Daily Archives: 16 mars 2019

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16 MARCH 2019

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court as it probes Duterte’s drugs crackdown

The Philippines will from Sunday (March 17) no longer be part of the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-leaves-international-criminal-court-as-it-probes-dutertes-drugs-crackdown
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/173667/chr-impunity-wins-when-ph-withdrawal-from-icc-takes-effect?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

15 MARCH 2019

Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan closely monitored and harassed as China fears ‘separatist’ collusion

As Beijing grows wary of pro-independence groups seeking to forge closer ties in Hong Kong and Taiwan, activists say they are coming under increased surveillance and harassment from pro-China media outlets and unofficial “operatives.”
https://www.theepochtimes.com/activists-in-hong-kong-and-taiwan-closely-monitored-and-harassed-as-china-fears-separatist-collusion_2838650.html

North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/15/asia/north-korea-talks-suspension-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233372
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/234/30/210/1552644602389.html?newsId=64816

14 MARCH 2019

India, Pakistan Agree for Smooth Progress in Sikh Shrine Project Amid Tensions

India and Pakistan have claimed that Thursday’s meeting on the Kartarpur corridor issue concluded with a significant understanding on operationalising the project. This was the first bilateral meet to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903141073235920-india-pakistan-kartarpur-passage/
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/03/14/pakistan-india-hold-first-round-of-talks-on-kartarpur-corridor-in-delhi/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-seeks-visa-free-access-for-5000-pilgrims-per-day-to-kartarpur-gurdwara-in-pakistan/articleshow/68410402.cms

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

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

Taiwan to strip citizenship of Beijing devotees

Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior is reportedly seeking to strip the citizenship of a Taiwanese woman who is now a member of China’s top political consultative body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, after she made a controversial televised speech calling for reunification during the CPPCC’s annual session
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/taiwan-to-strip-citizenship-of-beijing-devotees/

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

13 MARCH 2019

CIA ‘implicated’ in attack on North Korean embassy in Madrid

Spanish investigators have reportedly linked the CIA to an attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/north-korea-embassy-madrid-spain-attack-cia-a8821171.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/13/spain-investigates-possible-cia-links-to-north-korea-embassy-break-in-madrid

European Union calls for united trade and tech front against ‘rival’ China

The European Union is urging its leaders to take a tougher stand on mounting China-related trade, technology and geostrategic concerns, a major step that could overshadow the country’s relations with Europe for years to come, analysts said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3001580/european-union-calls-united-trade-and-tech-front-against-rival

Japan to opt out of U.N. motion condemning North Korea’s rights abuses in apparent bid for talks on abductions

For the first time since 2007, Japan will not take part in the submission of a draft joint resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses to a U.N. panel, the government said Wednesday, in a conciliatory gesture apparently aimed at convincing Pyongyang to hold talks with Tokyo
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/13/national/japan-forgo-submitting-north-korean-human-rights-motion-u-n-panel-bid-get-answers-abductions/#.XIlOdyhKg2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903130043.html

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

Tokyo begins ceremonies for emperor’s abdication

Akihito read a document to the imperial ancestors containing his decision to leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. There will be a total of nine ceremonies that will culminate in « taiirei seiden no gi », when the sovereign will become « emeritus emperor ». The last monarch to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-begins-ceremonies-for-emperors-abdication–46473.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190312_17/

UN probing North Korea sanction violations in 20 countries

UN experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-probing-north-korea-sanction-violations-in-20-countries-24864

China says it will eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’

China’s top official in Xinjiang on Tuesday said the “vocational training centres” in the far western border region would eventually be phased out, as Beijing comes under growing international pressure over the mass detention camps
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3001415/china-says-it-will-eventually-phase-out-vocational-training
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xinjiang-will-not-let-up-on-fight-against-extremism-governor

Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands

Japan is to begin building a new class of light patrol ships for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2020, the defence ministry has confirmed to the South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3001340/japan-build-new-warships-message-china-over-diaoyu-islands

10 MARCH 2019

Indian Lok Sabha elections 2019: Seven phase elections to be held from 11 April-19 May, counting on 23 May

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting the countdown for a mega electoral battle where the BJP will pitch for a re-election of the Modi government amid the Opposition’s efforts for a united fight to unseat it
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/mar/10/lok-sabha-elections-dates-announced-heres-a-ten-point-guide-to-the-election-commissions-briefing-1949316.html

North Korea holds rubber-stamp election to determine Assembly representatives

It’s an election that happens every five years, and it will have officially wrapped up just now at 6 PM, local time. North Korea puts only one candidate on the ballot in each district, and voting is not optional
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190310000229
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47492747
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233037

Tibet Supporters Mark 60th Anniversary of Failed Uprising Against China

The abortive mission forced the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s traditional Buddhist leader, into exile in mountainous Dharamsala, in India, where he established a Tibetan government-in-exile
https://www.voanews.com/a/tibet-supporters-mark-60th-anniversary-of-failed-uprising-against-china/4822018.html
https://www.tibetsun.com/news/2019/03/10/free-tibet-struggle-60-years-on
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201903100010.aspx

9 MARCH 2019

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

9 MARCH 2019

Myanmar, Ukrainian firm ink arms plant deal

A Ukrainian company and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers (APCs) and self-propelled howitzers, the Myanmar website The Irrawaddy reports
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/myanmar-ukrainian-firm-ink-arms-plant-deal/

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

 

8 MARCH 2018

Thousands march against Philippine President Duterte on International Women’s Day

Thousands of women took to the streets of Manila on Friday (March 8) in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged misogyny while an exhibition marking International Women’s Day exhibited the clothes of Philippine rape victims
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-march-against-philippine-president-duterte-on-international-womens-day
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1093593/on-womens-day-chr-calls-for-end-to-misogynistic-remarksrape-jokes?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

Indonesian activist Robertus Robet charged with insulting military

Indonesia has charged a rights activist with allegedly insulting the country’s military, sparking a protest from campaigners, who derided it as “ludicrous” and an attack on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189246/activist-robertus-robet-charged-over-singing-song-mocking
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-rights-activist-arrest-is-reminder-of-authoritarian-past/

India signs $3b submarine deal with Russia

India has signed a $3 billion (Dh11 billion) deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-signs-3b-submarine-deal-with-russia-1.62533128
https://sputniknews.com/military/201903071073032530-india-russia-submarine-lease/

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

Chinese exports fell more than 20% in February

Last month, dollar-denominated exports plunged 20.7% compared to the same period last year while imports dropped 5.2%, official data released by the General Administration of Customs revealed on Friday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/chinas-exports-plunge-more-than-20/
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259860775/chinese-exports-fell-more-than-20-in-february

7 MARCH 2019

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

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

China Opens a New Military Base in Tajikistan

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

121 detained, 182 madrasas seized in Pakistan crackdown

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

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

Former S.Korean president Lee Myung-bak released on bail

South Korea’s former president Lee Myung-bak has been released on bail after nearly a year in detention, as he appeals corruption convictions
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190306_37/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232822

Philippine Defense Chief Calls for Review of Defense Treaty with US

The Philippines should review an outdated defense treaty with the United States and avoid unnecessarily being dragged to war in case of conflict between Washington and China over the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/ph-us-treaty-03052019123519.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/asia/philippines-defense-treaty-china-us-intl/index.html

Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the ‘Sinicisation of religion’

Delivering his annual government work report on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang told the national legislature that “we must fully implement the [Communist] Party’s fundamental policy on religious affairs and uphold the Sinicisation of religion in China”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2188752/no-let-chinas-push-sinicise-religion-despite-global-outcry-over

North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul’s spy service
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/06/03/2019/North-Korea-said-to-be-rebuilding-structures-at-rocket-site
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/north-korea-begins-to-rebuild-missile-sites-after-hanoi-summit/10875070
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47465082

5 MARCH 2019

China hikes defence budget by 7.5 pc to $177.6 billion

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

China lowers growth target amid trade and debt fears

Beijing is targeting 2019 growth of 6.0 to 6.5 percent, down from the 6.6 percent gross domestic product reported for 2018 – itself the slowest growth in almost 30 years
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/05/china-lowers-growth-target-amid-trade-and-debt-fears
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/china-warns-of-tough-economic-challenges-ahead/

It’s official: India is Trump’s next target in the trade wars

After months of simmering trade tensions between the United States and India, President Trump is following through on his threat to punish India for being what he called “a very high-tariff nation.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/its-official-india-is-trumps-next-target-in-the-trade-wars/2019/03/05/39000298-3f34-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.908e68c28728
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/donald-trump-s-trade-spat-with-india-why-it-s-bad-optics-and-bad-strategy-119030500648_1.html
https://theprint.in/talk-point/is-indias-protectionism-reason-enough-for-donald-trumps-gsp-move-or-is-us-being-a-bully/201531/

S Korea saw low GDP growth, income rise in 2018

South Korea grew by a six-year low of 2.7% last year, but national per capita income exceeded US$30,000 for the first time, according to data released by the Bank of Korea, or BOK, Tuesday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/s-korea-saw-low-gdp-growth-income-rise-in-2018/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232749

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

Duterte stresses desire to rename Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday reiterated his desire to change the name of the Philippines weeks after he said the late president Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to change the country’s name to « Maharlika. »
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-stresses-desire-rename-philippines
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/04/1898589/duterte-still-bent-renaming-philippines-time-he-did-not-propose-maharlika
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/686788/duterte-reiterates-plan-to-rename-the-philippines/story/

Retired Myanmar Army Generals Form New Political Party With Eye on 2020 Vote

Myanmar’s election commission has approved a new political party formed by a splinter group of retired generals from the country’s main opposition party, who have their eyes on the next general election in 2020
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/retired-myanmar-army-generals-03012019182129.html

59 Nobel laureates urge Imran, Modi to defuse tensions

Fifty nine Nobel laureates have written letters to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse the rising tensions” between the two countries, according to a statement
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68246837.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Cambodia PM imposes deadline on lifting political bans

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that banned former opposition politicians could lose a chance to have their political rights restored if they are still reluctant to request for it
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/180/83/131/1551709977425.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50583651/hun-sen-urges-former-politicians-to-request-their-political-rights-restored/

3 MARCH 2019

US and South Korea scrap major military exercises to ease tensions with North

South Korea and the US are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232596
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/03/us-south-korea-scrap-major-military-exercises-ease-tensions/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190304_03/

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

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

2 MARCH 2019

Shinawatra parties rally across Thailand as crucial court ruling looms

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

Cardinal Filoni: The Pope’s affection for Taiwan and Taiwan’s for the Pope

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was Papal envoy at the National Eucharistic Congress. At least 10 thousand Catholics participated in concluding Mass
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Filoni:-The-Pope’s-affection-for-Taiwan-and-Taiwan’s-for-the-Pope-46395.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903020014.aspx

