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On 20 June in Asian history

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1737: Birth of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786) who died on September 17, 1786
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Ieharu

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1869: Death of Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader, who resisted the Meiji Restoration, born on May 31, 1835.
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/316.html

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/12/31/1900-en-hai-von-ketteler-boxer-rebellion/

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995
 https://www.bu.edu/today/2015/new-exhibition-recalls-the-horrors-of-hiroshima/
Iri Maruki

1921: Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Buckingham_and_Carnatic_Mills_Strike

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former President of East Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3&lang=en
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Xanana-Gusmao

1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1952: Birth of Vikram Seth, Indian poet
http://www.poemhunter.com/vikram-seth/biography/

1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1959: Death of Hitoshi Ashida, 47th Japanese prime minister from March to October, born on November 15, 1887
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Ashida
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/352.html?cat=9

1962: Vietnamese Buddhist sect Hoa Hao organizes huge demonstrations against Catholic president Ngo Dimh Diem

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists.

1964: In Tokyo, the conference on Malaysia between Malacagal, Sukarno et Abdul Rahman, ends with no result

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1970: Birth of Zhang Ting, Taiwanese actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Zhang_Ting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZHuZeGLBE

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1983: Birth of Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/ying_cherrie.htm

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

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1984: Birth of Neetu Chandra, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neetu_Chandra
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/celebs/indian-stars/neetu-chandra/portfolio-pics/articleshow/6066577.cms

1985 :The America’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Freedom, is presented to Mother Teresa

1985-06-20 Medal of Freedom is presented to Mother Teresa.

1996 : India refuses to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the Geneva Conference
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-20-1996-the-government-of-india-refuses-to-sign-the-ctbt-at-the-geneva-conference
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ipsg/ctbt.htm

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

2001: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf names himself president, replacing Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, as president, and after that dissolves the parliament
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/472997.stm

2001: With the defection of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (11 MP) to the opposition side, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga loses the majority in the parliament

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision.

2015: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president

Philippines foreign policy and security

21 JUNE 2019

Philippines to Monitor China Telecom For Spying, Cybersecurity Threats

The Philippines will be monitoring China Telecom’s upcoming operations in the country for spying and other cybersecurity threats, Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 20
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-to-monitor-china-telecom-for-spying-cybersecurity-threats_2971570.html

18 JUNE 2019

Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking

Demonstrators in Manila on Tuesday burned Chinese flags in protest over what they said was a “weak” response by President Rodrigo Duterte to the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3015058/filipinos-burn-chinese-flags-protest-against-dutertes-weak
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/18/1927531/palace-we-cant-and-wont-summon-chinese-envoy-over-boat-sinking

12 JUNE 2019

Philippines slams suspected Chinese vessel for ‘contemptible’ sinking of fishing boat

The boat hit an anchored Filipino craft, the F/B GIMVER 1, on Sunday near Recto Bank – claimed by both Manila and Beijing causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen “to the mercy of the elements”, said Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3014237/philippines-slams-suspected-chinese-vessel-sinking-fishing
https://www.rappler.com/nation/232914-sinking-filipino-vessel-first-philippines-china-dispute

7 JUNE 2019

Why Philippines is building military base near Taiwan

How the Philippine military’s efforts to build a defence zone in northern Philippines can greatly influence other territories in the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/philippines-building-military-base-taiwan-190602083030285.html

20 MAY 2019

Philippines prefers Chinese cash rather than US ‘strategic confusion’ in South China Sea, says foreign minister

The US is projecting “strategic confusion” in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said, prompting the country to deepen its ties with China
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3010996/philippines-prefers-chinese-cash-rather-us-strategic-confusion

2 MAY 2019

How Does the Philippines Balance itself between US and China?

Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. visited China between March 18-21, 2019. During his visit, Locsin said that the Philippines would consolidate mutual political trust with China, deepen cooperation in various fields, and jointly explore ways to promote maritime cooperation, peace and stability and continuously push for new progress in the Philippine-China relations. The Chinese side also expressed its willingness to focus on promoting the four areas and stepping up Philippine-China relations to a new level
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/957.html

25 APRIL 2019

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tries to smooth over South China Sea tensions in meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte tried to play down tensions over the South China Sea and restated his support for Beijing’s contentious global infrastructure and trade plan as he courted Chinese investment on his latest visit to the country
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3007690/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-tries-smooth-over-south
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/04/26/1912745/china-philippines-ties-getting-better-and-better-xi
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/174850/philippines-and-china-keep-lines-open-on-maritime-row

