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On 16 April in Asian history

2001-04-16 Conflit avec Inde

ON 16 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 16, 2019

1488: Birth of king Jungjong of Joseon (Korea) who died on November 29, 1544
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Jungjong_of_Joseon

1516: Birth of Tabinshwehti, King of Burma, who was killed on 30 April 1550
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabinshwehti
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2017/06/monarch-profile-king-tabinshwehti-of.html

1848: Birth of Kandukuri Veeresalingam, Indian social reformer, who died on May 27, 1919
http://www.vepachedu.org/veeresalingam.html

1853: The Great Indian Peninsular Railway opens its Bombay line to public traffic, the first passenger service in India
http://www.irfca.org/faq/faq-hist.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/indian-railways-celebrates-165th-birthday-1.2206434

1899: Death of Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, born on December 15, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilio_Jacinto

1918: Birth of Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master, who died on June 7, 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsuan_Hua

1919: Mohandas Gandhi organizes a day of prayer and fasting in response to the British slaughter of Indian protestors in the Amritsar massacre

1924: Birth of Madanjeet Singh, Indian diplomat, author, and philanthropist who died on January 6, 2013
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/madanjeet-singh-passes-away/article4281311.ece
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madanjeet_Singh
http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/events/prizes-and-celebrations/unesco-prizes/madanjeet-singh-prize/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NGSejrD87M

1942: Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship

1944: The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa
http://www.historynet.com/uss-laffey-attacked-off-okinawa-in-world-war-ii.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Laffey_(DD-724)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBrtjRF3Cjc

1960: Birth of Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician, killed on 13 November 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahab_Akbar
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/specialreports/68626/wahab-akbar-the-terror-of-basilan/story/

1960: In a Communist Party journal, Beijing attacks the Soviet leadership as « revisionist, » in the first public indication of a Sino-Soviet split

1965: Birth of Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
http://www.hkfilm.net/mwong.htm
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=161

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

1966: Death of Nandalal Bose, painter of the Bengal School of Art, born on December 3, 1882
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nandalal_Bose
http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/20080314111558184
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4k2J9RIZwg
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/16-april-1966-nandalal-bose-painter-of-the-bengal-school-of-art-died

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eB9bHDMSJQ

1968: In Burma, Bo Zeya, commander-in-chief of the communist guerilla faction called « white flag » is killed during an military operation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Burma

1971: Birth of Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=260

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WihRzgaD3w

1972: Yasunari Kawabata, born on 14 June 1899, Nobel Prize in Literature 1968, commits suicide
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1968/kawabata-bio.html

1972: Prompted by the Nguyen Hue offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-resumes-bombing-of-hanoi-and-haiphong

1973: Birth of Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wi[/b]ki/Bonnie_Pink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRghRp4awaQ

1974: Birth in Beijing of Xu Jinglei Chinese actress, film director, singer and writer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Jinglei
http://asianwiki.com/Jinglei_Xu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9IgrBKEkdw

1976: Birth of Shu Qi (Hsu Chi), Taiwanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0795517/
http://www.shuqi.org/profile/biography.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3jdJaR9Vts

1978: Birth of Lara Dutta, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Dutta
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1069034/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laW4ybzn6OU

1992: Afghanistan president Najibullah is forced to resign
http://tech.mit.edu/V112/N21/afghan.21w.html

1992: China for the first time contributes to UN peacekeepers by sending a military group to Phnom Penh

1995: Killing of Iqbal Masih, Pakistani child slave laborer, activist born in 1982
http://www.myhero.com/myhero/hero.asp?hero=Iqbal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iqbal_Masih

2001: India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Indian%E2%80%93Bangladeshi_border_conflict
http://www.arianica.com/node/88885

2001-04-16 Conflit avec Inde

2001: In the Philippines, former president Joseph Estrada is officially charged for corruption but released on bail

2001: Sri Lankan Navy start fights sea battle With Tamil rebels
https://www.news24.com/xArchive/Archive/Sri-Lanka-navy-sinks-rebel-boats-in-fierce-sea-battle-20010420

2005: Death of Kim Mu-saeng, South Korean actor, born on 16 March 1943
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Mu-saeng

2006: The Philippine president decides to commute 1,200 death sentences to life in jail. In fact no death sentence has been executed since 2000

2008: In Malaysia, the Makkal Osai Daily, a leading Tamil-language newspaper, critical to the government is banned
http://scottthong.wordpress.com/tag/makkal-osai/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmpNhr3y4-w

2009: Thaksin Shinawatra, the exiled Thailand prime minister, gets a Nicaraguan passport naming him an « ambassador on a special mission », saying he can help bring in investment
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/04/200941644555101354.html

2010: The 2007 assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani leader, could have been prevented and Pakistani officials failed to properly investigate her murder, a United Nations commission has found
http://www.france24.com/en/20100416-pakistan-benazir-bhutto-un-report-failed-security-hampered-inquiry
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/20104160331490717.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8623175.stm

2011: Taiwan’s opposition DPP Party leader and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen calls for sexual tolerance, just days after a rival politician tried to make an issue of her sexual orientation
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110416-274019.html

2013: Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, has been barred from running for parliament in the only seat he had been approved to contest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/2013416103441625181.html

2014: More than 270 missing as ferry Sewol sinks off the coast of South Korea. Officials said six of the ship’s 462 passengers had died, at least 55 are injured and 179 have been rescued. Many passengers – of which 300 are children – may have been trapped inside the vessel as it listed and sank. The final toll will be more than 300 people dead
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/rescuers-battle-to-save-476-passengers-after-ferry-sinks-off-south-korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27056653
http://www.france24.com/en/20140416-south-korea-ferry-carrying-450-people-sinking/

2016: Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman is arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia

2017: China and Nepal begin their first-ever joint military exercises, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2088059/nepal-china-begin-first-ever-joint-military-exercises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-16/first-ever-nepal-china-joint-military-training-begins.html

2018: South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted on North Korea’s Kim Jong-il order with her ex-husband, dies aged 91
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2142004/south-korean-actress-choi-eun-hee-who-was-abducted-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/121_247380.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31628415

North and South Korea relations

16 APRIL 2019

Can Moon Jae-In Bridge the Gap between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

Moon’s proposal to meet Kim Jong-un for a fourth inter-Korean summit is probably the best way forward, and it appears Trump agrees—or at least he does not object to it. But process is not progress, and ultimately, Moon has to claw something substantive out of Pyongyang for the Americans. Missiles and nuclear warheads are the core issues at stake
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/can-moon-jae-bridge-gap-between-donald-trump-and-kim-jong-un-52757

3 APRIL 2019

South Korean ship detained for violating UN sanctions: Seoul

A South Korean ship has been detained for more than six months on suspicion of violating UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed North, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday (Apr 3)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korean-ship-detained-for-violating-un-sanctions-seoul-11407724
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190403000609

25 MARCH 2019

North Korean officials return to liaison office with South after Trump blocks extra sanctions

North Korea on Monday reversed its recent decision to pull out of a symbolic inter-Korean liaison office on the border with South Korea, unexpectedly sending some of its officials back to work
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/25/north-korean-officials-return-liaison-office-south-trump-blocks/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233879
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3061037

22 MARCH 2019

North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from Kaesong liaison office with South Korea

North Korea has abruptly withdrawn its staff from a liaison office with South Korea, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-22/north-korea-abruptly-withdraws-staff-from-liaison-office/10932066?section=world
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233755
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/03/356_265860.html

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Inter-Korean joint celebration for independence uprising cancelled

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

5 FEBRUARY 2019

UN to Accuse Seoul of Violating N.Korea Sanctions

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

17 JANUARY 2019

Kim invited to meet Moon in Seoul on March 1, says report

The Blue House, the South Korean Presidency, wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Seoul for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the highly symbolic date of March 1, the Seoul Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday evening
http://www.atimes.com/article/kim-to-meet-moon-in-seoul-on-march-1-says-report/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/01/17/2019011701466.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/01/103_262209.html

10 DECEMBER 2018

South Korean prosecutors indict four for importing North Korean coal

South Korean prosecutors have charged four people with illegally importing millions of dollars worth of North Korean coal in violation of international sanctions, by trying to disguise it as imports from Russia, a prosecutors’ office said on Monday (Dec 10)
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-charges-4-with-illegally-importing-n-korean-coal/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-prosecutors-indict-four-for-importing-north-korean-coal

30 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas launch joint study on inter-Korean railways

A South Korean train crossed into North Korea for the first time in a decade on Friday, as the two countries began an 18-day joint study on cross-border railways, the first step toward modernizing and connecting the Koreas’ railroads
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=227355
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/29/asia/north-south-korea-train-intl/index.html

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas link up new cross-border road in DMZ

The dirt road, which is wholly within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula, will be used for joint operations next year to recover remains from the 1950-53 Korean War
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=226964
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/103_259144.html

16 OCTOBER 2018

Koreas, US-led UN Command hold talks on demilitarising tense inter-Korean border

Negotiators from North and South Korea, along with the U.S.-led United Nations Command, are holding their first talks Tuesday on demilitarizing a section of the heavily fortified border that separates the rival Koreas
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257111.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=224992
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168798/koreas-us-led-un-command-hold-talks-demilitarising-tense-inter

15 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea agree to reconnect transport links

The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday to hold a ceremony in late November or early December to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/149/227/176/1539593185321.html?newsId=50776
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181015000711

10 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea considers lifting sanctions against North Korea

South Korea said on Wednesday (Oct 10) that it was considering lifting a sweeping embargo on bilateral trade and exchanges with North Korea, despite Washington’s efforts to keep the economic noose on the North until it denuclearises
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-considers-lifting-sanctions-against-north-korea

8 OCTOBER 2018

Korea proposes inter-Korean parliamentary meeting in Nov. in Pyongyang

The proposal was made by South Korean lawmakers who were part of the 160-member delegation that visited Pyongyang last week for the joint celebration of the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181008000629

1 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified DMZ

Troops from North and South Korea began removing some landmines along their heavily fortified border on Monday, the South’s defence ministry said, in a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/01/north-south-korea-begin-removing-landmines-along-fortified-border/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=224278

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Russian ship detained in South Korean port due to US sanctions

South Korean authorities have seized a Russian-flagged ship and its crew in Busan on suspicion they are violating U.S. sanctions on North Korea, according to Russia’s TASS news agency
http://uawire.org/russian-ship-detained-in-south-korean-port-due-to-sanctions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/103_256225.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Moon and Kim jointly announce Pyongyang Declaration

The main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/862815.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/103_255848.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/north-korea-kim-agrees-dismantle-key-missile-test-sites-180919045606155.html

Defense chiefs of two Koreas sign comprehensive military agreement

South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol, signed a comprehensive military agreement Wednesday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un present at the scene
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223806
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180919000752

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Korean leaders wrap up 1st day of talks

The leaders of the 2 Koreas have wrapped up their first day of official talks in Pyongyang on an optimistic tone
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/leaders-of-two-koreas-meet-in-pyongyang-for-talks-on-ending-war-20281
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180918_47/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-kim-hopes-for-big-outcome-at-inter-korean-summit-10729870

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea and South Korea open joint liaison office

The two countries have inagurated a new complex that will let their officials communicate directly with one another
https://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-and-south-korea-open-joint-liaison-office/a-45482525
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223568

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

South Korea’s special delegation delivers President Moon’s personal letter to Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with a special delegation of South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday, possibly reaffirming his commitment to establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearizing his country
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223065
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180905000857

31 AUGUST 2018

Train project linking North and South Korea stopped in its tracks by US

A rail project meant to connect North and South Korea has been blocked by US military officials, highlighting divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with the nuclear armed North
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/north-south-korea-train-project-halted-us
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-led-un-command-stops-south-korean-train-entering-north/

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea sends sanctioned material to North Korea, politician says

South Korea has sent 1 billion won (S$1.2 million) worth of sanctioned material to North Korea, customs data showed on Friday (Aug 24), raising concern ties with the United States could be damaged as the South pursues cooperation with the North
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-sends-sanctioned-material-to-north-korea-politician-says

20 AUGUST 2018

Korean families divided by war reunite in North Korea

A group of mostly elderly South Koreans crossed into North Korea Monday to reunite with family members many haven’t seen nor heard from since the Korean War broke out 68 years ago
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/19/asia/korea-family-reunions-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=222191
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5824384916001/?#sp=show-clips

13 AUGUST 2018

South Korean president Moon Jae-in  to meet Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang for latest summit

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a third summit between leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un in September, amid ongoing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington over the North’s lack of progress in giving up its nuclear weapons
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/13/south-korean-president-moon-jae-in-meet-kim-jong-un-pyongyang/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221871
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/857400.html

10 AUGUST 2018

Three S. Korean firms brought in N. Korean coal disguised as Russian products: probe

« After the UN Security Council banned the trading of North Korean coal, the suspects transshiped the North Korean product at a Russian port onto a vessel with a third country’s flag and forged documents to make it look like the goods were from Russia. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221778
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180810000483

31 JULY 2018

Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

Generals from the rival Koreas met Tuesday at their shared border for talks on easing their countries’ decades-long military standoff, the second such meeting since their leaders held a landmark summit in April and pledged to reduce the danger of another war on the peninsula
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/rival-koreas-generals-discuss-easing-military-confrontation/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221258

