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On 28 February in Asian history

ON 28 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 28, 2018

202 BC: Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu initiating four centuries of the Han dynasty’s rule over China
https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/february-2013-liu-bang-peasant-rebel-emperor
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/han/liubang.htm

772: Birth of Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi who died in 846
http://www.poemhunter.com/bai-juyi-2/biography/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Bai_Juyi

1570: Anti-Portuguese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

1775 : Death of Empress Xiaoyichun, wife of emperor Qianlong and mother of emperor Jiaqing, born on October 23, 1727
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Xiaoyichun

Empress Xiaoyichun

1884: Death, in jail of Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Fighter, born on January 23, 1809
https://nitum.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/biography-of-veer-surendra-sai/
http://eodisha.org/veer-surendra-sai-immortal-lion-odisha-odisha-sambalpur-indianfreedomstruggle/

1901: Birth of famous opera artist Ma Lianliang who died on December 16, 1966
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Ma_Lianliang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1506.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3omXo61fwdI

1906: Birth of Hu Lancheng, Chinese writer, who died on July 25, 1981
https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/rct/renditions/authors/hulc.html
http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.7312/columbia/9780231170468.001.0001/upso-9780231170468-chapter-4

1911: Birth of Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet who died in March 26, 1946
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Amir+Hamzah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Hamzah

1916: Birth of Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician, assassinated on November 14, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Climaco
http://www.lazamboangatimes.com/cesar_climaco_latest001.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hO04yTEdVc

1919: Amanullah Khan, born in June 1892,  becomes King of Afghanistan up to January 1929. He died in exile in April 1960
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am%C4%81null%C4%81h_Kh%C4%81n

1928: Indian scientist C.V. Raman discovers the Raman Effect, which won him the Nobel Prize and caused the day to be observed as National Science Day
http://www.famousscientists.org/c-v-raman/
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1930/raman-bio.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Science_Day#History_of_National_Science_Day

1931: Birth of Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi academic and politician, 14th President of Bangladesh who died on December 10, 2012
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Ahmed,_Iajuddin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iajuddin_Ahmed

1939: Birth of Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor, who died on April 4, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPi5QTXv3A

1939: Birth of Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese born physicist, Nobel laureate
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1998/tsui-autobio.html

1942: Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2852982/posts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Java_(1942)

1942: The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth (D29) which lost 375 men
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sunda_Strait
http://www.combinedfleet.com/battles/Java_Campaign#Sunda_Strait

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

1944: Birth of Win Aung, Burmese politician and diplomat who died on November 4, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_Aung

1946: Sino-French agreement signed at Chungking (Chongqing) provides for the withdrawal of Chinese troops from northern Indochina. France gives back to China Kouang-Tcheou Wan (Guangzhou Wan) or Fort Bayard, in South China that it got on lease since May 27, 1898
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangchowan

1947: Anti-Kuomintang’s administration demonstration on Taiwan (228 Incident). Civil disorder will be put down at a loss of 30,000 civilian lives


http://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_Incident
https://web.archive.org/web/20070622130828/http://228.lomaji.com/articles.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkM7PfyuIhk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO5l6N3lotE

1948: Birth of Bineshwar Brahma, Indian poet and author murdered on August 19, 2000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bineshwar_Brahma
http://www.poemhunter.com/bineshwar-brahma/biography/

1950: Thailand officially recognized the Bao Dai government in Vietnam on this date. Foreign Minister Phot Sarasin resigned in protest

1952: Agreement between the USA and Japan on  the deployment of US forces in Japan

1956: Death of Elpidio Quirino, 6th president of the Philippines (1948-1953), born on November 16, 1890
http://www.biography.com/people/elpidio-quirino-37511

1957: U Nu becomes Prime Minister of Burma for the second time, up to October 1958
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/u-nu/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Milestone/Recalling-the-faded-legacy-of-Myanmar-s-first-elected-prime-minister

1963: Death of Rajendra Prasad, first president of India (1950-1962), born on December 3, 1884
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/10.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/28-february-1963-rajendra-prasad-first-president-of-india-passed-away

Rajendra Prasad 2

1965: Birth of Park Gok-ji, South Korean film editor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Gok-ji
http://www.asiandb.com/browse/people_detail.php?code=1478

1972: End of the visit of President Nixon in China. Signature of the Shanghai Communiqué
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Communiqu%C3%A9
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique01.htm
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/DOC_readers/kissinger/nixzhou/

http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1673.html

1972: The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan
https://www.nhk.or.jp/digitalmuseum/nhk50years_en/history/p16/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asama-Sans%C5%8D_incident
http://www.gettyimages.ca/photos/asama-sanso-incident?sort=mostpopular&excludenudity=false&mediatype=photography&phrase=asama%20sanso%20incident&family=editorial

1972: Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato says that Taiwan belongs to China
http://www.jakvydelat.com/eisaku-sato/

1979: Birth of Srikanth, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srikanth_(actor)

1981: Beijing throws out Netherlands ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan

1985: In Pakistan, second and last day for the elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies (on February 25 and 28, respectively)
 
http://storyofpakistan.com/general-elections-february-1985

1986: Birth of Min Hyo-rin, South Korean singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_Hyo-rin
http://asianwiki.com/Min_Hyo-Rin

1989: Birth of Zhang Liyin, Chinese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Liyin
http://community.livejournal.com/zhangliyin
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xv1c0_zhang-li-yin-y-why-mv_music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dvn_gX4sJ0

1991: Khaleda Zia becomes prime minister of Bangladesh, the first woman ever to hold that post (up to June 1996). Zia is the widow of Bangladesh’s former President Ziaur Rahman (known as Zia), who was assassinated in 1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpCilr2Q49Y

1993: Death of Japanese film director Ishiro Honda, born on 7 May 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishiro_Honda

1994: Death of Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of last emperor of China Pu Yi, born on April 16, 1907
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2012/04/royal-profile-prince-pu-chieh-of-china.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pujie

1998: Kim Dae-jung becomes president of South Korea up to February 2003
http://www.hosted-webs.com/daejong/

1999: Death of Bing Xin, Chinese writer and poet, born on October 5, 1900
http://www.cscanada.net/index.php/sll/article/viewFile/j.sll.1923156320130602.3132/4119
http://academics.wellesley.edu/Alum/Images/Magazine/Fall09BingXin.pdf

2001: China ratifies the International Convention on the Economic,  Social and Cultural rights, except the article 8, paragraph 1-a on trade unions freedom 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Covenant_on_Economic,_Social_and_Cultural_Rights

2002: Despite a very low rating, Tung Chee-hwa is reelected as head of Hong Kong by 80 % of the electoral body


2002: At least 55 are killed in Ahmadabad, India, when Hindus burn Muslim homes

2004: Over 1 million Taiwanese participate in the 228 Hand-in-hand rally, forming a 500-kilometre long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_Hand-in-Hand_Rally

2008: After 17 months in exile, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand and is arrested
http://metro.co.uk/2008/02/28/thaksin-speaks-out-after-arrest-14304/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-519228/Thaksin-arrest-release-cash-Sven.html

2012: Millions of workers in India are staging a 24-hour strike to demand improved rights for employees and to protest over rising prices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201222842550702681.html

2012: The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country’s civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Rajapaksa-brings-thousands-of-people-into-the-streets-to-oppose-UN-war-crime-charges-24094.html

2012: Taiwan’s opposition leader Tsai Ing Wen is stepping down, following her Democratic Progressive Party’s defeat in the presidential elections. She will be succeeded by Kaohsiung city mayor Chen Chu as the interim chairwoman until a new leader is elected in May
http://www.360doc.com/content/12/0229/10/26286_190482138.shtml

2013: In Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html

2014: Death of C. R. Simha, Indian actor, director, and playwright, born on June 16, 1942
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/veteran-actor-cr-simha-dead/article5736499.ece
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/c-r-simha/biography.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGqx7HWj1pk

2014: Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20140228-burma-doctors-without-borders-MSF-end-all-activities-health/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120085/burma-medicins-sans-frontieres-ordered-to-leave-rakhine-state/

2017: Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/252079499
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39116854
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/01/content_15578961.html

2017: Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

 

Holidays and observances

Taiwan: Peace Memorial Day, the day of commemorating the 228 Incident

India: National Science Day

China and environment

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28 FEBRUARY 2018

Can China take the mantle on climate change leadership?