1 MARCH 2019

Pakistan hands over captured Indian pilot at Wagah border

An Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan was returned to India at the Wagah border crossing on Friday to the cheers of hundreds of countrymen who gathered to give him a hero’s welcome
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-hands-over-captured-indian-pilot-at-wagah-border-1.831819
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903011072877680-handover-footage-indian-pilot/

28 FEBRUARY 2019

Philippines’ Duterte offers citizenship to Rohingyas

The president Rodrigo Duterte offers Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh citizenship as a sign of humanitarian assistance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippines-duterte-offers-citizenship-to-rohingyas-24562

Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong disappears on prison release date

Jiang Tianyong, who defended politically sensitive clients like blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng and followers of the outlawed Falun Gong spiritual group, had completed a two-year sentence handed down for crimes against the state
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/chinese-rights-lawyer-disappears-on-prison-release-date/

‘No agreement reached’ at Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

A summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, President Trump said
https://www.dw.com/en/no-agreement-reached-at-trump-kim-summit-in-vietnam/a-47719924
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47398974
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/trump-holds-press-conference-in-hanoi-after-summit-with-kim-ends-with-no-agreement

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Ex-Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn becomes new chief of Liberty Korea Party

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Wednesday chose former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as its chief, alongside new supreme council members to head the party for the next two years, including the upcoming general election and presidential election
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232409
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190227000838

Thousands rally in Myanmar’s Yangon to change army-drafted Constitution

Thousands of people rallied in Myanmar’s commercial capital on Wednesday (Feb 27) in support of constitutional reform, amid mounting tension between the ruling party and the military over changes to the charter that enshrines the army’s role in politics
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-myanmars-yangon-to-change-army-drafted-constitution

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Japan won’t lift North Korea sanctions even if US does so, report says

Japan has informed the US government that it has no plans to lift the sanctions it unilaterally imposes on North Korea, according to a media report in Tokyo, even if the summit in Hanoi etween President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is perceived to have a positive outcome
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2187919/japan-has-no-intention-lifting-its-sanctions-north-korea-no

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

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

Pakistan says it shot down 2 Indian aircraft in Kashmir

Pakistan said on Wednesday (Feb 27) it shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir, in a dramatic escalation of a confrontation that has ignited fears of an all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pakistan-says-it-shot-down-2-indian-aircraft-in-kashmir-11294006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47383634

26 FEBRUARY 2019

India Strikes Pakistani Village In Retaliation For Attack In Kashmir

India says its fighter jets crossed a disputed border as they headed into Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, conducting airstrikes on a militant training camp and killing « a very large number of terrorists. »
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/698046256/india-strikes-pakistani-village-in-retaliation-for-attack-in-kashmir
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/videos/indian-fighter-jets-hit-pakistan-terrorist-camp-2/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-says-carried-out-air-strike-on-terror-camp-inside-pakistan-24503

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to push ahead with US base relocation despite Okinawa referendum result

The Japanese government has vowed to push ahead with the expansion of a US military base in Okinawa despite more than 70 per cent of residents of the prefecture voting against the project in a referendum on Sunday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/25/japan-pm-says-plan-expand-us-base-will-go-ahead-despite-okinawa/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005567089
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190225/p2g/00m/0na/045000c

Communist Party of Nepal owns up to blast and arsons

The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal has claimed responsibility for Friday’s blast in Nakkhu and attacks on telephone towers of Ncell in various places across the country, according to a report in Kantipur daily
https://asianews.network/2019/02/25/communist-party-of-nepal-owns-up-to-blast-and-arsons/

Pakistan court rejects bail for ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

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

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghanistan: UN says record number of civilians killed in 2018

In its annual report published on Sunday, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 3,804 civilians were killed in 2018, the highest toll since it began compiling figures in 2009. Another 7,189 were wounded
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/afghanistan-un-says-record-number-of-civilians-killed-in-2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47347958

Okinawans vote ‘no’ to U.S. base transfer

A majority of voters in Okinawa rejected a decades-old plan to relocate a U.S. air base within the prefecture in a referendum on Sunday, giving fresh impetus to the local government’s attempt to stop the transfer
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190224/p2g/00m/0na/045000c
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/okinawa-referendum-rejects-new-us-military-base-but-abe-likely-to-press-on
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/okinawa-overwhelmingly-votes-no-to-us-base-relocation

Ceremony marks 30 years of Emperor’s reign

Emperor Akihito thanked the Japanese people Sunday for their support in carrying out his duties and expressed appreciation for their « strong wish for peace » that led the country to experience no war over the past 30 years under his reign
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190224_20/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005565774
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-thanks-people-for-support-during-30-year-reign-urges-Japan-to-open-up-to-world

Malaysia’s GDP to expand 4.9% this year, no risk of deflation: Finance minister

Malaysia’s economy is going strong and the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand a further 4.9 per cent in 2019 even with a decline in inflationary pressure, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Sunday (Feb 24)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-gdp-to-expand-4-9-this-year-no-risk-of-deflation-11284496

23 FEBRUARY 2019

Myanmar army warns against changing ‘essence’ of constitution

Myanmar’s military Saturday (Feb 23) said they would thwart attempts by leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to alter the « essence » of the country’s controversial constitution, putting the army and civilian administration on a collision course over the politically-charged issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-army-warns-against-changing-essence-of-constitution
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/amendments-not-harm-essence-constitution-military-warns.html
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/objection-to-be-raised-on-amendments-hurting-interests-of-people-and-state-tatmadaw

22 FEBRUARY 2019

Rebels named leaders of Philippine Muslim territory in Mindanao

The Philippines on Friday (Feb 22) handed over the reins of a new Muslim-led territory on southern Mindanao island to rebel leaders who waged a decades-long fight for autonomy, but are now tasked with securing peace and prosperity
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/rebels-named-leaders-of-philippine-muslim-territory-in-mindanao
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/23/1896059/milfs-al-hajj-murad-ebrahim-named-barmm-transition-chief

North Korea appeals for food aid as regime cuts rations due to drought and sanctions

Pyongyang has told the United Nations that it is facing a shortfall of 1.4 million tons in food production this year, including crops of rice, wheat, potato and soybean
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/22/north-korea-appeals-for-food-aid-as-regime-cuts-rations-due-to-drought-and-sanctions
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/22/north-korea-faces-food-crisis-ahead-landmark-summit/

China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

Saudi Arabia signed US$28 billion worth of economic cooperation agreements with China on Friday as its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, met top Chinese leaders in Beijing
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2187374/china-and-saudi-arabia-seal-us28-billion-deals
https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-crown-prince-strikes-oil-deal-in-china/a-47631495
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/saudi-arabia-strikes-us-10-billion-china-deal-talks-de-11278736

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Inter-Korean joint celebration for independence uprising cancelled

North Korea on Thursday turned down South Korea’s offer to hold joint events celebrating the upcoming centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement against Japan’s colonial rule, the unification ministry said
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/02/103_264210.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/77/243/218/1550744764667.html?newsId=62544

Hong Kong’s ban on pro-independence National Party upheld, as gov’t rejects appeal

The Hong Kong National Party’s appeal against an unprecedented ban has been turned down by the city’s leader and her cabinet, with officials saying they believed the outlawed party could “resort to violence or advocate violence” in pursuit of a “Republic of Hong Kong”
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2187174/hong-kong-national-party-ban-upheld-panel-which-says-it
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/94/97/201/1550769175482.html?newsId=62573
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/02/21/breaking-hong-kongs-ban-pro-independence-national-party-upheld-govt-rejects-appeal/

Indian PM Narendra Modi on two-day South korea visit

Seoul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Thursday on a two-day visit to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea and seek to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232016
https://www.oneindia.com/india/moon-meets-modi-indias-act-east-and-south-koreas-new-southern-policies-back-each-other-2854887.html
https://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/it-is-our-earnest-desire-to-work-with-republic-of-korea-more-closely-to-realize-the-dream-of-our-citizens-modi/

20 FEBRUARY 2019

China’s former military chief of staff Fang Fenghui jailed for life for corruption

Fang Fenghui, who was appointed to the top post in People’s Liberation Army in 2012, was convicted of accepting and offering bribes, and having an unclear source of a huge amount of assets, the news agency Xinhua reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/20/chinas-former-military-chief-of-staff-jailed-for-life-for-corruption
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47306275
https://www.dw.com/en/top-chinese-general-jailed-for-life-for-graft/a-47601110

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

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

UN Secretary General urges ‘maximum restraint’ in India-Pakistan Kashmir row

Secretary General Antonio Guterres offered UN assistance to try to defuse the row between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals, as the Indian prime minister continued to weigh retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 of his policemen
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/un-secretary-general-urges-maximum-restraint-in-india-pakistan-kashmir-row-1.828157

Saudi crown prince vows to improve ties on first visit to India

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has pledged investment and counterterrorism support on his first visit to India. Mohammed bin Salman’s visit comes amid tension in the subcontinent after last week’s suicide attack in Kashmir
https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-crown-prince-vows-to-improve-ties-on-first-visit-to-india/a-47593942
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/ties-with-india-in-our-dna-1.62190394
https://www.trtworld.com/business/saudi-prince-sees-100b-worth-of-investment-opportunities-in-india-24319
https://www.indiawrites.org/india-and-the-world/saudi-arabia-upbeat-on-india-opportunity-backs-terror-concerns/

19 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says she will run for re-election in 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN in an interview she will run for re-election as the island’s leader in 2020, despite her flagging popularity and growing hostility from Beijing
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-says-will-run-for-re-election-in-2020
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/19/asia/tsai-ingwen-taiwan-2020-intl/index.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/02/20/2003710048

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

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

Li Nanyang, daughter of Mao’s personal secretary Li Rui, boycotts father’s funeral and says he rejected state trappings for burial

The daughter of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary is boycotting her father’s funeral, which she says is taking place against his wishes in a cemetery reserved for high-ranking revolutionary figures
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2186712/li-nanyang-daughter-maos-personal-secretary-li-rui-boycotts

18 FEBRUARY 2019

China’s State Council reveals details of ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan to turn Hong Kong and 10 neighbouring cities into economic hub

China’s State Council unveiled a sweeping plan to link Hong Kong and Macau with cities in southern China to create a so-called Greater Bay Area, aiming to make it a high-tech megalopolis to rival California’s Silicon Valley
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2186569/chinas-state-council-reveals-details-greater-bay-area-plan
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-18/china-unveils-plan-to-tie-hong-kong-macau-closer-to-mainland
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/timeline-to-more-integration-outlined-in-greater-bay-area-plan

