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On 7 February in Asian history

1955-02-07 evacuation Tachen

ON 7 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 7, 2018

199: Death of Lü Bu, Chinese warlord
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BC_Bu

572: Birth of Prince Shōtoku of Japan, who died on April 8, 622
http://veryasian.weebly.com/prince-shotoku.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Sh%C5%8Dtoku

812: Death of Li Ning, Chinese prince, born in 793
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ning_(Tang_Dynasty)

1045: Death of the 69th Japanese Emperor Go-Suzaku (1036-1045), born on December 4, 1009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Suzaku

1795: The Prince of Orange, stadhouder-in-exile of the Netherlands, issues a letter to all colonial governors telling them to surrender to the British. (The VOC in Batavia do not comply)

1799: Death of Chinese Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), born on September 25, 1711
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Qianlong_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1259.html

1819: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles leaves Singapore after just taking it over, leaving it in the hands of William Farquhar
http://meridian103.com/issue-1/history/william-farquhar-first-resident-of-singapore/
http://ihaceproject.wikispaces.com/Why+is+William+Farquhar+considered+as+the+founder+of+Singapore%3F

1855: Signature of the Treaty of Shimoda marking the start of official relations between Russia and Japan and joint ownership of Sakhaline Island
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Treaty_of_Shimoda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Shimoda

1855 Shimoda

1856: The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awadh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/nawab-wajid-ali-shah.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wajid_Ali_Shah

1871:Birth of Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist who died on January 25, 1957
http://www.paul-ehrlich.de/Teachers/shiga.htm

1906: Birth of Puyi, the last Chinese emperor under the name of Xuantong (1908-1912), who died on October 17, 1967
http://www.lilicat.com/puyi.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1656.html

1908: Birth of Manmath Nath Gupta, Indian author and Freedom Fighter who died on October 26, 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manmath_Nath_Gupta
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/manmath_nath_gupta-profile-6348-30.htm

Manmath Nath Gupta

1938: Birth of S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Ramachandran_Pillai
http://www.cpimkerala.org/eng/com.s.-ramachandran-pillai–9.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcdIVoI5PmU

1943: The Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalcanal_Campaign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ke
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/us-retake-guadalcanal-february-1943/query/JAPANESE+WAR

1950: The United States and Great Britain recognize the Vietnam government of Bao Dai, and also Laos and Cambodia
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch008.asp

1951: During the Korean war, 705 civilians are massacred by the South Korea Army at Sancheong and Hamyang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancheong-Hamyang_massacre

1955: Chinese Nationalists start to evacuate Tachen islands under the US protection
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.stanford.edu%2Fgroup%2Ftomzgroup%2Fpmwiki%2Fuploads%2F0050-1955-01-K-b-OEP.pdf&ei=iyDVVPSGJITzUtubgMgN&usg=AFQjCNGgw0ZRF3jokUSojqDfVdl-JN1dVA&sig2=EoVHlzhyC5nTIvOdbFx9PA

1955-02-07 evacuation Tachen

1964: Birth of Ashok Banker, Indian novelist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Banker
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/7-february-1964-ashok-banker-indian-author-was-born
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/ashok-banker/

1965: First air bombing of North Vietnam by American forces from their Air bases in Thailand
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-jets-conduct-retaliatory-raids

1966: Summit in Honolulu between US president Johnson and his South Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Cao Ky
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2536000/2536257.stm

1967: At the peak of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government says it is no more in the capacity of guarantee the security of the Soviets in Beijing

1967: Birth of  Cheung  Man, Hong Kong actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0156522/
http://www.brns.com/pages4/cheungman1.html

1976: Hua Guofeng, chosen by Mao Zedong as successor, becomes Prime Minister, replacing Zhou Enlai
http://chineseposters.net/themes/huaguofeng.php
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hua-guofeng/index.htm

1976 Hua Guofeng

1982: Birth of Osamu Mukai, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Mukai_Osamu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzC13N3md6s&feature=fvst

1986: Snap presidential election in the Philippines. President Ferdinand Marcos wins against Corazon Aquino with blatant fraud. The election will be nullified on March 24 in favor of Corazon Aquino
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/918/today-in-philippine-history-february-7-1986-the-comelec-conducted-presidential-and-vicepresidential-snap-elections
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1986

1987: South Korea clashes over student death
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2536000/2536299.stm

1988: Birth of Ai Kago, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Kago

1990: Death of Alfredo M. Santos, Filipino military figure, born on July 13, 1905
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_M._Santos

1995: Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is arrested in Islamabad
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iraq/956-tni.htm

1996: Birth of Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai_Hagiwara

2008: The famous Vietnamese dissident Hoang Minh Chinh dies at 85 after a long illness
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7234214.stm

2011: Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day over a disputed border area surrounding a 900-year-old Khmer temple, which both sides claim as their own. Thai nationalists are calling on their government to « reclaim » the area
http://www.france24.com/en/20110207-battle-rages-over-hindu-khmer-temple-thai-cambodian-border-un-security-council
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Thailand-Cambodia-Dispute-a-Test-for-ASEAN-115471614.html

2011: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is promising his government will « tenaciously » pursue the return of four disputed islands from Russia, ahead of a diplomatic mission to Moscow
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Japanese-PM-Pledges-Tenacious-Effort-to-Recover-Disputed-Islands-115470599.html

2012: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed resigns following weeks of public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/20122765334806442.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16922570
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/08/world/asia/maldives-dispute-explainer/index.html

2012: Japan and the United States reach a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16954599

2016 : North Korea launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 into outer space violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world
https://www.space.com/31860-north-korea-satellite-launch.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/06/asia/north-korea-rocket-launch-window/index.html

https://youtu.be/00aCAiVVb1I

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7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

25 JANUARY 2018

U.S. and Russia wage new arms race to counter China as Mattis seeks influence in Southeast Asia

There are two parts of Defense Secretary James Mattis’s trip to the Far East this week to woo countries away from Russia and China: charm and arms
http://www.newsweek.com/russia-china-and-us-are-fighting-over-southeast-asia-again-time-using-arms-790276?piano_t=1

20 JANUARY 2018

Beijing hits back at US defence strategy and ‘cold war mindset’

Beijing and Moscow have criticised the US military’s move to put countering China and Russia at the centre of its latest national defence strategy, with China again hitting back at America’s “cold war and zero-sum game mindset”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2129828/beijing-hits-back-us-defence-strategy-and-cold-war

22 DECEMBER 2017

India, China hold first border talks after Doklam standoff

India and China agree that pending the final resolution of the boundary issue, it is necessary to maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas, and exchanged ideas on various confidence building measures (CBMs) in this regard as the two sides tried to put behind them the Doklam episode
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-nsa-ajit-doval-meets-chinese-state-councillor-yang-jiechi-as-india-china-hold-firts-border-talks-after-doklam-standoff-2569814
http://zeenews.india.com/india/post-doklam-india-china-commit-to-resolve-boundary-issues-2068922.html

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

 

5 DECEMBER 2017

Indo Pacific Treaty Organisation Emerges Asia Security Imperative in end-2017

Indo Pacific Asia as a geopolitical conception replacing the earlier concept of Asia Pacific has evolved markedly since 2008-2009 synchronous with China’s switch from exercise of ‘Soft Power’ to ‘Hard Power’ in Chinese strategicformulations
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2234

3 DECEMBER 2017

India alarmed by China’s plan to deploy warships in Gwadar

The proposed deployment of Chinese warships at the Gwadar port in Pakistan has raised serious concerns in New Delhi, reported Russian website Sputnik
http://nation.com.pk/03-Dec-2017/india-alarmed-by-china-s-plan-to-deploy-warships-in-gwadar

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

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

6 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

23 OCTOBER 2017

Can China and India reset ties?

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

7 OCTOBER 2017

 Additional considerations on the North Korean strategy

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

5 OCTOBER 2017

The weapons sales making China a big gun in Southeast Asia

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

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

28 AUGUST 2017

India and China agree to end border standoff

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

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

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

14 AUGUST 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?

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

10 JULY 2017

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

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

3 JULY 2017

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

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

20 JUNE 2017

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

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

16 JUNE 2017

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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

9 JUNE 2017

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

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

5 JUNE 2017

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

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

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

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

26 APRIL 2017

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

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

23 APRIL 2017

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

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

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

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

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

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

31 MARCH 2017

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

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

28 MARCH 2017

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

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

14 MARCH 2017

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

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

7 MARCH 2017

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

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

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

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

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

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

2 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

13 JANUARY 2017

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

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

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

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

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

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

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

10 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

24 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

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

11 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

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

30 AUGUST 2016

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

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

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

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

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

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

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

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

28 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 JUNE 2026

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

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

4 JUNE 2016

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

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

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

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

21 MARCH 2016

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

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

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

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

23 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

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

9 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

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

12 JANUARY 2016

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

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

10 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 DECEMBER 2015

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

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

 

Philippines foreign Policy & security

PHILIPPINES FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY

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7 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines President Duterte slams European Union as ‘stupid’, refuses summit invite after criticism of bloody drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte has angrily turned down an invitation to an Asia-Europe summit in Brussels as he again lashed out at the EU and accused the bloc of insulting him over his deadly war on drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2132426/philippines-president-duterte-slams-europoean-union-stupid

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

The Philippines has declared that war is not an option in resolving its dispute with China, which was found to have continued its military build-up in disputed South China Sea areas, declared by a UN arbitration court to belong to Manila
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/philippines-china-military-build-war-option-180205080825411.html#
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/163814/palace-duterte-roque-south-china-sea-militarization-disputed-sea-island-military-reef
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/06/1785089/palace-downplays-chinas-almost-done-militarization-south-china-sea

7 DECEMBER 2017

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

It is also important to note that China’s much-touted goodwill towards the Philippines and the rest of the region hinges on its bilateral relations. As Premier Li indicated, the increase or decrease in the “political temperature” is very important. For President Duterte, it is critical to maintain the warm temperature in Philippines-China relations for as long as he can, and not allow it to freeze again. As China presently benefits from this newly “thawed” relation, there is uncertainty and anxiety for the Philippines over the future costs of this warm reception
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/611.html

14 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte calls Justin Trudeau’s questions about war on drugs an ‘insult’

The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, attacked Canada’s Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including Donald Trump
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/rodrigo-duterte-justin-trudeau-war-on-drugs-insult

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

US President Trump has said he has a « great relationship » with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as the two met at a regional summit in Manila. The meeting got off to a rocky start with a group handshake gone awry
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41964930
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-meets-philippine-president-duterte-as-asean-summit-kicks-off-in-manila/a-41351485

31 OCTOBER 2017

Is the Philippines’ Duterte playing China against Japan?

Although Tokyo offered financial support to Manila, Japan is in no position to rival China financially. Duterte knows this and is using the Beijing-Tokyo rivalry to his own advantage. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/is-the-philippines-duterte-playing-china-against-japan/a-41186294

19 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines’ Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/10/19/philippines-duterte-says-malaysian-islamist-militant-killed/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysias-most-wanted-terrorist-mahmud-ahmad-dead-duterte-9325804

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts
http://www.dw.com/en/philippine-president-duterte-declares-marawi-liberation-from-jihadists/a-40988478
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-declares-marawi-liberated-military-says-30-militants-9317748

16 OCTOBER 2017

Last leaders of Muslim militant siege in southern Philippines, killed in fighting

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed on Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115487/isnilon-hapilon-last-leader-muslim-militant-siege-southern
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-of-marawi-war-killed-in-clashes-with-philippine-forces-defence-secretary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171016_33/

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

The Philippine president said he has asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he’s ready to cut diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/139/219/1508040330199.html

9 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

The Philippines apologised to China on Monday for a « grievous but purely unintentional » mistake after it displayed the logo of the defence ministry of Taiwan, not China, at an event marking Beijing’s donation of 3,000 rifles to Manila.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-apologises-to-china-for-using-taiwan-logo-at-ceremony-9292746
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114532/philippines-sorry-grievous-error-saw-it-use-taiwan

29 AUGUST 2017

Islamic State: Australia offers to send Special Forces to help fight IS in Philippines city of Marawi

Australian Special Forces soldiers could soon be deployed to the Southern Philippines to help local forces fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s south
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/australia-offers-troops-to-help-philippines-fight-is/8851750?section=world
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/australia-offers-additional-military-help-philippines-fight-islamic-state/#FqGpkVMQvMqmRWrl.97

3 JULY 2017

Philippines, US security alliance still holds

President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid for an independent foreign policy, the Philippines’ security partnership with long-time ally US remains firm, with the two countries freshly concluding a coordinated patrol exercise in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/philippines-us-security-alliance-still-holds/#fbv02JfL0KovGUxV.99

1st JULY 2017

US, Philippines Navy Ships Patrol Sulu Sea

The United States and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-philippines-patrol-sulu-sea/3924116.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN_KASHMIR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-01-03-39-37

10 JUNE 2017

US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi

Special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/10/us-commandos-helpingphilippines-troop-battle-islamist-militants/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/06/11/1708722/us-forces-assisting-philippines-battle-end-siege

1 MAY 2017

Duterte visits Chinese warships in hometown Davao in first Philippines port call since 2010

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday visited Chinese warships docked in his hometown, highlighting fast-warming relations despite competing claims in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2092036/duterte-visits-chinese-warships-hometown-davao-first-philippines
http://www.manilatimes.net/president-open-war-games-china-sulu/325058/

30 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to White House in ‘warm’ phone call as Chinese ships arrive in the Philippines

US President Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, telling the Philippine leader during a phone call that he is interested in developing « a warm, working Relationship »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-04-30/donald-trump-invites-rodrigo-duterte-to-white-house-in-warm-phone-call-as-chinese-ships-arrive-in-th/1668166
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/30/1695408/trump-invites-duterte-white-house-discuss-renewed-ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2091832/trump-invites-duterte-washington-friendly-phone-call

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

21 APRIL 2017

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday (April 21), brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-defence-chief-visits-disputed-spratly-island
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/22/1692733/chinese-challenge-philippines-defense-chiefs-plane

19 MARCH 2017

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-duterte-says-not-war-china-cant-stop-scarborough-shoal-activities/#H2H4yozdRHh0LQvW.97
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153556/duterte-cant-stop-china-panatag
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1217622/duterte-bound-for-bangkok-monday-cant-stop-china

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

Philippine president’s courting of China as he pivots away from the United States could reap dividends – or a military coup
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2073858/duterte-plays-dangerous-game-south-china-sea

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group’s lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
http://www.dw.com/en/duterte-wants-mindanao-peace-does-milf-want-it-too/a-37078888

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

3 JANUARY 2017

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

20 DECEMBER 2016

China offers $14 million arms package to Philippines for free

China has offered to provide $14 million worth of small arms and fast boats to the Philippines for free, aiding President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and fighting terrorism, Manila’s defence minister said on Tuesday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250331103
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2056027/china-offers-14-million-arms-package-philippines-free

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Communist rebels see Philippine-US ties troubling peace deal

Communist guerrillas warned that a peace deal with President Rodrigo Duterte’s government is unlikely to be reached if he won’t end the Philippines’ treaty alliance with the United States and resist foreign control by other countries he’s trying to befriend, like China and Russia
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249664433

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Meeting Putin, Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western « bullying » and « hypocrisy » during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/20/content_15528859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/20/rodrigo-duterte-slames-western-hypocrisy-as-he-meets-putin

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte makes U-turn on US order for 26,000 rifles

The Philippines police will push ahead with the purchase of 26,000 assault rifles from a US supplier, the police chief said on Monday, following an about-face by President Rodrigo Duterte, who previously said the deal would be scrapped
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2045745/philippines-duterte-makes-u-turn-us-order-26000-rifles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-police-boss-says-us-guns-deal-after-duterte-u-turn

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte lashes United States ‘monkeys, fools’ for halting sales of 26,000 weapons

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte chides the United States for halting the planned sale of 26,000 rifles to his country, calling those behind the decision « fools » and « monkeys » and indicating he might turn to Russia and China instead
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-11-03/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-lashes-united-states-monkeys-fools-for-halting-sales-of-26000-weapons/1630234
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/philippines-can-buy-assault-rifles-russia-duterte-says-us-suspends-sale/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

25 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has arrived in Japan for three-day of talks, but the first day of his visit was overshadowed by his rants against the United States, calling Americans « foolish » while threatening to cut off a 2014 defence pact with Washington DC
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/duterte-warns-defence-pact-japan-visit-161025141718165.html

20 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte announces ‘separation’ from US; aligns Philippines with China

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his « separation » from the United States on Thursday, declaring that it had « lost » and he had realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-announces-separation-us-aligns-philippines-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/philippines-duterte-china-announces-split-161020131226993.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2038577/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-gets-red-carpet

19 OCTOBER 2016

Philippines’ Duterte says ‘goodbye’ to US ties in Beijing

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was « time to say goodbye » to the US during a visit to China on Wednesday, as the combative leader reconfigures his country’s diplomatic alliances
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte-says-goodbye-to-us-ties-in-beijing/3219936.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-20/rodrigo-duterte-says-south-china-sea-case-to-take-back-seat/7948474?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-praises-friendly-philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-during-visit

Anti-US protests dispersed in Manila

Philippine police used tear gas to disperse about 1,000 anti-US protesters outside the US embassy in Manila on Wednesday, as television news footage showed a patrol van, which had come under attack, driving at demonstrators
http://www.atimes.com/article/anti-us-protests-dispersed-manila-duterte-china/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37702784

6 OCTOBER 2016

Rodrigo Duterte wants to liberate Philippines from United States ‘shackling dependency’, Minister says

The President of the Philippines wants to liberate his country from a « shackling dependency » on the United States which can not guarantee its help when Philippine sovereignty is under threat, the foreign minister says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-wants-liberate-philippines-us-shackles-foreign-minister

4 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte tells Obama ‘you can go to hell’ in new tirade

President Rodrigo Duterte told his US ally Barack Obama « you can go to hell » in a speech Tuesday that was his latest tirade against the US over its criticism of his deadly anti-drug campaign
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/10/04/1630518/duterte-tells-obama-you-can-go-hell-new-tirade
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/10/04/16/duterte-to-obama-go-to-hell
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2025064/philippine-leader-duterte-tells-obama-go-hell-eyes-arms
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/philippine-us-war-games-under-way/7903038?section=world

US, Philippines launch war games amid uncertainty over ties

 The US and Philippines have launched war games as relations between the two allies have been cast into doubt. The new Philippines president has vowed to make the country less dependent on the US
http://www.dw.com/en/us-philippines-launch-war-games-amid-uncertainty-over-ties/a-35952731
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161004_27/

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines Duterte seeks alliances with China and Russia

President Duterte said on Tuesday he would build by next year “new alliances” with China and Russia to cushion the fallout from the possible withdrawal of the United States from the Philippines
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-president-duterte-seeks-alliances-russia-china
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/248009851

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

After blasting the United States supposedly for interfering in his war on drugs, President Duterte yesterday said he wanted American troops out of Mindanao as he blamed Washington for the conflict and security threats in the South
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/09/13/1623292/rody-wants-us-troops-out-mindanao
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/duterte-says-he-wants-us-special-forces

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader after ‘whore’ jibe

US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a « son of a whore ».
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/obama-calls-meeting-duterte-following-insult
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-06/barack-obama-scraps-planned-talks-with-rodrigo-duterte-over-son-of-a-whore-slur/1614908

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

21 AUGUST 2016

Philippine President Duterte threatens to quit UN after it calls for end to drug war-related killings

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday (Aug 21) after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-duterte-threatens-to-quit-un-after-it-calls-for-end-to-drug-war
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/08/22/1616049/rody-threatens-quit-un

8 AUGUST 2016

Philippines receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

The Philippines received the first of ten coast guard vessels from Japan Thursday, the coastguard said, as the two countries boost security ties in the face of their separate maritime disputes with China
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/08/18/national/philippines-accepts-first-10-japan-funded-patrol-vessels-beef-coast-guard/#.V7Y3xY9OI2w
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-receives-first-japanese-coast-guard-vessel#sthash.oS2i0p4U.dpuf

12 AUGUST 2016

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

Japan on Friday announced it would give the Philippines two new vessels to boost Manila’s capacity to patrol its waters, with the allies facing Chinese aggression in separate maritime disputes.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/577429/news/nation/japan-gives-philippines-patrol-ships

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

10 AUGUST 2016

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte calls US envoy Philip Goldberg ‘gay’, prompting summons

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a fresh diplomatic row after calling the US ambassador « gay », in comments that prompted Washington to summon Manila’s envoy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-leader-calls-us-envoy-gay-prompting-summons
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-10/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-calls-us-envoy-gay/7717106?section=world

9 JULY 2016

China’s proposal to start South China Sea talks not based on court ruling refused by Philippines

The Philippines has turned down bilateral talks with Beijing over the South China Sea dispute, after China’s foreign ministry insisted a landmark court ruling against them could not even be mentioned at the meeting
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/19/asia/south-china-sea-philippines-talks/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-refuses-bilateral-talks-with-china-following-south-china-sea-ruling/a-19408968
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245966867

3 JULY 2016

Philippines celebrates victory in South China Sea case, despite China’s refusal to accept result

People across the Philippines are celebrating victory after an international court in The Hague ruled China has no historic title over the waters of the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-13/philippines-celebrates-victory-in-south-china-sea-case/7623440?section=world
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/13/filipinos-call-on-china-to-do-a-chexit-in-the-south-china-sea/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245785487
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/13/1602477/full-text-aquino-says-maritime-arbitration-ruling-victory-all

 

13 JUNE 2016

Filipino group say flag-planting on disputed shoal in South China Sea halted by China

Chinese coast guard vessels prevented a Philippine nationalist group from planting a Filipino flag on a rocky South China Sea outcrop, the group said on Monday (June 13), the latest territorial standoff between the two countries
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/filipino-group-say-flag-planting-on-disputed-shoal-in-south-china-sea-halted-by-china

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

 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

3 MAY 2016

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

15 APRIL 2016

US reveals joint patrols in South China Sea with Philippines and will keep 300 troops including combat aircraft in region

The United States revealed for the first time that American ships have started conducting joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea, a somewhat rare move not done with many other partners in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1935972/us-reveals-joint-patrols-south-china-sea-philippines-and-will
http://www.singaporestar.com/index.php/sid/243161959
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/us-to-rotate-more-aircraft-troops-through-philippines-1.404418

8 APRIL 2016

Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute

The United States has allocated more than US$120 million (85.19 million pounds) in military aid to the Philippines this year, the biggest in about 15 years, a senior Filipino diplomat said on Friday, amid rising tension with China over the disputed South China Sea
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-gets-us-military-aid-boost-amid-south-china-sea-dispute

21 MARCH 2016

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

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

18 MARCH 2016

US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines

Representatives of the US and the Philippines have reached a deal on five locations for US troops on the island country. The move comes as tensions with Beijing rise over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.dw.com/en/us-agrees-with-manila-on-bases-in-philippines/a-19128268
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/03/20/1564662/us-philippines-agree-5-base-locations-under-edca

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

1 MARCH 2016

Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer

The Foreign Ministry announced Monday that the Japanese and Philippine governments have signed an accord for the transfer of defense equipment and related technologies.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-sign-deal-defense-equipment-transfer
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1456641889&section=13

29 JANUARY 2016

In the Philippines, Japan’s royals honor war dead

Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan’s brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation
http://www.manilatimes.net/japans-royals-honor-war-dead/242074/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160129_24.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201601290062

