Daily Archives: 8 mars 2018

On 8 March in Asian history

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon


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Updated on March 8, 2018

1514: Birth of Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord who died on January 9, 1562

1641: Death of Xu Xiake, travel writer and geographer of the Ming dynasty, born in January 1587

1722: Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud, winning the battle of Gulnabad, occupies Persia


1854: US Commodore Matthew Perry arrives for a second time in Japan to negotiate the opening of Japanese ports to the West

1868: Sakai Incident, 11 sailors from the French corvette Dupleix are killed by samurai

1897: Birth of Damerla Rama Rao, Indian artist, who died on February 6, 1925

Damerla Rama Rao

1921: Birth of Sahir Ludhianvi, Indian poet and songwriter, who died on October 25, 1980

1922: Birth of Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Mangaka

1930: In India, Mahatma Gandhi begins the campaign of civil disobedience http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/films/afmp/stories/india.php


1932: End of the Shanghai Incident (or First Battle of Shanghai)

1935: Death by suicide of Ruan Lingyu, Chinese actress, born on April 26, 1910


1942: The Dutch surrender to the Japanese forces on Java after two months of fighting
 1942-03-06 Dutch-Pows-on-Java

1942: In Burma, Japanese troops capture Rangoon

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon

1944: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville, in a battle that will last five days


1946: French troops land in Haiphong, the chief port in Tonkin

1947: 13,000 troops sent by the Kuomintang government of China arrived Taiwan after the 228 Incident (see at this date) and launched crackdowns which killed at least thousands of people, including many elites

1949: By the Elysée Agreement, ratified on June 3, France recognizes the « independence of Vietnam with Bao Dai as chief of state, In the the French Union. Bao Dai and President Auriol of France sign the Elysee Agreement

1954: Signature of a mutual aid and mutual defense treaty between USA and Japan

1954: France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the states of Indochina

1964: Birth of Santosh Sivan, Indian cinematographer and film director

1965: The first United States combat troops, 3,500 Marines, arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam

1966: Xingtai earthquake. The damage included 8,064 dead, 38,000 injured and more than 5 million destroyed houses

1974: Birth of Fardeen Khan, Indian actor

1975: South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu orders the withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from the Central Highlands

1975: Death of outstanding opera artist Zhou Xinfang, born on January 14, 1895


1986: Bernabe Buscayno, who led the New People’s Army, among 42 political prisoners, is freed on order of President Corazon Aquino

1986: Birth of Princess Tsuguko, Japanese princess

1988: Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer, is gunned down. He was born in July 1961

Amar Singh Chamkila 2

1996: China starts a campaign of missiles shooting in the Strait of Taiwan (up to 15). The purpose is to dissuade the Taiwanese to vote for Lee Teng-hui

1996-03 caricature

2005: Tung Chee-hwa, referring health problem confirm his resignation as chief executive of Hong Kong and is replaced by Donald Tsang on March 10


2006: Fusako Shigenobu, born September 28, 1945, the founder and former leader of the now disbanded Japanese Red Army. Is sentenced to 20 years in prison

2007: In Bangladesh, the Military arrest a lot of high level personalities from all political parties for corruption, including Tarique Rahman, the son of ex Premier Khaledia Zia

2008: In the Philippines, Imelda Marcos is cleared of corruption

2008: The Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) deny the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (National Front) of their two-third majority in Parliament for the first time in Malaysian history

2011: Indonesia, Philippines sign pact to fight terror, transnational crimes

2013: Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) is holding its first ever congress, at which it will elect party leaders for the first time

2017 : China proposes that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to « defuse a looming crisis »

2017 : The Philippine House of Representatives approves a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished

Holidays and observances

International Women’s Day (United Nations)

China territorial claims


8 MARCH 2018

Beijing needs to build defensive structures on South China Sea islands: Army general

A leading Chinese military general says his country needs to build defensive structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea to assert its sovereignty over nearly the entire region amid tensions between Beijing and Washington

15 FEBRUARY 2018

South China Sea, US Navy: ‘Seven new bases built by Beijing’

Beijing has unilaterally built seven new military bases in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, reported today


Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

The Philippines has declared that war is not an option in resolving its dispute with China, which was found to have continued its military build-up in disputed South China Sea areas, declared by a UN arbitration court to belong to Manila

31 JANUARY 2018

Wanted: A Strategy to Limit China’s Grand Plans for the South China Sea

China’s state-run news agencies openly acknowledge that the nation has engaged in significant land reclamation and artificial island building in the South China Sea region

20 JANUARY 2018

South China Sea: China accuses US warship of ‘violating its sovereignty’

China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take « necessary measures » to ensure its sovereignty was protected

11 JANUARY 2018

China, Japan trade accusations after Chinese warship seen near disputed Diaoyu Islands

China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties

26 DECEMBER 2017

China claims South China Sea expansion is reasonable

China – Slamming critics, China has now claimed that all of the controversial construction and expansion work it has carried out in the disputed South China Sea islands is “reasonable.”

15 DECEMBER 2017

China tells Australia off over South China Sea stance

China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway

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

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China

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

7 AUGUST 2017

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off

27 JULY 2017

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

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing

25 JULY 2017

China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea as Vietnam renounces to drill  after Chinese threat

China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides

7 JULY 2017

South China Sea: US bombers challenge China territorial claim with bombers flight

Two US bombers fly over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force says, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway

5 JULY 2017

China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’

China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years

3 JULY 2017

‘A serious political and military provocation’: China blasts US over warship patrol

China has blasted the US for carrying out « a serious political and military provocation » after it sailed a warship near islands that it claims, the latest act by Donald Trump’s administration that has infuriated Beijing

25 MAY 2017

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office

19 MAY 2017

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oïl

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday (May 19) Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea

12 MARCH 2013

Taiwan seeks seat in dialogues on South China sea disputes

A ranking government official has expressed hope that Taiwan would be included in dialogues concerning maritime and international affairs, even if it is not set to take any position on the increasing militarization in the South China Sea

19 FEBRUARY 2017

South China Sea: US aircraft carrier strike group conducts patrols in disputed waters

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway

24 JANUARY 2017

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there

14 JANUARY 2017

China and Vietnam to « manage » differences over South China Sea – communique

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong

17 DECEMBER 2016

China’s Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

 A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, US officials say


15 DECEMBER 2016

Images show ‘significant’ Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea

China appears to have positioned “significant” weapons systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, despite vowing it had no intention of militarising the archipelago, a US thinktank has claimed


China’s charm offensive on South China Sea claimants

The outcomes from recent visits by leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – all of which have competing claims in the South China Sea with China – have led some to view them as part of China’s new charm offensive towards Asean, targeted at claimants

31 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Beijing says ‘situation’ at disputed Scarborough Shoal ‘has not changed and will not’

Beijing says the situation at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea « has not changed and will not change », after the Philippines said Chinese vessels that blocked the area for four years had stopped harassing its fishermen

28 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Philippines says Chinese vessels have left Scarborough Shoal following Duterte visit

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, officials say, calling the Chinese departure a « welcome development »

21 OCTOBER 2016

US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged“excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its Neighbors


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

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month


South China Sea: US military official urges Australia to take stronger stance against Chinese expansion

A senior US military official is again putting pressure on Australia to take a stronger stance against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea

12 AUGUST 2016

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea

13 JULY 2016

China issues white paper on settling S. China Sea disputes

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper titled « China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. »

12 JULY 2016

UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration (pdf), key points and reactions

The International Tribunal has ruled that ‘China’s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea’ has no legal basis. Further, the tribunal in The Hague claimed that Beijing’s “nine-dash” line to delineate its South China Sea claims contravenes a United Nations convention on maritime law.

5 JULY 2016

South China Sea dispute: Chinese daily says country should prepare itself for military conflict

Reports indicate that the state-run Global Times has said that the situation has already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now it has become worse with the tribunal threatening China’s sovereignty

28 MAY 2016

Arbitration on South China Sea ‘a legal monstrosity’ : China’s ambassador

The pending decision on the South China Sea arbitration in The Hague, which was initiated by the Philippines, is a legal monstrosity and reeks of hegemony from Washington, said Wu Ken, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands

12 MAY 2016

China brands international court hearings passing judgement on its claims in South China Sea an ‘orchestrated show’

China has stepped up its confrontational rhetoric ahead of an international court ruling over its claims in the South China Sea, calling it “an orchestrated show” aimed at undermining the nation’s sovereignty

28 APRIL 2016

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

It maintains that the dispute should be resolved between individual claimant countries instead of through ASEAN body, and has claimed in the past week that Brunei, Cambodia and Laos back its stance

18 APRIL 2016

Chinese military plane makes first public landing on disputed South China Sea island

A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.

12 APRIL 2016

China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea

A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out

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.

13 MARCH 2016

China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes

The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s « national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests. » The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims

8 MARCH 2016

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China installing new radar on Spratly Islands that could greatly boost control of South China Sea: US think tank said

Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability to control the disputed South China Sea, a US think tank said

17 FEBRUARY 2016

China ‘has deployed missiles in South China Sea’ – Taiwan

The Ministry of National Defense is keeping abreast of developments amid reports the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) in the South China Sea, spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said

31 JANUARY 2016

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday

6 JANUARY 2016

China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

China landed two more planes on a contested reef in the South China Sea Wednesday, state media said, despite international condemnation of a landing at the same location days earlier

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up

22 NOVEMBER 2015

China says won’t cease building on South China Sea isles

« Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs, » Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur

18 NOVEMBER 2015

China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila


India can play positive role in South China Sea: China

China Thursday asked India to play a “constructive and positive” role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, in a guarded reaction to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s call for ensuring freedom of navigation in the strategic waters amid escalated Sino-US tensions

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea

27 OCTOBER 2015

Challenging Chinese Claims, U.S. Sends Warship Near Artificial Island Chain

A United States Navy destroyer entered waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea late Monday, Defense Department officials said, directly challenging China’s claims that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction

6 AUGUST 2015

Kerry says US will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry accuses China of not allowing freedom of movement in the South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded

29 MAY 2015

US surveillance shows ‘China positioning weapons’ in disputed island chain

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea, US officials said on Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes

13 MAY 2015

China Concerned About Possible US Patrols Around Islands

China on Wednesday expressed « serious concern » about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory

9 MAY 2015

China pursuing huge South China Sea land reclamation: US

China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea this year, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the disputed area, US officials said on Friday (May 8)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-pursuing-huge-south/1836182.html

9 APRIL 2015

China defends reclamation in disputed South China Sea

China has defended its construction of artificial islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea, saying it is needed to safeguard its sovereignty

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

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Report: China building new islands in disputed waters

Satellite images from late January analyzed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly show that China is reclaiming a significant amount of land at three sites in the Spratly Islands, in addition to two other sites previously documented by the defense publication


5 JANUARY 2015

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

The Philippines accused China on Thursday (Feb 5) of ramming Filipino fishing boats off a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, and demanded its powerful neighbour respect its sovereignty over the potential flashpoint territory.

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

China’s reclamation of land in disputed South China Sea waters is a « threat » to all nations in Southeast Asia, the Philippines’ foreign minister said Thursday

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at the Philippines for criticising Beijing’s ongoing reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea, saying that its actions were within the scope of Chinese sovereignty


China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

China on Sunday slammed the Philippines for challenging its territorial claims over the South China Sea through international arbitration, refusing to back down just a week before a deadline to respond in the case


China ‘boosting shoal defence’

China is fortifying its barricade around Scarborough shoal, a rich fishing ground in the South China Sea also claimed by the Philippines

24 NOVEMBER 2014

China defies US call to stop island project in South China Sea

China on Monday hit back at « irresponsible remarks » from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip

21 NOVEMBER 2014

‘Incursions will hurt ties’: Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh hits out at China for ‘illegal occupation’ 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Beijing has illegally occupied the Aksai Chin region in Ladakh, and blamed the Congress for making “China India’s neighbour”


China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.

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.

8 OCTOBER 2014

China builds military airstrip on disputed island: Xinhua

Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area.


China’s Mixed Messages to India

As India welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping today, it’s hard to miss the mixed messages coming from China. On the one hand, India and China have had a difficult security relationship over the past half-century, with a still-unresolved border dispute over which they fought a war in 1962

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

In Asia’s Cauldron, Beijing and Hanoi are playing a dangerous game—and the stakes could not get any higher

10 AUGUST 2014

Beijing rejects call for end to provocative moves in South China Sea

China says it will employ a dual-track approach to deal with the South China Sea issue – direct consultation with claimants

04 AUGUST 2014

China says can build what it wants on South China Sea isles

China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

Japan has released declassified diplomatic archives indicating that both China and Taiwan started asserting their ownership of the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands only from 1971

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

20 JUNE 2014

Beijing sends more oil rigs to South China Sea

China is sending another four oil rigs to the South China Sea, state media and authorities said Friday, as Beijing and Hanoi trade accusations over an increasingly heated territorial row

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

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
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-philippines-navies-first-spratlys-games6 JUNE 2014

4 JUNE 2014

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

China has been ordered by the international Arbitral Tribunal handling the maritime dispute case filed by the Philippines to file its counter-memorial, or counter-argument, by Dec. 15, despite its position that it will not participate in the arbitration

31 MAY 2014

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness

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.