Maldives court orders arrest of ex-President Yameen Abdul Gayoom

The criminal court in the capital Male ordered Monday that former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom be arrested and held in custody on suspicion of money laundering
https://www.dw.com/en/maldives-court-orders-arrest-of-ex-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom/a-47565284
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/ex-president-yameen-detained-for-money-laundering-trial-143841
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-arrests-ex-leader-over-alleged-corruption-24277

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2019

Mao Zedong’s personal secretary and biggest critic Li Rui dies at 101

Li Rui, who over nearly four decades went from being one of Mao Zedong’s personal secretaries in the 1950s to a Communist Party critic, revisionist historian and standard-bearer for liberal values in China, died in Beijing on Saturday (Feb 16). He was 101
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2186435/mao-zedongs-personal-secretary-and-biggest-critic-li-rui-dies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/li-rui-a-mao-zedong-confidant-who-turned-party-critic-dies-at-101

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Hong Kong’s ‘Long Hair’ lawmaker fails to overturn legislature ban

Leung Kwok-hung – known by the nickname « Long Hair » – was one of four lawmakers disqualified in 2017 for altering their swearing-in oaths to reflect their frustrations with Beijing’s increased political control over the city
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/02/15/breaking-hong-kong-appeal-court-affirms-disqualification-ex-lawmaker-long-hair-leung-kwok-hung-2016-oath-taking-saga/
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1443010-20190215.htm

Gunmen sentenced in the death of Myanmar democracy advocate Ko Ni

A Myanmar court sentenced two men to death Friday for killing U Ko Ni, a well known adviser to the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and one of Myanmar’s best known advocates for democracy
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/two-sentenced-death-killing-nld-lawyer-u-ko-ni.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/ko-ni-killers-face-death-penalty-myanmar-court-decides-fate-190215011406975.html

Japan to recognise Indigenous Ainu people for first time

After suffering years of discrimination and forced assimilation, the Ainu people have finally been recognised as « indigenous » Japanese people, giving them the right to support for their communities and a boost to local economies
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-to-recognise-indigenous-ainu-people-for-first-time
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/15/national/japan-recognize-indigenous-ainu-people-first-time/#.XGcjCDNKg2w

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

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

14 FEBRUARY 2019

Kashmir attack: Bomb kills at least 40 soldiers in military convoy

At least 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack by militants on their convoy in Indian-administered Kashmir
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47240660
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/feb/14/jammu-and-kashmir-18-crpf-jawans-killed-in-jaish-attack-worst-terror-strike-since-uri-1938819.html

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines

Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with « cyber libel » charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/asia/maria-ressa-arrest-warrant-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/223438-robredo-otso-diretso-statements-arrest-maria-ressa-february-2019
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/13/philippines-journalists-decry-intimidation-as-website-editor-arrested

Myanmar to drop charges against ethnic minority protesters in Aung San statue dispute

Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media said on Wednesday, offering a rare concession
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2186013/myanmar-drop-charges-against-ethnic-minority-protesters
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/aung-san-statue-controversy-highlights-vulnerability-of-ethnic-minority-identity
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/police-fire-rubber-bullets-anti-statue-protest-injuring-21.html

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghan mujahideen fighter-turned-president Mojaddedi dies, aged 93

Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/anti-communist-guerrilla-who-became-afghan-president-dies/
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/former-interim-president-sibghatullah-mujaddedi%C2%A0passes-away

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

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

Pakistan censors New York Times article by activist critical of military

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

11 FEBRUARY 2019

Australia, France ink US$35b submarine deal

Australia formally signed a A$50 billion (US$35 billion) “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state of the art submarines on Monday, a signal of Canberra’s willingness to project power across the Pacific
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2185698/australia-signs-us35-billion-submarine-deal-france-latest-bid
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190211-australia-and-france-sign-huge-submarine-deal

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions over rights abuses

The EU has begun the process of ending Cambodia’s preferential trade deal with the bloc. It says the country needs to do more to address human rights issues at home
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-hit-cambodia-with-trade-sanctions-over-rights-abuses/a-47457990

Britain urges the West to be ready to flex military muscle in the Pacific as US Navy steps up activities in South China Sea

Western powers should be prepared to back their interests with military power just as Britain is prepared to send its new aircraft carrier to the Pacific, British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185746/britain-urges-west-be-ready-flex-military-muscle-pacific

10 FEBRUARY 2019

South Korea, US ink provisional defense cost-sharing pact with an 8,2 % increase for Seoul

South Korea will pay 1.03 trillion won ($916 million) for the upkeep of the U.S. forces in South Korea (USFK), 8.2 percent more than what it spent last year, the two countries agreed Sunday. It’s the first time Seoul has ever agreed to pay above the 1 trillion won mark as U.S. President Donald Trump urges allies across the world to pay more for their own defense
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2185586/south-korea-will-pay-us890-million-host-american-troops-year
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/02/205_263407.html

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman slammed Chinese authorities’ systematic assimilation policy towards Uighur Turks, saying it is a « great embarrassment » in a written statement on Sunday
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/turkey-calls-on-china-to-close-uighur-detention-camps-24016
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47187170
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/10/asia/turkey-china-uyghur-xinjiang-intl/index.html

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Filipino Mgr Pabillo defends Christian values against the president’s ‘careless and vulgar’ language

Speaking about Duterte’s attacks on the Church, the auxiliary bishop of Manila is dismayed by “so much bullying and ‘gutter-talk’,” which have “polluted our public discourse ». In his view, “’divide and rule’ leadership tactics have been used. There is a deliberate strategy to antagonize a certain sector of society.”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Pabillo-defends-Christian-values-%26%238203%3B%26%238203%3Bagainst-the-president%26rsquo%3Bs-%26lsquo%3Bcareless-and-vulgar%27-language-46208.html

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

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

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

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

7 FEBRUARY 2019

India’s Congress to scrap law punishing Muslim men for instant divorce if voted back to power

India’s main opposition Congress party said on Thursday (Feb 7) it would scrap a decree passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government prescribing jail terms for Muslim men seeking an instant divorce if the party wins an election due by May
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-congress-to-scrap-law-punishing-muslim-men-for-instant-divorce-if-voted-back
https://theprint.in/politics/bjp-says-congresss-promise-to-scrap-triple-talaq-bill-is-perverted-mentality/189386/

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Japan has lodged another protest with China over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185272/japan-protests-china-continues-gas-activity-contested-waters

6 FEBRUARY 2019

Why is Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on 27-28 February?

Vietnam has diplomatic ties with both North Korea and the US. North Korea has an embassy in Hanoi and reports suggest that Kim Jong Un is interested in following Vietnam’s economic and political example
https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-donald-trump-meeting-kim-jong-un-in-vietnam/a-47378381
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259412112/vietnam-site-for-2nd-trump-kim-summit-may-bring-wins-for-all
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/the-world-trusts-us-vietnamese-proud-to-host-trump-kim-summit

US downplays Taliban claims they will withdraw half of Afghan troops by April

The US Department of State dampened the group’s claims, saying it had not agreed to any timeline of a possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-downplays-taliban-claims-they-will-withdraw-half-of-afghan-troops-by-april-1.822574
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-vowed-to-withdraw-half-of-troops-in-afghanistan-by-april-taliban-23928

Philippines announces libel charge against critical journalist Maria Ressa

Philippine prosecutors said Wednesday (Feb 6) they will file a libel charge carrying up to 12 years in prison against journalist Maria Ressa, who leads a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-announces-libel-charge-against-critical-journalist-11206692
https://www.manilatimes.net/doj-files-cyberlibel-charges-vs-rappler/507863/

5 FEBRUARY 2019

All N Korean Workers to Leave Russia in Accordance With UN Decision – Minister

All migrant workers from North Korea will leave Russia and return to their homeland by the end of this year in accordance with the requirements of the UN Security Council resolution, Russian Minister of Labor and Social Protection Maxim Topilin said on Tuesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201902051072151692-north-korea-workers-russia/

South Korea and US to share costs of troops after ‘in principle’ deal for Seoul to contribute US$1 billion

The United States and South Korea have reached an agreement “in principle” on sharing the cost of stationing US troops in the Asian country, the State Department said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2185047/south-korea-and-us-share-costs-troops-after-principle-deal-seoul
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/99/67/38/1549338349621.html?newsId=61229

UN to Accuse Seoul of Violating N.Korea Sanctions

A UN panel will likely point out that Seoul violated international sanctions by delivering refined oil products to an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea without notifying the Security Council, Kyodo News reported Thursday
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/02/01/2019020101441.html

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

Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row

Japan announced Tuesday it has canceled a port call in South Korea by its main warship during a multilateral naval exercise as relations between the two Asian neighbors fall to their lowest level in recent years
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-cancels-port-call-by-warship-in-south-korea-amid-row/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190205_38/

4 FEBRUARY 2019

Merkel and Abe meet for talks on trade and nuclear arms control

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to toast a new free trade deal between Japan and the EU. The pair were also expected to address nuclear arms control
https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-and-abe-meet-for-talks-on-trade-and-nuclear-arms-control/a-47349893
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/02/04/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-merkel-seek-take-japan-german-ties-higher-level-amid-trade-turmoil-brexit/#.XFiF2VxKg2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190204_39/

Indonesia’s military demands more positions in ministries and state institutions

Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-military-demands-more-positions-in-ministries-and-state-institutions

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Chinese ‘underground’ bishop gains official recognition: State media

A bishop from China’s « underground » Catholic church is slated to step up as the official state-backed clergyman for a diocese in central China, state-run media reported, amid a thaw in relations between Beijing and the Holy See
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-underground-bishop-gains-official-recognition-state-media

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

Detained Australian citizen and writer Yang Hengjun’s lawyers blocked from meeting him

Two lawyers appointed by the wife of an Australian citizen detained in China have been denied access to him, with Chinese authorities claiming it is at the detainee’s request
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-02/lawyers-blocked-from-meeting-detained-australian-citizen-yang-h/10774238
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-blocks-access-to-aust-writer-yang

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada: reports

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

Japan-EU free trade pact enters into force

Japan’s economic partnership agreement with the European Union entered into force on Friday, creating a free trade area covering about a third of the world’s economy
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-eu-free-trade-pact-enters-into-force-amid-u.s.-china-tariff-war
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47086737

Japan-China Security Dialogue held in Beijing

Senior diplomats and defense officials from Japan and China have held their first security dialogue in 15 months
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190201_33/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2184653/japan-and-china-promise-work-deepen-trust-amid-territorial-row

Human Rights Watch says Myanmar government using ‘abusive laws’ to punish critics

