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On 31 August in Asian history

ON 31 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 31, 2019

731: Death of Ōtomo no Tabito, Japanese poet, born in 665
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ctomo_no_Tabito

1234: Death of Go-Horikawa, 86th emperor of Japan (1221-1232), born on March 22, 1212
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Horikawa

1762: Death of Momozono, 116th emperor of Japan (1747-1762), born on 14 April 1741
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Momozono

1795: During the War of the First Coalition, the British capture Trincomalee (Ceylon) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands
http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/Naval_History/Vol_I/P_303.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Ceylon_(1795)

1878: Birth of Kaburaki Kiyokata, Japanese painter who died on March 2, 1972
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyokata_Kaburagi
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Kaburaki+Kiyokata&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mps_UKj6KcyYhQevoIDoDw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

Kaburaki Kiyokata painting

1879: Birth of Crown Prince Yoshihito, 3rd son of Emperor Meiji, later Emperor Taisho (1912-1926), who died on December 25, 1926
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2012/06/monarch-profile-taisho-emperor-of-japan.html
http://www.jref.com/articles/emperor-taisho.26/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2012/07/29/general/the-taisho-era-when-modernity-ruled-japans-masses/#.V8WyAxEQZC8

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

1907: Birth of Ramon Magsaysay, president of the Philippines from 1953 to 1957
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/558/today-in-philippine-history-august-31-1907-ramon-magsaysay-seventh-president-of-the-philippines-was-born-in-iba-zambales
http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_accomplishments_of_Ramon_Magsaysay

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

1907: The Anglo-Russian Entente or the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 is signed in St. Petersburg. The convention defines their respective spheres of influence
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/anglo-russian-convention-of-1907-an-agreement-relating-to-persia-afghanistan-and-tibet

1919: Birth of Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author, who died on October 31, 2005
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/amrita-pritam-5432.php
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/tumhari-amrita-3/

1928: Birth of Jaime Sin, Filipino cardinal, archbishop of Manila, who died on June 25, 2005
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/jaime-l-sin

1939: The Japanese invasion of Mongolia is stopped after its 23rd Infantry Division is effectively wiped out by the Soviet forces at Nomonhan, called the Khalkhin Gol Battle by the Russian


http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=89
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Khalkhin_Gol

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ZP632g5sY

1947: Birth of Somchai Wongsawat, Thai 26th Prime Minister (2008)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somchai_Wongsawat
http://www.th4u.com/somchai_wongsawat.htm

1948: In Malaya, a Insurrectional Communist Republic is proclaimed

1951: Following a hiking and mountain climbing trip through Asia, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas issues a statement calling for the recognition of the communist People’s Republic of China

1955: US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supports South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s position regarding his refusal to hold « national and general elections » to reunify the two Vietnam states

1956: Birth of Tsai Ing-wen, former chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (Taiwan) and now president of the Republic since May 20, 2016
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/18/asia/taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-first-woman-president-10-things-you-should-know-about-tsai-ing-wen

1956: Birth of Masashi Tashiro, Japanese singer, actor, and director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masashi_Tashiro

1957: The Federation of Malaya celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_3534000/3534340.stm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY-9fzJ1TcM

1958: A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, failed to kill Sihanouk of Cambodia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Dinh_Nhu

1963: Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia

1963: Birth of Rituparno Ghosh, Indian actor, director, and screenwriter who died on May 30, 2013
http://www.bollywoodlife.com/celeb/rituparno-ghosh/
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/rituparno-ghosh-1963-2013/article4765717.ece#im-image-0

1965: Premier Nguyen Cao Ky announces that South Vietnam would not negotiate with the Communists without guarantees that North Vietnamese troops would be withdrawn from the South

1979: Birth of Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film music composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuvan_Shankar_Raja

1983: In the Philippines, around three million people attend the funerals of the leader of opposition senator Benigno Aquino, assassinated on August 21

https://www.raissarobles.com/2014/08/24/ninoys-funeral-was-the-day-filipinos-stopped-being-afraid-of-dictators/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk4LG4XHnfI

1998: In Aceh, the last Indonesian Special Forces leave under pressure

1998: North Korea reportedly launches Kwangmyongsong, its first satellite
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kwangmy%C5%8Fngs%C5%8Fng-1

2007: In Afghanistan, around twenty Christian missionaries, kidnapped by Taliban are freed after Seoul government promises to withdraw its troops and giving a big ransom

2009: The Dalai Lama arrives for a five-day tour of southern Taiwan, which was ravaged by a typhoon three weeks ago that left at least 650 dead
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_8220000/newsid_8229600/8229613.stm
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/6097267/Taiwan-allows-Dalai-Lama-to-visit-typhoon-victims.html

2009: Death of Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure, born on January 2, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Era%C3%B1o_Manalo
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/171188/iglesia-ni-cristo39s-ernie-manalo-dies-at-84

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiq3xY2dFk

2009: Wu Shu-chen, wife of Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, is sentenced to a year in jail on charges of asking her children to lie during a probe
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/20099243811794686.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8233342.stm

2010: South Korea offers 10 billion won in emergency aid to North Korea to help with recovery from flood. The offer is the first large scale aid from Seoul after the sinking of one of the South’s navy ships in March that it blamed on an attack by the North.

2012: A special Gujarat court sentences Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19432982

2012: Wang Xiaoning, a Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by US Internet giant Yahoo! is released from prison  after serving a 10-year term for subversion
http://asiancorrespondent.com/88522/china-dissident-jailed-on-yahoo-info-to-be-freed/

2014: China insists on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, a move likely to trigger protests from democracy advocates in the former British colony
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-08/31/content_15161405.html

2014: Death of Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter, born on December 15, 1933
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/regional/veteran-telugu-film-director-artist-bapu-passes-away/
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/telugu-filmmaker-bapu-is-dead/article6367084.ece

2014: Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament as prime minister refuses to resign, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

2014: Macau re-elect its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-08/31/content_15161350.html

2016: Historic peace conference with ethnic minorities begins in Myanmar
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/

2018: James Ricketson, Australian filmmaker, found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/james-ricketson-found-guilty-of-espionage-in-cambodia/10187792
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodian-court-finds-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-guilty-of-espionage
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/30/asia/james-ricketson-espionage-trial-cambodia-verdict-intl/index.html

 

Holidays and observances

Malaysia National day

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 31 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 31 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 31, 2019

1795: During the War of the First Coalition, the British capture Trincomalee (Ceylon) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands.
http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/Naval_History/Vol_I/P_303.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Ceylon_(1795)

1907: The Anglo-Russian Entente or the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 is signed in St. Petersburg.The convention defines their respective spheres of influence
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/anglo-russian-convention-of-1907-an-agreement-relating-to-persia-afghanistan-and-tibet

1939: The Japanese invasion of Mongolia is stopped after its 23rd Infantry Division is effectively wiped out by the Soviet forces at Nomonhan, called the Khalkhin Gol Battle by the Russian

http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=89
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Khalkhin_Gol

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ZP632g5sY

1948: In Malaya, a Insurrectional Communist Republic is proclaimed

1951: Following a hiking and mountain climbing trip through Asia, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas issues a statement calling for the recognition of the communist People’s Republic of China

1955: US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supports South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s position regarding his refusal to hold « national and general elections » to reunify the two Vietnam states

1957: The Federation of Malaya celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_3534000/3534340.stm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY-9fzJ1TcM

1963: Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia

1965: Premier Nguyen Cao Ky announces that South Vietnam would not negotiate with the Communists without guarantees that North Vietnamese troops would be withdrawn from the South

1998: In Aceh, the last Indonesian Special Forces leave under pressure

2007: In Afghanistan, around twenty Christian missionaries, kidnapped by Taliban are freed after Seoul government promises to withdraw its troops and giving a big ransom

 

Holidays and observances

Malaysia National day

On 31 August in South Asian history

ON 31 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in South Asian history”

Updated on August 31, 2019

1795: During the War of the First Coalition, the British capture Trincomalee (Ceylon) from the Dutch in order to keep it out of French hands
http://www.pbenyon.plus.com/Naval_History/Vol_I/P_303.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Ceylon_(1795)

1907: The Anglo-Russian Entente or the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 is signed in St. Petersburg.The convention defines their respective spheres of influence
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/anglo-russian-convention-of-1907-an-agreement-relating-to-persia-afghanistan-and-tibet

1919: Birth of Amrita Preetam, Indian poet and author, who died on October 31, 2005
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/amrita-pritam-5432.php
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/tumhari-amrita-3/

1963: Birth of Rituparno Ghosh, Indian actor, director, and screenwriter who died on May 30, 2013
http://www.bollywoodlife.com/celeb/rituparno-ghosh/
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/rituparno-ghosh-1963-2013/article4765717.ece#im-image-0

1979: Birth of Yuvan Shankar Raja, Indian film music composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuvan_Shankar_Raja

1984: Birth of Rajkummar Rao, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajkummar_Rao

2007: In Afghanistan, around twenty Christian missionaries, kidnapped by Taliban are freed after Seoul government promises to withdraw its troops and giving a big ransom

2009: The Dalai Lama arrives for a five-day tour of southern Taiwan, which was ravaged by a typhoon three weeks ago that left at least 650 dead
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_8220000/newsid_8229600/8229613.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/world/asia/28taiwan.html?_r=1&ref=asia

2012: A special Gujarat court today sentenced Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19432982

2014: Death of Bapu, Indian director and screenwriter, born on December 15, 1933
http://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/regional/veteran-telugu-film-director-artist-bapu-passes-away/
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/telugu-filmmaker-bapu-is-dead/article6367084.ece

2014: Clashes between police and anti-government protesters have continued outside Pakistan’s parliament as prime minister refuses to resign, resulting in the deaths of at least three people, and injuries to 494 more
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/31/world/asia/pakistan-protests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/pakistan-anti-government-protests-turn-deadly-2014831145733222260.html

On 31 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 31 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 31, 2019

1907: Birth of Ramon Magsaysay, president of the Philippines from 1953 to 1957
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/558/today-in-philippine-history-august-31-1907-ramon-magsaysay-seventh-president-of-the-philippines-was-born-in-iba-zambales
http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_accomplishments_of_Ramon_Magsaysay

1928: Birth of Jaime Sin, Filipino cardinal, archbishop of Manila, who died on June 25, 2005
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/jaime-l-sin

 1947: Birth of Somchai Wongsawat, Thai 26th short time Prime Minister (2008)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somchai_Wongsawat
http://www.th4u.com/somchai_wongsawat.htm

1948: In Malaya, a Insurrectional Communist Republic is proclaimed

1955: US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supports South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s position regarding his refusal to hold « national and general elections » to reunify the two Vietnam states

1957: The Federation of Malaya celebrates its independence from the United Kingdom
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/31/newsid_3534000/3534340.stm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dY-9fzJ1TcM

1958: A parcel bomb sent by Ngo Dinh Nhu, younger brother and chief adviser of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem, failed to kill Sihanouk of Cambodia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ngo_Dinh_Nhu

1963: Sarawak, North Borneo and Singapore achieve technical independence pending accession to the Federation of Malaysia

1965: Premier Nguyen Cao Ky announces that South Vietnam would not negotiate with the Communists without guarantees that North Vietnamese troops would be withdrawn from the South

1983: In the Philippines, around three million people attend the funerals of the leader of opposition senator Benigno Aquino, assassinated on August 21


https://www.raissarobles.com/2014/08/24/ninoys-funeral-was-the-day-filipinos-stopped-being-afraid-of-dictators/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qk4LG4XHnfI

1998: In Aceh, the last Indonesian Special Forces leave under pressure

2009: Death of Eraño Manalo, Filipino religious figure, born on January 2, 1925
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Era%C3%B1o_Manalo
http://www.gmanews.tv/story/171188/iglesia-ni-cristo39s-ernie-manalo-dies-at-84

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDiq3xY2dFk

2016: Historic peace conference with ethnic minorities begins in Myanmar
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/myanmar-panglong-peace-summit-kicks-off/

2018: James Ricketson, Australian filmmaker, found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-31/james-ricketson-found-guilty-of-espionage-in-cambodia/10187792
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/cambodian-court-finds-australian-filmmaker-james-ricketson-guilty-of-espionage
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/30/asia/james-ricketson-espionage-trial-cambodia-verdict-intl/index.html

 

Holidays and observances

Malaysia National day

On 31 August in Japan’s history

ON 31 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Japan’s history”

Updated on August 31, 2019

731: Death of Ōtomo no Tabito, Japanese poet, born in 665
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ctomo_no_Tabito

1234: Death of Go-Horikawa, 86th emperor of Japan (1221-1232), born on March 22, 1212
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Horikawa

1762: Death of Momozono, 116th emperor of Japan (1747-1762), born on 14 April 1741
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Momozono

1878: Birth of Kaburaki Kiyokata, Japanese painter who died on March 2, 1972
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyokata_Kaburagi
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Kaburaki+Kiyokata&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=mps_UKj6KcyYhQevoIDoDw&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

Kaburaki Kiyokata painting

1879: Birth of Crown Prince Yoshihito, 3rd son of Emperor Meiji, later Emperor Taisho (1912-1926), who died on December 25, 1926
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2012/06/monarch-profile-taisho-emperor-of-japan.html
http://www.jref.com/articles/emperor-taisho.26/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2012/07/29/general/the-taisho-era-when-modernity-ruled-japans-masses/#.V8WyAxEQZC8

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

1939: The Japanese invasion of Mongolia is stopped after its 23rd Infantry Division is effectively wiped out by the Soviet forces at Nomonhan, called the Khalkhin Gol Battle by the Russian

http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=89
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battles_of_Khalkhin_Gol

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3ZP632g5sY

1956: Birth of Masashi Tashiro, Japanese singer, actor, and director

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masashi_Tashiro

 

On 31 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 31 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “On (date + month) in Chinese history”

Updated on August 31, 2019

1907: The Anglo-Russian Entente or the Anglo-Russian Convention of 1907 is signed in St. Petersburg.The convention defines their respective spheres of influence
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/anglo-russian-convention-of-1907-an-agreement-relating-to-persia-afghanistan-and-tibet

1951: Following a hiking and mountain climbing trip through Asia, US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas issues a statement calling for the recognition of the communist People’s Republic of China

1956: Birth of Tsai Ing-wen, former chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (Taiwan) and now president of the Republic since May 20, 2016
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsai_Ing-wen
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/18/asia/taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-first-woman-president-10-things-you-should-know-about-tsai-ing-wen

2009: The Dalai Lama arrives for a five-day tour of southern Taiwan, which was ravaged by a typhoon three weeks ago that left at least 650 dead
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/ukfs_news/hi/newsid_8220000/newsid_8229600/8229613.stm
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/28/world/asia/28taiwan.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/6097267/Taiwan-allows-Dalai-Lama-to-visit-typhoon-victims.html

2009: Wu Shu-chen, wife of Taiwan’s former president Chen Shui-bian, is sentenced to a year in jail on charges of asking her children to lie during a probe
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/09/20099243811794686.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8233342.stm

2012: Wang Xiaoning, a Chinese dissident convicted based on evidence provided by US Internet giant Yahoo is released from prison  after serving a 10-year term for subversion

http://asiancorrespondent.com/88522/china-dissident-jailed-on-yahoo-info-to-be-freed/

2014: China insists on the authorities’ right to choose candidates for the leadership of Hong Kong, a move likely to trigger protests from democracy advocates in the former British colony
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-08/31/content_15161405.html

2014: Macau re-elect its incumbent leader in an unchallenged contest as the gambling hub faces growing calls for democracy amid anger over deteriorating living conditions and government accountability
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/news/2014-08/31/content_15161350.html