16 JULY 2018

South Korea explores business opportunities in the North

Amid a thaw in relations, the two Koreas have started discussions on reopening special economic zones that allow companies from the South to operate in the North
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-explores-business-opportunities-in-the-north/a-44696825

4 JULY 2018

Inter-Korean basketball friendlies held in Pyongyang for first time in 15 years

The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/two-koreas-hold-friendly-basketball-match-pyongyang
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/koreas-begin-basketball-friendlies-in-latest-peace-gesture/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219897

25 JUNE 2018

Koreas discuss removing North’s artillery from tense border

The rival Koreas are discussing the possible relocation of North Korea’s long-range artillery guns away from the tense Korean border, South Korea’s prime minister said Monday, as the countries forge ahead with steps to lower tensions and extend a recent detente
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/koreas-discuss-removing-norths-artillery-from-tense-border/
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/25/koreas-discuss-removing-norths-artillery-from-tense-border.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2018/06/26/2003695576

22 JUNE 2018

Two Koreas to hold reunions of war-torn families for 7 days starting Aug. 20

South and North Korea agreed Friday to hold a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War from Aug. 20 to 26 on Mount Kumgang, an iconic mountain just north of the inter-Korean border along the east coast
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219287
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180622_34/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180622000579

18 JUNE 2018

Seoul aims to declare formal end to Korean War by year end; plans to ease sanctions on North Korea

South Korea aims to declare a formal end to the Korean War by the end of this year and the leaders of North Korea and the United States have discussed the issue, media reports quoted the country’s foreign minister as saying on Monday (June 18)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/seoul-says-aims-to-declare-formal-end-to-korean-war-by-end-of-the-year-plans-to-ease

Two Koreas held inter-Korean sports exchanges at border

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a joint basketball match in Pyongyang and to form some combined teams at August’s Asian Games in Indonesia, the two countries announced on Monday (Jun 18), after a day of negotiations at their shared border
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218997
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-south-korea-agree-to-joint-sports-events-and-create-10443750

14 JUNE 2018

South, North military meet in Panmunjom

South and North Korea discussed ways to ease tension on the border during a general-level military meeting Thursday at the truce village of Panmunjom, following up on an inter-Korean agreement signed by both countries’ leaders during their first summit on April 27
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049350
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218866
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/88/0/1528986554932.html

26 MAY 2018

North and South Korean leaders meet as US indicates summit may yet happen

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, met his South Korean counterpart on Saturday, two days after Donald Trump cancelled a planned summit with Kim
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/kim-jong-un-moon-jai-in-korean-leaders-hold-surprise-meeting
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/korean-leaders-meet-after-trump-threatens-to-quit-kim-summit
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5789976153001/?#sp=show-clips

17 MAY 2018

North Korea refuses to hold talks with South until ties improve

North Korea said Thursday (May 17) it will not hold talks with Seoul under the current diplomatic situation, calling South Korean officials « ignorant and incompetent » a day after the hermit state abruptly cancelled planned inter-Korean discussions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/north-korea-refuses-to-hold-talks-with-south-until-ties-improve
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/17/562032/north-korea-south-talks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44158566

27 APRIL 2018

Korea summit: North and South agree to seek peace and complete denuclearisation

The leaders of North and South Korea have signed a historic agreement, the Panmunjom Declaration, seeking a formal end to the Korean War and the “complete denuclearisation” of the peninsula at a summit in the demilitarised zone
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/korea-summit-north-and-south-agree-to-seek-peace-and-complete-denuclearisation-1.725249
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/korean-leaders-vow-to-end-war-on-the-peninsula-17029
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180427000845

19 APRIL 2018

Talks underway to officially end Korean War

South and North Korea as well as the United States will discuss signing peace treaties to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War during next week’s inter-Korean summit and the following one between Washington and Pyongyang, a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/n-korea-s-korea-officially-open-channels-end-korean-war
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/841283.html

31 MARCH 2018

What does Seoul think of Kim Jong-un’s landmark visit to China?

South Korea’s biggest headache at the moment is not China or even North Korea – It is the Trump administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/seoul-kim-jong-landmark-visit-china-180331093909686.html

 8 MARCH 2018

Paralympic Games: ‘No joint Korean march’ amid flag dispute

The two Koreas will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, officials in the South have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43327934
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/17/145/1520521604319.html

7 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon says sanctions on North to stay, too early to be optimistic

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (Mar 7) sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit between the two sides as Chinese state media repeated Beijing’s line that talks are the only way to end the nuclear standoff
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-moon-says-sanctions-on-north-to-stay-too-early-to-10021026
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214801
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180307_38/

6 MARCH 2018

Two Koreas to hold summit in late April
In stunning and unexpected announcement late Tuesday, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to a deal that could see South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet for a rare leaders’ summit at the two countries’ heavily armed border next month
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_245215.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/north-koreas-kim-seoul-envoys-discuss-easing-tensions/#.Wp8F5ujOU2x

5 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meets South Korean envoys

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a dinner for senior South Korean delegates – the first time officials from Seoul have met the young leader since he took office in 2011
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43282807
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214701
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/103_245149.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate general

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/south-korean-mps-demand-execution-norths-olympic-delegate
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3044876
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180223_21/

22 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea’s closing Olympics delegation will be led by General Kim Yong-chol, blamed for deadly ship sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors

North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-koreas-closing-olympics-delegation-includes-man-blamed-for-deadly-ship-sinking_2448151.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3044818
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180222000782

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

South Korea has approved a record budget of more than two and a half million dollars to bankroll the hosting of hundreds of North Koreans during the Winter Olympics
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/14/552312/South-Korea-fund-hosting-North-Korea-Olympics
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43054453

10 FEBRUARY 2018

N.Korean leader invites S.Korea’s Moon to the North

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of a new and accelerated diplomatic warming between the two countries
http://www.france24.com/en/20180210-nkorean-leader-invites-skoreas-moon-north-says-skorea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43014269
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/kim-jong-un-invites-south-korea-s-president-moon-to-pyongyang-9947748

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Kim Jong-un wants to show the world he is sincere about improving South Korea ties

Video of Juliette Morillot interview
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20180207-kim-jong-un-wants-show-world-he-sincere-about-improving-south-korea-ties

5 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea sends Winter Olympics propaganda posters featuring mascots to Seoul

Propaganda leaflets from North Korea marking the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics have been found in the mountains in the South Korean capital, Seoul
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-05/north-korea-sends-propaganda-fliers-to-seoul/9397842?section=world

29 JANUARY 2018

North Korea has cancelled joint cultural performance with South Korea ahead of Winter Olympics

North Korea has cancelled a joint cultural performance with South Korea, accusing southern media of encouraging “insulting” public sentiment towards the North, South Korea’s unification ministry said
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-south-joint-ceremony-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-unification-ministry-a8183656.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3043985
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/29/550600/North-Korea-South-Korea-Winter-Olympics-

23 JANUARY 2018

DPRK accuses S. Korea of torching national flag, leader’s photo

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday accused South Korean conservative forces of torching the DPRK flag and a photograph of its top leader Kim Jong Un
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/23/c_136918298.htm
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/103_242930.html

20 JANUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February
http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/42759924
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=213075
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-21/north-korea-to-send-22-athletes-to-winter-olympics/9346166?section=world

17 JANUARY 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (Jan 17) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women’s ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/two-koreas-agree-to-march-together-at-winter-olympics-opening-9870332
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_242637.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/koreas-to-form-first-joint-olympic-team-march-under-single-flag-14331

9 JANUARY 2018

Koreas agree military talks to defuse border tension

North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks to defuse border tension, after their first high-level meeting in two years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42622588
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-south-korea-agree-to-resolve-issues-through-dialogue_2408477.html
http://www.dw.com/en/do-korea-talks-put-initiative-back-with-seoul-and-pyongyang/a-42083164

5 JANUARY 2018

Koreas Agree to High-Level Talks, Meeting Scheduled for Jan 9

North and South Korea have officially announced they will hold bilateral talks on improving relations next week. They will be the first such talks between the two nations since December 2015
http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/04/asia/north-korea-south-korea-talks-intl/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/north-and-south-korea-agree-to-hold-talks/a-42034484

3 JANUARY 2018

North Korea restores hotline with South Korea

North Korea has reopened a suspended border hotline with South Korea, a day after Seoul offered high-level talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212505
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3042854

2 JANUARY 2018

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North on Olympics cooperation

South Korea has proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un called for a breakthrough in relations and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics
http://www.france24.com/en/20180102-south-korea-talks-north-korea-discuss-olympics-cooperation-kim-jong-un-moon-jae
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-proposes-high-level-talks-with-north-korea-on-jan-9-9826052

1 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says ‘open to dialogue’ with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened

Kim Jong Un on Monday (Jan 1) warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-says-nuclear-launch-button-on-his-desk
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/103_241761.html

21 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to create special ‘dronebot combat’ team in 2018 that could target Kim Jong Un

South Korea’s army is preparing a special unit that would use drone swarms in combat, and it is expected to become operational next year and could target the North’s missile, nuclear and other military activities
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/south-korea-create-special-dronebot-combat-team-2018-could-target-kim-jong-un
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255819712/plot-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un-unveiled-by-south-korea

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170921000273
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170921_26/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3038739

14 AUGUST 2017

South Korea’s president urges calm on North Korea, says war unthinkable

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for calm on Monday in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/14/south-koreas-president-urges-calm-north-korea-says-war-unthinkable
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40923284
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207499

21 JULY 2017

No military talks after DPRK snubs ROK’s call

The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for dialogue
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/180/67/48/1500608409635.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206641
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170721_16/

17 JULY 2017

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea to ease border tensions

South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, and said the two sides should discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarised border
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/17/south-korea-proposes-rare-military-talks-north-korea-ease-border/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206449
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/south-korea-seeks-rare-talks-with-north-military-tensions

26 JUNE 2017

Ex-South Korean President Park ‘plotted to kill N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un’

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was making plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Ex-president Park signed a document approving a « leadership change » in North Korea back in 2015
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253738832/ex-s-korean-president-park-plotted-to-kill-n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un

13 JUNE 2017

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098094/suspected-north-korean-drone-photographed-us-thaad-missile-site
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205171
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/13/pictures-show-north-korean-drone-spying-us-missile-defence-system/

23 MAY 2017

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

South Korea’s military fires warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-23/south-korea-fires-at-suspected-drone-at-border-with-north-amid-missile-crisis/1673608
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/south-koreas-military-fires-warning-shots-unidentified-object/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

7 APRIL 2017

North and South Korea face off in historic football match in Pyongyang

Korea’s flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday 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

11 DECEMBER 2016

How does North Korea’s Kim react to crisis in the South? He blows up the ‘Blue House’

Pyongyang’s obvious delight in the impeachment of ‘vegetable president’ Park Geun-hye has some in Seoul concerned the North may take advantage of the political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2053667/how-will-north-korea-react-crisis-south

6 DECEMBER 2016

North may have hacked South’s cyber command

North Korea may have hacked into the South’s cyber command, which would be the first time it has been compromised, according to an official of the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027121
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38219009

1 OCTOBER 2016

South Korean president Park Geun Hye urges North Koreans to defect

South Korean President Park Geun Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday (Oct 1) and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-urges-north-koreans-to-defect

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea has plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

South Korea may launch a special forces unit to assassinate the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, Defence Minister Han Min Koo has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/seoul-reveals-standby-plan-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea ready to raze Pyongyang to the ground in case of nuke attack, military source says

South Korea has prepared a pre-emptive strike plan to obliterate the North Korean capital Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case the North shows any signs of launching a nuclear attack, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday, quoting a military source in Seoul
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2018389/south-korea-ready-raze-pyongyang-ground-case-nuke-attack
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/09/116_213907.html
http://atimes.com/2016/09/south-korean-military-has-plan-to-destroy-north-before-nuke-attack/

27 APRIL 2016

South Korean patrol boat fires five warning shots to drive off North Korean intruders

A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots Friday after a North Korean patrol boat and fishing boat crossed the countries’ disputed maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1956331/south-korean-patrol-boat-fires-five-warning-shots-drive-north
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-threatens-retaliation-after-south-korean-warning-shots

24 APRIL 2016

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

From now on, for South Korea, the big stick would be brandished to force North Korea to renounce its nuclear ambitions.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35629117

12 MARCH 2013

DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that the military will prepare for « preemptive retaliation strikes » as ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States continue
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/12/content_15399485.html

8 MARCH 2016

South Korea slaps new sanctions on Pyongyang in wake of nuclear test and rocket launch

Seoul has said it will sanction new individuals and organizations in response to Pyongyang’s recent actions. The announcement comes a day after the US and South Korea began their largest military exercise in history.
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188960
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160308_28/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week.
https://www.nknews.org/2016/02/s-korea-challenges-n-koreas-qualifications-as-un-member/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Korea expels all S. Koreans in Kaesong Industrial Complex, freezes all assets held by S. Korean companies in comple

North Korea says it is kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and freezing the assets of companies operating there, calling the South’s move to suspend operations a « declaration of war ».
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188134
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/north-korea-seizes-joint-industrial-complex-south-160211161107629.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35547145