26 JANUARY 2016

Japan’ Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims

Emperor Akihito said Tuesday that Japan must remember the tremendous loss of life in the Philippines during World War II, as he and Empress Michiko embarked for a four-day visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/26/national/imperial-couple-departs-philippines-first-ever-official-visit-reigning-emperor/#.VqfwEDjMvIV
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/01/27/1546748/philippines-japan-forge-stronger-ties
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160126_39.htm

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

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

12 JANUARY 2016

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

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

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

 

21 DECEMBER 2015

Philippine leader says $2.5b to be spent on military modernisation

Philippine President Benigno Aquino promised Monday that 83.9 billion pesos (US$1.77 billion, S$2.5 billion) allocated for military modernisation projects would be spent by 2017 as the country faces a territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-leader-says-25b-be-spent-military-modernisation

 

18 NOVEMBER 2015

US Gives the Philippines 2 New Vessels Amid South China Sea Tensions

The United States will hand over two new ships to the Philippine navy to boost the U.S. ally’s maritime security capabilities amid tensions in the South China Sea, President Barack Obama announced November 17 in Manila as he kicked off his weeklong visit to Asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-gives-philippines-two-new-vessels-amid-south-china-sea-tensions

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

Sarawakian Bernard Then, held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf terror group, has been killed in the southern Philippines. Then is the first Malaysian hostage to have been beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/remaining-sabah-hostage-beheaded-abu-sayyaf-philippines

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

14 OCTOBER 2015

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

The Philippine army has rejected demands by Islamist militants to start negotiations for the release of three abducted foreign tourists and a Filipino woman and halt an offensive on a remote southern island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1867641/philippine-army-rejects-call-negotiations-free-hostages-who

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region in 2013 and sparked a deadly security crisis has died of kidney failure. Sultan Esmail Kiram II died at age 76 late Saturday at a hospital in the southern Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135686/filipino-sultan-who-claimed-malaysias-sabah-state-dies/

17 AUGUST 2015

Philippines can’t afford full military modernisation: officials

The Philippines can only afford a « frugal » military upgrade, defence officials said Monday, even though maritime tensions with China are growing
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/658596/philippines-can-t-afford-full-military-modernisation-officials

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

The country’s population is projected to reach 101.6 million this year, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/08/11/1486749/philippine-population-hits-101.6-m-year

31 JULY 2015

Aquino endorses interior minister Manuel Roxas as successor

Speaking to Liberal Party (LP) members, allies and supporters, said there is no other person who can continue the reforms that his administration has started but Roxas, whom he called a man of “clear integrity.”
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/31/content_15298359.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/709554/aquino-names-mar-of-the-hour
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/aquino-endorses-roxas-as-lp-standard-bearer/

21 JULY 2015

Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions

The Philippines is planning a 25 per cent hike in its defence budget next year, mainly to bolster its claims in the disputed South China Sea, officials said on Tuesday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/11753108/Philippines-hikes-defence-budget-amid-China-tensions.html

16 JULY 2015

Philippines to re-open Subic Bay former US base amid China sea row

The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/phl-reopens-subic-bay-military-000000185.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-open-former-us-amid-china-sea-row-183755548.html

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

The military confirmed that top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, a.k.a Ka Parago, was killed in an encounter in Barangay Pañalum, Paquibato District in Davao City Sunday afternoon, June 28
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133854/top-philippine-rebel-leader-slain/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/701548/npa-commander-pitao-tipster-to-get-p5-6m-bounty

24 JUNE 2014

Philippine vice president Jegomar Binay blasts Aquino, declares candidacy

Controversial Philippine vice-president Jejomar Binay on Wednesday angrily lashed out at President Benigno Aquino as he declared his determination to run for president in 2016
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/602804/philippine-vice-president-blasts-aquino-declares-candidacy
http://www.manilatimes.net/aquino-govt-a-failure/194823/#end

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) began the first phase of a staggered decommissioning of its weapons on Tuesday (Jun 16), marking the group’s commitment to end the armed conflict that has plagued the region for decades
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels/1920364.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33144749

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

8 MAY 2015

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

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

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

The Philippines’ most wanted Islamist militant, who escaped after a raid in January that killed 44 police commandos, was killed on Sunday in firefight with Muslim rebels, officials said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-rebels-kill-mo/1822916.html

25 APRIL 2015

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

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

20 APRIL 2015

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

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

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

Ameril Umra Kato, who led a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), died early Tuesday after suffering from another cardiac arrest, sources in the rebel group said
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132133/fugitive-islamic-rebel-leader-ameril-umra-kato-dies-in-philippines/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/529207/philippine-rebel-leader-behind-deadly-rampage-dies

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

Public satisfaction with Philippines President Benigno Aquino plunged in the first quarter this year to its lowest ever, but half the population still wants to see him finish his term
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Public-satisfaction-with-Aquino-falls-to-lowest-le-73835.html

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

The Philippines military chief says a month long offensive against hard-line Muslim rebels in the south has ended after 139 insurgents were killed, 12 others were captured and their bomb-making strongholds were seized by troops
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-ends-major-offensive-it-says-killed-139-rebels

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

Many Filipinos feared that the government’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would give birth to new groups linked to regional and international terror organizations such as Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/18/philippinesterror

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

Philippine security forces have arrested the head of a small Islamic militant group who was involved in protecting one of the United States’ « most wanted terrorists », the military said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/498209/islamic-militant-group-leader-captured-in-philippines
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/679271/govt-security-forces-nab-coddler-of-terrorists

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

A military assault on rebel fighters in the southern Philippines entered its fifth day on Saturday, with the toll rising to 24 fighters and two soldiers dead, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/philippines-army-rebel-clashes-leaves-dozens-dead-150228063617025.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

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

26 FEBRUARY 2015

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push

The Aquino government is also warmly embracing Hollande’s trip, the first by a French head of state since the two nations established diplomatic relations in 1947, as an endorsement of the Philippines’ maturing democracy.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/feb/26/francois-hollande-in-philippines-for-climate-change-push
http://www.france24.com/en/20150226-hollande-enlists-film-stars-climate-change-push-manila-philippines-marion-cotillard-melanie-laurent/

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

Philippines–Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Thursday confirmed reports of a coup plot against President Aquino in the wake of the massacre of 44 elite commandos by Moro rebels that had caused tension in the military and police ranks and demands for Aquino to resign.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippine-defence-minister-confirms-reports-of-co-71719.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/672649/gazmin-confirms-coup-plot-rich-man-tagged?PageSpeed=noscript

5 JANUARY 2015

Philippines urges China to show respect in South China Sea. Protest rejected by China

The Philippines accused China on Thursday (Feb 5) of ramming Filipino fishing boats off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, and demanded its powerful neighbour respect its sovereignty over the potential flashpoint territory.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-urges-china/1640354.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-02/05/content_15224411.html

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

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

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

More than 30 Philippine police commandos have been killed in a clash with fighters from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) while hunting a top criminal suspect in the country’s south, a local official has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dozens-police-commandos-killed-philippines-150125143349426.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/667844/at-least-27-elite-cops-killed-in-clash-with-biff-in-maguindanao-reports

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

China’s reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a « threat » to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-island-building-threat-all-asean-philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-slams-china/1608684.html

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

Filipinos estimated in the millions have gathered to join Pope Francis in a religious service in Manila, as the leader of Catholic Church winds down his five-day Philippine visit.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-gather-pope-mass-manila-201511871929731922.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20150118-pope-celebrates-huge-mass-philippines-urges-world-protect-children/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30869019

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

Pope Francis, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, has arrived in the Philippines for a five-day trip, seen as an effort to reinforce church membership, and highlight the issue of climate change as he meets victims of Typhoon Haiyan that killed thousands in the country in 2013
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30809472
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/millions-cheer-as-pope-arrives-philippines-2015115101210685513.html

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at the Philippines for criticising Beijing’s ongoing reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea, saying that its actions were within the scope of Chinese sovereignty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-philippines-criticising-island-project-south-china-sea

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

The Philippine military chief has declared a monthlong suspension of military and police offensives against communist guerrillas in observance of the Christmas holidays, but added that assaults against hard-line Muslim militants would continue.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/aec/Philippine-military-communist-rebels-declare-Chris-30222538.html

7 DECEMBER 2014

China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-condemns-philippines-over-disputed-sea-arbitration
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1207/c90883-8819170.html

6 DECEMBER 2014

Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

A Swiss hostage has escaped from the armed group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, after hacking one rebel commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity, security officials said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447649/swiss-escapes-philippine-militant-kidnappers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/12/daring-escape-swiss-hostage-philippines-2014126620353561.html

4 DECEMBER 2014

Amnesty says police torture thriving in Philippines

Torture of suspected criminals by police in the Philippines has thrived under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, human rights monitor Amnesty International said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/447235/amnesty-says-police-torture-thriving-in-philippines

3 DECEMBER 2014

Manila has ‘nothing to gain’ from military pact with US

A defence pact that Manila and Washington inked early this year serves as only a deterrent to a « shooting war » between the Philippines and China, the Philippines’ Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/manila-has-nothing-gain-military-pact-us

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Manila won’t join US-led fight against ISIS: Aquino

The Philippines, a treaty ally of the United States, will not join the US-led coalition against the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Manila-wont-join-US-led-fight-against-ISIS-Aquino-67915.html

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

3 NOVEMBER 2014

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

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

17 OCTOBER 2014

Philippine militants release two German hostages

Two German hostages have been freed by the Abu Sayyaf group in the southern Philippines, the Philippines military and the group have said, on the day the group had threatened to kill one of them.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/philippines-abu-sayyaf-hostages-2014101713310373157.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29665728

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

In Asia’s Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-great-south-china-sea-clash-china-vs-vietnam-11058

30 JULY 2014

Philippines’ Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

Philippine President Benigno Aquino sought Wednesday to quash rumors that a coup is being plotted against him, with his spokesman insisting he had the military’s full support
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140730/DEFREG03/307300025/Philippines-Aquino-Seeks-Quash-Rumors-Military-Coup

26 JULY 2014

Aquino rating 8 points down vs graft

Carried out from June 24 to July 2, the survey showed an 8-point decrease in the proportion of Filipinos approving of the administration’s anticorruption efforts—from 50 percent in March to 42 percent in June
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623514/aquino-rating-8-points-down-vs-graft

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

13 JULY 2014

The Philippines offer US$1.5bn to modernize its armed forces

 

The Philippines has offered a US$1.5 billion budget to defense contractors around the world for phase one of its three-tier armed forces modernization program. It wishes to strengthen its bargaining chips in the dispute over the South China Sea’s disputed territories, reports the US Defense News Weekly.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140713000038&cid=1101

11 JULY 2014

Australian jihad campaigner arrested in Philippines

An Australian convert to Islam who used the Internet to urge people to join « jihad » in Iraq and Syria was arrested in the Philippines on Friday, local police said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/australian-jihad-campaigner-arrested-philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/philippines-arrests-australian-imam-2014711134919534455.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

The Philippines and Vietnam will form a joint commission to create a “strategic partnership”, as the two former Cold War adversaries forge closer defence ties to confront China over its territorial claims in the region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vietnam-joint-commission-deepen-defence-ties

4 JULY 2014

Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

A Philippine court on Friday ordered the arrest of Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, one of the country’s most prominent politicians and the third legislator facing criminal charges in a massive corruption scandal.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-court-orders-third-senator-arrested-over-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/616957/juan-ponce-enrile-surrenders

24 JUNE 2014

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

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

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

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

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

Filipino and Vietnamese troops played volleyball and football in a contested South China Sea archipelago Sunday, a landmark act of sports diplomacy that both sides said could ease territorial tensions
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/414224/vietnam-philippines-navies-in-first-spratlys-games
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

7 JUNE 2014

Philippines to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

The three, who include a son of former president Joseph Estrada and a 90-year political survivor who enforced martial law under dictator Ferdinand Marcos, are accused of channelling millions of dollars of public funds into bogus organisations in return for huge kickbacks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-arrest-three-powerful-senators-corruption-scandal

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

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

4 JUNE 2014

China ordered to submit counter-argument in sea dispute with Philippines by Dec. 15

China has been ordered by the international Arbitral Tribunal handling the maritime dispute case filed by the Philippines to file its counter-memorial, or counter-argument, by Dec. 15, despite its position that it will not participate in the arbitration
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/105670/china-ordered-to-submit-counter-argument-in-sea-dispute-by-dec-15

3 MAY 2014

Communist rebel officer arrested in Philippines

A high-ranking communist rebel officer has been arrested in the Philippines, a military official said on Saturday, amid a surge of deadly clashes between soldiers and the insurgents

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407981/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-in-philippines

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/communist-rebel-officer-arrested-philippines

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

President Barack Obama said Monday he had no desire to contain or counter China despite clinching a defence pact with the Philippines which will inject US forces close to the volatile South China Sea http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407024/obama-seeks-to-soothe-china-while-boosting-ties-with-philippines http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27183976 http://globalnation.inquirer.net/103033/no-firm-commitment-from-us-to-defend-ph

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

The United States and the Philippines have reached a 10-year pact that would allow a larger US military presence in this south-east Asian nation as it grapples with increasingly tense territorial disputes with China, White House officials said on Sunday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/philippines-us-military-presence-china-dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-us-sign-defence-pact

21 APRIL 2014

Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

About 20 men took part in the brazen attack, shooting dead Mayor Carlito Pentecostes in the northern town of Gonzaga and then overpowering officers at the scene, said regional police director Chief Superintendent Miguel Laurel

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405929/suspected-communist-guerrillas-kill-philippine-mayor

http://www.voanews.com/content/gunmen-kill-philippine-mayor/1897553.html

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

1 APRIL 2014

3 Philippine senators indicted for plunder

An OMB special panel said Tuesday there was enough basis to hold Philippine Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Ramon Revilla Jr. and Jinggoy Estrada, businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles and several others criminally liable for plunder and graft in connection with the alleged illegal disbursements of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), a discretionary fund in the Philippines available to members of Congress

http://www.asianewsnet.net/3-Philippine-senators-indicted-for-plunder-58738.html

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140401000069&cid=1101
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402933/china-says-ties-damaged-by-philippines-un-ruling-call

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

A Philippine re-supply ship evaded a Chinese coastguard blockade in the South China Sea Saturday to reach Filipino soldiers based on a remote reef claimed by both countries, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/590216/ship-evades-chinese-blockade

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26806924

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402458/philippine-vessel-evades-china-blockade-of-disputed-reef

28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402331/philippines-to-defy-china-pursue-un-case-on-sea-row

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

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

Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

The terms of the deal, completed in January after drawn-out talks, would see the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) disband its 12,000-member guerrilla force and share power with Manila in the Muslim south of the mainly Catholic nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399907/philippines-muslim-rebels-to-sign-peace-treaty-on-march-27

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

The Philippines has lodged a protest with China, accusing its coastguard of preventing two civilian vessels reaching sailors on a disputed shoal.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26524388

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

The West’s failure to confront China over its increasingly vocal territorial ambitions is similar to the disastrous appeasement of Adolf Hitler in the late 1930s, the Philippine president has claimed.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10618722/Philippine-president-compares-Chinas-expansion-to-Nazi-Germany.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26048500

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

The current visa-free arrangement for visiting Philippine diplomats and officials will be suspended from February 5, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying told a press conference
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/hong-kong-imposes-sanctions-philippines-20141303748519260.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392396/philippines-stands-firm-in-diplomatic-row-with-hong-kong

29 JANUARY 2014

Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive

At least 37 Islamic fighters have been killed in a two-day offensive against insurgents opposed to a new peace deal between the government and the main Muslim rebel group, military officials said Wednesday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/119044/philippines-says-37-rebels-killed-in-offensive/

27 JANUARY 2014

Philippines launches offensive against rebels

The Philippine military has launched a major offensive against a splinter rebel group, two days after negotiations with the country’s main Muslim rebel group to end a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands successfully ended
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-launches-offensive-against-rebels-201412723831805504.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391762/philippine-military-attacks-hardline-muslim-renegades

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

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

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

15 JANUARY 2014

Philippines seeks US ships to counter China

The Philippines has said it wants to acquire two more navy ships from the US to boost its maritime protection amid military threats from China, according to the country’s military chief.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/philippines-gains-more-us-navy-ships-20141157811844465.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

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

31 DECEMBER 2013

PHL-China relations in 2014: How to navigate the West Philippine Sea disputes

The year 2013 was, by all means, a challenging period for Philippine-China relations. Despite earlier hopes that a new Chinese administration, under President Xi Jinping, would positively change the complexion of bilateral relations, we have instead seen an escalation in maritime tensions in the West Philippine Sea.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/341702/opinion/blogs/phl-china-relations-in-2014-how-to-navigate-the-west-philippine-sea-disputes#!

20 DECEMBER 2013

Philippine mayor killed at Manila airport

Ukol Talumpa, the mayor of the town of Labangan in Zamboanga del Sur province, was killed together with his wife, an 18-month-old baby and one other person, Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan reported from Manila on Friday.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/philippines-mayor-killed-at-manila-airport-201312205187710448.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/philippine-mayor-three-others-killed-at-manila-airport/1814248.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

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

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/06/china-territorial-dispute-philippines

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking

With aid running short and near anarchy in the hardest-hit areas, the estimated two million children affected by the monster storm are its most vulnerable victims, Save the Children warns

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10447457/Typhoon-Haiyan-children-at-risk-of-abuse-and-trafficking.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity

The Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity to speed relief efforts for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24901993
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/11/philippines-tens-of-millions-affected-by-typhoon-haiyan-as-president-declares-state-of-calamity/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippines-state-national-calamity-2013111116128730244.html

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan havoc

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has promised that help is on the way for the hundreds of thousands hit by Typhoon Haiyan, as the death toll was expected to reach 10,000 in one province alone.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/philippine-leader-pledges-help-after-typhoon-201311109527746483.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/10/death-toll-in-philippines-after-typhoonhaiyan-more-than-10000/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/nov/10/philippines-typhoon-haiyan-survivors-in-pictures#/?picture=422109427&index=12

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

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

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

Hong Kong threatened the Philippines with sanctions on Tuesday if there’s no progress in talks over an apology for families of tourists killed while vacationing in Manila three years ago. http://asiancorrespondent.com/115344/hk-warns-manila-of-sanctions-over-hostage-tragedy/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/hong-kong-gives-philippines-sanctions-warning-20131156552579778.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

South China Sea: Manila backtracks on accusing Beijing of « imperialism”


Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea:-Manila-backtracks-on-accusing-Beijing-of-imperialism”-29360.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Taipei and Manila set up fishery hotline in bilateral talks: MOFA

Taiwan and the Philippines have officially established a hotline to facilitate two-way communication in the event of future fishing incidents as both sides concluded a fresh round of bilateral fishery talks in Taipei yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-community/2013/10/23/391937/Taipei-and.htm

20 OCTOBER 2013

Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the « Sultan of Sulu » after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375482/philippine-ultan-who-launched-sabah-incursion-dies
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88357/heir-of-sulu-sultanate-dies

12 OCTOBER 2013

US Warns Of Mindanao Terrorist Threats

The United States embassy in Manila yesterday warned US citizens of a “series of credible security threats” in the southern Philippines region of Mindanao.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-us-warns-mindanao-terrorist-threats/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former President Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, three of her Cabinet secretaries and 20 others were charged with plunder in the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday for allegedly stealing P900 million from the Malampaya Fund meant for impoverished victims of back-to-back storms in 2009.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/500161/arroyo-3-cabinet-men-charged-with-plunder

Philippines fails to reach deal with US over increased military presence

Discussions over proposals to expand the American military’s presence in the Philippines failed to reach a deal, Filipino officials said Thursday, a day after US President Barack Obama called off a Manila visit.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-fails-reach-deal-us-over-increased-military-presence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372903/philippines-says-deal-on-wider-us-role-needs-more-work

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Coordinated MNLF attack shows Misuari’s hand

The separate but coordinated moves of five rebel commanders from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) faction led by Nur Misuari betrayed Misuari’s hand in the deadly attack on Zamboanga City, the military said

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/498307/coordinated-mnlf-attack-shows-misuaris-hand-afp#ixzz2gPkVrz3Q

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

Miss Philippines is crowned Miss World 2013 in a glittering finale on the Indonesian resort island of Bali amid tight security following weeks of hardline Muslim protests.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/miss-philippines-crowned-miss-world-amid-muslim-anger
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2013/09/27/2714291/miss-world-2013-winner-revealed.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippines military frees final hostages, still pursuing rebels

Efforts to negotiate the hostages’ release failed, resulting in intense bursts of fighting that had left 158 people dead as of Thursday, including 125 members of the MNLF, the government-run Philippines News Agency said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-troops-rescue-last-hostages-kill-15-muslim-rebels
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/27/world/asia/philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aquino to charge Philippine rebel leader over city attack

Philippines – President Benigno Aquino vowed Sunday to bring criminal charges against Muslim rebel leader Nur Misuari for a deadly attack on a major southern Philippine city that left hundreds dead or injured.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aquino-charge-philippine-rebel-leader-over-city-attack

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine airstrike hits rebels in Zamboanga

The Philippine armed forces have launched a helicopter airstrike as part of their ongoing assault at Muslim rebels occupying parts of a major southern city, stepping up efforts to end an eight-day standoff that has left dozens dead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139165552136175.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine clashes rage despite truce effort

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay has headed to the southern city of Zamboanga in a bid to broker a truce with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters holding scores of civilian hostages while locked in a deadly stand-off with government forces.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201391444458212495.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/487263/govt-misuari-agree-on-ceasefire-starting-saturday-midnight-says-binay
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24089553

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Fighting rages amid Philippine hostage crisis

Troops in the Philippines have surrounded six villages in the south of the country where hundreds of fighters linked to the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are holding at least 170 hostages.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/20139106147258221.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/10/new-clashes-between-islamic-rebels-and-philippine-government-forces/

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine rebels take hundreds hostage

At least 200 people have been taken hostage in southern Philippines after rebels rampaged through coastal communities, leaving at least six people dead, local news reports say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013990014907480.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/philippines/2013/09/10/388579/200-Filipino.htm
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/484401/mnlf-storms-zamboanga-city-leaves-6-dead

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

The Philippines has provisionally agreed to allow for stronger US military presence on its soil

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-090913.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Women in Philippine politics

If women comprise half of the population, an equitable situation in politics would be one where half of elective positions are occupied by women. But the actual figures in the Philippines show we’re a long way off from that equity. In 1998, only 16.2 per cent of elected officials (including the president and vice president and Congress and local government officials, down to city and municipal levels) were women.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Women-in-Philippine-politics-51279.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila, Beijing, and UNCLOS : a test case ?