21 MAY 2014

Japan to set up 3 military outposts near disputed isles: Report

Japan plans to set up military outposts on three islands far west of Tokyo to boost the defence of its outlying islands, including a group of rocky outcrops also claimed by China

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

1 APRIL 2014

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

China will neither accept nor participate in international arbitration unilaterally pushed forward by the Philippines on the South China Sea disputes, said a commentary published by the state-run People’s Daily on Tuesday

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

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


28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

The Philippines said Friday it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the United Nations challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea


Beijing’s South China Sea strategies: consolidation and provocation


11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

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

4 MARCH 2014

China warns neighbours on territorial disputes

China has called on the US to accept its growing security presence in east Asia and warned its neighbours that it would “respond effectively” to safeguard its territorial integrity amid simmering maritime disputes in the region


28 JANUARY 2014

Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim

Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea on Tuesday, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory


27 JANUARY 2014

Peace Is The Only Answer In China-Japan Island Dispute – Analysis

The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war

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.


South Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone, Overlapping China’s

South Korea’s Defense Ministry said on Sunday that the new zone, which will take effect on December 15, will include Ieodo, a submerged reef in waters off the south coast, which China calls Suyan


http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/south-korea-expands-air-defence-zone-into-china-s/ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/08/south-korea-air-defence-zone-overlap-chinas


China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.


29 NOVEMBER 2013

China scrambles jets in air zone to monitor US and Japanese planes

China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday.

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)

Some of the claims to sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands don’t hold up well under scrutiny, argues Tadashi Ikeda.


25 NOVEMBER 2013

China slams ‘inappropriate’ U.S. remarks on territorial dispute with Japan

China has told the United States to butt out of a territorial dispute with Japan in the East China Sea after Washington warned that a military claim by Beijing to airspace in the region raises the risk of « misunderstanding and miscalculations. » http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/25/world/asia/china-japan-disputed-islands/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/china-lodges-complaint-against-us-and-japan-as-row-escalates-over-disputed-islands/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

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

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

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong activists head to Spratlys in « fishing » trip

Hong Kong activists left Wednesday on what they called a « fishing » boat trip to disputed islands, more than a year after they sailed to another contested chain to assert China’s sovereignty




How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?


28 OCTOBER 2013

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute

China is stepping up pressure on Japan in a long-running maritime dispute, deploying Chinese vessels near contested East China Sea islands and accusing Japanese leaders of making provocative statements.


24 OCTOBER 2013

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

Philippine President Aquino withdraws allegations that China wants to build on the Scarborough Shoal, a group of disputed islands . A sudden change of direction, which threatens to undermine the credibility of the executive long at loggerheads with Beijing. In recent days, short face-to- face meeting between Aquino and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang


8 OCTOBER 2013

China ‘committed to safe passage in South China Sea’

Territorial disputes in the South China Sea have not affected global shipping trade in part due to China’s « deep care » in ensuring freedom and safety of navigation, said Li Keqiang, ahead of his first visit to the region as China’s Premier.



Japan’s Abe: No Concessions, but No Escalation in Islet Spat With China

Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Fridayaipei and Tokyo struck a fishing agreement in April covering the waters around the islands that has eased tensions.

30 AUGUST 2013

History the weak link in Beijing’s maritime claims

China says historical title supports its maritime claims. But did it really have sovereignty?


5 AUGUST 2013

China says no rush to sign maritime accord

China is in no rush to sign a proposed agreement on maritime rules with Southeast Asia which would govern behaviour in the disputed South China Sea, the Chinese foreign minister has said.


1 AUGUST 2013

China Condemns US Senate Over Sea Dispute Resolution

China said on Thursday it had lodged a formal complaint with the United States after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing concern about Chinese actions in the disputed East and South China Seas.


18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

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

6 JULY 2013

China, India agree to step up border peace efforts: Xinhua

« The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries, » General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.                                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358686/china-india-agree-to-step-up-border-peace-efforts-xinhua

4 JULY 2013

Chinese general warns India in border dispute, calls Philippines ‘troublemaker’

An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up “new trouble” in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi’s defense minister was set to visit Beijing.                                                                                                           http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79787/chinese-general-warns-india-in-border-dispute-calls-philippines-troublemaker

China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules

This week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations appeared to make progress on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Following meetings in Brunei, the group announced that China had agreed to discuss a set of rules known as the “code of conduct” to avoid conflict in the disputed waters http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-south-china-sea-dispute-heads-to-beijing-for-talks/1694932.html                                                                                                     http://www.asianewsnet.net/Koreas-to-meet-on-Gaeseong-48803.html

2 JULY 2013

China and its Neighbors

In recent years China’s claims in the South China Sea have provoked much regional tension with the Philippines and Vietnam, although while the Philippines and Vietnam also have conflicting claims between each other over most of the Spratly Islands, there has not been much tension between these two nations. Malaysia and Brunei, despite being also parties to the Spratlys dispute, have been keeping a low profile. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5539&Itemid=171

1 JULY 2013

US nudges China on sea disputes

US Secretary of State John Kerry nudged China on Monday to agree a code of conduct to prevent clashes in the South China Sea after the Philippines accused Beijing of a « massive » military build-up.                                                                                               http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-nudges-china-on-sea/730674.html                                                                                             http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79351/us-pushes-code-of-conduct

24 JUNE 2013

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

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

19 JUNE 2013

Russia declares neutrality in South China Sea disputes

Igor Morgulov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, says Moscow will stay out of the territorial disputes involving China, the Philippines and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea, reports the state run Voice of Russia.                                                           http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000137&cid=1101

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese Ships Enter Waters Claimed by Japan

Japanese maritime authorities say three Chinese government ships have sailed into waters around disputed islands controlled by Tokyo, for the first time since late May.                                                                                                                                               http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-ships-enter-waters-claimed-by-japan/1681603.html

23 MAY 2013

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

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

15 MAY 2013

Okinawa doesn’t belong to Japan, says hawkish PLA general

A hawkish Chinese general has possibly opened a Pandora’s box on territorial disputes in East Asia by saying that the Ryukyu Islands including Okinawa do not belong to Japan.                                                                                                           http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1238080/okinawa-doesnt-belong-japan-says-hawkish-pla-general

9 MAY 2013

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

Japan has protested to China over a newspaper article that called for a review of Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22460810

8 MAY 2013

China Daily publishes challenge to Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa

People’s Daily yesterday 8 published a call for a review of Japan’s sovereignty over the island of Okinawa, home to major US bases, with the Asian powers already embroiled in a territorial row. http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1232998/china-should-reconsider-who-owns-okinawa-says-peoples-daily

2 MAY 2013

India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion

Two weeks ago, Indian military officials announced with expressions of shock that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between the giant neighbors and set up camp an unprecedented six miles into Indian-claimed territory, sparking a still-unresolved standoff. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-china-remain-at-odds-over-alleged-border-incursion/2013/05/02/dd9c0150-b324-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

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

23 APRIL 2013

Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed on Tuesday to « expel by force » any attempt by China to land on the disputed Senkaku Islands, after eight state-owned Chinese ships sailed into the territorial waters surrounding the archipelago.                           http://www.france24.com/en/20130423-china-japan-senkaku-islands-territorial-dispute             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-pm-vows-to-expel-by-force-any-chin/648614.html                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134234352877776.html                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22260140

India asks China to withdraw troops at disputed border

India’s foreign ministry said Tuesday it had asked China to withdraw troops who have allegedly advanced into disputed territory claimed by New Delhi in a remote area of the Himalayas.                                                                                                                          http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130423-417952.html

26 MARCH 2013

Vietnam accuses China over South China Sea ‘trawler attack’

Vietnam has accused a Chinese vessel of firing on a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea and setting its cabin alight, reigniting tensions in the region over competing claims to the gas-rich waters.                          http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/26/vietnam-accuses-china-south-china-sea  http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/27/china-denies-fire-vietnamese-boat


Japan and China move closer to war over Senkaku Islands

The conflict over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea – five small and uninhabited islands and three rocks http://www.linkedin.com/groupAnswers?viewQuestionAndAnswers=&discussionID=211767777&gid=1569157&trk=eml-anet_dig-b_nd-pst_ttle-cn&ut=15_Jz6YPVAXlA1


Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to defend disputed islands from incursions by China, after a series of confrontations at sea. http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-pm-vows-to-protect-disputed-islands-from-china/1595783.html  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251817/1/.html                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Disputed-Senkaku-/-Diaoyu-islands-to-be-defended-“at-any-cost”-says-Japanese-27034.html


China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

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

25 JANUARY 2013

Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences

The Sino-Indian border dispute in India’s eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. The quarrel has entangled China and India since 1949, and resulted in the 1962 border war which saw India defeated at the hands of China. Both countries have entered negotiations, but « incompatibilities » are constantly stalling the process                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/OA25Df02.html

23 JANUARY 2013

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

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

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

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

21 JANUARY 2013

China says US culpable in Japan island dispute

China said Monday that the U.S. has “undeniable historical responsibility” in Beijing’s dispute with Japan over islands in the East China Sea, marking the second straight day that it has pinned some of the blame for the tensions on Washington. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95853/china-says-us-culpable-in-japan-island-dispute/

18 JANUARY 2013

Dangerous shoals

The risks of a clash between China and Japan are rising—and the consequences could be calamitous http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21569740-risks-clash-between-china-and-japan-are-risingand-consequences-could-be?fsrc=nlw%7Chig%7C1-17-2013%7C4637731%7C37445794%7C&goback=%2Egde_108552_member_205694894  http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21569757-armed-clashes-over-trivial-specks-east-china-sea-loom-closer-drums-war

12 JANUARY 2013

Tensions over the Senkaku/Diaoyu feed the winds of war between Tokyo and Beijing

China scrambles two fighter planes to the disputed islands, complaining that Japanese planes disturbed its normal patrols. For Japanese prime minister, sovereignty over the atolls is not negotiable. Military expert says the East China Sea is becoming a potential source of crisis; “it’s possible that the two countries could exchange fire”.

11 JANUARY 2013

New Japan PM: China’s island dispute moves ‘wrong’

Reaffirming his hawkish stance on China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that Japan will not negotiate with Beijing over a contested cluster of uninhabited islands and that China was “wrong” for allowing violent protests over the territorial dispute. http://asiancorrespondent.com/95259/new-japan-pm-chinas-island-dispute-moves-wrong/

9 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes

This is the aim of the organisation’s new secretary general, Vietnam’s Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/ASEAN-seeks-talks-with-Beijing-to-settle-South-China-Sea-disputes-26816.html

31 DECEMBER 2012

Chinese fishing boat ‘detained in Japan’

Japan’s coastguard has detained a Chinese fishing boat within Japanese waters, China’s Xinhua news agency said, citing the Chinese consulate general in Fukuoka, a city in southwestern Japan.                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121231443436671.html                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20873208

Three China ships in waters around disputed islands: Japan

Three Chinese government ships on Monday 31 entered territorial waters around East China Sea islands at the centre of a dispute with Tokyo, Japan’s coastguard said.                                                                               http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1245302/1/.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

Bill confirms U.S. backing on Senkakus / ‘Security treaty applies to isles’ in Okinawa

The U.S. Congress has approved a defense policy bill for fiscal 2013, which reconfirms the Senkaku Islands are subject to Article 5 of the Japan-U.S. security treaty obliging the United States to defend Japan in case of hostilities.

21 DECEMBER 2012

China’s other territorial dispute: Baekdu Mountain

With disputes brewing in the East and South China Seas, there is another piece of contested territory in Asia that could pose some serious problems…

14 DECEMBER 2012

China submits East China Sea islands claim to UN

China has submitted to the UN a detailed explanation of its claims to a disputed area of the East China Sea.

13 DECEMBER 2012

Japan accuses China of airspace violation in island row

Japan has lodged a formal protest with China after a Chinese plane reportedly flew close to islands claimed by both countries. http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/13/japan-accuses-china-of-airspace-violation-in-islands-row/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20707760


China warns India on oil exploration

China has warned India to stop oil exploration in the South China Sea after New Delhi’s Navy chief said he was prepared to send ships there to protect its interests.

