Daily Archives: 18 mai 2019

On 18 May in Asian history

ON 18 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 18, 2019

1388: During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu led a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan
https://dict.eudic.net/dicts/en/Battle_of_Buyur_Lake.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan_Yu_(general)

1450: Death of Sejong, 4th king (1418-1450) of the Joseon Korean dynasty, born on 7 May 1397
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/southkorea/p/Sejong-the-Great-of-Korea.htm?nl=1

1584: Death of Ikeda Motosuke, samurai commander, born in 1559
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikeda_Motosuke

1869: Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezo_Republic

1895: Birth of Zhang Henshui, Chinese novelist, who died on February 15, 1967

Zhang Henshui
http://paper-republic.org/authors/zhang-henshui/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5234.html

1904: Birth of Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator who died on December 4, 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki

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

1912: The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne is released in Mumbai


 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shree_Pundalik
http://www.marathisanmaan.com/historical-heroes/dadasaheb-torne
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18-may-1912-shree-pundalik-the-first-indian-film-was-released

1913: Birth of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, 6th president on India (1977-1982) who died on 1st June 1996
http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/reddy.html

1916: In China, Chen Qimei is assassinated. Chiang Kai-shek succeeds him as leader of the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Shanghai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Qimei
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Chen+Qimei

1916: In Vietnam, Khai Dinh is the 12th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, up to his death on November 6, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khai_Dinh

1918: Opening of the Voksraad (People’s Council in Batavia (Dutch East Indies)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksraad_(Dutch_East_Indies)

1933: Birth of Deve Gowda, Indian prime minister from June 1, 1996 to April 21, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._D._Deve_Gowda

1946: Birth of Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese politician, 40th Premier of the Republic of China (2005-2006)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hsieh

 Frank Hsieh 2006

1948: The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking

1948: Birth of Yi Munyol, South Korean writer
http://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm?author_number=580

1951: United Nations adopts a resolution on the boycott of strategic goods to Communist China

1955: A security treaty is signed between Cambodia and the USA

1955: End of Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Passage_to_Freedom
http://www.ussskagit.org/optf.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt8jN8UFaRQ

1955: Birth of Chow Yun-Fat, Hong Kong actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000334/

1963: birth of Mari Iijimia, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Iijima

1967: In Vietnam, the US troops cross the demilitarized zone

1974: India detonates its first nuclear weapon
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/india-joins-the-nuclear-club
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Buddha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndcH8b3mfo

1980: In South Korea, Gwangju uprising up to May 27

http://www.koreaobserver.com/may-18th-1980-an-eyewitness-account-of-gwangju-massacre-28666/
http://krcla.org/en/history/may18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Massacre
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/05/356_249179.html

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p5g7QuijhA

1980: China launches its first intercontinental missile, a DF-5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nHdfZF2b0

1988: Birth of Koji Seto Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Seto
http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Koji_Seto

1989: In Beijing one-million people demonstrate as members of the government meet with leaders of the student protests
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/one-million-protesters-take-to-the-streets-in-Beijing

1990: Birth of Heo Ga-yoon, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heo_Ga-yoon

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

2002: Kim Hong-gul, third son of South Korea president Kim Dae-jung is arrested on charge of corruption. One of his brothers is already in jail
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1990530.stm

2002: Death in Moscow of Song Hye-rim, the former wife of Kim Jong-il, born on January 24, 1937
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-korea-north-secret/a-n-korean-life-shattered-by-kim-jong-ils-secret-idUSTRE6120WJ20100203

2006: In Nepal, the parliament, which has been restore, passes a law curtailing the power of the monarchy, making Nepal a secular country

2007: Death of Yoyoy Villame, Filipino novelty singer and movie actor, born on 18 November 1932
http://www.pep.ph/news/13289/yoyoy-villame-succumbs-to-heart-attack

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

2009: The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, the Sri Lankan military has said. May 18 will be proclaimed « Victory Day »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8055015.stm

2011: China has blocked the release of a UN report accusing North Korea of sharing ballistic missile technology with Iran in violation of sanctions. The report said the material passed through a third country, which was later identified by diplomats as China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13440438

