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On 13 August in Asian history

ON 13 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Upgrated on August 13, 2019

604: Death of Wendi, Chinese emperor of the Sui Dynasty, born on July 21, 541
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wen_of_Sui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7834.html

1536: Buddhist monks from Kyoto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance
http://www.kyotodreamtrips.com/historical-events-today-1536-buddhist-monks-from-kyotos-enryaku-temple-set-fire-to-21-nichiren-temples/

1670: Birth of Zheng Keshuang, third king of Tungning who surrendered Taiwan to Qing Dynasty and died on September 22, 1717
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Zheng%20Keshuang&item_type=topic
http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/zheng_keshuang

1784: British parliament accepts East India Company Act 1784, bringing the East India Company’s rule in India under the control of the British Government
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitt%27s_India_Act
http://www.indhistory.com/pitts-act.html

1890: Birth of Li Zongren, prominent Warlord, military Commander and rival of Chiang Kai-shek, during the Republic of China, who died on January 30, 1969
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Li+Zongren
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=363

1891: The three great defenders of Manipur, Senapati Tikendrajit Singh, his brothers, Agnesh Sena and General Thangal are hanged by the British
https://shibham.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/our-real-heroes-31-senapati-tikendrajit-singh/
http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=manipur.History_of_Manipur.Historical_War_Manipur.Thangal_General_The_Patriot_By_K_Jayanta

1898: Mock battle of Manila, won on the Spanish. Start of the US occupation 
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/mockbattleofmanila.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/483/today-in-philippine-history-august-13-1898-the-battle-of-manila-occurred

1937: The Battle of Shanghai begins. Shanghai will be captured by the Japanese in November
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=85
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/1937-battle-shanghai-japans-brutal-attack-china.html

1945: In Laos, foundation of the anti-French Lao Issara movement
http://www.marktheday.com/nationholidaydates/lao_laoissara.aspx

1945: In Vietnam, the National Insurrection Committee orders a general uprising

1950: US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao Dai
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pentagon/pent5.htm

1954: Radio Pakistan broadcasts National Anthem of Pakistan for the first time
http://www.siasat.pk/forum/showthread.php?30891-SHORT-HISTORY-OF-OUR-NATIONAL-ANTHEM

1960: Yun Bo-seon president of South Korea up to March 1962
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korean_presidential_election,_August_1960
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,869740,00.html?promoid=googlep

1960: Birth of Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/Koji_Kondo

1960: USSR withdraws advisors from China. A total of 257 technical development projects are cancelled as a result
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40201404?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://english.ihns.cas.cn/Publications_new/Ra/201310/W020131015378079814609.pdf

1963: Birth of Sridevi, Indian actress
http://www.bollygals.com/sridevi/


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9i2tw_sridevi-clip-bollywood_shortfilms

1965: Death of Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-1964), born on December 3, 1899
 http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/ikeda-hayato.html

1965: In Vietnam, US Marine Corps launches a massive operation with 76 anti-SAM mission, but it fails

1965: Birth of Hayato Matsuo, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayato_Matsuo
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=146

1966: Prince Norodom Sihanouk, ruler of neutral Cambodia, criticizes the United States
http://www.history.com/this-

1966: In China, the Cultural Revolution is launched
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/13/newsid_4537000/4537605.stm

1969: Military clash between China and Soviet Union in Xinjiang

1972: In Vietnam War, communist sappers raid Long Binh ammunition dump

1979: Birth of Taizo Sugimura, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiz%C5%8D_Sugimura
http://www.zimbio.com/Taizo+Sugimura

1990: Birth of Shila, Malaysian pop singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shila_(singer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Eq908-Vvg

1990: Birth of Sae Miyazawa, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sae_Miyazawa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPU51vtAh4g

1999: The Japanese Law concerning the National Flag and Anthem is enforced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Concerning_the_National_Flag_and_Anthem

1999: Death of Gopal Shankar Misra, Indian vichitra veena player and educator, born in 1957
https://realworldrecords.com/artist/396/gopal-shankar-misra/
http://www.omenad.net/page.php?goPage=%2Farticles%2FM1.htm

2000: Death, due to lung cancer, of Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer, born April 3, 1965
http://tribune.com.pk/story/421130/i-will-never-forgive-her-zoheb-hassan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V-YAqaRYcM

2001: Japanese Prime Minister Juniciro Koizumi, pays a controversial visit to the Yasukumi Shintoist memorial where are buried all the Japanese warriors killed since 1853, including the generals sentenced to death for war crimes
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/01/02/2003086040
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/08/japa-a24.html

2001-08-13 Koizumi Yasukuni

2004: In the Maldives, state of emergency is proclaimed after a 3,000 thousand demonstration demanding the release of four democrats. Police arrest 286 people

2007: In China, finally, 1340 people, including 367 mentally handicapped have been freed from forced labor by the police in the brickyards scandal

2010: A court martial,founds the former Sri Lankan armed forces chief, General Sarath Fonseka, guilty of engaging in politics while on active service.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-10965135

2011: Noted filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk and three others died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj, sending shockwaves through the nation
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=198549

2012: Celebrity activist Baba Ramdev arrested after speaking to 10,000 supporters during anti-corruption protest in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/201281311322393643.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120813-365168.html

2015 : Myanmar President Thein Sein consolidates his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

2015 : Prime Minister Hun Sen orders the arrest of opposition senator Hong Sok Hour for “treason” over a fake treaty the senator posted to Facebook that purported to show Heng Samrin, as Cambodia’s head of state in 1979, pledging to dissolve the border between Cambodia and Vietnam
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-orders-senators-arrest-over-facebook-post-91638/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/arrest-senator-pm-says

2016: Death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu leader, born on December 7, 1921
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/spiritual-guru-pramukh-swami-maharaj-passes-away/article8986463.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pramukh_Swami_Maharaj
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/pramukh-swami-maharaj-obituary

 

Holidays and observances

Laos: Lao Issara, Day of the Free Laos

Vietnam Foreign Policy and Defence

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13 AUGUST 2019

Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone off its coast on Aug. 13, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-ship-returns-to-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone_3040084.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/08/14/Chinese-survey-ship-returns-to-disputed-waters-claimed-by-Vietnam

8 AUGUST 2019

Vietnam Confirms China Ship Left its Waters, Ending Month-Long Standoff

A Chinese survey ship embroiled in a tense month-long standoff with Vietnamese vessels has left Vietnam’s continental shelf, the Southeast Asian nation’s foreign ministry confirmed on Aug. 8
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-confirms-china-ship-left-its-waters-ending-month-long-standoff_3034539.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/chinas-vessels-halt-survey-in-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone/157504.vnp
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/china/diplomacy/article/3021916/south-china-sea-chinese-ship-leaves-vietnamese-zone-it-only

19 JULY 2019

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

Vietnam has called on China to remove an oil exploration ship from disputed waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/vietnam-demands-china-withdraws-vessel-south-china-sea-190719143019505.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-demands-china-to-end-violations-in-waters/156432.vnp

17 JULY 2019

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

Vietnamese and Chinese ships have been embroiled in a weeks-long stand-off near an offshore oil block in disputed waters of the South China Sea which fall within Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone, two Washington-based think-tanks said on Wednesday (July 17)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-china-embroiled-in-south-china-sea-standoff
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019027/china-and-vietnam-tread-softly-south-china-sea-over-latest

20 APRIL 2019

 
How Vietnam Quietly Built up 10 Islands in Asia’s Most Disputed Sea

Both China and Vietnam are building up tiny islets across Asia’s most disputed sea, but while China receives international criticism Vietnam receives very little, and even gets some support because its pace of construction is slower and widely seen as defensive
https://www.voanews.com/a/how-vietnam-quietly-built-up-10-islands-in-asia-most-disputed-sea/4882776.html
 
1 APRIL 2019
Vietnam Gets Six Patrol Boats from U.S. Signaling Closer Security Ties

The Vietnamese coast guard Sunday received six patrol boats from the United States, in a move that indicates a renewed desire for cooperation between the former enemies
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/vn-metal-shark-04012019154518.html

22 MARCH 2019

Vietnam officially protests China over ramming in South China Sea

Hanoi has officially logged a protest with Beijing over the ramming of a Vietnamese fishing boat earlier this month within Vietnam’s waters in the South China Sea
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/defend-the-sovereignty/2019/03/81E0D4B0/vietnam-officially-protests-china-over-ramming-in-south-china-sea/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/03/22/Vietnam-protests-to-China-over-South-China-Sea-boat-sinking
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-to-china-over-south-china-sea-boat-sinking_2849022.html

6 FEBRUARY 2019

Why is Donald Trump meeting Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on 27-28 February?

Vietnam has diplomatic ties with both North Korea and the US. North Korea has an embassy in Hanoi and reports suggest that Kim Jong Un is interested in following Vietnam’s economic and political example
https://www.dw.com/en/why-is-donald-trump-meeting-kim-jong-un-in-vietnam/a-47378381
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259412112/vietnam-site-for-2nd-trump-kim-summit-may-bring-wins-for-all
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/the-world-trusts-us-vietnamese-proud-to-host-trump-kim-summit

2 JANUARY 2019

Europe, Vietnam reach towards major trade deal

After nearly seven years of negotiations, the European Union and Vietnam appear closer than ever to cinching a major free trade deal, known as the Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)
http://www.atimes.com/article/europe-vietnam-reach-towards-major-trade-deal/

20 DECEMBRE 2018

Holy See and Vietnam agree to a resident nuncio in Hanoi ‘in the near future’

The seventh meeting of the Viet Nam-Vatican Joint Working Group took place in Hanoi yesterday « in a cordial and mutually respectful atmosphere.” The main point of the statement that followed noted that there will be a resident nuncio in Hanoi « in the near future »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Holy-See-and-Vietnam-agree-to-a-resident-nuncio-in-Hanoi-%27in-the-near-future%27-45799.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Vatican-Vietnam:-Holy-See-delegation-meetings-in-Hanoi–45764.html

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea

China’s construction of a new platform in a remote part of the disputed South China Sea is a serious violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty, its foreign ministry said on Nov.22
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-new-building-by-beijing-in-south-china-sea_2721855.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-resolutely-opposes-chinas-activities-in-bombay-reef/142344.vnp

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Offers India Chance to Get Tougher Against Maritime Rival China

Advances in relations between Vietnam and India will help both countries resist Chinese expansion in Asia including the contested South China Sea, Asia scholars say
https://www.voanews.com/a/vietnam-india-relations/4666001.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-india-issue-joint-statement/142210.vnp

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

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

15 OCTOBER 2018

Mattis trip to Vietnam aimed at countering China’s influence

By making a rare second trip this year to Vietnam, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is signaling how intensively the Trump administration is trying to counter China’s military assertiveness by cozying up to smaller nations in the region that share American wariness about Chinese intentions
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/mattis-trip-to-vietnam-aimed-at-countering-chinas-influence/

 

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

In a bid to bolster defences, Vietnam buys Russian weapons

At the end of his visit, Dmitry Shugayev, head of Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation reportedly said, “We have a portfolio of orders worth more than $1 billion. »
https://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/257959107/in-a-bid-to-bolster-defences-vietnam-buys-russian-weapons

10 JULY 2018

US, Vietnam to Cooperate on Freedom of Navigation in Disputed South China Sea

The U.S. top diplomat reaffirmed America’s commitment to a “free and open Indo-Pacific” region during his first trip to Vietnam, saying Washington and Hanoi will work together to uphold freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-vietnam-to-cooperate-on-freedom-of-navigation-in-disputed-south-china-sea/

31 MAY 2018

Vietnam and Japan leaders agree on maritime safety cooperation

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

31 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam tie the knot for strategic partnership

Australia and Vietnam upgraded their bilateral ties to a strategic partnership during Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s visit to Australia from 14–18 March 2018. The move is not a surprise. As the Australian government states, this elevation ‘reflects Australia and Vietnam’s mature and diverse bilateral relationship’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/03/31/australia-and-vietnam-tie-the-knot-for-strategic-partnership/

20 MARCH 2018

Learning From the Battle of the Spratly Islands

15 MARCH 2018

Australia and Vietnam sign strategic partnership pact

Australia and Vietnam signed a new strategic partnership Thursday, in an apparent move to counter China’s growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Australia-and-Vietnam-sign-strategic-partnership-pact
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/03/15/Vietnam-and-Australia-deepen-ties
http://vovworld.vn/en-US/news/vietnam-australia-elevate-ties-to-strategic-partnership-627407.vov

3 MARCH 2018

India, Vietnam to enhance cooperation in defence production: PM Narendra Modi

« We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected, » he said
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/india-vietnam-to-enhance-cooperation-in-defence-production-pm-narendra-modi/1231130
http://en.qdnd.vn/foreign-affairs/bilateral-relations/president-tran-dai-quang-holds-talks-with-indian-pm-narendra-modi-490440
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-vietnam-vow-to-cooperate-on-region-s-security-1.2182037

25 JANUARY 2018

US to send aircraft carrier to Vietnam as ties between old foes deepen in response to rising threat of China

In a post-war first, the United States will send an aircraft carrier to Vietnam, Hanoi’s defence ministry said on Thursday, a major demonstration of deepening military ties between the former enemies more than four decades after the Vietnam war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2130581/us-send-aircraft-carrier-vietnam-ties-between-old-foes-deepen
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/256215589/mattis-us-aircraft-carrier-to-visit-vietnam-in-march
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/01/25/Russia-Vietnam-military-ties-in-the-spotlight-with-defense-minister%E2%80%99s-visit

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/13/542063/Vietnam-China-agreement-South-China-Sea-Xi-Jinping-Hanoi-ASEAN

10 NOVEMBER 2017

How Will US-Vietnam Relations Develop under Trump?