Beijing Rebukes Hanoi on Oil

China on Thursday warned Vietnam to end exploration of oil and gas deposits in disputed areas of the South China Sea and to stop harassing its fishing boats, as tensions escalate between the two nations over the maritime row


Indian navy prepared to deploy to South China Sea to protect oil interests

The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121203-387407.html


The India–China border dispute: re-thinking the past to claim the future

New Delhi’s special representative to the Sino–Indian boundary negotiations, Shiv Shankar Menon, is due to arrive in the Chinese capital in early December.

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

The Philippines has accused China of being « dictatorial » over plans to keep ships stationed in the disputed Scarborough Shoal area of the South China Sea

29 NOVEMBER 2012

New Chinese Law Allows for Search, Expulsion of Foreign Ships

China will soon allow border police to board and search foreign ships that enter what Beijing considers its territorial waters in the disputed South China Se

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

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

26 NOVEMBER 2012

« Imperialist » map in China’s new passport angers Hanoi and Delhi

In its new travel papers, Beijing incorporates big swathes of the South China Sea and the Himalaya, not to mention Taiwan. In response, India is issuing Chinese citizens with visas embossed with New Delhi’s own maps. Vietnam is issuing visas on separate documents. Growing tensions could further escalate, analysts and experts warn. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Imperialist-map-in-China’s-new-passport-angers-Hanoi-and-Delhi-26458.html

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

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

20 NOVEMBER 2012

No Asean unity in sea row with China

Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) decided on Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) aimed at preventing violence over disputed territories


A way ahead in the South China Sea

A great deal of unrealistic hope has been invested in the notion that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will form a bulwark against China’s expansion into Southeast Asian waters. It has been thought that braced by China’s claim of « indisputable sovereignty » over « relevant waters » that apparently reach nearly to Singapore, ASEAN states would articulate a common interest and draw a line that non-regional powers such as Japan, Australia, India and in particular the United States could support. However, ASEAN operates on the principles of consensus and non-confrontational bargaining, in this instance a fatal flaw. Four of its 10 members – Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand – have consistently given priority to preserving cozy bilateral relations


Philippines pushes sea row at Asia-Europe summit

The Philippines on Monday pushed its call for an international solution to overlapping claims in the South China Sea at an Asia-Europe summit, saying vital global shipping lanes were at stake.


The Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute: can China and Japan trust one another?

China and Japan’s dispute over sovereignty of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands is getting more and more complicated. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/03/the-senkakudiaoyu-dispute-can-china-and-japan-trust-one-another/

29 OCTOBER 2012

The real reason China-Japan are locked in a territory dispute

As China and Japan spar over control of a group of tiny islets in the sea between them, the deeper issue is really the question of which of Asia’s two biggest economies will gain control first of the valuable oil and natural gas located there.

23 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese Strategic Miscalculations in the South China Sea

How China handles its territorial disputes in the South China Sea, writes Hoang Anh Tuan, will determine whether it will ascend to superpower status or not. Its handling of sovereignty disputes with some of its neighbors, however, has already weakened its standing in the Far East and beyond.

3 OCTOBER 2012

Ambassador: Diaoyu Islands are Chinese

British newspaper The Daily Telegraph’s website on Wednesday published an article written by the Chinese ambassador to Britain that states the « purchase » of the Diaoyu Islands by the Japanese government is invalid, and nothing can change the fact the islands are the territory of China.

Chinese ships enter disputed waters: Japan

Chinese government ships entered territorial waters off disputed Tokyo-controlled islands for the second straight day Wednesday, Japanese coastguards said


China escalates row with Japan over disputed islands

China has broadcast footage on state television showing its armed forces conducting military exercises with real weapons above a small island. It is not clear when the video was made, but it has further aggravated the dispute between China and Japan over a small group of islands that are claimed by both countries.


China accuses Japan of stealing islands

China has taken a bitter territorial dispute with Japan to the UN General Assembly, with Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi accusing Tokyo of stealing disputed islands.

Japan vows no compromise on islands row

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has insisted that there could be no compromise with China on the ownership of a disputed island chain and denounced attacks on Japanese interests. http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120927004054.htm


China Mends Fences in Sea Dispute

Following much prodding and diplomacy, China appears to be showing some flexibility in its approach towards drawing up a code of conduct with the Southeast Asian nations aimed at avoiding clashes over competing territorial claims in the vast sea, diplomats in the region told RFA


Dangerous Rocks: Can both sides back off peacefully?

The territorial dispute between Japan and China over the rocky outcrops, known as the Senkakus in Japan and Diaoyu in China, has escalated beyond expectations as both governments have upped the ante and domestic politics constrains room for maneuver.


The Inconvenient Truth Behind the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands

A interesting Taiwanese point of view based on historic texts

China’s « U-shaped Line » in the South China Sea

China’s claims to the disputed islands in the South China Sea and their inclusion on a map that depicts a U-shaped line that comes perilously close to the coastal waters of the countries that abut the sea, have given rise to concern and debate about the line’s meaning. At stake are billions of dollars in fishing and mineral rights that all of the parties to the debate each claim as their own


China to submit claims of continental shelf to UN

Beijing announced on Sunday it will submit a partial submission concerning the outer limits of the continental shelf to the United Nations in its latest move to defend its maritime sovereignty

Anti-Japan outcry escalates in China

There have been more ugly scenes outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing, where Chinese demonstrators have been protesting over a group of disputed islands for a second day running
http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/16/anti-japan-demos-in-china-gain-momentum/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/


Anti-Japan protests hit China cities amid island row

Angry protesters have staged sometimes violent anti-Japanese demonstrations in cities across China, amid escalating tensions over disputed islands in the East China Se
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19609945 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49044938/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/


Defying Japan, China sends ships to disputed islands

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


History proves Diaoyu islands are China’s territory

A Chinese point of view


Japan buys islands at center of row with China

The Japanese government has bought three uninhabitated islands at the heart of a territorial dispute with China, officials said on Tuesday, furthering heightening tensions between Asia’s two economic giants http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/11/japan-buys-islands-at-centre-of-row-with-china/ http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-09/11/content_15748704.htm


Clinton calls for ASEAN unity on S China Sea

Hillary Clinton has asked Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Chinese in dealing with territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201293153550538791.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=35917&sec=1


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 Nghi

30 AUGUST 2012

What’s behind the China – Japan island dispute?

The dispute over the Senkaku Islands, five islets and three rocky outcroppings, revolves around who got there first. China calls them the Diaoyu Islands and dates its authority there to the 14th century. Japan annexed them in 1895 after finding them uninhabited. Here’s a basic breakdown of the dispute.

26 AUGUST 2012

Territorial row sparks protests in China

Chinese protesters took to the streets on Sunday 26, to reassert their country’s claim to a disputed group of islands

19 AUGUST 2012

Chinese Take to Streets as Japan Dispute Escalates

Anti-Japanese protests spread across China over the weekend, and the landing of Japanese activists on a disputed island on Sunday sharply intensified tensions between the two countries. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/20/world/asia/japanese-activists-display-flag-on-disputed-island.html?_r=1&ref=asia

18 AUGUST 2012

Japan boats head for disputed islands as China protests

Japanese politicians have set sail for a group of disputed islands, in the teeth of protests by China which claims them for its own http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-1930393 1http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281885821962701.html

15 AUGUST 2012

Japan arrests Hong Kong activists in islands row

Japanese police have arrested five Hong Kong activists who landed on disputed islands, reports say. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19264633 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1220325/1/.html

27 JULY 2012

Japan may send troops to disputed islands

Japan’s defence minister on Friday warned Tokyo could send troops to a chain of East China Sea islands at the centre of a territorial row with China if the simmering dispute escalated

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

A fleet of 20 Chinese fishing vessels believed to be escorted by at least two naval frigates of the People’s Liberation Army has been deployed around Pag-asa Island in a move likely to escalate tensions over disputed territories in the Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and China.

24 JULY 2012

China declares new city to assert control over South China Sea

China founded a new city on Tuesday more than 200 miles from the mainland, in a bid to cement control over 800,000 squares miles of the South China Sea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9423098/China-declares-new-city-to-assert-control-over-South-China-Sea.html

Vietnam, Philippines slam China garrison plan

Vietnam and the Philippines  lashe out at China’s moves to establish a military garrison in the South China Sea, amid escalating tensions in the disputed waters.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120724-361102.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/2012724135524275516.html

18 JULY 2012

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China

17 JULY 2012

Japan tests China’s eastern flank

As tensions continue to swirl in the South China Sea, pressure is also building on China’s eastern flank. The recent escalation of a long-standing dispute between China and Japan over a group of islands highlights significant regional and global changes in the balance of power. Waves from the stormy waters between China and Japan are being felt throughout the world.

11 JULY 2012

Japan summons China’s ambassador over islands dispute

Cheng Yonghua, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tokyo on Wednesday and informed by Kenichiro Sasae, the vice foreign minister, that the violation of Japanese territorial waters is « extremely serious » and « unacceptable. » http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9391842/Japan-summons-Chinas-ambassador-over-islands-dispute.html

26 JUNE 2012

Representation lodged to Tokyo over islands

Beijing has lodged a solemn representation to Tokyo over local Japanese lawmakers’ activities in the waters off the Diaoyu Islands, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday 26.

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.

19 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

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

18 JUNE 2012

Beijing and Manila Ease Tensions in South China Sea

Chinese fishing boats near the disputed Scarborough Shoal off the Philippine coast were heading back to port Monday after Philippine vessels withdrew from the same area in a short-term easing of tensions in the South China Sea, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/19/world/asia/beijing-and-manila-ease-tensions-in-south-china-sea.html?_r=1&ref=asia

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

Old maps, which some government officials believe may hold the key to the Philippines’ claim to Scarborough Shoal in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), were the created by foreign missionaries and colonial explorers, making them “personal and unofficial,” according to a report posted on the website of the Chinese Embassy in Makati City.

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

The Philippines yesterday accused China of flaring tensions anew by sending more government and fishing vessels to Scarborough (Panatag) Shoal despite ongoing talks to resolve the two-month-old standoff. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson Raul Hernandez said the number of Chinese vessels at Scarborough Shoal increased to 92 from 77 on Tuesday 22

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

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

28 APRIL 2012

Peace lies beyond the South China Sea horizon

The ongoing standoff between China and the Philippines over the Scarborough Shoal (Huangyan Island in Chinese) is again focusing the international spotlight on the long-standing territorial disputes between China and a number of claimant states in the South China Sea

23 APRIL 2012

Scarborough belongs to PH, old maps show

Old maps dating back to Spanish colonial times may hold the key to the claim of the Philippines to Scarborough Shoal

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

China rejected a request by the Philippines yesterday 18 to take a maritime dispute to an international court, as Beijing sent a major ship to beef up patrols in the South China Sea.

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

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

Great game in the South China Sea

On April 5, Russian energy giant Gazprom plunged into the maritime dispute between Vietnam and China with the announcement it would help state-owned PetroVietnam develop a lucrative off-shore energy field. By taking a major stake in the 5.2 and 5.3 blocks located in the Nam Con Son basin, Gazprom brings both exploration know-how and Russian political clout to the deal

13 APRIL 2012

Will the South China Sea Lead to War?

Russia’s South China Sea Exploration complicates matters even more

Hidden depths in South China Sea tensions

Disputes over the South China Sea must be conducted and solved peacefully. This sentence summarizes most statements released by government officials after bilateral or multilateral meetings on the issue, but also highlights the absence of a real political will and the continuing unpredictability and instability in the region

11 APRIL 2012

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

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

21 MARCH 2012

Beijing to boost surveillance in East and South China Seas

Behind the banner of protecting « territorial sovereignty », a battle is underway for control of natural resources. The Chinese Navy intercepts a Japanese ship, seizes two Vietnamese fishing trawlers off the Paracel Islands. A ransom is asked for the release of their release

17 MARCH 2012

China defends surveillance near Diaoyu Islands

China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday defended recent maritime surveillance activities, describing the activities of patrol boats located near the Diaoyu Islands as « lawful, » following Japan’s accusation that China’s patrol vessel « briefly crossed into its waters. »

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

The Philippines said Wednesday it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas exploration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a fresh Chinese warning

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

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

The Philippines has accused China of intruding into its waters around the disputed Spratly islands after three ships were spotted in December

18 NOVEMBER 2011

China cautions ‘outside forces’ on sea issue

China cautions ‘outside forces’ on sea issue. Wen, who spoke on Friday at the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, gave a veiled warning to the US and others not
to interfere in the sensitive issue.

10 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines roils South China Sea

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

17 OCTOBER 2011

Nations vow to talk on South China Sea

China and Vietnam pledged to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea, and keep calm and restrained rather than take any action that will complicate and expand disputes, according to a joint statement issued on Saturday as Communist Party of Vietnam General Secretary
Nguyen Phu Trong concluded his China visit.

