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On 10 July in Asian history

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Updated on July 10, 2018

645: During the Isshi Incident, Prince Naka-no-Ōe and Fujiwara no Kamatari assassinate Soga no Iruka during a coup d’état at the imperial palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isshi_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Tenji

649: Death of Li Shimin, second Chinese Tang dynasty emperor (626-649) under the name of Taizong, born on January 23, 599
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taizong_of_Tang
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/tang/emperor_taizong.htm

1419: Birth of Go-Hanazono, 102th Japanese Emperor, who reigned from 1428 throught 1464. Died on January 18, 1471
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Hanazono_of_Japan

1519: Zhu Chenhao declares the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and leads his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Ning_rebellion

1800: The British Indian Government establishes Fort William College to promote Urdu, Hindi and other vernaculars of sub continent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_William_College

1806: The Vellore mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East Indian Company
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/vellore_mutiny_1806_british_india.htm
http://ilavaluthy.blogspot.fr/2014/07/first-war-of-independence-vellore-mutiny.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/july-10-1806-the-vellore-mutiny-breaks-out-against-the-british
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellore_Mutiny

1806-07-10 Vellore mutiny

1888: Birth of Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese evangelist, author, and activist who died on April 23, 1960
http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/i-k/kagawa-toyohiko-1888-1960/
http://www.ethicsdaily.com/toyohiko-kagawa-christian-evangelist-and-labor-activist-cms-20927

1923: Birth of Gurunath Abaji Kulkarni, Indian writer who died on December 11, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._A._Kulkarni

1940: Birth of Meghnad Desai, British economist, born in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meghnad_Desai,_Baron_Desai

1944: Birth of K. S. Balachandran, Sri Lankan Tamil actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._S._Balachandran

K.S. Balachandran

1947: Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first governor general of Pakistan by the British premier Clement Attlee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_General_of_Pakistan

1951: At Kaesong, Korea, armistice negotiations begin between United Nations forces and North Korea

1952: Birth of Lee Hae-chan, South Korean prime minister from June 29, 2004 through March 14, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Hae_Chan

1959: Death of Marcel Van, Vietnamese redemptorist
http://www.clairval.com/lettres/en/2004/01/17/2210104.htm

1961: Birth of Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacky_Cheung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxvjnzW1Zsc

1965: Birth of Alec Mapa, Filipino-American actor and comedian
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0544568/

1970: Negotiations between China and Soviet Union on border rivers resume

1973: The National Assembly of Pakistan passes a resolution on the recognition of Bangladesh.

1980: Birth of Han Eun-jeong, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Eun-jeong
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Han_Eun-jeong.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXuAHrJduk0&feature=related

1983: Birth of Kim Heechul, Korean singer
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Heechul

1986: Death of Le Duan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam since 1960, born on April 7, 1907
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/11/obituaries/le-duan-vietnamese-communist-chief-dies-at-78.html
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/le-duan

Le Duan

1988: Prince Sihanouk announces his resignation as president of the chairmanship of coalition government of Democratic Kampuchéa

1993: Death of Masugi Ibuse, Japanese author of Kuroi ame (Black rain), born on February 15, 1898
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-masuji-ibuse-1484652.html

Masuji Ibuse 2

1995: In Myanmar, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, under house of arrest since July 1989, is released

1997: Because the internal situation in Cambodia, Asean postpones Cambodia adherence

1997 bougies

2000: Death of Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, born on December 20, 1909
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vakkom_Majeed

2003: Death of Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Maden

2007: Former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration Zheng Xiaoyu is executed for corruption
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6286698.stm

2007: Abdul Rashid Ghazi, radical Pakistani cleric who led the Red Mosque resistance in Islamabad is killed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6281228.stm

2008: In India, the communists withdraw their support to the PM Manmohan Singh who has no more majority in the parliament
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7500492.stm

2008: After more a decade of controversial, anti-racism bill is approved by Legislators in Hong Kong

2010: North Korea has said it is willing to return to the nuclear disarmament talks it abandoned 18 months ago. Pyongyang’s about-turn came after the UN Security Council condemned an attack on a South Korean warship in March that killed 46 sailors
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/07/201071042951838719.html

2010: Former members of Myanmar’s officially disbanded opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been given permission to form a new party. The National Democratic Force (NDF)
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/07/2010710816978811.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10586972.stm

2011: The Obama administration suspends and, in some cases, cancels hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14099402
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/world/asia/10intel.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2012: Hardline ex-general Myint Swe is named new Burma Vice President to fill the job that Tin Aung Myint Oo vacated earlier this month for health reasons
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85636/hardline-ex-general-named-to-be-new-burma-vp/

2012: Death of Dolphy, Filipino actor, singer, and producer, born on July 25, 1928
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/07/10/12/dolphy-dead-83
http://www.rappler.com/nation/8372-dolphy-is-dead-83

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0b02PyFRhc

2012: Chinese bishop Ma Daqin who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655

2014: Death of Zohra Sehgal, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer, born on April 27, 1912
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jul/22/zohra-sehgal
http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-legendary-actress-zohra-sehgal-passes-away-at-102-1983051

2016: Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley is shot dead

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prominent-cambodian-critic-kem-ley-shot-dead-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/10/cambodian-government-critic-shot-dead-phnom-
http://asiantribune.com/node/89218

Vietnam Foreign Policy and Defence

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10 JULY 2018

US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea

The U.S. top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-vietnam-to-cooperate-on-freedom-of-navigation-in-disputed-south-china-sea/

31 MAY 2018

Vietnam and Japan leaders agree on maritime safety cooperation

Leaders of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense as they expressed shared concern over China’s growing activity in the South China Sea
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/31/japan-vietnam-

31 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam tie the knot for strategic partnership

Australia and Vietnam upgraded their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia from 14–18 March 2018. The move is not a surprise. As the Australian government states, this elevation ‘reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/31/australia-and-vietnam-tie-the-knot-for-strategic-partnership/

20 MARCH 2018

Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands

15 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Australia-and-Vietnam-sign-strategic-partnership-pact
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/03/15/Vietnam-and-Australia-deepen-ties
http://vovworld.vn/en-US/news/vietnam-australia-elevate-ties-to-strategic-partnership-627407.vov

3 MARCH 2018

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

« We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected, » he said
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/india-vietnam-to-enhance-cooperation-in-defence-production-pm-narendra-modi/1231130
http://en.qdnd.vn/foreign-affairs/bilateral-relations/president-tran-dai-quang-holds-talks-with-indian-pm-narendra-modi-490440
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-vietnam-vow-to-cooperate-on-region-s-security-1.2182037

25 JANUARY 2018

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

In a post-war first, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, Hanoi’s defence ministry said on Thursday, a major demonstration of deepening military ties between the former enemies more than four decades after the Vietnam war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2130581/us-send-aircraft-carrier-vietnam-ties-between-old-foes-deepen
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/256215589/mattis-us-aircraft-carrier-to-visit-vietnam-in-march
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/01/25/Russia-Vietnam-military-ties-in-the-spotlight-with-defense-minister%E2%80%99s-visit

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

10 NOVEMBER 2017

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has provoked anxiety among the US’ Asian partners and allies. Southeast Asia — a group of small and middle-size states — is particularly concerned about the perceived policy vacuum and fading commitment of the United States. Vietnam is among the countries most closely watching Washington’s policy shifts
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/585.html

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

9 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/09/531167/Vietnam-US-military-ties-Ngo-Xuan-James-Mattis-China

10 JULY 2017

Vietnam Is Chasing India To Escape The Grip Of China

Now Vietnam is pushing for stronger ties with India. The two countries have explored together for oil in the South China Sea — the one Beijing believes is mostly its own — since at least 2014 when the overseas subsidiary of India’s state-run firm ONGC and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp. signed an agreement for exploring three oil blocks despite bristling in Beijing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/07/10/vietnam-is-chasing-india-in-a-new-gambit-to-resist-china/#753a023c5f59

27 JUNE 2017

The weak points in Vietnam’s military

Despite significant defense investments, some neglected portions of Vietnam’s military are vulnerable to Chinese Attack
http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/the-weak-points-in-vietnams-miliary/

4 JUNE 2017

Vietnam’s White House lobbying coup secures strategic gains

When Vietnam’s prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41303/vietnam-s-white-house-lobbying-coup-secures-strategic-gains
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2096713/nothing-personal-lesson-trump-vietnamese-politics

31 MAY 2017

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

US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2096417/trump-and-vietnamese-leader-focus-trade-during-meeting-white-house
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Deals/Vietnam-investing-billions-in-US-equipment-and-services

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

Hanoi and Washington called for refrain from any tension escalation in the East Vietnam Sea, including “the militarization of disputed features,” had “frank and constructive dialogue” to narrow differences on human rights, agreed to promote bilateral trade, and shared concern over ballistic missile tests by North Korea
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41258/joint-statement-by-vietnam-us-after-pm-phucs-visit-to-white-house
http://www.atimes.com/article/trump-phuc-rekindle-us-vietnam-warming-trend/

11 MAY 2017

Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president

President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, ­despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094012/xi-calls-more-bilateral-cooperation-he-hosts-vietnamese
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/195/7/214/1494516576119.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2017/05/11/china-says-has-positive-talks-with-vietnam-on-south-china-sea/

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

19 JANUARY 2017

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

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063573/arrests-vietnam-breaks-rally-against-chinas-invasion
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vietnam-police-halt-anti-china-protest-over-islands

16 JANUARY 2017

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

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062592/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-meets-vietnamese-leaders-promises?spm=0.0.0.0.RcYBwd
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WH0epoWcE2w
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/japan-to-provide-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-amid-maritime-row-with-china-65869.html

23 NOVEMBER 2016

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

Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2048934/pope-and-vietnams-president-meet-vatican-bid-warm-long-strained
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-receives-Vietnamese-president,-highlighting-good-relations-and-a-shared-spirit-of-dialogue-39223.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/346844/pope-francis-welcomes-vietnamese-leaders-visit-to-vatican.html#pur11RWLhjtIZukR.97

4 OCTOBER 2016

US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port

Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-warships-make-landmark-visit-to-strategic-vietnam-port/3179524.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160903_22/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-vietnam-visit-key-takeaways_1925525.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anderscorr/2016/08/29/vietnams-three-strategic-options/#4e5617322104

11 AUGUST 2016

What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam

The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/09/what-the-end-of-the-us-arms-embargo-means-for-vietnam/

10 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials
http://atimes.com/2016/08/vietnam-moves-new-rocket-launchers-into-disputed-s-china-sea/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-deploys-defensive-system-on-disputed-islands-in-South-China-Sea-38276.html

29 JUNE 2016

Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/298790/viet-nam-liberia-officially-establish-diplomatic-ties.html#RJyqVsDsohdIfpX1.97

23 MAY 2016

Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-announces-full/2808866.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

22 MAY 2016

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

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-arrives-in-vietnam/2807542.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36354326
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1951031/sandwiched-between-giants-vietnam-seeks-obamas-assurance
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/156802/new-mark-in-vietnam-us-comprehensive-partnership.html

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year

Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-to-get-2-more-russian-frigates-this-year-62341.html

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

11 MAY 2016

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies

Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
http://atimes.com/2016/05/quietly-vietnam-hosts-arms-gathering-attended-by-us-companies/

12 APRIL 2016

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

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

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

4 APRIL 2016

Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing

Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/04/vietnam-seizes-chinese-vessel-detains-crew
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2016/04/03/Vietnam-seizes-chinese-ship%2C-State-media-reports
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-seizes-chinese-oil-tanker-state-media

27 MARCH 2016

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

Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-china-to-handle-sea-dispute-peaceful-friendly-defence-ministers-60635.html

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China

Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/vietnam-lodges-complaint-china-violations-160219101856958.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s China challenge

The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/vietnams-china-challenge-2/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

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

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

19 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters

Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-warns-china/2439218.html

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases

 Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power
http://atimes.com/2016/01/vietnams-plan-to-deter-china-with-western-jets/

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

4 DECEMBER 2015

Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner

Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/12/04/vietnam-israels-closest-asean-partner/

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742682
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1876440/president-xi-jinping-tells-hanoi-parliament-china-and
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/china-vietnam-should-maintain-status-quo-in-east-sea-party-chief-trong-tells-president-xi-53336.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-strengthen-defense-ties-vietnam

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-pledges-maritime-security-aid-vietname-150915125026675.html

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

7 JULY 2015

Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit

Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/vietnam-communist-party-white-house-150708045555640.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/obama-vietnam-party-chief-discuss-east-sea-in-landmark-meeting-47641.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/obama-vietnam-trans-pacific-partnership-china/index.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/07/08/the-geo-politics-of-vietnam-us-rapprochement/#more-46812

2 JUNE 2015

Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-receives-russian/1888578.html

18 MAY 2015

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

Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ban-05182015140858.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/18/asia-pacific/china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest/#.VVpJ1e_GMcB

 

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

24 MARCH 2015

US and Vietnam: From Foes to Friends

Vietnam’s new ambassador to the United States reflects on the state of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship
http://thediplomat.com/2015/03/us-and-vietnam-from-foes-to-friends/

7 MARCH 2015

US to provide 6 patrol ships to Vietnam as ties strengthen

Ly V. Thang, head of the defense cooperation office at the US Embassy in Hanoi, said the US and Vietnam are finishing negotiations for the transfer of the vessels, which is expected to take place next year
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/us-to-provide-6-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-as-ties-strengthen-39507.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/

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

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

30 DECEMBER 2014

Vietnam’s 5th Russian-built submarine launched

The fifth of six Kilo-class submarines that Vietnam contracted to buy from Russia was launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Sunday, Russian news agency Interfax reported.
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2014/12/30/Vietnam%E2%80%99s-5th-Russian-built-submarine-launched

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-modi-pledges-modernise-vietnams-defences

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

OCTOBER 2014

Vatican and Vietnam edge closer to restoring diplomatic ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met Pope Francis in Rome Saturday with both saying they were committed to restoring diplomatic relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438318/vatican-and-vietnam-edge-closer-to-restoring-diplomatic-ties

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

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

Vietnam Party General Secretary begins South Korea visit

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Seoul yesterday afternoon, beginning a four-day state visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the invitation of President Park Geun-hye.
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/260845/party-general-secretary-begins-rok-visit-to-enhance-relations.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties

India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/india-tightens-vietnam-defence-oil-ties-31198.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-india-vietnam-china-xi/2451075.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Vietnam, Vatican Explore Prospects of Restoring Full Ties

Officials from Vietnam and the Vatican began two-day talks Wednesday on prospects of restoring full diplomatic ties as a respected local bishop acknowledged that “conflicts” between the government and church have decreased.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/vatican-09102014202554.html

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

22 AUGUST 2014

Delicate diplomacy for Vietnam

Rising territorial tensions and the recent oil rig crisis have put Sino-Vietnamese ties on the rocks, driving Hanoi to ramp up strategic alliances with other regional powers, particularly the United States. But Vietnam is not poised to completely drop the gauntlet by jettisoning its deep-seated reliance on its giant northern neighbor that has both burgeoned and bedeviled bilateral ties.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-220814.html

14 AUGUST 2014

US military chief visits Vietnam, 1st since 1971

U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey on Thursday became the first chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to visit Vietnam since 1971, seeking to boost military ties between the former foes at a time when Hanoi is embroiled in territorial disputes with China
http://news.yahoo.com/us-military-chief-visits-vietnam-1st-since-1971-094754699.html;_ylt=AwrBJSCHl.5TW04AEODQtDMD

9 AUGUST 2014

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

U.S. Sen. John McCain says it’s time for the United States to ease restrictions on arms sales to Vietnam, citing progress the communist country has made on human rights
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125618/u-s-sen-mccain-time-to-ease-arms-sales-ban-on-vietnam/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/mccain-confident-of-support-for-easing-arms-embargo-on-vietnam-29708.html

4 AUGUST 2014

A US-Vietnam Alliance? Not So Fast

Expectations that Hanoi will enter Washington’s embrace appear unrealistic as the pro-Chinese camp prevails in Vietnam
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/a-us-vietnam-alliance-not-so-fast/

