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On 18 October in Asian history

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete après

ON 18 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 18, 2018

325: Death of Jin Mingdi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty, born in 299
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ming_of_Jin

1127: Birth of Go-Shirakawa, 77th emperor of Japan (1155-1158), who died on 24 April 1192
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Shirakawa

1130: Birth of Zhu Xi, Chinese philosopher who died on April 23, 1200
http://www.iep.utm.edu/zhu-xi/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Xi

1480: Death of Uhwudong, Korean dancer and poet, born in 1440
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uhwudong

Uhwudong

1561: Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima – Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Fourth_Battle_of_Kawanakajima

1565: Ships belonging to the Matsura clan of Japan fail to capture the Portuguese trading carrack in the Battle of Fukuda Bay, the first recorded naval battle between Japan and the West
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fukuda_Bay

1653: Birth of Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1709-1713) who died on November 17, 1713
http://janvanriebeeck.blogspot.fr/2013/01/biography.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cZehTAy-E0

1735: Death of Yongzheng, 4th Qing emperor (1722-1735). Qianlong becomes the new emperor
http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh98/yongzheng/en01.htm

1804: Birth of king Mongkut (Rama IV) (1851-1868) who died on 1st October 1868
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongkut

1860: Convention of Beijing putting an end to the Second Opium war. The western forces loot and burn the Imperial Summer Palaces of Qingyi yuan and Yuanming yuan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_of_Peking
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pekings-summer-palace-destroyed

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete avant

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete après

1870: Birth of Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese scholar, who died on July 12, 1966
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Suzuki-D.html

Teirato Suzuki

1893: Birth of Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics who died on April 23, 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Ohsawa

1907: End of the Second Peace Conference. Signature of the Hague Convention
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/195

1941: Appointed on October 14, Japanese War Minister Hideki Tojo announces his goverment (up to July 1944)
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Hideki_Tojo.aspx
http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/nichibei/popup/pop_21.html

1947: Vice-admiral Michiaki Kamada, condemned as a war criminal by a Dutch military Court is hanged, born in 1890
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiaki_Kamada
http://historyinpictures.tumblr.com/post/2975268859/the-execution-of-leonard-siffleet-australian

1950: Birth of Om Puri, Indian actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700875/bio

1950: The Defense minister Ramon Magsaysay orders the arrest of  José Lava, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Jose+Lava
http://philippines-islands-lemuria.blogspot.fr/2011/10/18-october.html

1952: During the French Vietnam War, Vietminh offensive in Thai zone

1952: Birth of Bao Ninh, Vietnamese novelist
https://prabook.com/web/bao.ninh/3720562
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/nov/19/books.booksnews

BAO NINH

1954: The elected representatives of the French establishment in India decide to joint India

1955: A communiqué from Emperor Bao Dai’s office in Paris announces that he has dismissed Ngo Dinh Diem from the premiership and annulled his powers
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/emperor-bao-dai-attempts-to-dismiss-diem

1956: Death of Yoshio Markino, Japanese painter and author, born on January 26, 1870
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Markino
https://rbkclocalstudies.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/the-artist-in-the-mirror-world-yoshio-markino/
http://charleslister.net/page6.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLbT3VuV2E

1961: Death of Tsuru Aoki, Japanese actress, born on September 9, 1892
http://www.silentera.com/people/actresses/Aoki-Tsuru.html

1962: Birth of Min Ko Naing, Burmese activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_Ko_Naing
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-min-ko-naing/

1965: Birth of Zakir Naik, Indian Islamic speaker and doctor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakir_Naik
http://www.ilovezakirnaik.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxk5AAA5FbI

1965: The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) is forbidden

1972: Visit of Henry Kissinger to Saigon (up to October 22)

1974: Birth of Candy Lo, Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Candy_Lo


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9cmio_candy-lo-zi-lian-ying-yuan_music

1976: Death of Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian poet, born on September 10, 1895
http://chaibisket.com/14646-2/
http://www.poemhunter.com/viswanatha-satyanarayana/biography/

1976: Birth of Zhou Xun, Chinese actress and singer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0955782/bio
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/01/20/zhou.xun/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhou_Xun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a86nCI4uL7Q

1979: Birth of Jothika, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyothika_Saravanan

1984: Birth of Freida Pinto, Indian actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freida_Pinto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FExWX9U5CKg

1991: In Cambodia, the People’s Revolutionary Party (PRPK), led by Hun Sen, renounces to Marxism-Leninism, admits multiparty system and change its name for Cambodian People Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Revolutionary_Party_of_Kampuchea

1995: Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-iri-maruki-1578671.html
http://imaginationwithoutborders.northwestern.edu/artists/maruki/

iri-maruki

2001: In the frame of the international war against terrorism, for the first time, the Japanese Lower Chamber authorizes, for a short time, the sending of Japanese forces out of the Japan defense line

2002: Death of Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer, born on February 16, 1950
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=990

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

2004: Burma Prime Minister Khin Nyunt is «permitted to retire on health ground» but in fact put under of house arrest
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3756052.stm

2004: Death of Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler, born on January 18, 1952
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/890783.cms
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18th-october-2004-indian-bandit-and-smuggler-veerappan-was-killed

2006: In Cambodia, Funcipec Party (Royalist) expels his chairman, Prince Norodom Ranarridh after he destroyed chance with the ruling party of Hun Sen. His successor is Keo Puth Rasmey

2007: After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ahmad22e/Benazir_Bhutto/Assassination.html
http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Benazir+Bhutto/Former+Prime+Minister+Benazir+Bhutto+Returns/JBBGY2GRzku

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEeriLz1-6g

2008: Death of Xie Jin, Chinese film director, born on November 21, 1923
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xie_Jin
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct/20/china-xie-jin-film
http://english.cctv.com/program/e_documentary/series/10/index.shtml

Xie Jin 2

2010: China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping is named vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, in a move widely seen as a boost to his likely succession of President Hu Jintao
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/china_politics/leadership/html/6.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11569053

2010: Burma will not allow any foreign election observers or international media into the country for its first poll in two decades, the head of the election commission says
http://www.france24.com/en/20101018-myanmar-burma-says-no-foreign-monitors-media-allowed-poll

2011: North Korea and the US held talks on restarting efforts to recover the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War, after a six-year halt.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15348707

2013: Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

2013: Death of Ravuri Bharadhwaja, Indian author, poet, and critic, born on July 7, 1927 http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/ravuri-bharadwaja-a-simple-man-with-simple-narrative/article4630744.ece
http://www.drravuribharadwaja.com/biograghy.php

2018: Xi Jinping delivers his report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

On Thailand Lèse-Majesté Law

18 OCTOBER 2018

A lighter royal touch for Thailand

Use of the kingdom’s draconian lese majeste law has greatly diminished under new King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s young reign
http://www.atimes.com/article/a-lighter-royal-touch-for-thailand/

30 JANUARY 2018

Thai student activist flees to avoid lese majeste charge

A student activist has become the latest political dissident to flee Thailand, explaining on her Facebook page that she made a snap decision to leave after learning she had been charged with insulting the monarchy because she shared a BBC article about the country’s new king
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131119/thai-student-activist-flees-avoid-lese-majeste-charge

15 AUGUST 2017

Thai activist jailed for more than two years after posting anti-royal BBC article on Facebook

A Thai student activist has been jailed for more than two years for posting a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s King on Facebook, his lawyer said
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-15/thai-activist-jailed-for-posting-anti-royal-bbc-article/8810724?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40938914
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90848

9 AUGUST 2017

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

A Thai man was jailed for 18 years for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/thailand-sentences-man-18-years-prison-insulting-monarchy/#.WYsmErpuI2w

29 JULY 2017

Thailand: Critics say royal family law is stifling dissent

Thailand’s military government is increasing efforts to stop people insulting or criticising the royal family
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/thailand-critics-royal-family-law-stifling-dissent-170729120302453.html

19 JUNE 2017

 Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law

 The United Nations has called on Thailand to amend its harsh law against insulting the monarchy. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and the disproportionate sentences for the offence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40298570

9 JUNE 2017

Thai man jailed 35 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

A Thai court has sentenced a 34-year-old man to 35 years in prison for insulting the monarchy on Facebook in what is one of the heaviest punishments ever handed down for breaking the kingdom’s tough lese majeste laws
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/thai-man-jailed-35-years-insulting-monarchy-facebook/#oGAPJurBx6CcsZ2r.97
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/09/man-jailed-for-35-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-monarchy-on-facebook

6 JUNE 2017

Thai woman jailed 7 years for insulting royalty

Monta « Ying Kai » Yokrattanakan, whose trial on multiple charges including human trafficking is just beginning, was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail for lese majeste on Tuesday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-woman-jailed-7-years-insulting-royalty

13 APRIL 2017

Thailand bans online contact with three critics of regime

A letter from the digital economy and society ministry warned citizens that engaging on the internet with the Thai academics Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun as well as the journalist Andrew MacGregor Marshall could violate the law
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/13/thailand-bans-online-sharing-of-articles-by-three-critics-of-regime
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39585858
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/thai-junta-projecting-weakness-banning-online-contact-critics-watchdog/#lGSGhE9DOIS2LKc4.97

3 MARCH 2017

Thailand jails former palace aide for royal defamation

A former Thai palace medical adviser was jailed for five and a half years for insulting the monarchy and other charges on Friday, a day after another disgraced aide to the new king was charged in a separate case
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thailand-jails-former-palace-aide-for-royal-defamation/3565920.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/sacked-thai-palace-senior-aide-charged

7 FEBRUARY 2017

UN slams Thailand for first royal slur charge under new king

The first royal defamation case brought under Thailand’s new monarch was slammed by a top United Nations envoy on Tuesday, who said public figures should not be above scrutiny or criticism
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068736/un-slams-thailand-first-royal-slur-charge-under-new-king

28 JANUARY 2017

Thailand: Man sentenced to 11 years in jail for royal defamation, cyber crime

A military court sentenced a man to over 11 years in jail on Friday for royal defamation nine months after he was arrested for protesting other activists’ arrests
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/27/activist-jailed-11-years-online-comments-defaming-monarchy/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thailand-royal-defamation-cyber-lese-majeste/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Thai activist ‘first to be arrested for royal insult’ under new king

Thai police arrested an anti-junta activist on Saturday for defaming the monarchy in what rights groups said was the first case of lese-majeste brought under Thailand’s new king
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-activist-first-be-arrested-royal-insult-under-new-king
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38196136

22 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand presses Google over online royal insults

Google has agreed to co-operate with the removal of online content insulting Thailand’s monarchy, the country’s deputy prime minister says
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-junta-says-google-removing-content-with-royal-insults/3226984.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/22/thai-government-calls-on-google-to-take-down-content-insulting-monarchy

27 AUGUST 2016

Three Thai royal insult prisoners freed after pardon

Three Thai women convicted of insulting the monarchy were released from jail Saturday after receiving royal pardons, a human rights lawyer said, following years spent behind bars for violating the draconian law
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-27/thai-prisoners-freed-after-pardon/7791582?section=world
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-thailand-politics-idUSKCN11207K?il=0

1st AUGUST 2016

Thai activist’s mother charged with insulting the monarchy for one word

The mother of a prominent student activist was indicted by a Thai military court on royal defamation charges on Monday over a one-word Facebook message in what rights groups have described as a new low for the junta’s crackdown on dissent
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/01/thai-activist-mother-patnaree-chankij-charged-with-insulting-the-monarchy
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1997818/one-word-all-it-takes-thai-activists-mother-indicted-royal

