Daily Archives: 3 mars 2019

On 3 March in Asian history

ON 3 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 3, 2019

78: Origin of Saka era in India
http://www.indiavideo.org/text/saka-dynasty-318.php

705: End of the Second Zhou Dynasty established by Empress Wu Zetian on October 16, 690
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/tang/emperor_wuzetian.htm

724: Empress Genshō abdicates the throne in favor of her nephew Shōmu who becomes 45th emperor of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Gensh%C5%8D
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Emperor_Shomu
 724-749 Emperor Shomu

1301: Go-Nijo is enthroned as the 94th Emperor of Japan (up to 1308)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Nij%C5%8D

1575: Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tukaroi

Akbar 2

1707: Death of Aurangzeb, Mughal emperor of India (1658-1707)
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Mughal-Emperor-Aurangzeb-die

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8CPd_UhyGc

1857: Under the pretext of the killing of the French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine, France and the United Kingdom declare war on China (Second Opium War)
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1613

1865: Opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)

1880: Birth of Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (1940-1941) who died on June 26, 1946
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=261

1894: Birth of Paz Marquez-Benitez, Filipina writer, who died in 1983
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/972/today-in-philippine-history-march-3-1894-paz-marquezbenitez-was-born-in-lucena-city-quezon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz_M%C3%A1rquez-Ben%C3%ADtez
http://rizal.lib.admu.edu.ph/aliww/english_pmbenitez.html

1909: Birth of Yuan Muzhi, Chinese actor and director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Muzhi
 

1918: Birth of San Yu, Burmese general and president of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma from 9 November 1981 to 27 July 1988 and died on 30 January 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

1924: Birth of Tomiichi Murayama, former Prime Minister of Japan from 1994 to 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomiichi_Murayama

Tomiichi Murayama

1924: Birth of Lilian Velez, Filipino actress, murdered on June 26, 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Velez

Lilian Velez

1926 : Birth of Ravi Sharma, Indian film music director, who died on March 7, 2012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_(music_director)
http://www.mohdrafi.com/meri-awaaz-suno/music-director-ravi-and-his-special-partnership-with-rafi-saab.html/comment-page-1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3HVORuOlLc

1931: Birth of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, traditional Indian vocalist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Mustafa_Khan_(singer)

1939: In Bombay (Mumbai), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India

1939-03-03 Gandhi taking his last meal before the-start of his-fast

1942: Ten Japanese warplanes raid the town of Broome, Western Australia, killing more than 100 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Broome

1943: During the Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy

http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/war-in-the-south-pacific-the-battle-of-the-bismarck-sea/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bismarck_Sea
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-the-bismarck-sea.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxu2trrFhHE

1945: Manila is retaken by McArthur forces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1945)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDx2dvTYizk

1951: Indonesia signs a Friendship treaty with India

1951: Birth of Heizo Takenaka, Japanese economist and retired politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiz%C5%8D_Takenaka

1952: Birth of Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor, who died on June 7, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Fernandez_(actor)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0273049/

1955: The Mutual Defense Treaty between the USA and the RoC (Taiwan), signed on 2 December 1954, enters into force by the exchange of instruments of ratification at Taipei
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/mutual01.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_Mutual_Defense_Treaty

1955: Birth of Jaspal Bhatti, Indian actor, who died in a car crash on October 25, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaspal_Bhatti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f7_IPMyKV0

1967: Birth of Shankar Mahadevan, Indian singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shankar_Mahadevan

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

1971: Indira Gandhi wins the fifth Indian general elections
http://www.elections.in/parliamentary-constituencies/1971-election-results.html

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1971: Beginning of the no-cooperation of the East Pakistan population

1978: Birth of Seo Moon Tak, Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seomoon_Tak

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep7hCELr5_A

1981: Birth of Eugene Kim (Kim Yoo-Jin), korean actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_(entertainer)
http://women.stareastasia.com/eugene-kim/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nZZdybhRVo

1981: Birth of Sung Yu Ri, South Korean singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sung_Yu_Ri

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMRKrXr3IEc

1982: Death of Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian poet and critic, born on August 28, 1896 http://www.iloveindia.com/literature/urdu/poets/firaq-gorakhpuri.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/28th-august-1896-renowned-contemporary-urdu-poet-firaq-gorakhpuri-is-born

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPOazt4gFo

1997: Arrival to Kaohsiung of the first ship coming directly from Xiamen, Main China. According to the international rules, it displays the Taiwanese flag while entering in the harbor

1998: In Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, who founded the Khmer National Party (KNP), renames it Sam Rainsy Party, because his name is more famous than the one of his party

2001: An explosion destroys a plane of Thai Airways on which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to embark
http://www.b737.org.uk/thai737news.htm
http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/Information_on_Thai_Airways_International_Boeing_737_Explosion.aspx

2005: Pyongyang said it is no more committed to the moratorium on its tests of long range missiles as announced in September 1999

2006: After more than two years, the two Koreas resume their military talks at the highest level than ever

2009: Eight Pakistanis are killed and up to six Sri Lankan cricket players wounded by armed men in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/20093342556242789.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7921430.stm

2010: A court in East Timor sentences 24 rebels to up to 16 years in prison for the attempted assassinations of the country’s president and prime minister in 2008
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/20103391335435310.html

2014: North Korea deports an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in the country, saying he apologized for his anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness
http://asiancorrespondent.com/120136/north-korea-deports-australian-missionary/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/mar/03/jailed-australian-missionary-reads-confession

2014: 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. The Ministry for Public Security 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-/ 

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

 

Holidays and observances

Hinamatsuri (Dolls Festival) – Japanese celebration day for girls.

Samjinnal (Korea)

China home affairs

3 MARCH 2019

China wants to make the Communist Party ‘cool’ again with digital propaganda, but is it working?

Mr Xi has told media organisations to prioritise delivering news to mobile platforms like the hugely popular WeChat mobile app, which also allows independent users to set up news accounts
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-02/china-wants-to-make-the-communist-party-cool-again/10828154?section=world

12 FEBRUARY 2019

China has no use for democracy. It needs a strong leader like Xi Jinping right now: Chi Wang

Chi Wang says China has no ideological basis for the development of a system that prizes personal freedom, nor any history with the rule of law
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2185438/china-has-no-use-democracy-it-needs-strong

15 JANUARY 2019

The Patriarchy Strikes Back in China

Attempts to crush feminists and labor activists linking up show what the Communist Party fears most
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/15/the-patriarchy-strikes-back-in-china/

6 JANUARY 2019

China’s Xi Jinping begins his most important year at his weakest point

China’s economy has faltered in the face of US President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war, and tensions with Washington have spread to political and military issues
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/05/asia/xi-jinping-2019-year-intl/index.html

19 NOVEMBER 2018

China under Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping is widely viewed as the strongest leader China has had since Deng Xiaoping or Mao Zedong. But six years into his perhaps indefinite tenure, what has Xi actually accomplished? And where might China be headed under his rule?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/11/19/china-under-xi-jinping/

23 OCTOBER 2018

China opens world’s longest sea bridge from Hong Kong to mainland

Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in Zhuhai to open the 55-kilometre-long bridge, which links the city to the semi-autonomous regions of Hong Kong and Macau
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45937924
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/china-worlds-longest-sea-bridge-hong-kong-macau/10420468
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/132/91/58/1540257442385.html?newsId=51455

8 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei under investigation for bribery, China says

Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei is under investigation for suspected bribery, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its website on Monday (Oct 8)
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/08/china-accuses-detained-interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-of-bribery
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/08/china-claims-detained-former-interpol-chief-accepted-bribes/

5 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol chief Meng Hongwei goes missing on China visit

Police in France have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of the president of Interpol after his wife reported that he had gone missing after travelling home to his native China
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/interpol-chief-meng-hongwei-missing-china-visit-181005142103765.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2167213/french-police-launch-hunt-missing-chinese-head-interpol-meng
https://www.foxnews.com/world/missing-interpol-president-deeply-rooted-in-chinas-security

30 AUGUST 2018

After Communist Party summer retreat, Xi Jinping is sticking to his policies

President has held at least four high-level meetings since the Beidaihe session wrapped up, but analysts say there are no signs of any big changes
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2161908/after-communist-party-summer-retreat-xi-jinping

2 JULY 2018

The Chinese Communist Party has 89.6m members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 89.56 million members with 4.57 million primary-level Party organizations at the end of 2017, the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee announced Saturday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/252/208/1530421848915.html

4 APRIL 2018

Bibles pulled from China’s online bookstores as Beijing releases white paper on religious policy

Bibles have reportedly been pulled from sale through online bookstores across China, sparking confusion and outrage from frustrated Chinese-Christians on social media amid a tenuous split between the Vatican and Beijing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-04/bibles-allegedly-pulled-from-chinas-online-book-stores/9616560?section=world
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/04/china-cracks-sale-bible-amid-vatican-talks/

19 MARCH 2018

China’s new cabinet members endorsed

13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s national legislature, held the seventh plenary meeting of its first session Monday morning and endorsed the new lineup of the State Council. 
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/181/204/226/1521456648343.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/npc-2018-whos-who-in-chinas-cabinet