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/World/WOR-01-030913.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

The Philippines says it has spotted dozens of concrete blocks it believes may be the beginning of a Chinese construction project on a disputed group of reefs in the South China Sea.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-accuses-china-of-building-on-disputed-reef/1742128.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

France drops Philippines from tax blacklist

The Philippines has been removed from the French government’s blacklist of noncooperative countries for their tax policies.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/france-drops-philippines-tax-blacklist

30 AUGUST 2013

Philippine radio commentator gunned down

A popular radio commentator known for being critical of alleged corruption and rising crime in a southern Philippine city has been killed by a gunman, police said Friday.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112688/philippine-radio-commentator-gunned-down/

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

The Philippine government said that China has withdrawn an invitation to President Benigno Aquino III to visit a trade fair in an apparent snub as the two countries are locked in a territorial dispute.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112633/philippines-says-china-withdraws-invite-for-aquino/ http://www.voanews.com/content/china-asks-philippine-president-to-cancel-visit-manila/1739294.html

26 AUGUST 2013

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

Across the Philippines on Monday, « National Heroes Day, » tens of thousands of people turned out to demonstrate against discretionary funds given to lawmakers that critics say are not being used as intended and instead are funneled to corrupt organizations..

http://www.voanews.com/content/filipinos-protest-government-corruption/1736852.html

21 AUGUST 2013

‘Million people march’ vs pork spreads like Arab Spring

A social media initiative calling for a “million people march to Luneta” to demand the scrapping of the lawmakers’ pork barrel is shaping up as a sort of an Arab Spring spreading across the Philippine archipelago—from Baguio in the north to Davao in the south.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/470567/million-people-march-vs-pork-spreads-like-arab-spring

20 AUGUST 2013

Floods in the Philippines – in pictures

Flooding caused by some of the heaviest rains on record in the Philippines submerged more than half its capital, Manila, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters

http://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2013/aug/20/floods-philippines-in-pictures

12 AUGUST 2013

US to increase Philippines presence

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the longtime allies had already agreed in principle to allow a bigger US military presence in the Philippines.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364262/philippines-wants-to-use-more-us-military-assets

8 AUGUST 2013

Philippines to start talks with US on greater military presence

The Philippines said it would soon start talks on expanding US access to its bases, a move that would result in a greater presence of American troops in the country amid rising tensions with China.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-start-talks-us-greater-military-presence

6 AUGUST 2013

Philippines adds 2nd major warship to fleet

The Philippines on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of a decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter as its second major warship to challenge China’s massive territorial claims that Filipino officials say have intruded into their country’s potentially oil-rich offshore seas.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/111582/philippines-adds-2nd-major-warship-to-fleet/

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

The Philippines said Saturday it is purchasing a surplus French Navy vessel to boost its forces in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) where it has an ongoing territorial dispute with China.

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/320461/news/nation/phl-acquiring-french-vessel-for-west-phl-sea

27 JULY 2013

Japan’s Abe vows maritime help to Philippines amid China row

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged increased maritime cooperation with the Philippines on Saturday amid growing territorial disputes with regional rival China. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-abe-vows-maritime/758032.html

22 JULY 2013

Thousands of farmers to get plots of Aquino family farm

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Monday that work would start in weeks to divide his family’s giant sugar plantation between thousands of peasant farmers, ending a decades-long struggle for control.

http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130722-439150.html

Thousands protest in Philippines

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the Philippines Monday to demand better jobs, more inclusive growth and the protection of human rights ahead of President Benigno Aquino III’s state of the union address.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/361026/thousands-protest-ahead-of-philippine-president-speech
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/22/19615756-filipino-protesters-demand-more-as-president-delivers-address?lite

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

A fraught naval stand-off between a modern Chinese flotilla and a rusty Philippine hospital ship over a South China Sea shoal is undermining supposed regional progress towards a binding code of conduct over the waters. With Beijing’s military focused on fortifying its positions and Manila loathe to lose its gateway to untapped energy reserves, neither side is likely to back down. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180713.html

14 JULY 2013

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will receive 75% of the gold, copper and other resources mined from the southern island. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23305339 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201371473745138809.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

6 JULY 2013

Philippine communists vow revenge for slain spokesman

Communist insurgents Saturday promised revenge after Philippine soldiers killed their regional spokesmen along with seven other rebels in the latest operation against the militants since talks to end one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies collapsed. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130706-435213.html

5 JULY 2013

Philippines aims to nearly halve poverty by 2016

Nearly 28 percent of the country’s 97 million people live below the poverty line and the government’s aim is to reduce that to 16.6 percent within the next three years. http://asiancorrespondent.com/110282/philippines-aims-to-nearly-halve-poverty-by-2016/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

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

24 JUNE 2013

China rejects Philippines’ illegal seizure of Ren’ai Reef: Chinese FM spokeswoman

China will not tolerate the seizure of the Ren’ai Reef, also known as the Second Thomas Shoal, which the country claims as its indisputable territory, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said Monday. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130625000097&cid=1101

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday’s breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila’s representative to Taipei said Monday. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/77821/ph-taiwan-on-way-to-mending-relations

6 JUNE 2013

Philippines’ Enrile Quits as Senate President, Blasts Colleagues

The Philippine Senate’s Marathon Man, Juan Ponce Enrile, had been expected to be ousted from his post as Senate president after the May 13 election when forces aligned with President Benigno S. Aquino III became a majority. But probably nobody expected the 89-year-old lawmaker to go out with such an astonishing burst of acrimony, comparing himself to Jesus Christ being « crucified » by his enemies. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5478&Itemid=187

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

One of the Philippines’ biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by the Filipino coastguard. http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Relax/Story/A1Story20130529-426003.html

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

The government of Taiwan on Saturday imposed new conditions that would further delay the Philippines’ investigation of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coast guards three weeks ago. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75667/taiwan-has-new-terms

23 MAY 2013

China sent warship to break Philippine control of reef: Global Times

China sent a warship to a shoal in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea earlier this month because it was trying to stop the Philippines from trying to assert de facto control of the reef, according to the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily. http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130523000150&cid=1101

23 MAY 2013

Taiwan stops hiring Filipino workers

Taiwan is refusing to hire new workers from the Philippines after the country’s coast guard shot dead a Taiwanese fisherman. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352324951266483.html

21 MAY 2013

Aquino: We can fight back vs any threat

Faced with territorial disputes and worries of external and internal threats, President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday claimed that the Philippines can fight back and defend itself within its bounds. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/75177/philippines-protests-chinese-warships-presence

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

Taiwan has recalled its ambassador to the Philippines and announced it has frozen the hiring of Philippine workers to protest against the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201351544057410475.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

4 MAY 2013

Palace rues PH tag as 3rd worst place for journalists

Malacañang is not elated by reports that the country remains the third worst place for journalists. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/73535/palace-rues-ph-tag-as-3rd-worst-place-for-journalists

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

China on Friday hit out at the Philippines’ attempt to seek an international verdict on a territorial dispute over islands in the South China Sea, repeating that it would never give up its claims. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-philippines-over-disputed-is/654032.html

10 APRIL 2013

Philippines Files Charges Against Chinese Ship Stuck on Reef

Philippine officials say 12 fishermen who were onboard a suspected Chinese ship are facing the first of several charges after their vessel got stuck on a major protected reef in the southwestern Philippines far from reefs and islands in the South China Sea that are contested by China. http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-files-charges-against-chinese-ship-that-got-stuck-in-protected-reef/1638419.html

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

9 MARCH 2013

21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized in Syria arrive safe in Amman

The United Nations welcomed the release on Saturday of 21 Filipino peacekeepers, who had been seized by Syrian rebels on the Golan Heights, as they crossed to freedom in Jordan after a three-day ordeal. http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/298564/pinoyabroad/news/21-filipino-un-peacekeepers-seized-in-syria-arrive-safe-in-amman?ref=bannerh1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21725991

8 MARCH 2013

Philippines: HRW condemns extrajudicial killing of activist mother

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for swift justice following the gunning down of an activist and mother of three in Davao City in the Philippines earlier this week. http://asiancorrespondent.com/100807/hrw-philippines-activist-cristina/

7 MARCH 2013

Philippines demands Syrian rebels release UN troops

The Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the hostage-taking of 21 Filipino UN peacekeepers by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone and demanded their immediate release. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130307-407070.html

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

Malaysian troops backed by fighter jets have attacked an armed Filipino group, trying to end a standoff on Borneo island after violence that killed at least 27 people and sparked fears of broader insecurity in the resource-rich region. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013355257319682.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/malaysian-forces-attack-armed-filipino-group

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

Five members of the Malaysian security forces have been killed in a firefight in Sabah with an armed group believed to be among the Filipino followers of the Sulu Sultanate Saturday night http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/297457/news/nation/five-malaysian-cops-killed-in-firefight-with-pinoys-in-sabah-standoff-reports?ref=bannerh1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013336814161699.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66539/fighting-in-sabah-rages

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

Twelve followers of a self-described Philippine Sultan died in a shootout with Malaysian security forces Friday, police said, as tensions ratcheted up in their 17-day standoff http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133141728737880.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130301-405701.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China strategy for the Pilippines

The standoff in the Scarborough Shoal between China and the Philippines not only demonstrated Manila’s commitment to defend its maritime territory, but also Beijing’s determination to maintain its territorial aspirations at all costs. Knowing what strings to pull to pressure the Philippines, Beijing engaged in a series of de facto economic reprisals http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/china-strategy-for-the-philippines/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos’ standoff in Borneo linked to peace deal with Muslim rebels

The peculiar standoff on Borneo between Malaysian security forces and a group of men from the southern Philippines has its roots in a recent landmark peace deal between Manila and Muslim rebels, according to an expert on the region. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/18/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Sultan: Hold your ground

Saying there was no turning back, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has declared that his followers who crossed into the town of Lahad Datu in the Malaysian state of Sabah this month were staying put to reclaim their ancestral homeland. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64851/sultan-hold-your-ground

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos refuse to end Borneo standoff

Followers of a Philippine sultan who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan has said amid a tense standoff. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201321824845491993.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/295486/news/regions/sabah-standoff-a-result-of-peace-pact-with-milf-sulu-sultan-claims?ref=bannerh1

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

Undaunted amidst mounting pressure from both the Philippine and Malaysian governments, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo insisted that his royal decree that authorised the presence of his younger brother, crown prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and the combined civilian and armed followers in Lahad Datu, Sabah. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Sulu-sultan-won’t-budge-42844.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipino gunmen to leave Malaysia territory if demands are met

A group of close to 100 Filipinos, who are in a standoff with Malaysian authorities after forcing out villagers from Kampung Tanduao, is claiming to be the royal armed forces of the Sulu Sultanate. They also want to stay put in Sabah, an area they are laying claim to, and not be deported to the Philippines. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/15/world/asia/malaysia-philippines-standoff/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.asianewsnet.net/Filipino-gunmen-to-leave-Msia-territory-if-demands-42775.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130215-402284.html http://globalnation.inquirer.net/64577/heirs-of-sultan-of-sulu-pursue-sabah-claim-on-their-own

11 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines’ Aquino visits rebel stronghold

Philippines: Philippine President Benigno Aquino paid a historic visit Monday to Muslim rebel territory in a bid to speed up efforts to end one of Asia’s longest and deadliest insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1253538/1/.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/294388/news/nation/pnoy-visits-milf-in-former-battleground-in-maguindanao?ref=topstories

1 FEBRUARY 2013

China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

China has reiterated its opposition to the Philippines’ request to take South China Sea disputes to a UN tribunal, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday. http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/02/01/china-opposes-taking-sea-disputes-to-un-fm/

26 JANUARY 2013

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

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

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

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

The Philippines has taken the step of bringing its West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) territorial disputes to China before an Arbitral Tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) to achieve a peaceful and durable solution to the disputes, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario announced. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Philippines-takes-China-to-UN-tribunal-41801.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21137144

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

3 JANUARY 2013

The Philippines the big surprise

The Philippine GDP growth rate for 2012 is now estimated to be 6 per cent, which exceeds many earlier consensus forecasts of around 5 per cent. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/03/the-philippines-2013-outlook/

2 JANUARY 2013

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131284554693970.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

27 DECEMBER 1012

A delayed take-off

The Philippines is finally picking up economic momentum, but this rapid growth has passed over the vast majority of the poor http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/6f0d5036-4443-11e2-932a-00144feabdc0.html?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_202857748#axzz2HekwaLbK

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

7 DECEMBER 2012

Death toll over 500 in the Philippines following typhoon

Rescuers were digging through mud and debris Friday to retrieve more bodies strewn across a farming valley in the southern Philippines by a powerful typhoon. The death toll from the storm has surpassed 500, with more than 400 people missing. http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/07/15752731-death-toll-over-500-in-the-philippines-following-typhoon?lite

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9714430/Philippines-criticises-dictatorial-China.html

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

The Philippines has become the latest country to say it will not stamp visas in a new Chinese passport because it includes a map of the South China Sea that Manila says shows its territor
http://asiancorrespondent.com/92683/philippines-will-not-stamp-new-chinese-passport/ http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-vietnam-refuse-to-stamps-new-chinese-passport/1554884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Manila, booming economy: growth exceeds (also) the estimates

The figure for the third quarter (July/September) showed a 7.1% increase compared to the same period in 2011. From « the sick man of Asia », the Philippines have become « the region’s diamond. » The country is among the top 10 in the world in 2012 for economic growth. Mindanao opens investment after the agreement between the government and the MILF
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila,-booming-economy:-growth-exceeds-(also)-the-estimates-26476.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

The Philippines is protesting China’s depiction of its claims over the entire South China Sea in an image of a map printed on new Chinese passports.
http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-protests-depiction-of-disputed-islands-on-new-chinese-passports/1550883.
html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211229560658870.html

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Sea dispute to be raised at ASEM: Aquino

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday his country would raise overlapping claims to the South China Sea during a summit of Asian and European leaders in Laos this wee
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1235211/1/.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Misuari to followers: Armed option remains

Moro leader Nur Misuari on Sunday told his followers here that armed struggle remained an option for the Moro National Liberation Front to advance the cause of the Bangsamoro people even if the MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/293208/misuari-mnlf-keeping-options-for-armed-struggle-open

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

15 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

The Philippines has signed a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1231404/1/.html

13 OCTOBER 2012

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

Hunted by U.S.-backed Filipino troops in 2005, Abu Sayyaf chieftain Khadaffy Janjalani and other al-Qaida-linked militants sought refuge in the mountainous stronghold of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in the southern Philippines. But the rebels turned them away, afraid that harboring extremists would scuttle their peace talks with the government.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90675/philippine-peace-deal-seen-as-blow-to-terrorists/

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

6 OCTOBER 2012

Audit finds Philippines lost US$2.46b to anomalies

The Philippines lost $2.46 billion through misuse of state funds and assets during the latter years of graft-tainted ex-president Gloria Arroyo’s rule, government auditors said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1229865/1/.html

Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

3 OCTOBER 2012

Media groups, Filipinos protest tough cyber law

Media groups and Filipinos stepped up calls Wednesday for repealing a tough new law that targets cybercrime but activists fear will be used to suppress online freedoms in the Southeast Asian nation. http://asiancorrespondent.com/90299/media-groups-filipinos-protest-tough-cyber-law/ http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/281742/sc-no-tro-on-cyberlaw

2 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have resumed talks on resolving final differences in a preliminary peace accord they hope to conclude soon, in what is expected to be a major breakthrough toward ending a decades-long rebellion
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90293/philippines-muslim-rebels-close-to-peace-accord/

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines-China tension eases

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas met with China’s leader-in-waiting on Friday 21 and told him that Manila hoped to have friendly relations with Beijing and overcome difficulties caused by a territorial row in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea)
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/50916/ph-china-tension-eases

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

24 AUGUST 2012

First female chief justice named

President Benigno Aquino on Friday named a veteran judge as the first female chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, following his controversial ousting of her predecessor. http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367401.html http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/271066/news/nation/pnoy-names-sereno-new-chief-justice?ref=bannerh1

18 AUGUST 2012

Philippines interior secretary missing in plane crash

Interior secretary Jesse Robredo is among three people missing after small plane crashed at sea off a central island. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/18/world/asia/philippines-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/252450/robredo-2-others-missing-after-plane-crash

6 AUGUST 2012

Philippines: Battle rages between govt troops, Islamic rebels in Maguindanao

Government troops and members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) are still locked in pitched battles in several towns of Maguindanao leaving the national highway that connects Cotabato City and General Santos City impassable.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87137/battle-rages-in-maguindanao/

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/45499/china-fishing-boats-warships-drop-anchor-off-pag-asa

25 JULY 2012

Philippines’ ex-leader Gloria Arroyo free on bail

A Philippine court has granted bail to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on election sabotage charges, but she is unlikely to leave detention immediately because of a pending corruption case.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/86492/philippine-ex-leader-gets-bail-ruling-still-held/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18979995

23 JULY 2012

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

Philippine President Benigno Aquino urged all Filipinos on Monday to unite in sending a message to China over a territorial row, insisting his country would not give in to its more powerful neighbour. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120723-360873.html

20 JULY 2012

Philippines struggles to curb child labour

In the Philippines there is a renewed push to stamp out child labour where over millions of children eke out a living as workers, miners and farm hands instead of going to school. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012720103130712708.html

17 JULY 2012

Filipinos charged over $12,000 to flee Syria: Manila

Filipino workers trying to flee the unrest in Syria are being charged up to US$10,000 (S$12,624) by their employers before they can leave, the foreign department in Manila said on Tuesday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20120717-359698.html

9 JULY 2012

Philippines suspends governor for hitting reporter

President Benigno Aquino suspends a province governor for a month without pay for storming a state-run radio station and hitting a broadcaster on the head with a microphone.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120709-358093.html

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

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

30 JUNE 2012

Gov’t not doing enough to punish rights abusers’

A New York-based human rights watchdog on Saturday said Philippine government efforts at prosecuting human rights violators were not enough, with most cases failing to reach the trial stage.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/42407/govt-not-doing-enough-to-punish-rights-abusers

28 JUNE 2012

Another prospective witness in Maguindanao massacre case confirmed killed

A prosecutor in the Maguindanao massacre case on Thursday confirmed that another prospective prosecution witness has been killed.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/263428/news/nation/another-prospective-witness-in-maguindanao-massacre-case-confirmed-killed?ref=topstories
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18621705

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

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

18 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

China has no immediate plans of pulling out its vessels at Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), the Chinese Embassy said Monday 18.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40487/china-not-pulling-out-7-vessels-around-scarborough-shoal

17 JUNE 2012

Communists ready to resume talks with Philippines

Philippine communist rebels waging one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies said Sunday they were prepared to resume formal peace talks with the government.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/214067/communists-ready-to-resume-talks-with-philippines

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/40007/scarborough-shoal-it%E2%80%99s-ph-map-vs-china-map

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

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

29 MAY 2012

Philippine Senate convicts chief justice

Philippine senators have voted overwhelmingly to convict Renato Corona, the country’s top judge, for failing to declare $2.4m in bank accounts after a trial that lasted five months http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252992220148225.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/203217/guilty-corona-accepts-fate-after-senate%e2%80%99s-20-3-vote

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/37711/92-china-ships-now-in-panatag-shoal-tensions-up

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

Hundreds of Filipinos demonstrated outside the Chinese embassy in the Philippines on Friday over an escalating territorial row, with the protesters denouncing China’s rulers as arrogant bullies http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/11/world/asia/philippines-china-dispute/index.html?hpt=ias_c2 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120511-345343.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18030805

28 APRIL 2012

UN approves PH territorial claim to Benham Rise

The United Nations has approved the Philippines’ territorial claim to Benham Rise, an undersea landmass in the Pacific Ocean potentially rich in mineral and natural gas deposits, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/183779/un-approves-ph-territorial-claim-to-benham-rise

23 APRIL 2012

Manila Court Backs Breakup of Aquino Estate

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court in the Philippines ruled unanimously on Tuesday 23 to break up the rambling estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III, parceling out plots to more than 6,000 farmers and their families after decades of sometimes bloody conflict over the land
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/25/world/asia/manila-court-backs-breakup-of-aquino-estate.html?_r=1&ref=asia

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

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

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29742&sec=1

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

China has asked all Philippine vessels to leave immediately Panatag Shoal and sent a second aircraft buzzing over the area to scare away Filipino fishermen, officials said Tuesday 17
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/33497/china-to-philippines-quit-scarborough-shoal http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340640.html

11 APRIL 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to corruption charge

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her husband have pleaded not guilty to corruption charges related to an overpriced deal with a Chinese telecommunications company in a second criminal case against her
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124114826389816.html

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

The Philippines has summoned China’s ambassador in Manila after two Chinese ships blocked a Philippine Navy vessel from arresting Chinese fishermen in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241112736382783.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=29560&sec=1

18 MARCH 2012

Japan to pour more investments in PH

The Japanese are back and a euphoric President Benigno Aquino III says he expects the wave of Japanese investments currently pouring into the country to continue for some time.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/163239/japan-to-pour-more-investments-in-ph

3 MARCH 2012

Government defends abstention in UN vote on Syria

Fearing reprisals against Filipino workers, the Philippine government abstained from voting on a United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council resolution deploring the “brutal actions of the Syrian regime” and reiterating the need to urgently address humanitarian needs, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/27133/government-defends-abstention-in-un-vote-on-syria

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120229-330899.html

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to poll fraud

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has pleaded not guilty to an electoral fraud charge at the opening of a landmark trial.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222311129150864.html

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16459425

7 JANUARY 2012

While one general rises …

Lieutenant General Jessie Dellosa, a senior military aide to former Philippine president Corazon Aquino, will now serve « Cory’s » son, current President Benigno Aquino III, as the 43rd chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Dellosa’s appointment comes at a time of rising security threats, including growing maritime tensions with China and changing dynamics in insurgencies in the country’s southern region.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae02.html

… while another one falls
The recent filing of kidnapping and illegal detention charges against prominent retired Philippine general Jovito Palparan has restored faith in President Benigno Aquino’s promised reform agenda and given cheer to the country’s many human-rights campaigners. Palparan, a figure intimately tied to the rash of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances recorded during Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s presidency, has disappeared since the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued charges against him and three other soldiers for kidnapping two University of the Philippines students and a peasant farmer in June 2006
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA07Ae01.html

27 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flash floods death toll nears 1,500

Almost 1,500 people are now known to have died in flash floods that struck the southern Philippines more than a week ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16336706

19 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines floods: Aid agencies say 120,000 in need

Aid agencies in the Philippines are trying to reach more than 120,000 people affected by flash flooding on the island of Mindanao. At least 972 people died in the disaster, according to goverment sources.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16249763
http://www.france24.com/en/20111219-mass-burial-flash-flood-victims-death-count-650-philippines-washi-rescue
18 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flood toll passes 650 as search continues

The number of people killed in the Philippines by floods triggered by Tropical Storm Washi has risen to 650. Soldiers and volunteers are still searching for the 800 people reported missing on southern Mindanao island. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112184120695345.htmlhttp://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/philippines-storm/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-16236757 http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/18/world/asia/flooding-kills-scores-in-southern-philippines.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 DECEMBER 2011

US urges China to release human rights lawyer

The United States has urged China to « immediately release » human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng and to clarify his whereabouts. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121618851238855.html
13 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine vote official held on fraud charge

Benjamin Abalos, the former head of the country’s election authority, surrendered to a Manila regional court in suburban Pasay city on Tuesday 13 and was placed under arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121375759425118.html

12 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine chief justice impeached

The Philippine House of Representatives has impeached the country’s supreme court chief justice over alleged corruption and favoritism toward arrested ex-president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. A majority of the 284 members of the lower chamber of congress signed a resolution on Monday to impeach Renato Corona, who will now be tried by the senate in an impeachment tribunal
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/2011121214140969931.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16144786

6 DECEMBER 2011

Palace-Supreme Court fight escalates

Philippines: Palace officials on Tuesday joined President Benigno Aquino III in stepping up attacks against the Supreme Court, warning magistrates against obstructing a popular reformist agenda and raising the specter of a people power uprising
against them
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/106417/palace-supreme-court-fight-escalates

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Mike Arroyo liable in helicopter scam

A fact-finding panel of the Office of the Ombudsman found the husband of the former President and now Pampanga representative liable for graft charges for the allegedly anomalous sale of helicopters to the Philippine National Police in 2009
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/99407/mike-arroyo-liable-in-helicopter-scam

Slow trial frustrates Philippine massacre kin

Two years after a political massacre in the southern Philippines became the single worst slaying of journalists in the world, more than half of the nearly 200 suspects remain at large
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45410170/ns/world_news/
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK24Ae02.html

