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On 2 December in Asian history

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ON 2 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 2, 2018

885: Birth of Li Cunxu, Chinese emperor of the Later Tang Dynasty who died on May 15, 926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Cunxu

1228: Thai Prince Sukaphaa reaches Assam after a 13-year expedition from Mong Mao (southern China) and begins the task of establishing the Ahom kingdom (current Assam)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukaphaa

1348: Death of Hanazono, the 95th Japanese emperor (1308-1318), born on August 14, 1297
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Hanazono

1757: In India, lead by Robert Clive, the British retake Calcutta
http://www.bricklanecircle.org/robert-clive.html

1855 : Birth of Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar, Indian nationalist and reformer, who died on May 14, 1923
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._G._Chandavarkar
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/n._g._chandavarkar-profile-3826-18.htm

1878: During the Second Afghan War, Battle of Peiwar Kotal won by the British
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/peiwar-kotal.htm
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/peiwarkotal.htm

1878-12-02 Battle of Peiwar Kota

1899: Battle of Tirad Pass. Death of Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general killed in action againts the US forces, born on November 14, 1875
http://filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com/tag/battle-of-tirad-pass/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/790/today-in-philippine-history-december-2-1899-the-battle-of-tirad-pass-took-place
http://opmanong.ssc.hawaii.edu/filipino/triad.html

1899-12-02 Battle of Tirad Pass

1908: Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of less than three
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://www.royalty.nu/Asia/China/PuYi.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11333.html

1915: Birth of Prince Mikasa, Japanese royal, who died on October 27, 2016
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Mikasa

1917: Han Yong-woon, founds  Zen awakening at Osean Monastery Korea
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han_Yong-un

1929: First skull of Peking Man found, 50 km out of Beijing at Zhoukoudian
http://www.peterbrown-palaeoanthropology.net/zhk.html
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/pekingman.htm

1931: Birth of Hatsumi Masaaki, founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
http://www.ninjutsu.com/soke-hatsumi.shtml

1933: Birth of K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Veeramani
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/k._veeramani-profile-220-30.htm

K-Veeramani

1940: The Thai government closes its delegation in France and a French  patrol ship is attacked by a Thai airplane

1941: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/naval/p/Yamamoto.htm

1946: The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev  Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties  in the Constituent Assembly

1950: Birth of Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amin_Saikal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-hXZO53dac

1953: Death of Trần Trọng Kim, Vietnamese historian, scholar, and politician, Prime Minister of Vietnam (1945), born on January 1, 1883
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%E1%BA%A7n_Tr%E1%BB%8Dng_Kim

1954: Mutual defense treaty between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and  the United States
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_3760000/3760378.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/chin001.asp

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1962: Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the  request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike  Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public  comment on the war’s progress

1963: Death of Sabu Dastagir, Indian-born American  actor, born on January 27, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Dastagir
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/459165/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlFKFKpT5sE

1964: Pope Paul VI comes to Bombay for the Eucharistic Congress
http://www.mid-day.com/articles/when-pope-paul-vi-rocked-mumbai-in-1964/15799153 
http://www.pottypadre.com/the-pilgrim-of-peace/

1971: Indian offensive in East Pakistan (up to 16)

1972: Death of Yip Man, first martial arts master to  teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun, born on July 5, 1898
https://www.biography.com/people/yip-man-21370115

1975: Mao meets US president Gerald Ford in Beijing
http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/obamachinavisit/2009-11/20/content_230687.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11342.html

1975: In Laos, the government of Prince Souvanna Phouma is dissolved.  Abdication of King  Savang Vatthana and  the monarchy is abolished. The country becomes a people’s democratic republic  with Souphanouvong as president and Kaysone Phomvihane as prime minister
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1243&dat=19751203&id=IJBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6704,303233
http://books.google.fr/books?id=jEGwwJjEbjkC&pg=PA27&lpg=PA27&dq=Lao+monarchy+abolished&source=bl&ots=Umt6gjRc0A&sig=ngZBRFO4YFRhjp6KcexzxuTGXf4&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=17J8VMTaB8jeat2igNAO&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Lao%20monarchy%20abolished&f=false
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50543960@N00/2880566689

1976: Birth of Masafumi Gotoh, Japanese singer (Asian  Kung-Fu Generation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masafumi_Gotoh

1980: Death of Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Prime Minister  of Pakistan (1955-1956), born on July 15, 1905
http://storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P014

1985: General Fabian Ver, chief of the Philippines armed forces, and 24  others military are acquitted of charges related to the 1983 shooting death of  opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19851202&id=DF4bAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6E4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2168,8810
http://www.fampeople.com/cat-fabian-ver


 1988: After the large victory of her party in the 16 November elections,  Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan
http://storyofpakistan.com/benazir-bhutto-becomes-prime-minister/

1988: Bangladesh cyclone ‘worst for 20 years’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_2518000/2518233.stm

1989: Vishwanath Pratap Singh is sworn in as President of India
http://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/indias-mandela-a-beautiful-mind/2008/12/01/1227979930925.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/government-politics/vishwanath-pratap-singh.html

1989: At the town of Had Yai in Southern Thailand, Chin Peng, communist leader,  signs separate peace agreements between the MCP and both governments. The MCP  laid down its arms

1997: Wasim Sajjad becomes for the second time  president of Pakistan by interim prior to elections up to January
http://storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P084

2002: Visit of Vladimir Putin in China. The two countries ask North Korea to abandon its nuclear program
http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/1075.html

2003: Assuming his responsibility for the failure of his party on the  districts November, 23 elections, Jaspar Tsang Yok-sing, chairman of DAB  (pro-Beijing party in Hong Kong) who falled from 83 to 62 representatives,  resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsang_Yok-sing

2008: Thailand’s Constitutional Court orders the dissolution of the  ruling People Power party (PPP) for electoral fraud. The court also rules that  Somchai Wongsawat, the prime minister, and 36 other party members be banned from  politics for five years
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/12/200812253333787863.html

2009: Death of Hirayama Ikuo, Japanese painter, born on  June 15, 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikuo_Hirayama
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Hirayama+Ikuo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=17_XTpvCC7D44QS8u8HzDQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBIQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=622

2012: Death of Hiroshi Kato, Japanese martial artist, born on March 24, 1935
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshi_Kato_(aikido)
http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-hiroshi-kato-part-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Pstovlg9I

2014: Death of Deven Verma, Indian actor, director, and producer, born on October 23, 1937
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/bollywood-actor-deven-verma-takes-his-last-breath/article6654433.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deven_Verma

 

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Laos National Day

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2 DECEMBER 2018

How George H.W. Bush became Beijing’s ‘old friend’ in the White House

17 NOVEMBER 2018

On the trail of Deng Xiaoping in the French town where he embraced Communism

Deng and a group of students from Sichuan were among them. After a year of preparatory schooling in Chongqing, the 16-year-old had boarded a steamer at the Yangtze River port of Wanxian on August 27, 1920. Once in Shanghai, he boarded a French liner bound for Marseilles. The sea voyage took 39 day
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2173319/trail-deng-xiaoping-french-town-where-he-embraced

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Chinese Labour Corps: the first world war’s forgotten army, all but airbrushed out of history

Overlooked for almost a century, China’s human contribution to the Great War is finally getting the recognition it deserves
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2172435/chinese-labour-corps-first-world-wars-forgotten

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

Kissinger’s historic China policy – A retrospective – VIDEO

Henry Kissinger continues to amaze. Now 95, the former secretary of State under President Richard Nixon was recently interviewed for the 50th anniversary of the Wilson International Center for Scholars
http://ednews.net/en/news/analytical-wing/323198-kissingers-historic-china-policy

 

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

Modern China and the legacy of the Opium Wars

Experts say that to really understand modern China, you have to start 180 years ago with the Opium Wars. The legacy of the wars continues to influence China’s foreign policies, and its desire to reunite all former Chinese territories, including Taiwan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-02/modern-china-and-the-legacy-of-the-opium-wars/10172386

12 AUGUST 2018

Sun Yat-sen to Mao Zedong, I watched the birth of a new China: the Wang Gungwu memoir

In an extract from his memoir ‘Home is Not Here’, one of the world’s foremost scholars on Chinese civilisation recalls visiting the country as a student – and witnessing the birth of Mao Zedong’s China
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2158754/sun-yat-sen-mao-zedong-i-watched-birth-new-china-wang-gungwu
https://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/H/bo34116643.html

21 JULY 2018

The Chinese volunteers who fought in the Spanish civil war – their amazing courage and obscure fates

Illiterate farmers, manual labourers, civil servants – some 100 Chinese joined the International Brigades helping fight General Franco’s fascists 80 years ago. Despite being few in number, they left a lasting impression
https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/1989792/chinese-volunteers-who-fought-spanish-civil-war

17 JULY 2018

The Party thanks Protestant missionaries who saved Chinese lives during the Nanjing massacre

China’s Communist Party has come to recognise the role played by Protestant missionaries during the 1937 massacre. During the weeks of horrors perpetrated by the Japanese army, Christians saved thousands of people in security zones organised by Westerners. For Xi Jinping, “what missionaries sacrificed for the city was publicly recognized by Communist China.”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-Party-thanks-Protestant-missionaries-who-saved-Chinese-lives-during-the-Nanjing-massacre-44455.html
http://chinachristiandaily.com/news/Society/2018-07-17/-feature–communist-china-recognizes-and-praises-contributions-of-foreign-missionaries-in-nanjing-massacre-_7387

13 JULY 2018

Fei Mu, director of China’s greatest film

Fei Mu was a director whose life coincided with huge upheavals in the history of China. A man of deep intellect and a love of his country, he would spearhead many innovations in Chinese cinema and endure untold difficulties only to die as a refugee at the age of 44
https://gbtimes.com/fei-mu-director-of-chinas-greatest-film

2 JUNE 2018

The US-China trade war: can Trump learn from history and resolve it?

