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Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/boxer-rebellion-begins-in-china

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists.

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

On 20 June in South Asian history

ON 20 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay.

1921: Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Buckingham_and_Carnatic_Mills_Strike

1952: Birth of Vikram Seth, Indian poet
http://www.poemhunter.com/vikram-seth/biography/

1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1984: Birth of Neetu Chandra, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neetu_Chandra
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/celebs/indian-stars/neetu-chandra/portfolio-pics/articleshow/6066577.cms

1985 :The America’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Freedom, is presented to Mother Teresa

1985-06-20 Medal of Freedom is presented to Mother Teresa.

2001: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf names himself president, replacing Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, as president, and after that dissolves the parliament
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/472997.stm

2001: With the defection of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (11 MP) to the opposition side, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga loses the majority in the parliament

On 20 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 20 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former President of East Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3&lang=en
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Xanana-Gusmao


1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1962: Vietnamese Buddhist sect Hoa Hao organizes huge demonstrations against Catholic president Ngo Dimh Diem

1964: In Tokyo, the conference on Malaysia between Malacagal, Sukarno et Abdul Rahman, ends with no result

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

2015: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president

On 20 June in Japan’s history

ON 20 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1737: Birth of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786) who died on September 17, 1786
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Ieharu

1869: Death of Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader, who resisted the Meiji Restoration, born on May 31, 1835.
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/316.html

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995
 https://www.bu.edu/today/2015/new-exhibition-recalls-the-horrors-of-hiroshima/
Iri Maruki
1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1959: Death of Hitoshi Ashida, 47th Japanese prime minister from March to October, born on November 15, 1887
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Ashida
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/352.html?cat=9

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

On 20 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 20 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/12/31/1900-en-hai-von-ketteler-boxer-rebellion/

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler
1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists

1970: Birth of Zhang Ting, Taiwanese actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Zhang_Ting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZHuZeGLBE

1983: Birth of Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/ying_cherrie.htm

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

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision

On 20 June in Asian history

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 20, 2019

1737: Birth of Tokugawa Ieharu, 10th shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate (1760-1786) who died on September 17, 1786
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Ieharu

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/
https://www.historytoday.com/archive/black-hole-calcutta

1826: Siam and Britain sign a trade and peace treaty, known as Burney Treaty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Burney_Treaty
https://prezi.com/kcbyebsgmjip/the-burney-treaty-1826/

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

1858 : The Gwalior Fort is captured by British troops and the first Indian Sepoy Mutiny officially comes to an end
http://www.britishempire.co.uk/forces/armycampaigns/indiancampaigns/mutiny/mutiny.htm
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/First_War_of_Indian_Independence

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

1869: Death of Hijikata Toshizo, Japanese military leader, who resisted the Meiji Restoration, born on May 31, 1835.
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/316.html

1870: In Tientsin (Tianjin), twenty French, ten Charity sister and a missionary are slaughtered

1887: Victoria Terminus, the busiest railway station in India, opens in Bombay

1900: In China, the Boxers start to besiege the legation compound and killings of foreigners in Beijing (till August 14). Clements von Ketteler, the German envoy is killed
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/battleswars1900s/p/boxerreb.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klemens_von_Ketteler
http://www.executedtoday.com/2008/12/31/1900-en-hai-von-ketteler-boxer-rebellion/

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995
 https://www.bu.edu/today/2015/new-exhibition-recalls-the-horrors-of-hiroshima/
Iri Maruki

1921: Workers of Buckingham and Carnatic Mills in the city of Chennai, India, begin a four-month strike
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1921_Buckingham_and_Carnatic_Mills_Strike

1944: The Battle of the Philippine Sea concludes with a decisive US naval victory (see June 19)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Philippine_Sea

1946: Birth of Xanana Gusmao, former President of East Timor (2002-2007) then Prime Minister up to February 2015
http://timor-leste.gov.tl/?p=3&lang=en
https://www.britannica.com/biography/Xanana-Gusmao

1948: Foundation of the Malayan People’s anti-British Army, (renamed Malayan People’s Liberation Army in February 1949), led by communist leader Chin Peng
http://anystreetcorner.blogspot.com/2005/03/chin-peng-my-dad-and-me.html
https://www.nam.ac.uk/explore/malayan-emergency

1950 After recognition of independence, Dutch Air Force base of Tjililitan is given to Indonesia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_Aviation_of_the_Royal_Netherlands_East_Indies_Army

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_9CQPAS3CM&list=UUpQizdbpHe9ZcgHWWyeGGGQ

1952: Birth of Vikram Seth, Indian poet
http://www.poemhunter.com/vikram-seth/biography/

1959: In India, the 14th Dalai Lama repudiates the Seventeen-point agreement for the peaceful liberation of Tibet, signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951, because “thrust upon Tibetan government and people by the threat of arms”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seventeen_Point_Agreement_for_the_Peaceful_Liberation_of_Tibet#Repudiation_of_the_Agreement

1959: Soviet Union lets China to know that it will not provide nuclear bomb technology, as promised in the October 1957 Nuclear cooperation agreement

1959: Death of Hitoshi Ashida, 47th Japanese prime minister from March to October, born on November 15, 1887
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitoshi_Ashida
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/352.html?cat=9

1962: Vietnamese Buddhist sect Hoa Hao organizes huge demonstrations against Catholic president Ngo Dimh Diem

1962: Following a Nationalist troop buildup on the Jinmen and Mazu islands in the Taiwan Strait, Chinese Communists begin massing troops and military equipment on the mainland opposite the islands. Three days later, Beijing puts its citizens on alert for an invasion by the Nationalists.

1964: In Tokyo, the conference on Malaysia between Malacagal, Sukarno et Abdul Rahman, ends with no result

1964: US General William Westmorland takes command in South Vietnam
http://www.vietnampix.com/popww.htm

1970: Birth of Zhang Ting, Taiwanese actress
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Zhang_Ting

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9ZHuZeGLBE

1976: The Americans give up their last two military bases in Thailand

1983: Birth of Cherrie Ying, Hong Kong actress
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/ying_cherrie.htm

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

1984: Beginning of the third withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from Cambodia, around 10,000 troopers
http://www.upi.com/Archives/1984/06/23/Thousands-of-Vietnamese-soldiers-pulled-out-of-Cambodia-Saturday/8521456811200/

1984: Birth of Neetu Chandra, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neetu_Chandra
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/celebs/indian-stars/neetu-chandra/portfolio-pics/articleshow/6066577.cms

1985 :The America’s highest civilian decoration, the Medal of Freedom, is presented to Mother Teresa

1985-06-20 Medal of Freedom is presented to Mother Teresa.

1996 : India refuses to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) at the Geneva Conference
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-20-1996-the-government-of-india-refuses-to-sign-the-ctbt-at-the-geneva-conference
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ipsg/ctbt.htm

1997: Indonesia and Portugal announce that they resume talks on East-Timor future

1997: At the G-8 summit in Denver, Boris Yeltsin announces that Russian strategic nuclear missiles would no longer be targeted at Japan and that he supports both Japan and Germany joining the United Nations Security Council, without any of the current members giving up their veto rights
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-06-21/news/9706210057_1_president-boris-yeltsin-russian-president-start-ii

2001: In Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf names himself president, replacing Muhammad Rafiq Tarar, as president, and after that dissolves the parliament
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P028
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/472997.stm

2001: With the defection of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (11 MP) to the opposition side, Sri Lanka President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga loses the majority in the parliament

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision.

2015: The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

Much more news and analysis if you see by countries

19 JUNE 2019

Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi labourers in deadly clashes at Beijing-backed power plant near Dhaka

Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi labourers clashed at the site of a power plant being built south of Dhaka, police said on Wednesday, leaving a Chinese worker dead and more than a dozen others injured
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015182/hundreds-chinese-and-bangladeshi-labourers-deadly-clashes
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/203986

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

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

Taiwan increases penalties for spying for China

An amendment to the National Security Act cleared the legislative floor Wednesday, with heavier punishments for practices that jeopardize national security or social order, including developing organizations and collecting confidential information for China
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906190016.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/06/20/2003717240

Thousands in Nepal protest against cultural ‘guthi’ bill

Thousands of Nepalis took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the government scrap a bill that stands to interfere with a centuries-old trust system integral to the Himalayan country’s cultural heritage
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-06-19/thousands-protest-against-the-guthi-bill-in-kathmandu.html
https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/street-vs-guthi-bill/

18 JUNE 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam apologises for extradition crisis but refuses to step down

Speaking Tuesday, two days after protest organizers estimated 2 million people took to the streets to demand the bill be fully withdrawn and that she step down, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she wanted to offer the city her « most sincere apology. »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/18/asia/hong-kong-protests-extradition-carrie-lam-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-protests-carrie-lam-speech-apology-extradition-bill-11638710?cid=h3_referral_inarticlelinks_24082018_cna
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/18/live-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-sincerely-apologises-extradition-row/

Filipinos burn Chinese flags in protest against Duterte’s ‘weak’ response to South China Sea sinking

Demonstrators in Manila on Tuesday burned Chinese flags in protest over what they said was a “weak” response by President Rodrigo Duterte to the sinking of a Philippine fishing boat in the South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3015058/filipinos-burn-chinese-flags-protest-against-dutertes-weak
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/06/18/1927531/palace-we-cant-and-wont-summon-chinese-envoy-over-boat-sinking

17 JUNE 2019

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

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

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed East China Sea islands

Japan has protested what is says was an unauthorised Chinese maritime survey within its economic waters near disputed East China Sea islands, officials said on Monday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3014892/japan-protests-chinese-activity-near-disputed-east-china-sea

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

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

16 JUNE 2019

India’s retaliatory tariffs on US goods go into effect

India will impose higher retaliatory tariffs on 28 US products including almonds, apples, and walnuts from Sunday, following Washington’s withdrawal of key trade privileges for New Delhi
https://www.trtworld.com/business/india-s-retaliatory-tariffs-on-us-goods-go-into-effect-27526
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201906161075898071-us-imports-india-hurt-most-delhi-retaliates-trade-tensions/

Pakistan: Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new ISI chief

Hameed was appointed as the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (DG ISI) in place of Lt Gen Asim Munir, who was transferred and appointed as Corps Commander Gujranwala
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/06/16/gen-faiz-hameed-to-head-isi-reports/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1488568/lt-gen-faiz-hameed-named-new-dg-isi-govt-spokesperson

15 JUNE 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends extradition bill following mass protests

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday delayed indefinitely a proposed law to allow extraditions to mainland China, in a dramatic retreat after widespread anger over the bill sparked violent protests in the Asian finance hub
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/15/hong-kong-leader-suspends-extradition-bill-following-mass-protests/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/15/breaking-hong-kong-suspends-controversial-extradition-bill-months-protest-criticism/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48645342

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

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

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

13 JUNE 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen wins ruling party’s nomination for 2020 election

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) is to represent the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the 2020 presidential election after beating by 8.2 percentage points her sole challenger, former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德), in the party’s primary, the result of which was released Thursday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906130005.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190613_49/

17 nations to join China’s space station

The China Space Station is set to welcome aboard nine international scientific projects from 17 countries covering a wide range of research areas, the China Manned Space Agency and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs announced on June 12, 2019 in Vienna, Austria
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/0/148/229/1560401201469.html?newsId=85677

Thailand speaker submits bid to disqualify 30 MPs

House Speaker Chuan Leekpai yesterday forwarded to the Constitutional Court for a ruling one of two petitions against dozens of MPs accused of breaching media shareholding rules
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/thailand-speaker-submits-bid-disqualify-30-mps
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1694060/chuan-sends-media-shares-petition-to-charter-court

12 JUNE 2019

Japan’s Shinzo Abe in Tehran for talks amid US-Iran tensions

Japan’s prime minister is on a mediation mission in Iran aimed at deescalating regional tensions caused by the United States pulling out of the 2015 nuclear agreement
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48578314
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190613_06/
https://www.trtworld.com/middle-east/us-iran-accidental-conflict-possible-japan-pm-27433

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

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

Philippines slams suspected Chinese vessel for ‘contemptible’ sinking of fishing boat

The boat hit an anchored Filipino craft, the F/B GIMVER 1, on Sunday near Recto Bank – claimed by both Manila and Beijing causing it to sink and leaving 22 crewmen “to the mercy of the elements”, said Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3014237/philippines-slams-suspected-chinese-vessel-sinking-fishing
https://www.rappler.com/nation/232914-sinking-filipino-vessel-first-philippines-china-dispute

11 JUNE 2019

India’s top court orders release of journalist Prashant Kanojia jailed for defamation amid media outcry

The Indian Supreme Court has ordered the immediate release on bail of a freelance journalist arrested for a tweet on powerful Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, amid concerns about curbs on free speech
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-top-court-orders-release-of-journalist-jailed-for-defamation-amid-media
http://www.sify.com/news/supreme-court-release-scribe-arrested-for-yogi-video-news-national-tglmX0jcdjagi.html
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/journalist-prashant-kanojia-gets-bail-in-supreme-court/cid/1692209?ref=top-stories_home-template

China’s new high-frequency radar system could spot stealth aircraft from long distances, says creator

China has developed a radar system that could detect stealth fighters from a long distance, its creator has told state media
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3014084/chinas-new-high-frequency-radar-system-could-spot-stealth
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-06/11/content_9527054.htm

Lee Hee-ho: S. Korean ex-first lady, women’s rights activist and Nobel Laureate dies

The widow of late South Korean president Kim Dae-jung, known for her women’s rights activism and involvement in her husband’s « sunshine » policy of engagement with the isolated North, has died at the age of 96
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/lee-hee-ho-s-korean-ex-first-lady-womens-rights-activist-and-nobel-laureate-dies-1.1560222558423
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190611000650

Pakistan MQM founder Altaf Hussain arrested in London

Fugitive head of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, who was arrested from his residence by a team of Scotland Yard, is also wanted in Pakistan in murder, terrorism, hate-speech and many other cases
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-mqm-founder-altaf-hussain-arrested-in-london-27396
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48591974

