Daily Archives: 2 mai 2018

On 2 May in Asian history

 

ON 2 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 2, 2018

821: Death of Liu Zong, general of the Tang Dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Zong

1360: Birth of Yongle (Zhu Di), Emperor of China, who died on August 12, 1424
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Emperor

1889: Birth of Ki Hajar Dewantoro founder of the Toman Siswa Organization to promote national education for Indonesian, who died on April 28, 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ki_Hajar_Dewantara

1917: Birth of Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician who died on March 17, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Tien_Dung

1920: Birth of Vasantrao Deshpande, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist from India who died on July 30, 1983
http://www.surgyan.com/vasantraodeshpande.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasantrao_Deshpande

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p9njBh1mL8

1921: Birth of Satyajit Ray, Indian director, who died on 23 April 1992
http://www.satyajitray.org/about_ray/introduction.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-may-1921-satyajit-ray-indian-director-and-screenwriter-was-born

1924: Birth of Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, who died on June 30, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Abro

1926: In India, Hindu women gain the right to seek elected office

1929: Birth of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Bhutanese king who died on July 21, 1972
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Dorji_Wangchuck
http://wangchasangey.blogspot.fr/2015/04/remembering-king-jigme-dorji-wangchuck.html

1935: In the Philippines, the peasants of Luzon, rise up in arms against oppressive land tenancy laws


1939: Birth of Sumio Lijima, Japanese physicist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumio_Iijima

1942: Jose Abad Santos, Philippine national hero, born on February 19, 1886, is executed by the Japanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Abad_Santos

1950: In London, opening of the conference of the Commonwealth

1952: Birth of Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Natsuki

1955: India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or « Untouchables » punishable

1956: In a speech, for the first time, Mao Zedong uses the sentence “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/226950.html

1956: Yasushi Akimoto, Japanese writer, lyricist and Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasushi_Akimoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uThd4Hru61o

1961: Signature of a cease-fire in Laos

1964: An explosion sinks the USS Card which docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces responsible of placing a bomb on the ship
https://warisboring.com/viet-cong-commandos-sank-an-american-aircraft-carrier/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_the_USNS_Card
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-ship-sunk-in-saigon-port

1968: Birth of Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer-songwriter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziana_Zain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaIerWR9fk

1968: On a Hanoi proposition, Americans and North Vietnamese agree to meet on May 10 in Paris

1980: A referendum on system of government is held in Nepal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepalese_governmental_system_referendum,_1980

1982: The seven fundamentalist parties of the Afghan resistance announce their total merging in the Islamist Alliance of Afghan Mujaheddin (IAAM)

1983: Beginning of a second Vietnamese withdrawal from Cambodia (10,000 men)

1987: Birth of Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_Kitade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cddQqOsfrh4

1988: Birth of Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Liang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ysJjmwVQA

1994: In Indonesia, the People’s Democratic Party (PRD) is founded by by Budiman Sujatmiko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People’s_Democratic_Party_(Indonesia)

1998: Hide (Hideto Matsumoto), born on December 13, 1964, commits suicide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hide
http://www.stars-portraits.com/en/star/hideto-matsumoto.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBx1eV0KJM

2002: In Nepal, beginning of a royal offensive killing more than 650 communist rebels

2002: Closing ceremony of the Cam Ranh Bay naval base where up to 10,000 Soviet troops have been based

2002: In Myanmar, Aun San Suu Kyi, under house of arrest since September 2000 is released

2003: India and Pakistan re-establish their diplomatic relations and air links. They also decide talks on their disputes

2005: Death of Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore, born on September 2, 1915
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wee_Kim_Wee

2008: Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7397617.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq8O0A0HjBE

2008: For the first time, USA have talk with Maoists in Nepal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7379567.stm

2009: Death of Kiyoshiro Imawano, Japanese singer, musician, producer, and actor (RC Succession), born on April 1, 1951
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2009/05/04/national/rc-succession-singer-imawano-dead-at-age-58/#.UYEvpstOLIU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyoshiro_Imawano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUHCFF5BU8

2011: Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader is killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence. After « a firefight », US forces took possession of his body
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011522132275789.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13256676

2012: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left Beijing’s US embassy where he had taken refuge after fleeing house arrest last weeky
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-china-chen-guangcheng-leaves-us-embassy-blind-lawyer-activist
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/2012528554197845.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/china-clinton-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2012: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is sworn in to Burma’s parliament for the first time, cementing a risky detente between her party and the country’s military rulers
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-un-swearing-in-parliament
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17918414

2013: Viet Nam asks China to end its provocative actions in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea

2016: Death of Rashtriya Swamyasewak Sangh (RSS) activist and former president of Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) Balraj Madhok, aged 96
http://www.sify.com/news/veteran-rss-leader-balraj-madhok-passes-away-news-national-qfcmEcbidhhgg.html


Holidays and observances

Indonesia: National Education Day

Security in Asia

Asie politique

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2 MAY 2018

Pakistan cosies up to Russia, but Moscow doesn’t seem to want to take sides

Avoiding Incidents at Sea between India and China

23 APRIL 2018

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army in transition: Implications for Indian defence

The challenge to Beijing is that it may be instigating an arms race where it does not seek one, especially with regard to India, which increasingly sees itself in a rivalry with China for great-power status in the Indo-Pacific
https://www.orfonline.org/expert-speak/chinese-people-liberation-army-transition-implications-indian-defence/

10 APRIL 2018

Why did China announce its support for Pakistan’s missile development program?

 While global attention has been focused on the geo-economic ramifications of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, recent developments in China-Pakistan military relations suggest certain shifts are under way within the regional strategic stability regime in South Asia
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1282076

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

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

25 JANUARY 2018

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

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

20 JANUARY 2018

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

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

22 DECEMBER 2017

India, China hold first border talks after Doklam standoff

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

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

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

 

5 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

3 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

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

6 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

23 OCTOBER 2017

Can China and India reset ties?

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

7 OCTOBER 2017

 Additional considerations on the North Korean strategy

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

5 OCTOBER 2017

The weapons sales making China a big gun in Southeast Asia

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

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

28 AUGUST 2017

India and China agree to end border standoff

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

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

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

14 AUGUST 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

Is India turning its nuclear focus toward China?

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

10 JULY 2017

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

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

3 JULY 2017

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

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

20 JUNE 2017

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

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

16 JUNE 2017

New Cold War in the Indian Ocean

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

9 JUNE 2017

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

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

5 JUNE 2017

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

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

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

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

26 APRIL 2017

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

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

23 APRIL 2017

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

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

9 APRIL 2017

US strike group sails toward Korean Peninsula

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

7 APRIL 2017

US sends message to North Korea with strike

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

31 MARCH 2017

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

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

28 MARCH 2017

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

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

14 MARCH 2017

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

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

7 MARCH 2017

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

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

28 FEBRUARY 2017

South Asian nuclear arms race accelerates amid India-Pakistan standoff

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

10 FEBRUARY 2017

The limits to Russia’s potential THAAD response

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

2 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

13 JANUARY 2017

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

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

The Bay of Bengal Naval Arms Race

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

25 NOVEMBER 2016

China issues report on US military activities in Asia-Pacific

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

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Report warns of arms race if Trump reduces Asia engagement

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

10 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

24 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

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

11 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Russia considers restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2016

Surge in Europe’s arms sales to Asia

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

30 AUGUST 2016

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

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

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

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

24 AUGUST 2016

North Korea fires submarine-launched ballistic missile towards Japan

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

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

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

28 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 JUNE 2026

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

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

4 JUNE 2016

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

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

25 MARCH 2016

Russian Navy will create Pacific Fleet base in Kuril Islands

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

21 MARCH 2016

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

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

13 MARCH 2016

Japanese Self-Defense Forces to support Indonesian navy

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

23 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea launch: Chronology of North Korean missile development

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

9 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

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

12 JANUARY 2016

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

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

10 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 DECEMBER 2015

Singapore Ups Commitment to Host US Military Facilities

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

 

Main news on Burma (Myanmar)

2 MAY 2018

Burma’s ‘forgotten’ war

The fighting in Burma’s northern borderlands is one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, with the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rebel group and Burma’s army locked in conflict since the 1960s. Despite making it a flagship of her election campaign, a national peace process led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has stalled
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/05/burmas-forgotten-war/#4m5MBiEx6Z6OBfks.97

 29 APRIL 2018

Myanmar policeman who testified Reuters reporters were framed sentenced to prison

A police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday (April 29), without elaborating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-policeman-who-testified-reuters-reporters-were-framed-sentenced-to-prison

24 APRIL 2018

How China gets what it wants in Myanmar

With all the Western outfits involved in Myanmar’s peace process effectively sidelined, China has emerged as the only outside force that matters due to its substantial leverage over both insurgents and the government
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-china-gets-what-it-wants-in-myanmar/

17 APRIL 2018

Burma frees 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

Burma announced the release of 8,500 prisoners in a mass pardoning on Tuesday, including dozens of political prisoners and two Christian pastors from an ethnic minority
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/17/burma-frees-8500-prisoners-holiday-amnesty/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/burma-new-president-releases-over-8000-prisoners-in-new-year-amnesty/#mmHW4tpldAyG7pbu.97

11 APRIL 2018

Seven Myanmar soldiers jailed with hard labour for massacre of Rohingya civilians

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141171/seven-myanmar-soldiers-sentenced-10-years-rohingya-massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/10/myanmar-rohingya-muslims-massacre-burma-soldiers-sentenced-jailed

Myanmar’s Role in China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative

 This article argues that the origins and theoretical underpinnings of Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative can actually be traced back to the mid-1980s, that is, almost three decades before the official media unveiled the Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI)
https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/Y7ksxBePamra9INHyyWq/full#.Ws07Y82fV1A.linkedin

30 MARCH 2018

Myanmar president pledges to amend army-scripted constitution

Myanmar’s new president promised to amend the country’s army-written constitution in an inaugural speech Friday, challenging a charter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top office and gives the military major powers
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution-10090378
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/u-win-myint-myanmars-likely-new-president.html

28 MARCH 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist Win Myint elected Myanmar president

The Union Parliament on Wednesday elected former Lower House Speaker U Win Myint the country’s 10th president after U Htin Kyaw left the post last week citing the need to rest
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-win-myint-aung-san-suu-kyi-ally-10083324
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/parliament-elects-ex-house-speaker-myanmars-next-president.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/22/67/11/1522249345942.html

21 MARCH 2018

Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw resigns ‘to take rest from duties’

Myanmar’s civilian President, Htin Kyaw, resigns with immediate effect « in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities », and is likely to be replaced by Win Myint, a Suu Kyi loyalist
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-21/myanmars-president-htin-kyaw-resigns-to-take-rest-from-duties/1744174
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/president-u-htin-kyaw-resigns-u-win-myint-tipped-as-replacement
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-president-htin-kyaw-resigns/a-43058749

19 MARCH 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi cancels rare public speech during Australia visit

Controversial State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has canceled a rare public appearance in Australia due to ill health, where she was expected to face questions from the audience
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/19/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-rohingya-turnbull-intl/index.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-s-suu-kyi-cancels-speech-at-think-tank-event-in-australia-16021

8 MARCH 2018

US Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi’s inaction over what it called « mounting evidence of genocide » committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/us-holocaust-museum-strips-rights-award-from-myanmar-s-suu-kyi-15763
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/us-holocaust-museum-strips-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-human-rights-award/#o2WtaELgwXw1MY8u.97
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-holocaust-museum-suu-kyi-20180308-story.html

26 FEBRUARY 2018

EU agrees to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals over Rohingya plight

European Union foreign ministers have agreed to prepare sanctions against senior Myanmar military officers over « serious and systematic » rights abuses against the country’s Rohingya Muslim community
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/26/553687/EU-Myanmar-Rohingya-UN

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar bulldozing Rohingya villages to destroy its ‘crime scenes’

New satellite imagery shows that the government of Myanmar is bulldozing more than dozens of already-burned-out Rohingya Muslim villages in the west of the country in an attempt to destroy evidence of violence committed by the military, rights groups say
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-bulldozes-rohingya-villages-after-cleansing-campaign-15428
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/23/553332/Myanmar-bulldozing-Rohingya-villages-crimes-scenes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/23/burmese-government-bulldoze-scores-rohingya-villages/

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar signs ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict

Two ethnic armed groups in Myanmar signed a ceasefire with the government on Tuesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-02-2018/myanmar-signs-ceasefire-with-two-rebel-groups-amid-decades-of-conflict
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/nmsp-ldu-formally-sign-nationwide-ceasefire-agreement
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-win-peace-commission-mon-lahu-groups-sign-nca.html
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/anc-not-certain-sign-nca-says-nai-han-thar

11 FEBRUARY 2018

British Foreign secretary Boris Johnson pushes Aung San Suu Kyi on Rohingya refugees

Boris Johnson has told Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi the UN refugee agency must be allowed to supervise the return of Rohingya refugees, saying it was clear many were terrified to return home
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/11/boris-johnson-pushes-aung-san-suu-kyi-on-rohingya-refugees
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/11/552033/UK-Myanmar-Rohingya
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/11/boris-johnson-and-aung-san-suu-kyi-discuss-rohingya-crisis

25 JANUARY 2018

Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits Myanmar panel over Aung San Suu Kyi ‘whitewashing’

Bill Richardson, an old friend of Myanmar’s leader, has said he will not be a « cheerleader » for her government. Myanmar has hit back at what it called a « personal attack » on Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-crisis-us-diplomat-quits-myanmar-panel-over-aung-san-suu-kyi-whitewashing/a-42300103
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42810776

17 JANUARY 2018

Seven ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed as Myanmar police fire on riot

Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office, in unrest that left seven dead in a state already scored by violence and bitter divisions
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/seven-ethnic-rakhine-killed-myanmar-police-fire-riot
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/rohingya/myanmar-police-shoot-dead-seven-protesters-in-troubled-rakhine-1.2158943

11 JANUARY 2018

Is Myanmar ready to end its ‘marriage of convenience’ to North Korea?

The growing pressure on the international community to adhere to and enforce UN-mandated sanctions on Pyongyang has once again revealed the persistence of clandestine military ties between Myanmar and North Korea
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/01/11/is-myanmar-ready-to-end-its-marriage-of-convenience-to-north-korea/

10 JANUARY 2018

Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, after almost a month behind bars. They were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya in Rakhine state
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-court-charges-reuters-journalists-under-official-secrets-act/a-42089691
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-police-charge-reuters-journalists/av-42094207
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/10/reuters-journalists-charged
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180110_39/

29 DECEMBER 2017

Myanmar frees journalists after two months in prison for filming with drone

Two journalists and their two local staff have been released from a Myanmar prison, two months after their arrest for allegedly flying a drone over the parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-29/myanmar-releases-journalists-and-staff-arrested-over-drone/9292710?section=world
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-releases-trt-world-journalists-and-fixer-arrested-over-drone-13726

25 DECEMBER 2017

China and Russia oppose UN resolution on Rohingya

The UN general assembly has urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/24/china-russia-oppose-un-resolution-myanmar-rohingya-muslims
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-russia-oppose-un-resolution-to-appoint-a-special-envoy-to-myanmar-13607

20 DECEMBER 2017

Burma bans UN human rights investigator from probing anti-Rohingya atrocities

Burma has banned a UN special investigator on human rights from visiting the country, triggering widespread condemnation and raising new concerns about its apparent refusal to address allegations of ethnic cleaning of a Muslim minority
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/burma-un-human-rights-investigator-ban-rohingya-muslims-killings-yanghee-lee-rakhine-state-a8120646.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42425217

14 DECEMBER 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi has Freedom of Dublin award revoked

Dublin councillors have voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/aung-san-suu-kyi-has-freedom-of-dublin-award-revoked
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/councillors-vote-to-revoke-aung-san-suu-kyis-freedom-of-dublin-36406369.html

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

28 NOVEMVER 2017

Pope Francis calls for respect for each person and ethnic group in Myanmar

Pope Francis called for respect for each ethnic group and its identity in Myanmar, amid international scrutiny over the mass exodus caused by a military crackdown in its troubled western Rakhine state
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/pope-francis-meets-myanmar-leader-aung-san-suu-kyi
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-pope-francis-meets-aung-san-suu-kyi-amid-rohingya-crisis/a-41557388
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/74/48/1511882035456.html

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Myanmar on diplomatically sensitive visit amid Rohingya refugee crisis

Thousands of Catholics have gathered in Yangon after journeys by train and bus, excited to get a glimpse of Pope Francis, who has begun a trip to Myanmar fraught with diplomatic risk due to the nation’s treatment of the minority Muslim Rohingya people
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pope-francis-arrives-in-myanmar-on-high-stakes-visit-9444010
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/pope-francis-visits-myanmar-amid-rohingya-crisis/9198134?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42132594

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Secretary Tillerson signals shift in US policy toward Burma

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya
http://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/secretary-tillerson-signals-shift-us-policy-toward-burma
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/asia/tillerson-myanmar-rohingya/index.html

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims must return to Myanmar’s Rakhine as citizens: UN

The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return to the Southeast Asian country they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540786/Myanmar-Rohingyas-UN-citizenship-Rakhine-Suu-Kyi-Bangladesh
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic-international/myanmar-refugees-must-return-citizens-un-refugee-chief

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

 Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi

In the debate over whether Aung San Suu Kyi should do more to stop the violence in Myanmar, it’s often pointed out that she has limited power to intervene — the « de facto leader » has widespread support, but the army still rules the joint, writes Liam Cochrane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-24/myanmar-how-the-military-still-controls-the-country-not-aung-san-suu-kyi/1703974

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Rohingya in Myanmar: what you need to know

What makes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
http://www.dw.com/en/the-rohingya-in-myanmar-what-you-need-to-know/a-40340067

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/rohingya-muslims/

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

24 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-rakhine-a-human-rights-crisis-kofi-annan-9153350

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

16 JUNE 2017

Yangon Court Releases Myanmar Satire Columnist Detained Under Controversial Law

A Myanmar court in Yangon on Friday released a detained satire columnist of an independent newspaper after the publication’s top editor testified that he was solely responsible for an article that allegedly insulted the armed forces under a controversial telecommunications law
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/yangon-court-releases-myanmar-satire-columnist-detained-under-controversial-law-06162017161031.html

