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On 2 April in Asian history

Cornelis de Houtman débarque en Indonésie

ON 2 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 2, 2019

1511: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun, who died on May 20, 1550
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshiharu

1565: Birth of Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia and managed to begin the Dutch spice trade. At the time, the Portuguese Empire held a monopoly on the spice trade, and the voyage was a symbolic victory for the Dutch. He died in August 1599
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Cornelis_de_Houtman

1595: Dutch expedition under Cornesis de Houtman leaves for Indies
http://first-history-indonesian.blogspot.fr/2012/02/cornelis-de-houtman-road-opener-dutch.html
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CFIQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.indonesia-dutchcolonialheritage.nl%2FFirstShipments%2FFirst%2520shipmentsJakArt.pdf&ei=X0UcVcHdNcfeasP5gsgK&usg=AFQjCNFcEvB4Nj3fL-QaadQ8P-jmXBID8Q&sig2=wiIUe7Ymu8p9Z0QSrFCpYQ
 Cornelis de Houtman débarque en Indonésie

1614: Birth of Mandchu prince Dodo, Chinese prince who died on April 29, 1649
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo_(prince)

1614: Birth of Jahanara Begum, Indian daughter of Shah Jahan, who died on September 16, 1681
http://madhukidiary.com/shahzadi-jahanara-begum-sahib-facets-of-her-life/
http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2013/02/princess-jahanaras-biography-of-a-sufi-saint.html
http://www.thedelhiwalla.com/2011/07/14/the-biographical-dictionary-of-delhi-%E2%80%93-jahanara-begum-b-ajmer-1614-1681/

1672: Death of Saint Pedro Calungsod, Filipino saint and Catholic missionary, born in 1654
https://pedrocalungsod.page.tl/Biography.htm
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=7581

1755: Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India
http://famousdaily.com/history/suvarnadurg-captured-by-commodore-james.html

Suvarnadurg Arial view

1781: Birth of Swaminarayan, also known as Sahajanand Swami, central figure in a modern sect of Hinduism known as the Swaminarayan Faith, a form of Vaishnavism, who died on June 1, 1830
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaminarayan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mya05ZW5bFo

1788: Birth of Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet, who died on February 20, 1862
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1053/today-in-philippine-history-april-2-1788-francisco-baltazar-was-born-in-panginay-bigaa-bulacan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Balagtas

1879: During the Second Afghan War, battle of Futtehabad
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/futtehabad.htm
http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1973-01-73-1

 1879-04-02 battle of Futtehabad

1890: Birth of general Ho Ying-chin, Republic of China’s Defense minister from 1930 to 1944, who died on October 21, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Yingqin

1898: Birth of Harindranath Chattopadhyay, Indian poet, actor and politician who died on June 23, 1990
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/harindranath_chattopadhyay-profile-2573-42.htm
http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/makingbritain/content/harindranath-chattopadhyaya

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-AdHn9zUQ

1942: Birth of Roshan Seth, Indian actor
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/529878/index.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0786022/

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

1947: The United Nations Security Council entrusts the USA for the guardianship of the Pacific islands formerly under Japanese control

1948: After supporting the Chinese Nationalist military since the 1930s, U.S. sharply cuts aid because of widespread corruption

1951: Birth of Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriteru_Ueshiba 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3DLFCKdoOg

1954: An Amity Treaty is signed between Pakistan and Turkey

1954: North Vietnamese Vietminh enter northern Cambodia

1954: Birth of Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susumu_Hirasawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDKeKzkM784

1954: Indian Prime Minister Nehru calls for an arrest and end on nuclear weapons race

1955: Birth of Princess Maha Chakri Serindhorn, third child of Thailand king Rama IX
http://kanchanapisek.or.th/biography/sirindhorn/index.en.html

1958: Death of Josei Toda, Japanese educator and peace activist, second president of Soka Gakkai, born on February 11, 1900
http://www.joseitoda.org/

1965: Leaster Pearson, the Canadian Prime Minister, asks the USA to suspend the bombings on North Vietnam

