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On 5 December in Asian history

1971-12-05-battle-longewala

ON 5 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 5, 2018

852: Birth of Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor of the Later Liang Dynasty who died on July 18, 912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Wen

1377: Birth of Jianwen, Ming dynasty Chinese emperor in 1398 and who died in a fire following a coup on July 13, 1402
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jianwen_Emperor

1408: Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edigu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde

1537: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiaki, 15th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who died in October 1597
http://www.samurai-archives.com/yoshiaki.html

1708: Death of Takakazu Shinsuke Seki (Kowa Seki), Japanese mathematician, born in March 1642
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowa_Seki
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Seki.html

1838: Birth of Chinese educator Wu Xun who died on April 23, 1896
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Xun
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11328.html

1872 : Birth of Vir Singh, Punjabi poet, scholar and theologian, who dies on June 10, 1957
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/personalities/literature/veer.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir_Singh_(writer)

1898: Birth of Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan who died in February 1982
http://www.urdupoetry.com/profile/josh.html

1905: Birth of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, chief minister of Kashmir, who died on September 8, 1982
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Abdullah

1907: Birth of Marshal Lin Biao, the heir of Mao Zedong after helping him to retake the power during the Cultural Revolution but who mysteriously died in an air crash in 1971
http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/china.50/inside.china/profiles/lin.biao/
http://chineseposters.net/themes/linbiao.php 

1927: Birth of Thailand king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) who died on October 13, 2016
http://kanchanapisek.or.th/biography/hmk.en.html
https://www.thoughtco.com/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-of-thailand-195730

Bhumibol culte

1927: Birth of of Shoji Nishio Sensei, Japanese martial artist, who died on March 15, 2005
https://www.sakuraaikikai.com/sensei/shoji-nishio/

1930: Birth of Zhang Zhixin, a Chinese dissident who was gang raped then executed on 4 April 1975
http://www.china.org.cn/china/60th_anniversary_people/2009-09/17/content_18547110.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Zhixin

1932: Birth of Narida (Farhat Ezekiel), Indian actress, who died on February 9, 2006
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0618918/

1937: Following the fall of Shanghai, a puppet “Dadao Municipal Governement” is established (up to May 3, 1938)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao_government_(Shanghai_1937%E2%80%931940)


1939: Birth of Minita Chico-Nazario, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minita_Chico-Nazario

1941: Netherlands Indies government sends a request to Australia to send forces to Ambon and Timor. Australian Air Force planes and personnel arrive on December 7

1941: Death of Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter, born on January 30, 1013
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Amrita_Sher-Gil
http://www.fridakahlofans.com/amritafans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQsbbGlfu78

1950: By the India-Sikkim Peace Treaty, the kingdom becomes a protectorate of India
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Sikkim-become-a-part-of-the-Indian-Union
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11436.html
http://sikkim.nic.in/sws/sikk_his.htm

1950: Death of Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, born on August 15, 1872
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/aurobindo-ghose.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/5-december-1950-sri-aurobindo-indian-nationalist-and-spiritual-guru-passed-away

1950: The Communists with Chinese help re-occupy Pyongyang, sweeping into South Korea and recapturing Seoul
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_3231000/3231381.stm

1950: Thirteen Asian governments ask Beijing to limit its intervention in Korea

1951: Death of Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer and painter, born on August 7, 1871
http://totallyhistory.com/abanindranath-tagore/
http://www.google.fr/search?q=abanindranath+tagore+paintings&nord=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=K6ifUt7lA4nNhAfN34GYCg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=628

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXwkWoO8lDU

1957: Indonesian government orders 46,000 Dutch citizens to be expelled

1963: Death of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, born on September 8 1892,  Prime Minister of Pakistan (September 1956-October 1957)
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P016

1966: Birth of Lee Seung-Chul, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Seung-Cheol

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

1971: Battle of Longewala between India and Pakistan during the liberation war of Bangladesh

1971-12-05-battle-longewala
http://topyaps.com/8-things-know-battle-longewala
http://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/the-greatest-underdog-story-ever-told-the-battle-of-longewala-indopak-war-1971_-233975.html

1972: Birth of Amir Muhammad, Malayan filmmaker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Muhammad_(director)

1976: General elections in Japan. Big loses by DLP led by prime minister Takeo Miki who resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_general_election,_1976
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2756299?uid=3738016&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21104751355481

Takeo Miki 2

1978: Birth of Pachrapa Chaichua, Thai actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachrapa_Chaichua

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jST3Fs_cBlA&list=LPGzkldUG5iJA&index=3&feature=plcp

1978: The Soviet Union sign a « Friendship Treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ussr-and-afghanistan-sign-friendship-treaty
http://www.jstor.org/stable/20692120?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

1986: Death of Sir Edward Youde, governor of Hong kong from May 1982 to December 1986
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Youde

1989: Birth of Kwon Yuri, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwon_Yuri

1995: Sri Lanka government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_4618000/4618661.stm

2001: Early general elections in Sri Lanka, won by opposition led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of United National Party who will be sworn in Prime minister on 9 December
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranil_Wickremasinghe

2001: In Germany, four Afghan factions leaders sign a pact to create a temporary administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet are planned to take over power in Afghanistan on December 22

2002: Death of Ne Win, the ex-dictator of Burma from 1962 to 1988
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1581413.stm
http://www.biography.com/people/u-ne-win-9422402

ne-win-2002

2005: Death of Liu Binyan, a Chinese journalist and political dissident, born on January 15, 1925
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/05/AR2005120502068.html http://www.hrichina.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/CRF.1.2006/CRF-2006-1_Exile.pdf

2007: Thailand celebrates venerated king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) 80th birthday


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

2009: Death of Princess Vimolchatra of Thailand, born on June 27, 1921
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimolchatra

2010: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered that two senior police officers tasked with protecting Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s assassinated former prime minister, should be arrested for failing to provide adequate security to her in the run-up to her death
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/12/201012585033398743.html

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

2016 : Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigns from the cabinet but vows to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

2016 : Death of Jayalalithaa, Indian politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, born in 1948
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jayalalithaa-dies-of-heart-attack-tamil-nadu-chennai-cardiac-arrest-aiadmk-4410487/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/chennai/rip-amma-chronology-of-major-milestones-in-the-four-decade-political-career-of-jayalalithaa-heres-timeline_1956273.html

2017: Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950017/duterte-declares-cpp-npa-as-terrorist-organizations#ixzz50VGDEsrr
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippine-government-classifies-communists-as-terrorists_2380913.html


Holidays and observances

Thailand’s King’s Birthday, National Day

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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9 DECEMBER 2018

Japan’s Military Sees Record Spending, Aims to Buy More US Arms: Nikkei

Japan’s military looks to raise spending over the next five years in response to security challenges and to narrow Japan’s trade surplus with the United States by buying U.S. equipment, the Nikkei business daily reported
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japans-military-sees-record-spending-aims-to-buy-more-us-arms-nikkei_2733534.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Japan moves to formalize its operation of aircraft carriers
 
Tokyo’s indicates clear intention to develop military in revised national defense guidelines

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deepens ties with Australia in historic visit to Darwin

Japan and Australia on Friday (Nov 16) agreed to deepen defence ties and jointly fund regional infrastructure projects, bringing the two nations closer together amid shared concerns about China’s growing regional influence
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/japans-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-deepens-ties-with-australia-in-historic-visit-to
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46230956
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-lays-wreath-at-Australian-war-site-in-Darwin-75-years-after-bombing

31 OCTOBER 2018

Japan Ends Aid to China, Spotlighting Beijing’s Position as Major Recipient

Japan recently announced that it will stop providing aid to China, a decision that highlights the fact that the world’s second-largest economy continues to receive financial assistance from multiple countries around the world
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-ends-aid-to-china-spotlighting-beijings-position-as-major-recipient_2703738.html

26 OCTOBER 2018

Abe, Xi agree to move from competition to cooperation toward new era in bilateral ties

 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in Beijing. Both say they’re determined to turn a new page in the relationship between the two countries
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181026_44/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-xi-says-japan-relations-back-on-right-track-state-media-10868234
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-japan-pledge-boost-economic-cooperation-181026093948823.html

24 OCTOBER 2018

Trump pushes Japan into China’s arms

Japan and China are economic, political and military rivals vying for influence in the Asia Pacific. But US President Trump’s contentious policies are forcing them to put their rivalry aside and cooperate
https://www.dw.com/en/trump-pushes-japan-into-chinas-arms/a-46025405
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/117/85/72/1540393446329.html?newsId=51649

22 OCTOBER 2018

Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers’ Takeshima visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers from the country’s ruling and opposition parties traveled to South Korea-controlled, Japan-claimed islets in the Sea of Japan on Monday amid opposition from Tokyo
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181022_33/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/22/national/politics-diplomacy/south-korean-lawmakers-visit-disputed-islets-amid-japanese-opposition/#.W84KHmgzY2w

12 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s Abe to make rare China visit this month amid warming relations between the Asian rivals

Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168368/japans-abe-make-rare-china-visit-month-amid-warming-relations
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810120056.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea claims Japan wants to become ‘military giant’ and is planning ‘re-invasion’

North Korean state media has cited upcoming joint Japanese and British military exercises as evidence Tokyo is preparing for “re-invasion”, presumably of the Korean peninsula
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2166169/north-korea-claims-japan-wants-become-military-giant-and

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

At U.N., Abe speaks on Japan’s pursuit of free trade and his hopes for meeting with North Korea’s leader

Japan will push for free trade as a country that has enjoyed the benefits of the postwar years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday, amid rising trade tension between the world’s economic powers
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/26/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-tells-u-n-japan-will-pursue-free-trade-hopes-meet-north-koreas-kim/#.W6voVmgzY2w
https://www.dw.com/en/proposed-abe-kim-meeting-easier-said-than-done/a-45645446
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809260032.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2164580/japan-challenges-china-submarine-military-exercise-south-china
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/17/national/politics-diplomacy/first-japanese-submarine-conducts-drills-disputed-south-china-sea/#.W6AIBegzY2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809170032.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan PM Shinzo Abe says no peace treaty with Russia until territorial dispute resolved

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday (Sept 14) again ruled out any peace treaty with Russia unless a resolution can first be reached in a territorial dispute over four islands north of Hokkaido
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-says-no-peace-treaty-with-russia-until-territorial-dispute
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180914/p2a/00m/0na/001000c
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-says-putin-comment-reflects-russian-leaders-enthusiasm-sign-peace-treaty/#.W5wGPugzY2w

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Putin proposes Russia and Japan sign historic peace treaty this year

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Wednesday that Russia and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending second world war hostilities “without any preconditions” as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2163960/putin-proposes-russia-and-japan-sign-historic-peace
http://www.atimes.com/article/putin-wants-russia-and-japan-to-seal-historic-peace-deal/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004730485

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi and Abe guarantors of Chinese–Japanese entente

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe are both strongman nationalist leaders and that this augurs poorly for the relationship between the two countries. But are the leaders themselves really a risk? With Xi ensuring he can lead his country for as long as he desires and with Abe cruising towards re-election next month for a third three-year term as LDP party leader, the question deserves careful consideration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/07/xi-and-abe-guarantors-of-chinese-japanese-entente/

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

US–Japan cracks are starting to show

The sentiment in Japan following the US–North Korea summit is of disappointment and powerlessness. President Trump mentioned Japan as one of the main cost bearers of denuclearisation, yet no concrete agreement about denuclearisation was made. Once again, Japan would be paying for something it has little influence over. The pacifist sectors of Japan — the opposition and left-leaning media — are critical of the Abe administration for being out of the loop
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/05/us-japan-cracks-are-starting-to-show/

31 AUGUST 2018

Japan’s Defense Ministry eyes record defense budget amid North Korean and Chinese threats

The Defense Ministry budget proposal released Friday calls for defense spending to rise 2.1 percent to ¥5.3 trillion ($48 billion) for the year starting April 1
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eyes-record-defense-budget-amid-north-korean-chinese-threats/#.W4mPz-gzY2w
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-would-boost-missile-defenses-in-record-military-budget/

29 AUGUST 2018

Japan and North Korea held secret meeting as Shinzo Abe ‘loses trust’ in Donald Trump

Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/29/japan-north-korea-held-secret-meeting-abe-loses-trust-trump/

Short-term comfort for Abe in Trump’s Russia stance

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has actively pursued closer relations with Russia since his return to office in December 2012. This has included the announcement of a ‘new approach’ to bilateral relations that features high-level political engagement, an eight-point economic cooperation plan and enhanced security dialogue
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/16/short-term-comfort-for-abe-in-trumps-russia-stance/

8 AUGUST 2018

Japan’s ‘Pivot to Asia’

In response to the rise of China and India and declining US influence, Japan has prescribed the need for new security partnerships and the expansion of Tokyo’s role in shaping the Asia-Pacific. As a result, Japan has shifted its geo-strategic focus from the ‘Asia-Pacific’ to the ‘Indo-Pacific
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/japans-pivot-to-asia/#52ixvuIVMwIl5AO5.99

1 AUGUST 2018

Japan asks Russia to reduce military activity on disputed islands

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday Tokyo had asked Russia to reduce its military activity on a disputed island chain in the Pacific after Moscow beefed up its forces there in response to what it sees as a potential threat
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-1-japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands

31 JULY 2018

Japan removes PAC-3 missile units, citing eased tensions

The Defense Ministry, citing the diminished threat of a missile strike from North Korea, removed interceptor systems deployed in four western prefectures and Hokkaido on July 30
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-removes-missile-interception-systems-citing-eased-tensions-with-north-korea_2609751.html
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807310039.html

18 JULY 2018

Why Japan–China relations are back on track

In early May 2018 during his first visit to Japan since being appointed in 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang publicly remarked that Japan–China relations had returned to a path of normality. This ‘throw-away line’ revealed that China’s official perspective prior to then was that Japan–China relations had been off course and abnormal
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/18/why-japan-china-relations-are-back-on-track/

5 JULY 2018

Under pressure from US, Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancels Iran trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly cancelled his planned trip to Iran. He would have been the first Japanese leader to visit Tehran in 40 years, but he chooses US security umbrella over need to secure oil supplies
https://www.dw.com/en/under-pressure-from-us-japans-shinzo-abe-cancels-iran-trip/a-44538603
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/984061/Iran-US-tensions-Shinzo-Abe-cancels-visit-Tehran-escalating-tensions-Donald-Trump-demands

2 JULY 2018

Abe’s North Korea dilemma

With his political profile closely linked to a pledge to resolve the ‘abduction issue’, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vigorously lobbied US President Donald Trump to address North Korea’s Cold War kidnapping campaign in the recent US–North Korea summit meeting
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/02/abes-north-korea-dilemma/

26 JUNE 2018

North Korean diplomat tells Japan not to meddle in denuclearisation

A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations advised Japan on Tuesday not to meddle in the process of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152635/north-korean-diplomat-tells-japan-not-meddle-denuclearisation
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/N-Korea-says-it-will-ignore-Japan-until-it-halts-military-buildup-drills

18 JUNE 2018

Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

South Korea has angered Japan by staging military drills near a contested island chain, even as it discusses scaling back joint « war games » with the US to de-escalate tensions with North Korea
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/south-korean-military-drills-disputed-islands-intl/index.html

9 JUNE 2018

Japan Wants Cruise Missiles (And that Should Terrify China or North Korea)

the country is considering buying offensive missiles for the first time since the end of World War II. Those missiles would give Japan the ability to destroy nuclear-tipped missiles on the launching pad, before they are used
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japan-wants-cruise-missiles-should-terrify-china-or-north-26198

1 JUNE 2018

Japan wants to deploy land-based US Aegis missile shield in Akita to guard against N Korea threat

The government has installed two Aegis Ashore batteries to protect the entire Japanese archipelago against North Korea’s missile threats, and now wants to put more in the city of Akita
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2148873/japan-wants-deploy-land-based-us-aegis-missile-shield-akita

31 MAY 2018

Japan, Vietnam agree on maritime safety cooperation

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

26 MAY 2018

Abe, Putin reconfirm readiness to conclude postwar peace treaty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday to make renewed efforts to sign a postwar peace treaty and accelerate bilateral economic cooperation
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180527/p2g/00m/0in/001000c
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/ex-pm-nakasone-turns-100-hopes-for-constitution-amendment
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805270017.htm

23 MAY 2018

How Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Shapes Its Approach to Cyberspace

The Japanese government plans to revise its National Defense Guidelines by the end of 2018, which are expected to strengthen the cybersecurity of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and give them an offensive cyber capability
https://www.cfr.org/blog/how-japans-pacifist-constitution-shapes-its-approach-cyberspace?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+region%2Fasia+%28CFR.org+-+Regions+-+Asia+and+Pacific%29

4 MAY 2018

In a first, Japanese and Chinese leaders talk by phone

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation on the phone Friday, the first time leaders of the two countries had ever done so
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/04/asia/japan-abe-china-north-korea-intl/index.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180504_23/

29 APRIL 2018

North Korea ready for Japan talks, South Korea says

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is willing to engage in dialogue with Japan’s leadership at « any time. »
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/29/560084/Korea-Japan-talks
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Moon-says-N-Korean-leader-wants-to-normalize-ties-with-Japan

17 APRIL 2018

Trump and Japan’s Abe meet over North Korea and global trade

US President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet shortly to discuss North Korea and trade, with both men battling pressure at home
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-4-trump-says-u.s.-having-direct-talks-with-north-korea-about-summit
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43792658
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180418/p2g/00m/0dm/002000c

16 APRIL 2018

China, Japan hail new beginning at bilateral summit

China and Japan on Monday pledged a « new starting point » for bilateral ties. The statement was made during a three-day visit by Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi to Japan. During the visit, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe called for warmer relations
http://en.rfi.fr/20180416-china-japan-summit-new-beginning/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2141970/japan-and-china-try-reset-relations-shadow-trumps-trade
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180416/p2g/00m/0fp/099000c

11 APRIL 2018

Korea-Japan foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties and N. Korea’s nuclear issue

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan have reaffirmed their mutual goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and agreed to develop peaceful and progressive Seoul-Tokyo ties
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216158
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2141315/south-korea-japan-vow-cooperate-resolving-issues-north-remain
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2g/00m/0dm/057000c

9 APRIL 2018

Japan and Europe as Strategic Partners: Opportunities & Challenges

Though Japan and Europe have shared common values and interests since the start of the Cold War, the strategic significance of the partnership appears to have increased considerably in recent years. This is spurred in part by the rise of illiberal or authoritarian challengers to the liberal international order, and the arrival of President Donald Trump in the United States
https://www.cogitasia.com/japan-and-europe-as-strategic-partners-opportunities-challenges/

7 APRIL 2018

Japan activates first marines since WW2

Japan has activated its first marine unit since World War Two, trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-activates-first-marines-since-ww2
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180407/p2g/00m/0dm/072000c

3 APRIL 2018

Japan-Russia Relations: Can the Northern Territories Issue be Overcome?

