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On 7 March in Asian history

1971-03-07 Sheikh-Mujib

ON 7 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 7, 2019

664: Death of Xuanzang, Tang dynasty monk, scholar who traveled to India coming back with sutras, born in 602
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuanzang
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/history/traveler-xuanzang.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2461.html

1867: Birth of Filipino freedom fighter Tomas A. Remigio, who died on August 1, 1916
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/982/today-in-philippine-history-march-7-1867-tomas-a-remigio-was-born-in-sampaloc-manila
http://hremigio.tripod.com/tomasalupremigio/

1906: End of the First Battle of the Bud Dajo during the Moro Rebellion phase of the Philippine-American War
http://patnubay.org/?p=2488
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Bud_Dajo

1911: Birth of Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Indian journalist and author who died on April 4, 1987
http://www.poemhunter.com/sachchidananda-vatsyayan/biography/

1922: Birth of Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian novelist and journalist who died on July 2, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mochtar_Lubis

1924: Birth of Kobo Abe, Japanese playwright who died on January 22, 1993
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Db%C5%8D_Abe
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/kobo-abe/#gsc.tab=0

1925: Mongolia is occupied by the Soviet Red Army

1944: Japanese begin offensive in Burma by Operation U-Go
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_U-Go
https://todayshistorylesson.wordpress.com/tag/operation-u-go/

1945: The British enter  Mandalay (Burma)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/43483787
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27929928

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KYq3E7_Ckw

1947: After the failure of last negociations, the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2842.html

1949: Birth of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Nabi_Azad

1951: During the Korean War, by the Operation Ripper, United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against Chinese forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ripper
http://www.koreanwaronline.com/arms/OperationRipper.htm

http://www.gunnygenes.koreanwar-educator.org/korea/1951/ripper.htm

1951-03-07 Opération Ripper

 1952: Death of Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru, born on January 5, 1893
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/tmp/py.aspx?id=42

1955: Birth of Anupam Kher, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anupam_Kher
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/7-march-1955-anupam-kher-indian-actor-was-born

1959: Death of former Japanese Prime Minister Ichiro Hatoyama (1954-1956), born on January 1, 1883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiro_Hatoyama

1967: Birth of Ai Yazawa, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Yazawa

Ai Yazawa

1968: Birth of Raju Sundaram, Indian actor and choreographer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raju_Sundaram
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839045/

Raju Sundaram

1968: During the Vietnam War, the United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Truong_Cong_Dinh

1968-03-07 Operation Truong Cong Dinh

1969: Birth of Shin Ae Ra, Korean actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Shin_Ae_Ra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKw9ctF93Ec

1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman calls for Bangladesh’s independence in a speech given at the Ramna Race Course

1971-03-07 Sheikh-Mujib
https://genius.com/Sheikh-mujibur-rahman-7th-march-speech-of-sheikh-mujibur-rahman-annotated
http://dailyasianage.com/news/12791/significance-of-march-7-speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k45_2kNKOT4

1972: Birth of Jang Dong-gun, South Korean actor and musician
http://www.koreanfilm.org/actors.html#changdg

1973: Sheikh Mujib Rahman, leader of the Bangladeshi independence movement and first prime minister of Bangladesh, wins a landslide victory in the country’s first general elections
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bangladeshs-first-democratic-leader

1977: In Pakistan, Ali Bhutto Pakistan People’s Party wins election, but opposition denounces grave irregularities
http://storyofpakistan.com/general-elections-1977/

1981: Birth of Rica Peralejo, Filipino Actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rica_Peralejo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TGjwLPtPU8

1984: In India, Punjab authorities enforce security  and decide to give weapons to people to protect them from Sikh terrorism

1987:Taiwanese military massacre of 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees at Donggang, Lieyu, Kinmen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Lieyu_massacre

1989: UK and Iran break diplomatic relations over the Salman Rushdie controversy
http://thisdaythen.blogspot.fr/2012/03/7th-march-1989-uk-and-iran-break.html

1989: The Chinese government proclaims the  martial law in Lhasa
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2293.html
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/china/china7.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-08/news/mn-257_1_martial-law

1989-03-07 Lhasa martial law

 1993: Signature in Islamabad of a peace agreement of 10 Afghan factions

1998: General elections in India, won by hardliner hindu BJP (182 seats) ant its allies
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2145_98.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1998

2003: Cambodia’s king Norodom Sihanouk, who will be 80 year old in October, suggests to abdicate if the parliament asks him to do it

2005: Jiang Zemin renounces to his last position as chairman of the Central Military Commission

2006: The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Varanasi_bombings
http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/mar/07up.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/07/AR2006030700961.html

2007: The first female South Korean Prime Minister, Han Myung-sook, resigns after one year in charge
https://www.news24.com/World/News/S-Korean-PM-quits-eyes-top-job-20070307

2009: Suicide of Jang Ja-yeon, South Korean actress, born on December 8, 1982
http://kojaproductions.wordpress.com/2009/03/09/depression-drove-jang-jayeon-to-suicide/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_Ja-yeon

2013: The United Nations Security Council approves new sanctions against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

2014: A Malaysian court sentences opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomising his aide in 2008
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/anwar-guilty-malaysia/

2017 : US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826

2018: Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43296488
http://www.todayonline.com/world/un-east-timor-and-australia-sign-deal-maritime-border

Pakistan home affairs & society

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7 MARCH 2019

121 detained, 182 madrasas seized in Pakistan crackdown

Pakistan on Thursday said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups
https://zeenews.india.com/asia/121-detained-182-madrasas-seized-in-pakistan-crackdown-2185872.html
http://paktribune.com/news/Govt-took-control-of-JuD-FIF-282197.html

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan court rejects bail for ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

A Pakistani court has rejected the bail plea on medical grounds of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently serving a seven-year jail term for corruption
https://www.dawn.com/news/1465944/nawazs-plea-for-bail-on-medical-grounds-rejected-by-islamabad-high-court
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/pakistan-court-rejects-bail-pm-nawaz-sharif-190225084530182.html

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan censors New York Times article by activist critical of military

An opinion piece in the International New York Times criticising Pakistan’s powerful army was censored by its local publisher on Tuesday (Feb 12), replaced by a blank space in a country where it can be dangerous to reprimand the military
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-censors-new-york-times-article-by-activist-critical-of-military

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi: Pakistani authorities barring her from leaving, friend says

Pakistani authorities have moved Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently acquitted of blasphemy charges, to a new “secure area” and are barring her from leaving the country, a close friend and rights campaigner has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/09/asia-bibi-pakistani-authorities-barring-her-from-leaving-friend-

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada ?

The lawyer of the Pakistani Christian accused of blasphemy, said Bibi and her husband had arrived in Canada. He did not disclose the exact time of her departure and how she had left Pakistan, citing security reasons
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-reunites-with-family-in-canada-reports/a-47324563

29 JANUARY 2019

Pakistan’s top court upholds Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal; Christian woman expected to seek asylum abroad

Aasia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-pakistani-court-upholds-acquittal-decision/a-47272482
https://www.dawn.com/news/1460376/aasia-bibis-final-legal-hurdle-comes-to-an-end-as-sc-upholds-her-acquittal

26 JANUARY 2019

Asia Bibi’s daughters take refuge in Canada ahead of court blasphemy ruling

The daughters of a Christian woman who spent eight years on death row for blasphemy have been taken to Canada for safety ahead of a court hearing next week that could see her finally freed
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/25/asia-bibis-daughters-take-refuge-canada-ahead-court-blasphemy/

24 DECEMBER 2018

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sentenced to seven years in prison

The court found the three-time prime minister was unable to prove the source of income for the steel mill he owned in Saudi Arabia. He was acquitted in another case due to lack of evidence, Geo News reported
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/former-pakistan-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-sentenced-to-seven-years-in-prison-1.805926
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1873623/1-nawaz-corruption-trial-verdict-expected-2pm/

19 DECEMBER 2018

Video shows Pakistan minister vow ‘full support’ to terror chief

A video clip surfaced showing Pakistan Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi promising “full support” to UN-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed, founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and mastermind of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai
http://www.atimes.com/article/video-shows-pakistan-minister-vow-full-support-to-terror-chief/

7 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistan to expel 18 charities as part of crackdown on international organisations

Pakistan is kicking out 18 international charities after rejecting their final appeal to stay in the country, a move that an aid group spokesman said would affect millions of desperately poor Pakistanis
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-international-charities-aid-expel-leave-osama-bin-laden-world-vision-plan-international-a8671051.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/07/pakistan-expels-18-charities-amid-lingering-fallout-bin-laden/

1 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistani cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi who led protests against Asia Bibi charged with terrorism

A hardline cleric has been charged with terrorism and sedition offences by the Pakistani government, after he led violent protests to oppose the acquittal of a Christian woman from blasphemy charges, a minister said Saturday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistani-cleric-who-led-protests-against-asia-bibi-charged-with-terrorism
https://www.dawn.com/news/1448807/tlp-leader-khadim-hussain-rizvi-booked-under-treason-terrorism-charges-information-minister
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/12/01/khadim-rizvi-and-other-tlp-leadership-charged-with-treason-terrorism/