16 OCTOBER 2011

‘China must prevent reckless Indian ambition in S China Sea’

Beijing appears to be upset with the oil and gas exploration deal struck by India and Vietnam in the resource-rich South China Sea with a leading state-run newspaper warning that it was a “reckless attempt to confront China. “Just one day after signing an agreement on ground rules to resolve maritime disputes in Beijing, Hanoi reached an agreement with New Delhi for joint exploration. It is hard to tell if this shows a double-dealing mentality from Hanoi,” Global Times said in a stinging editorial on the just-concluded Indo-Vietnamese pact on oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea

11 OCTOBER 2011

China and Vietnam sign deal on South China Sea dispute

The deal outlines a series of measures, including a hotline to deal with emergencies and a provision for authorities from both countries to meet twice a year.


China warns off Indian ship in South China Sea

India Thursday called for principles of international aw to be respected after an Indian warship sailing near Vietnam was told by China to change course – orders it ignored.

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

The Philippines Wednesday (August 3) dismissed a tough Chinese warning, insisting it would go ahead with plans to explore for oil in the disputed waters.

19 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute

Rival countries have squabbled over territory in the South China Sea for centuries – but a recent upsurge in tension has sparked concern that the area is becoming a flashpoint with global consequences.

7 JULY 2011

Sino-Filipino meeting over South China Sea fails

China’s foreign minister fails to find common ground with the Philippines’ secretary of state who is visiting China. Their discussions centred on the Spratly and Paracel Islands. A huge anti-Chinese demonstration is planned for tomorrow in Manila and the main cities of the United States, Canada and Australia

26 JUNE 2011

Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

20 JUNE 2011

Singapore urges China to clarify South China Seas claim

Singapore has called on China to clarify its claims in the South China Sea following recent confrontations with Vietnam and the Philippines.

15 JUNE 2011

China’s Ominous South China Sea Claims

The confrontation between China and Vietnam is a confrontation over ownership of the whole body of water

Vietnam to continue maritime oil exploration despite China dispute

State-owned oil company Petrovietnam (PVN) said it would continue oil exploration in the South China Sea as planned, state media reported Wednesday (June 15), despite simmering tensions with China.

13 JUNE 2011

Vietnam in live-fire drill amid South China Sea row

Vietnam is holding live-fire drills in the South China Sea amid high tensions with China over disputed waters.

 12 JUNE 2011

Spratlys row a test of Philippine president’s mettle

The celebration on Sunday (June 12) of the 113th anniversary of Philippine independence was resonant with the theme of national sovereignty, but it was drowned out by messages concerning the territorial conflict over disputed islands in the South China Sea, including those claimed
by the Philippines.

10 JUNE 2011

China’s Territorial Disputes with India

8 JUNE 2011

Sea dispute a real test for China

A Chinese point of view:

6 JUNE 2011

The battle for the South China Sea

Who owns the world’s busiest shipping lane and what lies below the surface that is causing growing tensions?http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/countingthecost/2011/06/20116373125702906.html

5 JUNE 2011

China pledges peaceful solution to South China Sea conflict

China pledges a peaceful solution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea after the long-running conflict escalated in recent weeks with allegations of aggressive activity by Chinese vessels.

21 APRIL 2011

Philippines ‘invaded’ Spratlys in 1970s, China tells UN

China countered a Philippine diplomatic protest at the United Nations by saying it has indisputable sovereignty over the Spratly islands that the Southeast Asian country “started to invade” in the 1970s.

11 OCTOBER 2011

China’s South China Sea Claim

Bilateral or multilateral? Internationalisation or de-internationalisation?

For months, concern has been growing over China’s aggressiveness in claiming a major portion of the South China Sea as its own lake, most recently through the deployment of a flotilla of some of its most modern warships into the Spratly archipelago on a three-week military exercise.

2 JUNE 2011

Abide by UN pact, China told

In the face of Beijing’s recalcitrant rejection of Philippine protests over its alleged illegal incursions into the country’s territorial waters, officials on Thursday called on China and other claimants to the Spratly island group to abide by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

29 MAY 2011

Vietnam protests to China over damage to seismic  survey ship

Vietnam protests to China over damage allegedly caused  to a Vietnam seismic survey ship by Chinese patrol vessels.

28 MAY 2011

New clash in South China Sea

Vietnam has accused China of escalating the long-running dispute over control of the South China Sea after three Chinese patrol boats confronted and damaged an oil exploration ship operated by PetroVietnam, the state-owned oil and gas company.

China reprimands Vietnam over offshore oil exploration

China  criticized Vietnam on Saturday for its offshore exploration of oil and gas in  the contested South China Sea after Hanoi complained that three Chinese patrol  boats had challenged a Vietnamese ship.


Protests in Tokyo follow appearance of video  showing Chinese boat’s collision with coastguard vessels on September 7


Here is one of the videos

11 OCTOBER 2010

China’s South China Sea Claim

Bilateral or multilateral? Internationalisation or  de-internationalisation?

For months, concern has been growing over China’s  aggressiveness in claiming a major portion of the South China Sea as its own
lake, most recently through the deployment of a flotilla of some of its most  modern warships into the Spratly archipelago on a three-week military exercise.


Calculated ambiguity in the South  China Sea

Where China claims to many places in the South China Sea, such as the Nansha, Xisha and Zongsha islands, other claimants – including Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and the Philippines – have  competing claims to island groups and individual islands. They are referred to variously  as the Spratly

12 MAY 2009

China asserts sea border claims on South China  Sea

A UN commission hoping to agree new maritime  boundaries looks set to pit China against some of its neighbours.  China claims that a series of island chains  in the South China Sea are part of its sovereign territory – but so do several  other countries

(see map below)



North and South Korea relations

8 MARCH 2018

Paralympic Games: ‘No joint Korean march’ amid flag dispute

The two Koreas will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, officials in the South have said

7 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon says sanctions on North to stay, too early to be optimistic

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (Mar 7) sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit between the two sides as Chinese state media repeated Beijing’s line that talks are the only way to end the nuclear standoff

6 MARCH 2018

Two Koreas to hold summit in late April
In stunning and unexpected announcement late Tuesday, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to a deal that could see South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet for a rare leaders’ summit at the two countries’ heavily armed border next month

5 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meets South Korean envoys

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a dinner for senior South Korean delegates – the first time officials from Seoul have met the young leader since he took office in 2011

23 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate general

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution

22 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea’s closing Olympics delegation will be led by General Kim Yong-chol, blamed for deadly ship sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors

North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

South Korea has approved a record budget of more than two and a half million dollars to bankroll the hosting of hundreds of North Koreans during the Winter Olympics

10 FEBRUARY 2018

N.Korean leader invites S.Korea’s Moon to the North

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of a new and accelerated diplomatic warming between the two countries


Kim Jong-un wants to show the world he is sincere about improving South Korea ties

Video of Juliette Morillot interview


North Korea sends Winter Olympics propaganda posters featuring mascots to Seoul

Propaganda leaflets from North Korea marking the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics have been found in the mountains in the South Korean capital, Seoul

29 JANUARY 2018

North Korea has cancelled joint cultural performance with South Korea ahead of Winter Olympics

North Korea has cancelled a joint cultural performance with South Korea, accusing southern media of encouraging “insulting” public sentiment towards the North, South Korea’s unification ministry said

23 JANUARY 2018

DPRK accuses S. Korea of torching national flag, leader’s photo

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday accused South Korean conservative forces of torching the DPRK flag and a photograph of its top leader Kim Jong Un

20 JANUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February

17 JANUARY 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (Jan 17) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women’s ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula

9 JANUARY 2018

Koreas agree military talks to defuse border tension

North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks to defuse border tension, after their first high-level meeting in two years

5 JANUARY 2018

Koreas Agree to High-Level Talks, Meeting Scheduled for Jan 9

North and South Korea have officially announced they will hold bilateral talks on improving relations next week. They will be the first such talks between the two nations since December 2015

3 JANUARY 2018

North Korea restores hotline with South Korea

North Korea has reopened a suspended border hotline with South Korea, a day after Seoul offered high-level talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics

2 JANUARY 2018

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North on Olympics cooperation

South Korea has proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un called for a breakthrough in relations and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics


North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says ‘open to dialogue’ with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened

Kim Jong Un on Monday (Jan 1) warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul

21 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to create special ‘dronebot combat’ team in 2018 that could target Kim Jong Un

South Korea’s army is preparing a special unit that would use drone swarms in combat, and it is expected to become operational next year and could target the North’s missile, nuclear and other military activities


Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations

14 AUGUST 2017

South Korea’s president urges calm on North Korea, says war unthinkable

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for calm on Monday in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula

21 JULY 2017

No military talks after DPRK snubs ROK’s call

The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for dialogue

17 JULY 2017

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea to ease border tensions

South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, and said the two sides should discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarised border

26 JUNE 2017

Ex-South Korean President Park ‘plotted to kill N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un’

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was making plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Ex-president Park signed a document approving a « leadership change » in North Korea back in 2015

13 JUNE 2017

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back

23 MAY 2017

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

South Korea’s military fires warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”

7 APRIL 2017

North and South Korea face off in historic football match in Pyongyang

Korea’s flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday as the women’s football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north

11 DECEMBER 2016

How does North Korea’s Kim react to crisis in the South? He blows up the ‘Blue House’

Pyongyang’s obvious delight in the impeachment of ‘vegetable president’ Park Geun-hye has some in Seoul concerned the North may take advantage of the political crisis


North may have hacked South’s cyber command

North Korea may have hacked into the South’s cyber command, which would be the first time it has been compromised, according to an official of the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday

1 OCTOBER 2016

South Korean president Park Geun Hye urges North Koreans to defect

South Korean President Park Geun Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday (Oct 1) and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South


South Korea has plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

South Korea may launch a special forces unit to assassinate the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, Defence Minister Han Min Koo has said


South Korea ready to raze Pyongyang to the ground in case of nuke attack, military source says

South Korea has prepared a pre-emptive strike plan to obliterate the North Korean capital Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case the North shows any signs of launching a nuclear attack, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday, quoting a military source in Seoul

27 APRIL 2016

South Korean patrol boat fires five warning shots to drive off North Korean intruders

A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots Friday after a North Korean patrol boat and fishing boat crossed the countries’ disputed maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said

24 APRIL 2016

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

From now on, for South Korea, the big stick would be brandished to force North Korea to renounce its nuclear ambitions.

12 MARCH 2013

DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that the military will prepare for « preemptive retaliation strikes » as ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States continue

8 MARCH 2016

South Korea slaps new sanctions on Pyongyang in wake of nuclear test and rocket launch

Seoul has said it will sanction new individuals and organizations in response to Pyongyang’s recent actions. The announcement comes a day after the US and South Korea began their largest military exercise in history.

21 FEBRUARY 2016

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week.

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Korea expels all S. Koreans in Kaesong Industrial Complex, freezes all assets held by S. Korean companies in comple

North Korea says it is kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and freezing the assets of companies operating there, calling the South’s move to suspend operations a « declaration of war ».

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.


South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean vessel one day after North’s rocket launch

The South Korean navy has fired several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident came one day after the North launched a long-range rocket

7 JANUARY 2016

North Korea nuclear test: South restricts entry to Kaesong industrial zone, to resume propaganda broadcasts

South Korea is to impose partial restrictions on entry to a joint industrial complex and will resume loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts a day after the North shocked the world with its fourth nuclear test

6 JANUARY 2016

Korean defense ministry rejects N. Korea’s H-bomb test claim

South Korea’s defense ministry says it has upped its defense readiness and is keeping a close eye on any unusual movement north of the border. It also says it is working in close coordination with the U.S. « In close collaboration under the South Korea-U.S. alliance and with the international community, our military will take necessary measures to make North Korea pay for the nuclear test. »

11 DECEMBER 2015

North and South Korea hold talks to boost ties

North and South Korea have held high-level talks at a North Korean border town, aiming to ease tensions and improve ties that degenerated after a military standoff in August.

26 NOVEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month

The two Koreas agreed on Thursday (Nov 26) to hold a rare high-level dialogue next month, in line with an accord struck in August aimed at easing cross-border tensions

23 NOVEMBER 2015

North Korea threatens ‘merciless retaliation’ against South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang vows to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul hold fire drills near the border on the anniversary

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Koreas agree to hold talks next week

South and North Korea agreed to hold a preparatory meeting on Nov. 26 for high-level talks in line with their agreement on Aug. 25, the Ministry of Unification said Friday

25 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea’s navy fires warning shots at North Korean patrol boat near disputed maritime border

South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat near the rivals’ disputed maritime border, where sailors on both sides have been killed in past exchanges of fire

20 OCTOBER 2015

Koreans reunite during tearful family meeting, 60 years after separation by war

Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans have reunited with family members in North Korea, in a tearful meeting more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War


Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korean missile issue

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile


North, South Korea agree to family reunion in October after breakthrough in marathon talks

 North and South Korea agree to hold a reunion in October for families separated by the Korean War at Mount Kumgang resort, following all-night talks between the two sides.