1 JUNE 2016

Thai singer Tom Dundee jailed for offending monarchy

A Thai country singer who takes his nickname from Australia’s Crocodile Dundee has been jailed for seven years for insulting the monarchy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/thai-singer-tom-dundee-jailed-for-offending-monarchy/7468828?section=world

9 DECEMBER 2015

Police Probe US Ambassador for Defaming Monarchy

U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies is under investigation for critical comments he made about Thailand’s harsh law against defaming the monarchy, known as lese majeste
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1449651630&section=11
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/us-uk-ambassadors-fall-foul-of-thailands-junta/

22 OCTOBER 2015

Trio confess to lese majeste charges in Thailand

Three well-known figures arrested over lese majeste charges have confessed to violating Article 112 of the Penal Code, the national police chief said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/trio-confess-lese-majeste-charges-thailand

20 OCTOBER 2015

Woman acquitted of lese majeste in historic case

The case is the first ever in which a defendant of such grave charges fought to the end. In other similar cases, defendants have been advised to plead guilty so the penalties are halved
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/736616/woman-acquitted-of-lese-majeste-in-historic-case

7 AUGUST 2015

Thai courts hand down record sentences for royal insults

Thai military courts on Friday jailed two people, one for 30 years and the other for 28 years, for insulting the monarchy, the heaviest sentences for the crime in the country’s history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/11791203/Thai-courts-hand-down-record-sentences-for-royal-insults.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134659/thai-military-courts-hand-down-record-prison-sentences-for-insulting-monarchy/

21 JULY 2015

The folly of hunting lese majeste fugitives abroad

 The military government is busy squandering what is left of its international credibility by hunting lese majeste suspects who have fled overseas. The move can do nothing to improve Thailand’s reputation, only further tarnish its record on human rights
http://www.asianewsnet.net/The-folly-of-hunting-lese-majeste-fugitives-abroad-78420.html

29 MAY 2015

Thai Army Chief Files Lese Majeste Against Thaksin

The commander of the Thai Army has charged former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with lese majeste for allegedly defaming the monarchy in a recent interview with a foreign news agency
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1432880940&section=11

31 MARCH 2015

Thai man jailed for 25 years over royal insult posts on Facebook

A Thai military court on Tuesday jailed a man for 25 years for posting pictures on his Facebook page deemed insulting to Thailand’s monarchy, in one of the toughest such sentences in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-man-jailed-for-25-ye/1759158.html

27 FEBRUARY 2015

Parents of Thai ex-princess arrested for lese majeste

The parents of a former Thai princess have been detained under the lese majeste law, the strict defamation rules that protect the royal family
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31656469
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Parents-of-former-princess-confess-to-defaming-the-30255045.html

23 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai pair jailed for insulting monarchy in student play

A Thai court has sentenced a man and a woman to two years and six months in jail each for « damaging the monarchy ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31581219

29 DECEMBER 2014

Two Thais Plead Guilty to Insulting Monarchy in Play

Two Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play pleaded guilty on Monday amid an intensifying junta crackdown on perceived royal slurs under the kingdom’s controversial lese majeste law.
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/two-thais-plead-guilty-insulting-monarchy-play/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/12/theatre-duo-admit-insulting-thai-royalty-20141229173954439508.html

18 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai radio host jailed for five years for royal defamation

A Thai radio show host has been jailed for five years for royal defamation, his lawyer said Tuesday, one of the first sentences passed by a military court for breaching the draconian law since a May coup.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444061/thai-radio-host-jailed-for-five-years-for-royal-defamation

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai police ban book criticizing monarchy

Thai police have banned imports of a book they view as insulting the country’s monarchy, as a crackdown against anti-royalist campaigns intensifies after a coup earlier this year.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/128218/thai-police-ban-book-criticizing-monarchy/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/443076/thailand-police-chief-bans-book-a-kingdom-in-crisis

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Thailand’s lese majeste complaints top 10,000

Police have dealt with more than 10,000 cases of lese majeste in recent years, but the big figure was not because they had « got serious » with offenders after the coup in May, a senior police officer said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thailands-lese-majeste-complaints-top-10000

19 OCTOBER 2014

82-year-old Thai intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge

One of Thailand’s most prominent intellectuals is the target of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died more than 400 years ago.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127500/82-year-old-thai-intellectual-faces-anti-monarchy-charge/

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Tensions rise as Thai curbs on royal slurs tighten

These are tense times for anyone vaguely seen to be questioning the Thai monarchy. After a spate of arrests and indictments for violation of the kingdom’s lese majeste law, the post-coup government has declared defending the monarchy as its top priority
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/tensions-rise-thai-curbs-royal-slurs-tighten

31 AUGUST 2014

Thailand’s ultra-monarchists export vigilante justice

The Thai junta has launched more than a dozen domestic lèse-majesté prosecutions – each punishable by up to 15 years in jail – as part of a crackdown on political dissent since its May 22 coup.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/05e101fa-2f2b-11e4-a054-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3C0DbdLXd

8 AUGUST 2014

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 musician jailed for 15 years for insulting royals

The 28-year-old was found guilty of posting insulting messages about the monarchy on Facebook between 2010 and 2011, said a court official from the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, without giving further details
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/11004996/Thai-musician-jailed-for-15-years-for-insulting-royals.html

13 MAY 2014

Ex-Pheu Thai MP accused of lese majeste

The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) has filed a complaint with police accusing former Pheu Thai MP and red-shirt core member Prasit Chaisrisa of lese majeste

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/409581/ex-pheu-thai-mp-accused-of-lese-majeste

1 MAY 2014

Appeals Court upholds lese majeste sentence

The Appeals Court yesterday upheld a two-year lese majeste prison sentence against Jeng Dokjik for his speech during a red-shirt rally on March 29, 2010

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Appeals-Court-upholds-lese-majeste-sentence-30232712.html

30 APRIL 2014

Thailand’s Political Prisoners

Draconian lese majeste law used against dissenters

http://www.asiasentinel.com/opinion/thailand-political-prisoners/

28 DECEMBER 2013

Lèse majesté and the media in the crossfire

http://asiancorrespondent.com/117702/siam-voices-2013-review-part-2-lese-majeste-and-thailands-media-in-the-crossfire/

3 OCTOBER 2013

Thai monarchy laws need reviewing, say critics pointing to recent cases

A political activist convicted of defaming the Thai monarchy was freed from prison after being granted a royal pardon in the same week that two others were jailed for similar offences despite their cases previously being dismissed by a criminal court.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/03/thai-monarchy-lese-majesty-laws

Thai activist convicted of defaming king pardoned

Surachai Danwattananusorn was sentenced last year to 7 1/2 years in prison for making speeches judged to have insulted the monarchy three times in 2010.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/114017/thai-activist-convicted-of-defaming-king-pardoned/

2 OCTOBER 2013

Thai woman jailed for five years for insulting royals

A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced a woman to five years in jail for breaching the kingdom’s strict royal defamation laws in the the second such conviction in days.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-woman-jailed-five-years-insulting-royals

1 OCTOBER 2013

Ex-yellow shirt leader Sondhi found guilty of insulting Thai monarchy

The Appeals Court on Tuesday sentenced Sondhi Limthongkul, a core member of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, to three years imprisonment after finding him guilty of lese majest, reversing the lower court’s decision which acquitted him of the charge.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/372421/appeals-court-overturns-sondhi-acquittal-for-lese-majeste

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113942/ex-yellow-shirt-leader-sondhi-found-guilty-of-insulting-thailands-monarchy/

13 SEPTEMBRE 2013

Thai court acquits man accused of defaming king

A Thai court on Friday acquitted a man whose own brother accused him of defaming the country’s monarch, an extraordinarily grave charge in this Southeast Asian kingdom that is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/113336/thai-court-acquits-man-accused-of-defaming-king/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/13/thai-brother-cleared-insulting-king

4 JUNE 2013

Singaporean who defamed Thai king gets pardon

A Singaporean man convicted of defaming Thailand’s monarchy has been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon from the king.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/108642/singaporean-who-defamed-thai-king-gets-pardon/

15 APRIL 2013

A Thai Lese Majeste Victim Talks

Safe in Los Angeles, Joe Gordon carries on his campaign against a draconian law                                                           http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5338&Itemid=185

17 MARCH 2013

Thai PBS team halts programme on monarchy

The production team behind a controversial Thai PBS talk show announced yesterday that it would stop producing the programme to protest the public television station’s decision not to air Friday night’s episode.                                                          http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Thai-PBS-team-halts-programme-on-monarchy-30202101.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Thailand’s Lese Majeste Erodes the Judiciary

Thailand’s repeated use of its draconian lese majeste and computer crimes laws to « protect » its monarchy is also causing serious damage to its judicial system.                                                                                                                                                                              http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5166&Itemid=392

1 FEBRUARY 2013

‘Monarchy protection network’ protests EU concern about ‘Somyot’

Jan 31 – A group of protesters calling themselves the Network for Protection of the Monarchy gathered in front of the office of the European Union Delegation to Thailand on Thursday morning, saying that they want to « lecture » the EU, explaining that the status of the Thai monarchy is special and not like that in European countries.                                                                                                      http://prachatai.com/english/node/3504

23 January 2013

Journalist gets 10-year prison sentence for insulting Thai king

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who was editor of a magazine devoted to self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was found guilty of publishing articles in 2010 defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The government later shut down the magazine, called Voice of Taksin, or « voice of the oppressed. »                                                                                                                               http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/23/16656578-journalist-gets-10-year-prison-sentence-for-insulting-thai-king?lite

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/23/thailand-jails-magazine-editor-somyot-prueksakasemsuk                                                                                                                                                              http://asiancorrespondent.com/96065/inside-view-thailands-lese-majeste-law-claims-latest-victim/

17 JANUARY 2012

Thai comedian sentenced for insulting monarchy

Yosawaris Chuklom, 54, who goes by the stage name Jeng Dokchik, was found guilty under Thailand’s strict lese majeste law, which punishes anyone convicted of defaming the Thai king, queen, heir or regent with up to 15 years in prison. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/9807958/Thai-comedian-sentenced-for-insulting-monarchy.html

24 AUGUST 2012

2 Thai prisoners pardoned for insulting monarchy

A prison official says two Thai men convicted of defaming the country’s monarchy have been released from jail after receiving a royal pardon. The two are pro-democracy activist Warawut Thanungkorn and shoe repairman Suriyan Kokpeuay
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88207/2-thai-prisoners-pardoned-for-insulting-monarchy/ http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120824-367402.html

17 JULY 2012

Lese Majeste Charge for Selling VCD of Thai Royal family

The trial of a Thai man accused of selling video CDs of an Australian television news segment about Thailand’s monarchy is set to begin today in Bangkok
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4699&Itemid=392

11 JULY 2012

Thailand frees US man jailed over banned book

Joe Gordon, who was sentenced in December for translating excerpts of the book The King Never Smiles into Thai, was released from jail on Tuesday night. No reason was given for the pardon, but US officials have pressed Thai authorities to release the Thai-born American.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/20127111522336719.html

30 MAY 2012

Thai web editor escapes jail over ‘royal insults’

Chiranuch Premchaiporn was found guilty for allowing content prohibited under Thailand’s controversial « lese-majeste » law to stay on Prachatai, an independent online news site, for 20 days before it was deleted.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/30/world/asia/thailand-lese-majeste-conviction/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/20125305747224145.html

10 MAY 2012

Group steps up bid to change Article 112

A group seeking amendment to the lese majeste law is stepping up its campaign following the death of an elderly man detained in a case in which he was found guilty of sending text messages deemed offensive to the monarchy
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Group-steps-up-bid-to-change-Article-112-30181623.html

8 MAY 2012

A Victim of Thailand’s Lese-Majeste Law Dies

Amphon « Akong » Tangnoppakul, 61, who had been sentenced to 20 years in prison, has died. His death is a slap in the face of the Thai hyper-royalists who have employed the draconian lèse-majesté law as a political weapon to control differences in political views in society
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4481&Itemid=392#
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1200194/1/.html

11 JANUARY 2012

‘No public route’ to change Article 112

The shaky campaign to amend Article 112 of the Penal Code appeared all but dead yesterday when Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yoobamrung backed legal opinions that it was constitutionally impossible to push for changes through a signature-gathering crusade
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/No-public-route-to-change-Article-112-30175652.html
3 JANUARY 2012

Amnesty to Thaksin would spark conflict, Abhisit warns

Opposition leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday January 3 warned the Yingluck Shinawatra government against amending the controversial lese-majeste law or granting amnesty to fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying such moves would spark conflicts in society
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Amnesty-to-Thaksin-would-spark-conflict-Abhisit-wa-30173082.html

31 DECEMBER 2011

Truth panel backs call to change lese majeste law

The Truth for Reconciliation Commission of Thailand (TRCT) yesterday issued a statement backing calls for amendment of the lese majeste law on grounds that the suppression of insults to the monarchy had been politicised to fuel social divisions
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Truth-panel-backs-call-to-change-lese-majeste-law-30172993.html

24 DECEMBER 2011

Royalists Step Up Campaign to Stifle Criticism of the Monarchy in Thailand

Thailand has always stood out for the deference that many Thais show their monarch. But in the twilight of the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 84, now ailing and living in a specially outfitted suite in a Bangkok hospital, dedicated loyalists are leading a feverish, with-us-or-against-us campaign to defend him from any perceived slights or criticism. The government has also intensified its crackdown on criticism of the monarchy, prosecuting a record number of people charged with insulting the royal family
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/world/asia/royalists-step-up-efforts-to-defend-thai-monarchy.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia


8 DECEMBER 2011

US blogger jailed for insulting Thai king

A US citizen has been jailed for two and a half years by Thai authorities for translating excerpts of a locally banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting them online
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/12/201112844554785361.html


24 November 2011

Thailand asks Facebook to delete ‘offensive’ content

Thailand has asked social networking website Facebook to delete more than 10,000 pages of content containing images or text which it claims are « offensive » to the monarchy, a minister said Thursday. The news comes a day after a Thai court jailed a man for 20 years for sending four text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy, alarming critics who say the kingdom’s strict lese-majeste laws hamper free speech.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111124-312503.html
http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=22563

23 NOVEMBER 2011

Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years

The court found Ampon Tangnoppakul, nicknamed ‘grandpa’ and ‘Uncle SMS’ by the local press, guilty of sending messages insulting the monarchy to the mobile phone of the secretary of former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva last year during anti-government protests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15850068
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1676944.php/Thai-court-sentences-grandpa-to-20-years-for-insulting-monarchy

10 OCTOBER 2011

US citizen pleads guilty to insulting Thai royals

Thai-born Joe Wichai Commart Gordon was arrested in May during a holiday in the kingdom and accused of posting a link to a translation of a banned book on his blog, along with other material deemed offensive, while living in the US.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20111010-304274.html

3 OCTOBER 2011

In Thailand, a Campaign to Purify Internet of Royal Insults

Down a maze of neon-lit corridors in a massive government complex here is a windowless room where computer technicians scour the Internet for photos, articles, Facebook postings — anything that might be deemed offensive to King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/world/asia/03iht-thailand03.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&ref=asia

8 AUGUST 2011

Lese-Majeste Continues in Thailand

Critics in Thailand are concerned that the arrest of Noravej Sethiwongse, a 23-year-old former student for lèse-majesté in Bangkok last Friday indicates that the country’s remaining power structure shows no intention of letting up on arrests for alleged insults to the royalty despite their defeat in July 9 national polls
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3372&Itemid=392

27 MAY 2011

Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult

Thai authorities said Friday they arrested an American citizen on charges he insulted the country’s monarchy, in part by posting a link on his blog four years ago to a banned book about the Southeast Asian nation’s ailing king
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13572676

21 MAY 2011

100 young writers join forces calling for change in lese majeste law

One hundred writers have joined a growing chorus in the call to amend the lese majeste law and stop the use of the law as a « political tool » to suppress political opponents and freedom of political expression.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/05/21/national/100-young-writers-join-forces-calling-for-change-i-30155861.html

11 MAY 2011

Thai Lese-Majeste Claims Another Victim

With national elections scheduled in less than two months, there appears no letup in the Thai army’s crackdown on freedom of expression through use of the country’s laws against insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej and other members of the royal family. The latest victim of the
country’s increasingly tightened laws on freedom of expression appears to be Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a Thammasat University professor who was summoned to a Bangkok police station to hear lèse-majesté charges filed against him, apparently at the direction of Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3184&Itemid=185
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2011/04/24/national/Shock-over-lese-majeste-charges-against-Thammasat–30153798.html

14 APRIL 2010

Government Distances Itself From Thai Monarchy Comments

The Thai government distances itself from remarks in the United States by Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya about a need for a more open discussion of what he called the taboo subject of the role of the monarchy in Thailand
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/world/asia/15thai.html?ref=asia

2 APRIL 2010

More Lèse-Majesté Charges in Thailand

The jailing Wednesday March 31 in Bangkok of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the webmaster of the popular independent Thai online news portal
Prachatai, is another example of the stringent crackdown on any comment about the country’s monarchy as the process to succeed the ailing 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej grows more intense. Chiranuch was released after paying a Bt300,000 (US$9,269) bond and spending four hours in jail
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2377&Itemid=185

26 JUNE 2009

Concern at secret Thailand trial

The human rights group Amnesty International has condemned the secret trial in Thailand of a woman charged with insulting the royal family. The woman was arrested a year ago after giving a speech in Bangkok in which she attacked the monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8120433.stm

3 APRIL 2009

Thai man jailed for royal insult

A Thai citizen has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for violating strict laws against insulting the monarchy. A court in Bangkok said Suwicha Thakho, 34, digitally altered images of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family and posted them on the internet
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7981769.stm

8 MARCH 2009

Thai premier will try to spare websites

The government will try not to shut down websites with content deemed offensive to the monarchy but will take legal action against those responsible, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday. His comment came one day after the director of the non-profit web board at prachatai.com was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act
http://digital.asiaone.com/Digital/News/Story/A1Story20090308-127009.html

7 MARCH 2009

Thailand’s Royalists again

Another independent figure is arrested on lese majeste charges
http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1759&Itemid=185

21 FEBRUARY 2009

Thailand frees Australian writer

An Australian writer jailed for insulting the Thai royal family has flown home to reunion with his family after being pardoned by King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Harry Nicolaides arrived in the city of Melbourne on Saturday after spending five months in a Bangkok prison on charges of
slandering the Thai monarchy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/02/20092216581228991.html

11 FEBRUARY 2009

Lese majeste law must not be abused, says Thai PM

In an exclusive interview with The Straits Times at his office in Parliament House, Abhisit said: « A lot of countries have contempt of court laws, because the courts have to be neutral and respected. The monarchy is a revered institution above politics and conflicts and therefore has no self-defence mechanism, that’s why we have the law. »

He agreed however, that the application of the law « has caused a number of problems »

http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?id=3897&sec=1
9 FEBRUARY 2009

Thai accademic accused of insulting monarchy flees

Ji Ungpakorn, a prominent academic facing 15 years in prison for allegedly insulting Thailand’s monarchy fled to England, saying Monday he does not believe he will receive a fair trial

23 JANUARY 2009

The today  issue of The Economist is banned in Thailand

The latest edition of UK-based current affairs  magazine the Economist has been banned in Thailand, amid local anger over its  coverage of the royal family.

The Economist’s Thai distributor held back January 23,  2009 – which contains an article about an Australian writer who was jailed for
slandering the monarchy
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7851177.stm

 

Here is the article of The Economist :

http://www.economist.com/world/asia/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12992577

20 JANUARY 2009

Activist  charged with Thai ‘insult’

A leading political critic has been charged with  insulting Thailand’s king under the country’s controversial lese majeste laws.  Giles Ungpakorn, of Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, was formally charged on  Tuesday with insulting the monarchy in a book he authored criticising  Thailand’s September 2006 military coup.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/01/200912075510997389.html

19 JANUARY 2009

Australian  author guilty of Thai king insult

A court in Thailand has sentenced an Australian author  to three years in jail after finding him guilty of insulting the country’s  royal family
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/2009/01/19/national/national_30093593.php
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/01/200911942531718232.html

13 JANUARY 2009

A Thai academic facing charges of insulting the  monarchy called Tuesday for a campaign to abolish the law under which he could  be jailed for 15 years

Here is the article writen by Grant Peck for  Associated Press on January 13, 2008 :

Ji Ungpakorn, a prominent activist and political  scientist at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University, said police have asked to  question him over a book he wrote about Thailand’s 2006 military coup. His case  is the latest sign of ideological struggle over the role of the monarchy, a  subject that was once taboo. There has been a recent spate of complaints and  prosecutions for lese majeste — as the charge is called — and increased
censorship of Web sites allegedly critical of the institution.

Those who have faced lese majeste complaints in the year include a fledgling Australian novelist, a BBC reporter, a prominent  Buddhist intellectual and an activist who refused to stand up during the  traditional playing of the Royal Anthem before a movie.

Ji said at a news conference that the lese majeste  law, which mandates a jail term of three to 15 years for defaming the king, the  queen or the heir to the throne, « restricts freedom of speech and  expression and does not allow for public accountability and transparency of the  institution of the monarchy. »

He charged that it is used « as a tool by the  military, and other authoritarian elites, in order to protect their own  interests. » He claimed he was being targeted for political reasons because  he criticized the military and its coup.Newly elected Prime Minister Abhisit  Vejjajiva has promised to take « all measures » to prevent people from  defaming the monarchy.

But Ji, who is the son of one of the most respected  civil servants in modern Thailand, the late Central Bank Governor Puey  Ungpakorn, called for « an international and national political campaign to  defend democratic rights in Thailand and for the abolition of the Lese Majeste  law. »

Until recently, prosecutions under the law have been  uncommon — usually a handful a year — not surprising in a country where the  81-year-old king is almost universally revered as a selfless and hardworking  benefactor of the people.

But questions about the monarchy have assumed a higher  profile lately as consideration is given to the eventual succession of  Bhumibol, the world’s longest serving head of state and the only monarch most  Thais have ever lived under.

Although he is a constitutional monarch who reigns but  does not rule, Bhumibol —with the backing of the military — has since the 1960s  held commanding political influence, usually exercised only in times of  national crisis.

But his influence was challenged by the rise of  billionaire politician Thaksin Shinawatra, who became prime minister in 2001  and whose party won an unprecedented absolute majority in Parliament in a 2005  general election. Thaksin won the devotion of the country’s rural majority with
populist policies that directly benefited them, such as low-cost  universal health care.

One of the reasons the army gave for ousting Thaksin  was a claim that he had treated the king with disrespect.

When Thaksin’s political allies regained power in a  December 2007 general election, the fight over the former prime minister was  revived, and his critics again claimed to be defending the monarchy in their  bid to remove all those connected with Thaksin from power. Their confrontational
protests culminated in the weeklong occupation of Bangkok’s two airports at the  end of last year.

Another article on the same topic

http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1661&Itemid=185

5 DECEMBER 2007

An article on  WHY THAILAND’S KING IS SO VENERED

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7128935.stm

 

17 October 2007

THAILAND LESE  MAJESTE LAW

In Thailand, the current monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej  (Rama IX) is not only respected, but venerated.

A law forbid to everyone to criticize him or the  monarchy. The problem is that the Prime Minister, and the party in charge,  often took adventage of this law to charge opposition leaders, journalists,  foreign newspapers…

The king has expressed his concern
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=757&Itemid=31

 

China security and defence policy

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18 OCTOBER 2018

US, Chinese defense chiefs hold ‘straightforward’ talks amid tensions

Top US and Chinese defense officials met in Singapore Thursday for a head-to-head meeting which nearly didn’t take place amid growing tensions between the world’s two most powerful countries
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/19/asia/mattis-wei-china-us-singapore-intl/i
http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2018/oct/19/mattis-china-s-military-leader-meet-201/?news-world

6 OCTOBER 2018

China’s Strategic Force Gears Up for Space and Cyber War

The new force, set up in late 2015, is not part of army, navy, air force, or missile force and is directly under the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, according to a report published this week by the National Defense University
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-strategic-force-gears-space-cyber-war/

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

China’s FTC-2000G versatile aircraft conducts maiden flight

China’s self-developed FTC-2000G versatile aircraft successfully conducted its maiden flight Friday in the city of Anshun in Southwest China’s Guizhou province, according to its developer
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/44/206/131/1538146812854.html?newsId=49451

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

China vows ‘consequences’ over US sanctions on Russian weapons purchase

Washington’s decision to impose sanctions on the Chinese military over their purchase of Russian fighter jets has left Beijing and Moscow fuming. Russia has accused the US of trying to suppress economic competition
https://www.dw.com/en/china-vows-consequences-over-us-sanctions-on-russian-weapons-purchase/a-45592240
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2165256/us-bans-china-wont-dent-arms-deals-russia

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Russian, Chinese Troops Kick off Russia’s Largest Military Exercise Since 1981

Russia has launched what it has called its largest ever military drills, with hundreds of thousands of troops joining Chinese soldiers in a show of force condemned by Nato as a rehearsal for large-scale conflict
https://thediplomat.com/2018/09/russian-chinese-troops-kick-off-russias-largest-military-exercise-since-1981/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/11/russia-largest-ever-military-exercise-300000-soldiers-china

29 AUGUST 2018

China, with the world’s largest navy, challenges the US in the Pacific

A modernisation program focused on naval and missile forces has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific in ways the United States and its allies are only beginning to digest
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-shoring-up-its-navy-muscles-into-pacific

28 AUGUST 2018

China’s Newest Aircraft Carrier, ‘Type 001A,’ Reportedly Begins Sea Trials

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier has reportedly begun its final sea trials before commissioning, after which it will take its place as a centerpiece in the country’s growing blue-water navy
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/28/642493101/chinas-newest-aircraft-carrier-type-001a-reportedly-begins-sea-trials?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161567/chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier-final-sea-run

20 AUGUST 2018

China’s secret weapon in a war against America

Today, the evidence continues to mount that the employment of sea mines remains a core tenet of Chinese naval war-fighting doctrine
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/chinas-secret-weapon-war-against-america-28977

15 AUGUST 2018

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it would comprehensively assess aspects that beef up the role of a panel tasked with reviewing foreign investment proposals
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/309816-china-angered-at-new-us-defense-act-to-assess-content
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3506331

18 JULY 2018

China sets up unmanned weather station in Tibet for help in ‘live-fire conflict’ with India

China has set up an unmanned weather station in Tibet which can be used for military purpose in the event of an armed conflict with India, according to a report
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-sets-up-unmanned-weather-station-in-tibet-for-help-in-live-fire-conflict-with-india-2125400.html

14 JULY 2018

China’s new destroyers: ‘Power, prestige and majesty’

13 JULY 2018

China to send strategic bombers, fighter jets for war games in Russia

China’s air force will send strategic bombers, fighter jets and transport aircraft to take part in war games in Russia this month, as Beijing tries to boost defence ties with Moscow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2155224/china-send-strategic-bombers-fighter-jets-war-games

4 JULY 2018

How North Korean denuclearisation would be good for China’s national security and global standing

Kristian McGuire says that, apart from the military build-up in Northeast Asia to counter the North Korean threat, China’s ambitions of playing a greater global role should motivate it to push Pyongyang towards giving up its nuclear weapons
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2153731/how-north-korean-denuclearisation-would-be

24 JUNE 2018

Chinese shipbuilding boss gave CIA aircraft carrier secrets, reports claim

One of China’s most senior shipbuilding executive has been charged with giving secrets about China’s aircraft carriers to the United States. Sun Bo, 57, is general manager of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC)
https://intelnews.org/2018/06/22/01-2343/

16 JUNE 2018

Chinese President Xi urges Navy to boost combat readiness, build aviation forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to further strengthen its combat training and boost its elite forces’ capabilities
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-urges-navy-to-boost-combat-readiness-build-aviation-forces
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2018-06/15/content_8063837.htm

8 JUNE 2018

China hacked US Navy contractor, secured trove of sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare – including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on US submarines by 2020, according to American officials
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hacked-us-navy-contractor-secured-trove-of-sensitive-data-on-submarine-warfare
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149998/china-twice-hacked-us-navy-contractor-and-stole-data

5 JUNE 2018

US arrests Ron Rockwell Hansen for trying to spy for China

A former US intelligence officer has appeared in court in Seattle charged with attempting to spy for China
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/ex-dia-official-charged-beijing-spy-used-chinese-cell-phones/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44364437

30 MAY 2018

China in race to overtake the US in AI warfare

Beijing is pushing hard to integrate artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons – robotic arms capable of thinking and acting at the speed of light
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-in-race-to-overtake-the-us-in-ai-warfare/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=6d3ac2922b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_05_30_11_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-6d3ac2922b-31591405

5 MARS 2018

China Announces Largest Military Spending Increase In Three Years

China on Monday announced the largest increase in three years to its defense budget, saying it would spend 8.1 percent more than the previous year as the country continues a push to modernize its military and expand its air and naval capabilities
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/05/590845672/china-announces-largest-military-spending-increase-in-three-years
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-03/05/c_137018039.htm
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1091926.shtml

16 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Falling behind’: US admiral warns of China dominance in hypersonic missile race

Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defences keep pace with North Korea’s fast-growing rocket programme, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133583/falling-behind-us-admiral-warns-china-dominance-hypersonic

28 JANUARY 2018

Is China’s nuclear attack submarine too easy to detect?

After a Chinese nuclear attack submarine was discovered by the Japanese navy while submerged near disputed islands in the East China Sea, military experts say it could be too easy to detect
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2130870/chinas-nuclear-attack-submarine-too-easy-detect

9 JANUARY 2018

China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

China on Tuesday denied as “unnecessary” speculation reports that it was planning to build a military base at Jiwani in Pakistan’s Balochistan province close to the strategic Chabahar port, which is being jointly developed by India, Iran and Afghanistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/china-denies-plans-to-set-up-military-base-in-pakistan-1.2154410

4 JANUARY 2018

China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

China started building its third aircraft carrier – with a hi-tech launch system – at a Shanghai shipyard last year, according to sources close to the People’s Liberation Army
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2126883/china-has-started-building-its-third-aircraft-carrier

24 DECEMBER 2017

China’s first domestic large amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

China’s first home-grown large amphibious aircraft AG600 takes off at the Jinwan Civil Aviation Airport in Zhuhai, south China’s Guangdong Province, Dec. 24, 2017. AG600, code named « Kunlong », completed its maiden flight on Sunday. (Xinhua/Liang Xu)
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-12/25/content_7881967.htm
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/24/maiden-flight-of-amphibious-plane
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42471045

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

The new CMC membership is stacked with Xi’s favoured generals. While the two CMC deputies — Xu Qiliang and Zhang Youxia — share a long history with Xi, the remaining members either served in the former Nanjing Military Region, which encompassed Xi’s former Fujian and Zhejiang strongholds, or have been groomed for higher office since Xi assumed the CMC leadership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/22/chinas-new-military-leaders/

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

A detente between China and South Korea may be good news for the Korean economy and a necessary step towards resolving the North Korea issue, but at the same time it threatens to degrade regional security for years to come
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2120452/china-wins-its-war-against-south-koreas-us-thaad-missile
http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-seoul-reset-doesnt-hurt-us-south-korea-ties/

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

The end game of China’s arms export strategy

Is China’s arms export strategy really a success story? The first question is to establish whether there has been dramatic growth in China’s arms exports, emulating the success of its broader commercial exports. While the picture is not equivocal, there are signs that something is indeed happening
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/27/the-end-game-of-chinas-arms-export-strategy/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

25 JULY 2017

Chinese military sets up hi-tech weapons research agency modelled on US body

China’s military has set up a new department modelled on the ­Pentagon’s hi-tech research agency to develop state-of-the-art weapons such as stealth ­aircraft and electromagnetic ­cannons
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2104070/chinese-military-sets-hi-tech-weapons-research-agency

24 JULY 2017

Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane over East China Sea: US officials

A pair of armed Chinese fighter jets flew dangerously close to a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane flying in the East China Sea on Sunday afternoon, with the hazardous Chinese behavior nearly causing a « collision, » two U.S. officials told
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/07/24/2-chinese-fighter-jets-buzz-us-navy-spy-plane-in-east-china-sea.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/24/529559/Chinese-jets-intercept-US-surveillance-plane

19 JULY 2017

Is This the Future of Chinese Submarine Power?

There are hints that China might pursue foreign basing for its submarine force
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-future-chinese-submarine-power-21229

18 JULY 2017

China dares India. Says ready for all-out confrontation

China on Tuesday again told India to withdraw its troops from the disputed border at Doklam as a Chinese newspaper warned that Beijing was battle ready and not afraid to go to war with India in an “all-out confrontation”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/china-dares-india-says-ready-for-all-out-confrontation-1.2060997
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/178/96/199/1500390938750.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/doklam-standoff-china-india-sikkim-border-standoff-pla-beijing/1/1004522.html

16 JULY 2017

What is China’s military strength?

Despite being the largest Army, it is not the most modern force in the world considering the budget it allocates for defence. In 2017, Chinese defence budget allocation was $152 billion. Here is Global Fire Power data on China’s military prowess
http://indianexpress.com/article/what-is/what-is-chinas-military-strength-4748691/

11  JULY 2017

China dispatches military personnel to Djibouti base

China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People’s Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant’s first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China’s armed forces
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_DJIBOUTI_MILITARY_BASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-11-09-42-57
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/239/143/253/1499783231536.html

28 JUNE 2017

China launches Asia’s biggest, most advanced warship, giving PLA greater reach

Beijing launched what it calls the most advanced and largest warship in Asia on Wednesday, billing it as a major step forward in the modernisation of its navy, according to the official military newspaper
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100335/china-launches-its-best-and-biggest-warship-push-build
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40426832
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-06/28/content_7656051.htm

27 JUNE 2017

China makes a formal protest after accusing Indian border guards of crossing from Sikkim state into its Tibetan territory

China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India’s northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said, complicating an already difficult relationship http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4641894/China-accuses-Indian-border-guards-crossing-territory.html#ixzz4lEMktQ17
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/geza9H7vcWsvfDXxc6wg9O/China-accuses-Indian-troops-of-crossing-boundary-in-Sikkim.html

23 JUNE 2017

US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/us-defense-contractor-caught-with-16500-in-luggage-is-charged-with-spying-for-china
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/kevin-mallory-arrested-spying-china.html

16 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s PLA garrison no longer just symbolic, top brass say

The People’s Liberation Army has signalled that its Hong Kong garrison is no longer just a sovereign symbol but a combat-ready force that could demonstrate China’s military might
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098721/hong-kongs-pla-garrison-no-longer-just-symbolic-top

7 JUNE 2017

Threat for India as China plans to establish its military base in Pakistan: Pentagone report

China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interest abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253500457/threat-for-india-as-china-plans-to-establish-its-military-base-in-pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/07/china-to-set-up-military-bases-in-pakistan-pentagon-report
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-slams-pentagon-report-on-overseas-military-bases-2012830.html

27 MAY 2017

US says China carried out ‘unsafe’ intercept of surveillance plane

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, US officials told
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-says-china-carried-unsafe-intercept-surveillance-plane/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095921/two-chinese-jets-unsafe-intercept-us-navy-aircraft

19 MAY 2017

Chinese fighter jets intercept US ‘sniffer’ plane over disputed territory

A pair of incidents involving fighter jets from China, Japan and the US over the East China seas has escalated an already tense situation. Several nations have claims of sovereignty over parts of the region
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-fighter-jets-intercept-us-sniffer-plane-over-disputed-territory/a-38897597
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095015/us-critic

2 MAY 2017

China demands ‘immediate’ halt to US missile shield in South Korea

China called Tuesday (May 2) for the immediate suspension of a controversial missile defence system hours after Washington confirmed the shield was now operational in South Korea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-demands-immediate-halt-to-us-missile-shield-in-south-korea-8811534
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045050.shtml

26 APRIL 2017

China launches its first home-built aircraft carrier

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, which will join an existing one bought secondhand from Ukraine, amid rising tensions over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/26/china-launches-second-aircraft-carrier-that-is-first-built-at-home
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2090723/china-launches-first-domestically-built-aircraft
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170426_16/

18 APRIL 2017

China reshuffles 84 corps-level military units

China announced Tuesday a military reshuffle with 84 corps-level units newly adjusted or established, a move hailed by President Xi Jinping as another major step in strengthening the country’s armed forces
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170418/3175.html

29 MARCH 2017

China building navy’s biggest amphibious assault vessel, sources say

China has started building a new generation of large amphibious assault vessels that will strengthen the navy as it plays a more dominant role in projecting the nation’s power overseas, military sources said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2083109/china-building-navys-biggest-amphibious-assault-vessel

10 MARCH 2017

China’s second aircraft carrier in shape as navy sets ambitious goals

The building of China’s second aircraft carrier is in good shape as the hull blocks have been joined in the dock, said a senior navy offcial
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/10/content_15583798.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0310/c90000-9188666.html

7 MARCH 2017

China warns of ‘consequences’ over deployment of U.S. antimissile system

China warned Tuesday of “consequences” for South Korea and the United States over the deployment of a U.S. antimissile system, raising regional tension and posing a challenge to the Trump administration
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-warns-of-consequences-over-deployment-of-us-anti-missile-system/2017/03/07/dd5ca494-0319-11e7-a391-651727e77fc0_story.html?utm_term=.24810b96c1df
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/deploys-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170307101521273.html

4 MARCH 2017

China raises military budget by 7pc amid slower economic growth

China will increase its defence budget by about 7 per cent this year, the smallest boost since 2010, a move which analysts said reflected the nation’s continuing economic slowdown
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2076111/china-raises-military-budget-7pc-amid-slower-economic
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-says-defense-spending-increase-slow/

27 FEBRUARY 2017

China needs to ramp up defence spending amid overhaul of military, say Chinese analysts

Chinese military experts say Beijing needs to resume double-digit increases in defence spending in the coming year to meet the increasing challenges facing the nation’s military at home and abroad
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2074356/china-needs-ramp-defence-spending-amid-overhaul

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China boosts arms exports by 74pc, while cutting reliance on outside providers, report finds

China has become less dependent on arms import over the past five years due to increased military capabilities at home, while boosting its own exports by 74 per cent, according to a report released on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2072465/china-boosts-arms-exports-74pc-while-cutting-reliance

China’s Military Capabilities 2017

People’s Liberation Army (Chinese army), Chinese air force, Chinese ladn forces, Chinese navy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHHuwHgmQ68

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s Strategic Support Force: A Force for Innovation?

The new PLA branch might be China’s key to leapfrogging the United States on military technology
http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/chinas-strategic-support-force-a-force-for-innovation/

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s military progress challenges Western dominance, says IISS

 Chinese military technology is reaching « near-parity » with the West, a new report from the London-based think tank IISS has found. Western dominance in advanced military systems can no longer be taken for granted
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-military-progress-challenges-western-dominance-says-iiss/a-37552817

7 FEBRUARY 2017

China slams base in South Korea for US destroyer

Beijing voiced its firm opposition on Tuesday to the possible deployment of the United States’ most advanced warship to waters off the Korean peninsula
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-slams-base-south-korea-destroyer-38836

1 FEBRUARY 2017

China tested new missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads: report

China reportedly tested a new version of a missile that can carry multiple nuclear warheads last month, amid heightened anxiety over ties with the United States
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2067267/china-tested-new-missile-capable-carrying-multiple
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701311050213051-china-tests-missile-ten-warheads/
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-tests-missile-10-warheads/

11 JANUARY 2017

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

China on Wednesday issued a white paper on policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation, which also clarified the nation’s stance on issues of regional concern
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/11/c_135974121.htm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-issues-white-paper-warns-small-and-medium-sized-countries/3430786.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2017-01/11/c_135973695_2.htm

28 DECEMBER 2016

China’s military in 2016: Missiles, intelligence and the South China Sea

China’s military advanced along several fronts in 2016 in its concerted program to develop new asymmetric and conventional warfare capabilities while continuing to challenge the United States for military control of key waterways in Asia
http://www.atimes.com/chinas-military-2016-missiles-intelligence-scs/

14 DECEMBER 2016

America’s F-35 fighter jet vs China’s J-20: which is better, cheaper, stealthier?

Although few details are known about China’s most advanced fighter under development, it is assumed it will cost much less than its US equivalent
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2054492/americas-f-35-fighter-jet-vs-chinas-j-20-which-better

17 NOVEMBER 2016

China says its aircraft carrier is combat-ready — here’s how it stacks up to other world powers’

Almost two decades after buying the hull from Ukraine in 1998, China has finally declared its sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, ready for combat
http://uk.businessinsider.com/china-liaoning-aircraft-carrier-vs-nimitz-kuznetsov-2016-11?r=US&IR=T/#the-liaonings-particulars-and-capabilities-sound-impressive-2

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Is China’s latest space mission a step towards PLA tracking of nuclear submarines?

Chinese scientists are working on a space-based device that could track gravitational ripples produced by submerged submarines
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2028686/chinas-latest-space-mission-step-towards-pla-tracking

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

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

29 AUGUST 2016

China Air Force spokesperson: 3rd-generation surface-to-air missile ready for combat

The PLA Air Force’s « Hero Battalion », which assigned to a missile division with the air force of the Central Theater Command and created the precedent of hitting enemy aircraft like the U-2 ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft with surface-to-air missile in the world, has formed combat capability after employing the 3rd-generation surface-to-air missiles independently developed by China
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2016-08/29/content_7230831.htm

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

 New Delhi’s decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/arms-race-threaten-india-china-border/

24 JULY 2016

South China Sea air strips’ main role is ‘to defend Hainan nuclear submarine base’

The real reason for China’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea is to provide a ring of protection for its fleet of advanced nuclear submarines based on the southern tip of Hainan Island, experts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1993754/south-china-sea-air-strips-main-role-defend-hainan

8 JULY 2016

China and Russia criticise THAAD missile defence system as destabilising region

China and Russia blasted Seoul and Washington on Friday over their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system in South Korea, which analysts said would trigger a new round of an arms race in northeast Asia and push China closer to the North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1987103/china-and-russia-criticise-thaad-missile-defence-system
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/08/content_15460127.html

6 JULY 2016

China extends military wings with new home-grown transport plane Y-20

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force put its newest home-grown military transport aircraft, the Yun-20, into service yesterday – extending Beijing’s ability to deploy its forces around the world as it pursues a greater global role
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1986128/china-extends-military-wings-new-home-grown-transport
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-07/06/content_7138086.htm
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-extends-military-wings-with-new-transport-plane-1.1858281

28 JUNE 2016

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

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

27 JUNE 2016

Russia and China to produce heavy helicopter

Under the agreement between Russia and China, the Russian helicopters will provide technologies and also develop a technical proposal and separate systems of the new vehicle on a contract basis, Tass reports
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/95234

18 JUNE 2016

How China’s navy rapidly modernized to rival the US’s

A recent report from the US Congressional Research Service details how China’s navy, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has undergone a stunning modernization push that puts it near parity with the US
http://uk.businessinsider.com/how-china-has-modernized-their-navy-2016-6?r=US&IR=T

15 JUNE 2016

For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class spy ship entered Japanese territorial waters on Wednesday, according to Japan’s defense ministry. The move is the first of its kind since 2004, when a Chinese nuclear submarine entered Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial sea near Sakishima Islands, in Okinawa prefecture
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_37/

2 MAY 2016

The dangers presented by China’s hypersonic weapons build-up

Back just three years ago, in February of 2013, a high-ranking US naval official remarked that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was preparing to wage, if called upon, what he called “a short sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea …”
http://atimes.com/2016/05/the-dangers-presented-by-chinas-hypersonic-weapons-build-up/

26 APRIL 2016

China, Indonesia to boost security ties despite South China Sea spat

Chinese and Indonesian officials pledged to boost security ties, marine cooperation and infrastructure investment, state media reported on Tuesday, after a diplomatic spat over what Indonesia called a breach of its sovereignty by the Chinese coastguard.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-indonesia-to-boost/2734410.html

26 APRIL 2016

China, Indonesia to boost security ties despite South China Sea spat

Chinese and Indonesian officials pledged to boost security ties, marine cooperation and infrastructure investment, state media reported on Tuesday, after a diplomatic spat over what Indonesia called a breach of its sovereignty by the Chinese coastguard.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-indonesia-to-boost/2734410.html

4 APRIL 2016

Another ‘Great Game’: Why China’s PLA is jostling for position with the world’s armed forces in tiny Djibouti

Four months ago that China has signed an agreement with Djibouti for the installation by the end of 2017 of a “naval logistics” base to accommodate up to 10,000 soldiers and serve to secure Beijing’s considerable and growing interests in the wider region
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/1933505/another-great-game-why-chinas-pla-jostling-position-worlds-armed

7 MARCH 2016

China’s second aircraft carrier to be equipped with J-15, military expert says

China’s domestically produced J-15 carrier-based fighter will be deployed on the country’s second aircraft carrier, said military expert Yin Zhuo in a recent interview
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0307/c90000-9026443.html

5 MARCH 2016

China announces 7.6-pct defense budget rise, lowest in six years

China on Saturday announced the country’s lowest defense budget increase in six years in the wake of rising economic headwinds and last year’s massive drawdown of service people
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-03/05/content_15394979.html

13 FEBRUARY 2016

China FM: THAAD in S.Korea could target China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says he opposes the use of an advanced US missile defense system in South Korea
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160213_19.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

China’s new 5 military regions officially established

China on Monday officially established five military regions to replace the seven military regions that existed previously at a ceremony in Beijing. The five new military regions are: Eastern, Western, Southern , Northern and Central Military Regions
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201602010029.aspx
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/its-official-chinas-military-has-5-new-theater-commands/

20 JANUARY 2016

China to Get Russia’s Lethal Su-35 Fighter This Year

China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) will start receiving its first Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E fighters from Russia later this year
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/china-get-russias-lethal-su-35-fighter-year-14968

5 JANUARY 2016

China Launches a New High-Tech Spy Ship

Neptune, the newly unveiled Type 815 surveillance vessel, is the latest addition to Beijing’s growing fleet—which has been deployed far and wide in recent years
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/01/05/china-launches-a-new-high-tech-spy-ship.html

31 DECEMBER 2015

Its now official: China is building 2nd aircraft carrier with domestic technology

Ministry spokesman Col. Yang Yujun told reporters at a news conference that the 50,000-ton vessel is being built in the northern port of Dalian
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-building-second-aircraft-carrier-with-domestic-technology/

29 DECEMBER 2015

China’s armed drones appear built from stolen data from US cyber intrusions

The Caihong-4, or CH-4, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is a testament to the remarkable success of China’s military in copying vital high-technology weapons that currently are considered among the most cutting edge arms systems used in modern combat operations for both ground strikes and intelligence-gathering
http://atimes.com/2015/12/chinas-armed-drones-appear-built-from-stolen-data-from-us-cyber-intrusions/

28 DECEMBER 2015

China legalises overseas counter-terrorism operations in controversial new anti-terror laws

China legalises overseas counter-terror operations by its military, according to the details of a controversial new law, as it tries to tie violence linked to mainly Muslim Xinjiang into global concerns about extremism
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-29/china-legalises-overseas-counterterrorism-operations-in-controversial-new-antiterror-laws/1530470
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-itself-right-mount-anti-terror-ops-abroad

1 DECEMBER 2015

China Is Building The World’s Second Stealth Air Force

Prototype « 2017 » is the eighth J-20 stealth fighter, its most noticeable exterior improvement is a redesigned cockpit canopy. The ceremony surrounding its November 24, 2015 maiden flight (note brightly dressed civilians in the background) suggests that the J-20 project has hit a major milestone, with LRIP likely to start next year
http://www.popsci.com/2017-prototype-heralds-end-an-era-for-j-20-fighter-jet-testing-start-another-era

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Xi urges breakthroughs in military structural reform

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged breakthroughs in reform of the country’s armed forces by 2020, vowing to reorganize the current military administration structure and military command system
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2015-11/26/content_6787761.htm

China confirms deal with Russia on Su-35 fighter jets

« The Su-35 fighter jet project is one of the areas in which China and Russia are willing to cooperate, » said Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian in response to a question about the US$2-billion deal
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-11/26/content_15350642.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/pla-daily-commentary/2015-11/20/content_6777658.htm

15 OCTOBER 2015

Chinese admiral in Iran calls for closer defence ties

China wants to strengthen military ties with Iran, a senior Chinese admiral said Thursday, three months after Tehran sealed a deal with world powers over its nuclear programme.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/chinese-admiral-iran-calls-closer-defence-ties-082033177.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Sino-Russia co-engineered heavy helicopter debuts in China

A heavy-lift helicopter jointly developed by China and Russia made its debut in China on Wednesday
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150909000141

19 AUGUST 2015

China’s DF-41 long-range nuclear missile ‘closer to operational’

The People’s Liberation Army tested the Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile, which can carry multiple warheads, on August 6, US website The Washington Free Beacon reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed US defence officials
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1850988/chinas-df-41-long-range-nuclear-missile-closer

5 AUGUST 2015

Xi promotes biggest batch of officers to full general

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promoted his biggest batch of military and armed police officers to full general, in a bid to consolidate his power base and boost morale amid an anti-corruption crackdown in the military, say analysts http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xi-promotes-biggest-batch-officers-full-general#sthash.FWQRcpcq.dpuf
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/china-military-news/2015-08/04/content_6614295.htm

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

China’s Defense Ministry Thursday accused the United States of « militarizing » the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, leading to raised tensions in the disputed region
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-accuses-us-of-militarizing-south-china-sea/2886799.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-07/30/content_15297878.html

7 JULY 2015

China needs long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away: State media

China needs to develop a long-range strategic bomber to strike adversaries farther away from its coast in the event of conflict, state media reported Tuesday, quoting defence experts
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/defence/china-needs-long-range-strategic-bomber-to-strike-adversaries-farther-away-state-media/articleshow/47968683.cms
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/china-military-news/2015-07/07/content_6573791.htm

19 JUNE 2015

China Builds the World’s Fastest Tank Gun, Then Tries to Hide It

While new tanks like the Russian Armata and Turkish Altay are taking the spotlight in the world of armored vehicles, China has a new tank gun that might just beat them all. The 127th Ordinance Institute, of the Central Northern University, handed over a new 125mm cannon to PLA officers at a June 10, 2015 ceremony
http://www.popsci.com/china-builds-worlds-fastest-tank-gun-then-tries-hide-it

4 JUNE 2015

China says it leads the world in submarine power systems

Mil.qianzhan.com says in a report that People’s Daily mentioned China’s new hot air engine for submarines, that has a power output 117% higher than imported engines.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/06/04/china-says-it-leads-the-world-in-submarine-power-systems/#end

26 MAY 2015

China issues first white paper on military strategy. Here is full text

The white paper, « China’s Military Strategy », issued by the State Council Information Office, outlined a strategy unifying strategic defense and operational and tactical offense
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2015-05/26/content_6508025.htm
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/233216233
http://www.ecns.cn/2015/05-26/166858.shtml

21 MAY 2015

China’s new J-16 fighter jets appear to have been commissioned into the PLA air force

Qianzhan.com published photos of China’s J-16 fighter jets, raising speculation that it has begun series production and has been commissioned in the PLA air force
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/05/21/chinas-new-j-16-fighter-jets-appear-to-have-been-commissioned-into-the-pla-air-force/

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

To its first unclassified report on China’s navy in six years, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has just added sophisticated posters detailing Chinese ships and aircraft, equipment, and leadership structure. ONI’s main document, “The PLA Navy: New Capabilities and Missions for the 21st Century,” already offers a cornucopia of new insights and highly vetted data points
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/revelations-on-chinas-maritime-modernization/
http://www.oni.navy.mil/Intelligence_Community/china.html

31 MARCH 2015

PLA chooses A300 hybrid rocket system as contractors compete

The People’s Liberation Army decided to buy the A300 hybrid rocket system designed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150331000076

25 MARCH 2015

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat

China’s recent test of a missile designed to shoot down satellites in low-earth orbit highlights a growing threat of space weapons, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command said on Tuesday
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/china-missile-test-highlights-space-weapons-threat/

18 MARCH 2015

China gets its first mobile-launched ICBM: Russian media

Beijing successfully carried out a launch test for the DF-31B, an intercontinental ballistic missile, from a mobile launcher. The US is on alert since the missile is difficult to detect and intercept and is able to hit targets across the Pacific Ocean, reports China’s Global Times
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150318000157&cid=1101

16 MARCH 2015

China now world’s third-biggest arms exporter

China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s third-biggest arms exporter, although its 5 percent of the market remains small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the U.S. and Russia, a new study says.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2015/03/16/431215/p1/Institute-China.htm
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/16/china-overtakes-germany-and-france-in-arms-exports/

9 MARCH 2015

PLA official confirms 2nd aircraft carrier under construction

A People’s Liberation Army Navy official has confirmed for the first time that China is building its second aircraft carrier, reports Duowei News, a US-based Chinese political news outlet
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150309000138
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496520/china-building-second-aircraft-carrier-pla-colonel

4 MARCH 2015

China to raise defense budget by 10%

China will raise its defense budget by around 10 percent this year, compared with last year’s 12.2 percent, a spokeswoman for the annual session of the country’s top legislature said Wednesday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-03/04/content_15234417.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2015/03/04/430258/Official-says.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1729201/china-increase-spending-military-10-cent-year-says-npc-spokeswoman

20 FEBRUARY 2015

76% of PLA’s weapon imports from Russia

China still remains a huge market for Russian weapons systems since 76% of the People’s Liberation Army’s imported weapon systems are sourced from the country, Moscow-based Russian Business Network reported on Feb. 16
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150220000076&cid=1101

15 FEBRUAY 2015

PLA’s new Type 093G nuclear sub a potential ‘carrier killer’

China’s new Type 093G nuclear sub has provided the People’s Liberation Army with a potential « aircraft carrier killer, » reports the Beijing-based Sina Military.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20150215000122

11 FEBRUARY 2015

China’s Incomplete Military Transformation. A report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission

This report examines many of the weaknesses in the PLA’s human capital and organization realms, its combat capabilities and China’s defense research and industrial complex. The report analyzes how these weaknesses affect the PLA’s performance of missions tasked by Beijing
http://www.uscc.gov/Research/china%E2%80%99s-incomplete-military-transformation-assessing-weaknesses-people%E2%80%99s-liberation-army#sthash.s2Vd81qI.dpuf

4 JANUARY 2015

Russia refuses to sell China Tu-22 bomber

Russia has recently rejected China’s request to purchase Tu-22 Supersonic strategic bombers to replace the PLA’s Cold War-era H-6 strategic bombers, according to Moscow’s Russian Military Analyst on Jan. 3.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150104000010&cid=1101

19 DECEMBER 2014

The PLA’s special forces: secrets revealed

China’s state media has recently confirmed that the People’s Liberation Army, the largest military force in the world, has 10 major special operations forces, each with its own unique characteristics and code names.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141219000062&cid=1101

12 DECEMBER 2014

China admits its stealth fighter not a match to US F-35

China has denied its new stealth fighter J-31 could take down the US F-35 joint strike fighter, but admitted challenging the latter has always been its goal
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-admits-its-stealth-fighter-not-a-match-to-US-F-35/articleshow/45491102.cms

1 DECEMBER 2014

China moves ahead to develop sixth-generation fighter

China is moving ahead to develop a sixth-generation stealth fighter after it finishes the fifth-generation J-20 and J-31, Igor Korotchenko, head of the Centre for Analysis of World Arms Trade, has told the Moscow-based Voice of Russia.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141201000066&cid=1101

23 NOVEMBER 2014

US Report: China’s Nukes Getting Bigger and Better

The report, issued Nov. 19, by the US China Economic and Security Review Commission, states China will pose a threat to all US military forces, bases and assets in the Western Pacific within the next 10 years.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141119/DEFREG03/311190050/US-Report-China-s-Nukes-Getting-Bigger-Better
http://www.uscc.gov/Annual_Reports/2014-annual-report-congress

17 NOVEMBER 2014

Intelligence chief sidelined for warning China is preparing for war with Japan

American naval officers who publically raise concerns about China’s military capabilities and intentions can find themselves sidelined, their careers stunted. That is the case of Capt. James Fanell, formerly the chief of naval intelligence for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/us-navy-muzzles-china-critic/

14 NOVEMBER 2014

China raised issue of US spy flights during military talks: Pentagon

China raised the thorny subject of US military spy flights during talks that led to agreements this week on reducing friction between the two militaries, but was told US missions in international airspace and waters would continue, the Pentagon said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-raised-issue-us-spy-flights-during-military-talks-pentagon
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2014/11/15/2003604492

9 NOVEMBER 2O14

Stolen’ J-31 can beat American jets in dogfight, says US pilot

The J-31, China’s second fifth-generation stealth fighter designed by Shenyang Aircraft Corporation, is capable of outperforming all US fourth-generation fighters in aerial combat, according to a US fighter pilot
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141109000034&cid=1101

6 NOVEMBER 2014

China’s top military body to take over PLA auditing office

The auditing office of China’s powerful People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has come under the direct management of the Central Military Commission, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday, in a series of military reforms to shore up supervision over the army
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-top-military-body-take-over-pla-auditing-office

6 NOVEMBER 2014

China conducted two anti-satellite tests: Voice of Russia

China had conducted two anti-satellite tests recently with its new laser technology, Konstantin Sivkov, the first deputy head of the Moscow-based Academy of Geopolitical Problems, told the Voice of Russia on Nov. 6.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141106000166&cid=1101

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China has laser against flying drones

China has developed a highly accurate laser weapon system that can shoot down light drones at low altitude, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441136/china-has-laser-against-flying-drones

1 NOVEMBER 2014

China passes counter-espionage law

China passed a counter-espionage law on Saturday aimed at tightening state security and helping build a « comprehensive » national security system, state media reported
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-passes-counter-espionage-law
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-11/01/c_133759158.htm
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141101000139&cid=1101

27 OCTOBER 2014

PLA spending controls tightened

China will implement strict management of military expenditure to ensure efficiency and introduce an evaluation system to hold individuals or units accountable for inefficiency
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/888412.shtml
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29782734

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

PLA submarine’s Sri Lanka visit shows China power projection in Indian Ocean

The Changzheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine, has become the first Chinese submarine to visit Colombo in Sri Lanka, according to the website of the state-run Sri Lanka News on Sept. 15.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140925000020&cid=1101

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Chinese air force seeks collaboration with foreign counterparts

« We will extend the scope and open more fields in our collaboration with other air forces so we can all stand together to face various challenges and crises and to contribute more to world peace and common development, » Colonel Shen Jinke, air force spokesman told PLA Daily on Tuesday
 http://www.asianewsnet.net/Chinese-air-force-seeks-collaboration-with-foreign-64900.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Military Reform: Prospects and Challenges

The paper considers the main drivers necessitating military reform before arguing that China faces considerable challenges along the reform path – not least vested interests and outdated concepts – which will have to be overcome.
http://www.isdp.eu/publications/index.php?option=com_jombib&task=showbib&id=6456

30 AUGUST 2014

China’s Xi Jinping urges army to create strategy for ‘information warfare’

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China will spur military innovation and called on the army to create a new strategy for « information warfare » as the country embarks on military reform, state media said on Saturday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-jinping-urges-army-create-strategy-information-warfare
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-08/30/c_133608079.htm

4 AUGUST 2014

China Developing Capability To Kill Satellites, Experts Say

US defense experts and the US State Department are describing China’s successful July 23 so-called “anti-missile test” as another anti-satellite test (ASAT). It is the third such kinetic strike ASAT launch by China and raises fears the US will be unable to protect its spy, navigation and communications satellites
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140804/DEFREG03/308040014/China-Developing-Capability-Kill-Satellites-Experts-Say

1 AUGUST 2014

China ‘confirms new generation long range missiles’

China has acknowledged the existence of a new intercontinental ballistic missile said to be capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads as far as the United States, state-run media reported
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11005061/China-confirms-new-generation-long-range-missiles.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/873862.shtml

31 JULY 2014

China’s army divisions explained

Organisation and Map

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/873636.shtml

26 JULY 2014

US says China tested anti-satellite missile

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125163/us-says-china-tested-anti-satellite-missile/

17 JULY 2014

Quality Over Quantity: A New PLA Modernization Methodology?

China announced a renewed push on military reforms in November 2013. A theoretical People’s Liberation Army (PLA) publication titled “Transformation of Generating Mode of Warfighting Capability” (official translation of zhandouli shengcheng moshi zhuanbian) proposes an accelerated and focused methodology for modernization to implement a system of systems operational capability
http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=42641&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=ab8eb9cdcaaff23e9d0a2808d36e9836#.U9LA9r1OLmI

28 JUNE 2014

Xi demands stronger defences

President Xi Jinping said China should strengthen its frontier defences on land and sea, state media reported on Saturday amid territorial disputes with neighbouring nations which have accused Beijing of being increasingly aggressive in pressing its claims
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/417832/xi-demands-stronger-defences

6 JUNE 2014

China’s Air Force Modernization: ‘Unprecedented in History’

“The PLAAF is pursuing modernization on a scale unprecedented in its history and is rapidly closing the gap with Western air forces across a broad spectrum of capabilities including aircraft, command and control (C2), jammers, electronic warfare (EW), and data links,” the Pentagon said in its annual report on China’s military modernization, which was released on Thursday. This claim is new this year and was not included in the annual report in 2013.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/chinas-air-force-modernization-unprecedented-in-history/
http://www.defense.gov/pubs/2014_DoD_China_Report.pdf

25 MARCH 2014

China to have nuclear missiles on subs soon: US admiral

China for the first time will likely have subs equipped with long-range nuclear missiles later this year, part of an increasingly potent submarine fleet, a top US officer said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401778/china-to-have-nuclear-missiles-on-subs-soon-us-admiral

17 MARCH 2014

China replaces France as world’s fourth-largest arms exporter

China has recently surpassed France to become the world’s fourth largest exporter of conventional weapons systems, reports China’s state-run Global Times, citing an eight-page report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute on Mar. 17

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140318000128&cid=1101

16 MARCH 2014

PLA’s hypersonic vehicle ‘can travel 10 times the speed of sound’

China’s WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) can travel up to 10 times the speed of sound and can strike any target around the globe within just an hour, reports the Beijing-based Sina Military Network

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140316000100&cid=1101

8 MARCH 2014

China’s Defense Budget: A Mixed Bag

China announced a military budget of 808.23 billion Yuan ($131.57 billion) for 2014, a roughly 12.2 percent yearly increase. Naturally, this has raised concern among many of China’s neighbors that are locked in territorial disputes with Beijing, as well as in the United States.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/chinas-defense-budget-a-mixed-bag/

5 MARCH 2014

Amid Regional Worries, China Plans 12 Percent Boost in Defense Spending

China has announced a 12 per cent increase on its military, already the largest in the world, sparking concerns among its Asian neighbours and the US.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10677079/China-announces-surge-in-military-spending.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-boosts-defense-spending-sees-steady-economic-growth/1864434.html

5 FEBRUARY 2014

China’s military rise forcing Asian defence splurge

China’s growing military might is forcing its neighbours to ramp up their defence spending but it will be decades before it rivals the United States as a military superpower, the IISS think tank said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393409/china-military-rise-forcing-asian-defence-splurge

18 JANUARY 2014

China starts building second aircraft carrier

The ship is under construction in the northeastern port of Dalian and will take six years to build, the reports said quoting Wang Min, Communist Party chief for Dalian’s Liaoning province

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/390274/china-starts-building-second-aircraft-carrier-media

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10582535/China-building-second-aircraft-carrier.html

15 JANUARY 2014

China Confirms Hypersonic Missile Carrier Test

China has flight-tested a hypersonic missile delivery vehicle in a move that was scientific in nature and not targeted at any country, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-confirms-hypersonic-missile-carrier-test/1830606.html

3 JANUARY 2014

China to centralize military command to improve operations

China’s increasingly sophisticated military will establish a joint operational command structure for its forces to improve coordination between different parts of the country’s defense system, the official China Daily reported on Friday.

http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2014/01/03/china-to-centralize-military-command-to-improve-operations/

23 NOVEMBER 2013

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

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

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-11/24/content_17127120.htm

22 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s first unmanned stealth drone makes first test flight

China’s first unmanned stealth drone made its first test flight in the latest advance in the arms industry, according to state media http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10467991/Chinas-first-unmanned-stealth-drone-makes-first-test-flight.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/chinese-stealth-drone-takes-first-test-flight-20131122134012118441.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Chinese Nuclear Force Modernization And Its Arms Control Implications

Of the five states that the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty permits to possess nuclear weapons, only China is increasing the size of its nuclear forces. Despite this, Beijing adamantly refuses to join the Russian-U.S. strategic nuclear arms reduction negotiations. In addition, Chinese publications, statements, and actions suggest that Beijing’s nuclear doctrine, strategy, and posture may be changing.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/21112013-chinese-nuclear-force-modernization-arms-control-implications-analysis/

8 NOVEMBER 2013

‘Flying shark’: China’s first display of jet fighter Shenyang J-15-555

China’s first carrier-borne J15 fighter jets were displayed for public to see in Xi’an of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/08/china-first-display-of-flying-shark-jet-fighter-shenyang-j-15-555-aircraft/

5 NOVEMBER 2013

State media boasts of China’s ability to nuke US cities

A number of state run Chinese newspapers ran an article last week boasting of China’s ability to launch nuclear attacks against the United States, according to multiple media outlets in the Western world and Taiwan.

http://thediplomat.com/flashpoints-blog/2013/11/05/state-media-boasts-of-chinas-ability-to-nuke-us-cities/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Why China Wants the Su-35

A senior executive at Russia’s state arms export company, Rosoboronexport, has said that Russia will sign a contract to sell the advanced Su-35 jet to China in 2014, while confirming that the deal is not on track to be finished in 2013

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41472&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=a361689e7a325e231ced28c7e2583a79#.UlgwnMtOLmQ

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

China-U.S. Military Ties on the Upswing

In less than two years, China-U.S. military relations have experienced a remarkable turnaround. President Xi Jinping in particular has expressed strong support for developing more military exchanges as part of his concept of a “new type great power relationship” between the People’s Republic of China and the United States.

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41421&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=e1e47c7d7cff5f0850126680300dc7f3#.UkskvctOLIU

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Russia to Sell China Su-35 Multirole Fighter Jets

Russia and China are moving closer to concluding an agreement whereby Moscow would sell Beijing advanced 4++ generation multirole fighter jets.

http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/241/Russia-to-Sell-China-Su-35-Multirole-Fighter-Jets

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China and South Korea in stealth fighter arms race

To compete with the F-15SE Silent Eagle of the Republic of Korea Air Force, China has decided to upgrade its J-11 fighter with fifth-generation stealth capabilities, according to our Chinese-language sister paper Want Daily.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130903000127&cid=1101

9 JULY 2013

China’s defense budget to exceed US$200bn by 2021: report

China’s military budget is likely to increase to US$270 billion by 2021, reports the Moscow-based Russia Insight, a subsidiary of the government-run Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130709000039&cid=1101

26 JUNE 2013

China’s Su-35 fighter order reaches 100

China will actually purchase 100 instead of 24 Su-35 advanced fighters from Russia, as put down in the new contract signed during the Paris Air Show 2013, according to the Moscow-based state radio broadcaster the Voice of Russia.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130626000088&cid=1101

19 JUNE 203

Su-35 will give China air superiority in East Asia

After purchasing Su-35 advanced fighters from Russia, the PLA Air Force will be able to dominate the skies over East Asia between 2016 and 2018, according to the Kanwa Defense Review published by Andrei Chang in Canada.                                               http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130619000136&cid=1101

29 MAY 2013

World eyes China’s coexistence strategy

China is no longer merely a passive recipient of the world order, but it has become a key factor in determining the foreign and defense policy choices that are open to other international actors.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-290513.html

23 MAY 2013

China Has Drones. Now What?

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139405/andrew-erickson-and-austin-strange/china-has-drones-now-what

22 APRIL 2013

China has 70 ICBMs, says Russian newspaper

Nezavisimaya Gazata said that of the People’s Liberation Army’s 200 strategic missiles, 70 are ICBMs with the range to strike targets within the United States, refelecting the PLA’s increasing ability to launch a nuclear counterattack.                                            http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130422000011&cid=1101

22 APRIL 2013

China has not (yet) changed its position on nuclear weapons

Has China abandoned its « no first use » policy when it comes to nuclear weapons? No, says MIT’s M.Taylor Fravel

http://thediplomat.com/2013/04/22/china-has-not-yet-changed-its-position-on-nuclear-weapons/

16 APRIL 2013

China ‘reveals army structure’ in defence white paper

China has revealed the structure of its military units, in what state-run media describe as a first

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22163599

The “Long Pole in the Tent”: China military engines

Much has been made of Beijing’s growing military might. Developing and producing high-performance jet engines could be the toughest — but most rewarding — advance.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/09/the-long-pole-in-the-tent-chinas-military-jet-engines/

25 NOVEMBER 2012

China lands jet on first aircraft carrier

China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country’s official news agency confirmed.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112535457935556.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/world/asia/china-lands-jet-on-its-first-aircraft-carrier.html?smid=li-share&_r=0

22 NOVEMBER 2012

Russia agrees to sell China 24 Su-35 fighters in US$1.5bn deal

The Russian defense minister, Sergey Shoygu, finally approved the sale of 24 advanced Su-35BM fighters to China during his visit to Beijing in a deal worth US$1.5 billion, reports the Moscow-based business daily Vedomosti.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20121122000073&cid=1101

14 NOVEMBER 2012

Expanding Military to Military Engagement: China and Thailand

As U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta turns north from Australia on his way to Thailand and Cambodia today, he should carefully consider the trends in China’s military to military relationship with Thailand.
http://cogitasia.com/expanding-military-to-military-engagement-china-and-thailand/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

PLA reshuffle draws battle lines

The Beijing leadership has reshuffled the high command of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as the military goes through its own leadership transition separate from but linked to the 18th Party Congress. The move has also given hints about the reorganization of the policy-setting Central Military Commission (CMC). The membership of a much rejuvenated CMC will be confirmed by the 18th Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NK15Ad01.html

8 NOVEMBER 2012

China congress: Hu’s plan to transform China into a maritime power

China President Hu Jintao staked a claim in Beijing for his country to become a maritime force, prompting a call from Japan for the communist state to use its sea power peacefully.

China ‘two years from submarine-launched nuclear weapons’

China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal, a draft US report claims.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9664428/China-two-years-from-submarine-launched-nuclear-weapons.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 18 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 18 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 18, 2018

1561: Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima – Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Fourth_Battle_of_Kawanakajima

1565: Ships belonging to the Matsura clan of Japan fail to capture the Portuguese trading carrack in the Battle of Fukuda Bay, the first recorded naval battle between Japan and the West
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fukuda_Bay

1860: Convention of Beijing putting an end to the Second Opium war. The western forces loot and burn the Imperial Summer Palaces of Qingyi yuan and Yuanming yuan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_of_Peking
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pekings-summer-palace-destroyed

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete avant

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete après

1907: End of the Second Peace Conference. Signature of the Hague Convention
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/195

1952: During the French Vietnam War, Vietminh offensive in Thai zone

1954: The elected representatives of the French establishment in India decide to joint India

1972: Visit of Henry Kissinger to Saigon (up to October 22)

2001: In the frame of the international war against terrorism, for the first time, the Japanese Lower Chamber authorizes, for a short time, the sending of Japanese forces out of the Japan defense line

2011: North Korea and the US are holding talks on restarting efforts to recover the remains of US troops killed during the Korean War, after a six-year halt.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15348707

On 18 October in South Asian history

ON 18 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 18, 2018

1950: Birth of Om Puri, Indian actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0700875/bio

1954: The elected representatives of the French establishment in India decide to joint India

1965: Birth of Zakir Naik, Indian Islamic speaker and doctor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakir_Naik
http://www.ilovezakirnaik.com/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxk5AAA5FbI

1976: Death of Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Indian poet, born on September 10, 1895
http://chaibisket.com/14646-2/
http://www.poemhunter.com/viswanatha-satyanarayana/biography/

1979: Birth of Jothika, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyothika_Saravana

1984: Birth of Freida Pinto, Indian actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freida_Pinto

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FExWX9U5CKg

2004: Death of Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler, born on January 18, 1952
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/890783.cms
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18th-october-2004-indian-bandit-and-smuggler-veerappan-was-killed

2007: After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan. The same night, suicide attackers blow themselves up near Bhutto’s convoy, killing over 100 in the cheering crowd, including 20 police officers. Bhutto escaped uninjured
http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ahmad22e/Benazir_Bhutto/Assassination.html
http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Benazir+Bhutto/Former+Prime+Minister+Benazir+Bhutto+Returns/JBBGY2GRzku

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEeriLz1-6g

2013: Death of Ravuri Bharadhwaja, Indian author, poet, and critic, born on July 7, 1927 http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/features/ravuri-bharadwaja-a-simple-man-with-simple-narrative/article4630744.ece
http://www.drravuribharadwaja.com/biograghy.php

On 18 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 18 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 18, 2018

1653: Birth of Abraham van Riebeeck, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1709-1713) who died on November 17, 1713
http://janvanriebeeck.blogspot.fr/2013/01/biography.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cZehTAy-E0

1804: Birth of king Mongkut (Rama IV) (1851-1868) who died on 1st October 1868
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongkut

1950: The Defense minister Ramon Magsaysay orders the arrest of  José Lava, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Philippines
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Jose+Lava
http://philippines-islands-lemuria.blogspot.fr/2011/10/18-october.html

1952: During the French Vietnam War, Vietminh offensive in Thai zone

1952: Birth of Bao Ninh, Vietnamese novelist
https://prabook.com/web/bao.ninh/3720562
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/nov/19/books.booksnews

BAO NINH

1955: A communiqué from Emperor Bao Dai’s office in Paris announces that he has dismissed Ngo Dinh Diem from the premiership and annulled his powers
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/emperor-bao-dai-attempts-to-dismiss-diem

1962: Birth of Min Ko Naing, Burmese activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_Ko_Naing
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-min-ko-naing/

1965: The Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) is forbidden

1972: Visit of Henry Kissinger to Saigon (up to October 22)

1991: In Cambodia, the People’s Revolutionary Party (PRPK), led by Hun Sen, renounces to Marxism-Leninism, admits multiparty system and change its name for Cambodian People Party
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Revolutionary_Party_of_Kampuchéa

2004: Burma Prime Minister Khin Nyunt is «permitted to retire on health ground» but in fact put under of house arrest
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3756052.stm

2006: In Cambodia, Funcipec Party (Royalist) expels his chairman, Prince Norodom Ranarridh after he destroyed chance with the ruling party of Hun Sen. His successor is Keo Puth Rasmey

2010: Burma will not allow any foreign election observers or international media into the country for its first poll in two decades, the head of the election commission says
http://www.france24.com/en/20101018-myanmar-burma-says-no-foreign-monitors-media-allowed-poll

On 18 October in Japan’s history

ON 18 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on October 18, 2018

1127: Birth of Go-Shirakawa, 77th emperor of Japan (1155-1158), who died on 24 April 1192
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Shirakawa

1561: Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima – Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Fourth_Battle_of_Kawanakajima

1565: Ships belonging to the Matsura clan of Japan fail to capture the Portuguese trading carrack in the Battle of Fukuda Bay, the first recorded naval battle between Japan and the West
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fukuda_Bay

1870: Birth of Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, Japanese scholar, who died on July 12, 1966
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1E1-Suzuki-D.html

Teirato Suzuki

1893: Birth of Georges Ohsawa, Japanese founder of Macrobiotics who died on April 23, 1966
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Ohsawa

1907: End of the Second Peace Conference. Signature of the Hague Convention
http://www.icrc.org/ihl.nsf/FULL/195

1941: Appointed on October 14, Japanese War Minister Hideki Tojo announces his goverment (up to July 1944)
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Hideki_Tojo.aspx
http://www.jacar.go.jp/english/nichibei/popup/pop_21.html

1947: Vice-admiral Michiaki Kamada, condemned as a war crimina

l by a Dutch military Court is hanged, born in 1890
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiaki_Kamada
http://historyinpictures.tumblr.com/post/2975268859/the-execution-of-leonard-siffleet-australian

1956: Death of Yoshio Markino, Japanese painter and author, born on January 26, 1870
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshio_Markino
https://rbkclocalstudies.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/the-artist-in-the-mirror-world-yoshio-markino/
http://charleslister.net/page6.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbLbT3VuV2E

1961: Death of Tsuru Aoki, Japanese actress, born on September 9, 1892
http://www.silentera.com/people/actresses/Aoki-Tsuru.html

1995: Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), dies at 94
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-iri-maruki-1578671.html
http://imaginationwithoutborders.northwestern.edu/artists/maruki/

iri-maruki

2001: In the frame of the international war against terrorism, for the first time, the Japanese Lower Chamber authorizes, for a short time, the sending of Japanese forces out of the Japan defense line

2013: Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

On 18 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 18 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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325: Death of Jin Mingdi, Chinese emperor of the Jin Dynasty, born in 299
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ming_of_Jin

1130: Birth of Zhu Xi, Chinese philosopher who died on April 23, 1200
http://www.iep.utm.edu/zhu-xi/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Xi

1735: Death of Yongzheng, 4th Qing emperor (1722-1735). Qianlong becomes the new emperor
http://www.npm.gov.tw/exh98/yongzheng/en01.htm

1860: Convention of Beijing putting an end to the Second Opium war. The western forces loot and burn the Imperial Summer Palaces of Qingyi yuan and Yuanming yuan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convention_of_Peking
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/pekings-summer-palace-destroyed

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete avant

1860-10-18 Palais d'ete après

1976: Birth of Zhou Xun, Chinese actress and singer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0955782/bio
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/01/20/zhou.xun/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhou_Xun


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a86nCI4uL7Q

2002: Death of Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer, born on February 16, 1950
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=990

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

2008: Death of Xie Jin, Chinese film director, born on November 21, 1923
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xie_Jin
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/oct/20/china-xie-jin-film

Xie Jin 2

2010: China’s Vice-President Xi Jinping is named vice-chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission, in a move widely seen as a boost to his likely succession of President Hu Jintao
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/in_depth/china_politics/leadership/html/6.stm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11569053

2013: Japanese cabinet minister Shindo visits shrine to war dead. The visit comes a day after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his third ritual offering to the shrine since returning to office in December. Abe has not visited the shrine in person to avoid further straining ties with China and South Korea.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/18/controversial-visit-to-shrine-of-japanese-war-dead-sparks-tension-with-china/
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2013-10/18/content_17041783.htm

2018: Xi Jinping delivers his report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/