

21 JANUARY 2013

Death for Bachchu Razakar

The international crimes tribunal made history yesterday (21) by sentencing Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment, for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.                                                                                                http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=266151

20 OCTOBER 2012

Bangladesh mutiny: 723 border guards jailed

Nearly 6,000 people have now been jailed for the mutiny over pay and conditions, which left 74 people dead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20018665 http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254694

1 October 2012

Buddhist villages ransacked by angry Muslims

Muslim protestors have attacked several Buddhist villages in Bangladesh after an image said to show a burnt Koran was posted on a social website.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/01/buddhist-villages-ransacked-by-angry-muslims/
http://www.voanews.com/content/bangladesh_braces_for_more_muslim_attacks-on_buddhist_sites/1517988.html
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=252081

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Bangladesh: More data needed on abandoned children, trafficking

Children in Bangladesh who have been abandoned by their parents are vulnerable to traffickers, but tackling the problem is hampered by the lack of data on missing children, say aid workers
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96250/BANGLADESH-More-data-needed-on-abandoned-children-trafficking

1 AUGUST 2012

Top Bangladesh opposition leaders indicted

Forty-six opposition leaders, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, will go on trial this week in a case filed for torching a bus.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=244348

30 JUNE 2012

World Bank cancels loan for Bangladesh bridge

The World Bank has cancelled a $1.2bn loan for Bangladesh’s Padma bridge project, saying the government had not co-operated in investigating « high level » corruption in the project. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/201263062236349471.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-18655846

15 JUNE 2012

UN urges Bangladesh to take in people fleeing Burma violence

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled Burma’s province of Rakhine by boat. About 30,000 are already in camps in Bangladesh. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18460804

13 MAY 2012

Bangladesh indicts opposition leader

Former Bangladeshi opposition leader, Ghulam Azam, has been indicted by a special court for alleged atrocities including genocide and murder during the nation’s 1971 liberation struggle against Pakistan. Azam, 89, the former head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party  is accused of creating and leading pro-Pakistan militias which carried out many killings and rapes during the nine-month-long war http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/05/2012513125224311695.html

7 MAY 2012

Dhaka, Delhi agree to sign extradition treaty

Bangladesh and India have agreed to conclude an extradition treaty at the earliest and vowed not to allow domestic or foreign militants and insurgents in each other’s territories.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=233275

30 APRIL 2012

General strike disrupts life in Bangladesh

The strike on Monday was called to protest against the disappearance of an opposition official, Elias Ali, which his party, the BNP, blames on the government and security agencies http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012430174341357708.html

23 APRIL 2012

Strike turns violent in Bangladeshi town of Sylhet

One person has been killed and at least 20 injured as thousands of people protested over a politician’s disappearance in the Bangladeshi city of Sylhet, police have said. Demonstrators are angry at the disappearance of opposition leader Ilias Ali http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813091

15 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh claims victory in Bay of Bengal dispute‎

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday 15 termed the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28675&sec=1

12 MARCH 2012

Bangladesh given 90 days to restore caretaker gov’t

Addressing tens of thousands of opposition supporters who gathered in the capital defying government restrictions, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave the Hasina administration a 90-day ultimatum to announce the restoration of the caretaker system
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=226106
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17336583

6 MARCH 2012

Teaching troubles in Bangladesh

Almost half the population of Bangladesh does not know how to read or write. Authorities want to change this so they have made education free and mandatory until the age of 11
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/03/20123610259989341.html

7 FEBRUARY 2012

Inflation hits 15yr high

Fuel import, energy price hike, and taka’s devaluation against the US dollar have jacked up the country’s non-food inflation to 13.16 percent in January — which is the highest in the last fifteen years
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=221423

19 JANUARY 2012

Bangladesh ‘foils anti-government plot’

The Bangladesh army has foiled a plan to bring down the government of Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister, according to a military spokesman. Brigadier-General Muhammad Masud Razzaq said around 16 former and active officers were involved in the plot, unearthed in December
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/01/2012119105036344988.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16627852