Donald Trump’s presidency thus far has provoked anxiety among the US’ Asian partners and allies. Southeast Asia — a group of small and middle-size states — is particularly concerned about the perceived policy vacuum and fading commitment of the United States. Vietnam is among the countries most closely watching Washington’s policy shifts
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/585.html

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

9 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/09/531167/Vietnam-US-military-ties-Ngo-Xuan-James-Mattis-China

10 JULY 2017

Vietnam Is Chasing India To Escape The Grip Of China

Now Vietnam is pushing for stronger ties with India. The two countries have explored together for oil in the South China Sea — the one Beijing believes is mostly its own — since at least 2014 when the overseas subsidiary of India’s state-run firm ONGC and PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp. signed an agreement for exploring three oil blocks despite bristling in Beijing
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/07/10/vietnam-is-chasing-india-in-a-new-gambit-to-resist-china/#753a023c5f59

27 JUNE 2017

The weak points in Vietnam’s military

Despite significant defense investments, some neglected portions of Vietnam’s military are vulnerable to Chinese Attack
http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/the-weak-points-in-vietnams-miliary/

4 JUNE 2017

Vietnam’s White House lobbying coup secures strategic gains

When Vietnam’s prime minister sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, it reflected a concerted Vietnamese lobbying effort unmatched by most Asian peers
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41303/vietnam-s-white-house-lobbying-coup-secures-strategic-gains
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2096713/nothing-personal-lesson-trump-vietnamese-politics

31 MAY 2017

Trump hails deals with Vietnam, but trade imbalance isn’t so good

US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2096417/trump-and-vietnamese-leader-focus-trade-during-meeting-white-house
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Deals/Vietnam-investing-billions-in-US-equipment-and-services

Joint statement by Vietnam, US after PM Phuc’s visit to White House

Hanoi and Washington called for refrain from any tension escalation in the East Vietnam Sea, including “the militarization of disputed features,” had “frank and constructive dialogue” to narrow differences on human rights, agreed to promote bilateral trade, and shared concern over ballistic missile tests by North Korea
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41258/joint-statement-by-vietnam-us-after-pm-phucs-visit-to-white-house
http://www.atimes.com/article/trump-phuc-rekindle-us-vietnam-warming-trend/

11 MAY 2017

Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president

President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, ­despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094012/xi-calls-more-bilateral-cooperation-he-hosts-vietnamese
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/195/7/214/1494516576119.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2017/05/11/china-says-has-positive-talks-with-vietnam-on-south-china-sea/

30 MARCH 2017

South Korea, Vietnam aim for more muscular ties

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

19 JANUARY 2017

Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063573/arrests-vietnam-breaks-rally-against-chinas-invasion
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vietnam-police-halt-anti-china-protest-over-islands

16 JANUARY 2017

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062592/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-meets-vietnamese-leaders-promises?spm=0.0.0.0.RcYBwd
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WH0epoWcE2w
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/japan-to-provide-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-amid-maritime-row-with-china-65869.html

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Pope and Vietnam’s president meet at the Vatican in bid to warm long-strained ties

Pope Francis has hosted Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang at the Vatican as the two work towards warming long-strained ties, a press release from the Holy See said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2048934/pope-and-vietnams-president-meet-vatican-bid-warm-long-strained
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-receives-Vietnamese-president,-highlighting-good-relations-and-a-shared-spirit-of-dialogue-39223.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/346844/pope-francis-welcomes-vietnamese-leaders-visit-to-vatican.html#pur11RWLhjtIZukR.97

4 OCTOBER 2016

US warships make landmark visit to strategic Vietnam port

Two U.S. warships have made their first port call in 21 years at Vietnam’s strategic naval base at Cam Ranh Bay, marking an important step in improving military ties between the former enemies
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-warships-make-landmark-visit-to-strategic-vietnam-port/3179524.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Vietnam to strengthen defense ties with India

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered up to 500 million dollars in loans to Vietnam to boost defense cooperation
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160903_22/
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-vietnam-visit-key-takeaways_1925525.html

29 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s Three Strategic Options

In response to Vietnam’s deteriorating security situation, it is likely to choose one of three strategies: 1) continue the current strategy of hedging between the U.S., China and Russia; 2) ally with the U.S. against China; or 3) develop Vietnam’s military capabilities, including a potential nuclear déterrent
http://www.forbes.com/sites/anderscorr/2016/08/29/vietnams-three-strategic-options/#4e5617322104

11 AUGUST 2016

What the end of the US arms embargo means for Vietnam

The United States’ complete lifting of the decade-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam marked a historic milestone in US–Vietnam relations, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two former foes. So what will this mean for Vietnamese security and domestic politics?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/09/what-the-end-of-the-us-arms-embargo-means-for-vietnam/

10 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam ‘moves new rocket launchers’ into South China Sea

Vietnam has discreetly fortified several of its islands in the disputed South China Sea with new mobile rocket launchers capable of striking China’s runways and military installations across the vital trade route, according to Western officials
http://atimes.com/2016/08/vietnam-moves-new-rocket-launchers-into-disputed-s-china-sea/
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-deploys-defensive-system-on-disputed-islands-in-South-China-Sea-38276.html

29 JUNE 2016

Việt Nam, Liberia officially establish diplomatic ties

Việt Nam and Liberia signed a joint communiqué establishing bilateral diplomatic ties during a ceremony in Hà Nội
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/298790/viet-nam-liberia-officially-establish-diplomatic-ties.html#RJyqVsDsohdIfpX1.97

23 MAY 2016

Obama announces full lifting of Vietnam arms embargo

The United States has fully lifted its ban on weapons sales to Vietnam, President Barack Obama announced on Monday (May 23) during a visit to Hanoi, unpicking a decades-old embargo on the one-time enemy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-announces-full/2808866.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36356695

22 MAY 2016

Obama in Vietnam: Arms and trade deal on agenda as trip begins

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Vietnam late Sunday ahead of a three-day trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China’s growing assertiveness in the region
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/obama-arrives-in-vietnam/2807542.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36354326
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1951031/sandwiched-between-giants-vietnam-seeks-obamas-assurance
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/156802/new-mark-in-vietnam-us-comprehensive-partnership.html

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam to get 2 more Russian frigates this year

Russia’s Zelenodolsk shipyard will deliver two Gepard-class frigates to Vietnam in August and September this year, Russian news agency TASS has reported.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-to-get-2-more-russian-frigates-this-year-62341.html

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

11 MAY 2016

Quietly, Vietnam hosts arms gathering attended by US companies

Vietnam hosts a defense symposium this week attended by top American arms manufacturers, ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama and as Washington weighs whether to lift an arms embargo on its former enemy.
http://atimes.com/2016/05/quietly-vietnam-hosts-arms-gathering-attended-by-us-companies/

12 APRIL 2016

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

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

5 APRIL 2016

Analyst: ‘Vietnam not submitting to China on territorial issues’

Vietnamese authorities have captured a Chinese vessel and its crew for allegedly entering its waters. DW talks to security analyst Bill Hayton about the implications of the incident.
http://www.dw.com/en/analyst-vietnam-not-submitting-to-china-on-territorial-issues/a-19162112

4 APRIL 2016

Vietnam seizes Chinese ship for trespassing

Vietnam has seized a Chinese ship and detained its captain and two sailors, accusing the crew of illegally intruding on its waters, state media said
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/04/vietnam-seizes-chinese-vessel-detains-crew
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2016/04/03/Vietnam-seizes-chinese-ship%2C-State-media-reports
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-seizes-chinese-oil-tanker-state-media

27 MARCH 2016

Vietnam, China to handle sea dispute ‘peaceful, friendly’: defence ministers

Defence ministers of Vietnam and China have agreed that the two countries will continue to handle the East Sea dispute through peaceful and friendly dialogues, according to the Vietnam News Agency
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-china-to-handle-sea-dispute-peaceful-friendly-defence-ministers-60635.html

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam lodges UN complaint against China

Vietnam has lodged a formal complaint to the UN over China’s placement of a surface-to-air missile battery on a disputed island in the South China Sea.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/vietnam-lodges-complaint-china-violations-160219101856958.html

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s China challenge

The General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong was re-elected to the top post of the Vietnamese regime in late January. But victory in the elections is just the first challenge in Trong’s five-year term. The next major challenge for the new leader will be managing the relationship with China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/vietnams-china-challenge-2/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

19 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam warns China against rig activity in disputed waters

Vietnam warned China on Tuesday (Jan 19) against drilling in disputed waters in the South China Sea, after Beijing steered an oil rig at the centre of a previous stand-off between the countries into a stretch where jurisdiction is unclear
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-warns-china/2439218.html

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s plan to deter China with western warplane purchases

 Vietnam is negotiating with American and European manufacturers to purchase new warplanes—including fighters, maritime patrol aircraft and unmanned aircraft. The move comes as part of Hanoi’s strategy to lessen its dependence on Russian hardware and to counter China’s growing power
http://atimes.com/2016/01/vietnams-plan-to-deter-china-with-western-jets/

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/us-ambassador-to-vietnam-dismayed-about-detentions-of-dissidents-12292015115930.html

4 DECEMBER 2015

Vietnam is Israel’s closest ASEAN partner

Israel’s relations with ASEAN countries have not received a great deal of attention. In reality, however, there is an increasing tendency of Israel to benefit from the growing economies of Southeast Asia
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2015/12/04/vietnam-israels-closest-asean-partner/

6 NOVEMBER 2015

China and Vietnam pledge good ties and maritime peace

China and Vietnam have pledged to be « good neighbours » and agreed to maintain peace in the South China Sea. It comes at the end of a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the first of its kind for a decade
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34742682
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1876440/president-xi-jinping-tells-hanoi-parliament-china-and
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/china-vietnam-should-maintain-status-quo-in-east-sea-party-chief-trong-tells-president-xi-53336.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-strengthen-defense-ties-vietnam

21 OCTOBER 2015

Vietnam, Philippines to strengthen ties

The foreign ministers of Vietnam and the Philippines have agreed to further strengthen their partnership to maintain peace and stability in the region and secure freedom of navigation.Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario met in Hanoi on Wednesday
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151022_01.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan pledges maritime security aid to Vietnam

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

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-first-british-prime-minister-visit-vietnam
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-video
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-regime-business-diplomatic-game

7 JULY 2015

Vietnam Communist Party leader makes historic US visit

Vietnam’s General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, has met US President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss defence issues and the running conflict with China over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/07/vietnam-communist-party-white-house-150708045555640.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/obama-vietnam-party-chief-discuss-east-sea-in-landmark-meeting-47641.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/07/politics/obama-vietnam-trans-pacific-partnership-china/index.html
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/07/08/the-geo-politics-of-vietnam-us-rapprochement/#more-46812

2 JUNE 2015

Vietnam receives Russian-design missile boats amid maritime tension

Vietnam took delivery of two new missile boats on Tuesday made locally and modelled on Russian vessels, the latest move by its military to strengthen maritime defences as tensions simmer over sovereignty in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-receives-russian/1888578.html

18 MAY 2015

Vietnam Condemns Chinese Ban on Fishing in South China Sea. china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest

Vietnam has strongly condemned a temporary Chinese ban on fishing in the South China Sea, calling the move a violation of its sovereignty, as the neighboring countries seek to repair ties damaged by Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig to the contested waters a year ago
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/ban-05182015140858.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/05/18/asia-pacific/china-defends-fishing-ban-brushes-vietnams-protest/#.VVpJ1e_GMcB

 

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13 AUGUST 2919

PM Mahathir accuses Chinese schools association of racism over khat controversy

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has hit out again at the Chinese schools association over its opposition to the teaching of khat calligraphy, saying that legal action could be taken if the association instigates negative racial sentiment
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-mahathir-khat-calligraphy-racist-dong-zong-11805520
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/14/the-khat-paranoia-in-malaysia/1780561

30 JULY 2019

Sultan Abdullah installed as the 16th king of Malaysia

The ceremony was attended by about 700 guests including nine Malay rulers, government ministers and foreign dignitaries. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign performs a largely ceremonial function. The king is elected in rotation: the throne passes from hand to hand every five years
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-30/malaysia-anoints-new-king-after-former-monarch-abdicates/11368050?section=world
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sultan-Abdullah-installed-as-the-16th-king-of-Malaysia-47633.html

 

