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On 8 October in Asian history

ON 8 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 8, 2019

1184: In Japan, during the Genpei War, Minamoto no Noriyori launches a new campaign in the Chugoku region with 30,000 warriors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Noriyori
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%ABgoku_region

1317: Death of the 92th Japanese emperor Fushimi (1293-1298), born on 10 May 1265
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Fushimi

1735: Death of Yongzheng, Chinese emperor since 1723
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Yongzheng_Emperor

1740 : Local Chinese assault on Diestpoort, Batavia
http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/object/?id=4905

1856: Qing officials boarded the Arrow, a Hong Kong registered ship, and imprisoned twelve Chinese sailors. The Arrow incident was the start of the Second Opium War (1857-1860)
http://joan-druett.blogspot.fr/2011/10/8-october-1856-arrow-incident-and-more.html
http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/12th-october-1956/12/the-lorcha-arrow-and-the-second-china-war
http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2007/10/08/second-opium-war-arrow-incident-begins-conflict.htm
 1856-10-08-arrow-incident
1879: Birth of Chen Duxiu, first chairman of the Chinese communist party (1921-1927), who died on May 27, 1942, of heart attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Duxiu

1879: Birth of Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indonesian freedom fighter, who died on August 28, 1950
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Douwes_Dekker

1884 : During the Sino-French war, Battle of Tamshui (Taiwan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tamsui
https://danshuihistory.blogspot.fr/2009/03/blog-post.html?spref=fb

1895: The Korea last empress of Korea, Myeongseong (Min-bi), wife of king Gojong, is raped and burned alive by a group of Korean bandits paid by the Japanese ambassador in Korea
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/southkorea/p/Queen-Min-of-Korea.htm?nl=1
http://ethlenn.blogspot.fr/2011/08/assassination-of-empress-myeongseong.html
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/08/25/2009082500866.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2019/10/721_276624.html



1900: Sun Yat-sen launches Huizhou uprising
http://www.zs.gov.cn/english/xinhaiRevolution/news/2.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2015/09/27/2003628679

1904: Birth of Akiko Tamura, Japanese actress who died in 1983
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0848768/

1919: Birth of Kiichi Miyazawa, Japanese Prime minister from 1991 to 1993 and died on June 28, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiichi_Miyazawa

1921: Birth of Abraham Sarmiento, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Sarmiento

1924: Birth of Thirunalloor Karunakaran, Indian poet who died on July 5, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirunalloor_Karunakaran

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

1926 : Birth of Raaj Kumar, Hindi film actor who died on July 3, 1996
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raaj_Kumar
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474855/

1930: Birth of Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer who died on February 20, 1996
http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/music-history-composers-and-performers-biographies/toru-takemitsu
https://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2013/feb/11/contemporary-music-guide-toru-takemitsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ017iBbwSE

1932: The Indian Air Force is established
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-october-1932-the-indian-air-force-comes-into-being

1936: Death of Premchand, Indian author, born on July 31, 1880
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/premchand.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premchand

1937: Birth of Ho Fan, Chinese actor and director
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=2244

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

1941: The Battle of Changsha (September 6 – October 8, 1941) was Japan’s second attempt in taking the city of Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province as part of the second Sino-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1941)

1947: Birth of Toshiya Ito and Ken Teraizumi, Japanese actors
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411763/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Teraizumi_Ken

1950: Mao Zedong decides the foundation of a Voluntary Corps for Korea

1952: Talks on armistice between United Nations and North Korea are suspended so long the problem of the prisoners of war is not solved

1954: After the French defeat in Vietnam, Vietminh (communist guerilla) occupy Hanoi

1960: Lin Biao introduces his political education program for the People’s Army of Liberation
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/lin-biao/1965/09/peoples_war/ch04.htm

1960-10-08-campagne-education-apl

1968: In the Vietnam War, United States and South Vietnamese forces launch Operation Sealords in the Mekong Delta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sealords

1970: Death of Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor, after falling from a helicopter, born on January 28, 1934
http://www.thaiworldview.com/tv/mitr.php

1970: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal for an end of the Vietnam War as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion.”
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communists-reject-nixons-peace-proposal

1970: Birth of Gauri Khan, wife of Indian actor and producer Shahrukh Khan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauri_Khan

1972: In Paris, first round of secret talks between U.S. Kissinger and Vietnam Le Duc Tho. Their agreement is rejected by Hanoi

1972: Birth of Kim Myung Min, Korean actor
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Myeong-min.php
http://asianmediawiki.com/Kim_Myung-Min

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

1976: Birth of Kim Young-shin, Korean actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1350823/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAjdjdtI6dc

1976: Tanin Kraivixien becomes Thai Prime Minister, up to October 20, 1977 coup d’état by Admiral Sangad Chalawyoo (Kriangsak Chomanan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanin_Kraivichien

1979: Death of Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian activist and politician, born on October 11, 1902
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jayaprakash-narayan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/jayaprakash_narayan_indian_freedom_fighter.htm

1997: In North Korea, Kim Jong-il officially takes the titles of general secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defense Commission

1998: Taliban forces attack Iranian border posts. Iran said that three border posts were destroyed before the Taliban forces were forced to retreat.

