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On 8 June in Asian history

ON 8 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on 8 June 2018

862: Birth of Emperor Xizong of Tang who died on April 20, 888
https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Emperor_Xizong_of_Tang

1384: Death of Kanami, Japanese Noh actor, born in 1333
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanami

1505: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty emperor Hongzhi 1487-1505), born on July 30, 1470
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongzhi_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5586.html

1690: Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon British Fort in Mumbai.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazagon_Fort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakut_Khan

1824: The British launch a new offensive on Rangoon. The Burmese will be driven back; and their strongly built forts, battered by artillery, gradually abandoned

1905: US President Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services

1921: Birth of Suharto, second president of Indonesia, who died on January 27, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suharto
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1702682,00.html

1928: Chinese Nationalist forces, under the command of Chiang Kai-shek capture Beijing defeating the northern warlords

1938: Birth of Martin Lee, founder of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong
http://www.martinlee.org.hk/eng/about/about.html

1942: Japanese imperial submarines shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle

1946: Sukarno calls for the people of Indonesia to mobilize against the Dutch in an anti-colonial campaign

1953: Death of Zhang Shichuan, one of the founders of Chinese cinema, born on January 1, 1890
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Shichuan
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0955405/

1955: Birth of Shusuke Kaneko, Japanese director
http://www.shusuke-kaneko.com/eng/bio.html

1956: In Singapore, Lim Yew Kock forms a new cabinet
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/cd9853ff-acdc-40bf-8dfa-da17041418a8

1957: Birth of Dimple Kapadia, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimple_Kapadia

1957: Mao Zedong calls a halt to the Hundred Flowers Campaign. Hundreds of intellectuals and students are rounded up, and forced to publicly confess that they had organized a secret conspiracy against socialism
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/modernchina/fl/Hundred-Flowers-Campaign.htm?nl=1
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub6/item1153.html

1965: The US forces in Vietnam get the green light to fight in ground operations
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-forces-are-available-for-ground-support

1967: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) recognizes the border and neutrality of Laos

1969: Presidents Nixon and Thieu meet at Midway. USA decides the immediate withdraw of 25,000 soldiers from Vietnam
https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2014/06/president-nixon-president-thieu-meet-midway-island-june-8-1969/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uFkDnMROiI

1969: Death of Chinese Marshal He Long, born on March 22, 1896
http://www.paulnoll.com/China/Long-March/Long-March-He-Long.html

1972: Vietnam War: Associated Press photographer Nick Ut takes his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm

1975: Birth of Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792908/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilpa_Shetty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7sqAIPR50c

1983: Birth of Mamoru Miyano, Japanese actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=10397

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgFGaX5EFOc

1985: Death of Chinese writer Hu Feng
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Feng
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5119.html

1996: China set off an underground nuclear test blast

1997: Japan and USA reveal their new defence agreement which considerably enlarge the mutual commitments of the 1978 agreement
http://www.nippon.com/en/features/c00204/
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/security/guideline2.html

1997 : In Burma, death in jail of Monywa U Tin Shwe, one of the founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), born on April 17, 1930
https://www.irrawaddy.com/in-person/calling-justice-prison-death-nld-leader.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/u-tin-shwe-5563750.html

1998: In Indonesia, thousands of demonstrators, mainly students, demand the dissolution of the only three autorized parties

2006: Choummaly Sayasone is elected president of Laos
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choummaly_Sayasone

2009: A North Korea’s court sentences two female American journalists to 12 years of hard labor. The court found the two women guilty of committing an unspecified « grave crime » and illegally crossing into North Korea
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/08/AR2009060800089.html

2009: Death of Habib Tanvir, leading Indian playwright and theatre director, born on September 1, 1923
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/sep/03/habib-tanvir-obituary
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-june-2009-habib-tanvir-leading-indian-playwright-and-theatre-director-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib_Tanvir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSKfgVk-GDY

2012: Japan’s prime minister said that two idled nuclear reactors in western Japan must be restarted to protect jobs and ensure the « survival of society ».
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18366398

2013: Death of Taufiq Kiemas, Indonesian politician, 5th First Gentleman of Indonesia, born on December 31, 1942
http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=taufiq-kiemas&pid=165259665
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taufiq_Kiemas

2015 : Death of Chea Sim, president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen and also president of the Senate, born on November 15, 1932
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/chea-sim-dead-83
http://www.wsj.com/articles/cambodias-chea-sim-top-official-in-post-khmer-rouge-era-dies-at-82-1433768280

Vietnam home Policy and society

12 JUNE 2018

Vietnam Parliament passes cyber law denounced in street protests

Vietnam’s National Assembly has passed a cyber security law requiring companies such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to store all data of Vietnam-based users in the country and open local offices
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-parliament-passes-cyber-law-denounced-in-street-protests
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/06/12/Vietnam-parliament-passes-cyber-law-denounced-in-street-protests
http://sea-globe.com/vietnams-new-cybersecurity-law-deemed-human-rights-abuse/