16 JULY 2019

Malaysia’s parliament approves Bill to lower voting age to 18

After several hours of debate, 211 out of 222 members of parliament voted in favour of amending Malaysia’s federal constitution, allowing the changes to be introduced. No objections were recorded
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-parliament-approves-bill-to-lower-voting-age-to-18-11725452
https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2019/07/504876/pm-happy-vote-18-passed-says-fact-vote-was-unanimous-historic

15 JULY 2019

Malaysia Seized Over $240 Million From Chinese Company Over Pipeline Project: PM Mahathir

Malaysia seized more than 1 billion ringgit ($243.5 million) from a bank account of state-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP) over incomplete pipeline projects, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on July 15
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3018700/malaysias-mahathir-mohamad-confirms-us240-million-seizure
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysia-seized-over-240-million-from-chinese-company-over-pipeline-project-pm-mahathir_3002731.html

3 JULY 2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir bans sea sand exports to Singapore, in major blow to city state’s expansion plans

Malaysia, Singapore’s biggest source for sea sand, has banned the export of the commodity, according to officials in Kuala Lumpur, a move that traders said could complicate the city state’s ambitious expansion plans on reclaimed land
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3017104/malaysias-mahathir-bans-sea-sand-exports-singapore-major

30 MAY 2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir Proposes Common East Asia Currency Pegged to Gold

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday mooted the idea of a common trading currency for East Asia that would be pegged to gold, describing the existing currency trading in the region as manipulative
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysias-mahathir-proposes-common-east-asia-currency-pegged-to-gold_2943360.html

9 MAY 2019

Malaysian PM says no timetable for handing over power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his government’s record on the anniversary of its election victory Thursday and reiterated he will hand over power to his successor Anwar Ibrahim though he wasn’t clear on when
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/221/12/160/1557391380337.html?newsId=82299
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/09/i-am-an-interim-pm-dr-m-says-may-stay-on-for-three-years-before-anwar-takes/1751355

19 APRIL 2019

Malaysia negotiating to buy military assets through barter: Defence Minister

Malaysia is negotiating with several countries to acquire military assets through barter trade, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Friday (Apr 19)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-assets-through-barter-11461768
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/19/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-equipment-through-barter-system-says-m/1744948

12 APRIL 2019

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Malaysia on Friday said it had a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after months of false starts and contradictory statements from Prime Minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3005831/malaysia-decide-today-stalled-china-backed-east-coast-rail

5 APRIL 2019

Malaysia U-turns on decision to join war crimes court after political pressure

Malaysia will no longer join the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Apr 5), citing political pressure and « confusion among the rulers »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-u-turn-icc-not-ratifying-rome-statute-mahathir-pressure-11416980
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/476540/dr-m-malaysia-withdraws-rome-statute-due-smear-campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/malaysia-backtracks-decision-join-icc-190405102217112.html

3 APRIL 2019

Malaysia ex-PM Najib pleads not guilty to all charges as trial starts

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. He pleaded not guilty to all charges as the trial begun
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/malaysia-ex-pm-najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-all-charges-as-trial-starts-1.1554275712421
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/03/asia/malaysia-1mdb-najib-razak-jho-low-yacht-intl/index.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-faces-jail/10797958?section=world

9 MARCH 2019

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Malaysia’s GDP to expand 4.9% this year, no risk of deflation: Finance minister

Malaysia’s economy is going strong and the gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to expand a further 4.9 per cent in 2019 even with a decline in inflationary pressure, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Sunday (Feb 24)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-gdp-to-expand-4-9-this-year-no-risk-of-deflation-11284496

31 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia crowns Pahang state’s Sultan Abdullah as 16th king

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was crowned on Thursday as Malaysia’s 16th king under a unique rotating monarchy system, nearly a month after the sudden abdication of Sultan Muhammad V
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sultan-of-pahang-ascends-the-throne-as-new-malaysian-king-11188432
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190131_39/
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-47070883/sultan-abdullah-crowned-malaysia-s-new-king

30 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia unveils five-year plan to fight corruption

Malaysia has unveiled an ambitious five-year plan to clamp down on corruption in government, months after a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal brought down the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/malaysia-unveils-year-plan-fight-corruption-190129050626578.html

27 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia stripped of right to host world para swimming championships after Israeli ban

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Sunday (Jan 27) stripped Malaysia of the right to host the 2019 world para swimming championships after the country banned Israeli athletes from participating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-stripped-of-right-to-host-world-para-swimming-championships-after-israeli-ban
https://www.bbc.com/sport/disability-sport/47020257

26 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia scraps China-backed East Coast Rail Link plan over price

Malaysia’s government has decided to cancel a US$20 billion rail project being built and financed by China after failed attempts to lower the price, a minister said on Saturday, ending months of speculation about the future of the controversial project
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2183743/malaysia-scraps-chinas-expensive-east-coast-rail-link-plan
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-cancelling-us20-billion-china-backed-rail-project-says-economics-affairs

24 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country’s new king Thursday following the shock abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/asia/malaysia-new-king-elected-intl/index.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/sultan-abdullah-pahang-malaysia-king-monarchy-rotational-vote-explained-a8743971.html

16 JANUARY 2019

Mahathir’s Malaysia bans all Israeli nationals from events it hosts

Malaysia’s foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2182413/mahathirs-malaysia-bans-all-israeli-nationals-events-it
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/malaysia-says-it-wont-host-any-more-events-involving-israel/

6 JANUARY 2019

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V abdicates in unexpected and rare move

Malaysia’s king Muhammad V has abdicated, becoming the first ruling monarch to resign from the throne in the country’s history
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/malaysia-king-abdication-sultan-muhammad-v-agong-a8713951.html
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/06/short-and-historic-a-quick-look-at-sultan-muhammad-vs-755-day-reign/
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/King-Abicates-01062019111340.html

29 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian PM Mahathir says his party needs to defend ‘weak’ Malay community

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his party’s pro-Malay stance on Saturday (Dec 29) amid criticisms raised even within his ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance that race-based policies should be toned down or abandoned in the Malaysia Baru (New Malaysia) administration
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-pm-mahathir-says-his-party-needs-to-defend-weak-malay-community
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/445184/only-malays-can-save-themselves-says-dr-m

8 DECEMBER 2018

Thousands in Kuala Lumpur for street protest against UN rights convention

Over 50,000 Malay Muslims gathered at the capital’s Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) on Saturday (Dec 8) afternoon in a celebratory gathering-turned-political rally after Malaysia bowed to their demands not to ratify a United Nations anti-discrimination pact
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-gather-for-kl-rally-against-un-rights-convention
https://www.foxnews.com/world/malaysian-muslims-stage-rally-to-uphold-malay-privileges
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/08/mahathir-govt-faces-first-big-rally-as-thousands-march-over-icerd/

2 DECEMBER 2018

Malaysian Chinese Association president: Party to push for dissolution of BN instead of leaving coalition

The MCA annual general meeting today passed a resolution for the dissolution of Barisan Nasional (BN) and for a more effective coalition to be forged
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/12/02/mca-agrees-to-dissolve-bn-to-form-new-coalition/
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1699261/mca-president-party-to-push-for-dissolution-of-bn-instead-of-leaving-coalit

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Malaysia govt says it won’t ratify UN rights treaty after facing anger from Malays and Muslims

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has dumped a pledge to ratify a UN treaty against racial discrimination amid intense pressure from Malays, who claim it would jeopardise controversial race-based affirmative action policies that benefit them
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/malaysia-backpedals-on-un-racism-measure
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174750/malaysias-mahathir-dumps-pledge-ratify-un-treaty-racial
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-govt-says-wont-ratify-rights-treaty-after-facing-anger-from-malays-and-muslims

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Umno president Zahid calls for his party’s merger with long-time political enemy PAS

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for a merger between his Malay nationalist party and its long-time political nemesis PAS, six months after the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition was ousted from power in national polls
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/umno-president-zahid-calls-for-his-partys-merger-with-long-time-political-enemy-pas
https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/11/18/umno-and-pas-a-step-closer-to-alliance-with-joint-committee/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Malaysia PM Najib walks out of Al Jazeera interview, saying ‘You are not being fair to me’ See the video

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak walked out of an interview with Al Jazeera news channel after he was repeatedly asked about the 1MDB scandal
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/ex-malaysia-pm-najib-walks-out-of-al-jazeera-interview-saying-you-are-not-being-fair-to
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2018/10/malaysia-najib-speaks-181027062409739.html

18 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi charged over corruption as Umno’s implosion continues

Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has arrested a former deputy prime minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, in connection with an investigation into suspected misappropriation of funds from a charity foundation, the agency says
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-ex-dpm-zahid-arrives-in-court-to-face-35-charges
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1684548/the-raft-of-money-laundering-charges-against-umno-president-zahid-hamidi

13 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia’s Anwar returns to frontline politics in big poll win

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election for a parliamentary seat with a landslide victory on Saturday in a grand political comeback to help him prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-s-anwar-returns-to-frontline-politics-in-big-poll-win-20860
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/anwar-ibrahim-storms-to-victory-in-port-dickson-by-election-wins-72-pct-of-vote

11 OCTOBER 2018

Malaysia set to abolish death penalty, in move which could spare lives of women accused of killing Kim Jong-nam

Malaysia has decided to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said Thursday, with more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/malaysia-set-abolish-death-penalty-move-could-spare-lives-women/
https://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-to-abolish-death-penalty/a-45840659

4 OCTOBER 2018

Wife of Malaysian ex-PM Najib Razak charged with money laundering

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak’s wife Rosmah Mansor faces 17 charges, including 12 for money laundering. It comes as her husband also faces corruption charges in a multi-billion-dollar scandal that shocked Malaysia
https://www.dw.com/en/wife-of-malaysian-ex-pm-najib-razak-charged-with-money-laundering/a-45745873
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/malaysian-pm-wife-charged-corruption-scandal-heats-181004063123067.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/04/wife-ex-malaysian-prime-minister-charged-money-laundering-luxury/

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak charged with 25 counts of money laundering and abuse of power

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s former prime minister, had been charged with 21 counts of money-laundering in a case linked to a multi-million dollar fraud scandal centred around a state fund
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/20/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-charged-25-counts/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-new-25-charges-in-connection-with-1mdb-fund
https://www.voanews.com/a/ex-malaysian-pm-hit-with-25-new-charges-in-1mdb-looting-scandal/4579556.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Malaysian opposition blocks bid to repeal fake news law

Malaysia’s opposition-led Upper House blocked an effort to repeal a law against fake news yesterday, presenting the first major challenge for the new government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-opposition-blocks-bid-to-repeal-fake-news-law

2 SEPTEMBER 2018

Mahathir draws new line in the South China Sea

Malaysian leader opposes China’s militarization of the maritime area’s disputes but any shift to the US will be cloaked in his trademark non-aligned policy
http://www.atimes.com/article/mahathir-draws-new-line-in-the-south-china-sea/

26 AUGUST 2018

Malaysia’s road to democratic reform

For the first time in the history of Malaysia, the opposition has defeated a sitting government at the polls. During the long rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN), Malaysia suffered serious degradation of its legal and political institutions, and the new coalition government of the Pakatan Harapan knows that it must deal with daunting challenges of reform
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/08/26/malaysias-road-to-democratic-reform/

20 AUGUST 2018

Chinese ‘projects will not go on’: Mahathir blasts Najib’s ‘stupidity’

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects would be cancelled until Malaysia could afford it
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160627/chinese-projects-will-not-go-mahathir-blasts-najibs
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-premier-li-keqiang-says-willing-to-push-bilateral-ties-with-malaysia
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/08/403500/malaysia-china-joint-communique-dr-ms-visit-china-mutually-beneficial#cxrecs_s

16 AUGUST 2018

New Malaysian government repeals law banning ‘fake news’

Malaysia’s new government on Thursday repealed a widely criticized law prohibiting “fake news,” in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/new-malaysian-government-repeals-law-banning-fake-news/

5 AUGUST 2018

Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim wins PKR presidency uncontested

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim won the presidency of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) uncontested after nominations for party polls closed at 5pm on Sunday (Aug 5), marking the next step in his journey to become Prime Minister in two years’ time as agreed by the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-pkr-presidency-uncontested
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-set-to-become-pkr-president-after-uncontested-win-10590786
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-wins-party-presidency-uncontested

2 AUGUST 2018

Mahathir Mohamad on Islam, politics and the love of his life

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is the oldest leader in the world. In May, he made a stunning return to political power, he says in a bid to save his corruption-plagued country before it’s too late
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/01/asia/mahathir-mohamad-malaysia-q-and-a/index.html

 1 AUGUST 2018

China’s Wang Yi meets Malaysian PM Mahathir to discuss visit to Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for the first time since the 93-year-old’s toppling of his Beijing-friendly predecessor Najib Razak raised questions about the future of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2157849/fears-china-malaysia-ties-ease-wang-yi-meets-mahathir-mohamad
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/chinas-wang-yi-meets-malaysian-pm-mahathir-to-discuss-visit-to-beijing