Beijing’s action on climate change so far has been driven primarily by domestic concerns rather than international pressure or concerns about the global effects of climate change. It has shown a reluctance to shoulder leadership at the United Nations. But technological and economic changes in China and a shift in statements made by Chinese leaders suggest that China could play a greater leadership role over time
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/28/can-china-take-the-mantle-on-climate-change-leadership/

25 NOVEMBER 2017

Li Keqiang: China will work with France on climate change

China is ready to work with France in a joint and positive effort to deal with climate change while maintaining multilateralism and an inclusive world economy, Premier Li Keqiang said when meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Great Hall of the People
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/97/115/30/1511585735288.html

27 JUNE 2017

China’s ‘clean coal’ power: A viable model or cautionary tale?

Efforts to develop higher efficiency coal plants are being held back by regional differences in energy development writes
https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/9876-China-s-clean-coal-power-A-viable-model-or-cautionary-tale-/en

2 JUNE 2017

After Trump turns back on climate, China and EU vow to push Paris deal forward

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and officials representing the union sign agreement committing the two sides to fully implement the accord
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096721/after-trump-turns-back-climate-china-and-eu-vow-push

5 MARCH 2017

China’s Premier Li Keqiang vows to tackle chronic air pollution

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is pledging to make the country’s smoggy skies blue again and « work faster » to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-06/china-premier-li-keqiang-vows-to-tackle-air-pollution/8328884?section=world

9 JANUARY 2017

China: Beijing forms special police team to combat smog

China has announced plans to set up an « environmental police » force tasked with enforcing pollution restrictions across the capital Beijing in a bid to improve the city’s notorious air quality
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/china-launch-environmental-police-force-170108155055619.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/china-beijing-special-police-team-combat-smog/

30 NOVEMBER 2016

How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming

 With or without the cooperation of the US government, nations around the world have begun to take collective action against climate change. Could a new cap-and-trade market in China set a global example?
http://www.dw.com/en/how-chinas-climate-revolution-can-stop-global-warming/a-36580195

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China pledges 18% carbon emissions cut by 2020

China’s cabinet issued a new climate plan targeting an 18-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared to 2015 levels, the same day that the Paris Agreement of nearly 200 countries took effect
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/05/content_15521581.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, China ratify Paris climate deal, setting stage for G20

China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions on Saturday (Sep 3), marking a major step toward the enactment of the pact as early as the end of the year and setting the stage for other countries to follow suit
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-china-ratify-paris-climate-deal-setting-stage-for-g20/3097676.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247340065
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/03/breakthrough-us-china-agree-ratify-paris-climate-change-deal

23 APRIL 2016

China hopes to formally join climate change agreement before September

China announced on Friday that it will finalize domestic legal procedures to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-hopes-to-formally-join-climate-change-agreement-before-september/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/23/content_15421601.html

9 JANUARY 2016

Beijing to shut 2,500 firms this year to fight pollution

Beijing will close 2,500 small polluting firms this year in its latest effort to combat pollution, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday, citing the municipal government
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/09/content_15370133.html

19 DECEMBER 2015

China and Climate Change: Three Things to Watch After Paris

China has made its promises. Will it now deliver?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/china-and-climate-change-three-things-to-watch-after-paris/

30 NOVEMBER 2015

COP21: China’s climate efforts far from sufficient

China is one of the biggest polluters in the world. The Asian economic giant, however, says it is committed to tackling the issue as the UN climate conference kicks off in Paris. But how difficult will that be for China?
http://www.dw.com/en/cop21-chinas-climate-efforts-far-from-sufficient/a-18884289
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/11/30/climate-change-in-china-explainer-sater-liveshot-cnn-today.cnn

25 NOVEMBER 2015

China defends coal use ahead of Paris climate summit

China’s special envoy on climate change, Xie Zhenhua, has defended the country’s decision to build more coal-fired power plants ahead of a global climate summit in Paris next week
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/25/asia/china-climate-xie-zhenhua/index.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

France, China agree on climate change checks

China and France agreed Monday that an international deal to tackle climate change to be negotiated in Paris should include checks on compliance, in what visiting French President Francois Hollande called a « historic » step forward
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20151102-france-and-china-agree-checks-emissions-cutting-compliance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-france-seek-fiv/2234168.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20151102-hollande-china-climate-cop21-talks

19 AUGUST 2015

Climate: China’s emissions overestimated

The United Nations and other international bodies have vastly overestimated China’s greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade or more, according to a study released Wednesday
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-climate-chinas-emissions-overestimated-2015-8?IR=T
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/19/chinas-carbon-emissions-may-be-lower-than-thought

14 AUGUST 2015

Study: China’s Air Pollution Kills 1.6 Million a Year

A Berkeley Earth study of newly released air quality data from 1,500 sites across East Asia has found that airborne particulate matter contributes to 1.6 million deaths per year in China. That is equivalent to about 4,400 per day, and makes up approximately 17% of all deaths in China
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/asia/study-links-polluted-air-in-china-to-1-6-million-deaths-a-year.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

27 MARCH 2015

China’s Never-Ending ‘War on Pollution’

On March 16, the Beijing municipal government announced it would close the last of its major coal-fired generating stations. By next year, China Huaneng Group’s 845-megawatt plant will cease operations. The capital city shuttered another one in 2014 and two more last week
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-never-ending-%E2%80%98war-pollution%E2%80%99

7 MARCH 2015

China takes Under the Dome anti-pollution film offline

The authorities in China have a removed from websites a popular documentary which highlights the country’s severe pollution problem.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31778115
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-31689232

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM&t=22

5 FEBRUAY 2015

Heavy smog caused over 250,000 premature deaths in 2013: report

Heavy air pollution in 31 provincial capitals and municipalities in the Chinese mainland could have caused some 257,000 premature deaths in 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday.
http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0205/c90882-8846574.html

7 JANUARY 2015

China encourages environmental social groups to sue

China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/455000/china-encourages-environmental-social-groups-to-sue

17 DECEMBER 2014

China’s glaciers retreat 18.5% since 1950s

The area of western China covered by glaciers has decreased by 18.5 per cent since the late 1950s, equivalent to the size of Cyprus, a recent survey shows
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Chinas-glaciers-retreat-18-5-since-1950s-69176.html

12 NOVEMBER 2014

US, China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

A surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442978/us-china-climate-deal-boosts-hopes-of-global-pact
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30015545
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-us-set-ambitious-gas-emission-goals-2014111241634365214.html

6 NOVEMBER 2014

Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China visit

Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-africa-ivory-smuggled-china-visit-2014116163317314744.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441780/chinese-officials-buying-illegal-ivory

22 OCTOBER 2014

China’s coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/22/chinas-coal-use-falls-for-first-time-this-century-analysis-suggests

22 OCTOBER 2014

How China is changing Environment (in good)

By John Papon

http://johnpabon.weebly.com/johns-little-green-book/chinese-government-action-on-the-environment-infographic

19 OCTOBER 2014

Masks donned at smog-hit Beijing marathon

Many competitors withdraw from race as pollution soars far above maximum levels recommended by World Health Organisation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/masks-donned-at-smog-hit-beijing-marathon-20141019155016863606.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s per capita carbon emissions overtake EU’s

New data on carbon shows that China’s emissions per head of population have surpassed the EU for the first time.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29239194

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Chinese sturgeon ‘on brink of extinction’

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reported, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11097343/Chinese-sturgeon-on-brink-of-extinction.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Waking the Green Tiger : The birth of China’s environmental movement

Editor’s note: The following article was originally published on website chinadialogue (requires proxy) in 2013, but remains relevant to an array of issues facing Yunnan today. It is reposted here in its entirety.
http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3312/waking_the_green_tiger_the_birth_of_chinas_environmental_movement