24 AUGUST 2015

North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement after talks

South Korea will stop anti-North Korea loudspeaker broadcasts on “condition of no abnormal situations,” as North Korea issues “regret” for recent “provocations” and promises they won’t recur, Yonhap News Agency said

22 AUGUST 2015

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

High level officials from the two Koreas are holding talks in a bid to ease tensions, after the passing of a North Korean-imposed deadline for the South, to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border

20 AUGUST 2015

South Korea fires shells in response to suspected North Korea rocket attack

South Korea fires dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, believed to be aimed at a loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts

15  AUGUST 2015

Stop loudspeaker broadcasts or face retaliation, N Korea tells Seoul

North Korea has demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul’s accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers

11 AUGUST 2015

South vows retaliation against NK mine attack

South Korea blamed North Korea for landmine blasts that wounded two soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) last week, vowing to make the reclusive regime pay « a harsh price, »

8 AUGUST 2015

Kim Dae-jung’s widow returns from North Korea

The widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung has returned from North Korea. She reportedly did not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during her visit

5 AUGUST 2015

South Korean ex-first lady in ‘peace visit’ to North

The widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has travelled to the North, hoping to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula

17 JULY 2015

 Seoul invites N.K. to September security forum

South Korea’s Defense Ministry invited North Korea’s vice minister-level officials Friday to attend its annual high-level security forum, slated for September, setting the stage for cross-border defense dialogue

North envoys storm out of Kaesong talks

Multiple rounds of negotiations between the two Koreas on wages and other issues involving the Kaesong Industrial Complex collapsed early Friday morning after North Korea’s envoys stormed off. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3006774

23 JUNE 2015

North Korea sentences two South Korean men to life

North Korea Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labour for life on espionage and other charges, state media reported, rejecting repeated calls by Seoul to release them
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150623_47.html http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/23/world/north-korea-men-sentenced-spying/index.html

24 MAY 2015

Women peace activists cross North-South Korea border

A group of women activists have made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea in a move aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation on the divided peninsula http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/women-peace-activists-cross-north-south-korea-border-150524044729768.html

27 MARCH 2015

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals

26 MARCH 2015

North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean spies

North Korea said late on Thursday it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea

11 MARCH 2015

Factory owners jittery over salary dispute between North, South Korea

A salary dispute between North and South Korea has sent jitters through factory owners operating at an industrial complex that is supposed to be a symbol of cooperation for the divided Korean peninsula

1 JANUARY 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a proposal in a New Year address Thursday for a summit with President Park Geun-hye as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule

29 DECEMBER 2014

Seoul offers high-level talks with N. Korea

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss the issues of separated families, humanitarian aid, economic cooperation and joint projects that could help lay the groundwork for unification

22 OCTOBER 2014

South Korea scraps ‘Christmas tree’ tower hated by North

South Korea had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang.

19 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange fire over border’

North Korean troops approached the demarcation line separating the two sides, prompting South Korean soldiers to fire warning shots, officials said.

15 OCTOBER 2014

Korean generals hold military talks

Generals from North and South Korea have held military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported.

11 OCTOBER 2014

North Korean state media warn talks with the South in danger

North Korea’s state media said on Saturday that expected talks with the South to try to improve ties between the rivals were in danger of being cancelled because authorities in Seoul allowed a group to send leaflets hostile to Pyongyang

10 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange land border fire’

The incident came as South Korean activists launched balloons containing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

5 OCTOBER 2014

More S.Koreans Than Ever Support Reunification

In the survey of 1,200 people by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, some 55.9 percent said reunification is in South Korea’s interest, the most since the poll started in 2007 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/10/02/2014100201109.html

4 OCTOBER 2014

North, South Korea agree to talks during surprise visit

North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks after top Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games on Saturday, raising hopes for improved ties between the arch rivals.


Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.

At the U.N., Park presented her vision of Korean unification to leaders from more than 140 countries gathered for the annual meeting, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, and called for their support to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. She also pressed Japan by addressing the thorny issue of sex slavery during World War II


S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.


 South Korean fisherman finds possible North drone

A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said.

29 AUGUST 2014

How to solve the divided families between South and North Korea?

According to official statistics produced by the Ministry of Unification, as of 30th June 2014 there were 129,553 South Koreans registered as ‘members of divided families’. This is an official status and it means that the registered person is eligible to apply for a family reunion with their relatives in the North

22 AUGUST 2014

South Korea’s Limited Options for Engaging Pyongyang

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang.

18 JULY 2014

North and South Korea: can Seoul’s plans for reunification work?

Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea’s president continues to push it as a key policy goal

18 JULY 2014

North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South

North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part

29 JUNE 2014

Pyongyang proposes « peace » to Seoul because it fears Beijing

A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally

22 MAY 2014

Koreas exchange fire in disputed waters

North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks

20 MAY 2014

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said


12 MAY 2014

South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’

South Korea is continuing an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea “must disappear soon.”


27 APRIL 2014

North Korea labels South’s president as ‘crafty prostitute’ after Obama visit

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to « crafty prostitute » in thrall to her « pimp » Barack Obama.



14 APRIL 2014

N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South

North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of « fabricating » a link in order to smear Pyongyang

12 APRIL 2014

N. Korea blasts reunification offer as ‘psychopath’s daydream’

North Korea on Saturday blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the « daydream of a psychopath »

4 APRIL 2014

North Korea launches misogynist tirade against South Korean president

While the North’s propaganda is often vitriolic, the highly personalised and sexist nature of the attack – the latest salvo is titled: « We accuse Park the bitch » – is more unusual

South Korea finds images of presidential residence on Kim Jong-un’s drones

Two North Korean drones that crashed in South Korea had taken hundreds of aerial photos of military installations as well as the official residence of President Park Guen-hye, authorities in Seoul have revealed

3 APRIL 2014

Alleged N. Korean Drones Fly Over Seoul Presidential House

South Korea has acknowledged a surveillance drone, likely operated by North Korea, flew over the presidential palace in Seoul and took several pictures, before crashing near the border


1 APRIL 2014

Breathless in North Korea

For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.


31 MARCH 2014

South Korea fires back at North after artillery shells land in disputed waters

South Korea has returned 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

29 MARCH 2014

N. Korea warns of « war » over S. Korea’s anti-Pyongyang leaflets

North Korea said Saturday its relations with South Korea had been driven into a « catastrophic » phase again, warning the South’s scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war

28 MARCH 2014

Pyongyang slams South Korean President over nuclear remarks

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye over comments she made about the country’s nuclear program, accusing her of « blabbering » like a « peasant woman. »


6 MARCH 2014

N. Korea rejects South request for family reunion talks

North Korea on Thursday rejected Seoul’s request for talks on reunions for families separated by the Korean War, further souring the mood after a recent upswing in cross-border ties


4 MARCH 2014

Seoul asks Pyongyang to hold family reunifications on “regular basis »

The president of South reminds his Northern counterpart that « time passes everyone » and asks that war separated families be allowed to see each other on a regular basis before it’s too late


28 FEBRUARY 2014

N. Korea snubs South request on detained missionary

North Korea on Friday refused to entertain an official request from Seoul to release a South Korean missionary arrested four months ago on espionage charges


25 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification drive

South Korean President Park Geun Hye vowed Tuesday to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification, building on a recent thaw in cross-border ties despite the North’s anger over South-US military drills.

24 FEBRUARY 2014

N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea

South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.

20 FEBRUARY 2014

North and South Korea hold first family reunion in three years

Families torn apart for more than 60 years — separated by the Korean War — began to reunite at a mountain resort in North Korea

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Koreas take first steps towards building mutual trust

North and South Korea will hold a new round of family reunions, while putting an end to slander as a first step to building mutual trust

13 FEBRUARY 2014

No agreement reached at inter-Korean dialogue

The two Koreas failed to reach an agreement during their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday due to differences over planned Seoul-Washington military drills During the 12-hour marathon talks, the North “constantly demanded” Seoul’s postponement of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises until after the event. The joint South Korea-US drills are scheduled to begin February 24


12 FEBRUARY 2014

North, South Korea hold first high-level talks since 2007

North and South Korean officials held their highest-level talks since 2007 on Wednesday, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War.

N. Korea Demands Pay Raise for Kaesong Workers

North Korea is demanding a pay raise for at least some of its workers in the special Kaesong industrial complex, where South Korean firms manufacture products using labor provided by Pyongyang



Pyongyang backpedals: Seoul must cancel ‘war games’ with US or no family reunions

The powerful National Defense Commission, the highest executive body led by dictator Kim Jong-un, has issued a statement calling on the South to cancel military exercises: « Dialogue and exercises of war of aggression cannot go hand in hand ». Yesterday, during bilateral talks, no objections were expressed


North and South Korea Set Dates for Family Reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold family reunions later this month in which hundreds of elderly relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades.


North Korea Agrees to Talks on Reunions

North Korea agreed on Monday to hold border talks with South Korea this week to discuss arranging reunions where relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades, officials here said.

27 JANUARY 2014

S. Korea offers North dates for family reunions

South Korea proposed Monday holding family reunions for those separated by the Korean War in mid-February, ahead of joint military drills with the United States that North Korea wants cancelled



24 JANUARY 2014

North Korea proposes family reunions with South

North Koreahas made a sudden proposal for the resumption of reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying the programme could help improve cross-border ties.

9 JANUARY 2014

N Korea rejects Seoul’s call for reunions

Pyongyang has rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War, citing Seoul’s planned joint military exercises with the United States as a major barrier.

20 DECEMBER 2013

North Korea threatens to strike South

North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea « without notice » in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies earlier this week, officials said.

12 NOVEMBER 2013

N. Korea slams President Park for fueling inter-Korean tensions

North Korea slammed President Park Geun-hye Tuesday for fueling tensions with provocative anti-Pyongyang remarks made during her recent trip to Europe. The North’s Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement issued by an unidentified spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), referred to Park by name and accused her of being a hypocrite and only focused on maintaining a confrontational stance with the DPRK.



North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ action to stop kidnapping

North Korea on Friday warned of « merciless » action to stop the alleged abduction of its citizens by South Korean spy agents and activists.


North Korea Accepts Seoul’s Call for Kaesong Talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea’s offer to hold working-level talks next week to improve the competitiveness of the joint industrial park in Kaesong.



N. Korea accuses S. Korea president of ‘moral vulgarity’

North Korea accused South Korean President Park Geun-Hye of « moral vulgarity » Wednesday after she suggested she was ready to hold a summit with its leader Kim Jong-Un at any time.




2 S. Korean firms withdraw from inter-Korean factory park

Two South Korean companies with factories at the inter-Korean factory park in Gaeseong have decided to close operations in the face of unfavorable business conditions, sources said Tuesday.



Park open to meeting N.K. leader

President Park Geun-hye said she was open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at any time if it is necessary for peace on the Korean Peninsula, indicating a softer approach to the belligerent regime that remains fickle with the South.


30 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korean MPs make rare crossing to North

A group of South Korean lawmakers crossed the fortified border into North Korea Wednesday to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure.

25 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea repatriates South Korean citizens at DMZ

North Korea repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily defended border crossing on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said, in a rare humanitarian gesture amid persistent tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.

24 OCTOBER 2013

Pyongyang accepts South lawmakers’ visit to Gaeseong

North Korea on Thursday accepted a request by South Korean lawmakers to visit Gaeseong, raising hopes that momentum will pick up for the joint factory park whose recently resumed operations are suffering after a five-month freeze.

21 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea warns of ‘merciless firing’ against S. Korea

North Korea on Monday warned of « merciless firing » against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.


15 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea keeping over 500 South Koreans prisoner – including plane crew hijacked 35 years ago

A South Korean politician has said that the return of 516 citizens being held by North Korea for up to 60 years is ‘the top priority’ of the government in Seoul.


4 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea Condemns North’s ‘Insult’ of President Park

South Korea is lashing back at North Korea for comments made about South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The statement issued by the North’s National Defense Commission (NDC) contained a rare attack on South Korea’s president by name

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference


N Korea postpones family reunions with South

In a blow to improving relations between the two Koreas, North Korea has ordered the indefinite postponement of a planned resumption of family reunions.