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida announces the gift during a visit to Vietnam, adding that both nations agree on « maintaining peace and stability » in the region. For a Chinese scholar, the action will be « perceived as hostility by China »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-gives-Hanoi-six-naval-ships-to-counter-China-31789.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28599397

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

5 JULY 2014

Philippines-Vietnam joint commission to deepen defence ties

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

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

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

17 JUNE 2014

US envoy nominee open to lifting arms ban to Vietnam

President Barack Obama’s nominee to become the next U.S. ambassador to Vietnam said Tuesday it may be time for Washington to consider lifting a ban on the sale and transfer of lethal weapons to the former American enemy
http://news.yahoo.com/envoy-nominee-open-lifting-arms-ban-vietnam-212421356.html;_ylt=AwrBEiFWPqRT9lEAWHrQtDMD

17 JUNE 2014

Top China Diplomat Travels to Vietnam for Talks to Ease Tensions

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi is in Vietnam for talks aimed at easing tension over territorial disputes.
http://www.voanews.com/content/top-china-diplomat-travels-to-vietnam-for-talks-to-ease-tensions/1938560.html

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

1 JUNE 2014

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

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

19 MAY 2014

Chinese ships evacuate 3,500 from Vietnam

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410686/chinese-ships-evacuate-3500-from-vietnam

18 MAY 2014

China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-evacuates-3000-nationals-from-vietnam-201451720204843212.html http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/18/china-sends-ships-to-evacuate-workers-from-vietnam/

http://www.france24.com/en/20140518-vietnam-protest-china-riot-police/

17 MAY 2014

China evacuates workers after Vietnam deadly riots

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27458866 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410329/china-evacuates-its-nationals-from-vietnam

16 MAY 2014

China-Vietnam tensions: Beijing vows to continue drilling

China says its oil rig will continue drilling in contested waters in the South China Sea, despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27434945

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/16/china-vietnam-protests-territorial-dispute http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1916188.html

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

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

18 APRIL 2014

Vietnam says 7 killed in shooting on China border

Seven people were killed in a gun battle between border guards and Chinese illegal migrants at a remote frontier crossing in northeast Vietnam, authorities said Friday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405563/vietnam-says-7-killed-in-shooting-on-china-border

 

20 MARCH 2014

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

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

http://cogitasia.com/u-s-vietnam-from-comprehensive-to-strategic-partners/

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/

 

12 DECEMBER 2013

Russia Strengthens Ties With Vietnam

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

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/russia-strengthens-ties-vietnam?utm_source=freelist-f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20131212&utm_term=FreeReport&utm_content=readmore

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia and Vietnam taking it to the next level

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/11/30/russia-and-vietnam-taking-it-to-the-next-level/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam Vote Reaffirms Party Role in Constitution

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-constituional-reforms-reaffirm-centrality-of-party-in-economy/1799573.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Opinion: The Changing Face of Vietnam

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

http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/changing-face-vietnam/

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam banker sentenced to death for fraud

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

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/vietnam-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-2013111662741522258.html

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam gets 2 new deputy PMs

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379639/vietnam-gets-two-new-deputy-prime-ministers

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Russia’s Putin signs energy, military deals with Vietnam

Russia and Vietnam will cooperate in offshore oil exploration and deepen military ties, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday after « constructive and open » talks with his counterpart in Hanoi.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379482/russia-putin-signs-energy-military-deals-with-vietnam

8 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam may resume firing squads for exécutions

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/08/vietnam-firing-squad-executions

7 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty slams Vietnam rights record

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

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378712/amnesty-slams-vietnam-rights-record

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Vietnam’s 7reaches 90 million

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-population-reaches-90-million-53532.html

31 OCTOBER 2013

Chinese Confucius Institute Project Raises Concern in Vietnam

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-confucious-institute-project-raises-concern-in-vietnam/1780894.html

29 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s Latest Trial Shows New Generation of Activism

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-dissident-found-guilty-sentence-suspended/1778990.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/115043/vietnam-court-convicts-dissident-facebook-user/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Hundreds Turn Out to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Vietnam

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/hundreds-turn-out-to-support-same-sex-marriage-in-vietnam/1777892.html

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/23/vietnams-role-in-asean/

19 OCTOBER 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Dissident In New Hunger Strike Over Artwork Seizure

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

http://www.eurasiareview.com/19102013-jailed-vietnamese-dissident-new-hunger-strike-artwork-seizure/

13 OCTOBER 2013

China, Vietnam set up working group to discuss sea issues

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

12 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s foreign policy tightrope

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/12/vietnams-foreign-policy-tightrope/

State funeral in Vietnam for war hero General Giap

In Vietnam, a state funeral was being held on Saturday for a national hero – General Giap, the independence icon who masterminded military victories over colonial power France in the 1950s and later over the Americans.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/12/state-funeral-in-vietnam-for-war-hero-general-giap/
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/246191/millions-mourn-loss-of-peoples-general.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnamese civil society bringing political change

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

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/11/vietnamese-civil-society-bringing-political-change/

10 OCTOBER 2013

US signs nuclear technology deal with Vietnam

The United States and Vietnam have signed a pact allowing the transfer of nuclear technology to the south-east Asian country, opening the way for US investment in the burgeoning industry.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/10/us-signs-nuclear-technology-deal-vietnam

4 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s General Vo Nguyen Giap dies

Vo Nguyen Giap, the Vietnamese general who masterminded victories against France and the US, has died aged 102.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24402278
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/04/vietnam-general-behind-defeats-of-us-and-france-dies-age-102/

2 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam dissident Le Quoc Quan jailed over tax evasion

One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents, Le Quoc Quan, has been sentenced to 30 months in jail for tax evasion.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24361701
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi:-30-months-in-prison-sentence-for-the-Catholic-lawyer-Le-Quoc-Quan-29173.html

Vietnam’s exports set to surpass target

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnams-exports-set-to-surpass-target-52319.html

Vietnam concerned by ageing population

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-concerned-by-ageing-population-52337.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

How eating dog became big business in Vietnam

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

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/27/eating-dog-vietnam-thailand-kate-hodal

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam, France upgrade relations to strategic partnership

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

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130926-vietnam-france-upgrade-bilateral-relations-to-strategic-partnership.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnamese Intellectuals File Petition Demanding ‘Civil Society Forum’

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

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/reform-09232013235835.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

Viet Nam unveils plans to overhaul education system

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

http://vietnamnews.vn/society/245212/viet-nam-unveils-plans-to-overhaul-education-system.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2013

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

Vietnam and South Korea agreed to conclude a free-trade deal by the end of next year as they seek to expand trade by more than three times and work toward an agreement for two nuclear power plants.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130909–south-korea-seeks-to-sign-free-trade-deal-with-vietnam-next-year.aspx

2 SEPTEMBER 2013

Rights groups take aim at Vietnam’s new internet laws

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

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/02/world/asia/vietnam-internet/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

Vietnam internet restrictions come into effect

The decree, known as Decree 72, says blogs and social websites should not be used to share news articles, but only personal information.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23920541

29 AUGUST 2013

Visions of a democratic Vietnam

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-290813.html

23 AUGUST 2013

Ties strengthen between Japan and Vietnam

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

http://globalriskinsights.com/2013/08/23/ties-strengthen-between-japan-and-vietnam/

20 AUGUST 2013

New Vietnamese party to challenge rules

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-200813.html

16 AUGUST 2013

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

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

http://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130815-vietnam-press-violate-child-right-privacy-experts.aspx

Vietnam frees student activist in rare appeal ruling

A Vietnamese court on Friday overturned a six-year jail term handed to a student activist, freeing her on the spot in a rare show of leniency by the authoritarian nation.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-frees-student-activist-rare-appeal-ruling
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/2013816132033738690.html

Vietnam activists ‘to form multi-party democracy’

A group of activists in Vietnam have expressed their intention to form a new political party to promote multi-party democracy in the communist country.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23722798

15 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam ‘Threatened’ by Chinese, Thai Investments in Laos

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

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/investment-08152013161625.html

9 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam Tries Public-Private Partnerships

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-highway/1727039.html

6 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam executes 1st prisoner by lethal injection

Vietnam executed its first prisoner by lethal injection on Tuesday, ending a two-year pause in capital punishment caused by difficulties in obtaining the needed chemicals, state media reported.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/111593/vietnam-executes-1st-prisoner-by-lethal-injection/

1 AUGUST 2013

Vietnam to clamp down on social media news postings

Communist Vietnam is to ban bloggers and social media users from sharing news stories online, under a new decree seen as a further crackdown on online freedom.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/362605/vietnam-to-clamp-down-on-social-media-news-postings
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/10215935/Vietnam-to-ban-sharing-of-news-stories-on-social-media.html

25 JULY 2013

Obama presses Vietnam on rights but sees better ties

US President Barack Obama said Thursday he spoke frankly to Vietnam’s leader about human rights but called for greater cooperation between the former war adversaries in areas from trade to security.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-presses-vietnam-on/756812.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23430117

24 JULY 2013

Vietnamese Dissident Said Weak from Hunger Strike

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

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/40575

16 JULY 2013

Freedom of the Press, Vietnamese Style

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

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5569&Itemid=188

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

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

http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/242061/viet-nam-strives-to-strengthen-strategic-partnership-with-india.html

12 JULY 2013

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

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

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-against-the-beatification-of-Cardinal-Van-Thuân.-Canonisation-process-witness-stopped-at-airport-28451.html

10 JULY 2013

Report: Corruption Growing in Vietnam

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

http://www.voanews.com/content/report-corruption-growing-in-vietnam/1699090.html

7 JULY 2013

Vietnam: Playing with fire

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

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5549&Itemid=188

5 JULY 2013

Border demarcation enhances peace between Laos and Vietnam

The recent success in border demarcation and restoration has enhanced peace and orderliness along the Laos-Vietnam border, according to Lao Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bounkeut Sangsomsak.                                                                                                                     http://www.asianewsnet.net/Border-demarcation-enhances-peace-between-Laos-and-48845.html

21 JUNE 2013

Vietnam and China work towards warmer ties

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

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Vietnam-and-China-work-towards-warmer-ties-48239.html

20 JUNE 2013

China, Vietnam Agree on Hotline to Resolve Maritime Disputes

China and Vietnam have agreed to set up an emergency hotline to help quickly resolve territorial disputes that have occasionally strained relations between the two neighbors.                                                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/china-vietnam-agree-on-hotline-to-resolve-maritime-disputes/1685504.html

11 JUNE 2013

Vietnam MPs vote low confidence in PM Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister survived a non-confidence ballot in the national assembly on Tuesday, but with his position weakened after more than 30 percent of its members voted against him.                                                                                                                    http://asiancorrespondent.com/108971/vietnam-prime-minister-survives-no-confidence-vote/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22857710

2 JUNE 2013

Vietnam’s peasants betrayed by the party

Even after Doan Van Vuon and his brother Quy were indicted for attempted murder in January 2013, it seemed reasonable to hope that they would catch a break from Vietnam’s courts. Vuon, a Vietnamese farmer, was after all a popular hero. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/02/vietnams-peasants-betrayed-by-the-party/

30 MAY 2013

Two paths for US-Vietnam ties

The success of the United States in Southeast Asia and its « pivot » policy in the Asia-Pacific will be built on the strength of its partnerships with strategic allies. Longstanding allies such as Japan, South Korea and Australia have provided the US with strong support in the region, but to implement the « pivot » Washington needs to expand its pool of reliable strategic partners. Vietnam has the potential to serve as one of those partners: under the current ruling Communist Party of Vietnam or a different future political regime, there always has been and always will be concern in Hanoi about the influence and intentions of its giant neighbor                                                                                       http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-300513.html

22 MAY 2013

Vietnamese Blogger Held for Distributing Rights Leaflets

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

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/blogger-05222013154831.html

15 MAY 2013

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

The Seventh Plenum of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) met from May 2 to May 11 to discuss, among other things, “possible ways to perfect the political system, [strengthen] party building, and [promote] the party leadership in mass mobilization work.” The plenum was also tasked to elect three additional members to the Politburo.                                                                                                                   http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-leaders-at-the-seventh-plenum-surprise-or-deja-vu/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_241569491

14 MAY 2013

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

In the last decade, the area of land taken from farmers has reached one-million hectares, significantly greater than the 810,000 hectares redistributed during the socialist land reforms in the 1950s. Currently land grab cases comprise over 30 per cent of all land disputes reaching officials and the courts.                                                                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/14/vietnams-land-law-reforms-radical-changes-or-minor-tinkering/

11 MAY 2013

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

Organizing picnics in one party communist state Vietnam is no walk in the park, as some human rights activists have painfully discovered. Last weekend, the blogger activists and their friends and relatives tried to break new ground by holding picnics in public parks to discuss human rights issues but ended up being beaten, interrogated and arrested by police or thugs they claimed were hired by the authorities. http://www.rfa.org/english/commentaries/east-asia-beat/picnic-05112013142328.html

10 MAY 2013

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

Many constitutional issues are up for debate — the role of the ruling Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) in state organs and in society; the role of the armed forces; state versus private management and ownership of land; and the mechanisms needed to protect citizens’ and human rights.                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/10/can-vietnam-have-a-one-party-two-candidate-system/

27 APRIL 2013

Viet Nam stands up for East Sea

Viet Nam has reiterated that it will adopt every suitable peaceful measure to defend its sovereignty, jurisdiction and legitimate national interests in the East Sea in accordance with the UN Charter, international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS).                                                                                        http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/238738/viet-nam-stands-up-for-east-sea.html

22 APRIL 2013

U.S. Navy Begins Annual Vietnam Naval Engagement Activity

The U.S. Navy began the fourth annual Naval Engagement Activity with the Vietnam People’s Navy April 21 with the arrival USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52) in Da Nang.
http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/ddg93/Pages/USNavyBeginsAnnualVietnamNavalEngagementActivity.aspx?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_236178529

19 APRIL 2013

Opinion: The Promise of a Democratic Vietnam

The struggle for democracy and political reform in Vietnam has a found itself a banner around which to rally. It is called Petition 72, with « 72 » referring to the original number of respected scholars and former government officials who drafted the proposed constitution as an alternative to Vietnam’s current one. Petition 72, among other significant proposed changes, would abolish Vietnam’s one-party structure                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5351&Itemid=188

9 APRIL 2013

Vietnamese Dissidents Attacked by Police-Linked Thugs

Unidentified assailants believed to be connected to the police on Tuesday ambushed and severely beat a Vietnamese dissident a day after he tried to shield a prominent woman land rights activist from harassment and attack by suspected government agents, according to the victims                                                                                                                    http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/dissidents-04092013182514.html

5 APRIL 2013

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

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

22 MARCH 2013

Vietnam’s Obstacles to Reform

Despite the Vietnamese public’s lack of trust in the government, despite the government’s rights violations, reform remains a distant hope. The path to change is littered with obstacles, and what comes after is equally challenging.                                                     http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5274&Itemid=188

16 MARCH

Influential factors in the Vietnam–US relationship

Optimism surrounding the potential Vietnam–US strategic partnership has been riding high after John Kerry, a Vietnam War veteran and key player in the bilateral diplomatic relationship, became US Secretary of State in February 2013. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/16/influential-factors-in-the-vietnam-us-relationship/

14 MARCH 2013

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.                                                                                                           http://my.news.yahoo.com/vietnam-anti-china-activists-mark-island-battle-072419364.html?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_223453097

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

By the end of 2009 Chinese engineering companies were involved in projects worth US$15.4 billion in Vietnam, making the Vietnamese market their largest in Southeast Asia.                                                                                                                                                         http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/14/chinese-contractors-rise-in-vietnam-causes-problems-and-implications/

8 MARCH 2013

Jailed Vietnamese Blogger Named ‘Woman of Courage’

Ta Phong Tan, a Catholic ex-policewoman who is serving a 10-year jail sentence for conducting « anti-state propaganda » in her online writings, is one of ten “extraordinary women” from around the world recognized by the State Department for their work advocating for women’s empowerment.                                                                                                                                                                http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ta-phong-tan-03082013153228.html

2 MARCH 2013

Thousands sign petition for release of jailed Vietnamese Catholics

The non-partisan and apolitical initiative launched by family members and is divided into two groups, active in the north and south of the country. Among signatories, two bishops and a Buddhist religious leader, member of a group persecuted by Hanoi. The promoters speak of spurious sentence and illegal trial.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-sign-petition-for-release-of-jailed-Vietnamese-Catholics-27281.html

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnamese Reporter Fired for Critical Essay

A Vietnamese journalist working for a state-run newspaper has been fired and threatened with prosecution after criticizing a Communist Party leader on his personal website. Nguyen Dac Kien was let go by the official Family and Society newspaper on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after writing a blog post that took issue with a speech by General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/fired-02262013175113.html                                                              http://www.voanews.com/content/vietnam-reporter-fired-after-criticizing-communist-leader/1611545.html

23 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam’s Democratic Destiny

It has sometimes been said that if Vietnam were to make the transition from a single-party state to a multi-party one, it would lead to democracy and freedom. That may not be true                                                                                                                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5198&Itemid=188

21 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam Faces Political Entropy

The Vietnamese Communist Party, once credited for opening the country and joining the global economy, is in crisis. Its factional conflict, economic mismanagement and inattention to quality-of-life issues have eroded its claim to be « the force leading the state and society. » http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5194&Itemid=188

9 FEBRUARY 2913

Despite crackdown on dissent, can Vietnam reform ?