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35539346
http://news.yahoo.com/korea-suspend-operations-joint-kaesong-industrial-park-n-082439165.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-firms-begin/2505228.htm

8 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean vessel one day after North’s rocket launch

The South Korean navy has fired several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident came one day after the North launched a long-range rocket
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-vessel-one-day-after-norths-rocket-launch/a-19032724

7 JANUARY 2016

North Korea nuclear test: South restricts entry to Kaesong industrial zone, to resume propaganda broadcasts

South Korea is to impose partial restrictions on entry to a joint industrial complex and will resume loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts a day after the North shocked the world with its fourth nuclear test
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-07/north-korea-nuclear-test-south-restricts-entry-to-kaesong-industrial-zone-to-resume-propaganda-broad/1533570
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/07/content_15369213.html

6 JANUARY 2016

Korean defense ministry rejects N. Korea’s H-bomb test claim

South Korea’s defense ministry says it has upped its defense readiness and is keeping a close eye on any unusual movement north of the border. It also says it is working in close coordination with the U.S. « In close collaboration under the South Korea-U.S. alliance and with the international community, our military will take necessary measures to make North Korea pay for the nuclear test. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186972

11 DECEMBER 2015

North and South Korea hold talks to boost ties

North and South Korea have held high-level talks at a North Korean border town, aiming to ease tensions and improve ties that degenerated after a military standoff in August.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/north-south-korea-hold-talks-boost-ties-151211035229396.html
http://www.dw.com/en/two-koreas-hold-talks-but-expectations-are-low/a-18911507

26 NOVEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month

The two Koreas agreed on Thursday (Nov 26) to hold a rare high-level dialogue next month, in line with an accord struck in August aimed at easing cross-border tensions
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-south-korea-agree/2297026.html
http://atimes.com/2015/11/koreas-to-hold-high-level-talks-in-dec-on-ways-to-improve-ties/

23 NOVEMBER 2015

North Korea threatens ‘merciless retaliation’ against South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang vows to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul hold fire drills near the border on the anniversary
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-22/north-korea-threatens-merciless-retaliation-against-south-korea-ahead-of-island-shelling-anniversary/1517424

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Koreas agree to hold talks next week

South and North Korea agreed to hold a preparatory meeting on Nov. 26 for high-level talks in line with their agreement on Aug. 25, the Ministry of Unification said Friday
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/120_191482.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151120000741

25 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea’s navy fires warning shots at North Korean patrol boat near disputed maritime border

South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat near the rivals’ disputed maritime border, where sailors on both sides have been killed in past exchanges of fire
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-25/south-koreas-navy-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-patrol-boat-near-disputed-maritime-border/1507304
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184567

20 OCTOBER 2015

Koreans reunite during tearful family meeting, 60 years after separation by war

Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans have reunited with family members in North Korea, in a tearful meeting more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-20/koreans-reunite-during-tearful-family-meeting-60-years-after-separation-by-war/1505492
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/20/poignant-moments-as-korean-families-wrenched-by-war-meet-again/

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to family reunion in October after breakthrough in marathon talks

 North and South Korea agree to hold a reunion in October for families separated by the Korean War at Mount Kumgang resort, following all-night talks between the two sides.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-08/north-south-korea-agree-to-family-reunion-in-october-after-breakthrough-in-marathon-talks/1490664
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/07/asia/north-south-korea-family-reunions/index.html

24 AUGUST 2015

North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement after talks

South Korea will stop anti-North Korea loudspeaker broadcasts on “condition of no abnormal situations,” as North Korea issues “regret” for recent “provocations” and promises they won’t recur, Yonhap News Agency said
http://www.nknews.org/2015/08/s-korea-to-stop-loudspeaker-broadcasts-n-korea-to-regret-for-mine/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/koreas-agree-to-defuse/2073704.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34039187

22 AUGUST 2015

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

High level officials from the two Koreas are holding talks in a bid to ease tensions, after the passing of a North Korean-imposed deadline for the South, to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34026076
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/korean-peninsula-tensions-prompt-calls-restraint-150822030619344.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/22/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html

20 AUGUST 2015

South Korea fires shells in response to suspected North Korea rocket attack

South Korea fires dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, believed to be aimed at a loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-20/south-korea-fires-shells-in-response-to-suspected-north-korea-rocket-attack/1483834
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-and-south-korea/2064582.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150820001220

15  AUGUST 2015

Stop loudspeaker broadcasts or face retaliation, N Korea tells Seoul

North Korea has demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul’s accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers
http://atimes.com/2015/08/stop-loudspeaker-broadcasts-or-face-retaliation-n-korea-tells-seoul/

11 AUGUST 2015

South vows retaliation against NK mine attack

South Korea blamed North Korea for landmine blasts that wounded two soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) last week, vowing to make the reclusive regime pay « a harsh price, »
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3007767
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/08/116_184553.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Kim Dae-jung’s widow returns from North Korea

The widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung has returned from North Korea. She reportedly did not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during her visit
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150808_21.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/08/content_15301665.html

5 AUGUST 2015

South Korean ex-first lady in ‘peace visit’ to North

The widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has travelled to the North, hoping to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33783399
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-s-korea-first-lady-begins-rare-trip-north-0

17 JULY 2015

 Seoul invites N.K. to September security forum

South Korea’s Defense Ministry invited North Korea’s vice minister-level officials Friday to attend its annual high-level security forum, slated for September, setting the stage for cross-border defense dialogue
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150717000826

North envoys storm out of Kaesong talks

Multiple rounds of negotiations between the two Koreas on wages and other issues involving the Kaesong Industrial Complex collapsed early Friday morning after North Korea’s envoys stormed off. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3006774

23 JUNE 2015

North Korea sentences two South Korean men to life

North Korea Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labour for life on espionage and other charges, state media reported, rejecting repeated calls by Seoul to release them
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150623_47.html http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/23/world/north-korea-men-sentenced-spying/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/601300/n-korea-sentences-two-s-koreans-to-life-terms

24 MAY 2015

Women peace activists cross North-South Korea border

A group of women activists have made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea in a move aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation on the divided peninsula http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/women-peace-activists-cross-north-south-korea-border-150524044729768.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/23/asia/north-korea-women-activists-dmz-crossing/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11627584/Womens-peace-march-criticised-as-they-cross-Korean-Demilitarised-Zone.html

27 MARCH 2015

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/03/28/432227/Seoul-urges.htm

26 MARCH 2015

North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean spies

North Korea said late on Thursday it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-says-it-has-a/1744862.html

11 MARCH 2015

Factory owners jittery over salary dispute between North, South Korea

A salary dispute between North and South Korea has sent jitters through factory owners operating at an industrial complex that is supposed to be a symbol of cooperation for the divided Korean peninsula
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/11/asia/koreas-salary-dispute/index.html

1 JANUARY 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a proposal in a New Year address Thursday for a summit with President Park Geun-hye as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2999190
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150101000273
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/01/116_170918.html

29 DECEMBER 2014

Seoul offers high-level talks with N. Korea

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss the issues of separated families, humanitarian aid, economic cooperation and joint projects that could help lay the groundwork for unification
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141229000878
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/12/30/425230/South-Korea.htm

22 OCTOBER 2014

South Korea scraps ‘Christmas tree’ tower hated by North

South Korea had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29718662
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438954/south-korea-scraps-christmas-tree-tower-hated-by-north

19 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange fire over border’

North Korean troops approached the demarcation line separating the two sides, prompting South Korean soldiers to fire warning shots, officials said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29681682

15 OCTOBER 2014

Korean generals hold military talks

Generals from North and South Korea have held military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/korean-generals-hold-miltary-talks-201410158130822344.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141015001198
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/north-south-korea-military-talks

11 OCTOBER 2014

North Korean state media warn talks with the South in danger

North Korea’s state media said on Saturday that expected talks with the South to try to improve ties between the rivals were in danger of being cancelled because authorities in Seoul allowed a group to send leaflets hostile to Pyongyang
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korean-state-media-warn-talks-south-danger
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11155721/North-Korea-says-talks-with-South-all-but-scrapped.html

10 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange land border fire’

The incident came as South Korean activists launched balloons containing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29568533
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436944/north-south-korea-trade-heavy-machine-gun-fire-on-border

5 OCTOBER 2014

More S.Koreans Than Ever Support Reunification

In the survey of 1,200 people by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, some 55.9 percent said reunification is in South Korea’s interest, the most since the poll started in 2007 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/10/02/2014100201109.html

4 OCTOBER 2014

North, South Korea agree to talks during surprise visit

North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks after top Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games on Saturday, raising hopes for improved ties between the arch rivals.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141004-north-south-korea-agree-talks-during-surprise-visit/
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/04/world/asia/north-korea-officials-surprise-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-agrees-restart-talks-with-south-201410412297562597.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.

At the U.N., Park presented her vision of Korean unification to leaders from more than 140 countries gathered for the annual meeting, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, and called for their support to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. She also pressed Japan by addressing the thorny issue of sex slavery during World War II
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140925000886
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-slams-political-prostitute-park-speech-un

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433130/s-korea-shoots-warning-at-north

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

 South Korean fisherman finds possible North drone

A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/s-korean-fisherman-finds-possible-north-drone-2014915103930946663.html

29 AUGUST 2014

How to solve the divided families between South and North Korea?

According to official statistics produced by the Ministry of Unification, as of 30th June 2014 there were 129,553 South Koreans registered as ‘members of divided families’. This is an official status and it means that the registered person is eligible to apply for a family reunion with their relatives in the North
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89509

22 AUGUST 2014

South Korea’s Limited Options for Engaging Pyongyang

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/south-koreas-limited-options-for-engaging-pyongyang/

18 JULY 2014

North and South Korea: can Seoul’s plans for reunification work?

Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea’s president continues to push it as a key policy goal
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/south-north-korea-unification-seoul

18 JULY 2014

North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South

North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-threatens-pull-out-asian-games-south
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140718000732

29 JUNE 2014

Pyongyang proposes « peace » to Seoul because it fears Beijing

A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-proposes-peace-to-Seoul-because-it-fears-Beijing-31494.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418114/n-korea-proposes-suspension-of-military-hostilities

22 MAY 2014

Koreas exchange fire in disputed waters

North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27520455
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/koreas-exchange-fire-disputed-sea-2014522125441738363.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/north-korea-fires-artillery-near-south-warship

20 MAY 2014

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10843828/South-Korea-fires-warning-shots-after-North-Korean-incursion.html

12 MAY 2014

South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’

South Korea is continuing an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea “must disappear soon.”

http://asiancorrespondent.com/122601/south-korea-says-north-korea-must-disappear-soon/

27 APRIL 2014

North Korea labels South’s president as ‘crafty prostitute’ after Obama visit

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to « crafty prostitute » in thrall to her « pimp » Barack Obama.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/north-korea-attacks-south-president-park-geun-hye-obama

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/skoreas-park-prostitute-being-pimped-obama-pyongyang

14 APRIL 2014

N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South

North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of « fabricating » a link in order to smear Pyongyang
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-denies-link-drones-recovered-south

12 APRIL 2014

N. Korea blasts reunification offer as ‘psychopath’s daydream’

North Korea on Saturday blasted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the « daydream of a psychopath »
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404658/n-korea-blasts-reunification-offer-as-psychopath-daydream

4 APRIL 2014

North Korea launches misogynist tirade against South Korean president

While the North’s propaganda is often vitriolic, the highly personalised and sexist nature of the attack – the latest salvo is titled: « We accuse Park the bitch » – is more unusual
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/north-korea-misogynist-tirade-south-korean-president

South Korea finds images of presidential residence on Kim Jong-un’s drones

Two North Korean drones that crashed in South Korea had taken hundreds of aerial photos of military installations as well as the official residence of President Park Guen-hye, authorities in Seoul have revealed
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10744252/South-Korea-finds-images-of-presidential-residence-on-Kim-Jong-uns-drones.html

3 APRIL 2014

Alleged N. Korean Drones Fly Over Seoul Presidential House

South Korea has acknowledged a surveillance drone, likely operated by North Korea, flew over the presidential palace in Seoul and took several pictures, before crashing near the border

http://www.voanews.com/content/alleged-north-korean-drones-fly-over-seoul-presidential-house/1885245.html

1 APRIL 2014

Breathless in North Korea

For 60 years, Koreans on both sides of the DMZ have awaited a peace treaty. Instead they’ve gotten an arms race and political repression.

http://fpif.org/breathless-north-korea/

31 MARCH 2014

South Korea fires back at North after artillery shells land in disputed waters

South Korea has returned fire into North Korean waters after the North conducted live-fire drills near disputed sea boundary, with the White House and Kremlin expressing concern over North Korea’s actions and rhetoric
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/31/south-korea-returns-fire-north-korean-shells
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/rival-koreas-trade-fire-across-sea-border-201433143345118512.html

29 MARCH 2014

N. Korea warns of « war » over S. Korea’s anti-Pyongyang leaflets

North Korea said Saturday its relations with South Korea had been driven into a « catastrophic » phase again, warning the South’s scattering of anti-Pyongyang leaflets could spark a war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-warns-war-over-s-koreas-anti-pyongyang-leaflets-0
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/n-korea-warns-catastrophic-provocations-20143292174581453.html