Gaeseong park begins test-run as Koreas discuss sustainable growth

An inter-Korean factory zone in North Korea began its trial-run production on Monday after a five-month hiatus, as the two Koreas discuss ways to ensure sustainable growth of the joint economic venture. More than half of the 123 South Korean firms with factories at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North’s eponymous city were set to start trial operations, with the aim of fully normalizing operations thereafter, and have asked North Korean workers to report to work



Koreas Agree to Reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their joint industrial complex at Kaesong after Pyongyang agreed to meet Seoul’s key demands. North Korea unilaterally shut down the factory zone in April but under a deal reached Wednesday will allow joint management and, for the first time, invite foreign investors

North Korean hackers suspected of cyber-espionage attack on South

North Korean hackers are suspected of launching a covert cyber-espionage campaign against the South Korean government in an attempt to steal highly classified intelligence on defence and security.



Koreas stuck on when to reopen factory park, agree on future talks

The two Koreas failed Monday 2 to agree on the reopening date of the joint industrial complex in North Korea’s border town of Gaeseong, but agreed to meet again later this week.



Koreas hold first talks on reopening industrial park

North and South Korea held the first meeting Monday of a committee tasked with reopening their Kaesong joint industrial zone — five months after it was shut down amid soaring military tensions.

S. Korea offers $6.3 mn in aid for North via WHO

South Korea announced Monday $6.3 million in humanitarian funding for North Korea through the World Health Organisation, the second such aid package in just over a month.


26 AUGUST 2013

Preparation for cultural integration of two Koreas crucial

It is never too soon to start preparing for cultural integration of the two Koreas post-reunification, which is likely to entail heavy social conflict, according to President Park Geun-hye’s top cultural adviser.“In the last 60 years that the two Koreas have been in confrontation, we have witnessed not only our language but also our customs and culture changing drastically from one another. Such sense of difference can aggravate the conflict if the two Koreas unexpectedly reunify,” Kim Dong-ho, 76, a policymaker-turned-film guru said in an interview with The Korea Herald.


23 AUGUST 2013

North and South Korea set date for family reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to allow reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 war, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul and Washington with missile strikes and nuclear war.

20 AUGUST 2013

S. Korea agrees talks on resuming cross-border tours

South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold talks with North Korea about resuming tours to a scenic resort in the North after a five-year suspension.


19 AUGUST 2013

Seoul demands family reunions, tours be discussed separately

Seoul on Monday reiterated its demand to separate the issues of reunions of divided families and stalled tours to Mount Geumgang as a cash-strapped Pyongyang seeks to link them to reopen the lucrative resort program.

18 AUGUST 2013

North Korea agrees to family reunions with South

North Korea has agreed to a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-1953 war, official media in Pyongyang say.

17 AUGUST 2013

Why do China and South Korea trade with North Korea?

South Korea and China have maintained trade with North Korea as a means of enhancing their prosperity and security.


16 AUGUST 2013

Seoul offers Aug. 23 talks on family reunions with North Korea

South Korea on Friday proposed holding talks with the North next week to arrange the first reunions of separated families in nearly three years in September.


14 AUGUST 2013

Koreas ‘reach deal’ to re-open Kaesong industrial zone

North and South Korean officials have reached an agreement about re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, officials from Seoul say.




7 AUGUST 2013

North Korea says it wants to reopen joint industrial zone with South

North Korea pledged Wednesday to take steps to reopen the Kaesong Industrial Zone, the joint manufacturing complex where it halted the operations of South Korean companies during a period of high tensions this year.

28 JULY 2013

S. Korea makes final offer for Gaeseong talks

Seoul on Sunday proposed what it said would be the “last offer” for talks with Pyongyang over the normalisation of the joint industrial park in Gaeseong, raising pressure on the North to offer clear assurances to prevent its unilateral closure.


26 JULY 2013

Seoul toughens stance on Gaeseong

South Korea on Friday vowed no let-up in its fierce pressure on Pyongyang to formally accept responsibility for the shutdown of the Gaeseong industrial town and pledge not to close it again.


19 JULY 2013

North and South Korean women’s football teams to meet in East Asian Cup

The North Korean women’s football team hold their first training session on Friday, ahead of their East Asian Cup encounter with neighbours South Korea. The last time a North Korean sport team visited South Korea for a sports competition was when the North Korean men’s football team visited Seoul in 2009 to compete against the South Korean team in a World Cup qualifier


17 JULY 2013

Two Koreas fail to agree on reviving joint factory estate

A fourth round of talks about the complex again ended without agreement, but the two sides will meet again next Monday, said Seoul’s chief delegate Kim Ki-Woong.                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/360252/two-koreas-fail-to-agree-on-reviving-joint-factory-estate

10 JULY 2013

Two Koreas fail to narrow differences over Gaeseong

The two Koreas failed to narrow their differences over how to reopen the idle joint industrial zone during a second round of negotiations in Gaeseong on Wednesday.                        http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130710001041                     http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013710141032850187.html

7 JULY 2013

Kaesong talks: North and South Korea reach agreement

North and South Korea agreed early on Sunday to take steps to reopen a jointly run industrial park after 16 hours of talks. The agreement marks a crucial step forward in winding down months of high tension between the two rivals.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23208617                                      http://www.france24.com/en/20130707-koreas-agree-desire-reopen-joint-factory-park-kaesong-talks-south-north

6 JULY 2013

Koreas hold rare meeting to discuss joint factory park

Delegates from North and South Korea began talks Saturday on re-opening the Kaesong joint industrial zone, which had been seen as the last remaining symbol of cross-border reconciliation. The factory park was closed in April amid rising tensions.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130706-koreas-rare-meeting-discuss-joint-factory-park-kaesong-north-south                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10163704/Koreas-hold-talks-over-reopening-Kaesong-industrial-zone.html

4 JULY 2013

Rival Koreas agree to talks over factory park

North and South Korea have agreed to hold talks aimed at reopening a jointly-run factory complex three weeks after their last attempt at dialogue collapsed.                                         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/201374133245775953.html

11 JUNE 2013

Dialogue Between North and South Korea Collapses

An agreement between North and South Korea to hold high-level government talks this week collapsed in a last-minute dispute over who should lead their delegations                                                 http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/world/asia/dialogue-between-north-and-south-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                                                                               http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/11/north-korea-cancels-talks-south

10 JUNE 2013

Koreas agree on ministerial talks on Wednesday

Working-level delegates of the two Koreas met in the border truce village on Sunday and confirmed their plan to hold ministerial talks on Wednesday in Seoul to put their strained relations back on track.                                                                                  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130609000357                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/north-south-korea-agree-to-more-talks/1678522.html

9 JUNE 2013

North and South Korea hold official talks

North and South Korean officials have sat down for their first talks in years, confronting decades of mutual distrust in a search for some positive end to months of soaring military tensions.                                                                                                                                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136914653947578.html           http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-talks/1678118.html

6 JUNE 2013

North and South Korea ‘agree Kaesong talks’

South Korea has accepted an offer to hold talks on joint commercial projects from the North, pointing to a restoration of communication channels between the two countries. Pyongyang said Seoul could set the date.                                                              http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/06/koreas-to-hold-talks-over-kaesong/                                 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22793424                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/20136632935691191.html

28 MAY 2013

N. Korea to allow managers to visit Kaesong complex

North Korea said Tuesday it would allow South Korean managers to visit the Kaesong joint economic zone but declined to enter into talks with Seoul on re-opening the complex, which was closed in April amid heightened tensions on the peninsula. http://www.france24.com/en/20130528-north-korea-allow-manager-visits-kaesong-complex                                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/n-korea-invites-s-korean-businesses-for-talks-on-kaesong/1669553.html

6 MAY 2013

South Korea rejects North demands

South Korea has dismissed an « incomprehensible » list of North Korean demands for reviving suspended operations at a jointly-run industrial park.                                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135632432956894.html

5 MAY 2013

North Korea Sets Conditions for Reopening Kaesong

North Korea has set conditions for the revival of the jointly-run Kaesong industrial park, which has suspended operations amid escalating tensions. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency quoted a spokesman from the powerful National Defense Commission Sunday as saying that South Korea should stop all hostile acts and military provocation if it is truly worried about Kaesong’s future. http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-sets-conditions-for-reopening-kaesong/1654810.html

26 APRIL 2013

South Korea to pull out citizens from joint industrial zone after North snubs talks

Troubled relations between North and South Korea suffered a fresh blow Friday after Seoul decided to withdraw all its remaining citizens from the manufacturing zone jointly operated by the two.                                                                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/26/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/26/south-korea-pulls-out-all-workers-from-industrial-zone-in-north/

25 APRIL 2013

North Korea: South warns of ‘grave measures’ if it rejects Kaesong talks

South Korea has warned of « grave measures » if their Northern neighbours rejects talks on the Kaesong industrial park, which has been closed for nearly a month.                                                                                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10017546/North-Korea-South-warns-of-grave-measures-if-it-rejects-Kaesong-talks.html                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22289659

18 APRIL 2013

North Korea lists demands for talks

North Korea has demanded the withdrawal of UN sanctions and the end of US-South Korea military drills as conditions for resuming talks with Seoul and Washington.                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201341883956213774.html                                             http://www.voanews.com/content/nkorea-to-us-no-talks-without-removal-of-sanctions/1643893.html                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/18/north-korea-conditions-us-talks

17 APRIL 2013

South Korean workers leave Kaesong

Kaesong opened in 2004 as part of a so-called sunshine policy of engagement and optimism between the two Koreas, still technically at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce – but not a treaty.                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/17/south-korean-workers-leave-kaesong/

16 APRIL 2013

New threat from North Korea

North Korea has fired off new threats to South Korea vowing “sledge hammer blows” of retaliation. The anger was sparked by reported anti-North Korean protests in the South on Monday as their neighbours celebrated the birth of its founding leader. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/16/new-threats-from-north-korea/                              http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/16/17782957-north-korea-vows-sledge-hammer-blows-of-retaliation-over-protests-in-south?lite

15 APRIL 2013

South Korea demonstrates against nuclear threat from Kim Jong-un

Around 300 protesters converged on Seoul to burn effigies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the nation’s founder Kim Il-sung on the 101st anniversary of his birth. http://www.euronews.com/news/asia/ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9995947/North-Koreans-mark-Kim-Il-sungs-101st-birthday-with-flowers-and-music.html

14 APRIL 2013

N Korea dismisses South’s dialogue offer on Kaesong

North Korea dismissed on Sunday the South’s offer for dialogue on the future of the Kaesong joint industrial zone, calling the offer an « empty » political gesture.                                                                                                           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-dismisses-south-s/637922.html              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9993017/North-Korea-rejects-talks-with-South.html

12 APRIL 2013

Seoul, Washington offer dialogue with North Korea

Tension on the Korean Peninsula took a new twist Friday as South Korea and the U.S. offered an olive branch to North Korea to defuse the security crisis through dialogue                                                                                                     http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130412000725

11 APRIL 2013

Seoul urges Pyongyang to negotiate

South Korea called on North Korea to come to the bargaining table, Thursday, to discuss the resumption of operations at the joint industrial park in Gaeseong.                                                                      http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/04/116_133770.html

9 APRIL 2013

North Korea warns foreigners to leave South

North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to leave the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang.                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17666065-north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-leave-south?lite                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9980992/North-Korea-urges-foreigners-to-leave-the-South.html                                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/09/north-korea-warns-foreigners-to-evacuate-the-south/

8 APRIL 2013

N Korea pulls workers out of Kaesong industrial zone

North Korea said on Monday it was withdrawing all workers and suspending operations at its joint industrial zone with South Korea — the only surviving symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.                                                      http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/n-korea-pulls-workers-out/631414.html                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130408-north-south-korea-suspend-cooperation-kaesong-complex                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22065348

5 APRIL 2013

How a North Korean Attack on South Korea Might Unfold

What if the North Koreans grew desperate enough to attempt to conquer only the portions of South Korea closest to them — which are also the most valuable?                                       http://www.fpif.org/blog/what_a_north_korean_attack_on_south_korea_might_look_like

3 APRIL 2013

North Korea Blocks Workers From South at Border

North Korea blocked South Koreans on Wednesday from crossing the heavily armed border to a jointly-operated industrial park, raising doubt about the future of the last remaining major symbol of inter-Korean cooperation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/world/asia/north-korea-blocks-workers-from-south-at-border.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/20134304954907439.html

1 APRIL 2013

South Korea warns North of ‘strong response’ to any attack

The South Korean president on Monday warned North Korea that any provocative moves will be met with « a strong response » as the United States deployed stealth fighter jets in the tense region as part of joint military exercises. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/01/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1         http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/south-korea-promises-strong-response-to-threats-from-north/                                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/2013414483571148.html

