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On 8 April in Asian history

 

ON 8 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 8, 2019

563 BC: Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism, is supposed to be born that day
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/buddhists-celebrate-birth-of-gautama-buddha

622: Death of Prince Shōtoku of Japan, born on February 7, 574
http://veryasian.weebly.com/prince-shotoku.html
http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ps/japan/shotoku.pdf

1232: During the Mongol–Jin War, The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin Dynasty, up to February 26, 1233
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_siege_of_Kaifeng

1336: Birth of Talermane (Timur), central Asian Turkic conqueror, who died on 19 February 1405
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/TimurProf.htm
http://www.silk-road.com/artl/timur.shtml

1450: Death of Sejong the Great, king of the Joseon Dynasty of Korea, born on May 15, 1397 http://asiasociety.org/countries/traditions/king-sejong-great

1521 : Guided by Raja Kulambu, Magellan crew enters the Cebu Harbour
https://magellanproject.org/tag/Cebu/

1551: Death of Oda Nobuhide, Japanese warlord, born in 1510
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oda_Nobuhide
http://otsuke.blogspot.fr/2007/11/nobuhides-death.html

1759: British troops chase French out of Masulipatam (India)
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1759_-_British_expedition_against_Masulipatam

1767: In now Thailand, Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/ayutthaya.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_kingdom

1857: Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy who launched the Sepoy mutiny is hanged
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/04/08/1857-mangal-pandey-sepoy/
http://topyaps.com/17-things-know-mangal-pandey-man-fired-first-shot-1857-indian-revolt

 

1873: Dutch land troops at Banda Aceh (Now in Indonesia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aceh_War

1894: Death of Bankim Chandra Chatterji, Indian author, born on June 26, 1838
http://www.hinduhistory.info/bankim-chandra-chatterjee-1838-1894/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-april-1894-bankim-chandra-chattopadhyay-bengali-writer-dieda


1902: Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months

1913: Opening of China’s first parliament in Beijing

1913-04-13 China 1st parliament

1924: Birth of Kumar Gandharva, Indian music director and singer, who died on January 12, 1992
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kumar-gandharva-5513.php
http://theory.tifr.res.in/~mukhi/Music/gandharva.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJL_b0hxEdU

1929: At Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dadutt throw handouts and bombs to court from a gallery
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/sbsingh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batukeshwar_Dutt

1932: Birth of Sultan Iskandar of Johor, also the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong or king of Malaysia (1984-1989), who died on January 22, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baginda_Almutawakkil_Alallah_Sultan_Iskandar_Al-Haj_ibni_Almarhum_Sultan_Ismail

1934: Birth of Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect who died on 12 October 2007
https://www.archdaily.com/616907/spotlight-kisho-kurokawa
http://www.kisho.co.jp/

1942: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
http://www.pacificwar.org.au/Philippines/FallBataanCorreg.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Bh6zoM7_I

1945: Reluctantly, under Japanese pressure, the king of Laos issues a proclamation ending the French protectorate

1946: Death of Ye Ting, general of the Chinese Red Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_Ting

1950: India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A096
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaquat%E2%80%93Nehru_Pact

1957: In Cambodia Prince Sihanouk forms a new cabinet

1968: Death of Huangmei Opera famous artist Yan Fengying, victim of the Cultural Revolution
http://english.cri.cn/6566/2009/07/23/1321s503511.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3750.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQm6kraaPGQ

1968: End of the siege of the US base of Khe Sanh in South Vietnam after two and half days of combat at main loss
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/battle-of-khe-sanh
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-khe-sanh-recounting-the-battlescasualties.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1yhbRdiZ4

1983: Birth of Allu Argun, Indian film actor
https://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/allu-arjun/biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allu_Arjun

1983: Death of Isamu Kosugi, Japanese actor and director, born on February 24, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isamu_Kosugi
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0467557/

1984: Long-March 3 rocket puts on orbit the first Chinese geostationary satellite

1985: After the Bhopal disaster, India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142333/
http://www.alterinter.org/article3451.html

1986: Suicide of Yukoki Okada, Japanese idol singer, born on 22 August 1967
http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/f226/suicide-okada-yukiko-japanese-youth-yukko-syndrome-125799/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukiko_Okada

1988: In China, Yang Shangkun succeeds Li Xiannian as president of the PRC
http://www.nndb.com/people/971/000111638/

1990: After violent protests, king Birendra of Nepal lift a 30-year ban on political parties

1990: Birth of Kim Jonghyun, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonghyun
http://www.facebook.com/kimjonghyun

1994: After only 8 months, Morihiro Hosokawa, the first no LDP Premier of Japan, resigns under allegations that he had accepted an illegal loan in 1982
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/11/business/cloudy-outlook-japan-hosokawa-s-resignation-could-sidetrack-modest-recovery-that.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-09/news/mn-43907_1_foreign-minister/2
http://www.c-span.org/video/?55920-1/japanese-prime-minister-resignation

1999: Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress

2001: Unpopular Japanese Premier Yoshiro Mori resigns
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/apr/06/japan

2003: In India, after a stormy debate, the parliament condemns the US attack on Irak, demanding a prompt withdrawal of the coalition forces

2005: Indonesian president Sulilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day visit to East Timor
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4427123.stm
http://www.etan.org/et2005/april/01/09ipres.htm

2007: Shintaro Ishihara is for the third time reelected as governor of Tokyo
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200704/09/eng20070409_364785.html

2008: In the Philippines, nine military officers have been sentenced to jail for taking part in a failed coup plot against president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

2008: Death of Kazuo Shiraga, Japanese painter, born August 12, 1924
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/arts/international/art-world-rediscovers-kazuo-shiraga.html?ref=international&_r=0
http://www.artnet.com/artists/kazuo-shiraga/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Kazuo+Shiraga&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwin4tymhanaAhUFWxQKHajLA1oQ_AUICigB&biw=1280&bih=603

Kazuo Shiraga

2008: Yi So-Yeon becomes the first Korean and second Asian woman to go into space
http://www.spacefacts.de/bios/international/english/lee_so-hyun.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxtuy3CdyiA

2010: Thailand’s prime minister declares a state of emergency in the capital and surrounding areas to give the army broader powers to gain control of escalating street protests
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/04/201047111717155731.html

2010: Sri Lanka’s ruling party has won a majority in parliament. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president, had already secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104912214028272.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8610705.stm

2010: Pakistan’s National Assembly has unanimously passed a set of constitutional reforms curbing the powers of Asif Ali Zardari, the president, and transferring them to the prime minister and parliament
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104815523247104.html

2011: Moulana Showkat Shah, a Muslim leader in Indian Kashmir, who had condemned practice of throwing stones at security forces, dies in attack outside mosque
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/20114891931701400.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13009558

2012: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomes Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for « fruitful » talks in Delhi, the highest-level meeting between the rival nuclear powers in seven years
http://www.france24.com/en/20120408-india-pakistan-zardari-singh-peace-nuclear-terror

2013: Bangladesh Prime Minister says no to a law against blasphemy. Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html

2013: North Korea says it was withdrawing all workers and suspending operations at its joint industrial zone with South Korea — the only surviving symbol of inter-Korean cooperation
http://www.france24.com/en/20130408-north-south-korea-suspend-cooperation-kaesong-complex

2014: Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court approves a deeply controversial birth control law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

2014: Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), says that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

2015: The US State Department approves Pakistan’s request for a billion dollars worth of military hardware and equipment, identifying Pakistan as a country of vital importance for US foreign policy and national interests
http://www.dawn.com/news/1174606/us-approves-billion-dollar-arms-sale-to-pakistan

2015: Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou says that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region

2017 : Korea’s flag flew in Pyongyang as the women’s football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/north-south-korea-face-off-historic-football-match-pyongyang/#c8VGRwwbDz7k2QtW.97
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/04/06/2017040601538.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170407000683

 

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Main news on Cambodia

8 APRIL 2019

Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing significant challenges to his legitimacy amid mounting Western pressure
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/936.html

29 MARCH 2019

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/strategy-03292019170149.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-wfp-ink-50m-strategic-plan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50590692/hun-sen-fires-back-at-the-eu-and-us-over-democracy/

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue

Cambodia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world over the past two decades, and that’s forecast to continue this year
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/cambodia-economy-high-growth-expected-continue-190220092005721.html

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia: Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

11 FEBRUARY 2019

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

24 JANUARY 2019

Hun Sen calls on military to ‘destroy’ opponents

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen on Thursday (Jan 24) called on his country’s military to « destroy » opponents if the government comes under threat, in a tirade in which he described himself as the « the one who steers the wheel » of the army
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-calls-on-military-to–destroy–opponents-11162142
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/localnews/12795-2019-01-24-09-09-18.html

22 JANUARY 2019

Cambodian leader Hun Sen, in Beijing, says China pledges S$800m in aid

China has pledged four billion yuan (S$800 million) in aid to Cambodia from 2019 to 2021, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday (Jan 22), highlighting strong ties between Beijing and Phnom Penh amid a European Union threat of trade sanctions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-leader-hun-sen-in-beijing-says-china-pledges-s800m-in-aid
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodia-leader-says-china-to-give-600-million-in-grant-aid

19 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia opposition member Kong Mas charged with ‘incitement’

Kong Mas, an activist from the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for incitement and allegedly disseminating fake news
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/cambodia-opposition-member-charged-pm-threat-sanctions-190119065456154.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cnrp-activist-arrested-alleged-fake-news

14 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia’s Hun Sen marks 34 years in power with opposition threat

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday (Jan 14) marked 34 years in power with a threat « to step on the throat » of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom’s slide into one-party rule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-s-hun-sen-marks-34-years-in-power-with-opposition-threat-11121010
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/localnews/12630-2019-01-14-10-12-41.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-pm-warns-of-dead-opposition-if-eu-withdraws-preferences

31 DECEMBER 2018

Make or break for Hun Sen’s one-party state

At first blush, 2019 should be a doddle for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which marks 40 uninterrupted years in power on January 7
http://www.atimes.com/article/make-or-break-for-hun-sens-one-party-state/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=b3d6bb9fc5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_31_11_54&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-b3d6bb9fc5-31591405

20 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia prime minister’s son tapped for powerful party commitee

The eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was promoted on Thursday (Dec 20) to the ruling party’s permanent committee, an official said, as questions swirl over who might succeed the strongman
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-prime-minister-s-son-tapped-for-powerful-party-commitee-11049532

13 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

Cambodia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians to be lifted
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodian-lawmakers-ok-measure-to-ease-political-ban/4698755.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50558938/hun-sen-clarifies-amendment-of-law-on-political-parties/

7 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that his government will not allow any foreign military bases in its territory and called media reports that China is seeking a naval base there “fake news.”
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50557439/no-chinese-naval-base-in-cambodia/
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodian-premier-says-no-to-foreign-military-bases/

4 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia mulls law to restore opposition politicians’ rights

Cambodia’s parliament will consider legislation to allow politicians banned from political activity to have the ban lifted, a measure that long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government is touting as a step « to strengthen democracy and political space. »
https://www.foxnews.com/world/cambodia-mulls-law-to-restore-opposition-politicians-rights
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181204_43/
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/politics/analysts-question-motives-behind-cambodias-plan-to-strengthen-democracy-after-divisive-election-142901/