1966: South Vietnamese troops joined in demonstrations at Hue and Da Nang for an end to military rule

1967: In Beijing, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao’s foe Liu Shaoqi
https://books.google.fr/books?id=fYxPkWTVQoIC&pg=PA28&lpg=PA28&dq=thousands+demonstrated+against+Mao%27s+foe+Liu+Shaoqi&source=bl&ots=GQfTS9wvqo&sig=QGGOThKZC14Z_QpiotSApOJ8oac&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=pU8cVYn8PIfhaJ2SgIgB&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=thousands%20demonstrated%20against%20Mao’s%20foe%20Liu%20Shaoqi&f=false

1967-04-02 Mass-movement-meeting-against-Liu-Shaoqi

 1969: Birth of Ajay Devgan, Indian Actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajay_Devgan

1972: Death of Toshitsugu Takamatsu, grandmaster of Binjutsu, born on 10 March 1887
 http://www.ninjutsu.org.uk/takamatsu_ninjutsu_grandmaster.html

1972: Birth of Remo D’Souza (birth name Ramesh Gopi Nair), Indian dancer, choreographer, actor and film director
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remo_D%27Souza
http://biogtown.com/indian-choreographer-remo-dsouza-biography/

1972: During the Easter offensive, North Vietnamese soldiers take the northern half of Quang Tri Province
http://www.olive-drab.com/od_history_vietnam_easter1972.php

1975: Death of Dong Biwu, vice-president of China (1959-1972), born on March 5, 1886
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dong_Biwu
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3065.html

1975: In Vietnam, thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quan Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops

1976: Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan

1983: Death of Zhang Daqian, Chinese painter, born on May 10, 1899
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Daqian
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Zhang+Daqian&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=oXR4T-BuosPRBbiwrKIN&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CB0Q_AUoAQ&biw=1249&bih=569
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2998.html

Zhang Daqian Lotus

1992: Death of Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor, born on 1st September 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomisaburo_Wakayama
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=65254122

1997: Death of Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer, Creator of Godzilla, born on 26 April 1910
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/04/movies/tomoyuki-tanaka-the-creator-of-godzilla-is-dead-at-86.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoyuki_Tanaka

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

2001: In the Philippines, the Supreme Court refuses to grant immunity to president Joseph Estrada accused of corruption and recognizes Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new president

2002: Death of Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and songwriter, born on April 30, 1910
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Celerio
http://www.famousfilipino.com/content/view/97/119/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0FoqZkM50M

2002: First visit of Pakistani president General Musharaff to Kabul. With Afghan president Hamid Karzai, they commit to fight the terrorism

2004: Early legislative elections in Sri Lanka. The United People’s Freedom Alliance wins 105 of the 225 seats (77 before) missing the absolute majority by 8 seats. UNP drops from 114 to 82

2006: Legislative elections in Thailand, boycotted by the opposition. With 57 % of the votes, Thai Rak Thai wins 349 seat, 377 one year before

2009: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Malaysian prime minister, submits his resignation to the country’s king, paving the way for the appointment of his deputy as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/04/20094225054815632.html

2013: After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announces it will restart a nuclear reactor it had shut more than five years ago
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://asiancorrespondent.com/103974/north-korea-vows-to-restart-nuclear-facilities/ http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-to-restart-yongbyon-nuclear-reactor/1633003.html

2014: Death of Unnikrishnan Puthur, Indian author, born on July 15, 1933
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/unnikrishnan-puthur-dead/article5865476.ece
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unnikrishnan_Puthur

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAD6Lo98OOk

2015: China protest after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/03/2003615037

2016: Vietnam’s parliament swears in Tran Dai Quang as president, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/154422/new-president-vows-to-fulfill-assigned-tasks.html

2017: Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government wins a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections but is bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

 

Holidays and observances

Thai Heritage Conservation Day

France and Asia-Pacific relations

2 APRIL 2019

France urges Brunei to drop anti-gay stoning law

France has called on the authorities in Brunei to scrap a law that would make adultery or gay sex punishable by death by stoning. The Sultanate maintains the death penalty, but no one has been executed since 1957
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190402-france-urges-brunei-drop-stoning-law-adultery-gay-sex

