Daily Archives: 6 août 2019

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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6 AUGUST 2019

China and the Mekong states: Divergent responses to Chinese initiatives

The five Mekong states have reacted to the presence of major external powers in a variety of ways. In particular, reactions to Chinese inroads have been diverse. Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar are wary of Chinese intentions, while Cambodia and Laos appear quite comfortable with China’s presence. The five countries have also met with varying degrees of success in engaging other major powers to limit China’s influence
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/08/06/china-and-the-mekong-states-divergent-responses-to-chinese-initiatives/

30 JULY 2019

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/top-diplomats-gather-in-bangkok-for-key-asia-pacific-talks/

26 JULY 2019

Thai govt urged not to buy power from Laos dam

The Thai government must suspend plans to buy electricity from a dam in Laos, conservationists said on Friday (July 26), as water levels along the kingdom’s section of Mekong river plummet to near-record lows
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-govt-urged-not-to-buy-power-from-laos-dam

17 JULY 2019

ASEAN now China’s no.2 trade partner

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has replaced the United States to become China’s second top trade partner
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190717_29/

7 JULY 2019

Why a resurgent Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia is also bad news for Malaysia and Singapore

For the past five years, little was heard of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Southeast Asian offshoot of the international terror network al-Qaeda. While JI was responsible for some of Indonesia’s deadliest terror attacks, including the devastating 2002 Bali bombings, the group kept a low profile as counterterrorism police focused on countering threats from militants linked to Islamic State (Isis)
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/3017465/why-resurgent-jemaah-islamiah-indonesia-also-bad-news-malaysia

6 JULY 2019

ASEAN considering inviting North Korean foreign minister to its ‘plus-3’ meeting in Bangkok next month

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is considering inviting North Korea’s foreign minister as a special guest to an upcoming ASEAN-plus-three meeting of ministers and their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea, ASEAN sources have said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/asean-considering-inviting-north-korean-foreign-minister-plus-3-meeting-bangkok-next-month/#.XSBYk-gzY2w

25 JUNE 2019

Malaysia accepts ruling on Pedra Branca, says PM Mahathir

Malaysia accepts the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 ruling which awarded Pedra Branca to Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (June 25), as he cited the case to show how Asean member states can cooperate despite not seeing eye to eye on every issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/malaysia-accepts-ruling-on-pedra-branca-says-pm-mahathir

22 JUNE 2919

Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ for Rohingya Muslims in ASEAN summit

Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must « be brought to justice, » in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-calls-for-justice-for-rohingya-musli

21 MAY 2019

Singapore agrees to suspend construction of RTS Link at Malaysia’s request

Singapore has agreed to suspend the construction of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link until Sep 30 at Malaysia’s request, Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Tuesday (May 21)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rts-link-singapore-malaysia-suspends-johor-bahru-11542908
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapore-and-malaysia-to-defer-johor-baru-woodlands-rts-link-till-sept-30

15 MAY 2019

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

Praphan Pipithnamporn, who was registered as an asylum seeker by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was repatriated to Bangkok on May 10, 2019, in violation of Malaysia’s international legal obligations, and detained by Thai authorities
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/261028671/malaysia-thai-asylum-seeker-forcibly-returned
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-thailand-05142019162414.html

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia and Vietnam vessels collide in South China Sea, 12 detained

An Indonesian patrol vessel was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after it intercepted an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat in its waters in the South China Sea, according to its navy
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/indonesia-and-vietnam-ships-collide-in-south-china-sea/11056752
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-detains-vietnamese-fishermen-after-high-seas-clash
https://en.antaranews.com/news/124578/indonesia-vietnam-urged-to-make-rules-in-cases-of-conflict

14 APRIL 2019

Making sense of sub-regionalism and regionalism in Southeast Asia

How to make sense of the varied relationships between sub-regional projects and the larger Southeast Asian region?
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/04/12/making-sense-of-sub-regionalism-and-regionalism-in-southeast-asia/

16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

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

14 MARCH 2019

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

7 FEBRUARY 2019

The Mekong region is caught in a tug-of-war

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all countries
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/02/07/the-mekong-region-is-caught-in-a-tug-of-war/

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

7 JANUARY 2019

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam’s invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing’s than Hanoi’s orbit
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-vietnam-lost-and-china-won-cambodia/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

ASEAN and the EU have a shared mutual view on community building through collective rules, and are therefore pioneering new approaches to regionalism and the role of regional integration within the international geopolitical power play
https://chargedaffairs.org/through-the-looking-glass-asean-eu-relations-in-a-new-era/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model

From inception to a shift towards connectivity, the ASEAN Economic Community gets a fresh boost as the region doubles down on building digital capabilities, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Sanchita Basu Das
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/asean-economic-community-connectivity-rebirth-growth-model-10879030

22 OCTOBER 2018

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-china-kicks-off-first-maritime-exercise-10852692
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2169727/china-embarks-first-joint-naval-drills-asean-us-tensions-simmer

12 OCTOBER 2018

Is Asean better off without the US?

AS recently as just two years ago, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is better off without the attention of the United States is not a question you would ever hear asked
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/is-asean-better-off-without-the-us/

11 OCTOBER 2018

Do all you can to resolve climate change ‘sticking points’ UN chief urges South-East Asian leaders, in Bali

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for Governments across South-East Asia, to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging impact of climate change
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022862

How the death penalty is applied in Southeast Asian countries

The Malaysian government’s announcement on its decision to abolish the death penalty for all crimes has given a ray of hope for anti-capital punishment campaigners in the region
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/how-the-death-penalty-is-applied-in-southeast-asian-countries/

23 AUGUST 2018

Does China really dominate Southeast Asia?

Is China truly establishing dominance over neighboring Southeast Asia, or is it a prevailing perception among academics and journalists who have uncritically adopted a pervasive pro-China narrative built on Beijing’s rising investment and influence in the region?
http://www.atimes.com/article/does-china-really-dominate-southeast-asia/

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

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

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

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

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

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

 

Taiwan home affairs and society

6 AUGUST 2019

Popular Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je offers ‘another choice’ with launch of new political party, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, 60, said he wanted to change Taiwan’s political culture and offer people “another choice” beside the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT)
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3021682/popular-taipei-mayor-ko-wen-je-offers-another-choice-launch-new
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190806_64/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3759723

20 JULY 2019

Pro-independence Formosa Alliance forms political party

The pro-independence Formosa Alliance formed a political party on Saturday, saying that it hoped to field at least 10 candidates in the legislative election next January and give independence-leaning voters an alternative to the current ruling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201907200013.aspx
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019452/hardliner-helm-taiwans-new-party-says-it-wont-field

15 JULY 2019

Taiwan KMT party picks mayor Han Kuo-yu over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

Taiwan’s main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3744783
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190715_14/

3 JULY 2019

TAIWAN’S 2020 ELECTION: THE MAKING OF THE PRO-CHINA AND ANTI-CHINA BLOCKS IN TAIWANESE SOCIETY

https://taiwaninsight.org/2019/07/03/taiwans-2020-election-the-making-of-the-pro-china-and-anti-china-blocks-in-taiwanese-society/

13 JUNE 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wins ruling party’s nomination for 2020 election

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is to represent the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the 2020 presidential election after beating by 8.2 percentage points her sole challenger, former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), in the party’s primary, the result of which was released Thursday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906130005.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190613_49/

20 MAY 2019

Taiwanese President. Tsai determined to seek 2nd term

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated on Monday that she aims to win a second term in next year’s presidential election. But her party is in disarray over selecting a candidate
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190520_31/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3706106
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/05/21/2003715519

17 MAY 2019

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

The law was approved today. Starting on 24 May, gay couples, aged 18 and over, will be able to register their union, adopt their partner’s biological children, have access to the same medical coverage, and inherit. Marriage is not allowed with people from countries where same-sex unions are not recognised
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201905170008.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/17/taiwan-becomes-first-asian-county-to-legalise-same-sex-marriage
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-gay-marriage-rights-law-debate-11541324

27 APRIL 2019

Taiwan’s president reaffirms anti-nuclear stance at march

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has reaffirmed her opposition to nuclear power before marching with anti-nuclear protesters
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwans-president-reaffirms-anti-nuclear-stance-at-march
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201904270012.aspx

4 APRIL 2019

Who Will Win the 2020 Taiwan Presidential Election?