Within ASEAN, only Laos scores as poorly as Vietnam on political rights, according to Freedom House, with the two Communist neighbors both receiving the lowest possible mark of seven, a score unchanged for years as Burma improved to a six for 2012. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/09/despite-crackdown-on-dissent-can-vietnam-reform/2/

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Vietnam jails activists for subversion amid crackdown on dissidents

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a man to life in prison and given jail terms of up to 17 years to other defendants after they were found guilty of « subversive activities », according to the state-run Vietnam Television.                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/04/vietnam-jails-activists-subervsion                                                                                                                             http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Trial-ends-with-22-Vietnamese-activists-receiving-sentences-ranging-from-10-years-to-life-27047.html

31 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam deports pro-democracy activist

A pro-democracy activist released from a Vietnamese prison was on his way to his California home after nine months in detention, according to his family.                                                                                                                                                   http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/30/world/asia/vietnam-activist-freed/index.html?hpt=ias_c2  http://asiancorrespondent.com/96657/vietnam-deports-american-activist-detained-for-9-months/

22 JANUARY 2013

One step closer to diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Hanoi

Benedict XVI received the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong. A statement from the Holy See speaks of « cordial discussions » and “the hope that some pending situations may be resolved and that the existing fruitful cooperation may be strengthened. »                                                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-step-closer-to-diplomatic-relations-between-the-Vatican-and-Hanoi-26934.html

9 JANUARY 2013

Vietnam convicts 14 activists of ‘anti-state plot’

Thirteen were jailed for between three and 13 years, while one received a suspended sentence. Most are Catholics, and they include bloggers and students.                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20955432                                                                                             http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/trial-01082013181353.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

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

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

27 DECEMBER 2012

2012: A tough year for Vietnam

As 2012 winds down, Vietnamese leaders are probably glad to see the end of what has been a difficult year. Despite there still being a few days of activity left, the General Statistics Office recently announced that Vietnam’s GDP increased by only 5.03% this year. This is the lowest rate of growth since 1999 and is well below previous targets for 2012, which were generally above 6%. Notably, even this low rate of growth was only achieved after a slight fourth quarter upswing.                                                                                                                            http://thediplomat.com/pacific-money/2012/12/27/2012-a-tough-year-for-vietnam/

4 DECEMBER 2012

Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-le-luong-minh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_192902062

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam officials to face parliamentary confidence votes

The communist-dominated parliament of Vietnam is to subject elected leaders including the president and prime minister to annual confidence votes.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20442922

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung urged to resign

A member of the Communist-dominated parliament in Vietnam has in a rare show of dissent told PM Nguyen Tan Dung that he should resign for his mistakes in handling the economy
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20322830

6 NOVEMBER 2012

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

Vietnam’s National Assembly will pass the revised Law on Anti-Corruption in the next few weeks to try to intensify the fight against corruption.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/06/vietnams-fight-against-corruption-a-self-defeating-effort/

2 NOVEMBER 2012

Chinese companies invade Vietnam, dangers for production and environment

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

30 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam jails two dissident songwriters

Vietnam has jailed two musicians for spreading anti-state propaganda, after they wrote songs critical of government policy.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20133840

22 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM admits ‘faults’ on economy

Vietnam’s prime minister admitted on Monday that his government had made mistakes in its stewardship of the troubled economy, in the latest bout of self-criticism by the secretive Communist regime http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121022-379096.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/91051/vietnam-pm-apologizes-for-mismanaging-economy/

15 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam PM escapes punishment despite censure

Vietnam’s prime minister escaped disciplinary action from communist party chiefs on Monday despite anger over a string of financial scandals and an economic malaise that have marred his leadership http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121015-377829.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

The future of US relations with Vietnam

While the usual suspects — Iran, China, Cuba and Syria — dominate what passes for debate over foreign policy in the US, neither presidential candidate has had much to say about Vietnam
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/04/the-future-of-us-relations-with-vietnam/

3 OCTOBER 2012

Vietnam dissident poet Nguyen Chi Thien dies in US

Nguyen Chi Thien, a dissident poet who spent 27 years in Vietnamese prisons, has died in California aged 73. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19819794
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/arts/nguyen-chi-thien-vietnamese-dissident-poet-dies-at-73.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam jails three bloggers in crackdown on dissent

Three Vietnamese bloggers, well known for their criticisms of the country’s Communist government, were sentenced to between four and 12 years in prison Monday in what rights activists said was an « absolutely outrageous » ruling. http://www.france24.com/en/20120924-vietnam-jails-three-bloggers-crackdown-dissent-human-rights-censorship-internet http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19697905

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam PM orders fresh crackdown on bloggers

Vietnam’s prime minister has ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the governmen
http://asiancorrespondent.com/89218/vietnam-pm-orders-fresh-crackdown-on-bloggers/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19582374

7 SEPTEMBER 2012

Undercover Reporter Jailed

In a conviction condemned by rights groups, a Vietnamese journalist has been sentenced to four years in jail for offering a bribe to a policeman which he said was part of an investigation to expose police corruption
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/media-09072012184158.html

Hanoi and Berlin aim to strengthen economic and trade cooperation

Strengthening economic cooperation between Berlin and Hanoi, enhancing connections with direct flights and spreading the German language and culture in the Asian nation. These are just some of the many topics on the agenda of Philipp Rosler, Federal Minister for Economics and Technology, Vice-Chancellor and one of Angela Merkel’s closest collaborators, who will be on official visit to Vietnam from September 17 to 19
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-and-Berlin-aim-to-strengthen-economic-and-trade-cooperation-25756.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2012

Viet Prime Minister Under Threat

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s grip on Vietnam’s government is weakening. The Vietnamese premier is under attack by intra-party rivals who don’t like his rich friends and fault his management of the economy. If Dung goes down, important changes in Vietnam’s management of economic and social issues are likely to follow
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4799&Itemid=188#

1 SEPTEMBER 2012

Vietnam slams China’s island oil bid call

Viet Nam protests against China’s plan to invite international bidding for oil block 65/12, about 3 nautical miles off Cay (Tree) Island of Viet Nam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Ngh
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/229586/vn-slams-chinas-island-oil-bid-call.html

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

The daughter of a member of the Vietnamese Communist Party’s Politburo, the country’s most powerful political body, Ms. Huong had only days before been appointed the head of a state-owned construction company. Commentators on the Internet expressed outrage that someone so young — she is reported to be 24 — held such a senior corporate post.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/world/asia/in-vietnam-message-of-equality-challenged-by-wealth-gap.html?_r=1&ref=asia

31 AUGUST 2012

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

It is almost 67 years since the revelation of Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence and 37 years since the country’s unification. Despite revolutions to throw off the shackles of foreign powers, and a brutal war that stifled early hopes of democracy, Vietnam today remains under the thumb of an authoritarian government.
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4782&Itemid=213

25 AUGUST 2012

Viet Nam seeks nuclear power infrastructure

Viet Nam is seeking more support from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and countries with advanced nuclear power industries to develop the infrastructure for its nuclear power programme.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Industries/229261/viet-nam-seeks-nuclear-power-infrastructure.html

23 AUGUST 2012

Major Vietnamese bank in turmoil after founder’s arrest

Nervous Vietnamese crowded the branches of one of the country’s major banks Thursday to withdraw some $240 million following news of the arrest of the bank’s founder on fraud charges. The stock market was also hit by the news
http://www.france24.com/en/20120823-vietnam-bank-turmoil-sotck-arrest-founder-deposits-fraud-acb

21 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam arrests high-flying banking mogul

Vietnam police have arrested a top banking tycoon on suspicion of illegal business activities, the government said on Tuesday, sending ripples through financial markets in the communist state
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/254870/vietnam-arrests-high-flying-banking-mogul
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88020/vietnam-arrests-banking-tycoon/

5 AUGUST 2012

Vietnam holds first gay pride parade

Dozens of cyclists decorated with balloons and rainbow flags streamed through the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Sunday for the first gay pride parade in the nation’s history. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363553.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/20128594623174870.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Inflation falls from 23% to 5% in one year

« Vietnam at a Glance » notes that inflation declined to 5 per cent in July from 23 per cent in August 2011. The trade deficit, too, narrowed to US$58m in the first seven months compared to almost $6bn a year earlier.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Economy/228355/inflation-falls-from-23-to-5-in-one-year.html

2 AUGUST 2012

Blogger Barred from Travel

A blogger in Vietnam who has been critical of the one-party communist state was prevented by the authorities on Thursday from traveling abroad, a month after he was attacked by suspected government agents. Catholic blogger Nguyen Huu Vinh said staff at the Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi stopped him from boarding a flight to Singapore when he wanted to accompany his mother, who needed medical treatment in the island state.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/blogger-08022012141554.html

30 JULY 012

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

The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died after setting herself on fire ahead of her daughter’s trial for propaganda against the Communist state, sources close to the family said Monday. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120730-362340.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19053910
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Catholic-dissident’s-mother-sets-herself-on-fire.-Anger-and-bewilderment-of-Vietnamese-25431.html

15 JULY 2012

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

More than 10 thousand Catholics marched in different areas of the diocese of Vinh to demand respect for religious freedom against threats and violence of the government. On the eve of the marches, to intimidate the Catholics, the authorities deployed tanks outside the bishop’s residence, with patrols by gangs of thugs and soldiers http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Government-deploys-tanks-as-over-10-thousand-Vinh-diocese-faithful-march-for-religious-freedom.-25293.html

10 JULY 2012

Clinton Promotes US Investment, Human Rights in Vietnam

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in Vietnam where she is promoting U.S. investment and raising human rights concerns. Secretary Clinton says the Obama administration is looking for ways to expand trade and investment with Vietnam, which was up 17 percent between 2010 and 2011 to nearly $22 billion. http://www.voanews.com/content/clinton-urges-vietnam-to-protect-human-rights/1381816.html#hash=relatedInfoContainer

21 JUNE 2012

China says Vietnam claim to islands ‘null and void’

China on Thursday 21 « vehemently opposed » a new Vietnamese law asserting sovereignty over islands in disputed waters, the latest escalation in tensions over the resource-rich South China Sea.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120621-354493.html

15 JUNE 2012

New Clashes in Land Dispute

Clashes broke out between villagers and a group of men hired to clear their land for a controversial development site on the outskirts of the Vietnamese capital Friday, leaving several villagers injured and others vowing to protect their homes should demolition crews return, sources said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/clashes-06152012152150.html

3 JUNE 2012

Panetta visits former U.S. base in Vietnam

Leon Panetta visited a former U.S. Navy base in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, on Sunday, marking the first trip to the base by an American defense secretary since the war ended
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/03/us/panetta-vietnam-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 APRIL 2012

Vietnam edges towards casino capitalism

To roll or not to roll, that is the multi-billion dollar question Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party now weighs. The casino quandary hinges on how a nominally communist state that still deploys revolutionary rhetoric can openly embrace such a free-wheeling capitalist concept.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/ND19Ae01.html

18 APRIL 2012

Wealthy Vietnam MP faces sack over husband fraud

One of Vietnam’s wealthiest individuals is at risk of losing her seat in parliament after failing to disclose that her husband was wanted for fraud. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, 53, chairwoman of the Tan Tao Group, is accused of not having disclosed details of her marriage and party status when applying to be a parliamentary candidate.
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120418-340642.html

4 APRIL 2012

Opinion: Vietnam’s Disheartening Anniversary

Under Communist leadership, Vietnam has failed to make its mark on the world. The new Vietnam needs to focus on the future
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4393&Itemid=213

29 MARCH 2012

Vietnam builds naval muscle

Following a series of high-profile procurement deals, Vietnam’s growing naval program symbolizes its evolving military posture. Driven by persistent maritime disputes with China and facilitated by an expanding economy, Vietnam is actively modernizing its military through naval, air and electronic-fighting capability upgrades
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NC29Ae01.html

27 MARCH 2012

Vietnam and the US: The Odd Couple

Particularly in this American election year, human rights issues will test the durability of the rapprochement between Vietnam and the United States – former enemies now seemingly the best of friends
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4369&Itemid=188

2 MARCH 2012

Vietnam’s Communist Party Ponders Change

The Communist Party of Vietnam turned 82 on Feb. 3, of which 36 years have been spent ruling Vietnam. We can only guess what the next 82 years will bring. Indeed, this past week the party’s delegates and executives met in Hanoi to discuss much needed reform
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4286&Itemid=188

1st MARCH 2012

US, Vietnam Begin Tough Trade Talks

Vietnamese and Americans joined together in Hanoi last December for a happy celebration, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the entrance into force of the US-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement signed in December, 2001. The gathering of current and former trade negotiators, diplomats, and business leaders exchanged witty anecdotes about who had been the toughest negotiator. However, the main focus for both American and Vietnamese participants was on the positive prospects for future US-Vietnam relations across the spectrum of trade and strategic common interests
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4282&Itemid=238

21 JANUARY 2012

China, Vietnam drift in South China Sea

In the wake of a major maritime ruckus last spring, hopes of a deal between China and Vietnam are rising in the South China Sea
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NA21Ae02.html

17  JANUARY 2012

Vietnam’s navy unveils first home-made warship

Vietnam’s navy has taken delivery of its first locally-made warship, equipped with artillery and missile systems, local media report
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16590100

7 DECEMBER 2011

Vietnamese actor Don Duong dies at 55

One of Vietnam’s best-known actors, Don Duong – once labelled a traitor by his country’s armed forces – has died of heart failure and a brain haemorrhage aged 55, relatives say
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16072280

22 SEPTEMBER 2011

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

Vietnamese plans for a memorial to war widows sparked an outcry Thursday when it was revealed that the cost had spiralled to five
times its initial estimate.
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1664428.php/20-million-dollar-war-memorial-sparks-public-outrage-in-Vietnam

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

Vietnam’s Forced Labor Camps

An international human rights group has called on the Vietnamese government to shut down scores of drug rehabilitation centers and release tens of thousands of people it says are being held against their will and compelled to endure forced labor and torture. Thousands of detainees,
including women and children, are made to work up to 10 hours a day doing unhealthy and tedious work such as shelling cashews, it alleges. The oil from the nuts is caustic and can burn the skin. Other detainees are forced to do farming, work in construction, sew garments and do other menial labor. Those who refuse to work are subjected to torture and deprived of food and water, it says
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3725&Itemid=213

16 AUGUST 2011

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics in prayer against government arrests

At least 2 thousand faithful of Ho Chi Minh City have celebrated a mass and prayed for the Catholics arrested by Vietnamese police during raids in recent weeks in the Diocese of Vinh and Thanh Hoa. The vigil was held last August 14 organised by the Redemptorists, who wanted to enounce
the Vietnamese authorities repression of Christians and their property, claiming the right to religious freedom in the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-Catholics-in-prayer-against-government-arrests-22374.html

26 JULY 2011

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung re-elected

Vietnam’s one-party parliament elects Nguyen Tan Dung for a second term as prime minister in a widely expected move, a parliamentary
source said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110726-291141.html