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Almost four decades on from the collapse of Pol Pot’s tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a landmark verdict that is hoped will bring closure to millions of Cambodians
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/16/asia/khmer-rouge-genocide-guilty-intl/index.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/11956-2018-11-16-07-39-10.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46217896

14 NOVEMBER 2018

EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

Both Cambodia and Myanmar heavily depend on the European Union’s duty and quota free trade agreement. But the European bloc believes it is time that these countries address human rights abuses. Ate Hoekstra reports
https://www.dw.com/en/eu-to-cambodia-fix-human-rights-or-face-economic-hardship/a-46294993

8 NOVEMBER 2018

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen denies nepotism after promoting sons to high-level government positions

Strongman leader has long shrugged off accusations that he favours relatives, despite his administration being full of officials with links to his family
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2172342/cambodian-prime-minister-hun-sen-denies-nepotism-after
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodian-strongman-hun-sen-defends-promoting-sons

10 OCTOBER 2018

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-faces-potential-economic-collapse/4607448.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/maldives-strongman-challenges-election-defeat-10812516

6 OCTOBER 2018

Former CNRP member jailed in Cambodia for insulting king

A Cambodian court sentenced a former opposition party member to a year in jail for sharing a Facebook post criticizing the country’s king in the first such case brought to trial after a law went into force this year forbidding insults to the royal family
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/insulting-10052018180830.html
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/10/cambodia-first-royal-insult-conviction-a-new-low-for-government/

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia pardons Australian film-maker James Ricketson weeks after jailing him for espionage

An Australian film-maker jailed for espionage in Cambodia received a royal pardon and was released on Friday (Sept 21), less than a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison in a case observers slammed as a farce
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-21/australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-pardoned-for-espionage/10292752
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodia-pardons-australian-filmmaker-jailed-for-espionage
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/21/cambodia-pardons-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia’s Hun Sen tells world: Leave Indochina alone

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said countries outside Indochina are too critical of politics in the region and Southeast Asian nations should be left to solve their own problems
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/cambodia-hun-sen-tells-world-leave-indochina-180912150427821.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha released from prison

The leader of Cambodia’s now dissolved opposition party was freed on highly restrictive bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge, the latest government opponent to be released since Prime Minister Hun Sen’s landslide election victory
http://www.atimes.com/article/cambodian-opposition-leader-released-from-jail/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/cambodia-kem-sokha-release-opposition-leader-bail-jail-election-win-a8531171.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/532166/kem-sokha-released-in-early-morning-today/

31 AUGUST 2018

James Ricketson, Australian filmmaker, found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison

He has already spent 15 months in Phnom Penh jail since being arrested for flying a drone without a permit over a political rally organised by the now-banned opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). He has always maintained his innocence
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/james-ricketson-found-guilty-of-espionage-in-cambodia/10187792
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodian-court-finds-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-guilty-of-espionage
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/30/asia/james-ricketson-espionage-trial-cambodia-verdict-intl/index.html

29 AUGUST 2018

Are China’s gifts a blessing or a curse for Cambodia?

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Cambodia–China diplomatic ties, and the relationship between the two countries has never been closer. China is increasingly becoming Cambodia’s most important economic and diplomatic partner. In the last two years alone, Cambodia signed more than 30 bilateral agreements with China
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/29/are-chinas-gifts-a-blessing-or-a-curse-for-cambodia/#more-143421

28 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

Fourteen anti-government activists were given pardons Monday that will free them from long prison terms, the latest in a series of releases engineered by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party’s election sweep last month
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/27/cambodia-pardons-more-jailed-opposition-members.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/cambodia-prison-release-opposition-election-win-all-seats-hun-sen-kem-sokha-a8510631.html
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodians-released-from-jail/4547102.html

15 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: Election committee

Lawmakers in Cambodia’s new parliament will come from only one party – the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Election Committee announced on Wednesday night (Aug 15)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodian-prime-minister-hun-sens-party-sweeps-all-125-seats-in-parliament
https://theconversation.com/how-cambodias-prime-minister-rigged-an-election-101511
http://en.rfi.fr/20180815-cambodia-ruling-party-sweeps-election-opposition-pushes-sanctions/

30 JULY 2018

Hun Sen’s full house: Ruling party claims it has won every seat in Cambodia election

 Cambodia’s next parliament looks set to consist only of members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party after it said that it swept all 125 seats being contested in the general election on Sunday (Jul 29)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-s-full-house-ruling-party-claims-it-has-won-every-seat-10574494
http://www.france24.com/en/20180730-hun-sen-cpp-party-claims-sweeping-victory-cambodia-elections-funcinpec
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180730_29/

29 JULY 2018

Cambodia: Hun Sen re-elected in landslide victory after brutal crackdown

Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has won a landslide election victory, a result that was seen as a foregone conclusion after a months-long brutal crackdown destroyed all opposition
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/29/cambodia-hun-sen-re-elected-in-landslide-victory-after-brutal-crackdown
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/death-of-democracy-hun-sen-sweeps-to-victory-in-cambodia-election/#4iEbkrBtiXF0HzMK.97
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hun-sen-easily-wins-every-province-in-cambodian-election-10572630

20 JULY 2018

China lends Cambodia $351 million for road, as leaders mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

China has lent Cambodia $351 million to build a new road in the capital Phnom Penh with Cambodia describing relations between the two countries as being at the « best stage » ever
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-20/china-lends-cambodia-350-million-dollars-for-new-road/10018924?section=world
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/10218-2018-07-20-03-28-48.html

5 JULY 2018

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years

Cambodia on Wednesday (Jul 4) reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand, the first time the line has been operational in 45 years
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/cambodia-restores-railway-link-to-thailand-after-45-years-10499412
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2153859/cambodia-restores-rail-link-thailand-border-after-45-years

28 JUNE 2018

HRW Calls for Sanctions on Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

A new report by the international rights group Human Rights Watch links two of Cambodia’s highest military figures contesting seats in next month’s legislative election to murders, tortures, rapes, kidnappings and land grabbing
https://www.voanews.com/a/cambodia-elections-and-human-rights/4458173.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/28/cambodian-dictatorship-propped-12-ruthless-generals-says-rights/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/the-secret-of-hun-sens-power-his-deadly-henchmen/#BbJQTpjOqz81f6cq.97

27 JUNE 2018

Charged with spying on Cambodia, Aussie filmmaker wants out of prison hell

 More than a year has passed since filmmaker James Ricketson entered Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison – half the duration of his granddaughter’s life. Accused by Cambodian authorities of espionage, he is yet to be prosecuted for any crime
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/06/cambodia-james-ricketson-australia-jailed-espionage/#2UlEWv5mcFsP5Sjq.97

19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

China has pledged around US$100 million to help modernise Cambodia’s military, the government said on Tuesday (Jun 19), the latest largesse showered on the country amid a crackdown on dissent before national elections
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-pledges-us-100-million-in-military-aid-to-cambodia-10447826

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

Funcinpec party president prince Norodom Ranariddh was injured in a traffic accident on Sunday while his wife died in Preah Sihanouk province when a taxi-car crashed into their car, police said
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501569/prince-ranariddh-injured-while-his-wife-dies-in-a-traffic-accident/
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/9592-2018-06-17-06-46-48.html
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-prince-hurt-wife-killed-in-crash/a-44264686

14 JUNE 2018

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit over human rights abuses
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-sanctions-cambodian-general/4438322.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50500338/hing-bun-heang-sanctioned-by-the-us/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/06/13/as-cambodian-democracy-weakens-u-s-sanctions-a-high-ranking-cambodian-official/?utm_term=.69a0afc46b24

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) has condemned the continued detention, which has now exceeded six months, of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, since their arrest on November 14, 2017
http://www.atimes.com/injustice-continues-cambodian-court-extends-detention-of-two-journalists//

8 MAY 2018

The Phnom Penh Post: CEO and five staff quit Cambodia’s last independent newspaper over interference

The Australian CEO and five senior staff at The Phnom Penh Post have quit in protest over editorial interference at Cambodia’s last independent newspaper
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-05-08/the-phnom-penh-post-ceo-and-five-staff-quit-cambodias-last-independent-newspaper-over-interference/1754846
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/post-senior-staff-out-dispute-over-article

7 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post sold by Australian owner to Malaysian investor who had previous business links with Hun Sen

A newspaper regarded as Cambodia’s last independent English daily has been sold to a Malaysian investor whose PR firm reportedly had previous business links to the prime minister, raising fears of a further squeeze on the free press ahead of July elections
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/07/sale-cambodian-newspaper-sparks-fears-crackdown-press-freedom/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/phnom-penh-post-sold-malaysian-investor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/newspaper-takeover-staggering-blow-cambodia-free-press-phnom-penh-post

6 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s opposition threatens to withdraw from election

Officials within the Grassroots Democracy Party are threatening to pull out of the national elections in July
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/cambodias-opposition-threatens-withdraw-election-180506093847509.html

22 MARCH 2018

Cambodia urged to release opposition leader, hold fair election by 45 nations

45 nations have called upon Cambodia at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to hold a free and fair elections this year, as well as release jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/cambodia-urged-to-release-opposition-leader-hold-fair-election-by-45-nations/#ScjL90D16ex4Tc0w.97
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/joint-un-statement-condemns-cambodias-political-repression

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

 

Cambodia PM’s son assumes senior military post as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces

The eldest son of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has assumed a position as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces, the latest promotion of one of Mr Hun Sen’s family members to a senior post aimed at apparently consolidating his grip on power
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodia-pms-son-assumes-senior-military-post
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50111450/hun-manet-assumes-role-rcafs-chief-joint-staff/

27 FEBRUARY 2018

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

The White House on Tuesday (Feb 27) said it was cutting US$8.3 million worth of aid programs to Cambodia, a largely symbolic move to protest against an anti-democratic crackdown
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-makes-symbolic-cut-to-cambodia-aid-9996878
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43217043

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court orders the seizure of former Cambodia National Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy’s land which houses the former party headquarters and Rainsy’s private residence, to pay fines levied in two defamation convictions
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-orders-seizure-rainsys-land-pay-defamation-convictions
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50110823/sam-rainys-property-temporarily-seized/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodian-court-order-seizure-of-former-opposition-hq-9996590

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday’s elections for the country’s Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/25/cambodias-ruling-party-claims-sweeping-win-in-senate-vote.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553575/Cambodia-ruling-party-elections-opposition-crackdown-lawmakers

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia criminalises criticism of king

Cambodia’s government on Friday approved the country’s first lese majeste law handing a five year sentence to anyone found guilty of insulting the king, a move rights groups fear will be used to target dissent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131761/cambodia-criminalises-criticism-king-lese-majeste-law
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodia-criminalises-criticism-of-king

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Opposition leader Kem Sokha denied bail after rare Cambodia court appearance

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail by the Appeal Court on Thursday (Feb 1), after being allowed to leave jail for the first time since being held in September
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/opposition-leader-kem-sokha-denied-bail-after-rare-cambodia-9916512
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131622/jailed-cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokhas-bail-denied

