Monthly Archives: mars 2018

On 31 March in Asian history

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa


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Updated on March 31, 2018

1074: Death of Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japanese regent, born in 992

1504: Birth of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru who died on March 28, 1552

1521: The first mass in the Philippines is held on an Easter Sunday in an island named Mazaua (believed to be Limasawa). Limasawa thus became the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country!/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html

1521-03-31 First mass

1536: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 13th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate (1546-1565) who died in June 1565

1787: Birth of Siam king Nangklao (Rama III)

Nangklao Rama III

1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1860: Death of Evariste Huc, French missionary in China and explorer in Mongolia and Tibet, born on August 1, 1813

1865: Birth of Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian female physician who died on February 26, 1887

Anandi Gopal Joshi

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1906: Birth of Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese Nobel Prize in Physics (1965) who died in July 1979

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

1915: Birth of Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese sergent discovered in the jungles of Guam 28 years after the war, who died on September 22, 1997

1932: Birth of Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director, who died on January 15, 2013

1934: Birth of Kamala Surayya, Indian poet and author who died on May 31, 2009

1936: Birth of Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor

1938: Birth of Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013, governor of Kerala since March 2014

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession

1944: Japanese Navy Marshal Mineichi Koga dies in the crash of his plane

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India

1964: Birth of Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam

1970: Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb

1972: Death of Meena Kumari, Indian actress, born on August 1, 1932

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces

1977: Birth of Toshiya, Japanese musician

1979: The Chinese authorities put an end on the « Beijing Spring » and arrest around thirty antiestablishment protestors

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest

1980: Birth of Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actress

1984: Birth of Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress

1993: The basic Law of the Special administrative Region of Macau is adopted by the Chinese National Congress, effective in December 1999

1993: Death of Chichay, Filipino actress, born on January 21, 1918

1996: In Burma the National Convention is suspended

2002: Death of Moturu Udayam, Indian women’s rights activist, born on October 13, 1924

2005: Death of Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born on September 5, 1905

2006: In Sri Lanka, the coalition supporting President Mahinda Rajapakse, The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins 225 of the 266 seats in the parliament. The main opposition party, the UNP gets 33 seats

2012: in Pattani, Thailand, at least 10 people are killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far South

2014: South Korea returns fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric

2014: Death of Irene Fernandez, Malaysian human rights activist, born on April 18, 1946

2014: United Nations judges order Japan to end whale hunts in the Antarctic after dismissing Japanese arguments that the hunting was carried out for scientific research purposes

2014: A Pakistani court indicts former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military

2015: A Thai military court jails a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years

2015: Malaysian police detains a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown

2016: Vietnam names veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan first chairwoman of National Assembly

2017: Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, is arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has  seen her ousted from office and prompted early elections

Holidays and observances

 Thailand: King Nangklao Memorial Day

Vietnam Foreign Policy and Defence


31 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam tie the knot for strategic partnership

Australia and Vietnam upgraded their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia from 14–18 March 2018. The move is not a surprise. As the Australian government states, this elevation ‘reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship’

20 MARCH 2018

Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands

15 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region

3 MARCH 2018

India, Vietnam to enhance cooperation in defence production: PM Narendra Modi

« We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected, » he said

25 JANUARY 2018

US to send aircraft carrier to Vietnam as ties between old foes deepen in response to rising threat of China

In a post-war first, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, Hanoi’s defence ministry said on Thursday, a major demonstration of deepening military ties between the former enemies more than four decades after the Vietnam war

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday

10 NOVEMBER 2017

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has provoked anxiety among the US’ Asian partners and allies. Southeast Asia — a group of small and middle-size states — is particularly concerned about the perceived policy vacuum and fading commitment of the United States. Vietnam is among the countries most closely watching Washington’s policy shifts

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes

9 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China

10 JULY 2017

Vietnam Is Chasing India To Escape The Grip Of China

Now Vietnam is pushing for stronger ties with India. The two countries have explored together for oil in the South China Sea — the one Beijing believes is mostly its own — since at least 2014 when the overseas subsidiary of India’s state-run firm ONGC and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp. signed an agreement for exploring three oil blocks despite bristling in Beijing

27 JUNE 2017

The weak points in Vietnam’s military

Despite significant defense investments, some neglected portions of Vietnam’s military are vulnerable to Chinese Attack

4 JUNE 2017

Vietnam’s White House lobbying coup secures strategic gains

When Vietnam’s prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers

31 MAY 2017

Trump hails deals with Vietnam, but trade imbalance isn’t so good

US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries

Joint statement by Vietnam, US after PM Phuc’s visit to White House

Hanoi and Washington called for refrain from any tension escalation in the East Vietnam Sea, including “the militarization of disputed features,” had “frank and constructive dialogue” to narrow differences on human rights, agreed to promote bilateral trade, and shared concern over ballistic missile tests by North Korea

11 MAY 2017

Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president

President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, ­despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?

19 JANUARY 2017

Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists

16 JANUARY 2017

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Pope and Vietnam’s president meet at the Vatican in bid to warm long-strained ties

Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said,-highlighting-good-relations-and-a-shared-spirit-of-dialogue-39223.html

4 OCTOBER 2016

US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port

Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies


Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations


Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation

29 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent

11 AUGUST 2016

What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam

The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?

10 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials

29 JUNE 2016

Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội

23 MAY 2016

Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy

22 MAY 2016

Obama in Vietnam: Arms and trade deal on agenda as trip begins

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year

Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance

11 MAY 2016

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies

Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.

12 APRIL 2016

Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.

4 APRIL 2016

Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing

Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said

27 MARCH 2016

Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute ‘peaceful, friendly’: defence ministers

Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China

Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s China challenge

The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said

19 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters

Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases

 Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country


Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner

Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia


China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade


Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today

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


Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule

7 JULY 2015

Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit

Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea

2 JUNE 2015

Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.

18 MAY 2015

Vietnam Condemns Chinese Ban on Fishing in South China Sea. china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest

Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago


7 APRIL 2015

China’s President Xi Jinping calls for ‘new approach’ to territorial dispute with Vietnam

President Xi Jinping called on the visiting Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday to explore a « new approach » to solving the two countries’ disputes

24 MARCH 2015

US and Vietnam: From Foes to Friends

Vietnam’s new ambassador to the United States reflects on the state of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship

7 MARCH 2015

US to provide 6 patrol ships to Vietnam as ties strengthen

Ly V. Thang, head of the defense cooperation office at the US Embassy in Hanoi, said the US and Vietnam are finishing negotiations for the transfer of the vessels, which is expected to take place next year


Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field

The underlying diplomatic philosophy is to create interdependent relations with as many major powers as possible, while avoiding taking sides. And whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs, Vietnam is unlikely to change course any time soon.

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

30 DECEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s 5th Russian-built submarine launched

The fifth of six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam contracted to buy from Russia was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Russian news agency Interfax reported.

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China

22 OCTOBER 2014

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

 Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent bloggers whose case was raised by President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being jailed for 12 years by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of « anti-state propaganda. »


Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.

17 OCTOBER 2014

China, Vietnam pledge to ‘address and control’ maritime disputes

China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours.

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

2 OCTOBER 2014

Vietnam Party General Secretary begins South Korea visit

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Seoul yesterday afternoon, beginning a four-day state visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye.


India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties

India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.


Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties

Officials from Vietnam and the Vatican began two-day talks Wednesday on prospects of restoring full diplomatic ties as a respected local bishop acknowledged that “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased.

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development

22 AUGUST 2014

Delicate diplomacy for Vietnam

Rising territorial tensions and the recent oil rig crisis have put Sino-Vietnamese ties on the rocks, driving Hanoi to ramp up strategic alliances with other regional powers, particularly the United States. But Vietnam is not poised to completely drop the gauntlet by jettisoning its deep-seated reliance on its giant northern neighbor that has both burgeoned and bedeviled bilateral ties.

14 AUGUST 2014

US military chief visits Vietnam, 1st since 1971

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China;_ylt=AwrBJSCHl.5TW04AEODQtDMD

9 AUGUST 2014

U.S. Sen. McCain: Time to ease arms sales ban on Vietnam

U.S. Sen. John McCain says it’s time for the United States to ease restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam, citing progress the communist country has made on human rights

4 AUGUST 2014

A US-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast

Expectations that Hanoi will enter Washington’s embrace appear unrealistic as the pro-Chinese camp prevails in Vietnam

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on « maintaining peace and stability » in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be « perceived as hostility by China »

30 JULY 2014

‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge

A former ambassador to Beijing was among 60 prominent members of Vietnam’s Communist Party urging the country’s leaders to « escape » reliance on China through political and economic reforms

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

28 JUNE 2014

Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa in the French colonial period

On March 3, 1925, the Governor General of Indochina issued a statement confirming that Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) belong to Vietnam, part of the French territory. Thus, even in the French-ruled period, Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos continued

19 JUNE 2014

China moving 2nd rig closer to Vietnam

China says it is moving a second oil rig closer to the Vietnamese coast in disputed waters amid continuing tensions and confrontations between ships from the countries

17 JUNE 2014

US envoy nominee open to lifting arms ban to Vietnam

President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam said Tuesday it may be time for Washington to consider lifting a ban on the sale and transfer of lethal weapons to the former American enemy;_ylt=AwrBEiFWPqRT9lEAWHrQtDMD

17 JUNE 2014

Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks aimed at easing tension over territorial disputes.

11 JUNE 2014

China uses Vietnamese textbook to back claim in South China Sea dispute

China is using photocopied pages from a geography textbook for Vietnamese ninth-graders published 40 years ago to help win international support for its claim to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea

9 JUNE 2014

China ships ‘rammed 1,400 times by Vietnamese vessels’

Chinese officials have accused vessels from Vietnam of launching more than 1,400 ramming raids on its ships near a drilling rig in the South China Sea.

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 JUNE 2014

1 JUNE 2014

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas

27 MAY 2014

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig.

19 MAY 2014

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

More than 3,500 Chinese citizens were evacuated from riot-hit Vietnam by sea on Monday, as Hanoi stifled fresh protests over a territorial dispute and foreign investors counted the cost

18 MAY 2014

China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

China has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters

17 MAY 2014

China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots

The Chinese government has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam following a wave of anti-Chinese riots, Chinese media report.

16 MAY 2014

China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling

China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam.

15 MAY 2014

Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests

At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting, Reuters news agency has reported, as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea

14 MAY 2014

Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests

At least 500 people have been arrested after protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire across Vietnam Tuesday amid an eruption of anti-China sentiment following Beijing’s deployment an oil rig in contested waters last week

11 MAY 2014

Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute

Hundreds of people across Vietnam have protested against China’s role in a sea dispute – the largest rallies of their kind recently in the communist country

7 MAY 2014

Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea

Vietnam says Chinese ships repeatedly rammed and used water cannons against Hanoi’s patrol vessels in the South China Sea, where Beijing has placed an oil rig in disputed waters near the Paracel islands

5 MAY 2014

Vietnam says China’s oil rig movement into South China Sea is ‘illegal’

Vietnam says China’s plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia’s most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam’s territorial waters

18 APRIL 2014

Vietnam says 7 killed in shooting on China border

Seven people were killed in a gun battle between border guards and Chinese illegal migrants at a remote frontier crossing in northeast Vietnam, authorities said Friday


20 MARCH 2014

U.S.-Vietnam: From Comprehensive to Strategic Partners?

Lew Stern argues that Vietnam has adopted a new strategic vocabulary that will facilitate an upgrade in U.S.-Vietnam defense relations from a “comprehensive partnership” to a “strategic partnership

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.


12 DECEMBER 2013

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

Vietnam has long been Russia’s closest partner in Southeast Asia, especially during periods in which both countries were seeking to balance against China. Historically, the country has been a major area of focus for China — either as a potential client state extending the Chinese coastline south or as a potential thorn in Beijing’s side. This is the essence of Russia’s interest in Vietnam

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level

Vladimir Putin’s visit to Vietnam earlier this month, his third since assuming the Russian presidency, was accompanied by references to the ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ between both countries. This wording has been adopted since last year, clearly indicating that the two countries are getting closer to each other and intend to cultivate a special bond.

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam Vote Reaffirms Party Role in Constitution

Ninety-eight percent of Vietnam’s National Assembly voted in favor of revisions to the Southeast Asian country’s 1992 constitution on Thursday, but critics say the changes are a step backward for the country

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam

Vietnam is a relatively youthful country, and as the youth of today grow up and inherit their country, so too will it adapt to their ideas

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud

Former finance chief and business associate to die by lethal injection for their parts in embezzlement of $25 million.

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam gets 2 new deputy PMs

Vietnam’s legislature approves the appointment of two new deputy prime ministers, including Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, bringing to five the number of deputy prime ministers in Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s cabinet.

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia’s Putin signs energy, military deals with Vietnam

Russia and Vietnam will cooperate in offshore oil exploration and deepen military ties, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after « constructive and open » talks with his counterpart in Hanoi.


Vietnam may resume firing squads for exécutions

Country struggles to obtain  chemicals needed for lethal injections as 678 people wait on death row


Amnesty slams Vietnam rights record

Authoritarian Vietnam has stepped up an alarming crackdown on domestic dissent even as it seeks a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, Amnesty International said Thursday.


Vietnam’s 7reaches 90 million

Vietnam’s population has reached 90 million, ranking 14th among the countries with the largest population in the world, 8th in Asia and 3rd in Southeast Asia, according to Dr Duong Quoc Trong, director of the General Office for Population and Family Planning.

31 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Confucius Institute Project Raises Concern in Vietnam

A plan to establish an organization that promotes Chinese languages and culture in Vietnam has drawn criticism from Vietnamese scholars, who say Beijing is trying to invade the country with its ideology

29 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s Latest Trial Shows New Generation of Activism

A man in Vietnam has been convicted of « abusing democratic freedoms » for using the social media site Facebook to campaign for the release of his brother, a jailed government critic.  It is the latest case involving a new generation of Internet-based activists.Thirty-year-old Dinh Nhat Uy was put on trial Tuesday for posting information on his Facebook page in support for his brother, who is serving a four-year jail sentence for distributing anti-government leaflets

27 OCTOBER 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam

Hundreds of people gathered in the center of Hanoi Sunday morning to watch a staged wedding ceremony between two same-sex couples ahead of a planned parliamentary debate on the topic next month.

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.

19 OCTOBER 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Dissident In New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure

Jailed prominent Vietnamese dissident Cu Huy Ha Vu has begun another hunger strike—this time in protest against the seizure of his artwork he had drawn in prison, according to his wife.

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

China and Vietnam will establish a bilateral working group to discuss joint maritime development, a move analysts said is a « breakthrough » for the neighbors to peacefully handle disputes. The countries will establish two other working groups regarding infrastructure and financial cooperation, Premier Li Keqiang and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung told reporters at a news conference after their talks on Sunday–52762.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s foreign policy tightrope

Vietnam’s new foreign policy approach, which some analysts have labelled ‘more friends, fewer enemies’, reflects its precarious position as a bird on the wire caught between China and the United States.

State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap

In Vietnam, a state funeral was being held on Saturday for a national hero – General Giap, the independence icon who masterminded military victories over colonial power France in the 1950s and later over the Americans.

11 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnamese civil society bringing political change

Vietnam’s political culture is gradually transforming from totalitarianism to pluralism. Why? Because an emerging and independent civil society is openly challenging communist party rule.

10 OCTOBER 2013

US signs nuclear technology deal with Vietnam

The United States and Vietnam have signed a pact allowing the transfer of nuclear technology to the south-east Asian country, opening the way for US investment in the burgeoning industry.

4 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded victories against France and the US, has died aged 102.

2 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam dissident Le Quoc Quan jailed over tax evasion

One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents, Le Quoc Quan, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax evasion.

Vietnam’s exports set to surpass target

Vietnam is expected to see an export turnover of US$131 billion this year, representing a 14 per cent increase from 2012. According to a Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) forecast, turnover would be 4 per cent higher than the target set by the National Assembly earlier this year

Vietnam concerned by ageing population

Vietnam ‘s population was ageing rapidly and had entered the « ageing phase », with many challenges to be addressed including income insecurity, inadequate social protection and limited healthcare capacity.


How eating dog became big business in Vietnam

Every year, hundreds of thousands of pets are snatched in Thailand, then smuggled into Vietnam, destined for Hanoi’s top restaurants and street stalls. Demand for dogmeat is so high that supply has become a highly lucrative – and brutal – black market


Vietnam, France upgrade relations to strategic partnership

Vietnam and France upgraded their ties to a strategic partnership during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s three-day visit to Paris which concluded Thursday 26, Vietnam News Agency reported.


Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

More than 100 Vietnamese reform-seeking intellectuals signed a petition calling on the government to establish an open public forum to discuss prospects for democracy in the authoritarian state. It is the latest bid to pressure the country’s Communist leaders to end one-party rule, which rights groups say suppresses virtually all forms of political dissent. o the charter should not be done hastily.


Viet Nam unveils plans to overhaul education system

Viet Nam is expected to comprehensively renew education and training by 2030 to effect in both education quality and efficiency.


Vietnam, South Korea seeks to sign free trade deal next year

Vietnam and South Korea agreed to conclude a free-trade deal by the end of next year as they seek to expand trade by more than three times and work toward an agreement for two nuclear power plants.–south-korea-seeks-to-sign-free-trade-deal-with-vietnam-next-year.aspx


Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws

A controversial law to prevent Vietnamese internet users from sharing news articles drew criticism on Tuesday from human rights groups which said the decree is designed to clamp down on dissent in the one-party Communist state.


Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect

The decree, known as Decree 72, says blogs and social websites should not be used to share news articles, but only personal information.

29 AUGUST 2013

Visions of a democratic Vietnam

23 AUGUST 2013

Ties strengthen between Japan and Vietnam

Following a shady past, involving Japanese imperialist expansion and controversial ties with the United States, it seems that Japan-Vietnam relations have experienced an observable improvement, especially within the past couple of years. The implications of such close interaction are important, particularly when considering the region’s economic, political and security structure.