18 MARCH 2018

China’s parliament gives Premier Li second term

China’s parliament gave Premier Li Keqiang a second five-year term on Sunday (Mar 18), but he faces a tenure deeper in the shadow of the country’s powerful leader Xi Jinping
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-parliament-gives-premier-li-second-term-10053894
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/175/135/1521366927159.html

17 MARCH 2018

Xi Jinping gets second term, with ally Wang Qishan as vice-president

China’s legislature formally endorsed Xi Jinping’s second five-year presidential term on Saturday, and voted in Wang Qishan as the country’s new vice-president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137615/wang-qishan-chinas-new-vice-president-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20180317-china-xi-jinping-reappointed-second-term-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43440877

15 MARCH 2018

New vice-chairpersons of 13th CPPCC National Committee

A total of 24 people were elected vice-chairpersons of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at a plenary meeting of its first session on Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/171/57/30/1521108753889.html

14 MARCH 2018

Wang Yang elected chairman of China’s top political advisory body

Wang Yang was elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the top political advisory body, Wednesday afternoon
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/28/235/75/1521018096117.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137217/wang-yang-down-earth-liberal-taking-chinas-top-advisory

11 MARCH 2018

China’s Congress votes to abolish presidential term limits, allowing Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

China’s Congress has passed a constitutional amendment that removes presidential term limits, allowing President Xi Jinping to remain in office indefinitely and confirming his status as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong died more than 40 years ago
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-11/china-abolishes-presidential-term-limits/9537166?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43361276
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/11/china-s-parliament-lifts-time-limit-on-presidency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

7 things you need to know about lifting term limits for Xi Jinping

At this point, there are more questions than answers about what this means for China, and for other countries. I will pose some of the major questions below and offer best guesses on the answers
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/27/7-things-you-need-to-know-about-lifting-term-limits-for-xi-jinping/

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Communist Party proposes removal of two-term limit for president

China’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-proposes-removal-of-two-term-limit-for-president-15476
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/25/xi-jinping-to-cement-his-power-with-plan-scrap-two-term-limit-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/130/32/1519553491398.html

26 JANUARY 2018

Ma Zhaoxu: China’s next man at the UN

Former foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu will become China’s ambassador to the United Nations headquarters in New York, one of the country’s most prestigious overseas posts, according to diplomatic sources
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/world/2018/01/672_242839.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

The Chinese Dream’ and Xi Jinping’s power politics in 2017

China’s leader Xi Jinping ends 2017 in an unassailable position of power, having consolidated his grip over the Communist Party and state. Xi’s ultimate goal is to transform China into a global superpower
http://www.dw.com/en/the-chinese-dream-and-xi-jinpings-power-politics-in-2017/a-41941966

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

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

29 OCTOBER 2017

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

19 OCTOBER 2017

One-man rule? China’s Xi Jinping consolidates grip on power

Xi is already China’s most powerful leader in decades, but could he use the world’s biggest political party and its 89 million members to cement that grip and stay in power beyond the customary two terms? And to what end? A 42mn video debate
http://www.france24.com/en/20171018-debate-china-one-man-rule

18 OCTOBER 2017

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

What is Xi Jinping thought?

At the next Congress, Xi Jinping’s thinking will be included in the party’s constitution, just like Mao Zedong’s was. But this thought seems only to be made of rhetoric, nationalism, and an emphasis on China’s greatness. Xi’s much-vaunted contribution to Chinese-style communism tends to stop reforms to maintain power in the hands of the party and his own
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/What-is-Xi-Jinping-thought-41877.html

16 AUGUST 2017

Xi loyalists grab the reins of pivotal projects

Chinese President Xi Jinping is giving close allies full control over two signature projects that promise to help him achieve total political supremacy: the Belt and Road Initiative and the remodeling of Beijing
https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-loyalists-grab-the-reins-of-pivotal-projects?page=1

7 AUGUST 2017

What to expect from Xi Jinping’s Communist Party congress power play

 When Xi Jinping took the helm of China’s ruling Communist Party in late 2012 he had few trusted allies by his side or loyal aides at his command
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2104492/how-chinas-leader-building-team-communist-party

30 JULY 2017

China marks army’s 90th anniversary in huge military parade

President Xi Jinping has overseen a large-scale military parade in a show of force to mark the 90th anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army. Xi urged the army to « unswervingly stick to » the Communist Party
https://www.scmp.com/video/china/2104637/xi-jinping-oversees-parade-celebrate-plas-90th-anniversary
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/07/china-marks-armys-90th-anniversary-huge-military-parade-170730110920587.html
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-wants-world-class-army-to-beat-all-enemies/a-39890302

21 JULY 2017

Chinese Communist Party threatens to punish members if they are religious

The party remains concerned about the enduring issue. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party rules and stick to the Party’s faith,” one official writes. They should not be “allowed to seek value and belief in religion”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Communist-Party-threatens-to-punish-members-if-they-are-religious-41348.html

27 JUNE 2017

China passes tough new national intelligence law

China’s legislature passed a new national intelligence law on Tuesday (June 27) after an unusually brief round of discussions, granting authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, seize vehicles and devices and operate overseas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-passes-tough-new-national-intelligence-law

10 APRIL 2017

Beijing offers chinese spy-hunters cash rewards for amateur counter-espionage

China’s Ministry of State Security pledged to pay Chinese citizens 500,000 yuan (about 72,000 dollars) for providing the authorities with any information on espionage activities in the country
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704101052495103-china-security-intelligence-foreign-spies-reward/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086308/whistle-blowers-wanted-beijingers-urged-report-foreign

3 APRIL 2017

New Party chiefs named in 4 Chinese provinces

The central leadership has named new Party chiefs in four provinces in the latest reshuffle of provincial leadership ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/03/content_15595120.html

2 MARCH 2017

Is Xi Jinping’s political ambition bad for China?

It is an important year for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is consolidating his influence for long-term control of the Communist Party. But China expert Willy Lam explains why Xi’s ambition may be bad for the country
http://www.dw.com/en/is-xi-jinpings-political-ambition-bad-for-china/a-37785583

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s finance minister Lou Jiwei steps down, former tax chief to take role

Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who has been struggling in recent years to tackle the country’s huge debt problems, is stepping down as he approaches retirement age
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2043588/chinas-finance-minister-lou-jiwei-steps-down-former-tax-chief
http://www.atimes.com/article/finance-minister-lou-jiwei-among-three-replaced-reshuffle/

2 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s Xi condemns ‘cliques’ and ‘conspiracies’ within party

China’s President Xi Jinping condemned « cliques », « conspiracies » and « fraud » within upper echelons of the Communist Party and said there were urgent problems to be addressed, state media reported on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-xi-condemns-cliques-and-conspiracies-within-party/3256568.html

27 OCTOBER 2016

President Xi Jinping named as Chinese Communist Party’s ‘core’ leader

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has formally named President Xi Jinping as the “core” of the party leadership, a title that carries deep political meaning and is set to shape the power play in the run-up to a leadership reshuffle next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2040675/chinese-communist-party-expands-xi-jinpings-political
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/27/content_15517241.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161027_36/

4 OCTOBER 2016

Xi Jinping may delay picking China’s next leader, stoking speculation

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, appears prepared to defy the Communist Party’s established script for transferring power and delay the designation of his successor until after a party congress next year, unsettling the party elite and stirring speculation that he wants to prolong his tenure
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/05/world/asia/china-president-xi-jinping-successor.html?smid=li-share

24 JULY 2016

China unveils world’s largest amphibious Aircraft

China has completed production of the world’s largest amphibian aircraft, AG600, that it plans to use to fight forest fires and perform marine rescue operations
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246105739
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2016-07/24/content_7171059.htm

30 JUNE 2016

CPC has nearly 89 million members

The Communist Party of China (CPC) had 88.758 million members at the end of 2015, according to figures revealed by the Organization Department of the CPC Central Committee on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/30/content_15456545.html

18 JUNE 2016

‘Rebel’ China village chief arrested for corruption

The chief of a village that became a symbol of resistance against corruption has been arrested for allegedly accepting bribes, Chinese authorities said Saturday, as a large police operation moved in to head off dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rebel-china-village-chief-arrested-corruption#sthash.7CMUpKsE.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-police-block-wukan-village-ahead-of-anti-corruption-protests/a-19340037
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_24/

16 MAY 2016

Beijing carefully ignores anniversary of violent Cultural Revolution

It has been 50 years since the spark that touched off China’s volatile period of mass collectives and student uprising. Beijing did not mark the occasion, and clamped down on social media discussions of the event
http://www.dw.com/en/beijing-carefully-ignores-anniversary-of-violent-cultural-revolution/a-19260230
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36299692
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/china-cultural-revolution-50-media-blackout-160516050538313.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36284297