8 JUNE 2018

Vietnam expels dissident lawyer to Germany

Nguyen Van Dai, a longtime advocate for democracy, has been released from prison. He has flown to Germany, where he was awarded a human rights prize last year
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnam-expels-dissident-lawyer-to-germany/a-44121266
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2149963/vietnam-kicks-out-human-rights-lawyer-and-another-dissident
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/06/08/Vietnam-expels-dissident-human-rights-lawyer

4 JUNE 2018

Vietnam upholds sentence for prominent human rights activists

A Vietnamese court on Monday upheld prison sentences against four human rights campaigners convicted of attempting to overthrow the state, a lawyer said
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/04/563894/Vietnam-court-human-rights-campaigners-prison-jury
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1399895

30 APRIL 2018

Vietnam’s Trong Cleans Out the Party

5 APRIL 2018

Vietnam ‘jails prominent human rights lawyer’ Nguyen Van Dai

Nguyen Van Dai, the Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, has been jailed for 15 years, along with five other activists who have been given prison terms of 7-12 years
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/vietnam-jails-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-nguyen-van-dai-180405160020661.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43659830
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/six-jailed-for-trying-to-overthrow-peoples-administration/129123.vnp

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam dissident singer Mai Khoi detained at Hanoi airport after Europe tour

Vietnamese singer and activist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, an outspoken campaigner for free speech, was detained in the capital Hanoi on Tuesday after flying home from Europe, her husband said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139104/vietnam-dissident-singer-mai-khoi-detained-hanoi-airport
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/03/27/Vietnamese-pop-star-held-in-crackdown-on-dissent

17 MARCH 2018

Vietnam’s reformist ex-PM Phan Van Khai dies at age 84

Khai was the architect of Vietnam’s Business Law that transformed the economy by creating a private sector. He was also Vietnam’s first post-war leader to pay an official visit to Washington
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnams-reformist-ex-pm-phan-van-khai-dies-at-age-84/a-43020787
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20180317/former-vietnamese-premier-phan-van-khai-dies-aged-85/44577.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/424640/state-funeral-for-former-pm-phan-van-khai.html#o16ToGKzh2HbtzmD.97

1 MARCH 2018

Vietnamese activist Pham Doan Trang interrogated for pro-democracy book in hiding after ‘miracle’ escape

Former journalist Pham Doan Trang said she was held for questioning for several hours on Saturday over her most recent work Politics for the Masses, which is outlawed in the country
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2135331/vietnamese-activist-interrogated-pro-democracy-book-hiding

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Vietnamese activist Hoang Duc Binh jailed for 14 years for live-streaming protest against steel plant’s pollution

A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail on Tuesday for live-streaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2132288/vietnamese-activist-jailed-14-years-live-streaming-protest
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Blogger-Ho%C3%A0ng-%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c-Binh-sentenced-to-14-years-in-prison-43030.html

22 JANUARY 2018

Improving relations between Hanoi and the Vatican. Msgr.Camilleri on a pastoral visit

The visit to Vietnam by the undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Secretariat of State, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, (January 16-20), testifies to the progress of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Hanoi.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Improving-relations-between-Hanoi-and-the-Vatican.-Msgr.Camilleri-on-a-pastoral-visit-42895.html

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement over losses in state oil firm PetroVietnam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180123_06/

29 DECEMBER 2917

Nine jailed in Vietnam for ‘attempt to overthrow state’

A Vietnamese court has jailed nine people for « attempting to overthrow the state », official media reported on Friday (Dec 29), the latest heavy sentence doled out in a harsh crackdown this year against activists in the one-party state
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/nine-jailed-in-vietnam-for-attempt-to-overthrow-state
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/255893239/dozens-sentenced-in-vietnam-bombing-subversion-trials

27 DECEMBER 2017

Vietnam unveils 10,000-strong cyber unit to combat ‘wrong views’

Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter « wrong » views on the Internet, local media reported, amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/vietnam-unveils-10000-strong-cyber-unit-combat-wrong-views
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42494113
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171226/vietnam-has-10000strong-cyber-troop-general/43326.html

4 DECEMBER 2017

Vietnam emerges as crucial player in South East Asia

Economy is enjoying one of the fastest growth rates in Asia as both China and the US look to firm up ties
https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/vietnam-emerges-as-crucial-player-in-south-east-asia-1.681381

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Ahead of APEC Summit, 17 NGOs appeal for activists held by Hanoi