The first two candidates are Eric Chu and the present President Tsai Ing-wen. Chu was the first KMT politician to announce his presidential bid, on the day after stepping down as the Mayor of New Taipei in December 2018
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/933.html

18 MARCH 2019

Former premier William Lai makes bid for Taiwan presidency

Former premier William Lai (賴清德) launches his campaign to become the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate today (Monday, March 18)
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3660523
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-independence-backer-lai-ching-te-set-to-challenge-tsai-ing-wen-for-presidency
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190318_24/

14 MARCH 2019

Taiwan to strip citizenship of Beijing devotees

Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior is reportedly seeking to strip the citizenship of a Taiwanese woman who is now a member of China’s top political consultative body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, after she made a controversial televised speech calling for reunification during the CPPCC’s annual session
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/taiwan-to-strip-citizenship-of-beijing-devotees/

2 MARCH 2019

Cardinal Filoni: The Pope’s affection for Taiwan and Taiwan’s for the Pope

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was Papal envoy at the National Eucharistic Congress. At least 10 thousand Catholics participated in concluding Mass
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Filoni:-The-Pope’s-affection-for-Taiwan-and-Taiwan’s-for-the-Pope-46395.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903020014.aspx

19 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says she will run for re-election in 2020

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen told CNN in an interview she will run for re-election as the island’s leader in 2020, despite her flagging popularity and growing hostility from Beijing
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-says-will-run-for-re-election-in-2020
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/19/asia/tsai-ingwen-taiwan-2020-intl/index.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/02/20/2003710048

14 FEBRUARY 2019

Declining Taiwanese identity?

an increasing number of island residents have identified themselves as Taiwanese during the past two-and-a-half decades, with the proportion increasing from 22 per cent in 1994 to about 60 per cent in 2018.  During the same period, the proportion of Chinese self-identifiers declined substantially from 30 per cent to less than 4 per cent
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/02/08/declining-taiwanese-identity/

11 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan names Su Tseng-chang as new premier

Following Premier William Lai’s (賴清德) announcement of a cabinet reshuffle, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) officially introduced former Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌), as long predicted, as Lai’s successor at a press conference on Friday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3614924
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/01/12/2003707770

6 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan’s ruling party DPP elects Cho Jung-tai as new chairman

Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) elected former Cabinet Secretary-General Cho Jung-tai as its new chairman on Sunday (Jan 6)
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3611382
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/taiwans-china-sceptic-ruling-party-opts-for-moderate-new-leader-1.61276903

1 JANUARY 2019

Full text of President Tsai Ing-wen’s New Year’s Day Speech

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Tuesday delivered her New Year’s Day address, in which she proposed for the first time the « Four Musts » as the basis for moving relations between Taiwan and China in a positive direction
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201901010015.aspx

27 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan: Thousands of ‘yellow vest’ protesters call for tax reform

Thousands of Taiwanese protesters, taking a page from France’s yellow vest movement, marched on Thursday for the third time this month, demanding lower taxes and the fair handling of tax disputes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/taiwan-thousands-yellow-vest-protesters-call-tax-reform-181227070013725.html

10 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s former point man on cross-strait ties Chiang Pin-kung dies at 85

Chiang Pin-kung, former vice chairman of the Chinese Kuomintang (KMT) party and Taiwan’s former point man for talks in cross-strait ties, passed away on Monday (Dec 10) in Taipei
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-former-point-man-on-cross-strait-ties-chiang-pin-kung-dies-at-85
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201812100024.aspx

24 NOVEMBER 2018

Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen resigns as chair of ruling DPP after losses in local polls

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen resigned as leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Saturday (Nov 24) after the pro-independence party suffered major defeats in key mid-term polls, a blow to her prospects for re-election
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-president-quits-party-leadership-after-local-election-results-21922
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/11/25/2003704879

20 OCTOBER 2018

Thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

The first large-scale pro-independence rally in a generation has brought thousands of people onto the streets of Taipei. China has recently strengthened its determination to bring the self-ruled island under its control
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thousands-rally-for-taiwan-independence-vote-10847428
https://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-independence-rally-draws-thousands-irks-china/a-45959548
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810200012.aspx

12 OCTOBER 2017

The Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in Taiwan

After a period of expansion and reform, Taiwan’s higher education enjoys a high level of participation and a reputation for quality in Asia. The percentage of the population between ages 25 and 64 with a university or an advanced degree reached 45 percent in 2015, significantly higher than the 36 percent average for OECD countries. But the system has been facing increasing pressure from within and from outside of the country, making its future seem less optimistic
https://theasiadialogue.com/2018/10/12/the-challenges-and-opportunities-for-higher-education-in-taiwan/

5 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan pardons more than 1,200 ‘White Terror’ victims

Taiwan wiped the criminal records of 1,270 victims of the island’s « White Terror » purges on Friday (Oct 5), the first time the government has fully exonerated those who suffered political persecution under martial law
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/10/05/restoration-honour-taiwan-pardons-1200-white-terror-victims/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-pardons-more-than-1-200-white-terror-victims-10795236
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3545643

13 JUNE 2018

Taiwan New Party officials indicted for working on behalf of China

New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠), his father and two supporters were indicted for violations of the National Security Act Wednesday, including recruiting serving and retired military officers to work for China
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3456152
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201806130014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/15/2003694912

12 JUNE 2018

US lauds Taiwan ties in dedication of new de-facto embassy

The U.S. dedicated a new de-facto embassy in Taiwan on Tuesday in what officials described as an indicator of robust ties with the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own territory
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-lauds-taiwan-ties-in-dedication-of-new-de-facto-embassy/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3455223
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-opens-new-de-facto-embassy-in-taiwan-angering-china/4435101.html

8 JUNE 2018

What it means to be Taiwanese

While China’s campaign to isolate Taiwan is working with certain countries, carriers and corporations, it is also contributing to what was already a rising tide of Taiwanese nationalism
http://www.atimes.com/article/what-it-means-to-be-taiwanese/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=3b7c8749c1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_08_12_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-3b7c8749c1-31591405

15 MAY 2018

Taiwan court hands former president Ma Ying-jeou 4-month jail term over information leak