China’s inexorable rise has seen an inconsequential trade gap with the US balloon into a multitrillion-dollar chasm. But how and why did it happen, and can it be settled?
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2152874/us-china-trade-war-can-trump-learn-history-and

10 JUNE 2018

‘The week that changed the world’: How China prepared for Nixon

As is the case with China then and now, once the objectives were set, various mechanisms of state power began working to ensure the success of the trip, including the propaganda machine, the security apparatus and efforts to mobilise the masses
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44399773

20 APRIL 2018

Five ways China’s past has shaped its present

To understand today’s headlines about China’s approach to issues such as trade, foreign policy or internet censorship, turn to its past
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43714279

11 APRIL 2018

Chinese protests fail to stop ‘illegal’ water vessel sale

 A rare sacred Chinese bronze water vessel made between 2,200 and 3,600 years ago has been sold despite protests by the Chinese government

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-43726526
https://www.thecanterburyauctiongalleries.com/blog/sacred-ancient-chinese-bronze-acquired-from-emperor%E2%80%99s-summer-palace-found-in-kent-seaside-town/

6 APRIL 2018

Anna Chennault, Behind-the-Scenes Force in Washington, Dies at 94

Anna Chennault, a Chinese-born Republican fund-raiser and anti-Communist lobbyist who dabbled in foreign intrigue after the death of her husband, the renowned leader of the Flying Tigers in China and Burma in World War II, died on Friday at her home in Washington. She was 94
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/obituaries/anna-chennault-dead.html?smid=fb-share


2 APRIL 2018

Archaeologists confident they have found body of fabled Chinese warlord Cao Cao

Experts at the Henan Provincial Institute of Cultural Heritage and Archaeology recently concluded that the remains of an adult male in his sixties found at a burial site in central China was Cao Cao, the news portal Red Star News reported on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138951/archaeologists-confident-they-have-found-body-fabled-chinese
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5554109/Body-fearsome-Chinese-warlord-Cao-Cao-finally-found.html

 21 MARCH 2018

What happened to China’s early Christians and why did the Nestorian doctrine die out?

Arriving in 635 at Changan, the capital of the Tang Empire, Alopen Abraham was granted an audience with Emperor Taizong, who permitted him to propagate his religion and build “temples of the cross” in China
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2138170/what-happened-chinas-early-christians-and-why

15 MARCH 2018

Images of Chinese during World War I in France

A dragon day celebrated by the Chinese in France and Chinese students at the Western Front
https://china-underground.com/2017/09/28/chinese-celebration-world-war-france/

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese New Year explained: the zodiac, animals, traditions, myths, foods and superstitions

Find out everything you ever needed to know about the Lunar New Year in China and Hong Kong as we welcome in the Year of the Dog
http://www.scmp.com/culture/article/2133454/chinese-new-year-explained-food-zodiac-animals-traditions-myths-and

12 DECEMBER 2018

Zhou Youguang: Why Google honours him today

Described as « the father of Pinyin », or Chinese phonetic language, and hailed as the man who simplified Chinese, Zhou Youguang would have been 112 this Saturday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/zhou-youguang-google-honours-today-180112133907283.html

30 DECEMBER 2017

American War Posters: United China Relief

United China Relief, Inc. was an organization chartered in 1941 to raise money for humanitarian aid to China, and to educate Americans about China and its people
https://china-underground.com/2017/12/30/war-posters-united-china-relief/

21 DECEMBER 2017

Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show

A member of the Chinese State Council estimated that at least 10,000 civilians were killed in the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, declassified files reveal
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/21/declassified-chinese-official-said-least-10000-civilians-died-1989-tiananmen-massacre-documents-show/
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171222-Franco-Chinese%20pair%20missing%20after%20Liu%20Xiaobo%20tribute
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/tiananmen-square-massacre-death-toll-secret-cable-british-ambassador-1989-alan-donald-a8126461.html

3 DECEMBER 2017

The jesuits in China – A Franciscan mission settled in China in the thirteenth century, during the Mongolian Yuan dynasty

https://china-underground.com/2017/12/03/jesuits-in-china/

26 NOVEMBER 2017

The July 751 Battle of Talas

Few people today have even heard of the Battle of Talas River.  Yet this little-known skirmish between the army of Imperial Tang China and the Abbasid Arabs had important consequences, not just for China and Central Asia, but for the entire world

https://www.thoughtco.com/the-battle-of-talas-195186
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Talas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPemqOU3n7M

22 NOVEMBER 2017

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai by English photographer William Saunders go on show in London in first public exhibition devoted to his work
http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-37762842?SThisFB

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Historic photos of China by Jack Birns (1947-1949)

Seen through the lens of hindsight, Birns’ photographs give us a sense not only of what China was like more than fifty years ago, but also of why the warfare, weariness, and desperation of the time proved such fertile soil for communist revolution
http://monovisions.com/vintage-historic-photos-of-china-by-jack-birns-1947-1949/

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up in Indian Ocean

Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2118421/hunt-ming-dynasty-admiral-zheng-hes-lost-treasure-ship-heats

24 OCTOBER 2017

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Hong Kong Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/11/13/hkfp-history-a-brief-visual-history-of-the-peak-tram/

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hoover Acquires The Personal Papers Of General Bai Chongxi, A Prominent Military Leader In Republican China

 The personal papers of Bai Chongxi include official files at different stage of his military and political careers, correspondence between Bai and important Nationalist Chinese government officials, family letters and correspondence, personal diaries and documentaries recording his family activities, an inspection tour he took to Taiwan in the spring of 1947
http://www.hoover.org/news/hoover-acquires-personal-papers-general-bai-chongxi-prominent-military-leader-republican-china

5 AUGUST 2017

How Mao and Khrushchev fought over China-India border dispute

Following is a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2105501/how-mao-and-khrushchev-fought-over-china-india-border-dispute

24 JULY 2017

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/saving-harbin-chinese-city-struggles-preserve-russian-legacy-170724092530834.html

28 JUNE 2917

The last Hong Kong governor: Chris Patten on 20 years after the handover – video

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called “one country, two systems”. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward
https://www.theguardian.com/global/video/2017/jun/28/chris-patten-the-last-governor-of-hong-kong-video-interview
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/28/hong-kong-handover-anniversary-chris-patten-britain-did-not/

16 JUNE 2017

Scapegoats or traitors? The tale of the British radio propagandists in wartime Shanghai who were convicted in Hong Kong

Seventy years ago, two broadcasters for a German radio station were found guilty of assisting the enemy. Collaboration was rife, so why were these Britons singled out while so many others went unpunished?http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2098418/scapegoats-or-traitors-tale-british-radio
http://www.historynet.com/book-review-secret-war-in-shanghai-by-bernard-wasserstein-ww2.htm

8 JUNE 2017

Echoes of 1950s persecution in China’s crackdown on liberal voices

On the 60th anniversary of the start of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s campaign against intellectuals that saw some half a million people persecuted by the Communist Party, some present-day scholars say there is again growing pressure from the authorities to silence liberal voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2097521/echoes-1950s-persecution-chinas-crackdown-liberal

28 MAY 2017

160 years on, apology for a racist tax on Chinese in Australia

The Chinese community in ­Australia has applauded an apology by the government of Victoria for a racist tax levied on immigrants more than a century ago, calling it a step towards eliminating the discrimination that continues to this day
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2096026/160-years-apology-racist-tax-chinese-australia

22 MAY 2017

The secret agents who spied on the US for China

Behind the warming relations between the world’s two leading economies, a hidden and often brutal war continues for valuable intelligence about military technology and other classified information
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2095195/secret-agents-who-spied-us-china

16 APRIL 2017

Chinese experts name 10 most amazing archaeological sites

Chinese archaeologists worked at more than 2,000 sites in 2016, and experts have selected the 10 best ones
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-experts-name-10-most-amazing-archaeological-sites

4 APRIL 2017

Meet the Gurkhas, fearsome fighters with a 200-year history

A former serviceman in Hong Kong explains what binds him and his fellow Nepalese to a proud military tradition
http://www.atimes.com/article/meet-gurkhas-fearsome-fighters-200-year-history/

20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeo

logists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2017-03/20/content_15588670.html

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/hong-kong-documentary-uncovers-lost-history-170313051008305.html

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/08/tomb-ancient-general-princess-discovered-china/

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2060228/struggle-get-documentary-hong-kongs-1967-riots-screen

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon
http://www.atimes.com/article/260000-chiang-kai-shek-documents-made-public/

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2016/nov/17/dina-goldstein-modern-girl-chinese-pinups-in-pictures
http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.fr/2016/11/dina-goldstein-modern-girl.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2054842/battle-hong-kong-through-eyes-people-who-lived

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/lifestyle/culture-insider-how-did-ancient-chinese-keep-food-warm-winter

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/tv//the-maritime-silk-road/lamu-s-last-chinese/3270974.html

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/short-reads/article/2044791/old-hong-kong-pictures?utm_source&utm_medium&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

China’s economy and development

2 DECEMBER 2018

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping declare trade truce at G20

Donald Trump has delayed for 90 days his threatened imposition of 25% tariffs on most Chinese imports after a dinner meeting with Xi Jinping, to give time for negotiations on longstanding trade disputes between the two countries, the White House has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/donald-trump-and-xi-jinping-declare-trade-truce-at-g20
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-War/Trump-and-Xi-declare-a-temporary-truce-to-cool-trade-war-tensions
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/147/12/130/1543721419790.html?newsId=55240

28 NOVEMBER 2018

China to widen market access for foreign investors – President Xi

China will widen market access for foreign investors and step up protection of intellectual property rights, China’s President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday ahead of the G20 meeting of world leaders in Argentina
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/339454-china-to-widen-market-access-for-foreign-investors-president-xi