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

The Philippines on Monday expressed its interest in acquiring military helicopters, boats and aircraft from South Korea as part of efforts to
boost its military capabilities amid growing tensions with China in the disputed South China Sea.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676425.php/Philippines-considers-South-Korean-military-equipment
18 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines: Gloria Arroyo stopped from boarding plane

The Philippine government has defied a Supreme Court ruling that allowed former President Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15732351
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/20111115113623552423.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/2011111681616795467.html

More Filipino families rate themselves poor in survey

The number of Filipino families who consider themselves poor has grown, according to the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey, particularly in Luzon (excluding Metro Manila) where gloom about worsening conditions had expanded, eclipsing improvements seen in other areas.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/93967/more-filipino-families-rate-themselves-poor-in-survey
10 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines roils South China Sea

Tensions are rising again as China and the Philippines bump boats and trade diplomatic barbs over the contested Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Adding fuel to the fire were recent « war games » staged by 3,000 American and Filipino marines near the hotly disputed maritime territory. The latest row was sparked by alleged intrusions into each other’s claimed area in the potentially oil-and-gas rich chain of islands, where more than 50% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage passes each year. It also comes ahead of a crucial East Asian Summit meeting later this month in Bali, Indonesia where world leaders will be in attendance and the issue on the agenda
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MK10Ae01.html

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines bans ex-president Arroyo from travel

The Philippine government on Tuesday rejected an appeal from former president Gloria Arroyo to travel abroad for medical treatment, saying she may be trying to avoid a graft probe.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111108-309408.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1673847.php/Ex-Philippine-president-Arroyo-not-allowed-to-seek-treatment-abroad

3 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines ranks 8th among 135 on world gender equality

The Philippines, where women and men enjoy the same access to education, remains in the top 10 countries with the least gender gap, according to the 2011 Global Gender Gap rankings by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum. From ninth place last year, the Philippines ranks eighth among 135 countries this year, with a score of 0.768.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/16879/philippines-ranks-8th-among-135-on-world-gender-equality

26 OCTOBER 2011

Clashes in Philippines Could Threaten Government Peace Talks

Philippine defense officials say fighting between government forces and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group has displaced some 20,000 residents of two southern provinces. The fighting is happening even though the two sides are in the midst of peace talks.
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/southeast/Clashes-in-Philippines-Could-Threaten-Government-Peace-Talks-132611893.html

17 OCTOBER 2011

Italian missionary’s slay shocks Church

In a broad daylight murder that stunned members of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as government officials, Italian missionary Fr. Fausto Tentorio—fondly known as “Father Pops”—was gunned down in a church compound in Arakan town while a flag-raising ceremony was going on nearby
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/15531/italian-missionarys-slay-shocks-church

15 OCTOBER 2011

Wasted youth in the Philippines

It’s a cliche for politicians to talk about youth as the hope of a nation. In the Philippines, national leaders are instead planning a war on youth. A series of startling crimes committed by children barely out of grade school has national legislators mulling legal changes that would make kids as young as nine years old criminally liable for their actions. Calls to lower the age limit gained momentum following news footage featuring a series of armed robberies committed by minors who forcibly open the doors of taxis caught in traffic
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/MJ15Ae02.html

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

24 AUGUST 2011

President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

The Philippines’ newest warship, which sailed on Tuesday into Manila Bay after a 14,679-kilometer voyage from the United States, was hailed by President Benigno Aquino III as a symbol of the country’s determination to defend its claims in the disputed West Philippine Sea (South
China Sea)
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/46823/president-aquino-ship-symbol-of-our-defense

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=20419&sec=1
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/35983/philippines-china-word-war-worsens

29 JULY 2011

House raiders: So sorry

“You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

With those words, Senior Superintendent Rafael Santiago on Friday apologized to the Filipino nation, “and especially to Madame Susan Roces,” for what he and his men did six years ago—steal election returns (ERs) to ensure the victory of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the
fraud-marred 2004 presidential election.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/33073/house-raiders-so-sorry

28 JULY 2011

The Aquino-Arroyo Contest Heats Up

The bloodhounds appear to be sniffing closer to former Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, whom the current president, Benigno S. Aquino III, has vowed to put in jail on corruption charges. Whether they will track her down remains problematical, given the Filipino culture of
impunity. Arroyo announced earlier this week that she was to enter St. Luke’s Medical Center in Metro Manila on July 28 for what was described as a “risky” operation to correct a pinched nerve in her spine. And, despite the fact that Aquino appears intent in getting her behind bars, the Malacañang presidential palace asked the public to offer prayers for Mrs. Arroyo’s recovery
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3351&Itemid=187

20 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys

The politicians landed on Pagasa island, the only island in the Spratlys chain populated by Filipinos, and sang the national anthem with residents
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14212130
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011720202513219765.html

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

15 JULY 2011

Philippine navy colonel detained for calling for Aquino ouster

A colonel in the Philippine Navy who allegedly called for the ouster of the government has been confined to his quarters, the chief of the navy said Frida
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1651389.php/Philippine-navy-colonel-detained-for-calling-for-Aquino-ouster

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

26 MAY 2011

A million Filipinos joined ranks of unemployed since November

More than one million adult Filipinos joined the ranks of the unemployed between November and March, according to the latest survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS). The SWS survey, conducted on March 4 to 7 and released on Wednesday, said adult unemployment rose to 27.2 percent, or an estimated 11.3 million, from 23.5 percent (9.9 million) just four months before.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/9254/a-million-filipinos-joined-ranks-of-unemployed-since-nov

23 MAY 2011

Call for Chinese restraint over Spratlys

Meeting amid renewed tensions over territorial disputes in the South China Sea, the defence chiefs of China and the Philippines jointly called for « responsible behaviour » while all parties work for a peaceful resolution
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_672112.htmlwsnet.net/home/news.php?id=19058&sec=1

20 MAY 2011

Saudis reject Philippine maids pay rise bid

The Philippines said Friday Saudi Arabia had rejected a demand to guarantee higher pay for Filipina maids, temporarily closing one of the largest labour markets for the struggling Asian nation. The dispute began early this year after the Philippines demanded a minimum US$400 (S$494) monthly wage for its domestic workers as well as proof that Saudi households employing them would pay and provide humane working conditions
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110520-279878.html

29 APRIL 2011

VFA allows US presence But DFA adds revival of US bases ‘not possible

Temporary US presence in the country may be permitted, but the return of American military bases in the Philippines is “not possible” under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs said
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20110429-333544/VFA-allows-US-presence

7 APRIL 2011

Ex-dictator Marcos in Philippine ‘Hall of Heroes

Marcos, who has been accused of human rights abuses and massive corruption, is in the museum as part of a showcase for those who received the military’s highest honour, the « Medal of Valour, » Brigadier General Jose Mabanta told AFP
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110407-272352.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

07 FEBRUARY 2011

MILF divided, Mindanao peace process at risk

Leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front create a new army and leave the line of dialogue supported by the rest of the group. AsiaNews sources emphasize the risk of a new civil war in the Muslim majority region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/MILF-divided,-Mindanao-peace-process-at-risk-20712.html

27 October 2010

Policeman says he was paid for Philippine massacre

A Philippine police officer on Wednesday 27 testified in court that he was paid about 350 US dollars (S$455) by a powerful Muslim clan scion to help carry out the country’s worst political massacre.

Inspector Rex Ariel Diongon said he received the money from Andal Ampatuan Jnr to set up the police checkpoint that stopped the convoy of a rival politician in the southern province of Maguindanao last year
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20101027-244498.html

19 OCTOBER 2010

Filipinos aim to give US army the boot

Some 3,000 United States Marines are currently in the Philippines for joint training exercises with their Filipino counterparts amid mounting opposition calls to scrap a controversial bilateral military pact
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/LJ20Ae02.html

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

17 MAY 2010

Elections in the Philippines: Little to be Proud of

Gabriela Perdomo – Final results are yet to be announced but it is not too early to give a poor mark to the most recent presidential and legislative elections in the Philippines. The May 10 ballot was marked by allegations of fraud, vote-buying and violence, leading up to and on election day, leaving dozens of fatal victims behind
http://www.angus-reid.com/analysis/view/35499/elections_in_the_philippines_little_to_be_proud_of/

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

 

 

 

Main news on North Korea

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korean Special Operations Forces: Hovercraft Bases (Part II)

Satellite imagery analysis shows that North Korea continues to develop its conventional military forces in a few targeted areas in addition to its high-profile nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs. This is compatible with a broader North Korean strategy to develop stronger asymmetrical capabilities to offset the large imbalance of power between the DPRK and its neighbors
https://beyondparallel.csis.org/north-korean-special-operations-forces-hovercraft-bases-part-ii/

4 FEBRUARY 2018

German spy chief: Pyongyang procures missile parts via Berlin embassy

Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency has said that North Korea has been purchasing parts for its missile program via its embassy in Berlin
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/03/551183/north-korea-germany-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42935761

3 FEBRUARY 2018

UN reports says North Korea earned $200M from banned exports

North Korea « continued to export almost all the commodities prohibited in the resolutions, generating nearly $200 million in revenue between January and September 2017, » said the report by the experts
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-reports-says-north-korea-earned-200m-from-banned-exports-14835
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-earned-us-200-million-from-banned-exports-sends-arms-9923290
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=213643

30 JANUARY 2018

UN warns sanctions starving North Korea children to death

The United Nations Children’s Fund has warned that hundreds of thousands of children could starve as a result of sanctions on North Korea. UNICEF said the inability of humanitarian staff to deliver aid there had put many children in lethal malnutrition condition
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/30/550718/North-Korea-sanctions-starvation

26 JANUARY 2018

Kim Jong-un’s young sister elevated to powerful position controlling North Korea state security

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un may have put his younger sister Kim Yo-jong in charge of the pariah nation’s powerful state security apparatus, it has emerged
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/26/kim-jong-uns-young-sister-elevated-powerful-position-controlling/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/01/25/2018012501295.html

23 JANUARY 2018

North Korea to change military founding day to Feb. 8

North Korea says it will change the founding anniversary of its military to February 8th, the day before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics open in South Korea
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3043713
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2130151/north-korea-plans-military-parade-eve-winter-olympics
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180123_18/

21 JANUARY 2018

Who Is Behind the Illicit Transfer of Oil to North Korea?

The case of illicit tankers shipping oil to North Korea gets curiouser and curiouser
https://www.theepochtimes.com/who-is-behind-the-illicit-transfer-of-oil-to-north-korea_2419945.html

9 JANUARY 2018

Donors lose appetite for North Korean food aid

After a year of nuclear threats, fiery brinksmanship, and retaliatory sanctions, the global aid sector is at a crossroads with North Korea
http://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2018/01/09/donors-lose-appetite-north-korean-food-aid

8 JANUARY 2018

Another opportunity for diplomacy on North Korea

Top diplomats from the United States and Canada are seeking wider input around the North Korea issue. The so-called “Vancouver Group” offers an opportunity for countries around the world to discuss additional efforts to pressure North Korea and to develop creative diplomatic ideas
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/01/08/another-opportunity-for-diplomacy-on-north-korea/

6 JANUARY 2018

Perception and reality on US-North Korea relations in 2018

The year 2018 is likely to prove a critical juncture in North Korea-US relations. At some point during the year, Pyongyang will decide whether to conduct an atmospheric nuclear detonation as the final proof of its nuclear deterrent capability
http://www.atimes.com/perception-reality-us-north-korea-relations-2018/

22 DECEMBER 2017

UN slaps new sanctions on North Korea in 15-0 vote

The resolution severely limits petroleum supplies to Pyongyang and demands that North Koreans working for Kim Jong Un’s regime abroad return home. The crippling sanctions follow North Korea’s latest missile test
http://www.dw.com/en/un-slaps-new-sanctions-on-north-korea-in-15-0-vote/a-41913360
http://www.france24.com/en/20171222-un-security-council-unanimously-votes-new-sanctions-north-korea
https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8238

19 DECEMBER 2017

US and UK blame North Korea for WannaCry cyberattack

The UK has joined the US in publicly blaming North Korea for the devastating WannaCry hacking attack earlier this year. The cyberattack took down computer systems in 150 countries and caused widespread chaos
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-uk-blame-north-korea-for-wannacry-cyberattack/a-41852493
http://www.france24.com/en/20171219-usa-says-north-korea-directly-responsible-massive-cyber-attack-wannacry
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/19/wannacry-cyberattack-us-says-it-has-evidence-north-korea-was-directly-responsible

11 DECEMBER 2017

UN warns tough North Korea sanctions risk hurting millions in need of aid

The UN rights chief told the security council on Monday that tough sanctions imposed on North Korea are complicating the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian aid and called for an assessment
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/11/north-korea-sanctions-human-rights-toll-united-nations
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004122631

5 DECEMBER 2017

Russia ‘increasing oil exports’ to North Korea

At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/russia-increasing-oil-exports-to-north-korea/a-41656946

30 NOVEMBER 2017

UN divided over response to N Korea’s new missile test

The US is calling for more sanctions and the complete isolation of North Korea after another ballistic missile test. The United Nations Security Council has held an emergency meeting following Pyongyang’s latest launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/divided-response-koreas-missile-test-171130145040226.html

28 NOVEMBER 2917

North Korea fires ballistic missile, South Korea says

North Korea fired one ballistic missile from Pyongsong, a city in South Pyongan Province, at around 1817 GMT over the sea between South Korea and Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Wednesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-says-us-and-south-korea-12694
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171129_34/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-fires-missile-for-the-first-time-in-more-than-two-months/2017/11/28/0c136952-d46c-11e7-9461-ba77d604373d_story.html?utm_term=.f173b4859335
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-north-korea-nuclear-missile-20171129-story.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/18/shadows-of-the-past-haunt-japan-north-korea-relations/

15 NOVEMBER 2017

North Korea: coward Trump deserves death penalty for insulting Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2120006/north-korea-coward-trump-deserves-death-penalty-insulting-kim

16 OCTOBER 2017

European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2115618/european-union-ministers-ban-all-investments-and-oil-exports

8 OCTOBER 2017

North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/north-korean-leader-promotes-sister-kim-yo-jong-171008172800383.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/kim-jong-uns-closest-aide-is-sister-kim-yo-jong/9030854?section=world
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171008_18/

1st OCTOBER 2017

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/194820-italy-orders-north-korea-ambassador-home-over-missiles

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

29 AUGUST 2017

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.atimes.com/article/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-sharply-escalating-tensions/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208062
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170829_81/

26 AUGUST 2017

North Korea launches three missiles amid US-South Korea military drills

Two of the North’s missiles flew about 250km (155 miles) off the country’s east coast, the US military said, while one appeared to explode almost immediately
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-short-range-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-military-drill-a7913806.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/26/north-korea-fires-several-missiles-into-sea

23 AUGUST 2017

Kim Jong-un’s orders for more ICBMs raise alarms

Concerns are rising that North Korea may be planning more missile provocations over reports Pyongyang has ordered the production of intercontinental ballistic missile components to be increased
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170823000705
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170823_20/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2107962/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-orders-production-more-rocket
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3037528

07 AUGUST 2017

Who are North Korea’s trading partners?

Despite being economically isolated, North Korea exports about $3bn worth of products and maintains trade relations chiefly with China, India, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Russia, Thailand and the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2017/08/north-korea-trading-partners-170807142149131.html

5 AUGUST 2017

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/security-council-vote-north-korea-sanctions-170805153043100.html
https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1718/resolutions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40838582

29 JULY 2017

North Korea confirms firing of another missile towards Japan

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) demonstrated that his country can hit the US mainland
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/north-korea-icbm-test-proves-strike-range-170729042200736.html
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-confirms-firing-of-another-missile-towards-japan/a-39879886
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40760583

21 JULY 2017

What sanctions? North Korea economy grows at fastest pace in 17 years

North Korea’s economy grew at its fastest pace in 17 years in 2016, South Korea’s central bank said on Friday, despite the isolated country facing international sanctions aimed at curbing its pursuit of nuclear weapons
http://www.atimes.com/article/sanctions-north-korea-economy-grows-fastest-pace-17-years/

21 JULY 2017

Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier

Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/21/trump-administration-bans-us-travel-north-korea-following-death/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40680500

10 JULY 2017

North Korea’s surprising, lucrative relationship with Africa

North Korea’s commercial relationships are only one sign of the surprisingly close ties many African leaders have with the secretive, highly repressive Asian country
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-north-koreas-african-connection

8 JULY 2017

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday (July 8), flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, the South’s defence ministry said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-bombers-drill-near-korea-dmz-in-show-of-force
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/two-us-bombers-hold-firing-drills-with-south-korean-forces-9015252

4 JULY 2017

North Korea’s missile test: everything you need to know

Missile experts have examined data from the test to analyse whether North Korea’s claim of being able to reach ‘anywhere in the world’ is true
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/are-north-koreas-missile-claims-true-and-what-do-they-signify
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-17399847

North Korea claims it has test fired intercontinental ballistic missile – a weapon that ‘could reach Alaska’

North Korea claims to have conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a development that, if confirmed, could move the regime closer to being able to strike the US mainland and dramatically strengthen its hand in negotiations with Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-japans-defence-ministry-says
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/donald-trump-attacks-kim-jong-un-twitter-north-koreas-latest/

20 JUNE 2017

North Korea’s Military Capabilities

North Korea has one of the world’s largest conventional military forces, which, combined with its escalating missile and nuclear tests and aggressive rhetoric, has aroused concern worldwide. North Korea spends nearly a quarter of its GDP on its military
https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/north-koreas-military-capabilities?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cfr_main+%28CFR.org+-+Main+Site+Feed%29

14 JUNE 2017

North Korea’ Hidden Cobra group behind eight years of hacks, says US

The US government is issuing a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubs « Hidden Cobra, » saying the group is part of the North Korean government and more attacks are likely
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korean-cyber-group-behind-8-years-attacks-fbi

Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained

8 JUNE 2017

North Korea launches missile salvo at area where US aircraft carrier fleet had sailed

North Korea has fired a volley of what appeared to be land-to-ship missiles, hours after a senior US official said the regime’s recent advances in missile technology were causing “great concern” in Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/north-korea-launches-salvo-missiles-tests
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-fires-suspected-land-to-ship-missiles-as-south-korea-delays-thaad-8927710

3 JUNE 2017

UNSC adopts resolution sanctioning more North Korean individuals, entities

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals and put sanctions on two companies, one bank as well as the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204787
http://www.france24.com/en/20170603-un-security-council-blacklists-north-korea-missile-tests
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/un-security-council-expands-north-korea-sanctions-missile-tests/#EiMhLDK0w8yYu8jF.97

27 MAY 2017

North Korean official accuses UN of refusing to discuss alternatives to sanctions

North Korea has slammed UN Security Council resolutions meant to restrict the country’s trade and international financial ties and accused Secretary General Antonio Guterres of ignoring multiple requests from Pyongyang to consider alternatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2095906/north-korea-official-blasts-uns-refusal-weigh-alternatives-sanctions?cx_tag=recommend_desktop#cxrecs_s

21 MAY 2017

North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-unit-180-the-cyber-warfare-cell-that-worries-the-west

North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2095114/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile-seoul-says
https://japantoday.com/category/world/seoul-says-north-korea-fires-an-unidentified-projectile

18 MAY 2017

Russia launches ferry connection with North Korea

The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea was launched on Thursday, the company operating it said, hoping to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

14 MAY 2017

North Korea test-fires what could be new kind of longer-range missile

Launch on day of China’s ‘belt and road’ summit reflects Pyongyang’s determination to push ahead with its nuclear ambitions, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094267/china-again-calls-restraint-after-north-korean-missile
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/14/north-korea-has-fired-a-ballistic-missile-according-to-reports-from-south-korea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/13/north-korea-test-fires-projectile-believed-to-be-ballistic-missile

13 MAY 2017

North Korea open for US talks under ‘right conditions’

Pyongyang would have a dialogue with the Trump administration if the « conditions are there », Yonhap news agency quoted a senior North Korean diplomat, who handles relations with the US, as saying
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-open-talks-conditions-170513151959644.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203966

5 MAY 2017

North Korea CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un allegation – full text

North Korea is accusing the US and South Korea of plotting to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un. Here is the full statement from the North Korean ministry of state security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-39819922

29 APRIL 2017

North Korea conducts second failed ballistic missile launch in two weeks

In strong defiance of sanctions placed against it, North Korea test-fired another ballistic missile on Saturday, its second failed launch in the past fortnight
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253001658/north-korea-conducts-second-failed-ballistic-missile-launch-in-two-weeks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203481
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39750240

11 APRIL 2017

North Korea tells America it’s ready for ‘war’ after the US Navy makes ‘reckless’ show of force

North Korea has denounced the US deployment of a naval strike group to the region, warning it is ready for « war » as Washington tightens the screws on the nuclear-armed state
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/south-korea-warns-north-provocations-us-navy-group-approaches/
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-denounces-us-naval-deployment-in-west-pacific/a-38376046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-says-us-ready-to-solve-n-korea-problem-without-china/3670130.html

5 APRIL 2017

North Korea launches ballistic missile ahead of Xi-Trump summit

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the Sea of Japan at 6:42 a.m. on Wednesday from the eastern coastal region of Sinpo. The missile flew about 60km before hitting the water, according to the South Korean military
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/North-Korea-launches-ballistic-missile-ahead-of-Xi-Trump-summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-sea-japan-170405005900793.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252690136/north-korea-makes-itself-heard-as-trump-xi-prepare-to-meet-reclusive-nation-fires-another-ballistic-missile

22 MARCH 2017

North Korean missile explodes seconds after launch

A North Korean missile fired Wednesday morning exploded within seconds of launch, the South Korean and U.S. militaries said, a reassuring sign for those worried about the speed at which North Korea’s weapons program has been progressing
http://www.dw.com/en/latest-north-korean-missile-test-fails-seoul/a-38060304
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/22/north-korea-missile-test-failure

19 MARCH 2017

North Korea tests new rocket engine, which can be repurposed for use in missiles

North Korea has tested a powerful new rocket engine, state media said Sunday, with leader Kim Jong-un hailing the successful test as a “new birth” for the nation’s rocket industry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2080244/north-korea-tests-new-rocket-engine-which-can-be-repurposed-use
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170319_12/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/19/north-korea-rocket-test-overheated-relations-with-us-rex-tillerson-kim-jong-un

6 MARCH 2017

North Korea fires four ballistic missiles into Sea of Japan

North Korea launched four missiles Monday morning, a provocative barrage that coincided both with joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises on the southern half of the peninsula and with the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in China
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/north-korea-launches-another-missile-perhaps-one-that-can-reach-us/2017/03/05/943010ee-96e2-4ff4-83aa-2fe09cd65831_story.html?utm_term=.7eaf5c96a8f9
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/05/asia/north-korea-projectile/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/06/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile-into-sea-of-japan

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Plans for first post-Trump US contact with North Korea cancelled, says report

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after Donald Trump took office have reportedly been cancelled after the US state department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/plans-for-first-post-trump-us-contact-with-north-korea-cancelled-says-report
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/n-korean-envoy-denied-visa-first-talks-trump-administration-cancelled/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been killed at an airport in Malaysia after being sprayed in the face by an unidentified liquid, police have said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/14/kim-jong-uns-older-brother-killed-north-korean-spies-poison1/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/feb/14/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-uns-brother-dies-in-malaysia-video-report
http://www.atimes.com/kim-jong-nam-murdered-poisoned-needles/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

International community condemns DPRK’s missile test-firing

The international community has generally denounced the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/13/c_136053978.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/korea-declares-ballistic-missile-test-success-170213085718539.html