12 JANUARY 2012

Ghulam Azam lands in jail

Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam was sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=218007

25 NOVEMBER 2011

Hasina, India in bind

POPULARITY is a rare quality which begins to elude the rulers when they need it the most. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is in a similar situation. Her stock has shrunk at a time when she requires it badly. People had returned her with a sweeping majority. Yet they increasingly feel, three years after her being in power, that her non-governance, if not mis-governance, has only made their life miserable.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=39802

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Bangladesh opens 1971 war crimes trial

The first trial of a suspect from Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence began on Sunday, in a widely-criticised court process that the government says will finally bring traitors to justice.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111120-311674.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15811848

5 NOVEMBER 2011

Political killings on the rise

Incidents of political killing have taken an alarming rise in the country with death of over 100 leaders and activists of different
parties in the last 10 months.
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=209283

4 NOVEMBER 2011

Energy-starved Bangladesh signs nuclear power deal with Russia

« Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, » said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/bangladesh-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

3 JULY 2011

Bangladesh’s former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s son charged for grenade attack

Bangladeshi prosecutors have charged the eldest son of  prime minister Khaleda Zia over a 2004 grenade attack that killed 20 people
and injured current prime minister Sheikh Hasina, Zia’s long-time rival
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20110703-bangladeshs-former-prime-minister-khaleda-zias-son-charged-grenade-attack

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 9 November in Asian history

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WARS, CONFLITS AND STRATEGY ON 9 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 9, 2017

1180: In Japan, Battle of Fujigawa, nicknamed “the battle that never took place” betweenTakeda clan and Taira army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fujikawa

1180-11-09 Battle of Fijikawa

1900: China resumes nominal control of Manchuria, but in a secret agreement the Chinese governor of Manchuria grants Russia such rights as keeping troops along the railroad lines and controlling civil administration

1937: Japanese troops  begin the occupation of Shanghai
http://ww2timelines.com/japan/incidents/37batlleshanghai.htm


 
1937: In China, Taiyuan fall to the Japanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taiyuan
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2444688

1937-11-09 Fall of Taiyuan

1947: Junagadh is  annexed as to Indian military intervention
http://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1900s/yr45/findojunagadh1947.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_integration_of_Junagadh

2001: The first  Japanese warship to be engaged out of the archipelago quit Sasebo for the  Indian Ocean for Diego Garcia anglo-US base

2003: Pham Van Tra is  the first Vietnamese Defense minister to go the USA (up to November 12)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/11/world/defense-minister-from-vietnam-meets-rumsfeld.html

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2005: Malaysian  Azahari Husin, brains of the main terrorist attacks in Indonesian, including  the October 2002 attack in Bali, is killed in an police action in Malang (East  Java)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azahari_Husin

 

On 9 November in South Asian history

ON 9 NOVEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on November 9, 2017

1877: Birth of Sir Muhammad Iqbal, a Muslim poet, philosopher and politician who introduced the theory of the Two-Nation theory and outlines a vision for the creation of Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Muhammad_Iqbal

1911: Birth of Tabish Dehlvi, Pakistani poet, who died on September 23, 2004
http://www.poemhunter.com/tabish-dehlvi/biography/


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAFpBkXqcW8

1947: Junagadh is  annexed as to Indian military intervention
http://www.onwar.com/aced/chrono/c1900s/yr45/findojunagadh1947.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_integration_of_Junagadh

1954: Birth of Shankar Nag, Indian actor and director who died on September 30, 1990
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/shankar-nag/biography.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1zID_JkXY

1990: A new  democratic constitution is issued in Nepal
http://www.nepaldemocracy.org/documents/national_laws/constitution1990.htm

1994: Chandrika  Kumaratunga wins the presidential election of Sri Lanka
http://www.jstor.org/pss/2645745
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_presidential_election,_1994

Chandrika 2

2003: Death of Binod Bihari Verma, Indian Maithili litterateur, born on  December 3, 1937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binod_Bihari_Verma

2005: Death of K.R. Narayanan, President of India (1997-2002)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4421632.stm
http://www.thehindu.com/2005/11/10/stories/2005111012320100.htm

 

Holidays and observances

Pakistan : Allama Iqbal Day (1877)

On 9 November in Southeast Asian history

ON 9 NOVEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1945: In Indonesia,  Sukarno asks  Sutan Sjahrir to form a Cabinet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soetan_Sjahrir

1946: The first  constitution of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam is adopted
http://www.cliostein.com/documents/1998/98%20lec%20ho%20chi%20hanoi.pdf

1953: Cambodia  becomes fully independent from France
http://www.caraweb.org/articles/roadtokhmerindependence.html

1954: Birth of Yuenyong Opakul, Thai singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aed_Carabao

1965 : Ferdinand Marcos is elected 10th President of Philippines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1965

1970: During the  Vietnam War, the Supreme Court of the United States votes 6 to 3 against  hearing a case to allow Massachusetts to enforce its law granting residents the  right to refuse military service in an undeclared war
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/supreme-court-refuses-to-rule-on-legality-of-vietnam-war

1978: A Chinese  military delegation, lead by general Wu Xinguan, arrives to Manila  (Philippines)

1980: Second visit of  Singapore premier Lee Kuan-yew to China

1981: General Ne Win,  is replaced as head of state of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma by  General San Yu (up to July 1988). Ne Win continues to be head of the only one  party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

san-yu-2

1997: Chuan Leekpai,  Thai PM for the second time, up to February 9, 2001
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuan_Leekpai

2003: Pham Van Tra is  the first Vietnamese Defense minister to go the USA (up to November 12)
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/11/world/defense-minister-from-vietnam-meets-rumsfeld.html

2003-11-09-vietnamese-minister-of-defence-to-usa

2005: Malaysian  Azahari Husin, brains of the main terrorist attacks in Indonesian, including  the October 2002 attack in Bali, is killed in an police action in Malang (East  Java)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azahari_Husin

2007: For the first  time in three years, Aung San Suu Kyi can meet the leaders of her party, the  National League for Democracy (NLD)

 

Holidays and observances

Cambodia: Independence Day (1953)

On 9 November in Japan’s history

ON 9 NOVEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1180: In Japan, Battle of Fujigawa, nicknamed “the battle that never took place” betweenTakeda clan and Taira army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fujikawa

1180-11-09 Battle of Fijikawa

1867: Tokugawa Yoshinonu, 15th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate hands power back to the Japanese emperor. Beginning of the Meiji Restoration
http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Yoshinobu_Tokugawa.html
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Tokugawa_Yoshinobu
http://www.sjsu.edu/faculty/watkins/meiji.htm

1937: Japanese troops  begin the occupation of Shanghai
http://ww2timelines.com/japan/incidents/37batlleshanghai.htm


1937: In China, Taiyuan fall to the Japanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Taiyuan
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2444688

1937-11-09 Fall of Taiyuan

1963: In Japan, about  450 miners are killed in a coal-dust explosion. In addition, 160 people died in  a train crash

1964: Eisaku Sato  becomes the Japanese prime minister, succeeding Ikeda Hayato
http://www.nndb.com/people/432/000091159/

1971: Emperor Hirohito visits Netherlands
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2209&dat=19711009&id=gpsrAAAAIBAJ&sjid=d_sFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6618,1148038

1980: Death of Fubuki Koshiji, Japanese actress born in 1924
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0467047/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF1zID_JkXY

2001: The first  Japanese warship to be engaged out of the archipelago quit Sasebo for the  Indian Ocean for Diego Garcia anglo-US base 

2003: Early general  elections in Japan. DLP keeps largely the first position but the Democratic  Party, the main opposition party grows from 137 to 177 MP
http://cpri.tripod.com/cpr2003/japan-election.pdf