23 NOVEMBER 2018

China says it should receive ‘special treatment’ within World Trade Organisation

China should enjoy “special treatment” as a developing member nation of the World Trade Organisation, a senior Chinese official said on Friday, in an apparent rebuke of a White House adviser’s call to expel the world’s most populous nation from the group
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2174756/china-says-it-should-receive-special-treatment-within-world

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Beijing opens state-owned enterprises to private capital

The head of the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission made the announcement. The government wants to improve the management of big state companies, increasingly shaken by scandals related to bad management and corruption. Vietnam is following the same path
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-opens-state-owned-enterprises-to-private-capital-45424.html

19 OCTOBER 2018

China’s economic growth slows to lowest rate since financial crisis

China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest quarterly pace since the global financial crisis, with regulators moving quickly to calm nervous investors as a campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite
https://www.france24.com/en/20181019-china-economic-growth-slowing-lowest-rate-financial-crisis-trade-stocks-debt-xi
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/chinas-economic-growth-slows-amid-trade-battle-with-us/

12 OCTOBER 2018

China’s trade surplus with US widens to record $34bn

Despite a worsening tariff war, China’s trade surplus with the United States has widened to a record $34.1bn in September
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-trade-surplus-widens-record-341bn-181012085207470.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1122714.shtml

1 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan cuts Chinese ‘Silk Road’ rail project by $2bn

Pakistan has cut the size of the biggest Chinese “Silk Road” project in the country by $2 billion, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Monday, citing government concerns about the country’s debt levels
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/01/pakistan-cuts-chinese-silk-road-rail-project-by-2b-due-to-debt-concerns/
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/375054-china-open-to-changes-in-bri-projects

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

China Sets Tariffs On $60 Billion In U.S. Goods, Retaliating Against U.S. Duties

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/18/649120519/china-sets-tariffs-on-60-billion-in-u-s-goods-retaliating-against-u-s-duties?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=economy
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/2164686/china-says-it-will-hit-back-against-donald-trumps-latest-trade
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45555749

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

China puts off licenses for US companies amid tariff battle

Amid a worsening tariff battle, China is putting off accepting license applications from American companies in financial services and other industries until Washington makes progress toward a settlement, a business group say
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-puts-off-licenses-for-us-companies-amid-tariff-battle-2/

23 AUGUST 2018

US and China hit each other with tariffs in round two of trade war

The U.S. and China hit each other on Thursday with $16 billion of tariffs on imports, as talks between officials from the world’s two biggest economies were unable to resolve the dispute
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-War/US-and-China-hit-each-other-with-tariffs-in-round-two-of-trade-war
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1116830.shtml
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45255623

3 AUGUST 2018

China unveils new tariffs on $60bn of US goods in latest tit-for-tat trade war

China has announced retaliatory tariffs on $US60 billion ($81bn) worth of US goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft and warned of further measures, signalling it will not back down in a protracted trade war with Washington
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-04/china-says-its-latest-proposed-tariffs-on-us-goods-rational/10072296?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158225/china-slap-tariffs-25-cent-us60-million-us-goods

27 JULY 2018

China invests in 42 overseas ports under Belt and Road project

Chinese companies have participated in the construction and operation of a total of 42 ports in 34 countries under its Belt and Road initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport
https://gbtimes.com/china-invests-in-42-overseas-ports-under-belt-and-road-project

11 JULY 2018

China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat

China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/china-vows-retaliation-latest-200bn-tariff-threat-180711055648748.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/65/14/129/1531291961278.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-vows-to-hit-back-over-new-us-tariffs

5 JULY 2018

Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit

The United States is « opening fire » on the world with its threatened tariffs, the Chinese government warned on Thursday (Jul 5), saying Beijing will respond the instant US measures go into effect as the two locked horns in a bitter trade war
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/china-says-u-s-tariffs-to-backfire-damaging-the-whole-world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/trump-trade-war-to-become-reality-as-china-tariffs-hit-10500896
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109642.shtml

15 JUNE 2018

Trump hits China with tariffs on $50 billion of goods; China says it will retaliate

President Trump is enacting a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods « that contain industrially significant technologies, » after months of exchanging threats amid concerns over a potential trade war
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/15/620259820/trump-levies-50-billion-in-tariffs-as-china-says-it-will-retaliate?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-06-15/trump-hits-china-with-list-of-tariffs-video
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1107164.shtml

30 MAY 2018

U.S.-China tensions hit a peak: White House slaps new tariff

After a week-long delay, the White House says on Tuesday said it will impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods with « industrially significant technology. »
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257373180/us-china-tensions-hit-a-peak-white-house-slaps-new-tariff
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/285702-us-announces-25-per-cent-new-tariffs-on-chinese-tech-goods
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-slams-surprise-us-trade-announcement–says-ready-to-fight-10287864
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148526/united-states-threat-tariffs-chinese-imports-just

20 MAY 2018

US and China call a ceasefire in trade dispute

Both sides this weekend said they had agreed to not impose new tariffs on one another while talks continue, after reaching an initial agreement on trade
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/19/news/china-united-states-trade-announcement/index.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/39/194/85/1526800627197.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-us-agree-to-abandon-trade-war-china-s-vice-premier-10251524

3 MAY 2018

US-China trade talks start in Beijing, but they’re not giving anything away

China and the United States began talks on Thursday after a senior US delegation of hardliners landed in Beijing, with all eyes on whether the two countries can avert an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144586/us-china-trade-talks-start-beijing-theyre-not-giving
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/tech-deficit-underlies-us-china-trade-conflict/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-wont-submit-to-us-threats-as-trade-talks-begin

4 APRIL 2018

China targets US soybeans, cars, planes with new 25 per cent tariffs, but leaves room for negotiation

Beijing wasted little time in firing back at Washington’s latest trade action by unveiling plans to slap additional 25 per cent of tariffs on a range of goods it imports from the US, including soybeans, cars and planes, as the world’s two largest economies edge ever closer towards an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2140263/china-strikes-back-25pc-tariffs-106-us-imports-all-out
http://www.dw.com/en/us-proposes-punitive-tariffs-targeting-50-billion-worth-of-chinese-imports/a-43243114
http://www.france24.com/en/20180404-china-raise-tariffs-billions-us-products-retaliation

2 APRIL 2018

China hits back at Trump with retaliatory tariffs on 128 US imports, worth US$3 billion a year

China on Monday imposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 US imports worth US$3 billion a year, including fruits and pork, in retaliation to US duties on steel and aluminium, fuelling fears of a trade war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43614400
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2139858/china-hits-back-trump-retaliatory-tariffs-128-us
http://www.dw.com/en/china-targets-us-meat-fruit-in-retaliation-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/a-43222342

23 MARCH 2018

China announces retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, deepening fears of a trade war

China on Friday unveiled plans to impose tariffs on 128 products, or $3 billion worth of American goods, including California staples such as wine, fruit and almonds
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-tariffs-20180323-story.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-targets-3-billion-in-us-goods-over-trump-s-steel-tariffs-16154
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-warns-us-actions-could-push-ties-danger-zone/4312973.html

22 MARCH 2018

Donald Trump hits China with $50 billion in tariffs, raising fears of new trade war

Donald Trump has announced $50 billion of tariffs on China to punish the country for forcefully acquiring US intellectual property, triggering fears of a new trade war
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/22/china-says-will-not-hide-trade-war-donald-trump-prepares-announce/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/trump-hits-china-trade-measures-white-house-exempts-allies-tariffs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/22/china-us-sanctions-trade-war

11 MARCH 2018

China: Trade war with US would be disastrous

China says it does not want to initiate a trade war with the US following Trump’s decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum. It, however, vows to defend its national interests amid American protectionism
http://www.dw.com/en/china-trade-war-with-us-would-be-disastrous/a-42925378
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214947
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-will-try-avoid-trade-war-us-will-retaliate-must/

7 MARCH 2018

Europe renews tariffs on Chinese steel pipes as high as 72%

As the world watches breathlessly if Trump will follow through with his threat to slap steel and aluminum import tariffs, Europe continues to quietly ratchet up its own trade war with China and nobody seems to mind
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-06/europe-renews-tariffs-chinese-steel-pipes-high-72

5 MARCH 2018

China sets 2018 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 percent for 2018, unchanged from that for 2017, according to a government work report released Monday
http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/0305/c90000-9432825.html
https://gbtimes.com/china-reduces-annual-gdp-growth-target-for-2018

3 MARCH 2018

China, Russia sign deal on lunar exploration at global space agency meeting

The space agencies of China and Russia have signed a deal on lunar exploration, including possible cooperation on orbital and south pole Moon missions and a joint data centre
https://gbtimes.com/china-russia-sign-deal-on-lunar-exploration-at-global-space-agency-meeting

2 FEBRUARY 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves China with over 7 billion euros of trade deals

Her visit has yielded new trade deals worth seven and half billion dollars to Britain which is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/02/british-prime-minister-theresa-may-leaves-china-with-over-7-billion-euros-of-trade-deals
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180202_09/

28 JANUARY 2018

Explaining China’s fast rise as an innovative country

In the last few years, China has climbed to the pinnacle of nations of the world in terms of creativity and innovation, especially in the realms where it matters. In fact, China has spurted ahead in the race to the top to the degree it has become noticed and admired but also feared by some
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/638.html

24 JANUARY 2018

China will surprise world with reforms in 2018, Xi adviser says

China will introduce more reform measures to open up its economy this year, according to Liu He, the top financial and economic adviser to President Xi Jinping
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-24/china-will-surprise-world-with-reforms-in-2018-xi-adviser-says
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-s-economic-mastermind-pledges-more-reform-at-davos-9892514

16 JANUARY 2018

China says foreign direct investment up 7.9% in 2017

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland posted steady growth in 2017, through further opening-up and improved structure of foreign investment
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/64/228/1516113060640.html

NUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new « Silk Road, » France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

1 JANUARY 2018

China’s economic power is actually a lot smaller than you think

China’s economic presence on world markets is actually much smaller than that of the United States of America and smaller than our key three Asia-Pacific allies combined
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-01/chinas-economic-power-is-actually-a-lot-smaller-than-you-think/9291700?section=world

2 DECEMBER 2017

Xi sets out economic road map for China Dream

His vision of China becoming a rich and powerful nation gets clearer timeline and goals
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/xi-sets-out-economic-road-map-for-china-dream

30 NOVEMBER 2017

China pushing billions into Iranian economy as Western firms stall

China is financing billions of dollars worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-nuclear-china/china-pushing-billions-into-iranian-economy-as-western-firms-stall-idUKKBN1DU2A8

29 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s State-owned entreprises (SOE) reform wrangle

For the past twenty years, Chinese reformers have sought to improve the efficiency of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), with the latest through mixed-ownership reform. Despite the ever-deepening process, so far the new initiatives have not been very fruitful
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/29/chinas-seo-reform-wrangle/

21 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Can China transition to a more innovative economy?

After more than three decades of high growth based on the exploitation of low wages and demographic advantages, as well as incremental market-oriented reforms and international openness, China now confronts higher wages and a shrinking workforce. Future growth will depend increasingly on innovation and increased productivity. What is the likelihood of China making this transition?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/07/can-china-transition-to-a-more-innovative-economy/

13 OCTOBER 2017

How can China afford its science and technology goals?

 China is at a historic economic juncture. Its urban-centric growth model has orphaned the rural population while the urban population struggles with incomes below OECD levels and housing, education and health costs above those in Europe
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/13/how-can-china-afford-its-science-and-technology-goals/#more-91341

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

OECD: Chinese GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017

China’s economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2017-09/21/content_32275000.htm

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

24 JULY 2014

IMF revises China growth forecasts for 2017, 2018 higher

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday revised upwards China’s growth forecasts for 2017 and 2018 to 6.7 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/30/95/1500896621199.html

2 JULY 2017

Latest Long March rocket fails after launch from southern China

China’s ambitious space programme appeared to suffer a setback on Sunday when a Long March-5 rocket with a communications satellite on board failed to successfully launch
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100960/latest-long-march-rocket-fails-after-launch-southern

5 JUNE 2017

Why Canadians are opposed to a free-trade deal with China

China and Canada have been engaged in exploratory talks towards a free-trade agreement. Yet, in its public statements to Canadians, Ottawa often sounds non-committal. A free-trade deal makes good sense for both countries. So what’s not to like?
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2096867/why-canadians-are-opposed-free-trade-deal-china

01 JUNE 2017

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect, and many are confused

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-new-cybersecurity-law-goes-effect-rattles-businesses

18 MAY 2017

New Chinese law hurts foreign business say economists & industry organisations

More than 50 world industry organisations have urged the Chinese government to delay enforcement of the country’s first cybersecurity law in a letter sent Monday, May 15
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/18/new-chinese-law-hurts-foreign-business-says-economists-industry-organisations
https://www.uschina.org/sites/default/files/May%202017%20Global%20Association%20Letter%20on%20Cybersecurity%20Law%20Implementation%20%28ENG%29.pdf

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

15 MAY 2017

EU rejects China’s vision for ‘modern Silk Road’

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/eu-china-summit-bejing-xi-jinping-belt-and-road

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-hosts-silk-road-summit-in-shadow-of-n-korea-missile-1.2027198
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-14/china-wants-new-silk-road-one-belt-one-road-project-to-help-it-dominate-world-trade/1671328

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

12 MAY 2017

Beijing, US reach trade deal to boost American imports to China in wake of Xi-Trump summit

The United States has reached a trade agreement with Beijing that will boost shipments of American liquefied natural gas, beef and other products, as well as improve its market access of financial services to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2094045/china-us-sign-trade-deal-wake-xi-trump-summit
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2017/05/13/497313/p2/China-agrees.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39894119

5 MAY 2017

China sends homegrown jumbo passenger jet C919 into sky

Change is in the air in China as the country’s first domestically made airliner – the C919 – successfully completed its much-delayed maiden flight from Shanghai Airport
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/05/china-s-c919-airliner-gets-set-to-challenge-airbus-and-boeing
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/05/content_15608516.html

17 APRIL 2017

Rumbling of reform in China’s fiscal foundations

Significant progress is being made towards building the foundations of a fiscal system to undergird rule-based governance. The most important driver of change is the Budget Law and associated documents
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/17/rumbling-of-reform-in-chinas-fiscal-foundations/

11 APRIL 2017

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

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

1 APRIL 2017

New Chinese work permit system to rank foreigners

The Chinese government has introduced a new ranking system for foreign nationals applying for working permits
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170402_01/

16 MARCH 2017

China, Saudi Arabia sign agreements worth about $91 billion

China and Saudi Arabia on Thursday (March 16) signed MOUs and letters of intent potentially worth about US$65 billion (S$91.8 billion) during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a senior Chinese diplomat said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-saudi-arabia-sign-agreements-worth-about-91-billion
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0316/c90000-9191261.html

5 MARCH 2017

China sets 2017 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

Premier Li Keqiang announced the figure on Sunday as he delivered a government report at the opening of the country’s annual session of parliament, the National People’s Congress
http://www.ecns.cn/business/2017/03-05/247926.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2076224/amid-brexit-and-trump-uncertainties-china-strikes-note-caution
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170305/1083.html

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetized the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as a Global Power
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/365.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Weighing up China’s investment in the United States

Chinese investment flows into the United States have reached unprecedented heights over the past two years and the future promises more of the same. The acquisition of US companies accounts for 84 per cent of these investments
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/15/weighing-up-chinas-investment-in-the-united-states/

9 FEBRUARY 2017

For China, Europe is the new Africa

For the past few years, Chinese investments in Italy have grown exponentially in every sector, from football to engines, fashion to real estate, tourism to energy
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-China,-Europe-is-the-new-Africa-39892.html

7 JANUARY 2016

EU ready to help China fight protectionsim

The EU is ready to stand with China in the fight against protectionism, but Beijing needs to reform to be fair to investors, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-%E2%80%98ready%E2%80%99-help-china-fight-protectionism

29 JANUARY 2017

A time of test for the China model of economic growth

The ‘China model’ of economic growth has been essentially a story of a hyper-charged economy led by an authoritarian state. But now the model has become unsustainable, with China experiencing economic slowdown as well as rampant corruption, growing inequality and environmental destruction
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/29/a-time-of-test-for-the-china-model-of-economic-growth/

20 JANUARY 2017

China’s economy grows 6.7% in 2016

China’s economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38686568
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/china-questionable-gdp-numbers-why-does-it-even-bother/8198196?section=world

27 DECEMBER 2016

China issues white paper on space development

China on Tuesday issued a white paper on the development of space industry since 2011 and major tasks for the next five years
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/27/content_15548171.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-27/china-says-space-programme-must-help-protect-national-security/8149676?section=world

18 DECEMBER 2016

The social cost of smashing China’s iron rice bowls

China has ordered state firms to smash the decades-old system of providing cradle-to-grave welfare support, known as the country’s “iron rice bowl.”
http://www.atimes.com/article/social-cost-smashing-chinas-iron-rice-bowls/

11 DECEMBER 2016

US-China trade shows signs of improvement

Trade between the world’s two largest economies has shown signs of improvement as the US trade deficit with China, a long-term US concern, narrowed significantly in October
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-12/11/content_15540347.html

8 DECEMBER 2016

China considers easing foreign investment limits

China has indicated it could relax restrictions on foreign investment in some sectors as it struggles to counter an overseas exodus of capital, while facing accusations of protectionism from US President-elect Donald Trump
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-considers-easing-foreign-investment-limits-0

30 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s New ‘Cybersecurity’ Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China’s new laws on cybersecurity are no better than trade protectionism in a new guise
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/chinas-new-cybersecurity-rules-look-like-cyberprotectionism-instead/

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China steps up protection for property, intellectual rights

China will increase protection for property rights, including stepping up oversight of the management of state-owned assets, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing guidelines issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-steps-protection-property-intellectual-rights/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

China working to make yuan key international currency

China government is making strategic moves to construct an Asia-based economic bloc based on the Chinese yuan
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-working-make-yuan-key-international-currency-29417

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Evaluating China’s Economy

Can China keep up its growth and deliver on its “harmony” pact with the Chinese people?http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/evaluating-chinas-economy/

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Despite the yuan’s devaluation, China’s exports continue to fall

Although the yuan lost about 1.5 per cent against the US dollar last month, Chinese exports still dropped 7.3 per cent in dollar terms compared to a year earlier. October’s decline follows a fall of 10 per cent in September
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-the-yuan’s-devaluation,-China’s-exports-continue-to-fall-39082.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-11/08/content_15522785.html

31 OCTOBER 2016

France and China are set to very soon launch a fund for joint investment in overseas projects

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke of the plans after meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/31/france-and-china-investment-fund-to-seek-global-opportunities

30 OCTOBER 2016

China, Japan and South Korea pledge to promote talks on free trade and energy

Trade chiefs from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Saturday to promote negotiations on free trade and cooperation in the energy sector at a trilateral meeting in Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2041375/china-japan-and-south-korea-pledge-promote-talks-free-trade-and

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

From the outset of China’s economic reform era, diaspora Chinese have provided the lion’s share of inward foreign investment. This has been concentrated in export-oriented sectors, driving growth of transnational production networks that today bind China’s neighbours to it through the world’s most integrated intraregional trading system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/14/the-chinese-diasporas-role-in-the-rise-of-china/#more-52297

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia-China Economic and Trade Partnership Falters

Russian-Chinese trade fell by 5 percent year-on-year to $28 billion in the first six months of 2016, mainly because of plummeting prices for commodities such as oil, gas, lumber, metal and coal, Russia’s main exports. At the same time, the U.S. remains China’s most important economic relationship with bilateral trade between the two hitting $263 billion in the first half of this year
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-china-economic-trade-partnership-falters-n645291

18 AUGUST 2016

Reconstructing China’s steel industry

China’s annual production of crude steel reached 804 million tonnes in 2015, 6.3 times higher than the total production in 2000. It accounts for nearly 50 per cent of total global steel output, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883a jump from only 15 per cent at the end of the previous century
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883

18 JULY 2016

China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project

Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245920175

15 JULY 2016

China GDP: Economy beats expectations with 6.7pc growth

In the face of deteriorating conditions, China’s economy has defied expectations of a slowdown with GDP growth for the June quarter holding steady at 6.7 per cent
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/chinese-economy-beats-expectations/7632616?section=world
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-growth-steadies-while-still-raising-concern/a-19401936

5 JULY 2016

China revises GDP calculation

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has adopted a new method of calculating GDP that it says « better reflects the contribution of innovation to economic growth. »
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/07/05/3521s933150.htm

28 JUNE 2016

China’s first regional jet takes maiden flight

 China’s first commercial regional jet, the ARJ21, took maiden flight from Chengdu city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province to Beijing on Tuesday, marking a landmark success
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-28/216020.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/06-28/97979.shtml

13  JUNE 2016

China’s fixed asset investment slumps to 16-year low

China’s fixed asset investment — a proxy for construction and infrastructure spending — slows to its slowest rate of growth since 2000, suggesting the impact of financial stimulus injected into the economy is already starting to wane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-13/chinas-fixed-asset-investment-slumps-to-16year-low/1589960

3 MAY 2016 

Is China making life difficult for foreign companies?

Once, China welcomed them with open arms, but now overseas firms are complaining about the country’s increasingly hostile business environment as concerns rise over protectionism, forced technology transfers and tightening censorship
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1940397/china-making-life-difficult-foreign-companies

2 MAY 2016

China completes implementation of VAT scheme

China has replaced all business tax with value-added tax (VAT) after extending the policy to cover the construction, real estate, finance and consumer services sectors
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-05/02/content_15425968.html

26 APRIL 2016

China’s ‘Triple Bubble’ Economy Poised to Burst

After a nearly disastrous start to the year in January and February, China’s economy steadied itself in March. Now, the early April indicators suggest a continuation of the uptick
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98triple-bubble%E2%80%99-economy-poised-burst-0

1 APRIL 2016

China manufacturing rebounds unexpectedly

An unexpected expansion in Chinese manufacturing has provided cause for renewed optimism in the world’s second largest economy. Last year China saw its slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century
http://www.dw.com/en/china-manufacturing-rebounds-unexpectedly/a-19157202

23 MARCH 2016

China offers $11.5 billion in loans, credit to 5 Mekong River nations

Premier Li Keqiang said that China will be using money to build its influence with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, specifically, the five countries along the Mekong River
http://atimes.com/2016/03/china-offers-11-5-billion-in-loans-credit-to-5-mekong-river-nations/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/China-to-help-develop-Mekong-River-basin

16 MARCH 2016

Lawmakers approve China’s five-year plan against economic headwinds

Chinese lawmakers on Wednesday approved the country’s economic and social development blueprint for the 2016-2020 period, which sets targeted average annual economic growth at above 6.5 percent in the next five years.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/16/c_135194463.htm
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-risky-experiment/a-19120034

12 MARCH 2016

Foreigners in China to get better legal service

China’s top judge has asked the courts to improve the legal environment through better handling of disputes involving foreigners, particularly in the marine sector, as the country opens wider to the outside world and tries hard to attract overseas enterprises
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreigners-china-get-better-legal-service

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Latin America: China’s power play right under the U.S.

Chinese banks sent nearly $30 billion in loans to Latin American governments last year, more than double the amount from 2014. It’s also more money than the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank gave to the region last year combined, according to the Inter-American Dialogue, a non-profit in Washington.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/11/news/economy/china-latin-america-billions-of-dollars-loans-investments/index.html

3 FEBRUARY 2016

China top planner: GDP will grow 6.5% to 7% this year

On the heels of the Chinese manufacturing sector posing its lowest reading in three years, China’s top economic planner reinforced previous forecasts and said the world’s second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5% and 7% this year
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-top-planner-gdp-will-grow-6-5-to-7-this-year/
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/facing-economic-headwinds-china-predicts-slower-growth-in-2016/

19 JANUARY 2016

China economy grew 6.9% in 2015, slowest pace in 25 years

The official figures released on Tuesday (Jan 19) confirm a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that is rippling around the world and spooking global financial markets
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/china-economy-grew-69-in-2015-slowest-pace-in-25-years
http://en.people.cn/business/n3/2016/0119/c90778-9005938.html
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Economic-problems-bring-threat-of-deflation?page=1

 

 

Main news on Afghanistan

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2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

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

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

15 JULY 2015

Taliban leader Mullah Omar backs Afghan peace talks

The leader of the Afghan Taliban has given his backing to peace talks with the Afghan government, saying that the goal of the negotiations is an « end to occupation » by foreign forces
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33535905
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/taliban-leader-mullah-omar-backs-afghan-peace-talks-150715124016867.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/15/taliban-leader-appears-to-approve-peace-talks-with-afghan-government/

11 JULY 2015

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan ‘killed by drone’

A former Taliban leader now thought to be ISIS’ leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency said Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/11/asia/isis-leader-killed-afghanistan/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33492780

22 JUNE 2015

Taliban stages deadly attack on Afghan parliament

A Taliban suicide bomber and several gunmen have attacked the Afghan parliament, wounding at least 31 people and sending a plume of black smoke across Kabul
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/explosions-gunfire-rock-afghan-parliament-kabul-150622060232229.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33221051

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

The spy agencies of Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to share intelligence and bolster cooperation in their fight against the Taliban, the latest sign of a thaw in once-frosty ties
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/566407/pakistan-afghanistan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal

14 MAY 2015

Nine foreigners among 14 killed by Taliban attack on Kabul guesthouse

Fourteen people have been killed in an attack on a Kabul hotel which was packed with foreigners awaiting a concert, according to Afghan officials
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/taliban-targets-foreigners-in-kabul-guest-house-attack/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32732083
http://www.france24.com/en/20150514-american-indians-dead-kabul-guesthouse-siege-taliban-afghanistan-pakistan

4 MAY 2015

Afghan Taliban stress preconditions for any peace talks

Taliban militants meeting Afghan officials in Qatar reiterated their hardline stance on peace talks Monday, ruling out negotiations until US forces leave the country and the insurgents are allowed to open a political office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/551259/afghan-taliban-stress-preconditions-for-any-peace-talks

3 MAY 2015

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar confirms that Doha is hosting peace talks between Afghan officials and Taliban representatives in order to end the war in Afghanistan.

The dialogue « will be through open discussions about Afghan reconciliation between all parties in Afghanistan », the Qatar News Agency quoted Yousif Al Sada as saying
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/19352-doha-confirms-hosting-of-peace-talks-between-afghan-govt-and-taliban
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/world/asia/afghan-and-taliban-representatives-meet-in-

26 APRIL 2015

Has India lost Afghanistan to Pakistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to begin his first state visit to New Delhi this Monday. Almost seven months after becoming president, the three-day visit is a chance for Ghani to win hearts and minds in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/04/india-lost-afghanistan-pakistan-150426051958020.html

 21 APRIL 2015

Afghan cabinet nearly complete after months of delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sworn in 16 new ministers – nearly completing his cabinet after months of delay
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32391844

24 MARCH 2015

Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal

The United States will keep its current level of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of the year, rather than reducing that number to 5,500 as planned, the White House said Tuesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/24/politics/obama-afghan-president-ghani-meeting/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/507039/us-halts-afghanistan-pullout

23 MARCH 2015

Afghan president Ghani credits US role during first Washington trip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has praised the US for the commitment shown to Afghanistan over 14 years during his first official visit to Washington.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32021942

25 FEBRUARY 2015

Amnesty International reports increased human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The failure to implement the violence against women bill in Parliament, increased cases of sexual abuse against women, rising rates of child marriage, reduced representation for women on Provincial Councils and the undermining of women’s role in the peace negotiation process between the Afghan government and the Taliban were all factors cited
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18369-amnesty-international-reports-increased-human-rights-abuses-in-afghanistan

22 FEBRUARY 2015

U.S. reconsidering 2016 Afghanistan troop withdrawal, defense chief says

President Barack Obama may change the United States’ plan to withdraw virtually all its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, his new defense secretary said. An indication that the White House is considering extending the U.S. troop presence there beyond that year.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/21/us/afghanistan-carter/index.html

18 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan civilian casualties up 22% in 2014, UN says

A total of 3,699 Afghans killed and 6,849 injured made 2014 the deadliest year since the UN began keeping records in 2009.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31515140

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghan president Ghani suspends Karzai’s request for Indian arms

Government sources have confirmed that President Ashraf Ghani has suspended a request made by former president Hamid Karzai in his final months in office that India supply Afghanistan’s military with heavy weaponry.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/18152-president-ghani-suspends-karzais-request-for-indian-arms

9 FEBRUARY 2015

Afghanistan drone strike ‘kills IS commander Abdul Rauf’

He was a Taliban commander captured by the United States and held at Guantanamo Bay. But he was let go and returned to Afghanistan. Mullah Abdul Rauf went on to become a recruiter for ISIS in Afghanistan.
http://www.euronews.com/2015/02/09/suspected-afghan-isil-leader-killed-by-drone-strike/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31290147

12 JANUARY 2015

Afghanistan Announces New Cabinet After Long Delay

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office has announced nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-announces-new-cabinet/26788824.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17804-nug-announces-cabinet-nominees?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily%2001.12.15

6 JANUARY 2014

Afghan president without cabinet after 100 days

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has marked 100 days in office as he continues to struggle to name a cabinet, creating a political stalemate that threatens to hamper the fight against the Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/afghan-leader-without-cabinet-after-100-days-20151614918125608.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/454701/100-days-in-power-for-afghan-president-but-no-government

28 DECEMBER 2014

In Afghanistan, ceremony marks end of Nato combat mission

A ceremony attended by Afghan and international dignitaries on Sunday at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul marked the end of NATO’s combat mission in Afghanistan and the start of it’s new « Resolute Support » plan.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17637-ceremony-marks-end-of-nato-combat-mission
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30616380

11 DECEMBER 2014

Suicide bomber attacks French school in Afghanistan

A teenage suicide bomber detonated explosives killing several and wounding 15 others during an event at a French-run high school in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141211-suicide-bomber-attacks-french-school-afghanistan/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

Nato ends 13-year Afghanistan mission with Kabul ceremony

A ceremony has taken place in Kabul to mark the formal end of Nato’s 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30377059
http://www.dawn.com/news/1149579/us-nato-end-afghan-combat-command-after-13-years

4 DECEMBER 2014

Opening of the London conference on Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s new leaders are seeking to build bridges with the West at a conference in London as they struggle to bring peace while foreign combat forces withdraw after 13 years.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/12/afghan-leaders-seek-support-at-uk-conference-201412413464434398.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17356-abdullah-british-foreign-minister-open-london-summit-proceedings

27 NOVEMBER 2014

The Afghan Senate approved the Bilateral Security Agreement and Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)

After hours of discussions behind closed doors, 65 Senators approved of the security accords while five others objected.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17269-senate-approves-bsa-and-sofa

23 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan lower house approves foreign troops staying on

Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament on Sunday approved agreements that will allow about 12,500 NATO-led troops to stay on next year as the national army and police struggle to hold back the Taliban.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/444993/afghan-lower-house-approves-foreign-troops-staying-on
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141123/DEFREG03/311230020/Afghan-Lower-House-Approves-Foreign-Troops-Staying

Suicide blast at Afghan volleyball game kills around 50

About 50 people were killed and 60 others wounded when a suicide blast ripped through crowds at a volleyball game in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday (Nov 23), the deadliest attack in the country since 2011.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/suicide-blast-at-afghan/1489790.html

16 NOVEMBER 2014

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack

Shukria Barakzaia, a high-profile advocate of women’s rights, slightly wounded in blast that kills three people
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30073189
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/female-afghan-mp-survives-suicide-attack-2014111672142481131.html

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged to begin a new era of economic cooperation Saturday, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani saying three days of talks had ended 13 years of differences
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-pakistan-leaders-pledge-end-turbulent-ties
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-pakistan-leaders/1474638.html

14 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistani cleric tells Afghan president Ghani that war will continue until foreign troops go

Prominent Pakistani cleric and leader of Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Pakistan, Maulana Fazlurrahman, met with President Ashraf Ghani in Islamabad on Friday and warned that war would continue in Afghanistan until the complete withdraw of foreign troops.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/17121-pakistani-cleric-tells-ghani-war-will-continue-until-foreign-troops-go

12 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation

Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has reached a record high this year, a UN report has revealed, highlighting the failure of the US-led campaign to crack down on the lucrative crop.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/afghanistan-sees-rise-poppy-cultivation-20141112115426363345.html

26 OCTOBER 2014

UK troops leave Afghanistan after 13 years

British troops have ended combat operations in Afghanistan as they and US troops handed over two huge adjacent bases to the Afghan military, 13 years after a US-led invasion to topple the Taliban.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/uk-troops-leave-afghanistan-after-13-years-20141026145324123162.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29776544

16 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan police capture senior Haqqani leaders

Afghan security forces say they have captured two senior leaders of al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani network. including a son of its founder.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/afghan-police-capture-senior-haqqani-leaders-20141016113728321132.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16767-haqqani-network-dealt-blow-with-arrest-of-high-ranking-leaders

2 OCTOBER 2014

Afghan troop casualties at 7,000-9,000 this year: US

Afghan forces are suffering higher combat casualties this year, with up to 9,000 troops killed or wounded in battles with Taliban insurgents, the new US commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435589/afghan-troop-casualties-at-7000-9000-this-year-us

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan signs deal keeping U.S. troops beyond 2014

The United States and Afghanistan signed a long-delayed security agreement Tuesday that will allow U.S. troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the previous December deadline to withdraw.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/30/world/asia/afghanistan-us-security-agreement/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.dawn.com/news/1135293/afghanistan-us-sign-long-awaited-security-pact
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-welcomes-signing-of-bilateral-security-agreement-with-afghanistan/2467098.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghanistan’s Ghani sworn in as president

Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai was sworn in Monday as Afghanistan’s new president, replacing Hamid Karzai in the country’s first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140929-afghanistan-ghani-president-inauguration/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29375438
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/07/profile-ashraf-ghani-20147883632825529.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16559-ghani-sworn-into-office

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan election results reveal Ghani as clear winner

Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan’s disputed presidential election decisively with 55 per cent of the vote, results revealed Friday, after the figure was kept secret for five days over concerns that fraud allegations could trigger violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghan-election-results-reveal-ghani-clear-winner

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election, signs deal with rival

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s contested presidential election on Sunday, hours after Ghani and the second-place finisher, Abdullah Abdullah, stood together to announce the formation of a long-awaited coalition government.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16458-ashraf-ghani-elected-next-president-of-afghanistan
http://www.france24.com/en/20140921-afghanistan-ghani-named-president-elect-power-sharing-agreement/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ghani-abdullah-agree-to-share-power-in-afghanistan-as-election-stalemate-ends/2014/09/21/df58749a-416e-11e4-9a15-137aa0153527_story.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2014

Punjabi Taliban to increase insurgency in Afghanistan

The Punjabi Taliban in Pakistan has said that the group will shift its focus to Afghanistan and fight the enemies of Islam on Afghan soil
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16370-punjabi-taliban-to-increase-insurgency-in-afghanistan

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

Afghan audit ends but election puzzle still unsolved

A UN-supervised audit of votes cast in Afghanistan’s disputed election was completed Friday, officials said, but the results will not be known for days as the contentious process of invalidating fraudulent ballots continues.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430711/afghan-audit-ends-but-election-puzzle-still-unsolved
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16253-audit-process-completed-after-48-days-iec 

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

The Islamic State is challenging the Taliban and al-Qaeda in its Afghanistan and Pakistan heartlands and claiming both countries as part of its ‘caliphate’.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11075390/Islamic-State-claims-Pakistan-and-Afghanistan-for-its-caliphate.html

27 AUGUST 2014

Afghan Presidential Candidate Abdullah Pulls Out Of Election Audit

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah boycotted the audit process, while the United Nations (UN) asked Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to withdraw from the procedure stressing that the auditing and invalidation will continue without the presence of both camps, the UN announced
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-president-candidate-abdullah-pulls-of-election-audit/26552366.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16130-audit-process-to-continue-without-candidates

23 AUGUST 2014

New Afghan president to take office September 2

Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Saturday his successor would take office on September 2, despite a slow-moving vote audit designed to eliminate fraudulent ballots cast for the two contenders.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/752996/new-afghan-president-to-take-office-september-2-karzai/

21 AUGUST 2014

Afghanistan: Kunduz Battle against Taliban led by released Taliban

Kunduz province has become the focal point of intense fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban militants, with thousands of insurgents bearing down on Kunduz city. According to local officials, the Taliban offensive is being led by a man who the Afghan government recently released from prison.
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/16061-kunduz-battle-against-taliban-led-by-released-taliban

11 AUGUST 2014

Amnesty slams US over Afghan civilian deaths

 A report published by Amnesty International on Monday claims that at least 1,100 Afghan civilians lost their lives as a result of U.S. air strikes between the years 2009 and 2013. The report goes on to lambaste the U.S. military for never investigating the deaths or seeking to help those affected by them
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15915–report-says-1100-afghans-killed-by-us-air-strikes
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/08/amnesty-slams-us-over-afghan-civilian-deaths-2014810104926293848.html

8 AUGUST 2014

Afghan leaders agree on national unity government

Afghanistan’s two feuding presidential candidates on Friday signed a deal confirming they would form a national unity government after an audit of votes is completed to decide the winner of the fraud-tainted election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2014/08/afghan-presidential-candidates-unity-government-20148811455553354.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15882-candidates-sign-joint-declaration

5 AUGUST 2014

Afghan soldier guns down US general in Kabul

An Afghan soldier shot dead a US general on Tuesday at an army training centre in Kabul — the highest-ranking American officer to be killed since the September 11, 2001 attacks
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/05/world/asia/afghanistanviolence/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20South%20Asia%20Daily
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/06/world/asia/afghanistan-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/425190/afghan-soldier-guns-down-us-general-in-kabul

17 JULY 2014

Afghan Taliban conduct brazen attack on Kabul airport

Heavily-armed Taliban militants attacked the Kabul International Airport in the Afghan capital early Thursday, firing rockets and occupying two unused buildings before they were gunned down by Afghan security forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140717-afghanistan-kabul-airport-attack-taliban/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/17/afghan-forces-repel-taliban-attack-on-kabul-airport/

12 JULY 2014

All votes in disputed Afghan run-off poll to be audited: Kerry

Afghanistan’s feuding presidential rivals agreed Saturday to a full audit of every vote cast in the disputed runoff election, US Secretary of State John Kerry said following two days of frantic negotiations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420281/all-votes-in-disputed-afghan-run-off-poll-to-be-audited-kerry
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15579-electoral-deadlock-broken