12 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile, challenging Trump

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday in what appeared to be a move timed to follow the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump in Washington
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251655179
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/12/north-korea-shoots-missile-500km-in-show-of-force-to-trump-says-south
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-tests-ballistic-missile-does-not-appear-to-be-icbm/3512368.html

3 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korean spy chief sacked in latest purge, says South Korea

The head of North Korea’s spy agency has become the most senior victim of another round of apparent purges ordered by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korean officials have said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/03/north-korean-spy-chief-sacked-in-latest-purge-says-south-korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/kim-jong-un-dismisses-head-spy-agency-south-korea-says/

18 DECEMBER 2016

Successfully consolidating power, Kim Jong Un marks five years as leader of North Korea

Taking over from his father, whose demise was observed at monuments and center plazas across the the nation, Kim has consolidated power over the last five years, especially with the execution of his powerful uncle and the purges that ensued
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250283015

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea air show thumbs nose at sanctions

Just weeks after carrying out its fifth nuclear test, North Korea put on an unprecedented civilian and military air force display Saturday (Sep 24) at the country’s first ever public aviation show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-air-show-thumbs-nose-at-sanctions/3152704.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160924_20/

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

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

17 AUGUST 2016

Top North Korean diplomat defects from London embassy

A top North Korean diplomat in London has defected because he is “sick and tired of Kim Jong-un’s regime”, according to a spokesman for the South Korean government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/top-north-korean-diplomat-defects-london-embassy/
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/17/world/north-korea-diplomat-defects/index.html

3 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires missile into Japan waters for first time

North Korea fired a ballistic missile directly into Japanese-controlled waters for the first time Wednesday (Aug 3), drawing an outraged response from Tokyo and ramping up tensions with the United States and South Korea
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-report
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246385091

19 JULY 2016

Pyongyang fires 3 missiles in protest of Thaad

Pyongyang fired three ballistic missiles early Tuesday into the East Sea, possibly in protest against Seoul and Washington’s decision to deploying an advanced missile defense system to South Korea
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021519
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/07/116_209821.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160719_80/

9 JULY 2016

A North Korea’s submarine-launched missile test ‘fails’

North Korea fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off its east coast on Saturday, but the missile failed in its initial flight stage, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/09/content_15460516.html
https://www.nknews.org/2016/07/north-korea-fires-sub-launched-ballistic-missile/
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/07/09/86/0301000000AEN20160709002253315F.html

6 JULY 2016

US sanctions N. Korean leader Kim Jong Un for rights abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on North Korea’s top officials, including its leader Kim Jong Un, for human rights abuses. It is the first time the US has held Kim directly responsible for extreme rights abuses
http://www.dw.com/en/us-sanctions-n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-for-rights-abuses/a-19384516
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2016/07/06/0401000000AEN20160706013754315.html

23 JUNE 2016

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

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

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea carries out two banned mid-range ‘Musudan ballistic’ missile tests

North Korea conducted two back-to-back tests of a powerful new medium-range missile on Wednesday, with at least one launch ending in failure, South Korea’s Defence Ministry said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/21/north-korea-test-fires-musudan-ballistic-missile/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1979187/north-korea-fires-two-powerful-mid-range-missiles-extending
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-22/north-korea-carries-out-two-backtoback-musudan-missile-tests-south-korea-says/1592454

7 JUNE 2016

The North Korea-Cuba Connection

Havana’s continued cooperation with Pyongyang is an alarming blow to the normalization process.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/the-north-korea-cuba-connection/

31 MAY 2016

North Korea’s fourth Musudan missile launch fails: South

North Korea launched a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile early Tuesday morning, but the launch ended in failure, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and military sources said
http://atimes.com/2016/05/japan-puts-military-on-alert-for-possible-north-korea-missile-launch-nhk/

21 MAY 2016

North Korea’s Complicated Relationship With the Gulf

North Korea has had a relatively short and somewhat complicated relationship with the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)http://www.fairobserver.com/region/middle_east_north_africa/north-koreas-complicated-relationship-gulf-99077/

Top North Korean diplomat Kang Sok-ju who forged 1994 nuclear deal with the U.S. dies

Kang Sok-ju, a senior official of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), has died of cancer at the age of 76, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244265975
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/21/content_15436688.html

9 MAY 2016

Kim Jong-un is made chairman of Workers’ Party

North Korea on Monday 9 named Kim Jong-un as chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), in a move to further cement his grip on power. Kim’s appointment came on the last day of the Communist country’s biggest political gathering, held for the first time in 36 years, with over 3,000 participants unanimously supporting the motion
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/kim-jong-un-made-chairman-workers%E2%80%99-party
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-stages-second/2773726.html

7 MAY 2016

Nobel laureates call for easing of sanctions on North Korea

During a week-long trip, three renowned scientists have seen for themselves the impact of international sanctions on North Korea. They say the quality of medical care and academic research has been weakened
http://www.dw.com/en/nobel-laureates-call-for-easing-of-sanctions-on-north-korea/a-19241661
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nobel-laureates-call-easing-north-korea-sanctions-105940610.html?nhp=1

6 MAY 2016

North Korean leader trumpets nuclear program at congress

In the first congress of the ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years, he added that North Korea had had taken « magnificent » strides in its nuclear weapons program and would not be cowed by sanctions or international pressure
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korean-leader-trumpets-nuclear-program-at-congress/a-19240589
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/06/north-korea-kicks-off-congress-but-foreign-invitees-refused-entry/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/07/world/asia/north-korea-congress.html?ref=world&referer=http:/www.nytimes.com/pages/world/index.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&region=TopBar&module=HPMiniNav&contentCollection=World&WT.nav=page&nytmobile=0&_r=0

24 MARCH 2016

North Korea claims successful solid-fuel rocket engine test

North Korea said Thursday that it had successfully conducted a high-powered, solid-fuel rocket engine test, which if confirmed would be a major step forward in boosting its missile attack capability against South Korea and the United States.
https://www.yahoo.com/tech/north-korea-claims-more-progress-050215879.html
https://www.nknews.org/2016/03/north-korea-conducts-solid-missile-fuel-test/

19 MARCH 2016

U.N. Security Council condemns North Korea missile launches

The United Nations Security Council strongly condemned on Friday North Korea’s recent ballistic missile launches and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Pyongyang to « halt these inflammatory and escalatory actions. »
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201603190010
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/17/asia/north-korea-missile-launch/index.html

16 MARCH 2016

White House demands release of US student sentenced to 15 years hard labour in North Korea

The White House has urged North Korea to release a US student who was condemned to 15 years hard labour after allegedly stealing a propaganda sign from a hotel.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/12196295/White-House-demands-release-of-US-student-sentenced-to-15-years-hard-labour-in-North-Korea.html

12 MARCH 2016

North Korea submarine ‘missing’ as US-South Korea drills continue

A North Korean People’s Navy submarine is missing and presumed sunk, a U.S. official told USNI News on Friday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35793980
http://atimes.com/2016/03/us-official-north-korean-submarine-is-missing-presumed-sunk/

3 MARCH 2016

North Korea fires 6 short-range projectiles in wake of UN resolution

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired six short-range projectiles on Thursday morning in an apparent show of force after new tougher sanctions resolution on Pyongyang was passed at the UN Security Council
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/971652.shtml
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-fires-short-range-missiles-after-new-un-sanctions

21 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea new army chief after Ri Yong-gil ‘execution’

Ri Myong-su has been named army chief in North Korea, days after unconfirmed reports that his predecessor, Ri Yong-gil, had been executed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35624820
http://atimes.com/2016/02/north-korea-confirms-new-military-chief-after-execution-of-top-official/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35539346
http://news.yahoo.com/korea-suspend-operations-joint-kaesong-industrial-park-n-082439165.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-firms-begin/2505228.html

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korean satellite is in orbit, say Seoul and Washington

North Korea was successful in putting a satellite into orbit on Sunday, although it is not clear whether it is working, according to South Korea’s defence ministry
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/12147588/North-Korean-satellite-is-in-orbit-says-Seoul.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160209000046

7 FEBRUARY 2016

UN Security Council ‘strongly condemns’ N. Korea rocket launch

« The members of the Security Council strongly condemn this launch, » read a statement presented by Venezuela’s UN Ambassador Rafael Ramiriez, who sits as the council’s president for February.
http://www.dw.com/en/un-security-council-strongly-condemns-n-korea-rocket-launch/a-19032563
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35518058
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hold-emergency-summit-korea-rocket-launch-160207144308489.html

4 FEBRUARY 2016

DPRK ruling party convenes meeting to rout corruption

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong-un presided over a meeting of senior ruling party officials aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May, its state media reported Thursday, calling the gathering the first of its kind.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/04/content_15382933.html

8 JANUARY 2016

North Korea releases video of ‘new’ submarine-launched missile test

North Korea has released video footage of a purportedly new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test, three days after it claimed it had successfully tested its first hydrogen bomb
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-09/north-korea-releases-video-of-new-submarinelaunched-missile-test/1534114
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/09/north-korea-releases-video-of-missile-test/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160109_24.html

7 JANUARY 2016

Why sanctions have failed to deter North Korea

As the UN considers imposing more sanctions on North Korea following its latest nuclear test, DW examines how effective such measures have been in deterring Pyongyang from advancing its nuclear arms program.
http://www.dw.com/en/why-sanctions-have-failed-to-deter-north-korea/a-18966019

30 DECEMBER 2015

Kim Yang-gon, North Korea’s top official in charge of relations with South dies in traffic accident

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s “most trustworthy” aide who oversaw ties with the South has died in a traffic accident, Pyongyang’s state media said Wednesday, a loss seen as a blow to efforts at reconciliation between the two rivals
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186748
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1896510/north-koreas-top-official-charge-relations-south-dies-traffic
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/29/world/north-korean-official-kim-yang-gon-dies/index.html

16 DECEMBER 2015

N. Korea jails Canadian pastor for life with hard labour

An influential Canadian pastor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with hard labour by a North Korean court following his conviction on sedition charges, prompting Canada to slam the punishment as « unduly harsh ».
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/north-korea-sentences-canadian-pastor-life-imprisonment-053021074.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/12052845/North-Korea-sentences-Canadian-pastor-to-hard-labour-for-life.html

19 NOVEMBER 2015

North Korea releases detailed plan for Free Trade Zone

North Korea announced the adoption of a comprehensive plan to develop a free trade zone in Rason, which will focus on promoting the zone as a center of the MICE industry. MICE stands for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-releases-detailed-plan-free-trade-zone

30 OCTOBER 2015

North Korea calls first ruling party congress for 35 years

North Korea announced Friday it would convene a congress of its ruling Workers’ Party for the first time in 35 years, reviving a forum last gathered under the rule of current leader Kim Jong-Un’s grandfather, Kim Il-Sung
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-calls-first-ruling-party-congress-35-years

23 OCTOBER 2015

North Korea regime members defect from overseas postings

At least 20 senior members of the North Korean regime have defected to Seoul this year, up from eight in 2013, according to reports
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11950568/North-Korea-regime-members-defect-from-overseas-postings.html

10 OCTOBER 2015

North Korea marks 70 years of ruling party with massive military parade

North Korea held a massive military parade in Pyongyang on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of its ruling Workers’ Party.It’s being seen as the biggest military parade ever held in North Korea broadcast live on its state-run Korean Central Television
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184123 http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-10/north-korea-ready-to-fight-any-war-with-us-kim-jongun-tells-major-military-parade-in-pyongyang/1502186
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/09/asia/north-korea-military-might/index.html

8 OCTOBER 2015

North Korean capital shows flashes of prosperity amid country’s isolation

 Smartphones, traffic jams and modern, energy-saving lights casting a dim glow on the streets: North Korea’s capital shows signs of change even as it prepares for a pageant of military muscle and propaganda of the kind the country is known for
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korean-capital-show/2178732.html

7 AUGUST 2015

North Korea sets up own time zone in snub to Japan

North Korea has announced that it is winding its clocks back by 30 minutes to create a new « Pyongyang Time » – breaking from a time standard imposed by what it called « wicked Japanese imperialists » more than a century ago.
http://www.france24.com/en/20150807-north-korea-sets-own-time-zone-snub-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/north-korea-winds-clocks-pyongyang-time-150807014614051.html

11 JULY 2015

North Korea names new defence minister

The country’s KCNA news agency referred to General Pak Yong-sik as « head of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces », the country’s defence minister equivalent, in a report on military talks held with the government of Laos
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/620232/north-korea-names-new-defence-minister

17 JUNE 2015

North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century

The official Korean Central News Agency said on Wednesday that the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/north-korea-hit-worst-drought-century-150617175703554.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133615/rice-fields-dry-up-as-north-korea-suffers-worst-drought-in-a-century/

13 MAY 2015

North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol ‘executed’

North Korea’s Defence Minister Hyon Yong-chol has been executed for showing disloyalty to leader Kim Jong-un, South Korea’s spy agency has told parliament.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32716749
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150513_20.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/13/north-korea-executes-defence-minister-for-dozing-off/

9 MAY 2015

North Korea tests underwater ballistic missile

North Korea has carried out a successful underwater test of a ballistic missile, the North Korean state news agency reported
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=179369
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/08/asia/north-korea-missile-test/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/09/n-korea-claims-successful-ballistic-missile-launch-from-submarine/

30 APRIL 2015

North Korean diplomats cause chaos at UN event on rights

A U.S.-organized event on North Korea’s human rights briefly turned into chaos at the U.N. on Thursday as North Korean diplomats insisted on reading a statement of protest, amid shouts from defectors, and then stormed out
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11575917/North-Korea-diplomats-storm-out-of-UN-rights-meeting.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/north-korean-diplomats-cause-chaos-un-event-rights-152711616.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korean-diplomats-storm-out-un-rights-meeting

DPRK top leader cancels ‘planned visit to Russia’

Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un canceled his planned visit to Moscow for the Victory Day celebration on May 9, the Kremlin said Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-04/30/content_15258029.html

25 APRIL 2015

North Korea requests Asean ‘partnership’

North Korea has requested a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a top Malaysian Foreign Ministry official said Saturday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/541371/n-korea-requests-asean-partnership

24 APRIL 2015

North Korea Looks for a New Friend, India

On April 13th, Ri Su Yong met his Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, in New Delhi. The trip is thought to be the first time a North Korean foreign minister has visited India.

http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/north-korea-looks-new-friend-india

8 APRIL 2015

North Korea to Mexico: Give us back our ship

North Korea accused Mexico of illegally holding one of its cargo ships Wednesday and demanded the release of the vessel and crew.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/08/asia/north-korea-mexico-ship-seized/index.html

13 MARCH 2015

North Korea’s growing economy — and America’s misconceptions about it

The textile factories producing “made in China” goods from compounds just across the Yalu River from North Korea offer a glimpse into a hidden world that is helping North Korea’s economy to thrive
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-koreas-growing-economy-and-americas-misconceptions-about-it/2015/03/13/b551d2d0-c1a8-11e4-a188-8e4971d37a8d_story.html

9 MARCH 2015

N Korea official admits use of labour camps

A North Korean official has publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of « reform through labour » camps, after a highly critical UN report into the country’s human rights record earlier this year, but dismissed the report’s accusations
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-official-admits-use-labour-camps-20141080576899804.html

4 FEBRUARY 2015

North Korea strikes down U.S. talks, vows ‘final doom’

North Korea on Wednesday ruled out resuming dialogue with the « gangster-like » United States, and vowed to respond to any U.S. aggression with nuclear strikes and cyber warfare
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150204001086

10 JANUARY 2015

North Korea offers to suspend nuclear tests in return for end to US drills

North Korea said on Saturday (Jan 10) it had offered to « temporarily » suspend any future nuclear test if the United States cancels its annual joint military drills with South Korea this year.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-offers-us/1581674.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-offers-suspend-nuclear-tests-return-end-us-drills

19 DECEMBER 2014

Putin invites N. Korean leader to Moscow next year

Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year, news report said Friday, in what would be the first overseas trip by Kim
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141220000041

18 DECEMBER 2014

UN General Assembly seeks North Korea ICC charges

The non-binding measure approved by a vote of 116 to 20 with 53 abstentions was hailed as a clear message about growing international concern over human rights violations in the reclusive communist country.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450715/un-wants-north-korea-charged-at-icc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30540379

27 NOVEMBER 2014

N Korean leader’s sister appointed in top job

North Korea has revealed that leader Kim Jong Un’s sister has been named as a senior official in the ruling Workers’ Party, strengthening analysts’ views that she is an increasingly important part of the family dynasty that runs the country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/north-korea-leader-sister-appointed-top-job-20141127123414978909.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-reveals-senior-rank-kim-jong-uns-little-sister

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Isolated N.K. boosts Russia ties

North Korea and Russia appear to be joining forces to ease their international isolation as the former strives to strengthen the bilateral relationship in a frantic search for outside economic assistance and diplomatic support
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141124001002

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Top North Korea envoy in Moscow for Putin talks

A special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Moscow on Monday for talks with President Vladimir Putin as Pyongyang seeks allies to fend off a UN resolution calling for a probe into crimes against humanity.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443889/top-north-korea-envoy-in-moscow-for-putin-talks

15 NOVEMBER 2014

US spy chief’s rare insight into N.Korean diplomacy

The US intelligence chief who flew to North Korea on a secret mission to free two Americans said there is « the potential for change » in the secretive state, in a rare window into the murky world of Pyongyang diplomacy. 
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/443520/us-spy-chief-rare-insight-into-n-korean-diplomacy
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11233191/US-spy-chief-reveals-inside-story-of-North-Korea-prisoner-release.html

8 NOVEMBER 2014

North Korea frees two detained US citizens

Two Americans serving lengthy prison sentences in North Korea were released on Saturday by the reclusive state following a secret mission to Pyongyang by US intelligence chief James Clapper, the State Department announced
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/north-korea-frees-two-detained-us-citizens-2014118152458586114.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442191/n-korea-releases-two-detained-americans-state-dept

5 NOVEMBER 2014

World Bank chief calls on North Korea to open doors

World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim was adamant that the multilateral organisation could not support North Korea unless the country opened up its economy and joined the global community
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-chief-calls-on-North-Korea-to-open-door-67087.html

27 OCTOBER 2014

Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe

A Japanese delegation arrived in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang’s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439903/japan-delegation-arrives-in-n-korea-over-kidnapping-probe
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996554

22 OCTOBER 2014

UN urged to refer North Korea to war crimes court

A judge who led an inquiry of North Korea’s dismal rights record urged the United Nations on Wednesday to reject a « charm offensive » from Pyongyang and seek war crimes prosecutions of the regime.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439108/un-urged-to-refer-north-korea-to-war-crimes-court

21 OCTOBER 2014

North Korea releases one of three Americans held captive, US confirms

State Department says Jeffrey Fowle was home Tuesday after negotiators left Pyongyang, and that the US was working to free two others held by North Korea
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/21/north-korea-jeffrey-fowle-state-department
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11178421/North-Korea-releases-American-detainee-Jeffrey-Fowle.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

North Korea in grip of leadership tension

We now know that Kim’s extended absence was mainly for medical reasons. But during his absence, interestingly, we witnessed a more open and conciliatory North Korea. The visit of Vice Marshall and National Defense Commission Vice Chairman Hwang Pyong-so and General Choe Ryong-hae to South Korea for the closing of the Asian Games was significant
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-171014.html

14 OCTOBER 2014

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un ‘appears in public’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his first public appearance since 3 September, the country’s official news agency says. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/13/world/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29608096
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-leader-reappears-public-view-201410141928453666.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

N Korea official admits use of labour camps

A North Korean official has publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of « reform through labour » camps, after a highly critical UN report into the country’s human rights record earlier this year, but dismissed the report’s accusations.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-official-admits-use-labour-camps-20141080576899804.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/08/north-korea-admits-using-labour-camps

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

NKorea tells UN it’s ready to discuss human rights

North Korea says it willing to cooperate with the U.N. and other international organizations on human rights, but is bristling at what it views as politicization of the issue by its arch enemy, the United States.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127040/nkorea-tells-un-its-ready-to-discuss-human-rights/

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea jails US man Matthew Miller for six years

A North Korean court has sentenced an American man to six years of hard labour for « hostile acts », the state-run KCNA news agency has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29196644
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2014/09/north-korea-holds-trial-american-tourist-201491451857466396.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea ready to provide list of abducted Japanese

North Korea has declared that it is ready to hand over a list of Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang’s agents, but hinted that Tokyo is unlikely to be satisfied at the number of people its internal investigation has located.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11088919/North-Korea-ready-to-provide-list-of-abducted-Japanese.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years

The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/07/national/head-of-japans-top-pro-pyongyang-group-arrives-in-north-korea-for-the-first-time-in-eight-years/#.VA3FKL1OLmI

6 SEPTEMBER 2014

Key North Korean diplomat heads to Europe: report

Kang Sok-Ju, secretary of the central committee of the ruling Workers’ Party, is leading a delegation to Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy and also Mongolia, the North’s Korean Central News Agency reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430849/key-north-korean-diplomat-heads-to-europe-report

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea’s suicide rate among worst in world, says WHO report

South Korea’s problem with suicide has been well documented. But a World Health Organisation report has found that the problem is even worse in its northerly neighbour, making the peninsula one of the most suicidal regions in the world.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/04/north-korea-suicide-rate-among-worst-world-who-report

19 AUGUST 2014

North Korea transfers tanks to Chinese border

North Korea has transferred one of its newest and most modern armoured units to the border with China, in the latest indication of the depth of the rift between the two erstwhile allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11043980/North-Korea-transfers-tanks-to-Chinese-border.html

6 AUGUST 2014

North Korea rejects offer to attend mass given by Pope Francis in Seoul

North’s Korean Catholics Association said visit would be ‘agonising’ and cites Seoul’s refusal to cancel a joint military drill with US forces for its decision
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/north-korea-rejects-mass-pope-francis-seoul

30 JULY 2014

China-N.K. relations face bumpy road

Relations between North Korea and China face a bumpy road as Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to chip away at their decades-long alliance while Beijing increasingly courts Seoul for greater strategic and economic cooperation
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140730000967

29 JULY 2014

North Korea denies reports of missile deal with Hamas

North Korea has accused the West of a « sinister » plot to drag it into the Middle East conflict by fabricating stories it has forged a deal to supply missiles to Hamas
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10998755/North-Korea-denies-reports-of-missile-deal-with-Hamas.html

26 JULY 2014

Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

Exclusive: Hamas has paid North Korea for missiles and communications equipment in arms deal worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthority/10992921/Hamas-and-North-Korea-in-secret-arms-deal.html

10 JULY 2014

Five North Korean Weapons of War South Korea Should Fear

Be afraid: The Hermit Kingdom maintains a staggering arsenal, from tens of thousands of light infantry to heavy artillery all the way to nuclear weapons
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/five-north-korean-weapons-war-south-korea-should-fear-10841

9 JULY 2014

Chief architect of North Korea’s nuclear programme dies

A former North Korean missile expert who was sanctioned by the United Nations for his role in the North’s nuclear and missile weapons programmes has died, state media said on Wednesday
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/09/chief-architect-north-korea-nuclear-programme-dies
http://nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com/leadership-biographies/jon-pyong-ho/

3 JULY 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision

Japan is to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the regime in Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents during the cold war
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/japan-to-lift-some-sanctions-against-north-korea-after-abductee-move
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/03/japan-set-to-lift-sanctions-on-north-korea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/03/national/japan-outlines-sanctions-reward-for-n-koreas-action-on-abductions/#.U7WuNL1OLmI

27 JUNE 2014

North Korea claims to have tested precision guided missile

North Korea claims to have successfully tested a new precision guided missile, at the same time as its army threatens a « devastating » retaliation against South Korea for carrying out live fire drills near their maritime border
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/27/north-korea-claims-to-have-tested-precision-guided-missile
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10929633/Kim-Jong-un-oversees-test-of-North-Koreas-breakthrough-guided-missile.html

26 JUNE 2014

North Koreans hold a rally to mark 64 years since the start of the Korean war

North Koreans march through the streets of Pyongyang with banners to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war. State media shows crowds shouting slogans such as ‘Down with the US aggressor’. The war started in 1950 when North Korean troops launched a surprise attack into South Korea
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/jun/26/north-korea-rally-64-years-since-start-korean-war-video

31 MAY 2014

North Korea Sentences South Korean ‘Spy’ to Life

North Korean media say a South Korean Christian missionary has been sentenced to life at hard labor after being convicted of several charges, including setting up an underground church and espionage
http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-sentences-south-korean-spy-to-life/1926700.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/n-korea-gives-missionary-hard-labour-life-20145311713951665.html

29 MAY 2014

North Korea agrees to reinvestigate all Japanese abductions: PM Abe

North Korea has agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday, in what appeared to be a significant breakthrough on an issue that has long hampered Tokyo’s relations with Pyongyang

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-agrees-reinvestigate-all-japanese-abductions-pm-abe

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/29/north-korea-reopen-inquiry-abductions-japanese-cold-war

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2014/05/north-korea-agrees-probe-japan-abductions-201452914815296839.html

17 MAY 2014

Executed’ Kim Jong-Un girlfriend reappears on North Korea television

A North Korean singer said to be Kim Jong-Un’s ex-girlfriend and reported to have been executed by firing squad last year has appeared on state television, apparently alive and well.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10837897/Executed-Kim-Jong-Un-girlfriend-reappears-on-North-Korea-television.html

9 MAY 2014

US condemns North Korea’s Obama ‘monkey’ jibes

Pyongyang’s description of US leader as ‘crossbreed’ and ‘wicked black monkey’ dismissed as ‘ugly and disrespectful’ by White House

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10818450/US-condemns-North-Koreas-Obama-monkey-jibes.html

Is China losing faith in North Korea?