Russia and Japan are neighbors, but their relationship is often labeled in Japan as “close (geographically) and distant (politically).” The leading reasons are that a treaty of friendship has not been concluded between Japan and Russia, and the Northern Territories issue has not been resolved. These two issues are interlinked
https://www.cogitasia.com/japan-russia-relations-can-the-northern-territories-issue-be-overcome/

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Seoul-protests-over-disputed-island-claims-in-Japan’s-textbooks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215712

13 MARCH 2018

Japan sending military adviser to Malaysia, boosting regional presence in face of assertive China

Japan is beefing up its military and diplomatic presence in Southeast Asia by sending an extra defence attaché to its embassy in Kuala Lumpur, adding to military officers sent to embassies in the Philippines and Vietnam last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2136981/japan-sending-military-adviser-malaysia-boosting-regional

11 MARCH 2018

Japan offers to pay £2m for inspections of North Korea nuclear facilities

Japan will provide Y300 million (£2.03 million) to fund inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency of North Korea’s nuclear facilities if Pyongyang follows through with its vow to scrap its arsenal of atomic weapons
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/11/japan-offers-pay-2m-inspections-north-korea-nuclear-facilities/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803100035.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214947

9 MARCH 2018

Abe to visit U.S. in April to discuss North Korea with Trump

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet in the United States next month, following Washington’s announcement that Trump is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/09/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-visit-u-s-april-discuss-north-korea-trump/#.WqLL8ejOU2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803090030.html
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-abe-to-visit-u.s.-in-april-to-discuss-n.-korea-with-trump

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan to boost its future stealth fighter force with 20 more F-35A jets, defence sources say

Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp. in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802210025.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan and South Korea, the Friendly Foes of East Asia

On Friday morning, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was setting off to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics, as well as a side meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, he declared that cooperation among their two countries and the United States was “unshakable” in the face of threats from North Korea
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/opinion/japan-south-korea-friendly.html

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan’s Abe reiterates pledge to transfer U.S. base in Okinawa

In Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, a candidate backed by the ruling coalition won the Feb. 4 mayoral election here, as voters choose local economic revitalization measures over anti-U.S. military base sentiment
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802050024.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/05/c_136950991.htm

28 JANUARY 2018

Japan, China agree to resume leaders’ visits

Japan and China agreed Sunday to resume reciprocal visits by the two countries’ leaders, underscoring that Asia’s two biggest economies are eager to mend ties in the year marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of a bilateral friendship treaty
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-kono-proposes-to-china-resuming-leaders’-visits
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/137/12/161/1517133146493.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/japan-calls-on-china-to-up-north-korea-cooperation-1.2164058

27 JANUARY 2018

Japan, France reaffirm closer defense cooperation

The Japanese and French defense ministers reaffirmed closer defense cooperation in a meeting Saturday after agreeing the previous day to hold the countries’ first joint maritime defense exercises next month
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-France-reaffirm-closer-defense-cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180127_15/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801250039.html

26 JANUARY 2018

First F-35 stealth fighter arrives at Misawa base

An F-35 stealth fighter has arrived at an airbase in Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It is the first of 10 F-35s that will be deployed at the base
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180126_21/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2130703/japan-deploys-first-f-35a-stealth-fighter-mission-keep-tabs

18 JANUARY 2018

Japan, Australia push for defence pact amid regional tension

Tokyo and Canberra are taking steps to reinforce their security arrangements, with both governments concerned about an unstable and nuclear-armed North Korea and an assertive China
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-australia-push-for-defence-pact-amid-regional-tension-14362
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-australia-eye-deeper-defense-alliance/a-42198311

4 JANUARY 2018

Japan faces greatest danger since World War due to North Korea: PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday North Korea was engaging in continued provocations that were « absolutely unacceptable » and said he would work with the international community to counter its nuclear and missiles development
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-faces-greatest-danger-since-world-war-due-to-north-korea-9831950
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180104_27/

1 JANUARY 2018

Japan eyes aircraft carriers to counter North Korea, China

Concerns over N. Korea’s unpredictable regime and China’s expansionist policies have forced Japan to seek reinterpretation of parts of the constitution that ban the nation from having an offensive military capability
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-eyes-aircraft-carriers-to-counter-north-korea-china/a-41990036

16 DECEMBER 2017

Japan eyes US$46 billion defence budget to counter North Korea: Report

Japan plans a record US$46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year to strengthen its missile defence against the threat posed by North Korea, a report said Saturday (Dec 16)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-eyes-us-46-billion-defence-budget-to-counter-north-korea-9503674
http://www.mod.go.jp/e/d_budget/pdf/291121.pdf

8 DECEMBER 2017

Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking North Korea

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday announced plans to buy offensive air-to-surface missiles, in a move likely to cause controversy considering the country’s decades-long pacifist history
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-purchase-offensive-missiles-capable-of-striking-north-korea/a-41707708
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/08/asia/japan-missiles-purchase-intl/index.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004117987

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/18/shadows-of-the-past-haunt-japan-north-korea-relations/

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

31 AUGUST 2017

Missiles, radar, glide bombs: Japan wants record US$48b weapons budget as North Korea threat grows

If approved by parliament, it would be the sixth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended decade-long defence budget cuts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109126/missiles-radar-glide-bombs-japan-wants-record-us48b-weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/record-high-budget-request-defense-ministry-seeks-new-anti-missile-measures/#.Wah-cshJY2w
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-defense-ministry-seeks-record-high-budget-amid-n.-korea-threat

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

The altitude and speed of Hwasong-12 would have made it very difficult to destroy missile in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to N Korea. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/what-stopped-japan-from-intercepting-north-korean-missile/a-40293016

19 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new security agenda

In September 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed new security legislation permitting Japan to come to the aid of an ally under attack. This was a crucial step in Japan’s journey to becoming a ‘normal’ nation able to do more for its own security. Why did Abe enact such a major change in policy?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/08/19/japans-new-security-agenda/

18 AUGUST 2017

US, Japan step up defense cooperation

The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/183/80/1503051560742.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170818_11/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003888528

16 AUGUST 2017

Let Japan develop nuclear weapons to lessen North Korea threat, former US Navy commander says

The suggestion of a nuclear-armed Japan would prompt China to restrain Pyongyang, said John Bird, a former US Navy commander in the Pacific
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2106952/let-japan-develop-nuclear-weapons-lessen-north-korea

12 AUGUST 2017

Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam

Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday (Aug 12), after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-deploys-missile-defence-over-north-korea-threat-to-guam-reports
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003877500
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170812_14/

16 JULY 2017

Russia blocks Hokkaido mayor’s visit to disputed Kuril islands over Japan’s sanctions

Russia has denied entry to disputed islands to a mayor from Hokkaido in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources said on Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2102829/russia-blocks-hokkaido-mayors-visit-disputed-kurils-over-japans

10 JULY 2017

Japan’s ‘New Approach’ to Russia: Is it Moving Forward?

It seems that Shinzo Abe’s ‘New Approach’ to Russia is unlikely to help in resolving territorial disputes with Russia on the Kuril Islands. Given the different priorities of the two countries and broader geopolitical factors, the prospects of the ‘New Approach’ do not look positive
http://www.ipcs.org/article/east-asia/japans-new-approach-to-russia-is-it-moving-forward-5320.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-japan-look-joint-development-kuril-islands/

8 JULY 2017

Meeting during G20, Abe and Xi seek to improve dialogue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg Saturday and called on China to play a constructive role in discouraging North Korea from developing missiles and nuclear arms
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003808713
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/108/72/34/1499509875018.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170708_29/

15 JUNE 2017

Putin: Russia considers constructing bridge to Sakhalin Island in Far East

A bridge to Sakhalin would be very useful in terms of reviving territorial integrity of Russia, President Putin said
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706151054662806-putin-russia-sakhalin-bridge/

12 APRIL 2017

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is preparing to send several warships to join a US aircraft carrier strike group heading for the Korean peninsula, in a show of force designed to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704120031.html

28 MARCH 2017

Japan prepares to create force like U.S. Marine Corps

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force stepped up preparations Monday toward creating an amphibious force like the U.S. Marine Corps by putting in place a new unit that will offer training to members of the envisioned brigade
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/123019-japan-prepares-to-create-force-like-us-marine-corps

22 MARCH 2017

Japan now has two big helicopter carrier ships as Kaga enters service

Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2081156/japan-now-has-two-big-helicopter-carrier-ships-kaga-enters
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/japan-rolls-military-vessel-170322085927402.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/22/national/politics-diplomacy/msdf-boosts-overseas-deployment-capabilities-second-big-helicopter-carrier/#.WNK2y4WcE2w

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese emperor kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-emperor-kicks-landmark-visit-vietnam
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170228_33/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/173575/vietnam—japan-economic-relations.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

After decades of a self-imposed ban on arms exports, the Abe government in 2014 began to allow the country’s producers to export arms and military equipment. This is a significant development, albeit part of an evolutionary and incremental process. Still, it will be a while before Japan appears on the list of major global arms suppliers
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/16/japanese-arms-for-sale

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe

US President Donald Trump, fresh from patching up ties with China, has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of US support in any conflict over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2070017/trump-and-abe-vow-deeper-trade-and-security-ties-us-and-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/trump-assures-abe-disputed-east-china-sea-islands-170210201048825.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251648725

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

Japan’s defense ministry says it has successfully test-fired at sea a new interceptor missile jointly developed with the United States
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170205_01/

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the military alliance with Japan as global concern grows over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/03/national/politics-diplomacy/shinzo-abe-james-mattis-u-s-japan-bilateral-ties-defense/#.WJTKAoWcHSE
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003500222
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170203_28/

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo started the year 2017 with his foreign policy activism by undertaking a six-day tour to four Asia-Pacific nations –the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2017
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-i-analysis/
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-ii-analysis/

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

The Japanese defence ministry’s first communications satellite was successfully placed in orbit on Tuesday, as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade the Self-Defence Forces’ (SDF) communications network to better deal with security challenges
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064980/new-arms-race-japans-defence-ministry-launch-first-ever
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_30/

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

Following a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a revised pact to boost logistics cooperation between their defense forces
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-arrives-australia-talks-turnbull-security-trade/#.WHqSEoWcE2w
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/14/australia-and-japan-to-strengthen-military-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/14/content_15557168.html

6 JANUARY 2017

Japan recalls envoy after South Korea puts ‘comfort woman’ statue outside consulate

Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea in protest at the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2059912/japan-recalls-its-ambassador-south-korea-over-new-comfort-women
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/japan-says-recalling-envoy-to-skorea-over-new-comfort-woman-statue

29 DECEMBER 2016

Anger as Japanese minister visits ‘war crimes’ shrine after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada, has provoked anger in South Korea and China following a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, a day after she accompanied the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on his reconciliatory trip to Pearl Harbor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/anger-as-japanese-minister-visits-war-crimes-shrine-after-pearl-harbor-trip
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057841/japan-defence-minister-visits-yasukuni-war-shrine-one-day-after

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered « sincere and everlasting condolences » to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38438714
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161228_07/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/28/shinzo-abe-pearl-harbor-horrors-of-war-memorial-hawaii-obama

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

20 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base

Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favour of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa, dealing a significant blow to opponents of the plan led by the island’s governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056041/japans-top-court-backs-tokyo-bid-relocate-okinawa-base
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38381107
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161220_34/

16 DECEMBER 2016

Abe-Putin summit ends with economic deals but no isle steps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Russia will start negotiations on a special system to conduct joint economic activities on 4 Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-putin-summit-ends-economic-deals-no-isle-steps/#.WFQcuIWcE2x
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161216_34/

15 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discuss disputed islands at hot spring

Japan and Russia agreed at a leaders’ summit on Thursday to revive security talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty formally ending the second word war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2054925/japans-shinzo-abe-and-russias-vladimir-putin-discuss-disputed
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_31/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russia’s foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/russia-warns-japan-not-expect-quick-progress-islands-123919543.html
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Kuril islands missiles should not spoil Putin’s visit, Russia tells Japan

Ahead of president’s trip, tensions rise over weapons on Russian-controlled Kurils, some of which are claimed by Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/missiles-on-islands-should-not-spoil-putins-visit-russia-tells-japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/japan-vows-respond-russian-missile-deployment-disputed-islands/
https://sputniknews.com/politics/201611231047762708-russia-japan-kurils/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

This new political circumstance allows Abe to propose a national referendum to revise the constitution. The LDP presented a draft for constitutional revision in 2012 and will lead the coming debate because of its strength in the Diet
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-military-djibouti-idUSKCN12D0C4

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

Washington and Tokyo have signed a bilateral agreement to increase military logistics cooperation as tensions with China continue to escalate
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160927/1045728300/us-japan-amended-asca.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets after the Chinese planes passed over the Miyako Strait on Sunday, east of the islands which both neighbors claim as their own.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37469983
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-scambles-jets-over-china-military-fly-past/a-35890212

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear programme with Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Abe arrived in Cuba for summit talks with President Raul Castro to seek Havana’s assistance in responding to Pyongyang’s nuclear activities
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160923/1045621554/japan-cuba-visit.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cuba-japan-abe-idUKKCN11S2BT?il=0

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

For Japan, developing new missiles helps prevent China’s provocations

To prepare for military provocations by China and North Korea, it is essential to steadily make progress on bolstering Japan’s defence capabilities
http://www.asianews.network/content/editorial-developing-new-missiles-helps-prevent-china%E2%80%99s-provocations-27160

19 AUGUST 2016

Japan defence ministry seeks record budget in 2017 to upgrade missile system, fighter jets

Japan’s defence ministry will seek a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen (US$51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, a government official with direct knowledge of the plan said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2006071/japan-defence-ministry-seeks-record-budget-2017-upgrade-missile
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608190031.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday (Aug 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-to-develop-missile/3041898.html

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

This year’s defense white paper expressed concern about China’s habit of portraying all its actions as accomplished fact and again referred to Beijing’s « heavy-handed » efforts to increase its military presence in the East China Sea and South China Sea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608020072.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160802_14/

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/29/content_15470591.html

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

 A survey of people in Taiwan shows that a record 56 percent of respondents picked Japan as their favorite country. About 1,000 Taiwanese responded to the survey that was carried out in January and February
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_15/

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

Russia’s minister for development of the Far East has called on Japan to jointly develop the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_13/

15 JUNE 2016

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

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

9 JUNE 2016

Japan protests as China’s PLA Navy sails near disputed Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea

A People’s Liberation Army vessel entered waters surrounding the Tokyo-administered isles, called the Diaoyu Islands by China and the Senkakus in Japan, at 12.50am and left at 3.10am, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1970375/japan-protests-chinas-pla-navy-sails-near-disputed
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_12/ht

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons during his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on May 27, the first by a sitting U.S. president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605270097.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160527_34/

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. It was the 13th time the two leaders have met since 2013, when Abe made the first official visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in a decade. But when Abe has only held seven meetings with his U.S. counterpart, why is he meeting Putin so often?http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/opinion-why-has-japan-been-cozying-vladimir-putin

6 MAY 2016

Abe meets Putin to advance bilateral talks on isle row and peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, eager to promote bilateral dialogue and advance talks on the decades-old territorial row that has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a postwar peace treaty
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/06/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-meets-putin-advance-bilateral-talks-isle-row-peace-treaty/#.Vy0Je49OLNN
http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-japan-leaders-meet-as-tensions-loom/3318571.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160507_10/

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

US President Barack Obama does not believe that his country owes Japan a formal apology for the 1945 nuclear bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/03/content_15426640.html

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

22 APRIL 2016

Japan-made stealth aircraft takes to skies for 1st time

With an eye to the future, the nation’s first stealth airplane made its maiden flight on April 22, making Japan the fourth country in the world to successfully fly a manned stealth Aircraft.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-made-stealth-aircraft-takes-skies-first-time
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/japan-succeeds-test-flight-first-stealth-fighter-jet-060235847.html?nhp=1

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

12 APRIL 2016

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

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

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima memorial located on the site where American planes launched the world’s first nuclear attack. The blast and the radiation that resulted killed some 140,000 people
http://www.dw.com/en/kerry-visits-japans-hiroshima-memorial/av-19178054
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/11/john-kerry-lays-flowers-at-hiroshima-memorial/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-deeply-moved-by/2685544.html

3 APRIL 2016

Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines for port call near disputed South China Sea waters

A Maritime Self-Defense Force flotilla of three ships arrived in the Philippines early Sunday on a goodwill visit — the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years — amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/03/national/msdf-submarine-escort-ships-arrive-philippines-port-call-training/#.VwF2bThXrIV
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Japanese-sub-arrives-in-Philippines-on-training-exercise
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/conflicts/17217-japanese-submarine-warships-dock-at-philippine-port-near-disputed-south-china-sea-waters

2 APRIL 2016

Two years after Crimea, are Japan–Ukraine ties weakening?