Rights group says freedom of expression deteriorating since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took office in 2016
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/190201053329198.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/hrw-report-01312019150555.html

 

On 16 March in Asian history

1968-03-16 My Lai massacre

ON 16 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…), type “On (day + month) in Asian history »

Updated on March 16, 2019

934: Meng Zhixiang declares himself emperor and establishes Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Zhixiang

1399: Birth of Xuande Emperor of China who died on January 31, 1435
http://literariasexperiencias.blogspot.fr/2008/09/xuande-emperor.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande_Emperor

1521: Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1595/today-in-philippine-history-march-16-1521-magellan-sighted-the-eastern-coast-of-samar
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Ferdinand+Magellan 

1527: The Emperor Babur defeated the Rajputs at the Battle of Kanvaha in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khanwa
http://www.agefotostock.com/en/Stock-Images/Rights-Managed/RPL-063508

1792: Tippoo Sahib, the sultan of Mysore, surrenders to British forces in India on this date, ending his campaign against colonial rule. A treaty will be signed at Seringapatam on March 18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Anglo-Mysore_War

1800: Birth of Ninko, the 120th Japanese emperor (1817-1846) who died in February 1846
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Nink%C5%8D

1886: Birth of Kim Tu-bong, founder of the Worker Party of North Korean on August 28, 1946
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Tu-bong
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2008/04/166_9400.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers_Party_of_North_Korea

1901: Birth of Potti Sriramulu, Indian revolutionary, who died of fasting on December 16, 1952
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potti_Sreeramulu
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/amarajeevi-potti-sriramulu/article3041562.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/11/11/stories/2002111101540200.htm

Potti Sriramulu

1908: China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=PBH19080411.2.112&l=mi&e=——-10–1—-0–https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19080306.2.2

1940 : Birth of Sreekumaran Thampi, Malayalam lyricist and filmmaker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sreekumaran_Thampi

1942: Birth of James Soong, Taiwanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Soong

1943: Birth of Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor who died on April 16, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Mu-saeng

1945: Pacific War, Allies declare Iwo Jima secured
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fighting-on-iwo-jima-ends
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_iwo_jima.htm

1947: Birth of Baek Yoon-sik, South Korean actor
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Baek_Yoon-sik
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Baek_Yoon-sik.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0I52BpsYCw

1961: Death of Chen Geng, Chinese military leader, born on February 27, 1903
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Geng
http://www.china.org.cn/english/China/218948.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2289.html

1961: Birth of Michiru Oshima, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiru_Oshima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdeUaey_P4

1968: In South Vietnam, massacre of My Lai. 504 civilians including 182 women and 173 children are killed by an US platoon
1968-03-16 My Lai massacre
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-troops-massacre-south-vietnamese
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

1968: Birth of Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananya_Khare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5-kspAuN1k

1975: In Vietnam War, South Vietnamese troops withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum begins, as thousands of civilians join the soldiers streaming down Route 7B toward the sea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-flee-pleiku-and-kontum

1975-03-16 Central_Highlands_Evacuation

1977: In India, Indira Gandhi loses the elections
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1977

1979: The last Chinese troops leave Vietnam after a month-long war
 
http://militaryhistorynow.com/2012/11/01/red-vs-red-chinas-bloody-month-long-war-with-vietnam/
http://sinovietnamesewar.com/
http://china-underground.com/2016/04/09/sino-vietnamise-war-images/?rdp_we_resource=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSino-Vietnamese_War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_-AtXF1G4

1993: Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-chishu-ryu-1498760.html
http://www.a2pcinema.com/ozu-san/ozu/collaborators/ryu_c.htm

 

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

1996: US Congress approved the sale of weapons to Taiwan
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-08-24/news/9608240092_1_stinger-renegade-province-taiwan
https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffas.org%2Fsgp%2Fcrs%2Fweapons%2FRL30957.pdf&ei=cbgFVa_2CMP2UrvLg6AB&usg=AFQjCNElZpO33hJZa0Rojgb-cBUFvwh21w&sig2=_CGPeYsIRTiTlt7rdvCHYg

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX6Sw_r8MpU

2003: Wen Jiabao replaces Zhu Rongji as Chinese Prime Minister
http://www.chinatoday.com/who/w/wen-jiabao.htm

Wen Jiabao 2003-03-16

2009: Pakistan’s government announces the reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice, in a bid to defuse the country’s political crisis and end a protest march that was threatening to turn into a violent confrontation
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7945294.stm

2009: Direct cruise ship lines open as cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan
http://www.asianews.it/index.php?l=en&art=14734&geo=6&size=A

2010: Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka appears before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in uniform
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8569405.stm

2011: Japanese Emperor Akihito makes an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation, saying he was « deeply worried » by the crisis at damaged nuclear reactors and urging people to help each other in difficult times
http://www.france24.com/en/20110316-Japan-earthquake-akihito-emperors-rare-tv-appearance-underscores-gravity-nuclear-crisis

2012: Death of Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, philosopher, and critic, born on November 25, 1924
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/03/17/national/literary-critic-yoshimoto-dies-at-87/#.WMnLrOR-s2w
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takaaki_Yoshimoto

2015: The eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah, is arrested for sedition after reading out in parliament parts of a speech by her father criticising his recent jailing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/anwar-ibrahim-daughter-nurul-izzah-arrested-for-sedition/6324050
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/malaysian-police-arrest-anwar-daughter-150316081657370.html

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

13 MARCH 2019

Japan to opt out of U.N. motion condemning North Korea’s rights abuses in apparent bid for talks on abductions

For the first time since 2007, Japan will not take part in the submission of a draft joint resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses to a U.N. panel, the government said Wednesday, in a conciliatory gesture apparently aimed at convincing Pyongyang to hold talks with Tokyo
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/13/national/japan-forgo-submitting-north-korean-human-rights-motion-u-n-panel-bid-get-answers-abductions/#.XIlOdyhKg2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903130043.html

12 MARCH 2019

Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands

Japan is to begin building a new class of light patrol ships for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2020, the defence ministry has confirmed to the South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3001340/japan-build-new-warships-message-china-over-diaoyu-islands

9 MARCH 2019

Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?

China and Japan appeared to have warmer relations of late. This was due to intentional efforts by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese leadership. Five factors have made this rapprochement possible
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/909.html

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Japan won’t lift North Korea sanctions even if US does so, report says

Japan has informed the US government that it has no plans to lift the sanctions it unilaterally imposes on North Korea, according to a media report in Tokyo, even if the summit in Hanoi etween President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is perceived to have a positive outcome
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2187919/japan-has-no-intention-lifting-its-sanctions-north-korea-no

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to push ahead with US base relocation despite Okinawa referendum result

The Japanese government has vowed to push ahead with the expansion of a US military base in Okinawa despite more than 70 per cent of residents of the prefecture voting against the project in a referendum on Sunday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/25/japan-pm-says-plan-expand-us-base-will-go-ahead-despite-okinawa/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005567089
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190225/p2g/00m/0na/045000c

24 FEBRUARY

Okinawans vote ‘no’ to U.S. base transfer

A majority of voters in Okinawa rejected a decades-old plan to relocate a U.S. air base within the prefecture in a referendum on Sunday, giving fresh impetus to the local government’s attempt to stop the transfer
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190224/p2g/00m/0na/045000c
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/okinawa-referendum-rejects-new-us-military-base-but-abe-likely-to-press-on
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/okinawa-overwhelmingly-votes-no-to-us-base-relocation

7 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Japan has lodged another protest with China over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185272/japan-protests-china-continues-gas-activity-contested-waters

5 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row

Japan announced Tuesday it has canceled a port call in South Korea by its main warship during a multilateral naval exercise as relations between the two Asian neighbors fall to their lowest level in recent years
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-cancels-port-call-by-warship-in-south-korea-amid-row/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190205_38/

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan-China Security Dialogue held in Beijing

Senior diplomats and defense officials from Japan and China have held their first security dialogue in 15 months
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190201_33/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2184653/japan-and-china-promise-work-deepen-trust-amid-territorial-row

28 JANUARY 2019

Japan: Shinzo Abe vows to restore relations with North Korea

Japan’s prime minister says he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face-to-face and restore diplomatic relations between the two long-time foes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/japan-shinzo-abe-vows-restore-relations-north-korea-190128080923148.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=230658

22 JANUARY 2019

Abe meets Putin to advance talks on postwar peace treaty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to seek progress on a decades-old territorial dispute over a group of islands that have remained under Russian control since the end of World War II
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190122_38/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2183226/russia-says-any-deal-japan-over-disputed-kuril-islands-needs
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259146031/russia-putin-says-work-remains-before-peace-deal-with-japan

14 JANUARY 2019

Japan, Russia hold talks on peace treaty

The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have discussed signing a peace treaty that would include solving the issue of four Russian-held islands
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190114_21/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/focus-japan-russia-to-set-stage-for-difficult-peace-treaty-talks
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201901141071448007-russia-japan-usa-peace-treaty-talks/

13 JANUARY 2019

HOW TRUMP FORCED JAPAN TO TAKE SECURITY INTO ITS OWN HANDS

Two years of the Donald Trump administration in the United States have shaken the Japanese public, but after a bit of shock, they have accepted a new reality. This is a post-Iraq-war world and Japan, for the first time since the end of the second world war, is facing the challenge of providing for its own security
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2181764/how-trump-forced-japan-take-security-its-own-hands

10 JANUARY 2019

Russia says Japan distorting Nov. accord

Russia on Wednesday protested that Japan is distorting the essence of an agreement between the two countries’ leaders in November to accelerate their territorial talks
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005469703

18 DECEMBER 2018

Japan’s new defense policy adds ‘effective aircraft carrier’

Japan plans its first aircraft carrier and big increases in defense spending and weapons capability in the coming years, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday that cite its need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China and other vulnerabilities
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005428516
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-new-defense-plan-bolsters-fighter-capability-budget
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/18/asia/japan-aircraft-carriers-intl/index.html

14 DECEMBER 2018

Japan wants to sell air defence radar equipment to the Philippines

Japan has offered to sell an air defence system to the Philippines in a deal which, if sealed, would be the first time Tokyo is exporting military equipment since a 50-year ban was lifted in 2014
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-wants-to-sell-air-defence-radar-equipment-to-the-philippines

9 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

6 DECEMBER 2018

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

16 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

31 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

26 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

24 OCTOBER 2018

Trump pushes Japan into China’s arms

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

22 OCTOBER 2018

Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers’ Takeshima visit

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

12 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Putin proposes Russia and Japan sign historic peace treaty this year

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

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi and Abe guarantors of Chinese–Japanese entente