14 JANUARY 2018

Sam Rainsy and exiled Cambodian opposition leaders set up new political movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader, call for free and fair elections and possibly start protests
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-01-14/sam-rainsy-and-exiled-cambodian-opposition-leaders-set-up-new-political-movement/1729068

12 JANUARY 2018

China pre-election aid for Hun Sen

Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts yesterday, in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=191678&story_id=50004249&d_str=20180112&sid=3
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/analysis-cambodia-signing-chinese-billions-price

1 JANUARY 2018

Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia

Backed by China, Prime Minister Hun Sen has entered 2018 triumphant from his decades-long struggle with the West – and set the stage for his succession
http://sea-globe.com/where-next/

29 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian court fines exiled former opposition leader US$1 million for defamation

A court in Cambodia on Friday ordered an exiled former opposition leader to pay US$1 million for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2126133/cambodian-court-fines-exiled-former-opposition-leader-us1
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/168/62/61/1514537737179.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/rainsy-and-sokha-would-already-be-dead-pm

12 DECEMBER 2017

EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

The EU on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen
http://www.france24.com/en/20171212-cambodia-european-union-eu-withdraws-support-election-authority-opposition-dissolved
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-cuts-off-funds-for-cambodia-election-after-opposition-party-dissolved/a-41751427

9 DECEMBER 2017

An interview with Mu Sochua

A long time human rights advocate and former Minister for Womens Affairs, she has now joined other CNRP figures in exile after being threatened with imprisonment. New Mandala editor Liam Gammon met with her for a brief interview about how the opposition is adapting to the crackdown
http://www.newmandala.org/interview-mu-sochua/

2 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian PM pulls back on threat to shut rights group founded by rival

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained Opposition Leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-02/cambodian-pm-pulls-back-on-threat-to-shut-rights-group-founded-by-rival/1720800
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/6216-pm-hun-sen-allows-cchr-to-continue-its-function.html

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party on Thursday (Nov 16) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the « death » of the nation’s democracy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-opposition-laments-death-of-democracy-as-party-banned-9413022
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42006828
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/death-democracy-cnrp-dissolved-supreme-court-ruling

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by opposition leader Kem Sokha to be freed from jail, upholding a Sept. 26 decision by an appeals court and leaving him to face trial on charges of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/release-10312017180728.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-upholds-sokha-detention-treason

20 OCTOBER 2017

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

Australia will begin holding regular high-level talks with senior members of the Cambodian Government, despite other countries rethinking their engagement with the increasingly authoritarian kingdom
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-20/australia-strengthens-ties-with-cambodia-as-sweden-reconsiders-engagement/1710712

15 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s political prince Norodom Ranariddh submits to strongman Hun Sen as opposition crumbles

With Cambodia’s opposition warning of the imminent death of its democracy, the historic rival who once beat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election said there was no option but to work with the strongman
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115422/cambodias-political-prince-norodom-ranariddh-submits

11 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls for unity against ‘Great Power’ Interference

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called on Wednesday for the Cambodian people to “stand up” against what he called meddling in the country’s internal affairs by the United States and other nations, urging citizens to unite in defense of Cambodia’s sovereignty
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/unity-10112017162840.html

6 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers file a lawsuit to demand the dissolution of the main opposition party, in a move that would help Prime Minister Hun Sen extend his 32-year rule when the poor Southeast Asian nation votes next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2114260/cambodian-government-files-lawsuit-dissolve-main-opposition
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-party/#i5XkHpbs0LvuRRi9.97

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, has fled the country, fearing she would be arrested amid a government crackdown on the opposition
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Cambodian-opposition-lawmaker-flees-calls-for-sanctions?page=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-leader-flees-government-crackdown-171004154907403.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/half-of-cambodias-opposition-have-fled-country-in-crackdown

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

The most prolific figure in Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement Vann Molyvann died at the age of 91 at home in Siem Reap province yesterday morning
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5083941/nation-mourns-legendary-architect-vann-molyvann/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/visionary-architect-vann-molyvann-dies-90

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/cambodia-pm-calls-on-us-to-withdraw-peace-corps-volunteers-9219602
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-hun-sen-suggests-us-embassy-pull-out-peace-corps-volunteers

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/crackdown-raf-09122017084157.html
http://www.rfa.org/about/releases/statement-on-cambodia-09122017092506.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-over-alleged-plot-with-us-20170902-gy9n71.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/developing-cnrp-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-treason
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081076/cnrp-president-kem-sokha-arrested-claims-regime-change/

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41141473

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-confirms-it-will-close-monday
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081102/cambodia-daily-close/

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

A Singaporean firm has signed an agreement to run Cambodia’s first-ever oil field. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has long desired to strike oil, and it is now one step closer to making that a reality
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-signs-deal-to-develop-first-offshore-oil-field/a-40203848
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5244-cambodia-to-produce-oil-in-2019.html

21 AUGUST 2017

UN: Cambodia ‘Approaching a Precipice’ Amid Threats, Fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.”
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

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/

10 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

A court in Cambodia has sentenced a political analyst to 18 months in prison on the basis of a criminal complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen that he had defamed him in a radio interview
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_DEFAMATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-10-06-53-32
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5145-kim-sok-sentenced-to-18-months-imprisonment.html

2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

Cambodia’s social affairs minister has ordered all civil servants to support the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in next year’s general election or resign, and threatened anyone who protests the ballot’s results with violence, prompting a rights group on Wednesday to demand that he be sacked
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/minister-08022017154849.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-demands-loyalty-cpp-civil-servants-warns-protesters-they-will-be-hit-bamboo

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

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

10 JULY 2017

Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections

Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a bill on Monday barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals, a move aimed at keeping the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from capitalising on its association with its popular former leader, Sam Rainsy
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2102025/cambodia-clamps-down-opposition-barring-parties-criminal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-assembly-passes-party-law-changes-targeting-rainsy

9 JULY 2017

Still no justice’: Cambodians demand answers one year after death of activist Kem Ley

Thousands gathered on Sunday at the grave of a prominent Cambodian critic who was gunned down a year ago in a murder that sparked widespread anger and scepticism over the alleged killer’s motives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2101895/still-no-justice-cambodians-demand-answers-one-year-after
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/isolated-and-estranged-kem-leys-family-struggles-after-murder-132235/

21 JUNE 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen warns opponents to ‘prepare coffins’ ahead of elections

Cambodia’s strongman premier on Wednesday told his critics and political opponents they faced elimination and should “prepare coffins”, an escalation in rhetoric even for a man known for bellicose speeches
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2099403/cambodias-hun-sen-warns-opponents-prepare-coffins-ahead

15 JUNE 2017

Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy exile order lifted

The Council of Ministers yesterday ended the ban on the return of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, an apparent reaction to the latter’s comments the night before on a radio broadcast vowing to come back if the restrictions were dropped
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/cambodia-pm-hun-sen-lifts-ban/#CGmfz6fuo75vmGIk.97
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rainsy-exile-order-lifted-ex-cnrp-leader-hints-his-return-dependent-pardon
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4623-sam-rainsy-i-will-return-when-all-obstacles-are-cleared.html

9 JUNE 2017

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson charged with spying in Cambodia

An Australian filmmaker has been charged with spying in Cambodia, after he was photographed flying a drone over a political rally
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-09/australian-james-ricketson-charged-with-spying-in-cambodia/8606894?section=world
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second2/australian-filmmaker-facing-10-years-national-security-charge-131222/

5 JUNE 2017

Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections

Cambodia’s embattled opposition made significant gains in this weekend’s local elections, early results showed Monday, a vote closely watched for signs of vulnerability in one of the world’s longest serving leaders
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodian-opposition-make-gains-local-elections
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_LOCAL_ELECTIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-10-17-12
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ruling-party-opposition-both-claim-commune-election-win-130972/

30 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s government is using its courts to silence human rights defenders and political activists, Amnesty International says today in a new report

Using its tight grip on the criminal justice system, the Cambodian government has brought a series of trumped-up charges against members of the political opposition, trade union activists, human rights activists, and political commentators, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/cambodian-courts-used-systematically-silence-dissent-report/#KuiXVQsABjJ5ol1B.97
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/cambodia-courts-of-injustice/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-waging-systematic-campaign-silence-dissent-amnesty

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

3 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s South China Sea dilemma between China and ASEAN

Cambodia is seen as strongly supporting China’s “core interests” on the South China Sea disputes. This resulted in ASEAN’s failure to produce a Joint Communiqué following its 45th Annual Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh in July 2012
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/425.html

27 APRIL 2017

Cambodia Court extends pre-trial detention of five rights defenders

A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of five human rights defenders already held for a year on bribery charges in a ruling one detainee described as “nothing new” from a judiciary he said lacks independence from the country’s government
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/extension-04272017182421.html

14 APRIL 2017

Cambodia slams critics, accuses US of plotting regime change

Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry has issued an unusual defence of some of the government’s recent actions accusing Western governments, NGOs and journalists of secretly plotting and conspiring to bring about the regime’s downfall
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/cambodia-slams-critics-accuses-us-regime-change-plot/#GTzO4BoIyII0L8Oa.97

4 APRIL 2017

U.S. navy aid unit told to leave Cambodia

Amid a widening gulf in U.S.-Cambodia relations, the U.S. Embassy said on Monday that a Navy unit specializing in humanitarian work had been forced to leave the country, imperiling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of community projects, including the construction of maternity wards and school bathrooms
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/us-naval-aid-unit-pushed-out-embassy-says-127486/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252674968/us-navy-aid-unit-told-to-abandon-cambodia

3 APRIL 2017

Cambodia’s defense policy: challenges and the way ahead

According to the Australian Defense Force’s Defense Economic Trends 2016 report, the country’s military expenditure increased yearly from just USD 100 million in 2008 to about USD 400 million in 2015.1 Defense spending continued to rise to USD 383 million in 2016 and USD 455 million in 2017
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Blog/single/id/389.html

31 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program

This paper evaluate the RCAF’s defense policy and strategy and its role in the achievement of Cambodia’s national strategic objectives. The paper first traces the RCAF’s evolution from independence to the modern era. It then discusses Cambodia’s national security challenges
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/388.html

28 MARCH 2017

Cambodia, US duel over Vietnam War debt

Washington’s demand that Phnom Penh repay a four-decade-old US$500 million loan will likely push the post-conflict country even closer to China
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-cambodia-us-duel-over-vietnam-war-debt

15 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Deputy PM Sok An dies aged 66

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

2 MARCH 2017

Cambodian opposition party makes Kem Sokha new leader

Opposition leader Kem Sokha and his three deputies—Pol Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang—went before an extraordinary party congress today to make their new positions official, after the CNRP’s steering committee on Wednesday approved changes to bylaws allowing for the new arrangement
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/new-cnrp-leadership-set-to-be-approved-at-party-congress-126007/
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3714-cnrp-formally-announces-president-and-vice-presidents.html
http://sea-globe.com/who-are-cambodias-new-deputy-opposition-leaders/

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian leader Hun Sen sides with US President over ‘anarchic’ media