21 APRIL 2016

 China’s Xi moves to take more direct command over military

Chinese President Xi Jinping has assumed a more direct role over the country’s powerful armed forces as head of its increasingly important joint operations, displaying both his strong personal authority and China’s determination to defend its interests.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinas-xi-moves-more-direct-command-over-military-034110933.html?nhp=1
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinping-takes-commander-chief-military-title

25 MARCH 2016

20 arrested over letter asking for resignation of « Comrade Xi Jinping »

Chinese authorities have arrested 19 other people on charges of having participated in the publication of the open letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign. The total number of detentions now stands at 20: Jia Jia the reporter, the first to be detained, appears less and less involved in the matter and his release is expected
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35897905
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Open-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-reveals-divided-Party:-Resign,-for-your-own-good-and-the-good-of-the-nation-37011.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-widens-crackdown-xi-resignation-letter-160325182008794.html

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Communist Party of China holds event to commemorate Hu Yaobang

The Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held a symposium to commemorate what would have been the 100th birthday of its former general secretary Hu Yaobang on Friday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
http://atimes.com/2015/11/communist-party-of-china-holds-event-to-commemorate-hu-yaobang/
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-issues-book-commemorating-reformist-leader-hu-yaobang-062837877.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Xi Jinping on What’s Wrong with Contemporary Chinese Culture

At the Beijing Forum on Literature and Art, President Xi Jinping spoke to a high-level audience of arts professionals about the role of arts and culture in China. The speech was given in Beijing and titled “Talks at the Forum on Literature and Art Work,”
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/xi-jinping-whats-wrong-contemporary-chinese-culture

23 OCTOBER 2015

Xi relies on ‘second red generation’ generals to maintain grip

Generals belonging to the so-called second red generation are increasingly dominant in the Chinese military, riding their parents’ coattails to power, following the purge of two top uniformed officers in President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign
http://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China-up-close/Xi-relies-on-second-red-generation-generals-to-maintain-grip

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan

With swarms of fighter jets and helicopters flying overhead, some 12,000 troops marched through the center of Beijing as China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II with its biggest ever display of military might
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/02/asia/china-world-war-ii-military-parade/index.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-xi-jinpings-speech-commemoration-70th-anniversary-japanese-wwii-surrender
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-34125418

3 JULY 2015

Why the Communist Party’s new security law is bad news for China

From « social contradictions » to food safety, from environmental crisis to foreign religions, from the Internet to outer space, there is hardly any realm of the country’s activity that doesn’t fall under the rubric of national security risk in the new law
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/02/opinions/china-security-law-nicholas-bequelin/index.html

1 JULY 2015

China adopts new law on national security

China’s top legislature on Wednesday adopted a new national security law highlighting cyber security and demanding the establishment of a coordinated, efficient crisis management system.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134372812.htm

11 JUNE 2015

China jails former security chief Zhou Yongkang for life for bribery, corruption

China’s ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang has been jailed for life – the most senior politician to face corruption charges under Communist rule
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-s-ex-security-chief/1908474.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/11/china-s-crackdown-on-corruption-ex-security-chief-handed-life-sentence/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-33095453

5 APRIL 2015

Late Chinese leader Zhao Ziyang can be laid to rest – a decade after death

The family of late liberal Communist Party chief Zhao Ziyang said on Sunday they had finally received approval for the burial of his ashes, a decade after his death
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1757115/late-chinese-leader-zhao-ziyang-can-be-laid-rest-decade-after-death

6 MARCH 2015

A Modern Cult of Personality? Xi Jinping Aspires To Be The Equal of Mao and Deng

Having been in office for just over two years, President Xi Jinping has already laid claim to being the third most powerful politician of post-liberation China, just after Chairman Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping
http://www.jamestown.org/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=43626&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=7&cHash=943c3fb1d23aefca0021f99432e34917#.VQH5Iu9_nmS

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Former Chinese propaganda chief Deng Liqun dies at 100

Former Chinese propaganda chief and communist hardliner Deng Liqun, a fierce critic of the economic reforms championed by late leader Deng Xiaoping, died Tuesday at the age of 100, state media reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/471418/former-chinese-propaganda-chief-deng-liqun-dies-at-100

30 JANUARY 2015

Chinese government attacks textbooks that promote Western values

For Education Minister Yuan Guiren, high schools and universities should shun or ban textbooks that promote « non-Chinese » values. Previously, President Xi Jinping had also attacked freedom of thought. Teachers who speak out are hounded, fired and even jailed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chinese-government-attacks-textbooks-that-promote-Western-values-33337.html
http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/china-warns-against-western-values-in-imported-textbooks/?ref=asia&_r=0

26 JANUARY 2015

China: The Eclipse of the Politburo

Evidence suggests the Politburo Standing Committee is in decline, while the central party bureaucracy gains more clout.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/china-the-eclipse-of-the-politburo/

17 DECEMBER 2014

Mourners mark China leader Zhao Ziyang’s 10th death anniversary

Mourners have gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of China’s purged former leader, Zhao Ziyang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30863571

29 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for greater « ideological guidance » in China’s universities and urged the study of Marxism, state media reported on Monday, as the country tightens control on Western ideology
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-calls-tighter-ideological-control-universities

8 DECEMBER 2014

Xi Jinping: the growing cult of China’s ‘Big Daddy Xi’

Xi Jinping completes two years as president in January and as he enters his third year in office a growing cult of personality is being built around the 61-year-old as he fights to stamp his authority onto the Chinese Communist Party.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11279204/Xi-Jinping-the-growing-cult-of-Chinas-Big-Daddy-Xi.html

Zhou’s arrest affirms Xi’s grip on power: Experts

The arrest of former public security czar Zhou Yongkang and his expulsion from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) underscore President Xi Jinping’s tightening grip on power. It is also the Chinese leader’s biggest and boldest move yet in his two-year campaign to root out corruption across all ranks, experts said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/zhous-arrest-affirms-xis-grip-power-experts

5 DECEMBER 2014

China arrests ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang

Ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior Chinese official to be investigated for corruption, has been arrested and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30352458
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11276723/China-arrests-former-security-chief-Zhou-Yongkang.html

3 NOVEMBER 2014

China stresses Communist party’s control over military

Anyone calling for China’s People’s Liberation Army to be loyal to the state rather than the Communist party has a « very black heart », military media said Monday, after President Xi Jinping stressed: « The party commands the gun »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441148/china-stresses-communist-party-control-over-military
http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2014/11/xi-emphasizes-partys-command-army/

23 OCTOBER 2014

Beijing embraces ‘rule of law with Chinese characteristics’

China’s Communist rulers declared Thursday that the country would embrace the « rule of law with Chinese characteristics », official media reported after a key party meeting touted as heralding legal reform.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439164/beijing-embraces-rule-of-law-with-chinese-characteristics
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-10/23/content_15181985.html
http://english.people.com.cn/n/2014/1023/c90785-8799088.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s ex-president drops down rankings: paper

Former Chinese leader Hu Jintao has slipped further down the Communist Party rankings, state-run media said Tuesday, as his successor Xi Jinping consolidates his authority in the one-party state
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-ex-president-drops-down-rankings-paper

25 AUGUST 2014

The Red Beatification of Xi Jinping

He is not yet one of the “saints” of the Chinese Communist Party along with Mao and Deng. But already, after less than two years in office, Xi Jinping is, to borrow a phrase from the Catholic Church, being “beatified” – given pre-sainthood status.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/red-beatification-xi-jinping/

1 AUGUST 2014

Xi Jinping wants to be Mao but will not learn from the latter’s mistakes

Concentrating power in top leader of party, state and army has unleashed a flood of flattery and brought back the cult of personality that had been « abolished » after the death of the Great Helmsman. However, the new leader’s style and way of exercising power fails to heed the fact that when one rises above all others, one feels free to make blunders
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xi-Jinping-wants-to-be-Mao-but-will-not-learn-from-the-latter’s-mistakes-31787.html

28 JULY 2014

Probes and propaganda: Xi’s double strategy to consolidate power

Under Xi Jinping, China’s government formed after the Communist Party’s 18th National Congress at the end of 2012 has adopted a double strategy to bring its control to the country’s 31 province-level governments. On the one hand, Beijing plays tough through the party’s inspection system; on the other hand, it exerts soft power softly through propaganda
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140728000004&cid=1101

1 JULY 2014

Xu Caihou’s Family Arrested: Was He Involved in Military Coup?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) finally announced on June 30th that Xu caihou was expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption and his case handed to prosecutors for investigation. Following is earlier report on his case by http://www.ntd.tv/en/programs/news-politics/china-forbidden-news/20140630/117427-xu-caihous-family-arrested-was-he-involved-in-military-coup.html

30 JUNE 2014

Top China military official Gen Xu Caihou accused

One of China’s most senior military officials has been accused of accepting bribes and expelled from the Communist Party, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28084886
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418185/china-communist-party-expels-four-top-officials-over-graft

14 JUNE 2014

China official probed for ‘disciplinary violations’

Su Rong, vice-chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), is the highest-ranking official to come under investigation under President Xi Jinping, who has vowed to fight corruption
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/china-probes-top-politician-graft-2014614142225515823.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-official-probed-disciplinary-violations-media

4 JUNE 2014

China’s Tiananmen Square locked down by security forces on 25th anniversary

Authorities blanketed central Beijing with heavy security today on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centred on Tiananmen Square, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10873978/Chinas-Tiananmen-Square-locked-down-by-security-forces-on-25th-anniversary.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/413526/beijing-tightens-security-for-25th-anniversary-of-tiananmen-crackdown

3 JUNE 2014

China Defends Crackdown Ahead of Tiananmen Anniversary

China on Tuesday defended as « lawful » its detention of government critics ahead of this week’s 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-cracks-down-on-critics-ahead-of-tiananmen-anniversary/1928154.html

6 MAY 2014

China detains series of dissidents ahead of 25th anniversary of Tiananmen massacre

Several dissidents disappear in Beijing and Guangzhou and a well-known lawyer is arrested on charges of « causing unrest » ahead of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen protests
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10809825/China-detains-series-of-dissidents-ahead-of-25th-anniversary-of-Tiananmen-massacre.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/china-detains-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-2014569270309666.html

Six injured in knife attack at Chinese train station

At least six people have been injured in a knife attack at a station in Guangzhou, Chinese officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27289398
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/06/china-knife-attack-wounds-six-in-guangzhou/

17 APRIL 2014

Xi Jinping ‘using purge of Chinese officials to fill key positions with allies’

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10772555/Xi-Jinping-using-purge-of-Chinese-officials-to-fill-key-positions-with-allies.html

14 APRIL 2014

Beijing: two more Zhou Yongkang cronies arrested

For experts and analysts, the government is trying to rid itself of former powerful « national security czar. » Zhao Miao and Yan Cunzhang, two of his associates, are the latest victims, both accused of corruption. For one observer, a « power struggle » is underway

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing:-two-more-Zhou-Yongkang-cronies-arrested-30830.html

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

2 JANUARY 2014

Communist leaders battle to regain ‘street cred’

China’s normally reclusive leaders have been flocking onto the streets to court the masses after Xi Jinping, their commander-in-chief, scored a major propaganda coup by popping out for a bun lunch at a working man’s diner.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10546660/Communist-leaders-battle-to-regain-street-cred.html

 

Pakistan foreign affairs and defence

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3 MARCH 2019

Pakistan denies Indian claims it used US F-16 jets to down warplane

The US has said it is trying to find out whether Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, potentially in violation of trade agreements, as the standoff between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours showed signs of easing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/03/pakistan-denies-indian-claims-it-used-us-f-16-jets-to-down-warplane

19 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan will retaliate against any Indian attacks over Kashmir bombing, says Imran Khan

Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, has warned his country will retaliate against any Indian attack in the wake of last week’s Kashmir suicide bombing and called instead for dialogue to calm the growing crisis
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/19/pakistan-will-retaliate-against-indian-attacks-kashmir-bombing/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-pm-warns-india-against-attack-24292

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan says Saudi crown prince orders 2,100 Pakistani prisoners released

Saudi Arabia also signed investment agreements with Islamabad worth $20 billion on Sunday as crown prince Mohammed bin Salman began his Asia tour with a two-day trip to Pakistan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-says-saudi-crown-prince-orders-2-100-pakistani-prisoners-released-24246
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1913033/1-not-charity-investment-saudi-foreign-minister/
https://www.france24.com/en/20190218-kashmir-pakistan-india-saudi-crown-prince-mbs-khashoggi-modi

15 FEBRUARY 2019

India says will ensure ‘complete isolation’ of Pakistan after worst terror attack under Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (Feb 15) promised a strong response to a car bombing in Kashmir that killed 44 paramilitary officers that his government blamed on Pakistan, ratcheting up tensions with the nuclear rival
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-says-will-ensure-complete-diplomatic-isolation-of-pakistan-after-worst-attack
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/after-pulwama-attack-india-launches-diplomatic-drive-to-isolate-pakistan/articleshow/68012784.cms
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/160219/pakistan-denies-link-vows-strong-reply.html?utm_source=latestPromotion&utm_medium=end&utm_campaign=latest

20 DECEMBER 2018

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China’s Xinjiang detention camps has been ‘sensationalised’

Pakistan on Thursday defended its close ally China against a growing outcry over Muslims who are being detained by Chinese authorities, saying the issue was being “sensationalised” by foreign media
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2178987/muslim-pakistan-says-outcry-over-chinas-xinjiang-detention

3 DECEMBER 2018

Trump asks Pakistan PM for help with Afghan peace talks: minister

US President Donald Trump has sought Pakistan’s help with Afghan peace talks in a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the South Asian nation’s information minister, Fawad Chaudhry, has said
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/trump-asks-pakistan-pm-afghan-peace-talks-minister-181203095950483.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-asks-pakistani-prime-minister-for-help-with-afghan-peace-talks-22154

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan gets tough, snubs Trump

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday rejected US President Donald Trump’s remarks against Pakistan, suggesting that Washington should assess its success in Afghanistan instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for its failures
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/11/19/pm-imran-gets-tough-snubs-trump/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1850563/1-pm-imran-delivers-scathing-response-trumps-pakistan-not-damn-thing-statement/

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Despite India’s objection, Pakistan-China bus service flagged off from Lahore

Brushing aside a strong objection by India, the luxury bus service between Pakistan and China was flagged off from Lahore on Tuesday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/despite-indias-objection-pakistan-china-bus-service-flagged-off-from-lahore-2153559.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/china-pakistan-bus-service-launched201811060730340003/

3 OCTOBER 2018

US, Pakistani foreign ministers fail to break Afghanistan impasse

The US continues to demand more commitment from Islamabad on the Afghan peace process. The new Pakistani government shows willingness but has yet to act conclusively
https://www.dw.com/en/us-pakistani-foreign-ministers-fail-to-break-afghanistan-impasse/a-45738952
https://nation.com.pk/03-Oct-2018/pakistan-us-agree-to-move-forward

1 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting with US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Joseph Dunford

USSecretary of State Mike Pompeo and Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed Afghan peace process and blockage of $300 million in Coalition Support Fund (CSF) among other matters of mutual interest during a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1795672/1-pompeo-arrives-islamabad-seeks-reset-ties-pakistan/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1431096/pm-imran-khan-us-secy-of-state-pompeo-discuss-bilateral-ties-during-meeting-at-pm-house
https://nation.com.pk/05-Sep-2018/mutual-interest-to-be-key-factor-in-future-pak-told-us
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-not-ready-to-resume-military-aid-to-pakistan-mike-pompeo-says-1.767266

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

US military to cancel $300m in Pakistan aid over terror groups

The US has confirmed it will cut $300m in aid to Pakistan over its perceived failure to tackle militant groups, ratcheting up the tension in a deeply strained relationship ahead of a visit to Islamabad by the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/02/us-military-confirms-300m-cut-in-aid-to-pakistan
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-suspends-300-million-in-aid-to-pakistan/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45386278

22 AUGUST 2018

A Year On, Pakistan Still the Weak Link in US South Asia Strategy

The Trump administration’s strategy has produced no definitive improvements along its pillars. Pakistan remains a safe haven for terrorist groups
https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/08/year-pakistan-still-weak-link-us-south-asia-strategy/150730/

15 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in air strike in Afghanistan – officials

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-in-afghanistan-officials-18225
http://www.dw.com/en/who-is-taliban-leader-mullah-fazlullah/a-44244329

6 JUNE 2018

Pakistan’s reluctant relationship with Russia

A major shift in Pakistan’s foreign policy from the US to Russia is underway. Washington’s often repeated demands for Pakistan to “do more” — operations against alleged militant safe havens on Pakistani soil, shifting the blame onto Pakistan for US failures in Afghanistan — have pushed their relations almost to the brink
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/718.html

28 MAY 2018

Retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani, former Pakistan ISI chief banned from leaving country

Retired Lt Gen Asad Durrani , who headed Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) from 1990 to 1992, was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL) stopping him from leaving the country, according to the military spokesman
https://nation.com.pk/28-May-2018/retired-lt-gen-asad-durrani-placed-on-ecl
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/28/army-orders-inquiry-against-ex-isi-chief-puts-name-on-ecl/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1720514/1-spy-chronicles-ruminations-former-isi-raw-chiefs/

13 MAY 2018

Pakistan’s Diplomatic Dispute with US Intensifies

Pakistan’s decision not to allow a U.S. diplomat from leaving the country for his role in a fatal road accident has fueled tensions between the two countries
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-s-diplomatic-dispute-with-us-intensifies/4391774.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/13/what-explains-washingtons-diplomatic-row-with-islamabad-2/

22 MARCH 2018

China provides tracking system for Pakistan’s missile programme

China has sold Pakistan a powerful tracking system in an unprecedented deal that could speed up the Pakistani military’s development of multi-warhead missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2137643/china-provides-tracking-system-pakistans-missile-programme