A group of 17 non-governmental organizations have written  a joint letter calling on leaders who are gathering this week to take part in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to exert pressure on host nation Vietnam to release detained bloggers and human rights activists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-APEC-Summit,-17-NGOs-appeal-for-activists-held-by-Hanoi-42260.html

6 OCTOBER 2017

Party chief of Da Nang relieved of post, removed from powerful Communist Party of Vietnam central committee

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has dismissed the Party chief of Da Nang from his post and eliminated him from the committee for violating principle, including using invalid degrees and accepting cars and houses from businesses
http://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171006/party-chief-of-da-nang-relieved-of-post-removed-from-powerful-central-committee/41936.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-sacks-top-communist-official

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

A Vietnam court sentenced to death a former chairman of state-run PetroVietnam on Friday after finding him guilty in the mass trial of 51 officials and bankers accused of graft and mismanagement that led to losses of US$69 million (£51.43 million)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-court-sentences-to-death-petrovietnam-ex-chairman-in-mass-trial-9262556
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4932126/Vietnam-ex-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-saga.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

29 JUNE 2017

Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday (June 29), her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as « outrageous »
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253782406/vietnam-blogger-gets-10-yr-sentence-for-conducting-propaganda
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-blogger-mother-mushroom-jailed-for-10-years

25 JUNE 2017

Hanoi Expels French-Vietnamese Professor and Government Critic Pham Minh Hoang

French-Vietnamese professor Pham Minh Hoang has been deported to Paris, according to his wife and supporters of the former political prisoner
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253730354/hanoi-expels-french-vietnamese-professor-and-government-critic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40398096

21 JUNE 2017

Report: Vietnamese activists under constant threat of violence

An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression
http://www.dw.com/en/report-vietnamese-activists-under-constant-threat-of-violence/a-39349703

8 MAY 2017

Ho Chi Minh City’s top leader removed from Vietnam’s Politburo

The Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Dinh La Thang has been warned and dismissed from the Politburo of the Party Central Committee for multiple financial wrongdoings he had committed when leading Vietnam’s oil and gas behemoth
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/177936/dinh-la-thang-disciplined-for-misdeeds-at-petrovietnam.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39840943

19 APRIL 2017

Fighting corruption in Vietnam requires institutional reform

The first half of 2016 saw Vietnam’s fight against corruption gain new momentum. Having consolidated his power after being re-elected as Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong issued resolutions and directives aimed at tightening party members’ ethical conduct
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/19/fighting-corruption-in-vietnam-requires-institutional-reform/

29 DECEMBER 2016

Vietnam economy propelled by manufacturing and building boom

Vietnam’s economy is estimated to grow 6.2 percent in 2016, propelled by a manufacturing and building boom
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250506629

2 DECEMBER 2016

Is Vietnam’s new religion law a smokescreen for political repression?

A controversial law on religion passed in Vietnam has triggered renewed fears of state repression in the name of national unity
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2051224/vietnams-new-religion-law-smokescreen-political-repression

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Vietnam vows full speed ahead with economic reforms, with or without the TPP

As Donald Trump prepares to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade pact is helping to spur the biggest overhaul of Vietnam’s economy in décades
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050035/vietnam-vows-full-speed-ahead-economic-reforms-or-without

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Alert: No wives for 4 million Vietnamese men

Some four million men in Vietnam will have no opportunity of getting married by 2050 if the current imbalance in the nation’s sex ratio persists, said experts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/alert-no-wives-4-million-vietnamese-men

4 OCTOBER 2016

Vietnam War propaganda broadcaster ‘Hanoi Hannah’ dies

Silky-voiced communist propaganda broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah”, famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2024988/vietnam-war-propaganda-broadcaster-hanoi-hannah-dies

23 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s New Prime Minister Quietly Turns the Wheels of Economic Reform

Phuc took office in the shadow of a highly charismatic predecessor — former prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung. With a focus on straightforward, practical economic measures, the new government has quietly embarked on a series of promising reforms
http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-new-prime-minister-quietly-turns-the-wheels-of-economic-reform/

25 JULY 2016

Tran Dai Quang re-elected as President

The swearing-in ceremony took place soon after the voting result came in, of which 485 out of 487 members of the newly-elected National Assembly voted for Trần Đại Quang to become the next President
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/161022/tran-dai-quang-re-elected-as-president.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/300112/tran-dai-quang-sworn-in-as-president.html#JK8SO5JKEWF1DwFr.99

17 JULY 2016

Vietnamese authorities stop anti-China protest in Hanoi

Dozen of Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi were taken away by police as they tried to rally support for an international tribunal’s ruling rejecting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/south-china-sea-vietnam-police-detain-dozens-protesters-hanoi/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-detains-activists-after-south-china-sea-ruling-0
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1990913/down-china-invasion-vietnam-detains-activists-after-south