20 AUGUST 2013

New Vietnamese party to challenge rules

16 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam media violate child’s right to privacy in reporting abuse: experts

A recent study by the non-government Center for Community Development and Social Work found that every year at least 6,000 news articles fail to protect children’s privacy, Infonet – the online newspaper of the Ministry of Information and Communication reported.

Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation.

Vietnam activists ‘to form multi-party democracy’

A group of activists in Vietnam have expressed their intention to form a new political party to promote multi-party democracy in the communist country.

15 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam ‘Threatened’ by Chinese, Thai Investments in Laos

Vietnam “feels threatened” by increasing Chinese and Thai investment in neighboring Laos and is concerned that the two countries will dethrone it as the top investor there, according to a senior Lao official. The concern was expressed in a letter from the secretariat of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party to its Lao counterpart

9 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam Tries Public-Private Partnerships

The concept of public-private partnerships (PPP) isn’t novel, but it is gaining new traction in Vietnam. The country recently announced it will build its first express highway through a PPP arrangement that draws on private investment by Bitexco, a large multi-industry corporation.

6 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam executes 1st prisoner by lethal injection

Vietnam executed its first prisoner by lethal injection on Tuesday, ending a two-year pause in capital punishment caused by difficulties in obtaining the needed chemicals, state media reported.

1 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings

Communist Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, under a new decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom.

25 JULY 2013

Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he spoke frankly to Vietnam’s leader about human rights but called for greater cooperation between the former war adversaries in areas from trade to security.

24 JULY 2013

Vietnamese Dissident Said Weak from Hunger Strike

Nguyen Van Hai, also known as Dieu Cay, is serving a 12-year prison term for conducting “propaganda against the state” in relation to his blogging and citizen media activities. His case has been mentioned by President Barack Obama, whose administration is appealing for the release of political prisoners.

16 JULY 2013

Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style

It’s a dangerous business being a journalist in Vietnam, to be sure

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.

12 JULY 2013

Hanoi against the beatification of Cardinal Van Thuân. Canonisation process witness stopped at airport

Nguyên Hoang Duc, literary critic and former civil servant, blocked at the boarding gate. He was expected in Rome, on official invitation, for the closing ceremony of the diocesan inquiry. A meeting with the Cardinal began his journey of conversion which resulted in his baptism. The Communist Government wants to hinder the process.ân.-Canonisation-process-witness-stopped-at-airport-28451.html

10 JULY 2013

Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam

A new report on global corruption trends finds more than half of Vietnam’s population believes corruption has increased in recent years.  In a survey done by Transparency International, 55% of respondents from Vietnam felt an increase in corruption, compared to an average of 48% in Southeast Asia as a whole

7 JULY 2013

Vietnam: Playing with fire

Follow America and save the country; follow China and save the party. This saying, heard everywhere in Vietnam, distills the geopolitical dilemma facing its ruling Communist Party

5 JULY 2013

Border demarcation enhances peace between Laos and Vietnam

The recent success in border demarcation and restoration has enhanced peace and orderliness along the Laos-Vietnam border, according to Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bounkeut Sangsomsak.                                                                                                           

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

Beijing’s welcome ceremony, and Ha Noi’s decision to send its president – the first Vietnamese leader to visit China since President Xi Jinping took office in March – reflect a mutual desire to improve the close, but complex and often-strained ties between the communist allies and one-time war foes, say observers. »The pomp and ceremony reveals Xi’s personal endorsement for warmer ties, » said Singapore-based analyst Euan Graham.

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors.                                                                                                                          

11 JUNE 2013

Vietnam MPs vote low confidence in PM Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister survived a non-confidence ballot in the national assembly on Tuesday, but with his position weakened after more than 30 percent of its members voted against him.                                                                                                          

2 JUNE 2013

Vietnam’s peasants betrayed by the party

Even after Doan Van Vuon and his brother Quy were indicted for attempted murder in January 2013, it seemed reasonable to hope that they would catch a break from Vietnam’s courts. Vuon, a Vietnamese farmer, was after all a popular hero.

30 MAY 2013

Two paths for US-Vietnam ties

The success of the United States in Southeast Asia and its « pivot » policy in the Asia-Pacific will be built on the strength of its partnerships with strategic allies. Longstanding allies such as Japan, South Korea and Australia have provided the US with strong support in the region, but to implement the « pivot » Washington needs to expand its pool of reliable strategic partners. Vietnam has the potential to serve as one of those partners: under the current ruling Communist Party of Vietnam or a different future political regime, there always has been and always will be concern in Hanoi about the influence and intentions of its giant neighbor                                                                             

22 MAY 2013

Vietnamese Blogger Held for Distributing Rights Leaflets

A prominent blogger and her two colleagues were briefly detained this week by authorities in southern Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa province after distributing leaflets and balloons promoting international human rights standards.

15 MAY 2013

 Surprise or Déjà Vu? The Vietnam Communist Party’s Seventh Plenum

The Seventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) met from May 2 to May 11 to discuss, among other things, “possible ways to perfect the political system, [strengthen] party building, and [promote] the party leadership in mass mobilization work.” The plenum was also tasked to elect three additional members to the Politburo.                                                                                                         

14 MAY 2013

Vietnam’s land law reforms: radical changes or minor tinkering?

In the last decade, the area of land taken from farmers has reached one-million hectares, significantly greater than the 810,000 hectares redistributed during the socialist land reforms in the 1950s. Currently land grab cases comprise over 30 per cent of all land disputes reaching officials and the courts.                                                                                                                             

11 MAY 2013

In Vietnam, Seeking Basic Rights Is No Picnic in the Park

Organizing picnics in one party communist state Vietnam is no walk in the park, as some human rights activists have painfully discovered. Last weekend, the blogger activists and their friends and relatives tried to break new ground by holding picnics in public parks to discuss human rights issues but ended up being beaten, interrogated and arrested by police or thugs they claimed were hired by the authorities.

10 MAY 2013

Can Vietnam have a one-party, two-candidate system?

Many constitutional issues are up for debate — the role of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in state organs and in society; the role of the armed forces; state versus private management and ownership of land; and the mechanisms needed to protect citizens’ and human rights.                                                                             

27 APRIL 2013

Viet Nam stands up for East Sea

Viet Nam has reiterated that it will adopt every suitable peaceful measure to defend its sovereignty, jurisdiction and legitimate national interests in the East Sea in accordance with the UN Charter, international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).                                                                              

22 APRIL 2013

U.S. Navy Begins Annual Vietnam Naval Engagement Activity

The U.S. Navy began the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy April 21 with the arrival USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) in Da Nang.

19 APRIL 2013

Opinion: The Promise of a Democratic Vietnam

The struggle for democracy and political reform in Vietnam has a found itself a banner around which to rally. It is called Petition 72, with « 72 » referring to the original number of respected scholars and former government officials who drafted the proposed constitution as an alternative to Vietnam’s current one. Petition 72, among other significant proposed changes, would abolish Vietnam’s one-party structure                                    

9 APRIL 2013

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs

Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims                                                                                                          

5 APRIL 2013

Peter Doan Van Vuon, anti-forced evictions hero, gets five years

Despite the convictions, the family’s punishment was not as bad as expected. The men in fact got two to five years in prison whilst the women were handed down suspended sentences. Although blaming them for the bad « impact on social order », the judge decided to avoid a verdict that could fuel social tensions.                                                                                                        ,-anti-forced-evictions-hero,-gets-five-years-27580.html

22 MARCH 2013

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging.                                           


Influential factors in the Vietnam–US relationship

Optimism surrounding the potential Vietnam–US strategic partnership has been riding high after John Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran and key player in the bilateral diplomatic relationship, became US Secretary of State in February 2013.

14 MARCH 2013

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.                                                                                                 

Chinese contractors’ rise in Vietnam: Causes, problems, and implications

By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia.                                                                                                                                               

8 MARCH 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Named ‘Woman of Courage’

Ta Phong Tan, a Catholic ex-policewoman who is serving a 10-year jail sentence for conducting « anti-state propaganda » in her online writings, is one of ten “extraordinary women” from around the world recognized by the State Department for their work advocating for women’s empowerment.                                                                                                                                                      

2 MARCH 2013

Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics

The non-partisan and apolitical initiative launched by family members and is divided into two groups, active in the north and south of the country. Among signatories, two bishops and a Buddhist religious leader, member of a group persecuted by Hanoi. The promoters speak of spurious sentence and illegal trial.                                                                                                                                                   

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnamese Reporter Fired for Critical Essay

A Vietnamese journalist working for a state-run newspaper has been fired and threatened with prosecution after criticizing a Communist Party leader on his personal website. Nguyen Dac Kien was let go by the official Family and Society newspaper on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after writing a blog post that took issue with a speech by General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong                                                               

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam’s Democratic Destiny

It has sometimes been said that if Vietnam were to make the transition from a single-party state to a multi-party one, it would lead to democracy and freedom. That may not be true                                                                                                                                    

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam Faces Political Entropy

The Vietnamese Communist Party, once credited for opening the country and joining the global economy, is in crisis. Its factional conflict, economic mismanagement and inattention to quality-of-life issues have eroded its claim to be « the force leading the state and society. »


Despite crackdown on dissent, can Vietnam reform ?

Within ASEAN, only Laos scores as poorly as Vietnam on political rights, according to Freedom House, with the two Communist neighbors both receiving the lowest possible mark of seven, a score unchanged for years as Burma improved to a six for 2012.


Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of « subversive activities », according to the state-run Vietnam Television.                                                                                                                                                 

31 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam deports pro-democracy activist

A pro-democracy activist released from a Vietnamese prison was on his way to his California home after nine months in detention, according to his family.                                                                                                                                         

22 JANUARY 2013

One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi

Benedict XVI received the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. A statement from the Holy See speaks of « cordial discussions » and “the hope that some pending situations may be resolved and that the existing fruitful cooperation may be strengthened. »                                                                                                                                        

9 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam convicts 14 activists of ‘anti-state plot’

Thirteen were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence. Most are Catholics, and they include bloggers and students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

29 DECEMBER 2012

Ho Chi Minh City, the People’s Court condemns three bloggers for a total of 25 years

Nguyen Van Hai, his son, Nguyen Tri Dung and Maria Ta Phong Tan, were convicted of subversive propaganda against the state. They fought for the respect of human rights and against corruption in the party. The Prime Minister ordered all the organs of the regime to stop the spread of « subversive » internet sites and blogs at all costs. On December 27, another blogger, the Catholic Le Quoc Quan, arrested for tax evasion. The authorities want to stop his activities in favor of democracy and religious freedom.                                                                                              ,-the-People’s-Court-condemns-three-bloggers-for-a-total-of-25-years-26737.html

27 DECEMBER 2012

2012: A tough year for Vietnam

As 2012 winds down, Vietnamese leaders are probably glad to see the end of what has been a difficult year. Despite there still being a few days of activity left, the General Statistics Office recently announced that Vietnam’s GDP increased by only 5.03% this year. This is the lowest rate of growth since 1999 and is well below previous targets for 2012, which were generally above 6%. Notably, even this low rate of growth was only achieved after a slight fourth quarter upswing.                                                                                                                  


Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam officials to face parliamentary confidence votes

The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged to resign

A member of the Communist-dominated parliament in Vietnam has in a rare show of dissent told PM Nguyen Tan Dung that he should resign for his mistakes in handling the economy


Vietnam’s fight against corruption: a self-defeating effort?

Vietnam’s National Assembly will pass the revised Law on Anti-Corruption in the next few weeks to try to intensify the fight against corruption.


Chinese companies invade Vietnam, dangers for production and environment

Beijing also relocates to increase profits by taking advantage of local labor. Experts warn Hanoi: danger of upsetting balance of trade between the two countries, as well as flooding of low-priced and poor quality goods. Risks to public health and the environment.,-dangers-for-production-and-environment-26250.html

30 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters

Vietnam has jailed two musicians for spreading anti-state propaganda, after they wrote songs critical of government policy.

22 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM admits ‘faults’ on economy

Vietnam’s prime minister admitted on Monday that his government had made mistakes in its stewardship of the troubled economy, in the latest bout of self-criticism by the secretive Communist regime

15 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM escapes punishment despite censure

Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership

4 OCTOBER 2012

The future of US relations with Vietnam

While the usual suspects — Iran, China, Cuba and Syria — dominate what passes for debate over foreign policy in the US, neither presidential candidate has had much to say about Vietnam

3 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies in US

Nguyen Chi Thien, a dissident poet who spent 27 years in Vietnamese prisons, has died in California aged 73.


Vietnam jails three bloggers in crackdown on dissent

Three Vietnamese bloggers, well known for their criticisms of the country’s Communist government, were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison Monday in what rights activists said was an « absolutely outrageous » ruling.


Vietnam PM orders fresh crackdown on bloggers

Vietnam’s prime minister has ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the governmen


Undercover Reporter Jailed

In a conviction condemned by rights groups, a Vietnamese journalist has been sentenced to four years in jail for offering a bribe to a policeman which he said was part of an investigation to expose police corruption

Hanoi and Berlin aim to strengthen economic and trade cooperation

Strengthening economic cooperation between Berlin and Hanoi, enhancing connections with direct flights and spreading the German language and culture in the Asian nation. These are just some of the many topics on the agenda of Philipp Rosler, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Vice-Chancellor and one of Angela Merkel’s closest collaborators, who will be on official visit to Vietnam from September 17 to 19


Viet Prime Minister Under Threat

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s grip on Vietnam’s government is weakening. The Vietnamese premier is under attack by intra-party rivals who don’t like his rich friends and fault his management of the economy. If Dung goes down, important changes in Vietnam’s management of economic and social issues are likely to follow


Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call

Viet Nam protests against China’s plan to invite international bidding for oil block 65/12, about 3 nautical miles off Cay (Tree) Island of Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Ngh

In Vietnam, Message of Equality Is Challenged by Widening Wealth Gap

The daughter of a member of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo, the country’s most powerful political body, Ms. Huong had only days before been appointed the head of a state-owned construction company. Commentators on the Internet expressed outrage that someone so young — she is reported to be 24 — held such a senior corporate post.

31 AUGUST 2012

What Happened to Independence, Freedom, and Happiness in Vietnam?

It is almost 67 years since the revelation of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and 37 years since the country’s unification. Despite revolutions to throw off the shackles of foreign powers, and a brutal war that stifled early hopes of democracy, Vietnam today remains under the thumb of an authoritarian government.

25 AUGUST 2012

Viet Nam seeks nuclear power infrastructure

Viet Nam is seeking more support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and countries with advanced nuclear power industries to develop the infrastructure for its nuclear power programme.

23 AUGUST 2012

Major Vietnamese bank in turmoil after founder’s arrest

Nervous Vietnamese crowded the branches of one of the country’s major banks Thursday to withdraw some $240 million following news of the arrest of the bank’s founder on fraud charges. The stock market was also hit by the news

21 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam arrests high-flying banking mogul

Vietnam police have arrested a top banking tycoon on suspicion of illegal business activities, the government said on Tuesday, sending ripples through financial markets in the communist state

5 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam holds first gay pride parade

Dozens of cyclists decorated with balloons and rainbow flags streamed through the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Sunday for the first gay pride parade in the nation’s history.

4 AUGUST 2012

Inflation falls from 23% to 5% in one year

« Vietnam at a Glance » notes that inflation declined to 5 per cent in July from 23 per cent in August 2011. The trade deficit, too, narrowed to US$58m in the first seven months compared to almost $6bn a year earlier.

2 AUGUST 2012

Blogger Barred from Travel

A blogger in Vietnam who has been critical of the one-party communist state was prevented by the authorities on Thursday from traveling abroad, a month after he was attacked by suspected government agents. Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh said staff at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi stopped him from boarding a flight to Singapore when he wanted to accompany his mother, who needed medical treatment in the island state.

30 JULY 012

Vietnam blogger’s mother ‘dies in self-immolation’

The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday.’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html

15 JULY 2012

Government deploys tanks as over 10 thousand Vinh diocese faithful march for religious freedom.

More than 10 thousand Catholics marched in different areas of the diocese of Vinh to demand respect for religious freedom against threats and violence of the government. On the eve of the marches, to intimidate the Catholics, the authorities deployed tanks outside the bishop’s residence, with patrols by gangs of thugs and soldiers

10 JULY 2012

Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Vietnam where she is promoting U.S. investment and raising human rights concerns. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is looking for ways to expand trade and investment with Vietnam, which was up 17 percent between 2010 and 2011 to nearly $22 billion.

21 JUNE 2012

China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’

China on Thursday 21 « vehemently opposed » a new Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over islands in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea.

15 JUNE 2012

New Clashes in Land Dispute

Clashes broke out between villagers and a group of men hired to clear their land for a controversial development site on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital Friday, leaving several villagers injured and others vowing to protect their homes should demolition crews return, sources said

3 JUNE 2012

Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam

Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip to the base by an American defense secretary since the war ended

19 APRIL 2012

Vietnam edges towards casino capitalism

To roll or not to roll, that is the multi-billion dollar question Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party now weighs. The casino quandary hinges on how a nominally communist state that still deploys revolutionary rhetoric can openly embrace such a free-wheeling capitalist concept.

18 APRIL 2012

Wealthy Vietnam MP faces sack over husband fraud

One of Vietnam’s wealthiest individuals is at risk of losing her seat in parliament after failing to disclose that her husband was wanted for fraud. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, 53, chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, is accused of not having disclosed details of her marriage and party status when applying to be a parliamentary candidate.

4 APRIL 2012

Opinion: Vietnam’s Disheartening Anniversary

Under Communist leadership, Vietnam has failed to make its mark on the world. The new Vietnam needs to focus on the future

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

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

27 MARCH 2012

Vietnam and the US: The Odd Couple

Particularly in this American election year, human rights issues will test the durability of the rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States – former enemies now seemingly the best of friends

2 MARCH 2012

Vietnam’s Communist Party Ponders Change

The Communist Party of Vietnam turned 82 on Feb. 3, of which 36 years have been spent ruling Vietnam. We can only guess what the next 82 years will bring. Indeed, this past week the party’s delegates and executives met in Hanoi to discuss much needed reform

1st MARCH 2012

US, Vietnam Begin Tough Trade Talks

Vietnamese and Americans joined together in Hanoi last December for a happy celebration, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the entrance into force of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed in December, 2001. The gathering of current and former trade negotiators, diplomats, and business leaders exchanged witty anecdotes about who had been the toughest negotiator. However, the main focus for both American and Vietnamese participants was on the positive prospects for future US-Vietnam relations across the spectrum of trade and strategic common interests

21 JANUARY 2012

China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea

In the wake of a major maritime ruckus last spring, hopes of a deal between China and Vietnam are rising in the South China Sea

17  JANUARY 2012

Vietnam’s navy unveils first home-made warship

Vietnam’s navy has taken delivery of its first locally-made warship, equipped with artillery and missile systems, local media report


Vietnamese actor Don Duong dies at 55

One of Vietnam’s best-known actors, Don Duong – once labelled a traitor by his country’s armed forces – has died of heart failure and a brain haemorrhage aged 55, relatives say


20-million-dollar war memorial sparks public outrage in Vietnam

Vietnamese plans for a memorial to war widows sparked an outcry Thursday when it was revealed that the cost had spiralled to five
times its initial estimate.


Vietnam’s Forced Labor Camps

An international human rights group has called on the Vietnamese government to shut down scores of drug rehabilitation centers and release tens of thousands of people it says are being held against their will and compelled to endure forced labor and torture. Thousands of detainees,
including women and children, are made to work up to 10 hours a day doing unhealthy and tedious work such as shelling cashews, it alleges. The oil from the nuts is caustic and can burn the skin. Other detainees are forced to do farming, work in construction, sew garments and do other menial labor. Those who refuse to work are subjected to torture and deprived of food and water, it says

16 AUGUST 2011

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests

At least 2 thousand faithful of Ho Chi Minh City have celebrated a mass and prayed for the Catholics arrested by Vietnamese police during raids in recent weeks in the Diocese of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. The vigil was held last August 14 organised by the Redemptorists, who wanted to enounce
the Vietnamese authorities repression of Christians and their property, claiming the right to religious freedom in the country

26 JULY 2011

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung re-elected

Vietnam’s one-party parliament elects Nguyen Tan Dung for a second term as prime minister in a widely expected move, a parliamentary
source said.

25 JULY 2011

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly appointed Truong Tan Sang as the communist country’s new president amid challenges at home with the economy and abroad with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea

23 JULY 2011

Nguyen Sinh Hung elected Assembly Chairman, four Vice Chairs chosen

Nguyen Sinh Hung has been elected Chairman of the 13th National Assembly with 457 votes, accounting for 91.4 per cent.

15 JULY 2011

US navy ships visit Vietnam amid heightened China tensions

Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery  exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea.

13 MAY 2011

Vietnam should brace for ageing population, expert says

Vietnam must «prepare now rather than later» to support its rapidly ageing population or face economic challenges, an expert

4 MAY 2011

Vietnam: Ethnic Hmong ‘in mass protest in Dien Bien’

Thousands of ethnic Hmong people in Vietnam are holding a protest calling for autonomy in a rare outbreak of unrest, a local official tells the BBC.

19 JANUARY 2011

Nguyen Phu Trong is the new General Secretary of the Communist Party[/u] of Viet Nam

The election of the 67-year-old National Assembly chairman as the Party leader is announced as the 11th National Party Congress ends its nine-day sitting in Ha Noi

20 AUGUST 2010

Death of Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian, born in 1937

21 JANUARY 2010

A court in Vietnam has convicted four activists, including prominent human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh, of trying to overthrow the Communist government

28 DECEMBER 2009

A Vietnamese court sentences pro-democracy activist Tran Anh Kim to five-and-a-half years in prison for subversion against the communist state. The former army officer was a member of the Democratic Party of Vietnam and the pro-democracy Bloc 8406, both of which are banned

14 JUNE 2009

Vietnam authorities arrest Le Cong Dinh a high-profile lawyer for allegedly conspiring against the government

2 JANUARY 2009

The authorities in Vietnam sack the editors of the country’s two largest pro-reform newspapers. Nguyen Cong Khe and Le Hoang were ousted months after two of their journalists went on trial over coverage of a government corruption scandal








Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 March in Asian history


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1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces

2014: South Korea returns fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric

On 31 March in South Asian history


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1504: Birth of Guru Angad Dev, second Sikh guru who died on March 28, 1552

1865: Birth of Anandi Gopal Joshi, first Indian female physician who died on February 26, 1887

Anandi Gopal Joshi

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1934: Birth of Kamala Surayya, Indian poet and author who died on May 31, 2009

1938: Birth of Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013, governor of Kerala since March 2014

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India where he is greeted by Nehru

1972: Death of Meena Kumari, Indian actress, born on August 1, 1932

2002: Death of Moturu Udayam, Indian women’s rights activist, born on October 13, 1924

2006: In Sri Lanka, the coalition supporting President Mahinda Rajapakse, The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins 225 of the 266 seats in the parliament. The main opposition party, the UNP gets 33 seats

2014: A Pakistani court indicts former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason, a landmark move in a case seen as a test of civilian authority in a country long dominated by the military

On 31 March in Southeast Asian history


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1521: The first mass in the Philippines is held on an Easter Sunday in an island named Mazaua (believed to be Limasawa). Limasawa thus became the birthplace of Roman Catholicism in the country!/2013/05/first-mass-in-philippines.html

1521-03-31 First mass

1787: Birth of Siam king Nangklao (Rama III)

Nangklao Rama III

1899: Malolos, capital of the First Philippine Republic, is captured by American forces

1968: President Johnson announces the end of the bombings on North Vietnam

1975: The important city of Da Nang is definitively controlled by the Vietnamese communists forces

1984: Birth of Yanin Vismistananda, Thai actress

1993: Death of Chichay, Filipino actress, born on January 21, 1918

1996: In Burma the National Convention is suspended

2005: Death of Justiniano Montano, Filipino politician, born on September 5, 1905

2012: in Pattani, Thailand, at least 10 people are killed and more than 100 wounded as three bombs detonated in Thailand’s strife-torn far South

2014: Death of Irene Fernandez, Malaysian human rights activist, born on April 18, 1946

2015: A Thai military court jails a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years

2015: Malaysian police detains a prominent publisher and a website editor on sedition charges, the latest targets in a mounting tally of arrests that a senior opposition politician compared to an infamous 1987 political crackdown

2016: Vietnam names veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan first chairwoman of National Assembly


Holidays and observances

 Thailand: King Nangklao Memorial Day

On 31 March in Japan’s history

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa


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1074: Death of Yorimichi Fujiwara of Japanese regent, born in 992

1536: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 13th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate (1546-1565) who died in June 1565

1854: The commodore Perry and the shogun sign the Convention of Kanagawa opening the Japanese ports of Shimodo and Hakodate to US trade. It will be ratified on February 21, 1855

1854-03-31 Treaty of Kanagawa

1906: Birth of Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese Nobel Prize in Physics (1965) who died in July 1979

Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

1915: Birth of Shoichi Yokoi, Japanese sergent discovered in the jungles of Guam 28 years after the war, who died on September 22, 1997

1932: Birth of Nagisa Oshima, Japanese film director, who died on January 15, 2013


1936: Birth of Dokumamushi Sandayu, Japanese actor

1938: Birth of Michiko Nomura, Japanese voice actor

1942: Japanese forces invade Christmas Island, then a British possession

1944: Japanese Navy Marshal Mineichi Koga dies in the crash of his plane

1970: Nine terrorists from the Japanese Red Army hijack Japan Airlines Flight 351 at Tokyo International Airport, wielding samurai swords and carrying a bomb 

1977: Birth of Toshiya, Japanese musician

1980: Birth of Maaya Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actress

2014: United Nations judges order Japan to end whale hunts in the Antarctic after dismissing Japanese arguments that the hunting was carried out for scientific research purposes

On 31 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest


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1860: Death of Evariste Huc, French missionary in China and explorer in Mongolia and Tibet, born on August 1, 1813

1904: During the British expedition to Tibet, massacre of Chumik Shenko, in which scores of Tibetans are killed by British Maxim guns

1904-03-31 Massacre de Chumik Shenko

1959: The Dalai Lama who escaped from Lhasa on March 17, arrives to India

1964: Birth of Paul Wong Koon-Chung, Hong Kong musician

1979: The Chinese authorities put an end on the « Beijing Spring » and arrest around thirty antiestablishment protestors

1979 Wei Jingsheng arrest

1993: The basic Law of the Special administrative Region of Macau is adopted by the Chinese National Congress, effective in December 1999


On 30 March in Asian history

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive


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365: Death by poisoning of Jin Aidi , emperor of the Eastern Jin Dynasty, born in 341

892: Birth of Shi Jingtang, founder of the Later Jin Dynasty who died on July 28, 942

1010: Birth of Renzong, 4th emperor of the Song dynasty (1022-1063) who died on 30 April 1063

1664: Death of Guru Har Krishan, 8th guru of Sikhism since October 7, 1661, born on July 7, 1656

1875: Birth of Jang In-hwan, Korean independence activist, who died on April 24, 1930

1885: The Battle of Kushka (Afghanistan) triggers the Pandjeh Incident which nearly gives rise to war between the British Empire and Russian Empire

1899: Birth of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay, well known Bengali writer, who died on September 22, 1970

1908 : Birth of Devika Rani, Indian legendary actress and first recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award, who died on March 9, 1994

1919: Gandhi announces resistance against Rowlatt Act

1940: A pro-Japanese government is set up in Nanjing as Wang Jingwei as its leader

1941: Birth of Wasim Sajjad, interim prior to elections president of Pakistan in 1993 and 1997

1951: In the Korea War, the United Nations forces cross the 38th parallel. The General MacArthur threatens to attack China

1952: Death of Jigme Wangchuck, Bhutan King, born in 1905

1955: Birth of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter who died on October 8, 2012

1956: Prince Sihanouk resigns in protest against US press criticism of his neutralist policy and his recognition of the communist China

1965: During Vietnam War: a car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, killing 22 and wounding 183 others

1972: In the Vietnam War, the Easter Offensive (Nguyen Hue Offensive) begins after North Vietnamese forces cross into the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of South Vietnam

1972-03-30 NV lance Nguyen Hue offensive

 1979: Deng Xiaoping puts forward the four cardinal principles

Deng Xiaoping 1978

1979: Birth of Park Kyung-lim, South Korean comedian and actress

1983: Birth of Tian Hebe, Taiwanese singer and actress

1993: Death of S. M. Pandit, Indian painter, born on March 25, 1916

 S. M. Pandit

1996: Khaleda Zia quits as Bangladesh Prime Minister

1997: In Cambodia, an attack against a demonstration of Khmer National Party, led by opposition leader Sam Ramsy, causes at least 16 casualties

1997: In India, Congress Party (I) remove its support with no participation to the government of Deve Gowda of Janata dal

2002: Death of Anand Bakshi, Indian lyricist, born on July 21, 1920

2004: Santo Domingo Premier Roosevelt Skerrit announces the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing to the detriment of Taipei

2005: Death of O. V. Vijayan, Indian author and cartoonist, born on July 2, 1930

2007: In Taiwan, the opposition demonstrates against the government campaign against Chiang Kai-shek. All his statues and his name have been removed from public places

2008: Death of Dith Pran, Cambodian photographer, born on September 27, 1942 (The Killing Fields)

2009: Pakistani troops say they have taken control of a police academy after unidentified attackers had overrun the facility, killing up to 50 people and taking many officers hostage

2011: South Korea protests after Japan authorized new school textbooks that describe a disputed cluster of rocky islets as Japanese-owned. The outcrops in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) are known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, and administered by Seoul

2011: Burma’s military government is officially dissolved after the new president of a civilian-led parliament was sworn in. Senior General Than Shwe, who has ruled Burma for the last two decades, has given up his last official role as head of Burma’s armed forces

2014: Sri Lanka’s ruling party won local elections, but with smaller than expected margins in a crucial mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, official results show

2014: Death of Phuntsok Wangyal, Tibetan politician. Born on January 2, 1922

2014: More than 100,000 protesters take to the streets of Taiwan’s capital as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathers steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader

2015: 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

2015: Malaysia’s government unveil a new anti-terrorism bill that allows lengthy detentions without trial, as worries grow in the Muslim-majority country over the appeal of the extremist Islamic State (IS) group

2016: Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, is sworn in as Myanmar’s president, becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962

2017: Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’


Main news on Tibet


30 MARCH 2018

Tibet will set the litmus test for China’s rise’

Tibetans are preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile in India. Indian officials stoked controversy by spurning celebrations to avoid angering China. Sonia Phalnikar reports from Dharamsala

 22 MARCH 2018

Dalai Lama cuts foreign travel due to age, exhaustion

The Dalai Lama, the globe-trotting Tibetan spiritual leader, will do no more traveling this year, a spokesman said, saying the 82-year-old is aging and « exhausted. »

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Fire hits Jokhang temple, one of Tibet’s most sacred

A fire broke out Saturday at one of the most sacred sites for Tibetan Buddhism, Lhasa’s revered Jokhang temple, state media said, but no casualties were reported and the extent of the damage remained unclear

29 DECEMBER 2017

Tibetan filmmaker welcomed in US after ‘risky’ escape from China

Dhondup Wangchen, who had been convicted of subversion, has been reunited with wife and children and is ‘enjoying the feeling of safety and freedom’

15 JULY 2017

Did the Dalai Lama prefer exile in Myanmar to India?

Did the Dalai Lama, the Buddhist God King of Tibet, really want to go to Myanmar rather than India when he fled his homeland in 1959?

9 MAY 2017

The Dalai Lama and the Shugden Schism  

The strange story of a 17th century feud and its relevance for Tibetan geopolitics today

7 APRIL 2017

Tibet ‘not seeking independence’, says Dalai Lama as China lashes out at India

The Dalai Lama, while on his controversial visit to India, declared Tibet was “not seeking independence” from China, but instead wanted “meaningful autonomy”. He also rejected China’s claim India was using him as a political pawn

1st APRIL 2017

Dalai Lama visits northeastern India, despite Chinese warning

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has begun his 12-day trip to India’s northeastern areas. China, which claims some of those regions, warned India the trip would have an adverse impact on bilateral ties

2 MARCH 2017

Tibet women’s football team ‘denied US visas’

A Tibetan women’s football team has claimed that they have been denied United States visas to take part in a tournament in Texas

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Tibetan PM seeks Japan’s support for autonomy of Tibetan people

 Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan administration in India, on Wednesday urged Japanese lawmakers to back the ‘middle-way approach’ of autonomy for the Tibetan people


Tibetan musician freed after four years in prison for his patriotic songs

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have freed a Tibetan singer jailed for four years for writing songs praising the Dalai Lama and highlighting the hardships of life under Beijing’s rule, according to a Tibetan source

3 JANUARY 2017

China tightens Tibetan border security to combat ‘separatism’

China has tightened security regulations in Tibet’s border region to battle the risks of terrorism and ‘separatism’, the state-owned Global Times said

26 DECEMBER 2016

Tibetans in anguish as Chinese mines pollute their sacred grasslands

China’s thirst for mineral ­resources — and its desire to exploit the rich deposits under the Tibetan plateau — have spread ­environmental pollution and ­anguish for many of the herders whose ancestors lived here for thousands of years

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Dalai Lama visits Mongolia over China’s objections

The Dalai Lama met with Buddhist worshippers Saturday during a four-day visit to Mongolia, despite Beijing’s strident demand that he be barred from entering the country


Countering Dalai Lama influence is China’s top ethnic priority in Tibet

China will make countering the Dalai Lama’s influence the “highest priority” in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region’s Communist Party boss says while vowing to uproot the monk’s “separatist and subversive” activities.


In Tibet, religious freedom comes with Chinese characteristics

Visitors say religion is flourishing under Beijing rule, but monks are closely watched, analysts say

28 AUGUST 2016

China names new chief for Tibet in party reshuffle

China’s ruling Communist Party appointed a new senior official on Sunday to run Tibet, considered one of the country’s most politically sensitive positions due to periodic anti-Chinese unrest in the devoutly Buddhist Himalayan region

28 JULY 2016

Niece of Tibetan Priest Flees China, Says He Died of Torture

Nyima Lhamo told The Associated Press late Wednesday that her family believes Tenzin Delek Rinpoche died as a result of torture and not from a heart attack as Chinese officials said

21 JULY 2016

China’s Panchen Lama carries out religious rite in Tibet, first in 50 years

A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, began an important Buddhist rite on Thursday, the first time in 50 years it has happened in Tibet, state media said

16 JUNE 2016

Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House

The meeting between US ­President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington

27 MAY 2016

Dalai Lama urges Tibetan unity as political leader sworn in

The Dalai Lama urged Tibetans to remain united on Friday, telling an audience gathered for the swearing-in of his exiled people’s new leader that they must avoid the schisms that had damaged other religions

28 APRIL 2016

‘Little hope’ for exiled Tibetans’ autonomy push

With Chinese power growing and Western support fading, Tibet’s new government-in-exile may have its hands tied. DW spoke to activist Klemens Ludwig about the region’s prospects for gaining more political autonomy

20 MARCH 2016

Tibetans worldwide vote for government-in-exile

Tens of thousands of Tibetan exiles are voting around the world to elect a new prime minister and parliament for a second time since the Dalai Lama had stepped down as head of the government to focus on his role as a spiritual leader.

4 MARCH 2016

Tibetan in India Dies Days After Setting Himself on Fire to Protest China

A 16-year-old Tibetan student living in India has died three days after setting himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in Tibet, a hospital official said on Friday


Foreigners Banned from Tibet in March

All travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region by foreign visitors will be suspended from February 25 to March 30 due to the annual Tibetan Uprising Day, which happens on March 10

9 JANUARY 2016

Tibet PM calls for dialogue with China

Visiting Japan, the prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile, Lobsang Sangay, has called on China to resume dialogue with envoys of Tibetian spiritual leader the Dalai Lama


The Last Dalai Lama?

At 80, Tenzin Gyatso is still an international icon, but the future of his office — and of the Tibetan people — has never been more in doubt.