24 MARCH 2019

Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/macron-looks-to-galvanise-eu-on-china-as-xi-visits-france/article/546039#ixzz5j7yxxaSV
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/18/236/1553400082457.html?newsId=65608
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3003078/chinese-president-xi-jinping-meets-french-president-emmanuel

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

26 JANUARY 2019

France Takes Steps to Boost India’s Clout in Indian Ocean to Counter China

France is considered as an important player in the Indian Ocean region, where India is facing a heightened Chinese presence, according to France’s ambassador to India. Beijing has reportedly indicated a strategic shift to curb its troops on land and reallocate resources to its navy and air force
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201901261071821341-india-france-indian-oecan/

21 JANUARY 2019

Japan to share defense supplies with France and Canada

Japan plans to set up logistical support arrangements allowing the Self-Defense Forces to share common supplies with the French and Canadian militaries, part of efforts to bolster defenses in the Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/Japan-to-share-defense-supplies-with-France-and-Canada

13 JANUARY 2019

France returns to Laos

With a view to diversify foreign economic and foreign policy relations, Laos is developing contacts with France, whose colony it used to be in the past. Paris is seen as a remote neighbor of Laos, a partner in the economic and cultural spheres. Since 1991 Laos has been a member of the international organization for the cooperation of the francophone states “Francophone”. According to the French Embassy in Vientiane, the number of Laotians who speak French amounts to 3% and has been increasing over the past 12 years
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/13/france-returns-to-laos/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Cooperation/Cooperation_France.php

11 JANUARY 2019

France to join North Korea surveillance at sea with Japanese navy

France Friday (Jan 11) agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/france-to-join-north-korea-surveillance-at-sea–11111648
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190112_05/

6 JANUARY 2019

UK’s hopes of Indo-Pacific strike group with France premature

While London and Paris have been supporting each other’s navies and venturing further afield, experts warn there are limits
http://www.atimes.com/article/uks-hopes-of-indo-pacific-strike-group-with-france-premature/

5 JANUARY 2018

French MP denounces China’s threat of force against Taiwan

French parliamentarian Jean-François Cesarini said Wednesday that China’s desire to go to war with Taiwan is unacceptable, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) warning the previous day that China reserves the right to use force against Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201901030009.aspx

25 DECEMBER 2018

China accuses France of siding with its allies after Paris call for Canadians’ release

Beijing on Tuesday hit back at France for siding with its “allies”, as the list of countries calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China continues to grow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179462/china-accuses-france-siding-its-allies-after-paris-call

15 DECEMBER 2018

India, France hold talks on deepening bilateral ties

India and France on Saturday held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/151218/india-france-hold-talks-on-deepening-bilateral-ties.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/pm-modi-meets-french-minister-le-drian201812151623130001/
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-france-reiterate-resolve-to-jointly-fight-terrorism-1.60956521

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

Vietnam and France support the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and commit to free trade, the government portal reported during the current visit by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/viet-nam/2018/11/81E0CEBD/vietnam-and-france-businesses-ink-agreements-worth-us-10-billion/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/11/03/Vietnam-and-France-sign-deals-worth-over-%2410-billion
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20181102/france-wants-vietnam-to-become-partner-of-reference-in-southeast-asia-pm-edouard-philippe/47494.html
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181103-french-pm-revisits-site-frances-painful-dien-bien-phu-defeat

29 OCTOBER 2018

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

China’s first-ever international cooperation satellite according to French space agency boss Jean-Yves Le Gall, took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China’s Gobi Desert
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china–france-launch-satellite-to-study-climate-change-10875674
http://en.rfi.fr/20181029-china-france-launch-climate-change-watching-satellite/

19 OCTOBER 2018

France to send aircraft carrier to Indian Ocean next year

France said on Friday (Oct 19) it would send its aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean next year, to defend freedom of navigation at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed waters
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-to-send-aircraft-carrier-to-indian-ocean-next-year-10846386