1998: In Japan, Prime Minister Obuchi issue an apology to the people of South Korea for 35 years of brutal colonial rule. Pres. Kim Dae-jung accepts the written apology, the first ever issued by Japan to an individual country for its actions during WW II
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/187954.stm
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/korea/joint9810.html

1998-10-08 Kim Dae-jung

2001: In a short visit to China, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi apologies for the suffers endured in China during Japanese invasion

2002: Masatoshi Koshiba, from Japan, is awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masatoshi_Koshiba
http://www.icepp.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/news/Nobel_prize_en.html

2003: Vietnam and US reached a tentative agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam war

2005: A powerful quake hits Kashmir with more than 75,000 victims
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/8/newsid_4968000/4968918.stm

2006: New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays his first trip abroad to China, aiming to normalize very strained relations since five years
http://english.sina.com/china/1/2006/1008/91202.html
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/china/joint0610.html

2006-10-08 Abe Hu

2008: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announces that he will step down from office in next March
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7658735.stm

2008: Maldives islanders in the cramped city of Male and scores of far-flung atolls began voting in the first democratic presidential election in their tiny nation’s history

2009: Kabul blast outside India embassy in Afghanistan. At least 12 people are killed and more than 80 injured in a car bomb explosion
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8296137.stm

2009: In Indonesia controversial tycoon Aburizal Bakrie is elected to lead the Golkar party after the Suharto-era ruling party suffered its biggest electoral defeat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aburizal_Bakrie

2010: Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his activism, wins the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/10/20101081305576754.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11505164
http://www.france24.com/en/20101008-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-wins-2010-nobel-peace-prize-tiananmen
http://www.france24.com/en/20101008-china-cries-foul-over-nobel-peace-prize-liu-xiaobo

2012: Scientists from Britain and Japan shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine. John Gurdon (79) of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka (50) of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to harvest embryos. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2012/press.html

2012: Death of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter, born on March 30, 1955
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/61944/famed-tv-and-film-director-marilou-diaz-abaya-dies
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2015/03/23/1436378/missing-marilou-diaz-abaya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4sqRVvFi-g

2013: Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader and founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist center in Europe is stabbed to death in China, born in 1940
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2013/10/tibetan-buddhist-teacher-choje-akong-rinpoche-reportedly-assassinated-in-china.html

2014: A North Korean official publicly acknowledges for the first time the existence of “reform through labour” camps, after a highly critical UN report into the country’s human rights record earlier this year, but dismissed the report’s accusations
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-official-admits-use-labour-camps-20141080576899804.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/08/north-korea-admits-using-labour-camps

2016: US President Barack Obama lifts sanctions on Myanmar and pledges to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

 

Holidays and observances

India: Air Force Day

France and Asia-Pacific relations

8 OCTOBER 2019

India takes first delivery in French jet deal

India received on Tuesday the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France in 2016 in a multi-billion-dollar deal that Paris hopes will unlock more sales
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-takes-first-delivery-in-french-jet-deal-1.66995998
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-receives-first-rafale-fighter-jet-from-france/article29618964.ece?homepage=true

22 AUGUST 2019

In Modi era, France has replaced Russia as India’s new best friend

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting France for his third state visit and fourth trip. Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed a gamut of issues ranging from trade and economics to energy security, counter-terrorism, defence and security cooperation and collaboration in the Indo-Pacific
https://theprint.in/opinion/in-modi-era-france-has-replaced-russia-as-indias-new-best-friend/280431/
https://www.france24.com/en/video/20190822-french-indian-growing-bilateral-trade-ties
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2019/aug/22/pm-narendra-modi-holds-talks-with-french-president-emmanuel-macron-2022865.html

3 AUGUST 2019

China suspends cooperation with France on police affairs, says report

Action comes after France gave asylum to wife of jailed former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/03/china-suspends-cooperation-with-france-on-police-affairs-interpol-meng-hongwei

17 JUNE 2019

Japan, France to unveil road map for cooperation amid China’s rise

Japan and France are planning to unveil a five-year road map in late June that deepens cooperation in areas ranging from maritime security to infrastructure assistance amid China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region, government sources said Monday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/18/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-unveil-road-map-cooperation-amid-chinas-rise/#.XQfouIgzY2w

06 JUNE 2019

France Trumpets Renewed Commitment to Stability in Indo-Pacific

10 MAY 2019

India and France hold biggest naval exercises with an eye on China

With the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle at the centre, France and India on Friday (May 10) stepped up their biggest naval exercises as the Indian Ocean’s strategic shipping lanes draw ever more envious eyes
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-and-france-hold-biggest-naval-exercises-with-an-eye-on-china

28 APRIL 2019

France recognizes Taiwan is key in solving South China Sea disputes

The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the French National Assembly recently published a 77 page report on the territory disputes and rising tensions in the South China Sea
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3689402