24 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan arrests cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi whose followers shut down cities over blasphemy

Hours after firebrand cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi was himself arrested late on Friday, police said over 300 Tehreek-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) party supporters were detained in Punjab province in efforts to “maintain public order”
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1853200/1-tlp-chief-khadim-rizvi-arrested-lahore-raid/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1447217/tlp-head-khadim-rizvi-taken-into-protective-custody-scores-of-workers-arrested-in-crackdown
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2174850/pakistan-cracks-down-hardliners-after-protests-over-acquittal

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Asia Bibi’s lawyer leaves Pakistan as his client stays in jail

The Pakistani woman cleared of blasphemy charges remains in jail, and banned from leaving the country. With an appeal launched against Asia Bibi’s acquittal, her lawyer fled the country after receiving death threats
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibis-lawyer-leaves-pakistan-as-his-client-stays-in-jail/a-46144246
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46082324

2 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s ‘father of the Taliban’ Maulana Sami ul Haq killed in knife attack

Haq was known as the « Father of the Taliban » because he trained some of the leaders of the Islamist movement in Afghanistan. Many of them attended his Haqqania seminary, a well-known Islamist school in northwest Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan
https://www.dw.com/en/father-of-the-taliban-killed-in-pakistan/a-46135892
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1839283/1-maulana-samiul-haq-assassinated-rawalpindi/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1443119/politicians-condemn-brutal-murder-of-jui-s-chief-maulana-samiul-haq

31 OCTOBER 2018

Asia Bibi, Christian woman on Pakistan death row for blasphemy since eight years, acquitted in landmark ruling

Asia Bibi was ordered released eight years after she was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges – a landmark ruling that sparked widespread protests around Pakistan by hard-line Islamists and even led to the murder of a local governor
https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-woman-on-death-row-for-blasphemy-in-pakistan-acquitted-in-landmark-ruling
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/31/sc-acquits-aasia-bibi-orders-immediate-release/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1289700/what-you-need-to-know-about-asia-bibis-trial

24 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan gets $6 billion from Saudis, still needs IMF loan

Pakistan has negotiated a $6 billion assistance package of loans and deferred payments from Saudi Arabia in hopes of resuscitating its flagging economy, struggling under the weight of a whopping $18 billion deficit
https://www.foxnews.com/world/pakistan-gets-6-billion-from-saudis-still-needs-imf-loan
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2169911/desperate-pakistan-welcomes-saudi-arabias-us6-billion-bailout

5 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested ahead of polls

Pakistani opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif was arrested on Friday in a longstanding corruption case, the national anti-graft agency said, nine days before crucial by-elections are due to be held
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-opposition-leader-shahbaz-sharif-arrested-ahead-of-polls-1.777568
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/05/nab-arrests-shehbaz-sharif-in-ashiana-housing-scam/

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court orders release of former prime minister Sharif and daughter

Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, suspending their prison sentences for corruption pending an appeal hearing, his lawyer said
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-former-prime-minister-sharif-daughter/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1433868/nawaz-maryam-and-safdar-released-from-adiala-jail-after-ihc-suspends-avenfield-sentences
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/19/pakistan-court-orders-release-of-former-pm-nawaz-sharif

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers citizenship to Afghan refugees

Afghan refugees born in Pakistan will be offered citizenship, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday in a dramatic change of policy that could benefit of hundreds of thousands of marginalised people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-pm-imran-khan-offers-citizenship-to-afghan-refugees-1.771211
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1804996/1-pakistan-born-refugees-offered-citizenship/

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Kulsoom Nawaz: Ex-Pakistan PM’s wife dies in London

Mrs Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, 68, died after months in a coma. She was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, barely a month after Nawaz Sharif was removed from office by the Pakistan Supreme Court, which ordered him to face trial in an anti-corruption court
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45485734
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/09/11/begum-kulsoom-nawaz-passes-away/

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arifur Rehman Alvi elected the 13th President of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Dr Arif Alvi was elected as the 13th president of Pakistan as the country’s electoral college – comprising of the Senate, national and provincial assemblies – cast their votes on Tuesday
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1794750/1-presidential-election-voting-commences/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1430542/ptis-dr-arif-alvi-elected-13th-president-of-pakistan

17 AUGUST 2018

Imran Khan Elected 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been elected as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan after securing 176 votes as Pakistani lawmakers cast their vote for a new prime minister today
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

13 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for first time

The first session of the 15th National Assembly ended on Monday after 328 members of the lower house of the parliament took oath following their election in the July 25 countrywide polls. Earlier, it was reported that 329 lawmakers would take oath but MNA Sahabzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan from Jhang was unable to attend the session
https://www.dawn.com/news/1426761/328-mnas-sworn-in-to-15th-national-assembly
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-newly-elected-parliament-meets-for-first-time-19556

3 AUGUST 2018

12 girls schools burnt down in Pakistan’s restive Gilgit-Baltistan

The schools in Chilas town, about 130-kilometre from Gilgit, were targeted late on Thursday night by the militants who set them on fire and damaged school property across Diamer district, police said
http://zeenews.india.com/world/12-girls-schools-burnt-down-in-pakistans-restive-gilgit-baltistan-2130100.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1424685/12-schools-burnt-down-overnight-in-gilgit-baltistans-diamer-district

26 JULY 2018

Pakistan election: Imran Khan’s victory confirmed by officials as ex-cricket star falls short of majority

Imran Khan has won Pakistan’s general election, official results finally confirmed, although he has fallen short of an outright majority and will need a coalition to form a government
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-election-2018-imran-khan-win-results-official-victory-pti-a8465741.html
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/303933-populist-imran-khan-set-to-become-new-premier
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-election-results-live-imran-khan-wins-in-pakistan-but-needs-support-to-form-government-1.2257370
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/346862-pti-allies-can-form-govt-without-support-of-other-parties

13 JULY 2018

Suicide bomber kills 128 in Pakistan attack as ousted Sharif returns and is arrested

At least 128 people, including politician Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, were killed and more than 200 injured in a deadly suicide blast in Balochistan’s Mastung district
https://www.dawn.com/news/1419812/mastung-bombing-128-dead-over-200-injured-in-deadliest-attack-since-aps-is-claims-responsibility
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/nawaz-sharif-daughter-maryam-arrested-after-arriving-in-lahore-1.2250708
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2155199/pakistan-readies-return-disgraced-ex-pm-nawaz-sharif

9 JULY 2018

China launches two satellites for Pakistan

The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was launched by Pakistan on Monday morning from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a press release
https://www.dawn.com/news/1418966/pakistan-launches-remote-sensing-satellite-in-china
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/339575-china-launches-two-satellites-for-pakistan

6 JULY 2018

Court hands former Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif 10-year term over purchase of expensive London properties

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead of July 25 elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/ousted-pakistani-premier-sharif-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-18706
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/court-hands-former-pakistan-prime-minister-sharif-10-year-term-purchase-expensive-london-properties/#.Wz92CdIzY2w

23 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

Pakistani Taliban militants chose a religious scholar as their new chief in place of Mullah Fazlullah, the insurgent leader who ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and was killed earlier this month in a U.S. drone strike
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/23/pakistani-taliban-choose-new-chief-in-place-fazlullah.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1415660/ttp-appoints-mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-as-chief-after-fazlullahs-killing
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/06/23/mufti-noor-wali-mehsud-fills-in-fazaullahs-shoes-in-ttp/

9 JUNE 2018

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

Pakistan’s army on Saturday denied any involvement in the abduction of a writer and rights activist who was kidnapped for several hours this week
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-denies-abducting-activist-1.2234165
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1731626/1-army-denies-involvement-abduction-writer-bukhari/

28 MAY 2018

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier

Pakistan has chosen former chief justice Nasirul Mulk as caretaker PM. The July 25 general elections will be a popularity test for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-appoints-former-chief-justice-as-interim-premier/a-43942854
https://www.dawn.com/news/1410523/former-cjp-nasirul-mulk-named-as-caretaker-pm

27 MAY 2018

Pakistan to hold general election in July amid deteriorating civilian-military ties

Pakistan’s president has set July 25 as the date for the general election, state media say. The vote will be a test of popularity for former PM Sharif, who challenged the military’s dominance in the political sphere
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-to-hold-general-election-in-july-amid-deteriorating-civilian-military-ties/a-43942854
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1719770/1-president-mamnoon-announces-general-elections-july-25

25 MAY 2018

Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions

Pakistan has abolished its troubled northwest tribal areas in a historic parliamentary bill granting rights to millions of conflict-weary people and scrapping a draconian colonial-era regime
https://us.cnn.com/2018/05/25/asia/pakistan-tribal-areas-dismantled-intl/index.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/05/25/kp-fata-merger-bill-gets-senates-nod/
http://www.radio.gov.pk/25-05-2018/senate-resumes-session-in-islamabad