Abe, Macron meet in France

Presidents Moon and Macron second summit

Seoul asks Paris to assist in getting tariff exemptions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257028.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

France promises aid as Indonesia quake toll tops 800

France has promised aid to Indonesia after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. The death toll rose to 832 on Sunday and is expected to rise, with three French nationals, one Malaysian and one South Korean among the missing
http://en.rfi.fr/20180930-indonesia-quake-and-tsunami-kills-over-400/

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France sign statement on defence ties

Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed a joint vision statement on defence cooperation for 2018-28 at their talks in Paris
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/466081/vn-france-sign-statement-on-defence-ties.html#1teqd6sPgQx4C4yl.99

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan President meets French parliamentary delegation

The event showed that both countries shared the same values of freedom and democracy, leading relations to be close and to progress continuously, the Central News Agency quoted Tsai as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3527380
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3526531

5 AUGUST 2018

How the French military’s ‘political messengers’ are countering Beijing in the South China Sea

France’s air and sea presence in the region asserts its support for a maritime security order based on shared rules and norms, writes Mathieu Duchâtel
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2157702/how-french-militarys-political-messengers-are

14 JULY 2018

Japan, France to cooperate on maritime security

The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180715_01/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-sign-agreement-share-defense-supplies/#.W0pZLdIzY2w

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

28 JUNE 2018

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

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

Our Defence Ties Have Never Been Stronger, Says French Ambassador To India Alexandre Ziegler

BW Businessworld chats with French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on the growing ambit of the defence partnership between the two countries
http://businessworld.in/article/Our-Defence-Ties-Have-Never-Been-Stronger-Says-French-Ambassador-To-India-Alexandre-Ziegler/27-06-2018-153130/#.WzT9AJEb2mx.linkedin

25 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping meets French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe

President Xi Jinping on Monday met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Beijing, saying China is willing to work with France to enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20180625/149127.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280241.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2152433/china-expands-trade-france-bolster-european-ties-amid

19 JUNE 2018

France in S China Sea Puts Own Interests Instead of Countering Beijing – Analyst

France is present in the South China Sea to protect its own territorial interests rather than act as a counterweight to Beijing, French experts told Sputnik
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806191065550871-france-china-sea-presence/

3 JUNE 2018

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149062/france-britain-sail-warships-contested-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/france-urges-countries-to-respect-international-law-in-south-china-sea

31 MAY 2018

Scaling back of French reactor a blow for nuke fuel reprocessing

Japan’s hopes of keeping its nuclear fuel recycling program alive faces another major obstacle with signs from France that a reactor project there will be scaled back because of swelling construction costs
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805310040.html

25 MAY 2018

Xi says he has full confidence in China-France ties

China is willing to work with France to enhance strategic coordination, stick to multilateralism, jointly address global challenges and promote world economic growth as well as facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment, so as to help safeguard a world order that should be peaceful, stable, open and inclusive, he said
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/64/239/236/1527254973071.html

17 MAY 2018

China, France agree on ‘three handles’ to boost cooperation

China and France have agreed to make use of « three handles » to comprehensively enhance practical cooperation between the two countries, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/158/6/64/1526568436925.html

2 MAY 2018

Australia, France sign agreements on military cooperation, cyberwar

Emmanuel Macron and Malcolm Turnbull have signed a series of agreements for closer military ties and cooperation on cyberwar, during the French leader’s Australian visit
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-france-sign-agreements-on-military-cooperation-cyberwar
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2144344/french-president-emmanuel-macron-vows-stand-against-chinese

1 MAY 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron in Australia for talks on trade, climate and defence

Fresh from his so-called « bromance » in Washington with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Australia to bolster defence ties and continue his efforts to revive the fortunes of Europe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/french-president-emmanuel-macron-in-australia-for-talks-on-trade-climate-and
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/french-president-macron-lands-in-sydney-for-talks-on-china-influence-trade