Beijing’s contingency plans for the fall of Kim Jong-un have apparently been leaked to the media. What does this mean for Pyongyang’s relations with its only major ally?

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/09/is-china-losing-faith-in-north-korea

8 MAY 2014

North Korea agrees to ‘consider’ UN recommendations on human rights

The UH human rights council has presented North Korea with 268 recommendations to improve human rights in the country –185 of which the North has said it will consider.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/08/north-korea-un-human-rights

2 MAY 2014

North Korea military official Choe Ryong-hae replaced

Top North Korean military official Choe Ryong-hae has been replaced, the KCNA state news agency reports, fuelling speculation he has fallen out of favour with the country’s leadership
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27256527
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/north-korea-replaces-top-army-official-amid-nuclear-warnings-25898.html

1 MAY 2014

Would you travel to North Korea? – poll

Would you jump at the chance to visit the hermit kingdom? Or do accusations about the regime make it a no go?http://www.theguardian.com/world/poll/2014/may/01/north-korea-northkorea

23 APRIL 2014

Kim Jong-un’s Emmental envoys rejected by French cheese school

A French college has politely turned its nose up at a request to help three North Korean experts make top-notch cheese to satisfy the tastes of their Emmental-loving supreme leader, Kim Jong-un

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10783278/Kim-Jong-uns-Emmental-envoys-rejected-by-French-cheese-school.html

15 APRIL 2014

Hwang Pyong-so may become Kim Jong-un’s right-hand man

Hwang Pyong-so, one of two senior deputy directors of North Korea’s Korean Workers’ Party, has been promoted to the rank of vice marshal of the Korean People’s Army on Apr. 15, reports the China Youth Daily, the official newspaper of the Communist Youth League

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140428000092

9 APRIL 2014

Kim Jong-Un ‘re-elected’ as North Korean leader

Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday « re-elected » as North Korea’s leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the secretive regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/04/485_155016.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404162/kim-jong-un-re-elected-as-north-korean-leader

30 MARCH 2014

Japan, North Korea diplomats seek thaw in ties

At their first formal talks since November 2012, senior Japanese and North Korean diplomats on Sunday agreed to work toward settling “outstanding issues” impeding bilateral ties

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/30/national/diplomats-seek-thaw-in-dealings-with-north/#.UzhnJ71OLIU

28 MARCH 2014

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile launch

The UN Security Council has condemned North Korea’s launch of two ballistic missiles and said it was considering an « appropriate response »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26780542
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/un-condemns-n-korea-missile-launch-201432801813371104.html

26 MARCH 2014

North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Barack Obama holds Japan-South Korea summit

North Korea has fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast and towards Japan, South Korea’s military said as the leaders of South Korea, Japan and the United States discussed North Korea’s arms programmes.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/defiant-north-korea-test-fires-more-rockets-20143261549693141.html

20 MARCH 2014

Japan, N. Korea move to restart formal talks

Japan and North Korea are moving to restart formal government-level talks, a Japanese foreign ministry official said Thursday, after a shift over the contentious issue of Pyongyang’s past abductions of Japanese citizens http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/400850/japan-n-korea-move-to-restart-formal-talks

12 MARCH 2014

N. Korea adept at dodging sanctions: UN panel

North Korea is becoming more and more adept at dodging international sanctions, a panel of experts said in a report presented Tuesday to the United Nations.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399510/n-korea-adept-at-dodging-sanctions-un-panel

10 MARCH 2014

N.K. leader’s younger sister debuts on political stage

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s younger sister appears to have made her debut on the political stage in what may be an attempt by the Kim family to cement its power.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140310001400

10 MARCH 2014

Kim Jong-un secures unsurprising ‘100 per cent’ victory in North Korea election

North Korea’s state media has confirmed what was never in doubt – a 100 percent, no-abstention poll victory for leader Kim Jong-Un in the country’s stage-managed parliamentary election.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10687009/Kim-Jong-un-secures-unsurprising-100-per-cent-victory-in-North-Korea-election.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/10/north-korea-s-kim-jong-un-claims-100-percent-election-result/

9 MARCH 2014

North Koreans ‘vote’ in elections – singing, dancing and reciting poetry

North Korea’s cowed people were marched to the polls on Sunday for a pre-decided « election » to parliament – with only one candidate for each seat
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10686188/North-Koreans-vote-in-elections-singing-dancing-and-reciting-poetry.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/09/song-and-dance-in-north-korea-as-rubber-stamp-parliament-is-elected/

7 MARCH 2014

Japan: No N. Korea Aid Until Abduction Issue Resolved

Japan says it will not provide any aid to North Korea until the issue of Japanese nationals abducted by the North is resolved

http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-no-n-korea-aid-until-abduction-issue-resolved/1865975.html

N. Korean No. 2 reappears, quashing purge rumours

North Korea’s state media published photos Friday of Vice Marshall Choe Ryong-Hae, quashing intense speculation that the man seen as the number two to paramount leader Kim Jong-Un had been purged.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398683/n-korean-no-2-reappears-quashing-purge-rumours

3 MARCH 2014

North Korea deports Australian missionary

North Korea on Monday deported an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in the country, saying he apologized for his anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120136/north-korea-deports-australian-missionary/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/mar/03/jailed-australian-missionary-reads-confession

27 FEBRUARY 2014

N Korea missiles test ‘in response’ to S Korea-US exercises

North Korea has fired four short-range missiles into the sea, South Korean defence ministry officials say, in a move widely seen as a response to South Korea’s military exercises with the US.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26372311
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10665031/North-Korea-test-fires-four-short-range-missiles.html

26 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea defector: I saw dogs rip children to pieces in camp

Former prison guard has spoken of the horrors he saw in a North Korean camp, the most shocking of which was watching two dogs killing three children

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10662786/North-Korea-defector-I-saw-dogs-rip-children-to-pieces-in-camp.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea

South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396746/n-korea-to-enter-all-events-in-asian-games-reports

19 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea Arrests Christian Missionary From Australia

The Australian, John Short, 75, was arrested in the capital, Pyongyang, on Sunday, according to his wife, Karen. She said the trip was her husband’s second to North Korea. He had religious materials that had been translated into Korean, according to a statement by his family.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/north-korea-arrests-christian-missionary-from-australia.html?ref=asia&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%202.19.14

17 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korean human rights abuses systematic and unparalleled, says UN

North Korea’s leadership is committing systematic and appalling human rights abuses against its own citizens on a scale unparalleled in the modern world, including crimes against humanity, a United Nations report has concluded.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/17/north-korea-human-rights-abuses-united-nations?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.17.14

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/north-korea-un-report/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/n-korea-hits-out-at-un-abuses-report-2014217104927326115.html

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIDPRK/Pages/ReportoftheCommissionofInquiryDPRK.aspx

16 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un marks late father’s birthday

North Korean state television on Sunday broadcast footage of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to commemorate the birthday of his late father Kim Jong-il.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10641994/North-Koreas-Kim-Jong-un-marks-late-fathers-birthday.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/north-korea-promotes-key-military-officials-201421644548629255.html

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Why North Korea Today Is Not East Germany 1989

Policy analysts and politicians have long predicted that the North Korean government will go the way of East German Communism. Just as the seemingly impregnable Honecker regime rapidly disintegrated along with the Berlin Wall, the Kim dynasty has been expected to collapse at any minute. This minute, of course, has lasted for more than two decades.

http://fpif.org/north-korea-today-east-germany-1989/

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Former US envoy visits N. Korea

A former US ambassador to South Korea arrived in Pyongyang on Monday, state media said, after North Korea cancelled a US envoy’s visit over a jailed Korean American
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-us-envoy-visits-n-korea-state-media
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/north-korea-withdraws-invitation-us-official-kenneth-bae

8 FEBRUARY 2014

NKorea pays hefty cash fine in Panama over Cuba arms case

North Korea paid a fine Saturday for trying to ship undeclared Cuban arms through the Panama Canal, possibly in violation of UN sanctions, authorities said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-26103467
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394052/nkorea-pays-hefty-cash-fine-in-panama-over-cuba-arms-case

7 FEBRUARY 2014

US missionary sent back to North Korean labour camp

A US missionary held captive in North Korea was moved from hospital back to a labour camp last month on the same day he appealed for help from Washington, the US State Department said on Friday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140208-north-korea-bae-us-citizen-camp/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/02/08/400124/American-jailed.htm

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Sochi: No Olympics for North Korea

Athletes from the nation under the regime led by Kim Jong-un failed to qualify for the Winter Games which start on February 7. And the Olympic Committee denies Pyongyang the « wild card » facilitated entry for poor or developing countries.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sochi:-No-Olympics-for-North-Korea-30214.html

N. Korean leader to add ‘MP’ to his many titles

North Korea confirmed Tuesday that leader Kim Jong-Un will be a candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections, which will be closely watched for clues on power shifts in Pyongyang.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korean-leader-add-%E2%80%98mp%E2%80%99-his-many-titles

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Japan singer Hikaru Utada to wed Italian barman: reports

Songstress Hikaru Utada is to tie the knot, she announced on her website, with Japanese media saying her intended is an Italian barman eight years her junior.

http://www.divaasia.com/article/27981

30 JANUARY 2014

Imprisoned Kenneth Bae must serve his 15 years hard labor: North Korea envoy

North Korea will not release imprisoned American missionary Kenneth Bae until he finishes his sentence of 15 years hard labor, according to a rare interview with a Pyongyang diplomat

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22507799-imprisoned-kenneth-bae-must-serve-his-15-years-hard-labor-north-korea-envoy?lite

17 JANUARY 2014

Panama: North Korea to pay fine for release of ship found with weapons

North Korea will pay a fine of more than half a million dollars next week for the release of a ship that last year tried to cross the Panama Canal with weapons smuggled aboard, Panamanian authorities said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/17/world/americas/panama-north-korean-ship/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 JANUARY 2014

North Korea Announces Elections For March

North Korea will hold elections for its Supreme People’s Assembly on March 9, the state news agency reported Wednesday.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/08012014-north-korea-announces-elections-march/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/north-korea-hold-parliamentary-elections-20141852450566991.html

3 JANUARY 2014

Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle was eaten alive by 120 hungry dogs: report

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs, according to a newspaper with close ties to China’s ruling Communist Party.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/03/22156917-kim-jong-uns-executed-uncle-was-eaten-alive-by-120-hungry-dogs-report?lite

Did Kim Jong Un Feed His Uncle To 120 Dogs? Be Skeptical

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/03/259386090/did-kim-jong-un-feed-his-uncle-to-120-dogs-be-skeptical

No, Kim Jong Un probably didn’t feed his uncle to 120 hungry dogs

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/01/03/no-kim-jong-un-probably-didnt-feed-his-uncle-to-120-hungry-dogs/?tid=sm_fb

21 DECEMBER 2013

‘Hundreds’ of Jang’s relatives sent to gulags by North Korean regime

Several hundred relatives of Jang Song-thaek, executed recently on charges of plotting to overthrow the North Korean state, have been rounded up and sent to political prison camps.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10532294/Hundreds-of-Jangs-relatives-sent-to-gulags-by-North-Korean-regime.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

North Korea marks Kim Jong-il death amid purge tensions

North Korea is marking the second anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong-il, days after the dramatic purge of a top-level official.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25411490
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/385263/n-korea-military-party-vow-loyalty-to-kim-jong-un

http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/17/north-korea-marks-anniversary-of-former-leader-s-death/

12 DECEMBER 2013

N Korea executes uncle of leader Kim Jong-un

North Korea has executed the uncle of its leader Kim Jong-un days after he was dismissed, state news agency KCNA announced, branding the once-powerful Jang Song-thaek a « traitor. »

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/n-korea-executes-uncle-leader-kim-jong-un-2013121221458939462.html

http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/13/north-korea-leader-kim-jong-un-s-uncle-executed-for-treason

Kim Jong-Un takes father’s title of Dear Leader

Kim Jong-un has adopted the title « Dear Leader » that was previously affected by his father as the North Korean propaganda machine builds up the cult of personality around the young dictator

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10513244/Kim-Jong-Un-takes-fathers-title-of-Dear-Leader.html

China Tries to Harness North Korea

China has been playing a careful and relatively sophisticated strategic game with its unruly ally North Korea, attempting to harness Pyongyang’s determination to expand its nuclear capability while at the same time expanding its economic relations at an unprecedented pace, according to a new analysis by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-harness-north-korea/

6 DECEMBER 2013

Kim Jong-un ‘preparing to purge aunt’

The ailing aunt of Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, may be the next senior member of the regime to fall victim to the blood letting that is gripping Pyongyang’s « old guard »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10499642/Kim-Jong-un-preparing-to-purge-aunt.html

3 DECEMBER 2013

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ousts uncle, claims South Korea

Kim Jong-un may have purged his uncle and aide, South Korean legislators have said, in what would be the most significant ousting since the young leader took the helm in North Korea
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/03/north-korea-kim-jong-un-ousts-uncle-claims-south-korea
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/03/mystery-exit-of-kim-jong-un-s-powerful-uncle-in-north-korea/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-influential-adviser-kim-jong-un-now

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Accused of spying, American held in North Korea issues ‘apology’

An 85-year-old American man detained in North Korea has apologized for his actions, including for killing troops and civilians during the Korean War, North Korea’s state-run news agency reported Saturday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/29/world/asia/north-korea-american-detained/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25165463

24 OCTOBER 2013

Is a change in the US’s North Korea Policy overdue ?

recent study undertaken by RAND, titled Preparing for the Possibility of a North Korean Collapse, raises questions over how prepared the US is for regime change in the DPRK. It also highlights how the US needs to change its policy to better prepare for such an outcome.

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/is-a-change-in-the-uss-north-korea-policy-overdue-2/

North Korean ruler gets Malaysian university honor

A Malaysian university faced public criticism Thursday for awarding an honorary doctorate in economics to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose country is among the poorest in the world.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114863/north-korean-ruler-gets-malaysian-university-honor/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/edvantage/malaysia-universitys-honour-n-korea-leader-draws-flak

23 OCTOBER 2013

The strange alliance between Mongolia and North Korea goes on stage in Pyongyang


Mongolian President Elbegdorj Tsakhiagiin is the first head of state to meet North Korea’s young dictator Kim Jong-un. Bilateral relations and the employment of North Korean workers in Mongolian mines are on the table. Tokyo blocks a Mongolian company from buying the Japanese headquarters of North Korea’s Workers’ Party.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-strange-alliance-between-Mongolia-and-North-Korea-goes-on-stage-in-Pyongyang-29355.html

22 OCTOBER 2013

Tourism in North Korea: the secret state is opening up

All the hoo-ha that’s surrounded the recent opening of North Korea’s ski resort, framed as it’s been by the western press as the answer to chubby Kim Jong Un’s wont to indulge his Swiss ways, has overlooked the fact that every dollar spent on tourism is a dollar not spent on centrifuges or Mercedes.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/22/north-korea-ski-resort-tourism-good

14 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea ‘testing chemical weapons on political prisoners’

The allegations have been made in the most recent report on Pyongyang’s chemical weapons capabilities by 38 North, the respected web site operated by the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and are based on testimony from both prisoners and former guards who managed to defect.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10376676/North-Korea-testing-chemical-weapons-on-political-prisoners.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea warns of ‘all-out war’

North Korea on Saturday issued a fresh warning of an « all-out war », urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as « nuclear blackmail ».
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-warns-all-out-war

11 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea warns of counter-attack on US warship

North Korea on Friday threatened to « bury in the sea » a US aircraft carrier, as it slammed a three-nation naval drill involving US, South Korean and Japanese warships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374209/n-korea-warns-of-counter-attack-on-us-warship

10 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea sanctions punish the whole population

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/10/north-korea-sanctions-punish-the-whole-population/

8 OCTOBER 2013

Kim removes many key figures to cement leadership: S.Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has replaced officials holding almost half of the nation’s key posts in an attempt to strengthen his control over the country, a South Korean report showed

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/373760/kim-removes-many-key-figures-to-cement-leadership-s-korea

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

 North Korea’s rolling economic reforms

While missiles and nuclear weapons have dominated the headlines, North Korea’s economy under Kim Jong-un has been developing in promising ways on the domestic front.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/09/24/north-koreas-rolling-economic-reforms/

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

North Korea denies Kim Jong-un executed mistress to protect wife

North Korea has angrily denied reports that Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a former mistress in August to protect the « dignity » of his wife.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10328373/North-Korea-denies-Kim-Jong-un-executed-mistress-to-protect-wife.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

UN accuses North Korea of violence in state-run prison camps, including against newborns

The United Nations commission heard eyewitness accounts about the North Korea’s prison camp system where babies are drowned, vermin thrive and people accused of political and social crimes are executed. Pyongyang rejects the accusations.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/UN-accuses-North-Korea-of-violence-in-state-run-prison-camps,-including-against-newborns-29050.html

UN Receives Evidence About Thai Woman Abducted by N. Korea

Officials from a U.N. human rights commission on Thursday met with family members of a Thai woman gone missing since allegedly being abducted by North Korean spies in Macau in 1978. Despite the passage of time, the family is still hopeful she can eventually return home. ars old.

http://www.voanews.com/content/un-commission-given-evidence-about-thai-abduction-by-nkorea-35-years-ago/1752873.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2013

Up to 20,000 North Korean prison camp inmates have ‘disappeared’ says human rights group

Thousands of North Korean inmates of Camp No 22, one of Kim Jong-un’s most brutal labour camps, have disappeared according to a human rights group.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10288945/Up-to-20000-North-Korean-prison-camp-inmates-have-disappeared-says-human-rights-group.html

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/06/20353287-human-rights-group-thousands-of-n-korean-prisoners-disappeared-from-gulag?lite

30 AUGUST 2013

Kim Jong-un’s approval rating higher than Barack Obama’s

Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, has a public approval rating of over 50 per cent, according to a poll of escapees living in South Korea.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10276670/Kim-Jong-uns-approval-rating-higher-than-Barack-Obamas.html

Kim Jong-un purges North Korea’s army chief

Kim Kyok-sik, who is believed to have been behind the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan and the bombardment of Yeonpyeong Island in late 2010, has disappeared from the list of senior regime officials attending public events in recent weeks.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10275458/Kim-Jong-un-purges-North-Koreas-army-chief.html

North Korea withdraws US envoy’s invitation to visit Pyongyang

North Korea has rescinded its invitation for a senior US envoy to travel to Pyongyang to seek the release of a detained American, the state department has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/30/north-korea-us-envoy-pyongyang
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-envoy-seeks-freedom-for-jailed-american-in-north-korea/1740038.html

29 AUGUST 2013

Panama: North Korea arms shipment broke UN sanctions

A preliminary report by a team of United Nations experts has determined that a North Korean cargo ship seized in Panama for carrying weapons violated sanctions, the Panamanian government has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/29/panama-north-korea-ship-sanctions

Kim Jong-un ex-girlfriend “executed by firing squad”

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo has reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s ex-girlfriend was among a group of North-Koreans executed by firing squad on August 20.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/08/29/kim-jong-uns-ex-girlfriend-executed-by-firing-squad/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10273112/Kim-Jong-Uns-former-lover-starred-in-pop-video.html

28 AUGUST 2013

US envoy to ask North Korea for American prisoner’s release

A senior US envoy who is due to travel to North Korea later this week has said he plans to appeal for the release of an American sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour, but added that Washington had received no guarantees from Pyongyang that the man would be freed.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/28/us-envoy-north-korea-american-prisoner

27 AUGUST 2013

Envoy to visit N Korea over jailed American

The United States will send a human rights envoy to Pyongyang this week to seek the release of an imprisoned US Christian missionary, the State Department said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138272226237207.html

N Korean leader’s estranged nephew to study at French university

Kim Han-Sol, 18, who studied in Macau and Bosnia, is due to start at Sciences-Po’s campus in the northern city of Le Havre in this year’s Europe-Asia undergraduate programme, university official Caroline Allain said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korean-leaders-estranged-nephew-study-french-university

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10268348/Kim-Jong-ils-grandson-to-study-at-French-university.html

N Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria: Sankei Shimbun

North Korea tried to export gas masks to Syria but they were seized in Turkey along with arms and ammunition, a Japanese daily said Tuesday, as the US threatened action over an alleged chemical weapons attack.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-tried-to-export/791566.html

20 AUGUST 2013

Horror of North Korean prison camps exposed at UN inquiry

Harrowing accounts from defectors now living in South Korea related how North Korean prison guards chopped off a man’s finger, forced inmates to eat frogs and a mother to kill her own baby.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10255270/Horror-of-North-Korean-prison-camps-exposed-at-UN-inquiry.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/20/north-korean-defectors-prison-abuses

19 AUGUST 2013

 Swiss Ban ‘Inappropriate’ Ski Lifts for North Korea

Switzerland has banned the sale to North Korea of equipment for a luxury ski resort planned for the ruling elite in the widely impoverished state that is under U.N. sanctions, officials said on Monday.

http://www.voanews.com/content/swiss-ban-inappropriate-ski-lifts-for-north-korea/1732720.html

16 AUGUST 2013

Food aid to North Korea saves lives — it doesn’t change minds

Well-implemented humanitarian aid can save lives and build relationships between the giver and the receiver.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/16/food-aid-to-north-korea-saves-lives-it-doesnt-change-minds/

14 AUGUST 2013

Castro praises N.Korea for Cold War arms aid

Fidel Castro credited North Korea Wednesday with supplying Cuba with free weapons in the 1980s after the Soviet Union said it could no longer defend the island against a US invasion.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/364647/castro-praises-n-korea-for-cold-war-arms-aid

23 JULY 2013

No Work at North Korean Launch Site for 8 Months: Analysts

New satellite photos suggest construction work has been halted for the last eight months at a key North Korean launch site intended to test bigger and more advanced rockets.

http://www.voanews.com/content/no-work-at-nkorean-launch-site-for-8-months-analysts/1707280.html

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/23/19630948-images-suggest-north-korea-long-range-rocket-plans-have-halted?lite

22 JULY 2013

North Korea Mass Games mark 60th anniversary of Korean War

North Korea launched a new run of its large-scale « Arirang » performance in Pyongyang on Monday to mark the 60th Anniversary of the end of hostilities during the Korean War.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10196942/North-Korea-Mass-Games-mark-60th-anniversary-of-Korean-War.html

17 JULY 2013

Seized N Korean ship: Cuban weapons on board

The ship was seized by authorities in Panama after military cargo was found hidden in a shipment of sugar                                                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-23339020              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/07/20137170581445650.html            http://www.voanews.com/content/cuba-claims-missle-parts-found-on-north-korean-ship/1703367.html                                   http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/17/world/americas/panama-north-korean-ship/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

16 JULY 2013

North Korean ship caught smuggling weapons and missile material through Panama Canal

Panama has launched a major investigation after drugs agents raided a ship travelling from Cuba to North Korea and discovered “missile components” stashed beneath a cargo of sugar.                                                                            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10181736/North-Korean-ship-caught-smuggling-weapons-and-missile-material-through-Panama-Canal.html              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/07/201371662915540217.html             http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorean-ship-carrying-undeclared-weapons-seized-in-panama-canal/1702557.html

 

5 JULY 2013

NKorea refuses to cooperate with UN rights probe

UN experts tasked with probing human rights violations in North Korea said Friday Pyongyang has refused to cooperate with the investigation, but that they still hoped to travel to the country next month. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358535/nkorea-refuses-to-cooperate-with-un-rights-probe

4 JULY 2013

Kim Jong-il’s widow ‘purged from party posts by North Korea’s Kim Jong-un’

Kim Jong-il’s widow has reportedly been purged from all party positions by her stepson Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s dictator, because « she knows too many secrets ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10156858/Kim-Jong-ils-widow-purged-from-party-posts-by-North-Koreas-Kim-Jong-un.html                                                   http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kim-Jong-il’s-widow-purged-in-Pyongyang’s-dynastic-intrigue-28389.html

27 JUNE 2013

N. Korea tried to export 3,500 km-range ballistic missile: U.S. media

North Korea attempted to sell ballistic missiles with a range of 3,500 kilometers to a British arms dealer, an Internet media outlet based in the United States said Thursday.  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130627000237

23 JUNE 2013

Sites in North Korea win World Heritage status

The remains of a fortress that once surrounded Kaesong, the ancient capital of Korea’s Koryo Dynasty, is among sites in North Korea that have made it onto UNESCO’s latest World Heritage list. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109724/sites-in-north-korea-win-world-heritage-status/

16 JUNE 2013

State news: North Korea proposes high-level talks with U.S.

