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On 23 October in Asian history

1991-10-23-peace-accord

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Updated on October 23, 2019

930: Death of Daigo, 60th Japanese emperor (897-930),  born in January 885. Not confuse with Go-Daigo, the 96th emperor (1336-1339)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Daigo

1857: Birth of Juan Luna y Novicio, a « Ilocano people » painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution, who died on December 7, 1899
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Luna
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/705/today-in-philippine-history-october-23-1857-juan-luna-was-born-in-badoc-ilocos-norte

Luna y novicio

1868: In Japan, by a decree, the Meiji era is set up. The emperor Mutsuhito recovers full power from the shogun
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/f/What-Was-the-Meiji-Restoration.htm

Mutsuhito 2

1905: Birth of Yen Chia-kan,who succeeded Chiang Kai-shek as President of the Republic of China upon Chiang’s death on April 5,  1975, up to May 20, 1978, and who died on December 24, 1993
http://english.president.gov.tw/Page/84
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yen_Chia-kan

1910: Death of Chulalongkorn (Rama V), king of Siam (Thailand) since 1868 to 1910, born on September 20, 1853. He is succeeded by Vajiravudh
http://tudtu.tripod.com/rama5.html

1920: Birth of Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist, who died on November
19, 1998
http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/98/981120.fujita.shtml
http://www.notablebiographies.com/supp/Supplement-Fl-Ka/Fujita-Tetsuya.html

1923: Birth of Aslam Farrukhi, Pakistani scholar and poet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aslam_Farrukhi

1924: Birth of Chi Hsin, Taiwan film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1881815/

1924: Feng Yuxiang launched the Beijing coup to overthrow Cao Kun government
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Coup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Yuxiang

1924-10-23 Coup de Pékin

1929: Birth of Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist,.who died on August 17, 2006
http://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/shamsurrahman.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamsur_Rahman_(poet)

1939: The Japanese Mitsubishi G4M twin-engine « Betty » Bomber makes its maiden flight
http://www.aviation-history.com/mitsubishi/g4m.html

1942: The Battle for Henderson Field begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on October 26
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Henderson_Field

1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history begins in the
Philippines

1944-10-23-battle-of-leyte-golf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/leytegulf.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP3LKla583g

1950: Offensive of the Indonesian troops on Ambon, capital of the South Mollucas held by separatists

1954: Birth of Ang Lee, Taiwanese film director
http://sensesofcinema.com/2008/great-directors/ang-lee/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irSY5l3BecU&feature=fvw

1955: In South Vietnam, by a referendum organized by the PM Ngo Dinh Diem, monarchy is abolished by 98,2 % of the votes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Vietnam_referendum,_1955

1955: Birth of Ryoko Sakaguchi, Japanese actress who died on March 27, 2013
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1160234/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0WSiV6-rAI

1958: After the visit of Foster Dulles (arrived on 20), Chiang Kai-shek officially renounces the use  of force for the reconquest of the Mainland

1965: In Vietnam, the 1st Cavalry division (US) and South Vietnamese  forces launch a new operation seeking to destroy North Vietnamese forces in  Pleku province

1966: Chinese president Liu Shaoqi makes his first self-criticism
http://chineseposters.net/themes/liushaoqi.php
https://books.google.fr/books?id=fYxPkWTVQoIC&redir_esc=y

1966-10-23 liu shaoqi autocritique

1972: Citing difficulties with South Vietnamese President Thieu, U.S. negotiators cable  Hanoi requesting further negotiations in Paris over the proposed draft peace accord
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-negotiators-ask-for-further-talks-in-paris

1972: Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its  Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Linebacker

1973: Birth of Vivian Bang, South Korean actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051930/

1978: China (Deng Xiaoping) and Japan (Takeo Fukada) exchange treaty ratification documents in  Tokyo, formally ending 40 years of hostility
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18012.shtml 
https://jijiphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/All/G0000MmXEZAYWX6I/I0000.o5iy1UUark

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

1981: Birth of Lee Ki-woo, South Korean actor
https://www.famousbirthdays.com/people/lee-ki-woo.html
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Ki-woo.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz5B5O2WHio

1981: Devan Nair becomes third president of Singapore, until March 27, 1985
http://singaporepioneers.blogspot.com/2006/10/c-v-devan-nair.html

1983: Birth of Sayaka Isoyama, Japanese actress
http://asianwiki.com/Sayaka_Isoyama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIScjWT8GQ0

1991: Birth of Princess Mako, daughter of Prince Akishino and granddaughter of emperor Akihito of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mako_of_Akishino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfLP_LT_gY

1991: End of the Paris Conference and signature of Agreements on Comprehensive Political  Settlement of the Cambodia conflict, putting an end to a 21-year long war
http://www.cambodia.org/facts/?page=1991+Paris+Peace+Agreements
http://www.usip.org/publications/peace-agreements-cambodia
https://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/cambodia-paris-peace-agreement/

1991-10-23-peace-accord

1992: Emperor Akihito becomes the first emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/akihito-deplores-japanese-atrocities-china-remembers-the-horrors-of-invasion-but-time-heals-much-writes-raymond-whitaker-in-peking-1559194.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-10-29/news/mn-939_1_imperial-couple


1996: The forces of Commandant Massoud, launch a large scale offensive against Taliban in northern of Kabul

2003: In New York, death of Soong Mei-ling, widow of Chiang Kai-sheik, at 105 years old
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mme-chiang-kai-shek-dead-at-106/
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/oct/25/guardianobituaries.china

2004: A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing  35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated

2007: Death of Lim Goh Tong, Malaysian-born Chinese businessman, born in 1918
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Goh_Tong

2008: Hu Jia, one of China’s most prominent human rights activists, wins the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7686026.stm

2009: Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Thailand formally launch a widely criticized human rights commission at a regional summit. The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on  Human Rights has been touted as the region’s first watchdog on human rights
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/2009102342748803221.html

2011: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and his Indonesian counterpart discuss the two countries’ growing military ties after more than a decade-long suspension by Washington over human rights issues

2012: Japan’s justice minister quits after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organized crime syndicate
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102363358296493.html

2012: Death of Sunil Gangopadhyay, Indian author and poet, born on September 7, 1934
http://www.rediff.com/news/report/eminent-writer-sunil-gangopadhyay-passes-away/20121023.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygzPNhz8EAk

2012: A group of South Korean lawmakers visits an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1067898/south-korean-lawmakers-visit-islands-disputed-japan

2013: China and India sign a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html

2013: Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters begin a three-day rally to protest what they say was a rigged election and the illegitimate return to power of Prime Minister Hun Sen
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114803/thousands-gather-in-cambodian-opposition-protest/

2014: Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91. Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29749450

2018: Vietnam lawmakers elect as president the Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, the only candidate on the ballot, making him the most powerful man in the country
https://www.foxnews.com/world/vietnam-parliament-elects-communist-party-chief-as-president

China opens world’s longest sea bridge from Hong Kong to mainland
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45937924
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/china-worlds-longest-sea-bridge-hong-kong-macau/10420468
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/132/91/58/1540257442385.html?newsId=51455


Holidays and Observances

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day in Thailand

 

Main news on Indonesia

23 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesia’s President selects Cabinet, appointing Opposition Leader as Defence Minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has selected Opposition Leader Prabowo Subianto to serve in his new Cabinet as Defence Minister
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-23/indonesia-president-appoints-opposition-leader-to-cabinet/11631518
https://jakartaglobe.id/news/jokowis-new-cabinet-includes-rival-prabowo-as-defense-minister

20 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo sworn in for second and final term

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who rose from poverty and pledged to champion democracy, fight entrenched corruption and modernize the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation, was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with a pledge to take bolder actions
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/indonesia-president-joko-widodo-sworn-final-term-191020052716823.html
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3033769/indonesias-joko-widodo-sworn-second-term-pledging-job
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/indonesias-popular-president-sworn-2nd-term

10 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto stabbed by suspected Islamic State sympathiser

Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Wiranto is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed by a suspected Islamic State sympathiser at an event where scores of people were queuing to shake his hand and take selfies
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/indonesian-security-minister-wiranto-injured-in-public-stabbing/11591674
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-security-minister-wiranto-attacked-knife-banten-java-11988010

7 OCTOBER 2019

More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia’s Papua region

More than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia’s Papua region, the military said on Monday, as one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years sparked calls for an independent investigation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/16000-flee-unrest-indonesia-papua-region-191007100152636.html

2 OCTOBER 2019

Sukarno heir Maharani elected as Indonesia’s first female House speaker

Maharani is the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of Indonesia’s founding president
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/sukarno-heir-elected-indonesia-female-house-speaker-191002023101226.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/puan-maharani-sworn-in-as-indonesias-first-female-house-speaker

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesian President Jokowi urges police restraint after student protesters’ deaths

Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Friday (Sep 27) called for police restraint and promised an investigation into the deaths of two students, killed while taking part in protests that have spread to become the country’s biggest in decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-protests-jokowi-police-restraint-student-deaths-law-11949808
https://en.tempo.co/read/1253167/jokowi-orders-police-chief-to-investigate-2-students-deaths
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49835084

23 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesia says at least 20 killed, dozens injured in Papua unrest

At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured as fresh unrest erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Monday, with some victims burned to death in buildings set ablaze by protesters, authorities said
https://www.france24.com/en/20190923-indonesia-papua-unrest-killed-injured-new-guinea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/deaths-reported-fresh-protests-indonesia-west-papua-190923071714912.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesia Raises Minimum Marriage Age for Girls to 19

The Indonesian parliament on Monday raised minimum marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 years, as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation responded to pressure to end child weddings
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-children-09162019163902.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3027708/indonesia-raises-minimum-age-brides-19-bid-end-child

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at the age of 83

Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died aged 83
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-indonesian-president-habibie-dies-at-the-age-of-83
https://en.antaranews.com/news/132602/habibie-the-genius-of-indonesias-first-aircraft-creator
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026787/former-indonesian-president-bj-habibie-dies-83

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesian police arrest dozens over Papua riots

Indonesian authorities have arrested 85 people linked to weeks of deadly unrest in Papua, police said, as Jakarta accused an exiled separatist leader of stoking riots in its easternmost territory
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-police-arrest-dozens-over-papua-riots

28 AUGUST 2019

Indonesian authorities kill six Papuan protesters during clashes: reports

Indonesian security forces have opened fire on Papuan protesters, killing six people who tried to storm a government office in Deiyai region, a local resident and a website citing a separatist group said
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-authorities-kill-six-papuan-protesters-during-clashes-reports
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/six-killed-after-indonesian-authorities-open-fire-papuan-protesters

26 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia selects new capital in Borneo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced the capital will be moved to an area that forms part of the North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara regions in its province of East Kalimantan, on the island of Borneo
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesia-selects-new-capital-in-borneo
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-announces-location-of-indonesias-new-capital
https://en.antaranews.com/news/131620/2024-will-be-targeted-date-for-moving-capitals

22 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua in bid to curb protests

Indonesia has cut off internet access in eastern Papua to prevent provocative posts online from fuelling violence, after protesters torched buildings, a market, and a prison over the mistreatment of students and perceived ethnic discrimination
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-blocks-internet-in-papua-in-bid-to-curb-protests-29188
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/indonesia-blocks-internet-west-papua-protest-rages-190822022809234.html

19 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia Papua: Local parliament torched in Manokwari unrest

Thousands of protesters in the provincial capital of Indonesia’s West Papua have set fire to a local government building amid widespread demonstrations sparked by alleged police discrimination against Papuan students
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49394035
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-19/west-papuans-barricaded-arrested-teargassed-by-indonesian-police/11424990?section=world
https://jakartaglobe.id/vision/solidarity-for-papua

30 JULY 2019

Indonesia: Southeast Asia’s Once and Future Regional Power?