11 APRIL 2019

Philippine, US troops train for invasion scenario on island adjacent to South China Sea

Philippine and US troops on Wednesday (Apr 10) conducted their first joint airfield seizure drill on an island adjacent to the South China Sea, aimed at helping the Southeast Asian country deal with any potential island invasion
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-united-states-defence-troops-training-exercise-drill-11435390
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1105986/watch-ph-us-forces-hold-amphibious-drills-near-disputed-sea

8 APRIL 2019

Russian warships arrive in the Philippines amid rising South China Sea tensions

The destroyers Admiral Tributs and Vinogradov — classified as « large, anti-submarine ships » — docked in Manila early Monday, along with the Admiral Irkut, a « large sea tanker
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/08/asia/russia-philippines-south-china-sea-intl/index.html

United States will be the Philippines’ only military ally, foreign chief Teodoro Locsin says amid South China Sea tensions

The United States will remain the Philippines’ only military ally, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr said, amid an increased Chinese presence near a disputed island in the South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3005271/united-states-will-be-philippines-only-military-ally

5 APRIL 2019

South China Sea: Duterte warns Beijing of ‘suicide missions’ to protect disputed island

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of “suicide missions” if China touches it
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/05/asia/south-china-sea-duterte-beijing-intl/index.html
https://www.manilatimes.net/back-off-pag-asa-island/536113/
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3004904/philippines-mulls-bringing-south-china-sea-dispute-un-hague

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

21 MARCH 2019

Two former Philippine ministers file case in ICC against China’s island-building in South China Sea

Two former Philippine government officials have filed a case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) holding China’s President Xi Jinping accountable for a massive island-building push in the South China Sea which they charged has led to « the most massive, near permanent and devastating destruction of the environment in humanity’s history »
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/two-former-philippine-ministers-file-case-in-icc-against-chinas-island-building-in
https://www.rappler.com/nation/226315-ex-philippine-officials-bring-xi-jinping-international-criminal-court
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/688787/duterte-icc-suit-vs-xi-won-t-affect-phl-china-relations/story/
https://www.philstar.com/happens/75

6 MARCH 2019

Philippine Defense Chief Calls for Review of Defense Treaty with US

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

31 JANVIER 2019

China eyes a strategic port in the Philippines

A sudden and unexpected bankruptcy has provided China with a unique opportunity to win control of a Philippine port facility at Subic, the former site of US military bases that were closed in 1991 amid a surge of anti-American nationalism at the end of the Cold War
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-eyes-a-strategic-port-in-the-philippines/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=dd58012854-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_30_12_43&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-dd58012854-31591405

12 DECEMBER 2018

Philippine Congress Extends Martial Law in Mindanao Region

Philippine legislators approved an extension of President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial law for one more year in the southern Mindanao region Wednesday, following claims from security officials that militants linked to Islamic State continued to pose threats
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-12122018095159.html
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/12/13/1876666/congress-oks-1-more-year-martial-law

27 NOVEMBER 2018

Xi-Duterte deals stir a furor in the Philippines

Chinese President and Philippine leader entered 29 new agreements that opposition critics claim lack transparency and could undermine sovereign interests in the South China Sea
http://www.atimes.com/article/hold-xi-duterte-deals-stir-a-furor-in-the-philippines/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a73d2337f4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_27_02_43&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a73d2337f4-31591405

21 NOVEMBER 2018

What Xi did and didn’t give Duterte

Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the Philippines heralded a new ‘strategic partnership’ but failed to deliver vowed billions of dollars of aid and investment
http://www.atimes.com/article/what-xi-did-and-didnt-give-duterte/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a529d5a25b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_11_21_01_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a529d5a25b-31591405

20 NOVEMBER 2018

China and Philippines sign oil and gas exploration deal as Xi Jinping meets Rodrigo Duterte
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2174213/china-philippines-sign-oil-and-gas-exploration-deal-xi-jinping
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/21/1870458/philippines-china-sign-mou-joint-gas-oil-developement
https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Belt-and-Road/China-stages-comeback-in-Philippine-telecoms-and-rail-sectors

3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Netanyahu warmly welcomes Philippines’ Duterte to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended a warm welcome to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday at the start of an official visit, despite being criticized for embracing a leader accused of human rights abuses in his deadly drug crackdown
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/03/netanyahu-warmly-welcomes-philippines-duterte-to-israel.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2162585/netanyahu-warmly-welcomes-philippines-duterte-israel
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/09/03/1848356/israeli-newspaper-calls-duterte-unwanted-guest-editorial

31 AUGUST 2018

Philippines informs China of grounded frigate amid sea feud

The Philippines notified China about a Philippine navy frigate that ran aground in the South China Sea to avoid any misunderstanding because the incident happened near a hotly disputed region, three Philippine officials said Friday
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/31/philippines-informs-china-grounded-frigate-amid-sea-feud.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2162298/beijing-sends-coastguard-vessels-after-philippine-warship-runs
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/08/31/1847516/palace-dismisses-possible-chinese-interference-grounded-navy-ship

15 AUGUST 2018

US hands over sophisticated military gear to Philippines

The United States has handed over sophisticated, aircraft-borne electronic equipment to the Philippines, which will allow its armed forces to monitor the country’s maritime domain from as far as 200 kilometres away
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/us-hands-over-sophisticated-military-gear-to-philippines-1.2266583

5 JUNE 2018

Philippines, South Korea sign 4 agreements to boost relations

South Korea has offered the Philippines $1 billion in official development assistance to help finance President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/167509/ph-south-korea-sign-4-agreements-boost-relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218371

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

2 MAY 2018

Philippines gets new Israel missiles to boost naval capabilities

The Philippines has completed the purchase of its first-ever ship-borne missile systems as part of a military modernization program and for the expansion of its naval capabilities in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/02/560433/Philippines-navy-South-China-Sea

19 APRIL 2018

Philippine-US war games expanded to include Japan, Australia

Annual US-Philippine military exercises involving thousands of troops will be expanded for the first time to include other countries, with Japanese and Australian forces invited to join what will be the 34th edition of the war games
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-us-war-games-expanded-to-include-japan-australia

23 MARCH 2018

US foreign policy is failing in the Philippines

In spite of the United States’ renewed focus on great power competition in the 2018 National Defense Strategy,the war against terrorism will remain salient to US strategy. In few places is this clearer than in the Philippines
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/23/us-foreign-policy-is-failing-in-the-philippines/

14 MARCH 2018

Duterte withdraws Philippines from International Criminal Court

Outspoken Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte made the controversial decision to withdraw his country from the International Criminal Court amid a probe into alleged crimes against humanity in his brutal anti-drug crackdown that has killed thousands
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/03/14/duterte-withdraws-philippines-from-international-criminal-court.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/198171-full-text-philippines-rodrigo-duterte-statement-international-criminal-court-withdrawal
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/646641/amnesty-international-phl-s-withdrawal-from-icc-too-late-to-stop-probe-vs-alleged-ejks/story/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-moves-to-quit-icc-what-does-it-mean-10043370

12 MARCH 2018

Duterte goes to war with UN as he threatens to throw rights team to the crocodiles

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte fuelled an extraordinary war of words with the United Nations by saying that their human rights team should be fed to crocodiles if they came to investigate his controversial war on drugs
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/12/duterte-goes-war-un-threatens-throw-rights-team-crocodiles/
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/03/13/1796217/palace-dutertes-crocodile-response-united-nations-appropriate

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

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

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines President Duterte slams European Union as ‘stupid’, refuses summit invite after criticism of bloody drug war

President Rodrigo Duterte has angrily turned down an invitation to an Asia-Europe summit in Brussels as he again lashed out at the EU and accused the bloc of insulting him over his deadly war on drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2132426/philippines-president-duterte-slams-europoean-union-stupid

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

7 DECEMBER 2017

Examining the “Political Temperature” behind Philippines-China Relations

It is also important to note that China’s much-touted goodwill towards the Philippines and the rest of the region hinges on its bilateral relations. As Premier Li indicated, the increase or decrease in the “political temperature” is very important. For President Duterte, it is critical to maintain the warm temperature in Philippines-China relations for as long as he can, and not allow it to freeze again. As China presently benefits from this newly “thawed” relation, there is uncertainty and anxiety for the Philippines over the future costs of this warm reception
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/611.html

14 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte calls Justin Trudeau’s questions about war on drugs an ‘insult’

The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, attacked Canada’s Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including Donald Trump
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/rodrigo-duterte-justin-trudeau-war-on-drugs-insult

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

US President Trump has said he has a « great relationship » with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as the two met at a regional summit in Manila. The meeting got off to a rocky start with a group handshake gone awry
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41964930
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-meets-philippine-president-duterte-as-asean-summit-kicks-off-in-manila/a-41351485

31 OCTOBER 2017

Is the Philippines’ Duterte playing China against Japan?

Although Tokyo offered financial support to Manila, Japan is in no position to rival China financially. Duterte knows this and is using the Beijing-Tokyo rivalry to his own advantage. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/is-the-philippines-duterte-playing-china-against-japan/a-41186294

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts
http://www.dw.com/en/philippine-president-duterte-declares-marawi-liberation-from-jihadists/a-40988478
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-declares-marawi-liberated-military-says-30-militants-9317748

16 OCTOBER 2017

Last leaders of Muslim militant siege in southern Philippines, killed in fighting

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed on Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115487/isnilon-hapilon-last-leader-muslim-militant-siege-southern
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-of-marawi-war-killed-in-clashes-with-philippine-forces-defence-secretary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171016_33/

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

The Philippine president said he has asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he’s ready to cut diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/139/219/1508040330199.html

9 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

The Philippines apologised to China on Monday for a « grievous but purely unintentional » mistake after it displayed the logo of the defence ministry of Taiwan, not China, at an event marking Beijing’s donation of 3,000 rifles to Manila.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-apologises-to-china-for-using-taiwan-logo-at-ceremony-9292746
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114532/philippines-sorry-grievous-error-saw-it-use-taiwan

29 AUGUST 2017

Islamic State: Australia offers to send Special Forces to help fight IS in Philippines city of Marawi

Australian Special Forces soldiers could soon be deployed to the Southern Philippines to help local forces fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s south
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/australia-offers-troops-to-help-philippines-fight-is/8851750?section=world
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/australia-offers-additional-military-help-philippines-fight-islamic-state/#FqGpkVMQvMqmRWrl.97

3 JULY 2017

Philippines, US security alliance still holds

President Rodrigo Duterte’s bid for an independent foreign policy, the Philippines’ security partnership with long-time ally US remains firm, with the two countries freshly concluding a coordinated patrol exercise in the Sulu Sea in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/philippines-us-security-alliance-still-holds/#fbv02JfL0KovGUxV.99

1st JULY 2017

US, Philippines Navy Ships Patrol Sulu Sea

The United States and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-philippines-patrol-sulu-sea/3924116.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN_KASHMIR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-01-03-39-37

10 JUNE 2017

US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi

Special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/10/us-commandos-helpingphilippines-troop-battle-islamist-militants/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/06/11/1708722/us-forces-assisting-philippines-battle-end-siege

1 MAY 2017

Duterte visits Chinese warships in hometown Davao in first Philippines port call since 2010

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday visited Chinese warships docked in his hometown, highlighting fast-warming relations despite competing claims in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2092036/duterte-visits-chinese-warships-hometown-davao-first-philippines
http://www.manilatimes.net/president-open-war-games-china-sulu/325058/

30 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to White House in ‘warm’ phone call as Chinese ships arrive in the Philippines

US President Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, telling the Philippine leader during a phone call that he is interested in developing « a warm, working Relationship »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-04-30/donald-trump-invites-rodrigo-duterte-to-white-house-in-warm-phone-call-as-chinese-ships-arrive-in-th/1668166
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/30/1695408/trump-invites-duterte-white-house-discuss-renewed-ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2091832/trump-invites-duterte-washington-friendly-phone-call

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

21 APRIL 2017

Philippine defence chief visits disputed Spratly island

Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana flew to a disputed South China Sea island on Friday (April 21), brushing off a challenge by the Chinese military while asserting Manila’s territorial claim to the strategic region
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-defence-chief-visits-disputed-spratly-island
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/04/22/1692733/chinese-challenge-philippines-defense-chiefs-plane

19 MARCH 2017

China too powerful to confront, Durterte says

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Sunday he could not stop China from building on a disputed shoal near his country’s west coast because it was too powerful
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-duterte-says-not-war-china-cant-stop-scarborough-shoal-activities/#H2H4yozdRHh0LQvW.97
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153556/duterte-cant-stop-china-panatag
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/1217622/duterte-bound-for-bangkok-monday-cant-stop-china

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Duterte plays a dangerous game in the South China Sea

Philippine president’s courting of China as he pivots away from the United States could reap dividends – or a military coup
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2073858/duterte-plays-dangerous-game-south-china-sea

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

10 JANUARY 2017

Duterte wants Mindanao peace, does MILF want it too?