The topics that « can be sincerely discussed » include easing military tensions, changing a truce treaty to a peace treaty and nuclear matters, according to a statement from the North’s National Defense Commission, as reported by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. It left some details — like where and when the talks might be held — up to Washington, and insisted U.S. officials should not lay out any preconditions for talks.                   http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/15/world/asia/north-korea-us-talks/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/16/white-house-north-korea-nuclear-talks

22 MAY 2012

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends envoy to China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has sent a special envoy to Beijing, state media has announced, amid cooling relations between the two neighbours.                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22620600                                                             http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia-pacific

20 MAY 2013

North Korea fires more missiles, condemns US and South for ‘war measures’

North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday, making six launches in three days, and condemned South Korea for criticizing what Pyongyang said were legitimate military drills.                                                                                     http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/20/18371122-north-korea-fires-more-missiles-condemns-us-and-south-for-war-measures?lite

15 MAY 2013

Japan PM Abe ‘would meet’ N Korea leader Kim over abductions

Japan’s PM has said he would consider meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to settle a row over Pyongyang’s kidnapping of Japanese nationals.                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22536186

14 MAY 2013

Japan PM adviser arrives in North Korea

An adviser to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Pyongyang Tuesday, a report said, amid speculation North Korea may be trying to re-engage an old adversary amid frosty ties with China.                                                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130514-422581.html  http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201305140120

13 MAY 2013

North Korea axes hard-line defense chief

North Korea has replaced its hard-line defense chief with a little-known army general, according to a state media report Monday, in what outside analysts call an attempt to install a younger figure meant to solidify leader Kim Jong Un’s grip on the powerful military. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/13/18224469-report-north-korea-axes-hard-line-defense-chief?lite                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/13/north-korean-defence-kim-jong-un

10 MAY 2013

China, N. Korea political, business ties grow: Report

North Korean visits to China have multiplied over recent years, a Chinese newspaper reported, underscoring growing political and business links between the isolated nuclear-armed state and its sole major ally.                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130510-421771.html

6 MAY 2013

Pyongyang’s crimes lost in power plays

Tensions between North Korea and South Korea over the former’s brinkmanship have somewhat overshadowed the human-rights situation in the so-called « Hermit Kingdom ». It is a safe bet that few among the public took note of the call by the United Nations High Commissioner in January 2013 to step up                                                                                                                                                        http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-02-060513.html

27 APRIL 2013

North Korea to put American Kenneth Bae on trial

North Korea has announced the trial of an American citizen who was mysteriously arrested six months ago while leading a tour group into the country                                                                      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10022366/North-Korea-to-put-American-Kenneth-Bae-on-trial.html                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/27/north-korea-indicts-us-korean-citizen/                             http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/n-korea-says-detained-american-will-soon-face-trial/2013/04/27/47a48818-af12-11e2-8bf6-e70cb6ae066e_story.html

18 APRIL 2013

North Korea lists demands for talks

North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201341883956213774.html                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorea-to-us-no-talks-without-removal-of-sanctions/1643893.html                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/18/north-korea-conditions-us-talks

11 APRIL 2013

North Korea’s aggressive stance condemned by G8 in ‘strongest terms’

Foreign ministers from the G8 group of nations meeting in London have condemned North Korea’s aggressive rhetoric and its continued development of nuclear missile programmes before an anticipated ballistic missile test launch by Pyongyang within the next few days.                                                                                                                                 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/11/north-korea-stance-condemned-g8

10 APRIL 2013

China and Russia urge North Korea to step back from missile launch

North Korea’s two closest allies, China and Russia, have put pressure on Pyongyang to step back from launching a missile, the South Korean Foreign minister has said.                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9984010/China-and-Russia-urge-North-Korea-to-step-back-from-missile-launch.html

8 APRIL 2013

N Korea pulls workers out of Kaesong industrial zone

North Korea said on Monday it was withdrawing all workers and suspending operations at its joint industrial zone with South Korea — the only surviving symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.                                                      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-pulls-workers-out/631414.html                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130408-north-south-korea-suspend-cooperation-kaesong-complex                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22065348

6 APRIL 2013

North Korea has asked foreign countries to consider evacuating their embassies in Pyongyang, amid soaring tension on the Korean peninsula

From Wednesday, the safety of embassy staff will no longer be guaranteed by the communist state. This has raised global questions over just how far North Korea is willing to take the military rhetoric.                                                                                                                                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/06/north-korea-advises-foreign-diplomats-to-leave/                                                                                                         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134514143520678.html                       http://www.voanews.com/content/diplomats-in-north-korea-stay-put-despite-warning/1636121.html                                                              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/evacuation-warnings-missile-fears-stoke-/629048.html

1 APRIL 2013

North Korea’s parliament meets amid nuclear tension

After weeks of war-like rhetoric, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gathered legislators Monday for an annual spring parliamentary session taking place one day after top party officials adopted a statement declaring building nuclear weapons and the economy the nation’s top priorities.                                                                                                                       http://asiancorrespondent.com/103956/nkoreas-parliament-meets-amid-nuclear-tension/

1 APRIL 2013

N. Korea names Kim clan associate to premiership

North Korea’s parliament named former premier Pak Pong-ju, who was sacked in 2007 for failing to implement economic reforms, as its prime minister in a move that cements the grip of the ruling Kim dynasty on key posts in the country. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130401-412813.html

29 MARCH 2013

N Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US bases

North Korea’s leader has responded to America’s use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions.                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013328222926559483.html                     http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130329000137            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9961077/North-Koreans-stage-mass-rally-in-support-of-Kim-Jong-uns-call-to-arms.html                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreans-rally-to-support-threat-of-military-strike/1630983.html

North Korea tensions: Russia’s Lavrov fears ‘spiral’

Russia has warned of tensions in North Korea slipping out of control, after Pyongyang said it was placing its missile units on stand-by. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21974381                                                                              http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/29/russia-expresses-concern-over-military-activity-near-north-korea/

26 MARCH 2013

North Korea threatens to strike US mainland

North Korea has put its military on combat-ready status, with « strategic » rocket units ordered to prepare for possible strikes against the US mainland, Hawaii and Guam, state media reported.                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133266419350867.html                                        http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/26/north-korea-combat-ready-to-strike-us-mainland/                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21935342

21 MARCH 2013

UN to launch probe into N.Korea rights abuses

The United Nations on Thursday said it will for the first time establish a commission of inquiry into grave human rights violations in North Korea that may amount to crimes against humanity                                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1261573/1/.html                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013322113345899921.html

North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan

North Korea has threatened to launch a nuclear attack on US bases in Japan and Guam after Washington used B-52 bombers in a joint military drill with the South.                                                                                               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9945546/North-Korea-threatens-nuclear-attack-on-US-bases-in-Japan.html                                                                                                                                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/mar/21/north-korea-us-bases-japan-video                              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1261409/1/.html

17 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens Japan with Attack

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency carried a statement from the Foreign Ministry Sunday saying that it would be a fatal mistake for Japan if it thinks it will be safe when a war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula.                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-threatens-japan-with-attack/1623026.html

15 MARCH 2013

What is the capacity of North Korea missiles ?

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/02/13/graphic-dprk-intentions/

14 MARCH 2013

Kim Jong-un’s Secret Billions

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has stashed away some US$4-5 billion in bank accounts in other people’s names in Austria, China, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Russia, Singapore and Switzerland, intelligence agencies believe http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2013/03/12/2013031201144.html?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_222381598

5 MARCH 2013

North Korea vows to tear up Korean war ceasefire agreement

North Korea has said it will cancel the 1953 ceasefire that ended the Korean war, citing as reasons a US-led push for UN sanctions over Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and continuing US-South Korean joint military drills.               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/05/north-korea-korean-war-ceasefire             http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/05/17194138-report-north-korea-threatens-to-scrap-truce-with-south?lite

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Foreigners granted 3G internet access in North Korea

Pyongyang has something to tweet about. North Korea has opened up internet access to visiting foreigners. Though locals still have restricted access. Journalists wasted no time in sending some of the first Instagrams from inside the country.                                                                                                                            http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/27/foreigners-granted-3g-internet-access-in-north-korea/

24 FEBRUARY 2013

China living in denial of NK’s status as an ally

There used to be some sympathy in Asia for North Korea and its striving defiance of the US and others that it sees as enemies. But now, even China, the long viewed ally of North Korea, sees North Korea’s defiance as a nuisance.                         http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/763728.shtml

9 FEBRUARY 2013

The new capitalists

Not long ago North Korea-watchers were speculating that the new leader, Kim Jong Un, might prove a moderniser. The path-breaking boy-dictator let himself be seen with his fashionable wife. He actually spoke in public, whereas his late father’s speeches were as rare as a well-stocked Pyongyang supermarket. Lately, though, Mr Kim has reverted to type by prophesying war. http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21571421-even-another-nuclear-provocation-looms-hope-glimmers-worlds-most-oppressed-people

2 FEBRUARY 2013

China and North Korea

China continues to fret over its troublesome neighbour                                                                                http://www.economist.com/news/china/21571196-china-continues-fret-over-its-troublesome-neighbour-naughty-step?fsrc=scn/ln_ec/on_the_naughty_step

25 JANUARY 2013

N. Korea faces China aid cut over atomic test: Media

North Korea’s sole major ally China will decrease aid to Pyongyang if it goes ahead with a planned nuclear test state-run media said in an unusually frank warning on Friday.                                                                                                                          http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130125-397957.htm  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9827061/US-and-China-come-together-over-defiant-North-Korea.html                                                                                http://thediplomat.com/china-power/china-changing-its-tune-on-north-korea/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_207922736

24 JANUARY 2013

North Korea plans nuclear test and says rocket programme is targeted at US

North Korea has said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its « arch-enemy » the US, two days after the UN condemned its rocket launch.                                                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131244504577116.html                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/24/north-korea-nuclear-rocket-us                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/23/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 JANUARY 2013

UN Security Council Rebukes N. Korea, Tightens Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution expanding and strengthening sanctions against North Korea. Tuesday’s action was a response to Pyongyang’s launch of a long-range rocket last month – a violation of existing U.N. resolutions http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-sanctions-un-rocket-launch-reuters/1588988.html

China may block Korean unification, says US report

A recent report by US Senate Republican staff members warns that China, because of its deepening economic ties with North Korea as well as its ancient claims on Korean land, could attempt to « manage, and conceivably block » an eventual unification between the two Koreas, if ever the Kim family falls from power in Pyongyang.                                                                                                 http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/china-block-korean-unification-us

21 JANUARY 2013

North Korea’s Hidden Famine

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5128&Itemid=198

North Korea allows foreigners in with their mobile phones

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign mobile phones by allowing visitors to bring their own into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals.                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/21/north-korea-foreigners-mobile-phones

18 JANUARY 2013

North Korea changes but remains the same

A little over a year since the death of Kim Jong-il, how has Kim Jong-un fared in his first year in charge of North Korea?                                                   http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/18/north-korea-in-2012-and-future-challenges/

14 JANUARY 2013

UN urges probe of North Korea rights abuses

Rights chief says as many as 200,000 political prisoners suffer in « atrocious » camps rife with torture and hard labour. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013114162542619845.html

11 JANUARY 2013

China–North Korea relations under Xi Jinping

Is North Korea a Chinese strategic asset or just a burden to China’s foreign policy?                                                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/11/china-north-korea-relations-under-xi-jinping/

21 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea Confirms Arrest of US Citizen

North Korea says it has arrested a U.S. citizen for committing crimes against the state after he entered the reclusive communist country as a tourist. The official Korean Central News Agency said Friday the man, identified as Bae Jun Ho, has confessed to unspecified crimes that it said were « proven through evidence. »
http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-confirms-arrest-of-us-citizen/1569493.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20808344

19 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea’s Missile Launch: What Does it Mean in Practice?

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2012/12/19/north-korea-missile-launch-what-does-it-mean-in-practice.html?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_197912148

18 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea: a year into the reign of Kim Jong-un

A year after the death of Kim Jong-il and the ascension of his son Kim Jong-un, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea appears to be more stable than many had predicted. The new leader has consolidated his authority and rebalanced power among key institutions, but his reforms have not gone nearly far enough if North Korea is to escape its poverty trap.
http://www.iiss.org/publications/strategic-comments/past-issues/volume-18-2012/december/north-korea-a-year-into-the-reign-of-kim-jong-un/?goback=%2Egde_108552_member_197169122

14 DECEMBER 2012

NKorea still years away from reliable missiles

After 14 years of painstaking labor, North Korea finally has a rocket that can put a satellite in orbit. But that doesn’t mean Pyongyang is close to having an intercontinental ballistic missile.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/93603/nkorea-still-years-away-from-reliable-missiles/

14 DECEMBER 2012

Pyongyang parades satellite “victory”

North Korea pulled out all the stops to celebrate its successful Wednesday rocket launch, and it is likely the capital Pyongyang will do it all again next week for the first anniversary of Kim Jong-Un’s taking over at the top.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/14/pyongyang-parades-satellite-victory/

12 DECEMBER 2012

UN Security Council condemns North Korea rocket launch

North Korea has, for the first time, successfully launched a rocket carrying a satellite – despite international condemnation. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20697922 http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/12/mixed-regional-reactions-to-n-korea-rocket-launch/

30 NOVEMBER 2012
Chinese Met With North Korean Leader

A delegation dispatched by China’s new leader, Xi Jinpin, met with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Friday, North Korean state media reported, amid signs that North Korea is stepping up its nuclear and long-range missile programs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/asia/chinese-delegation-said-to-meet-with-kim-jong-un.html?smid=li-share&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_191161190&_r=0

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Rumors suggest N.K. leader’s brother seeking asylum

Speculation is growing about the whereabouts of Kim Jong-nam, the elder brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, with one rumor suggesting that he is seeking asylum in Seoul in the face of an assassination threat
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121101000729

24 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean army minister ‘executed with mortar round’

A North Korean army minister was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9630509/North-Korean-army-minister-executed-with-mortar-round.html

15 OCTOBER 2012

Lenin and Karl Marx statues removed from North Korea’s Kim Il-sung Square

The larger-than-life portraits of Lenin and Karl Marx that once dominated Kim Il-sung Square have been removed, suggesting a change of direction within North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9608048/Lenin-and-Karl-Marx-statues-removed-from-North-Koreas-Kim-Il-sung-Square.html

9 OCTOBER 2012

North Korea warns US on missiles after South deal

North Korea says it has missiles that can hit the US mainland, in a statement two days after South Korea unveiled a missile deal with the US
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19879935
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/asia/north-korea-says-its-missiles-can-reach-us-mainland.html?ref=asia

25 SEPTEMBER 2012

NKorean parliament holds second session this year

North Korea’s parliament convened Tuesday for the second time in six months, passing a law that adds one year of compulsory education for children in the socialist nation, the first publicly-announced policy change under leader Kim Jong Un
http://asiancorrespondent.com/89902/nkorean-parliament-holds-second-session-this-year/

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

North Korea ‘to allow farmers to keep half their produce’

North Korea plans to allow farmers to keep as much as half of their produce in an attempt to boost agricultural output, it has been claimed, in a move that would be a major economic reform for the beleaguered country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9561879/North-Korea-to-allow-farmers-to-keep-half-their-produce.html

29 AUGUST 2012

N. Korea wants seat at APEC summit: Report

North Korea has asked Moscow for permission to send a mission to next month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Russia, Japan’s top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun reported Wednesday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120829-368351.html

3 AUGUST 2012

Kim Jong Un promises ‘happy and civilized’ North Korea

North Korea’s new young leader has told chief backer China that his priority is to develop the decaying economy and improve living standards in one of the world’s poorest states, the latest sign that he may be planning economic reforms.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/03/13097711-kim-jong-un-promises-happy-and-civilized-north-korea?lite&__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1343935774.1344015551.116&__utmb=238145375.1.10.1344015551&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=89686744

25 JULY 2012

NK unveils Kim Jong-un ‘mystery’ marriage

North Korea has said its new leader is married, announcing the union for the first time in routine state TV report. The bulletin, which aired on Wednesday evening, ended weeks of speculation about a woman who accompanied Kim Jung-un to recent public events.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012725133251415525.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9427323/Kim-Jong-un-is-married-and-may-have-a-child.html

18 JULY 2012

North Korea’s Kim promoted to marshal

North Korea says its leader Kim Jong-un has been promoted to marshal, cementing his status at the top of the nation’s military. North Korean state media made the announcement in a special bulletin. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271834458949728.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18881524

17 JULY 2012

North Korean military appointment masking leadership power struggle

The changes in personnel within the highest echelons of the North Korean military mask a power struggle that has concluded – for now – with Choe Ryong-hae emerging as the most powerful man in the regime and the « puppet-master » behind Kim Jong-un.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9404672/North-Korean-military-appointment-masking-leadership-power-struggle.html

16 JULY 2012

North Korea’s army chief ‘relieved of duties’

Marking what may be the beginning of a purge of older officials, North Korean military chief Ri Yong-ho has been removed from his post
http://www.euronews.com/2012/07/16/north-korea-military-boss-removed-from-his-post/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271601152925587.html

15 JULY 2012

North Korea Experts Can See a Lot in a Hemline

North Korea watchers have resorted to in trying to peer into one of the world’s most isolated countries and divine what its new young leader, Kim Jong-un, is thinking. For weeks now, those analysts have puzzled over photos of women sporting miniskirts and heels in downtown Pyongyang, a stunning change from the years when Western wear was mostly shunned in favor of billowy traditional dresses or drab Mao-style work uniforms.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/world/asia/experts-on-north-korea-can-see-a-lot-in-a-hemline.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 JULY 2012

Pyongyang’s growing foreign trade

North Korea increased its shipment of natural resources to China as it suffered from international sanctions and isolation stemming from its weapons programs, South Korean data showed. The North’s external trade surged 51 percent last year to a 22-year high of $6.3 billion thanks to robust Chinese demand, according to the state-owned Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120704001374&mod=skb

19 JUNE 2012

North Korea under growing pressure over human rights

The campaign for North Koreans’ human rights is receiving fresh impetus as South Korea, the U.S. and the international community are ratcheting up pressure on the repressive regime to address grave living conditions and cease punishment of repatriated defectors.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120619000981&cpv=0

8 JUNE 2012

Chinese firms breaking UN embargo on North Korea

Chinese firms are breaking a United Nations embargo by supplying North Korea with key components for ballistic missiles including launch vehicles, according to evidence provided by an intelligence agency in the region.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9320339/Chinese-firms-breaking-UN-embargo-on-North-Korea.html

29 MAY 2012

Defectors describe horror, heartbreak in North Korea’s labor camps

Watching the public execution of his mother and older brother, Shin Dong-Hyuk thought the punishment was just. They had planned to escape the North Korean labor camp they were being held in until Shin overheard them and reported them to the prison guards
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/27/world/asia/north-korea-labor-camps-hancocks/index.html?iid=article_sidebar

25 APRIL 2012

North Korea redefines ‘minimum’ wage

The official exchange rate of the North Korean won is now fixed at 135 won per US dollar, but few if any people use this rate in actual transactions. The market rate is far more indicative, and currently it fluctuates around the 3,400 won per a US dollar mark. Therefore, the official salary is between $0.5 and $1.50 a month. The above information is technically correct, but also quite meaningless because, in North Korea, wages have had a rather unusual role: they were merely one part of a compensation package given by the employer to its employees, and not the most significant part (until the early 1990s, there was only one employer in North Korea – that is, the North Korean state
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/ND25Dg03.html

20 APRIL 2012

N. Korea vows to continue ‘space program’

Despite U.N. Security Council condemnations, North Korea said it will continue launching satellites under its space program that outsiders see as a pretext to test long-range missiles http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20120420000728

16 APRIL 2012

UN Security Council Expands North Korea Sanctions

The U.N. Security Council has “strongly condemned” North Korea’s failed rocket launch and unanimously agreed to expand sanctions against the increasingly isolated nation http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/east-pacific/UN-Security-Council-Expands-North-Korea-Sanctions-147586665.html

15 APRIL 2012

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in first major public speech

North Korean new leader Kim Jong-un has made his first televised public speech, as Pyongyang marks the centenary of the birth of the country’s founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/20124153576824453.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17718011

14 APRIL 2012

US suspends North Korea food aid

The United States has called off plans to send food aid to North Korea, after the impoverished state launched a rocket in defiance of international demands.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/04/20124140598594521.html

13 APRIL 2012

North Korea rocket launch fails

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

11 APRIL 2012

Kim Jong Un named first secretary of the Workers’Party of North Korea

As North Korea made final preparations for a controversial rocket launch, its young new supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, was anointed with a new title Wednesday: He was named first secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/04/kim-jong-un-named-to-new-post-as-launch-looms.html