A court in Taiwan on Tuesday sentenced former president Ma Ying-jeou to four months jail over a leak of information related to national security, legal documents showed, but he vowed to appeal, and could avoid jail altogether by paying a fine
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-court-hands-former-president-ma-ying-jeou-4-month-jail-term-over-information-leak
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180515-319429

30 MARCH 2018

Fury as Man Booker bows to pressure to list Taiwan as Chinese province

One of the world’s most prestigious literary prizes has been dragged into a diplomatic spat between China and Taiwan after it caved in to pressure from Beijing to change the nationality of a Taiwanese nominee on its website
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/30/fury-man-booker-bows-pressure-list-taiwan-chinese-province/

Renowned Taiwan writer Li Ao dies, aged 83

Taiwan’s famous writer and political commentator Li Ao died of brain cancer at the age of 83
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/renowned-taiwan-writer-li-ao-dies-aged-83
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43458915
http://www.theindependent.sg/li-ao-writer-of-96-banned-books-in-taiwan-dies-at-82/

14 MARCH 2018

Taiwan ranked world’s 26th happiest country

Taiwan has been ranked as the world’s 26th happiest country and the happiest country in East Asia, in a report released Wednesday that compares the happiness level of 156 countries, assessing factors including average life span, social support and corruption
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201803140031.aspx

1 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s enduring death penalty

The pace of executions in Taiwan has waxed and waned over recent decades — after a nearly five-year pause in executions, 33 people were executed between 2010 and 2016. Today, the death penalty remains legal, popular and contentious
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/01/taiwans-enduring-death-penalty/

4 OCTOBER 2017

 Meeting Of Minds: Taiwan’s Yushan Forum slated to become an important dialogue platform

 In a significant development, Taiwan is preparing to host the first edition of the Yushan Forum on October 11 and 12 to complement its New Southbound Policy of engagement with 18 countries in Asean, South Asia and Oceania
https://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/talkingturkey/meeting-of-minds-taiwans-yushan-forum-slated-to-become-an-important-dialogue-platform/

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

The White Wolf of Taiwan

 Zhang Anle and his solution for the cross-strait dilemma
http://thediplomat.com/2017/09/the-white-wolf-of-taiwan/

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan’s opposition leader faces internal and external challenges

Supporters of the KMT feel increasingly helpless at home and abroad. If the KMT further abandons its various ties and linkages with mainland China, it may well literally mean the end of the ROC at an earlier date. Can Wu reverse the unfavorable trend? The 2020 presidential election would be definitely decisive
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/546.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

15 AUGUST 2017

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/minister-resigns-over-massive-taiwan-blackout-reports-9125906

8 JULY 2017

Taiwan’s president is now less popular than Trump. Here’s why

Tsai’s approval rating sank to 33 % in June, down from just 39 % a month earlier
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-tsai-approval-2017-story.html

10 JUNE 2017

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201706100018.aspx
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/10/tremendous-loss-taiwan-acclaimed-director-believed-killed-helicopter-crash-assignment/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/06/10/498550/beyond-beauty.htm

28 MAY 2017

From friends to bitter enemies: Taiwan president refuses to pardon Chen Shui-bian

Former President Chen Shui-bian, on medical parole from a 20-year jail sentence for corruption, is challenging his ex-protege Tsai Ing-wen, who has refused to give him a presidential pardon
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/friends-bitter-enemies-taiwan-president-refuses-pardon-chen-shui-bian

24 MAY 2017

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions
http://www.atimes.com/article/first-asia-taiwan-recognizes-sex-marriage/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170521_09/

24 APRIL 2017

Most of the new Taiwan citizens come from Vietnam

Nearly 70 per cent of foreigners who became naturalized R.O.C. citizens in 2016 were from Vietnam, according to government statistics
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-new-taiwan-citizens-come-vietnam#sthash.30qrNUqN.dpuf

28 MARCH 2017

Taiwan district court acquits former president of leaking classified information

A Taiwan district court cleared former president Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday of charges of leaking classified information over a controversial wiretapping case in 2013
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2082778/taiwan-district-court-acquits-former-president-leaking
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201703280019.aspx
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-found-not-guilty-in-leaks-case/3631002.html

14 MARCH 2017

Taiwan’s ex-president indicted in wiretapping scandal

Taiwan’s Ma Ying-jeou was once a luminous figure. But his attempt to bring down a rival politician has landed him in court. If convicted he could be imprisoned for several years. Klaus Bardenhagen reports from Taipei
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwans-ex-president-indicted-in-wiretapping-scandal/a-37933123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-taiwan-president-ma-ying-jeou-charged-with-leaking/3593430.html

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence and unification factions clash as island commemorates 1947 massacre

Supporters of Taiwan independence and cross-strait unification clashed on Tuesday at a Taipei hall built in memory of the nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, as the island commemorated the 1947 massacre in which the Chiang was blamed for killing thousands of Taiwanese 70 years ago
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2074820/taiwanese-independence-and-unification-factions-clash
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/01/492616/Amid-conflict.htm

11 JUNUARY 2017

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_02/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201701110029.aspx

2 JANUARY 2017

The Taiwanese see themselves as Taiwanese, not as Chinese

On Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump startled observers when, departing from protocol, he took a phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. Trump has suggested that under his administration, the United States may break from the pointedly ambiguous “One China policy.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/01/02/yes-taiwan-wants-one-china-but-which-china-does-it-want/?postshare=9731483517456576&tid=ss_fb-bottom&utm_term=.db03c8330ebc

26 DECEMBER 2016

Chen Shui-bian makes first public speech after prison release

Chen – who was handed a 20-year sentence for a string of corruption charges shortly after leaving office in 2008 – made a short speech at the opening of his daughter’s dental clinic in Tainan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chen-shui-bian-makes-first-public-speech-after-prison-release

17  DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s Kuomintang party is broke and adrift

A new law has allowed the government to freeze its assets, leaving it unable to pay staff
http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21711925-new-law-has-allowed-government-freeze-its-assets-leaving-it-unable-pay-staff-taiwans

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwanese ‘double agent’ jailed for 18 years after decade of spying for mainland China

A Taiwanese court has sentenced a former intelligence officer to 18 years in prison for reportedly working as a double agent and spying for mainland China as relations worsen with Beijing.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2021960/taiwanese-double-agent-jailed-18-years-after-decade

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan opposition KMT’s bank account frozen in assets probe

 Taiwan’s government has ordered a freeze on the opposition Kuomintang’s bank account, officials said Thursday, as part of an investigation into its allegedly ill-gotten political assets
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-opposition-kmts-bank-account-frozen-assets-probe

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

 Taiwan politicians break ranks to meet with Beijing

 A group of opposition officials from Taiwan have bypassed the government and travelled to China on a bridge-building trip as relations with Beijing turn frosty under new president Tsai Ing-wen
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-politicians-break-ranks-meet-beijing

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Thousands take to streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei in protest against govt’s plans to reform pensions

A record 250,000 retired military personnel, police officers, civil servants and public school teachers took to the streets of Taipei on Saturday (Sept 3) to protest the government’s pension reform plans, which they say are unfair and « humiliate » their professions
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-take-to-streets-of-taiwans-capital-taipei-to-protest-govts-plans-to-reform
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/04/2003654459/1