10 JUNE 2019

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has slammed Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bangladesh-pm-attacks-myanmar-over-rohingya-deadlock
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/myanmar-doesnt-want-repatriate-rohingya-bangladeshi-pm-says.html

Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari arrested in fake bank accounts case

Former Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested on corruption charges on Monday in a blow to the opposition Pakistan Peoples Party over what media said was an investigation into false bank accounts and money laundering
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/former-pakistan-president-asif-ali-zardari-arrested-in-fake-bank-accounts-case-1.64511834
https://www.dawn.com/news/1487308/zardari-arrested-by-nab-after-ihc-rejects-bail-plea-taken-to-rawalpindi
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1988942/1-fake-accounts-case-ihc-reserves-verdict-zardari-talpurs-per-arrest-bail-petitions/

9 JUNE 2019

Hundreds of thousands of protesters march through Hong Kong against China extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched on the streets of central Hong Kong on Sunday showing their dislike for a proposed law that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges — sparking the biggest public backlash against the city’s pro-Beijing leadership in years
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/more-than-a-million-protest-in-hong-kong-over-extradition-laws-which-could-let-china-target-political-opponents
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48572130
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/09/vast-protest-in-hong-kong-against-extradition-law-china
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/09/just-no-china-extradition-tens-thousands-hong-kong-protest-controversial-new-law/

8 JUNE 2019

Việt Nam economy to grow at 6.7%: report

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

Modi launches coastal radar system in Maldives

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a coastal radar system and military training centre in the Maldives, as New Delhi seeks to fend off Chinese influence in the strategically-placed nation
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/modi-launches-coastal-radar-system-in-maldives-1.64477507
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-maldives-sign-six-key-agreements/article27698918.ece?homepage=true
https://www.oneindia.com/international/in-a-first-ferry-service-to-connect-india-and-maldives-2902071.html

North Korean, Russian officials discuss cooperation to enhance economic, trade relations

North Korea’s Minister for External Economic Affairs Kim Yong-jae met his Russian counterpart, Alexander Kozlov, who was visiting Pyongyang, according to the Korean Central News Agency
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190607000542
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/n-korea-russia-discuss-cooperation-in-economy-trade20190608054138/

7 JUNE 2019

UN rights experts seek inquiry into Philippines killings

United Nations human rights experts called for an international investigation into « a staggering number » of police killings linked to a crackdown on drugs in the Philippines
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/rights-experts-seek-inquiry-philippines-killings-190607085340077.html

6 JUNE 2019

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

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

‘Record 3,000’ Hong Kong lawyers in silent march against controversial extradition bill

Thousands of Hong Kong’s legal professionals, including top lawyers, took to the streets on Thursday in a silent protest against the government’s controversial extradition bill, ramping up pressure on officials to avoid rushing it through the legislature
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3013461/thousands-hong-kong-lawyers-launch-silent-march-against
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/thousands-of-hong-kong-lawyers-march-against-china-extradition-plans

China, Russia commemorate 70th anniversary of ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, attended on Wednesday a gathering marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/159/95/250/1559815782161.html?newsId=85093
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48537663

Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

Taiwan’s proposed purchase of billions of dollars worth of US arms has met with a speedy response from China. Beijing has said more American weapons in Taiwan could damage US-China ties and security the Taiwan Strait
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906060006.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3718443
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-concern-taiwan-confirms-arms-purchase-request-190606065452370.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190606_45/

5 JUNE 2019

House, Senate elect Prayut Thailand’s new prime minister

MPs and senators overwhelmingly voted for Prayut Chan-o-cha to be prime minister of Thailand late on Wednesday night. Gen Prayut will be the head of a coalition government led by the Palang Pracharath
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1689860/house-senate-elect-prayut-thailands-new-prime-minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3013141/prayuth-chan-ocha-poised-retain-top-job-thai-parliament-prepares

In rare move, Pakistan military agrees to budget cut amid economic woes, PM says

Pakistan’s powerful military has agreed in a rare move to cut its hefty budget for a year to help ease the South Asian country’s “critical financial situation”, Prime Minister Imran Khan said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/in-rare-move-pakistan-military-agrees-to-budget-cut-amid-economic-woes-pm-says
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1987181/1-pm-imran-appreciates-militarys-unprecedented-cuts-defence-spending/

China launches rocket from Yellow Sea platform for first time

China has launched a rocket from a mobile platform at sea for the first time, sending five commercial satellites and two others containing experimental technology into space
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/05/china-launches-rocket-from-yellow-sea-platform-for-first-time
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-05/china-space-launch-from-the-sea/11183722

4 JUNE 2019

Thailand’s Democrats to vote to join coup leader’s coalition

The Democrat Party, the country’s oldest, announced Tuesday that it will vote to join a coalition government led by Prayuth Chan-ocha, candidate of the military-backed Palang Pracharath party
https://www.foxnews.com/world/thailands-democrats-to-vote-to-join-coup-leaders-coalition
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1689252/democrats-vote-to-join-palang-pracharath

Mike Pompeo’s ‘arrogance’ condemned by China on 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square massacre

China on Tuesday slammed Mike Pompeo for « lunatic ravings and babbling nonsense » after the US secretary of state criticised Beijing’s human rights record in a statement issued on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square carackdown
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/06/04/china-condemns-pompeo-arrogance-tiananmen-anniversary/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-condemns-us-secretary-of-state-pompeos-prejudice-arrogance-on-tiananmen

Tiananmen Square massacre marked with Hong Kong vigil

More than 100,000 people have gathered in Hong Kong for a candlelight vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/04/tiananmen-square-massacre-marked-with-hong-kong-vigil
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/06/04/live-english-thousands-gather-hong-kong-candlelit-vigil-mark-30-years-since-tiananmen-massacre/

China rises but 30 years after Tiananmen, crackdown remains taboo

Beijing has not apologised or revealed death toll, but calls for accountability increase as its global profile grows
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-rises-30-years-tiananmen-crackdown-remains-taboo-190603075028075.html

3 JUNE 2019

‘Purged’ North Korean diplomat Kim Yong Chol appears in state media

High-ranking North Korean diplomat Kim Yong Chol was identified attending an art performance alongside leader Kim Jong Un in the country’s state media on Sunday — two days after one of South Korea’s biggest newspapers said he had been banished and sentenced to hard labor and his deputy executed
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/03/asia/north-korea-kim-yong-chol-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48493702
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3063825

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

2 JUNE 2019

Tiananmen Square: China Defence minister defends 1989 crackdown

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on Sunday, called the seven weeks of protests by students and workers demanding democratic changes and the eradication of corruption in 1989, political « turbulence »
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-48489002
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-defends-bloody-crackdown-tiananmen-protests-190602083719934.html

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

1 JUNE 2019

US President Donald Trump terminates preferential trade status for India

Washington accuses New Delhi of deploying a wide range of trade barriers that negatively affect US commerce. Media reports say that India could impose higher import duties on US goods in response to Trump’s latest move
https://gulfnews.com/business/us-cuts-off-india-preferential-trade-access-1.1559374102399
https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-trump-to-withdraw-indias-benefits-under-select-trade-programme-5760385/
https://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/us-preferential-trade-status-india-says-will-continue-to-work-towards-strong-bilateral-ties-119060100637_1.html

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

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

31 MAY 2019

India’s Modi begins second term as PM, Cabinet ministers sworn in

BJP president Amit Shah is the new Union Home Minister and former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman the Finance and Corporate Affairs Minister. Former Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes over Defence and former Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will take care of External Affairs
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/narendra-modi-cabinet-ministers-and-portfolios/article27375561.ece?homepage=true
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/cabinet-of-narendra-modi-2019-full-list-of-indian-ministers-portfolios-and-profiles-1.1559234073702

Admiral Karambir Singh takes charge as new Indian Navy chief

Force modernisation and maintaining the high operational tempo will be the two main challenges for new Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh, who took over from Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday with a pledge to “work on the path of predecessors”
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/admiral-karambir-singh-takes-charge-as-new-navy-chief-1.64310825

North Korea executed Kim Hyok-chol and other officials after failed Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi, South Korean media claims

North Korea executed Kim Hyok-chol, its special envoy to the United States, and foreign ministry officials who carried out working-level negotiations for the second US-North Korea summit in February, holding them responsible for its collapse, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3012536/north-korea-executed-top-us-envoy-and-officials-after-failed
http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2019/05/31/2019053101126.html
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/30/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-executes-envoy-hanoi-summit-trump-amid/

30 MAY 2019

Modi sworn in for second term as Indian prime minister

Narendra Modi has been sworn in for a second term as India’s prime minister after an overwhelming election victory for his Hindu nationalist party in a country of 1.3 billion people seeking swift economic change
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48455829
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/pm-modi-swearing-in-live-updates-tributes-paid-to-mahatma-gandhi-vajpayee-at-national-war-memorial-2755127

Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups

Russia and Japan have accused each other of military buildups as their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo for talks that failed to make progress on decades-long island disputes
https://www.foxnews.com/world/japan-russia-accuse-each-other-of-military-buildups
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190530_43/
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/105/79/80/1559219887612.html?newsId=84358

Malaysia’s Mahathir Proposes Common East Asia Currency Pegged to Gold

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday mooted the idea of a common trading currency for East Asia that would be pegged to gold, describing the existing currency trading in the region as manipulative
https://www.theepochtimes.com/malaysias-mahathir-proposes-common-east-asia-currency-pegged-to-gold_2943360.html

29 MAY 2019

Myanmar: Arrest warrant issued for anti-Muslim monk Wirathu

A court in Myanmar has issued an arrest warrant against Wirathu, a notorious Buddhist monk whose hate-preaching sermons against the Rohingya and other minority Muslims have stoked religious tensions
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/myanmar-arrest-warrant-issued-anti-muslim-monk-wirathu-190529051810338.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/wanted-myanmar-firebrand-monk-not-afraid-of-arrest-1.64264440

Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed elected parliament speaker

Mohamed Nasheed received 67 votes from among 87 members. His rival received 17 votes past midnight Tuesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/150/84/225/1559105695441.html?newsId=84171
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-chosen-as-mdps-consensus-candidate-for-speaker-145615

28 MAY 2019

People in North Korea trapped in vicious cycle of deprivation, corruption and repression – UN human rights report

North Koreans are forced to pay bribes to officials to survive in their isolated country, where corruption is « endemic » and repression rife, the United Nations human rights office said on Tuesday (May 28)
https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24651&LangID=E
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/north-korea-stuck-in-a-vicious-cycle-of-deprivation-corruption-and-repression-un
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48432690

Chinese Vice-President wraps up Pakistan visit on ‘highly successful’ note

China’s Vice-President Wang Qishan on Tuesday concluded his three-day “highly successful” visit to Pakistan, setting a tone for future trajectory of mutual engagement between the two countries
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/chinese-vice-president-wraps-up-pakistan-visit-on-highly-successful-note-1.64241434
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/3/177/1559031095229.html?newsId=84082
http://www.app.com.pk/china-pakistan-cooperation-in-next-phase-to-focus-on-benefiting-people-through-local-development-projects-expert/

27 MAY 2019

Rare meeting between Taiwanese, US security officials angers Beijing

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior US and Taiwanese security officials
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3011978/rare-meeting-between-taiwanese-us-security-officials-angers
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3710564
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-bridles-at-rare-meeting-between-taiwan-and-us-security-officials-27018

Myanmar soldiers jailed 10 years for Rohingya massacre freed after months

Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two former fellow inmates and one of the soldiers told Reuters news agency
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/myanmar-soldiers-jailed-rohingya-massacre-freed-months-190527060218714.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48419595

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

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

Trump meets with Japan’s Abe to defuse tensions with Iran and North Korea

The United States does not seek « regime change » in Iran, Donald Trump, the US president, said in Tokyo on Monday while defending Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, as a “very smart guy” who was focussed on the economic growth of his country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/27/trump-meets-japans-abe-defuse-tensions-iran-north-korea/

26 MAY 2019

Narendra Modi to be sworn in as Prime Minister for second term on May 30

“The President (Ram Nath Kovind) will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” the communiqué issued by President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said.
https://zeenews.india.com/lok-sabha-general-elections-2019/narendra-modi-will-take-oath-as-prime-minister-on-may-30-at-7-pm-at-rashtrapati-bhavan-2206687.html
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/narendra-modi-invited-to-form-government-by-indias-president-1.1558802690777

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thai king’s top adviser and ex-PM, dies aged 98

Prem Tinsulanonda, Thailand’s former prime minister and a long-time power broker in the country’s tumultuous politics, has died at age 98
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1684176/gen-prem-dies-of-heart-failure-at-98
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011853/prem-tinsulanonda-thai-kings-top-adviser-and-ex-pm-dies

25 MAY 2019

Bong Joon-ho: 1st Korean winner of Cannes’ top prize with savage satire Parasite

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho won the Palme d’Or top prize at Cannes Film Festival Saturday with Parasite, a bravura satirical morality tale about the widening gap between rich and poor in his homeland
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3011833/cannes-2019-south-koreas-bong-joon-ho-wins-palme-dor-savage
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=237896
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/art/2019/05/689_269493.html

24 MAY 2019

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn urges post-election parliament to focus on national stability

King Maha Vajiralongkorn opened parliament Friday five years after a 2014 coup, stressing the importance of « national security » and « people’s well-being » as the junta moves within striking distance of cementing its grip on power
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011729/thailands-king-vajiralongkorn-urges-post-election
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190524_49/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30369944

India kills Kashmir’s ‘most wanted militant’ Zakir Musa

Zakir Musa, 25, was part of a new generation of young militants with large followings on social media and more affinity with global jihadist groups such as al-Qaida than with Pakistan, the traditional patron of anti-India fighters in the region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/24/fears-of-unrest-after-india-kills-kashmirs-most-wanted-militant
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48392851
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-kills-top-militant-in-disputed-kashmir-26944

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam voices ‘strong objection’ to Germany granting asylum to Mong Kok riot fugitives Ray Wong and Alan Li