25 JULY 2011

Vietnam’s lawmaking National Assembly appointed Truong Tan Sang as the communist country’s new president amid challenges at home with the economy and abroad with China over disputed territory in the South China Sea
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/07/25/2329746/vietnam-announces-new-president.html#ixzz1TF25cSy4

23 JULY 2011

Nguyen Sinh Hung elected Assembly Chairman, four Vice Chairs chosen

Nguyen Sinh Hung has been elected Chairman of the 13th National Assembly with 457 votes, accounting for 91.4 per cent.
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/Politics-Laws/213641/Nguyen-Sinh-Hung-elected-Assembly-Chairman-four-Vice-Chairs-chosen.html

15 JULY 2011

US navy ships visit Vietnam amid heightened China tensions

Three U.S. Navy ships were welcomed Friday by former foe Vietnam for joint training, despite China’s irritation following weeks of fiery  exchanges between the communist neighbors over disputed areas of the South China Sea.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43766185/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/

13 MAY 2011

Vietnam should brace for ageing population, expert says

Vietnam must «prepare now rather than later» to support its rapidly ageing population or face economic challenges, an expert
warned
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1638960.php/Vietnam-should-brace-for-ageing-population-expert-says

4 MAY 2011

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

Thousands of ethnic Hmong people in Vietnam are holding a protest calling for autonomy in a rare outbreak of unrest, a local official tells the BBC.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13284122

19 JANUARY 2011

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

The election of the 67-year-old National Assembly chairman as the Party leader is announced as the 11th National Party Congress ends its nine-day sitting in Ha Noi
http://vietnamnews.vnanet.vn/Politics-Laws/207768/Nguyen-Phu-Trong-appointed-new-Party-leader-.html

20 AUGUST 2010

Death of Dang Phong, Vietnamese historian, born in 1937
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dang_Phong

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 JULY 2018

Thai cave: Entire soccer team rescued

Thailand: All 12 boys from the « Wild Boar » football team and their coach were rescued on Tuesday evening (Jul 10) from a flooded Thai cave complex where they had been trapped for more than two weeks
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-cave-rescue-13-wild-boars-rescued-from-on-third-day-10517142
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5807497302001/?#sp=show-clips
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-44785305/cave-rescue-celebrations-as-final-ambulances-arrive-at-hospital

19 JUNE 2018

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as « deplorable »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-carries-out-first-execution-since-2009-10446210
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180619_43/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2151520/chinese-president-xi-jinping-says-us-north-korea-must

22 MAY 2018

Thai junta was no good for anyone

Four years ago today, General Prayut Chan-o-cha staged a military coup d’etat to topple the elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand’s first woman prime minister. The rationale the general offered was that control had to be restored over a dangerous situation that the civilian politicians had let fester
https://asianews.network/2018/05/22/thai-junta-was-no-good-for-anyone/

15 MAY 2018

Bangkok Post editor ‘forced to step down’ over critical coverage of Thai military junta government

The editor of the Bangkok Post newspaper said he has been forced to step down after refusing to curtail critical coverage of the ruling military government
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2146253/bangkok-post-editor-forced-step-down-over-critical-coverage
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/05/15/editor-removed-for-mismanagement-not-junta-pressure-bangkok-post/

21 APRIL 2018

Thai junta history book claims it established ‘true democracy’

Thai military junta has come under fire for a history textbook which claims that its non-elected government has established “true democracy” in the Southeast Asian kingdom and has eliminated corruption
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/thai-history-book-lampooned-for-saying-military-junta-established-true-democracy/#VSMS0KUudzTsTXoU.99

10 MARCH 2018

Hundreds join anti-junta rally in Thailand as calls for democracy grow

Hundreds of pro-democracy Thais rallied in Bangkok on Saturday (March 10) to rail against the ruling junta with T-shirts, signs and speeches, as activists grow bolder in their defiance of a ban on protests
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-bangkok-as-calls-for-democracy-grow-10033098
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/hundreds-join-anti-junta-rally-in-thailand-as-calls-for-democracy-grow
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30340662

2 MARCH 2018

Dozens of new political parties register in run-up to Thai poll

Nearly 40 new Thai political parties submitted names and logos on the opening day of party registration in Bangkok on Friday, an early step in the junta-ruled kingdom’s halting return to democracy
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/dozens-new-political-parties-register-run-thai-poll
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/03/02/new-parties-want-defend-monarchy-reconcile-nation-fight-corruption/

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Thai junta charges 50 anti-government activists

Thailand’s military government has filed criminal charges against 50 activists over a recent protest in which they demanded the army give up power and restore civilian rule through elections
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/16/thai-junta-charges-50-anti-government-activists.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-anti-government-activists-charges/4257516.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/02/16/veteran-activists-targeted-prosecution-protests/

26 JANUARY 2018

Thailand: Election delay inevitable as NLA passes MPs bill

The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) late on Thursday passed the MPs election bill with a clause that delays it coming into effect for 90 days after its promulgation
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30337200

22 JANUARY 2018

Bomb in Thailand’s southern province kills 3, wounds at least 18 says security official

A bomb has gone off in a market in Thailand’s southern Yala province on Monday (January 22), killing 3 people and injuring 18 said a spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC)
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/22/bomb-in-thailand-s-southern-province-kills-3-wounds-at-least-18-says-security-official
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201801221060950574-thailand-market-blast/

9 JANUARY 2018

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

What will 2018 bring for Thai politics? In late 2017, clues began to emerge about how the National Council of Peace and Order (NCPO) would prepare its departure from power in 2018. A number of scenarios have been speculated
http://www.newmandala.org/thailand-2018-no-good-exit-strategy-junta/

11 DECEMBER 2017

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

The EU on Monday agreed to resume political contacts « at all levels » with Thailand, more than three years after suspending them in protest at the military coup in Bangkok
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30333724
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/EU-to-resume-political-dealings-with-Thailand-following-election-promise?page=1

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had lain in state since he died aged 88 last October
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41795352
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1350747/royal-relics-and-ashes-of-the-late-king-bhumibol-enshrined

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The cremation of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially began on Thursday (Oct 26) with Buddhist religious rites and ceremonial candle-lighting by saffron-robed monks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/200000-thais-gather-around-grand-palace-as-funeral-rites-for-king-bhumibol-begin
http://www.france24.com/en/20171026-thailand-bid-spectacular-final-farewell-late-king-bhumibol-cremation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41748220
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqDZxt-1wo

2 OCTOBER 2017

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America’s oldest alliances
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/trump-hails-very-strong-ties-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30328384
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/cartoon/20139

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years’ jail for negligence

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-thai-pm-yingluck-sentenced-in-absentia-to-5-years-jail-9255530
http://www.dw.com/en/yingluck-sentencing-the-downfall-of-thailands-shinawatra-family/g-40707831

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Thai military maneuvers to stay on top

King’s Guard secures senior positions as junta tightens grip on power
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Thai-military-maneuvers-to-stay-on-top

31 AUGUST 2017

Thailand Former PM Abhisit and vice PM Suthep cleared for 2010 crackdown on red-shirt

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts to dismiss the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for the 2010 deadly military crackdown on Red Shirts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1316327/abhisit-suthep-cleared-for-2010-crackdown-on-red-shirts
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/31/supreme-court-turns-murder-case-abhisit-suthep/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30325450

25 AUGUST 2017

Arrest warrant for Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra after court no-show

Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Hundreds of her supporters had gathered outside
http://www.dw.com/en/hunt-for-thailands-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-after-court-no-show/a-40231366
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30324907
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/25/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-misses-court-appearance

2 AUGUST 2017

Case thrown out against former Thai PM Somchai in rare win for anti-junta camp

A Thai court dismissed a case against former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/case-thrown-out-against-former-thai-pm-somchai-rare-win-anti-junta-camp
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2105107/two-former-thai-prime-ministers-acquitted-abusing-power
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/13/137/138/1501661314184.html

24 JULY 2017

Thai court jails 6 ex-party leaders for invading Government House in 2008

The Appeals Court on Monday ruled in favour of the Court of First Stance and jailed six ex-leaders of the now-defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy for invading Government House in 2008 during protests against the then government
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-court-jails-6-ex-party-leaders-invading-governme

20 JULY 2017

Thai opposition ‘red shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan jailed for defaming former PM Abhisit

Thailand’s Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday (July 20) for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-opposition-red-shirt-leader-jatuporn-prompan-jailed-for-defaming-former-pm-abhisit
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-red-shirts-jatuporn-prompan-defamation/3951913.html

19 JULY 2017

Thai army general gets 27 years jail for human trafficking

An army general, two politicians, and police officers were among the 46 people found guilty by a judge in the biggest human trafficking trial in Thailand’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/thai-court-deliver-verdict-people-smuggling-case-170719024750630.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40652012

10  JULY 2017

Thailand approves long-delayed US$5.2 billion rail link to China

Thailand’s military government on Tuesday approved US$5.2 billion to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway that will ultimately link Bangkok to southern China, a massive joint infrastructure project with Beijing that has been dogged by delays
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2102217/thailand-approves-long-delayed-us52bn-rail-link-china
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/thailand-greenlights-first-phase-5-5-bln-railway-project-china.html

22 JUNE 2017

Thailand passes bill to extend military’s authority for 20 years beyond elections

Thailand’s military-installed parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2099595/thailand-passes-bill-extend-militarys-authority-20-years
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-parliament-approves-bill-which-critics-say-will-prolong-military-role
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30318833

4 MAY 2017

Thai rights lawyer faces up to 150 years in prison for royal insult

A prominent Thai human rights lawyer faces a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted on 10 counts of royal defamation under Thailand’s harsh royal insult law, the legal watchdog Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/04/content_15608195.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/thailand-missing-lawyer-appears-court-faces-150-years-jail-royal-insult/#rFZRpC6HZwYpOcO9.97

3 APRIL 2017

Journalists who report criticism of military in Thailand should be killed: Senior official

A senior official from Thailand’s National Reform Council has suggested that journalists be given the death sentence if they issue reports critical of the military
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/journalists-report-criticism-military-killed-thai-official/#j1BoAZHQqKwjy2EW.97
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314094

20 APRIL 2017

Two killed in bomb blast in Thailand’s restive South

More than a dozen grenade and bomb attacks in southern Thailand killed two suspected insurgents whose explosives detonated unexpectedly, officials said Thursday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/20/police-attacks-kill-2-suspected-insurgents-south/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/killed-bomb-blast-thailand-restive-south-170420044946161.html

11 APRIL 2017

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military junta on Tuesday rejected a conditional offer from the main Muslim separatist group fighting in southern Thailand to enter into formal peace talks
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2086773/thai-junta-rejects-conditional-peace-talks-muslim
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30312077

7 APRIL 2017

Wave of attacks strike southern Thailand

Bomb blasts were among 23 coordinated attacks that rocked Muslim-majority southern Thailand early on Friday, a security officer said, just hours after King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed a new constitution as a step towards ending military rule
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/07/content_15597311.html

6 APRIL 2017

Thai king signs new constitution, giving more powers to the junta

Thailand’s king signed a new military-backed constitution on Thursday that strengthens the army’s hand in government and puts the country on the path to polls after three years of junta rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2085435/thai-king-signs-new-constitution-giving-more-powers-junta
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/thai-king-endorses-constitution-20th-1932-170406114524734.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/04/06/first-look-major-changes-new-thai-constitution/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/06/thailand-king-signs-constitution-path-polls-election
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30311501

1st APRIL 2017

Former Thailand PM Thaksin shuns Junta’s reconciliation effort

Ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday accused the junta of bullying him over a US$500 million tax bill and said it should count him out of reconciliation efforts
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thailand-former-pm-thaksin-shuns-juntas-reconciliation-effort/#bepXLppCTPysojBX.97
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/asean/8605

19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

Thai police said on Sunday (Mar 19) they had uncovered a plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister after seizing a weapons cache belonging to a fugitive anti-junta activist
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-police-say-they-have-found-plot-to-assassinate-pm/3608634.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1217649/red-shirt-weapons-plot-aimed-to-kill-pm

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

From requiring constitutional changes to pushing for unity in the divided country and reshaping the royal household, Thailand’s new king is putting an assertive stamp on his rule
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2070740/thailands-new-king-shows-his-strength

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

Seeking more power, Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is moving the country away from being a constitutional monarchy
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/thailands-new-king-is-making-a-power-grab/

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have « nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

21 OCTOBER 2016

Ex Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra told to pay $997 million over subsidy scheme

Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has confirmed that she has been ordered by the ruling junta to pay 35 billion-baht ($997 million) in damages for a rice subsidy plan, but has pledged to fight the charge
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/ex-thai-pm-told-to-pay-997-million-over-subsidy-scheme/669333

15 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand picks ex-PM Prem as caretaker after king’s death

There was no official statement on Saturday about the appointment of Prem Tinsulanonda, but as head of the advisory council to the king, he automatically becomes the caretaker until a new monarch is crowned, according to the country’s constitution
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-picks-pm-caretaker-king-death-161015130301947.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hULd_Vl9t6Q

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died aged 88, ending seven decades on the throne during which he became a unifying father figure and rare source of stability in a country that has weathered more than a dozen coups since he came to power in 1946 aged just 18
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2027797/thailands-king-dead-nation-plunges-mourning-and-uncertainty
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-1927-2016/2921452.html

11 OCTOBER 2016

Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan back behind bars after TV show appearance

Court rules that Jatuporn Prompan breached bail conditions by being sarcastic about the work of the country’s military junta during a TV show
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2027018/thai-red-shirt-leader-back-behind-bars-after-tv-show

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

A group of mourners comprising Buddhist monks, activists and others gathered Thursday to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in Thailand’s history, when police killed scores of university students at a peaceful protest, and ghoulish vigilantes defiled the dead
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

Thailand is set to open a specialised corruption court after Prayauth Chan-ocha, prime minister, promised to eradicate corruption in the country within 20 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/thailand-introduces-anti-corruption-court-161002162235702.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand authorities shut down Amnesty International torture talk with threats of arrest

Human rights group Amnesty International has cancelled the official launch of a report on torture in Thailand after the military Government threatened to arrest one of its speakers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-28/thailand-shuts-down-amnesty-torture-event-with-arrest-threats/7885664?section=world
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/28/amnesty-thailand-torture-report-launch-cancelled-police-warning

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

Analysts yesterday slammed the post-coup junta-backed government over its two-year performance report card, giving it a « fail » grade as it did not address some key issues and lacked concrete achievements and vision
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-govt-failure-analysts

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

Thailand’s military government said on Thursday (Sept 1) that peace talks with Muslim separatists operating in the far south of the country would resume in Malaysia, but no agreement would be signed unless the insurgents observed a ceasefire
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-government-resume-peace-talks-muslim-insurgents
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1075789/southern-peace-talks-to-resume-on-friday

12 AUGUST 2016

Bombs in Thai resort towns kill four, injure 19, including foreigners

A string of bomb attacks hit popular tourist towns across Thailand, leaving four dead and many wounded, with authorities on Friday (Aug 12) ruling out terrorism despite suspicions insurgents in the kingdom’s deep south are responsible
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/four-dead-as-blasts-hit/3036348.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2002682/bombs-thai-resort-town-hua-hin-kill-one-injure-19-including
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37059508

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

In its first test at the polls, Thailand’s military government won overwhelming approval Sunday of a new constitution that aims to reduce the power of political parties and extend the influence of the military
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/world/asia/thailand-constitution-referendum.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=world/asia&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Asia%20Pacific&pgtype=article
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36972396
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1055413/yes-camp-overwhelms-charter-referendum

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva says he will not accept the draft constitution, revealing for the first time his personal stand on the issue.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1045905/abhisit-says-no-to-draft-charter
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-premier-abhisit-turns-thai-juntas-draft-charter

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

Thailand’s military-backed government has authorized the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to shut down TV and radio stations which are found guilty of broadcasting programs that threaten national security. Furthermore, the junta gave NBTC officials immunity from legal accountability
https://globalvoices.org/2016/07/21/as-constitutional-referendum-nears-thailand-intensifies-censorship/

29 JUNE 2016

US to remove Thailand from list of worst human trafficking offenders in 2016 report

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run Government
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-29/us-to-upgrade-thailand-in-annual-human-trafficking-report/7555004?section=world
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-to-remove-thailand-from-list-of-worst-human-trafficking-offenders-sources

16 JUNE 2016

The King is (nearly) dead: long live the King?

