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On 3 August in Asian history

1944-08-03 Prise de Myitkyina

ON 3 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 3, 2019

1347: Alauddin Hasan Gangu assumed royalty and founded the Bahmani Dynasty
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/hasan-gangu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala-ud-Din_Bahman_Shah

1635: The third of the Tokugawa shoguns, Iemitsu, establishes the system of alternate attendance (sankin kotai) by which the feudal daimyo; are required to spend one year at Edo Castle in Tokyo and one year back home at their feudal manor, while their families remained in Tokyo as virtual political hostages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Iemitsu

1734: Birth of Naungdawgyi, King of Burma who died on November 28, 1763
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naungdawgyi

1767: Invasion of Siam by the Burmese

1783: Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing 35,000 people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Asama#Tenmei_eruption

1868: Charles Brooke becomes second white rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) up to his death on 17 May 1917
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Brooke,_Rajah_of_Sarawak

1886: Birth of Maithili Sharan Gupt, Indian poet who died on December 12, 1964
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/maithili-sharan-gupt.html
http://www.poemhunter.com/maithili-sharan-gupt/biography/

Maithili Sharan Gupt

1902 : Isabelo de los Reyes proclaimed the establishment of the « Iglesia Filipina Independiente » better known as Aglipayan Church
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/432/today-in-philippine-history-august-3-1902-isabelo-de-los-reyes-proclaimed-the-establishment-of-the-iglesia-filipina-independiente

1902-08-03 Fondation eglise indépendante

1916: Birth of Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, who died on April 20, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakeel_Badayuni

Shakeel Badayuni

1944: Allied troops under Lt-Gen Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=143
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/y/Myitkyina.htm

1944-08-03 Prise de Myitkyina

1946: Second Dalat Conference, this time between France, the autonomous Republic of Cochinchina, Cambodia and Laos
https://books.google.fr/books?id=u5DzbRINYkIC&pg=PA153&lpg=PA153&dq=Second+Dalat+Conference&source=bl&ots=SWM0bICw3Z&sig=kWfvz-ZV5bOAoqDWh77YAeoFOzY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAWoVChMI0O-csY6LxwIVhTcUCh1tRAed#v=onepage&q=Second%20Dalat%20Conference&f=false

1950: The first members of U.S. MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) arrive in Saigon
https://www.eaglesofwar.com/c-1850-military-assistance-advisory-group-maag-vietnam-19551964-saigon.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Advisory_Group

1957: Tunku Abdul Rahman is chosen to be first Prime Minister of soon independent Malaya
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/3/newsid_2943000/2943390.stm

1957: Birth of Mani Shankar, Indian film maker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Shankar
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1200832/

1959: Birth of Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Chemistry Nobel laureate in 2002
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2002/tanaka/biographical/

1964: Birth of Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician, leader of the Democrat Party and Prime Minister from 2008 to 2011
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13298394
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhisit_Vejjajiva

1966: The Supreme Soviet asks the soviet government to give more aid to North Vietnam

1970: Birth of Manmohan Waris, Punjabi Singer
https://www.last.fm/music/Manmohan+Waris/+wiki

1971: The Republic of China’s foreign ministry condemns America’s proposed « two-China » policy as a « gross insult to the U.N. charter. »

1978: Birth of Joi Chua, Singaporean female singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joi_Chua
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/joichua/

1987: Birth of Kim Hyung Joon, Korean singer (SS501)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Hyung_Jun

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

1992: Death of Wang Hongwen, a member of the radical « Gang of Four » during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, of liver ailment
http://chineseposters.net/themes/wanghongwen.php
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gang-of-Four#ref213741

1993: Death of Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist, born on May 8, 1916
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinmayananda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXDEXZ42r6o

1993: Birth of Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Kumai_Yurina?action=edit&section=1

2001: In Thailand, the Constitutional Court decides that Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is cleared of the charge of cheating on his assets declaration in 1997. If condemned he would have to resign

2009: Police in China have detained another 319 people suspected of involvement in deadly ethnic violence in the western Xinjiang region last month, state media has reported
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8181563.stm

2010: Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US$200 million) in damage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Karachi_riots
https://berthoalain.com/2010/08/03/emeute-a-karachi-aout-2010/

2011: The Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi confirms on appeal the sentence to seven years in prison for Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53 year old lawyer and son of one of the leaders of the revolution. The court affirmed he had « denigrated the party, state institutions and its policies. » Vu in the past has supported the struggle of Catholics to defend religious freedom
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi:-conviction-of-dissident-Cu-Huy-Ha-Vu-upheld-on-appeal-22278.html

2012: Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers. A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19116499

2016: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-08-03/dahal-elected-as-39th-prime-minister.html
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-elects-former-maoist-chief-as-prime-minister/a-19446154

2016: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Japan waters for first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-report
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395

All about the Maldives

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3 AUGUST 2019

Maldives arrests ex-vice president and ‘assassin plot organiser’ Ahmed Adeeb after India denies entry

Maldives police on Saturday said they had arrested former vice-president Ahmed Adeeb and were bringing him to the capital Male after he was refused entry to India
http://www.asiaobserver.org/all-about-the-maldives

1 AUGUST 2019

Ahmed Adeeb – Maldives ex-vice president arrested in India

Former vice president Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested and detained by Indian agencies in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on Thursday, while trying to enter the country illegally as a crew member of a tug boat
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92928
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-ex-vice-president-arrested-in-india-147149
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/ex-vp-of-maldives-detained-in-tn-mea-verifying-reports20190801183622/

29 MAY 2019

Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed elected parliament speaker

Mohamed Nasheed received 67 votes from among 87 members. His rival received 17 votes past midnight Tuesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/150/84/225/1559105695441.html?newsId=84171
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-chosen-as-mdps-consensus-candidate-for-speaker-145615

10 APRIL 2019

Malè, a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. Growing distance from Beijing

The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won 65 seats out of a total of 87. The agreements signed with China are under careful scrutiny
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mal%26egrave%3B%2C-a-landslide-victory-for-the-Democratic-Party.-Growing-distance-from-Beijing–46735.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/maldives-ruling-party-pledges-probe-into-chinese-deals-after-landslide-win_2874276.html

6 APRIL 2019

Maldives votes in crucial ballot to elect new parliament

Voting began in the Maldives in a crucial parliamentary election on Saturday many hope would help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-votes-in-crucial-ballot-to-elect-new-parliament-25600
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/liveblog-voting-extended-by-two-hours-144731
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-ex-leader-makes-comeback-in-landmark-vote-11418762

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Maldives court orders arrest of ex-President Yameen Abdul Gayoom