14 OCTOBER 2015

Tibetan writer released by China after 10 years in jail

A Tibetan author jailed by China for writing a book about the Himalayan region has been released after a decade in prison, a US-based rights group said


China celebrates 50th anniversary of Tibet’s autonomy

A grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region is held at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region


China says missing Panchen Lama is ‘living a normal life’

A young Tibetan who vanished two decades ago after he was chosen by the Dalai Lama as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism is « living a normal life » and does not want to be disturbed, a senior Chinese official said on Sunday.

26 AUGUST 2015

Xi vows to end Tibetan separatism push

China will wage an unceasing fight against separatism in its restive mountainous region of Tibet, President Xi Jinping said, as the government repeated it would never accept exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s genuine autonomy proposals

16 JULY 2015

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche’s Body is Cremated in Prison against family’s wishes

Chinese authorities cremated the body of a prominent Tibetan monk on Thursday, his sister said, denying family members custody of his remains amid suspicions over the cause of his death.

13 JULY 2015

High-profile Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche dies in prison in China

The Buddhist lama was serving a 13-year sentence for a crime that did not commit. His condition had been serious for some time, but he was never treated. Worldwide condolences are made for the « revered Tibetan teacher » who died « in suspicious circumstances »“Tibetan-hero”-Tenzin-Delek-Rinpoche-dies-in-prison-34754.html

19 APRIL 2015

Making progress on Tibet

The reason for the failure to resolve the issue is not because of tensions on the ground. It’s because of the inability of the two leaderships to agree on what the issue is

15 APRIL 2015

China issues white paper on Tibet, denouncing Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper on southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, applauding its development path and denouncing the « middle way » advocated by the Dalai Lama

11 APRIL 2015

Tibetan nun burns herself to death in China: reports

A Tibetan nun is believed to have died after setting herself on fire to protest China’s rule over the Himalayan region and to voice support for the Dalai Lama, rights groups and media said

9 MARCH 2015

China Says Dalai Lama ‘Profanes’ Buddhism by Doubting his Reincarnation

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama is profaning Buddhism by suggesting that he will not being reincarnated when he dies, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet said in some of China’s strongest comments to date on the subject

28 JANUARY 2015

Communist Officials in Tibetan Region Punished for Separatism, China Says

Fifteen Communist Party officials in central Tibet who were accused of taking part in separatist activities last year have been punished for violating party discipline


Tibetan political prisoner dies from torture inflicted by Chinese police

Tenzin Choedak, 33, had served nearly six years of a 15-year prison sentence. He was in bad physical conditions because of abuse suffered during interrogation and never treated. Before his arrest, he cooperated with the Red Cross.

1 DECEMBER 2014 

China jails Tibetan singer over political lyrics

Kalsang Yarphel, 39, was convicted by a court in the south-western province of Sichuan after taking part in concerts encouraging people to speak and learn Tibetan, India-based news website reported

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Tibetans sentenced to 13 years for protesting against police role in Drango massacre

A group of ten people was recently convicted on charges of « subverting state power » for demanding justice in connection with an incident during the Chinese New Year in 2012, when police fired on Tibetan protesters, killing at least five people.


China to punish Tibet officials who support Dalai Lama

China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, the region’s top Communist leader said according to state media reports Wednesday.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet

In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile

2 OCTOBER 2014

Dalai Lama visa row halts Nobel forum in South Africa

A meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, due to be held in Cape Town, has been cancelled after South Africa refused the Dalai Lama a visa.


Cracks Show in Tibetan Buddhism

Some followers in the west march to a different drummer


Dalai Lama says no need for successor: German paper

The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.


Tibet, living Buddha left « unrecognizable » from torture after arrest during 2008 protests

Phurbu Tsering Rinpoche, a much loved and highly respected lama from the Tibetan Buddhist community, is in serious condition, weak and emaciated. The first religious leader to go to jail after the riots of March 2008, he was sentenced to eight years in prison thanks to a confession extorted by violence.,-living-Buddha-left-unrecognizable-from-torture-after-arrest-during-2008-protests-32058.html

Dalai Lama denied South Africa visa for Nobel summit

The Dalai Lama has again been refused entry to South Africa, where he was scheduled to attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates, his representative has said.

16 AUGUST 2014

China promotes mixed marriages in Tibet as way to achieve ‘unity’

In recent weeks, Chinese officials in charge of the Tibetan Autonomous Region have ordered a run of stories in local newspapers promoting mixed marriages. And according to newly published government reports, the government has adopted a series of policies in recent years favorable to interracial couples

15 AUGUST 2014

New Zealand politician rejects pro-China Tibet document

The former mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, Sir Bob Parker, says he is not happy to be associated with the document which China is calling the ‘Lhasa Consensus.’

8 AUGUST 2014-08-12

Tibetans in Exile Reach Out to Chinese Citizens in Renewed Push for Autonomy

Good video

4 AUGUST 2014

Tibet, thousands celebrate enthronement of new Penor Rinpoche

The small Pema Dorjee, recognized in 2009 as a reincarnation of the head of the Nyingma lineage, took possession of the Palyul monastery in Tibet. His school is the oldest of all the Buddhist world, and presents the ancestral religion of Bon. Beijing did not intervene,-thousands-celebrate-enthronement-of-new-Penor-Rinpoche-31805.html

15 JULY 2014

Dalai Lama Calls for a ‘Realistic’ Approach to Break Tibet Impasse

Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday called for a “realistic” approach to resolving the Tibet question, warning that viewing the dispute merely through the prism of history would only aggravate the situation

9 JULY 2014

Tibet writer detained as Kerry visits China

A well-known Tibetan writer has said that she and her husband have been placed under house arrest in Beijing, as China plays host to US State Secretary John Kerry for the latest round of US-China talks.

23 MAY 2014

Historial texts reveal Tibetan solution

9 MAY 2014

Dalai Lama snub a ‘sacrifice’ for better China ties: Norway

Norway’s government said Friday that its decision not to meet the Dalai Lama during a three-day trip to Oslo was a « necessary sacrifice » to normalise its relations with China

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Spain court signs ex-Chinese leaders’ arrest warrants

A Spanish court has issued international arrest warrants for several former Chinese leaders, including retired President Jiang Zemin, as part of an investigation into alleged genocide in Tibet.

16 JANUARY 2014

Residents rally for detained Tibetan monk in China

Hundreds of residents and monks in western China’s Qinghai province gathered in front of a jail this week in a rare rally to demand the release of a highly respected Tibetan monk, a Tibetan writer and a local person said Thursday.

28 DECEMBER 2013

Writer: China detains Tibetan monk and supporters

Chinese authorities have detained a highly regarded Tibetan monk and 16 of his supporters, a Tibetan writer said Friday, as Beijing tightens its grip over the region.

10 DECEMBER 2013

Exile Leader Reassures Beijing Tibetans Not Seeking Separation

Tibetan exile political leader Lobsang Sangay reassured the Chinese leadership on Tuesday that Tibetans do not seek separation from China, but only a “genuine autonomy” under guarantees already provided under China’s constitution

30 NOVEMBER 2013

David Cameron to distance Britain from Dalai Lama during China visit

David Cameron will distance Britain from the Dalai Lama during a trip to China next week as the price for restoring full business and diplomatic relations with Beijing

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Spain issues arrest order for China’s ex-leader

Spain’s National Court on Tuesday issued arrest orders for former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and four other officials as part of a probe into alleged genocide by China against Tibet.


China to stamp out Dalai Lama’s ‘propaganda’ in Tibet

China aims to stamp out the voice of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in his restive and remote homeland by ensuring that his « propaganda » is not received by anyone on the Internet, television or other means, a top official said.

30 OCTOBER 2013

China Patriotism Campaign Backfires in Tibet

A Chinese government campaign to build patriotism in Tibet appears to have backfired, leading to protests, mass shootings and detentions in a restive area 560 kilometers northeast of Lhasa.

The Immortal Bodhi Tree: Tibet and the Chinese Occupation

Meerten Ter Borg distinguishes between “power of religion” and “religious power.” The former refers to the institutional nature of power, whereas the latter is concerned with the source of power. This source of power may be transcendental, and hence, need not be materialistic in nature. In the case of Tibet, a combination of the two has taken place to set it apart from other Buddhist societies.

22 OCTOBER 2013

China issues white paper on Tibet’s development

The Chinese government on Tuesday issued a white paper on west China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, detailing its comprehensive development and rapid progress in the past 60-odd years.

22 OCTOBER 2013

Tibetan activists held after scaling UN to protest China record

Activists protesting against China’s rule over Tibet were being held after scaling scaffolding on the UN European headquarters in Geneva on Tuesday and unfurling a banner before a session examining China’s human rights record.

17 OCTOBER 2013

Tibet self-immolations: Tsering Woeser and Ai Weiwei collaborate on book

Tibetan poet Tsering Woeser and dissident artist Ai Weiwei have collaborated on a book about Tibetan self-immolations, attempting to explain the suicidal protests that have gripped the Himalayan region since 2009.

11 OCTOBER 2013

China criticises Spain lawsuit over former president

China on Friday criticised a lawsuit in Spain against former Chinese president Hu Jintao over allegations of human rights abuses in Tibet.

10 OCTOBER 2013

Spanish court indicts China’s ex-president Hu Jintao on genocide charges

On Thursday, the court’s criminal division ruled in favour of an appeal by Tibetan exile groups allowing the indictment of Hu, a request which had been dismissed in June by the same court.

8 OCTOBER 2013

Chöje Akong Tulku Rinpoche, famous lama, died in Chengdu after being stabbed to death, born 25 December 1939

4 OCTOBER 2013

Tibetan Students Denied Permission to Travel for Overseas Study

Chinese authorities are refusing to issue passports to a group of young Tibetans who have received approval for study in Japan and the U.S., leading some to stage protests outside provincial government offices to highlight the discrimination


Missing for 16 months, Tibetan poet « reappears » in prison

Lobsang Namgyal wrote a volume of poetry critical of the way the Tibetan people lives under Chinese rule. Arrested a first time in 2008 after the riots in Lhasa, he went missing on 15 May 2012. The authorities failed to notify his family of his arrest.,-Tibetan-poet-reappears-in-prison-29115.html


Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday

21 AUGUST 2013

The “Patriotic education” of Tibet

If true, reports of an easing of China’s policies on Tibet would come as a welcome relief to a long-repressed people.

13 AUGUST 2013

China ‘hacking websites in hunt for Tibetan dissidents’

Beijing has been accused of launching hacking attacks on popular India-based Tibetan websites to find and jail Tibetan dissidents living in China.


9 AUGUST 2013

Popular Tibetan Performer Detained for ‘Political’ Song

Chinese security officials have detained a popular Tibetan musician and singer for performing a song calling on Tibetans to ‘unite’ and to learn and speak their own language, as China continues to crack down on public assertions of Tibetan national and cultural identity. Kalsang Yarphel, 38, was taken into custody in Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa on July 14 and was flown under guard to Chengdu, in Sichuan province, former political prisoner Lhamo Kyab told

9 JULY 2013

China Vows to Step Up Fight Against Dalai Lama

China’s top official in charge of religious groups and ethnic minorities vowed on Tuesday to step up the fight against exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, as a rights group reported police shootings of monks marking his birthday                                                                                                     

27 JUNE 2013

China urged to stop ‘uprooting Tibetans’

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report said that lives had been thrown into disarray after more than two million Tibetans were uprooted in the past seven years.   

24 JUNE 2013

China May be Easing Up on Tibet

In an abrupt and unexpected reversal of policy, Chinese government officials have told monks in some Tibetan areas that they are now free to « worship » the Dalai Lama as a « religious leader. » The new policy document – prefixed with the word « experiment » – also asked that the monks now refrain from « criticizing the Dalai Lama, » and « stop using such labels as a wolf in a monk’s robe, » a common pejorative hurled against the Tibetan spiritual leader by Beijing.                                                                                                                           

23 JUNE 2013

Two distinct vews on Tibet ?

Thubten Samphel, who is Director of the Tibet Policy Institute in Dharamsala argues that there are different views on the role that the Dalai Lama could play in what Beijing calls ‘China’s Tibet’.

19 JUNE 2013

China completes monitoring scheme for Tibet

China has undertaken a monitoring scheme in Tibet asking all internet and phone users to register under their real names and addresses, to curb « social problems ».                                                                                     

13 JUNE 2013

Dalai Lama doubts effect of Tibetan self-immolations

The Dalai Lama said that the recent spate of Tibetan self-immolations in protest against Chinese rule was having little effect on Beijing’s policies, while urging China to look harder at the reasons behind the incidents.

11 JUNE 2013

Chinese Diplomats Threaten French Journalist After Tibet Report

Reporters Without Borders said Tuesday it is outraged by the way Chinese diplomatic personnel have harassed and threatened Frenh journalist Cyril Payen, a reporter for the French TV news station France 24, since the station broadcast his documentary “Seven days in Tibet” on May 30.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

28 MAY 2013

Thousands of Tibetans Protest Against Mine

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

28 MAY 2013

US Congress mulls Tibetan exile visas

US lawmakers debating a landmark immigration bill have agreed to provide 5,000 US visas for displaced Tibetans in Nepal and India over the next three years in an effort to support the refugee community and as a response to China’s suppression of the Tibetan people.                                                                                                                 

14 MAY 2013

Chinese Police Beat Monk to Death Over Banned Cassettes

A Tibetan monk found in possession of recordings of speeches by exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been beaten to death by Chinese police, according to Tibetan sources                                                                                                              

25 APRIL 2013

Two Tibetan monks and a woman set themselves on fire: 119 immolations

The two young monks belonged to the Ngaba monastery (Sichuan). Little information on the 23-year old woman. Beijing increases controls on monasteries, cuts communications with the outside world and imprisons the promoters of these desperate protests.

23 APRIL 2013

Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees

On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. »

24 MARCH 2013

China’s new leadership should overhaul failed Tibet policies

The confirmation of China’s new leadership last week coincided with the fifth anniversary of violent protests across the Tibetan Plateau. In mid-March 2008, an estimated 30,000 Tibetans were involved in more than 100 ‘mass incidents’, ranging from peaceful demonstrations to violent attacks on people and property.                                                                                                                    

20 MARCH 2013

Surrender the best option for Tibet

Is there a future for the Tibetan cause? After two years of protests and more than 100 suicides across the historical region of Tibet, it is hard to see any real evolution in the cause of Tibetan independence or even autonomy.                                      


Profile: Tibetan Buddhism’s Karmapa Lama

A religious figure comes into his own as artist and green activist                                                                                 

7 MARCH 2013

Tighter Controls on Award Winning Tibetan Writer

Chinese authorities have further tightened restrictions on Beijing-based Tibetan poet and blogger Tsering Woeser, moving police guards to the floor of her apartment building a day ahead of a State Department ceremony honoring her for her courage in striving to uphold Tibetan rights.                                                                               

14 FEBRUARY 2013

100th Tibetan self-immolates in China, advocacy groups say

The number of Tibetans in China who have set themselves on fire to protest Beijing’s rule has reached 100, according to Tibetan advocacy groups.                                                                                                                                                      


China detains 70 in bid to crack down on Tibet self-immolation protests

The operation, the largest of its kind yet reported by Beijing, is part of an intensifying effort to quell the fiery protests. It comes on the heels of a documentary released in China that blames Westerners, particularly Voice of America, for encouraging people to set themselves on fire and then treating those who do as heroes.                                                                                             

31 JANUARY 2013

China condemns Tibetan monk to death for « instigating » self immolations

Lorang Konchok, 40, has also lost his political rights. With him, his nephew also condemned to 10 years in prison. Sichuan court declares them guilty of murder in eight cases of self-immolation, three of them fatal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Tibet, Beijing punishes the families of young people who set themselves on fire

By order of the central government, the authorities of Qinghai Province cancel aid to the victims’ relatives and suspend all development projects in villages and towns where self-immolations have occurred. In two weeks, nine Tibetans have set themselves on fire in the province. All those who have paid tribute, even with small messages of condolence, to the young people who committed suicide, will be punished. Severe penalties also for party officials who are too « soft » with the activists.,-Beijing-punishes-the-families-of-young-people-who-set-themselves-on-fire-26433.html

20 NOVEMBER 2012

Self immolations of Tibetans 2009-2012

16 NOVEMBER 2012

British Buddhist monk self-immolates at French monastery

The 38-year-old Briton, who police did not name, had been living at Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges for the past five years.


Despite deadly week, Communist Party says Tibetans ‘feel very happy’

China’s ruling Communist Party on Friday declared Tibetans were “very happy” even as six Tibetans reportedly self-immolated over two days this week to protest Chinese rule.|utmccn=(referral)|utmcmd=referral|utmcct=/category/south-east-asia/cambodia&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=165708285


UN Tibet statement welcomed and rejected

Human rights workers and Tibet-focused activists are hailing a strongly worded statement by the United Nations’ top official on human rights, drawing attention to growing public discontent in Tibet just ahead of a major leadership shuffle that will reverberate throughout the Communist Party of China. The statement, released Friday November 2 was the first time that the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had publicly commented on the situation in Tibet, despite years of lobbying by activist support groups


Mass Protest After Fatal Burning

Thousands of Tibetans staged protests against Chinese rule after another self-immolation death Sunday in a Tibetan-populated area in Qinghai province, triggering a massive security buildup, according to sources.


UN Speaks Out on Tibet

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called on China on Friday to address the grievances of Tibetans amid reports of new security clampdowns, travel restrictions, and disruption of communication links in Tibetan areas as Beijing prepares for a major leadership transition next week.

27 OCTOBER 2012

Tibet and China: History of a Complex Relationship

For at least 1500 years, the nation of Tibet has had a complex relationship with its large and powerful neighbor to the east, China. The political history of Tibet and China reveals that the relationship has not always been as one-sided as it now appears.

27 OCTOBER 2012

The massacre Tibetan continues, two other young men set themselves on fire

Within days, five self-immolations. The « worst » week in the fight against what they call the imperialism of Beijing and the cultural genocide. Denouncing the « failure » of Chinese politics, Free Tibet appeals for the future leadership that responds to the « quest for freedom »,-two-other-young-men-set-themselves-on-fire-26206.html

22 OCTOBER 2012

Tibetan sets himself on fire inside the Labrang monastery

A Tibetan man in his 50s has set himself on fire inside the Labrang monastery, according to Free Tibet, the activist group.