27 APRIL 2019

Cherish the love: China and France should avoid causing unnecessary upset, Beijing says

France and China should value their strong relationship and not take actions that disrupt it, China’s foreign minister told his French counterpart on Thursday, just days after Beijing expressed its upset  at Paris for sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait earlier this month
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3007941/cherish-love-china-and-france-should-avoid-causing-unnecessary

25 APRIL 2019

In Rare Move, French Warship Passes Through Taiwan Strait

A French warship passed through the strategic Taiwan Strait this month, U.S. officials told Reuters, a rare voyage by a vessel of a European country that is likely to be welcomed by Washington but increase tension with Beijing
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-france-warship-exclusive-idUSKCN1S027E
https://www.france24.com/en/20190425-china-says-navy-warned-off-french-warship-taiwan-strait

23 APRIL 2019

Japan, France to cooperate to promote free trade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron say they will work together in leading discussions on free trade and other issues at the G20 summit in Osaka
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190423_41/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005693828

2 APRIL 2019

France urges Brunei to drop anti-gay stoning law

France has called on the authorities in Brunei to scrap a law that would make adultery or gay sex punishable by death by stoning. The Sultanate maintains the death penalty, but no one has been executed since 1957
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190402-france-urges-brunei-drop-stoning-law-adultery-gay-sex

24 MARCH 2019

Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/macron-looks-to-galvanise-eu-on-china-as-xi-visits-france/article/546039#ixzz5j7yxxaSV
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/18/236/1553400082457.html?newsId=65608
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3003078/chinese-president-xi-jinping-meets-french-president-emmanuel

11 FEBRUARY 2019

Australia, France ink US$35b submarine deal

Australia formally signed a A$50 billion (US$35 billion) “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state of the art submarines on Monday, a signal of Canberra’s willingness to project power across the Pacific
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2185698/australia-signs-us35-billion-submarine-deal-france-latest-bid
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190211-australia-and-france-sign-huge-submarine-deal

26 JANUARY 2019

France Takes Steps to Boost India’s Clout in Indian Ocean to Counter China

France is considered as an important player in the Indian Ocean region, where India is facing a heightened Chinese presence, according to France’s ambassador to India. Beijing has reportedly indicated a strategic shift to curb its troops on land and reallocate resources to its navy and air force
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201901261071821341-india-france-indian-oecan/

21 JANUARY 2019

Japan to share defense supplies with France and Canada

Japan plans to set up logistical support arrangements allowing the Self-Defense Forces to share common supplies with the French and Canadian militaries, part of efforts to bolster defenses in the Pacific region
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/Japan-to-share-defense-supplies-with-France-and-Canada

13 JANUARY 2019

France returns to Laos

With a view to diversify foreign economic and foreign policy relations, Laos is developing contacts with France, whose colony it used to be in the past. Paris is seen as a remote neighbor of Laos, a partner in the economic and cultural spheres. Since 1991 Laos has been a member of the international organization for the cooperation of the francophone states “Francophone”. According to the French Embassy in Vientiane, the number of Laotians who speak French amounts to 3% and has been increasing over the past 12 years
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/01/13/france-returns-to-laos/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/sub-new/Cooperation/Cooperation_France.php

11 JANUARY 2019

France to join North Korea surveillance at sea with Japanese navy

France Friday (Jan 11) agree to join Japanese navy patrols off North Korea in a fresh sign of efforts to deepen ties and military links between Tokyo and Paris, officials said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/france-to-join-north-korea-surveillance-at-sea–11111648
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190112_05/

6 JANUARY 2019

UK’s hopes of Indo-Pacific strike group with France premature

While London and Paris have been supporting each other’s navies and venturing further afield, experts warn there are limits
http://www.atimes.com/article/uks-hopes-of-indo-pacific-strike-group-with-france-premature/

5 JANUARY 2018

French MP denounces China’s threat of force against Taiwan

French parliamentarian Jean-François Cesarini said Wednesday that China’s desire to go to war with Taiwan is unacceptable, referring to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) warning the previous day that China reserves the right to use force against Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201901030009.aspx

25 DECEMBER 2018

China accuses France of siding with its allies after Paris call for Canadians’ release

Beijing on Tuesday hit back at France for siding with its “allies”, as the list of countries calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China continues to grow
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2179462/china-accuses-france-siding-its-allies-after-paris-call

15 DECEMBER 2018

India, France hold talks on deepening bilateral ties

India and France on Saturday held discussions on deepening bilateral strategic partnership through cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, defence, space and civil nuclear energy sectors
http://www.asianage.com/india/politics/151218/india-france-hold-talks-on-deepening-bilateral-ties.html
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/pm-modi-meets-french-minister-le-drian201812151623130001/
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-france-reiterate-resolve-to-jointly-fight-terrorism-1.60956521

3 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France businesses ink agreements worth US$10 billion

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

29 OCTOBER 2018

China, France launch satellite to study climate change

China’s first-ever international cooperation satellite according to French space agency boss Jean-Yves Le Gall, took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China’s Gobi Desert
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china–france-launch-satellite-to-study-climate-change-10875674
http://en.rfi.fr/20181029-china-france-launch-climate-change-watching-satellite/

19 OCTOBER 2018

France to send aircraft carrier to Indian Ocean next year

France said on Friday (Oct 19) it would send its aircraft carrier to the Indian Ocean next year, to defend freedom of navigation at a time of growing Chinese assertiveness in disputed waters
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/france-to-send-aircraft-carrier-to-indian-ocean-next-year-10846386

Abe, Macron meet in France

Presidents Moon and Macron second summit

Seoul asks Paris to assist in getting tariff exemptions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257028.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

France promises aid as Indonesia quake toll tops 800

France has promised aid to Indonesia after Friday’s earthquake and tsunami on the island of Sulawesi. The death toll rose to 832 on Sunday and is expected to rise, with three French nationals, one Malaysian and one South Korean among the missing
http://en.rfi.fr/20180930-indonesia-quake-and-tsunami-kills-over-400/

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam and France sign statement on defence ties

Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngô Xuân Lịch and his French counterpart Florence Parly signed a joint vision statement on defence cooperation for 2018-28 at their talks in Paris
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/466081/vn-france-sign-statement-on-defence-ties.html#1teqd6sPgQx4C4yl.99

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan President meets French parliamentary delegation

The event showed that both countries shared the same values of freedom and democracy, leading relations to be close and to progress continuously, the Central News Agency quoted Tsai as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3527380
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3526531

5 AUGUST 2018

How the French military’s ‘political messengers’ are countering Beijing in the South China Sea

France’s air and sea presence in the region asserts its support for a maritime security order based on shared rules and norms, writes Mathieu Duchâtel
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2157702/how-french-militarys-political-messengers-are

14 JULY 2018

Japan, France to cooperate on maritime security

The foreign ministers of Japan and France have agreed to launch a framework for dialogue on maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180715_01/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-france-sign-agreement-share-defense-supplies/#.W0pZLdIzY2w

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

28 JUNE 2018

Hwang Sok-yong Wins French Prize for Asian Literature

Korean novelist Hwang Sok-yong has been awarded the Emile Guimet Prize for Asian Literature for his book “At Dusk.”
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Culture/view?articleId=160749
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2018/06/27/2018062701403.html

Our Defence Ties Have Never Been Stronger, Says French Ambassador To India Alexandre Ziegler

BW Businessworld chats with French ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler on the growing ambit of the defence partnership between the two countries
http://businessworld.in/article/Our-Defence-Ties-Have-Never-Been-Stronger-Says-French-Ambassador-To-India-Alexandre-Ziegler/27-06-2018-153130/#.WzT9AJEb2mx.linkedin

25 JUNE 2018

Xi Jinping meets French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe

President Xi Jinping on Monday met with French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Beijing, saying China is willing to work with France to enrich the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20180625/149127.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-06/26/c_137280241.htm
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2152433/china-expands-trade-france-bolster-european-ties-amid

19 JUNE 2018

France in S China Sea Puts Own Interests Instead of Countering Beijing – Analyst

France is present in the South China Sea to protect its own territorial interests rather than act as a counterweight to Beijing, French experts told Sputnik
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201806191065550871-france-china-sea-presence/

3 JUNE 2018

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149062/france-britain-sail-warships-contested-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/france-urges-countries-to-respect-international-law-in-south-china-sea

31 MAY 2018

Scaling back of French reactor a blow for nuke fuel reprocessing

Japan’s hopes of keeping its nuclear fuel recycling program alive faces another major obstacle with signs from France that a reactor project there will be scaled back because of swelling construction costs
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201805310040.html

25 MAY 2018

Xi says he has full confidence in China-France ties

China is willing to work with France to enhance strategic coordination, stick to multilateralism, jointly address global challenges and promote world economic growth as well as facilitation and liberalization of trade and investment, so as to help safeguard a world order that should be peaceful, stable, open and inclusive, he said
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/64/239/236/1527254973071.html

17 MAY 2018

China, France agree on ‘three handles’ to boost cooperation

China and France have agreed to make use of “three handles” to comprehensively enhance practical cooperation between the two countries, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/158/6/64/1526568436925.html

2 MAY 2018

Australia, France sign agreements on military cooperation, cyberwar

Emmanuel Macron and Malcolm Turnbull have signed a series of agreements for closer military ties and cooperation on cyberwar, during the French leader’s Australian visit
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/australia-france-sign-agreements-on-military-cooperation-cyberwar
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2144344/french-president-emmanuel-macron-vows-stand-against-chinese

1 MAY 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron in Australia for talks on trade, climate and defence

Fresh from his so-called “bromance” in Washington with US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron is in Australia to bolster defence ties and continue his efforts to revive the fortunes of Europe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/french-president-emmanuel-macron-in-australia-for-talks-on-trade-climate-and
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/french-president-macron-lands-in-sydney-for-talks-on-china-influence-trade

Taiwan, France team up to promote innovation collaboration

Taiwan should tap into France’s tech expertise as the two sides continue to boost exchanges through initiatives in the innovation industries, according to a CNA report published on Monday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418989

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam, France mark 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam’s (CPV’s) Central Committee Nguyễn Phú Trọng and French National Assembly (NA) President Francois de Rugy marked the anniversary of Vietnam-France ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/425208/vn-france-mark-45th-anniversary-of-diplomatic-ties.html#fTJlw10Brl3YfuSF.99
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/197968/party-chief-expects-french-enterprises-to-succeed-in-vietnam.html
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-france-vietnam-deals/frances-bouygues-edf-sign-deals-during-vietnam-leader-visit-idUKKBN1H320Q?rpc=401&

20 MARCH 2018

Indo-French naval exercise Varuna kicks off

The Indian and the French navies have launched Varuna 2018, a joint naval exercise, in Goa, India
https://navaltoday.com/2018/03/19/indo-french-naval-exercise-varuna-kicks-off-2/#.WrEsN6hDYM4.linkedin

12 MARCH 2018

French Navy ship visit to Philippines shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation

The visit of a French Navy’s light patrol frigate to the Philippines shows France as a “Pacific power” that is committed to “security” and adherence to the principle of freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, officials said after the Vendmiaire docked at a port in Manila on Monday
http://www.manilatimes.net/french-navy-ship-visit-to-ph-shows-france-commitment-to-security-freedom-of-navigation/385691
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/164912/philippines-france-south-china-sea-west-philippine-sea-military-cooperation-dispute-southeast-asia-defense-peace

10 MARCH 2018

Narendra Modi, Emmanuel Macron look to broaden ties as India, France ink 14 deals

India and France sign 14 pacts in areas ranging from defence to nuclear energy after extensive talks between PM Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/lLHqPt12U2iD0H4GKNCq6M/Emmanuel-Macron-India-visit-Indian-French-firms-sign-16-b.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/modi-macron-ink-14-pacts-to-boost-india-france-ties-cos-sign-16-bn-deals-118031000463_1.html
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/want-our-youth-to-recognise-indo-french-ties-pm-narendra-modi/1235515

Amid row over Rafale deal, India, France sign strategic defence pact on use of each other’s military bases

French President Emmanuel Macron has said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/10/amid-row-over-rafale-deal-india-france-sign-strategic-defence-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-1785092.html
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/emmanuel-macron-india-visit-india-france-release-joint-statement-on-french-presidents-state-visit-1822217
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-france-security-accord-has-china-in-mind-10032788
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/mar/09/rafale-deal-win-win-but-details-cant-be-revealed-french-president-emmanuel-macron-1784174.html

8 MARCH 2018

Nissan in talks to buy France’s Renault stake in merger prelude

Renault SA and alliance partner Nissan Motor Co. are discussing plans for a closer tie-up in which the Japanese carmaker would acquire the bulk of the French state’s 15 percent Renault stake, people close to the matter said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/08/business/corporate-business/nissan-talks-buy-frances-renault-stake-merger-prelude/#.WqF2EOjOU2x

1 MARCH 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India likely to lead to exciting military commerce

French President Emmanuel Macron’s maiden visit to India on December 8 is likely to be leavened by two exciting items of military commerce, the sale of three additional French submarines and orders for 36 more Rafale fighter aircraft
https://www.indiatoday.in/magazine/up-front/story/20171120-french-president-emmanuel-macron-visit-india-military-commerce-1082490-2017-11-10
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/french-president-emmanuel-macron-s-four-day-visit-to-india-begins-on-march-9-1180398-2018-03-01

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Hong Kong public will get chance to board French navy frigate Vendémiaire during coming port call

Based in Nouméa in New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, the Vendémiaire is currently on a three-month Asian mission, which includes sailings to Indonesia, South Korea, mainland China and Guam
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2134087/hong-kong-public-will-get-chance-board-french-navy-frigate

20 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen conferred French Legion of Honour award

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen was conferred France’s highest award –  Legion of Honour – awarded for both civilian and military merit regardless of citizenship, by French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (Feb 19) in Paris
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-minister-ng-eng-hen-conferred-french-legion-of-honour-9973070

27 JANUARY 2018

Japan, France reaffirm closer defense cooperation

The Japanese and French defense ministers reaffirmed closer defense cooperation in a meeting Saturday after agreeing the previous day to hold the countries’ first joint maritime defense exercises next month
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Japan-France-reaffirm-closer-defense-cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180127_15/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201801250039.html

9 JANUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

From high-end wine to the new “Silk Road,” France and China have agreed to enhance economic relations. For Beijing, that meant providing French companies better access to Chinese markets
http://www.dw.com/en/frances-emmanuel-macron-secures-strategic-access-to-chinese-markets/a-42084077
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/124/251/119/1515511101612.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20180109-france-china-macron-trade-markets-protectionism

5 JANUARY 2018

Macron’s upcoming China visit ‘of great significance’

French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to China, scheduled from January 8 to 10, is of great significance to bilateral ties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/187/241/1515152590848.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180105_11/

 

 

Main news on Afghanistan

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8 OCTOBER 2019

South Asia region Al Qaeda chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence agency has confirmed Asim Omar, leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, while several others captured, including Pakistani citizens
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/al-qaedas-south-asia-chief-killed/
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/south-asia-al-qaeda-chief-asim-umar-killed-afghanistan-us-airstrike-1607284-2019-10-08

5 OCTOBER 2019

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since ‘dead’ deal

The Taliban met U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war ‘dead’ a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal-1.919441

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghanistan presidential election: polls close as large-scale violence avoided

Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents, mostly in the south and north of the country
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-polls-close-amid-complaints-violence-30179
http://elections.tolonews.com/afghan-polls-end-vote-counting-gets-underway

17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Blast at Rally for President Ashraf Ghani Kills 24; Ghani Unharmed

Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 24 people in Afghanistan on Sept. 17, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt
https://www.theepochtimes.com/blast-at-rally-for-president-ashraf-ghani-kills-24-ghani-unharmed_3084754.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190917-afghanistan-election-blast-kills-dozens-afghan-president-ghani-campaign-rally

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghan Taliban revoke months-long ban on Red Cross

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

31 AUGUST 2019

Taliban launches major attack on key Afghan city of Kunduz

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

17 AUGUST 2019

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

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

29 JULY 2019

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

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

26 APRIL 2019

Afghan president inaugurates newly-elected parliament

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

21 APRIL 2019

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani’s term until delayed elections

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

12 APRIL 2019

ICC rejects Afghanistan war crimes probe

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

30 MARCH 2019

Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum survives Taleban attack

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

20 MARCH 2019

Afghan presidential election delayed again

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

19 MARCH 2019

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

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

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghanistan: UN says record number of civilians killed in 2018

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

 

12 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

6 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

30 JANUARY 2019

Taliban not seeking to rule Afghanistan alone – spokesman

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

28 JANUARY 2019

US and Taliban agree to framework peace deal, envoy says

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

21 JANUARY 2019

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

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

19 JANUARY 2019

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar enters presidential race

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

13 JANUARY 2019

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

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

30 DECEMBER 2018

Taliban dismisses Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

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

26 DECEMBER 2018

Afghanistan postpones next year’s presidential election

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

2 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

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

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

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

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

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

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

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

18 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

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

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

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

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

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

24 AUGUST 2018

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

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

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

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

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

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

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

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

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

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

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

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

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

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

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

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

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

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

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

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

27 JANUARY 2018

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

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

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

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

21 JANUARY 2018

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

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

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

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

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

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

10 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

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

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

12 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

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

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

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

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

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

22  JULY 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

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

29 JUNE 2017

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

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

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

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

13 JUNE 2017

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

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

31 MAY 2017

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

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

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

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

7 MAY 2017

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

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

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

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

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

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

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

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

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

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

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

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

17 APRIL 2017

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

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

26 MARCH 2017

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

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

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

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

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

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

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

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

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 “shadow” officials

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

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

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

3 JANUARY 2017

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

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

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

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

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

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

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

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

18 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

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

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

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

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

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

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

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

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

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

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

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

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

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

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

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

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

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

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

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

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

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

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

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

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

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

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

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

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

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

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

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

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

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

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

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

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

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

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

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

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

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

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

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

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

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

2 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

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

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

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

1 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

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

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

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

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

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

15 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

3 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

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

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

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

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

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

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

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

29 JULY 2015

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

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

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 8 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 8 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1184: In Japan, during the Genpei War, Minamoto no Noriyori launches a new campaign in the Chugoku region with 30,000 warriors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Noriyori
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%ABgoku_region

1856: Qing officials boarded the Arrow, a Hong Kong registered ship, and imprisoned twelve Chinese sailors. The Arrow incident was the start of the Second Opium War (1857-1860)
http://joan-druett.blogspot.fr/2011/10/8-october-1856-arrow-incident-and-more.html
http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/12th-october-1956/12/the-lorcha-arrow-and-the-second-china-war
http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2007/10/08/second-opium-war-arrow-incident-begins-conflict.htm
 1856-10-08-arrow-incident
1884 : During the Sino-French war, Battle of Tamshui (Taiwan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tamsui
https://danshuihistory.blogspot.fr/2009/03/blog-post.html?spref=fb

1932: The Indian Air Force is established
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-october-1932-the-indian-air-force-comes-into-being

1941: The Battle of Changsha (September 6 – October 8, 1941) was Japan’s second attempt in taking the city of Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province as part of the second Sino-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1941)

1950: Mao Zedong decides the foundation of a Voluntary Corps for Korea

1952: Talks on armistice between United Nations and North Korea are suspended so long the problem of the prisoners of war is not solved

1954: After the French defeat in Vietnam, Vietminh (communist guerilla) occupy Hanoi

1968: In the Vietnam War, United States and South Vietnamese forces launch Operation Sealords in the Mekong Delta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sealords

1970: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal for an end of the Vietnam War as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion.”
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communists-reject-nixons-peace-proposal

1972: In Paris, first round of secret talks between U.S. Kissinger and Vietnam Le Duc Tho. Their agreement is rejected by Hanoi

1998: Taliban forces attack Iranian border posts. Iran said that three border posts were destroyed before the Taliban forces were forced to retreat.

2009: Kabul blast outside India embassy in Afghanistan. At least 12 people are killed and more than 80 injured in a car bomb explosion
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8296137.stm

 

Holidays and observances

India: Air Force Day

 

On 8 October in South Asian history

ON 8 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1924: Birth of Thirunalloor Karunakaran, Indian poet who died on July 5, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirunalloor_Karunakaran

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

1926 : Birth of Raaj Kumar, Hindi film actor who died on July 3, 1996
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raaj_Kumar
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0474855/

https://youtu.be/oTEJXBuzleY

1932: The Indian Air Force is established
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/8th-october-1932-the-indian-air-force-comes-into-being

1936: Death of Premchand, Indian author, born on July 31, 1880
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/premchand.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premchand

1970: Birth of Gauri Khan, wife of Indian actor and producer Shahrukh Khan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gauri_Khan
http://www.highheelconfidential.com/tag/gauri-khan/

1979: Death of Jayaprakash Narayan, Indian activist and politician, born on October 11, 1902
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jayaprakash-narayan.html
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/jayaprakash_narayan_indian_freedom_fighter.htm

1998: Taliban forces attack Iranian border posts. Iran said that three border posts were destroyed before the Taliban forces were forced to retreat.

2005: A powerful quake hits Kashmir with more than 75,000 victims
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/8/newsid_4968000/4968918.stm
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/massive-earthquake-hits-kashmir-region

2008: Maldives islanders in the cramped city of Male and scores of far-flung atolls began voting in the first democratic presidential election in their tiny nation’s history

2009: Kabul blast outside India embassy in Afghanistan. At least 12 people are killed and more than 80 injured in a car bomb explosion
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8296137.stm

2013: Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader,The founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist center in Europe is stabbed to death in China, born in 1940
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2013/10/tibetan-buddhist-teacher-choje-akong-rinpoche-reportedly-assassinated-in-china.html

 

Holidays and observances

India: Air Force Day

On 8 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 8 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1740 : Local Chinese assault on Diestpoort, Batavia
http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/object/?id=4905

1879: Birth of Ernest Douwes Dekker, Indonesian freedom fighter, who died on August 28, 1950
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Douwes_Dekker

1921: Birth of Abraham Sarmiento, Filipino Supreme Court jurist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Sarmiento

1954: After the French defeat in Vietnam, Vietminh (communist guerilla) occupy Hanoi

1968: In the Vietnam War, United States and South Vietnamese forces launch Operation Sealords in the Mekong Delta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Sealords

1970: Death of Mitr Chaibancha, Thai film actor, after falling from a helicopter, born on January 28, 1934
http://www.thaiworldview.com/tv/mitr.php

1970: In Paris, a Communist delegation rejects US President Richard Nixon’s October 7 peace proposal for an end of the Vietnam War as “a maneuver to deceive world opinion.”
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/communists-reject-nixons-peace-proposal

1972: In Paris, first round of secret talks between U.S. Kissinger and Vietnam Le Duc Tho. Their agreement is rejected by Hanoi

1976: Tanin Kraivixien becomes Thai Prime Minister, up to October 20, 1977 coup d’état by Admiral Sangad Chalawyoo (Kriangsak Chomanan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanin_Kraivichien

2003: Vietnam and US reached a tentative agreement that would allow the first commercial flights between the two countries since the end of the Vietnam war

2008: Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announces that he will step down from office in next March
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7658735.stm

2009: In Indonesia controversial tycoon Aburizal Bakrie is elected to lead the Golkar party after the Suharto-era ruling party suffered its biggest electoral defeat
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aburizal_Bakrie

2012: Death of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter, born on March 30, 1955
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/61944/famed-tv-and-film-director-marilou-diaz-abaya-dies
http://www.philstar.com/entertainment/2015/03/23/1436378/missing-marilou-diaz-abaya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4sqRVvFi-g

2016: US President Barack Obama lifts sanctions on Myanmar and pledges to assist the country’s civilian government led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi in carrying on its efforts for political reform and broad-based economic growth
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2026300/us-lifts-sanctions-myanmar-vows-keep-pushing-democratic
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-08/us-lifts-economic-sanctions-on-myanmar/7915136

 

 

On 8 October in Japan’s history

1998-10-08 Kim Dae-jung

ON 8 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1184: In Japan, during the Genpei War, Minamoto no Noriyori launches a new campaign in the Chugoku region with 30,000 warriors
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genpei_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minamoto_no_Noriyori
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ch%C5%ABgoku_region

1317: Death of the 92th Japanese emperor Fushimi (1293-1298), born on 10 May 1265
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Fushimi

1895: The Korea last empress of Korea, Myeongseong (Min-bi), wife of king Gojong, raped and burned alive by a group of Korean bandits paid by the Japanese ambassador in Korea
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/southkorea/p/Queen-Min-of-Korea.htm?nl=1
http://ethlenn.blogspot.fr/2011/08/assassination-of-empress-myeongseong.html
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/08/25/2009082500866.html


1904: Birth of Akiko Tamura, Japanese actress who died in 1983
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0848768/

1919: Birth of Kiichi Miyazawa, Japanese Prime minister from 1991 to 1993 and died on June 28, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiichi_Miyazawa

1930: Birth of Toru Takemitsu, Japanese composer who died on February 20, 1996
http://www.encyclopedia.com/people/literature-and-arts/music-history-composers-and-performers-biographies/toru-takemitsu
https://www.theguardian.com/music/tomserviceblog/2013/feb/11/contemporary-music-guide-toru-takemitsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ017iBbwSE

1941: The Battle of Changsha (September 6 – October 8, 1941) was Japan’s second attempt in taking the city of Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province as part of the second Sino-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1941)

1947: Birth of Toshiya Ito and Ken Teraizumi, Japanese actors
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0411763/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Teraizumi_Ken

1987: Birth of Aya Hirano, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aya_Hirano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kT8W5D4SGiY

1998: In Japan Prime Minister Obuchi issue an apology to the people of South Korea for 35 years of brutal colonial rule. Pres. Kim Dae-jung accepts the written apology, the first ever issued by Japan to an individual country for its actions during WW II
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/187954.stm
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/korea/joint9810.html

1998-10-08 Kim Dae-jung

2001: In a short visit to China, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi apologies for the suffers endured in China during Japanese invasion

2002: Masatoshi Koshiba, from Japan, is awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masatoshi_Koshiba
http://www.icepp.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/news/Nobel_prize_en.html

2006: New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays his first trip abroad to China, aiming to normalize very strained relations since five years
http://english.sina.com/china/1/2006/1008/91202.html
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/china/joint0610.html

2006-10-08 Abe Hu

2012: Scientists from Britain and Japan shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine. John Gurdon (79) of the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, Britain and Shinya Yamanaka (50) of Kyoto University in Japan, discovered ways to create tissue that would act like embryonic cells, without the need to harvest embryos. http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2012/press.html

On 8 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 8 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1735: Death of Yongzheng, Chinese emperor since 1723
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Yongzheng_Emperor

1740 : Local Chinese assault on Diestpoort, Batavia
http://www.atlasofmutualheritage.nl/en/object/?id=4905

1856: Qing officials boarded the Arrow, a Hong Kong registered ship, and imprisoned twelve Chinese sailors. The Arrow incident was the start of the Second Opium War (1857-1860)
http://joan-druett.blogspot.fr/2011/10/8-october-1856-arrow-incident-and-more.html
http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/12th-october-1956/12/the-lorcha-arrow-and-the-second-china-war
http://militaryhistory.about.com/b/2007/10/08/second-opium-war-arrow-incident-begins-conflict.htm

1856-10-08-arrow-incident

1879: Birth of Chen Duxiu, first chairman of the Chinese communist party (1921-1927), who died on May 27, 1942, of heart attack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Duxiu

1884 : During the Sino-French war, Battle of Tamshui (Taiwan)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Tamsui
https://danshuihistory.blogspot.fr/2009/03/blog-post.html?spref=fb

1900: Sun Yat-sen launches Huizhou uprising
http://www.zs.gov.cn/english/xinhaiRevolution/news/2.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2015/09/27/2003628679

1937: Birth of Ho Fan, Chinese actor and director
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/en/people.asp?id=2244

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

1941: The Battle of Changsha (September 6 – October 8, 1941) was Japan’s second attempt in taking the city of Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province as part of the second Sino-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1941)

1950: Mao Zedong decides the foundation of a Voluntary Corps for Korea

1960: Lin Biao introduces his political education program for the People’s Army of Liberation
https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/lin-biao/1965/09/peoples_war/ch04.htm

1960-10-08-campagne-education-apl

2001: In a short visit to China, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi apologies for the suffers endured in China during Japanese invasion

2006: New Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pays his first trip abroad to China, aiming to normalize very strained relations since five years
http://english.sina.com/china/1/2006/1008/91202.html
http://www.mofa.go.jp/region/asia-paci/china/joint0610.html

2006-10-08 Abe Hu

2010: Liu Xiaobo, an impassioned literary critic, political essayist and democracy advocate repeatedly jailed by the Chinese government for his activism, wins the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.”
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/10/20101081305576754.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11505164
http://www.france24.com/en/20101008-chinese-dissident-liu-xiaobo-wins-2010-nobel-peace-prize-tiananmen
http://www.france24.com/en/20101008-china-cries-foul-over-nobel-peace-prize-liu-xiaobo

2013: Akong Rinpoche, Tibetan-Chinese spiritual leader,The founder of the first Tibetan Buddhist center in Europe is stabbed to death in China, born in 1940
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/americanbuddhist/2013/10/tibetan-buddhist-teacher-choje-akong-rinpoche-reportedly-assassinated-in-china.html