14 MAY 2018

Thousands rally in Pakistan’s Karachi for Pashtun rights

Thousands of protesters have called for an end to alleged rights abuses by Pakistan’s military at the latest rally by a grassroots rights group, defying restrictions and a string of detentions of the movement’s organisers
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/thousands-rally-pakistan-karachi-pashtun-rights-180513193931420.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/14/561666/PakistanPashtunKarachirightsabuse

11 MAY 2018

Pakistan gives defence minister second post of foreign affairs

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday gave Defence Minister Khurrram Dastagir Khan the additional portfolio of foreign affairs
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-foreign/pakistan-gives-defence-minister-second-post-of-foreign-affairs-idINKBN1IC1UI?rpc=401&
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1707706/1-defence-minister-assigned-foreign-portfolio-take-charge-fm/

6 MAY 2018

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in assassination attempt

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal was shot at and injured during a corner meeting in Narowal’s Kanjrur tehsil on Sunday, in what Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif described as an « assassination attempt »
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/pakistan-interior-minister-ahsan-iqbal-injured-assassination-attempt-1572388
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-minister-survives-assassination-attempt/4381799.html

26 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court removes foreign minister Khawaja Asif in blow to ruling party

The ruling by the Islamabad High Court was the latest in a series of court decisions that have gone against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party (PML-N)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-court-removes-foreign-minister-in-blow-to-ruling-party-17022
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/309421-khawaja-asifs-political-future-hangs-in-balance
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1695796/1-khawaja-asif-9-month-journey-foreign-minister/

13 APRIL 2018

Pakistan court bars former prime minister Nawaz Sharif from holding public office for life

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday (April 13) issued a lifetime ban on politicians holding office after legal disqualification – a ruling that will bar former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from ever holding an elected position following a corruption probe against him last year
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-court-bars-former-prime-minister-nawaz-sharif-from-holding-public-office
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-bars-ex-premier-nawaz-sharif-from-politics-for-life/a-43368800
https://www.dawn.com/news/1401362/disqualification-under-article-62-1f-is-for-life-sc-rules-in-historic-verdict

29 MARCH 2018

Nobel winner Malala Yousafzai makes emotional return to Pakistan after 2012 Taliban attack

Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan Thursday, saying tearfully that it was “a dream” to come home for the first time since she was airlifted to Britain after being shot in the head by a Taliban gunman more than five years ago
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/28/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-visit
http://www.dw.com/en/malala-yousafzai-loved-abroad-maligned-at-home/a-17932794
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1672156/1-malalalalala/

22 MARCH 2018

Pakistan senate gets first woman Leader of Opposition

Former Pakistan Information Minister Senator Sherry Rehman was elected on Thursday as the first woman leader of the opposition in the Senate — the Upper House of the Parliament
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-gets-first-woman-leader-of-opposition-1.2193035
https://www.dawn.com/news/1396881/sherry-rehman-becomes-the-first-female-leader-of-the-opposition-in-senate

13 MARCH 2018

Ousted Pakistan PM’s brother takes charge of ruling party

The brother of ousted Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif formally took charge of the country’s ruling party Tuesday, a day after being outmanoeuvred in elections for Senate chairman
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/ousted-pakistan-pm-s-brother-takes-charge-of-ruling-party-1.2187537
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/13/555349/Pakistan-Nawaz-Sharif-Shahbaz-PMLN-PTI-PPP
http://www.dw.com/en/why-ousted-pakistani-pm-nawaz-sharif-turned-against-the-powerful-military/a-42953631

11 MARCH 2018

Shoe thrown at Nawaz Sharif during seminar in Lahore

A former Jamia Neemia student, reportedly a member of Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLYR), on Sunday hurled a shoe at Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, while the former premier was about to address the event members at the seminary in Garhi Shahu
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/03/11/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-during-seminar-in-lahore/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1394594/shoe-thrown-at-nawaz-sharif-at-jamia-naeemia-lahore
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1657021/1-shoe-hurled-nawaz-sharif-lahore-madrassa/

9 MARCH 2018

Pakistan court orders Pervez Musharraf’s arrest

A special Pakistani tribunal has ordered the government to arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and confiscate all his properties as it heard the high treason case against the « proclaimed offender » for imposing emergency rule in the country in 2007
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-court-orders-pervez-musharrafs-arrest-2088235.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N wins big in Parliament’s upper house polls

Pakistan’s ruling PML-N of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday won 15 seats in Senate and became the largest party in the upper house of Parliament, according to provisional results
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nawaz-sharifs-pml-n-wins-big-in-parliaments-upper-house-polls/article22921775.ece?homepage=true

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan’s ruling party picks Sharif’s brother as president

The younger brother of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected acting head of the country’s ruling party, following his latest disqualification by the Supreme Court
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/27/553785/Pakistan-Shahbaz-Sharif
https://www.dawn.com/news/1392482/sharif-brothers-new-role

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-ousted-pm-sharif-cannot-lead-his-party-idINKCN1G51MI?rpc=401&
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/21/pakistans-top-court-rules-against-disqualified-pm-sharif.html

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan bans UN-listed Mumbai attacks suspects

Pakistan has quietly amended its anti-terror laws to ban those listed as terrorists by the United Nations, a move which paves the way for Islamabad to proceed against suspected masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-bans-un-listed-mumbai-attacks-suspects-1.2173027
https://nation.com.pk/13-Feb-2018/government-bans-jamat-ud-dawa-head-hafiz-saeed

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

The family of respected Pakistani rights advocate Asma Jahangir has confirmed her death from cardiac arrest. She had recently won Sweden’s alternative Nobel Prize for her work defending and promoting human rights
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistani-rights-activist-asma-jahangir-dies-at-66/a-42536180
https://thewire.in/223099/asma-jahangir-lawyer-activist-and-a-brave-fighter/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1632167/1-asma-jahangir-passes-away-lahore/

13 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan’s Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil

Pakistan’s volatile Baluchistan province elected a new chief minister on Saturday, days after the previous leader was ousted in a blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party ahead of the 2018 polls
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-politics-baluchistan/pakistans-baluchistan-region-elects-new-chief-minister-amid-turmoil-idINKBN1F20JB?rpc=401&
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-01-2018/abdul-quddus-bizenjo-elected-as-new-cm-of-balochistan
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1607537/1-thrice-elected-lawmaker/

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistani-journalist-critical-of-military-escapes-kidnap-attempt-1.2155098
http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-pakistan-journalist-escapes-abductors-kidnap-press
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/journalist-taha-siddiqui-escapes-abduction-attempt-180110114031762.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

Benazir Bhutto: Former Pakistani PM ‘was highly undemocratic’

On December 27, 2007, one of Pakistan’s most influential politicians, Benazir Bhutto, was killed at a political rally. Renowned Pakistani journalist Hasan Mujtaba talks to DW about Bhutto’s politics and her murder
http://www.dw.com/en/benazir-bhutto-former-pakistani-pm-was-highly-undemocratic/a-41943369

20 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistan Army reaffirms support to democracy

In his first appearance before the political leadership, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa reaffirmed his commitment to democracy and rule of law
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-reaffirms-support-to-democracy-1.2144690

6 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

A Pakistani peace activist has been abducted in the eastern city of Lahore, prompting fears for his safety, his family and fellow activists confirmed on Wednesday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/pakistani-activist-raza-khan-reported-missing-171206091156178.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42249090

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists

November 27 will be remembered as a « black day » in Pakistan – a day when religious hardliners forced the entire state to surrender over a blasphemy row. And the military sided with Islamists, writes DW’s Shamil Shams
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-pakistans-ignominious-surrender-to-islamists/a-41543721
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/11/27/state-surrenders-to-zealots-demands/
http://nation.com.pk/27-Nov-2017/khadim-rizvi-calls-off-sit-in-as-govt-caved-into

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant leader accused of masterminding Mumbai attacks ordered freed by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2121168/militant-leader-accused-masterminding-mumbai-attacks-ordered
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/22/pakistani-court-orders-release-of-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372167/hafiz-saeed-set-to-be-freed-after-lhc-turns-down-extension-in-detention-order

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

The grand alliance named Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) will be headed by 74-year-old Musharraf, while Iqbal Dar has been appointed as Secretary General
http://www.freepressjournal.in/world/pervez-musharraf-forms-grand-alliance-of-23-political-parties/1168747

19 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-ousted-pm-sharif-and-his-family-members-11481
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/207/170/228/1508414929686.html

8 OCTOBER 2017

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

Ten years ago Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to run in elections. Within two months a suicide attack had killed her but authorities are no closer to catching her killers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/who-killed-former-pakistan-prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-1.665423

3 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistan’s disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Oct-2017/nawaz-sharif-reelected-as-pml-n-s-president-unopposed
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/03/nawaz-sharif-re-elected-pml-n-president/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

31 AUGUST 2017

A Pakistan’s  anti-terrorism court (ATC) verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case acquits five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and 17-year imprisonment for two police officials

