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On 2 June in Asian history

ON 2 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on 2 June 2018

926: Birth of Murakami, 62nd emperor of Japan (946-967), who died on May 25, 967
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Murakami

1183: In Japan, battle of Kurikara


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataille_de_Kurikara
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Kurikara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJvdZ-6f4Y

1716: Death of Ogata Korin, Japanese painter, born in 1658
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogata_K%C5%8Drin
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Ogata+Korin&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=HtzkTeCaNYe2hQf-itnpBw&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=511&bih=494

1891: Birth of Takijiro Onishi, Japanese « father of the kamikaze » who commited suicid on August 16, 1945
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takijir%C5%8D_%C5%8Cnishi

1899 : In the Philippines, the Malolos Congress declared war on the United States
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1159/today-in-philippine-history-june-2-1899-the-malolos-congress-declared-war-on-the-united-states

1901: In Japan, Katsura Taro becomes Premier for the first time, till January 1906
http://www.jref.com/japan/history/biographies/katsura_taro.shtml

1911: Birth of Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death), who died on January 22,1942
http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/people/history/15/4766-1.htm
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2011-06/17/content_12724436.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiao_Hong

1935: Birth of Lee Hoi-chang, South-Korean politician
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2535547.stm

1941: Birth of Oda Mayumi, Japanese artist
http://robertaenglish.com/collections/mayumi-oda/
http://www.vernegallery.com/japanese-prints/MayumiOda/27
https://www.google.fr/search?q=oda+mayumi&biw=1093&bih=451&tbm=isch&source=lnms&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ46qisYfNAhXH1RoKHWEhBP0Q_AUIBigB

Oda Mayumi 2

1943: Birth of Ilaiyaraaja, Indian composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilaiyaraaja

1946: Birth of Song Dae Kwan, Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_Dae_Kwan
http://star.koreandrama.org/?p=6666

1955: Opening in London of peace talks between Japan and Soviet Union

1956: Birth of Mani Ratnam, Indian director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ratnam
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711745/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-june-1956-mani-ratnam-renowned-indian-film-director-was-born

1962: Expiration of the 1954 China-India treaty on Tibet

1962: The reformist Deng Xiaoping, against the leftists, declares “It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice” He will be largely critized for that during the Cultural Revolution
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch32prc.html

1962-06-02 Deng and the cats

1963: Birth of Anand Abhyankar, Indian actor who died in a car accident on December 23, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Abhyankar

Anand Abhyankar 2

1964: Lal Bahadur Shaskri succeeds Jawarharlal Nehru as Indian Prime Minister
http://www.culturalindia.net/leaders/lal-bahadur-shastri.html
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/Independent/Shastri.html

1965: In India, – 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 

1965: First Australian contingent arrive in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-contingent-of-australian-combat-troops-arrives

1974: Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan since two years is formally enthroned
 http://bhutan2008.blogspot.fr/2007/05/tribute-to-his-majesty-jigme-singye.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbXynzSWxz4

 1981: In Afghanistan, three resistance movement favoring a western military aide, form a new alliance: The Islamic Unity of Aghanistan mudjahidin

1982: Death of Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician, 5th president of the Republic, born on January 1, 1904
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P036

1987: Birth of Anthony de Mello, Indian priest and psychotherapist, born September 4, 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_de_Mello

1988: Death of Raj Kapoor, Indian film actor, producer and director, born on December 14, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Kapoor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wjGc1zGWBc

1989: 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1989-06-02 Population stop troops

1999: The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the kingdom for the first time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan_Broadcasting_Service

1999: The Japanese ministry of Health and Welfare approves the use of birth control pills

2001: In Malaysia, Finance minister Daim Zainuddin resigns, as well as UMNO Treasurer
http://edition.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/06/02/malay.resign/index.html

2004 : Death of Dom Moraes, Indian writer and poet, born on July 19, 1938
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3773081.stm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/dom-moraes-730527.html
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/jun/04/guardianobituaries.india

2006: More than 200.000 Maoists demonstrate in Katmandu demanding the abolition of the monarchy

2007: Death of Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer, born on January 12, 1949
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=19715836
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentaro_Haneda

2007: Death of Chinese Vice-Premier minister Huang Ju (69), former mayor of Shanghai and closed ally of Jiang Zemin
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/richard_spencer/blog/2007/06/04/huang_ju_is_finally_officially_dead

2008: Bomb hits Danish embassy in Pakistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7430721.stm

2010: Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama of Japan announces that he would step down
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/02/world/asia/02japan.html?ref=asia
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-japan-prime-minister-yukio-hatoyama-resign-election-base-okinawa

2010: Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survives a no-confidence motion in parliament with 186 voting to censure him and 246 against the action
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/06/02/thailand.pm.censure/index.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-thailand-prime-minister-abhisit-vejjajiva-survives-no-confidence-vote-parliament

2010: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

2012: In Afghanistan, helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

2013: June 4 Tiananmen square crackdown mastermind Chen Xitong dies
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1253554/june-4-crackdown-mastermind-chen-xitong-dies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22773481

2014: Death of Anjan Das, Indian director and producer, born on November 17, 1951
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/eminent-bengali-filmmaker-anjan-das-dies/
http://movies.ndtv.com/regional/bengali-filmmaker-anjan-das-dies-of-cancer-639654
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/filmmaker-anjan-das-passes-away/article6077066.ece

2014: India has a new State called Telangana created from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the country’s 29th state and represents the culmination of a decades-long separatist campaign
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-has-new-state-/1927347.html

2014: Death of Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal, born on February 5, 1924
http://www.oneindia.com/india/jayalalithaa-condoles-death-of-cardinal-lourdusamy-1460129.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duraisamy_Simon_Lourdusamy

2015 : The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines, Alberto Silva, is arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