27 AUGUST 2016

Grading Tsai Ing-wen’s first 100 days in office

It has been 100 days since Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took office, and public disappointment is already growing towards her administration. A series of policy flip-flops have added to the impression that her administration is indecisive
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/grading-tsais-first-100-days-in-office
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/policy-indecision-marks/3075912.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608270019.aspx

23 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s population to decrease in 5-9 years

 Taiwan has a low birth rate compared to most other countries. As longevity increases, the nation will turn into an aged society in two years, and a super-aged society in 10 years
http://www.asianews.network/content/taiwan%E2%80%99s-population-decrease-5-9-years-26231

15 AUGUST 2016

President Tsai Ing-wen ‘losing control’ of Taiwan’s pro-independence camp

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is facing what analysts view as the biggest challenge to her authority since taking office after she reluctantly withdrew her nominations for the top posts in the island’s judiciary.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2004169/president-tsai-ing-wen-losing-control-taiwans-pro

1st AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen formally apologises to country’s indigenous people for first time in history

President Tsai Ing-wen has formally apologised to Taiwan’s indigenous people for centuries of suffering, becoming the country’s first-ever leader to do so
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36940243
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608010026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/02/2003652277

22 JULY 2016

How Bad Is Taiwan’s Economy?

 Compared to other economies around the world, Taiwan is doing just fine
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/how-bad-is-taiwans-economy/

12 JUNE 2016

Taiwan rejects ex-president’s Hong Kong trip

Taiwanese authorities on Sunday (June 12) refused former president Ma Ying-jeou permission to visit Hong Kong, citing national security considerations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-rejects-ex-presidents-hong-kong-trip
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/13/2003648490
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/13/469179/Presidential-Office.htm

21 MAY 2016

Ma Ying-jeou faces investigation in 24 cases against him

Former President Ma Ying-jeou is facing investigation in several cases, including corruption allegations against him, as he has lost his presidential immunity from prosecution
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/ma-ying-jeou-faces-investigation-24-cases-against-him

20 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen sworn in as first female president

Taiwan swears-in Tsai Ing-wen as its first female President, taking the oath of office at the presidential palace in Taipei after winning a landslide victory in January
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/20/taiwan-inaugurates-first-female-president-amid-warnings-from-chi/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/20/taiwan-s-first-female-president-tsai-ing-wen-sworn-in/http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605200008.aspx
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160520_23/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

26 APRIL 2016

Taiwan finds 4,800-year-old fossil of mother cradling baby

Archaeologists in Taiwan have found a 4,800-year-old human fossil of a mother holding an infant child in her arms, museum officials said on Tuesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-fossils-idUSKCN0XN1WI

13 APRIL 2016

Taipei will not be part of Beijing’s Super-Bank: Humiliating conditions

The island’s government announces that it will not be part of the Asian Investment Bank. For entry, the Chinese government demanded it make an application through its Ministry of Finance. This model « is not acceptable. Not only does this wound our national dignity, but violates the very principle of dignity. « 
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei-will-not-be-part-of-Beijing’s-Super-Bank:-Humiliating-conditions-37206.html

8 APRIL 2016

Taiwan names first ministers in new Cabinet

Mr Lin Chuan introduced the eight Cabinet members at a tea session with the media. The appointments include Mr Lin Hsi-yao as vice-premier, Mr Lin Tzou-yien as Minister for Health and Welfare, Mr Tung Chen-yuan as Cabinet spokesman and five ministers without portfolio
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-names-first-ministers-new-cabinet#sthash.osubKpQF.dpuf

7 APRIL 2016

No Taiwan politicians found in ‘Panama Papers’ initial report

No Taiwan politicians are among the 90 Taiwanese passport holders whose names were found among the massive trove of leaked files from the Panama-based offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, according to an initial report released by CommonWealth Magazine
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/no-taiwan-politicians-found-panama-papers-initial-report#sthash.faRV1sgf.dpuf

26 MARCH 2016

Taiwan Kuomintang picks ‘Little Hot Chili Pepper’ Hung Hsiu-chu as new party chief

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) elects former deputy legislative speaker Hung Hsiu-chu (洪秀柱) as the party’s first chairwoman in its more than 100-year history
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/kuomintang-picks-little-hot-chili-pepper-hung-hsiu-chu-new-party-chief
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/27/2003642525
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/27/461865/Hung-elected.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Taiwan elected president Tsai names Lin Chuan as her premier

Lin Chuan has served as minister of finance and has a doctorate in economics, but Tsai said the Cabinet is to be focused on reform and communication
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/16/2003641679
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160315_25/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwanese Mark Lee and Chiang Wei-liang win Berlin awards

Taiwanese cinematographer Mark Lee (李屏賓) on Saturday won a Silver Bear for outstanding artistic contribution at the Berlin International Film Festival, while Taiwanese director Chiang Wei-liang (曾威量) was awarded the Audi Short Film Award for his film Anchorage Prohibited (禁止下錨).
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/22/2003639925

13 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan quake death toll reaches 116, as rescue ends

Tainan City government called off rescue missions in the rubble of a collapsed apartment complex Saturday, from which 114 people were found dead, bringing the death toll to 116 in a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that hit southern Taiwan Feb. 6
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35569224
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201602130020.aspx

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

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

1 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan elects first DPP parliamentary speaker

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Su Jia-chyuan (蘇嘉全) won the ninth legislative speakership election in a widely predicted landslide victory, becoming the nation’s first non-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) speaker.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/02/2003638625
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241944&ctNode=2194&mp=9
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/02/02/457596/LY-elects.htm

28 JANUARY 2016

ROC improves in Corruption Perceptions Index ranking

Taiwan ranked No. 30 out of 168 countries and territories surveyed in the latest Corruption Perceptions Index released Jan. 27 by Berlin-based Transparency International
http://taiwantoday.tw/ct.asp?xItem=241755&ctNode=2194&mp=9

25 JANUARY 2016

Simon Chang appointed as new premier

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has appointed Simon Chang (張善政) as the new premier after approving the resignation of former Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601250020.aspx
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/news/2016/01/26/457039/President-appoints.htm

 

16 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan election: First female president Tsai Ing-wen elected after landslide victory against ruling Kuomintang including in parliament

Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party has swept to power in the country’s general election, clinching the presidency and the legislature as Tsai Ing-wen becomes its first female President
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35333647
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/16/asia/taiwan-election/index.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601160033.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201601170012.aspx
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/122524/taiwans-new-leader-disappears-chinese-social-network

29 NOVEMBER 2914

Taiwan’s premier Jiang Yi-huah resigns after ruling party loss in local election

Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the party’s crushing loss reflected public unhappiness with government policies, but Ma still vowed that the KMT will rise again
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-premier-resigns-after-ruling-party-loss-local-election
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605651
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/11/30/2003605650/1

21 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan’s senior population may be 4 times that of kids in 2060

If Taiwan continues to have the same low birth rate as in recent years until 2060, the senior population will be 4.4 times that of children, which could have huge societal consequences, the National Taiwan University Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) said yesterday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-senior-population-may-be-4-times-kids-2060

12 NOVEMBER 2014

A Distrustful Taiwan Takes its Cues from Hong Kong

On Sept. 26, China’s President Xi Jinping restated his hope to see mainland China and Taiwan united on the basis of the “one country, two systems” principle. The timing was odd, with Hong Kong in the throes of a massive student protest demanding true universal suffrage.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/distrustful-taiwan-takes-cues-hong-kong/