15 MARCH 2018

Pakistan, Russia discuss security and defence partnership

Pakistan and Russia took yet another step forward to increase security and defence cooperation with high level discussions in Islamabad between the visiting Russian envoy and senior Pakistani officials
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-russia-discuss-security-and-defence-partnership-1.2188784

27 FEBRUARY 2018

Russia upgrades presence in Pakistan

Russian-language signposts have been erected in several regions of Pakistan, and Russia has appointed an honorary consul for the Pakistani city of Peshawar, following up on the bolstering of bilateral relations and the increased Russian presence in Pakistan
https://nsnbc.me/2018/02/27/russia-upgrades-presence-in-pakistan/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan’s PM urges politicians to continue support for struggle of Kashmiri people

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in an address to the Legislative Assembly of Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Kashmir Day, urged politicians to continue supporting the struggle of people across the border in Jammu and Kashmir
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pm-urges-politicians-to-continue-support-for-struggle-of-kashmiri-people-1.2168916
http://www.radio.gov.pk/05-02-2018/people-of-indian-occupied-kashmir-never-have-nor-will-accept-indian-occupation-president
https://www.dawn.com/news/1387465/this-kashmir-day-who-will-stand-up-for-azad-kashmiris

19 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan closes U.S.-funded radio station, citing ‘hostile’ agenda

Pakistani authorities on Friday closed the offices of a U.S. government-funded radio station whose broadcasts it said were “against the interests of Pakistan,” dealing another blow to relations with the United States
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-pakistan-us-radio-20180119-story.html
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201801201060902834-pakistan-closes-us-funded-radio-station/
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1229411/world

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan: Defense, intelligence cooperation with US suspended

Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan disclosed Tuesday that the country has suspended defense and intelligence cooperation with the United States amid growing tensions over US suspension of military aid to Pakistan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/18/184/1515550727977.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/01/10/pakistan-has-not-suspended-military-intelligence-cooperation-with-washington-us/

5 JANUARY 2018

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan following Donald Trump ‘lies and deceit’ tweet

The United States has announced it will suspend security assistance to Pakistan for failing to take « decisive action » against Taliban militants targeting US personnel in neighbouring Afghanistan
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-05/us-cuts-pakistan-security-spending-following-trump-tweet/9305544?section=world
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/05/547926/Pakistan-US-security-aid
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-slams-us-suspension-of-military-aid-accuses-it-of-betrayal/2018/01/05/fb564c92-f1bc-11e7-95e3-eff284e71c8d_story.html?utm_term=.73e290f0fc41

1 DECEMBER 2018

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid

President Donald Trump suggested Monday he would cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/01/547485/US-Trump-Pakistan-Afghanistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/263185-trump-threatens-to-cut-pakistan-aid
http://zeenews.india.com/world/pakistan-reacts-to-trumps-no-more-aid-tweet-says-will-let-the-world-know-the-truth-2071206.html
https://nation.com.pk/01-Jan-2018/trump-s-no-more-holds-no-importance-khawaja-asif

28 NOVEMBER 2017

Why is Pakistan Distancing Itself from the US?

One country that stands significant in Pakistan’s foreign policy and with whom it has never fought a war but yet remains under a multifaceted threat is none other than the United States. Both countries have entered their seventh decade of bilateral engagements, which have been subject to asymmetrical love and hate
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/599.html

25 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan calls on army to restore order as blasphemy protests spread

The Pakistani government has called on the army to restore order in Islamabad and disperse anti-blasphemy protesters who have been demonstrating in the capital for the past fortnight
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1567872/1-clashes-erupt-after-law-enforcers-crackdown-on-islamabad-sit-in-dozens-injured-scores-detained/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/clashes-in-pakistan-capital-as-police-move-to-disperse-sit-in-protesters-12595
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372800/a-timeline-of-the-crisis-that-has-gripped-islamabad-for-the-past-18-days

21 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

19 OCTOBER 2017

The Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar confirms killing of chief Umar Khorasani in drone attack

The Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday confirmed the death of its chief Umar Khalid Khorasani in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province a couple of days ago
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/19/jamaat-ul-ahraar-confirms-killing-of-chief-umar-khorasani-in-drone-attack/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1364849/umar-khalid-khorasani-9-associates-confirmed-killed-by-us-drone-strike

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan’s Second Strike Capability: Implications for South Asian Stability

Pakistan and India since their independence involved in never-ending arms race despite the fact the Pakistan cannot compete with Indian conventional weapon capability but in order to compete with them, they developed a nuclear and tactical weapon. India already has a second strike capability
http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2987:pakistan-s-second-strike-capability-implications-for-south-asian-stability

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

30 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopts resolution rejecting US allegations

The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting the US’s new Afghan policy and allegations against Pakistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/227074-Pakistan-parliamentarians-forge-unity-against-new-US-policy
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495029/unanimous-resolution-na-condemns-trumps-anti-pakistan-remarks/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/27/533154/Pakistan-Karachi-rally-Trump-police

21 JULY 2017

US will not pay Pakistan for military reimbursements: Pentagon

The Pentagon has decided not to reimburse US$50 millions to Pakistan this year citing the country’s failure to take “sufficient action” against Haqqani network
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/217976-Pentagon-says-it-will-not-pay-Pakistan-military-reimbursements-this-year
https://www.dawn.com/news/1346732/pentagon-blocks-50m-coalition-support-fund-payment-to-pakistan

6 JULY 2017

Pakistan test-fire short range ballistic missile

Pakistan says it has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-test-fires-short-range-ballistic-missile-1.2054320

3 JULY 2017

McCain led delegation visits Pakistan for security talks

A high-level US Senate delegation met Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official and powerful military chief in Islamabad to discuss regional security as Washington gears up to send more troops to neighbouring Afghanistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/mccain-led-delegation-visits-pakistan-for-security-talks-1.2052546
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1449352/john-mccain-led-us-team-visits-south-waziristan-praises-pak-armys-efforts/

27 JUNE 2017

Pakistan rejects U.S. sanctions against Kashmir militant Syed Salahuddin

Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists
http://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-kashmir-salahuddin-idINKBN19I1G6?rpc=401&
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/pakistan-defends-salahuddin-to-keep-backing

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

6 JUNE 2017

Pakistani politicians blast Saudi-led coalition amid row with Qatar

Senior Pakistani politicians and lawmakers have denounced a controversial Saudi-led military alliance that has been dealt a severe blow following a diplomatic rift among the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/06/524388/Pakistan-Saudi-Arabia-coalition

18 MAY 2017

UN court orders Pakistan to halt execution of Indian ‘spy’

The UN’s top court on Thursday (May 18) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying, in a victory for New Delhi over its bitter rival
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/un-court-orders-pakistan-not-to-execute-indian-national-1.2029392
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1412800/live-icj-decides-whether-order-pakistan-suspend-jadhavs-execution/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/un-court-orders-pakistan-to-halt-execution-of-indian-spy

13 MAY 2017

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

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

11 MAY 2017

Pakistan, Turkey ink MoU for sale of warships, Aircraft

Turkey and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sale of four Turkish-made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara’s armed forces, Turkey’s defence industry under-secretariat said
https://www.dawn.com/news/1332372/mou-on-warships-aircraft-deals-signed-with-turkey

16 MARCH 2017

Pakistan successfully test-fires anti-ship missile

The Pakistan navy on Thursday said it conducted a successful test of a land-based anti-ship missile, bolstering the operational reach of the country’s navy to launch long-range, anti-ship missiles from land
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-anti-ship-missile-1.1995384

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

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

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

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

8 FEBRUARY 2017

Why is China ‘protecting’ the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group?

China has blocked a US move to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammad’s chief Masood Azhar at the UN. In a DW interview, Siegfried O Wolf explains why China is protecting the Pakistan-based militant group’s head
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-china-protecting-the-pakistan-based-jaish-e-mohammad-militant-group/a-36974181

7 FEBRUARY 2017

Pakistan slams India, others for demanding permanent UNSC membership

Targeting India, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday rejected the attempts of countries to seek permanent UN Security Council membership
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1319463/pakistan-slams-india-others-demanding-permanent-unsc-membership/

26 JANUARY 2016

 Turkish, Pakistani generals look to boost military ties

Turkish General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Umit Dundar met Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi city Thursday, according to a military statement
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkish-pakistani-generals-look-to-boost-military-ties/735589#

15 JANUARY 2017

U.S. likely to continue ‘carrot and stick policy’ with Pakistan under Trump

Washington [United States], Jan.15 (ANI): The incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is likely to continue the ‘carrot and stick policy’ with Pakistan, say experts after analyzing the statements made by Defense Secretary-designate James ‘Mad Dog » Mattis during two days of hearing before the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250942177

9 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan completes nuclear triad, launches missile Babur-3 from submarine

Pakistan’s first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said in a statement
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-completes-nuclear-triad-launches-missile-babur-3-from-submarine_1965794.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2060852/watch-pakistan-test-fire-first-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/babur-3-five-things-to-know-about-the-pakistans-1st-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise-missile_1965804.html

5  JANUARY 2016

Kashmir integral part of Pakistan, Sharif says

Saying that Kashmir was an “integral part” of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday praised slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “vibrant and charismatic leader”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/kashmir-integral-part-of-pakistan-sharif-says-1.1957002

