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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

2 NOVEMBER 2019

Germany’s Merkel renews push for FTA with India, pledges green funds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (Nov 2) there was a need for a fresh attempt to restart talks on finalising a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/germanys-merkel-renews-push-for-fta-with-india-pledges-green-funds
https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-modi-talk-trade-in-india/a-51079239

ASEAN summit grapples with US-China trade war

Southeast Asian leaders have gathered in Bangkok for a three-day summit expected to be dominated by trade. ASEAN members are trying to finalize a China-backed plan to create the world’s biggest free trade area
https://www.dw.com/en/asean-summit-grapples-with-us-china-trade-war/a-51090792
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/southeast-asian-leaders-meet-us-china-trade-war-asean-summit-12057538
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191102_23/

1st NOVEMBER 2019

China to ‘perfect’ Hong Kong leader appointment system amid ongoing pro-democracy protests

China will « perfect » the way the leader of Hong Kong will be appointed and replaced, refusing to tolerate separatism or threats to national security there, according to a senior Chinese official
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-02/china-to-perfect-hong-kong-leader-appointment-system/11665546
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/11/01/china-says-will-improve-way-hong-kong-leader-selected-safeguard-national-security/

China wins WTO case to sanction US$3.6 billion in US products

The World Trade Organisation on Friday allowed China to levy US$3.6 billion worth of punitive tariffs on US goods in an anti-dumping dispute Beijing brought against Washington in 2013
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3036010/china-wins-wto-case-sanction-us36-billion-us-trade
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/wto-china-us-trade-war-tariffs-anti-dumping-12056172

Pakistan opposition sets ultimatum for government to step down

Tens of thousands of members of a radical Islamist party demanded on November 1 that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his administration resign within two days, raising the stakes in a protest campaign that the government has denounced as a threat to democracy
https://www.euronews.com/2019/11/01/pakistan-opposition-sets-ultimatum-for-government-to-step-down
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistan-protest-leader-maulana-fazlur-rehman-calls-on-imran-khan-to-resign-in-48-hours-1.1572625103592

31 OCTOBER 2019

India strips Kashmir of special status and divides it in two

State taken under federal control and split into Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/31/india-strips-kashmir-of-special-status-and-divides-it-in-two
https://www.oneindia.com/india/india-is-today-integrated-fully-what-changes-in-jk-and-ladakh-2969608.html?utm_source=articlepage-Slot1-1&utm_medium=dsktp&utm_campaign=similar-topic-slider
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-50233281

Japan’s Shuri Castle engulfed by fire

A major fire has broken out at a 500-year-old castle on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. Authorities say much of the World Heritage-listed Shuri Castle has now been reduced to a charred skeleton
https://www.dw.com/en/japans-shuri-castle-engulfed-by-fire/a-51060707
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-31/shuri-castle-in-japan-all-but-destroyed-by-fire/11657502

19th CPC Central Committee concludes fourth plenary session

The 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) concluded its fourth plenary session in Beijing on Thursday with the release of a communique
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/254/236/162/1572529382176.html?newsId=111158

29 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong barred from election

The Hong Kong Electoral Affairs Commission said Joshua Wong’s nomination was found to be « invalid. » The 23-year-old activist said he was the only candidate who was barred from running
https://www.dw.com/en/hong-kongs-pro-democracy-activist-joshua-wong-barred-from-election/a-51029701
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/10/29/breaking-hong-kong-bans-activist-joshua-wong-standing-district-election-race/
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3035432/decision-ban-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activist-joshua-wong

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, the Islamic State remains a major threat in Southeast Asia

The leader of the Islamic State died three days ago in a US military operation. Southeast Asia has more than a hundred Jihadi networks loyal to the Islamic State group. in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, security forces are ready to respond to reprisals
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-al-Baghdadi%26rsquo%3Bs-death%2C-the-Islamic-State-remains-a-major-threat-in-Southeast-Asia-48406.html
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-10282019174351.html
http://annx.asianews.network/content/police-will-eye-south-east-asia-even-more-after-abu-bakr%E2%80%99s-death-107187

India ‘hand picks’ far-right EU parliamentarians to assess troubled Kashmir

The visit drew ire from rights activists and leaders of the opposition as the ruling BJP has barred foreign journalists and independent groups from visiting Kashmir, where a clampdown on dissent has continued since August 5
https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/india-hand-picks-far-right-eu-parliamentarians-to-assess-troubled-kashmir-30944
https://www.dw.com/en/european-lawmakers-in-kashmir-amid-tensions/a-51030892

28 OCTOBER 2019

Korea to bolster fintech cooperation with ASEAN

South Korea’s financial regulator said Monday it will deepen cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the financial technology sector
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20191028000896

Hong Kong officially enters recession, with zero growth expected for remainder of 2019

Hong Kong has fallen into recession and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year following almost five months of anti-Government protests, the city’s financial secretary says
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-29/hong-kong-now-in-recession-financial-secretary-confirms/11647964?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3034757/reject-burning-together-hong-kong-finance-chief-paul-chan

Bangladesh High Court orders Muhammad Yunus to surrender by Nov 7

The High Court on Monday asked Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus to surrender within November 7 in three cases filed for terminating employees of Grameen Communications
https://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=225328
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/28/high-court-orders-muhammad-yunus-to-surrender-by-nov-7

27 OCTOBER 2019

Huge rallies kick off in Pakistan to oust PM Imran Khan

Pakistani PM Khan faces a tough political challenge as an anti-government march to topple his government set off on Sunday. Khan’s woes have been aggravated by a deteriorating economy and accusations of bad governance
https://www.dw.com/en/huge-rallies-kick-off-in-pakistan-to-oust-pm-imran-khan/a-51007239
https://www.dawn.com/news/1513244/jui-fs-azadi-march-sets-out-for-islamabad-from-karachis-sohrab-goth-area

26 OCTOBER 2019

China seeks closer ties with Brazil

China would like to expand cooperation with Brazil in areas covering agriculture, energy, mining industry, aerospace and infrastructure, President Xi Jinping said
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/28/3/188/1572056576210.html?newsId=110591

Donald Trump to suspend US$1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand over workers’ rights

United States President Donald Trump has suspended US$1.3 billion in trade preferences for Thailand because of its failure “to adequately provide internationally-recognised worker rights”, such as protection for freedom of association and collective bargaining
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3034682/donald-trump-suspends-us13-billion-trade-preferences
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1780229/trump-scraps-thailands-1-3bn-trade-preferences-on-labour

25 OCTOBER 2019

Solomons vetoes China ‘lease’ on Pacific isle

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands said on Friday that a Chinese company’s attempt to lease the entire island of Tulagi in the Pacific archipelago was unlawful and would not be allowed to go ahead
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/10/article/solomons-vetoes-china-lease-on-pacific-isle/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/solomons-government-china-island-lease-unlawful-191025035811903.html

Muslims in south Thailand mark 15 years since ‘Tak Bai massacre’

Muslims in Thailand’s south on Friday marked with prayers the 15th anniversary of the death of scores of protesters who suffocated in army trucks, an incident that galvanised unrest and remains an emblem of state impunity
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/muslims-south-thailand-mark-15-years-tak-bai-massacre-191025064417853.html
https://www.malaymail.com/news/world/2019/10/25/muslims-in-thai-south-mark-15-years-since-tak-bai-massacre/1803685

24 OCTOBER 2019

European Union ‘won’t rush into trade deal’ with China

The European Union is in no rush to seal a major trade deal with China despite Beijing saying good progress had been in the talks, an EU spokesman said after a meeting between top officials on Thursday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3034461/european-union-wont-rush-trade-deal-china
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2019/10/chinas-top-diplomat-says-confident-of-investment-deal-with-eu/

Ruling BJP headed for mixed results in state elections in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returned to power in the western state of Maharashtra, but was falling short of a majority in the northern state of Haryana in a mixed set of results for a party that has seemed invincible
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/ruling-bjp-headed-for-mixed-results-in-state-elections-in-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/congress-dubs-maharashtra-haryana-election-results-as-a-moral-defeat-for-bjp-1.1571931572426

North Korea may allow China to tap rare earth mine in exchange for solar investment

North Korea plans to grant China access to a rare earth mine in exchange for investment in solar energy that could ease chronic power shortages in the impoverished country, according to an article posted on an industry association website
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-may-allow-china-to-tap-rare-earth-mine-in-exchange-for-solar-investment
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/china-plans-tap-north-korean-rare-earth-report-191024063540106.html

Chinese Uyghur activist Ilham Tohti wins EU human rights award, the Sakharov Prize

The European Parliament awards the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Ilham Tohti, a renowned Uyghur activist who dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of China’s Muslim minority
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50166713
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/24/chinese-uyghur-activist-ilham-tohti-wins-eu-human-rights-award-the-sakharov-prize

Pakistan and India sign Sikh pilgrimage corridor agreement

India and Pakistan have signed an agreement to operationalize the Kartarpur corridor, which will connect Sikh shrines located on either side of the border
https://www.dw.com/en/india-pakistan-sign-historic-agreement-to-construct-kartarpur-corridor/a-50966396
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/pakistan-india-sign-sikh-pilgrimage-corridor-agreement-191024101203153.html

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

Hong Kong’s ‘dead’ extradition bill finally buried as government formally withdraws it

Hong Kong’s extradition bill, declared “dead” months ago by the government, was finally buried on Wednesday with the formal withdrawal of the much-hated legislation which sparked the city’s worst crisis in decades
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3034263/hong-kong-government-officially-withdraws-extradition-bill
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/hong-kong-government-withdraws-bill-that-sparked-protests/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-extradition-bill-withdrawn-carrie-lam-12025906

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

22 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Naruhito declares himself emperor

The reign of Japan’s 126th emperor, Naruhito, has begun following a series of ancient ceremonies at the Imperial Palace. He succeeded his father, who became the first emperor to abdicate in over two centuries
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50120563
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/157/77/168/1571737011173.html?newsId=110208
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/10/22/national/japanese-emperor-begins-ceremonies-proclaim-enthronement-world/#.XbAN7egzY2w

21 OCTOBER 2019

Defence minister says ‘no force’ can stop China reunification

China’s defence minister said on Monday that resolving the « Taiwan question » was China’s greatest national interest, and that no force could prevent the country’s « reunification »
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/defence-minister-force-stop-china-reunification-191021014233161.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-defence-minister-says-resolving-taiwan-question-is-greatest-national-interest

Thai king dismisses consort for undermining the queen

Thailand’s king has stripped his royal noble consort of her titles and military ranks for disloyalty, accusing her of seeking to undermine the position of his official wife for her own benefit
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/21/thailands-king-strips-disloyal-royal-consort-of-titles-and-military-ranks
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/21/thai-king-strips-34-year-old-royal-consort-titles-disloyalty/
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1777044/sineenarts-titles-ranks-removed#cxrecs_s

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

Singapore and China sign agreement to boost defence cooperation

The enhanced Agreement on Defence Exchanges and Security Cooperation (ADESC) formalises activities between Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (Mindef) and China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), including port calls, bilateral exercises, mutual visits and cross-attendance of courses, Mindef said in a news release on Sunday
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/diplomacy/article/3033756/singapore-and-china-sign-agreement-boost-defence-cooperation
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-ng-eng-hen–defence-agreement-scale-up-army-12018308

19 OCTOBER 2019

Australia urged to return $5bn to Timor-Leste and launch royal commission

Australia’s negotiations with Timor-Leste should be the subject of a royal commission, and the government should return $5bn unfairly taken from the impoverished nation, a parliamentary inquiry has been told
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/19/australia-urged-to-return-5bn-to-timor-leste-and-launch-royal-commission

18 OCTOBER 2019

Zhao Ziyang: Purged Chinese Communist reformer is buried

Only close family were allowed to attend the low-key burial in Tianshou Garden cemetery in Chaoping in Beijing’s northern outskirts. Well-wishers and supporters were kept away
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-50097221
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191018_36/

Japan to send its own forces to protect Middle East shipping

Japan will send its own ships and planes to protect its merchant vessels in the Arabian Gulf, an official said on Friday, rejecting calls to join a US coalition formed to safeguard shipping in the region
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/japan-to-send-its-own-forces-to-protect-middle-east-shipping-1.925177
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910180050.html

China’s quarterly economic growth sinks to 26-year low amid US trade war

The world’s second largest economy grew by 6% in the three months ending in September, compared with the same period last year. That was down from 6.2% in the preceding quarter, and was the weakest rate since China began reporting quarterly data in 1993
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/18/chinas-quarterly-economic-growth-sinks-to-26-year-low-amid-us-trade-war
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3033481/chinas-economic-growth-worse-expected-third-quarter-sinking

Pakistan denies entry to Asia coordinator for global press freedom group which has criticised government censorship

Pakistan has banned the Asia coordinator of the Committee to Protect Journalists from entering the country, in a move the global press freedom group said reinforces its “deep and growing concerns” about censorship in the country
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-deny-entry-press-freedom-blacklist-committee-protect-journalists-steven-butler-a9161381.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/rights-groups-slam-pakistan-after-media-watchdog-member-denied-entry-1.67225764

17 OCTOBER 2019

China signed deal to ‘lease’ Pacific island in Solomons

A Chinese company signed an agreement to lease an entire island in the Solomon Islands a day after Beijing recruited the Pacific nation as its latest ally in the strategically important region, according to documents obtained by AFP Thursday (Oct 17)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-signs-deal-to–lease–pacific-island-in-solomons-12009268
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/3033366/chinese-firm-will-lease-part-solomon-islands-after-taiwan
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/17/fears-military-build-up-china-secretly-leases-entire-island/

Malaysia must prepare navy for possible conflict in South China Sea, foreign minister warns

Malaysia’s navy needs upgrading to deal with the possibility of armed conflict in the South China Sea, the country’s foreign minister said on Thursday ahead of the long-awaited release of a Defence White Paper expected to outline a 10-year plan for the armed forces
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3033417/malaysia-must-prepare-navy-possible-conflict-south-china-sea
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-south-china-sea-saifuddin-abdullah-12008402

India, Japan conduct joint military exercise ‘Shinyuu Maitri’

The air forces of India and Japan are going to conduct a joint military exercise named ‘Shinyuu Maitri’ at Air Force Station Arjan Singh in Panagarh, West Bengal
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/india-japan-to-conduct-joint-military-exercise-shinyuu-maitri/

16 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong leader forced to abandon state of the union address amid protests

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam abandoned a state-of-the-union style address after opposition politicians heckled her in chaotic scenes inside the city’s legislative chamber
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/10/16/hong-kong-leader-forced-abandon-state-union-address-amid-protests/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/10/17/2003724086

Taiwan F-16 fighter jet upgrades on schedule, despite delays

Taiwan’s multimillion dollar programme to retrofit its 142-strong fleet of F-16 fighter jets to bring them up to Viper standard is expected to be completed within the next four years
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3033204/taiwan-f-16-fighter-jet-upgrades-schedule-despite-delays

15 OCTOBER 2019

Singapore and China sign 9 agreements, exchange views on ‘excellent’ state of relations

Singapore and China have signed nine agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, following the conclusion of a top-level bilateral meeting in Chongqing on Tuesday (Oct 15)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-jcbc-meeting-chongqing-heng-swee-keat-12002940

Human rights group shut down in Maldives for ‘insulting’ religion

A temporary shut down order was issued by the Maldives government against the Maldivian Democracy Network for a 2015 report that allegedly ‘insulted’ religion
https://ifex.org/human-rights-group-shut-down-in-maldives-for-insulting-religion/
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-suspends-ngo-for-slandering-islam-148485

Taiwan sends presidential envoy to boost Czech ties after Prague moves to scrap sister city agreement with Beijing

Taiwan has sent a presidential envoy to the Czech capital after the Prague city authorities moved to cut ties with their counterparts in Beijing over the one-China policy
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3033051/taiwan-sends-presidential-envoy-boost-czech-ties-after-prague

Will not allow water to Pakistan: Indian Prime Minister Modi

“For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water and bring it to your houses,” the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, in Charki Dadri in Haryana
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/will-not-allow-water-to-pakistan-indian-prime-minister-modi-1.67148514
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/our-share-of-river-waters-will-no-more-go-to-pakistan-pm/article29690436.ece?homepage=true

Philippines Conducts Maritime Exercises with US, Japan and Australia

The Philippines launched large-scale maritime drills on Wednesday with allies the United States and Japan near disputed areas in the South China Sea, military officials said Tuesday, amid heightened concern about Beijing’s military influence in the region
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/naval-exercises-10152019122404.html

14 OCTOBER 2019

Prince William, Kate visiting Pakistan to boost ties

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are arriving in Islamabad on Monday for the first royal trip to the country in more than a decade. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be accorded a red carpet welcome for their first visit to the Pakistan
https://www.dw.com/en/prince-william-kate-visiting-pakistan-to-boost-ties/a-50824401
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2019/10/14/duke-duchess-cambridge-arrive-pakistan-five-day-visit/

13 OCTOBER 2019

Xi Jinping promises to step up Chinese support for Nepal as two-day visit concludes

The two countries signed 20 agreements on Sunday to wrap up Xi’s two-day visit, which marked the first visit by a Chinese state leader to the Himalayan state in more than two decades as Beijing seeks to bolster its influence in South Asia
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3032745/xi-jinping-promises-step-chinese-support-nepal-two-day-visit
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2019/10/13/nepal-and-china-sign-and-exchange-20-agreements
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/joint-statement-between-nepal-and-the-peoples-republic-of-china-full-text/
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20191013-china-and-india-compete-over-strategically-located-nepal-belt-and-road

Pope Francis elevates Kerala nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood at Vatican City

Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the ceremony at the St Peter’s Square
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/catholics-celebrate-pope-francis-elevates-kerala-nun-mariam-thresia-to-sainthood-at-vatican-city-1.1570968047166
https://aleteia.org/2019/02/14/meet-indias-newest-recognized-saint/

12 OCTOBER 2019

Xi, Modi agree to trim trade deficit, boost mutual trust amid US-China tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi concluded their second informal summit on Saturday by pledging to overcome trade differences and appreciate “each other’s autonomous foreign policies”, signalling an effort to focus on mutual interests rather than on long-standing contentious issues
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3032656/xi-modi-agree-manage-differences-shore-china-india-ties-chennai
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-and-china-seek-new-era-in-ties-after-leaders-meet-1.922592

11 OCTOBER 2019

South Korea’s army says will cut force by 100,000 in three years

The Army plans to slash troop numbers by nearly 100-thousand in the next three years due to demographic decline and a need to enhance unit structures
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-s-army-says-will-cut-force-by-100-000-in-three-years-11992634
http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/news_view.htm?lang=e&Seq_Code=148595
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/356_276997.html

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

Two Malaysian lawmakers arrested over alleged ties to Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers

Assemblymen G. Saminathan from the state of Malacca and P. Gunasekaran of Negeri Sembilan were arrested on Thursday, confirmed Thomas Su, a member of the central executive committee in the predominantly-Chinese Democratic Action Party (DAP), which the duo also belong to
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032397/malaysian-lawmakers-arrested-over-alleged-ties-sri-lankan
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/10/528695/police-arrest-7-men-including-2-assemblymen-supporting-ltte

South Korea may acquire nuclear submarines after North’s missile test

South Korea’s navy is considering acquiring nuclear-powered submarines, it said on Thursday (Oct 10) in a surprise announcement which would change the balance of power in North-east Asia and is likely to upset several of its neighbours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-korea-may-acquire-nuclear-submarines-after-norths-missile-test
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/205_276934.html

9 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Akira Yoshino, 2 others win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Li-ion battery work

Akira Yoshino, honorary fellow at Asahi Kasei Corp., has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Oct. 9 in Stockholm
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191009/p2a/00m/0na/013000c
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910090076.html

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal ‘fake news’ law

Malaysian lawmakers on Wednesday (Oct 9) once again voted to repeal a controversial law that punished spreading « fake news » with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-fake-news-law-repeal-parliament-vote-11985614
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032217/malaysian-mps-vote-do-away-fake-news-law

Pakistan thanks China for ‘support on Kashmir issue’

The dispute over India’s move to scrap Kashmir’s special status and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were the main topics of discussion between two leaders. China’s president is expected to travel to New Delhi soon
https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-thanks-china-for-support-on-kashmir-issue/a-50745277
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zgyw/t1706535.htm
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-s-xi-says-watching-kashmir-supports-pakistan-s-core-interests-30482

8 OCTOBER 2019

Filipino performance artist and activist Carlos Celdran dies

Celdran died in Madrid, where he had been living since January of this year
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/filipino-performance-artist-and-activist-carlos-celdran-dies-1.920912
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1174945/activist-tour-guide-carlos-celdran-passes-away
https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/10/08/19/days-in-exile-short-docu-provides-glimpse-into-carlos-celdrans-life-in-spain

Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising Communist government on Facebook

Human rights groups have called for the immediate release of a Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising one-party Communist rule on his Facebook page
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/08/vietnamese-activist-arrested-for-criticising-communist-government-on-facebook
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/facebook-arrrest-09302019170626.html

India takes first delivery in French jet deal

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

South Asia region Al Qaeda chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan

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

7 OCTOBER 2019

National Exhibition of Sci-Tech with focus on robots held in Pyongyang

Rapid progress is being made in developing robot technology in North Korea. At the 2019 National Exhibition of Sci-Tech Achievements in the Field of Robot held this week in Pyongyang
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262654062/national-exhibition-of-sci-tech-with-focus-on-robots-held-in-pyongyang

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

Seoul fears US is delaying envoy’s approval in retaliation for scrapping of security pact, sources say

South Korea has waited two months for the US government’s approval of its appointed ambassador to Washington, raising concern that the US is delaying its nod in retaliation for Seoul’s abandonment of a security pact with Japan
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3030744/us-revised-hong-kong-democracy-bill-targets-chinese-state-media

US and Taiwan hold forum to shore up support for Taipei in Pacific

Representatives of Pacific Island nations, the US and Taiwan  met in Taipei on Monday to find ways to shore up support for the self-ruled island in the region as Beijing continues to poach its allies
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3031891/us-and-taiwan-hold-forum-shore-support-taipei-pacific
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191007_38/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201910070020.aspx

6 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong court rejects bid to suspend mask ban

A Hong Kong judge has rejected a bid from the city’s pro-democracy legislators to suspend the government’s ban on wearing face masks at protests. Mass demonstrations have continued in defiance of the ban
https://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-court-rejects-bid-to-suspend-mask-ban/a-50713382
https://www.theepochtimes.com/hong-kong-court-rejects-injunction-to-suspend-anti-mask-law-for-the-second-time_3107474.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3031766/hong-kong-court-rejects-second-attempt-get-mask-ban

Sri Lanka President Sirisena abandons re-election bid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5 OCTOBER 2019

Việt Nam, Cambodia issue joint statement

Việt Nam and Cambodia have issued a joint statement on the occasion of the Việt Nam visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen from October 4-5 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/18153

Thailand judge shoots himself in court after criticising system

A Thai judge shot himself in the chest in front of a packed court after acquitting several murder suspects and decrying the kingdom’s judicial system in an impassioned speech broadcast on Facebook Live
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49945636
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-judge-shoots-himself-in-court-railing-at-justice-system-11972724
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377117

North Korea and US begin fresh talks on nukes and sanctions

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

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

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

China launches satellite that can photograph every metre of ground

The Chinese satellite, Gaofen-10, was launched at 2:51 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time) aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 314th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/05/china-launches-satellite-that-can-photograph-every-metre-of-ground

India, Bangladesh sign seven pacts

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, India and Bangladesh hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries, as they signed seven agreements including the setting up of a joint coastal surveillance system
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-bangladesh-sign-seven-pacts-1.1570287889918
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/05/bangladesh-signs-7-deals-with-india-following-hasina-modi-talks-in-new-delhi

4 OCTOBER 2019

Thai army charges opposition politicians with sedition

The Thai army has filed sedition charges against six key opposition party leaders who debated possible devolution of some powers to the nation’s violence-hit south
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/thai-army-charges-opposition-politicians-with-sedition
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1764984/opposition-sedition-charge-delusional#cxrecs_s

Vladimir Putin says Russia is helping China build a missile early warning system

Russia is helping China to build an early warning system to counter missile attacks, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3031639/vladimir-putin-says-russia-helping-china-build-missile-early
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262632957/putin-russia-helps-china-build-missile-warning-system

Duterte seeks deeper ties with Latin America, Africa, Central Asia

“In the remaining three years of my term, we will likewise expand the horizon of Philippine diplomacy by deepening our engagement in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia,” Duterte said
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/710471/duterte-seeks-deeper-ties-with-latin-america-africa-central-asia/story/

3 OCTOBER 2019

Cambodia Judge Orders Re-Investigation of RFA Reporters’ Case

The judge in Cambodia’s trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists on Wednesday called for a reinvestigation of the espionage and the production of pornography charges, a ruling that a rights expert said was “ridiculous and punitive” and showed the weakness of the case
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/rfa-trial-10032019071156.html
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3031417/cambodian-judge-orders-new-investigation-journalists-us

North Korea says underwater-launched missile test succeeded

North Korea confirmed Thursday it has carried out its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years, in an apparent bid to dial up pressure on the United States ahead of a weekend resumption of their nuclear diplomacy
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korea-says-underwater-launched-missile-test-succeeded/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/02/asia/north-korea-missile-launch-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49915224

2 OCTOBER 2019

India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti 150th birthday: PM Modi, President Kovind pay tribute to the Mahatma

It’s the 150th birth anniversary of The Mahatma and celebrations are being held across the country and the world. In pic: PM Modi and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on 150th birth anniversary at the Rajghat, New Delhi
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191002_43/
https://indianexpress.com/photos/india-news/mahatma-gandhi-jayanti-150-pm-narendra-modi-rajghat-6046875/

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

Japan ups sales tax to 10% amid signs economy is weakening

Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country’s future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-ups-sales-tax-to-10-amid-signs-economy-is-weakening/

1 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong Police Fire Live Ammunition At Protesters, Boy Shot in Chest

A Hong Kong police officer shot a protester with a live round on Tuesday (Oct 1) after his unit was attacked by demonstrators in Tsuen Wan district during sustained clashes in the city, a police spokesperson said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-protester-shot-in-the-chest-by-a-live-round-media
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-01/violence-flares-hong-kong-after-china-70-anniversary-parade/11565024

China anniversary: Beijing celebrations mark 70 years of Communist rule

China has celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule and its rise to global superpower status with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, and a promise from President Xi Jinping that “no force can shake the status of this great nation”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/01/china-celebrates-70-years-military-parade-xi-jinping-hong-kong
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49808078
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/01/china-s-national-day-military-parade-marks-70th-anniversary-of-communist-state

30 SEPTEMBER 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to uphold ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Monday (Sept 30) to uphold the principles of « one country, two systems », amid fears that Beijing would intervene to end pro-democracy protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-jinping-vows-to-uphold-one-country-two-systems-in-hong-kong
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/30/chinese-president-pledges-uphold-one-country-two-systems-hong/

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launches party manifesto as election chatter grows

As talk of an impending general election heats up in Singapore, the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) launched its manifesto, with its party chief insisting that unless the city state became more free and open, it would lag behind in fostering the creativity and innovation needed to drive progress
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3030803/singapore-opposition-politician-chee-soon-juan-launches-party

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

China set to join Arms Trade Treaty that Donald Trump threatened to abandon

Beijing says it wants to join the pact, which regulates the $70 billion cross-border trade in conventional weapons, as soon as possible. The treaty has been ratified by 104 countries but US President Trump has U-turned
https://www.dw.com/en/china-advances-plans-to-join-arms-treaty-spurned-by-trump/a-50619789
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3030769/china-set-join-arms-trade-treaty-donald-trump-threatened

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Death of Chinese activist in police custody prompts calls for investigation into torture

Human rights advocates are calling for an investigation into the death of a Wang Meiyu, Chinese activist, arrested after holding up a placard calling for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to step down
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/27/death-of-chinese-activist-in-police-custody-prompts-calls-for-investigation-into-torture
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-death-09242019134327.html

In Counterweight to China, EU, Japan Sign Deal to Link Asia

The European Union and Japan signed an infrastructure deal on Sept. 27 to coordinate transport, energy and digital projects linking Europe and Asia, seeking an alternative to Chinese largesse that has raised suspicion in Brussels and Tokyo
https://www.theepochtimes.com/in-counterweight-to-china-eu-japan-sign-deal-to-link-asia_3098659.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3030700/eu-and-japan-play-guardians-universal-values-effort-challenge

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2019

US Senate Committee Passes TAIPEI Act to Boost Taiwan’s International Standing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimously passed the TAIPEI Act on Sept. 25, moving forward a bill that would bolster Taiwan’s ability to fend off China’s diplomatic bullying
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-senate-committee-passes-taipei-act-to-boost-taiwans-international-standing_3097561.html
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3784577

Sri Lanka’s governing party picks Premadasa as candidate

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

Beijing issues position paper on China and the UN

China’s cooperation with the United Nations (UN) is growing stronger and deeper and entering a new era, according to a position paper published by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/195/203/177/1569505855608.html?newsId=107181

US and Japan agree initial trade deal focusing on agriculture

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 25 signed an initial trade deal that opens up markets to $7 billion worth of U.S. agricultural goods
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49834705
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-3-u.s.-japan-sign-limited-trade-deal-leaving-autos-for-future-talks

25 SEPTEMBER 2019

Pakistan growth rate to be lowest in South Asia: ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected that Pakistan’s economic growth rate will be 2.8% – the lowest in South Asia – and its inflation rate will be 12% – the highest in the bloc of eight nations – in this fiscal year
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2065059/2-pakistans-economic-growth-rate-lowest-south-asia-fiscal-year-adb/

US sanctions Chinese companies for Iran oil imports: Pompeo

The United States on Wednesday (Sep 25) announced sanctions on Chinese companies for buying Iranian oil, stepping up pressure despite European attempts to arrange talks between Washington and Tehran
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-sanctions-chinese-companies-for-iran-oil-imports-pompeo-11942470

Marshall Islands Shows Support for Taiwan After Neighbors Favor China

The Marshall Islands confirmed it was maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Sept. 25, a welcome show of support for President Tsai Ing-wen who has seen two other Pacific nations drop ties in favor of China in a matter of weeks
https://www.theepochtimes.com/marshall-islands-shows-support-for-taiwan-after-neighbors-favor-china_3094678.html

Beijing Daxing: China’s huge new ‘starfish’ airport opens its doors

Built at a cost of US$63 million, the airport is roughly the size of 100 football fields and is expected to become one of the world’s busiest. It boasts four runways and is expected to handle up to 72 million passengers a year by 2025, eventually reaching 100 million
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49750182
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3030334/beijing-daxing-airport-worlds-largest-takes-flight

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Japan not inviting South Korea to naval review amid dispute

Japan announced Tuesday that it is not inviting South Korea to a multinational naval review it is hosting next month because their ties are badly strained over history, trade and defense
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-not-inviting-south-korea-to-naval-review-amid-dispute/

Singapore renews military bases pact with US amid deepening defence ties with China

The renewal of a three-decade old pact between the United States and Singapore that grants US forces access to the Lion City’s naval and air bases signals that Washington views the city state as a vital part of its Asia strategy for a long time to come, analysts have said
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3030111/china-will-be-wary-us-singapore-deal-military-bases

Laos to go ahead with Luang Prabang dam project despite warnings

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

China pledges new impetus in climate efforts after 2020

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

Cambodia’s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy calls for uprising

The former Cambodian opposition leader who lives in exile is calling for a people’s uprising, and an army rebellion, against the government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/cambodias-exiled-opposition-leader-calls-uprising-190924073405574.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2019

‘Howdy, Modi!’: Trump hails Indian PM at ‘historic’ Texas rally

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49788492
https://www.thestatesman.com/world/usa-loves-india-says-donald-trump-howdy-modi-event-1502802952.html

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2019

Solomon Islands establishes diplomatic ties with China

Solomon Islands says the decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China was based on « national needs. » The development leaves Taiwan more isolated than ever
https://www.dw.com/en/solomon-islands-establishes-diplomatic-ties-with-china/a-50527170
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zgyw/t1700053.htm

20 SEPTEMBER 2019

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan to switch to China, days after Solomon Islands

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing’s hand
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-20/kiribati-to-switch-diplomatic-ties-from-taiwan-to-china/11532192
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3780704

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

China publishes white paper on progress of women’s cause

China on Thursday issued a white paper on the progress of women’s cause in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/168/54/21/1568897934399.html?newsId=106616

India builds detention camps for Assam ‘foreigners’

After excluding 2 million people from a citizenship list, Indian authorities in Assam are now building detention centers to incarcerate « stateless » people. DW reporter Murali Krishnan visited an under-construction camp
https://www.dw.com/en/india-builds-detention-camps-for-assam-foreigners/a-50497835

Malaysia Seeks Non-Militarization of South China Sea

Malaysia called Wednesday for non-militarization of the South China Sea, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his Pakatan Harapan government’s first comprehensive foreign policy document since it took power last year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-china-09182019171217.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong refuses to renew work visa for representative from Taiwan

Tsai Meng-chieh, who works for Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau, was forced to return home on Wednesday after the city government refused to extend his papers, according to officials from the bureau and the Mainland Affairs Council
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3027955/hong-kong-refuses-renew-work-visa-representative-taiwan

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

Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Japan’s existing Air Self-Defence Force may “evolve into the Air and Space SDF” in the future as he stressed the need to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities in outer space
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3027663/japans-shinzo-abe-wants-space-self-defence-force-protect
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190917/p2g/00m/0fp/076000c

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

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2019

China extends influence in Pacific as Solomon Islands break with Taiwan

The move is a huge blow to self-ruled Taiwan, which has lost six allies since 2016, and to Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January amid rising tension with China
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/solomon-islands-switch-diplomatic-ties-from-taiwan-to-china
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190916_31/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201909160022.aspx

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide’: UN

Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a « serious risk of genocide », UN investigators said on Monday (Sep 16), warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains « impossible »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/600-000-rohingya-still-in-myanmar-at-serious-risk-of-genocide-un-11910582

India arrests Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah under controversial law as restore normal life to Kashmir, Supreme Court tells government

A senior pro-India Kashmiri politician was arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/india-arrests-kashmir-leader-abdullah-controversial-law-190916083339877.html
https://in.reuters.com/article/india-kashmir/restore-normal-life-to-kashmir-supreme-court-tells-government-idINKBN1W115Z?rpc=401&

‘Very difficult’ for China’s economy to grow at 6 percent: PM Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it is « very difficult » for China’s economy to grow at a rate of 6 percent or more because of the high base from which it was starting and the complicated international backdrop
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/difficult-china-economy-grow-6-percent-li-190916011749336.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

Rare map that bolstered Philippines’ case in territorial dispute with China sold for $1 million

A copy of the map, first published in 1734 by the Jesuit cartographer Pedro Murillo Velarde. It was among 270 maps presented to a five-man arbitration tribunal to back the Philippines’ rights to parts of the South China Sea that China was also claiming. Less than a dozen copies exist today
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/15/1951885/1734-map-showing-panatag-sold-auction-p467-million

Afghan Taliban revoke months-long ban on Red Cross

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysian opposition parties UMNO and PAS formalise pact

Malaysia’s two oldest political parties – UMNO and PAS – signed a charter of formal cooperation on Saturday (Sep 14), presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority Malay-Muslims
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-umno-and-pas-formalise-pact-11906484
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/malaysia-top-opposition-parties-form-alliance-190914134219848.html
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3027189/malaysia-does-marriage-umno-and-pas-pose-threat-mahathirs

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

Thai navy inks deal for LPD warship from China

China and Thailand have signed a deal that will see a Chinese shipbuilding company build a Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Thai navy, a move which shows deepened arms trade cooperation between the two countries, a Chinese military expert said
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/article/thai-navy-inks-deal-for-lpd-warship-from-china/

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

India jailed thousands in Kashmir crackdown – official data

Authorities in India-administered Kashmir have arrested nearly 4,000 people since New Delhi took its limited autonomy last month, government data shows, the most clear evidence yet of the scale of one of the disputed region’s biggest crackdowns
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-jailed-thousands-in-kashmir-crackdown-official-data-29730

Emotional footage emerges of BJ Habibie, Xanana Gusmao saying farewell

Following the death of former Indonesian president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, footage has emerged of an emotional hospital visit from former Timor-Leste president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/emotional-footage-emerges-of-bj-habibie-xanana-gusmao-saying-farewell
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/touching-farewell-for-the-man-who-gave-east-timor-freedom-20190912-p52qts.html

Cambodia, Laos, agree to step up border demarcation effort

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his visiting Lao counterpart, Thongloun Sisoulith, agreed in a statement to complete the process now that 86% of the border has been marked. The two countries are to add border pillars and produce a map of the borderline as party
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodia-laos-agree-to-step-up-border-demarcation-effort/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Laos_cambodia.php
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/16872

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

Japan’s Shinzo Abe shakes up Cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (Sept 11) appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a Cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the Prime Minister’s successor
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-shinzo-abe-shakes-up-cabinet-brings-in-rising-star
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190911_49/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909110039.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Thailand : Another micro party pulls out of coalition

Pichet Sathirachawal, leader of the Prachatham Thai Party, held a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday to announce the party’s decision
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1746984/another-micro-party-pulls-out-of-coalition#cxrecs_s

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

Solomon Islands Says ‘Business as Usual’ with Taiwan as it Mulls Diplomatic Switch to China

Solomon Islands said that its diplomatic ties with Taiwan were stable, giving the assurance even as China woos the Pacific nation with a development fund if it switches alliance from Taipei to Beijing
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/solomon-islands-says-business-as-usual-with-taiwan-as-it-mulls-diplomatic-switch-to-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201909100023.aspx

India, Nepal inaugurate South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline

South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline with an annual capacity of 2 million metric tonnes was jointly inaugurated via video conference on Tuesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-nepal-inaugurate-south-asia-s-first-cross-border-oil-pipeline/story-iwMxgmp6UsAfsyyJGqon5J.html
https://www.aninews.in/videos/national/pm-modi-nepal-pm-kp-sharma-oli-jointly-inaugurate-cross-border-petroleum-products-pipeline/

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia rebukes Philippines for ‘unfriendly’ remarks as Sabah sovereignty claim resurfaces

Bilateral ties could suffer if the Philippines continues to insist it has claims over the Malaysian state of Sabah, said analysts, a day after Putrajaya issued a strong rebuke against “unfriendly” remarks from its Southeast Asian neighbour
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3026382/malaysia-rebukes-philippines-unfriendly-remarks-sabah
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3026422/explained-whats-behind-revived-dispute-between-philippines-and

India imposes curfew after clashes in Kashmir

India imposed a curfew in several parts of the contested Kashmir region yesterday after clashes between security forces and Shi’ite Muslims taking part in a procession, officials and eyewitnesses said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-imposes-curfew-after-clashes-in-kashmir
https://www.dw.com/en/india-tightens-kashmir-crackdown-with-curfew/a-50347136

Nepal, China ink 3 agreements during Chinese FM’s visit

Nepal and China on Monday exchanged three agreements following bilateral talks between the Nepalese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his visiting Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359462/nepal-china-ink-3-agreements-during-chinese-fm-visit
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359481/nepal-deports-6-tibetan-asylum-seekers-to-china

India criticises China on ‘one-sided’ trade policies

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday (Sept 9) criticised China for what he described as one-sided trade policies, casting doubt over the progress of negotiations for a pan-Asian free trade agreement
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-criticises-chinese-trade-policies

8 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

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

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

7 SEPTEMBER 2019

MILF rebels hand in guns in Philippines as part of treaty to end decades-long separatist insurgency

Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors on Saturday, as part of a treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026176/milf-rebels-hand-guns-philippines-part-treaty-end-decades
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/08/1949904/not-sign-surrender-symbol-peace
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hope-of-peace-in-Mindanao%3A-12%2C000-Muslim-rebels-lay-down-their-weapons-47935.html

North Korean artillery commander becomes military chief

Pyongyang has named an army general with expertise in artillery as its new military commander, North Korean state media reported, in a move that an analyst said could signal plans for the development of new weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/07/asia-pacific/north-korean-artillery-commander-becomes-military-chief/#.XXPNBigzY2w

India loses contact with spacecraft trying to land on Moon

India’s space agency has lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander, just as the probe was due to touch down on the moon. It is currently unclear if the mission has failed
https://www.dw.com/en/india-loses-contact-with-lunar-spacecraft/a-50334583
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49615665

6 SEPTEMBER 2019

North Korea pursues nuclear weapons programme, evades sanctions: UN

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia, Russia discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have discussed ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/105535
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/519028/putin-wants-set-aerospace-university-malaysia

North Korea tells UN to cut international aid staff in Pyongyang

North Korea has told the United Nations to cut the number of international staff it deploys to Pyongyang, saying the organisation’s programmes have failed « due to the politicisation of UN assistance by hostile forces, »
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/north-korea-tells-cut-international-aid-staff-pyongyang-190905012401821.html

India extends $1 billion line of credit for development of Russia’s Far East; PM Modi vows to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Moscow

India on Thursday announced an “unprecedented” USD 1 billion line of credit for the development of Russia’s Far East with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowing that New Delhi will walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Moscow in its quest for the development of the resource-rich region
https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/india-extends-1-billion-line-of-credit-for-development-of-russias-far-east-pm-modi-vows-to-walk-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-moscow/1697338/
https://www.aninews.in/videos/world/india-give-line-credit-worth-us-1-billion-far-easts-development-pm-modi-russia/

4 SEPTEMBER 2019

India keen to acquire shipbuilding tech from Russia as Modi-Putin visits modern shipyard in Vladivostok

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled on a ship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, the first stop in his two-day visit to the Russian Far East region and spent quality time together as Delhi showed interest in acquiring shipbuilding technology from Moscow
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-keen-to-acquire-shipbuilding-tech-from-russia-as-modi-putin-visits-modern-shipyard-in-vladivostok/articleshow/70979714.cms
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/russia-already-india-s-biggest-arms-supplier-in-line-for-more-119090401471_1.html

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces formal withdrawal of extradition Bill

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

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

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

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

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

Vietnam commemorating 50 years since Ho Chi Minh death

Ho Chi Minh is still revered in Vietnam, seen as the man who brought independence to the country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/vietnams-ho-chi-minh-commemorating-50-years-death-190902122320416.html
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/534833/national-ceremony-marks-50-years-implementing-late-presidents-testament.html#J1W63F8pvVE7vIu4.97

1 SEPTEMBER 2019

China, US kick off new round of tariffs in trade war

China and the United States have begun imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-01/us-china-trade-war-escalates-with-additional-tariffs/11468922?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3025255/china-us-trade-war-latest-tariffs-take-effect-sides-seek-get

Myanmar govt, armed groups issue ceasefire communique

Representatives of Myanmar government’s National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) and four ethnic armed groups issued a joint communique late on Saturday following their meeting in Kengtung, Shan state, earlier on the day
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/53/251/75/1567329512546.html?newsId=93797

Seoul eyes intelligence-sharing pact with Bangkok as President Moon Jae-in seeks pivot to Asean

To signal its growing interest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), South Korea will seek an intelligence-sharing pact – called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) – with Thailand
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3025154/seoul-eyes-intelligence-sharing-pact-bangkok-moon-seeks-pivot
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190901000251

 

On 3 November in Asian history

ON 3 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on November 3, 2019

1605: Eight days after his father’s death, Jahangir succeeded to the throne as Mughal emperor
https://learn.culturalindia.net/jahangir.html
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://islamicart.com/library/empires/india/jahangir.html

1618: Birth of Aurangzeb Alamgir (the exact day according different  sources are between October 21 and November 4), Mughal emperor of India (1658-1707) who died on March 3, 1707
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404700333.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurangzeb

1838: The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_of_India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/3rd-november-1838-the-times-of-india-the-newspaper-was-founded

1839: The first Opium war between China and Britain breaks out
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html

1852: Birth of Japanese emperor Mutsuhito (Meiji) from 1867 to his death on July 30, 1912
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Emperor_Meiji

1852-11-03 Birth of Mutsuhito

1856: In China, a British fleet bombs Canton (Guangzhou)

1908: Birth of Chinese painter Wu Zuoren who died on April 9, 1997


http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/wu-zuoren/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Zuoren
http://www.google.fr/search?q=wu+zuoren&nord=1&biw=1366&bih=628&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=hWxWVPPcJ8aiPfregagL&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDFDUGA4Xc

1917: Birth of Annapurna Maharana, Indian freedom fighter and social worker who died on December 31, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna_Maharana
http://www.iopb.res.in/~maharana/Annapurna-Biography.pdf

Annapurna Maharana

1923: Birth of Yamaguchi Hitomi, Japanese novelist and essayist who died on August 30, 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi_Hitomi

1924: Birth of Toyoko Yamazaki, Japanese writer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1212056/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyoko_Yamasaki

1928: Birth of Osamu Tezuka, Japanese film writer and mangaka, who died on February 1989
https://www.thoughtco.com/tezuka-osamu-quick-facts-183384
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0856804/

0samu Tezuka

1929: Korean students, in the Gwangju incident, launch their antijapanese movement


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Student_Independence_Movement
http://gsim.gen.go.kr/en/?page=0201

1929-11-03 Gwangju students incident

1931: Birth of Yong Hyong-muk, North Korea Prime Minister (1989-1992) who died on October 22, 2005
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon_Hyong-muk

1931: Birth of Fu Tieshan, head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church, who died on 20 April 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Fu_Tieshan

1933: Birth of Amartya Sen, Indian economist Nobel Prize laureate in 1998
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1998/sen/facts/
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1998/sen/auto-biography/

1934: Birth of Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer and actress 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruma_Guha_Thakurta

1938: Birth of Akira Kobayashi, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kobayashi
http://vimeo.com/13674184

1942: The Koli Point action begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on November 12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_Point_action
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Koli_Point_action

1945: In Indonesia, Vice President Hatta proclaims right of the people to form political parties.

1946: Japanese emperor Hirohito loses all his power for an elected assembly as a new constitution is adopted
http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Japan/English/english-Constitution.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675041219_Douglas-MacArthur_Allied-Control-Council_camera-men-taking-photographs_speech

1948: Birth of Akira Emoto, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256628/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Emoto_Akira

Akira Emoto

1948: Birth of Takashi Kawamura, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Kawamura_(politician)

1950: The French  troops leave the Vietnam northern border

1954: The first in  the Godzilla series of films is released in Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla

1955: Birth of Yukihito Tsutsumi, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1066739/
http://eiga.wikia.com/wiki/Yukihiko_Tsutsumi

1961: The United Nations General Assembly, unanimously elects U Thant as acting general secretary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Thant
https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/150/32781.html

U Thant 2

1967: Vietnam battle  of Dak To begins (up to 22 November)
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/battle-of-dak-to-begins
http://www.eagerarms.com/battleofdakto.html

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/DakTo.htm

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2GfKp3Gs1A

1969: Nixon  addresses  the nation, asking the « silent majority » to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam war effort and to support his policy
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-calls-on-the-silent-majority

1975: In Bangladesh, president Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad is overthrown in a coup by General Khaled  Mosharraf. Tajuddin Ahmad, Bangladeshi politician and a senior leader of the  Awami League, born on July 23, 1925, is killed in jail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khondaker_Mostaq_Ahmad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajuddin_Ahmad

1978: Deng Xiaoping  starts an historic three-day visit to Thailand
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25797647?uid=3738016&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21104449156961

1978: Signature of a  Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between Soviet Union and Vietnam

1980: A South Korea’s military court confirms the opponent leader Kim Dae-jung verdict to death
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1980/10/24/Dissident-denies-charges-but-says-he-does-not-fear-death/6759341208000/
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1980/12/13/US-Defense-Secretary-Harold-Brown-met-with-South-Korean/8874345531600/

1982: The Salang  tunnel fire in Afghanistan kills up to 2000 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salang_tunnel_fire

1982 Salang Tunnel

1984: In India, funeral of Indira Gandhi causing anti-Sikh riots with 1,277 victims as a  result
http://www.oneindia.com/india/why-cuba-s-fidel-castro-us-prez-ronald-reagan-skipped-indira-gandhi-funeral-1549850.html
http://www.magnumphotos.com/Catalogue/Raghu-Rai/1984/INDIA–Funeral-of-Indira-GANDHI-November-1984-NN146124.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ6vQqUljck

1984: Birth of Ryo Nishikido, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Nishikido_Ryo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryo_Nishikido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHTJAZ8qfPE

1986: Birth of Heo Young Saeng, Korean singer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heo_Young-saeng

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

1987: Death of Liang Shih-chiu (Liang Shiqiu), Chinese educator, writer and translator; born on January 6, 1903
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Shih-chiu
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10271.html

1988: Sri Lankan  Tamil mercenaries try to overthrow the Maldivian government. At president Gayoom  request, the Indian military suppresses the coup attempt
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maldives-president-coup-india/1/172857.html

1988-11-03 coup

2001: Taiwanese Chen  Shui-bian lifts the banning of more than 50 billions USD projects in main China and authorizes direct commercial links

2003: In Kabul, a  post-Taliban draft constitution is unveiled

2007: Burma asks UN chief representative to leave the country over a critical statement he made the  last month

2007: In Pakistan,  General Musharraf declares state of emergency before judiciary can rule on his  re-election as president

2011: President Lee Myung-bak and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reaffirm their commitment to cooperate on a project to pipe Siberian natural gas to South Korea via North Korea during their summit Wednesday in St. Petersburg
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/south-korea-russia-pipeline/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2011: « Russia will build two nuclear power plants, and each of the units will produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity, » said Yeafesh Osman, a junior minister in charge of Bangladesh’s Science and Technology
http://edition.cnn.com/2011/11/03/world/asia/bangladesh-nuclear-power/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

2012: European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso offers Burma more than $100m (£62m; 78m euros) in development aid as he met President Thein Sein.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20189448

2013: Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies
http://dawn.com/news/1053832/legendary-folk-singer-reshma-dies

2014: Death of veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya
http://www.dawn.com/news/1142199/veteran-bollywood-actor-sadashiv-amrapurkar-passes-away-at-64
http://indianexpress.com/photos/entertainment-gallery/remembering-sadashiv-amrapurkar-bollywoods-most-memorable-villain/8/

2014: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge

2018: The Dominican Republic opened its new embassy in mainland China on Saturday, months after switching its allegiance to Beijing from the self-ruled island of Taiwan
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2171534/dominican-republic-opens-new-embassy-mainland-china-after

 

Vietnam home Policy and society

3 NOVEMBER 2019

Why Vietnam Can’t Stop Risky Migration to Richer Countries

The discovery by police in southeastern England quickly cast attention on human trafficking from Vietnam to Europe where incomes are higher. Several arrests have been made in the United Kingdom, and one man was charged with conspiracy to traffic people
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/why-vietnam-cant-stop-risky-migration-to-richer-countries/

8 OCTOBER 2019

Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising Communist government on Facebook

Human rights groups have called for the immediate release of a Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising one-party Communist rule on his Facebook page
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/08/vietnamese-activist-arrested-for-criticising-communist-government-on-facebook
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/facebook-arrrest-09302019170626.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Vietnam commemorating 50 years since Ho Chi Minh death

Ho Chi Minh is still revered in Vietnam, seen as the man who brought independence to the country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/vietnams-ho-chi-minh-commemorating-50-years-death-190902122320416.html
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/534833/national-ceremony-marks-50-years-implementing-late-presidents-testament.html#J1W63F8pvVE7vIu4.97

23 AUGUST 2019

Citizens are speaking out in Vietnam

Before the mid-1990s, Vietnamese citizens rarely openly voiced discontent about working conditions, government policies or other political issues. They whispered their concerns to confidants and acted on them only surreptitiously. Such everyday resistance still occurs. But more remarkable today, people are also speaking out publicly
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/08/23/citizens-are-speaking-out-in-vietnam/

24 JUNE 2019

American jailed in Vietnam for 12 years for ‘attempting to overthrow state’

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a US citizen to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of « attempting to overthrow the state », the man’s lawyer said
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/american-jailed-in-vietnam-for-12-years-for-attempting-to-overthrow-state
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/vietnam-jails-man-12-years-overthrow-state-190624082305389.html

14 JUNE 2019

Southeast Asian VCs pledge $425m in investments for early-stage startups in Vietnam

Venture capital firms from across Southeast Asia have pledged to collectively invest roughly US$425 million into early-stage startups in Vietnam by 2020, according to a statement
https://www.techinasia.com/southeast-asian-vcs-pledge-425m-investments-earlystage-startups-vietnam

10 JUNE 2019

Hanoi is the winner in the US-China trade war

Vietnam is the big winner in trade war between the United States and China. According to economists, this year the country’s economy will grow at a faster pace than all other Southeast Asian economies
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hanoi-is-the-winner-in-the-US-China-trade-war-47244.html

8 JUNE 2019

Việt Nam economy to grow at 6.7%: report

The Vietnamese economy is expected to grow at around 6.7 per cent this year, the fastest rate in South East Asia, according to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ recent Economic Insight: South East Asia report
http://bizhub.vn/news/viet-nam-economy-to-grow-at-67-report_306346.html

6 JUNE 2019

Vietnam blogger jailed for six years for Facebook posts calling for peaceful protests

Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a shrimp farming engineer, was sentenced to six years in jail for “making, storing, disseminating or propagandising materials and products that aim to oppose the state of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam”, related to a series of Facebook posts from last year
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/vietnam-blogger-jailed-for-six-years-for-facebook-posts-calling-for-peaceful-protests
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/nguyen-ngoc-anh-06062019163754.html

14 MAY 2019

At least 128 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam: Amnesty

The number of prisoners of conscience in Vietnam has risen by a third over the past year amid a continuing crackdown on freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian nation, Amnesty International has said
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/128-prisoners-conscience-vietnam-amnesty-190513034714570.html

11 MAY 2019

Vietnam jails two activists for ‘spreading propaganda’ on Facebook

A Vietnamese court has jailed two activists on charges of publishing damaging anti-state propaganda about the communist-run country, state media reported Saturday, the latest convictions under a hardline leadership intolerant of dissent
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/vietnam-jails-two-activists-for-spreading-propaganda-on-facebook

22 APRIL 2019

Vietnamese ex-president Le Duc Anh who ousted Khmer Rouge dies, aged 99

General Le Duc Anh, a Communist Party hardliner and former Vietnamese president who led the invasion of Cambodia which led to the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, has died aged 99
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnamese-ex-president-le-duc-anh-who-ousted-khmer-rouge-dies-aged-99
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/519014/former-president-le-duc-anh-dies-aged-99.html#5hYYPjrVTItKZQoX.97

27 MARCH 2019

Vietnam’s Hmong Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. Why does their faith make the government so uneasy?

There are an estimated 300,000 Hmong Christians living in Vietnam
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3003490/vietnams-hmong-christians-are-persecuted-their-beliefs-why

20 MARCH 2019

Vietnam Court Jails Activist For 2 Years Over Facebook Posts

A court in the southern Vietnamese district of Binh Thuy  sentenced activist and Facebook commentator Le Minh The to two years in prison for  “dividing the people from the (Communist) Party
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/facebook-sentence-03202019165210.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/vietnam-dissident-jailed-for–reactionary–facebook-posts-11363326

13 MARCH 2019

Repression and abuse behind Vietnam’s peace facade

In a discreet downtown Hanoi bar, while waiting to meet a Vietnamese activist, this correspondent received a telling WhatsApp message: “I’m followed by the security forces.”
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/article/repression-and-abuse-behind-vietnams-peace-facade/

25 JANUARY 2019

Chau Van Kham, Australian citizen and pro-democracy activist, detained in Vietnam

Australian authorities have confirmed Australian citizen and pro-democracy activist Chau Van Kham has been detained in Vietnam
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-25/australian-citizen-reportedly-detained-in-vietnam/10749852?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2183581/days-after-yang-hengjuns-australian-democracy-activist-chau

20 JANUARY 2019

Vietnam’s Politburo clamps down

Trong is the first leader in a long time to make headway toward restoring the party’s image. Two years ago, the Vietnam Communist Party endorsed a list of 27 deviations, including not only ‘opportunism’ but also the notion that the Vietnamese party-state could ever evolve into a pluralist democracy. A soft purge of tainted cadres is well underway
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/01/20/vietnams-politburo-clamps-down/#more-165550

12 JANUARY 2019

More than 6 million Vietnamese are disabled

About 13 per cent of the Vietnamese population, or almost 12 million people, live in households with disabled members. As few as 2.3 per cent of disabled people have access to rehabilitation services in case of illness or accident. Only 2 per cent of the country’s primary and secondary schools meet the needs of disabled pupils
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/More-than-6-million-Vietnamese-are-disabled-45952.html

31 DECEMBER 2018

Stability tests abound for Vietnam

Leader Nguyen Phu Trong will need to show his power grab is leading the nation in the right political, economic and diplomatic directions
http://www.atimes.com/article/stability-tests-abound-for-vietnam/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=b3d6bb9fc5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_31_11_54&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-b3d6bb9fc5-31591405

27 DECEMBER 2018

Vietnam posts decade-high growth of 7.1% in 2018

Vietnam’s growth soared to more than 7 per cent this year, its highest in a decade, helped by a surge in its manufacturing sector
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/vietnam-posts-decade-high-growth-of-7-1–in-2018-11067344
https://www.vietnambreakingnews.com/2018/12/pm-phuc-highlights-this-years-gdp-growth-rate-of-7-08/

23 OCTOBER 2018

New Vietnam president sworn in after 99.8% vote

Vietnam lawmakers on Tuesday (Oct 23) elected as president Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong, the only candidate on the ballot, making him the most powerful man in the country where consensus leadership has traditionally kept strongman rule in check
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/new-vietnam-president-tran-dai-quang-10856158
https://www.foxnews.com/world/vietnam-parliament-elects-communist-party-chief-as-president
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181024_05/

17 OCTOBER 2018

Vietnamese Blogger Mother Mushroom Released, Exiled to US

Vietnamese blogger and activist Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh-known by her blogger handle Me Nam, or Mother Mushroom- was freed from jail Wednesday and put on a flight to the United States
https://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/258139145/vietnamese-blogger-mother-mushroom-released-exiled-to-us
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/dissident-vietnamese-blogger-mother-mushroom-released-181017100207668.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/vietnam-renowned-blogger-mother-mushroom-released-under-condition-exile

5 OCTOBER 2018

Five activists senteced up to 15 years’ jail for attempted subversion in Vietnam

A court in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City sentenced five activists to up to 15 years in prison on Friday after finding them guilty of running a political group that worked to overthrow the country’s one-party communist rule
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-6243831/Vietnam-jails-5-activists-attempted-subversion.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2167235/five-activists-face-15-years-jail-attempted-subversion
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/vietnam-five-more-jailed-relentless-crackdown-freedom-speech

3 OCTOBER 2018

Vietnam party chief Nguyen Phu Trong nominated for Presidential post

All members of the 12th Communist Party of Việt Nam (CPV) Central Committee have agreed to nominate General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng as a candidate for the post of President, to be elected later this month
http://www.atimes.com/article/all-of-vietnams-power-is-in-trongs-hands/

1 OCTOBER 2018

Former Party General Secretary Do Muoi passes away

https://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/209403/former-party-general-secretary-do-muoi-passes-away.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/special-communique-on-former-party-chief-do-muois-passing-away/139438.vnp

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies after ‘serious illness’

In office as president since April 2016 after more than four decades at the powerful Ministry of Public Security, Quang had a reputation as a tough leader with little tolerance for dissent
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/vietnam-president-tran-dai-quang-dies-illness-180921051238229.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/quang-dies-and-a-vacuum-opens-in-vietnam/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=d5b7bf379f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_21_10_45&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-d5b7bf379f-31591405

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Vietnam jails retired teacher for 14 years for ‘attempted subversion’

A retired teacher was jailed Wednesday for 14 years for “attempting to overthrow the state”, the latest in a series of convictions this week as communist Vietnam cracks down harder on critics
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2164916/vietnam-jails-retired-teacher-14-years-attempted-subversion
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/subversion-09192018143141.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2018

Why Mai Khoi, Vietnam’s Lady Gaga, performs in secret in her country

In Vietnam, where the Communist Party rules with an iron fist, Mai Khoi has used lyrics to combine themes of resistance and protest
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2164407/why-mai-khoi-vietnams-lady-gaga-performs-secret-her-country

22 AUGUST 2018

Vietnam imprisons 12 people, including two Americans, charged with subversion

Vietnam on Wednesday jailed two American citizens and 10 others from an outlawed US-based “terrorist” group for attempting to overthrow the state after they spread anti-government leaflets and tried to incite protests last year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2160744/vietnam-puts-12-people-trial-alleged-subversion
http://english.thesaigontimes.vn/62184/court-hands-down-tough-sentences-on-12-individuals-in-subversion-attempt.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-jails-two-vietnamese-americans-for-14-years-over-bomb-attacks

12 AUGUST 2018

Vietnam communist war hero turned dissident Bui Tin dies aged 90

A Vietnamese former colonel and revolutionary war hero who became disillusioned with the communist regime and defected, becoming one of its most vocal and influential critics, died in France at age 90
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/vietnam-communist-war-hero-turned-dissident-bui-tin-dies-aged-90-10610940
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uy5VEYP6mw
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/bui-tin/487379/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/22/bui-tin-obituary

19 JULY 2018

State-run Vietnamese news website suspended by Vietnamese state

 The website of widely-read Vietnamese newspaper Tuổi Trẻ has been banned from publishing content for three months and fined US$10,000 after being accused by the government of publishing false information
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/07/tuoi-tre-online-vietnam-news-website-suspended/#qMDTgoiPK3oHuB2V.99
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/society/20180717/vietnam-ministry-suspends-tuoi-tre-online/46716.html

12 JUNE 2018

Vietnam Parliament passes cyber law denounced in street protests

Vietnam’s National Assembly has passed a cyber security law requiring companies such as Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to store all data of Vietnam-based users in the country and open local offices
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-parliament-passes-cyber-law-denounced-in-street-protests
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/06/12/Vietnam-parliament-passes-cyber-law-denounced-in-street-protests
http://sea-globe.com/vietnams-new-cybersecurity-law-deemed-human-rights-abuse/

8 JUNE 2018

Vietnam expels dissident lawyer to Germany

Nguyen Van Dai, a longtime advocate for democracy, has been released from prison. He has flown to Germany, where he was awarded a human rights prize last year
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnam-expels-dissident-lawyer-to-germany/a-44121266
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2149963/vietnam-kicks-out-human-rights-lawyer-and-another-dissident
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/06/08/Vietnam-expels-dissident-human-rights-lawyer

4 JUNE 2018

Vietnam upholds sentence for prominent human rights activists

A Vietnamese court on Monday upheld prison sentences against four human rights campaigners convicted of attempting to overthrow the state, a lawyer said
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/04/563894/Vietnam-court-human-rights-campaigners-prison-jury
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1399895

30 APRIL 2018

Vietnam’s Trong Cleans Out the Party

5 APRIL 2018

Vietnam ‘jails prominent human rights lawyer’ Nguyen Van Dai

Nguyen Van Dai, the Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, has been jailed for 15 years, along with five other activists who have been given prison terms of 7-12 years
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/vietnam-jails-prominent-human-rights-lawyer-nguyen-van-dai-180405160020661.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43659830
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/six-jailed-for-trying-to-overthrow-peoples-administration/129123.vnp

27 MARCH 2018

Vietnam dissident singer Mai Khoi detained at Hanoi airport after Europe tour

Vietnamese singer and activist Do Nguyen Mai Khoi, an outspoken campaigner for free speech, was detained in the capital Hanoi on Tuesday after flying home from Europe, her husband said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2139104/vietnam-dissident-singer-mai-khoi-detained-hanoi-airport
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/03/27/Vietnamese-pop-star-held-in-crackdown-on-dissent

17 MARCH 2018

Vietnam’s reformist ex-PM Phan Van Khai dies at age 84

Khai was the architect of Vietnam’s Business Law that transformed the economy by creating a private sector. He was also Vietnam’s first post-war leader to pay an official visit to Washington
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnams-reformist-ex-pm-phan-van-khai-dies-at-age-84/a-43020787
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20180317/former-vietnamese-premier-phan-van-khai-dies-aged-85/44577.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/424640/state-funeral-for-former-pm-phan-van-khai.html#o16ToGKzh2HbtzmD.97

1 MARCH 2018

Vietnamese activist Pham Doan Trang interrogated for pro-democracy book in hiding after ‘miracle’ escape

Former journalist Pham Doan Trang said she was held for questioning for several hours on Saturday over her most recent work Politics for the Masses, which is outlawed in the country
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2135331/vietnamese-activist-interrogated-pro-democracy-book-hiding

6 FEBRUARY 2018

Vietnamese activist Hoang Duc Binh jailed for 14 years for live-streaming protest against steel plant’s pollution

A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 14 years in jail on Tuesday for live-streaming fishermen marching to file a lawsuit against a Taiwan-owned steel plant’s spill of toxins into the ocean
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2132288/vietnamese-activist-jailed-14-years-live-streaming-protest
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Blogger-Ho%C3%A0ng-%C4%90%E1%BB%A9c-Binh-sentenced-to-14-years-in-prison-43030.html

22 JANUARY 2018

Improving relations between Hanoi and the Vatican. Msgr.Camilleri on a pastoral visit

The visit to Vietnam by the undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Vatican Secretariat of State, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, (January 16-20), testifies to the progress of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Hanoi.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Improving-relations-between-Hanoi-and-the-Vatican.-Msgr.Camilleri-on-a-pastoral-visit-42895.html

Vietnam jails most senior Communist Party official in decades

Former Politburo member Dinh La Thang was found guilty of economic mismanagement over losses in state oil firm PetroVietnam
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180123_06/

29 DECEMBER 2917

Nine jailed in Vietnam for ‘attempt to overthrow state’

A Vietnamese court has jailed nine people for « attempting to overthrow the state », official media reported on Friday (Dec 29), the latest heavy sentence doled out in a harsh crackdown this year against activists in the one-party state
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/nine-jailed-in-vietnam-for-attempt-to-overthrow-state
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/255893239/dozens-sentenced-in-vietnam-bombing-subversion-trials

27 DECEMBER 2017

Vietnam unveils 10,000-strong cyber unit to combat ‘wrong views’

Vietnam has unveiled a new, 10,000-strong military cyber warfare unit to counter « wrong » views on the Internet, local media reported, amid a widening crackdown on critics of the one-party state
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/vietnam-unveils-10000-strong-cyber-unit-combat-wrong-views
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42494113
https://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171226/vietnam-has-10000strong-cyber-troop-general/43326.html

4 DECEMBER 2017

Vietnam emerges as crucial player in South East Asia

Economy is enjoying one of the fastest growth rates in Asia as both China and the US look to firm up ties
https://www.thenational.ae/business/economy/vietnam-emerges-as-crucial-player-in-south-east-asia-1.681381

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Ahead of APEC Summit, 17 NGOs appeal for activists held by Hanoi

A group of 17 non-governmental organizations have written  a joint letter calling on leaders who are gathering this week to take part in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to exert pressure on host nation Vietnam to release detained bloggers and human rights activists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-APEC-Summit,-17-NGOs-appeal-for-activists-held-by-Hanoi-42260.html

6 OCTOBER 2017

Party chief of Da Nang relieved of post, removed from powerful Communist Party of Vietnam central committee

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has dismissed the Party chief of Da Nang from his post and eliminated him from the committee for violating principle, including using invalid degrees and accepting cars and houses from businesses
http://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171006/party-chief-of-da-nang-relieved-of-post-removed-from-powerful-central-committee/41936.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-sacks-top-communist-official

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

A Vietnam court sentenced to death a former chairman of state-run PetroVietnam on Friday after finding him guilty in the mass trial of 51 officials and bankers accused of graft and mismanagement that led to losses of US$69 million (£51.43 million)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-court-sentences-to-death-petrovietnam-ex-chairman-in-mass-trial-9262556
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4932126/Vietnam-ex-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-saga.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

29 JUNE 2017

Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday (June 29), her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as « outrageous »
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253782406/vietnam-blogger-gets-10-yr-sentence-for-conducting-propaganda
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-blogger-mother-mushroom-jailed-for-10-years

25 JUNE 2017

Hanoi Expels French-Vietnamese Professor and Government Critic Pham Minh Hoang

French-Vietnamese professor Pham Minh Hoang has been deported to Paris, according to his wife and supporters of the former political prisoner
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253730354/hanoi-expels-french-vietnamese-professor-and-government-critic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40398096

21 JUNE 2017

Report: Vietnamese activists under constant threat of violence

An alarming new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) details dozens of violent assaults on rights activists and bloggers in Vietnam. State security services are also implicated in contributing to violent repression
http://www.dw.com/en/report-vietnamese-activists-under-constant-threat-of-violence/a-39349703

8 MAY 2017

Ho Chi Minh City’s top leader removed from Vietnam’s Politburo

The Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Dinh La Thang has been warned and dismissed from the Politburo of the Party Central Committee for multiple financial wrongdoings he had committed when leading Vietnam’s oil and gas behemoth
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/177936/dinh-la-thang-disciplined-for-misdeeds-at-petrovietnam.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39840943

19 APRIL 2017

Fighting corruption in Vietnam requires institutional reform

The first half of 2016 saw Vietnam’s fight against corruption gain new momentum. Having consolidated his power after being re-elected as Secretary-General of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), Nguyen Phu Trong issued resolutions and directives aimed at tightening party members’ ethical conduct
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/19/fighting-corruption-in-vietnam-requires-institutional-reform/

29 DECEMBER 2016

Vietnam economy propelled by manufacturing and building boom

Vietnam’s economy is estimated to grow 6.2 percent in 2016, propelled by a manufacturing and building boom
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/250506629

2 DECEMBER 2016

Is Vietnam’s new religion law a smokescreen for political repression?

A controversial law on religion passed in Vietnam has triggered renewed fears of state repression in the name of national unity
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2051224/vietnams-new-religion-law-smokescreen-political-repression

29 NOVEMBER 2016

Vietnam vows full speed ahead with economic reforms, with or without the TPP

As Donald Trump prepares to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade pact is helping to spur the biggest overhaul of Vietnam’s economy in décades
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2050035/vietnam-vows-full-speed-ahead-economic-reforms-or-without

15 NOVEMBER 2016

Alert: No wives for 4 million Vietnamese men

Some four million men in Vietnam will have no opportunity of getting married by 2050 if the current imbalance in the nation’s sex ratio persists, said experts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/alert-no-wives-4-million-vietnamese-men

4 OCTOBER 2016

Vietnam War propaganda broadcaster ‘Hanoi Hannah’ dies

Silky-voiced communist propaganda broadcaster “Hanoi Hannah”, famous for urging American GIs to leave her country during the Vietnam War, has died at age 87, friends said Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2024988/vietnam-war-propaganda-broadcaster-hanoi-hannah-dies

23 AUGUST 2016

Vietnam’s New Prime Minister Quietly Turns the Wheels of Economic Reform

Phuc took office in the shadow of a highly charismatic predecessor — former prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung. With a focus on straightforward, practical economic measures, the new government has quietly embarked on a series of promising reforms
http://cogitasia.com/vietnams-new-prime-minister-quietly-turns-the-wheels-of-economic-reform/

25 JULY 2016

Tran Dai Quang re-elected as President

The swearing-in ceremony took place soon after the voting result came in, of which 485 out of 487 members of the newly-elected National Assembly voted for Trần Đại Quang to become the next President
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/161022/tran-dai-quang-re-elected-as-president.html
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/300112/tran-dai-quang-sworn-in-as-president.html#JK8SO5JKEWF1DwFr.99

17 JULY 2016

Vietnamese authorities stop anti-China protest in Hanoi

Dozen of Vietnamese who gathered for an anti-China protest in central Hanoi were taken away by police as they tried to rally support for an international tribunal’s ruling rejecting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/south-china-sea-vietnam-police-detain-dozens-protesters-hanoi/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-detains-activists-after-south-china-sea-ruling-0
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1990913/down-china-invasion-vietnam-detains-activists-after-south

27 JUNE 2016

Top Chinese envoy visits Vietnam as South China Sea tension rises

China`s top diplomat met Vietnam`s leadership on Monday during a scheduled visit aimed at strengthening historically close relations at a time when ties are strained by squabbles over the South China Sea
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/top-chinese-envoy-visits-vietnam-as-south-china-sea-tension-rises_1900802.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_34/

22 MAY 2016

Vietnam launches parliamentary election

More than 69.2 million Vietnamese are set to cast votes to elect members of the national and local legislative bodies in the country’s biggest-ever general election on Sunday
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-launches-parliamentary-election-62417.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/vietnam-parliamentary-elections-starts-116052200052_1.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-20/vietnam-national-assembly-elections-plagued-by-bias/7430010

20 MAY 2016

Vietnam Releases Prominent Dissident Ahead of Obama Visit

Family members of dissident Catholic priest Nguyen Van Ly, who has spent much of the last two decades either in jail or under house arrest for advocating democratic reforms in the Southeast Asian country, confirmed his release, which occurred around 8 a.m. local time.
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/index.php/sid/244261471

7 APRIL 2016

Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected Vietnam’s PM

Vietnam elected Thursday a new Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, to lead the emerging economy as it comes under increasing pressure to reform a scandal hit state-owned sector and banking system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nguyen-xuan-phuc-elected/2672918.html
http://www.dw.com/en/new-prime-minister-rounds-out-vietnams-leadership-trio/a-19170482
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-07/vietnam-elects-new-prime-minister-nguyen-xuan-phuc/1566998

6 APRIL 2016

Vietnam’s assembly ‘dismisses’ prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung

Vietnam’s prime minister has stepped down after 10 years in office, leaving behind a mixed legacy of promoting failed state enterprises, but at the same time attracting foreign investment and daring to challenge China
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/vietnam-assembly-dismisses-prime-minister-160406133834975.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/06/content_15411576.html

2 APRIL 2016

Vietnam parliament swears in top policeman Tran Dai Quang as president

Vietnam’s parliament swore in Tran Dai Quang as president on Saturday (April 2), elevating the head of a controversial internal security agency to one of the communist nation’s most powerful political posts
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-parliament-swears-top-policeman-president
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160402_23/
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/154422/new-president-vows-to-fulfill-assigned-tasks.html

31 MARCH 2016

Vietnam names first chairwoman of National Assembly

Veteran lawmaker and senior Communist Party official Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan was elected with 95.5 percent of votes after a poll in the country’s 500-strong legislative body early Thursday, state-run VTV said.
https://www.yahoo.com/news/vietnam-names-first-chairwoman-national-assembly-053035894.html
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnam-has-first-chairwoman-of-parliament-60751.html

25 MARCH 2016

The Truth About ‘Democracy’ in Vietnam Today

Contrary to some accounts, democracy exists in name only in the country ahead of upcoming legislative polls
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/the-truth-about-democracy-in-vietnam-today/

23 MARCH 2016

Protests in Vietnam as prominent blogger goes on trial

A prominent Vietnamese blogger was handed a five-year jail term on Wednesday (Mar 23) on anti-state charges, a heavy sentence that was roundly condemned by lawyers and media watchdogs as a « travesty of justice »
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/protests-vietnam-prominent-blogger-goes-trial

17 MARCH 2016

Vietnam’s ‘Lady Gaga’ joins groups of dissidents and activists running for parliament

Vietnamese pop star Mai Khoi, dubbed « Vietnam’s Lady Gaga » for her risqué outfits, is running for parliament along with a group of dissidents and activists
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-17/vietnams-lady-gaga-joins-groups-of-dissidents-and-activists-running-for-parliament/1559992
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/12196698/Vietnams-Lady-Gaga-aims-for-switch-from-pop-to-politics-in-challenge-to-staid-communist-rule.html

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Vietnam’s uphill battle against corruption

Since 1994, the party has consistently identified corruption as a major threat to the survival of the regime. Although the CPV adopted anti-corruption laws 10 years ago, the party still combats corruption among its members through so-called self-criticism campaign to ‘alert, warn and deter’ corrupt officials
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/11/vietnams-uphill-battle-against-corruption/

28 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party unveils new leadership at 12th National Congress

Re-elected General-Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong pledged to maintain a pro-growth status quo that balances foreign ties and cements a consensus leadership that analysts say was strained by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s assertiveness in the latter years of his administration
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-01-28/vietnams-communist-party-unveils-new-leadership-at-12th-national-congress/1541069
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150588/structure-of-12th-party-central-committee.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160128_24.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam Communist Party boss Nguyen Phu Trong re-elected

Mr Trong, who is 71 and effectively the most powerful man in Vietnam, was the only candidate nominated. He is seen as a conservative and closer to China.
http://news.yahoo.com/vietnam-communist-party-chief-poised-elected-055807339.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20160127_35.html
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/150619/mr–nguyen-phu-trong-re-elected-party-secretary-general.html

25 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam PM Nguyen Tan Dung pulls out of party boss race

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has withdrawn from the contest to lead the ruling Communist Party.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35401259

24 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party boss ‘to run unopposed’

The General Secretary of Vietnam’s Communist Party, Nguyen Phu Trong, will be the only candidate for the post at a party congress, state media report.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35394333
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-party-chief/2453276.html

21 JANUARY 2016

Vietnam’s Communist Party meets to pick new leaders

The 12th national congress of Vietnam’s Communist Party opened on Thursday morning, which will see the election of a new Central Committee and outline the country’s next socio-economic plan.
http://www.dw.com/en/vietnams-communist-party-meets-to-pick-new-leaders/a-18995037

19 JANUARY 2016

Viet congress will see fight for top post

Vietnam’s five-yearly Communist Party Congress opens tomorrow with a fierce contest expected as Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung challenges current party chief Nguyen Phu Trong for the top post
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/viet-congress-will-see-fight-top-post

14 JANUARY 2016

 Vietnam’s Leadership Succession Struggle

While Vietnamese vary in their political perspectives, there is a broad desire among them for the country’s politics to be liberated from unaccountable politics dominated by entrenched elites. Whether the 12th party congress brings that outcome closer remains to be seen.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/01/vietnams-leadership-succession-struggle/

11 JANUARY 2016

Party Central Committee’s 14th meeting opens

The 14th meeting of the 11th Party Central Committee opened in Hanoi on January 11, scheduled to discuss the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and finalise personnel preparations for the next tenure
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/149893/party-central-committee-s-14th-meeting-opens.html

6 JANUARY 2016

Fast-growing Vietnamese economy going blue

Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and having the potential to be one of the great success stories in development, Vietnam should pursue high growth through sustainable development, especially through blue economy, foreign experts say
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/nav/newsr/6860

29 DECEMBER 2015

US Ambassador to Vietnam Dismayed About Detentions of Dissidents

The U.S. ambassador to Vietnam on Tuesday expressed concern about recent reports of harassment and detentions of human rights advocates, including the recent arrest of a prominent rights advocate in the repressive Southeast Asian country
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/us-ambassador-to-vietnam-dismayed-about-detentions-of-dissidents-12292015115930.html

13 NOVEMBER 2015

How Will Vietnam’s New Communist Princelings Shape the Country’s Future?

The Vietnamese Communist Party (VCP) is preparing a new slate of leaders to replace the old guard who are retiring at the 12th National Congress in 2016. Public attention has been drawn to the rise of young ‘princelings’ — the children of current or former leaders in communist authoritarian regimes like Vietnam and China — to local executive positions and bodies
http://thediplomat.com/2015/11/how-will-vietnams-new-communist-princelings-shape-the-countrys-future/

2 SEPTEMBER 2015

Vietnam marks 70 years since declaring independence from France

Vietnam’s president on Wednesday urged further modernisation of the armed forces in the face of growing maritime territorial disputes as the nation celebrated 70 years since it declared independence from France.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-marks-70-years-declaring-independence-france

29 JULY 2015

David Cameron becomes first British PM to visit Vietnam

Cameron’s trip will take in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, almost 40 years after the US ignominiously pulled out in April 1975 and left the country to a form of Communist rule
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-first-british-prime-minister-visit-vietnam
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/video/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-video
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/29/david-cameron-vietnam-regime-business-diplomatic-game

27 JUNE 2015

Vietnam frees high-profile dissident lawyer Le Quoc Quan

 Le Quoc Quan, one of Vietnam’s most prominent dissidents vowed to continue his anti-China activism after being released from prison on Saturday, after spending two and a half years in jail on tax evasion charges http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/605692/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/vietnam-frees-high-profile-dissident-lawyer

24 JUNE 2015

Vietnam’s legendary musicologist Tran Van Khe dies at 94

Professor Tran Van Khe, known as the master of traditional Vietnamese music, died at the age of 94 on Wednesday, after nearly a month of fighting for his life at a Ho Chi Minh City hospital
http://tuoitrenews.vn/lifestyle/28859/vietnam-legendary-musicologist-tran-van-khe-dies-at-94

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 3 November in Asian history

WARS,  CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 3 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1839: The first Opium war between China and Britain breaks out
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html

1856: In China, a British fleet bombs Canton (Guangzhou)

1929: Korean students, in the Gwangju incident, launch their antijapanese movement
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Student_Independence_Movement
http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2008/200811/news06/20081106-10ee.html

1929-11-03 Gwangju students incident

1942: The Koli Point action begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on November 12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_Point_action

1950: The French  troops leave the Vietnam northern border

1967: Vietnam battle  of Dak To begins (up to 22 November)
http://www.eagerarms.com/battleofdakto.html

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/DakTo.htm

 

1969: Nixon  addresses  the nation, asking the « silent majority » to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam war effort and to support his policy
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-calls-on-the-silent-majority

1988: Sri Lankan  mercenaries try to overthrow the Maldivian government. At president Gayoom  request, the Indian military suppresses the coup attempt
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maldives-president-coup-india/1/172857.html

1988-11-03 coup

 

On 3 November in South Asian history

1988-11-03 coup

ON 3 NOVEMBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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1605: Eight days after his father’s death, Jahangir succeeded to the throne as Mughal emperor
https://learn.culturalindia.net/jahangir.html
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:https://islamicart.com/library/empires/india/jahangir.html

1618: Birth of Aurangzeb Alamgir (the exact day according different  sources are between October 21 and November 4), Mughal emperor of India
(1658-1707) who died on March 3, 1707
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3404700333.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurangzeb

1838: The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily broadsheet newspaper is founded as the Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Times_of_India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/3rd-november-1838-the-times-of-india-the-newspaper-was-founded

1917: Birth of Annapurna Maharana, Indian freedom fighter and social worker who died on December 31, 2012
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna_Maharana
http://www.iopb.res.in/~maharana/Annapurna-Biography.pdf

Annapurna Maharana

1933: Birth of Amartya Sen, Indian economist Nobel Prize laureate in 1998
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1998/sen/facts/
https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/economic-sciences/1998/sen/auto-biography/

1934: Birth of Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer and actress 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruma_Guha_Thakurta

1975: In Bangladesh, president Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad is overthrown in a coup by General Khaled  Mosharraf. Tajuddin Ahmad, Bangladeshi politician and a senior leader of the  Awami League, born on July 23, 1925, is killed in jail
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khondaker_Mostaq_Ahmad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tajuddin_Ahmad

1982: The Salang  tunnel fire in Afghanistan kills up to 2000 people
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salang_tunnel_fire

1982 Salang Tunnel

1984: In India, funeral of Indira Gandhi causing anti-Sikh riots with 1,277 victims as a  result
http://www.oneindia.com/india/why-cuba-s-fidel-castro-us-prez-ronald-reagan-skipped-indira-gandhi-funeral-1549850.html
http://www.magnumphotos.com/Catalogue/Raghu-Rai/1984/INDIA–Funeral-of-Indira-GANDHI-November-1984-NN146124.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ6vQqUljck

1988: Sri Lankan  Tamil mercenaries try to overthrow the Maldivian government. At president Gayoom  request, the Indian military suppresses the coup attempt
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/maldives-president-coup-india/1/172857.html

1988-11-03 coup

2003: In Kabul, a  post-Taliban draft constitution is unveiled

2007: In Pakistan,  General Musharraf declares state of emergency before judiciary can rule on his  re-election as president
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/03/world/asia/04pakistan.html

2013: Pakistani legendory folk singer Reshma dies
http://dawn.com/news/1053832/legendary-folk-singer-reshma-dies

2014: Death of veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya
http://www.dawn.com/news/1142199/veteran-bollywood-actor-sadashiv-amrapurkar-passes-away-at-64
http://indianexpress.com/photos/entertainment-gallery/remembering-sadashiv-amrapurkar-bollywoods-most-memorable-villain/8/

2014: Bangladesh’s Supreme Court upholds the death penalty for war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman on one charge but commuted the highest penalty to life term imprisonment for another charge

On 3 November in Southeast Asian history

ON 3 NOVEMBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1945: In Indonesia, Vice President Hatta proclaims right of the people to form political parties.

1950: The French  troops leave the Vietnam northern border

1961: The United Nations General Assembly, unanimously elects U Thant as acting general secretary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Thant
https://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/150/32781.html

U Thant 2

1967: Vietnam battle  of Dak To begins (up to 22 November)
http://www.eagerarms.com/battleofdakto.html

http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/vietnamwar/p/DakTo.htm

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2GfKp3Gs1A

1969: Nixon  addresses  the nation, asking the « silent majority » to join him in solidarity on the Vietnam war effort and to support his policy
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-calls-on-the-silent-majority

1978: Deng Xiaoping  starts an historic three-day visit to Thailand
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25797647?uid=3738016&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21104449156961

1978: Signature of a  Treaty of Amity and Cooperation between Soviet Union and Vietnam

2007: Burma asks UN chief representative to leave the country over a critical statement he made the  last month

2012: European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso offers Burma more than $100m (£62m; 78m euros) in development aid as he met President Thein Sein.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20189448

On 3 November in Japan’s history

ON 3 NOVEMBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1852: Birth of Japanese emperor Mutsuhito (Meiji) from 1867 to his death on July 30, 1912
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Emperor_Meiji

1852-11-03 Birth of Mutsuhito

1923: Birth of Yamaguchi Hitomi, Japanese novelist and essayist who died on August 30, 1995
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaguchi_Hitomi

1924: Birth of Toyoko Yamazaki, Japanese writer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1212056/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyoko_Yamasaki

1928: Birth of Osamu Tezuka, Japanese film writer and mangaka, who died on February 1989
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0856804/
http://manga.about.com/od/mangaartistswriters/p/o_tezuka.htm

0samu Tezuka

1929: Korean students, in the Gwangju incident, launch their antijapanese movement
http://gsim.gen.go.kr/en/?page=0204
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gwangju_Student_Independence_Movement

1929-11-03 Gwangju students incident

1938: Birth of Akira Kobayashi, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Kobayashi
http://vimeo.com/13674184

1941: The Combine Japanese Fleet receive Top-Secret Order No. 1: In 34 days time, Pearl Harbor is to be bombed, along with Mayala, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-order-is-given-bomb-pearl-harbor

1942: The Koli Point action begins during the Guadalcanal Campaign and ends on November 12
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koli_Point_action

1946: Japanese emperor Hirohito loses all his power for an elected assembly as a new constitution is adopted
http://www.solon.org/Constitutions/Japan/English/english-Constitution.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675041219_Douglas-MacArthur_Allied-Control-Council_camera-men-taking-photographs_speech

1948: Birth of Akira Emoto, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0256628/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Emoto_Akira

Akira Emoto

1948: Birth of Takashi Kawamura, Japanese politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Kawamura_(politician)

1954: The first in  the Godzilla series of films is released in Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godzilla

1955: Birth of Yukihito Tsutsumi, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1066739/
http://eiga.wikia.com/wiki/Yukihiko_Tsutsumi

1984: Birth of Ryo Nishikido, Japanese actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Nishikido_Ryo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryo_Nishikido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHTJAZ8qfPE

On 3 November in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 3 NOVEMBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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

Updated on November 3, 2019

1839: The first Opium war between China and Britain breaks out
http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html

1856: In China, a British fleet bombs Canton (Guangzhou)

1908: Birth of Chinese painter Wu Zuoren who died on April 9, 1997


http://www.widewalls.ch/artist/wu-zuoren/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Zuoren
http://www.google.fr/search?q=wu+zuoren&nord=1&biw=1366&bih=628&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=hWxWVPPcJ8aiPfregagL&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWDFDUGA4Xc

1931: Birth of Fu Tieshan, head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church, who died on 20 April 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Fu_Tieshan

1934: Birth of Ruma Guha Thakurta, Indian singer and actress
http://people.famouswhy.com/ruma_guha_thakurta/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruma_Guha_Thakurta

1936: Birth of Wei Hung, Taiwanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0402188/

1978: Deng Xiaoping  starts an historic three-day visit to Thailand
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/25797647?uid=3738016&uid=2129&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&sid=21104449156961

1987: Death of Liang Shih-chiu (Liang Shiqiu), Chinese educator, writer and translator; born on January 6, 1903
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liang_Shih-chiu
https://global.britannica.com/biography/Liang-Shiq

2001: Taiwanese Chen  Shui-bian lifts the banning of more than 50 billions USD projects in main China and authorizes direct commercial links

China unveils Thirteenth Five-year Plan roadmap

2015: The Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday issued the full text of proposals for mapping out a blueprint for China’s development over the next five years starting 2016
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2015-11/03/content_15338906.html http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1875480/chinas-new-five-year-plan-aims-make-nation-faster
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1875271/snapshot-chinas-next-five-year-plan

2018: The Dominican Republic opened its new embassy in mainland China on Saturday, months after switching its allegiance to Beijing from the self-ruled island of Taiwan
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2171534/dominican-republic-opens-new-embassy-mainland-china-after

On 2 November in Asian history

ON 2 NOVEMBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on November 2, 2019

619: A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Turkic_Khaganate
http://totallyhistory.com/emperor-gaozu-of-tang/

971: Birth of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni, who died on April 30, 1030
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/afghanista1/p/Bio-Mahmud-of-Ghazni.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_of_Ghazni

mahmud map

1082: Birth of Huizhong , emperor of China (1100-1126), who died in captivity on June 4, 1135
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Huizong_of_Song_China

1741: Birth of Pierre Joseph Georges Pigneau, commonly known as Pigneau de Béhaine, French Catholic priest best known for his role in assisting Nguyen Anh (later Emperor Gia Long) to establish the Nguyen dynasty in Vietnam, and died on October 9, 1799.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pigneau_de_Behaine

1833: Birth of Mahendralal Sarkar, Indian doctor who died on February 23, 1904
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahendralal_Sarkar

1841: Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuga in Afghanistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar_Khan

1861: Chinese Dowager Cixi launches the Xinyou palace coup giving her the power for 47 years
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10436.html
http://furui-memoriesofpalace.blogspot.fr/2009/04/yixin-legendary-prince.html

1865: Birth of Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, Indian writer and essayist, populary know as “ Andhra Sakespeare“ who died on January 1, 1940
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panuganti_Lakshminarasimha_Rao

Panuganti Lakshmi Narasimha Rao

1868: Birth of Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan who died on February 26, 1958
http://ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/346.html?c=15
http://jyuluck-do.com/profile_yokoyama_taikan.html
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Yokoyama+Taikan&nord=1&biw=1366&bih=628&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DEdVVKmkLcWdPejOgIgN&ved=0CCAQsAQ

1877: Birth of Mohammed Shah Agha Khan III, who died on July 11, 1957
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P004

1886: Birth of Dhirendranath Datta, Bangladeshi politician, tortured to death on March 29, 1971
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Datta,_Dhirendranath

1890: Birth of Kunio Kishida, Japanese writer who died on March 5, 1954
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunio_Kishida
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=6617414

1899: In China, beginning of the Boxers rebellion
http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html

1910: Birth of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist who died on 24 April 2005
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/ipro/991022-4.htm

1917: By the Lansing-Ishii agreement, the USA recognize the “special interests” of Japan in China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lansing%E2%80%93Ishii_Agreement
http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/hist/eia/documents_archive/lansing-ishii.php

1917-11-02 Ishii Kikujiro

1929: Birth of Muhammad Rafiq Tarar (President of Pakistan 1998-2001)
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028

1936: Death of Duan Qirui, Chinese warlord and politician, minister of war, Prime minister then acting president, born on March 6, 1865
http://www.thechinastory.org/ritp/tuan-chi-jui-duan-qirui-%E6%AE%B5%E7%A5%BA%E7%91%9E/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duan_Qirui

1942: Death of Hakushu Kitahara, Japanese writer, born on January 25, 1885
http://simplyhaiku.com/SHv4n1/reviews/Fukasawa.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakush%C5%AB_Kitahara

1945: Birth of Mitsuo Yanagimachi, Japanese film director
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0945847/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsuo_Yanagimachi

1948: During the Civil War, the Chinese Communist forces win the Liaoshen Campaign that started on September 12
http://dictionnaire.sensagent.leparisien.fr/Liaoshen%20Campaign/en-en/

1948-11-02-fin-campagne-liaoshen

1949: In the Philippines, president Quirino is reelected among heavy violence
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elpidio_Quirino

1949: La Hague agreement for the foundation of the Federation of the United States of Indonesia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch%E2%80%93Indonesian_Round_Table_Conference
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hague_Agreement_Between_Netherlands-Indonesia

1950: In North Korea, Chinese troops attack U.S. forces on both western and eastern fronts. U.S. forces withdraw

1951: During the Korean War, a small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3
http://www.kvacanada.com/stories_canadianboy.htm
http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/11/05/heroic-vet-subject-of-korean-war-documentary

1951-11-02 Battle of the Song-gok Spur

1953: The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan

1957: Birth of Ryosuke Miki, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1107026/
http://asianmediawiki.com/Ryosuke_Miki

1957: Mao Zedong attends in Moscow a conference of the twelve communist parties in power

http://www.bestchinanews.com/History/5180.html
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/chinese-delegation-leaves-moscow/query/Khruschev

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0SQdRmlsyA

1963: Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem, Vietnamese president overthrown the day before
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ngo-dinh-diem-assassinated-in-south-vietnam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest_and_assassination_of_Ngo_Dinh_Diem

 1965: Mohammad Hashim Hashim Maiwandwal becomes prime minister of Afghanistan, up to October 1967
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Hashim_Maiwandwal

1965: Birth of Shah Rukh Khan, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahrukh_Khan

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfiqu_shah-rukh-khan_shortfilms

1967: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and « The Wise Men » conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war

1970: Birth of Ely Buendia, Filipino singer-songwriter and guitarist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely_Buendia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-M6-gdszX0

1973: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form an « United Front » in the state of Tripura

1980: Birth of Kim So-yeon, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_So-yeon
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_So-yeon.php


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

1982: Birth of Kyoko Fukada, Japanese actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoko_Fukada


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53csu_kyoko-fukada_shortfilms »

1984: “The Killing fields”, story of Cambodian photojournalist under  the Khmer Rouge, is released in USA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Killing_Fields_(film)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087553/

2002: Death of Lo Lieh, Hong Kong martial arts actor, of a heart attack,  born on June 29, 1939
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lo_Lieh

2006: In Afghanistan, foundation of the United National Front, a new  political party formed by warlords

2007: Deadline of the Japanese support, in the Indian Ocean, to the  international forces against international terrorism

2007: Burma asks UN country chief to leave Burma over a critical  statement he made last month

2007: Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) political wing leader SP  Thamilselvan is killed when the Air forces bombed the venue of a meeting place  of LTTE leaders at Thiruvaiarer
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7075158.stm

2009: Death of Nien Cheng, Chine writer, born on January 28, 1915
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/nov/10/nien-cheng-obituary

2009: Karzai declared elected president of Afghanistan, run-off  scrapped
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/nov/02/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-winner-election

2010: Japan says it will recall its ambassador to Moscow, heightening a long-standing row with Russia over four remote Pacific islands following a visit there by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/nov/02/japan-recall-ambassador-medvedev-dispute
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Japan-recalls-its-ambassador-in-Moscow-after-Medvedev-visits-Kuril-Islands–19879.html

2011: Pakistan grants India ‘most favoured’ trade status
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15553636

2012: Death of Han Suyin, Chinese-English author, born on September 12, 1917
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/nov/04/han-suyin
http://moufawad-paul.blogspot.fr/2012/11/obituary-han-suyin.html

2013: The foreign and defence ministers of Japan and Russia agre to cooperate in fighting terrorism and piracy as the neighbours, still at odds over territorial woes, held an unprecedented security dialogue
http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/02/japan-and-russia-hold-highest-level-meeting-in-years/
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/11/02/national/japan-russia-to-ok-asia-security-cooperation-at-inaugural-two-plus-two-meet/#.UnVj-svLTmR

2014: More than 50 people are killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Wagah, Pakistan’s only border crossing with India
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Wagah_border_suicide_attack

2014: A second leader of Bangladesh’s largest Islamic party,  Mir Quasem Ali, is sentenced to death for war crimes committed during the 1971 war against Pakistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29870007

2015 : A UN body says that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and calls for his immediate release

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

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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2 NOVEMBER 2019

ASEAN summit grapples with US-China trade war

Southeast Asian leaders have gathered in Bangkok for a three-day summit expected to be dominated by trade. ASEAN members are trying to finalize a China-backed plan to create the world’s biggest free trade area
https://www.dw.com/en/asean-summit-grapples-with-us-china-trade-war/a-51090792
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/southeast-asian-leaders-meet-us-china-trade-war-asean-summit-12057538
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191102_23/

29 OCTOBER 2019

Despite al-Baghdadi’s death, the Islamic State remains a major threat in Southeast Asia

The leader of the Islamic State died three days ago in a US military operation. Southeast Asia has more than a hundred Jihadi networks loyal to the Islamic State group. in the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia, security forces are ready to respond to reprisals
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-al-Baghdadi%26rsquo%3Bs-death%2C-the-Islamic-State-remains-a-major-threat-in-Southeast-Asia-48406.html
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/philippines-militants-10282019174351.html
http://annx.asianews.network/content/police-will-eye-south-east-asia-even-more-after-abu-bakr%E2%80%99s-death-107187

12 OCTOBER 2019

From Russia with guns: why is Southeast Asia buying arms from Moscow, not Washington?

Though it lags only the United States  in global arms sales, Russia is the top supplier of arms to Southeast Asia. The region bought US$6.6 billion of Russian arms between 2010 and 2017, accounting for more than 12 per cent of Russia’s sales
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3032608/russia-guns-why-southeast-asia-buying-arms-moscow-not-washington

5 OCTOBER 2019

Việt Nam, Cambodia issue joint statement

Việt Nam and Cambodia have issued a joint statement on the occasion of the Việt Nam visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen from October 4-5 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/18153

22 SEPTEMBER 2019

How will Malaysia and China’s maritime consultation mechanism affect the South China Sea dispute?

The recent announcement of a bilateral consultation mechanism between China and Malaysia  on maritime affairs has given rise to questions surrounding the South China Sea, where both countries have overlapping claims
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3029732/how-will-malaysia-and-chinas-maritime-consultation-mechanism

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Cambodia, Laos, agree to step up border demarcation effort

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his visiting Lao counterpart, Thongloun Sisoulith, agreed in a statement to complete the process now that 86% of the border has been marked. The two countries are to add border pillars and produce a map of the borderline as party
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodia-laos-agree-to-step-up-border-demarcation-effort/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Laos_cambodia.php
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/16872

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia rebukes Philippines for ‘unfriendly’ remarks as Sabah sovereignty claim resurfaces

Bilateral ties could suffer if the Philippines continues to insist it has claims over the Malaysian state of Sabah, said analysts, a day after Putrajaya issued a strong rebuke against “unfriendly” remarks from its Southeast Asian neighbour
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3026382/malaysia-rebukes-philippines-unfriendly-remarks-sabah
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3026422/explained-whats-behind-revived-dispute-between-philippines-and

16 AUGUST 2019

ASEAN joins the Indo-Pacific conversation

After months of deliberation and hesitation, ASEAN finally contributed to the discussion on the evolving Indo-Pacific concept. The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) was officially released at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok at the end of June 2019
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/08/16/asean-joins-the-indo-pacific-conversation/

6 AUGUST 2019

China and the Mekong states: Divergent responses to Chinese initiatives

The five Mekong states have reacted to the presence of major external powers in a variety of ways. In particular, reactions to Chinese inroads have been diverse. Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar are wary of Chinese intentions, while Cambodia and Laos appear quite comfortable with China’s presence. The five countries have also met with varying degrees of success in engaging other major powers to limit China’s influence
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/08/06/china-and-the-mekong-states-divergent-responses-to-chinese-initiatives/

30 JULY 2019

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/top-diplomats-gather-in-bangkok-for-key-asia-pacific-talks/

26 JULY 2019

Thai govt urged not to buy power from Laos dam

The Thai government must suspend plans to buy electricity from a dam in Laos, conservationists said on Friday (July 26), as water levels along the kingdom’s section of Mekong river plummet to near-record lows
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-govt-urged-not-to-buy-power-from-laos-dam

17 JULY 2019

ASEAN now China’s no.2 trade partner

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has replaced the United States to become China’s second top trade partner
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190717_29/

7 JULY 2019

Why a resurgent Jemaah Islamiah in Indonesia is also bad news for Malaysia and Singapore

For the past five years, little was heard of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the Southeast Asian offshoot of the international terror network al-Qaeda. While JI was responsible for some of Indonesia’s deadliest terror attacks, including the devastating 2002 Bali bombings, the group kept a low profile as counterterrorism police focused on countering threats from militants linked to Islamic State (Isis)
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/society/article/3017465/why-resurgent-jemaah-islamiah-indonesia-also-bad-news-malaysia

6 JULY 2019

ASEAN considering inviting North Korean foreign minister to its ‘plus-3’ meeting in Bangkok next month

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is considering inviting North Korea’s foreign minister as a special guest to an upcoming ASEAN-plus-three meeting of ministers and their counterparts from Japan, China and South Korea, ASEAN sources have said
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/07/06/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/asean-considering-inviting-north-korean-foreign-minister-plus-3-meeting-bangkok-next-month/#.XSBYk-gzY2w

25 JUNE 2019

Malaysia accepts ruling on Pedra Branca, says PM Mahathir

Malaysia accepts the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 ruling which awarded Pedra Branca to Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (June 25), as he cited the case to show how Asean member states can cooperate despite not seeing eye to eye on every issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/malaysia-accepts-ruling-on-pedra-branca-says-pm-mahathir

22 JUNE 2919

Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ for Rohingya Muslims in ASEAN summit

Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must « be brought to justice, » in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-calls-for-justice-for-rohingya-musli

21 MAY 2019

Singapore agrees to suspend construction of RTS Link at Malaysia’s request

Singapore has agreed to suspend the construction of the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link until Sep 30 at Malaysia’s request, Singapore Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Tuesday (May 21)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/rts-link-singapore-malaysia-suspends-johor-bahru-11542908
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/singapore-and-malaysia-to-defer-johor-baru-woodlands-rts-link-till-sept-30

15 MAY 2019

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

Praphan Pipithnamporn, who was registered as an asylum seeker by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), was repatriated to Bangkok on May 10, 2019, in violation of Malaysia’s international legal obligations, and detained by Thai authorities
https://www.malaysiasun.com/news/261028671/malaysia-thai-asylum-seeker-forcibly-returned
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-thailand-05142019162414.html

29 APRIL 2019

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

14 APRIL 2019

Making sense of sub-regionalism and regionalism in Southeast Asia

How to make sense of the varied relationships between sub-regional projects and the larger Southeast Asian region?
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/04/12/making-sense-of-sub-regionalism-and-regionalism-in-southeast-asia/

16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

14 MARCH 2019

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

7 FEBRUARY 2019

The Mekong region is caught in a tug-of-war

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all countries
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/02/07/the-mekong-region-is-caught-in-a-tug-of-war/

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

7 JANUARY 2019

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam’s invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing’s than Hanoi’s orbit
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-vietnam-lost-and-china-won-cambodia/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

ASEAN and the EU have a shared mutual view on community building through collective rules, and are therefore pioneering new approaches to regionalism and the role of regional integration within the international geopolitical power play
https://chargedaffairs.org/through-the-looking-glass-asean-eu-relations-in-a-new-era/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model

From inception to a shift towards connectivity, the ASEAN Economic Community gets a fresh boost as the region doubles down on building digital capabilities, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Sanchita Basu Das
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/asean-economic-community-connectivity-rebirth-growth-model-10879030

22 OCTOBER 2018

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-china-kicks-off-first-maritime-exercise-10852692
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2169727/china-embarks-first-joint-naval-drills-asean-us-tensions-simmer

12 OCTOBER 2018

Is Asean better off without the US?

AS recently as just two years ago, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is better off without the attention of the United States is not a question you would ever hear asked
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/is-asean-better-off-without-the-us/

11 OCTOBER 2018

Do all you can to resolve climate change ‘sticking points’ UN chief urges South-East Asian leaders, in Bali

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for Governments across South-East Asia, to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging impact of climate change
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022862

How the death penalty is applied in Southeast Asian countries

The Malaysian government’s announcement on its decision to abolish the death penalty for all crimes has given a ray of hope for anti-capital punishment campaigners in the region
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/how-the-death-penalty-is-applied-in-southeast-asian-countries/

23 AUGUST 2018

Does China really dominate Southeast Asia?

Is China truly establishing dominance over neighboring Southeast Asia, or is it a prevailing perception among academics and journalists who have uncritically adopted a pervasive pro-China narrative built on Beijing’s rising investment and influence in the region?
http://www.atimes.com/article/does-china-really-dominate-southeast-asia/

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

The Cambodian government has illegal Vietnamese migrants in its sights, threatening to deport any “newcomers” unable to produce correct and legal documentation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnamese-migrants-could-be-on-borrowed-time-in-cambodia-9328706

12 OCTOBER 2017

First joint air patrols over Sulu Sea launched by Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia

Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines launched a joint air patrol on Thursday (Oct 12) to monitor and respond to suspicious activity in the Sulu Sea – waters known for terrorist movements
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-joint-air-patrols-over-sulu-sea-launched-by-malaysia-9304708

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

East and West investors are broadly upbeat about the region’s rising growth prospects, though corruption, trade barriers and regulatory uncertainly are still concerns
http://www.atimes.com/article/asean-shines-foreign-investor-surveys/

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

Both organisations mark important anniversaries this year. Asean will learn from the EU to make sure it is not viewed as elitist
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/asean-and-the-eu-differences-and-challenges

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

Representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations gathered in Manila on Tuesday to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_30/
http://jakartaglobe.id/eyewitness/asean50/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/time-for-an-asian-asean-century

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

Southeast Asian foreign ministers failed to release a customary communique at the end of a high-level meeting on Saturday after what diplomats said was a lack of consensus about how to refer to disputes in the South China Sea
https://www.yahoo.com/news/southeast-asian-states-korea-standoff-threatens-global-peace-084048567.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-north-korea-tensions-at-asean-security-forum-9095496
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/05/530764/Vietnam-China-South-China-Sea-North-Korea

27 JULY 2017

From Tibet to South China Sea: The Mekong River Is becoming a regional battlefield

While tensions in the South China Sea have the potential for limited skirmishes far out to sea, the competition over the resources of the Mekong River is putting millions at risk of natural disasters, famine and regional instability
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/from-tibet-to-south-china-sea-the-mekong-river-is-becoming-a-regional-battlefield/

27 JULY 2017

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

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

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

Democracy is losing ground even as the region grows richer
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21725168-democracy-losing-ground-even-region-grows-richer-south-east-asias-future-looks-prosperous

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

The economic and trade ties between China and ASEAN continued to make new achievements mainly due to political trust and the annual China-ASEAN Expo, an official said Monday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/23/34/99/1499693922847.html

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/21/cambodia-vietnam-ties-turn-50/

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

ASEAN makes it too easy — citing the number of meetings held as a metric of success, for example. More serious criticism comes from human rights advocates who point to the body’s feeble responses to human rights violations in member states. Member governments’ failure to follow through on economic integration commitments — creating scepticism about the future of an ASEAN Economic Community — is another problem
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/06/19/asean-the-regions-strategic-convenor/

19 JUNE 2017

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 MAY 2017

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

29 APRIL 2017

ASEAN firms up South China Sea stance as Beijing lobbies over statement

Southeast Asian countries have altered a statement to be issued at Saturday’s ASEAN summit to include references to militarization and island-building in the South China Sea, the latest draft shows, in a move likely to frustrate Beijing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/asean-firms-up-south-china-sea-stance-as-beijing-lobbies-over-statement-8805422
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-04/29/content_15606591.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

15 APRIL 2017

Commentary: Cold War offers lessons on big power relations for ASEAN

With all the uncertainty surrounding Donald Trump’s actual foreign policy stance towards Asia, Southeast Asian countries can surely draw inspiration from their Cold War experiences, according to NTU assistant professor Ngoei Wen-Qing
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-cold-war-offers-lessons-on-big-power-relations-for/3666438.html

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

With Southeast Asian nations facing a deteriorating external security environment and increasing Chinese maritime assertiveness, many commentators have predicted a widespread naval expansion in the region. Yet to date these predictions have fallen short. Instead
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/03/armies-overshadow-naval-modernisation-in-southeast-asia/

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

50 years ago, ASEAN emerged as a beacon of unity in Southeast Asia. Today the group is beset by security challenges stemming from the new US administration, a lack of economic integration and a poor human rights record
http://www.dw.com/en/asean-50-years-on-success-or-failure/a-38043777

12 MARCH 2017

Why do Singapore, Malaysia and others Asean countries use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077865/why-do-singapore-malaysia-use-kid-gloves-nuclear-armed-north

21 FEBRUARY 2017

China’s weapon systems cause jitters at Asean over South China Sea dispute

Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapon systems in the South China Sea as very unsettling and want to ­prevent militarisation and urge dialogue to stop “recent developments” from escalating
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2072741/chinas-weapon-systems-cause-jitters-asean-over-south-china-sea
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-02-21/asean-unsettled-by-china-weapon-systems-tension-in-south-china-sea.html

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Revealed: Malaysia’s ‘new evidence’ in island row against Singapore

Malaysia’s “new evidence” that it has sovereignty – and not its southern neighbour Singapore – over the rocky outcrop called Pedra Branca comprise a letter by Singapore’s top colonial official in 1958, a naval incident report the same year, and a map of the Lion City in 1966, This Week in Asia has learnt
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2069588/malaysia-provides-fresh-evidence-island-row-against-singapore

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

Malaysia on Friday reopened a decades-old dispute with Singapore calling on the UN’s top court to overturn a 2008 ruling granting its neighbour sovereignty over a tiny but strategic island
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068096/malaysia-reopens-pedra-branca-island-row-singapore-after
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-refers-to-declassified-british-files-in-seeking-revision-of-icj-ruling-on-pedra
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-to-study-new-documents-submitted-by-malaysia-to-icj-on/3492880.html

19 DECEMBER 2016

ASEAN meeting on Rohingya ‘genocide’ ends with humanitarian access promise

Myanmar has agreed to grant « necessary humanitarian access » to the troubled Rakhine State, after a rare intervention from South-East Asian countries
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-20/asean-meeting-on-rohingyas-secures-humanitarian-access-promise/8133666?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-offers-myanmar-humanitarian-assistance-for-rakhine/3379138.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/rohingya-violence-burmese-army-true-suu-kyi-failed-report/

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

The Burmese (Myanmar) government has stopped workers going to Malaysia after Malaysia’s leader criticized its treatment of Muslims, while Indonesia joined a growing chorus of concern about the fate of Burma’s stateless Rohingya Muslims
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/burma-halts-sending-migrant-workers-malaysia-amid-rohingya-crisis/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/rohingya-crisis-myanmar-bans-workers-malaysia-161207075417661.html

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

Burma has warned Malaysia against interfering in the country’s internal issues, after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will take part in a protest against the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/stay-internal-affairs-burma-warns-malaysia/
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/24018-myanmar-tells-malaysia-not-to-interfere-in-internal-issues.html

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines’ rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/11/malaysia-philippines-relations-china-161107101018957.html

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

 Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein admitted today that about 1 percent of those being monitored for possible links to the Islamic State (IS) terror network are from the armed forces
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/09/malaysia-admits-armed-forces-probe-links/

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

Relations have been good between Singapore and Indonesia, but challenges still lie ahead. The upcoming leaders’ retreat for Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Indonesian counterpart, President Joko Widodo, will coincide with the golden anniversary (50 years) of formal diplomatic ties between the two nations. Considering how far bilateral relations have come, this is certainly an occasion for celebration
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/17/taking-the-long-view-of-singapore-indonesia-relations/

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

ASEAN summit opens in Laos, seeks to tackle trade, human rights, South China Sea disputes

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits began on Tuesday in Laos, and leaders from the 10 bloc members will gather for three days, joined by ASEAN dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, Russia, and the U.S.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247409919
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/asean-leaders-meet-laos

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

Southeast Asian nations failed to find common ground on maritime disputes in the South China Sea on Sunday (Jul 24) after Cambodia stuck to its demand the group make no reference to an international court ruling against Beijing in a statement, diplomats said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-deadlocked-on-south/2983230.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160724_19/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/se-asia-deadlocked-s-china-sea-split-deepens

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-blocking-asean/2981110.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/cambodia-to-receive-600-aid-from-china/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/07/china-cambodia-aid-deal/

3  JULY 2016

Why do so many countries have claims to territory in the South China Sea?

All the territorial disputes ­between six Asian neighbours in the South China Sea are, in the end, related to three academic disciplines: history, geography and law
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1983481/why-do-so-many-countries-have-claims-territory-south

20 JUNE 2016

Three South-east Asian nations to designate shipping corridor in piracy battle

Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines on Monday agreed to designate a transit corridor for commercial vessels crossing a maritime zone hit by a spate of hijackings by Islamist militants in the southern Philippines
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asian-nations/2888520.html
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/140324/ph-malaysia-indonesia-ok-joint-sulu-sea-patrols

14 JUNE 2016

‘Serious concerns’ over South China Sea: ASEAN ministers in China

Countries in Southeast Asia have « serious concerns » over recent events in the disputed South China Sea, an unusually strongly worded communique issued by their foreign ministers in China said Tuesday (Jun 14)http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/serious-concerns-over/2871648.html http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/06/151961/asean-highlights-importance-non-militarisation-south-china-sea http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/asean-foreign-ministers-issue-then-retract-communique-referencing-south-china-sea/

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

Russia moved to forge stronger ties with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, pledging to focus on economy rather than geopolitical alliances
http://atimes.com/2016/05/sochi-asean-summit-russia-eyes-economic-expansion-in-southeast-asia/

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

The visit to Russia by Vietnam’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hardly drew world attention. Yet, for Hanoi and Moscow, his five-day trip, which started on May 16, assumes great significance
http://atimes.com/2016/05/vietnam-is-russias-bridge-to-asean/
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/vietnamese-russian-premiers-discuss-boosting-ties-62242.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

29 APRIL 2016

Obituary: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (1967-2016)

As 2016 chair of the Association of South East Asian Nations, the Laotian People’s Democratic Republic is leading the group toward political irrelevance. And that is doubtless how China, the hand controlling the Laotian glove puppet, would like to see it.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/obituary-association-southeast-asian-nations/

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

ASEAN countries pushing for free skies to give travellers more flights and lower fares, as well as new destinations, have reached a key milestone
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seals-unlimited-flights-deal#sthash.VAhmo0Tv.dpuf

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s trip to the Philippines on April 13-15 was an affirmation of U.S. support for its treaty ally amid the simmering South China Sea maritime disputes. The timing of his visit was a clear message to Beijing and Manila that Philippine maritime security is a priority for the United States
http://cogitasia.com/the-overlooked-gap-in-the-southeast-asia-maritime-security-initiative/

30 MARCH 2016

US Upgrades Economic Ties With ASEAN Amid China’s Growing Influence

As China’s influence rises, Washington is seeking to expand its own economic and trade ties in Southeast Asia.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/us-upgrades-economic-ties-with-asean-amid-chinas-growing-influence/

17 MARCH 2016

Southeast Asia Dances to the Tune of Japan’s Abe Doctrine

In Southeast Asia, Japan can be said to enjoy unrivaled popularity. According to the 2015 Pew Global Attitudes survey, an average of about 80 percent of respondents surveyed across four Southeast Asian countries said they hold a favorable view of Japan. While China’s expanding military footprint in the disputed South China Sea has a headline-grabbing impact, Japan’s influence in this critical region is felt more steadfastly, but increasingly so, in recent years.
http://cogitasia.com/southeast-asia-dances-to-the-tune-of-japans-abe-doctrine/

18 MARCH 2016

Deterring China: US Army to Stockpile Equipment in Cambodia and Vietnam

The U.S. Army plans to set up equipment depots–so-called equipment activity sets–in a number of Asian countries, including Cambodia and Vietnam, the top officer of the U.S. Army’s Materiel Command said at a conference
http://thediplomat.com/2016/03/deterring-china-us-army-to-stockpile-equipment-in-cambodia-and-vietnam/

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

U.S. President Barack Obama and Southeast Asian leaders turned their attention to China on Tuesday on the second day of a summit intended to improve commercial links and provide a united front on maritime disputes with Beijing.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-china-sea-takes/2520306.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

The vision of a shared identity in the regional grouping remains a work in progress, but sports, art and entrepreneurship present possible avenues for cementing a stronger sense of belonging between member countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/could-asean-form-a-common/2514460.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos, the only Communist regimes in South-east Asia, inducted new leadership this past week through party congresses. Changes in both cases saw conservatives prevail
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/conservatives-still-call-the-shots-in-vietnam-and-laos

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

Preparations are underway to proclaim an Islamic State branch in the Southern Philippines, while the Indonesian military has pre-empted IS plans to declare a provincial satellite in eastern Indonesia. Such a foothold will have far-reaching consequences for the stability of the region
http://www.eurasiareview.com/17012016-islamic-state-branches-in-southeast-asia-analysis/

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a terrorist attack in the Indonesian capital on Thursday, raising the specter of an expanded presence by the group in Southeast Asia.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/15/world/asia/jakarta-explosion.html?ref=asia&_r=0
http://cogitasia.com/jakarta-attacks-heighten-alert-across-southeast-asia/

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday urged Southeast Asian neighbours to put pressure on China to agree on a binding code of conduct to ease tension in South China Sea following Chinese test flights to an island it has built
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-urges-asean-pressure-china-rules-disputed-sea

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

2015 was the year authoritarian governments. In the course of the year regional governments expanded their use of incumbency and control of institutions to shore up their positions
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/01/05/democratic-contraction-in-southeast-asia/

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach
http://aseanup.com/define-strategy-business-asean/?utm_content=buffer71dc6&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

The Asean Community was officially declared on Sunday morning (Nov 22) by leaders of the 10 member states of Asean, in a landmark moment promising greater regional integration for the 48-year-old grouping
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-community-officially-formed-by-10-member-states-in-landmark-declaration
http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/112980/asean-2025-document-charts-path-grouping-next-decade?utm_source=nst&utm_medium=nst&utm_campaign=nstrelated
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Southeast-Asia-enhances-economic-integration-with-challenges-ahead?page=1
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf
http://www.asean.org/images/2015/November/KL-Declaration/KL%20Declaration%20on%20Establishment%20of%20ASEAN%20Community%202015.pdf

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

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

Disagreement between the United States and China over how to address rival claims in the South China Sea marred a gathering of Southeast Asian defence officials on Wednesday, with a joint statement scrapped after ministers failed to agree on its wording
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-defence-chiefs-fail-agree-south-china-sea-statement
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/politics/AJ201511040074
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151104_34.html

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

Japanese companies have shown a big and varied appetite for Southeast Asia this year, buying control of Myanmar’s dominant beer maker, a Singapore logistics company and part of a major commodities firm based in the region
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japanese-companies-remain-more-keen-to-invest-in-asean-than-china?tm_campaign=jt_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=jt_newsletter_2015-11-01_AM

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

China hosted Southeast Asian defense ministers on Friday in an effort to burnish its reputation in a region wary of its territorial ambitions, while expectations grow that the US might directly challenge Chinese claims in the South China Sea
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/10/16/china-hosts-asean-meeting-amid-south-china-sea-tensions.html

5 OCTOBER 2015

Trans-Pacific free trade deal, including four Asean members, agreed creating vast partnership

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim countries have agreed to a controversial trade pact that cuts trade barriers, sets labour and environmental standards and protects multinational corporations’ intellectual property
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-34444799
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/pacific-nations-reach-landmark-trade-pact-151005124604560.html