Cambodia’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen sympathises with US President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards the media, saying both he and Mr Trump see the press as stirring anarchy
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-02-28/donald-trump-cambodian-leader-hun-sen-sides-with-us-president-over-anarchic-media/1654470
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-channels-trump

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia MPs back law barring PM Hun Sen’s long-time rival

Cambodia’s parliament amended a law on Monday to stop anyone convicted of an offence from running for office, effectively barring long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s main rival
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39027843
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072347/cambodian-parliament-approves-law-stops-main-opposition
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-02-20/cambodia-changes-political-rules-in-triumph-of-dictatorship-critics-say/1652728

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns for ‘sake of party’

The self-exiled leader of Cambodia’s opposition party said on Saturday (Feb 11) he would resign his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the country’s authoritarian premier
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy-resigns-for-sake-of-party
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sam-rainsy-resigns-cnrp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38944741

6 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

17 JANUARY 2017

Cambodia cancels exercise with US military

Weeks after holding its largest-ever joint military exercises with China, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has canceled Cambodia’s routine joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, officials confirmed on Monday
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-cancels-exercise-with-us-military-123545/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062845/cambodia-says-china-not-behind-scrapped-us-military-drill

9 JANUARY 2017

Monday turns Black again in Cambodia as protests restart

Cambodia’s “Black Monday” protest campaign restarted this week after it was put on hold for two weeks as it appeared the government was preparing to release jailed activists and an election commission official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/monday-turns-black-01092017153718.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/black-monday-starts-again-as-adhoc-officers-languish-in-jail-123180/

27 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodian court sentences exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy to five years in prison

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday over a post on his Facebook page, a conviction that makes his return from self-imposed exile unlikely
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2057431/cambodian-court-sentences-exiled-opposition-leader-sam
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-president-sam-rainsy-sentenced-five-years-prison-122517/

7 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni Pardons Another Opposition Figure

King Norodom Sihamoni granted CNRP Commune Chief Seang Chet a pardon on Wednesday, springing him from a five-year prison sentence for giving $500 to the mother of hairdresser Khom Chandaraty, in what the government said was an attempt to keep the woman quiet about her alleged affair with CNRP leader Kem Sokha
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodias-king-norodom-sihamoni-par

2 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Grants Royal Pardon to Kem Sokha

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha received a royal pardon on Friday, freeing him from serving a five-month jail sentence and setting the stage for an easing of a year of political tensions as the authoritarian Southeast Asian country heads into election in 2017 and 2018
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/royal-pardon-12022016164524.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kem-sokha-pardoned-next-step-unknown-121448/

23 NOVEMBER 2016

UN-backed court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

“Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 90, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 85, were the first top leaders to be jailed in 2014 from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/un-backed-court-upholds-life-sentences-for-khmer-rouge-leaders/3311276.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/cambodia-life-sentence-khmer-rouge-leaders

22 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia: Opposition ends parliament boycott to debate budget

Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia have ended a six-month boycott of the parliament, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/cambodia-opposition-ends-parliament-boycott-2/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia Senator Thak Lany sentenced to 18 months in jail in PM defamation case

Opposition Senator Thak Lany was convicted of defamation and incitement on Thursday and sentenced to 18 months in jail for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the July 10 assassination of prominent political analyst Kem Ley
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/breakingnews/senator-handed-18-month-jail-sentence-hun-sen-remarks-120683/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-senator-handed-18-months-in-pm-defamation-case/3296998.html

9 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodian government using courts as weapon against opposition parties, critics say

He eats, exercises and sleeps in his office, but Cambodian opposition politician Kem Sokha is not just hard at work plotting how to win the next election – he is also hiding after being threatened with jail
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044505/cambodian-government-using-courts-weapon-against-opposition

7 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodian senator Hong Sok Hour gets 7 years jail over Facebook post

Opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty on Monday of incitement and forgery for presenting a fake border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on Facebook
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/opposition-senator-sentenced-seven-years-prison-fake-vietnam-treaty-120293/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-senator-sentenced-to-7-years-in-jail-in-cambodia-for-posting-doctored

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls on the military to suppress « Color Revolutions »

On the same day jailed opposition party activists called on Cambodia’s political leaders to set aside their differences for the sake of the nation, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a call to the nation’s armed forces to put down any so-called “color revolution.”
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodias-hun-sen-calls-11032016135231.html

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia’s CNRP Again Boycotts Parliament

Less than two weeks after promising to end a months-long legislative boycott of Cambodia’s National Assembly, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) backed away from its pledge on Friday, citing unspecified threats to opposition lawmakers
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/boycotts-10072016165300.html

5 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia National Rescue Party Leader Kem Sokha Briefly Leaves Party Headquarters after five months

Embattled Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha emerged today from the party’s headquarters for the first time since government forces tried to arrest him in May as he registered to vote in 2017 local élections
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/cambodia-national-rescue-party-leader-kem-10052016141346.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sokha-leaves-hq-first-time-months-118898/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-leaves-cnrp-hq-register-raising-hopes-thaw

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Government threatens to crush protests as acting Opposition leader Kem Sokha vows to stay

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and human rights activist, Kem Sokha remains holed up in the party headquarters where he plans to stay while the Prime Minister ramps up attacks against him
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-09-19/cambodias-government-threatens-to-crush-protests-as-acting-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-vows-to-stay/1618736
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sokha-drops-no-response-policy-calls-action-118142/

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Picks Off the Opposition, One by One, Ahead of Elections

Instead, pressure on the CPP to respect Cambodian democracy should challenge the legitimacy of the upcoming elections and the government that abuses them. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has been persistent in its criticism of the CPP, with representatives from both parties sponsoring a resolution that censures Hun Sen’s government http://cogitasia.com/cambodias-hun-sen-picks-off-the-opposition-one-by-one-ahead-of-elections/

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to five months in prison

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for refusing to appear in court as hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and hundreds more convened at the CNRP’s headquarters, where he has been holed up since May
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/09/cambodia-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-sentenced-five-months-prison
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/topstory/kem-sokha-sentenced-five-months-prison-117812/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-court-rules-kem-sokha-guilty

1 SEPREMBER

How China Came to Dominate Cambodia

How Cambodia went from denouncing China to being Beijing’s most faithful client state
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/how-china-came-to-dominate-cambodia/

1st AUGUST 2016

China appreciates Cambodia’s support on S. China Sea

China highly appreciates Cambodia’s firm support on the South China Sea and Taiwan issues, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong said while meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-08/01/content_15471181.html

28 JULY 2016

Sam Rainsy found guilty in Samrin defamation suit

 Beleaguered CNRP leader Sam Rainsy was found guilty this morning of defaming National Assembly president Heng Samrin in a Facebook post last November
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/nation

24 JULY 2016

Cambodia: Tens of thousands attend funeral procession of slain govt critic, Kem Ley

Tens of thousands of Cambodians have poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh for the funeral procession of a prominent political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the South-East Asian nation
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/24/cambodians-funeral-procession-kem-ley-murdered-government-critic
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-thousands-funeral-kem-ley/

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/

10 JULY 2016

Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley shot dead

The killing of Kem Ley, 46, the head of a grassroots advocacy group Khmer for Khmer, comes at a time of rising political tension between the prime minister, Hun Sen, and an opposition hoping to challenge his grip on power in elections as soon as next year
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prominent-cambodian-critic-kem-ley-shot-dead-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/10/cambodian-government-critic-shot-dead-phnom-penh-kem-ley-hun-sen
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/popular-political-analyst-kem-ley-shot-dead-115246/

9 JULY 2016

Cambodia should be cautious when it comes to Chinese aid

The rapid growth in Sino–Cambodia relations over the past decade has heightened trepidation about China’s actual role in Cambodia. It has been argued that Cambodia’s overdependence on China has been significant in shaping Cambodia’s foreign policy, current and future reform agendas, its political system and relations abroad
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/09/cambodia-should-be-cautious-when-it-comes-to-chinese-aid/

7 JULY 2016

Cambodian PM Hun Sen ‘amassing vast personal fortunes’ with trade links to 114 companies, report claims

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family have built a multimillion-dollar business empire spanning the impoverished country’s most lucrative sectors, a watchdog said on Thursday, warning foreign investors against bankrolling his regime
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1986672/cambodian-pm-hun-sen-amassing-vast-personal-fortunes-trade
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/report-details-first-familys-business-empire-2-115112/
https://www.globalwitness.org/en/reports/hostile-takeover/

21 JUNE 2016

Is Cambodia becoming the sick man of Southeast Asia?

Lack of transparency, accountability and judicial independence as well as widespread corruption seem to be unalterable elements of Cambodia’s development process. Could the reform bottleneck harm the country’s economic prospects and how far will the regime go to stay in power? Markus Karbaum reports
http://www.newmandala.org/is-cambodia-becoming-the-sick-man-of-southeast-asia/

20 JUNE 2016

Furious Cambodian premier highlights ASEAN splits over South China Sea dispute

Cambodian Premier Hun Sen lashed out Monday at claims his government had bowed to Chinese pressure to help scupper a joint statement by Southeast Asian nations on the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1978092/furious-cambodian-premier-hun-sen-highlights-asean-splits-over
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-spoiled-asean-statement-on-sea-reports-114303/

26 MAY 2016

Cambodia: Opposition leader in ‘safe place’ after attempted arrest

Kem Sokha, the most senior opposition leader in Cambodia is reportedly evading authorities who stormed his party’s headquarters and his car in an attempted arrest this morning
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/cambodia-kem-sokh

13 MAY 2016

Cambodia’s media ordered to refer to Hun Sen as ‘glorious, supreme prime minister’

The media in Cambodia has been ordered to write the full title of leader Hun Sen in all reports, a lengthy honorific loosely translated as « glorious, supreme prime minister and powerful commander »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-13/cambodias-media-ordered-to-refer-to-hun-sen-as-glorious-supreme-prime-minister/1580146

14 APRIL 2016

Cambodia’s new Trade Union Law violates workers’ rights, activists say

Last week, a controversial Trade Union law was passed in Cambodia, which has put the country on the map for those who don’t abide by international labor standards. The legislature is in violation of the Cambodian constitution, activists say, while the law fails to include international standards on freedom of association and the forming of unions by worker
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/cambodia-trade-union-law/

29 MARCH 2016

Cambodia’s invisible children: Government ‘unaware’ of half of orphanages

Orphanages in Cambodia are often operated without government’s knowledge and therefore tens of thousands of children are invisible to the system. More than half of residential child care centers in Cambodia are unregistered and completely off government’s radar according to a new report by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and UNICEF Cambodia.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/cambodias-invisible-children-government-unaware-of-half-of-orphanages/

26 JANUARY 2016

Visiting John Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses human rights concerns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cambodia where he has welcomed the Southeast Asian nation’s booming economic growth but also expressed concerns about its human rights record
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/kerry-hails-cambodia-development-expresses-rights-concerns/http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/john-kerry-touches-down-kingdom

 