On 30 August in Asian history

ON 30 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 30, 2019

1329: Death of Khutughtu Khan, Emperor Mingzong of Yuan, briefly emperor of the Yuan Dynasty and the Mongol Empire, born on December 22, 1300
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khutughtu_Khan,_Emperor_Mingzong_of_Yuan

1363: Beginning of the Battle of Lake Poyang; the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders against the Yuan dynasty, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, who are pitted against each other in what was one of the largest naval battles in history, with an end on October 4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lake_Poyang
https://www.mapsofworld.com/on-this-day/august-30-1363-ce-the-battle-of-lake-poyang-begins-near-nanchang-china


1428: Death of Shoko, 101st emperor of Japan (1412-1428), born on 12 May 1401
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sh%C5%8Dk%C5%8D

1569: Birth of Jahangir, Mughal emperor who died on November 7 1627
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jahangir

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkAJ0uTbmOs

1574: Guru Ram Das becomes the Fourth Sikh Master
http://www.sikhs.org/guru4.htm

1590: In Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu captures Edo Castle
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Tokugawa_Ieyasu
http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-city-guides/japanese-castles/edo-castle

1619: Death of Shimazu Yoshihiro, Japanese samurai and warlord, born on August 21,1535
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimazu_Yoshihiro

1659 : Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh is put to death by his younger brother Aurangzeb
http://www.newindianexpress.com/education/student/article598094.ece
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/30th-august-1659-dara-shikoh-is-put-to-death-by-aurangzeb
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Dara_Shikoh

1785: Birth of Lin Zexu, Chinese scholar and official, who died on November 22, 1850
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin_Zexu
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8445.html

1842: During the First Afghan War, an army of 10,000 Afghans formed on the hills to the left of the Kabul road. British forces, lead by Nott attack and force the Afghans off the battlefield with substantial losses
http://britishbattles.com/first-afghan-war/kabul-1842.htm

1850: Birth of Marcelo H. del Pilar, Filipino writer, journalist and revolutionary, born on July 4 1896
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcelo_H._del_Pilar
http://www.plaridel302.org/marcelo-h-del-pilar
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/554/today-in-philippine-history-august-30-1850-marcelo-h-del-pilar-was-born-in-cupang-bulacan-bulacan

1896: After the Battle of San Juan del Monte, eight provinces in the Philippines are declared under martial law by the Spanish Governor General Ramon Blanco. This included the provinces of Batangas, Rizal, Cavite, Nueva Ecija as well as the nearby areas in Luzon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Juan_del_Monte

1896: Birth of Chinese painter Puru (Pu Hsin-yu or Pu Xinyu) who died on November 18, 1963
http://www.art-virtue.com/painting/history/ching/PuRu/bio-PuRu.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8451.html

Pu Xinyu

1903: Birth of Bhagwati Charan Verma Indian author who died on October 5, 1981
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Bhagwati+Charan+Verma

1911: In Japan, end of the second Katsura Taro’s government
http://www.jref.com/glossary/katsura_taro.shtml

1916: Birth of Shailendra, Indian songwriter who died who died on December 14, 1966
http://www.india-forums.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=518619
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shailendra_(lyricist)

1917: Vietnamese prison guards, led by Trịnh Văn Cấn, mutiny at the Thái Nguyên penitentiary against local French authority.

Trinh Van Can

1929: Birth of François Cheng (Cheng Baoyi), Chinese French academician, writer, poet and calligrapher
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Chen

1939: Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto is appointed supreme commander of the Japanese fleet                                
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Isoroku_Yamamoto

1945: In Japan, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Douglas MacArthur lands at Atsugi Air Force Base
http://www.fsmitha.com/review/takemae.htm

1945: Hong Kong is liberated from Japan by British Armed Forces
http://famousdaily.com/history/hong-kong-liberate-japan-british-armed-forces.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTS9zlicQIA

1951: Signature of a defense pact between the Philippines and the United States
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1695/today-in-philippine-history-august-30-1951-the-mutual-defense-treaty-was-signed-by-the-us-and-the-philippines
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Defense_Treaty_(United_States_%E2%80%93_Philippines)

1962: Japan conducts a test of the NAMC YS-11, its first aircraft since the war and its only successful commercial aircraft from before or after the war
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAMC_YS-11

1970: Birth of Michael Wong, Malaysian-Chinese singer and composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wong_(singer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL-X0obn9NU

1974: Powerful bomb explodes at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries headquarters inTokyo. 8 killed, 378 injured. Eight left-wing activists will be arrested on May 19, 1975

1979: Birth of Tavia Yeung, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tavia_Yeung

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP4qkTQ8alc

1979: Birth of Niki Chow, Hong Kong actress and singer
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/chow_niki.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lh3qsMu1px0

1983: Birth of Jun Matsumoto, Japanese singer and actor
http://www.jdorama.com/index.291.htm

1998: In Vietnam, Ven. Thich Quang Do is released from prison as part of a general amnesty of what the government called « common criminals »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Th%C3%ADch_Qu%E1%BA%A3ng_%C4%90%E1%BB%99

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzOFrY8E0VI

1999: After months of violence by pro-Indonesia militias, under the control of United Nations, the East-Timor people, with a 98,6 per cent toll of participation chose to become independent by 78,5 per cents of the voters
https://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/Framing%20the%20State/Chapter9_Framing.pdf
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/from-the-archive-1999-timor-the-defiant-20190823-p52k3d.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/i-was-there-remembering-timor-leste-s-bloody-fight-for-independence-20-years-on

2001: Under United Nations control, first general election in East-Timor. Fretilin gets 55 of the 88 seats
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Timorese_parliamentary_election,_2001
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2369_01.htm

2001: In Nepal, beginning of negotiations with the Maoist rebellion

2007: In China, Finance minister Jin Renqing, involved in a sex scandal, is sacked
 
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/minister-sacked-in-beijings-moral-purge/article20401124/

2009: Japanese voters swept the opposition to a historic victory. Media forecasts give the DPJ 308 of the 480 seats in the lower house to the LDP’s 119, almost an exact reversal of their previous standing
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8229368.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8229988.stm

2011: Japan’s parliament elects Yoshihiko Noda as the country’s sixth prime minister in five years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14712541
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/08/201183055115406951.html

2014: Myanmar has discovered it has only 51 million people – far less than the previously estimated 60 million, according to preliminary results of the latest census
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/08/myanmar-loses-ten-million-people-census-201483055945633777.html

2015: M. M. Kalburgi, Indian scholar, author, and academic is shot dead, born on November 28, 1938
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/ex-vc-m-m-kalaburgi-who-had-run-ins-with-hardliners-shot/
http://time.com/4016747/mm-kalburgi-india-murder-rationalist-idol-worship-hindu-nationalism/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._M._Kalburgi

 

Holidays and observances

Popular Consultation Day (East Timor)

Japan Defense & foreign policy

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30 AUGUST 2019

Japan Takes on China With a Planned $20 Billion Investment in Africa

Abe, who was addressing African leaders gathered at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama, said Japan is interested in infrastructure and human development on the continent
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-takes-on-china-with-a-planned-20-billion-investment-in-africa_3062507.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190830_38/
https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005972979

22 AUGUST 2019

Japan Protests S. Korea’s Decision to Scrap Intel-Sharing Pact

Japan’s foreign minister said on Thursday (Aug 22) that Tokyo « strongly » protested against South Korea’s decision to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact, calling the move « extremely regrettable »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-taro-kano-protests-south-korea-defence-pact-move-11833968
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-scrap-intelligence-sharing-pact-with-japan-amid-history-feud
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190822_32/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190822000780

21 AUGUST 2019

Japan, South Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties

Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday (Aug 21) on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled over into trade, and put a deep chill on ties between Washington’s two Asian allies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-south-korea-foreign-ministers-meet-amid-diplomatic-row
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3067044

10 AUGUST 2019

Japan downgrades South Korea as security partner in defence white paper as ties fray

Japan will effectively lower South Korea’s standing as an important security cooperation partner in this year’s white paper on defence, a Defence Ministry source said on Friday, reflecting the worsening of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3022241/japan-downgrades-south-korea-security-partner-defence-white
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/10/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-give-south-korea-cold-shoulder-security-partner-new-defense-white-paper/#.XU7_lOgzY2w

8 AUGUST 2019

Japan OKs first S Korea high-tech export since curbs, but with a warning

Japan has approved shipment of a high-tech material to South Korea for the first time since imposing export curbs last month, but doubled down on political pressure and warned it could broaden restrictions on deliveries to its Asian neighbor
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Japan-OKs-first-S-Korea-high-tech-export-since-curbs-but-with-a-warning
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190808_44/
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-oks-1st-export-to-south-korea-under-new-trade-curbs/

2 AUGUST 2019

Japan Drops South Korea From Favored Trade List As Long-Simmering Tensions Flare

Japan downgraded its trading relationship with South Korea on Friday, escalating a simmering trade feud that some experts worry could undermine U.S. security ties with chief Asian allies and hinder their cooperation on the North Korean nuclear issue
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747539220/japan-drops-south-korea-from-favored-trade-list-as-long-simmering-tensions-flare?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3021211/seoul-axes-tokyo-trusted-export-list-tit-tat-move-angry-south

1 AUGUST 2019

Japan, S.Korea FMs meet amid souring relations

Relations between Japan and South Korea appear to be at a stalemate as the countries’ foreign ministers mainly repeated their stances on thorny current issues at a meeting Thursday
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190801_30/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/08/356_273254.html
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2019080100745/kang-urges-kono-to-keep-s-korea-on-japan’s-white-list.html

16 JULY 2019

Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said on Tuesday he has “no plan” to send the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to join a military coalition envisioned by the United States to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats in the region
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/east-asia/article/3018781/japanese-defence-minister-has-no-plan-send-troops-middle-east

27 JUNE 2019

Macron bolsters Japan ties, defends Renault-Nissan alliance on Tokyo visit

French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to bolster naval defence ties following talks in Tokyo that were overshadowed by the crisis roiling the alliance between carmakers Renault and Nissan
https://www.france24.com/en/20190627-macron-japan-visit-abe-renault-nissan-ghosn

22 JUNE 2019

Russia has no plans to « pull down the flag » over the South Kurils – Putin

The Russian authorities intend to develop the Far East, including the South Kuril Islands, and there are no plans to lessen attention to that region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with anchorman of the program « Vesti v Subbotu » (« News on Saturday »)
https://tass.com/politics/1065107

17 JUNE 2019

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed East China Sea islands

Japan has protested what is says was an unauthorised Chinese maritime survey within its economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, officials said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3014892/japan-protests-chinese-activity-near-disputed-east-china-sea

12 JUNE 2019

Japan’s Shinzo Abe in Tehran for talks amid US-Iran tensions

Japan’s prime minister is on a mediation mission in Iran aimed at deescalating regional tensions caused by the United States pulling out of the 2015 nuclear agreement
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48578314
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190613_06/
https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/us-iran-accidental-conflict-possible-japan-pm-27433

30 MAY 2019

Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups

Russia and Japan have accused each other of military buildups as their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo for talks that failed to make progress on decades-long island disputes
https://www.foxnews.com/world/japan-russia-accuse-each-other-of-military-buildups
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190530_43/
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/105/79/80/1559219887612.html?newsId=84358

27 MAY 2019

Trump meets with Japan’s Abe to defuse tensions with Iran and North Korea

The United States does not seek « regime change » in Iran, Donald Trump, the US president, said in Tokyo on Monday while defending Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as a “very smart guy” who was focussed on the economic growth of his country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/27/trump-meets-japans-abe-defuse-tensions-iran-north-korea/

23 MAY 2019

Japan-Canada Ties and Abe’s Recent Visit

While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s US visit (April 26-27, 2019) understandably drew immense attention, his Canada visit (April 27-28, 2019) and meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was important from a strategic and economic dimension
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/976.html

10 MAY 2019

Japanese, Russian foreign ministers discuss territorial row

The Japanese and Russian foreign ministers met Friday in Moscow to negotiate a way through a long-standing territorial dispute that has prevented the countries from signing a postwar peace treaty
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190510/p2g/00m/0fp/097000c
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190510_48/

18 APRIL 2019

U.S. offers Japan secret info for development of F-2’s successor jet

The United States has proposed disclosing some of the top-secret details of its state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jet to Japan to encourage joint development of an aircraft that will succeed the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighter, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005683861

23 MARCH 2019

Supersonic Strike: Japan Has Some Big Plans to Sink China’s Navy In a War

Japan is developing a longer-range, air-launched anti-ship cruise missile. The reason? China’s navy is deploying longer-range anti-aircraft missiles, which means Japanese aircraft will have to launch their anti-ship weapons from longer range or risk being shot down
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/supersonic-strike-japan-has-some-big-plans-sink-chinas-navy-war-48697

8 MARCH 2019

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Japanese leaders will soon need to make a decision that will fundamentally shape their nation’s security: the replacement of their aging F-2 fighter aircraft. One overarching threat sets the bar for Japan: China
https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/18/the-japanese-air-force-needs-an-upgrade-f35-f22-china-fighter-jets-fifth-generation/

Japan defence ministry to develop long-range stand-off missile

The Defence Ministry has made a policy decision to develop the nation’s first domestically manufactured air-to-ship long-range cruise missile, to be mounted on Air Self-Defence Force fighter jets and capable of attacking a warship from outside of an adversary’s range
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-defence-ministry-to-develop-long-range-standoff-missile

16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

13 MARCH 2019

Japan to opt out of U.N. motion condemning North Korea’s rights abuses in apparent bid for talks on abductions

For the first time since 2007, Japan will not take part in the submission of a draft joint resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses to a U.N. panel, the government said Wednesday, in a conciliatory gesture apparently aimed at convincing Pyongyang to hold talks with Tokyo
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/13/national/japan-forgo-submitting-north-korean-human-rights-motion-u-n-panel-bid-get-answers-abductions/#.XIlOdyhKg2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903130043.html

12 MARCH 2019

Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands

Japan is to begin building a new class of light patrol ships for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2020, the defence ministry has confirmed to the South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3001340/japan-build-new-warships-message-china-over-diaoyu-islands

9 MARCH 2019

Sino-Japanese Rapprochement: Where Is It Heading in 2019?