30 MARCH 2013

North Korea Threatens to Close Factories It Runs With South

North Korean, reiterating that it considered the Korean Peninsula back in “a state of war,” threatened Saturday to shut down a factory complex it jointly operates with South Korea and that stands as the last significant symbol of cooperation.   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/31/north-korea-launches-economic-threat/  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/31/world/asia/north-korean-sites-are-down-in-possible-cyberattacks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 MARCH 2013

North Korea says it is in ‘state of war’ with South

« From this time on, the North-South relations will be entering the state of war and all issues raised between the North and the South will be handled accordingly, » a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/30/north-korea-state-war-south-korea                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013330031388862.html                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21979127

South Korea Warns North of Punishment Should War Declaration Go Beyond Words

South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense has issued a statement calling on Pyongyang to stop making what it calls unacceptable threats.                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-tensions/1631570.html                                               http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/30/north-korea-s-war-threats-are-unacceptable-says-seoul/

29 MARCH 2013

N Korea ‘readies’ rockets to strike US bases

North Korea’s leader has responded to America’s use of nuclear-capable B-2 bombers in joint South Korean military drills with more angry rhetoric, saying his rocket forces are ready to attack US positions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013328222926559483.html                     http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130329000137            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9961077/North-Koreans-stage-mass-rally-in-support-of-Kim-Jong-uns-call-to-arms.html                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreans-rally-to-support-threat-of-military-strike/1630983.html

28 MARCH 2013

North Korea still working with South

Get soldiers to action stations but keep the border factories running. These are North Korea’s priorities as the Stalinist state threatens to launch war on all enemies within reach.                                                                                                                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/28/north-korea-still-working-with-south/

27 MARCH 2013

N Korea severs military hotline with South

Pyongyang cuts off last direct communication link between two countries, and warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                   http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/

North Korea warns of ‘simmering nuclear war’

North Korea has again threatened war against South Korea and the United States, saying conditions « for a simmering nuclear war » have been created on the peninsula.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133274430576757.html                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/27/north-korea-in-nuclear-hysterics/

25 MARCH 203

US, South Korea Announce New Counter-Attack Plan

South Korean defense officials say a new contingency plan with the U.S. military will allow them to immediately and decisively counter any fresh provocations from North Korea.                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-announce-new-counter-attack-plan/1627869.html
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130324000289                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201332575556586193.html

22 MARCH 2013

After nuclear tests, Seoul authorizes humanitarian shipments to the North

South Korea this morning approved the first shipment of humanitarian aid to North Korea since military tensions and Pyongyang’s provocations forced Seoul to stop all cooperation.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.asianews.it/news-en/After-nuclear-tests,-Seoul-authorises-humanitarian-shipments-to-the-North-27471.html

16 MARCH 2013

North Korea tells South to leave islands

A North Korean propaganda website has warned of strikes against Southern islands and advised residents to leave.                                                          http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21814416

12 MARCH 2013

North Korea threatens to attack South island

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has threatened to « wipe out » a South Korean island as Pyongyang came under new economic and diplomatic fire from US sanctions and UN charges of gross rights abuses.                                                                                             http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013312101014475983.html             http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259428/1/.html

8 MARCH 2013

China warns against Korea escalation

China has appealed for calm on the Korean peninsula, hours after North Korea said it had scrapped all peace pacts with the South and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes.                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21713340

North Korea ends peace pacts with South

North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and shutting their shared border point.                                                                                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21709917

6 MARCH 2014

S. Korea Vows Retaliation if North Breaks Truce

South Korea is responding firmly to North Korea’s threat to abrogate next Monday the peninsula’s truce agreement and resume military action. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/06/17206704-south-korea-well-strike-back-at-north-if-attacked?lite                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-vois-retaliation-if-nkorea-breaks-truce/1616057.html

28 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea vows active support of U.N. probe into North Korean rights abuses

South Korea’s decision to support a United Nations investigation into human rights abuses by North Korea signals that Seoul’s new conservative administration is willing to pressure its neighbor on such issues — even if it hurts the chances for engagement. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-vows-active-support-of-un-probe-into-north-korean-rights-abuses/2013/02/28/5a7c14c0-8194-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korea first female president urges North to drop atomic ambitions

South Korea’s new president Park Geun-hye has urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test.                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/25/south-korea-first-female-president-urges-north-to-drop-atomic-ambitions/

19 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea threatens « final destruction » of South Korea

North Korean diplomat Jon Yong Ryong told the meeting in Geneva that « South Korea’s erratic behaviour would only herald its final destruction ».                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/19/north-korea-threatens-destroy-south-korea                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21510479                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9880727/North-Korea-envoy-warns-South-of-final-destruction.html

14 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2013

N.K. warns ‘slightest incident’ could lead to war

North Korea said Wednesday the situation on the Korean Peninsula was so serious that even the “slightest accidental incident” could lead to an all-out war.                                                                                                                                                                            http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130213001136

12 FEBRUARY 2013

South Korean protestors call for North Korea to be ‘punished’ as Seoul government enters emergency mode

In Seoul, South Korea, activists burnt the North Korean flag – at a rally against the neighbouring country’s nuclear test on February 12. http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/south-korean-protesters-call-for-north-korea-to-be-punished/                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-government-enters-emergency-mode-42643.html

31 JANUARY 2013

S. Korea warns North against nuclear test

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak held an emergency security meeting Thursday that warned North Korea of « serious consequences » if it went through with an expected nuclear test                                     http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1251333/1/.html

25 JANUARY 2013

North Korea threatens South over UN sanctions

North Korea has threatened to attack South Korea if it joins a new round of tightened UN sanctions against Pyongyang, a day after the US expanded existing sanctions and denounced the communist state’s decision to conduct nuclear testing.               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312591822380791.html                      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/25/north-korea-threatens-attack-south-korea?intcmp=239                                                                          http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/25/world/asia/north-korea-threat-south/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

24 JANUARY 2013

South Korea calls on Pyongyang to end ‘provocations’

Cho Tai-young of the South Korean Foreign Ministry said: “North Korea should listen to the messages the international community has sent until now, follow them and move forward in a non-confrontational manner. This path will benefit both North Korea and the international community.”                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/24/south-korea-calls-on-pyongyang-to-end-provocations/

2 JANUARY 2013

S. Korea Dismisses North’s Call for Reduced Tensions

Some observers said the speech was unusually conciliatory and could also signal possible domestic reforms. One South Korean analyst, Chang Yong-Seok of Seoul National University, said the North may offer greater incentives for farms and factories, and ease state controls over businesses                                                                                                                                                                                   http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-dismisses-norths-call-for-reduced-tensions/1576201.html


North Korean leader in peace call to the South

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for an end to confrontation between the two Koreas, technically still at war in the absence of a peace treaty to end their 1950-53 conflict, in a surprise New Year speech broadcast on state media. http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/01/north-korean-leader-in-peace-call-to-the-south/                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131145239391827.html

24 DECEMBER 2012

Can Korea’s New President Engage the North?

There was no ‘Rock the Vote’ among liberal voters in last Wednesday’s national elections despite the fact that many felt severely betrayed by the sitting Lee Myung-bak government, which analysts will probably rank the worst in South Korean history, particularly in terms of inter-Korean relations.                                                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5069&Itemid=182

13 DECEMBER 2012

South Korea wants more sanctions against North over rocket

South Korea has called for tougher sanctions against the North as protests continued against Pyongyang’s rocket launch on Wednesday.


Saenuri Party candidate Rep. Park Geun-hye said on Monday she would push to establish representatives’ offices in Seoul and Pyongyang to normalize strained bilateral ties.

22 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea blocks leaflet launch after North ‘strike’ threat

South Korean police have blocked activists from sending propaganda leaflets over the border, after threats of military action from North Korea
http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/22/south-korea-heeds-warning-from-the-north/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20024606


6 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean soldier ‘defects to South Korea’

A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea through the heavily militarised land border, telling Seoul military personnel that he had shot dead two officer
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210674042996525.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121006-375958.html

5 OCTOBER 2012

North Korean Media Urge ‘Great War’ Ahead of South Korean, US Elections

North Korea’s state-run news agency has published new warnings to South Korea and the United States, threatening a “great war.”


West Sea tension grows after warning shots at N.K. boats

Tension is escalating around the skirmish-prone western maritime border as Pyongyang vowed retaliation against South Korea’s firing of warning shots Friday at North Korean fishing vessels that violated the territorial waters


S Korea fires warning shots at North’s boats

Move follows several incidents in recent weeks of North Korean fishing vessels crossing the disputed Yellow Sea border


Korean unification ‘inevitable’

Korean unification is « inevitable », according to Lee Myung-Bak, the South Korean president. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9538607/Korean-unification-inevitable.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120912-371207.html

29 AUGUST 2012

Japan and North Korea begin intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years

Japan and North Korea on Wednesday began intergovernmental talks for the first time in four years to mainly discuss the retrieval of the remains of Japanese nationals who died in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula during the wa

10 AUGUST 2012

N. Korea rejects South’s call for talks on reunions

North Korea’s Red Cross on Friday rejected a proposal by its South Korean counterpart for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, according to the North’s state media. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120810-364703.html


2 MAY 2012

‘North Korea jamming’ hits South Korea flights

Jamming signals thought to be from North Korea have affected GPS navigation on at least 250 flights, South Korean officials say

23 APRIL 2012

North Korea threatens to reduce South Korea’s government ‘to ashes’

North Korea’s military has threatened to reduce South Korea’s conservative government « to ashes » in « three or four minutes » – an escalation of its recent belligerent language. It vowed Monday to launch unspecified « special actions » of « unprecedented peculiar means, » an unusually specific warning

18 APRIL 2012

South Korea to Continue Aid to North Despite Rocket Launch

Despite the provocative rocket launch by North Korea last Friday, South Korea is to continue providing humanitarian aid to its impoverished neighbor, with whom it remains technically at war.

7 MARCH 2012

South Korea threatens ‘revenge’ for any North Korea attack

South Korea’s defence chief on Wednesday urged his soldiers to launch strong counter-attacks if provoked by the North as the two Koreas exchanged tirades despite a recent nuclear deal. Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin said any fresh attacks from the North must be turned into a chance for the South’s military to « avenge » the North’s 2010 bombardment of a South Korean frontline island http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1187538/1/.html

20 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea warns of ‘total war’ over South’s military drills

South Korea on Monday conducted live-fire military drills from five islands near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea, despite Pyongyang’s threat to attack

18 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea rejects South Korea call for talks on reunions

North Korea rejected the South’s call for talks aimed at restarting reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying Seoul should first respond to its conditions for dialogue


North Korea owes South $3.11b, repayment uncertain

North Korea owes a total of 3.5 trillion won ($3.11 billion) to South Korea, but strained inter-Korean relations make it uncertain whether Pyongyang will pay back the loan as scheduled. According to South Korea’s Ministry of Unification, the South Korean government provided its northern neighbor with 1.37 trillion won in loans from 1998 to 2006 to support the construction of a light water reactor, as part of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO) project to curb North Korean nuclear ambitions. The maturity of the loan has not been clearly set, though

5 JANUARY 2012

South Korea willing to hold talks with new NK leader

Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said Thursday 5, South Korea would consider holding talks with North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un at the Seoul Nuclear Summit in March. “If he takes up an appropriate title when we hold talks with North Korea, the talks will be held with him” Kim told reporters in Seoul, after briefing President Lee Myung-bak on 2012 policy plans

2 JANUARY 2012

Seoul sees ‘turning point’ with N. Korea after Kim death

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak said Monday the divided peninsula is at a turning point after the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il, with opportunities to improve relations. But Lee also vowed to hit back hard against any provocations from the North under the leadership of its young new chief Kim Jong-Un, son of the late dictator http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120102-319486.html http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1683521.php/LEAD-South-Korea-leader-leaves-door-open-for-North-but-army-on-alert

30 DECEMBER 2011

Do ‘not expect any change from us’, warns North Korea

North Korea warned the world Friday that newly anointed leader Kim Jong-un would continue the tough stance against the South. The statement also said, “the world… including the puppet group in South Korea, should not expect any change from us”
http://www.france24.com/en/20111230-north-korea-warns-kim-jong-il-jong-un-south-asia-diplomacy-funeral-death http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/30/world/asia/north-korea-policy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

26 DECEMBER 2011

Former S. Korean first lady heads North for condolences

South Korea’s former first lady Lee Hee-ho arrived in the North on Monday to pay respects to the deceased leader Kim Jong-il. Her husband, late former president Kim Dae-Jung, initiated the now-defunct « Sunshine » detente policy with the North
South to crack down on Kim Jong-il mourners

South Korea said Monday it will crack down on those who set up memorial altars for the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and an activist who flew to Pyongyang to attend his funeral without the government’s permission

25 DECEMBER 1911

North Korea links future Seoul ties to condolences for Kim

North Korea said Sunday the future of inter-Korean relations depended on Seoul’s attitude toward condolences over the death of leader Kim Jong Il

23 DECEMBER 2011

N.K. to accept all funeral delegations from South

North Korea said Friday that it would accept all South Korean delegations to mourn the death of its leader Kim Jong-il, a move that could spark conflict as Seoul has decided to allow only a select number of groups to attend his funeral http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111223000609

11 DECEMBER 2011

S. Korea’s Christmas lights plan ruffles the North’s feathers

On Sunday, North Korea said that lighting of Christmas decorations at Aegibong in Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province could result in an “unpredictable situation”

24 NOVEMBER 2011

North Korea threatens South with « sea of fire »

North Korea’s military threatened Thursday to turn South Korea’s presidential palace into a ‘sea of fire,’ a day after its neighbour conducted
military drills near their sea border.