27 JUNE 2016

Top Chinese envoy visits Vietnam as South China Sea tension rises

China`s top diplomat met Vietnam`s leadership on Monday during a scheduled visit aimed at strengthening historically close relations at a time when ties are strained by squabbles over the South China Sea
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/top-chinese-envoy-visits-vietnam-as-south-china-sea-tension-rises_1900802.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_34/

22 MAY 2016

Vietnam launches parliamentary election

More than 69.2 million Vietnamese are set to cast votes to elect members of the national and local legislative bodies in the country’s biggest-ever general election on Sunday
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-launches-parliamentary-election-62417.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/vietnam-parliamentary-elections-starts-116052200052_1.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-20/vietnam-national-assembly-elections-plagued-by-bias/7430010

20 MAY 2016

Vietnam Releases Prominent Dissident Ahead of Obama Visit

Family members of dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest for advocating democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, confirmed his release, which occurred around 8 a.m. local time.
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/index.php/sid/244261471

7 APRIL 2016

Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected Vietnam’s PM

Vietnam elected Thursday a new Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to lead the emerging economy as it comes under increasing pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nguyen-xuan-phuc-elected/2672918.html
http://www.dw.com/en/new-prime-minister-rounds-out-vietnams-leadership-trio/a-19170482
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-07/vietnam-elects-new-prime-minister-nguyen-xuan-phuc/1566998

6 APRIL 2016

Vietnam’s assembly ‘dismisses’ prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister has stepped down after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises, but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/vietnam-assembly-dismisses-prime-minister-160406133834975.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/06/content_15411576.html

2 APRIL 2016

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman Tran Dai Quang as president

Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday (April 2), elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-parliament-swears-top-policeman-president
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160402_23/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/154422/new-president-vows-to-fulfill-assigned-tasks.html

31 MARCH 2016

Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly

Veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected with 95.5 percent of votes after a poll in the country’s 500-strong legislative body early Thursday, state-run VTV said.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-names-first-chairwoman-national-assembly-053035894.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-has-first-chairwoman-of-parliament-60751.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today

Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/the-truth-about-democracy-in-vietnam-today/

23 MARCH 2016

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

A prominent Vietnamese blogger was handed a five-year jail term on Wednesday (Mar 23) on anti-state charges, a heavy sentence that was roundly condemned by lawyers and media watchdogs as a « travesty of justice »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial

17 MARCH 2016

Vietnam’s ‘Lady Gaga’ joins groups of dissidents and activists running for parliament

Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi, dubbed « Vietnam’s Lady Gaga » for her risqué outfits, is running for parliament along with a group of dissidents and activists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-17/vietnams-lady-gaga-joins-groups-of-dissidents-and-activists-running-for-parliament/1559992
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/12196698/Vietnams-Lady-Gaga-aims-for-switch-from-pop-to-politics-in-challenge-to-staid-communist-rule.html

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s uphill battle against corruption

Since 1994, the party has consistently identified corruption as a major threat to the survival of the regime. Although the CPV adopted anti-corruption laws 10 years ago, the party still combats corruption among its members through so-called self-criticism campaign to ‘alert, warn and deter’ corrupt officials
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/11/vietnams-uphill-battle-against-corruption/

28 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveils new leadership at 12th National Congress

Re-elected General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong pledged to maintain a pro-growth status quo that balances foreign ties and cements a consensus leadership that analysts say was strained by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s assertiveness in the latter years of his administration
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-28/vietnams-communist-party-unveils-new-leadership-at-12th-national-congress/1541069
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150588/structure-of-12th-party-central-committee.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160128_24.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam Communist Party boss Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected

Mr Trong, who is 71 and effectively the most powerful man in Vietnam, was the only candidate nominated. He is seen as a conservative and closer to China.
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-communist-party-chief-poised-elected-055807339.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160127_35.html
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150619/mr–nguyen-phu-trong-re-elected-party-secretary-general.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung pulls out of party boss race

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has withdrawn from the contest to lead the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35401259

24 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party boss ‘to run unopposed’

The General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, will be the only candidate for the post at a party congress, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35394333
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-party-chief/2453276.html

21 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders

The 12th national congress of Vietnam’s Communist Party opened on Thursday morning, which will see the election of a new Central Committee and outline the country’s next socio-economic plan.
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnams-communist-party-meets-to-pick-new-leaders/a-18995037

19 JANUARY 2016

Viet congress will see fight for top post

Vietnam’s five-yearly Communist Party Congress opens tomorrow with a fierce contest expected as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung challenges current party chief Nguyen Phu Trong for the top post
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/viet-congress-will-see-fight-top-post

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s Leadership Succession Struggle

While Vietnamese vary in their political perspectives, there is a broad desire among them for the country’s politics to be liberated from unaccountable politics dominated by entrenched elites. Whether the 12th party congress brings that outcome closer remains to be seen.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/vietnams-leadership-succession-struggle/