China and North Korea

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8 APRIL 2019

China, North Korea open new border crossing despite sanctions

China and North Korea opened a new border crossing over the Yalu River, signalling aspirations for deeper economic ties between the neighbours even as Pyongyang’s trade remains crimped by international sanctions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-north-korea-open-new-border-crossing-despite-sanctions

17 JANUARY 2019

China’s Soft Power Diplomacy on North Korean Nuclear Crisis

China’s soft power diplomacy regarding North Korea’s nuclear crisis has significant ramifications on the process towards the peaceful resolution of the crisis. Most significantly, the most recent bilateral meetings between Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un, Inter-Korean Dialogue, and the U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit have attracted worldwide attention
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/16/chinas-soft-power-diplomacy-on-north-korean-nuclear-crisis/

13 JANUARY 2019

North Korea remains in China’s orbit

In an editorial on Wednesday, January 9, China Daily, an English-language publication by the Chinese government, said: “Considering the traditional closeness between [China and the DPRK], there is nothing unusual if the two parties compare notes and coordinate positions on matters of common concern.”
http://www.atimes.com/north-korea-remains-in-chinas-orbit/

8 JANUARY 2019

Kim Jong Un visits China ahead of possible Trump summit

Kim Jong Un is making his fourth visit to China, in a sign that the North Korean leader is seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s counsel ahead of a possible second summit with Donald Trump
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/08/01/2019/Kim-Jong-Un-visits-China-ahead-of-possible-Trump-summit
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190108-kim-visits-china-while-beijing-and-washington-continue-standoff
https://video.foxnews.com/v/5987143279001/?#sp=show-clips

6 DECEMBER 2018

North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korean-sends-top-diplomat-to-key-ally-china-2/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-china-ri-yong-ho-visit-beijing-kim-jong-un-nuclear-crisis-wang-yi-a8670601.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2018

Chinese president’s right-hand man presses North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to realise Singapore nuclear consensus with Donald Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s right-hand man has urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to realise the consensus on denuclearisation he reached with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163440/chinese-presidents-right-hand-man-presses-north-koreas-kim-jong
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/21/250/169/1536554853728.html?newsId=47660

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi Jinping won’t attend N Korea’s 70th anniversary celebrations

He is reportedly disappointed at the lack of progress on de-nuclearisation since the Singapore summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and US President Trump
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/xi-jinping-wont-attend-koreas-70th-anniversary-celebrations-180908130355489.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163237/theres-no-point-asking-why-xi-jinping-isnt-going-north-korea

19 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping pledges unwavering Chinese support for North Korea as Kim Jong-un makes third Beijing visit of 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks since Kim’s historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/kim-jong-un-china-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/19/kim-jong-un-meets-xi-jinping-for-third-time
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-china-visit-beijing-xi-jinping-donald-trump-a8406421.html

12 JUNE 2018

China wasn’t at the table but Trump-Kim talks reinforced its role, analysts say

Even though Beijing did not take part in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, China watchers say it had much to gain from it
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2150480/china-wasnt-table-trump-kim-talks-reinforced-its-role
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/china-welcomes-trump-kim-summit-calls-for-sanctions-relief-1.739430

14 MAY 2018

China, North Korea remain reluctant brothers in arms

Without China’s public and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, it is doubtful that Kim’s upcoming historic summit with US President Donald Trump, now scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, would ever have materialized
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-north-korea-remain-reluctant-brothers-in-arms//

8 MAY 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un makes second China visit for talks with Xi Jinping

Chinese state media has reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid a second visit to China to hold talks with President Xi Jinping. The meeting comes ahead of the planned summit between Kim and Donald Trump
http://www.dw.com/en/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-makes-second-china-visit-for-talks-with-xi-jinping/a-43699758
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/08/c_137164420.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/08/kim-jong-un-meets-xi-jinping-in-second-surprise-visit-to-china

3 MAY 2018

Chinese foreign minister meets with Kim Jong Un amid warming ties

The meeting, Kim’s third with a top Beijing official in just over a month, is another indication of the warming relations between the two fractious allies, with Wang praising North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization during his two-day visit
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/72/183/191/1525356920507.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/03/asia/wang-yi-pyongyang-visit-intl/index.html

4 APRIL 2018

Is China changing its strategy towards North Korea?

China has been urging diplomacy as the only viable solution to the nuclear and missile crisis for well over a decade. But the Chinese government’s reaction to the summit has been subdued and elite sentiments are caught between relief and anxiety
http://www.asiaobserver.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=14702&action=edit

28 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s Kim pledges ‘denuclearisation’ in China visit

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has made his first-ever foreign trip as leader to meet China’s president, vowing he is « committed to denuclearisation » and willing to hold summits with the South and the US
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/27/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un-china-visit/index.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180328-china-confirms-kim-jong-un-visit-beijing-north-korea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180328_13/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046206

26 MARCH 2018

North Korea: Kim Jong-un in China for ‘unannounced state visit’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to be in Beijing on an unannounced trip, in what would be his first foreign state visit since taking power in 2011, according to reports
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/north-korea-kim-jong-un-in-china-for-first-foreign-state-visit
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-is-said-to-make-surprise-china-visit

5 FEBRUARY 2018

China prohibits export of more dual-use goods to North Korea

China has released yet another list of commodities prohibited from export to North Korea, saying the items could likely be used to develop weapons of mass destruction, amid a persisting standoff between the North and the US over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/05/551370/China-N-Korea-list-banned-goods-UN-sanctions-US-nuclear
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132139/china-bans-exports-more-dual-use-goods-north-korea

27 DECEMBER 2017

Chinese ships spotted by satellites ‘selling oil to North Korea’ 30 times since October, despite sanctions

American reconnaissance satellites have reportedly spotted Chinese ships suspected of selling oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/27/chinese-ships-spotted-satellites-selling-oil-north-korea-30/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171227_03/

1 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea skips China’s first political parties summit

China launched its first World Political Parties Dialogue, with representatives from more than 120 countries in attendance, including Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi. But in a sign of the testy relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang, North Korea did not send a delegation
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/12/01/North-Korea-skips-Chinas-first-political-parties-summit/1841512154601/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=6

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China, North Korea envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said on Saturday (Nov 18), stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-north-korea-envoys-talk-up-ties-despite-nuclear-tensions-9418640
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210865

11 NOVEMBER 2017

China seeks closer dialogue with Japan, South Korea to tackle threat from Pyongyang

China on Saturday vowed to strengthen coordination with its neighbours in dealing with the North Korean issue, as US President Donald Trump complimented Beijing on helping to rein in Pyongyang
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119478/china-seeks-closer-ties-japan-south-korea-tackle-threat

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi Jinping sends rare message to Kim Jong-Un in sign relations could be improving

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message « out of politeness, » Beijing said Thursday, in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/02/xi-jinping-sends-rare-message-kim-jong-un-sign-relations-could/
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540704/China-Xi-North-Korea-Kim-relations

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China announced on Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China would be closed, as part of the latest sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/china-orders-north-korean-business-closed-under-un-sanctions/8999040?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113262/all-north-korean-firms-and-joint-ventures-china-be
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-orders-north-korean-businesses-closed-under-un-sanctions-1.2097737

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report

According to an explosive investigation by the Wall Street Journal, the rapid development of North Korea’s missile programme has been aided by its citizens travelling abroad to study in areas beneficial to nuclear and weapons research – in breach of 2016 United Nations sanctions
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/09/north-koreas-nuclear-programme-aided-study-abroad-china-report/#u2HpWpFrFBK5kciX.97

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

27 AUGUST 2017

All you need to know about China’s sanctions on North Korea

Beijing has slapped bans on some trade with its troublesome neighbour but with Pyongyang firing off yet another round of missiles on the weekend there’s debate over just how effective the curbs will be
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2108378/all-you-need-know-about-chinas-sanctions-north-korea

14 AUGUST 2017

China issues order to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday (Aug 15), following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-issues-order-to-implement-un-sanctions-on-north-korea

12 AUGUST 2017

Xi urges restraint on nuclear issue in phone talks with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged concerned parties to practice restraint regarding the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue in a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/146/4/92/1502530446344.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2106518/trump-call-xi-jinping-urgent-talks-north-korea

6 AUGUST 2017

China says N. Korea sanctions ‘necessary’ but urges dialogue

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the latest sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council were « necessary » after North Korea’s missile tests in July, but he noted that they were « not the ultimate purpose. »
http://www.dw.com/en/china-says-n-korea-sanctions-necessary-but-urges-dialogue/a-39980868
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/83/67/1502002876198.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105591/un-sanctions-north-korea-necessary-not-ultimate-goal

10 JULY 2017

 As China withdraws, Russia advances: what’s up with North Korea?

 A new East Asian power alignment is shaping up on the Korean Peninsula as South Korea begins to distance itself from the United States to establish better relations with the North and Russia enters the mix
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2097451/china-withdraws-russia-advances-whats-north-korea

China-Russia diplomatic double act exposes Trump’s crudeness

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

24 JUNE 2017

China, US agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearisation

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be « complete, verifiable and irreversible », Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china–us-agree-on-aim-of–complete–irreversible–korean-denuclearisation-8975316

4 MAY 2017

North Korea warns China of ‘grave consequences’ in first direct rebuke to Beijing over criticism

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” in a rare media rebuke which exposes growing divisions between the two historically close allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/04/north-korea-warns-china-grave-consequences-first-direct-rebuke/
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/05/03/0401000000AEN20170503005600315.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/04/content_15608370.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045325.shtml

18 APRIL 2017

FM spokesman: China welcomes US role on Korean Peninsula issue

The United States is welcome to play a positive role in peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/18/content_15601349.html

13 APRIL 2017

China’s nuclear get-out clause over defence of North Korea

China is not obliged to help defend North Korea from military attack if the reclusive state developed nuclear weapons, according to Chinese diplomatic and military observers
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2087320/china-not-obliged-defend-n-korea-if-its-attacked-say

24 MARCH 2017

Should China turn its back on North Korea?