2016: Fourteen years after an armed mob set ablaze the Gulberg Housing Society, massacring 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, a special Gujarat court convicts 24 people, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya
http://www.dw.com/en/india-court-convicts-24-over-2002-gujarat-riots-massacre/a-19299529
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36423413
http://zeenews.india.com/news/gujarat/24-held-guilty-36-freed-in-gulberg-society-massacre-conspiracy-charges-against-all-dropped-zakia-jafri-calls-it-half-justice_1891181.html

 

Holidays and observances

Coronation of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

China territorial claims

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2 JUNE 2018

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks ‘irresponsible’ US comments

China has branded as « irresponsible » US comments that it is intimidating its neighbours with its military deployment in the South China Sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44343368
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563659/South-China-US-Mattis-sea-dispute
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_19/

29 MAY 2018

Philippines, China draw ‘red lines’ in South China Sea dispute

Both the Philippines and China have identified actions that would be deemed unacceptable in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said Monday
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/29/1819745/philippines-china-draw-red-lines-south-china-sea-dispute#rb27AMRaDLYV5kox.99
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148204/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-will-go-war-china-if-it

27 MAY 2018

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move ‘seriously infringed’ its sovereignty

China has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-us-warships-islands-disputed-paracel-trump-south-sea-latest-sovereignty-seriously-infringed-a8371776.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/us-warships-sail-near-disputed-islands-in-south-china-sea/9805576?section=world

19 MAY 2018

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island

For the first time, China’s air force has landed several bombers on a South China Sea island. The move could fuel tension in the region amid concern that Beijing is expanding its military might to the disputed waters
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-island-1.2223889
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/142/56/112/1526722717275.html

3 MAY 2018

China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts: CNBC report

China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/china-installs-cruise-missiles-south-china-sea-outposts-cnbc-report
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/03/china-installs-anti-ship-cruise-missiles-outposts-south-china/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/03/china-likely-to-add-combat-aircraft-to-south-china-sea-outposts.html

20 APRIL 2018

Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea

Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-20/south-china-sea-australian-warships-challenged-by-chinese/9677908?section=world
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-challenged-australian-warships-south-china-sea-australian-media
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/114/123/1524229235518.html

1 APRIL 2018

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

China and Vietnam vowed Sunday to keep the peace in the South China Sea, the resource-rich waterway that has long been a source of tension between Hanoi and its powerhouse communist neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/01/557123/China-Vietnam-South-China-Sea-tension-oil-and-gas-Wang-Yi–
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139849/beijing-and-hanoi-promise-keep-peace-south-china-sea-where

26 MARCH 2018

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

The Duterte administration should be careful not to prejudice its claims or rights. It can and should continue to protest privately or publicly when it believes China — or any other country — has violated any understanding between them or the details of the arbitration result itself
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/675.html

8 MARCH 2018

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

A leading Chinese military general says his country needs to build defensive structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea to assert its sovereignty over nearly the entire region amid tensions between Beijing and Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/08/554789/China-Lt-Gen-He-Lei-Wang-Yi-US-South-China-Sea

15 FEBRUARY 2018

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

Beijing has unilaterally built seven new military bases in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, reported today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea,-US-Navy:-‘Seven-new-bases-built-by-Beijing’-43107.html

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

31 JANUARY 2018

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

China’s state-run news agencies openly acknowledge that the nation has engaged in significant land reclamation and artificial island building in the South China Sea region
https://www.heritage.org/homeland-security/commentary/wanted-strategy-limit-chinas-grand-plans-the-south-china-sea

20 JANUARY 2018

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

China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take « necessary measures » to ensure its sovereignty was protected
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-20/south-china-sea:-china-accuses-us-ship-of-violating-sovereignty/9346108?section=world
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/32/195/114/1516440160804.html

11 JANUARY 2018

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

China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2127856/china-japan-trade-accusations-after-chinese-warship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42651067
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180111_20/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China claims South China Sea expansion is reasonable

China – Slamming critics, China has now claimed that all of the controversial construction and expansion work it has carried out in the disputed South China Sea islands is “reasonable.”
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255868632/china-claims-south-china-sea-expansion-is-reasonable

15 DECEMBER 2017

China tells Australia off over South China Sea stance

China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-tells-australia-over-south-china-sea-stance
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-15/china-says-australia-disrupting-stability-and-peace-in-south-china-sea-buildup-on-islands-continues/1723800
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/china-has-warned-australia-to-keep-out-of-the-south-china-sea-dispute-ng-8fe3e7edf716023896ed5cc6fcff683f

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/13/542063/Vietnam-China-agreement-South-China-Sea-Xi-Jinping-Hanoi-ASEAN

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues
http://zeenews.india.com/world/trump-offers-to-mediate-in-south-china-sea-row-2056430.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119551/better-left-untouched-philippines-and-vietnam-wary
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/12/541879/US-Trump-Vietnam-territorial-dispute-China-South-China-Sea

6 OCTOBER 2017

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

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

7 AUGUST 2017

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

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

27 JULY 2017

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

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

25 JULY 2017

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

China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-backs-joint-energy-development-with-philippines-in-disputed-sea-9062262
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-bares-ph-china-venture/340675/
http://sea-globe.com/vietnam-oil-south-china-sea/

7 JULY 2017

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

Two US bombers fly over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force says, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-07/south-china-sea-us-bombers-challenge-china-territorial-claim-with-bombers-flight/1684508
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101705/us-flexes-military-muscles-tension-mounts-over-north

5 JULY 2017

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

China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101432/china-calls-border-row-india-worst-30-years
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0705/c90883-9237637.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/doklam-plateau-faceoff-the-way-forward/

3 JULY 2017

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

China has blasted the US for carrying out « a serious political and military provocation » after it sailed a warship near islands that it claims, the latest act by Donald Trump’s administration that has infuriated Beijing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40476521
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/serious-political-military-provocation-china-blasts-us-warship/
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-vows-step-air-sea-patrols-after-us-warship-sails-near-disputed-island

25 MAY 2017

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

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40040231
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/us-warship-sails-near-south-china-sea-reef-claimed-by-beijing-1.2032897
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/109/2/194/1495719739477.html