28 MARCH 2014

Pyongyang slams South Korean President over nuclear remarks

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye over comments she made about the country’s nuclear program, accusing her of « blabbering » like a « peasant woman. »

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/28/world/asia/north-korea-president-park-nuclear-slander/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

6 MARCH 2014

N. Korea rejects South request for family reunion talks

North Korea on Thursday rejected Seoul’s request for talks on reunions for families separated by the Korean War, further souring the mood after a recent upswing in cross-border ties

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/398484/n-korea-rejects-south-request-for-family-reunion-talks

4 MARCH 2014

Seoul asks Pyongyang to hold family reunifications on “regular basis »

The president of South reminds his Northern counterpart that « time passes everyone » and asks that war separated families be allowed to see each other on a regular basis before it’s too late

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Seoul-asks-Pyongyang-to-hold-family-reunifications-on-“regular-basis-30460.html

28 FEBRUARY 2014

N. Korea snubs South request on detained missionary

North Korea on Friday refused to entertain an official request from Seoul to release a South Korean missionary arrested four months ago on espionage charges

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397548/n-korea-snubs-south-request-on-detained-missionary

25 FEBRUARY 2014

S. Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification drive

South Korean President Park Geun Hye vowed Tuesday to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification, building on a recent thaw in cross-border ties despite the North’s anger over South-US military drills.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396999/s-korea-park-seeks-to-reboot-unification-drive
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/02/116_152284.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-forming-committee-to-prepare-for-reunifcation-with-north-korea/1858571.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

N.Korea to enter all events in Asian Games In South Korea

South Korea has invited North Korea to participate in the games, which will run from September 19 to October 4, through the Olympic Council of Asia, a body that governs all sports in Asia.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/396746/n-korea-to-enter-all-events-in-asian-games-reports

20 FEBRUARY 2014

North and South Korea hold first family reunion in three years

Families torn apart for more than 60 years — separated by the Korean War — began to reunite at a mountain resort in North Korea
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/20/world/asia/koreas-reunion/index.html?hpt=ias_t2
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26252563
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/heartbreaking-reunion-korean-families-meet-again-after-60-years-n34621
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/20/sixty-years-on-families-separated-by-the-korean-war-get-a-rare-chance-to-meet/

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Koreas take first steps towards building mutual trust

North and South Korea will hold a new round of family reunions, while putting an end to slander as a first step to building mutual trust
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Koreas-take-first-steps-towards-building-mutual-tr-57119.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2014/02/rival-koreas-agree-tone-down-hostilities-201421415162235924.html

13 FEBRUARY 2014

No agreement reached at inter-Korean dialogue

The two Koreas failed to reach an agreement during their first high-level talks in seven years on Wednesday due to differences over planned Seoul-Washington military drills During the 12-hour marathon talks, the North “constantly demanded” Seoul’s postponement of the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises until after the event. The joint South Korea-US drills are scheduled to begin February 24

http://www.asianewsnet.net/No-agreement-reached-at-inter-Korean-dialogue-57046.html

12 FEBRUARY 2014

North, South Korea hold first high-level talks since 2007

North and South Korean officials held their highest-level talks since 2007 on Wednesday, seeking to forge agreements on divisive US-South Korea military exercises and a planned reunion late this month for families divided by the Korean War.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140212-north-south-korea-panmunjom-talks/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26131487

N. Korea Demands Pay Raise for Kaesong Workers

North Korea is demanding a pay raise for at least some of its workers in the special Kaesong industrial complex, where South Korean firms manufacture products using labor provided by Pyongyang

http://www.voanews.com/content/n-korea-demands-pay-raise-for-kaesong-workers/1850002.html

6 FEBRUARY 2014

Pyongyang backpedals: Seoul must cancel ‘war games’ with US or no family reunions

The powerful National Defense Commission, the highest executive body led by dictator Kim Jong-un, has issued a statement calling on the South to cancel military exercises: « Dialogue and exercises of war of aggression cannot go hand in hand ». Yesterday, during bilateral talks, no objections were expressed
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-backpedals:-Seoul-must-cancel-‘war-games’-with-US-or-no-family-reunions-30232.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/06/world/asia/north-korea-family-reunions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

5 FEBRUARY 2014

North and South Korea Set Dates for Family Reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to hold family reunions later this month in which hundreds of elderly relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/05/reunion-for-north-and-south-korean-families-separated-by-war/
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/world/asia/north-and-south-korea-set-dates-for-family-reunions.html?ref=world&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%202.5.14&_r=0

3 FEBRUARY 2014

North Korea Agrees to Talks on Reunions

North Korea agreed on Monday to hold border talks with South Korea this week to discuss arranging reunions where relatives separated by the Korean War would meet for the first time in six decades, officials here said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/04/world/asia/north-korea-agrees-to-talks-on-reunions.html?ref=world&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AMorning%20Brief&utm_campaign=MB%2002.03.14&_r=0

27 JANUARY 2014

S. Korea offers North dates for family reunions

South Korea proposed Monday holding family reunions for those separated by the Korean War in mid-February, ahead of joint military drills with the United States that North Korea wants cancelled

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391697/s-korea-offers-north-dates-for-family-reunions

http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2014/01/485_150562.html

24 JANUARY 2014

North Korea proposes family reunions with South

North Koreahas made a sudden proposal for the resumption of reunions for families separated since the Korean War, saying the programme could help improve cross-border ties.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10595137/North-Korea-proposes-family-reunions-with-South.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25873269

9 JANUARY 2014

N Korea rejects Seoul’s call for reunions

Pyongyang has rejected a South Korean proposal for resuming reunions for families separated by the Korean War, citing Seoul’s planned joint military exercises with the United States as a major barrier.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/n-korea-rejects-seoul-call-reunions-20141971036686519.html

20 DECEMBER 2013

North Korea threatens to strike South

North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea « without notice » in response to anti-Pyongyang rallies earlier this week, officials said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/20/world/asia/north-korea-threats/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/20/21980066-north-korea-sends-fax-threatening-to-strike-south-korea-without-notice-report?lite

12 NOVEMBER 2013

N. Korea slams President Park for fueling inter-Korean tensions

North Korea slammed President Park Geun-hye Tuesday for fueling tensions with provocative anti-Pyongyang remarks made during her recent trip to Europe. The North’s Korean Central News Agency, citing a statement issued by an unidentified spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK), referred to Park by name and accused her of being a hypocrite and only focused on maintaining a confrontational stance with the DPRK.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131112000686

8 NOVEMBER 2013

North Korea warns of ‘merciless’ action to stop kidnapping

North Korea on Friday warned of « merciless » action to stop the alleged abduction of its citizens by South Korean spy agents and activists.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378873/north-korea-warns-of-merciless-action-to-stop-kidnapping

North Korea Accepts Seoul’s Call for Kaesong Talks

North Korea has accepted South Korea’s offer to hold working-level talks next week to improve the competitiveness of the joint industrial park in Kaesong.

http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-accepts-seouls-call-for-kaesong-talks/1786224.html

6 NOVEMBER 2013

N. Korea accuses S. Korea president of ‘moral vulgarity’

North Korea accused South Korean President Park Geun-Hye of « moral vulgarity » Wednesday after she suggested she was ready to hold a summit with its leader Kim Jong-Un at any time.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-accuses-s-korea-president-moral-vulgarity

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/378513/n-korea-accuses-s-korea-president-of-moral-vulgarity

5 NOVEMBER 2013

2 S. Korean firms withdraw from inter-Korean factory park

Two South Korean companies with factories at the inter-Korean factory park in Gaeseong have decided to close operations in the face of unfavorable business conditions, sources said Tuesday.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131105000315

4 NOVEMBER 2013

Park open to meeting N.K. leader

President Park Geun-hye said she was open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at any time if it is necessary for peace on the Korean Peninsula, indicating a softer approach to the belligerent regime that remains fickle with the South.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131103000030

30 OCTOBER 2013

S. Korean MPs make rare crossing to North

A group of South Korean lawmakers crossed the fortified border into North Korea Wednesday to visit a jointly run industrial park that recently re-opened after military tensions caused a five-month closure.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korean-mps-make-rare-crossing-north-0

25 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea repatriates South Korean citizens at DMZ

North Korea repatriated six South Korean citizens and a corpse at a heavily defended border crossing on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification said, in a rare humanitarian gesture amid persistent tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-repatriates-south-korean-citizens-dmz
http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-returns-south-korean-defectors/1776755.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Pyongyang accepts South lawmakers’ visit to Gaeseong

North Korea on Thursday accepted a request by South Korean lawmakers to visit Gaeseong, raising hopes that momentum will pick up for the joint factory park whose recently resumed operations are suffering after a five-month freeze.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131024000580

21 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea warns of ‘merciless firing’ against S. Korea

North Korea on Monday warned of « merciless firing » against the South if it goes ahead with a reported plan to develop shells to carry anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375703/n-korea-warns-of-merciless-firing-against-s-korea

15 OCTOBER 2013

North Korea keeping over 500 South Koreans prisoner – including plane crew hijacked 35 years ago

A South Korean politician has said that the return of 516 citizens being held by North Korea for up to 60 years is ‘the top priority’ of the government in Seoul.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10379428/North-Korea-keeping-over-500-South-Koreans-prisoner-including-plane-crew-hijacked-35-years-ago.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

South Korea Condemns North’s ‘Insult’ of President Park

South Korea is lashing back at North Korea for comments made about South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The statement issued by the North’s National Defense Commission (NDC) contained a rare attack on South Korea’s president by name
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-condemns-norths-insult-of-president-park/1762925.html

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy

The United States and South Korea today agreed to establish “a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against … North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference
http://www.eurasiareview.com/02102013-us-south-korea-announce-tailored-deterrence-strategy/
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/02/20782403-us-s-korea-sign-tailored-deterrence-pact-against-threat-of-kim-jong-uns-wmds?lite

21 SEPTEMBER 2013

N Korea postpones family reunions with South

In a blow to improving relations between the two Koreas, North Korea has ordered the indefinite postponement of a planned resumption of family reunions.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/21/north-korea-postpones-family-reunions-with-south/

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Gaeseong park begins test-run as Koreas discuss sustainable growth

An inter-Korean factory zone in North Korea began its trial-run production on Monday after a five-month hiatus, as the two Koreas discuss ways to ensure sustainable growth of the joint economic venture. More than half of the 123 South Korean firms with factories at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex in the North’s eponymous city were set to start trial operations, with the aim of fully normalizing operations thereafter, and have asked North Korean workers to report to work
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130916000227
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Thaw-on-Korean-peninsula-:-Kaesong-reopens-and-Pyongyang-plays-South’s-anthem-29014.html

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/09/15/world/asia/kaesong-korea-complex-reopens/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Koreas Agree to Reopen Kaesong Industrial Complex

North and South Korea have agreed to reopen their joint industrial complex at Kaesong after Pyongyang agreed to meet Seoul’s key demands. North Korea unilaterally shut down the factory zone in April but under a deal reached Wednesday will allow joint management and, for the first time, invite foreign investors
http://www.voanews.com/content/koreas-agree-to-reopen-kaeson-industrial-complex/1747406.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/09/11/back-to-business-for-north-and-south-korea/
http://www.france24.com/en/20130911-korea-industrial-park-reopen-kaesong

North Korean hackers suspected of cyber-espionage attack on South

North Korean hackers are suspected of launching a covert cyber-espionage campaign against the South Korean government in an attempt to steal highly classified intelligence on defence and security.

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/11/north-korean-hackers-cyber-espionage

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Koreas stuck on when to reopen factory park, agree on future talks

The two Koreas failed Monday 2 to agree on the reopening date of the joint industrial complex in North Korea’s border town of Gaeseong, but agreed to meet again later this week.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903000175

2 SPTEMBER 2013

Koreas hold first talks on reopening industrial park

North and South Korea held the first meeting Monday of a committee tasked with reopening their Kaesong joint industrial zone — five months after it was shut down amid soaring military tensions.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/367659/koreas-hold-first-talks-on-reopening-industrial-park

S. Korea offers $6.3 mn in aid for North via WHO

South Korea announced Monday $6.3 million in humanitarian funding for North Korea through the World Health Organisation, the second such aid package in just over a month.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/367614/s-korea-offers-6-3-mn-in-aid-for-north-via-who

26 AUGUST 2013

Preparation for cultural integration of two Koreas crucial

It is never too soon to start preparing for cultural integration of the two Koreas post-reunification, which is likely to entail heavy social conflict, according to President Park Geun-hye’s top cultural adviser.“In the last 60 years that the two Koreas have been in confrontation, we have witnessed not only our language but also our customs and culture changing drastically from one another. Such sense of difference can aggravate the conflict if the two Koreas unexpectedly reunify,” Kim Dong-ho, 76, a policymaker-turned-film guru said in an interview with The Korea Herald.

