Daily Archives: 15 mars 2019

On 15 March in Asian history

ON 15 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 15, 2019

220: Death of Cao Cao, king of Wei State (China), born in 155
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cao-Cao
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1984.html

221: Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession of the Han dynasty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2459.html

280: Sun Hao of Eastern Wu surrenders to Sima Yan who begins the Jin dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Hao
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Wu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wu_of_Jin

446: Wei ruler, Emperor Taiwu, began a brutal suppression of Buddhism — all Buddhist temples, texts and art were to be destroyed, and the monks were to be executed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taiwu_of_Northern_Wei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2332.html

446-03-15 suppression du bouffhisme

 1564: Mughal Emperor Akbar abolishes jizya (per capita tax)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizya

Empereur Akbar

1638: Birth of the Chinese Emperor Shunzhi, who died on February 5, 1661
http://gabrielexperience.blogspot.fr/2008/09/shunzhi-emperor.html
http://www.walfc.org/project/emperor-shunzhi-r-1644-1661/

1737: Birth of Amarindra, Queen consort to King Rama I of Siam, who died on May 25 1826
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarindra

1818: Birth of Filipino general Mariano Alvarez, who died on August 25, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_%C3%81lvarez

1874: Treaty of peace and alliance between France and Annam kingdom (Vietnam) to which Hanoi is ceded back. France keeps Cochinchina and gets religious freedom and navigation freedom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Saigon#The_Second_Treaty_of_Saigon

1888: Start of the Sikkim Expedition or Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888, up to September 27
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition

1897: Birth of Kikou Yamata, female Nippon-French writer who died on March 12, 1975
https://sites.google.com/site/kikouyamata/anglais

1901: Filipino General Mariano Trias surrenders to the US forces
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1659/today-in-philippine-history-march-15-1901-general-mariano-trias-surrendered
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Tr%C3%ADas
http://generaltrias.gov.ph/about-general-trias/history/

1902: Birth of Yu kwan-sun, Korean independence fighter who died on October 20, 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yu_Gwan-sun

1934: Birth of Kanshi Ram, Indian Dalit leader who died on October 9, 2006
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/kanshi-ram.html
http://roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1005:kanshi-ram-from-bamcef-to-the-bahujana-samaj-party&catid=127&Itemid=158

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIKSuORQTa4

1943: Allied reconnaissance flight over Java

1944: Birth of Chi Cheng, Taiwanese athlete and politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Cheng_(athlete)
http://www.adriansprints.com/2011/08/chi-cheng-greatest-asian-sprinter-of.html

1945: Birth of A. K. Faezul Huq, Bengali lawyer and politician who died on July 19, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._K._Faezul_Huq

1946: British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India’s right to independence http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-british-pm-who-oversaw-indias-independence/295156

1955: The former Kuomintang general Wei Lihuang, hero of the Burma war, who fled to Hong Kong in 1949, return to the mainland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei_Lihuang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3101.html

Wei Lihuang et Mao

 1960: Syngman Rhee is reelected president of South Korea by election fraud, sparking unrest
 http://countrystudies.us/south-korea/11.htm

1967: Birth of Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naoko_Takeuchi
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=82

1968: Birth of Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahimi_Karie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dbz4BpiPmU

1969: End of two-day fighting between Soviet Union and China on Issuri river. Moscow says that its forces have killed at least 800 Chinese, conceading 60 deads (see 14 March)

1973: President Nixon hints that the United States might intervene again in Vietnam to prevent communist violations of the truce. A cease-fire under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords had gone into effect on January 27, 1973, but was quickly and repeatedly violated by both sides
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-nixon-hints-at-reintervention

1973: Birth of Lee Jung-jae, South Korean actor & model
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Jung_Jae

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRXf5CV4YD0

1973: The last three U.S. prisoners held in China are released

1977: Birth of Yang Xuefei, Chinese classical guitarist
http://www.xuefeiyang.com/biography.html

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

1981: The passengers and crew of a Pakistan Airways plane held hostage for nearly two weeks are released
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/15/newsid_2818000/2818437.stm

1985: Death of Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian, thinker and writer, born in February 1921
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radha_Krishna_Choudhary

1989: Death of Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet, born in May 1915
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Jameel_Didi

1991: Death of Govindan Aravindan, Indian film director
http://malayalamfilimdirecter.blogspot.fr/2011/03/g-aravindan.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/15-march-1991-govindan-aravindan-film-director-died
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0033244/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLInWyN5HB0

1999: The first bus line between Delhi and Lahore is officially opened
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi%E2%80%93Lahore_Bus

2002: In Burma, the son-in-law of ex-president Ne Win (1962-1988) and several generals are arrested on plot charge and Ne Win, 92 years old, is put in arrest house
http://english.people.com.cn/200203/12/eng20020312_91973.shtml

2002: Sharia becomes officially in force at Aceh (Indonesia)
http://www.academia.edu/4051416/The_Politics_of_Islamic_Law_in_Aceh

2003: CCP General secretary Hu Jintao succeeds  Jiang Zemin as president of the PRC
http://en.people.cn/data/people/hujintao.shtml
http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/hu-jintao.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2791.html

2005: Death of Shoji Nishio sensei, Japanese martial artist, born in December 1927
http://www.sakuraaikikai.com/sensei/shoji-nishio/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ_U68Q85MQ

2006: Death of G. Devarajan, Malayalam music composer, born on September 27, 1924
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Music-director-G-Devarajan-dies/articleshow/1449936.cms
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-music-director-g-devarajan-dead-1018055

Devarajan

2010: Thai PM rejects protest ultimatum as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the barracks where he is based. The rally, led by red-shirted supporters of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, was one of the largest in recent years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8567406.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/201031571218216987.html


2011: Nepal stops using images of former king on banknotes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12742412

2012: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termes the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation

2012: Death of Luis Gonzales, Filipino actor, born on August 8, 1928
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/33605/actor-luis-gonzales-dies-81
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/35049/luis-gonzales-screen-consort-of-movie-Queens

Luis Gonzales

2013: Li Keqiang named as China’s prime minister. He replaces Wen Jiabao, and for the next 10 years will be responsible for the day-to-day guiding of government policy, and overseeing the economy
http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/15/li-keqiang-becomes-china-s-prime-minister/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133152423533287.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21796641

2013: Death of Masamichi Noro, Japanese-French martial artist, founder of Kinomichi, born on January 21, 1935
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masamichi_Noro
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinomichi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-shTsJRV9cM

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

2015: Death of Narayan Desai, Indian author and activist, born on December 24, 1924
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/gandhian-who-told-gandhi-katha-narayan-desai-passes-away/article6995868.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narayan_Desai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS7wAwsMZtk

2016: Myanmar’s parliament elects Htin Kyaw as the next president, first civilian after more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.htm

2017: Death of Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen for decades
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/cambodia-deputy-pm-sok-an-dies-aged-66/8358426?section=world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/sok-an-top-aide-to-cambodian-leader-hun-sen-dies-at-66/2017/03/15/fc5abf80-0994-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.626dd9f8c485
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deputy-pm-sok-dies-66


Holidays and observances

Japan: Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival)

China foreign policy

15 MARCH 2019

Why is China blocking the terrorist designation of a Pakistani militant?

Masood Azhar is the head of the Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. India accuses the group of bloody attacks and wants Azhar designated as a terrorist, but China is standing in the way
https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-china-blocking-the-terrorist-designation-of-a-pakistani-militant/a-47937677

14 MARCH 2019

China blocks UN move to designate Pakistan JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist again

The US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/news/china-blocks-move-designate-jem-chief-global-terrorist-again-1714987
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/masood-azhar-kashmir-bombing-sanctions-india-china-blocked-a8822186.html

4 MARCH 2019

China accuses arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets

Accusations about ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor come as China seeks Huawei CFO’s release
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-accuses-two-detained-canadians-of-stealing-and-selling-state-secrets/2019/03/04/766f2796-3e7e-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.160449512008
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/china-accuses-detained-canadians-stealing-state-secrets-190304115005135.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47442562

2 MARCH 2019

Why China doesn’t want to get caught in the middle of a India-Pakistan conflict

Beijing is on the verge of being sucked into an India-Pakistan crisis, amid rising tensions in the Kashmir region that borders China
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/28/asia/pakistan-india-china-crisis-intl/index.html

27 FEBRUARY 2019

China, Russia, India to strengthen cooperation

China, Russia and India on Wednesday agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation, firmly uphold multilateralism and jointly fight against terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/240/112/1551276717194.html?newsId=63133
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/wang-china-india-should-tap-their-potentials-asianewsnetwork

5 FEBRUARY 2019

China offers Lunar New Year olive branch to Canada, saying it wants to get relations back on track amid fallout from arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou

Chinese diplomats have issued a Lunar New Year message of goodwill to Canada, saying they want to get relations back on track amid the ongoing controversy surrounding the detention of a senior Huawei executive
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185090/china-offers-lunar-new-year-olive-branch-canada-saying-it-wants

25 JANUARY 2019

Beijing tells Washington to abide by ‘one-China’ principle after US Navy’s Taiwan passage

The Chinese foreign ministry on Friday urged Washington to abide by its “one China” principle after two US warships passed through the Taiwan Strait the previous day
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2183728/beijing-tells-washington-abide-one-china-principle-after-us
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-warships-pass-through-taiwan-strait_2779012.html

12 JANUARY 2019

‘China’s Belt and Road led to corruption in Malaysia’

China’s multi-billion dollar ‘One Belt and Road’ (OBOR) initiative has ‘funded’ corruption in Malaysia, an investigation carried out by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has revealed
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/258949504/china-belt-and-road-led-to-corruption-in-malaysia

9 JANUARY 2019

China-Russia: A pseudo-alliance fraught with mistrust and irritation

The exaggerated gestures of goodwill cannot quite camouflage the underlying tensions in this presidential pseudo-alliance
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/01/china-russia-a-pseudo-alliance-fraught-with-mistrust-and-irritation/

3 JANUARY 2019

Chang’e 4 landing on far side of moon marks start of China’s space race with the US

China’s space programme scored a major victory on Thursday morning when the Chang’e 4 lunar spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon, territory that has never before been explored
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2180594/change-4-landing-dark-side-moon-marks-start-chinas-space-race-us

Chinese-Australian relations have had a rollercoaster year in 2018

As Beijing looked to expand its global position, particularly with an increased presence in the Pacific, Australia sat up and took notice
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-27/chinese-australian-relations-have-had-a-rollercoaster-year/10638590

20 DECEMBER 2018

China ‘resolutely opposes’ new US law on Tibet

China denounced the United States on Thursday (Dec 20) for passing a new law on restive Tibet, saying it was « resolutely opposed » to the US legislation on what China considers an internal affair, and it risked causing « serious harm » to their relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-resolutely-opposes-new-us-law-on-tibet
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/144/252/64/1545319788330.html?newsId=57104