19 MAY 2017

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

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday (May 19) Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-says-china-s-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-8865896

12 MARCH 2013

Taiwan seeks seat in dialogues on South China sea disputes

A ranking government official has expressed hope that Taiwan would be included in dialogues concerning maritime and international affairs, even if it is not set to take any position on the increasing militarization in the South China Sea
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153247/taiwan-seeks-seat-dialogues-south-china-sea-disputes

19 FEBRUARY 2017

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

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/us-carrier-group-patrols-in-south-china-sea/8284224?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882

24 JANUARY 2017

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-will-not-back-down-south-china-sea
http://www.dw.com/en/china-tells-trump-to-act-cautiously-on-south-china-sea-issue/a-37249052
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_34/

14 JANUARY 2017

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

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-vietnam-to-manage-differences-over-south-china-sea/3438930.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/14/c_135982572.htm

17 DECEMBER 2016

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

 A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, US officials say
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-17/chinas-navy-seizes-american-underwater-drone-in-south-china-sea/1640306
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/17/china-and-us-in-talks-over-seized-drone-officials-say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055434/drone-snatch-heralds-new-era-south-china-sea-say

15 DECEMBER 2016

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

China appears to have positioned “significant” weapons systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, despite vowing it had no intention of militarising the archipelago, a US thinktank has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/images-show-significant-chinese-weapons-systems-in-south-china-sea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_11/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-defends-its-right-to-ready-slingshot-in-south-china-sea/3370418.html

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s charm offensive on South China Sea claimants

The outcomes from recent visits by leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – all of which have competing claims in the South China Sea with China – have led some to view them as part of China’s new charm offensive towards Asean, targeted at claimants
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/chinas-charm-offensive-on-south-china-sea-claimants

31 OCTOBER 2016

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

Beijing says the situation at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea « has not changed and will not change », after the Philippines said Chinese vessels that blocked the area for four years had stopped harassing its fishermen
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-31/china-says-situation-at-disputed-scarborough-shoal-unchanged/7982010?section=world
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/31/c_135794928.htm
http://www.manilatimes.net/understanding-reached-shoal/294171/

28 OCTOBER 2016

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

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, officials say, calling the Chinese departure a « welcome development »
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041066/philippines-says-china-vessels-have-left-disputed

21 OCTOBER 2016

US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged“excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its Neighbors
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-conducts-new-freedom-of-navigation-operation-near-disputed-south-china-sea-islands
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-destroyer-sails-close-to-contested-islands-in-South-China-Sea-Pentagon/articleshow/54983897.cms

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/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

A senior US military official is again putting pressure on Australia to take a stronger stance against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-01/us-military-official-urges-australia-take-stronger-stance-china/7805386?section=world

12 AUGUST 2016

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

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

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

13 JULY 2016

China issues white paper on settling S. China Sea disputes

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper titled « China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. »
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/13/content_15462109.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2016-07/13/content_15462174.html

12 JULY 2016

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

The International Tribunal has ruled that ‘China’s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea’ has no legal basis. Further, the tribunal in The Hague claimed that Beijing’s “nine-dash” line to delineate its South China Sea claims contravenes a United Nations convention on maritime law.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245762985
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/tribunal-rules-chinas-south-sea-claims-dont-hold-water-16934
http://www.andrewerickson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Press-Release-No-11-English.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36772813
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/12/c_135507935.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

5 JULY 2016

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

Reports indicate that the state-run Global Times has said that the situation has already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now it has become worse with the tribunal threatening China’s sovereignty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/245563787

28 MAY 2016

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

The pending decision on the South China Sea arbitration in The Hague, which was initiated by the Philippines, is a legal monstrosity and reeks of hegemony from Washington, said Wu Ken, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/28/content_15440819.html

12 MAY 2016

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

China has stepped up its confrontational rhetoric ahead of an international court ruling over its claims in the South China Sea, calling it “an orchestrated show” aimed at undermining the nation’s sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1944053/china-brands-international-court-hearings-passing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1943936/showdown-south-china-sea-how-ruling-permanent-court

28 APRIL 2016

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

It maintains that the dispute should be resolved between individual claimant countries instead of through ASEAN body, and has claimed in the past week that Brunei, Cambodia and Laos back its stance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-southeast/2740754.html

18 APRIL 2016

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

A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-18/chinese-military-plane-makes-first-public-landing-on-disputed-south-china-sea-island/1570820
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/19/content_15418232.html

12 APRIL 2016

China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea

A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/243064947

5 APRIL 2016

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

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

13 MARCH 2016

China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes

The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s « national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests. » The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-to-establish-maritime-judicial-center-amid-disputes/a-19113688
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/242170385

8 MARCH 2016

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-won-budge-south-china-sea-sovereignty-160308034024267.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-south-china-sea-is-among-the-worlds-freest-shipping-lanes-beijings-control

23 FEBRUARY 2016

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

Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability to control the disputed South China Sea, a US think tank said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1915765/china-installing-new-radar-spratly-islands-could

17 FEBRUARY 2016

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

The Ministry of National Defense is keeping abreast of developments amid reports the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) in the South China Sea, spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/18/2003639615
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35592988
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/16/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1913621/beijing-defends-use-armaments-south-china-sea-after

31 JANUARY 2016

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

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-doubles-number-f-15s-southern-island-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160131_15.html

6 JANUARY 2016

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

China landed two more planes on a contested reef in the South China Sea Wednesday, state media said, despite international condemnation of a landing at the same location days earlier
http://news.yahoo.com/china-again-lands-planes-disputed-island-south-china-122649619.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/china-lands-two-more-planes-in-disputed-south-china-sea-state-media/

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 NOVEMBER 2015

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

« Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs, » Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-says-wont-cease-building-south-china-sea-isles
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34894878

18 NOVEMBER 2015

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

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34853878

5 NOVEMBER 2015

India can play positive role in South China Sea: China

China Thursday asked India to play a “constructive and positive” role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, in a guarded reaction to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s call for ensuring freedom of navigation in the strategic waters amid escalated Sino-US tensions
http://atimes.com/2015/11/india-can-play-constructive-positive-role-in-south-china-sea-china/

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

27 OCTOBER 2015

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

A United States Navy destroyer entered waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea late Monday, Defense Department officials said, directly challenging China’s claims that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/world/asia/challenging-chinese-claims-us-sends-warship-near-artificial-island-chain.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/27/asia/us-china-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-official-more-south-china-sea-patrols-likely/3026017.html

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

6 AUGUST 2015

Kerry says US will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry accuses China of not allowing freedom of movement in the South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/kerry-blasts-beijing-over-south-china-sea-militarisation/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150806-kerry-says-us-will-not-accept-restrictions-south-china-sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-has-stopped-land-reclamation-s-china-sea

29 MAY 2015

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

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea, US officials said on Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/us-says-china-had-artillery-vehicles-on-artificial-island-in-south-china-sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11638044/US-surveillance-shows-China-positioning-weapons-on-contested-island.html

13 MAY 2015

China Concerned About Possible US Patrols Around Islands

China on Wednesday expressed « serious concern » about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/232820993
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560567/china-anger-over-us-military-plans-in-disputed-waters
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560651/us-weighs-response-to-china-wall-of-sand

9 MAY 2015

China pursuing huge South China Sea land reclamation: US

China has dramatically ramped up its land reclamation efforts in the South China Sea this year, building artificial islands at an unprecedented pace to bolster its territorial claims in the disputed area, US officials said on Friday (May 8)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-pursuing-huge-south/1836182.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/pentagon-says-china-speeds-up-island-building-south-china-sea/2760875.html

9 APRIL 2015

China defends reclamation in disputed South China Sea

China has defended its construction of artificial islands in a disputed area of the South China Sea, saying it is needed to safeguard its sovereignty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32234448
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/09/content_15249016.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/523891/china-defends-land-reclamation-on-disputed-islands

7 APRIL 2015

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

President Xi Jinping called on the visiting Vietnam Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong on Tuesday to explore a « new approach » to solving the two countries’ disputes
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1759804/chinas-president-xi-jinping-calls-new-approach-territorial-dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-vietnam-must-manage/1770992.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Report: China building new islands in disputed waters

Satellite images from late January analyzed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly show that China is reclaiming a significant amount of land at three sites in the Spratly Islands, in addition to two other sites previously documented by the defense publication
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/17/asia/china-south-china-sea-reclamation/index.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-to-project-power/1668948.html

http://cogitasia.com/the-south-china-sea-transformed-amtis-latest-issue/

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

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

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

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

China ‘boosting shoal defence’

China is fortifying its barricade around Scarborough shoal, a rich fishing ground in the South China Sea also claimed by the Philippines
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-boosting-shoal-defence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30358073

24 NOVEMBER 2014

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

China on Monday hit back at « irresponsible remarks » from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-defies-us-call-stop-island-project-south-china-sea
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/11/25/422596/Beijing-defends.htm

21 NOVEMBER 2014

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

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Beijing has illegally occupied the Aksai Chin region in Ladakh, and blamed the Congress for making “China India’s neighbour”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2842985/Incursions-hurt-ties-Rajnath-Singh-hits-China-illegal-occupation.html#ixzz3Jisy2oA2 

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

Beijing officials said a crisis management mechanism had been set up to prevent the situation from worsening.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29947967
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201411070091

17 OCTOBER 2014

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

China and Vietnam have agreed to “address and control” maritime disputes, Chinese state media said on Friday, as differences over the potentially energy-rich South China Sea have spoiled relations between the two countries and other neighbours.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1618397/china-vietnam-pledge-address-and-control-maritime-disputes

8 OCTOBER 2014

China builds military airstrip on disputed island: Xinhua

Beijing has completed a runway for military aircraft on a South China Sea island also claimed by Vietnam, state-run media reported, as it asserts its territorial claims in the area.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436529/china-builds-military-airstrip-on-disputed-island-xinhua

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Mixed Messages to India

As India welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping today, it’s hard to miss the mixed messages coming from China. On the one hand, India and China have had a difficult security relationship over the past half-century, with a still-unresolved border dispute over which they fought a war in 1962
http://blogs.cfr.org/asia/2014/09/17/chinas-mixed-messages-to-india/

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

10 AUGUST 2014

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

China says it will employ a dual-track approach to deal with the South China Sea issue – direct consultation with claimants
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Beijing-rejects-call-for-end-to-provocative-moves–63225.html

04 AUGUST 2014

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

China can build whatever it wants on its islands in the South China Sea, a senior Chinese official said on Monday, rejecting proposals ahead of a key regional meeting to freeze any activity that may raise tensions in disputed waters there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-can-build-what-it-wants-south-china-sea-isles

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

Japan has released declassified diplomatic archives indicating that both China and Taiwan started asserting their ownership of the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands only from 1971
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Tokyo-releases-records-to-boost-claim-to-islands-62776.html

28 JUNE 2014

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

On March 3, 1925, the Governor General of Indochina issued a statement confirming that Hoang Sa (Paracels) and Truong Sa (Spratlys) belong to Vietnam, part of the French territory. Thus, even in the French-ruled period, Vietnam’s sovereignty over the two archipelagos continued
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/special-reports/106047/vietnam-s-sovereignty-over-hoang-sa-in-the-french-colonial-period.html

20 JUNE 2014

Beijing sends more oil rigs to South China Sea

China is sending another four oil rigs to the South China Sea, state media and authorities said Friday, as Beijing and Hanoi trade accusations over an increasingly heated territorial row
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416489/beijing-sends-more-oil-rigs-to-south-china-sea

19 JUNE 2014

China moving 2nd rig closer to Vietnam

China says it is moving a second oil rig closer to the Vietnamese coast in disputed waters amid continuing tensions and confrontations between ships from the countries
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416265/china-moving-2nd-oil-rig-near-vietnam
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/06/20/410580/China-declares.htm