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130826000802

23 AUGUST 2013

North and South Korea set date for family reunions

North and South Korea agreed on Friday to allow reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 war, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul and Washington with missile strikes and nuclear war.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/23/north-south-korea-set-family-reunions-date
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/08/23/20152914-bitterly-divided-koreas-agree-to-hold-family-reunion-lottery?lite

20 AUGUST 2013

S. Korea agrees talks on resuming cross-border tours

South Korea agreed Tuesday to hold talks with North Korea about resuming tours to a scenic resort in the North after a five-year suspension.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365584/s-korea-agrees-talks-on-resuming-cross-border-tours

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130820001048

19 AUGUST 2013

Seoul demands family reunions, tours be discussed separately

Seoul on Monday reiterated its demand to separate the issues of reunions of divided families and stalled tours to Mount Geumgang as a cash-strapped Pyongyang seeks to link them to reopen the lucrative resort program.
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130819000815

18 AUGUST 2013

North Korea agrees to family reunions with South

North Korea has agreed to a South Korean proposal to resume reunions of families separated since the 1950-1953 war, official media in Pyongyang say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23745206
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365213/n-korea-agrees-to-hold-family-reunions-with-s-korea

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/

 

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

16 APRIL 2019

US approves F-16 support for Taiwan in face of pressure from Beijing

A Pentagon statement said the State Department had approved the sale of a programme of pilot training, maintenance and logistics support for the F-16 aircraft now at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3006312/us-approves-f-16-support-taiwan-face-pressure-beijing
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/04/17/2003713525
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904160015.aspx

15 APRIL 2019

US Denounces “Coercion” as China Conducts Drills Near Taiwan

Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on April 15, the latest military maneuvers near the self-ruled island that a senior U.S. official denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-denounces-coercion-as-china-conducts-drills-near-taiwan_2880307.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904150011.aspx

8 APRIL 2019

Taiwan to Buy 108 M1A2 Abrams Tanks From US Despite China’s Objection – Reports

According to the local media, the Taiwanese Armed Forces have more than 1,000 tanks, mostly of M60A3 and CM-11 models. Once Washington approves the deal, 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks will enter service within the Sixth Army Corps, which secures the safety of northern Taiwan, where most of the central government establishments are situated
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201904081073925358-taiwan-abrams-tanks/

1 APRIL 2019

Sale of ‘obsolete’ F-16s to Taiwan irks Beijing

Beijing has responded angrily to the talk of sales by the US of more than 60 Lockheed Martin F-16V jets to Taiwan, even though the fourth generation warplanes, whose original model entered service 40 years ago, will hardly trouble China’s more advanced J-20 fighters
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/sale-of-obsolete-f-16s-to-taiwan-irks-beijing/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/

30 MARCH 2019

China destroys 30,000 maps because they don’t list Taiwan and state in north India as its territory

China has destroyed almost 30,000 maps that do not label Taiwan and a disputed region in north India as its territory
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-maps-destroyed-taiwan-arunachal-pradesh-india-territory-disputed-south-tibet-a8840836.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3003121/about-29000-problematic-world-maps-showing-taiwan-country

27 MARCH 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen warns of ‘Hong Kong example’ on Hawaii stopover as she vows to boost military

Despite Chinese protest, the US state was on the itinerary for Tsai’s tour of the Pacific. Experts say the tour is part of a « defensive » strategy from Taipei as it faces increased pressure from Beijing
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3003577/hawaii-stopover-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-warns-hong-kong
https://www.dw.com/en/why-did-taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-ask-for-us-arms-during-hawaii-visit/a-48103286
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/taiwans-tsai-rejects-talk-of-chinese-takeover/

21 MARCH 2019

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen heads to the South Pacific in a bid to fend off China

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off on Thursday (March 21) for a trip to the South Pacific to shore up ties with three island nations that still recognise Taiwan as a country, in an effort to offset China’s expanding influence in the region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-heads-to-the-south-pacific-in-a-bid-to-fend-off-china
https://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-leader-visits-pacific-allies-to-stop-in-hawaii-/4840772.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903210025.aspx

20 MARCH 2019

The Pushback Plan: How Taiwan Can Win Diplomatically Against China

Beijing’s tightening diplomatic squeeze of Taiwan is part of a larger strategy, including the exploitation of economic, military, and politically subversive pressure points, to bring the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, to heel
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/pushback-plan-how-taiwan-can-win-diplomatically-against-china-48322

15 MARCH 2019

THE US-CHINA RIVALRY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TAIWAN

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

14 MARCH 2019

El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord

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

8 MARCH 2019

US asked to sell 66 advanced fighter jets to Taiwan

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

27 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

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

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

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

24 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan unveils new drone as China tensions mount

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

17 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan holds military drills to halt invasion amid rising China tensions

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

10 JANUARY 2019

Why a China invasion of Taiwan would fail

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

5 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan president calls for international support to defend democracy

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

2 JANUARY 2019

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

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

13 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s small missile boat program hamstrung by budget cuts

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

12 DECEMBER 2018

Analyst: Taiwan a vital strategic buffer for the US

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

8 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

31 OCTOBER 2018

 US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats

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

20 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

9 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan hoping Holy See-China deal can promote religious freedom

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan appreciates European support against Beijing’s bullying

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025

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

Taiwan to bolster its defence, will build military aircraft

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

22 AUGUST 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese overtures

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

21 AUGUST 2018

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

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

20 AUGUST 2018

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

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

18 AUGUST 2018

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

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

11 AUGUST 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?

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

6 AUGUST 2018

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

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

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

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

1 AUGUST 2018

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

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

13 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

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

10 JULY 2018

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

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

7 JULY 2018

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

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

25 JUNE 2018

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China  

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

18 JUNE 2018

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

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

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

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

1 JUNE 2018

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

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

31 MAY 2018

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

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

Taiwan event creates headaches for Trump amid North Korea talks

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

24 MAY 2018

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

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

22 MAY 2018

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

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

1 MAY 2018

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan, forges diplomatic ties with Beijing

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

27 APRIL 2018

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

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

25 APRIL 2018

China warns Taiwan of more action after drills

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

18 APRIL 2018

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

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

8 APRIL 2018

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

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

5 APRIL 2018

Taiwan is again becoming a flashpoint between China and America

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

 25 MARCH 2018

As Vatican and China talk, Taiwan looks on nervously

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

21 MARCH 2018

Tensions mount as China sends warship through Taiwan Strait

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

20 MARCH 2018

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

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

17 MARCH 2018

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

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

8 MARCH 2018

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

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

2 MARCH 2018

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

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

1 MARCH 2018

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

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

23 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

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

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Don’t squeeze Taiwan

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

23 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

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

19 JANUARY 2018

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

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

17 JANUARY 2018

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions grow

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

4 JANUARY 2018

Taipei protests after Beijing opens new aviation corridors over Taiwan Strait

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

29 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwan defense budget will rise each year: President Tsai

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

26 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

11 DECEMBER 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

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

8 DECEMBER 2017

China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

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

28 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

4 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

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

18 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

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

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

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

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

22 AUGUST 2017

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

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

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

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

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

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

21 JULY 2017

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

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

17 JULY 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

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

3 JULY 2017

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

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

2 JULY 2017

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

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

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

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

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

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

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

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

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

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

3 JUNE 2017

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

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

25 MAY 2017

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

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

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

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

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

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

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

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

2 MAY 2017

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

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

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

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

24 APRIL 2017

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

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

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

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

10 APRIL 2017

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

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

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

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

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

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

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

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

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

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

21 MARCH 2017

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

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

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

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

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

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

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

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

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

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

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

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

10 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

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

6 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

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

20 JANUARY 2017

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

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

12 JANUARY 2017

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

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

8 JANUARY 2017

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

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

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

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

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

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

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

2 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

26 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

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

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

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

10 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

1 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

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

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

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

31 AUGUST 2016

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

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

25 AUGUST 2016

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

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

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

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

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

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

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

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

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

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

27 JULY 2016

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

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

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

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

20 JULY 2016

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

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

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

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

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

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

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

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

1 JULY 2016

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

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

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

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

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

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

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

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

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

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

6 JUNE 2016

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

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

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

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

25 MAY 2016

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

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

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

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

18 MAY 2016

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

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

13 MAY 2016

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

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

8 MAY 2016

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

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

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

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

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

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

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

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

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

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

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

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

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

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

10 MARCH 2016

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

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

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

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

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

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

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

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

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

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

21 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

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

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

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

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

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

27 JANUARY 2016

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

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

25 JANUARY 2016

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

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

 

Pakistan home affairs & society

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16 APRIL 2019

Watchdog Group Voices Concern over Human Rights in Pakistan

An independent monitoring group in Pakistan has expressed concern about the state of human rights in the country and called for the immediate redressal of the issues highlighted in its annual report, released Monday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/watchdog-group-voices-concern-over-human-rights-in-pakistan/

15 APRIL 2019

Pakistan reaches ‘agreement in principle’ with IMF over bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday said that it held « constructive discussions » with Pakistani authorities during last week’s spring meetings in Washington and that its mission will be visiting Pakistan « before the end of April to continue the discussions » on a bailout package
https://www.dawn.com/news/1476295/imf-says-its-mission-will-visit-pakistan-before-end-of-april-to-continue-constructive-discussions
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-imf/pakistan-reaches-agreement-in-principle-with-imf-over-bailout-idINKCN1RR17E?rpc=401&

5 APRIL 2019

Asia Bibi: Still a ‘prisoner’ in Pakistan?

Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who had spent almost a decade on death row over blasphemy allegations, was acquitted by Pakistan’s top court in January. But Bibi is still not a free person, and her whereabouts are unknown
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-still-a-prisoner-in-pakistan/a-48228427

7 MARCH 2019

121 detained, 182 madrasas seized in Pakistan crackdown

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

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan court rejects bail for ex-PM Nawaz Sharif

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

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan censors New York Times article by activist critical of military

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

9 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Asia Bibi reunites with family in Canada ?

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

29 JANUARY 2019

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

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

26 JANUARY 2019

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

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

24 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

19 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

7 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

1 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

24 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

3 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

2 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

31 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

24 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

5 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan opposition leader Shahbaz Sharif arrested ahead of polls

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court orders release of former prime minister Sharif and daughter

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan PM Imran Khan offers citizenship to Afghan refugees

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

17 AUGUST 2018

Imran Khan Elected 22nd Prime Minister Of Pakistan

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

13 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s newly elected parliament meets for first time

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

3 AUGUST 2018

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

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

26 JULY 2018

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

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

13 JULY 2018

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

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

9 JULY 2018

China launches two satellites for Pakistan

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

6 JULY 2018

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

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

23 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban choose new chief in place of Fazlullah

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

9 JUNE 2018

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

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

28 MAY 2018

Pakistan appoints former chief justice as interim premier

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

27 MAY 2018

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

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

25 MAY 2018

Pakistan dismantles troubled tribal regions

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

14 MAY 2018

Thousands rally in Pakistan’s Karachi for Pashtun rights

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

11 MAY 2018

Pakistan gives defence minister second post of foreign affairs

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

6 MAY 2018

Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal injured in assassination attempt

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

26 APRIL 2018

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

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

13 APRIL 2018

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

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

29 MARCH 2018

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

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

22 MARCH 2018

Pakistan senate gets first woman Leader of Opposition

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

13 MARCH 2018

Ousted Pakistan PM’s brother takes charge of ruling party

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

11 MARCH 2018

Shoe thrown at Nawaz Sharif during seminar in Lahore

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

9 MARCH 2018

Pakistan court orders Pervez Musharraf’s arrest

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

3 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

28 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

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

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistan bans UN-listed Mumbai attacks suspects

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

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir dies at 66

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

13 JANUARY 2018

Pakistan’s Baluchistan region elects new chief minister amid turmoil

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

10 JANUARY 2018

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

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

27 DECEMBER 2017

Benazir Bhutto: Former Pakistani PM ‘was highly undemocratic’

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

20 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistan Army reaffirms support to democracy

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

6 DECEMBER 2017

Pakistani activist Raza Khan reported missing

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

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: Pakistan’s ignominious surrender to Islamists

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

22 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

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

19 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

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

8 OCTOBER 2017

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

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

3 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

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

31 AUGUST 2017

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

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

26 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

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

14 AUGUST 2017

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

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

10 AUGUST 2017

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

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

9 AUGUST 2017

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

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

1st August 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

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

28 JULY 2017

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigns after being disqualified from office

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

7 JULY 2017

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

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

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

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

10 JUNE 2017

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

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

11 MAY 2017

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

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

20 APRIL 2017

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

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

11 APRIL 2017

Malala to become youngest UN Messenger of Peace

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

3 MARCH 2017

Pakistan will conduct its first census in 19 years in March

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

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

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

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

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

12 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s Missing Human Rights Activists

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

7 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan’s military courts: What did they achieve?