19 DECEMBER 2018

Third Canadian citizen detained in China, Global Affairs Canada confirms

A Canadian citizen has been detained in China, the country’s Global Affairs office has confirmed, the third since the Canadian police arrested Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-20/third-canadian-detained-in-china,-canadian-media-says/10636816
https://nationalpost.com/news/politics/third-canadian-citizen-has-been-detained-in-china-global-affairs-canada-confirms

18 DECEMBER 2018

China slams Japan’s new defense guidelines

China’s Foreign Ministry has strongly opposed Japan’s National Defense Program Guidelines and 5-year defense program approved by the Cabinet
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181218_34/

13 DECEMBER 2018

China confirms Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor arrested amid Huawei row

China confirmed on Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/china-confirms-canadians-michael-kovrig-and-michael-spavor-arrested-amid-huawei-row-1.802428
https://www.voanews.com/a/who-are-the-two-canadians-reported-detained-in-china/4698747.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181213_40/

11 DECEMBER 2018

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China after arrest of Huawei CFO Sabrina Meng Wanzhou in Canada

A former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China at the same time as a Canadian court weighs whether to grant bail to a top Chinese technology executive who is being held in Vancouver pending a US extradition request
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2177515/former-canadian-diplomat-michael-kovrig-detained-china
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/11/asia/michael-kovrig-china-detained-intl/index.html

5 DECEMBER 2018

Portugal signs agreement with China on Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping pressed Portugal to formally join Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative” during his visit to Lisbon, as the southern European nation signed a memorandum of understanding with China on the massive infrastructure plan
https://gbtimes.com/china-and-portugal-agree-to-boost-trade-ties
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176560/portugal-wavers-xi-jinping-presses-europe-belt-and-road
http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/1205/c90000-9525675.html

27 NOVEMBER 2018

What’s in the secret documents signed by China and Vanuatu at APEC?

The ABC and the Vanuatu Daily Post newspaper have obtained seven agreements signed by China and the nation of Vanuatu just before the APEC meeting
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-27/the-secret-documents-china-and-vanuatu-signed-at-apec/10557438?section=world

21 NOVEMBER 2018

What Xi did and didn’t give Duterte

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines heralded a new ‘strategic partnership’ but failed to deliver vowed billions of dollars of aid and investment
http://www.atimes.com/article/what-xi-did-and-didnt-give-duterte/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a529d5a25b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_21_01_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a529d5a25b-31591405

20 NOVEMBER 2018

China and Philippines sign oil and gas exploration deal as Xi Jinping meets Rodrigo Duterte

Beijing and Manila have agreed to a joint oil and gas exploration deal – one of 29 deals that were signed on Tuesday as Chinese President Xi Jinping began a two-day state visit to the Philippines
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2174213/china-philippines-sign-oil-and-gas-exploration-deal-xi-jinping
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/21/1870458/philippines-china-sign-mou-joint-gas-oil-developement
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Belt-and-Road/China-stages-comeback-in-Philippine-telecoms-and-rail-sectors

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

13 NOVEMBER 2018

China’s growing role in South Pacific nations cannot be stopped, says vice-minister Zheng Zeguang

No country should or could stop China cooperating with South Pacific island nations, a Chinese official warned on Tuesday ahead of a summit involving Chinese President Xi Jinping and leaders in the region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2173025/chinas-growing-role-south-pacific-nations-cannot-be-stopped

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Dominican Republic opens new embassy in mainland China after ditching Taiwan as ally

The Dominican Republic opened its new embassy in mainland China on Saturday, months after switching its allegiance to Beijing from the self-ruled island of Taiwan
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=35526&SEO=danilo-medina-wang-yi-inaugurate-dominican-embassy-in-china
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2171534/dominican-republic-opens-new-embassy-mainland-china-after

2 NOVEMBER 2018

China promises Pakistan support as new PM Imran Khan tells of ‘very difficult’ economy

China on Friday (Nov 2) promised to support Pakistan’s economy as new Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke of his country’s « very difficult » economic situation amid a burgeoning financial crisis
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-promises-pakistan-support-as-new-pm-imran-khan-tells-of-very-difficult-economy
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-imran-khan-china-xi-jinping/4639850.html

26 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2018

Geopolitical objectives fuel China’s Peace Ark

This is the seventh year of Peace Ark’s ‘humanitarian mission’. So far, the ship has visited 37 countries where doctors on board have provided humanitarian medical services for more than 180,000 people. The offshore hospital ship is said to have 120 medical staff working in 18 clinical departments and five auxiliary ones. The ship also has 300 beds for patients, eight operating rooms, 20 intensive care units and even a heli-ambulance
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/10/13/geopolitical-objectives-fuel-chinas-peace-ark/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Interpol demands China ‘clarification’ on missing police chief

Interpol demanded an official « clarification » from China on the whereabouts of its missing police chief on Saturday (Oct 6), after reports said he was detained for questioning on arrival in his homeland
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/interpol-demands-china-clarification-on-missing-police-chief
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45771813
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2167298/interpol-demands-answers-china-missing-president-meng-hongwei

2 OCTOBER 2018

Japan and China are being pushed into each other’s arms by Donald Trump’s antics

Improved Japan-China relations are in prospect, now that Shinzo Abe has been re-elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party for three more years
https://www.scmp.com/business/article/2166214/japan-and-china-are-being-pushed-each-others-arms-donald-trumps-antics

16 SEPTEMBER 2018

What will keep China and Russia from building a new world order?

Russia and China are forming closer economic and strategic relations in the face of increasing pressure from Washington. Although a Sino-Russian bloc sounds ominous to the West, there are big obstacles to an alliance
https://www.dw.com/en/what-will-keep-china-and-russia-from-building-a-new-world-order/a-45494413
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/large-war-games-distract-complexity-china-russia-ties-180914184222402.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin agree to boost ties amid growing US unilateralism

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have vowed to bolster Sino-Russian ties and oppose unilateralism, as the two nations seek to counterbalance the United States’ power on the international stage
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163793/chinas-xi-jinping-russias-vladimir-putin-agree-boost-ties-amid

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi and Abe guarantors of Chinese–Japanese entente

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Tiny Pacific island Nauru takes on Beijing in furious diplomatic spat

The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has demand China apologize for the « crazy » behavior of its senior diplomat at the Pacific Island Forum, a gathering of 18 regional leaders hosted by Nauru this week
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/06/asia/nauru-china-pacific-islands-intl/index.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Fight-in-the-Pacific%3A-tiny-Nauru-calls-on-the-Chinese-superpower-to-apologise-44859.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/05/chinese-envoy-walks-out-of-meeting-after-row-with-nauru-president-amid-bullying-claims

31 AUGUST 2018

Chief US spy catcher says China using LinkedIn to recruit Americans

The United States’ top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/chief-us-spy-catcher-says-china-using-linkedin-to-recruit-americans-19925
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chief-us-spy-catcher-says-china-using-linkedin-to-recruit-americans_2638187.html

8 AUGUST 2018

China’s growing influence in South Asia

As power is inflationary, so when countries become stronger, their interest expands beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. China is no exception. Thus, in order to sustain its peaceful rise, it is increasing its influence around the world and South Asia is no different
https://nation.com.pk/05-Aug-2018/china-s-growing-influence-in-south-asia

22 JULY 2018

Why Japan–China relations are back on track

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

7 JULY 2018

Are arms exports a tool of Chinese foreign policy?

Chinese arms sales appear to be more transactional than an instrument of foreign policy. For instance, there has been no uptick in Chinese arms deliveries to core Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) partner countries since this initiative was announced in 2013. Indeed, out of the 74 countries that are directly linked to BRI projects, only 23 of them — 31 per cent — have received Chinese major weapon systems since 2013
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/07/are-arms-exports-a-tool-of-chinese-foreign-policy/

16 JUNE 2018

China-Japan Relations: Warm in Politics and Cold in Economics

China-Japan relations have long been characterized as being “hot in economics and cold in politics”. However, the strained political relations have shown signs of improvement in recent years
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/725.html

8 JUNE 2018

Putin: Cooperation with China at “unprecedented level”

Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, underscoring how pressure from the West has magnified Beijing’s political and economic importance to Moscow
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/putin-cooperation-with-china-at-unprecedented-level/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/putin-xi-jinping-china-russia-latest-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-summit-india-pakistan-iran-a8389856.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/08/as-g7-summit-begins-russia-s-putin-meet-china-s-xi

5 JUNE 2018

After US withdrawal, Iran embraces China

Despite Beijing’s expressed ‘regret’ at the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, the result is then in many ways a win-win scenario for China
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/05/after-us-withdrawal-iran-embraces-china/

28 APRIL 2018

China’s Xi and India’s Modi agree to reduce border tensions

The Chinese and Indian leaders have spent two days in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for discussions on how to mend ties strained when troops from both sides came eyeball-to-eyeball in the disputed Doklam area
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-s-xi-and-india-s-modi-agree-to-reduce-border-tensions-17059
http://www.dw.com/en/india-china-agree-to-keep-border-peace-at-milestone-informal-summit/a-43575664
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2143859/china-india-agree-improve-military-communication-border

16 APRIL 2018

China, Japan hail new beginning at bilateral summit

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

3 APRIL 2018

When Investment Hurts: Chinese Influence in Venezuela

China’s influence in Latin America is neither transparent nor market oriented, and no country has felt the consequences more than Venezuela. Through loans and outbound direct investments, China has poured funding into Venezuela at the cost of Venezuela’s citizens and long-term success
https://www.csis.org/analysis/when-investment-hurts-chinese-influence-venezuela

1 MARCH 2018

China angered as U.S. passes Taiwan travel bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a bill promoting closer U.S. ties with Taiwan, which China has warned could threaten stability in the Taiwan Strait, but drew praise from the self-ruled island, which pledged to deepen cooperation
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004276250
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201803010020.aspx
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/01/553988/China-US-bill-Taiwan-strong-dissatisfaction

15 FEBRUARY 2018

China slams Indian PM Modi’s trip to disputed region

Indian PM Narendra Modi paid a low-key visit to the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, but the trip was quickly criticised by China, which also claims the area
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-slams-indian-pm-modi-s-trip-to-disputed-region-15204
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/198/100/162/1518690304715.html

8 FEBRUARY 2018

China dismisses accusations that it is ‘buying up the Maldives’

China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives government said on Thursday it is sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132626/china-dismisses-accusations-it-buying-maldives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-embattled-president-abdulla-yameen-sends-envoys-to-china-saudi-for-support

28 JANUARY 2018

Japan, China agree to resume leaders’ visits

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

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

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

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/187/241/1515152590848.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180105_11/