In The New Mandala, Llewellyn McCann explores what the royal succession will mean for Thai elite politics.
http://www.newmandala.org/the-king-is-nearly-dead-will-it-be-long-live-the-king/

9 JUNE 2016

Thais celebrate 70 years of revered King Bhumibol’s reign but ongoing health concerns add to anxiety about succession

After seven decades on the throne, King Bhumibol is seen by many Thais as a pillar of stability, and accorded semi-divine status. But the kingdom marks his platinum jubilee on Thursday amid anxiety over his health and at a critical political juncture
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/09/celebrations-in-bangkok-for-70-years-of-thai-king-bhumibol-s-reign/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_27/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36486536

22 MAY 2016

Largest anti-coup rally as Thais mark 2 years of army takeover

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday marked the second anniversary of Thailand’s latest coup with song, dance, speeches and pro-democracy banners, in the largest show of dissent since the military toppled an elected government
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/largest-anti-coup-rally-thais-mark-2-years-army-takeover
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463919585&section=11

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

On the order of junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, a wide range of powers usually reserved for civilian police were bestowed to members of the military Tuesday night, ostensibly to carry out the junta’s policy of rooting out underworld influences and unduly “influential people” in the economy and society
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/thai-soldiers-police-like-powers/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1459332070&section=11

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

28 FEBRUARY 2016

Thaksin Shinawatra: Let Thailand return to democracy (A long TV interview)

In this episode of Talk to Al Jazeera, Thaksin Shinawatra, who has largely remained silent since the coup forced him from office, talks to Wayne Hay about the challenges facing the country and what lies ahead.
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/talktojazeera/2016/02/thaksin-shinawatra-thailand-return-democracy-160227132654355.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

Anyone who criticizes the new constitution drafted recently by a junta-appointed body risks being summoned for a “discussion” with the military junta, a spokesman warned yesterday.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1455080816&section=11

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Thai deputy PM sets July 31 date for constitution referendum, promises 2017 election

The deputy prime minister of Thailand’s military government says a referendum on a new constitution will be held on July 31 and will be followed by a general election before the end of next year, whether or not the new charter is approved.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/thai-deputy-pm-sets-july-31-date-for-constitution-referendum-promises-2017-election/

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

The post(s) are designed to explain the proposed electoral system and its implementation. The posts do not endorse any electoral system or represent the views of anyone else.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/the-effects-of-thailands-proposed-electoral-system/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

Thailand has published a draft constitution, but the official in charge of drawing it up said he feared it would not resolve long-running troubles and critics said it would produce weak civilian government under the sway of the military
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-29/thailands-draft-constitution-unveiled-elections-pushed-back/1541564
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/845072/devil-in-the-charter-details
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Thumbs-down-for-charter-30278120.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday vowed to hold a general election in the summer of 2017 even if a new constitution penned by regime appointees is rejected in a public referendum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-vows-2017-elections-even-if-charter-rejected
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/839968/election-on-course-regardless-of-referendum-outcome

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

Thailand has brought in tougher new measures to deal with the spread of child pornography in the country, a move it hopes will protect vulnerable children
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thailand-adopts-tough-penalties-child-pornography-160109141825392.html

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

Thailand’s political cartoonists are in the business of cutting very close to the bone, but now more than ever they must watch their step
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/special-reports/814008/drawing-and-crossing-the-line

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

Thailand’s revered but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Monday, his first since September, amid growing concern about his health
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-153746159.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-s-88-year-old-ki/2346710.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expressionhttp://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

10 NOVEMBER 2015

When’s the next coup? Thailand’s zero civilian control over the military

“I WANT this to be the last coup. However, the power of the army would not be reduced. This is because the army has always taken care of this country,” Thailand’s latest coup maker General Prayut Chan-ocha told Channel News Asia earlier this year. His happy, democratic dream, however, seems unlikely, as Thailand’s coup-laden history suggests
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/11/whens-the-next-coup-thailands-zero-civilian-control-over-military/

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

The perceived relative homogeneity of Thai culture and society is being challenged on multiple fronts today. So much has been said about the socio-economic division within Thai society. However very little is said, publicly anyway, about the growing influence upon Thai society, that Thailand’s Muslim population is now projecting at many levels
http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102015-the-islamization-of-thailand-analysis/

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Bangkok blast: Thailand’s police say they consider case solved, receive cash awards again

Thailand’s police have said they consider the Erawan Shrine blast case solved, as they awarded themselves with cash, but will continue to investigate a potential domestic political angle to the bomb blast that killed 20 people on Aug 17 at the popular shrine in Bangkok
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/thailand-police-consider-bombing-case-solved-receive-cash-rewards

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

A group of pro-democracy activists says they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-activists-plan-to/2139496.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1859885/fugitive-thaksin-tells-thailands-red-shirt-opposition-play

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

A prominent Thai journalist has been detained by the junta for so-called « attitude adjustment », a military official said Monday, the latest deployment of the controversial tool used to stamp down on dissent
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/thai-journalist-detained-attitude-adjustment-175022230.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135563/reporter-detained-in-thailand-for-criticizing-junta/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Sansern-claims-Pravit-summoned-as-individual-not-j-30268785.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

Thai police on Saturday said an arrest warrant had been issued for an ethnic « Uighur » man over last month’s deadly Bangkok blast, for the first time identifying a suspect as a member of the Chinese minority group
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/uighur-suspect-wanted-over-bangkok-blast-thai-police

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

In Thailand, Pheu Thai Party urges NCPO to release critics of the junta

Key members of the Pheu Thai Party have called for the immediate release of former energy minister Pichai Naripthapan, who was detained for « attitude adjustment » at an undisclosed location on Wednesday
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Pheu-Thai-urges-NCPO-to-release-critics-of-the-jun-30268558.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thailand constitution: Junta-appointed council rejects controversial charter; elections likely to be delayed

A council appointed by Thailand’s military rulers rejects a controversial new constitution drafted after last year’s coup, a move likely to extend the military’s time in power and delay elections
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-06/thailand-constitution-juntaappointed-council-rejects-controversial-charter-elections-likely-to-be-de/1489956
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34149523

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invoked Section 44 of the 2014 interim charter to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank, effective on Sunday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/681896/prayut-uses-s44-to-strip-thaksin-of-rank

25 AUGUST 2015

Thai army, Muslim rebels hold closed-door peace talks in Malaysia

A Thai Army delegation was in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday (Aug 25) to conduct the third covert peace talks with representatives of insurgent groups in southern Thailand
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-army-muslim-rebels/2075844.html

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

A bomb has exploded close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/658688/19-killed-123-hurt-as-bomb-blast-rocks-bangkok-tourist-attraction
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

The United Nations Human Rights Office for South East Asia Tuesday urged the Thai government to immediately drop criminal charges against students who have been arrested in Bangkok for peacefully demonstrating in public and release them from custody
http://www.asianewsnet.net/OHCHR-urges-Thailand-to-release-14-students-77350.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/605884/government-condemned-over-arrests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/The-law-is-the-law-PM-30263485.html

28 MAY 2015

Thai court jails 6 ‘yellow shirt’ leaders over 2008 protests

Six prominent Thai anti-government protest leaders were sentenced to two years in jail on Thursday for storming the prime minister’s office during a 2008 rally – and then released on bail to allow for appeals
http://asiancorrespondent.com/133205/thai-court-jails-6-yellow-shirt-leaders-over-2008-protests/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-protest-leaders-handed-prison-terms-and-freed-bail

22 MAY 2015

Arrests mark first anniversary of Thailand coup as protesters rally against junta

Police arrested several anti-junta activists yesterday for small protests marking a year since Thailand’s generals seized power from the elected government, as the coup’s leader said the country « may have collapsed » without his intervention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1807434/arrests-mark-first-anniversary-thailand-coup-protesters-rally-against
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432296651&section=00

19 MAY 2015

 Thai cabinet agrees to hold referendum on new constitution

The Thai cabinet agreed on Tuesday (May 19) that a referendum should be held on the new constitution and the military’s blueprint for restoring democracy, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said, a move likely to delay any return to democratic rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-cabinet-agrees-to/1856772.html

15 MAY 2015

Migrant boat re-enters Malaysian waters after refusing offer to land: Thai officials

The Royal Thai Navy airdropped food and water to hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants stranded on a stricken boat off southern Thailand — then fixed the vessel’s engine so it could continue on to Malaysian waters
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/15/asia/thailand-malaysia-rohingya-refugees/index.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rohingya-migrant-boat-leaves-thai-waters-governor

12 MAY 2015

Thai govt restarting peace talks in restive South

PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government has confirmed it is in the process of restarting peace talks with separatists in the deep South
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Govt-restarting-peace-talks-in-the-far-South-30259957.html

5 MAY 2015

Thailand’s king makes rare appearance

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance Tuesday to mark the 65th anniversary of his coronation
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-05/05/content_15259521.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ailing-thai-king-makes-rare-public-appearance-0

4 MAY 2015

In Thailand, Red shirts petition UN over Peace TV ban

Red shirt leader Weng Tojirakarn and news anchors from the now-defunct Peace TV submitted a petition to the United Nations on Monday to protest the revocation of its broadcasting licence
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/551231/red-shirts-petition-un-over-peace-tv-ban

3 MAY 2015

Thai Junta Urged to End Press Censorship on 2015 World Media Day

Four media organizations in Thailand have released a joint statement calling on the ruling military junta to cease restricting freedom of the press on the occasion of World Media Freedom Day
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1430648233&section=11

3 APRIL 2015

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

Thailand’s junta chief Friday vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash against his decision to replace martial law with new powers retaining his absolute authority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-chief-threatens-shut-down-critical-media

1 APRIL 2015

Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers

Thailand’s ruling junta said on Wednesday it had lifted martial law imposed just before a coup 10 months ago, but it invoked a security clause in the country’s interim constitution that will mean the military will retain broad powers
http://www.france24.com/en/20150402-thailand-junta-replaces-martial-law-with-absolute-power/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-lifts-martial/1761978.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/human-rights-groups/1761314.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/515247/martial-law-is-over

25 MARCH 2015

Thai prime minister threatens to ‘execute’ journalists

Thailand’s military leader has lashed out at journalists saying he would « probably just execute » those who did « not report the truth », in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand’s media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/thai-prime-minister-threatens-journalists-150325153930665.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/asia/thai-pm-warns-media-says-has-power-to-execute-reporters.html

11 MARCH 2015

New Thai Constitution Enacted By 4 Sept: Govt

Thailand’s 20th constitution will be inaugurated by His Majesty the King on 4 September 2015, government officials announced on Wednesday
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1426141101&section=11

24 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai anti-graft body indicts 250 former MPs over charter change

Thailand’s anti-graft agency indicted 250 former lawmakers on Tuesday, a member of the body said, in a ruling that will further erode the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-body-indicts-250-former-mps-over-charter-change
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/482705/nacc-votes-to-impeach-abhisit-suthep

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that could see her jailed for up to a decade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-ex-pm-yingluck-indicted-over-rice-subsidy-scheme
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31529663

28 JANUARY 2015

Thai Red Shirt leader sentenced to two years in jail

Leader of the opposition Red Shirt movement Jatuporn Prompan imprisonment for defaming ex-prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/thai-red-shirt-leader-sentenced-years-jail-150128083158482.html
http://www.nst.com.my/node/71149

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

190 MPs out of 219vote in favor of impeachment. The prosecutor orders indictment for corruption and negligence. Former Prime Minister charged with subsidies for rice production, leaving a billion dollar deficit in state coffers. For supporters the move aims to eliminate her from political life
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30928835
http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/23/thailand-army-calls-on-people-to-respect-shinawatra-impeachment/

9 JANUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment hearing begins

Thailand’s ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing an impeachment hearing, proceedings that could see her banned from politics for five years and reignite the country’s bitter divisions
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/thai-pm-impeachment-hearing-begin-201518222314755235.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/455691/yingluck-denies-all-charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ousted-thai-pms-impeachment-poses-dilemma-junta

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

Thailand’s commanding naval admirals are once again reviving stalled efforts to procure submarines and have resolved recently to bring their efforts to fruition
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2015-01/06/content_6299697.htm

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pushing the military to more quickly draft its spending plans for the 2016 fiscal year and submit them within the month.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/453695/pm-puts-hurry-up-on-defence-budgets

26 DECEMBER 2014

Thai Constitution Drafters Pave Way For Unelected PM

Thailand’s junta-appointed Constitutional Drafting Committee (CDC) has announced that the new charter will not require the Prime Minister to be an elected member of parliament.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1419578744&section=11
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/CDC-allays-fears-on-outsider-PM-30250807.html

16 DECEMBER 2014

The making of pseudo-democracy

The further the constitution drafting goes, the uglier the expected outcome becomes. Under the guidance of the military government, the drafting is far from being democratic or fair
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2014/12/16/thailands-2015-constitution-the-making-of-pseudo-democracy/

12 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royalty

The wife of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi, has resigned her royal position, the palace has announced.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30458296
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/succession-tug-of-war-over-ousted-thai-princess/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Thai government recognises Malaysia’s role as the facilitator for peace efforts in southern Thailand, said Najib Razak
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/12/02/Thai-PM-gives-assurance/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/446530/thailand-malaysia-set-peace-talks-conditions

1 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand’s junta unlikely to relax grip yet

As an ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej approaches his 87th birthday this Friday, Thailand’s military regime is giving more indications that it intends to stay in power longer than previously stated. As the inevitable royal succession looms for a country that venerates the King, the army has to all intents and purposes ruled out lifting martial law any time soon http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailands-junta-unlikely-to-relax-grip-yet-68335.html

20 NOVEMBER 2014

More held in military-led Thailand after flashing ‘Hunger Games’ salute

The central figure in « The Hunger Games, » the hit sci-fi series about an oppressed people’s struggle against a totalitarian regime, is being evoked for real, now, in Thailand among university students expressing their opposition to that southeast Asian nation’s military rulers.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/11/20/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/thailand-protesters-hunger-games-salute.html?ref=asia&_r=0

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

Thailand’s military-installed government has appointed a committee to draft the country’s new constitution amid speculation that it will seek to bar former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his allies from politics.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127998/thai-junta-appoints-charter-drafting-committee/

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai PM orders media to stop ‘presenting news’ on Thaksin

Thailand’s junta leader on Monday threatened to tighten controls of the media unless they stop « presenting news » about former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, after photographs of the billionaire cuddling a panda went viral
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-pm-orders-media-stop-presenting-news-thaksin

9 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s Coup and the Threat of the King’s Death

The Thai Army’s claim that it is politically neutral, is seeking to find a peaceful solution to the country’s crisis and that it genuinely wishes to broker reconciliation between different political factions is simply fraudulent.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/thailand-coup-threat-kings-death/

6 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s coup government forms reform council

A committee appointed by Thailand’s military has selected a 250-member advisory group to help write a new national constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127245/thailands-coup-government-forms-reform-council/

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai Assembly Votes Itself the Power to Impeach Politicians, Sideline Critics

Thailand’s military-dominated legislature gave itself the power to impeach political office holders on Thursday, edging a step closer to rooting out the influence of controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-assembly-votes-itself-the-powe-to-impeach-politicains-sideline-critics/2462002.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, was discharged on Monday in what the palace said was a healthy condition after nearly five weeks of treatment at a Bangkok hospital for stomach inflammation
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-king-discharged-after-more-month-hospital

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

The United Nations said Wednesday it was « seriously concerned » about growing restrictions on human rights activists in Thailand after a string of curbs on freedom of expression in the junta-ruled nation.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/UN-voices-serious-concern-on-human-rights-in-Thail-30242420.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai junta blocks rights meeting in Bangkok

Three independent agencies cancelled their scheduled forum on « Access to Justice in Thailand: Currently Unavailable » on Tuesday under pressure from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/430103/ncpo-forces-rights-groups-to-cancel-forum
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-blocks-rights-meeting-bangkok