China and Japan appeared to have warmer relations of late. This was due to intentional efforts by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Chinese leadership. Five factors have made this rapprochement possible
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/909.html

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Trump-Kim summit 2019: Japan won’t lift North Korea sanctions even if US does so, report says

Japan has informed the US government that it has no plans to lift the sanctions it unilaterally imposes on North Korea, according to a media report in Tokyo, even if the summit in Hanoi etween President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is perceived to have a positive outcome
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2187919/japan-has-no-intention-lifting-its-sanctions-north-korea-no

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan to push ahead with US base relocation despite Okinawa referendum result

The Japanese government has vowed to push ahead with the expansion of a US military base in Okinawa despite more than 70 per cent of residents of the prefecture voting against the project in a referendum on Sunday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/25/japan-pm-says-plan-expand-us-base-will-go-ahead-despite-okinawa/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005567089
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190225/p2g/00m/0na/045000c

24 FEBRUARY

Okinawans vote ‘no’ to U.S. base transfer

A majority of voters in Okinawa rejected a decades-old plan to relocate a U.S. air base within the prefecture in a referendum on Sunday, giving fresh impetus to the local government’s attempt to stop the transfer
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190224/p2g/00m/0na/045000c
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/okinawa-referendum-rejects-new-us-military-base-but-abe-likely-to-press-on
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/okinawa-overwhelmingly-votes-no-to-us-base-relocation

7 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan protests as China continues gas activity in contested waters

Japan has lodged another protest with China over its continued deployment of a drilling ship at a gas field in a contested area of the East China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2185272/japan-protests-china-continues-gas-activity-contested-waters

5 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan cancels port call by warship in South Korea amid row

Japan announced Tuesday it has canceled a port call in South Korea by its main warship during a multilateral naval exercise as relations between the two Asian neighbors fall to their lowest level in recent years
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-cancels-port-call-by-warship-in-south-korea-amid-row/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190205_38/

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Japan-China Security Dialogue held in Beijing

Senior diplomats and defense officials from Japan and China have held their first security dialogue in 15 months
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190201_33/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2184653/japan-and-china-promise-work-deepen-trust-amid-territorial-row

28 JANUARY 2019

Japan: Shinzo Abe vows to restore relations with North Korea

Japan’s prime minister says he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un face-to-face and restore diplomatic relations between the two long-time foes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/japan-shinzo-abe-vows-restore-relations-north-korea-190128080923148.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=230658

22 JANUARY 2019

Abe meets Putin to advance talks on postwar peace treaty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to seek progress on a decades-old territorial dispute over a group of islands that have remained under Russian control since the end of World War II
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190122_38/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2183226/russia-says-any-deal-japan-over-disputed-kuril-islands-needs
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259146031/russia-putin-says-work-remains-before-peace-deal-with-japan

14 JANUARY 2019

Japan, Russia hold talks on peace treaty

The foreign ministers of Japan and Russia have discussed signing a peace treaty that would include solving the issue of four Russian-held islands
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190114_21/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/focus-japan-russia-to-set-stage-for-difficult-peace-treaty-talks
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201901141071448007-russia-japan-usa-peace-treaty-talks/

13 JANUARY 2019

HOW TRUMP FORCED JAPAN TO TAKE SECURITY INTO ITS OWN HANDS

Two years of the Donald Trump administration in the United States have shaken the Japanese public, but after a bit of shock, they have accepted a new reality. This is a post-Iraq-war world and Japan, for the first time since the end of the second world war, is facing the challenge of providing for its own security
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2181764/how-trump-forced-japan-take-security-its-own-hands

10 JANUARY 2019

Russia says Japan distorting Nov. accord

Russia on Wednesday protested that Japan is distorting the essence of an agreement between the two countries’ leaders in November to accelerate their territorial talks
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005469703

18 DECEMBER 2018

Japan’s new defense policy adds ‘effective aircraft carrier’

Japan plans its first aircraft carrier and big increases in defense spending and weapons capability in the coming years, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday that cite its need to counter potential threats from North Korea and China and other vulnerabilities
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005428516
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-new-defense-plan-bolsters-fighter-capability-budget
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/18/asia/japan-aircraft-carriers-intl/index.html

14 DECEMBER 2018

Japan wants to sell air defence radar equipment to the Philippines

Japan has offered to sell an air defence system to the Philippines in a deal which, if sealed, would be the first time Tokyo is exporting military equipment since a 50-year ban was lifted in 2014
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-wants-to-sell-air-defence-radar-equipment-to-the-philippines

9 DECEMBER 2018

Japan’s Military Sees Record Spending, Aims to Buy More US Arms: Nikkei

Japan’s military looks to raise spending over the next five years in response to security challenges and to narrow Japan’s trade surplus with the United States by buying U.S. equipment, the Nikkei business daily reported
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japans-military-sees-record-spending-aims-to-buy-more-us-arms-nikkei_2733534.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Japan moves to formalize its operation of aircraft carriers
 
Tokyo’s indicates clear intention to develop military in revised national defense guidelines

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe deepens ties with Australia in historic visit to Darwin

Japan and Australia on Friday (Nov 16) agreed to deepen defence ties and jointly fund regional infrastructure projects, bringing the two nations closer together amid shared concerns about China’s growing regional influence
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/japans-prime-minister-shinzo-abe-deepens-ties-with-australia-in-historic-visit-to
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-46230956
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Abe-lays-wreath-at-Australian-war-site-in-Darwin-75-years-after-bombing

31 OCTOBER 2018

Japan Ends Aid to China, Spotlighting Beijing’s Position as Major Recipient

Japan recently announced that it will stop providing aid to China, a decision that highlights the fact that the world’s second-largest economy continues to receive financial assistance from multiple countries around the world
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-ends-aid-to-china-spotlighting-beijings-position-as-major-recipient_2703738.html

26 OCTOBER 2018

Abe, Xi agree to move from competition to cooperation toward new era in bilateral ties

 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in Beijing. Both say they’re determined to turn a new page in the relationship between the two countries
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181026_44/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-xi-says-japan-relations-back-on-right-track-state-media-10868234
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-japan-pledge-boost-economic-cooperation-181026093948823.html

24 OCTOBER 2018

Trump pushes Japan into China’s arms

Japan and China are economic, political and military rivals vying for influence in the Asia Pacific. But US President Trump’s contentious policies are forcing them to put their rivalry aside and cooperate
https://www.dw.com/en/trump-pushes-japan-into-chinas-arms/a-46025405
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/117/85/72/1540393446329.html?newsId=51649

22 OCTOBER 2018

Japan protests S.Korean lawmakers’ Takeshima visit

A group of South Korean lawmakers from the country’s ruling and opposition parties traveled to South Korea-controlled, Japan-claimed islets in the Sea of Japan on Monday amid opposition from Tokyo
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181022_33/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/10/22/national/politics-diplomacy/south-korean-lawmakers-visit-disputed-islets-amid-japanese-opposition/#.W84KHmgzY2w

12 OCTOBER 2018

Japan’s Abe to make rare China visit this month amid warming relations between the Asian rivals

Abe will visit from October 25 to 27 and mark the 40th anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two nations, said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168368/japans-abe-make-rare-china-visit-month-amid-warming-relations
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201810120056.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea claims Japan wants to become ‘military giant’ and is planning ‘re-invasion’

North Korean state media has cited upcoming joint Japanese and British military exercises as evidence Tokyo is preparing for “re-invasion”, presumably of the Korean peninsula
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2166169/north-korea-claims-japan-wants-become-military-giant-and

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

At U.N., Abe speaks on Japan’s pursuit of free trade and his hopes for meeting with North Korea’s leader

Japan will push for free trade as a country that has enjoyed the benefits of the postwar years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday, amid rising trade tension between the world’s economic powers
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/26/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-tells-u-n-japan-will-pursue-free-trade-hopes-meet-north-koreas-kim/#.W6voVmgzY2w
https://www.dw.com/en/proposed-abe-kim-meeting-easier-said-than-done/a-45645446
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809260032.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan challenges China with submarine military exercise in South China Sea

A Japanese submarine joined a military exercise in the contested area of the South China Sea, in a move that could infuriate Beijing, which claims most of the disputed waters
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2164580/japan-challenges-china-submarine-military-exercise-south-china
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/17/national/politics-diplomacy/first-japanese-submarine-conducts-drills-disputed-south-china-sea/#.W6AIBegzY2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201809170032.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Japan PM Shinzo Abe says no peace treaty with Russia until territorial dispute resolved

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday (Sept 14) again ruled out any peace treaty with Russia unless a resolution can first be reached in a territorial dispute over four islands north of Hokkaido
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-says-no-peace-treaty-with-russia-until-territorial-dispute
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180914/p2a/00m/0na/001000c
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/09/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-says-putin-comment-reflects-russian-leaders-enthusiasm-sign-peace-treaty/#.W5wGPugzY2w

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Putin proposes Russia and Japan sign historic peace treaty this year

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Wednesday that Russia and Japan sign a peace treaty this year, ending second world war hostilities “without any preconditions” as a territorial dispute has led to decades of deadlock
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/russia-central-asia/article/2163960/putin-proposes-russia-and-japan-sign-historic-peace
http://www.atimes.com/article/putin-wants-russia-and-japan-to-seal-historic-peace-deal/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004730485

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi and Abe guarantors of Chinese–Japanese entente

Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe are both strongman nationalist leaders and that this augurs poorly for the relationship between the two countries. But are the leaders themselves really a risk? With Xi ensuring he can lead his country for as long as he desires and with Abe cruising towards re-election next month for a third three-year term as LDP party leader, the question deserves careful consideration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/07/xi-and-abe-guarantors-of-chinese-japanese-entente/

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

US–Japan cracks are starting to show

The sentiment in Japan following the US–North Korea summit is of disappointment and powerlessness. President Trump mentioned Japan as one of the main cost bearers of denuclearisation, yet no concrete agreement about denuclearisation was made. Once again, Japan would be paying for something it has little influence over. The pacifist sectors of Japan — the opposition and left-leaning media — are critical of the Abe administration for being out of the loop
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/05/us-japan-cracks-are-starting-to-show/

31 AUGUST 2018

Japan’s Defense Ministry eyes record defense budget amid North Korean and Chinese threats

The Defense Ministry budget proposal released Friday calls for defense spending to rise 2.1 percent to ¥5.3 trillion ($48 billion) for the year starting April 1
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-eyes-record-defense-budget-amid-north-korean-chinese-threats/#.W4mPz-gzY2w
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-would-boost-missile-defenses-in-record-military-budget/

29 AUGUST 2018

Japan and North Korea held secret meeting as Shinzo Abe ‘loses trust’ in Donald Trump

Japan held a “secret” meeting with North Korea in Vietnam in July without informing the United States, according to media reports
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/29/japan-north-korea-held-secret-meeting-abe-loses-trust-trump/

Short-term comfort for Abe in Trump’s Russia stance

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has actively pursued closer relations with Russia since his return to office in December 2012. This has included the announcement of a ‘new approach’ to bilateral relations that features high-level political engagement, an eight-point economic cooperation plan and enhanced security dialogue
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/16/short-term-comfort-for-abe-in-trumps-russia-stance/

8 AUGUST 2018

Japan’s ‘Pivot to Asia’

In response to the rise of China and India and declining US influence, Japan has prescribed the need for new security partnerships and the expansion of Tokyo’s role in shaping the Asia-Pacific. As a result, Japan has shifted its geo-strategic focus from the ‘Asia-Pacific’ to the ‘Indo-Pacific
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/japans-pivot-to-asia/#52ixvuIVMwIl5AO5.99

1 AUGUST 2018

Japan asks Russia to reduce military activity on disputed islands

Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Tuesday Tokyo had asked Russia to reduce its military activity on a disputed island chain in the Pacific after Moscow beefed up its forces there in response to what it sees as a potential threat
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands/
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-1-japan-asks-russia-to-reduce-military-activity-on-disputed-islands

31 JULY 2018

Japan removes PAC-3 missile units, citing eased tensions

The Defense Ministry, citing the diminished threat of a missile strike from North Korea, removed interceptor systems deployed in four western prefectures and Hokkaido on July 30
https://www.theepochtimes.com/japan-removes-missile-interception-systems-citing-eased-tensions-with-north-korea_2609751.html
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201807310039.html

18 JULY 2018

Why Japan–China relations are back on track

In early May 2018 during his first visit to Japan since being appointed in 2013, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang publicly remarked that Japan–China relations had returned to a path of normality. This ‘throw-away line’ revealed that China’s official perspective prior to then was that Japan–China relations had been off course and abnormal
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/18/why-japan-china-relations-are-back-on-track/

5 JULY 2018

Under pressure from US, Japan’s Shinzo Abe cancels Iran trip

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly cancelled his planned trip to Iran. He would have been the first Japanese leader to visit Tehran in 40 years, but he chooses US security umbrella over need to secure oil supplies
https://www.dw.com/en/under-pressure-from-us-japans-shinzo-abe-cancels-iran-trip/a-44538603
https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/984061/Iran-US-tensions-Shinzo-Abe-cancels-visit-Tehran-escalating-tensions-Donald-Trump-demands

2 JULY 2018

Abe’s North Korea dilemma

With his political profile closely linked to a pledge to resolve the ‘abduction issue’, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vigorously lobbied US President Donald Trump to address North Korea’s Cold War kidnapping campaign in the recent US–North Korea summit meeting
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/02/abes-north-korea-dilemma/

26 JUNE 2018

North Korean diplomat tells Japan not to meddle in denuclearisation

A North Korean diplomat to the United Nations advised Japan on Tuesday not to meddle in the process of denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2152635/north-korean-diplomat-tells-japan-not-meddle-denuclearisation
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/N-Korea-says-it-will-ignore-Japan-until-it-halts-military-buildup-drills

18 JUNE 2018

Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

South Korea has angered Japan by staging military drills near a contested island chain, even as it discusses scaling back joint « war games » with the US to de-escalate tensions with North Korea
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/south-korean-military-drills-disputed-islands-intl/index.html

9 JUNE 2018

Japan Wants Cruise Missiles (And that Should Terrify China or North Korea)

the country is considering buying offensive missiles for the first time since the end of World War II. Those missiles would give Japan the ability to destroy nuclear-tipped missiles on the launching pad, before they are used
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japan-wants-cruise-missiles-should-terrify-china-or-north-26198

1 JUNE 2018

Japan wants to deploy land-based US Aegis missile shield in Akita to guard against N Korea threat

The government has installed two Aegis Ashore batteries to protect the entire Japanese archipelago against North Korea’s missile threats, and now wants to put more in the city of Akita
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2148873/japan-wants-deploy-land-based-us-aegis-missile-shield-akita

31 MAY 2018

Japan, Vietnam agree on maritime safety cooperation

Leaders of Japan and Vietnam have agreed to bolster cooperation in maritime safety and defense as they expressed shared concern over China’s growing activity in the South China Sea
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/05/31/japan-vietnam-

26 MAY 2018

Abe, Putin reconfirm readiness to conclude postwar peace treaty

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Saturday to make renewed efforts to sign a postwar peace treaty and accelerate bilateral economic cooperation
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180527/p2g/00m/0in/001000c
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/ex-pm-nakasone-turns-100-hopes-for-constitution-amendment
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805270017.htm

23 MAY 2018

How Japan’s Pacifist Constitution Shapes Its Approach to Cyberspace

The Japanese government plans to revise its National Defense Guidelines by the end of 2018, which are expected to strengthen the cybersecurity of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF) and give them an offensive cyber capability
https://www.cfr.org/blog/how-japans-pacifist-constitution-shapes-its-approach-cyberspace?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+region%2Fasia+%28CFR.org+-+Regions+-+Asia+and+Pacific%29

4 MAY 2018

In a first, Japanese and Chinese leaders talk by phone

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the situation on the phone Friday, the first time leaders of the two countries had ever done so
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/04/asia/japan-abe-china-north-korea-intl/index.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180504_23/

29 APRIL 2018

North Korea ready for Japan talks, South Korea says

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is willing to engage in dialogue with Japan’s leadership at « any time. »
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/29/560084/Korea-Japan-talks
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Moon-says-N-Korean-leader-wants-to-normalize-ties-with-Japan

17 APRIL 2018

Trump and Japan’s Abe meet over North Korea and global trade

US President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet shortly to discuss North Korea and trade, with both men battling pressure at home
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-4-trump-says-u.s.-having-direct-talks-with-north-korea-about-summit
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43792658
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180418/p2g/00m/0dm/002000c

16 APRIL 2018

China, Japan hail new beginning at bilateral summit

China and Japan on Monday pledged a « new starting point » for bilateral ties. The statement was made during a three-day visit by Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi to Japan. During the visit, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe called for warmer relations
http://en.rfi.fr/20180416-china-japan-summit-new-beginning/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2141970/japan-and-china-try-reset-relations-shadow-trumps-trade
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180416/p2g/00m/0fp/099000c

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

Japan and Europe as Strategic Partners: Opportunities & Challenges

Though Japan and Europe have shared common values and interests since the start of the Cold War, the strategic significance of the partnership appears to have increased considerably in recent years. This is spurred in part by the rise of illiberal or authoritarian challengers to the liberal international order, and the arrival of President Donald Trump in the United States
https://www.cogitasia.com/japan-and-europe-as-strategic-partners-opportunities-challenges/

7 APRIL 2018

Japan activates first marines since WW2

Japan has activated its first marine unit since World War Two, trained to counter invaders occupying Japanese islands along the edge of the East China Sea that Tokyo fears are vulnerable to attack by China
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/japan-activates-first-marines-since-ww2
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180407/p2g/00m/0dm/072000c

3 APRIL 2018

Japan-Russia Relations: Can the Northern Territories Issue be Overcome?

Russia and Japan are neighbors, but their relationship is often labeled in Japan as “close (geographically) and distant (politically).” The leading reasons are that a treaty of friendship has not been concluded between Japan and Russia, and the Northern Territories issue has not been resolved. These two issues are interlinked
https://www.cogitasia.com/japan-russia-relations-can-the-northern-territories-issue-be-overcome/

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

13 MARCH 2018

Japan sending military adviser to Malaysia, boosting regional presence in face of assertive China

Japan is beefing up its military and diplomatic presence in Southeast Asia by sending an extra defence attaché to its embassy in Kuala Lumpur, adding to military officers sent to embassies in the Philippines and Vietnam last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2136981/japan-sending-military-adviser-malaysia-boosting-regional

11 MARCH 2018

Japan offers to pay £2m for inspections of North Korea nuclear facilities

Japan will provide Y300 million (£2.03 million) to fund inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency of North Korea’s nuclear facilities if Pyongyang follows through with its vow to scrap its arsenal of atomic weapons
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/11/japan-offers-pay-2m-inspections-north-korea-nuclear-facilities/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803100035.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214947

9 MARCH 2018

Abe to visit U.S. in April to discuss North Korea with Trump

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday that he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to meet in the United States next month, following Washington’s announcement that Trump is ready to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/09/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-visit-u-s-april-discuss-north-korea-trump/#.WqLL8ejOU2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201803090030.html
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-abe-to-visit-u.s.-in-april-to-discuss-n.-korea-with-trump

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan to boost its future stealth fighter force with 20 more F-35A jets, defence sources say

Japan plans to buy at least 20 additional F-35A stealth fighters over the next six years, some or all of which it may purchase directly from Lockheed Martin Corp. in the United States rather than assemble locally, three sources said
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802210025.html

9 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan and South Korea, the Friendly Foes of East Asia

On Friday morning, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan was setting off to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics, as well as a side meeting with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, he declared that cooperation among their two countries and the United States was “unshakable” in the face of threats from North Korea
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/opinion/japan-south-korea-friendly.html

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Abe, Pence confirm pressure on N. Korea

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed on Wednesday that their two countries will continue to apply “maximum pressure” on North Korea, in cooperation with South Korea, to foil Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004230644
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180207_38/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/07/mike-pence-announces-toughest-sanctions-ever-north-korea-vows/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Japan’s Abe reiterates pledge to transfer U.S. base in Okinawa

In Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, a candidate backed by the ruling coalition won the Feb. 4 mayoral election here, as voters choose local economic revitalization measures over anti-U.S. military base sentiment
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201802050024.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-02/05/c_136950991.htm

28 JANUARY 2018

Japan, China agree to resume leaders’ visits

Japan and China agreed Sunday to resume reciprocal visits by the two countries’ leaders, underscoring that Asia’s two biggest economies are eager to mend ties in the year marking the 40th anniversary of the signing of a bilateral friendship treaty
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-kono-proposes-to-china-resuming-leaders’-visits
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/137/12/161/1517133146493.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/japan-calls-on-china-to-up-north-korea-cooperation-1.2164058

27 JANUARY 2018

Japan, France reaffirm closer defense cooperation

The Japanese and French defense ministers reaffirmed closer defense cooperation in a meeting Saturday after agreeing the previous day to hold the countries’ first joint maritime defense exercises next month
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-France-reaffirm-closer-defense-cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180127_15/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801250039.html

26 JANUARY 2018

First F-35 stealth fighter arrives at Misawa base

An F-35 stealth fighter has arrived at an airbase in Misawa in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan. It is the first of 10 F-35s that will be deployed at the base
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180126_21/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2130703/japan-deploys-first-f-35a-stealth-fighter-mission-keep-tabs

18 JANUARY 2018

Japan, Australia push for defence pact amid regional tension

Tokyo and Canberra are taking steps to reinforce their security arrangements, with both governments concerned about an unstable and nuclear-armed North Korea and an assertive China
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-australia-push-for-defence-pact-amid-regional-tension-14362
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-australia-eye-deeper-defense-alliance/a-42198311

4 JANUARY 2018

Japan faces greatest danger since World War due to North Korea: PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday North Korea was engaging in continued provocations that were « absolutely unacceptable » and said he would work with the international community to counter its nuclear and missiles development
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-faces-greatest-danger-since-world-war-due-to-north-korea-9831950
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180104_27/

1 JANUARY 2018

Japan eyes aircraft carriers to counter North Korea, China

Concerns over N. Korea’s unpredictable regime and China’s expansionist policies have forced Japan to seek reinterpretation of parts of the constitution that ban the nation from having an offensive military capability
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-eyes-aircraft-carriers-to-counter-north-korea-china/a-41990036

16 DECEMBER 2017

Japan eyes US$46 billion defence budget to counter North Korea: Report

Japan plans a record US$46 billion defence budget for the next fiscal year to strengthen its missile defence against the threat posed by North Korea, a report said Saturday (Dec 16)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-eyes-us-46-billion-defence-budget-to-counter-north-korea-9503674
http://www.mod.go.jp/e/d_budget/pdf/291121.pdf

8 DECEMBER 2017

Japan to purchase offensive missiles capable of striking North Korea

Japan’s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday announced plans to buy offensive air-to-surface missiles, in a move likely to cause controversy considering the country’s decades-long pacifist history
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-purchase-offensive-missiles-capable-of-striking-north-korea/a-41707708
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/12/08/asia/japan-missiles-purchase-intl/index.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004117987

18 NOVEMBER 2017

Shadows of the past haunt Japan–North Korea relations

There are more than geostrategic, diplomatic and military factors behind the importance of Japan for North Korea and of North Korea for Japan: their present relationship is also rooted in history
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/18/shadows-of-the-past-haunt-japan-north-korea-relations/

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

31 AUGUST 2017

Missiles, radar, glide bombs: Japan wants record US$48b weapons budget as North Korea threat grows

If approved by parliament, it would be the sixth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended decade-long defence budget cuts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109126/missiles-radar-glide-bombs-japan-wants-record-us48b-weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/record-high-budget-request-defense-ministry-seeks-new-anti-missile-measures/#.Wah-cshJY2w
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-defense-ministry-seeks-record-high-budget-amid-n.-korea-threat

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

The altitude and speed of Hwasong-12 would have made it very difficult to destroy missile in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to N Korea. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/what-stopped-japan-from-intercepting-north-korean-missile/a-40293016

19 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new security agenda

In September 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed new security legislation permitting Japan to come to the aid of an ally under attack. This was a crucial step in Japan’s journey to becoming a ‘normal’ nation able to do more for its own security. Why did Abe enact such a major change in policy?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/08/19/japans-new-security-agenda/

18 AUGUST 2017

US, Japan step up defense cooperation

The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/183/80/1503051560742.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170818_11/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003888528

16 AUGUST 2017

Let Japan develop nuclear weapons to lessen North Korea threat, former US Navy commander says

The suggestion of a nuclear-armed Japan would prompt China to restrain Pyongyang, said John Bird, a former US Navy commander in the Pacific
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2106952/let-japan-develop-nuclear-weapons-lessen-north-korea

12 AUGUST 2017

Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam

Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday (Aug 12), after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-deploys-missile-defence-over-north-korea-threat-to-guam-reports
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003877500
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170812_14/

16 JULY 2017

Russia blocks Hokkaido mayor’s visit to disputed Kuril islands over Japan’s sanctions

Russia has denied entry to disputed islands to a mayor from Hokkaido in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources said on Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2102829/russia-blocks-hokkaido-mayors-visit-disputed-kurils-over-japans

10 JULY 2017

Japan’s ‘New Approach’ to Russia: Is it Moving Forward?

It seems that Shinzo Abe’s ‘New Approach’ to Russia is unlikely to help in resolving territorial disputes with Russia on the Kuril Islands. Given the different priorities of the two countries and broader geopolitical factors, the prospects of the ‘New Approach’ do not look positive
http://www.ipcs.org/article/east-asia/japans-new-approach-to-russia-is-it-moving-forward-5320.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-japan-look-joint-development-kuril-islands/

8 JULY 2017

Meeting during G20, Abe and Xi seek to improve dialogue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg Saturday and called on China to play a constructive role in discouraging North Korea from developing missiles and nuclear arms
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003808713
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/108/72/34/1499509875018.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170708_29/

15 JUNE 2017

Putin: Russia considers constructing bridge to Sakhalin Island in Far East

A bridge to Sakhalin would be very useful in terms of reviving territorial integrity of Russia, President Putin said
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706151054662806-putin-russia-sakhalin-bridge/

12 APRIL 2017

Japanese warships to join US fleet near North Korea as tensions rise

Japan is preparing to send several warships to join a US aircraft carrier strike group heading for the Korean peninsula, in a show of force designed to deter North Korea from conducting further missile and nuclear tests
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/12/japanese-warships-join-us-fleet-north-korea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201704120031.html

28 MARCH 2017

Japan prepares to create force like U.S. Marine Corps

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force stepped up preparations Monday toward creating an amphibious force like the U.S. Marine Corps by putting in place a new unit that will offer training to members of the envisioned brigade
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/123019-japan-prepares-to-create-force-like-us-marine-corps

22 MARCH 2017

Japan now has two big helicopter carrier ships as Kaga enters service

Japan’s second big helicopter carrier, the Kaga, entered service on Wednesday, giving the nation’s military greater ability to deploy beyond its shores as it pushes back against China’s growing influence in Asia
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2081156/japan-now-has-two-big-helicopter-carrier-ships-kaga-enters
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/03/japan-rolls-military-vessel-170322085927402.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/22/national/politics-diplomacy/msdf-boosts-overseas-deployment-capabilities-second-big-helicopter-carrier/#.WNK2y4WcE2w

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese emperor kicks off landmark visit to Vietnam

Japan’s emperor arrived in Vietnam on Tuesday for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japanese-emperor-kicks-landmark-visit-vietnam
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170228_33/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/business/173575/vietnam—japan-economic-relations.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Japanese arms for sale

After decades of a self-imposed ban on arms exports, the Abe government in 2014 began to allow the country’s producers to export arms and military equipment. This is a significant development, albeit part of an evolutionary and incremental process. Still, it will be a while before Japan appears on the list of major global arms suppliers
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/16/japanese-arms-for-sale

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe

US President Donald Trump, fresh from patching up ties with China, has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of US support in any conflict over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2070017/trump-and-abe-vow-deeper-trade-and-security-ties-us-and-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/trump-assures-abe-disputed-east-china-sea-islands-170210201048825.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251648725

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

Japan’s defense ministry says it has successfully test-fired at sea a new interceptor missile jointly developed with the United States
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170205_01/

3 FEBRUAY 2017

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense including Senkaku

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the military alliance with Japan as global concern grows over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/03/national/politics-diplomacy/shinzo-abe-james-mattis-u-s-japan-bilateral-ties-defense/#.WJTKAoWcHSE
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003500222
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170203_28/

27 JANUARY 2017

Abe’s Pacific Rim Diplomacy – Analysis

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo started the year 2017 with his foreign policy activism by undertaking a six-day tour to four Asia-Pacific nations –the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam in January 2017
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-i-analysis/
http://www.eurasiareview.com/27012017-abes-pacific-rim-diplomacy-part-ii-analysis/

24 JANUARY 2017

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

The Japanese defence ministry’s first communications satellite was successfully placed in orbit on Tuesday, as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade the Self-Defence Forces’ (SDF) communications network to better deal with security challenges
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064980/new-arms-race-japans-defence-ministry-launch-first-ever
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_30/

14 JANUARY 2017

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

Following a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a revised pact to boost logistics cooperation between their defense forces
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-arrives-australia-talks-turnbull-security-trade/#.WHqSEoWcE2w
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/14/australia-and-japan-to-strengthen-military-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/14/content_15557168.html

6 JANUARY 2017

Japan recalls envoy after South Korea puts ‘comfort woman’ statue outside consulate

Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea in protest at the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2059912/japan-recalls-its-ambassador-south-korea-over-new-comfort-women
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/japan-says-recalling-envoy-to-skorea-over-new-comfort-woman-statue

29 DECEMBER 2016

Anger as Japanese minister visits ‘war crimes’ shrine after Pearl Harbor trip

Japan’s defence minister, Tomomi Inada, has provoked anger in South Korea and China following a visit to a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, a day after she accompanied the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on his reconciliatory trip to Pearl Harbor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/29/anger-as-japanese-minister-visits-war-crimes-shrine-after-pearl-harbor-trip
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057841/japan-defence-minister-visits-yasukuni-war-shrine-one-day-after

28 DECEMBER 2016

Japan PM Shinzo Abe offers Pearl Harbor condolences

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has visited the US naval base at Pearl Harbor, where he offered « sincere and everlasting condolences » to the victims of Japan’s attack on the base 75 years ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38438714
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161228_07/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/28/shinzo-abe-pearl-harbor-horrors-of-war-memorial-hawaii-obama

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/

20 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s top court backs Tokyo in bid to relocate Okinawa base

Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in favour of the central government in its bid to relocate a US airbase on Okinawa, dealing a significant blow to opponents of the plan led by the island’s governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2056041/japans-top-court-backs-tokyo-bid-relocate-okinawa-base
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38381107
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161220_34/

16 DECEMBER 2016

Abe-Putin summit ends with economic deals but no isle steps

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan and Russia will start negotiations on a special system to conduct joint economic activities on 4 Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-putin-summit-ends-economic-deals-no-isle-steps/#.WFQcuIWcE2x
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161216_34/

15 DECEMBER 2016

Japan’s Shinzo Abe and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discuss disputed islands at hot spring

Japan and Russia agreed at a leaders’ summit on Thursday to revive security talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty formally ending the second word war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2054925/japans-shinzo-abe-and-russias-vladimir-putin-discuss-disputed
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_31/

3 DECEMBER 2016

Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

Russia’s foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s upcoming visit to Japan
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/russia-warns-japan-not-expect-quick-progress-islands-123919543.html
http://www.dw.com/en/a-solution-to-the-kuril-islands-dispute/a-36624291

24 NOVEMBER 2016

Kuril islands missiles should not spoil Putin’s visit, Russia tells Japan

Ahead of president’s trip, tensions rise over weapons on Russian-controlled Kurils, some of which are claimed by Japan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/missiles-on-islands-should-not-spoil-putins-visit-russia-tells-japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/23/japan-vows-respond-russian-missile-deployment-disputed-islands/
https://sputniknews.com/politics/201611231047762708-russia-japan-kurils/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

Security and the meaning of Japan’s constitution

This new political circumstance allows Abe to propose a national referendum to revise the constitution. The LDP presented a draft for constitutional revision in 2012 and will lead the coming debate because of its strength in the Diet
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/21/security-and-the-meaning-of-japans-constitution/

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

2 NOVEMBER 2016

Japan competes with China for Myanmar influence with 800 billion yen (7,73 US $) aid deal

Japan will provide aid worth 800 billion yen (US$7.73 billion) to Myanmar over five years as it competes for regional influence with the country’s biggest trading partner China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2042380/japan-competes-china-myanmar-influence-800-billion-yen-aid-deal
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161102_34/

27 OCTOBER 2016

Japan, Philippines vow closer partnership

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to strengthen their countries’ strategic partnership but skipped forging a Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) that would allow joint war games of their armed forces
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/japan-philippines-vow-closer-partnership-1.1919702

13 OCTOBER 2016

Japan to expand Djibouti military base to counter Chinese influence

Japan will lease additional land next year to expand a military base in Djibouti, eastern Africa, as a counterweight to what it sees as growing Chinese influence in the region, three Japanese government sources said
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-military-djibouti-idUSKCN12D0C4

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, Japan finalize new military cooperation amid tensions with China

Washington and Tokyo have signed a bilateral agreement to increase military logistics cooperation as tensions with China continue to escalate
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160927/1045728300/us-japan-amended-asca.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan scrambles jets over China flights along Miyako Straits

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Monday that Tokyo had scrambled fighter jets after the Chinese planes passed over the Miyako Strait on Sunday, east of the islands which both neighbors claim as their own.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37469983
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-scambles-jets-over-china-military-fly-past/a-35890212

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan PM raises North Korea nuclear programme with Cuba’s Fidel Castro

Abe arrived in Cuba for summit talks with President Raul Castro to seek Havana’s assistance in responding to Pyongyang’s nuclear activities
https://sputniknews.com/asia/20160923/1045621554/japan-cuba-visit.html
http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-cuba-japan-abe-idUKKCN11S2BT?il=0

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

Japan to provide planes, ships for Philippines amid sea dispute with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday agreed to provide two large-sized patrol ships and lend up to five used surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, a Japanese government spokesman said, with both countries locked in territorial disputes with China.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2016212/japan-provide-planes-ships-philippines-amid-sea-dispute
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160906_37/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

For Japan, developing new missiles helps prevent China’s provocations

To prepare for military provocations by China and North Korea, it is essential to steadily make progress on bolstering Japan’s defence capabilities
http://www.asianews.network/content/editorial-developing-new-missiles-helps-prevent-china%E2%80%99s-provocations-27160

19 AUGUST 2016

Japan defence ministry seeks record budget in 2017 to upgrade missile system, fighter jets

Japan’s defence ministry will seek a record budget of 5.16 trillion yen (US$51 billion) for fiscal 2017, as tension rises in the East China Sea and North Korea steps up its missile threat, a government official with direct knowledge of the plan said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2006071/japan-defence-ministry-seeks-record-budget-2017-upgrade-missile
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608190031.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Japan to develop missile as tensions with China mount: report

Japan will develop a new land-to-sea missile as part of plans to beef up its defence of remote southern islands, as tensions with China increase over the disputed territory, a report said Sunday (Aug 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-to-develop-missile/3041898.html

9 AUGUST 2016

Japan says ties with China ‘deteriorating’ over disputed islands

Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37019028
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160809_15/

02 AUGUST 2016

Japanese Defense white paper: China still destabilizing factor in region

This year’s defense white paper expressed concern about China’s habit of portraying all its actions as accomplished fact and again referred to Beijing’s « heavy-handed » efforts to increase its military presence in the East China Sea and South China Sea
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201608020072.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160802_14/

29 JULY 2016

US military to return a large portion of Okinawa

The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/29/content_15470591.html

24 JULY 2016

Survey: Japan is favorite country of Taiwanese

 A survey of people in Taiwan shows that a record 56 percent of respondents picked Japan as their favorite country. About 1,000 Taiwanese responded to the survey that was carried out in January and February
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_15/

18 JUNE 2016

Russia calls on Japan to jointly develop disputed islands

Russia’s minister for development of the Far East has called on Japan to jointly develop the disputed islands known in Japan as the Northern Territories
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160618_13/

15 JUNE 2016

For the first time since 2004, a Chinese warship enters Japanese territorial sea in East China Sea

A Chinese People’s Liberation Army-Navy Type 815 Dongdiao-class spy ship entered Japanese territorial waters on Wednesday, according to Japan’s defense ministry. The move is the first of its kind since 2004, when a Chinese nuclear submarine entered Japan’s 12 nautical mile territorial sea near Sakishima Islands, in Okinawa prefecture
http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/for-first-time-since-2004-chinese-warship-enters-japanese-territorial-sea-in-east-china-sea/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/15/national/politics-diplomacy/chinese-naval-ship-briefly-enters-japans-territorial-waters-off-kagoshima/#.V2HKZ49OLNP
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160615_37/

9 JUNE 2016

Japan protests as China’s PLA Navy sails near disputed Diaoyu Islands in East China Sea

A People’s Liberation Army vessel entered waters surrounding the Tokyo-administered isles, called the Diaoyu Islands by China and the Senkakus in Japan, at 12.50am and left at 3.10am, the Japanese foreign ministry said.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1970375/japan-protests-chinas-pla-navy-sails-near-disputed
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160609_12/ht

27 MAY 2016

Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

U.S. President Barack Obama emphasized the need to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons during his visit to the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima on May 27, the first by a sitting U.S. president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36394975
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201605270097.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160527_34/

25 MAY 2016

Why has Japan been cozying up to Vladimir Putin ?

In early May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia. It was the 13th time the two leaders have met since 2013, when Abe made the first official visit by a Japanese premier to Russia in a decade. But when Abe has only held seven meetings with his U.S. counterpart, why is he meeting Putin so often?http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/opinion-why-has-japan-been-cozying-vladimir-putin

6 MAY 2016

Abe meets Putin to advance bilateral talks on isle row and peace treaty

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, eager to promote bilateral dialogue and advance talks on the decades-old territorial row that has prevented Japan and Russia from signing a postwar peace treaty
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/05/06/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-meets-putin-advance-bilateral-talks-isle-row-peace-treaty/#.Vy0Je49OLNN
http://www.voanews.com/content/russia-japan-leaders-meet-as-tensions-loom/3318571.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160507_10/

3 MAY 2016

No nuke bombing apology to Japan: White House

US President Barack Obama does not believe that his country owes Japan a formal apology for the 1945 nuclear bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-05/03/content_15426640.html

Japan agrees to lease military aircraft to Philippines

Japan will lease military aircraft to the Philippines in another sign of deepening security ties between the two former foes to counter Beijing’s increasing regional influence.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/japan-agrees-lease-military-aircraft-philippines-050815514.html?nhp=1

30 APRIL 2016

 Chinese, Japanese FMs hold talks on relations

China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/564593/news/world/china-wants-cooperation-not-confrontation-with-japan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/30/content_15425617.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160430_27/

22 APRIL 2016

Japan-made stealth aircraft takes to skies for 1st time

With an eye to the future, the nation’s first stealth airplane made its maiden flight on April 22, making Japan the fourth country in the world to successfully fly a manned stealth Aircraft.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-made-stealth-aircraft-takes-skies-first-time
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/japan-succeeds-test-flight-first-stealth-fighter-jet-060235847.html?nhp=1

19 APRIL 2016

Japan’s South Asia Focus: Growing Association With Bangladesh – Analysis

Solid bilateral economic relationships between the two nations can be regarded as a testimony of Japan’s influence in Bangladesh. While Bangladesh has been keen to exploit its economic potential and diversify its relationship with Japan, it has also used it to as an option to balance Beijing’s increasing influence in the region.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/analysis-japan%E2%80%99s-south-asia-focus-growing-association-bangladesh

12 APRIL 2016

Japanese Maritime SDF destroyers visit port in Vietnam for 1st time

For the first time since the end of World War II, Japanese destroyers dropped anchor at a Vietnamese port, signifying the two nations’ defense cooperation
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201604120043.html

11 APRIL 2016

Kerry visits Japan’s Hiroshima memorial

US Secretary of State John Kerry has paid a historic visit to the Hiroshima memorial located on the site where American planes launched the world’s first nuclear attack. The blast and the radiation that resulted killed some 140,000 people
http://www.dw.com/en/kerry-visits-japans-hiroshima-memorial/av-19178054
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/11/john-kerry-lays-flowers-at-hiroshima-memorial/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-deeply-moved-by/2685544.html

3 APRIL 2016

Japanese submarine, destroyers arrive in Philippines for port call near disputed South China Sea waters

A Maritime Self-Defense Force flotilla of three ships arrived in the Philippines early Sunday on a goodwill visit — the first to include a Japanese submarine in 15 years — amid China’s growing assertiveness in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/04/03/national/msdf-submarine-escort-ships-arrive-philippines-port-call-training/#.VwF2bThXrIV
http://asia.nikkei.com/Japan-Update/Japanese-sub-arrives-in-Philippines-on-training-exercise
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/conflicts/17217-japanese-submarine-warships-dock-at-philippine-port-near-disputed-south-china-sea-waters

2 APRIL 2016

Two years after Crimea, are Japan–Ukraine ties weakening?

Times of crisis are a chance to discover who your true friends are. Ukraine learned this lesson two years ago. While it was largely Euro–Atlantic nations that spoke out against Russia’s actions in Crimea, Ukraine also found a supporter in Japan.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/02/two-years-after-crimea-are-japan-ukraine-ties-weakening/

29 MARCH 2016

China accuses Japan of threatening Pacific peace with military law

China has accused Japan’s “warlord” prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of threatening peace in the region, following the enactment on Tuesday of controversial laws allowing Japanese troops to fight on foreign soil for the first time since the end of the second world war.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-accuses-japan-threatening-pacific-peace-military-law
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12206654/Japans-controversial-law-allowing-troops-to-fight-overseas-comes-into-force.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=189546

28 MARCH 2016

 Tokyo’s new ‘self-defence’ laws take effect, allowing Japan to fight in foreign wars

 Japan’s new security laws took effect enabling its troops to fight overseas for the first time since the second world war in a landmark defence policy shift in a country with a war-renouncing constitution.
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1931393/tokyos-new-self-defence-laws-take-effect-allowing-japan-fight
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160329_02/

24 MARCH 2016

A more sincere attitude needed in new talks on Futenma issue

That requires both the Abe administration and the Okinawa prefectural government to offer sincere and straightforward answers to questions posed by the other side as part of serious efforts to find common ground
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/editorial/AJ201603240018

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

8 MARCH 2016

Japan invites Robert Mugabe to summit as it eyes Africa for growth

The Japanese government has invited Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, to Tokyo for talks later this month as Tokyo seeks to expand its influence and business opportunities in Africa
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/12187070/Japan-invites-Robert-Mugabe-to-summit-as-it-eyes-Africa-for-growth.html

5 MARCH 2016

Turning over a new leaf in Japan–Philippines relations

Under a series of landmark agreements Washington served as the de facto guarantor of Philippine national security for almost a century. But in recent years Japan has rapidly upgraded its security cooperation with Manila. Today, Japan is the Philippines’ top provider of development aid, leading trading Partner
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/05/turning-over-a-new-leaf-in-japan-philippines-relations/

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

15 FEBRUARY 2016

Six Challenges for US–Japan Cooperation in Asia

 A key question as 2016 progresses will be: how best to focus US–Japan cooperation to address both the challenges and opportunities that accompany the rise of China? There are six thorny issues that carry the potential to undermine US–Japan cooperation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/15/six-challenges-for-us-japan-cooperation-in-asia/#more-49565

12 FEBRUARY 2016

North Korea disbands committee on Japan abduction issue in response to sanctions

North Korea said Friday it has disbanded a special committee that was set up in 2014 to look into the whereabouts of missing Japanese nationals suspected of being abducted decades ago and in its territory, in response to Tokyo’s decision earlier this week to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/n-korea-disbands-team-probing-fate-of-japanese-abductees
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/02/12/national/politics-diplomacy/north-korea-disbands-committee-on-japan-abduction-issue-in-response-to-sanctions/#.Vr5ZnTjMtjp

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan announces new sanctions on Pyongyang

Japan has decided to impose more sanctions against North Korea following the country’s launch of what it called a satellite-carrying rocket on Sunday. The launch is seen by the international community as a long-range ballistic missile test
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160210_38.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/japan-slap-sanctions-north-korea-rocket-160210112644465.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan moves toward unilateral sanctions over North Korea’s missile launch

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Feb. 8 he is preparing to slap unilateral sanctions against North Korea for its “intolerable” act on firing a long-range ballistic missile that flew over islands of Okinawa Prefecture.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201602080046
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-plans-to-impose/2499056.html

03 FEBRUARY 2016

Abe calls for amending part of Article 9 of Constitution

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday advocated amending part of the war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution, saying there is a contradiction between the existence of the Self-Defense Forces and the article that stipulates Japan never maintains land, sea and air forces.
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/abe-calls-for-amending-part-of-article-9-of-constitution

02 FEBRUARY 2016

Japan tells UN no evidence of forced WWII sex slavery

Japan says it has found no evidence its WWII government and military forcibly rounded up women to be sex slaves, Tokyo has told a UN committee, the latest pronouncement in a corrosive row over interpretations of history
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=187796
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-tells-un-no-evidence-forced-wwii-sex-slavery

31 JANUARY 2016

Clinton e-mail: U.S. asked Japan to talk with China before buying Senkakus

The United States urged Japan to consult with China before its provocative Senkaku Islands purchase in 2012, a declassified email forwarded to then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has revealed
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601310039
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/31/national/u-s-urged-japan-consult-china-2012-senkakus-purchase/#.Vq6FdzjMtjp

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

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

28 JANUARY 2016

Japan reconsiders, decides to join U.N. nuclear disarmament group

Tokyo, in a sharp reversal of policy, will now join a U.N. nuclear disarmament group even though it still does not want a treaty banning weapons of mass destruction.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201601280036

27 JANUARY 2016

Japan steps up campaign for full UN Security Council seat

Tokyo believes 70 years of pacifism and a commitment to international law and order give it a right to a permanent seat at the UN’s top table. But regional rival China is unlikely to allow that to happen
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-steps-up-campaign-for-full-un-security-council-seat/a-19007001

23 JANUARY 2016

Japan must carefully evaluate China’s strategic intentions

There is no doubt that China is building up its military capabilities. Nor that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe played up the threat of China, which spends three times as much as Japan does on its national defence, as a justification for new security legislation in Japan. But deeper scrutiny of this issue requires a broader perspective on China’s strategic intentions.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/23/japan-must-carefully-evaluate-chinas-strategic-intentions/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Japan, UK to develop air-to-air missile system

Japan and the UK are taking defence co-operation a step further. The two countries’ foreign and defence ministers announced this after a meeting in Tokyo on Friday (Jan 8)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-uk-to-develop-air/2410918.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/12087634/RAF-fighters-bound-for-Japan-for-first-time-in-decades-as-UK-builds-military-ties.html

5 JANUARY 2016

Will Japan and Russia finally resolve their territorial dispute?

Japan and Russia have yet to sign a peace treaty after WWII. The reason is a sovereignty dispute over an island chain. Now PM Abe has called for a summit with President Putin to tackle the issue. But can it succeed?
http://www.dw.com/en/will-japan-and-russia-finally-resolve-their-territorial-dispute/a-18959623

4 JANUARY 2016

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants summit with Vladimir Putin to resolve territorial row over islands

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin must take place in order for the countries to forge a peace treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35219262
http://www.dw.com/en/japans-abe-to-try-and-resolve-world-war-ii-row-with-russia/a-18956623

1 JANUARY 2016

Japan’s Master Plan to Destroy the Chinese Navy in Battle

 It seems that Japan is developing plans to craft its own Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) strategy—or what one former Japanese official describes as “maritime supremacy and air superiority”—against the Chinese Navy
http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/japans-master-plan-destroy-the-chinese-navy-battle-14779

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

3 DECEMBER 2015

Japan Set to Test Stealth Jet as Abe Boosts Defense Focus

Japan is closing in on becoming the fourth nation to test fly its own stealth jet, a move that could further antagonize neighboring Asian countries who’ve opposed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bid to strengthen the role of its armed forces
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-02/japan-set-to-test-stealth-jet-as-abe-strengthens-armed-forces?cmpid=yhoo.headline

1 DECEMBER 2015

Russia building new military bases on islands claimed by Japan

Russia has begun building two modern military compounds on the far eastern Kuril islands, defence minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday, heightening long-running tensions with Japan over the disputed islands
http://news.yahoo.com/russia-building-military-bases-islands-claimed-japan-134635651.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

U.S. approves sale of Global Hawk drones to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of three unmanned drones worth $1.2 billion to Japan, the Pentagon said Friday
http://news.yahoo.com/u-approves-sale-global-hawk-drones-japan-165257370–finance.html

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

25 OCTOBER 2015

Taiwan president says should remember good things Japan did

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou said on Sunday it was important to remember the good things Japan did for the island while not forgetting the bad, as he marked 70 years since Japan gave up control of Taiwan at the end of World War Two
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-should-remember-good-things-japan-did

20 OCTOBER 2015

S Korea, Japan defence ministers meet as ties thaw, but Seoul, Tokyo differ over Japan’s overseas military operations

The defence ministers of South Korea and Japan held talks in Seoul on Tuesday, in a further sign that relations are beginning to emerge from an extended diplomatic deep freeze
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-japan-defence-ministers-meet-ties-thaw
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151020_42.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151020001104

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan must recognise Kuril islands for peace deal: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated on Monday (Sep 21) that there is no room for compromise with Japan over the disputed south Kuril islands, calling on Tokyo to « recognise » post-WWII « historic realities »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-must-recognise/2142368.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan passes law allowing troops to fight abroad

Japan’s upper chamber of Parliament early Saturday approved controversial bills allowing the country’s military to engage in overseas combat in limited circumstances — a major shift after seven decades of pacifism
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/18/asia/japan-military-constitution/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-passes-law-allowing-troops-fight-150918125944422.html
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japanese-diet-enacts-security-laws-marking-japan%E2%80%99s-departure-pacifism

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

Japan has promised Vietnam ships to strengthen its forces in the South China Sea, with the two nations describing large-scale land reclamation there as a threat to peace — a veiled reference to China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/japan-pledges-maritime-security-aid-vietname-150915125026675.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan ‘disappointed’ by Chinese leader Xi’s WWII speech

Japan said Thursday it was « disappointed » there were no signs of rapprochement in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo’s WWII defeat, as Beijing showed off its growing might with a huge military parade
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-disappointed-chinese-leader-xis-wwii-speech http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/09/04/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-regrets-absence-reference-reconciliation-xi-speech/#.VelMrDjAJMt

26 AUGUST 2015

Barack Obama apologises to Japan over US spying claims released by Wikileaks

United States president Barack Obama apologises to Tokyo over WikiLeaks claims that Washington spied on Japanese politicians, a Japanese government spokesman says
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-26/barack-obama-apologises-to-japan-over-us-spying-claims-released-by-wikileaks/1486028

24 AUGUST 2015

How to normalise Sino–Japanese defence relations

Since the end of the Cold War, Japan and China have steadily developed their defence and security cooperation on top of maintaining their long-term economic and political partnership
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/08/24/how-to-normalise-sino-japanese-defence-relations/

22 AUGUST 2015

Russian PM visits disputed Kuril islands, triggering Japan protest

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev visited the Kuril islands, prompting a swift rebuke from Tokyo, which claims sovereignty over the archipelago in a long-running dispute
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/russian-pm-visits/2069404.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/22/content_15307412.html

25 JULY 2015

How Russia Tries to Intimidate Japan

Russia plans to massively invest in military and civilian infrastructure projects on the Kuril islands, TASS reports quoting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
http://thediplomat.com/2015/07/how-russia-tries-to-intimidate-japan/
http://tass.ru/en/russia/810266?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2ASituation%20Report&utm_campaign=SitRep0724

21 JULY 2015

Japanese annual Defense white paper stresses threat posed by China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet have approved this year’s Defence White Paper, which warns of a severe security situation that is growing in the region, with China as one of the factors
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-says-security/1998914.html
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002302049
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/21/national/politics-diplomacy/defense-white-paper-stresses-threat-posed-china/#.Va68Du_ALVJ
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1842676/japan-sharpens-its-criticism-china

19 JULY 2015

Japan Defense Ministry picks Fuji Heavy and Bell to build new military transport helicopter

Japan has awarded Fuji Heavy Industries and Textron Inc’s Bell Helicopters a $3.02 billion deal to build a fleet of military transport aircraft that would also be sold overseas
http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/defense-ministry-picks-fuji-heavy-and-bell-to-build-new-military-transport-helicopter

16 JULY 2015

Japan’s lower house of parliament approves a set of bills to allow the military to fight abroad for the first time since World War II.

Japan’s House of Representatives approved of a package of 11 security bills that would allow its Self-Defense Forces to assist its allies abroad, even if there is no direct threat to Japan, for the first time since the end of World War II
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33546465
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/16/japan-lawmakers-approve-contentious-bills-to-bolster-military-presence-abroad/
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Abe-pushes-security-bills-through-lower-house-desp-78221.html
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/today-headlines/2015-07/17/content_6589202.htm

7 JUNE 2015

US, Japan say first test of Raytheon’s new SM-3 missile a success

The United States and Japan on Sunday announced the first live fire test of Raytheon Co’s new Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missile that is being jointly developed by the two countries for a combined cost of around $2 billion.
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/500058/news/world/us-japan-say-first-test-of-raytheon-s-new-sm-3-missile-a-success

6 JUNE 2015

Abe reassures Kiev on Japan’s support

Japanese and Ukrainian leaders on Saturday agreed not to allow the changing of the status quo by force, in reference to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in southern Ukraine in March last year.
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002204570
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150606_35.html

5 JUNE 2015

Philippines may allow Japan’s military to use bases

Manila and Tokyo have agreed to start talks on allowing Japanese military aircraft and naval vessels to use bases in the Philippines for refuelling and picking up supplies, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/philippines-japan-military-bases-150605072014102.html
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201506050050

1 JUNE 2015

Japan aims to boost support for Asean to thwart China

Japan’s defence minister Gen Nakatani has declared Japan’s intention to heighten its support of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ member countries, to counter China’s moves to reclaim land on reefs in the Spratly Islands and establish military facilities there
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Japan-aims-to-boost-support-for-Asean-to-thwart-Ch-75860.html

 

Press and medias freedom in Asia

30 AUGUST 2019

China forces out Wall Street Journal reporter Chun Han Wong after report on Xi Jinping’s cousin

China effectively expelled a Wall Street Journal reporter from the country on Friday, weeks after he co-wrote an article detailing an investigation by Australian authorities into a cousin of Chinese President Xi Jinping
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-expels-journalist-wall-street-journal-reporter-chun-han-wong-xi-jingping-a9085421.html

26 JULY 2019

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

The trial of two Cambodian journalists charged with espionage has begun in the capital, Phnom Penh, in a case human rights groups say should never have been brought to court
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/espionage-trial-rfa-journalists-starts-cambodia-190726070844918.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/trial-of-cambodian-reporters-who-used-to-work-for-us-begins/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3020187/cambodian-reporters-trial-undermining-national-security

14 JULY 2019

China’s investigative journalists warn they are ‘almost extinct’ under Xi Jinping’s strict censorship regime

She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-investigative-journalists-xi-jinping-free-speech-press-freedom-censorship-a9004076.html

22 JUNE 2019

Former RFA Reporters in Cambodian Lose Appeal as Lawyer Asks For Prompt Trial

Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were taken into custody in November 2017 and charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” under article 445 of the Criminal Code, an offense punishable by a prison term of 7 to 15 years
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/reporters-appeal-06212019160901.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drop-journalists-espionage-charges-urges-rights-group

11 JUNE 2019

India’s top court orders release of journalist Prashant Kanojia jailed for defamation amid media outcry

The Indian Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release on bail of a freelance journalist arrested for a tweet on powerful Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, amid concerns about curbs on free speech
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-top-court-orders-release-of-journalist-jailed-for-defamation-amid-media
http://www.sify.com/news/supreme-court-release-scribe-arrested-for-yogi-video-news-national-tglmX0jcdjagi.html
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/journalist-prashant-kanojia-gets-bail-in-supreme-court/cid/1692209?ref=top-stories_home-template

23 APRIL 2019

Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Reuters Reporters

Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military’s brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48019192
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/myanmar-court-rejects-final-appeal-jailed-reuters-journalists-190423032117093.html

20 APRIL 2019

Malaysia Makes Huge Leap on World Press Freedom Index

A change of governments last year dramatically improved the journalism climate in Malaysia, which stood out as a bright spot in the Asia-Pacific, watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Thursday in releasing its worldwide press freedom rankings for 2019
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/press-freedom-04182019183726.html

19 APRIL 2019

Korea tops Asia in press freedom: Reporters Without Borders

Korea ranks first among Asian countries in press freedom, according to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released on April 18 by the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Society/view?articleId=170341

16 APRIL 2019

Imprisoned Myanmar journalists awarded Pulitzer prize

On Monday in New York the Pulitzer Center handed its award for International Reporting to Reuters staff, with a special mention for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are serving seven years in Yangon’s Insein Prison for « exposing state secrets. »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/16/asia/myanmar-journalists-pulitzer-intl/index.html
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/wa-lone-kyaw-soe-oo-honoured-pulitzer-prize.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/jailed-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar-win-un-press-freedom-prize

29 MARCH 2019

Maria Ressa, founder of news site Rappler and Duterte critic, arrested again

Prominent Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been re-arrested at Manila airport, allegedly for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/philippines-beleaguered-journalist-maria-ressa-arrested-190329015711048.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/226880-maria-ressa-arrested-naia-anti-dummy-law-case-march-29-2019
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47742641
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/29/1905585/fresh-plane-rapplers-ressa-booked-pasig-police

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines

Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with « cyber libel » charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/asia/maria-ressa-arrest-warrant-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/223438-robredo-otso-diretso-statements-arrest-maria-ressa-february-2019
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/13/philippines-journalists-decry-intimidation-as-website-editor-arrested

6 FEBRUARY 2019

Philippines announces libel charge against critical journalist Maria Ressa

Philippine prosecutors said Wednesday (Feb 6) they will file a libel charge carrying up to 12 years in prison against journalist Maria Ressa, who leads a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-announces-libel-charge-against-critical-journalist-11206692
https://www.manilatimes.net/doj-files-cyberlibel-charges-vs-rappler/507863/

11 JANUARY 2019

Burmese Reuters journalists lose appeal against seven year jail term

Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years after investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma had their appeal dismissed Friday, crushing their families’ hopes that they would walk free
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/11/burmese-reuters-journalists-lose-appeal-against-seven-year-jail/
https://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-eu-uk-call-for-presidential-action-after-reuters-journalists-appeals-rejected/a-47036522
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/myanmar-wives-reuters-journalists-voice-despair-verdict-190111102521706.html

2 JANUARY 2019

Bangladeshi journalist arrested and another on run after writing about voting irregularities in election

A Bangladeshi journalist has been arrested and another is on the run after they wrote about voting irregularities in the country’s general election
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bangladesh-election-latest-journalist-arrest-free-press-voting-irregularities-sheikh-hasina-on-run-a8707871.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/bangladeshi-journalist-arrested-over-election-irregularities-reporting

26 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistans-journalists-complain-of-increasing-censorship-1.61121830

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indian journalist jailed for one year for criticising BJP government

An Indian journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem, was jailed for a year under the National Security Act (NSA) after he posted a video on Facebook criticising the current Indian government
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indian-journalist-jailed-for-one-year-for-criticising-bjp-government-1.61022753
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/manipur-journalist-in-12-month-custody-for-targeting-bjp-pm-modi-1964694

12 DECEMBER 2018

Jailed for exposing a massacre: Reuters journalists mark one year in Myanmar prison

Journalists, activists and Myanmar civil society groups are calling for the immediate release of two Reuters reporters, exactly one year since they were arrested and later jailed for their work exposing a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by members of the military
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/11/asia/reuters-reporters-one-year-myanmar-intl/index.html
https://kfgo.com/news/articles/2018/dec/12/myanmar-activists-stage-rally-on-anniversary-of-reuters-reporters-arrest/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/calls-reuters-journalists-release-anniversary-arrests-181212121526158.html

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Where is China’s missing photographer Lu Guang? Hong Kong press club calls for answers

Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club has called on Chinese authorities to confirm the whereabouts of missing award-winning Chinese photojournalist Lu Guang, saying it is “deeply concerned” over his disappearance from China’s western Xinjiang region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2175674/where-chinas-missing-photographer-lu-guang-hong-kong-press-club
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/chinese-photographer-detained-xinjiang-wife-181128080924813.html

10 OCTOBER 2018

Myanmar newspaper journalists held after handing themselves in to police

Three senior journalists at Myanmar’s largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police on Wednesday, facing accusations of causing « fear or alarm » following a complaint from the Yangon regional government
https://bdnews24.com/media-en/2018/10/11/myanmar-newspaper-journalists-held-after-handing-themselves-in-to-police
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/journalists-eleven-news-including-chief-editor-sent-insein-prison
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/15440

5 OCTOBER 2018

Hong Kong rejects visa renewal for foreign press club vice-president who chaired independence talk

The Hong Kong government has refused to renew the work visa of Financial Times correspondent Victor Mallet, who is also the first vice president of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1421486-20181005.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/10/05/hong-kong-refuses-visa-renewal-foreign-press-club-vice-pres-chaired-independence-talk/
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-hit-out-at-visa-denial-10052018110324.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for journalist amid press crackdown

A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a prominent journalist over an article he wrote in May, stoking concerns about diminishing press freedoms following a military-led crackdown on the media during elections earlier this year
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/26/asia/pakistan-press-freedom-intl/index.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/pakistan-court-summons-pm-orders-arrest-journalist-180925073350343.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Myanmar jails 2 Reuters journalists for 7 years in ‘state secrets’ case

Two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law during their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya were jailed for seven years Monday, in a case that has drawn outrage as an attack on media freedom
https://www.france24.com/en/20180903-myanmar-jails-reuters-journalists-state-secrets-rohingya
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/03/asia/reuters-journalists-profiles-myanmar-intl/index.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/the-report-that-led-to-two-reuters-journalists-being-jailed-in-myanmar-1.766499
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/a-blow-to-press-freedom-world-reacts-to-jailing-of-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar

22 AUGUST 2018

China ‘ejects’ US journalist known for reporting on Xinjiang repression

China has “effectively ejected” an American journalist from the country, a journalists’ association has said, after she won a reputation for hard-hitting reporting on the country’s troubled western Xinjiang region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/22/china-ejects-us-journalist-known-for-reporting-on-xinjiang-repression

6 AUGUST 2018

Bangladesh arrests top photographer amid student protests

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

30 JULY 2018

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen-name Zunar – was repeatedly targeted under the former government for his cartoons, which often mocked ex-prime minister Najib Razak and his luxury-loving wife. Some of his collections were banned
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2157492/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist-zunar