3 JULY 204

China sets up specialised pollution tribunal

China’s Supreme Court has set up a special tribunal to deal with environmental cases, it said Thursday as Beijing pushes a green agenda with public discontent over pollution rising
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418757/china-sets-up-specialised-pollution-tribunal

30 JUNE 2014

Special report: The victims of China’s soil pollution crisis

Rapid industrialisation has left a legacy of soil pollution that is damaging health and livelihoods in villages across China
https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/7073-Special-report-The-victims-of-China-s-soil-pollution-crisis

12 JUNE 2014

China says over 20,000 people charged with environmental crimes last year

Chinese state prosecutors charged more than 20,000 people with environmental crimes last year and made more than 7,000 arrests, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-over-20000-people-charged-environmental-crimes-last-year

12 MAY 2014

China detains 60 people over incinerator protest

China detained 60 people on Monday for their role in a violent demonstration that prompted officials to promise to suspend construction of a waste incinerator, local police said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409422/china-detains-60-people-over-incinerator-protest

10 MAY 2014

Protesters in east China clash with police over waste incinerator plan

Protesters in eastern China clashed with police at a rally against plans to build a huge waste incinerator that residents fear will be harmful to their health and add to pollution.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/protesters-east-china-clash-police-over-waste-incinerator-plan

25 APRIL 2014

China’s NPC adopts revised Environmental Protection Law

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt revisions to the Environmental Protection Law. The revised Environmental Protection Law is the first change to the legislation in 25 years.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2014-04/25/c_133289139.htm

Beijing bans the hunting and trading of 420 animal species at risk of extinction

After years of requests from the international community Beijing recognizes this practice as a « global threat ». It involves pandas, rhinos, pangolins and sharks: used in traditional medicine or considered « treats » these animals are in danger of disappearing. The penalties for violating the new law range from 3 to 10 years in prison

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-bans-the-hunting-and-trading-of-420-animal-species-at-risk-of-extinction-30916.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/25/china-rare-animal-products-eat-jail-sentences

23 APRIL 2014

China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

Nearly 60% of China’s underground water is polluted, state media has reported, underscoring the severity of the country’s environmental woes

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/23/china-half-groundwater-polluted

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406247/60-of-china-underground-water-polluted-report

18 APRIL 2014

Report: One fifth of China’s soil contaminated

Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China’s soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27076645
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121826/china-one-fifth-of-countrys-farmland-polluted/

12 APRIL 2014

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

China’s biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27002602

9 APRIL 2014

Can China win the war on air pollution?

Coal and cars are the culprits largely responsible for the thick, soupy air that frequently envelops cities like Beijing, Harbin and Shanghai — rendering their skylines invisible and turning day into night. Not surprisingly, this air is dangerous to breathe

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/04/09/can-china-win-the-war-on-air-pollution/

31 MARCH 2014

Hundreds protest against Chinese chemical plant

Hundreds of protesters in southern China marched against a chemical plant and environmental degradation on Sunday, in a demonstration that the Maoming city government called a « grave violation » by criminals causing chaos

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/31/chinese-protest-chemical-plant-maoming

5 MARCH 2014

China to ‘declare war’ on pollution

China’s prime minister has vowed to tackle the country’s environmental crisis, making a « war » on pollution one of his nine « major tasks » for 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10677947/China-to-declare-war-on-pollution.html

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China smog sees face masks sell out

China’s biggest online face mask sellers are running out of stock, with consumers rushing to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded swathes of northern China for an entire week

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/china-smog-sees-face-masks-sell-out-20142265560623493.html

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/“Even-Mao-is-wearing-a-mask”-in-smog-choked-China-30412.html

12 FEBRUARY 2014

China to set up $1.65bn fund to tackle air pollution

The Chinese government said on Wednesday said it will set up a 10 billion yuan ($1.65bn) fund to fight air pollution, offering rewards for companies that clean up their operations.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/12/china-air-pollution-fund

1 JANUARY 2014

Pollution Threatens China’s Food Security

A Reuters report this week noted that nearly 3.33 million hectares (eight million acres) of Chinese farmland are too polluted to grow crops. The article, which was re-posted by the state-run China Daily news site, quoted Wang Shiyuan, China’s vice minister of land and resources

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/pollution-threatens-chinas-food-security/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387529/no-show-for-pakistan-musharraf-in-treason-case

23 DECEMBER 2013



Airpocalypse: China’s 4-year pollution plan

The plan for dealing with the overwhelming smog problem stifling China’s cities seems to be adaptation followed by clean up. In the short term, children in Shanghai have been ordered to stay indoors and Chinese airline pilots are being required to master low-visibility landings. One forward-thinking measure has been to limit the amount of new car sales and vehicles permitted on the roads in urban areas. The coastal city of Tianjin has decided to join other metropolises by capping how many license plates it issues to 100,000 per year.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/117564/airpocalypse-chinas-4-year-pollution-plan/

20 DECEMBER 2013

China faces $176bn bill to clean up air pollution

Cleaning up China’s air pollution will cost 1.75 trillion yuan (£176b) between 2013 and 2017, a high-ranking environmental official has estimated.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/20/china-bill-clean-air-pollution

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pollution grounds hundreds of flights, prompts severe health warning

Shanghai authorities ordered schoolchildren indoors and halted all construction Friday as China’s financial hub suffered one its worst bouts of air pollution, bringing visibility down to a few dozen meters and obscuring the city’s spectacular skyline.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/116889/smog-at-extremely-hazardous-levels-in-shanghai/

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/06/21789954-china-pollution-grounds-hundreds-of-flights-prompts-severe-health-warning?lite

21 NOVEMBER 2013

How China’s action on air pollution is slowing its carbon emissions

New research shows the growth of emissions from China, the world’s biggest emitter, may be slowing due to its efforts to clean up the air pollution problem in many of its cities.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/chinas-choice/2013/nov/21/china-air-pollution-carbon-emissions

4 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s dam boom is an assault on its great rivers

Touted as a low carbon source of energy, China’s hydropower projects are wreaking havoc on river systems across the country and southeast Asia, reports Yale Environment 360

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/04/china-dam-hydropower-boom-rivers

21 OCTOBER 2013

China: Record smog levels shut down city of Harbin

The World Health Organisation recommends daily levels of particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers to be no more than twenty. Anything above 300 is considered dangerous. Levels around 1,000 were recorded in some parts of Harbin. All schools were shut and the airport was closed.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/21/china-record-smog-levels-shut-down-city-of-harbin/

20 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing needs US$160bn to combat pollution over 5 years: director

Beijing is raising the stakes in its fight against pollution as emissions from construction projects and waste management continue to darken the skies, the Beijing-based The Economic Observer reports.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20131020000011&cid=1105

18 OCTOBER 2013

China’s ‘Pollution Diet’: a touchstone for the national modernisation project

According to World Bank estimates, 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China. A 2010 study linked 1.2 million premature deaths to the country’s air pollution. Even the drastic measures in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics only had limited and temporary effects. Since then, air quality has further deteriorated. In February 2013, the Ministry of Environmental Protection rated the capital city China’s ninth worst in terms of air pollution.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/18/chinas-pollution-diet-a-touchstone-for-the-national-modernisation-project/

17 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing introduces new rules to curb car use on bad pollution days

The new rules, by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, calls for the driving schedule to be enforced on days when Beijing issues a “red alert” under a four-tiered pollution warning system. A red alert will be issued when the air quality index (AQI) is expected to be over 300 over a three-day period.