A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nine years, eight months and three days after the assassination
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495869/benazir-murder-case-five-accused-acquitted-two-police-officers-sentenced-17-years-prison/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/musharraf-declared-fugitive-in-benazir-murder-case-party-shocked-1.2083246
https://www.dawn.com/news/1355153/benazir-murder-case-atc-acquits-5-accused-declares-musharraf-an-absconder

26 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

Pakistan’s government says results from a recently conducted national census show the country’s population has risen to 207.7 million
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/society/181473-pakistans-population-tops-207-million-census-shows
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2017/pakistan-population-soars-to-208-million

14 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of air power, as the military’s top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-marks-independence-with-fireworks-huge-flag-air-show-1.2074067
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1480831/nation-celebrates-71st-independence-day/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1351502/flag-hoisting-ceremony-in-capital-marks-pakistans-independence-day

10 AUGUST 2017

Ruth Pfau: Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country’s Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40886234
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338320
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477955/pakistani-lepers-messiah-dr-ruth-pfau-passes-away/

9 AUGUST 2017

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led a defiant procession Wednesday (Aug 9) to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore as thousands rallied along the route, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-pakistan-pm-sharif-launches-defiant-procession-9109042
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477320/live-nawaz-leaves-camp-office-islamabad-kicks-off-homegoing-rally/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1350536/homecoming-nawaz-motorcade-enters-rawalpindi

1st August 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

Former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been elected as Pakistan’s interim prime minister. Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz is expected to take over in September and continue until the 2018 election
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-elects-shahid-khaqan-abbasi-as-interim-prime-minister/a-39916323
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348953/shahid-khaqan-abbasi-sworn-in-as-prime-minister-of-pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/01/530385/Pakistan-premier-election-Abbasi

28 JULY 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns after being disqualified from office

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after he was disqualified from office by the country’s Supreme Court
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/28/asia/nawaz-sharif-disqualified-from-office/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/supreme-court-disqualifies-nawaz-sharif-170728055818531.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348191/nawaz-sharif-steps-down-as-pm-after-scs-disqualification-verdict

7 JULY 2017

Pakistan welcomes the UNSC’s decision to sanction Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter militant group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has praised the United Nations for imposing sanctions on a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, which is linked to deadly attacks in the country
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-07-08-27-10
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1452523/pakistan-welcomes-un-decision-sanction-jamaatul-ahrar/

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

In addition to attacks from militants or criminals, Pakistani journalists are also facing threats from government agencies or the military itself
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jun-2017/journalists-in-pakistan-under-fire-from-many-sides

10 JUNE 2017

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

A 30-year-old Muslim man has been sentenced to death for posting “blasphemous” content on Facebook in Pakistan
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/shia-muslim-man-sentenced-death-pakistan-court-blasphemy-facebook-guilty-a7784336.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-alarming-social-media-death-sentence/a-39198406
https://www.dawn.com/news/1149558/the-untold-story-of-pakistans-blasphemy-law

11 MAY 2017

DawnLeaks: Pakistani PM Sharif ‘forces’ powerful military to back off

The Pakistani army has recanted its statement about « Dawn Leaks » civilian-military rift that purportedly undermined the premier’s authority. Pro-democracy groups say it’s a rare victory for Sharif over the army generals
http://www.dw.com/en/dawnleaks-pakistani-pm-sharif-forces-powerful-military-to-back-off/a-38797365
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/11-May-2017/dawn-leaks-had-absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-national-security

20 APRIL 2017

Pakistan’s top court rejects call to disqualify Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday (April 20)  ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition and it ordered further investigations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-supreme-court-rules-insufficient-evidence-to-remove-prime-minister-nawaz
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-panama-papers-ruling-is-a-win-for-everyone/a-38513759
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/199752-Full-text-of-Panama-case-verdict

11 APRIL 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has been named the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace, with a special focus on girls’ education
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/110359/malala-to-become-youngest-un-messenger-of-peace
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/11/asia/malala-un-messenger-of-peace/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/new-un-peace-messenger-malala-will-promote-girls-education/2017/04/10/cae6c176-1e32-11e7-bb59-a74ccaf1d02f_story.html

3 MARCH 2017

Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March

ast-growing Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March, the statistics bureau said on Thursday, hoping to end years of wrangling by politicians concerned about how a survey would affect the make-up of their local electorates
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/with-rocketing-population-pakistan-to-conduct-first-census-in-19-years-1.1987677

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 83 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2071708/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-pakistan-shrine-kills-75
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/17/pakistan-suicide-bombing-in-religious-shrine-kills-at-least-72-including
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1329815/attack-sehwans-heart/

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistani authorities have put Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, under house arrest. Experts say this might be due to the pressure from the new US administration on Islamabad
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-cracks-down-on-group-linked-to-2008-mumbai-attacks/a-37343092
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38803746
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1312687/india-urges-credible-crackdown-following-hafiz-saeeds-detention/

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

Five activists have disappeared in recent weeks, including poet Salman Haider
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/pakistans-missing-human-rights-activists/

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

A Pakistani law allowing military courts to try civilians on terror charges has expired. It’s unclear if the government will extend the law, after criticism of the courts’ legality and of their failure to curb terrorism
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-military-courts-what-did-they-achieve/a-37049690

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

Pakistan has endured over a decade of political discord, security crises and prolonged military rule. In 2016, the fragile civilian-led government experienced both setbacks and successes following this legacy of instability
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/03/pakistan-muddles-along/

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto’s murder – nine years ago on December 27 – has remained a mystery. But it is clear that her Pakistan People’s Party is no longer a big force in the country’s politic
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-has-moved-beyond-benazir-bhutto/a-18943893

23 DECEMBER 2016

Former president and Co-Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Asif Ali Zardari returns to Pakistan after 18 months of self-exile

Former president of Pakistan and the co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Friday reiterated his unflinching belief in democracy in the country and vowed to resume his political struggle through parliament
http://www.dawn.com/news/1304052/touchdown-zardari-lands-in-pakistan-after-18-months-in-self-imposed-exile
http://nation.com.pk/national/23-Dec-2016/no-compromise-on-national-interests-zardari

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

Pakistan’s prime minister on Saturday picked Lieutenant-General Qamar Javed Bajwa to replace outgoing army chief Raheel Sharif, the popular military leader credited with improving security and driving back militant groups
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-pm-sharif-names-general-bajwa-as-new-army-chief-1.1935712
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1245263/editorial-new-army-chief/

12  NOVEMBER 2016

At least 43 dead, 100 injured at Pakistan’s shrine blast

At least 43 people died and scores of others were injured when a bomb exploded at a remote Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province on Saturday (Nov 12), officials said
http://www.dawn.com/news/1295928/at-least-43-killed-100-injured-in-blast-at-khuzdar-shrine
http://nation.com.pk/national/12-Nov-2016/at-least-30-dead-100-injured-in-hub-shrine-blast

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan accused the government of placing him under virtual house arrest in Islamabad on Friday as his supporters in nearby Rawalpindi fought running battles with the police
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-opposition-leader-imran-khan-says-under-virtual-house-a/3244732.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-police-fire-tear-gas-at-stone-throwing-supporters-of-op/3244080.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-police-raid-opposition-party-ptis-rally-in-islamabad/a-36179571

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

Pakistan’s government has imposed a travel ban on a leading journalist after he sparked an uproar by reporting that civilian officials had clashed with the military over its covert support for militants
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37615467
http://www.dawn.com/news/1289496/human-rights-journalist-organisations-protest-travel-ban-on-dawn-staffer

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members
http://www.dawn.com/news/1288177/pakistan-passes-anti-honour-killings-and-anti-rape-bills
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/pakistan-parliament-passes-legislation-against-honour-killings

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

Pakistan’s lower house of parliament has passed a landmark bill giving its small Hindu minority the right to register marriages, the last major hurdle on the way to enacting a law aimed at protecting women’s rights.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/27/content_15501954.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

 A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque passed an order Saturday (Sep 17) confiscating his property, a lawyer said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-property/3135154.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1183308/ghazi-murder-case-islamabad-court-orders-confiscation-musharrafs-property/

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

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

Pakistan’s paramilitary forces sealed Karachi’s Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) office and detained five of its leaders after a riot turned deadly in the country’s financial hub
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/246988083

17 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan’s Islamization – before and after dictator Zia-ul Haq

Many people in Pakistan blame former dictator General Zia-ul Haq for the rise of extremism in their country. But was he really the architect of the Islamization drive in the South Asian nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-islamization-before-and-after-dictator-zia-ul-haq/a-19480315

8 AUGUST 2016

Taliban suicide bombing at hospital in Pakistan city of Quetta kills at least 70

A suicide bomber killed at least 70 people and wounded some 200 others in an attack that struck a gathering of Pakistani lawyers on the grounds of a government-run hospital in the southwestern city of Quetta on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2000884/bombing-hospital-pakistani-city-quetta-kills-least-42
http://www.dawn.com/news/1276183/70-dead-as-blast-hits-quetta-civil-hospital-after-lawyers-killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37015640