3 JANUARY 2018

2017: A Tough Year for China-India Relations

The China-India relationship stands at a crossroads. Can both sides overcome last year’s frictions in 2018?
https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/2017-a-tough-year-for-china-india-relations/

21 DECEMBER 2017

The dragon and the kangaroo: 45 years of Australia-China relations

It is 45 years since Australia and China formally established diplomatic relations on December 21, 1972. Since then, China has grown into a global economic giant, lifting an estimated 800 million Chinese people out of poverty and transforming the face of Asia and the Indo-Pacific nations
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/the-dragon-and-the-kangaroo-45-years-of-australia-china-relations

19 DECEMBER 2017

China condemns US ‘Cold War mentality’ on national security

China has condemned the « Cold War mentality » of the White House after the publication of a new US national security policy
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42409148
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/16/221/37/1513695501743.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124858/donald-trumps-security-strategy-fuels-era-more

14 DECEMBER 2017

China, South Korea Leaders Reset Bilateral Ties

The leaders of China and South Korea pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear program, resetting relations that had soured over Seoul’s deployment of an American missile-defense system
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=211819
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-south-korea-eye-warmer-ties-following-tensions-13304
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-president-xi-jinping-says-war-must-not-be-allowed-on-9499912

19 NOVEMBER 2017

China lays out three-point plan to ease Rohingya crisis

China has offered to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis, a move Chinese analysts said reflected Beijing’s more proactive and conciliatory tack on regional affairs
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2120607/china-lays-out-three-point-plan-ease-rohingya-crisis

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday he and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reiterated firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solving the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/151/70/153/1510220285505.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/09/trump-xi-say-will-solve-menace-north-korea-together.html

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump begins China visit

Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Nov 8) as the US president began the crucial leg of an Asian trip intended to build a global front against North Korea’s nuclear threats
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41912325
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171108_42/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-in-china-for-talks-on-north-korea-s-cruel-dictatorship-9387198

6 NOVEMBER 2017

China slams Indian minister’s visit to disputed border region

China has objected to a visit by India’s defense minister to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region administered by New Delhi but claimed by Beijing, saying the move would block efforts in maintaining peace in the region
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/06/541216/China-Hua-Chunying-Arunachal-Pradesh-India-Nirmala-Sitharaman
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/china-objects-to-nirmala-sitharamans-visit-to-arunachal-pradesh-says-not-conducive-to-peace-and-tranquillity-of-region/

31 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2017

 China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests

The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/10/13/china-india-relations-millennia-of-peaceful-coexistence-meet-modern-day-geopolitical-interests/

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee

Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2111097/un-chief-and-security-council-call-myanmar-end-violence-against

10 JULY 2017

Beijing says US apologises for ‘Republic of China’ gaffe

China said on Monday (Jul 10) the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the « Republic of China »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-says-us-apologises-for–republic-of-china–gaffe-9019978

7 JULY 2017

China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions

President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions ­between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101742/chinas-xi-jinping-and-indias-narendra-modi-meet-g20
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/g20-summit-amid-stand-off-pm-modi-meets-xi-jinping-in-hamburg-discusses-range-of-issues-brics-4740706/

5 JULY 2017

China-Russia diplomatic double act exposes Trump’s crudeness

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin vow to work together on peaceful solution to North Korea crisis – in sharp contrast to US president’s sabre-rattling
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/china-russia-diplomatic-double-act-exposes-trumps-crudeness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101359/chinese-and-russian-presidents-urge-peaceful-solution
http://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/world/1281435/russia-and-china-join-forces-over-north-korea

21 JUNE 2017

US and China officials meet under North Korea cloud

Top US officials began talks with their Chinese counterparts on Wednesday (Jun 21) seeking a tougher line on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions – after President Donald Trump implied that Beijing had already tried and failed
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-and-china-officials-meet-under-north-korea-cloud-8966530
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-china-diplomatic-and-security-dialogue-to-focus-on-north-korea-issue

1st JUNE 2017

How Trump’s unreliability is pushing EU and China closer together

At a time of great flux in global politics, the EU and China want to show they are willing to work together to tackle the daunting challenges facing the world, from trade and investment to security and climate change
http://www.dw.com/en/how-trumps-unreliability-is-pushing-eu-and-china-closer-together/a-39079310

28 MAY 2017

China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

A senior Chinese official says his country is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of ongoing disputes in regards to the South and East China Seas in the final communiqué of the recent G7 summit in Italy
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/05/28/523432/China-Lu-Kang-G7-summit-communiqu
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/161/203/1495939035157.html

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

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

12 APRIL 2017

In a phone call, China’s Xi urges Trump to peacefully resolve North Korea tensions

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has urged US President Trump to seek a peaceful resolution with North Korea after both sides traded fresh provocations. Trump has threatened unilateral action over Pyongyang’s nuclear program
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-xi-urges-trump-to-peacefully-resolve-north-korea-tensions/a-38393069
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/12/content_15599336.html

6 APRIL 2017

Xi-Trump summit: Trump says he will have ‘very, very great relationship’ with Xi

US President Donald Trump said  he thinks he will have a « very, very great relationship » with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the two leaders met for the first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/xi-trump-summit-trump-says-will-have-very-very-great-relationship-with-xi
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-meets-his-creditor-chinas-xi-jinping/a-38314925
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/07/content_15597023.html

21 MARCH 2017

Chinese flirt with Russia over the Ukraine crisis

As a global player China has a possibility for independent actions following its interests. Due to its economic and military power, the country can choose the most favorable foreign policy development with no regard to most of the other states. China is considered to be one of few supporters of Russian latest foreign policy, however, the statement is very controversial and need to be carefully analyzed
http://holdthetrend.com/index.php/2017/03/17/chinese-flirt-russia-ukraine-crisis/

20 MARCH 2017

China and Israel vow to deepen relations

China on Monday vowed to boost cooperation with Israel in ­Beijing’s latest move to step up engagement with the Middle East, after signing deals worth US$65 billion with Saudi Arabia last week
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2080572/china-and-israel-vow-deepen-relations
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/netanyahu-china-talks-premier-li

18 MARCH 2017

US, China to cooperate on ‘dangerous’ North Korea situation

The US and China pledged on Saturday (Mar 18) to work together in addressing the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear programme, as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the situation had reached a « dangerous level »
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/18/us-and-china-will-work-together-on-north-korea
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/tension-as-tillerson-brings-tough-north-korea-stance-to-china-1.1996011
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/china-rejects-trump-criticisms-over-north-korea

17 MARCH 2017

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

China and Russia blocked a proposed UN Security Council statement on Friday that would have expressed concern over the tense situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, diplomats said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2080159/china-russia-block-un-statement-myanmar

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Russia, China Block UN Sanctions On Syria Over Gas Attacks

Russia and China have blocked a push by Western governments at the United Nations to punish the Syrian government over chemical weapons attacks
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/252079499
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-39116854
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/01/content_15578961.html

China’s top diplomat in talks with Trump in Washington

China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi met US President Donald Trump in the White House ­on Tuesday to discuss “shared ­interests of national security” and a possible summit between the American leader and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2074874/chinas-top-diplomat-talks-trump-washington

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Could China’s Trump tactics actually be working?

It’s been a month and adjusting to Donald Trump as US president has been an enormous challenge for China, as for many around the world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39061702

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump agrees to support ‘One China’ policy in Xi Jinping call

Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/donald-trump-agrees-support-one-china-policy-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38927891
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/10/content_15569370.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

In a first, Trump writes a letter to Chinese President, and China is pleased

In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he looked forward to working with him « to develop a constructive relationship » that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251591453
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/09/trump-china-letter-no-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/09/content_15568561.html

4 FEBRUARY 2017

China warns US after James Mattis says disputed isles covered by Japan treaty

China warns Washington that it is risking instability in Asia after US defence secretary Mattis vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over disputed isles in South China Sea
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5C2sPoL2ljinLA22sj7VgN/China-warns-US-after-James-Mattis-says-disputed-isles-covere.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/04/china-accuses-us-of-putting-stability-of-asia-pacific-at-risk
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2068083/china-lashes-out-mattis-remarks-east-china-sea-islands

23 JANUARY 2017

China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to Donald Trump ­congratulating him on becoming the United States president, as it warned Washington to abide by the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2064723/china-congratulates-trump-and-warns-tread-carefully

18 JANUARY 2017

Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday (Jan 18) and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/xi-calls-for-world-without-nuclear-weapons-equality-for-all/3448894.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2063383/chinas-xi-calls-world-without-nuclear-weapons
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2017-01/19/c_135980499.htm

15 JANUARY 2017

One-China policy can’t be bargaining chip, Beijing warns Trump

China’s foreign ministry said its One-China policy isn’t negotiable and urged Donald Trump to recognise the « high sensitivity » with which it views Taiwan, a day after the president-elect hinted for the second time in a month at a reset of US-China relations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/one-china-policy-cant-be-bargaining-chip-beijing-warns-trump
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/15/content_15557302.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-15/beijing-tells-donald-trump-‘one-china’-policy-non-negotiable/8183340?section=world

19 DECEMBER 2016

Norway and China resume diplomatic ties after 2010 row over Nobel peace prize going to dissident

Norway and China have resumed diplomatic relations and negotiations on a free-trade agreement, ending a six-year diplomatic freeze caused by the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Chinese dissident
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055782/norway-china-restart-diplomatic-ties-after-row-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/19/content_15544819.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘seriously concerned’ after Trump questions ‘one China’ Policy

China has warned that it’s « seriously concerned » after President-elect Donald Trump questioned whether the United States should keep its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of « one China. »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/12/politics/china-trump-one-china-reaction/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38286645
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/12/content_15540918.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

China ‘blocks’ Mongolia border after Dalai Lama visit

Mongolia says China has closed a key border crossing, creating huge congestion, nearly a week after the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, visited the country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/china-blocks-mongolia-border-dalai-lama-visit-161210060313417.html

27 NOVEMBER 2016

China freezes bilateral diplomacy with Mongolia over Dalai Lama visit

China has postponed all bilateral interactions with Mongolia over the Dalai Lama’s visit. The immediate result of the Chinese decision is that upcoming talks on Chinese loans and infrastructure initiatives in the country will not go forward
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/china-freezes-bilateral-diplomacy-with-mongolia-over-dalai-lama-visit/

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Xi’s visits boost Asia-Pacific cooperation, China-Latin America ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visits to Ecuador, Peru and Chile and his attendance at the 24th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting have promoted Asia-Pacific cooperation and China-Latin America relations, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/24/content_15531517.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/1124/c90000-9146152.html

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

Xi, Modi held talks amid India frustrations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during talks late on Saturday (Oct 15) to work to resolve recent frustrations between the regional rivals
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/xi-modi-hold-talks-amid-india-frustrations/3209366.html