11 JANUARY 2016

Party Central Committee’s 14th meeting opens

The 14th meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee opened in Hanoi on January 11, scheduled to discuss the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and finalise personnel preparations for the next tenure
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/149893/party-central-committee-s-14th-meeting-opens.html

6 JANUARY 2016

Fast-growing Vietnamese economy going blue

Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and having the potential to be one of the great success stories in development, Vietnam should pursue high growth through sustainable development, especially through blue economy, foreign experts say
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/nav/newsr/6860

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/us-ambassador-to-vietnam-dismayed-about-detentions-of-dissidents-12292015115930.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

How Will Vietnam’s New Communist Princelings Shape the Country’s Future?

The Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) is preparing a new slate of leaders to replace the old guard who are retiring at the 12th National Congress in 2016. Public attention has been drawn to the rise of young ‘princelings’ — the children of current or former leaders in communist authoritarian regimes like Vietnam and China — to local executive positions and bodies
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/how-will-vietnams-new-communist-princelings-shape-the-countrys-future/

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam’s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-marks-70-years-declaring-independence-france

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-first-british-prime-minister-visit-vietnam
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-video
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-regime-business-diplomatic-game

27 JUNE 2015

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer Le Quoc Quan

 Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday, after spending two and a half years in jail on tax evasion charges http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/605692/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer

24 JUNE 2015

Vietnam’s legendary musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Professor Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, died at the age of 94 on Wednesday, after nearly a month of fighting for his life at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital
http://tuoitrenews.vn/lifestyle/28859/vietnam-legendary-musicologist-tran-van-khe-dies-at-94

15 MAY 2015

Vietnam’s democratisation movement

Since the mid 1990s, public criticism of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) government has expanded to involve thousands of citizens across the country
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/05/01/vietnams-democratisation-movement/

30 APRIL 2015

Vietnam marks 40 years since end of war

The war pitted communist North Vietnam against the US-backed South and ended with the fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, on April 30th, 1975
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150430_29.html
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/129448/in-pictures–grand-parade-marks-40-years-of-reunification.html

 

13 FERUARY 2015

Popular Vietnamese communist party official Nguyen Ba Thanh dies

The 61-year-old Nguyen Ba Thanh was the former top official in central Danang, and helped transform the coastal city into a tourism and investment hub by cutting corruption and red tape, then, head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/474473/popular-vietnamese-communist-party-official-dies
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnams-top-anticorruption-official-loses-cancer-battle-dies-at-62-38763.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

Vietnam to continue playing the diplomatic field

The underlying diplomatic philosophy is to create interdependent relations with as many major powers as possible, while avoiding taking sides. And whether or not the benefits outweigh the costs, Vietnam is unlikely to change course any time soon.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/02/05/vietnam-to-continue-playing-the-diplomatic-field/

9 JANUARY 2015

Vietnam Expects Intense Political Year in 2015

2015 will be an intensely political year. The Vietnamese Communist Party’s 12th Congress will convene in January 2016 to renew the nation’s leadership. Aspirants to top positions are already canvassing district and provincial party organisations for support
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/vietnam-expects-intense-political-year-2015/

6 DECEMBER 2014

Vietnam writer Nguyen Quang Lap ‘arrested over blog’

An award-winning Vietnamese writer has been arrested, reportedly for publishing criticism of the Communist government on his blog.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30360665
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/447697/second-vietnam-blogger-arrested-on-anti-state-charges

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s PM wins approval in parliamentary confidence vote

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung survived a confidence vote in parliament on Saturday, with 64 per cent of the delegates giving a vote of ‘high confidence’ in his leadership and 14 per cent showing’low confidence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnams-pm-wins-approval-parliamentary-confidence-vote
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/11/15/Vietnam-PM-wins-broad-backing-in-rare-confidence-vote

22 OCTOBER 2014

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

 Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam’s most prominent bloggers whose case was raised by President Barack Obama, was freed two years after being jailed for 12 years by a court in southern Vietnam on charges of « anti-state propaganda. »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438995/freed-vietnam-dissident-arrives-in-us-vows-fight

20 OCTOBER 2014

Gender equality has improved much in Vietnam

Gender equality in Vietnam has vastly improved during the past 20 years, said Hoang Ba Thinh, director of the Center for Gender, Population, Environment and Social Affairs under Vietnam’s University of Social Sciences and Humanities.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/10/20/Gender-equality-has-improved-much-in-Vietnam

Public sector corruption on the rise in Vietnam

Public sector corruption remains serious and complex, especially in finance and banking, land and natural resources management and exploitation, and public investment, a high-ranking government official said Monday.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/10/20/Public-sector-corruption-on-the-rise-in-Vietnam

 

17 OCTOBER 2014

Vietnam’s Ex-Lawmaker Maintains Innocence After 18-Year ‘Harsh’ Jail Term

Fresh from his release from 18 years in jail, Le Van Tinh, a former Vietnamese lawmaker said he had faced harsh treatment during his imprisonment, most of which was in solitary confinement, because he had maintained his innocence on charges of plotting to overthrow the communist government in Hanoi.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/prisoner-10172014154427.html

3 OCTOBER 2014

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

In a decision likely to anger China, the US is partly lifting a 40-year ban on arms sales to former foe Vietnam to help boost defences in the tense South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/us-lifts-40-year-arms-ban-boost-vietnam-sea-defence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/us-partly-lifts-arms-embargo-vietnam-2014103233416624.html

2 OCTOBER 2014

Poverty projected to fall by experts

The rate of households living under the poverty line in Viet Nam is expected to remain below five per cent in 2015 and fall by about 1.5 per cent annually until 2020.
http://vietnamnews.vn/society/260873/poverty-projected-to-fall-by-experts.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Vietnam ‘can look to Singapore for help on financial reform’

Vietnam can tap Singapore for help to reform and transform areas such as its financial sector, emeritus senior minister Goh Chok Tong said yesterday at the start of his four-day official visit to the country
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-can-look-to-Spore-for-help-on-financial-re-64929.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-leaders-discuss-trade-former-singaporean-pm
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/260552/singapore-willing-to-share-banking-loan-experience.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

HRW: Vietnam police abuse, torture

Vietnamese police abuse and sometimes torture people in custody for crimes as minor as traffic violations and are rarely disciplined for a practice that has lead to deaths of detainees, Human Rights Watch said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432583/hrw-vietnam-police-abuse-torture

 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

The U.S.-Vietnam 123 Agreement Could Help Vietnam’s Electricity Needs

The Vietnamese government has laid out an ambitious plan to meet future electricity demands, but making use of multiple energy sources remains a challenge. In this context, the U.S.-Vietnam nuclear cooperation agreement could play a critical role in shaping the country’s electricity production over the next decades.
http://cogitasia.com/the-u-s-vietnam-123-agreement-could-help-vietnams-electricity-needs/

28 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam and China agree to restore relationship

The Party, State and people of Viet Nam have always attached great importance to pursuing the consolidation of Viet Nam and China’s comprehensive strategic partnership, together with the Party, State and people of China, and ensuring the partnership’s sound and long-lasting stable development
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/259401/vn-and-china-agree-to-restore-relationship.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-Vietnam-try-to-repair-ties-63857.html

26 AUGUST 2014

Vietnam jails activists for up to three years

A Vietnamese court has jailed three activists for up to three years, a lawyer said Tuesday, after a one-day trial marked by strict security including the detention of scores of supporters.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/428886/vietnam-jails-activists-for-up-to-three-years

 

31 JULY 2014

UN envoy says Vietnam still ‘violating’ religious freedom

Vietnam was accused of « serious violations » of religious freedom by a UN expert on Thursday, despite the communist country making some progress on easing tight state control of matters of faith
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423474/un-envoy-says-vietnam-still-violating-religious-freedom
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Practice-of-religion-now-freer-in-Vietnam-says-UN–62970.html

30 JULY 2014

‘Escape’ China, Viet communists urge

A former ambassador to Beijing was among 60 prominent members of Vietnam’s Communist Party urging the country’s leaders to « escape » reliance on China through political and economic reforms
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423231/communist-party-members-urge-vietnam-to-escape-china

15 MAY 2014

Dozens killed in Vietnam anti-China protests

At least five Vietnamese people and 16 others described as Chinese have been killed in the latest incident of rioting, Reuters news agency has reported, as tension between Beijing and Vietnam escalates over the disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/dozens-killed-vietnam-anti-china-protests-201451524632499784.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/15/vietnam-mobs-set-fire-to-foreign-factories-in-anti-china-protest/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/15/chinese-nationals-vietnam-riots-cambodia

14 MAY 2014

Vietnam arrests hundreds after anti-China protests

At least 500 people have been arrested after protesters set more than a dozen factories on fire across Vietnam Tuesday amid an eruption of anti-China sentiment following Beijing’s deployment an oil rig in contested waters last week
http://www.france24.com/en/20140514-hundreds-arrested-vietnam-anti-china-protests-rig/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10830569/Vietnam-mobs-burn-factories-in-China-protests.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409747/protesters-torch-factories-in-vietnam

11 MAY 2014

Vietnam protesters attack China over sea dispute

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27362939

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409207/vietnam-protests-over-china-oil-rig

 