7 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan director Doze Niu gets suspended sentence in naval base ploy

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Doze Niu received a suspended sentence for taking a Chinese cinematographer onto a naval base in Taiwan without authorisation to scout film locations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-director-doze-niu-gets-suspended-sentence-naval-base-ploy

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Taiwan defence minister visits disputed Spratlys

Yen Ming, together with two legislators and several reporters, flew to Taiping, a Taiwan-administered island which is part of the Spratlys – a chain also claimed in whole or in part by China, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-defence-minister/1455554.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/11/06/2003603800

15 OCTOBER 2014

Retired ROC military officers recruited to spy for PLA

To steal crucial intelligence regarding the Republic of China Armed Forces’ new weapons systems, China has recruited several retired officers through Taiwanese businesspeople working in mainland China, getting them to conduct espionage against their own country, Wendell Minnick wrote in his article for the Washington-based Defense News.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141015000015&cid=1101

10 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan leader: China should try democracy — starting with Hong Kong

In one of his hardest slaps ever against the Communist leadership in Beijing, Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said Friday that China should embrace democracy and should start by allowing free elections in Hong Kong.
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-taiwan-president-china-democracy-20141010-story.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/10/11/419188/Ma-urges.htm

7 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwan PM warns China cyber attack threat growing

Taiwan’s premier warned Tuesday of increasing cyber attacks from China, the island’s highest-ranking official to denounce attempts to « steal government secrets » despite warming cross-strait relations.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436394/taiwan-pm-warns-china-cyber-attack-threat-growing

5 OCTOBER 2014

Taiwanese Coast guard plans Taiwan-China sea exercises in 2016

The Coast Guard Administration says it is planning to discuss holding joint exercises with its Chinese counterparts in 2016, focusing on training and mobilization for rescue operations at sea.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/05/2003601339

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan’s Window of Opportunity at APEC

APEC is the ideal international forum, where officials from both the mainland and Taiwan have been able to meet and converse, and the APEC summit in Beijing this November will be the best venue for a Ma-Xi meeting. There are many reasons for this
http://thediplomat.com/2014/09/china-and-taiwans-window-of-opportunity-at-apec/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwanese stage solidarity with Hong Kong protests

Demonstrators sat down in front of Hong Kong’s trade office and made their feelings known to the Taipei representative.
http://www.euronews.com/2014/09/29/taiwanese-stage-solidarity-with-hong-kong-protests/

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader rejects China unification terms

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has rejected a « one country, two systems » deal proposed by his Chinese counterpart.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/taiwan-leader-rejects-china-unification-deal-201492810237314786.html

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan President assaulted by independence protester

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou was attacked last night by a pro-independent protester who hurled a book as a gesture protesting Ma’s allegedly pro-China comments during an interview with German media Deutsche Welle.
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/09/27/418147/President-assaulted.htm

12 SEPTEMBER 2014

China and Taiwan walking the line of rapprochement

After more than six decades of conflict over the political status of Taiwan, Beijing and Taipei are taking significant steps toward rapprochement in their relations. Yet how much Chinese influence can Taiwan’s democracy tolerate
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/12/china-and-taiwan-walking-the-line-of-rapprochement/

2 SEPTEMBER 2014

Taiwan leader says he backs democracy for Hong Kong

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou, who initiated detente with China, on Tuesday threw his support behind Hong Kong’s push for democracy — calling it a core value shared by Taiwanese people.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/430135/taiwan-leader-says-he-backs-democracy-for-hong-kong

30 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan Ministry of Defense warns of China’s might

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is capable of seizing Taiwanese islands, paralyzing the country’s defensive capabilities with cruise and short-range ballistic missiles, as well as by launching amphibious and airborne raids, to take Taiwan proper before forces from other nations could respond, the Ministry of National Defense said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/08/31/2003598665

27 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan honours 56,000 WWII soldiers killed in Myanmar

Taiwan on Wednesday honoured tens of thousands of Chinese Nationalist soldiers killed in World War II in Myanmar, many of whom came to the rescue of British troops.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429078/taiwan-honours-56000-wwii-soldiers-killed-in-myanmar

21 AUGUST 2014

Human Rights and Cross-Strait Relations

Human rights need to be part of the cross-Strait conversation. A consular-type agreement would be a good place to start
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/human-rights-and-cross-strait-relations/

20 AUGUST 2014

Taiwan’s ex-China affairs official accused of leaking secrets

Wang Yu-chi, minister in charge of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, said his former deputy Chang Hsien-yao is being investigated following a tip-off he received in late July accusing the latter of leaking confidential work-related information http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-ex-china-affairs-official-accused-leaking-secrets
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/08/21/415401/Ex-deputy-minister.htm

19 JULY 2014

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-quashes-plans-for-a-trade-office-with-taiwan-64494/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/taiwan-set-open-trade-office
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/taiwan-responds-pm%E2%80%99s-remarks

13 JULY 2014

Taiwan starts sending drones to spy on mainland China

Taiwan has started using unmanned surveillance aircraft to spy on mainland China to reduce the risk to its pilots from an increased deployment of mainland missiles
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1553309/taiwan-starts-sending-drones-spy-mainland-chinas-military

4 JULY 2014

Academia Sinica doctors urge home detention for Chen Shui-bian

Researchers from Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s top research institure, presented a joint request to Taiwan’s government on July 3 for jailed former president Chen Shui-bian to serve out his sentence at home instead of prison.
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000132&cid=1101

29 JUNE 2014

China Official Cancels Events in Taiwan Amid Violent Protests

China’s top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has returned to Beijing, hailing his visit to the self-ruled island as « historic », despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-cancels-events-in-taiwan-amid-violent-protests/1947154.html

28 JUNE 2014

Beijing respects Taiwan’s choice of social system: Chinese official

The mainland and Taiwan have evolved with different social systems, values, thoughts and lifestyles after decades of development, and mainland authorities respect those differences, said Zhang Zhijun, director of State Council Taiwan Affairs Office
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140628000114&cid=1101
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-61762.html

25 JUNE 2014

China minister-level official makes landmark trip to Taiwan

China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan met his counterpart Wednesday to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-minister-level-official-makes-landmark-trip-taiwan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066
http://www.voanews.com/content/china-official-visits-taiwan-amid-warming-relations/1944350.html

25 JUNE 2014

White Paper on Hong Kong Pushes Taiwan Away

 A white paper meant to chasten democratic longings in Hong Kong has alarmed Taiwan, pushing its people farther away from the People’s Republic of China
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/760433-white-paper-on-hong-kong-pushes-taiwan-away/

22 JUNE 2014

Taiwan’s first lady drops Japan visit

Taiwan’s first lady has postponed a rare visit to Japan after a diplomatic row over the wording of posters promoting the island’s exhibition in Tokyo of treasured artefacts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416777/taiwan-first-lady-drops-japan-visit

11 JUNE 2014

Taiwan-Ukraine: A Cautious Relationship

Relations between Taipei and Kiev have often been complicated by the policies of their larger neighbors
http://thediplomat.com/2014/06/taiwan-ukraine-a-cautious-relationship/