Taiwan, France team up to promote innovation collaboration

Taiwan should tap into France’s tech expertise as the two sides continue to boost exchanges through initiatives in the innovation industries, according to a CNA report published on Monday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418989

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam, France mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s (CPV’s) Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and French National Assembly (NA) President Francois de Rugy marked the anniversary of Vietnam-France ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/425208/vn-france-mark-45th-anniversary-of-diplomatic-ties.html#fTJlw10Brl3YfuSF.99
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/197968/party-chief-expects-french-enterprises-to-succeed-in-vietnam.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-vietnam-deals/frances-bouygues-edf-sign-deals-during-vietnam-leader-visit-idUKKBN1H320Q?rpc=401&

20 MARCH 2018

Indo-French naval exercise Varuna kicks off

The Indian and the French navies have launched Varuna 2018, a joint naval exercise, in Goa, India
https://navaltoday.com/2018/03/19/indo-french-naval-exercise-varuna-kicks-off-2/#.WrEsN6hDYM4.linkedin

12 MARCH 2018

French Navy ship visit to Philippines shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation

The visit of a French Navy’s light patrol frigate to the Philippines shows France as a “Pacific power” that is committed to “security” and adherence to the principle of freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, officials said after the Vendmiaire docked at a port in Manila on Monday
http://www.manilatimes.net/french-navy-ship-visit-to-ph-shows-france-commitment-to-security-freedom-of-navigation/385691
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/164912/philippines-france-south-china-sea-west-philippine-sea-military-cooperation-dispute-southeast-asia-defense-peace

10 MARCH 2018

Narendra Modi, Emmanuel Macron look to broaden ties as India, France ink 14 deals

India and France sign 14 pacts in areas ranging from defence to nuclear energy after extensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lLHqPt12U2iD0H4GKNCq6M/Emmanuel-Macron-India-visit-Indian-French-firms-sign-16-b.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/modi-macron-ink-14-pacts-to-boost-india-france-ties-cos-sign-16-bn-deals-118031000463_1.html
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/want-our-youth-to-recognise-indo-french-ties-pm-narendra-modi/1235515

Amid row over Rafale deal, India, France sign strategic defence pact on use of each other’s military bases

French President Emmanuel Macron has said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/10/amid-row-over-rafale-deal-india-france-sign-strategic-defence-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-1785092.html
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/emmanuel-macron-india-visit-india-france-release-joint-statement-on-french-presidents-state-visit-1822217
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-france-security-accord-has-china-in-mind-10032788
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/mar/09/rafale-deal-win-win-but-details-cant-be-revealed-french-president-emmanuel-macron-1784174.html

8 MARCH 2018

Nissan in talks to buy France’s Renault stake in merger prelude

Renault SA and alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state’s 15 percent Renault stake, people close to the matter said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/08/business/corporate-business/nissan-talks-buy-frances-renault-stake-merger-prelude/#.WqF2EOjOU2x

1 MARCH 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India likely to lead to exciting military commerce

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India on December 8 is likely to be leavened by two exciting items of military commerce, the sale of three additional French submarines and orders for 36 more Rafale fighter aircraft
https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171120-french-president-emmanuel-macron-visit-india-military-commerce-1082490-2017-11-10
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/french-president-emmanuel-macron-s-four-day-visit-to-india-begins-on-march-9-1180398-2018-03-01

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Hong Kong public will get chance to board French navy frigate Vendémiaire during coming port call

Based in Nouméa in New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, the Vendémiaire is currently on a three-month Asian mission, which includes sailings to Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Guam
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2134087/hong-kong-public-will-get-chance-board-french-navy-frigate

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was conferred France’s highest award –  Legion of Honour – awarded for both civilian and military merit regardless of citizenship, by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Feb 19) in Paris
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-minister-ng-eng-hen-conferred-french-legion-of-honour-9973070

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

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

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

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

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

 

 