14 APRIL 2014

Vietnam Frees at Least One More Political Activist

Nguyen Tien Trung, a blogger, was released from a prison in southern Ho Chi Minh City at the weekend, his father said on Monday. Trung was convicted of subversion and news of his release was not made public
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-vietnam-frees-at-least-one-more-political-activist/1892889.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404936/vietnam-frees-two-high-profile-dissidents

7 APRIL 2014

Vietnamese Dissident Arrives in US after Early Release from Prison

One of Vietnam’s best known dissidents, a rights lawyer and son of a revolutionary poet, has been released early from prison. Afterwards, he traveled to the United States. Lawyer Cu Huy Ha Vu, 56, is one of Vietnam’s most famous dissidents. He had served three years of a seven-year prison sentence before he was suddenly released

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnamese-dissident-arrives-in-us-after-early-release-from-prison/1888486.html

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-releases-high-profile-dissident-who-tried-sue-pm

19 MARCH 2014

Vietnam jails blogger for critical posts

A Hanoi court finds dissident Pham Viet Dao guilty of « abusing democratic freedoms » in the latest crackdown on dissent.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/vietnam-jails-blogger-critical-posts-20143197839471148.html

16 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s child workers number 1.75m

Viet Nam had 1.75 million child labourers aged between five and 17, equal to 9.6 per cent of that age group in the country, according to the first National Child Labour Survey

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-child-workers-number-1-75m-58055.html

15 MARCH 2014

Bitter taste brewing in Vietnamese coffee

Vietnam is now one of the largest coffee producers and exporters in the world — with a 20 per cent global market share. Although roasted and instant coffee exports have increased steadily, the industry faces risks due to its low capacity to deal with world price fluctuations

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/03/15/bitter-taste-brewing-in-vietnamese-coffee/

12 MARCH 2014

Vietnamese police fabricates evidence, distorts witness statements to convict blogger

Bui Thi Minh Hang has been in jail for a month with two other people without any indictment. As she continues her hunger strike, police tries to extort false statements against her from five activists. Despite the lack of evidence of any guilt, she could get from three months to three years in prison.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vietnamese-police-fabricates-evidence,-distorts-witness-statements-to-convict-blogger-30540.html

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/testimony-03112014175300.html

4 MARCH 2014

Vietnam’s popular blogger jailed on anti-state charges

Popular Vietnamese blogger and journalist Truong Duy Nhat was jailed for two years on Tuesday for posting articles critical of the Communist government and leaders, his lawyer said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398162/vietnam-popular-blogger-jailed-on-anti-state-charges
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/vietnam-jails-ex-journalist-over-blog-post-201434125415556634.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Vietnam upholds dissident lawyer jail term

Scores of police encircled the Hanoi People’s Court of Appeals, which upheld a two and a half year jail sentence for Catholic lawyer and blogger Le Quoc Quan, whose conviction in October was denounced by rights campaigners as politically motivated.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395687/vietnam-upholds-dissident-lawyer-jail-term

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Vietnamese diplomat seeks asylum in Switzerland

A Vietnamese diplomat once posted at the country’s consulate in Geneva says he has sought political asylum in Switzerland, just days before a UN review of Vietnam’s human rights record.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-diplomat-seeks/977842.html

22 JANUARY 2014

Vietnam delays nuclear plant project

The Vietnamese government has decided to defer a plan to build a nuclear power plant for at least two years to ensure safety measures are put in place.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390931/vietnam-delays-nuclear-plant-project

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 8 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on 8 June 2018

1690: Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon British Fort in Mumbai.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazagon_Fort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakut_Khan

1824: The British launch a new offensive on Rangoon. The Burmese will be driven back; and their strongly built forts, battered by artillery, gradually abandoned

1905: US President Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services

1928: Chinese Nationalist forces, under the command of Chiang Kai-shek capture Beijing defeating the northern warlords

1942: Japanese imperial submarines shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle

1946: Sukarno calls for the people of Indonesia to mobilize against the Dutch in an anti-colonial campaign

1965: The US forces in Vietnam get the green light to fight in ground operations
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-forces-are-available-for-ground-support

1967: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) recognizes the border and neutrality of Laos

1969: Presidents Nixon and Thieu meet at Midway. USA decides the immediate withdraw of 25,000 soldiers from Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-and-thieu-meet-at-midway
https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2014/06/president-nixon-president-thieu-meet-midway-island-june-8-1969/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uFkDnMROiI

1972: Vietnam War: Associated Press photographer Nick Ut takes his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm

1996: China set off an underground nuclear test blast

1997: Japan and USA reveal their new defence agreement which considerably enlarge the mutual commitments of the 1978 agreement
http://www.nippon.com/en/features/c00204/
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/security/guideline2.html

On 8 June in South Asian history

ON 8 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1690: Siddi general Yadi Sakat, razes the Mazagon British Fort in Mumbai.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mazagon_Fort
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yakut_Khan