24 MAY 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi Opens Second Round of Myanmar Peace Talks

The second round of peace talks under Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called « 21st Century Panglong”, commenced in the capital Naypyitaw Wednesday amid a cloud of frustration over the lack of progress made since the first conference held under her leadership in August
http://www.voanews.com/a/aung-san-suu-kyi-opens-second-round-myanmar-peace-talks/3868567.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/peace-process-pieces-myanmar/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170524_29/

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/myanmar%E2%80%99s-army-sues-journalists-satirical-article
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/26031-the-voice-daily-chief-editor-writer-face-defamation-suit.html
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-files-article-66d-lawsuit-satirical-piece.html

4 MAY 2017

Vatican and Myanmar establish diplomatic relations as Suu Kyi visits

The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-Francis-and-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-establish-full-diplomatic-relations-40650.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vatican-and-myanmar-agree-to-establish-diplomatic-ties-8818552

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

2 APRIL 2017

Suu Kyi’s party wins string of seats in by-elections but is rejected by Myanmar’s minorities

Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections on Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

1 APRIL 2017

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-goes-to-polls-for-by-elections-in-first-vote-since-suu/3643878.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/01/myanmar-by-election-seen-as-test-for-aung-san-suu-kyi

30 MARCH 2017

Myanmar – A year of democracy

 A year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took over the reins of the country as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century. Things haven’t turned for the better for everyone since then. Verena Hölzl reports
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-a-year-of-democracy/a-38210040

24 MARCH 2017

UN to probe alleged crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

UN mission will investigate allegations of killings, rape and torture by security forces against Rohingya in Myanmar
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/probe-alleged-crimes-rohingya-myanmar-170324113526685.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39380041

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

6 FEBRUARY 2017

30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town

At least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2076489/30-dead-intense-fighting-breaks-out-myanmar-china-border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39182713

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised to investigate UN allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/myanmars-suu-kyi-vows-to-investigate-crimes-against-rohingya/8241036?section=world

3 FEBRUARY 2017

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child Killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38858655
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/rohingyas-killed-myanmar-crackdown-170203101817841.html

29 JANUARY 2017

Suu Kyi Muslim political advisor Ko Ni shot and killed at Yangon airport in Myanmar

A gunman has killed a legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon Airport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/prominent-myanmar-suu-kyi-ally-assassinated/8221980?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2066370/prominent-muslim-lawyer-gunned-down-yangons-international

11 JANUARY 2017

Burma: Fresh fears for freedom of speech under Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration

Given the dozens of people who have been charged or jailed under the new administration for supposed online defamation of the regime, it appears those expectations may have been misplaced
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/burma-fresh-fears-freedom-speech-aung-san-suu-kyis-administration/

8 JANUARY 2017

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/buddhist-hardliners-stop-myanmar-muslim-ceremony/3422998.html

30 DECEMBER 2016

Nobel laureates slam Suu Kyi over Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, call for UN intervention

More than a dozen Nobel laureates on Thursday urged the United Nations to “end the human crisis” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group, whose members have been fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown that has killed at least 86 people
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058191/nobel-laureates-slam-suu-kyi-over-myanmars-rohingya-crisis
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38470232

19 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Myanmar’s ongoing great power balancing act

Donald Trump’s recent victory calls into question Washington’s commitment to its current engagement strategy, let alone the ‘rebalance’. Even with its new civilian leadership, Myanmar is unlikely to move headlong into a new dependence relationship with the West, geopolitically or otherwise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/30/myanmars-ongoing-great-power-balancing-act/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

‘Mass destruction’ of ethnic Rohingya villages underway in Burma, human rights group warns

New satellite imagery from Burma’s western Rakhine state reveals mass destruction in ethnic Rohingya villages, said Human Rights Watch on Monday, calling for an urgent United Nations investigation into alleged abuses
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/21/mass-destruction-of-ethnic-rohingya-villages-underway-in-burma-h/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38049106

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Burma Army Says 86 Killed in Fighting in Arakan State

As many as 69 members of what Burma’s government has described as a Rohingya Muslim militant group and 17 security forces have been killed in a recent escalation of fighting in northwestern Arakan State, the army said on Tuesday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-says-86-killed-in-fighting-in-arakan-state.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

10 OCTOBER 2016

In Myanmar, Rakhine border raids kill nine police officers

Nine Myanmar police officers were killed in coordinated attacks by insurgents on posts along the border with Bangladesh early yesterday, an official and police said
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/22992-rakhine-border-raids-kill-nine-police-officers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/attack-kills-myanmar-police-bangladesh-border-161010132157512.html

8 OCTOBER 2016

US lifts sanctions on Myanmar but vows to keep pushing for democratic reform and human rights

US President Barack Obama has lifted sanctions on Myanmar and pledged to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

4 OCTOBER 2016

The US, Myanmar and the dragon in the background

Moves by the Obama administration to soften sanctions and reward Myanmar’s progress to democracy, while welcome, are not enough to meet the country’s economic growth needs, giving China a strategic advantage, Monish Tourangbam and Pawan Amin write.
http://www.newmandala.org/us-myanmar-dragon-background/

18 SEPTEMBER 2016

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi gets Harvard humanitarian award

 Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been honoured as the 2016 humanitarian of the year by students and faculty at the Harvard Foundation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2020415/nobel-laureate-aung-san-suu-kyi-gets-harvard-humanitarian

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

Obama Pledges to Lift All Sanctions Against Myanmar

President Obama pledged on Wednesday to lift all remaining sanctions against Myanmar, seeking to reward the country’s recent moves toward democracy after decades of brutal military rule
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/15/world/asia/myanmar-obama.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/obama-vows-to-lift-myanmar-sanctions-as-suu-kyi-visits/3127248.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

China’s military wants to strengthen ties with neighbouring Myanmar by having more exchanges and greater cooperation, a top officer told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the Southeast Asian country
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-eyes-closer-military-ties-myanmar
http://www.ecns.cn/military/2016/09-10/225992.shtml

31 AUGUST 2016

Historic peace conference begins in Myanmar

Peace talks between Myanmar’s government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off Wednesday in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160831_31/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/peace-vital-to-building/3089780.html

29  AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terr

19 AUGUST 2016

China’s Xi Jinping Pledges Support for Myanmar’s Peace Process

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi received a pledge of support from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday in Beijing an upcoming peace conference that will bring together Myanmar government representatives, the national military, and armed ethnic groups
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/chinas-xi-jinping-pledges-support-for-myanmars-peace-process-08192016155956.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160819_06/

13 JULY 2016

Burmese Buddhist leaders against anti-Muslim Ma Ba Tha movement

For the first time, the Sangha Maha Nayaka Committee openly disavows the extremist group. In a statement, Buddhist leaders say they never supported the ideas and statements by ultra-nationalists. For a Ma Ba Tha spokesman, the group is a voluntary organisation that does not require anyone’s approval
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-Buddhist-leaders-against-anti-Muslim-Ma-Ba-Tha-movement-38032.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmars-top-monks-parry-claims-of-buddhist-hardliners-amid-surge-in-sectarian-violence

7 JULY 2016

Mixed reviews on Myanmar government’s first 100 days

July 7 marked the 100th day in office for Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The cabinet, led by State Counsellor, foreign minister and de facto leader of the nation Aung San Suu Kyi, has focused largely on trying to end armed conflicts in Myanmar and establishing a stronger rule of law
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mixed-reviews-on-myanmar/2939194.html

7 JUNE 2016

Myanmar BBC reporter gets jail, hard labor

A BBC reporter in Myanmar has been jailed for three months with hard labor after being convicted of assaulting a police officer while covering a student protest, his lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/07/content_15445807.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/mandalay-upper-myanmar/20701-bbc-reporter-jailed-for-assaulting-police-officer.html

8 APRIL 2016

Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

A Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-08/myanmar-court-frees-student-activists-after-aung-san-suu-kyi-pledge/1567492
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-government-releases-69-prisoners-160408094045351.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/08/dozens-of-political-prisoners-released-in-myanmar/

6 APRIL 2016

China pledges support for new Myanmar government

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Beijing’s support for Myanmar’s new government after holding talks with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi that touched on China’s sometimes controversial investment projects, including the suspended Myitsone dam.
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19857-china-pledges-support-for-new-myanmar-government.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-04/06/c_135255773.htm

4 APRIL 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmars-suu-kyi-drops-two-ministerial-jobs-takes-spokeswoman-role
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160404_27/

30 MARCH 2016

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s first elected civilian president in décades

Mr Htin Kyaw, the man chosen by Aung San Suu Kyi to serve as her proxy, was sworn in as Myanmar’s president on Wednesday (March 30), becoming the country’s first civilian leader after decades of military rule since 1962
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/htin-kyaw-sworn-in-as-myanmars-first-elected-civilian-president-in-decades
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-swears-in-first-civilian-head-of-state-since-1962/3260795.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19730-transcript-president-u-htin-kyaw-s-inaugural-address.html
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/the-faces-of-the-next-five-years-burmas-sworn-in-leadership.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Yangon Stock Exchange opens doors for first day of trading

The Yangon Stock Exchange is scheduled to come to life at 9:30 this morning when First Myanmar Investment shares become free to trade electronically, following a pre-launch lockdown during which even the FMI public relations team was turned away.
http://www.sltrib.com/home/3705479-155/yangon-stock-exchange-opens-for-business
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/business/19653-ysx-opens-doors-for-first-day-of-trading.html

22 MARCH 2016

Aung San Suu Kyi to be nominated to Burmese cabinet as foreign minister

Aung San Suu Kyi will be foreign minister in Burma’s first civilian government for decades, her party said on Tuesday, giving the democracy champion a formal post despite being blocked from the presidency.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12200741/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-Cabinet-nominated-Burma.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmars-president-elect-nominates-suu-kyi-to-cabinet/a-19132857

15 MARCH 2016

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in decades

Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president, the first civilian leader after more than 50 years of military rule.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/htin-kyaw-suu-kyis-schoolfriend-myanmars-proxy-president

13 MARCH 2016

Myanmar army frees 46 child soldiers: state media

Myanmar’s powerful military releases 46 child soldiers from service, state media reports, the latest move towards ending a scourge that has long beset the nation.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-13/myanmar-army-frees-46-child-soldiers-state-media/1558258

10 MARCH 2016

NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president

U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/19403-nld-names-u-htin-kyaw-for-presiden.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35770535
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12189606/Who-is-poised-to-be-Burmas-new-president-The-rise-of-Aung-San-Suu-Kyis-former-driver-and-loyal-aide.html

1  MARCH 2016

Burmese ‘Gypsy Writer’ Maung Tha Ya Dies At 86

Renowned Burmese writer Maung Tha Ya, author of over 60 books, passed away at age 86 in the US on Monday
http://www.irrawaddy.com/burma/burmese-gypsy-writer-maung-tha-ya-dies-at-86.html

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar government and signatory armed groups agree to prevent further clashes

The Myanmar government, eight signatory ethnic armed groups and civil society groups have agreed to seek ways to prevent further clashes, an official report said Thursday, quoting a statement from the Joint Cease fire Monitoring Committee (JCMC)http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/myanmar-government-eight-ethnic-armed-groups-agree-prevent-further-clashes
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/19161-military-sends-warning-to-shan-palaung-armies.html

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar rebels continue fight despite ceasefire deal

As a large number of rebel groups continue fighting in northern states, communities are being torn apart
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2016/02/myanmar-rebels-continue-fight-ceasefire-deal-160217144556153.html

9 FEBRUARY 2016

The Rohingya issue is more than a humanitarian crisis

With a new parliament sworn in and the date for selecting a new president fast approaching, Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) is now tasked with laying the foundation for the country’s democratic development. At the heart of this challenge lies curbing religious extremism and integrating the Muslim Rohingya minority into Burmese society
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/rohingya-issue-humanitarian-crisis-43405/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar presidential nominees to be named March 17

The cut off point for presidential candidate proposals will be March 17, Win Khaing Than, the speaker of Myanmar’s combined houses of parliament told lawmakers Monday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/myanmar-presidential-nominees-named-march-17-093558768.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-08/myanmar-presidential-vote-to-begin-on-march-17-as-transition-talks-between-aung-san-suu-kyi-military/1545150
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/aung-san-suu-kyi-burmese-presidency/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi names former general to head key advisory panel

Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Friday nominated Shwe Mann, one of the country’s most powerful politicians, to head a prominent legal advisory panel, as the freshly-elected parliament prepares to choose a new president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/suu-kyi-names-former-general-head-key-advisory-panel

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Historic day in Myanmar as Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party takes power

Myanmar’s parliament dominated by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party on Monday began a new and historic session that will install the country’s first democratically elected government in more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35456982
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/myanmar-era-parliament-holds-historic-session-160201043336484.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/31/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-nld/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-02-01/aung-san-suu-kyis-prodemocracy-mps-take-their-seats-in-myanmars-parliament/1542366

22 JANUARY 2016

In Myanmar, 52 political prisoners released in amnesty

More than 50 political prisoners, including one New Zealander, have walked free from prisons across Myanmar today, in a presidential amnesty for over 100 inmates
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18625-52-political-prisoners-released-in-surprise-amnesty.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/22/myanmar-begins-releasing-political-prisoners/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

Burma activist jailed for six months for mocking military junta

A political activist in Burma has been jailed for six months for a social media post mocking the country’s powerful military establishment, in the latest sign of a renewed crackdown on free speech as the country struggles to chart a new democratic course
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/12071449/Burma-activist-jailed-for-six-months-for-mocking-military-junta.html

18 DECEMBER 2015

What’s Next for U.S. Policy toward Myanmar?

The resounding victory of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is an outcome many in the United States had long wanted to see. But rather than being an end goal in itself, the election results signaled the start of a more challenging process and have taken Myanmar into completely uncharted territory
http://cogitasia.com/whats-next-for-u-s-policy-toward-myanmar/

9 DECEMBER 2015

Washington cuts sanctions on Myanmar ahead of democratic transition

The US has temporarily lifted certain trade sanctions on Myanmar, aiming to reinvigorate trade and support a peaceful political transition after a historic victory by democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in November elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/washington-cuts-sanctions-myanmar-ahead-democratic-transition

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Myanmar election results: Suu Kyi’s NLD wins landslide victory

With more than 80% of contested seats now declared, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has more than the two-thirds it needs to choose the president, ending decades of military-backed rule
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34805806
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/13/asia/myanmar-aung-san-suu-kyi-historic-win/index.html

11 NOVEMBRE 2015

Myanmar president and army chief congratulate Suu Kyi

Myanmar President Thein Sein and the country’s powerful army chief have congratulated opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi as her party continued to steam towards victory in the country’s historic élections
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/myanmar-president-promises-peaceful-transfer-power-151111091302625.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-army-chief/2253566.html

8 NOVEMBER 2015

Polling peaceful in Myanmar’s first free election in 25 years

Voting unfolded smoothly in Myanmar on Sunday with no reports of violence to puncture a mood of jubilation marking the Southeast Asian nation’s first free nationwide election in 25 years, its biggest stride yet in a journey to democracy from dictatorship
http://atimes.com/2015/11/polling-peaceful-in-myanmars-first-free-election-for-25-years/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34756381
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/voting-ends-myanmar-parliamentary-election-151108090030043.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

 7 things you may not know about Burma’s historic élections

 Burma will vote on November 8 in its first national elections since a civilian government was introduced in 2011, ending nearly 50 years of military rule. Here are seven factors at play in the pending elections that may surprise readers
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/7-things-you-may-not-know-about-burmas-historic-elections/

26 OCTOBER 2015

Exclusive: ‘Strong evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has uncovered what amounts to « strong evidence » of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya people, according to an assessment by Yale University Law School
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/exclusive-strong-evidence-genocide-myanmar-151024190547465.html

15 OCTOBER 2013

Burma signs ceasefire deal with eight rebel factions

Myanmar’s government and eight smaller ethnic rebel armies signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than six decades of fighting, but other more powerful groups refused to come on board, signaling that peace will remain elusive.
http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-burma-myanmar-government-ceasefire-rebels
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/15/myanmar-s-president-hails-ceasefire-deal-with-rebels-as-historic/

14 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar activist arrested over Facebook post on military

A female Myanmar opposition activist has been arrested over a satirical Facebook post about the military, officials said on Wednesday (Oct 14), in the latest crackdown against free speech in the country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-activist-arrested/2192694.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/729936/myanmar-activist-arrested-over-facebook-post-on-military

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Myanmar approves ‘discriminatory’ marriage bill

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring Buddhist women to seek permission before marrying outside their faith. Parliament passed the bill in July despite criticism that it discriminates against religious minorities and encourages anti-Muslim sentiment
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/myanmar-approves-discriminatory-marriage-bill-150920075228353.html

28 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar parliament suspended ahead of crunch polls

The combined houses of parliament will reconvene only after the November 8 vote, the first nationwide poll in a quarter of a century to be contested by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s hugely popular National League for Democracy (NLD)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/2083362.html

20 AUGUST 2015

Myanmar approves controversial religion bills

The bills regulating religious conversion and polygamy were approved by parliament on Thursday, according to a spokesman for Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition, who said his party had voted against the proposed legislation over fears that it was detrimental to human rights
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-approves/2064264.html

13 AUGUST 2015

 Shwe Mann ousted as head of Burma’s ruling party in ‘internal coup’

Myanmar President Thein Sein has moved to consolidate his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman, months ahead of a November general election
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

21 JULY 2015

Myanmar editors fined for insulting president

A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat (US$809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country’s media laws by insulting the president
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/631140/myanmar-editors-fined-for-insulting-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33618558

13 JULY 2015

Myanmar’s president Thein Sein will not run for second term, his office says

Myanmar president Thein Sein decides not to run in a parliamentary election scheduled for November 8, a senior official from his office says, meaning he will not be eligible for a second term as head of state
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-14/myanmars-president-thein-sein-will-not-run-for-second-term-his-office-says/1469508

Analysis: Why Burma’s election will be neither free nor fair

Burmese President Thein Sein will do his best to hold a free and fair election on November 8, but however hard he tries this election will not deliver democracy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134120/why-burmas-election-will-neither-be-free-nor-fair/

8 JULY 2015

Myanmar general election set for Nov 8

Myanmar officials on Wednesday announced November 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/617084/myanmar-general-election-set-for-nov-8
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33441000

25 JUNE 2015

Myanmar’s parliament keeps Aung San Suu Kyi away from the presidential election

With their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voted in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-parliament/1941000.html