The criminal court in the capital Male ordered Monday that former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom be arrested and held in custody on suspicion of money laundering
https://www.dw.com/en/maldives-court-orders-arrest-of-ex-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom/a-47565284
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/ex-president-yameen-detained-for-money-laundering-trial-143841
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-arrests-ex-leader-over-alleged-corruption-24277

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

9 DECEMBER 2018

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth: president’s office

The Maldives has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, reversing a policy of isolation under autocratic leader Abdulla Yameen who suffered a shock defeat in September
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-applies-to-rejoin-commonwealth–president-s-office-11015428
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-parliament-endorses-decision-to-rejoin-commonwealth-143069

26 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday canceled former president Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail sentence after a review of the controversial terrorism conviction
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/maldives-court-clears-jail-sentence-mohamed-nasheed-181126142747071.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/supreme-court-quashes-nasheeds-terror-conviction-142945

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth

The new president of the Maldives has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies after a two-year absence, his office said in a statement
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/maldives-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-former-british-colonies-1.793718
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/maldives-all-set-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-nations201811202040290002/

17 NOVEMBER 2018

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sworn in as new Maldives president

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated on Saturday (Nov 17) as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/ibrahim-mohamed-solih-sworn-maldives-president-181117111139762.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-sworn-in-as-seventh-president-of-maldives-142689
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/solih-sworn-in-maldives-president-10941676

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives ex-president Nasheed returns from exile

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-welcomed-back-by-jubilant-supporters-142392
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-ex-president-returns-from-exile/4638395.html

21 OCTOBER 2018

Maldives’ top court rejects bid by strongman Abdulla Yameen to annul election defeat

The Maldives’ top court ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting strongman President Abdulla Yameen’s controversial bid to annul last month’s election results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-top-court-rejects-presidents-petition-for-fresh-polls-142183
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-loses-bid-annul-poll-result-181021100836322.html

10 OCTOBER 2018

Yameen’s party challenges poll defeat

Maldives’ outgoing President Abdulla Yameen has challenged his recent election defeat, with his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Wednesday filing a legal petition claiming the September 23 presidential election was rigged
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-challenges-election-defeat/article25180945.ece?homepage=true
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-president-contests-election-at-supreme-court-142002

4 OCTOBER 2018

Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returns from exile to the Maldives

After more than a year in exile, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returned to the Maldives Thursday afternoon, days after the High Court ordered his release on bail
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2167049/maldives-opposition-leader-returns-home-warm-welcome-after
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/jp-leader-gasim-returns-to-maldives-2-141784

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives High Court frees Gayoom, Faris on bail

 The Maldives High Court on Sunday ordered former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son MP Faris Maumoon to be freed on bail, after his lawyers filed a motion to delay his four-month prison sentence for identity fraud
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-high-court-frees-gayoom-faris-on-bail-141626

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives election body endorses opposition leader Solih’s victory amid threats

The Election Commission of Maldives on Saturday (Sept 29) officially declared opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winner of the country’s national election, defeating President Abdulla Yameen, who had sought a delay in publication of the final results
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-election-body-endorses-opposition-leader-solihs-victory-amid-threats
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-confirmed-winner-of-maldives-presidential-election-141611

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives incumbent President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat in the Presidential Election

The incumbent president of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday afternoon addressed his nation officially accepting defeat in Sunday’s presidential elections
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92166
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/the-opposition-has-won-in-the-maldives-what-does-it-mean-20431

23 SEPTEMBER

Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate declares victory in polls

The Maldives opposition has claimed victory in the tense presidential election after its officials and an independent newspaper reported results from 90 percent of the ballot boxes which showed Ibrahim Mohamed Solih bagging 58 percent of the votes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/maldives-opposition-takes-early-lead-tense-presidential-poll-180923150807023.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/live-blog-voting-extended-to-7pm-141439

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives accuses US of coercion and intimidation after sanctions threat

 The Maldives Friday accused the US of intimidation and coercion, following Washington’s threat of sanctions against people responsible for human rights abuses in the troubled honeymoon destination
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-accuses-us-of-coercion-and-intimidation-after-sanctions-threat-140912
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/317701-maldives-hits-out-at-us-remarks-over-possible-sanctions

28 AUGUST 2018

‘They are going to rig it’: Maldives opposition warns against bid to sway September election

The opposition has accused the Maldives government of locking up most of the leaders who could challenge President Yameen’s bid for re-election
https://thewire.in/south-asia/maldives-opposition-rigging-presidential-elections
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2161713/they-are-going-rig-it-maldives-opposition-warns-against-bid

20 JULY 2018

Details emerge of EU sanctions on Maldives

The European Union has urged the Maldives to allow the “normal function” of parliament and the judiciary, as details emerged of the sanctions to be imposed over the worsening political and rights situation
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/details-emerge-of-eu-sanctions-on-maldives-139429

13 JUNE 2018

Former Maldives president is sentenced to 19 months in prison

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives from 1978 to 2008, was arrested in February on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of his half-brother
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2150667/former-maldives-president-sentenced-19-months-prison

17 APRIL 2018

Maldives unrest: Ex-President banned from election despite UN demands

The Maldives rejected a demand by the UN Human Rights Committee on Monday that former president Mohamed Nasheed be allowed to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/maldives-unrest-ex-president-banned-from-election-despite-un-demands/#mkHRcywTg3XWzx5Y.97

22 MARCH 2018

Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/22/556223/Maldives-Abdulla-Yameen-state-of-emergency-protest-opposition-prison-Supreme-Court
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2138497/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-lifts-state-emergency

21 MARCH 2018

Maldives ex-leader Gayoom and eight others charged with terrorism

The nine people charged at the criminal court included Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the 30-year ruler of the Indian Ocean archipelago state; Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed; four lawmakers including Gayoom’s son; and a former police commissioner
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/maldives-former-dictator-judges-charged-with-terrorism/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2138212/more-trouble-paradise-maldives-ex-dictator-charged-terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/34/173/1/1521605346559.html

17 MARCH 2018

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday (March 17)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/mass-arrests-in-maldives-as-activists-defy-emergency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

Second Maldives minister resigns, urges international help to overcome crisis

Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon has resigned, she said in a letter on Tuesday, grieved by the arrest of her father, the island nation’s longest-serving leader, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/second-maldives-minister-resigns-urges-international-help-to-overcome-crisis-3135628
https://thewire.in/228076/maldives-opposition-protesters-arrested-after-sc-validates-emergency-rule/