7 JULY 2014

Ghani leads Afghanistan presidential run-off

In an announcement on Monday, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani of the Afghan presidential commission said Ghani, an ex-World Bank economist, was in the lead with 56.44 percent of the vote, while his rival Abdullah Abdullah, a former Afghan foreign minister, had 43.56 percent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/ghani-leads-preliminary-afghan-poll-results-201477143524362866.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140707-ghani-leads-abdullah-afghan-presidential-run-off-initial-results/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15518-abdullah-camp-rejects-preliminary-results

5 JULY 2014

Taliban set 200 fuel trucks on fire in Kabul

A Taliban bomb attack on the outskirts of Kabul set fire to some 200 fuel trucks that the militants claimed were supplying foreign troops in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28173990
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419040/taliban-set-200-fuel-trucks-on-fire-in-kabul

27 JUNE 2014

Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-protest-over-alleged-election-fraud-201462773043508792.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/27/thousands-protest-over-vote-fraud-allegations-in-afghanistan/

23 JUNE 2014

The Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) Secretariat Chief, Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, announces his resignation

The announcement came just a day after presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah released phone recordings of conversations allegedly between Amarkhail and members of the campaign team of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai. The recordings suggest a broad plot to conduct fraud during the runoff election, however, the identities of the voices on them have yet to be confirmed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/15352-amarkhil-resigns-in-wake-of-fraud-allegations
http://www.tolonews.com/en/election-2014/15344-abdullah-team-releases-audio-recordings-implicating-amarkhail

22 JUNE 2014

Questions mount as Afghan ‘vote fraud’ tapes emerge

Potentially explosive audio tapes released in Afghanistan allegedly reveal a senior election official directing that ballot boxes be stuffed in the crucial presidential run-off
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27966126

21 JUNE 2014

Afghanistan elections: Kabul protests under way as Abdullah Abdullah boycotts vote count

Fears grow of unrest erupting over alleged fraud in Afghanistan’s election one week ago as supporters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah take to Kabul streets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10916412/Afghanistan-elections-Kabul-protests-under-way-as-Abdullah-Abdullah-boycotts-vote-count.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416600/protests-in-kabul-deepen-afghan-election-impasse

20 JUNE 2014

Karzai calls on UN to help solve Afghan election crisis

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday intervened for the first time in the country’s growing election crisis, backing a call for the United Nations to help solve a standoff over alleged fraud
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416495/karzai-calls-on-un-to-help-solve-afghan-election-crisis

14 JUNE 2014

Afghans brave violence to elect new president

Voting in the second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election has ended with millions turning out to cast their ballots braving fresh attacks that left at least 14 people dead and 41 others injured
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/14/afghanistan-votes-in-run-off-presidential-poll-in-defiance-of-taliban/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghans-brave-violence-elect-new-president-2014614122014871960.html

6 JUNE 2014

Afghan candidate Abdullah Abdullah survives Kabul bombs

The front-runner in Afghan’s presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, has survived a suicide bomb attack targeted at his convoy in Kabul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27731116
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/afghan-presidential-candidate-survives-blast-201466931968347.html

27 MAY 2014

Thousands of US troops to stay in Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has announced a pullout plan for Afghanistan that will leave 9,800 troops in the country after 2014, overriding previous plans of a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/thousands-us-troops-stay-afghanistan-201452719107242829.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-27593518

15 MAY 2014

Afghan election results confirm Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Afghanistan’s presidential election will go to a second-round vote on June 14 between former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani, final results showed
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14879-presidential-elections-go-into-second-round
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10833049/Afghan-presidential-election-heads-for-AbdullahGhani-run-off.htm

4 MAY 2014

2,000 killed in Afghanistan’s landslides

At least 2,000 people were killed by landslides in northeastern Afghanistan in the worst natural disaster on record for the war-torn nation, an United Nations official said

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408050/landslide-kills-2000-in-afghanistan-biggest-disaster

2 MAY 2014

Afghanistan landslide ‘kills at least 350’

At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27261783

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407855/350-dead-thousands-missing-in-afghan-landslides

http://www.france24.com/en/20140503-afghanistan-mudslide-badakshan-rescue/

26 APRIL 2014

Afghan election set for Abdullah-Ghani run-off

Abdullah finished top with 44.9 percent, followed by Ghani with 31.5 percent, the Independent Election Commission said. Zalmay Rassoul was a distant third with 11.5 percent. Final results are due May 14, and a run-off would take place at the end of May
http://www.france24.com/en/20140426-afghanistan-elections-abdullah-ghani-run-off/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10790522/Afghan-elections-head-to-second-round-after-no-candidate-gains-an-absolute-majority.html

24 APRIL 2014

The Afghan Ministry of Information and Culture names a road in Kabul as the « Press Freedom Road. »

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/14650-kabul-road-named-qpress-freedomq

13 APRIL 2014

Abdullah leads in tight Afghan presidential poll

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading against his main rival Ashraf Ghani in a tight race for Afghanistan’s presidential post, partial official results showed Sunday, but reports of widespread fraud is marring the election
http://www.france24.com/en/20140413-abdullah-ghani-afghanistan-presidential-election/

5 APRIL 2014

Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor to President Karzai, in nation’s first democratic transfer of power
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/afghan-presidential-polls-close-2014451331246955.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140405-pictures-afghans-go-polls/

16 MARCH 2014

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/10702626/The-Afghan-policewomen-taking-on-the-Taliban.html

15 MARCH 2014

Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

The outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year. He said that his military was ready to take over and were strong enough to defend Afghanistan without assistance.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/karzai-says-us-troops-can-leave-afghanistan-2014315133323437829.html

9 MARCH 2014

Afghan Vice President Qassim Fahim dies at 57

Marshal Mohammed Qassim Fahim, who suffered from diabetes, dies of natural causes, authorities say.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/afghan-vice-president-fahim-qassim-dies-at-57-2014398122863543.html

3 MARCH 2014

Karzai: Afghan war fought in West’s interest

Expressing « extreme anger » towards the United States government, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said in an interview that the war in Afghanistan was not fought with his country’s interests in mind.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/karzai-afghan-war-fought-western-interest-20143353951600289.html

13 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan releases ‘dangerous’ prisoners despite US protests

Afghanistan released 65 alleged Taliban militants from prison on Thursday despite protests from the US military, which warned that the men were “dangerous insurgents” who will likely return to fighting Afghan and international forces.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140213-afghan-prisoner-release-usa-bagram/
http://kabul.usembassy.gov/st-021314.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14#.Uvxn5Owm-e5.twitter

12 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghanistan halts suspected reconstruction of ancient Buddhas

Afghanistan has halted conservation work at a site once occupied by ancient Buddha statues destroyed by the Taliban because the team involved is suspected of secretly trying to rebuild one of the statue’s feet, the United Nations said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/afghanistan-halts-suspected-reconstruction-ancient-buddhas

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Proposed Afghan law protects women’s abusers, rights group says

An international rights group said Tuesday that Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393196/proposed-afghan-law-protects-women-abusers-rights-group-says

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/karzai-urged-veto-women-no-rights-bill-201426541250185.html

2 FEBRUARY 2014

Afghan vote campaign begins amid violence

Campaigning for the presidential elections in Afghanistan has begun, stained by the deaths of two aides for the front-runner in a gun attack.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/02/afghan-vote-campaign-begins-amid-violence-20142272359554834.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20140202-afghanistan-presidential-election-campaigning-begins-karzai/

24 JANUARY 2014

Ismail Khan survives premature suicide attack

Former water and energy minister Ismail Khan escaped unhurt on Friday when a suicide attacker blew himself up outside a mosque in western Herat province
http://www.pajhwok.com/en/2014/01/24/ismail-khan-survives-suicide-attack-herat-mosque?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%201-24-14
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13588-muhammad-ismael-escapes-suicide-attack

22 JANUARY 2014

HRW: Women’s rights declining in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s human rights situation has regressed in key areas during 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch has said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/hrw-women-rights-declining-afghanistan-20141221119835144.html

17 JANUARY 2014

IMF and UN officials killed in Kabul restaurant attack

A senior IMF official and four UN employees were among 21 people killed in a suicide bomb and gun attack on a restaurant in Kabul, officials say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25791002
http://www.france24.com/en/20140117-afghanistan-deadly-suicide-attack-restaurant-kabul-taliban/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13510-strong-reactions-to-attack-on-taverna-in-kabul

14 JANUARY 2014

Female police tapped in Kabul

Kabul named Colonel Jamila Bayaz the first female Police Chief in the country on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said that in the future it plans to nominate a female Provincial Police Chief.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13462-female-police-chief-tapped-in-kabul

4 JANUARY 2014

2014 budget draft rejected by Lower House

The Lower House of Parliament voted by majority to reject the 2014 government budget draft assembled by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), requiring the Ministry to reassess its draft and make a number of changes.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13331-2014-budget-draft-rejected-by-lower-house

3 JANUARY 2014

Karzai puts hold on Bagram prisoner realeases

In a press release issued from the Presidential Palace on Friday, it was said that the large tranche of 650 detainees expected to be released from Bagram prison on order of President Hamid Karzai’s Commission for Addressing Bagram Prisoner Cases would be put on hold and reassessed by officials.

http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/13317-karzai-puts-hold-on-bagram-prison-releases

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 2 December in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 2 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 2, 2018

1228: Thai Prince Sukaphaa reaches Assam after a 13-year expedition from Mong Mao (southern China) and begins the task of establishing the Ahom kingdom (current Assam)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukaphaa

1757: In India, lead by Robert Clive, the British retake Calcutta
http://www.bricklanecircle.org/robert-clive.html

1878: During the Second Afghan War, Battle of Peiwar Kotal won by the British
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/peiwar-kotal.htm
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/peiwarkotal.htm

1878-12-02 Battle of Peiwar Kota

1899: Death of Gregorio del Pilar, Filipino general killed at the Battle of Tirad Pass against US forces, born on November 14, 1875
http://filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com/tag/battle-of-tirad-pass/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/790/today-in-philippine-history-december-2-1899-the-battle-of-tirad-pass-took-place
http://opmanong.ssc.hawaii.edu/filipino/triad.html

1899-12-02 Battle of Tirad Pass

1940: The Thai government closes its delegation in France and a French  patrol ship is attacked by a Thai airplane

1941: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/naval/p/Yamamoto.htm

1954: Mutual defense treaty between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and  the United States
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_3760000/3760378.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/chin001.asp

1954-12-02-traite-de-defense-usa

1962: Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the  request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike  Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public  comment on the war’s progress

1971: Indian offensive in East Pakistan (up to 16)

1975: Mao meets US president Gerald Ford in Beijing
http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/obamachinavisit/2009-11/20/content_230687.htm
 

1975: In Laos, the government of Prince Souvanna Phouma is dissolved.  Abdication of King  Savang Vatthana and  the monarchy is abolished. The country becomes a people’s democratic republic  with Souphanouvong as president and Kaysone Phomvihane as prime minister
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1243&dat=19751203&id=IJBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6704,303233
http://books.google.fr/books?id=jEGwwJjEbjkC&pg=PA27&lpg=PA27&dq=Lao+monarchy+abolished&source=bl&ots=Umt6gjRc0A&sig=ngZBRFO4YFRhjp6KcexzxuTGXf4&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=17J8VMTaB8jeat2igNAO&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Lao%20monarchy%20abolished&f=false
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50543960@N00/2880566689

1989: At the town of Had Yai in Southern Thailand, Chin Peng, communist leader,  signs separate peace agreements between the MCP and both governments. The MCP  laid down its arms

2002: Visit of Vladimir Putin in China. The two countries ask North Korea to abandon its nuclear program
http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/1075.html

 

On 2 December in South Asian history

ON 2 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 2, 2018

1757: In India, lead by Robert Clive, the British retake Calcutta
http://www.bricklanecircle.org/robert-clive.html

1855 : Birth of Narayan Ganesh Chandavarkar, Indian nationalist and reformer, who died on May 14, 1923
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._G._Chandavarkar
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/n._g._chandavarkar-profile-3826-18.htm

1878: During the Second Afghan War, Battle of Peiwar Kotal won by the British
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/peiwar-kotal.htm
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/peiwarkotal.htm

1878-12-02 Battle of Peiwar Kota

1933: Birth of K. Veeramani, Indian anti-caste activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._Veeramani
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/k._veeramani-profile-220-30.htm

K-Veeramani

1946: The British Government invites four Indian leaders, Nehru, Baldev  Singh, Jinnah and Liaquat Ali Khan to obtain the participation of all parties  in the Constituent Assembly

1950: Birth of Amin Saikal, Afghan-Australian academic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amin_Saikal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-hXZO53dac

1963: Death of Sabu Dastagir, Indian-born American  actor, born on January 27, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabu_Dastagir
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/459165/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlFKFKpT5sE

1964: Pope Paul VI comes to Bombay for the Eucharistic Congress
http://www.mid-day.com/articles/when-pope-paul-vi-rocked-mumbai-in-1964/15799153 
http://www.pottypadre.com/the-pilgrim-of-peace/

1971: Indian offensive in East Pakistan (up to 16)

1980: Death of Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, Prime Minister  of Pakistan (1955-1956), born on July 15, 1905
http://storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P014

1988: After the large victory of her party in the 16 November elections,  Benazir Bhutto is sworn in as first woman Prime Minister of Pakistan
http://storyofpakistan.com/benazir-bhutto-becomes-prime-minister/

1988: Birth of  Soniya Mehra, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soniya_Mehra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBu5Xx5RAkg

1988: Bangladesh cyclone ‘worst for 20 years’
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_2518000/2518233.stm

1989: Vishwanath Pratap Singh is sworn in as President of India
http://www.smh.com.au/news/obituaries/indias-mandela-a-beautiful-mind/2008/12/01/1227979930925.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/government-politics/vishwanath-pratap-singh.html

1997: Wasim Sajjad becomes for the second time  president of Pakistan by interim prior to elections up to January
http://storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P084

2014: Death of Deven Verma, Indian actor, director, and producer, born on October 23, 1937
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/bollywood-actor-deven-verma-takes-his-last-breath/article6654433.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deven_Verma

 

 

On 2 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 2, 2018

1228: Thai Prince Sukaphaa reaches Assam after a 13-year expedition from Mong Mao (southern China) and begins the task of establishing the Ahom kingdom (current Assam)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukaphaa

1899: Battle of Tirad Pass. Filipino General Gregorio del Pilar is killed in action against US forces, born on November 14, 1875
http://filipinoscribbles.wordpress.com/tag/battle-of-tirad-pass/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/790/today-in-philippine-history-december-2-1899-the-battle-of-tirad-pass-took-place
http://opmanong.ssc.hawaii.edu/filipino/triad.html

1899-12-02 Battle of Tirad Pass

1940: The Thai government closes its delegation in France and a French  patrol ship is attacked by a Thai airplane

1953: Death of Trần Trọng Kim, Vietnamese historian, scholar, and politician, Prime Minister of Vietnam (1945), born on January 1, 1883
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%E1%BA%A7n_Tr%E1%BB%8Dng_Kim

1962: Vietnam War: After a trip to Vietnam at the  request of US President John F. Kennedy, US Senate Majority Leader Mike  Mansfield becomes the first American official not to make an optimistic public  comment on the war’s progress

1975: In Laos, the government of Prince Souvanna Phouma is dissolved.  Abdication of King  Savang Vatthana and  the monarchy is abolished. The country becomes a people’s democratic republic  with Souphanouvong as president and Kaysone Phomvihane as prime minister
http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1243&dat=19751203&id=IJBYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=HPgDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6704,303233
http://books.google.fr/books?id=jEGwwJjEbjkC&pg=PA27&lpg=PA27&dq=Lao+monarchy+abolished&source=bl&ots=Umt6gjRc0A&sig=ngZBRFO4YFRhjp6KcexzxuTGXf4&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=17J8VMTaB8jeat2igNAO&ved=0CFkQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=Lao%20monarchy%20abolished&f=false
http://www.flickr.com/photos/50543960@N00/2880566689

1985: General Fabian Ver, chief of the Philippines armed forces, and 24  others military are acquitted of charges related to the 1983 shooting death of  opposition leader Benigno S. Aquino
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19851202&id=DF4bAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6E4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=2168,8810
http://www.fampeople.com/cat-fabian-ver

1989: At the town of Had Yai in Southern Thailand, Chin Peng, communist leader,  signs separate peace agreements between the MCP and both governments. The MCP  laid down its arms

2008: Thailand’s Constitutional Court orders the dissolution of the  ruling People Power party (PPP) for electoral fraud. The court also rules that  Somchai Wongsawat, the prime minister, and 36 other party members be banned from  politics for five years
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/12/200812253333787863.html

 

Holidays and observances

Laos National Day

On 2 December in Taiwan history

 

ON 2 DECEMBER IN TAIWAN HISTORY

Updated on January 2, 2018

1954: Mutual defense treaty between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and  the United States
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_3760000/3760378.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/chin001.asp

1954-12-02-traite-de-defense-usa

 

On 2 December in Japan’s history

ON 2 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on December 2, 2018

1348: Death of Hanazono, the 95th Japanese emperor (1308-1318), born on August 14, 1297
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Hanazono

1915: Birth of Prince Mikasa, Japanese royal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Mikasa

1931: Birth of Hatsumi Masaaki, founder and head of the Bujinkan Dojo organization
http://www.ninjutsu.com/soke-hatsumi.shtml

1941: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto sends his fleet to Pearl Harbor
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/naval/p/Yamamoto.htm

1976: Birth of Masafumi Gotoh, Japanese singer (Asian  Kung-Fu Generation)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masafumi_Gotoh

1990: Birth of Hikaru Yaotome, Japanese Actor and  Singer
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yaotome_Hikaru

2009: Death of Hirayama Ikuo, Japanese painter, born on  June 15, 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikuo_Hirayama
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Hirayama+Ikuo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=17_XTpvCC7D44QS8u8HzDQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBIQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=622

2012: Death of Hiroshi Kato, Japanese martial artist, born on March 24, 1935
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroshi_Kato_(aikido)
http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/blog/interview-aikido-shihan-hiroshi-kato-part-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Pstovlg9I

 

On 2 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1954-12-02-traite-de-defense-usa

ON 2 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on January 2, 2018

885: Birth of Li Cunxu, Chinese emperor of the Later Tang Dynasty who died on May 15, 926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Cunxu

1908: Child Emperor Pu Yi ascends the Chinese throne at the age of less than three
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyi
http://www.royalty.nu/Asia/China/PuYi.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11333.html

1929: First skull of Peking man found, 50 km out of Beijing at Zhoukoudian
http://www.peterbrown-palaeoanthropology.net/zhk.html
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/beijing/pekingman.htm

1954: Mutual defense treaty between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and  the United States
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/2/newsid_3760000/3760378.stm
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/chin001.asp

1954-12-02-traite-de-defense-usa

1975: Mao meets US president Gerald Ford in Beijing
http://www.bjreview.com.cn/special/obamachinavisit/2009-11/20/content_230687.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11342.html

2002: Visit of Vladimir Putin in China. The two countries ask North Korea to abandon its nuclear program
http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/1075.html