5 OCTOBER 2012

Tibetan PM-in-Exile ‘Ready to Engage’ in China Talks

Rising tensions, including an ongoing Chinese crackdown on dissent, will not stop Tibet’s government-in-exile from seeking talks with Beijing. « We are ready to engage in dialogue with the Chinese government anytime, anywhere, this is where we stand

4 OCTOBER 2012

Tibetan Blogger Self-Immolates, Leaves Posts Behind 

Sources tell VOA’s Tibetan Service a 43-year-old poet and blogger named Gudrup engulfed himself in flames Thursday in Dreru, Tibet – part of the area China has designated the Tibet Autonomous Region. The authorities so far are refusing to release his body to his family

2 OCTOBER 2012

More Tibetans convicted as Dharamsala calls for prudence

China seems unwilling to reach a deal with the people of Tibet. Instead, it continues to crack down hard on demonstrators and opponents. Meanwhile, Diaspora Tibetans end summit on self-immolations blaming Beijing for the current situation. Delegates urge Tibetans to follow the Dalai Lama’s « middle way ».

27 AUGUST 2012

Two Tibetans Self-Immolate

Fifty-one Tibetans have now set themselves ablaze to protest Chinese rule.

24 AUGUST 2012

Tibet Battles Women Trafficking

Chinese authorities recorded a big jump in the trafficking of women and children from Tibet to Chinese provinces last year as an expert said that more than half of the 72 counties in the Tibet Autonomous Region have grappled with women-smuggling problems.

18 AUGUST 2012

Mystery surrounds the fate of five Tibetan monks arrested by Chinese police

Three young monks were detained on 12 August; two more were taken 16 August. All were arrested in their monastery. Police action stems from their alleged involvement in recent self-immolation. The TCHRD reports a situation of extreme tensions

16 AUGUST 2012

Tibetan Shot Dead in Protest

Chinese security forces shot dead a Tibetan and detained six others as they dispersed a crowd of 1,000 Tibetans protesting against the resumption of mining operations in a county in Tibet

10 AUGUST 2012

Tibet’s political future lies in ‘Middle Way’
By Lobsang Sangay

August 2011 was a notable month for democracy for the peoples of Thailand and Tibet. On August 5, Thailand voted in its first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. On August 8 last year, I was inaugurated as the first Tibetan political leader to be democratically elected and took over the leadership under a new governing system in which the Dalai Lama ceased to have political authority.

8 AUGUST 2012

Tibetan woman dies after setting herself alight

A Tibetan woman died on Tuesday after setting herself alight in China’s north-west Gansu province, state-run Xinhua news agency reports.

17 JULY 2012

Teenaged Tibetan monk ‘self-immolates’ in China

A teenaged Tibetan Buddhist monk has burned himself to death in south-west China, the latest in a series of such protests against Chinese rule, rights activists have said.

20 JUNE 2012

Two Young Tibetans Self-immolate

Two young Tibetans self-immolated in China’s Qinghai province on Wednesday as they protested against Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas and called for the return of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, sources said.

19 JUNE 2012

Dalai Lama maintains ‘middle way’ for Tibet

Speaking at the University of Westminster on Tuesday, the Dalai Lama called for « realistic » expectations on Tibet’s future, reasserting his belief that « complete independence is … out of the question ». Such an approach paves the way for his potential return to Tibet after the Chinese government declared in April its « willingness for talks if the Dalai Lama truly gives up Tibetan independence ».

4 JUNE 2012

Dalai Lama Envoys Quit to Protest Chinese Posture on Tibet

The exile Central Tibetan Administration in northern India announced the resignations Monday, saying envoys Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen left their posts last week. The two diplomats held nine rounds of talks with Chinese officials in the past decade, without making notable progress

31 MAY 2012

Detentions reported in Tibet capital after immolations

Reports from Tibet say Chinese security forces have launched a wave of detentions in Lhasa following two self-immolations there on Sunday

27 MAY 2012

Two Monks Burn Themselves in Lhasa

Two young Tibetan monks set themselves on fire in Lhasa Sunday in protest against Chinese rule—the first self-immolations reported in the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region

13 MAY 2012

Dalai Lama reveals warning of Chinese plot to kill him

In an exclusive interview with this week’s Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, revealed he had been passed reports from inside Tibet warning that Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings

25 APRIL 2012

Charges against Karmapa Lama dropped

State officials found no evidence against the third highest-ranking Tibetan Buddhist leader who had been accused of being a Chinese mole. Exiled Tibetans are satisfied, convinced all along of his « innocence »

21 APRIL 2012

Sichuan, school that taught Tibetan forcibly closed

Authorities fear and prohibit all forms of autonomous education: in Tibet and Tibetan-majority provinces in China, one must speak and write in Mandarin. Headmaster and a teacher arrested: The school was open for over 20 years,-school-that-taught-Tibetan-forcibly-closed-24559.html

20 APRIL 2012

Two Tibetans ‘die after self-immolation in China’

Two Tibetan men have died after setting themselves on fire in front of a monastery in Sichuan province, south-west China, rights groups say

29 MARCH 2012

Dalai Lama wins $1.7 million prize

The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, has won $1.7 million after being awarded the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work linking science and wider questions of faith and religion

26 MARCH 2012

Tibetan sets himself on fire before India’s parliament in New Delhi as more arrests occur in Tibet

The incident happened this morning during a protest against Hu Jintao’s visit to India. Police detains four monks from Bora Monastery in Sangchu County’s-parliament-in-New-Delhi-as-more-arrests-occur-in-Tibet-24342.html

23 MARCH 2012

Tibetan Self-Immolations Rise as China Tightens Grip

Beijing, alarmed about the threat to stability in a region seething with discontent over religious and cultural controls, has responded with an assortment of heavy-handed measures. Officials have described the self-immolators as outcasts and terrorists, blamed the pernicious influence of Tibetan exiles and flooded the region with checkpoints and paramilitary police officers in flak jackets

17 MARCH 2012

Thousands of Tibetans attend funeral of farmer who set himself afire in protest

A Tibetan farmer burned himself to death in southwestern China on Saturday 17, the latest in a wave of self-immolations protesting against Beijing’s control over Tibetan areas of the country, a rights group said. Several thousand Tibetans attended Sonam Thargyal’s funeral on the same day, many of them protesting against Chinese rule, UK-based Free Tibet said

17 MARCH 2012

Tibetan monk self immolates. Thousands on the streets demanding freedom

Lobsang Tsultrim, 20, set himself on fire yesterday in front of t Kirti Monastery in Sichuan, in protest against Chinese occupation. In the neighboring province of Qinghai at least a thousand Tibetans peacefully demonstrate for the release of 50 men who were arrested because they called for the return of the Dalai Lama.

10 MARCH 2012

China responsible for self-immolations, says Tibetan leader

The hardline policies of the Chinese government were responsible for the spate of self-immolations in Tibet, Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said

9 MARCH 2012

Tibet is safe and stable: official

« I can tell you with full responsibility that currently the region is stable and safe. If not, how it could be possible for me to take a week-long vacation during the Tibetan New Year holiday last month and come to the annual National People’s Congress session in Beijing to perform my duty as a deputy with no worries? » said Padma Choling, an NPC deputy and chairman of the region

4 MARCH 2012

Another self-immolation hits China: rights group

A mother of four died after setting herself on fire in a Tibetan-inhabited region of southwest China on Sunday, a rights group said, in the latest self-immolation to hit the country

1 MARCH 2012

Mongolia’s ‘Dalai Lama’ dies, had fought Stalin and Mao

Ninth Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa (Lord of refuge of Khalkha) lived 57 years in exile because of Soviet domination in Mongolia and Chinese rule in Tibet. Despite difficulties, he fought to revive his faith among Mongols’s-‘Dalai-Lama’-dies,-had-fought-Stalin-and-Mao-24127.html

China’s top Tibet official orders tighter control of Internet

China’s top official in Tibet has urged authorities to tighten their grip on the Internet and mobile phones, state media reported on Thursday, reflecting the government’s fears about unrest ahead of its annual parliamentary session. The move is the latest in a series of measures the government says are intended to maintain stability, and comes after a spate of self-immolations and protests against Chinese control in the country’s Tibetan-populated areas

22 FEBRUARY 2012

Lhasa « has become a hell for Tibetans. Here’s how they live « 

A rare eyewitness account of the life of the Tibetan capital, anonymous for security reasons, which tells the truth about Tibet: « The Tibetans are disappearing, the monasteries are barracks and the private apartments of the Dalai Lama have been sold to a Chinese businessman . Soldiers are everywhere and they do what they want. The monks are ready to fast unto death against this violence. «’s-how-they-live-24044.html

Is China pushing Nepal to crack down on Tibetans?

For decades, Nepal has been a safe haven for Tibetans who escape China. But Tibetan activists say their people’s peaceful existence here is being disturbed because of China’s growing influence in Nepal

Tibetan New Year’s Celebrations Muffled by Chinese Crackdown

Ethnic Tibetans in western China observed the beginning of the Tibetan New Year Wednesday with subdued ceremonies, following a series of self-immolation protests against Chinese rule

17 FEBRUARY 2012

China detaining Tibetans returning from India

The Chinese government has detained several hundred Tibetans who returned from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama, and is forcing them to undergo political re-education, a human rights group said

12 FEBRUARY 2012

Tibetan nun set herself on fire in protest against China

A Tibetan Buddhist nun set herself on fire in a protest against the government in eastern China, the Tibetan government-in-exile based in India said in a statement on Sunday


Chinese Regime Defends Shooting Unarmed Tibetan Protesters

On Tuesday 7 February, the Chinese regime defended its shooting of unarmed Tibetan protesters in China’s Sichuan Province on the first and second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Overseas Tibetan advocacy groups said at least seven Tibetans were killed and dozens were wounded during the two days of shooting.


Three Tibetans self-immolate in western China: report

Three Tibetans have set fire to themselves in south-west China, reports say, in the latest apparent protest against rule from Beijing


More than 100 people arrested in Draggo (Sichuan, China)

During a peaceful demonstration on 23 January, police and security forces opened fire against civilians demanding religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. About six people were killed and 60 wounded. Now the authorities continue their search for other protesters in order to take them into custody
31 JANUARY 2012

China boosts security in Tibet following protests

A senior official in Chinese-ruled Tibet has ordered heightened security in Buddhist monasteries and along key roadways as the government tries to prevent protests that erupted in neighboring Tibetan communities from spreading

30 JANUARY 2012

« Wukan model  » not self immolation can save Tibet

In 2011, according to even partial NGOs, about 70 people were killed by police in Tibet. Another 16, mostly monks set themselves on fire in protest against Chinese repression and to demanding religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama. The communist authorities have arrested and sentenced 230 Tibetans for protesting against the government, and the number of political prisoners has reached 830

26 JANUARY 2012

Tibetan Exile Leader Calls for International Probe

The elected leader of the Tibetan exile community based in India is calling for an international probe into this week’s killing of Tibetan protesters by Chinese security forces. Lobsang Sangay, the Tibetan Exile Kalon Tripa or Prime Minister, called for a worldwide vigil on Wednesday February 8 to condemn this week’s killings. He accused China of killing six Tibetans by « firing indiscriminately » into crowds of peaceful protesters in Tibetan areas under Chinese control

24 JANUARY 2012

Group: Tibetans killed as China forces fire on crowd

Two Tibetans were killed when security forces in China’s southwestern Sichuan province fired on demonstrators Tuesday, bringing the death toll in recent clashes to four, according to a Tibetan advocacy group.

23 JANUARY 2012

Tibetan protester ‘killed by Chinese police gunfire’

Chinese security forces have opened fire on ethnic Tibetan protesters in the province of Sichuan, killing at least one man

20 JANUARY 2012

Chinese Regime Closes Tibet to Foreign Travelers for 5th Year

14 JANUARY 2012

Tibetan self-immolation triggers clash in China

A Tibetan has set themselves on fire in south-western China, in the latest in a series of self-immolations, prompting clashes between police and locals, activists say

6 JANUARY 2012

More Tibetan self-immolations in China

Two Buddhist Tibetans in southwest China have set themselves on fire in protest against perceived religious repression by the Chinese government, rights groups say. The incidents on Friday 6  brought the number of Tibetan self-immolations in the country to 14 since March

2 JANUARY 2012

Opinion: A Burning Nun Illuminates Tibet’s Agony

Chinese authorities ignore attempts to call attention to their despotism in Tibet


Karmapa Tibetan Leader in India Faces Currency Charges

The 17th Karmapa, as he is known, is facing charges of illegal possession of foreign currency, forgery and conspiracy, according to a police official in the state of Himachal Pradesh. This week, the police filed the charges in a local court, which must now decide whether to move forward with the case

11 NOVEMBER 2011

Will Aba be the CCP’s Waterloo

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) setbacks in a remote corner of Sichuan province, Aba prefecture (more accurately, the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture), may in time be seen as the beginning of the end of its authoritarian reign.


Self-immolations caused by Tibetan “cultural genocide”, Dalai Lama says

The Dalai Lama delivers stinging attack against China for the rash of desperate suicides by Tibetan religious. In China itself, 10,000 Tibetans
challenge police and commemorate nun who died last week after setting herself on fire“cultural-genocide”,-Dalai-Lama-says-23107.html


11th Tibetan Buddhist Self-Immolates in Southwestern China

China says a Tibetan nun has died after setting herself on fire in southwestern China. It was the 11th such self-immolation protest this year involving Buddhist monks and nuns in the restive region.

17 OCTOBER 2011

Ninth Tibetan, a Nun, Immolates Herself in Anti-China Protest
A Tibetan nun killed herself Monday 17 by setting herself on fire in a Tibetan town in western China while calling for religious freedom and the return of the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, according to a statement by an advocacy group based in London

8 OCTOBER 2011

Dalai Lama slams China’s ‘immoral censorship’

The Dalai Lama criticised the Chinese government during a live video chat with Desmond Tutu for the South African archbishop’s 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town. The Tibetan exiled leader was unable to attend the festivities after the South African government refused
to grant him a visa

4 OCTOBER 2011

Dalai Lama forced to cancel South Africa visit

The Dalai Lama has cancelled plans to visit South Africa to attend the birthday celebrations for Archbishop Desmond Tutu after failing to obtain a visa required to travel to the country

3 OCTOBER 2011

A young Tibetan monk set himself on fire today at 2 pm
(local time), at the fruit and vegetable market in the town of Ngaba, Sichuan Province. As he burned, Kalsang, 17 or 18 years old, was holding a photograph of the Dalai Lama and calling for the rights and religious freedom in Tibet. The police put out the flames, but the conditions of the young monk from Kirti are still unknown


China Says Dalai Lama Cannot Choose Successor

China says Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, cannot legally choose who will succeed him when he dies, and that Beijing
will make the decision


Dalai Lama says he will discuss successor when he is 90

The Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that it was too early to talk about his reincarnation. However, a candidate chosen
for political ends by anyone, including the Chinese government, should not be recognized.

27 AUGUST 2011

Beijing fires « Tibetan bulldog », Zhang Qingli

The Central Committee of Communist Party of China has replaced Zhang Qingli, secretary of the CPC in Tibet considered the « bulldog » in the region. Known for his uncompromising position not only on the Dalai Lama, but right across the Tibetan ethnic group, Zhang is considered
responsible for the violent clashes that occurred in the region under his rule. He will replaced by Quanguo Chen, considered a man of dialogue,-Zhang-Qingli.-22478.html

15 AUGUST 2011

Tibetan monk burns himself to death in China

A Tibetan monk has burned himself to death in China’s Sichuan province, in an apparent anti-Beijing protest. Activists said the monk,
whom they named as Tsewang Norbu, had shouted slogans including « long live the Dalai Lama » before setting himself alight.

31 MAY 2011

Tibetan monk dies after 15 years in prison

Monk Jampa Pelsang aka Puloe died on 23 May. He had been released from Chushul prison on 6 May in very serious conditions. He had
spent 15 years in prison for opposing a “re-education campaign” launched by Chinese authorities in May 1996 against the monasteries of Sera, Gaden and Drepung in Lhasa, Tibet.

25 MAY 2011

A Tibetan door opens for China?

The election of Lobsang Sangay, a scholar at Harvard Law School, as prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile was followed
immediately by China’s rejection of any talks with him on the future of Tibet. However, this should not be taken as a rebuff from Beijing. Ironically, the retirement of the Dalai Lama from the government-in-exile while retaining his role as spiritual leader may open up an opportunity for talks between his representatives and the Chinese government.

For one thing, the Dalai Lama is no longer an official of a government that Beijing does not recognize.

Moreover, Beijing should appreciate the significance of his recent address to the Tibetan parliament-in-exile when he said that, as
a result of the proposed changes, “some of my political promulgations such as the Draft Constitution for a Future Tibet (1963) and Guidelines for Future Tibet’s Polity (1992) will become ineffective.”

This was in effect a disavowal of Tibetan independence. The 1963 document was explicitly committed to Tibetan independence. And while the 1992 Guidelines do not call for independence, there is a clear implication in that document that Tibet is not a part of China.

By saying that these previous documents are now “ineffective,” the Dalai Lama has opened a door for Beijing.

Besides, the newly drafted constitution encourages talks between the Dalai Lama and Beijing, asserting that “His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama” will “remain engaged in the efforts to reach a satisfactory solution to the question of Tibet and to accomplish the cherished
goals of the Tibetan people.

Although he is now limiting himself to a spiritual and not temporal role, the reverence that Tibetans have for him is evident. The new
constitution, for example, calls him “the guide illuminating the path, the supreme leader, the symbol of the Tibetan identity and unity, and the voice of the whole Tibetan people.”

He will certainly be difficult to replace, in more senses than one.

China has called the Dalai Lama’s retirement a “trick”to deceive the international community.

Professor Robert Barnett, a Tibet specialist at Columbia University, explained China’s suspicions in a recent article in the New York Review of Books. He wrote of a little-known seventeenth-century precedent in which the retirement of a Dalai Lama concealed a convoluted plot
to prevent China from choosing his successor.”

It turns out that in 1679, the fifth Dalai Lama, an extraordinarily capable man, announced that he had appointed a young Tibetan to act as regent
while he himself went into retirement. His intention was to prevent the Manchu court in Beijing from interfering in the choice of a successor after his death.