11 JUNE 2015

Rebels declare ‘ceasefire’ with Myanmar army

Rebels who have fought Myanmar’s army along a rugged border area with China for four months declared a unilateral ceasefire Thursday, after fighting left scores dead, threatened a nationwide peace pact and spilled over the frontier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/589689/rebels-declare-ceasefire-with-myanmar-army

10 JUNE 2015

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for first visit

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Beijing to meet with Chinese leaders, on a trip that will further underline the Nobel laureate’s apparent transition from human rights defender to pragmatic politician
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/10/asia/myanmar-china-suu-kyi-visit/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33064192

2 JUNE 2015

Myanmar jails writer for 2 years for ‘insulting religion’

Myanmar on Tuesday jailed a writer for two years with hard labour for « insulting religion », his lawyer said, with rights groups condemning the verdict as the country’s latest strike on freedom of expression
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-jails-writer-2-years-insulting-religion-lawyer
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/activists-o

28 MAY 2015

UN council holds first-ever briefing on Myanmar human rights

The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-council-holds-first/1879094.html

16 MAY 2015

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis

Myanmar’s government has said it is not responsible for the migrant boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit on the issue.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32766748

8 MAY 2015

Myanmar president meets ethnic rebel leader in peace push

Myanmar President Thein Sein held a surprise meeting with a powerful armed group representing the ethnic Wa minority on Friday as the government tries to convince an array of rebel groups to sign a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-president-meets-ethnic-rebel-leader-peace-push
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/thein-sein-makes-surprise-visit-to-ethnic-leaders.html

31 MARCH 2015

Myanmar army and rebels sign draft ceasefire agreement

Myanmar’s president Tuesday signed a draft national ceasefire with armed rebel groups that the UN hailed as a « historic and significant achievement » as the country tries to end decades of civil war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126918
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/513799/un-myanmar-leader-hail-historic-draft-ceasefire-pact

30 MARCH 2015

Myanmar, rebels agree landmark draft peace deal

Myanmar peace negotiators agreed the draft text of a historic nationwide ceasefire agreement on Monday, as the country edges closer to ending decades of conflict between ethnic minority groups and the government
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/512627/myanmar-rebels-agree-landmark-draft-peace-deal
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-rebels-agree/1757654.html

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar signs deal to buy Thunder fighter from Pakistan

Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense said that a contract had been signed for Islamabad to sell the JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter, also known as the FC-1 Xiaolong, which was jointly developed by Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150325000059&cid=1101

25 MARCH 2015

Myanmar charges 69 protesters with rioting after police crackdown

A Myanmar court laid charges, including rioting, on Wednesday against 69 students involved in a protest two weeks ago that was broken up in a police action that drew sharp criticism from Western governments, a student activist said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-charges-69-protesters-rioting-after-police-crackdown

19 MARCH 2015

2 Myanmar journalists jailed on defamation charges

The Mawlamyine Township Court in Mon State has sentenced two local journalists to two months in prison under section 500 of defamation charges. It is the first time for the journalists to face imprisonment on defamation charges in more than 100 years since the British colonial rule to successive Myanmar governments
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9361:two-journalists-jailed-for-defamation&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

14 MARCH 2015

China sends fighter jets to Myanmar border after bomb kills four

China sent fighter jets to patrol its border with Myanmar after a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane killed four Chinese in southwestern Yunnan province, state media reported Saturday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496925/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-myanmar-border-after-bomb-kills-four
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31885318
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/497000/myanmar-denies-bombing-china

10 MARCH 2015

Myanmar police crack down on student protesters

At least 16 police officers and eight protesters were reportedly hurt, when Myanmar police clashed with students, monks and journalists as they broke up protesters calling for academic freedom, according to news reports and witnesses
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/myanmar-police-crack-student-protesters-150310123609713.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31812028

3 MARCH 2015

Myanmar students defy deadline to disperse

Hundreds of students protesting against an education bill in Myanmar have defied an order to disperse.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31716169
http://www.irrawaddy.org/multimedia-burma/tension-mounts-as-clock-ticks-for-student-demonstrators.html

2 MARCH 2015

Myanmar president hosts rare Suu Kyi talks amid constitution debate

Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-myanmar-president-hosts-rare-suu-kyi-talks-amid-constitution-debate/2664546.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

United Nations warns on Myanmar reform ‘set back’

The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s treatment of minorities and suppression of free speech is setting back its political reforms.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31635566

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar army deepens offensive on ethnic rebels near China border

Myanmar’s army has continued an offensive to flush out rebels from areas around a flashpoint town on the northeastern border with China, state media said Friday, in 11 days of fighting that have displaced tens of thousands of people.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/480062/myanmar-army-deepens-offensive-on-ethnic-rebels-near-china-border

17 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar declares emergency in war-torn region as fighting rages

Myanmar on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in a conflict-torn border region, where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has sent thousands fleeing airstrikes and fierce gun battles
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-declares-emergency-war-torn-region-fighting-rages
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-declares-state-emergency-war-torn-region-150217124515270.html

13 FEBRUARY 2015

47 Myanmar soldiers reported dead in clashes with Kokang rebels

Days of clashes with rebels from a minority ethnic group in northern Myanmar have left 47 government soldiers dead and dozens more wounded, state media reported Friday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/12/asia/myanmar-violence/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/myanmar-kokang-rebels-kill-dozens-soldiers-150213072401121.html

11 FEBRUARY 2015

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting rights after protests

Rohingya Muslims will not be able to vote in Myanmar’s referendum after the prime minister withdrew temporary voting rights following protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31421179

24 JANUARY 2015

More than 400 child soldiers freed from Myanmar army in 2014: UN

There are no verifiable figures on how many children are currently serving in Myanmar’s huge military, which has faced a slew of accusations over rights abuses, including the forced recruitment of children to work as porters or even human mine detectors
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/459825/more-than-400-child-soldiers-freed-from-myanmar-army-in-2014-un

7 JANUARY 2015

China’s influence in Myanmar facing growing scrutiny

Mounting local opposition to Chinese-backed infrastructure projects in Myanmar over the past few months has again led to growing scrutiny on Beijing’s influence in the Southeast Asian state
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/chinas-influence-in-myanmar-facing-growing-scrutiny/

2 DECEMBER 2014

Is the Myanmar regime splintering?

With one year remaining before Myanmar’s general election there is growing concern, both internationally and domestically, that the reform process is at best beginning to stagnate and at worst rolling back in some critical areas.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/02/is-the-myanmar-regime-splintering/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

UN presses Myanmar over Rohingya rights

The United Nations adopted a resolution Friday 21 urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Rangoon to scrap a controversial identity plan.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444762/un-presses-myanmar-over-rohingya-rights

19 NOVEMBER 2014

Suu Kyi party admits ‘cannot win’ fight to change constitution

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on Wednesday admitted it « cannot win » its battle to scrap parts of a junta-era constitution that bars her from Myanmar’s presidency, decrying a parliamentary decision to postpone amendments until after 2015 elections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/suu-kyi-party-admits-cannot-win-fight-change-constitution

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy

Twenty-two ethnic Kachin soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fired on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/22-dead-burma-army-fires-kachin-military-academy-rebels-say.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Myanmar rules out constitutional change before polls

Myanmar’s parliament speaker said Tuesday the current junta-drafted constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president, cannot be changed before elections in November 2015.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444056/myanmar-rules-out-constitutional-change-before-polls
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/military-mps-object-constitutional-change.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Aung San Suu Kyi condemns ‘unjust’ constitution

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said constitutional rules which bar her from running for president because her sons are half British are « unfair, unjust and undemocratic ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30049266

President Obama tells Myanmar to move forward on democracy

On the road to democracy, Myanmar has sputtered, and it’s time to move forward, said President Obama from the porch of an infamously symbolic home in the country’s largest city.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/14/world/asia/myanmar-obama-democracy/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Report accuses Myanmar generals of war crimes

Military activities carried out by Myanmar’s powerful minister of home affairs when the country was under army dictatorship could constitute war crimes, a new study has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-accuses-myanmar-generals-war-crimes-20141177143567931.html

1 NOVEMBER 2014

UN bill urges Myanmar to drop identity plan

 A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging « access to full citizenship on an equal basis. »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/un-bill-urges-myanmar-drop-identity-plan-201411102155672770.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar, government opens talks with Aung San Suu Kyi on peace, reconciliation and reforms

On the orders of the head of state Thein Sein, the talks include the Nobel Peace Laureate, the head of the army, ethnic representatives and those of the main political parties. For the first time the various spirits and powers of the country come together for discussions. However, for critics it’s just a façade ahead of the upcoming East Asia Summit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar,-government-opens-talks-with-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-on-peace,-reconciliation-and-reforms-32576.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-moots-changing-constitution-barring-suu-kyi-presidency-0

24 OCTOBER 2014

Detained Myanmar reporter Aung Naing shot dead

A military statement said that Aung Naing was arrested in Mon state at the end of September while covering clashes near the border between Thailand and Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29758329
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/missing-reporter-killed-custody-burma-army-report.html

23 OCTOBER 2014

Burmese military wants to retain veto power of constitutional reforms

With 25% of the seats allocated to them by law, the military control the country and all modern and democratic reform in society. Issues in dispute include Art. 59 (F) which prevents Aung San Suu Kyi becoming president and Art. 436, on the military veto. The next elections scheduled for late October and early November 2015.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Burmese-military-wants-to-retain-veto-power-of-constitutional-reforms-32501.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Study: Rohingya Among World’s Most Persecuted

The Rohingya minority community in Myanmar should rank as one of the most excluded, persecuted and vulnerable communities in the world. That is the conclusion of a pair of studies, prepared over a three-year-period, looking at the plight of the stateless group.
http://www.voanews.com/content/stateless-rohingya-deemed-among-worlds-most-persecuted/2486813.html

7 OCTOBER 2014

Myanmar pardons 3,000 prisoners

Myanmar’s government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/myanmar-pardons-more-than-3000-prisoners-20141078411568883.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436372/myanmar-frees-3000-prisoners-including-ex-military-figures

30 AUGUST 2014

Myanmar ‘loses ten million people’ in census

Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million, according to preliminary results of the latest census.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/myanmar-loses-ten-million-people-census-201483055945633777.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-census-shows-population-9m-fewer-estimated

25 AUGUST 2014

President’s post unlikely for Suu Kyi

There are many reasons, the first of which is the maths involved. A quarter of Parliament’s 664 seats are reserved for the military. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has another 336
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-63761.html

24 JULY 2014

Myanmar lets Medecins Sans Frontieres back into Rakhine

Myanmar has invited the aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume its work in Rakhine state, which has been plagued by sectarian violence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28471142

13 JULY 2014

Over 50 journalists charged for protesting without permission

Over 50 journalists who staged a silent protest during President Thein Sein’s visit to the Myanmar Peace Center on Saturday have been charged for protesting without permission, according to senior police sources.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6760:journalists-and-protestors-charged-with-section-18&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

12 JULY 2014

Journalists stage ‘silent protest’ while President meets with artists

Journalists staged a silent protest after the police stopped journalists who were holding a boycott and wearing t-shirts with the slogan ‘Stop Killing Press’ while coming to cover the meeting between President Thein Sein and artists held at Myanmar Peace Center
http://elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6743:journalists-stage-silent-protest-while-president-meets-with-artists&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

10 JULY 2014

Five reporters in Myanmar sentenced to 10 years in jail

A Myanmar court has sentenced five journalists to jail with hard labour for 10 years for writing that the military was making chemical weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28247691
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/myanmar-jails-journalists-10-years-2014710113757674385.html

4 JULY 2014

Myanmar Buddhists Threaten to Kill Muslims

Myanmar police cordoned off Mandalay’s Muslim neighborhood as hundreds of Buddhists wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles roamed the city on Friday, following communal riots that killed two people earlier in the week
http://www.voanews.com/content/myanmar-buddhists-threaten-to-kill-muslims/1950712.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418879/curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-after-religious-attacks
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6658:curfew-imposed-in-mandalay-following-two-deaths-in-unrest&catid=44:national&Itemid=384

2 JULY 2014

Sectarian unrest shakes major Myanmar city

Myanmar police fired warning shots after an angry mob attacked Muslim property in the central city of Mandalay, authorities said Wednesday, in the latest eruption of religious unrest to shake the Buddhist-majority nation.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418645/sectarian-unrest-shakes-major-myanmar-city

25 JUNE 2014

Myanmar amends public protest law

Myanmar’s parliament amended a controversial law that requires people to obtain permission for public protests and subjects violators to penalties, including prison terms, state media reported Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417317/myanmar-amends-public-protest-law

13 JUNE 2014

Burmese vote to retain Suu Kyi Burma presidential ban

Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s hopes of becoming Myanmar’s president next year have been dealt a blow when a parliamentary committee voted not to change a constitutional clause that bars her from the post
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415192/suu-kyi-presidency-chances-fade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27838184
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/suu-kyis-presidential-bid-dead-yet-nld.html

7 JUNE 2014

Suu Kyi faces pushback from army over public pressure

Analysts say her tactics on charter change may backfire
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Suu-Kyi-faces-pushback-from-army-over-public-press-61181.html

24 MAI 2014

Myanmar ‘needs charter change’

The United Nations (UN) human rights envoy to Myanmar on Saturday expressed concern over the military’s veto power on constitutional changes, which he said are crucial for the country’s democratic transition and next year’s elections

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411546/un-rights-envoy-myanmar-needs-constitution-change

17 MAY 2017

Myanmar rally calls for charter change

Thousands of people joined a rally in Myanmar’s main city on Saturday to call for changes to a military-drafted constitution that bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410321/myanmar-rally-calls-for-charter-change

2 MAY 2014

UN envoy: Myanmar must give status to Muslims

The top United Nations envoy to Myanmar says the country’s Rohingya Muslims must have a path to citizenship, otherwise their security will remain under threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/2014520519321853.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/122304/un-envoy-burma-must-give-status-to-muslims/

30 APRIL 2014

Cracks Appear in US Myanmar Rapprochement



Recent legislation introduced to U.S. Congress to put conditions on U.S. cooperation with Myanmar’s military may be one of the first signs of emerging dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s rapprochement policy with the post-junta government

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/cracks-appear-in-us-myanmar-rapprochement/

23 APRIL 2014

Myanmar’s Military Goes Back to the Barracks

Myanmar’s feared military, the Tatmadaw, which dominated the country’s politics and economy for decades until democracy came in 2010, has been returning to the barracks much faster and more completely than anyone could have imagined, according to a new report by the Brussels-based International Crisis Group

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-military-barracks/

21 APRIL 2014

Veteran Myanmar pro-democracy campaigner Win Tin dies

Win Tin, one of the founders of Myanmar’s pro-democracy opposition and the nation’s longest-serving political prisoner, died Monday at the age of 84 after battling for decades to bring freedom to a nation that suffered under military rule
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/21/myanmar-democracy-activist-win-tin-dies-at-85/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/veteran-myanmar-pro-democracy-campaigner-win-tin-dies-0

14 APRIL 2014

An Open Letter to Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Suu refused to address the plight of the oppressed Rohingya, who originally come from Bangladesh, when she met its prime minister

http://fpif.org/open-letter-aung-san-suu-kyi/

2 APRIL 2014

UN slams Rohingya census exclusion in Myanmar

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was « deeply concerned » members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/403122/un-slams-rohingya-census-exclusion

15 MARCH 2014

The French Connection

Relations between Myanmar and France date back to the early 18th century, but ties were largely on hold in recent decades due to Western sanctions on Myanmar’s former military regime. Since the current government introduced reforms after coming to power in 2011, however, the two countries have moved quickly to increase their engagement

http://www.irrawaddy.org/interview/magazine-in-person/french-connection.html

6 MARCH 2014

Transition In Myanmar: Regional Implications And Future Directions – Analysis

http://www.eurasiareview.com/06032014-transition-myanmar-regional-implications-future-directions-analysis/

2 MARCH 2014

Myanmar couple in ‘first gay wedding’

The marriage does not enjoy any legal status but followed the customs of other Myanmar weddings, with the two men arriving in solemn procession followed by six groomsmen in front of some two hundred guests.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397965/myanmar-couple-in-first-gay-wedding

1 MARCH 2014

Foreign investment in Myanmar triples

Foreign investment in Myanmar is set to triple in the current fiscal year ending March 30, with 50% going into manufacturing, media reports said on Saturday.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397664/foreign-investment-in-myanmar-triples

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Myanmar to mull interfaith marriage law

Myanmar’s president has asked parliament to consider an intermarriage law, spearheaded by an extremist monk that is aimed at « protecting » Buddhists in the former junta-ruled nation

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/myanmar-mull-interfaith-marriage-law-2014228125531626809.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-leader-proposes-interfaith-marriage-law

Burma: Médecins Sans Frontières ordered to leave Rakhine state

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

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

Four journalists and the CEO of the Rangoon-based Unity journal have been detained by the Burma police force’s Special Branch after the newspaper reported the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory in central Burma

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/journalists-detained-reporting-alleged-burmese-chemical-weapons-factory.html

26 JANUARY 2014

World Bank pledges $2bn development aid for Burma

The World Bank has pledged $2bn in development aid to Burma for projects including energy supply and healthcare. Bank president Jim Yong Kim announced the aid during his first visit there.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25903687

23 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar mobs kill 40 Muslims

Buddhist mobs killed at least 40 Muslims when they stormed a village in western Myanmar last week, hunting down residents with knives, a human rights group said, citing witness testimony and a wide network of local sources

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391154/myanmar-mobs-kill-40-muslims-says-rights-group

22 JANUARY 2012

Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military

A former child soldier who is under the coordinated protection of the International Labor Organization and Burmese authorities has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit, a local rights group says.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/burmese-child-soldier-imprisoned-leaving-military.html

18 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar frees scores of child soldiers

Myanmar’s army has freed 96 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said Saturday, hailing a « historic step » towards ending the use of child soldiers in the formerly junta-run nation.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390265/myanmar-frees-scores-of-child-soldiers

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/myanmar-releases-child-soldiers-from-service-2014118103450393981.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997

http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUAY 2014

Burma military ‘using rape as weapon’

Burma’s military has continued to use rape as a weapon of war even after a nominally civilian government was elected in 2010, a women’s group says.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25730758

9 JANUARY 2014

Keep an eye on the people with the guns in Myanmar’s transition

I fear that Myanmar’s transition to better governance could start to go off the rails in 2014. While a serious train wreck seems unlikely, the mood in the country could sour as problems pile up, which could make the national election expected at the end of 2015 a messy affair. As a result, the new government that will likely take office in early 2016 might be less effective than the current one.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/09/keep-an-eye-on-the-people-with-the-guns-in-myanmars-transition/