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

US–Japan cracks are starting to show

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

31 AUGUST 2018

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

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

29 AUGUST 2018

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

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

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

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

8 AUGUST 2018

Japan’s ‘Pivot to Asia’

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

1 AUGUST 2018

Japan asks Russia to reduce military activity on disputed islands

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

31 JULY 2018

Japan removes PAC-3 missile units, citing eased tensions

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

18 JULY 2018

Why Japan–China relations are back on track

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

5 JULY 2018

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

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

2 JULY 2018

Abe’s North Korea dilemma

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

26 JUNE 2018

North Korean diplomat tells Japan not to meddle in denuclearisation

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

18 JUNE 2018

Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

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

9 JUNE 2018

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

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

1 JUNE 2018

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

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

31 MAY 2018

Japan, Vietnam agree on maritime safety cooperation

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

26 MAY 2018

Abe, Putin reconfirm readiness to conclude postwar peace treaty

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

23 MAY 2018

How Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Shapes Its Approach to Cyberspace

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

4 MAY 2018

In a first, Japanese and Chinese leaders talk by phone

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

29 APRIL 2018

North Korea ready for Japan talks, South Korea says

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

17 APRIL 2018

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

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

16 APRIL 2018

China, Japan hail new beginning at bilateral summit

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

11 APRIL 2018

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

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

9 APRIL 2018

Japan and Europe as Strategic Partners: Opportunities & Challenges

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

7 APRIL 2018

Japan activates first marines since WW2

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

3 APRIL 2018

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

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

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

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

13 MARCH 2018

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

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

11 MARCH 2018

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

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

9 MARCH 2018

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan and South Korea, the Friendly Foes of East Asia

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

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

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

5 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

28 JANUARY 2018

Japan, China agree to resume leaders’ visits

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

27 JANUARY 2018

Japan, France reaffirm closer defense cooperation

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

26 JANUARY 2018

First F-35 stealth fighter arrives at Misawa base

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

18 JANUARY 2018

Japan, Australia push for defence pact amid regional tension

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

4 JANUARY 2018

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

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

1 JANUARY 2018

Japan eyes aircraft carriers to counter North Korea, China

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

16 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

8 DECEMBER 2017

Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking North Korea

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

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

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

6 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

31 AUGUST 2017

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

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

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

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

19 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new security agenda

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

18 AUGUST 2017

US, Japan step up defense cooperation

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

16 AUGUST 2017

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

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

12 AUGUST 2017

Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam

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

16 JULY 2017

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

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

10 JULY 2017

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

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

8 JULY 2017

Meeting during G20, Abe and Xi seek to improve dialogue

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

15 JUNE 2017

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

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

12 APRIL 2017

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

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

28 MARCH 2017

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

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

22 MARCH 2017

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

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

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese emperor kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

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

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

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

11 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

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

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

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

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

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

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

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

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

29 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

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

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

16 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

15 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

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

24 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

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

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

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

2 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

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

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

19 AUGUST 2016

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

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

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

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

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

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

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

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

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

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

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

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

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

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

15 JUNE 2016

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

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

9 JUNE 2016

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

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

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

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

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

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

6 MAY 2016

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

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

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

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

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

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

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

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

22 APRIL 2016

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

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

19 APRIL 2016

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

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

12 APRIL 2016

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

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

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

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

3 APRIL 2016

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

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

2 APRIL 2016

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

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

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

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

28 MARCH 2016

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

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

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

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

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

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

8 MARCH 2016

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

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

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

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

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

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

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

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

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

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

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

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

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

31 JANUARY 2016

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

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

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

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

28 JANUARY 2016

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

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

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

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

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

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

8 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

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

4 JANUARY 2016

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

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

1 JANUARY 2016

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

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

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

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

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

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

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

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

20 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

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

20 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

26 AUGUST 2015

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

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

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

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

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

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

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

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

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

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

19 JULY 2015

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

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

16 JULY 2015

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

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

7 JUNE 2015

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

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

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

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

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

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

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

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

14 MAY 2015

Japan Cabinet approves greater overseas defense role

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

12 MAY 2015

Japan steps up maritime engagement with Philippines, Vietnam

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

7 MAY 2015

187 scholars urge Abe to address Japan’s wartime history

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

30 APRIL 2015

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

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

29 APRIL 2015

Abe addresses US Congress, the first ever Japanese PM

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

28 APRIL 2015

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

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

27 APRIL 2015

U.S., Japan announce new defense guidelines

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

22 APRIL 2015

China, Japan leaders meet in sign of easing tensions

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

16 APRIL 2015

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

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

14 APRIL 2015

Korea, Japan hold first security talks for 5 years

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

6 APRIL 2015

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

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

31 MARCH 2015

Japan extends North Korea sanctions amid stalled abduction probe

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

26 MARCH 2015

Japan unveils Izumo, its largest warship since World War II

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

21 MARCH 2015

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

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

19 MARCH 2015

China and Japan hold first security talks in four years

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

18 MARCH 2015

Japan ruling bloc agrees on new security legislation

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

13 MARCH 2015

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

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

22 FEBRUARY 2015

Japan calls for return of isles from S Korea

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

7 FEBRUARY 2015

Abe hopeful for Japan-Russia island dispute resolution

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

6 FEBRUARY 2015

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

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

3 FEBRUARY 2015

Doubts raised over Japan’s ability to handle international crisis

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

1 FEBRUARY 2015

Prime Minister Abe condemns Islamic State, vows justice for Goto

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

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

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

14 JANUARY 2015

Japan approves largest ever defence budget

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

10 JANUARY 2015

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

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

 

Philippines home affairs and society

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16 MARCH 2019

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court as it probes Duterte’s drugs crackdown

The Philippines will from Sunday (March 17) no longer be part of the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-leaves-international-criminal-court-as-it-probes-dutertes-drugs-crackdown
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/173667/chr-impunity-wins-when-ph-withdrawal-from-icc-takes-effect?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

8 MARCH 2018

Thousands march against Philippine President Duterte on International Women’s Day

Thousands of women took to the streets of Manila on Friday (March 8) in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged misogyny while an exhibition marking International Women’s Day exhibited the clothes of Philippine rape victims
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-march-against-philippine-president-duterte-on-international-womens-day
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1093593/on-womens-day-chr-calls-for-end-to-misogynistic-remarksrape-jokes?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

4 MARCH 2019

Duterte stresses desire to rename Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday reiterated his desire to change the name of the Philippines weeks after he said the late president Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to change the country’s name to « Maharlika. »
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-stresses-desire-rename-philippines
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/04/1898589/duterte-still-bent-renaming-philippines-time-he-did-not-propose-maharlika
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/686788/duterte-reiterates-plan-to-rename-the-philippines/story/

28 FEBRUARY 2019

Philippines’ Duterte offers citizenship to Rohingyas

The president Rodrigo Duterte offers Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh citizenship as a sign of humanitarian assistance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippines-duterte-offers-citizenship-to-rohingyas-24562

22 FEBRUARY 2019

Rebels named leaders of Philippine Muslim territory in Mindanao

The Philippines on Friday (Feb 22) handed over the reins of a new Muslim-led territory on southern Mindanao island to rebel leaders who waged a decades-long fight for autonomy, but are now tasked with securing peace and prosperity
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/rebels-named-leaders-of-philippine-muslim-territory-in-mindanao
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/23/1896059/milfs-al-hajj-murad-ebrahim-named-barmm-transition-chief

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines

Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with « cyber libel » charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/asia/maria-ressa-arrest-warrant-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/223438-robredo-otso-diretso-statements-arrest-maria-ressa-february-2019
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/13/philippines-journalists-decry-intimidation-as-website-editor-arrested

9 FEBRUARY 2019

Filipino Mgr Pabillo defends Christian values against the president’s ‘careless and vulgar’ language

Speaking about Duterte’s attacks on the Church, the auxiliary bishop of Manila is dismayed by “so much bullying and ‘gutter-talk’,” which have “polluted our public discourse ». In his view, “’divide and rule’ leadership tactics have been used. There is a deliberate strategy to antagonize a certain sector of society.”
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Pabillo-defends-Christian-values-%26%238203%3B%26%238203%3Bagainst-the-president%26rsquo%3Bs-%26lsquo%3Bcareless-and-vulgar%27-language-46208.html

27 JANUARY 2019

Deadly bombs target Jolo cathedral in south Philippines

At least 27 people have been killed in two explosions outside a church during Sunday Mass in the southern Philippines. The government has vowed to hunt down the « terrorists » responsible in the mainly Muslim region
https://www.dw.com/en/deadly-bombs-target-cathedral-in-south-philippines/a-47253327
https://en.mehrnews.com/news/141935/VIDEO-Twin-bombs-target-church-in-Philippines
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/bombs-target-church-philippines-jolo-island-190127050818906.html

25 JANUARY 2019

Southern Philippines backs Muslim self-rule in landslide result

On Friday, the election commission declared the Bangsamoro Organic Law plebiscite “ratified”, four days after the vote was held. Almost 1.6 million voted yes, while 250,000 voted no
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/25/southern-philippines-backs-muslim-self-rule-in-landslide-victory
https://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/01/25/19/after-bangsamoro-organic-law-is-ratified-now-comes-the-hard-part

21 JANUARY 2019

Southern Philippines Stages Historic Vote on Muslim Autonomy

Hundreds of thousands of voters trooped to polling centers in the southern Philippines on Monday amid some reports of delays and harassment, in a historic referendum on ratifying a law to give autonomy to Muslims in the violence-plagued Mindanao region
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/south-Muslim-autonomy-01212019073418.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/mindanao-muslims-vote-in-autonomy-referendum-in-southern-philippines-23472
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2183055/bangsamoro-autonomy-vote-southern-philippines-proves-peaceful

18 JANUARY 2019

Philippines: Duterte Joins Rally to Push for Muslim Autonomy Law

President Rodrigo Duterte traveled to the southern Philippines on Friday to push for the ratification of a law designed to give former Muslim rebels in the region control over an autonomous homeland ahead of Monday’s vote
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/autonomous-rally-01182019102702.html
https://news.abs-cbn.com/video/news/01/19/19/duterte-urges-mindanaoans-to-support-new-bangsamoro-entity

15 JANUARY 2019

Philippines Drops Case Against Senior Communist Rebel Rafael Baylosis

A Philippine court threw out charges Tuesday against a 69-year-old Filipino accused by the military of being a top leader of the country’s long-running communist insurgency, and ordered the government to free him
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/Communist-guerrillas-01152019122909.html
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1073311/qc-court-dismisses-illegal-gun-possession-case-vs-ndfp-consultant-1-other