30 JULY 2018

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

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

19 JULY 2018

Malaysian police arrest 7 suspected ISIS militants, including man who threatened to kill King, PM Mahathir

Malaysian police have arrested seven suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants including a man who threatened to assassinate the Malaysian King and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysian-who-threatened-to-kill-king-among-seven-suspected-militants-arrested-in-four
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-5969157/Malaysia-arrests-seven-people-suspected-militant-links.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490

17 JULY 2018

Malaysian king calls for unity amid racial tensions

Malaysia’s king has appealed for calm amid growing racial tensions in the Muslim-majority country after an electoral earthquake in May toppled the Malay-dominated coalition that had ruled the country for decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-king-calls-for-unity-amid-racial-tensions-10537894

16 JULY 2018

Malaysian lawmakers take oath, including indicted ex-leader

Malaysian lawmakers took their oath in Parliament on Monday, including former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has been charged in a massive corruption scandal that led to his coalition’s electoral defeat
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-5957781/Malaysian-lawmakers-oath-including-indicted-ex-leader.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-swears-in-new-lawmakers-in-historic-parliament-sitting

5 JULY 2018

Malaysia halts $22 billion China-backed deals

Malaysia on Thursday suspended three major China-backed projects worth billions of dollars, the latest big-ticket items to be axed by the new government as it reviews deals signed by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/malaysia-halts-22-billion-china-backed-deals-180705140537453.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2153984/malaysian-prime-minister-mahathir-mohamad-plans-visit-china

3 JULY 2018

Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Ex-PM Najib Razak arrested

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been arrested in Kuala Lumpur, state media reported, as part of a probe into alleged theft and money laundering at the 1MDB state investment fund
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-03/najib-razak-arrested-by-police/9936612
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-malaysian-pm-najib-arrested-over-huge-graft-probe
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/najib-razak-pre-recorded-video-arrest-not-perfect-apology-10496432

30 JUNE 2018

Former Malaysian DPM Zahid wins Umno presidential race

Acting Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was handed a resounding mandate to continue leading Malaysia’s largest party, with members sticking to the status quo at the party’s internal polls on Saturday (June 30),  despite calls to reform the party after its shock general election defeat in May
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysian-dpm-zahid-wins-umno-presidential-race
https://www.malaymail.com/s/1647395/three-things-about-umnos-2018-election-and-why-it-matters
https://upclosed.com/people/ahmad-zahid-hamidi/

13 JUNE 2018

Malaysia’s top two judges resign amid purge of senior officials

Malaysia’s two top judges have resigned from their posts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government purges senior officials seen close to the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/malaysia-top-judges-resign-purge-senior-officials-180613060050627.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2150641/malaysian-top-judges-quit-mahathir-mohamads-new-government

28 MAY 2018

Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad announces plan to scrap high-speed rail project with Singapore

Malaysia is dropping a plan for a high-speed rail link between its capital Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and will talk with its southern neighbour about the agreement to build it, Malaysia’s prime minister said in an interview published on Monday
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/mahathir-mohamad-confirms-malaysia-pulls-out-of-kl-singapore-hsr-10284144
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2148155/malaysia-pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-plan-drop-high-speed

24 MAY 2018

Russian military missile downed Malaysian Airlines flight 17 in 2014: Investigators  

Prosecutors investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 said on Thursday (May 24) they had identified the missile used to shoot down the plane as coming from a Russian military unit
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/24/562789/China-US-South-China-Sea–AsiaPacific–RIMPAC
https://www.rferl.org/a/mh17-criminal-probe-to-appeal-to-the-public-for-help/29246988.html

18 MAY 2018

Malaysia names new Cabinet line-up, ministers to be sworn in Monday

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has on Friday (May 18) submitted a list of proposed federal ministers to the King. The ministers are expected to take their oath of office at a ceremony at the palace on Monday morning
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844#cxrecs_s
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-names-new-cabinet-line-up-ministers-to-be-sworn-in-monday

16 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar freed, given royal pardon

Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim was freed from custody Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following his alliance’s stunning election victory
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/anwar-ibrahim-freed-from-prison-royal-pardon-malaysia-10237840
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-malaysian-leader-anwar-ibrahim-walks-free-17498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/15/asia/anwar-ibrahim-pardon-mahathir-intl/index.html

12 MAY 2018

Who’s who in Mahathir’s new Cabinet and Council of Elders

Pakatan Harapan (PH) will have a small Cabinet line-up to start with, with 10 key ministerial positions to be filled, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/whos-who-in-mahathirs-new-cabinet-and-council-of-elders
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/368346/pm-announces-10-ministries-under-new-cabinet-nsttv

10 MAY 2018

Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as Malaysia’s PM

Mahathir Mohamad, 92, a former Malaysian Prime Minister who led the opposition to achieve a stunning victory in the general election, took the oath of office on Thursday night, becoming the world’s oldest government leader
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/152/184/211/1525962653359.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2145471/malaysian-election-result-najib-accepts-will-people-says-no
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/10/asia/mahathir-malaysia-election-intl/index.html

9 MAY 2018

Prime Minister Najib Razak defeated as opposition claims victory in Malaysia

Malaysia’s opposition alliance led by the country’s former authoritarian ruler Mahathir Mohamad has won a majority in parliament, ending the 60-year rule of the National Front
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-10/malaysia-election-mahathir-claims-win-but-results-not-yet-in/9745498
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/09/asia/malaysia-elections-results/index.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysian_general_election,_2018

5 MAY 2018

Malaysia’s new law against ‘fake news’ snares second opposition leader ahead of elections

Opposition leader Rafizi Ramli became the second candidate for prime minister to come under police investigation under the new law within days. The probes come with elections slated for next week
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysias-new-law-against-fake-news-snares-second-opposition-leader-ahead-of-elections/a-43666575

2 MAY 2018

Kuala Lumpur police launch probe into Mahathir under fake news law for claiming his jet was sabotaged

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad is being probed under the controversial new law on fake news for his statements alleging that the private jet he was to board last week was sabotaged
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-police-launch-probe-into-mahathir-under-fake-news-law-for-claiming-his-jet-was
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-police-probe-mahathir-fake-news-plane-sabotage-claim-10196246

25 APRIL 2018

Malaysia Election Commission’s new rules disqualify use of Mahathir’s face in campaign materials

Malaysia’s Election Commission on Tuesday (Apr 24) issued new guidelines relating to campaign materials for the 14th general election. Only images of party presidents and deputy presidents – or their equivalents – can be used on campaigning material
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-election-commission-s-new-rules-disqualify-use-of-10174598
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/new-rules-by-malaysia-election-body-seen-as-bid-to-block-mahathir-posters-from-wider

14 APRIL 2018

Malaysia’s General Election: What are Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan promising voters?

Key to any campaign is the manifesto, and both coalitions have presented their plans for the future of multi-ethnic Malaysia should they be elected. Here is a closer look at some of what the two rival coalitions have to offer
https://asianews.network/2018/04/13/malaysias-general-election-what-are-barisan-nasional-and-pakatan-harapan-promising-voters/

10 APRIL 2018

Malaysia to hold general elections on May 9

Malaysia is set to hold a general election on May 9, the Elections Commission said, in what could be the toughest test of the ruling coalition’s 61-year grip on power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/malaysia-hold-general-elections-9-180410115525833.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141021/malaysia-hold-general-election-may-9

6 APRIL 2018

Malaysian PM dissolves parliament, calls for election

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Friday that the parliament will be dissolved on Saturday, paving way for the next general election to be held within 60 days in which he is seeking another mandate after holding the position for nine years
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/63/182/213/1523006929547.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-dissolve-parliament-elections-najib-razak-10110052
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/parliament-dissolves-today

5 APRIL 2018

Mahathir Mohamad’s political party provisionally dissolved

The Malaysian opposition party formed by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), has been provisionally dissolved by the Registrar of Societies over its alleged failure to provide necessary documents
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/mahathir-mohamad-political-party-ppbm-provisionally-dissolved-10106970
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/mahathir-party-temporarily-dissolved-polls-180405135324035.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/04/06/ppbm-still-a-functioning-party-says-dr-mahathir/

2 APRIL 2018

Malaysia approves anti-fake news bill ahead of elections

Malaysia’s lawmakers approved an anti-fake news law on Monday (April 2) despite numerous protests from opposition lawmakers and civil society groups that it would be misused to muffle dissent ahead of a general election expected within weeks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-votes-in-anti-fake-news-law
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/02/557197/Malaysia-fake-news-law-freedoms

27 MARCH 2018

Malaysia Tries to Redistrict the Opposition to Oblivion

26 MARCH 2018

Malaysia proposes 10 years’ jail for ‘fake news’

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government tabled a bill in parliament on Monday outlawing “fake news,” with hefty fines and up to 10 years in jail, raising more concerns about media freedom in the wake of a multi-billion dollar graft scandal
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/26/556543/Malaysia-PM-Press-Freedom
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysias-bill-to-fight-fake-news-tabled-in-parliament

23 MARCH 2018

Racism used for ‘divide and rule’ in Malaysia, says report

Malaysia’s government is utilising racism as a tool to “divide and rule” the country, according to a damning new report from a local human rights organisation
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/racism-used-for-divide-and-rule-in-malaysia-says-report/#38v77QpfODy1VpVZ.99
http://komas.org/v2/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Malaysia-Racial-Discrimination-Report-2017.pdf

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Malaysian artist Fahmi Reza jailed for mocking Prime Minister Najib Razak

Fahmi Reza’s picture of the premier wearing powder-white clown make-up, with evilly arched eyebrows went viral and the image was widely used in demonstrations against Najib
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43127199
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133990/malaysian-artist-jailed-clown-face-caricature-pm-najib
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2018/02/337249/fahmi-reza-gets-jail-fined-rm30000-over-clown-caricature#cxrecs_s

7 JANUARY 2018

Mahathir named Malaysian opposition’s prime minister pick

Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister could once again helm the country, with the opposition coalition naming Mahathir Mohamad as its interim PM pick should it emerge victorious in the elections
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-named-malaysian-opposition-s-prime-minister-pick-9840014
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/malaysia-pm-mahathir-tapped-election-run-180107160224615.html

4 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia says unlikely to meet 2020 balanced budget goal

Malaysia is unlikely to meet earlier targets it set for a balanced budget by 2020 and will need another two to three years to reach the goal, the country’s second finance minister said on Thursday (Jan 4)
http://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-says-unlikely-meet-2020-balanced-budget-goal

2 DECEMBER 2017

THE MALAYSIAN ECONOMY IS TURNING. WILL NAJIB’S LUCK?

A Bloomberg News survey last week showed the Malaysian economy is likely to grow 5.7 per cent this year and 5.2 per cent next year, in contrast to sub-five per cent growth in 2016
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2122525/malaysian-economy-gathers-steam-can-teflon-pm-najib-turn-heat

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

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

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Kuala Lumpur crowned the most expat-friendly city in Asia

The Internations survey places Kuala Lumpur fourth in the overall list of 51 cities ranked best to worst for expats to set up home in, with Manama, Prague, and Madrid just slightly ahead. The city is highly appreciated for how easy it is to settle down and feel at home in such a short space of time
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/kuala-lumpur-crowned-expat-friendly-city-asia/#FA8wt74MCozTTJRJ.97

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

A powerful Malaysian royal family called on Thursday for former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad to face a sedition probe for allegedly insulting an ethnic group from which they claim descent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2118180/malaysian-royals-call-mahathir-be-focus-sedition-inquiry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/selangors-royal-council-urges-sedition-probe-of-mahathir-over-bugis-pirate-comment

27 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysia unveils expansionary budget as polls loom; sees solid 2018 growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced an expansionary budget targeted at his vote bank on Friday (Oct 27), as he looks to shore up support ahead of a tough election that must be called by next August
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-unveils-expansionary-budget-as-polls-loom-najib-razak-9350222
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2117347/whos-really-selling-malaysia-china-najib-turns-tables-his-critics

18 OCTOBER 2017

Who are the main actors in Malaysia’s rough-and-tumble politics?

Although Prime Minister Najib Razak won the previous election in 2013, his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, led by the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) that represents the majority Malay ethnic community, took on an unprecedented defeat with the popular vote
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/malaysian-election-primer#2h1QyAKZmvUZjtEy.99

17 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

27 AUGUST 2017

The story of Malaysia through its constitution

Much can be told about a country’s character through its laws. Correspondingly, the transformation of a country’s legal regime over time can be said to be a reflection of the sociopolitical evolution of its society
http://www.newmandala.org/story-malaysia-constitution/

RELIGION, RACE, POLITICS: WHAT’S CAUSING MALAYSIA’S GREAT DIVIDE?

