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ON 24 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 24, 2019

842: Death of Saga, 52nd Japanese emperor, born on October 10, 786
http://www.myjapanesegreentea.com/emperor-saga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Saga

1101: Death of Song dynasty writer Su Shi, born on January 8, 1037
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Su_Shi
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8250.html

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQ7hDxFZzQ

1608: The first English convoy lands at Surat, India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/24th-august-1608-the-first-representative-of-the-east-india-company-lands-in-surat

1690: Job Charnock of the East India Company establishes a factory in Calcutta (now Kolkota), an event considered by the British as the founding of the city.

1708: Amangkurat III, his family and attendants are sent by ship from Surabaya to Batavia. At Batavia, he is told that the VOC representative at Surabaya had no authority to offer him terms of surrender. He is taken as a prisoner of war and sent to exile in Ceylon

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

1908: Birth of Shivaram Rajguru, Indian revolutionary, hanged on March 23, 1931
http://www.mapsofindia.com/who-is-who/history/shivaram-rajguru.html

Shivaram Rajguru

1918: Birth of Sikander Bakht, Governor of Kerala, who died on February 23, 2004
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikander_Bakht
http://www.milligazette.com/Archives/2004/01-15Apr04-Print-Edition/011504200486.htm

1925: Death of Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, Indian scholar, born on July 6, 1837
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/72430.cms

1927: Birth of Anjali Devi, Indian actress and producer who died on January 13, 2014
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/anjali-devi-old-tamil-actress/biography.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0222432/

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHa71KRLXqY

1935: Birth of Tsutomu Hata, briefly Japanese Prime Minister in 1994
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Hata

1942: Japanese aircraft carrier Ryujo is sunk and US carrier Enterprise heavily damaged in the Battle of East Solomon Islands

http://www.cv6.org/1942/solomons/solomons.htm

1945: Death of Midori Naka, Japanese actress, survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, died of radiation poisoning, born on June 19, 1909
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midori_Naka

1956: Birth of Dick Lee, Singaporean singer-songwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Lee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wk51lfLfIQ

1956: Death of Kenji Mizoguchi, Japanese film director and screenwriter, born on 16 May 1898
http://sensesofcinema.com/2002/great-directors/mizoguchi/

1960: Birth of Takashi Miike, Japanese filmmaker
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0586281/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takashi_Miike

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

1963: As a result of the Xá Lợi Pagoda raids, the US State Department cables the United States Embassy, Saigon to encourage Army of the Republic of Vietnam generals to launch a coup against President Ngo Dinh Diem if he did not remove his brother Ngo Dinh Nhu

1965: Indian troops cross again the border of the Pakistani Kashmir. Violent fighting with Pakistani forces

1966: Suicide of Lao She, one of the famous Chinese writers, born on February 3, 1899
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Lao_She
http://hum.uchicago.edu/faculty/ywang/history/LaoShe.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8273.html

Lao She

1967: Lam Bun, Hong Kong radio commentator is murdered, born in 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lam_Bun

1969: V.V Giri becomes the fourth President of India
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V._V._Giri

1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed is sworn in as the new president of India, up to his death on February 11, 1977
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/ahmed.html

1979: Birth of Elva Hsiao, Taiwanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elva_Hsiao

1981: The pro-Soviet Kabul accepts three-party talks with Iran and Pakistan

1984: In the Afghan conflict, the indirect talks resume at Geneva (will be break off on August 30)

1992: China and South Korea establish diplomatic relations
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-24/news/mn-5421_1_south-korea

1995: Harry Wu, human right activist is expelled by China after he was convicted of spying
https://www.ifex.org/china/1995/08/24/government_expels_harry_wu_after/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Wu

2002: USA applies sanctions to North Korea for the selling of Scud missiles parts to Yemen

2008: 29th Olympic Games closes at Beijing, China

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuU-AXa3tYo

2010: Death of Satoshi Kon, Japanese film director, born on October 12, 1963
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=1161
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satoshi_Kon


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1dt5j_paprika-trailer-us_news

2012 : President Benigno Aquino names a veteran judge as the first female chief justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, following his controversial ousting of her predecessor
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/271066/news/nation/pnoy-names-sereno-new-chief-justice?ref=bannerh1

2015: North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement. South Korea will stop anti-North Korea loudspeaker broadcasts on “condition of no abnormal situations,” as North Korea issues “regret” for recent “provocations”
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34039187

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

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23 AUGUST 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

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

East Timor’s China friendship won’t compromise its national interests: foreign minister

Sceptics of East Timor’s relations with China should know it is not a “new, fragile country” that can be easily swayed by others, its foreign minister said, citing how the nation handled its border dispute with larger neighbour Australia
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3023934/east-timors-china-friendship-wont-compromise-its-national

China imposes additional tariffs on US$75 billion worth of US goods in retaliation for planned US tariff hike

China said on Friday it will impose retaliatory tariffs against about US$75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting as much as an extra 10per cent on top of existing rates in the dispute between the world’s top two economies
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-us-trade-war-tariffs-11837428
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-imposes-additional-tariffs-on-us-goods-in-retaliation

22 AUGUST 2019

Indonesia blocks internet in Papua in bid to curb protests

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

Japan Protests S. Korea’s Decision to Scrap Intel-Sharing Pact

Japan’s foreign minister said on Thursday (Aug 22) that Tokyo « strongly » protested against South Korea’s decision to scrap a military intelligence-sharing pact, calling the move « extremely regrettable »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-taro-kano-protests-south-korea-defence-pact-move-11833968
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-scrap-intelligence-sharing-pact-with-japan-amid-history-feud
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190822_32/
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190822000780

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

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

Rohingya refugees refuse to return to Myanmar without rights guarantee

Plans to begin repatriating the thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled ethnic cleansing in Rahkine state in 2017 look likely to fail once again, with the refugees refusing to go back to Myanmar voluntarily
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/21/not-without-our-rights-rohingya-refugees-refuse-to-return-to-myanmar
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/rohingya-muslim-refugees-don-t-want-to-return-to-myanmar-1.900755

21 AUGUST 2019

China threatens sanctions over sale of US fighter jets to Taiwan

China threatened to sanction US companies involved in the sale of weapons to Taiwan on Wednesday after the United States approved an $8 billion (€7.2 billion) arms deal to the island
https://www.dw.com/en/china-threatens-sanctions-over-sale-of-us-fighter-jets-to-taiwan/a-50113242
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/approves-8bn-sale-66-16-fighters-taiwan-190821002905496.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/20/politics/taiwan-fighter-jet-sales/index.html

Japan, South Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties

Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday (Aug 21) on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled over into trade, and put a deep chill on ties between Washington’s two Asian allies
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-south-korea-foreign-ministers-meet-amid-diplomatic-row
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3067044

Chinese human rights lawyer Chen Qiushi missing after return from Hong Kong protests trip

Human rights watchers and activists have expressed concerns for the safety of a mainland Chinese lawyer who went missing after visiting Hong Kong on the weekend to observe protests in the city
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3023796/chinese-human-rights-lawyer-chen-qiushi-missing-after-return

20 AUGUST 2019

Cambodian PM sues opposition leader Sam Rainsy in French court

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader said Tuesday
https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/wires/ap/article-7375757/Cambodian-PM-sues-opposition-leader-French-court.html
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/15511

China detains staff member from UK’s consulate in Hong Kong for over 10 days after business trip

The U.K.’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it is « extremelyconcerned » at reports that a staff member at the consulate in the former British colony of Hong Kong had been detained while returning to the city
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/britain-diplomat-08202019121916.html
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/britain-s-hong-kong-official-missing-in-china-was-nabbed-on-train-says-family-20190821-p52j4f.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3023634/british-consulate-worker-hong-kong-held-mainland-china-10

Malaysia bans controversial Indian Muslim preacher Zakir Naik from public activities

Police said on Tuesday that an Indian Muslim preacher, wanted in India for alleged money laundering and hate speech, has been banned from public activities after racial slurs in his recent speeches sparked outrage in Malaysia
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3023644/malaysia-bans-controversial-indian-muslim-preacher-zakir
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/zakir-naiks-public-speeches-banned-again-questioned-in-malaysia-1.1566296642441

19 AUGUST 2019

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

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

Indonesia Papua: Local parliament torched in Manokwari unrest

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

Pakistan extends army chief’s tenure amid Kashmir row

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa had been due to end his three-year tenure in November but has been allowed to stay on “in view of the regional security environment,” a statement said
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-extends-army-chief-s-tenure-amid-kashmir-row-1.900293
https://www.dawn.com/news/1500427/army-chief-gen-bajwas-tenure-extended-for-another-3-years

China suspends purchase of Venezuelan oil

China’s largest energy company, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is backing away from direct purchases of Venezuelan crude as the United States tightens sanctions against Caracas
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/china-suspends-purchase-venezuelan-oil-190819094923985.html

18 AUGUST 2019

More than a million people brave the rain in peaceful Hong Kong protest

Hong Kong people returned en-masse to peaceful protest as more than million marched through the rain on Sunday evening, defying Beijing’s label of the democracy movement as rioters
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/thousands-gather-in-hong-kong-for-peaceful-protests-20190818-p52icp.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/18/hong-kong-huge-rally-china-condemns-us-gross-interference
https://www.france24.com/en/20190818-hong-kong-protest-rally-pro-democracy-movement-support-11th-weekend

17 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Serikjan Bilash, fiery critic of Xinjiang crackdown, spared jail in Kazakhstan but must end anti-China activism

Serikjan Bilash, whose activism in defence of Muslim and Turkic minorities in Xinjiang earned him global media attention, said he struck a plea bargain with the court that allowed him freedom but will end his activism
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3023221/serikjan-bilash-fiery-critic-xinjiang-crackdown-spared-jail

India’s Modi holds talks with Bhutan counterpart

Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks on Saturday during which they discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors as the two nations signed 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in their ties
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indias-modi-holds-talks-with-bhutan-counterpart-1.65864807
http://www.kuenselonline.com/lyonchhen-thanks-pm-modi-for-visiting-bhutan/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pm-modi-inaugurates-mangdechhu-hydroelectric-power-plant-in-bhutan/article29120270.ece?homepage=true

16 AUGUST 2019

Protests erupt in India-administered Kashmir after Friday prayers

Protests erupted in Srinagar city of India-administered Kashmir on Friday as people took to the streets in large numbers against New Delhi’s decision of revoking its special status
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/protests-erupt-in-india-administered-kashmir-after-friday-prayers-29037

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

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

India issues veiled nuclear threat to Pakistan with hint it could abandon ‘no first use’ policy

India appears to have issued a veiled threat to Pakistan when its defence minister said the country’s continued nuclear commitment to « no first use » would « depend on the circumstances »
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-pakistan-tensions-war-nuclear-no-first-use-rajnath-singh-modi-a9062561.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-hints-at-changing-no-first-use-nuclear-policy-11816218

15 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir cross-border fire ‘kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers’

Pakistan’s army has said at least three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers have been killed after a cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir, prompting a denial by New Delhi that there were fatalities among its forces
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/kashmir-fire-loc-kills-3-pakistani-5-indian-troops-190815125820838.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indian-army-rejects-as-fictitious-pak-militarys-claim-of-killing-5-indian-soldiers-along-loc-in-jk/articleshow/70691327.cms
https://www.dawn.com/news/1499681/3-pakistan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-loc-firing-by-indian-forces-ispr

Taiwan Sharply Boosts Defense Budget Amid China Tension

Taiwan unveiled its largest defense spending increase in more than a decade on Aug. 15 amid rising military tensions with its giant neighbor China, which considers the self-ruled island its own and has not renounced the use of force against it
https://www.theepochtimes.com/taiwan-sharply-boosts-defense-budget-amid-china-tension_3041714.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/08/16/2003720564

15 Myanmar Soldiers, Police and Civilians Dead in Coordinated Attacks

At least 15 have died and three have been injured in coordinated rebel attacks across in Mandalay Region and neighboring northern Shan State on Thursday, a day that began with the first attack on the Myanmar military’s Defense Service Technological Academy (DSTA) in decades
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/15-myanmar-soldiers-police-civilians-dead-coordinated-attacks.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-15-dead-as-myanmar-insurgents-launch-coordinated-attacks-29025

Chinese documentary director Zhu Yu defies Beijing’s boycott of Taiwan’s Golden Horse awards

A mainland Chinese director has vowed to ignore a Beijing boycott and keep her documentary in the running for a high-profile Taiwanese film festival because of her faith
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3022972/chinese-documentary-director-zhu-yu-defies-beijings-boycott

14 AUGUST 2019

US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay

Escalating trade tensions between China and the United States eased slightly on Wednesday as Beijing hailed the decision by US President Donald Trump to delay or remove some planned tariffs against Chinese products as a “positive signal”
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3022803/us-china-trade-war-takes-breather-beijing-sees-positive

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

A court in Thailand on Wednesday dismissed terrorism and other charges against 24 leaders of an extended street protest in 2010 that saw key areas of central Bangkok closed off and random violence that was ended by military force
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1730099/red-shirt-leaders-acquitted-of-terrorism
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30374740

13 AUGUST 2019

Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone

A Chinese survey ship returned to Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone off its coast on Aug. 13, ship tracking data showed, less than a week after it left the area where vessels from the two countries were locked in a month-long standoff
https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-ship-returns-to-vietnams-exclusive-economic-zone_3040084.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/08/14/Chinese-survey-ship-returns-to-disputed-waters-claimed-by-Vietnam

Check-in at Hong Kong airport suspended for second day as protesters block terminal

Authorities at Hong Kong airport suspended check-ins on Tuesday after pro-democracy protesters blocked the terminal for a second day, but reversed a previous statement saying that all departing flights had been cancelled
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/check-in-at-hong-kong-airport-suspended-for-second-day-as-protesters-block-terminal-1.897765
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/13/hong-kong-airport-resumes-flights-protests-beijing-condemns/

PM Mahathir accuses Chinese schools association of racism over khat controversy

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has hit out again at the Chinese schools association over its opposition to the teaching of khat calligraphy, saying that legal action could be taken if the association instigates negative racial sentiment
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-mahathir-khat-calligraphy-racist-dong-zong-11805520
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/08/14/the-khat-paranoia-in-malaysia/1780561

India, Russia exchange MoUs in key areas

About 200 Russian companies, Investment Agencies and Funds took part from the Russian side
https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/130819/india-russia-exchange-mous-in-key-areas.html

12 AUGUST 2019

Korea to exclude Japan from trade whitelist in September

South Korea is set to drop Japan as a preferred trading partner in September in response to Tokyo’s recent decision to exclude Seoul from its whitelist, officials said Monday
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190812000715
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2019/08/693_273800.html

11 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Sonia Gandhi replaces son as leader of India’s opposition Congress party

India’s main opposition Congress party has selected former President Sonia Gandhi as its interim leader while it searches for a successor to her son Rahul Gandhi, who quit following a second straight election drubbing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/sonia-gandhi-returns-lead-india-beleaguered-congress-party-190811085008139.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/11/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/sonia-gandhi-replaces-son-leader-indias-opposition-congress-party/#.XVAvYegzY2w

10 AUGUST 2019

Japan downgrades South Korea as security partner in defence white paper as ties fray

Japan will effectively lower South Korea’s standing as an important security cooperation partner in this year’s white paper on defence, a Defence Ministry source said on Friday, reflecting the worsening of bilateral ties
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3022241/japan-downgrades-south-korea-security-partner-defence-white
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/10/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-give-south-korea-cold-shoulder-security-partner-new-defense-white-paper/#.XU7_lOgzY2w

China says it will support Pakistan ‘upholding its rights’ in Kashmir row with India

China has said it would support Pakistan defending its “legitimate rights and interests” in the Kashmir crisis during an emergency visit by the country’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday night
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3022254/china-says-it-will-support-pakistan-upholding-its-rights
http://www.ecns.cn/news/2019-08-10/detail-ifzmwwnr7045592.shtml

Article 370: Tear gas and gunfire at Kashmir protest

The BBC witnessed the police opening fire and using tear gas to disperse the crowd, despite the Indian government saying the protest never took place
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/49306816/article-370-tear-gas-and-gunfire-at-kashmir-protest
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/thousands-protest-in-indian-kashmir-over-new-status-despite-clampdown-1.65724745

US worried about ‘the Chinese invasion’ of Israel’s ports

US concern is centred on Haifa Port, which will be run by Chinese interests in 2021. In 2018, Beijing has promised US$ 23 billion in loans and aid to Mideast countries and plans to invest another 28 in infrastructure. The Pentagon warns that the region’s countries risk falling into Beijing’s orbit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/US-worried-about-%27the-Chinese-invasion%27-of-Israel%26rsquo%3Bs-ports-47722.html

Taiwan urges citizens to stay on alert for China-backed media ‘infiltration’

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen urged citizens to stay on alert for Chinese-financed media « infiltration » after a Reuters report of a Beijing-backed media campaign in the self-ruled island which China considers its own
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-urges-citizens-to-stay-on-alert-for-china-backed-media-infiltration
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201908100014.aspx

9 AUGUST 2019

Seoul and Tokyo’s trade war puts military pact at stake

The General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, went into effect in November 2016 as the two neighbours agreed to step up cooperation in the face of North Korea’s nuclear and missile threat
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/seoul-and-tokyos-trade-war-puts-military-pact-at-stake

8 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Japan OKs first S Korea high-tech export since curbs, but with a warning

Japan has approved shipment of a high-tech material to South Korea for the first time since imposing export curbs last month, but doubled down on political pressure and warned it could broaden restrictions on deliveries to its Asian neighbor
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/Japan-OKs-first-S-Korea-high-tech-export-since-curbs-but-with-a-warning
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190808_44/
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-oks-1st-export-to-south-korea-under-new-trade-curbs/

Pakistan’s outspoken opposition leader Mariam Nawaz Sharif detained by anti-graft body

Pakistan’s outspoken opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif who is daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has been arrested by National Accountability Bureau (NAB)- country’s anti-graft body
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistans-outspoken-opposition-leader-mariam-nawaz-sharif-detained-by-anti-graft-body-1.65702981
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/maryam-nawaz-pakistan-leader-opposition-arrested-190808085051529.html

Kashmir dispute: Hundreds detained as anger grows

Politicians, activists, business leaders and professors were reportedly among those being held in makeshift detention centres
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49277021
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/over-500-arrested-in-india-since-kashmir-communications-blackout

7 AUGUST 2019

Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties, suspends trade with India over Kashmir

Pakistan has announced it will downgrade diplomatic relations and suspend bilateral trade with India after New Delhi stripped the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/07/asia/kashmir-pakistan-response-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49267912
https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-expels-indian-ambassador-over-kashmir-dispute/a-49933967

Hong Kong lawyers march in silence to support anti-government protesters

Hong Kong lawyers held a silent march on Wednesday (Aug 7) in support of anti-government protesters and to call on the government to safeguard the independence of the city’s department of justice
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-lawyers-march-silence-support-anti-government-11788926
https://www.scmp.com/video/hong-kong/3021855/dressed-black-thousands-hong-kong-lawyers-marched-silence-slam-political
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hundreds-of-hong-kong-lawyers-join-silent-march-to-demand-inquiry-into-protests

Mainland China to boycott Golden Horse awards in latest attempt to squeeze Taiwan

Mainland China will not take part in the film awards dubbed the “Chinese-language Oscars”, held in Taiwan, Beijing’s film administrators announced on Wednesday, reflecting tensions across the strait
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3021731/mainland-china-boycott-asias-oscars-latest-attempt-squeeze
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-bans-movies-actors-from-prominent-taiwan-film-awards/

6 AUGUST 2019

Sushma Swaraj: India’s popular former foreign minister dies

Ms Swaraj, who served as foreign minister for five years, suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday, the Press Trust of India said
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49259772
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/people-recall-the-kindness-of-former-indian-external-affairs-minister-sushma-swaraj-1.65683821

Popular Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je offers ‘another choice’ with launch of new political party, the Taiwan People’s Party (TPP)

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, 60, said he wanted to change Taiwan’s political culture and offer people “another choice” beside the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the main opposition Kuomintang (KMT)
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3021682/popular-taipei-mayor-ko-wen-je-offers-another-choice-launch-new
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190806_64/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3759723

China warns US against Asia missile deployment

Beijing « will be forced to take countermeasures, » if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the region. A senior official also called on neighboring countries to « exercise prudence » about hosting any missiles
https://www.dw.com/en/china-warns-us-against-asia-missile-deployment/a-49905220

Another sea trial for China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier ‘suggests technical problems’

China’s first home-grown aircraft carrier is undergoing another sea trial, straight after four days of testing, suggesting the navy may have identified technical problems that require immediate attention, military observers said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3021707/another-sea-trial-chinas-first-home-grown-aircraft-carrier

Beijing says India’s Kashmir move ‘undermines’ China sovereignty

Beijing has criticised India’s decision to change the status of Jammu & Kashmir, a state that borders China, accusing New Delhi of undermining its territorial sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/beijing-says-indias-kashmir-move-undermines-china-sovereignty

5 AUGUST 2019

India abolishes special status for Kashmir

India removed Kashmir’s special autonomous status from its constitution with a presidential decree on Monday. It also moved a bill to divide the Indian-administered part of Kashmir into two regions directly ruled by New Delhi
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-abolishes-special-status-for-kashmir-1.894616#3
https://www.dw.com/en/india-abolishes-kashmirs-autonomous-status/a-49892487
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49231619

US and South Korea start joint war games a week after Kim Jong-un fired six missiles and warned of ‘consequences’ if Trump holds military drills

Seoul and Washington began annual joint military exercises on Monday (Aug 5), defying warnings from Pyongyang that the war games will jeopardise nuclear negotiations between the US and North Korea
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7322023/US-South-Korea-start-joint-war-games-week-Kim-Jong-fired-six-missiles.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/us-south-korea-hold-joint-drills-despite-pyongyang-warnings-11781232
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/south-korea-hold-war-games-north-korea-warnings-190805030106943.html

China halts US agriculture purchases as trade war heats up

China announced on Tuesday that it would suspend purchases of US agricultural products in retaliation for a “serious violation” of agreements between its President Xi Jinping and his counterpart Donald Trump
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-halts-us-agriculture-purchases-as-trade-war-heats-up
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3021540/china-suspend-purchases-us-farm-products-retaliation-serious

4 AUGUST 2019

Khmer Rouge ‘Brother Number Two’ Nuon Chea dies in Cambodia aged 93

Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died on Sunday, the country’s UN-assisted genocide tribunal said. He was 93
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3021384/khmer-rouge-brother-number-two-nuon-chea-dies-cambodia
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49228123

Kashmir tensions intensify amid India, Pakistan skirmishes

The Indian military on Sunday (Aug 4) claimed to have killed several Pakistani attackers trying to cross the de facto border in Kashmir, as tensions ratcheted up in the disputed region and sent thousands of tourists fleeing
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-pakistan-trade-attack-claims-as-kashmir-tensions-rise
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/112/151/161/1564906434449.html?newsId=90920

3 AUGUST 2019

China suspends cooperation with France on police affairs, says report

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

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

Politician Tan Cheng Bock, a 79-year-old retired medical doctor, on Saturday launched the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), which is backed by the estranged brother of the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/singapore-opposition-party-backed-pm-brother-launched-190803103943358.html

Maldives arrests ex-vice president and ‘assassin plot organiser’ Ahmed Adeeb after India denies entry

Maldives police on Saturday said they had arrested former vice-president Ahmed Adeeb and were bringing him to the capital Male after he was refused entry to India
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3021331/maldives-arrests-ex-vice-president-ahmed-adeeb-after-india

2 AUGUST 2019

Blasts in Bangkok as Thai capital hosts regional summit

Several small bombs exploded across Bangkok on Friday, rattling the Thai capital as it hosted a regional summit attended by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and leaving three people wounded
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/blasts-in-bangkok-as-thai-capital-hosts-regional-summit-1.893673
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1723435/bombs-rattle-bangkok-during-asean-summit

Japan Drops South Korea From Favored Trade List As Long-Simmering Tensions Flare

Japan downgraded its trading relationship with South Korea on Friday, escalating a simmering trade feud that some experts worry could undermine U.S. security ties with chief Asian allies and hinder their cooperation on the North Korean nuclear issue
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747539220/japan-drops-south-korea-from-favored-trade-list-as-long-simmering-tensions-flare?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3021211/seoul-axes-tokyo-trusted-export-list-tit-tat-move-angry-south

Hong Kong civil servants attend rally to voice dissent over extradition Bill

Thousands of civil servants filled Chater Garden in the heart of the business district on Friday (Aug 2) night to protest the government’s handling of a contentious extradition bill in a rare show of dissent
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-civil-servants-set-for-rally-to-voice-dissent-over-extradition-bill
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3021276/hong-kong-civil-servants-embarrass-government-protest

North Korea Conducts 3rd Missile Test Since Last Week Amid Stalled Talks With U.S.

North Korea has reportedly conducted a third test launch in just over a week, firing what appeared to be short-range ballistic missiles, according to South Korean officials
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/02/747504332/north-korea-conducts-third-missile-test-since-last-week-amid-stalled-talks-with-
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/north-korea-fires-more-missiles-ahead-of-us-south-military-exercises-1.893784

1 AUGUST 2019

Ahmed Adeeb – Maldives ex-vice president arrested in India

Former vice president Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested and detained by Indian agencies in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on Thursday, while trying to enter the country illegally as a crew member of a tug boat
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92928
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-ex-vice-president-arrested-in-india-147149
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/ex-vp-of-maldives-detained-in-tn-mea-verifying-reports20190801183622/

Japan, S.Korea FMs meet amid souring relations

Relations between Japan and South Korea appear to be at a stalemate as the countries’ foreign ministers mainly repeated their stances on thorny current issues at a meeting Thursday
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190801_30/
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/08/356_273254.html
https://www.nippon.com/en/news/yjj2019080100745/kang-urges-kono-to-keep-s-korea-on-japan’s-white-list.html

31 JULY 2019

China bans individual travelers from visiting Taiwan

China on Wednesday announced that individual travelers from that country will be banned from visiting Taiwan starting August, citing the current strained cross-strait relations, five-months before Taiwan holds a presidential election in January 2020
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201907310013.aspx
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/31/china-stops-issuing-travel-permits-mainlanders-visiting-taiwan/

US, China to hold more trade talks after ‘constructive’ meeting

US and Chinese negotiators agreed to meet again in the United States in September after holding « frank » and « constructive » talks in Shanghai on Wednesday (Jul 31), state media said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-china-to-hold-more-trade-talks-after-constructive-meeting-11769984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-war/US-China-trade-talks-in-Shanghai-yield-more-friction-than-fruit
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/31/746916684/no-u-s-china-trade-deal-yet-talks-to-resume-in-september

30 JULY 2019

Muslim practice of instant divorce made illegal in India after historic vote

The practice, which can only be implemented by men, has already been made illegal in more than 20 Muslim countries. India has followed suit after lawmakers voted 99 to 84 in favor of the new law
https://www.dw.com/en/muslim-practice-of-instant-divorce-made-illegal-in-india-after- https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-criminalises-islamic-instant-divorce-1.893092historic-vote/a-49816456

Sultan Abdullah installed as the 16th king of Malaysia

The ceremony was attended by about 700 guests including nine Malay rulers, government ministers and foreign dignitaries. Malaysia is a constitutional monarchy, in which the sovereign performs a largely ceremonial function. The king is elected in rotation: the throne passes from hand to hand every five years
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-30/malaysia-anoints-new-king-after-former-monarch-abdicates/11368050?section=world
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sultan-Abdullah-installed-as-the-16th-king-of-Malaysia-47633.html

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/

29 JULY 2019

China-Philippines military ties ‘vital to bilateral relations’ says Chinese ambassador

The military-to-military relationship between China and the Philippines has become an important part of the bilateral relations, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua said on Monday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/111/197/143/1564457705087.html?newsId=90368

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

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

Australia Ratifies Maritime Boundaries with East Timor

Australia passed a legislation that sets down maritime boundaries with East Timor on Monday, providing a framework for the two countries to split revenue from the offshore Greater Sunrise natural gas field
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/australia-ratifies-maritime-boundaries-with-east-timor/

Cambodia set to buy US$40 million more arms from China, prime minister says

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that US$40 million would be spent on weapons from China. That includes tens of thousands of guns to replace old stock that were already being shipped, he said
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3020460/cambodia-set-buy-more-arms-china-prime-minister-says

China’s first ‘cyber-dissident’ Huang Qi given 12-year jail term

China’s first « cyber-dissident », whose website reported on sensitive topics including human rights, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday (Jul 29) for leaking state secrets, a court said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-first-cyber-dissident-given-12-year-jail-term-11763324
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/29/china-first-cyber-dissident-huang-qi-jailed-12-years

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

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

Singapore PM’s brother Lee Hsien Yang backs opposition party in election twist

The Singapore prime minister’s estranged brother Lee Hsien Yang has thrown his support behind a newly-formed opposition party in an intriguing twist ahead of elections expected to be held as soon as this year
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/singapore-pm-s-brother-backs-opposition-party-in-election-twist-1.892138

South Korea to send naval unit to Strait of Hormuz: Report

On Monday, a local daily reported that Korea has decided to send the Cheonghae Unit that operates in waters off Somalia, citing an unnamed senior government official. However, Seoul’s Defense Ministry said it has not made a decision
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190729000741
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/south-korea-to-send-naval-unit-to-strait-of-hormuz-newspaper

28 JULY 2019

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

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

27 JULY 2019

US approves support for Pakistan’s F-16s amid Afghanistan outreach

The US State Department announced on Friday that the Trump administration is set to approve $125 million for Pakistan to provide technical support to its fleet of F-16 aircraft
https://www.dw.com/en/us-approves-support-for-pakistans-f-16s-amid-afghanistan-outreach/a-49766828
https://www.dawn.com/news/1496522/us-state-dept-approves-proposed-125m-support-programme-for-pakistans-f-16s

China deploys J-20 stealth fighter ‘to keep tabs on Taiwan’

China’s J-20 stealth fighter has been officially deployed to the country’s Eastern Theatre Command, suggesting it will be focused on the Taiwan Strait and military activities between Japan and the United States, observers said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3020346/china-deploys-j-20-stealth-fighter-keep-tabs-taiwan

India deploys 10,000 troops in insurgency-hit Kashmir

The Indian government is moving 10,000 paramilitary forces to the troubled northern state of Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen anti-insurgency operations, media reports said on Saturday (July 27)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-deploys-10000-troops-in-insurgency-hit-kashmir

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

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

The trial of two Cambodian journalists charged with espionage has begun in the capital, Phnom Penh, in a case human rights groups say should never have been brought to court
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/espionage-trial-rfa-journalists-starts-cambodia-190726070844918.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/trial-of-cambodian-reporters-who-used-to-work-for-us-begins/
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3020187/cambodian-reporters-trial-undermining-national-security

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

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

Tan Cheng Bock says new party will be ‘unifying alternative’ for Singapore

There has been an “erosion” of transparency, independence and accountability within the Government, said Dr Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jul 26), explaining the reasons behind his decision to set up a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-psp-progress-singapore-party-alternative-11755736
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3020249/i-didnt-change-pap-did-singapore-opposition-politician-tan-cheng

25 JULY 2019

North Korea Fires New Ballistic Missile in Likely Pressure Tactic

North Korea fired a new type of short-range ballistic missile in two launches into the sea on Thursday, July 25.They were North Korea’s first weapons launches in more than two months and appeared to be a pressuring tactic as Pyongyang and Washington struggle to restart nuclear negotiations
https://www.voanews.com/east-asia-pacific/north-korea-fires-2-ballistic-missiles-challenge-us
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49107187
https://www.theepochtimes.com/north-korea-fires-new-ballistic-missile-in-likely-pressure-tactic_3016549.html

Chinese private firm makes history with successful orbital mission

A private Chinese company used its own carrier rocket to send two satellites and several experimental payloads into space on Thursday, marking the first successful orbital mission by the country’s commercial space industry
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/92/5/1564037218626.html?newsId=89964

24 JULY 2019

China’s New 2019 Defense White Paper: An Open Strategic Challenge to the United States, But One Which Does Not Have to Lead to Conflict

China’s National Defense in the New Era is a clear and detailed 51-page response to the massive shift in U.S. strategy from a focus on counterterrorism and extremism to competition and possible conflict with China and Russia
https://www.csis.org/analysis/chinas-new-2019-defense-white-paper-open-strategic-challenge-united-states-one-which-does
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-defence-white-paper-emphasises-growing-military-competition-homeland-security
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/201/22/18/1563961538870.html?newsId=89809

23 JULY 2019

Russia and South Korea give conflicting claims over airspace spat

South Korean air force jets fired 360 rounds of warning shots Tuesday after a Russian military plane twice violated South Korea’s airspace off the country’s eastern coast, Seoul officials said in an announcement that was quickly disputed by Russia
https://www.dw.com/en/russia-and-south-korea-give-conflicting-claims-over-airspace-spat/a-49728624
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/s-korea-russia-differ-over-warning-shots-fired-at-jets/

22 JULY 2019

Li Peng, hardline Chinese premier who backed Tiananmen massacre, dies

Former premier Li Peng died of illness in Beijing at the age of 91 at 11:11 pm on Monday 22, an official statement said on Tuesday
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/23/li-peng-obituary
https://www.dw.com/en/li-peng-former-chinese-premier-dies-at-90/a-49715431
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/248/28/160/1563947948188.html?newsId=89778
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/former-pm-during-tiananmen-crackdown-li-peng-dies-aged-91-28457

India launches second lunar mission, aiming for Moon’s South Pole

India launched a bid to become a leading space power Monday, sending up a rocket to put a craft on the surface of the Moon in what it called a « historic day » for the nation
https://www.france24.com/en/20190722-india-space-moon-mission-chandrayaan-modi
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/india-launches-chandrayaan-spacecraft-bid-become-fourth-country/

Cambodia, China ink secret naval port deal: report

Chinese armed forces will be allowed 30 years of exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted anonymous US officials
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/07/article/cambodia-china-ink-secret-naval-port-deal-report/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=37f7987183-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_22_12_42&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-37f7987183-31591405
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/22/744011392/cambodia-denies-report-of-deal-with-china-for-use-of-naval-base

Trump wants Pakistan’s help in Afghanistan exit, offers to mediate Kashmir

US is working with Pakistan to find a way out of the war in Afghanistan and is ready to mediate on Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, President Donald Trump, speaking at a White House meeting with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, said on Monday
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/trump-wants-pakistan-s-help-in-afghanistan-exit-offers-to-mediate-kashmir-28441
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/donald-trump-says-us-working-with-pakistan-to-find-way-out-of-afghan-war-1.889446

Huawei secretly helped North Korea build wireless network, Washington Post reports

The Chinese telecommunications giant partnered with a state-owned Chinese firm, Panda International Information Technology, on a number of projects in North Korea over at least eight years, the Post reported
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3019670/huawei-secretly-helped-north-korea-build-wireless-network-washington

21 JULY 2019

Uygurs in Xinjiang didn’t choose to be Muslims, China says in white paper

Uygurs became Muslims not by choice but by force, and Islam is not their only religion, Beijing said in a white paper published on Sunday, as it continued its propaganda campaign to justify its controversial policies in the far western province of Xinjiang
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019490/uygurs-xinjiang-didnt-choose-be-muslims-china-says-white-paper
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/228/219/155/1563683130475.html?newsId=89501

Japan’s ruling bloc secures upper house majority – exit polls

NHK public television said that Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its partner Komei were sure to win from 67 to 77 seats in the upper house, and that the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the bloc is joined by supporters from another party
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-ruling-bloc-secures-upper-house-majority-exit-polls-28408
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190721_46/

20 JULY 2019

Hong Kong police make ‘largest ever’ seizure of explosives on eve of protests

Police in Hong Kong have seized what is thought to be the largest ever cache of high-powered explosives uncovered in the city, in a raid Friday night on a suspected bomb-making factory
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/20/asia/hong-kong-explosives-haul-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3019429/bomb-disposal-squad-called-after-explosive-substance

Pakistan tribal regions hold first provincial polls

Voters in turbulent former tribal zones of northwestern Pakistan vote in first provincial elections after the region lost semi-autonomous status it had held since British colonial era
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-tribal-regions-hold-first-provincial-polls-28394
https://www.dawn.com/news/1495305/tribal-districts-take-part-in-historic-pa-polls

Veteran Indian politician Sheila Dikshit dies at 81

Sheila Dikshit, an Indian politician who was New Delhi’s longest-serving chief minister, died after a prolonged illness. She was 81. Dikshit died Saturday at a hospital in New Delhi, where she had been admitted for treatment for a heart ailment
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/sheila-dikshit-transformed-face-of-delhi-1.65340766
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/with-iron-fist-in-velvet-gloveshe-ran-both-her-govt-party/articleshow/70312256.cms

Pro-independence Formosa Alliance forms political party

The pro-independence Formosa Alliance formed a political party on Saturday, saying that it hoped to field at least 10 candidates in the legislative election next January and give independence-leaning voters an alternative to the current ruling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201907200013.aspx
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3019452/hardliner-helm-taiwans-new-party-says-it-wont-field

US House Passes Bill to Sanction Cambodia’s Top Officials

U.S. lawmakers have sent a clear signal to Cambodian leaders that they have to reverse course on limiting democracy or face consequences
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-house-passes-bill-to-sanction-cambodias-top-officials-2/

19 JULY 2019

South Korean man dies after setting himself on fire outside Japanese embassy in Seoul

A man in his seventies has died after self-immolating inside his car in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, authorities in the South Korean capital said Friday
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/19/asia/south-korea-japan-embassy-fire-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/south-korean-man-dies-immolation-japan-dispute-worsens-190719074156575.html

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

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

18 JULY 2019

Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested on corruption charges

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has been arrested on corruption charges, according to an official from his Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/pakistani-pm-abbasi-arrested-corruption-charges-190718101905245.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-s-ex-prime-minister-abbasi-arrested-on-corruption-charges-28340

Cambodian police arrested several activists and prevented public commemoration of the third anniversary of prominent political analyst Kem Ley’s murder
https://globalvoices.org/2019/07/17/cambodian-activists-arrested-for-commemorating-the-anniversary-of-political-analyst-kem-leys-death/

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

Thousands of Philippine police officers have received administrative punishments with more than 2,000 dismissed for wrongdoings during raids where drug suspects were killed under the president’s crackdown, officials said Thursday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/7800-police-in-philippines-punished-for-deadly-drug-raids/

17 JULY 2019

Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind on terror charges

Pakistani authorities have detained Hafiz Saeed, the leader of a militant group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The radical cleric is a designated terrorist in the US, where there’s a $10-million bounty on his head
https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mumbai-attacks-mastermind-on-terror-charges/a-49618392
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-17/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks/11319510
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-arrests-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-terror-attacks-28304

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

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

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/

16 JULY 2019

Executed’ North Korean negotiator Kim Hyok Chol is alive, says South Korea’s spy agency

North Korean nuclear negotiator who was reported to have been executed over the failure of the February Hanoi summit between Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump is still alive, South Korean intelligence said on Tuesday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/16/executed-north-korean-negotiator-alive-says-south-koreas-spy/

Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation after five month

Pakistan has opened its airspace to civil aviation with immediate effect, the Civil Aviation Authority said on Tuesday, following five months of restrictions imposed in the wake of a standoff with neighboring India earlier this year
http://paktribune.com/news/Pakistan-airspace-reopened-to-civil-aviation-282773.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48999736

Malaysia’s parliament approves Bill to lower voting age to 18

After several hours of debate, 211 out of 222 members of parliament voted in favour of amending Malaysia’s federal constitution, allowing the changes to be introduced. No objections were recorded
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-s-parliament-approves-bill-to-lower-voting-age-to-18-11725452
https://www.nst.com.my/news/politics/2019/07/504876/pm-happy-vote-18-passed-says-fact-vote-was-unanimous-historic

Japan won’t send troops to Middle East as part of US coalition against Iran

Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said on Tuesday he has “no plan” to send the Self-Defence Forces to the Middle East to join a military coalition envisioned by the United States to safeguard commercial shipping from Iranian threats in the region
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/east-asia/article/3018781/japanese-defence-minister-has-no-plan-send-troops-middle-east

Thailand’s King Swears in Prayuth, Cabinet

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and his cabinet were sworn in by the Thai king on Tuesday, marking an official end to five years of military rule although the new government will retain some of the junta’s strict executive orders
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/thai/cabinet-oath-07162019161140.html

15 JULY 2019

Taiwan KMT party picks mayor Han Kuo-yu over ex-Foxconn chief for 2020 run

Taiwan’s main opposition party picked a pro-China populist mayor Monday as its candidate for the 2020 presidential race against an incumbent who often bashes Beijing
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3744783
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190715_14/

Thai prime minister declares end of military rule

Thai prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha formally resigned as the head of the military government on Monday (July 15), saying the country would function as a normal democracy after five years of military rule
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-prime-minister-prayut-declares-end-military-rule-11722288
https://www.todayonline.com/world/thai-prime-minister-declares-end-military-rule

Malaysia Seized Over $240 Million From Chinese Company Over Pipeline Project: PM Mahathir

Malaysia seized more than 1 billion ringgit ($243.5 million) from a bank account of state-owned China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering (CPP) over incomplete pipeline projects, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on July 15
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3018700/malaysias-mahathir-mohamad-confirms-us240-million-seizure
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysia-seized-over-240-million-from-chinese-company-over-pipeline-project-pm-mahathir_3002731.html

India aborts Chandrayaan-2 Moon mission launch less than an hour before lift-off

With less than an hour before lift-off, India has aborted the launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the Moon
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48905147
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-15/india-aborts-chandrayaan-2-moon-mission-before-take-off/11310042

China’s GDP growth slumps to 27-year low amid trade war with US

The Chinese economy has suffered a loss of momentum in the second quarter, with the GDP falling to 6.2 % from a 6.4 % expansion in the first three months of the year, figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday
https://www.dw.com/en/chinas-gdp-growth-slumps-to-27-year-low-amid-trade-war-with-us/a-49590781
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48985789
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/154/166/113/1563185502232.html?newsId=88864

14 JULY 2019

H.M. Ershad, who became Bangladesh president after seizing power in 1982 coup, dies aged 89

Ershad ruled the country from 1982 to 1990. He was the leader of the opposition in the current parliament. He assumed power as the military chief in 1982 and declared himself president the following year. He later floated his own Jatiya Party and won a controversial election in 1986
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3018535/hm-ershad-who-became-bangladesh-president-after-seizing-power
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92886
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics

China’s investigative journalists warn they are ‘almost extinct’ under Xi Jinping’s strict censorship regime

She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-investigative-journalists-xi-jinping-free-speech-press-freedom-censorship-a9004076.html

13 JULY 2019

Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party picks new leadership

The Pheu Thai Party on Friday elected Sompong Amornwiwat as its new leader with the urgent mission of spearheading a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during the current parliament session
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1711656/sompong-elected-pheu-thai-leader

More than 35 countries defend China over mass detention of Uighur Muslims in UN letter

Ambassadors of 37 states from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America praised China’s “contribution to the international human rights cause” in the letter sent to the UN‘s Human Rights Council on Friday
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-mass-detentions-uighur-muslims-un-letter-human-rights-a9003281.html

12 JULY 2019

Anti-China protests in the Philippines mark third anniversary of Manila’s South China Sea legal victory

Dozens of protesters on Friday staged a rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila as the Philippines marked the third anniversary of its arbitral victory over China at The Hague, which rejected Beijing’s historical claims to resources in the South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3018418/anti-china-protests-philippines-mark-third-anniversary
https://www.rappler.com/nation/235259-filipinos-want-government-assert-hague-ruling-sws-survey-2019
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/07/12/1934174/raising-war-china-over-arbitral-award-meant-scare-filipinos

Beijing’s anger boils as Taiwan’s president visits New York

Beijing is furious with Washington for a second time this week after Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-wen stopped by New York on her way to two of Taiwan’s last diplomatic friends on earth: Haiti and Dominican Republic. It comes as the US decided it would sell $2.2 billion worth of weapons to Taiwan
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190712-beijing-anger-boils-New-York-welcomes-Taiwan-president
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190712_39/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201907120015.aspx

11 JULY 2019

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

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

North Korea makes Kim Jong Un head of state

North Korea has revised its Constitution to make Kim Jong Un head of state, a promotion that could help normalise the isolated country’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/97/139/1562851158079.html?newsId=88644

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

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

10 JULY 2019

New Thai cabinet ministers appointed

The new cabinet line-up published in the Royal Gazette on Wednesday evening is a mix of members of the military government he headed after leading a 2014 coup and key politicians who helped him assemble a majority in the House of Representatives after March elections
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1710151/new-cabinet-ministers-appointed#cxrecs_s

9 JULY 2019

US approves arms sale to Taiwan despite Beijing’s objections

The US Department of State has approved the sale of US$2.22 billion in weapons to Taiwan that includes M1A2T Abrams tanks and Stinger missiles
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/07/10/2003718402/1
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-approves-arms-sale-to-taiwan-despite-beijing-s-objections-28111
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/china-demands-cancel-proposed-22bn-arms-sale-taiwan-190709091716397.html

Hong Kong’s Lam Says Extradition Bill is ‘Dead,’ Campaigners Skeptical

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam appeared to extend an olive branch to the city’s mass anti-extradition movement on Tuesday, promising that widely hated amendments to existing extradition laws were « dead. »
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/bill-07092019103527.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190709-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-says-china-extradition-bill-dead
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48917796

8 JULY 2019

Amnesty seeks international probe to end Philippine killings

Amnesty International urgently called for international pressure and an immediate UN investigation to help end what it says are possible crimes against humanity in the Philippine president’s bloody anti-drug crackdown
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/216/31/15/1562573622136.html?newsId=88214
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/amnesty-probe-duterte-crimes-humanity-190707183739997.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3017656/rodrigo-dutertes-war-drugs-produces-systematic-abuses

Moon urges Japan to reconsider export restrictions on Korean tech firms

President Moon Jae-in on Monday urged Japan to withdraw restrictions on exports of hi-tech materials to South Korea, while calling on government agencies to work closely with the business community to deal with the “unprecedented emergency.”
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190708000652
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190708_27/
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3017711/japan-south-korea-trade-war-moon-warns-tokyo-not-force-seouls

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

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

7 JULY 2019

Nepal denies Tibetans’ request to hold Dalai Lama birthday celebration

The Tibetan community in Nepal called off plans to mark the birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after their request for a public celebration was rejected over security concerns, a government official said on Sunday (July 7)
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3017610/nepal-bans-tibetans-celebrating-dalai-lamas-birthday-citing

Hong Kong protesters flood West Kowloon train station in rally against controversial extradition Bill

Protesters on Sunday (Jul 7) amassed outside Hong Kong’s West Kowloon station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, as they try to turn up pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-kowloon-station-extradition-bill-police-mtr-11699032
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48901072

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

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

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

5 JULY 2019

China, Bangladesh to bolster ties

China and Bangladesh should enhance cooperation in areas including trade, investment, energy, transport, telecommunication, infra­structure and agriculture, President Xi Jinping said on Friday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/166/160/1562387630630.html?newsId=88064
https://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=205914

4 JULY 2019

Alek Sigley: Australian student released from North Korea

Early on Thursday morning, Australian man Alek Sigley — who had unexpectedly disappeared a week earlier in North Korea — was released from detention, landing safely in China
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/04/alek-sigley-australian-student-released-from-north-korea-reports
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-05/explainer—how-and-why-with-alek-sigley-release/11279572

Korea warns of retaliatory steps against Japan’s export curbs

South Korea on Thursday delivered a stern warning to Japan regarding restrictions on exports of high-tech materials to Korea, calling Japan’s decision a breach of international law and vowing “corresponding steps” if necessary
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190704000677
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/economics/article/3017263/south-koreans-call-boycott-japanese-cars-beer-and-cosmetics

3 JULY 2019

Bangladesh Court Sentences 9 to Death for 1994 Attempt to Kill Hasina

A court sentenced nine BNP party members to death and handed life imprisonments to 25 others Wednesday after convicting them over a 1994 train attack aimed at killing Sheikh Hasina, leader of the rival Awami League who now rules Bangladesh, a prosecutor said
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/bengali/Bangladesh-politics-07032019165908.html

Rahul Gandhi quits as India opposition leader

In his resignation letter, which he tweeted on Wednesday he took responsibility for the party’s defeat in the recent general election
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48855225

Malaysia’s Mahathir bans sea sand exports to Singapore, in major blow to city state’s expansion plans

Malaysia, Singapore’s biggest source for sea sand, has banned the export of the commodity, according to officials in Kuala Lumpur, a move that traders said could complicate the city state’s ambitious expansion plans on reclaimed land
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3017104/malaysias-mahathir-bans-sea-sand-exports-singapore-major

2 JULY 2019

Turkey, China seek to expand economic ties despite political differences

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Beijing on Tuesday to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, as the two countries seek to build on budding economic and political ties at a time both are experiencing a low point in their relations with the United States
https://www.dw.com/en/turkey-china-seek-to-expand-economic-ties-despite-political-differences/a-49425011

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

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

Chinese navy tests new Z-20 helicopter for use on its warships

China’s navy is testing a ship-based model of the new Z-20 helicopter for its advanced destroyers, mainland media reported, as it seeks to boost the combat capability of its warships
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3016983/chinese-navy-tests-new-z-20-helicopter-use-its-warships

Indonesia arrests alleged Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network leader Para Wijayanto

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

1 JULY 2019

Hong Kong protesters storm parliament and graffiti the walls

Hundreds of protesters stormed Hong Kong’s parliament late on Monday, ransacking the building and spraying graffiti on the walls
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-protests-china-flag-government-building-carrie-lam-police-jeremy-hunt-a8983076.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/hong-kong-protesters-storm-parliament-and-graffiti-the-walls-1.881190

 

On 23 August in Asian history

ON 23 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on August 23, 2019

1176: Death of Rokujo, 79th Japanese Emperor from 1165 through 1168
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Rokujo

1592: During the Japanese invasions of Korea, the Yeongwon Castle is besieged by the Japanese Fourth Division led by Itō Suketaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yeongwon

1600: In the Battle of Gifu Castle, the eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gifu_Castle
http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/castle_profile.html?name=Gifu

1765: Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese%E2%80%93Siamese_War_(1765%E2%80%931767)

1839: The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares to war with China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War

1884: French Admiral Courbet destroys the Chinese Fujian fleet in Fuzhou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Foochow
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8066.html

1896: The First Cry of the Philippine Revolution (for independance) is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila
http://www.philippine-history.org/cry-of-pugadlawin.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/523/today-in-philippine-history-august-23-1896-katipuneros-led-by-andres-bonifacio-tore-their-cédulas

1896-08-23 Cry of Balintawak

1900: Death of Kuroda Kiyotaka, Japanese politician of the Meiji era, ]second Prime Minister of Japan from April 1888 to October 1889, born on November 9, 1840
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuroda_Kiyotaka
http://www.jref.com/history/kuroda-kiyotaka/

1914: Japan declares war on Germany and sizes its possessions in Asia
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/tsingtau_kato.htm

1914-08-23

1933 Mahatma Gandi is released from Indian jail following yet another hunger strike
http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/mahatma-gandhi-released-indian-jail

1939: To cut off the supply lines of the Chinese army, Japanese Navy surround Hong Kong
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8231.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/62454492

1942: Death of Takeuchi Seiho, Japanese painter, born on December 20, 1864
http://www.artelino.com/articles/seiho_takeuchi.asp
http://www.myjapanesehanga.com/home/artists/takeuchi-seiho-1864-1942

Takeuchi Seiho moonlit landscape

1943: End of the bombing of Chongqing, the provisional capital of China, by the Japanese, that started on February 18, 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Chongqing

1945: BKR (Badan Keamanan Rakyat), first Indonesian military force, begins organizing from former Peta and Heiho members. Some former Peta battalions join as entire units, having been told to disband only a few days before

1945: Joseph Stalin orders conveying Japanese army, mainly from Manchuria, as prisoner of war to the Soviet Union
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_prisoners_of_war_in_the_Soviet_Union
http://www.gwu.edu/~memory/data/government/russia_pow.html

1949: Opening, in La Hague, of the round table between Dutch and Indonesian with United Nations delegates

1950: Birth of Alan Tam, Hong Kong singer and actor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Tam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF5-YrgVqEs

1954: The Indian Upper house of the Indian parliament receives its Hindi name of Rajya Sabha (states council)

1958: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy
1958-08-23 2d Detroit crisis

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/quemoy_matsu-2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8238.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1jm0Y3jYFs

1963: Birth of Park Chan-wook, Korean director and screenwriter
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Park_Chan-wook

1964: Birth of Kong Hee, Singaporean, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kong_Hee

1967: In Vietnam war, Can Tho and Hoa An are attacked by North Vietnamese troops

1968: Communist forces renew offensive in South Vietnam

1973: Birth of Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaika_Arora_Khan
http://www.hamaraphotos.com/malaika_arora_khan_148.html

1996: Osama bin Laden issues a fatwa entitled ‘A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places »

2003: In Cambodia, the Funcipec and Sam Ransy Party form an democratic alliance against the People’s Cambodian Party of premier Hun Sen

2007: In Pakistan, the Supreme Court authorizes the former PM Nawaz Sharif to come back to the country while general Musharraf imposed him a ten years voluntary exile
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1126/p01s02-wosc.html

2010: Thailand says it will resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia after Phnom Penh announced the resignation of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra as its economic advisor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11059580

2010: Manila hostage crisis, in which eight Hong Kong hostages are killed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11055015
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/10/bus-driver-escapes-claims-hostages-all-dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcZXA6YDJII

2011: Islamic rebels in the southern Philippines reject a proposal by the Philippine government to offer what it calls “genuine autonomy” for Filipino Muslims, saying that it “does not address the real issues” that have fueled the separatist rebellion in the country’s south over the past 40 years

2014: The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html

China’s economy and development

23 AUGUST 2019

China imposes additional tariffs on US$75 billion worth of US goods in retaliation for planned US tariff hike

China said on Friday it will impose retaliatory tariffs against about US$75 billion worth of U.S. goods, putting as much as an extra 10per cent on top of existing rates in the dispute between the world’s top two economies
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-us-trade-war-tariffs-11837428
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-imposes-additional-tariffs-on-us-goods-in-retaliation

19 AUGUST 2019

China suspends purchase of Venezuelan oil

China’s largest energy company, the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is backing away from direct purchases of Venezuelan crude as the United States tightens sanctions against Caracas
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/china-suspends-purchase-venezuelan-oil-190819094923985.html

14 AUGUST 2019

US-China trade war takes a breather as Beijing sees ‘positive signal’ in Donald Trump’s tariff delay

Escalating trade tensions between China and the United States eased slightly on Wednesday as Beijing hailed the decision by US President Donald Trump to delay or remove some planned tariffs against Chinese products as a “positive signal”
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3022803/us-china-trade-war-takes-breather-beijing-sees-positive

10 AUGUST 2019

US worried about ‘the Chinese invasion’ of Israel’s ports

US concern is centred on Haifa Port, which will be run by Chinese interests in 2021. In 2018, Beijing has promised US$ 23 billion in loans and aid to Mideast countries and plans to invest another 28 in infrastructure. The Pentagon warns that the region’s countries risk falling into Beijing’s orbit
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/US-worried-about-%27the-Chinese-invasion%27-of-Israel%26rsquo%3Bs-ports-47722.html

5 AUGUST 2019

China halts US agriculture purchases as trade war heats up

China announced on Tuesday that it would suspend purchases of US agricultural products in retaliation for a “serious violation” of agreements between its President Xi Jinping and his counterpart Donald Trump
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-halts-us-agriculture-purchases-as-trade-war-heats-up
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3021540/china-suspend-purchases-us-farm-products-retaliation-serious

31 JULY 2019

US, China to hold more trade talks after ‘constructive’ meeting

US and Chinese negotiators agreed to meet again in the United States in September after holding « frank » and « constructive » talks in Shanghai on Wednesday (Jul 31), state media said
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-china-to-hold-more-trade-talks-after-constructive-meeting-11769984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-war/US-China-trade-talks-in-Shanghai-yield-more-friction-than-fruit
https://www.npr.org/2019/07/31/746916684/no-u-s-china-trade-deal-yet-talks-to-resume-in-september

25 JULY 2019

Chinese private firm makes history with successful orbital mission

A private Chinese company used its own carrier rocket to send two satellites and several experimental payloads into space on Thursday, marking the first successful orbital mission by the country’s commercial space industry
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/92/5/1564037218626.html?newsId=89964

15 JULY 2019

China’s GDP growth slumps to 27-year low amid trade war with US

The Chinese economy has suffered a loss of momentum in the second quarter, with the GDP falling to 6.2 % from a 6.4 % expansion in the first three months of the year, figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday
https://www.dw.com/en/chinas-gdp-growth-slumps-to-27-year-low-amid-trade-war-with-us/a-49590781
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-48985789
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/154/166/113/1563185502232.html?newsId=88864

23 JUNE 2019

France’s Carrefour takes step to exit China with Suning.com deal

Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, took a decisive step on Sunday towards a full exit of the Chinese market by selling a majority stake of its activities in the country to Suning.com
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-carrefour-m-a-suning-com/frances-carrefour-takes-step-to-exit-china-with-suning-com-deal-idUKKCN1TO0AD?rpc=401&

21 JUNE 2019

China could build 30 ‘Belt and Road’ nuclear reactors by 2030: Official

China could build as many as 30 overseas nuclear reactors through its involvement in the « Belt and Road » Initiative over the next decade, a senior industry official told a meeting of China’s political advisory body this week
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-could-build-30-belt-and-road-nuclear-reactors-by-2030-official

14 JUNE 2019

China-Malaysia industrial park project draws US$4.8 billion in investments, fuelled partly by trade war

After a period of slowdown, the Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park (MCKIP) is picking up steam and expected to attract almost 20 billion ringgit (US$4.8 billion) in investments, a senior Malaysian trade official said on Friday, in a further sign of strengthening economic ties after the stalled East Coast Rail Link project resumed progress in April
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3014584/china-malaysia-industrial-park-project-draws-us48-billion

2 JUNE 2019

White paper: China doesn’t want, but isn’t afraid of a trade war

China published a white paper Sunday denouncing US unilateral and protectionist measures, criticizing its backtracking on Sino-US trade talks, and demonstrating China’s stance on trade consultations and pursuit of reasonable solutions
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/64/197/31/1559470398662.html?newsId=84536
http://en.people.cn/NMediaFile/2019/0602/FOREIGN201906021223000329216674614.doc

18 MAY 2019

US-China trade war: What you need to know

What’s at stake in the US-China trade war? What has it cost ordinary people in America and China? And what impact could it have on other economies in Asia and ASEAN, like Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan? Which regions potentially stand to benefit from the trade war? CNA’s Tang See Kit answers some key questions about the trade war after the latest round of tariffs in May 2019
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/us-china-trade-war-what-you-need-to-know-11544448

13 MAY 2019

China to impose tariffs on US goods despite Trump warning

China’s finance ministry said it plans to set import tariffs ranging from five percent to 25 percent on 5,140 US products on a target list worth about $60 billion. It said the tariffs will take effect on June 1
https://www.trtworld.com/business/china-to-impose-tariffs-on-us-goods-despite-trump-warning-26595
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/13/china-is-raising-tariffs-on-60-billion-of-us-goods-starting-june-1.html

11 MAY 2019

US-China trade talks break up after US raises tariffs

Trade talks between the US and China end without a deal, but negotiators from both sides say they held « constructive » talks that went « fairly well » after the US raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and Beijing promised to retaliate
https://www.trtworld.com/business/us-china-trade-talks-break-up-after-us-raises-tariffs-26523
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-state-media-says-three-main-differences-remain-in-us-trade-talks
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-vows-compromise-principles-trade-talks-190511114350726.html

10 MAY 2019

China expresses regret over US tariff hike, vows countermeasures

China on Friday (May 10) said it « deeply regrets » the United States’ decision to increase tariffs on US$200 billion (S$273 billion) worth of Chinese goods to 25 per cent from 10 per cent, adding without elaborating that it would take necessary countermeasures
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-expresses-regret-over-us-tariff-hike-vows-countermeasures
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-05/10/c_138048346.htm
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190510/p2g/00m/0bu/075000c

29 APRIL 2019

Do we need new rules for China at the WTO?

As it enters its 25th year of existence, the World Trade Organization (WTO) is facing its biggest crisis. Who are the culprits? Some say it is the rise of protectionism, especially the unilateralism of the United States. Others say it is the proliferation of regional trade agreements, especially the mega-regionals. But increasingly more commentators are pointing to China as the biggest threat to the multilateral trading system
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/29/do-we-need-new-rules-for-china-at-the-wto/

27 APRIL 2019

Xi and world leaders invite countries to join Belt and Road, reject protectionism

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for more countries to join his pet mega-project, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), even as world leaders expressed their support and rejected protectionism
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-and-world-leaders-invite-countries-to-join-belt-and-road-reject-protectionism
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-04/27/c_138016073.htm

17 APRIL 2019

China remains major stabilizer of world economy: Xinhua

It’s reassuring to the world that China’s economy has managed to maintain its steady growth and will continue to serve as a major stabilizer for global growth
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/74/178/157/1555496279489.html?newsId=68163

 13 APRIL 2019

Why is emerging global superpower China still categorised as a ‘developing’ country?

Despite being the world’s second-largest economy and home to the most billionaires, China is still categorised as a « developing » country and enjoys the same « special and differential treatment » afforded to nations like Papua New Guinea and Zimbabwe
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-11/why-china-is-still-categorised-as-a-developing-country/10980480?section=world

12 APRIL 2019

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Malaysia on Friday said it had a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after months of false starts and contradictory statements from Prime Minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3005831/malaysia-decide-today-stalled-china-backed-east-coast-rail

11 APRIL 2019

China’s Infrastructure Development in the Indo-Pacific Region: Challenges & Opportunities

The initial optimism about BRI has already turned into growing concern among neighboring countries in Asia and beyond because BRI has created more challenges than solutions for development in the region in what has been called “debt trap” diplomacy. China has contributed to developing hard and soft infrastructure in BRI countries, enhanced its connectivity with and within the region, and boosted trade and investment between China and BRI countries. China’s increasingly active engagement in infrastructure development, however, posed new challenges to the Indo-Pacific region
https://csis-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/FINAL_Working%20Paper_Shino%20Watanabe.pdf?utm_source=CSIS+All&utm_campaign=872a15a09c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_03_27_09_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f326fc46b6-872a15a09c-181966409

10 APRIL 2019

China, EU Hail Breakthrough Investment Agreement

European Union and China leaders say they intend to enter into what they called an “ambitious” comprehensive investment agreement by 2020
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-eu-hail-breakthrough-investment-agreement/4869700.html
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/212/39/69/1554863137493.html?newsId=67360
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190409-eu-demands-more-rights-european-companies-china
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3005604/hopes-high-eu-china-joint-statement-opening-more-just-words

7 APRIL 2019

Greece’s ancient civilisation was once a lure for China’s leaders. Now it could prove their nemesis

After all, with millions of dollars in Chinese investments being pumped into the port, it is now on course to surpass Valencia in Spain and become the busiest container terminal in the Mediterranean by the end of the year
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3005031/greeces-ancient-civilisation-was-once-lure-chinas-leaders-now

27 MARCH 2019

Will the New Chinese Investment Law Defuse Trade Tensions?

2018 turned out to be a milestone in China’s economic ties with the developed West, particularly the United States of America. President Donald J. Trump was welcomed by the Chinese society and government when he was elected in 2016
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/922.html

26 MARCH 2019

EU leaders hold out olive branch to Chinese ‘rival’ by saying they want active role in Belt and Road Initiative

European and Chinese leaders sought to reassure each other over economic cooperation on Tuesday despite the increasing US move towards protectionism, as leading EU figures said they were still open to joining China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3003378/eu-leaders-hold-out-olive-branch-chinese-rival-hint-they-are
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260129416/china-eu-stress-importance-of-multilateralism

13 MARCH 2019

European Union calls for united trade and tech front against ‘rival’ China

The European Union is urging its leaders to take a tougher stand on mounting China-related trade, technology and geostrategic concerns, a major step that could overshadow the country’s relations with Europe for years to come, analysts said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3001580/european-union-calls-united-trade-and-tech-front-against-rival

8 MARCH 2019

Chinese exports fell more than 20% in February

Last month, dollar-denominated exports plunged 20.7% compared to the same period last year while imports dropped 5.2%, official data released by the General Administration of Customs revealed on Friday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/chinas-exports-plunge-more-than-20/
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259860775/chinese-exports-fell-more-than-20-in-february

5 MARCH 2019

China lowers growth target amid trade and debt fears

Beijing is targeting 2019 growth of 6.0 to 6.5 percent, down from the 6.6 percent gross domestic product reported for 2018 – itself the slowest growth in almost 30 years
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/05/china-lowers-growth-target-amid-trade-and-debt-fears
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/china-warns-of-tough-economic-challenges-ahead/

22 FEBRUARY 2019

China and Saudi Arabia seal US$28 billion in deals

Saudi Arabia signed US$28 billion worth of economic cooperation agreements with China on Friday as its crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, met top Chinese leaders in Beijing
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2187374/china-and-saudi-arabia-seal-us28-billion-deals
https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-crown-prince-strikes-oil-deal-in-china/a-47631495
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/saudi-arabia-strikes-us-10-billion-china-deal-talks-de-11278736

18 FEBRUARY 2019

China’s State Council reveals details of ‘Greater Bay Area’ plan to turn Hong Kong and 10 neighbouring cities into economic hub

China’s State Council unveiled a sweeping plan to link Hong Kong and Macau with cities in southern China to create a so-called Greater Bay Area, aiming to make it a high-tech megalopolis to rival California’s Silicon Valley
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2186569/chinas-state-council-reveals-details-greater-bay-area-plan
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-18/china-unveils-plan-to-tie-hong-kong-macau-closer-to-mainland
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/timeline-to-more-integration-outlined-in-greater-bay-area-plan

21 JANUARY 2019

China’s economy grew at slowest pace in 28 years in 2018

The 6.6 per cent growth comes in above the official target of around 6.5 per cent and matches a forecast by analysts polled by AFP, but is down from the 6.8 per cent chalked up in 2017, according to the National Bureau of Statistics
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/chinas-economy-grew-at-slowest-pace-in-28-years-in-2018-1.1548041001762
https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/china-economy-slows-amid-trade-war-to-64-growth-in-q4-weakest-pace-since-2009
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xiang-Songzuo:-The-pitiful-state-of-the-Chinese-economy-46023.html

2 DECEMBER 2018

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping declare trade truce at G20

Donald Trump has delayed for 90 days his threatened imposition of 25% tariffs on most Chinese imports after a dinner meeting with Xi Jinping, to give time for negotiations on longstanding trade disputes between the two countries, the White House has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/donald-trump-and-xi-jinping-declare-trade-truce-at-g20
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-War/Trump-and-Xi-declare-a-temporary-truce-to-cool-trade-war-tensions
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/147/12/130/1543721419790.html?newsId=55240

28 NOVEMBER 2018

China to widen market access for foreign investors – President Xi

China will widen market access for foreign investors and step up protection of intellectual property rights, China’s President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday ahead of the G20 meeting of world leaders in Argentina
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/339454-china-to-widen-market-access-for-foreign-investors-president-xi

23 NOVEMBER 2018

China says it should receive ‘special treatment’ within World Trade Organisation

China should enjoy “special treatment” as a developing member nation of the World Trade Organisation, a senior Chinese official said on Friday, in an apparent rebuke of a White House adviser’s call to expel the world’s most populous nation from the group
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2174756/china-says-it-should-receive-special-treatment-within-world

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Beijing opens state-owned enterprises to private capital

The head of the State-owned Asset Supervision and Administration Commission made the announcement. The government wants to improve the management of big state companies, increasingly shaken by scandals related to bad management and corruption. Vietnam is following the same path
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-opens-state-owned-enterprises-to-private-capital-45424.html

19 OCTOBER 2018

China’s economic growth slows to lowest rate since financial crisis

China’s economic growth cooled to its weakest quarterly pace since the global financial crisis, with regulators moving quickly to calm nervous investors as a campaign to tackle debt risks and the trade war with the United States began to bite
https://www.france24.com/en/20181019-china-economic-growth-slowing-lowest-rate-financial-crisis-trade-stocks-debt-xi
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/chinas-economic-growth-slows-amid-trade-battle-with-us/

12 OCTOBER 2018

China’s trade surplus with US widens to record $34bn

Despite a worsening tariff war, China’s trade surplus with the United States has widened to a record $34.1bn in September
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/china-trade-surplus-widens-record-341bn-181012085207470.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1122714.shtml

1 OCTOBER 2018

Pakistan cuts Chinese ‘Silk Road’ rail project by $2bn

Pakistan has cut the size of the biggest Chinese “Silk Road” project in the country by $2 billion, Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Monday, citing government concerns about the country’s debt levels
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/10/01/pakistan-cuts-chinese-silk-road-rail-project-by-2b-due-to-debt-concerns/
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/375054-china-open-to-changes-in-bri-projects

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

China Sets Tariffs On $60 Billion In U.S. Goods, Retaliating Against U.S. Duties

Hours after President Trump announced tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, China responded with its own levies on $60 billion worth of U.S. products
https://www.npr.org/2018/09/18/649120519/china-sets-tariffs-on-60-billion-in-u-s-goods-retaliating-against-u-s-duties?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=economy
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/2164686/china-says-it-will-hit-back-against-donald-trumps-latest-trade
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45555749

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

China puts off licenses for US companies amid tariff battle

Amid a worsening tariff battle, China is putting off accepting license applications from American companies in financial services and other industries until Washington makes progress toward a settlement, a business group say
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/china-puts-off-licenses-for-us-companies-amid-tariff-battle-2/

23 AUGUST 2018

US and China hit each other with tariffs in round two of trade war

The U.S. and China hit each other on Thursday with $16 billion of tariffs on imports, as talks between officials from the world’s two biggest economies were unable to resolve the dispute
https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Trade-War/US-and-China-hit-each-other-with-tariffs-in-round-two-of-trade-war
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1116830.shtml
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45255623

3 AUGUST 2018

China unveils new tariffs on $60bn of US goods in latest tit-for-tat trade war

China has announced retaliatory tariffs on $US60 billion ($81bn) worth of US goods ranging from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to some aircraft and warned of further measures, signalling it will not back down in a protracted trade war with Washington
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-04/china-says-its-latest-proposed-tariffs-on-us-goods-rational/10072296?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158225/china-slap-tariffs-25-cent-us60-million-us-goods

27 JULY 2018

China invests in 42 overseas ports under Belt and Road project

Chinese companies have participated in the construction and operation of a total of 42 ports in 34 countries under its Belt and Road initiative launched five years ago, according to China’s Ministry of Transport
https://gbtimes.com/china-invests-in-42-overseas-ports-under-belt-and-road-project

11 JULY 2018

China vows retaliation for latest $200bn US tariff threat

China and the United States face a wider trade war after Beijing vowed on Wednesday to retaliate over Washington’s threat to impose $200bn in additional tariffs on Chinese goods
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/07/china-vows-retaliation-latest-200bn-tariff-threat-180711055648748.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/65/14/129/1531291961278.html
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/china-vows-to-hit-back-over-new-us-tariffs

5 JULY 2018

Trump trade war to become reality as China tariffs hit

The United States is « opening fire » on the world with its threatened tariffs, the Chinese government warned on Thursday (Jul 5), saying Beijing will respond the instant US measures go into effect as the two locked horns in a bitter trade war
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-05/china-says-u-s-tariffs-to-backfire-damaging-the-whole-world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/trump-trade-war-to-become-reality-as-china-tariffs-hit-10500896
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1109642.shtml

15 JUNE 2018

Trump hits China with tariffs on $50 billion of goods; China says it will retaliate

President Trump is enacting a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods « that contain industrially significant technologies, » after months of exchanging threats amid concerns over a potential trade war
https://www.npr.org/2018/06/15/620259820/trump-levies-50-billion-in-tariffs-as-china-says-it-will-retaliate?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2018-06-15/trump-hits-china-with-list-of-tariffs-video
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1107164.shtml

30 MAY 2018

U.S.-China tensions hit a peak: White House slaps new tariff

After a week-long delay, the White House says on Tuesday said it will impose a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods with « industrially significant technology. »
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257373180/us-china-tensions-hit-a-peak-white-house-slaps-new-tariff
http://ednews.net/en/news/economy/285702-us-announces-25-per-cent-new-tariffs-on-chinese-tech-goods
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-slams-surprise-us-trade-announcement–says-ready-to-fight-10287864
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148526/united-states-threat-tariffs-chinese-imports-just

20 MAY 2018

US and China call a ceasefire in trade dispute

Both sides this weekend said they had agreed to not impose new tariffs on one another while talks continue, after reaching an initial agreement on trade
http://money.cnn.com/2018/05/19/news/china-united-states-trade-announcement/index.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/39/194/85/1526800627197.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-us-agree-to-abandon-trade-war-china-s-vice-premier-10251524

3 MAY 2018

US-China trade talks start in Beijing, but they’re not giving anything away

China and the United States began talks on Thursday after a senior US delegation of hardliners landed in Beijing, with all eyes on whether the two countries can avert an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144586/us-china-trade-talks-start-beijing-theyre-not-giving
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/tech-deficit-underlies-us-china-trade-conflict/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-wont-submit-to-us-threats-as-trade-talks-begin

4 APRIL 2018

China targets US soybeans, cars, planes with new 25 per cent tariffs, but leaves room for negotiation

Beijing wasted little time in firing back at Washington’s latest trade action by unveiling plans to slap additional 25 per cent of tariffs on a range of goods it imports from the US, including soybeans, cars and planes, as the world’s two largest economies edge ever closer towards an all-out trade war
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2140263/china-strikes-back-25pc-tariffs-106-us-imports-all-out
http://www.dw.com/en/us-proposes-punitive-tariffs-targeting-50-billion-worth-of-chinese-imports/a-43243114
http://www.france24.com/en/20180404-china-raise-tariffs-billions-us-products-retaliation

2 APRIL 2018

China hits back at Trump with retaliatory tariffs on 128 US imports, worth US$3 billion a year

China on Monday imposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on 128 US imports worth US$3 billion a year, including fruits and pork, in retaliation to US duties on steel and aluminium, fuelling fears of a trade war
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-43614400
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2139858/china-hits-back-trump-retaliatory-tariffs-128-us
http://www.dw.com/en/china-targets-us-meat-fruit-in-retaliation-against-tariffs-on-chinese-goods/a-43222342

23 MARCH 2018

China announces retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, deepening fears of a trade war

China on Friday unveiled plans to impose tariffs on 128 products, or $3 billion worth of American goods, including California staples such as wine, fruit and almonds
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-china-tariffs-20180323-story.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-targets-3-billion-in-us-goods-over-trump-s-steel-tariffs-16154
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-warns-us-actions-could-push-ties-danger-zone/4312973.html

22 MARCH 2018

Donald Trump hits China with $50 billion in tariffs, raising fears of new trade war

Donald Trump has announced $50 billion of tariffs on China to punish the country for forcefully acquiring US intellectual property, triggering fears of a new trade war
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/22/china-says-will-not-hide-trade-war-donald-trump-prepares-announce/
http://www.todayonline.com/world/trump-hits-china-trade-measures-white-house-exempts-allies-tariffs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/22/china-us-sanctions-trade-war

11 MARCH 2018

China: Trade war with US would be disastrous

China says it does not want to initiate a trade war with the US following Trump’s decision to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum. It, however, vows to defend its national interests amid American protectionism
http://www.dw.com/en/china-trade-war-with-us-would-be-disastrous/a-42925378
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=214947
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-will-try-avoid-trade-war-us-will-retaliate-must/

7 MARCH 2018

Europe renews tariffs on Chinese steel pipes as high as 72%

As the world watches breathlessly if Trump will follow through with his threat to slap steel and aluminum import tariffs, Europe continues to quietly ratchet up its own trade war with China and nobody seems to mind
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-03-06/europe-renews-tariffs-chinese-steel-pipes-high-72

5 MARCH 2018

China sets 2018 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

China has set its GDP growth target at around 6.5 percent for 2018, unchanged from that for 2017, according to a government work report released Monday
http://en.people.cn/n3/2018/0305/c90000-9432825.html
https://gbtimes.com/china-reduces-annual-gdp-growth-target-for-2018

3 MARCH 2018

China, Russia sign deal on lunar exploration at global space agency meeting

The space agencies of China and Russia have signed a deal on lunar exploration, including possible cooperation on orbital and south pole Moon missions and a joint data centre
https://gbtimes.com/china-russia-sign-deal-on-lunar-exploration-at-global-space-agency-meeting

2 FEBRUARY 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves China with over 7 billion euros of trade deals

Her visit has yielded new trade deals worth seven and half billion dollars to Britain which is trying to reinvent itself as a global trading nation after a 2016 referendum decision to leave the European Union
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/02/british-prime-minister-theresa-may-leaves-china-with-over-7-billion-euros-of-trade-deals
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180202_09/

28 JANUARY 2018

Explaining China’s fast rise as an innovative country

In the last few years, China has climbed to the pinnacle of nations of the world in terms of creativity and innovation, especially in the realms where it matters. In fact, China has spurted ahead in the race to the top to the degree it has become noticed and admired but also feared by some
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/638.html

24 JANUARY 2018

China will surprise world with reforms in 2018, Xi adviser says

China will introduce more reform measures to open up its economy this year, according to Liu He, the top financial and economic adviser to President Xi Jinping
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-24/china-will-surprise-world-with-reforms-in-2018-xi-adviser-says
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/china-s-economic-mastermind-pledges-more-reform-at-davos-9892514

16 JANUARY 2018

China says foreign direct investment up 7.9% in 2017

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland posted steady growth in 2017, through further opening-up and improved structure of foreign investment
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/64/228/1516113060640.html

NUARY 2018

 France’s Emmanuel Macron secures strategic access to Chinese markets

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

1 JANUARY 2018

China’s economic power is actually a lot smaller than you think

China’s economic presence on world markets is actually much smaller than that of the United States of America and smaller than our key three Asia-Pacific allies combined
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-01/chinas-economic-power-is-actually-a-lot-smaller-than-you-think/9291700?section=world

2 DECEMBER 2017

Xi sets out economic road map for China Dream

His vision of China becoming a rich and powerful nation gets clearer timeline and goals
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/xi-sets-out-economic-road-map-for-china-dream

30 NOVEMBER 2017

China pushing billions into Iranian economy as Western firms stall

China is financing billions of dollars worth of Chinese-led projects in Iran, making deep inroads into the economy while European competitors struggle to find banks willing to fund their ambitions, Iranian government and industry officials said
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-iran-nuclear-china/china-pushing-billions-into-iranian-economy-as-western-firms-stall-idUKKBN1DU2A8

29 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s State-owned entreprises (SOE) reform wrangle

For the past twenty years, Chinese reformers have sought to improve the efficiency of state-owned enterprises (SOEs), with the latest through mixed-ownership reform. Despite the ever-deepening process, so far the new initiatives have not been very fruitful
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/29/chinas-seo-reform-wrangle/

21 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Can China transition to a more innovative economy?

After more than three decades of high growth based on the exploitation of low wages and demographic advantages, as well as incremental market-oriented reforms and international openness, China now confronts higher wages and a shrinking workforce. Future growth will depend increasingly on innovation and increased productivity. What is the likelihood of China making this transition?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/07/can-china-transition-to-a-more-innovative-economy/

13 OCTOBER 2017

How can China afford its science and technology goals?

 China is at a historic economic juncture. Its urban-centric growth model has orphaned the rural population while the urban population struggles with incomes below OECD levels and housing, education and health costs above those in Europe
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/13/how-can-china-afford-its-science-and-technology-goals/#more-91341

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

OECD: Chinese GDP to increase 6.8% in 2017

China’s economic growth will reach 6.8 percent year-on-year in 2017, although it may moderate next year to 6.6 percent, according to a forecast released on Wednesday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/business/2017-09/21/content_32275000.htm

25 JULY 2017

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

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

24 JULY 2014

IMF revises China growth forecasts for 2017, 2018 higher

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday revised upwards China’s growth forecasts for 2017 and 2018 to 6.7 percent and 6.4 percent, respectively
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/30/95/1500896621199.html

2 JULY 2017

Latest Long March rocket fails after launch from southern China

China’s ambitious space programme appeared to suffer a setback on Sunday when a Long March-5 rocket with a communications satellite on board failed to successfully launch
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100960/latest-long-march-rocket-fails-after-launch-southern

5 JUNE 2017

Why Canadians are opposed to a free-trade deal with China

China and Canada have been engaged in exploratory talks towards a free-trade agreement. Yet, in its public statements to Canadians, Ottawa often sounds non-committal. A free-trade deal makes good sense for both countries. So what’s not to like?
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2096867/why-canadians-are-opposed-free-trade-deal-china

01 JUNE 2017

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect, and many are confused

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-new-cybersecurity-law-goes-effect-rattles-businesses

18 MAY 2017

New Chinese law hurts foreign business say economists & industry organisations

More than 50 world industry organisations have urged the Chinese government to delay enforcement of the country’s first cybersecurity law in a letter sent Monday, May 15
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/18/new-chinese-law-hurts-foreign-business-says-economists-industry-organisations
https://www.uschina.org/sites/default/files/May%202017%20Global%20Association%20Letter%20on%20Cybersecurity%20Law%20Implementation%20%28ENG%29.pdf

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

15 MAY 2017

EU rejects China’s vision for ‘modern Silk Road’

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/eu-china-summit-bejing-xi-jinping-belt-and-road

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-hosts-silk-road-summit-in-shadow-of-n-korea-missile-1.2027198
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-14/china-wants-new-silk-road-one-belt-one-road-project-to-help-it-dominate-world-trade/1671328

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

12 MAY 2017

Beijing, US reach trade deal to boost American imports to China in wake of Xi-Trump summit

The United States has reached a trade agreement with Beijing that will boost shipments of American liquefied natural gas, beef and other products, as well as improve its market access of financial services to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2094045/china-us-sign-trade-deal-wake-xi-trump-summit
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2017/05/13/497313/p2/China-agrees.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39894119

5 MAY 2017

China sends homegrown jumbo passenger jet C919 into sky

Change is in the air in China as the country’s first domestically made airliner – the C919 – successfully completed its much-delayed maiden flight from Shanghai Airport
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/05/china-s-c919-airliner-gets-set-to-challenge-airbus-and-boeing
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/05/content_15608516.html

17 APRIL 2017

Rumbling of reform in China’s fiscal foundations

Significant progress is being made towards building the foundations of a fiscal system to undergird rule-based governance. The most important driver of change is the Budget Law and associated documents
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/17/rumbling-of-reform-in-chinas-fiscal-foundations/

11 APRIL 2017

China, Burma reach deal on oil pipeline after nearly a decade of talks

China and Burma (Myanmar) have reached an agreement on an oil pipeline between the neighbouring countries after almost a decade of talks, with the project due to start “very quickly”, Chinese vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin said
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/04/china-burma-reach-deal-oil-pipeline-nearly-decade-talks/#uvt4L56RjYUdgljc.97
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/25676-myanmar-and-china-sign-crude-oil-pipeline-agreement.html

1 APRIL 2017

New Chinese work permit system to rank foreigners

The Chinese government has introduced a new ranking system for foreign nationals applying for working permits
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170402_01/

16 MARCH 2017

China, Saudi Arabia sign agreements worth about $91 billion

China and Saudi Arabia on Thursday (March 16) signed MOUs and letters of intent potentially worth about US$65 billion (S$91.8 billion) during Saudi King Salman’s visit to Beijing, a senior Chinese diplomat said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-saudi-arabia-sign-agreements-worth-about-91-billion
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0316/c90000-9191261.html

5 MARCH 2017

China sets 2017 GDP growth target at around 6.5 pct

Premier Li Keqiang announced the figure on Sunday as he delivered a government report at the opening of the country’s annual session of parliament, the National People’s Congress
http://www.ecns.cn/business/2017/03-05/247926.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2076224/amid-brexit-and-trump-uncertainties-china-strikes-note-caution
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170305/1083.html

3 MARCH 2017

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Perils and Prospects

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has magnified and magnetized the attention of China and non-China watchers at the regional and global levels. The CPEC has received a wide currency and been attributed with different catchphrases, including: the revival of Mackinder theory, the Great Game, New Asia is Emerging, China’s Rise as a Global Power
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/365.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Weighing up China’s investment in the United States

Chinese investment flows into the United States have reached unprecedented heights over the past two years and the future promises more of the same. The acquisition of US companies accounts for 84 per cent of these investments
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/15/weighing-up-chinas-investment-in-the-united-states/

9 FEBRUARY 2017

For China, Europe is the new Africa

For the past few years, Chinese investments in Italy have grown exponentially in every sector, from football to engines, fashion to real estate, tourism to energy
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/For-China,-Europe-is-the-new-Africa-39892.html

7 JANUARY 2016

EU ready to help China fight protectionsim

The EU is ready to stand with China in the fight against protectionism, but Beijing needs to reform to be fair to investors, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/eu-%E2%80%98ready%E2%80%99-help-china-fight-protectionism

29 JANUARY 2017

A time of test for the China model of economic growth

The ‘China model’ of economic growth has been essentially a story of a hyper-charged economy led by an authoritarian state. But now the model has become unsustainable, with China experiencing economic slowdown as well as rampant corruption, growing inequality and environmental destruction
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/01/29/a-time-of-test-for-the-china-model-of-economic-growth/

20 JANUARY 2017

China’s economy grows 6.7% in 2016

China’s economy grew by 6.7% in 2016, compared with 6.9% a year earlier, according to official data, marking its slowest growth since 1990
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38686568
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-20/china-questionable-gdp-numbers-why-does-it-even-bother/8198196?section=world

27 DECEMBER 2016

China issues white paper on space development

China on Tuesday issued a white paper on the development of space industry since 2011 and major tasks for the next five years
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/27/content_15548171.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-27/china-says-space-programme-must-help-protect-national-security/8149676?section=world

18 DECEMBER 2016

The social cost of smashing China’s iron rice bowls

China has ordered state firms to smash the decades-old system of providing cradle-to-grave welfare support, known as the country’s “iron rice bowl.”
http://www.atimes.com/article/social-cost-smashing-chinas-iron-rice-bowls/

11 DECEMBER 2016

US-China trade shows signs of improvement

Trade between the world’s two largest economies has shown signs of improvement as the US trade deficit with China, a long-term US concern, narrowed significantly in October
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-12/11/content_15540347.html

8 DECEMBER 2016

China considers easing foreign investment limits

China has indicated it could relax restrictions on foreign investment in some sectors as it struggles to counter an overseas exodus of capital, while facing accusations of protectionism from US President-elect Donald Trump
http://news.asiaone.com/news/business/china-considers-easing-foreign-investment-limits-0

30 NOVEMBER 2016

China’s New ‘Cybersecurity’ Rules Look Like Cyberprotectionism Instead

China’s new laws on cybersecurity are no better than trade protectionism in a new guise
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/chinas-new-cybersecurity-rules-look-like-cyberprotectionism-instead/

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China steps up protection for property, intellectual rights

China will increase protection for property rights, including stepping up oversight of the management of state-owned assets, the Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday, citing guidelines issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-steps-protection-property-intellectual-rights/

21 NOVEMBER 2016

China working to make yuan key international currency

China government is making strategic moves to construct an Asia-based economic bloc based on the Chinese yuan
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-working-make-yuan-key-international-currency-29417

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Evaluating China’s Economy

Can China keep up its growth and deliver on its “harmony” pact with the Chinese people?http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/evaluating-chinas-economy/

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Despite the yuan’s devaluation, China’s exports continue to fall

Although the yuan lost about 1.5 per cent against the US dollar last month, Chinese exports still dropped 7.3 per cent in dollar terms compared to a year earlier. October’s decline follows a fall of 10 per cent in September
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Despite-the-yuan’s-devaluation,-China’s-exports-continue-to-fall-39082.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-11/08/content_15522785.html

31 OCTOBER 2016

France and China are set to very soon launch a fund for joint investment in overseas projects

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault spoke of the plans after meeting with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing
http://www.euronews.com/2016/10/31/france-and-china-investment-fund-to-seek-global-opportunities

30 OCTOBER 2016

China, Japan and South Korea pledge to promote talks on free trade and energy

Trade chiefs from Japan, China and South Korea agreed on Saturday to promote negotiations on free trade and cooperation in the energy sector at a trilateral meeting in Tokyo
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2041375/china-japan-and-south-korea-pledge-promote-talks-free-trade-and

14 SEPTEMBER 2016

The Chinese diaspora’s role in the rise of China

From the outset of China’s economic reform era, diaspora Chinese have provided the lion’s share of inward foreign investment. This has been concentrated in export-oriented sectors, driving growth of transnational production networks that today bind China’s neighbours to it through the world’s most integrated intraregional trading system
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/14/the-chinese-diasporas-role-in-the-rise-of-china/#more-52297

12 SEPTEMBER 2016

Russia-China Economic and Trade Partnership Falters

Russian-Chinese trade fell by 5 percent year-on-year to $28 billion in the first six months of 2016, mainly because of plummeting prices for commodities such as oil, gas, lumber, metal and coal, Russia’s main exports. At the same time, the U.S. remains China’s most important economic relationship with bilateral trade between the two hitting $263 billion in the first half of this year
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/russia-china-economic-trade-partnership-falters-n645291

18 AUGUST 2016

Reconstructing China’s steel industry

China’s annual production of crude steel reached 804 million tonnes in 2015, 6.3 times higher than the total production in 2000. It accounts for nearly 50 per cent of total global steel output, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883a jump from only 15 per cent at the end of the previous century
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/08/18/reconstructing-chinas-steel-industry/#more-51883

18 JULY 2016

China upset over Pakistan’s handling of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)° project

Due to delays in the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the authorities in Beijing have suggested Islamabad to formally rope in the Pakistan Army to ensure smooth execution of the project
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245920175

15 JULY 2016

China GDP: Economy beats expectations with 6.7pc growth

In the face of deteriorating conditions, China’s economy has defied expectations of a slowdown with GDP growth for the June quarter holding steady at 6.7 per cent
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-15/chinese-economy-beats-expectations/7632616?section=world
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-growth-steadies-while-still-raising-concern/a-19401936

5 JULY 2016

China revises GDP calculation

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has adopted a new method of calculating GDP that it says « better reflects the contribution of innovation to economic growth. »
http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/07/05/3521s933150.htm

28 JUNE 2016

China’s first regional jet takes maiden flight

 China’s first commercial regional jet, the ARJ21, took maiden flight from Chengdu city in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province to Beijing on Tuesday, marking a landmark success
http://www.ecns.cn/2016/06-28/216020.shtml
http://www.ecns.cn/visual/hd/2016/06-28/97979.shtml

13  JUNE 2016

China’s fixed asset investment slumps to 16-year low

China’s fixed asset investment — a proxy for construction and infrastructure spending — slows to its slowest rate of growth since 2000, suggesting the impact of financial stimulus injected into the economy is already starting to wane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-13/chinas-fixed-asset-investment-slumps-to-16year-low/1589960

3 MAY 2016 

Is China making life difficult for foreign companies?

Once, China welcomed them with open arms, but now overseas firms are complaining about the country’s increasingly hostile business environment as concerns rise over protectionism, forced technology transfers and tightening censorship
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1940397/china-making-life-difficult-foreign-companies

2 MAY 2016

China completes implementation of VAT scheme

China has replaced all business tax with value-added tax (VAT) after extending the policy to cover the construction, real estate, finance and consumer services sectors
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-05/02/content_15425968.html

26 APRIL 2016

China’s ‘Triple Bubble’ Economy Poised to Burst

After a nearly disastrous start to the year in January and February, China’s economy steadied itself in March. Now, the early April indicators suggest a continuation of the uptick
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/blog/gordon-g-chang/china%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98triple-bubble%E2%80%99-economy-poised-burst-0

1 APRIL 2016

China manufacturing rebounds unexpectedly

An unexpected expansion in Chinese manufacturing has provided cause for renewed optimism in the world’s second largest economy. Last year China saw its slowest economic growth in a quarter of a century
http://www.dw.com/en/china-manufacturing-rebounds-unexpectedly/a-19157202

23 MARCH 2016

China offers $11.5 billion in loans, credit to 5 Mekong River nations

Premier Li Keqiang said that China will be using money to build its influence with its neighbors in Southeast Asia, specifically, the five countries along the Mekong River
http://atimes.com/2016/03/china-offers-11-5-billion-in-loans-credit-to-5-mekong-river-nations/
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/China-to-help-develop-Mekong-River-basin

16 MARCH 2016

Lawmakers approve China’s five-year plan against economic headwinds

Chinese lawmakers on Wednesday approved the country’s economic and social development blueprint for the 2016-2020 period, which sets targeted average annual economic growth at above 6.5 percent in the next five years.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-03/16/c_135194463.htm
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-a-risky-experiment/a-19120034

12 MARCH 2016

Foreigners in China to get better legal service

China’s top judge has asked the courts to improve the legal environment through better handling of disputes involving foreigners, particularly in the marine sector, as the country opens wider to the outside world and tries hard to attract overseas enterprises
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreigners-china-get-better-legal-service

11 FEBRUARY 2016

Latin America: China’s power play right under the U.S.

Chinese banks sent nearly $30 billion in loans to Latin American governments last year, more than double the amount from 2014. It’s also more money than the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank gave to the region last year combined, according to the Inter-American Dialogue, a non-profit in Washington.
http://money.cnn.com/2016/02/11/news/economy/china-latin-america-billions-of-dollars-loans-investments/index.html

3 FEBRUARY 2016

China top planner: GDP will grow 6.5% to 7% this year

On the heels of the Chinese manufacturing sector posing its lowest reading in three years, China’s top economic planner reinforced previous forecasts and said the world’s second-biggest economy will grow between 6.5% and 7% this year
http://atimes.com/2016/02/china-top-planner-gdp-will-grow-6-5-to-7-this-year/
http://thediplomat.com/2016/02/facing-economic-headwinds-china-predicts-slower-growth-in-2016/

19 JANUARY 2016

China economy grew 6.9% in 2015, slowest pace in 25 years

The official figures released on Tuesday (Jan 19) confirm a loss of momentum in the world’s second-largest economy that is rippling around the world and spooking global financial markets
http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/china-economy-grew-69-in-2015-slowest-pace-in-25-years
http://en.people.cn/business/n3/2016/0119/c90778-9005938.html
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Economic-problems-bring-threat-of-deflation?page=1

 

 

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23 AUGUST 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

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

19 AUGUST 2019

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

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

11 AUGUST 2019

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

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

29 JULY 2019

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

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

11 JULY 2019

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

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

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

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

2 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

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

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

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

20 JUNE 2019

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

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

3 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

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

18 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

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

13 MAY 2019

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

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

6 MAY 2019

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

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

5 MAY 2019

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

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

23 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

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

21 APRIL 2019

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

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

13 APRIL 2019

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

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

9 APRIL 2019

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

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

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

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

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

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

2 FEBRUARY 2019

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

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

10 JANUARY 2019

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

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

8 JANUARY 2019

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

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

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

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

17 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

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

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

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

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

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

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

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

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

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

13 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

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

3 DECEMBER 2018

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

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

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

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

28 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

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

14 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

13 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

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

5 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

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

1 NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

27 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

26 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

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

8 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

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

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

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

28 AUGUST 2018

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

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

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

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

13 AUGUST 2018

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

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

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

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

14 JUNE 2018

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

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

25 MAY 2018

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

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

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

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

5 MAY 2018

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

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

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

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

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

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

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

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

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

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

25 MARCH 2018

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

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

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

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

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

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

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

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

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

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

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

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

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

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

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

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

24 NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

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

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

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

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

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

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

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

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

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

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

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

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

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

25 JULY 2017

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

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

22 JULY 2017

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

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

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

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

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

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

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

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

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

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

27 MARCH 2017

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

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

5 MARCH 2017

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

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

27 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

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

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

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

7 JANUARY 2017

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

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

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

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

17 NOVEMBER 2016

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

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

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

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

15 AUGUST 2016

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

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

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

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

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

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

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

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

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

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

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

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

6 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

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

30 JANUARY 2016

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

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

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

13 JANUARY 2016

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

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

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

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

5 JANUARY 2016

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

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

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

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

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

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

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 23 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 23 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 23, 2019

1592: During the Japanese invasions of Korea, the Yeongwon Castle is besieged by the Japanese Fourth Division led by Itō Suketaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yeongwon

1600: In the Battle of Gifu Castle, the eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gifu_Castle
http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/castle_profile.html?name=Gifu

1765: Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese%E2%80%93Siamese_War_(1765%E2%80%931767)

1839: The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares to war with China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War

1884: French Admiral Courbet destroys the Chinese Fujian fleet in Fuzhou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Foochow
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8066.html

1896: The First Cry of the Philippine Revolution (for independance) is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila
http://www.philippine-history.org/cry-of-pugadlawin.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/523/today-in-philippine-history-august-23-1896-katipuneros-led-by-andres-bonifacio-tore-their-cédulas

1896-08-23 Cry of Balintawak

1914: Japan declares war on Germany and sizes its possessions in Asia
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/tsingtau_kato.htm

1914-08-23

1939: To cut off the supply lines of the Chinese army, Japanese Navy surround Hong Kong
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8231.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/62454492

1943: End of the bombing of Chongqing, the provisional capital of China, by the Japanese, that started on February 18, 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Chongqing

1945: BKR (Badan Keamanan Rakyat), first Indonesian military force, begins organizing from former Peta and Heiho members. Some former Peta battalions join as entire units, having been told to disband only a few days before

1945: Joseph Stalin orders conveying Japanese army, mainly from Manchuria, as prisoner of war to the Soviet Union
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_prisoners_of_war_in_the_Soviet_Union
http://www.gwu.edu/~memory/data/government/russia_pow.html

1949: Opening, in La Hague, of the round table between Dutch and Indonesian with United Nations delegates

1958: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy

1958-08-23 2d Detroit crisis

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/quemoy_matsu-2.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8238.html

1967: In Vietnam war, Can Tho and Hoa An are attacked by North Vietnamese troops

1968: Communist forces renew offensive in South Vietnam

2010: Thailand says it will resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia after Phnom Penh announced the resignation of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra as its economic advisor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11059580

2010: Manila hostage crisis, in which eight Hong Kong hostages are killed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11055015
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/10/bus-driver-escapes-claims-hostages-all-dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcZXA6YDJII

2011: Islamic rebels in the southern Philippines reject a proposal by the Philippine government to offer what it calls “genuine autonomy” for Filipino Muslims, saying that it “does not address the real issues” that have fueled the separatist rebellion in the country’s south over the past 40 years

2014: The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html

On 23 August in South Asian history

ON 23 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 23, 2019

1933 Mahatma Gandi is released from Indian jail following yet another hunger strike
http://www.sahistory.org.za/dated-event/mahatma-gandhi-released-indian-jail

1954: The Indian Upper house of the Indian parliament receives its Hindi name of Rajya Sabha (states council)

1973: Birth of Malaika Arora Khan, Indian actress and model
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaika_Arora_Khan
http://www.hamaraphotos.com/malaika_arora_khan_148.html

1996: Osama bin Laden issues a fatwa entitled ‘A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places »

2007: In Pakistan, the Supreme Court authorizes the former PM Nawaz Sharif to come back to the country while general Musharraf imposed him a ten years voluntary exile
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/1126/p01s02-wosc.html

On 23 August in Southeast Asian history

ON 23 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 23, 2019

1765: Beginning of Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese%E2%80%93Siamese_War_(1765%E2%80%931767)

1896: The First Cry of the Philippine Revolution (for independance) is made in Pugad Lawin (Quezon City), in the province of Manila
http://www.philippine-history.org/cry-of-pugadlawin.htm
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/523/today-in-philippine-history-august-23-1896-katipuneros-led-by-andres-bonifacio-tore-their-cédulas

1896-08-23 Cry of Balintawak

1945: BKR (Badan Keamanan Rakyat), first Indonesian military force, begins organizing from former Peta and Heiho members. Some former Peta battalions join as entire units, having been told to disband only a few days before

1949: Opening, in La Hague, of the round table between Dutch and Indonesian with United Nations delegates

1964: Birth of Kong Hee, Singaporean, Founder and Senior Pastor of the City Harvest movement in Asia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kong_Hee

1967: In Vietnam war, Can Tho and Hoa An are attacked by North Vietnamese troops

1968: Communist forces renew offensive in South Vietnam

1987: Birth of Nikki Gil, Filipino actress, host and singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Gil

2001: Birth of Zaijian Jaranilla, Filipino child actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaijian_Jaranilla

2003: In Cambodia, the Funcipec and Sam Ransy Party form an democratic alliance against the People’s Cambodian Party of premier Hun Sen

2010: Thailand says it will resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia after Phnom Penh announced the resignation of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra as its economic advisor
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-11059580

2010: Manila hostage crisis, in which eight Hong Kong hostages are killed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11055015
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/10/bus-driver-escapes-claims-hostages-all-dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcZXA6YDJII

2011: Islamic rebels in the southern Philippines reject a proposal by the Philippine government to offer what it calls “genuine autonomy” for Filipino Muslims, saying that it “does not address the real issues” that have fueled the separatist rebellion in the country’s south over the past 40 years

2014: The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html

On 23 August in Japan’s history

ON 23 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on August 23, 2019

1176: Death of Rokujo, 79th Japanese Emperor from 1165 through 1168
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Rokujo

1592: During the Japanese invasions of Korea, the Yeongwon Castle is besieged by the Japanese Fourth Division led by Itō Suketaka
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Yeongwon

1600: In the Battle of Gifu Castle, the eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gifu_Castle
http://www.japanese-castle-explorer.com/castle_profile.html?name=Gifu

1900: Death of Kuroda Kiyotaka, Japanese politician of the Meiji era, ]second Prime Minister of Japan from April 1888 to October 1889, born on November 9, 1840
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuroda_Kiyotaka
http://www.jref.com/history/kuroda-kiyotaka/

1914: Japan declares war on Germany and sizes its possessions in Asia
http://www.firstworldwar.com/source/tsingtau_kato.htm

1914-08-23

1939: To cut off the supply lines of the Chinese army, Japanese Navy surround Hong Kong
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8231.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/62454492

1942: Death of Takeuchi Seiho, Japanese painter, born on December 20, 1864
http://www.artelino.com/articles/seiho_takeuchi.asp
http://www.myjapanesehanga.com/home/artists/takeuchi-seiho-1864-1942

Takeuchi Seiho moonlit landscape
1943: End of the bombing of Chongqing, the provisional capital of China, by the Japanese, that started on February 18, 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Chongqing

1945: Joseph Stalin orders conveying Japanese army, mainly from Manchuria, as prisoner of war to the Soviet Union
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_prisoners_of_war_in_the_Soviet_Union
http://www.gwu.edu/~memory/data/government/russia_pow.html

On 23 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 23 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on August 23, 2019

1839: The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares to war with Qing China. The ensuing 3-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War

1884: French Admiral Courbet destroys the Chinese Fujian fleet in Fuzhou
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Foochow
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8066.html

1939: To cut off the supply lines of the Chinese army, Japanese Navy surround Hong Kong
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8231.html
http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/62454492

1943: End of the bombing of Chongqing, the provisional capital of China, by the Japanese, that started on February 18, 1938
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bombing_of_Chongqing

1950: Birth of Alan Tam, Hong Kong singer and actor
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Tam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF5-YrgVqEs

1958: The Second Taiwan Strait crisis begins with the People’s Liberation Army’s bombardment of Quemoy

1958-08-23 2d Detroit crisis
http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/quemoy_matsu-2.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Taiwan_Strait_Crisis
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8238.html


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1jm0Y3jYFs

2010: Manila hostage crisis, in which eight Hong Kong hostages are killed
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-11055015
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/23/10/bus-driver-escapes-claims-hostages-all-dead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcZXA6YDJII

2014: The United States has accused the Chinese military of provocation after one of its fighter jets conducted an « intercept » of a US Navy spy plane in international air space over the South China Sea
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/08/us-hits-at-china-over-spy-plane-provocation-201482391728313849.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pentagon-furious-after-Chinese-military-jet-has-near-miss-with-US-plane-31968.html