9 FEBRUARY 2018

A geopolitical storm in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives, better known for its tranquil seaside resorts, is in the throes of a vicious domestic power struggle. But its troubles also reflect what happens when bigger foreign powers join the fray
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/a-geopolitical-storm-in-the-indian-ocean

8 FEBRUARY 2018

China dismisses accusations that it is ‘buying up the Maldives’

China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives government said on Thursday it is sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132626/china-dismisses-accusations-it-buying-maldives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-embattled-president-abdulla-yameen-sends-envoys-to-china-saudi-for-support

6 FEBRUARY 2018

As the Political Game of Chess Continues in Maldives, India Still Stuck in Decision-Making Mode

Even as the Indian government issued its first public statement on Tuesday condemning the island nation’s government for declaring a state of emergency, it has yet to decide what role it will play in the ongoing Maldives crisis
https://thewire.in/221711/political-game-chess-continues-maldives-india-still-stuck-decision-making-mode/
https://www.oneindia.com/india/maldives-crisis-india-keep-troops-ready-2636239.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/maldives-opposition-pleads-india-send-troops-countrys-president/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives President Yameen declares 15-day state of emergency

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-yameen-declares-15-day-state-of-emergency-2581739
https://www.oneindia.com/international/president-abdulla-yameen-declares-15-days-state-of-emergency-in-maldives-2635337.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free political prisoners

Maldivian authorities announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as President Abdulla Yameen’s regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free political prisoners
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-shuts-parliament-resists-order-to-free-political-prisoners-1767806.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-fires-2nd-police-chief-in-3-days-2581153
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom-not-attempting-to-flee-country-spokesperson-1767835.html

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives court orders release and retrial of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the release and a new trial for former president Mohamed Nasheed. The ruling could allow Nasheed to challenge current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in this year’s election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/maldives-court-throws-case-mohamed-nasheed-180201154603414.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/maldives-overturned-conviction-former-president-must-mark-turning-point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/maldives-regime-threatened-exiled-leader-says-will-run-president/

29 JANUARY 2016

Opposition seeks to oust Maldives leader

Opposition leaders in the Maldives, including two former heads of state, have asked the Supreme Court to remove the President and investigate corruption allegations against him
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/opposition-seeks-to-oust-maldives-leader/article22577607.ece?homepage=true
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/178/181/1517210462129.html

22 JANUARY 2018

Exiled Maldives leader says Chinese deals on islands are ‘land grabs’

Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Monday accused China of seizing land in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean archipelago and undermining its sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2130055/exiled-maldives-leader-says-chinese-deals-islands-are-land

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Maldives Parliament Approves FTA With China – But With No Opposition Present

The Maldives will soon become the second country in South Asia, after Pakistan, to enter into a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, after it was passed on Wednesday evening by parliament in an ‘emergency’ sitting
https://thewire.in/200906/maldives-parliament-approves-fta-china-amidst-opposition-boycott/

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

22 AUGUST 2017

Maldives to reintroduce death penalty after six decades

Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug-trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2107828/maldives-reintroduce-death-penalty-after-six-decades

15 AUGUST 2017

Maldive president Abdulla Yameen ‘admits receiving bags of stolen cash’

Apparent admission follows Al Jazeera investigation exposing how Yameen and aides embezzled millions from state coffers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/abdulla-yameen-admits-receiving-bags-stolen-cash-170815091334393.html

24 JULY 2017

Maldives parliament shut down to stop speaker’s removal

The Maldivian army has locked down the country’s parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of President Abdulla Yameen
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/maldives-parliament-shut-stop-speaker-removal-170724102004891.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-maldives-politics-idUSKBN1A91M2?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29&&rpc=401
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/11/1/228/1500899736120.html

3 JULY 2017

Maldives opposition in fresh bid to take Parliament

Maldives opposition parties on Monday (July 3) launched a new bid to seize control of Parliament through a third attempt to impeach the speaker
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-opposition-in-fresh-bid-to-take-parliament

5 JUNE 2017

Maldives joins 4 other nations in cutting ties with Qatar

Maldives announced Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MALDIVES_QATAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-08-11-25
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/06/2017/Maldives-and-Yemen-joins-4-other-nations-in-cutting-ties-with-Qatar

4 MAY 2017

Maldives: A Tyrant Next Door- How does one deal with it?

Maldives is too close to India both geographically and strategically and therefore developments in that country though small will have a great impact on India’s national security
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2153

23 APRIL 2017

Maldives blogger Yameen Rasheed, who poked fun at politicians, stabbed to death in restive capital

A liberal blogger, Yameen Rasheed, was stabbed to death in the politically restive Maldivian capital Male, his family members and colleagues said Sunday. He was 29
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2089931/maldives-blogger-yameen-rasheed-who-poked-fun-politicians

7 APRIL 2017

Maldives police arrest opposition leader for plotting to oust government

Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives arrested an opposition leader for « plotting to overthrow the government », police said on Friday, days after the opposition’s failed bid to oust the speaker and take control of parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-police-arrest-opposition-leader-for-plotting-to-oust/3660782.html

12 MARCH 2017

Why Saudi Arabia, China and Islamic State are courting the Maldives

Saudi King Salman’s stop in the Maldives on his month-long tour of Asia brings into focus how this tiny archipelago – best known for high-end tourism and an existential battle against climate change – has emerged as a key player in a regional struggle for influence
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077913/why-saudi-arabia-china-and-islamic-state-are-courting-maldives

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Maldives ex-president eyes risky political comeback

Mohamed Nasheed was president of the Maldives until he was forced from office and imprisoned. From exile in London, he tells DW that he wants to make a comeback to protect his country from sinking under a « dictatorship. »
http://www.dw.com/en/maldives-ex-president-eyes-risky-political-comeback/a-37749260

21 JANUARY 2017

Former president of Maldives wants to run for office again – and save his sinking nation

He faces jail in the Maldives but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide the island nation away from environmental catastrophe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2064230/former-president-maldives-wants-run-office-again-and-save-his

13 OCTOBER 2016

Maldives leaves Commonwealth amid democracy row

The Maldives has withdrawn from the Commonwealth, accusing it of interfering in domestic affairs and « unfair and unjust » treatment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37647310

25 AUGUST 2016

Maldives president faces ‘removal plot’, BBC learns

 His spokesman told the BBC they knew of claims of an attempt to « overthrow » the government, describing it as a « clear breach of international norms »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37166170

9 AUGUST 2016

Maldives approves defamation law criticised by UN

The Maldives legalised criminal defamation on Tuesday in a move criticised by the United Nations and which the opposition said was aimed at stifling dissent
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-approves-defamat/3029450.html