Hong Kong’s leader has made a strongly worded official complaint to Germany’s top diplomat in the city, nearly three days after the news broke that the European nation had granted asylum to two local fugitives wanted by police on rioting charges
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3011735/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-voices-strong-objection-germany
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1459201-20190524.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/05/24/chinese-officials-tell-germany-stay-hong-kong-affairs-wanted-activists-gain-refugee-status/

23 MAY 2019

India election results 2019: Narendra Modi takes landslide win

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-48347081
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3011408/india-election-moment-truth-arrives-narendra-modi-and-bjp-vote

Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

Pakistan says it has successfully conducted a “training launch” of a ballistic missile capable of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads up to 1,500 kilometers
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-tests-nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile/4929203.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/pakistan-military-test-fired-ballistic-missile-shaheen-ii-190523080246734.html

India elections: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat, loses seat in family bastion

Rahul Gandhi, president of India’s main opposition Congress party, conceded on Thursday he had lost his seat in the famous family’s long-held home constituency
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/rahul-gandhi-loses-amethi-seat-biggest-upset-2019-polls-190523134545989.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-elections-rahul-gandhi-concedes-defeat-loses-seat-in-family-bastion

Thailand’s constitutional court blocks Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s bid for prime minister role

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the Future Forward Party and a former business tycoon, is accused of holding shares in a media company when he registered in February to run in the country’s March 24 election
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3011554/thailands-constitutional-court-blocks-upstart-politician
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1682696/court-suspends-thanathorn-from-mp

US, Japan, South Korea, Australia hold first naval drills in Western Pacific

US Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific, the US Navy said on Thursday (May 23)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-japan-south-korea-australia-hold-first-naval-drills-in-western-pacific
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/japan-south-korea-australia-hold-joint-naval-drills-190523074352346.html

22 MAY 2019

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

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

21 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

20 MAY 2019

Taiwanese President. Tsai determined to seek 2nd term

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen reiterated on Monday that she aims to win a second term in next year’s presidential election. But her party is in disarray over selecting a candidate
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190520_31/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3706106
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2019/05/21/2003715519

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

International rights groups accuse Indian troops of using systematic abuse and unjustified arrests to intimidate residents opposing India’s rule in disputed Kashmir. New Delhi denies its forces strategically use abuses to control the population
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kashmir-group-seeks-un-probe-into-torture-by-india-troops-26780

Philippines prefers Chinese cash rather than US ‘strategic confusion’ in South China Sea, says foreign minister

The US is projecting “strategic confusion” in the South China Sea, the Philippines’ top diplomat said, prompting the country to deepen its ties with China
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3010996/philippines-prefers-chinese-cash-rather-us-strategic-confusion

18 MAY 2019

Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Receive Identity Documents for First Time

Bangladeshi authorities and the U.N. refugee agency have registered more than a quarter million Rohingya refugees and presented them with identity documents that grant them a number of rights and safeguards
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/stateless-rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-receive-identity-documents-for-first-time/

North Korea Begins Crackdown on Falun Gong

Falun Gong, controversial spiritual movement with recent origins in China, is reportedly spreading in the North Korean capital city of Pyongyang, even as North Korean and Chinese authorities have launched crackdowns to eliminate it, sources say
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/korea/nk-falun-gong-05172019164536.html

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

US State Dep’t approves possible sale of SM-2 missiles to S. Korea: DSCA

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of SM-2 Block IIIB ship-to-air missiles to South Korea for an estimated cost of $313.9 million, according to a US defense agency
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190518000056
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-state-dept-approves-possible-314m-sale-of-missiles-to-south-korea

17 MAY 2019

Former CIA officer sentenced to 20 years for disclosing state secrets to Chinese for $25G

An ex-CIA officer was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for revealing military secrets to China and potentially seeking to expose human assets who were once his responsibility
https://www.foxnews.com/us/former-cia-officer-jailed-state-secrets-china
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48319058

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

The law was approved today. Starting on 24 May, gay couples, aged 18 and over, will be able to register their union, adopt their partner’s biological children, have access to the same medical coverage, and inherit. Marriage is not allowed with people from countries where same-sex unions are not recognised
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/afav/201905170008.aspx
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/17/taiwan-becomes-first-asian-county-to-legalise-same-sex-marriage
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-gay-marriage-rights-law-debate-11541324

16 MAY 2019

Architect I.M. Pei dies at age 102

I.M. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died at the age of 102
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/16/architect-im-pei-dies-at-age-102.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-48303529
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/127/80/22/1558086529400.html?newsId=83090

15 MAY 2019

Thailand’s oldest political party, the Democratic Party founded in 1946, has named Jurin Laksanawisit as its new leader

Mr Jurin garnered 160 votes from 291 members selected to vote, followed by Pirapan Salirathvibhaga (102), Korn Chatikavanij (19) and Apirak Kosayodhin (10)
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1678276/jurin-wins-democrat-leadership-contest-in-landslide
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/05/15/11-time-mp-chosen-as-new-democrat-leader/

Wikipedia blocked in China ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

Authorities in mainland China have blocked Wikipedia, its owner said on Wednesday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3010361/wikipedia-blocked-china-ahead-tiananmen-square-anniversary
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48269608

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

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

UN Mission Urges Financial Isolation of Myanmar’s Military

A United Nations fact-finding mission is urging that countries cut off all business with Myanmar’s military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/un-mission-urges-financial-isolation-of-myanmars-military/
https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/05/1038501

Duterte’s children elected as Philippines President consolidates power in midterms

Three of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s children posted resounding victories in the country’s midterm elections this week as voters responded to what was largely seen as a referendum on the controversial leader’s first three years in office with a strong vote of support
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/15/asia/duterte-loyalists-sweep-philippines-midterms-intl/index.html

Putin calls for framework to denuclearize N.Korea

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

14 MAY 2019

Nepal probes journalists for Dalai Lama news

Three Nepali journalists are being probed for circulating a news item on the Dalai Lama, officials said Tuesday (May 14), in a sign of growing Chinese influence on its small Himalayan neighbour
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/nepal-probes-journalists-for-dalai-lama-news-11533194

Thailand’s next parliament to convene on May 22

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn approved the 250 members of the upper chamber in a royal gazette statement Tuesday, saying the parliament is due to meet on May 22
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/123/69/231/1557837727318.html?newsId=82731

End of a dynasty? House of Estrada the biggest loser in Philippine midterm elections

In Manila, disgraced former president Joseph Estrada, 82, lost his bid for a third term as mayor – a defeat that looked set to be shared by all the rest of his family members contesting in the elections
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3010221/end-dynasty-house-estrada-biggest-loser-philippine-midterm
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/15/1917988/political-dynasties-crumble-estrada-clan-shut-out

At least 128 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam: Amnesty

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

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

South China Sea: Beijing unveils US$23.5 million contract for coastguard ship to patrol Paracel Islands

China has announced an expansion of its non-naval presence in the disputed South China Sea with a 161.4 million yuan (US$23.5 million) contract for a coastguard vessel that will patrol the Paracel Islands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3010058/south-china-sea-beijing-announces-us235-million-contract

Thailand’s 11 one-seat parties support Prayut as new PM

Eleven Thai political parties which won one seat each in Thailand’s March 24 elections said on Monday that they would vote for incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to be elected as new prime minister
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/149/144/19/1557743016872.html?newsId=82589
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/small-parties-back-thai-junta-chief-prayut-chan-o-cha-after-rule-change-gave-them-seats

Philippines votes in election expected to deliver greater power for Duterte

Filipinos headed to the polls on Monday in a vote that is expected to strengthen President Rodrigo Duterte’s grip on power, opening the way for him to deliver on pledges to restore the death penalty and rewrite the constitution
https://www.france24.com/en/20190513-philippines-votes-election-expected-deliver-greater-power-duterte
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/philippines-midterms-voters-head-polls-test-duterte-190512233206479.html

Ex-Interpol chief’s wife gets asylum in France

The wife of Meng Hongwei, the former Interpol president jailed in China for what she believes are political reasons, said Monday that France has saved her life and the lives of their two young boys by granting her asylum request
https://www.foxnews.com/world/ap-exclusive-ex-interpol-chiefs-wife-gets-asylum-in-france

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

Pakistan secures $6bn bailout from IMF to help avert economic crisis

Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund reached an agreement on a loan of about $6 billion designed to help the South Asian nation avert an economic crisis
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/pakistan-imf-loan-bailout-imran-khan-reza-baqir-a8911146.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/what-to-know-about-the-pakistan-imf-deal-26611

11 MAY 2019

Hong Kong lawmakers brawl over controversial extradition bill

A fight broke out between pro-democracy and pro-Beijing lawmakers in Hong Kong’s Legislative Council. The proposed law would permit extraditions to China despite the Chinese government’s poor human rights record
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/11/hong-kong-lawmakers-scuffle-in-parliament
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/05/11/pictures-physical-clashes-injuries-hong-kongs-legislature-amid-uproar-china-extradition-bill/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48237316

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

70 countries urge North Korea to scrap nuclear, ballistic weapons

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

Vietnam jails two activists for ‘spreading propaganda’ on Facebook

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

10 MAY 2019

Korean tourist freed by French commando after kidnapping in Burkina Faso

A South Korean tourist being held captive by an unidentified armed gang in Burkina Faso has been released following a rescue operation by France’s special forces, Seoul’s Foreign Ministry said Friday
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190510000667

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

China has stepped up efforts to infiltrate Taiwan – president

Tsai, speaking to reporters on Friday after a national security meeting, said China’s operations to influence opinion included attempts to interfere with elections and conduct fake news campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-stepped-efforts-infiltrate-taiwan-president-190510040347277.html

Three Thai activists accused of insulting the king have disappeared, rights groups claim

Three Thai activists facing charges of insulting the monarchy have disappeared after reportedly being arrested in Vietnam, rights groups said on Friday, months after two exiled critics of the military and monarchy turned up dead
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3009772/three-thai-activists-accused-insulting-king-have
https://www.dw.com/en/thai-activists-accused-of-defaming-king-disappear/a-48684637
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2019/05/10/junta-denies-knowledge-of-missing-republican-activists/

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

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

Japanese, Russian foreign ministers discuss territorial row

The Japanese and Russian foreign ministers met Friday in Moscow to negotiate a way through a long-standing territorial dispute that has prevented the countries from signing a postwar peace treaty
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190510/p2g/00m/0fp/097000c
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190510_48/

9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

After an intense debate, Singapore’s parliament has passed a sweeping « anti-fake news » bill despite concerns raised by journalists, academics and global technology companies over free speech and abuse of power
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/singapore-passes-law-police-fake-news-concerns-190509000809073.html
https://sso.agc.gov.sg/Bills-Supp/10-2019/Published/20190401?DocDate=20190401
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3009597/singapores-fake-news-law-lesson-asia-stifling-dissent

North Korea fires two short-range missiles in second test in a week

North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Thursday, the South’s military said, less than a week after its leader Kim Jong-un oversaw the test-firing of multiple rockets and a missile
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-fires-two-short-range-missiles-in-second-test-in-a-week-26512
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-south-missiles-short-range-tests-disarmament-talks-trump-latest-a8906156.html

Malaysian PM says no timetable for handing over power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad defended his government’s record on the anniversary of its election victory Thursday and reiterated he will hand over power to his successor Anwar Ibrahim though he wasn’t clear on when
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/221/12/160/1557391380337.html?newsId=82299
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/05/09/i-am-an-interim-pm-dr-m-says-may-stay-on-for-three-years-before-anwar-takes/1751355

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

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/us-japan-india-and-philippines-challenge-beijing-with-naval-drills-in-the-south-china
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/05/10/1916676/philippines-warship-quadrilateral-drill-scs

8 MAY 2019

2 Russian aircraft breach S Korea’s air defence zone

South Korea scrambled multiple jets in response to its air defence identification zone (KADIZ) being allegedly violated by two Russian Tupolev Tu-142s last week
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260929484/2-russian-aircraft-breach-s-korea-air-defence-zone

Thailand’s election results put Prayut closer to premiership

Thailand’s election agency on Wednesday (May 8) released results that relegated a coalition led by the former ruling Pheu Thai Party to a Lower House minority, giving a leg-up to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s chances of returning as premier
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thailands-election-results-put-prayut-closer-to-premiership
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/thai/election-results-05072019160913.html

Asia Bibi, Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy after years on death row, has left Pakistan

Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi has left the country, bound for Canada to join her daughters, sources told DW. She was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy but was later acquitted by the country’s Supreme Court
https://www.dw.com/en/asia-bibi-leaves-pakistan-for-canada/a-48646259
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48198340
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/pakistan-asia-bibi-freedom-great-relief-blasphemy-laws-must-be-repealed

7 MAY 2019

Pressured over press rights, Myanmar frees Reuters reporters after more than 500 days for reporting abuses of Rohingya

Two Reuters journalists whose reporting on the Myanmar military’s abuses of Rohingya Muslims got them imprisoned and drew the world’s attention to curbs on freedom of the press were freed Tuesday as part of a mass presidential pardon
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-myanmar-journalists-idUSKCN1SD056
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-frees-two-reuters-journalists-in-amnesty-26442

China refuses to join nuclear talks with US and Russia in blow for Trump

China won’t take part in three-way nuclear talks with the United States and Russia, a government spokesman said Monday, potentially scuttling plans by the Trump administration for a grand nuclear deal between the three nations
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-nuclear-weapons-us-russia-trump-putin-xi-president-a8902571.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/06/asia/us-china-russia-nuclear-deal-intl/index.html

6 MAY 2019

Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing

Foxconn’s billionaire chairman and aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate Terry Gou has called on Beijing to recognise the “Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official title
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3009087/recognise-taiwans-title-and-then-well-talk-billionaire-terry
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3695588

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

Brunei’s sultan has extended a moratorium on the death penalty to new laws prohibiting gay sex and adultery after a global backlash against the punishments
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/brunei-halts-plan-punish-gay-sex-adultery-death-190505181513614.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/05/asia/brunei-lgbt-death-penalty-intl/index.html

