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On 6 October in Asian history

 

1976-10-06

ON 6 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 6, 2019

23: Rebels kill and decapitate the Xin Dynasty emperor Wang Mang two days after the capital Chang’an is sacked during a peasant rebellion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BClin
http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/ppersons2_n2/wangmang.html

618: Wang Shichong decisively defeats Li Mi at the Battle of Yanshi, during the transition from Sui to Tang civil war
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Shichong
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Mi_(Sui_dynasty)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yanshi

1552: Birth of Matteo Ricci, an Italian missionary who lived in Goa (India) from 1578 to 1583, then in China up to his death in Beijing on May 11, 1610
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Ricci
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13034a.htm

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mav-rG-z3O4

1661: Death of guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh guru, born on January 16, 1630
http://www.sikhs.org/guru7.htm

1762: End of The Battle of Manila during the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in the United States), 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
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1762)

1879: During the Second Afghan War, battle of Charasiab
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/charasiab.htm
http://maiwandday.blogspot.fr/2015/01/the-british-army-at-charasiab-october.html

1879-10-06-battle-of-chariasad

1883: Death of Dục Đức, Vietnamese emperor during 3 days, born in 1852
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%E1%BB%A5c_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c

1893: Birth of Meghnad Saha, Indian astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic who died on February 16, 1956
http://scientistsinformation.blogspot.fr/2010/01/meghnad-saha-1893-1956.html
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/meghnad-saha.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/6th-october-1893-meghnad-saha-indian-astrophysicist-is-born

1896: Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona before to be send to Manila
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1296/today-in-philippine-history-october-6-1896-rizal-was-taken-from-montjuich-castle-to-a-ship-to-sail-back-to-manila

1916: Birth of Chiang Wei-kuo (Wego Chiang) from a Japanese mother, adopted son of Chiang Kai-shek and politician who died on September 22, 1997
http://www.shanghai1937.com/a-chinese-in-the-german-wehrmacht/

1918: Birth of Goh Keng Swee, the « economic architect » of Singapore who died on May 14, 2010
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_662_2005-01-11.html

goh-keng-swee

1928: War-torn China is reunited under the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek who takes the title of Generalissimo (Chairman of the National Military Council) of the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China (ROC)

1931: Birth of Lee Man-hui, Korean film writer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0497802/

1935: Birth of Charito Solis, Filipino actress, who died on January 9, 1998
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charito_Solis

1937: The League of Nations condemns the Japanese aggression against China

1939: End of the Battle of Changsha, which started on September 17, the first attempt by Japan to take the city of Changsha, China, during the second Sino-Japanese War
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Battle%20of%20Changsha%20(1939)&item_type=topic&sr=50

1939-10-06-end-of-battle-of-changsha

1942: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actions_along_the_Matanikau

1946: Birth of Vinod Khanna, Indian actor who died on April 27, 2017
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinod_Khanna

1949: Iva Toguri D’Aquino is sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster « Tokyo Rose. »
https://www.biography.com/news/toyko-rose-iva-toguri-facts

Iva Toguri

1950: In China, a campaign against the counterrevolutionaries is launched

1950: Battle of Markham Gartok, during the invasion of the Tibet by China

1951: Malayan Races Liberation Army (MRLA) ambushes and kills British High Commissioner Sir Henry Gurney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gurney

1955: Ghulam Mohammad, the governor-general of Pakistan is replaced by Iskander Mirza
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P015

1966: Soviet Union orders all Russian students in China to leave the country

1970: South Vietnamese forces withdraw from Cambodia after a three-month operation

1972: Birth of Ko So-young, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ko_So-young
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Ko_So-young.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwe6FK4LS_U

1972: Birth of Ryu Shi-won, South Korean actor and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryu_Shi-won

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cU6oLCe7QQ

1976: New Premier Hua Guofeng orders the arrest of the Gang of Four and associates and ends the Cultural Revolution in the People’s Republic of China
http://chineseposters.net/themes/gang-of-four.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_of_Four


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unuGt6Bq2io

1976: Birth of Barbie Hsu, Taiwanese actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie_Hsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxNo1Mw6Wso

1976: Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom by a coalition of right-wing paramilitary and government forces, triggering the return of the military to government. The 1974 constitution is abolished
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6_October_1976_Massacre                                                            http://www.zenjournalist.org/2013/03/11/confidential-british-cable-on-the-october-1976-thammasat-massacre-and-coup/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_221516588

1976-10-06

 

1982: Birth of Meiyang Chаng, Indian actor, singer, anchor and dancer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiyang_Ch%D0%B0ng

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTpwk8koqCc

1983: In India, after serious attack by Sikh nationalists against police and Hindu people, the State of Punjab is put under direct control of the central government

1988: Birth of Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maki_Horikita


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9MEYS-i1t4&feature=related

1993: In Pakistan’s elections, Benazir Bhutto, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), captures the most seats in the nation’s Parliament, thus she will be Prime Minister for the second time (her first tenure was from 1988-1990)
http://www.dawn.com/news/802238/an-overview-of-1993-general-elections-a-pile-of-dirty-linen
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2241_93.htm

1998 : the Philippine Supreme Court reverses a 1993 lower court decision sentencing former First Lady Imelda Marcos to a maximum 12-year jail term and perpetual disqualification from public office, based on insufficiency of evidence
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1297/today-in-philippine-history-october-6-1998-the-supreme-court-reversed-imelda-marcos-sentence

1999: Former Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok is arrested. He will die on July 21, 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5128664.stm

2000: In Taiwan, Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed prime minister for the first time (up to February 1, 2002)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang_Chun-hsiung

2008: Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model commits suicide, born on April 5, 1985
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Ji-hoo
http://www.dramabeans.com/2008/10/model-kim-ji-hoo-commits-suicide/

2010: The European Union and South Korea sign a free-trade deal which could double trade between them and trigger more calls among Asian states for such pacts with the 27-nation bloc
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/10/2010106171132814988.html

2012: New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents are arrested outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping says a senior envoy from self-ruled Taiwan that a political solution to a standoff over sovereignty lasting more than six decades cannot be postponed forever, drawing a cool, non-committal response

2015: Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita is named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2015/kajita/auto-biography/
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2015/summary/

2015: Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University march to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system

2016: Thai university commemorates 40th anniversary of massacre
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/10/thai-uni-40th-anniversary-massacre/
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/life/arts/2016/10/06/thammasat-massacre-relived-40-years-arts-culture/

China and North Korea

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6 OCTOBER 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hail immortal ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a « long-term, sound and stable » relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday (Oct 6), as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-jinping-and-north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-hail-immortal-ties
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/176/97/211/1570359988422.html?newsId=108907
https://kcnawatch.org/newstream/1570328468-68127007/supreme-leader-kim-jong-un-sends-greetings-to-president-xi-jinping/

3 SEPTEMBER 2019

Top North Korean, Chinese diplomats meet in Pyongyang amid stalled nuclear talks with U.S.

The foreign ministers of China and North Korea have held talks in Pyongyang, with the two allies vowing to bolster bilateral ties and work closely on security issues amid the North’s stalled nuclear talks with the U.S
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/03/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/north-korea-china-envoys-meet-pyongyang/#.XW5wEygzY2w
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/17/113/1567507461420.html?newsId=94046
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/908281.html

24 JULY 2019

China-North Korea trade up 14.3 per cent in first half to US$1.25 billion

China remains North Korea’s sole military ally and biggest trading partner. Trade in 2018 was worth US$2.7 billion, down 48.2 per cent year on year, the Seoul-funded Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency said last week
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019940/chinas-first-half-trade-north-korea-recovers-old-allies

8 JULY 2019

The Chinese Obstacle to a Nuclear Deal With North Korea

Despite establishment of communication between President Donald J. Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, progress including full denuclearization is unlikely without coming to terms with China’s history of nuclear proliferation to North Korea and its decision whether to continue to play a likely spoiler role in assuring such a framework
https://www.cfr.org/blog/chinese-obstacle-nuclear-deal-north-korea

20 JUNE 2019

China’s Xi and North Korea’s Kim in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang on Thursday (Jun 20) during a historic visit to burnish an uneasy alliance, with both facing challenges of their own with US President Donald Trump
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-xi-and-north-korea-s-kim-in-pyongyang-talks-as-both-face-11643546
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/99/58/248/1561035838252.html?newsId=86394
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48672306

17 JUNE 2019

Chinese President to make first trip to North Korea in 14 years

Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit to North Korea this week, state media announced Monday, as US talks with North Korea on its nuclear program are at an apparent standstill
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/chinese-president-to-make-first-trip-to-north-korea-in-14-years
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/179/25/100/1560778764769.html?newsId=86096

8 APRIL 2019

China, North Korea open new border crossing despite sanctions

China and North Korea opened a new border crossing over the Yalu River, signalling aspirations for deeper economic ties between the neighbours even as Pyongyang’s trade remains crimped by international sanctions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-north-korea-open-new-border-crossing-despite-sanctions

17 JANUARY 2019

China’s Soft Power Diplomacy on North Korean Nuclear Crisis

China’s soft power diplomacy regarding North Korea’s nuclear crisis has significant ramifications on the process towards the peaceful resolution of the crisis. Most significantly, the most recent bilateral meetings between Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un, Inter-Korean Dialogue, and the U.S.-North Korea Singapore Summit have attracted worldwide attention
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/16/chinas-soft-power-diplomacy-on-north-korean-nuclear-crisis/

13 JANUARY 2019

North Korea remains in China’s orbit

In an editorial on Wednesday, January 9, China Daily, an English-language publication by the Chinese government, said: “Considering the traditional closeness between [China and the DPRK], there is nothing unusual if the two parties compare notes and coordinate positions on matters of common concern.”
http://www.atimes.com/north-korea-remains-in-chinas-orbit/

8 JANUARY 2019

Kim Jong Un visits China ahead of possible Trump summit

Kim Jong Un is making his fourth visit to China, in a sign that the North Korean leader is seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s counsel ahead of a possible second summit with Donald Trump
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/08/01/2019/Kim-Jong-Un-visits-China-ahead-of-possible-Trump-summit
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190108-kim-visits-china-while-beijing-and-washington-continue-standoff
https://video.foxnews.com/v/5987143279001/?#sp=show-clips

6 DECEMBER 2018

North Korean sends top diplomat to key ally China

North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in key ally China on Thursday for talks amid stalled efforts to persuade his government to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korean-sends-top-diplomat-to-key-ally-china-2/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-china-ri-yong-ho-visit-beijing-kim-jong-un-nuclear-crisis-wang-yi-a8670601.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2018

Chinese president’s right-hand man presses North Korea’s Kim Jong-un to realise Singapore nuclear consensus with Donald Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s right-hand man has urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to realise the consensus on denuclearisation he reached with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163440/chinese-presidents-right-hand-man-presses-north-koreas-kim-jong
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/21/250/169/1536554853728.html?newsId=47660

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

Xi Jinping won’t attend N Korea’s 70th anniversary celebrations

He is reportedly disappointed at the lack of progress on de-nuclearisation since the Singapore summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and US President Trump
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/xi-jinping-wont-attend-koreas-70th-anniversary-celebrations-180908130355489.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163237/theres-no-point-asking-why-xi-jinping-isnt-going-north-korea

19 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping pledges unwavering Chinese support for North Korea as Kim Jong-un makes third Beijing visit of 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks since Kim’s historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/kim-jong-un-china-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/19/kim-jong-un-meets-xi-jinping-for-third-time
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-china-visit-beijing-xi-jinping-donald-trump-a8406421.html

12 JUNE 2018

China wasn’t at the table but Trump-Kim talks reinforced its role, analysts say

Even though Beijing did not take part in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, China watchers say it had much to gain from it
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2150480/china-wasnt-table-trump-kim-talks-reinforced-its-role
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/china-welcomes-trump-kim-summit-calls-for-sanctions-relief-1.739430

14 MAY 2018

China, North Korea remain reluctant brothers in arms

Without China’s public and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, it is doubtful that Kim’s upcoming historic summit with US President Donald Trump, now scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, would ever have materialized
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-north-korea-remain-reluctant-brothers-in-arms//

8 MAY 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un makes second China visit for talks with Xi Jinping

Chinese state media has reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid a second visit to China to hold talks with President Xi Jinping. The meeting comes ahead of the planned summit between Kim and Donald Trump
http://www.dw.com/en/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-makes-second-china-visit-for-talks-with-xi-jinping/a-43699758
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/08/c_137164420.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/08/kim-jong-un-meets-xi-jinping-in-second-surprise-visit-to-china

3 MAY 2018

Chinese foreign minister meets with Kim Jong Un amid warming ties

The meeting, Kim’s third with a top Beijing official in just over a month, is another indication of the warming relations between the two fractious allies, with Wang praising North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization during his two-day visit
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/72/183/191/1525356920507.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/03/asia/wang-yi-pyongyang-visit-intl/index.html

4 APRIL 2018

Is China changing its strategy towards North Korea?

China has been urging diplomacy as the only viable solution to the nuclear and missile crisis for well over a decade. But the Chinese government’s reaction to the summit has been subdued and elite sentiments are caught between relief and anxiety
http://www.asiaobserver.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=14702&action=edit

28 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s Kim pledges ‘denuclearisation’ in China visit

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has made his first-ever foreign trip as leader to meet China’s president, vowing he is « committed to denuclearisation » and willing to hold summits with the South and the US
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/27/asia/north-korea-kim-jong-un-china-visit/index.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180328-china-confirms-kim-jong-un-visit-beijing-north-korea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180328_13/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3046206

26 MARCH 2018

North Korea: Kim Jong-un in China for ‘unannounced state visit’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is believed to be in Beijing on an unannounced trip, in what would be his first foreign state visit since taking power in 2011, according to reports
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/north-korea-kim-jong-un-in-china-for-first-foreign-state-visit
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-is-said-to-make-surprise-china-visit

5 FEBRUARY 2018

China prohibits export of more dual-use goods to North Korea

China has released yet another list of commodities prohibited from export to North Korea, saying the items could likely be used to develop weapons of mass destruction, amid a persisting standoff between the North and the US over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/05/551370/China-N-Korea-list-banned-goods-UN-sanctions-US-nuclear
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132139/china-bans-exports-more-dual-use-goods-north-korea

27 DECEMBER 2017

Chinese ships spotted by satellites ‘selling oil to North Korea’ 30 times since October, despite sanctions

American reconnaissance satellites have reportedly spotted Chinese ships suspected of selling oil to North Korean vessels about 30 times since October
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/27/chinese-ships-spotted-satellites-selling-oil-north-korea-30/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171227_03/

1 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea skips China’s first political parties summit

China launched its first World Political Parties Dialogue, with representatives from more than 120 countries in attendance, including Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi. But in a sign of the testy relationship between Beijing and Pyongyang, North Korea did not send a delegation
https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/12/01/North-Korea-skips-Chinas-first-political-parties-summit/1841512154601/?utm_source=sec&utm_campaign=sl&utm_medium=6

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China, North Korea envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said on Saturday (Nov 18), stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-north-korea-envoys-talk-up-ties-despite-nuclear-tensions-9418640
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210865

11 NOVEMBER 2017

China seeks closer dialogue with Japan, South Korea to tackle threat from Pyongyang

China on Saturday vowed to strengthen coordination with its neighbours in dealing with the North Korean issue, as US President Donald Trump complimented Beijing on helping to rein in Pyongyang
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119478/china-seeks-closer-ties-japan-south-korea-tackle-threat

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Xi Jinping sends rare message to Kim Jong-Un in sign relations could be improving

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message « out of politeness, » Beijing said Thursday, in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/02/xi-jinping-sends-rare-message-kim-jong-un-sign-relations-could/
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540704/China-Xi-North-Korea-Kim-relations

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China announced on Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China would be closed, as part of the latest sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/china-orders-north-korean-business-closed-under-un-sanctions/8999040?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113262/all-north-korean-firms-and-joint-ventures-china-be
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-orders-north-korean-businesses-closed-under-un-sanctions-1.2097737

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report

According to an explosive investigation by the Wall Street Journal, the rapid development of North Korea’s missile programme has been aided by its citizens travelling abroad to study in areas beneficial to nuclear and weapons research – in breach of 2016 United Nations sanctions
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/09/north-koreas-nuclear-programme-aided-study-abroad-china-report/#u2HpWpFrFBK5kciX.97

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

27 AUGUST 2017

All you need to know about China’s sanctions on North Korea

Beijing has slapped bans on some trade with its troublesome neighbour but with Pyongyang firing off yet another round of missiles on the weekend there’s debate over just how effective the curbs will be
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2108378/all-you-need-know-about-chinas-sanctions-north-korea

14 AUGUST 2017

China issues order to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday (Aug 15), following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-issues-order-to-implement-un-sanctions-on-north-korea

12 AUGUST 2017

Xi urges restraint on nuclear issue in phone talks with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged concerned parties to practice restraint regarding the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue in a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/146/4/92/1502530446344.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2106518/trump-call-xi-jinping-urgent-talks-north-korea

6 AUGUST 2017

China says N. Korea sanctions ‘necessary’ but urges dialogue

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the latest sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council were « necessary » after North Korea’s missile tests in July, but he noted that they were « not the ultimate purpose. »
http://www.dw.com/en/china-says-n-korea-sanctions-necessary-but-urges-dialogue/a-39980868
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/83/67/1502002876198.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105591/un-sanctions-north-korea-necessary-not-ultimate-goal

10 JULY 2017

 As China withdraws, Russia advances: what’s up with North Korea?

 A new East Asian power alignment is shaping up on the Korean Peninsula as South Korea begins to distance itself from the United States to establish better relations with the North and Russia enters the mix
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2097451/china-withdraws-russia-advances-whats-north-korea

China-Russia diplomatic double act exposes Trump’s crudeness

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin vow to work together on peaceful solution to North Korea crisis – in sharp contrast to US president’s sabre-rattling
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/china-russia-diplomatic-double-act-exposes-trumps-crudeness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101359/chinese-and-russian-presidents-urge-peaceful-solution
http://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/world/1281435/russia-and-china-join-forces-over-north-korea

24 JUNE 2017

China, US agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearisation

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be « complete, verifiable and irreversible », Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china–us-agree-on-aim-of–complete–irreversible–korean-denuclearisation-8975316

4 MAY 2017

North Korea warns China of ‘grave consequences’ in first direct rebuke to Beijing over criticism

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” in a rare media rebuke which exposes growing divisions between the two historically close allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/04/north-korea-warns-china-grave-consequences-first-direct-rebuke/
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/05/03/0401000000AEN20170503005600315.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/04/content_15608370.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045325.shtml

18 APRIL 2017

FM spokesman: China welcomes US role on Korean Peninsula issue

The United States is welcome to play a positive role in peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-04/18/content_15601349.html

13 APRIL 2017

China’s nuclear get-out clause over defence of North Korea

China is not obliged to help defend North Korea from military attack if the reclusive state developed nuclear weapons, according to Chinese diplomatic and military observers
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2087320/china-not-obliged-defend-n-korea-if-its-attacked-say

24 MARCH 2017

Should China turn its back on North Korea?

While China does not want a new democracy on its doorstep, a North Korea more open to political and economic liberalisation might be a constructive first step towards solving the ‘North Korea problem’ for both China, and the United States and its allies
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/24/should-china-turn-its-back-on-north-korea/

8 MARCH 2017

China calls on N Korea to suspend missile and nuclear tests

China has proposed that North Korea suspend its tests of missile and nuclear technology to « defuse a looming crisis »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202088
http://www.dw.com/en/china-calls-for-stop-to-north-korea-missile-tests-and-us-south-korean-military-drills/a-37847701

25 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea is now angry with its only ally and key supporter, China

North Korea – Irked by increasing UN sanctions and the brunt of sanctions by individual nations, including from its closest and only ally, China – North Korea has now vented out its frustration
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/252003865
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/north-korea-says-old-ally-china-dancing-tune-us-coal-ban/

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China suspends coal imports from North Korea following missile test

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday (Feb 18), depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-suspends-coal-imports-from-north-korea-following-missile-test
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/china-suspend-coal-imports-north-korea-170218134156911.html

25 JANUARY 2017

China gives details of items banned from export to North Korea

China released on Wednesday a new, comprehensive list of goods that can not be exported to North Korea, including many « dual use » items that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-details-items-banned-export-north-korea
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1030654.shtml

25 OCTOBER 2016

Senior Chinese official visiting North Korea expected to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear tests, says expert

A Chinese deputy foreign minister is in Pyongyang on the first visit since February by a high-ranking Chinese official amid escalating tensions after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test last month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2039803/senior-chinese-official-visits-north-korea-suggesting
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=196791

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

China probes company accused of N. Korea trade violations

Chinese authorities are investigating a company that researchers say sold North Korea materials that can be used by its growing nuclear weapons program in a crackdown that reflects Beijing’s growing frustration with its isolated neighbor
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-investigates-company-accused-north-korea-trade-violations

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

China, US to step up cooperation to halt North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme

Premier Li Keqiang has told US President ­Barack Obama that Beijing supports closer cooperation in the UN Security Council and in enforcement efforts to halt North Korea’s nuclear programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2020872/china-us-step-cooperation-halt-north-koreas-nuclear
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-china-to-cooperate-in-restraining-north-korea/a-19563004

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea

Chinese Foreign minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart that China opposes “unhelpful” unilateral sanctions on North Korea but will work within the United Nations to formulate a necessary response to its fifth nuclear test.
http://www.intellasia.net/china-says-opposes-unhelpful-unilateral-n-korea-sanctions-541386

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

China firmly opposes DPRK’s nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Friday expressing firm opposition to the nuclear test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-09/09/content_15493096.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160909_44/
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1396294.shtml

10 AUGUST 2016

China blocks U.N. statement on N. Korea

Japan and the United States negotiated behind the scenes but ultimately rejected China’s demand to alter the contents of the draft, putting an agreement out of reach
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-blocks-un-statement-n-korea-25162
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003139358

25 JUNE 2016

China, N.Korea foreign ministers hold talks

Foreign ministers from China and North Korea have held talks in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. It was the first bilateral meeting of its kind in nearly 2 years
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160725000713
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160726_01/

14 JUNE 2016

China to ban export of more dual-use goods to North Korea

China’s Ministry of Commerce released a list of goods banned for export to North Korea on Tuesday, saying the items could be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1975364/china-ban-export-more-dual-use-goods-north-korea

1 JUNE 2016

Xi Jinping meets North Korean envoy in Beijing, vowing to safeguard ties

Beijing will work with Pyongyang to safeguard, consolidate and ­develop their friendship, ­President Xi Jinping told a visiting North Korean envoy, ­despite the deteriorated ties ­between the two neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1961300/xi-jinping-meets-north-korean-envoy-beijing-vowing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160601_26/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/244556251

17 APRIL 2016

China unlikely to come to North Korea’s defence if tensions escalate over nuclear weapons tests, say Chinese experts

China is unlikely to defend North Korea in case tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s nuclear provocations ­despite a mutual defence pact between the two communist allies, mainland scholars say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1936616/china-unlikely-come-north-koreas-defence-if-tensions

5 APRIL 2016

China announces trade sanctions on North Korea,over nuclear tests banning gold imports and jet fuel exports

bbChina’s Commerce Ministry on Tuesday banned imports of gold and rare earths from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and exports to the country of jet fuel and other oil products used to make rocket fuel, a move in line with new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35969412
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/05/content_15410890.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-announces-restrictions-trade-n-korea

1 APRIL 2016

Is North Korea Fed up With China?

North Korea’s ruling party recently called on citizens to stand up to its patron China’s “hostile schemes” in a blistering attack that invoked nuclear war with Beijing, a report has claimed
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/is-north-korea-fed-up-with-china/

3 MARCH 2016

China vows to take sanctions on North seriously

China said Thursday that it plans to follow the resolution unanimously adopted by the United Nations Security Council to impose the toughest-ever sanctions on Pyongyang for its nuclear and missile provocations
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015792

28 FEBRUARY 2016

China, S.Korea envoys support N.Korea sanctions

Chief envoys from China and South Korea have agreed that relevant nations should steadily implement a United Nations Security Council draft resolution that will tighten sanctions against North Korea
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160229_01/
http://atimes.com/2016/02/chinas-chief-nuclear-envoy-to-arrive-in-seoul/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S., China agree on UN Security Council resolution on N. Korea

The United States and China have reached an agreement on a new United Nations Security Council draft resolution aimed at punishing North Korea in the wake of its recent nuclear test and for violating previous resolutions, a Security Council diplomat told.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/24/world/un-north-korea-draft-resolution-sanctions/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188592

12 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges U.N. action to make North Korea ‘pay price’

China will back a U.N. Security Council resolution to make North Korea « pay the necessary price » for recent rocket launches, its foreign minister told Reuters on Friday, adding the goal was to get Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-says-un-action-needed-make-north-korea-pay-price-behavior?singlepage=true

11 FEBRUARY 2016

POINT OF VIEW/ Robert Einhorn: China must be engaged in applying international pressure on North Korea

China is in a position to put decisive pressure on North Korea, but it has demonstrated that it’s not prepared to do that.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/korean_peninsula/AJ201602110036

2 JANUARY 2016

Senior Chinese official arrives in DPRK

The visit of Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, comes after the North’s fourth nuclear test on Jan 6, during which the DPRK says it successfully tested its first H-bomb
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/02/content_15381821.html

27 JANUARY 2016

China backs U.N. move to denounce North Korea over nuclear test

Secretary of State John F. Kerry and China’s foreign minister agreed Wednesday to move ahead with a U.N. resolution condemning North Korea for its latest nuclear test, but they appeared as far apart as ever on how far to push Pyongyang
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-agrees-to-sanctions-against-north-korea-during-kerry-visit/2016/01/27/2d09569a-bfcd-11e5-98c8-7fab78677d51_story.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/27/content_15379240.html

9 JANUARY 2016

China resists calls to ramp up pressure on N. Korea

China has resisted calls by South Korea, the United States and Japan to put more pressure on North Korea, while the U.N. Security Council agreed to swiftly push for new sanctions against the North’s fourth nuclear test
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160109000123
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/962495.shtml

6 JANUARY 2016

N. Korea’s bomb test further imperils relations with China

China sees North Korea’s claim to have conducted its first hydrogen bomb test as yet another act of defiance, and will likely retaliate by joining tougher United Nations sanctions and could possibly even impose its own trade restrictions
http://news.yahoo.com/china-firmly-opposes-north-koreas-claimed-bomb-test-080358129.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160106_36.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1898251/china-summons-north-korean-ambassador-after-claims-successful-h
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-reaction-to-north-koreas-nuclear-test/

8 & 13 DECEMBER 2014

China not invited to death anniversary of Kim Jong-il

China is unlikely to send a delegation to next week’s third death anniversary of North Korea’s former leader, Kim Jong-il, because it has yet to receive a formal invitation from Pyongyang, a diplomatic source with knowledge of the North Korea-China relations said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141208000901
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201412130036

2 DECEMBER 2014

China ‘will not go to war for North Korea’

China will not step in to save neighbouring North Korea if the Pyongyang regime collapses or starts a war, a retired People’s Liberation Army general said, possibly signalling waning patience in Beijing with its wayward, nuclear-armed ally.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11267956/China-will-not-go-to-war-for-North-Korea.html

31 OCTOBER 2014

With Xi in power, China’s relations with North Korea take chilly turn

With its relations with China in the freezer, North Korea is making a great effort to improve relations with other countries, including Japan and Russia. On Tuesday, Pyongyang opened talks with a Japanese government delegation over the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to North Korea
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001678233

23 OCTOBER 2014

China opposes sending North Korea to international court

China says it’s against referring ally North Korea to the International Criminal Court over its human rights record.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/127647/china-opposes-sending-north-korea-to-international-court/

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

North Korea seizes Chinese fishing boat, demands fine

North Korea detained a Chinese fishing boat and demanded a fine for its release, Chinese media reported on Tuesday, apparently the first such move in more than a year, risking further straining ties between North Korea and its only major ally
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-seizes-chinese-fishing-boat-demands-fine-media

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Congratulatory Message to North Korea: New Signs of Bilateral Tension

China-North Korea relations have been strained since Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in February 2013. Chinese president Xi Jinping has yet to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, even though he has held two summits with South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye.
http://cogitasia.com/chinas-congratulatory-message-to-north-korea-new-signs-of-bilateral-tension/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29

 

North Korea nuclear saga

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6 OCTOBER 2019

North Korea pulls out of nuclear talks after US insist two sides had ‘good discussions’

Nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have broken down, Pyongyang‘s chief negotiator has said, despite Washington’s assurances the two sides had “good discussions” in Sweden
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/north-korea-nuclear-talks-us-trump-pyongyang-stockholm-sweden-a9144691.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-united-states-summit-talks-11974354

5 OCTOBER 2019

North Korea and US begin fresh talks on nukes and sanctions

North Korean and US officials on Saturday gathered for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49929914
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/north-korean-and-us-officials-hold-latest-round-of-nuclear-talks

6 SEPTEMBER 2019

North Korea pursues nuclear weapons programme, evades sanctions: UN

North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons programme while evading sanctions, a United Nations report said, following a series of recent test-launches that have been downplayed by US President Donald Trump
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-programme-evades-sanctions-un-11881026
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/north-korea-pursuing-nuclear-programme-despite-trump-meetings-1.907211

15 MAY 2019

Putin calls for framework to denuclearize N.Korea

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for the creation of a multilateral framework to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190515_45/

11 MAY 2019

70 countries urge North Korea to scrap nuclear, ballistic weapons

Seventy countries urged North Korea on Friday to scrap its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and related programs, decrying the « undiminished threat » posed to world peace
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/70-countries-urge-north-korea-to-scrap-nuclear–ballistic-weapons-11524234

26 APRIL 2019

North Korea’s Kim says US acted in ‘bad faith’ at Hanoi talks

Russia: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accused the US of acting in « bad faith » at his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Pyongyang’s state media said on Friday (Apr 26) after he secured Moscow’s backing in his standoff with Donald Trump
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-s-kim-says-us-acted-in-bad-faith-at-hanoi-talks-11480176
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48062071

13 APRIL 2019

Kim Jong-un gives Donald Trump until end of year to change attitude to North Korea nuclear talks

Kim Jong-un said the US must change its attitude to talks by the end of this year if there was to be a third summit with Donald Trump
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/13/kim-jong-un-gives-donald-trump-end-year-change-attitude-north/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/13/kim-jong-un-gives-donald-trump-end-year-change-attitude-north/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/north-korea-kim-sets-deadline-summit-190413060954553.html

15 MARCH 2019

North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/15/asia/north-korea-talks-suspension-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233372
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/234/30/210/1552644602389.html?newsId=64816

28 FEBRUARY 2019

‘No agreement reached’ at Trump-Kim summit in Vietnam

A summit between US President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ended with no agreement after the US refused North Korean demands for sanctions relief, President Trump said
https://www.dw.com/en/no-agreement-reached-at-trump-kim-summit-in-vietnam/a-47719924
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47398974
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/trump-holds-press-conference-in-hanoi-after-summit-with-kim-ends-with-no-agreement

 

14 JANUARY 2019

North Korea’s nuclear programme quietly advances, pressuring Trump

Kim Jong Un told the world this month that North Korea took steps to stop making nuclear weapons in 2018, a shift from his earlier public statements. The evidence shows production has continued, and possibly expanded
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-nuclear-programme-quietly-advances-pressuring-trump

20 DECEMBER 2018

North Korea says it will not denuclearize until the US eliminates ‘nuclear threat’

North Korea said on Thursday it will never unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons unless the United States removes its “nuclear threat” first, raising further doubts on whether leader Kim Jong-un will ever relinquish an arsenal he may see as his greatest guarantee of survival
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/20/asia/north-korea-us-nuclear-threat-intl/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2178875/north-korea-will-not-denuclearise-unless-us-first-removes-threat

11 DECEMBER 2018

Ban Ki-moon urges N. Korea to take denuclearization steps

Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearization and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/ban-ki-moon-urges-n-korea-to-take-denuclearization-steps-2/

7 NOVEMBER 2018

US abruptly postpones talks with top North Korean official

Talks between President Donald Trump’s top diplomat and the North Korean delegation, which had been due on Thursday, « will now take place at a later date, » State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/07/politics/north-korea-pompeo-meeting-intl/index.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/us-abruptly-postpones-talks-with-top-north-korean-official

3 NOVEMBER 2018

North Korea threatens to restart nuclear programme unless US lifts sanctions

North Korea has threatened to restart the development of its nuclear weapons programme unless the United States lifts sanctions, underscoring one of the major potential stumbling blocks in Washington’s diplomatic outreach with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-threatens-to-restart-nuclear-programme-unless-us-lifts-sanctions
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2171519/north-korea-threatens-continue-developing-nuclear-weapons-if-us

8 OCTOBER 2018

Pompeo: North Korea ready to invite inspectors to nuclear site

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited U.S. nuclear experts to verify the permanent dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3054013
https://www.france24.com/en/20181008-pompeo-kim-inspectors-north-korea-nuclear-site-usa

2 OCTOBER 2018

Seoul says North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons

A South Korean minister told lawmakers that North Korea is estimated to have up to 60 nuclear weapons, in Seoul’s first public comment about the size of the North’s secrecy-clouded weapons arsenal
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2166697/seoul-says-north-korea-has-60-nuclear-weapons

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea says ‘no way’ it will disarm without trust in US

North Korea’s foreign minister on Saturday (Sep 29) told the United Nations there was « no way » that his country would disarm first as long as the United States continued to push for tough enforcement of sanctions against Pyongyang
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-latest-nuclear-weapons-disarm-united-nations-trust-us-sanctions-a8561371.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-says–no-way–it-will-disarm-without-trust-in-us-10772100
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/29/n-korea-fm-peace-possible-but-only-if-us-ends-hostility.html

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea’s Kim expresses wish to denuclearize in Trump’s first term

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he wants to denuclearize the Korean peninsula during U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, as he agreed to hold a third summit with his South Korean counterpart this month in Pyongyang
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-koreas-kim-expresses-wish-to-denuclearize-in-trumps-first-term_2642647.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/860993.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45429675

24 AUGUST 2018

US, South Korea rift grows on how to denuclearize North Korea

As South Korea extends its engagement with North Korea, there appears to be a widening rift between Washington and Seoul over how to achieve North Korea’s denuclearization
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-south-korea-rift-grows-on-how-to-denuclearize-north-korea/4542184.html

9 AUGUST 2018

North Korea ‘rejected US timeline to cut nuclear arsenal by 60-70 per cent’

 North Korea has reportedly rejected a formal timeline to give up its nuclear weapons, proposed by Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/09/north-korea-rejected-us-timeline-cut-nuclear-arsenal-60-70-per/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221689

4 AUGUST 2018

North Korea continues work on nuclear programme: UN report

North Korea continues to develop its nuclear programme and is violating international sanctions by clandestinely transferring weapons and fuel, a confidential United Nations report said
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/north-korea-continues-work-nuclear-programme-report-180804061716699.html
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-trump-weapons-programme-un-report-sanctions-us-china-summit-a8477136.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2158272/north-korea-has-not-abandoned-nuclear-programme-and-continues

7 JULY 2018

North Korea slams ‘regrettable’ US attitude at nuclear talks

The US and North Korea diverged on the outcome of two days of talks on Saturday (July 7), with Pyongyang terming the US attitude at meetings on denuclearisation with Mr Mike Pompeo « extremely regrettable », hours after the Secretary of State cited progress on central issues
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-slams-regrettable-us-attitude-at-nuclear-talks
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/nuclear-talks-with-north-korea-very-productive-pompeo-10508580
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-slams-us-rapacious-demands-after-pompeo-talks-10508870

27 JUNE 2018

North Korea ‘continues its nuclear research activities’

North Korea continues to carry out rapid improvements to its nuclear research facility, a nuclear monitor said on Wednesday, despite declaring a commitment to denuclearisation of the peninsula at the Singapore summit
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/north-korea-building-yongbyon-nuclear-site-180627124223850.html
https://www.38north.org/2018/06/yongbyon062618/

21 JUNE 2018

No sign of North Korea dismantling nuclear weapons programme, Mattis admits

The US defence secretary, James Mattis, has said he is unaware of any steps taken by North Korea towards dismantling its nuclear weapons programme since the Singapore summit and does not expect any in the immediate future
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/21/no-sign-of-north-korea-dismantling-nuclear-weapons-mattis-admits
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/21/north-korea-returns-war-dead-no-movement-yet-nuclear-weapons/

12 JUNE 2018

Trump and Kim sign ‘historic’ document after summit

Donald Trump says a « special bond » has been formed with Kim Jong-un after they signed a « historic » document following their meeting in Singapore
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/trump-and-kim-sign-historic-document-after-summit
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/12/asia/singapore-summit-intl/index.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/summit-went-better-than-expected-says-trump-18147
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/12/agreement-signed-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-full/

25 MAY 2018

North Korea urges US to revive summit

After Trump’s announcement, North Korea stated that it had a « willingness to resolve issues through dialogue, whenever and through whatever means. » The statement was made by North Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan, reported by the Korean Central News Agency the following morning
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/05/103_249586.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3048580
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/24/asia/north-korea-donald-trump-summit-intl/index.html

24 MAY 2018

Donald Trump pulls out of June summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump has announced he will not meet North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un next month, due to « open hostility » recently expressed by Kim. The summit had been hailed a historic chance to disarm Pyongyang
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-pulls-out-of-june-summit-with-north-koreas-kim-jong-un/a-43916475
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44242558

North Korea blows up tunnels at nuclear test site

North Korea has carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site, setting off a series of explosions over several hours in the presence of foreign journalists
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-24/north-korea-says-its-has-demolished-its-nuclear-test-site/9797594
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=217826
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korea-shuts-down-nuclear-site/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/24/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-site-intl/index.html

16 MAY 2018

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit if U.S. presses ‘unilateral’ denuclearization demand

North Korea on Wednesday abruptly threatened to cancel the hotly anticipated summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump if Washington presses ahead with its demand that Pyongyang unilaterally relinquish its nuclear arsenal
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/16/asia-pacific/north-korea-threatens-cancel-trump-kim-summit/#.WvvSWoiFM2w
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-threatens-to-cancel-trump-kim-summit-in-singapore-10238168
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44136263

12 MAY 2018

North Korea to hold ‘ceremony’ for dismantling its nuclear test site on May 23-25

North Korea is taking “technical measures” for dismantling its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, and will hold a “ceremony” between May 23 and May 25, inviting foreign journalists to mark the event in a “transparent manner.”
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/05/13/asia-pacific/north-korea-hold-ceremony-dismantling-nuclear-test-site-may-23-25/#.WvcQjYiFM2w
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/12/asia/north-korea-missile-test-pledge-intl/index.html

9 MAY 2018

China, South Korea, Japan back denuclearization of Korean Peninsula

Leaders of China, South Korea and Japan meet in a three-way summit to support North Korea’s historic move toward denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula ahead of the first-ever upcoming meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/09/561125/Korean-Peninsula-denuclearization
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-japan-and-south-korea-unite-to-co-operate-on-north-korea-17320
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180509_40/

21 APRIL 2018

North Korea suspends missile launches and shuts down nuclear test site ahead of key summits

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has announced Pyongyang will carry out no more ballistic missile tests and will shut down its nuclear test site, the latest olive branch from the regime as diplomacy in the region ramps up
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/20/kim-jong-un-says-north-korea-has-suspended-nuclear-long-range/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-says-it-has-suspended-nuclear-and-missile-testing-16893
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/272180-north-korea-halts-missile-and-nuclear-tests-says-kim-jong-un

19 APRIL 2018

North Korea no longer demanding withdrawal of U.S. troops as condition of denuclearization, Moon says

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that his rival, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, isn’t asking for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major sticking point to a potential nuclear disarmament deal
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-north-korea-us-troops-20180419-story.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3047197

9 APRIL 2018

North Korea’s definition of ‘denuclearization’ is very different from Trump’s

The White House is gearing up for President Trump to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their much anticipated summit next month. But what does “denuclearization” mean?
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/north-koreas-definition-ofdenuclearization-is-very-different-from-trumps/2018/04/09/55bf9c06-3bc8-11e8-912d-16c9e9b37800_story.html?utm_term=.6411c28e5284
 
9 MARCH 2018

Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong-un after pledge to halt missile and nuclear tests

North Korea has offered to enter negotiations and halt nuclear and missile tests, South Korea’s national security director said in Washington after meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday
http://www.dw.com/en/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-and-donald-trump-to-meet/a-42899476
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-09/donald-trump-to-meet-kim-jongun-after-pledge-to-halt-missile-and-nuclear-tests/1741302
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/103_245357.html
https://www.cogitasia.com/first-summit-between-donald-trump-kim-jong-un/

6 MARCH 2018

North Korea willing to denuclearise if security guaranteed, says South

North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearisation and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are under way, the South said on Tuesday after a delegation returned from the North where it met leader Kim Jong-un
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-willing-to-denuclearise-if-security-guaranteed-says-south-15725
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180306000954
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214752

15 FEBRUARY 2018

N.Korea vows to promote nuclear program

North Korea has pledged to advance its nuclear and missile programs on the eve of the birthday of leader Kim Jong Un’s late father
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180216_01/

12 JANUARY 2018

North Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site

North Korea has stepped up tunnelling at its main nuclear test site, a US think tank said, even as tensions cool on the peninsula following the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean dialogue
https://www.theepochtimes.com/satellite-photos-reveal-north-korea-developing-nuclear-test-site_2411717.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/256063232/north-korea-steps-up-tunnelling-at-nuclear-test-site
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/103_242338.html

1 JANUARY 2018

North Korea leader says he has ‘nuclear button’ on his desk

Kim Jong-un used a New Year’s Day speech to warn the United States that he was now able to hit all of the US mainland with his country’s nuclear weapons
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/01/kim-jong-un-warns-unted-states-i-have-a-nuclear-button-on-my-desk-
https://www.voanews.com/a/kim-jong-un-nuclear-threat/4187244.html

30 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea ‘to continue nuclear development’

North Korea’s state-run news agency says Pyongyang will continue to develop its nuclear program, declaring the country as an “invincible” nuclear power
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/30/547232/North-Korea-invincible-nuclear-program
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/north-korea-vows-not-to-alter-its-nuclear-policy-in-2018

7 NOVEMBER 2017

In South Korea, Trump adopts carrot-and-stick approach to North

US President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea, where he met with President Moon Jae-in and both threatened North Korea with military action and invited it to make a deal with Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/07/541307/Donald-Trump-Seoul-Moon-Camp-Humphreys
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-07/donald-turmp-warns-ready-to-use-force-against-north-korea/9127902?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41896635

7 OCTOBER 2017

 Additional considerations on the North Korean strategy

The response to North Korea’s  further military escalation should consist in Japan’s and South Korea’s nuclear rearmament. It would be the response, but also the explicit justification, for North Korea’s rearmament
http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=3042:additional-considerations-on-the-north-korean-strategy&Itemid=135

30 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rex Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea

The US says it has open channels of communication with North Korea and is « probing » whether the Pyongyang government is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/rex-tillerson-china-korea-talks-170930035204341.html
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20170930-rex-tillerson-opens-channels-communication-north-korea-seeking-de-escalate-tension
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41454007

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

 North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

Here is what we know about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and motivation. A 28 minuts video
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-testing-nuclear-weapons-170504072226461.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report

According to an explosive investigation by the Wall Street Journal, the rapid development of North Korea’s missile programme has been aided by its citizens travelling abroad to study in areas beneficial to nuclear and weapons research – in breach of 2016 United Nations sanctions
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/09/north-koreas-nuclear-programme-aided-study-abroad-china-report/#u2HpWpFrFBK5kciX.97

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-nuclear-war-atomic-bomb-south-korea-tension-a7926631.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/03/north-korean-nuclear-test-spites-both-washington-and-beijing/
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/03/n-korea-bomb-prompts-global-condemnation

7 AUGUST 2017

North Korea refuses to stop nuclear weapon development, threatens US over sanctions

 North Korea has vowed that « under no circumstances » will it put its nuclear weapons on the negotiating table. Earlier, the North threatened to make the US pay « thousands of times » for drafting the latest sanctions
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-refuses-to-stop-nuclear-weapon-development-threatens-us-over-sanctions/a-39999002
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/7/68/63/1502119087630.html

22 JULY 2017

The long-kept secret behind primitive North Korea’s modern nuclear weaponry

The success of North Korea’s first true intercontinental ballistic missile, possibly capable of reaching Alaska, has sparked speculation over how the isolated country managed to advance the technology so much faster than expected
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103514/long-kept-secret-behind-primitive-north-koreas-modern

14 MAY 2017

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Here is all we know

Pyongyang accuses Washington of plotting a ‘decapitation strike’, and sees in nuclear weapons a powerful deterrent
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-testing-nuclear-weapons-170504072226461.html

1 MAY 2017

Defiant North Korea hints at nuclear tests to boost force ‘to the maximum’

North Korea suggested on Monday (May 1) it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force « to the maximum » in a « consecutive and successive way at any moment » in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression and hysteria
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/defiant-north-korea-hints-at-nuclear-tests-to-boost-force–to-the-maximum–8807744
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/01/content_15607055.html

30 MARCH 2017

Satellite images show activity at North Korean nuclear test site

Satellite imagery shows that up to 100 people have assembled at the main administrative area of North Korea’s nuclear test site, a gathering not seen since January 2013, a month before Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test, a US institute monitoring the country said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2083394/satellite-images-show-activity-north-korean-nuclear-test-site
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/north-korea-ready-its-sixth-nuclear-test

24 FEBRUARY 2017

 China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea

China on Friday dismissed renewed pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over its role in North Korea, saying the crux of the matter was a dispute between Washington and Pyongyang
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-north-koreas-nuclear-plan-problem-between-us-and-north-korea

28 JANUARY 2017

North Korea likely to have restarted plutonium reactor, says US think tank

North Korea is suspected of having resumed operations at its plutonium production facility, a US institute monitoring the site said Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2066209/north-korea-likely-have-restarted-plutonium-reactor-says-us
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/28/north-korea-has-restarted-reactor-to-make-plutonium-fresh-images-suggest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170128_14/

1 JANUARY 2017

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is in the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38482142
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170101_18/

27 DECEMBER 2016

North Korea’s Kim determined to develop nuclear capability by 2017, defector says

A high-profile North Korean defector said on Tuesday that top leader Kim Jong-un is determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability by next year and would not be dissuaded by economic incentives, South Korean media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2057490/north-koreas-kim-determined-develop-nuclear-capability-2017

30 NOVEMBER 2016

U.N. stiffens sanctions on North Korea, trying to slow its nuclear march

In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/30/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions.html?smid=li-share&_r=0
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/30/content_15534686.html

3 NOVEMBER 2016

Is North Korea’s nuclear tech for sale?

Concerns remain about the possible transfer of North Korea’s nuclear technology and knowledge to non-state actors. How likely is North Korea to engage in a nuclear arms sale with a terrorist group?http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/03/is-north-koreas-nuclear-tech-for-sale/

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

US sanctions Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea

The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/26/us-sanctions-china-north-korea-dandong-hongxiang
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2022768/us-sanctions-chinese-company-over-ties-north-korea

11  SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state

North Korea has demanded the US recognise it as a “legitimate nuclear weapons state” following its fifth and largest atomic test, adding that threats of further sanctions against the country were “laughable”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/11/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-legitimate-nuclear-state-pyongyang
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-11/us-must-recognise-north-korea-as-nuclear-weapons-state-kcna-says/7834620?section=world

9 SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea conducts 2nd nuclear test this year

An announcer with North Korean state television KCNA read a statement from the Nuclear Weapon Research Institute of the DPRK confirming a successful nuclear test was conducted to assess the capacity of a nuclear warhead that can now be miniaturized to fit on various types of missiles
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247519847
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37317782
https://www.nknews.org/2016/09/north-koreas-5th-nuke-test-why-now-and-what-next/

22 JULY 2016

Secret North Korean nuclear site identified, report claims

A US think tank said on Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1993289/secret-north-korean-nuclear-site-identified-report-claims

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea nuclear envoy says six-party talks are ‘dead’

A North Korean nuclear envoy attending a security forum in Beijing said Wednesday that the long-stalled negotiations on the North’s nuclear weapons program are « dead, » dashing hope that Pyongyang might change its course on its nuclear ambition
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-envoy-six-party-talks-are-%E2%80%98dead%E2%80%99

25 APRIL 2016

Obama dismisses N Korea proposal to ‘halt’ nuclear tests

US President Barack Obama has dismissed North Korea’s proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US ends its annual military exercises with the South
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36127011

9 APRIL 2016

State media says North Korea has successfully tested an engine designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Kim Jong Un reportedly said the successful outcome guarantees that North Korea will be able to carry out different types of nuclear attacks against enemy forces, including the United States
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160409_10/
http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/09/north-korea-says-long-range-missile-engine-could-reach-united-states/

1 APRIL 2016

North Korea to pursue more ‘nuclear deterrence’

North Korea pledged to pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of the United States and its allies with a top envoy saying there is now a state of « semi-war » on the divided peninsula.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/north-korea-pursue-nuclear-deterence-160401132750285.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-02/korean-peninsula-in-state-of-semiwar-pyongyang-envoy-says/1565136

25 MARCH 2016

US Intel officials: North Korea ‘probably’ has miniaturized nuke

Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea « probably » possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN.
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/24/politics/north-korea-miniaturized-nuclear-warhead/index.htm

15 MARCH 2016

Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, just weeks after being slapped with tough, new UN sanctions, state media reported Tuesday.
http://english.sina.com/world/2016/0314/898536.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3016254

9 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-kim-idUSKCN0WA2QM
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35760797

7 MARCH 2016

North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes

North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” against South Korea and the United States over their annual military exercises, while Seoul vowed a merciless response against any provocations from the North
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35741936
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3015914

4 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country’s military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’

Kim Jong Un has intensified his rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. His commments follow a recent UN vote to impose unprecedented sanctions on Pyongyang
http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/04/kim-jong-un-orders-north-korea-to-ready-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-any-time/
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-readying-nuclear-weapons-for-use-at-a-moments-notice/a-19093198

2 MARCH 2016

UN slaps North Korea with tough new sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/slaps-north-korea-tough-sanctions-160302154647785.html
http://www.un.org/press/en/2016/sc12267.doc.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35704273
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160303_05/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/241822871

6 JANUARY 2016

North Korea claims successful ‘hydrogen bomb’ test, world reacts with condemnations and suspicion

North Korea conducted its latest underground nuclear test at 10 am local time on Wednesday, January 6, with state media claiming the device was a « miniaturized » hydrogen bomb detonated on the personal orders of Kim Jong Un just two days before his birthday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/analysis-breaking-north-korea-bomb-test-claim-160106182207672.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/06/asia/north-korea-hydrogen-bomb-test/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-07/north-koreas-hydrogen-bomb-test-draws-global-condemnation-china-urges-denuclearisation/1533192

10 DECEMBER 2015

We have hydrogen bomb, says Kim Jong-un

“Thanks to the historic gun shots fired by our dear leader [Kim Il Sung], our state was able to become a strong nuclear-armed country capable of producing hydrogen bombs alongside atomic bombs in our defense of our sovereignty and integrity,” Kim was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3012652
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35066203

25 NOVEMBER 2015

N.Korea’s Growing Nuclear Potential

A US expert on North Korea says Pyongyang may already have produced more than 10 nuclear weapons – and could vastly expand its nuclear stockpile within five years
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/insideasia/2015112501.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2015

North Korea main nuclear complex is in ‘full operation’ as Pyongyang issues warning to US

North Korea has confirmed suspicions that it has restarted operations at its Yongbyon nuclear plant and threatened to use nuclear weapons against the United States « at any time. »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11865395/North-Korea-main-nuclear-complex-is-in-full-operation-as-Pyongyang-issues-warning-to-US.html
http://www.nknews.org/2015/09/n-korea-upgrading-nuclear-facilities-in-nyongbyon-kcna/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/09/15/north-korea-restarts-nuclear-fuel-reactor/

21 JULY 2015

North Korea not interested in Iran-like nuke talks with US

North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday
http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-not-interested-in-Iran-like-nuke-talks-78415.html

20 MAY 2015

North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step toward building nuclear missiles
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/20/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons/index.html

22 APRIL 2015

The Wrong Lessons From North Korea

The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, and today it is a full-fledged nuclear power. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.
http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/143720/sue-mi-terry-and-max-boot/the-wrong-lessons-from-north-korea

21 MARCH 2015

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at “any time”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1743986/north-korean-envoy-says-pyongyang-prepared-use-missiles-any-time
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/north-korea-says-can-fire-nuclear-missile-time/
http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/north-korean-envoy-says-they-have-nuclear-missiles-and-is-prepared-to-use-them/story-fnh81fz8-1227272365664

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/482784/n-korea-may-have-100-atomic-arms-by-2020-us-experts

28 JANUARY 2015

Japan, U.S., S. Korea seek credible denuclearization talks with N. Korea

Nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea affirmed Wednesday the importance of holding a « credible dialogue » with North Korea toward its denuclearization, a step that could lead to the resumption of long-stalled six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-us-south-korea-seek-denuclearization-talks-north-korea
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/28/c_133953848.htm

18 JANUARY 2015

North Korea nuclear chief meets with US negotiators amid standoff

US academics and former senior officials met North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Sunday, to get a feel for each other’s positions amid a years-long standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons buildup.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/18/north-korea-nuclear-chief-meets-with-us-negotiators
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150118000495

20 NOVEMBER 2014

Pyongyang threatens new nuclear test in response to UN criticism

North Korea has reacted furiously to a United Nations resolution condemning its record on human rights and hinted that it will carry out a new nuclear test.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11242443/Pyongyang-threatens-new-nuclear-test-in-response-to-UN-criticism.html

28 JULY 2014

N. Korean Official Threatens White House Nuclear Strike

A high-ranking North Korean military official has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, accusing Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.voanews.com/content/korean-official-threatens-white-house-nuclear-strike/1966403.html

12 JULY 2014

N. Korea vows to boost nuclear forces against US threat

North Korea threatened Saturday to strengthen its nuclear forces as a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier prepares to take part in joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-vows-boost-nuclear-forces-against-us-threat

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418663/china-s-korea-summit-pushes-north-over-nuclear-weapons
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28139972
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28144980

10 MAY 2014

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test

North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-renews-threat-nuclear-test

25 APRIL 2014

Obama warns North Korea of consequences of nuclear test

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. stands « shoulder to shoulder » with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearised North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10786855/Obama-warns-North-Korea-of-consequences-of-nuclear-test.html

12 APRIL 2014

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons programme

Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea’s atomic programme at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/anti-nuclear-states-demand-n-korea-halts-weapons-programme

30 MARCH 2014

N. Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a « new form » of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/402539/n-korea-vows-not-to-rule-out-a-new-nuclear-test
http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/30/north-korea-threatens-to-carry-out-more-nuclear-tests/

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140324000014

24 DECEMBER 2013

N Korea ‘restarting nuclear programme’

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making « wide-ranging, extensive » efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think-tank has said, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/n-korea-restarting-nuclear-programme-2013122445725815560.html

2 DECEMBER 2013

N. Korea joins int’l satellite organization

North Korea joined the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) convention last month as part of an ongoing effort contribute to the development of maritime transportation and safety, state media said Monday

http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20131202000298

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Institute: NKorea resumes work at missile site

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/116629/institute-nkorea-resumes-work-at-missile-site/

28 NOVEMBER 2013

IAEA: North Korea May Be Restarting Nuclear Plant

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the agency’s 35-member board Thursday that North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex appears to have re-started its reactor. But the agency says without access to the site, IAEA inspectors cannot draw a definite conclusion

http://www.voanews.com/content/iaea-north-korea-may-be-restarting-nuclear-plant/1799416.html

9 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea has restarted reactor, says intel chief

South Korea’s spy chief confirms that the North has reactivated its nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium

http://www.asianewsnet.net/N-Korea-has-restarted-reactor-says-intel-chief-52541.html

4 OCTOBER 2013

More signs of reactivated NK reactor, says think tank

Satellite photos show hot waste water being discharged into a nearby river from a drainpipe at the Yongbyon nuclear complex

http://www.asianewsnet.net/More-signs-of-reactivated-NK-reactor-says-think-ta-52391.html

2 OCTOBER 2013

US, North Korea Meet Over Nuclear Talks Impasse

U.S. experts have met with North Korean officials to discuss resuming stalled international talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Former U.S. special envoy for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth attended Wednesday’s high level, but informal, meeting at a London hotel, but declined to discuss the talks.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-south-korea-agree-on-expanded-nuclear-deterrence/1761149.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2013

North Korea ‘has technology to build uranium-based nuclear bombs’

North Korean scientists are thought to have attained the ability to build uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country’s secretive atomic work.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/24/north-korea-uranium-based-nuclear-bombs

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship.
http://cogitasia.com/a-new-type-of-major-power-relations-on-north-korea/

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday 20 for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/113667/china-nkorea-ready-to-make-nuclear-commitment/

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

N Korea seeks to restart nuclear talks

North Korea’s senior nuclear strategist has called for a new round of six-nation denuclearisation talks without precondition.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/09/2013918151542813753.html

http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-calls-for-six-party-talks-without-preconditions/1751954.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2013

Institute: North Korea nuke reactor likely restarting

A recent satellite image appears to show North Korea is restarting a plutonium reactor, in a move that could raise renewed international alarm over its nuclear weapons program, a U.S. research institute said
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/11/20444046-institute-north-korea-nuke-reactor-likely-restarting?lite

10 SEPTEMBER 2013

US, S. Korea Discuss Prospects for N. Korea Nuclear Talks

The top U.S. and South Korean envoys on North Korea have met in Seoul to discuss efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang, as well as a proposal by China for informal talks. Washington says North Korea needs to show it is serious about abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons before the United States will resume negotiations.
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-no-talks-with-nkorea-without-commitment-to-denuclearization/1746562.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20130903001063

5 JULY 2013

‘Substantial’ differences with North Korea over nuclear talks: Russia

Russia said on Friday it still had « a number of substantial » differences with North Korea concerning efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on the Stalinist state’s nuclear weapons drive.           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/substantial-differences/735322.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

20 JUNE 2013

S.Korea, US, Japan raise bar for talks with N. Korea

South Korea, the US and Japan on Thursday called on North Korea to demonstrate its sincerity toward dialogue with denuclearisation measures before returning to the negotiating table.                                                         http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-US-Japan-raise-bar-for-talks-with-N-Korea-48207.html

19 JUNE 2013

N. Korea repeats offer for nuclear talks

A top North Korean diplomat repeated an offer for international talks over his country’s disputed nuclear programme during a meeting in China on Wednesday, saying the denuclearisation of the peninsula was the « dying wish » of North Korea’s founder.                                                                                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130619-430908.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678                                                      http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

28 MAY 2013

Six-party soap opera set to restart

Recent talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Vice Marshall Ch’oe Ryong-hae, North Korea’s special envoy to China, produced a rather unexpected result: North Korea agreed to resume the six-party nuclear talks.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-280513.html

25 MAY 2013

China calls on North Korea to enter nuclear talks

A personal envoy to North Korea’s leader indicated Kim Jung Un was open to restarting nuclear disarmament talks, a move that came as China’s leader delivered a blunt message to Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Chinese state-run media                                                                                                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/asia/china-north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 MAY 2013

North Korea sanctions delaying nuclear programme, says UN report

International sanctions have curtailed North Korea’s ability to push ahead with its nuclear weapons programme, according to a UN report, but doubts remain about how far China will go in implementing UN resolutions passed in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/north-korea-sanctions-un-report                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135155217257365.html

3 MAY 2013

Pentagon: North Korea moving closer to developing nuke that can hit U.S.

North Korean advances in nuclear technology are moving the country closer to its goal of being able to strike the United States with an atomic weapon, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress on Thursday. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18025942-pentagon-north-korea-moving-closer-to-developing-nuke-that-can-hit-us?lite

24 APRIL 2013

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. http://www.fpif.org/articles/breaking_out_the_bush_playbook_on_korea

 

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6 OCTOBER 2019

Vietnam again accuses China of violating its fishing rights in its exclusive economic zone

Hanoi has again accused Beijing of violating its rights after three Chinese vessels stopped a local crew from fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese media reported
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3031763/vietnam-again-accuses-china-violating-its-fishing-rights-its

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Duterte says Xi Jinping offered him an oil and gas deal to ignore South China Sea ruling

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he has been offered a controlling stake in a joint energy deal by Chinese President Xi Jinping in exchange for ignoring an international arbitration in Manila’s favor on the South China Sea
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/12/asia/duterte-xi-south-china-sea-deal-intl-hnk/index.html
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/09/12/19/robredo-irresponsible-to-set-aside-ph-win-vs-china-for-joint-exploration
https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/09/12/news/palace-duterte-not-abandoning-hague-ruling/615472/

30 AUGUST 2019

Xi and Duterte fail to reach agreement on South China Sea issue

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-touted meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping yielded no agreement on the South China Sea territorial dispute between the two nations or a plan to explore the area for oil and gas
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/30/asia-pacific/xi-duterte-fail-reach-agreement-south-china-sea-issue/#.XWlD1egzY2w
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3025165/xi-jinping-tells-rodrigo-duterte-put-aside-south-china-sea

8 AUGUST 2019

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

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

19 JULY 2019

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

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

17 JULY 2019

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

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

21 JUNE 2019

South China Sea: Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island

A satellite image obtained by CNN shows China has deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, the first known deployment of fighter jets there since 2017
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/20/asia/china-fighters-satellite-image-woody-island-intl-hnk/index.html

18 MAY 2019

‘Divide and conquer Asean’: China tries to go one on one with Malaysia to settle South China Sea disputes

China has been pushing Malaysia to solve the two countries’ South China Sea disputes in the hope of calming one of its most important neighbours
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3010790/divide-and-conquer-asean-china-tries-go-one-one-malaysia

9 MAY 2019

US, Japan, India and Philippines challenge Beijing with naval drills in the South China Sea

In fresh show of naval force in the contested South China Sea, a US guided missile destroyer conducted drills with a Japanese aircraft carrier, two Indian naval ships and a Philippine patrol vessel in the waterway claimed by China, the United States Navy said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/us-japan-india-and-philippines-challenge-beijing-with-naval-drills-in-the-south-china
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/10/1916676/philippines-warship-quadrilateral-drill-scs

1 APRIL 2019

Philippines Protests Over Chinese Vessels in Disputed Waters

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of more than 200 Chinese boats near an island occupied by Manila in the disputed South China Sea, the president’s spokesman said on April 1
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-protests-over-chinese-vessels-in-disputed-waters_2861619.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1654796/philippines-protests-swarming-of-chinese-boats-near-island

18 MARCH 2019

Beijing plans ‘strategic service and logistics base’ on Woody Island, two islets in South China Sea

The southernmost Chinese territory in the South China Sea, Sansha, will press ahead with a plan to build an “island city” on Woody Island and two smaller neighbouring islets in the contested waters
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3002229/beijing-plans-strategic-service-and-logistics-base-woody

5 JANUARY 2019

A British military base on the South China Sea is not a far-fetched idea

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Protests New Building by Beijing in South China Sea

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

25 OCTOBER 2018

China vows to defend Taiwan, South China Sea ‘at any price’

China vowed it will never give up an inch of its territory – whether it’s the self-ruled island of Taiwan it claims as its own or in the disputed waters of the South China Sea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-vows-defend-taiwan-south-china-sea-price-181025025650453.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-says-military-will-act-at-any-cost-to-prevent-taiwan-split_2699390.html

2 OCTOBER 2018

South China Sea: Chinese ship forces US destroyer off course

A Chinese warship has forced an American destroyer to change course in the South China Sea by sailing close to it in an « unsafe and unprofessional » manner, the US Navy says
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45718000
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201810021068504471-china-condemns-usa-provacative-actions-south-china-sea/

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

US flies bombers over South China Sea amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The US military flew B-52 bombers in the vicinity of the South China Sea this week, US officials told Reuters, a move that is likely to cause anger in Beijing amid heightened tensions between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-flies-bombers-over-south-china-sea-amid-heightened-tensions-with-beijing
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-criticizes-us-b-52-bomber-missions-as-provocative/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2165900/us-flies-b-52-bombers-over-south-and-east-china-seas-tensions

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Royal Navy ‘challenges’ China by sailing close to disputed islands

The HMS Albion, a 22,000-ton amphibious warship carrying a contingent of Royal Marines, exercised its “freedom of navigation” rights as it passed near the Paracel Islands, Reuters reported, citing two sources
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/royal-navy-china-warship-challenge-south-sea-islands-hms-albion-uk-freedom-of-navigation-a8525206.html
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45433153
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2163103/china-protests-after-british-warship-sails-close-disputed

2 JUNE 2018

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks ‘irresponsible’ US comments

China has branded as « irresponsible » US comments that it is intimidating its neighbours with its military deployment in the South China Sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44343368
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563659/South-China-US-Mattis-sea-dispute
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_19/

29 MAY 2018

Philippines, China draw ‘red lines’ in South China Sea dispute

Both the Philippines and China have identified actions that would be deemed unacceptable in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said Monday
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/29/1819745/philippines-china-draw-red-lines-south-china-sea-dispute#rb27AMRaDLYV5kox.99
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148204/philippines-rodrigo-duterte-will-go-war-china-if-it

27 MAY 2018

China rages over US warships sailing near disputed islands, saying move ‘seriously infringed’ its sovereignty

China has reacted angrily after two US warships sailed near the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, describing the move as a “provocation” and accusing America of committing a serious infringement of the country’s sovereignty
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-us-warships-islands-disputed-paracel-trump-south-sea-latest-sovereignty-seriously-infringed-a8371776.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-28/us-warships-sail-near-disputed-islands-in-south-china-sea/9805576?section=world

19 MAY 2018

China lands nuclear strike-capable bombers on disputed South China Sea island

For the first time, China’s air force has landed several bombers on a South China Sea island. The move could fuel tension in the region amid concern that Beijing is expanding its military might to the disputed waters
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-air-force-lands-bombers-on-south-china-sea-island-1.2223889
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/142/56/112/1526722717275.html

3 MAY 2018

China installs cruise missiles on South China Sea outposts: CNBC report

China has installed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missile systems on three of its outposts in the South China Sea, US news network CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing sources with direct knowledge of US intelligence reports
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/china-installs-cruise-missiles-south-china-sea-outposts-cnbc-report
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/03/china-installs-anti-ship-cruise-missiles-outposts-south-china/
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/03/china-likely-to-add-combat-aircraft-to-south-china-sea-outposts.html

20 APRIL 2018

Australian warships challenged by Chinese military in South China Sea

Three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese military as they travelled through the disputed South China Sea earlier this month, the ABC can reveal
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-20/south-china-sea-australian-warships-challenged-by-chinese/9677908?section=world
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-challenged-australian-warships-south-china-sea-australian-media
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/114/123/1524229235518.html

1 APRIL 2018

Beijing, Hanoi promise to keep peace in South China Sea

China and Vietnam vowed Sunday to keep the peace in the South China Sea, the resource-rich waterway that has long been a source of tension between Hanoi and its powerhouse communist neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/01/557123/China-Vietnam-South-China-Sea-tension-oil-and-gas-Wang-Yi–
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139849/beijing-and-hanoi-promise-keep-peace-south-china-sea-where

26 MARCH 2018

The Philippines, China and the South China Sea

The Duterte administration should be careful not to prejudice its claims or rights. It can and should continue to protest privately or publicly when it believes China — or any other country — has violated any understanding between them or the details of the arbitration result itself
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/675.html

8 MARCH 2018

Beijing needs to build defensive structures on South China Sea islands: Army general

A leading Chinese military general says his country needs to build defensive structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea to assert its sovereignty over nearly the entire region amid tensions between Beijing and Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/08/554789/China-Lt-Gen-He-Lei-Wang-Yi-US-South-China-Sea

15 FEBRUARY 2018

South China Sea, US Navy: ‘Seven new bases built by Beijing’

Beijing has unilaterally built seven new military bases in the South China Sea, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the United States Pacific Command, reported today
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/South-China-Sea,-US-Navy:-‘Seven-new-bases-built-by-Beijing’-43107.html

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines on China military build-up: No war option

The Philippines has declared that war is not an option in resolving its dispute with China, which was found to have continued its military build-up in disputed South China Sea areas, declared by a UN arbitration court to belong to Manila
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/philippines-china-military-build-war-option-180205080825411.html#
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/163814/palace-duterte-roque-south-china-sea-militarization-disputed-sea-island-military-reef
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/06/1785089/palace-downplays-chinas-almost-done-militarization-south-china-sea

31 JANUARY 2018

Wanted: A Strategy to Limit China’s Grand Plans for the South China Sea

China’s state-run news agencies openly acknowledge that the nation has engaged in significant land reclamation and artificial island building in the South China Sea region
https://www.heritage.org/homeland-security/commentary/wanted-strategy-limit-chinas-grand-plans-the-south-china-sea

20 JANUARY 2018

South China Sea: China accuses US warship of ‘violating its sovereignty’

China’s foreign ministry has accused a US warship of entering its territorial waters without permission and said it would take « necessary measures » to ensure its sovereignty was protected
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-20/south-china-sea:-china-accuses-us-ship-of-violating-sovereignty/9346108?section=world
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/32/195/114/1516440160804.html

11 JANUARY 2018

China, Japan trade accusations after Chinese warship seen near disputed Diaoyu Islands

China and Japan traded accusations on Thursday after a Chinese navy vessel was detected in waters near disputed islands in the East China Sea, adding fresh uncertainty as the two sides try to improve bilateral ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2127856/china-japan-trade-accusations-after-chinese-warship
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42651067
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180111_20/

26 DECEMBER 2017

China claims South China Sea expansion is reasonable

China – Slamming critics, China has now claimed that all of the controversial construction and expansion work it has carried out in the disputed South China Sea islands is “reasonable.”
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255868632/china-claims-south-china-sea-expansion-is-reasonable

15 DECEMBER 2017

China tells Australia off over South China Sea stance

China’s naval chief has told his Australian counterpart that his country’s actions on the South China Sea run counter to the general trend of peace and stability in the disputed waterway
http://www.todayonline.com/world/china-tells-australia-over-south-china-sea-stance
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-12-15/china-says-australia-disrupting-stability-and-peace-in-south-china-sea-buildup-on-islands-continues/1723800
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/australia/china-has-warned-australia-to-keep-out-of-the-south-china-sea-dispute-ng-8fe3e7edf716023896ed5cc6fcff683f

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

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

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues
http://zeenews.india.com/world/trump-offers-to-mediate-in-south-china-sea-row-2056430.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119551/better-left-untouched-philippines-and-vietnam-wary
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/12/541879/US-Trump-Vietnam-territorial-dispute-China-South-China-Sea

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

24 AUGUST 2017

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

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

7 AUGUST 2017

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

27 JULY 2017

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

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

25 JULY 2017

China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea as Vietnam renounces to drill  after Chinese threat

China’s foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-backs-joint-energy-development-with-philippines-in-disputed-sea-9062262
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-bares-ph-china-venture/340675/
http://sea-globe.com/vietnam-oil-south-china-sea/

7 JULY 2017

South China Sea: US bombers challenge China territorial claim with bombers flight

Two US bombers fly over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force says, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-07/south-china-sea-us-bombers-challenge-china-territorial-claim-with-bombers-flight/1684508
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101705/us-flexes-military-muscles-tension-mounts-over-north

5 JULY 2017

China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’

China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101432/china-calls-border-row-india-worst-30-years
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0705/c90883-9237637.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/doklam-plateau-faceoff-the-way-forward/

3 JULY 2017

‘A serious political and military provocation’: China blasts US over warship patrol

China has blasted the US for carrying out « a serious political and military provocation » after it sailed a warship near islands that it claims, the latest act by Donald Trump’s administration that has infuriated Beijing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40476521
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/serious-political-military-provocation-china-blasts-us-warship/
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-vows-step-air-sea-patrols-after-us-warship-sails-near-disputed-island

25 MAY 2017

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40040231
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/us-warship-sails-near-south-china-sea-reef-claimed-by-beijing-1.2032897
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/109/2/194/1495719739477.html

19 MAY 2017

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oïl

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday (May 19) Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-says-china-s-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-8865896

12 MARCH 2013

Taiwan seeks seat in dialogues on South China sea disputes

A ranking government official has expressed hope that Taiwan would be included in dialogues concerning maritime and international affairs, even if it is not set to take any position on the increasing militarization in the South China Sea
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/153247/taiwan-seeks-seat-dialogues-south-china-sea-disputes

19 FEBRUARY 2017

South China Sea: US aircraft carrier strike group conducts patrols in disputed waters

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/us-carrier-group-patrols-in-south-china-sea/8284224?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882

24 JANUARY 2017

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-will-not-back-down-south-china-sea
http://www.dw.com/en/china-tells-trump-to-act-cautiously-on-south-china-sea-issue/a-37249052
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_34/

14 JANUARY 2017

China and Vietnam to « manage » differences over South China Sea – communique

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-vietnam-to-manage-differences-over-south-china-sea/3438930.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/14/c_135982572.htm

17 DECEMBER 2016

China’s Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

 A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States and a demand for its return, US officials say
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-17/chinas-navy-seizes-american-underwater-drone-in-south-china-sea/1640306
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/17/china-and-us-in-talks-over-seized-drone-officials-say

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2055434/drone-snatch-heralds-new-era-south-china-sea-say

15 DECEMBER 2016

Images show ‘significant’ Chinese weapons systems in South China Sea

China appears to have positioned “significant” weapons systems, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, despite vowing it had no intention of militarising the archipelago, a US thinktank has claimed
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/15/images-show-significant-chinese-weapons-systems-in-south-china-sea
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161215_11/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-defends-its-right-to-ready-slingshot-in-south-china-sea/3370418.html

5 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s charm offensive on South China Sea claimants

The outcomes from recent visits by leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – all of which have competing claims in the South China Sea with China – have led some to view them as part of China’s new charm offensive towards Asean, targeted at claimants
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/chinas-charm-offensive-on-south-china-sea-claimants

31 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Beijing says ‘situation’ at disputed Scarborough Shoal ‘has not changed and will not’

Beijing says the situation at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea « has not changed and will not change », after the Philippines said Chinese vessels that blocked the area for four years had stopped harassing its fishermen
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-31/china-says-situation-at-disputed-scarborough-shoal-unchanged/7982010?section=world
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/31/c_135794928.htm
http://www.manilatimes.net/understanding-reached-shoal/294171/

28 OCTOBER 2016

South China Sea: Philippines says Chinese vessels have left Scarborough Shoal following Duterte visit

Chinese ships are no longer at the disputed Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea and Philippine boats can resume fishing, officials say, calling the Chinese departure a « welcome development »
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2041066/philippines-says-china-vessels-have-left-disputed

21 OCTOBER 2016

US warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea

The guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur challenged“excessive maritime claims” near the Paracel Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its Neighbors
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-conducts-new-freedom-of-navigation-operation-near-disputed-south-china-sea-islands
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-destroyer-sails-close-to-contested-islands-in-South-China-Sea-Pentagon/articleshow/54983897.cms

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

China dispatches big air force fleet near Okinawa in show of force to Japan

 China’s air force sent an unusually large fleet of fighter jets and bombers through the Miyako Strait near Japan’s Okinawa Island for exercises on Sunday, the second time it has headed to the Western Pacific this month
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2022467/china-dispatches-big-air-force-fleet-near-okinawa-show
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-air-force-holds-drills-in-western-pacific-for-second-time/3155024.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160926_01/

1 SEPTEMBER 2016

South China Sea: US military official urges Australia to take stronger stance against Chinese expansion

A senior US military official is again putting pressure on Australia to take a stronger stance against China’s military expansion in the South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-01/us-military-official-urges-australia-take-stronger-stance-china/7805386?section=world

12 AUGUST 2016

Ex-Philippine leader meets senior China official to mend ties

Former Philippine leader Fidel Ramos said he had met with a senior Chinese official during a trip to Hong Kong aimed at improving ties between Manila and Beijing, with both sides working towards formal discussions
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-08-12/exphilippine-leader-meets-senior-china-official-to-mend-ties/1607802
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160812_23/
http://www.dw.com/en/manila-opens-backchannel-with-beijing/a-19469550

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

At a forum on Tuesday (Aug 2), an Indonesian senior government official denied the country had any dispute with Beijing. Jakarta is also upholding its position as a non-claimant state in the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-no-dispute/3007476.html

13 JULY 2016

China issues white paper on settling S. China Sea disputes

The Chinese government on Wednesday issued a white paper titled « China Adheres to the Position of Settling Through Negotiation the Relevant Disputes Between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea. »
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/13/content_15462109.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/chinafocus/2016-07/13/content_15462174.html

12 JULY 2016

UN Permanent Court of Arbitration declares no legal basis for China’s claims over South China Sea: Official declaration (pdf), key points and reactions

The International Tribunal has ruled that ‘China’s claim to historic rights in most of the South China Sea’ has no legal basis. Further, the tribunal in The Hague claimed that Beijing’s “nine-dash” line to delineate its South China Sea claims contravenes a United Nations convention on maritime law.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245762985
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/tribunal-rules-chinas-south-sea-claims-dont-hold-water-16934
http://www.andrewerickson.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/PH-CN-20160712-Press-Release-No-11-English.pdf
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36772813
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-07/12/c_135507935.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1989036/international-community-reacts-south-china-sea-ruling-hague

5 JULY 2016

South China Sea dispute: Chinese daily says country should prepare itself for military conflict

Reports indicate that the state-run Global Times has said that the situation has already been complicated by U.S. intervention and now it has become worse with the tribunal threatening China’s sovereignty
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/245563787

28 MAY 2016

Arbitration on South China Sea ‘a legal monstrosity’ : China’s ambassador

The pending decision on the South China Sea arbitration in The Hague, which was initiated by the Philippines, is a legal monstrosity and reeks of hegemony from Washington, said Wu Ken, China’s Ambassador to the Netherlands
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/28/content_15440819.html

12 MAY 2016

China brands international court hearings passing judgement on its claims in South China Sea an ‘orchestrated show’

China has stepped up its confrontational rhetoric ahead of an international court ruling over its claims in the South China Sea, calling it “an orchestrated show” aimed at undermining the nation’s sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1944053/china-brands-international-court-hearings-passing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1943936/showdown-south-china-sea-how-ruling-permanent-court

28 APRIL 2016

China warns Southeast Asia over maritime dispute

It maintains that the dispute should be resolved between individual claimant countries instead of through ASEAN body, and has claimed in the past week that Brunei, Cambodia and Laos back its stance
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-warns-southeast/2740754.html

18 APRIL 2016

Chinese military plane makes first public landing on disputed South China Sea island

A Chinese military aircraft publicly lands at a new airport on an artificial island in the South China Sea for the first time, raising the prospect that Beijing could base fighter jets there.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-18/chinese-military-plane-makes-first-public-landing-on-disputed-south-china-sea-island/1570820
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-04/19/content_15418232.html

12 APRIL 2016

China fuming over G-7 statement on South China Sea

A day after the G7 foreign ministers raised concerns over the troubling South China Sea dispute, after Beijing increased their territorial and military ambitions in the region – China has now lashed out
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/243064947

5 APRIL 2016

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

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

13 MARCH 2016

China to establish maritime judicial center amid disputes

The head of China’s top court said the measure aims to ensure the country’s « national sovereignty, maritime rights and other core interests. » The move comes as China’s neighbors have contested Beijing’s maritime claims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-to-establish-maritime-judicial-center-amid-disputes/a-19113688
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/242170385

8 MARCH 2016

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister took a hard line on Tuesday on the country’s claims to virtually all the South China Sea, saying Beijing will not permit other nations to infringe on what it considers its sovereign rights in the strategically vital area.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/china-won-budge-south-china-sea-sovereignty-160308034024267.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-south-china-sea-is-among-the-worlds-freest-shipping-lanes-beijings-control

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China installing new radar on Spratly Islands that could greatly boost control of South China Sea: US think tank said

Recent satellite images show China may be installing a high-frequency radar system in the Spratly Islands that could significantly boost its ability to control the disputed South China Sea, a US think tank said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1915765/china-installing-new-radar-spratly-islands-could

17 FEBRUARY 2016

China ‘has deployed missiles in South China Sea’ – Taiwan

The Ministry of National Defense is keeping abreast of developments amid reports the Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to Woody Island (Yongxing Island, 永興島) in the South China Sea, spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/02/18/2003639615
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35592988
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/16/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1913621/beijing-defends-use-armaments-south-china-sea-after

31 JANUARY 2016

Japan doubles number of F-15s on southern island of Okinawa

Japan has doubled the number of F-15 fighter jets deployed on the southern island of Okinawa, near disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said Sunday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-doubles-number-f-15s-southern-island-okinawa
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160131_15.html

6 JANUARY 2016

China lands two more planes in disputed South China Sea – state media

China landed two more planes on a contested reef in the South China Sea Wednesday, state media said, despite international condemnation of a landing at the same location days earlier
http://news.yahoo.com/china-again-lands-planes-disputed-island-south-china-122649619.html
http://www.manilatimes.net/breaking_news/china-lands-two-more-planes-in-disputed-south-china-sea-state-media/

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 NOVEMBER 2015

China says won’t cease building on South China Sea isles

« Building and maintaining necessary military facilities, this is what is required for China’s national defense and for the protection of those islands and reefs, » Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told a news conference in Kuala Lumpur
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-says-wont-cease-building-south-china-sea-isles
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34894878

18 NOVEMBER 2015

China ‘must stop’ land reclamation in South China Sea – Obama

He was speaking on the sidelines of an economic summit of Asia Pacific nations (Apec), which opened in Manila
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34853878

5 NOVEMBER 2015

India can play positive role in South China Sea: China

China Thursday asked India to play a “constructive and positive” role in safeguarding peace and stability in the disputed South China Sea, in a guarded reaction to defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s call for ensuring freedom of navigation in the strategic waters amid escalated Sino-US tensions
http://atimes.com/2015/11/india-can-play-constructive-positive-role-in-south-china-sea-china/

29 OCTOBER 2015

World tribunal to hear South China Sea case

An international tribunal Thursday dealt a blow to China, ruling it had the power to hear a case brought by the Philippines over disputed islands in the South China Sea
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/748180/world-tribunal-to-hear-south-china-sea-case

27 OCTOBER 2015

Challenging Chinese Claims, U.S. Sends Warship Near Artificial Island Chain

A United States Navy destroyer entered waters near the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea late Monday, Defense Department officials said, directly challenging China’s claims that the artificial island chain is within its territorial borders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/27/world/asia/challenging-chinese-claims-us-sends-warship-near-artificial-island-chain.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/27/asia/us-china-south-china-sea/index.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-official-more-south-china-sea-patrols-likely/3026017.html

9 OCTOBER 2015

China completes construction of lighthouses in disputed South China Sea

A completion ceremony was held for the lighthouses on Cuateron Reef and Johnson South Reef in the Spratly islands, Xinhua said late on Friday. The United States and the Philippines have opposed the construction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-completes-construction-lighthouses-disputed-south-china-sea

6 AUGUST 2015

Kerry says US will not accept restrictions in South China Sea

US secretary of state John Kerry accuses China of not allowing freedom of movement in the South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/06/kerry-blasts-beijing-over-south-china-sea-militarisation/
http://www.france24.com/en/20150806-kerry-says-us-will-not-accept-restrictions-south-china-sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-has-stopped-land-reclamation-s-china-sea

29 MAY 2015

US surveillance shows ‘China positioning weapons’ in disputed island chain

Two large artillery vehicles were detected on one of the artificial islands China is creating in the South China Sea, US officials said on Friday, underscoring ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use the land reclamation projects for military purposes
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/may/29/us-says-china-had-artillery-vehicles-on-artificial-island-in-south-china-sea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11638044/US-surveillance-shows-China-positioning-weapons-on-contested-island.html

13 MAY 2015

China Concerned About Possible US Patrols Around Islands

China on Wednesday expressed « serious concern » about reports that the U.S. is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea, and said it would resolutely defend what it considered its sovereign territory
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/232820993
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560567/china-anger-over-us-military-plans-in-disputed-waters
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/560651/us-weighs-response-to-china-wall-of-sand

 

Main news on Sri Lanka

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6 OCTOBER 2019

Sri Lanka President Sirisena abandons re-election bid

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to stand for re-election in November polls, as the politically influential Rajapaksa family nominated two candidates by final registration on Sunday (Oct 6)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-presi

26 SEPTEMBER 2019

Sri Lanka’s governing party picks Premadasa as candidate

Sri Lanka’s governing party on Thursday named its charismatic deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa, as its candidate in November’s presidential election, ending a long tussle with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, over the nomination
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/sri-lankas-governing-party-picks-premadasa-as-candidate/
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Sep26_1569507812CH.php

23 AUGUST 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/23/asia-pacific/four-months-easter-attacks-sri-lanka-ends-emergency/#.XWAO8-gzY2w
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/sri-lanka-ends-emergency-four-months-after-easter-attacks

19 AUGUST 2019

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations
https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1V918K-OCATP?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=401
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1542181/world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/general-accused-of-war-crimes-appointed-sri-lanka-army-chief-11822814

11 AUGUST 2019

Sri Lanka election: former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is running for president

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a live wire in Sri Lanka’s  military campaign to end a long civil war but faces allegations of human rights violations, was nominated on Sunday as the opposition’s candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3022341/sri-lanka-election-former-strongman-mahinda-rajapaksas-brother
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/many-sri-lankans-want-a-strongman-leader-and-that-favours-gotabaya-rajapaksa

29 JULY 2019

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers who resigned en masse in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined the government, officials said Tuesday (July 30), after police cleared them of any involvement with Islamists
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/muslims-rejoin-sri-lanka-cabinet-after-easter-bombings
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Jul29_1564416446CH.php

11 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka PM says still in talks with US on military cooperation pact

Sri Lanka is still in talks with the United States on a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) for visiting US military personnel, the Prime Minister said, disregarding a warning by the President that it would undermine sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-pm-says-still-in-talks-with-us-on-military-cooperation-pact

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Sri Lanka’s President Saturday (Jul 6) announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island’s ports
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-vetoes-military-deal-with-the-us-11697480
http://asiantribune.com/node/92858
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/Jul05_1562346936CH.php

2 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-failure-to-prevent-bombings-27944
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-easter-attacks-failures-11684200

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday extended the state of emergency in the country for another month, allowing security agencies to continue to exercise extra powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-after-easter-bombings/a-49306687
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-in-surprise-move

20 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka seeks US$1 billion loan from China as it struggles to recover from Easter Sunday attacks

Talks are underway with China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to raise the new loan in addition to the US$1.2 billion obtained from international agencies this year, the ministry said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015428/sri-lanka-seeks-us1-billion-loan-china-it-struggles-recover

3 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

Nine Cabinet and junior ministers and two provincial governors resigned after Buddhist monks accused three Muslim leaders of supporting the militants responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-muslim-government-leaders-resign-over-allegations-27232
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-muslim-ministers-resign-en-masse-over-easter-bombings

18 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

On May 18, 2009, government forces brought their no-holds-barred military offensive to an end at a lagoon in the northern coastal district of Mullaittivu with the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers
https://www.voanews.com/a/sri-lanka-marks-10-years-since-civil-wars-end/4922731.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/sri-lanka-anniversary-10-years-civil-war-ended-190518160221811.html
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/May18_1558200172CH.php

13 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim violence since Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lanka blocked social media and enforced a police curfew on Sunday after some of the worst anti-Muslim violence since terror attacks on April 21 on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-blocks-social-media-after-worst-anti-muslim-violence-since-easter-sunday-attacks-1.860859

6 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka deploys troops after communal violence breaks out in wake of Easter Sunday bombings

The Sri Lankan government has deployed troops and imposed a curfew after clashes broke out between religious communities in Negambo, one of the sites of the Easter Sunday bombings
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/sri-lanka-deploys-troops-communal-violence-breaks-wake-easter/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/christian-muslim-clashes-rock-sri-lanka-town-hit-by-easter-11507756

5 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka expels 200 clerics after attacks as Catholics celebrate Mass in private

Sri Lanka has banned around 200 Islamic clerics as a security operation and investigation following the Easter Sunday massacre that killed more than 250 people continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-expels-200-clerics-after-attacks-as-catholics-celebrate-mass-in-private-1.857395
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-expels-200-Islamic-clerics-after-Easter-attacks/108-166475

23 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

Security forces arrested 40 people over a series of terror strikes in Sri Lanka, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers, officials said on Tuesday. An owner of the house where some suspected attackers lived was also detained
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-bombings-retaliation-for-christchurch-mosque-shootings-minister-says/a-48439995
https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/23/families-of-sri-lanka-blast-victims-gather-for-memorial-in-negombo
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-attacks-retaliation-christchurch-deputy-minister-190423082847025.html

21 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 killed, hundreds injured in Easter Sunday carnage

Eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing at least 207 people and injuring 450, including dozens of foreigners
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/blasts-hit-two-sri-lanka-churches-during-easter-mass-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/21/asia/sri-lanka-explosions/index.html

13 APRIL 2019

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested by the police on April 1 and has been imprisoned on remand until April 23, following a magistrate’s ruling at Polgahawela. The magistrate extended the writer’s incarceration when he was brought before the courts on April 9
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/13/writ-a13.html

9 APRIL 2019

Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued in US over alleged torture and killings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/09/brother-of-sri-lanka-ex-president-sued-over-alleged-torture-and-killings
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Two-lawsuits-against-Gota-in-US/108-165213
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202406

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the « persecution » of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

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

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 6 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 6 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 6, 2019

23: Rebels kill and decapitate the Xin Dynasty emperor Wang Mang two days after the capital Chang’an is sacked during a peasant rebellion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BClin
http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/ppersons2_n2/wangmang.html

1762: End of The Battle of Manila during the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in the United States), 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
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1762)

1879: During the Second Afghan War, battle of Charasiab
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/charasiab.htm
http://maiwandday.blogspot.fr/2015/01/the-british-army-at-charasiab-october.html

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1928: War-torn China is reunited under the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek who takes the title of Generalissimo (Chairman of the National Military Council) of the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China (ROC)

1937: The League of Nations condemns the Japanese aggression against China

1939: End of the Battle of Changsha, which started on September 17, the first attempt by Japan to take the city of Changsha, China, during the second Sino-Japanese War
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Battle%20of%20Changsha%20(1939)&item_type=topic&sr=50

1939-10-06-end-of-battle-of-changsha

1942: The October Matanikau action on Guadalcanal begins as United States Marine Corps forces attack Imperial Japanese Army units along the Matanikau River.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actions_along_the_Matanikau

1949: Iva Toguri D’Aquino is sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster « Tokyo Rose. »
http://womenshistory.about.com/library/bio/blbio_toguri_iva.htm

1950: Battle of Markham Gartok, during the invasion of the Tibet by China

1951: Malayan Races Liberation Army (MRLA) ambushes and kills British High Commissioner Sir Henry Gurney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gurney

1970: South Vietnamese forces withdraw from Cambodia after a three-month operation

1976: Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom by a coalition of right-wing paramilitary and government forces, triggering the return of the military to government. The 1974 constitution is abolished
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6_October_1976_Massacre                                                          http://www.zenjournalist.org/2013/03/11/confidential-british-cable-on-the-october-1976-thammasat-massacre-and-coup/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_221516588

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2012: New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents are arrested outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

2013: China cautions the United States, Australia and Japan not to use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urges them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions

On 6 October in South Asian history

ON 6 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 6, 2019

1661: Death of guru Har Rai, seventh Sikh guru, born on January 16, 1630
http://www.sikhs.org/guru7.htm

1879: During the Second Afghan War, battle of Charasiab
http://britishbattles.com/second-afghan-war/charasiab.htm
http://maiwandday.blogspot.fr/2015/01/the-british-army-at-charasiab-october.html

1879-10-06-battle-of-chariasad

1893: Birth of Meghnad Saha, Indian astrophysicist, astronomer, and academic who died on February 16, 1956
http://scientistsinformation.blogspot.fr/2010/01/meghnad-saha-1893-1956.html
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/meghnad-saha.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/6th-october-1893-meghnad-saha-indian-astrophysicist-is-born

1946: Birth of Vinod Khanna, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vinod_Khanna

1950: Battle of Markham Gartok, during the invasion of the Tibet by China

1955: Ghulam Mohammad, the governor-general of Pakistan is replaced by Iskander Mirza
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P012
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P015

1982: Birth of Meiyang Chаng, Indian actor, singer, anchor and dancer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiyang_Ch%D0%B0ng

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTpwk8koqCc

1983: In India, after serious attack by Sikh nationalists against police and Hindu people, the state of Punjab is put under direct control of the central government

1993: In Pakistan’s elections, Benazir Bhutto, the leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), captures the most seats in the nation’s Parliament, thus she will be Prime Minister for the second time (her first tenure was from 1988-1990)
http://www.dawn.com/news/802238/an-overview-of-1993-general-elections-a-pile-of-dirty-linen
http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/arc/2241_93.htm

 

On 6 October in Southeast Asian history

1976-10-06

ON 6 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 6, 2019

1762: End of The Battle of Manila during the Seven Years’ War (known as the French and Indian War in the United States), 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
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Manila_(1762)

1883: Death of Dục Đức, Vietnamese emperor during 3 days, born in 1852
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%E1%BB%A5c_%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c

1896: Filipino nationalist Jose Rizal is arrested en route to Cuba via Spain and imprisoned in Barcelona before to be send to Manila
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1296/today-in-philippine-history-october-6-1896-rizal-was-taken-from-montjuich-castle-to-a-ship-to-sail-back-to-manila

1918: Birth of Goh Keng Swee, the « economic architect » of Singapore who died on May 14, 2010
http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_662_2005-01-11.html

goh-keng-swee

1935: Birth of Charito Solis, Filipino actress, who died on January 9, 1998
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charito_Solis

1951: Malayan Races Liberation Army (MRLA) ambushes and kills British High Commissioner Sir Henry Gurney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Gurney

1970: South Vietnamese forces withdraw from Cambodia after a three-month operation

1976: Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom by a coalition of right-wing paramilitary and government forces, triggering the return of the military to government. The 1974 constitution is abolished
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/6_October_1976_Massacre                                                        http://www.zenjournalist.org/2013/03/11/confidential-british-cable-on-the-october-1976-thammasat-massacre-and-coup/?goback=%2Egde_2343547_member_221516588

1976-10-06

 

1998 : the Philippine Supreme Court reverses a 1993 lower court decision sentencing former First Lady Imelda Marcos to a maximum 12-year jail term and perpetual disqualification from public office, based on insufficiency of evidence
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1297/today-in-philippine-history-october-6-1998-the-supreme-court-reversed-imelda-marcos-sentence

1999: Former Khmer Rouge leader Ta Mok is arrested. He will die on July 21, 2006
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/5128664.stm

2012: New People’s Army regional chief Benjamin Mendoza and three other suspected insurgents were arrested in the early hours of Saturday outside their hideout in suburban Quezon City
http://asiancorrespondent.com/90420/communist-rebel-leader-captured-in-philippines/

On 6 October in Japan’s history

ON 6 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1916: Birth of Chiang Wei-kuo (Wego Chiang) from a Japanese mother, adopted son of Chiang Kai-shek and politician who died on September 22, 1997
http://www.shanghai1937.com/a-chinese-in-the-german-wehrmacht/

1937: The League of Nations condemns the Japanese aggression against China

1939: End of the Battle of Changsha, which started on September 17, the first attempt by Japan to take the city of Changsha, China, during the second Sino-Japanese War
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Battle%20of%20Changsha%20(1939)&item_type=topic&sr=50

1939-10-06-end-of-battle-of-changsha

1949: Iva Toguri D’Aquino is sentenced to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000 for war crimes. The conviction was for being Japanese wartime broadcaster « Tokyo Rose. »
http://womenshistory.about.com/library/bio/blbio_toguri_iva.htm

Iva Toguri

1988: Birth of Maki Horikita, Japanese model and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maki_Horikita


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9MEYS-i1t4&feature=related

2013: China cautions the United States, Australia and Japan not to use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urges them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions

2015: Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita is named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/physics/2015/kajita/auto-biography/
http://www.nobelprize.org/mediaplayer/index.php?id=2565

On 6 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1939-10-06-end-of-battle-of-changsha

ON 6 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on October 6, 2019

23: Rebels kill and decapitate the Xin Dynasty emperor Wang Mang two days after the capital Chang’an is sacked during a peasant rebellion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%BClin
http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/people_n2/ppersons2_n2/wangmang.html

618: Wang Shichong decisively defeats Li Mi at the Battle of Yanshi, during the transition from Sui to Tang civil war
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Shichong
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Mi_(Sui_dynasty)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Yanshi

1552: Birth of Matteo Ricci, an Italian missionary who lived in Goa (India) from 1578 to 1583, then in China up to his death in Beijing on May 11, 1610
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matteo_Ricci
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13034a.htm

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mav-rG-z3O4

1916: Birth of Chiang Wei-kuo (Wego Chiang) from a Japanese mother, adopted son of Chiang Kai-shek and politician who died on September 22, 1997
http://www.shanghai1937.com/a-chinese-in-the-german-wehrmacht/

1928: War-torn China is reunited under the Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek who takes the title of Generalissimo (Chairman of the National Military Council) of the Nationalist Government of the Republic of China (ROC)

1937: The League of Nations condemns the Japanese aggression against China

1939: End of the Battle of Changsha, which started on September 17, the first attempt by Japan to take the city of Changsha, China, during the second Sino-Japanese War
http://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Battle%20of%20Changsha%20(1939)

1939-10-06-end-of-battle-of-changsha

1950: In China, a campaign against the counterrevolutionaries is launched

1950: Battle of Markham Gartok, during the Chinese military intervention in Tibet by China

1966: Soviet Union orders all Russian students in China to leave the country

1976: New Premier Hua Guofeng orders the arrest of the Gang of Four and associates and ends the Cultural Revolution in the People’s Republic of China
http://chineseposters.net/themes/gang-of-four.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gang_of_Four


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unuGt6Bq2io

1976: Birth of Barbie Hsu, Taiwanese actress and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie_Hsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxNo1Mw6Wso

2000: In Taiwan, Chang Chun-hsiung is appointed prime minister for the first time (up to February 1, 2002)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chang_Chun-Hsiung

2013: China cautions the United States, Australia and Japan not to use their alliance as an excuse to intervene in territorial disputes in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and urges them to refrain from inflaming regional tensions

2013: Chinese President Xi Jinping says a senior envoy from self-ruled Taiwan that a political solution to a standoff over sovereignty lasting more than six decades cannot be postponed forever, drawing a cool, non-committal response

2015: Around 2,000 protesters at Hong Kong University march to support academic freedom as fears grow that Beijing is interfering in the city’s education system