Religion, political manipulation and preferential policies are widening the cultural divide between Malaysia’s ethnic groups and could be hindering the nation’s chances of unity as the next general election looms
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/2108367/religion-race-politics-whats-causing-malaysias-great-divide

17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jailed-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-withdraws-as-pm-8955268

11 MAY 2017

Malaysia Islamist party PAS to sever ties with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR

Malaysia’s main Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) announced on Thursday (May 11) it would sever ties with former opposition ally PKR, the party led by jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-islamist-party-pas-to-sever-ties-with-anwar-ibrahims-pkr
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-officially-cuts-off-pkr
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pas-splits-with-opposition-partner-pkr-8838280#cxrecs_s

24 APRIL 2017

At coronation, Malaysia’s newly-installed monarch calls for greater national unity

Malaysia’s newly-installed King, Sultan Muhammad V, on Monday made a call for national unity amid a backdrop of divisive politics brewing from racial tensions in the multi-ethnic country
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/coronation-malaysias-newly-installed-monarch-calls-greater-national-unity/#xlsEmWJ7gkZhV4BO.97

5 APRIL 2017

Malaysia passes child sex crimes law, but does not ban child marriage

Only 140 of the 12,987 cases of child sexual abuse reported to police between 2012 and July 2016 resulted in convictions. « The law is more stringent now… but not enough, » Ms Teo Nie Ching, the opposition MP who proposed the ban on child marriages
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-decides-not-to-criminalise-child-marriage
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/womens-group-a-life-of-rape-for-victims-who-marry-rapists
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/04/05/rapists-need-prisons-not-marriage/

28 MARCH 2017

Malaysia: PM Najib tells France no decision yet on buying Rafale jets

Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Tuesday he discussed the possible purchase of Dassault Aviation SA’s Rafale fighter jets with French President Francois Hollande but remained undecided
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/malaysia-pm-najib-tells-france-itnot-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets/#3dWFUDt09DpsDMSM.97
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/3988-malaysia-mulls-buying-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/najib-tells-france-not-ready-to-decide-on-buying-rafale-jets

9 MARCH 2017

Malaysia and North Korea – a friendship on ice

North Korea and Malaysia have taken the extraordinary step of banning each other’s citizens from leaving their countries in the fallout over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. Security expert Hoo Chiew-ping traces the history of this unusual Relationship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39139035

7 MARCH 2017

Korea bans Malaysians from leaving in row over Kim Jong Nam Killing

Pyongyang has temporarily barred all Malaysian citizens from exiting North Korea in a row over the assassination of the brother of Kim Jong Un. In turn, Malaysia banned Pyongyang’s diplomatic staff from leaving
http://www.dw.com/en/n-korea-bans-malaysians-from-leaving-in-row-over-kim-jong-nam-killing/a-37833503

4 MARCH 2017

Kim Jong-nam assassination: Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador Kang Chol

Malaysia has expelled the North Korean ambassador to the country, asking him to leave within 48 hours and declaring him « persona non grata » after he said Malaysia’s investigation into the murder of Kim Jong-nam could not be trusted
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-05/malaysia-orders-nth-korean-ambassador-to-leave/8325412?section=world
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/04/malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kim-jong-nam-death-malaysia-expels-north-korean-ambassador/3568308.html

1 MARCH 2017

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin dies at 81

Legendary Malaysian actor Jins Shamsuddin, who starred in Malay films such as Pancha Delima and Sarjan Hassan, died on Wednesday evening (Mar 1). He was 81
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/legendary-malaysian-actor-jins-shamsuddin-dies-at-81/3560086.html
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/01/legendary-actor-jins-shamsudin-dies/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jins_Shamsuddin

18 FEBRUARY 2017

Thousands rally in Malaysia to support PAS bill to strengthen Shariah Court

Thousands of Malaysians have gathered at the heart of Kuala Lumpur to support a controversial bill that will strengthen the powers of the Shariah Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-to-support-pas-bill-to-strengthen/3530078.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072074/tens-thousands-rally-support-islamic-penal-code-bill

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

20 JANUARY 2017

Malaysia’s economy in 2016

2016 has been rather eventful for the Malaysian economy. The growth rate — the one big indicator of macroeconomic health — has crumbled. From a past average of 5 per cent in real GDP growth, 2016 is likely to see something like 4.2 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/20/malaysias-economy-that-was/#more-54110

18 JANUARY 2017

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a minor legal victory on Wednesday, as a court ruled that he can proceed with his bid to challenge the rejection of his petition for a royal pardon
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063232/malaysian-court-revives-clemency-option-jailed-leader-anwar
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/18/court-says-anwar-can-challenge-pardons-boards-decision/

14 JANUARY 2017

Mahathir launches new party; promises to abolish GST if opposition wins

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-launches-new-party-promises-to-abolish-gst-if/3438820.html

14 DECEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday lost his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-loses-final-bid-for-freedom/3365834.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/14/jailed-former-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-loses-last-appeal

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian PM Najib Razak voices support for Islamic laws as he seeks to bolster support

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed support for strict Islamic laws as he seeks to consolidate support of ethnic Malay Muslims at a party meeting this week, as frustration over graft and the economy cloud his prospects for the next election
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-29/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-voices-support-for-islamic-laws-as-he-/8076766?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/zahid-be-loyal-as-najib-was-chosen-by-allah-to-be-umno-president

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar arrested under sedition law for allegedly insulting PM Najib Razak

Malaysian political cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, or Zunar as he is popularly known, has been arrested under the Sedition Act for cartoons that allegedly insulted Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-27/malaysian-political-cartoonist-zunar-arrested-under-sedition-law/8060932?section=world
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/again-cartoonist-zunar-taken-in-for-sedition

19 NOVEMBER 2016

March for ‘reform’: Thousands protest against scandal-plagued Malaysia PM Najib Razak

More than 10,000 yellow-clad Malaysians flooded the capital on Saturday to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak resign over a corruption scandal, as feared clashes with pro-government rightists failed to materialise
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2047558/march-reform-thousands-protest-against-scandal-plagued
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/nov/19/thousands-march-malaysia-demanding-prime-minister-resigns-video
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/19/content_15528605.html

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian police arrest Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, ahead of the rally

Maria Chin Abdullah, who is Bersih 2.0 chairman and Mandeep Singh, the group’s secretariat manager, were rounded up Friday after police raided their office in Petaling Jaya, a suburb outside Kuala Lumpur
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249508299
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/11/malaysian-authorities-arrest-bersih-leaders-rally-proceed/

14 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysian opposition politician Rafizi jailed 18 months for possession, leaking of 1MDB report

Rafizi Ramli, vice-president of the People’s Justice Party, was found guilty by the court of violating the Official Secrets Act by possessing and disclosing part of a government audit report on the indebted 1MDB fund, founded by Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-opposition-politician-rafizi-jailed-18-months-for-possession-leaking-of-1mdb
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-14/malaysian-opposition-lawmaker-jailed-for-exposing-1mdb-audit/8024812?section=world

1 NOVEMBER 2016

Malaysia and China sign deals on navy vessels

Malaysia has agreed to buy four Chinese naval vessels and pledged with Beijing to handle South China Sea disputes bilaterally, a Chinese official said on Tuesday, in what could be China’s latest counter to US influence in the region
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/11/01/malaysia-and-china-sign-deals-on-navy-vessels/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-and-malaysia-sign-agreement-on-navy-vessels-after-najib-li-meeting
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysian-chinese-companies-make-history-with-signing-of-14-agreements-wort

31 OCTOBER 2016

Washington’s untapped influence in Myanmar

Despite China’s power and proximity, the US has more influence than it recognises in Myanmar, writes Hunter Marston
http://www.newmandala.org/washingtons-untapped-influence-myanmar/

Defence high on the agenda for Malaysian PM’s China visit

Military and economic cooperation will be high on the agenda during Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s week-long visit to China, which starts on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041421/defence-high-agenda-malaysian-pms-china-visit

14 OCTOBER 2016

Sultan of Kelantan named new Malaysian king

Malaysia practises a rotating monarchy system among the nine states which have hereditary royal rulers known as Sultan. Yang di-Pertuan Agong acts as the country’s head of state, and is elected from among the Sultans that form the Conference of Rulers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kelantan-sultan-will-be-new-malaysia-king
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2003410

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/

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia: ‘Frenemies’ Mahathir and Anwar unite against new security law

Once each other’s fiercest enemy, Malaysia’s ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his now-jailed former deputy Anwar Ibrahim joint hands Monday to issue a statement condemning the National Security Council (NSC) Act, a law recently approved by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-frenemies-mahathir-anwar-unite-new-security-law/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/mahathir-anwar-issue-joint-statement-opposing-security-law

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia’s former PM Mahathir Mohamad unites with enemy Anwar Ibrahim in bid to oust Najib Razak

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met face-to-face with his one-time sworn enemy Anwar Ibrahim for the first time in 18 years, as the two unite behind a push to oust embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-09/mahathir-mohamad-meets-with-enemy-anwar-ibrahim-in-malaysia/7827558?section=world

27 AUGUST 2016

Malaysian protesters call for PM’s arrest

Demonstrators have marched in the streets of the Malaysian capital to protest against alleged government corruption, calling for the arrest of an unnamed high-ranking official after million of dollars went missing from a state-owned investment fund
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/27/malaysian-protesters-call-for-pm-s-arrest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/hundreds-malaysian-protesters-call-1mdb-arrest-160827175620860.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160827_26/

9 AUGUST 2016

Former Malaysia DPM Muhyiddin registers ‘progressive’ Umno splinter party Bersatu with Mahathir as chairman

Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin registered a new political party on Tuesday (Aug 9) that he promises to be more open and progressive than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s pro-Malay ruling Umno
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-malaysia-dpm-muhyiddin-to-register-umno-splinter-party-bersatu-on-tuesday
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/08/164293/muhyiddin-submits-application-new-party-bersatu

1st AUGUST 2016

Malaysia’s controversial National Security Council Act kicks in

New legislation came into force on Monday (Aug 1) that grants sweeping powers to Malaysia’s National Security Council, which is chaired by the prime minister
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-controversial/3003680.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/01/content_15471356.html

29 JULY 2016

UN rights body raps Malaysian govt over security law

The U.N.’s human rights body said Friday it was « gravely concerned » by a new Malaysian security law coming into force next week that grants the government extraordinary emergency powers
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Jul-29/364575-un-rights-body-raps-malaysian-govt-over-security-law.ashx
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45430

18 JULY 2016

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

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

16 JULY 2016

Sacked Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin backs Dr Mahathir’s new party

Sacked former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Saturday (Jul 16) threw his weight behind former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to set up a new political party to galvanise the opposition and present a credible challenge to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sacked-malaysian-dpm/2962502.html

15 JULY 2016

Opposition hopes for better days with Mahathir’s new party

Having failed to unseat Prime Minister Najib Razak after more than a year of stinging attacks, former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s unprecedented move to force a change of leadership from outside Umno is a tacit admission that he no longer has clout within the ruling party
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-hopes-for-better-days-with-mahathirs-new-party

30 JUNE 2016

Influential Malaysian opposition politician Lim Guan Eng charged on graft charges

 Malaysia’s opposition leader Lim Guan Eng, who is also the chief minister of the prosperous northern island of Penang, was arrested on Wednesday by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for alleged graft
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1983252/influential-malaysian-opposition-politician-arrested-graft
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/06/malaysia-top-opposition-leader-lim-guan-eng-charged-with-graft/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/penang-chief-minister/2917474

27 JUNE 2016

Malaysian PM reshuffles cabinet amid speculation of snap poll

Scandal-hit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Monday announced a cabinet reshuffle, including promoting a trusted ally to manage the economy, in what analysts said could be preparation for a snap election
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1982222/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-amid-speculation-snap-poll
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pm-naji

24 JUNE 2016

Malaysia’s embattled PM sacks Mahathir’s son and former deputy

Najib’s ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) unanimously decided to expel former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1980862/malaysias-embattled-pm-sacks-mahathirs-son-and-former
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-sacks-former/2901970.html

21 JUNE 2016

Malaysia opposition PKR politician shot dead in Sarawak

A senior member of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) branch in Sarawak was gunned down at a traffic junction in the eastern Malaysian state on Tuesday 21
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/opposition-pkr-politician-shot-dead-in-sarawak
http://atimes.com/2016/06/malaysian-politician-and-land-rights-activist-shot-dead/

18 JUNE 2016

Embattled PM’s coalition wins by-elections in Malaysia

Malaysia’s ruling party won two parliamentary by-elections Saturday that were closely watched for indications of whether graft allegations hounding Prime Minister Najib Razak were affecting his governing coalition’s support
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/embattled-pms-coalition-wins-elections-malaysia-182217804.html?nhp=1
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-by-elections-bn/2883980.html

31 MAY 2016

Malaysia Warns Philippines’ Duterte Against ‘Reigniting’ Sabah Dispute

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak rebuked Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s suggestion that he may reignite the Sabah dispute between the two nations, urging Manila on Monday to instead focus on resolving its own decades-old insurgency in the country’s South
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/malaysia-warns-duterte-against-reigniting

27 MAY 2016

‘Talibanization’ for Malaysia?