2012: Death of Jai Gurudev, Indian religious leader, born in 1895
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Chief-minister-condoles-demise-of-Baba-Jai-Gurudev/articleshow/13310149.cms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_Gurudev

2013: Death of Nam Duck-woo, South Korean politician, 12th Prime Minister of South Korea (1080-1982), born on April 22, 1924
http://bambooinnovator.com/2013/05/20/former-korean-prime-minister-nam-duck-woo-who-led-the-nations-economic-development-in-the-1970s-died-of-complications-from-prostate-cancer-at-89/

2017: The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea is launched to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

 

Holidays and observances

Sri Lanka: Victory Day

Main news on Cambodia

18 MAY 2019

In Cambodia, the BRI must benefit locals too

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s delegation has returned from the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, bringing back 10 newly signed agreements. The trip was closely followed by Cambodians, who have an increasing interest in the course of the relationship between Cambodia and China
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/05/18/in-cambodia-the-bri-must-benefit-locals-too/

10 MAY 2019

Why Hun Sen still fears jailed rival Kem Sokha

There are only two likely reasons why Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been held in detention without trial for almost 19 months on treason charges that could sentence him to 30 years in prison
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/05/article/why-hun-sen-still-fears-jailed-rival-kem-sokha/

1 MAY 2019

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/summons-05012019170148.html

30 APRIL 2019

Cambodian PM says China ready to help if EU imposes sanctions

China will help Cambodia if the European Union (EU) withdraws special market access over its rights record, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday as he announced a 600 million yuan ($89 million) Chinese aid package for his military
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/crime/cambodian-pm-says-china-ready-to-help-if-eu-imposes-sanctions-148367/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/china-cambodia-eu-implements-trade-sanctions-190430001935041.html

8 APRIL 2019

Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma

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

29 MARCH 2019

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue

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

18 FEBRUARY 2019

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

11 FEBRUARY 2019

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions over rights abuses

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

24 JANUARY 2019

Hun Sen calls on military to ‘destroy’ opponents

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

22 JANUARY 2019

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

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

19 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia opposition member Kong Mas charged with ‘incitement’

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

14 JANUARY 2019

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

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

31 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia prime minister’s son tapped for powerful party commitee

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

13 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

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

7 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

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

4 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia mulls law to restore opposition politicians’ rights

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

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

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

14 NOVEMBER 2018

EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

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

8 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

10 OCTOBER 2018

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

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

6 OCTOBER 2018

Former CNRP member jailed in Cambodia for insulting king

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia’s Hun Sen tells world: Leave Indochina alone

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha released from prison

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

31 AUGUST 2018

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

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

29 AUGUST 2018

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

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

28 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

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

15 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: Election committee

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

30 JULY 2018

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

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

29 JULY 2018

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

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

20 JULY 2018

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

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

5 JULY 2018

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years

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

28 JUNE 2018

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

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

27 JUNE 2018

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

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

19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

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

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

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

14 JUNE 2018

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

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

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

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

8 MAY 2018

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

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

7 MAY 2018

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

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

6 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s opposition threatens to withdraw from election

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

22 MARCH 2018

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

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

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills

 

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

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

27 FEBRUARY 2018

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

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

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

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

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

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia criminalises criticism of king

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

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Opposition leader Kem Sokha denied bail after rare Cambodia court appearance

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

14 JANUARY 2018

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

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

12 JANUARY 2018

China pre-election aid for Hun Sen

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

1 JANUARY 2018

Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia

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

29 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

12 DECEMBER 2017

EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

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

9 DECEMBER 2017

An interview with Mu Sochua

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

2 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

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

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

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

20 OCTOBER 2017

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

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

15 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

11 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

6 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

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

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

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

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

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

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

21 AUGUST 2017

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

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

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

10 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

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

2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

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

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

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

10 JULY 2017

Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections

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

9 JULY 2017

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

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

21 JUNE 2017

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

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

15 JUNE 2017

Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy exile order lifted

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

9 JUNE 2017

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson charged with spying in Cambodia

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

5 JUNE 2017

Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections

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

30 MAY 2017

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

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

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

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

3 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s South China Sea dilemma between China and ASEAN