22 JUNE 2016

Maldives appoints new vice-president

The Maldivian government announced its shuffle to the cabinet Wednesday, with Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad being appointed as vice president
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/22/content_15452899.html

6 JUNE 2016

Maldives’ former vice-president jailed on terrorism charges

A court in the Maldives jailed former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb for 10 years on terrorism charges, his lawyer said on Monday (June 6), after a closed-door trial that was denounced by the opposition as flawed.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-former-vice-president-jailed-on-terrorism-charges

1st JUNE 2016

Ousted Maldives president Nasheed forms opposition-in-exile group in Britain, aimed at toppling goverment

Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives now in exile in Britain after being ousted from office and jailed in his country, formed an opposition group on Wednesday (June 1) aimed at toppling the government of President Abdulla Yameen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/ousted-maldives-president-nasheed-forms-opposition-in-exile-group-in-britain-aimed

23 MAY 2016

Mohamed Nasheed: Former Maldives president ‘given UK asylum’

The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been granted refugee status in the UK, according to his lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36365253
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/24/c_135382316.htm

11 APRIL 2016

India Mends Ties With Maldives

In a signal of a revival in ties between India and the Maldives, the president of the Indian Ocean island country committed to what he called an “India-first” policy on a two-day visit to New Delhi
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-mends-ties-with-maldives-amid-worries-over-growing-chinese-influence/3279503.html

3 APRIL 2016

Maldives police arrest reporters at press freedom rally

Maldives police arrested 16 independent journalists while breaking up their demonstration against an alleged crackdown on freedom of speech in the politically troubled nation, private media outlets reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/maldives-police-arrest-reporters-press-freedom-rally-160403133751586.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/maldives-police-break-media-protest-arrests-journalists-38116145

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Maldives jails opposition leader for terrorism

A Maldives court has convicted opposition leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla of terrorism and sentenced him to 12 years in jail.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35593011

17 JANUARY 2016

Jailed ex-Maldives president refuses to leave for UK because of ‘hostage’ demand

The jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has turned down the chance to travel to Britain for surgery because the government demanded that he nominate a relative as a legal “hostage” to guarantee his return
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12104489/Jailed-ex-Maldives-president-refuses-to-leave-for-UK-because-of-hostage-demand.html

16 JANUARY 2016

Maldives’ democracy hero and jailed ex-president Nasheed allowed to fly to Britain for surgery

The jailed former Maldives president and democracy hero Mohammed Nasheed is to be allowed to travel to Britain for spine surgery in a surprise reversal by the regime that jailed him on terrorism charges.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12103403/Maldives-democracy-hero-and-jailed-ex-president-allowed-to-fly-to-Britain-for-surgery.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35334088

28 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives police in violent crackdown against opposition

A number of opposition figures in the Maldives have been hospitalised after police used pepper spray to suppress a demonstration calling for the release of jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/maldives-police-pepper-spray-opposition-protesters-151127212132549.html

10 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives lifts state of emergency, foreign ministry says

The Maldives on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency declared by the president earlier this month, saying security had improved after the authorities detained individuals and seized illegal weapons
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-lifts-state-of-e/2250992.html

4 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives declares 30-day emergency ahead of pro-Nasheed rally

The Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a 30-day state of emergency, giving sweeping powers to security forces to arrest suspects before a major anti-government protest rally, his spokesman said
http://atimes.com/2015/11/maldives-declares-30-day-emergency-ahead-of-protest-rally/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/11/04/maldives-declares-state-of-emergency/

24 OCTOBER 2015

Maldives police arrest vice president Ahmed Adeeb over plot to assassinate president

Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested in a probe over a speedboat explosion targeting president Abdulla Yameen, police and government officials said
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-24/maldives-police-arrest-vice-president-ahmed-adeeb-over-plot-to-assassinate-president/1507166 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/maldives-arrests-vice-president-assassination-bid-151024085428419.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/24/maldives-vice-president-arrested-and-charged-with-attempted-murder-of-president/

11 OCTOBER 2015

Maldives warns India over pressure to free ex-president

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen on Sunday warned India’s foreign minister against external interference in the islands’ affairs, his office said, as international pressure mounts to release his jailed predecessor
http://www.dawn.com/news/1212394/maldives-warns-india-over-pressure-to-free-ex-president

12 SEPTEMBER 2015

Struggle in paradise: The case against former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed

Maldivians share the same desire to prosper as other peoples. But what has been lost amongst the images of idyllic beaches and azure waters is that this is a developing nation like any other — with its own economic challenges, social fissures and political sparring
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/12/opinions/maldives-vice-president-ahmed-adheeb/index.html

24 JULY 2015

Ex-Maldives leader’s 13-year term commuted to house arrest

Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed has had his 13-year prison sentence commuted to a term under house arrest, his international lawyer Jared Genser said Friday
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/633720/ex-maldives-leader-13-year-term-commuted-to-house-arrest

2 JUNE 2015

Maldives opposition leader charged with inciting violence

Maldives’ prosecutor general charged an opposition leader on Tuesday with inciting violence, a month after he was arrested during protests against the imprisonment of the islands’ first democratically elected president.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-opposition-leade/1888700.html

 

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3 AUGUST 2919

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

Politician Tan Cheng Bock, a 79-year-old retired medical doctor, on Saturday launched the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), which is backed by the estranged brother of the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/singapore-opposition-party-backed-pm-brother-launched-190803103943358.html

29 JULY 2019

Singapore PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang backs opposition party in election twist

The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang has thrown his support behind a newly-formed opposition party in an intriguing twist ahead of elections expected to be held as soon as this year
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/singapore-pm-s-brother-backs-opposition-party-in-election-twist-1.892138

26 JULY 2019

Tan Cheng Bock says new party will be ‘unifying alternative’ for Singapore

There has been an “erosion” of transparency, independence and accountability within the Government, said Dr Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jul 26), explaining the reasons behind his decision to set up a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-psp-progress-singapore-party-alternative-11755736
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3020249/i-didnt-change-pap-did-singapore-opposition-politician-tan-cheng

 

8 JULY 2019

Singapore is top source of foreign direct investment into India

Singapore has emerged as the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India, underlining growing business links between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/spore-is-top-source-of-foreign-direct-investment-into-india

9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

After an intense debate, Singapore’s parliament has passed a sweeping « anti-fake news » bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse of power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/singapore-passes-law-police-fake-news-concerns-190509000809073.html
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Bills-Supp/10-2019/Published/20190401?DocDate=20190401
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3009597/singapores-fake-news-law-lesson-asia-stifling-dissent

23 APRIL 2019

Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday was promoted to become the country’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, moving him closer to succeeding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the Lion City’s next leader
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3007312/heng-swee-keat-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-singapore
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-to-be-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-dpms-teo-chee-hean-and-tharman

10 APRIL 2019

Is Lee Kuan Yew’s strategic vision for Singapore still relevant?

The thinking of Singapore’s late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has shaped the country’s foreign policy since its independence in 1965. But the world is changing with the shifting geopolitical balance of power, disruptions caused by digital technology, the rise of populism and the backlash against globalisation. Is Lee’s thinking and strategic vision still applicable in this new world?
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/10/is-lee-kuan-yews-strategic-vision-for-singapore-still-relevant/

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Meet the Republic of Singapore Navy’s new poison shrimp. They even call it ‘Invincible’

With the launch of RSS Invincible in Kiel, Singapore is the latest Asia-Pacific country to introduce new-generation submarines, riding on a persistent trend observed amongst regional navies in acquiring undersea capabilities
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-poison-shrimp-strategy-new-submarines-type-218sg-11260946

18 JANUARY 2019

Singapore former presidency candidate Tan Cheng Bock files application to form new political party

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jan 18) announced his return to politics, saying he has filed an application to form a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-new-political-party-progress-singapore-11138530
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/singapore-presidential-candidate-plans-opposition-part-190118052735825.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Singapore extends its own port limits and says it will act firmly if Malaysian vessels continue to intrude

Singapore extended its own port limits in response to intrusions by Malaysian vessels into its waters and also sent out a strong warning: While the Republic has so far responded with restraint against aggressive actions by Malaysian government vessels in its waters, it will not hesitate to act firmly to protect its territory and sovereignty, if necessary
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-extends-port-limits-tuas-amid-maritime-boundary-standoff-msia

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat put in line to be next PM

Singapore’s ruling party on Friday named Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to a key leadership post, possibly putting him in line to take over as prime minister when current leader Lee Hsien Loong steps down
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/heng-swee-keat-picked-as-paps-first-assistant-secretary-general-indicating-he-will-be-next
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-man-who-saw-singapore-through-financial-crisis
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174743/singapores-next-prime-minister-heng-swee-keat-safe-pair-hands

30 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore former opposition party chief Lim Tean forms new political party, People’s Voice

Mr Lim Tean, who used to head the opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP), has set up a new political party called the People’s Voice, making it the 11th political party in Singapore
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-opposition-party-chief-lim-tean-forms-new-political-party-peoples-voice

25 OCTOBER 2018

Leaders of Singapore’s only opposition party plea for funds to stave off bankruptcy in civil case

Leaders of Singapore’s only parliamentary opposition party have appealed to supporters for financial help, saying they face the risk of bankruptcy as costs mount in civil cases they are fighting
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2170220/leaders-singapores-only-opposition-party-plea-funds-stave
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-party-mps-raise-close-s500000-day-after-public-appeal

23 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore and the EU fly the flag of free trade

At odds with US trade policy, Singapore and the EU champion multilateralism with an eye toward a broader deal with Southeast Asian economies
http://www.atimes.com/article/singapore-and-the-eu-fly-the-flag-of-free-trade/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a99730b373-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_23_11_51&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a99730b373-31591405

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Singapore’s total population inches up to 5.64 million, after flat growth last year  

After posting the slowest growth in more than a decade last year, Singapore’s total population size has rebounded slightly, based on government statistics released on Thursday (Sept 27)
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-total-population-inches-564-million-after-flat-growth-last-year
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-population-grows-slightly-to-5-64m-with-non-resident-10763132

21 JULY 2018

Singapore navy takes leadership roles in largest global maritime exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has again taken up leadership roles in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-navy-takes-leadership-roles-in-largest-global-maritime-exercise

14 JULY 2018

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

12 JUNE 2018

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

Singapore and Germany have deepened defence ties with an enhanced agreement that provides for cooperation against new forms of threats such as cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-signs-enhanced-defence-cooperation-pact-with-germany

24 APRIL 2018

Singapore cabinet reshuffle: Younger ministers to head two-thirds of ministries, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the « extensive » reshuffle to the Cabinet announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) means that the Singapore Government’s leadership transition is well underway
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-younger-ministers-head-two-thirds-ministries-10171084
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2143147/what-singapores-cabinet-shake-reveals-about-plans-life-after-lee

8 APRIL 2018

Singapore, China sign MOU to boost collaboration in Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Third-party Market Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday (Apr 8) to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-mou-collaboration-belt-and-road-initiative-10117042
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-and-china-sign-deal-to-boost-cooperation-on-belt-and-road-initiative

2 MARCH 2018

No need for Singapore to raise defence spending to ‘play catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen  

While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2)
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-need-spore-raise-defence-spending-play-catch-ng-eng-hen
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-spending-kept-steady-despite-new-threats-ng-eng-hen-10005140

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-clocks-faster-than-expected-growth-of-3-6-in-9958302

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency
http://www.atimes.com/article/recalling-singapores-forgotten-unions/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/singapore-lee-hsien-loong-siblings-accuse-him-of-abusing-power
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2098224/siblings-singapore-pm-fear-their-safety-accusing-him-harassment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40270152

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-woman-detained-for-radicalism-in-singapore-after-she-8938532
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-12-06-51-57

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-defence-ties-on-sidelines-of-shangri-la-dialogue

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

 

France and Asia-Pacific relations

3 AUGUST 2019

China suspends cooperation with France on police affairs, says report

Action comes after France gave asylum to wife of jailed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/03/china-suspends-cooperation-with-france-on-police-affairs-interpol-meng-hongwei

17 JUNE 2019

Japan, France to unveil road map for cooperation amid China’s rise

Japan and France are planning to unveil a five-year road map in late June that deepens cooperation in areas ranging from maritime security to infrastructure assistance amid China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region, government sources said Monday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/18/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-unveil-road-map-cooperation-amid-chinas-rise/#.XQfouIgzY2w

06 JUNE 2019

France Trumpets Renewed Commitment to Stability in Indo-Pacific

10 MAY 2019

India and France hold biggest naval exercises with an eye on China

With the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the centre, France and India on Friday (May 10) stepped up their biggest naval exercises as the Indian Ocean’s strategic shipping lanes draw ever more envious eyes
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-and-france-hold-biggest-naval-exercises-with-an-eye-on-china

28 APRIL 2019

France recognizes Taiwan is key in solving South China Sea disputes

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly recently published a 77 page report on the territory disputes and rising tensions in the South China Sea
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3689402

27 APRIL 2019

Cherish the love: China and France should avoid causing unnecessary upset, Beijing says

France and China should value their strong relationship and not take actions that disrupt it, China’s foreign minister told his French counterpart on Thursday, just days after Beijing expressed its upset  at Paris for sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3007941/cherish-love-china-and-france-should-avoid-causing-unnecessary

25 APRIL 2019

In Rare Move, French Warship Passes Through Taiwan Strait

A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-france-warship-exclusive-idUSKCN1S027E
https://www.france24.com/en/20190425-china-says-navy-warned-off-french-warship-taiwan-strait

23 APRIL 2019

Japan, France to cooperate to promote free trade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron say they will work together in leading discussions on free trade and other issues at the G20 summit in Osaka
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190423_41/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005693828

2 APRIL 2019

France urges Brunei to drop anti-gay stoning law

France has called on the authorities in Brunei to scrap a law that would make adultery or gay sex punishable by death by stoning. The Sultanate maintains the death penalty, but no one has been executed since 1957
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190402-france-urges-brunei-drop-stoning-law-adultery-gay-sex

24 MARCH 2019

Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/macron-looks-to-galvanise-eu-on-china-as-xi-visits-france/article/546039#ixzz5j7yxxaSV
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/18/236/1553400082457.html?newsId=65608
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3003078/chinese-president-xi-jinping-meets-french-president-emmanuel

11 FEBRUARY 2019

Australia, France ink US$35b submarine deal

Australia formally signed a A$50 billion (US$35 billion) “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state of the art submarines on Monday, a signal of Canberra’s willingness to project power across the Pacific
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2185698/australia-signs-us35-billion-submarine-deal-france-latest-bid
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190211-australia-and-france-sign-huge-submarine-deal

26 JANUARY 2019

France Takes Steps to Boost India’s Clout in Indian Ocean to Counter China

France is considered as an important player in the Indian Ocean region, where India is facing a heightened Chinese presence, according to France’s ambassador to India. Beijing has reportedly indicated a strategic shift to curb its troops on land and reallocate resources to its navy and air force
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201901261071821341-india-france-indian-oecan/

21 JANUARY 2019

Japan to share defense supplies with France and Canada

Japan plans to set up logistical support arrangements allowing the Self-Defense Forces to share common supplies with the French and Canadian militaries, part of efforts to bolster defenses in the Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/Japan-to-share-defense-supplies-with-France-and-Canada

13 JANUARY 2019

France returns to Laos

With a view to diversify foreign economic and foreign policy relations, Laos is developing contacts with France, whose colony it used to be in the past. Paris is seen as a remote neighbor of Laos, a partner in the economic and cultural spheres. Since 1991 Laos has been a member of the international organization for the cooperation of the francophone states “Francophone”. According to the French Embassy in Vientiane, the number of Laotians who speak French amounts to 3% and has been increasing over the past 12 years
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/13/france-returns-to-laos/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Cooperation/Cooperation_France.php

11 JANUARY 2019

France to join North Korea surveillance at sea with Japanese navy

France Friday (Jan 11) agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/france-to-join-north-korea-surveillance-at-sea–11111648
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190112_05/

6 JANUARY 2019

UK’s hopes of Indo-Pacific strike group with France premature

While London and Paris have been supporting each other’s navies and venturing further afield, experts warn there are limits
http://www.atimes.com/article/uks-hopes-of-indo-pacific-strike-group-with-france-premature/

5 JANUARY 2018

French MP denounces China’s threat of force against Taiwan

French parliamentarian Jean-François Cesarini said Wednesday that China’s desire to go to war with Taiwan is unacceptable, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) warning the previous day that China reserves the right to use force against Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201901030009.aspx

25 DECEMBER 2018

China accuses France of siding with its allies after Paris call for Canadians’ release

Beijing on Tuesday hit back at France for siding with its “allies”, as the list of countries calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China continues to grow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179462/china-accuses-france-siding-its-allies-after-paris-call

15 DECEMBER 2018

India, France hold talks on deepening bilateral ties

India and France on Saturday held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/151218/india-france-hold-talks-on-deepening-bilateral-ties.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/pm-modi-meets-french-minister-le-drian201812151623130001/
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-france-reiterate-resolve-to-jointly-fight-terrorism-1.60956521

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

Vietnam and France support the signing of the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and commit to free trade, the government portal reported during the current visit by the French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to Vietnam
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/viet-nam/2018/11/81E0CEBD/vietnam-and-france-businesses-ink-agreements-worth-us-10-billion/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/11/03/Vietnam-and-France-sign-deals-worth-over-%2410-billion
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20181102/france-wants-vietnam-to-become-partner-of-reference-in-southeast-asia-pm-edouard-philippe/47494.html
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181103-french-pm-revisits-site-frances-painful-dien-bien-phu-defeat

29 OCTOBER 2018

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

China’s first-ever international cooperation satellite according to French space agency boss Jean-Yves Le Gall, took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China’s Gobi Desert
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china–france-launch-satellite-to-study-climate-change-10875674
http://en.rfi.fr/20181029-china-france-launch-climate-change-watching-satellite/

19 OCTOBER 2018

France to send aircraft carrier to Indian Ocean next year

France said on Friday (Oct 19) it would send its aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean next year, to defend freedom of navigation at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed waters
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-to-send-aircraft-carrier-to-indian-ocean-next-year-10846386

Abe, Macron meet in France

Presidents Moon and Macron second summit

Seoul asks Paris to assist in getting tariff exemptions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257028.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

France promises aid as Indonesia quake toll tops 800

France has promised aid to Indonesia after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. The death toll rose to 832 on Sunday and is expected to rise, with three French nationals, one Malaysian and one South Korean among the missing
http://en.rfi.fr/20180930-indonesia-quake-and-tsunami-kills-over-400/

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France sign statement on defence ties

Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed a joint vision statement on defence cooperation for 2018-28 at their talks in Paris
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/466081/vn-france-sign-statement-on-defence-ties.html#1teqd6sPgQx4C4yl.99

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan President meets French parliamentary delegation

The event showed that both countries shared the same values of freedom and democracy, leading relations to be close and to progress continuously, the Central News Agency quoted Tsai as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3527380
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3526531

5 AUGUST 2018

How the French military’s ‘political messengers’ are countering Beijing in the South China Sea

France’s air and sea presence in the region asserts its support for a maritime security order based on shared rules and norms, writes Mathieu Duchâtel
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2157702/how-french-militarys-political-messengers-are

14 JULY 2018

Japan, France to cooperate on maritime security

The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180715_01/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-sign-agreement-share-defense-supplies/#.W0pZLdIzY2w

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

28 JUNE 2018

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

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

Our Defence Ties Have Never Been Stronger, Says French Ambassador To India Alexandre Ziegler

BW Businessworld chats with French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on the growing ambit of the defence partnership between the two countries
http://businessworld.in/article/Our-Defence-Ties-Have-Never-Been-Stronger-Says-French-Ambassador-To-India-Alexandre-Ziegler/27-06-2018-153130/#.WzT9AJEb2mx.linkedin

25 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping meets French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe

President Xi Jinping on Monday met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Beijing, saying China is willing to work with France to enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20180625/149127.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280241.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2152433/china-expands-trade-france-bolster-european-ties-amid

19 JUNE 2018

France in S China Sea Puts Own Interests Instead of Countering Beijing – Analyst

France is present in the South China Sea to protect its own territorial interests rather than act as a counterweight to Beijing, French experts told Sputnik
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806191065550871-france-china-sea-presence/

3 JUNE 2018

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149062/france-britain-sail-warships-contested-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/france-urges-countries-to-respect-international-law-in-south-china-sea

31 MAY 2018

Scaling back of French reactor a blow for nuke fuel reprocessing

Japan’s hopes of keeping its nuclear fuel recycling program alive faces another major obstacle with signs from France that a reactor project there will be scaled back because of swelling construction costs
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805310040.html

25 MAY 2018

Xi says he has full confidence in China-France ties

China is willing to work with France to enhance strategic coordination, stick to multilateralism, jointly address global challenges and promote world economic growth as well as facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment, so as to help safeguard a world order that should be peaceful, stable, open and inclusive, he said
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/64/239/236/1527254973071.html

17 MAY 2018

China, France agree on ‘three handles’ to boost cooperation

China and France have agreed to make use of « three handles » to comprehensively enhance practical cooperation between the two countries, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/158/6/64/1526568436925.html

2 MAY 2018

Australia, France sign agreements on military cooperation, cyberwar

Emmanuel Macron and Malcolm Turnbull have signed a series of agreements for closer military ties and cooperation on cyberwar, during the French leader’s Australian visit
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-france-sign-agreements-on-military-cooperation-cyberwar
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2144344/french-president-emmanuel-macron-vows-stand-against-chinese

1 MAY 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron in Australia for talks on trade, climate and defence

Fresh from his so-called « bromance » in Washington with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Australia to bolster defence ties and continue his efforts to revive the fortunes of Europe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/french-president-emmanuel-macron-in-australia-for-talks-on-trade-climate-and
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/french-president-macron-lands-in-sydney-for-talks-on-china-influence-trade

Taiwan, France team up to promote innovation collaboration

Taiwan should tap into France’s tech expertise as the two sides continue to boost exchanges through initiatives in the innovation industries, according to a CNA report published on Monday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418989

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam, France mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s (CPV’s) Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and French National Assembly (NA) President Francois de Rugy marked the anniversary of Vietnam-France ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/425208/vn-france-mark-45th-anniversary-of-diplomatic-ties.html#fTJlw10Brl3YfuSF.99
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/197968/party-chief-expects-french-enterprises-to-succeed-in-vietnam.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-vietnam-deals/frances-bouygues-edf-sign-deals-during-vietnam-leader-visit-idUKKBN1H320Q?rpc=401&

20 MARCH 2018

Indo-French naval exercise Varuna kicks off

The Indian and the French navies have launched Varuna 2018, a joint naval exercise, in Goa, India
https://navaltoday.com/2018/03/19/indo-french-naval-exercise-varuna-kicks-off-2/#.WrEsN6hDYM4.linkedin

12 MARCH 2018

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

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

10 MARCH 2018

Narendra Modi, Emmanuel Macron look to broaden ties as India, France ink 14 deals

India and France sign 14 pacts in areas ranging from defence to nuclear energy after extensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lLHqPt12U2iD0H4GKNCq6M/Emmanuel-Macron-India-visit-Indian-French-firms-sign-16-b.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/modi-macron-ink-14-pacts-to-boost-india-france-ties-cos-sign-16-bn-deals-118031000463_1.html
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/want-our-youth-to-recognise-indo-french-ties-pm-narendra-modi/1235515

Amid row over Rafale deal, India, France sign strategic defence pact on use of each other’s military bases

French President Emmanuel Macron has said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/10/amid-row-over-rafale-deal-india-france-sign-strategic-defence-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-1785092.html
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/emmanuel-macron-india-visit-india-france-release-joint-statement-on-french-presidents-state-visit-1822217
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-france-security-accord-has-china-in-mind-10032788
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/mar/09/rafale-deal-win-win-but-details-cant-be-revealed-french-president-emmanuel-macron-1784174.html

8 MARCH 2018

Nissan in talks to buy France’s Renault stake in merger prelude

Renault SA and alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state’s 15 percent Renault stake, people close to the matter said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/08/business/corporate-business/nissan-talks-buy-frances-renault-stake-merger-prelude/#.WqF2EOjOU2x

1 MARCH 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India likely to lead to exciting military commerce

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India on December 8 is likely to be leavened by two exciting items of military commerce, the sale of three additional French submarines and orders for 36 more Rafale fighter aircraft
https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171120-french-president-emmanuel-macron-visit-india-military-commerce-1082490-2017-11-10
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/french-president-emmanuel-macron-s-four-day-visit-to-india-begins-on-march-9-1180398-2018-03-01

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Hong Kong public will get chance to board French navy frigate Vendémiaire during coming port call

Based in Nouméa in New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, the Vendémiaire is currently on a three-month Asian mission, which includes sailings to Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Guam
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2134087/hong-kong-public-will-get-chance-board-french-navy-frigate

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was conferred France’s highest award –  Legion of Honour – awarded for both civilian and military merit regardless of citizenship, by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Feb 19) in Paris
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-minister-ng-eng-hen-conferred-french-legion-of-honour-9973070

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

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new « Silk Road, » France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/187/241/1515152590848.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180105_11/

 

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 3 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 3 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 3, 2019

1767: Invasion of Siam by the Burmese

1944: Allied troops under Lt-Gen Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=143
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/y/Myitkyina.htm

1944-08-03 Prise de Myitkyina

1946: Second Dalat Conference, this time between France, the autonomous Republic of Cochinchina, Cambodia and Laos
https://books.google.fr/books?id=u5DzbRINYkIC&pg=PA153&lpg=PA153&dq=Second+Dalat+Conference&source=bl&ots=SWM0bICw3Z&sig=kWfvz-ZV5bOAoqDWh77YAeoFOzY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAWoVChMI0O-csY6LxwIVhTcUCh1tRAed#v=onepage&q=Second%20Dalat%20Conference&f=false