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

 The new legislative assembly in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Sunday elected Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) premier of the state
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/farooq-haider-khan-is-pm-of-pakistan-administered-kashmir-1.1871287

28 JULY 2016

Welcome to Pakistan’s Wild West, where guns are cheaper than smartphones

Sub-machine guns and Kalashnikovs can be bought as little as US$67 and US$125, respectively, in tribal town known as a hub for criminal activity
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/1996001/welcome-pakistans-wild-west-where-guns-are-cheaper-smartphones

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

A special court hearing treason charges against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered authorities to freeze his bank accounts and confiscate his property
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1144838/musharrafs-bank-accounts-frozen-property-confiscated-rules-special-court/
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jul-2016/court-orders-confiscation-of-musharraf-s-bank-accounts

8 JULY 2016

Death of humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan

Pakistan’s humanitarian worker Edhi has died in the port city of Karachi due to a protracted illness. Known as the ‘Mother Teresa’ of Pakistan, the activist worked altruistically, rising above religious prejudices
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/pakistan-humanitarian-abdul-sattar-edhi-dies-160708184523940.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1137773/abdul-sattar-edhi-put-ventilator-condition-deteriorates-faisal-edhi/
http://www.dw.com/en/abdul-sattar-edhi-a-life-bigger-than-accolades/a-19243405

22 JUNE 2016

Popular Pakistani Sufi singer Amjad Sabri shot dead in ‘act of terror’

One of Pakistan’s best known Sufi musicians has been shot dead by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle in Karachi, triggering an outpouring of grief over what police described as an « act of terror »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36597498
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-23/popular-pakistani-sufi-singer-amjad-sabri-shot-dead-in-act-of-terror-police-say/1592790
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1128233/amjad-sabri-killed/

23 APRIL 2016

Pakistan PM says to resign if found guilty in Panama Papers probe

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday pledged to resign if a probe related to the Panama Papers tax scandal found his family had committed any wrongdoing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-pm-says-resign-if-found-guilty-panama-papers-probe#sthash.WLTYYS24.dpuf

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

At least six high-ranking Pakistani army officers, including a lieutenant-general and major-general, have been sacked amid corruption allégations.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36099794
http://www.dawn.com/news/1253497/gen-raheel-dismisses-6-army-officers-from-service-over-corruption

1 MARCH 2016

Will Qadri’s hanging lead to blasphemy law reforms in Pakistan?

Mumtaz Qadri, the murderer of former Governor Salman Taseer, has been hanged in a prison in Rawalpindi. Is Qadri’s death a victory for anti-blasphemy law campaigners or will it fuel more religious violence in the nation?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-qadris-hanging-lead-to-blasphemy-law-reforms-in-pakistan/a-19082554
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/hanging-revives-pakistan-capital-punishment-debate-160229164410577.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

Pakistan has hanged the assassin of a governor who sought to reform the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, officials and supporters said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/pakistan-hangs-anti-blasphemy-law-governor-assassin-160229022556488.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35693767

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

Of the 50.8 million children aged five to 16 in the country, 47 per cent do not receive an education, according to the annual Pakistan Education Statistics report for 2014-2015.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-has-24-million/2552540.html

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passed away on Wednesday in Karachi after prolonged illness, DawnNews reported.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1238621/renowned-urdu-playwright-fatima-surayya-bajia-passes-away-at-85

3 FEBRUARY 2016

With 115 killed, Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists

Pakistan is fourth on the list of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists, and comes behind Mexico, Philippines and Iraq according to an International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) report released on Wednesday.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1237386/115-killings-make-pakistan-fourth-deadliest-country-for-journalists

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistani short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away

Veteran short story writer, novelist, journalist and poet Intizar Husain passed away at a hospital in Lahore. The 92-year-old was undergoing treatment at a local hospital
http://www.dawn.com/news/1236988/intizar-hussain-passes-away

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

After a dramatic end to 2014, Pakistan has gradually moved towards greater political and economic stability. This has been largely due to its successes in reducing terrorism, which injected new hopes about the country’s ability to handle crises. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/pakistan-inches-towards-stability/

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

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander released video footage on Friday of four fighters he said carried out Wednesday’s deadly assault on a university in Pakistan’s northwest that killed 20 people and vowed more attacks on schools in future.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/22/content_15376922.html

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

Security forces have ended a gun and bomb attack on a university in north-west Pakistan in which 19 people were killed and 17 injured.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35359072
http://www.dawn.com/news/1234231/breakthroughs-made-in-identifying-bacha-khan-university-attackers-dg-ispr

18 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani court acquits former president Pervez Musharraf of rebel leader’s murder

A Pakistani court has acquitted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, one of three legal cases he faced after returning from exile
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-18/pakistani-court-acquits-former-president-pervez-musharraf-of-rebel-leaders-murder/1537121
http://www.dawn.com/news/1233775/atc-acquits-pervez-musharraf-in-akbar-bugti-murder-case
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35341255

14 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan arrests militant group head suspected of attack on Indian air base

Pakistan has arrested the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group on suspicion his outfit masterminded an attack this month on an air base in India, two officials said on Wednesday.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/12097851/Pakistan-arrests-militant-group-head-suspected-of-attack-on-Indian-air-base.html

 

China security and defence policy

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7 MARCH 2019

China Opens a New Military Base in Tajikistan

The section where the Chinese facilities are located is strategically important as it overlooks one of the crucial entry points from China into Central Asia and is close to the vital corridor through which the country has a connection with Afghanistan’s heartland. The corridor is particularly important to China due to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
http://georgiatoday.ge/news/14741/China-Opens-a-New-Military-Base-in-Tajikistan

5 MARCH 2019

China hikes defence budget by 7.5 pc to $177.6 billion

China’s defence budget for 2019 has been pegged at 1.19 trillion yuan (about 177.61 billion US dollars), marking an increase of 7.5 per cent over the last year’s figure, despite lower economic growth rate ranging between 6 and 6.5 per cent
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-03/06/content_9441793.htm
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259814024/china-hikes-defence-budget-by-75-pc-to-1776-billion
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2188771/modernising-military-remains-top-priority-china-boosts-defence

31 JANUARY 2019

US plans to detect Chinese missile launches with radar in Japan

Washington is to ask Tokyo to host a Homeland Defence Radar unit that would give it early warning of intercontinental ballistic missile launches by China, Russia and North Korea
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2184110/us-plans-detect-chinese-missile-launches-radar-japan

28 JANUARY 2019

China releases footage of ‘Guam killer’ DF-26 ballistic missile in ‘clear message to the US’

China has revealed footage of its next-generation Dongfeng-26 ballistic missile showing improved stability and accuracy, a move analysts say aims to send a message to the United States about its military strength
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2183972/china-releases-footage-guam-killer-df-26-ballistic-missile-clear
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-01/28/content_9415391.htm

14 JANUARY 2019

Swedish defence agency warns satellite station could be serving Chinese military

A Swedish defence agency has warned that the country is facing a growing security challenge from China, saying one of its satellite stations could be serving the Chinese military
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2182026/swedish-defence-agency-warns-satellite-station-could-be-serving

PLA wants FC-31 fighters on its aircraft carriers

Lighter and more agile than the J-15, the FC-31 may be launched from electromagnetic catapults
http://www.atimes.com/article/pla-wants-fc-31-fighters-on-its-aircraft-carriers/

9 DECEMBER 2018

China sends new naval fleet for escort mission in Red Sea

The 31st fleet of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) set sail on Sunday to undertake escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and waters off Somali, reports cnr.cn
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20181209/220672.html
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/161/127/153/1544350607925.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

6 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

29 AUGUST 2018

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

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

28 AUGUST 2018

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

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

20 AUGUST 2018

China’s secret weapon in a war against America

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

15 AUGUST 2018

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

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

18 JULY 2018

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

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

14 JULY 2018

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

13 JULY 2018

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

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

4 JULY 2018

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

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

24 JUNE 2018

Chinese shipbuilding boss gave CIA aircraft carrier secrets, reports claim

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

16 JUNE 2018

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

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

8 JUNE 2018

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

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

5 JUNE 2018

US arrests Ron Rockwell Hansen for trying to spy for China

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

30 MAY 2018

China in race to overtake the US in AI warfare

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

5 MARS 2018

China Announces Largest Military Spending Increase In Three Years

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

16 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

28 JANUARY 2018

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

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

9 JANUARY 2018

China denies plans to set up military base in Pakistan

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

4 JANUARY 2018

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

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

24 DECEMBER 2017

China’s first domestic large amphibious aircraft makes maiden flight

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

22 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s new military leaders

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

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

The end game of China’s arms export strategy

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

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

25 JULY 2017

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

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

24 JULY 2017

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

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

19 JULY 2017

Is This the Future of Chinese Submarine Power?