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

Thai king greets subjects, praises ‘unity’ on final day of coronation

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn greeted thousands of his subjects from a balcony of his Grand Palace on Monday (May 6), the third and final day of coronation ceremonies
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-coronation-final-day-11507180
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1672908/king-queen-give-public-audience

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

China-Russia joint naval exercise concludes in Qingdao

A six-day joint naval exercise held by Chinese and Russian navies concluded Saturday in Qingdao east China’s Shandong province
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/38/35/63/1557051931671.html?newsId=81830

4 MAY 2019

Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn is crowned as three-day coronation begins

Thailand has crowned its new King Maha Vajiralongkorn, marking the first ascension of a new monarch in seven decades
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/04/thailands-king-vajiralongkorn-is-crowned-as-three-day-coronation-begins
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thai-king-vajiralongkorn-formally-crowned-as-divine-monarch
https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/04/watch-thailand-s-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-is-crowned-on-the-first-day-of-coronation-rites

North fires short-range projectiles into East Sea

North Korea fired a barrage of unidentified short-range projectiles into the East Sea on Saturday, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, in apparent saber-rattling amid stalled nuclear talks with the United States
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3062654
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korea-fires-short-range-missile-seoul
https://www.france24.com/en/20190504-north-korea-ballistic-missle-fail-nuclear-talks-us-sanctions-kim-jong-un-trump-weapon

3 MAY 2019

North Korean food rations at record low after worst harvest in decade: UN

North Korea has cut public food rations to 300g per day, the lowest level ever for this time of year, with further cuts likely after the lowest agricultural production in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday (May 3)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-korean-food-rations-at-record-low-after-worst-harvest-in-decade-un
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3008803/10-million-north-koreans-face-food-shortages-after-worst
https://docs.wfp.org/api/documents/WFP-0000104948/download/?_ga=2.168556514.213588580.1556911385-581506702.1556911385

Pentagon says China plans to build military bases around the world to protect Belt & Road project

The US Defense Department expects China to add military bases around the world to protect its investments in it ambitious One Belt One Road global infrastructure program, according to an official report released Thursday
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/03/pentagon-says-china-plans-build-military-bases-around-world/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/03/china-will-build-string-of-military-bases-around-world-says-pentagon
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-increase-overseas-military-bases-pentagon-report-190503065146243.html

2 MAY 2019

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/summons-05012019170148.html

1 MAY 2019

Thailand announces new queen three days before coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn

The new royal is General Suthida Vajiralongkorn, whom the King wedded at the Dusit Palace on Wednesday “legally and according to tradition”, according to a royal decree
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3008469/thailand-announces-new-queen-three-days-coronation-king
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30368702

Naruhito formally invested as Japan’s new emperor

Japan’s new Emperor Naruhito formally ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne on Wednesday, a day after his father’s historic abdication, and vowed to stand with the people as the country begins a new imperial era
https://www.france24.com/en/20190501-naruhito-formally-invested-japan-new-emperor-akihito-abdicates
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190501_24/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005710470

 

On 19 June in Asian history

1925-06-19 General strike begins
ON 19 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on June 19, 2019

626: Death of Umako Soga, Japanese leader of the Soga clan, born in 551 ?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soga_no_Umako

1052: Death of Fan Zhongyan, politician and literary figure during the Song dynasty, born in 989
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_Zhongyan

 

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

1301: Birth of Prince Morikuni, 9th Japanese shogun of the Kamatura shogunate, who died on September 25, 1333
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Morikuni

1505: Chine Emperor Zhengde is enthroned. He will reign up to April 1521
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhengde_Emperor
http://www.mingtombs.eu/emp/10zhengde/zhengde.html

1560: In the Battle of Okehazama, Oda Nobunaga defeats Imagawa Yoshimoto
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Okehazama
http://sengoku-period.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_of_Okehazama
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Okehazama

1560-06-19 Battle of Okehazama

1595: Birth of Guru Hargobind- 6th sikh guru who died on March 2, 1644
https://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Har_Gobind
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guru_Har_Gobind

1747: Nader Shah, Persian Emperor is assassinated
http://www.iranchamber.com/history/afsharids/afsharids.php

1861: Birth of José Rizal, Filipino poet and national hero, executed on December 30, 1896
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/profilesofasianleaders/p/joserizalbio.htm?nl=1

https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1190/today-in-philippine-history-june-19-1861-dr-jose-p-rizal-was-born-in-calamba-laguna
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/dr-jos-protasio-rizal-mercado-y-alonso-2000.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Rizal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acPRbJ6uXO8&feature=related

1909: Birth of Osamu Dazai, Japanese author, who died on June 13, 1948
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osamu_Dazai

1925: Pushed by Chinese communist party, Hong Kong anti-imperialist general strikes begin. They will end on October 10, 1926
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canton%E2%80%93Hong_Kong_strike
http://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/unions-and-students-hong-kong-and-canton-strike-boycott-against-british-imperial-rule-1925-1
http://www.google.fr/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&ved=0CEQQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcore.ac.uk%2Fdownload%2Fpdf%2F1145945.pdf&ei=G_KCVZDeAoWqU6vCgXg&usg=AFQjCNHs5783n8ho4Ce1ZiFBisVIStwCQg&sig2=ma3wuSo6x72iycVwdFn4bA

1925-06-19 General strike begins

1909: Birth of Midori Naka Japanese actress, who died from radiation poisoning in Hiroshima on August 24, 1945
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midori_Naka

1944: Beginning of the two-day Battle of the Philippine Sea on the Japanese
http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/battle_of_the_philippine_sea.htm
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/worldwari1/p/philippinesea.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5l6HEkKdjY

1945: Birth of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese politician and Nobel laureate
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/aung-san-suu-kyi-11.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aung_San_Suu_Kyi
 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5t0hyDblO9M

1947: Birth of Salman Rushdie, Indian author of the controversial “Satanic Verses”
http://www.gradesaver.com/author/salman-rushdie/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salman_Rushdie

1949: Death of Syed Zafarul Hasan, prominent Muslim Indian-Pakistani philosopher, born in February 1885
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syed_Zafarul_Hasan

1949: Signature of a convention between France and Laos which becomes a state associated to French Union française

1965: Air General Nguyen Cao Ky is appointed Vietnamese prime minister
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Cao_Ky

1966 : The Shiv Sena, a Hindu nationalist political organisation, is founded by Balasaheb Thackeray
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-19-1966-the-shiv-sena-is-established
http://www.whatisindia.com/issues/shivsena/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiv_Sena

1970: Birth of Rahul Gandhi, Indian politician
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-17271658
http://www.elections.in/political-leaders/rahul-gandhi.html

1972: Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah, former Chief Minister of Kashmir and known as the Lion of Kashmir returns after 16 months in exile for advocating a plebiscite on the future of Kashmir
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Abdullah

1973: Birth of Yuko Nakazawa, Japanese singer
 http://helloproject.wikia.com/wiki/Nakazawa_Yuko


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1ko8e_yuko-nakazawa-urara_music?fbc=92

1978: Soviet Union says that the Amity and Peace Treaty project between China and Japan is a threat for the in Far East

1979: Birth of U Gambira, Burmese monk and activist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_Gambira

1981: Apple, India’s first three-axis stabilized experimental Geostationary communication satellite, is launched by the Indian Space Research Organization

Apple satellite

1982: Birth of Joe Cheng, Taiwanese actor
http://yeinjee.com/asianpop/joe-cheng-profile-and-biography/
http://images.google.fr/images?q=Joe+Cheng&hl=fr&lr=lang_en&safe=off&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=images&ct=title

1985: Birth of Kajal Aggarwal, Indian actress
http://entertainment.oneindia.in/celebs/kajal-aggarwal/biography.html
http://www.koimoi.com/actress/kajal-aggarwal/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_ZG1OfPHt8

1998: In Malaysia, at the opening of the annual meeting of UMNO, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, leader of the Young Wing condemns nepotism, corruption and chumminess

2000: Death of Noboru Takeshita, 74th Japanese prime minister (1987-1989), born on February 26, 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noboru_Takeshita

2003: Speaking for the last time in front his party congress before his retirement, Malaysian PM Mahathir violently speaks against American and British accused of willing dominate the world

2007: Vietnam president Nguyen Minh Triet starts a six-day visit to USA, first visit of a Vietnamese head of state to USA since the Communist victory in 1975
http://ttruongblog.blogspot.fr/2007/06/intl-media-talks-about-vietnamese.html

2007-06-19 Nguyen Bush

2008: Death of Barun Sengupta, Bengali journalist, born on January23, 1934
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080620/jsp/bengal/story_9437783.jsp

2009: Mass riots involving over 10,000 people and 10,000 police officers break out in Shishou, China, over the dubious circumstances surrounding the death of a local chef.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishou

2009: The Pakistani Armed Forces open Operation Rah-e-Nijat against the Taliban and other Islamist rebels in the South Waziristan area of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Rah-e-Nijat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7omoneV1gu0

2012: Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani from holding office, two months after convicting him of contempt of court.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18506728
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/2012619104352956999.html

2012: Speaking at the University of Westminster, the Dalai Lama calls for « realistic » expectations on Tibet’s future, reasserting his belief that « complete independence is out of the question »
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/tibet/9342293/Dalai-Lama-maintains-middle-way-for-Tibet.html

2013: Igor Morgulov, the Russian deputy foreign minister, says Moscow will stay out of the territorial disputes involving China, the Philippines and Vietnam over islands in the South China Sea

 

North and South Korea relations

19 JUNE 2019

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

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

12 JUNE 2019

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

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

27 APRIL 2019

As South Korea marks peace summit, North stays aloof

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

16 APRIL 2019

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

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

3 APRIL 2019

South Korean ship detained for violating UN sanctions: Seoul

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

25 MARCH 2019

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

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

22 MARCH 2019

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Inter-Korean joint celebration for independence uprising cancelled

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

5 FEBRUARY 2019

UN to Accuse Seoul of Violating N.Korea Sanctions

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

17 JANUARY 2019

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

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

10 DECEMBER 2018

South Korean prosecutors indict four for importing North Korean coal

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

30 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas launch joint study on inter-Korean railways

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

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Two Koreas link up new cross-border road in DMZ

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

16 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

15 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea agree to reconnect transport links

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

10 OCTOBER 2018

South Korea considers lifting sanctions against North Korea

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

8 OCTOBER 2018

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

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

1 OCTOBER 2018

North and South Korea begin removing landmines along fortified DMZ

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

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Russian ship detained in South Korean port due to US sanctions

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Moon and Kim jointly announce Pyongyang Declaration

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

Defense chiefs of two Koreas sign comprehensive military agreement

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2018

Korean leaders wrap up 1st day of talks

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

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

North Korea and South Korea open joint liaison office

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

31 AUGUST 2018

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

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

24 AUGUST 2018

South Korea sends sanctioned material to North Korea, politician says

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

20 AUGUST 2018

Korean families divided by war reunite in North Korea

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

13 AUGUST 2018

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

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

10 AUGUST 2018

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

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

31 JULY 2018

Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation

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

16 JULY 2018

South Korea explores business opportunities in the North

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

4 JULY 2018

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

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

25 JUNE 2018

Koreas discuss removing North’s artillery from tense border

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

22 JUNE 2018

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

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

18 JUNE 2018

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

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

Two Koreas held inter-Korean sports exchanges at border

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

14 JUNE 2018

South, North military meet in Panmunjom

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

26 MAY 2018

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

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

17 MAY 2018

North Korea refuses to hold talks with South until ties improve

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

27 APRIL 2018

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

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

19 APRIL 2018

Talks underway to officially end Korean War

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

31 MARCH 2018

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

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

 8 MARCH 2018

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

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

7 MARCH 2018

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

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

6 MARCH 2018

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

5 MARCH 2018

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

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

23 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

22 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

14 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

7 FEBRUARY 2018

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

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

5 FEBRUARY 2018

North Korea sends Winter Olympics propaganda posters featuring mascots to Seoul

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

29 JANUARY 2018

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

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

23 JANUARY 2018

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

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

20 JANUARY 2018

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

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

17 JANUARY 2018

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

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

9 JANUARY 2018

Koreas agree military talks to defuse border tension

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

5 JANUARY 2018

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

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

3 JANUARY 2018

North Korea restores hotline with South Korea

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

2 JANUARY 2018

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

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

1 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

21 DECEMBER 2017

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

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

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

14 AUGUST 2017

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

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

21 JULY 2017

No military talks after DPRK snubs ROK’s call

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

17 JULY 2017

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

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

26 JUNE 2017

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

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

13 JUNE 2017

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

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

23 MAY 2017

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

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

10 MAY 2017

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

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

7 APRIL 2017

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

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

11 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

6 DECEMBER 2016

North may have hacked South’s cyber command

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

1 OCTOBER 2016

South Korean president Park Geun Hye urges North Koreans to defect

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

25 SEPTEMBER 2016

South Korea has plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

27 APRIL 2016

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

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

24 APRIL 2016

Carrots or sticks to take on North Korea?