1957: Birth of Dimple Kapadia, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimple_Kapadia

1975: Birth of Shilpa Shetty, Indian actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0792908/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shilpa_Shetty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7sqAIPR50c

2009: Death of Habib Tanvir, leading Indian playwright and theatre director, born on September 1, 1923
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/sep/03/habib-tanvir-obituary
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-june-2009-habib-tanvir-leading-indian-playwright-and-theatre-director-died
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Habib_Tanvir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSKfgVk-GDY

On 8 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 8 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1824: The British launch a new offensive on Rangoon. The Burmese will be driven back; and their strongly built forts, battered by artillery, gradually abandoned

1921: Birth of Suharto, second president of Indonesia, who died on January 27, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suharto
http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1702682,00.html

1946: Sukarno calls for the people of Indonesia to mobilize against the Dutch in an anti-colonial campaign

1956: In Singapore, Lim Yew Kock forms a new cabinet
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/history/events/cd9853ff-acdc-40bf-8dfa-da17041418a8

1965: The US forces in Vietnam get the green light to fight in ground operations
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-forces-are-available-for-ground-support

1967: The Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) recognizes the border and neutrality of Laos

1969: Presidents Nixon and Thieu meet at Midway. USA decides the immediate withdraw of 25,000 soldiers from Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-and-thieu-meet-at-midway
https://www.nixonfoundation.org/2014/06/president-nixon-president-thieu-meet-midway-island-june-8-1969/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uFkDnMROiI

1972: Vietnam War: Associated Press photographer Nick Ut takes his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of a naked 9-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phúc running down a road after being burned by napalm

1997 : In Burma, death in jail of Monywa U Tin Shwe, one of the founders of the National League for Democracy (NLD), born on April 17, 1930
https://www.irrawaddy.com/in-person/calling-justice-prison-death-nld-leader.html
http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/u-tin-shwe-5563750.html

1998: In Indonesia, thousands of demonstrators, mainly students, demand the dissolution of the only three autorized parties

2006: Choummaly Sayasone is elected president of Laos
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choummaly_Sayasone

2013: Death of Taufiq Kiemas, Indonesian politician, 5th First Gentleman of Indonesia, born on December 31, 1942
http://obituaries.pressherald.com/obituaries/mainetoday-pressherald/obituary.aspx?n=taufiq-kiemas&pid=165259665
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taufiq_Kiemas

2015 : Death of Chea Sim, president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen and also president of the Senate, born on November 15, 1932
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/chea-sim-dead-83
http://www.wsj.com/articles/cambodias-chea-sim-top-official-in-post-khmer-rouge-era-dies-at-82-1433768280

On 8 June in Japan’s history

ON 8 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1384: Death of Kanami, Japanese Noh actor, born in 1333
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanami

1905: US President Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging them to negotiate and end hostilities, offering his personal services

1942: Japanese imperial submarines shell the Australian cities of Sydney and Newcastle

1955: Birth of Shusuke Kaneko, Japanese director
http://www.shusuke-kaneko.com/eng/bio.html

1983: Birth of Mamoru Miyano, Japanese actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=10397

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgFGaX5EFOc

1997: Japan and USA reveal their new defence agreement which considerably enlarge the mutual commitments of the 1978 agreement
http://www.nippon.com/en/features/c00204/
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/n-america/us/security/guideline2.html

2012: Japan’s prime minister said that two idled nuclear reactors in western Japan must be restarted to protect jobs and ensure the « survival of society ».
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18366398

On 8 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 8 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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862: Birth of Emperor Xizong of Tang who died on April 20, 888
https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Emperor_Xizong_of_Tang

1505: Death of Chinese Ming dynasty emperor Hongzhi 1487-1505), born on July 30, 1470
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongzhi_Emperor
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5586.html

1928: Chinese Nationalist forces, under the command of Chiang Kai-shek capture Beijing defeating the northern warlords

1938: Birth of Martin Lee, founder of the Democratic Party in Hong Kong
http://www.martinlee.org.hk/eng/about/about.html

1953: Death of Zhang Shichuan, one of the founders of Chinese cinema, born on January 1, 1890
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Shichuan
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0955405/

1957: Mao Zedong calls a halt to the Hundred Flowers Campaign. Hundreds of intellectuals and students are rounded up, and forced to publicly confess that they had organized a secret conspiracy against socialism
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub6/item1153.html
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/modernchina/fl/Hundred-Flowers-Campaign.htm?nl=1

1969: Death of Chinese Marshal He Long, born on March 22, 1896
http://www.paulnoll.com/China/Long-March/Long-March-He-Long.html

1985: Death of Chinese writer Hu Feng
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Feng
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5119.html

1996: China set off an underground nuclear test blast