28 AUGUST 2014

Criminal Court declines to hear murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

The Criminal Court yesterday 28 rejected the murder lawsuit against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction in the case
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Criminal-Court-declines-to-hear-murder-case-agains-30242017.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/429172/criminal-court-rules-it-has-no-jurisdiction-in-abhisit-suthep-murder-case

25 AUGUST 2014

Thailand coup leader Prayuth sworn in as PM

Prayuth, 60, was officially sworn in during a ceremony in Bangkok after being endorsed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/25/thailand-coup-leader-prayuth-sworn-in-as-pm/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28923989

21 AUGUST 2014

Thailand army chief, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, appointed prime minister

Thailand’s junta-picked national assembly has chosen coup leader, General Prayut Chan-O-Cha, as prime minister in a one-horse race that entrenches the military’s hold on power
http://www.news.com.au/world/thailand-army-chief-general-prayut-chanocha-appointed-prime-minister/story-fndir2ev-1227032107221
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/21/thailand-s-army-chief-named-as-country-s-pm/

8 AUGUST 2014

Thai junta-led assembly in debut meet as army extends grip

Thailand’s new military-stacked National Legislative Assembly convened for the first time on Friday, electing a president in a key step towards crafting a new constitution likely to embed the army’s political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-junta-led-assembly-debut-meet-army-extends-grip

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

The ruling junta will seek the extradition of Thais living overseas for allegedly offending the monarchy, General Prayuth Chan-ocha said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/NCPO-to-seek-extradition-of-lese-majeste-suspects-30240608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/425727/prayuth-warns-lese-majeste-targets

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai king appoints 200 National Legislative Assembly members

The King has issued a royal command to appoint 200 members of the National Legislative Assembly. More than half of them are either former or active military officers as expected
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/His-Majesty-appoints-200-National-Legislative-Asse-30239991.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28598995
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125281/infographic-thailands-junta-appointed-national-legislative-assembly/

23 JULY 2014

A first look at Thailand’s new interim constitution who gives absolute power to the junta

Two months after Thailand’s military has staged a coup on May 22, 2014, the country has now adopted a new interim constitution. Army chief and junta leader General Prayuth Chan-Ocha got His Majesty’s endorsement of the country’s 19th constitution.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125027/a-first-look-at-thailands-new-interim-constitution/
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125032/thai-interim-constitution-gives-absolute-power-to-the-junta/

22 JULY 2014

Thai King has endorsed interim charter

Gen Prayuth informed the meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Tuesday of the royal endorsement of the temporary constitution.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/421777/king-has-endorsed-interim-constitution-says-coup-leader-prayuth
http://lawdrafter.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/translation-of-constitution-of-kingdom.html?m=1

20 JULY 2014

Thai journalists concerned about junta’s move to clamp down

The Thai Journalists Association (TJA) expressed concern yesterday at the ruling junta’s order issued on Friday night barring all media from criticising its work
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Journalists-concerned-about-juntas-move-to-clamp-d-30238973.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124926/thai-junta-to-media-criticize-us-and-we-will-shut-you-down/

17 JULY 2014

Thai junta allows ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

Deposed premier permitted to leave Thailand for first time since 22 May coup because she has stayed out of politics, junta says
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/thai-junta-allows-deposed-prime-minister-leave-country

28 JUNE 2014

Thailand’s military rulers plan elections for October 2015

Thailand’s military junta will install an interim constitution next month, and elections will be held around October 2015, its leader announced yesterday
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10932302/Thailands-military-rulers-plan-elections-for-October-2015.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28069578

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

Wealthy Thais who have welcomed military rule are now calling for what may prove a more wrenching change: a boycott of their beloved European cars, wines and boutiques
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/0f6e80b8-fdde-11e3-bd0e-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz35rreYz6u

24 JUNE 2014

Ex-minister forms Thai opposition group from exile

Former Interior Minister Charupong Reuangsuwan said Tuesday in an open letter read on YouTube and posted on Facebook that the Organization of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy rejects the junta’s legitimacy
http://asiancorrespondent.com/124104/ex-minister-forms-thai-opposition-group-from-exile/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27991023

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

The European Union on Monday condemned the military takeover in Thailand, saying it was suspending all official visits to the country and shelving important agreements to back up calls for an urgent return to democratic rule.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140623-eu-suspends-cooperation-with-thailand-over-military-coup/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416929/eu-cuts-back-thailand-ties

20 JUNE 2014

Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report

US downgrades Thailand to lowest ranking in human trafficking index for ‘systematic failure’ to prosecute slavers
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/20/thai-government-us-human-trafficking-report
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/416486/washington-downgrades-thailand-over-human-trafficking

18 JUNE 2014

Thailand launches 24-hour hotline over misbehaving Buddhist monks

Misbehaving monks face censure after Thai religious authorities said they had launched a 24-hour hotline for the public to report unruly acts by Buddhist monks
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailand-launches-24-hour-hotline-over-misbehaving-buddhist-monks
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10908910/Thailand-launches-monk-bad-behaviour-hotline.html

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/415941/cambodia-slams-thailand-over-post-coup-worker-exodus
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27888009

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/more-110000-cambodian-migrants-flee-thailand-after-coup

13 JUNE 2014

Thailand Curfew lifted nationwide

The junta on Friday announced the end of a curfew in other parts of the country minutes after coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha pledged for a quick end of the nighttime ban
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/415205/curfew-lifted-across-thailand

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

Perpetrators of forced labour, which is estimated to affect 21 million people globally, will be punished in most countries under a UN treaty agreed on Wednesday, though Thailand voted against the treaty and nearly all Gulf countries – including Qatar – abstained
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jun/13/thailand-votes-against-forced-labour-protocol

6 JUNE 2014

Thai junta arrests anti-coup activist Sombat

Sombat Boonngamanong, who spearheaded an online campaign to stage illegal flashmob rallies against the military takeover, was arrested late on Thursday in eastern Chonburi province
http://asiancorrespondent.com/123554/thai-junta-arrests-anti-coup-activist-sombat/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thai-anti-coup-leader-captured-army-20146624958782826.html

1 JUNE 2014

Thousands of police deployed as ‘Red Shirts’ protest in Bangkok

Thailand’s ruling junta deployed thousands of security forces on the streets of Bangkok on Sunday to thwart a round of small-scale protests planned by the country’s “Red Shirts” denouncing the May 22 military coup
http://www.france24.com/en/20140601-thousands-police-deployed-red-shirts-protest-bangkok-thailand/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/01/thailand-anti-coup-protesters-scuffle-with-troops/

30 MAY 2014

Thai coup leader rules out polls for a year

The head of Thailand’s military regime has ruled out elections for at least a year and promised that soldiers would head back to their barracks once the country’s unresolved political issues have been addressed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-coup-leader-rules-out-polls-year-201453016932350430.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10866048/Thailand-junta-chief-says-elections-may-not-be-for-another-year.html

27 MAY 2014

Thai minister arrested for condemning military coup

Armed troops detained a Thai Cabinet minister who emerged from hiding on Tuesday to condemn last week’s military coup and urge a return to civilian rule.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10858097/Thai-minister-arrested-for-condemning-military-coup.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-military-rulers-get-to-work/1923239.html

26 MAY 2014

Thai king endorses army chief as new leader

General Prayuth Chan-ocha told journalists on Monday morning that the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had officially backed him as the leader of the military council now running the country.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/26/thailand-king-endorses-leader-of-military-coup/25 MAY 2014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/thai-military-ruler-receives-royal-backing-201452642650311570.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/thai-king-endorses-army-chief-leader-military-coup

25 MAY 2014

Thai Junta dissolves Senate, set to form legislative assembly

Junta chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who is also the acting prime minister, has dissolved the Senate, the only remaining legislative body, and is set to assume legislative power, according to an order issued by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) last night
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/junta-dissolves-senate-set-form-legislative-assembly
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10855398/Thailands-military-junta-warns-it-will-not-tolerate-any-further-dissent.html

Yingluck goes home from barracks

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) released former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from an army camp on Sunday night, an army source said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411741/yingluck-goes-home-from-barracks

24 MAY 2014

Thai Coup Leaders Tighten Grip, US Reacts

The U.S. military has canceled training and readiness exercises with Thailand, as well as a visit to the Asian nation by U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander originally scheduled for June, the Pentagon said
http://www.voanews.com/content/thais-march-against-coup/1921616.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/reports-army-detains-ex-thai-pm-2014523134254225975.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10853546/Thai-leaders-detention-gives-them-time-to-think-army-claims.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/coup/411568/prayuth-takes-total-control

23 MAY 2014

Thai military detains politicians and activists

Thailand’s military has detained more than 150 politicians and activists and banned them from leaving the country, a day after the army chief seized power in a coup declared necessary to « restore order and normality » in the politically divided nation.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/23/thai-military-detains-politicians-activists
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10852060/Thai-army-detains-former-PM-Yingluck-after-military-coup.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangkok,-Army-summons-ex-premier:-Travel-bans-and-threats-of-arrest-for-politicians-31155.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140523-thai-junta-summons-deposed-leaders-coup/

 Timeline: Thailand’s coups

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/88970d60-e1b0-11e3-9999-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz32YCqH4z5

22 MAY 2014

Thai military seizes power, suspends constitution

Thailand’s army chief announced a coup d’état on Thursday, declaring that it was “necessary” to restore stability and order after six months of political deadlock and turmoil
http://www.france24.com/en/thailand-military-coup-general-prayuth-political-deadlock-turmoil/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/411226/prayuth-coup-is-necessary
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/22/thai-army-seizes-power-and-imposes-curfew/

21 MAY 2014

Who Wins in Thailand’s Military Crackdown?

Thailand’s military gingerly but decisively declared martial law in the dawn hours of May 20, closing television stations and ordering Bangkok’s 10 million-odd citizens to stay calm. A military spokesman denied the crackdown was a coup as armed troops scattered throughout the city.

http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/who-wins-thailand-military-crackdown/

20 MAY 2014

Thai Army Declares Martial Law, But Says It’s Not a Coup

Thailand’s military says martial law will stay in place until peace and order are restored, following months of sometimes deadly anti-government protests
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-declares-martial-law-but-says-its-not-a-coup/1918780.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140520-thailand-army-martial-law/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/cloneofthailand-army-declares-martial-law-201451-201452017300819831.html

16 MAY 2014

Thai Senate ducks call to pick unelected PM

Thai opposition protesters suffered a setback Friday in their long-running battle to topple the government as the upper house of parliament shunned their call to pick an unelected premier
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/410167/thai-senate-ducks-call-to-pick-unelected-pm

15 MAY 2014

Thai election commission wants July 20 polls postponed

Thailand’s election commission has called for planned July 20 polls to be postponed, after anti-government protesters invaded a meeting between its officials and the caretaker government on Thursday morning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-election-commission-wants-July-20-polls-postp-60405.html

13 MAY 2014

Thai separatists’ launch series of attacks

Suspected Muslim separatists in southern Thailand have launched a wave of more than 30 attacks including shootings, bombings and arson, police said, killing one person and injuring more than 10.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/separatists-launch-series-attacks-201451291754228995.html

10 MAY 2014

Supporters of ousted Thai PM hold first big rally

Thousands of Thai government supporters are holding a large rally just outside Bangkok, their first since the prime minister was ousted earlier this week

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27354521

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409107/reds-renew-civil-war-warning

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Final-fight-to-topple-Thai-govt-60166.html

9 MAY 2014

Thailand police fire tear gas at protesters in Bangkok

Thai police have fired water cannons and tear gas at protesters in Bangkok, two days after a court ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27337006
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/09/thailand-protests-over-interim-government-gather-force/

8 MAY 2014

Thailand: NACC decides to impeach Yingluck

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) resolved on Thursday to bring impeachment proceedings against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the rice-pledging scheme, with criminal charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/408766/nacc-decides-to-impeach-yingluck-in-the-senate
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27325898
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-graft-agency-rules-against-ex-pm-red-shirts-head-bangkok

7 MAY 2014

Court Orders Thai Leader Removed From Office

The Constitutional Court ruled that Ms. Yingluck abused her power when she transferred a civil servant to another post more than three years ago. The court ordered her to step down immediately along with all members of her cabinet who were in office at the time of the transfer.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/world/asia/court-orders-thai-leader-removed-from-office.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/07/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-forced-to-quit-after-court-ruling/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408561/yingluck-removed-niwatthamrong-acting-pm

6 MAY 2014

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra in court over abuse of power claims

Thailand’s prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has defended herself against abuse of power allegations in a crucial court case that is one of several legal challenges that could remove her from office
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/thai-prime-minister-yingluck-shinawatra-court-abuse-power
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/thai-pm-in-court-over-abuse-of-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10811285/Thai-prime-minister-likely-to-be-removed-from-office.html

5 MAY 2014

Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej marks 64th anniversary of coronation

World’s longest-reigning monarch and father figure for Thais makes rare public appearance aged 86 in coastal town of Thailand’s coastal town of Hua Hin

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10808819/Thailands-King-Bhumibol-Adulyadej-marks-64th-anniversary-of-coronation.html

http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/05/thailand-celebrates-coronation-of-king-bhumibol-crowned-64-years-ago/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/408182/king-attends-coronation-day-ceremony

3 MAY 2014

Abhisit urges delay in July polls to allow time for reforms

Thai opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Saturday urged that a general election planned for July be delayed by up to six months to allow time for reforms aimed at ending a protracted political crisis that threatens to explode
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abhisit-urges-delay-july-polls-allow-time-reforms
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-opposition-leader-calls-again-for-pm-resignation/1906759.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27266426

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand to Hold General Election July 20

Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her country’s Election Commission have agreed to hold a new vote July 20. It is unclear whether the country’s opposition, which is involved in a prolonged standoff with Ms. Yingluck, will participate in the general election
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-to-hold-general-election-july-20/1904233.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/04/30/new-thai-general-election-to-take-place-on-july-20/

17 APRIL 2014

Two Journalists in Thailand Face Charges Due to Pulitzer Prize Report

An excerpt from a Pulitzer Prize report posted online by a website in Thailand has led to a criminal court case against two journalists in the country. They are accused of defaming the Thai navy for its alleged involvement in trafficking of some refugees from Burma.
http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-charges-journalists-with-defamation-for-rohingya-story/1895237.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121777/phuket-journalists-on-trial-for-quoting-pulitzer-prize-winning-rohingya-trafficking-report/

15 APRIL 2014

Divorce rate up 27 per cent over past decade

While many Thai families continue to celebrate Songkran and enjoyed National Family Day yesterday, the Public Health Ministry highlighted the fragile state of some families after revealing the divorce rate had risen 27 per cent over the past nine years
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Divorce-rate-up-27-per-cent-over-past-decade-30231495.html

30 MARCH 2014

Thailand Votes in Upper House Election

Thais voted Sunday to choose legislators for the upper house of parliament in a test for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s beleaguered government

http://www.voanews.com/content/thailand-votes-in-upper-house-election/1882275.html

21 MARCH 2014

Thai court rules general election invalid

The vote was unconstitutional because it did not take place on the same day across the country, the court said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26677772
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/401087/election-commission-says-no-new-vote-for-months
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-court-nullifies-election/1876018.html

18 MARCH 2014

Thai government lifts Bangkok emergency as tension eases

Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding provinces two months after imposing it to curb anti-government protests, as the security situation has improved due to the dwindling number of demonstrators
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/18/thailand-bangkok-state-of-emergency-lifted/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-government-lift-bangkok-emergency-tension-eases

13 MARCH 2014

Economic Implications of Thailand’s Unrest

http://cogitasia.com/economic-implications-of-thailands-unrest/

2 MARCH 2014

Thai poll re-runs pass peacefully as Red Shirts gather

Thailand’s first poll re-runs passed peacefully Sunday following a widely disrupted general election, as pro-government « Red Shirts » stepped up rallies in support of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s battered administration.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-poll-re-runs-pass-peacefully-red-shirts-gather
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/thailand-re-runs-polls-amid-shrinking-rallies-2014325323924990.html

1 MARCH 2014

Bangkok shutdown ends but not protests

At least four major intersections in downtown Bangkok will be returned to the public as Suthep Thaugsuban, leader of Thailand’s anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), declared late last night that all his rally sites would be consolidated into just one site centred at Lumpini Park
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bangkok-shutdown-ends-but-not-protests-57577.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-scale-back-demonstrations/1861920.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai army chief rules out intervention

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra leaves Bangkok for unknown destination, as political unrest claims another life
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-army-chief-rules-out-intervention-20142246282235291.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140224-thai-army-chief-urges-dialogue-rare-tv-address-thaksin-prayuth-chan-ocha/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-army-chief-cautions-nation-may-collapse-violence-escalates

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Grenade kills two in Bangkok amid fears over political violence

Two people were killed — including a child — in a grenade attack Sunday in a main Bangkok shopping district, drawing the Thai prime minister’s denunciation of « terrorist acts » as fears over violence mount after a near four-month political crisis.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396585/grenade-kills-two-in-bangkok-amid-fears-over-political-violence
http://www.france24.com/en/20140223-bomb-bangkok-anti-government-protests-yingluck-shinawatra/

22 FEBRURY 2014

Gunmen kill girl, wound dozens at Thai anti-govt rally

A five-year-old girl was killed and 30 other people were wounded after gunmen sprayed bullets on an anti-government rally in eastern Thailand
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/gunmen-kill-girl-wound-dozens-thai-anti-govt-rally
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26311828

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai Prime Minister denies corruption allegations over rice program

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has denied allegations that she failed to heed warnings of possible corruption in a rice subsidy program whose recent problems have stoked anger among farmers in the country’s rural heartland.