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

27 APRIL 2017

Cambodia Court extends pre-trial detention of five rights defenders

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

14 APRIL 2017

Cambodia slams critics, accuses US of plotting regime change

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

4 APRIL 2017

U.S. navy aid unit told to leave Cambodia

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

3 APRIL 2017

Cambodia’s defense policy: challenges and the way ahead

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

31 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program

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

28 MARCH 2017

Cambodia, US duel over Vietnam War debt

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

15 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Deputy PM Sok An dies aged 66

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

2 MARCH 2017

Cambodian opposition party makes Kem Sokha new leader

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

28 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

20 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

11 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

6 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

17 JANUARY 2017

Cambodia cancels exercise with US military

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

9 JANUARY 2017

Monday turns Black again in Cambodia as protests restart

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

27 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

7 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni Pardons Another Opposition Figure

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

2 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodia’s King Grants Royal Pardon to Kem Sokha

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

23 NOVEMBER 2016

UN-backed court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

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

22 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia: Opposition ends parliament boycott to debate budget

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

17 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

7 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

3 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia’s CNRP Again Boycotts Parliament

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

5 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

15 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to five months in prison

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

1 SEPREMBER

How China Came to Dominate Cambodia

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

1st AUGUST 2016

China appreciates Cambodia’s support on S. China Sea

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

28 JULY 2016

Sam Rainsy found guilty in Samrin defamation suit

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

24 JULY 2016

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

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

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

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

10 JULY 2016

Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley shot dead

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

9 JULY 2016

Cambodia should be cautious when it comes to Chinese aid

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

7 JULY 2016

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

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

21 JUNE 2016

Is Cambodia becoming the sick man of Southeast Asia?

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

20 JUNE 2016

Furious Cambodian premier highlights ASEAN splits over South China Sea dispute

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

26 MAY 2016

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

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

13 MAY 2016

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

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

14 APRIL 2016

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

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

29 MARCH 2016

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

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

26 JANUARY 2016

Visiting John Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses human rights concerns

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

 

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18 MAY 2019

‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes

China has been pushing Malaysia to solve the two countries’ South China Sea disputes in the hope of calming one of its most important neighbours
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3010790/divide-and-conquer-asean-china-tries-go-one-one-malaysia

9 MAY 2019

US, Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the United States Navy said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/us-japan-india-and-philippines-challenge-beijing-with-naval-drills-in-the-south-china
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/10/1916676/philippines-warship-quadrilateral-drill-scs

1 APRIL 2019

Philippines Protests Over Chinese Vessels in Disputed Waters

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of more than 200 Chinese boats near an island occupied by Manila in the disputed South China Sea, the president’s spokesman said on April 1
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-protests-over-chinese-vessels-in-disputed-waters_2861619.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1654796/philippines-protests-swarming-of-chinese-boats-near-island

18 MARCH 2019

Beijing plans ‘strategic service and logistics base’ on Woody Island, two islets in South China Sea

The southernmost Chinese territory in the South China Sea, Sansha, will press ahead with a plan to build an “island city” on Woody Island and two smaller neighbouring islets in the contested waters
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3002229/beijing-plans-strategic-service-and-logistics-base-woody

5 JANUARY 2019

A British military base on the South China Sea is not a far-fetched idea

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea

China’s construction of a new platform in a remote part of the disputed South China Sea is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, its foreign ministry said on Nov.22
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-new-building-by-beijing-in-south-china-sea_2721855.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-resolutely-opposes-chinas-activities-in-bombay-reef/142344.vnp

25 OCTOBER 2018

China vows to defend Taiwan, South China Sea ‘at any price’

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory – whether it’s the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-vows-defend-taiwan-south-china-sea-price-181025025650453.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-says-military-will-act-at-any-cost-to-prevent-taiwan-split_2699390.html

2 OCTOBER 2018

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course

A Chinese warship has forced an American destroyer to change course in the South China Sea by sailing close to it in an « unsafe and unprofessional » manner, the US Navy says
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45718000
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201810021068504471-china-condemns-usa-provacative-actions-south-china-sea/

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

US flies bombers over South China Sea amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The US military flew B-52 bombers in the vicinity of the South China Sea this week, US officials told Reuters, a move that is likely to cause anger in Beijing amid heightened tensions between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-flies-bombers-over-south-china-sea-amid-heightened-tensions-with-beijing
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-criticizes-us-b-52-bomber-missions-as-provocative/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2165900/us-flies-b-52-bombers-over-south-and-east-china-seas-tensions

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Royal Navy ‘challenges’ China by sailing close to disputed islands

The HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, Reuters reported, citing two sources
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/royal-navy-china-warship-challenge-south-sea-islands-hms-albion-uk-freedom-of-navigation-a8525206.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45433153
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163103/china-protests-after-british-warship-sails-close-disputed

2 JUNE 2018

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks ‘irresponsible’ US comments

China has branded as « irresponsible » US comments that it is intimidating its neighbours with its military deployment in the South China Sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44343368
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563659/South-China-US-Mattis-sea-dispute
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_19/

29 MAY 2018

Philippines, China draw ‘red lines’ in South China Sea dispute

Both the Philippines and China have identified actions that would be deemed unacceptable in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said Monday
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/29/1819745/philippines-china-draw-red-lines-south-china-sea-dispute#rb27AMRaDLYV5kox.99
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148204/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-will-go-war-china-if-it

27 MAY 2018

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move ‘seriously infringed’ its sovereignty

China has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-us-warships-islands-disputed-paracel-trump-south-sea-latest-sovereignty-seriously-infringed-a8371776.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/us-warships-sail-near-disputed-islands-in-south-china-sea/9805576?section=world

19 MAY 2018

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island

For the first time, China’s air force has landed several bombers on a South China Sea island. The move could fuel tension in the region amid concern that Beijing is expanding its military might to the disputed waters
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-island-1.2223889
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/142/56/112/1526722717275.html

3 MAY 2018

China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts: CNBC report

China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/china-installs-cruise-missiles-south-china-sea-outposts-cnbc-report
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/03/china-installs-anti-ship-cruise-missiles-outposts-south-china/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/03/china-likely-to-add-combat-aircraft-to-south-china-sea-outposts.html

20 APRIL 2018

Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea

Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-20/south-china-sea-australian-warships-challenged-by-chinese/9677908?section=world
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-challenged-australian-warships-south-china-sea-australian-media
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/114/123/1524229235518.html

1 APRIL 2018

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

China and Vietnam vowed Sunday to keep the peace in the South China Sea, the resource-rich waterway that has long been a source of tension between Hanoi and its powerhouse communist neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/01/557123/China-Vietnam-South-China-Sea-tension-oil-and-gas-Wang-Yi–
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139849/beijing-and-hanoi-promise-keep-peace-south-china-sea-where

26 MARCH 2018

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

The Duterte administration should be careful not to prejudice its claims or rights. It can and should continue to protest privately or publicly when it believes China — or any other country — has violated any understanding between them or the details of the arbitration result itself
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/675.html

8 MARCH 2018

Beijing needs to build defensive structures on South China Sea islands: Army general

A leading Chinese military general says his country needs to build defensive structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea to assert its sovereignty over nearly the entire region amid tensions between Beijing and Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/08/554789/China-Lt-Gen-He-Lei-Wang-Yi-US-South-China-Sea

15 FEBRUARY 2018

South China Sea, US Navy: ‘Seven new bases built by Beijing’

Beijing has unilaterally built seven new military bases in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, reported today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea,-US-Navy:-‘Seven-new-bases-built-by-Beijing’-43107.html

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

The Philippines has declared that war is not an option in resolving its dispute with China, which was found to have continued its military build-up in disputed South China Sea areas, declared by a UN arbitration court to belong to Manila
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/philippines-china-military-build-war-option-180205080825411.html#
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/163814/palace-duterte-roque-south-china-sea-militarization-disputed-sea-island-military-reef
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/06/1785089/palace-downplays-chinas-almost-done-militarization-south-china-sea

31 JANUARY 2018

Wanted: A Strategy to Limit China’s Grand Plans for the South China Sea

China’s state-run news agencies openly acknowledge that the nation has engaged in significant land reclamation and artificial island building in the South China Sea region
https://www.heritage.org/homeland-security/commentary/wanted-strategy-limit-chinas-grand-plans-the-south-china-sea