9 JULY 2018

Reuters reporters charged under Myanmar colonial-era Official Secrets Act

Myanmar Judge Ye Lwin has decided to proceed to trial with charges against two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act in their coverage of the Rakhine crisis
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/09/asia/myanmar-reuters-journalists-intl/index.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/reuters-reporters-charged-under-colonial-era-official-secrets-act
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/tragic-turn-screw-jailed-reuters-journalists-case-goes-trial

14 JUNE 2018

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/shujaat-bukhari-editor-of-rising-kashmir-shot-in-srinagar-injured-1867640
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-valley-plunges-into-grief-after-leading-kashmiri-journalist-shujaat-bukhari-s-assassination-2625404

7 JUNE 2018

Philippine website Rappler’s Editor and CEO Maria Ressa wins global press freedom award

The executive editor and CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Ms Maria Ressa, was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on Thursday (June 7)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-website-rapplers-editor-and-ceo-maria-ressa-wins-global-press-freedom-award
https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/204306-david-callaway-speech-maria-ressa-wan-ifra-golden-pen-freedom-award-2018

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

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

15 MAY 2018

The Thailand « Bangkok Post » editor ‘forced to step down’ over critical coverage of Thai military junta government

The editor of the Bangkok Post newspaper said he has been forced to step down after refusing to curtail critical coverage of the ruling military government
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2146253/bangkok-post-editor-forced-step-down-over-critical-coverage
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/05/15/editor-removed-for-mismanagement-not-junta-pressure-bangkok-post/

8 MAY 2018

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

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

7 MAY 2018

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

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

25 APRIL 2018

Taiwan’s press freedom best in Asia

Taiwan has the best press freedom in Asia, with its ranking in the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) moving up three notches to 42nd place in 2018, higher than any other Asian countries evaluated
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201804250012.aspx

18 APRIL 2018

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

Swathi Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and his wife, Sita, to criticise right-wing support for the accused
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43806970
https://feminisminindia.com/2018/04/18/cartoonist-swati-vadlamudi-fir-filed/

21 MARCH 2018

Cambodia’s last free media on shaky ground

The Phnom Penh Post has become the latest target in Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s efforts to silence independent media in the lead-up to national elections in July. The news blackout comes as pro-government media aim to gloss over his administration’s many problems and shortcomings ahead of the polls
http://www.atimes.com/article/cambodias-last-free-media-shaky-ground/

4 MARCH 2018

Charges against  Nepal’s Kandipur Daily journalists ‘attack on press freedom’

Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice. The case against The Kantipur Daily is being seen by government critics as an attack on press freedom
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/charges-nepal-journalists-attack-press-freedom-180304154802551.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-03-04/contempt-of-court-case-kantipur-team-to-reach-sc-at-11am-to-record-statements.html

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

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

16 JANUARY 2018

Philippine news Rappler website’s licence revoked after Duterte threat

The Philippine government has revoked the operating license of leading news website Rappler, in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics as the latest blow to press freedom
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/philippine-news-websites-licence-revoked-after-duterte-threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/philippine-government-seeks-close-rappler-website-180115084959311.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2128513/direct-assault-freedom-press-philippine-government-presses

10 JANUARY 2018

Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, after almost a month behind bars. They were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya in Rakhine state
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-court-charges-reuters-journalists-under-official-secrets-act/a-42089691
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-police-charge-reuters-journalists/av-42094207
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/10/reuters-journalists-charged
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180110_39/

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

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

15 DECEMBER 2017

China Has 41 Journalists Behind Bars Amid Ever-Widening Media Controls

As governments jailed a record number of journalists around the world in 2017, a U.S.-based press freedom group says the ruling Chinese Communist Party has a total of 41 journalists currently behind bars under the newly strengthened leadership of President Xi Jinping
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255748947/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

22 NOVEMBER 2017

New journalist killing shocks India

Local Indian reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik has been shot and killed by a soldier on a military base. The National Union of Journalists said « democracy is being murdered every day. »
http://www.dw.com/en/india-shocked-at-journalists-murder-on-military-base/a-41476246
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/new-journalist-killing-shocks-india
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42091884

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

Outraged by journalists being increasingly subjected to intimidation, threats, violence and even killings in various parts of the country, scores of journalists held a protest rally and march here on Monday to demand strong action ~ by the Centre as well as states ~ against perpetrators of such crimes
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/journalists-form-human-chain-protest-rising-violence-1502504053.html
http://indianexpress.com/videos/news-video/protest-at-chandigarh-press-club-for-violence-against-journalists/

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

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

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

21 AUGUST 2017

English-language Cambodia Daily given till Sept 4 to pay  back taxes or to be closed

The Tax Department said English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily faced shuttering and the seizure of its assets if it failed to pay back taxes it allegedly owes by September 4 – a seeming escalation in the government’s recent targeting of NGOs and independent media outlets for tax-related scrutiny
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tax-head-threatens-daily-with-september-4-closure-133851/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-given-till-sept-4-pay-taxes
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5222-taxes-trouble-the-cambodia-daily.html

8 AUGUST 2017

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of junta

Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime
http://zeenews.india.com/world/thai-journalist-charged-over-facebook-criticism-of-junta-2031231.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/08/khaosod-english-reporter-charged-sedition-reports-police/

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

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

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/myanmar%E2%80%99s-army-sues-journalists-satirical-article
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/26031-the-voice-daily-chief-editor-writer-face-defamation-suit.html
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-files-article-66d-lawsuit-satirical-piece.html

3 APRIL 2017

Journalists who report criticism of military in Thailand should be killed: Senior official

A senior official from Thailand’s National Reform Council has suggested that journalists be given the death sentence if they issue reports critical of the military
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/journalists-report-criticism-military-killed-thai-official/#j1BoAZHQqKwjy2EW.97
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314094

2 MAY 2017

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

China’s internet regulator has updated its rules on internet and social media news, requiring all online news broadcasters to obtain government licences
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092405/china-updates-internet-regulations-tighten-control-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/02/content_15607693.html

28 APRIL 1917

Where Is ASEAN On Press Freedom?

Southeast Asia has scored badly again on the 2017 annual World Press Freedom Index, with notably big falls registered by Thailand, where the media industry is increasingly muzzled by a military government, and in Cambodia where criminal defamation laws are being used to silence dissent
http://thediplomat.com/2017/04/where-is-asean-on-press-freedom/

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

3 MARCH 2017

BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession

A BBC camera crew reporting in China was attacked and later forced by police to apologise and sign a confession for trying to conduct an “illegal interview”, one of its reporters has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/bbc-crew-attacked-in-china-says-reporter
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39137293

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

 13 DECEMBER 2016

Japanese media under siege

Between 2012 and 2016, during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tenure, Japan plunged from 11th to 72nd out of 180 nations in Reporters Without Borders’ global media freedom ranking
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/13/japanese-media-under-siege/

7 DECEMBER 1916

Thailand stands by crackdown on ‘illegal’ news

Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish « illegal » content, the defence minister said on Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/thailand-stands-crackdown-illegal-news-161207075630291.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/thailand-bbc-investigated-profile-new-king/

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/04/16/police-arrest-journalist-shafik-rehman-in-a-2015-sedition-case

31 MARCH 2016

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

16 MARCH 2016

Silencing the media in Malaysia

Malaysia has a long history of cracking down on freedom of expression, writes Sonia Randhawa. But that won’t stop Malaysians from fighting back
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/16/silencing-the-media-in-malaysia/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

8 JANUARY 2016

The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong

The publishers’ serial disappearances have stoked “white terror” fear in Hong Kong, a rare corner of freedom in China. The city’s pro-democracy forces accused Chinese law enforcement agencies of trespassing into the Hong Kong jurisdiction and making illegal arrests
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/08/the-curious-tale-of-five-missing-publishers-in-hong-kong/

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

25 DECEMBER 2015

China effectively expels French journalist Ursula Gauthier

Officials have refused to renew Beijing-based journalist Ursula Gauthier’s press visa unless she apologizes for a story. Gauthier wrote criticially on China’s « anti-terror » operations against Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-effectively-expels-french-journalist-ursula-gauthier/a-18942525
http://www.france24.com/en/20151225-french-journalist-gauthier-china-apologise

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Thai junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expression
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

22 OCTOBER 2015

Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists

A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/bangladeshi-group-orders-firing-female-journalists-151022125708043.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

 

China and Africa

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30 AUGUST 2019

China isn’t trying to lead African countries into debt trap but plays ‘important role’, lender says

China is not trying to lead African countries into a debt trap and provides critical investment along with other countries to close a funding gap for crucial infrastructure projects on the continent, the head of the regional lender said on Friday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3025081/china-isnt-trying-lead-african-countries-debt-trap-plays

4 APRIL 2019

Another look at China’s involvement in the power sector in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chinese companies have significantly enhanced their engagement in Africa over the last 20 years, covering a wide range of sectors, including power generation, transmission and distribution
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/04/02/another-look-at-chinas-involvement-in-the-power-sector-in-sub-saharan-africa/

5 FEBRUARY 2019

China in Africa and the American response

China’s engagement with Africa appears to be causing headaches in Washington. After two decades of neglect, American interest in the African continent has been renewed by an announcement about the Trump Administration’s new Africa strategy delivered by the National Security Advisor, John Bolton, at the Heritage Foundation
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/02/05/china-in-africa-and-the-american-response/

30 JANUARY 2019

China has nothing to fear from America’s Africa strategy, as it’s largely bluster

Last month, US National Security Adviser John Bolton unveiled “Prosper Africa”, the Trump administration’s new US strategy towards Africa. Surprising many, however, the plan’s focus was less about Africa and more on China
https://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/united-states/article/2183622/china-has-nothing-fear-americas-africa

Why Africa loves China

Contrary to what the West believes, Africans do not see themselves as victims of Chinese economic exploitation
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/africa-loves-china-190103121552367.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2018

China’s Xi offers US$60 billion Africa aid, says ‘no strings attached’

President Xi Jinping told African leaders on Monday (Sep 3) that China’s investments on the continent have « no political strings attached », pledging US$60 billion in new development financing, even as Beijing is increasingly criticised over its debt-heavy projects abroad
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china-s-xi-offers-us-60-billion-africa-aid-says-no-strings-10678162
https://www.dw.com/en/whats-behind-chinas-non-interference-in-africa/a-45333266
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/111/215/232/1535974141882.html

28 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping’s trip to Africa cements continent’s growing ties to China, and Beijing’s loans

China is doubling its commitments to Africa as it builds support from the developing world amid an escalating trade war with the US
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2157295/xi-jinpings-trip-africa-cements-continents-growing-ties

Why has China invited African army chiefs to Beijing?

China wants to redefine its military engagement in Africa and has invited military officials from across the continent to Beijing to explore new forms of strategic cooperation
https://www.dw.com/en/why-has-china-invited-african-army-chiefs-to-beijing/a-44462013
https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/07/china-to-increase-military-role-in-africa/

26 MAY 2018

China, Burkina Faso resume diplomatic ties

China and Burkina Faso on Saturday announced the resumption of diplomatic ties between the two countries
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/83/220/89/1527415780204.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180527_01/
https://journals.sub.uni-hamburg.de/giga/jcca/article/view/724/722

18 MAY 2018

China to help Uganda build nuclear power plants

Eight potential sites have been identified in the country’s central, southwest and northern regions that could potentially host nuclear power plants, the government said Thursday. It signed a deal with Russia last year to cooperate on nuclear power
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-to-help-uganda-build-nuclear-power-plants/

28 MARCH 2018

Free gift? China extends influence in Africa with $32M grant for regional HQ

China raised eyebrows this month by announcing it will give the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) a $31.6 million grant to build a new headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/27/asia/ecowas-china-headquarters-intl/index.html

China rejects claims it had hand in efforts to oust Mugabe

Beijing: Beijing has said speculation that it had a hand in ongoing efforts to dethrone Robert Mugabe is an “evil” plot designed to sully its reputation and derail China-Africa relations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/china-rejects-claims-it-had-hand-in-efforts-to-oust-robert-mugabe

10 JULY 2017

Chinese companies in Africa

Chinese companies have been enjoying success in Africa, investing in roads, railways, water and powerlines. Africa offers the necessary raw materials to create products for the local market and the rest of the world
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-companies-in-africa/av-39622861

11 JANUARY 2016

Opinion: China’s Africa policy deserves applause

China, of course, is putting billions in Africa to fulfill its ambition of becoming a global player – a world superpower, if you like. African leaders are fully aware of it. But the opportunities China presents to Africa is far better than what Europeans have to offer
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-chinas-africa-policy-deserves-applause/a-37094543

26 DECEMBER 2016

China restores ties with Sao Tome; more may follow

China has resumed ties with Sao Tome and Principe, six days after the small African state broke off relations with Taiwan, in what could be the start of more moves by Beijing to take away Taipei’s diplomatic allies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-restores-ties-with-sao-tome-more-may-follow
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/26/content_15548004.html

30 JULY 2016

China puts $46 billion into Africa’s economy

Beijing’s cooperation with Africa has been dominated by commercial deals instead of aid in the past, with $46 billion in direct Chinese investment and commercial loans having been signed since December, Chinese officials said.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/30/content_15470908.html

7 JULY 2016

China’s Strategic Military Goal In Namibia – Analysis

Since January 2015, there has been much talk in the media about China’s efforts to establish a military base in Namibia. It is reported that the Namibian ambassador to China held talks with Chinese military officials about construction of a naval base in Port of Walvis Bay. However, Chinese and Namibian authorities had denied this news
http://www.eurasiareview.com/07072016-chinas-strategic-military-goal-in-namibia-analysis/

16 JUNE 2016

China’s Ambitious Plan For A New Silk Road Takes Shape In Africa

Four years and some hundreds of billions of dollars later, China’s ambitious global trading strategy known as the “Maritime Silk Road” or “One Belt, One Road“  is now coming to life, particularly in parts of East Africa where major infrastructure and defense projects are being built
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/china-silk-road-africa_us_57607839e4b0df4d586e71ec

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Debunking the Myths of Chinese Investment in Africa

 Some of the assumptions about China’s presence in Africa appear unfounded.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/debunking-the-myths-of-chinese-investment-in-africa/

7 JANUARY 2016

African Countries Call for China to Stop Illegal Fishing

Officials from 24 African countries met in Cameroon last month and called for China to stop illegal fishing off the West African coast. In some areas, Chinese fishermen have pushed their local counterparts back to shore, depriving them of their jobs and livelihoods
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240026399

23 DECEMBER 2015

2015 was banner year for China-Africa relations

China spent a lot of 2015 trying to turn itself into a major player on the world stage. A big part of this was spending money and investing in less developed nations that need help building infrastructure to compete in the 21st century

http://atimes.com/2015/12/2015-was-banner-year-for-china-africa-relations/

6 DECEMBER 2015

 The New China-Africa Relations: 4 Trends to Watch

 This week, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) convened its first summit since 2006. Chinese President Xi Jinping joined more than 40 leaders of African countries for the massive meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa
http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/the-new-china-africa-relations-4-trends-to-watch/

4 DECEMBER 2015

Xi pledges US$60b for development in Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping told African presidents on Friday at a summit that his country would provide US$60 billion to fund development on the continent, outlining the Asian economic giant wanted to build a relationship of equals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-12/04/content_15354442.html
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/b17f4ed4-9a84-11e5-be4f-0abd1978acaa.html#axzz3tOFrajwF

3 DECEMBER 2015

China and South Africa in $6.5bn worth of deals

China and South Africa have signed deals and loans valued at $6.5bn (£4.3bn), with the focus on building infrastructure in the African giant.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34991846
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1886644/china-signs-deals-worth-hk50b-south-africa

5 NOVEMBER 2015

What do we know about the Chinese land grab in Africa?

China—with an already rapidly growing economic interest in the continent—has been accused of an abundance of “land grabs” in Africa. But is China really planning on badly exploiting African agriculture? Have these “land grabs” been as widespread as some critics imply? What might be the detriment to Africa?
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/what-do-we-know-about-chinese-land-grab-africa

2 OCTOBER 2015

Managers of Chinese state-owned enterprise building US$3.8b African railway fined for bribery

Two managers of a Chinese state-owned enterprise building a railway in East Africa have been fined after admitting bribery in a court in Kenya
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1863452/managers-chinese-state-owned-enterprise-building-us38b

24 AUGUST 2015

China’s Pivot To Africa: Touching Down In Djibouti

Through Beijing’s so-called checkbook diplomacy, Djibouti has climbed to the top of the agenda, signing in 2014 a bilateral security and defense agreement, which was followed by a significant amount of government aid from China, about five to six times its GDP
http://www.eurasiareview.com/24082015-chinas-pivot-to-africa-touching-down-in-djibouti-oped/

20 MAY 2015

China illegally fishing off West Africa – Greenpeace

In less than a month, Greenpeace documented an average of one new case of illegal practice by a Chinese-owned boat every two days, but the report’s authors say they think that is only the « tip of the iceberg. »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-32817193

9 MAY 2015

China negotiating Horn of Africa military base: Djibouti president

China is negotiating a military base in the strategic port of Djibouti, the president told AFP, raising the prospect of US and Chinese bases side-by-side in the tiny Horn of Africa nation
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/556227/china-negotiating-horn-of-africa-military-base-djibouti-president

13 FEBRUARY 2015

China boosts Africa diplomacy

China boosted its diplomatic presence in Africa on Friday, becoming only the second country after the United States to have a dedicated ambassador to the African Union
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/496726/china-boosts-africa-diplomacy

23 FEBRUARY 2015

The dragon and the lion: how China harvests Africa’s growth

CHINA is not only Africa’s largest trading partner, the combined value of this commerce is now worth more than US$200 billion a year, and it is growing. Beijing has opened a US$30 billion line of credit to African governments, while more than a million Chinese live and work in Africa
http://geopolitical-info.com/en/article/1424672516596305000

7 FEBRUARY 2015

China’s road to growth in Africa

China is Africa’s largest trading partner. Bilateral trade is expected to surpass US$200 billion in 2014. Trade with Africa is small in terms of China’s total trade, but it is strategically important because of its composition
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/02/07/chinas-road-to-growth-in-africa/

28 JANUARY 2015

China defends aid role in Africa

China on Wednesday offered a spirited defence of its aid to Africa, rejecting charges of « concrete diplomacy » following a major infrastructure deal with the continent
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/461218/china-defends-aid-role-in-africa

12 JANUARY 2015

China denies building empire in Africa

Foreign minister Wang Yi says Beijing won’t copy ‘western colonialists’ amid claims it exploits African resources for its own economic growth
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/12/china-denies-building-empire-africa-colonialism

23 DECEMBER 2014

China to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan

China is to send 700 combat troops to South Sudan in what analysts describe as a significant shift from its stated policy of non-interference in African conflicts.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/23/china-700-combat-troops-south-sudan-africa-battalion-un-peacekeeping

4 DECEMBER 2014

China, S.Africa pledge financial cooperation

China and South Africa pledged Thursday to strengthen cooperation in areas including equipment manufacturing, finance, and aviation during President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma’s visit.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-12/04/content_15199378.html

2 DECEMBER 2014

 Guest Post: Chinese Troops in Africa: Protecting Civilians and Oil

 http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2014/12/02/guest-post-chinese-troops-in-africa-protecting-civilians-and-oil/

19 NOVEMBER 2014

African presidents ‘use China aid for patronage politics’

Most of the $80bn of development funds sent to Africa went to areas where national leaders were born rather than the most needy, says AidData report
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/nov/19/african-presidents-china-aid-patronage-politics

24 OCTOBER 2014

China pledges US$81.7 million Ebola aid to Africa

President Xi Jinping announced on Friday a 500 million yuan ($81.7 million) assistance package to fight Ebola as China continues its commitment to preventing the spread of the deadly virus in West Africa
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-pledges-US$81-7-million-Ebola-aid-to-Africa-66476.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

China to send 700 troops to S.Sudan to assist UN mission

China said on Thursday it will send 700 troops to join a UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan, where fighting has threatened Beijing’s oil investments.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-09/25/content_15170874.html

23 AUGUST 2014

China beats bad image with big aid to Africa

Pushing back against criticism that its presence in Africa is mercenary, China has extended unprecedented generosity to the Western African countries in the grip of an Ebola epidemic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/china-beats-bad-image-big-aid-africa

10 AUGUST 2014

Chad withdraws Chinese exploration permits

Chad has decided to withdraw five exploration permits issued to a Chinese company and press charges in a row over a $1.2bn fine for environmental violations, the oil ministry has said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/08/chad-withdraws-chinese-exploration-permits-2014810124614151839.html

4 AUGUST 2014

Kenya Signs U.S. $478 Million Lamu Ports Deal With Chinese Firm

Kenya signed a 42-billion-shilling ($478 million) agreement to build the first three berths at Lamu Port with the China Communication Construction Company Group on Friday (August 1st)
http://allafrica.com/stories/201408050506.html

17 JULY 2014

China-Africa relations hurt by bad Chinese behaviour, says ambassador

China’s foreign ministry has condemned the behaviour of some Chinese citizens in Africa following its ambassador to Tanzania giving an uncommonly frank newspaper interview in which he decried the « bad habits » of his compatriots.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/chinese-ambassador-tanzania-china-africa-relationship-ivory-smuggling-counterfeit

10 JULY 2014

China sends bulk of its aid to Africa but denies ulterior motive

More than half of China’s foreign aid of $14bn (£8.2bn) between 2010 and 2012 was directed to Africa, the government said, underscoring Beijing’s interest in the resource-rich continent to fuel its economy
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/jul/10/china-foreign-aid-africa-resources

5 MAY 2014

China’s premier Li Keqiang targets doubling Africa trade

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang praised Africa’s growing economic power on Monday and Beijing’s « iron-clad » friendship with the continent, as he vowed to double trade to 400 billion dollars (290 billion euros) by 2020
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/408261/china-premier-li-keqiang-targets-doubling-africa-trade

4 MAY 2014

China in Africa: investment or exploitation?

Premier Li Keqiang shrugs off problems as « growing pains » and says relationship is based on equality and mutual benefit

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2014/05/china-africa-investment-exploitation-201454154158396626.html

4 MAY 2014

China admits ‘growing pains’ in Africa ties

Premier Li says Chinese firms should abide by local laws and regulations as he begins four-nation tour of continent

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/05/china-admits-growing-pains-africa-ties-20145475213946362.html

2 MAY 2014

China’s premier Li Keqiang set for first Africa trip

Li is scheduled to visit Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola and Kenya during the trip, which begins Sunday and lasts for a week, officials said. It also includes a visit to the headquarters of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-premier-li-keqiang-set-first-africa-trip

20 MARCH 2014

Could China and Japan Work Together in East Africa?

Despite troubled relations at home, the two countries have a shared interest in Africa

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/could-china-and-japan-work-together-in-east-africa/

20 MARCH 2014

China`s changing ambitions in Africa

Whilst China-African relations have been shaped in the past by China securing the supply of resources and financing the infrastructure to obtain them, the future will be a far more expansive relationship, involving both the state sectors and private entrepreneurs selling to Africa’s consumers, and not just outsourcing production there. To facilitate this, China currently deploys some 150 commercial attaches throughout the continent

http://www.china-brain.com/Editorials/China%60s-changing-ambitions-in-Africa-/100.html

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China Is Africa’s New Colonial Overlord, Says Famed Primate Researcher Jane Goodall

In an interview with Agence France-Press published on Monday, the longtime animal rights activist who has spent most of her life on the continent, compared Chinese investment with old-school British colonialism.

http://www.ibtimes.com/china-africas-new-colonial-overlord-says-famed-primate-researcher-jane-goodall-1556312

4 FEBRUARY 2014

Centre for Chinese Studies Annual Report: China Africa Relations 2013

The annual report of the Centre for Chinese Studies, China Africa Relations 2013, highlights the development of China-Africa relations including changes and achievements of the Centre during 2013. This annual report is a palette of key events and developments in China-Africa relations in 2013 and the CCS activities on and around these developments.

http://www.ccs.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CCS_Annual_Report-2013_Webformat.pdf

15 JANUARY 2014

China slams ‘troublemaker’ Japan after Africa visit

China launched a scathing diplomatic attack against Japan on Wednesday, warning African nations of an impending « resurrection of Japanese militarism » and branding Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a « troublemaker »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-slams-troublemaker/955532.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-slams-troublemaker-japan-after-africa-visit

Africa: China and Japan’s Next Battleground?

While China and Japan may look like they’re competing in Africa, the two countries are actually playing different games.

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/africa-china-and-japans-next-battleground/

13 JANUARY 2014

2014 – Ten years of Stellenbosch research on China-Africa relations

http://www.ccs.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/CCS_Commentary_Ten_Years_of_Stellenbosch_2014_SG.pdf

6 JANUARY 2014

China trying to help broker South Sudan truce: Chinese FM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday his country was trying to help in efforts to broker an end to fighting in South Sudan
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/388266/china-trying-to-help-broker-south-sudan-truce-chinese-fm

14 MAY 2013

Stronger environmental regulations can help China’s future in Africa

China has received a bad rap recently for its environmental exploitation in developing countries. The media asserts that three decades after the intensification of its international forays, China is still struggling to strike a balance between the protection of the environment and its rapid investments, particularly in Africa.                                                                                                                      http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/781566.shtml

11 MAY 2013

Yin and Yang of China’s development partnership with Africa

Over the past 50 years, China’s relationship with the African continent has developed impressively. The two regions have shared trade and cultural exchanges dating back hundreds of years but it was not until the mid 1950s when China established its first modern diplomatic relationship in Africa starting with Egypt. To date almost all countries in Africa have diplomatic links to China, with the exception of certain disputed territories and Burkina Faso due to their close ties to Taiwan since the mid 1990s http://www.nigeriadevelopmentandfinanceforum.org/PolicyDialogue/Dialogue.aspx?Edition=71&goback=%2Egde_2163586_member_240015209%2Egmr_2163586%2Egde_2163586_member_239820032

29 APRIL 2013

China commits billions in aid to Africa as part of charm offensive

China’s African aid programme aims to offer 18,000 government scholarships and train 30,000 Africans by 2015 http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/apr/29/africa-future-leaders-china-aid-programme

18 APRIL 2013

Challenges for China-Africa Relations

Adapted from Amb. David H. Shinn’s Speech to the Cosmopolitan Club in Manhattan. http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2013/04/18/challenges-for-china-africa-relations/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_233718350

9 APRIL 2013

China and Africa: a maturing relationship

Africa’s place at the heart of China’s foreign policy agenda was highlighted in April, when the new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, chose to tour the continent on his inaugural foreign trip. The economic relationship between the two regions continues to develop apace, with rapid growth in trade and strong flows of Chinese financing into Africa. Criticism of China’s role in the continent continues                                                                                                                                                                       http://country.eiu.com/article.aspx?articleid=760356060&Country=China&topic=Economy&subtopic=Forecast&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoiuqrPZKXonjHpfsX%204u8oUKKg38431UFwdcjKPmjr1YcERMN0dvycMRAVFZl5nQlRD7I=

3 APRIL 2013

Chinese fishing fleet in African waters reports 9% of catch to UN

The team of 20 researchers calculated the number of Chinese vessels fishing in international waters by consulting news reports, online articles and local fishery experts and estimated that nearly 75% of all the fish caught by Chinese vessels came from African waters, with almost 3m tonnes a year from west Africa.                                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/apr/03/chinese-fishing-fleet-african-catch

25 MARCH 2013

As Xi Jinping visits Africa: What are China’s intentions ?

Xi’s trip reflects the growing importance China places on Africa in its foreign and economic policies; last year, Wei Jianguo, a former Commerce Minister, forecast that Africa would surpass the U.S. and EU as China’s largest trading partner in three to five years.     http://thediplomat.com/china-power/as-xi-jinping-visits-africa-what-are-chinas-intentions/

25 MARCH 2913

China and Africa in the Xi Jinping era

While China’s policy in Africa during the Xi Jinping era will look much like that of the Hu Jintao period, the challenges will be greater.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/25/china-and-africa-in-the-xi-jinping-era/

24 MARCH 2013

Sino-African ties have sunny future

Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to Russia Sunday and started his African tour. It is evident that China attaches more importance to Africa than any other major power. The rapid growth in Sino-African ties over the past two decades has stirred up jealousy among some countries. In addition to friendship, common practical interests between the two sides in both economics and politics have driven them closer.                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/770323.shtml

18 MARCH 2013

Will China Wear Out Its Welcome in Africa?

Chinese investment is similarly evident throughout the continent. In 2009, China overtook the United States as Africa’s biggest trading partner. In 2000, the total Sino-African trade volume was approximately US $10 billion; it is now closer to $200 billion per year. http://www.fpif.org/articles/will_china_wear_out_its_welcome_in_africa

11 MARCH 2013

Africa told to view China as competitor

Africa must shake off its romantic view of China and accept Beijing is a competitor as much as a partner and capable of the same exploitative practices as the old colonial powers, Nigeria’s central bank governor has warned.                                              http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/58b08eb0-8a6c-11e2-9da4-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2NL9rB5Dc

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Economist Dambisa Moyo: China can transform Africa

In a new interview with CNN’s Robyn Curnow, Moyo explains why she’s optimistic about the future of Africa. She looks at the positive impact that China can have on the continent and details the key drivers that will spur Africa’s economic growth. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/28/business/dambisa-moyo-africa/index.html?hpt=ias_t2

8 FEBRUARY 2013

China’s Sudan challenge

Sudan and China have enjoyed cordial relations for decades, developing a fruitful economic and political partnership dating back to their mutual estrangement from the West in the late 1980s and early 1990s. But Sudan’s 2011 partition has presented China with a new set of challenges

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/OB09Ad05.html

29 JANUARY 2013

Nigeria to China: we want to climb up the value chain

Last week, the Nigerian Central Bank voiced its discontent about the unfavorable trade balance with China – and made it clear Nigeria was already looking elsewhere for friendship (and maybe more).                                                                                                                 http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2013/01/29/nigeria-to-china-we-want-up-the-chain/#axzz2NLFdoBlx

25 OCTOBER 2012

China ‘Image’ problem in Africa

Beijing’s policy of « non intervention » was championed by African leaders looking for economic growth without political preconditions. As Africa’s politics change, is the policy obsolete?
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/25/non-interference-a-double-edged-sword-for-china-in-africa/?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_178771863

23 AUGUST 2012

New colonialism’ accusation against China unfair

The so-called « new colonialism » allegation that China has exploited Africa’s resources is unfair, given that China has made great efforts to help the continent’s development and benefit its people, a Chinese official said here Thursday
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2012-08/23/content_15701403.htm

14 AUGUST 2012

China’s winning strategy in Africa

Contention between China and the United States is extending far beyond the current hot spot of the South China Sea. As China’s economy continues its rapid expansion, a truly global realignment of power is taking place. Regions that were dominated by the West for centuries are now coming into China’s orbit, challenging America’s position at the top on a once-unipolar world
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NH15Ad01.html