7 JANUARY 2014

Burmese Journalists Demand Release of Colleague

Journalists in Myanmar staged a protest Tuesday to denounce new threats to press freedom and demand the release of a fellow reporter — the first to be jailed since junta rule ended.
http://www.voanews.com/content/burmese-journalists-demand-release-of-colleague/1824984.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388499/myanmar-reporters-protest-new-threats-to-press-freedom

2 JANUARY 2014

Burma’s President Supports Changing Army-Drafted Constitution

Burma’s president gave his backing on Thursday for amending a military drafted constitution and indicated support for changes that would make Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi eligible to lead the country.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-burma-president-supports-changing-army-drafted-constitution/1822140.html

01 JANUARY 2014

Myanmar takes first step to clear way for Suu Kyi

The ruling party has formally proposed a Constitutional amendment that currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from being president of the country

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-takes-first-step-to-clear-way-for-Suu-Kyi–55617.html

http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/usdp-announces-surprise-constitutional-amendment-proposal.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.

http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Pope urges dialogue in Myanmar at talks with Suu Kyi

Pope Francis called for inter-religious dialogue in Myanmar on Monday at an audience for Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi in which the two also discussed her long campaign for democracy.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-urges-dialogue-myanmar-talks-suu-kyi

26 OCTOBER 2013

Thein Sein’s decision not to run paves the way for a challenge between Aung San Suu Kyi and Shwe Mann in 2015



Myanmar President Thein Sein, who led the reform process in the past two years, will not run for a second mandate in 2015, this according to Shwe Mann, speaker of the lower house and head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). His likely adversary will be Aung San Suu Kyi. Like her, Mann wants the constitution amended to allow the country’s main opposition leader to run.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thein-Sein’s-decision-not-to-run-paves-the-way-for-a-challenge-between-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-and-Shwe-Mann-in-2015-29383.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

UN envoy slams Myanmar’s anti-Muslim violence

« The situation in Rakhine State has fed a wider anti-Muslim narrative in Myanmar, which is posing one of the most serious threats to the reform process, » Tomas Ojea Quintana, UN special rapporteur on the situation in human rights in Myanmar, said on Thursday. « Rakhine State remains in a situation of profound crisis. »

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/un-envoy-slams-myanmar-anti-muslim-violence-201310250350636671.html

22 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi finally gets EU Sakharov rights prize

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday finally received the EU’s Sakharov rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of a brutal military crackdown, but said her work was not yet done.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375888/suu-kyi-finally-gets-eu-sakharov-rights-prize

21 OCTOBER 2013

Suu Kyi urges world to pressure Myanmar leaders on reform

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country’s government to complete its reform process.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suu-kyi-urges-world-to/856198.html

17 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar journalist Sein Win dies

Sein Win, a renowned journalist in Myanmar who championed press freedom and endured three stints in prison as he chronicled several decades of his country’s turbulent history, died Thursday at age 91.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375121/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-myanmar-dies

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114545/sein-win-force-for-press-freedom-in-burma-dies/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Burma agrees preliminary deal with Kachin rebels

The Burmese authorities say they have signed a preliminary peace agreement with ethnic Kachin rebels in the north.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24480495

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

Myanmar opposition spokesman fined over election claim

Myanmar’s opposition spokesman said Thursday he had been fined for a statement he made claiming that ballot sheets were tampered with in landmark by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party enter parliament last year.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374028/myanmar-opposition-spokesman-fined-over-election-claim

9 OCTOBER 2013

Sexual violence in Burma

Burma was not one of the 115 countries to sign up to the UN Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) launched by William Hague at the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2013. Despite Burma’s refusal to sign the initiative the British Government will still pay to train soldiers from the Burmese Army, which is accused of using rape as a weapon and child soldiers.

http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2013/10/09/sexual-violence-in-burma/

1st OCTOBER 2013

Fresh violence in Rakhine state as Burma leader visits

Hundreds of Buddhists have rioted in western Myanmar, killing a 94-year-old Muslim woman and setting more than 70 homes ablaze, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24354159
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/myanmar-rioters-attack-muslims-burn-homes-2013101105542511855.html

Only 30% of Myanmar has access to electricity, says minister

Myanmar currently provides electricity to 30 per cent of the population according to the Minister Electric Power, Khin Maung Soe.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Only-30-of-Myanmar-has-access-to-electricity-says–52304.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Muslims in Hiding in Burma After Latest Bout of Sectarian Strife

Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Burma on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian violence. Clashes between Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June of last year
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-muslims-in-hiding-in-burma-after-latest-bout-of-sectarian-strife/1759616.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113915/sectarian-tensions-flare-in-burma-town/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Dalai Lama to Burmese monks : Enough anti- Rohingya violence

The Tibetan spiritual leader recalls the teachings of the Buddha and appeals to the Burmese monks : no more attacks and violence against « your Muslim brothers and sisters . » Aung San Suu Kyi calls for amendments to the Constitution to solve the ethnic problem . In the sixth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution monks call on authorities to apologize .
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Dalai-Lama-to-Burmese-monks-:-Enough-anti–Rohingya-violence-29059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Dalai Lama

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has risked prompting Chinese anger after it was confirmed she had a private meeting with the Dalai Lama on the sidelines of a Prague rights conference, its spokesman said Monday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/370012/suu-kyi-meets-dalai-lama-risking-china-ire

25 AUGUST 2013

Twelve arrested after fresh unrest in Myanmar

At least 12 people have been arrested after a renewed bout of religious violence in Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region in which dozens of homes were set ablaze.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013825133757670971.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China’s troubled Myanmar policy

A self-serving approach has clouded local perceptions of China’s presence, especially in troubled Kachin State.
http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/23/chinas-troubled-myanmar-policy/

Burma’s Parliament Approves $100 Million Loan From China

Burma’s Parliament has approved the government’s decision to borrow US$100 million from China, despite opposition from the National League for Democracy (NLD) and other parties.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/42738

21 AUGUST 2013

UN envoy says Myanmar failed to protect him in attack

The UN’s rights envoy on Myanmar Wednesday slammed the nation’s government for failing to protect him when his convoy came under attack in a town reeling from religious unrest.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365744/un-envoy-says-myanmar-failed-to-protect-him-in-attack
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-envoy-accuses-burma-of-failing-to-protect-him/1734057.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Rohingya activist held after Facebook post

An activist has been arrested in Myanmar after posting photos on Facebook from violent clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in country’s restive state of Rakhine, police and an activist have said.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/201381571457149651.html

13 AUGUT 2013

Burma must declare war against corruption

Corruption in Burma (Myanmar) is systemic and widespread, and will be the most significant threat to the country’s future economic growth and development.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/13/burma-must-declare-war-against-corruption/

8 AUGUST 2013

Burma marks 25 years since brutal junta crackdown

Politicians, Buddhist monks and thousands of Burmese citizens attended rallies in Yangon on Thursday to mark the 25th anniversary of the brutal « 8888 » crackdown on student protests la http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdownunched by the country’s former junta rulers on August 8, 1988.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130808-burma-marks-25-years-8888-junta-student-crackdown
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111694/burmas-president-urged-to-make-an-apology-for-1988-killings/
http://www.voanews.com/content/burma-marks-25-years-since-88-uprising/1725732.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23602365

7 AUGUST 2013

Burma Army Frees More Child Soldiers as Part of Pact to End Practice

The Burma Army discharged 68 children and young people on Wednesday, the United Nations said, exactly a month after it released 42 children and young adults who had been recruited for soldiering and other duties.
http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/41542
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/363519/myanmar-frees-kids-from-military

23 JULY 2013

Burma frees a further 73 political prisoners

The Burmese authorities say they are releasing another 73 political prisoners, after a promise by President Thein Sein to free all dissidents by the end of the year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23416223

19 JULY 2013

EU reopens preferential trade with Myanmar

Myanmar is set to profit from a preferential trade agreement with the European Union (EU) starting on July 19, according to an EU press release.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/business/2808-eu-reopens-preferential-trade-with-myanmar

Myanmar’s president says doesn’t object to Suu Kyi running for president

Myanmar President Thein Sein is not preparing himself at the moment to contest the 2015 presidential election and has « no objections » to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi running, he said in an interview aired on Friday.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130719-438670.html

Myanmar military to return 18,000 acres of confiscated land

The Myanmar military will return over 18,000 acres of confiscated farmlands to their original owners, according to the Minister of Defence.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-military-to-return-18000-acres-of-confisca-49278.html

17 JULY 2013

Burmese president meets France’s Hollande

Burma’s President Thein Sein met French President François Hollande and Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Wednesday for talks on economic and diplomatic ties, in the second leg of his European tour.                                                                                                                                   http://www.france24.com/en/20130717-burma-president-thein-sein-meet-france-francois-hollande

Paris-based Watchdog calls for crimes against the media in Burma

Reporters Without Borders has written an open letter dated 16 July 2013 to Burmese President Thein Sein, who begins a two-day visit to France started on Wednesday, calling for an investigation into the former military government’s crimes against the media since 1962.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110770/paris-based-watchdog-call-for-crimes-against-the-media-in-burma/

13 JULY 2013

Burma signs treaty with Wa ethnic group

Burma’s government and rebels from the ethnic Wa guerrilla group have reached a peace deal, state media has reported.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23300441

11 JULY 2013

Buddhist bin Laden’ or man of peace? Monk leads anti-Muslim campaign in Myanmar

Wirathu is the leader of a Buddhist extremist movement known as 969. He was once jailed for anti-Muslim violence and believes it is vital that Buddhist people keep their business, relationships and land dealings away from followers of Islam.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/11/19395152-buddhist-bin-laden-or-man-of-peace-monk-leads-anti-muslim-campaign-in-myanmar?lite

8 JULY 2013

Myanmar jails 2 Buddhists for riot murders

Myanmar has sentenced two Buddhist men to seven years in prison for murders during religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a local official said Monday.                                                                                                                                   http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130708-435602.html

http://www.euronews.com/2013/07/08/two-buddhists-jailed-for-murder-in-burmese-religious-riots/

Myanmar frees 42 children from military

Myanmar has discharged 42 children and young people from its armed forces, UN agencies said Monday, urging increased efforts to free child soldiers as the country emerges from military rule.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358915/myanmar-frees-children-from-the-armed-forces-un

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137810464011516.html

5 JULY 2013

Burma Lower House endorses controversial media bill

The Printing and Publishing Enterprise Bill submitted by the Ministry of Information with amendments was approved at Thursday’s Lower House of Parliament session, the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported today.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/110271/burma-lower-house-endorses-the-controversial-media-bill/

26 JUNE 2013

Myanmar’s “Look West” policy: Is China being sidelined ?

Under Thein Sein, the country is seeking to evolve from its reliance on China. http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/26/myanmars-look-west-policy-is-china-being-sidelined/

25 JUNE 2013

Myanmar bans Time’s ‘Buddhist Terror’

Myanmar late Tuesday banned a controversial Time magazine cover story on Buddhist-Muslim religious violence « to prevent further conflict », according to a government spokesman, after days of angry reaction to the article.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356907/myanmar-bans-time-buddhist-terror

24 JUNE 2013

Burmese leader defends ‘anti Muslim’ monk Ashin Wirathu

Burmese President Thein Sein has defended a Buddhist monk accused of fomenting a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the country.                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23027492

21 JUNE 2013

Will Myanmar’s Soldiers Return to Barracks?

Civil-military relations and constitutional reform in a changing society                        http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5515&Itemid=168           http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/myanmar-civil-military-relations-and-constitutional-reform/

14 JUNE 2013

From Factories to Teashops, Child Labor a ‘Tradition’ in Burma

Child servers are a common sight at the average teashop or restaurant in Burma, where often the underage employees are working at the expense of schooling.                                                                                             http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/37540

6 JUNE 2013

Aung San Suu Kyi says she wants to run for president

Addressing the World Economic Forum (WEF) on East Asia in the capital Naypyidaw, the Nobel Peace laureate appealed for the amendment of the military-drafted constitution which prevents her from leading the country. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/06/06/world/asia/myanmar-suu-kyi-presidential-aspiration/index.html?hpt=ias_c1  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/aung-san-suu-kyi-says-she-wants-to-run-f/699802.html

30 MAY 2013

Burma reaches ceasefire deal with ethnic Kachin rebels

The Burmese government and ethnic rebels from the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) have reached a seven-point ceasefire deal.                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22716088                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135301064426259.html

28 MAY 2013

Suu Kyi criticizes two-child limit on Muslims in western Myanmar

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has joined human rights activists in criticizing a two-child limit imposed on Muslim families by authorities in areas of western Myanmar in an attempt to control their population. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/28/world/asia/myanmar-rohingya-child-limit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Aung-San-Suu-Kyi:-Rohingya-Muslims-discriminated-against-in-two-child-law-28036.html

25 MAY 2013

Two child limit imposed on Myanmar’s Rohingya

Authorities in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have imposed a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, a policy that does not apply to Buddhists in the area, and comes amid accusations of ethnic cleansing in the aftermath of sectarian violence                                                                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130526-425281.htmlhttp://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013525133356670103.html

24 MAY 2013

As Burma Opens, Critical NGOs look in

Some international organizations urge foreign businesses to stay out until conditions improve http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5443&Itemid=217

21 MAY 2013

Myanmar jails Muslims over religious violence

A Myanmar court has sentenced seven Muslims to prison terms in connection with religious violence in March that left dozens of people dead, a justice official said.                                                                                                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013521154453691869.html

20 MAY 2013

Obama hosts Myanmar leader in historic visit

Myanmar President Thein Sein has become the first leader of his country to visit the White House in nearly half a century, as Washington offers a strong symbolic gesture to back his reforms.                                            http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/05/201352023713744342.html

17 MAY 2013

Myanmar frees group of dissidents

Myanmar has released more than 20 political prisoners, a government official has said, just hours before President Thein Sein leaves for a landmark state visit to the US.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/2013517104457315241.html

2 MAY 2013

China Provides Fighter Copters to Burma Armed Group

China has provided missile-equipped helicopters to Burma’s largest armed ethnic rebel group, a report said this week, in a move that one Burmese military analyst said could hurt bilateral ties.                                                                                         http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/wa-04302013201404.html

2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey                                                                                                           http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/media-05012013234119.html

26 APRIL 2013

US to boost trade, military ties with Burma

Burma could get broad duty-free access to the U.S. market by year’s end as the United States tries to deepen trade and military ties with the former military dictatorship.                                                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/106540/us-to-boost-trade-military-ties-with-burma/

23 APRIL 2013

Myanmar frees dozens of prisoners

Myanmar on Tuesday pardoned dozens of political prisoners, activists said, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the Southeast Asian state.                                                                                            http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-frees-dozens-of-prisoners/649342.html                                                                                     http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22265293

22 APRIL 2013

EU ends Myanmar sanctions; arms embargo remains

EU foreign ministers agreed Monday to lift the last of the bloc’s trade, economic and individual sanctions against Myanmar, hailing « a new chapter » with the Southeast Asian country.                                                                                                        http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/eu-ends-myanmar-sanctions-arms-embargo-r/647660.html                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22254493

21 APRIL 2013

Myanmar’s economic prospects and its real potential

Myanmar’s economic potential has been vastly enhanced by the access to foreign resources — in the form of new trading opportunities, the inflow of foreign investment, elevated levels of bilateral and multilateral assistance — that President U Thein Sein’s commitment to political, social and economic reform has unleashed.                                                                                                  http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/21/myanmars-economic-prospects-and-its-real-potential/

20 APRIL 2013

Diplomats: EU to drop sanctions against Burma

The European Union will drop most sanctions against Burma to reward the country’s progress toward democracy, two EU diplomats said Friday. http://asiancorrespondent.com/105934/diplomats-eu-to-drop-sanctions-against-burma/             http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/burmamyanmar/10006542/EU-to-lift-sanctions-against-Burma-permanently.html

18 APRIL 2013

Democracy veteran Win Tin warns of dark times ahead

As the Burmese new year begins, democracy veteran U Win Tin warns that its transition is being threatened by dark forces as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her moral authority                                                                                                               http://asiancorrespondent.com/105636/burma-democracy-veteran-win-tin-warns-of-dark-times-ahead/

6 APRIL 2013

13 Myanmar soldiers killed in border clash

Thirteen Myanmar soldiers were killed and two others went missing in a clash with unidentified armed forces at the border area of southern Ranong province, the same location where 92 Thais were arrested last year, a Thai military officer said yesterday. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/13-Myanmar-soldiers-killed-in-border-clash-30203515.html

1 APRIL 2013

Private newspapers return to Myanmar

Private dailies in the former British colony, also known as Burma, were forced to shut down following a military coup in 1964. http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/01/private-newspapers-return-to-myanmar/

22 MARCH 2013

Deadly riots continue in central Myanmar

Two days of rioting between Buddhists and Muslims in a central Myanmar town has killed at least 20 people, a legislator said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332271825415121.html                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/22/deadly-ethnic-violence-erupts-in-myanmar/

21 MARCH 2013

At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP

At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, an MP said Thursday, prompting international concern at the country’s worst communal unrest since a wave of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last year.                                                                     http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130321-410409.html

18 MARCH 2013

Australia and Burma open defence talks

Australia is to ease restrictions on military engagement with Burma following democratic reforms carried out since the country’s ruling generals relinquished their half-century grip on power in 2011.                                                                   http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/australian-opens-defence-talks-burma

18 MARCH 2013

China counter-pivots on Myanmar

A quiet, modulated dance is being played out in Myanmar. It is not a waltz, with its rhythmical, proper movements, and only on the surface are events in Myanmar equally decorous. If China and the United States are the dancers, then Myanmar is the master of ceremonies. Underlying this proper facade rivalries are apparent. When and how the music will stop is unclear                                                                                                                           http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-180313.html

11 MARCH 2013

Report: Burma police used phosphorus at mine protest

An eagerly awaited official report has confirmed that police in Burma used smoke bombs that contain phosphorus during a crackdown on anti-mine protesters last year that left 108 people with burns, mostly Buddhist monks. The report also recommended the controversial Chinese-backed project continue.                                                                                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/101748/burma-myanmar-copper-mine-protest/                                                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130312-408031.html

8 MARCH 2013

Burma’s opposition NLD holds first congress

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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21710640                                                                                                                       http://www.asianewsnet.net/New-Myanmar-a-test-for-Suu-Kyis-party-43685.html                          http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/08/myanmar-suu-kyi-s-party-holds-first-ever-congress/

6 MARCH 2013

The Challenges of Myanmar and the Rest

Myanmar has experienced a profound transformation over the past months, and President Thein Sein’s recent 10-day visit to Europe should be regarded as a historic challenge for Europe and the rest of the global community.                                                            http://www.eias.org/publication/eu-asia-glance/challenges-myanmar-and-rest?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219802893

4 MARCH 2013

President Suu Kyi?