On 2 April in South Asian history

1879-04-02 battle of Futtehabad

ON 2 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1614: Birth of Jahanara Begum, Indian daughter of Shah Jahan, who died on September 16, 1681
http://madhukidiary.com/shahzadi-jahanara-begum-sahib-facets-of-her-life/
http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/asian-and-african/2013/02/princess-jahanaras-biography-of-a-sufi-saint.html
http://www.thedelhiwalla.com/2011/07/14/the-biographical-dictionary-of-delhi-%E2%80%93-jahanara-begum-b-ajmer-1614-1681/

1755: Commodore William James captures the pirate fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India
http://famousdaily.com/history/suvarnadurg-captured-by-commodore-james.html

Suvarnadurg Arial view

1781: Birth of Swaminarayan, also known as Sahajanand Swami, central figure in a modern sect of Hinduism known as the Swaminarayan Faith, a form of Vaishnavism, who died on June 1, 1830
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaminarayan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mya05ZW5bFo

 1879: During the Second Afghan War, battle of Futtehabad
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/futtehabad.htm
http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1973-01-73-1
 1879-04-02 battle of Futtehabad

1898: Birth of Harindranath Chattopadhyay, Indian poet, actor and politician who died on June 23, 1990
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/harindranath_chattopadhyay-profile-2573-42.htm
http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/makingbritain/content/harindranath-chattopadhyaya

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJ-AdHn9zUQ

1942: Birth of Roshan Seth, Indian actor
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/529878/index.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0786022/

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

1954: An Amity Treaty is signed between Pakistan and Turkey

1954: Indian Prime Minister Nehru calls for an arrest and end on nuclear weapons race

 1969: Birth of Ajay Devgan, Indian Actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajay_Devgan

2002: First visit of Pakistani president General Musharaff to Kabul. With Afghan president Hamid Karzai, they commit to fight the terrorism

2004: Early legislative elections in Sri Lanka. The United People’s Freedom Alliance wins 105 of the 225 seats (77 before) missing the absolute majority by 8 seats. UNP drops from 114 to 82

2014: Death of Unnikrishnan Puthur, Indian author, born on July 15, 1933
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/unnikrishnan-puthur-dead/article5865476.ece
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unnikrishnan_Puthur

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAD6Lo98OOk

On 2 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 2 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 2, 2019

1565: Birth of Cornelis de Houtman, Dutch explorer who discovered a new sea route from Europe to Indonesia and managed to begin the Dutch spice trade. At the time, the Portuguese Empire held a monopoly on the spice trade, and the voyage was a symbolic victory for the Dutch. He died in August 1599
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Cornelis_de_Houtman

1595: Dutch expedition under Cornesis de Houtman leaves for Indies
http://first-history-indonesian.blogspot.fr/2012/02/cornelis-de-houtman-road-opener-dutch.html
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CFIQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.indonesia-dutchcolonialheritage.nl%2FFirstShipments%2FFirst%2520shipmentsJakArt.pdf&ei=X0UcVcHdNcfeasP5gsgK&usg=AFQjCNFcEvB4Nj3fL-QaadQ8P-jmXBID8Q&sig2=wiIUe7Ymu8p9Z0QSrFCpYQ

 Cornelis de Houtman débarque en Indonésie

1672: Death of Saint Pedro Calungsod, Filipino saint and Catholic missionary, born in 1654
https://pedrocalungsod.page.tl/Biography.htm
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=7581

 1788: Birth of Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet, who died on February 20, 1862
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francisco_Balagtas

1954: North Vietnamese Vietminh enter northern Cambodia

1955: Birth of Princess Maha Chakri Serindhorn, third child of Thailand king Rama IX
http://kanchanapisek.or.th/biography/sirindhorn/index.en.html

1965: Leaster Pearson, the Canadian Prime Minister, asks the USA to suspend the bombings on North Vietnam

1966: South Vietnamese troops joined in demonstrations at Hue and Da Nang for an end to military rule

1972: During the Easter offensive, North Vietnamese soldiers take the northern half of Quang Tri Province
http://www.olive-drab.com/od_history_vietnam_easter1972.php