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/13/content_15509927.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-cambodia-sign-62m-trade-deal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-time-cash-heal-all-wounds
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ahead-xi-visit-relations-china-level-never-seen-119221/

1 OCTOBER 2016

US and South Korea will ‘pay the price’ for missile system, China paper says

The US and South Korea are destined to “pay the price” for their decision to deploy an advanced missile defence system which will inevitably prompt a “counter attack”, China’s top newspaper said on Saturday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/01/us-and-south-korea-will-pay-the-price-for-missile-system-china-paper-says

26 AUGUST 2016

Beijing will train army troops of Bashar Assad

The Chinese army will offer training in medicine and medical care to soldiers of Bashar Assad, engaged for over five years in a civil war which has bloodied the country
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-will-train-army-troops-of-Bashar-Assad-38402.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Syria crisis: China claims Omran images are ‘fake’ and being used as ‘Western propaganda’

Chinese state media have suggested that haunting images of Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled from rubble after an air strike in Syria, could have been faked and used as part of a “propaganda war” by the West
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/23/china-claims-omran-images-are-fake-and-being-used-as-western-pro/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

16 AUGUST 2016

Chinese military to provide ‘aid and training assistance’ to Syrian government

The Chinese military will provide aid and training assistance to the Syrian government, as a Chinese military envoy agreed with Syrian defence minister in Damascus on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2004676/chinese-military-provide-aid-and-training-assistance
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-china-idUSKCN10R10R

12 AUGUST 2016

China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

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

15 JULY 2016

China warns Australia: stay out of the South China Sea or risk damage to bilateral relations

China’s Foreign Ministry has said it was shocked by remarks Foreign Minister Julie Bishop made on AM on Wednesday, that China should abide by the UN ruling and Australia would continue freedom of navigation exercises
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-15/china-warns-australia-stay-out-of-the-south-china-sea-or-risk-damage-to-bilateral-relations/1599180
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245847421

25 JUNE 2016

Russia’s President Putin hails ‘all-embracing’ bilateral partnership with China with nations due to sign more than 30 trade deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted on Saturday about its “all-embracing and strategic partnership” with China during his latest visit to Beijing, as the two countries try to present a united front amid increasing tensions with the West.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1981566/russias-president-putin-hails-all-embracing-bilateral
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-russia-eye-closer/2905078.html

23 JUNE 2016

Putin : Russia and China are ‘close allies’

Mutual trust between Russia and China has reached an unprecedented level and laid a solid foundation for bilateral cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/23/content_15453321.html

15 JUNE 2016

Barack Obama angers China by meeting Dalai Lama at White House

The meeting between US ­President Barack Obama and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has been condemned by China – leading Beijing to lodge diplomatic representations with Washington
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1975847/barack-obama-angers-china-meeting-dalai-lama-white-house
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-16/barack-obama-meets-dalai-lama-at-white-house-in-spite-of-china-protest/1590690

 12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

7 JUNE 2016

Why China must take Donald Trump seriously

Now that Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for the US presidential race, China will have to sit up and take notice of the rhetoric being bandied about by the brash billionaire in his campaign speeches. China is Trump’s favourite whipping boy (even more than Mexico). In recent months, he has amped up his tirade against China from “China is ripping us off” to “China is raping us”. So far, the reaction from Beijing has been sanguine, with the belief that his trade threats against China are bluster, and, just like his predecessors, the trade policies of a potential Trump administration will not reflect the campaign rhetoric.
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1968030/why-china-must-take-donald-trump-seriously

5 JUNE 2016

China hits out at US, Philippines over South China Sea, says ‘doesn’t fear trouble’

A senior Chinese defence official on Sunday (June 5) slammed the United States for double standards and irresponsible behaviour on the South China Sea dispute and scolded the Philippines for taking the spat to an UN arbitration court, saying that China « does not fear trouble » when it comes to upholding its sovereignty
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hits-out-at-us-philippines-over-south-china-sea-says-doesnt-fear-trouble
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-05/china-criticises-us-south-china-sea-provocations-says-it-doesnt-fear-trouble/1587570

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

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

21 APRIL 2016

US, China envoys discuss N.Korea

A senior US official has stressed the importance of US-China cooperation in steadily implementing sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear test and missile launches. US special envoy for North Korea, Sung Kim, met with his Chinese counterpart, Wu Dawei, in Beijing on Thursday.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160421_32/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

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

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

16 MARCH 2016

Argentina sinks Chinese vessel, cites illegal fishing

Argentina’s coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country’s coast.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/15/americas/argentina-chinese-fishing-vessel/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1926268/china-demands-investigation-sinking-fishing-boat

8 MARCH 2016

China and the Iran Nuclear Deal

The deal offers some significant and sobering lessons on “multilateralism with Chinese characteristics.”
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-china-and-iran-nuclear-deal

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese govt officially acknowledges thaw in Vatican ties

China Friday officially acknowledged a thaw in bilateral ties with the Vatican in an semi-official government newspaper. Beijing further opened the possibility of a papal visit to China in the wake of Asia Times’ historic interview with Pope Francis in late January.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-officially-acknowledges-thaw-in-vatican-ties/
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/970460.shtml

19 FEBRUARY 2016

China accuses US of militarizing South China Sea

China on Friday accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea, just days after it was revealed Beijing had deployed surface-to-air missiles on an island in the hotly disputed area.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/beijing-urged-to-exercise-restraint-in-south-china-sea/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/19/content_15387727.html

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Pope extends new olive branch to China in bid to mend ties

Pope Francis has expressed his great admiration for China and declined to criticize its longtime one-child policy in a bid to heal decades of estrangement between Beijing and the Holy See and open a new era of dialogue
http://news.yahoo.com/pope-extends-olive-branch-china-bid-mend-ties-143859102.html
http://atimes.com/2016/02/at-exclusive-pope-francis-urges-world-not-to-fear-chinas-rise/

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

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

27 JANUARY 2016

China’s pivot to Persia

As the Middle East enters a new brave world, marked by the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and an emerging detente between Iran and the West, China has begun to recalibrate its regional Policy
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-pivot-persia-160124051232743.html

23 JANUARY 2016

China’s vision of the Middle East

 Xi Jinping’s first visit to the Middle East since becoming China’s president three years ago reflects three emerging, defining elements in the conduct of Beijing’s foreign policy in the region
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/01/china-vision-middle-east-160121052018955.html

23 JANUARY 2016

Iran’s leader says never trusted the West, seeks closer ties with China

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for closer economic and security ties with China, saying Iran had never trusted the West, as the two countries agreed to increase bilateral trade more than 10-fold to $600 billion in the next decadehttp://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-china-idUSKCN0V109V
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/552396/news/world/iran-china-agree-600-billion-trade-deal-after-sanctions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-35390779

21 JANUARY 2016

China, Egypt agree to boost cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative

China and Egypt agreed on Thursday to expand cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the North African country.
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0122/c90000-9007570.html
https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/30629669/xi-signs-egypt-deals-as-china-looks-to-boost-mideast-clout/

13 JANUARY 2016

China And Russia: The Partnership Deepens – Analysis

Relations between China and Russia became noticeably closer in the past year and, if the numerous agreements they have appended their signatures to come to fruition, they are apt to become still closer in 2016.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/13012016-china-and-russia-the-partnership-deepens-analysis/

8 JANUARY 2016

China frets over relations with Myanmar

China is clearly anxious over the trajectory of relations with Myanmar, concerned that a West-ward shift in policy under President U Thein Sein will go even further in that direction under the new government to be led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/18379-china-frets-over-relations-with-myanmar.html

28 DECEMBER 2015

China hits India where it hurts

China has moved for the first time to demonstratively erode India’s ‘influence’ over one of its small neighbors, Nepal. The disclosures following the weekend talks in Beijing by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal Kamal Thapa  during his 5-day visit point in that direction
http://atimes.com/2015/12/china-hits-india-where-it-hurts/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-12-29/china-to-donate-14-m-litres-of-fuel-dpm-thapa.html

22 DECEMBER 2015

China to replace Japan as second-largest funder of U.N. peacekeeping

China is set to replace Japan as the second-largest financial contributor for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the next budget year, according to estimates by the United Nations
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-replace-japan-second-largest-funder-un-peacekeeping

17 DECEMBER 2015

China Protests Sale of U.S. Arms to Taiwan

The Obama administration’s announcement that it would sell $1.83 billion worth of arms to Taiwan, including two warships and antitank missiles, has drawn a swift rebuke from China, which threatened to penalize the companies that made the armaments and summoned a United States diplomat to register an official protest
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/18/world/asia/taiwan-arms-sales-us-china.html?ref=asia
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/beijing-summons-us-envoy-over-warship-sales-taiwan

7 DECEMBER 2015

Sino-Russian Cooperation

Today, Washington’s relations with both Beijing and Moscow are difficult, while China and Russia increasingly cooperate in the economic, military, and political spheres. How durable is today’s Sino-Russian cooperation, and how worried should the United States be?http://cogitasia.com/sino-russian-cooperation/

4 DECEMBER 2015

Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/04/content_15354442.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b17f4ed4-9a84-11e5-be4f-0abd1978acaa.html#axzz3tOFrajwF

23 NOVEMBER 2015

China’s regional isolation

The Asian giant is suffering increasing diplomatic isolation due to its aggressive manoeuvres across contested waters
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/11/china-regional-isolation-151122134410410.html

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at Line of Actual Control

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742682
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1876440/president-xi-jinping-tells-hanoi-parliament-china-and
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/china-vietnam-should-maintain-status-quo-in-east-sea-party-chief-trong-tells-president-xi-53336.html

 

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

15 MARCH 2019

THE US-CHINA RIVALRY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TAIWAN

The most important geostrategic event of this century is the rivalry between the United States and China. International competition between these two countries is heating up. As the African proverb goes, “when two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.” How should Taiwan avoid being trampled?
https://taiwaninsight.org/2019/03/13/the-us-china-rivalry-a-survival-guide-for-taiwan/

14 MARCH 2019

El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord

El Salvador’s highest court on Wednesday temporarily suspended the cancellation of a free trade pact with Taiwan, after the Central American nation’s sugar industry sought an injunction, arguing the move would hurt its business interests
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-el-salvador-taiwan/el-salvador-top-court-suspends-scrapping-of-taiwan-trade-accord-idUSKCN1QU340
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/03/15/2003711513

8 MARCH 2019

US asked to sell 66 advanced fighter jets to Taiwan

Taiwan has submitted a formal request for the purchase of 66 F-16V fighter jets from the United States to counter a military buildup by China, with Deputy Minister of National Defense Shen Yi-ming admitting they were needed “to counter current enemy threats”
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/us-asked-to-sell-66-advanced-fighter-jets/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903080025.aspx