1 JUNE 2014

Jiang PM, newly elected El Salvador president underscore strong ties

Premier Jiang Yi-huah arrived in El Salvador Saturday and met with president-elect Salvador Sanchez Ceren and vice president-elect Oscar Ortiz, as both leaders spoke of the good relations between the two countries and their hope to further strengthen the mutual bonds

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/06/02/409168/Jiang-newly.htm

29 MAY 2014

Taiwan ex-minister ordered to pay over wrongful execution

A former Taiwanese defence minister and five ex-military officials have been ordered to pay a total of nearly $2 million over the wrongful execution of an airman 17 years ago

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412545/taiwan-ex-minister-ordered-to-pay-over-wrongful-execution

25 MAY 2014

DPP,Taiwan’s major opposition reelects Tsai Ing-wen as its new leader

Members of Taiwan’s major opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) were Sunday electing a new leader in the run-up to the 2016 presidential polls
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwans-major-opposition-votes-elect-new-leader
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/05/26/408648/Tsai-Ing-wen.htm

15 MAY 2014

100s of Taiwan firms attacked in Vietnam

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) yesterday told a press conference that as of May 14 in Vietnam, over 100 Taiwanese-owned companies had been attacked and damaged, over 10 factories set ablaze and several hundred Taiwanese-owned firms have suspended work owing to safety concerns, noting that the MOEA will assist Taiwanese nationals in seeking compensation from Vietnam

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2014/05/16/407829/100s-of.htm

http://www.voanews.com/content/rioting-in-vietnam-kills-chinese-worker/1914937.html

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27420008

14 MAY 2014

Taiwan president dismisses US green card report

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Wednesday categorically denied a report that he holds a US green card and owes the US government Tw$500,000 (US$16,556) in taxes, saying he would resign if the claim turned out to be true.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president/1106628.html

29 APRIL 2014

Taiwan executes five death-row inmates

Taiwanese authorities said they executed five death-row inmates Tuesday, nearly a year after six prisoners were put to death
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407313/taiwan-executes-five-death-row-inmates

27 APRIL 2014

Taiwan halts construction at nuclear plant after protests

Taiwan said Sunday it would stop construction at a controversial nuclear power plant after tens of thousands of protesters blockaded a main street in the capital calling for the project to be scrapped.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406929/taiwan-halts-construction-at-nuclear-plant-after-protests

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2014/04/28/406384/Nuke-4.htm

25 APRIL 2014

Taiwan leader promises referendum on disputed nuclear plant

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou on Friday promised to let the public decide the fate of a controversial nuclear facility amid growing concern over the safety of nuclear power

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-leader-promises-referendum-disputed-nuclear-plant

22 APRIL 2014

Taiwan anti-nuclear activist starts hunger strike

Former Taiwanese opposition leader and anti-nuclear activist Lin Yi-hsiung Tuesday launched an indefinite hunger strike in protest at a nearly completed nuclear facility, while some of his supporters clashed with police

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406077/taiwan-anti-nuclear-activist-starts-hunger-strike

21 APRIL 2014

Taiwan premier rejects call to scrap nuclear plant

Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah on Monday rejected a call from the main opposition party to scrap a nearly completed nuclear power plant, despite planned protests including a hunger strike

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-premier-rejects-call-scrap-nuclear-plant

7 APRIL 2014

US House Approves Frigate Sale to Taiwan

The House approved the sale of 4 naval frigates to Taiwan while reaffirming its commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act

http://thediplomat.com/2014/04/us-house-approves-frigate-sale-to-taiwan/

30 MARCH 2014

More than 100,000 protesters rally in Taiwan against trade pact with China

More than 100,000 protesters took to the streets of Taiwan’s capital on Sunday as a two-week-long campaign against a trade pact with China gathered steam, piling further pressure on the island’s leader
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/taiwan-more-than-100000-demonstrate-against-china-trade-deal/
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/100000-protesters-rally-taiwan-trade-pact-china

28 MARCH 2014

As Ma Ying-jeou seeks dialogue, ‘sunflower’ student movement continues protest against China trade deal

Police agents are slammed for using violence against students and media professionals. Academics and general public back students. Students respond to president’s overtures by increasing demands.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/As-Ma-Ying-jeou-seeks-dialogue,-‘sunflower’-student-movement-continues-protest-against-China-trade-deal-30682.html

Beijing calls for US to stop arms sales to Taiwan

China’s defense ministry has urged the United States to stop selling arms to Taiwan and to take action to safeguard Sino-US relations
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140328000061&cid=1101

24 MARCH 2014

Taiwan police retake government HQ

Taiwan riot police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds of demonstrators who stormed government headquarters, escalating a protest over a China trade pact that has seen parliament occupied for nearly a week
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401430/taiwan-police-retake-government-hq
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taipei,-police-clear-students-from-government-buildings-as-protest-turns-violent-30635.html

23 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters invade cabinet offices as tension over China pact escalates

Hundreds of protesters opposed to a trade pact with China have invaded Taiwan’s cabinet offices, marking a sharp escalation in a student-led movement against the island’s rapidly developing ties with the communist mainland
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/taiwan-protesters-invade-cabinet-offices-china-trade
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/protesters-invade-taiwan-cabinet-offices-201432315014510700.html

21 MARCH 2014

Taiwan protesters call for surrounding of ruling party offices

Student protesters occupying Taiwan’s legislature to stop the government from ratifying a contentious trade pact with China called on the public to surround the ruling party’s offices after their ultimatum was ignored
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401085/taiwan-protesters-call-for-surrounding-of-ruling-party-offices

19 MARCH 2014

Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?

With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/is-taiwans-military-becoming-too-small-to-fight/1/

Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

Hundreds of students and activists opposed to a trade deal with China have occupied Taiwan’s parliament and defied police efforts to evict them
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/taiwan/10707189/Protesters-storm-parliament-in-Taiwan.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

13 MARCH 2014

Taiwan air force major indicted for selling intelligence to China

A Taiwanese air force major and a karaoke club owner have been indicted for disclosing military secrets to China, prosecutors in Kaohsiung said Thursday.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?cid=1101&MainCatID=11&id=20140314000071

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/399898/taiwan-air-force-major-charged-with-spying-for-china

10 MARCH 2014

KMT and DPP Mainland Policies: Might the Gap be Narrowing?

http://cogitasia.com/kmt-and-dpp-mainland-policies-might-the-gap-be-narrowing/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan, China sign two more agreements

Taiwan and China signed agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring Thursday, in yet another sign of improving ties between the former rivals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397396/taiwan-china-sign-two-more-agreements

24 FEBRUARY 2014

China, Taiwan reach new cooperation deal on air travel

Beijing recognises Taipei’s importance as an international stopover for Chinese nationals travelling to other destinations. Direct flights across the Strait are also set to increase in April to 858 each year.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China,-Taiwan-reach-new-cooperation-deal-on-air-travel-30388.html

23 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan independence group topples Sun Yat-sen statue

A radical Taiwanese independence group said on Sunday they had pulled down a statue of the founding father of the nationalist republic who fled from the Chinese mainland to the island more than six decades ago.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-independence-group-topples-sun-yat-sen-statue