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

18 JULY 2017

China dares India. Says ready for all-out confrontation

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

16 JULY 2017

What is China’s military strength?

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

11  JULY 2017

China dispatches military personnel to Djibouti base

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

28 JUNE 2017

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

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

27 JUNE 2017

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

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

23 JUNE 2017

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

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

16 JUNE 2017

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

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

7 JUNE 2017

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

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

27 MAY 2017

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

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

19 MAY 2017

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

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

2 MAY 2017

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

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

26 APRIL 2017

China launches its first home-built aircraft carrier

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

18 APRIL 2017

China reshuffles 84 corps-level military units

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

29 MARCH 2017

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

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

10 MARCH 2017

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

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

7 MARCH 2017

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

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

4 MARCH 2017

China raises military budget by 7pc amid slower economic growth

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

27 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

China’s Military Capabilities 2017

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

18 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s military progress challenges Western dominance, says IISS

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

7 FEBRUARY 2017

China slams base in South Korea for US destroyer

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

1 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

11 JANUARY 2017

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

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

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

14 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

17 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, Russia hold 1st joint South China Sea drill

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

China eyes closer military ties with Myanmar

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

29 AUGUST 2016

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

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

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

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

24 JULY 2016

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

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

8 JULY 2016

China and Russia criticise THAAD missile defence system as destabilising region

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

6 JULY 2016

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

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

28 JUNE 2016

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

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

27 JUNE 2016

Russia and China to produce heavy helicopter

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

18 JUNE 2016

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

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

15 JUNE 2016

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

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

2 MAY 2016

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

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

26 APRIL 2016

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

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

26 APRIL 2016

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

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

4 APRIL 2016

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

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

7 MARCH 2016

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

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

5 MARCH 2016

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

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

13 FEBRUARY 2016

China FM: THAAD in S.Korea could target China

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

2 FEBRUARY 2016

China’s new 5 military regions officially established

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

20 JANUARY 2016

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

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

5 JANUARY 2016

China Launches a New High-Tech Spy Ship

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

31 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

29 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2015

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

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

1 DECEMBER 2015

China Is Building The World’s Second Stealth Air Force

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

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Xi urges breakthroughs in military structural reform

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

China confirms deal with Russia on Su-35 fighter jets

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

15 OCTOBER 2015

Chinese admiral in Iran calls for closer defence ties

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2015

Sino-Russia co-engineered heavy helicopter debuts in China

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

19 AUGUST 2015

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

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

5 AUGUST 2015

Xi promotes biggest batch of officers to full general

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

30 JULY 2015

China Accuses US of Militarizing South China Sea

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

7 JULY 2015

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

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

19 JUNE 2015

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

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

4 JUNE 2015

China says it leads the world in submarine power systems

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

26 MAY 2015

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

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

21 MAY 2015

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

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

16 APRIL 2015

Revelations on China’s Maritime Modernization

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

31 MARCH 2015

PLA chooses A300 hybrid rocket system as contractors compete

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

25 MARCH 2015

China Missile Test Highlights Space Weapons Threat

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

18 MARCH 2015

China gets its first mobile-launched ICBM: Russian media

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

16 MARCH 2015

China now world’s third-biggest arms exporter

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

9 MARCH 2015

PLA official confirms 2nd aircraft carrier under construction

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

4 MARCH 2015

China to raise defense budget by 10%

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

20 FEBRUARY 2015

76% of PLA’s weapon imports from Russia

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

15 FEBRUAY 2015

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

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

11 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

4 JANUARY 2015

Russia refuses to sell China Tu-22 bomber

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

 

Thailand home affairs and society

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7 MARCH 2019

Thai court bans Thai Raksa Chart party for nominating princess as PM

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the Thai Raksa Chart party should be dissolved and its executives banned for 10 years, a decision that has raised tensions ahead of the country’s first election since the 2014 coup
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1640796/constitutional-court-disbands-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189000/election-blow-shinawatras-court-dissolves-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.france24.com/en/20190307-thailand-shinawatra-party-dissolved-princess

2 MARCH 2019

Shinawatra parties rally across Thailand as crucial court ruling looms

Parties aligned with Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan staged major rallies Saturday (March 2) ahead of a court ruling that could deal a gut punch to their prospects in national elections later this month
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/shinawatra-parties-rally-across-thailand-as-crucial-court-ruling-looms

20 FEBRUARY 2019

Thai police seek to prosecute leader of anti-junta Future Forward party Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit

Thai police said on Wednesday (Feb 20) they were seeking the prosecution of the leader of a new political party over a speech he made that was posted on Facebook criticising the ruling junta, just over a month before a general election
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-police-seek-to-prosecute-leader-of-anti-junta-future-forward-party
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1632150/police-seek-to-prosecute-thanathorn-over-junta-criticism

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Thailand suspends TV channel linked to ex-PM Thaksin ahead of poll

Thailand’s telecoms regulator on Tuesday (Feb 12) suspended the operating licence of a television channel linked to ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra weeks ahead of a general election, citing national security concerns
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-election-suspends-thaksin-tv-channel-media-11234292
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1628102/voice-tv-suspended-for-15-days

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Thai Raksa Chart Party ‘accepts King’s command with full loyalty’

The Thai Raksa Chart Party issued a statement on Saturday, saying it accepted His Majesty the King’s royal command that prohibited Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi from becoming the party’s sole candidate for prime minister
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-10/thai-political-party-swears-loyalty-to-king/10797174?section=world
https://www.france24.com/en/20190209-thai-princess-bid-pm-foiled-party-obeys-royal-command
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/iloveyou-former-princess-ubolratana-thanks-thais-support-after-king-blocks-her-election-bid

8 FEBRUARY 2019

Sister of Thai king Princess Ubolratana to run for PM in March election

Princess Ubolratana Mahidol, the older sister of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, is now a candidate for prime minister — a move that marks a startling break with Thai royalty’s long-observed practice of staying out of politics
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sister-of-thai-king-princess-ubolratana-to-run-for-pm-in-march-11220968
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-princess-ubolratana-says-exercising-her-right-as-a-citizen-to-go-into-politics
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2185498/thailands-king-declares-his-sister-ubolratana-rajakanyas

7 FEBRUARY 2019

Efforts to Revive Southern Thai Peace Talks Run into Trouble

Malaysia-brokered talks aimed at ending a separatist conflict in the Thai Deep South hit a snag after Thailand’s new peace negotiator did not show up for an introductory meeting with his rebel counterparts in Kuala Lumpur at the weekend, prompting them to call for his removal
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/talks-stall-02042019165508.html

31 JANUARY 2019

Thai party ousted in 2014 coup picks Thaksin loyalist for main PM candidate in elections

Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party, which was ousted from power by the military in a 2014 coup, on Thursday (Jan 31) picked a close ally of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra as its main candidate for prime minister in elections set for March 24
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-party-ousted-in-2014-coup-picks-thaksin-loyalist-for-pm-in-elections
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1621254/pheu-thai-chooses-three-as-pm-candidates

30 JANUARY 2019

Thai junta chief gets party nod as possible PM candidate

A political party closely associated with Thailand’s military government on Wednesday named Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha as a possible candidate to become the next premier if it forms a government after next month’s election
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/59/161/118/1548863882840.html?newsId=60832
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1620586/prayut-on-pm-candidate-list-for-palang-pracharath

26 JANUARY 2019

Thailand’s military junta cracks down on social media ahead of election

Social media campaigning will be heavily restricted in the upcoming Thai election, in a move political parties claim will gag freedom of expression and directly affect younger voters
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/26/thailands-military-junta-cracks-down-on-social-media-ahead-of-election

23 JANUARY 2019

Thai king signs decree approving first election since coup

The general election will be held on March 24, the Election Commission (EC) announced Wednesday, just hours after publication of a long-awaited royal decree calling for national polls
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/01/23/its-official-thai-voters-will-go-to-polls-on-march-24/
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1616494/poll-at-last-election-day-march-24
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/23/asia/thailand-election-date-intl/index.html

14 JANUARY 2019

Thai prosperity depends on smarter education reform

For decades, successive Thai governments of all persuasions have attempted to reform the education system. But these attempts have been successfully blocked by the Ministry of Education and teachers’ unions. The result is poor standards of literacy and numeracy among young Thai people, leaving them ill-equipped to provide the skilled workforce that an industrialising economy requires
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/14/thai-prosperity-depends-on-smarter-education-reform/

11 DECEMBER 2018

Thailand to go to the polls on Feb 24 as govt lifts ban on political activities

Thailand lifted a military-imposed ban on political activities that has been in place since 2014, a government statement published on the Royal Gazette website said on Tuesday (Dec 11), clearing the way for an election to be held on Feb 24, 2019
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-election-commission-sets-feb-24-election-date
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30360215

10 NOVEMBER 2018

Former Thai premier Abhisit fends off challengers to retain Democrat Party leadership

Former Thai prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has fended off challengers to retain his seat as Democrat Party chief, as political parties around the kingdom intensified preparations for an election tentatively set for next February
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-thai-premier-abhisit-fends-off-challengers-to-retain-democrat-party-leadership
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1573570/abhisit-defends-democrat-leadership

7 NOVEMBER 2018

Thailand’s Shinawatra clan, allies form new party ahead of polls

Relatives and allies of ousted Thai premiers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck, formed a new political party on Wednesday (Nov 7) ahead of a general election set for early next year, seen as a strategy to win more seats
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-shinawatra-clan-allies-form-new-party-ahead-of-polls
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1571162/pheu-thai-ally-plan-poll-battle-tactics

28 OCTOBER 2018

Retired police general Viroj Pao-in to lead Pheu Thai, Thailand’s main opposition party

Pheu Thai on Sunday named 86-year-old senior party member Viroj Pao-in, a police lieutenant general, as its official leader, while Putham Vechayaychai kept his role as secretary-general
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-main-opposition-pheu-thai-party-picks-leader-ahead-of-general-election
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1566050/viroj-elected-pheu-thai-leader-phumtham-secretary-general
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30357378

11 OCTOBER 2018

Thai government pushes reform in agriculture sector

The Thai government is pushing ahead with plans to increase the incomes of 1.3 million farmers who have been relying on their rice crops to make a living
http://www.atimes.com/article/thai-government-pushes-reform-in-agriculture-sector/

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Four ministers from Thailand’s military government launch new party ahead of polls

Four ministers from Thailand’s military government launched a new political party on Saturday, amid speculation they will back Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to remain in power beyond a general election promised by May
https://in.reuters.com/article/thailand-politics/four-ministers-from-thailands-military-government-launch-new-party-ahead-of-polls-idINKCN1M90EH?rpc=401&
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1549002/4-ministers-3-pdrc-leaders-join-palang-pracharat

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Thai junta leader interested in staying in politics

The head of Thailand’s military government declared Monday he is « interested » in participating in politics, in a new indication he may seek to remain in office after elections scheduled for early next year
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/24/thai-junta-leader-interested-in-staying-in-politics.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1545942/pm-hints-at-political-stay
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30355149

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Future Forward leaders fight computer crime charge

Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and two other executive members met police to hear the charge of violating the Computer Crime Act on Monday
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1541550/future-forward-leaders-fight-computer-crime-charge
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30354659
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/leaders-thai-party-charged-facebook-speech-180917135305065.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Thai authorities shut down controversial forum on Myanmar’s generals

A forum to discuss whether Myanmar’s top generals should be hauled up for prosecution for their alleged war crimes has been abruptly shuttered by the Thai authorities on Monday (Sept 10) night
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-authorities-shut-down-controversial-forum-on-myanmars-general
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/10/thai-police-shut-down-journalists-panel-about-rohingya.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/featured/2018/09/10/under-pressure-fcct-cancels-discussion-of-war-crimes-in-myanmar/

29 AUGUST 2018

Thailand’s Muslim insurgency roars back to life

A new surge in lethal attacks in Thailand’s southernmost region has underscored the lack of progress in resolving the insurgent conflict after four years of military junta rule
http://www.atimes.com/article/thailands-muslim-insurgency-roars-back-to-life/

10 JULY 2018

Thai cave: Entire soccer team rescued

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

19 JUNE 2018

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

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

22 MAY 2018

Thai junta was no good for anyone

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

15 MAY 2018

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

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

21 APRIL 2018

Thai junta history book claims it established ‘true democracy’

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

10 MARCH 2018

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

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

2 MARCH 2018

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2018

Thai junta charges 50 anti-government activists

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

26 JANUARY 2018

Thailand: Election delay inevitable as NLA passes MPs bill

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

22 JANUARY 2018

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

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

9 JANUARY 2018

Thailand in 2018: no neat exit strategy for junta

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

11 DECEMBER 2017

EU resumes official contacts with Thai junta

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

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

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

2 OCTOBER 2017

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Thai military maneuvers to stay on top

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

31 AUGUST 2017

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

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

25 AUGUST 2017

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

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

2 AUGUST 2017

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

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

24 JULY 2017

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

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

20 JULY 2017

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

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

19 JULY 2017

Thai army general gets 27 years jail for human trafficking

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

10  JULY 2017

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

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

22 JUNE 2017

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

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

4 MAY 2017

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

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

3 APRIL 2017

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

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

20 APRIL 2017

Two killed in bomb blast in Thailand’s restive South

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

11 APRIL 2017

Thai junta rejects conditional peace talks with Muslim insurgents

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

7 APRIL 2017

Wave of attacks strike southern Thailand

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

6 APRIL 2017

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

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

1st APRIL 2017

Former Thailand PM Thaksin shuns Junta’s reconciliation effort

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

19 MARCH 2017

Thai police say they have found plot to assassinate PM

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

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Thai army claims pact with separatists

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

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s new king shows his strength

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Thailand’s New King Is Making a Power Grab

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

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

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

13 JANUARY 2017

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

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

10 JANUARY 2017

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

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

2 JANUARY 2017

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

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

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

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

21 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2016

Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej dies after 70-year reign

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

11 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

6 OCTOBER 2016

Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre

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

2 OCTOBER 2016

Thailand introduces new anti-corruption court

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thai government a failure: Analysts

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

1  SEPTEMBER 2016

Thailand’s government to resume peace talks with Muslim insurgents

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

12 AUGUST 2016

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

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

7 AUGUST 2016

Voters in Thailand Endorse Military’s Proposed Constitution

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

27 JULY 2016

Former PM Abhisit says ‘no’ to draft charter

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

21 JULY 2016

As constitutional referendum nears thailand intensifies censorship

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

29 JUNE 2016

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

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

16 JUNE 2016

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

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

9 JUNE 2016

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

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

22 MAY 2016

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

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

31 MARCH 2016

Thai junta grants police powers to Military

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

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

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

28 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Junta Threatens to Summon Critics of Charter Draft

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

The effects of Thailand’s proposed electoral system

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

2 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Thailand’s draft constitution unveiled, elections pushed back

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

26 JANUARY 2016

Thai junta chief vows 2017 elections even if charter rejected

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

9 JANUARY 2016

Thailand adopts tough penalties for child pornography

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

3 JANUARY 2016

Drawing and crossing the line in ThaIland

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

14 DECEMBER 2015

Ailing Thai King makes rare public appearance

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

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Junta on Press Freedom

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

10 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

21 OCTOBER 2015

The Islamization of Thailand – Analysis

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Thai journalist detained for ‘attitude adjustment’

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

‘Uighur’ suspect wanted over Bangkok blast: Thai police

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2015

Prayut uses S44 to strip Thaksin of rank

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

25 AUGUST 2015

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

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

17 AUGUST 2015

Deadly bomb blast rocks Thailand’s capital

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

30 JUNE 2015

OHCHR urges Thailand to release 14 students

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

28 MAY 2015

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

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

22 MAY 2015

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

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

19 MAY 2015

 Thai cabinet agrees to hold referendum on new constitution

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

15 MAY 2015

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

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

12 MAY 2015

Thai govt restarting peace talks in restive South

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

5 MAY 2015

Thailand’s king makes rare appearance

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

4 MAY 2015

In Thailand, Red shirts petition UN over Peace TV ban

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

3 MAY 2015

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

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

3 APRIL 2015

Thai junta chief threatens to shut down critical media

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

1 APRIL 2015

Thai junta lifts martial law, but retains broad powers

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

25 MARCH 2015

Thai prime minister threatens to ‘execute’ journalists

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

11 MARCH 2015

New Thai Constitution Enacted By 4 Sept: Govt

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

24 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck indicted over rice subsidy scheme

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

28 JANUARY 2015

Thai Red Shirt leader sentenced to two years in jail

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

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

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

23 JANUARY 2015

Impeachment and trial for former Thai Premier Yingluck Shinawatra

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

9 JANUARY 2015

Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s impeachment hearing begins

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

6 JANUARY 2015

Thai navy eyes procuring submarines following shelved bid

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

2 JANUARY 2015

Thai PM puts hurry up on defence budgets

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

26 DECEMBER 2014

Thai Constitution Drafters Pave Way For Unelected PM

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

16 DECEMBER 2014

The making of pseudo-democracy

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

12 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand crown prince’s wife resigns from royalty

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

2 DECEMBER 2014

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

1 DECEMBER 2014

Thailand’s junta unlikely to relax grip yet

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

20 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Thai junta appoints charter drafting committee

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

3 NOVEMBER 2014

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

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

9 OCTOBER 2014

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

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

6 OCTOBER 2014

Thailand’s coup government forms reform council

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

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

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai king discharged after more than month in hospital

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

UN voices ‘serious concern’ on human rights in Thailand

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Thai junta blocks rights meeting in Bangkok