11 JUNE 2014

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

China is using photocopied pages from a geography textbook for Vietnamese ninth-graders published 40 years ago to help win international support for its claim to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/11/world/asia/china-vietnam-paracels/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

9 JUNE 2014

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

Chinese officials have accused vessels from Vietnam of launching more than 1,400 ramming raids on its ships near a drilling rig in the South China Sea.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27758685

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

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

31 MAY 2014

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea Saturday, officials said, as the United States warned Beijing over increasing territorial assertiveness
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412843/japan-says-chinese-ships-in-disputed-waters
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-05/31/c_133375656.htm

27 MAY 2014

Vietnam accuses China of sinking fishing boat

A Chinese fishing vessel rammed and sank a Vietnamese fishing boat in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, a Vietnamese state official said, amid a tense territorial confrontation over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140527-vietnam-accuses-china-sinking-fishing-boat/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10857750/Chinese-vessel-rams-and-sinks-Vietnamese-fishing-boat.html

21 MAY 2014

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

Japan plans to set up military outposts on three islands far west of Tokyo to boost the defence of its outlying islands, including a group of rocky outcrops also claimed by China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-set-3-military-outposts-near-disputed-isles-report

7 MAY 2014

Vietnam Accuses China of Ramming Vessels in S. China Sea

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-ships-ram-vietnamese-vessels-in-south-china-sea/1909349.html

http://thanhniennews.com/politics/chinese-ships-ram-vietnamese-vessels-in-latest-oil-rig-row-officials-26069.html

5 MAY 2014

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

Vietnam says China’s plan to move its first deep-water drilling rig into the disputed South China Sea, one of Asia’s most volatile hotspots, is illegal and has called for the rig to be removed from what it says is Vietnam’s territorial waters
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-says-chinas-oil-rig-movement-south-china-sea-illegal

1 APRIL 2014

Beijing refuses arbitration on South China Sea issue

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

Beijing’s South China Sea strategies: consolidation and provocation

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/28/beijings-south-china-sea-strategies-consolidation-and-provocation/

11 MARCH 2014

Philippines lodges protest over China ship blockade

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

4 MARCH 2014

China warns neighbours on territorial disputes

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

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/377e9440-a379-11e3-88b0-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2v1K2eBoL

28 JANUARY 2014

Disputed islands are ours, Japan’s new textbooks claim

Japan risked further irking their close neighbors China and South Korea on Tuesday, when the government announced textbooks were being changed to make it clear that two sets of remote islands at the center of sovereignty disputes are integral parts of their territory
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/28/22477682-disputed-islands-are-ours-japans-new-textbooks-claim?lite

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-revises-teaching-manuals-to-include-island-c-56596.html

27 JANUARY 2014

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

The East China Sea territorial dispute between China and Japan figured prominently in various geopolitical risk forecasts for 2014, and with good reason. Neither side shows any sign of standing down, and with every new military deployment near the contested area comes an increased risk of a small-scale military incident spiraling into war
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012014-peace-answer-china-japan-island-dispute-analysis/

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/

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

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

29 NOVEMBER 2013

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

China says it scrambled fighter jets to monitor US and Japanese planes as they flew in its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea on Friday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10483807/China-scrambles-jets-after-US-and-Japan-enter-air-zone.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25155605

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Getting Senkaku History Right (A Japanese point of view)

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

http://thediplomat.com/2013/11/getting-senkaku-history-right/?allpages=yes

25 NOVEMBER 2013

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

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

23 NOVEMBER 2013

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

China has demarcated an « air-defence identification zone » over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25062525 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/japan-protests-new-china-air-defence-zone-2013112313117557543.html http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/23/china-air-defence-zone-sparks-fresh-row-with-japan/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Hong Kong activists head to Spratlys in « fishing » trip

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

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-activists-head-spratlys-fishing-trip

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379743/hong-kong-activists-halted-ahead-of-fishing-trip-to-spratlys

5 NOVEMBER 2013

How serious is the recent China-Japan verbal escalation ?

http://conflictandsecurity.com/blog/how-serious-is-the-recent-china-japan-verbal-escalation/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_5803893475464204291#%21

28 OCTOBER 2013

China Intensifies Press on Japan in East China Sea Dispute

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-intensifies-press-on-japan-in-east-china-sea-dispute/1778408.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

8 OCTOBER 2013

China ‘committed to safe passage in South China Sea’

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-committed-to-safe-passage-in-South-China-Sea-52530.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

Japan will make no concessions on sovereignty over Pacific islets also claimed by China, but will not make any moves to escalate the situation, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Fridayaipei and Tokyo struck a fishing agreement in April covering the waters around the islands that has eased tensions.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-abe-japan-china-islands-territorial-dispute/1758678.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371954/japan-pm-open-to-talks-not-concessions-with-china

30 AUGUST 2013

History the weak link in Beijing’s maritime claims

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

http://thediplomat.com/2013/08/30/history-the-weak-link-in-beijings-maritime-claims/

5 AUGUST 2013

China says no rush to sign maritime accord

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138513429800303.html

1 AUGUST 2013

China Condemns US Senate Over Sea Dispute Resolution

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-condemns-us-senate-over-sea-dispute-resolution/1714456.html

18 JULY 2013

New reef rift hits China-Philippines ties

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

6 JULY 2013

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

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

4 JULY 2013

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

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

China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules

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

2 JULY 2013

China and its Neighbors

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

1 JULY 2013

US nudges China on sea disputes

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

24 JUNE 2013

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

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

19 JUNE 2013

Russia declares neutrality in South China Sea disputes

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

14 JUNE 2013

Chinese Ships Enter Waters Claimed by Japan

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

23 MAY 2013

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

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

15 MAY 2013

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

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

9 MAY 2013

Japan protests over Chinese article on Okinawa sovereignty

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

8 MAY 2013

China Daily publishes challenge to Japanese sovereignty over Okinawa

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

2 MAY 2013

India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion

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

26 APRIL 2013

China slams Philippines over disputed islands

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

23 APRIL 2013

Japan threatens China over disputed islands landings

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

India asks China to withdraw troops at disputed border

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

26 MARCH 2013

Vietnam accuses China over South China Sea ‘trawler attack’

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

7 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan and China move closer to war over Senkaku Islands

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

2 FEBRUARY 2013

Japan PM Vows to Protect Disputed Islands from China

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

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/

25 JANUARY 2013

Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences

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

23 JANUARY 2013

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

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

22 JANUARY 2013

Philippines takes China to UN tribunal

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

21 JANUARY 2013

China says US culpable in Japan island dispute

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

18 JANUARY 2013

Dangerous shoals

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

12 JANUARY 2013

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

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

11 JANUARY 2013

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

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

9 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes

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

 

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2 JUNE 2018

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

Singapore and Germany have deepened defence ties with an enhanced agreement that provides for cooperation against new forms of threats such as cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-signs-enhanced-defence-cooperation-pact-with-germany

24 APRIL 2018

Singapore cabinet reshuffle: Younger ministers to head two-thirds of ministries, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the « extensive » reshuffle to the Cabinet announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) means that the Singapore Government’s leadership transition is well underway
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-younger-ministers-head-two-thirds-ministries-10171084
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2143147/what-singapores-cabinet-shake-reveals-about-plans-life-after-lee

8 APRIL 2018

Singapore, China sign MOU to boost collaboration in Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Third-party Market Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday (Apr 8) to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-mou-collaboration-belt-and-road-initiative-10117042
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-and-china-sign-deal-to-boost-cooperation-on-belt-and-road-initiative

2 MARCH 2018

No need for Singapore to raise defence spending to ‘play catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen  

While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2)
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-need-spore-raise-defence-spending-play-catch-ng-eng-hen
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-spending-kept-steady-despite-new-threats-ng-eng-hen-10005140

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-clocks-faster-than-expected-growth-of-3-6-in-9958302

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency
http://www.atimes.com/article/recalling-singapores-forgotten-unions/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/singapore-lee-hsien-loong-siblings-accuse-him-of-abusing-power
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2098224/siblings-singapore-pm-fear-their-safety-accusing-him-harassment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40270152

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-woman-detained-for-radicalism-in-singapore-after-she-8938532
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-12-06-51-57

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-defence-ties-on-sidelines-of-shangri-la-dialogue

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

 

Main news on Bangladesh

2 JUNE 2018

Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations

As the death toll soars there are growing allegations the campaign is a cover for a wave of extrajudicial killings and political intimidation ahead of a general election later this year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/bangladesh-drugs-war-used-hide-political-assassinations/

28 MAY 2018

Bangladesh kills 86, arrests 7,000 in anti-drugs campaign

Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights activists of a Philippines-style war on drugs
https://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-drugs/bangladesh-kills-86-arrests-7000-in-anti-drugs-campaign-idINKCN1IT1A1?rpc=401&
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/176225/shootout-toll-now-93

16 MAY 2018

Bangladesh Supreme Court orders Khaleda Zia released on bail

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot walk out of prison right now even after winning a hard-fought legal battle for bail at the Supreme Court as she didn’t get bail in seven other cases in which she was shown arrested
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/bail-upheld-release-stuck-other-cases-1577494
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-opposition-leader-zia-granted-bail-1.2222315

12 MAY 2018

First Bangladesh telecom satellite launch

The first telecommunications satellite in Bangladesh has successfully taken off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, US, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket of the company SpaceX
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/first-bangladesh-telecom-satellite-launch
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/05/12/satellite-brings-prestige-to-bangladesh-on-the-world-stage-says-hasina

12 APRIL 2018

Bangladesh scraps quota system in govt jobs amid mounting protests

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said she has decided to scrap the quota system in government services after thousands of students marched across the country in protest against a controversial policy of setting aside jobs for special groups
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-scraps-quota-system-in-govt-jobs-amid-mounting-protests-2099421.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/quota-system-reformation–sought-reform-got-abolition-1561603

4 MARCH 2018

Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into a one-party state?

The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/sheikh-hasina-turning-bangladesh-party-state-180404082024893.html

19 MARCH 2018

Top court cancels bail for Bangladesh opposition chief Zia

The decision to suspend Khaleda Zia’s bail prompted a sharp reaction from her lawyers, who said it was part of a campaign by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence the opposition
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-court-cancels-bail-for-bangladesh-opposition-chief-zia-16026
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/142151

3 MARCH 2018

Bangladesh: Top secular writer Zafar Iqbal attacked at university

Writer Zafar Iqbal was reportedly stabbed in the head while taking part in a university event in Bangladesh. The well-known secular activist and science fiction author has faced death threats from radical Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-secular-writer-zafar-iqbal-attacked-at-university/a-42813525
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/03/03/prof-zafar-iqbal-stabbed-on-shahjalal-university-campus
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=125419

8 FEBRUARY 2018

Violent protests as opposition leader Khaleda Zia is jailed in Bangladesh

A judge in Bangladesh has convicted the opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/violent-protests-opposition-leader-jailed-bangladesh-khaleda-zia
http://www.atimes.com/article/former-bangladesh-pm-khaleda-zia-found-guilty-graft-case/
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/02/08/live-eyes-on-khaleda-verdict

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshs-new-digital-security-law-alarms-journalists/a-42377844

22 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh announces delay in refugee return

The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting « a lot of preparation » was still needed
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/bangladesh-announces-delay-in-refugee-return
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/rohingya-repatriation-delayed-burma/#Qe0Lvp6iA867iXxU.97

16 JANUARY 2918

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on Rohingya repatriation plan in two-year period

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a recent army crackdown in Myanmar within a period of two years
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/16/549097/Bangladesh-Myanmar-Rohingya-Muslims-repatriate-two-years
http://www.france24.com/en/20180116-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-deal-agrees-complete-rohingya-return-two-years
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/-major-challenges-face-repatriation-of-rohingya-muslims

8 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-court-upholds-ban-on-rohingya-marriage-9843400
http://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/plea-seeking-legality-marrying-myanmar-rohingya-girl-rejected-1516816

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope urges ‘decisive measures’ to tackle Rohingya crisis on Bangladesh visit

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take « decisive measures » to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over the issue
http://www.france24.com/en/20171130-pope-francis-bangladesh-rohingya-muslim
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/pope-francis-awaits-rousing-reception-in-bangladesh-as-he-arrives-dhaka-roman-catholic-church-1498540
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/43/81/21/1512053986586.html

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh priest disappearance casts pall over pope visit

A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as the Muslim-majority country stepped up security ahead of a landmark visit by Pope Francis that follows a rise in Islamist attacks on religious minorities
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-priest-disappearance-casts-pall-over-pope-visit-1.2132875
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-natore-priest-walter-william-rozario-missing-miscreants-demand-tk-three-lakh-ransom-1498180

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh court upholds 2013 death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny

In 2013, a court had sentenced 152 soldiers to death for the 2009 killings in which dozens of officers were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before being dumped into sewers or shallow graves
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-upholds-2013-death-sentence-for-139-soldiers-over-mutiny-12652
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/high-court-s-bdr-mutiny-verdict-greeted-with-cheers-and-tears
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=108210

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

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

How Bangladeshis are coping with half a million new Rohingya refugees

The sudden arrival of half a million Rohingya Muslims has upended life in this humble village, which is now overshadowed by one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/how-bangladeshis-are-coping-with-half-a-million-new-rohingya-refugees/2017/09/29/4a6624ca-a1ee-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.9d6d8e728d29

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

26 AUGUST 2017

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

20 AUGUST 2017

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

 

China sciences and technology

2 JUNE 2018

China launches new Earth observation satellite

China on Saturday launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-6, which will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/88/217/54/1527933021253.html

23 MAY 2018

How China acquires ‘the crown jewels’ of U.S. technology

The U.S. fails to adequately police foreign deals for next-generation software that powers the military and American economic strength
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/22/china-us-tech-companies-cfius-572413

24 APRIL 2018

China to launch Chang’e-5 lunar probe in 2019

China plans to launch the Chang’e-5 lunar probe next year, which is expected to bring lunar samples back to the Earth, according to Pei Zhaoyu, deputy director of the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration (CNSA)
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/123/180/20/1524583595933.html

9 APRIL 2018

China’s ‘space dream’: A Long March to the moon

The plunge back to Earth of a defunct Chinese space laboratory will not slow down Beijing’s ambitious plans to send humans to the moon
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-s-space-dream-a-long-march-to-the-moon-1.2198318

20 APRIL 2017

First cargo spacecraft boosts China’s space dream

 China on Thursday launched its first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, into space, a crucial step for the country in building a space station by approximately 2022
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/20/content_15602807.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/20/one-small-step-china-launches-first-cargo-spacecraft

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Touchdown for Chinese astronauts after record space mission

Two mainland astronauts touched down safely on the grasslands of Ulanqab, in Inner Mongolia, on Friday, ending a month-long mission in China’s bigger quest to establish a permanent space station
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2047229/two-chinese-astronauts-safely-back-earth-after-nations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/18/content_15528179.html

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Long March 5 rocket makes maiden flight

The arrival of the CZ-5 means the gap between China and the US in space has narrowed from decades to years and the game will change profoundly from now on, according to several space analysts
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2042760/chinas-most-powerful-rocket-lifts-island-launch-centre
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2016-11/03/content_15520812.html

17 OCTOBER 2016

China successfully launches manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11 to orbiting laboratory

China has launched two astronauts into space on a mission to dock with an experimental space station. The launch marks the latest stage in the country’s developing space program
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37670842
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2028653/china-launches-manned-mission-orbiting-space-laboratory
http://www.dw.com/en/china-launches-shenzhou-11-two-man-space-mission/a-36056920

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

China launches second trial space station

China has moved a step forward in its ambitious pursuit of building a permanent space station, with the successful launch of its Tiangong 2 experimental space lab into orbit on Thursday night
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37370278
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160916_02/

25 JUNE 2016

China inaugurates new spaceport as it continues aggressive quest for the stars

China blasted off its Long March-7 new generation carrier rocket on a successful inaugural voyage on Saturday from a new launch centre, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/25/china-inaugurates-new-spaceport-as-it-continues-aggressive-quest/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1981496/sleepy-longlou-countdown-becoming-cape-kennedy-hainan
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-25/215688.shtml

22 APRIL 2016

China approves Mars probe program

China’s Mars exploration program has been formally approved by the central authorities, Xu Dazhe, director of China National Space Administration, announced on Friday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/22/content_15421324.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

China launches new workhorse ‘Long March’ rocket with 20 ‘micro satellites’ aboard

China on Sunday launched a new, smaller type of rocket from its « Long March » family which will be primarily used for carrying satellites aloft, state media reported, as the country races ahead with an ambitious space programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1859957/china-launches-new-workhorse-long-march-rocket-20-micro
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/photo/2015-09/20/c_134641510.htm

24 OCTOBER 2014

China launches orbiter for lunar mission

China launched an unmanned spacecraft early Friday to test technologies to be used in the Chang’e-5, a future probe that will conduct the country’s first moon mission with a return to Earth.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/24/content_15182263.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439382/china-launches-first-mission-to-moon-and-back

11 JUNE 2013

China Launches 15-day Manned Space Mission

China launched a manned space mission Tuesday, continuing its ambitious goal of building its own space station. Among the many tasks to be undertaken during the 15-day flight, the astronauts will lead lectures from space to educate Chinese students. China launched the manned Shenzhou-10 spacecraft from a satellite launch center in the Gobi desert. The space craft is carrying two men and one woman and will travel through space for 15 days.           http://www.voanews.com/content/china-launches-15day-manned-space-mission/1679276.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/11/china-launches-sacred-space-mission/ 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1183: In Japan, battle of Kurikara

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataille_de_Kurikara
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Kurikara

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMJvdZ-6f4Y

1955: Opening in London of peace talks between Japan and Soviet Union

1956: Birth of Mani Ratnam, Indian director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ratnam
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711745/

1962: Expiration of the 1954 China-India treaty on Tibet

1965: First Australian contingent arrive in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-contingent-of-australian-combat-troops-arrives

1981: In Afghanistan, three resistance movement favoring a western military aide, form a new alliance: The Islamic Unity of Aghanistan mudjahidin

2008: Bomb hits Danish embassy in Pakistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7430721.stm

2010: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

2012: In Afghanistan, helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

On 2 June in South Asian history

ON 2 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1943: Birth of Ilaiyaraaja, Indian composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilaiyaraaja

1956: Birth of Mani Ratnam, Indian director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Ratnam
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0711745/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/2-june-1956-mani-ratnam-renowned-indian-film-director-was-born

1962: Expiration of the 1954 China-India treaty on Tibet

1963: Birth of Anand Abhyankar, Indian actor who died in a car accident on December 23, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anand_Abhyankar

Anand Abhyankar 2

1964: Lal Bahadur Shaskri succeeds Jawarharlal Nehru as Indian Prime Minister
http://www.culturalindia.net/leaders/lal-bahadur-shastri.html
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/Independent/Shastri.html

1965: In India, – 2nd of 2 cyclones in less than a month kills 35,000 

1974: Jigme Singye Wangchuck, King of Bhutan since two years is formally enthroned
http://bhutan2008.blogspot.fr/2007/05/tribute-to-his-majesty-jigme-singye.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbXynzSWxz4

1981: In Afghanistan, three resistance movement favoring a western military aide, form a new alliance: The Islamic Unity of Aghanistan mudjahidin

1982: Death of Fazal Ilahi Chaudhry, Pakistani politician, 5th president of the Republic, born on January 1, 1904
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P036

1987: Birth of Sonakshi Sinha, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonakshi_Sinha

1987: Birth of Anthony de Mello, Indian priest and psychotherapist, born September 4, 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_de_Mello

1988: Death of Raj Kapoor, Indian film actor, producer and director, born on December 14, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raj_Kapoor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wjGc1zGWBc

1999: The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the kingdom for the first time
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan_Broadcasting_Service

2004 : Death of Dom Moraes, Indian writer and poet, born on July 19, 1938
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3773081.stm
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/dom-moraes-730527.html
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/jun/04/guardianobituaries.india

2006: More than 200.000 Maoists demonstrate in Katmandu demanding the abolition of the monarchy

2008: Bomb hits Danish embassy in Pakistan
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7430721.stm

2010: Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, opens a three-day peace conference in the capital, amid rocket fire and at least one suicide bombing
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/06/20106244135950477.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-afghanistan-karzai-launches-ambitious-peace-plan-jirga-gathering-taliban

2012: In Afghanistan, helicopter-borne British and American special forces troops freed the hostages from a series of caves and killed seven of the kidnappers
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9309226/SAS-launched-rescue-mission-for-British-aid-worker-after-warning-she-could-be-dead-in-24-hours.html

2014: Death of Anjan Das, Indian director and producer, born on November 17, 1951
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/entertainment-others/eminent-bengali-filmmaker-anjan-das-dies/
http://movies.ndtv.com/regional/bengali-filmmaker-anjan-das-dies-of-cancer-639654
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/filmmaker-anjan-das-passes-away/article6077066.ece

2014: India has a new State called Telangana created from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. It is the country’s 29th state and represents the culmination of a decades-long separatist campaign
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-has-new-state-/1927347.html

2014: Death of Duraisamy Simon Lourdusamy, Indian cardinal, born on February 5, 1924
http://www.oneindia.com/india/jayalalithaa-condoles-death-of-cardinal-lourdusamy-1460129.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duraisamy_Simon_Lourdusamy

 

Holidays and observances

Coronation of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck (Bhutan)

On 2 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1899 : In the Philippines, the Malolos Congress declared war on the United States
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1159/today-in-philippine-history-june-2-1899-the-malolos-congress-declared-war-on-the-united-states

1965: First Australian contingent arrive in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-contingent-of-australian-combat-troops-arrives

2001: In Malaysia, Finance minister Daim Zainuddin resigns, as well as UMNO Treasurer
http://edition.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/06/02/malay.resign/index.html

2010: Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva survives a no-confidence motion in parliament with 186 voting to censure him and 246 against the action
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/06/02/thailand.pm.censure/index.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20100602-thailand-prime-minister-abhisit-vejjajiva-survives-no-confidence-vote-parliament

2015 : The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines, Alberto Silva, has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-highest-ranking-communist-rebel-held-military
http://www.manilatimes.net/top-npa-guerrilla-captured-in-cavite/188638/

On 2 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1962-06-02 Deng and the cats

ON 2 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1911: Birth of Xiao Hong, Chinese writer (The Field of Life and Death), who died on January 22,1942
http://www.womenofchina.cn/womenofchina/html1/people/history/15/4766-1.htm
http://europe.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2011-06/17/content_12724436.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiao_Hong

1962: Expiration of the 1954 China-India treaty on Tibet

1962: The reformist Deng Xiaoping, against the leftists, declares “It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice” He will be largely critized for that during the Cultural Revolution
http://www.fsmitha.com/h2/ch32prc.html

1962-06-02 Deng and the cats

1989: 10,000 Chinese soldiers are blocked by 100,000 citizens protecting students demonstrating for democracy in Tiananmen Square, Beijing

1989-06-02 Population stop troops

2007: Death of Chinese Vice-Premier minister Huang Ju (69), former mayor of Shanghai and closed ally of Jiang Zemin
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/richard_spencer/blog/2007/06/04/huang_ju_is_finally_officially_dead

2013: June 4 Tiananmen square crackdown mastermind Chen Xitong dies

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1253554/june-4-crackdown-mastermind-chen-xitong-dies

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22773481