It is worth asking the question: Can Aung San Suu Kyi make an effective transition from political symbol to political leader?                                         http://www.fpif.org/articles/president_suu_kyi

24 FEBRUARY 2013

Burma debate keeps going on unitary state vs. federal union

The people of Burma have been longing for a peaceful and prosperous country since the 1948 independence victory. But regrettably, the nation’s independence hero General Aung San was assassinated a year ahead of liberation. As a result, civil wars throughout the nation came forward with the independence offered by British colonial rule.                                                                                        http://asiancorrespondent.com/99077/opinion-burma-debate-keeps-going-on-unitary-state-vs-federal-union/

17 FEBRUARY 2013

UN accuses Myanmar army of torture against rebels

Serious human rights abuses are still being committed in Myanmar despite democratic reforms and progress in resolving conflicts with ethnic groups, according to the United Nations.                                                                                                                  http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/17/un-accuses-myanmar-army-of-torture-against-rebels/

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Myanmar officials ‘involved in land grab’

A damning report on the violence at a copper mine in northern Myanmar last November accuses government officials of siding with Chinese and Myanmar military investors to force villagers to surrender their farmland to the mine. Police brutally broke up protests against the move but these have not died down.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asianewsnet.net/Myanmar-officials-involved-in-land-grab–42777.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

Suu Kyi offers to mediate Myanmar peace talks

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help negotiate an end to conflicts between the government and the country’s ethnic minority groups.                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/2013212235432194734.html

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Group Formed to Free Dissidents in Myanmar

Burma announced Thursday that it would establish a presidential steering committee to “grant liberty” to those imprisoned for voicing political dissent, in the government’s first public acknowledgement that it is holding political prisoners in the country’s jails http://www.rfa.org/english/news/burma/prisoners-02072013180917.html

28 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar secures debt relief worth almost $6bn

Myanmar on Monday 28 hailed a deal with international lenders to cancel nearly $6 billion of its debt, another milestone in the rapid transformation of the former junta-ruled nation.                                                                                                        http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130128-398512.html                                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/201312882635377625.html

26 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar captures key rebel-held outpost

Myanmar troops have captured a key strategic outpost from rebels in the northern Kachin state, according to rebels, as the government criticised the US over its concerns about the escalating violence.                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/2013126142659670778.html

21 JANUARY 2013

Kachin rebels say Myanmar ignoring ceasefire

Myanmar troops have attacked rebel positions in northeast Kachin despite a ceasefire order from the president and an invitation to the rebels to take part in peace talks, a rebel spokesman and a local source have said.                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131212566922246.html

19 JANUARY 2013

Burma ceasefire ‘holds’ in rebel-held Kachin areas

A ceasefire announced by the Burmese military fighting rebels in northern Kachin state appears to be holding., http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21096488

16 JANUARY 2013

Myanmar revokes anti-dissident law: state media

Myanmar has repealed a law that was used to jail critics of the former junta, state media said Wednesday, as the fast-changing nation works to overhaul a legal system once used to crush dissidents.                                                                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130116-396032.html                                                                                           http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-myanmar-repeals-dissidents-law-20130116,0,4788537.story?track=rss

3 JANUARY 2013

Burma military admits airstrikes against Kachin rebels

Burma’s military acknowledged launching airstrikes against ethnic Kachin rebels in the north and said it captured a hilltop post from where the insurgents had attacked government supply convoys.                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94687/burma-military-admits-airstrikes-against-kachin/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Burma gives go-ahead for private newspapers in 2033                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20856701

 

Philippines foreign Policy & security

PHILIPPINES FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND SECURITY

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2 MAY 2018

Philippines gets new Israel missiles to boost naval capabilities

The Philippines has completed the purchase of its first-ever ship-borne missile systems as part of a military modernization program and for the expansion of its naval capabilities in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/02/560433/Philippines-navy-South-China-Sea

19 APRIL 2018

Philippine-US war games expanded to include Japan, Australia

Annual US-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops will be expanded for the first time to include other countries, with Japanese and Australian forces invited to join what will be the 34th edition of the war games
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-us-war-games-expanded-to-include-japan-australia

23 MARCH 2018

US foreign policy is failing in the Philippines

In spite of the United States’ renewed focus on great power competition in the 2018 National Defense Strategy,the war against terrorism will remain salient to US strategy. In few places is this clearer than in the Philippines
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/23/us-foreign-policy-is-failing-in-the-philippines/

14 MARCH 2018

Duterte withdraws Philippines from International Criminal Court

Outspoken Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte made the controversial decision to withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court amid a probe into alleged crimes against humanity in his brutal anti-drug crackdown that has killed thousands
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/14/duterte-withdraws-philippines-from-international-criminal-court.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/198171-full-text-philippines-rodrigo-duterte-statement-international-criminal-court-withdrawal
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/646641/amnesty-international-phl-s-withdrawal-from-icc-too-late-to-stop-probe-vs-alleged-ejks/story/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-moves-to-quit-icc-what-does-it-mean-10043370

12 MARCH 2018

Duterte goes to war with UN as he threatens to throw rights team to the crocodiles

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fuelled an extraordinary war of words with the United Nations by saying that their human rights team should be fed to crocodiles if they came to investigate his controversial war on drugs
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/12/duterte-goes-war-un-threatens-throw-rights-team-crocodiles/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/03/13/1796217/palace-dutertes-crocodile-response-united-nations-appropriate

French Navy ship visit to Philippines shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation

The visit of a French Navy’s light patrol frigate to the Philippines shows France as a “Pacific power” that is committed to “security” and adherence to the principle of freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, officials said after the Vendmiaire docked at a port in Manila on Monday
http://www.manilatimes.net/french-navy-ship-visit-to-ph-shows-france-commitment-to-security-freedom-of-navigation/385691
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/164912/philippines-france-south-china-sea-west-philippine-sea-military-cooperation-dispute-southeast-asia-defense-peace

7 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

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

7 DECEMBER 2017

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

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

14 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

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

31 OCTOBER 2017

Is the Philippines’ Duterte playing China against Japan?

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

19 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines’ Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

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

16 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

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

9 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

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

29 AUGUST 2017

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

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

3 JULY 2017

Philippines, US security alliance still holds

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

1st JULY 2017

US, Philippines Navy Ships Patrol Sulu Sea

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

10 JUNE 2017

US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi

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

1 MAY 2017

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

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

30 APRIL 2017

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

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

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

21 APRIL 2017

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

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

19 MARCH 2017

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

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

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

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

1 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

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

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

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

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

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

3 JANUARY 2017

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2016

China offers $14 million arms package to Philippines for free

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

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Communist rebels see Philippine-US ties troubling peace deal

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

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Meeting Putin, Duterte rails at Western ‘hypocrisy’

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

14 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

2 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

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

25 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte warns end to US defence pact during Japan visit

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

20 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

19 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

Anti-US protests dispersed in Manila

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

6 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

US, Philippines launch war games amid uncertainty over ties

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines Duterte seeks alliances with China and Russia

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

 

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Duterte says he wants US special forces out of southern Philippines

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

06 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

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

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

21 AUGUST 2016

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

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

8 AUGUST 2016

Philippines receives first Japanese coast guard vessel

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

12 AUGUST 2016

Japan gives Philippines patrol ships

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

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

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

10 AUGUST 2016

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

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

9 JULY 2016

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

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

3 JULY 2016

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

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

 

13 JUNE 2016

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

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

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

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

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

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

 5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

3 MAY 2016

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

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

15 APRIL 2016

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

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

8 APRIL 2016

Philippines gets US military aid boost amid South China Sea dispute

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

21 MARCH 2016

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

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

18 MARCH 2016

US agrees with Manila on bases in Philippines

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

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

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

1 MARCH 2016

Japan, Philippines sign deal for defense equipment transfer

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

29 JANUARY 2016

In the Philippines, Japan’s royals honor war dead

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

26 JANUARY 2016

Japan’ Imperial couple in Philippines to honor war victims

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

13 JANUARY 2016

Philippines offers eight bases to US under new military deal

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

12 JANUARY 2016

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

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

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

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

 

21 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

 

18 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Remaining Sabah hostage beheaded by Abu Sayyaf in Philippines

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

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

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

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

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

14 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Filipino sultan who claimed Malaysia’s Sabah state dies

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

17 AUGUST 2015

Philippines can’t afford full military modernisation: officials

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

11 AUGUST 2015

Philippine population hits 101.6 M this year

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

31 JULY 2015

Aquino endorses interior minister Manuel Roxas as successor

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

21 JULY 2015

Philippines hikes defence budget amid China tensions

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

16 JULY 2015

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

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

28 JUNE 2015

Top Philippine rebel leader Leoncio Pitao slain

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

24 JUNE 2014

Philippine vice president Jegomar Binay blasts Aquino, declares candidacy

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

16 JUNE 2015

Filipino MILF rebels lay down first arms in peace deal

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

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

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

2 JUNE 2015

Philippines’ highest-ranking communist rebel held

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

8 MAY 2015

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

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

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

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

3 MAY 2015

Philippine rebels kill most wanted Islamist militant in south

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

25 APRIL 2015

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

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

20 APRIL 2015

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

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

14 APRIL 2015

Fugitive Islamic rebel leader Ameril Umra Kato dies in Philippines

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

8 APRIL 2015

Public satisfaction with Aquino falls to lowest level

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

30 MARCH 2015

Philippines ends major offensive it says killed 139 rebels

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

18 MARCH 2015

New terror group in Philippines coddling regional terrorists

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

16 MARCH 2015

Islamic militant group leader captured in Philippines

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

28 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippines army and rebel clashes leaves dozens dead

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

27 FEBRUARY 2015

US sends spy plane to patrol disputed sea

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

26 FEBRUARY 2015

François Hollande in Philippines for climate change push

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

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Philippine defence minister confirms reports of coup to oust Aquino

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

5 JANUARY 2015

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

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

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

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

25 JANUARY 2015

Dozens of police commandos killed in Philippines

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

22 JANUARY 2015

China island building ‘threat to all ASEAN’: Philippines

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

18 JANUARY 2015

Six millions attend pope’s Mass in Manila

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

15 JANUARY 2015

Millions cheer as pope arrives in Philippines

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

12 JANUARY 2015

China slams Philippines for criticising island project in South China Sea

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

16 DECEMBER 2014

Philippines declares Christmas truce with rebels

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

7 DECEMBER 2014

China condemns Philippines over disputed sea arbitration

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

6 DECEMBER 2014

Daring escape by Swiss hostage in Philippines

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

4 DECEMBER 2014

Amnesty says police torture thriving in Philippines

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

3 DECEMBER 2014

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

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

21 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

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

3 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2014

Philippine militants release two German hostages

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

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

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

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

12 AUGUST 2014

The Great South China Sea Clash: China vs. Vietnam

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

30 JULY 2014

Philippines’ Aquino Seeks To Quash Rumors of Military Coup

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

26 JULY 2014

Aquino rating 8 points down vs graft

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

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

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

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

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

13 JULY 2014

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

 

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

11 JULY 2014

Australian jihad campaigner arrested in Philippines

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

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

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

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

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

4 JULY 2014

Philippine court orders third senator arrested over graft scandal

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

24 JUNE 2014

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

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

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

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

10 JUNE 2014

The Philippines’ Slowly Modernizes its Defense Capabilities

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

8 JUNE 2014

Vietnam, Philippines navies in first Spratlys games

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

7 JUNE 2014

Philippines to arrest three powerful senators in corruption scandal

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

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

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

4 JUNE 2014

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

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

3 MAY 2014

Communist rebel officer arrested in Philippines

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

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

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

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

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

28 APRIL 2014

Obama seeks to soothe China while boosting ties with Philippines

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

27 APRIL 2014

Philippines agrees to 10-year pact allowing US military presence

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

21 APRIL 2014

Suspected communist guerrillas kill Philippine mayor

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

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

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

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

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

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

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

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

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

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

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

1 APRIL 2014

3 Philippine senators indicted for plunder

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

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

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

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

29 MARCH 2014

Philippine vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

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

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

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

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

28 MARCH 2014

Philippines to defy China, pursue UN case on sea row

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

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

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

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

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

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

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

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

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

14 MARCH 2014

Philippines Reaches Consensus on Temporary US Military Facilities

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

Philippines, Muslim rebels to sign peace treaty on March 27

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

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

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

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Philippine president compares China’s expansion to Nazi Germany

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

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

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

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

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

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

Hong Kong imposes sanctions on Philippines

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

29 JANUARY 2014

Philippines says 37 rebels killed in offensive

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

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

27 JANUARY 2014

Philippines launches offensive against rebels

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

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

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

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

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

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

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

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

15 JANUARY 2014

Philippines seeks US ships to counter China

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

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

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

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

31 DECEMBER 2013

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

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2013

Philippine mayor killed at Manila airport

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

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

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

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

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

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

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

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

6 DECEMBER 2013

China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

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

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: children at risk of abuse and trafficking

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

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

11 NOVEMBER 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines declares state of calamity

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

10 NOVEMBER 2013

Philippines reels from Typhoon Haiyan havoc

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

7 NOVEMBER 2013

A strategic pearl for US-Philippine ties

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

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong warns Manila of sanctions over hostage tragedy

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

24 OCTOBER 2013

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


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

23 OCTOBER 2013

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

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

20 OCTOBER 2013

Philippine ‘sultan’ who launched Sabah incursion dies

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

12 OCTOBER 2013

US Warns Of Mindanao Terrorist Threats

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

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

3 OCTOBER 2013

Former President Arroyo, 3 Cabinet men charged with plunder

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

Philippines fails to reach deal with US over increased military presence

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

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Coordinated MNLF attack shows Misuari’s hand

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

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Miss Philippines crowned Miss World amid Muslim anger

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippines military frees final hostages, still pursuing rebels

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2013

Aquino to charge Philippine rebel leader over city attack

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

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine airstrike hits rebels in Zamboanga

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine clashes rage despite truce effort

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

Fighting rages amid Philippine hostage crisis

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Philippine rebels take hundreds hostage

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

More US boots on Philippine soil

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2013

Women in Philippine politics

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila, Beijing, and UNCLOS : a test case ?

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Manila Accuses China of Building on Disputed Reef

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

France drops Philippines from tax blacklist

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

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

30 AUGUST 2013

Philippine radio commentator gunned down

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

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

29 AUGUST 2013

Philippines says China withdraws Aquino invite

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

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

26 AUGUST 2013

Filipinos Protest Government Corruption

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

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

21 AUGUST 2013

‘Million people march’ vs pork spreads like Arab Spring

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

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

20 AUGUST 2013

Floods in the Philippines – in pictures

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

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

12 AUGUST 2013

US to increase Philippines presence

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

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

8 AUGUST 2013

Philippines to start talks with US on greater military presence

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

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

6 AUGUST 2013

Philippines adds 2nd major warship to fleet

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

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

3 AUGUST 2013

Philippines acquiring French vessel for West Philippines Sea

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

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

27 JULY 2013

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

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

22 JULY 2013

Thousands of farmers to get plots of Aquino family farm

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

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

Thousands protest in Philippines

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

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

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

14 JULY 2013

Philippines and MILF rebels in wealth-sharing deal

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

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

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

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

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

6 JULY 2013

Philippine communists vow revenge for slain spokesman

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

5 JULY 2013

Philippines aims to nearly halve poverty by 2016

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

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

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

1 JULY 2013

Philippine president vows to rebuild air force by 2016

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

24 JUNE 2013

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

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

18 JUNE 2013

Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

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

6 JUNE 2013

Philippines’ Enrile Quits as Senate President, Blasts Colleagues

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

29 MAY 2013

Philippine airline cancels Taiwan flights amid row

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

25 MAY 2013

Taiwan has new terms vs The Philippines

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

23 MAY 2013

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

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

23 MAY 2013

Taiwan stops hiring Filipino workers

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

21 MAY 2013

Aquino: We can fight back vs any threat

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

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

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

15 MAY 2013

Taiwan recalls Philippine envoy over shooting

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

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

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

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

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

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

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

4 MAY 2013

Palace rues PH tag as 3rd worst place for journalists

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

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

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

10 APRIL 2013

Philippines Files Charges Against Chinese Ship Stuck on Reef

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

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

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

9 MARCH 2013

21 Filipino UN peacekeepers seized in Syria arrive safe in Amman

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

8 MARCH 2013

Philippines: HRW condemns extrajudicial killing of activist mother

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

7 MARCH 2013

Philippines demands Syrian rebels release UN troops

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

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

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

5 MARCH 2013

Malaysia bombs armed Filipino group in Sabah

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

3 MARCH 2013

Five Malaysian cops killed in firefight with Filipinos in Sabah standoff

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

1 MARCH 2013

Malaysia raids Sabah village to end deadlock

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

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

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

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

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

22 FEBRUARY 2013

China strategy for the Pilippines

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

19 FEBRUARY 2013

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

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

Sultan: Hold your ground

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

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipinos refuse to end Borneo standoff

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

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan won’t budge

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

15 FEBRUARY 2013

Filipino gunmen to leave Malaysia territory if demands are met

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

11 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines’ Aquino visits rebel stronghold

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

1 FEBRUARY 2013

China opposes taking sea disputes to UN: FM

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

26 JANUARY 2013

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

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

23 JANUARY 2013

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

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

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

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

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

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

3 JANUARY 2013

The Philippines the big surprise

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

2 JANUARY 2013

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

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

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

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

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

27 DECEMBER 1012

A delayed take-off

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

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

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

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

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

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

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

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

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

7 DECEMBER 2012

Death toll over 500 in the Philippines following typhoon

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

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines criticises ‘dictatorial’ China

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

29 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines will not stamp new Chinese passport

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

28 NOVEMBER 2012

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

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

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Philippines Protests Depiction of Disputed Islands on New Chinese Passports

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

4 NOVEMBER 2012

Sea dispute to be raised at ASEM: Aquino

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

22 OCTOBER 2012

Misuari to followers: Armed option remains

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

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

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

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

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

15 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines and Muslim rebels sign key peace plan

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

13 OCTOBER 2012

Philippine peace deal seen as blow to terrorists

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

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

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

6 OCTOBER 2012

Audit finds Philippines lost US$2.46b to anomalies

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

Communist rebel leader captured in Philippines

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

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

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

3 OCTOBER 2012

Media groups, Filipinos protest tough cyber law

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

2 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines, Muslim rebels close to peace accord

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines-China tension eases

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

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

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

24 AUGUST 2012

First female chief justice named

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

18 AUGUST 2012

Philippines interior secretary missing in plane crash

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

6 AUGUST 2012

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

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

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

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

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

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

26 JULY 2012

Chinese fishing fleet closes in on Pag-asa Island

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

25 JULY 2012

Philippines’ ex-leader Gloria Arroyo free on bail

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

23 JULY 2012

Aquino urges Philippines to unite on China

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

20 JULY 2012

Philippines struggles to curb child labour

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

17 JULY 2012

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

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

9 JULY 2012

Philippines suspends governor for hitting reporter

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

6 JULY 2012

Military spending spree in the Philippines

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

30 JUNE 2012

Gov’t not doing enough to punish rights abusers’

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

28 JUNE 2012

Another prospective witness in Maguindanao massacre case confirmed killed

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

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

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

20 JUNE 2012

Korea to export TA-50 jets to Philippines

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

18 JUNE 2012

China ships stay in Panatag Shoal

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

17 JUNE 2012

Communists ready to resume talks with Philippines

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

14 JUNE 2012

Scarborough Shoal: It’s PH map vs China map

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

9 JUNE 2012

US to boost Philippine defence

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

29 MAY 2012

Philippine Senate convicts chief justice

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

24 MAY 2012

Philippines accuses China of flaring tensions further

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

11 MAY 2012

Filipinos protest at China embassy over ‘bullying’

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

28 APRIL 2012

UN approves PH territorial claim to Benham Rise

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

23 APRIL 2012

Manila Court Backs Breakup of Aquino Estate

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

22 APRIL 2012

US commander reaffirms Philippines defense treaty

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

19 APRIL 2012

China rejects Philippines’ attempt to internationalise shoal dispute

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

17 APRIL 2012

China to Philippines: Quit Scarborough Shoal

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

11 APRIL 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to corruption charge

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

Philippine navy in standoff with China ships

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

18 MARCH 2012

Japan to pour more investments in PH

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

3 MARCH 2012

Government defends abstention in UN vote on Syria

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

29 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippines to defy China and expand oil search

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

23 FEBRUARY 2012

Arroyo pleads not guilty to poll fraud

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

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

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

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

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

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

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

8 JANUARY 2012

China accused by Philippines of Spratlys intrusion

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

7 JANUARY 2012

While one general rises …

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

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

27 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines flash floods death toll nears 1,500

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

19 DECEMBER 2011

Philippines floods: Aid agencies say 120,000 in need

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

Philippines flood toll passes 650 as search continues

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

16 DECEMBER 2011

US urges China to release human rights lawyer

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

Philippine vote official held on fraud charge

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

12 DECEMBER 2011

Philippine chief justice impeached

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

6 DECEMBER 2011

Palace-Supreme Court fight escalates

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

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Mike Arroyo liable in helicopter scam

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

Slow trial frustrates Philippine massacre kin

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

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

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

Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

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

15 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines: Gloria Arroyo stopped from boarding plane

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

More Filipino families rate themselves poor in survey

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

Philippines roils South China Sea

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

8 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines bans ex-president Arroyo from travel

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

3 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines ranks 8th among 135 on world gender equality

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

26 OCTOBER 2011

Clashes in Philippines Could Threaten Government Peace Talks

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

17 OCTOBER 2011

Italian missionary’s slay shocks Church

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

15 OCTOBER 2011

Wasted youth in the Philippines

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

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

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

24 AUGUST 2011

President Aquino: Ship symbol of our defense

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

3 AUGUST 2011

Choppy waters ahead in South China Sea

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

29 JULY 2011

House raiders: So sorry

“You can’t hide anything that stinks.”

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

28 JULY 2011

The Aquino-Arroyo Contest Heats Up

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

20 JULY 2011

South China Sea dispute: Philippine MPs visit Spratlys

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

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

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

15 JULY 2011

Philippine navy colonel detained for calling for Aquino ouster

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

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

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

26 MAY 2011

A million Filipinos joined ranks of unemployed since November

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

23 MAY 2011

Call for Chinese restraint over Spratlys

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

20 MAY 2011

Saudis reject Philippine maids pay rise bid

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

29 APRIL 2011

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

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

7 APRIL 2011

Ex-dictator Marcos in Philippine ‘Hall of Heroes

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

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

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

 

Main news on South Korea

2 MAY 2018

US troops ‘will stay in South Korea’ even if peace treaty is signed with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed claims that US troops stationed in the country would have to leave if a peace treaty was signed with the North
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/us-troops-will-stay-south-korea-even-peace-treaty-signed-north/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217016

16 APRIL 2018

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted by North Korea’s Kim Jong-il with her ex-husband, dies aged 91

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who once escaped North Korea with her film-director ex-husband Shin Sang-ok after the pair were kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il in 1978, has died aged 91 after an illness, according to local media
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2142004/south-korean-actress-choi-eun-hee-who-was-abducted-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/121_247380.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31628415

11 APRIL 2018

Korea-Japan foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties and N. Korea’s nuclear issue

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan have reaffirmed their mutual goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and agreed to develop peaceful and progressive Seoul-Tokyo ties
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216158
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2141315/south-korea-japan-vow-cooperate-resolving-issues-north-remain
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2g/00m/0dm/057000c

9 APRIL 2018

South Korea’s ex-president Lee indicted for corruption

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was formally indicted for corruption Monday, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to face criminal charges
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/09/557898/South-Korea-Lee-Myungbak-Court
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216067

6 APRIL 2018

Former S. Korean president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years for corruption

South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday (Apr 6) for corruption, closing out a dramatic fall from grace for the country’s first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/former-south-korean-president-park-jailed-24-years-for-10109782
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215980
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/06/korean-rasputin-68m-horse-park-geun-hye-fell-grace/

1 APRIL 2018

South Korea and US launch lower key army drills as tensions ease

An annual joint military exercise involving US and South Korean troops has kicked off. But the drill is not as high-profile as usual, amid an easing of diplomatic tensions on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/356_246548.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215747

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Seoul-protests-over-disputed-island-claims-in-Japan’s-textbooks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215712

26 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in proposes weaker presidential powers as jail looms for ex-leaders

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday proposed weakening the powers of his office and lowering the voting age in a package of constitutional reforms, while allowing the head of state to be re-elected
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138958/south-koreas-moon-jae-proposes-weaker-presidential-powers-jail
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215547
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046098

25 MARCH 2018

Korea, UAE pledges cooperation in defense

President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed, Sunday, that defense cooperation is the core of relations between Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_246169.html

22 MARCH 2018

Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak arrested ‘for taking US$10.2 million in bribes while in office’

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been arrested for allegedly taking 11 billion won (around US$10.2 million) in bribes while in office – making him the last of the country’s four living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138505/arrest-warranted-reportedly-issued-former-south-korean-president
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3045997
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/837090.html

9 MARCH 2018

Paralympics start in PyeongChang

The Winter Paralympic Games have kicked off in PyeongChang. South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180310_02/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000702
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-in-focus-as-biggest-paralympics-opens-15799

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Politicized Winter Olympics end in S Korea

The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553587/Winter-Olympics-Pyeongchang-Korea-conflict
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-25/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-closing-ceremony-farwells-games/9483274?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Disgraced ex-South Korean leader Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-sil jailed for 20 years

The secret confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted on Tuesday and jailed for 20 years for her key role in the scandal that brought down the head of state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133191/ex-south-korean-leaders-confident-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214040
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/korea-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years-corruption-180213140807619.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice

The Winter Olympics sparks to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea, and the diplomacy is just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-02-09/winter-olympics-in-south-korea-kicks-off-with-colourful-opening-ceremony-of-fire-and-ice/1735116
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2018/02/702_243916.html
https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-pyeongchang-1.16656904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHyg0KcpDWw

3 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korea greets Russia as the bear turns east

In less than thirty years, previously non-existent diplomatic relations between Russia and South Korea have transformed into a formidable economic partnership. As of 2015, South Korea ranked as Russia’s seventh-largest trading partner for exports and imports
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/03/south-korea-greets-russia-as-the-bear-turns-east/

30 JANUARY 2018

South Korean ambassador to Singapore dismissed

South Korea’s ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok has been dismissed from his post, the Korea Times reported on Jan 30
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-ambassador-to-singapore-dismissed-report-9911316
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_243310.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

‘Comfort women’ row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal, S Korea says

South Korea says 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels fails to meet the victims’ needs
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/-comfort-women-row-with-japan-unresolved-despite-2015-deal-s-korea-says-13651
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212263
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/27/a-comfort-women-deal-with-japan-failed-to-meet-the-victims-needs-says-south-korea

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

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

6 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to build unit of swarming drones to counter nuclear-armed North

The South Korean army plans to create a combat unit of weaponised drones next year that would be capable of swarming nuclear-armed North Korea in the event of a conflict
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

4 DECEMBER 2017

US, South Korea launch massive joint air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise
http://www.france24.com/en/20171204-usa-south-korea-launch-massive-joint-air-force-exercise
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/03/asia/north-korean-us-tensions-wargames-intl/index.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

A detente between China and South Korea may be good news for the Korean economy and a necessary step towards resolving the North Korea issue, but at the same time it threatens to degrade regional security for years to come
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2120452/china-wins-its-war-against-south-koreas-us-thaad-missile
http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-seoul-reset-doesnt-hurt-us-south-korea-ties/

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

1 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

27 OCTOBER 2017

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

21 AUGUST 2017

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

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

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

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

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”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

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

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

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

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

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

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

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

19 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea’s constitutional court orders dissolution of leftist Unified Progressive Party

South Korea’s constitutional court on Dec. 19 ordered the dissolution of a small leftist political party hounded by claims of pro-North Korea views, a move critics say exposes limits of freedom of expression in a country once ruled by military dictators.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201412190026
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141219000813
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/12/116_170256.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea’s Press: The Illusion of Freedom

Intricate web of connections, a frowning government, keep a tight leash on reporting
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/south-korea-press-freedom-illusion/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Pentagon OKs sale of PAC-3 missiles to Korea

The U.S. government has approved a possible sale to South Korea of PAC-3 interceptor missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.405 billion, a U.S. defense agency said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141107000783

6 NOVEMBER 2014

South Korea suspends $2.1 billion deal to upgrade fighter jets

South Korea has suspended a $1.61 billion (S$2.1 billion) deal to upgrade its fleet of F-16 fighter jets because of delayed work and cost over-runs, a government agency said Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-suspends-21-billion-deal-upgrade-fighter-jets
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141105/DEFREG03/311050037/South-Korea-Pentagon-Kill-BAE-F-16-Upgrade-Contract

26 OCTOBER 2014

No easy retirement in South Korea

Out of work and out of pocket, South Korean retirees are struggling to force their way back into an unwelcoming job market in an effort to supplement meagre or non-existent pensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439685/no-easy-retirement-in-south-korea

23 OCTOBER 2014

US, South Korea delay Seoul’s wartime control of forces

US and South Korean officials agreed Thursday to delay transfer of the Pentagon’s control of Korean troops in the event of war with the North, with no new transfer date set.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439359/us-skorea-delay-seoul-wartime-control-of-forces

21 OCTOBER 2014

Amnesty slams ‘abuse’ of migrants in S. Korea

Migrant farm workers in South Korea face rampant abuse under a “shameful” government work permit system that encourages exploitation, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/10/21/419933/Amnesty-slams.htm

13 OCTOBER 2014

Seoul mayor endorses same-sex marriage

Seoul mayor Park Won-soon told a US newspaper that he personally supports same-sex marriage and would like to see South Korea being the first country in Asia to legalise it, during his recent visit to San Francisco
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Seoul-mayor-endorses-same-sex-marriage-65803.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

UN cites ‘serious’ S. Korean racism

The UN’s top expert on racism outlined Monday « serious problems » faced by migrant workers and foreign marriage partners in South Korea, ranging from discriminatory exploitation and maltreatment to racist verbal abuse.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436218/un-cites-erious-s-korean-racism

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea aims to strengthen air defence

South Korea is stepping up efforts to strengthen its air defence with its final approval this week of a deal to purchase 40 F-35 radar-evading warplanes for deployment from 2018 through 2021 at a cost of 7.3 trillion won (US$7 billion)
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-aims-to-strengthen-air-defence-65019.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

Asian Games begin in Incheon

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as North Korean athletes received an unexpectedly warm welcome.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433128/asian-games-begin-in-incheon
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/09/19/2014091901713.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

South Koreans more unhappy and unhealthy than other Asians

South Koreans are unhappier and unhealthier than other less wealthy Asian neighbors, a public opinion poll showed Tuesday, reflecting depressing levels of sentiments on people’s lives in Asia’s fourth-largest economy nation.
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89763

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

US, S. Korea ‘create army unit to destroy North’s nukes’

South Korea said Thursday it would create a joint military unit with the United States, as a report suggested the contingent would target North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction if a full-scale conflict broke out.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430495/us-s-korea-create-army-unit-to-destroy-north-nukes

29 AUGUST 2014

Sex abuse against teens rising: report

The number of teenage victims of sex crimes went from 7,893 in 2011 to 8,808 in 2012 and 9,721 in 2013, according to police data revealed by Rep. Lee Cheol-woo of the Saenuri Party. Most victims were female, but the number of male victims was 506, marking a 75 percent increase from two years earlier
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140829000532

27 AUGUST 2014

President Park’s Measures To Deal With Economic Challenges – Analysis

The economic virus that hit Japan leading to the prolonged period of stagflation until the arrival of Abenomics with promise of revival, hit its neighbouring country, South Korea, as well affected by the same virus. While exports remained strong, if not bullish, sluggish consumer spending did not help revive growth.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27082014-president-parks-measures-deal-economic-challenges-analysis/

25 AUGUST 2014

South Koreans ‘will be extinct by 2750’

South Koreans will be ‘extinct’ by 2750 if nothing is done to halt the nation’s falling fertility rate, according to a study by The National Assembly Research Service in Seoul.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11054817/South-Koreans-will-be-extinct-by-2750.html

16 AUGUST 2014

Pope Francis beatifies 124 South Korean Catholic martyrs

Pope Francis has celebrated a large open-air Mass to beatify 124 of South Korea’s first Catholics at a ceremony in the capital Seoul.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28814553
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/16/pope-warns-wealthy-koreans-about-plight-of-poor/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-beatifies-Korean-martyrs-who-encourage-us-to-ask-ourselves-if-we-are-ready-to-die-for-the-faith-31906.html

14 AUGUST 2014

Under threat of a possible fourth North Korean nuclear test, should South Korea develop its own nuclear weapon?

Nuclear tensions are again ratcheting up on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening a fourth nuclear weapons test in what one U.S. analyst described as its new “allergic reaction” to routine military exercises by South Korea and United States scheduled to start on August 18
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/nuclear-weapons-for-south-korea/

Pope in S. Korea on first Asia visit for 15 years

Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off a five-day visit to South Korea fuelled by the Vatican’s desire to expand the Church in Asia despite challenges posed by governments like atheist China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pope-s-korea-first-asia-visit-15-years
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/14/pope-arrives-in-seoul-for-asian-youth-day-catholic-festival/
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/08/632_162941.html

6 AUGUST 2014

Popes’ special ties with Korea

As the nation eagerly awaits the Aug. 14-18 visit of Pope Francis, The Korea Times looks back on the special ties the country has had with the Vatican
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2014/08/293_162473.html

2 AUGUST 2014

Uncertainties linger over future Korea-China relations

Uncertainty lingers over how the relationship between the former Cold War foes will evolve amid shifts in the regional security landscape that were triggered mainly by China’s reemergence as a major power in the Asia-Pacific

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Uncertainties-linger-over-future-Korea-China-relat-62989.html

31 JULY 2014

S. Korea ruling party boosts majority with key poll wins

President Park Geun-Hye’s Saenuri Party won 11 of an unprecedented 15 by-elections contested on Wednesday, leaving it with 158 legislators in the 300-seat National Assembly
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423381/s-korea-ruling-party-boosts-majority-with-key-poll-wins
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140731000761

25 JULY 2014

China, South Korea Establish Military Hotline

High-level defense officials met in Beijing to establish a hotline and discuss Japan’s collective self-defense
http://thediplomat.com/2014/07/china-south-korea-establish-military-hotline/

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

China and South Korea poised for bilateral trade deal

Chinese and South Korean leaders have pledged to sign a bilateral trade agreement by the end of this year and introduce direct trading of their currencies to spur cross-border renminbi transactions and deepen economic ties in two of Asia’s largest economies.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4ec9ab36-02aa-11e4-8c28-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz36RMH21kY
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-07/03/c_133458634.htm
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-xi-arrives-seoul-talks-park/1949839.html

26 JUNE 2014

South Korean PM keeps job after nominees pull out

South Korea’s president has decided to retain the country’s current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124174/south-korean-pm-keeps-job-after-nominees-pull-out/

24 JUNE 2014

South Korea president takes hit as second PM nominee falls

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s dwindling political fortunes took another hit on Tuesday as her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over past remarks about Japanese colonial rule
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417047/south-korea-president-takes-hit-as-second-pm-nominee-falls
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/25/world/asia/nominee-for-south-korean-premier-exits-over-colonization-remarks.html?ref=asia&_r=0

13 JUNE 2014

President tightens grip with reshuffle

President Park Geun-hye replaced seven ministers on Friday, completing several weeks of personnel shake-ups to salvage public trust in the government and move on from the ferry disaster
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140613001050

7 JUNE 2014

S. Korea donates warship to Manila

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

5 JUNE 2014

S Korean president Park pledges to speed up reform after elections

President Park Geun-hye said Thursday she humbly accepts the results of the nationwide local elections and will push forward with her reform agenda in a speedier manner
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-president-park-pledges-speed-reform-after-elections

22 MAY 2014

South Korea’s Park names Ahn Dai-hee as new prime minister

Ahn’s appointment comes in the wake of former premier Chung Hon-won announcing his resignation at the end of April. Chung stood down because of perceived mistakes in the way that the government responded to the Sewol ferry disaster
http://www.dw.de/south-koreas-park-names-ahn-dai-hee-as-new-prime-minister/a-17653121

10 MAY 2014

South Korea’s poverty-stricken elderly

Nearly half of South Korea’s elderly (65 or older) live below the poverty-line. In response to economic vulnerability and social isolation, the suicide rate among the elderly has tripled since 2000

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/10/south-koreas-poverty-stricken-elderly/

29 APRIL 2014

South Korea president apologises over ferry disaster

South Korea’s president has apologised for her government’s failure to prevent a ferry disaster that left up to 300 people dead or missing and for the inadequate emergency response
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/29/south-korea-president-in-personal-apology-over-ferry-disaster/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/s-korea-leader-apologises-over-ferry-disaster-20144294350390862.html

27 APRIL 2014

The South Korean prime minister resigns over the government’s handling of the ferry which sunk with more than 300 people on board.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to resign Sunday, taking responsibility for “a slew of problems” that both enabled and worsened the severity of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 dead or missing
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/south-korea-premier-tenders-resignation-over-ferry-response/2014/04/26/71dca9be-cdaf-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/27/south-korean-prime-minister-resigns-over-ferry-disaster/

25 APRIL 2014

Allies to review command transfer timing

The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. agreed Friday to reconsider the timing of Washington’s transfer of its wartime operational control of Korean troops, scheduled for 2015, in the face of persistent North Korean nuclear threat

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140425001207

16 APRIL 2014

More than 270 missing as ferry sinks off the coast of South Korea

Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

28 MARCH 2014

Soldiers’ remains returned to China decades after they died in Korean war

The remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean war returned home on Friday, more than 60 years after an armistice ended the fighting.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/soldiers-bodies-china-korean-war

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

Seoul urges Tokyo to show sincerity toward summit

Cheong Wa Dae on Monday renewed its calls for Japan to show “sincerity” in its efforts to improve bilateral relations, stressing the need to set an appropriate mood for a summit between their leaders
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140317000964

12 MARCH 2014

Japan, South Korea Hold High-level Talks Amid Strained Ties

South Korea and Japan held vice ministerial-level talks Wednesday in Seoul to discuss improving strained relations http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-skorea-hold-highlevel-talks-amid-strained-ties/1869376.html

S. Korea spy chief takes heat in forged spy case

South Korea’s spy agency chief came under growing pressure to step down Wednesday over a scandal with political ramifications involving the fabrication of evidence in an espionage case
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-spy-chief-takes-heat-forged-spy-case
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399546/nine-arrested-over-attack-on-hong-kong-journalist

1 MARCH 2014

South Korea warns Japan over comfort women review

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned Japan it will only bring isolation on itself if it reviews a statement acknowledging its wartime use of sex slaves http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26394850

24 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korea begins military drills with US despite North Korean opposition

South Korea has kicked off its annual joint military exercises with the US despite vocal opposition from North Korea. The drills will test a recent improvement in cross-border ties.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/24/south-korea-military-drills-us-north-korea

17 FEBRUARY 2014

South Korean MP sentenced to 12 years for treason

A South Korean court on Monday sentenced an opposition legislator to 12 years in prison after a rare treason trial saw him convicted of plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_151787.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395502/south-korean-mp-sentenced-to-12-years-for-treason

8 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korean Conscientious Objectors Seek Alternative to Military Service

http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korean-conscientious-objectors-seek-alternatives-to-military-service/1847516.html

Korean martyrs beatified

Pope Francis has beatified 124 Korean martyrs from the late 18th and 19th centuries, the Vatican said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393969/pope-beatifies-korean-martyrs

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Seoul to expand support for working moms

The government on Tuesday unveiled a package of comprehensive measures to support working mothers so they can better balance work and life, create a family-friendly culture at workplaces and encourage fathers to engage in child rearing at home

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140204001136

3 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea prosecutors seek 20 years in MP sedition trial

South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded a 20-year jail term for a leftist lawmaker on trial for allegedly plotting an armed revolt in support of North Korea.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392987/s-korea-prosecutors-seek-20-years-in-mp-sedition-trial

24 JANUARY 2014

South Korea’s rapid economic rise leaves many of its elderly facing poverty

In a fast-paced nation famous for its high achievers and its big spending on private tutors and luxury goods, half of South Korea’s elderly are poor, the highest rate in the industrialised world.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/24/south-korea-elderly-older-poverty

22 JANUARY 2014

Korea-Japan tension rises over memorial

Tension is intensifying further in Northeast Asia after Japan protested the launch of new facilities devoted to a Korean independence fighter in China, triggering strong condemnation from Seoul

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140121000770

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

14 JANUARY 2014

U.S. military reinforcements target North Korea, China

The U.S. is reinforcing its military strength on the Korean Peninsula in an apparent move to better cope with potential security threats from an unpredictable North Korea and a more militarily assertive China.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140114000854

12 JANUARY 2014

South Korea agrees to pay 5.8% more to host U.S. troops

South Korea on Saturday agreed to pay 920 billion won ($867 million) this year for the upkeep of 28,500 U.S. troops here, an increase of 5.8 percent from last year’s contributions, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Sunday 12

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140112000267

12 DECEMBER 2013

Korea to sell 24 F-50s to Iraq

South Korea scored a $1.1 billion contract with Iraq on Thursday to sell 24 light attack fighters in the country’s largest aircraft export deal, Seoul officials said. Korea Aerospace Industries, the country’s sole aircraft maker, is also to strike an additional $1 billion deal soon for logistical support over the next 25 years

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131212000941

 

8 DECEMBER 2013

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.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25288268
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

5 DECEMBER 2013

South Korea’s Free Speech Problem

Criminal indictments for defamation have more than doubled in South Korea, chilling free speech and giving pause to critics of President Park Geun-hye and her party.

http://fpif.org/south-koreas-free-speech-problem/

4 DECEMBER 2013

Korea’s Domestic Cold War

South Korea’s conservative government is rolling back free speech protections and going after progressive activists and political parties.

http://fpif.org/koreas-domestic-cold-war/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan and S Korea defy China defence zone

Japan and South Korea said they have defied China’s newly-declared air defence zone with military overflights, showing Beijing a united front after US B-52 bombers did the same.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-skorea-defy-china-defence-zone-20131128131156925437.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Park, Putin agree to restore trans-Siberian vision

Presidents Park Geun-hye of South Korea and Vladimir Putin of Russia held summit talks on Wednesday in Seoul and agreed to broaden economic cooperation including a Russian-led project to develop a North Korean border port that will set the basis for an envisioned railway link from Korea to Siberia.In a joint statement, the two leaders agreed to seek wider cooperation on short and long-term projects in such fields as shipbuilding, financial infrastructure, logistics, energy, science, space and knowledge sharing.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131113001048

5 NOVEMBER 2013

Royal welcome for President of South Korea

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh formally welcome The President of the Republic of South Korea to the UK on a state visit, at Horse Guards Parade.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/queen-elizabeth-II/10427646/Royal-welcome-for-President-of-South-Korea.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378347/britain-lays-on-the-pomp-for-s-korean-president

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Korean president says talks with Japan would ‘serve no purpose’

South Korea president Park Geun-Hye says suggested summit would be of no value if Japanese continue to see « no need to acknowledge their past wrongdoings »
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2013/11/04/392848/S-Koreas.htm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/10424217/Korean-president-says-talks-with-Japan-would-serve-no-purpose.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea conducts military drill on disputed islets

The four-hour exercise involving five warships, jet fighters and helicopters, demonstrated « the military’s will to defend » the Dokdo islets, a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/376421/s-korea-conducts-military-drill-on-disputed-islets

24 OCTOBER 2013

South Korean foreign aid: Contributing to international security

South Korea’s economic rise is an amazing story. From a country devastated by the Korean War with a per capita gross national income (GNI) of $67, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has grown to the world’s 12th largest economy. Over the past 25 years, South Korea has become an important contributor to international development assistance.

http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/south-korean-foreign-aid-contributing-to-international-security/

18 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea slams Japanese minister, lawmakers’ war shrine visit

Seoul on Friday condemned the visit by a Japanese cabinet minister and some 150 lawmakers to the country’s controversial war shrine that it claims glorifies Tokyo’s history of aggression.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-slams-Japanese-minister-lawmakers’-war-s-52997.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia

Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/10/12/s-korea-inks-deals-worth-10b.html

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/10/116_144242.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea wants US to keep control over combined wartime defence forces

Sixty years after the end of the Korean war, the United States and South Korea still can’t agree on who should take charge if another war breaks out with the communist neighbour to the north.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/08/korea-south-north-us-military-chuck-hagel

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
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

1st OCTOBER 2013

South Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea marked its army’s 65th anniversary by holding its largest military parade to date, displaying long-range missiles described as a deterrent to the threat posed by North Korea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/south-korea-stages-huge-military-parade-201310173257340937.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/oct/01/south-korea-military-display-video

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Korean Democracy at a Crossroads

By targeting public officials who scrutinize the country’s notorious internal intelligence service, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye is rolling back hard-won democratic gains in South Korea.

http://fpif.org/korean-democracy-crossroads/

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korea reopens tender for $8bn fighter jet programme

South Korea has decided against selecting Boeing’s F-15 Silent Eagle Fighter Jet as the winner of its FX-III competition, according to local media reports.
http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/09/24/south-korea-rejects-boeings-f-15se-fighter-will-restart-fx-iii/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/4cf2af98-24e2-11e3-bcf7-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2fq9cmbrB
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371254/s-korea-rejects-boeing-bid-for-7-7-bn-fighter-deal

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

S. Korea’s ex-PM defiant after bribery conviction

Han Myeong-sook, former prime minister and ex-leader of South Korea’s main opposition party, faces another long legal battle over bribery accusations which have dealt blow to her political career and reputation as an pro-democracy activist against the military-backed governments in the 1970s and ’80s.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Koreas-ex-PM-defiant-after-bribery-conviction-51790.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean ex-dictator’s family to settle $154m in fines

The family of a former South Korean president convicted of corruption vows to pay back an estimated $154m of corruptly-obtained assets.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24028798

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

Boeing Looks Set to Win South Korea fighter Deal

Boeing is set to inch closer to clinching a multibillion-dollar deal to sell 60 F-15 Silent Eagle jets to South Korea, as its competitors have effectively been priced out of the contest.
http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/237/Boeing-Looks-Set-to-Win-South-Korea-fighter-Deal

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

S Korea, US map out plan to deter N. Korea nuclear

South Korea and the United States have mapped out a joint operational plan which outlines concrete measures to deter and respond to North Korea’s nuclear threats, a report said Sunday.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-map-out-plan-deter-n-korea-nuclear

7 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gay couple seeks recognition

Movie director and producer Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, left, speaks before his wedding ceremony with his partner Kim Seung-hwan at Cheonggye Stream in downtown Seoul, Saturday, the first public wedding ceremony for a same-sex couple in a country that does not recognize gay marriage. / Yonhap

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/09/116_142422.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

South Korean Lawmakers Back Arrest of Colleague for Treason

The South Korean National Assembly on Wednesday voted to allow the arrest of an opposition lawmaker on charges of plotting treason in a case that rekindled fears of a pro-North Korean rebellion and concern about the actions of a powerful intelligence agency that has been long accused of meddling in domestic politics under the pretext of hunting Communists.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/asia/south-korean-lawmakers-back-arrest-of-colleague-for-treason.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 AUGUST 2013

South Korean Fighter Order: AF Backs F-35

Boeing’s F-15SE Silent Eagle has been selected as the only qualified bidder in South Korea’s F-X Phase 3 competition for 60 fighters—but the country’s air force is lobbying to overturn the decision in favor of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/232/South-Korean-Fighter-Order-AF-Backs-F-35

25 AUGUST 2013

Chemical castration requests jump on revised law

The prosecution’s requests for chemical castration for sex offenders rose sharply this year as a revised law allows the hormonal treatment for even those who commit sexual violence against adults, the top prosecution office said

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130825000057

9 AUGUST 2013

Forced laborers seeking justice 70 years on

Nearly seven decades after the Korean Peninsula was liberated from Japan’s colonial rule, the matter of Tokyo’s compensation for Koreans conscripted into forced labor and military service remains unresolved.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130809000689

5 AUGUST 2013

Park replaces chief of staff

President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff and four senior secretaries on Monday to reinvigorate her administrative drive as she enters the second half of her first year in office.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130805000452

25 JULY 2013

Korea, U.S. fail to agree on sharing troop upkeep

South Korea and the United States failed Thursday to narrow differences over the sharing of the cost for stationing American troops here as Seoul rebutted Washington’s call for additional financial backing, a government source said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130725001023

23 JULY 2013

Can South Korea and China become equal partners?

South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s recent visit to China represents a fresh start to ROK–China relations. After North Korea’s sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan in 2010, ROK-China relations became strained, with Beijing supporting the North. The two countries had enjoyed a rapid 20-year development in their relations since they first opened diplomatic ties in 1992, but the sudden strain demonstrated that their much-envied partnership was limited to economic interdependence. There was little mutual trust in important areas such as politics and security. Now, this might be changing.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/23/can-south-korea-and-china-become-equal-partners/

11 JULY 2013

Korea, Buddhist monks in turmoil: Gambling and alcohol are ruining us

The venerable Jangju – one of the most important members of the Jogye Order, the largest and most important Buddhist denomination in the country – sounds the alarm: « Some monks are even go to Macau and Las Vegas to gamble. One of us has sold temple land to pay off debts. A cleanout is needed ».                                                                                                                                    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Korea,-Buddhist-monks-in-turmoil:-Gambling-and-alcohol-are-ruining-us-28442.html

South Korean court orders Japan steel firm to compensate wartime workers

A court in South Korea has ordered a Japanese steelmaker to pay more than £230,000 in compensation to four Korean citizens who said the firm used them as forced labour during the second world war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/south-korea-court-japan

9 JULY 2013

Seoul slams Tokyo claims over disputed islets

The annual Japanese defence white paper adopted by the cabinet said that the disputed three islands, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshim in Japan, are historically Tokyo’s land under international law.                                                                                                                               http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/20137954039674879.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

19 JUNE 2013

South Korea to Buy European Long-Range Missiles

South Korea has decided to upgrade its long-range missile arsenal with European-made weapons, after the Pentagon did not approve the sale of similar U.S. technology.                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/skorea-to-buy-european-longrange-missiles/1684646.html

14 JUNE 2013

SKorea’s ex-spy chief indicted in election scandal

South Korea’s former spy chief was indicted on charges of meddling in last year’s presidential elections by ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates, prosecutors said Friday.                                                                                                           http://asiancorrespondent.com/109213/skoreas-ex-spy-chief-indicted-in-election-scandal/

29 MAY 2013

South Korean Catholics increase in numbers

Church releases its annual figures. Bishops’ Conference reports more than 5 million Catholics, almost 85,000 more than in 2011.                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-Korean-Catholics-increase-in-numbers-28057.html

23 MAY 2013

President Park 11th on Forbes list of most powerful women

President Park Geun-hye placed 11th on Forbes’ list of the world’s 100 most powerful women this year.  It is the first time Park has made it onto the annual list by the U.S. economic magazine. She is also the only Korean on the roster  http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130523000542

7 MAY 2013

Obama meets S Korean president in White House

The US and South Korea are marking the 60th anniversary of forging their bilateral alliance, and are fresh from the most strident round of North Korean threats against them for many years.                                              http://www.aljazeera.com/video/americas/2013/05/201357155049678486.html                                       http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-skorean-president-to-show-unity-on-nkorea/1656198.html                                                                                         http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/07/18089314-south-koreas-iron-lady-park-geun-hye-comes-to-washington?lite

4 MAY 2013

South Korea’s role in Asia, partnership with Australia

South Korea, the seventh country to join the 20-50 club (GDP per capita over US$20,000 and a population of 50 million), lies at the geopolitical centre of Northeast Asia, acting as a bridge which mediates the interests of advanced economies with those of developing ones. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/04/south-koreas-role-in-asia-partnership-with-australia/

20 MARCH 2013

South Korea on alert for cyber-attacks after major network goes down

South Korea is investigating a suspected cyber-attack that paralysed systems at major media and banks on Wednesday, amid speculation that the North could be responsible.                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/20/south-korea-under-cyber-attack                                                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/20/south-korean-tv-networks-and-banks-paralysed-by-cyber-attack/

15 MARCH 2013

Civil service, military under scrutiny as Park tightens reins

Civil servants and state-run organizations are coming under close scrutiny as President Park Geun-hye seeks to tighten discipline and stamp out inappropriate conduct. Three separate audits into the military, civil service and state-run companies will be in full swing by next week. The results are expected to affect possible reshuffles of top posts in the organizations                                                                                                                              http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130314000791

28 FEBRUARY 2013

In S Korea, one newborn boy in five will not marry

Low birthrate and economic competition are undermining South Korea’s social structures. The national statistical institute projects that one boy in five will not marry with a devastating impact on the country’s development. The Church sounds the alarm and offers pro-life support to counter the trend                                                                                                                                                                                       http://www.asianews.it/news-en/In-S-Korea,-one-newborn-boy-in-five-will-not-marry-27268.html

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

Park Geun-hye made history Monday by becoming South Korea’s first female president, pledging to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.                 http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/24/world/asia/south-korea-female-president/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322505739252717.html

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Corruption mars Lee’s achievements

One of the slogans of President Lee Myung-bak’s government stated its aim of establishing a “fair society,” but his administration has been severely tarnished by a string of corruption scandals involving members of his family and top aides.                                                                                     http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/116_130871.html

29 JANUARY 2013

South Korea’s Unsustainable Military Build-Up

South Korea takes immense pride in its powerful military. According to Globalfirepower.com South Korea (or the ROK) ranked 8th overall in military strength. Indeed, Scott Snyder’s recent CSIS report argues that one noteworthy trend of late “is South Korea’s emergence as a producer rather than a consumer of international security goods despite an ongoing threat from North Korea (or DPRK). http://journal.georgetown.edu/2013/01/28/south-koreas-unsustainable-military-build-up-by-jeong-lee/comment-page-1/#comment-121846