Times of crisis are a chance to discover who your true friends are. Ukraine learned this lesson two years ago. While it was largely Euro–Atlantic nations that spoke out against Russia’s actions in Crimea, Ukraine also found a supporter in Japan.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/02/two-years-after-crimea-are-japan-ukraine-ties-weakening/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

28 MARCH 2016

 Tokyo’s new ‘self-defence’ laws take effect, allowing Japan to fight in foreign wars

 Japan’s new security laws took effect enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the second world war in a landmark defence policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing constitution.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1931393/tokyos-new-self-defence-laws-take-effect-allowing-japan-fight
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160329_02/

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

That requires both the Abe administration and the Okinawa prefectural government to offer sincere and straightforward answers to questions posed by the other side as part of serious efforts to find common ground
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201603240018

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

8 MARCH 2016

Japan invites Robert Mugabe to summit as it eyes Africa for growth

The Japanese government has invited Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, to Tokyo for talks later this month as Tokyo seeks to expand its influence and business opportunities in Africa
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12187070/Japan-invites-Robert-Mugabe-to-summit-as-it-eyes-Africa-for-growth.html

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

 A key question as 2016 progresses will be: how best to focus US–Japan cooperation to address both the challenges and opportunities that accompany the rise of China? There are six thorny issues that carry the potential to undermine US–Japan cooperation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/15/six-challenges-for-us-japan-cooperation-in-asia/#more-49565

12 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea disbands committee on Japan abduction issue in response to sanctions

North Korea said Friday it has disbanded a special committee that was set up in 2014 to look into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected of being abducted decades ago and in its territory, in response to Tokyo’s decision earlier this week to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/n-korea-disbands-team-probing-fate-of-japanese-abductees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/12/national/politics-diplomacy/north-korea-disbands-committee-on-japan-abduction-issue-in-response-to-sanctions/#.Vr5ZnTjMtjp

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan moves toward unilateral sanctions over North Korea’s missile launch

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Feb. 8 he is preparing to slap unilateral sanctions against North Korea for its “intolerable” act on firing a long-range ballistic missile that flew over islands of Okinawa Prefecture.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602080046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-plans-to-impose/2499056.html

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday advocated amending part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying there is a contradiction between the existence of the Self-Defense Forces and the article that stipulates Japan never maintains land, sea and air forces.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-for-amending-part-of-article-9-of-constitution

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Japan says it has found no evidence its WWII government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, Tokyo has told a UN committee, the latest pronouncement in a corrosive row over interpretations of history
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187796
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-tells-un-no-evidence-forced-wwii-sex-slavery

31 JANUARY 2016

Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

The United States urged Japan to consult with China before its provocative Senkaku Islands purchase in 2012, a declassified email forwarded to then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601310039
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/31/national/u-s-urged-japan-consult-china-2012-senkakus-purchase/#.Vq6FdzjMtjp

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

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

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan reconsiders, decides to join U.N. nuclear disarmament group

Tokyo, in a sharp reversal of policy, will now join a U.N. nuclear disarmament group even though it still does not want a treaty banning weapons of mass destruction.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601280036

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

Tokyo believes 70 years of pacifism and a commitment to international law and order give it a right to a permanent seat at the UN’s top table. But regional rival China is unlikely to allow that to happen
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-steps-up-campaign-for-full-un-security-council-seat/a-19007001

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/23/japan-must-carefully-evaluate-chinas-strategic-intentions/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Japan, UK to develop air-to-air missile system

Japan and the UK are taking defence co-operation a step further. The two countries’ foreign and defence ministers announced this after a meeting in Tokyo on Friday (Jan 8)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-uk-to-develop-air/2410918.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/12087634/RAF-fighters-bound-for-Japan-for-first-time-in-decades-as-UK-builds-military-ties.html

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty after WWII. The reason is a sovereignty dispute over an island chain. Now PM Abe has called for a summit with President Putin to tackle the issue. But can it succeed?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-japan-and-russia-finally-resolve-their-territorial-dispute/a-18959623

4 JANUARY 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants summit with Vladimir Putin to resolve territorial row over islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin must take place in order for the countries to forge a peace treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35219262
http://www.dw.com/en/japans-abe-to-try-and-resolve-world-war-ii-row-with-russia/a-18956623

1 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s Master Plan to Destroy the Chinese Navy in Battle

 It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japans-master-plan-destroy-the-chinese-navy-battle-14779

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

Japan is closing in on becoming the fourth nation to test fly its own stealth jet, a move that could further antagonize neighboring Asian countries who’ve opposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to strengthen the role of its armed forces
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/japan-set-to-test-stealth-jet-as-abe-strengthens-armed-forces?cmpid=yhoo.headline

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands
http://news.yahoo.com/russia-building-military-bases-islands-claimed-japan-134635651.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

U.S. approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday
http://news.yahoo.com/u-approves-sale-global-hawk-drones-japan-165257370–finance.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

20 OCTOBER 2015

S Korea, Japan defence ministers meet as ties thaw, but Seoul, Tokyo differ over Japan’s overseas military operations

The defence ministers of South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul on Tuesday, in a further sign that relations are beginning to emerge from an extended diplomatic deep freeze
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-defence-ministers-meet-ties-thaw
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151020_42.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151020001104

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korean missile issue

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150930_03.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated on Monday (Sep 21) that there is no room for compromise with Japan over the disputed south Kuril islands, calling on Tokyo to « recognise » post-WWII « historic realities »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-must-recognise/2142368.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

Japan’s upper chamber of Parliament early Saturday approved controversial bills allowing the country’s military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances — a major shift after seven decades of pacifism
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/18/asia/japan-military-constitution/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-passes-law-allowing-troops-fight-150918125944422.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japanese-diet-enacts-security-laws-marking-japan%E2%80%99s-departure-pacifism

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan ‘disappointed’ by Chinese leader Xi’s WWII speech

Japan said Thursday it was « disappointed » there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-disappointed-chinese-leader-xis-wwii-speech http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/04/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-regrets-absence-reference-reconciliation-xi-speech/#.VelMrDjAJMt

26 AUGUST 2015

Barack Obama apologises to Japan over US spying claims released by Wikileaks

United States president Barack Obama apologises to Tokyo over WikiLeaks claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians, a Japanese government spokesman says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-26/barack-obama-apologises-to-japan-over-us-spying-claims-released-by-wikileaks/1486028

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the archipelago in a long-running dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/russian-pm-visits/2069404.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/22/content_15307412.html

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/how-russia-tries-to-intimidate-japan/
http://tass.ru/en/russia/810266?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report&utm_campaign=SitRep0724

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have approved this year’s Defence White Paper, which warns of a severe security situation that is growing in the region, with China as one of the factors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-says-security/1998914.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002302049
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/21/national/politics-diplomacy/defense-white-paper-stresses-threat-posed-china/#.Va68Du_ALVJ
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1842676/japan-sharpens-its-criticism-china

19 JULY 2015

Japan Defense Ministry picks Fuji Heavy and Bell to build new military transport helicopter

Japan has awarded Fuji Heavy Industries and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopters a $3.02 billion deal to build a fleet of military transport aircraft that would also be sold overseas
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/defense-ministry-picks-fuji-heavy-and-bell-to-build-new-military-transport-helicopter

16 JULY 2015

Japan’s lower house of parliament approves a set of bills to allow the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

Japan’s House of Representatives approved of a package of 11 security bills that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to assist its allies abroad, even if there is no direct threat to Japan, for the first time since the end of World War II
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33546465
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/16/japan-lawmakers-approve-contentious-bills-to-bolster-military-presence-abroad/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-pushes-security-bills-through-lower-house-desp-78221.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2015-07/17/content_6589202.htm

7 JUNE 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

The United States and Japan on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost of around $2 billion.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/500058/news/world/us-japan-say-first-test-of-raytheon-s-new-sm-3-missile-a-success

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

Japanese and Ukrainian leaders on Saturday agreed not to allow the changing of the status quo by force, in reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine in March last year.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002204570
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150606_35.html

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

Japan’s defence minister Gen Nakatani has declared Japan’s intention to heighten its support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ member countries, to counter China’s moves to reclaim land on reefs in the Spratly Islands and establish military facilities there
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-aims-to-boost-support-for-Asean-to-thwart-Ch-75860.html

14 MAY 2015

Japan Cabinet approves greater overseas defense role

Japan’s Cabinet has endorsed a set of defense bills allowing the country’s military to go beyond its self-defense stance and play a greater role internationally, a plan that has split public opinion
http://www.euronews.com/2015/05/14/japan-cabinet-approves-draft-laws-to-expand-military-role/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/561543/japan-cabinet-oks-bills-to-expand-military-role
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32735359

12 MAY 2015

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam

The Philippines and Japan held their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea on May 12, while Japan’s coastguard works with Vietnam this week, as Tokyo boosts maritime ties with two nations at odds with Beijing over the disputed waterway
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201505120079

7 MAY 2015

187 scholars urge Abe to address Japan’s wartime history

A group of historians and scholars of Japan studies has called on Japan to make an unbiased accounting of history as a step to promote peace and friendship in Asia. 187 noted scholars in the United States, Britain, and other countries made the appeal in a statement titled “Open Letter in Support of Historians in Japan. »
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/07/national/politics-diplomacy/187-scholars-urge-abe-address-japans-wartime-history/#.VUvfKO_GNjo
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/554499/japan-academics-call-on-tokyo-to-face-history

30 APRIL 2015

Japan considering joint US air patrols to show China they don’t own the South China Sea

Japan’s military is considering joining the United States in maritime air patrols in the South China Sea in response to China’s increasingly assertive pursuit of territorial claims, a Japanese and a U.S. source familiar with the discussions said.
http://chinadailymail.com/2015/04/30/japan-considering-joint-us-air-patrols-to-show-china-they-dont-own-the-south-china-sea/

29 APRIL 2015

Abe addresses US Congress, the first ever Japanese PM

Today Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan became the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress. Abe summarized key themes for U.S.-Japan relations including history, as August marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150430_05.html
http://cogitasia.com/abes-speech-to-congress/
http://www.bbc.com/news/32522234

28 APRIL 2015

Abe’s Visit Marks ‘New Era’ for US-Japan Alliance

 US President Barack Obama has hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the White House to showcase a deeper defence partnership between the two countries and advance a Pacific trade pact
http://thediplomat.com/2015/04/abes-visit-marks-new-era-for-us-japan-alliance/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/29/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-obama-bolster-alliance-globally-declare-trade-talks-progress-prime-minister-repeats-comfort-women-remorse/#.VT_8qu_GNjp

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

The US and Japan signed a new set of defence agreements on Monday that allow for greater co-operation between their militaries at a time of rising Chinese influence in Asia.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/83bffa24-ecf7-11e4-bebf-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3YXqvYqpL
http://www.defensenews.com/story/breaking-news/2015/04/27/us-japan-new-military-agreement/26443297/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002110981

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

The leaders of China and Japan held talks on Wednesday (Apr 22) for only the second time since taking office, seeking to repair a relationship damaged by territorial disputes and a bitter wartime legacy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-japan-leaders-meet/1801078.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-04/22/content_15254581.html

16 APRIL 2015

Putin ready to discuss isle row but hits Japan’s sanctions over Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow is ready to hold territorial talks with Japan but that Tokyo’s move to back sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine conflict has effectively halted such discussions
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/04/17/national/putin-says-hes-ready-discuss-isle-row-hits-japans-sanctions-ukraine/#.VTLCl-_GPIU

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

31 MARCH 2015

Japan extends North Korea sanctions amid stalled abduction probe

Japan says it will extend sanctions against North Korea for two more years, citing no progress in talks on abducted Japanese nationals
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32126588

26 MARCH 2015

Japan unveils Izumo, its largest warship since World War II

Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) has taken delivery of the Izumo, the largest Japanese military vessel to see service since World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/26/asia/japan-msdf-new-helicopter-carrier/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11497780/Japan-receives-biggest-warship-since-Second-World-War.html

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

Japan and China held security talks Thursday after a four-year hiatus because of simmering territorial tensions with the two sides agreeing to hold meetings « more frequently » to speed up a thaw in once-frozen relations, officials said http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/502123/japan-china-in-security-talks-after-4-year-break
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31957664

18 MARCH 2015

Japan ruling bloc agrees on new security legislation

Japan’s ruling parties reached broad agreement on Wednesday that paves the way for the most drastic change in the nation’s security policy in six decades and sets the stage to update guidelines for defence cooperation with Washington.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-ruling-bloc-agrees/1725000.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/18/national/politics-diplomacy/komeito-agrees-to-permanent-law-on-dispatch-of-sdf/#.VQn41e9_lMs

13 MARCH 2015

Japan, France sign defence pact to spur cooperation, joint development

Japan and France signed a deal on military equipment and technology transfers on Friday, in a move to drive cooperation and joint development of defence gear, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe strengthens security ties with major powers
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-france-sign-defenc/1714548.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-03/13/content_15238805.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/13/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-ink-defense-gear-transfer-pact-at-two-plus-two-meeting/#.VQNlvO9_nmQ

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Abe hopeful for Japan-Russia island dispute resolution

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a decades-long territorial dispute between Japan and Russia could soon be resolved, but Tokyo’s decision to slap sanctions in response to Moscow’s involvement in Ukraine, appears to have complicated the progress of the territorial talks.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/abe-hopeful-for-japan/1643770.html

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan says it won’t give in to terrorism – but no troops

Japan told the world’s nations Thursday it will never give in to terrorism and will continue providing non-military assistance for the fight against the Islamic State and other extremist groups — but not military troops or equipment “at this point.”
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-says-it-wont-give-in-to-terrorism-but-no-troops

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Doubts raised over Japan’s ability to handle international crisis

Japan’s failure to rescue two hostages beheaded by Islamic State militants has raised doubts about its ability to handle an international crisis, as the country reels from news of journalist Kenji Goto’s killing
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/doubts-raised-over-japans-ability-to-handle-international-crisis

1 FEBRUARY 2015

Prime Minister Abe condemns Islamic State, vows justice for Goto

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Feb. 1 condemned the apparent killing of journalist Kenji Goto by Islamic State, vowing to work with other nations to bring those responsible to justice.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010016
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/01/national/islamic-state-group-purportedly-releases-goto-execution-video/#.VM6q4u83Nla
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201502010012

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

Japan’s cabinet has approved the country’s largest defence budget, with plans to buy surveillance aircraft and F-35 fighter jets to improve defences of disputed islands amid China’s increasing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/japan-approves-record-defence-budget-2015114391974279.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/11345913/Japan-approves-largest-ever-defence-budget-as-Hiroshima-mayor-calls-for-peace.html

10 JANUARY 2015

Japan eyes new law to aid non-U.S. forces in international conflicts

The government plans to enact a law authorizing the Self-Defense Forces to support allied foreign militaries other than U.S. forces in the event of international conflicts, an outline of security-related legislation showed Saturday.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/01/10/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eyes-new-law-to-aid-non-u-s-forces-in-international-conflicts/#.VLGk7b3LTUA

28 DECEMBER 2014

USA, Japan and South Korea sign a “Sharing Arrangement Concerning the Nuclear and Missile Threats Posed by North Korea”

The Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Korea, the Ministry of Defense of Japan, and the Department of Defense of the United States of America finalized a trilateral information sharing arrangement concerning the nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea
http://www.asiaobserver.org/security-in-asia

26 DECEMBER 2014

US delivers second radar defense system to Japan

The new Army Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance system (AN/TPY-2) aims to « enhance sensor coverage for ballistic missile defense of Japan and the US homeland, » the Defense Department said in a statement.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/452294/us-delivers-second-radar-defense-system-to-japan

5 DECEMBER 2014

The Okinawa Reality

Geopolitical realities suggest that the recent election of an anti-base candidate is unlikely to change much.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-okinawa-reality/

1 DECEMBER 2014

Japan starts destruction of WWII chemical weapons in China

A Japanese-built facility in China on Monday began destroying the largest cache of World War II chemical weapons abandoned in the country, Tokyo officials said, in a rare case of cooperation between the two countries
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-starts-destruction-wwii-chemical-weapons-china

27 NOVEMBER 2014

Sino-Japan Ties Improving?