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Economic corridor – CPEC could turn Pakistan into China’s ‘client state’

Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif has hailed the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a harbinger of change for the region. But analyst Siegfried O. Wolf tells DW the project comes with a big price for Islamabad http://www.dw.com/en/economic-corridor-cpec-could-turn-pakistan-into-chinas-client-state/a-36384662

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia and Pakistan to hold first joint military exercise

Former Cold War-era rivals Pakistan and Russia are due to hold their first ever military exercise this month, Pakistan’s military said on Friday, in another sign of shifting alliances in South Asia.
http://atimes.com/2016/09/russia-and-pakistan-to-hold-first-joint-military-exercise/
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1186889/russian-forces-arrive-pakistan-first-ever-joint-military-exercise/

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Navy launches the third Azmat-class Fast Attack Craft-Missile (FAC-M)

 Pakistan Navy on Saturday launched the third Azmat-class Fast Attack Craft-Missile (FAC-M) and layed the keel for a 600 ton Maritime Patrol Vessel (MPV) in Karachi
http://www.dawn.com/news/1284347/pakistan-navy-launches-third-azmat-class-fast-attack-craft

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan may be buiding new nuclear site: Defence experts

Pakistan, estimated to have the world’s fastest-growing nuclear stockpile, could be building a new uranium enrichment complex according to commercial satellite imagery analysed by Western defence experts
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-may-be-building-new-nuclear-site-analysts-1.1897122

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cold War foes Russia and Pakistan forge closer ties, will hold joint war games

Pakistan and Russia will hold their first-ever joint military exercises later this year, say media reports. Islamabad is looking for new alliances in the region as its ties with Washington are rapidly deteriorating
http://www.dw.com/en/cold-war-foes-russia-and-pakistan-forge-closer-ties/a-19545856
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1180917/first-pakistan-russia-hold-joint-war-games/

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

26 AUGUST 2016

U.S. cuts aid to Pakistan due to warming relations with India

Pakistan’s continued support for resurgent militant groups hostile to the United States, coupled with warming U.S. military and business relations with India, is sharply diminishing Islamabad’s strategic importance as an ally to Washington, U.S. military, diplomatic, and intelligence officials and outside experts said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247078283

4 AUGUST 2016

Pentagon won’t pay Pakistan $300m military reimbursements

The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a US official said
http://nation.com.pk/international/04-Aug-2016/pentagon-not-to-pay-pakistan-300-million-in-military-reimbursements

26 JULY 2016

Secular Pakistanis resist Turkey’s ‘authoritarian’ demands

Turkey has asked Pakistan to crack down on institutions run by US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara believes was behind the failed coup against President Erdogan. But many Pakistanis do not want to follow along
http://www.dw.com/en/secular-pakistanis-resist-turkeys-authoritarian-demands/a-19427773

22 JULY 2016

Should Pakistan Put All Its Eggs in the China Basket?

How much is Pakistan really benefiting from its “all weather friendship” with China?http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/should-pakistan-put-all-its-eggs-in-the-china-basket/

18 JULY 2016

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

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

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/25/content_15454167.html

22 JUNE 2016

Is Pakistan Secretly Testing a New Chinese Killer Drone?

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, a Pakistani defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the unmanned aircraft was on an “experimental flight.” This could indicate that the Pakistani military was evaluating a new UAV type for service in the PAF. Furthermore, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly explains
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/is-pakistan-secretly-testing-a-new-chinese-killer-drone/

16 JUNE 2016

Pakistan’s Crippling Strategic Isolation Is Its Own Fault

Pakistan’s recent relations with Afghanistan have been one example of Pakistan as a state unable to define its foreign policy and national interests beyond a Cold War paradigm. An India-centric foreign policy has stalled Pakistan’s foreign-policy evolution and tainted its worldview of international politics. Pakistan currently has strained and difficult relations with all its neighbors except China
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/pakistans-crippling-strategic-isolation-its-own-fault-16620

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

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

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

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

31 MAY 2016

Pakistan Fails to Seal F-16 Deal

Pakistan failed to move forward with the purchase of eight U.S.-made F-16C/D Block-52 fighter aircraft following a dispute over financing
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/pakistan-fails-to-seal-f-16-deal/

30 APRIL 2016

US Congress blocking founds for F-16 purchase by Pakistan

The United States (US) administration is withholding funds earmarked for Pakistan’s purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets, BBC Urdu reported, citing an unnamed senior US State Department official.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1255209/us-congress-blocking-funds-for-f-16-purchase-report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1255438/convincing-congress-of-f-16-deal-is-obama-administrations-job

26 APRIL

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

3 APRIL 2016

At the global Nuclear Security Summit, Pakistan sought greater acceptance as a responsible nuclear state.

Pakistan assured the international community that it was strongly committed to the objective and had been proactively engaged with efforts to promote nuclear safety and security.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1249661

24 MARCH 2016

Can Iran’s Rouhani win over Pakistan?

Iranian President Rouhani’s Pakistan visit comes at a delicate time for both Tehran and Islamabad. The neighboring countries want to improve economic ties, but the Saudi-Iranian rivalry continues to be a big impediment
http://www.dw.com/en/can-irans-rouhani-win-over-pakistan/a-19138190

16 MARCH 2016

Prospects of Pak-US strategic relationship: Trust vs interests

It would take time to witness a transformation in the sentiment of the relationship that continues to be defined by concerns rather than pledges
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/16-Mar-2016/prospects-of-pak-us-strategic-relationship-trust-vs-interests

15 MARCH 2016

Pakistan Air Force needs to replace 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020

Pakistan Air Force needs to retire 190 planes from its current fleet by 2020, senior officials told Dawn while commenting on a report that the country was seeking another batch of 10 F-16s from the United States.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1245714/pakistan-air-force-needs-to-replace-190-planes-by-2020

3 MARCH 2016

Islamabad: Pope Francis accepts invitation to visit Pakistan

The Pakistani government has invited Pope Francis to visit the country and the pope has accepted, this according to a government press release that also noted that the pontiff prayed for “Pakistan and the victims of terrorism”.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamabad:-Pope-Francis-accepts-invitation-to-visit-Pakistan-36849.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1243265/pope-accepts-invitation-to-visit-pakistan-this-year

 

22 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015

Pakistan was the tenth largest arms importer in the world in 2015, down one spot from number nine the previous year, a military think tank database reveals, while Saudi Arabia was the leading arms importer in the world, followed closely by India.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1241157/pakistan-at-tenth-place-in-list-of-worlds-largest-arms-importers-for-2015

21 FEBRUARY 2016

The sixth round of ministerial level US-Pakistan strategic dialogue will focus on enhancing cooperation in trade, investments, defence and counter terrorism.

  The dialogue will be held in Washington DC on February 29. Sartaj Aziz, adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs would be representing the Pakistan side, while Secretary of State John Kerry would be representing the US side.
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/us-pakistan-strategic-dialogue-to-focus-on-enhancing-investments-defence-cooperation/

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

14 FEBRUARY 2016

The problem with Pakistan’s foreign policy

Diplomatic pressure continues to build on Pakistan from the West and China to dismantle anti-India militant groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/02/problem-pakistan-foreign-policy-india-isis-160210110952659.html

12 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan’s balancing act between Iran and Saudi Arabia

Recent twists in Pakistan’s foreign policy to maintain a balance between Saudi Arabia and Iran reflect the country’s historical obsession with acting as the leader of the ‘Muslim Ummah’ and also the on-going sectarian tussle, roots of which can be traced to both the Mid-Eastern states, within the country.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/pakistans-balancing-act-between-iran-and-saudi-arabia/

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan: A dangerous alliance?