For the latter half of the 20th century, after the United Nations officially recognized Indonesian independence in 1949, Indonesia dominated regional politics in Southeast Asia. But during its shift from authoritarianism to democracy, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Indonesia mostly lost that mantle of leadership. Now, with its democracy consolidated – though hardly perfect – and Indonesian leaders increasingly concerned about a range of regional threats, Jakarta is once again trying to lead Southeast Asia
https://aspeniaonline.it/indonesia-southeast-asias-once-and-future-regional-power/

28 JULY 2019

President Joko Widodo says Islam in Indonesia is ‘tolerant’ as rights groups warn of rising fundamentalism

In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there is tolerant and progressive
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/27/asia/indonesia-joko-widodo-interview-intl-hnk/index.html

2 JULY 2019

Indonesia arrests alleged Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network leader Para Wijayanto

Indonesian police say they have arrested a man believed to be the leader of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah terror network who has eluded capture since 2003
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-02/indonesian-police-arrest-jemaah-islamiyah-network-leader/11269286
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesian-police-arrest-leader-of-network-with-ties-to-al-qaeda-1.881774

27 JUNE 2019

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court rejects Prabowo’s election appeal

The nine judges of the Constitutional Court of Indonesia (Mahkamah Konstitusi) have rejected the appeal presented by Prabowo Subianto against the results of last April’s presidential election because the case is “baseless »
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Indonesia%26rsquo%3Bs-Constitutional-Court-rejects-Prabowo%27s-election-appeal-47399.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3016305/security-tight-indonesian-court-poised-rule-prabowo
https://en.antaranews.com/news/127885/indonesias-constitutional-court-rejects-prabowos-petition

17 JUNE 2019

No easy peace for Widodo’s second term

Indonesia’s post-election conflict is on hold while a court hears the opposition’s election fraud appeal but could easily reignite if disgruntled soldiers are not mollified
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/06/article/no-easy-peace-for-widodos-second-term/

Aceh independence call triggers fears of renewed conflict in Indonesia’s restive province

Muzakir Manaf, the former leader of GAM who is known as Mualem, warned foreigners would “colonise” Indonesia, and Aceh should therefore be ready to stand alone
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012729/aceh-independence-call-triggers-fears-renewed-conflict
https://en.tempo.co/read/1211176/wiranto-on-aceh-referendum-no-longer-relevant-in-indonesia?BeritaUtama&campaign=BeritaUtama_Click_5
https://en.antaranews.com/news/126580/referendum-denies-history-indonesia-ulema-council

27 MAY 2019

Four shot dead by police in Indonesia’s Papua province as post-election riots spread

A 16-year-old boy was one of at least four people shot dead by police during a riot triggered by dissatisfaction over the election result in the restive province of Papua, an official said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3012031/four-shot-dead-police-indonesias-papua-province-post

22 MAY 2019

Six Die In Jakarta Riots After President Joko Widodo’s Election Win Is Confirmed

Confirmation of Indonesian President Joko « Jokowi » Widodo’s reelection win has set off violence in Jakarta, where officials say at least six people died after protests morphed into riots in the capital. Widodo’s challenger, former military general Prabowo Subianto, is refusing to concede the race
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48361782
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/deadly-protests-continue-indonesia-jokowi-election-win-190522090804312.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-22/jakarta-protests-joko-widodo-re-election-turn-deadly/11138636

21 MAY 2019

Indonesia’s President Jokowi re-elected with 55.5 per cent of votes

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has, as expected, defeated his old rival Prabowo Subianto at the polls again – this time by more than double the votes he had garnered at their last presidential race in 2014
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/21/asia/indonesia-election-jokowi-intl/index.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-wins-reelection-pdip-wins-most-seats
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/prabowo-after-defeat-says-will-not-accept-indonesia-election-result

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia approves plan to move capital out of Jakarta

The Indonesian president has signed off on a plan to move the capital outside of the country’s most populous island. Officials have cited chronic pollution and congestion as key factors behind the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-approves-plan-to-move-capital-out-of-jakarta/a-48529598
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48093431
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jokowi-decides-jakartas-time-is-up-indonesias-new-capital-will-be-outside-java

Indonesia and Vietnam vessels collide in South China Sea, 12 detained

An Indonesian patrol vessel was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after it intercepted an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat in its waters in the South China Sea, according to its navy
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/indonesia-and-vietnam-ships-collide-in-south-china-sea/11056752
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-detains-vietnamese-fishermen-after-high-seas-clash
https://en.antaranews.com/news/124578/indonesia-vietnam-urged-to-make-rules-in-cases-of-conflict

17 APRIL 2019

Indonesia elections : Widodo set for 2nd term as president and parliament support

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesias-widodo-set-for-2nd-term-as-president/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-ruling-coalition-led-by-pdi-p-on-track-to-win-most-seats-in-parliament
https://en.antaranews.com/news/123859/voter-turnout-estimated-at-8390-percent-in-2019-elections-pollster

8 APRIL 2019

Indonesian Buddhist woman’s blasphemy conviction upheld

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has upheld an 18-month jail sentence for a 44-year-old Buddhist woman convicted last year on blasphemy charges
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/indonesian-buddhist-woman-blasphemy-conviction-upheld-190408100321754.html
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/04/08/supreme-court-rejects-buddhist-womans-appeal-of-blasphemy-verdict.html

2 APRIL 2019

Indonesia, a central pillar of Seoul’s New Southern Policy: Korea Herald columnist

Indonesia and Korea recently agreed to re-open negotiations for establishing Indonesia-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/indonesia-a-central-pillar-of-seouls-new-southern-policy-korea-herald-columnist

27 MARCH 2019

Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil

A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday (March 27) Southeast Asia’s biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-threatens-to-quit-paris-climate-deal-over-palm-oil
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/house-speaker-slams-eu-plan-to-phase-out-palm-oil

17 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s ‘Red scare’ revived ahead of elections

Rights groups have called on President Joko Widodo, who is running for re-election, to end the raids
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-red-scare-revived-ahead-of-elections

8 MARCH 2019

Indonesian activist Robertus Robet charged with insulting military

Indonesia has charged a rights activist with allegedly insulting the country’s military, sparking a protest from campaigners, who derided it as “ludicrous” and an attack on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189246/activist-robertus-robet-charged-over-singing-song-mocking
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-rights-activist-arrest-is-reminder-of-authoritarian-past/

4 MARCH 2019

Indonesia’s military creeping back into politics

The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) is pushing to find jobs for hundreds of its inactive officers in the civilian bureaucracy, a move pro-democracy activists see as an alarming regression towards the military’s dwifungsi (dual function) doctrine which prevailed during president Suharto’s 32-year authoritarian rule
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/indonesias-military-creeping-back-into-politics/

22 FEBRUARY 2019

Under Jokowi, Indonesia’s middle-class the winner of economic growth

4 FEBRUARY 2019

Indonesia’s military demands more positions in ministries and state institutions

Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-military-demands-more-positions-in-ministries-and-state-institutions

26 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia’s Jokowi is walking a tightrope as he tries to appeal to Muslim voters

24 JANUARY 2019

Ex-Jakarta Governor Ahok, jailed for blasphemy, freed

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, has been released from an Indonesian prison nearly two years after being found guilty of blasphemy against Islam
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/ahok-jakarta-governor-jailed-blasphemy-released-190124060045414.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-released-from-jail

22 JANUARY 2019

Indonesia election pits populism against the status quo

The campaign for Indonesia’s presidency has officially kicked off with a debate between incumbent President Joko Widodo and populist challenger Prabowo Subianto. Observers say both candidates failed to impress
https://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-election-pits-populism-against-the-status-quo/a-47127804

19 JANUARY 2019

Jokowi approves release of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Ba’asyir

President Joko Widodo uses his authority to release Bashir for humanitarian reasons, over the objections of some of the survivors and families of the victims
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/bali-bombing-80-year-old-abu-bakar-bashir-released-prison-190119151021995.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/radical-cleric-abu-bakar-bashirs-lawyers-say-his-release-follows-negotiations-with
https://en.antaranews.com/news/121917/mui-lauds-baasyirs-release

15 JANUARY 2019

The Indonesian economy: in search of dynamism

The country navigated the 2008 global financial crisis with little difficulty and effectively weathered the emerging market volatilities of 2018. It has adjusted to the end of the China-driven commodity boom more effectively than the commodity-exporting members of the now-forgotten BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) group
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/15/the-indonesian-economy-in-search-of-dynamism/

28 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia Arrested 400 Suspected Terrorists This Year, Police Chief Says

Indonesian authorities have arrested almost 400 suspected militants in 2018, the nation’s police chief said Thursday, as he predicted that terrorism will remain a significant threat to public security next year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-militants-12272018203219.html

25 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian rescuers continue survivor search as tsunami death toll reaches 429

The death toll from the tsunami that hit coastal areas of Indonesia’s Java and Sumatra islands has reached 429, with almost 1500 injured and 154 missing, an official says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-25/indonesian-resucers-continue-to-search-after-surprise-tsunami/10667616?section=world
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/indonesia-destruction-caused-tsunami-181225083951206.html

23 DECEMBER 2018

Tsunami kills at least 222 in Indonesia, more than 800 injured

A tsunami following a volcanic eruption in Indonesia on Saturday (Dec 22) has killed 222 people, with hundreds more injured, officials said on Sunday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/at-least-20-die-when-tsunami-hits-beaches-around-sunda-strait-in-indonesia
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-tsunami-death-toll-rises-to-222-22743

21 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesian Muslims protest China’s detention of Uighurs

Several hundred protesters chanted “God is Great” and “Get out, communist!” outside China’s embassy in the Indonesian capital on Friday, demanding an end to mass detentions of Uighur Muslims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-muslims-protest-chinas-detention-of-uighurs/
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/20/china-responds-to-indonesias-question-about-alleged-abuse-of-xinjiangs-muslims.html?src=mostviewed&pg=news

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia opens military base on edge of South China Sea to ‘deter security threats’

Indonesia this week opened a military base with more than 1,000 personnel on the southern tip of the disputed South China Sea, where the territorial claims of China and several other countries overlap
https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/other/indonesia-opens-military-base-on-edge-of-south-china-sea-to-deter-security-threats/ar-BBRb3Fl

13 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia in the Asian history

Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West
http://asiancenturyinstitute.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1479:indonesia-in-the-asian-century&catid=15:development&Itemid=149

12 DECEMBER 2018

Indonesia: Papua rebels reject surrender after workers’ killing

Jakarta rules out talks with separatists who vow to continue their armed campaign and fight for an independent Papua
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/indonesia-papua-rebels-reject-surrender-workers-killing-181212060426245.html
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2018/12/12/055924188/Govt-Refuses-to-Dialogue-with-Papuan-Separatists-Kalla

11 DECEMBER 2018

Rise and fall of a political rebel in Indonesia

Irwandi Yusuf led the way from rebellion to democracy in Aceh but his indictment on corruption charges has exposed the poor province’s ugly political underbelly
http://www.atimes.com/article/rise-and-fall-of-a-political-rebel-in-indonesia/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=e85829e656-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_11_12_25&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-e85829e656-31591405

4 DECEMBER 2018

Separatist gunmen kill 31 workers in restive Papua region, Indonesian authorities say

Indonesian authorities say independence supporters in the restive province of Papua have slaughtered up to 31 people who were working at a state-owned construction company
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-04/west-papua-separatists-allegedly-kill-workers-indonesia/10582480?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2176371/they-surrender-or-we-finish-them-indonesia-issues-ultimatum
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/04/rising-political-violence-overshadows-jokowis-populist-policies-in-papua.html

1 DECEMBER 2018

Papuan students stage protest for Papua’s independence

Around 300 members of the Papuan Students Alliance in Surabaya, East Java, staged a protest on Saturday, nearly clashing with a separate group that appeared to be staging a counterprotest
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/12/01/papuan-students-stage-protest-for-papuas-independence.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/west-papuans-demand-independence-at-indonesia-rally

30 NOVEMBER 2018

The change to come to Indonesian democracy

In a country where political parties are already held in low regard, Indonesia’s democratic landscape may be about to undergo a significant transformation because of the unforeseen consequences of holding the legislative and presidential elections on the same day next April
http://www.atimes.com/article/the-change-to-come-to-indonesian-democracy/

6 OCTOBER 2018

Jakarta governor scraps huge island reclamation project

The Jakarta administration says it has finally pulled the plug on a $40-billion land reclamation project pushed by the Indonesian government off the national capital
http://www.atimes.com/article/jakarta-governor-scraps-huge-isl

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Indonesian district in Aceh bans men and women from dining together

 A district in Indonesia’s deeply Islamic Aceh province has banned men and women from dining together unless they are married or related, an official said Wednesday (Sep 5), saying it would help women be « more well behaved »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-district-in-aceh-bans-men-and-women-from-dining-10687044

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Rising Islamic tide threatens Indonesia’s Jokowi

28 AUGUST 2018

Indonesia offers $13.2b infrastructure projects to China

The Indonesian government offered various infrastructure projects to China worth US$13.2 billion during a recent market sounding event attended by 90 potential investors in Guangzhou, China
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/08/28/indonesia-offers-13-2b-infrastructure-projects-to-china.html

9 AUGUST 2018

Indonesian president Joko Widodo picks cleric as running mate for election

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen 75-year-old cleric Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in next year’s presidential election, he said on Thursday (Aug 9), in a sign he wants to bolster his Islamic credentials
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-picks-cleric-as-running-mate-10603156
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-joko-picks-cleric-maruf-as-his-running-mate-in-next-years-presidential-polls
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2158990/former-indonesian-general-prabowo-subianto-poised-name

The death toll from the 6.9 magnitude earthquake on the island of Lombok has climbed to 319, Indonesia’s top security minister says

The Indonesian island of Lombok has been shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes reached 319
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/lombok-quake-toll-hits-319

6 AUGUST 2018

At least 98 dead after quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok island

A powerful earthquake struck the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighbouring Bali, as authorities said Monday rescuers still hadn’t reached some hard-hit areas and the death toll could climb
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-98-dead-after-quake-hits-indonesia-s-lombok-island-19384
http://www.thejakartapost.com/multimedia/2018/08/06/indonesia-quake-kills-82-leaves-hundreds-wounded.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/06/asia/lombok-earthquake-intl/index.html

31 JULY 2018

Indonesia Bans Islamic State-Linked Group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah

An Indonesian court has disbanded Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), the country’s largest ISIL-linked group for « conducting terrorism » and affiliating itself with the foreign organisation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2018/07/indonesian-court-bans-isil-linked-group-deadly-attacks-180731055025110.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-bans-islamic-state-linked-group-jamaah-ansharut-daulah/

11 JULY 2018

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindsey’s essay ‘Retreat from Democracy’, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/is-indonesia-retreating-from-democracy/#9HgvMeSycKdbPxDB.97

5 JULY 2018

Indonesia arrests ex-rebel turned governor in Aceh over graft

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has arrested the governor of Aceh province over accusations that he took illegal fees for projects funded from more than $500 million of state funds, the latest high-profile target in a battle on graft
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116485/kpk-arrests-aceh-governor-on-charge-of-corruption
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-arrests-ex-rebel-turned-governor-aceh-over-graft
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/07/05/why-aceh-governor-wont-be-charged-under-sharia-for-his-alleged-crime.html

4 JULY 2018

Indonesian Islamic State leader in Syria killed in drone strike: Security source

An Indonesian Islamic State (IS) leader in Syria and influential online recruiter and bomb-making instructor, Bahrum Naim, 34, has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, according to security sources
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesian-islamic-state-leader-in-syria-killed-in-drone-strike-10499142
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35316915

2 JULY 2018

Amnesty: Indonesian forces behind unlawful killings in Papua

Indonesia’s police and military are responsible for at least 95 unlawful killings in the easternmost Papua region since 2010, including targeted slayings of activists, Amnesty International said Monday, condemning a near-total absence of justice for the mainly indigenous victims
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/amnesty-indonesian-forces-behind-unlawful-killings-in-papua/
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/killings-security-forces-rife-papua-amnesty-international/

22 JUNE 2018

Indonesian terrorist Aman Abdurrahman sentenced to death over 2016 Starbucks attack

Radical Indonesian cleric Aman Abdurrahman, blamed for a 2016 terrorist attack on a Jakarta Starbucks cafe, has been sentenced to death
https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-linked-cleric-behind-indonesia-terrorist-attacks-receives-death-sentence_2570897.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-22/indonesia-starbucks-attack-terrorist-sentenced-to-death/9899298?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2151976/indonesian-court-sentences-cleric-death-ordering-attacks

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting January 1 and will join the UN’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2150034/indonesia-south-africa-and-dominican-republic-win-un
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116105/govt-gets-plaudits-for-unsc-seat-win

30 MAY 2018

Indonesia, India agree to strategic partnership, declare shared vision on maritime cooperation

Indonesia and India have agreed to form a comprehensive strategic partnership based on their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-india-agree-to-strategic-partnership-declare-shared-vision-on-maritime-cooperation/
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115927/indonesia-india-step-up-bilateral-ties

25 MAY 2018

Indonesia toughens anti-terror laws after Surabaya attacks

Indonesia’s parliament approved on Friday tougher anti-terrorism laws as it seeks to combat a surge in homegrown Islamist militancy, days after suicide bombings claimed by Islamic State killed more than 30 people in the city of Surabaya.
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/9/14/43/1527230153273.html
https://en.antaranews.com/news/115864/house-of-representatives-passes-into-law-the-bill-on-terrorism
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-passes-controversial-anti-terror-laws-fight-isil-180525055635674.html

21 MAY 2018

Indonesia: 20 years on from downfall of General Muhammad Soeharto

The shadow of former leader General Muhammad Soeharto still looms over Indonesia, 20 years after he left office
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/indonesia-20-years-downfall-general-muhammad-suharto-180519141225082.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-corruption-rampant-20-years-soehartos-fall-180521131342962.html

18 MAY 2018

Surabaya bombings: Indonesian prosecutors seek death penalty for alleged spiritual leader Aman Abdurrahman

Indonesian prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the alleged spiritual leader of the group said to be responsible for the Surabaya bombings
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-18/prosecutors-seek-death-for-alleged-bomb-attack-spiritual-leader/9776686
https://www.voanews.com/a/indonesia-seeks-death-penalty-for-is-linked-cleric/4399563.html

16 MAY 2018

Indonesia : Four terrorists killed after machete attack on Pekanbaru policemen

The terrorists killed one policeman and wounded another. The commando driver arrested. After the Christian minority, victim of a series of attacks in Surabaya, the Indonesian security forces are once again targeted by terrorists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Four-terrorists-killed-after-machete-attack-on-Pekanbaru-policemen-(Photo-Video)-43892.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/asia/indonesia-samurai-sword-terror-suspects-killed-intl/index.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/05/16/militants-armed-with-swords-attack-indonesian-police-station

13 MAY 2018

At least 13 killed as suicide bombers hit Indonesian churches

Suicide bombers on motorcycles and including a woman with children targeted Sunday Mass congregations in three churches in Indonesia’s second largest city, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens in one of the worst attacks on the Christian minority
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-13-killed-as-suicide-bombers-hit-indonesian-churches-17424
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/indonesia-links-church-attacks-local-isil-inspired-group-180513045333808.html
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-deadly-surabaya-church-attacks-committed-by-family/a-43761007

3 MAY 2018

In Indonesia, Interfaith Marriage is Legal – But With Many Obstacles

In Indonesia, interfaith marriage is legal but culturally discouraged and some religious figures have made it their mission to help couples of different religious backgrounds get married despite societal obstacles
https://www.voanews.com/a/in-indonesia-interfaith-marriage-is-legal—but-with-many-obstacles-/4373874.html

24 APRIL 2018

Setya Novanto, Indonesia’s former speaker of parliament, jailed for 15 years over corruption charges

A senior Indonesian politician has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for his role in the theft of $170 million of public money, a victory for police fighting corruption in Indonesia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-24/indonesias-former-speaker-of-parliament-jailed-for-corruption/9693818?section=world

18 APRIL 2018

The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?

12 APRIL 2018

Prabowo Subianto named as Gerindra’s candidate in Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election

Controversial former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has accepted his party’s nomination to run for president in next year’s Indonesian elections
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-12/jokowi-rival-prabowo-to-stand-for-indonesian-president/9645650?section=world
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesia-set-repeat-contest-2019-presidential-poll/

9 APRIL 2018

Ahok: The rise and fall of Jakarta’s first ethnic Chinese governor

The businessman-turned-politician’s rise and fall made headlines around the world, raising questions about religious tolerance in the world’s most populous Muslim nation
https://asianews.network/2018/04/09/ahok-the-rise-and-fall-of-jakartas-first-ethnic-chinese-governor/

31 MARCH 2018

Russia raises its head in Indonesia

Moscow aims to deepen strategic ties with Jakarta through arms sales, joint exercises and vocal diplomacy
http://www.atimes.com/article/russia-raises-head-indonesia/

27 MARCH 2018

Indonesia’s Supreme Court rejects Ahok’s blasphemy appeal

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected former Jakarta governor Basuki « Ahok » Tjahaja Purnama’s case review petition against his blasphemy conviction, an official with the court has said
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesias-supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-blasphemy-appeal
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/supreme-court-rejects-ahoks-case-review-petition/

13 MARCH 2018

Muslim Cyber Army: a ‘fake news’ operation designed to derail Indonesia’s leader

Police in Indonesia believe they have uncovered a clandestine fake news operation designed to corrupt the political process and destabilise the government
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/13/muslim-cyber-army-a-fake-news-operation-designed-to-bring-down-indonesias-leader

7 MARCH 2018

Indonesian Islamic university bans students who wear burqas from graduating

An Islamic university in Indonesia has been criticised after announcing it will not allow female students who continue to wear face veils on campus to graduate
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/indonesia-islamic-university-burqa-ban-female-students-graduation-java-yogyakarta-city-a8243726.html

28 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian Parliament passes controversial law targeting its critics, anti-corruption commission

Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives have come under fire for passing a law giving themselves powers to obstruct corruption investigations and even press charges against their critics
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-28/indonesian-politicians-pass-law-targeting-their-critics/9489336?section=world
http://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/another-threat-to-the-kpk-constitutional-court-sides-with-the-dpr/

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesia inks deal to buy 11 Sukhoi Su-35 jets from Russia

According to Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Totok Sugiharto on Saturday, the contract, worth a total of $1.14 billion, was finalized by representatives from both countries in Jakarta
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/18/552745/russia-indonesia-sukhoi-billion-dollar

15 FEBRUARY 2018

Jokowi cements ties with Indonesia military in political shift  

Standing before thousands of soldiers, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto delivered a blunt message intended to resonate far beyond the army’s strategic command headquarters in East Java
http://www.todayonline.com/world/jokowi-cements-ties-indonesia-military-political-shift

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Indonesian terrorist gets 10 years’ jail for buying guns in Philippines

An Indonesian court has sentenced hardened terrorist Suryadi Mas’ud to 10 years in jail for procuring firearms in the Philippines and for his involvement in funding terrorism
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/veteran-indonesian-terrorist-gets-10-years-jail-for-buying-guns-in-philippines

29 JANUARY 2018

US Explores Ties With Controversial Indonesian Army Unit

Human rights supporters are concerned by the potential relationship between the American military and an Indonesian special forces unit that has been linked to human rights abuses in East Timor, Aceh, and Papua
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-explores-ties-with-controversial-indonesian-army-unit/4229468.html

2 DECEMBER 2017

Why does Indonesia seem to prefer foreign aid from China?

China’s concessional loans help to explain why Indonesia’s foreign debt increased during 2015 and 2016, despite the government’s intention to reduce its dependence on foreign aid. What makes China’s foreign aid preferable to foreign aid from DAC countries?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/12/02/why-does-indonesia-seem-to-prefer-foreign-aid-from-china/

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

4 NOVEMBER 2017

In Indonesia, one in five students for the caliphate, one in four ready to fight

Islamic groups are making inroads in Indonesia’s public and political life. Authorities warn against radical infiltrations in student organisations and campuses. Intolerance grows among middle-income Indonesian suburbanites
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/One-in-five-students-for-the-caliphate,-one-in-four-ready-to-fight-42233.html

24 OCTOBER 2017

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

17 OCTOBER 2017

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

16 OCTOBER 2017

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mob justice on the rise in Indonesia

Many perceive the police to be ineffective in responding to petty crime and decide to take the law into their own hands. But the violence is not just reserved for criminals. Some members of Indonesia’s religious and ethnic minorities have been victimized by the country’s Sunni Muslim majority, with the authorities often siding in favour of the mob
http://www.france24.com/en/20170928-focus-indonesia-mob-justice-rise-vigilante-violence-ethnic-religious-minorities

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Indonesia’s maritime strategy: what’s been achieved?

In 2016, the Indonesian government released a white paper outlining the parameters for a future ‘global maritime fulcrum (GMF) strategy. The document reflects the significance of the littoral environment to the country’s national psyche and is indicative of a seafaring tradition that goes back to the 2nd century
https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/indonesias-maritime-strategy-whats-achieved/

6 AUGUST 2917

Indonesia, Russia sign MoU to trade palm, coffee for Sukhoi jets

 Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi SU-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/173635-indonesia-russia-sign-mou-to-trade-palm-coffee-for-sukhoi-jets
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/04/indonesia-to-barter-coffee-cpo-for-russian-jet-fighters.html

22 JULY 2017

Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/22/jokowi-orders-police-to-gun-down-foreign-drug-traffickers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/joko-widodo-police-shoot-suspected-drug-dealers-170722104559016.html

19 JULY 2017

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for sharia and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesia-bans-local-branch-of-islamic-group-hizb-ut-tahrir-1.610313
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/indonesia-govt-officially-disbands-islamist-group-hizbut-tahrir/#JdRIGiYPexSLeow6.97

18 JULY 2017

Indonesia parliament Speaker Setya Novanto formally named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around US$170 million out of government coffers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-parliament-speaker-setya-novanto-named-suspect-in-major-graft-case
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/house-speaker-denies-wrongdoing-e-ktp-project/

15 JULY 2017

South China Sea: Indonesia renames part of maritime economic zone in defiance of Beijing

In an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region, Indonesia will now call the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the ‘North Natuna Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-15/south-china-sea-indonesia-renames-part-of-maritime-economic-zone-in-defiance-of-beijing/1686180

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/indonesia-signs-decree-ban-extremist-groups-170712064633968.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-issues-perppu-expedite-disbanding-anti-pancasila-organizations-including-hti/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-president-inks-decree-ban-radical-groups

7 JULY 2017

‘Indonesia among the best economies in the G20’

In an interview with DW, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati emphasized that compared to Europe, Indonesia’s economy is benefitting from a combination of a young population and effective fiscal policies
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-among-the-best-economies-in-the-g20/a-39598526

3 JULY 2017

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: President

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-reputation-as-model-of-moderate-islam-intact-jokowi/

29 JUNE 2017

Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok

Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

17 JUNE 2017

As religious tensions rise, foreign investment in Indonesia slows

The growth of foreign direct investment in Indonesia is slowing. The latest data shows that it expanded 0.9% on the year in the January-March quarter. What is weighing down the figure? Religious and ethnic tensions
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/As-religious-tensions-rise-foreign-investment-in-Indonesia-slows

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

9 MAY 2017

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

8 MAY 2017

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

Indonesia’s Parliament on Thursday (April 27) ratified a landmark sea border agreement with the Philippines, which sets the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) boundaries between the two countries in the Mindanao and Celebes seas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-philippines-sea-border-pact-ratified

21 APRIL 2017

After Jakarta showdown, hardliners say Bandung mayor is ‘the next Ahok

Ridwan Kamil mayor of Indonesia’s second largest city Bandung, says Islamic hardliners have told him “you are the next Ahok”, following the just-concluded Jakarta poll that saw incumbent Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama lose his coveted post as governor
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/jakarta-showdown-hardliners-say-bandung-mayor-next-ahok/

19 APRIL 2017

Jakarta election: Christian governor concedes to Muslim rival

Jakarta’s governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known by his nickname Ahok, has conceded defeat to rival candidate Anies Baswedan in a runoff election after a polarising and fraught campaign that exposed religious and ethnic divisions in Indonesia’s capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39636974
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/19/content_15601841.html
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/19/anies-beats-ahok-in-runoff-vote-quick-counts.html

11 APRIL 2017

Indonesia delays blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok until after April 19 election

An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 11) adjourned the blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor until after the city’s April 19 election, a contest pitting him against a Muslim rival that has divided the city and fanned religious tension
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-delays-blasphemy-trial-of-jakartas-christian-governor-ahok
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-11/blasphemy-trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-delayed/8434290?section=w

30 MARCH 2017

Australia West Papua worries

History shows that the province has been a perennial problem for the Australia-Indonesia relationship, writes Olivia Tasevski.
http://www.newmandala.org/west-papua-constant-worry/

22 MARCH 2017

Jakarta governor Ahok’s speech not blasphemous: Expert

A language expert has said that Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s speech during his working visit in Thousand Islands regency last September, in which he referred to a Quranic verse, was not blasphemous
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/03/21/ahoks-speech-not-blasphemous-expert.html

18 MARCH 2017

Saudi King learns lessons from Indonesia

The recent visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, invites the question: what does his visit mean?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/18/saudi-king-learns-lessons-from-indonesia/

14 MARCH 2017

Indonesia to probe graft allegations implicating dozens of politicians

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency said it will look into allegations that dozens of politicians siphoned off money causing state losses of up to US$170 million in what could be one of the Southeast Asian country’s biggest graft scandals
http://www.atimes.com/article/corruption-scandal-rocks-indonesias-establishment/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/14/content_15585784.html

7 MARCH 2017

Julie Bishop slaps down reports of joint patrols with Indonesia in South China Sea

The prospect that Australia and Indonesia would jointly patrol the South China Sea near Natuna Islands is slapped down by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who denies reports the Indonesian President had ever suggested ithttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-03-07/julie-bishop-slaps-down-reports-of-joint-patrols-with-indonesia-in-south-china-sea/1655792
http://jakartaglobe.id/international/australia-says-no-plan-joint-south-china-sea-patrols-indonesia/

2 MARCH 2017

Pacific nations call for UN investigations into alleged Indonesian rights abuses in West Papua

A group of seven Pacific island nations is calling on the United Nations to investigate allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Indonesia’s Papua region, also known as West Papua
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-02/pacific-nations-call-for-un-investigations-into-west-papua/8320194?section=world

1 MARCH 2017

Saudi king visits Indonesia and Southeast countries

Saudi Arabia’s king is visiting Indonesia for the first time in 47 years. And while his official business in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation is receiving a lot of attention, so is the holiday to Bali and the luxury goods going with him
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39099988
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/king-salman-signs-range-of-deals-at-start-of-indonesia-visit/
http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-king-salmans-southeast-asia-trip-affirms-muslim-friendship/a-37768173

26 FEBRUARY 2017

Australia-Indonesia restore full military ties after row over special forces training material

Australia and Indonesia announced the full restoration of military ties Sunday as the countries’ leaders held talks following a brief spat over teaching material deemed offensive to Jakarta
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2074136/australia-indonesia-restore-full-military-ties-after-row-over
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-26/indonesia-and-australia-restore-military-cooperation-after-talks/8304514?section=world

25 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

13 FEBRUARY 2017

Indonesia is on the brink of disaster’

Indonesia’s upcoming regional elections have been overshadowed by Muslim mass protests against the candidacy of Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok. The country is on a dangerous course, says Berthold Damshäuser
http://www.dw.com/en/indonesia-is-on-the-brink-of-disaster/a-37528124

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

9 JANUARY 2017

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

13 DECEMBER 2016

Trial of Jakarta governor Ahok begins as hundreds of Islamic hardliners protest

The much anticipated blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has opened amid tight security and mobs of Islamic hardliners chanting for his arrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/13/trial-of-jakarta-governor-ahok-begins-as-hundreds-of-islamic-hardliners-protest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_24/

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tearful-jakarta-governor-denies-insulting-quran-in-blasphemy/3363250.html

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

6 DECEMBER 2016

Institutional challenges in Indonesia’s state-driven development

Jokowi-nomics is ‘state-driven’, especially in the area of infrastructure expansion. The Jokowi government has emphasised that state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are ‘agents of development
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/06/institutional-challenges-in-indonesias-state-driven-development/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Indonesians rally for unity after blasphemy protests

Tens of thousands of Indonesians have rallied in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests were held against the city’s Christian governor
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/indonesians-rally-unity-blasphemy-161204042203314.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-indonesia-to-celebrate-diversity
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/indonesia/

2 DECEMBER 2016

Crowd swells to 200,000 as Indonesian Muslims protest against Jakarta’s Christian governor

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2051058/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-jakartas-christian
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesian-muslims-protest-against-christian-governor
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/daughter-indonesias-first-president-sukarno-arrested-along-7-others-alleged-treason

27 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s violent identity crisis: behind the vilification of Chinese-Indonesians

Economic success of the group’s small elite has led to repeated bouts of resentment, discrimination and even violent assaults
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2049258/jakartas-violent-identity-crisis-behind-vilification

16 NOVEMBER 2016

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Muslim groups claim Basuki Tjahaja Purnama insulted the Koran in a speech in September, when he accused his opponents of using a verse from the holy book to encourage people not to vote for him
http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/16/jakarta-s-christian-governor-faces-blasphemy-probe
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/11/16/ahok-named-suspect-in-blasphemy-case.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/16/jakarta-christian-governor-to-face-blasphemy-trial-over-islam-insult-claim

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

Thousands of Islamists demand the arrest of Jakarta governor

Thousands of Islamists have marched in the heart of Jakarta to demand the arrest of the governor. Religious leaders accuse the minority-Christian administrator of blasphemy over jesting remarks he made about the Koran
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37856476
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/never-intended-commit-blasphemy-sincerely-apologize-muslims-ahok/

1 NOVEMBER 2016

South China Sea: Australian Government considers joint patrols with Indonesian Navy

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has confirmed Australia is considering joint patrols with Indonesia in the contested South China Sea
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-01/south-china-sea-bishop-considers-joint-patrols-with-indonesia/7982600?section=world

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

Indonesian lawmakers are in the final stages of ratifying a treaty demarcating the maritime boundaries in the eastern stretch of the Singapore Strait
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-moves-closer-to-ratifying-maritime-border-treaty-with/3187408.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Human trafficking: NGO calls for Indonesia, Malaysia ‘modern slavery’ investigation

An Indonesian NGO says 11,000 people have been trafficked from an eastern province since 2009
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-12/calls-for-indonesia-human-trafficking-probe/7785654?section=world

7 SEPTEMBER 2016

Indonesia: A policy without a strategy

With maritime tensions in the region remaining high, and likely to escalate further, Indonesia must reassess its Indo-Pacific strategy, Ristian Atriandi Supriyanto writes
http://www.newmandala.org/policy-without-strategy/

16 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia to defend ‘every inch’ of terrority, ‘actively involved’ in resolving South China Sea disputes: Jokowi

Indonesian President Joko Widodo pledged on Tuesday (Aug 16) to defend « every inch » of Indonesia’s land and maritime territory, following clashes with Chinese vessels around Indonesian islands in the South China Sea.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-actively-involved-in-resolving-south-china-sea-disputes-says-president-joko

2 AUGUST 2016

Indonesia says no dispute with Beijing in South China Sea

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

30 JULY 2016

Angry mob burns down monasteries, temples in North Sumatra

Hundreds of people plundered and burned down several Buddhist temples or vihara in Tanjung Balai, North Sumatra, on Friday evening. No fatalities or injuries occurred in the anarchic acts, which took place until early Saturday
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/07/30/vihara-pagodas-burned-down-plundered-in-n-sumatra.html
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105997/situation-in-tanjungbalai-safe-under-control-following-riot-police

27 JULY 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo reshuffles Cabinet to position country for strong economic growth

President Joko Widodo on Wednesday (July 27) named a new Cabinet in a bid to tackle Indonesia’s income inequality as well as to position the country for strong economic growth
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-to-announce-cabinet-reshuffle
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/breaking-sri-mulyani-wiranto-return-cabinet-president-eager-establish-solid-team/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/indonesia/2016/07/28/473609/Indonesia-names.htm

19 JULY 2016

Santoso, Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant ‘killed in shootout’

Indonesia’s most wanted Islamist militant was killed in a shootout with security forces, according to a senior government minister who hailed a victory for the government’s counterterrorism campaign against a dwindling band of extremists in the jungles of Sulawesi island
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/19/indonesian-police-most-wanted-islamic-radical-santoso-may-have-died-in-shootout
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-most-wanted-terrorist-santoso-dead-minister
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-most-wanted-islamist-militant-killed-police

28 JUNE 2016

A new-age Muslim movement in Indonesia, Gafatar, sparks a government crackdown

The group, which was founded in 2012 and claims about 50,000 followers, is a back-to-the-land movement based on the idea that materialism and cities corrupt spiritual life. It does not call itself a religion
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/a-new-age-muslim-movement-in-indonesia-sparks-a-government-crackdown/2016/06/27/6fe65f82-388e-11e6-af02-1df55f0c77ff_story.html

23 JUNE 2016

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip to South China Sea island of Natuna, a message to Beijing, says minister

Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s trip on a navy warship to the waters off Indonesia’s Natuna islands on Thursday (June 23) is to send a clear signal that Indonesia is serious about defending its sovereignty, Coordinating Political and Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesian-president-sails-to-south-china-sea-islands-in-message-to-beijing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160623_38/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/23/jokowi-off-to-flashpoint-island-to-send-strong-message-to-china.html

17 JUNE 2016

Indonesia accused of arresting more than 1,000 in West Papua

Indonesian police have been accused of arresting more than 1,000 people at rallies in West Papua demanding an independence referendum
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/17/indonesia-accused-of-arresting-more-than-1000-in-west-papua

7 JUNE 2016

Indonesian sect leaders detained for blasphemy, draws condemnation from activists

Three leaders of a banned Indonesian sect have been arrested for blasphemy and treason, police said, drawing condemnation from activists who accuse authorities of persecuting the men for their beliefs.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-07/indonesian-sect-leaders-det

30 MAY 2016

China protests seizure of of fishing boat by Indonesia

Beijing insisted on Monday (May 30) a Chinese boat detained close to Indonesian islands had been fishing legally, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the countries in the South China Sea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-seizure-of/2829660.html

26 MAY 2016

Indonesia approves death penalty, chemical castration for child sex offenders

Indonesia’s President approves tough new punishments for child sex offenders, including a maximum penalty of death and chemical castration, after the brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesia-introduces-death-penalty-chemical-castration-child-rapists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-26/indonesia-approves-death-penalty-chemical-castration-for-child-sex-offenders/1584494
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/26/castration-for-rapists-of-kids.html

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

Following kidnappings of Indonesians at sea, Indonesia has come to an agreement with Malaysia and the Philippines to boost maritime security after a sit-down in Yogyakarta today
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/indonesia-maritime-security/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/05/indonesia-malaysia-philippines-sign-maritime-security-declaration.html

19 APRIL 2016

Indonesia holds dialogue on 1960s communist purge

The killings of at least half a million Indonesians who were accused of being communists is being publicly discussed for the first time in 50 years
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/indonesia-holds-dialogue-1960s-communist-purge-160417095551300.html

18 APRIL 2016

Indonesia’s President Widodo begins landmark European tour

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has arrived in Germany at the start of a week-long visit to Europe, with strengthening trade ties and intelligence-sharing on his agenda
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-s-president/2707544.html

18 APRIL 2016

16 APRIL 2016

Indonesia moves jailed radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir after charges of inhumane treatment

The Indonesian government moved the notorious radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir from a prison island after lawyers demanded an end to his “inhumane” treatment. Bashir is known as the spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, who killed over 200 in the Indonesian tourist haven.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/04/indonesia-moves-jailed-radical-cleric-bashir-after-charges-of-inhumane-treament/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/04/16/baasyir-moved-to-gunung-sindur-prison.html

5 APRIL 2016

Indonesia sinks 23 foreign fishing boats

Indonesian authorities sank 23 foreign fishing boats on Tuesday (Apr 5), saying they were « operating illegally in the archipelago’s vast waters in continuation efforts for anti-poaching », China’s Xinhua news agency reported.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-sinks-23/2668428.html

21 MARCH 2016

Is Indonesia Ready to Be a Major Player in the South China Sea?

Indonesia may not be a claimant to the disputed Spratly Islands, but the March 20 incident is the first real test of President Joko Widodo’s ambition of turning the country into a maritime power, a policy that necessarily means asserting sovereignty over its vast sea boundaries.
http://162.242.234.155/blog/the-buzz/indonesia-ready-be-major-player-the-south-china-sea-15556

20 MARCH 2016

Indonesia to summon Chinese envoy after boat confrontation

Indonesia will summon the Chinese envoy in Jakarta after a confrontation between vessels from the two countries in the South China Sea, a minister said Sunday.
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/indonesia-summon-chinese-envoy-boat-confrontation-163804729.html?nhp=1
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/indonesia-summon-chinese-ambassador-standoff-natuna-islands/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

ASEAN Economic Community: Has Indonesia Done Its Homework? – Analysis

ASEAN has entered a new era with the commencement of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). While Indonesian officials regard the AEC with optimism, there are concerns whether Indonesia can meet its obligations under the AEC.
http://www.eurasiareview.com/11022016-asean-economic-community-has-indonesia-done-its-homework-analysis/

4 FEBRUARY 2016

‘Old guard’ blocking human rights reform in Indonesia

One area where it was expected Jokowi would enact change was in civil and political rights. Promised reforms in Nawa Cita, the nine-point priority agenda put forward by Jokowi and his running mate Jusuf Kalla, included combating the narcotics trade as well as ending impunity for those involved in past human rights violations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/04/old-guard-blocking-human-rights-reform-in-indonesia/

14 JANUARY 2016

Deadly blasts, shootout in Indonesia capital; ISIS claims credit

Attackers struck midday Thursday at a busy commercial hub in Jakarta, killing at least two, wounding 24 and raising alarm about terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim country
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/14/asia/jakarta-gunfire-explosions/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35312794 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/isil-claims-responsibility-jakarta-attacks-indonesia-160114104322617.html
http://www.euronews.com/2016/01/14/indonesian-president-let-s-not-be-cowed-by-attacks/

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

7 JANUARY 2016

Indonesia, South Korea sign $1.87 billion fighter jet development deal

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) signed two separate contracts with the Indonesian defense ministry and the country’s state-run defense firm PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Jakarta, Thursday, to jointly develop Korea’s indigenous fighter jets
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/01/116_194922.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20160107000973

30 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia opts out of Saudi-led military coalition

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo refrained from openly rejecting the idea of joining the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism, but his chief security czar announced the government’s decision to distance itself from the anti-terrorist coalition.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-opts-out-saudi-led-military-coalition

21 DECEMBER 2015

Indonesia warns other countries to respect its sovereignty over Papua

The Indonesian defence minister has warned other countries to respect his country’s sovereignty over the troubled region of Papua, as meetings with Australian ministers ended in mutual agreement about the strength of the bilateral relationship
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/21/indonesia-warns-other-countries-to-respect-its-sovereignty-over-papua

19 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia releases prominent West Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Karma from jail

High-profile West Papuan separatist leader Filep Karma is released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-19/indonesia-releases-prominent-west-papuan-proindependence-leader-filep-karma-from-jail/1516578

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/19/pro-independence-papua-convict-released-after-11-years.html

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

Indonesia is persisting in its stand against the idea of other ASEAN members to transform the grouping into a more integrated union within 10 years, citing economic differences as the main reason, according to a government official on Wednesday
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/indonesia-against-idea-forming-asean-union

16 NOVEMBER 2015

Bali bombing spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir applies for judicial review of 2011 terror conviction

His lawyers are expected to argue that he was wrongfully arrested over the funding of a terrorist training camp in Aceh
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-17/bali-bombing-spiritual-leader-abu-bakar-bashir-applies-for-judicial-review-of-2011-terror-conviction/1515074

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and Joko Widodo of Indonesia Seek to Mend Ties

The new Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, made a half-day visit to Indonesia on Thursday to hold talks with President Joko Widodo, a meeting intended to help mend diplomatic relations that plummeted this year over issues including human smuggling, refugee boats and the executions of Australian drug offenders
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/13/world/asia/australia-indonesia-diplomacy-refugees.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/australia-pm-says-indonesia-welcome-tpp-frictions-ease/
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/12/jokowi-takes-australian-pm-tanah-abang-display-affection.html

6 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia second biggest marine pollutant, after China

Indonesia produced 3.2 million tons of plastic waste in 2010, with around 1.29 million tons of that ending up in the ocean, according to a study published in the journal Science. The figure places Indonesia second only to China, with its 8.8 million tons of waste, or 27 percent of global plastic waste
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/11/06/indonesia-second-biggest-marine-pollutant-after-china.html

Indonesia Unemployment Rises Amid Sluggish Economy

The unemployment rate in Indonesia to 6.18 percent in August amid layoffs by businesses hit with a slowdown in consumer demand brought on by the slowest pace of economic growth in six years
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/govt-announces-6th-policy-package/

19 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesian authorities demolish churches in Aceh

Several Christian churches are due to be shut down in Indonesia’s Aceh province, local authorities have said, following a mob attack that left a church burned, a person killed, and several others injured
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indonesias-aceh-demolishes-churches-after-deadly-unrest
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34570570

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indonesia grants a Chinese-led consortium the right to build the country’s first high-speed railway line, angering Japan which had launched a rival bid.

Senior officials of Chinese and Indonesian consortiums signed an agreement on Friday to launch a joint venture for a railway linking national capital Jakarta with the West Java provincial capital of Bandung
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/16/china-to-build-indonesia-s-first-high-speed-railway/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2015-10/16/content_15330784.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2015

China in line to build Indonesia high speed rail after Jakarta rejects Japan bid

China and Japan had been competing to construct the high-speed rail system, each offering low-interest loans and other perks as they vied to secure the estimated $5.3 billion high-profile railway contract
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135928/china-in-line-to-build-indonesia-high-speed-rail-line-after-jakarta-rejects-japan-bid/
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/eca4af84-67fa-11e5-97d0-1456a776a4f5.html#axzz3nNsCy9UO

21 SEPTEMBER 2015

Indonesia Defends its Foreign Policy Record under Jokowi

Indonesia’s foreign minister staunchly defended the country’s foreign policy outlook Monday in a key speech in Washington, D.C., rejecting criticism of its narrow nationalism and stressing its important contributions regionally and globally.

http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/indonesia-defends-its-foreign-policy-record-under-jokowi/

 

North and South Korea relations

3 NOVEMBER 2019

US, South Korea to suspend joint air drill again to avoid tensions with North Korea, Yonhap reports

The United States and South Korea will suspend a planned air-power military drill for the second straight year to avoid increasing tensions with North Korea while denuclearisation talks between Washington and Pyongyang are stalled,Yonhap News reported, citing an unidentified official
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-south-korea-to-suspend-joint-air-drill-again-to-avoid-tensions-with-north-korea
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3069776

23 OCTOBER 2019

S Korean facilities at Mt Kumgang resort must be removed: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said South Korean facilities at North Korea’s Mt Kumgang tourist resort had become « shabby » and had to be removed, state media reported on Wednesday, underlining the cooling relations between the two countries
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/skorean-facilities-mt-kumgang-resort-removed-kcna-191023015540218.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/1/48/235/1571821264108.html?newsId=110311

16 AUGUST 2019

North Korea rejects South Korea Moon’s dialogue pledge, says they will never have talks again

North Korea said on Friday (Aug 16) that it would never sit down with South Korea for talks again, rejecting a vow by the South’s President Moon Jae-in to pursue dialogue with Pyongyang made the previous day as he pledged to bring in unification by 2045
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/north-korea-rejects-south-korea-moons-dialogue-pledge-says-they-will-never-have-talks-again
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49365771

26 JULY 2019

North Korea says missile test was ‘solemn warning’ to South

A day after two North Korean missile launches rattled Asia, the nation announced Friday that it had tested a “new-type tactical guided weapon” that was meant to be a “solemn warning” about South Korean weapons development and its rival’s plans to hold military exercises
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korea-says-missile-test-was-solemn-warning-to-south/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49122566

11 JULY 2019

North Korea vows to respond to South’s deployment of F-35 jets

North Korea slammed South Korea over its ongoing deployment of high-tech U.S. fighter jets, warning Thursday that it will respond by developing and testing unspecified special weapons of its own to “destroy” the aircraft.
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/n-korea-vows-to-respond-to-souths-deployment-of-f-35-jets/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-calls-south-koreas-f-35-jet-purchases-extremely-dangerous-action

8 JULY 2019

Son of South Korea’s former foreign minister defects to the North, state media reports

Choe In-guk said he had decided to “permanently resettle”in North Korea to honour his parents’ wish that he live there and devote himself to the unification of the Korean peninsula, according to North Korea’s propaganda website Uriminzokkiri
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3017696/son-south-koreas-former-foreign-minister-defects-north-state
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/08/son-of-high-profile-south-korean-defector-moves-to-north-korea

27 JUNE 2019

North Korea slams South for ‘meddling’ in US talks

North Korea on Thursday (Jun 27) warned the South to stop « meddling » in nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, denying President Moon Jae-in’s assertion that dialogue was under way between the two Koreas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-slams-south-for-meddling-in-us-talks-11666266
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/nkorea-urges-south-to-stop-mediating-between-north-us/

19 JUNE 2019

Korea to provide 50,000 tons of rice as food aid to N. Korea via WFP

South Korea said on Wednesday it would send 50,000 tonnes of rice to the North through the UN’s World Food Programme – the second such aid package to be announced in recent weeks
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3015240/you-cant-turn-rice-nuclear-weapons-south-korea-send-50000
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=239222

12 JUNE 2019

Kim Jong-un’s sister expresses condolences to South Korea after the death of their former First Lady in highest-level meeting between the two countries for four months

The condolences offered by Kim Yo-jong in Panmunjom marked the highest-level meeting between North and South since the failure of Kim’s second summit with Donald Trump in February
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7132887/Kim-Jong-uns-sister-delivers-flowers-South-Korea.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190612_37/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190612000668

27 APRIL 2019

As South Korea marks peace summit, North stays aloof

North and South Korea on Saturday struck different notes as they marked the first anniversary of a summit between their leaders that fuelled a whirlwind of diplomacy which has died down amid deadlock over Pyongyang’s denuclearisation
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/jilted-bride-as-south-korea-marks-peace-summit-north-stays-aloof
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/two-koreas-mark-moon-kim-summit-anniversary-with-different-tones-26209
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Column/view?articleId=170499

16 APRIL 2019

Can Moon Jae-In Bridge the Gap between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un?

Moon’s proposal to meet Kim Jong-un for a fourth inter-Korean summit is probably the best way forward, and it appears Trump agrees—or at least he does not object to it. But process is not progress, and ultimately, Moon has to claw something substantive out of Pyongyang for the Americans. Missiles and nuclear warheads are the core issues at stake
https://nationalinterest.org/blog/korea-watch/can-moon-jae-bridge-gap-between-donald-trump-and-kim-jong-un-52757

3 APRIL 2019

South Korean ship detained for violating UN sanctions: Seoul

A South Korean ship has been detained for more than six months on suspicion of violating UN sanctions against the nuclear-armed North, Seoul’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday (Apr 3)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korean-ship-detained-for-violating-un-sanctions-seoul-11407724
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190403000609

25 MARCH 2019

North Korean officials return to liaison office with South after Trump blocks extra sanctions

North Korea on Monday reversed its recent decision to pull out of a symbolic inter-Korean liaison office on the border with South Korea, unexpectedly sending some of its officials back to work
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/25/north-korean-officials-return-liaison-office-south-trump-blocks/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233879
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3061037

22 MARCH 2019

North Korea abruptly withdraws staff from Kaesong liaison office with South Korea

North Korea has abruptly withdrawn its staff from a liaison office with South Korea, a development that is likely to put a damper on ties between the countries and further complicate global diplomacy on North Korea’s nuclear program
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-22/north-korea-abruptly-withdraws-staff-from-liaison-office/10932066?section=world
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233755
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/03/356_265860.html

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Inter-Korean joint celebration for independence uprising cancelled

North Korea on Thursday turned down South Korea’s offer to hold joint events celebrating the upcoming centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement against Japan’s colonial rule, the unification ministry said
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/02/103_264210.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/77/243/218/1550744764667.html?newsId=62544

5 FEBRUARY 2019

UN to Accuse Seoul of Violating N.Korea Sanctions

A UN panel will likely point out that Seoul violated international sanctions by delivering refined oil products to an inter-Korean liaison office in North Korea without notifying the Security Council, Kyodo News reported Thursday
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/02/01/2019020101441.html

17 JANUARY 2019

Kim invited to meet Moon in Seoul on March 1, says report

The Blue House, the South Korean Presidency, wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Seoul for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the highly symbolic date of March 1, the Seoul Daily newspaper reported on Wednesday evening
http://www.atimes.com/article/kim-to-meet-moon-in-seoul-on-march-1-says-report/
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/01/17/2019011701466.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/01/103_262209.html

10 DECEMBER 2018

South Korean prosecutors indict four for importing North Korean coal

South Korean prosecutors have charged four people with illegally importing millions of dollars worth of North Korean coal in violation of international sanctions, by trying to disguise it as imports from Russia, a prosecutors’ office said on Monday (Dec 10)
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-charges-4-with-illegally-importing-n-korean-coal/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-prosecutors-indict-four-for-importing-north-korean-coal

30 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas launch joint study on inter-Korean railways

A South Korean train crossed into North Korea for the first time in a decade on Friday, as the two countries began an 18-day joint study on cross-border railways, the first step toward modernizing and connecting the Koreas’ railroads
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=227355
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/29/asia/north-south-korea-train-intl/index.html

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas link up new cross-border road in DMZ

The dirt road, which is wholly within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula, will be used for joint operations next year to recover remains from the 1950-53 Korean War
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=226964
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/11/103_259144.html

16 OCTOBER 2018

Koreas, US-led UN Command hold talks on demilitarising tense inter-Korean border

Negotiators from North and South Korea, along with the U.S.-led United Nations Command, are holding their first talks Tuesday on demilitarizing a section of the heavily fortified border that separates the rival Koreas
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/356_257111.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=224992
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2168798/koreas-us-led-un-command-hold-talks-demilitarising-tense-inter

15 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea agree to reconnect transport links

The Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Monday to hold a ceremony in late November or early December to modernize and eventually connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/149/227/176/1539593185321.html?newsId=50776
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181015000711

10 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea considers lifting sanctions against North Korea

South Korea said on Wednesday (Oct 10) that it was considering lifting a sweeping embargo on bilateral trade and exchanges with North Korea, despite Washington’s efforts to keep the economic noose on the North until it denuclearises
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-considers-lifting-sanctions-against-north-korea

8 OCTOBER 2018

Korea proposes inter-Korean parliamentary meeting in Nov. in Pyongyang

The proposal was made by South Korean lawmakers who were part of the 160-member delegation that visited Pyongyang last week for the joint celebration of the 11th anniversary of the 2007 inter-Korean summit
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20181008000629

1 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified DMZ

Troops from North and South Korea began removing some landmines along their heavily fortified border on Monday, the South’s defence ministry said, in a pact to reduce tension and build trust on the divided peninsula
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/01/north-south-korea-begin-removing-landmines-along-fortified-border/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=224278

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Russian ship detained in South Korean port due to US sanctions

South Korean authorities have seized a Russian-flagged ship and its crew in Busan on suspicion they are violating U.S. sanctions on North Korea, according to Russia’s TASS news agency
http://uawire.org/russian-ship-detained-in-south-korean-port-due-to-sanctions
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/10/103_256225.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Moon and Kim jointly announce Pyongyang Declaration

The main focus of the summit was the issue of denuclearisation. While the US and North Korea agreed in broad terms earlier this year to work towards that goal, negotiations have stalled
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/862815.html
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/09/103_255848.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/north-korea-kim-agrees-dismantle-key-missile-test-sites-180919045606155.html

Defense chiefs of two Koreas sign comprehensive military agreement

South Korea’s Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo, and his North Korean counterpart No Kwang-chol, signed a comprehensive military agreement Wednesday, with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un present at the scene
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223806
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180919000752

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Korean leaders wrap up 1st day of talks

The leaders of the 2 Koreas have wrapped up their first day of official talks in Pyongyang on an optimistic tone
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/leaders-of-two-koreas-meet-in-pyongyang-for-talks-on-ending-war-20281
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180918_47/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-kim-hopes-for-big-outcome-at-inter-korean-summit-10729870

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea and South Korea open joint liaison office

The two countries have inagurated a new complex that will let their officials communicate directly with one another
https://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-and-south-korea-open-joint-liaison-office/a-45482525
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223568

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

South Korea’s special delegation delivers President Moon’s personal letter to Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with a special delegation of South Korean President Moon Jae-in Wednesday, possibly reaffirming his commitment to establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula and denuclearizing his country
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=223065
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180905000857

31 AUGUST 2018

Train project linking North and South Korea stopped in its tracks by US

A rail project meant to connect North and South Korea has been blocked by US military officials, highlighting divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with the nuclear armed North
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/31/north-south-korea-train-project-halted-us
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-led-un-command-stops-south-korean-train-entering-north/

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea sends sanctioned material to North Korea, politician says

South Korea has sent 1 billion won (S$1.2 million) worth of sanctioned material to North Korea, customs data showed on Friday (Aug 24), raising concern ties with the United States could be damaged as the South pursues cooperation with the North
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-sends-sanctioned-material-to-north-korea-politician-says

20 AUGUST 2018

Korean families divided by war reunite in North Korea

A group of mostly elderly South Koreans crossed into North Korea Monday to reunite with family members many haven’t seen nor heard from since the Korean War broke out 68 years ago
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/19/asia/korea-family-reunions-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=222191
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5824384916001/?#sp=show-clips

13 AUGUST 2018

South Korean president Moon Jae-in  to meet Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang for latest summit

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a third summit between leaders Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong-un in September, amid ongoing tensions between Pyongyang and Washington over the North’s lack of progress in giving up its nuclear weapons
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/13/south-korean-president-moon-jae-in-meet-kim-jong-un-pyongyang/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221871
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/857400.html

10 AUGUST 2018

Three S. Korean firms brought in N. Korean coal disguised as Russian products: probe

« After the UN Security Council banned the trading of North Korean coal, the suspects transshiped the North Korean product at a Russian port onto a vessel with a third country’s flag and forged documents to make it look like the goods were from Russia. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221778
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180810000483

31 JULY 2018

Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

Generals from the rival Koreas met Tuesday at their shared border for talks on easing their countries’ decades-long military standoff, the second such meeting since their leaders held a landmark summit in April and pledged to reduce the danger of another war on the peninsula
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/rival-koreas-generals-discuss-easing-military-confrontation/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=221258

16 JULY 2018

South Korea explores business opportunities in the North

Amid a thaw in relations, the two Koreas have started discussions on reopening special economic zones that allow companies from the South to operate in the North
https://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-explores-business-opportunities-in-the-north/a-44696825

4 JULY 2018

Inter-Korean basketball friendlies held in Pyongyang for first time in 15 years

The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/two-koreas-hold-friendly-basketball-match-pyongyang
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/koreas-begin-basketball-friendlies-in-latest-peace-gesture/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219897

25 JUNE 2018

Koreas discuss removing North’s artillery from tense border

The rival Koreas are discussing the possible relocation of North Korea’s long-range artillery guns away from the tense Korean border, South Korea’s prime minister said Monday, as the countries forge ahead with steps to lower tensions and extend a recent detente
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/koreas-discuss-removing-norths-artillery-from-tense-border/
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/06/25/koreas-discuss-removing-norths-artillery-from-tense-border.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2018/06/26/2003695576

22 JUNE 2018

Two Koreas to hold reunions of war-torn families for 7 days starting Aug. 20

South and North Korea agreed Friday to hold a reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War from Aug. 20 to 26 on Mount Kumgang, an iconic mountain just north of the inter-Korean border along the east coast
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=219287
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180622_34/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180622000579

18 JUNE 2018

Seoul aims to declare formal end to Korean War by year end; plans to ease sanctions on North Korea

South Korea aims to declare a formal end to the Korean War by the end of this year and the leaders of North Korea and the United States have discussed the issue, media reports quoted the country’s foreign minister as saying on Monday (June 18)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/seoul-says-aims-to-declare-formal-end-to-korean-war-by-end-of-the-year-plans-to-ease

Two Koreas held inter-Korean sports exchanges at border

North and South Korea have agreed to hold a joint basketball match in Pyongyang and to form some combined teams at August’s Asian Games in Indonesia, the two countries announced on Monday (Jun 18), after a day of negotiations at their shared border
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218997
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-south-korea-agree-to-joint-sports-events-and-create-10443750

14 JUNE 2018

South, North military meet in Panmunjom

South and North Korea discussed ways to ease tension on the border during a general-level military meeting Thursday at the truce village of Panmunjom, following up on an inter-Korean agreement signed by both countries’ leaders during their first summit on April 27
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049350
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218866
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/232/88/0/1528986554932.html

26 MAY 2018

North and South Korean leaders meet as US indicates summit may yet happen

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, met his South Korean counterpart on Saturday, two days after Donald Trump cancelled a planned summit with Kim
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/26/kim-jong-un-moon-jai-in-korean-leaders-hold-surprise-meeting
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/korean-leaders-meet-after-trump-threatens-to-quit-kim-summit
http://video.foxnews.com/v/5789976153001/?#sp=show-clips

17 MAY 2018

North Korea refuses to hold talks with South until ties improve

North Korea said Thursday (May 17) it will not hold talks with Seoul under the current diplomatic situation, calling South Korean officials « ignorant and incompetent » a day after the hermit state abruptly cancelled planned inter-Korean discussions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/north-korea-refuses-to-hold-talks-with-south-until-ties-improve
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/17/562032/north-korea-south-talks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44158566

27 APRIL 2018

Korea summit: North and South agree to seek peace and complete denuclearisation

The leaders of North and South Korea have signed a historic agreement, the Panmunjom Declaration, seeking a formal end to the Korean War and the “complete denuclearisation” of the peninsula at a summit in the demilitarised zone
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/korea-summit-north-and-south-agree-to-seek-peace-and-complete-denuclearisation-1.725249
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/korean-leaders-vow-to-end-war-on-the-peninsula-17029
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180427000845

19 APRIL 2018

Talks underway to officially end Korean War

South and North Korea as well as the United States will discuss signing peace treaties to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War during next week’s inter-Korean summit and the following one between Washington and Pyongyang, a senior Cheong Wa Dae official said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/n-korea-s-korea-officially-open-channels-end-korean-war
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/841283.html

31 MARCH 2018

What does Seoul think of Kim Jong-un’s landmark visit to China?

South Korea’s biggest headache at the moment is not China or even North Korea – It is the Trump administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/seoul-kim-jong-landmark-visit-china-180331093909686.html

 8 MARCH 2018

Paralympic Games: ‘No joint Korean march’ amid flag dispute

The two Koreas will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang on Friday, officials in the South have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43327934
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/235/17/145/1520521604319.html

7 MARCH 2018

South Korea’s Moon says sanctions on North to stay, too early to be optimistic

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday (Mar 7) sanctions on North Korea will not be eased for the sake of a summit between the two sides as Chinese state media repeated Beijing’s line that talks are the only way to end the nuclear standoff
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-s-moon-says-sanctions-on-north-to-stay-too-early-to-10021026
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214801
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180307_38/

6 MARCH 2018

Two Koreas to hold summit in late April
In stunning and unexpected announcement late Tuesday, Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to a deal that could see South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet for a rare leaders’ summit at the two countries’ heavily armed border next month
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/120_245215.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/03/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/north-koreas-kim-seoul-envoys-discuss-easing-tensions/#.Wp8F5ujOU2x

5 MARCH 2018

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un meets South Korean envoys

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a dinner for senior South Korean delegates – the first time officials from Seoul have met the young leader since he took office in 2011
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43282807
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214701
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/03/103_245149.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

South Korean MPs demand execution of North’s Olympic delegate general

South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/south-korean-mps-demand-execution-norths-olympic-delegate
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3044876
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180223_21/

22 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea’s closing Olympics delegation will be led by General Kim Yong-chol, blamed for deadly ship sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors

North Korea will send another high-level delegation to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics closing ceremony, including the man blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-koreas-closing-olympics-delegation-includes-man-blamed-for-deadly-ship-sinking_2448151.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3044818
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20180222000782

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: South Korea to pay for North’s delegation

South Korea has approved a record budget of more than two and a half million dollars to bankroll the hosting of hundreds of North Koreans during the Winter Olympics
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/14/552312/South-Korea-fund-hosting-North-Korea-Olympics
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43054453

10 FEBRUARY 2018

N.Korean leader invites S.Korea’s Moon to the North

A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty’s southern road tour Saturday, part of a new and accelerated diplomatic warming between the two countries
http://www.france24.com/en/20180210-nkorean-leader-invites-skoreas-moon-north-says-skorea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43014269
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/kim-jong-un-invites-south-korea-s-president-moon-to-pyongyang-9947748

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Kim Jong-un wants to show the world he is sincere about improving South Korea ties

Video of Juliette Morillot interview
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20180207-kim-jong-un-wants-show-world-he-sincere-about-improving-south-korea-ties

5 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea sends Winter Olympics propaganda posters featuring mascots to Seoul

Propaganda leaflets from North Korea marking the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics have been found in the mountains in the South Korean capital, Seoul
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-05/north-korea-sends-propaganda-fliers-to-seoul/9397842?section=world

29 JANUARY 2018

North Korea has cancelled joint cultural performance with South Korea ahead of Winter Olympics

North Korea has cancelled a joint cultural performance with South Korea, accusing southern media of encouraging “insulting” public sentiment towards the North, South Korea’s unification ministry said
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-south-joint-ceremony-pyeongchang-2018-winter-olympics-unification-ministry-a8183656.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3043985
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/29/550600/North-Korea-South-Korea-Winter-Olympics-

23 JANUARY 2018

DPRK accuses S. Korea of torching national flag, leader’s photo

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Tuesday accused South Korean conservative forces of torching the DPRK flag and a photograph of its top leader Kim Jong Un
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/23/c_136918298.htm
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/103_242930.html

20 JANUARY 2018

Winter Olympics 2018: North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang

North Korea will send 22 athletes to compete in three sports at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February
http://www.bbc.com/sport/winter-olympics/42759924
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=213075
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-21/north-korea-to-send-22-athletes-to-winter-olympics/9346166?section=world

17 JANUARY 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

The two Koreas agreed on Wednesday (Jan 17) to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women’s ice hockey team for the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sport/two-koreas-agree-to-march-together-at-winter-olympics-opening-9870332
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/356_242637.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/koreas-to-form-first-joint-olympic-team-march-under-single-flag-14331

9 JANUARY 2018

Koreas agree military talks to defuse border tension

North and South Korea have agreed to hold military talks to defuse border tension, after their first high-level meeting in two years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42622588
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-south-korea-agree-to-resolve-issues-through-dialogue_2408477.html
http://www.dw.com/en/do-korea-talks-put-initiative-back-with-seoul-and-pyongyang/a-42083164

5 JANUARY 2018

Koreas Agree to High-Level Talks, Meeting Scheduled for Jan 9

North and South Korea have officially announced they will hold bilateral talks on improving relations next week. They will be the first such talks between the two nations since December 2015
http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/04/asia/north-korea-south-korea-talks-intl/index.html
http://www.dw.com/en/north-and-south-korea-agree-to-hold-talks/a-42034484

3 JANUARY 2018

North Korea restores hotline with South Korea

North Korea has reopened a suspended border hotline with South Korea, a day after Seoul offered high-level talks to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=212505
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3042854

2 JANUARY 2018

South Korea proposes high-level talks with North on Olympics cooperation

South Korea has proposed holding high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un called for a breakthrough in relations and said Pyongyang might attend the Winter Olympics
http://www.france24.com/en/20180102-south-korea-talks-north-korea-discuss-olympics-cooperation-kim-jong-un-moon-jae
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-proposes-high-level-talks-with-north-korea-on-jan-9-9826052

1 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un says ‘open to dialogue’ with South Korea, will only use nukes if threatened

Kim Jong Un on Monday (Jan 1) warned the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-says-nuclear-launch-button-on-his-desk
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/01/103_241761.html

21 DECEMBER 2017

South Korea to create special ‘dronebot combat’ team in 2018 that could target Kim Jong Un

South Korea’s army is preparing a special unit that would use drone swarms in combat, and it is expected to become operational next year and could target the North’s missile, nuclear and other military activities
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/south-korea-create-special-dronebot-combat-team-2018-could-target-kim-jong-un
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255819712/plot-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un-unveiled-by-south-korea

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170921000273
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170921_26/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3038739

14 AUGUST 2017

South Korea’s president urges calm on North Korea, says war unthinkable

South Korean President Moon Jae-In called for calm on Monday in the standoff with North Korea, saying there should never be another war on the peninsula
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/14/south-koreas-president-urges-calm-north-korea-says-war-unthinkable
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40923284
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207499

21 JULY 2017

No military talks after DPRK snubs ROK’s call

The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for dialogue
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/180/67/48/1500608409635.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206641
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170721_16/

17 JULY 2017

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea to ease border tensions

South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, and said the two sides should discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarised border
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/17/south-korea-proposes-rare-military-talks-north-korea-ease-border/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206449
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/south-korea-seeks-rare-talks-with-north-military-tensions

26 JUNE 2017

Ex-South Korean President Park ‘plotted to kill N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un’

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was making plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, according to Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper. Ex-president Park signed a document approving a « leadership change » in North Korea back in 2015
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253738832/ex-s-korean-president-park-plotted-to-kill-n-korean-leader-kim-jong-un

13 JUNE 2017

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098094/suspected-north-korean-drone-photographed-us-thaad-missile-site
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205171
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/13/pictures-show-north-korean-drone-spying-us-missile-defence-system/

23 MAY 2017

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

South Korea’s military fires warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-23/south-korea-fires-at-suspected-drone-at-border-with-north-amid-missile-crisis/1673608
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/south-koreas-military-fires-warning-shots-unidentified-object/

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

7 APRIL 2017

North and South Korea face off in historic football match in Pyongyang

Korea’s flag flew in Pyongyang on Friday as the women’s football teams of both nations clashed in the first ever competitive football match between the two to be hosted by the north
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/north-south-korea-face-off-historic-football-match-pyongyang/#c8VGRwwbDz7k2QtW.97
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/04/06/2017040601538.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170407000683

11 DECEMBER 2016

How does North Korea’s Kim react to crisis in the South? He blows up the ‘Blue House’

Pyongyang’s obvious delight in the impeachment of ‘vegetable president’ Park Geun-hye has some in Seoul concerned the North may take advantage of the political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2053667/how-will-north-korea-react-crisis-south

6 DECEMBER 2016

North may have hacked South’s cyber command

North Korea may have hacked into the South’s cyber command, which would be the first time it has been compromised, according to an official of the Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3027121
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38219009

1 OCTOBER 2016

South Korean president Park Geun Hye urges North Koreans to defect

South Korean President Park Geun Hye called on North Koreans to abandon their country Saturday (Oct 1) and defect, just a day after a soldier walked across the heavily fortified border into the South
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-urges-north-koreans-to-defect

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea has plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

South Korea may launch a special forces unit to assassinate the North’s leader Kim Jong Un, Defence Minister Han Min Koo has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/seoul-reveals-standby-plan-to-assassinate-kim-jong-un

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea ready to raze Pyongyang to the ground in case of nuke attack, military source says

South Korea has prepared a pre-emptive strike plan to obliterate the North Korean capital Pyongyang through intensive bombing in case the North shows any signs of launching a nuclear attack, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday, quoting a military source in Seoul
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2018389/south-korea-ready-raze-pyongyang-ground-case-nuke-attack
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2016/09/116_213907.html
http://atimes.com/2016/09/south-korean-military-has-plan-to-destroy-north-before-nuke-attack/

27 APRIL 2016

South Korean patrol boat fires five warning shots to drive off North Korean intruders

A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots Friday after a North Korean patrol boat and fishing boat crossed the countries’ disputed maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/1956331/south-korean-patrol-boat-fires-five-warning-shots-drive-north
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korea-threatens-retaliation-after-south-korean-warning-shots

24 APRIL 2016

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

From now on, for South Korea, the big stick would be brandished to force North Korea to renounce its nuclear ambitions.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35629117

12 MARCH 2013

DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that the military will prepare for « preemptive retaliation strikes » as ongoing joint military exercises by South Korea and the United States continue
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-03/12/content_15399485.html

8 MARCH 2016

South Korea slaps new sanctions on Pyongyang in wake of nuclear test and rocket launch

Seoul has said it will sanction new individuals and organizations in response to Pyongyang’s recent actions. The announcement comes a day after the US and South Korea began their largest military exercise in history.
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188960
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160308_28/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week.
https://www.nknews.org/2016/02/s-korea-challenges-n-koreas-qualifications-as-un-member/

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Korea expels all S. Koreans in Kaesong Industrial Complex, freezes all assets held by S. Korean companies in comple

North Korea says it is kicking out all South Koreans from the jointly run Kaesong industrial zone and freezing the assets of companies operating there, calling the South’s move to suspend operations a « declaration of war ».
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=188134
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/north-korea-seizes-joint-industrial-complex-south-160211161107629.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35547145

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

South Korea is to suspend operations at a jointly-run industrial park in North Korea following the North’s recent rocket launch and nuclear test.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35539346
http://news.yahoo.com/korea-suspend-operations-joint-kaesong-industrial-park-n-082439165.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korean-firms-begin/2505228.htm

8 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean vessel one day after North’s rocket launch

The South Korean navy has fired several warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat that had intruded into the disputed maritime border zone. The incident came one day after the North launched a long-range rocket
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korea-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-vessel-one-day-after-norths-rocket-launch/a-19032724

7 JANUARY 2016

North Korea nuclear test: South restricts entry to Kaesong industrial zone, to resume propaganda broadcasts

South Korea is to impose partial restrictions on entry to a joint industrial complex and will resume loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts a day after the North shocked the world with its fourth nuclear test
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-07/north-korea-nuclear-test-south-restricts-entry-to-kaesong-industrial-zone-to-resume-propaganda-broad/1533570
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-01/07/content_15369213.html

6 JANUARY 2016

Korean defense ministry rejects N. Korea’s H-bomb test claim

South Korea’s defense ministry says it has upped its defense readiness and is keeping a close eye on any unusual movement north of the border. It also says it is working in close coordination with the U.S. « In close collaboration under the South Korea-U.S. alliance and with the international community, our military will take necessary measures to make North Korea pay for the nuclear test. »
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=186972

11 DECEMBER 2015

North and South Korea hold talks to boost ties

North and South Korea have held high-level talks at a North Korean border town, aiming to ease tensions and improve ties that degenerated after a military standoff in August.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/north-south-korea-hold-talks-boost-ties-151211035229396.html
http://www.dw.com/en/two-koreas-hold-talks-but-expectations-are-low/a-18911507

26 NOVEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to high-level talks next month

The two Koreas agreed on Thursday (Nov 26) to hold a rare high-level dialogue next month, in line with an accord struck in August aimed at easing cross-border tensions
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-south-korea-agree/2297026.html
http://atimes.com/2015/11/koreas-to-hold-high-level-talks-in-dec-on-ways-to-improve-ties/

23 NOVEMBER 2015

North Korea threatens ‘merciless retaliation’ against South Korea ahead of island shelling anniversary

Five years after North Korea fired shells on to a South Korean island, Pyongyang vows to retaliate mercilessly should Seoul hold fire drills near the border on the anniversary
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-11-22/north-korea-threatens-merciless-retaliation-against-south-korea-ahead-of-island-shelling-anniversary/1517424

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Koreas agree to hold talks next week

South and North Korea agreed to hold a preparatory meeting on Nov. 26 for high-level talks in line with their agreement on Aug. 25, the Ministry of Unification said Friday
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/11/120_191482.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20151120000741

25 OCTOBER 2015

South Korea’s navy fires warning shots at North Korean patrol boat near disputed maritime border

South Korea’s navy has fired warning shots at a North Korean patrol boat near the rivals’ disputed maritime border, where sailors on both sides have been killed in past exchanges of fire
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-25/south-koreas-navy-fires-warning-shots-at-north-korean-patrol-boat-near-disputed-maritime-border/1507304
http://www.arirang.com/News/News_View.asp?nseq=184567

20 OCTOBER 2015

Koreans reunite during tearful family meeting, 60 years after separation by war

Nearly 400 mostly elderly and frail South Koreans have reunited with family members in North Korea, in a tearful meeting more than 60 years after they were separated by the Korean War
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-20/koreans-reunite-during-tearful-family-meeting-60-years-after-separation-by-war/1505492
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/20/poignant-moments-as-korean-families-wrenched-by-war-meet-again/

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Japan, US, S.Korea discuss N.Korean missile issue

The foreign affairs chiefs of Japan, the United States and South Korea have agreed that they will work together to dissuade North Korea from launching a long-range ballistic missile
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150930_03.html

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

North, South Korea agree to family reunion in October after breakthrough in marathon talks

 North and South Korea agree to hold a reunion in October for families separated by the Korean War at Mount Kumgang resort, following all-night talks between the two sides.

http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-08/north-south-korea-agree-to-family-reunion-in-october-after-breakthrough-in-marathon-talks/1490664
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/07/asia/north-south-korea-family-reunions/index.html

24 AUGUST 2015

North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement after talks

South Korea will stop anti-North Korea loudspeaker broadcasts on “condition of no abnormal situations,” as North Korea issues “regret” for recent “provocations” and promises they won’t recur, Yonhap News Agency said
http://www.nknews.org/2015/08/s-korea-to-stop-loudspeaker-broadcasts-n-korea-to-regret-for-mine/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/koreas-agree-to-defuse/2073704.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34039187

22 AUGUST 2015

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

High level officials from the two Koreas are holding talks in a bid to ease tensions, after the passing of a North Korean-imposed deadline for the South, to halt loudspeaker propaganda broadcasts across the border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34026076
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/korean-peninsula-tensions-prompt-calls-restraint-150822030619344.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/22/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html

20 AUGUST 2015

South Korea fires shells in response to suspected North Korea rocket attack

South Korea fires dozens of shells across the border into North Korea in retaliation for an apparent rocket attack, believed to be aimed at a loudspeaker that has been blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-08-20/south-korea-fires-shells-in-response-to-suspected-north-korea-rocket-attack/1483834
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-and-south-korea/2064582.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150820001220

15  AUGUST 2015

Stop loudspeaker broadcasts or face retaliation, N Korea tells Seoul

North Korea has demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul’s accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers
http://atimes.com/2015/08/stop-loudspeaker-broadcasts-or-face-retaliation-n-korea-tells-seoul/

11 AUGUST 2015

South vows retaliation against NK mine attack

South Korea blamed North Korea for landmine blasts that wounded two soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) last week, vowing to make the reclusive regime pay « a harsh price, »
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3007767
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/08/116_184553.html

8 AUGUST 2015

Kim Dae-jung’s widow returns from North Korea

The widow of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung has returned from North Korea. She reportedly did not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during her visit
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150808_21.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-08/08/content_15301665.html

5 AUGUST 2015

South Korean ex-first lady in ‘peace visit’ to North

The widow of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung has travelled to the North, hoping to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33783399
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-s-korea-first-lady-begins-rare-trip-north-0

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 23 October in Asian history

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WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 23 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY
 

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Updated on October 23, 2019

1939: The Japanese Mitsubishi G4M twin-engine « Betty » Bomber makes its maiden flight
http://www.aviation-history.com/mitsubishi/g4m.html

1942: The Battle for Henderson Field begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on October 26
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Henderson_Field

1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history begins in the  Philippines

1944-10-23-battle-of-leyte-golf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/leytegulf.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP3LKla583g

1950: Offensive of the Indonesian troops on Ambon, capital of the South Mollucas held by separatists

1958: After the visit of Foster Dulles (arrived on 20), Chiang Kai-shek officially renounces the use  of force for the reconquest of the Mainland

1965: In Vietnam, the 1st Cavalry division (US) and South Vietnamese  forces launch a new operation seeking to destroy North Vietnamese forces in  Pleku province

1972: Citing difficulties with South Vietnamese President Thieu, U.S. negotiators cable  Hanoi requesting further negotiations in Paris over the proposed draft peace accord

1972: Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its  Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Linebacker

1978: China (Deng Xiaoping) and Japan (Takeo Fukada) exchange treaty ratification documents in  Tokyo, formally ending 40 years of hostility
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18012.shtml 
https://jijiphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/All/G0000MmXEZAYWX6I/I0000.o5iy1UUark

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

1991: End of the Paris Conference and signature of Agreements on Comprehensive Political  Settlement of the Cambodia conflict, putting an end to a 21-year long war
http://www.cambodia.org/facts/?page=1991+Paris+Peace+Agreements
http://www.usip.org/publications/peace-agreements-cambodia

1991-10-23-peace-accord

1996: The forces of Commandant Massoud, launch a large scale offensive against Taliban in northern of Kabul

2011: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and his Indonesian counterpart discuss the two countries’ growing military ties after more than a decade-long suspension by Washington over human rights issues

2012: A group of South Korean lawmakers visits an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1067898/south-korean-lawmakers-visit-islands-disputed-japan

2013: China and India sign a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html

 

On 23 October in South Asian history

ON 23 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 23, 2019

1923: Birth of Aslam Farrukhi, Pakistani scholar and poet
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aslam_Farrukhi

1929: Birth of Shamsur Rahman, Bangladeshi poet, columnist and journalist,.who died on August 17, 2006
http://www.loc.gov/acq/ovop/delhi/salrp/shamsurrahman.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shamsur_Rahman

1996: The forces of Commandant Massoud, launch a large scale offensive against Taliban in northern of Kabul

2012: Death of Sunil Gangopadhyay, Indian author and poet, born on September 7, 1934
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/bengali-writer-sunil-gangopadhyay-dies-of-a-heart-attack-at-78/301744-40-103.html
http://www.rediff.com/news/report/eminent-writer-sunil-gangopadhyay-passes-away/20121023.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ygzPNhz8EAk

2013: China and India sign a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/india/2013/10/23/391942/China-India.htm

2014: Bangladesh Islamist leader Ghulam Azam dies aged 91. Last year Azam was sentenced to 90 years in jail after being found guilty of charges relating to Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence with Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29749450

On 23 October in Southeast Asian history

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ON 23 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY
 

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Updated on October 23, 2019

1857: Birth of Juan Luna y Novicio, a « Ilocano people » painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution, who died on December 7, 1899
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Luna
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/705/today-in-philippine-history-october-23-1857-juan-luna-was-born-in-badoc-ilocos-norte

Luna y novicio

1910: Death of Chulalongkorn (Rama V), king of Siam (Thailand) since 1868 to 1910, born on September 20, 1853. He is succeeded by Vajiravudh
http://tudtu.tripod.com/rama5.html

1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history begins in the
Philippines

1944-10-23-battle-of-leyte-golf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/leytegulf.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP3LKla583g

1950: Offensive of the Indonesian troops on Ambon, capital of the South Mollucas held by separatists

1955: In South Vietnam, by a referendum organized by the PM Ngo Dinh Diem, monarchy is abolished by 98,2 % of the votes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Vietnam_referendum,_1955

1965: In Vietnam, the 1st Cavalry division (US) and South Vietnamese  forces launch a new operation seeking to destroy North Vietnamese forces in  Pleku province

1972: Citing difficulties with South Vietnamese President Thieu, U.S. negotiators cable  Hanoi requesting further negotiations in Paris over the proposed draft peace accord

1972: Operation Linebacker, a US bombing campaign against North Vietnam in response to its  Easter Offensive, ends after five months.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Linebacker

1981: Devan Nair becomes third president of Singapore, until March 27, 1985
http://singaporepioneers.blogspot.com/2006/10/c-v-devan-nair.html

1991: End of the Paris Conference and signature of Agreements on Comprehensive Political  Settlement of the Cambodia conflict, putting an end to a 21-year long war
http://www.cambodia.org/facts/?page=1991+Paris+Peace+Agreements
http://www.usip.org/publications/peace-agreements-cambodia
https://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/cambodia-paris-peace-agreement/

1991-10-23-peace-accord

2007: Death of Lim Goh Tong, Malaysian-born Chinese businessman, born in 1918
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Goh_Tong

2009: Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Thailand formally launch a widely criticized human rights commission at a regional summit. The Asean Intergovernmental Commission on  Human Rights has been touted as the region’s first watchdog on human rights
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/2009102342748803221.html

2011: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and his Indonesian counterpart discuss the two countries’ growing military ties after more than a decade-long suspension by Washington over human rights issue

2013: Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters begin a three-day rally to protest what they say was a rigged election and the illegitimate return to power of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/114803/thousands-gather-in-cambodian-opposition-protest/
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/23/further-protests-take-place-in-cambodia-to-protest-rigged-election/

2018: Vietnam lawmakers elect as president the Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, the only candidate on the ballot, making him the most powerful man in the country
https://www.foxnews.com/world/vietnam-parliament-elects-communist-party-chief-as-president

 
Holidays and Observances

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day in Thailand

On 23 October in Japan’s history

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

ON 23 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on October 23, 2019

930: Death of Daigo, 60th Japanese emperor (897-930),  born in January 885. Not confuse with Go-Daigo, the 96th emperor (1336-1339)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Daigo

1868: In Japan, by a decree, the Meiji era is set up. The emperor Mutsuhito recovers full power from the shogun
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/japan/f/What-Was-the-Meiji-Restoration.htm

Mutsuhito 2

1920: Birth of Ted Fujita, Japanese meteorologist, who died on November  19, 1998
http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/98/981120.fujita.shtml
http://www.notablebiographies.com/supp/Supplement-Fl-Ka/Fujita-Tetsuya.html

1939: The Japanese Mitsubishi G4M twin-engine « Betty » Bomber makes its maiden flight
http://www.aviation-history.com/mitsubishi/g4m.html

1942: The Battle for Henderson Field begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on October 26
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Henderson_Field

1944: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history begins in the
Philippines

1944-10-23-battle-of-leyte-golf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Leyte_Gulf
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/leytegulf.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP3LKla583g

1955: Birth of Ryoko Sakaguchi, Japanese actress who died on March 27, 2013
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1160234/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0WSiV6-rAI

1978: China (Deng Xiaoping) and Japan (Takeo Fukada) exchange treaty ratification documents in  Tokyo, formally ending 40 years of hostility
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18012.shtml 
https://jijiphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/All/G0000MmXEZAYWX6I/I0000.o5iy1UUark

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

1983: Birth of Sayaka Isoyama, Japanese actress
http://asianwiki.com/Sayaka_Isoyama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIScjWT8GQ0

1991: Birth of Princess Mako, daughter of Prince Akishino and granddaughter of emperor Akihito of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Mako_of_Akishino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wfLP_LT_gY

1992: Emperor Akihito becomes the first emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/akihito-deplores-japanese-atrocities-china-remembers-the-horrors-of-invasion-but-time-heals-much-writes-raymond-whitaker-in-peking-1559194.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-10-29/news/mn-939_1_imperial-couple

2004: A powerful earthquake and its aftershocks hit Niigata prefecture, northern Japan, killing  35 people, injuring 2,200, and leaving 85,000 homeless or evacuated

2012: Japan’s justice minister quits after calls for his resignation over past ties to an organized crime syndicate.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/2012102363358296493.html

2012: A group of South Korean lawmakers visits an isolated set of islands at the centre of a territorial dispute with Japan — prompting an immediate protest from Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1067898/south-korean-lawmakers-visit-islands-disputed-japan

 

On 23 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

ON 23 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on October 23, 2019

1905: Birth of Yen Chia-kan,who succeeded Chiang Kai-shek as President of the Republic of China upon Chiang’s death on April 5,  1975, up to May 20, 1978, and who died on December 24, 1993
http://english.president.gov.tw/Page/84
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yen_Chia-kan

1924: Feng Yuxiang launched the Beijing coup to overthrow Cao Kun government
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Coup
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Yuxiang

1924-10-23 Coup de Pékin

1924: Birth of Chi Hsin, Taiwan film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1881815/

1954: Birth of Ang Lee, Taiwanese film director
http://www.biography.com/people/ang-lee-9376807

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irSY5l3BecU&feature=fvw

1958: After the visit of Foster Dulles (arrived on 20), Chiang Kai-shek officially renounces the use  of force for the reconquest of the Mainland

1966: Chinese president Liu Shaoqi makes his first self-criticism
http://chineseposters.net/themes/liushaoqi.php
https://books.google.fr/books?id=fYxPkWTVQoIC&redir_esc=y

1966-10-23 liu shaoqi autocritique

1978: China (Deng Xiaoping) and Japan (Takeo Fukada) exchange treaty ratification documents in  Tokyo, formally ending 40 years of hostility
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/ziliao_665539/3602_665543/3604_665547/t18012.shtml 
https://jijiphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/All/G0000MmXEZAYWX6I/I0000.o5iy1UUark

1978-10-23 Traité de paix

1992: Emperor Akihito becomes the first emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/akihito-deplores-japanese-atrocities-china-remembers-the-horrors-of-invasion-but-time-heals-much-writes-raymond-whitaker-in-peking-1559194.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-10-29/news/mn-939_1_imperial-couple

2003: In New York, death of Soong Mei-ling, widow of Chiang Kai-sheik, at 105 years old
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mme-chiang-kai-shek-dead-at-106/
http://www.theguardian.com/news/2003/oct/25/guardianobituaries.china

2008: Hu Jia, one of China’s most prominent human rights activists, wins the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7686026.stm

2013: China and India sign a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html

China opens world’s longest sea bridge from Hong Kong to mainland
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45937924
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-23/china-worlds-longest-sea-bridge-hong-kong-macau/10420468
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/132/91/58/1540257442385.html?newsId=51455