While China does not want a new democracy on its doorstep, a North Korea more open to political and economic liberalisation might be a constructive first step towards solving the ‘North Korea problem’ for both China, and the United States and its allies
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/24/should-china-turn-its-back-on-north-korea/

8 MARCH 2017

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests

China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to « defuse a looming crisis »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202088
http://www.dw.com/en/china-calls-for-stop-to-north-korea-missile-tests-and-us-south-korean-military-drills/a-37847701

25 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea is now angry with its only ally and key supporter, China

North Korea – Irked by increasing UN sanctions and the brunt of sanctions by individual nations, including from its closest and only ally, China – North Korea has now vented out its frustration
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/252003865
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/north-korea-says-old-ally-china-dancing-tune-us-coal-ban/

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China suspends coal imports from North Korea following missile test

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday (Feb 18), depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-suspends-coal-imports-from-north-korea-following-missile-test
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/china-suspend-coal-imports-north-korea-170218134156911.html

25 JANUARY 2017

China gives details of items banned from export to North Korea

China released on Wednesday a new, comprehensive list of goods that can not be exported to North Korea, including many « dual use » items that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-details-items-banned-export-north-korea
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1030654.shtml

25 OCTOBER 2016

Senior Chinese official visiting North Korea expected to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear tests, says expert

A Chinese deputy foreign minister is in Pyongyang on the first visit since February by a high-ranking Chinese official amid escalating tensions after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test last month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2039803/senior-chinese-official-visits-north-korea-suggesting
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196791

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

China probes company accused of N. Korea trade violations

Chinese authorities are investigating a company that researchers say sold North Korea materials that can be used by its growing nuclear weapons program in a crackdown that reflects Beijing’s growing frustration with its isolated neighbor
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-investigates-company-accused-north-korea-trade-violations

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, US to step up cooperation to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme

Premier Li Keqiang has told US President ­Barack Obama that Beijing supports closer cooperation in the UN Security Council and in enforcement efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2020872/china-us-step-cooperation-halt-north-koreas-nuclear
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-china-to-cooperate-in-restraining-north-korea/a-19563004

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test.
http://www.intellasia.net/china-says-opposes-unhelpful-unilateral-n-korea-sanctions-541386

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

China firmly opposes DPRK’s nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday expressing firm opposition to the nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/09/content_15493096.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160909_44/
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1396294.shtml

10 AUGUST 2016

China blocks U.N. statement on N. Korea

Japan and the United States negotiated behind the scenes but ultimately rejected China’s demand to alter the contents of the draft, putting an agreement out of reach
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-blocks-un-statement-n-korea-25162
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003139358

25 JUNE 2016

China, N.Korea foreign ministers hold talks

Foreign ministers from China and North Korea have held talks in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. It was the first bilateral meeting of its kind in nearly 2 years
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160725000713
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160726_01/

14 JUNE 2016

China to ban export of more dual-use goods to North Korea

China’s Ministry of Commerce released a list of goods banned for export to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1975364/china-ban-export-more-dual-use-goods-north-korea

1 JUNE 2016

Xi Jinping meets North Korean envoy in Beijing, vowing to safeguard ties

Beijing will work with Pyongyang to safeguard, consolidate and ­develop their friendship, ­President Xi Jinping told a visiting North Korean envoy, ­despite the deteriorated ties ­between the two neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1961300/xi-jinping-meets-north-korean-envoy-beijing-vowing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160601_26/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244556251

17 APRIL 2016

China unlikely to come to North Korea’s defence if tensions escalate over nuclear weapons tests, say Chinese experts

China is unlikely to defend North Korea in case tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations ­despite a mutual defence pact between the two communist allies, mainland scholars say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1936616/china-unlikely-come-north-koreas-defence-if-tensions

5 APRIL 2016

China announces trade sanctions on North Korea,over nuclear tests banning gold imports and jet fuel exports

bbChina’s Commerce Ministry on Tuesday banned imports of gold and rare earths from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, a move in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35969412
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/05/content_15410890.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-announces-restrictions-trade-n-korea

1 APRIL 2016

Is North Korea Fed up With China?

North Korea’s ruling party recently called on citizens to stand up to its patron China’s “hostile schemes” in a blistering attack that invoked nuclear war with Beijing, a report has claimed
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/is-north-korea-fed-up-with-china/

3 MARCH 2016

China vows to take sanctions on North seriously

China said Thursday that it plans to follow the resolution unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council to impose the toughest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile provocations
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015792

28 FEBRUARY 2016

China, S.Korea envoys support N.Korea sanctions

Chief envoys from China and South Korea have agreed that relevant nations should steadily implement a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that will tighten sanctions against North Korea
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160229_01/
http://atimes.com/2016/02/chinas-chief-nuclear-envoy-to-arrive-in-seoul/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S., China agree on UN Security Council resolution on N. Korea

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a new United Nations Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous resolutions, a Security Council diplomat told.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/24/world/un-north-korea-draft-resolution-sanctions/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188592

12 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges U.N. action to make North Korea ‘pay price’

China will back a U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea « pay the necessary price » for recent rocket launches, its foreign minister told Reuters on Friday, adding the goal was to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-says-un-action-needed-make-north-korea-pay-price-behavior?singlepage=true

11 FEBRUARY 2016

POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Einhorn: China must be engaged in applying international pressure on North Korea

China is in a position to put decisive pressure on North Korea, but it has demonstrated that it’s not prepared to do that.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602110036

2 JANUARY 2016

Senior Chinese official arrives in DPRK

The visit of Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, comes after the North’s fourth nuclear test on Jan 6, during which the DPRK says it successfully tested its first H-bomb
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/02/content_15381821.html

27 JANUARY 2016

China backs U.N. move to denounce North Korea over nuclear test

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and China’s foreign minister agreed Wednesday to move ahead with a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea for its latest nuclear test, but they appeared as far apart as ever on how far to push Pyongyang
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-agrees-to-sanctions-against-north-korea-during-kerry-visit/2016/01/27/2d09569a-bfcd-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/27/content_15379240.html

9 JANUARY 2016

China resists calls to ramp up pressure on N. Korea

China has resisted calls by South Korea, the United States and Japan to put more pressure on North Korea, while the U.N. Security Council agreed to swiftly push for new sanctions against the North’s fourth nuclear test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160109000123
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/962495.shtml

6 JANUARY 2016

N. Korea’s bomb test further imperils relations with China

China sees North Korea’s claim to have conducted its first hydrogen bomb test as yet another act of defiance, and will likely retaliate by joining tougher United Nations sanctions and could possibly even impose its own trade restrictions
http://news.yahoo.com/china-firmly-opposes-north-koreas-claimed-bomb-test-080358129.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160106_36.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1898251/china-summons-north-korean-ambassador-after-claims-successful-h
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-reaction-to-north-koreas-nuclear-test/

8 & 13 DECEMBER 2014

China not invited to death anniversary of Kim Jong-il

China is unlikely to send a delegation to next week’s third death anniversary of North Korea’s former leader, Kim Jong-il, because it has yet to receive a formal invitation from Pyongyang, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the North Korea-China relations said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141208000901
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201412130036

2 DECEMBER 2014

China ‘will not go to war for North Korea’

China will not step in to save neighbouring North Korea if the Pyongyang regime collapses or starts a war, a retired People’s Liberation Army general said, possibly signalling waning patience in Beijing with its wayward, nuclear-armed ally.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11267956/China-will-not-go-to-war-for-North-Korea.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

With Xi in power, China’s relations with North Korea take chilly turn

With its relations with China in the freezer, North Korea is making a great effort to improve relations with other countries, including Japan and Russia. On Tuesday, Pyongyang opened talks with a Japanese government delegation over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001678233

23 OCTOBER 2014

China opposes sending North Korea to international court

China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127647/china-opposes-sending-north-korea-to-international-court/

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea seizes Chinese fishing boat, demands fine

North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, Chinese media reported on Tuesday, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further straining ties between North Korea and its only major ally
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-seizes-chinese-fishing-boat-demands-fine-media

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Congratulatory Message to North Korea: New Signs of Bilateral Tension

China-North Korea relations have been strained since Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013. Chinese president Xi Jinping has yet to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even though he has held two summits with South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye.
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-congratulatory-message-to-north-korea-new-signs-of-bilateral-tension/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

8 SEPTEMBER 2014

In paper to U.N., China renews call for restart of N. Korea nuclear talks

China has renewed its commitment to an early resumption of six-nation talks on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program ahead of the United Nations General Assembly later this month
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/09/116_164306.html

19 AUGUST 2014

North Korea transfers tanks to Chinese border

North Korea has transferred one of its newest and most modern armoured units to the border with China, in the latest indication of the depth of the rift between the two erstwhile allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11043980/North-Korea-transfers-tanks-to-Chinese-border.html

30 JULY 2014

China-N.K. relations face bumpy road

Relations between North Korea and China face a bumpy road as Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to chip away at their decades-long alliance while Beijing increasingly courts Seoul for greater strategic and economic cooperation
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140730000967

9 MAY 2014

Is China losing faith in North Korea?

Beijing’s contingency plans for the fall of Kim Jong-un have apparently been leaked to the media. What does this mean for Pyongyang’s relations with its only major ally?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/09/is-china-losing-faith-in-north-korea

4 MAY 2014

PLA prepares border plan for North Korean collapse

China has formed numerous special teams as part of an emergency plan to deal with the aftermath of a potential collapse of North Korea’s political regime, reports the Tokyo-based Kyodo News

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140504000102&cid=1101

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

17 MARCH 2014

China rejects a United Nations report on “grave human rights violations” in the DPRK

China has rejected a United Nations report documenting “grave human rights violations” in the North Korea (DPRK) at a UN debate on Monday, saying the report was based on fabricated charges and that its recommendations were “divorced from reality.”

http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/17/china-criticises-un-report-on-north-korea-saying-it-is-inaccurate/

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/china-dismisses-un-report-n-korea-crimes-2014317142819165855.html

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Strange Diplomatic Exchanges Between US-UN-China Over North Korea

The UN Human Rights Council commissioned the Inquiry on Human Rights In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and found “abundant evidence” for crimes against humanity. Why China condemns the report’s claims is simple: it implicates China’s leadership

http://inhomelandsecurity.com/strange-diplomatic-exchanges-between-us-un-china-over-north-korea/

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China rejects UN report on North Korea’s crimes against humanity

China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-rejects-un-criticism-in-north-korea-rights-probe/1853512.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

China FM reassures Kerry on Korean tensions

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday that China will never allow chaos or war on the Korean Peninsula, as tensions in the area featured high up the agenda of his Beijing talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/14/c_133116299.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-promises-to-pressure-n-korea-back-to-nuclear-talks/1851874.html

29 JANUARY 2014

Purge raises fears over North Korea-China links

The execution, in December 2013, of Jang Song-thaek, uncle and close advisor to North Korea’s 31-year-old leader Kim Jong-un, has serious ramifications for North Korea’s external relations. Mr Jang was China’s best business partner among North Korea’s leadership
http://www.worldreview.info/content/purge-raises-fears-over-north-korea-china-links

10 JANUARY 2014

North Korea risky business for Chinese investors

While North Korea has encouraged increased inward investment since Kim Jong-un came to power in 2011, and China–North Korea economic engagement has expanded, Chinese investors taking the plunge investing in North Korea face challenges at each step of the way.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/10/north-korea-risky-business-for-chinese-investors/

8 SEPTEMBER 2013

How China Reads North Korea

As the crisis in Syria unfolds, a less noticed problem has been the widening gap between China and the United States about how to handle another “rogue regime”—North Korea. After signs of growing cooperation with the U.S. earlier this year, China has reverted to a heavy emphasis on dialogue as a solution to the DPRK nuclear issue. The United States should redouble its efforts to ensure that Beijing continues to adequately pressure Pyongyang.

http://server1.nationalinterest.org/commentary/how-china-reads-north-korea-9009

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903001063

17 AUGUST 2013

Why do China and South Korea trade with North Korea?

South Korea and China have maintained trade with North Korea as a means of enhancing their prosperity and security.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/17/why-do-china-and-south-korea-trade-with-north-korea/

23 JULY 2013

China debates how to handle North Korea

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-230713.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                               http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

17 JUNE 2013

China and North Korea to hold talks on Wednesday

China will hold talks with North Korea this week, Beijing said on Monday, amid ongoing tensions on the Korean peninsula over the North’s nuclear programme

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130617-430370.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

 

Main news on Bangladesh

8 APRIL 2019

Bangladesh Posts Border Guard to St. Martin’s Island for 1st Time in 22 Years

The Bangladeshi government on Sunday redeployed over 100 Border Guards Bangladesh personnel armed with heavy weapons to St. Martin’s Island, the country’s southernmost point. It is the first time in 22 years the force has been based on the island off Cox’s Bazar, and reinforces an existing Bangladesh Coast Guard deployment there, officials said
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/bangladesh-posts-border-guard-st-martins-island-1st-time-22-years.html
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/04/07/bgb-deployed-to-st-martins-island

29 JANUARY 2019

Nearly 5,000 garment workers sacked over Bangladesh strikes

Nearly 5,000 low-paid Bangladeshi garment workers stitching clothes for global brands have been sacked by factory bosses for joining strikes over wages this month that turned violent, police said on Tuesday (Jan 29)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/nearly-5000-garment-workers-sacked-over-bangladesh-strikes

20 JANUARY 2019

Bangladesh arrests Islamist extremist over deadly 2016 cafe attack

Police said Mamunur Rashid supplied money, weapons, ammunition and explosives for the attack and hostage taking at a popular tourist spot
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2182909/bangladesh-arrests-islamist-extremist-over-deadly-2016-cafe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-cafe-attack-what-happened-during-the-siege
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/203540/gulshan-attack-arms-supplier-on-remand.html

7 JANUARY 2019

Sheikh Hasina takes oath for third consecutive term as Bangladesh’s prime minister

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh’s prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday (Jan 7) after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/01/07/sheikh-hasina-takes-oath-for-third-consecutive-term-as-prime-minister
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=176979
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hasina-sworn-in-as-bangladesh-pm-after-tainted-polls-11094190

30 DECEMBER 2018

An alliance dominated by Hasina’s Awami League won 288 seats in the country’s 300-strong parliament

The opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia won just six seats. Election to one seat was not held Sunday and results for another seat were halted by the commission
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46718393
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-election-prime-minister-sheikh-hasina-wins-by-landslide/a-46902833

Bangladesh elections marred by deadly clashes

Vote counting was under way on Sunday after Bangladeshis cast their ballots in general elections marred by deadly violence and accusations of irregularities
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/bangladesh-elections-marred-deadly-clashes-181230114010059.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/polls-close-in-violence-marred-bangladesh-polls-22928

25 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh journalists attacked ahead of pol

At least 10 journalists were injured as ruling party activists allegedly attacked a motel in a central Bangladesh town when they were covering this week’s national election, a senior journalist said Tuesday (Dec 25)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bangladesh-journalists-attacked-ahead-of-poll-11062336
https://www.thedailystar.net/bangladesh-national-election-2018/news/journalist-bodies-condemn-nawabganj-attack-1678717

10,500 arrests ahead of Bangladesh poll: opposition

Bangladesh police have arrested more than 10,500 opposition activists in a crackdown ahead of elections this week, opposition parties said Tuesday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/10500-arrests-ahead-of-bangladesh-poll-opposition-1.61114982

9 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh opposition says hundreds of supporters held before polls

Bangladesh’s opposition party on Sunday said nearly 2,000 of its supporters have been arrested on trumped-up charges in a crackdown aimed at derailing its campaign just weeks before a general election
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-opposition-say-hundreds-of-supporters-arrested-22323

7 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh’s ruling ‘secular’ Awami League strengthens ties with Islamist parties

Islamist parties in Bangladesh that have in the past always sided with the country’s center-right alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are now joining hands with the ruling Awami League. The incumbent party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is secular by its very manifesto. But the Islamists are turning the tables before the national election on December 30
http://www.atimes.com/article/bangladeshs-ruling-secular-awami-league-strengthens-ties-with-islamist-parties/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=026f770540-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_07_12_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-026f770540-31591405

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Rohingya return to Myanmar postponed

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh were scheduled to be sent back to Myanmar today as part of a voluntary repatriation plan. But the launch has been postponed amid an outbreak of protests from Rohingya
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181115-planned-return-rohingyas-myanmar-has-been-postponed
https://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/rohingya-refugee-repatriation-will-begin-this-afternoon-1660885
https://globalvoices.org/2018/11/15/bangladeshs-now-postponed-repatriation-would-have-turned-the-plight-of-rohingya-refugees-from-bad-to-worse/

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail

Shahidul Alam was not charged when he was arrested on propaganda charges in August. His release on bail comes after international pressure and ahead of elections in Bangladesh in December
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshi-photographer-shahidul-alam-granted-bail/a-46307301

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Bangladesh opposition parties including BNP to contest election

An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said on Sunday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands
https://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-election/bangladesh-opposition-parties-including-bnp-to-contest-election-idINKCN1NG06H?rpc=401&
https://bdnews24.com/politics/2018/11/11/opposition-parties-return-to-polls-after-a-long-spell-of-political-wilderness
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=168034

29 OCTOBER 2018

Bangladesh court hands ex-PM another 7 years jail term

A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia to another seven years in prison on corruption charges that her supporters say are politically motivated
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-hands-ex-pm-new-jail-term-21212
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/news/zia-charitable-trust-case-supreme-court-bangladesh-directs-dhaka-court-deliver-verdict-bnp-chairperson-khaleda-zia-1653295
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/new-jail-term-for-bangladesh-s-zia-angers-supporters-1.2295455

13 OCTOBER 2018

New political alliance formed in Bangladesh ahead of election

Some political parties in Bangladesh, including the main opposition BNP, formed an anti-government alliance on Saturday to force the ruling quarter to form an all-party caretaker government ahead of the general election in December
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/new-political-alliance-formed-in-bangladesh-ahead-of-election-2148161.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/greater-national-unity-todays-meeting-cancelled-1646452

10 OCTOBER 2018

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for 2004 political rally attack

A tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced 19 people to death and the opposition’s heir-apparent to life imprisonment Wednesday for a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/54/27/229/1539159506697.html?newsId=50390
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/10/10/babar-gets-death-tarique-jailed-for-life-in-2004-grenade-attack
https://www.thedailystar.net/august-21-carnage/21-august-grenade-attack-verdict-tarique-rahman-awarded-life-1645090
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=162527

6 AUGUST 2018

Bangladesh arrests top photographer amid student protests

Police have detained Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer and social activist, for spreading anti-government propaganda. The arrest comes amid large student protests that have convulsed the country for over a week
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/06/famed-bangladeshi-photographer-held-over-road-protest-comments
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-top-photographer-amid-student-protests/a-44972531

4 AUGUST 2018

115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

 More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh Saturday (Aug 4) after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/115-students-injured-in-clashes-as-bangladesh-teen-protests-turn-10589210
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=151686
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2158296/students-bangladesh-block-roads-seventh-day-over-road-safety

2 JUNE 2018

Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations

As the death toll soars there are growing allegations the campaign is a cover for a wave of extrajudicial killings and political intimidation ahead of a general election later this year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/bangladesh-drugs-war-used-hide-political-assassinations/

28 MAY 2018

Bangladesh kills 86, arrests 7,000 in anti-drugs campaign

Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights activists of a Philippines-style war on drugs
https://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-drugs/bangladesh-kills-86-arrests-7000-in-anti-drugs-campaign-idINKCN1IT1A1?rpc=401&
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/176225/shootout-toll-now-93

16 MAY 2018

Bangladesh Supreme Court orders Khaleda Zia released on bail

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot walk out of prison right now even after winning a hard-fought legal battle for bail at the Supreme Court as she didn’t get bail in seven other cases in which she was shown arrested
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/bail-upheld-release-stuck-other-cases-1577494
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-opposition-leader-zia-granted-bail-1.2222315

12 MAY 2018

First Bangladesh telecom satellite launch

The first telecommunications satellite in Bangladesh has successfully taken off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, US, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket of the company SpaceX
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/first-bangladesh-telecom-satellite-launch
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/05/12/satellite-brings-prestige-to-bangladesh-on-the-world-stage-says-hasina

12 APRIL 2018

Bangladesh scraps quota system in govt jobs amid mounting protests

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said she has decided to scrap the quota system in government services after thousands of students marched across the country in protest against a controversial policy of setting aside jobs for special groups
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-scraps-quota-system-in-govt-jobs-amid-mounting-protests-2099421.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/quota-system-reformation–sought-reform-got-abolition-1561603

4 MARCH 2018

Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into a one-party state?

The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/sheikh-hasina-turning-bangladesh-party-state-180404082024893.html

19 MARCH 2018

Top court cancels bail for Bangladesh opposition chief Zia

The decision to suspend Khaleda Zia’s bail prompted a sharp reaction from her lawyers, who said it was part of a campaign by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence the opposition
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-court-cancels-bail-for-bangladesh-opposition-chief-zia-16026
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/142151

3 MARCH 2018

Bangladesh: Top secular writer Zafar Iqbal attacked at university

Writer Zafar Iqbal was reportedly stabbed in the head while taking part in a university event in Bangladesh. The well-known secular activist and science fiction author has faced death threats from radical Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-secular-writer-zafar-iqbal-attacked-at-university/a-42813525
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/03/03/prof-zafar-iqbal-stabbed-on-shahjalal-university-campus
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=125419

8 FEBRUARY 2018

Violent protests as opposition leader Khaleda Zia is jailed in Bangladesh

A judge in Bangladesh has convicted the opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/violent-protests-opposition-leader-jailed-bangladesh-khaleda-zia
http://www.atimes.com/article/former-bangladesh-pm-khaleda-zia-found-guilty-graft-case/
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/02/08/live-eyes-on-khaleda-verdict

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshs-new-digital-security-law-alarms-journalists/a-42377844

22 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh announces delay in refugee return

The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting « a lot of preparation » was still needed
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/bangladesh-announces-delay-in-refugee-return
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/rohingya-repatriation-delayed-burma/#Qe0Lvp6iA867iXxU.97

16 JANUARY 2918

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on Rohingya repatriation plan in two-year period

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a recent army crackdown in Myanmar within a period of two years
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/16/549097/Bangladesh-Myanmar-Rohingya-Muslims-repatriate-two-years
http://www.france24.com/en/20180116-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-deal-agrees-complete-rohingya-return-two-years
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/-major-challenges-face-repatriation-of-rohingya-muslims

8 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-court-upholds-ban-on-rohingya-marriage-9843400
http://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/plea-seeking-legality-marrying-myanmar-rohingya-girl-rejected-1516816

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope urges ‘decisive measures’ to tackle Rohingya crisis on Bangladesh visit

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take « decisive measures » to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over the issue
http://www.france24.com/en/20171130-pope-francis-bangladesh-rohingya-muslim
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/pope-francis-awaits-rousing-reception-in-bangladesh-as-he-arrives-dhaka-roman-catholic-church-1498540
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/43/81/21/1512053986586.html

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh priest disappearance casts pall over pope visit