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/17/21009548-beijing-introduces-new-rules-to-curb-car-use-on-bad-pollution-days?lite

7 OCTOBER 2013

Ma Jun: China needs to do its bit to combat climate change

The well-known environmentalist talks about the links between local pollution and global warming, and how China is a contributor, but also vulnerable to impacts

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/chinas-choice/2013/oct/07/ma-jun-china-combat-climate-change

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

China’s dam environmental problem

As the global leader in hydropower, China must adopt environmental policies that account for methane and carbon emissions as well as ecosystem disruptions and erosion potential.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/28/chinas-dam-environmental-problem/

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

China to shame worst-polluting cities over and over in push for green action

China will start to point the finger at its top ten most air-polluted cities — each and every month — in the hopes that national humiliation will push positive environmental action. A parallel list of the nation’s ten cities with best air qualities will also be published.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/19/business/china-shame-worst-air-polluting-cities/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

China scoops up 100,000 kg of poisoned dead fish

Authorities have scooped up around 100,000 kilograms (220,000 pounds) of dead fish they say were poisoned by ammonia from a chemical plant, environmental officials and state media said Wednesday, in a reminder of the pollution plaguing the country.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112890/china-scoops-up-100000-kg-of-poisoned-dead-fish/

27 JULY 2013

China’s Bad Earth

Industrialization has turned much of the Chinese countryside into an environmental disaster zone, threatening not only the food supply but the legitimacy of the regime itself.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323829104578624010648228142.html?mod=trending_now_3

20 JULY 2013

One third of China’s cities drowning in garbage

Cities in China that are developing rapidly are facing a garbage crisis. Government figures reveal that more than one-third of the country’s cities are surrounded by waste and that the accumulated trash now occupied 750,000 acres of land across the country.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130720000050&cid=1105

13 JULY 2013

Protest prompts China to cancel Jiangmen uranium plant

China has cancelled plans to build a uranium processing plant the day after hundreds of protesters took to the streets to oppose the project.                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23298663                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/nuclear-07122013154505.html                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201371313132617453.html

9 JULY 2013

China pollution slashes life expectancy by over five years in north

Severe air pollution in northern China has slashed life expectancies there by more than five years compared to the south, potentially robbing 500 million Chinese of a total of 2.5 billion years of life, a new report has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10168427/China-pollution-slashes-life-expectancy-by-over-five-years-in-north.html

18 JUNE 2013

China, the domestic market for ivory endangers the survival of elephants

One-tenth of elephants on the planet killed last year. Despite the international ban on the ivory trade, the sale of « white gold » in China is lawful and widespread. A researcher: « The species is at risk, Beijing must recognize the problem. »                                                                                                                                                      http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-the-domestic-market-for-ivory-endangers-the-survival-of-elephants-28231.html

A fortune in severed bear paws found being smuggled into China

More than 200 bear paws were discovered being smuggled into China in the tires of a van, Chinese officials told local media.

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/18/19021840-a-fortune-in-severed-bear-paws-found-being-smuggled-into-china?lite                                                                  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/18/bear-paws-chinese-customs-video              http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/789518.shtml

28 MAY 2013

Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine

As many as 5,000 Tibetans have protested against Chinese mining operations at a site considered sacred by local residents, drawing a large security force to the area and prompting fears of clashes, according to Tibetan sources this week.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/mine-05282013170400.html

22 MAY 2013

New rice contamination reported in China

Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country’s largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal.                                       http://asiancorrespondent.com/107983/new-rice-contamination-reported-in-china/

17 MAY 2013

Chinese Environmental Protesters Demand Transparency

In the short space of several weeks, two provinces in China have seen three protests against the construction of oil refinery plants. Protesters say they are concerned about the possible health and environmental impact of the plants. The protests not only highlight how environmental activism is growing in this country where speaking out about touchy topics can easily land one in jail, but the need for more transparency.

http://www.voanews.com/content/Chinese-environmental-protesters-demand-transparency/1662908.html

16 MAY 2013

Chinese protesters take to the streets in Kunming over chemical plant plans

More than two thousand people have held a rally protesting against a planned chemical plant in southern China. http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/16/chinese-protest-against-chemical-plant-in-south/  http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/16/18294227-get-out-over-1000-take-to-the-streets-in-china-to-protest-oil-refinery?lite

8 APRIL 2013

Smog dents Beijing’s expat appeal

A winter of terrible air pollution in Beijing will probably be followed by an exodus of expatriates fleeing China’s capital, say senior executives, diplomats and businesses that cater to expats.                                                                                                                                         http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b29afeae-9dc9-11e2-bea1-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Pn98wQtz

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Chinese environmentalist beaten after calling on official to swim in polluted creek

A Chinese environmentalist was allegedly subjected to a vicious five-hour attack after attempting to draw attention to the putrid state of the country’s waterways by challenging a local official to swim in a creek near his home. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9896761/Chinese-environmentalist-beaten-after-calling-on-official-to-swim-in-polluted-creek.html

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Pollution, a ‘state secret’ in China

China’s environmental watchdog refuses to release findings on soil pollution based on a five-year study involved samples from across the country. Legal and environmental experts slam the decision as irresponsible and dangerous

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pollution,-a-‘state-secret’-in-China-27242.html                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/26/chinese-pollution-study-blocked

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China acknowledges ‘cancer villages’

China’s environment ministry appears to have acknowledged the existence of so-called « cancer villages » after years of public speculation about the impact of pollution in certain areas.                                                                                                                           http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-ministry-expresses-concern-about-cancer-villages/1608923.html   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21545868

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Pearl River Delta worse than in Beijing

For an expert at the China Academy of Meteorological Sciences, pollution related to shoe and cosmetic production is deadlier than that in the capital. The central government is silent on the matter

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pearl-River-Delta-worse-than-in-Beijing-27205.html

7 FEBRUARY

Chinese dams in Tibet raise hackles in India

Plans by China to build three dams in Tibet have rung alarm bells downstream in India, where fears are rising that the northern nation’s thirst for power and water will one day affect the flow of the mighty Brahmaputra River, a lifeline for tens of millions of people.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinese-dams-in-tibet-raise-hackles-in-india/2013/02/07/ee39fc7a-7133-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html

31 JANUARY 2013

China on red alert over pollution

A 40-car pile-up on a Chinese motorway, caused in part by bad visibility in the smog pointed to growing political strain. It was one of the consequences of the country’s alarming pollution.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/31/china-on-red-alert-over-pollution/

24 JANUARY 2013

How Fast Could China Clean Up?

Given reports that China is making a major effort to switch to renewable energy that could account for 10 percent of power generation by 2015, how much can the country actually do about its disastrous levels of pollution, and how soon? The answer is probably not much, and it will take years if not decades.                                                                                                                                                                        http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5137&Itemid=422

21 JANUARY 2013

Ex-minister blames China’s pollution mess on lack of rule of law

China had a chance to avoid environmental disasters some 40 to 30 years ago, the country’s first environmental protection chief has lamented amid worsening air and water pollution.                                                                                                        http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1132566/ex-minister-blames-chinas-pollution-mess-lack-rule-law

15 JANUARY 2013

China’s state media finally admits to air pollution crisis

http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/15/16523268-chinas-state-media-finally-admits-to-air-pollution-crisis?lite

13 JANUARY 2013

Beijing pollution ‘worst on record’

The air quality in Beijing on Saturday and Sunday was the « worst on record », according to an environmentalist group as the pollution levels in the city were at 30-45 times the safety level.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201311363634198312.html  http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/13/16486206-worst-smog-ever-hitting-beijing-environmentalists-say?lite

12 JANUARY 2013

Beijing choked by pollution at dangerous levels

The municipal environment warning centre issued an alert advising the elderly, children, and those suffering respiratory or cardiovascular illness in the capital to avoid going out or doing strenuous exercise, Xinhua reported.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130112-395128.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20998147

8 JANUARY 2013

Future of Shanxi Governor Uncertain After Chemical Spill Coverup

Shanxi Province authorities are taking the heat for a second major cover-up in a matter of weeks. On New Year’s Eve, a chemical called aniline spilled into the Zhouzhang River from the Shanxi Tianji Coal Chemical Industry Group in Changzhi City. However, it was not reported by authorities until January 5th.                                                                                                                                             http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-08/future-of-shanxi-governor-uncertain-after-chemical-spill-ovverup.html                                                                                                                                                                                    http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-07/shanxi-coal-plant-chemical-leak-unreported-for-five-days.html

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130108000071&cid=1101

7 JANUARY 2013

Chinese coal: key to a global climate solution

China is rich in coal — so rich that coal lies at the heart of any solution to prevent climate change. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/07/chinese-coal-key-to-a-global-climate-solution/

6 JANUARY 2013

China facing ‘extremely grave’ environmental crisis

China is facing an « extremely grave » environmental crisis as the true extent of heavy metal and chemical contamination becomes clear, a top government official has warned.                                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9783784/China-facing-extremely-grave-environmental-crisis.html

30 DECEMBER 2012

China to release pollution data in 74 cities

China will begin releasing air pollution readings every hour in 74 of its biggest cities from New Year’s Day, after years of public pressure.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9771616/China-to-release-pollution-data-in-74-cities.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

Fine particle air pollution kills thousands in China: research

An estimated 8,572 premature deaths occurred in four major Chinese cities this year due to high levels of PM2.5 or fine particles in the air, a study has found.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=40381&sec=1

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Jiangsu Holds Environmental Activist

Chinese authorities accuse her of having joined an overseas democracy movement.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/environment-11292012120132.html

10 NOVEMBER 2012

China’s environmental future looks… challenging

According to the OECD, China’s economy will overtake that of the US within 4 years. So don’t expect China’s emissions to go down, its skies to become clearer or its rivers cleaner. Expect continued rapid industrialization and inadequate enforcement of environmental regulations.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/91844/chinas-environmental-future-looks-challenging/

28 OCTOBER 2012

China protesters force halt to Zhejiang factory plan

The eastern Chinese city of Ningbo has cancelled plans to expand a petrochemical complex following a week of sometimes violent protests sparked by concerns over the environmental impact, state media reported on Sunday
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-20116546
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121028-380126.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese anti-chemical protests dispersed

Several hundred Chinese police officers have dispersed more than a thousand demonstrators in the eastern city of Ningbo who had staged sometimes violent protests against the planned expansion of a petrochemical plant.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/27/chinese-anti-chemical-protests-dispersed/

22 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese villagers clash with police over pollution

Residents of a south China town protesting the building of a coal-fired power plant threw bricks at police who fired volleys of tear gas and detained dozens in the country’s latest unrest over an environmental dispute, townspeople said Monday.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/91049/chinese-villagers-clash-with-police-over-pollution/

13 OCTOBER 2012

Hainan, activist publishes free book on pollution; arrested for illegal earnings

Futang Liu, an ecologist, is likely to get two to five years in prison. Charged with illegally receiving funding from some environmental groups. In recent months, the man had issued 18 thousand free copies of a book-length investigation against the pollution of the industrial giants in China.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hainan,-activist-publishes-free-book-on-pollution;-arrested-for-illegal-earnings-26080.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/chinese-environmental-activist-faces-prison-sentence-for-publishing-books/2012/10/12/86e56f90-145a-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html

7 OCTOBER 2012

Beijing to give clearer indication of air quality

Beijing authorities have completed a network of monitors that will more accurately measure air quality in the smog-ridden city after being pushed into it by public pressure and pollution reports from the U.S. embassy.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90455/beijing-to-give-clearer-indication-of-air-quality/

28 AUGUST 2012

China invests £235 billion to tackle pollution

The spending plan, part of the country’s latest 2011-2015 five year plan, was approved in July at a meeting of China’s cabinet-like State Council chaired by outgoing prime minister Wen Jiabao.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9502918/China-invests-235-billion-to-tackle-pollution.html

16 AUGUST 2012

Tibetan Shot Dead in Protest

Chinese security forces shot dead a Tibetan and detained six others as they dispersed a crowd of 1,000 Tibetans protesting against the resumption of mining operations in a county in Tibet http://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/mine-08162012000425.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/A-Tibetan-killed,-six-arrested-in-protest-against-Chinese-mines-25563.html

28 JULY 2012

China waste water pipeline scrapped after protest

Authorities in China say a project to build a waste water pipeline in the city of Qidong has been scrapped after a protest over pollution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/07/201272871518282322.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19026467
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9434205/Protesters-clash-with-police-in-China-over-pollution-from-paper-factory.html

12 JULY 2012

More on China’s pollution protests

I recently posted about some significant victories of communities in China who have stood up against projects that they believed would damage the environment where they live and post risks to public health.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85734/more-on-chinas-pollution-protests/

5 JULY 2012

China’s costly pollution problem

Last month, Chinese officials issued a general warning to foreign embassies, (but really aimed at the U.S.) to stop publishing reports about their country’s air quality.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/07/04/pollution-china.html

3 JULY 2012

China factory construction halted amid violent protests

Chinese officials have halted the construction of a copper alloy plant in Sichuan province following violent protests by local residents.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18684895
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127352353141328.html

5 JUNE 2012

China tells US Embassy to stop reporting Beijing pollution

A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched U.S. Embassy index.
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/05/12061702-china-tells-us-embassy-to-stop-reporting-beijing-pollution?lite

18 APRIL 2012

China’s Three Gorges Dam may displace another 100,000

Another 100,000 people may be moved from the area around China’s massive Three Gorges Dam because of landslides and bank collapses, state media say.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10799833&ref=rsshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17754256

9 APRIL 2012

China faces rubbish problem

Dealing with the waste – the byproduct of a growing middle class and annual double-digit economic growth over the past 10 years – is one of the biggest problems facing China’s urban planners.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/3ac0fc10-7ed7-11e1-b009-00144feab49a.html#axzz1rZSHTiHm

1 MARCH 2012

China sets tougher air pollution limits

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, passed revised air quality standards on Wednesday which adopts an index for PM2.5, or fine particles 2.5 microns or less in diameter
http://radio86.com/focus/environment/news/china-sets-tougher-air-pollution-limits

25 FEBRUARY 2012

Bathed in smog: Beijing’s pollution could cut 5 years off lifespan, expert says

Earlier this month, a U.S. study on the economic impact of China’s air pollution was released with little fanfare. Maybe it was because of the series of successive “blue sky” days we were enjoying in the Chinese capital, thanks to the gusty winds blowing down from Mongolia
http://behindthewall.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/24/10484609-bathed-in-smog-beijings-pollution-could-cut-5-years-off-lifespan-expert-says

21 DECEMBER 2111

Police disperse power plant protest in China

Riot police used tear gas to disperse a large crowd of people who gathered Tuesday to protest a coal power plant in southern China.
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/20/world/asia/china-protest/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

12 DECEMBER 2011

Amid Durban climate talks disappointment, China provides unexpected hope

While many environmentalists were disheartened by the Durban climate talks’ inconclusive results, China provided an unexpected ray of hope by abandoning its long-time refusal to discuss a carbon emissions cap.
http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2011/1212/Amid-Durban-climate-talks-disappointment-China-provides-unexpected-hope
http://en.radio86.com/world-viewpoints/world-viewpoints-china-agrees-durban-climate-deal

4 OCTOBER 2011

Plan to tighten air quality standards

The environmental authorities are proposing to strengthen the standards on air quality, which could lessen the number of official blue-sky days for many cities. The new standards on air quality will include regulations on the monitoring and publication of particulate matter with a diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), which are not currently included in determining the air pollution index (API), said Zhao Hualin, director of the pollution prevention department of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-10/04/content_13835878.htm

24 SEPTEMBER 2011

China to boost green investment

The Chinese government will invest 2 trillion yuan ($313 billion) in the area of green economy and low-carbon development in the next five years, cutting 16 percent of per-unit GDP energy consumption compared to 2010, a senior official from China’s top economic planner said on September 24
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2011-09/25/content_13786578.htm

19 SEPTEMBER 2011

China solar panel factory shut after protests

A solar panel factory in eastern China has been shut down after protests by local residents over pollution fears. Some 500 villagers staged a three-day protest following the death of large numbers of fish in a local river.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14968605
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1154065/1/.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2011