20 JANUARY 2018

South China Sea: China accuses US warship of ‘violating its sovereignty’

China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take « necessary measures » to ensure its sovereignty was protected
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-20/south-china-sea:-china-accuses-us-ship-of-violating-sovereignty/9346108?section=world
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/32/195/114/1516440160804.html

11 JANUARY 2018

China, Japan trade accusations after Chinese warship seen near disputed Diaoyu Islands

China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2127856/china-japan-trade-accusations-after-chinese-warship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42651067
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180111_20/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China claims South China Sea expansion is reasonable

China – Slamming critics, China has now claimed that all of the controversial construction and expansion work it has carried out in the disputed South China Sea islands is “reasonable.”
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255868632/china-claims-south-china-sea-expansion-is-reasonable

15 DECEMBER 2017

China tells Australia off over South China Sea stance

China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-tells-australia-over-south-china-sea-stance
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-15/china-says-australia-disrupting-stability-and-peace-in-south-china-sea-buildup-on-islands-continues/1723800
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/china-has-warned-australia-to-keep-out-of-the-south-china-sea-dispute-ng-8fe3e7edf716023896ed5cc6fcff683f

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/13/542063/Vietnam-China-agreement-South-China-Sea-Xi-Jinping-Hanoi-ASEAN

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues
http://zeenews.india.com/world/trump-offers-to-mediate-in-south-china-sea-row-2056430.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119551/better-left-untouched-philippines-and-vietnam-wary
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/12/541879/US-Trump-Vietnam-territorial-dispute-China-South-China-Sea

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

7 AUGUST 2017

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

27 JULY 2017

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

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

25 JULY 2017

China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea as Vietnam renounces to drill  after Chinese threat

China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-backs-joint-energy-development-with-philippines-in-disputed-sea-9062262
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-bares-ph-china-venture/340675/
http://sea-globe.com/vietnam-oil-south-china-sea/

7 JULY 2017

South China Sea: US bombers challenge China territorial claim with bombers flight

Two US bombers fly over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force says, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-07/south-china-sea-us-bombers-challenge-china-territorial-claim-with-bombers-flight/1684508
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101705/us-flexes-military-muscles-tension-mounts-over-north

5 JULY 2017

China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’

China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101432/china-calls-border-row-india-worst-30-years
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0705/c90883-9237637.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/doklam-plateau-faceoff-the-way-forward/

3 JULY 2017

‘A serious political and military provocation’: China blasts US over warship patrol

China has blasted the US for carrying out « a serious political and military provocation » after it sailed a warship near islands that it claims, the latest act by Donald Trump’s administration that has infuriated Beijing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40476521
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/serious-political-military-provocation-china-blasts-us-warship/
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-vows-step-air-sea-patrols-after-us-warship-sails-near-disputed-island

25 MAY 2017

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40040231
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/us-warship-sails-near-south-china-sea-reef-claimed-by-beijing-1.2032897
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/109/2/194/1495719739477.html

19 MAY 2017

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oïl

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday (May 19) Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-says-china-s-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-8865896

12 MARCH 2013

Taiwan seeks seat in dialogues on South China sea disputes

A ranking government official has expressed hope that Taiwan would be included in dialogues concerning maritime and international affairs, even if it is not set to take any position on the increasing militarization in the South China Sea
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153247/taiwan-seeks-seat-dialogues-south-china-sea-disputes

19 FEBRUARY 2017

South China Sea: US aircraft carrier strike group conducts patrols in disputed waters

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/us-carrier-group-patrols-in-south-china-sea/8284224?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882

24 JANUARY 2017

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-will-not-back-down-south-china-sea
http://www.dw.com/en/china-tells-trump-to-act-cautiously-on-south-china-sea-issue/a-37249052
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_34/

14 JANUARY 2017

China and Vietnam to « manage » differences over South China Sea – communique

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-vietnam-to-manage-differences-over-south-china-sea/3438930.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/14/c_135982572.htm

17 DECEMBER 2016

China’s Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

 A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, US officials say
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-17/chinas-navy-seizes-american-underwater-drone-in-south-china-sea/1640306
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/17/china-and-us-in-talks-over-seized-drone-officials-say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055434/drone-snatch-heralds-new-era-south-china-sea-say

15 DECEMBER 2016

Images show ‘significant’ Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea

China appears to have positioned “significant” weapons systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, despite vowing it had no intention of militarising the archipelago, a US thinktank has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/images-show-significant-chinese-weapons-systems-in-south-china-sea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_11/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-defends-its-right-to-ready-slingshot-in-south-china-sea/3370418.html

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s charm offensive on South China Sea claimants

The outcomes from recent visits by leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – all of which have competing claims in the South China Sea with China – have led some to view them as part of China’s new charm offensive towards Asean, targeted at claimants
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/chinas-charm-offensive-on-south-china-sea-claimants

31 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Beijing says ‘situation’ at disputed Scarborough Shoal ‘has not changed and will not’

Beijing says the situation at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea « has not changed and will not change », after the Philippines said Chinese vessels that blocked the area for four years had stopped harassing its fishermen
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-31/china-says-situation-at-disputed-scarborough-shoal-unchanged/7982010?section=world
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/31/c_135794928.htm
http://www.manilatimes.net/understanding-reached-shoal/294171/

28 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Philippines says Chinese vessels have left Scarborough Shoal following Duterte visit

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, officials say, calling the Chinese departure a « welcome development »
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041066/philippines-says-china-vessels-have-left-disputed

21 OCTOBER 2016

US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged“excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its Neighbors
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-conducts-new-freedom-of-navigation-operation-near-disputed-south-china-sea-islands
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-destroyer-sails-close-to-contested-islands-in-South-China-Sea-Pentagon/articleshow/54983897.cms

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

South China Sea: US military official urges Australia to take stronger stance against Chinese expansion

A senior US military official is again putting pressure on Australia to take a stronger stance against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-01/us-military-official-urges-australia-take-stronger-stance-china/7805386?section=world

12 AUGUST 2016

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

13 JULY 2016

China issues white paper on settling S. China Sea disputes

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper titled « China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. »
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/13/content_15462109.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2016-07/13/content_15462174.html

12 JULY 2016

UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration (pdf), key points and reactions

The International Tribunal has ruled that ‘China’s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea’ has no legal basis. Further, the tribunal in The Hague claimed that Beijing’s “nine-dash” line to delineate its South China Sea claims contravenes a United Nations convention on maritime law.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245762985
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/tribunal-rules-chinas-south-sea-claims-dont-hold-water-16934
http://www.andrewerickson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Press-Release-No-11-English.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36772813
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/12/c_135507935.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

5 JULY 2016

South China Sea dispute: Chinese daily says country should prepare itself for military conflict

Reports indicate that the state-run Global Times has said that the situation has already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now it has become worse with the tribunal threatening China’s sovereignty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/245563787

28 MAY 2016

Arbitration on South China Sea ‘a legal monstrosity’ : China’s ambassador

The pending decision on the South China Sea arbitration in The Hague, which was initiated by the Philippines, is a legal monstrosity and reeks of hegemony from Washington, said Wu Ken, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/28/content_15440819.html

12 MAY 2016

China brands international court hearings passing judgement on its claims in South China Sea an ‘orchestrated show’

China has stepped up its confrontational rhetoric ahead of an international court ruling over its claims in the South China Sea, calling it “an orchestrated show” aimed at undermining the nation’s sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1944053/china-brands-international-court-hearings-passing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1943936/showdown-south-china-sea-how-ruling-permanent-court

28 APRIL 2016

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

It maintains that the dispute should be resolved between individual claimant countries instead of through ASEAN body, and has claimed in the past week that Brunei, Cambodia and Laos back its stance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-southeast/2740754.html

18 APRIL 2016

Chinese military plane makes first public landing on disputed South China Sea island

A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-18/chinese-military-plane-makes-first-public-landing-on-disputed-south-china-sea-island/1570820
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/19/content_15418232.html

12 APRIL 2016

China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea

A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/243064947

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

13 MARCH 2016

China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes

The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s « national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests. » The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-to-establish-maritime-judicial-center-amid-disputes/a-19113688
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/242170385

8 MARCH 2016

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-won-budge-south-china-sea-sovereignty-160308034024267.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-south-china-sea-is-among-the-worlds-freest-shipping-lanes-beijings-control

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China installing new radar on Spratly Islands that could greatly boost control of South China Sea: US think tank said

Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability to control the disputed South China Sea, a US think tank said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1915765/china-installing-new-radar-spratly-islands-could

17 FEBRUARY 2016

China ‘has deployed missiles in South China Sea’ – Taiwan

The Ministry of National Defense is keeping abreast of developments amid reports the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) in the South China Sea, spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/18/2003639615
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35592988
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/16/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1913621/beijing-defends-use-armaments-south-china-sea-after

31 JANUARY 2016

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

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

6 JANUARY 2016

China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

China landed two more planes on a contested reef in the South China Sea Wednesday, state media said, despite international condemnation of a landing at the same location days earlier
http://news.yahoo.com/china-again-lands-planes-disputed-island-south-china-122649619.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/china-lands-two-more-planes-in-disputed-south-china-sea-state-media/

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 NOVEMBER 2015

China says won’t cease building on South China Sea isles

« Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs, » Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-says-wont-cease-building-south-china-sea-isles
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34894878

18 NOVEMBER 2015

China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34853878

5 NOVEMBER 2015

India can play positive role in South China Sea: China

China Thursday asked India to play a “constructive and positive” role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, in a guarded reaction to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s call for ensuring freedom of navigation in the strategic waters amid escalated Sino-US tensions
http://atimes.com/2015/11/india-can-play-constructive-positive-role-in-south-china-sea-china/

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

27 OCTOBER 2015

Challenging Chinese Claims, U.S. Sends Warship Near Artificial Island Chain

A United States Navy destroyer entered waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea late Monday, Defense Department officials said, directly challenging China’s claims that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/world/asia/challenging-chinese-claims-us-sends-warship-near-artificial-island-chain.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/27/asia/us-china-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-official-more-south-china-sea-patrols-likely/3026017.html

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

6 AUGUST 2015

Kerry says US will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry accuses China of not allowing freedom of movement in the South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/kerry-blasts-beijing-over-south-china-sea-militarisation/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150806-kerry-says-us-will-not-accept-restrictions-south-china-sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-has-stopped-land-reclamation-s-china-sea

29 MAY 2015

US surveillance shows ‘China positioning weapons’ in disputed island chain

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea, US officials said on Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/us-says-china-had-artillery-vehicles-on-artificial-island-in-south-china-sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11638044/US-surveillance-shows-China-positioning-weapons-on-contested-island.html

13 MAY 2015

China Concerned About Possible US Patrols Around Islands

China on Wednesday expressed « serious concern » about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/232820993
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560567/china-anger-over-us-military-plans-in-disputed-waters
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560651/us-weighs-response-to-china-wall-of-sand

 

On 18 May in South Asian history

ON 18 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 18, 2019

1912: The first Indian film, Shree Pundalik by Dadasaheb Torne is released in Mumbai


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shree_Pundalik
http://www.marathisanmaan.com/historical-heroes/dadasaheb-torne
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/18-may-1912-shree-pundalik-the-first-indian-film-was-released

1913: Birth of Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, 6th president on India (1977-1982) who died on 1st June 1996
http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/reddy.html

1933: Birth of Deve Gowda, Indian prime minister from June 1, 1996 to April 21, 1997
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._D._Deve_Gowda

1974: India detonates its first nuclear weapon
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/india-joins-the-nuclear-club
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smiling_Buddha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ndcH8b3mfo

2006: In Nepal, the parliament, which has been restore, passes a law curtailing the power of the monarchy, making Nepal a secular country

2009: The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels, Velupillai Prabhakaran, is dead, the Sri Lankan military has said. May 18 will be proclaimed « Victory Day »
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8055015.stm

2012: Death of Jai Gurudev, Indian religious leader, born in 1895
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Chief-minister-condoles-demise-of-Baba-Jai-Gurudev/articleshow/13310149.cms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jai_Gurudev


Holidays and observances

Sri Lanka: Victory Day

On 18 May in Korean history

ON 18 MAY IN KOREAN HISTORY

Updated on May 18, 2019

1450: Death of Sejong, 4th king (1418-1450) of the Joseon Korean dynasty, born on 7 May 1397
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/southkorea/p/Sejong-the-Great-of-Korea.htm?nl=1

1948: Birth of Yi Munyol, South Korean writer
http://www.bookbrowse.com/biographies/index.cfm?author_number=580

1980: In South Korea, Gwangju uprising up to May 27

http://www.koreaobserver.com/may-18th-1980-an-eyewitness-account-of-gwangju-massacre-28666/
http://krcla.org/en/history/may18
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Massacre
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/05/356_249179.html

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p5g7QuijhA

1990: Birth of Heo Ga-yoon, South Korean singer, dancer, and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heo_Ga-yoon

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

2002: Kim Hong-gul, third son of South Korea president Kim Dae-jung is arrested on charge of corruption. One of his brothers is already in jail
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1990530.stm

2011: China has blocked the release of a UN report accusing North Korea of sharing ballistic missile technology with Iran in violation of sanctions. The report said the material passed through a third country, which was later identified by diplomats as China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13440438

2013: Death of Nam Duck-woo, South Korean politician, 12th Prime Minister of South Korea (1080-1982), born on April 22, 1924
http://bambooinnovator.com/2013/05/20/former-korean-prime-minister-nam-duck-woo-who-led-the-nations-economic-development-in-the-1970s-died-of-complications-from-prostate-cancer-at-89/

2017: The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea is launched to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

 

On 18 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 18 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1916: In Vietnam, Khai Dinh is the 12th emperor of the Nguyen dynasty, up to his death on November 6, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khai_Dinh

1918: Opening of the Voksraad (People’s Council in Batavia (Dutch East Indies)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volksraad_(Dutch_East_Indies)

1955: A security treaty is signed between Cambodia and the USA

1955: End of Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Passage_to_Freedom
http://www.ussskagit.org/optf.html

1967: In Vietnam, the US troops cross the demilitarized zone

2007: Death of Yoyoy Villame, Filipino novelty singer and movie actor, born on 18 November 1932
http://www.pep.ph/news/13289/yoyoy-villame-succumbs-to-heart-attack

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

On 18 May in Japan’s history

ON 18 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1584: Death of Ikeda Motosuke, samurai commander, born in 1559
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ikeda_Motosuke

1869: Surrender and dissolution of the Ezo Republic to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezo_Republic

1904: Birth of Shunryu Suzuki, Japanese-American monk and educator who died on December 4, 1971
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shunryu_Suzuki

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

1963: birth of Mari Iijimia, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mari_Iijima
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6bm1w_mari-iijima-macross-do-you-remembe_music

1988: Birth of Koji Seto Japanese actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koji_Seto
http://kamenrider.wikia.com/wiki/Koji_Seto

 

 

On 18 May in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 18 MAY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on May 18, 2019

1388: During the Battle of Buyur Lake, General Lan Yu led a Chinese army forward to crush the Mongol hordes of Tögüs Temür, the Khan of Northern Yuan
https://dict.eudic.net/dicts/en/Battle_of_Buyur_Lake.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan_Yu_(general)

1895: Birth of Zhang Henshui, Chinese novelist, who died on February 15, 1967
http://paper-republic.org/authors/zhang-henshui/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/5234.html

Zhang Henshui

1916: In China, Chen Qimei is assassinated. Chiang Kai-shek succeeds him as leader of the Chinese Revolutionary Party in Shanghai
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Qimei
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Chen+Qimei

1946: Birth of Frank Hsieh, Taiwanese politician, 40th Premier of the Republic of China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Hsieh
 Frank Hsieh 2006

1948: The First Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China officially convenes in Nanking

1951: Because its involvement in the Korea War, United Nations adopts a resolution on the boycott of strategic goods to Communist China

1955: Birth of Chow Yun-Fat, Hong Kong actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000334/

1980: China launches its first intercontinental missile, a DF-5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37nHdfZF2b0

1989: In Beijing one-million people demonstrate as members of the government meet with leaders of the student protests
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/one-million-protesters-take-to-the-streets-in-Beijing

2011: China has blocks the release of a UN report accusing North Korea of sharing ballistic missile technology with Iran in violation of sanctions. The report said the material passed through a third country, which was later identified by diplomats as China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13440438