27 FEBRUARY 2019

China says Taiwan opposition’s peace proposal must include push for ‘reunification’

Any proposals from self-ruled Taiwan for a peace deal with China must include a push for « reunification », Beijing said on Wednesday (Feb 27), after the island’s main opposition party said it could sign one if it wins a presidential election next year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-taiwan-oppositions-peace-proposal-must-include-push-for-reunification

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for the US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2186351/taiwans-darkest-military-secrets-revealed-google-maps
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/02/16/2003709805
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3638800

Taiwan Military Expert Warns of Potential for Chinese Regime to Damage Island’s Internet System

Taiwanese experts are concerned that China can cut off the island’s internet connection by destroying undersea cables
https://www.theepochtimes.com/taiwan-military-expert-warns-of-potential-for-chinese-regime-to-damage-islands-internet-system_2784994.html

24 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan unveils new drone as China tensions mount

Taiwan’s navy showed off its latest long-range surveillance drone on Thursday (Jan 24) as the island’s outgunned armed forces push to counter China’s increasingly muscular rhetoric and military exercises
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-unveils-new-drone-as-china-tensions-mount
https://en.rti.org.tw/news/view/id/2000502

17 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan holds military drills to halt invasion amid rising China tensions

Taiwan’s military held large-scale drills on its west coast Thursday amid growing tensions between the self-governed island and an increasingly belligerent Beijing
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/17/asia/taiwan-military-drills-china-intl/index.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/taiwan-holds-live-fire-exercises-following-china-threats/
https://en.rti.org.tw/news/view/id/2000465

10 JANUARY 2019

Why a China invasion of Taiwan would fail

Xi evidently believes that one of the major tasks of his leadership is to annex Taiwan, which has been separated from the mainland since the 1949 communist victory in China’s civil war
http://www.atimes.com/article/why-a-china-invasion-of-taiwan-would-fail/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=86b79264e4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_10_01_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-86b79264e4-31591405

5 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan president calls for international support to defend democracy

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Saturday (Jan 5) for international support to defend the self-ruled island’s democracy and way of life in the face of renewed threats from China
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-china-tsai-ing-wen-international-support-democracy-11088830
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-president-vows-to-defend-democracy-way-of-life-23108
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/taiwan-president-calls-support-defend-democracy-190105075326812.html

2 JANUARY 2019

China’s Xi Jinping clashes with Taiwan’s Tsai over unity call

The presidents of China and Taiwan ramped up the rhetoric Wednesday over the status of the self-ruled island, marking their positions in separate speeches that underscore escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/China-s-Xi-Jinping-clashes-with-Taiwan-s-Tsai-over-unity-call
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/xi-change-fact-taiwan-part-china-190102030037389.html
https://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-rejects-chinas-reunification-proposal/a-46931135

13 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s small missile boat program hamstrung by budget cuts

Taiwanese lawmakers have trimmed the budget to form a fleet of 60 missile-equipped, 45-tonne fast-attack vessels, cutting as much as NT$200 million (US$6.48 million) from the initial total of NT$468 million for the program’s feasibility study and sea trials
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwans-small-missile-boat-program-hamstrung-by-budget-cuts/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=662ec7eddb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_13_02_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-662ec7eddb-31591405

12 DECEMBER 2018

Analyst: Taiwan a vital strategic buffer for the US

The consensus among most observers is that Beijing’s aggressive military build-up does not necessarily mean that a war targeting Taiwan is imminent
http://www.atimes.com/article/analyst-taiwan-a-vital-strategic-buffer-for-the-us/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=f1be81fa6b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_12_12_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-f1be81fa6b-31591405

8 NOVEMBER 2018

Taiwan Navy Commissions Two US-Made Warships Amid Tensions With China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has promised that her country would not « concede one step » in self-defence and backed up her claim by adding two former USS frigates to Taiwan’s fleet
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811081069626433-taiwan-us-frigates-tsai/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/11/09/2003703872
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3570959

31 OCTOBER 2018

 US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats

 The United States told Taiwan it has its back on Wednesday amid rising threats from China against the self-governing island
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/reassures-taiwan-security-china-increases-threats-181031065328796.html

20 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan Air Force takes delivery of first upgraded F-16 fighter jet

The first upgraded F-16 fighter jet, known as F-16 Viper or F-16V, arrived in Chiayi Air Base Friday afternoon after undergoing extensive aerial tests in the U.S. and Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810200020.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3556656

17 OCTOBER 2018

Beijing expresses ‘solemn concerns’ after US navy research ship docks in Taiwan

Beijing has expressed “solemn concerns” to Washington over a US navy research ship docking in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung, as tensions rise over the trade war and China’s military expansion in the Indo-Pacific
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2169013/beijing-expresses-solemn-concerns-after-us-navy-research-ship
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810170008.aspx

9 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has hosted her Paraguayan counterpart at a military exercise in a sign of the island’s determination to withstand China’s diplomatic onslaught
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwan-holds-military-drill-with-paraguay-amid-china-tension
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=90920

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

US approves $330m military sale to Taiwan, draws Chinese anger

The US State Department has approved the sale of $330m worth of military parts to Taiwan, according to officials, drawing fierce condemnation from China
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/approves-330m-military-sale-taiwan-180925052551512.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/09/26/2003701167

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan hoping Holy See-China deal can promote religious freedom

Taiwan on Saturday expressed hope that a provisional agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops signed earlier in the day can lead to greater religious freedom in China
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201809220016.aspx

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan appreciates European support against Beijing’s bullying

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed its sincere appreciation for the European Parliament after it approved a resolution on the EU-China relations report, which calls for an end to Chinese military intimidations vis-à-vis Taiwan and backs the island nation’s participation in international bodies
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan-appreciates-European-support-against-Beijing%26rsquo%3Bs-bullying-44939.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025

The construction of Taiwan’s first-ever domestic submarine should be completed by 2025 following the spending of NT$49.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) beginning next year, reports said Saturday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3520360

Taiwan to bolster its defence, will build military aircraft

Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is scheduled to deliver 66 advanced trainer aircraft to the government by 2026, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808310009.aspx
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257928631/taiwan-to-bolster-its-defence-will-build-military-aircraft

22 AUGUST 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese overtures

eSatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has chosen to maintain relations with Taiwan after a diplomatic tussle between Taiwan and China
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45271974
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808220041.aspx
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/2160908/what-you-need-know-about-eswatini-taiwanese-ally-coming-under

21 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan loses third diplomatic ally this year after El Salvador breaks ties

China on Tuesday (Aug 21) established ties with El Salvador in another blow to Taiwan as the Central American country also severed relations with the self-ruled island, reducing its diplomatic allies to just 17
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-set-to-lose-its-third-diplomatic-ally-this-year-source
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/08/22/2003698956
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808210031.aspx

20 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/20/taiwans-president-visits-nasa-space-centre-move-likely-anger/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180820_22/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160547/united-states-plays-taiwan-card-tsai-ing-wens-trip

18 AUGUST 2018

AS BEIJING SQUEEZES TAIWAN, TRUMP’S US GIVES TSAI A WARM EMBRACE

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of the Americas, with stopovers in Los Angeles and Houston, is evidence that however diplomatically isolated Taipei may appear to be, it “does not stand alone”
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2160245/beijing-squeezes-taiwan-trumps-us-gives-tsai-warm-embrace

11 AUGUST 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports
https://www.dw.com/en/can-taiwan-counter-chinas-mounting-pressure/a-45036932

6 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen seeks US$11 billion defence budget as China threat grows

Her proposal to increase the 2019 defence budget by 5.6 per cent to NT$346 billion (US$11.3 billion) will go before parliament after the summer recess
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158526/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-wants-us11-billion
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/08/07/2003698098
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808060012.aspx

Taiwanese cruise missile capable of striking China’s coast now operational

Taiwan’s Wan Chien (萬劍, Ten Thousand Swords) air-to-ground cruise missile, which is capable of hitting southern China’s coastal bases, is now officially operational, Liberty Times cited a defense official as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3500271

1 AUGUST 2018

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

After convincing dozens of airlines to cancel Taiwan as a destination, Beijing is lobbying Vietnam to stop Taiwanese companies from flying their flag at their business locations in Vietnam
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-calls-on-Hanoi-to-remove-Taiwanese-flags-from-Vietnam-44568.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/08/01/Beijing-angry-over-Taiwanese-flag-flown-by-firm-in-Vietnam

13 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday met a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party Lien Chan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/157/206/53/1531493222302.html
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180713-376844
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/14/2003696647
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201807130019.aspx

10 JULY 2018

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

The government yesterday donated US$1 million to minesweeping operations in Syria under the US’ Operation Inherent Resolve, bringing its total contributions to counter the rising threat from Islamic State operations to US$25 million in cash and goods
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/11/2003696467
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-lauds-taiwan-for-aiding-areas-once-under-islamic-state-control/4476502.html

7 JULY 2018

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The destroyers, USS Mustin and USS Benfold, sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and mainland China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2154260/us-sends-two-warships-through-taiwan-strait-amid
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/08/2003696303

25 JUNE 2018

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China  

Taiwan has been hit by a jump in serious cyber attacks from China during the past two years in the latest sign that Beijing is only increasing its pressure as the United States reaffirms its support for the self-ruled island
https://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwan-hit-jump-cyber-attacks-china

18 JUNE 2018

Taiwan’s critical battle to keep its diplomatic allies from switching sides

Island’s remaining friends under constant pressure as Beijing engages in broad offensive to put the squeeze on its international space
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2151012/taiwans-critical-battle-keep-its-diplomatic-allies
 
5 JUNE 2018

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

China has issued a tacit warning to the United States not to sail a warship through the Taiwan Strait, following a report that said Washington is weighing doing that
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/05/563992/China-US-Taiwan-Strait-warship

1 JUNE 2018

US senator meets Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in show of support for island

David Perdue and Tsai exchanged views on regional peace, cross-strait issues and bilateral trade in second visit by a US heavyweight this week
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148916/us-senator-meets-taiwanese-president-tsai-ing-wen-show
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/06/02/2003694162

31 MAY 2018

Taiwan sends top military officials to US Pacific Command ceremony in Hawaii

Taiwan sent senior military officials to Hawaii for a ceremony marking Admiral Harry Harris handing over the reins of the US Pacific Command to Admiral Phil Davidson
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148713/taiwan-sends-top-military-officials-us-pacific-command

Taiwan event creates headaches for Trump amid North Korea talks

As Trump administration officials scramble to pull off a high-stakes meeting with North Korea next month, they’re grappling with another diplomatic challenge in Asia: the opening of a new office building in Taiwan
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/31/trump-taiwan-north-korea-615253