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

19 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court bans use of force against peaceful protests

A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against peaceful protests, as demonstrators vowed to intensify efforts to unseat the premier a day after street clashes left five dead and dozens wounded

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-court-bans-use-of/1005212.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand: 4 dead, dozens injured in Bangkok clashes

One policeman and three civilians died and at least 57 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok earlier today.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/17/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.france24.com/en/20140218-thailand-violent-clashes-bangkok-police-protesters/
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asia/thai-pm-corruption-charges-violence-rages-bangkok-n32516

17 FEBRUARY 2014

Protesters surround Thai Government House

Thousands of protesters seeking to oust Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, surrounded the government’s headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, while hundreds of farmers have breached razor-wire barricades outside her temporary office in another part of the capital.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/protesters-surround-thai-government-house-201421751444165334.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police retake protest camps in Bangkok

Hundreds of riot police have moved through parts of the Thai capital to retake areas occupied by protesters who have been demanding the resignation of the government for the past three months.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-police-retake-protest-camps-bangkok-20142145210548224.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_POLITICS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-02-14-07-09-50&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.14.14

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai court rejects bid to nullify election

Opposition party had petitioned to annul vote and disband Shinawatra’s party, after polls were disrupted by violence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/thai-court-rejects-bid-nullify-election-201421294733345671.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/394664/court-rejects-petition-to-void-feb-2-election

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Thai police arrest senior protest leader

Sonthiyarn Cheunruethainaitham, former managing director of news company Tnews, arrested a hotel in northern Bangkok
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/10/thai-police-arrest-senior-protest-leader-bangkok
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-02-10/thai-police-arrest-first-antigovernment-protest-leader/1262482

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrats ask to have Pheu Thai dissolved

The Democrat Party yesterday lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court against Pheu Thai Party, calling for dissolution of the ruling party for pushing the February 2 election to be held despite an Election Commission recommendation to delay the poll.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Democrats-ask-to-have-Pheu-Thai-dissolved-30226091.html

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Democrat Party to seek court annulment of Thailand election

The Democrat Party is collecting evidence to seek a Constitution Court ruling to invalidate snap election held yesterday, said party deputy leader Ong-art Klampaiboon.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/democrat-party-seek-court-annulment-thailand-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26012474

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Thailand election disrupted by protests

Protests have disrupted Thailand’s general election, halting voting in parts of Bangkok and the south, but officials say that 89% of polling stations operated normally.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26003995
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/02/thailand-election-polling-disrupted-but-no-major-violence/
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-thailand-vote-polls-general-elections-protests/

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Bangkok rocked by gunfire and bombs as protests grow on eve of poll

Gunfire and explosions rocked Bangkok following clashes between pro-government « red shirts » and protesters, leading to fears of further violence as Thais head to the polls.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/01/bangkok-bombs-protests-grow-eve-poll
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/feb/01/thailand-unrest-violence-election-demonstrations-video

26 JANUARY 2014

Thai protest leader shot dead in Bangkok

Suthin Tharathin, a prominent protester, shot in head as he spoke at an anti-government demonstration in Thai capital.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-protester-shot-dead-while-giving-speech-20141268467963102.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25900604

22 JANUARY 2014

Thai ‘red-shirt’ leader shot as emergency rule begins

Kwanchai Praipana, a local radio presenter who played a large role in Bangkok protests in 2010, was wounded at his home in Udon Thani in the north
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25827976
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/thai-pro-government-protest-leader-shot-2014122539123402.html

21 JANUARY 2014

State of emergency declared for Bangkok

The Thai government has imposed a 60-day state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, and the surrounding provinces, from Wednesday, to cope with unrest
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/21/world/asia/thailand-emergency/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/21/thai-government-impose-60-day-state-of-emergency-in-bangkok/

19 JANUARY 2014

28 hurt as explosions rock anti-government protest site in Thailand

Two explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand’s capital on Sunday, wounding at least 28 people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation’s increasingly bloody political crisis drags on
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/19/thailand-bombings-political-violence-bangkok
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/19/thailand-many-hurt-in-blasts-at-anti-government-protest-camp/

17 JANUARY 2014

Thailand crisis: Blast targets Bangkok protest rally

A blast at an anti-government rally in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, has injured more than 30 people, amid an ongoing political crisis.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25772589
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/17/thailand-blast-injures-anti-government-protesters/

16 JANUARY 2014

Yingluck to be probed, ex-ministers charged on rice scheme

The anti-graft agency will investigate caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s role in the rice pledging scheme after bringing formal charges of corruption against two of her cabinet ministers
http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/389909/yingluck-to-be-probed-ex-ministers-charged-on-rice-scheme
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-anti-graft-panel-probe-pm-yingluck

13 JANUARY 2014

Protesters ‘shutdown’ Bangkok in bid to unseat PM

Anti-government protesters blockaded key intersections in Bangkok Monday, aiming to paralyse Thailand’s capital and increase mounting pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140113-thailand-protest-bangkok-shinawatra/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/01/13/bangkok-shutdown-as-anti-government-protest-takes-hold/

Is Thailand ready for Asean Economic Community?

Much has been said about the AEC (Asean Economic Community) and its far-reaching implications for Thailand. During the past two years, the country has been the most active within Asean as far as the AEC campaign is concerned. As much as 8 billion baht (US242 million) in various forms were spent to « raise awareness and preparedness of Thailand and the Thai people for the AEC. »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Is-Thailand-ready-for-Asean-Economic-Community-56056.html

11 JANUARY 2014

Thailand: Seven hurt as gunmen fire on Bangkok protest

At least seven people have been injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on anti-government demonstrators in the protest-hit Thai capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25694630
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/11/gunmen-open-fire-bangkok-protesters-thailand

6 JANUARY 2014

Army silence sparks coup panic

The military has emerged as the key player and is under tremendous pressure from all sides in the face of the fierce political conflict that many fear will escalate next week

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/388268/army-silence-sparks-coup-panic

4 JANUARY 2014

Thai ruling party launches election bid amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s party on Saturday kicked off campaigning for February elections in the face of an opposition boycott and protester plans to « shut down » Bangkok in a bid to derail the vote.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387921/thai-ruling-party-launches-election-bid-amid-protests
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Election-on-track-EC-30223479.html

28 DECEMBER 2013

Gunmen kill 1 protester, injure 3 in Thai anti-government protest

Gunmen opened fire on peaceful protesters in Thailand early Saturday, killing one and wounding three, national security chief Paradon Patthanathabut said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/28/world/asia/thailand-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 DECEMBER 2013

Thai Army Chief Calls for Restraint, Does Not Rule Out Coup

Thailand Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocah called Friday for restraint from both sides, and did not explicitly rule out the possibility of a military coup.

http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-army-chief-calls-for-restraint-does-not-rule-out-coup/1818442.html

26 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protests: Yingluck government rejects election delay

Thailand’s government has rejected calls to delay February’s election, amid increasingly violent protests in which a policeman has been shot dead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25519328
http://www.theguardian.com/global/2013/dec/26/thailand-police-battle-protesters-disrupt-elections

25 DECEMBER 2013

Thai premier proposes reform council

Thailand’s prime minister has proposed the formation of a reform council to mollify a protest movement seeking to topple her government, but demonstrators immediately rejected the idea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-premier-proposes-reform-council-2013122594053492224.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/25/thailand-clashes-as-government-compromise-is-rejected/

22 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand protesters call on government to step down

Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of the Thai capital Bangkok to step up efforts to oust the government and force political reforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10533360/Thailand-protesters-call-on-government-to-step-down.html

21 DECEMBER 2013

Thai opposition to boycott 2 February elections

Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced it will boycott snap elections set for 2 February
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/21/thai-opposition-party-to-boycott-election/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25475644

17 DECEMBER 2013

Thai ex-PM Abhisit re-elected as opposition party chief

Thailand’s opposition Democrat Party re-elected former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva as its leader Tuesday ahead of a crucial decision over whether to boycott upcoming elections.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/117312/thai-ex-pm-abhisit-re-elected-as-opposition-party-chief/

14 DECEMBER 2013

Thai military chief rebuffs protesters’ intervention plea

Thailand’s military chief on Saturday shrugged off an opposition rally leader’s appeal to intervene in support of protester efforts to topple the government and install an unelected ‘people’s council’.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-military-chief-rebuffs-protesters-intervention-plea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/384843/military-refuses-to-pick-a-side

12 DECEMBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit indicted for murder over rally crackdown

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has been indicted for murder in connection with a deadly military crackdown on mass opposition protests in Bangkok three years ago, prosecutors said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10512614/Former-Thai-PM-indicted-for-murder.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/12/former-thai-prime-minister-charged-with-murder/

Officially neutral Thai military agrees to meet protest chief

The heads of Thailand’s powerful military agreed on Thursday to a weekend meeting with the leader of the movement seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, deepening uncertainty about the country’s immediate political future.

http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/12/21877722-officially-neutral-thai-military-agrees-to-meet-protest-chief?lite

10 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM refuses to step down

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has said she will not resign ahead of national elections set for February 2, despite opposition demands she step down as the caretaker head of government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-pm-refuses-step-down-2013121061341347174.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/10/thai-pm-refuses-to-go-protests-continue/

9 DECEMBER 2013

Thai PM Yingluck dissolves parliament and calls election

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament and called an election after sustained protests in the capital, Bangkok.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25252795
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-prime-minister-calls-early-elections-20131299023402197.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-dissolves-parliament-calls-for-snap-elections/1806301.html

8 DECEMBER 2013

Thai crisis deepens as main opposition party quits Parliament

Thailand’s main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called « the illegitimacy » of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country’s latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/08/21818217-thai-crisis-deepens-as-main-opposition-party-quits-parliament?lite
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/08/thai-pm-shinawatra-backs-down-on-bill-but-won-t-resign/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-pm-offers-referendum-on-resignation/1806008.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Thai leader offers talks with protesters

Thailand’s prime minister vowed to resign and hold elections if it would help end the country’s most severe political crisis in years as Bangkok braced for a fresh outbreak of protests next week.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/db1aefbc-5f5a-11e3-aec4-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2mpGsBpDe

5 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand King makes unity call in birthday message

King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand has urged people to support each other for the sake of the country, in his address to the nation on his birthday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/383407/king-makes-unity-call-in-birthday-message
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/05/thai-king-urges-people-to-do-their-duty-declines-comment-on-crisis/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25221607

3 DECEMBER 2013

Thai tensions ease as police lift barricades

Anti-government protesters in Thailand have crossed heavily fortified barriers and reached the gates of the prime minister’s office without resistance from the police.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-tensions-eased-as-police-lift-barricades-201312343638888713.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

Thai protests: police fire rubber bullets as protests turn more violent

Thai police fired rubber bullets to quell violent demonstrations aimed at the overthrow of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday, as the government sought to arrest the leader of the protests for “insurrection”.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10488334/Thai-protests-police-fire-rubber-bullets-as-protests-turn-more-violent.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/12/02/thailand-clashes-continue-in-bangkok-as-protesters-try-to-storm-government-/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/protests-rage-despite-thai-pm-peace-plea-2013122142637548430.html

1 DECEMBER 2013

Thailand clashes: PM forced to flee as violent demonstrations escalate

A Thai government supporter was shot and killed early on Sunday at protests in Bangkok, raising the death toll to two as protesters invaded a police compound and forced the evacuation of the prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, to a secret location.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/01/thailand-protest-yingluck-shinawatra-violence
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protests-intensify-in-bangkok/1801123.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25174822
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/thai-protests-escalate-amid-violence-201312143057996852.html

30 NOVEMBER 2013

Shots fired as Thai protesters clash

At least one person has been shot dead as Thai government supporters and foes clashed for the first time in a week of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/bangkok-protesters-besiege-telecoms-offices-2013113051823894499.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/382474/one-killed-as-v-day-eve-violence-erupts

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai Protesters Storm Army Headquarters

Thai protesters briefly stormed into army headquarters in Bangkok in a bid to get the military to join their efforts to topple the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/29/thai-protesters-occupy-barracks-and-ask-the-army-to-choose-sides/
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-protesters-storm-army-headquarters/1800045.html

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai PM appeals to protesters after surviving no-confidence vote

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has urged anti-government demonstrators to end street protests, after surviving a no-confidence vote in parliament.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25118083
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/28/thai-pm-wins-vote-of-confidence-amid-widespread-anti-government-protests/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-pm-calls-end-opposition-protests-2013112810656678221.html

25 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai prime minister invokes security law after protesters occupy ministries

The Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, invoked an emergency security law across much of Bangkok on Monday, after protesters forced their way inside the finance ministry and through the gates of the foreign ministry compound.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/25/thai-prime-minister-evokes-security-law-protesters-occupy-ministries
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/25/protesters-occupy-government-ministries-in-thailand/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10471914/Thailand-plunged-into-crisis-as-protesters-occupy-ministries.html

24 NOVEMBER 2013

Tens of thousands join anti-government rally

Anti-government protesters estimated in the hundreds of thousands have joined Sunday’s rally at the Democracy Monument with organisers still hoping the number will swell to one million.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/381488/tens-of-thousands-protest-in-bangkok-anti-government-rally
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-thai-capital-hit-by-biggest-protests-since-deadly-2010-unrest/1796627.html

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/un-rule-thai-cambodian-border-row-201311116485209849.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/un-awards-disputed-temple-site-to-cambodia/1787655.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/379318/icj-delivers-win-win-ruling

Thailand senate rejects controversial amnesty bill

Thailand’s senate has rejected an amnesty bill which could have led to the return to the country of the former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24903958
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-senate-rejects-disputed-amnesty-bill-20131111163039304410.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Amnesty bill would kill 25,355 graft cases: NACC

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday issued a statement opposing the amnesty bill on grounds that it would absolve thousands of graft violations, including hundreds against top politicians.