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

28 AUGUST 2014

Criminal Court declines to hear murder case against Abhisit and Suthep

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

25 AUGUST 2014

Thailand coup leader Prayuth sworn in as PM

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

21 AUGUST 2014

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

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

8 AUGUST 2014

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

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

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

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

NCPO to seek extradition of lese majeste suspects

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

1 AUGUST 2014

Thai king appoints 200 National Legislative Assembly members

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

23 JULY 2014

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

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

22 JULY 2014

Thai King has endorsed interim charter

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

20 JULY 2014

Thai journalists concerned about junta’s move to clamp down

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

17 JULY 2014

Thai junta allows ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra to leave country

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

28 JUNE 2014

Thailand’s military rulers plan elections for October 2015

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

27 JUNE 2014

Wealthy Thais vent anger over sanction with EU goods boycott

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

24 JUNE 2014

Ex-minister forms Thai opposition group from exile

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

23 JUNE 2014

EU suspends cooperation with Thailand over military coup

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

20 JUNE 2014

Thai government condemned in annual US human trafficking report

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

18 JUNE 2014

Thailand launches 24-hour hotline over misbehaving Buddhist monks

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

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

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

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

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

13 JUNE 2014

Thailand Curfew lifted nationwide

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

11 JUNE 2014

Thailand votes against international forced labour protocol

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

6 JUNE 2014

Thai junta arrests anti-coup activist Sombat

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

1 JUNE 2014

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

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 7 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 7 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 7, 2019

1906: End of the First Battle of the Bud Dajo during the Moro Rebellion phase of the Philippine-American War
http://patnubay.org/?p=2488
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Bud_Dajo

1925: Mongolia is occupied by the Soviet Red Army

1944: Japanese begin offensive in Burma by Operation U-Go
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_U-Go
https://todayshistorylesson.wordpress.com/tag/operation-u-go/

1945: The British enter  Mandalay (Burma)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/43483787
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27929928

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KYq3E7_Ckw

1947: After the failure of last negociations, the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2842.html

1951: During the Korean War, by the Operation Ripper, United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against Chinese forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ripper
http://www.koreanwaronline.com/arms/OperationRipper.htm

http://www.gunnygenes.koreanwar-educator.org/korea/1951/ripper.htm

1951-03-07 Opération Ripper

 1968: During the Vietnam War, the United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Truong_Cong_Dinh

1968-03-07 Operation Truong Cong Dinh

1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman calls for Bangladesh’s independence in a speech given at the Ramna Race Course

1971-03-07 Sheikh-Mujib
https://genius.com/Sheikh-mujibur-rahman-7th-march-speech-of-sheikh-mujibur-rahman-annotated
http://dailyasianage.com/news/12791/significance-of-march-7-speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k45_2kNKOT4

1984: In India, Punjab authorities enforce security  and decide to give weapons to people to protect them from Sikh terrorism

1989: UK and Iran break diplomatic relations over the Salman Rushdie controversy
http://thisdaythen.blogspot.fr/2012/03/7th-march-1989-uk-and-iran-break.html

1989: The Chinese government proclaims the martial law in Lhasa
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/china/china7.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-08/news/mn-257_1_martial-law

http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2293.html

1989-03-07 Lhasa martial law

 1993: Signature in Islamabad of a peace agreement of 10 Afghan factions

2006: The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Varanasi_bombings
http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/mar/07up.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/07/AR2006030700961.html

2013: The United Nations Security Council approves new sanctions against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

2017 : US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826

On 7 March in South Asian history

1971-03-07 Sheikh-Mujib

ON 7 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1911: Birth of Sachchidananda Vatsyayan, Indian journalist and author who died on April 4, 1987
http://www.poemhunter.com/sachchidananda-vatsyayan/biography/

1949: Birth of Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghulam_Nabi_Azad

 1952: Death of Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian guru, born on January 5, 1893
http://www.yogananda-srf.org/tmp/py.aspx?id=42

1955: Birth of Anupam Kher, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anupam_Kher
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/7-march-1955-anupam-kher-indian-actor-was-born

1968: Birth of Raju Sundaram, Indian actor and choreographer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raju_Sundaram
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0839045/

Raju Sundaram

1971: Sheikh Mujibur Rahman calls for Bangladesh’s independence in a speech given at the Ramna Race Course

1971-03-07 Sheikh-Mujib
https://genius.com/Sheikh-mujibur-rahman-7th-march-speech-of-sheikh-mujibur-rahman-annotated
http://dailyasianage.com/news/12791/significance-of-march-7-speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k45_2kNKOT4

1973: Sheikh Mujib Rahman, leader of the Bangladeshi independence movement and first prime minister of Bangladesh, wins a landslide victory in the country’s first general elections
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/bangladeshs-first-democratic-leader

1977: In Pakistan, Ali Bhutto Pakistan People’s Party wins election, but opposition denounces grave irregularities
http://storyofpakistan.com/general-elections-1977/

1984: In India, Punjab authorities enforce security  and decide to give weapons to people to protect them from Sikh terrorism

1989: UK and Iran break diplomatic relations over the Salman Rushdie controversy
http://thisdaythen.blogspot.fr/2012/03/7th-march-1989-uk-and-iran-break.html

1989: The Chinese government proclaims the  martial law in Lhasa
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2293.html
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/china/china7.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-08/news/mn-257_1_martial-law

1989-03-07 Lhasa martial law

1993: Signature in Islamabad of a peace agreement of 10 Afghan factions

1998: General elections in India, won by hardliner hindu BJP (182 seats) ant its allies
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2145_98.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1998

2006: The terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba coordinates a series of bombings in Varanasi, India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Varanasi_bombings
http://www.rediff.com/news/2006/mar/07up.htm
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/07/AR2006030700961.html

On 7 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 7 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 7, 2019

1867: Birth of Filipino freedom fighter Tomas A. Remigio, who died on August 1, 1916
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/982/today-in-philippine-history-march-7-1867-tomas-a-remigio-was-born-in-sampaloc-manila
http://hremigio.tripod.com/tomasalupremigio/

1906: End of the First Battle of the Bud Dajo during the Moro Rebellion phase of the Philippine-American War
http://patnubay.org/?p=2488
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Battle_of_Bud_Dajo

1922: Birth of Mochtar Lubis, Indonesian novelist and journalist who died on July 2, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mochtar_Lubis

1944: Japanese begin offensive in Burma by Operation U-Go
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_U-Go
https://todayshistorylesson.wordpress.com/tag/operation-u-go/

1945: The British enter  Mandalay (Burma)
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/43483787
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27929928

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KYq3E7_Ckw

1968: During the Vietnam War, the United States and South Vietnamese military begin Operation Truong Cong Dinh to root out Viet Cong forces from the area surrounding Mỹ Tho
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Truong_Cong_Dinh

1968-03-07 Operation Truong Cong Dinh

1981: Birth of Rica Peralejo, Filipino Actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rica_Peralejo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TGjwLPtPU8

2003: Cambodia’s king Norodom Sihanouk, who will be 80 year old in October, suggests to abdicate if the parliament asks him to do it

2014: A Malaysian court sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on Friday after finding the former deputy prime minister guilty of sodomising his aide in 2008
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/anwar-guilty-malaysia/

2018: Australia and East Timor sign historic maritime border deal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-43296488
http://www.todayonline.com/world/un-east-timor-and-australia-sign-deal-maritime-border

On 7 March in Japan’s history

ON 7 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1924: Birth of Kobo Abe, Japanese playwright who died on January 22, 1993
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Db%C5%8D_Abe
http://www.bookrags.com/biography/kobo-abe/#gsc.tab=0

1944: Japanese begin offensive in Burma by Operation U-Go
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_U-Go
https://todayshistorylesson.wordpress.com/tag/operation-u-go/

1959: Death of former Japanese Prime Minister Ichiro Hatoyama (1954-1956), born on January 1, 1883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichiro_Hatoyama

1967: Birth of Ai Yazawa, Japanese mangaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ai_Yazawa

Ai Yazawa

 

On 7 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 7 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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664: Death of Xuanzang, Tang dynasty monk, scholar who traveled to India coming back with sutras, born in 602
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuanzang
http://www.travelchinaguide.com/silk-road/history/traveler-xuanzang.htm

1925: Mongolia is occupied by the Soviet Red Army

1947: After the failure of last negociations, the Kuomintang and Communist Party of China resume full-fledged Civil War
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2842.html

1951: During the Korean War, by the Operation Ripper, United Nations troops led by General Matthew Ridgeway begin an assault against Chinese forces
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Ripper
http://www.koreanwaronline.com/arms/OperationRipper.htm

http://www.gunnygenes.koreanwar-educator.org/korea/1951/ripper.htm

1951-03-07 Opération Ripper

1987:Taiwanese military massacre of 19 unarmed Vietnamese refugees at Donggang, Lieyu, Kinmen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987_Lieyu_massacre

1989: The Chinese government proclaims the martial law in Lhasa
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2293.html
http://www.tibetjustice.org/materials/china/china7.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-03-08/news/mn-257_1_martial-law

1989-03-07 Lhasa martial law

 2005: Jiang Zemin renounces to his last position as chairman of the Central Military Commission