A key figure, often identified with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), has issued a video statement congratulating the faction of the Pakistan Taliban responsible for attacking a university in Charsadda, Pakistan, on January 20.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/02/pakistan-dangerous-alliance-160203113731975.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

24 ANUARY 2016

Obama said Pakistan “Can and must” do more against terrorism

US President Barack Obama has urged Pakistan to show it is “serious” about crushing extremist networks operating on its territory, saying the latest mass killing of students underlined the need for more decisive action.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1235106/obama-says-pakistan-can-and-must-do-more-against-terrorism
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234994/who-wants-peace-in-pakistan

12 JANUARY 2016

 Pakistan reluctant to act against terrorism – US Congress stalls sale of F-16s

 In a setback for Pakistan, Republican-controlled US Congress has stalled sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad, amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups
http://news.niticentral.com/2016/01/12/pakistan-reluctant-to-act-against-terrorism-us-congress-stalls-sale-of-f-16s/?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped

7 JANUARY 2016

Chinese pressure sees Pakistan mull status of region disputed by India

Pakistan is considering upgrading the constitutional status of its northern Gilgit-Baltistan region, which is also claimed by India, in a bid to provide legal cover to a multi-billion-dollar Chinese investment plan, officials said on Thursday (Jan 7)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-pressure-sees/2407538.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1231394/pakistan-mulls-elevating-status-of-gilgit-b

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

 

25 DECEMBER 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-26/indian-pm-narendra-modi-makes-surprise-visit-to-pakistan-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade/1529930
http://www.dw.com/en/india-pm-narendra-modi-leaves-lahore-after-surprise-pakistan-visit/a-18942319
http://www.dawn.com/news/1228735/modi-arrives-in-lahore-on-surprise-visit

11 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan test-fires nuclear-capable missile following peace conference

Pakistan has launched a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and hitting neighboring India. The test comes two days after Islamabad said it would resume peace talks with New Dehli.
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-test-fires-nuclear-capable-missile-following-peace-conference/a-18911627
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225688/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-shaheen-iii-missile

9 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process

Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225246/pakistan-india-agree-to-restart-comprehensive-dialogue-process
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-pakistan-to-resume-dialogue-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-among-issues-to-be-discussed-2153962
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-full-text-of-joint-statement-made-by-india-and-pakistan-2153928

6 DECEMBER 2015

National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
http://atimes.com/2015/12/national-security-advisors-of-india-pakistan-discuss-terrorism-jk-in-bangkok/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224563/pakistan-india-nsas-hold-talks-in-bangkok

23 OCTOBER 2015

Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take « credible deterrent » measures in the face of Indian « arms build-up » and « dangerous military doctrines »
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-attacks-dangerous-india-in-us-speech-news-national-pkxvaiegfiabf.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1215094/nawaz-urges-us-to-side-with-pakistan-against-indian-aggression
http://www.sify.com/news/india-desires-dialogue-but-pak-uses-terrorism-as-instrument-mea-news-national-pkxtcvdjjaidb.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ‘not against anyone’ : PM Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that Pakistan would continue to maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for security purposes, but that these weapons are ‘not against any one »
http://www.dawn.com/news/1205878/pakistans-nuclear-arsenal-not-against-anyone-pm-nawaz

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

 

19 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan and Russia sign a landmark defence deal

Pakistan and Russia on Wednesday signed a landmark defence deal that includes the sale of four Mi-35 ‘Hind E’ attack helicopters to Pakistan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1201473/pakistan-russia-sign-landmark-defence-deal

 

19 MAY 2015

Pakistan, Afghanistan sign intelligence-sharing deal

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

5 APRIL 2015

Ten men jailed in Pakistan over Malala attack

A Pakistani court jails 10 men for life for their involvement in the 2012 shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted for her campaign against the Taliban denying girls education
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/ten-men-jailed-pakistan-malala-attack-150430101505917.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/30/malala-yousafzai-s-attackers-jailed-for-25-years/

 20 APRIL 2015

 Pakistan and China sign 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor.

A historic ceremony was organised at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday, where Pakistan and China signed 51 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) relating to diverse aspects of bilateral relations, including the Pakistan China Economic Corridor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1177109/economic-corridor-in-focus-as-pakistan-china-sign-51-mous
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32377088

15 APRIL 2015

Pakistan successfully test fires nuclear-capable Ghauri missile

Pakistan test-fired on Wednesday ballistic missile Ghauri, which is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads up to a distance of 1,300 kilometres
http://www.dawn.com/news/1176096/pakistan-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ghauri-missile

14 APRIL 2015

China gets 40-year rights at Pakistani port

China has been granted operation rights for 40 years at a port in Gwadar, a strategic deep-water seaport in Pakistan, Hong Kong-based Pheonix TV reported on Tuesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-04/14/content_15250708.html

10 APRIL 2015

Pakistan parliament rejects Saudi call to join Yemen coalition

Pakistan’s parliament on Friday urged the government to stay out of the conflict in Yemen, rejecting Saudi demands for Islamabad to join its coalition against Shiite Huthi rebels.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175090/parliament-calls-for-neutrality-in-yemen-conflict
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/525115/pakistan-parliament-rejects-saudi-call-to-join-yemen-coalition

Pakistan frees alleged Mumbai attack mastermind

A Pakistani court has freed on bail the alleged mastermind of a 2008 assault on India’s financial capital Mumbai that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the neighbouring countries
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/04/pakistan-frees-alleged-mumbai-attack-mastermind-150410125247944.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/04/10/mumbai-attack-suspect-released-on-bail/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175099/lakhvi-a-free-man-for-now

8 APRIL 2015

US approves billion-dollar arms sale to Pakistan

The US State Department has approved Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

9 MARCH 2015

Pakistan tests missile that could carry nuclear warhead to every part of India

Pakistan on Monday test-fired a ballistic missile that appears capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to ­every part of India, another escalation in Islamabad’s effort to keep pace with its neighboring rival’s formidable military advancements
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pakistan-tests-missile-that-could-carry-nuclear-warhead-to-every-part-of-india/2015/03/09/920f4f42-c65c-11e4-bea5-b893e7ac3fb3_story.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1168421/test-launch-of-shaheen-iii-ballistic-missile-successful-ispr

5 FEBRUARY 2015

Pakistan to continue supporting Kashmiris’ freedom struggle: Nawaz

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday vowed that Pakistan would continue its political and diplomatic support for the people of Kashmir in their struggle for freedom and right to self-determination.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1161673/pakistan-to-continue-supporting-kashmiris-freedom-struggle-nawaz

29 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India

Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

16 DECEMBER 2014

Pakistan’s indigenous defence production reaches $1.5 billion

The country’s indigenous defence production has reached $1.5 billion per annum, according to a report published in the Jane’s Defence Weekly. The journal quoted an unnamed Pakistani official as saying: “We have substituted imported defence equipment worth $1.5 billion (per year), which for us is a huge bonus.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Pakistan’s-indigenous-defence-production-reaches-69108.html

24 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan has the world’s fastest growing nuclear programme in the world, a US-based think tank says

“Pakistan.is believed to have enough fissile material to produce between 110 and 120 nuclear warheads,” says the report Strategic Stability in the Second Nuclear Age Council released by the influential Council on Foreign Relations.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146584/pakistan-has-worlds-fastest-growing-nuclear-programme-us-think-tank
http://tribune.com.pk/story/796359/pakistan-has-fastest-growing-nuclear-weapons-programme-in-world-report/

15 NOVEMBER 2014

Afghan, Pakistan leaders pledge to end turbulent ties

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

22 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan cleric Qadri ends Islamabad protest

An anti-government cleric who has been campaigning in Islamabad, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has ended his 65-day-long protest. Tahirul Qadri, who has been calling for resignation of PM, says he will now tour cities in a « revolution of the poor ».
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/pakistan-cleric-qadri-ends-islamabad-protest-20141022637683600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/10/tahir-ul-qadri-political-enigma-pakistan-2014102271530973245.html

17 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to hanging for row over sharing water glass

Ruling against Asia Bibi, a 50-year-old mother of five, upheld after blasphemy conviction over row in which Muslim women objected to Bibi using their drinking glass because of her religion
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/11169304/Pakistani-Christian-woman-sentenced-to-hanging-for-row-over-sharing-water-glass.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

5 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistani Taliban only loyal to Mullah Omar, says TTP spokesperson

Pakistani Taliban said on Sunday that they have declared allegiance only to Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supremo, rejecting the media reports that the group has declared allegiance to the Islamic State.
http://tribune.com.pk/story/772040/pakistani-taliban-only-loyal-to-mullah-omar-says-ttp-spokesperson/

4 OCTOBER 2014

Pakistan Taliban pledges support to ISIL

The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136205/pakistani-taliban-declare-allegiance-to-is-militants
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-Taliban-declare-allegiance-to-Islamic-State-and-global-jihad/articleshow/44345966.cms?

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistani-court-sends-100-activists-jail-201491315950198907.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taliban gunmen who shot schoolgirl Malala finally arrested

Militants boarded the teenage activist’s school bus and shot her in the head in October 2012 for her outspoken views on girls’ education, in an attack that also wounded two of her friends
http://www.9news.com.au/world/2014/09/13/00/24/taliban-shooters-who-attacked-malala-arrested
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/malala-attackers-arrested-pakistan-201491212302111196.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Islamic State claims Pakistan and Afghanistan for its ‘caliphate’

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Pakistan Parliament Reaffirms Support for Embattled PM

Pakistan’s parliament opened an emergency session Tuesday to rally political support for embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continued their agitation just outside the building.
http://www.voanews.com/content/pakistan-parliament-backs-prime-minister-as-crisis-deepens/2435856.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/pakistan-nawaz-sharif-backed-parliament-201492131048231666.html

31 AUGUST 2014

Pakistani protests turn deadly as prime minister refuses to resign

Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more, witnesses and hospital officials have told Al Jazeera.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/31/at-least-two-dead-after-pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-violent/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

29 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan military to mediate amid protest stand-off

Pakistan’s powerful army chief has stepped in to the political deadlock between the PM and two opposition figures leading huge anti-government rallies in the capital, Islamabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28978048
http://www.nation.com.pk/national/29-Aug-2014/third-empire-called-for-final-decision

28 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan police launch PM murder probe to defuse crisis