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

12 MARCH 2013

DPRK threatens preemptive retaliatory strikes

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

8 MARCH 2016

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2016

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

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

11 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

10 FEBRUARY 2016

South Korea halts joint venture after North’s tests

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

8 FEBRUARY 2016

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

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

7 JANUARY 2016

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

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

6 JANUARY 2016

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

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

11 DECEMBER 2015

North and South Korea hold talks to boost ties

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

26 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

23 NOVEMBER 2015

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

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

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Koreas agree to hold talks next week

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

25 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

20 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2015

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

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

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

24 AUGUST 2015

North, South Korea reach six-clause agreement after talks

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

22 AUGUST 2015

North and South Korea hold talks amid tension

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

20 AUGUST 2015

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

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

15  AUGUST 2015

Stop loudspeaker broadcasts or face retaliation, N Korea tells Seoul

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

11 AUGUST 2015

South vows retaliation against NK mine attack

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

8 AUGUST 2015

Kim Dae-jung’s widow returns from North Korea

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

5 AUGUST 2015

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

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

17 JULY 2015

 Seoul invites N.K. to September security forum

South Korea’s Defense Ministry invited North Korea’s vice minister-level officials Friday to attend its annual high-level security forum, slated for September, setting the stage for cross-border defense dialogue
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150717000826

North envoys storm out of Kaesong talks

Multiple rounds of negotiations between the two Koreas on wages and other issues involving the Kaesong Industrial Complex collapsed early Friday morning after North Korea’s envoys stormed off. http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3006774

23 JUNE 2015

North Korea sentences two South Korean men to life

North Korea Tuesday sentenced two South Korean men to hard labour for life on espionage and other charges, state media reported, rejecting repeated calls by Seoul to release them
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20150623_47.html http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/23/world/north-korea-men-sentenced-spying/index.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/601300/n-korea-sentences-two-s-koreans-to-life-terms

24 MAY 2015

Women peace activists cross North-South Korea border

A group of women activists have made a rare crossing of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing North and South Korea in a move aimed at promoting peace and reconciliation on the divided peninsula http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/women-peace-activists-cross-north-south-korea-border-150524044729768.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/23/asia/north-korea-women-activists-dmz-crossing/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11627584/Womens-peace-march-criticised-as-they-cross-Korean-Demilitarised-Zone.html

27 MARCH 2015

Seoul urges Pyongyang to release 2 South Korean detainees

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2015/03/28/432227/Seoul-urges.htm

26 MARCH 2015

North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean spies

North Korea said late on Thursday it had arrested two South Koreans based in the Chinese border city of Dandong, accusing them of spying for South Korea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-says-it-has-a/1744862.html

11 MARCH 2015

Factory owners jittery over salary dispute between North, South Korea

A salary dispute between North and South Korea has sent jitters through factory owners operating at an industrial complex that is supposed to be a symbol of cooperation for the divided Korean peninsula
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/11/asia/koreas-salary-dispute/index.html

1 JANUARY 2015

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offers to hold talks at the highest level with South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a proposal in a New Year address Thursday for a summit with President Park Geun-hye as the two Koreas celebrate the 70th anniversary of liberation from Japanese colonial rule
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2999190
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150101000273
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/01/116_170918.html

29 DECEMBER 2014

Seoul offers high-level talks with N. Korea

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss the issues of separated families, humanitarian aid, economic cooperation and joint projects that could help lay the groundwork for unification
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141229000878
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2014/12/30/425230/South-Korea.htm

22 OCTOBER 2014

South Korea scraps ‘Christmas tree’ tower hated by North

South Korea had dismantled a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea which had previously been used for a seasonal lights show that drew angry protests from the atheist regime in Pyongyang.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29718662
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/438954/south-korea-scraps-christmas-tree-tower-hated-by-north

19 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange fire over border’

North Korean troops approached the demarcation line separating the two sides, prompting South Korean soldiers to fire warning shots, officials said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29681682

15 OCTOBER 2014

Korean generals hold military talks

Generals from North and South Korea have held military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/korean-generals-hold-miltary-talks-201410158130822344.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141015001198
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/north-south-korea-military-talks

11 OCTOBER 2014

North Korean state media warn talks with the South in danger

North Korea’s state media said on Saturday that expected talks with the South to try to improve ties between the rivals were in danger of being cancelled because authorities in Seoul allowed a group to send leaflets hostile to Pyongyang
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korean-state-media-warn-talks-south-danger
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/11155721/North-Korea-says-talks-with-South-all-but-scrapped.html

10 OCTOBER 2014

North and South Korea ‘exchange land border fire’

The incident came as South Korean activists launched balloons containing leaflets condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29568533
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/436944/north-south-korea-trade-heavy-machine-gun-fire-on-border

5 OCTOBER 2014

More S.Koreans Than Ever Support Reunification

In the survey of 1,200 people by Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, some 55.9 percent said reunification is in South Korea’s interest, the most since the poll started in 2007 http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/10/02/2014100201109.html

4 OCTOBER 2014

North, South Korea agree to talks during surprise visit

North and South Korea have agreed to resume formal high-level talks after top Pyongyang officials made a surprise visit to the South for the closing ceremony of the Asian Games on Saturday, raising hopes for improved ties between the arch rivals.
http://www.france24.com/en/20141004-north-south-korea-agree-talks-during-surprise-visit/
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/10/04/world/asia/north-korea-officials-surprise-visit/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/n-korea-agrees-restart-talks-with-south-201410412297562597.html

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Park presents vision of unified Koreas at U.N.

At the U.N., Park presented her vision of Korean unification to leaders from more than 140 countries gathered for the annual meeting, including North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong, and called for their support to convince Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons. She also pressed Japan by addressing the thorny issue of sex slavery during World War II
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140925000886
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-slams-political-prostitute-park-speech-un

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/433130/s-korea-shoots-warning-at-north

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

 South Korean fisherman finds possible North drone

A South Korean fisherman has found a suspected North Korean drone near a frontline island south of the rivals’ disputed sea border, military officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/09/s-korean-fisherman-finds-possible-north-drone-2014915103930946663.html

29 AUGUST 2014

How to solve the divided families between South and North Korea?

According to official statistics produced by the Ministry of Unification, as of 30th June 2014 there were 129,553 South Koreans registered as ‘members of divided families’. This is an official status and it means that the registered person is eligible to apply for a family reunion with their relatives in the North
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/89509

22 AUGUST 2014

South Korea’s Limited Options for Engaging Pyongyang

Between UN sanctions and Pyongyang’s survival instincts, Seoul has fewer carrots to offer Pyongyang.
http://thediplomat.com/2014/08/south-koreas-limited-options-for-engaging-pyongyang/

18 JULY 2014

North and South Korea: can Seoul’s plans for reunification work?

Despite the monumental challenges involved in piecing the Korean peninsula back together, South Korea’s president continues to push it as a key policy goal
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/south-north-korea-unification-seoul

18 JULY 2014

North Korea threatens to pull out of Asian Games in the South

North Korea threatened on Friday to pull out of the Asian Games due to take place in rival South Korea later this year, accusing the South of plotting to block its athletes from taking part
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/north-korea-threatens-pull-out-asian-games-south
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140718000732

29 JUNE 2014

Pyongyang proposes « peace » to Seoul because it fears Beijing

A few days before Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in South Korea, North Korea reaches out to the South, calls for an end to mutual slandering. For analysts and experts, it is a move to appease China, North Korea’s last ally
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-proposes-peace-to-Seoul-because-it-fears-Beijing-31494.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/418114/n-korea-proposes-suspension-of-military-hostilities

22 MAY 2014

Koreas exchange fire in disputed waters

North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27520455
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/05/koreas-exchange-fire-disputed-sea-2014522125441738363.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/22/north-korea-fires-artillery-near-south-warship

20 MAY 2014

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korean incursion

A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after three North Korean patrol boats crossed over the disputed maritime border in the Yellow Sea, military officials said

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10843828/South-Korea-fires-warning-shots-after-North-Korean-incursion.html

12 MAY 2014

South Korea says North Korea ‘must disappear soon’

South Korea is continuing an escalating rhetorical battle on the Korean Peninsula, with an official saying rival North Korea “must disappear soon.”

http://asiancorrespondent.com/122601/south-korea-says-north-korea-must-disappear-soon/

27 APRIL 2014

North Korea labels South’s president as ‘crafty prostitute’ after Obama visit

North Korea has launched a vitriolic attack on the South Korean president, comparing her to « crafty prostitute » in thrall to her « pimp » Barack Obama.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/27/north-korea-attacks-south-president-park-geun-hye-obama

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/skoreas-park-prostitute-being-pimped-obama-pyongyang

14 APRIL 2014

N. Korea denies link to drones recovered by South

North Korea on Monday flatly denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in the South, and accused Seoul of « fabricating » a link in order to smear Pyongyang
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/n-korea-denies-link-drones-recovered-south

 

Taiwan foreign affairs, relations with PRC, security

19 JUNE 2019

Taiwan increases penalties for spying for China

An amendment to the National Security Act cleared the legislative floor Wednesday, with heavier punishments for practices that jeopardize national security or social order, including developing organizations and collecting confidential information for China
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906190016.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/06/20/2003717240

6 JUNE 2019

Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

Taiwan’s proposed purchase of billions of dollars worth of US arms has met with a speedy response from China. Beijing has said more American weapons in Taiwan could damage US-China ties and security the Taiwan Strait
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201906060006.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3718443
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/china-concern-taiwan-confirms-arms-purchase-request-190606065452370.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190606_45/

27 MAY 2019

Rare meeting between Taiwanese, US security officials angers Beijing

China responded angrily on Monday as Taiwan confirmed the first meeting in more than four decades between senior US and Taiwanese security officials
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3011978/rare-meeting-between-taiwanese-us-security-officials-angers
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3710564
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-bridles-at-rare-meeting-between-taiwan-and-us-security-officials-27018

15 MAY 2019

Is the Taiwan Strait in International Waters?

In April 2019, Tsai Ing-wen said the Taiwan Strait is in international water. Is that 100 percent so? Not really. Let me spell out some of the major reasons and give one concrete example related to international regimes (IR), so as to challenge and falsify what Tsai had said and done, as neither 100 percent precise nor accurate
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/972.html

10 MAY 2019

China has stepped up efforts to infiltrate Taiwan – president

Tsai, speaking to reporters on Friday after a national security meeting, said China’s operations to influence opinion included attempts to interfere with elections and conduct fake news campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/china-stepped-efforts-infiltrate-taiwan-president-190510040347277.html

6 MAY 2019

Recognise Taiwan’s title and then we’ll talk, Foxconn billionaire Terry Gou tells Beijing

Foxconn’s billionaire chairman and aspiring Taiwanese presidential candidate Terry Gou has called on Beijing to recognise the “Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official title
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3009087/recognise-taiwans-title-and-then-well-talk-billionaire-terry
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3695588

30 APRIL 2019

U.S. Senate approves resolution reaffirming commitment to Taiwan

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution reaffirming the United States commitment to Taiwan and to the implementation of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA)
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201905010013.aspx

26 APRIL 2019

Trump’s “Taiwan Card”: How Real?

For more than two years the liberal Western media, especially in the United States, have talked and written extensively about America’s relations with Taiwan under Donald J. Trump. During this period their narratives embraced two different themes: first, the relationship was managed badly and second, Taiwan is a “card” Trump is playing against China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/952.html

16 APRIL 2019

US approves F-16 support for Taiwan in face of pressure from Beijing

A Pentagon statement said the State Department had approved the sale of a programme of pilot training, maintenance and logistics support for the F-16 aircraft now at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3006312/us-approves-f-16-support-taiwan-face-pressure-beijing
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/04/17/2003713525
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904160015.aspx

15 APRIL 2019

US Denounces “Coercion” as China Conducts Drills Near Taiwan

Chinese bombers and warships conducted drills around Taiwan on April 15, the latest military maneuvers near the self-ruled island that a senior U.S. official denounced as “coercion” and a threat to stability in the region
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-denounces-coercion-as-china-conducts-drills-near-taiwan_2880307.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201904150011.aspx

8 APRIL 2019

Taiwan to Buy 108 M1A2 Abrams Tanks From US Despite China’s Objection – Reports

According to the local media, the Taiwanese Armed Forces have more than 1,000 tanks, mostly of M60A3 and CM-11 models. Once Washington approves the deal, 108 M1A2 Abrams tanks will enter service within the Sixth Army Corps, which secures the safety of northern Taiwan, where most of the central government establishments are situated
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201904081073925358-taiwan-abrams-tanks/

1 APRIL 2019

Sale of ‘obsolete’ F-16s to Taiwan irks Beijing

Beijing has responded angrily to the talk of sales by the US of more than 60 Lockheed Martin F-16V jets to Taiwan, even though the fourth generation warplanes, whose original model entered service 40 years ago, will hardly trouble China’s more advanced J-20 fighters
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/sale-of-obsolete-f-16s-to-taiwan-irks-beijing/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/

30 MARCH 2019

China destroys 30,000 maps because they don’t list Taiwan and state in north India as its territory

China has destroyed almost 30,000 maps that do not label Taiwan and a disputed region in north India as its territory
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-maps-destroyed-taiwan-arunachal-pradesh-india-territory-disputed-south-tibet-a8840836.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3003121/about-29000-problematic-world-maps-showing-taiwan-country

27 MARCH 2019

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen warns of ‘Hong Kong example’ on Hawaii stopover as she vows to boost military

Despite Chinese protest, the US state was on the itinerary for Tsai’s tour of the Pacific. Experts say the tour is part of a « defensive » strategy from Taipei as it faces increased pressure from Beijing
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3003577/hawaii-stopover-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-warns-hong-kong
https://www.dw.com/en/why-did-taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-ask-for-us-arms-during-hawaii-visit/a-48103286
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/taiwans-tsai-rejects-talk-of-chinese-takeover/

21 MARCH 2019

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen heads to the South Pacific in a bid to fend off China

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off on Thursday (March 21) for a trip to the South Pacific to shore up ties with three island nations that still recognise Taiwan as a country, in an effort to offset China’s expanding influence in the region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwans-tsai-ing-wen-heads-to-the-south-pacific-in-a-bid-to-fend-off-china
https://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-leader-visits-pacific-allies-to-stop-in-hawaii-/4840772.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903210025.aspx

20 MARCH 2019

The Pushback Plan: How Taiwan Can Win Diplomatically Against China

Beijing’s tightening diplomatic squeeze of Taiwan is part of a larger strategy, including the exploitation of economic, military, and politically subversive pressure points, to bring the island’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, to heel
https://nationalinterest.org/feature/pushback-plan-how-taiwan-can-win-diplomatically-against-china-48322

15 MARCH 2019

THE US-CHINA RIVALRY: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR TAIWAN

The most important geostrategic event of this century is the rivalry between the United States and China. International competition between these two countries is heating up. As the African proverb goes, “when two elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled.” How should Taiwan avoid being trampled?
https://taiwaninsight.org/2019/03/13/the-us-china-rivalry-a-survival-guide-for-taiwan/

14 MARCH 2019

El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord

El Salvador’s highest court on Wednesday temporarily suspended the cancellation of a free trade pact with Taiwan, after the Central American nation’s sugar industry sought an injunction, arguing the move would hurt its business interests
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-el-salvador-taiwan/el-salvador-top-court-suspends-scrapping-of-taiwan-trade-accord-idUSKCN1QU340
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/03/15/2003711513

8 MARCH 2019

US asked to sell 66 advanced fighter jets to Taiwan

Taiwan has submitted a formal request for the purchase of 66 F-16V fighter jets from the United States to counter a military buildup by China, with Deputy Minister of National Defense Shen Yi-ming admitting they were needed “to counter current enemy threats”
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/us-asked-to-sell-66-advanced-fighter-jets/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903080025.aspx

27 FEBRUARY 2019

China says Taiwan opposition’s peace proposal must include push for ‘reunification’

Any proposals from self-ruled Taiwan for a peace deal with China must include a push for « reunification », Beijing said on Wednesday (Feb 27), after the island’s main opposition party said it could sign one if it wins a presidential election next year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-taiwan-oppositions-peace-proposal-must-include-push-for-reunification

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Taiwan’s darkest military secrets revealed by Google Maps

Some of Taiwan’s most sensitive military sites – including its facilities for the US-made Patriot missiles – have been accidentally revealed to the public through Google’s latest 3D-rendered maps
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2186351/taiwans-darkest-military-secrets-revealed-google-maps
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/02/16/2003709805
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3638800

Taiwan Military Expert Warns of Potential for Chinese Regime to Damage Island’s Internet System

Taiwanese experts are concerned that China can cut off the island’s internet connection by destroying undersea cables
https://www.theepochtimes.com/taiwan-military-expert-warns-of-potential-for-chinese-regime-to-damage-islands-internet-system_2784994.html

24 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan unveils new drone as China tensions mount

Taiwan’s navy showed off its latest long-range surveillance drone on Thursday (Jan 24) as the island’s outgunned armed forces push to counter China’s increasingly muscular rhetoric and military exercises
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-unveils-new-drone-as-china-tensions-mount
https://en.rti.org.tw/news/view/id/2000502

17 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan holds military drills to halt invasion amid rising China tensions

Taiwan’s military held large-scale drills on its west coast Thursday amid growing tensions between the self-governed island and an increasingly belligerent Beijing
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/17/asia/taiwan-military-drills-china-intl/index.html
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/taiwan-holds-live-fire-exercises-following-china-threats/
https://en.rti.org.tw/news/view/id/2000465

10 JANUARY 2019

Why a China invasion of Taiwan would fail

Xi evidently believes that one of the major tasks of his leadership is to annex Taiwan, which has been separated from the mainland since the 1949 communist victory in China’s civil war
http://www.atimes.com/article/why-a-china-invasion-of-taiwan-would-fail/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=86b79264e4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_10_01_28&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-86b79264e4-31591405

5 JANUARY 2019

Taiwan president calls for international support to defend democracy

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen called on Saturday (Jan 5) for international support to defend the self-ruled island’s democracy and way of life in the face of renewed threats from China
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-china-tsai-ing-wen-international-support-democracy-11088830
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-president-vows-to-defend-democracy-way-of-life-23108
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/taiwan-president-calls-support-defend-democracy-190105075326812.html

2 JANUARY 2019

China’s Xi Jinping clashes with Taiwan’s Tsai over unity call

The presidents of China and Taiwan ramped up the rhetoric Wednesday over the status of the self-ruled island, marking their positions in separate speeches that underscore escalating tensions across the Taiwan Strait
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-Relations/China-s-Xi-Jinping-clashes-with-Taiwan-s-Tsai-over-unity-call
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/xi-change-fact-taiwan-part-china-190102030037389.html
https://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-rejects-chinas-reunification-proposal/a-46931135

13 DECEMBER 2018

Taiwan’s small missile boat program hamstrung by budget cuts

Taiwanese lawmakers have trimmed the budget to form a fleet of 60 missile-equipped, 45-tonne fast-attack vessels, cutting as much as NT$200 million (US$6.48 million) from the initial total of NT$468 million for the program’s feasibility study and sea trials
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwans-small-missile-boat-program-hamstrung-by-budget-cuts/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=662ec7eddb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_13_02_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-662ec7eddb-31591405

12 DECEMBER 2018

Analyst: Taiwan a vital strategic buffer for the US

The consensus among most observers is that Beijing’s aggressive military build-up does not necessarily mean that a war targeting Taiwan is imminent
http://www.atimes.com/article/analyst-taiwan-a-vital-strategic-buffer-for-the-us/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=f1be81fa6b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_12_12_30&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-f1be81fa6b-31591405

8 NOVEMBER 2018

Taiwan Navy Commissions Two US-Made Warships Amid Tensions With China

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has promised that her country would not « concede one step » in self-defence and backed up her claim by adding two former USS frigates to Taiwan’s fleet
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811081069626433-taiwan-us-frigates-tsai/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/11/09/2003703872
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3570959

31 OCTOBER 2018

 US reassures Taiwan on security as China increases threats

 The United States told Taiwan it has its back on Wednesday amid rising threats from China against the self-governing island
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/reassures-taiwan-security-china-increases-threats-181031065328796.html

20 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan Air Force takes delivery of first upgraded F-16 fighter jet

The first upgraded F-16 fighter jet, known as F-16 Viper or F-16V, arrived in Chiayi Air Base Friday afternoon after undergoing extensive aerial tests in the U.S. and Taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810200020.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3556656

17 OCTOBER 2018

Beijing expresses ‘solemn concerns’ after US navy research ship docks in Taiwan

Beijing has expressed “solemn concerns” to Washington over a US navy research ship docking in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung, as tensions rise over the trade war and China’s military expansion in the Indo-Pacific
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2169013/beijing-expresses-solemn-concerns-after-us-navy-research-ship
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201810170008.aspx

9 OCTOBER 2018

Taiwan holds military drill with Paraguay amid China tension

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has hosted her Paraguayan counterpart at a military exercise in a sign of the island’s determination to withstand China’s diplomatic onslaught
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taiwan-holds-military-drill-with-paraguay-amid-china-tension
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=90920

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

US approves $330m military sale to Taiwan, draws Chinese anger

The US State Department has approved the sale of $330m worth of military parts to Taiwan, according to officials, drawing fierce condemnation from China
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/approves-330m-military-sale-taiwan-180925052551512.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/09/26/2003701167

22 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan hoping Holy See-China deal can promote religious freedom

Taiwan on Saturday expressed hope that a provisional agreement between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops signed earlier in the day can lead to greater religious freedom in China
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201809220016.aspx

14 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan appreciates European support against Beijing’s bullying

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry expressed its sincere appreciation for the European Parliament after it approved a resolution on the EU-China relations report, which calls for an end to Chinese military intimidations vis-à-vis Taiwan and backs the island nation’s participation in international bodies
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Taiwan-appreciates-European-support-against-Beijing%26rsquo%3Bs-bullying-44939.html

1 SEPTEMBER 2018

Taiwan to complete first domestic submarine in 2025

The construction of Taiwan’s first-ever domestic submarine should be completed by 2025 following the spending of NT$49.3 billion (US$1.6 billion) beginning next year, reports said Saturday
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3520360

Taiwan to bolster its defence, will build military aircraft

Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) is scheduled to deliver 66 advanced trainer aircraft to the government by 2026, the Ministry of National Defense said Friday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808310009.aspx
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257928631/taiwan-to-bolster-its-defence-will-build-military-aircraft

22 AUGUST 2018

eSwatini stands by Taiwan despite Chinese overtures

eSatini, formerly known as Swaziland, has chosen to maintain relations with Taiwan after a diplomatic tussle between Taiwan and China
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-45271974
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808220041.aspx
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/africa/article/2160908/what-you-need-know-about-eswatini-taiwanese-ally-coming-under

21 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan loses third diplomatic ally this year after El Salvador breaks ties

China on Tuesday (Aug 21) established ties with El Salvador in another blow to Taiwan as the Central American country also severed relations with the self-ruled island, reducing its diplomatic allies to just 17
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-set-to-lose-its-third-diplomatic-ally-this-year-source
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/08/22/2003698956
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808210031.aspx

20 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s president visits Nasa space centre, in a move likely to anger Beijing

Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president visited Nasa’s space centre in Houston on Sunday, in a move that indicates deepening ties between Taipei and Washington, but which is expected to infuriate Beijing
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/20/taiwans-president-visits-nasa-space-centre-move-likely-anger/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180820_22/
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2160547/united-states-plays-taiwan-card-tsai-ing-wens-trip

18 AUGUST 2018

AS BEIJING SQUEEZES TAIWAN, TRUMP’S US GIVES TSAI A WARM EMBRACE

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s tour of the Americas, with stopovers in Los Angeles and Houston, is evidence that however diplomatically isolated Taipei may appear to be, it “does not stand alone”
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2160245/beijing-squeezes-taiwan-trumps-us-gives-tsai-warm-embrace

11 AUGUST 2018

Can Taiwan counter China’s mounting pressure?

As China increases its pressure on Taiwan, Taipei is taking countermeasures to promote itself as a regional haven for democracy and civil rights. But is it sufficient to deal with Beijing? William Yang reports
https://www.dw.com/en/can-taiwan-counter-chinas-mounting-pressure/a-45036932

6 AUGUST 2018

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen seeks US$11 billion defence budget as China threat grows

Her proposal to increase the 2019 defence budget by 5.6 per cent to NT$346 billion (US$11.3 billion) will go before parliament after the summer recess
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158526/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-wants-us11-billion
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/08/07/2003698098
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201808060012.aspx

Taiwanese cruise missile capable of striking China’s coast now operational

Taiwan’s Wan Chien (萬劍, Ten Thousand Swords) air-to-ground cruise missile, which is capable of hitting southern China’s coastal bases, is now officially operational, Liberty Times cited a defense official as saying
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3500271

1 AUGUST 2018

Beijing calls on Hanoi to remove Taiwanese flags from Vietnam

After convincing dozens of airlines to cancel Taiwan as a destination, Beijing is lobbying Vietnam to stop Taiwanese companies from flying their flag at their business locations in Vietnam
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Beijing-calls-on-Hanoi-to-remove-Taiwanese-flags-from-Vietnam-44568.html
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2018/08/01/Beijing-angry-over-Taiwanese-flag-flown-by-firm-in-Vietnam

13 JULY 2018

Xi Jinping meets with Taiwan delegation led by Lien Chan

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Friday met a delegation of people from various sectors in Taiwan, led by former chairman of the Kuomintang (KMT) party Lien Chan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/157/206/53/1531493222302.html
https://chinapost.nownews.com/20180713-376844
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/14/2003696647
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201807130019.aspx

10 JULY 2018

Taiwan donates another US$1m to counter terrorism

The government yesterday donated US$1 million to minesweeping operations in Syria under the US’ Operation Inherent Resolve, bringing its total contributions to counter the rising threat from Islamic State operations to US$25 million in cash and goods
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/11/2003696467
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-lauds-taiwan-for-aiding-areas-once-under-islamic-state-control/4476502.html

7 JULY 2018

US sends two warships through Taiwan Strait amid heightened tensions with Beijing

The destroyers, USS Mustin and USS Benfold, sailed into the narrow waterway separating Taiwan and mainland China on Saturday morning and were expected to continue on a northeast course, Taiwan’s defence ministry said in a statement
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2154260/us-sends-two-warships-through-taiwan-strait-amid
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/07/08/2003696303

25 JUNE 2018

Taiwan hit by jump in cyber attacks from China  

Taiwan has been hit by a jump in serious cyber attacks from China during the past two years in the latest sign that Beijing is only increasing its pressure as the United States reaffirms its support for the self-ruled island
https://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwan-hit-jump-cyber-attacks-china

18 JUNE 2018

Taiwan’s critical battle to keep its diplomatic allies from switching sides

Island’s remaining friends under constant pressure as Beijing engages in broad offensive to put the squeeze on its international space
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2151012/taiwans-critical-battle-keep-its-diplomatic-allies
 
5 JUNE 2018

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

China has issued a tacit warning to the United States not to sail a warship through the Taiwan Strait, following a report that said Washington is weighing doing that
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/05/563992/China-US-Taiwan-Strait-warship

1 JUNE 2018

US senator meets Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in show of support for island

David Perdue and Tsai exchanged views on regional peace, cross-strait issues and bilateral trade in second visit by a US heavyweight this week
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148916/us-senator-meets-taiwanese-president-tsai-ing-wen-show
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/06/02/2003694162

31 MAY 2018

Taiwan sends top military officials to US Pacific Command ceremony in Hawaii

Taiwan sent senior military officials to Hawaii for a ceremony marking Admiral Harry Harris handing over the reins of the US Pacific Command to Admiral Phil Davidson
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2148713/taiwan-sends-top-military-officials-us-pacific-command

Taiwan event creates headaches for Trump amid North Korea talks

As Trump administration officials scramble to pull off a high-stakes meeting with North Korea next month, they’re grappling with another diplomatic challenge in Asia: the opening of a new office building in Taiwan
https://www.politico.com/story/2018/05/31/trump-taiwan-north-korea-615253

24 MAY 2018

Burkina Faso breaks ties with Taiwan in fresh blow to island

Burkina Faso has broken diplomatic ties with Taiwan in the latest blow to the self-ruled island that Beijing has been trying to isolate on the global stage, Taiwanese media reported on Thursday
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/257341476/burkina-faso-breaks-ties-with-taiwan-in-fresh-blow-to-island
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2147644/burkina-faso-cuts-diplomatic-ties-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/05/25/2003693688

22 MAY 2018

Beijing’s Threats Against Taiwan Are Deadly Serious

China’s leaders are giving up on political hopes of reunification – and considering military options
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/05/22/beijings-threats-against-taiwan-are-deadly-serious/

1 MAY 2018

Dominican Republic breaks with Taiwan, forges diplomatic ties with Beijing

The Dominican Republic’s government has announced it is establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing and breaking ties with Taipei
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144115/dominican-republic-breaks-taipei-forges-ties-beijing
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3418973
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/dominican-republic-establishes-diplomatic-ties-with-china-breaks-with-taiwan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/18/167/16/1525159218605.html

27 APRIL 2018

Taiwan President says willing to meet with Chinese leader if no political preconditions imposed

As South and North Korean leaders held a historic meeting Friday, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said she would be willing to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping for the sake of cross-strait peace and stability
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3416420
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201804270020.aspx

25 APRIL 2018

China warns Taiwan of more action after drills

China says a series of recent military drills conducted near Taiwan was aimed at sending an “extremely clear” message to the self-ruled island that Beijing would be ready to take action against any separatist bid
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/25/559634/China-Taiwan-military-drills
https://www.todayonline.com/world/china-warns-more-action-after-military-drills-near-taiwan

18 APRIL 2018

China’s Live-Fire Drill in the Taiwan Strait: A Case Study in Psychological Warfare

Despite claims by Chinese hawks that the live-fire military exercise is aimed at Taiwan and that the aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ could be involved, there is every indication that the drills are little more than a routine artillery exercise
https://sentinel.tw/china-drill-psych-warfare/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2142336/chinas-live-fire-taiwan-strait-drill-turns-out-be-damp

8 APRIL 2018

Africa Misses Out on Taiwan’s Development Aid Due to ‘One China’ Policy

 Taiwan says it regrets that the « one China » policy insisted on by Beijing prevents it from providing much needed development aid to most countries in Africa
https://www.voanews.com/a/africa-misses-out-on-taiwan-development-aid-one-china-policy/4337530.html

5 APRIL 2018

Taiwan is again becoming a flashpoint between China and America

Unlike tensions over trade and North Korea, it involves red lines on both sides
https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21740049-unlike-tensions-over-trade-and-north-korea-it-involves-red-lines-both-sides-taiwan-again

 25 MARCH 2018

As Vatican and China talk, Taiwan looks on nervously

As the Vatican and China move closer to a historic deal on the appointment of bishops, which would signal a warming of once-frigid relations, diplomats and scholars say Taiwan could lose the most from the deal..
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/262386-as-vatican-and-china-talk-taiwan-looks-on-nervously

21 MARCH 2018

Tensions mount as China sends warship through Taiwan Strait

China has sent its sole operational aircraft carrier the Liaoning through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates China from the self-ruled island, just one day after President Xi Jinping warned that Taiwan would face the “punishment of history” for any attempt at separatism
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/03/22/2003689778/1
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/tensions-mount-as-china-send-warship-through-taiwan-straits/#3mdCb7AAgdtu5lVW.99

20 MARCH 2018

Taiwan to face ‘punishment of history’ over any separatist move: Xi

In his strongest warning yet to Taiwan, China’s President Xi Jinping says the self-ruled island will face the “punishment of history” for any attempt to split the mainland
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/20/556036/China-Taiwan-Xi-Jinping-Tsai-Ingwen-Trump-United-States
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/20/asia/taiwan-china-xi-jinping-intl/index.html

17 MARCH 2018

U.S. president signs Taiwan Travel Act despite warnings from China

After President Trump’s approval of the Taiwan Travel Act on March 16, the Office of the President released an official statement expressing gratitude for all of the support shown by US Congress and President Trump to the people of Taiwan
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-signs-taiwan-travel-act-drawing-chinas-ire/a-43018787
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-says-it-is-resolutely-opposed-to-new-us-law-on-ties-with-taiwan-15994
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3384344

8 MARCH 2018

China urges Taiwan’s few allies to follow ‘irresistible trend’ of recognizing Beijing  

China said on Thursday it was in the best interests of self-ruled Taiwan’s few remaining diplomatic allies to recognize an « irresistible trend » and ditch Taipei in favor « one China » ruled by Beijing
http://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwans-allies-ditching-taipei-irresistible-trend-china-says

2 MARCH 2018

Taiwan receives direct threats of war from China over US passage of Travel Act

The Chinese Government has warned Taiwan it will get burnt if it seeks to rely on foreigners, adding to warnings from state media that China could go to war if the United States passes into law a bill promoting closer ties with the self-ruled island
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-02/china-threatens-regional-war-over-us-taiwan-bill/9503126?section=world
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/02/554067/China-Taiwan-bill-war-with-US-descent-into-hell
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3375136

1 MARCH 2018

Beijing makes it easier for Taiwanese to work and study in China, and Taipei is freaking out over it

Some Taiwanese have long feared that China would try to take back the island by force. This week China tried a far gentler approach: measures to make it easier for Taiwanese to invest, work and study on the mainland
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-taiwan-china-tension-20180301-story.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2135291/taiwanese-given-equal-status-chinas-mainland-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201803010021.aspx

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Taiwan seeks ‘new phase’ of China ties in Cabinet reshuffle

Taiwan replaced its China affairs chief Friday (Feb 23), promoting a minister associated with pro-independence politics in what it said was a bid to forge a « new phase » in relations with rival Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-seeks-new-phase-of-china-ties-in-cabinet-reshuffle
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201802230032.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2018/02/24/2003688130/1

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Trump, Congress Could Alter ‘One China’

President Donald Trump’s administration and the US Congress have released major documents and passed key pieces of legislation over the course of time that signal the potential for a shift in the US’ “One China Policy” which has framed US-China-Taiwan relations for decades
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/651.html

7 FEBRUARY 2018

Don’t squeeze Taiwan

By any metric, Taiwan is in a difficult geopolitical position. Pressure from mainland China—economic and military—is increasing, the domestic barriers to sustained growth and innovation are substantial, and Taiwan’s diplomatic partners are fading
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2018/02/07/dont-squeeze-taiwan/

23 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan president says does not exclude possibility of China attack

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said that she does not exclude the possibility of China attacking the self-ruled island, amid heightened tensions between the two sides including an increasing number of Chinese military drills near Taiwan
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-president-says-does-not-exclude-possibility-of-china-attack-9887256
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3347886
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2130196/taiwans-president-says-she-does-not-rule-out-chance

19 JANUARY 2018

Taiwan stymies 176 new China flights for lunar new year amid route row

Taiwan’s aviation regulator has stalled applications for new flights from China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Airlines amid a row between Beijing and the self-ruled island over air routes, a regulatory official said on Friday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-flights/taiwan-stymies-new-china-flights-amid-route-row-official-says-idUSKBN1F80Q4
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3344767
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801180023.aspx

17 JANUARY 2018

China’s aircraft carrier sails by Taiwan as tensions grow

China’s sole operational aircraft carrier passed through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday (Jan 17), the island’s Defence Ministry said, as Beijing steps up pressure on its democratic rival
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-aircraft-carrier-sails-by-taiwan-as-tensions-grow
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801170022.aspx

4 JANUARY 2018

Taipei protests after Beijing opens new aviation corridors over Taiwan Strait

Beijing opened four new aviation corridors over the Taiwan Strait for use on Thursday, prompting Taiwan to strongly protest and demand immediate negotiations with Beijing
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2126902/taipei-protests-after-beijing-opens-new-aviation
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201801040018.aspx

29 DECEMBER 2017

Taiwan defense budget will rise each year: President Tsai

The defense budget will rise each year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said at her year-end news conference Friday
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712290017.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712290028.aspx
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3330706

26 DECEMBER 2017

Incursions of Chinese aircraft and navy ships reached nearly 30 times since last August

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense published a report on Tuesday which shows that Chinese aircraft and navy ships have moved close to Taiwan during drills for nearly 30 times since August 2016
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3328413
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/26/546849/Taiwan-China-military-drills-Feng-Shihkuan
http://www.todayonline.com/world/taiwan-warns-chinese-military-drills-pose-enormous-threat

20 DECEMBER 2017

China outcry as Taiwan arrests pro-Beijing party members accused of spying

China has accused Taiwanese authorities of “persecution” after four members of a pro-Beijing political party were detained in connection with a spying case
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/20/china-outcry-taiwan-arrests-pro-beijing-party-members-accused/
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/12/20/beijing-condemns-taiwan-probe-pro-unification-partys-suspected-ties-china/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3323671
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201712200017.aspx

11 DECEMBER 2017

China, Taiwan spar over Chinese diplomat’s invasion threat

A threat by a senior Chinese diplomat to invade Taiwan the instant any U.S. warship visits the self-ruled island has sparked a war of words, with Taipei accusing Beijing of failing to understand what democracy means
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-taiwan-spar-over-chinese-diplomats-invasion-threat-2064955.html
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3316709
https://sentinel.tw/prc-envoy-threatens-war-tw-port-calls/

8 DECEMBER 2017

China unhappy as Philippines signs investment deal with Taiwan

China said on Friday it was seriously concerned about the Philippines signing a bilateral investment agreement with self-ruled Taiwan, claimed by China as its own with no right to any official foreign ties
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2123556/china-unhappy-philippines-signs-investment-deal-taiwan
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/193/107/214/1512743441979.html

28 NOVEMBER 2017

China sentences Taiwan activist to 5 years in prison for ‘subversion of state power’

A Taiwanese activist was sentenced in China to five years in prison Tuesday for holding lectures online and assisting the families of jailed dissidents in a sign of how Beijing’s crackdown on human rights extends beyond its borders
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/28/china-sentences-taiwan-activist-to-5-years-in-prison-for-subversion-state-power.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711280031.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/11/29/2003683109

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=77559
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711090028.aspx

4 NOVEMBER 2017

Once formidable, Taiwan’s military now overshadowed by China’s

Some experts say that given China’s overwhelming numerical advantage in weaponry, Taiwan should focus less on big platforms like submarines and more on lower-cost weapons like antiaircraft and anti-ship missiles that can blunt China’s superiority
http://www.todayonline.com/world/once-formidable-taiwans-military-now-overshadowed-chinas

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-to-increase-defence-spending-11776

18 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3277365

17 OCTOBER 2017

 Taiwan’s southward integration faces a long uphill battle

In search of greater regional connectivity, Taiwan’s ‘New Southbound Policy’ (NSP) has progressed from the research and planning stage to large-scale implementation
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/10/17/taiwans-southward-integration-faces-a-long-uphill-battle/

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3269913

3 OCTOBER 2017

China’s Secret Military Plan: Invade Taiwan by 2020

China has drawn up secret military plans to take over the island of Taiwan by 2020, an action that would likely lead to a larger U.S.-China conventional or nuclear war, according to newly-disclosed internal Chinese military documents
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinas-secret-military-plan-invade-taiwan-2020/

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan tests stand-off cruise missile

The Air Force Monthly recently received photos of a Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) FC-K-1D aircraft carrying a rarely seen stand-off cruise missile
http://www.airforcesmonthly.com/2017/09/26/taiwan-tests-new-stand-off-cruise-missile/#.WcvTVRH-oiY.linkedin

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

22 AUGUST 2017

China warns US ahead of Taiwan Defence Minister’s brief visit

China warned the United States on Tuesday (Aug 22) against any military contacts with Taiwan ahead of brief visits by the self-ruled island’s Defence Minister to the US on his way to and from Central American allies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-warns-us-ahead-of-taiwan-defence-ministers-brief-visit
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3237056
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201708220014.aspx

13 AUGUST 2017

More Chinese military aircraft spotted near eastern Taiwan

Two Chinese military surveillance aircraft were seen flying east of Taiwan on Sunday, the third time in August that Chinese military planes were seen near Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201708130007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/08/14/2003676483

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-protests-against-cambodia-sending-taiwanese-fraud-suspects-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/2017/07/27/499681/taiwan-has.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707270009.aspx

21 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets to monitor military planes from mainland China in air defence zone

Taipei has released two photos of Beijing military planes flying over the East China Sea near the island after it scrambled fighter jets to monitor them on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103643/taiwan-scrambles-jets-monitor-military-planes-mainland
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/22/2003675050

17 JULY 2017

China upset about ‘negative’ Taiwan content in US defence bill

China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defence bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-upset-about–negative–taiwan-content-in-us-defence-bill-9038538
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/342317-china-upset-about-negative-taiwan-content-in-us-defense-bill
https://sentinel.tw/trump-first-arms-package-taiwan/

14 JULY 2017

How Taiwan quietly gained on China in global diplomatic rivalry

Even as Taiwan loses diplomatic allies to its bigger rival China, the increasingly isolated government has bested Beijing at a level of international relations that common people can feel: the number of countries that let citizens enter visa free
https://www.voanews.com/a/how-taiwan-gained-on-china-in-global-diplomatic-rivalry/3943956.html

3 JULY 2017

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets China’s Taiwan affairs minister in Shanghai

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday concluded his visit to Shanghai, where he attended this year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, with a controversial closed-door meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the Hongqiao State Guest Hotel
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/04/2003673849
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030025.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030019.aspx

2 JULY 2017

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese carrier passes en route to Hong Kong

Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwan-scrambles-jets-chinese-carrier-passes-en-route-hong-kong/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707020017.aspx

30 JUNE 2017

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100808/us-arms-sales-morale-booster-taiwan-says-tsai-ing-wen
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-outraged-by-us-1-42-billion-planned-us-arms-sales-to-8992150
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706300008.aspx
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100657/us-approves-first-arms-sales-taiwan-under-trump-us14

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098038/panama-establishes-diplomatic-ties-china-blow-taiwan
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/99210
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706130005.aspx

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

3 JUNE 2017

US Defence Secretary Mattis outrages Beijing with explicit commitment to defend Taiwan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096762/james-mattis-outrages-chinas-military-delegation-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706030020.aspx
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0603/c90000-9223867.html