He gave instructions that his death was not to be made   and so it was that when he died in 1682, the regent announced that the Dalai Lama was in retreat.

For 14 years the Chinese emperor did not know of his death and, when he did, the next Dalai Lama had been identified and educated,
with Beijing prevented from having any say over his selection.

According to tradition, the next Dalai Lama will be the reincarnation of the current one and the boy can only be identified through
an elaborate process.

The Chinese government has already said that its endorsement is an indispensable step in the process. If, as is likely, Beijing and Tibetan exiles identify different boys as the next Dalai Lama, there may well be rival claimants to be the 15th Dalai Lama.

The current Dalai Lama disclosed recently that steps are being taken by the exile community to identify his successor while he is
still living.

He disclosed that leaders of the different schools of Tibetan Buddhism have met to discuss how his successor will be chosen and
“perhaps this year we will finalize our position.”

Surely, this is additional reason for Beijing to talk to the Dalai Lama, who enjoys such reverence among Tibetans and who is already
75 years old. A successor is unlikely to command such respect and support. More importantly, a successor may not be committed to maintaining Tibet as part of China while asking for autonomy and the preservation of Tibetan culture.

Time is running out, not only for the Dalai Lama but for Beijing to reach an accord with him while he is still in a position to secure the support of Tibetans for any agreement that may be reached.

By Frank Ching a Hong-Kong based commentator for OpinionAsia

27 APRIL 2011

Lobsang Sangay, new Tibetan prime minister-in-exile, an irritant for Beijing

Lobsang Sangay, 43, is the new Tibetan prime minister-in-exile. He will replace Samdhong Rinpoche as Kalon Tripa. The Election Commission made the announcement today after Sangay won the 20 March elections. A Harvard professor for the past 15 years, Lobsang Sangay is the
third democratically elected Tibetan prime minister. Almost 50 per cent of the 89,339 eligible voters in 30 countries cast their ballot. Sangay won 55 per cent of the vote.,-new-Tibetan-prime-minister-in-exile,-an-irritant-for-Beijing-21402.html

17 MARCH 2011

A Tibetan Monk Dies After Self-Immolation

A young Tibetan monk who set himself on fire to protest Chinese rule in the vast Tibetan regions of western China died early on
Thursday. It was the first time that a monk protesting against China had killed himself through self-immolation, according to historians of modern Tibet.

The Dalai Lama rejects pleas to reconsider retirement

The Dalai Lama rejected on Thursday calls from the Tibetan parliament in exile urging him to reconsider his decision to retire as political head of the movement. The overwhelming majority of members of the 43-seat assembly have called for the decision to be reconsidered, with many
arguing that the cause for greater freedom in Tibet will be undermined.

14 MARCH 2011

Testing times for Tibetans

Although the 75 year-old religious leader, born Tenzin Gyatso, believes his decision to resign is intended to strengthen the Tibetan
movement’s democratic structure, Tibetans in exile now find themselves in a difficult situation. It is the Dalai Lama’s global popularity that holds the key for the Tibetan cause. Considering anyone other than their temporal leader is not something the exiles have ever thought of. Without his presence in his political role, Tibetans are already questioning the legitimacy of the government in exile, which exists largely on his name and is not recognized by any country in the world

10 MARCH 2011

In Nepal, soldier rapes Tibetan activist

The act of violence is the consequence of a government-orchestrated campaign against Tibetans as the authorities try to meet their obligations vis-à-vis China on the 60th anniversary of its invasion of Tibet. As part of this, the government deploys more than 1,500 soldiers and
police agents to stop demonstrations.

Tibet’s exiled Dalai Lama to devolve political role

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has announced a long-awaited plan to devolve his political responsibilities to an
elected figure

7 MARCH 2011

China says Dalai Lama has to reincarnate

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, does not have a right to choose his successor any way he wants and must follow the
historical and religious tradition of reincarnation, a Chinese official said on Monday 7.
Dalai Lama’s 1959 Flight from Tibet

At 1 pm Beijing time on the afternoon of March 17, 1959, two meetings took place in Lhasa and Beijing that would change the
history of China.

In the Norbulingka palace, the summer residence of the  Dalai Lama, the 23-year-old leader and his advisors were debating whether to
leave Lhasa, minutes after two artillery shells had landed 200 meters away, causing a huge explosion. A monk entered into a trance, his body swelledand he  in a loud voice: « leave quickly, leave quickly, leave tonight. »

24 NOVEMBER 2010

Tibet and China: History of a Complex Relationship

For at least 1500 years, the nation of Tibet has had a complex relationship with its large and powerful neighbor to the east, China.
The political history of Tibet and China reveals that the relationship has not always been as one-sided as it now appears.


An Interview with the Karmapa Lama

Many in Dharamsala, India, the home of Tibetan Buddhism in exile, believe the 17th Karmapa Lama, whose name is Ogyen Trinley Dorje, represents the future of Tibetan politics in exile as well. He is extremely popular among young Tibetans, partly because of his 1999 escape from Chinese hands, but also because he possesses rare charisma. The Karmapa passes much of his time in the protected top floor of Gyuto Monastery near Dharamsala, guarded by Indian policemen and intelligence officers who keep a constant watch on his activities. He has busied himself by becoming increasingly knowledgeable about environmentalism

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22 JULY 2010

Human Rights Watch report slams China’s 2008 crackdown in Tibet

Chinese security forces brutally beat and even shot dead some protesters during unrest in Tibet in 2008, and tortured many in the
subsequent crackdown, Human Rights Watch said in a report Thursday.

30 JUNE 2010

Chinese Officials Assert Role in Choosing Next Dalai Lama

Future Tibetan spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, must be approved by the Chinese central government, a senior Communist
Party official said.  he remarks were among the clearest indications yet that China will appoint a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies, setting off a struggle with exiled Tibetan leaders over religious control of the Chinese territory

7 MARCH 2010

China will take hard line on Dalai Lama succession

China indicated Sunday it would take a hard line on the selection of a successor to the ageing Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama in rare comments on the sensitive issue The final decision on the reincarnated successors to the Buddhist region’s top lamas lies with Beijing, said Qiangba Puncog, Tibet’s former governor and a delegate to the national parliament. [b]’It must get the approval of the central government otherwise the reincarnation will be illegitimate and invalid,'[/b] he told reporters on the sidelines of China’s National People’s Congress session.

Traditionally, the search for the figure’s reincarnated successor was conducted by the region’s high lamas. But China’s officially atheist Communist Party-ruled government has claimed the right to intervene, citing a precedent set by a past emperor

9 JANUARY 2010

China jails Tibetan film director for six years

Dhondup Wangchen, a Tibetan film-maker, has been sentenced to six years in prison by Chinese authorities. The director was arrested in March for a documentary about ordinary Tibetan’s grievances with China

5 JULY 2009

The Tibetan uprising: 50 years of protest

A collection of 20 pictures from 1959 to 2009

28 MAY 2009

Autonomy Is Solution for Tibet, Dalai Lama Says


4 APRIL 2009

Tale of two lamas: The battle for Tibet’s soul

By Kent Ewing in Asia Times

The Chinese leadership’s answer to the Dalai Lama, the 19-year-old Panchen Lama, has emerged after a prolonged childhood-to-adolescence
hibernation. He speaks Tibetan, Puthongua and – rev up the global PR machine -scripted English. Whatever language he chooses, however, he invariably uses it to back the central government. As Beijing last week marked the 50th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising that prompted the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in India, the Panchen Lama had nothing but praise for Chinese rule of the troubled Himalayan region

17 MARCH 2009

50 Years Ago, the Dalai Lama Fled Tibet to India where he will arrive on March 31

Here, the story of his escape into exile is told through archive images and audio.

And how it has been commemorate today

The Dalai Lama escaping from Tibet, March 1959. He is third from right, on the white horse. (File Photo/

13 MARCH 2009

China ‘must approve’ new Dalai Lama

The Chinese government must approve the next reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, and will not
recognize any candidate that has not been endorsed by Beijing, a top official has said

10 MARCH 2009

Profile: The Dalai Lama, a profile by Aljazeera

14 MARCH 2008

On March 14, 2008, the unrest started in Tibet

Taiwan home affairs and society

30 MARCH 2018

Fury as Man Booker bows to pressure to list Taiwan as Chinese province

One of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes has been dragged into a diplomatic spat between China and Taiwan after it caved in to pressure from Beijing to change the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee on its website

Renowned Taiwan writer Li Ao dies, aged 83

Taiwan’s famous writer and political commentator Li Ao died of brain cancer at the age of 83

14 MARCH 2018

Taiwan ranked world’s 26th happiest country

Taiwan has been ranked as the world’s 26th happiest country and the happiest country in East Asia, in a report released Wednesday that compares the happiness level of 156 countries, assessing factors including average life span, social support and corruption


Taiwan’s enduring death penalty

The pace of executions in Taiwan has waxed and waned over recent decades — after a nearly five-year pause in executions, 33 people were executed between 2010 and 2016. Today, the death penalty remains legal, popular and contentious

4 OCTOBER 2017

 Meeting Of Minds: Taiwan’s Yushan Forum slated to become an important dialogue platform

 In a significant development, Taiwan is preparing to host the first edition of the Yushan Forum on October 11 and 12 to complement its New Southbound Policy of engagement with 18 countries in Asean, South Asia and Oceania


The White Wolf of Taiwan

 Zhang Anle and his solution for the cross-strait dilemma


Taiwan’s opposition leader faces internal and external challenges

Supporters of the KMT feel increasingly helpless at home and abroad. If the KMT further abandons its various ties and linkages with mainland China, it may well literally mean the end of the ROC at an earlier date. Can Wu reverse the unfavorable trend? The 2020 presidential election would be definitely decisive


Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City


Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance

15 AUGUST 2017

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave

8 JULY 2017

Taiwan’s president is now less popular than Trump. Here’s why

Tsai’s approval rating sank to 33 % in June, down from just 39 % a month earlier

10 JUNE 2017

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

28 MAY 2017

From friends to bitter enemies: Taiwan president refuses to pardon Chen Shui-bian

Former President Chen Shui-bian, on medical parole from a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, is challenging his ex-protege Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to give him a presidential pardon

24 MAY 2017

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party

24 APRIL 2017

Most of the new Taiwan citizens come from Vietnam

Nearly 70 per cent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics

28 MARCH 2017

Taiwan district court acquits former president of leaking classified information

A Taiwan district court cleared former president Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday of charges of leaking classified information over a controversial wiretapping case in 2013

14 MARCH 2017

Taiwan’s ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou was once a luminous figure. But his attempt to bring down a rival politician has landed him in court. If convicted he could be imprisoned for several years. Klaus Bardenhagen reports from Taipei

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre

Supporters of Taiwan independence and cross-strait unification clashed on Tuesday at a Taipei hall built in memory of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as the island commemorated the 1947 massacre in which the Chiang was blamed for killing thousands of Taiwanese 70 years ago

11 JUNUARY 2017

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company

2 JANUARY 2017

The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

On Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump startled observers when, departing from protocol, he took a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has suggested that under his administration, the United States may break from the pointedly ambiguous “One China policy.”

26 DECEMBER 2016

Chen Shui-bian makes first public speech after prison release

Chen – who was handed a 20-year sentence for a string of corruption charges shortly after leaving office in 2008 – made a short speech at the opening of his daughter’s dental clinic in Tainan

17  DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s Kuomintang party is broke and adrift

A new law has allowed the government to freeze its assets, leaving it unable to pay staff


Taiwanese ‘double agent’ jailed for 18 years after decade of spying for mainland China

A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for mainland China as relations worsen with Beijing.


Taiwan opposition KMT’s bank account frozen in assets probe

 Taiwan’s government has ordered a freeze on the opposition Kuomintang’s bank account, officials said Thursday, as part of an investigation into its allegedly ill-gotten political assets


 Taiwan politicians break ranks to meet with Beijing

 A group of opposition officials from Taiwan have bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip as relations with Beijing turn frosty under new president Tsai Ing-wen


Thousands take to streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei in protest against govt’s plans to reform pensions

A record 250,000 retired military personnel, police officers, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s pension reform plans, which they say are unfair and « humiliate » their professions

27 AUGUST 2016

Grading Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office

It has been 100 days since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office, and public disappointment is already growing towards her administration. A series of policy flip-flops have added to the impression that her administration is indecisive

23 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s population to decrease in 5-9 years

 Taiwan has a low birth rate compared to most other countries. As longevity increases, the nation will turn into an aged society in two years, and a super-aged society in 10 years

15 AUGUST 2016

President Tsai Ing-wen ‘losing control’ of Taiwan’s pro-independence camp

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is facing what analysts view as the biggest challenge to her authority since taking office after she reluctantly withdrew her nominations for the top posts in the island’s judiciary.

1st AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologises to country’s indigenous people for first time in history

President Tsai Ing-wen has formally apologised to Taiwan’s indigenous people for centuries of suffering, becoming the country’s first-ever leader to do so

22 JULY 2016

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?

 Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine

12 JUNE 2016

Taiwan rejects ex-president’s Hong Kong trip

Taiwanese authorities on Sunday (June 12) refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations

21 MAY 2016

Ma Ying-jeou faces investigation in 24 cases against him

Former President Ma Ying-jeou is facing investigation in several cases, including corruption allegations against him, as he has lost his presidential immunity from prosecution

20 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president

Taiwan swears-in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female President, taking the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January

26 APRIL 2016

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby

Archaeologists in Taiwan have found a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.

13 APRIL 2016

Taipei will not be part of Beijing’s Super-Bank: Humiliating conditions

The island’s government announces that it will not be part of the Asian Investment Bank. For entry, the Chinese government demanded it make an application through its Ministry of Finance. This model « is not acceptable. Not only does this wound our national dignity, but violates the very principle of dignity. «’s-Super-Bank:-Humiliating-conditions-37206.html

8 APRIL 2016

Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet

Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio

7 APRIL 2016

No Taiwan politicians found in ‘Panama Papers’ initial report

No Taiwan politicians are among the 90 Taiwanese passport holders whose names were found among the massive trove of leaked files from the Panama-based offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to an initial report released by CommonWealth Magazine

26 MARCH 2016

Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history

15 MARCH 2016

Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier

Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwanese Mark Lee and Chiang Wei-liang win Berlin awards

Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee (李屏賓) on Saturday won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Taiwanese director Chiang Wei-liang (曾威量) was awarded the Audi Short Film Award for his film Anchorage Prohibited (禁止下錨).

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116, as rescue ends

Tainan City government called off rescue missions in the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex Saturday, from which 114 people were found dead, bringing the death toll to 116 in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan Feb. 6

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

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


Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) won the ninth legislative speakership election in a widely predicted landslide victory, becoming the nation’s first non-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) speaker.

28 JANUARY 2016

ROC improves in Corruption Perceptions Index ranking

Taiwan ranked No. 30 out of 168 countries and territories surveyed in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Jan. 27 by Berlin-based Transparency International

25 JANUARY 2016

Simon Chang appointed as new premier

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has appointed Simon Chang (張善政) as the new premier after approving the resignation of former Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國)


16 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan election: First female president Tsai Ing-wen elected after landslide victory against ruling Kuomintang including in parliament

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President


17 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan’s embattled KMT ousts presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu

At an emergency congress, party members voted overwhelmingly to drop Hung Hsiu-chu following a series of poor ratings in opinion polls. She will be replaced by the party’s chairman, Eric Chu

10 OCTOBER 2015

Rare blue-green accord on National Day

Opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), attending for the first time in President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) two terms, said she had accepted her invitation in the spirit of national unity

19 AUGUST 2015

New political party established to campaign for social welfare

A new political party, the Social Welfare Party (SWP,社會福利黨), was established in Taipei on Wednesday to campaign for better social welfare policies, joining a wave of new and emerging parties that are eyeing seats in Taiwan’s Legislature

14 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan, « happiness » boom : never such a high quality of life

The annual survey published by the National Development Council shows that 88% of citizens are satisfied with their family life . The only drawback is the social involvement: almost 50% never help in community life.,-happiness-boom-:-never-such-a-high-quality-of-life-35044.html

6 AUGUST 2015

James Soong announces presidential bid

James Soong (宋楚瑜), chairman of Taiwan’s minority People First Party (PFP), announced Thursday that he will stand in the presidential election to be held next January

2 AUGUST 2015

Taiwan protesters rip up textbooks, demanding education minister’s resignation

Nearly a thousand people rallied outside Taiwan’s education ministry on Sunday (Aug 2), demanding the minister’s resignation and the scrapping of what they describe as a « China-centric » high school curriculum.

19 JULY 2015

 Taiwan’s ruling party endorses conservative pro-China candidate Hung Hsiu-chu for presidential run

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) has officially endorsed wildcard candidate Hung Hsiu-chu to run for president next year, as the deeply divided party faces a battle to regain public support.

23 JUNE 2015

 Taiwan attracts high number of immigrants from Hong Kong, Macau

A growing number of residents from Hong Kong and Macau are relocating to Taiwan, as the island is coming up with schemes to attract talent and investors from overseas.


24 MAY 2015

 Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins best director at Cannes Film Festival

 Prominent Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien (侯孝賢) won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Sunday with his first martial arts film « The Assassin » (聶隱娘)

21 MAY 2015

‘Taiwan’s Mandela’ announces presidential bid

A veteran Taiwanese opposition figure and human rights activist launched a bid on Thursday (May 21) to stand for president next year, posing the latest threat to the embattled ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party.

16 MAY 2015

Eric Chu will not run for president in Taiwan’s 2016 election

The head of Taiwan’s ruling party says he will not run for president in the 2016 election. Kuomintang (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu has declined to take part in the party’s primary to select its candidate, as registration closed on Saturday (May 16).