24 MAY 2018

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage, Taiwanese media reported on Thursday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257341476/burkina-faso-breaks-ties-with-taiwan-in-fresh-blow-to-island
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2147644/burkina-faso-cuts-diplomatic-ties-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/05/25/2003693688

22 MAY 2018

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

China’s leaders are giving up on political hopes of reunification – and considering military options
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/05/22/beijings-threats-against-taiwan-are-deadly-serious/

1 MAY 2018

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan, forges diplomatic ties with Beijing

The Dominican Republic’s government has announced it is establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing and breaking ties with Taipei
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144115/dominican-republic-breaks-taipei-forges-ties-beijing
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418973
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/dominican-republic-establishes-diplomatic-ties-with-china-breaks-with-taiwan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/18/167/16/1525159218605.html

27 APRIL 2018

Taiwan President says willing to meet with Chinese leader if no political preconditions imposed

As South and North Korean leaders held a historic meeting Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she would be willing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the sake of cross-strait peace and stability
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3416420
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201804270020.aspx

25 APRIL 2018

China warns Taiwan of more action after drills

China says a series of recent military drills conducted near Taiwan was aimed at sending an “extremely clear” message to the self-ruled island that Beijing would be ready to take action against any separatist bid
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/25/559634/China-Taiwan-military-drills
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-warns-more-action-after-military-drills-near-taiwan

18 APRIL 2018

China’s Live-Fire Drill in the Taiwan Strait: A Case Study in Psychological Warfare

Despite claims by Chinese hawks that the live-fire military exercise is aimed at Taiwan and that the aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ could be involved, there is every indication that the drills are little more than a routine artillery exercise
https://sentinel.tw/china-drill-psych-warfare/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2142336/chinas-live-fire-taiwan-strait-drill-turns-out-be-damp

8 APRIL 2018

Africa Misses Out on Taiwan’s Development Aid Due to ‘One China’ Policy

 Taiwan says it regrets that the « one China » policy insisted on by Beijing prevents it from providing much needed development aid to most countries in Africa
https://www.voanews.com/a/africa-misses-out-on-taiwan-development-aid-one-china-policy/4337530.html

5 APRIL 2018

Taiwan is again becoming a flashpoint between China and America

Unlike tensions over trade and North Korea, it involves red lines on both sides
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21740049-unlike-tensions-over-trade-and-north-korea-it-involves-red-lines-both-sides-taiwan-again

 25 MARCH 2018

As Vatican and China talk, Taiwan looks on nervously

As the Vatican and China move closer to a historic deal on the appointment of bishops, which would signal a warming of once-frigid relations, diplomats and scholars say Taiwan could lose the most from the deal..
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/262386-as-vatican-and-china-talk-taiwan-looks-on-nervously

21 MARCH 2018

Tensions mount as China sends warship through Taiwan Strait

China has sent its sole operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates China from the self-ruled island, just one day after President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan would face the “punishment of history” for any attempt at separatism
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/03/22/2003689778/1
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/tensions-mount-as-china-send-warship-through-taiwan-straits/#3mdCb7AAgdtu5lVW.99

20 MARCH 2018

Taiwan to face ‘punishment of history’ over any separatist move: Xi

In his strongest warning yet to Taiwan, China’s President Xi Jinping says the self-ruled island will face the “punishment of history” for any attempt to split the mainland
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/20/556036/China-Taiwan-Xi-Jinping-Tsai-Ingwen-Trump-United-States
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/20/asia/taiwan-china-xi-jinping-intl/index.html

17 MARCH 2018

U.S. president signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warnings from China

After President Trump’s approval of the Taiwan Travel Act on March 16, the Office of the President released an official statement expressing gratitude for all of the support shown by US Congress and President Trump to the people of Taiwan
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-signs-taiwan-travel-act-drawing-chinas-ire/a-43018787
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-says-it-is-resolutely-opposed-to-new-us-law-on-ties-with-taiwan-15994
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3384344

8 MARCH 2018

China urges Taiwan’s few allies to follow ‘irresistible trend’ of recognizing Beijing  

China said on Thursday it was in the best interests of self-ruled Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies to recognize an « irresistible trend » and ditch Taipei in favor « one China » ruled by Beijing
http://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwans-allies-ditching-taipei-irresistible-trend-china-says

2 MARCH 2018

Taiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act

The Chinese Government has warned Taiwan it will get burnt if it seeks to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media that China could go to war if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer ties with the self-ruled island
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-02/china-threatens-regional-war-over-us-taiwan-bill/9503126?section=world
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/02/554067/China-Taiwan-bill-war-with-US-descent-into-hell
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3375136

1 MARCH 2018

Beijing makes it easier for Taiwanese to work and study in China, and Taipei is freaking out over it

Some Taiwanese have long feared that China would try to take back the island by force. This week China tried a far gentler approach: measures to make it easier for Taiwanese to invest, work and study on the mainland
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-china-tension-20180301-story.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2135291/taiwanese-given-equal-status-chinas-mainland-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201803010021.aspx

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Taiwan seeks ‘new phase’ of China ties in Cabinet reshuffle

Taiwan replaced its China affairs chief Friday (Feb 23), promoting a minister associated with pro-independence politics in what it said was a bid to forge a « new phase » in relations with rival Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-seeks-new-phase-of-china-ties-in-cabinet-reshuffle
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201802230032.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/02/24/2003688130/1

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy” which has framed US-China-Taiwan relations for decades
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/651.html

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Don’t squeeze Taiwan

By any metric, Taiwan is in a difficult geopolitical position. Pressure from mainland China—economic and military—is increasing, the domestic barriers to sustained growth and innovation are substantial, and Taiwan’s diplomatic partners are fading
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/07/dont-squeeze-taiwan/

23 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military drills near Taiwan
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president-says-does-not-exclude-possibility-of-china-attack-9887256
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3347886
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2130196/taiwans-president-says-she-does-not-rule-out-chance

19 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan stymies 176 new China flights for lunar new year amid route row

Taiwan’s aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-flights/taiwan-stymies-new-china-flights-amid-route-row-official-says-idUSKBN1F80Q4
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3344767
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801180023.aspx

17 JANUARY 2018

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions grow

China’s sole operational aircraft carrier passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday (Jan 17), the island’s Defence Ministry said, as Beijing steps up pressure on its democratic rival
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-aircraft-carrier-sails-by-taiwan-as-tensions-grow
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801170022.aspx

4 JANUARY 2018

Taipei protests after Beijing opens new aviation corridors over Taiwan Strait

Beijing opened four new aviation corridors over the Taiwan Strait for use on Thursday, prompting Taiwan to strongly protest and demand immediate negotiations with Beijing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2126902/taipei-protests-after-beijing-opens-new-aviation
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801040018.aspx

29 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwan defense budget will rise each year: President Tsai

The defense budget will rise each year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at her year-end news conference Friday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712290017.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712290028.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3330706

26 DECEMBER 2017

Incursions of Chinese aircraft and navy ships reached nearly 30 times since last August

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense published a report on Tuesday which shows that Chinese aircraft and navy ships have moved close to Taiwan during drills for nearly 30 times since August 2016
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3328413
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/26/546849/Taiwan-China-military-drills-Feng-Shihkuan
http://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwan-warns-chinese-military-drills-pose-enormous-threat

20 DECEMBER 2017

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying

China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/20/china-outcry-taiwan-arrests-pro-beijing-party-members-accused/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/20/beijing-condemns-taiwan-probe-pro-unification-partys-suspected-ties-china/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3323671
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712200017.aspx

11 DECEMBER 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-taiwan-spar-over-chinese-diplomats-invasion-threat-2064955.html
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3316709
https://sentinel.tw/prc-envoy-threatens-war-tw-port-calls/

8 DECEMBER 2017

China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

China said on Friday it was seriously concerned about the Philippines signing a bilateral investment agreement with self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own with no right to any official foreign ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2123556/china-unhappy-philippines-signs-investment-deal-taiwan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/107/214/1512743441979.html

28 NOVEMBER 2017

China sentences Taiwan activist to 5 years in prison for ‘subversion of state power’

A Taiwanese activist was sentenced in China to five years in prison Tuesday for holding lectures online and assisting the families of jailed dissidents in a sign of how Beijing’s crackdown on human rights extends beyond its borders
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/28/china-sentences-taiwan-activist-to-5-years-in-prison-for-subversion-state-power.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711280031.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/11/29/2003683109

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=77559
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711090028.aspx

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Once formidable, Taiwan’s military now overshadowed by China’s

Some experts say that given China’s overwhelming numerical advantage in weaponry, Taiwan should focus less on big platforms like submarines and more on lower-cost weapons like antiaircraft and anti-ship missiles that can blunt China’s superiority
http://www.todayonline.com/world/once-formidable-taiwans-military-now-overshadowed-chinas

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-to-increase-defence-spending-11776

18 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3277365

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

In search of greater regional connectivity, Taiwan’s ‘New Southbound Policy’ (NSP) has progressed from the research and planning stage to large-scale implementation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/17/taiwans-southward-integration-faces-a-long-uphill-battle/

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3269913

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, an action that would likely lead to a larger U.S.-China conventional or nuclear war, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-secret-military-plan-invade-taiwan-2020/

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

The Air Force Monthly recently received photos of a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) FC-K-1D aircraft carrying a rarely seen stand-off cruise missile
http://www.airforcesmonthly.com/2017/09/26/taiwan-tests-new-stand-off-cruise-missile/#.WcvTVRH-oiY.linkedin

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

22 AUGUST 2017

China warns US ahead of Taiwan Defence Minister’s brief visit

China warned the United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island’s Defence Minister to the US on his way to and from Central American allies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-warns-us-ahead-of-taiwan-defence-ministers-brief-visit
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3237056
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201708220014.aspx

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201708130007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/08/14/2003676483

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-protests-against-cambodia-sending-taiwanese-fraud-suspects-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2017/07/27/499681/taiwan-has.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707270009.aspx

21 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets to monitor military planes from mainland China in air defence zone

Taipei has released two photos of Beijing military planes flying over the East China Sea near the island after it scrambled fighter jets to monitor them on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103643/taiwan-scrambles-jets-monitor-military-planes-mainland
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/22/2003675050

17 JULY 2017

China upset about ‘negative’ Taiwan content in US defence bill

China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defence bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-upset-about–negative–taiwan-content-in-us-defence-bill-9038538
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/342317-china-upset-about-negative-taiwan-content-in-us-defense-bill
https://sentinel.tw/trump-first-arms-package-taiwan/

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

Even as Taiwan loses diplomatic allies to its bigger rival China, the increasingly isolated government has bested Beijing at a level of international relations that common people can feel: the number of countries that let citizens enter visa free
https://www.voanews.com/a/how-taiwan-gained-on-china-in-global-diplomatic-rivalry/3943956.html