21 FEBRUARY 2014

Breakthrough in cross-strait ties but a long way to go yet

One week after achieving a breakthrough in the form of official cross-strait talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pushing for closer political dialogue with Taiwan, but faces challenges to attaining quick results this year, say analysts.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/breakthrough-cross-strait-ties-long-way-go-yet?page=0%2C0

20 FEBRUARY 2014

Xi not correcting Lien’s ROC comment good for ties: scholar

The fact that Communist Party of China general secretary Xi Jinping did not correct Lien Chan, the honorary chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang in his reference to the Republic of China during a meeting in Beijing Tuesday suggests that relations between Taiwan and mainland China have advanced to a higher level, according to a Chinese scholar familiar with Taiwan affairs.

http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140220000102&cid=1101

19 FEBRUARY 2014

China agrees to export water to Taiwan-controlled islands

China has agreed to supply water to a Taiwan-controlled island group near the mainland in another sign of fast-warming ties between the two former bitter rivals, officials said Wednesday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395998/china-agrees-to-export-water-to-taiwan-controlled-islands

18 FEBRUARY 2014

China respects Taiwan system, Xi tells Taipei ex-VP Lien

China’s President Xi Jinping Tuesday told a former vice president of Taiwan that Beijing respects the island’s social system and lifestyle, state media reported, in a sign of the steadily improving relations between the two sides.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/395797/china-respects-taiwan-system-xi-tells-taipei-ex-vp-lien

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/02/19/400979/Cross-strait-relations.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2014

China and Taiwan plan to open offices after first official talks

China and Taiwan held their first official talks in more than six decades on Tuesday, agreeing to open representative offices in a two-hour meeting hailed by both sides as a new chapter in their relationship.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10631210/China-and-Taiwan-plan-to-open-offices-after-first-official-talks.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-26129171
http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/11/china-and-taiwan-begin-historic-high-level-talks/

http://azstarnet.com/ap/international/china-taiwan-hold-first-direct-talks-since-split/article_e309bc18-6db7-5d2b-b92e-5769e558723b.html

Taiwan defence minister visiting Singapore

Taiwan’s defence minister is visiting Singapore to shore up military relations which were reportedly damaged after his predecessor’s visit in 2012 was publicly disclosed, a military source and local media said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394520/taiwan-defence-minister-visiting-singapore

5 FEBRUARY 2014

Taiwan says Ma would like to meet Xi at APEC

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs Wednesday said he would support a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou, suggesting the APEC leaders summit as an ideal opportunity.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/393470/taiwan-says-ma-would-like-to-meet-xi-at-apec

1 FEBRUARY 2014

Record 2.85 million Chinese visited Taiwan in 2013

Taiwan said Saturday a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited the island last year, up ten percent from 2012 although group arrivals dropped slightly after Beijing enacted a tourism law

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392682/record-2-85-million-chinese-visited-taiwan-in-2013

30 JANUARY 2014

Cooperation with China conducive to peace in the Taiwan Strait: Ma

Speaking to overseas Chinese and Taiwanese in Los Angeles, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou said that cooperation between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait is conducive to peace

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2014/01/30/399561/Cooperation-with.htm

28 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan minister for historic China visit

Taiwan’s minister in charge of China affairs said Tuesday he plans to visit the mainland next month in a landmark trip that marks the first official contact between the two former bitter rivals in six decades

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391890/taiwan-minister-for-historic-china-visit

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/historic-china-taiwan-talks-start-long-road-closer-ties

27 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan: Another Step Towards Integration?

The new concept for cross-strait relations, “China plus one,” proposed by Su Tseng-chang, who chairs Taiwan’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), suggests that Taiwan might have taken another step towards comprehensive integration with China

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/taiwan-another-step-towards-integration/

23 JANUAY 2014

Taiwan leader visits allies to safeguard ties after Gambia blow

Ma Ying-jeou, who left at around 1500 GMT will travel to Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso — two of the only three African countries that now officially recognise Taipei after Gambia cut off ties in November.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391165/taiwan-leader-visits-allies-to-safeguard-ties-after-gambia-blow

10 JANUARY 2014

Taiwan sentences man for spying on China

On Friday, Taiwan’s supreme court convicted Yuan Hsiao-feng, lieutenant colonel, on 12 accounts of leaking confidential military information to China between 2003 and 2007 and imposed a fine of Tw$7.8 million ($260,000) on Yuan – the amount of payment he collected for passing the secrets.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/01/taiwan-sentences-man-spying-china-201411043643440152.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 6 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICT AND STRATEGY ON 6 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1945: The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

1945-08-06 Hiroshima 8h15

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_3602000/3602189.stm
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/08/atomic-bomb-1945-destruction-150805160108614.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtSt5XZ7fq4&feature=related

1965: During the Shantou or « Eight six » naval battle, Taiwanese submarine chaser Jianmen is torpedoed and sunk by PLA navy
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7618.html
http://www.soviet-empire.com/ussr/viewtopic.php?f=149&t=50411

1969: In Xinjiang, new border clash between China and Soviet Union

1973: American forces bomb « by mistake » the city of Neak Leung in Cambodia killing and wounding hundreds of civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neak_Leung

1975: Khmers Rouge ask to Thailand the opening of negotiations for diplomatic relations

1976: Thailand recognizes the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

2014: Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power

 

Holidays and observances

Japan: Toro Nagashi (Hiroshima) – Floating lantern ceremony to honor those killed by the U.S. atomic bomb in Hiroshima

On 6 August in South Asian history

ON 6 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 6, 2019

1698: Birth of Nadar Shah, Persian emperor who invaded India and died assassinated on June 19, 1747
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadir_Shah

1925: Death of Surendranath Banerjee, Indian leader of the Indian National Congress, born on November 10, 1848
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/surendranath-banerjee.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Surendranath_Banerjee

1970: Birth of M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-born American film director
https://www.mnight.com/bio.html

1975: Indian parliament modifies retrospect the election law and nullified the charge of electoral fraud against Indira Gandhi

1976: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays foundation-stone of Port Qasim, Karachi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Qasim

1990: Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is dismissed for corruption

2014: Death of Smita Talwalkar, Indian actress and producer, born on September 5, 1954
http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-veteran-marathi-actress-smita-talwalkar-passes-away-at-59-2008390
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/veteran-marathi-actress-smita-talwalkar-dead/article6287219.ece

 

On 6 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 6 AUGUST IN SOUTH EAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 6, 2019

1933: Birth of Suchinda Kraprayoon, Thai General, shortly prime minister in 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchinda_Kraprayoon
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Suchinda%20Kraprayoon

1962: Birth of Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Yeoh
http://michelleyeoh.info/Movie/thelady.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxQ-2gR1DU

1964: Birth of Gary Valenciano, Filipino singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Valenciano


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3oisr_gary-valenciano-how-did-you-know_music

1973: American forces bomb « by mistake » the city of Neak Leung in Cambodia killing and wounding hundreds of civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neak_Leung

1975: Khmers Rouge ask to Thailand the opening of negotiations for diplomatic relations

1976: Thailand recognizes the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

1997: Ung Huot is elected First Prime Minister of Cambodia, replacing Norodom Ranariddh ousted by Hun Sen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ung_Huot
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/relieved-ung-huot-carries-day

Ung Huot

2001: Death of general Duong Van Minh, twice president of South Vietnam
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1336677/General-Duong-Van-Minh.html