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-bill-would-kill-25355-graft-cases-NACC-30218832.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Thai amnesty bill passes lower house

Thailand’s lower house of parliament has passed a political amnesty bill that critics say could allow the return of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24768110
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/thai-mps-pass-political-amnesty-bill-201311142120256401.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/political-tension-flares-thailand-over-amnesty-bill

29 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar workers in Thailand earning under minimum wage

Many Myanmar migrants working in Thailand are earning less than the minimum wage of BHT 300 a day (US$ 10), according to the Education and Development Foundation.
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/national/3882-myanmar-workers-in-thailand-earning-under-minimum-wage

28 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-Thai PM Abhisit faces indictment over protest crackdown

Thailand’s attorney general has decided to prosecute former premier Abhisit Vejjajiva and his ex-deputy on murder charges related to a bloody crackdown on anti-government protests in 2010, officials said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-thai-pm-abhisit-faces-indictment-over-protest-crackdown
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/376830/abhisit-and-suthep-indicted-on-rally-crackdowns

27 OCTOBER 2013

Thai parliament postpones amnesty bill readings

The House of Representatives is expected to deliberate the Amnesty Bill in the second and third readings in mid-November at the earliest, chief government whip Aumnuay Khlangpha said . Meanwhile, Aumnuay’s deputy Paijit Sreewarakan said the ruling Pheu Thai Party would order its members of parliament (MPs) to vote in support of the draft law instead of allowing them to vote freely
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thai-parliament-postpones-amnesty-bill-readings–53276.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Supreme Patriarch dies at 100



The nation and the entire Buddhist community are mourning the loss of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara Suvaddhana Mahathera, who passed away at Chulalongkorn Hospital

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/376239/supreme-patriarch-dies-at-100

19 OCTOBER 2013

Thailand extends ISA till Nov 30

The Thai government has decided to extend the enforcement of the Internal Security Act in three Bangkok districts until November 30, the day after the parliamentary session ends, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabutr said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Thailand-extends-ISA-till-Nov-30-52993.html

16 OCTOBER 2013

Ruling on Thai-Cambodian Temple Row Expected Next Month

The United Nations’ top court is set to deliver its verdict on a long running dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over an ancient temple site. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague will decide on Nov. 11 which country should administer a 4.6-square kilometer (1.8-square mile) tract of land surrounding the 11th century Preah Vihear temple.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/verdict-10162013160957.html

11 OCTOBER 2013

With Li Visit, Thailand, China Move to Strengthen Ties

Thailand and China have moved to further strengthen bilateral economic ties during an official visit by China’s Premier Li Keqiang, who kicked off the trip by addressing parliament on Friday.
http://www.voanews.com/content/with-li-visit-thailand-china-move-to-strengthen-ties/1768013.html

27 AUGUST 2013

Reconciliation Talks in Thailand Will Be Litmus Test of Parties’ Sincerity

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is pushing forward a reconciliation forum on September 2 in an effort to address the political divisiveness in Thailand in recent years. The government has invited key figures from the ruling Pheu Thai party, the opposition Democrat Party, and foreign leaders to participate in the forum. While the Thai private sector and international community welcome the initiative, politicians will have to act beyond their own interests to make the reconciliation talks meaningful.

http://cogitasia.com/reconciliation-talks-in-thailand-will-be-litmus-test-of-parties-sincerity/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_268964409#%21

12 AUGUST 2013

Chavalit urges all parties to back reconciliation forum

Former prime minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh on Monday revealed that Yingluck Shinawatra had personally called him to invite him to take part in her proposed reconciliation forum, and urged opposing groups to get involved with discussions on how to heal the political divide in Thailand.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/364267/chavalit-yongchaiyudh-backs-government-reconciliation-drive

7 AUGUST 2013

Protest in Thailand as parliament debates amnesty bill

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered outside Thailand’s parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating a political amnesty bill that it is speculated could help ousted and exiled premier Thaksin Shinawatra return home a free man.
http://www.france24.com/en/20130807-protest-thailand-parliament-debates-amnesty-bill-thaksin-shinawatra
http://www.voanews.com/content/thai-parliament-debates-controversial-amnesty-bill-despite-protests/1725098.html

5 AUGUST 2013

Key Muslim leader shot dead in Thailand

A Muslim leader seen as a major figure in efforts to end bloody fighting in Thailand’s south has been shot dead, raising concern about the future of peace talks. Imam Yacob Raimanee of the Pattani Central Mosque – the main house of Islamic worship in one of several violence-plagued southern provinces – was gunned down on Monday afternoon in the town of Pattani, police said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/08/20138516387558762.html

1 AUGUST 2013

Thousands cheer Thai king as he leaves hospital after long stay

Thailand’s revered but frail king left the hospital where he has lived for almost four years on Thursday, as thousands of flag-waving well-wishers cheered him on his way to his coastal palace.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/362584/king-and-queen-leave-siriraj-hospital-for-klai-kangwon-palace-in-hua-hin
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-cheer-thai-king-he-leaves-hospital-after-long-stay

26 JULY 2013

Thaksin calls on Thais to unite

Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday called on Thais to reconcile their differences for the sake of the country as he celebrated his 64th birthday in Beijing.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/361734/allies-flock-to-hk-to-give-ex-pm-birthday-wishes

12 JULY 2013

Thailand agrees Muslim rebel Ramadan ceasefire

The Thai government and Muslim separatists in the south of the country have announced they will stop fighting each other during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23288378

3 JULY 2013

Monk had 10 bank accounts with daily transactions of Bt2m

The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has found 10 bank accounts under the name of Luang Pu Nenkham, who calls himself the abbot of Si Sa Ket’s « Wat Pa Khanti Dhamma » monastery, as well as records of transactions totalling up to Bt20 million per day. http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Monk-had-10-bank-accounts-with-daily-transactions–30209598.html

30 JUNE 2013

Thailand’s latest Cabinet reshuffle: 3 initial observations

On Sunday June 30, Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorsed the changes to what is now the fifth Cabinet of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at nearly the halfway point of her tenure ever since she took over office in 2011. Currently, the government is under alot of fire: http://asiancorrespondent.com/110057/thailands-latest-cabinet-reshuffle-three-initial-takeaways/

21 JUNE 2013

European diplomats urge tourist safety moves on Phuket

European ambassadors on Friday 21 urged authorities on a Thai resort island work to ensure foreign tourists are safe from crime, corruption and dangerous road and swimming conditions. http://asiancorrespondent.com/109700/european-diplomats-urge-tourist-safety-moves-on-phuket/

20 JUNE 2013

Suu Kyi Blasts Proposed Law on Marriage Restrictions

Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has criticized a proposed law by a group of nationalist Buddhist monks restricting Muslim men and those of other faiths from marrying Buddhist women, saying it was discriminatory and violated human rights                                                                                                                                                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/marriage-06202013231513.html

17 JUNE 2013

Thailand cracks down on monks living it up with luxuries

Thailand’s national Buddhism body has announced it is monitoring monks for any inappropriate behavior following complaints prompted by a video showing Buddhist monks flying on a private jet                                                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/thailand-cracks-down-monks-luxuries           http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/10124885/Thai-Buddhist-monks-criticised-over-private-jet.html

White mask rallies spread in Thailand

Anti-government protesters gathered in many provinces yesterday despite opposition from red-shirt supporters of the government                                                                                                                                                http://www.asianewsnet.net/White-mask-rallies-spread-in-Thailand-48010.html

14 JUNE 013

Thai rebels say peace could be years away

Rebels from Thailand’s restive south Friday said securing lasting peace could take years, acknowledging some insurgents were trying to undermine ongoing talks through continued violence. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-rebels-say-peace/710578.html

6 JUNE 2013

The Search for a Solution in Thailand’s Deep South

With negotiations apparently stalled between the Thai Government and Barisan Revolusi Patani (BRN), one of the Muslim rebel groups operating in Thailand’s deep south, one must start considering how long before a solution to this lingering insurgency problem can be found                                                                                                               http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5477&Itemid=392

5 JUNE 2013

Thailand denies entry to Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy

Thailand has denied entry to Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy over concerns he would engage in political campaigning in the neighboring Southeast Asian nation.                                                                                                                                                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/108704/thailand-denies-entry-to-cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy/

29 APRIL 2013

Thai ‘Yellow Shirt’ activists trial postponed

A Thai court has postponed the trial of nearly 100 Thai royalist activists who were facing charges for their roles in 2008 rallies that paralysed Thailand’s main airports stranding thousands of tourists                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/04/201342995251949888.html

28 MARCH 2013

Thailand opens peace talks with Muslim separatist rebels

Peace talks facilitated by Malaysia aim to end almost a decade of violence in Muslim-dominated provinces of southern Thailand http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/28/thailand-peace-talks-muslim-rebels                                                                                                                       http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21963399

21 MARCH 2013

A step toward peace in southern Thailand

On 28 February in Kula Lumpur, Thailand’s government signed an agreement to initiate peace talks between the Thai National Security Council and Barisan Revolusi Nasional-Coordinate (BRN-C), one of the major separatist groups in southern Thailand. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/21/a-step-toward-peace-in-southern-thailand/

3 MARCH 2013

Bangkok governor gets second term

Sukhumbhand Paribatra of the royalist pro-establishment Democrat party overcame a rival from the ruling Puea Thai party, which is backed by « Red Shirt » supporters of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1257637/1/.html                                   http://asiancorrespondent.com/100111/against-expectations-sukhumbhand-wins-second-term-as-bangkok-governor/

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand and Muslim separatists agree to peace talks

Senior Thai government officials signed the deal on Thursday with members of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, where they agreed to launch a « dialogue process » in the southern border provinces. They gave no date for future meetings.                                                                                                                                                        http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/thailand-muslim-separatists-peace-talks                                                                                                                                       http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322822925178206.html            http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9899300/Thailand-signs-breakthrough-deal-with-Muslim-rebels.html

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Murder of environmentalist ‘highlights Thailand’s failure to protect activists’

An international rights group is pressing Thailand to investigate the recent murder of an environmentalist who exposed the dumping of toxic waste, and condemned the government’s « fundamental failure » to protect activists fighting for social and environmental change in the kingdom. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/27/murder-environmentalist-thailand-failure

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Thai GDP growth rises to 6.4% for 2012

Thailand’s economy grew a robust 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the previous three months, taking the 2012 pace to 6.4 percent…               http://asiancorrespondent.com/97956/thai-gdp-growth-rises-to-6-4-for-2012/

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 10 July in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 10 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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645: During the Isshi Incident, Prince Naka-no-Ōe and Fujiwara no Kamatari assassinate Soga no Iruka during a coup d’état at the imperial palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isshi_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Tenji

1519: Zhu Chenhao declares the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and leads his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Ning_rebellion

1806: The Vellore mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East Indian Company
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/vellore_mutiny_1806_british_india.htm
http://ilavaluthy.blogspot.fr/2014/07/first-war-of-independence-vellore-mutiny.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/july-10-1806-the-vellore-mutiny-breaks-out-against-the-british
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellore_Mutiny

1806-07-10 Vellore mutiny

1951: At Kaesong, Korea, armistice negotiations begin between United Nations forces and North Korea

1970: Negotiations between China and Soviet Union on border rivers resume

1973: The National Assembly of Pakistan passes a resolution on the recognition of Bangladesh

2010: North Korea has said it is willing to return to the nuclear disarmament talks it abandoned 18 months ago. Pyongyang’s about-turn came after the UN Security Council condemned an attack on a South Korean warship in March that killed 46 sailors
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/07/201071042951838719.html

2011: The Obama administration suspends and, in some cases, cancels hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14099402
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/world/asia/10intel.html?_r=1&ref=asia

On 10 July in South Asian history

ON 10 JULY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1800: The British Indian Government establishes Fort William College to promote Urdu, Hindi and other vernaculars of sub continent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_William_College

1806: The Vellore mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East Indian Company
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/vellore_mutiny_1806_british_india.htm
http://ilavaluthy.blogspot.fr/2014/07/first-war-of-independence-vellore-mutiny.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/july-10-1806-the-vellore-mutiny-breaks-out-against-the-british
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellore_Mutiny

1806-07-10 Vellore mutiny

1923: Birth of Gurunath Abaji Kulkarni, Indian writer who died on December 11, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._A._Kulkarni

1940: Birth of Meghnad Desai, British economist, born in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meghnad_Desai,_Baron_Desai

1944: Birth of K. S. Balachandran, Sri Lankan Tamil actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._S._Balachandran

K.S. Balachandran

1947: Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is recommended as the first governor general of Pakistan by the British premier Clement Attlee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governor_General_of_Pakistan

1973: The National Assembly of Pakistan passes a resolution on the recognition of Bangladesh

2000: Death of Vakkom Majeed, Indian Freedom fighter, born on December 20, 1909
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vakkom_Majeed

2003: Death of Bishnu Maden, Nepalese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bishnu_Maden

2007: Abdul Rashid Ghazi, radical Pakistani cleric who led the Red Mosque resistance in Islamabad is killed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/6281228.stm

2008: In India, the communists withdraw their support to the PM Manmohan Singh who has no more majority in the parliament
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7500492.stm

2011: The Obama administration suspends and, in some cases, cancels hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14099402
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/10/world/asia/10intel.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2014: Death of Zohra Sehgal, Indian actress, dancer, and choreographer, born on April 27, 1912
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jul/22/zohra-sehgal
http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-legendary-actress-zohra-sehgal-passes-away-at-102-1983051

On 10 July in Southeast Asian history

1997 bougies

ON 10 JULY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1959: Death of Marcel Van, Vietnamese redemptorist
http://www.clairval.com/lettres/en/2004/01/17/2210104.htm

1965: Birth of Alec Mapa, Filipino-American actor and comedian
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0544568/

1986: Death of Le Duan, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam since 1960, born on April 7, 1907
http://www.nytimes.com/1986/07/11/obituaries/le-duan-vietnamese-communist-chief-dies-at-78.html
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/le-duan

Le Duan

1988: Prince Sihanouk announces his resignation as president of the chairmanship of coalition government of Democratic Kampuchéa

1995: In Myanmar, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, under house of arrest since July 1989, is released

1997: Because the internal situation in Cambodia, Asean postpones Cambodia adherence

1997 bougies

2010: Former members of Myanmar’s officially disbanded opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have been given permission to form a new party. The National Democratic Force (NDF)
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/07/2010710816978811.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/asia_pacific/10586972.stm

2012: Hardline ex-general Myint Swe is named new Burma Vice President to fill the job that Tin Aung Myint Oo vacated earlier this month for health reasons
http://asiancorrespondent.com/85636/hardline-ex-general-named-to-be-new-burma-vp/

2012: Death of Dolphy, Filipino actor, singer, and producer, born on July 25, 1928
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/07/10/12/dolphy-dead-83
http://www.rappler.com/nation/8372-dolphy-is-dead-83

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0b02PyFRhc

2016: Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley is shot dead

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prominent-cambodian-critic-kem-ley-shot-dead-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/10/cambodian-government-critic-shot-dead-phnom-
http://asiantribune.com/node/89218

 

On 10 July in Japan’s history

ON 10 JULY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on July 10, 2018

645: During the Isshi Incident, Prince Naka-no-Ōe and Fujiwara no Kamatari assassinate Soga no Iruka during a coup d’état at the imperial palace
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isshi_Incident
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Tenji

1419: Birth of Go-Hanazono, 102th Japanese Emperor, who reigned from 1428 throught 1464. Died on January 18, 1471
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Hanazono_of_Japan

1888: Birth of Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese evangelist, author, and activist who died on April 23, 1960
http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/i-k/kagawa-toyohiko-1888-1960/
http://www.ethicsdaily.com/toyohiko-kagawa-christian-evangelist-and-labor-activist-cms-20927

1993: Death of Masugi Ibuse, Japanese author of Kuroi ame (Black rain), born on February 15, 1898
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-masuji-ibuse-1484652.html

Masuji Ibuse 2

On 10 July in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 10 JULY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on July 10, 2018

649: Death of Li Shimin, second Chinese Tang dynasty emperor (626-649) under the name of Taizong, born on January 23, 599
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taizong_of_Tang
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/tang/emperor_taizong.htm

1519: Zhu Chenhao declares the Ming Dynasty emperor Zhengde a usurper, beginning the Prince of Ning rebellion, and leads his army north in an attempt to capture Nanjing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_of_Ning_rebellion

1961: Birth of Jacky Cheung, Hong Kong singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacky_Cheung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxvjnzW1Zsc

1970: Negotiations between China and Soviet Union on border rivers resume

2007: Former head of China’s State Food and Drug Administration Zheng Xiaoyu is executed for corruption
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6286698.stm

2008: After more a decade of controversial, anti-racism bill is approved by Legislators in Hong Kong

2012: A Chinese bishop Ma Daqin who publicly quit the state-sanctioned Catholic Church and was made bishop with the pope’s approval was taken away by officials last weekend and is being held in his seminary
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18778655