1950: The first members of U.S. MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) arrive in Saigon
https://www.eaglesofwar.com/c-1850-military-assistance-advisory-group-maag-vietnam-19551964-saigon.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Advisory_Group

1966: The Supreme Soviet asks the soviet government to give more aid to North Vietnam

1971: The Republic of China’s foreign ministry condemns America’s proposed « two-China » policy as a « gross insult to the U.N. charter. »

2016: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Japan waters for first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395

 

 

On 3 August in South Asian history

ON 3 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 3, 2019

1347: Alauddin Hasan Gangu assumed royalty and founded the Bahmani Dynasty
http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/hasan-gangu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ala-ud-Din_Bahman_Shah

1886: Birth of Maithili Sharan Gupt, Indian poet who died on December 12, 1964

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/maithili-sharan-gupt.html

http://www.poemhunter.com/maithili-sharan-gupt/biography/

Maithili Sharan Gupt

1916: Birth of Shakeel Badayuni, Indian poet and lyricist, who died on April 20, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakeel_Badayuni

Shakeel Badayuni

1957: Birth of Mani Shankar, Indian film maker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mani_Shankar
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1200832/

1970: Birth of Manmohan Waris, Punjabi Singer
http://www.manmohanwaris.com/

1993: Death of Swami Chinmayananda, Indian spiritualist, born on May 8, 1916
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinmayananda

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXDEXZ42r6o

2010: Widespread rioting erupts in Karachi, Pakistan, after the assassination of a local politician, leaving at least 85 dead and at least 17 billion Pakistani rupees (US$200 million) in damage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Karachi_riots
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2010-08-04/karachi-erupts-in-violence-for-second-night-after-lawmaker-s-assassination

2012: Pakistan jails Brig Ali Khan and four other top officers. A Pakistani military court has convicted five senior officers of links with a banned organisation.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19116499

2016: CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-08-03/dahal-elected-as-39th-prime-minister.html
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-elects-former-maoist-chief-as-prime-minister/a-19446154

 

On 3 August in Southeast Asian history

1902-08-03 Fondation eglise indépendante

ON 3 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 3, 2019

1734: Birth of Naungdawgyi, King of Burma who died on November 28, 1763
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naungdawgyi

1767: Invasion of Siam by the Burmese

1868: Charles Brooke becomes second white rajah of Sarawak (Borneo) up to his death on 17 May 1917
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Brooke,_Rajah_of_Sarawak

1902 : Isabelo de los Reyes proclaimed the establishment of the « Iglesia Filipina Independiente » better known as Aglipayan Church
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/432/today-in-philippine-history-august-3-1902-isabelo-de-los-reyes-proclaimed-the-establishment-of-the-iglesia-filipina-independiente

1902-08-03 Fondation eglise indépendante

1944: Allied troops under Lt-Gen Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=143
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/y/Myitkyina.htm

1944-08-03 Prise de Myitkyina

1946: Second Dalat Conference, this time between France, the autonomous Republic of Cochinchina, Cambodia and Laos
https://books.google.fr/books?id=u5DzbRINYkIC&pg=PA153&lpg=PA153&dq=Second+Dalat+Conference&source=bl&ots=SWM0bICw3Z&sig=kWfvz-ZV5bOAoqDWh77YAeoFOzY&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CCYQ6AEwAWoVChMI0O-csY6LxwIVhTcUCh1tRAed#v=onepage&q=Second%20Dalat%20Conference&f=false

1950: The first members of U.S. MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) arrive in Saigon
https://www.eaglesofwar.com/c-1850-military-assistance-advisory-group-maag-vietnam-19551964-saigon.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Assistance_Advisory_Group

1957: Tunku Abdul Rahman is chosen to be first Prime Minister of soon independent Malaya
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/3/newsid_2943000/2943390.stm

1964: Birth of Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thai politician, leader of the Democrat Party and Prime Minister from 2008 to 2011
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-13298394
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhisit_Vejjajiva

1966: The Supreme Soviet asks the soviet government to give more aid to North Vietnam

1978: Birth of Joi Chua, Singaporean female singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joi_Chua
http://www.jpopasia.com/celebrity/joichua/

2001: In Thailand, the Constitutional Court decides that Prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is cleared of the charge of cheating on his assets declaration in 1997. If condemned he would have to resign

2011: The Supreme People’s Court in Hanoi confirms on appeal the sentence to seven years in prison for Cu Huy Ha Vu, 53 year old lawyer and son of one of the leaders of the revolution. The court affirmed he had « denigrated the party, state institutions and its policies. » Vu in the past has supported the struggle of Catholics to defend religious freedom
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi:-conviction-of-dissident-Cu-Huy-Ha-Vu-upheld-on-appeal-22278.html

 

On 3 August in Japan’s history

ON 3 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1635: The third of the Tokugawa shoguns, Iemitsu, establishes the system of alternate attendance (sankin kotai) by which the feudal daimyo; are required to spend one year at Edo Castle in Tokyo and one year back home at their feudal manor, while their families remained in Tokyo as virtual political hostages
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Iemitsu

1783: Mount Asama erupts in Japan, killing 35,000 people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Asama#Tenmei_eruption

1944: Allied troops under Lt-Gen Joseph Stilwell take Myitkyina, Burma
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=143
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/spielberg-documentary-examines-wwiis-groundbreaking-filmmakers-new-netflix.html
http://pwencycl.kgbudge.com/M/y/Myitkyina.htm

1944-08-03 Prise de Myitkyina

1959: Birth of Koichi Tanaka, Japanese scientist, Chemistry Nobel laureate in 2002
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2002/tanaka/biographical/

1993: Birth of Yurina Kumai, Japanese singer
http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Kumai_Yurina?action=edit&section=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtfJv_VZoD8

2016: North Korea fires ballistic missile into Japan waters for first time
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-ballistic-missile-report http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36961395

 

On 3 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 3 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on August 3, 2019

1971: The Republic of China’s foreign ministry condemns America’s proposed « two-China » policy as a « gross insult to the U.N. charter. »

1992: Death of Wang Hongwen, a member of the radical « Gang of Four » during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, of liver ailment
http://chineseposters.net/themes/wanghongwen.php
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Gang-of-Four#ref213741

2009: Police in China have detained another 319 people suspected of involvement in deadly ethnic violence in the western Xinjiang region last month, state media has reported
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/08/20098335032572162.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8181563.stm