Political crisis in Pakistan took a new turn today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif agreeing to face a murder case relating to the killing of 14 followers of cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, as Imran Khan kept up pressure insisting on the embattled premier’s resignation
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-to-face-murder-case-imran-insists-on-pms-resignation-news-national-oi2ua3fedgjbe.html
http://freepressjournal.in/sharif-offers-to-face-murder-case-qadri-rejects/

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

20 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan army pushes for talks amid protests

Pakistan’s powerful military has called for talks to resolve a week-long political drama as tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament in a bid to depose the prime minister.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-army-pushes-talks-amid-protests-20148207445493362.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427623/pakistan-army-urges-talks-as-protesters-march-on-parliament

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/india-calls-off-pakistan-talks-kashmir-row-201481812504921915.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan

Pakistan’s third largest party to quit parliament to force PM resignation

Lawmakers from Pakistan’s third largest party will resign from Parliament to try to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down, a party official said Monday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistans-third-largest-party-quit-parliament-force-pm-resignation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-khan-pulls-party-out-parliament-2014818141856398979.html

17 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan’s Khan calls for ‘civil disobedience’ movement

Pakistan’s Imran Khan on Sunday called on thousands of protesters rallying in Islamabad to launch a civil disobedience movement against the government, as a leading cleric declared that only a « revolution » would bring about change
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/427237/pakistan-khan-calls-for-civil-disobedience-movement
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-protest-leaders-insist-pm-should-go-201481615334557188.html

15 AUGUST 2014

Imran Khan convoy reaches Pakistan capital

Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad following the arrival of convoys led by a cricket star-turned-politician and a fiery anti-Taliban cleric
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-imran-khan-201481582750798942.html
http://www.euronews.com/2014/08/15/imran-khan-s-anti-government-convoy-attacked-on-the-road-to-islamabad/

14 AUGUST 2014

Pakistan: Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri lead protest march

Two convoys are taking thousands of anti-government protesters from the Pakistani city of Lahore to Islamabad, the capital, amid tight security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28770311
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/pakistan-braces-for-anti-nawaz-sharif-protest-in-islamabad-on-independence-day/

9 AUGUST 2014

Qadri supporters clash with Pakistan police

Supporters of a Pakistani anti-government cleric have clashed with police in the country’s second largest city resulting in at least four deaths, 500 arrests and six police officers missing, officials said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-police-clash-with-tahrir-qadri-supporters-20148975449318173.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 3 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 3 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 3, 2019

1575: Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tukaroi

Akbar 2

1857: Under the pretext of the killing of the French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine, France and the United Kingdom declare war on China (Second Opium War)
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1613

1942: Ten Japanese warplanes raid the town of Broome, Western Australia, killing more than 100 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Broome

1943: During the Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy

http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/war-in-the-south-pacific-the-battle-of-the-bismarck-sea/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bismarck_Sea
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-the-bismarck-sea.htm

1945: Manila is retaken by McArthur forces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1945)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDx2dvTYizk

1951: Indonesia signs a Friendship treaty with India

1955: The Mutual Defense Treaty between the USA and the RoC (Taiwan), signed on 2 December 1954, enters into force by the exchange of instruments of ratification at Taipei
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/mutual01.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_Mutual_Defense_Treaty

2005: Pyongyang said it is no more committed to the moratorium on its tests of long range missiles as announced in September 1999

2006: After more than two years, the two Koreas resume their military talks at the highest level than ever

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

 

On 3 March in South Asian history

ON 3 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 3, 2019

78: Origin of Saka era in India
http://www.indiavideo.org/text/saka-dynasty-318.php

1575: Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tukaroi

Akbar 2

1707: Death of Aurangzeb, Mughal emperor of India (1658-1707)
https://www.quora.com/How-did-Mughal-Emperor-Aurangzeb-die

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8CPd_UhyGc

1926 : Birth of Ravi Sharma, Indian film music director, who died on March 7, 2012
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_(music_director)
http://www.mohdrafi.com/meri-awaaz-suno/music-director-ravi-and-his-special-partnership-with-rafi-saab.html/comment-page-1

1931: Birth of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan, traditional Indian vocalist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Mustafa_Khan_(singer)

1939: In Bombay (Mumbai), Mohandas Gandhi begins to fast in protest of the autocratic rule in India

1939-03-03 Gandhi taking his last meal before the-start of his-fast

1951: Indonesia signs a Friendship treaty with India

1955: Birth of Jaspal Bhatti, Indian actor, who died in a car crash on October 25, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaspal_Bhatti

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0f7_IPMyKV0

1967: Birth of Shankar Mahadevan, Indian singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shankar_Mahadevan

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

1971: Indira Gandhi wins the fifth Indian general elections
http://www.elections.in/parliamentary-constituencies/1971-election-results.html

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1971: Beginning of the no-cooperation of the East Pakistan population

1982: Death of Firaq Gorakhpuri, Indian poet and critic, born on August 28, 1896 http://www.iloveindia.com/literature/urdu/poets/firaq-gorakhpuri.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/28th-august-1896-renowned-contemporary-urdu-poet-firaq-gorakhpuri-is-born

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QPOazt4gFo

2009: Eight Pakistanis are killed and up to six Sri Lankan cricket players wounded by armed men in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/03/20093342556242789.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7921430.stm

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

On 3 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 3 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 3, 2019

1894: Birth of Paz Marquez-Benitez, Filipina writer, who died in 1983
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/972/today-in-philippine-history-march-3-1894-paz-marquezbenitez-was-born-in-lucena-city-quezon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paz_M%C3%A1rquez-Ben%C3%ADtez
http://rizal.lib.admu.edu.ph/aliww/english_pmbenitez.html

1918: Birth of San Yu, Burmese general and president of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma from 9 November 1981 to 27 July 1988 and died on 30 January 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Yu

1924: Birth of Lilian Velez, Filipino actress, murdered on June 26, 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Velez

Lilian Velez

1945: Manila is retaken by McArthur forces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1945)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDx2dvTYizk

1951: Indonesia signs a Friendship treaty with India

1952: Birth of Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor, who died on June 7, 2008
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Fernandez_(actor)
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0273049/
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/family/watch/v419252WMyk6P8F

1974: Birth of Paula Malai Ali, Malaysian-Bruneian TV presenter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Malai_Ali
http://aseanclan.blogspot.fr/2008/11/paula-malai-ali-southeast-asian-of.html

1998: In Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, who founded the Khmer National Party (KNP), renames it Sam Rainsy Party, because his name is more famous than the one of his party

2001: An explosion destroys a plane of Thai Airways on which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was to embark
http://www.b737.org.uk/thai737news.htm
http://www.ntsb.gov/news/press-releases/Pages/Information_on_Thai_Airways_International_Boeing_737_Explosion.aspx

2010: A court in East Timor sentences 24 rebels to up to 16 years in prison for the attempted assassinations of the country’s president and prime minister in 2008
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/20103391335435310.html

On 3 March in Japan’s history

ON 3 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on March 3, 2019

724: Empress Genshō abdicates the throne in favor of her nephew Shōmu who becomes 45th emperor of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Gensh%C5%8D
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Emperor_Shomu

 724-749 Emperor Shomu

1301: Go-Nijo is enthroned as the 94th Emperor of Japan (up to 1308)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Nij%C5%8D

1880: Birth of Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (1940-1941) who died on June 26, 1946
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=261

1924: Birth of Tomiichi Murayama, former Prime Minister of Japan from 1994 to 1996
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomiichi_Murayama

Tomiichi Murayama

1942: Ten Japanese warplanes raid the town of Broome, Western Australia, killing more than 100 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Broome

1943: During the Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/war-in-the-south-pacific-the-battle-of-the-bismarck-sea/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bismarck_Sea
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-the-bismarck-sea.htm

1945: Manila is retaken by McArthur forces
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1945)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDx2dvTYizk

1951: Birth of Heizo Takenaka, Japanese economist and retired politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heiz%C5%8D_Takenaka

1994: Birth of Umika Kawashima, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umika_Kawashima
http://asianwiki.com/Umika_Kawashima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POKPO8ZYR5I

 

Holidays and observances

Hinamatsuri (Dolls Festival) – Japanese celebration day for girls.

On 3 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 3 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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705: End of the Second Zhou Dynasty established by Empress Wu Zetian on October 16, 690
https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/history/tang/emperor_wuzetian.htm

1857: Under the pretext of the killing of the French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine, France and the United Kingdom declare war on China (Second Opium War)
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1613

1865: Opening of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC)

1909: Birth of Yuan Muzhi, Chinese actor and director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuan_Muzhi


1955: The Mutual Defense Treaty between the USA and the RoC (Taiwan), signed on 2 December 1954, enters into force by the exchange of instruments of ratification at Taipei
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/mutual01.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-American_Mutual_Defense_Treaty

1997: Arrival to Kaohsiung of the first ship coming directly from Xiamen, Main China. According to the international rules, it displays the Taiwanese flag while entering in the harbor

2014: 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. The Ministry for Public Security 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-/