3 JULY 2017

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets China’s Taiwan affairs minister in Shanghai

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday concluded his visit to Shanghai, where he attended this year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, with a controversial closed-door meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the Hongqiao State Guest Hotel
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/04/2003673849
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030025.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030019.aspx

2 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese carrier passes en route to Hong Kong

Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwan-scrambles-jets-chinese-carrier-passes-en-route-hong-kong/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707020017.aspx

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100808/us-arms-sales-morale-booster-taiwan-says-tsai-ing-wen
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-outraged-by-us-1-42-billion-planned-us-arms-sales-to-8992150
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706300008.aspx
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100657/us-approves-first-arms-sales-taiwan-under-trump-us14

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098038/panama-establishes-diplomatic-ties-china-blow-taiwan
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/99210
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706130005.aspx

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

3 JUNE 2017

US Defence Secretary Mattis outrages Beijing with explicit commitment to defend Taiwan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096762/james-mattis-outrages-chinas-military-delegation-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706030020.aspx
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0603/c90000-9223867.html

25 MAY 2017

 U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/prospects-us-taiwan-relations

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/192/139/1495031125560.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2017/05/18/497537/re-naming-agency.htm

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/17/497535/fiji-is.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/05/18/2003670817

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094089/taiwan-touts-benefits-us-its-weapons-purchases

2 MAY 2017

Reuters ’embarrassed’ over President Tsai interview, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister David Lee said that international news agency Reuters issued « regrets and apologies » over its latest news coverage, which the Presidential Office said had misrepresented President Tsai Ing-wen
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/reuters-embarrassed-over-president-tsai-interview-says-foreign-minister

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-china-fears-taiwan-after-trump-snub
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/donald-trump-spurns-taiwan-presidents-suggestion-of-another-phone-call
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2017/04/29/496446/Trump-rejects.htm

24 APRIL 2017

Taiwan’s dilemma: Why a blockade is likelier than an invasion

A blockade of Taiwan would be Beijing’s most pragmatic and logical military course of action. It is imperative that Taiwan take the necessary measures to defend against that form of coercion
https://sentinel.tw/blockade-taiwan-fan/

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

Taiwan said that a mainland activist who tried to seek political asylum on the island had voluntarily returned home, ending a dilemma for Taiwanese authorities over how to deal with the case
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2088941/mainland-asylum-seeker-zhang-xiangzhong-agrees-return
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/19/chinese-activist-returns-voluntarily-says-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704190012.aspx

10 APRIL 2017

Wife of detained Taiwanese activist barred from boarding flight to mainland China

The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086404/beijing-prevents-wife-imprisoned-taiwanese-activist
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/04/11/495334/No-entry.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704100026.aspx

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39501621
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/04/06/2003668167

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

A prominent Taiwanese human rights advocate has been detained in China and is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security, the Chinese government has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39428220
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/29/missing-taiwanese-human-rights-activist-detained-by-china
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201703290021.aspx

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

China said on Monday it has complained to Japan after a Japanese minister visited self-ruled Taiwan over the weekend, warning this could hurt relations between Beijing and Tokyo
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2017/03/27/china-upset-as-japanese-minister-visits-selfruled-taiwan/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/27/content_15592457.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/25/national/politics-diplomacy/senior-japanese-official-45-years-pays-visit-taiwan/#.WNk7fuQ6w2w

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship
http://www.fpri.org/article/2017/03/donald-trump-is-no-friend-of-taiwan/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2016/12/11/trump-will-use-taiwan-as-a-bargaining-chip-in-relations-with-china/#66fbbd3e7e79

21 MARCH 2017

Taiwan to build its own submarine, President vows on visit to 50-year-old vessel

Taiwan will build its own submarines, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday, as the self-ruled island looks to fresh arms sales by the United States, accompanied by key submarine technology, to counter a growing military threat from China
http://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-to-build-own-submarine/3775159.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/22/494023/Plan-for.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201703210017.aspx

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

Defence spending is targeted to rise to 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2018, up from about 2 per cent this year, Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers in Taipei on Thursday. Taiwan plans to develop indigenous ships, aircraft, weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of defence or offence, he said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2079548/taiwan-plans-defence-spending-increase-counter-rising
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170317_02/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-says-capable-of-strike-against-china/3601368.html

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

The Washington Free Beacon said the US ‘is preparing to provide more and better defensive arms,’ while the ‘New York Times’ called it ‘a robust package’
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/03/16/2003666856
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-white-house-blocked-needed-u-s-arms-sale-taiwan/

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea and amid speculation that Japan may become the second northeast Asian state to deploy the system, many have expressed concern that Taiwan, a close economic and defence partner of the US despite a lack of official diplomatic ties, could be next
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/could-taiwan-be-next-thaad-trouble

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight
http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/video-trilemma-shifting-taiwanese-identity

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702151050710261-india-china-taiwan-delegation/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/15/content_15572021.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069872/taiwan-touch-us-trump-call-xi-jinping
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201702100017.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/02/11/2003664761

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/07/how-taiwans-authoritarian-history-could-affect-its-current-geopolitics/

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2068888/banning-taiwans-flag-cambodia-adds-taipeis-woes-beijing

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/01/tsais-latin-america-tour-signals-taipeis-uneasiness/

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2063984/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-aspires-create-new-era
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201701200017.aspx

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-says-nigeria-wants-it-move-its-trade-office-abuja
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2061589/taiwan-accuses-nigeria-collaborating-beijing-after-it?spm=0.0.0.0.Uog6Ij
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/13/2003663000

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060386/taiwans-wise-tsai-makes-low-key-us-stop-reduces-risk
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170108_22/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/09/2003662766

6 JANUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence must be fought on all fronts, says former Chinese official

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2059695/taiwanese-independence-must-be-fought-all-fronts

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-president-tsai-ing-wen-to-transit-houston-san-francisco-next-month
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/31/488114/Presidential-Office.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/30/china-urges-us-block-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2056276/taiwan-losing-out-diplomatic-war-beijing-sao-tome
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-welcomes-sao-tomes-split-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612210023.aspx

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-linked-former-us-official-visits-taiwan-sparking/3346774.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/12/07/486071/No-major.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612060021.aspx

3 DECEMBER 2016

 Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-03/donald-trump-speaks-to-taiwans-leader-tsai-ingwen-in-historic-first-contact-since-1979/1637042

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/03/485744/In-move.htm
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html

2 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing warns Taiwan investors against using ‘profits earned on mainland’ to support independence

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051236/beijing-warns-taiwan-investors-against-using-profits
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/12/03/2003660482

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Why Donald Trump might not follow US presidents’ precedent on Taiwan

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2049324/why-donald-trump-might-not-follow-us-presidents-precedent-taiwan

9 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s ruling party urges Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2044347/taiwans-ruling-party-urges-beijing-respect-hong-kongs

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201611050007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/11/06/2003658663

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2041723/kmt-chief-plays-both-sides-visit-nanjing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161031_03/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201610310012.aspx

10 OCTOBER 2016

On national day, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen continues call for Beijing talks but refuses to accept ‘one China’ principle

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2026698/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-continues-call-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201610100004.aspx
https://youtu.be/bxMxMwKxkTE

4 OCTOBER 2016

To secure seat at world table, Taiwan pushes past Beijing but tactic seen as risky

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025032/will-taiwans-strategy-bypass-beijings-international

1 OCTOBER 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/how-beijing-uses-people-to-people-ties-as-leverage-over-taiwan

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-attacks-hong-kong-over-string-of-visa-denials

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Trade between Chinese mainland, Taiwan drops 9.8pc year on year in first seven months

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2022284/trade-between-chinese-mainland-taiwan-drops-98-year
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201609200030.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN11T08P
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609230014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/24/2003655812

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s new facilities on Taiping Island may have military use

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2020938/taiwan-tight-lipped-four-new-structures-being-built

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247604701
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609130032.aspx

31 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan budgets for 12-year, $2.9 billion advanced jet trainer programme

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-budgets-for-12-year-29-billion-advanced-jet-trainer-programme

25 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen orders revamp of military strategy, weapons upgrade

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2008856/taiwans-president-orders-revamp-military-strategy
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/26/476639/President-demands.htm

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protests-welcome-Chinese-communist-leader’s-visit-to-Taipei-38367.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2016/08/23/476329/Protesters-greet.htm

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-says-unofficial-communication-channels-remain-with-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/21/476105/Committed-to.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608200018.aspx

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201608080006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/09/2003652743

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/taiwan-sets-up-submarine-development-center/

27 JULY 2016

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45216

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tsai-rejects-deadline-over-1992-consensus
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/23/2003651597/1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2016/07/21/44b0a1a4-4e25-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

20 JULY 2016

 South China Sea: Taiwanese lawmakers and flotilla head to Taiping Island in sovereignty, fishing rights push

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1992173/south-china-sea-taiwanese-lawmakers-and-flotilla-head
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/21/2003651465/1
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201607200013.aspx

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/15/taiwanese-actor-dropped-china-no-other-love-independence

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/15/taiwans-friend-buying-days-are-over/

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/07/content_15459758.html

1 JULY 2016

Taiwan navy ‘mistakenly fires’ supersonic missile towards China, hitting boat

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-01/taiwan-navy-mistakenly-fires-supersonic-missile-towards-china-hitting-boat/1595456
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1983931/taiwan-launches-investigation-deadly-navy-anti-ship
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/07/02/471015/p1/Missile-misfire.htm

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-wants-maintain-communication-china#sthash.zPvYTuB6.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-to-continue-dialogue-with-mainland-china-says-tsai/a-19363557

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_13/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-has-stopped-communication-mechanism-with-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/26/2003649479

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245244285
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/25/470315/p1/Tsai-begins.htm

6 JUNE 2016

Taiwan says won’t recognise Chinese air defence identification zone over South China Sea

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-wont-recognise-chinese-air-defence-identification-zone-over-south-china http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/07/2003648057

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-tsai-urges-china/2845748.html
http://atimes.com/2016/06/democracy-is-nothing-to-fear-taiwan-tells-china-on-tiananmen-anniversary/

25 MAY 2016

Without Clarity on 1992 Consensus, Tsai and DPP Will Face Challenges Ahead

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/without-clarity-on-1992-consensus-tsai-and-dpp-will-face-challenges-ahead/

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/21/content_15436731.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0521/c90000-9061048.html

18 MAY 2016

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s 5 national security challenges after May 20

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-president-elect-tsai-ing-wens-5-national-security-challenges-after-may-20/

13 MAY 2016

Taiwan tells panel to visit Taiping before making a ruling on South China Sea row

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-tells-panel-to-visit-taiping-before-making-a-ruling-on-sea-row/

8 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s new government accuses China of interference in its WHO status

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN0XZ0MD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605080016.aspx