10 APRIL 2012

Report sheds fresh light on North Korean gulag

It presents a detailed picture of torture, forced abortions and public executions in a vast network of secret political camps. The research backs previous evidence that more than 150,000 political prisoners are being held in North Korea
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17668076

4 APRIL 2012

All of Kim Jong-eun’s men

The top managers of North Korea’s clandestine nuclear and ballistic missile program have been methodically promoted and now dominate the inner circle of Kim Jong-eun’s new government, confidential foreign government documents and official media reports from Pyongyang show
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/ND04Dg01.html

25 MARCH 2012

Obama Warns North Korea to End ‘Bad Behavior’

President Obama on Sunday 25 warned North Korea that its threats and provocations would only deepen its international isolation and jeopardize the resumption of American food aid, and he called on the North to scrap its plans to launch a satellite next month
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/world/asia/president-obama-visits-south-korea.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia

16 MARCH 2012

US warns North Korea satellite launch could scrap nuclear, food deals

The United States warned North Korea on Friday its plan to launch a satellite with a long-range rocket could violate its February agreement on a nuclear moratorium and scuttle U.S. plans to resume food aid. http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/16/10715606-us-warns-north-korea-satellite-launch-could-scrap-nuclear-food-deals
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17400146 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17399847

16 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea holds big parade on anniversary of dead leader’s 70th birthday

North Korea held a huge military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday, using the 70th anniversary of the birth of its late leader Kim Jong Il as an opportunity to try to invoke deeper reverence for his son and chosen successor, Kim Jong Un
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17053986
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/02/2012216143512223376.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/16/world/asia/north-korea-kim-birthday/index.html?hpt=ias_t2

15 FEBRUARY 2012

Giant Kim Jong-il statue unveiled for his 70th birthday

A giant statue of Kim Jong-il has been unveiled ahead of Thursday’s celebrations of the 70th anniversary of his birthday
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17037162

8 JANUARY 2012

On birthday, N. Korea leader called military ‘genius’

North Korea on Sunday praised its young new leader as “the genius among the geniuses” in military strategy in a film aired on his birthday, the first since he took command after his father’s death
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120108-320604.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16460279 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/for-kim-jong-eun-a-choreographed-rise/2012/01/07/gIQAizmPhP_story.html

31 DECEMBER 2011

North Korea announced on Saturday 31 it has appointed Kim Jong Un, the anointed successor and youngest son of Kim Jong Il, as Supreme Commander of its 1.2 million-strong military, two days after official mourning for the late leader ended
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45833006/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16370671

30 DECEMBER 2011

Do ‘not expect any change from us’, warns North Korea

North Korea warned the world Friday that newly anointed leader Kim Jong-un would continue the tough stance against the South. The statement also said, “the world… including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us”
http://www.france24.com/en/20111230-north-korea-warns-kim-jong-il-jong-un-south-asia-diplomacy-funeral-death http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/30/world/asia/north-korea-policy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

29 DECEMBER 2011

North Korea names new ‘supreme leader’

North Korea has staged a massive memorial service for Kim Jong-il, ending almost two weeks of official mourning, and has officially declared his son, Kim Jong-un, as the country’s new « supreme leader » http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/world/asia/north-korea-declares-kim-jong-un-as-supreme-leader.html?_r=1&ref=asia http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45813667/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112293411349872.html

28 DECEMBER 2011

Kim Jong-il funeral

 

 

25 DECEMBRE 2011

North Korean heir’s uncle shown in key role

North Korea on Sunday aired footage showing the uncle and key patron of anointed heir Kim Jong Un wearing a military uniform with a general’s insignia — a strong sign he’ll play a greater role in efforts to secure the young man’s rise to power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, a week ago
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45782565/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16328758

21 DECEMBER 2011

Meet Kim Jong-un’s new team

North Korea-watchers have been anticipating this day for years. According to the state news agency, on December 17, at eight-thirty in the morning North Korea time, on a train somewhere on the outskirts of the Pyongyang, Kim Jong Il « suffered an advanced acute myocardial infarction, complicated with a serious heart shock. » Nearly 50 hours later, the North Korean propaganda apparatus sprung into action, informing the world of Kim’s passing and proclaiming his son, Kim Jong Un, the « great successor. »
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/136980/ken-gause/meet-kim-jong-uns-new-team

19 DECEMBER 2011

North Korea in mourning for Kim Jong-il

« It is the biggest loss for the party … and it is our people and nation’s biggest sadness, » a tearful presenter said as she announced the death on state television.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112193620221153.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16250499
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/ML20Dg02.html

17 DECEMBER 2011

Kim Jong-il dies of heart failure

Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader who ruthlessly controlled his Stalinist nation and kept South Koreans on constant edge with his “military-first” politics, died of a heart attack Saturday 17. He was 69
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/12/116_101137.html

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16240096
2 DECEMBER  2011

North Korea’s new class system

It is often overlooked how much North Korea has changed over the past 20 years. Its Stalinist and militaristic facade is carefully maintained by the state, but in the new circumstances it is increasingly misleading. Behind this official veneer of militant posters and  stepping soldiers, the society itself has changed much
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/ML03Dg01.html


25 NOVEMBER 2011

North Korea’s Children in Need of Food Aid, Agencies Warn

Harvests this fall were expected to increase by 8.5 percent compared with a year ago, but the most vulnerable segments of the population, especially young children, urgently need international aid, two United Nations agencies said on Friday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/26/world/asia/north-koreas-children-in-need-of-food-aid-agencies-warn.html?_r=1&ref=asia

16 NOVEMBER 2011

North Koreans still undergo hardships, recent visitor says

A British professor who recently visited North Korea said Pyongyang citizens are still impoverished, though North Korean media are pouring out reports on how their factories and companies have boosted production. The North Korean mouthpieces, including the North Korean Central Broadcasting Station, have been releasing news reports about how the communist state’s light industries and factories overachieved their initial production targets.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111116000626

9 NOVEMBER 2011

Why North Korea won’t quit

The collapse of North Korea is a subject of immense international interest. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the overthrow of Eastern European « people’s democracies », numerous scholars and research institutes have had their say about the fate of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Now, in the wake of a power transition in Pyongyang, observers and followers of North Korea are again making predictions on the mortality of the world’s last Stalinist state.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/MK09Dg01.html

21 OCTOBER 2011

US and North Korea reach deal over missing troops

After three days of meetings in the Thai capital, Bangkok, the Pentagon said on Friday that officials from the US and North Korea had « reached an arrangement to resume recovering the remains of American servicemen missing from the Korean War ».
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/20111022101237641920.html

18 OCTOBER 2011

North Korea holds talks with US on war remains

North Korea and the US are holding talks on restarting efforts to recover the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War, after a six-year halt.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15348707

13 OCTOBER 2011

Tending a Small Patch of Capitalism in North Korea

Grappling with an economy that has stagnated from decades of communist central planning, North Korean leaders are slowly opening
their isolated nation to foreign investment
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/13/world/asia/north-koreans-woo-business-to-rason-economic-zone.html?ref=asia

12 JULY 2011

France to open cooperation office in N. Korea

France will open a cooperation bureau in North Korea, Le Monde newspaper said Tuesday, but underscored that Paris was not launching
diplomatic relations with the reclusive Stalinist state. The proposed office will handle cultural cooperation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1140381/1/.html

25 MAY 2011

Kim’s China trip could revive economic shift

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Il apparently spent his sixth day in China on Wednesday, many speculated about his activities and
the purpose of another long, secretive trip to his nation’s only major ally.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1641389.php/ANALYSIS-Kim-s-China-trip-could-revive-economic-shift

15 MAY 2011

UN: North Korea, Iran Share Ballistic Missile Technology

A classified United Nations report says North Korea and Iran have routinely shared ballistic missile technology in violation of U.N. sanctions, and diplomats say China has sought to block release of the report.

The document, seen by Western journalists, says the illicit technology transfers passed through a neighboring third country, which diplomats identify as China, North Korea’s closest ally. Beijing has not commented on the report, which also includes accusations the technology was
transferred aboard regular air flights of Air Koryo and Iran Air – North Korea’s and Iran’s national airlines
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/middle-east/iran/UN–North-Korea-Iran-Share-Ballistic-Missile-Technology—121856789.html

China Delays Report Suggesting North Korea Violated Sanctions

China has tried to suppress a report at the United Nations suggesting that North Korea and Iran have been routinely sharing ballistic missile technology, United Nations diplomats said Saturday, expressing concern that Beijing was again working to shield the North.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/world/asia/15nations.html?_r=1&ref=asia

4 MAY 2011

North Korea ‘holding 200,000 prisoners’

Amnesty International says new satellite images and testimony from a former inmate show North Korea is holding about 200,000 people
in its huge network of political prison camps where torture is rampant and conditions near slavery.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/05/20115451045324644.html

18 APRIL 2011

Pyongyang, regime « princes » put Kim dictatorship at risk

Led by the two younger sons of Kim Jong-il, the « grandchildren » of the Revolution, trade in illegal drugs and use state funds to gamble in Macao or see a rock concert in Singapore. The « Dear Leader » can’t stand them but has to put up with them, as his heir is one of them
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang,-regime-princes-put-Kim-dictatorship-at-risk-21337.html

6 FEBRUARY 2011

Artist exacts revenge on North Korea regime

Song Byeok once did the soulless work of drawing idyllic North Korean propaganda posters for Kim Jong Il’s totalitarian regime. Since defecting, he has turned his creative talents to skewering it.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-north-korea-artist-20110206,0,601364.story

11 DECEMBER 2010

North Korea’s First Family

The North Korean dictatorship established by Kim Il Sung after World War II was taken over by his son Kim Jong Il in the 1990s. Now
Kim Jong Il’s health is failing and a transfer of power appears imminent. Click here to learn about his heir-apparent, Kim Jung Un, and other members of the Kim family, who hold powerful positions throughout the North Korean
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39382760/ns/world_news-asiapacific

2 DECEMBER 2010

China ‘exasperated’ by ally North Korea, WikiLeaks reports

China may be rethinking its longtime ties with North Korea and may have less influence on Pyongyang than previously thought, according to US diplomatic documents released by the WikiLeaks website on Monday
http://www.france24.com/en/20101130-beijing-china-north-korea-rethinking-ties-pyongyang-wikileaks-strategic-alliance-us-documents-leak-diplomacy

29 NOVEMBER 2010

US secret documents on N. Korea revealed

Classified US diplomatic cables, leaked by WikiLeaks this day, indicate that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s health has been deteriorating and his power to control the communist nation is increasingly weakened.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20101130001021
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40422090/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/

23 NOVEMBER 2010

North Korean shells aim to shock

The United States and South Korea now have to face what has become more than an abstract question: What is more troubling, the specter of North Korea as a growing nuclear power with a brand new uranium-enrichment facility almost ready to go into operation, or a nasty assault by « conventional » weapons on land?
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/LK24Dg02.html

10 OCTOBER 2010

Likely N Korea heir Kim Jong-un appears with father

State television in North Korea has for the first time showed live pictures of leader Kim Jong-il with his son and presumed heir, Kim Jong-un. Kim Jong-il’s youngest son accompanied him to a huge military parade  the capital to mark the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ Party.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/10/2010101022414425395.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11509166
http://english.aljazeera.net/video/asia-pacific/2010/10/20101010183525974226.html

North Korea leader’s eldest son ‘opposes dynasty’

The eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il says he opposes a dynastic succession that would see his younger half-brother take power.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11520566

30 SEPTEMBER 2010

North Korea Releases First Photo of Kim’s Heir

The photo was published in the September 30 issue of North Korea’s main newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, and showed him in a dark suit with
his father and a large group of senior Workers’ Party officials. He bore a strong resemblance to his father and, some thought, his grandfather, Kim
Il-sung, the founder of North Korea.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11441504
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/world/asia/01korea.html?ref=asia

29 SEPTEMBER 2010

Kim Jong-il’s son appointed to prominent party post

A day after he was named a four-star general, Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, has been appointed to a key party position, in the latest indication of a looming family succession.
http://www.france24.com/en/20100928-north-korea-kim-jong-il-son-jong-un-central-military-commission-workers-party

28 AUGUST 2010

Stalled talks get a boost from Carter visit…

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has shown a lot of enthusiasm for getting back around the negotiating table for denuclearization talks by setting free an imprisoned United States citizen, but the US also has a big role to play if wheels are to be put in motion, according to Chinese experts.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2010-08/28/content_11217651.htm

…And Kim Jong-il visit to China
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/LH28Dg01.html

11 AUGUST 2010

N.K. power elite ready for successor

North Korea’s power elite is taking steps to make official the status of Kim Jong-un as the country’s next Dear Leader. The Workers’ Party is expected to put 26-year-old Jong-un and his supporters on key posts at the upcoming meeting of its top representatives in early September
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100811000745

21 JULY 2010

U.S. to Impose More Sanctions Against North Korea

The measures, announced here by Mrs. Clinton after high-level talks with South Korean officials, take aim at counterfeiting, money laundering and other dealings that she said the North Korean government used to generate hard currency to pay off cronies and cling to power
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/22/world/asia/22military.html?_r=1&ref=asia

26 JUNE 2010

North Korea to select new leaders

North Korea has announced it will elect new party leaders at a rare meeting in September, in what analysts are saying could be a move to
strengthen the hand of Kim Jong-il’s potential successor. Kim Jong-il, who reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008, is believed to have been grooming Kim Jong-un, his youngest son to succeed him as leader.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/06/201062654853137197.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10422809.stm

30 MAY 2010

Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails

South Korea and Japan pressed China Sunday to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, but failed to win its
public support for the move after a three-way summit
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1059905/1/.html

20 JANUARY 2010

South Korea think-tank warns of mass chaos if Kim dies

North Korea’s ailing leader Kim Jong-Il may die in two or three years and this could spark upheavals such as a coup, mass unrest or
massacres in the communist nation, a South Korean state think-tank says. In a rare report forecasting possible regime collapse in the North, the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) also warned that such internal unrest could prompt the North to start a limited war on the peninsula
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1031894/1/.html

9 JANUARY 2009

N.Korea’s Kim admits failure

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has admitted failing to deliver an acceptable standard of living for the communist nation’s people, state media reported on Saturday 9 January
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-takes-lessons-in-capitalism-17301.html

21 NOVEMBER 2009

N Korea grilled over rights record

North Korean diplomats have sought to defend the country’s human rights record during a rare appearance before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/12/200912841117790858.html

2 FEBRUARY 2009

Military officials from North Korea and the U.S.-led U.N. Command held their first high-level talks in nearly seven years

The talks inside the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea lasted just 32 minutes. But the U.N. command deemed them
a positive step toward reducing tensions that have been escalating in the region in recent months
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/03/02/nkorea.talks/index.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 7 February in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 7 FEBRUARY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on February 7, 2018

1795: The Prince of Orange, stadhouder-in-exile of the Netherlands, issues a letter to all colonial governors telling them to surrender to the British. (The VOC in Batavia do not comply)

1855: Signature of the Treaty of Shimoda marking the start of official relations between Russia and Japan and joint ownership of Sakhaline Island
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Treaty_of_Shimoda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Shimoda

1855 Shimoda

1856: The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awadh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/nawab-wajid-ali-shah.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wajid_Ali_Shah

1943: The Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalcanal_Campaign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ke
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/us-retake-guadalcanal-february-1943/query/JAPANESE+WAR

1950: The United States and Great Britain recognize the Vietnam government of Bao Dai, and also Laos and Cambodia
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch008.asp

1951: During the Korean war, 705 civilians are massacred by the South Korea Army at Sancheong and Hamyang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sancheong-Hamyang_massacre

1955: Chinese Nationalists start to evacuate Tachen islands under the US protection
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.stanford.edu%2Fgroup%2Ftomzgroup%2Fpmwiki%2Fuploads%2F0050-1955-01-K-b-OEP.pdf&ei=iyDVVPSGJITzUtubgMgN&usg=AFQjCNGgw0ZRF3jokUSojqDfVdl-JN1dVA&sig2=EoVHlzhyC5nTIvOdbFx9PA

1955-02-07 evacuation Tachen

1965: First air bombing of North Vietnam by American forces from their Air bases in Thailand
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-jets-conduct-retaliatory-raids

1966: Summit in Honolulu between US president Johnson and his South Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Cao Ky
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2536000/2536257.stm

1967: At the peak of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government says it is no more in the capacity of guarantee the security of the Soviets in Beijing

1995: Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is arrested in Islamabad
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iraq/956-tni.htm

2011: Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day over a disputed border area surrounding a 900-year-old Khmer temple, which both sides claim as their own. Thai nationalists are calling on their government to « reclaim » the area
http://www.france24.com/en/20110207-battle-rages-over-hindu-khmer-temple-thai-cambodian-border-un-security-council
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Thailand-Cambodia-Dispute-a-Test-for-ASEAN-115471614.html

2011: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is promising his government will « tenaciously » pursue the return of four disputed islands from Russia, ahead of a diplomatic mission to Moscow
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Japanese-PM-Pledges-Tenacious-Effort-to-Recover-Disputed-Islands-115470599.html

2012: Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16954599

2016 : North Korea launches Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4 into outer space violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world
https://www.space.com/31860-north-korea-satellite-launch.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/06/asia/north-korea-rocket-launch-window/index.html

https://youtu.be/00aCAiVVb1I

On 7 February in South Asian history

ON 7 FEBRUARY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1856: The Kingdom of Awadh is annexed by the British East India Company and Wajid Ali Shah, the king of Awadh, is imprisoned and later exiled to Calcutta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awadh
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/nawab-wajid-ali-shah.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wajid_Ali_Shah

1908: Birth of Manmath Nath Gupta, Indian author and Freedom Fighter who died on October 26, 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manmath_Nath_Gupta
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/manmath_nath_gupta-profile-6348-30.htm

Manmath Nath Gupta

1938: Birth of S. Ramachandran Pillai, Indian communist leader
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._Ramachandran_Pillai
http://www.cpimkerala.org/eng/com.s.-ramachandran-pillai–9.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcdIVoI5PmU

1964: Birth of Ashok Banker, Indian novelist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashok_Banker
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/7-february-1964-ashok-banker-indian-author-was-born
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/ashok-banker/

1995: Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing is arrested in Islamabad
http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iraq/956-tni.htm

2012: Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed resigned Tuesday following weeks of public protests over his controversial order to arrest a senior judge
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/02/20122765334806442.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16922570
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/08/world/asia/maldives-dispute-explainer/index.html

On 7 February in Southeast Asian history

ON 7 FEBRUARY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1795: The Prince of Orange, stadhouder-in-exile of the Netherlands, issues a letter to all colonial governors telling them to surrender to the British. (The VOC in Batavia do not comply)

1819: Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles leaves Singapore after just taking it over, leaving it in the hands of William Farquhar

http://meridian103.com/issue-1/history/william-farquhar-first-resident-of-singapore/
http://ihaceproject.wikispaces.com/Why+is+William+Farquhar+considered+as+the+founder+of+Singapore%3F

1950: The United States and Great Britain recognize the Vietnam government of Bao Dai, and also Laos and Cambodia
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/inch008.asp

1965: First air bombing of North Vietnam by American forces from their Air bases in Thailand
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-jets-conduct-retaliatory-raids

1966: Summit in Honolulu between US president Johnson and his South Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Cao Ky
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2536000/2536257.stm

1986: Snap presidential election in the Philippines. President Ferdinand Marcos wins against Corazon Aquino with blatant fraud. The election will be nullified on March 24 in favor of Corazon Aquino
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/918/today-in-philippine-history-february-7-1986-the-comelec-conducted-presidential-and-vicepresidential-snap-elections
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1986

1990: Death of Alfredo M. Santos, Filipino military figure, born on July 13, 1905
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfredo_M._Santos
http://www.uprotc.org/alumni/general-alfredo-m-santos.html

2008: The famous Vietnamese dissident Hoang Minh Chinh dies at 85 after a long illness
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7234214.stm

2011: Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day over a disputed border area surrounding a 900-year-old Khmer temple, which both sides claim as their own. Thai nationalists are calling on their government to « reclaim » the area
http://www.france24.com/en/20110207-battle-rages-over-hindu-khmer-temple-thai-cambodian-border-un-security-council
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Thailand-Cambodia-Dispute-a-Test-for-ASEAN-115471614.html

 

On 7 February in Japan’s history

ON 7 FEBRUARY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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572: Birth of Prince Shōtoku of Japan, who died on April 8, 622
http://veryasian.weebly.com/prince-shotoku.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Sh%C5%8Dtoku

1045: Death of the 69th Japanese Emperor Go-Suzaku (1036-1045), born on December 4, 1009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Suzaku

1855: Signature of the Treaty of Shimoda marking the start of official relations between Russia and Japan and joint ownership of Sakhaline Island
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Treaty_of_Shimoda
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Shimoda

1855 Shimoda

1871:Birth of Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist who died on January 25, 1957
http://www.paul-ehrlich.de/Teachers/shiga.htm

1943: The Japanese are driven off Guadalcanal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalcanal_Campaign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ke
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/us-retake-guadalcanal-february-1943/query/JAPANESE+WAR

1982: Birth of Osamu Mukai, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Mukai_Osamu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzC13N3md6s&feature=fvst

1988: Birth of Ai Kago, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Kago

1992: Birth of Maimi Yajima, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Yajima_Maimi

1996: Birth of Mai Hagiwara, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mai_Hagiwara

2000: Death of Shiho Niiyama, Japanese voice actress, born on March 21, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiho_Niiyama

2011: Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan is promising his government will « tenaciously » pursue the return of four disputed islands from Russia, ahead of a diplomatic mission to Moscow
http://www.voanews.com/english/news/asia/Japanese-PM-Pledges-Tenacious-Effort-to-Recover-Disputed-Islands-115470599.html

2012: Japan and the United States reached a broad agreement to transfer 4,700 U.S. marines stationed in Okinawa Prefecture to Guam, scaling down from the originally planned 8,000, Japanese government sources have said
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16954599

On 7 February in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1976 Hua Guofeng

ON 7 FEBRUARY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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199: Death of Lü Bu, Chinese warlord
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BC_Bu

812: Death of Li Ning, Chinese prince, born in 793
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Ning_(Tang_Dynasty)

1799: Death of Chinese Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), born on September 25, 1711
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Qianlong_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1259.html

1906: Birth of Puyi, the last Chinese emperor under the name of Xuantong (1908-1912), who died on October 17, 1967
http://www.lilicat.com/puyi.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1656.html

1955: Chinese Nationalists start to evacuate Tachen islands under the US protection
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fweb.stanford.edu%2Fgroup%2Ftomzgroup%2Fpmwiki%2Fuploads%2F0050-1955-01-K-b-OEP.pdf&ei=iyDVVPSGJITzUtubgMgN&usg=AFQjCNGgw0ZRF3jokUSojqDfVdl-JN1dVA&sig2=EoVHlzhyC5nTIvOdbFx9PA

1955-02-07 evacuation Tachen

1957: Establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka

1967: At the peak of the Cultural Revolution, the Chinese government says it is no more in the capacity of guarantee the security of the Soviets in Beijing

1967: Birth of  Cheung  Man, Hong Kong actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0156522/
http://www.brns.com/pages4/cheungman1.html

1976: Hua Guofeng, chosen by Mao Zedong as successor, becomes Prime Minister, replacing Zhou Enlai
http://chineseposters.net/themes/huaguofeng.php
http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/hua-guofeng/index.htm

1976 Hua Guofeng