Graded on a curve, there was progress at the APEC summit
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/china-japan-ties-improving/

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201411130062

10 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan leaders hold talks in Beijing

The leaders of China and Japan have held one-on-one talks for the first time since they took office, signalling willingness to put on the back burner a bitter row over disputed islands and Japan’s war-time aggression.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-japan-leaders-hold-talks-beijing-201411104626592285.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-japans-abe-hold-landmark-meeting-after-awkward-handshake
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29983537

7 NOVEMBER 2014

China and Japan smooth over East China Sea island row

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

4 NOVEMBER 2014

Aquino explains backing Japan’s new self-defense policy

Philippine President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday he is backing the Abe administration’s reinterpretation of the Constitution to be able to exercise the right to collective self-defense
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/11/04/national/aquino-explains-backing-japans-new-self-defense-policy/#.VFlUAb3LTIU

27 OCTOBER 2014

Japan delegation arrives in N.Korea over kidnapping probe

A Japanese delegation arrived in North Korea on Monday for talks centred on Pyongyang’s investigation into the Cold War kidnappings of Japanese citizens, which has marred relations for years.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439903/japan-delegation-arrives-in-n-korea-over-kidnapping-probe
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=2996554

26 OCTOBER 2014

Japan Builds Response to Chinese Area-Denial Strategy

Japan’s response to Chinese anti-access/area-denial threats rest on three planks: increasingly large helicopter carriers, next-generation 3,300-ton Soryu-class submarines and new Aegis destroyers.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141026/DEFREG03/310260020/Japan-Builds-Response-Chinese-Area-Denial-Strategy

22 OCTOBER 2014

China-Japan talks fuel hope of meeting to end tension

Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has met China’s Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli in Beijing, fuelling speculation of a possible meeting between the two countries’ leaders.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29724179

17 OCTOBER 2014

Japan’s Abe irks China, S Korea with shrine offering

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to Tokyo’s Yasukuni Shrine yesterday, prompting sharp rebukes from China and South Korea, even as Abe seeks meetings with their leaders to improve strained ties.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/10/18/2003602336
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/17/china-protests-japan-shinzo-abe-yasukuni-shrine

16 OCTOBER 2014

Abe plays up friendship with China while pushing for summit with Xi

In the world of diplomacy, words can be a weapon. With this in mind, the Japanese prime minister’s latest remarks are particularly significant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has recently started using the expression « stable friendly relations » in reference to Japan-China ties.
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Abe-plays-up-friendship-with-China-while-pushing-for-summit-with-Xi

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan, Intelligence and Security

In 1997, the Japanese government unveiled a plan for wide-scale centralization and reform of the nation’s intelligence community. Hoping to consolidate the myriad of small intelligence agencies and bureaus, the plan called for the creation of super-agencies that combined military and civilian, foreign and domestic intelligence operations
http://www.faqs.org/espionage/Int-Ke/Japan-Intelligence-and-Security.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan steps up sanctions as tensions rise with Russia

Japan has imposed additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29345451
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-says-visit-putin-aide-disputed-island-regrettable

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

Ex-Japan PM Hoshiro Mori visits South Korea in hope of easing troubled ties

Former Japanese premier Hoshiro Mori brings a letter from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he meets South Korean President Park Geun-hye during a visit to Seoul from Friday, a government spokesman, as Tokyo seeks a thaw in frosty ties
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140919000872
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ex-japan-pm-visit-south-korea-hope-easing-troubled-ties

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

History and the Possibility of Taiwan-Japan Relations

Many Taiwanese have a surprisingly positive take on Japan’s colonial legacy, with memories that remain salient today.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/history-and-the-possibility-of-taiwan-japan-relations/

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

Australia ‘to buy Japanese submarines’

News Corp Australia claims the Australian government will select the Japanese-built Soryu Class submarine to replace locally built Collins Class boats, when they retire in 2030.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-09/08/content_15164405.html

Chongryon chief visits North Korea for first time in eight years

The head of the most influential pro-North Korea organization in Japan is back in Pyongyang for the first time in eight years and might end up meeting with leader Kim Jong Un.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/09/07/national/head-of-japans-top-pro-pyongyang-group-arrives-in-north-korea-for-the-first-time-in-eight-years/#.VA3FKL1OLmI

7 SEPTEMBER 2014

Dhaka quits UN race for Tokyo

In a major policy decision in favour of Japan, Bangladesh has withdrawn its candidature for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2016-17
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Dhaka-quits-UN-race-for-Tokyo-64237.html

Abe becomes first Japanese PM to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years

Shinzo Abe on Sunday became the first Japanese prime minister to visit Sri Lanka in 24 years, on the second leg of a South Asian tour that sought to assert Tokyo’s interest in a region where it has ceded influence to China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/abe-becomes-first-japanese-pm-visit-sri-lanka-24-years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-sri-lanka-leaders/1350640.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP).
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/03/japan-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-five-women-cabinet

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the « expansionism » of some nations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-and-india-vow-boost-strategic-ties-during-summit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429897/india-and-japan-will-shape-21st-century-says-modi

29 AUGUST 2014

UN issues fresh call to Japan over WWII ‘comfort women’

A UN watchdog issued a fresh call Friday to Japan to take full blame for forcing women from Korea and elsewhere in Asia to work as sex slaves during World War II.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429474/un-issues-fresh-call-to-japan-over-wwii-comfort-women29

22 AUGUST 2014

Japan Joins the Great Arms Bazaar

Japan’s major defense contractors are wasting no time taking advantage of a decision by the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last April to relax the half-century self-imposed ban on sales of military equipment abroad. There had been a total ban on such exports since the late 1960s.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/japan-joins-great-arms-bazaar/

6 AUGUST 2014

Japanese white paper raps China’s dangerous ADIZ

Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japanese-white-paper-raps-China’s-dangerous-ADIZ-63125.html

1 AUGUST 2014

Tokyo gives Hanoi six naval ships to counter China

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

29 JULY 2014

Japan, France agree on defence equipment cooperation

Japan and France on Tuesday agreed to enhance defence cooperation, including the joint development of military equipment, Japanese officials said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423156/japan-france-agree-on-defence-equipment-cooperation

28 JULY 2014

Japan to step up sanctions against Russia amid Ukraine unrest

Japan will impose additional sanctions on Russia for failing to defuse the crisis in Ukraine, where the recent downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet killed all 298 people aboard, the government said Monday
http://asiancorrespondent.com/125204/japan-to-step-up-sanctions-against-russia-amid-ukraine-unrest/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/28/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-announces-additional-sanctions-on-russia-over-ukraine/

26 JULY 2014

Tokyo releases records to boost claim to islands

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

25 JULY 2014

Japan rejects UN watchdog’s call on ‘comfort women’

Japan on Friday rejected a call by a UN watchdog to accept full blame for pressing Asian women into wartime sexual slavery in military brothels, saying it was not obligated to do so
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/422563/japan-rejects-un-watchdog-call-on-comfort-women
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623442/japan-rejects-un-watchdogs-call-on-comfort-women

3 JULY 2014

Japan to lift some sanctions against North Korea after abductions decision

Japan is to lift some sanctions against North Korea after the regime in Pyongyang agreed to reinvestigate the fates of Japanese nationals abducted by its agents during the cold war
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/03/japan-to-lift-some-sanctions-against-north-korea-after-abductee-move
http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/03/japan-set-to-lift-sanctions-on-north-korea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/07/03/national/japan-outlines-sanctions-reward-for-n-koreas-action-on-abductions/#.U7WuNL1OLmI

2 JULY 2014

What Japan’s military shift means

The administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a major new interpretation of the security provisions of the country’s 1947 constitution, permitting its Self Defence Forces (SDF) to participate for the first time in collective self-defence related activities
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28122791

24 JUNE 2014 

Aquino backs Abe’s bid to amend Japan charter for stronger military

President Aquino on Tuesday endorsed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to amend Japan’s constitution and expand the Japanese role on regional security amid China’s expansionism moves
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/107009/aquino-backs-japans-larger-military-role

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

3 JUNE 2014

Japan PM may visit North Korea in kidnap probe

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may make a rare visit to North Korea, his foreign minister said Tuesday, days after announcing a deal to re-open the probe into Japanese citizens kidnapped by spies in the Cold War years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413446/japan-pm-may-visit-north-korea-in-kidnap-probe

1 JUNE 2014

Japan, Vietnam deepen defence ties

Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and Vietnamese Defence Minister Gen Phung Quang Thanh agreed Sunday to strengthen defence cooperation amid alarm in both countries over China’s maritime assertiveness in the East and South China seas

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413008/japan-vietnam-deepen-defence-ties

31 MAY 2014

Chinese ships in disputed waters with Japan

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

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412721/abe-stands-up-for-asean

Japan plans more proactive role in Asian security

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412722/japan-plans-more-proactive-role-in-asian-security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27630604

25 MAY 2014

China and Japan trade blame over plane action

Japan and China have traded accusations after China scrambled fighter jets when Japanese military aircraft entered an air defence zone declared by Beijing over the East China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-japan-trade-blame-over-plane-action-2014525123455438729.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/25/china-japan-jets-south-china-sea

21 MAY 2014

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

Japan plans to set up military outposts on three islands far west of Tokyo to boost the defence of its outlying islands, including a group of rocky outcrops also claimed by China

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-set-3-military-outposts-near-disputed-isles-report

17 MAY 2014

Japan, China ministers hold first meeting since war shrine trip

The Japanese and Chinese trade ministers held talks Saturday in the first high-level meeting between the two countries since a visit by Japan’s premier to a controversial war shrine sparked a furious diplomatic row in December.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-china-ministers-hold-first-meeting-war-shrine-trip

 

Xinjiang news

5 DECEMBER 2018

China refuses top human rights official access to Uighur Muslim ‘re-education’ camps

China has blocked a leading human rights official from visiting the “re-education camps” which hold as many as one million Uighur Muslims
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-uighur-muslim-camps-xinjiang-human-rights-internment-barbel-kofler-germany-a8667886.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176508/china-rejects-german-human-rights-delegations-request-visit

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang doubles security spending in one year

Spending on prisons and security-related construction in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang doubled between 2016 and 2017 new research has revealed, undermining China’s denial of the existence of mass internment camps
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/06/asia/xinjiang-uyghur-crackdown-china-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46111865

10 OCTOBER 2018

China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist

China’s far-northwestern region of Xinjiang has revised legislation to provide a legal basis for internment camps where up to 1 million Muslims are being held amid mounting international criticism
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/asia/xinjiang-china-reeducation-camps-intl/index.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-region-gives-legal-basis-for-muslim-internment-camps
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45812419

30 AUGUST 2018

UN calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday (Aug 30) over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/un-accuses-china-of-counter-terrorism-pretext-in-mass-detention-of-muslim-uighurs
https://www.dw.com/en/un-panel-alarmed-by-reports-over-xinjiang/a-45293724
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/us-senators-demand-sanctions-against-chinese-officials-over-muslim-abuses/

10 AUGUST 2018

UN says it has reports that China is holding 1 million Uygurs in ‘secret internment camps’

A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uygurs in China were being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-says-a-million-uighurs-held-in-china-camps-19512
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45147972
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159258/un-cites-reports-china-holding-1-million-uygurs-secret

21 JUNE 2018

Is China building ‘political reeducation’ camps for Muslim minorities?

In China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, there have been reports of « reeducation » camps where over 200,000 « suspects » are being held. DW spoke with researcher Adrian Lenz about the veracity of the reports.
http://www.dw.com/en/is-china-building-political-reeducation-camps-for-muslim-minorities/a-44334145
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/18/china-is-using-terrorist-threats-to-culturally-cleanse-its-west/

14 MAY 2018

Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes

More than a million Chinese Communist officials are being dispatched to live with local families in the western region of Xinjiang, a move seen as a sign of the government’s increasingly tightened grip over the area’s predominantly Uyghur Muslim population
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/14/asia/china-xinjiang-home-stays-intl/index.html

China rolls out three-year plan to tackle poverty in Xinjiang

China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang is planning a poverty relief scheme targeting its 22 poorest counties, state-run Xinhua reported on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133730/china-rolls-out-three-year-plan-tackle-poverty-xinjiang
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-launches-anti-poverty-drive-restive-xinjiang-180218150517058.html

27 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s ‘three warfares’ in Xinjiang

There has been analysis of China’s use of ‘three warfares’ — public opinion, psychological warfare and legal warfare — in the context of external issues like the South China Sea dispute and the Doklam standoff with India. But China has also deployed elements of the ‘three warfares’ to counter a primarily domestic security challenge: the threat of Uyghur militancy, radicalisation and terrorism in Xinjiang
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/27/chinas-three-warfares-in-xinjiang/

6 AUGUST 2017

China sacks senior Xinjiang official for not fighting extremism

A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/254252017/chinese-official-fired-for-not-fighting-extremism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-sacks-senior-xinjiang-official-for-not-fighting-extremism-1.2069696

3 JUNE 2017

Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China

 Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/03/muslim-children-forced-to-drop-religious-names-in-western-china

22 APRIL 2017

Inside the shadowy world of Chinese militants fighting in Syria

Many do not speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2089808/inside-shadowy-world-chinese-militants-fighting-syria

30 MARCH 2017

Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’

China’s Xinjiang region passed a law on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s intensifying campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism in the Uygur homeland
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2083479/ban-beards-and-veils-chinas-xinjiang-passes-regulation
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/china-sets-rules-on-beards-to-combat-extremism-in-xinjiang/8401762?section=world
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/30/does-china-have-itself-to-blame-for-the-trans-nationalisation-of-uyghur-terrorism/

18 MARCH 2017

What do Islamic State and Tibet have to do with China’s crackdown in Xinjiang?

The government has responded to the growing threat by bringing in new hardline security restrictions on Xinjiang (新疆) residents – restrictions some experts say have been imported from neighbouring Tibet by Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party leader, who previously held the same office in Tibet
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2079542/what-do-islamic-state-and-tibet-have-do-chinas-crackdown

10 MARCH 2017

Xi urges ‘great wall of iron’ for Xinjiang’s stability

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a « great wall of iron » to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/10/content_15584177.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/china-xi-jinping-wants-great-wall-of-steel-in-violence-hit-xinjiang

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist Attack

Thousands of armed police and military vehicles have taken part in a parade in China’s restive Xinjiang region in a massive show of force two days after a deadly attack that authorities blamed on terrorists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2071788/massive-show-force-staged-chinas-xinjiang-region-after
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/eight-die-five-injured-in-xinjiang-knife-attack-reports-02152017152530.html

20 JULY 2016

Beijing policies in Xinjiang driving Chinese Muslims to join ranks of Islamic State, says US think tank

Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in the country’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join Islamic State (IS), a US think tank said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1992418/beijing-policies-xinjiang-driving-chinese-muslims-join

3 JUNE 2016

China angered by US questioning ‘anti-terrorism campaign’ in Muslim-majority Xinjiang

China asks the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington expresses concern about the lack of transparency in China’s anti-terrorism campaign.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-03/china-angered-by-us-questioning-antiterrorism-campaign-in-muslimmajority-xinjiang/1587250
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/03/content_15444483.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/02/content_15443381.html

8 APRIL 2016

Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms

Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
http://www.dawn.com/news/1250730/chinas-xinjiang-seals-pakistan-ties-with-2bn-in-deals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-04/08/content_15413033.html

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

3 JANUARY 2016

Role Of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region In Economic Security Of China – Analysis

The main question addressed in this article is why the economic development of Xinjiang is a priority for the Beijing government. How can we explain the fact that Beijing’s investment in Xinjiang is much higher than its investment in other regions populated by predominantly non- Han Chinese population?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/03012016-role-of-xinjiang-uyghur-autonomous-region-in-economic-security-of-china-analysis/

3 DECEMBER 2015

Xinjiang violence: Does China have a terror problem?

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years and authorities have blamed there has been a spate of high-profile attacks outside the province
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/02/asia/china-xinjiang-uyghurs/index.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Chinese police kill 28 members of « terrorist group » – state media reports

Chinese security forces have killed 28 people allegedly responsible for a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12006934/Chinese-police-kill-28-members-of-terrorist-group-state-media-reports.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/china-28-terrorists-killed-xinjiang-operation-151120045600089.html

23 JUNE 2015

China’s illusion of harmony

China’s recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/06/china-illusion-harmony-muslims-ramadan-150622090238602.html

25 MAY 2015

China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown

More than 92 percent of groups were raided while planning attacks and 112 suspects turned themselves into security services, according to an assessment of the security operation by Xinjiang’s regional Communist Party committee.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/china-claims-to-have-broken-up-nearly-200-terror-cells-in-xinjiang/73661

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Hacking, shooting incident leave 17 dead in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture

Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/aksu-02202015214715.html

23 JANUARY 2015

Arrests in China’s Xinjiang ‘nearly doubled in 2014’

More than 27,000 suspects were arrested, up by more than 95 per cent, in the far-western, predominantly Muslim area, according to reports
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11365321/Arrests-in-Chinas-Xinjiang-nearly-doubled-in-2014Muslim-Uighurs.html

31 DECEMBER 2014

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang Nur Bekri to top energy post

China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country’s top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-promotes-governor-troubled-xinjiang-top-energy-post

11 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-urumqi-bans-islamic-veil-sparking-rights-concerns

9 DECEMBER 2014

China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Seven students of a prominent scholar from China’s Uighur minority have been convicted of separatism in a secret trial and given prison sentences of three to eight years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/448514/students-of-uighur-scholar-jailed-for-eparatism-lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30390801

8 DECEMBER 2014

China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang knife, bomb attacks

Eight people were sentenced to death for their roles in two knife and bomb attacks earlier this year in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang , state media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1657774/china-sentences-eight-death-xinjiang-knife-bomb-attacks

29 NOVEMBER 2014

Xinjiang attack leaves at least 15 dead

The official Xinhua news agency said the attack took place on Friday on a “food street” in Shache county, where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/29/xinjiang-attack-15-dead

11 NOVEMBER 2014

22 Sentenced to Prison in Ethnically Split Chinese Region of Xinjiang

The authorities in Xinjiang have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/xinjiang-court-sentences-22-to-prison-for-religious-crimes.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 OCTOBER 2014

China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering

China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang
http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/china-streamline-counter-terrorism-intelligence-gathering

13 OCTOBER 2014

China sentences 12 to death for south Xinjiang attacks

A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29592882
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/china-sentences-12-death-xinjiang-20141013125835795435.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: state media

Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang’s Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/434283/40-rioters-killed-in-china-xinjiang-state-media

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Interactive: China’s Uighur unrest

Ethnic violence has wracked China’s restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/interactive-china-uighur-unrest-201492282424478793.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Urumqi police to reward tip-offs on terrorism

Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said on Tuesday they will reward informants who report events or individuals connected with activities related to terrorism and religious extremism.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-09/10/content_15164630.html

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scheme-08292014122418.html

24 AUGUST 2014

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls « terrorist » attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28917604
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-tiananmen-square-attack-leaders

16 AUGUST 2014

China says it ‘rescues’ 82 children from Xinjiang religious schools

A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 82 children being « rescued » from unlicensed Islamic schools and the seizure of religious clothing, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-rescues-82-children-xinjiang-religious-schools

12 AUGUST 2014

China jails 25 more for terror crimes in Xinjiang

A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offences, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-jails-25-more-terror-crimes-xinjiang

6 AUGUST 2014

Chinese city bans Islamic beards, headwear and clothing on buses

Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/chinese-city-bans-islamic-beards-headwear-and-clothing-on-buses
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28670719

4 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang offers cash rewards for those hunting terrorists

Authorities in far west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have announced that more than 300 million yuan (about $48 million) would be offered in cash rewards to those who helped hunt suspected terrorists
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/08-04/127543.shtml

3 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang unrest leaves nearly 100 dead, including 37 civilians, China says

Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China’s far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/03/xinjiang-100-dead-37-civilians-china
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28628332

30 JULY 2014

Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28586426
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/murder-07302014221118.html

Chinese authorities tighten security in Xinjiang region after surge in violence

Security tightened drastically across China’s far western city of Kashgar on Wednesday, as Uighur exiles disputed official reports blaming terrorists for fatal violence that claimed dozens of lives in the same part of the Xinjiang region two days earlier
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/chinese-tighten-security-xinjiang-violence-uighur-muslim-minority

29 JULY 2014

China says dozens killed in Xinjiang attack

Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority, state media has reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-says-dozens-killed-xinjiang-attack-2014729143054999925.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/29/chinese-police-shoot-dozens-knife-wielding-attackers-dead-xinjiang
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10999002/Chinese-police-shoot-dead-dozens-after-mass-knife-attacks.html

11 JULY 2014

China jails 32 in Xinjiang on terror charges

Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420115/chinese-courts-jail-32-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28258983

2 JULY 2014

China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast

Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1116546/china-restricts-ramazan-fasting-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28123267

30 JUNE 2014

China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism

Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-jails-113-xinjiang-terrorism-201463063741554316.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10934818/China-jails-113-for-terrorism-in-Xinjiang-mass-trial.html

21 JUNE 2014

China Xinjiang: Police kill 13 attackers

Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27953164
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140621000128&cid=1103
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thirteen-shot-dead-after-china-bomb-attack-20146213434779465.html

16 JUNE 2014

Three sentenced to death for Tiananmen Square attack

Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, state-run media said Monday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140616-china-sentenced-death-tiananmen-square-attack/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/16/chinese-court-hands-out-death-penalty-for-tiananmen-crash/

China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/16/world/asia/china-executions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-13-terror-violent-crimes-xinjiang-xinhua
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415673/china-executes-13-for-terror-violent-crimes-in-xinjiang

5 JUNE 2014

China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for « violent terrorism » crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-sentences-nine-death-xinjiang-20146512313719219.html

31 MAY 2014

China indicts eight over 2013 Tiananmen Gate attack

China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/06/01/409071/China-indicts.htm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27647842

http://www.dawn.com/news/1109753/china-indicts-eight-over-2013-tiananmen-gate-attack

30 MAY 2014

China’s president pledges more cash to Xinjiang to defuse ethnic tensions

China’s president has promised to raise incomes and education spending in the country’s restive Muslim north-west in an effort to defuse rising ethnic tensions while calling for tougher security, following an attack in the region’s capital that killed dozens of people

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/30/china-president-more-cash-xinjiang-uighur

29 MAY 2014

Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?

Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course

http://thediplomat.com/2014/05/should-china-fear-islamic-insurgency/

28 MAY 2014

China sentences 55 in mass stadium trial

At least one person has been sentenced to death and 54 others found guilty following a mass trial in China’s restive Xinjiang province for a wide range of crimes including terrorism, separatism and murder, state media has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/05/fifty-five-sentenced-china-mass-trial-201452814535938889.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10861786/Chinese-court-sentences-55-for-terrorism-charges-in-front-of-packed-stadium.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27600397

26 MAY 2014

China detains more than 200 suspected separatists in Xinjiang, state media says

Police in China’s troubled north-west region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror or extremist groups and detained more than 200 suspected militants in the last month, state media has reported.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/china-200-separatists-xinjiang-anti-terrorism-crackdown

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang:-more-than-200-Uighurs-arrested-in-connection-with-the-Urumqi-attack-31183.html

23 MAY 2014

Xinjiang attack marks dramatic shift in militant tactics

The bombing of a civilian market in Xinjiang represents a shift in tactics by militants towards more spectacular attacks, analysts say, to invite a disproportionate response by China and so radicalise the Muslim Uighur homeland

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411405/xinjiang-attack-marks-dramatic-shift-in-militant-tactics

22 MAY 2014

Urumqi attack kills 31 in China’s Xinjiang region

Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27502652
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10848336/China-terror-attack-leaves-dozens-killed-after-bombs-thrown-into-busy-market.html

13 MAY 2014

Over 100 Detained After Xinjiang Police Open Fire on Protesters

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region detained more than 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs who took part in mass protests this week against the detention of women and middle school girls for wearing headscarves, as local officials confirmed that at least two protesters have been shot dead

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-05232014165418.html

12 MAY 2014

More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown

Police in China’s Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for « dissemination of violent or terrorist videos », state media said Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409421/more-than-200-held-in-china-terror-video-crackdown

4 MAY 2014

Xinjiang police issue order to detain family members of Urumqi bomb suspect

Xinjiang police are looking for 10 family members of an alleged assailant killed in Wednesday’s deadly bomb and knife attack in Urumqi

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1503380/xinjiang-police-issue-order-detain-family-members-urumqi-bomb-suspect

1 MAY 2014

Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action

China’s president has urged « decisive actions » against « terrorist attacks » in Xinjiang after a deadly blast at a railway station, state media say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27232924
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/other/2014/05/01/406645/Chinas-Xi.htm

30 APRIL 2014

Explosion in China railway during presidential visit leaves dozens injured

At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10799050/Explosion-in-China-railway-during-presidential-visit-leaves-dozens-injured.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china%E2%80%99s-xi-vows-%E2%80%98decisive-actions%E2%80%99-after-xinjiang-attack

http://www.france24.com/en/20140501-dead-attack-station-china-stabbing-bomb/

27 MARCH 2014

The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics

In the wake of the Kunming attack, experts expect the Chinese government to crack down hard on Uighurs and anyone sympathetic to them

http://fpif.org/kunming-attack-chinas-uighur-politics/

13 MARCH 2014

More than 200 Asylum-Seeking Uyghurs Detained in Thailand

More than 200 Uyghurs fleeing ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region have been detained in Thailand and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/thailand-03132014183027.html

11 MARCH 2014

China’s Jihadists

On March 2, 2014, a train station in Kunming witnessed a horrific slashing attack by black-clad Uighurs wielding large knives and machetes.  The attack left 29 dead and 143 wounded.At least 9 Uighurs,members of the East Turkestan [separatists] Islamic Movement (ETIM), which have committed more than 200 terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, were identified as the attackers.

http://acdemocracy.org/chinas-jihad/

4 MARCH 2014

Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group… and Xi Jinping says the same

An exiled Uighur rights leader Tuesday urged China against « demonising » the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/exiled-uighur-leader-urges-beijing-not-demonise-group
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/xi-jinping-calls-for-ethnic-unity-in-china-after-kunming-attack/

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.
http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China condemned for charging Uighur academic Ilham Tohti with separatism

Rights groups have condemned China for charging a prominent Uighur critic of government policy towards his mostly Muslim minority with inciting separatism – a crime that can carry the death penalty
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/26/china-condemned-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti-separatism
http://www.voanews.com/content/uighur-group-slams-chinas-charges-against-intellectual/1859435.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/china-charges-uighur-academic-separatism-201422518156947258.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese police shoot dead ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang, says state media

Eight terrorists were killed by police and three others by their own suicide devices during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, police said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/14/china-police-kill-several-terrorists-attack-xinjiang-state-media
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/14/c_133116340.htm

25 JANUARY 2014

Fresh clashes kill 12 in China’s Xinjiang region

Six people have died in explosions and another six have been shot dead by police in fresh violence in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang, home to the ethnic minority Uighurs, state media reported.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/25/fresh-clashes-kill-12-china-xinjiang-uighurs
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391469/china-xinjiang-rocked-as-12-killed-in-fresh-violence

19 JANUARY 2014

China’s media accuse Uighur scholar of separatism

A state-run newspaper in China accused a recently detained Uighur scholar and government critic of splitting ethnic unity in a Saturday editorial, while his lawyer said he has received no official word about the academic

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118558/chinas-media-accuse-uighur-scholar-of-separatism/

17 JANUARY 2014

Xinjiang steps up fight against religious extremists in China

China’s north-western area of Xinjiang will double its anti-terrorism budget in the coming year, state media have reported, raising concerns of an increased wave of repression in the ethnically divided region.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/17/xinjiang-religious-extremists-china-terrorism

15 JANUARY 2014

Uighur scholar and mother seized by Chinese police, says website



Ilham Tohti, a critic of state policies in Xinjiang region, taken from home, overseas-hosted site reports, citing phone call from wife”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/chinese-police-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/15/uighur-scholar-mother-chinese-police-ilham-tohti

30 DECEMBER 2013

Eight Killed in Attack on Chinese Police Station

Police in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang say eight attackers were shot dead during in assault on a police station, raising the death toll from violent clashes in the province to at least 35 since November.
http://www.voanews.com/content/eight-killed-in-attack-on-chinese-police-station/1819785.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/chinese-police-gun-down-terrorists-201312304312685695.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence

Chinese police have arrested six suspects in the ethnically divided western region Xinjiang after an outbreak of violence this weekend left 16 people dead, including a number of police officers

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/violence-china-kashgar-dead-xinjiang-muslim

15 DECEMBER 2013

Two police among at least 16 dead after armed clashes in Xinjiang, China: report

Armed clashes between « thugs » carrying explosives and machetes and police left at 16 people dead in China’s Xinjiang province late Sunday, including two officers, state media reported.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/16/21920254-two-police-among-at-least-16-dead-after-armed-clashes-in-xinjiang-china-report?lite

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Xinjiang university students must have political views approved

University students in Xinjiang will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official has said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/26/xinjiang-china-university-students-political-views

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Deaths in assault on China police station

An assault on a police station in the northwestern region of Xinjiang has left eleven dead, according to the local government, in the latest of a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the area.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/17/eleven-killed-in-police-station-attack-in-xinjiang-china/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/china-police-station-attack-xinjiang

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/deaths-assault-china-police-station-2013111751217662711.html

7 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Account of Tiananmen Square Crash Questioned

Analysts are questioning China’s claim that last week’s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was the work of an al-Qaida-linked separatist group fighting in northwest China.

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-account-of-tiananmen-square-crash-questioned/1785402.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Military Chief in Xinjiang Dismissed Following Tiananmen Incident

General Peng Yong, who was named commander of the Xinjiang military region in July 2011, was dismissed from his post as a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Daily said in a terse dispatch.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-military-chief-punished-after-beijing-attack-report
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-military-chief-in-xinjiang-dismissed-following-tiananmen-incident/1782288.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Post-Tiananmen China crackdown ‘will fuel Xinjiang unrest’

Festering discontent with China’s governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing is intent on clamping down, analysts say, in a vicious cycle that will only spin faster after a fatal attack in Tiananmen Square.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/377615/post-tiananmen-china-crackdown-will-fuel-xinjiang-unrest

30 OCTOBER 2013

Five arrested in Tiananmen Square incident, deemed a terrorist attack

Five suspects have been detained in Monday’s deadly crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which has been identified as a terrorist attack, Beijing police said Wednesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/asia/china—tiananmen—arrests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/30/chinese-authorities-step-up-hunt-for-8-tiananmen-square-car-crash-suspects/

29 OCTOBER 2013

China investigating Uighur suspects in Tiananmen Square blaze

Police are scouring Beijing for two suspects from the restive region of Xinjiang after an attack at Tiananmen Square left five dead
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10410714/China-investigating-Uighur-suspects-in-Tiananmen-Square-blaze.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/29/china-suspects-tiananmen-square-car-fire-was-a-suicide-attack/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-suspects-named-after-tiananmen-crash

14 OCTOBER 2013

Five Uyghurs Killed in Third Straight Week of Fatal Shootings in Xinjiang County

Chinese security forces shot dead five ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs in the third consecutive week of fatal shootings in a restive county in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, an exile Uyghur group said Monday, accusing the authorities of a « cover-up »

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shooting-10142013202904.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

China arrests 110 in Xinjiang for spreading online rumours

Nearly 400 people in China’s north-western Xinjiang region have been investigated for spreading online rumours, state media report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24444505

3 OCTOBER 2013

100 Uyghurs Rounded Up in Police Hunt in Yunnan

Authorities have rounded up some 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan in recent weeks amid a hunt for suspects fleeing to the Lao border following a deadly clash, according to local sources and police.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/yunnan-10032013183810.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Xinjiang attack: China sentences three to death

A Chinese court has sentenced three men to death over violence in Xinjiang that left 35 people dead, state media say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24075807
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-09/13/content_16966708.htm

25 AUGUST 2013

At Least 15 Uyghurs Killed in Police Shootout in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities have shot dead at least 15 ethnic Uyghurs in a desert area in Xinjiang, accusing them of terrorism and illegal religious activity, in the latest violence to rock the troubled northwestern region of China, according to police sources. They were among a group of more than 20 Uyghurs surrounded and fired upon by police in a lightning raid last week in the Yilkiqi township in Kargilik (in Chinese, Yecheng) county in Kashgar prefecture

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shootout-08252013134303.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Held After Violence Over Prayer Restrictions

A week after police opened fire and suppressed protests by ethnic minority Muslim Uygurs in a village in the restive Xinjiang region, the crowd at the local mosque has plummeted by 70 percent, residents say, suggesting that a silent crackdown is underway. The hundreds of Uyghurs missing from the prayers at the mosque in No. 16 Village of Aykol town in Aksu prefecture have most likely been detained after the deadly violence on Aug. 7 on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, according to the residents.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-08152013191244.html

10 AUGUST 2013

Three Uyghurs Shot Dead, 20 Injured in Eid Eve Clashes

At least three ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs were killed and 20 others injured in clashes in China’s troubled Xinjiang region when security forces opened fire at a crowd trying to stop police from arresting suspects outside a mosque on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The incident occurred on Wednesday 7 night as Uyghurs in the region’s Aksu prefecture were preparing for prayers ahead of the Eid marking the end of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/clashes-08102013000244.html

31 JULY 2013

Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Under House Arrest

Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti said Wednesday that he has been placed under house arrest for the fourth time this year, possibly to prevent him from speaking out as representatives from the U.S. and China wrapped up an annual dialogue on human rights.The university professor is an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of Uyghurs, whose homeland is in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region and who complain of discrimination by the authorities and the country’s majority Han Chinese.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-07312013173204.html

29 JULY 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Detained Over Deadly Attack on Chinese Dam Workers

Chinese authorities have detained for questioning hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs and are hot on the trail of two key suspects in connection with a fatal knife attack on Han Chinese workers building a dam in the restive Xinjiang region, according to local officials and residents

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/attack-07292013171133.html

22 JULY 2013

Uyghur Student Detained at Beijing Airport

A Uyghur ethnic minority student who once worked as a volunteer for a website of outspoken Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti has been detained by police at the Beijing airport as he was preparing to fly to Turkey to continue his studies, his friend said Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/student-07222013204016.html

19 JULY 2013

Uighur Unrest in Xinjiang Has Nothing to Do With “Terrorists”

Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province, is home to over eight million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The Uighurs have lived uneasily alongside China’s Han majority for centuries, ever since the Qing dynasty seized control over Xinjiang—which lies above Tibet and shares borders with many Central Asian countries—in the 1700s. There are now just slightly more Uighurs in the province than Han Chinese, who have migrated en masse to Xinjiang in recent decades.

http://fpif.org/uighur-unrest-in-xinjiang-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorists/

15 JULY 2013

China claims Uyghurs trained in Syria

The Chinese government has claimed since 2012 that Uyghur militants from Xinjiang are fighting with the rebels in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. On July 1, China said that a Uyghur militant who studied in Istanbul and fought with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo had returned to Xinjiang and was arrested while planning to carry out « violent attacks » in China.                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150713.html

5 JULY 2013

Uyghurs Prevented From Mourning Deaths in Urumqi Riots

Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have prevented families of Uyghurs who perished in the July 5, 2009 riots from entering the capital Urumqi to mourn their loss as Beijing marked the fourth anniversary of ethnic violence by staging military « anti-terrorism » exercises.                                               http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/prevented-07052013145108.html

2 JULY 2013

China Tightens Security in Xinjiang Ahead of Anniversary

Chinese authorities are ramping up security and offering rewards to informers in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region, in response to a wave of deadly incidents that killed at least 35 people last week                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/china-tightens-security-in-xinjiang-ahead-of-anniversary/1693463.html

1 JULY 2013

China ramps up security in Xinjiang after unrest

In a show of force after unrest last week that left 35 people dead, Chinese authorities have ramped up security in the far-western region of Xinjiang.                        http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/world/asia/china-xinjiang-violence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                      http://www.rfa.org/english/news/violence-06302013201357.html

29 JUNE 2013

‘Terrorists’ attack police station in restive Chinese province

More than one hundred knife-wielding “terrorists” were repelled after attacking a police station in the volatile Chinese province of Xinjiang, state media claimed on Saturday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10149884/Terrorists-attack-police-station-in-restive-Chinese-province.html                                                                                                http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/?p=139005

26 JUNE 2013

Xinjiang, police open fire on crowd: 27 victims

In the remote western province, hotbed of ethnic clashes between Han and Uyghurs, tension continues unabated. A group of people assault police station and officers, who open fire at point blank range to repel them.                                                              http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang,-police-open-fire-on-crowd:-27-victims-28302.html                                                                                                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/2013626522162718.html

20 JUNE 2013

China jails 11 in Xinjiang for religious hatred

China has jailed 11 people for crimes of ethnic and religious hatred in the far western region of Xinjiang.                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22982398

18 JUNE 2013

Petrol stations in China’s troubled western region of Xinjiang have displayed notices in recent days calling on Muslim women to remove their veils if they wish to be served, residents said

The notices were mostly evident in the predominantly Uyghur-populated Hotan and Kashgar prefectures in southern Xinjiang, according to residents interviewed by RFA’s Uyghur Service. « They are targeting women who wear veils or headscarves, whether they are young or old, on the grounds that it is supposed to have some connection to terrorism, » a resident of Hotan, who declined to be named, told                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/petrol-06182013153821.html

 

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7 DECEMBER 2018

South Korea Approves $300 Mln Deal to Buy US Missiles for Aegis System

South Korea has decided to purchase a new batch of SM-2 ship-to-air missiles from the United States to equip three new destroyers with the Aegis system, South Korean Defence Ministry’s procurement department said on Friday
https://sputniknews.com/military/201812071070475266-south-korea-us-missiles-aegis/

5 DECEMBER 2018

Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone

South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176497/seoul-voices-concerns-more-chinese-military-aircraft-spread

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Korea successfully test-launched locally developed rocket

South Korea on Wednesday (Nov 28) successfully conducted a rocket engine test launch, officials said, paving the way for the development of its own space launch vehicle
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=227273
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181128000771

27 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea to buy Israeli early warning radar to deter North despite thaw

South Korea plans to buy two Israeli early warning radar systems, it said on Tuesday (Nov 27), as it reinforces air defences against North Korea despite fast-improving relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-buy-israeli-early-warning-radar-to-deter-north-despite-thaw

26 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean lawmakers land on disputed isle, prompting Japan protest

A group of South Korean lawmakers landed on an islet disputed with Japan in the East China Sea on Monday (Nov 26), prompting a protest from Tokyo and straining ties at a time when stalled talks over North Korea’s nuclear programme call for close coordination
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-lawmakers-land-on-disputed-isle-prompting-japan-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181126_23/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02J6Q0fwU2A

21 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea says it will dissolve Japan-funded ‘comfort women’ foundation

South Korea has said it would close a controversial Japanese-funded foundation set up to help former war-time sex slaves, a decision Japan said risked souring ties between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/s-korea-to-close-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation-japan-pm-abe-says-seoul-risks
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181121000139
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/11/21/national/politics-diplomacy/south-korea-says-will-dissolve-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation/#.W_W68OhKg2w

7 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean Defense chief apologizes for military’s sexual assaults during 1980 democracy crackdown

Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo has issued an official apology for the sexual assaults committed by South Korean soldiers during the harsh crackdown on the Pro-Democracy movement in the southwestern city of Gwangju,.. 38 years ago
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=226135
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258314.html

4 NOVEMBER 2018

US, South Korea set delayed military drills; North Korea urges end to pressure

The United States and South Korea will begin small-scale military drills on Monday (Nov 5) that were delayed during talks with North Korea, days after Pyongyang threatened to restart work on its nuclear programme if international pressure does not ease
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us–south-korea-set-delayed-military-drills–north-korea-urges-end-to-pressure-10896580

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Korean top court rules religious belief valid reason for refusing military service

Korea’s top court recognized the right of people to refuse mandatory military service for their religious and conscientious beliefs in a landmark ruling, Thursday, creating a powerful precedent that could spare hundreds of young men from prison sentences every year
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258021.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-court-upholds-conscientious-objection-to-military/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3055046

30 OCTOBER 2018

South Korean Supreme Court orders Japanese firm to pay compensation for Korean wartime forced labour

South Korea’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of compensating four laborers who were forced to work at a Japanese steel mill during WWII. Tokyo decried the ruling as « unthinkable » and threatened a firm response
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-court-orders-japans-nippon-steel-to-compensate-forced-laborers/a-46083413
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=225716
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181030_81/

19 OCTOBER 2018

What’s South Korea’s problem with refugees?

South Korea refused to grant refugee status to hundreds of Yemenis who fled the catastrophic war in their home country, allowing them to stay here only on temporary humanitarian visas
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/whats-south-koreas-problem-with-refugees/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/10/18/2018101801060.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

US opposed to Koreas’ plan for no-fly zone over border

The United States has opposed a plan by South and North Korea to set up a no-fly zone over their heavily fortified border – the latest sign of a rift between Seoul and its top ally
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/opposed-koreas-plan-fly-zone-border-181018095517327.html

5 OCTOBER 2018

Former president Lee Myung-bak sentenced to 15 years

The conservative politician will have to pay some 20 million dollars in fines and forfeiture. His charges include abuse of power and embezzlement. All living former South Korean presidents have been jailed after completing their mandate
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/05/former-south-korean-president-imprisoned-15-years-corruption/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181005000545

4 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea reiterates a demand that Japan should remove its “rising sun” naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review at Jeju island next week

Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged “war-crime flag” during the Oct. 10-14 event
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-renews-call-for-japan-to-remove-rising-sun-flag/
http://japan-forward.com/japan-to-hoist-rising-sun-flag-in-international-fleet-review-despite-south-koreas-protests/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181004000538

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

New US-South Korea trade pact spurs hopes for Nafta, China deals

The signing of a renegotiated free-trade agreement between the US and South Korea is spurring optimism that export markets for American farm goods won’t shut down and may even expand
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/new-us-south-korea-trade-pact-spurs-hopes-for-nafta-china-deals

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine despite improved relations with the North

The Republic of Korea (ROK)’s President Moon Jae-in said Friday that his country will keep peace through strength as its security strategy amid thawing ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/14/south-korea-launches-first-missile-capable-submarine-despite/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223579

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea’s ex-President gets prison time extended to 25 years

A South Koean appeals court on Friday increased the sentence of former President Park Geun-hye by one year to 25 years for the over the corruption that led to her impeachment last year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/south-koreas-ex-president-gets-prison-time-extended-to-25-years/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/251_254435.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180824_27/

23 AUGUST 2018

Fears that suspension of US-South Korea military exercises may have dangerous repercussions

Government officials have played down the potential impact on military readiness and effectiveness, but defence experts issue warnings
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161039/fears-suspension-us-south-korea-military-exercises-may

3 AUGUST 2018

S Korean President Orders Reform of Defense Intelligence Unit

The country’s Defense Ministry announced a plan to reform the DSC amid allegations that the unit considered the possibility of introducing martial law last year to quell protests against then-President Park Geun-hye
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808031066921070-south-korea-defense-unit-reform/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/205_253291.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3051

27 JULY 2018

Korea’s defense ministry unveils comprehensive military reform plan

It aims to use technology to build a more versatile, efficient and effective fighting force.
It’s a comprehensive plan called « Defense Reform 2.0 » that’ll cost around 240 billion dollars over the next five years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221070
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/205_252937.html

20 JULY 2018

South Korea court hands ex-president Park 8 more years in jail

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park, who already received a 24-year jail term over separate corruption charges, colluded with her former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth 3.3bn won ($2.91m) from the National Intelligence Service
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/south-korea-court-hands-president-park-8-years-jail-180720062410283.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/356_252587.html

4 JULY 2018

How sustainable is the China-South Korean thaw?

With North Korea apparently coming in from the cold, relations are also warming between South Korea and China. This is good news for Seoul
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-sustainable-is-the-china-south-korean-thaw/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=1c38851344-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_04_12_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-1c38851344-31591405

1 JULY 2018

South Korea officially drops its maximum workweek to 52 hours to promote work-life balance

South Korea officially dropped its maximum workweek to 52 hours on Sunday (July 1), in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country’s notoriously long work hours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-officially-drops-its-maximum-workweek-to-52-hours
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180701000048

29 JUNE 2018

US troops move into new Camp Humphreys after 70 tense years of military presence in South Korea’s capital

The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea’s capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2153146/us-military-moves-new-camp-humphreys-after-70-tense-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219637

28 JUNE 2018

South Korea to offer alternative service for conscientious objectors

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the revision of current laws by next year to give conscientious objectors — those who refuse mandatory military service on grounds of conscience or religious beliefs — the option to perform an alternative service of a civilian nature
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180628000835
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152966/military-service-looms-star-soccer-player-son-south-korea-offers

US to Keep Current Number of Troops in South Korea – Defense Secretary

The United States will keep its current level of troops in South Korea in order to maintain Washington’s defense commitment to its Asian ally, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, as quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency
https://sputniknews.com/world/201806281065864497-us-troops-numbers-south-korea/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219557

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

Korean novelist Hwang Sok-yong has been awarded the Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature for his book « At Dusk. »
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=160749
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/06/27/2018062701403.html

23 JUNE 2018

Ex-South Korean premier and spy agency founder Kim Jong-pil dies

Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea’s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/ex-s-korean-premier-kim-jong-pil-spy-agency-founder-dies
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152137/ex-south-korean-premier-and-spy-agency-founder-kim-jong-pil-dies
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219306

13 JUNE 2018

Donald Trump’s announcement to end military wargames with South Korea leaves former general ‘speechless’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would suspend military exercises with South Korea left one of their most experienced military leaders « speechless »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/south-korean-military-leader-left-speechless-by-trump/9865724?section=world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-says-halt-to-us-drills-may-be-needed-to-help-10427042#cxrecs_s
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44464241

South Korean ruling party sweeps local elections

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has swept the local elections as well as by-elections for 12 empty National Assembly seats
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/356_250624.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049318

5 JUNE 2018

Philippines, South Korea sign 4 agreements to boost relations

South Korea has offered the Philippines $1 billion in official development assistance to help finance President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/167509/ph-south-korea-sign-4-agreements-boost-relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218371

2 MAY 2018

US troops ‘will stay in South Korea’ even if peace treaty is signed with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed claims that US troops stationed in the country would have to leave if a peace treaty was signed with the North
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/us-troops-will-stay-south-korea-even-peace-treaty-signed-north/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217016

16 APRIL 2018

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted by North Korea’s Kim Jong-il with her ex-husband, dies aged 91

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who once escaped North Korea with her film-director ex-husband Shin Sang-ok after the pair were kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il in 1978, has died aged 91 after an illness, according to local media
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2142004/south-korean-actress-choi-eun-hee-who-was-abducted-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/121_247380.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31628415

11 APRIL 2018

Korea-Japan foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties and N. Korea’s nuclear issue

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan have reaffirmed their mutual goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and agreed to develop peaceful and progressive Seoul-Tokyo ties
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216158
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2141315/south-korea-japan-vow-cooperate-resolving-issues-north-remain
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2g/00m/0dm/057000c

9 APRIL 2018

South Korea’s ex-president Lee indicted for corruption

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was formally indicted for corruption Monday, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to face criminal charges
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/09/557898/South-Korea-Lee-Myungbak-Court
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216067

6 APRIL 2018

Former S. Korean president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years for corruption

South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday (Apr 6) for corruption, closing out a dramatic fall from grace for the country’s first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/former-south-korean-president-park-jailed-24-years-for-10109782
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215980
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/06/korean-rasputin-68m-horse-park-geun-hye-fell-grace/

1 APRIL 2018

South Korea and US launch lower key army drills as tensions ease

An annual joint military exercise involving US and South Korean troops has kicked off. But the drill is not as high-profile as usual, amid an easing of diplomatic tensions on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/356_246548.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215747

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Seoul-protests-over-disputed-island-claims-in-Japan’s-textbooks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215712

26 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in proposes weaker presidential powers as jail looms for ex-leaders

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday proposed weakening the powers of his office and lowering the voting age in a package of constitutional reforms, while allowing the head of state to be re-elected
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138958/south-koreas-moon-jae-proposes-weaker-presidential-powers-jail
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215547
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046098

25 MARCH 2018

Korea, UAE pledges cooperation in defense

President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed, Sunday, that defense cooperation is the core of relations between Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_246169.html

22 MARCH 2018

Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak arrested ‘for taking US$10.2 million in bribes while in office’

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been arrested for allegedly taking 11 billion won (around US$10.2 million) in bribes while in office – making him the last of the country’s four living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138505/arrest-warranted-reportedly-issued-former-south-korean-president
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3045997
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/837090.html

9 MARCH 2018

Paralympics start in PyeongChang

The Winter Paralympic Games have kicked off in PyeongChang. South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180310_02/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000702
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-in-focus-as-biggest-paralympics-opens-15799

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Politicized Winter Olympics end in S Korea

The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553587/Winter-Olympics-Pyeongchang-Korea-conflict
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-25/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-closing-ceremony-farwells-games/9483274?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Disgraced ex-South Korean leader Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-sil jailed for 20 years

The secret confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted on Tuesday and jailed for 20 years for her key role in the scandal that brought down the head of state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133191/ex-south-korean-leaders-confident-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214040
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/korea-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years-corruption-180213140807619.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice

The Winter Olympics sparks to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea, and the diplomacy is just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-02-09/winter-olympics-in-south-korea-kicks-off-with-colourful-opening-ceremony-of-fire-and-ice/1735116
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2018/02/702_243916.html
https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-pyeongchang-1.16656904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHyg0KcpDWw

3 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korea greets Russia as the bear turns east

In less than thirty years, previously non-existent diplomatic relations between Russia and South Korea have transformed into a formidable economic partnership. As of 2015, South Korea ranked as Russia’s seventh-largest trading partner for exports and imports
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/03/south-korea-greets-russia-as-the-bear-turns-east/

30 JANUARY 2018

South Korean ambassador to Singapore dismissed

South Korea’s ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok has been dismissed from his post, the Korea Times reported on Jan 30
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-ambassador-to-singapore-dismissed-report-9911316
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_243310.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

‘Comfort women’ row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal, S Korea says

South Korea says 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels fails to meet the victims’ needs
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/-comfort-women-row-with-japan-unresolved-despite-2015-deal-s-korea-says-13651
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212263
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/27/a-comfort-women-deal-with-japan-failed-to-meet-the-victims-needs-says-south-korea

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

6 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to build unit of swarming drones to counter nuclear-armed North

The South Korean army plans to create a combat unit of weaponised drones next year that would be capable of swarming nuclear-armed North Korea in the event of a conflict
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

4 DECEMBER 2017

US, South Korea launch massive joint air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise
http://www.france24.com/en/20171204-usa-south-korea-launch-massive-joint-air-force-exercise
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/03/asia/north-korean-us-tensions-wargames-intl/index.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

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

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

1 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

27 OCTOBER 2017

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

21 AUGUST 2017

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

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

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

South Korea’s generation of discontent

In South Korea 410,000 young people in their 20s are looking for work and unemployed. This is up from 330,000 in 2013 and is a 15-year high. But this deepening societal crisis should come as little surprise
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/09/11/south-koreas-generation-of-discontent/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

If China had to choose, it would be South Korea

South Korea is a liberal democracy, but China is still its largest trade partner. In recent years, South Korea’s trade with China has exceeded its combined trade with Japan and the US, which are its second and third largest trade partners.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/09/china-choose-south-korea-150902073117753.html

26 AUGUST 2015

President Park to attend China’s war victory military parade

According to the Presidential office the decision to attend the September 3rd event at the Tiananmen Square, was made after considering Seoul’s friendly cooperative relations with Beijing, and hopes for Beijing’s future role in bringing peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=182724
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-korean-president-geun-hye-attend-military-parade-Beijing

16 AUGUST 2015

After 70 years of turbulent transition, South Korea’s democracy faces new challenges

In the chaotic decades that followed the 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule, South Koreans had limited rights to pick their own leaders, express political beliefs, and participate in any form of policymaking
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150816000378

7 AUGUST 2015

Korean traditional dance master Lee Mae-bong dies at 88

Korean dance guru Yi Mae-bang died of a sudden illness stemming from old age at a hospital in Gangnam, southern Seoul, Friday morning. He was 88
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2015/08/317_184412.html

17 JUNE 2015

South Korean defense budget plan is largest ever

The Ministry of National Defense has created its largest-ever budget proposal, mainly aimed at building deterrence infrastructure against North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats, which it submitted to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3005528

3 JUNE 2015

South Korea test-fires missile that can strike all of the North

South Korea on Wednesday test-fired two ballistic missiles capable of hitting any part of North Korea, in an apparent response to recent bellicose boasts from Pyongyang about its nuclear and missile capabilities
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/southkorea/11649705/South-Korea-tests-missile-capable-of-reaching-deep-into-North-Korea.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/world/south-korea-testfires-missile-that-can-strike-all-of-the-north-46196.html

1 JUNE 2015

China, S. Korea sign free-trade pact

China and South Korea on Monday formally signed a free-trade agreement that would remove most tariffs between Asia’s largest and fourth-largest economies, whose trade is already worth more than US$200 billion.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/579055/china-s-korea-sign-free-trade-pact
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/after-three-years-negotiations-south-korea-and-china-sign-free-trade-agreement
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1102&MainCatID=11&id=20150601000115

21 MAY 2015

Justice chief Hwang Kyo-ahn named new Korean P.M.

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new prime minister, calling him “the right man” to achieve political reforms proposed in the wake of a high-profile graft scandal involving her close confidants.
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/116_179359.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150521000952

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

27 APRIL 2015

South Korea’s prime minister Lee Wan Koo steps down over bribery scandal

Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country’s No. 2 post. He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132448/south-koreas-prime-minister-steps-down-over-bribery-scandal/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150427001263

16 APRIL 2015

Korea, U.S. form joint defense committee to counter N. Korean threats

Seoul and Washington have agreed to form a ‘Deterrence Strategic Committee.’The deal was signed by deputy-level defense ministers from South Korea and the U.S. in Washington on Wednesday, local time
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=178672
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150416000945

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

 South Korea and Japan on Tuesday held their first high-level security talks in more than five years despite simmering tensions over territorial and historical disputes
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/korea-japan-hold-first-security-talks-5-years-135959997.html

6 APRIL 2015

South Korea condemns Japanese books as bid to repeat ‘past mistakes’

South Korea condemned on Monday (Apr 6) Japan’s approval of textbooks that it said distorted history by claiming disputed islands, summoning Japan’s ambassador and warning that the approval was a sign Japan was prepared to repeat its colonial wartime past.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-condemns/1769134.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/06/school-text-books-fuel-south-korea-japan-island-dispute/

21 MARCH 2015

China, Japan, South Korea hold first FM talks for three years

The foreign ministers of South Korea, China and Japan gathered in Seoul on Saturday for their first meeting in nearly three years, aimed at calming regional tensions rooted in territorial and other diplomatic disputes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/asian-powers-hold-talks-year-hiatus-150321065405173.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/03/21/china-japan-and-south-korea-meet-to-improve-frosty-relations/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-china-japan-vow-bring-about-leadership-summit

5 MARCH 2015

U.S. ambassador in Seoul injured in slash attack by activist

The US ambassador to South Korea has been attacked by a knife-wielding man shouting anti-war slogans during a public event at an arts centre in Seoul
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31743055
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/southasia/2015/03/ambassador-attacked-south-korea-150304232100655.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

South Korean court strikes down adultery law

South Korea’s Constitutional Court has struck down a 60-year-old statute outlawing adultery under which violators faced up to two years in prison.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/south-korean-court-legalises-adultery-150226054724879.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/02/27/429767/South-Korean.htm

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

Japan urged South Korea again Sunday to return disputed islets, one of the issues which have soured ties between the two US allies. Seoul controls the islands which it calls Dokdo. They are known in Japan as Takeshima.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-calls-return-isles-s-korea

16 FEBRUARY 2015

Lee Wan-koo confirmed as South Korea prime minister

The National Assembly confirmed Lee Wan-koo as prime minister Monday by a vote of 148 to 128. Five votes were counted as invalid
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3001007

15 FEBRUARY 2015

Seoul ranks No. 10 in defense spending

South Korea ranked 10th in defense spending in 2014, according to an annual report. The report on the world’s top 15 defense-spending countries by Britain’s International Institute for Strategic Studies showed that Seoul’s defense expenditures amounted to $34.4 billion.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150215000084

6 FEBRUARY 2015

President calls for proactive measures to boost fertility rate

President Park Geun-hye on Friday called for measures to tackle the country’s critically low fertility rate and aging population, which are considered some of the biggest threats to the economy.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150206000801

22 JANUARY 2015

Top South Korea court confirms jail term for pro-North MP

South Korea’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a nine-year prison sentence for a former leftist lawmaker convicted of inciting an armed revolt in the event of war breaking out with North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/top-s-korea-court-confirms-jail-term-pro-north-mp
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150122001171

5 JANUARY 2015

South Korea party UPP vows to fight dissolution

A minority leftist political party that was constitutionally dissolved last month has said it will fight in court to maintain its parliamentary seats, and accused the conservative government of authoritarian tendencies.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2015/01/dissolved-s-korean-party-vows-fight-back-20151594616644986.html

 

Philippines home affairs and society

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5 DECEMBER 2018

Philippines’ Duterte: Kill those ‘useless’ Catholic bishops

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country’s Catholic bishops are « useless fools » and should be « killed » as the controversial leader stepped up his attack on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs in the Southeast Asian archipelago
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/philippines-duterte-kill-useless-catholic-bishops-181205132220894.html
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1060390/dutertes-attack-vs-catholic-bishops-steps-up-kill-them-theyre-useless

3 DECEMBER 2018

Rappler chief Maria Ressa returns to Manila to fight ‘ridiculous’ tax charges

A leading journalist and vocal critic of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has surrendered to a Manila court after arriving back in the country to fight tax charges that were filed in her absence
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/03/asia/maria-ressa-philippines-posts-bail-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/218066-maria-ressa-back-philippines-arrest-fears
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176056/philippine-journalist-maria-ressa-one-president-rodrigo

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killings

A Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president’s deadly crackdown on drugs
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/29/three-police-jailed-40-years-first-conviction-philippine-drug/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/30/1872988/3-cops-guilty-kian-delos-santos-murder
https://www.rappler.com/nation/217770-caloocan-policemen-convicted-murder-kian-delos-santos-killing

10 NOVEMBER 2018

Philippine news site Rappler has criticised President Rodrigo Duterte – it will now face tax evasion charges

Philippine prosecutors said on Friday they will file tax evasion charges against a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, a case the outlet branded as an “intimidation” effort
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2172624/philippine-news-site-rappler-has-criticised-president
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46163094

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption 

A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of corruption and ordered her arrest on Friday in a rare conviction among many cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/09/imelda-marcos-sentenced-42-years-corruption/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/10/1867352/imelda-marcos-found-guilty-graft-faces-arrest
https://www.rappler.com/nation/216333-imelda-marcos-guilty-verdict-graft-case-shows-scheme-earnings-swiss-foundations

24 OCTOBER 2018

Federalism in the Philippines, 42 questions answered

A shift to a federal form of government in Philippines would inevitably touch a potentially explosive issue: the ownership and management of mineral resources
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/pinoy/pinoy-federalism-in-the-philippines-42-questions-answered-1.2291930

22 OCTOBER 2018

Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrested

A Philippine court on Monday rejected a petition by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to have his fiercest critic in the Senate arrested, in a legal setback for Duterte that the senator called a victory for democracy
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/philippine-court-rejects-duterte-bid-to-have-critic-arrested/
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1044012/trillanes-still-a-free-man-makati-court-denies-govt-bid-for-his-arrest

25 SEPTEMBER 2028

Senator Antonio Trillanes, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic, arrested

A Philippine lawmaker fiercely critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war was arrested on Tuesday on previously dismissed charges, a move condemned by watchdogs as persecution of the government’s opponents. Haut du formulaire
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2165671/senator-antonio-trillanes-philippine-president-rodrigo
https://www.manilatimes.net/trillanes-arrested-posts-bail/445273/

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Duterte orders arrest of Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes, an outspoken critic

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revoked amnesty given to an opposition senator involved in a failed coup 15 years ago and ordered his arrest, in what would be the second detainment of a senator critical of the president
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2162639/duterte-orders-arrest-philippine-senator-antonio-trillanes
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/duterte-voids-amnesty-of-critical-senator-orders-his-arrest/

30 JULY 2018

Duterte Resuscitates Disgraced Philippine Ex-president Arroyo

The latest twist in the political life of Magapagal-Arroyo – once president (and herself a daughter of a former president), once vice president waiting in the wings, once senator, once a cabinet member for her background in economics – will, in the next few months, reveal what was at stake
https://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/rodrigo-duterte-resuscitates-gloria-arroyo/

28 JULY 2018

Historic autonomy deal for Philippine Muslims takes aim at 50 years of strife

A landmark local autonomy law passed this week in the Philippine capital, Manila, gives restive Muslim Filipinos a new sense of hope for resolving a half-century-old conflict over self-rule that has killed 120,000 people and attracted the terrorist group Islamic State
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/historic-autonomy-deal-for-philippine-muslims-takes-aim-at-50-years-of-strife/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1014757/duterte-signs-bangsamoro-organic-law

23 JULY 2018

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gets House Speaker job

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elected Speaker of the lower house of Congress on Monday (July 23), following a dramatic move by lawmakers to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his most influential allies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-philippine-president-gloria-arroyo-gets-house-speaker-job
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1013538/its-official-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-elected-as-house-speaker

17 JULY 2018

Duterte now banned from running in 2022 presidential elections under draft federal charter

« The incumbent President is prohibited from running as President in the 2022 elections under the Constitution, » read Section 2 of the revised Article XXII or « Transitory Provisions » under the proposed federal Constitution
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-now-banned-running-2022-presidential-elections-under-draft-federal-charter

25 JUNE 2018

Philippine president slammed for calling God ‘stupid’

The Philippine president, notorious for having cursed the pope and world leaders like former US President Barack Obama, has sparked new outrage by calling God « stupid » in Asia’s largest Catholic country
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippine-president-slammed-for-calling-god-stupid–18458
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/philippines-duterte-draws-flak-for-calling-god-stupid/#95V5784lrR2JmtF6.97
https://www.rappler.com/nation/205572-duterte-stupid-god-bible-story

20 JUNE 2018

Philippine ex-president Benigno Aquino indicted for budget misuse

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino has been indicted over his decision to reallocate $1.67bn in government funds to a programme later declared by the country’s top court as unconstitutional
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/philippine-president-benigno-aquino-indicted-budget-misuse-180620084846137.html

18 JUNE 2018

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox wins appeal to stay in Philippines

Department of Justice says authorities erred in cancelling missionary visa, but 71-year-old could still be deported over separate case
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/australian-nun-sister-patricia-fox-wins-appeal-to-stay-in-philippines
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-strikes-down-order-ex

30 MAY 2018

Philippine Congress passes autonomy bill for volatile Muslim region

The Philippines moved a step closer on Wednesday (May 30) to ending decades of conflict on its resource-rich island of Mindanao, after lawmakers approved a bill that will eventually allow self-rule for the country’s Muslim minority
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-congress-passes-autonomy-bill-for-volatile-muslim-region
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/31/1820342/house-passes-bangsamoro-basic-law-227-11
https://www.rappler.com/nation/203707-house-of-representatives-approves-bangsamoro-basic-law

11 MAY 2018

Philippines chief justice, Duterte’s critic, expelled by Supreme Court colleagues

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for allegedly failing to file statements of assets and liabilities as required by law
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-chief-justice-dutertes-critic-expelled-by-supreme-court-colleagues/a-43737003
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/12/1814510/supreme-court-ousts-sereno
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989609/ouster-ruling-on-sereno-a-legal-abomination-says-sc-justice

9 MAY 2018

Manila’s top envoy to Beijing hails landmark deal opening up China to influx of 500,000 migrant workers

A top-level Philippine envoy to Beijing on Wednesday revealed that the two countries were close to a deal which would see the number of Filipino migrants employed in China swell to 500,000 – more than double the estimated current total
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2145421/william-j-lima-hails-landmark-deal-opens-china-influx

9 APRIL 2018

Duterte urges Congress to ‘fast-track’ impeachment of top judge

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told members of parliament they must « fast-track » the impeachment of the country’s top judge after she hinted that he might be behind the moves to sack her
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/duterte-urges-congress-fast-track-impeachment-top-judge-180409150254908.html
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/10/1804532/sereno-must-be-out-supreme-court-duterte

2 APRIL 2018

Philippines: Detained senator De Lima calls for greater protection of rights defenders under Duterte

Detained senator Leila de Lima renewed her call for greater protection for human rights defenders in the Philippines as the threat number of attacks against continues to rise under President Rodrigo Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/philippines-de-lima-calls-for-greater-protection-of-rights-defenders-under-duterte/#2y9YfxEMxZF7ULXK.99
https://asianews.network/2018/04/03/profile-leila-de-lima/

11 MARCH 2018

At least 44 militants killed in clash with Philippines troops

At least 44 pro-Daesh militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said on Sunday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/11/555102/Philippines-Daesh-militants-soldiers-military-Marawi-Abu-Sayyaf
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/974381/biff-casulaties-in-battle-with-army-maguindanao

5 MARCH 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to skip Asean summit in Australia amid backlash over human rights record

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping a regional summit in Australia this month, his spokesman said Monday, as he faces international censure for Manila’s deadly drug war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2135765/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-skip-asean-summit-australia

26 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Happy anniversary’: Calls for Philippine senator De Lima’s release from prison

Human rights groups have marked the anniversary of de Lima’s incarceration by calling for an end to her imprisonment. Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia reiterated their call for her immediate and unconditional release
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/happy-anniversary-calls-philippine-senator-de-limas-release-prison/#5FS5rUepZJQ7xyPo.99

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Duterte bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

The president of the Philippines has ordered that two journalists be banned from entering the presidential palace, an act one Filipino reporters’ rights group described as « appalling and extremely unbecoming » of a president
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/duterte-bans-rappler-reporters-presidential-palace-180220130842018.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/970379/roque-duterte-felt-betrayed-by-rappler-reporter
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/21/1790003/lorenzana-presidential-guards-have-no-right-harm-threaten-rappler-personnel

19 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines arrests suspected former leader of Daesh Takfiri

Philippine police have arrested a suspected former leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a raid on his apartment in the capital Manila
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/19/552901/Philippines-Daesh-leader-arrest
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133859/philippine-forces-arrest-egyptian-ex-islamic-state
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/20/1789586/arrested-foreigner-tagged-recruiter

8 FEBRUARY 2018

ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/icc-examining-complaint-against-duterte-over-drug-war-deaths-14980
http://www.manilatimes.net/icc-begins-probe-war-drugs/379107/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/duterte-ready-personally-defend-international-criminal-court/#PvV2UvZ2UMgArDeq.97

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippine security forces capture top Maoist guerilla leader following the failure of peace talks

Philippine security forces arrested the head of the Communist movement’s armed wing following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to target guerilla leaders after peace talks collapsed, police and human rights lawyers said on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131506/philippine-security-forces-capture-top-maoist-guerilla
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/01/18/baylosis-undergoes-inquest-after-arrest-in-qc
http://www.manilatimes.net/ndf-consultant-peace-talks-govt-arrested/377677/

29 JANUARY 2018

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suspends anti-graft official after bank records ‘leak’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records after an opposition politician had accused Duterte of corruption
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131061/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-suspends-anti-graft
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/30/1782688/palace-suspends-deputy-ombudsman-melchor-arthur-carandang
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/641373/suspension-of-deputy-ombudsman-an-impeachable-offense-says-trillanes/story/

8 JANUARY 2018

 Duterte’s pastor takes over Catholic leadership, signalling better ties

Strained relations between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church are likely to improve with the top Catholic religious leaders in Davao City – Duterte’s hometown – taking over the helm of one of the institutions staunchly critical of Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/dutertes-pastor-takes-catholic-leadership-role-starting-2018-better-terms-church/#q4uwkxRfEPYZREaL.97

20 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares unilateral Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Mr Duterte ordered the army and police to suspend offensive operations from December 24 to January 2 « to lessen the apprehension of the public this Christmas season »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-20/philippine-leader-declares-unilateral-ceasefire-for-christmas/9277050?section=world
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/637134/duterte-orders-holiday-ceasefire-palace-expects-reds-to-do-the-same/story/

19 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine Navy chief sacked over P16-B frigate contract

Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado was sacked on Tuesday amid controversy involving a weapons system procurement plan
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/953624/afp-relieves-ph-navy-chief-afp-mercado-navy-relief-weapons-system-procurement-empedrad#ixzz51k5cnnWB
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/20/1770151/navy-chief-vice-admiral-ronald-joseph-mercado-sacked
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippine-navy-chief-sacked-in-surprise-move-13441

13 DECEMBER 2017

Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island for one year, enraging civil society, church and militant groups
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/12/martial-law-philippines-extended/#cKAh2splrRIUzKu2.99
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/13/545458/Philippines-martial-law-Mindanao-Daesh-Duterte
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/14/1768251/duterte-wont-rule-out-nationwide-martial-law

5 DECEMBER 2917

Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950017/duterte-declares-cpp-npa-as-terrorist-organizations#ixzz50VGDEsrr
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippine-government-classifies-communists-as-terrorists_2380913.html

10 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

« At 16, I killed someone, » he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person « just over a look »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41939823
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/10/filipino-leader-claims-stabbed-someone-death-teenager-country/

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/924450/protests-against-war-on-drugs-rodrigo-duterte-kian-loyd-delos-santos
http://www.manilatimes.net/outrage-fires-coalition-drug-war-du30-face-isolation/346005/

22 JULY 2017

Philippines votes to extend martial law in south until end of 2017

The Philippine congress on Saturday voted to extend president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist militants
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MILITANT_SIEGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-22-06-26-52
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/philippines-votes-to-extend-martial-law-in-south-until-end-of-2017-1.613078
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40690589

19 JULY 2017

Philippine government calls off formal talks, backchannel negotiations with Reds

Negotiations between the government and communists will not resume next month and even informal talks have been canceled because of recent guerrilla attacks
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/19/1721104/govt-calls-formal-talks-backchannel-negotiations-reds
http://www.manilatimes.net/govt-cancels-talks-reds/339389/

17 JULY 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers Muslim self-rule to counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday (July 17) in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who have seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-offers-muslim-self-rule-to-counter-isis
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-form-moro-country/339014/
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MUSLIM_REBELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-17-08-15-30

29 JUNE 2017

The brutal war on drugs in the Philippines – in pictures

 A year on from the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his ‘war on drugs’ has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 Filipinos, according to Human Rights Watch
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jun/29/the-brutal-war-on-drugs-in-the-philippines-in-pictures

29 MAY 2017

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/philippines-calls-peace-talks-communist-rebels-170528203757454.html
http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/05/29/1704539/editorial-defiance

23 MAY 2017

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1703088/duterte-declares-martial-law-mindanao
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao

18 MAY 2017

Philippines rejects millions in EU development aid

The Philippines has rejected €250 million in development assistance from the European Union due to perceived interference in domestic matters
http://www.asianews.network/content/philippines-rejects-millions-eu-development-aid-46070
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/18/17/palace-ph-only-rejecting-eu-aid-with-conditions

11 APRIL 2017

Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes

Soldiers battling Abu Sayyaf in central Philippines are reported to have killed a key commander of the armed group who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/abu-sayyaf-spokesman-and-kidnapping-mastermind-muamar-askali-killed-in-bohol-clash
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/army-kills-abu-sayyaf-commander-blamed-beheadings-170412052319125.html

17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603444/news/nation/european-parliament-calls-for-de-lima-s-release-and-probe-on-war-on-drugs?related
https://m.facebook.com/hrw.ph/posts/1590619237633793
http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/03/17/1682057/watch-debate-eu-parliament-dutertes-drug-war

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/15/phil-m15.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2077082/philippines-lawmakers-dismiss-foreign-minister-yasay-amid
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/09/1679352/yasay-dumped-lying

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-house-overwhelmingly-approves-re-imposition-death-penalty/#ySBY5vgmUuqL7JR9.97
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-moves-to-restore-death-penalty-for-drug-offenses/a-37841088
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/878935/senators-divided-on-fate-of-death-penalty-measure

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry
http://www.voanews.com/a/philippine-economic-growth-on-track-to-lead-southwest-asia/3656732.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

5 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vp-vows-take-duterte-after-cabinet-exit
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/philippine-dictator-ferdinand-marcos-given-controversial-heros-burial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/ferdinand-marcos-hero-burial-philippines-161118043531138.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/marcos-philippine-president-citizens-react-heros-burial-manila-dictator-duterte

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044031/philippine-dictator-marcos-allowed-heros-burial-supreme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/08/philippines-president-ferdinand-marcos-granted-heros-burial-manila

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2038320/duterte-always-loved-communists-except-when-he-was-killing

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-maoist-guerrillas-say-wont-give-up-arms-as-part-of-peace-deal

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
http://www.dw.com/en/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers-in-the-philippines/a-35890128

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247946077
http://opinion.inquirer.net/97604/deny-the-past-desecrate-the-present

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

 

26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2009435/philippine-government-communist-rebels-agree-indefinite
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/philippine-govt-rebels-to/3076274.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/philippines-communist-rebels-agree-ceasefire-160820132516863.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-rebels-announce-7-day-truce-for-norway-talks-1.1882165
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/20/content_15482408.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/filipinos-protest-burial-ferdinand-marcos/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37076080

 

30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-withdraws-communist-ceasefire
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/801239/duterte-calls-off-truce
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608498/unilateral-ceasefire-reds-cancelled

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippines-duterte-declares-ceasefire-communists-160725135756380.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-declares-communist-ceasefire-085815376.html?nhp=1

Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1991761/philippine-court-clears-former-president-arroyo-plunder
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/20/1604750/sc-clears-gma-plunder
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/574304/news/nation/the-cases-against-gloria-macapagal-arroyo

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-sworn-in-as/2917296.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160630_29/
http://www.asianews.network/content/full-text-dutertes-inaugural-speech-21279
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels
http://www.dw.com/en/hopes-of-peace-for-communist-insurgents-in-philippines/a-19356647

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/06/philippine-government-rebels-to-end-hostilities-for-peace-talks/

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/rodrigo-duterte-meets-with-rival-islamists-in-philippines/7524946?section=world

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-parliament-proclaims-rodrigo-duterte-as-the-nations-next-president-in-his
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-president-robredo-vp/265143/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/30/c_135399351.htm

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-incoming-president-offers-olive-branch-posts-pebels-1
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463392621&section=13
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/785918/duterte-4-cabinet-posts-open-to-reds

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36297583

12 MAY 2016

Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’

Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-2016-election-cleanest-safest/

10 MAY 2016

Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-duterte-presidency-is-a-threat-to-democracy/a-19247260#disqus_thread
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/rodrigo-duterte-era-philippines-160511101236269.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-infamous-quotes-philippines-rodrigo-duterte

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
http://atimes.com/2016/05/philippines-vote-counting-machines-fail-in-first-polling-hours/
http://www.inquirer.net/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-10/controversial-mayor-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-following-incendiary-campa/1578682

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.
http://www.dw.com/en/islamist-militant-rebels-release-10-indonesian-hostages-in-philippines/a-19227727
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/philippines-abu-sayyaf-indonesian-captives-160501073913227.html

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-troops-attack/2740670.html

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html
http://atimes.com/2016/04/freed-italian-hostage-leaves-philippines-hospital/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-military-officials-least-18-soldiers-killed-over-150825497.html?nhp=1

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/23/the-return-of-the-marcoses/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/02/philippines-celebrates-30th-anniversary-revolution-160225075334366.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x73sTMGJ3U

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/muddy-relations-for-is-in-the-philippines/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/philippines-presidential-election-campaign-kicks-off/

28 JANUARY 2016

A bright future for the Philippines

Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/28/a-bright-future-for-the-philippines/

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/stormy-seas-ahead-for-the-philippine-economy/

29  DECEMBER 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges voters not to support candidates who are pushing for divorce and death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged voters not to support candidates in the 2016 elections who are pushing for divorce, death penalty and other measures that it said are against the Church’s doctrines
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/549419/news/nation/cbcp-urges-voters-to-snub-pro-divorce-death-penalty-bets

8 DECEMBER 2015

Benigno Aquino urges Philippine Congress to pass bill to create autonomous Muslim region

Philippine president Benigno Aquino urges Congress to pass a bill giving greater autonomy to a Muslim minority in the country’s south, the next step in ending a 45-year insurgency
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-08/benigno-aquino-urges-philippine-congress-to-pass-bill-to-create-autonomous-muslim-region/1523808

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 5 December in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 5 DECEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 5, 2018

1408: Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edigu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde

1937: Following the fall of Shanghai, a puppet “Dadao Municipal Governement” is established (up to May 3, 1938)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao_government_(Shanghai_1937%E2%80%931940)


1941: Netherlands Indies government sends a request to Australia to send forces to Ambon and Timor. Australian Air Force planes and personnel arrive on December 7

1950: By the India-Sikkim Peace Treaty, the kingdom becomes a protectorate of India
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Sikkim-become-a-part-of-the-Indian-Union
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11436.html
http://sikkim.nic.in/sws/sikk_his.htm

1950: The Communists with Chinese help re-occupy Pyongyang, sweeping into South Korea and recapturing Seoul
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_3231000/3231381.stm

1950: Thirteen Asian governments ask Beijing to limit its intervention in Korea

1957: Indonesian government orders 46,000 Dutch citizens to be expelled

1971: Battle of Longewala between India and Pakistan during the liberation war of Bangladesh

1971-12-05-battle-longewala
http://topyaps.com/8-things-know-battle-longewala
http://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/the-greatest-underdog-story-ever-told-the-battle-of-longewala-indopak-war-1971_-233975.html

1978: The Soviet Union sign a « Friendship Treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ussr-and-afghanistan-sign-friendship-treaty
http://www.jstor.org/stable/20692120?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

1995: Sri Lanka government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_4618000/4618661.stm

2001: In Germany, four Afghan factions leaders sign a pact to create a temporary administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet are planned to take over power in Afghanistan on December 22

 

On 5 December in South Asian history

1971-12-05-battle-longewala

ON 5 DECEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on December 5, 2018

1872 : Birth of Vir Singh, Punjabi poet, scholar and theologian, who dies on June 10, 1957
http://www.sikh-history.com/sikhhist/personalities/literature/veer.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vir_Singh_(writer)

1898: Birth of Josh Malihabadi, Urdu poet of India and Pakistan who died in February 1982
http://www.urdupoetry.com/profile/josh.html

1905: Birth of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, chief minister of Kashmir, who died on September 8, 1982
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Abdullah

1932: Birth of Narida (Farhat Ezekiel), Indian actress, who died on February 9, 2006
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0618918/

1941: Death of Amrita Sher-Gil, Indian painter, born on January 30, 1013
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Amrita_Sher-Gil
http://www.fridakahlofans.com/amritafans.com/mainmenu.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQsbbGlfu78

1950: By the India-Sikkim Peace Treaty, the kingdom becomes a protectorate of India
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Sikkim-become-a-part-of-the-Indian-Union
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11436.html
http://sikkim.nic.in/sws/sikk_his.htm

1950: Death of Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, born on August 15, 1872
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/aurobindo-ghose.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/5-december-1950-sri-aurobindo-indian-nationalist-and-spiritual-guru-passed-away

1951: Death of Abanindranath Tagore, Indian writer and painter, Nobel laureate 1913, born on August 7, 1871
http://totallyhistory.com/abanindranath-tagore/
http://www.google.fr/search?q=abanindranath+tagore+paintings&nord=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=K6ifUt7lA4nNhAfN34GYCg&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=628

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXwkWoO8lDU

1963: Death of Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy, born on September 8 1892,  Prime Minister of Pakistan (September 1956-October 1957)
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P016

1971: Battle of Longewala between India and Pakistan during the liberation war of Bangladesh

1971-12-05-battle-longewala
http://topyaps.com/8-things-know-battle-longewala
http://www.indiatimes.com/culture/who-we-are/the-greatest-underdog-story-ever-told-the-battle-of-longewala-indopak-war-1971_-233975.html

1972: Birth of Amir Muhammad, Malayan filmmaker

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Muhammad_(director)

1978: The Soviet Union sign a « Friendship Treaty” with the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ussr-and-afghanistan-sign-friendship-treaty
http://www.jstor.org/stable/20692120?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

1995: Sri Lanka government announces the conquest of Tamil stronghold of Jaffna
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_4618000/4618661.stm

2001: Early general elections in Sri Lanka, won by opposition led by Ranil Wickremesinghe, leader of United National Party who will be sworn in Prime minister on 9 December
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranil_Wickremasinghe

2001: In Germany, four Afghan factions leaders sign a pact to create a temporary administration for post-Taliban Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet are planned to take over power in Afghanistan on December 22

2010: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court has ordered that two senior police officers tasked with protecting Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan’s assassinated former prime minister, should be arrested for failing to provide adequate security to her in the run-up to her death
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/12/201012585033398743.html

2016 : Death of Jayalalithaa, Indian politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, born in 1948
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jayalalithaa-dies-of-heart-attack-tamil-nadu-chennai-cardiac-arrest-aiadmk-4410487/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/chennai/rip-amma-chronology-of-major-milestones-in-the-four-decade-political-career-of-jayalalithaa-heres-timeline_1956273.html

 

On 5 December in Southeast Asian history

ON 5 DECEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1927: Birth of Thailand king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX)
http://kanchanapisek.or.th/biography/hmk.en.html
https://www.thoughtco.com/king-bhumibol-adulyadej-of-thailand-195730

Bhumibol culte

1939: Birth of Minita Chico-Nazario, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minita_Chico-Nazario

1941: Netherlands Indies government sends a request to Australia to send forces to Ambon and Timor. Australian Air Force planes and personnel arrive on December 7

1957: Indonesian government orders 46,000 Dutch citizens to be expelled

1978: Birth of Pachrapa Chaichua, Thai actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachrapa_Chaichua

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jST3Fs_cBlA&list=LPGzkldUG5iJA&index=3&feature=plcp

2002: Death of Ne Win, the ex-dictator of Burma from 1962 to 1988
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1581413.stm
http://www.biography.com/people/u-ne-win-9422402

ne-win-2002

2007: Thailand celebrates venerated king Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) 80th birthday


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

2009: Death of Princess Vimolchatra of Thailand, born on June 27, 1921
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vimolchatra

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

2016 : Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigns from the cabinet but vows to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

2017: Rodrigo Duterte signs a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950017/duterte-declares-cpp-npa-as-terrorist-organizations#ixzz50VGDEsrr
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippine-government-classifies-communists-as-terrorists_2380913.html

 

Holidays and observances

Thailand’s King’s Birthday, National Day

On 5 December in Japan’s history

ON 5 DECEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1537: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiaki, 15th shogun of the Ashikaga shogunate who died in October 1597
http://www.samurai-archives.com/yoshiaki.html

1708: Death of Takakazu Shinsuke Seki (Kowa Seki), Japanese mathematician, born in March 1642
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowa_Seki
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Seki.html

1927: Birth of of Shoji Nishio Sensei, Japanese martial artist, who died on March 15, 2005
http://www.aikidojo.info/html/shoji_nishio_sensei.html

1976: General elections in Japan. Big loses by DLP led by prime minister Takeo Miki who resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_general_election,_1976
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/2756299?uid=3738016&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21104751355481

Takeo Miki 2

1980: Birth of Shizuka Ito, Japanese voice actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shizuka_Ito

 

On 5 December in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 5 DECEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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852: Birth of Zhu Wen, Chinese emperor of the Later Liang Dynasty who died on July 18, 912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhu_Wen

1377: Birth of Jianwen, Ming dynasty Chinese emperor in 1398 and who died in a fire following a coup on July 13, 1402
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jianwen_Emperor

1408: Emir Edigu of Golden Horde reaches Moscow
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edigu
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Horde

1838: Birth of Chinese educator Wu Xun who died on April 23, 1896
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Xun
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/11328.html

1907: Birth of Marshal Lin Biao, the heir of Mao Zedong after helping him to retake the power during the Cultural Revolution but who mysteriously died in an air crash in 1971
http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/1999/china.50/inside.china/profiles/lin.biao/
http://chineseposters.net/themes/linbiao.php 

1930: Birth of Zhang Zhixin, a Chinese dissident who was gang raped then executed on 4 April 1975
http://www.china.org.cn/china/60th_anniversary_people/2009-09/17/content_18547110.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Zhixin

1937: Following the fall of Shanghai, a puppet “Dadao Municipal Governement” is established (up to May 3, 1938)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dadao_government_(Shanghai_1937%E2%80%931940)


1950: The Communists with Chinese help re-occupy Pyongyang, sweeping into South Korea and recapturing Seoul
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/december/5/newsid_3231000/3231381.stm

1950: Thirteen Asian governments ask Beijing to limit its intervention in Korea

1979: Birth of Evonne Hsu Hui Xin, Chinese-American actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/04/13/evonne-hsu/

1981: Birth of Leila Tong Ning, Hong Kong actress
http://yummycelebrities.com/2006/07/01/leila-tong-ning/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_Tong

1986: Death of Sir Edward Youde, governor of Hong kong from May 1982 to December 1986
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Youde

2005: Death of Liu Binyan, a Chinese journalist and political dissident, born on January 15, 1925
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/05/AR2005120502068.html
http://www.hrichina.org/sites/default/files/PDFs/CRF.1.2006/CRF-2006-1_Exile.pdf