15 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea adopts more flexible N.K. stance

Seoul sends hepatitis B vaccines to Pyongyang, halts flying propaganda leaflets. The South Korean government has been taking a more « flexible” approach to North Korea since Unification Minister Yu Woo-ik took office in September.


South Korea Approves Sending Medical Aid to North

South Korea on Tuesday authorized the World Health Organization to resume distribution of Seoul-financed medical aid to North Korea, amid growing international calls for humanitarian assistance for malnourished North Korean children.

29 OCTOBER 2011

Allies to write defense plan on N. Korea

South Korea and the U.S. agreed to establish a joint operational plan to counter North Korean provocations within this year and strengthen bilateral cooperation in dealing with cyberspace threats, the allies’ defense chiefs said Friday


South Korea’s nuclear envoy has held rare talks with his North Korean counterpart in Beijing. No details were given, but ahead of the meeting the South’s Wi Sung-lac said talks with Ri Yong-ho would focus on ending Pyongyang’s nuclear programme

22 AUGUST 2011

North Korea seizes South’s Mount Kumgang resort assets. It has given South Koreans 72 hours to leave the resort at Mount Kumgang, which lies just inside North Korea. The resort used to be a symbol of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of hard currency for Pyongyang.

10 AUGUST 2011

South Korea and North Korea exchange artillery fire after the South said that a shell from the North landed near waters that it claims near an island that the North shelled in late 2010, a move that sharply escalated tensions on the peninsula.


29 JUNE 2011

North Korea’s communist regime sharpened its tone in the conflict with South Korea, threatening a ‘sacred’ war on its southern neighbour.

17 JUNE 2011

South Korea has placed guided missiles capable of reaching the North Korean capital Pyongyang near the countries’ shared border

9 APRIL 2011

Photos of N. Korea nuke facility raise concerns in Seoul

North Korea appeared to be speeding up its construction of a light-water reactor at its Yongbyon nuclear complex, raising eyebrows in Seoul as fears rise over radioactive materials from Japan’s tsunami-stricken nuclear power plant.

27 FEBRUARY 2011

North Korea threatened « all-out war » in response to exercises by South Korean and US troops due to start Monday and told Seoul to stop cross-border propaganda, upping the rhetoric against its arch rivals


Military talks aimed at easing tension between North and South Korea have broken down. North Korea reacts angrily http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/


Military officers from the rival Koreas have met at their heavily armed border for their first talks since North Korea attacked a southern island in November. Tuesday’s talks were an attempt to restart the six-way talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear-weapons programme, last
held more than two years ago when the North walked out, announcing the process dead

12 JANUARY 2011

An important diplomatic hot line connecting North and South Korea went back into service after having been severed for more than seven months  The two sides spoke briefly using the line, which is located at the so-called truce village of Panmunjom. The line connects a government office on the North Korean side of the border with a corresponding office on the South Korean side

10 JANUARY 2011

South Korean and Japanese defense ministers agreed to “expand and deepen” bilateral military cooperation during talks in Seoul on Monday, amid heightened tensions following a series of deadly North Korean attacks last year

19 DECEMBER 2010

Security Council meets on Korea tensions

The U.N. Security Council met in emergency session Sunday amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula and a North Korean warning
of a « catastrophe » if South Korea goes ahead with a live-fire drill. Russia called for the meeting, and Moscow wants the U.N.’s most powerful body
to adopt a statement calling on North Korea and South Korea « to exercise maximum restraint » and urging immediate diplomatic efforts to reduce

17 DECEMBER 2010

Russia has asked South Korea to stop a scheduled joint military exercise with the United States, hours after North Korea warned it will strike back if the South proceeds with the drill.

16 DECEMBER 2010

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea on Thursday saying he was ‘very concerned’ by the escalating tension on
the Korean Peninsula


China’s top foreign policy official met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il Thursday 9 and the two sides « reached consensus » about defusing tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said.


The top American military officer lashed out at China on Wednesday for failing to intervene diplomatically with North Korea, as he met with his South Korean counterpart to discuss possible armed responses to future provocations from Pyongyang. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sharply criticized Beijing for not condemning North Korea’s artillery barrage against a South Korean island two weeks ago

28 NOVEMBER 2010

China proposes emergency consultations among the heads of delegation to the Six-Party Talks next month as tensions rise on the Korean Peninsula

25 NOVEMBER 2010

South Korea’s defence minister resigns amid criticism of his handling of North Korea’s shelling of an island near their disputed maritime border

24 NOVEMBER 2010

President Lee Myung-bak instructs his military to strike North Korea’s missile base near its coastal artillery base if it shows signs of additional provocation.

23 NOVEMBER 2010

North Korean shells aim to shock

The United States and South Korea now have to face what has become more than an abstract question: What is more troubling, the specter of North Korea as a growing nuclear power with a brand new uranium-enrichment facility almost ready to go into operation, or a nasty assault by « conventional » weapons on land?

23 NOVEMBER 2010

South Korea returns fire after North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at one of its border islands, killing two marines and two civilians

30 MAY 2010

Pressure on China to censure N.Korea fails

South Korea and Japan pressed China Sunday to censure North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship, but failed to win its
public support for the move after a three-way summit

27 MAY 2010

What are motives behind the Cheonan attack?

A lot of speculation has been going on across the country over why North Korea allegedly torpedoed a South Korean naval ship, killing 46 young seamen, as the international team of investigators concluded last week. If the North attacked the 1,200-ton Navy Corvette, what triggered the decision and what kind of outcome or effect was it expecting?

10 JUNE 2009

Could North Korea Provoke a New Korean War?

30 JANUARY 2009

North Korea cancels pacts with South

North Korea has said it is cancelling all political and military agreements with South Korea in a further sign of deteriorating relations between the countries. South Korea expressed « deep regret » at the decision and urged the North to engage in talks

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 March in Asian history


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1722: Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud, winning the battle of Gulnabad, occupies Persia


1854: US Commodore Matthew Perry arrives for a second time in Japan to negotiate the opening of Japanese ports to the West

1868: Sakai Incident, 11 sailors from the French corvette Dupleix are killed by samurai

1932: End of the Shanghai Incident (or First Battle of Shanghai)

1942: The Dutch surrender to the Japanese forces on Java after two months of fighting
 1942-03-06 Dutch-Pows-on-Java

1942: In Burma, Japanese troops capture Rangoon

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon

1944: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville, in a battle that will last five days


1946: French troops land in Haiphong, the chief port in Tonkin

1947: 13,000 troops sent by the Kuomintang government of China arrived Taiwan after the 228 Incident (see at this date) and launched crackdowns which killed at least thousands of people, including many elites

1949: By the Elysée Agreement, ratified on June 3, France recognizes the « independence of Vietnam with Bao Dai as chief of state, In the the French Union. Bao Dai and President Auriol of France sign the Elysee Agreement

1954: Signature of a mutual aid and mutual defense treaty between USA and Japan

1965: The first United States combat troops, 3,500 Marines, arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam

1975: South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu orders the withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from the Central Highlands

1996: China starts a campaign of missiles shooting in the Strait of Taiwan (up to 15). The purpose is to dissuade the Taiwanese to vote for Lee Teng-hui

1996-03 caricature

2011: Indonesia, Philippines sign pact to fight terror, transnational crimes

On 8 March in South Asian history


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1722: Afghan monarch Mir Mahmud, winning the battle of Gulnabad, occupies Persia


1897: Birth of Damerla Rama Rao, Indian artist, who died on February 6, 1925

Damerla Rama Rao

1921: Birth of Sahir Ludhianvi, Indian poet and songwriter, who died on October 25, 1980

1930: In India, Mahatma Gandhi begins the campaign of civil disobedience http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/films/afmp/stories/india.php


1964: Birth of Santosh Sivan, Indian cinematographer and film director

1974: Birth of Fardeen Khan, Indian actor

1988: Amar Singh Chamkila, Punjabi folk singer, is gunned down. He was born in July 1961

Amar Singh Chamkila 2

2007: In Bangladesh, the Military arrest a lot of high level personalities from all political parties for corruption, including Tarique Rahman, the son of ex Premier Khaledia Zia


Holidays and observances

International Women’s Day (United Nation)

On 8 March in Southeast Asian history

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon


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1942: The Dutch surrender to the Japanese forces on Java after two months of fighting
 1942-03-06 Dutch-Pows-on-Java

1942: In Burma, Japanese troops capture Rangoon

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon

1944: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville, in a battle that will last five days


1946: French troops land in Haiphong, the chief port in Tonkin

1949: By the Elysée Agreement, ratified on June 3, France recognizes the « independence of Vietnam with Bao Dai as chief of state, In the the French Union. Bao Dai and President Auriol of France sign the Elysee Agreement

1954: France and Vietnam opened talks in Paris on a treaty to form the states of Indochina

1965: The first United States combat troops, 3,500 Marines, arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam

1975: South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu orders the withdrawal of South Vietnamese forces from the Central Highlands

1986: Bernabe Buscayno, who led the New People’s Army, among 42 political prisoners, is freed on order of President Corazon Aquino

2008: In the Philippines, Imelda Marcos is cleared of corruption

2011: Indonesia, Philippines sign pact to fight terror, transnational crimes

2013: Burma’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) is holding its first ever congress, at which it will elect party leaders for the first time


2017 : The Philippine House of Representatives approves a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished


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International Women’s Day (United Nation)

On 8 March in Japan’s history


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1514: Birth of Amago Haruhisa, Japanese warlord who died on January 9, 1562

1854: US Commodore Matthew Perry arrives for a second time in Japan to negotiate the opening of Japanese ports to the West

1868: Sakai Incident, 11 sailors from the French corvette Dupleix are killed by samurai

1922: Birth of Shigeru Mizuki, Japanese soldier and Mangaka

1932: End of the Shanghai Incident (or First Battle of Shanghai)

1942: The Dutch surrender to the Japanese forces on Java after two months of fighting
 1942-03-06 Dutch-Pows-on-Java

1942: In Burma, Japanese troops capture Rangoon

1942-03-08 Japonais prennent Rangoon

1944: Japanese troops counter-attack American forces on Hill 700 in Bougainville, in a battle that will last five days


1954: Signature of a mutual aid and mutual defense treaty between USA and Japan

1986: Birth of Princess Tsuguko, Japanese princess

1997: Birth of Jurina Matsui, Japanese singer (AKB48, SKE48)



2006: Fusako Shigenobu, born September 28, 1945, the founder and former leader of the now disbanded Japanese Red Army. Is sentenced to 20 years in prison


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International Women’s Day (United Nation)

On 8 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1641: Death of Xu Xiake, travel writer and geographer of the Ming dynasty, born in January 1587

1932: End of the Shanghai Incident (or First Battle of Shanghai)

1935: Death by suicide of Ruan Lingyu, Chinese actress, born on April 26, 1910


1947: 13,000 troops sent by the Kuomintang government of China arrived Taiwan after the 228 Incident (see at this date) and launched crackdowns which killed at least thousands of people, including many elites

1966: Xingtai earthquake. The damage included 8,064 dead, 38,000 injured and more than 5 million destroyed houses

1975: Death of outstanding opera artist Zhou Xinfang, born on January 14, 1895


1996: China starts a campaign of missiles shooting in the Strait of Taiwan (up to 15). The purpose is to dissuade the Taiwanese to vote for Lee Teng-hui

1996-03 caricature

2005: Tung Chee-hwa, referring health problem confirm his resignation as chief executive of Hong Kong and is replaced by Donald Tsang on March 10


2017 : China proposes that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to « defuse a looming crisis »


Holidays and observances

International Women’s Day (United Nation)