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-claims-china-has-kidnapped-eight-of-its-nationals/a-19178515
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-accuses-china-kidnapping-eight-its-nationals-kenya
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/04/12/463194/Govt-protests.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/04/12/2003643753

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/09/recognising-the-republic-of-china/

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/04/03/2003643080

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan
http://global-politics.co.uk/wp/2016/03/30/could-taiwan-be-asia-pacifics-ukraine/

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/24/2003642295
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/23/461559/Taiwan-takes.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201603230029.aspx

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

10 MARCH 2016

China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-says-taiwan-preside/259023

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201603070039
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603070011.aspx

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-steps-up-warnings/2575568.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603050016.aspx
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-03/05/content_6944119.htm

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/24/content_15389568.html

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-urges-taiwan-ratify-controversial-trade-pact

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Don’t make us suffer even more, Taiwanese businessmen on Chinese mainland tell president-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1915118/dont-make-us-suffer-even-more-taiwanese-businessmen

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-urges-china-taiwan-talks-amid-uncertainty-election-050541341.html

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/securing-taiwan-starts-overhauling-the-navy-15122

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-president-visits-disputed-islands-despite-us-criticism/a-19008594
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/28/content_15379710.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/01/29/2003638307/1

27 JANUARY 2016

What the United States Owes to Taiwan and its Interests in Asia

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/what-the-united-states-owes-to-taiwan-and-its-interests-in-asia/

25 JANUARY 2016

War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1904873/war-china-likely-if-taiwan-continues-seek-independence

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 15 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 15 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 15, 2019

280: Sun Hao of Eastern Wu surrenders to Sima Yan who begins the Jin dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Hao
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Wu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wu_of_Jin

1874: Treaty of peace and alliance between France and Annam kingdom (Vietnam) to which Hanoi is ceded back. France keeps Indochina and gets religious freedom and navigation freedom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Saigon#The_Second_Treaty_of_Saigon

1888: Start of the Sikkim Expedition or Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888, up to September 27
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition

1901: Filipino General Mariano Trias surrenders to the US forces
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1659/today-in-philippine-history-march-15-1901-general-mariano-trias-surrendered
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Tr%C3%ADas
http://generaltrias.gov.ph/about-general-trias/history/

1943: Allied reconnaissance flight over Java

1946: British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India’s right to independence
http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-british-pm-who-oversaw-indias-independence/295156

1969: End of two-day fighting between Soviet Union and China on Issuri river. Moscow says that its forces have killed at least 800 Chinese, conceading 60 deads (see 14 March)

1973: President Nixon hints that the United States might intervene again in Vietnam to prevent communist violations of the truce. A cease-fire under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords had gone into effect on January 27, 1973, but was quickly and repeatedly violated by both sides
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-nixon-hints-at-reintervention

1973: The last three U.S. prisoners held in China are released

1981: The passengers and crew of a Pakistan Airways plane held hostage for nearly two weeks are released
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/15/newsid_2818000/2818437.stm

2012: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termes the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28675&sec=1

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

On 15 March in South Asian history

ON 15 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 15, 2019

 1564: Mughal Emperor Akbar abolishes jizya (per capita tax)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jizya

Empereur Akbar

1888: Start of the Sikkim Expedition or Anglo-Tibetan War of 1888, up to September 27
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikkim_Expedition

1934: Birth of Kanshi Ram, Indian Dalit leader who died on October 9, 2006
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/kanshi-ram.html
http://roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1005:kanshi-ram-from-bamcef-to-the-bahujana-samaj-party&catid=127&Itemid=158

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIKSuORQTa4

1945: Birth of A. K. Faezul Huq, Bengali lawyer and politician who died on July 19, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._K._Faezul_Huq

1946: British Prime Minister Clement Attlee agrees with India’s right to independence
http://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/the-british-pm-who-oversaw-indias-independence/295156

1981: The passengers and crew of a Pakistan Airways plane held hostage for nearly two weeks are released
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/march/15/newsid_2818000/2818437.stm

1984: Birth of Honey Singh, Indian musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honey_Singh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9HKYw5C7zM

1985: Death of Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian, thinker and writer, born in February 1921
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radha_Krishna_Choudhary

1989: Death of Muhammad Jameel Didi, Maldivian poet, born in May 1915
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Jameel_Didi

1991: Death of Govindan Aravindan, Indian film director
http://malayalamfilimdirecter.blogspot.fr/2011/03/g-aravindan.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/15-march-1991-govindan-aravindan-film-director-died
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0033244/

1993: Birth of Alia Bhatt, Indian actress
http://entertainment.oneindia.in/bollywood/features/2013/rare-unseen-pictures-alia-bhatt-102710.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6jzoL9tFEs&feature=fvwp

2006: Death of G. Devarajan, Malayalam music composer, born on September 27, 1924
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Music-director-G-Devarajan-dies/articleshow/1449936.cms
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-music-director-g-devarajan-dead-1018055

Devarajan

2011: Nepal stops using images of former king on banknotes
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12742412

2012: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina termes the triumph over Burma in the maritime boundary dispute case at Hamburg a victory of the whole nation.

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

2015: Death of Narayan Desai, Indian author and activist, born on December 24, 1924
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/national/gandhian-who-told-gandhi-katha-narayan-desai-passes-away/article6995868.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narayan_Desai

On 15 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 15 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 15, 2019

1737: Birth of Amarindra, Queen consort to King Rama I of Siam who died on May 25 1826
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarindra

1818: Birth of Filipino general Mariano Alvarez, who died on August 25, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_%C3%81lvarez

1874: Treaty of peace and alliance between France and Annam kingdom (Vietnam) to which Hanoi is ceded back. France keeps Indochina and gets religious freedom and navigation freedom
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Saigon#The_Second_Treaty_of_Saigon

1901: Filipino General Mariano Trias surrenders to the US forces
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1659/today-in-philippine-history-march-15-1901-general-mariano-trias-surrendered
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariano_Tr%C3%ADas
http://generaltrias.gov.ph/about-general-trias/history/

1943: Allied reconnaissance flight over Java

1973: President Nixon hints that the United States might intervene again in Vietnam to prevent communist violations of the truce. A cease-fire under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords had gone into effect on January 27, 1973, but was quickly and repeatedly violated by both sides
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-nixon-hints-at-reintervention

2002: In Burma, the son-in-law of ex-president Ne Win (1962-1988) and several generals are arrested on plot charge and Ne Win, 92 years old, is put in arrest house
http://english.people.com.cn/200203/12/eng20020312_91973.shtml

2002: Sharia becomes officially in force at Aceh (Indonesia)
http://www.academia.edu/4051416/The_Politics_of_Islamic_Law_in_Aceh

2010: Thai PM rejects protest ultimatum as tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered outside the barracks where he is based. The rally, led by red-shirted supporters of ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, was one of the largest in recent years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8567406.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/03/201031571218216987.html

2012: Death of Luis Gonzales, Filipino actor, born on August 8, 1928
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/33605/actor-luis-gonzales-dies-81
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/35049/luis-gonzales-screen-consort-of-movie-Queens

Luis Gonzales

 2016: Myanmar’s parliament elects Htin Kyaw as the next president, first civilian after more than 50 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35808921
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/nay-pyi-taw/19423-u-htin-kyaw-from-computer-science-grad-to-nld-loyalist.htm

2017: Death of Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen for decades
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-16/cambodia-deputy-pm-sok-an-dies-aged-66/8358426?section=world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/sok-an-top-aide-to-cambodian-leader-hun-sen-dies-at-66/2017/03/15/fc5abf80-0994-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.626dd9f8c485
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/deputy-pm-sok-dies-66

 

On 15 March in Japan’s history

ON 15 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on March 15, 2019

1897: Birth of Kikou Yamata, female Nippon-French writer who died on March 12, 1975
https://sites.google.com/site/kikouyamata/anglais

1946: Birth of Masaharu Sato, Japanese seiyu (voice actor)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaharu_Sat%C5%8D

1967: Birth of Naoko Takeuchi, Japanese artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naoko_Takeuchi
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=82

1968: Birth of Kahimi Karie, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahimi_Karie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Dbz4BpiPmU

1991: Birth of Kii Kitano, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kii_Kitano

2005: Death of Shoji Nishio sensei, Japanese martial artist, born in December 1927
http://www.sakuraaikikai.com/sensei/shoji-nishio/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQ_U68Q85MQ

2013: Death of Masamichi Noro, Japanese-French martial artist, founder of Kinomichi, born on January 21, 1935
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masamichi_Noro
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinomichi


Holidays and observances

Japan: Honen Matsuri (Harvest Festival)

On 15 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 15 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on March 15, 2019

220: Death of Cao Cao, king of Wei State (China), born in 155
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Cao-Cao
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/1984.html

221: Liu Bei, a Chinese warlord and member of the Han royal house, declares himself emperor of Shu-Han and claims his legitimate succession of the Han dynasty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Bei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2459.html

280: Sun Hao of Eastern Wu surrenders to Sima Yan who begins the Jin dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Hao
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Wu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wu_of_Jin

446: Wei ruler, Emperor Taiwu, began a brutal suppression of Buddhism — all Buddhist temples, texts and art were to be destroyed, and the monks were to be executed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Taiwu_of_Northern_Wei
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2332.html

446-03-15 suppression du bouffhisme

 1638: Birth of the Chinese Emperor Shunzhi, who died on February 5, 1661
http://gabrielexperience.blogspot.fr/2008/09/shunzhi-emperor.html
http://www.walfc.org/project/emperor-shunzhi-r-1644-1661/

1944: Birth of Chi Cheng, Taiwanese athlete and politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi_Cheng_(athlete)
http://www.adriansprints.com/2011/08/chi-cheng-greatest-asian-sprinter-of.html

1955: The former Kuomintang general Wei Lihuang, Chinese hero of the Burma war,  who fled to Hong Kong in 1949, return to the mainland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wei_Lihuang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3101.html

Wei Lihuang et Mao

 1969: End of two-day fighting between Soviet Union and China on Issuri river. Moscow says that its forces have killed at least 800 Chinese, conceading 60 deads (see 14 March)

1973: The last three U.S. prisoners held in China are released

1977: Birth of Yang Xuefei, Chinese classical guitarist
http://www.xuefeiyang.com/biography.html

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

2003: CCP General secretary Hu Jintao succeeds  Jiang Zemin as president of the PRC
http://en.people.cn/data/people/hujintao.shtml

http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/hu-jintao.html
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2791.html

2013: Li Keqiang named as China’s prime minister. He replaces Wen Jiabao, and for the next 10 years will be responsible for the day-to-day guiding of government policy, and overseeing the economy
http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/15/li-keqiang-becomes-china-s-prime-minister/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133152423533287.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-21796641