China’s toxic waste shocker

China is sitting on at least one million tonnes of an untreated industrial waste that causes cancer, environmental group Greenpeace warned Thursday, as it gave details of a pollution case in Yunnan caused by the careless disposal of toxic materials.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=21309&sec=1

5 JULY 2011

Oil leak to have ‘long-term impact’

A leak from the Penglai 19-3 oilfield in Bohai Bay, operated by ConocoPhillips China (COPC), will have a « long-term impact » on the marine environment, China’s top ocean watchdog warned on Tuesday.  The oil spill polluted an area of more than 840 square kilometers in Bohai Bay, Li Xiaoming, director of the department of marine environment protection at the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), said at a news conference.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-07/06/content_12841264.htm

15 JUNE 2011

China ‘covered up’ risk to children from lead

Chinese children suffering lead poisoning from polluting industries have been denied testing, effective treatment and even basic information by officials, a human rights advocacy group said. The US-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) made the claim in a report on Wednesday, in which it said officials in provinces with heavy industrial pollution were restricting access to lead testing or falsifying test results.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/06/201161511629677417.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/15/world/asia/15lead.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13779404
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-06-14/over-600-sickened-by-lead-poisoning-in-eastern-china.html

China vows to improve ecology in restive Mongolian areas

Premier Wen Jiabao and other Chinese leaders on Wednesday (June 15) promised to improve the economy and environment of the country’s vast Inner Mongolia region, where ethnic Mongolians have staged recent anti-government protests
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1645619.php/China-vows-to-improve-ecology-in-restive-Mongolian-areas

11 JUNE 2011

Three Gorges Dam crisis in slow motion

Dams are big and stupid things. The Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River is bigger and stupider than most, so it attracts a lot of criticism. Much of the criticism is deserved. Some of it – such as accusations that it has significantly exacerbated the drought gripping China – is, perhaps, undeserved. All of the criticism, however, is an important harbinger of mounting political problems for China’s authoritarian model of national development. The Three Gorges Dam, or TGD, is very much the bastard child of the Tiananmen democratic movement of 1989 and the ensuing crackdown
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/MF11Ad01.html

19 MAY 2011

China Admits Problems With Three Gorges Dam

The Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project and a symbol of China’s confidence in risky technological solutions, is troubled by urgent pollution and geologic problems, a high-level government body acknowledged Thursday
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/20/world/asia/20gorges.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43089350/ns/world_news-world_environment/

3 JULY 2010

China Jails Tibetan Environmentalist

A Chinese court on Saturday, July 3, sentenced a Tibetan environmentalist who organized villagers to pick up litter and plant trees to five years in jail for inciting to split the nation, his lawyer said. The environmentalist, Rinchen Samdrup, is the third brother in his family to be jailed. Mr. Samdrup ran an environmental group in the Tibet Autonomous Region near Sichuan Province that organized about 1,700 local villagers to reforest the area and report poaching, and also ran a small magazine. His group worked with international conservation groups and was praised by Chinese media
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/04/world/asia/04tibet.html?ref=asia

3 JUNE 2010

China Faces ‘Very Grave’ Environmental Situation, Officials Say

China’s three decades of rapid economic growth have left it with a “very grave” environmental situation even as it tries to move away from a develop-at-all-costs strategy, senior government officials said Friday
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/04/world/asia/04china.html?ref=asia

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 28 February in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 28 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 28, 2018

1570: Anti-Portuguese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

1942: Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2852982/posts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Java_(1942)

1942: The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth (D29) which lost 375 men
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sunda_Strait
http://www.microworks.net/pacific/battles/sunda_strait.htm
http://www.combinedfleet.com/battles/Java_Campaign#Sunda_Strait

1946: Sino-French agreement signed at Chungking provides for the withdrawal of Chinese troops from northern Indochina. France gives back to China Kouang-Tcheou Wan (Guangzhou Wan) or Fort Bayard, in South China that it got on lease since May 27, 1898
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangchowan

1947: Anti-Kuomintang’s administration demonstration on Taiwan (228 Incident). Civil disorder will be put down at a loss of 30,000 civilian lives

http://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_Incident
https://web.archive.org/web/20070622130828/http://228.lomaji.com/articles.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkM7PfyuIhk

1950: Thailand officially recognized the Bao Dai government in Vietnam on this date. Foreign Minister Phot Sarasin resigned in protest

1952: Agreement between the USA and Japan on  the deployment of US forces in Japan

1972: End of the visit of President Nixon in China. Signature of the Shanghai Communiqué
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Communiqu%C3%A9
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique01.htm
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/DOC_readers/kissinger/nixzhou/

http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1673.html

1972: The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan
https://www.nhk.or.jp/digitalmuseum/nhk50years_en/history/p16/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asama-Sans%C5%8D_incident
http://www.gettyimages.ca/photos/asama-sanso-incident?sort=mostpopular&excludenudity=false&mediatype=photography&phrase=asama%20sanso%20incident&family=editorial

1972: Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato says that Taiwan belongs to China
http://www.jakvydelat.com/eisaku-sato/

1981: Beijing throws out Netherlands ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan

2012: The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country’s civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Rajapaksa-brings-thousands-of-people-into-the-streets-to-oppose-UN-war-crime-charges-24094.html

 

On 28 February in South Asian history

ON 28 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 28, 2018

1884: Death, in jail of Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Fighter, born on January 23, 1809
https://nitum.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/biography-of-veer-surendra-sai/
http://eodisha.org/veer-surendra-sai-immortal-lion-odisha-odisha-sambalpur-indianfreedomstruggle/

1919: Amanullah Khan, born in June 1892,  becomes King of Afghanistan up to January 1929. He died in exile in April 1960
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Am%C4%81null%C4%81h_Kh%C4%81n

1928: Indian scientist C.V. Raman discovers the Raman Effect, which won him the Nobel Prize and caused the day to be observed as National Science Day
http://www.famousscientists.org/c-v-raman/
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1930/raman-bio.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Science_Day#History_of_National_Science_Day

1931: Birth of Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi academic and politician, 14th President of Bangladesh who died on December 10, 2012
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Ahmed,_Iajuddin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iajuddin_Ahmed

1939: Birth of Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor, who died on April 4, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPi5QTXv3A

1948: Birth of Bineshwar Brahma, Indian poet and author murdered on August 19, 2000 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bineshwar_Brahma
http://www.poemhunter.com/bineshwar-brahma/biography/

1963: Death of Rajendra Prasad, first president of India (1950-1962), born on December 3, 1884
http://www.liveindia.com/freedomfighters/10.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/28-february-1963-rajendra-prasad-first-president-of-india-passed-away

Rajendra Prasad 2

1979: Birth of Srikanth, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srikanth_(actor)

1985: In Pakistan, second and last day for the elections for the National and Provincial Assemblies (on February 25 and 28, respectively). The voters turned to the polls in large numbers
http://storyofpakistan.com/general-elections-february-1985

1991: Khaleda Zia becomes prime minister of Bangladesh, the first woman ever to hold that post (up to June 1996). Zia is the widow of Bangladesh’s former President Ziaur Rahman (known as Zia), who was assassinated in 1981

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpCilr2Q49Y

2002: At least 55 are killed in Ahmadabad, India, when Hindus burn Muslim homes

2012: Millions of workers in India are staging a 24-hour strike to demand improved rights for employees and to protest over rising prices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/201222842550702681.html

2012: The United Nations resolution alleges abuses that Sri Lankan soldiers and Tamil rebels committed abuses during the country’s civil war. The government accuses the UN and Western powers of interfering in its domestic affairs. In April 2011, a UN report blamed the Sri Lankan air force of killing 40,000 people
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Rajapaksa-brings-thousands-of-people-into-the-streets-to-oppose-UN-war-crime-charges-24094.html

2013: In Bangladesh, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 73, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, is found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting and forcing minority Hindus to convert to Islam during the 1971 independence war, lawyers and tribunal officials said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bangladesh/9899356/Bangladesh-Islamist-sentenced-to-death.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322865638456746.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130228-405429.html