15 MAY 2015

New Taiwan labour laws: Two days off per week, maximum 40 working hours beginning 2016

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the maximum allowable working hours will be cut to 40 per week with a mandatory two days off, officials of the Legislative Yuan said yesterday


18 APRIL 2015

Women’s status rising in Taiwan: president

President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday the status of women has been rising in Taiwan due to increases in women’s higher education opportunities, political involvement and labor force participation

15 APRIL 2015

Taiwan opposition DPP nominates Tsai Ing-wen as 2016 candidate

Taiwan could be on track for its first ever female leader after the island’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) announced Wednesday that its chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen will run for president

18 MARCH 2015

Taiwan protesters rally to mark « Sunflower Movement » anniversary

Taiwan protesters Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the student-led « Sunflower Movement », which saw the occupation of parliament for more than three weeks over a trade pact with China.

1 MARCH 2015

Chiang statue beheaded as Taiwan marks ‘White Terror’

A statue of Taiwan’s former leader Chiang Kai-shek was beheaded in another sign of growing fears over Chinese influence on the island as it marked the anniversary of a 1947 massacre that left thousands dead, reports said Sunday

23 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan’s ex-leader faces fresh money laundering charge

Taiwanese prosecutors on Friday indicted convicted former president Chen Shui-bian on an additional charge of money laundering, less than three weeks after he was freed from jail on a medical parole

17 JANUARY 2015

In Taiwan, KMT elects Eric Chu chairman

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) is elected chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) with 99.61 percent of all ballots cast, the highest in terms of percentage of votes obtained since the party first chose its leader by popular vote among party members in 2000.

13 JANUARY 2015

Prominent Taiwanese women’s advocate Shih Chi-ching dies

Taiwanese women’s rights advocate and writer Shih Chi-ching died of a heart attack at her home in Miaoli county in northern Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the Central News Agency. The writer played a role in reforms of the country’s divorce laws.

5 JANUARY 2015

Taiwan ex-president Chen Shui-bian granted parole

Ailing former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) is released from prison on medical parole after serving six years for a graft conviction relating to his presidency.

28 DECEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s ex-VP Lu goes on hunger strike seeking parole for Chen Shui-bian

Taiwan’s former vice-president Annette Lu, 70, started her hunger strike on Sunday (Dec 28) as part of a growing campaign for the release from prison of ailing ex-leader Chen Shui-bian


New Taipei mayor appoints James Soong as chief adviser

Ko Wen-je, elected as Taipei’s next mayor on Nov. 29, invited minor opposition People First Party (PFP) chairman James Soong to serve as his chief adviser on Monday, an offer which was readily accepted.


Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou quits as Kuomintang chief

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has resigned as chairman of the governing party after it suffered a crushing defeat in local elections

29 NOVEMBER 2914

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

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again

21 NOVEMBER 2014

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

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.


Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations


Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.

10 OCTOBER 2014

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

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.


China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this


Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.


Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.


Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.


China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate


Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start

20 AUGUST 2014

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

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings

28 JUNE 2014

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

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

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

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

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

25 MAY 2014

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

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

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

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

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

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

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

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

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

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

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

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

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

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

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

30 MARCH 2014

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

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader

28 MARCH 2014

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

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

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

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

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

10 MARCH 2014

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

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

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

21 FEBRUARY 2014

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

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

20 FEBRUARY 2014

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

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

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

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

18 FEBRUARY 2014

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

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

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.


Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

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


Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

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

30 JANUARY 2014

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

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

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

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

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

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

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

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

23 DECEMBER 2013

Taiwan battles economic and cross-Strait tensions in 2013

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

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Rallies as Taiwan split over gay marriage

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Taiwan on Saturday to protest against same-sex marriages, as a debate rages in parliament over a bill which would legalise such unions.

26 NOVEMBER 2013

China envoy visits Taiwan amid protests

China’s top negotiator with Taiwan began a visit Tuesday as activists protested against what they described as Beijing’s attempt to annex the island by offering economic benefits.

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Gambia cuts diplomatic ties with Taipei

« Our government express shock and regret that Gambian President Yahya Jammeh sent a letter to our embassy in Gambia on November 14 to inform us the immediate termination of ties, » vice foreign minister Simon Ko told a news conference in Taipei.


First direct China-Taiwan telecoms cable goes live

The first telecommunications cable directly linking Taiwan and China has begun operating. It is expected to meet surging demand arising from closer economic ties between the two former rivals.

26 OCTOBER 2013

Tens of thousands march for same-sex marriage in Taiwan

Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many displaying rainbows and glitter, thronged the centre of Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to press demands to legalize same-sex marriage amid an increasingly tolerant environment on the island nation.

Taiwan major held on China spying claims: Report

Taiwanese air force major has been taken into custody for allegedly leaking confidential information to China, a report said Saturday, in the latest spying scandal to hit Taiwan.

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.

19 OCTOBER 2013

Recent population figures confirm Taiwan aging problem: official

Recent official statistics showing an increase in Taiwan’s 65-and-over population indicate that Taiwan is on course to go from being an « aging society » to an « aged society, » said deputy interior minister Hsiao Chia-chi

15 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah survives no-confidence vote

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Tuesday survived a no-confidence vote launched by opposition lawmakers who accused the government of violating the constitution over attempts to expel the parliamentary speaker.

10 OCTOBER 2013

Anti-government protesters dog Taiwan National Day

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered on the fringes of Taiwan’s carefully choreographed National Day celebrations Thursday, waving banners and chanting slogans denouncing the policies of President Ma Ying-jeou.

8 OCTOBER 2013

China could invade by 2020, Taiwan’s military says

If China’s 20-year-long military buildup continues at current rates, the mainland will be capable of invading Taiwan by 2020 despite any moves by Taiwanese allies to repel an incursion, a Taiwanese military report said Tuesday.

3 OCTOBER 2013

Taiwan president questioned in leaking info probe

Taiwanese prosecutors questioned President Ma Ying-jeou late Thursday, a report said, following allegations that a legislator’s phone was wiretapped in a widening political scandal that has gripped the island.


Taiwan premierJiang blocked from speaking at Legislature

The opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) blocked Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) from giving a speech during the Legislative Yuan’s session opening yesterday.


Charting Course for 2014 Elections, Taiwanese Opposition Debates China Policy

The leaders of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have spent the summer in discussion and negotiation over the Party’s China policy, trying to establish a consensus on one of the central issues of Taiwanese politics. These negotiations, taking place in the party’s newly-revived China Affairs Committee (CAC), represent a significant shift in strategy for the party, which is trying to establish and bolster its foreign and cross-straits policy credentials.


Taiwan Speaker Ousted in Political Scandal

Taiwan’s ruling party has expelled the speaker of the parliament in a move that has shaken up the island’s politics and put in question a cross-strait trade agreement with Beijing. Wang Jin-pyng was removed from the party because of allegations that he improperly pressured prosecutors in a case involving a fellow lawmaker.


Ma taking Taiwan back to ‘White Terror’ era: DPP

In a rare show of solidarity, the leader of Taiwan’s main opposition and his rival within the party accused President Ma Ying-jeou Monday of returning the country to the « White Terror » era of autocratic rule.


In Taipei, 1,200 gather for gay marriage ‘wedding banquet’

More than 1,200 Taiwanese people joined a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday aiming to drum up support for a same-sex marriage bill due to be sent to parliament soon, organizers said.


Taiwanese director wins Grand Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival

Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang won the Grand Jury Prize for his latest film Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs) at the 70th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.


Number of female managers in Taiwan soars by nearly 60%

The number of women taking up management jobs in Taiwan had increased by 58% from 62,000 a decade ago to 98,000 last year, according to a survey released Thursday by the Council of Labor Affairs.


Taiwan Justice minister steps down amid controversy

Justice minister Tseng Yung-fu resigned Friday, hours after being accused of influence peddling by prosecutors in a special investigation unit.

31 AUGUST 2013

Taipei, government launches new measures to protect foreign workers

About half a million migrants, mostly from Indonesia and Thailand, live and work on the island. The government wants to curb the mediation of employment agencies, which undermine productivity and often hire workers illegally.,-government-launches-new-measures-to-protect-foreign-workers-28885.html

24 AUGUST 2013

Taiwanese President Ma’s confidante granted bail in bribery case

A Taiwanese politician known for her close ties with the president and currently on trial charged with taking bribes has been released on bail, court officials said.

23 AUGUST 2013

The Democratic Progressive Party’s Defense Policy Blue Papers and the Opposition’s Vision for Taiwan’s National Defense

The blue paper, a series of four documents prepared by the DPP’s New Frontier Foundation, gave Chairman Su Tseng-Chang ammunition for speeches stressing the party’s defense credentials to the Taiwan public and the United States.

Taiwan ‘to go on buying arms from US’

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday the island will continue to acquire arms from the United States, dismissing reports that the US and China could discuss ending such sales.

14 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan’s convicted ex-president to rejoin opposition

Taiwan’s main opposition grouping on Wednesday approved an application by disgraced ex-president Chen Shui-bian to rejoin the party despite fears the move would damage its image.

8 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan upholds first public transgender marriage

Taiwanese authorities have agreed to uphold the marriage status of a local transgender couple, reversing a previous official decision in a ruling activists said would help the bid to legalise same sex marriage. set Aug. 14 Gaeseong talks

7 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan names new defence chief amid plagiarism scandal

Taiwan’s chief of general staff General Yen Ming was named defence minister on Wednesday following the resignation of his predecessor over plagiarism claims just six days after taking office.

5 AUGUST 2013

Defense minister resigns after only six days on the job

Taiwan Minister of National Defense Andrew Yang (楊念祖), who was appointed only last week, tendered his resignation last night due to a plagiarized article in a 2007 book he wrote and edited.

2 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan politicians scuffle over nuclear bill

Taiwan’s politicians have punched each other and wrestled in a parliamentary brawl over a controversial bill on a nuclear power plant.

1 AUGUST 2013

Taiwan leader defends controversial China trade deal

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Thursday defended a controversial trade pact with China following protests against the deal, saying it would benefit the island’s economy.

29 JULY 2013

Taiwan defence minister resigns after corporal’s death

Taiwan’s defence minister has resigned, Premier Jiang Yi-huah said Monday, after the death of a corporal who was allegedly abused by the military in a case that has sparked outrage across the island.

23 JULY 2013

Taiwan struggles to recruit soldiers

Taiwan’s military managed to recruit only 1,847 soldiers or 31 per cent of its targeted number in the first half of the year, raising doubts over whether it can transition smoothly from a decades-old conscription system to one built around professionals by 2015.–49410.html

20 JULY 2013

Taiwan’s Ma reelected ruling party chief

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou was overwhelmingly reelected chairman of the ruling party Saturday, amid corruption scandals involving top officials and public anger at his government.

5 JULY 2013

It’s Taiwan’s fault if it doesn’t trust us, says Chinese general

Chinese general Luo Yuan, vice chairman of the China Strategy Culture Promotion Association, says Taiwan’s attitude is the factor that has delayed the building of cross-strait military trust.                                                                                                                

2 JULY 2013

Taipei mayor sets off on trip to China, Russia

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday (2 July) led a delegation to attend the three-day Taipei-Shanghai City Forum, which will be held today in China, with the mayor’s delegation then set to head to Russia to attend the opening ceremony of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan on July 6.                                                                                       

25 JUNE 2013

All-out brawl erupts in Legislature

A massive brawl erupted among lawmakers in the Legislature yesterday, as members of the ruling party and opposition party fought for control over the rostrum, ahead of a scheduled discussion on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant referendum.                                                                                                    

23 JUNE 2013

Chen Guangcheng visits Taiwan

In Taiwan Chen is scheduled to give a news conference, address the island’s legislature, meet the parliamentary Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng, and speak at universities.                     

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.                                                                                                                                             

13 JUNE 2013

Important consensus reached between KMT, CPC: Yu Zhengsheng

A senior Chinese official said Thursday that important consensus had been reached between the ruling parties of Taiwan and China regarding the peaceful development of cross-strait relations.                                                                                                               

6 JUNE 2013

Taiwan Military Reform: Declining Operational Capabilities?

On June 6, Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released its first “Blue Paper” evaluating Taiwan’s defense requirements. Although the report probably serves a political purpose, the DPP’s critical assessment of Taiwan’s military budget, readiness and acquisition joins several other recent developments raising questions about the island’s warfighting capabilities                                                                                                

3 JUNE 2013

Taiwan’s former president attempts suicide

Taiwan’s imprisoned   former President Chen Shui-bian tried to kill himself but was stopped by guards, the Justice Ministry said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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.                                                                                                         

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.

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.                                                  

Gangsters and politics shake hands in Taiwan

In Taiwan, the borderline between the realms of politics and organized crime has always been murky; some people say that gangsters on the island do not bribe politicians but become them. Yet a recent mass attempt by outlaws to become members of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has perplexed observers                                                                                                     

14 MAY 2013

Ma Ying-jeou’s popularity falls to new low

Support for Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, has fallen to a record low of 19.1%, while public dissatisfaction has climbed to a record high of 69.9%, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.                                                                             

7 MAY 2013

Taiwan intelligence unit confirms Hong Kong visit

A top Taiwanese intelligence official has visited Hong Kong in a landmark trip seen as the latest sign of fast-warming ties between Taiwan and former rival China, officials and local media said Tuesday.                                                                             

6 MAY 2013

Taiwan wavers on F-16 deal

Taiwan says that it needs fighter jets which are more advanced than the upgraded F-16 announced by the United States, suggesting that it was dropping its bid for dozens of the aircraft.                                                                                                             

1 MAY 1013

Taiwan launches integrity probe for top officials

Taiwan is carrying out a review looking at the integrity of its top-tier politicians, a report said Wednesday, after a string of high-profile corruption scandals that have rocked the island.                                                                                                  

21 APRIL 2013

Ma: No point rushing into political talks with Beijing

Taiwan’s president, Ma Ying-jeou, says the time is not right for political talks with Beijing, and there is no point rushing political dialogue.

19 APRIL 2013

Activists ‘horrified’ at Taiwan executions

Taiwan has executed six prisoners, the second time in six months a group of six has been put to death.                                                                                                 

17 APRIL 2013

Taiwan shows force in biggest live-fire drill since 2008

Taiwan staged its biggest live-fire drill since 2008 on Wednesday, in an operation involving more than 7,000 troops that simulated a Chinese attack as its leader warned of Beijing’s arms build-up                                                          

11 APRIL 2013

Taiwan moves closer to setting up China liaison office

Taiwan’s cabinet Thursday approved regulations governing the opening of a China liaison office on the island, a priority in efforts to normalise relations with its former enemy.                                                                                        

10 APRIL 2013

China anger at Japan-Taiwan disputed island fishing deal

Japan and Taiwan have signed a deal allowing Taiwan to fish near a group of disputed islands, prompting China to express « extreme concerns ».                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

4 APRIL 2013

Taiwan’s strategic confusion

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou’s mantra of ‘no unification, no independence, and no use of force’ is coming under increasing strain.                                                                                                                                         

1 APRIL 2013

Taiwan president’s confidante disciplined by party

Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang party on Monday suspended the membership of Lai Su-ju, a confidante of the island’s president, for her alleged involvement in a high-profile corruption scandal.                                                           

30 MARCH 2013

Taiwan vows to step up patrol in East China Sea

Taiwan’s president has commissioned a new vessel to beef up patrol in a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea also claimed by China and Japan.                                                                                                                       

24 MARCH 2013

Taiwan outlines international trade pact

Taiwan has outlined strategies for joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free trade deal being negotiated among 11 countries, according to a report by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.                  

16 MARCH 2013

Taiwan develops medium-range missile: Report

Taiwan has developed its first medium-range guided missile that could be used against former rival China, according to a former defence minister in a new book cited by a media report Saturday.                                                                               

10 MARCH 2013

Up to 200,000 protest nuclear energy

Over 100 civic groups joined the nationwide event, including the I am Human group and Victims of Nuclear Power, from Northern Taiwan. Despite the unseasonably hot and humid weather, people flooded into the street in front of the Presidential Office, with some even decked out in heavy costumes.                                                                                                                                

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou says US plays pivotal role in cross-strait peace

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that the United States plays a pivotal role in the development of peaceful relations across the Taiwan Strait, noting in particular the stabilizing effect of Washington’s « six assurances. »                             

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan to Continue Enforcing Death Penalty

Taiwan says it will continue to enforce the death penalty, despite international appeals to end capital punishment on the island. Taiwan has executed 15 people since 2010, when it ended a five-year informal moratorium on the death penalty. Six people were put to death in the latest round of executions in December 2012                                                                                                                     

25 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Xi vows friendly ties with Taiwan

New Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed Monday to pursue friendly ties with Taiwan and keep seeking « peaceful reunification » in a meeting with an influential politician from the island, state media reported                                       

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Taiwan Foreign minister calls for peaceful Diaoyutais resolution

Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) yesterday called for a peaceful resolution to the East China Sea sovereignty row as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe began his trip to the United States amid the ongoing disputes between Tokyo and Taipei over the Diaoyutai Islands.

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Two accords bring Taipei and Beijing closer

The two sides sign an agreement allowing clearance of their respective currencies. Another would let either side open offices across the strait.


Outgoing Taiwan premier cites health as reason for resignation

As part of the resulting Cabinet reshuffle, Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah will replace Chen and Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) head Mao Chi-kuo will in turn be appointed vice premier, while Deputy Taipei Mayor Chen Wei-jen will assume the secretary-general post                                                                                                                                                                                         


Jiang Yi-huah to replace Sean Chen as premier

Taiwan  Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) is set to replace Sean Chen as Taiwan’s premier, according to media reports citing high-ranking officials.                                                                                                                                            

31 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan’s pension funds are like a train headed towards a cliff

An aging population and low birth rate are a threat to the country’s pension funds. Those for military, civil service and teachers are in fact expected to go bankrupt between 2019 and 2027. The issue has sparked an intense debate between and within parties’s-pension-funds-are-like-a-train-headed-towards-a-cliff-27012.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan president presses for US subs deal

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

12 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan to expand Taiping wharf: report

The government plans to expand its wharf at Taiping Island in the South China Sea to accommodate larger vessels as part of its ongoing military enhancement project in the disputed region, a local newspaper said yesterday.         

