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On 24 September in Asian history

ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1534: Birth of Guru Ram Das, Fourth Master of Sikhism, died on September 1, 1581
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Ram_Das

1669 : Manuel de Leon takes possession of the Philippines as new governor-general
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1277/today-in-philippine-history-september-24-1669-manuel-de-leon-took-possession-of-the-philippines-as-new-governorgeneral

1674: Second Tantrik Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
http://www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism/national-icons/shivaji-maharaj/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcCHuvcx4qw

1714: Birth of Alaungpaya, Burmese king who died on May 11, 1760
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaungpaya

alaungpaya

1732: Death of Reigen, 112th emperor Japan, born on July 9, 1654
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Reigen_of_Japan

1762: Biginning of the Battle of Manila, during the Seven Years’ War between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Spain in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a Spanish colony at that time

1841: The sultan of Brunei bestows James Brook the title of Governor of Sarawak
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarawak

1861: Birth of Bhikaiji Cama, Indian activist who died on August 13, 1936
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/cama.htm

1873: Establishment of « Satyashodhak Samaj”, (Truth-seeker Movement) at Pune, Maharashtra, India by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule
http://www.thoughtnaction.co.in/rashtrapita-jotiba-phuley-and-satyashodhak-samaj/

1877: Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the imperial Japanese Army over the samurai Satsuma Rebellion
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1800s/p/shiroyama.htm

1877: Death of Takamori Saigo, samurai, leader of Satmura rebellion, born on February 7, 1827
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takamori_Saigo

1910: Birth of Chinese playright Cao Yu, who died on December 13, 1996
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Yu

1925: Birth of Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist, who died on December 21, 2004
http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/52/251.abstract

1929: Death of Prince Mahidol of the Kingdom of Thailand, born on January 1, 1892
http://w08.psu.ac.th/en/node/292

1932: Gandhi and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar agree to the Poona Pact, which reserved seats in the Indian provincial legislatures for the « Depressed Classes » (Untouchables)
http://bspindia.org/what-is-poona-pact.php

1945: Birth of Kuan Tai Chen, Chinese actor and producer
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=328
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/chen_kuan_tai.htm
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155291/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0HJEkuhX8

1946: Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong

1948: The Honda Motor Company is founded in Japan

1955: Chin Peng, leader of the Malaya Communist Party  sends a letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman and other members of the government, saying that the MCP was willing to send an envoy to negotiate peace

1962: The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, following Mao Zedong, denounces the revisionists in the party and the state, condemns the chauvinism of great powers and says that China has a right of an independent policy

1962: Birth of Rosamund Kwan, Hong Kong Actress
http://www.brns.com/pages/kwanpict.html

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

1967: Birth of William So, Hong Kong Singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_So

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MF40M-qv54

1967: In Saigon, Hue, and Da Nang, demonstrations are staged against the recent election of President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, led by the militant Buddhist faction

1968: Thakin Than Tun, chairman of the Communist Party of Burma (White Flag) is killed by one on his security officer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thakin_Than_Tun

1969: Ton Duc Thang is elected president of North Vietnam, succeding to Ho Chi-Minh
http://alphahistory.com/vietnamwar/ton-duc-thang/

1975: In New York, last meeting of SEATO and decision to dissolve the organization (effective in 1977)

1979: Birth of Kim Jong-min, Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong_Min

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alh3xb1qUgk&feature=related

1982: Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping decide to open negotiations on the future of Hong Kong
https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/04/when-margaret-thatcher-came-to-china/274796/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9260.html
http://www.margaretthatcher.org/archive/1982cac5.asp

1991: North and South Korea become members of United Nations

1993: Promulgation of the new constitution of Cambodia. Norodom Sihanouk, 38 years after he abdicated is again king of Cambodia. Norordom Ranariddh becomes First Premier and Hun Sen Second Premier
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9302.html

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_Kingdom_of_Cambodia
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/prince-norodom-sihanouk

1996: China signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the United Nations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Nuclear-Test-Ban_Treaty

1997: In Vietnam, Tran Duc Luong is elected president of the republic, and Phan Van Khai becomes prime minister
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%E1%BA%A7n_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c_L%C6%B0%C6%A1ng
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phan_V%C4%83n_Kh%E1%BA%A3i

1998: As precondition to the restoration of diplomatic relations with UK, Iran renounces to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie

2002: The Hong Kong government released its proposals for the anti-subversion law. It is the cause of considerable controversy and division in Hong Kong

2002: In India, Swaminarayan Temple in Gandhinagar (capital of Gujarat) is attacked. Around 30 Hindu are killed and 50 wounded
http://www.swaminarayan.org/news/2002/09/akshardham/report.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/24th-september-2002-terrorists-attack-the-akshardham-temple-in-gandhinagar-gujarat

2003: The Liberal Party merges with the Democratic Party of Japan

2004: Death of Indian physicist Raja Ramanna, born on January 28, 1925
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3685396.stm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2004/oct/01/guardianobituaries.obituaries

2006: Death of Padmini, Indian actress, born on June 12, 1932
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5377366.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFJAti47BE

2007: Between 30,000 and 100,000 people take part in anti-government protests in Yangon, Burma, the largest in 20 years.

2008: Taro Aso is named Japan’s third prime minister in the space of two years following a vote in the lower house of the country’s parliament
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/sep/24/japan

2010: Japanese authorities release the captain of a Chinese trawler who was arrested two weeks ago near islands claimed by China and Japan, defusing a dispute that had sent ties between the Asian powers to their lowest point in years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11403241

2012: Death of Thilakan, Indian actor, born on July 15, 1938
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/malayalam-thespian-thilakan-dead/article3931223.ece

2012: Chinese ships plied the waters of a disputed island chain, Japan’s coastguard said, as a fleet of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the area, vowing to stake Taipei’s claim.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373489.html

2012: Myanmar’s President Thein Sein heads to the United States for a landmark visit that coincides with a triumphal American tour by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373491.html

 2013: Cambodia’s parliament approves a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201392422511798873.html

2014: An Indian spacecraft reaches Mars and enters the planet’s orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28268186
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/india-triumphs-with-first-mission-mars-201492424235943945.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/india-mission-mars-orbiter-infographic-2014923164346339601.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/science/mars-mission.html

2014: Japan imposes additional sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29345451

2018: Hong Kong bans 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

 

Holidays and observances

Constitution Day (Cambodia)

Mahidol Day (Thailand)

Main news on Laos

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Laos to go ahead with Luang Prabang dam project despite warnings

The government of Laos has officially informed the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its plan to build a new dam in Luang Prabang, despite warnings about the project’s environmental effects
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/laos-luang-prabang-dam-project-warnings-190924102523452.html

1 APRIL 2019

UN finally tells the truth about Laos

Communist-run Laos has had a relative knack for staying out of the news for its human rights abuses, endemic corruption and sub-par performance in providing services to its citizens. But now finally someone of prominence is speaking out
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/un-finally-tells-the-truth-about-laos/

24 JULY 2018

Hundreds missing after dam collapses in Laos

The collapse of a dam in Laos has reportedly left hundreds of people missing and an unknown number dead. Some 5 billion cubic meters of water were released onto villages
https://www.dw.com/en/hundreds-missing-after-dam-collapses-in-laos/a-44800846
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44935495

28 MARCH 2018

Is hermetic Laos poised for more openness?

Next month marks Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s second year in power, a role few Communist Party apparatchiks have grasped with so much aplomb
http://www.atimes.com/article/hermetic-laos-poised-openness//

5 DECEMBER 2017

Hmong face military in Laos jungle in fallout from Vietnam war

Deep in the jungle in Laos, a small group of people tries to survive against all odds. Surrounded by Lao military camps, men, women and children keep themselves alive by eating roots and leaves and an occasional gibbon. They live in makeshift tents and are always on the move. Recently the shelling has intensified. But their calls for help fall on deaf ears
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20171204-anno-2017-vietnam-war-still-rages-secretly-laos-hmong

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

25 MAY 2017

Laos: On the borders of the empire

This video investigate China’s rising influence in Laos and the potentially disastrous consequences for the local population
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2017/05/laos-borders-empire-170522105221541.html

3 MAY 2017

Impoverished Laos shows resistance to becoming a client state of China

Laos typically welcomes help from China. About 23% of the landlocked Southeast Asian country’s 6.8 million people live in poverty. Rural infrastructure lags behind most of its neighbors. So the Lao government supports growing investment from China as part of the “Belt and Road » program
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2017/05/03/tiny-impoverished-laos-shows-resistance-to-being-a-client-state-of-china/#ffe93047da1b

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Little Laos tackles big corruption

In line with its communist neighbors China and Vietnam, Laos has launched an anti-corruption campaign to purge the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party of corrupt members
http://www.atimes.com/article/little-laos-tackles-big-corruption/

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Despite the risks, Laos goes ahead with Pak Beng dam

With construction likely to start within months, the people most affected still have little information on the hydropower project
http://www.atimes.com/article/despite-risks-laos-goes-ahead-pak-beng-dam/

10 DECEMBER 2016

Laos long march forward

With the World Bank’s assistance, Laos has set specific targets in its Five-Year National Socio-Economic Development Plans. Under Lao’s eighth plan, approved in April 2016, goals to be achieved by 2020
http://www.atimes.com/article/laos-march-ancient-kingdom-modern-society//

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Can Laos create a startup economy?

While there has been much attention on the diplomatic and economic fronts during the Asean summit, Vientiane was also subject to scrutiny from a different group of people: international angel investors
http://thediplomat.com/2016/09/can-laos-create-a-startup-economy/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

US gives Laos US$90m for bomb clearance

The United States announced on Tuesday it would provide an additional US$90 million over the next three years to help Laos, heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, clear unexploded ordnance that has killed or injured more than 20,000 people
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-09/06/content_15491442.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/06/barack-obama-pledges-more-aid-to-laos-to-recover-from-secretive/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37286520
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Laos.htm

21 APRIL 2016

Laos elects new president and PM during inaugural National Assembly meeting

The meeting named 78-year-old Bounnhang Vorachit for the nation’s top post while Tongloun Sisoulith, 70, will take on the prime ministerial role.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/laos-elects-new-president-and-pm-during-inaugural-national-assembly-meeting/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-laos-leaders-take-office-communists-welcome-world
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/Video_FileVDO/Apr16_New_leaders.htm

27 FEBRUARY 2016

China’s expanding influence in Laos

The recently signed Joint General Scheme of Mohan–Boten Economic Cooperation Zone is the first cross-border economic cooperation zone that China has established in Laos and, for that matter, in the whole of Southeast Asia.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/26/chinas-expanding-influence-in-laos/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

New opportunities for US–Laos relations

Leadership changes announced at the 10th Congress of the ruling Lao People’s Revolutionary Party will give the United States an opportunity to boost ties with Laos when President Barack Obama visits Vientiane in September 2016. This will be the first visit ever to Laos by a sitting US president.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/16/new-opportunities-for-us-laos-relations/

25 JANUARY

Laos assures US it will help counter Chinese assertiveness

The prime minister of communist Laos assured U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday that his small nation will help counter China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.
http://news.yahoo.com/laos-assures-us-help-counter-chinese-assertiveness-080159765.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/laos-keen-avoid-militarisation-south-china-sea
http://www.voanews.com/content/secretary-of-state-john-kerry-asia-asean-laos-north-korea/3161239.html
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_John%20Kerry.htm

24 JANUARY 2016

Kerry arrives in Laos as US reaches out to wartime foe

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Laos late Sunday (Jan 24) in a rare high-level visit by an American diplomat to Washington’s former wartime foe
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/kerry-arrives-in-laos-as/2454262.htm

22 JANUARY 2016

Ruling communists in Laos promote VP Bounnhang Vorachit as country’s new leader

The ruling communist party of Laos elected a new leader Friday, putting Bounnhang Vorachit in charge of the single-party country as it takes its turn as the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
http://news.yahoo.com/ruling-communists-laos-promote-vp-countrys-leader-122505983.html
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_10th_congress.htm
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/laos-pm-party-boss-set-political-exit-after-congress-vote

Bounnhang Vorachit

15 DECEMBER 2015

3 years on, rights groups demand answers on Sombath Somphone disappearance

On the eve of the third anniversary of acclaimed community development leader Sombath Somphone’s forced disappearance, human rights groups on Monday in Bangkok urged the Lao government to provide information regarding Mr. Sombath’s whereabouts and fate.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2015/12/sombath-somphone-disappearance/

12 DECEMBER 2015

Curfew imposed in Lao province after deadly violence

Lao authorities have imposed a curfew in north-central Xaysomboun Province after a spate of violence in which three government soldiers and three civilians were killed, police and other sources said Friday
http://atimes.com/2015/12/curfew-imposed-in-lao-province-after-deadly-violence/

2 DECEMBER 2015

Laos Touts 40 Years of Stability, but Critics Decry Debt, Corruption and Poverty

President Choummaly Sayasone marked 40 years of communist rule in Laos on Wednesday touting the stability and security of his landlocked Southeast Asian nation, but some Laotians lamented their country’s corruption, rising debt and dependence on China and Vietnam
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-anniversary-12022015171027.html

26 OCTOBER 2015

Report reveals plunder of Lao forests

A leaked report has revealed near epic-scale illegal logging in Laos, with virtually no law enforcement In 2013 for instance, Laos exported 1.4 million cubic metres of timber to Vietnam and China, or more than 10 times its official harvest
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/report-reveals-plunder-lao-forests

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

Laos Approaches the World Stage

Laos’s profile in Southeast Asia has become more prominent over the past several years. Today external powers compete for influence there, with Vietnam and Japan seeking to limit China’s expanding presence in Laos. Thailand, South Korea, and other states also have significant stakes there. The United States’ involvement in Laos has been minimal since 1975, when the communist government assumed power
http://cogitasia.com/laos-approaches-the-world-stage/

5 JUNE 2015

Laos and China to Set Up Joint Company for High-Speed Railway

Laos is setting up a joint company with China to oversee the construction and financing of a multibillion-dollar, high-speed railway project that will link the two neighboring countries and extend to Thailand, according to a transport ministry official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/laos-and-china-to-set-up-joint-company-for-major-high-speed-railway-06042015172519.html

5 MAY 2015

Laos expects economy to grow 7.6 pct this year

Laos expects its economy to expand by 7.6 percent this year despite headwinds slowing the pace of growth, Deputy Finance Minister Thipphakone Chanthavongsa said Monday.In a statement to the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/laos-expects-economy-to-grow-76-pct-this-year-8503

23 APRIL 2015

Laotian government pressures activists not to raise human rights issue at ASEAN meeting

Laotian NGOs planning to attend the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum are the target of government threats. Many of these have been scared off and will not participate. The Sombath case is still wrapped in silence after the activist disappeared more than two years ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Laotian-government-pressures-activists-not-to-raise-human-rights-issue-at-ASEAN-meeting-34060.html

26 JANUARY 2015

Human rights groups demand UN action on abuses in Laos

The Laos government is moving backward on human rights, says Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division. HRW issued a submission to the United Nations ahead of Laos’ Periodic Review last week, urging it to emphasize the need for reform related to enforced disappearances, freedom of speech, association, and assembly, the treatment of detainees in drug detention centers, and labor rights.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/130098/human-rights-groups-demand-un-action-on-abuses-in-laos/ 

3 JANUARY 2015

Business support is crucial for Laos to join the AEC and lock in growth

The accession of Laos to the World Trade Organization in 2013 was the latest in a series of steps towards achieving economic integration. The next milestone in its integration agenda is the establishment of the ASEAN economic community at the end of 2015
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/01/03/business-support-is-crucial-for-laos-to-join-the-aec-and-lock-in-growth/

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos’ Hydropower Boom Attracts Regional Attention

The recent decision by the government of Laos to green light the long delayed construction of the massive Xayaburi Dam made headlines across the world. Most analysts and commentators agree the move is controversial, as the dam will likely have significant negative environmental effects within Laos as well as in Cambodia and Vietnam, which lie further down the Mekong.
http://atlanticsentinel.com/2012/11/laos-hydropower-boom-attracts-regional-attention/

17 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos “Different Face” of Poverty

While Laos has been the beneficiary of rapid economic growth, not all are seeing its benefits.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/11/17/laos-different-face-of-poverty/

5 NOVEMBER 2012

Laos approves Xayaburi ‘mega’ dam on Mekong

Laos has given the go-ahead to build a massive dam on the lower Mekong river, despite opposition from neighbouring countries and environmentalists
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20203072

26 OCTOBER 2012

The World Trade Organization approves  Laos  membership

The World Trade Organization (WTO) General Council, which includes representatives from all member governments, formally approved Laos’s membership at its October 26 meeting. Laos first applied for WTO membership in 1997 and, 15 years later, will be the last member of ASEAN to join the multilateral trading syste
http://cogitasia.com/laos%E2%80%99s-wto-membership-will-help-bolster-rule-of-law/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

5 OCTOBER 2012

Is the Party over in Laos ?

A crackdown on bars in northern Laos reveals deeper problems with tourism in this small, landlocked country.
http://thediplomat.com/2012/10/05/is-the-party-over-in-laos/

2 OCTOBER 2012

Land Dispute Task Force Formed

The Lao government has set up a task force to investigate a long-running dispute with villagers affected by the development of a rubber plantation by a Vietnamese company in southern Laos’s remote Sekong province.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/thateng-10022012150922.html

11 JULY 2012

Clinton visits Laos, country US pummeled with bombs during Vietnam War

Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Laos in more than five decades, gauging whether a place the United States pummeled with bombs during the Vietnam War could evolve into a new foothold of American influence in Asia.
http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/11/12682531-clinton-visits-laos-country-us-pummeled-with-bombs-during-vietnam-war?lite
http://www.france24.com/en/20120711-hillary-clinton-visits-laos-vietnam-war-united-states-secretary-of-state-asia

6 JULY 2012

Vietnam Joins Cambodia on Xayaburi Opposition

Cambodia and Vietnam will jointly urge Laos to suspend the controversial Xayaburi dam, a Cambodian official said Tuesday, following reports that the project’s construction is moving ahead despite government pledges to wait for further study.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-07062012163933.html

27 JUNE 2012

Laos holds first gay pride event despite taboo

Laos has held its first ever gay pride event in what supporters hope is a sign of softening social values in the small communist country.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120627-355815.html

Xayaburi Construction Moves Ahead

Work on the Mekong dam in northern Laos has gone beyond preliminary preparations, an environmental group says.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-06272012193544.html

10 MAY 2012

Xayaburi Dam Construction Suspended

Laos has suspended construction on the controversial Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River following an uproar from neighboring Cambodia and environmental groups, a senior Lao government official said Wednesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/xayaburi-05092012154022.html

2 MAI 2012

Laos closes in on WTO

After almost a decade of major economic transformation, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic is on the brink of World Trade Organization (WTO) membership. The small country’s Herculean effort to join the exclusive trade club is a reminder to the 10 other least-developed countries (LDCs) now seeking membership of the cumbersome process involved
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NE02Ae01.html

21 FEBRUARY 2012

Off the air in Laos
Amid an unprecedented flurry of public debate and critique of government policies and actions, Lao authorities abruptly canceled a popular call-in radio program in late January without any public explanation
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NB22Ae01.html

 

China and environment

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24 SEPTEMBER 2019

China pledges new impetus in climate efforts after 2020

China will inject new impetus into climate change efforts after 2020, and use its Belt and Road initiative to boost cooperation in the fight against global warming, State Councillor Wang Yi, the country’s top diplomat, said in a statement
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/china-pledges-impetus-climate-efforts-2020-190924030719252.html

11 JULY 2019

China has made major progress on air pollution. Wuhan protests show there’s still a long way to go

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Can China take the mantle on climate change leadership?

Beijing’s action on climate change so far has been driven primarily by domestic concerns rather than international pressure or concerns about the global effects of climate change. It has shown a reluctance to shoulder leadership at the United Nations. But technological and economic changes in China and a shift in statements made by Chinese leaders suggest that China could play a greater leadership role over time
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/02/28/can-china-take-the-mantle-on-climate-change-leadership/

25 NOVEMBER 2017

Li Keqiang: China will work with France on climate change

China is ready to work with France in a joint and positive effort to deal with climate change while maintaining multilateralism and an inclusive world economy, Premier Li Keqiang said when meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the Great Hall of the People
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/97/115/30/1511585735288.html

27 JUNE 2017

China’s ‘clean coal’ power: A viable model or cautionary tale?

Efforts to develop higher efficiency coal plants are being held back by regional differences in energy development writes
https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/9876-China-s-clean-coal-power-A-viable-model-or-cautionary-tale-/en

2 JUNE 2017

After Trump turns back on climate, China and EU vow to push Paris deal forward

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and officials representing the union sign agreement committing the two sides to fully implement the accord
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096721/after-trump-turns-back-climate-china-and-eu-vow-push

5 MARCH 2017

China’s Premier Li Keqiang vows to tackle chronic air pollution

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is pledging to make the country’s smoggy skies blue again and « work faster » to address pollution caused by the burning of coal for heat and electricity
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-06/china-premier-li-keqiang-vows-to-tackle-air-pollution/8328884?section=world

9 JANUARY 2017

China: Beijing forms special police team to combat smog

China has announced plans to set up an « environmental police » force tasked with enforcing pollution restrictions across the capital Beijing in a bid to improve the city’s notorious air quality
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/china-launch-environmental-police-force-170108155055619.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/china-beijing-special-police-team-combat-smog/

30 NOVEMBER 2016

How China’s climate revolution can stop global warming

 With or without the cooperation of the US government, nations around the world have begun to take collective action against climate change. Could a new cap-and-trade market in China set a global example?
http://www.dw.com/en/how-chinas-climate-revolution-can-stop-global-warming/a-36580195

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China pledges 18% carbon emissions cut by 2020

China’s cabinet issued a new climate plan targeting an 18-percent cut in carbon emissions by 2020 compared to 2015 levels, the same day that the Paris Agreement of nearly 200 countries took effect
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-11/05/content_15521581.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

US, China ratify Paris climate deal, setting stage for G20

China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions on Saturday (Sep 3), marking a major step toward the enactment of the pact as early as the end of the year and setting the stage for other countries to follow suit
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-china-ratify-paris-climate-deal-setting-stage-for-g20/3097676.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247340065
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/03/breakthrough-us-china-agree-ratify-paris-climate-change-deal

23 APRIL 2016

China hopes to formally join climate change agreement before September

China announced on Friday that it will finalize domestic legal procedures to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change before the G20 Hangzhou summit in September this year.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/china-hopes-to-formally-join-climate-change-agreement-before-september/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/23/content_15421601.html

9 JANUARY 2016

Beijing to shut 2,500 firms this year to fight pollution

Beijing will close 2,500 small polluting firms this year in its latest effort to combat pollution, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday, citing the municipal government
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/09/content_15370133.html

19 DECEMBER 2015

China and Climate Change: Three Things to Watch After Paris

China has made its promises. Will it now deliver?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/12/china-and-climate-change-three-things-to-watch-after-paris/

30 NOVEMBER 2015

COP21: China’s climate efforts far from sufficient

China is one of the biggest polluters in the world. The Asian economic giant, however, says it is committed to tackling the issue as the UN climate conference kicks off in Paris. But how difficult will that be for China?
http://www.dw.com/en/cop21-chinas-climate-efforts-far-from-sufficient/a-18884289
http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/11/30/climate-change-in-china-explainer-sater-liveshot-cnn-today.cnn

25 NOVEMBER 2015

China defends coal use ahead of Paris climate summit

China’s special envoy on climate change, Xie Zhenhua, has defended the country’s decision to build more coal-fired power plants ahead of a global climate summit in Paris next week
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/11/25/asia/china-climate-xie-zhenhua/index.html

2 NOVEMBER 2015

France, China agree on climate change checks

China and France agreed Monday that an international deal to tackle climate change to be negotiated in Paris should include checks on compliance, in what visiting French President Francois Hollande called a « historic » step forward
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20151102-france-and-china-agree-checks-emissions-cutting-compliance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-france-seek-fiv/2234168.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20151102-hollande-china-climate-cop21-talks

19 AUGUST 2015

Climate: China’s emissions overestimated

The United Nations and other international bodies have vastly overestimated China’s greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade or more, according to a study released Wednesday
http://www.businessinsider.com/afp-climate-chinas-emissions-overestimated-2015-8?IR=T
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/19/chinas-carbon-emissions-may-be-lower-than-thought

14 AUGUST 2015

Study: China’s Air Pollution Kills 1.6 Million a Year

A Berkeley Earth study of newly released air quality data from 1,500 sites across East Asia has found that airborne particulate matter contributes to 1.6 million deaths per year in China. That is equivalent to about 4,400 per day, and makes up approximately 17% of all deaths in China
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/world/asia/study-links-polluted-air-in-china-to-1-6-million-deaths-a-year.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

27 MARCH 2015

China’s Never-Ending ‘War on Pollution’

On March 16, the Beijing municipal government announced it would close the last of its major coal-fired generating stations. By next year, China Huaneng Group’s 845-megawatt plant will cease operations. The capital city shuttered another one in 2014 and two more last week
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-never-ending-%E2%80%98war-pollution%E2%80%99

7 MARCH 2015

China takes Under the Dome anti-pollution film offline

The authorities in China have a removed from websites a popular documentary which highlights the country’s severe pollution problem.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-31778115
http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-31689232

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6X2uwlQGQM&t=22

5 FEBRUAY 2015

Heavy smog caused over 250,000 premature deaths in 2013: report

Heavy air pollution in 31 provincial capitals and municipalities in the Chinese mainland could have caused some 257,000 premature deaths in 2013, according to a report released on Wednesday.
http://en.people.cn/n/2015/0205/c90882-8846574.html

7 JANUARY 2015

China encourages environmental social groups to sue

China on Wednesday granted public interest groups more power to sue those that flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said, as Beijing steps up efforts to curb pollution that regularly chokes major cities.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/455000/china-encourages-environmental-social-groups-to-sue

17 DECEMBER 2014

China’s glaciers retreat 18.5% since 1950s

The area of western China covered by glaciers has decreased by 18.5 per cent since the late 1950s, equivalent to the size of Cyprus, a recent survey shows
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Chinas-glaciers-retreat-18-5-since-1950s-69176.html

12 NOVEMBER 2014

US, China climate deal boosts hopes of global pact

A surprise deal between the United States and China on Wednesday could be a breakthrough moment in decades-long efforts to secure a global climate change pact, environment experts said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442978/us-china-climate-deal-boosts-hopes-of-global-pact
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30015545
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/china-us-set-ambitious-gas-emission-goals-2014111241634365214.html

6 NOVEMBER 2014

Report: Africa ivory smuggled on China visit

Chinese officials and businesspeople used a state trip by President Xi Jinping and other high-level visits to smuggle ivory out of Tanzania, an environmental watchdog has said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/11/report-africa-ivory-smuggled-china-visit-2014116163317314744.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/441780/chinese-officials-buying-illegal-ivory

22 OCTOBER 2014

China’s coal use falls for first time this century, analysis suggests

Drop of 1-2% in amount of coal burned offers ‘a window of opportunity’ to bring climate change under control, say Greenpeace energy analysts
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/oct/22/chinas-coal-use-falls-for-first-time-this-century-analysis-suggests

22 OCTOBER 2014

How China is changing Environment (in good)

By John Papon

http://johnpabon.weebly.com/johns-little-green-book/chinese-government-action-on-the-environment-infographic

19 OCTOBER 2014

Masks donned at smog-hit Beijing marathon

Many competitors withdraw from race as pollution soars far above maximum levels recommended by World Health Organisation
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/masks-donned-at-smog-hit-beijing-marathon-20141019155016863606.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s per capita carbon emissions overtake EU’s

New data on carbon shows that China’s emissions per head of population have surpassed the EU for the first time.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29239194

15 SEPTEMBER 2014

Chinese sturgeon ‘on brink of extinction’

The wild Chinese sturgeon is at risk of extinction, state media reported, after none of the rare fish were detected reproducing naturally in the polluted and crowded Yangtze river last year.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11097343/Chinese-sturgeon-on-brink-of-extinction.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2014

Waking the Green Tiger : The birth of China’s environmental movement

Editor’s note: The following article was originally published on website chinadialogue (requires proxy) in 2013, but remains relevant to an array of issues facing Yunnan today. It is reposted here in its entirety.
http://www.gokunming.com/en/blog/item/3312/waking_the_green_tiger_the_birth_of_chinas_environmental_movement

3 JULY 204

China sets up specialised pollution tribunal

China’s Supreme Court has set up a special tribunal to deal with environmental cases, it said Thursday as Beijing pushes a green agenda with public discontent over pollution rising
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418757/china-sets-up-specialised-pollution-tribunal

30 JUNE 2014

Special report: The victims of China’s soil pollution crisis

Rapid industrialisation has left a legacy of soil pollution that is damaging health and livelihoods in villages across China
https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/7073-Special-report-The-victims-of-China-s-soil-pollution-crisis

12 JUNE 2014

China says over 20,000 people charged with environmental crimes last year

Chinese state prosecutors charged more than 20,000 people with environmental crimes last year and made more than 7,000 arrests, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-over-20000-people-charged-environmental-crimes-last-year

12 MAY 2014

China detains 60 people over incinerator protest

China detained 60 people on Monday for their role in a violent demonstration that prompted officials to promise to suspend construction of a waste incinerator, local police said.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409422/china-detains-60-people-over-incinerator-protest

10 MAY 2014

Protesters in east China clash with police over waste incinerator plan

Protesters in eastern China clashed with police at a rally against plans to build a huge waste incinerator that residents fear will be harmful to their health and add to pollution.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/protesters-east-china-clash-police-over-waste-incinerator-plan

25 APRIL 2014

China’s NPC adopts revised Environmental Protection Law

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, has voted to adopt revisions to the Environmental Protection Law. The revised Environmental Protection Law is the first change to the legislation in 25 years.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2014-04/25/c_133289139.htm

Beijing bans the hunting and trading of 420 animal species at risk of extinction

After years of requests from the international community Beijing recognizes this practice as a « global threat ». It involves pandas, rhinos, pangolins and sharks: used in traditional medicine or considered « treats » these animals are in danger of disappearing. The penalties for violating the new law range from 3 to 10 years in prison

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-bans-the-hunting-and-trading-of-420-animal-species-at-risk-of-extinction-30916.html

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/25/china-rare-animal-products-eat-jail-sentences

23 APRIL 2014

China says more than half of its groundwater is polluted

Nearly 60% of China’s underground water is polluted, state media has reported, underscoring the severity of the country’s environmental woes

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/23/china-half-groundwater-polluted

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/406247/60-of-china-underground-water-polluted-report

18 APRIL 2014

Report: One fifth of China’s soil contaminated

Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China’s soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27076645
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121826/china-one-fifth-of-countrys-farmland-polluted/

12 APRIL 2014

China water contamination affects 2.4m after oil leak

China’s biggest oil company has been blamed for water contamination affecting over 2.4 million people in Lanzhou

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27002602

9 APRIL 2014

Can China win the war on air pollution?

Coal and cars are the culprits largely responsible for the thick, soupy air that frequently envelops cities like Beijing, Harbin and Shanghai — rendering their skylines invisible and turning day into night. Not surprisingly, this air is dangerous to breathe

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/04/09/can-china-win-the-war-on-air-pollution/

31 MARCH 2014

Hundreds protest against Chinese chemical plant

Hundreds of protesters in southern China marched against a chemical plant and environmental degradation on Sunday, in a demonstration that the Maoming city government called a « grave violation » by criminals causing chaos

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/31/chinese-protest-chemical-plant-maoming

5 MARCH 2014

China to ‘declare war’ on pollution

China’s prime minister has vowed to tackle the country’s environmental crisis, making a « war » on pollution one of his nine « major tasks » for 2014

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10677947/China-to-declare-war-on-pollution.html

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China smog sees face masks sell out

China’s biggest online face mask sellers are running out of stock, with consumers rushing to protect themselves against smog that has shrouded swathes of northern China for an entire week

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/china-smog-sees-face-masks-sell-out-20142265560623493.html

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/“Even-Mao-is-wearing-a-mask”-in-smog-choked-China-30412.html

12 FEBRUARY 2014

China to set up $1.65bn fund to tackle air pollution

The Chinese government said on Wednesday said it will set up a 10 billion yuan ($1.65bn) fund to fight air pollution, offering rewards for companies that clean up their operations.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/feb/12/china-air-pollution-fund

1 JANUARY 2014

Pollution Threatens China’s Food Security

A Reuters report this week noted that nearly 3.33 million hectares (eight million acres) of Chinese farmland are too polluted to grow crops. The article, which was re-posted by the state-run China Daily news site, quoted Wang Shiyuan, China’s vice minister of land and resources

http://thediplomat.com/2014/01/pollution-threatens-chinas-food-security/

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/387529/no-show-for-pakistan-musharraf-in-treason-case

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 24 September in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICS AND STRATEGY ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1762: Biginning of the Battle of Manila, during the Seven Years’ War between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Spain in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a Spanish colony at that time

1877: Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the imperial Japanese Army over the samurai Satsuma Rebellion
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1800s/p/shiroyama.htm

1955: Chin Peng, leader of the Malaya Communist Party  sends a letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman and other members of the government, saying that the MCP was willing to send an envoy to negotiate peace

1968: Thakin Than Tun, chairman of the Communist Party of Burma (White Flag) is killed by one on his security officer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thakin_Than_Tun

1975: In New York, last meeting of SEATO and decision to dissolve the organization (effective in 1977)

1991: North and South Korea become members of United Nations

1996: China signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the United Nations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Nuclear-Test-Ban_Treaty

2010: Japanese authorities release the captain of a Chinese trawler who was arrested two weeks ago near islands claimed by China and Japan, defusing a dispute that had sent ties between the Asian powers to their lowest point in years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11403241

2012: Chinese ships plied the waters of a disputed island chain, Japan’s coastguard said, as a fleet of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the area, vowing to stake Taipei’s claim.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373489.html

 

On 24 September in South Asian history

ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1534: Birth of Guru Ram Das, Fourth Master of Sikhism, died on September 1, 1581
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Ram_Das

1674: Second Tantrik Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
http://www.hindujagruti.org/hinduism/national-icons/shivaji-maharaj/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcCHuvcx4qw

1861: Birth of Bhikaiji Cama, Indian activist who died on August 13, 1936
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/itihas/cama.htm

1873: Establishment of « Satyashodhak Samaj”, (Truth-seeker Movement) at Pune, Maharashtra, India by Mahatma Jyotirao Phule
http://www.thoughtnaction.co.in/rashtrapita-jotiba-phuley-and-satyashodhak-samaj/

1925: Birth of Autar Singh Paintal, Indian medical scientist, who died on December 21, 2004
http://rsbm.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/52/251.abstract

1932: Gandhi and Dr. B. R. Ambedkar agree to the Poona Pact, which reserved seats in the Indian provincial legislatures for the « Depressed Classes » (Untouchables)
http://bspindia.org/what-is-poona-pact.php

1998: As precondition to the restoration of diplomatic relations with UK, Iran renounces to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie

2002: In India, Swaminarayan Temple in Gandhinagar (capital of Gujarat) is attacked. Around 30 Hindu are killed and 50 wounded
http://www.swaminarayan.org/news/2002/09/akshardham/report.htm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/24th-september-2002-terrorists-attack-the-akshardham-temple-in-gandhinagar-gujarat

2004: Death of Indian physicist Raja Ramanna, born on January 28, 1925
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3685396.stm
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2004/oct/01/guardianobituaries.obituaries

2006: Death of Padmini, Indian actress, born on June 12, 1932
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/5377366.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFJAti47BE

2012: Death of Thilakan, Indian actor, born on July 15, 1938
http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/malayalam-thespian-thilakan-dead/article3931223.ece

2014: An Indian spacecraft reaches Mars and enters the planet’s orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28268186
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/09/india-triumphs-with-first-mission-mars-201492424235943945.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/india-mission-mars-orbiter-infographic-2014923164346339601.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/science/mars-mission.html

 

 

On 24 September in Southeast Asian history

ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1669 : Manuel de Leon takes possession of the Philippines as new governor-general
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1277/today-in-philippine-history-september-24-1669-manuel-de-leon-took-possession-of-the-philippines-as-new-governorgeneral

1714: Birth of Alaungpaya, Burmese king who died on May 11, 1760
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaungpaya

alaungpaya

1762: Biginning of the Battle of Manila, during the Seven Years’ War between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Spain in and around Manila, the capital of the Philippines, a Spanish colony at that time

1841: The sultan of Brunei bestows James Brook the title of Governor of Sarawak
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarawak

1929: Death of Prince Mahidol of the Kingdom of Thailand, born on January 1, 1892
http://w08.psu.ac.th/en/node/292

1955: Chin Peng, leader of the Malaya Communist Party  sends a letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman and other members of the government, saying that the MCP was willing to send an envoy to negotiate peace

1967: In Saigon, Hue, and Da Nang, demonstrations are staged against the recent election of President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky, led by the militant Buddhist faction

1968: Thakin Than Tun, chairman of the Communist Party of Burma (White Flag) is killed by one on his security officer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thakin_Than_Tun

1969: Ton Duc Thang is elected president of North Vietnam, succeding to Ho Chi-Minh
http://alphahistory.com/vietnamwar/ton-duc-thang/

1975: In New York, last meeting of SEATO and decision to dissolve the organization (effective in 1977)

1993: Promulgation of the new constitution of Cambodia. Norodom Sihanouk, 38 years after he abdicated is again king of Cambodia. Norordom Ranariddh becomes First Premier and Hun Sen Second Premier
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9302.html

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Constitution_of_the_Kingdom_of_Cambodia
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/prince-norodom-sihanouk

1997: In Vietnam, Tran Duc Luong is elected president of the republic, and Phan Van Khai becomes prime minister
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tr%E1%BA%A7n_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c_L%C6%B0%C6%A1ng
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phan_V%C4%83n_Kh%E1%BA%A3i

2007: Between 30,000 and 100,000 people take part in anti-government protests in Yangon, Burma, the largest in 20 years.

2012: Myanmar’s President Thein Sein heads to the United States for a landmark visit that coincides with a triumphal American tour by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373491.html

 2013: Cambodia’s parliament approves a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/201392422511798873.html

 

Holidays and observances

Constitution Day (Cambodia)

Mahidol Day (Thailand)

On 24 September in Japan’s history

ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1732: Death of Reigen, 112th emperor Japan, born on July 9, 1654
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Reigen_of_Japan

1877: Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the imperial Japanese Army over the samurai Satsuma Rebellion
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1800s/p/shiroyama.htm

1877: Death of Takamori Saigo, samurai, leader of Satmura rebellion, born on February 7, 1827
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takamori_Saigo

1948: The Honda Motor Company is founded in Japan

1981: birth of Yuki Matsuzaki, Japanese actor and producer
http://www.yukimatsuzaki.com/eng/resume.html

2008: Taro Aso is named Japan’s third prime minister in the space of two years following a vote in the lower house of the country’s parliament
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/09/20089247482915732.html

2010: Japanese authorities release the captain of a Chinese trawler who was arrested two weeks ago near islands claimed by China and Japan, defusing a dispute that had sent ties between the Asian powers to their lowest point in years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11403241

2012: Chinese ships plied the waters of a disputed island chain, Japan’s coastguard said, as a fleet of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the area, vowing to stake Taipei’s claim.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373489.html

 

On 24 September in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

 

ON 24 SEPTEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on September 24, 2019

1910: Birth of Chinese playright Cao Yu, who died on December 13, 1996
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cao_Yu

1945: Birth of Kuan Tai Chen, Chinese actor and producer
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=328
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/chen_kuan_tai.htm
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0155291/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU0HJEkuhX8

1946: Cathay Pacific Airways is founded in Hong Kong

1962: The Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, following Mao Zedong, denounces the revisionists in the party and the state, condemns the chauvinism of great powers and says that China has a right of an independent policy

1962: Birth of Rosamund Kwan, Hong Kong Actress
http://www.brns.com/pages/kwanpict.html

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

1967: Birth of William So, Hong Kong Singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_So

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MF40M-qv54

1982: Margaret Thatcher and Deng Xiaoping decide to open negotiations on the future of Hong Kong
https://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/04/when-margaret-thatcher-came-to-china/274796/
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9260.html
http://www.margaretthatcher.org/archive/1982cac5.asp

1996: China signs the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the United Nations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comprehensive_Nuclear-Test-Ban_Treaty

2002: The Hong Kong government released its proposals for the anti-subversion law. It is the cause of considerable controversy and division in Hong Kong

2010: Japanese authorities release the captain of a Chinese trawler who was arrested two weeks ago near islands claimed by China and Japan, defusing a dispute that had sent ties between the Asian powers to their lowest point in years
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11403241

2012: Chinese ships plied the waters of a disputed island chain, Japan’s coastguard said, as a fleet of Taiwanese fishing boats set sail for the area, vowing to stake Taipei’s claim.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120924-373489.html

2012: Wang Lijun, police chief at heart of Bo Xilai scandal jailed for 15 years
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9562219/Neil-Heywood-murder-police-chief-was-collaborator-and-whistleblower.html

2018: Hong Kong bans 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