A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as the Muslim-majority country stepped up security ahead of a landmark visit by Pope Francis that follows a rise in Islamist attacks on religious minorities
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-priest-disappearance-casts-pall-over-pope-visit-1.2132875
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-natore-priest-walter-william-rozario-missing-miscreants-demand-tk-three-lakh-ransom-1498180

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh court upholds 2013 death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny

In 2013, a court had sentenced 152 soldiers to death for the 2009 killings in which dozens of officers were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before being dumped into sewers or shallow graves
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-upholds-2013-death-sentence-for-139-soldiers-over-mutiny-12652
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/high-court-s-bdr-mutiny-verdict-greeted-with-cheers-and-tears
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=108210

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

How Bangladeshis are coping with half a million new Rohingya refugees

The sudden arrival of half a million Rohingya Muslims has upended life in this humble village, which is now overshadowed by one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/how-bangladeshis-are-coping-with-half-a-million-new-rohingya-refugees/2017/09/29/4a6624ca-a1ee-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.9d6d8e728d29

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

26 AUGUST 2017

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

20 AUGUST 2017

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make « malicious » comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 8 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 8, 2019

1232: During the Mongol–Jin War, The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin Dynasty, up to February 26, 1233
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_siege_of_Kaifeng

1759: Indian British troops chase French out of Masulipatam in India
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1759_-_British_expedition_against_Masulipatam

1759-04-08 Chute de Masulipatam

1767: In now Thailand, Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/ayutthaya.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_kingdom

1857: Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy who launched the Sepoy mutiny is hanged
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/04/08/1857-mangal-pandey-sepoy/
http://topyaps.com/17-things-know-mangal-pandey-man-fired-first-shot-1857-indian-revolt

 

1873: Dutch land troops at Banda Aceh (Now in Indonesia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aceh_War

1902: Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months

1942: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
http://www.pacificwar.org.au/Philippines/FallBataanCorreg.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Bh6zoM7_I

1945: Reluctantly, under Japanese pressure, the king of Laos issues a proclamation ending the French protectorate

1950: India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A096
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaquat%E2%80%93Nehru_Pact

1968: End of the siege of the US base of Khe Sanh in South Vietnam after two and half days of combat at main loss
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/battle-of-khe-sanh
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-khe-sanh-recounting-the-battlescasualties.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1yhbRdiZ4

1984: Long-March 3 rocket puts on orbit the first Chinese geostationary satellite

2003: In India, after a stormy debate, the parliament condemns the US attack on Irak, demanding a prompt withdrawal of the coalition forces

 

On 8 April in South Asian history

ON 8 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 8, 2019

563 BC: Gautama Buddha, founder of Buddhism, is supposed to be born that day
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=6861

1336: Birth of Talermane (Timur), central Asian Turkic conqueror, who died on 19 February 1405
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timur
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/TimurProf.htm
http://www.silk-road.com/artl/timur.shtml

1759: Indian British troops chase French out of Masulipatam
http://www.kronoskaf.com/syw/index.php?title=1759_-_British_expedition_against_Masulipatam

1759-04-08 Chute de Masulipatam

1857: Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy who launched the Sepoy mutiny is hanged
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/04/08/1857-mangal-pandey-sepoy/
http://topyaps.com/17-things-know-mangal-pandey-man-fired-first-shot-1857-indian-revolt

 

1894: Death of Bankim Chandra Chatterji, Indian author, born on June 26, 1838
http://www.hinduhistory.info/bankim-chandra-chatterjee-1838-1894/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8-april-1894-bankim-chandra-chattopadhyay-bengali-writer-dieda

1924: Birth of Kumar Gandharva, Indian music director and singer, who died on January 12, 1992http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/kumar-gandharva-5513.php
http://theory.tifr.res.in/~mukhi/Music/gandharva.html

1929: At Delhi Central Assembly, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dadutt throw handouts and bombs to court from a gallery
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/sbsingh.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batukeshwar_Dutt

1950: India and Pakistan sign the Liaquat-Nehru Pact
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/articletext.asp?artid=A096
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liaquat%E2%80%93Nehru_Pact

1983: Birth of Allu Argun, Indian film actor
https://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/allu-arjun/biography.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allu_Arjun

1985: After the Bhopal disaster, India files suit against Union Carbide for the disaster which killed an estimated 2,000 and injured another 200,000
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142333/
http://www.alterinter.org/article3451.html

1990: After violent protests, king Birendra of Nepal lift a 30-year ban on political parties

1999: Haryana Gana Parishad, a political party in the Indian state of Haryana, merges with the Indian National Congress

2003: In India, after a stormy debate, the parliament condemns the US attack on Irak, demanding a prompt withdrawal of the coalition forces

2010: Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins a majority in parliament. The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), led by Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president, had already secured 117 seats in the 225-member assembly
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104912214028272.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8610705.stm

2010: Pakistan’s National Assembly has unanimously passed a set of constitutional reforms curbing the powers of Asif Ali Zardari, the president, and transferring them to the prime minister and parliament
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104815523247104.html

2011: Moulana Showkat Shah, a Muslim leader in Indian Kashmir, who had condemned practice of throwing stones at security forces, dies in attack outside mosque
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/20114891931701400.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13009558

2012: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomes Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari for « fruitful » talks in Delhi, the highest-level meeting between the rival nuclear powers in seven years
http://www.france24.com/en/20120408-india-pakistan-zardari-singh-peace-nuclear-terror

2013: Bangladesh Prime Minister says no to a law against blasphemy. Sheikh Hasina said that the country is « a secular democracy » in which « everyone has the right to practice their religion. » For days, supporters of the Islamist party have been calling for a blasphemy law that prescribes the death penalty for those who offend Muhammad and Islam
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22058462
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Bangladesh,-Prime-Minister:-No-to-a-law-against-blasphemy-27598.html

 

On 8 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 8 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 8, 2019

1521 : Guided by Raja Kulambu, Magellan crew enters the Cebu Harbour
https://magellanproject.org/tag/Cebu/

1767: In now Thailand, Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/ayutthaya.asp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_kingdom

1873: Dutch land troops at Banda Aceh (Now in Indonesia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aceh_War

1932: Birth of Sultan Iskandar of Johor, also the 8th Yang di-Pertuan Agong or king of Malaysia (1984-1989), who died on January 22, 2010
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baginda_Almutawakkil_Alallah_Sultan_Iskandar_Al-Haj_ibni_Almarhum_Sultan_Ismail

1942: The Japanese take Bataan in the Philippines
http://www.pacificwar.org.au/Philippines/FallBataanCorreg.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_Bh6zoM7_I

1945: Reluctantly, under Japanese pressure, the king of Laos issues a proclamation ending the French protectorate

1957: In Cambodia Prince Sihanouk forms a new cabinet

1968: End of the siege of the US base of Khe Sanh in South Vietnam after two and half days of combat at main loss
http://www.history.com/topics/vietnam-war/battle-of-khe-sanh
http://www.historynet.com/battle-of-khe-sanh-recounting-the-battlescasualties.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=St1yhbRdiZ4

2005: Indonesian president Sulilo Bambang Yudhoyono on a two-day visit to East Timor
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4427123.stm
http://www.etan.org/et2005/april/01/09ipres.htm

2008: In the Philippines, nine military officers have been sentenced to jail for taking part in a failed coup plot against president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

2010: Thailand’s prime minister declares a state of emergency in the capital and surrounding areas to give the army broader powers to gain control of escalating street protests
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2010/04/201047111717155731.html

2014: Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court approves a deeply controversial birth control law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

2014: Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), says that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

On 8 April in Japan’s history

ON 8 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on April 8, 2019

622: Death of Prince Shōtoku of Japan, born on February 7, 574
http://veryasian.weebly.com/prince-shotoku.html
http://afe.easia.columbia.edu/ps/japan/shotoku.pdf

1551: Death of Oda Nobuhide, Japanese warlord, born in 1510
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Oda_Nobuhide
http://otsuke.blogspot.fr/2007/11/nobuhides-death.html

1934: Birth of Kisho Kurokawa, Japanese architect who died on 12 October 2007
http://www.kisho.co.jp/
https://www.archdaily.com/616907/spotlight-kisho-kurokawa

1945: Reluctantly, under Japanese pressure, the king of Laos issues a proclamation ending the French protectorate

1983: Death of Isamu Kosugi, Japanese actor and director, born on February 24, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isamu_Kosugi
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0467557/

1986: Birth of Erika Sawajiri, Japanese actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erika_Sawajiri
http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/09/an-inside-look-at-erika-sawajiri/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LrRtEBqr6A

1986: Suicide of Yukoki Okada, Japanese idol singer, born on 22 August 1967
http://www.documentingreality.com/forum/f226/suicide-okada-yukiko-japanese-youth-yukko-syndrome-125799/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukiko_Okada

1989: Birth of Hitomi Takahashi, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitomi_Takahashi_(singer)
http://www.recherche.aol.fr/aol/image?query=Hitomi%20Takahashi&invocationType=imageTab

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bchd4g8LV4&NR=1&feature=fvwp

1991: Birth of Minami Takahashi, Japanese actress and singer
http://stage48.net/wiki/index.php?title=Takahashi_Minami

1994: After only 8 months, Morihiro Hosokawa, the first no LDP Premier of Japan, resigns under allegations that he had accepted an illegal loan in 1982
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/11/business/cloudy-outlook-japan-hosokawa-s-resignation-could-sidetrack-modest-recovery-that.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-04-09/news/mn-43907_1_foreign-minister/2
http://www.c-span.org/video/?55920-1/japanese-prime-minister-resignation

2001: Unpopular Japanese Premier Yoshiro Mori resigns
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2001/apr/06/japan

2007: Shintaro Ishihara is for the third time reelected as governor of Tokyo
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/200704/09/eng20070409_364785.html

2008: Death of Kazuo Shiraga, Japanese painter, born August 12, 1924
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/arts/international/art-world-rediscovers-kazuo-shiraga.html?ref=international&_r=0
http://www.artnet.com/artists/kazuo-shiraga/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Kazuo+Shiraga&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwin4tymhanaAhUFWxQKHajLA1oQ_AUICigB&biw=1280&bih=603Kazuo Shiraga

 

Holidays and observances

Japan: Buddha’s Birthday

On 8 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 8 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on April 8, 2019

1232: During the Mongol–Jin War, The Mongols begin their siege on Kaifeng, the capital of the Jin Dynasty, up to February 26, 1233
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_siege_of_Kaifeng

1902: Russia and China sign the Convention of Evacuation under which Russia agrees to evacuate Manchuria within 18 months

1913: Opening of China’s first parliament in Beijing

1913-04-13 China 1st parliament

1946: Death of Ye Ting, general of the Chinese Red Army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ye_Ting

1968: Death of Huangmei Opera famous artist Yan Fengying, victim of the Cultural Revolution
http://english.cri.cn/6566/2009/07/23/1321s503511.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/3750.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQm6kraaPGQ

1984: Long-March 3 rocket puts on orbit the first Chinese geostationary satellite

1988: In China, Yang Shangkun succeeds Li Xiannian as president of the PRC
http://www.nndb.com/people/971/000111638/

2015: Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou says that his administration will not give up the Republic of China’s territory in the South China Sea, but will continue to seek peaceful means to address the territorial disputes in the region