After being dormant for more than a year, the issue of hudud – harsh seventh-century Islamic law prescribing the amputation of limbs for theft and stoning of adulterers – has suddenly come alive in Malaysia again
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/talibanization-malaysia/

16 MAY 2016

Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais escapes prison sentence for sedition

Proponents of freedom of speech and the abolition of the Sedition Act are celebrating the successful appeal of veteran social activist Hishamuddin Rais today against a nine month prison sentence for sedition.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysian-activist-hishamuddin-rais-escapes-prison-sentence-for-sedition/

12 MAY 2016

Malaysia PM stresses unity at UMNO 70th anniversary célébrations

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday (May 12) marked 70 years of his party UMNO with a speech emphasising party unity and loyalty, peppered with subtle jabs at his vocal critic, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-pm-stresses/2780252.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

4 MAY 2016

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar awarded Cartooning for Peace Prize

Though he faces sanctions in his home country, Malaysian satirical cartoonist Zunar was recognized for his work when the Cartooning for Peace Swiss Foundation awarded him the 2016 International Editorial Cartoons Prize on Tuesday
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/malaysia-zunar-cartoon-peace-prize/

29 APRIL 2016

Malaysia plans to force blogs, news sites to register

The Malaysian government is seeking a law change that would require the country’s « political » blogs and news websites to register with authorities. The move has reignited allegations that it is trying to silence dissent
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysia-plans-to-force-blogs-news-sites-to-register/a-19224747

15 APRIL 2016

The Malaysian government’s love-hate relationship with the media

As it stands, Malaysia is currently ranked at #147 out of 180 countries in the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, an annual report released by Reporters Without Borders which highlights worldwide standings in freedom of information. The country has seen an overall decline in press freedom over the years – it is at its lowest position since 2002, with its highest ranking in 2006, at #92.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/malaysia-government-love-hate-relationship-media/

23 MARCH 2016

Malaysian ex-premier Mahathir sues PM Najib over 1MDB scandal

Malaysian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today filed a lawsuit against the current Prime Minister Najib Razak over the 1MDB financial scandal, prompting critics to call it a “political gimmick.”
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysian-ex-prime-minister-mahathir-sues-current-pm-najib-over-1mdb-scandal/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-23/former-malaysian-leader-mahathir-mohamad-sues-pm-najib-razak/1562042

4 MARCH 2016

Malaysia: Political allies and rivals sign declaration for Najib’s removal

Leaders from across Malaysia’s political spectrum joined Friday to call for a national movement to remove scandal-hit premier Najib Razak, in a dramatic escalation of a festering corruption crisis.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/03/malaysia-political-allies-and-rivals-bsign-declaration-for-najibs-removal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35724079
http://atimes.com/2016/03/malaysia-cross-party-alliance-demands-removal-of-pm/

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad quits UMNO, again

Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad announced on Monday he was quitting the ruling party, saying it had degenerated into an organisation whose sole purpose was to protect scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/former-malaysian-pm-mahathir-mohammad-quits-umno-again
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1918603/malaysias-former-pm-mahathir-quits-ruling-umno-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/02/29/dr-mahathir-calls-for-formation-of-core-group-to-remove-najib/

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Malaysia PM tightens grip on ruling party after critic toppled

Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, tightened his grip on the country’s ruling party on Wednesday after the son of his predecessor, was toppled for what he claimed was criticism of the premier’s involvement in a financial scandal.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f9658988-ca73-11e5-84df-70594b99fc47.html#axzz3z8t4AZPF
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35485622

30 JANUARY 2016

Swiss prosecutor asks Malaysia to help investigate 1MDB fund irregularities

Switzerland’s prosecutor has formally asked Malaysia for help with an investigation into the possible misappropriation of $4 billion by state-owned fund 1MDB. Malaysia’s PM has been cleared of corruption in Kuala Lumpur
http://www.dw.com/en/swiss-prosecutor-asks-malaysia-to-help-investigate-1mdb-fund-irregularities/a-19012891
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-seek-malaysian-help-probing-us4-bln-financial-scandal
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/1mdb-says-would-co-operate-with-swiss-probe

26 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian PM cleared of wrongdoing in $700 million scandal

Malaysia’s top prosecutor found that the money funneled into Najib’s private accounts was a gift from the Saudi royal family. He said no criminal offence was committed, easing pressure on the prime minister to resign.
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-pm-cleared-of-wrongdoing-in-700-million-scandal/a-19004123
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pm-najib-cleared-after/2458506.html?cx_tag=undefined&cid=tg:recos:undefined:standard#cxrecs_s
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/time-to-move-on-pm-tells-critics-after-absolved-by-ag

23 JANUARY 2016

Malaysian rally denounces TPP

Thousands of protesters gathered in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday to denounce the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade alliance, demanding the government reject the accord in a parliamentary debate next week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/836608/thousands-denounce-tpp-in-kl
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/were-against-tpp-because-our-party-said-so-pas-protesters-say
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/live-updates-anti-tppa-protesters-in-last-bid-to-stop-putrajaya-from-signin

14 JANUARY 2016

 Is Malaysia a world leader in the deradicalisation of Islamist miltants?

In the wake of November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, the threat of Islamic State (Isis)-inspired attacks in the region has hardly left the headlines, not least in Malaysia
http://sea-globe.com/malaysia-islamist-deradicalistion/

9 JANUARY 2016

Can Malaysia revive its economy in 2016?

It has been a rather challenging year for the Malaysian economy. Political disruptions and economic shocks have rocked the nation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/09/can-malaysia-revive-its-economy-in-2016/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysian PM emerges with firm grip on party

Despite earlier concerns that some party rebels were planning to disrupt the proceedings, there were no surprise attacks from those unhappy with his answers to the twin funding scandals that have rocked the party
http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/malaysian-pm-emerges-firm-grip-party
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2015/12/13/pm-chooses-to-take-the-high-road-detractors-offered-hand-of-reconciliation-in-line-with-islamic-teac/
http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/12/13/najib-im-magnanimous-for-reconciliation/

5 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency questions PM Najib Razak over $838 million deposits

Malaysian anti-corruption officials have questioned the country’s prime minister in an investigation into deposits of funds totalling 2.6 billion ringgit ($838 million) into his bank accounts that have prompted calls for his resignation
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-05/1mdb-malaysias-anticorruption-agency-questions-pm-najib-razak-over-838-million-deposits/1522616
http://www.dw.com/en/malaysian-premier-questioned-over-unexplained-millions-in-deposits/a-18896500

4 DECEMBER 2015

Malaysia enacts security law amid protests

Malaysia’s Parliament has approved a security law that will give sweeping security powers to a council led by the prime minister, in a move slammed by rights groups and critics as a step toward a dictatorship.
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151204_32.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/malaysia/2015/12/05/452695/Malaysia-security.htm

3 DECEMBER 2015

Rights group condemns proposed Malaysia security bill

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has condemned a national security bill proposed this week by lawmakers in Malaysia, calling it « a tool for repression ».
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34992022
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/rights-group-warns-of-dictatorship-with-malaysias-new-law/

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Can China Rebuild Its ‘Special Relationship’ With Malaysia?

China’s outreach to ASEAN member states continues. In addition to visits by President Xi Jinping to Vietnam, Singapore, and now the Philippines, Premier Li Keqiang is preparing to head to Malaysia. Li will be attending the various ASEAN-related meetings, including the East Asia Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, in addition to having his first official visit to Malaysia.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/can-china-rebuild-its-special-relationship-with-malaysia/

2 NOVEMBER 2015

UN body calls Anwar’s jailing ‘illegal’, demands release

A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-02/united-nations-determines-detention-of-malaysias-anwar-ibrahim-arbitrary-and-political/1510278
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/751836/un-body-calls-anwar-jailing-illegal-demands-releas

16 OCTOBER 2015

Malaysia arrests hacker for supplying US targets to Islamic State

At the request of the United States, Malaysia has arrested a man on charges of hacking personal data of more than a thousand U.S. officials and handing it to Islamic State militants in Syria so they could target the individuals
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/540991/news/world/malaysia-arrests-hacker-for-supplying-us-targets-to-islamic-state

5 OCTOBER 2015

Myanmar president sued in US over Rohingya abuse

A coalition of Muslim groups has filed suit in New York against Myanmar President Thein Sein and other government officials for alleged crimes against the Rohingya minority, which they say amount to genocide
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/myanmar-president-sued-rohingya-abuse-151005181805344.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/718996/muslims-sue-myanmar-president-in-us-court-over-rohingya-genocide

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

China and Malaysia’s first ever joint military exercice is an important strategic move

Malaysia’s Armed Forces and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted a five-day exercise on Managing Non-Traditional Threats and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) from September 17 to 22. Codenamed “Peace and Friendship 2015″
http://www.intellasia.net/china-and-malaysias-first-ever-joint-military-exercise-is-an-important-strategic-move-471169

22 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian opposition forms new alliance

A new Opposition coalition called Pakatan Harapan (Hope Alliance) has been formed comprising People’s Justice Party (PKR), Democratic Action Party (DAP) and National Trust Party (Amanah). http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msian-opposition-forms-new-alliance-80956.html
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/opposition-parties-form-pakatan-harapan-opens-door-to-pas
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-09/22/content_15320242.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

Malaysian police fire water cannons at pro-government protesters

Hundreds of protesters pelted riot police with plastic bottles Wednesday and tried to push their way into Chinatown, which was barricaded, prompting riot police to fire chemical-laced water to disperse the crowd
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135612/malaysian-police-fire-water-cannons-at-pro-government-protesters/
http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/09/17/Protesters-breach-police-lines-Rallygoers-force-way-through-barricade-to-enter-Bukit-Bintang/

30 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia protests: Former leader Mahathir Mohamad joins protesters’ call for PM Najib Razak to resign on second day of rallies

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, 90, has urged anti-government protesters to step up their ‘people power’ movement to remove the country’s current prime minister, who is embroiled in a financial scandal
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34100659
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/malaysia-pm-protest-organisers-haram-150830134644732.html

27 AUGUST 2015

Malaysia to block websites promoting anti-government rally this weekend

Malaysia will block websites attempting to spread information about a two-day rally due to be staged in three cities this weekend by a pro-democracy group demanding Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation
http://atimes.com/2015/08/malaysia-to-block-websites-promoting-anti-government-rally-this-weekend/

4 AUGUST 2015

Questions persist in Malaysia donations case

Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission says nearly $700m deposited into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts are donations, and are not related to a brewing scandal. But questions continue to be asked as to how Najib Razak came by the funds and who put them in his account
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/questions-persist-malaysia-donations-case-150804195007648.html
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Veteran-journalist-questions-Najibs-failure-to-exp-79003.html

28 JULY 2015

1MDB scandal: Malaysia PM Najib Razak sacks deputy, attorney-general as corruption allegations mount

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak sacks his deputy, attorney-general and four other ministers in a cabinet reshuffle widely seen as an attempt to strengthen his hold on power as he battles corruption allegations
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-07-29/1mdb-scandal-malaysia-pm-najib-razak-sacks-deputy-attorneygeneral-as-corruption-allegations-mount/1475092
http://asiancorrespondent.com/134404/malaysian-pm-axes-deputy-attorney-general-in-fund-scandal-purge/
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/530210/news/world/malaysian-pm-reshuffles-cabinet-dumps-deputy-after-1mdb-criticism
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Malaysias-new-Cabinet-Whos-in-whos-out-78782.html

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

Malaysia’s government suspended the publishing permit of the Edge newspaper group, judging that its coverage of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) threatens public order and national security, the media company said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/633664/malaysia-suspends-newspaper-over-prejudicial-1mdb-reports
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/07/25/throttling-the-publics-right-to-know/

5 JULY 2015

Task force to probe alleged Malaysia PM money trail

 A task force is investigating allegations that a probe into a Malaysian state-controlled investment fund found hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts, the attorney general has said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/613132/task-force-to-probe-alleged-malaysia-pm-money-trail
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-opposition-dem/1962352.html

16 JUNE 2015

Historic Malaysian opposition alliance falls apart

The Malaysian opposition political alliance that had threatened to unseat the country’s long-ruling regime is no more, one of its three component parties declared Tuesday, following bitter disputes over policy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/594248/historic-malaysian-opposition-alliance-falls-apart
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/06/16/msia-opposition-collapses-in-boon-for-beleaguered-government/

10 JUNE 2015

Malaysia goverment maintains marital rape not criminal

A parliamentary committee decided a decade ago after a study that it is permissible for a husband to « rape » his wife. This position was again taken by the six-member bi-partisan speacial committee set up to review marital rape laws
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Msia-govt-maintains-marital-rape-not-criminal-76384.html

1 JUNE 2015

Malaysia Airlines CEO says carrier is ‘technically bankrupt’

The newly appointed chief executive of loss-making Malaysia Airlines said on Monday that the carrier is « technically bankrupt », as he announced plans for a restructuring that will cut the company’s workforce by a third.
http://www.cnbc.com/id/102720938
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-06-01/malaysia-airlines-confirms-6000-job-losses-in-restructure-ceo-says-carrier-technically-bankrupt/1454028

23 MAY 2015

Myanmar signs off controversial pregnancy law

Myanmar’s president has signed a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by the United States and rights activists, who say it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/myanmar-signs-controversial-pregnancy-law-150523125320725.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1807783/myanmar-president-signs-controversial-population-law

18 MAY 2015

 Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah takes helm of Malaysian opposition

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was sworn into Malaysia’s parliament as opposition leader on Monday after winning the seat vacated by her husband Anwar Ibrahim when he was jailed on a sodomy conviction
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/564879/anwar-wife-wan-azizah-takes-helm-of-malaysian-opposition

 

Indian economy

13 AUGUST 2019

India, Russia exchange MoUs in key areas

About 200 Russian companies, Investment Agencies and Funds took part from the Russian side
https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/130819/india-russia-exchange-mous-in-key-areas.html

22 JULY 2019

India launches second lunar mission, aiming for Moon’s South Pole

India launched a bid to become a leading space power Monday, sending up a rocket to put a craft on the surface of the Moon in what it called a « historic day » for the nation
https://www.france24.com/en/20190722-india-space-moon-mission-chandrayaan-modi
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/india-launches-chandrayaan-spacecraft-bid-become-fourth-country/

15 JULY 2019

India aborts Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission launch less than an hour before lift-off

With less than an hour before lift-off, India has aborted the launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the Moon
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48905147
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-15/india-aborts-chandrayaan-2-moon-mission-before-take-off/11310042

27 JUNE 2019

Trump asks India to withdraw ‘unacceptable’ tariff increase

US President Donald Trump has demanded India withdraw retaliatory tariffs imposed this month, calling the duties « unacceptable » in a stern message that signals trade ties between the two countries are fast deteriorating
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/trump-demands-withdrawal-india-unacceptable-tariff-hike-190627065326869.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48782197

20 JUNE 2019

US Warns India It Could Limit H-1B Visas for Indian Workers amid Trade Tensions – Reports

Ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi, the United States has reportedly warned India it will consider capping quotas for the widely popular H-1B work visas on nations pressuring American firms to store data locally in their territories
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201906201075978171-us-capping-h-1b-visas-indian-workers-trade-tensions/
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/us-tells-india-it-is-mulling-caps-on-h-1b-visas-to-deter-data-rules/cid/1692796?ref=top-stories_home-template

16 JUNE 2019

India’s retaliatory tariffs on US goods go into effect

India will impose higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products including almonds, apples, and walnuts from Sunday, following Washington’s withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi
https://www.trtworld.com/business/india-s-retaliatory-tariffs-on-us-goods-go-into-effect-27526
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201906161075898071-us-imports-india-hurt-most-delhi-retaliates-trade-tensions/

10 JUNE 2019

India Hopes to Capitalize on US-China Trade Friction

1 JUNE 2019

US President Donald Trump terminates preferential trade status for India

Washington accuses New Delhi of deploying a wide range of trade barriers that negatively affect US commerce. Media reports say that India could impose higher import duties on US goods in response to Trump’s latest move
https://gulfnews.com/business/us-cuts-off-india-preferential-trade-access-1.1559374102399
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-trump-to-withdraw-indias-benefits-under-select-trade-programme-5760385/
https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/us-preferential-trade-status-india-says-will-continue-to-work-towards-strong-bilateral-ties-119060100637_1.html

15 MAY 2019

Narendra Modi’s performance on the Indian economy – five key policies assessed

Modi has had mixed successes in delivering on his promises. Here’s a breakdown of some of Modi’s key policies and how he has performed
https://theconversation.com/narendra-modis-performance-on-the-indian-economy-five-key-policies-assessed-116485

17 APRIL 2019

Five million lost jobs in India between 2016 and 2018: Report

At least five million Indians lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, and young urban men are being hit hardest, a Bengaluru-based private university said in a report on Tuesday (April 16)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/five-million-lost-jobs-in-india-between-2016-and-2018-report

6 APRIL 2019

Indian GDP to exceed more than seven percent over next 2 years

In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019, ADB projects gross domestic product (GDP) growth in India to rise to 7.2% in fiscal year 2019 and reach 7.3% in 2020, reversing two years of declining growth as reforms to improve the business and investment climate take effect
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260282662/indian-gdp-to-exceed-more-than-seven-percent-over-next-2-years

5 MARCH 2019

It’s official: India is Trump’s next target in the trade wars

After months of simmering trade tensions between the United States and India, President Trump is following through on his threat to punish India for being what he called “a very high-tariff nation.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/its-official-india-is-trumps-next-target-in-the-trade-wars/2019/03/05/39000298-3f34-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.908e68c28728
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/donald-trump-s-trade-spat-with-india-why-it-s-bad-optics-and-bad-strategy-119030500648_1.html
https://theprint.in/talk-point/is-indias-protectionism-reason-enough-for-donald-trumps-gsp-move-or-is-us-being-a-bully/201531/

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Indian PM Narendra Modi on two-day South korea visit

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

29 NOVEMBER 2018

India successfully launches 31 satellites in space – including ‘Chhota Bheem’

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched 31 satellites, including its first hyperspectral imaging satellite (HysIS), this morning from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-successfully-launches-31-satellites-in-space–including-chhota-bheem-1.60645726
https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/isros-pslv-lifts-off-with-hysis-and-30-foreign-satellites/article25621027.ece

28 AUGUST 2018

Goods and Services Tax – how PM Modi transformed India’s economy

Last year, India introduced one of the biggest tax reforms in the country. Although experts say that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has the potential to uplift the economy, its execution is still a work in progress
https://www.dw.com/en/goods-and-services-tax-how-pm-modi-transformed-indias-economy/a-45256163

23 APRIL 2018

Indian economy and the ‘but what about?’ question

 “But what about?” is the favorite phrase for anyone in India who does not want to believe that there are severe structural problems with the Indian economy
http://www.atimes.com/indian-economy-question/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

The Distance Between Davos & Delhi

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of India presented the country’s Union Budget for Fiscal 2018–2019 to Parliament on February 1, 2018. This is the last full budget of the Narendra Modi government ahead of the spring 2019 parliamentary election
https://www.cogitasia.com/the-distance-between-davos-delhi/

25 JANUARY 2018

Modi and ASEAN 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

 

10 JANUARY 2018

India Eases Rules to Lure Foreign Investors

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi eased restrictions on foreign direct investment across several sectors, including allowing overseas airlines to invest in state carrier Air India Ltd., in a bid to revive growth in Asia’s third largest economy
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-10/modi-eases-rules-to-lure-foreign-investors-as-india-growth-slows

7 JANUARY 2017

The Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Sushma 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

26 DECEMBER 2017

India to overtake UK, France to become fifth-largest economy in 2018

Moving past the global economic powerhouses like the UK, Germany and France, the Indian economy would become the world’s fifth largest by 2018 – a major jump from its 10th rank currently, a report has said
https://www.oneindia.com/international/india-to-overtake-uk-france-to-become-fifth-largest-economy-2018-report-2609283.html
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/v0N1vMSOdiUsZBwlimoICJ/Indian-economy-to-leapfrog-UK-and-France-in-2018-Cebr.html

5 DECEMBER 2017

Can India challenge China with new Iranian Chabahar Port?

A new India-sponsored port in southeastern Iran has the potential to flood Central Asia and Afghanistan with Indian goods. Pakistan is watching with concern and China may have a new economic rival in the region
http://www.dw.com/en/can-india-challenge-china-with-new-iranian-chabahar-port/a-41659083

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

8 things you need to know about India’s economy

India’s economic success in recent years has helped to ensure that South Asia is the fastest-growing region in the world – but it faces significant challenges alongside its opportunities for further growth
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/09/eight-key-facts-about-indias-economy-in-2017

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy

 British brokerage HSBC has released a new report that has claimed that in the next ten years, India is likely to overtake Japan and Germany to become the third largest economy in the world
http://www.singaporenews.net/news/254745635/india-to-overtake-japan-germany-as-third-largest-economy#

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

Abe, Modi launch India’s first bullet train project

India on Thursday inched closer to its dream of getting a bullet train when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the country’s first high-speed rail link based on Japan’s famed shinkansen technologygy
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/PM-Modi-and-Japan-s-Abe-launch-Indian-shinkansen-project?page=1
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-and-shinzo-abe-launch-bullet-train-project-10-important-statements-made-by-pm-2545514

23 JULY 2017

25 years of ASEAN–India integration

2017 marks 25 years of ASEAN–India partnership. In 1992, India joined ASEAN as a sectoral partner, at a time when India was a relatively inward-looking economy. Today there are 30 dialogue mechanisms between India and ASEAN, including a summit and seven ministerial meetings in a wide range of sectors
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/07/23/25-years-of-asean-india-integration/

1st JULY 2017

Indian PM Narendra Modi launches sweeping tax reform

India has introduced its biggest tax reform since gaining independence from Britain 70 years ago. The nationwide tax is expected to streamline business, but critics argue the country isn’t ready for the massive overhaul
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-narendra-modi-launches-sweeping-tax-reform/a-39501750
http://www.euronews.com/2017/07/01/india-divided-over-gst-sweeping-sales-tax-reform

23 JUNE 2017

India fires 31 satellites-carrying rocket into space

India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/23/526242/India-Satellite-Rocket-Europe
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-launches-eye-in-the-sky-cartosat-2-satellite-why-it-matters-117062300108_1.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pics-isro-s-pslv-c38-succesfully-launches-cartosat-2-series-30-nano-satellites-2481660

5 JUNE 2017

India launches ‘monster’ rocket

India joined an elite club of nations launching a heavy satelitte, a club that includes only the USA, Russia, Europe, China and Japan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40158889
http://www.dnaindia.com/technology/report-isro-launches-india-s-heaviest-rocket-gslv-mark-iii-why-it-s-a-big-deal-2462265
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/isros-most-powerful-rocket-gslv-mk-iii-places-gsat-19-communication-satellite-in-orbit/articleshow/59001591.cms

30 MAY 2017

Indian PM Modi tells Merkel India and Germany ‘made for one another’

At a press conference, the leaders of Germany and India have said that the countries’ relationship is of « international significance. » But ongoing talks are emphasizing how best to beef up business ties
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modi-tells-merkel-india-and-germany-made-for-one-another/a-39043653
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/modi-merkel-nudge-fta-sign-a-dozen-agreements/article18661524.ece?homepage=true

17 MAY 2017

Indian cabinet approves plans to build 10 nuclear reactors

India’s cabinet approved plans on Wednesday (May 17) to build 10 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts (MW), more than the country’s entire current capacity, to try fast-track its domestic nuclear power programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indian-cabinet-approves-plans-to-build-10-nuclear-reactors
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cabinet-clears-proposal-to-build-10-atomic-reactors/article18473481.ece?homepage=true

5 MAY 2017

India Launches South Asia ‘Diplomacy’ Satellite for Communication Services

India launched a ‘South Asia’ satellite on Friday to provide communication services to neighboring countries in a new initiative hailed by leaders of seven South Asian countries as a boost to regional cooperation
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253079660/india-launches-south-asia-diplomacy-satellite-for-communication-services
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/05/content_15608938.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-south-asia-satelite-successfully-launched-pm-modi-congratulates-isro-says-south-asia-leaders-will-celebrate-together-2428591

10 APRIL 2017

Australia says ready to supply uranium to India

Australia said Monday that it was ready to export uranium to India, nearly three years after the two countries signed an export deal for peaceful power generation
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/10/content_15598485.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170411_02/
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-10/new-trade-deal-with-india-could-be-years-away-turnbull/8432130?section=world

7 MARCH 2017

India’s Asian integration strategy

The Indian economy is experiencing rapid growth of between 7 and 8 per cent a year. To sustain that growth rate and for India to achieve its development potential, it must open up its economy and have a strong export sector. It may not be easy, but given the global trade slowdown and the paralysis of multilateral trade negotiations, India’s best bet is to seize those opportunities for integration closest to home
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/07/indias-asian-integration-strategy/

15 FEBRUARY 2017

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space programme
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-puts-record-104-satellites-orbit/
http://www.dw.com/en/india-breaks-world-record-with-simultaneous-launch-of-104-satellites/a-37555439

22 DECEMBER 2016

Outshining a former colonial master: India’s economy to surpass Britain’s

India will soon overtake Britain to become world’s fifth largest economy, a « Forbes » magazine report has said. Economist Rajiv Biswas talks to DW about the impending milestone and the overall state of India’s economy
http://www.dw.com/en/outshining-a-former-colonial-master-indias-economy-to-surpass-britains/a-36863072

13 NOVEMBER 2016

Modi’s key aide blames poor planning for India’s currency crisis

A member of parliament and one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top aides has blamed poor planning and execution by the government for the banknote crisis that has engulfed India, with tens of thousands of people queueing up outside banks and empty ATMs following New Delhi’s decision to replace large-denomination notes with new ones
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2045567/modis-key-aide-blames-poor-planning-indias-currency-crisis

11 NOVEMBER 2016

India, Japan sign ‘historic’ civil nuclear agreement

Japan and India signed a civilian nuclear cooperation pact on Friday, paving the way for Japan to export nuclear power equipment and technology to the fast-growing South Asian country in a deal with a non-member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-japan-shreds-its-reservation-signs-landmark-civil-nuclear-deal-with-india-2272481
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161111_36/
http://www.dw.com/en/india-and-japan-sign-nuclear-deal-a-risky-business/a-36341141

8 OCTOBER 2016

India takes the lead in BRICS

In recent years, India has been the brightest spot in the grouping and is currently one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Chairing the BRICS summit provides India with a good opportunity to drive its own agenda of increasing investment in its priority projects, especially in the infrastructure sector, and discussing trade barriers
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/10/08/indias-takes-the-lead-of-brics/

2 OCTOBER 2016

India ratifies historic Paris climate change pact, but can it reduce CO2 emissions ?

India, the world’s third biggest carbon emitter, ratified the Paris agreement on climate change on Sunday (Oct 2) on the birthday of the country’s famously ascetic independence leader Mahatma Gandhi
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-ratifies-historic-paris-climate-change-pact/3174590.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2024481/india-ratifies-historic-paris-climate-change-pact
http://www.dw.com/en/india-to-ratify-climate-pact-but-can-it-reduce-co2-emissions/a-35932988

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

India eyes strategic energy assets overseas

Seeking to enhance its strategic presence and secure energy sources, India is making major investments in the hydrocarbon sector abroad, with the latest being its acquisition of a substantial stake in a key Russian oil field
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/India-eyes-strategic-energy-assets-overseas

31 AUGUST 2016

Growth in India fails to meet expectations

India’s economic growth rate was up in the April-June quarter, but failed to meet expectations of the private sector. The Indian government announced on Wednesday that gross domestic product for the quarter expanded 7.1 percent from the figure for the same period of last year
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160901_02/

23 JUIN 2016

Demystifying Indian growth

According to current IMF projections, India is now the fastest growing major economy in the world. In 2016, it is expected to grow over a full percentage point faster than China. This is a remarkable turnaround by any standard and especially impressive against the backdrop of a stagnant global economy
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/06/23/demystifying-indian-growth/

21 JUNE 2016

India unveils sweeping investment reforms

India has announced a broad relaxation of foreign direct investment (FDI) rules in a number of key sectors, including aviation and defense. The move is part of an effort to open up the country’s economy
http://www.dw.com/en/india-unveils-sweeping-investment-reforms/a-19343616

2 MAY 2016

Thomas Piketty: ‘Indian inequality still hidden’

French economist Thomas Piketty says there is still a « huge » gap in data about income tax in India
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36186116

26 MARCH 2016

India must waste no time Acting East

India is undoubtedly looking global. As it transitions to a leading regional power alongside China, it should make better use of its growing ties in the Asia Pacific to strengthen economic linkages. As the Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh said recently, India not only has to act east, it must also act fast.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/26/india-must-waste-no-time-acting-east/

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Modi’s magic: Is India’s economic miracle a mirage?

Narendra Modi, who will celebrate his second anniversary as prime minister in May, has been responsible for much of the recent buzz around India’s economy. He has spent huge amounts of political capital trying to push common sense economic reforms through parliament
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/14/news/economy/india-modi-investment-manufacturing/index.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Will India’s economy live up to expectations?

Unlike other emerging economies, strong investor sentiment and the meltdown in crude oil prices bolstered India’s growth in the last financial year. Though the projected growth rate for 2016 shows a slight decline of 0.1 per cent, the World Bank predicts that India will grow by a robust 7.8 per cent this year and by 7.9 per cent in the next two years. This means India is shaping up to outpace China in the next three years.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/06/will-indias-economy-live-up-to-expectations/#more-49442

India outpaces China in 2015 economic growth

India’s economy grew at an average rate of 7.5% in 2015, faster than the 6.9% growth in China, official figures show.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35519671

4 FEBRUARY 2016

India ratifies pact on nuclear compensation

Five years after signing the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), India ratified the convention on Thursday, the IAEA’s Office of Public Information and Communication reported from Vienna.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-ratifies-pact-on-nuclear-compensation/article8194893.ece?w=alauto
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-ratifies-nuclear-li/2489682.html

26 JANUARY 2016

Here are 19 deals signed between India-France during President Francois Hollande’s visit

France has announced an investment of $10 billion (Rs 67,540 crore) in India over the next five years, which will largely cater to the industrial sector in the country. Here are all of the deals that came out of the French President’s visit to India.
http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report-here-are-19-republic-day-deals-between-india-france-2170403

3 JANUARY 2016

 India will continue attracting foreign funds over the long term: Experts

Hopes of more reforms, coupled with lower commodity prices and rising consumer confidence, are expected to aid key Indian indices in 2016 to pare their losses in the year gone by
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/239919423

12 DECEMBER 2015

India, Japan sign agreements on nuclear energy, bullet train

India on Saturday signed landmark agreements on civil nuclear energy and bullet train technology with Japan, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi described visit of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe « truly historic »
http://www.sify.com/news/india-japan-sign-agreements-on-nuclear-energy-bullet-train-news-national-pmmpElbjdfjid.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151212_15.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s rising power in Africa

In an attempt to boost trade and investment opportunities abroad, India has welcomed heads of state, policymakers, and businessmen from every country in Africa, marking the largest ever India-Africa summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/10/india-rising-power-africa-151031083435780.html

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 13 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 13 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1891: The three great defenders of Manipur, Senapati Tikendrajit Singh, his brothers, Agnesh Sena and General Thangal are hanged by the British
https://shibham.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/our-real-heroes-31-senapati-tikendrajit-singh/
http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=manipur.History_of_Manipur.Historical_War_Manipur.Thangal_General_The_Patriot_By_K_Jayanta

1898: Mock battle of Manila, won on the Spanish. Start of the American occupation
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/mockbattleofmanila.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/483/today-in-philippine-history-august-13-1898-the-battle-of-manila-occurred

1937: The Battle of Shanghai begins. Shanghai will be captured by the Japanese in November
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=85
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/34History7559.html

1945: In Laos, foundation of the anti-French Lao Issara movement
http://www.marktheday.com/nationholidaydates/lao_laoissara.aspx

1945: In Vietnam, the National Insurrection Committee orders a general uprising

1960: USSR withdraws advisors from China. A total of 257 technical development projects are cancelled as a result
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40201404?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://english.ihns.cas.cn/Publications_new/Ra/201310/W020131015378079814609.pdf

1965: In Vietnam, US Marine Corps launches a massive operation with 76 anti-SAM mission, but it fails

1969: Military clash between China and Soviet Union in Xinjiang

1972: In Vietnam War, communist sappers raid Long Binh ammunition dump

On 13 August in South Asian history

ON 13 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1784: British parliament accepts East India Company Act 1784, bringing the East India Company’s rule in India under the control of the British Government
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitt%27s_India_Act
http://www.indhistory.com/pitts-act.html

1891: The three great defenders of Manipur, Senapati Tikendrajit Singh, his brothers, Agnesh Sena and General Thangal are hanged by the British
https://shibham.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/our-real-heroes-31-senapati-tikendrajit-singh/
http://e-pao.net/epSubPageExtractor.asp?src=manipur.History_of_Manipur.Historical_War_Manipur.Thangal_General_The_Patriot_By_K_Jayanta

1954: Radio Pakistan broadcasts National Anthem of Pakistan for the first time
http://www.siasat.pk/forum/showthread.php?30891-SHORT-HISTORY-OF-OUR-NATIONAL-ANTHEM

1963: Birth of Sridevi, Indian actress
http://www.bollygals.com/sridevi/


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9i2tw_sridevi-clip-bollywood_shortfilms

1999: Death of Gopal Shankar Misra, Indian vichitra veena player and educator, born in 1957
https://realworldrecords.com/artist/396/gopal-shankar-misra/
http://www.omenad.net/page.php?goPage=%2Farticles%2FM1.htm


https://youtu.be/9aF7Lu1Rvw8

2000: Death, due to lung cancer, of Nazia Hassan, Pakistani pop singer, born April 3, 1965
http://tribune.com.pk/story/421130/i-will-never-forgive-her-zoheb-hassan/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V-YAqaRYcM

2004: In the Maldives, state of emergency is proclaimed after a 3,000 thousand demonstration demanding the release of four democrats. Police arrest 286 people

2010: A court martial,founds the former Sri Lankan armed forces chief, General Sarath Fonseka, guilty of engaging in politics while on active service.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-10965135

2011: Noted filmmaker Tareque Masud, media personality Ashfaque Munier Mishuk and three others died in a fatal road crash on Dhaka-Aricha highway in Manikganj, sending shockwaves through the nation
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=198549

2012: Celebrity activist Baba Ramdev arrested after speaking to 10,000 supporters during anti-corruption protest in New Delhi
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/201281311322393643.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120813-365168.html

2016: Death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu leader, born on December 7, 1921
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/spiritual-guru-pramukh-swami-maharaj-passes-away/article8986463.ece
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pramukh_Swami_Maharaj
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/29/pramukh-swami-maharaj-obituary

On 13 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 13 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1898: Mock battle of Manila won on the Spanish. Start of the American occupation
http://philippineamericanwar.webs.com/mockbattleofmanila.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/483/today-in-philippine-history-august-13-1898-the-battle-of-manila-occurred

1945: In Laos, foundation of the anti-French Lao Issara movement
http://www.marktheday.com/nationholidaydates/lao_laoissara.aspx

1945: In Vietnam, the National Insurrection Committee orders a general uprising

1950: US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/pentagon/pent5.htm

1965: In Vietnam, US Marine Corps launches a massive operation with 76 anti-SAM mission, but it fails

1966: Prince Norodom Sihanouk, ruler of neutral Cambodia, criticizes the United States

1972: In Vietnam War, communist sappers raid Long Binh ammunition dump

1990: Birth of Shila, Malaysian pop singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shila_(singer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Eq908-Vvg

2015 : Myanmar President Thein Sein consolidates his power in the country’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by forcing out his chief rival Shwe Mann as party chairman
http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/shwe-mann-sacked-as-party-chief-in-power-struggle-with-thein-sein.html
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/15976-security-forces-surround-usdp-meet.html
http://cogitasia.com/shwe-manns-fall-from-power-a-mixed-blessing-for-myanmar/

2015 : Prime Minister Hun Sen orders the arrest of opposition senator Hong Sok Hour for “treason” over a fake treaty the senator posted to Facebook that purported to show Heng Samrin, as Cambodia’s head of state in 1979, pledging to dissolve the border between Cambodia and Vietnam
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-orders-senators-arrest-over-facebook-post-91638/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/arrest-senator-pm-says

 

Holidays and observances

Laos: Lao Issara, Day of the Free Laos

On 13 August in Japan’s history

ON 13 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1536: Buddhist monks from Kyoto’s Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance
http://www.kyotodreamtrips.com/historical-events-today-1536-buddhist-monks-from-kyotos-enryaku-temple-set-fire-to-21-nichiren-temples/

1960: Birth of Koji Kondo, Japanese composer
http://squarehaven.com/people/Koji-Kondo/

1965: Death of Ikeda Hayato, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-1964), born on December 3, 1899
 http://www.infoplease.com/encyclopedia/people/ikeda-hayato.html

1965: Birth of Hayato Matsuo, Japanese composer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayato_Matsuo
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=146

1979: Birth of Taizo Sugimura, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiz%C5%8D_Sugimura
http://www.zimbio.com/Taizo+Sugimura

1990: Birth of Sae Miyazawa, Japanese singer and actress (AKB48)

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPU51vtAh4g

1999: The Japanese Law concerning the National Flag and Anthem is enforced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_Concerning_the_National_Flag_and_Anthem

2001: Japanese Prime Minister Juniciro Koizumi, pays a controversial visit to the Yasukumi Shintoist memorial where are buried all the Japanese warriors killed since 1853, including the generals sentenced to death for war crimes
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2004/01/02/2003086040
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2006/08/japa-a24.html

2001-08-13 Koizumi Yasukuni

On 13 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 13 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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604: Death of Wendi, Chinese emperor of the Sui Dynasty, born on July 21, 541
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wen_of_Sui
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7834.html

1670: Birth of Zheng Keshuang, third king of Tungning who surrendered Taiwan to Qing Dynasty and died on September 22, 1717
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Zheng%20Keshuang&item_type=topic
http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/zheng_keshuang

1890: Birth of Li Zongren, prominent Warlord, military Commander and rival of Chiang Kai-shek, during the Republic of China, who died on January 30, 1969
http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Li+Zongren
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=363

1937: The Battle of Shanghai begins. Shanghai will be captured by the Japanese in November
http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=85
https://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/1937-battle-shanghai-japans-brutal-attack-china.html

1960: USSR withdraws advisors from China. A total of 257 technical development projects are cancelled as a result
https://www.jstor.org/stable/40201404?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://english.ihns.cas.cn/Publications_new/Ra/201310/W020131015378079814609.pdf

1966: In China, the Cultural Revolution is launched
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/13/newsid_4537000/4537605.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nm5fCJNMQWQ

1969: Military clash between China and Soviet Union in Xinjiang

2007: In China, finally, 1340 people, including 367 mentally handicapped have been freed from forced labor by the police in the brickyards scandal