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

3 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan muddles along

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

26 DECEMBER 2016

Pakistan has moved beyond Benazir Bhutto

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

23 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Pakistan: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa named new army chief

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

12  NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

28 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan says under virtual house arrest

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

11 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida ‘barred from leaving country’

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

6 OCTOBER 2016

Pakistan parliament passes legislation against ‘honour killings’

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s property

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan military admits IS presence in country

Pakistan’s military on Thursday (Sep 1) admitted for the first time that the Islamic State group had a presence in the country but said it had apprehended hundreds of its militants and prevented them from carrying out major attacks
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pakistan-military-admits-is-presence-in-country/3093360.html

23 AUGUST 2016

Pakistan seals MQM office after attack on television media

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

17 AUGUST 2016

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

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

8 AUGUST 2016

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

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

31 JULY 2016

Farooq Haider Khan is elected PM of Pakistan-administered Kashmir

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

28 JULY 2016

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

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

19 JULY 2016

Pakistani court orders confiscation of Musharraf’s bank accounts

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

8 JULY 2016

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

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

22 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 APRIL 2016

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

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

21 APRIL 2016

Pakistan army sacks six senior officers amid corruption claims

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

1 MARCH 2016

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

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

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan hangs Mumtaz Qadri for murder of Salman Taseer

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

26 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan has 24 million children out of school: Government

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

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Pakistan ranks third on global executions list with 324 hangings in 2015

Pakistan hanged 324 people last year to rank third worldwide in terms of executions, but the vast majority of those put to death had no links to militant groups or attacks, rights groups said in a report
http://www.dawn.com/news/1240370/pakistan-ranks-third-on-global-executions-list-with-324-hangings-in-2015

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Renowned Urdu novelist and playwright Fatima Surayya Bajia passes away

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

3 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

2 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

26 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan inches towards stability

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

25 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan’s army chief Raheel Sharif says he will step down when term ends

Pakistan’s influential army chief will step down at the end of his three-year term in November, the military’s public relations wing says.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-25/pakistans-army-chief-raheel-sharif-says-he-will-step-down-when-term-ends/1539769
http://www.dawn.com/news/1058941

22 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan Taliban vow more school attacks in video

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

20 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan attack: Gunmen kill 19 at Bacha Khan University

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

18 JANUARY 2016

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

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

14 JANUARY 2016

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

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

 

Human rights in China

16 APRIL 2019

Chinese Police Hold Another Ethnic Mongolian Writer Over Protest

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia are holding an ethnic Mongolian writer and teacher under criminal detention, a U.S.-based rights group said on Tuesday
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-police-hold-another-ethnic-mongolian-writer-04162019113037.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAUVHuXAwP8

10 APRIL 2019

Academics Call on China’s Tsinghua University to Reinstate Professor Xu Zhangrun

A group of prominent academics has called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to reinstate a professor at one of the country’s top universities
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/professor-04102019100534.html

28 FEBRUARY 2019

Chinese rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong disappears on prison release date

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

2 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

28 JANUARY 2019

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang sentenced to more than 4 years in prison

Wang was arrested in 2015 as part of a mass incarceration of legal activists. Most of the other activists detained in what’s known as the « 709 crackdown » — for July 9, the date most of them were taken — have since been sentenced or released. Wang was the last to be sentenced
https://www.npr.org/2019/01/28/689238095/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-more-than-4-years-in-prison
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-sentence-human-rights-lawyer-01282019103620.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2183872/chinese-rights-lawyer-wang-quanzhang-jailed-41/2-years-709?edition=international

23 JANUARY 2019

China confirms detention of dissident Australian dual national Yang Hengjun

Yang Hengjun, a novelist and former Chinese diplomat, went missing on Saturday after arriving in Guangzhou on a flight from New York
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2183260/australia-looks-dual-national-dissident-and-writer-missing
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/writer-01232019111926.html

18 JANUARY 2019

Grace Meng, wife of Chinese ex-Interpol chief seeks asylum in France

The wife of the former Chinese Interpol chief being held in his home country on corruption charges has applied for asylum in France, media reports said on Friday (Jan 18)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/wife-of-chinese-ex-interpol-chief-seeks-asylum-in-france-reports-11141834
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46919289

15 JANUARY 2019

Detained Chinese lawyer Yu Wensheng wins Franco-German human rights award

The French and German ambassadors to Beijing have granted a human rights award to a detained Chinese lawyer, with his wife picking up the prize on his behalf
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/prize-01152019105135.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/detained-chinese-lawyer-yu-wensheng-wins-franco-german-human-rights-award

28 DECEMBER 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained Chinese lawyer Wang Quanzhang, blocked from submitting court petition

Police on Friday prevented the wife of prominent Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang from petitioning the Supreme People’s Court against the treatment of her husband, who was put on trial earlier for allegedly “subverting state power”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2179901/wife-chinese-human-rights-lawyer-stopped-delivering-court-petition
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1435402

26 DECEMBER 2018

Secretive trial opens and closes for Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang

Chinese rights attorney Wang Quanzhang, who has been held by the authorities for more than three years, stood trial for subversion on Friday in the northern city of Tianjin, in a process slammed by an international rights group as « a cruel charade. »
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-tried-in-secret-12262018104855.html
https://www.dw.com/en/secretive-trial-opens-and-closes-for-chinese-rights-lawyer-wa

17 DECEMBER 2018

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, wins Human Rights Prize

Li Wenzu, wife of disappeared human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, has been awarded Sweden’s Edelstam Prize for « exceptional courage » in defending human rights, the organizers said
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/258425963/wife-of-detained-human-rights-lawyers-wins-human-rights-prize
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2175687/chinese-709-campaigner-banned-seeing-detained-lawyer-husband

6 NOVEMBER 2018

China says UN criticism of human rights record is ‘politically driven’

China has defended its human rights record after the first UN assessment since 2013 criticised the mass detention of lawyers and the continuing use of internment camps
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/06/china-un-criticism-human-rights-record

24 AUGUST 2018

50 student activists missing in China after police raid

Fifty student activists have gone missing in southern China after police raided an apartment where they had been mobilising support for factory workers demanding union rights
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/24/50-student-activists-missing-in-china-after-police-raid
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2161288/student-activists-disappear-after-police-raid-china

3 AUGUST 2018

Chinese professor Sun Wenguang cut off mid-interview after authorities burst into his house

Speaking with Voice of America from his home in the eastern province of Shandong, retired professor Wenguang Sun was discussing Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Africa when security forces cut him off
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/03/asia/china-professor-wenguang-sun-voa-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/02/chinese-dissident-in-his-80s-arrested-at-home-during-live-tv-interview
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45054350

11 JULY 2018

Beijing sentences dissident Qin Yongmin to 13 years in prison

The 64-year-old activist has already served 22 years in prison. The dissident was formally condemned for the first time only in 1998, on charges of having founded the China democracy party. He is a leading exponent of pro-democracy movements. The sentence was announced the day after the release of Liu Xia
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-07112018112618.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/11/asia/qin-yongmin-china-intl/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/11/chinese-democracy-activist-qin-yongmin-sentenced-13-years-subversion/

10 JULY 2018

Liu Xia leaves China for Germany after eight years of house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of late Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, left China on Tuesday after growing international pressure for her release from eight years of house arrest, an extrajudicial confinement that took a huge toll on her physical and mental health
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/liuxia-germany-07102018100158.html
https://www.dw.com/en/widow-of-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-leaves-china/av-44597845
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-44776687
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/liu-xia-wife-late-china-dissident-left-berlin-report-180710052434027.html

5 JULY 2018

Woman who splashed ink on a poster of Xi Jinping in Shanghai goes missing

Chinese activists are concerned about the fate of a young woman missing since yesterday after she splashed ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Her Twitter account has been deleted and nothing has been heard from her since
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/05/video-concerns-whereabouts-shanghai-woman-splashed-ink-xi-jinping-poster-twitter-account-disappears/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Woman-who-splashed-ink-on-a-poster-of-Xi-Jinping-in-Shanghai-goes-missing-44356.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/ink-07052018111115.html

14 MAY 2018

European diplomats banned from visiting Liu Xia

 The Chinese authorities have blocked five European diplomats who wanted to visit Liu Xia, widow of the late dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobao, one of the authors of Charter 08, a manifesto for human rights and democracy in China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/European-diplomats-banned-from-visiting-Liu-Xia–43874.html

3 MAY 2018

Chinese Nobel laureate’s widow ‘ready to die’ in house arrest

Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, has said she is ready to die in protest at being held under house arrest in China for more than seven years
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/03/chinese-nobel-laureates-widow-ready-to-die-in-house-arrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43985629

11 APRIL 2018

Li Wenzu, wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang, under house arrest

The wife of a detained Chinese human rights lawyer who had nearly completed a 100-km (60-mile) march to highlight her husband’s plight said she had been placed under house arrest on Wednesday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/?post_type=news&p=1391039&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+japantimes+%28The+Japan+Times%3A+All+Stories%29#.Ws7T0CYh02w
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/-Li-Wenzu-under-house-arrest%3A-%26ldquo%3BIf-you-dare-to-come-out%2C-we%27ll-kill-you%26rdquo%3B-43605.html

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Chinese Lawyers pen open letter in protest of professional persecution

Dozens of Chinese lawyers have signed an open letter calling on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to respect their professional rights and release all detained human rights lawyers immediately
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-lawyers-pen-open-letter-in-protest-of-professional-persecution-02152018094213.html

6 FEBRUARY 2018

China says publisher Gui Minhai held under criminal law, amid protests from Sweden

China acknowledged Tuesday that Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai was in custody under criminal law, brushing aside Stockholm’s protests after he was seized under the eyes of Swedish diplomats last month
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/06/china-says-publisher-gui-minhai-held-criminal-law-amid-protests-sweden/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-confirms-arrest-bookseller-gui-minhai-180206090723234.html

29 JANUARY 2018

Chinese rights lawyer Yu Wensheng charged with ‘subversion’

Prominent legal activist Yu Wensheng has been charged with « inciting subversion of state power, » according to his lawyer. Yu was detained at his apartment two weeks ago after calling for democratic reforms in China
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-charged-with-subversion/a-42351556
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/29/chinese-lawyer-yu-wensheng-held-secret-location-subversion-charges-urging-constitutional-reform/

16 JANUARY 2018

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence

A senior Chinese human rights lawyer and activist, Yu Wensheng, said he has had his licence to practice law revoked, three months after he wrote an open letter criticising President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/chinese-rights-lawyer-yu-wensheng-says-legal-licence-revoked-1.3357854
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42702731

30 DECEMBER 2017

China launches website to inform on those ‘fabricating information’ about army and communist party

China has announced plans for an anonymous tip-off website that offers rewards to members of the public for reporting those who criticise the ruling communist party or the army
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/30/china-launches-website-inform-fabricating-information-army-communist/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China jails activist Wu Gan for 8 years for ‘subverting state power’

A human rights activist nicknamed ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ has been jailed in China for eight years for “subversion” – the harshest sentence given in a crackdown on activists that began in the country in 2015
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/26/china-jails-activist-wu-gan-8-years-subverting-state-power/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/26/china-jails-human-rights-lawyer-known-super-vulgar-butcher/
https://www.voanews.com/a/wu-gan-sentenced-to-8-years-in-chinese-prison/4179270.html

22 DECEMBER 2017

France couple in China unreachable after Liu Xiaobo tribute

Two artists from France have been unreachable in China after they painted a tribute to the late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, sparking concern over their whereabouts
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-42454865
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171222-Franco-Chinese%20pair%20missing%20after%20Liu%20Xiaobo%20tribute

15 DECEMBER 2017

China hails year of ‘remarkable progress’ in human rights as US and EU warn situation is worsening

A white paper issued by China’s State Council Information Office on Friday lauded « remarkable progress » in the law-based protection of human rights over the past five years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2124561/china-hails-year-remarkable-progress-human-rights-us
https://search.chinadailyasia.com/articles/165/9/61/1513330628857.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255748947/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls

21 NOVEMBER 2017

China jails prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 2 years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict passed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism that has drawn widespread international criticism
http://www.dw.com/en/jiang-tianyong-chinese-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison/a-41460569
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong-condemned-to-two-years-prison-for-‘subversion’–42373.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/121/26/24/1511257246675.html

20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

10 OCTOBER 2017

 In China, Scholars Are Being Punished Amid Growing Squeeze On Public Expression

 In the past five years, space for public expression has been tightening in media, the arts and civil society. Education hasn’t been spared: The ruling Communist Party and congress have ordered the country’s institutions of higher learning to build themselves into bastions of socialist and Marxist ideology, while purging campuses of liberal thought and subversive foreign ideas
http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2017/10/10/553484924/in-china-scholars-are-being-punished-amid-growing-squeeze-on-public-expression

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

China Tries to Muzzle Rights Lawyers Defending ‘Politically Sensitive’ Cases

 More than 70 lawyers with a history of defending vulnerable groups in cases considered politically sensitive by the government were told to attend a « symposium » in Beijing from Aug. 28-31, attendees told RFA
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawyers-09012017110411.html

18 AUGUST 2018

Cambridge University Press pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing’s request

Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/cambridge-university-press-pulls-scholarly-articles-from-china-website-at-beijings
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107419/cambridge-university-press-pulls-sensitive-journal

15 JULY 2017

China releases rights activist Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong, an eminent rights activist, has been freed by Chinese authorities. His release comes days after the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident and Nobel peace laureate who was not allowed a cancer treatment abroad
http://www.dw.com/en/china-releases-activist-xu-zhiyong/a-39703649

China stages ‘hasty’ cremation of Liu Xiaobo and has his ashes scattered at sea

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody on Thursday, was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea on Saturday in a state-choreographed service that friends and activists said was aimed at preventing supporters from honouring him
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2102761/liu-xiaobo-cremated-funeral-ailing-widow-makes-first
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-hong-kong-liu-xiaobo-charter-08-shenyang-communist-party-amnesty-international-mozart-requiem-a7842861.html

13 JULY 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an important critic of China’s Communist Party, has died after years of imprisonment. He is known for his peaceful fight for democracy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101601/chinese-dissident-and-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu
http://www.dw.com/en/liu-xiaobo-chinas-dissident-without-enemies/a-39657576
https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Press/Press-Releases2/Norwegian-Nobel-Committee-mourns-Liu-Xiaobo-statement-by-Chair-Berit-Reiss-Andersen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykrfqa90Vfs

10  JULY 2017

China orders telecoms to block access to personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet, according to Bloomberg
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253925356/china-orders-telecoms-to-block-access-to-personal-vpns-by-february

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/11/china-moves-to-block-internet-vpns-from-2018

9 JULY 2017

How China buys the silence of the world’s human rights critics

Wealth and power have enabled China to mute challenges to its crackdown on free expression, paving the way for further muzzling of dissident voices
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101795/how-china-buys-silence-worlds-human-rights-critics

In 2015, China crushed rights lawyers but activists are still organising

This Sunday is the second anniversary of a major Chinese government crackdown that led to the detention of hundreds of rights lawyers
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/2015-china-crushed-rights-lawyers-activists-still-organising/#EpLWUI0hGE5clqOx.97

3 JULY 2017

China’s Great Firewall gets tougher to scale as popular VPN shut down

Getting around the Great Firewall, the system used by China to control internet access, just got harder with a popular virtual private network forced to cease operating on orders from the government
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2101084/chinas-great-firewall-gets-tougher-scale-popular-vpn-shut-down

29 JUNE 2017

US brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The US State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-brands-china-among-worst-human-trafficking-offenders/

26 JUNE 2017

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being recently diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer and supporters said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

20 JUNE 2017

German ambassador to China calls for release of pope-chosen bishop

The German ambassador to China called on authorities on Tuesday to end the apparent confinement of a Catholic bishop and said he was concerned by proposed changes to the country’s rules governing religion
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2099209/german-ambassador-china-calls-release-pope-chosen
http://www.asianews.it/theme-en/China-1.html

8 MAY 2017

China puts leading human rights lawyer on trial for ‘inciting subversion’

Xie Yang, a 45-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China’s “war on law”, went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/china-puts-leading-human-rights-lawyer-on-trial-for-inciting-subversion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/08/content_15609643.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/08/chinese-human-rights-lawyers-seen-enemies-state/

2 MAY 2017

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

China’s internet regulator has updated its rules on internet and social media news, requiring all online news broadcasters to obtain government licences
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092405/china-updates-internet-regulations-tighten-control-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/02/content_15607693.html

28 APRIL 2017

China human rights lawyer Li Heping given suspended jail term

One of China’s best-known human rights lawyers has been given a three-year suspended jail term for subverting state power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39741893
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-court-sentences-human-rights-lawyer-li-heping-in-secret-trial

2 APRIL 2017

Chongyi Feng’s detention in China a blunt warning to Chinese Australians

Subjected to daily interrogations and blocked from leaving China for more than a week, Australia-based academic Feng Chongyi arrived home in Sydney on Sunday, vowing to return to the mainland later this year to complete his research
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-02/chongyi-fengs-detention-in-china-a-blunt-warning/8409186?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2084163/blocked-academic-returns-australiavowing-return

27 MARCH 2017

Concerns for Sydney-based academic Feng Chongyi detained in China

A Sydney professor and critic of growing Chinese government influence in Australia has been prevented from boarding a flight to return home to Sydney, and the ABC understands he has been told he is not allowed to leave China
http://www.dw.com/en/concerns-for-sydney-based-academic-detained-in-china/a-38142604
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-25/uts-professor-prevented-from-boarding-flight-from-china/8386982?section=world

12 MARCH 2017

Punishing rights lawyers a top achievement, says China

China has praised punishments given to a prominent human rights lawyer and his associates as one of its legal system’s top accomplishments last year
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/punishing-rights-lawyers-top-achievement-china-170312044612735.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

China ‘eliminating civil society’ by targeting human rights activists – report

China’s human rights situation further deteriorated last year as police systematically tortured activists and forcibly disappeared government critics while state TV continued to broadcast forced confessions, a new report shows
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/16/china-eliminating-civil-society-by-targeting-human-rights-activists-report

23 JANUARY 2017

China must respect lawyers’ human rights

From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/23/china-must-respect-lawyers-human-rights
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights-Lawyers-tortured-to-extract-confessions-39754.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Historian’s new book on Cultural Revolution turns acclaim in China to censure

It seemed that China’s censors had finally muzzled Yang Jisheng, the famed chronicler of the Mao era
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/historians-new-book-on-cultural-revolution-turns-acclaim-in-china-to-censure

21 JANUARY 2017

Beijing internet censors close websites of liberal economic think tank

Two websites run by a liberal Chinese think tank, have been shut down by government censors
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064260/beijing-internet-censors-close-websites-liberal

18 JANUARY 2017

China: As Xi Jinping praises free trade, critics of Mao lose their jobs

This month, state media has reported three high-profile incidents of people losing their jobs for criticizing Mao, as universities restrict discussion of the Party and school history textbooks are revised to emphasize the Communists’ role in fighting Japan during World War II
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/01/18/asia/china-mao-insults/index.html

10 DECEMBER 2016

Human Rights: letter to Xi Jinping for arrested Chinese writers

More than 100 authors from around the world have signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping asking him to stop violations against the writers of his country on the World Day for Human Rights, which is celebrated today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Human-Rights:-letter-to-Xi-Jinping-for-arrested-Chinese-writers–39366.html
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2016/dec/10/human-rights-day-us-and-eu-call-on-china-to-release-political-prisoners

11 OCTOBER 2016

Imprisoned Chinese Uygur scholar Ilham Tohti given top human rights award

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and eight other groups bestow honour on economics professor who was jailed for life in 2014 on charges of separatism
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2027106/imprisoned-chinese-uygur-scholar-ilham-tohti-given-top
http://www.martinennalsaward.org/?p=1078

6 OCTOBER 2016

Two dueling visions of human rights in China

U.S. CECC annual report and China’s own human rights action plan showcase starkly difference concepts of “human rights.”
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/2-dueling-visions-of-human-rights-in-china

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Three Labour rights activists sentenced in China amid worker unrest

Three labour rights activists were handed suspended prison terms in China in a case which illustrates Beijing’s growing anxiety over worker unrest as the economy stalls.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/27/three-labour-rights-activists-sentenced-in-china-amid-worker-unr/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160927_35/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Prominent Chinese rights lawyer Xia Lin sentenced to 12 years’ jail for fraud

A prominent mainland rights lawyer who took on high-profile politically sensitive cases has been jailed for 12 years for fraud in one of the harshest sentences to be imposed on rights advocates in recent years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021629/prominent-chinese-rights-lawyer-xia-lin-sentenced-12
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/22/china-lawyer-for-ai-weiwei-jailed-for-12-years-in-severe-retaliation

4 AUGUST 2016

China jails activist lawyer Zhou Shifeng for 7 years on subversion charge

Zhou Shifeng, 51, was the first lawyer to face trial among the two dozen human rights activists and lawyers formally arrested last July. About 300 suspects were detained or interrogated in the so-called 709 crackdown, named after the date of the first arrests on July 9 last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1999111/beijing-law-firm-director-jailed-seven-years-sweeping
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/china-verdict-lawyer-zhou-shifeng-sentenced-160804081833785.html

3 AUGUST 2016

Christian church leader jailed in Chinese human rights crackdown

Hu Shigen, a veteran pro-democracy activist and underground church leader in China, was sentenced to 7½ years in jail on Wednesday on charges of subverting state power
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998638/second-activist-sentenced-subversion-charges-after-huge
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/03/christian-church-leader-hu-shigen-jailed-chinese-human-rights-crackdown

2 AUGUST 2016

Chinese human rights Zhai Yanmin gets suspended-three-year sentence

A Chinese court issued a suspended three-year prison sentence to a human rights activist charged with subversion of state power after a brief trial Tuesday, the first publicly acknowledged hearing in a secrecy-shrouded yearlong case involving hundreds of rights activists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1998132/human-rights-activist-sentenced-3-years-jail-suspended
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36950011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/02/china-sentences-activist-in-first-trial-of-lawyer-crackdown/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

7 JULY 2016

China releases human rights worker Zhao Wei on bail after a year of detention

Almost a year to the day after she was seized from her Beijing home and spirited into secret detention, Chinese police say they have released a young legal assistant on bail
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/07/china-to-release-human-rights-worker-zhao-wei-on-bail-after-a-year-of-detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1986633/young-chinese-legal-assistant-held-huge-crackdown

14 JUNE 2016

Citizens’ civil, political rights effectively protected: Chinese Report

Citizens’ civil and political rights have been effectively protected, and the people have been guaranteed and supported to act as masters of their own country, according to a report reviewing the human rights development from 2012 to 2015 released by the Chinese government on Tuesday.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/14/content_15448544.html

11 MAY 2016

China refuses entry to German chair of human rights committee

Beijing has refused entry to the German lawmaker who chairs the parliament’s Human Rights Committee. The decision comes after he reportedly criticized rights violations in Tibet
http://www.dw.com/en/china-refuses-entry-to-german-chair-of-human-rights-committee/a-19249261

24 APRIL 2016

China: Police prevented Western diplomats from visiting civil rights lawyer Ni Luyan

Last month, Ni was meant to receive the International Women of Courage Award in Washington D.C. for her work in defending those unfairly evicted from their homes, but was barred from traveling to the U.S. as the government refused to issue her a passport
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-police-prevented-western-diplomats-from-visiting-civil-rights-lawyer/

30 MARCH 2016

Rights activist Ni Yulan ‘barred from leaving’ China

A Chinese human rights activist says she has been barred from leaving the country just as she was planning to travel to the US to accept an award
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35924192

29 MARCH 2016

China editor resigns over media censorship

Yu Shaolei, an editor at Southern Metropolis Daily, posted a resignation note online, saying he could no longer follow the Communist Party line.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35915056
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12206275/China-newspaper-editor-resigns-over-media-control.html

24 MARCH 2016

Christian lawyer Zhang Kai released in China

A Chinese Christian lawyer who opposed a Communist Party campaign to remove crosses from churches has been released after seven months in detention, according to his social media accounts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12202826/Christian-lawyer-Zhang-Kai-released-in-China.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Zhang-Kai,-lawyer-who-defends-China’s-crosses-from-demolition,-is-released-37033.html

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist ‘disappears’ while trying to fly to Hong Kong

Jia Jia, a Chinese journalist has reportedly disappeared while attempting to fly from Beijing to Hong Kong, stoking fears he has become the latest victim of a widening Communist party crackdown on dissent.h
ttp://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/mar/17/chinese-journalist-disappears-fly-beijing-hong-kong

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/chinese-columnist/2612280.html

16 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese journalist Yang Jisheng banned from flying to US to accept a prize for his work

Yang Jisheng, a retired correspondent from Beijing’s official news service Xinhua, was awarded Harvard University’s prestigious Louis M Lyons Award in December for his “ambitious and fearless reporting” on one of the 20th century’s deadliest man-made catastrophes.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/17/world/asia/yang-jisheng-tombstone-harvard.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/15/chinese-journalist-banned-from-flying-to-us-to-accept-a-prize-for-his-work

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

29 JANUARY 2016

EU slams China’s on-air ‘confessions’ as unacceptable

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China’s human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens « unacceptable »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-chinas-air-confessions-unacceptable

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

13 JANUARY 2016

China charges two more rights lawyers in crackdown: attorney

China has formally arrested on “subversion” charges two more human rights lawyers held in secret for six months, a lawyer said Wednesday, bringing the total accused to nine as a sweeping crackdown intensifies.
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/13/china-charges-two-more-rights-lawyers-in-crackdown-attorney/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-lawyers-01132016110726.html

12 JANUARY 2016

China charges human rights lawyers with ‘subversion’

The Chinese authorities have arrested and charged at least seven human rights lawyers and associates with « subversion », friends and family say.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35289978
http://www.dw.com/en/china-formally-arrests-human-rights-laywers/a-18974654

10 JANUARY 2016

China arrests four labour activists amid crackdown: Lawyers

China has formally arrested four labour activists who have helped workers fight for their rights, lawyers for two of them said on Sunday, as the government steps up a crackdown on activists pressing for change within the system
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-arrests-four-labour-activists-amid-crackdown-lawyers

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

29 DECEMBER 2015

China Jails Activist Who Supported Hong Kong’s Democracy Movement

A court in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong has handed down an 18-month jail term to an activist who showed online support for last year’s pro-democracy Occupy Central movement in neighboring Hong Kong
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/239826259

22 DECEMBER 2015

Pu Zhiqiang: China rights lawyer gets suspended jail sentence

A Beijing court on Tuesday handed down a three-year suspended jail sentence to Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most outspoken human rights lawyers, for posting online comments critical of the Communist Party
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35157525
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893795/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-convicted-be-releasedhttp://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1893800/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-pays-price-beliefs-he

14 DECEMBER 2015

China rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang’s trial ends amid scuffles

One of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, Pu Zhiqiang, goes on trial over online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party, as police scuffled with supporters gathered outside the courthouse
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35089858
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1891126/chinese-rights-lawyer-pu-zhiqiang-rejects-charges

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

2 NOVEMBER 2015

New Criminal Laws Take Effect in China

China has started to implement a new set of revised criminal laws that include punishments for Internet users for what the government calls “starting rumors on the web.”
http://www.voanews.com/content/new-criminal-laws-take-effect-in-china/3033335.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

8 AUGUST 2015

Chinese Rights Lawyer Wang Yu Held For ‘Subversion’ As Crackdown Continues

Authorities in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin are holding a top rights lawyer under « residential surveillance » on suspicion of subversion, denying her visits from her defense attorney amid an ongoing crackdown on the legal profession, rights groups and lawyers said.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/235566701

22 JULY 2015

China returns dissident artist Ai Weiwei’s passport after four years

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has gotten back his passport four years after it was confiscated by Beijing authorities and plans to attend a London exhibition in September
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/dissident-chinese-artist-passport-150722145714881.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/526750/news/world/china-returns-dissident-artist-ai-weiwei-s-passport-after-four-years

19 JULY 2015

China carries out crackdown on lawyers and activists

Since July 9, more than 200 lawyers and activists have been targeted in what Amnesty International called an « unprecedented » spree of detentions and police questioning
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/china-crackdown-lawyers-activists-150719112829794.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/detained-china-human-rights-lawyer-confesses-state-media

11 JULY 2015

China detains dozens of rights lawyers: Amnesty

« More than 50 lawyers and activists were targeted by police in a nationwide crackdown, » Amnesty International said in a statement
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/620292/china-detains-dozens-of-rights-lawyers-amnesty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/234661653

15 MAY 2015

China indicts detained a year ago rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang on charge of making trouble

Pu Zhiqiang was charged with « inciting ethnic hatred » and « picking quarrels and provoking trouble », Beijing prosecutors said
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150516_01.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/china-indicts-detained-lawyer-charge-making-trouble-092821738.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/562895/china-rights-lawyer-charged-after-a-year-in-detention

17 APRIL 2015

China jails prominent journalist Gao Yu for leaking state secrets

Amid tight security, a Chinese court has convicted veteran journalist Gao Yu for revealing state secrets and sentenced her to seven years in prison
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1768883/jailing-chinese-journalist-gao-yu-part-push-silence
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/17/asia/china-gao-yu-jail/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32346382

13 APRIL 2015

China releases 3 of 5 female activists

A lawyer for 5 detained Chinese activists says 3 of the women have been released. The status of the other 2 activists remains unknown, but they are believed to be still in custody
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150414_03.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32285585

25 MARCH 2015

China jails Christian pastor who fought church demolitions

A Chinese preacher who opposed an “anti-church” demolition campaign that saw hundreds of places of worship partially or completely destroyed has been jailed for one year on charges supporters claim are trumped up
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11493548/China-jails-Christian-pastor-who-fought-church-demolitions.html

24 MARCH 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and US singer Joan Baez win Amnesty’s top rights award

Amnesty International awarded its top honour Tuesday to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei, who has spent years shining light on his country’s restrictive political atmosphere, and to US folk singer Joan Baez for her civil rights activism. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-03-25/chinese-artist-ai-weiwei-and-us-singer-joan-baez-win-amnestys-top-rights-award/1429133 http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/506944/amnesty-international-honours-ai-weiwei-joan-baez

20 MARCH 2015

Reuters websites blocked in China

 Reuters news websites were inaccessible in China on Friday, the latest Western news organisation to be blocked in a country where censors keep a tight grip over information
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503431/reuters-websites-blocked-in-china
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/503651/chinese-anti-censorship-group-says-it-under-attack

12 MARCH 2015

Chinese police detain five women’s rights activists

China formally detained five women’s rights activists on Thursday, apparently for planning to demonstrate against sexual harassment on public transport, paving the way for police to levy formal charges
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinese-police-detain-five-womens-rights-activists

3 MARCH 2015

China Detains Activist Demanding Rehabilitation of Zhao Ziyang

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained a political activist who called publicly for the rehabilitation of late ousted reform-minded premier Zhao Ziyang, fellow activists said on Tuesday. Veteran Beijing-based activist Li Jinping, who has campaigned on behalf of Zhao’s name for more than a decade, was taken away on Monday by police
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/petitions-03032015112330.html

24 FEBRUARY 2015

China to put 81-year-old writer Tie Liu on trial: Lawyer

An octogenarian Chinese writer who has spent more than two decades in labour camps will be put on trial Wednesday, his lawyer said, as part of Beijing’s crackdown on critics of the Communist Party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-put-81-year-old-writer-trial-lawyer

17 FEBRUARY 2013

Human rights abuses in China ‘cruelest’ since 1989: report

The Hubei-based Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch group described a « worsening and regressive human rights situation, » and a domestic security regime that is more oppressive than anything seen in the past 25 years.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/human-rights-abuses-in-china-cruelest-since-1989-report/73015

28 JANUARY 2015

US concerned about press freedom in China: senior diplomat

Washington is concerned about press freedom in China, a senior US diplomat said in Beijing Wednesday as some US news organisations face repercussions over their reporting of issues deemed sensitive by the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/461258/us-concerned-about-press-freedom-in-china-senior-diplomat

16 DECEMBER 2014

China pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu awarded Swedish rights prize

Chinese pro-democracy activist Xu Youyu, who was among key signatories of a 2008 manifesto seeking sweeping political reforms in China, was awarded Sweden’s Olof Palme human rights prize on Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/450253/china-pro-democracy-activist-xu-youyu-awarded-swedish-rights-prize

China Jails More Journalists Than Any Other Country in 2014

China led the world in imprisoning journalists in 2014, with a total of 29 behind bars, amid fears Beijing may be exporting its model of censorship within the East Asian region, a Paris-based press freedom group said in an annual report on Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-12162014133255.html

9 DECEMBER 2014

China: Mongol dissident Hada freed but in poor health, family says

One of the country’s longest-serving political prisoners, the ethnic Mongol dissident Hada, who spent much of the last two decades behind bars, has been freed, a family member said yesterday.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1659192/mongol-dissident-hada-freed-poor-health-family-says
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-releases-one-its-longest-serving-political-prisoners-relative-says

28 NOVEMBER 2014

China activists stand trial in dissent crackdown: lawyer

Two prominent Chinese political activists went on trial Friday for helping to organise small-scale protests against censorship, their lawyer said, the latest prosecution in a deepening government crackdown on dissent.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/445955/china-activists-stand-trial-in-dissent-crackdown-lawyer
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/rights-11272014171205.html

21 NOVEMBER 2014

China rejects Uighur scholar’s appeal against life sentence

A Chinese court on Friday rejected an appeal against a life sentence handed to a prominent scholar from the mostly-Muslim Uighur minority, as a 70-year-old journalist stood trial in a deepening crackdown on dissent
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-rejects-uighur-scholars-appeal-against-life-sentence-0

19 NOVEMBER 2014

China Says Controls on Internet Needed to Maintain Stability

Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-says-controls-on-internet-needed-to-maintain-stability/2526010.html

12 OCTOBER 2014

Chinese activist Guo Yushan detained on criminal charge

A Chinese scholar and human rights advocate who was instrumental in helping the blind activist Chen Guangcheng escape from extrajudicial detention in 2012 has been detained on the criminal charge of “provoking troubles”, his lawyer has said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/12/chinese-rights-activist-guo-yushan-detained

10 OCTOBER 2014

More than 40 detained in mainland for backing Occupy Central

After a first wave of repression, mainland police continues to persecute those who express support for pro-democracy demonstrations in the Special Autonomous Region. In Beijing, arrests, searches, violence and detentions continue. The persecution also affects Chongqing, Guangzhou and Anhui province.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-40-detained-in-mainland-for-backing-Occupy-Central-32387.html

1 OCTOBER 2014

China detains activists for supporting HK protests: rights groups

Authorities have detained more than a dozen activists across China and questioned as many as 60 others who expressed support for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in recent days, campaign groups said Wednesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/435353/china-detains-activists-for-supporting-hk-protests-rights-groups

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China, internment in a mental hospital for criticizing government
 
The new Mental Health Act of 2013 prohibits the forced hospitalization without consulting a doctor, but the authorities ignore it. Shi Genyuan and Song Zaimin « disappear » after their arrest and reappear in psychiatric facilities, tied to the bed and sedated. The practice has been going on for decades.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-internment-in-a-mental-hospital-for-criticizing-government-32197.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

China detains writer Tie Liu for ‘provoking trouble’

Chinese writer Huang Zerong, also known as Tie Liu, has been detained by police allegedly for writing articles critical of a senior official.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29204874

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

China universities vow ideology clampdown on staff, students

Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten « ideological » control over students and teachers, as a wider clampdown on free expression in the country intensifies.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429938/china-universities-vow-ideology-clampdown-on-staff-students
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1582944/three-prestigious-mainland-universities-vow-strengthen-ideological

30 AUGUST 2014

China tells journalists to learn ‘Marxist news values’

China ordered its journalists on Saturday to learn « Marxist news values » and uphold the principles of news as prescribed by the ruling Communist Party, the latest step in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on the media
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-tells-journalists-learn-marxist-news-values

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 16 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 16 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 16, 2019

1944: The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa
http://www.historynet.com/uss-laffey-attacked-off-okinawa-in-world-war-ii.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Laffey_(DD-724)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBrtjRF3Cjc

1960: In a Communist Party journal, Beijing attacks the Soviet leadership as « revisionist, » in the first public indication of a Sino-Soviet split

1968: In Burma, Bo Zeya, commander-in-chief of the communist guerilla faction called « white flag » is killed during an military operation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Burma

1972: Prompted by the Nguyen Hue offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-resumes-bombing-of-hanoi-and-haiphong

1992: China for the first time contributes to UN peacekeepers by sending a military group to Phnom Penh

2001: India and Bangladesh begin a five-day border conflict, but are unable to resolve the disputes about their border
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Indian%E2%80%93Bangladeshi_border_conflict
http://www.arianica.com/node/88885

2001-04-16 Conflit avec Inde

2017: China and Nepal begin their first-ever joint military exercises, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2088059/nepal-china-begin-first-ever-joint-military-exercises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-16/first-ever-nepal-china-joint-military-training-begins.html

On 16 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 16 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 16, 2019

1516: Birth of Tabinshwehti, King of Burma, who was killed on 30 April 1550
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabinshwehti
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2017/06/monarch-profile-king-tabinshwehti-of.html

1899: Death of Emilio Jacinto, Filipino poet and revolutionary, born on December 15, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emilio_Jacinto

1960: Birth of Wahab Akbar, Filipino politician, killed on 13 November 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahab_Akbar
http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php/Wahab_Akbar

1968: In Burma, Bo Zeya, commander-in-chief of the communist guerilla faction called « white flag » is killed during an military operation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Burma

1972: Prompted by the Nguyen Hue offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-resumes-bombing-of-hanoi-and-haiphong

2001: In the Philippines, former president Joseph Estrada is officially charged for corruption but released on bail

2006: In the Philippines, President decides to commute 1,200 death sentences to life in jail. In fact no death sentence has been executed since 2000

2008: In Malaysia, the Makkal Osai Daily, a leading Tamil-language newspaper, critical to the government is banned
http://scottthong.wordpress.com/tag/makkal-osai/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmpNhr3y4-w

2009: Thaksin Shinawatra, the exiled Thailand prime minister, gets a Nicaraguan passport naming him an « ambassador on a special mission », saying he can help bring in investment
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/04/200941644555101354.html

 

On 16 April in Japan’s history

ON 16 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on April 16, 2019

1942: Japanese occupying army on Java installs film censorship

1944: The destroyer USS Laffey survived immense damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa
http://www.historynet.com/uss-laffey-attacked-off-okinawa-in-world-war-ii.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Laffey_(DD-724)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBrtjRF3Cjc

1972: Yasunari Kawabata, born on 14 June 1899, Nobel Prize in Literature 1968, commits suicide
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1968/kawabata-bio.html

1973: Birth of Bonnie Pink, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wi[/b]ki/Bonnie_Pink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRghRp4awaQ

 

On 16 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 16 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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 Updated on April 16, 2019

1918: Birth of Hsuan Hua, influential Buddhist master, who died on June 7, 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hsuan_Hua

1960: In a Communist Party journal, Beijing attacks the Soviet leadership as « revisionist, » in the first public indication of a Sino-Soviet split

1965: Birth of Michael Wong Man Tak, Hong Kong actor and director
http://www.hkfilm.net/mwong.htm
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=161

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

1971: Birth of Moses Chan, Hong Kong actor
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=260

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WihRzgaD3w

1974: Birth in Beijing of Xu Jinglei Chinese actress, film director, singer and writer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xu_Jinglei
http://asianwiki.com/Jinglei_Xu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9IgrBKEkdw

1976: Birth of Shu Qi (Hsu Chi), Taiwanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0795517/
http://www.shuqi.org/profile/biography.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3jdJaR9Vts

1992: China for the first time contributes to UN peacekeepers by sending a military group to Phnom Penh

2011: Taiwan’s opposition DPP Party leader and presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen calls for sexual tolerance, just days after a rival politician tried to make an issue of her sexual orientation
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110416-274019.html

2017: China and Nepal begin their first-ever joint military exercises, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2088059/nepal-china-begin-first-ever-joint-military-exercises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-16/first-ever-nepal-china-joint-military-training-begins.html