Last week, armed rebels with links to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front attacked a jail in the southern Philippines and freed their leaders. Are the group’s lower ranks getting frustrated with the ongoing peace process?
http://www.dw.com/en/duterte-wants-mindanao-peace-does-milf-want-it-too/a-37078888

7 JANUARY 2017

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

3 JANUARY 2017

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

 

Vietnam culture & history

20 JUNE 2019

Vietnam calls in Russian experts to help preserve corpse of Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam has formed a special team of experts, including four Russian scientists, to help preserve the embalmed body of the Communist-ruled state’s founding leader, Ho Chi Minh, according to a written copy of the official decision seen by Reuters
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/vietnam-asks-russian-preserve-ho-chi-minh-corpse-190620065504121.html

14 JUNE 2019

Saigon’s hidden presidential palace and forgotten president: the Republic of Cochinchina and Nguyễn Văn Thinh

24 FEBRUARY 2019

A look back at Vietnam war against Chinese invasion after 40 years

The offensive in words of Deng Xiaoping aimed to “teach Vietnam a lesson” as Vietnam sent troops to Cambodia to fight against China-backed Khmer Rouge, and Vietnam allied itself with the Soviet Union, which China considered a rival
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/defend-the-sovereignty/2019/02/81E0D34F/a-look-back-at-vietnam-war-against-chinese-invasion-after-40-years/

8 FEBRUARY 2019

The battle for Hmong heritage in Vietnam

Vuong Duy Bao surveys his ancestral palace, a vestige of Vietnam’s marginalised Hmong ethnic minority that he says was taken from his family by local officials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/the-battle-for-hmong-heritage-in-vietnam–11208600

26 AUGUST 2018

John McCain’s Vietnamese jailer pays tribute to ‘stubborn’ prisoner

As a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton”, navy pilot John McCain was known as uncompromising, frank and an avid reader who fiercely debated the war with his Vietnamese jailers
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2161381/john-mccains-vietnamese-captors-pay-tribute-their-stubborn

11 MAY 2018

The Saigon former Secrétariat du gouvernement building to be destroyed

http://www.historicvietnam.com/59-61-ly-tu-trong/

1 APRIL 2018

Palace intrigue: Vietnam revitalizes iconic wartime site

The exhibit, inside and about a palace where tanks famously crashed through the gates during the fall of Saigon in 1975, is a departure from the communist propaganda that suffuses much of the city
http://www.atimes.com/article/palace-intrigue-vietnam-revitalizes-iconic-wartime-site/

11 MARCH 2018

Survivors recall the My Lai massacre

 As the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre approaches, survivors of the 1968 massacre spoke to the dpa news agency about the deaths of up to 504 civilians at the hands of US soldiers during the war in Vietnam
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

25 JANUARY 2018

Behind enemy lines: Vietnam’s female spies who helped change the war

The Perfume River squad was a top secret female combat unit formed in 1967 and bound by the communist propaganda slogan: « When the enemy comes to your home, even the women should fight »
http://www.feelingbore.com/behind-enemy-lines-vietnams-female-spies-who-helped-change-the-war-world/

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/boxer-rebellion-begins-in-china

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists.

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

On 20 June in South Asian history

ON 20 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay.

1921: Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Buckingham_and_Carnatic_Mills_Strike

1952: Birth of Vikram Seth, Indian poet
http://www.poemhunter.com/vikram-seth/biography/

1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1984: Birth of Neetu Chandra, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neetu_Chandra
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/celebs/indian-stars/neetu-chandra/portfolio-pics/articleshow/6066577.cms

1985 :The America’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Freedom, is presented to Mother Teresa

1985-06-20 Medal of Freedom is presented to Mother Teresa.

2001: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf names himself president, replacing Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, as president, and after that dissolves the parliament
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/472997.stm

2001: With the defection of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (11 MP) to the opposition side, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga loses the majority in the parliament

On 20 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former President of East Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3&lang=en
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Xanana-Gusmao


1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1962: Vietnamese Buddhist sect Hoa Hao organizes huge demonstrations against Catholic president Ngo Dimh Diem

1964: In Tokyo, the conference on Malaysia between Malacagal, Sukarno et Abdul Rahman, ends with no result

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

2015: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president

On 20 June in Japan’s history

ON 20 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1737: Birth of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786) who died on September 17, 1786
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Ieharu

1869: Death of Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader, who resisted the Meiji Restoration, born on May 31, 1835.
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/316.html

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995
 https://www.bu.edu/today/2015/new-exhibition-recalls-the-horrors-of-hiroshima/
Iri Maruki
1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1959: Death of Hitoshi Ashida, 47th Japanese prime minister from March to October, born on November 15, 1887
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Ashida
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/352.html?cat=9

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

On 20 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 20 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/12/31/1900-en-hai-von-ketteler-boxer-rebellion/

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler
1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists

1970: Birth of Zhang Ting, Taiwanese actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Zhang_Ting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZHuZeGLBE

1983: Birth of Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/ying_cherrie.htm

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

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision