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On 12 July in Asian history

ON 12 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on July 12, 2019

1394: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshinori, 6th Japanese shogun (1429-1441) of the Ashikaga shogunate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshinori

1441: Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori is assassinated
https://samurai-world.com/ashikaga-yoshinori-the-6th-ashikaga-shogun/
http://www.japan-photo.de/e-yoshinori.htm

1489 : Death in Delhi of Bahlol Khan Lodi, founder of the Lodi Dynasty, born on April 12, 1451
http://historypak.com/bahlul-lodhi/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/july-12-1489-bahlol-khan-lodi-founder-of-the-lodi-dynasty-dies-in-delhi
http://www.historydiscussion.net/history-of-india/achievement-of-bahlol-lodi-as-a-ruler/2712

1527: Lê Cung Hoàng cedes the throne to Mạc Đăng Dung, ending the Lê dynasty and starting the Mạc dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%AA_Cung_Ho%C3%A0ng
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%E1%BA%A1c_%C4%90%C4%83ng_Dung

Mạc Đăng Dung

1660: Shivaji, king of Maratha, escape from long besieged fort of Panhala
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivaji

1799: Ranjit Singh conquers Lahore and becomes Maharaja of The Punjab Sikh Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjit_Singh

1900: Birth of Chhabi Biswas, Indian actor and director who died on June 11, 1962
http://upperstall.com/profile/chhabi-biswas/
http://www.indiavideo.org/text/chhabi-biswas-actor-1287.php

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPs8b4wbRdY

1905: The British and Japanese renew their alliance (of January 1902) for 10 years and agree to provide mutual support if attacked by other power

1917: End of a 11 days attempt of restoration of the Manchu dynasty by General Zhang Xun
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchu_Restoration

1918: Japanese Imperial Navy battleship Kawachi blows up at Shunan western hongshu, killing at least 621
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Kawachi

1921: The organized Outer Mongolian governing body request Russian aid in order to become independent from China

1928: Birth of Jo Myong-Rok, North Korean military official who died on November 6, 2010
http://nkleadershipwatch.wordpress.com/leadership-biographies/vmar-jo-myong-rok/

1938: Birth of Jaishankar, Indian actor who died on June 30, 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaishankar

1954: Birth of Sulakshana Pandit, Indian Film Actress/ Playback Singer
http://cineplot.com/sulakshana-pandit-memories/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5vtciaXQ-0

1957: The Nizari Ismaili sect of the Shiite Muslims welcomes a new spiritual leader when Prince Karim Al-Hussain of Pakistan is proclaimed Aga Khan IV
https://www.akdn.org/about-us/his-highness-aga-khan/biography-his-highness-aga-khan

1961: Pune (India) floods due to failure of Khadakvasala and Panshet dams. Half of Pune was submerged. More than 100,000 families dislocated and death tally exceeded 2000

1966: Death of D. T. Suzuki, Japanese author, translator and teacher/lecturer, born on October 18, 1870
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVp9i4QIUUU

1967: During the Cultural Revolution, in Hong Kong, new incidents. Public buildings and police stations are attacked

1970: Birth of Lee Byung-hun, South Korean actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Byung-hun

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5iT84dB07U

1970: China agrees to give Tanzania and Zambia an interest free loan repayable in thirty years to cover costs of constructing the Tanzam railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAZARA_Railway
http://chineseposters.net/themes/tazara-railway.php

Tanzam construction

1973: Violent US air bombing on Khmer Rouge positions around Phnom Penh

1976: Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia recognize the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRVN) after the merging of North and South Vietnam

1991: Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter of the Satanic Verses is murdered https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/18/specials/rushdie-translator.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-07-13/news/mn-1822_1_satanic-verses

Hitoshi Igarashi

1997: Birth of Malala Yousafzai, young Pakistani activist, Nobel Peace Prize 2014
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2013/04/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-profile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23241937

Malala

1999: Death of Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, born on July 29, 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajendra_Kumar
http://stationhollywood.blogspot.com/2007/12/jubilee-kumar-rajender-kumar.html

2007: In the scope of the progressive closing of North Korea Yongbyon nuclear reactor, first delivering of oil to Pyongyang

2008: In Six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea agrees to nuclear checks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7503189.stm

2011: Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, is killed in Kandahar city by a close associate
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117127299662659.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14118884
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-most-powerful-man-southern-afghanistan-president-karzai-brother-ahmed-wali
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201171283244784171.html

2011: France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says during a brief visit to the country.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

2011: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar threatens to withdraw troops from the Afghan border in response to a decision by the US to withhold $800 million in security aid
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-us-pakistan-defence-minister-threatens-withdraw-troops-afghan-border-aid-cut

2013: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy is pardoned by the country’s monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni, clearing the way for the self-exiled politician to return home and campaign in the upcoming general election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013712932549326.html

2013: Death of Pran, Indian actor, born on February 20, 1920
http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/pran/biography.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23300474

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

2013: Death of  Takako Takahashi, Japanese author, born on March 3,  1932
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Takahashi

2015: Death of Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoché in prison since 13 years into serving a life sentence. He was 65
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-tibet-idUSKCN0PN0HC20150713

2016: UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration, key points and reactions
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://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

Main news on South Korea

12 JULY 2019

Why is Korea so dependent on Japanese materials?

The aggravating trade dispute with Japan reveals some hard truths about South Korea’s lack of basic technologies despite being dubbed as a tech powerhouse, not to mention the dire need to diversify its supply channels to reduce its heavy dependence on the neighboring nation
https://asianews.network/2019/07/12/why-is-korea-so-dependent-on-japanese-materials/

8 JULY 2019

Moon urges Japan to reconsider export restrictions on Korean tech firms

President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged Japan to withdraw restrictions on exports of hi-tech materials to South Korea, while calling on government agencies to work closely with the business community to deal with the “unprecedented emergency.”
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190708000652
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190708_27/
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3017711/japan-south-korea-trade-war-moon-warns-tokyo-not-force-seouls

4 JULY 2019

Korea warns of retaliatory steps against Japan’s export curbs

South Korea on Thursday delivered a stern warning to Japan regarding restrictions on exports of high-tech materials to Korea, calling Japan’s decision a breach of international law and vowing “corresponding steps” if necessary
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190704000677
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3017263/south-koreans-call-boycott-japanese-cars-beer-and-cosmetics

15 JUNE 2019

Decrypting the Russia–South Korea relationship

Observing South Korea–Russia relations offers insights into how the ongoing security standoff with Pyongyang affects Russia’s interests within Northeast Asia. A core feature at present of Moscow–Seoul ties is the New Northern Policy, a South Korean plan for economic integration that Russia is receptive of
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/06/13/decrypting-the-russia-south-korea-relationship/

10 JUNE 2019

Lee Hee-ho: S. Korean ex-first lady, women’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate dies

The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, known for her women’s rights activism and involvement in her husband’s « sunshine » policy of engagement with the isolated North, has died at the age of 96
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/lee-hee-ho-s-korean-ex-first-lady-womens-rights-activist-and-nobel-laureate-dies-1.1560222558423
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190611000650

25 MAY 2019

Bong Joon-ho: 1st Korean winner of Cannes’ top prize with savage satire Parasite

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or top prize at Cannes Film Festival Saturday with Parasite, a bravura satirical morality tale about the widening gap between rich and poor in his homeland
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3011833/cannes-2019-south-koreas-bong-joon-ho-wins-palme-dor-savage
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=237896
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2019/05/689_269493.html

18 MAY 2019

US State Dep’t approves possible sale of SM-2 missiles to S. Korea: DSCA

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of SM-2 Block IIIB ship-to-air missiles to South Korea for an estimated cost of $313.9 million, according to a US defense agency
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190518000056
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-state-dept-approves-possible-314m-sale-of-missiles-to-south-korea

10 MAY 2019

Korean tourist freed by French commando after kidnapping in Burkina Faso

A South Korean tourist being held captive by an unidentified armed gang in Burkina Faso has been released following a rescue operation by France’s special forces, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Friday
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190510000667

8 MAY 2019

2 Russian aircraft breach S Korea’s air defence zone

South Korea scrambled multiple jets in response to its air defence identification zone (KADIZ) being allegedly violated by two Russian Tupolev Tu-142s last week
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260929484/2-russian-aircraft-breach-s-korea-air-defence-zone

30 APRIL 2019

South Korea : Bills fast-tracked, but tension remains in parliament

The bills at the center of contention between the ruling and opposition parties have been put on the fast track, but the National Assembly remains tense and there is a long road ahead before they are passed into law
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/05/356_268024.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/south-korean-parliament-assembly-deadlock-violence-190430133739000.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190430000712

19 APRIL 2019

Uzbekistan, S.Korea sign deals worth $12bn during Moon visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday signed deals worth $12 billion with Uzbekistan during a week-long tour of Central Asia, as he seeks to ease reliance on China and the US
https://www.france24.com/en/20190419-uzbekistan-skorea-sign-deals-worth-12bn-during-moon-visit
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190419000624

11 APRIL2019

South Korea’s constitutional court rules to lift abortion ban

South Korea’s constitutional court ruled to lift the country’s 66-year-old ban on abortion on Thursday, in a landmark decision that will decriminalise the medical procedure by the end of 2020
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/11/south-koreas-constitutional-court-rules-lift-abortion-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47890065

3 APRIL 2019

South Korean police apologize and army expresses regret for 1948 Jeju massacres

South Korean police apologized for the first time Wednesday over massacres that killed 10,000 people decades ago and the military expressed deep regret as President Moon Jae-in seeks to re-examine history
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/03/asia-pacific/south-korean-police-apologize-army-expresses-regret-1948-jeju-massacres/#.XKTmhigzY2w
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=234563

2 APRIL 2019

Indonesia, a central pillar of Seoul’s New Southern Policy: Korea Herald columnist

Indonesia and Korea recently agreed to re-open negotiations for establishing Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/indonesia-a-central-pillar-of-seouls-new-southern-policy-korea-herald-columnist

6 MARCH 2019

Former S.Korean president Lee Myung-bak released on bail

South Korea’s former president Lee Myung-bak has been released on bail after nearly a year in detention, as he appeals corruption convictions
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190306_37/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232822

5 MARCH 2019

S Korea saw low GDP growth, income rise in 2018

South Korea grew by a six-year low of 2.7% last year, but national per capita income exceeded US$30,000 for the first time, according to data released by the Bank of Korea, or BOK, Tuesday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/s-korea-saw-low-gdp-growth-income-rise-in-2018/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=2

3 MARCH 2019

US and South Korea scrap major military exercises to ease tensions with North

South Korea and the US are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232596
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/03/us-south-korea-scrap-major-military-exercises-ease-tensions/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190304_03/

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Ex-Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn becomes new chief of Liberty Korea Party

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party on Wednesday chose former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as its chief, alongside new supreme council members to head the party for the next two years, including the upcoming general election and presidential election
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232409
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190227000838

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Indian PM Narendra Modi on two-day South korea visit

Seoul: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Thursday on a two-day visit to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea and seek to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232016
https://www.oneindia.com/india/moon-meets-modi-indias-act-east-and-south-koreas-new-southern-policies-back-each-other-2854887.html
https://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/it-is-our-earnest-desire-to-work-with-republic-of-korea-more-closely-to-realize-the-dream-of-our-citizens-modi/

10 FEBRUARY 2019

South Korea, US ink provisional defense cost-sharing pact with an 8,2 % increase for Seoul

South Korea will pay 1.03 trillion won ($916 million) for the upkeep of the U.S. forces in South Korea (USFK), 8.2 percent more than what it spent last year, the two countries agreed Sunday. It’s the first time Seoul has ever agreed to pay above the 1 trillion won mark as U.S. President Donald Trump urges allies across the world to pay more for their own defense
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2185586/south-korea-will-pay-us890-million-host-american-troops-year
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/02/205_263407.html

5 FEBRUARY 2019

South Korea and US to share costs of troops after ‘in principle’ deal for Seoul to contribute US$1 billion

The United States and South Korea have reached an agreement “in principle” on sharing the cost of stationing US troops in the Asian country, the State Department said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2185047/south-korea-and-us-share-costs-troops-after-principle-deal-seoul
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/99/67/38/1549338349621.html?newsId=61229

23 JANUARY 2019

U.S. known to have asked for US$ 1.2 billion of defense contributions from South Korea

Washington is pushing Seoul to pay at least $1 billion annually to host American troops in South Korea – and threatening to withdraw U.S. forces if it refuses
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=230325
http://english.donga.com/Home/3/all/26/1618362/1

13 JANUARY 2019

South Korean defense budget to be increased 7.5% per year until 2023

The South Korean national defense budget is to be increased by an average of 7.5% each year between 2019 and 2023, for a total investment of 270.7 trillion won (US$242 billion) over the five-year period
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/878210.html

10 JANUARY 2019

Pres. Moon says Japan must adopt ‘humbler’ attitude to historical issues

President Moon Jae-in insisted that Japan needs to take a humbler approach in dealing with the bad blood caused by the two countries’ (quote) « unfortunate history, » referring to Japan’s colonization of Korea in the early 20th century
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=229485
https://asianews.network/2019/01/10/korea-seizes-japanese-companies-asset-over-wartime-forced-labor/
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190108/p2g/00m/0fp/083000c

7 DECEMBER 2018

South Korea Approves $300 Mln Deal to Buy US Missiles for Aegis System

South Korea has decided to purchase a new batch of SM-2 ship-to-air missiles from the United States to equip three new destroyers with the Aegis system, South Korean Defence Ministry’s procurement department said on Friday
https://sputniknews.com/military/201812071070475266-south-korea-us-missiles-aegis/

5 DECEMBER 2018

Seoul voices concerns as more Chinese military aircraft spread their wings in South Korean air defence zone

South Korea has voiced its frustration about repeated intrusions into its air defence identification zone by Chinese military aircraft, moves that analysts say reflect Beijing’s opposition to strengthening ties between Seoul, Tokyo and Washington
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176497/seoul-voices-concerns-more-chinese-military-aircraft-spread

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Korea successfully test-launched locally developed rocket

South Korea on Wednesday (Nov 28) successfully conducted a rocket engine test launch, officials said, paving the way for the development of its own space launch vehicle
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=227273
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181128000771

27 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea to buy Israeli early warning radar to deter North despite thaw

South Korea plans to buy two Israeli early warning radar systems, it said on Tuesday (Nov 27), as it reinforces air defences against North Korea despite fast-improving relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-buy-israeli-early-warning-radar-to-deter-north-despite-thaw

26 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean lawmakers land on disputed isle, prompting Japan protest

A group of South Korean lawmakers landed on an islet disputed with Japan in the East China Sea on Monday (Nov 26), prompting a protest from Tokyo and straining ties at a time when stalled talks over North Korea’s nuclear programme call for close coordination
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-lawmakers-land-on-disputed-isle-prompting-japan-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181126_23/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02J6Q0fwU2A

21 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korea says it will dissolve Japan-funded ‘comfort women’ foundation

South Korea has said it would close a controversial Japanese-funded foundation set up to help former war-time sex slaves, a decision Japan said risked souring ties between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/s-korea-to-close-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation-japan-pm-abe-says-seoul-risks
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181121000139
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/11/21/national/politics-diplomacy/south-korea-says-will-dissolve-japan-funded-comfort-women-foundation/#.W_W68OhKg2w

7 NOVEMBER 2018

South Korean Defense chief apologizes for military’s sexual assaults during 1980 democracy crackdown

Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo has issued an official apology for the sexual assaults committed by South Korean soldiers during the harsh crackdown on the Pro-Democracy movement in the southwestern city of Gwangju,.. 38 years ago
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=226135
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258314.html

4 NOVEMBER 2018

US, South Korea set delayed military drills; North Korea urges end to pressure

The United States and South Korea will begin small-scale military drills on Monday (Nov 5) that were delayed during talks with North Korea, days after Pyongyang threatened to restart work on its nuclear programme if international pressure does not ease
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us–south-korea-set-delayed-military-drills–north-korea-urges-end-to-pressure-10896580

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Korean top court rules religious belief valid reason for refusing military service

Korea’s top court recognized the right of people to refuse mandatory military service for their religious and conscientious beliefs in a landmark ruling, Thursday, creating a powerful precedent that could spare hundreds of young men from prison sentences every year
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/356_258021.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-court-upholds-conscientious-objection-to-military/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3055046

30 OCTOBER 2018

South Korean Supreme Court orders Japanese firm to pay compensation for Korean wartime forced labour

South Korea’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of compensating four laborers who were forced to work at a Japanese steel mill during WWII. Tokyo decried the ruling as « unthinkable » and threatened a firm response
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-court-orders-japans-nippon-steel-to-compensate-forced-laborers/a-46083413
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=225716
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181030_81/

19 OCTOBER 2018

What’s South Korea’s problem with refugees?

South Korea refused to grant refugee status to hundreds of Yemenis who fled the catastrophic war in their home country, allowing them to stay here only on temporary humanitarian visas
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/whats-south-koreas-problem-with-refugees/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/10/18/2018101801060.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

US opposed to Koreas’ plan for no-fly zone over border

The United States has opposed a plan by South and North Korea to set up a no-fly zone over their heavily fortified border – the latest sign of a rift between Seoul and its top ally
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/opposed-koreas-plan-fly-zone-border-181018095517327.html

5 OCTOBER 2018

Former president Lee Myung-bak sentenced to 15 years

The conservative politician will have to pay some 20 million dollars in fines and forfeiture. His charges include abuse of power and embezzlement. All living former South Korean presidents have been jailed after completing their mandate
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/05/former-south-korean-president-imprisoned-15-years-corruption/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181005000545

4 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea reiterates a demand that Japan should remove its “rising sun” naval flag from a warship participating in an international fleet review at Jeju island next week

Many South Koreans associate the symbol with Japanese military aggression during World War II and have expressed anger over the potential display of the alleged “war-crime flag” during the Oct. 10-14 event
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-renews-call-for-japan-to-remove-rising-sun-flag/
http://japan-forward.com/japan-to-hoist-rising-sun-flag-in-international-fleet-review-despite-south-koreas-protests/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181004000538

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

New US-South Korea trade pact spurs hopes for Nafta, China deals

The signing of a renegotiated free-trade agreement between the US and South Korea is spurring optimism that export markets for American farm goods won’t shut down and may even expand
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/new-us-south-korea-trade-pact-spurs-hopes-for-nafta-china-deals

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

South Korea launches its first missile-capable submarine despite improved relations with the North

The Republic of Korea (ROK)’s President Moon Jae-in said Friday that his country will keep peace through strength as its security strategy amid thawing ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/14/south-korea-launches-first-missile-capable-submarine-despite/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223579

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea’s ex-President gets prison time extended to 25 years

A South Koean appeals court on Friday increased the sentence of former President Park Geun-hye by one year to 25 years for the over the corruption that led to her impeachment last year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/south-koreas-ex-president-gets-prison-time-extended-to-25-years/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/251_254435.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180824_27/

23 AUGUST 2018

Fears that suspension of US-South Korea military exercises may have dangerous repercussions

Government officials have played down the potential impact on military readiness and effectiveness, but defence experts issue warnings
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2161039/fears-suspension-us-south-korea-military-exercises-may

3 AUGUST 2018

S Korean President Orders Reform of Defense Intelligence Unit

The country’s Defense Ministry announced a plan to reform the DSC amid allegations that the unit considered the possibility of introducing martial law last year to quell protests against then-President Park Geun-hye
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808031066921070-south-korea-defense-unit-reform/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/205_253291.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3051

27 JULY 2018

Korea’s defense ministry unveils comprehensive military reform plan

It aims to use technology to build a more versatile, efficient and effective fighting force.
It’s a comprehensive plan called « Defense Reform 2.0 » that’ll cost around 240 billion dollars over the next five years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221070
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/205_252937.html

20 JULY 2018

South Korea court hands ex-president Park 8 more years in jail

The Seoul Central District Court ruled that Park, who already received a 24-year jail term over separate corruption charges, colluded with her former aides to cause the loss of government funds worth 3.3bn won ($2.91m) from the National Intelligence Service
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/south-korea-court-hands-president-park-8-years-jail-180720062410283.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/07/356_252587.html

4 JULY 2018

How sustainable is the China-South Korean thaw?

With North Korea apparently coming in from the cold, relations are also warming between South Korea and China. This is good news for Seoul
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-sustainable-is-the-china-south-korean-thaw/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=1c38851344-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_07_04_12_23&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-1c38851344-31591405

1 JULY 2018

South Korea officially drops its maximum workweek to 52 hours to promote work-life balance

South Korea officially dropped its maximum workweek to 52 hours on Sunday (July 1), in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country’s notoriously long work hours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-officially-drops-its-maximum-workweek-to-52-hours
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180701000048

29 JUNE 2018

US troops move into new Camp Humphreys after 70 tense years of military presence in South Korea’s capital

The United States formally ended seven decades of military presence in South Korea’s capital on Friday with the opening of a new headquarters farther from the tense border with North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2153146/us-military-moves-new-camp-humphreys-after-70-tense-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219637

28 JUNE 2018

South Korea to offer alternative service for conscientious objectors

South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the revision of current laws by next year to give conscientious objectors — those who refuse mandatory military service on grounds of conscience or religious beliefs — the option to perform an alternative service of a civilian nature
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180628000835
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152966/military-service-looms-star-soccer-player-son-south-korea-offers

US to Keep Current Number of Troops in South Korea – Defense Secretary

The United States will keep its current level of troops in South Korea in order to maintain Washington’s defense commitment to its Asian ally, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday, as quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency
https://sputniknews.com/world/201806281065864497-us-troops-numbers-south-korea/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219557

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

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

23 JUNE 2018

Ex-South Korean premier and spy agency founder Kim Jong-pil dies

Kim Jong-pil, the founder of South Korea’s spy agency whose political skills helped him also serve twice as prime minister, first under his dictator boss and later under a man his agency kidnapped, has died. He was 92
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-23/ex-s-korean-premier-kim-jong-pil-spy-agency-founder-dies
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152137/ex-south-korean-premier-and-spy-agency-founder-kim-jong-pil-dies
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219306

13 JUNE 2018

Donald Trump’s announcement to end military wargames with South Korea leaves former general ‘speechless’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would suspend military exercises with South Korea left one of their most experienced military leaders « speechless »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/south-korean-military-leader-left-speechless-by-trump/9865724?section=world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-says-halt-to-us-drills-may-be-needed-to-help-10427042#cxrecs_s
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44464241

South Korean ruling party sweeps local elections

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has swept the local elections as well as by-elections for 12 empty National Assembly seats
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/356_250624.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049318

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

2 MAY 2018

US troops ‘will stay in South Korea’ even if peace treaty is signed with North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday dismissed claims that US troops stationed in the country would have to leave if a peace treaty was signed with the North
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/02/us-troops-will-stay-south-korea-even-peace-treaty-signed-north/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217016

16 APRIL 2018

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who was abducted by North Korea’s Kim Jong-il with her ex-husband, dies aged 91

South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee, who once escaped North Korea with her film-director ex-husband Shin Sang-ok after the pair were kidnapped on the orders of Kim Jong-il in 1978, has died aged 91 after an illness, according to local media
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2142004/south-korean-actress-choi-eun-hee-who-was-abducted-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/121_247380.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31628415

11 APRIL 2018

Korea-Japan foreign ministers hold talks on bilateral ties and N. Korea’s nuclear issue

The foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan have reaffirmed their mutual goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and agreed to develop peaceful and progressive Seoul-Tokyo ties
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216158
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2141315/south-korea-japan-vow-cooperate-resolving-issues-north-remain
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180411/p2g/00m/0dm/057000c

9 APRIL 2018

South Korea’s ex-president Lee indicted for corruption

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was formally indicted for corruption Monday, becoming the latest of the country’s ex-leaders to face criminal charges
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/09/557898/South-Korea-Lee-Myungbak-Court
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=216067

6 APRIL 2018

Former S. Korean president Park Geun-hye sentenced to 24 years for corruption

South Korea’s disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday (Apr 6) for corruption, closing out a dramatic fall from grace for the country’s first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/former-south-korean-president-park-jailed-24-years-for-10109782
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215980
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/06/korean-rasputin-68m-horse-park-geun-hye-fell-grace/

1 APRIL 2018

South Korea and US launch lower key army drills as tensions ease

An annual joint military exercise involving US and South Korean troops has kicked off. But the drill is not as high-profile as usual, amid an easing of diplomatic tensions on the Korean Peninsula
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/04/356_246548.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215747

30 MARCH 2018

Seoul protests over disputed island claims in Japan’s textbooks

South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Friday to protest over new educational guidelines requiring high school students to be taught that disputed islands belong to Japan
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Seoul-protests-over-disputed-island-claims-in-Japan’s-textbooks
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215712

26 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in proposes weaker presidential powers as jail looms for ex-leaders

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday proposed weakening the powers of his office and lowering the voting age in a package of constitutional reforms, while allowing the head of state to be re-elected
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138958/south-koreas-moon-jae-proposes-weaker-presidential-powers-jail
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=215547
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046098

25 MARCH 2018

Korea, UAE pledges cooperation in defense

President Moon Jae-in and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreed, Sunday, that defense cooperation is the core of relations between Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_246169.html

22 MARCH 2018

Ex-South Korean president Lee Myung-bak arrested ‘for taking US$10.2 million in bribes while in office’

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak has been arrested for allegedly taking 11 billion won (around US$10.2 million) in bribes while in office – making him the last of the country’s four living ex-leaders to be embroiled in a criminal inquiry
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2138505/arrest-warranted-reportedly-issued-former-south-korean-president
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3045997
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/837090.html

9 MARCH 2018

Paralympics start in PyeongChang

The Winter Paralympic Games have kicked off in PyeongChang. South Korea is hosting the Games for the first time
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180310_02/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180309000702
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-in-focus-as-biggest-paralympics-opens-15799

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Politicized Winter Olympics end in S Korea

The Winter Olympics have concluded in South Korea’s Pyeongchang amid highly politicized efforts to create a rapprochement between North Korea and its foes
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/25/553587/Winter-Olympics-Pyeongchang-Korea-conflict
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-25/winter-olympics-pyeongchang-closing-ceremony-farwells-games/9483274?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Disgraced ex-South Korean leader Park’s secret confidante Choi Soon-sil jailed for 20 years

The secret confidante of ousted South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted on Tuesday and jailed for 20 years for her key role in the scandal that brought down the head of state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2133191/ex-south-korean-leaders-confident-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214040
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/korea-choi-soon-sil-jailed-20-years-corruption-180213140807619.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice

The Winter Olympics sparks to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea, and the diplomacy is just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-02-09/winter-olympics-in-south-korea-kicks-off-with-colourful-opening-ceremony-of-fire-and-ice/1735116
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/sports/2018/02/702_243916.html
https://www.newsday.com/sports/olympics/winter-olympics-opening-ceremony-pyeongchang-1.16656904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHyg0KcpDWw

3 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korea greets Russia as the bear turns east

In less than thirty years, previously non-existent diplomatic relations between Russia and South Korea have transformed into a formidable economic partnership. As of 2015, South Korea ranked as Russia’s seventh-largest trading partner for exports and imports
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/03/south-korea-greets-russia-as-the-bear-turns-east/

30 JANUARY 2018

South Korean ambassador to Singapore dismissed

South Korea’s ambassador to Singapore Lee Sang-deok has been dismissed from his post, the Korea Times reported on Jan 30
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-ambassador-to-singapore-dismissed-report-9911316
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_243310.html

27 DECEMBER 2017

‘Comfort women’ row with Japan unresolved despite 2015 deal, S Korea says

South Korea says 2015 agreement with Japan over South Korean women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels fails to meet the victims’ needs
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/-comfort-women-row-with-japan-unresolved-despite-2015-deal-s-korea-says-13651
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212263
http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/27/a-comfort-women-deal-with-japan-failed-to-meet-the-victims-needs-says-south-korea

11 DECEMBER 2017

US, Japan and South Korea host joint missile tracking drills

The US, South Korea and Japan have started joint exercises to track missiles from North Korea, Seoul’s military has said. The two-day drills come just weeks after Pyongyang launched its most advanced missile to date
http://www.dw.com/en/us-japan-and-south-korea-host-joint-missile-tracking-drills/a-41732866
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-south-korea-japan-start-missile-tracking-drill-9487808

6 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to build unit of swarming drones to counter nuclear-armed North

The South Korean army plans to create a combat unit of weaponised drones next year that would be capable of swarming nuclear-armed North Korea in the event of a conflict
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/06/south-korea-build-unit-swarming-drones-counter-nuclear-armed/

4 DECEMBER 2017

US, South Korea launch massive joint air exercise

Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise
http://www.france24.com/en/20171204-usa-south-korea-launch-massive-joint-air-force-exercise
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/03/asia/north-korean-us-tensions-wargames-intl/index.html

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China wins its war against THAAD without firing a shot

A detente between China and South Korea may be good news for the Korean economy and a necessary step towards resolving the North Korea issue, but at the same time it threatens to degrade regional security for years to come
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2120452/china-wins-its-war-against-south-koreas-us-thaad-missile
http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-seoul-reset-doesnt-hurt-us-south-korea-ties/

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

1 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

27 OCTOBER 2017

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

21 AUGUST 2017

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

20 JUNE 2017

Trump ‘furious’ over Seoul’s North Korea ‘appeasement’

South Korean leader Moon Jae-in will visit Washington next week amid reports that US President Donald Trump is vexed over delay in deployment of an anti-missile system and perception that Seoul is appeasing North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-furious-over-seouls-north-korea-appeasement/a-39327147

19 JUNE 2017

New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

30 MAY 2017

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

10 MAY 2017

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

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

9 MAY 2017

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

2 MAY 2017

US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

30 APRIL 2017

South Korea confirms US will pay for THAAD after Trump uncertainty

South Korea said Washington had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system, days after US President Donald Trump said Seoul should pay for the US$1 billion system designed to defend against nuclear-armed North Korea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/south-korea-confirms-us-will-pay-thaad-trump-uncertainty/#GfFH7Q1J3E2l5qUc.97
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203506

20 APRIL 2017

Donald Trump accused of ‘shocking ignorance’ as he repeats Chinese claim that Korea was part of China

Donald Trump, the US president, has been accused of « shocking ignorance » after asserting that Korea « used to be a part of China » shortly after a meeting with Xi Jinping, the Chinese president
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/20/donald-trump-accused-shocking-ignorance-falls-chinese-claim/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2089161/trump-claims-korea-actually-used-be-part-china-does-claim-stack
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3032502

17 APRIL 2017

Park Geun-hye: ex-South Korean president formally charged in corruption probe

South Korean prosecutors on Monday formally charged ex-President Park Geun-hye over a high profile corruption and influence-peddling scandal that has paralysed the country’s government for months
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/17/park-geun-hye-ex-south-korean-president-formally-charged-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203021

6 APRIL 2017

South Korea test fires 800km-range ballistic missile that can hit any part of North Korea

South Korea has successfully test-fired a home-developed ballistic missile with a range long enough to hit any part of North Korea, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday (April 6)
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/south-korea-test-fires-800km-range-ballistic-missile-can-hit-any-part-north-korea
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704061052339179-south-korea-launches-missile/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/205_227066.html

5 APRIL 2017

Supporters of former South Korean president establish new political party

Supporters of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye have established a new political party with the aim of founding a conservative movement to exonerate the imprisoned former leader, local media reported on Wednesday
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704051052309889-south-korea-park-supporters/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170405000920

3 APRIL 2017

The Democratic Party of Korea selects Moon Jae-in as its official presidential candidate

South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202486
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/03/content_15595491.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170403_26/

31 MARCH 2017

South Korean ex-president Park Geun-hye arrested and jailed over corruption allégations

Park Geun-hye, the former South Korean president, has been arrested and jailed over a high profile corruption scandal that has already seen her ousted from office and prompted early élections
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/30/south-korean-ex-president-park-geun-hye-arrested-jailed-corruption/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=202379
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083625/court-approves-request-arrest-former-south-korean-president-park

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

Vietnam asks South Korea for backing in the South China Sea against China; Seoul wants more coordination with Hanoi on North Korea’s mounting threat. So are the two strong trade and investment partners set to upgrade their strategic ties into a more comprehensive bilateral Relationship?
http://www.atimes.com/article/south-korea-vietnam-aim-muscular-ties/

20 MARCH 2017

South Korea complains to WTO over China’s response to anti-missile system

South Korea has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about Chinese retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system in the South, the trade minister said on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080542/south-korea-complains-wto-over-chinas-response-anti-missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39324536
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-holds-first-presidential-election-since-un-peacekeepers-left/a-38017195

14 MARCH 2017

US to deploy missile-capable drones on border with North Korea

The US has declared it will permanently station missile-capable drones in South Korea in the latest round of military escalation in north-eastern Asia
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/14/us-to-deploy-missile-capable-drones-across-border-from-north-korea
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=201770
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170314_11/

11 MARCH 2017

South Korea election to be held by May 9 at latest

A South Korean presidential election to choose a successor to ousted leader Park Geun-hye will be free and fair and held by May 9 at the latest, the election commission chairman said on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/11/content_15584329.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170310000283

10 MARCH 2017

Park Geun-hye: South Korean court removes president over scandal

Park Geun-hye has become the first democratically elected South Korean president to be forced from office, after the country’s constitutional court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach her over a corruption and cronyism scandal that could see her face criminal charges
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/10/south-korea-president-park-geun-hye-constitutional-court-impeachment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202936

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2077737/princess-park-fulfilled-her-destiny-become-president-now-she-has

http://graphics.straitstimes.com/STI/STIMEDIA/Interactives/2017/03/south-korea-scandal/park-geun-hye.html

7 MARCH 2017

US starts deploying advanced anti-missile system THAAD in South Korea after defiant North’s latest test

The United States started to deploy the first elements of its advanced anti-missile defence system in South Korea on Tuesday after North Korea’s test of four ballistic missiles, US Pacific Command said, despite angry opposition from China
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/07/us-starts-deploying-anti-missile-system-thaad-south-korea-defiant/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39188826
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170307_80/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

16 JANUARY 2017

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

8 JANUARY 2017

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

5 JANUARY 2017

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins

The Constitutional Court in South Korea has pushed ahead with the start of an impeachment trial against the country’s president, despite her refusal to attend.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

27 DECEMBER 2016

Split in Saenuri Party is biggest in Korean history

The launch of the new conservative party, tentatively called the New Conservative Party for Reform (NCPR), is scheduled for Jan. 24, and it is guaranteed to upend the conservative’s strategy for the 2017 presidential race
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161227000740
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/south-korea-29-lawmakers-leave-ruling-party-park-scandal/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027948

22 DECEMBER 2016

South Korean ruling party on the verge of splitting as fallout from presidential scandal intensifies

A split would complicate any presidential bid by outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who had been widely expected to compete as a centre-right candidate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056271/south-korean-ruling-party-verge-splitting-fallout-presidential
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=199036

9 DECEMBER 2016

Park Geun-hye: South Korean MPs vote to impeach president

South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving her and close aides. Park is to be suspended from her duties
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161209_27/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/south-koreas-parliament-votes-to-impeach-president-park-geun-hye
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20161209000159

5 DECEMBER 2016

Korea raises 2017 defense budget to US$34 bil.

According to South Korea’s defense ministry on Monday, the defense budget for 2017 has been set at 34 billion U.S. dollars
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=198439

29 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea’s embattled president offers to relinquish power

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday (Nov 29) asked parliament to find a way for her to give up power and decide when she should step down amid an influence-peddling scandal, but the opposition said she was just trying to avoid impeachment
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-embattled-president-offers-to-relinquish-power/3327044.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2050073/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-offers-quit-if-parliament

23 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea, Japan sign intelligence-sharing deal on North Korea

South Korea and Japan have signed a controversial agreement to pool military intelligence on Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The deal lets both countries bypass the United States when sharing information about North Korea
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-japan-sign-intelligence-sharing-deal-on-north-korea/a-36487953
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-sign-controversial-intelligence-deal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea prosecutors say President Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-prosecutors-say-president-park-was-accomplice-in/3303908.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161120_17/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan, South Korea ink controversial intelligence deal

South Korea and Japan reached a controversial deal on Monday (Nov 14) to share defence intelligence, Japanese officials said, despite protests from opposition parties and activists in Seoul
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-south-korea-ink-controversial-intelligence-deal/3287968.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/11/116_218205.html

12 NOVEMBER 2016

Anti-government rally in Seoul largest in nearly 30 years

The biggest street protest in nearly three decades was held in the heart of Seoul with up to 1 million people calling for President Park Geun-hye to resign
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/massive-protest-heaps-pressure-on-south-korea-president/3283058.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37958037

8 NOVEMBER 2016

South Korea President Park willing to relinquish some power, asks parliament to nominate new PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said on Tuesday (Nov 8) that she will withdraw her nominee for prime minister if parliament recommends a candidate and is willing to let the new premier control the cabinet, seeking to defuse a crisis rocking her presidency
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-president-park-says-willing-to-accept-parliaments-choice-for-pm-report
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2182893-south-korean-presidents-concession-could-spell-end-of-power/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

« My heart is breaking », says South Korean President Park Geun-hye in tearful apology

South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s has made a tearful apology for her role in a “heartbreaking” political scandal that has engulfed her administration – but it has failed to mollify opposition parties
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/my-heart-breaking-says-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-tearful-apology
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/04/tearful-south-korean-president-says-scandal-of-friends-influence-is-all-my-fault

2 NOVEMBER 2016

President Park appoints Kim Byong-joon as new prime minister

President Park’s designation of a liberal prime minister could mark the beginning of a politically neutral cabinet, one where the new prime minister would have greater power over domestic affairs, while the head of state would focus on external affairs, including diplomacy and defense. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=197177
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/02/asia/south-korea-park-guen-hye-choi-soon-sil/index.html

29 OCTOBER 2016

Mass protest in Seoul against South Korean President

Thousands of protesters held a candlelight rally in the South Korean capital on Saturday (Oct 29), calling on President Park Geun-hye to step down over allegations that allowed a close personal friend to meddle in state affairs
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mass-protest-in-seoul-against-south-korean-president/3245888.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37809594
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/south-korea/the-female-rasputin-at-centre-of-s-korean-political-scandal-1.1920392

24 OCTOBER 2016

South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye calls for two-term, longer presidencies

The constitution should allow the president a second term in office and the terms themselves should be longer, according to President Park Geun-hye. Presidents are currently limited to a single five-year term
http://www.dw.com/en/south-koreas-president-park-geun-hye-calls-for-two-term-longer-presidencies/a-36137945
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/korean-president-proposes-constitutional-revision
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196779

7 OCTOBER 2016

Is South Korea a ‘nation in trouble’?

The headlines in South Korea’s newspapers have been largely negative in recent months, dominated by scandal, political impasse and social unrest. But some say it shows the nation is evolving into a mature society
http://www.dw.com/en/is-south-korea-a-nation-in-trouble/a-35986516

30 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea announces new site for US missile shield as ties with Beijing worsen over Chinese fishermen’s deaths

 South Korea’s announcement on Friday of the final site of a US-built antiballistic missile system drew firm opposition in Beijing and a vow to take “necessary measures” to counter the shield
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2023956/south-korea-announces-new-site-us-missile-shield-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/30/content_15504092.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3024381

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

U.S. doesn’t want to bring back its nukes to South Korea

A U.S. official Tuesday opposed growing calls for a reintroduction of American tactical nuclear weapons to South Korea in the wake of Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/us-official-opposed-growing-calls-reintroduction-nukes-south-korea

11 AUGUST 2016

What would a Trump presidency mean for the US–South Korea alliance?

 Donald Trump has repeatedly questioned the value of forward deployment in US security strategy and has threatened to pull back from the alliance if South Korea, among other treaty allies of the United States, does not ‘reimburse us much more substantially. As a result, some analysts in the region are concerned about the effect of a Trump presidency
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/04/what-would-a-trump-presidency-mean-for-the-us-south-korea-alliance/

10  AUGUST 2016

South Korea’s ruling party elects new leader

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has elected a new leader, Lee Jung-hyun. The lawmaker has close ties with President Park Geun-hye
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_33/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160810000846

8 JULY 2016

US and South Korea agree THAAD missile defence deployment

 The U.S. and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced military defense system that could intercept North Korean missiles following continued weapons testing by Pyongyang in defiance of U.N. résolutions
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3021051
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36742751
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/08/asia/north-korea-thaad-missile-deploy/index.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160708_27/

3 JUNE 2016

Korea and U.S. differ over Thaad parley

South Korea and the United States appeared to be at loggerheads on Friday over the deployment of an advanced missile defense system on the peninsula, particularly over whether the two would discuss the issue at an upcoming talk between their defense chiefs.
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3019592

1 MAY 2016

South Korean president visits Iran

South Korea’s president has arrived in Tehran in the first such high-level visit since the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1962
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/diplomacy/26378-south-korean-president-visits-iran
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3018209

13 APRIL 2016

After 16 years, South Korea ruling party loses parliamentary majority

South Korea’s conservative ruling party said it had « disappointed » voters after it suffered a serious setback in Wednesday’s general election, losing its 16 years of parliamentary majority
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-ruling-party/2693618.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160414_05/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/04/116_202544.html

6 MARCH 2016

South Korea, U.S. to kick off largest-ever joint exercise

South Korea and the United States will launch their largest-ever joint exercise this week to warn North Korea against further provocations, a South Korean military official said Sunday
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2016/03/06/17/0301000000AEN20160306000951315F.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015869

04 MARCH 2016

Seoul and Washington postponed talks on Thaad finally get off the ground

Seoul and Washington officially launched talks Friday on the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system in South Korea, a bolstering of their joint missile defense posture that has been fiercely protested by some neighboring countries
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188842
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015830

22 FEBRUARY 2016

S Korea urges Japan to stop islets provocations

South Korea on Monday urged Japan to stop provocations over disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries as Japan sent a senior government official to attend the controversial « Takeshima Day » event.

http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/22/content_15388451.html
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/s-korea-protests-over-japan-sending-official-to-disputed-isle-event

13 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. deploys more Patriot missiles in South Korea

The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea’s nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defense in a move that has worried China and Russia.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602130027
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188207

27 JANUARY 2016

South Korean defense chief says Thaad must be considered

Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo said Monday that Seoul needs to seriously consider the deployment of a U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) anti-ballistic missile system on the Korean Peninsula
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/defense-minister-south-korea-must-consider-thaad-anti-ballistic-missile-system

10 JANUARY 2016

U.S. B-52 bomber flies over S. Korea in solidarity after N. Korean nuclear claim

A B-52 bomber jet from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam flew over Osan, South Korea, on Sunday « in response to a recent nuclear test by North Korea, » United States Pacific Command said
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/10/us/b-52-south-korea/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187136
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3013752

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

28 DECEMBER 2015

Korea and Japan reach historic agreement on sex slave issue

South Korea and Japan have reached a landmark agreement on the thorny issue of wartime sex slaves, known as comfort women, that has long strained relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186676
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151228_24.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/foreign-ministers-japan-and-republic-korea-comfort-women

20 DECEMBER 2015

Korea’s trade pacts with China, Vietnam, New Zealand go into effect

Korea’s free trade agreement with China took effect on Sunday, along with separate trade pacts with Vietnam and New Zealand
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186402

5 DECEMBER 2015

Tens of thousands rally against South Korea president

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in the South Korean capital on Saturday accusing President Park Geun-hye of pushing pro-business labour laws and attacking personal and political freedoms.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/30000-hit-streets-skorea-anti-government-rally-151205111903538.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/south-korea-activists-protest-labour-policies-call-for-president-park-guenhyes-resignation/1522646
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35014582

30 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea’s Assembly ratifies FTA with China

The National Assembly ratified a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, Monday, after weeks of tug-of-war negotiations over how to protect farming and other industries that will suffer from the deal
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/south-koreas-national-assembly-ratifies-free-trade-agreement-china
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185755
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2015/12/202_192204.html

26 NOVEMBER 2015

S Korea holds state funeral for ex-president Kim Young-Sam

South Korea on Thursday buried former president Kim Young-Sam, following a snow-swept state funeral for the man whose 1992 election victory brought a formal end to more than 30 years of military rule
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185648
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/116_191878.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012085
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/13eb5632-913c-11e5-94e6-c5413829caa5.html#axzz3sG4IhCUU

25 NOVEMBER 2015

New South Korea-U.S nuclear treaty goes into effect

A new nuclear treaty between South Korea and the United States came into effect replacing the one that had been in place for the last 42 years
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=185613
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-us-ratify-new-civilian-nuclear-pact

21 NOVEMBER 2015

Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies at 87

Former South Korean President Kim Young-Sam, who became the country’s first civilian ruler after more than 30 years of military rule, died on Sunday, hospital officials said. He was 87
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-south-korean/2282504.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151122000004

1 NOVEMBER 2015

South Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discussed a wide range of topics, from free trade to the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-china-japan/2232370.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151101_23.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002534535
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/11/01/national/politics-diplomacy/east-asia-leaders-agree-revive-annual-trilateral-summit/#.VjaVWzgQVjp

21 OCTOBER 2015

South Korean Seong-Jin Cho wins Chopin piano competition

South Korea’s Seong-Jin Cho, 21, has won the prestigious 17th international Frederic Chopin piano competition in the Polish capital, Warsaw
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-34589558

16 OCTOBER 2015

Obama asks Park to speak out against China

US President Barack Obama has asked South Korean President Park Geun-hye to speak out against China when it fails to abide by international norms and rules
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151017_12.html

South Korean Professors declare boycott against government-issued history text

Dozens of history professors from the country’s most prestigious universities, including Korea and Yonsei University, have issued statements against the government’s decision to publish a single history textbook starting in 2017
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184276

13 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea to issue ‘correct history textbook’ to students

The South Korean government has said it will replace the country’s school history books with a single text, which will be called the « correct history textbook »
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/south-korea-write-correct-history-textbook-151012165855598.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/south-korea-accurate-history-textbook-mandate-stirs-controversy/3005216.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

U.S. denying Seoul key fighter jet technologies

Washington has rejected the transfer to Korea of four core technologies in F-35 stealth fighter jets that are needed to develop indigenous KF-X aircraft, the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) confirmed Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3009537

Japan, US, S.Korea FM talks to be held on Sep. 29

The foreign ministers of Japan, the United States and South Korea will meet in New York next week to discuss the possibility of North Korea launching a long-range missile. A South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Tuesday announced that the meeting will be held on September 29th on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150922_19.html

 

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

12 JULY 2019

Beijing’s anger boils as Taiwan’s president visits New York

Beijing is furious with Washington for a second time this week after Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen stopped by New York on her way to two of Taiwan’s last diplomatic friends on earth: Haiti and Dominican Republic. It comes as the US decided it would sell $2.2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190712-beijing-anger-boils-New-York-welcomes-Taiwan-president
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190712_39/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201907120015.aspx

9 JULY 2019

US approves arms sale to Taiwan despite Beijing’s objections

The US Department of State has approved the sale of US$2.22 billion in weapons to Taiwan that includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/07/10/2003718402/1
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-approves-arms-sale-to-taiwan-despite-beijing-s-objections-28111
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/china-demands-cancel-proposed-22bn-arms-sale-taiwan-190709091716397.html

19 JUNE 2019

Taiwan increases penalties for spying for China

An amendment to the National Security Act cleared the legislative floor Wednesday, with heavier punishments for practices that jeopardize national security or social order, including developing organizations and collecting confidential information for China
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906190016.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/06/20/2003717240

6 JUNE 2019

Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

Taiwan’s proposed purchase of billions of dollars worth of US arms has met with a speedy response from China. Beijing has said more American weapons in Taiwan could damage US-China ties and security the Taiwan Strait
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906060006.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3718443
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-concern-taiwan-confirms-arms-purchase-request-190606065452370.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190606_45/

27 MAY 2019

Rare meeting between Taiwanese, US security officials angers Beijing

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior US and Taiwanese security officials
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3011978/rare-meeting-between-taiwanese-us-security-officials-angers
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3710564
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-bridles-at-rare-meeting-between-taiwan-and-us-security-officials-27018

15 MAY 2019

Is the Taiwan Strait in International Waters?

In April 2019, Tsai Ing-wen said the Taiwan Strait is in international water. Is that 100 percent so? Not really. Let me spell out some of the major reasons and give one concrete example related to international regimes (IR), so as to challenge and falsify what Tsai had said and done, as neither 100 percent precise nor accurate
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/972.html

10 MAY 2019

China has stepped up efforts to infiltrate Taiwan – president

Tsai, speaking to reporters on Friday after a national security meeting, said China’s operations to influence opinion included attempts to interfere with elections and conduct fake news campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-stepped-efforts-infiltrate-taiwan-president-190510040347277.html

6 MAY 2019

Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing

Foxconn’s billionaire chairman and aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate Terry Gou has called on Beijing to recognise the “Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official title
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3009087/recognise-taiwans-title-and-then-well-talk-billionaire-terry
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3695588

30 APRIL 2019

U.S. Senate approves resolution reaffirming commitment to Taiwan

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution reaffirming the United States commitment to Taiwan and to the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201905010013.aspx

26 APRIL 2019

Trump’s “Taiwan Card”: How Real?

For more than two years the liberal Western media, especially in the United States, have talked and written extensively about America’s relations with Taiwan under Donald J. Trump. During this period their narratives embraced two different themes: first, the relationship was managed badly and second, Taiwan is a “card” Trump is playing against China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/952.html

16 APRIL 2019

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

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

15 APRIL 2019

US Denounces “Coercion” as China Conducts Drills Near Taiwan

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

8 APRIL 2019

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

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

1 APRIL 2019

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

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

30 MARCH 2019

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

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

27 MARCH 2019

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

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

21 MARCH 2019

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

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

20 MARCH 2019

The Pushback Plan: How Taiwan Can Win Diplomatically Against China

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

15 MARCH 2019

THE US-CHINA RIVALRY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TAIWAN

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

14 MARCH 2019

El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord

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

8 MARCH 2019

US asked to sell 66 advanced fighter jets to Taiwan

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

27 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

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

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

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

24 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan unveils new drone as China tensions mount

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

17 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan holds military drills to halt invasion amid rising China tensions

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

10 JANUARY 2019

Why a China invasion of Taiwan would fail

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

5 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan president calls for international support to defend democracy

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

2 JANUARY 2019

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

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

13 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s small missile boat program hamstrung by budget cuts

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

12 DECEMBER 2018

Analyst: Taiwan a vital strategic buffer for the US

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

8 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

31 OCTOBER 2018

 US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats

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

20 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

9 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan hoping Holy See-China deal can promote religious freedom

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan appreciates European support against Beijing’s bullying

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

1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025

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

Taiwan to bolster its defence, will build military aircraft

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

22 AUGUST 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese overtures

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

21 AUGUST 2018

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

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

20 AUGUST 2018

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

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

18 AUGUST 2018

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

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

11 AUGUST 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?

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

6 AUGUST 2018

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

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

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

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

1 AUGUST 2018

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

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

13 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

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

10 JULY 2018

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

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

7 JULY 2018

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

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

25 JUNE 2018

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China  

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

18 JUNE 2018

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

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

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

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

1 JUNE 2018

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

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

31 MAY 2018

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

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

Taiwan event creates headaches for Trump amid North Korea talks

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

24 MAY 2018

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

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

22 MAY 2018

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

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

1 MAY 2018

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan, forges diplomatic ties with Beijing

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

27 APRIL 2018

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

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

25 APRIL 2018

China warns Taiwan of more action after drills

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

18 APRIL 2018

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

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

8 APRIL 2018

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

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

5 APRIL 2018

Taiwan is again becoming a flashpoint between China and America

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

 25 MARCH 2018

As Vatican and China talk, Taiwan looks on nervously

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

21 MARCH 2018

Tensions mount as China sends warship through Taiwan Strait

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

20 MARCH 2018

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

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

17 MARCH 2018

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

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

8 MARCH 2018

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

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

2 MARCH 2018

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

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

1 MARCH 2018

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

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

23 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

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

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Don’t squeeze Taiwan

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

23 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

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

19 JANUARY 2018

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

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

17 JANUARY 2018

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions grow

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

4 JANUARY 2018

Taipei protests after Beijing opens new aviation corridors over Taiwan Strait

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

29 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwan defense budget will rise each year: President Tsai

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

26 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

11 DECEMBER 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

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

8 DECEMBER 2017

China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

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

28 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

4 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

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

18 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

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

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

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

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

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

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

22 AUGUST 2017

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

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

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

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

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

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

21 JULY 2017

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

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

17 JULY 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

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

3 JULY 2017

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

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

2 JULY 2017

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

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

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

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

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

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

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

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

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

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

3 JUNE 2017

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

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

25 MAY 2017

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

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

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

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

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

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

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

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

2 MAY 2017

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

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

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

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

24 APRIL 2017

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

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

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

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

10 APRIL 2017

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

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

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

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

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

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

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

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

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

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

21 MARCH 2017

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

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

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

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

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

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

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

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

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

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

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

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

10 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

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

6 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

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

20 JANUARY 2017

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

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

12 JANUARY 2017

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

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

8 JANUARY 2017

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

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

6 JANUARY 2017

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

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

28 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

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

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

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

2 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

26 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

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

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

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

10 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

1 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

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

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

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

31 AUGUST 2016

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

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

25 AUGUST 2016

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

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

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

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

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

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

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

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

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

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

27 JULY 2016

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

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

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

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

20 JULY 2016

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

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

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

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

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

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

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

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

1 JULY 2016

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

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

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

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

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

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

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

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

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

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

6 JUNE 2016

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

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

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

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

25 MAY 2016

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

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

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

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

18 MAY 2016

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

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

13 MAY 2016

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

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

8 MAY 2016

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

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

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

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

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

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

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

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

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

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

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

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

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

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

10 MARCH 2016

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

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

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

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

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

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

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

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

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

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

21 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

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

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

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

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

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

27 JANUARY 2016

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

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

25 JANUARY 2016

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

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 July in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 12 JULY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1660: Shivaji, king of Maratha, escape from long besieged fort of Panhala
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivaji

1799: Ranjit Singh conquers Lahore and becomes Maharaja of The Punjab Sikh Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjit_Singh

1905: The British and Japanese renew their alliance (of January 1902) for 10 years and agree to provide mutual support if attacked by other power

1921: The organized Outer Mongolian governing body request Russian aid in order to become independent from China

1967: During the Cultural Revolution, in Hong Kong, new incidents. Public buildings and police stations are attacked

1970: China agrees to give Tanzania and Zambia an interest free loan repayable in thirty years to cover costs of constructing the Tanzam railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAZARA_Railway
http://chineseposters.net/themes/tazara-railway.php
http://tazarasite.com/?page_id=131

Tanzam construction

1973: Violent US air bombing on Khmer Rouge positions around Phnom Penh

1976: Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia recognize the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRVN) after the merging of North and South Vietnam

2007: In the scope of the progressive closing of North Korea Yongbyon nuclear reactor, first delivering of oil to Pyongyang

2008: In Six-party talks in Beijing, North Korea agrees to nuclear checks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7503189.stm

2011: France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says during a brief visit to the country.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

2011: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar threatens to withdraw troops from the Afghan border in response to a decision by the US to withhold $800 million in security aid
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-us-pakistan-defence-minister-threatens-withdraw-troops-afghan-border-aid-cut

2012: North Korea has claimed that it needs atomic weaponry to defend itself from a constant threat of US nuclear attack and that Pyongyang would never give up its right to a « peaceful space programme »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9395729/North-Korea-says-it-needs-weaponry-to-defend-against-US-nuclear-threat.html

2016: UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration, key points and reactions
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://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

On 12 July in South Asian history

Malala

ON 12 JULY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1489 : Death in Delhi of Bahlol Khan Lodi, founder of the Lodi Dynasty, born on April 12, 1451
http://historypak.com/bahlul-lodhi/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/july-12-1489-bahlol-khan-lodi-founder-of-the-lodi-dynasty-dies-in-delhi
http://www.historydiscussion.net/history-of-india/achievement-of-bahlol-lodi-as-a-ruler/2712

1660: Shivaji, king of Maratha, escape from long besieged fort of Panhala
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shivaji

1799: Ranjit Singh conquers Lahore and becomes Maharaja of The Punjab Sikh Empire
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranjit_Singh

1900: Birth of Chhabi Biswas, Indian actor and director who died on June 11, 1962
http://upperstall.com/profile/chhabi-biswas/
http://www.indiavideo.org/text/chhabi-biswas-actor-1287.php

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPs8b4wbRdY

1938: Birth of Jaishankar, Indian actor who died on June 30, 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaishankar

1954: Birth of Sulakshana Pandit, Indian Film Actress/ Playback Singer
http://cineplot.com/sulakshana-pandit-memories/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5vtciaXQ-0

1957: The Nizari Ismaili sect of the Shiite Muslims welcomes a new spiritual leader when Prince Karim Al-Hussain of Pakistan is proclaimed Aga Khan IV
https://www.akdn.org/about-us/his-highness-aga-khan/biography-his-highness-aga-khan

1961: Pune (India) floods due to failure of Khadakvasala and Panshet dams. Half of Pune was submerged. More than 100,000 families dislocated and death tally exceeded 2000

1997: Birth of Malala Yousafzai, young Pakistani activist, Nobel Peace Prize 2014
http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2013/04/malala-yousafzai-pakistan-profile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malala_Yousafzai
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23241937

Malala

1999: Death of Rajendra Kumar, Indian actor, born on July 29, 1929
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajendra_Kumar
http://stationhollywood.blogspot.com/2007/12/jubilee-kumar-rajender-kumar.html

2011: Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother to the Afghan president and one of the most powerful men in the country, is killed in Kandahar city by a close associate
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/20117127299662659.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14118884
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-most-powerful-man-southern-afghanistan-president-karzai-brother-ahmed-wali
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201171283244784171.html

2011: France will pull out a quarter of its 4,000 troops based in Afghanistan by the end of 2012, French President Nicolas Sarkozy says during a brief visit to the country.
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-france-withdraw-quarter-troops-afghanistan-2012-sarkozy
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/07/201171271435384429.html

2011: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar threatens to withdraw troops from the Afghan border in response to a decision by the US to withhold $800 million in security aid
http://www.france24.com/en/20110712-us-pakistan-defence-minister-threatens-withdraw-troops-afghan-border-aid-cut

2012: Hamid Karzai has said the supreme leader of the Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, could run for political office and even the Afghan presidency if he abandoned his armed struggle.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/9395688/Mullah-Omar-could-be-Afghan-president-Hamid-Karzai-says.html

2013: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban, has told the UN that books and pens scare extremists, as she urged education for all
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23282662
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10175821/The-Taliban-have-failed-brave-schoolgirl-Malala-Yousafzai-tells-UN.html

2013: Death of Pran, Indian actor, born on February 20, 1920
http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/pran/biography.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-23300474

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

2015: Death of Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoché in prison since 13 years into serving a life sentence. He was 65
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-tibet-idUSKCN0PN0HC20150713

On 12 July in Southeast Asian history

ON 12 JULY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1527: Lê Cung Hoàng cedes the throne to Mạc Đăng Dung, ending the Lê dynasty and starting the Mạc dynasty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%AA_Cung_Ho%C3%A0ng
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%E1%BA%A1c_%C4%90%C4%83ng_Dung

Mạc Đăng Dung

1973: Violent US air bombing on Khmer Rouge positions around Phnom Penh

1976: Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia recognize the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRVN) after the merging of North and South Vietnam

2013: Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been pardoned by the country’s monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni, clearing the way for the self-exiled politician to return home and campaign in the upcoming general election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/07/2013712932549326.html

On 12 July in Japan’s history

ON 12 JULY IN JAPAN’S  HISTORY

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1394: Birth of Ashikaga Yoshinori, 6th Japanese shogun (1429-1441) of the Ashikaga shogunate
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshinori

1441: Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshinori is assassinated
http://www.japan-photo.de/e-yoshinori.htm 

1905: The British and Japanese renew their alliance (of January 1902) for 10 years and agree to provide mutual support if attacked by other power

1918: Japanese Imperial Navy battleship Kawachi blows up at Shunan western hongshu, killing at least 621
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_battleship_Kawachi

1966: Death of D. T. Suzuki, Japanese author, translator and teacher/lecturer, born on October 18, 1870
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._T._Suzuki

1991: Hitoshi Igarashi, Japanese interpreter of the Satanic Verses is murdered https://www.nytimes.com/books/99/04/18/specials/rushdie-translator.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-07-13/news/mn-1822_1_satanic-verses

Hitoshi Igarashi

2013: Death of  Takako Takahashi, Japanese author, born on March 3,  1932
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Takahashi

On 12 July in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 12 JULY IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1917: End of a 11 days attempt of restoration of the Manchu dynasty by General Zhang Xun
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchu_Restoration

1921: The organized Outer Mongolian governing body request Russian aid in order to become independent from China

1967: During the Cultural Revolution, in Hong Kong, new incidents. Public buildings and police stations are attacked

1970: China agrees to give Tanzania and Zambia an interest free loan repayable in thirty years to cover costs of constructing the Tanzam railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TAZARA_Railway
http://chineseposters.net/themes/tazara-railway.php

Tanzam construction

2015: Death of Tibetan lama Tenzin Delek Rinpoché in prison since 13 years into serving a life sentence. He was 65
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-tibet-idUSKCN0PN0HC20150713

2016: UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration, key points and reactions
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://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague