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On 8 September in Asian history

ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 8, 2019

617: Battle of Huoyi: Li Yuan defeats a Sui Dynasty army, opening the path to his capture of the imperial capital Chang’an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Huoyi

685: Birth of Xuan Zong, Chinese emperor (713-741) who died on May 3, 762
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Xuanzong_of_Tang

1449: Battle of Tumu Fortress. Mongols capture the Chinese emperor Zhengtong
 
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Tumu

1852: Birth of Korea Emperor Gojong (Gwangmu), forced to abdicate by Japan on 18 July 1907 and who died  on 21 January 1919
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojong_of_Korea

1926: Birth of Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer-songwriter, poet, and director who died on November 5, 2011
http://aanahome.org/aana-salutations/bhupen-hazarika/bhupen-hazarika-introduction/195-dr-bhupen-hazarika-is-a-stalwart-in-the-annals-of-indias-cultural-heritage-today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8vWxAzXRYU

1930: Birth of Nguyen Cao Ky, Vietnamese prime minister (1965-1967) and vice-president (197-1971)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Cao_Ky

1933: Birth of Asha Bhosle, Indian singer
http://asha-bhosle.tripod.com/

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

1945: Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo attempts to take his own life rather than face a war crimes tribunal
http://billdownscbs.blogspot.fr/2015/08/1945-story-of-hideki-tojos-attempted.html

1945: First British troops parachute into Kemayoran Airport at Jakarta

1945: US troops land in south of Japanese-held Korea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-troops-arrive-in-korea-to-partition-the-country

1951: End of the conference of San-Francisco for a peace treaty with Japan . Signature of a US-Japan Security which will enter into force on 28 April 1952
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm 

1954: The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established to stop communist spread in South-East Asia
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seato-established
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/usmu003.asp

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1958: Birth of Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=2132

1958: Nikita Krushchev warns US president Eisenhover that any attack on Communist China would be considered as an attack against Soviet Union

1959: Following a call from Laos, United Nations Security Council decides to send a mission in this country

1962: Chinese soldiers surround Indian Dhola Post, established by mistake on June 4 on Chinese side of the McMahon Line due to faulty maps
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/dhola-post-that-triggered-war-was-on-china-s-side-of-mcmahon-line-114032200030_1.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-september-1962-the-chinese-make-their-first-incursion-into-indian-territory-in-the-eastern-sector

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1963: Birth of Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japanese comedian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Matsumoto

1965: Beginning of the Battle of Asal Uttar, one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Up to September 10, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Asal_Uttar

1968: For the first time, a South Vietnam general is killed

1980: First Soviet forces in Panshir valley (Afghanistan)

1981: Death of Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize in Physics (1949), born in January 1907
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1949/yukawa-bio.html

1981: Violent demonstrations in Kabul after the government called all the reservists

1981: Death of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian guru, philosopher, and educator, born on April 17, 1897
http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Nisargadatta_Maharaj.html

1982: Death of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, chief minister of Kashmir, born on December 5, 1905
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Sheikh_Muhammad_Abdullah.aspx

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1992: At the request of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), a major UN peacekeeping operation, Japan sends troops overseas for the first time since World War II
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/pko/pamph96/02_2.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZprTRJQ2ZCE

1995: Death of Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), Chinese writer born on September 30, 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Chang
http://quarterlyconversation.com/the-peoples-writer-how-eileen-chang-remains-relevant-by-not-writing-political-fiction

1996: Birth of Krystal Reyes, lolita Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krystal_Reyes

2008: Sri Lanka’s government announces a ban on foreign aid workers and many of their local colleagues from working in Tamil-rebel held areas in the north
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7604933.stm

2008: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp has won 23 out of the 30 elected seats in the Legislative Council, and so retains a key veto over future bills
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7603312.stm

2008: Death of Ahn Jae-hwan, South Korean actor, born on April 25, 1972
http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/09/ahn-jae-hwan-found-dead-in-apparent-suicide/
http://sookyeong.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/host-ahn-jae-hwan-found-dead-in-his-car/

2010: Diplomatic row between China and Japan after collisions between two Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese trawler on September 7
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11225522

2010: Sri Lanka’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution, allowing  Mahinda Rajapakse, the president, to run for a third term
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/09/201098124949757442.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11225723

2012: Hong Kong’s government has backed down on a plan to force children to take Chinese patriotism classes, after thousands took to the streets in protest ahead of legislative polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201298135259455926.html

2013: Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10294303/Pakistans-president-steps-down-after-completing-historic-full-term.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/20139814311627401.html
http://dawn.com/news/1041441/zardari-ends-tenure-treated-to-honour-guard

2013: Cambodia’s ruling CPP party confirmed election winner. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP won 68 seats, compared with 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party CNRP
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24005685
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/result-09082013134938.html

 

Holidays and observances

Pakistan: Victory Day

Main news on Afghanistan

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Afghan Taliban revoke months-long ban on Red Cross

The Taliban on Sunday lifted their ban on the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) that was imposed in April this year, saying in a statement issued by the militant group that they were “granting ICRC permission » to resume their activities
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-revoke-months-long-ban-on-red-cross-1.910476
https://www.dw.com/en/taliban-lifts-ban-on-red-cross-in-afghanistan/a-50437550

8 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghan peace talks dead, U.S. to keep pressure on Taliban: Pompeo

Talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan are on hold and the United States will keep pressuring Taliban militants for significant commitments while providing military support to Afghan troops, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/afghan-peace-talks-dead-u-s-to-keep-pressure-on-taliban-pompeo-idUSKCN1VT0GU?rpc=401&
https://ariananews.af/taliban-believes-us-returns-to-negotiation-table/

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

US to start Afghan withdrawal with 5,000 troops out in 20 weeks

America has agreed in principle to withdraw 5,000 troops from five military bases in 20 weeks, in a deal with the Taliban to kick start talks with the Afghan government
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/02/us-start-afghan-withdrawal-5000-troops-20-weeks/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-to-pull-troops-from-5-afghan-bases-in-135-days-after-taliban-deal-passes-29461

31 AUGUST 2019

Taliban launches major attack on key Afghan city of Kunduz

The Taliban launched a major assault on one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Kunduz, and intense battles were ongoing on Saturday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/taliban-launch-major-attack-key-afghan-city-kunduz-190831061438917.html
https://www.khaama.com/video-heavy-firefight-in-kunduz-city-as-afghan-forces-respond-to-taliban-offensive-03907/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49536374

17 AUGUST 2019

Islamic State bomber kills 63 at Afghan wedding in worst attack in months

A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/17/suicide-bomb-rips-wedding-blast-kabul-dozens-feared-dead/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-63-killed-182-wounded-in-kabul-wedding-blast-29075

29 JULY 2019

Afghan V-P candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds 25

A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday (July 28), wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election and killing at least two others, officials said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/afghan-vp-candidate-injured-as-kabul-blast-kills-two-wounds-25
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/death-toll-rises-20-attack-saleh%E2%80%99s-office

26 APRIL 2019

Afghan president inaugurates newly-elected parliament

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the newly-elected parliament on Friday after troubled elections last year in the war-ravaged country
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/ashraf-ghani-opens-afghan-parliament-six-months-after-troubled-elections-1.854035
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-president-inaugurates-newly-elected-parliament-26183

21 APRIL 2019

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani’s term until delayed elections

Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday said it had extended the term of President Ashraf Ghani until delayed elections take place – resolving for now the question of what would happen after his term expires on May 22
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-supreme-court-extends-ghani-s-term-until-delayed-elections-26049
https://ariananews.af/supreme-court-confirms-ghanis-service-term-until-elections/

12 APRIL 2019

ICC rejects Afghanistan war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court said that despite « a reasonable basis » to consider war crimes commited in Afghanistan there was little chance of a successful procecution. Rights group Amnesty criticized the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/icc-rejects-afghanistan-war-crimes-probe/a-48308608
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/apr/12/icc-rejects-request-to-investigate-war-crimes-in-afghanistan

30 MARCH 2019

Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum survives Taleban attack

Taleban fighters on Saturday (March 30) attacked a convoy carrying Afghanistan’s vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, in an assault that left the former warlord unscathed but killed one of his bodyguards
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/afghan-vice-president-abdul-rashid-dostum-survives-taleban-attack
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/dostum-unhurt-his-convoy-attacked-taliban

20 MARCH 2019

Afghan presidential election delayed again

Following the controversial parliamentary elections and the amendment of the election law, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced September 28 as the new date for the polls
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190321_02/
https://www.tolonews.com/elections-2019/iec-announces-new-election-date-september-28

19 MARCH 2019

US cuts off Afghan president’s security adviser as tension over peace talks simmer

Diplomatic sources said that US cut relations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser after he launched a blistering public attack on the chief US negotiator, Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-freezes-out-top-afghan-official-in-peace-talks-feud-sources-25063
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/will-not-deal-with-mohib-in-kabul-or-in-d-c-u-s/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-cuts-off-afghan-president-s-security-adviser-as-tension-over-peace-talks-simmer-1.838998

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghanistan: UN says record number of civilians killed in 2018

In its annual report published on Sunday, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 3,804 civilians were killed in 2018, the highest toll since it began compiling figures in 2009. Another 7,189 were wounded
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/afghanistan-un-says-record-number-of-civilians-killed-in-2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47347958

 

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghan mujahideen fighter-turned-president Mojaddedi dies, aged 93

Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/anti-communist-guerrilla-who-became-afghan-president-dies/
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/former-interim-president-sibghatullah-mujaddedi%C2%A0passes-away

6 FEBRUARY 2019

US downplays Taliban claims they will withdraw half of Afghan troops by April

The US Department of State dampened the group’s claims, saying it had not agreed to any timeline of a possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-downplays-taliban-claims-they-will-withdraw-half-of-afghan-troops-by-april-1.822574
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-vowed-to-withdraw-half-of-troops-in-afghanistan-by-april-taliban-23928

30 JANUARY 2019

Taliban not seeking to rule Afghanistan alone – spokesman

Taliban members want to live with other Afghans and « tolerate one another and start life like brothers, » Shaheen Suhail, spokesman for the group’s political office in Qatar says
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taliban-not-seeking-to-rule-afghanistan-alone-spokesman-23736
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/taliban-says-not-seeking-monopoly-on-power-in-afghanistan/

28 JANUARY 2019

US and Taliban agree to framework peace deal, envoy says

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington’s top negotiator has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/28/us-and-taliban-reach-framework-peace-deal-reports
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47028177
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/foreign-forces-leave-afghanistan-president-ghani-190128105831423.html

21 JANUARY 2019

Taliban kill ‘more than 100 people’ in attack on Afghan military base

Afghan defence ministry sources said a suicide car bomber struck a military base, followed by an assault by Taliban militants who opened fire on Afghan forces at the army post in eastern Maidan Wardak province, killing over 100 security personnel
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistan-attack-today-security-military-base-death-toll-taliban-terror-maidan-wardak-a8738671.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/more-than-100-killed-in-taliban-attack-in-east-afghanistan-source-23479

19 JANUARY 2019

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar enters presidential race

A former warlord accused of historic war crimes entered Afghanistan’s presidential race on Saturday in a new challenge to President Ashraf Gani who allowed him to return from exile two decades he was forced out by the Taliban
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/former-afghan-warlord-hekmatyar-enters-presidential-race-1.61540440
https://www.khaama.com/gulbuddin-hekmatyar-to-run-for-president-in-july-elections-03146/

13 JANUARY 2019

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against new Afghan defence minister Asadullah Khalid

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed acting defence minister over alleged war crimes and human rights abuses
https://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-rights/human-rights-watch-calls-for-sanctions-against-new-afghan-defence-minister-idINKCN1P70G4?rpc=401&
http://www.arabnews.pk/node/1434426/world

30 DECEMBER 2018

Taliban dismisses Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said on Sunday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/taliban-dismisses-afghanistan-peace-talk-offer-181230082443475.html

26 DECEMBER 2018

Afghanistan postpones next year’s presidential election

The Afghan election commission says the delay in holding the presidential election will allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October’s parliamentary elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghanistan-postpones-next-year-s-presidential-election-22830
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/afghanistan-postpones-presidential-election-181226104721451.html

2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s « longest war » on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

 

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8 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan’s animation condemning ongoing anti-government protests wins best screenplay award at Venice Film Festival

Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan’s riot-themed animation won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, with the director condemning protesters for the prolonged political unrest in the city
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3026263/hong-kong-filmmaker-yonfans-animation-condemning-ongoing

4 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces formal withdrawal of extradition Bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3025641/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announce-formal-withdrawal
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-carrie-lam-withdrawal-extradition-bill-transcript-11872478
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/sep/04/carrie-lam-announces-hong-kong-government-will-withdraw-extradition-bill-video

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused « unforgivable havoc » by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hongkong-protests-carrie-lam-says-would-quit-11866096
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/02/hong-kong-carrie-lam-would-quit-if-had-choice-leaked-audio

31 AUGUST 2019

Hong Kong police fire water cannon and tear gas as protesters defy rally ban with petrol bombs

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday as pro-democracy protesters threw petrol bombs in the latest in a series of clashes that have plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/31/hong-kong-protesters-defy-police-ban-take-streets-arrests-leading/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49534439

25 AUGUST 2019

Ho Iat-seng elected Macao chief executive

Ho, 62, garnered 392 votes from the 400-member Election Committee. He will succeed Fernando Chui Sai-on as the fifth-term chief executive of Macao, pending approval by the central government.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/227/197/50/1566711831529.html?newsId=93041
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/article/3024255/meet-macaus-new-chief-executive-ho-iat-seng-media-shy-beijing-loyalist

24 AUGUST 2019

UK Consular Worker Simon Cheng Detained in China, Released, Back in Hong Kong

Simon Cheng was detained by Chinese authorities after traveling to the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, two weeks ago. In a statement Saturday morning, his family said the 28-year-old Hong Konger had returned home
https://www.theepochtimes.com/uk-consular-worker-simon-cheng-detained-in-china-released-back-in-hong-kong_3054266.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/simon-cheng-uk-consulate-staffer-returns-hong-kong-protests-11838880

20 AUGUST 2019

China detains staff member from UK’s consulate in Hong Kong for over 10 days after business trip

The U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is « extremelyconcerned » at reports that a staff member at the consulate in the former British colony of Hong Kong had been detained while returning to the city
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/britain-diplomat-08202019121916.html
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/britain-s-hong-kong-official-missing-in-china-was-nabbed-on-train-says-family-20190821-p52j4f.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3023634/british-consulate-worker-hong-kong-held-mainland-china-10

18 AUGUST 2019

More than a million people brave the rain in peaceful Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong people returned en-masse to peaceful protest as more than million marched through the rain on Sunday evening, defying Beijing’s label of the democracy movement as rioters
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/thousands-gather-in-hong-kong-for-peaceful-protests-20190818-p52icp.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/hong-kong-huge-rally-china-condemns-us-gross-interference
https://www.france24.com/en/20190818-hong-kong-protest-rally-pro-democracy-movement-support-11th-weekend

14 AUGUST 2019

Willy Lam: China will not send soldiers to Hong Kong before October

For the veteran political commentator and journalist, Xi Jinping is too eager to « look good » before the world and cannot “lose face” before the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Willy-Lam:-China-will-not-send-soldiers-to-Hong-Kong-before-October-47720.html

13 AUGUST 2019

Check-in at Hong Kong airport suspended for second day as protesters block terminal

Authorities at Hong Kong airport suspended check-ins on Tuesday after pro-democracy protesters blocked the terminal for a second day, but reversed a previous statement saying that all departing flights had been cancelled
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/check-in-at-hong-kong-airport-suspended-for-second-day-as-protesters-block-terminal-1.897765
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/13/hong-kong-airport-resumes-flights-protests-beijing-condemns/

7 AUGUST 2019

Hong Kong lawyers march in silence to support anti-government protesters

Hong Kong lawyers held a silent march on Wednesday (Aug 7) in support of anti-government protesters and to call on the government to safeguard the independence of the city’s department of justice
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-lawyers-march-silence-support-anti-government-11788926
https://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/3021855/dressed-black-thousands-hong-kong-lawyers-marched-silence-slam-political
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hundreds-of-hong-kong-lawyers-join-silent-march-to-demand-inquiry-into-protests

2 AUGUST 2019

Hong Kong civil servants attend rally to voice dissent over extradition Bill

Thousands of civil servants filled Chater Garden in the heart of the business district on Friday (Aug 2) night to protest the government’s handling of a contentious extradition bill in a rare show of dissent
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-civil-servants-set-for-rally-to-voice-dissent-over-extradition-bill
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3021276/hong-kong-civil-servants-embarrass-government-protest

20 JULY 2019

Hong Kong police make ‘largest ever’ seizure of explosives on eve of protests

Police in Hong Kong have seized what is thought to be the largest ever cache of high-powered explosives uncovered in the city, in a raid Friday night on a suspected bomb-making factory
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/asia/hong-kong-explosives-haul-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3019429/bomb-disposal-squad-called-after-explosive-substance

9 JULY 2019

Hong Kong’s Lam Says Extradition Bill is ‘Dead,’ Campaigners Skeptical

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam appeared to extend an olive branch to the city’s mass anti-extradition movement on Tuesday, promising that widely hated amendments to existing extradition laws were « dead. »
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/bill-07092019103527.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190709-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-says-china-extradition-bill-dead
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48917796

7 JULY 2019

Hong Kong protesters flood West Kowloon train station in rally against controversial extradition Bill

Protesters on Sunday (Jul 7) amassed outside Hong Kong’s West Kowloon station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, as they try to turn up pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-kowloon-station-extradition-bill-police-mtr-11699032
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48901072

1 JULY 2019

Hong Kong protesters storm parliament and graffiti the walls

Hundreds of protesters stormed Hong Kong’s parliament late on Monday, ransacking the building and spraying graffiti on the walls
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-china-flag-government-building-carrie-lam-police-jeremy-hunt-a8983076.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/hong-kong-protesters-storm-parliament-and-graffiti-the-walls-1.881190

18 JUNE 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises for extradition crisis but refuses to step down

Speaking Tuesday, two days after protest organizers estimated 2 million people took to the streets to demand the bill be fully withdrawn and that she step down, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she wanted to offer the city her « most sincere apology. »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/18/asia/hong-kong-protests-extradition-carrie-lam-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-carrie-lam-speech-apology-extradition-bill-11638710?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/18/live-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-sincerely-apologises-extradition-row/

15 JUNE 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends extradition bill following mass protests

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after widespread anger over the bill sparked violent protests in the Asian finance hub
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/15/hong-kong-leader-suspends-extradition-bill-following-mass-protests/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/15/breaking-hong-kong-suspends-controversial-extradition-bill-months-protest-criticism/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48645342

9 JUNE 2019

Hundreds of thousands of protesters march through Hong Kong against China extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched on the streets of central Hong Kong on Sunday showing their dislike for a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges — sparking the biggest public backlash against the city’s pro-Beijing leadership in years
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-than-a-million-protest-in-hong-kong-over-extradition-laws-which-could-let-china-target-political-opponents
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48572130
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/09/vast-protest-in-hong-kong-against-extradition-law-china
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/09/just-no-china-extradition-tens-thousands-hong-kong-protest-controversial-new-law/

6 JUNE 2019

‘Record 3,000’ Hong Kong lawyers in silent march against controversial extradition bill

Thousands of Hong Kong’s legal professionals, including top lawyers, took to the streets on Thursday in a silent protest against the government’s controversial extradition bill, ramping up pressure on officials to avoid rushing it through the legislature
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3013461/thousands-hong-kong-lawyers-launch-silent-march-against
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-of-hong-kong-lawyers-march-against-china-extradition-plans

04 JUNE 2019

Tiananmen Square massacre marked with Hong Kong vigil

More than 100,000 people have gathered in Hong Kong for a candlelight vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/tiananmen-square-massacre-marked-with-hong-kong-vigil
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/04/live-english-thousands-gather-hong-kong-candlelit-vigil-mark-30-years-since-tiananmen-massacre/

24 MAY 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam voices ‘strong objection’ to Germany granting asylum to Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li

Hong Kong’s leader has made a strongly worded official complaint to Germany’s top diplomat in the city, nearly three days after the news broke that the European nation had granted asylum to two local fugitives wanted by police on rioting charges
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3011735/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-voices-strong-objection-germany
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1459201-20190524.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/05/24/chinese-officials-tell-germany-stay-hong-kong-affairs-wanted-activists-gain-refugee-status/

11 MAY 2019

Hong Kong lawmakers brawl over controversial extradition bill

A fight broke out between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. The proposed law would permit extraditions to China despite the Chinese government’s poor human rights record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/11/hong-kong-lawmakers-scuffle-in-parliament
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/05/11/pictures-physical-clashes-injuries-hong-kongs-legislature-amid-uproar-china-extradition-bill/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48237316

29 APRIL 2019

Shenzhen grants license to 85 HK, Macao lawyers

Eighty-five lawyers from Hong Kong and eight from Macao were granted legal professional license in Shenzhen on Saturday, as more and more legal service providers from the two special administrative regions (SARs) choose to develop their career on the Chinese mainland
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/143/217/149/1556532610933.html?newsId=81315

28 APRIL 2019

Estimated 130,000 protesters join march against proposed extradition law that will allow transfer of fugitives from Hong Kong to mainland China

An estimated 130,000 protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong on Sunday to oppose a legislative amendment that would allow the transfer of fugitives to places such as mainland China, in the largest turnout for a rally in five years
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3007999/thousands-set-join-protest-march-against-proposed
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-in-hong-kong-protest-against-china-extradition-plan/a-48518913

26 APRIL 2019

Tiananmen incident museum reopens in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong-based civic group opened the museum five years ago in a different location, but had to close it in 2016 after the building’s management ordered the museum to move out
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190426_35/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/26/no-need-worry-hong-kong-museum-commemorating-1989-tiananmen-massacre-opens-amid-protest/
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1454760-20190426.htm

24 APRIL 2019

Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders jailed over ‘Umbrella Movement’ protests

A Hong Kong court has jailed four leaders of the 2014 « Occupy » movement nearly five years after activists took to the streets in mass pro-democracy protests
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-24/hong-kong-pro-democracy-leaders-jailed-over-protests/11044658
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1454244-20190424.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/24/breaking-hong-kongs-leading-umbrella-movement-activists-handed-jail-sentences/

9 APRIL 2019

Leading Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance

Nine activists were all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, which called for free elections for the city’s leader
https://www.france24.com/en/20190409-hong-kong-umbrella-movement-democracy-leaders-found-guilty-china
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/09/breaking-hong-kong-umbrella-movement-activists-handed-verdicts-public-nuisance-trial/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/hong-kong-occupy-protest-leaders-guilty-190409030057063.html

26 MARCH 2019

Human rights in Hong Kong ‘deteriorating severely’: Amnesty

Hong Kong’s human rights have « deteriorated severely » over the past year, with free speech under attack, Amnesty International said on Tuesday (March 26), the latest report to criticise the city’s government for restricting liberties
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/human-rights-in-hong-kong-deteriorating-severely-amnesty
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/03/26/amnesty-warns-rapid-decline-hong-kong-human-rights-citing-political-party-ban-press-freedom-issues/

15 MARCH 2019

Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan closely monitored and harassed as China fears ‘separatist’ collusion

As Beijing grows wary of pro-independence groups seeking to forge closer ties in Hong Kong and Taiwan, activists say they are coming under increased surveillance and harassment from pro-China media outlets and unofficial “operatives.”
https://www.theepochtimes.com/activists-in-hong-kong-and-taiwan-closely-monitored-and-harassed-as-china-fears-separatist-collusion_2838650.html

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Hong Kong’s ban on pro-independence National Party upheld, as gov’t rejects appeal

The Hong Kong National Party’s appeal against an unprecedented ban has been turned down by the city’s leader and her cabinet, with officials saying they believed the outlawed party could “resort to violence or advocate violence” in pursuit of a “Republic of Hong Kong”
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2187174/hong-kong-national-party-ban-upheld-panel-which-says-it
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/94/97/201/1550769175482.html?newsId=62573
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/02/21/breaking-hong-kongs-ban-pro-independence-national-party-upheld-govt-rejects-appeal/

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Hong Kong’s ‘Long Hair’ lawmaker fails to overturn legislature ban

Leung Kwok-hung – known by the nickname « Long Hair » – was one of four lawmakers disqualified in 2017 for altering their swearing-in oaths to reflect their frustrations with Beijing’s increased political control over the city
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/02/15/breaking-hong-kong-appeal-court-affirms-disqualification-ex-lawmaker-long-hair-leung-kwok-hung-2016-oath-taking-saga/
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1443010-20190215.htm

15 JANUARY 2019

Ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang released after completing 12-month jail term for misconduct in public office

Former Chief Executive Donald Tsang has vowed to clear his name after he completed a 12-month prison sentence for misconduct while in office
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/ex-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-released-after-completing-12-month-jail-term-for
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/01/15/ex-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-released-jail-vows-persist-seeking-justice/

9 JANUARY 2019

New law will give authorities two years to prosecute anyone in Hong Kong who insults Chinese national anthem – and doing so could land you in jail for three

The controversial national anthem law would have a two-year time limit for prosecution, the Hong Kong government revealed on Wednesday in its proposed draft. For crimes of a similar level of seriousness, the time limit is normally six months
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2181373/new-law-will-give-authorities-two-years-prosecute-anyone
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/01/09/hong-kong-moves-ban-insults-national-anthem-2-year-prosecution-time-limit/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1437244

7 JANUARY 2019

In rare move, Hong Kong’s Catholic Church appoints ex-bishop John Tong as acting head

Shock as Vatican brings Cardinal John Tong out of retirement to be acting head of Hong Kong diocese after death of bishop – blocking Occupy supporter Joseph Ha Chi-shing
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2181079/shock-vatican-brings-cardinal-john-tong-out-retirement-serve
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/01/07/just-rare-move-hong-kongs-catholic-church-appoints-ex-bishop-john-tong-acting-head/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1436881-20190107.htm

3 JANUARY 2019

Hong Kong bishop Michael Yeung Ming-Cheung has died

Msgr Michael Yeung Ming-Cheung, bishop of Hong Kong, died this morning at the age of 73. He was hospitalized at Canossa Hospital on December 27th. Yesterday he was taken to intensive care and received a visit from various personalities of the diocese, including Cardinals Joseph Zen and John Tong
https://www.ucanews.com/news/bishop-of-hong-kong-passes-away-at-73/84202
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/01/03/breaking-hong-kong-catholic-bishop-michael-yeung-dies-73/
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/2180459/hong-kong-catholic-leader-michael-yeung-ming-cheung-73-stable

1 JANUARY 2019

Thousands march in Hong Kong for democracy and independence from China

 Thousands of demonstrators marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand full democracy, fundamental rights, and even independence from China in the face of what many see as a marked clampdown by the Communist Party on local freedoms
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-march-in-hong-kong-against-china-repression-after-grim-2018
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/01/thousands-march-hong-kong-democracy-independence-china/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/01/01/pictures-hong-kong-pro-democracy-protesters-rally-rule-law-inequality-waning-freedoms/

10 DECEMBER 2018

Hong Kong Arrests Two Lawmakers Over In-Chamber Protest Last June

Police in Hong Kong on Monday arrested two pro-democracy lawmakers who staged a loud protest in the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) last June, the latest in a string of prosecutions of prominent opposition figures
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/lawmakers-12102018112007.html
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=203126&sid=4
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2177230/lawmakers-charged-over-cross-border-rail-legco-protest-call

5 DECEMBER 2018

Hong Kong cardinal defends Occupy protest leaders in court

Outspoken Hong Kong cardinal Zen on Wednesday (Dec 5) defended leading democracy campaigners on trial over massive 2014 rallies which paralysed parts of the city, praising their commitment to peaceful protest
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/12/05/hong-kong-cardinal-praises-commitment-occupy-protest-leaders-court/

26 NOVEMBER 2018

Pro-Beijing candidate Rebecca Chan wins Hong Kong legislative seat as democrats fail to regain veto power

The by-election was to fill the seat of ousted lawmaker Lau Siu-lai, whose “slow motion” oath was ruled invalid by a court. She was disqualified from the legislature last year and abandoned her legal appeal this May
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/11/26/breaking-pro-beijing-candidate-rebecca-chan-wins-hong-kong-legislative-seat-as-democrats-fail-to-regain-veto-power/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-democrats-lose-key-vote

19 NOVEMBER 2018

Hong Kong pro-democracy 2014 protest leaders go on trial

Nine activists and politicians involved in Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement pleaded not guilty to their public nuisance charges on Monday
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/11/19/nine-defendants-plead-not-guilty-first-day-umbrella-movement-trial/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-plead-guilty-181119094030363.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/19/hong-kong-democracy-protesters-plead-not-guilty-as-umbrella-movement-goes-on-trial

2 NOVEMBER 2018

Raymond Chow Man-wai, Hong Kong movie producer who brought the world martial arts legend Bruce Lee, dies at 91

Raymond Chow Man-wai, the Hong Kong movie producer who introduced the world to martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died on Friday aged 91
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/2171469/raymond-chow-man-wai-hong-kong-movie-producer-who-brought
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/godfather-of-hk-film-industry-raymond-chow-dies-at-age-91
https://variety.com/2018/film/asia/raymond-chow-dead-dies-hong-kong-film-1203018267/

5 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party in unprecedented move

Hong Kong has banned a political party promoting independence from China, a first for the autonomous city since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/hong-kong-bans-pro-independence-party-unprecedented-move-180924063625163.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/09/24/breaking-pro-independence-party-officially-banned-hong-kong-govt-historic-move-restricting-freedom-assembly/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-government-bans-pro-independence-national-party-citing-security-risks

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong mourns passing of Nobel Prize winner and father of fibre optics, Charles Kao, 84

Hong Kong on Sunday mourned the passing of the city’s Nobel Prize winner in physics, Professor Charles Kao Kuen, whose seminal work on fibre optics laid the groundwork for the development of modern communications
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2165405/nobel-prize-winner-and-hong-kong-native-charles-kao-dies-84
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/nobel-prize-winning-scientist-charles-kuen-kao-who-brought-forth-the-development-of

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong opens first bullet train link with mainland China

Top officials from Hong Kong and Guangdong boarded Hong Kong’s first bullet train on Saturday (Sep 22) and attended an opening ceremony at the former British colony’s sleek and controversial new harbourfront railway station
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-opens-bullet-train-high-speed-rail-china-mainland-10748030
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1419439-20180922.htm

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

Hong Kong top court frees 13 pro-democracy activists

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal on Friday (Sept 7) quashed jail sentences for 13 pro-democracy activists who stormed the city’s legislative council in a dramatic 2014 protest
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-top-court-frees-13-pro-democracy-activists

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

China assumes authority over Hong Kong rail station

A new high-speed rail station linking Hong Kong and mainland China opened Tuesday under Chinese authority, raising new worries among Hong Kong residents of a further erosion of the territory’s autonomy
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-assumes-authority-over-hong-kong-rail-station/4556843.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/30/section-hong-kongs-new-train-station-will-effectively-become-chinese-territory-next-tuesday/

14 AUGUST 2018

Hong Kong independence activist slams Beijing at press club talk

Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to “annex” and “destroy” the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city’s press club which Beijing wanted canceled
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pro-china-groups-protest-at-hong-kong-press-club-over-separatist-speech-19580
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/08/14/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/hong-kong-independence-activist-slams-beijing-press-club-talk/#.W3O_2-gzY2x
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/08/14/live-hong-kong-pro-independence-activist-chan-ho-tin-delivers-speech-despite-pressure-beijing/

1 JULY 2018

Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march turnout hits three-year low, estimated at 50,000

The annual protests take place on the anniversary of the city’s return to China by colonial power Britain in 1997 but saw one of the lowest turnouts in history this year
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/thousands-pro-democracy-demonstrators-march-in-hong-kong-18593
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2153284/hong-kongs-july-1-march-kicks-controversy-over-police-orders
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/07/01/pictures-end-one-party-dictatorship-50000-join-march-democracy-hong-kong-say-organisers/

13 JUNE 2018

Pan-democrats ejected from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council amid checkpoint debate

Authorities in Hong Kong removed five pro-democracy lawmakers from the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) as a heated debate involving mainland Chinese control of a high-speed rail checkpoint turned into impromptu protests
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pan-democrats-ejected-from-hong-kongs-legislative-council-06132018112122.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/13/five-democrats-kicked-express-rail-joint-checkpoint-debate-bill-reaches-endgame-legislature/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1401561

11 JUNE 2018

Hong Kong jails top activist Edward Leung for six years

Hong Kong’s leading independence activist was jailed for six years on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/hong-kong-jails-activists-edward-leung-years-years-180611050444768.html
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1401002-20180611.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/11/edward-leung-meteoric-rise-fall-hong-kong-independence-leader/

8 JUNE 2018

Celebrated Hong Kong novelist Liu Yichang, considered the founding father of modern literature in the city and whose works inspired films such as Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love and 2046, died on Friday at the age of 99
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2150017/liu-yichang-hong-kong-author-whose-works-inspired-wong-kar
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/11/titan-grandmaster-late-novelist-liu-yichang-invented-modern-hong-kong/

4 JUNE 2018

June 4 vigil turnout beats expectations as Hong Kong organisers call for mass showing at next year’s 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown

Tens of thousands of people gathered at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday for the annual candlelight vigil to mourn those killed in Beijing’s bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 29 years ago, defying expectations that the turnout – declining in recent years – would further dwindle
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2149245/june-4-vigil-turnout-beats-expectations-hong-kong-organisers
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1399895
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/04/live-29-years-on-thousands-gather-in-hong-kong-to-commemorate-the-1989-tiananmen-massacre/

Hong Kong pro-independence activists given jail term for Parliament chaos

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison on Monday (June 4) for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city’s Parliament
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-pro-independence-activists-given-jail-term-parliament-chaos
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1399775-20180604.htm

16 MAY 2018

Beijing police release Hong Kong journalist after he was detained covering hearing of human rights lawyer Xie Yanyi

A Hong Kong video journalist was released from custody after he was bloodied, handcuffed and dragged into a van by police in Beijing while trying to cover a hearing involving a human rights lawyer on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2146326/hong-kong-journalist-handcuffed-and-dragged-police-van
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1396602-20180516.htm
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257282773/hong-kong-journalists-protest-detention-of-news-cameraman-in-beijing

16 MARCH 2018

Hong Kong mulls three years’ jail for disrespect to Chinese national anthem

Hong Kong announced plans on Friday (March 16) to punish anyone who disrespects the Chinese national anthem with up to three years’ imprisonment as Beijing ups pressure on the semi-autonomous city to fall into line
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-mulls-three-years-jail-disrespect-chinese-national-anthem
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/16/govt-suggests-maximum-penalty-hk50k-fine-3-years-jail-time-breaking-upcoming-national-anthem-law/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1386265-20180316.htm

12 MARCH 2018

Blow for Hong Kong democrats in key elections

Hong Kong’s democracy camp failed to claw back all their lost seats Monday (March 12) in controversial by-elections as the city’s pro-Beijing establishment further cements its grip
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-democratic-opposition-fails-to-regain-veto-power-in-legislature
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2136762/pan-democrats-look-set-regain-power-veto-rivals-moves-hong

22 FEBRUARY 2018

Right to peaceful assembly and expression in Hong Kong in decline, damning Amnesty International report finds

Hong Kong’s human rights situation is getting worse, non-profit group Amnesty International said on Thursday, claiming the city’s rights to peaceful assembly and expression have come under threat
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134335/right-peaceful-assembly-and-expression-hong-kong-decline
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1382002-20180222.htm

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Three Hong Kong protest leaders’ jail terms quashed on appeal

Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal on Tuesday revoked the prison sentences handed down to three former student activists for their role in the city’s 2014 pro-democracy movement, but warned that protesters may now expect harsher sentences in future
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/three-hong-kong-protest-leaders-jail-terms-quashed-on-appeal-02062018100830.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2132248/hong-kong-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-wins-appea

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Joshua Wong and other Occupy leaders nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by US congressmen

A US congressional group known for its criticism of China has nominated Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong Chi-fung and two allies who led the 2014 Occupy protests for the Nobel Peace Prize, in a highly controversial move likely to anger Beijing
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2131544/joshua-wong-and-other-occupy-leaders-nominated-nobel-peace
https://newpaper24.com/joshua-wong-and-other-occupy-leaders-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize-by-us-congressmen-newpaper24/

27 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong government bans legislative election hopeful Agnes Chow from running as she ‘advocated self-determination’

Agnes Chow, 21, a former leader of the mass Umbrella Movement protests of 2014 that called for political reform, had her nomination rejected because she supports self-determination for the semi-autonomous city, the government said
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/leading-hong-kong-democracy-activist-banned-from-vote-1.2163732
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/01/27/breaking-hong-kong-govt-bans-legislative-election-hopeful-running-advocated-self-determination/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1377608-20180127.htm

22 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai ‘snatched’ by mainland Chinese authorities from train to Beijing

Hong Kong-based publisher Gui Minhai, one of the Causeway Bay booksellers whose disappearance two years ago caused an international storm, was snatched again by mainland Chinese authorities from a train heading for Beijing over the weekend, his daughter reported on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2130085/hong-kong-bookseller-gui-minhai-snatched-mainland-chinese
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=101888&sid=4
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jan/22/swedish-bookseller-allegedly-snatched-by-chinese-agents-from-train-gui-minhai

17 JANUARY 2018

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong jailed over 2014 pro-democracy protest

A court in Hong Kong has sentenced Joshua Wong to three months in prison for playing a « leading role » in pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014. It’s the second time the 21-year-old has been jailed
http://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-jailed-over-2014-pro-democracy-protest/a-42174045
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1375617-20180117.htm
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/joshua-wong-jailed-hong-kong/#9J47cfUEcv16iwZ5.97

6 JANUARY 2018

Chief Executive Carrie Lam has betrayed Hong Kong

Trusted to represent the people of Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had hardly been in office long enough to wash her hair before she committed an act of fundamental betrayal
http://www.atimes.com/state-mind-carrie-lams-head/

3 JANUARY 2018

2017: The year that shook Hong Kong’s democracy

This year saw an unprecedented number of pro-democracy or anti-government rallies
http://www.aljazeera.com/blogs/asia/2018/01/2017-year-shook-hong-kong-democracy-180101090233245.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Reorienting Hong Kong’s external relations

After more than six years of negotiations (including a failed attempt to become part of the ASEAN–China free trade agreement) Hong Kong has finally signed the long-awaited ASEAN–Hong Kong free trade agreement (AHKFTA)
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/29/reorienting-hong-kongs-external-relations/

14 DECEMBER 2017

A time for optimism towards Hong Kong’s economy

Hong Kong’s economy has borne the fruits of positive conditions in 2017. It is expected that GDP will grow at 3.7 per cent, which is up from 1.9 per cent in 2016 and well above the past ten-year trend of 2.9 per cent
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/14/a-time-for-optimism-towards-hong-kongs-economy/

6 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwanese writer Chang Tieh-chih says he was denied entry to Hong Kong

Taiwanese writer and former Hong Kong resident, Chang Tieh-chi, has been denied entry to into the SAR
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/author-12062017105126.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/06/taiwanese-writer-chang-tieh-chih-says-denied-entry-hong-kong/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1368718-20171206.htm?spTabChangeable=0

4 DECEMBER 2017

Macau’s youngest pro-democracy lawmaker suspended

Macau’s youngest-ever lawmaker, a leading pro-democracy advocate, has been suspended from the city’s legislature in an echo of the disqualification of rebel Hong Kong legislators as China’s pressure on political opponents grows
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/macaus-youngest-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/04/macaus-youngest-ever-pro-democracy-lawmaker-suspended-aggravated-disobedience-charge/

4 NOVEMBER 2017

China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China’s parliament has formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem to cover Hong Kong, a move that critics say undermines the city’s autonomy and freedoms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/04/china-extends-national-anthem-disrespect-law-to-hong-kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/04/insulting-national-anthem-set-become-illegal-hong-kong-china-sets-ball-rolling-basic-law-legislation/

30 OCTOBER 2017

Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong tells foreign envoys to respect China’s sovereignty

Foreign countries must respect China’s sovereignty and understand Beijing’s strategy on Hong Kong in a “comprehensive and accurate manner”, the head of foreign ministry office in Hong Kong told diplomats on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2117680/beijings-top-diplomat-hong-kong-tells-foreign-envoys

24 OCTOBER 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law granted bail

Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-freed-on-bail-pending-appeal/9080716?section=world
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activists-released-on-bail-11615
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-released-bail-0

21 OCTOBER 2017

Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai becomes first Hong Kong director to win Lumière Award

Wong became the first local director to win the Lumière Award – often described as the “Nobel Prize for cinema” – joining a list of high-profile filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2116414/filmmaker-wong-kar-wai-becomes-first-hong-kong-director-win-lumiere

20 OCTOBER 2017

China summons British ambassador to Beijing, over ‘raft of incorrect comments’ after UK activist barred from Hong Kong

Beijing on Friday summoned London’s ambassador in a tit-for-tat protest stemming from Hong Kong’s denial of entry to a British human rights activist
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2116341/china-summons-british-ambassador-beijing-over-raft-incorrect

18 OCTOBER 2017

Central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, says Xi Jinping in communist congress speech

Chinese Xi Jinping says that the central government exercises full control over Hong Kong and Macau. He was speaking at the opening of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress on Wednesday, though did not make direct reference to the Hong Kong independence movement
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/central-govt-exercises-overall-jurisdiction-hong-kong-says-xi-jinping-communist-congress-speech/

1st OCTOBER 2017

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people joined the march against China’s « authoritarians rule. » The march has been an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s October 1 National Day
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/tens-of-thousands-march-to-defend-hong-kong-s-rule-of-law-against-china-10989
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2113583/national-day-protest-hong-kong-draws-40000-streets

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appear on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

22 AUGUST 2017

Britain cannot shirk its duty to defend Hong Kong from China’s authoritarianism

Arrests of pro-democracy activists show China is breaching its commitments to the “one country, two systems” agreement
http://www.newstatesman.com/world/2017/08/britain-cannot-shirk-its-duty-defend-hong-kong-chinas-authoritarianism

20 AUGUST 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/hong-kong-pro-democracy-march-alex-chow-nathan-law-joshua-wong
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-protest-jailing-umbrella-movement-leaders-170820130648345.html
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-jailing-of-activists-in-hong-kong/a-40165026

17 AUGUST 2017

Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months

Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to six months in jail over a 2014 protest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hong-kong-jails-umbrella-movement-leaders-170817083036528.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/the-young-face-of-hong-kongs-democracy-movement-jailed/8817996?section=world
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/17/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-joshua-wong/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2107216/occupy-activists-joshua-wong-and-nathan-law-jailed-hong-kong

1st AUGUST 2017

Michael Yeung named new Hong Kong Catholic leader as John Tong retires

Coadjutor bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung will become the new head of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong after Pope Francis approved the retirement of Cardinal John Tong Hon a day after he turned 78
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/From-today,-Msgr.-Michael-Yeung-is-bishop-of-Hong-Kong:-he-is-a-friend-of-Zen-and-Tong-41432.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2104856/leadership-change-works-catholic-churchs-hong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/01/controversial-senior-bishop-michael-yeung-head-hong-kongs-catholic-church/

14 JULY 2017

Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong’s parliament Friday (Jul 14) in a move that will worsen growing fears the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/hong-kong-pro-democracy-legislators-disqualified-parliament
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2102733/legislative-council-disqualifications-shift-balance-power
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/07/14/live-hong-kong-reacts-4-elected-pro-democracy-lawmakers-ousted-legislature/

1st JULY 2017

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets for annual pro-democracy march following Chinese president’s visit

An annual protest march began in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing’s sovereignty
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-hong-kong-march-20170701-story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/hong-kong-xi-jinping-china-power-protests

Xi Jinping sends warning to advocates of Hong Kong independence but offers pan-democrats hope of better relations

President Xi Jinping adopted a speak-softly-but-carry-a-big-stick approach yesterday, offering a chance for dissenters to be engaged but also warning that those who threatened national sovereignty would not be tolerated – and those who heard him took note
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2100843/xi-jinping-challenging-chinese-sovereignty-hong-kong-crosses
http://www.dw.com/en/xi-warns-of-red-line-as-hong-kong-marks-20-years-under-china/a-39501643
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170701_14/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40465359

28 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong protesters arrested over demonstration a day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival

Hong Kong police on Wednesday (June 28) arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the célébrations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-protesters-arrested-over-demonstration-a-day-ahead-of-chinese-president-xis
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/28/breaking-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-stage-sit-golden-bauhinia-surrounded-police/

23 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern

The kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/hong-kong-new-leader-carrie-lam-challenge-china-detention-booksellers

21 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new cabinet revealed with plenty of familiar faces

Beijing has approved chief-executive elect Carrie Lam’s ministerial choices, which mostly comprise incumbents and promotees from within the current administration
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2099273/next-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announces-her-cabinet
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/21/just-hong-kongs-next-leader-carrie-lam-reveals-cabinet-top-3-officials-stay/
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40346419/who-does-hong-kong-s-leader-carrie-lam-represent

10 JUNE 2017

United States expert Xie Feng becomes new foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong

A diplomat with two decades of experience in handling Sino-US relations has been appointed to head the foreign ministry office in Hong Kong
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2097769/united-states-expert-xie-feng-becomes-new-foreign-ministry

26 MAY 2017

Hong Kong’s Bar Association chief warns against making Basic Law interpretations by Beijing ‘standard practice’

The new head of Hong Kong’s professional body of barristers has warned against worsening fears over the city’s autonomy and judicial independence if “standardising” Beijing’s interpretations of the city’s mini-constitution means making it a regular practice
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2095737/hong-kongs-bar-association-chief-warns-against-making-basic

26 APRIL 2017

Hong Kong arrests ousted pro-independence lawmakers over oath-taking fiasco

Two former Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers were arrested without warning by local police on Wednesday morning as part of what many fear to be a wider crackdown on dissent by the Beijing government
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/26/hong-kong-arrests-ousted-pro-independence-lawmakers-oath-taking/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170427_02/

24 APRIL 2017

Bail for Hong Kong’s disgraced former leader Tsang

A Hong Kong court on Monday granted bail to former leader Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who was jailed in February for 20 months for misconduct in public office
http://www.atimes.com/article/bail-hong-kongs-disgraced-former-leader-tsang/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-04/24/content_15604154.html

22 APRIL 2017

Beijing official rejects need for development of democracy in Hong Kong over next decade

Beijing has poured cold water on Hong Kong’s ­electoral reform aspirations, saying the city had pressing livelihood concerns to handle in the coming five to 10 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2089798/beijing-official-rejects-need-development-democracy-hong-kong-over

30 MARCH 2017

Cardinal Tong tells Carrie Lam that the Church stands for full democracy and religious freedom in Hong Kong

In a letter to Beijing’s candidate, the bishop of Hong Kong promises a frank and honest relationship with the new government from « a friend who will give forthright admonition » to people in power
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card-Tong-tells-Carrie-Lam-that-the-Church-stands-for-full-democracy-and-religious-freedom-in-Hong-Kong-40336.html

27 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists charged hours after election of new city leader

Hong Kong police have started a crackdown on pro-democracy lawmakers and activists, informing at least nine people they will be charged for their involvement in a series of street protests more than two years ago
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/27/hong-kong-democracy-activists-charged-day-after-new-city-leader-elected
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/27/world/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-democracy-charges.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&action=click&contentCollection=asia&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/27/breaking-pro-democracy-occupy-leaders-charged-police-day-lam-election/

26 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong: Carrie Lam selected to be city’s next leader

Former chief secretary Carrie Lam has been elected as chief executive, becoming the first female leader of Hong Kong
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/25/asia/hong-kong-chief-executive/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/03/26/hong-kong-gets-a-new-leader
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-03/26/content_15591889.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/26/breaking-carrie-lam-elected-hong-kongs-first-female-leader/

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung appointed vice-chairman of top Chinese political advisory body

Leung is the second vice-chairman – effectively a state leader – from Hong Kong, in addition to former chief executive Tung Chee-hwa. But Leung is the first chief executive to become a vice-chairman of the national political body during his tenure
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/03/13/chief-executive-cy-leung-appointed-vice-chairman-top-chinese-political-advisory-body/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-03/13/content_15584789.html
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/breaking-news.php?id=86053

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/convicted-ex-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-sentenced-to-20/3540004.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2072910/disgraced-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-escorted-hospital
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/hong-kong-former-leader-sentenced-20-months-misconduct/

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Tsang guilty of misconduct in office, making him first Hong Kong leader convicted in criminal trial

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became Hong Kong’s first ever chief executive to be convicted in a criminal trial as the High Court on Friday found him guilty of misconduct in public office when he was the city’s leader
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2071852/donald-tsang-guilty-misconduct-office-making-him-first-hong
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-02/17/content_15573309.html

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Hong Kong pips Singapore to be ranked world’s freest economy for 23rd consecutive year

The city scored 89.8 out of 100 points in the annual index of economic freedom compiled by the Heritage Foundation, up by 1.2 points from last year, beating Singapore by 1.2 points and edging the island nation to second place
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2071423/hong-kong-pips-singapore-be-ranked-worlds-freest-economy-23rd

7 FEBRUARY 2017

Beijing’s ‘Invisible Hand’ at Work Ahead of Hong Kong Election

China has sent one of its most senior officials to drum up flagging support for its favored candidate in forthcoming elections for Hong Kong’s next leader, according to local media reports
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/beijings-invisible-hand-at-work-ahead-of-hong-kong-election-02072017112023.html

1 JANUARY 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong to protest bid to unseat lawmakers

Thousands of protesters, chanting « Sovereignty belongs to the people! » marched through Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to protest at the government’s legal bid to unseat pro-democracy lawmakers Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Leung Kwok-hung, and Edward Yiu
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-march-in-hong-kong-to-protest-bid-to-unseat-lawmakers/3406990.html

23 DECEMBER 2016

President Xi Jinping praises Hong Kong leader for ‘curbing independence’

President Xi Jinping on Friday hailed outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s efforts in “curbing Hong Kong independence and street violence”, while also effectively setting requirements and priorities for the city’s next leader
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2056899/president-xi-jinping-praises-hong-kong-leader-curbing

12 DECEMBER 2016

Pro-democracy camp takes record quarter of seats on Election Committee that will choose Hong Kong’s leader

The city’s democratic camp has seized a record quarter of the seats in the committee that will go on to pick Hong Kong’s next leader in March
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2053833/pro-democracy-filmmaker-makes-breakthrough-win-seat-election?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=SCMPSocialNewsfeed

10 DECEMBER 2016

Hong Kong leader CY Leung says will not run again

Hong Kong’s leader Leung Chun-ying, who has been vilified by critics as a puppet of Beijing, said on Friday (Dec 9) he would not run again for office after a term marked by anti-China protests and political divisions
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-leader-cy-leung-says-will-not-run-again/3355058.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/article/2053258/hong-kong-chief-executive-cy-leung-not-seek-re-election
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/12/09/cy-leung-set-lea

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Hong Kong court rules pro-independence politicians barred from legislature

A Hong Kong court disqualifies two pro-independence politicians from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing which last week intervened in the city’s legal system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/15/hong-kong-bans-pro-democracy-politicians-after-beijing-rewrites-oath-law
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-11/15/content_15526451.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-37984118

13 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong Sunday (Nov 13) in support of China’s decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city’s freedoms being under threat
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-attend-pro-beijing-rally-in-hong-kong
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2045614/thousands-turn-out-decry-hong-kong-independence

7 NOVEMBER 2016

China rules Hong Kong politicians must swear allegiance to country baring 2 pro-independence Hong Kong lawmakers from taking office

China’s top legislature has effectively barred two democratically elected, pro-independence politicians from taking office in Hong Kong, marking Beijing’s most direct intervention in the territory since the 1997 handover
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/07/content_15522017.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2043738/two-hong-kong-localists-down-and-two-more-risk-after-beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-backs-china-bid-to-bar-rebel-lawmakers/3268022.html

6 NOVEMBER 2016

Hong Kong police clash with anti-China protesters

Hong Kong police used pepper spray on Sunday (Nov 6) to drive back hundreds of protesters angry at China’s decision to intervene in a row over whether two pro-independence lawmakers should be barred from the city’s legislature
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-police-clash-with-anti-china-protesters/3266474.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2043425/thousands-hongkongers-join-protest-march-against-beijings

12 OCTOBER 2016

New Hong Kong politicians defy Beijing by raising independence issues during swear-in ceremony

Three newly-elected Hong Kong MPs have been barred from the legislature after using a swearing-in ceremony to raise the contentious issues of independence and more democracy, highlighting growing defiance of Beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161012_31/
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-oath-10122016120336.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/10/12/breaking-democratic-lawmakers-stage-protests-alter-oaths-new-term-kicks-off-hong-kong-legislature/

5 OCTOBER 2016

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong deported from Thailand ‘at China’s request’

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Joshua Wong returned home on Wednesday (Oct 5) after being deported from Thailand, where he was due at events commemorating a massacre of student activists, as supporters blamed China for his detention
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-activist-deported-from-thailand-at-china-s-request/3180748.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161005_29/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-pro-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-detained-in-thailand

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Beijing has warned new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence for the semi-autonomous city after young anti-China activists won seats for the first time in key weekend élections
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-warns-new-hong-kong-lawmakers-not-back-independence
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/06/china-hong-kong-beijing-threatening-freedoms-independence

5 SEPTEMBER 2016

Hong Kong elections: anti-Beijing activists gain foothold in power

Two years after tens of thousands of young people poured on to the streets of Hong Kong to issue an unprecedented call for political change, a new generation of pro-democracy activists has gained a foothold in power in the former British colony.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/05/hong-kong-poll-pro-independence-activists-poised-to-win-seats-in-record-turnout
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/counting-key-hong-kong-elections-160905035900730.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2016

Record Hong Kong turnout for bitterly fought Legislative Council polls

A record number of voters turned out for Sunday’s Legislative Council elections, reflecting Hongkongers’ eagerness to make their voices count in the most politically critical and bitterly fought polls since the city’s 1997 handover
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2014678/record-hong-kong-turnout-bitterly-fought-legislative-council
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/09/04/hong-kong-legco-election-2016-record-high-turnout-expected-as-polls-close/

31 AUGUST 2016

China ‘to launch global hunt’ for boss of Hong Kong-based newspaper Sing Pao Daily News

Shenzhen police are reportedly looking for Gu Zhuoheng over a case of financial irregularity, following Sing Pao’s recent criticism of Leung Chun-ying
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/2011908/china-launch-global-hunt-boss-hong-kong-based-newspaper-sing-pao

21 AUGUST 2016

Protest over election ban on Hong Kong pro-independence activists

Hundreds of people have taken part in a tightly-controlled demonstration in Hong Kong to protest at the government’s decision to bar six independence activists from standing in September’s legislative élections
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/protest-over-election-ban-on-hong-kong-pro-independence-activists-1.1882854
http://www.euronews.com/2016/08/21/protests-return-to-streets-of-hong-kong

5 AUGUST 2016

Banned election candidates lead Hong Kong independence rally

Candidates banned from standing for election in Hong Kong because they are advocating a split from mainland China led the city’s first pro-independence rally on Friday (Aug 5) as tension over the upcoming vote escalâtes
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/banned-election/3017618.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1999664/more-1000-hong-kong-police-mobilised-localist-rally
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/08/05/basic-law-cannot-changed-accommodate-hong-kong-independence-says-govt/

30 JULY 2016

Hong Kong National Party convenor Chan Ho-tin disqualified from running in Legislative Council polls

Chan Ho-tin, whose candidacy was invalidated by the city’s election watchdog on Saturday, is one of a number of localists who refused to sign a recently introduced ­additional declaration form which ­reinforces acknowledgement that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1996994/hong-kong-national-party-convenor-disqualified-running
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/07/30/independence-advocates-barred-hong-kong-election-cannot-uphold-basic-law-says-govt/

26 JULY 2016

Two Hong Kong Journalists Jailed Over Sale of Political Magazines in China

A court in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Tuesday jailed two veteran journalists from neighboring Hong Kong after they sent their political magazines to subscribers across the internal border in mainland China.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/hong-kong-journalists-jailed-china-160726131231893.html
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/two-hong-kong-journalists-jailed-over-sale-of-political-magazines-in-china-07262016111510.html

21 JULY 2016

Hong Kong ‘Umbrella Revolution’ leader Joshua Wong convicted for protests

A key figure in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ was convicted Thursday of participating in a protest that sparked mass pro-democracy rallies, in a prosecution blasted as a « chilling warning » by rights campaigners
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-revolution-leader-convicted-protests
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36852731

20 JULY 2016

Hong Kong election candidates must issue China pledge by law, says electoral commission

Candidates in Hong Kong’s September elections must pledge that the city is an « inalienable » part of China, the head of the Electoral Affairs Commission said, adding that advocating for independence could end their candidacy
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-20/hk-election-candidates-must-issue-china-pledge-by-law-electoral/7645420?section=world
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=171820
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-independence/2972884.html

6 JULY 2016

China demands Lam Wing-kee return from Hong Kong, but Hong Kong security chief says ‘no legal way’ to return bookseller Lam Wing-kee to China

A statement issued by the Ningbo Public Security Bureau said Lam had broken his bail terms by failing to return to the mainland for further investigation after his initial eight months in detention, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/06/bookseller-abductions-china-demands-lam-wing-kee-return-from
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-06/hong-kong-security-chief-says-no-legal-way-to-return-bookseller-lam-wingkee-to-china/1596728

1 JULY 2016

Hong Kong protesters march over abducted booksellers

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to demand the resignation of its unpopular leader and answers over China’s alleged abduction of five local booksellers
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/01/hong-kong-protesters-call-for-leader-to-stand-downhttp://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36680898

17 JUNE 2016

Protests in Hong Kong over bookseller detention in China

Angry protesters gathered in Hong Kong Friday after a city bookseller broke silence to reveal how he was blindfolded, interrogated and detained in China for eight months for trading titles critical of Beijing
https://www.yahoo.com/news/protests-hong-kong-over-bookseller-detention-china-044808830.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/06/17/hong-kong-protests-over-booksellers-detentions-after-lam-wing-kee-accuses-china/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1977002/outrage-expressed-hong-kong-over-missing-bookseller-no

9 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong is the most expensive Chinese city for expats and second in Asia

Hong Kong has become the second most-expensive location for expatriates in Asia, overtaking Tier 1 mainland cities for the first time in five years and going up two places from last year’s fourth position, reveals the latest semi-annual cost-of-living survey by London-based human resource consultancy ECA International
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-06/08/content_15446615.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1969403/hong-kong-now-second-most-expensive-city-asia-pacific-survey

8 JUNE 2016

Lancome shuts main Hong Kong stores as protesters accuse it of bowing to China

Lancome, the face-cream company owned by French cosmetics giant L’Oreal, shut main stores in Hong Kong on Wednesday as protesters gathered accusing it of bowing to China by cancelling a concert featuring a pro-democracy singer.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/08/lancome-shuts-main-hong-kong-stores-as-protesters-accuse-it-of-b/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1969055/denise-ho-controversy-protesters-march-despite-lancome
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160608_33/

7 JUNE 2016

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong acquitted over anti-China protest

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was acquitted on Tuesday (Jun 7) over an anti-China protest in the first of a raft of cases against him to reach a verdict.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-student-leader/2851574.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/06/07/joshua-wong-activists-proven-not-guilty-obstructing-police-officers-burning-white-paper/

31 MAY 2016

Hong Kong reclaims crown as world’s most competitive economy

Despite constant concerns that Hong Kong is losing its edge to mainland and regional rivals, the city has reclaimed the title of the world’s most competitive economy, according to the IMD World Competitiveness Centre
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/1959161/hong-kong-reclaims-crown-worlds-most-competitive-economy

30 MAY 2016

Hong Kong pro-democracy activist beaten by police handed prison sentence

The assault of Ken Tsang by seven police officers in 2014 was caught on tape, sparking outrage in Hong Kong. Now he has been given a jail term for resisting arrest.
http://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-pro-democracy-activist-beaten-by-police-handed-prison-sentence/a-19294115
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2016-05/30/content_15441507.html

17 MAY 2016

Chinese official visits Hong Kong amid tension

The three-day visit by Zhang Dejiang, who in charge of Hong Kong and Macau affairs, is the first by such a senior official since the 2014 occupy democracy protests and comes amid growing concerns that Beijing is tightening its grip on the semi-autonomous territory http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/chinese-official-visits-hong-kong-tension-160517052748951.html
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-hong-kongs-rift-with-china-is-growing/a-19262104
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/1945670/five-key-questions-about-senior-chinese-official-zhang

2 MAY 2016

Hundreds join protest over sacking of Ming Pao editor

Hundreds of protesters gathered Monday outside the headquarters of a Hong Kong newspaper where a respected editor was recently sacked after publishing a front-page story linked to the Panama Papers leak
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hundreds-protest-over-sacking-hong-kong-editor
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/05/02/hundreds-join-protest-sacking-ming-pao-editor/
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160503_01/

20 APRIL 2016

Firing of top Hong Kong editor after Panama report rattles city’s media

The sudden sacking of a senior editor at Hong Kong’s Ming Pao newspaper after the paper ran a front-page expose of local figures based on the Panama Papers sent shockwaves through the city’s media industry onWednesday
http://atimes.com/2016/04/firing-of-top-hong-kong-editor-after-panama-report-rattles-citys-media/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/20/ming-pao-newspaper-union-extremely-angered-by-sudden-firing-of-executive-chief-editor/

14 APRIL 2016

Panama Papers reveal Hong Kong’s murky financial underbelly

The so-called Panama Papers, released by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists this month, have exposed the key role played by Hong Kong and Singapore in funnelling that wealth into tax havens
http://business.asiaone.com/news/panama-papers-reveal-hong-kong%E2%80%99s-murky-financial-underbelly

10 APRIL 2016

Student leaders unveil new Hong Kong political party

Joshua Wong and Mr Nathan Law, who spearheaded the Occupy movement in 2014, founded Demosisto with the aim of running in the Legislative Council elections in September
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/student-leaders-unveil/2683882.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/07/asia/demosisto-joshua-wong-hong-kong/index.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/11/new-party-to-seek-vote-on-possible-hong-kong-independence/

3 APRIL 2016

Controversial Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award

A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards on Sunday (Apr 3), after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/controversial-hong-kong/2662710.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/04/03/dystopian-box-office-hit-ten-years-wins-best-movie-at-2016-hong-kong-film-awards/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1933157/award-belongs-you-all-controversial-hit-ten-years

22 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and China: A special Relationship

Recent developments in Hong Kong – from the violent disturbances in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on the first day of the Chinese new year to the disappearance of publisher Lee Bo – have taken concerns about political risk in Hong Kong to a new level, both in the city and beyond.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/hong-kong-china-special-relationship-160320110701938.html

16 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong and Macau to be integrated with nine mainland provinces: State Council plan

A proposal to foster economic, social, technological and infrastructure integration includes speeding up construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge and the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway
http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1925690/hong-kong-and-macau-be-integrated-nine-mainland-provinces-state-Council

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

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

4 MARCH 2016

Hong Kong booksellers: One of five missing men returns home

Mr Lui, the general manager of Mighty Current, disappeared on 15 October while in Shenzhen in southern China
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35729143

3 MARCH 2016

Macao’s GDP contracts 20.3% in 2015

Due to the continued decline in exports of services, Macao’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 20.3 percent in real terms last year, with a 22.8 percent contraction in the first half, and a smaller slump of 17.7 percent in the second half, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) said Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-03/03/content_15394269.html

29 FEBRUARY 2016

Pro-democracy candidate Alvin Yeung wins key Hong Kong election

Alvin Yeung of the established pro-democracy Civic Party defeated Holden Chow of the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong by more than 10,000 votes
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pro-democracy-candidate-alvin-yeung-wins-key-hong-kong-election
http://www.intellasia.net/pro-democracy-candidate-wins-key-hk-election-500981

9 FEBRUARY 2016

Dozens injured as police, protesters clash in Hong Kong

Activists angered over authorities’ attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early hours of Tuesday.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/02/hong-kong-activists-police-clash-over-holiday-food-stalls-2/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/09/54-arrests-in-wake-of-mong-kok-unrest-as-police-to-investigate-use-of-live-warning-shots/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

Chinese police admit holding three missing Hong Kong booksellers

The fate of five booksellers who disappeared from Hong Kong last year became clearer after Chinese police said the three men still missing were under investigation on the mainland for alleged “illegal activities”.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/f7cc6640-cb55-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html#axzz3zEkjUZ3A
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/02/04/breaking-guangdong-police-confirm-3-missing-booksellers-under-investigation/

27 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong’s former anti-corruption chief cleared of wrongdoing

Hong Kong has cleared its former anti-corruption chief of criminal wrongdoing, saying there is not enough evidence to prosecute him, the Department of Justice said on Wednesday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kongs-former-anti-corruption-chief-cleared-wrongdoing

17 JANUARY 2016

Missing Hong Kong bookseller paraded on China state television

A missing Hong Kong publisher of books critical of Beijing appeared weeping on state television Sunday, saying he had returned to China to surrender to police 11 years after fleeing a fatal drink driving incident
http://www.dw.com/en/missing-hong-kong-publisher-surrenders-to-chinese-officials-beijing/a-18985828
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35338484
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/17/questions-raised-after-missing-hk-bookseller-confesses-to-drink-driving-death-on-state-tv/

Mgr Stephen Lee is the new bishop of Macau

Pope Francis has appointed Stephen Lee Bun-sang as the new bishop of Macao, replacing Mgr José Lai Hung-seng
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Stephen-Lee-is-the-new-bishop-of-Macau-36417.html

13 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong Chief Executive heckled in parliament during annual policy address

In a two-hour long policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying outlined his a wide range of policy initiatives for the city in 2016. But even before entering the Legislative Council where the speech took place, the leader knew he was facing a tough crowd, as protesters gathered outside the building to vent their anger.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-chief-executive/2422936.html

10 JANUARY 2016

Thousands march in Hong Kong over missing publishers

Thousands of people in Hong Kong have attended a protest rally following the disappearance of five booksellers from a shop known for selling works critical of China
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35277199
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/thousands-march-hong-kong-missing-publishers-160110091351001.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/10/hongkongers-gather-at-chinese-embassy-in-london-to-demand-release-of-missing-booksellers/

8 JANUARY 2016

The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong

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

3 JANUARY 2016

Hong Kong demands answers from mainland Chinese police after five booksellers go missing

Hong Kong police are seeking ­answers from their mainland counterparts over the mysterious disappearance of a bookseller and his associates involved in publications critical of the Chinese Communist Party, amid fears they might have been secretly ­detained by law enforcement personnel from across the border
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1897784/hong-kong-demands-answers-mainland-chinese-police-after
http://www.france24.com/en/20160103-hong-kong-china-missing-booksellers-xi-jinping-publisher-causeway-bay-books-mighty-current
http://www.france24.com/en/20160103-hong-kong-china-missing-booksellers-xi-jinping-publisher-causeway-bay-books-mighty-curren

1 JANUARY 2016

Controversial Hong Kong bookseller becomes fifth man to go missing in mysterious circumstances

A controversial Hong Kong bookseller who specialises in reading material critical of the Chinese Communist Party has gone missing – just weeks after four of his associates disappeared in mysterious circumstances
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1897366/controversial-hong-kong-bookseller-becomes-fifth-man-go
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/hong-kong/2016/01/02/455044/Another-controversial.htm

11 DECEMBER 2015

Alibaba buys South China Morning Post, pledges to uphold editorial independence

Alibaba Group, China’s e-commerce giant, has bought the South China Morning Post and all other media assets from the SCMP Group, and has pledged to uphold editorial independence and to invest to strengthen the quality of the content.
http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1890060/alibaba-buys-south-china-morning-post-groups-media-business
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-35068144
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/12/11/breaking-jack-mas-alibaba-buys-south-china-morning-post-paywall-to-be-scrapped/
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1890058/letter-readers-south-china-morning-post-alibabas-executive-vice

23 NOVEMBER 2015

In Hong Kong district election, pan-democrats win 112 out of 431 seats but fail to take control of any district

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp saw an increase in district council seats following the first public election since last year’s mass pro-democracy movement, although pro-establishment parties retained the majority, according to poll results released Monday
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Pro-democracy-camp-earns-more-seats-in-Hong-Kong-election
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2015/11/23/winners-and-losers-in-the-2015-hong-kong-district-council-elections/
http://www.scmp.com/topics/hong-kong-district-council-elections-2015

28 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong’s work-life balance deteriorating: Survey

More than 60 percent of local employees perceived Hong Kong’s work-life balance as deteriorating compared to 10 years ago, a survey concluded
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2015-10/28/content_15336048.html

6 OCTOBER 2015

Hong Kong university protests over academic freedoms

Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University marched Tuesday to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-university/2173034.html?cx_tag=similar#cxrecs_s
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/hong-kong-university-protest-over-academic-freedoms

5 OCTOBER 2015

Ex-Hong Kong leader charged with misconduct in public office

Hong Kong’s former leader, Donald Tsang, was charged on Monday with two counts of misconduct in public office, the latest in a string of scandals that have ensnared senior business and former political figures in the financial hub.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/ex-hong-kong-leader-charg/2170450.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/1864164/former-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-due-court-misconduc

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Fears for Hong Kong academic freedom as top legal scholar Johannes Chan barred from vice-presidency of Hong Kong University

A leading law professor was barred from taking up a senior post at one of Hong Kong’s top universities on Tuesday in what some said was a blow to academic freedom as Beijing tries to tighten its grip a year after student-led protests rocked the city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/fears-for-hong-kong-acade/2158978.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/1862423/surprise-move-chair-university-hong-kong

28 SEPTEMBER 2015

Rallies in Hong Kong mark anniversary of mass protests

Thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied near government headquarters in Hong Kong amid tight security to mark the first anniversary of pro-democracy protests that crippled parts of the Chinese-controlled city
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/rallies-hong-kong-mark-pro-democracy-protests-150928103557853.html

27 AUGUST 2015

HK student leaders charged with unlawful assembly

Hong Kong police have charged 3 student leaders for attending an unlawful assembly almost one year after the mass protests that demanded democratic elections. Those charged include former student federation leader Alex Chow and a teenage student group’s leader, Joshua Wong
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150828_02.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/hong-kong-student-leader/2079840.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 September in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 8, 2019

617: Battle of Huoyi: Li Yuan defeats a Sui Dynasty army, opening the path to his capture of the imperial capital Chang’an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Huoyi

1449: Battle of Tumu Fortress. Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor Zhengtong
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Tumu

1945: First British troops parachute into Kemayoran Airport at Jakarta

1945: Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo attempts to take his own life rather than face a war crimes tribunal
http://billdownscbs.blogspot.fr/2015/08/1945-story-of-hideki-tojos-attempted.html

1945: US troops land in south of Japanese-held Korea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-troops-arrive-in-korea-to-partition-the-country

1951: End of the conference of San-Francisco for a peace treaty with Japan . Signature of a US-Japan Security which will enter into force on 28 April 1952
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

1954: The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established to stop communist spread in South-East Asia
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seato-established
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/usmu003.asp

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1958: Nikita Krushchev warns US president Eisenhover that any attack on Communist China would be considered as an attack against Soviet Union

1959: Following a call from Laos, United Nations Security Council decides to send a mission in this country

1962: Chinese soldiers surround Indian Dhola Post, established by mistake on June 4 on Chinese side of the McMahon Line due to faulty maps
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/dhola-post-that-triggered-war-was-on-china-s-side-of-mcmahon-line-114032200030_1.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-september-1962-the-chinese-make-their-first-incursion-into-indian-territory-in-the-eastern-sector

1962-09-08-bhota-incident

1965: Beginning of the Battle of Asal Uttar, one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Up to September 10, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Asal_Uttar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHSVJNNsQ4U

1968: For the first time, a South Vietnam general is killed

1980: First Soviet forces in Panshir valley (Afghanistan)

1981: Violent demonstrations in Kabul after the government called all the reservists

1992: At the request of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), a major UN peacekeeping operation, Japan sends troops overseas for the first time since World War II
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/pko/pamph96/02_2.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZprTRJQ2ZCE

2010: Diplomatic row between China and Japan after collisions between two Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese trawler on September 7
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11225522

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZbsmKrjxXk&feature=related

 

Holidays and observances

Pakistan: Victory Day

On 8 September in South Asian history

1962-09-08-bhota-incident

ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 8, 2019

1926: Birth of Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer-songwriter, poet, and director who died on November 5, 2011
http://aanahome.org/aana-salutations/bhupen-hazarika/bhupen-hazarika-introduction/195-dr-bhupen-hazarika-is-a-stalwart-in-the-annals-of-indias-cultural-heritage-today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8vWxAzXRYU

1933: Birth of Asha Bhosle, Indian singer
http://asha-bhosle.tripod.com/

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

1962: Chinese soldiers surround Indian Dhola Post, established by mistake on June 4 on Chinese side of the McMahon Line due to faulty maps
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/dhola-post-that-triggered-war-was-on-china-s-side-of-mcmahon-line-114032200030_1.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-september-1962-the-chinese-make-their-first-incursion-into-indian-territory-in-the-eastern-sector

1962-09-08-bhota-incident

1965: Beginning of the Battle of Asal Uttar, one of the largest tank battles fought during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965. Up to September 10, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Asal_Uttar

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHSVJNNsQ4U

1980: First Soviet forces in Panshir valley (Afghanistan)

1981: Violent demonstrations in Kabul after the government called all the reservists

1981: Death of Nisargadatta Maharaj, Indian guru, philosopher, and educator, born on April 17, 1897
http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/Nisargadatta_Maharaj.html

1982: Death of Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, chief minister of Kashmir, born on December 5, 1905
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Sheikh_Muhammad_Abdullah.aspx

1982-09-08-sheikh-mohammed-abdullah-death

2008: Sri Lanka’s government announces a ban on foreign aid workers and many of their local colleagues from working in Tamil-rebel held areas in the north
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7604933.stm

2010: Sri Lanka’s parliament passed an amendment to the constitution, allowing  Mahinda Rajapakse, the president, to run for a third term
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/09/201098124949757442.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11225723

2013: Pakistan’s president Zardari steps down as term ends
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10294303/Pakistans-president-steps-down-after-completing-historic-full-term.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/20139814311627401.html
http://dawn.com/news/1041441/zardari-ends-tenure-treated-to-honour-guard

 

Holidays and observances

Pakistan: Victory Day

On 8 September in Southeast Asian history

seato-flag

ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on September 8, 2019

1930: Birth of Nguyen Cao Ky, Vietnamese prime minister (1965-1967) and vice-president (1967-1971)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Cao_Ky

1945: First British troops parachute into Kemayoran Airport at Jakarta

1954: The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established to stop communist spread in South-East Asia
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/seato-established
http://avalon.law.yale.edu/20th_century/usmu003.asp

seato-flag

1959: Following a call from Laos, United Nations Security Council decides to send a mission in this country

1968: For the first time, a South Vietnam general is killed

1992: At the request of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), a major UN peacekeeping operation, Japan sends troops overseas for the first time since World War II
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/pko/pamph96/02_2.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZprTRJQ2ZCE

1996: Birth of Krystal Reyes, lolita Filipina actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krystal_Reyes

2013: Cambodia’s ruling CPP party confirmed election winner. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP won 68 seats, compared with 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party CNRP
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24005685
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/result-09082013134938.html

On 8 September in Japan’s history

ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on September 8, 2019

1852: Birth of Korea Emperor Gojong (Gwangmu), forced to abdicate by Japan on 18 July 1907 and who died  on 21 January 1919
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gojong_of_Korea

1945: Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo attempts to take his own life rather than face a war crimes tribunal
http://billdownscbs.blogspot.fr/2015/08/1945-story-of-hideki-tojos-attempted.html

1945: US troops land in south of Japanese-held Korea
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/american-troops-arrive-in-korea-to-partition-the-country

1951: End of the conference of San-Francisco for a peace treaty with Japan . Signature of a US-Japan Security which will enter into force on 28 April 1952
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

1958: Birth of Mitsuru Miyamoto, Japanese voice actor
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=2132

1963: Birth of Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japanese comedian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Matsumoto

1970: Birth of Yuji Nishizawa, Japanese hijacker
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANA_Flight_61

1981: Death of Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize in Physics (1949), born in January 1907
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/1949/yukawa-bio.html

1992: At the request of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC), a major UN peacekeeping operation, Japan sends troops overseas for the first time since World War II
http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/un/pko/pamph96/02_2.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZprTRJQ2ZCE

2010: Diplomatic row between China and Japan after collisions between two Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese trawler on September 7
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11225522

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZbsmKrjxXk&feature=related

 

On 8 September in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

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ON 8 SEPTEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on September 8, 2019

617: Battle of Huoyi: Li Yuan defeats a Sui Dynasty army, opening the path to his capture of the imperial capital Chang’an and the eventual establishment of the Tang Dynasty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Huoyi

685: Birth of Xuan Zong, Chinese emperor (713-741) who died on May 3, 762
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Xuanzong_of_Tang

1449: Battle of Tumu Fortress. Mongolians capture the Chinese emperor Zhengtong
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Tumu

1951: End of the conference of San-Francisco for a peace treaty with Japan . Signature of a US-Japan Security which will enter into force on 28 April 1952
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

1958: Nikita Krushchev warns US president Eisenhover that any attack on Communist China would be considered as an attack against Soviet Union

1962: Chinese soldiers surround Indian Dhola Post, established by mistake on June 4 on Chinese side of the McMahon Line due to faulty maps
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/dhola-post-that-triggered-war-was-on-china-s-side-of-mcmahon-line-114032200030_1.html

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1995: Death of Zhang Ailing (Eileen Chang), Chinese writer born on September 30, 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eileen_Chang
http://quarterlyconversation.com/the-peoples-writer-how-eileen-chang-remains-relevant-by-not-writing-political-fiction

2008: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp win 23 out of the 30 elected seats in the Legislative Council, and so retains a key veto over future bills
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7603312.stm

2010: Diplomatic row between China and Japan after collisions between two Japanese patrol boats and a Chinese trawler on September 7
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11225522

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZbsmKrjxXk&feature=related

2012: Hong Kong’s government backs down on a plan to force children to take Chinese patriotism classes, after thousands took to the streets in protest ahead of legislative polls
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201298135259455926.htm