2014: Death of C. R. Simha, Indian actor, director, and playwright, born on June 16, 1942
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/veteran-actor-cr-simha-dead/article5736499.ece
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/c-r-simha/biography.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGqx7HWj1pk

On 28 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 28 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1570: Anti-Portuguese uprising on Ternate, Moluccas

1911: Birth of Amir Hamzah, Indonesian poet who died in March 26, 1946
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Amir+Hamzah
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Hamzah

1916: Birth of Cesar Climaco, Filipino politician, assassinated on November 14, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesar_Climaco
http://www.lazamboangatimes.com/cesar_climaco_latest001.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hO04yTEdVc

1942: Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2852982/posts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Java_(1942)

1942: The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth (D29) which lost 375 men
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sunda_Strait
http://www.microworks.net/pacific/battles/sunda_strait.htm
http://www.combinedfleet.com/battles/Java_Campaign#Sunda_Strait

1944: Birth of Win Aung, Burmese politician and diplomat who died on November 4, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win_Aung

1950: Thailand officially recognized the Bao Dai government in Vietnam on this date. Foreign Minister Phot Sarasin resigned in protest

1956: Death of Elpidio Quirino, 6th president of the Philippines (1948-1953), born on November 16, 1890
http://www.biography.com/people/elpidio-quirino-37511

1957: U Nu becomes Prime Minister of Burma for the second time, up to October 1958
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/u-nu/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Life-Arts/Milestone/Recalling-the-faded-legacy-of-Myanmar-s-first-elected-prime-minister

2008: After 17 months in exile, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returns to Thailand and is arrested
http://metro.co.uk/2008/02/28/thaksin-speaks-out-after-arrest-14304/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-519228/Thaksin-arrest-release-cash-Sven.html

2014: Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20140228-burma-doctors-without-borders-MSF-end-all-activities-health/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120085/burma-medicins-sans-frontieres-ordered-to-leave-rakhine-state/

On 28 February in Japan’s history

ON 28 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on February 28, 2018

1942: Japanese land in Java, last Allied bastion in Dutch East Indies

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2852982/posts
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Java_(1942)

1942: The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) is sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait with 693 crew members killed, along with HMAS Perth (D29) which lost 375 men
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sunda_Strait
http://www.microworks.net/pacific/battles/sunda_strait.htm
http://www.combinedfleet.com/battles/Java_Campaign#Sunda_Strait

1952: Agreement between the USA and Japan on  the deployment of US forces in Japan

1972: The Asama-Sanso incident ends in Japan
https://www.nhk.or.jp/digitalmuseum/nhk50years_en/history/p16/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asama-Sans%C5%8D_incident
http://www.gettyimages.ca/photos/asama-sanso-incident?sort=mostpopular&excludenudity=false&mediatype=photography&phrase=asama%20sanso%20incident&family=editorial

1972: Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato says that Taiwan belongs to China
http://www.jakvydelat.com/eisaku-sato/

1993: Death of Japanese film director Ishiro Honda, born on 7 May 1911
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ishiro_Honda

 

On 28 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 28 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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202 BC: Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu initiating four centuries of the Han dynasty’s rule over China
https://origins.osu.edu/milestones/february-2013-liu-bang-peasant-rebel-emperor
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/han/liubang.htm

772: Birth of Tang dynasty poet Bai Juyi who died in 846
http://www.poemhunter.com/bai-juyi-2/biography/
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Bai_Juyi

1775 : Death of Empress Xiaoyichun, wife of emperor Qianlong and mother of emperor Jiaqing, born on October 23, 1727
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Xiaoyichun

Empress Xiaoyichun

1901: Birth of famous opera artist Ma Lianliang who died on December 16, 1966
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Ma_Lianliang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1506.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3omXo61fwdI

1906: Birth of Hu Lancheng, Chine writer, who died on July 25, 1981
https://www.cuhk.edu.hk/rct/renditions/authors/hulc.html
http://www.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.7312/columbia/9780231170468.001.0001/upso-9780231170468-chapter-4

1939: Birth of Chögyam Trungpa, Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor, who died on April 4, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C3%B6gyam_Trungpa

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEPi5QTXv3A

1939: Birth of Daniel C. Tsui, Chinese born physicist, Nobel laureate
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1998/tsui-autobio.html

1946: Sino-French agreement signed at Chongqing provides for the withdrawal of Chinese troops from northern Indochina. France gives back to China Kouang-Tcheou Wan (Guangzhou Wan) or Fort Bayard, in South China that it got on lease since May 27, 1898
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangchowan

1947: Anti-Kuomintang’s administration demonstration on Taiwan (228 Incident). Civil disorder is put down at a loss of 30,000 civilian lives

http://www.taiwandc.org/228-intr.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_Incident
https://web.archive.org/web/20070622130828/
http://228.lomaji.com/articles.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkM7PfyuIhk

1972: End of the visit of President Nixon in China. Signature of the Shanghai Communiqué
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Communiqu%C3%A9
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique01.htm
http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/DOC_readers/kissinger/nixzhou/

http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1673.html

1981: Beijing throws out Netherlands ambassador due to submarine sale to Taiwan

1989: Birth of Zhang Liyin, Chinese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Liyin
http://community.livejournal.com/zhangliyin
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xv1c0_zhang-li-yin-y-why-mv_music

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dvn_gX4sJ0

1994: Death of Aisin Giorro Pu Chieh, brother of last emperor of China Pu Yi, born on April 16, 1907
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2012/04/royal-profile-prince-pu-chieh-of-china.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pujie

1999: Death of Bing Xin, Chinese writer and poet, born on October 5, 1900
http://www.cscanada.net/index.php/sll/article/viewFile/j.sll.1923156320130602.3132/4119
http://academics.wellesley.edu/Alum/Images/Magazine/Fall09BingXin.pdf

2001: China ratifies the International Convention on the Economic,  Social and Cultural rights, except the article 8, paragraph 1-a on trade unions freedom 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Covenant_on_Economic,_Social_and_Cultural_Rights

2002: Despite a very low rating, Tung Chee-hwa is reelected as head of Hong Kong by 80 % of the electoral body


2004: Over 1 million Taiwanese participate in the 228 Hand-in-hand rally, forming a 500-kilometre long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_Hand-in-Hand_Rally

2012: Taiwan’s opposition leader Tsai Ing Wen is stepping down, following her Democratic Progressive Party’s defeat in the presidential elections. She will be succeeded by Kaohsiung city mayor Chen Chu as the interim chairwoman until a new leader is elected in May
http://www.360doc.com/content/12/0229/10/26286_190482138.shtml

2017: Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/252079499
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39116854
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/01/content_15578961.html

2017: Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

 

Holidays and observances

Taiwan: Peace Memorial Day, the day of commemorating the 228 Incident

On 27 February in Asian history

ON 27 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 27, 2018

907: Yelu Abaoji, a Khitan chieftain, is enthroned as Emperor Taizu (don’t confuse with Taizu of the Song), establishing the Liao Dynasty in northern China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abaoji
http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/exhibit/khitans/essay.html

1626: Yuan Chonghuan is appointed governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory  at Ningyuan against the Manchurians under Nurhaci
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ningyuan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Chonghuan

1712: Death of Bahadur Shah 1, Mughal emperor, born in October 1643
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/bahadur_shah_i_mughal_emperor.htm
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P065

1803: Great fire in Bombay
http://www.historychannel.com.au/classroom/day-in-history/454/great-fire-of-bombay
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/kinggeorge/a/003ktop00000115u058e0000.html

1858: Birth of Pedro Paterno, Filipino politician, poet and novelist who died on March 11, 1911
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Pedro%20Paterno
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedro_Paterno

1870: The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Japan

1908: Birth of Kazuo Hasegawa, Japanese actor, who died on April 8, 1984
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0367928/bio
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazuo_Hasegawa

1912: Birth of Kusumagraj, Indian writer who died on March 10, 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusumagraj

1929: Birth of Bella Flores, Filipino actress who died on May 19, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bella_Flores

1931: Chandrashekhar Azad, Indian heroe born on July 23, 1906, surrunded by police, kills himself
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chandrashekhar-azad.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrasekhar_Azad
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/27-february-1931-chandra-shekhar-azad-indian-revolutionary-died

1939: Birth of Kenzo Takada, Japanese fashion designer
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/takada_kenzo.shtml

1939: Birth of Nguyen Chi Thien, Vietnamese-American poet who died on October 2, 2012 http://www.vietnamlit.org/nguyenchithien/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_Ch%C3%AD_Thi%E1%BB%87n

1942: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied (ABDA) strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies


http://www.microworks.net/PACIFIC/battles/java_sea.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-aircraft-carrier-langley-is-sunk
http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/08/history-lesson-the-battle-of-java-sea/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMM8LgmR3Io

1950: In Taipei, Chiang Kai-shek is elected President of the Republic of China (starting March 1)
http://www.history.com/topics/chiang-kai-shek

1955: Elections in Japan, confirming the defeat of Shigeru Yoshida clique
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshida_Shigeru

1957: Mao’s speech « On the correct handling of contradiction among people » launching the « One hundred flowers movement »
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Flowers_Campaign
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/selected-works/volume-5/mswv5_58.htm

1957-02-27 discours

1962: Two pilots bomb the Independence Palace of Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem. In this action, the first US is killed in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/diem-survives-coup-attempt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962_South_Vietnamese_Independence_Palace_bombing

1965: Birth of Maggie Siu, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Siu
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/siu_maggie.htm

1965: In a White Paper, Washington accuses Hanoi of leading against Saigon an aggression so real as the one of an invasion army

1975: Death of Jiao Juyin (焦菊隐), Chinese director, translator, and theater theoris, born on December 11, 1905
http://english.cri.cn/4026/2007/02/06/269@193340.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiao_Juyin
http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/handle/1957/25034
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1795.html

1977: Birth of Ji Sung, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ji_Sung
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Ji_Sung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO62Pe9-EGY

1983: Death of Fan Shoukang, Chinese philosopher
http://wiki.china.org.cn/wiki/index.php/Fan_Shoukang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1714.html

1989: Birth of Shota Shimizu, Japanese musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shota_Shimizu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDy-Yfrrmg4

1991: General election in Bangladesh, won by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2023_91.htm

2002: A train carrying Hindu nationalist pilgrims is attacked at Godhra (Gujarat) causing 59 victims. In the following days, violence between Muslims and Hindus will cause more than 1,000 deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/27/newsid_4168000/4168073.stm
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/from-the-archives-godhra-february-2002/?ref=asia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Lgzcgo1Qo

2004: Death of Yoshihiko Amino, Japanese historian born in January 1928
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshihiko_Amino

2004: A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116
http://4freedoms.com/group/filipino/forum/topics/abu-sayyaf-bombed-superferry

2007: A suicide bomber strikes Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, who is rushed to a bomb shelter. Twenty-three people are killed
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/17355517/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/t/cheney-unhurt-after-deadly-blast-afghan-base/#.VO-SKO83NMs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/28/usa.afghanistan

2007-02-27 Cheney

2009: A monk carrying a Tibetan national flag and shouting slogans sets himself on fire in south-central China and then shot at by police
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14606&size=A
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/02/27/monk/index.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7916544.stm
http://observers.france24.com/en/content/20090309-you-wont-see-photo-chinese-web

2010: Death of Nanaji Deshmukh, Indian activist, born on October 11, 1916
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/nanaji-deshmukh-passes-away/article719951.ece
http://www.bjp.org/images/kamal_sandesh/ks_e_mar_02_2010.pdf

2011: A call for protests in more than 20 Chinese cities results in a tiny turnout but an enormous police presence and clashes with foreign journalists
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/world/asia/28china.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2012: Indonesia’s top court upholds a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html

2012: Death of Ma Jiyuan, Chinese Muslim general and warlord, born on January 18, 1921
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Jiyuan
http://www.generals.dk/general/Ma_Jiyuan/_/China.html

2013: More than a hundred leading intellectuals have signed an open letter calling for China’s national legislature to ratify a major human rights treaty as lawmakers are preparing to convene in Beijing next week to attend the inaugural session of the 12th National People’s Congress
http://asiancorrespondent.com/99497/china-100-leading-intellectuals-sign-human-rights-petition/
http://cmp.hku.hk/2013/02/26/31531/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21597752

2014: Taiwan and China sign agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://english.cntv.cn/program/china24/20140227/105424.shtml
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/02/28/2003584522

2015: The parents of former Thai princess Thanpuying Srirasm Suwadee are 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

2017 : Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senat
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

Wars, conflicts and strategy On 27 February in Asian military

 

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 27 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 27, 2018

1626: Yuan Chonghuan is appointed governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory  at Ningyuan against the Manchurians under Nurhaci
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Chonghuan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Ningyuan

1942: During the Battle of the Java Sea, an allied (ABDA) strike force is defeated by a Japanese task force in the Java Sea in the Dutch East Indies


http://www.microworks.net/PACIFIC/battles/java_sea.htm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-aircraft-carrier-langley-is-sunk
http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/08/history-lesson-the-battle-of-java-sea/

1962: Two pilots bomb the Independence Palace of Vietnam’s president Ngo Dinh Diem. In this action, the first US is killed in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/diem-survives-coup-attempt
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962_South_Vietnamese_Independence_Palace_bombing

1965: In a White Paper, Washington accuses Hanoi of leading against Saigon an aggression so real as the one of an invasion army

2002: A train carrying Hindu nationalist pilgrims is attacked at Godhra (Gujarat) causing 59 victims. In the following days, violence between Muslims and Hindus will cause more than 1,000 deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/27/newsid_4168000/4168073.stm
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/from-the-archives-godhra-february-2002/?ref=asia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Lgzcgo1Qo

2004: A bombing of a Superferry by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines worst terrorist attack kills 116
http://4freedoms.com/group/filipino/forum/topics/abu-sayyaf-bombed-superferry

2007: A suicide bomber strikes Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, who is rushed to a bomb shelter. Twenty-three people are killed
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/17355517/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/t/cheney-unhurt-after-deadly-blast-afghan-base/#.VO-SKO83NMs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/28/usa.afghanistan

2007-02-27 Cheney

2012: Indonesia’s top court upholds a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html

On 27 February in South Asian history

ON 27 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 27, 2017

1712: Death of Bahadur Shah 1, Mughal emperor, born in October 1643
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/bahadur_shah_i_mughal_emperor.htm
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P065

1803: Great fire in Bombay
http://www.historychannel.com.au/classroom/day-in-history/454/great-fire-of-bombay
http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/onlineex/kinggeorge/a/003ktop00000115u058e0000.html

1912: Birth of Kusumagraj, Indian writer who died on March 10, 1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kusumagraj

1931: Chandrashekhar Azad, Indian heroe born on July 23, 1906, surrunded by police, kills himself
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/chandrashekhar-azad.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandrasekhar_Azad
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/27-february-1931-chandra-shekhar-azad-indian-revolutionary-died​

1991: General election in Bangladesh, won by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Khaleda Zia
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2023_91.htm

2002: A train carrying Hindu nationalist pilgrims is attacked at Godhra (Gujarat) causing 59 victims. In the following days, violence between Muslims and Hindus will cause more than 1,000 deaths
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/27/newsid_4168000/4168073.stm
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/from-the-archives-godhra-february-2002/?ref=asia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Lgzcgo1Qo

2007: A suicide bomber strikes Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan during a visit by Vice President Dick Cheney, who is rushed to a bomb shelter. Twenty-three people are killed
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/17355517/ns/world_news-south_and_central_asia/t/cheney-unhurt-after-deadly-blast-afghan-base/#.VO-SKO83NMs
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/feb/28/usa.afghanistan

2007-02-27 Cheney

2010: Death of Nanaji Deshmukh, Indian activist, born on October 11, 1916
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/nanaji-deshmukh-passes-away/article719951.ece
http://www.bjp.org/images/kamal_sandesh/ks_e_mar_02_2010.pdf