9 JANUARY 2013

Taiwan executions put Justice Minister Tseng on the spot

Rights lawyers say they plan to file criminal charges against Justice Minister Tseng Yung-fu, while calling for his impeachment for « illegally » ordering the execution of six convicts who had been handed death sentences, confirmed by the Taiwan Supreme Court, for a total of eight murders. The men were executed on December 21 by pistol shots to the head and heart in three prisons across Taiwan, without prior notification to families or lawyers                                                                                                                       

1 JANUARY 2013

Defense Ministry begins transition toward all-voluntary armed forces

Men born after 1994 will only have to receive four months of military training as opposed to 12 months starting from this year, as part of the transition to an all-voluntary armed forces.                                                                        

31 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan upgrades dozens of fighter jets

Taiwan plans to complete the first stage of an ambitious plan to upgrade its fighter jet force by the end of 2013, in an effort to maintain a credible deterrent against China into the 2030s.                                                                                                                   

30 DECEMBER 2012

Taiwan holds first Chinese music concert

Thousands of music fans packed a Taipei stadium to watch the island’s first concert staged by Chinese singers and rock bands, reports said Sunday, in the latest sign of warming cross-strait relations.                                                                           

13 DECEMBER 2012

The strategic triangle : US-China-Taiwan

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

28 NOVEMBER 2012

Taiwan to trim number of generals after amendment

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed an amendment to the Organic Act of the Ministry of National Defense, paving way for the nation’s armed forces to significantly downsize the number of its generals from 379 to 268.

23 NOVEMBER 2012

Foreign affairs ministry rejects proposal to invite Dalai Lama

“After an internal evaluation, we decided that now is not an appropriate time to have the Dalai Lama visit Taiwan,” Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko said at a legislative hearing when asked by opposition lawmakers to confirm the decision.

11 NOVEMBER 2012

DPP to set up committee to handle China affairs: report

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is expected to set up a committee to find a new direction for its ties with China after the Beijing leadership transfer concludes at the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a report said yesterday


Beijing main obstacle to FTA with EU: European lawmaker

The European Parliament supports Taiwan’s bid to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union, but strong pressure from China is the main obstacle preventing this from being realized, a visiting European Parliament member said yesterday.

29 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s China spy problem

As relations between Taipei and Beijing continue to improve following the re-election of Taiwan’s President, Ma Ying-jeou, to a second term in January, China’s intelligence collection against the island it claims as its own remains as aggressive as ever, with major spy cases grabbing the headlines about once every six months.

27 OCTOBER 2012-10-27

Crisis of confidence in Taiwan’s govt

The Taiwan government is suffering a public confidence crisis only five months into President Ma Ying-jeou’s second term.

15 OCTOBER 2012

Taiwan’s defence spending up 1.8 % in past decade

Taiwan’s defence spending has grown a mere 1.8-per cent over the past decade, the lowest increase among five Asian countries analysed in a recent study released by a US-based thinktank Monday 15.

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 1995

Taiwanese Pro-Independence Politician Visits China

Frank Hsieh, the former chairman of Taiwan’s pro-independence party, is touring China for a visit that he says is aimed at building mutual trust


Japan tries to turn back Taiwanese vessels

Japanese coast guard vessels have tried to turn away dozens of Taiwanese fishing boats near a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea after firing water cannons at them


Taiwan sends patrol boats near disputed islands

Two Taiwanese coast guard patrol ships have sailed to waters near a disputed island chain in the East China Sea to assert Taiwan’s claim to i

22 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan refuses medical parole for jailed ex-leader

Taiwan authorities on Wednesday refused to grant ex-president Chen Shui-bian parole for medical treatment, saying he could get proper treatment in prison

17 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan ex-leader cleared of perjury charge

Taiwan’s high court on Friday cleared former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader

11 AUGUST 2012

Taiwan women in same-sex Buddhist wedding
Two women tied the knot on Saturday in Taiwan’s first same-sex Buddhist wedding, a move rights groups hope will help make the island become the first place in Asia to legalise gay marriage.

9 AUGUST 2012

Beijing and Taipei sign new trade agreements

New deal provides greater legal protection and cuts custom red tape. Investors in China and Taiwan are promised equal, if not preferential, treatment. In case of arrest, police must inform families and companies on the other side. In Taiwan, people protest deal fearing mainland colonisation of the island.

28 JULY 2012

Ma orders Foreign Ministry to probe removal of flag in London

President Ma Ying-jeou has instructed the Foreign Ministry to look into a recent row over the removal of an R.O.C. flag from a London display by Olympic organizers, his spokesman said yesterday

Wife of James Soong dies of cancer aged 72

Viola Chen, wife of People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong, died of colon cancer yesterday. She was 72.

24 JULY 2012

Taiwan’s Chen rattles the prison bars

Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, serving the third year of his 17-and-a-half-year prison term for corruption, has been grabbing much renewed attention lately. This time around, however, it is not his crimes or trials that are in the focus but the state of his health

16 JULY 2012

Taiwan tests new weapons in China war simulation

Taiwan for the first time Monday tested how a fleet of advanced submarine hunting aircraft and attack helicopters would be utilised in the event of an attack by rival China, officials and media said.

4 JULY 2012

President Ma vows to excise ‘tumor of corruption’

President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated his administration’s intolerance of corruption at a Kuomintang Central Standing Committee conference held yesterday (July 4) afternoon.

3 JULY 2012

Lin Yi-shih gives partial confession over graft

Former Cabinet Secretary-General Lin Yi-shih (林益世)was taken into custody yesterday after partially confessing to bribery allegations at a 12-hour interrogation session. The Taipei District Court granted prosecutors’ demand to detain Lin on the grounds that he was involved in the serious crimes of bribery and spoliation of evidence.

28 JUNE 2012

Beijing’s generosity puts Taipei on edge

It might be customary elsewhere that when Country A showers Country B with billions of dollars, both sides’ leaders present the good deed concertedly so that either has a chance capitalizing on it in political terms. But this does not apply in the case of mainland China and Taiwan, because both sides claim they belong to one country.

23 JUNE 2012

China offers credits for investment from Taiwan

Four Chinese state banks will offer up to US$95 billion in credit to Taiwanese investments in business on the mainland, the director of Beijing’s Taiwan Affairs Office Wang Yi told a conference in Xiamen

18 JUNE 2012

Taiwan to clear all landmines near China

In yet another sign of warming ties with former rival China, Taiwan said on Monday that all landmines laid on the frontline islands off the mainland during the 1950s will be removed within six months

22 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma plays it cool

Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou was widely expected to embed a formula for unification with China into his re-inauguration speech on Sunday. Perhaps the embattled leader, whose approval ratings have fallen to as low as 20%, wanted to do so. However, he also had to toe the line with Washington

20 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma sworn in for second term

President Ma Ying-jeou was sworn in to the 13th presidential term of the Republic of China yesterday morning, calling his inauguration a milestone on Taiwan’s journey to becoming a mature democracy.

28 MAI 2012

28 MAI 2012

Su Tseng-chang wins DPP chair vote

Former premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday became the new chairman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), easily beating his four opponents in a race that could have a major impact on the future direction of the party.

14 MAY 2012

Taiwan’s Ma Loses the Reins

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou has been pushing for a series of highly controversial reforms he doesn’t want to deal with in his second term, which begins May 20

6 APRIL 2012

Taiwan ranks 46th happiest country in the world, 3rd in Asia: UN report

The happiest region in the world is Northern Europe, with Denmark in the lead, and the least happy region — according to the recently released World Happiness Report conducted by the Earth Institute (EI) of Columbia University, entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly — is Sub-Saharan Africa, with Togo at the bottom. Taiwan ranked number 46

28 MARCH 2012

Comments on Taiwanese Marriage Trend Spark Outrage

A legislator’s comments in Taiwan have touched off a public furor over one of the island’s stickiest social issues. Increasingly, Taiwanese men are choosing wives from overseas, and some say that is leaving growing numbers of local women without husbands

26 MARCH 2012

Taiwan opens Chinese Investment Door Wider

Chinese businessmen have only invested US$272 million in the island since 2009 when rules were relaxed, a tiny fraction of the US$80 billion that 80,000 Taiwanese companies have invested in China

22 MARCH 2012

Closer cross-Straits relations welcomed

Top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) met in Beijing for the first time since the KMT’s victory in the island’s leadership election in January

16 FEBRUARY 2012

Beijing mayor visits Taiwan amid protests

Beijing’s mayor arrived in Taiwan Thursday, officials said, amid protests from dozens of anti-China activists who labelled him a « human rights villain »

14 FEBRUARY 2012

China blocks Hong Kong-Taiwan embrace

Taiwan’s Beijing-friendly Kuomintang (KMT) government would like to see Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Donald Tsang stop by on the island. However, it seems Beijing and Tsang himself aren’t too keen on the implications of such a visit


Taiwan’s Dynamic Civil Society

21 JANUARY 2012

Chinese firms invest $ 184 million in Taiwan in 3 years

Taiwan’s government said Saturday 21 that Chinese firms had invested around $184 million on the island since it relaxed rules on mainland investment in mid-2009 amid warming relations

15 JANUARY 2012

Why Ma won the election and what’s next for Taiwan and China

In presidential elections this weekend, Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan’s incumbent president from the ruling Kuomintang (KMT), or Nationalist Party, decisively defeated Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). With about 52 percent of the vote (compared to Tsai’s 45.6 percent and the third-party candidate James Soong’s 2.8 percent), Ma will be able to govern with a clear majority of popular support. His margin of victory was far higher than most opinion polls had predicted. Many Soong supporters seem to have decided in recent days that by voting for their preferred candidate, who is almost politically identical to Ma, they might hand Tsai the victory

14 JANUARY 2012

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou wins second term

Taiwan’s incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou has won a second term in office, promising to further improve ties with neighbouring China

31 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan to cut conscription to 4 months in 2013

Taiwan’s defence ministry yesterday (December 30) announced it would slash compulsory military training times for all males from one year to four months starting in 2013, at least a year earlier than expected

30 DECEMBER 2011

Taiwan, Israel to establish free trade deal task force

Taiwan and Israel have agreed to set up a task force to study the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) before 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday


Dead heat election raises Taiwan stakes

With barely a month-and-half left before Taiwan’s crucial presidential election, the race is neck and neck between incumbent president Ma Ying-jeou and the leading opposition candidate, Tsai Ing-wen. Televised presidential debates that begin this weekend will likely add to the uncertainty. The only guarantee in  this exciting drama is that it is not over until the last voter casts his or her ballot on January 14, 2012.

17 NOVEMBER 2011

US and China fret over Taiwan

Since Ma Ying-jeou assumed the presidency in Taiwan in May 2008, relations across the Taiwan Strait have  improved dramatically. In the past three-and-a-half years, 16 agreements have been signed on practical matters  that have largely benefited the people on both sides of the strait.
The presidential election in Taiwan is scheduled for January 14, 2012, and the race is extremely tight. Regardless of the outcome, the election will have significant impact on the cross-Strait situation and on United States interests

10 NOVEMBER 2011

Taiwan says early-warning radar nearing completion

Taiwan said it has begun testing a billion-dollar early warning radar system, designed to give an  extra six minutes’ warning of any Chinese missile attack, which is nearing  completion. Deputy Defence Minister Chao Shih-chang said the installation the state-of-the-art, long-range radar system, supplied by US defence group Raytheon, has entered its final stage.


Arms deliveries to Taiwan are lagging: US draft study

The transfer of U.S. arms to Taiwan, the chief barrier to better U.S.-China ties, is moving at a snail’s pace, at least for several
eapons systems, a draft report to the U.S. Congress showed.

4  NOVEMBER 2011

Dark days for Taiwan’s spies

When Taiwan’s government last month announced budget cuts in military intelligence, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) insisted operations against mainland China would not be affected. It’s only administrative expenses being whittled down, said the MND, and if anything, Taiwan’s strength in intelligence warfare will be boosted. However, media paint a vastly different picture, suggesting Taiwan’s future leaders will be completely deaf and blind to secretive developments across the Taiwan Strait

26 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan’s Ma talks peace but gets an earful

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s mention of a possible peace agreement with mainland China to end six decades of hostility across the Taiwan Strait has become a political bombshell

18 OCTOBER 2011

Peace talks possible in a decade: Ma

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that his administration would “cautiously consider” whether Taiwan should negotiate a peace agreement with China within the next decade if three major premises are met, including a high level of consensus among nationals

13 OCTOBER 2011

Taiwan ex-president gets extra jail term

Taiwan’s ex-leader Chen Shui-bian – who is already in jail for corruption – was given an additional 18-year sentence on Thursday for his role in a financial scandal, a high court spokesman said. Chen, who was president between 2000 and 2008, is already serving a jail term of 17 years and  six months on two bribery convictions in sprawling corruption cases that saw his wife Wu Shu-chen get the same sentence.


Deficit decreases for 3rd year: gov’t

The deficit for the 2012 budget has decreased by 33.1 percent to NT$114.6 billion, the third consecutive decline, which shows the annual budget drafted by the cabinet for next year is well-planned and appropriate for the long-term development of Taiwan, Premier Wu Den-yih announced yesterday


China hits out at US deal on Taiwan F-16 fighters

China has reacted angrily to a US deal to upgrade Taiwan’s ageing fleet of US-built F-16 fighter planes

25 JULY 2011

Taiwan’s Astonishing Abortion Rate

For every pregnancy leading to a Taiwanese woman giving birth, a remarkable three are estimated by a Taiwan pediatrician to have  been aborted, a figure that others believe isn’t too far from reality

3 JULY 2011

Ma Ying-jeou officially named KMT candidate

Incumbent President Ma Ying-jeou, who was yesterday officially declared the Kuomintang (KMT) running candidate for the 2012  presidential elections, expressed his hope to see Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng keep his post next year in the Legislative Yuan

21 JUNE 2011

Taiwan lifts historic ban on Chinese solo tourists

Taiwan lifts a decades-old ban on travel to the island by individual Chinese tourists, saying visitors would act as « peace ambassadors » for the former arch foe. Initially, Taiwan will allow 500 individual arrivals from the mainland per day, who it hopes will help maintain  across the Strait

16 MAY 2011

Taiwan to allow promotion of island’s independence

Taiwan’s parliament tentatively approves a measure that would allow local groups to support the island’s independence, as well as communism, in a further move to promote pluralistic democracy.

10 MAY 2011

Who’s influencing who across the strait?

In numerous interviews given to Western media before and after he took office in 2008, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said his cross-strait policies would make China more like Taiwan and not the other way around. He spoke of his government’s responsibility to further the democratic  development of all ethnic Chinese communities, and labeled Taiwan a beacon of democracy to Asia and the world.

16 APRIL 2011

Taiwan set to lift 20-year sex trade ban

The world’s oldest profession will still come with some strict rules, however. It will be restricted to red-light districts, away  residential and religious zones. Brothels and sex workers will be required to apply for licences and prostitutes will have to undergo periodic health checks.


Malaysia to allow visa-free entry for Taiwanese

Taiwanese nationals will soon be allowed to visit Malaysia without a visa, a minister said Thursday, in a bid to increase the
number of tourists and boost foreign exchange earnings

8 JANUARY 2011

Number of countries granting Taiwan visa-waiver privileges hits 97

President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that the number of countries that have granted visa-waiver privileges to Taiwanese passport  holders has increased to 97, indicating that the government’s “flexible diplomacy” strategy has borne fruit.

22 NOVEMBER 2010

Gender crisis looms in Taiwan

The traditional Chinese preference for male heirs is cited as one of the reasons for Taiwan’s growing gender imbalance. Its
male-female ratio at birth stands at 108.4 boys per 100 girls last year


More Taiwanese favor status quo with mainland

More and more Taiwanese prefer to maintain the political status quo with China while fewer wish to see the two sides reunify,
despite vastly improved relations over the past two years.


ECFA formally takes effect today

The landmark economic cooperation framework agreement (ECFA) between Taiwan and China and an intellectual property rights protection  pact across the Taiwan Strait formally take effect today, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) announced yesterday


Taiwan eases Hong Kong and Macau visa process

Residents from Hong Kong and Macau can apply for visa to Taiwan for free via the Internet starting today, the National Immigration  Agency said. After citizens from the two Chinese cities received approval on their online visa applications, they can print the approval statements and give them to Customs officers when entering Taiwan along with their mainland China issued passports for clearance. Upon receiving the Customs clearance stamp, a print approval statement is in effect a 30-day visa.

16 MAY 2010

Taiwan hopes for full membership at World Health Organisation

Taiwan tells the World Health Organization (WHO) that it hopes to finally become a full WHO member in place of the observer status it  currently enjoys

12 MARCH 2010

Taiwan justice minister resigns over death penalty

Taiwan’s justice minister has resigned after failing  to win support for her opposition to the death penalty. Wang Ching-feng had  said she would not give the go-ahead for any executions

31 JANUARY 2010

Taiwan’s Ma welcomes US arms

The United States has announced a US$6.4 billion package of weapons, including PAC-3 missiles, to be sold to Taiwan, drawing  strong protest from China. China reiterated yesterday its stern objection to US arms sales to Taiwan, and suspended all military exchanges with the United States. But President Ma Ying-jeou, who was in Los Angeles at the time of the announcement, said that with the weapons, Taiwan will be more confident of defending itself, which will facilitate the development of cross-strait ties, according to his spokesman Tony Wang

3 JANUARY 2010

Mainland tourists to Taiwan hit mark

A total of 606,100 mainland tourists visited Taiwan in the past year, with each spending nearly $1,800 on the island, including accommodation and shopping, Shao Qiwei, chairman of the Beijing-based Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits, said on Friday


Taiwan’s Ex-President Sentenced to Life Term

A Taiwanese court sentenced former president Chen Shui-bian to life in prison after convicting him on graft charges Friday, a
spectacular fall from grace for a man who rode to power on promises to end decades of corruption and expand the island’s de facto independence

27 JULY 2009

Chinese President Congratulates Taiwan Leader

President Hu Jintao of China congratulated on Monday 27 July the Taiwanese leader Ma Ying-jeou after his election this weekend as  chief of Taiwan’s governing party, a victory that analysts said could bolster Mr. Ma’s efforts to pursue engagement and economic ties with China

3 MAY 2009

At last Taiwan has a feet in the World Health Organization

Common sense prevailed at last. After a dozen years of futile efforts, Taiwan has achieved a breakthrough: Acquiring observer’s status  at the forthcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the ruling body of the World Health Organization