2007: In East-Timor, former president Xanana Gusmao is appointed prime minister. To protest, Fretilin launches violent riots

2009: Death of W. S. Rendra, Indonesian poet and playwrigh, born on November 7, 1935
https://farindra.wordpress.com/tag/ws-rendra/

Rendra

2012: Myanmar’s government agrees to lift suspensions on two weekly journals within two weeks, their editors said on Monday, just days after rare protests by journalists in two cities to demand more press freedom
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120806-363837.html

2017: Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

 

On 6 August in Japan’s history

1945-08-06 Hiroshima 8h15

ON 6 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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

Updated on August 6, 2019

1180: Birth of Go-Toba, 82nd emperor of Japan (1183-1198) who died on March 28, 1239
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Toba

1945: The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

1945-08-06 Hiroshima 8h15
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_3602000/3602189.stm
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/08/atomic-bomb-1945-destruction-150805160108614.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtSt5XZ7fq4&feature=related

1946: Birth of Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
http://www.monkeyheaven.com/masaaki.html

1965: Birth of Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuki_Kajiura
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3914

1991: Doi Takako, chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party (Japan), becomes Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/doi_takako.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Doi

2010: Japan marked the 65th anniversary on Friday of the 1945 uranium bomb attack on Hiroshima in which an estimated 140,000 people died. The ceremony was the first ever to be attended by representatives from the United States, Britain and France
http://www.france24.com/en/20100805-us-attend-biggest-ever-hiroshima-memorial-japan-britain-france-nagasaki-world-war-ii
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10888571

2014: Japan’s defence white paper for 2014 criticises China’s air defence identification zone, which declared unilaterally in November over the East China Sea, as dangerous, asserting the move could result in “unintended consequences,” and expressed strong concern over China’s expansion of military power

2015 : Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

 

Holidays and observances

Japan: Toro Nagashi (Hiroshima) – Floating lantern ceremony to honor those killed by the U.S. atomic bomb in Hiroshima

On 6 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 6 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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

Updated on August 6, 2019

1965: During the Shantou or « Eight six » naval battle, Taiwanese submarine chaser Jianmen is torpedoed and sunk by PLA navy
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7618.html
http://www.soviet-empire.com/ussr/viewtopic.php?f=149&t=50411

1966: In Tibet, Red Guards start to loot Jokhang temple converting it into urinal and butchery
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/tibet/lhasa-jokhang-temple.htm

1966 gardes rouges

1969: In Xinjiang, new border clash between China and Soviet Union

1980: Birth of Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilber_Pan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFUBiU2Aqfk

2006: In Hong Kong, the Legislative Council pass a bill that authorizes phone tapping and e-mails control

On 6 August in Asian history

1945-08-06 Hiroshima 8h15

ON 6 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on August 6, 2019

1180: Birth of Go-Toba, 82nd emperor of Japan (1183-1198) who died on March 28, 1239
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Toba

1698: Birth of Nadar Shah, Persian emperor who invaded India and died assassinated on June 19, 1747
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nadir_Shah

1925: Death of Surendranath Banerjee, Indian leader of the Indian National Congress, born on November 10, 1848

http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/surendranath-banerjee.html
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Surendranath_Banerjee

1933: Birth of Suchinda Kraprayoon, Thai General, shortly prime minister in 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchinda_Kraprayoon
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Suchinda%20Kraprayoon

1937: Emperor Hirohito personally ratifies his army’s proposition to remove the constraints of international law on the treatment of Chinese prisoners. This directive also advised staff officers to stop using the term « prisoner of war »

1945: The first atomic bomb is dropped on Hiroshima

1945-08-06 Hiroshima 8h15
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/6/newsid_3602000/3602189.stm
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2015/08/atomic-bomb-1945-destruction-150805160108614.html

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtSt5XZ7fq4&feature=related

1946: Birth of Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
http://www.monkeyheaven.com/masaaki.html

1962: Birth of Michelle Yeoh, Chinese-Malaysian actress
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Yeoh
http://michelleyeoh.info/Movie/thelady.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OxQ-2gR1DU

1964: Birth of Gary Valenciano, Filipino singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Valenciano


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3oisr_gary-valenciano-how-did-you-know_music

1965: During the Shantou or « Eight six » naval battle, Taiwanese submarine chaser Jianmen is torpedoed and sunk by PLA navy
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7618.html
http://www.soviet-empire.com/ussr/viewtopic.php?f=149&t=50411

1965: Birth of Yuki Kajiura, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuki_Kajiura
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3914

1966: In Tibet, Red Guards start to loot Jokhang temple converting it into urinal and butchery
http://www.sacred-destinations.com/tibet/lhasa-jokhang-temple.htm

1966 gardes rouges

1969: In Xinjiang, new border clash between China and Soviet Union

1970: Birth of M. Night Shyamalan, Indian-born American film director
https://www.mnight.com/bio.html

1973: American forces bomb « by mistake » the city of Neak Leung in Cambodia killing and wounding hundreds of civilians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neak_Leung

1975: Indian parliament modifies retrospect the election law and nullified the charge of electoral fraud against Indira Gandhi

1975: Khmers Rouge ask to Thailand the opening of negotiations for diplomatic relations

1976: Thailand recognizes the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

1976: Zulfikar Ali Bhutto lays foundation-stone of Port Qasim, Karachi
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Qasim

1980: Birth of Wilber Pan, American/Taiwanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilber_Pan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFUBiU2Aqfk

1990: Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is dismissed for corruption

1991: Doi Takako, chairwoman of the Social Democratic Party (Japan), becomes Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives
http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/doi_takako.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takako_Doi

1997: Ung Huot is elected First Prime Minister of Cambodia, replacing Norodom Ranariddh ousted by Hun Sen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ung_Huot
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/relieved-ung-huot-carries-day

Ung Huot

2001: Death of general Duong Van Minh, twice president of South Vietnam
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1336677/General-Duong-Van-Minh.html

2006: In Hong Kong, the Legislative Council pass a bill that authorizes phone tapping and e-mails control

2007: In East-Timor, former president Xanana Gusmao is appointed prime minister. To protest, Fretilin launches violent riots

2009: Death of W. S. Rendra, Indonesian poet and playwrigh, born on November 7, 1935
https://farindra.wordpress.com/tag/ws-rendra/

Rendra

2010: Japan marked the 65th anniversary on Friday of the 1945 uranium bomb attack on Hiroshima in which an estimated 140,000 people died. The ceremony was the first ever to be attended by representatives from the United States, Britain and France
http://www.france24.com/en/20100805-us-attend-biggest-ever-hiroshima-memorial-japan-britain-france-nagasaki-world-war-ii
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-10888571

2014: Death of Smita Talwalkar, Indian actress and producer, born on September 5, 1954
http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report-veteran-marathi-actress-smita-talwalkar-passes-away-at-59-2008390
http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/veteran-marathi-actress-smita-talwalkar-dead/article6287219.ece

2015 : Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33792789
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/prayers-held-hiroshima-marks-70-years-bomb-150806055100557.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/hiroshima-holds-70th-memorial-of-atomic-tragedy/

2017: Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html


Holidays and observances

Japan: Toro Nagashi (Hiroshima) – Floating lantern ceremony to honor those killed by the U.S. atomic bomb in Hiroshima