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On 31 January in Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

ON 31 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2018

877: Birth of Taejo of Goryeo, founder of the Korean Goryeo dynasty who reigned from 918 to 943, who died in July 943
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taejo_of_Goryeo

1398: Death of Emperor Suko (1348-1351), born on May 25, 1334
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Suko

1435: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty Emperor Xuande (1425-1435), born in April 1398
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande

1543: Birth of Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun of Japan, who died on June 1, 1616
http://www.samurai-archives.com/ieyasu.html

1561: Death of Bairam Khan, Great Mughul General, regent of Akbar
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/bairam-khan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/47/bairam_khan.htm

Bairam Khan

1666: Death of Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan, mogol of India (1628-1658) who build the Taj Mahal, born on January 5, 1592
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shah_Jahan

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1876: Birth of Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino doctor, lawyer, Marxist and politician, leader of the first Philippine communist rebellions from the 1930s to the 1950s and who died on January 15, 1945
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1633/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1876-pedro-abad-santos-was-born-in-san-fernando-pampanga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Abad_Santos

1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1917: Birth of Jose M. Maceda, Filipino composer who died on May 5, 2004
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/908/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1917-jose-m-maceda-was-born-in-manila
http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/macedaj.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkZcpT9F3BU

1926: Nahdlatul Ulama (also Nahdatul Ulama or NU) a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia, is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahdlatul_Ulama

1935: Birth of Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese writer, Nobel Laureate 1994
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1994/oe-bio.html

Kenzaburo Oe

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Death of Loa Ho (Lai Ho) “the father of Taiwan’s new literature”, born on May 29, 1894
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa_Ho
http://thetaiwanese.blogspot.fr/2007/02/dr-lai-ho.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1011.html

Lai Ho

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1946: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam introduces the đồng to replace the French Indochinese piastre at par

1948: Formation of the provisional government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1948: Birth of Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muneo_Suzuki

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1955: People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1967: Birth of Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Irene_Wan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Wan
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wan_irene.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Expciezt3Wo&feature=related

1967: Birth of Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Wong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8st3DLx8cw

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1vJqTN-qVI

1971: Birth of Lee Young Ae, South Korean actress
http://koreanfilm.org/actors2.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfnZy3N-cYA

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

1972: Death of Nepal king Mahendra (1955-1972), born in June 1920. He is succeded by his son Birendra
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-7197.php

1977: Birth of Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingo_Katori

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

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

1996: Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hyakutake
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/3304291.html?page=1&c=y

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

2004: Death of Suraiya, Indian singer and actress, died, born on June 15, 1929
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-january-2004-suraiya-indian-singer-and-actress-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suraiya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC19dfAtZAA

2009: Death of Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood, born on September 27, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAq9CX8frtk

2009: The power broker for the Japanese governing party, Ichiro Ozawa, is indicted for misreporting political funds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/world/asia/01japan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12322866

2012: Death of Mani Ram Bagri, Indian politician, born on January 1, 1920
http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/veteran-socialist-leader-mani-ram-bagri-dead/749682
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ram_Bagri
http://everything.explained.today/Mani_Ram_Bagri/

Mani Ram Bagri

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

2015: An online video is released, purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31075769
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-state-group-beheads-japanese-journalist-video-article-1.2098903

2015: India succeeds for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-tests-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher

 

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

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

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

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

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

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

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

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

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

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

19 JUNE 2017

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

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

18 MAY 2017

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

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

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

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

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

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

29 APRIL 2017

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

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

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

15 APRIL 2017

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

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

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

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

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

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

12 MARCH 2017

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

19 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

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

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

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

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

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

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

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

3  JULY 2016

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

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

20 JUNE 2016

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

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

14 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

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

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

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

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

29 APRIL 2016

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

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

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

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

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

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

30 MARCH 2016

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

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

17 MARCH 2016

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

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

18 MARCH 2016

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

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

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

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

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

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

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

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

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

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

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

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

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

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

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

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

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

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

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

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

5 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

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

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

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

20 MAY 2015

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

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

14 MAY 2015

Understanding Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 January in Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 31 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1955: People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

On 31 January in South Asian history

ON 31 JANUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2018

1561: Death of Bairam Khan, Great Mughul General, regent of Akbar
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/bairam-khan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/47/bairam_khan.htm

Bairam Khan

1666: Death of Sjihab al-Din Sultan C Shah Djahan, mogol of India (1628-1658) who build the Taj Mahal, born on January 5, 1592
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Shah_Jahan

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1865: Birth of Shastriji Maharaj, Indian spiritual leader who died on May 10, 1951
http://swaminarayan.org/shastrijimaharaj/index.htm

1914: Birth of Sri Daya Mata, Hindu religious figure
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/tmp/about_notitle.aspx?id=63

1948: Formation of the provisionnal government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1966: Birth of Dr Umar Alisha, Indian Sufi master
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umar_Alisha

1969: Death of Meher Baba, Indian guru, born on February 25, 1894
http://www.mehercenter.org/meherbaba/biography.html

1972: Death of Nepal king Mahendra (1955-1972), born in June 1920. He is succeded by his son Birendra
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/mahendra-bir-bikram-shah-dev-7197.php

1975: Birth of Preity Zinta, Indian actress
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preity_Zinta
http://starsunfolded.com/preity-zinta-height-weight-age/

1981: Birth of  Amrita Arora, Indian actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1147677/bio

1996: An explosive-filled truck rams into the gates of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in Colombo, killing at least 86 and injuring 1,400
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_4083000/4083095.stm

2004: Death of Suraiya, Indian singer and actress, died, born on June 15, 1929
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/31-january-2004-suraiya-indian-singer-and-actress-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suraiya

2009: Death of Nagesh, Indian comedian actor in Kollywood, born on September 27, 1933
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nagesh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAq9CX8frtk

2012: Death of Mani Ram Bagri, Indian politician, born on January 1, 1920
http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/veteran-socialist-leader-mani-ram-bagri-dead/749682
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ram_Bagri
http://everything.explained.today/Mani_Ram_Bagri/

Mani Ram Bagri

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

2015: India succeeds for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-tests-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher

On 31 January in Southeast Asian history

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

ON 31 JANUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1876: Birth of Pedro Abad Santos, Filipino doctor, lawyer, Marxist and politician, leader of the first Philippine communist rebellions from the 1930s to the 1950s and who died on January 15, 1945
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1633/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1876-pedro-abad-santos-was-born-in-san-fernando-pampanga
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Abad_Santos

1900: In North Borneo, Datu Muhammad Salleh is assassinated in Kampung Teboh, Tambuan, ending the Mat Salleh Rebellion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat_Salleh_Rebellion

1917: Birth of Jose M. Maceda, Filipino composer who died on May 5, 2004
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/908/today-in-philippine-history-january-31-1917-jose-m-maceda-was-born-in-manila
http://www.composers21.com/compdocs/macedaj.htm

1926: Nahdlatul Ulama (also Nahdatul Ulama or NU) a traditionalist Sunni Islam group in Indonesia, is established
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nahdlatul_Ulama

1938: Birth of Ajip Rosidi, Indonesian poet and short story writer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajip_Rosidi
http://everything.explained.today/Ajip_Rosidi/

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1948: Formation of the provisionnal government of the United States of Indonesia by Mohammad Hatta

1964: French president General De Gaulle advocates the neutralization of South-East Asia

1966: US bombing on North Vietnam, which have been suspended since Christmas, resume

1968: Vietcong attack American embassy in Saigon
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/31/newsid_2648000/2648951.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/viet-cong-attack-u-s-embassy
http://adst.org/2013/07/viet-cong-invade-american-embassy-the-1968-tet-offensive/

1971: The Winter Soldier Investigation, organized by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War to publicize war crimes and atrocities by Americans and allies in Vietnam, begin in Detroit, Michigan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Soldier_Investigation

1972: North Vietnam presents nine-point peace proposal to put an end to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-presents-nine-point-peace-proposal

2002: In the Philippines, beginning of joint manoeuvers with US forces aiming the destruction of Abu Sayyaf group

 

On 31 January in Japan’s history

ON 31 JANUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on January 31, 2018

1398: Death of Emperor Suko (1348-1351), born on May 25, 1334
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Suko

1530: Birth of Japanese daimyo Otomo Sorin who died on June 11, 1587
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ctomo_S%C5%8Drin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Otomo_Sorin

1543: Birth of Tokugawa Ieyasu, shogun of Japan, who died on June 1, 1616
http://www.samurai-archives.com/ieyasu.html

1935: Birth of Kenzaburo Oe, Japanese writer, Nobel Laureate 1994
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1994/oe-bio.html

Kenzaburo Oe

1942: Allied forces defeated by the Japanese at the Battle of Malaya retreat to the island of Singapore
http://www.historyanimated.com/Malaysia.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_Campaign

1942-01-31 Fin Campagne

1943: Chile breaks off relations with Germany & Japan

1944: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kwajalein
http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-kwajalein
http://www.historyanimated.com/MarshallsPage.html

1945: End of the Battle of Hill 170 (or Battle of Kangaw) during the Burma Campaign, in which the British 3 Commando Brigade repulsed a Japanese counterattack on their positions and precipitated a general retirement from the Arakan Peninsula
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hill_170
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=3&ved=0ahUKEwjg-6OugtLKAhWMCBoKHUECBLAQFggyMAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fireandfury.com%2Fscenarios%2Fhill170.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGeu6Fj04BVFB9hvXG53wSfo6j0eA&sig2=V94W3MCTxVOsG9YhYUl4mw
http://www.burmastar.org.uk/stories/burma-and-the-battle-of-kangaw/

1945-01-31 Battle of Hill 101

1948: Birth of Muneo Suzuki, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muneo_Suzuki

11977: Birth of Shingo Katori, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shingo_Katori

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

1990: Birth of Kota Yabu, Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kota_Yabu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QSPx8aE0qQ

1996: Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Hyakutake
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/objects/comets/3304291.html?page=1&c=y

2009: The power broker for the Japanese governing party, Ichiro Ozawa, is indicted for misreporting political funds
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/world/asia/01japan.html?ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12322866

2015: An online video is released, purported to show an Islamic State group militant beheading Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, ending days of negotiations by diplomats to save the man
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31075769
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/islamic-state-group-beheads-japanese-journalist-video-article-1.2098903

 

On 31 January in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Lai Ho

ON 31 JANUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on January 31, 2018

1435: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty Emperor Xuande (1425-1435), born in April 1398
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande

1856: Death of Khedrup Gyatso, 11th Dalai Lama, born on November 1, 1838
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/11th_Dalai_Lama
http://www.dalailama-archives.org/texts.php?pageID=28

Khedrup Gyatso 11th Dalai Lama

1943: Death of-Lao Ho (Lai Ho) “the father of Taiwan’s new literature”, born on May 29, 1894
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loa_Ho
http://thetaiwanese.blogspot.fr/2007/02/dr-lai-ho.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1011.html

Lai Ho

1949: the Chinese Communist forces (PLA) win the Pingjin campaign that started on November 29, 1948
http://maoist.wikia.com/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pingjin_Campaign
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&ved=0ahUKEwiRlaeurtLKAhUHhiwKHRbSAkYQFgg6MAU&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.republicanchina.org%2FPingJinCampaign-v0.pdf&usg=AFQjCNGbzJ-GC8TgM99Ua8jGJQrokbW16w&sig2=5ghAXSVErVATGcj4jT9wpg

1949-01-31 Fin PingJin Battle

1955: The People’s Republic of China is invited to take parts to United Nations Security Council talks on Taiwan

1967: Birth of Irene Wan, Hong Kong actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Irene_Wan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Wan
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wan_irene.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Expciezt3Wo&feature=related

1967: Birth of Joey Wong, Taiwanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Wong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8st3DLx8cw

2013: China condemns Tibetan monk Lorang Konchok to death for « instigating » self immolations. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-condemns-Tibetan-monk-to-death-for-instigating-self-immolations-27011.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/31/chinese-court-tibetans-encouraging-immolation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21271854

 

ON 30 January in Asian history

ON 30 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on January 30, 2018

1181: Death of the 80th Japanese Emperor Takakura who reigned from 1168 through 1180, born on September 20, 1161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Takakura

1703: The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=The_47_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oishi_Kuranosuke

1789: In now Vietnam, the Tây Sơn forces, under Nguyen Hue, emerge victorious against Chinese Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Lon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ng%E1%BB%8Dc_H%E1%BB%93i-%C4%90%E1%BB%91ng_%C4%90a

1867: Death of Osahito (Komei), 121st Japanese Emperor, born on July 22, 1831
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_K%C5%8Dmei

1877: In Japan, a central governement raid against an ammunition storage in Kagashima starts the Satsuma Rebellion
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/fl/The-Satsuma-Rebellion.htm?nl=1

1889: Birth of Jaishankar Prasad, Hindi poet, dramatist and novelist who died on January 14, 1937
http://www.indianetzone.com/49/chhayavad_hindi_literature.htm

1902: Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan’s ‘special interest’ in Korea
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/anglojapanesealliance1902.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/739.html

1908: In South Africa, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is released from prison by British General Jan C. Smuts after being tried and sentenced to two months in jail earlier in the month

1910: Birth of Chidambaram Subramaniam, Indian politician, father of the Green Revolution in India, who died on November 7, 2000
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chidambaram-subramaniam-biography.html
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bharat-ratna-csubramaniam/article4037190.ece

1911: In the Philippines, Taal Volcano erupts killing around 1,500 people
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1420/today-in-philippine-history-january-30-1911-taal-volcano-erupted-killing-approximately-1500-people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taal_Volcano
http://www.taalvolcano.org/information.htm

1911-01-30 Taal Volcano eruption

1913: Birth of Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter who died on December 5, 1941
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Amrita_Sher-Gil
http://www.fridakahlofans.com/amritafans.com/mainmenu.html

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

1932: Birth of Knock Yokoyama, Japanese comedian and politician
http://everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1443891

1942: Japanese troops land on Ambon (Moluccas). Australian forces destroy supplies to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands. Ambon city is taken within 24 hours. The Japanese start to besiege Singapore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ambon
http://dutcheastindies.webs.com/ambon.html

1944: During the World War II, American troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Marshalls/

1944-01-30 US bébarquent Marshall

1945: In the Philippines, in the Raid at Cabanatuan, one hundred twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp
http://www.shadowspear.com/2012/03/raid-at-cabantatuan-1945/
http://olive-drab.com/od_history_ww2_stories_1945cabanatuan.php
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/29/opinion/lauder-great-raid-cabanatuan-pow-camp-1945/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Fzw6_b7qA

1948: The Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated by Nathuram Godse, an Hindu extremist
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/gandhi.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/30-january-1948-mahatma-gandhi-father-of-the-nation-was-assassinated
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/1002.html

1948-01-30 Nathuram Godse tue Gandhi

1950: Soviet Union recognizes the Vietnamese government of Ho Chi Minh

1951: The political commission of the United Nations says China is aggressor in Korea

1952: Korean truce talks hit stalemate
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/30/newsid_3396000/3396891.stm

1964: In Vietnam, military coup led by general Nguyen Khanh against General Duong Van Minh who proposed peace initiative with Hanoi and was opposed US domination over the war effort
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_South_Vietnamese_coup

1968: The Tet offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks in South Vietnam
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1960s/qt/tetoffensive.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tet-offensive-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/tet-offensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3PIcbx35mM&feature=related

1968: Death of Makhanlal Chaturvedi, Indian poet, born on April 4, 1889
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/makhanlal-chaturvedi-biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makhanlal_Chaturvedi

1969: Death of Li Zongren, prominent warlord, military commander and rival of Chiang Kai-shek, during the Republic of China, born on August 13, 1890
https://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=363
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/346.html

1972: Pakistan withdraws from the Commonwealth of Nations

1975: Birth of Yumi Yoshimura, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yumi_Yoshimura

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_GZpv1Y9A0

1978: Diplomatic normalization between Thailand and Kampuchea

1978: Death of Yuan Muzhi, Chinese actor and director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0950615/#director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Muzhi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXoPRdwj8Es

1980: The PRC Foreign Ministry publishes a lenghthy statement entitled “China’s sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Island is indisputable” as a response to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s  white paper “Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa”

1989: The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes

1996: Death of San Yu, 5th President of Burma from 1981 to 1988, born in March 1918
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9907E0D61639F932A05752C0A960958260

2003: South Korean General accounting court confirms that 200 million dollars had been sent to North Korea one week before the historic summit of June 2000

2000_summit_pf

2003: In Thailand, anti-Cambodia demonstrations stop at the king request. Diplomatic relations are suspended

2009: Death of Neiliezhü Üsou, Indian preacher and theologian, born on July 7, 1941
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neiliezh%C3%BC_%C3%9Csou

2010: China suspends military exchanges with Washington in protest of an approved 6.4 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, calling the sale an obstacle to regional peace, according to state media


2013: Myanmar’s authorities lift decades-old ban on public gatherings
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Authorities-lift-decades-old-ban-on-public-gatherings-27007.html

2014: A Bangladeshi sentences 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

2014: Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines. The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html

 

Holidays and observances

India: Martyrs’ Day

On Thailand Lèse-Majesté Law

30 JANUARY 2018

Thai student activist flees to avoid lese majeste charge

A student activist has become the latest political dissident to flee Thailand, explaining on her Facebook page that she made a snap decision to leave after learning she had been charged with insulting the monarchy because she shared a BBC article about the country’s new king
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131119/thai-student-activist-flees-avoid-lese-majeste-charge

15 AUGUST 2017

Thai activist jailed for more than two years after posting anti-royal BBC article on Facebook

A Thai student activist has been jailed for more than two years for posting a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s King on Facebook, his lawyer said
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-15/thai-activist-jailed-for-posting-anti-royal-bbc-article/8810724?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40938914
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90848

9 AUGUST 2017

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

A Thai man was jailed for 18 years for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/thailand-sentences-man-18-years-prison-insulting-monarchy/#.WYsmErpuI2w

29 JULY 2017

Thailand: Critics say royal family law is stifling dissent

Thailand’s military government is increasing efforts to stop people insulting or criticising the royal family
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/thailand-critics-royal-family-law-stifling-dissent-170729120302453.html

19 JUNE 2017

 Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law

 The United Nations has called on Thailand to amend its harsh law against insulting the monarchy. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and the disproportionate sentences for the offence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40298570

9 JUNE 2017

Thai man jailed 35 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

A Thai court has sentenced a 34-year-old man to 35 years in prison for insulting the monarchy on Facebook in what is one of the heaviest punishments ever handed down for breaking the kingdom’s tough lese majeste laws
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/thai-man-jailed-35-years-insulting-monarchy-facebook/#oGAPJurBx6CcsZ2r.97
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/09/man-jailed-for-35-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-monarchy-on-facebook

6 JUNE 2017

Thai woman jailed 7 years for insulting royalty

Monta « Ying Kai » Yokrattanakan, whose trial on multiple charges including human trafficking is just beginning, was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail for lese majeste on Tuesday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-woman-jailed-7-years-insulting-royalty

13 APRIL 2017

Thailand bans online contact with three critics of regime

A letter from the digital economy and society ministry warned citizens that engaging on the internet with the Thai academics Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun as well as the journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall could violate the law
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/13/thailand-bans-online-sharing-of-articles-by-three-critics-of-regime
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39585858
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thai-junta-projecting-weakness-banning-online-contact-critics-watchdog/#lGSGhE9DOIS2LKc4.97

3 MARCH 2017

Thailand jails former palace aide for royal defamation

A former Thai palace medical adviser was jailed for five and a half years for insulting the monarchy and other charges on Friday, a day after another disgraced aide to the new king was charged in a separate case
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-jails-former-palace-aide-for-royal-defamation/3565920.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/sacked-thai-palace-senior-aide-charged

7 FEBRUARY 2017

UN slams Thailand for first royal slur charge under new king

The first royal defamation case brought under Thailand’s new monarch was slammed by a top United Nations envoy on Tuesday, who said public figures should not be above scrutiny or criticism
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068736/un-slams-thailand-first-royal-slur-charge-under-new-king

28 JANUARY 2017

Thailand: Man sentenced to 11 years in jail for royal defamation, cyber crime

A military court sentenced a man to over 11 years in jail on Friday for royal defamation nine months after he was arrested for protesting other activists’ arrests
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/27/activist-jailed-11-years-online-comments-defaming-monarchy/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thailand-royal-defamation-cyber-lese-majeste/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Thai activist ‘first to be arrested for royal insult’ under new king

Thai police arrested an anti-junta activist on Saturday for defaming the monarchy in what rights groups said was the first case of lese-majeste brought under Thailand’s new king
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-activist-first-be-arrested-royal-insult-under-new-king
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38196136

22 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand presses Google over online royal insults

Google has agreed to co-operate with the removal of online content insulting Thailand’s monarchy, the country’s deputy prime minister says
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-says-google-removing-content-with-royal-insults/3226984.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/22/thai-government-calls-on-google-to-take-down-content-insulting-monarchy

27 AUGUST 2016

Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

Three Thai women convicted of insulting the monarchy were released from jail Saturday after receiving royal pardons, a human rights lawyer said, following years spent behind bars for violating the draconian law
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-27/thai-prisoners-freed-after-pardon/7791582?section=world
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-politics-idUSKCN11207K?il=0

1st AUGUST 2016

Thai activist’s mother charged with insulting the monarchy for one word

The mother of a prominent student activist was indicted by a Thai military court on royal defamation charges on Monday over a one-word Facebook message in what rights groups have described as a new low for the junta’s crackdown on dissent
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/01/thai-activist-mother-patnaree-chankij-charged-with-insulting-the-monarchy
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1997818/one-word-all-it-takes-thai-activists-mother-indicted-royal

1 JUNE 2016

Thai singer Tom Dundee jailed for offending monarchy

A Thai country singer who takes his nickname from Australia’s Crocodile Dundee has been jailed for seven years for insulting the monarchy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/thai-singer-tom-dundee-jailed-for-offending-monarchy/7468828?section=world

9 DECEMBER 2015

Police Probe US Ambassador for Defaming Monarchy

U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies is under investigation for critical comments he made about Thailand’s harsh law against defaming the monarchy, known as lese majeste
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1449651630&section=11
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/us-uk-ambassadors-fall-foul-of-thailands-junta/

22 OCTOBER 2015

Trio confess to lese majeste charges in Thailand

Three well-known figures arrested over lese majeste charges have confessed to violating Article 112 of the Penal Code, the national police chief said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/trio-confess-lese-majeste-charges-thailand

20 OCTOBER 2015

Woman acquitted of lese majeste in historic case

The case is the first ever in which a defendant of such grave charges fought to the end. In other similar cases, defendants have been advised to plead guilty so the penalties are halved
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/736616/woman-acquitted-of-lese-majeste-in-historic-case

7 AUGUST 2015

Thai courts hand down record sentences for royal insults

Thai military courts on Friday jailed two people, one for 30 years and the other for 28 years, for insulting the monarchy, the heaviest sentences for the crime in the country’s history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/11791203/Thai-courts-hand-down-record-sentences-for-royal-insults.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134659/thai-military-courts-hand-down-record-prison-sentences-for-insulting-monarchy/

21 JULY 2015

The folly of hunting lese majeste fugitives abroad

 The military government is busy squandering what is left of its international credibility by hunting lese majeste suspects who have fled overseas. The move can do nothing to improve Thailand’s reputation, only further tarnish its record on human rights
http://www.asianewsnet.net/The-folly-of-hunting-lese-majeste-fugitives-abroad-78420.html

29 MAY 2015

Thai Army Chief Files Lese Majeste Against Thaksin

The commander of the Thai Army has charged former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with lese majeste for allegedly defaming the monarchy in a recent interview with a foreign news agency
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432880940&section=11

31 MARCH 2015

Thai man jailed for 25 years over royal insult posts on Facebook

A Thai military court on Tuesday jailed a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-man-jailed-for-25-ye/1759158.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Parents of Thai ex-princess arrested for lese majeste

The parents of a former Thai princess have been detained under the lese majeste law, the strict defamation rules that protect the royal family
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31656469
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Parents-of-former-princess-confess-to-defaming-the-30255045.html

23 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai pair jailed for insulting monarchy in student play

A Thai court has sentenced a man and a woman to two years and six months in jail each for « damaging the monarchy ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31581219

29 DECEMBER 2014

Two Thais Plead Guilty to Insulting Monarchy in Play

Two Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play pleaded guilty on Monday amid an intensifying junta crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/two-thais-plead-guilty-insulting-monarchy-play/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/theatre-duo-admit-insulting-thai-royalty-20141229173954439508.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai radio host jailed for five years for royal defamation

A Thai radio show host has been jailed for five years for royal defamation, his lawyer said Tuesday, one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the draconian law since a May coup.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444061/thai-radio-host-jailed-for-five-years-for-royal-defamation

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai police ban book criticizing monarchy

Thai police have banned imports of a book they view as insulting the country’s monarchy, as a crackdown against anti-royalist campaigns intensifies after a coup earlier this year.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/128218/thai-police-ban-book-criticizing-monarchy/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/443076/thailand-police-chief-bans-book-a-kingdom-in-crisis

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Thailand’s lese majeste complaints top 10,000

Police have dealt with more than 10,000 cases of lese majeste in recent years, but the big figure was not because they had « got serious » with offenders after the coup in May, a senior police officer said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-lese-majeste-complaints-top-10000

19 OCTOBER 2014

82-year-old Thai intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge

One of Thailand’s most prominent intellectuals is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127500/82-year-old-thai-intellectual-faces-anti-monarchy-charge/

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Tensions rise as Thai curbs on royal slurs tighten

These are tense times for anyone vaguely seen to be questioning the Thai monarchy. After a spate of arrests and indictments for violation of the kingdom’s lese majeste law, the post-coup government has declared defending the monarchy as its top priority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tensions-rise-thai-curbs-royal-slurs-tighten

31 AUGUST 2014

Thailand’s ultra-monarchists export vigilante justice

The Thai junta has launched more than a dozen domestic lèse-majesté prosecutions – each punishable by up to 15 years in jail – as part of a crackdown on political dissent since its May 22 coup.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/05e101fa-2f2b-11e4-a054-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3C0DbdLXd

8 AUGUST 2014

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

The ruling junta will seek the extradition of Thais living overseas for allegedly offending the monarchy, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NCPO-to-seek-extradition-of-lese-majeste-suspects-30240608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/425727/prayuth-warns-lese-majeste-targets

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai musician jailed for 15 years for insulting royals

The 28-year-old was found guilty of posting insulting messages about the monarchy on Facebook between 2010 and 2011, said a court official from the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, without giving further details
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/11004996/Thai-musician-jailed-for-15-years-for-insulting-royals.html

13 MAY 2014

Ex-Pheu Thai MP accused of lese majeste

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has filed a complaint with police accusing former Pheu Thai MP and red-shirt core member Prasit Chaisrisa of lese majeste

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409581/ex-pheu-thai-mp-accused-of-lese-majeste

1 MAY 2014

Appeals Court upholds lese majeste sentence

The Appeals Court yesterday upheld a two-year lese majeste prison sentence against Jeng Dokjik for his speech during a red-shirt rally on March 29, 2010

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Appeals-Court-upholds-lese-majeste-sentence-30232712.html

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand’s Political Prisoners

Draconian lese majeste law used against dissenters

http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/thailand-political-prisoners/

28 DECEMBER 2013

Lèse majesté and the media in the crossfire

http://asiancorrespondent.com/117702/siam-voices-2013-review-part-2-lese-majeste-and-thailands-media-in-the-crossfire/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Thai monarchy laws need reviewing, say critics pointing to recent cases

A political activist convicted of defaming the Thai monarchy was freed from prison after being granted a royal pardon in the same week that two others were jailed for similar offences despite their cases previously being dismissed by a criminal court.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/03/thai-monarchy-lese-majesty-laws

Thai activist convicted of defaming king pardoned

Surachai Danwattananusorn was sentenced last year to 7 1/2 years in prison for making speeches judged to have insulted the monarchy three times in 2010.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114017/thai-activist-convicted-of-defaming-king-pardoned/

2 OCTOBER 2013

Thai woman jailed for five years for insulting royals

A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced a woman to five years in jail for breaching the kingdom’s strict royal defamation laws in the the second such conviction in days.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-woman-jailed-five-years-insulting-royals

1 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

The Appeals Court on Tuesday sentenced Sondhi Limthongkul, a core member of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, to three years imprisonment after finding him guilty of lese majest, reversing the lower court’s decision which acquitted him of the charge.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/372421/appeals-court-overturns-sondhi-acquittal-for-lese-majeste

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113942/ex-yellow-shirt-leader-sondhi-found-guilty-of-insulting-thailands-monarchy/

13 SEPTEMBRE 2013

Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king

A Thai court on Friday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country’s monarch, an extraordinarily grave charge in this Southeast Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113336/thai-court-acquits-man-accused-of-defaming-king/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/13/thai-brother-cleared-insulting-king

4 JUNE 2013

Singaporean who defamed Thai king gets pardon

A Singaporean man convicted of defaming Thailand’s monarchy has been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon from the king.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/108642/singaporean-who-defamed-thai-king-gets-pardon/

15 APRIL 2013

A Thai Lese Majeste Victim Talks

Safe in Los Angeles, Joe Gordon carries on his campaign against a draconian law                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5338&Itemid=185

17 MARCH 2013

Thai PBS team halts programme on monarchy

The production team behind a controversial Thai PBS talk show announced yesterday that it would stop producing the programme to protest the public television station’s decision not to air Friday night’s episode.                                                          http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Thai-PBS-team-halts-programme-on-monarchy-30202101.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand’s Lese Majeste Erodes the Judiciary

Thailand’s repeated use of its draconian lese majeste and computer crimes laws to « protect » its monarchy is also causing serious damage to its judicial system.                                                                                                                                                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5166&Itemid=392

1 FEBRUARY 2013

‘Monarchy protection network’ protests EU concern about ‘Somyot’

Jan 31 – A group of protesters calling themselves the Network for Protection of the Monarchy gathered in front of the office of the European Union Delegation to Thailand on Thursday morning, saying that they want to « lecture » the EU, explaining that the status of the Thai monarchy is special and not like that in European countries.                                                                                                      http://prachatai.com/english/node/3504

23 January 2013

Journalist gets 10-year prison sentence for insulting Thai king

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who was editor of a magazine devoted to self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was found guilty of publishing articles in 2010 defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The government later shut down the magazine, called Voice of Taksin, or « voice of the oppressed. »                                                                                                                               http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/23/16656578-journalist-gets-10-year-prison-sentence-for-insulting-thai-king?lite

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/23/thailand-jails-magazine-editor-somyot-prueksakasemsuk                                                                                                                                                              http://asiancorrespondent.com/96065/inside-view-thailands-lese-majeste-law-claims-latest-victim/

17 JANUARY 2012

Thai comedian sentenced for insulting monarchy

Yosawaris Chuklom, 54, who goes by the stage name Jeng Dokchik, was found guilty under Thailand’s strict lese majeste law, which punishes anyone convicted of defaming the Thai king, queen, heir or regent with up to 15 years in prison. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9807958/Thai-comedian-sentenced-for-insulting-monarchy.html

24 AUGUST 2012

2 Thai prisoners pardoned for insulting monarchy

A prison official says two Thai men convicted of defaming the country’s monarchy have been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon. The two are pro-democracy activist Warawut Thanungkorn and shoe repairman Suriyan Kokpeuay
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88207/2-thai-prisoners-pardoned-for-insulting-monarchy/ http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367402.html

17 JULY 2012

Lese Majeste Charge for Selling VCD of Thai Royal family

The trial of a Thai man accused of selling video CDs of an Australian television news segment about Thailand’s monarchy is set to begin today in Bangkok
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4699&Itemid=392

11 JULY 2012

Thailand frees US man jailed over banned book

Joe Gordon, who was sentenced in December for translating excerpts of the book The King Never Smiles into Thai, was released from jail on Tuesday night. No reason was given for the pardon, but US officials have pressed Thai authorities to release the Thai-born American.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127111522336719.html

30 MAY 2012

Thai web editor escapes jail over ‘royal insults’

Chiranuch Premchaiporn was found guilty for allowing content prohibited under Thailand’s controversial « lese-majeste » law to stay on Prachatai, an independent online news site, for 20 days before it was deleted.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/30/world/asia/thailand-lese-majeste-conviction/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/20125305747224145.html

10 MAY 2012

Group steps up bid to change Article 112

A group seeking amendment to the lese majeste law is stepping up its campaign following the death of an elderly man detained in a case in which he was found guilty of sending text messages deemed offensive to the monarchy
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Group-steps-up-bid-to-change-Article-112-30181623.html

8 MAY 2012

A Victim of Thailand’s Lese-Majeste Law Dies

Amphon « Akong » Tangnoppakul, 61, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison, has died. His death is a slap in the face of the Thai hyper-royalists who have employed the draconian lèse-majesté law as a political weapon to control differences in political views in society
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4481&Itemid=392#
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1200194/1/.html

11 JANUARY 2012

‘No public route’ to change Article 112

The shaky campaign to amend Article 112 of the Penal Code appeared all but dead yesterday when Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung backed legal opinions that it was constitutionally impossible to push for changes through a signature-gathering crusade
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/No-public-route-to-change-Article-112-30175652.html
3 JANUARY 2012

Amnesty to Thaksin would spark conflict, Abhisit warns

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday January 3 warned the Yingluck Shinawatra government against amending the controversial lese-majeste law or granting amnesty to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying such moves would spark conflicts in society
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-to-Thaksin-would-spark-conflict-Abhisit-wa-30173082.html

31 DECEMBER 2011

Truth panel backs call to change lese majeste law

The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) yesterday issued a statement backing calls for amendment of the lese majeste law on grounds that the suppression of insults to the monarchy had been politicised to fuel social divisions
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Truth-panel-backs-call-to-change-lese-majeste-law-30172993.html

24 DECEMBER 2011

Royalists Step Up Campaign to Stifle Criticism of the Monarchy in Thailand

Thailand has always stood out for the deference that many Thais show their monarch. But in the twilight of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 84, now ailing and living in a specially outfitted suite in a Bangkok hospital, dedicated loyalists are leading a feverish, with-us-or-against-us campaign to defend him from any perceived slights or criticism. The government has also intensified its crackdown on criticism of the monarchy, prosecuting a record number of people charged with insulting the royal family
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/world/asia/royalists-step-up-efforts-to-defend-thai-monarchy.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia


8 DECEMBER 2011

US blogger jailed for insulting Thai king

A US citizen has been jailed for two and a half years by Thai authorities for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112844554785361.html


24 November 2011

Thailand asks Facebook to delete ‘offensive’ content

Thailand has asked social networking website Facebook to delete more than 10,000 pages of content containing images or text which it claims are « offensive » to the monarchy, a minister said Thursday. The news comes a day after a Thai court jailed a man for 20 years for sending four text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy, alarming critics who say the kingdom’s strict lese-majeste laws hamper free speech.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111124-312503.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=22563

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years

The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15850068
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676944.php/Thai-court-sentences-grandpa-to-20-years-for-insulting-monarchy

10 OCTOBER 2011

US citizen pleads guilty to insulting Thai royals

Thai-born Joe Wichai Commart Gordon was arrested in May during a holiday in the kingdom and accused of posting a link to a translation of a banned book on his blog, along with other material deemed offensive, while living in the US.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111010-304274.html

3 OCTOBER 2011

In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults

Down a maze of neon-lit corridors in a massive government complex here is a windowless room where computer technicians scour the Internet for photos, articles, Facebook postings — anything that might be deemed offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/world/asia/03iht-thailand03.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2011

Lese-Majeste Continues in Thailand

Critics in Thailand are concerned that the arrest of Noravej Sethiwongse, a 23-year-old former student for lèse-majesté in Bangkok last Friday indicates that the country’s remaining power structure shows no intention of letting up on arrests for alleged insults to the royalty despite their defeat in July 9 national polls
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3372&Itemid=392

27 MAY 2011

Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult

Thai authorities said Friday they arrested an American citizen on charges he insulted the country’s monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation’s ailing king
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13572676

21 MAY 2011

100 young writers join forces calling for change in lese majeste law

One hundred writers have joined a growing chorus in the call to amend the lese majeste law and stop the use of the law as a « political tool » to suppress political opponents and freedom of political expression.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/05/21/national/100-young-writers-join-forces-calling-for-change-i-30155861.html

11 MAY 2011

Thai Lese-Majeste Claims Another Victim

With national elections scheduled in less than two months, there appears no letup in the Thai army’s crackdown on freedom of expression through use of the country’s laws against insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej and other members of the royal family. The latest victim of the
country’s increasingly tightened laws on freedom of expression appears to be Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a Thammasat University professor who was summoned to a Bangkok police station to hear lèse-majesté charges filed against him, apparently at the direction of Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3184&Itemid=185
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/04/24/national/Shock-over-lese-majeste-charges-against-Thammasat–30153798.html

14 APRIL 2010

Government Distances Itself From Thai Monarchy Comments

The Thai government distances itself from remarks in the United States by Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya about a need for a more open discussion of what he called the taboo subject of the role of the monarchy in Thailand
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/world/asia/15thai.html?ref=asia

2 APRIL 2010

More Lèse-Majesté Charges in Thailand

The jailing Wednesday March 31 in Bangkok of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the webmaster of the popular independent Thai online news portal
Prachatai, is another example of the stringent crackdown on any comment about the country’s monarchy as the process to succeed the ailing 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej grows more intense. Chiranuch was released after paying a Bt300,000 (US$9,269) bond and spending four hours in jail
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2377&Itemid=185

26 JUNE 2009

Concern at secret Thailand trial

The human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the secret trial in Thailand of a woman charged with insulting the royal family. The woman was arrested a year ago after giving a speech in Bangkok in which she attacked the monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8120433.stm

3 APRIL 2009

Thai man jailed for royal insult

A Thai citizen has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for violating strict laws against insulting the monarchy. A court in Bangkok said Suwicha Thakho, 34, digitally altered images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family and posted them on the internet
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7981769.stm

8 MARCH 2009

Thai premier will try to spare websites

The government will try not to shut down websites with content deemed offensive to the monarchy but will take legal action against those responsible, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday. His comment came one day after the director of the non-profit web board at prachatai.com was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act
http://digital.asiaone.com/Digital/News/Story/A1Story20090308-127009.html

7 MARCH 2009

Thailand’s Royalists again

Another independent figure is arrested on lese majeste charges
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1759&Itemid=185

21 FEBRUARY 2009

Thailand frees Australian writer

An Australian writer jailed for insulting the Thai royal family has flown home to reunion with his family after being pardoned by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Harry Nicolaides arrived in the city of Melbourne on Saturday after spending five months in a Bangkok prison on charges of
slandering the Thai monarchy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/02/20092216581228991.html

11 FEBRUARY 2009

Lese majeste law must not be abused, says Thai PM

In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times at his office in Parliament House, Abhisit said: « A lot of countries have contempt of court laws, because the courts have to be neutral and respected. The monarchy is a revered institution above politics and conflicts and therefore has no self-defence mechanism, that’s why we have the law. »

He agreed however, that the application of the law « has caused a number of problems »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=3897&sec=1
9 FEBRUARY 2009

Thai accademic accused of insulting monarchy flees

Ji Ungpakorn, a prominent academic facing 15 years in prison for allegedly insulting Thailand’s monarchy fled to England, saying Monday he does not believe he will receive a fair trial

23 JANUARY 2009

The today  issue of The Economist is banned in Thailand

The latest edition of UK-based current affairs  magazine the Economist has been banned in Thailand, amid local anger over its  coverage of the royal family.

The Economist’s Thai distributor held back January 23,  2009 – which contains an article about an Australian writer who was jailed for
slandering the monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7851177.stm

 

Here is the article of The Economist :

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12992577

20 JANUARY 2009

Activist  charged with Thai ‘insult’

A leading political critic has been charged with  insulting Thailand’s king under the country’s controversial lese majeste laws.  Giles Ungpakorn, of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, was formally charged on  Tuesday with insulting the monarchy in a book he authored criticising  Thailand’s September 2006 military coup.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/01/200912075510997389.html

19 JANUARY 2009

Australian  author guilty of Thai king insult

A court in Thailand has sentenced an Australian author  to three years in jail after finding him guilty of insulting the country’s  royal family
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/01/19/national/national_30093593.php
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/01/200911942531718232.html

13 JANUARY 2009

A Thai academic facing charges of insulting the  monarchy called Tuesday for a campaign to abolish the law under which he could  be jailed for 15 years

Here is the article writen by Grant Peck for  Associated Press on January 13, 2008 :

Ji Ungpakorn, a prominent activist and political  scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said police have asked to  question him over a book he wrote about Thailand’s 2006 military coup. His case  is the latest sign of ideological struggle over the role of the monarchy, a  subject that was once taboo. There has been a recent spate of complaints and  prosecutions for lese majeste — as the charge is called — and increased
censorship of Web sites allegedly critical of the institution.

Those who have faced lese majeste complaints in the year include a fledgling Australian novelist, a BBC reporter, a prominent  Buddhist intellectual and an activist who refused to stand up during the  traditional playing of the Royal Anthem before a movie.

Ji said at a news conference that the lese majeste  law, which mandates a jail term of three to 15 years for defaming the king, the  queen or the heir to the throne, « restricts freedom of speech and  expression and does not allow for public accountability and transparency of the  institution of the monarchy. »

He charged that it is used « as a tool by the  military, and other authoritarian elites, in order to protect their own  interests. » He claimed he was being targeted for political reasons because  he criticized the military and its coup.Newly elected Prime Minister Abhisit  Vejjajiva has promised to take « all measures » to prevent people from  defaming the monarchy.

But Ji, who is the son of one of the most respected  civil servants in modern Thailand, the late Central Bank Governor Puey  Ungpakorn, called for « an international and national political campaign to  defend democratic rights in Thailand and for the abolition of the Lese Majeste  law. »

Until recently, prosecutions under the law have been  uncommon — usually a handful a year — not surprising in a country where the  81-year-old king is almost universally revered as a selfless and hardworking  benefactor of the people.

But questions about the monarchy have assumed a higher  profile lately as consideration is given to the eventual succession of  Bhumibol, the world’s longest serving head of state and the only monarch most  Thais have ever lived under.

Although he is a constitutional monarch who reigns but  does not rule, Bhumibol —with the backing of the military — has since the 1960s  held commanding political influence, usually exercised only in times of  national crisis.

But his influence was challenged by the rise of  billionaire politician Thaksin Shinawatra, who became prime minister in 2001  and whose party won an unprecedented absolute majority in Parliament in a 2005  general election. Thaksin won the devotion of the country’s rural majority with
populist policies that directly benefited them, such as low-cost  universal health care.

One of the reasons the army gave for ousting Thaksin  was a claim that he had treated the king with disrespect.

When Thaksin’s political allies regained power in a  December 2007 general election, the fight over the former prime minister was  revived, and his critics again claimed to be defending the monarchy in their  bid to remove all those connected with Thaksin from power. Their confrontational
protests culminated in the weeklong occupation of Bangkok’s two airports at the  end of last year.

Another article on the same topic

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1661&Itemid=185

5 DECEMBER 2007

An article on  WHY THAILAND’S KING IS SO VENERED

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7128935.stm

 

17 October 2007

THAILAND LESE  MAJESTE LAW

In Thailand, the current monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej  (Rama IX) is not only respected, but venerated.

A law forbid to everyone to criticize him or the  monarchy. The problem is that the Prime Minister, and the party in charge,  often took adventage of this law to charge opposition leaders, journalists,  foreign newspapers…

The king has expressed his concern
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=757&Itemid=31

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 30 January in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 30 JANUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “Conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on January 30, 2018

1703: The Forty-seven Ronin, under the command of Ōishi Kuranosuke, avenge the death of their master
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=The_47_Ronin
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oishi_Kuranosuke

1789: In now Vietnam, the Tây Sơn forces, under Nguyen Hue, emerge victorious against Chinese Qing armies and liberate the capital Thăng Lon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ng%E1%BB%8Dc_H%E1%BB%93i-%C4%90%E1%BB%91ng_%C4%90a

1877: In Japan, a central governement raid against an ammunition storage in Kagashima starts the Satsuma Rebellion
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/fl/The-Satsuma-Rebellion.htm?nl=1

1902: Britain and Japan sign a treaty after months of negotiating which commits each country to supporting an independent China and Korea, although it acknowledges Japan’s ‘special interest’ in Korea
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/anglojapanesealliance1902.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/739.html

1942: Japanese troops land on Ambon (Moluccas). Australian forces destroy supplies to prevent them from falling into Japanese hands. Ambon city is taken within 24 hours. The Japanese start to besiege Singapore
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ambon
http://dutcheastindies.webs.com/ambon.html

1944: During the World War II, American troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands
http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-Marshalls/

1944-01-30 US bébarquent Marshall

1945: In the Philippines, in the Raid at Cabanatuan, one hundred twenty-six American Rangers and Filipino resistance fighters liberate over 500 Allied prisoners from the Japanese-controlled Cabanatuan POW camp


http://www.shadowspear.com/2012/03/raid-at-cabantatuan-1945/
http://olive-drab.com/od_history_ww2_stories_1945cabanatuan.php
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/29/opinion/lauder-great-raid-cabanatuan-pow-camp-1945/

1950: Soviet Union recognizes the Vietnamese government of Ho Chi Minh

1951: The political commission of the United Nations says China is aggressor in Korea

1952: Korean truce talks hit stalemate
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/january/30/newsid_3396000/3396891.stm

1964: In Vietnam, military coup led by general Nguyen Khanh against General Duong Van Minh who proposed peace initiative with Hanoi and was opposed US domination over the war effort
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_South_Vietnamese_coup

1968: The Tet offensive begins when Viet Cong forces launch a series of surprise attacks in South Vietnam
http://history1900s.about.com/od/1960s/qt/tetoffensive.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/tet-offensive-begins
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/vietnam-war-history/videos/tet-offensive

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3PIcbx35mM&feature=related

1980: The PRC Foreign Ministry publishes a lenghthy statement entitled “China’s sovereignty over the Xisha and Nansha Island is indisputable” as a response to the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s  white paper “Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa”

1989: The American embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan closes

2010: China suspends military exchanges with Washington in protest of an approved 6.4 billion-dollar arms deal with Taiwan, calling the sale an obstacle to regional peace, according to state media