11 JANUARY 2019

Philippines’ Duterte launches new tirade against Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Duterte has denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as « sons of b*****s », renewing his attacks on the church that has criticised him over his bloody war on drugs
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/philippines-duterte-launches-tirade-catholic-church-190111062513610.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/duterte-philippines-bishops-gay-boyfriends-war-drugs-killings-catholic-church-a8723466.html
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1072259/duterte-renews-attack-on-church-dares-gay-bishops-to-come-out

4 JANUARY 2019

Philippine Police Gun Down Ex-Mayor Accused by Duterte of Drug Trafficking

Talib Abo Sr., ex-mayor of Parang town in Maguindanao province, was killed after he pulled a gun on members of the anti-narcotics team who were searching his home in the southern city of Cotabato, according to Juvinal Azurin, regional director of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-drugs-01042019110600.html
https://www.manilatimes.net/ex-maguindanao-mayor-brother-killed-in-police-ops/492031/

28 DECEMBER 2018

Final charge against Philippine ex-leader Arroyo dismissed

The last of a series of criminal charges against former Philippine president Gloria Arroyo has been dismissed, a court said, capping a remarkable comeback for the controversial former leader and Duterte ally
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/final-charge-against-philippine-ex-leader-arroyo-dismissed-11070318
https://www.manilatimes.net/court-junks-arroyos-electoral-sabotage-raps/489265/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Official death toll in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs exceeds 5,000

But rights groups say the actual number of people killed between July 2016 and November this year is closer to 12,000
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2178601/official-death-toll-philippine-president-rodrigo-dutertes
http://time.com/philippines-drug-war/

5 DECEMBER 2018

Philippines’ Duterte: Kill those ‘useless’ Catholic bishops

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country’s Catholic bishops are « useless fools » and should be « killed » as the controversial leader stepped up his attack on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs in the Southeast Asian archipelago
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/philippines-duterte-kill-useless-catholic-bishops-181205132220894.html
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1060390/dutertes-attack-vs-catholic-bishops-steps-up-kill-them-theyre-useless

3 DECEMBER 2018

Rappler chief Maria Ressa returns to Manila to fight ‘ridiculous’ tax charges

A leading journalist and vocal critic of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has surrendered to a Manila court after arriving back in the country to fight tax charges that were filed in her absence
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/03/asia/maria-ressa-philippines-posts-bail-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/218066-maria-ressa-back-philippines-arrest-fears
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176056/philippine-journalist-maria-ressa-one-president-rodrigo

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Three police jailed for 40 years in first conviction over Philippine drug war killings

A Philippine court found three police officers guilty on Thursday of killing a student they alleged was a drug dealer, in the first known such conviction under the president’s deadly crackdown on drugs
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/29/three-police-jailed-40-years-first-conviction-philippine-drug/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/30/1872988/3-cops-guilty-kian-delos-santos-murder
https://www.rappler.com/nation/217770-caloocan-policemen-convicted-murder-kian-delos-santos-killing

10 NOVEMBER 2018

Philippine news site Rappler has criticised President Rodrigo Duterte – it will now face tax evasion charges

Philippine prosecutors said on Friday they will file tax evasion charges against a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, a case the outlet branded as an “intimidation” effort
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2172624/philippine-news-site-rappler-has-criticised-president
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46163094

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Imelda Marcos sentenced to 42 years for corruption 

A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of corruption and ordered her arrest on Friday in a rare conviction among many cases that she plans to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/09/imelda-marcos-sentenced-42-years-corruption/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/10/1867352/imelda-marcos-found-guilty-graft-faces-arrest
https://www.rappler.com/nation/216333-imelda-marcos-guilty-verdict-graft-case-shows-scheme-earnings-swiss-foundations

24 OCTOBER 2018

Federalism in the Philippines, 42 questions answered

A shift to a federal form of government in Philippines would inevitably touch a potentially explosive issue: the ownership and management of mineral resources
https://gulfnews.com/news/uae/pinoy/pinoy-federalism-in-the-philippines-42-questions-answered-1.2291930

22 OCTOBER 2018

Philippine court rejects Duterte bid to have critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV arrested

A Philippine court on Monday rejected a petition by President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration to have his fiercest critic in the Senate arrested, in a legal setback for Duterte that the senator called a victory for democracy
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/philippine-court-rejects-duterte-bid-to-have-critic-arrested/
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1044012/trillanes-still-a-free-man-makati-court-denies-govt-bid-for-his-arrest

25 SEPTEMBER 2028

Senator Antonio Trillanes, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest critic, arrested

A Philippine lawmaker fiercely critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war was arrested on Tuesday on previously dismissed charges, a move condemned by watchdogs as persecution of the government’s opponents. Haut du formulaire
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2165671/senator-antonio-trillanes-philippine-president-rodrigo
https://www.manilatimes.net/trillanes-arrested-posts-bail/445273/

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Duterte orders arrest of Philippine Senator Antonio Trillanes, an outspoken critic

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday revoked amnesty given to an opposition senator involved in a failed coup 15 years ago and ordered his arrest, in what would be the second detainment of a senator critical of the president
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2162639/duterte-orders-arrest-philippine-senator-antonio-trillanes
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/duterte-voids-amnesty-of-critical-senator-orders-his-arrest/

30 JULY 2018

Duterte Resuscitates Disgraced Philippine Ex-president Arroyo

The latest twist in the political life of Magapagal-Arroyo – once president (and herself a daughter of a former president), once vice president waiting in the wings, once senator, once a cabinet member for her background in economics – will, in the next few months, reveal what was at stake
https://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/rodrigo-duterte-resuscitates-gloria-arroyo/

28 JULY 2018

Historic autonomy deal for Philippine Muslims takes aim at 50 years of strife

A landmark local autonomy law passed this week in the Philippine capital, Manila, gives restive Muslim Filipinos a new sense of hope for resolving a half-century-old conflict over self-rule that has killed 120,000 people and attracted the terrorist group Islamic State
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/historic-autonomy-deal-for-philippine-muslims-takes-aim-at-50-years-of-strife/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1014757/duterte-signs-bangsamoro-organic-law

23 JULY 2018

Ex-Philippine president Gloria Arroyo gets House Speaker job

Former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was elected Speaker of the lower house of Congress on Monday (July 23), following a dramatic move by lawmakers to replace a loyalist of President Rodrigo Duterte with one of his most influential allies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-philippine-president-gloria-arroyo-gets-house-speaker-job
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1013538/its-official-gloria-macapagal-arroyo-elected-as-house-speaker

17 JULY 2018

Duterte now banned from running in 2022 presidential elections under draft federal charter

« The incumbent President is prohibited from running as President in the 2022 elections under the Constitution, » read Section 2 of the revised Article XXII or « Transitory Provisions » under the proposed federal Constitution
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-now-banned-running-2022-presidential-elections-under-draft-federal-charter

25 JUNE 2018

Philippine president slammed for calling God ‘stupid’

The Philippine president, notorious for having cursed the pope and world leaders like former US President Barack Obama, has sparked new outrage by calling God « stupid » in Asia’s largest Catholic country
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippine-president-slammed-for-calling-god-stupid–18458
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/philippines-duterte-draws-flak-for-calling-god-stupid/#95V5784lrR2JmtF6.97
https://www.rappler.com/nation/205572-duterte-stupid-god-bible-story

20 JUNE 2018

Philippine ex-president Benigno Aquino indicted for budget misuse

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino has been indicted over his decision to reallocate $1.67bn in government funds to a programme later declared by the country’s top court as unconstitutional
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/philippine-president-benigno-aquino-indicted-budget-misuse-180620084846137.html

18 JUNE 2018

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox wins appeal to stay in Philippines

Department of Justice says authorities erred in cancelling missionary visa, but 71-year-old could still be deported over separate case
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/australian-nun-sister-patricia-fox-wins-appeal-to-stay-in-philippines
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-strikes-down-order-ex

30 MAY 2018

Philippine Congress passes autonomy bill for volatile Muslim region

The Philippines moved a step closer on Wednesday (May 30) to ending decades of conflict on its resource-rich island of Mindanao, after lawmakers approved a bill that will eventually allow self-rule for the country’s Muslim minority
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-congress-passes-autonomy-bill-for-volatile-muslim-region
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/31/1820342/house-passes-bangsamoro-basic-law-227-11
https://www.rappler.com/nation/203707-house-of-representatives-approves-bangsamoro-basic-law

11 MAY 2018

Philippines chief justice, Duterte’s critic, expelled by Supreme Court colleagues

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for allegedly failing to file statements of assets and liabilities as required by law
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-chief-justice-dutertes-critic-expelled-by-supreme-court-colleagues/a-43737003
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/12/1814510/supreme-court-ousts-sereno
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989609/ouster-ruling-on-sereno-a-legal-abomination-says-sc-justice

9 MAY 2018

Manila’s top envoy to Beijing hails landmark deal opening up China to influx of 500,000 migrant workers

A top-level Philippine envoy to Beijing on Wednesday revealed that the two countries were close to a deal which would see the number of Filipino migrants employed in China swell to 500,000 – more than double the estimated current total
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2145421/william-j-lima-hails-landmark-deal-opens-china-influx

9 APRIL 2018

Duterte urges Congress to ‘fast-track’ impeachment of top judge

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told members of parliament they must « fast-track » the impeachment of the country’s top judge after she hinted that he might be behind the moves to sack her
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/duterte-urges-congress-fast-track-impeachment-top-judge-180409150254908.html
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/10/1804532/sereno-must-be-out-supreme-court-duterte

2 APRIL 2018

Philippines: Detained senator De Lima calls for greater protection of rights defenders under Duterte

Detained senator Leila de Lima renewed her call for greater protection for human rights defenders in the Philippines as the threat number of attacks against continues to rise under President Rodrigo Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/philippines-de-lima-calls-for-greater-protection-of-rights-defenders-under-duterte/#2y9YfxEMxZF7ULXK.99
https://asianews.network/2018/04/03/profile-leila-de-lima/

11 MARCH 2018

At least 44 militants killed in clash with Philippines troops

At least 44 pro-Daesh militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said on Sunday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/11/555102/Philippines-Daesh-militants-soldiers-military-Marawi-Abu-Sayyaf
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/974381/biff-casulaties-in-battle-with-army-maguindanao

5 MARCH 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to skip Asean summit in Australia amid backlash over human rights record

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping a regional summit in Australia this month, his spokesman said Monday, as he faces international censure for Manila’s deadly drug war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2135765/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-skip-asean-summit-australia

26 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Happy anniversary’: Calls for Philippine senator De Lima’s release from prison

Human rights groups have marked the anniversary of de Lima’s incarceration by calling for an end to her imprisonment. Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia reiterated their call for her immediate and unconditional release
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/happy-anniversary-calls-philippine-senator-de-limas-release-prison/#5FS5rUepZJQ7xyPo.99

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Duterte bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

The president of the Philippines has ordered that two journalists be banned from entering the presidential palace, an act one Filipino reporters’ rights group described as « appalling and extremely unbecoming » of a president
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/duterte-bans-rappler-reporters-presidential-palace-180220130842018.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/970379/roque-duterte-felt-betrayed-by-rappler-reporter
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/21/1790003/lorenzana-presidential-guards-have-no-right-harm-threaten-rappler-personnel

19 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines arrests suspected former leader of Daesh Takfiri

Philippine police have arrested a suspected former leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a raid on his apartment in the capital Manila
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/19/552901/Philippines-Daesh-leader-arrest
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133859/philippine-forces-arrest-egyptian-ex-islamic-state
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/20/1789586/arrested-foreigner-tagged-recruiter

8 FEBRUARY 2018

ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/icc-examining-complaint-against-duterte-over-drug-war-deaths-14980
http://www.manilatimes.net/icc-begins-probe-war-drugs/379107/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/duterte-ready-personally-defend-international-criminal-court/#PvV2UvZ2UMgArDeq.97

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippine security forces capture top Maoist guerilla leader following the failure of peace talks

Philippine security forces arrested the head of the Communist movement’s armed wing following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to target guerilla leaders after peace talks collapsed, police and human rights lawyers said on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131506/philippine-security-forces-capture-top-maoist-guerilla
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/01/18/baylosis-undergoes-inquest-after-arrest-in-qc
http://www.manilatimes.net/ndf-consultant-peace-talks-govt-arrested/377677/

29 JANUARY 2018

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suspends anti-graft official after bank records ‘leak’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records after an opposition politician had accused Duterte of corruption
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131061/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-suspends-anti-graft
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/30/1782688/palace-suspends-deputy-ombudsman-melchor-arthur-carandang
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/641373/suspension-of-deputy-ombudsman-an-impeachable-offense-says-trillanes/story/

8 JANUARY 2018

 Duterte’s pastor takes over Catholic leadership, signalling better ties

Strained relations between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church are likely to improve with the top Catholic religious leaders in Davao City – Duterte’s hometown – taking over the helm of one of the institutions staunchly critical of Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/dutertes-pastor-takes-catholic-leadership-role-starting-2018-better-terms-church/#q4uwkxRfEPYZREaL.97

20 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares unilateral Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Mr Duterte ordered the army and police to suspend offensive operations from December 24 to January 2 « to lessen the apprehension of the public this Christmas season »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-20/philippine-leader-declares-unilateral-ceasefire-for-christmas/9277050?section=world
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/637134/duterte-orders-holiday-ceasefire-palace-expects-reds-to-do-the-same/story/

19 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine Navy chief sacked over P16-B frigate contract

Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado was sacked on Tuesday amid controversy involving a weapons system procurement plan
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/953624/afp-relieves-ph-navy-chief-afp-mercado-navy-relief-weapons-system-procurement-empedrad#ixzz51k5cnnWB
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/20/1770151/navy-chief-vice-admiral-ronald-joseph-mercado-sacked
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippine-navy-chief-sacked-in-surprise-move-13441

13 DECEMBER 2017

Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island for one year, enraging civil society, church and militant groups
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/12/martial-law-philippines-extended/#cKAh2splrRIUzKu2.99
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/13/545458/Philippines-martial-law-Mindanao-Daesh-Duterte
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/14/1768251/duterte-wont-rule-out-nationwide-martial-law

5 DECEMBER 2917

Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

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

10 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

« At 16, I killed someone, » he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person « just over a look »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41939823
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/10/filipino-leader-claims-stabbed-someone-death-teenager-country/

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/924450/protests-against-war-on-drugs-rodrigo-duterte-kian-loyd-delos-santos
http://www.manilatimes.net/outrage-fires-coalition-drug-war-du30-face-isolation/346005/

22 JULY 2017

Philippines votes to extend martial law in south until end of 2017

The Philippine congress on Saturday voted to extend president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist militants
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MILITANT_SIEGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-22-06-26-52
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/philippines-votes-to-extend-martial-law-in-south-until-end-of-2017-1.613078
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40690589

19 JULY 2017

Philippine government calls off formal talks, backchannel negotiations with Reds

Negotiations between the government and communists will not resume next month and even informal talks have been canceled because of recent guerrilla attacks
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/19/1721104/govt-calls-formal-talks-backchannel-negotiations-reds
http://www.manilatimes.net/govt-cancels-talks-reds/339389/

17 JULY 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers Muslim self-rule to counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday (July 17) in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who have seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-offers-muslim-self-rule-to-counter-isis
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-form-moro-country/339014/
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MUSLIM_REBELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-17-08-15-30

29 JUNE 2017

The brutal war on drugs in the Philippines – in pictures

 A year on from the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his ‘war on drugs’ has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 Filipinos, according to Human Rights Watch
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jun/29/the-brutal-war-on-drugs-in-the-philippines-in-pictures

29 MAY 2017

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/philippines-calls-peace-talks-communist-rebels-170528203757454.html
http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/05/29/1704539/editorial-defiance

23 MAY 2017

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1703088/duterte-declares-martial-law-mindanao
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao

18 MAY 2017

Philippines rejects millions in EU development aid

The Philippines has rejected €250 million in development assistance from the European Union due to perceived interference in domestic matters
http://www.asianews.network/content/philippines-rejects-millions-eu-development-aid-46070
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/18/17/palace-ph-only-rejecting-eu-aid-with-conditions

11 APRIL 2017

Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes

Soldiers battling Abu Sayyaf in central Philippines are reported to have killed a key commander of the armed group who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/abu-sayyaf-spokesman-and-kidnapping-mastermind-muamar-askali-killed-in-bohol-clash
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/army-kills-abu-sayyaf-commander-blamed-beheadings-170412052319125.html

17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603444/news/nation/european-parliament-calls-for-de-lima-s-release-and-probe-on-war-on-drugs?related
https://m.facebook.com/hrw.ph/posts/1590619237633793
http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/03/17/1682057/watch-debate-eu-parliament-dutertes-drug-war

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/15/phil-m15.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2077082/philippines-lawmakers-dismiss-foreign-minister-yasay-amid
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/09/1679352/yasay-dumped-lying

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-house-overwhelmingly-approves-re-imposition-death-penalty/#ySBY5vgmUuqL7JR9.97
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-moves-to-restore-death-penalty-for-drug-offenses/a-37841088
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/878935/senators-divided-on-fate-of-death-penalty-measure

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry
http://www.voanews.com/a/philippine-economic-growth-on-track-to-lead-southwest-asia/3656732.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

5 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vp-vows-take-duterte-after-cabinet-exit
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/philippine-dictator-ferdinand-marcos-given-controversial-heros-burial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/ferdinand-marcos-hero-burial-philippines-161118043531138.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/marcos-philippine-president-citizens-react-heros-burial-manila-dictator-duterte

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044031/philippine-dictator-marcos-allowed-heros-burial-supreme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/08/philippines-president-ferdinand-marcos-granted-heros-burial-manila

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2038320/duterte-always-loved-communists-except-when-he-was-killing

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-maoist-guerrillas-say-wont-give-up-arms-as-part-of-peace-deal

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
http://www.dw.com/en/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers-in-the-philippines/a-35890128

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247946077
http://opinion.inquirer.net/97604/deny-the-past-desecrate-the-present

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

 

26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2009435/philippine-government-communist-rebels-agree-indefinite
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/philippine-govt-rebels-to/3076274.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/philippines-communist-rebels-agree-ceasefire-160820132516863.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-rebels-announce-7-day-truce-for-norway-talks-1.1882165
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/20/content_15482408.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/filipinos-protest-burial-ferdinand-marcos/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37076080

 

30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-withdraws-communist-ceasefire
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/801239/duterte-calls-off-truce
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608498/unilateral-ceasefire-reds-cancelled

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippines-duterte-declares-ceasefire-communists-160725135756380.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-declares-communist-ceasefire-085815376.html?nhp=1

Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1991761/philippine-court-clears-former-president-arroyo-plunder
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/20/1604750/sc-clears-gma-plunder
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/574304/news/nation/the-cases-against-gloria-macapagal-arroyo

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-sworn-in-as/2917296.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160630_29/
http://www.asianews.network/content/full-text-dutertes-inaugural-speech-21279
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels
http://www.dw.com/en/hopes-of-peace-for-communist-insurgents-in-philippines/a-19356647

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/06/philippine-government-rebels-to-end-hostilities-for-peace-talks/

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/rodrigo-duterte-meets-with-rival-islamists-in-philippines/7524946?section=world

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-parliament-proclaims-rodrigo-duterte-as-the-nations-next-president-in-his
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-president-robredo-vp/265143/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/30/c_135399351.htm

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-incoming-president-offers-olive-branch-posts-pebels-1
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463392621&section=13
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/785918/duterte-4-cabinet-posts-open-to-reds

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36297583

12 MAY 2016

Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’

Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-2016-election-cleanest-safest/

10 MAY 2016

Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-duterte-presidency-is-a-threat-to-democracy/a-19247260#disqus_thread
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/rodrigo-duterte-era-philippines-160511101236269.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-infamous-quotes-philippines-rodrigo-duterte

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
http://atimes.com/2016/05/philippines-vote-counting-machines-fail-in-first-polling-hours/
http://www.inquirer.net/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-10/controversial-mayor-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-following-incendiary-campa/1578682

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.
http://www.dw.com/en/islamist-militant-rebels-release-10-indonesian-hostages-in-philippines/a-19227727
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/philippines-abu-sayyaf-indonesian-captives-160501073913227.html

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-troops-attack/2740670.html

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html
http://atimes.com/2016/04/freed-italian-hostage-leaves-philippines-hospital/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-military-officials-least-18-soldiers-killed-over-150825497.html?nhp=1

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/23/the-return-of-the-marcoses/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/02/philippines-celebrates-30th-anniversary-revolution-160225075334366.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x73sTMGJ3U

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/muddy-relations-for-is-in-the-philippines/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/philippines-presidential-election-campaign-kicks-off/

28 JANUARY 2016

A bright future for the Philippines

Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/28/a-bright-future-for-the-philippines/

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/stormy-seas-ahead-for-the-philippine-economy/

 

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16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

14 MARCH 2019

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

7 FEBRUARY 2019

The Mekong region is caught in a tug-of-war

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all countries
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/02/07/the-mekong-region-is-caught-in-a-tug-of-war/

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

7 JANUARY 2019

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam’s invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing’s than Hanoi’s orbit
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-vietnam-lost-and-china-won-cambodia/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

ASEAN and the EU have a shared mutual view on community building through collective rules, and are therefore pioneering new approaches to regionalism and the role of regional integration within the international geopolitical power play
https://chargedaffairs.org/through-the-looking-glass-asean-eu-relations-in-a-new-era/

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

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model

From inception to a shift towards connectivity, the ASEAN Economic Community gets a fresh boost as the region doubles down on building digital capabilities, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Sanchita Basu Das
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/asean-economic-community-connectivity-rebirth-growth-model-10879030

22 OCTOBER 2018

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-china-kicks-off-first-maritime-exercise-10852692
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2169727/china-embarks-first-joint-naval-drills-asean-us-tensions-simmer

12 OCTOBER 2018

Is Asean better off without the US?

AS recently as just two years ago, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is better off without the attention of the United States is not a question you would ever hear asked
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/is-asean-better-off-without-the-us/

11 OCTOBER 2018

Do all you can to resolve climate change ‘sticking points’ UN chief urges South-East Asian leaders, in Bali

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for Governments across South-East Asia, to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging impact of climate change
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022862

How the death penalty is applied in Southeast Asian countries

The Malaysian government’s announcement on its decision to abolish the death penalty for all crimes has given a ray of hope for anti-capital punishment campaigners in the region
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/how-the-death-penalty-is-applied-in-southeast-asian-countries/

23 AUGUST 2018

Does China really dominate Southeast Asia?

Is China truly establishing dominance over neighboring Southeast Asia, or is it a prevailing perception among academics and journalists who have uncritically adopted a pervasive pro-China narrative built on Beijing’s rising investment and influence in the region?
http://www.atimes.com/article/does-china-really-dominate-southeast-asia/

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-pm-accuses-laos-of-border-violation-mobilising-troops-9114246
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

Britain plans to send warship to South China Sea in move likely to irk Beijing

Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/britain-plans-send-warship-south-china-sea-move-likely-irk-beijing

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

Defense spending in the Asia Pacific has been surging in recent years due to escalating tensions over a myriad of territorial feuds, a new report says. DW examines the driving factors behind this military build-up
http://www.dw.com/en/are-south-china-sea-tensions-triggering-an-arms-race/a-18927467

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

Countries affected by the Asian migrant crisis issue have agreed to establish an anti-trafficking task force, but the Rohingya migrants still face an uncertain future
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asia-nations/1880868.html https://sg.news.yahoo.com/no-miracle-solution-asian-migrant-crisis-meeting-183515970.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 16 March in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 16 MARCH IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 16, 2019

1527: The Emperor Babur defeated the Rajputs at the Battle of Kanvaha in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khanwa

1792: Tippoo Sahib, the sultan of Mysore, surrenders to British forces in India on this date, ending his campaign against colonial rule. A treaty will be signed at Seringapatam on March 18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Anglo-Mysore_War

1908: China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=PBH19080411.2.112&l=mi&e=——-10–1—-0–https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19080306.2.2

1945: Pacific War, Allies declare Iwo Jima secured
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fighting-on-iwo-jima-ends
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_iwo_jima.htm

1968: In South Vietnam, massacre of My Lai. 504 civilians including 182 women and 173 children are killed by an US platoon
https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/march-16-1968-u-s-soldiers-massacre-vietnamese-civilians-at-my-lai/

1968-03-16 My Lai massacre
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-troops-massacre-south-vietnamese
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

1975: In Vietnam War, South Vietnamese troops withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum begins, as thousands of civilians join the soldiers streaming down Route 7B toward the sea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-flee-pleiku-and-kontum

1975-03-16 Central_Highlands_Evacuation

1979: The last Chinese troops leave Vietnam
http://militaryhistorynow.com/2012/11/01/red-vs-red-chinas-bloody-month-long-war-with-vietnam/
http://sinovietnamesewar.com/
http://china-underground.com/2016/04/09/sino-vietnamise-war-images/?rdp_we_resource=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSino-Vietnamese_War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_-AtXF1G4

1996: US Congress approved the sale of weapons to Taiwan
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-08-24/news/9608240092_1_stinger-renegade-province-taiwan
https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffas.org%2Fsgp%2Fcrs%2Fweapons%2FRL30957.pdf&ei=cbgFVa_2CMP2UrvLg6AB&usg=AFQjCNElZpO33hJZa0Rojgb-cBUFvwh21w&sig2=_CGPeYsIRTiTlt7rdvCHYg

 

On 16 March in South Asian history

ON 16 MARCH IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 16, 2019

1527: The Emperor Babur defeated the Rajputs at the Battle of Kanvaha in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Khanwa

1792: Tippoo Sahib, the sultan of Mysore, surrenders to British forces in India on this date, ending his campaign against colonial rule. A treaty will be signed at Seringapatam on March 18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Anglo-Mysore_War

1901: Birth of Potti Sriramulu, Indian revolutionary, who died of fasting on December 16, 1952
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potti_Sreeramulu
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-andhrapradesh/amarajeevi-potti-sriramulu/article3041562.ece
http://www.thehindu.com/thehindu/mp/2002/11/11/stories/2002111101540200.htm

Potti Sriramulu

1940 : Birth of Sreekumaran Thampi, Malayalam lyricist and filmmaker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sreekumaran_Thampi

1968: Birth of Ananya Khare, Indian actress and teacher
http://www.in.com/ananya-khare/biography-1478.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananya_Khare

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5-kspAuN1k

1977: In India, Indira Gandhi loses the élections
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_general_election,_1977

1999: The first bus line between Delhi and Lahore enters in service
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi%E2%80%93Lahore_Bus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX6Sw_r8MpU

2009: Pakistan’s government announces the reinstatement of Iftikhar Chaudhry, the deposed chief justice, in a bid to defuse the country’s political crisis and end a protest march that was threatening to turn into a violent confrontation
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7945294.stm

2010: Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka appears before a military court on charges of participating in politics while in uniform
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8569405.stm

 

 

On 16 March in Southeast Asian history

ON 16 MARCH IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on March 16, 2019

1521: Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1595/today-in-philippine-history-march-16-1521-magellan-sighted-the-eastern-coast-of-samar
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Ferdinand+Magellan

1968: In South Vietnam, massacre of My Lai. 504 civilians including 182 women and 173 children are killed by an US platoon
https://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/16/march-16-1968-u-s-soldiers-massacre-vietnamese-civilians-at-my-lai/

1968-03-16 My Lai massacre
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-troops-massacre-south-vietnamese
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

1975: In Vietnam War, South Vietnamese troops withdrawal from Pleiku and Kontum begins, as thousands of civilians join the soldiers streaming down Route 7B toward the sea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/south-vietnamese-flee-pleiku-and-kontum

1975-03-16 Central_Highlands_Evacuation

1979: The last Chinese troops leave Vietnam
http://militaryhistorynow.com/2012/11/01/red-vs-red-chinas-bloody-month-long-war-with-vietnam/
http://sinovietnamesewar.com/
http://china-underground.com/2016/04/09/sino-vietnamise-war-images/?rdp_we_resource=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSino-Vietnamese_War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_-AtXF1G4

2014: Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh announces his return to politics amid speculation that he is being brought back by leader Hun Sen to bolster support for his government

2015: The eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Nurul Izzah, is arrested for sedition after reading out in parliament parts of a speech by her father criticising his recent jailing
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-03-16/anwar-ibrahim-daughter-nurul-izzah-arrested-for-sedition/6324050
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/malaysian-police-arrest-anwar-daughter-150316081657370.html

On 16 March in Japan’s history

ON 16 MARCH IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on March 16, 2019

1800: Birth of Ninko, the 120th Japanese emperor (1817-1846) who died in February 1846
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Nink%C5%8D

1908: China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=PBH19080411.2.112&l=mi&e=——-10–1—-0–https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19080306.2.2

1945: Pacific War, Allies declare Iwo Jima secured
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/fighting-on-iwo-jima-ends
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_iwo_jima.htm

1961: Birth of Michiru Oshima, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michiru_Oshima

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPdeUaey_P4

1993: Chishu Ryu, Japanese actor (Autumn Afternoon), dies of cancer at 86
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-chishu-ryu-1498760.html
http://www.a2pcinema.com/ozu-san/ozu/collaborators/ryu_c.htm

 

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

2011: Japanese Emperor Akihito makes an unprecedented televised address to his disaster-stricken nation, saying he was « deeply worried » by the crisis at damaged nuclear reactors and urging people to help each other in difficult times
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42104850/ns/world_news-asiapacific/
http://www.france24.com/en/20110316-Japan-earthquake-akihito-emperors-rare-tv-appearance-underscores-gravity-nuclear-crisis

2012: Death of Takaaki Yoshimoto, Japanese poet, philosopher, and critic, born on November 25, 1924
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2012/03/17/national/literary-critic-yoshimoto-dies-at-87/#.WMnLrOR-s2w
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takaaki_Yoshimoto

 

On 16 March in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 16 MARCH IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on March 16, 2019

934: Meng Zhixiang declares himself emperor and establishes Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Zhixiang

1399: Birth of Xuande Emperor of China who died on January 31, 1435
http://literariasexperiencias.blogspot.fr/2008/09/xuande-emperor.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xuande_Emperor

1908: China released the Japanese steamship Tatsu Maru
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=PBH19080411.2.112&l=mi&e=——-10–1—-0–https://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=LAH19080306.2.2

1942: Birth of James Soong, Taiwanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Soong

1961: Death of Chen Geng, Chinese military leader, born on February 27, 1903
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Geng
http://www.china.org.cn/english/China/218948.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2289.html

1979: The last Chinese troops leave Vietnam
http://militaryhistorynow.com/2012/11/01/red-vs-red-chinas-bloody-month-long-war-with-vietnam/
http://sinovietnamesewar.com/
http://china-underground.com/2016/04/09/sino-vietnamise-war-images/?rdp_we_resource=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FSino-Vietnamese_War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4_-AtXF1G4

1996: US Congress approved the sale of weapons to Taiwan
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1996-08-24/news/9608240092_1_stinger-renegade-province-taiwan
https://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=https%3A%2F%2Ffas.org%2Fsgp%2Fcrs%2Fweapons%2FRL30957.pdf&ei=cbgFVa_2CMP2UrvLg6AB&usg=AFQjCNElZpO33hJZa0Rojgb-cBUFvwh21w&sig2=_CGPeYsIRTiTlt7rdvCHYg

2003: Wen Jiabao replaces Zhu Rongji as Chinese Prime Minister
http://www.chinatoday.com/who/w/wen-jiabao.htm

Wen Jiabao 2003-03-16