8 JANUARY 2013

South Korea to speed up development of new missiles

South Korea’s new government is to hasten the development and deployment of missiles capable of striking targets anywhere in North Korea. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/9786877/South-Korea-to-speed-up-development-of-new-missiles.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

Park Geun-hye becomes South Korea’s first female president

South Korea has its first ever woman in the top job. The electoral commission has confirmed that the conservative Park Geun-hye has won the presidential election.
http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/19/s-korea-puts-a-woman-in-the-blue-house-exit-polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121219145148235453.html

27 NOVEMBER 2012

South Korea poll campaign kicks off

Park Geun-hye of the ruling conservative Saenuri party faces Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic United Party in the 19 December polls.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20506399 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20491418

23 NOVEMBER 2012

S Korea marks anniversary of island clashes

South Korea has held a commemoration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island that killed two South Korean troops and two civilians.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/201211238116923946.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

S. Korea’s main opposition party chief quits

The chairman of South Korea’s main opposition party resigned on Sunday in an effort to pave the way for the nation’s liberals to select a single candidate ahead of the December presidential poll. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121118-384220.html

27 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea’s presidential showdown: The forgotten issue

While the economy dominates the election, South Korea’s next president will have important foreign policy choices to make.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/27/s-korea-elections-what-are-candidates-foreign-policy/

23 OCTOBER 2012

South Korean MPs trigger Japan protest with island visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers on Tuesday 23 visited an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1232999/1/.html

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

19 OCTOBER 2012

UNSC seat to give Korea bigger say

South Korea’s entry into the U.N. Security Council will boost the country’s say in global security issues and help facilitate cooperation in addressing North Korea’s nuclear threat, officials and experts said Friday
http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20121019000764&cpv=0

11 OCTOBER 2012

South Korea Searches its Soul

South Korea, long largely free of street crime, has recently been shocked by a rash of brutal sex crimes and violent attacks, causing soul-searching on why such crimes have increased.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4891&Itemid=194

7 OCTOBER 2012

US and S Korea announce new missile deal

South Korea has reached a landmark agreement with the United States to extend the reach of Seoul’s ballistic missiles by more than twice the current limit to counter the threat from North Korea, the government said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/20121076301997225.html http://www.euronews.com/2012/10/07/south-korea-increases-ballistic-missile-capability/

4 OCTOBER 2012

Fight Over Rocky Islets Opens Old Wounds Between South Korea and Japan

As they do on any fine-weather day, ferries on Thursday  4 disgorged hundreds of South Korean tourists at these desolate islets. Some charged onto a wharf, waving the national flag and shouting “Daehanminguk manse!” — “Long live the Republic of Korea!” Others unfurled a “Dokdo is our territory” banner and snapped group photographs.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/05/world/asia/south-korea-and-japan-fight-over-rocky-islets.html?ref=asia

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

S Korean candidate apologises for father

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her « sincere apologies » to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/2012924821369510.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2012

Funeral held for ‘Moonie’ Church founder Sun Myung Moon

Tens of thousands of people have attended the funeral in South Korea of religious leader Sun Myung Moon.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19608783

11 SEPTEMBER 2012

S. Korea to increase budget for missiles

South Korea will spend US$2.3 billion dollars over the next five years to secure tactical weapons targeting North Korea’s nuclear weapons facilities and missile bases, a state agency says
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120911-370992.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2012

Unification Church founder  Moon Sun Myung dies at 92

Self-styled messiah Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died, aged 92
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459604 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1223614/1/.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19459920

21 AUGUST 2012

South Korea rejects Japan’s court proposal in island row

South Korea rejected Japan’s formal proposal on Tuesday that the two countries ask the International Court of Justice to settle a long-running island dispute, officials said http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221296/1/.html

15 AUGUST 2012

South Korea’s Lee says history ‘harming Japan ties’

South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak says ties with Japan are being hampered by its stance on historical issue
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19264432

13 AUGUST 2012

South Koreans swim to disputed islands amid Japan row

More than 40 South Koreans have begun a relay swim of more than 200km (124 miles) to islands also claimed by Japan amid a serious diplomatic row between the two neighbours.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19240600 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19207086

11 AUGUST 2012

Japan to take islands row to world court

Japan says it will take a long-running territorial dispute with South Korea to the Hague-based International Court of Justice, after Lee Myung-bak, South Korea’s president, made a surprise visit to a group of disputed islands this week.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/2012811121058944233.html

10 AUGUST 2012

South Korean leader’s islands visit angers Japan

President Lee Myung-Bak of South Korea paid an unprecedented visit to remote islands disputed with Japan, sparking anger in Tokyo which recalled its ambassador from Seoul in protest. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/NH11Dg02.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281081820614896.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/world/asia/south-koreans-visit-to-disputed-islets-angers-japan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2012

Spats mar 20 years of China ties with South Korea

China’s release of a Korean activist late last month was supposed to remove a sharp thorn in relations between the neighbors set to celebrate their 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties. But it was only the start of a new diplomatic spat as the former detainee, Kim Young-hwan, revealed torture and inhumane treatment by Chinese investigators.
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120808001121&cpv=0

11 JULY 2012

South Korea: A president’s brother is held over graft

President Lee’s family has chalked up a first. His 77-year-old elder brother, Lee Sang-deuk, is the first of a sitting president to be jailed. A court ruled that he should be held in custody while allegations against him are investigated, to prevent him from destroying evidence.
http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/presidents-brother-held-over-graft

5 JULY 2012

Defiant South Korea vows ‘scientific’ whaling

South Korea says it will start whaling under a loophole in a global moratorium that allows scientific research, outraging conservationist nations by using the same tactic as Japan.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127511341235201.html

2 JULY 2012

South Korea opens ‘mini capital’ in Sejong City

South Korea has inaugurated a « mini capital » designed to act as a new government hub south of the main capital, Seoul.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18670195

22 JUNE 2012

South Korea’s population passes 50 million

South Korea’s population will exceed 50 million on Saturday, making it the 26th country to reach the mark, according to a report from Statistics Korea. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/06/22/south-korea-s-population-passes-50-million.html

17 JUNE 2012

Human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in sets S.Korean presidential bid

A man who was once imprisoned by South Korea’s former military dictator, Park Chung-hee, said on Sunday he would seek the centre-left’s nomination to run for president, likely setting up a contest with the daughter of the man who jailed him.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120617-353428.html

4 JUNE 2012

S. Korea, U.S. struggle over missile pact revision

South Korea and the United States are still struggling to narrow their differences over a proposed revision of a bilateral pact to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, officials here said Monday 4
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120604000969

28 MAY 2012

Korea seeks to acquire U.S. missiles, choppers

The U.S. Department of Defense is considering selling Harpoon Block II Missiles and Seahawk Helicopters to South Korea. The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in press releases last week that it had notified the U.S. Congress of the possible sale of 18 of the missiles, eight of the helicopters and their associated parts, equipment, logistical support and training. The estimated costs are $1.84 billion
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120527000251&cpv=0

25 MAY 2012

S. Korea’s maritime security challenged

With its military prioritizing deterring North Korea and lack of public understanding of maritime security, the country is lagging behind China and Japan despite them repeatedly challenging Korean sovereignty, experts pointed out
http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120524001090&cpv=0

14 MAY 2012

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in Burma visit

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is to visit Burma, the first time a South Korean leader has visited the country since a deadly bomb attack 29 years ago
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18055319

13 APRIL 2012

S. Korean opposition party chief quits over poll

« I’m stepping down as the party head to take responsibility, » Democratic United Party (DUP) head Han Myeong-Sook said after the ruling conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) retained its majority in Wednesday’s polls http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120413-339577.html

11 APRIL 2012

South Korea’s ruling party wins elections

The conservative New Frontier Party (NFP) on Wednesday won 152 seats in the 300-seat National Assembly, 25 more than the opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), which was tipped to score an easy victory in earlier opinion polls. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201241123555633872.html http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_asia/2012-04-12/Saenuri-Party-Claims-Victory-in-South-Korean-Elections.html#video_section

20 MARCH 2012

Women’s rise reshaping Korean society

In a Korea Institute of Child Care & Education survey of 1,000 couples that had a child in April-August 2010, four in 10 fathers said they had wanted a daughter and only a quarter of them replied they had desired a son, with the others having no preference. Among mothers, a daughter had been preferred by 39.5 percent and a son by 30.3 percent
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120320000935

19 MARCH 2012

‘Lee failed to capture people’s hearts’

President Lee Myung-bak, with his CEO-style of leadership, is failing to connect with the people, a major shortcoming for a national leader and one of the reasons why he is not getting much of the credit he deserves from the public, said an expert on presidential leadership
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120319001131

9 FEBRUARY 2012

South Korea’s Assembly Speaker Resigns Over Bribery Scandal

The speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly resigned on Thursday as prosecutors investigated a lawmaker’s accusation that he had tried to obtain the top leadership post in President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party through bribery
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/asia/south-koreas-assembly-speaker-resigns-over-bribery-scandal.html?_r=1&ref=asia

29 JANUARY 2012

Lee’s clique falls in disgrace

President Lee Myung-bak’s last year in office could be somewhat lonesome with most of his closest confidants being forced to leave his side due to corruption. The departures of Lee’s confidants are also likely to push him further into lame-duck status, political analysts said.  The conservative leader has already faced isolation, with his ruling Grand National Party trying to distance itself from him ahead of major election
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120129000378

26 January 2012

S Korea grows at slowest in two years

South Korea’s economy is cooling more sharply than expected as weak domestic consumption compounds a slowdown in demand for goods from the world’s seventh biggest exporter. High quality global journalism requires investment. Gross domestic product grew at only 0.4 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the slowest rate in two years according to data released on Thursday. In the previous three months GDP grew 0.8 per cent
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/20547b72-47e1-11e1-a4e5-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1kay0qXqn

21 JANUARY 2012

Korea to double fines against illegal fishing by Chinese

The government will submit a bill next month for a law revision that would double fines against illegal fishing, in its latest effort to counteract Chinese fishing boats poaching in South Korean waters in the Yellow Sea, an official said Saturday 21
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120121000102

8 JANUARY 2012

Ruling party considers shortening working hours

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120108000128

13 DECEMBER 2011

China-South Korea tension builds over coast guard murder

Chinese and South Korean media have entered into an exchange of opinions over an incident on Monday 12 in which a South Korean coast guard officer was allegedly stabbed to death and another injured by a Chinese sailor whose boat was stopped for « suspected illegal fishing in South Korean waters”
http://en.radio86.com/news/china-south-korea-tension-builds-over-coast-guard-murder
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16154118

7 DECEMBER 2011

GNP chief says will ‘recreate’ party

South Korea: Grand National Party chairman Hong Joon-pyo said Wednesday he would lead efforts to rebuild the embattled party if party members allow him as pressure mounted on him to step down and allow former chairwoman Park Geun-hye to take charge
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111207000911

6 DECEMBER 2011

Looted Korean royal texts return home

South Korea celebrated the return of nearly 1,200 ancient documents looted by the Japanese during its 1910-1945 colonial rule, with welcoming ceremonies at Incheon International Airport on Tuesday
http://www.koreaherald.com/pop/NewsFlashRight.jsp?newsMLId=20111206000810

22 NOVEMBER 2011

South Korea ratifies long-delayed US trade deal

South Korea’s parliament has ratified a free-trade deal with the US, after years of wrangling over the issue. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote. Members of the ruling Grand National Party, which has a majority, convened to force the bill through in a 151-7 vote
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15832451
http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/22/8947915-south-korean-lawmaker-fires-tear-gas-in-parliament-amid-anger-at-us-trade-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Philippines considers South Korean military equipment

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

17 NOVEMBER 2011

S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation

Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20111117000893

 13 JANUARY 2011

Legal adult  age reduced to 19

The age of legal adulthood is to be lowered from the  current 20 to 19 under a revised civil law bill, officials said Wednesday. The  bill, which was passed by the parliamentary Legislation and Judiciary Committee  last month, is expected to be approved at a plenary session of the National
Assembly next month, they said.
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20110112000713

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 May in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 MAY IN ASIAN

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1961: Signature of a cease-fire in Laos

1964: An explosion sinks the USS Card which docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship
https://warisboring.com/viet-cong-commandos-sank-an-american-aircraft-carrier/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_the_USNS_Card
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-ship-sunk-in-saigon-port

1968: On a Hanoi proposition, Americans and North Vietnamese agree to meet on May 10 in Paris

1982: The seven fundamentalist parties of the Afghan resistance announce their total merging in the Islamist Alliance of Afghan Mujaheddin (IAAM)

1983: Beginning of a second Vietnamese withdrawal from Cambodia (10,000 men)

2002: In Nepal, beginning of a royal offensive killing more than 650 communist rebels

2002: Closing ceremony of the Cam Ranh Bay naval base where up to 10,000 Soviet troops have been based

2003: India and Pakistan re-establish their diplomatic relations and air links. They also decide talks on their disputes

2008: For the first time, USA have talk with Maoists in Nepal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7379567.stm

2011: Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader is killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence. After « a firefight », US forces took possession of his body
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011522132275789.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13256676

2013: Viet Nam asks China to end its provocative actions in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea

On 2 May in South Asian history

ON 2 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1920: Birth of Vasantrao Deshpande, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist from India who died on July 30, 1983
http://www.surgyan.com/vasantraodeshpande.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasantrao_Deshpande

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p9njBh1mL8

1921: Birth of Satyajit Ray, Indian director, who died on 23 April 1992
http://www.satyajitray.org/about_ray/introduction.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-may-1921-satyajit-ray-indian-director-and-screenwriter-was-born

1924: Birth of Jamal Abro, Sindhi writer, who died on June 30, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Abro

1926: In India, Hindu women gain the right to seek elected office

1929: Birth of Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Bhutanese king who died on July 21, 1972
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jigme_Dorji_Wangchuck
http://wangchasangey.blogspot.fr/2015/04/remembering-king-jigme-dorji-wangchuck.html

1950: In London, opening of the conference of the Commonwealth

1955: India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or « Untouchables » punishable

1980: A referendum on system of government is held in Nepal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepalese_governmental_system_referendum,_1980

1982: The seven fundamentalist parties of the Afghan resistance announce their total merging in the Islamist Alliance of Afghan Mujaheddin (IAAM)

2002: In Nepal, beginning of a royal offensive killing more than 650 communist rebels

2003: India and Pakistan re-establish their diplomatic relations and air links. They also decide talks on their disputes

2008: For the first time, USA have talk with Maoists in Nepal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7379567.stm

2011: Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader is killed in a ground operation outside Islamabad based on US intelligence. After « a firefight », US forces took possession of his body
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2011/05/2011522132275789.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13256676

 

On 2 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1889: Birth of Ki Hajar Dewantoro founder of the Toman Siswa Organization to promote national education for Indonesian, who died on April 28, 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ki_Hajar_Dewantara

1917: Birth of Van Tien Dung, Vietnamese general and politician who died on March 17, 2002
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Tien_Dung

1935: In the Philippines, the peasants of Luzon, rise up in arms against oppressive land tenancy laws

1942: Jose Abad Santos, Philippine national hero, born on February 19, 1886, is executed by the Japanese
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Abad_Santos

1961: Signature of a cease-fire in Laos

1964: An explosion sinks the USS Card which docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship
https://warisboring.com/viet-cong-commandos-sank-an-american-aircraft-carrier/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_the_USNS_Card
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-ship-sunk-in-saigon-port

1968: Birth of Ziana Zain, Malaysian singer-songwriter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ziana_Zain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YaIerWR9fk

1968: On a Hanoi proposition, Americans and North Vietnamese agree to meet on May 10 in Paris

1983: Beginning of a second Vietnamese withdrawal from Cambodia (10,000 men)

1994: In Indonesia, the People’s Democratic Party (PRD) is founded by by Budiman Sujatmiko
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People’s_Democratic_Party_(Indonesia)

2000: Birth of Angel Sy, Filipina child actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angel_Sy


2002: Closing ceremony of the Cam Ranh Bay naval base where up to 10,000 Soviet troops have been based

2002: In Myanmar, Aun San Suu Kyi, under house of arrest since September 2000 is released

2005: Death of Wee Kim Wee, 4th President of Singapore, born on September 2, 1915
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wee_Kim_Wee

2008: Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7397617.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pq8O0A0HjBE

2012: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is sworn in to Burma’s parliament for the first time, cementing a risky detente between her party and the country’s military rulers
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-burma-aung-san-suu-kyi-un-swearing-in-parliament
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17918414

2013: Viet Nam asks China to end its provocative actions in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea


Holidays and observances

Indonesia: National Education Day

On 2 May in Japan’s history

ON 2 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1939: Birth of Sumio Lijima, Japanese physicist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumio_Iijima

1952: Birth of Mari Natsuki, Japanese singer, dancer and actress


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Natsuki

1956: Yasushi Akimoto, Japanese writer, lyricist and Producer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasushi_Akimoto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uThd4Hru61o

1968: Birth of Midorikawa Hikaru, Japanese voice actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midorikawa_Hikaru
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hikarumidorikawafanclub/

1987: Birth of Nana Kitade, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nana_Kitade

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cddQqOsfrh4

1998: Hide (Hideto Matsumoto), born on December 13, 1964, commits suicide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hide
http://www.stars-portraits.com/en/star/hideto-matsumoto.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBx1eV0KJM

2009: Death of Kiyoshiro Imawano, Japanese singer, musician, producer, and actor (RC Succession), born on April 1, 1951
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2009/05/04/national/rc-succession-singer-imawano-dead-at-age-58/#.UYEvpstOLIU
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyoshiro_Imawano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaUHCFF5BU8

 

On 2 May in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 2 MAY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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821: Death of Liu Zong, general of the Tang Dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Zong

1360: Birth of Yongle (Zhu Di), Emperor of China, who died on August 12, 1424
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongle_Emperor

1956: In a speech, for the first time, Mao Zedong uses the sentence “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend”
http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/226950.html

1988: Birth of Lara Liang, Taiwanese-American Singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Liang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0ysJjmwVQA

2012: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng has left Beijing’s US embassy where he had taken refuge after fleeing house arrest last weeky
http://www.france24.com/en/20120502-china-chen-guangcheng-leaves-us-embassy-blind-lawyer-activist
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/2012528554197845.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/02/world/asia/china-clinton-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

2013: Viet Nam asks China to end its provocative actions in the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago in order to maintain peace and stability in the East Sea