1975: In Vietnam, thousands of civilian refugees flee from the Quan Ngai Province in front of advancing North Vietnamese troops

1976: Khieu Sampan succeeds Prince Sihanouk as Premier
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khieu_Samphan

2001: In the Philippines, the Supreme Court refuses to grant immunity to president Joseph Estrada accused of corruption and recognizes Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the new president

2002: Death of Levi Celerio, Filipino composer and songwriter, born on April 30, 1910
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_Celerio
http://www.famousfilipino.com/content/view/97/119/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0FoqZkM50M

2006: Legislative elections in Thailand, boycotted by the opposition. With 57 % of the votes, Thai Rak Thai wins 349 seat, 377 one year before

2009: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Malaysian prime minister, submits his resignation to the country’s king, paving the way for the appointment of his deputy as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/04/20094225054815632.html

2014: The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was « deeply concerned » members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word

2016: Vietnam’s parliament swears in Tran Dai Quang as president, elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/154422/new-president-vows-to-fulfill-assigned-tasks.html

2017: Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government wins a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections but is bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

 

Holidays and observances

Thai Heritage Conservation Day

On 2 April in Japan’s history

ON 2 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1511: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshiharu, Japanese shogun, who died on May 20, 1550
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshiharu

1947: The United Nations Security Council entrusts the USA for the guardianship of the Pacific islands formerly under Japanese control

1951: Birth of Moriteru Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moriteru_Ueshiba 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3DLFCKdoOg

1954: Birth of Susumu Hirasawa, Japanese electropop musician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susumu_Hirasawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDKeKzkM784

1958: Death of Josei Toda, Japanese educator and peace activist, second president of Soka Gakkai, born on February 11, 1900
http://www.joseitoda.org/

1972: Death of Toshitsugu Takamatsu, grandmaster of Binjutsu, born on 10 March 1887
 http://www.ninjutsu.org.uk/takamatsu_ninjutsu_grandmaster.html

1992: Death of Tomisaburo Wakayama, Japanese actor, born on 1st September 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomisaburo_Wakayama

1997: Death of Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer, Creator of Godzilla, born on 26 April 1910
http://www.nytimes.com/1997/04/04/movies/tomoyuki-tanaka-the-creator-of-godzilla-is-dead-at-86.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomoyuki_Tanaka

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

 

On 2 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 2 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1614: Birth of Mandchu prince Dodo, Chinese prince who died on April 29, 1649
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo_(prince)

1890: Birth of general Ho Ying-chin, Republic of China’s defense minister from 1930 to 1944, who died on October 21, 1987
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Yingqin

1948: After supporting the Chinese Nationalist military since the 1930s, U.S. sharply cuts aid because of widespread corruption

1967: In Beijing, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against Mao’s foe Liu Shaoqi
https://books.google.fr/books?id=fYxPkWTVQoIC&pg=PA28&lpg=PA28&dq=thousands+demonstrated+against+Mao%27s+foe+Liu+Shaoqi&source=bl&ots=GQfTS9wvqo&sig=QGGOThKZC14Z_QpiotSApOJ8oac&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=pU8cVYn8PIfhaJ2SgIgB&ved=0CDEQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=thousands%20demonstrated%20against%20Mao’s%20foe%20Liu%20Shaoqi&f=false

1967-04-02 Mass-movement-meeting-against-Liu-Shaoqi

 1975: Death of Dong Biwu, vice-president of China (1959-1972), born on March 5, 1886
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dong_Biwu
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3065.html

1983: Death of Zhang Daqian, Chinese painter, born on May 10, 1899
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Daqian
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Zhang+Daqian&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=oXR4T-BuosPRBbiwrKIN&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CB0Q_AUoAQ&biw=1249&bih=569
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/2998.html

Zhang Daqian Lotus

2015: China protest after two American jet fighters landed at an air base in Taiwan, which Beijing regards as its own territory, reportedly for the first time in 30 years
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2015/04/03/2003615037
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2015/04/03/432715/US-personnel.htm