25 MAY 2017

 U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties

On January 25, 2017, the Wilson Center’s Asia Program hosted a conference on the Trump administration’s policy toward Taiwan and its political, economic, and security impact with three scholars. This is a collection of essays from the U.S. academics who participated in the conference
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/prospects-us-taiwan-relations

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/192/139/1495031125560.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2017/05/18/497537/re-naming-agency.htm

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/17/497535/fiji-is.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/05/18/2003670817

12 MAY 2017

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094089/taiwan-touts-benefits-us-its-weapons-purchases

2 MAY 2017

Reuters ’embarrassed’ over President Tsai interview, says foreign minister

Foreign Minister David Lee said that international news agency Reuters issued « regrets and apologies » over its latest news coverage, which the Presidential Office said had misrepresented President Tsai Ing-wen
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/reuters-embarrassed-over-president-tsai-interview-says-foreign-minister

28 APRIL 2017

New China fears in Taiwan after Trump snub

US President Donald Trump on Thursday (April 27) spurned the Taiwanese president’s suggestion that the two leaders hold another phone call, saying he did not want to create problems for Chinese President Xi Jinping at a time when Beijing appears to be helping with efforts to rein in North Korea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/new-china-fears-taiwan-after-trump-snub
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/donald-trump-spurns-taiwan-presidents-suggestion-of-another-phone-call
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2017/04/29/496446/Trump-rejects.htm

24 APRIL 2017

Taiwan’s dilemma: Why a blockade is likelier than an invasion

A blockade of Taiwan would be Beijing’s most pragmatic and logical military course of action. It is imperative that Taiwan take the necessary measures to defend against that form of coercion
https://sentinel.tw/blockade-taiwan-fan/

19 APRIL 2017

Mainland asylum seeker Zhang Xiangzhong agrees to return home from Taiwan

Taiwan said that a mainland activist who tried to seek political asylum on the island had voluntarily returned home, ending a dilemma for Taiwanese authorities over how to deal with the case
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2088941/mainland-asylum-seeker-zhang-xiangzhong-agrees-return
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/19/chinese-activist-returns-voluntarily-says-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704190012.aspx

10 APRIL 2017

Wife of detained Taiwanese activist barred from boarding flight to mainland China

The wife of Taiwanese human rights activist Li Ming-che has been denied entry to the mainland to try and find her husband, who has been detained over activities related to “national security”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2086404/beijing-prevents-wife-imprisoned-taiwanese-activist
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/04/11/495334/No-entry.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201704100026.aspx

5 APRIL 2017

Taiwan announces submarine building ahead of Trump-Xi summit

The new vessels will be Taiwanese-made, unlike its current fleet of four, which were bought from overseas decades ago
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39501621
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/04/06/2003668167

29 MARCH 2017

Taiwanese rights advocate Lee Ming-che held in China

A prominent Taiwanese human rights advocate has been detained in China and is under investigation on suspicion of harming national security, the Chinese government has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39428220
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/29/missing-taiwanese-human-rights-activist-detained-by-china
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201703290021.aspx

27 MARCH 2017

China upset as Japanese minister visits self-ruled Taiwan

China said on Monday it has complained to Japan after a Japanese minister visited self-ruled Taiwan over the weekend, warning this could hurt relations between Beijing and Tokyo
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/world/2017/03/27/china-upset-as-japanese-minister-visits-selfruled-taiwan/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/27/content_15592457.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/25/national/politics-diplomacy/senior-japanese-official-45-years-pays-visit-taiwan/#.WNk7fuQ6w2w

22 MARCH 2017

Donald Trump is no friend of Taiwan

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship
http://www.fpri.org/article/2017/03/donald-trump-is-no-friend-of-taiwan/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/ralphjennings/2016/12/11/trump-will-use-taiwan-as-a-bargaining-chip-in-relations-with-china/#66fbbd3e7e79

21 MARCH 2017

Taiwan to build its own submarine, President vows on visit to 50-year-old vessel

Taiwan will build its own submarines, President Tsai Ing-wen pledged on Tuesday, as the self-ruled island looks to fresh arms sales by the United States, accompanied by key submarine technology, to counter a growing military threat from China
http://www.voanews.com/a/taiwan-to-build-own-submarine/3775159.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/03/22/494023/Plan-for.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201703210017.aspx

16 MARCH 2017

Taiwan plans defence spending increase to counter rising China

Defence spending is targeted to rise to 3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2018, up from about 2 per cent this year, Minister of National Defence Feng Shih-kuan told lawmakers in Taipei on Thursday. Taiwan plans to develop indigenous ships, aircraft, weapons and unmanned aerial vehicles capable of defence or offence, he said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2079548/taiwan-plans-defence-spending-increase-counter-rising
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170317_02/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-says-capable-of-strike-against-china/3601368.html

15 MARCH 2017

US plans to sell Taiwan arms: reports

The Washington Free Beacon said the US ‘is preparing to provide more and better defensive arms,’ while the ‘New York Times’ called it ‘a robust package’
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/03/16/2003666856
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/obama-white-house-blocked-needed-u-s-arms-sale-taiwan/

10 MARCH 2017

Could Taiwan be up next in THAAD trouble?

As THAAD is deployed in South Korea and amid speculation that Japan may become the second northeast Asian state to deploy the system, many have expressed concern that Taiwan, a close economic and defence partner of the US despite a lack of official diplomatic ties, could be next
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/could-taiwan-be-next-thaad-trouble

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Video: The ‘Trilemma’ of Shifting Taiwanese Identity

When President-elect Donald Trump broke protocol and took a call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in December, it brought a complex three-way dynamic between the United States, China, and Taiwan into the international Spotlight
http://asiasociety.org/blog/asia/video-trilemma-shifting-taiwanese-identity

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702151050710261-india-china-taiwan-delegation/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/15/content_15572021.html

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069872/taiwan-touch-us-trump-call-xi-jinping
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201702100017.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/02/11/2003664761

7 FEBRUARY 2017

How Taiwan’s authoritarian history could affect its current geopolitics

Taiwan’s geopolitical circumstances confer very particular meaning to its social and political life, but other, less internationally prominent issues hold real substance for the Taiwanese people
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/07/how-taiwans-authoritarian-history-could-affect-its-current-geopolitics/

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2068888/banning-taiwans-flag-cambodia-adds-taipeis-woes-beijing

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Tsai’s Latin America tour signals Taipei’s uneasiness

In January 2017, President Tsai Ing-wen completed her second tour of Latin America, visiting four diplomatic allies: Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. Tsai described the visit as ‘steadfast diplomacy based on mutual assistance for mutual benefits
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/02/01/tsais-latin-america-tour-signals-taipeis-uneasiness/

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2063984/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-aspires-create-new-era
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201701200017.aspx

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-says-nigeria-wants-it-move-its-trade-office-abuja
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2061589/taiwan-accuses-nigeria-collaborating-beijing-after-it?spm=0.0.0.0.Uog6Ij
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/13/2003663000

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060386/taiwans-wise-tsai-makes-low-key-us-stop-reduces-risk
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170108_22/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/09/2003662766

6 JANUARY 2017

Taiwanese independence must be fought on all fronts, says former Chinese official

Beijing expects cross-strait ties to become more complex after Donald Trump takes office, according to former president of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2059695/taiwanese-independence-must-be-fought-all-fronts

30 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan announces US itinerary for president, upsetting China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will transit through Houston and San Francisco during her January visit to allies in Latin America, her office said on Friday (Dec 30), prompting China to repeat a call for the US to block any such stopover
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-president-tsai-ing-wen-to-transit-houston-san-francisco-next-month
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/31/488114/Presidential-Office.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/30/china-urges-us-block-taiwan-president-tsai-ing-wen-stopover

28 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing ‘dissatisfied’ with name change of Japan’s de facto Taiwan embassy

Beijing Wednesday expressed « strong dissatisfaction » with Japan’s decision to change the name of its de facto embassy in the Republic of China to include the word « Taiwan. »
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/china-says-extremely-dissatisfied-renaming-de-facto-japan-embassy-taiwan/

21 DECEMBER 2016

African island nation Sao Tome cuts diplomatic ties with Taiwan

A small West African nation has announced it will end diplomatic ties with Taiwan, in the latest sign of the diplomatic war between Beijing and Taipei heating up after US president-elect Donald Trump questioned Washington’s stance towards the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2056276/taiwan-losing-out-diplomatic-war-beijing-sao-tome
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-welcomes-sao-tomes-split-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612210023.aspx

6 DECEMBER 2016

Trump-linked former US official visits Taiwan, sparking speculation

A former senior US official with links to Donald Trump’s transition team flew to Taipei Tuesday (Dec 6), sparking more speculation over relations with Taiwan after the president-elect’s unprecedented call with the island’s leader
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-linked-former-us-official-visits-taiwan-sparking/3346774.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/12/07/486071/No-major.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201612060021.aspx

3 DECEMBER 2016

 Donald Trump speaks to Taiwan’s leader Tsai Ing-wen in ‘historic’ first contact since 1979

US President-elect Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, a transition team spokeswoman says, the first such contact by a president-elect since 1979
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-12-03/donald-trump-speaks-to-taiwans-leader-tsai-ingwen-in-historic-first-contact-since-1979/1637042

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/03/trump-angers-beijing-with-provocative-phone-call-to-taiwan-president
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/12/03/485744/In-move.htm
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-12/03/content_15536233.html

2 DECEMBER 2016

Beijing warns Taiwan investors against using ‘profits earned on mainland’ to support independence

Beijing said it will not tolerate Taiwanese businessmen supporting the island’s independence “with money they earned on the mainland”, even as it gave reassurances that its policies towards them would not change
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2051236/beijing-warns-taiwan-investors-against-using-profits
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/12/03/2003660482

26 NOVEMBER 2016

Why Donald Trump might not follow US presidents’ precedent on Taiwan

Maintaining the status quo is the best policy for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen amid the cross-strait stalemate. But Donald Trump’s presidency adds uncertainty to such an impasse
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2049324/why-donald-trump-might-not-follow-us-presidents-precedent-taiwan

9 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s ruling party urges Beijing to respect Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations

Taiwan’s independence-leaning ruling party on Wednesday called on Beijing’s leaders to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence représentatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2044347/taiwans-ruling-party-urges-beijing-respect-hong-kongs

5 NOVEMBER 2016

Taiwan regrets exclusion from Interpol assembly

Taiwan on Saturday expressed its deep regret and discontent with the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) rejection of its bid to attend the organization’s upcoming general assembly
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201611050007.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/11/06/2003658663

31 OCTOBER 2016

Taiwan KMT chief plays both sides in visit to Nanjing

Chairwoman of opposition Taiwanese party tries to please hosts, and allay fears at home that she is too Beijing-friendly
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2041723/kmt-chief-plays-both-sides-visit-nanjing
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161031_03/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201610310012.aspx

10 OCTOBER 2016

On national day, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen continues call for Beijing talks but refuses to accept ‘one China’ principle

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen is likely to have upset Beijing on Monday after she repeated her often-expressed hopes of holding talks with the mainland while refusing to accept the “one China” principle in her first National Day speech as the island’s president
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2026698/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-continues-call-beijing
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201610100004.aspx
https://youtu.be/bxMxMwKxkTE

4 OCTOBER 2016

To secure seat at world table, Taiwan pushes past Beijing but tactic seen as risky

The island sent a delegation to global aviation talks even though it wasn’t invited, but such diplomatic end runs won’t lead to international recognition, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2025032/will-taiwans-strategy-bypass-beijings-international

1 OCTOBER 2016

How Beijing Uses People-to-People Ties as Leverage Over Taiwan

Beijing hope to convince Taiwanese to pressure their government into more politically accommodating positions
http://thediplomat.com/2016/10/how-beijing-uses-people-to-people-ties-as-leverage-over-taiwan

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan attacks Hong Kong over string of visa denials

Taiwan lashed out at Hong Kong Monday (Sept 26), saying the city had recently denied visas to several Beijing-sceptic Taiwanese politicians as the island’s relations with China worsen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-attacks-hong-kong-over-string-of-visa-denials

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Trade between Chinese mainland, Taiwan drops 9.8pc year on year in first seven months

Trade volume between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan reached US$95.55 billion in the first seven months of 2016, down 9.8 per cent year on year, according to the latest figures from the mainland’s Ministry of Commerce.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2022284/trade-between-chinese-mainland-taiwan-drops-98-year
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201609200030.aspx

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan snubbed by UN aviation agency as China tightens diplomatic screws

A U.N. aviation agency has snubbed Taiwan by not inviting it to its assembly in Canada, the latest sign of pressure China is bringing to bear on the new independence-leaning government of an island it views as a renegade province.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN11T08P
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609230014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/09/24/2003655812

20 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s new facilities on Taiping Island may have military use

Taiwan is building four concrete structures on the disputed ­Taiping Island in the South China Sea, in what might be a facility to increase its military alertness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2020938/taiwan-tight-lipped-four-new-structures-being-built

13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Taiwan Reapplies for UN Participation

Taiwan has asked its diplomatic allies to send the United Nations secretary-general a letter requesting participation in three U.N. agencies, an unusually aggressive application that answers domestic pressure for more international achievements, but one that is sure to be rejected by China
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247604701
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201609130032.aspx

31 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan budgets for 12-year, $2.9 billion advanced jet trainer programme

Taiwan aims to spend NT$68.6 billion (S$2.9 billion) over 12 years from 2017 to develop its own jet trainers, according to budget data seen on Wednesday (Aug 31), signalling the independence-leaning government’s resolve to build up the defence industry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-budgets-for-12-year-29-billion-advanced-jet-trainer-programme

25 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai Ing-wen orders revamp of military strategy, weapons upgrade

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged the island’s armed forces to change their culture and update their approach as the island carried out its annual military exercises
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2008856/taiwans-president-orders-revamp-military-strategy
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/26/476639/President-demands.htm

22 AUGUST 2016

Protests welcome Chinese communist leader’s visit to Taipei

A group of protesters organise “welcome” protest at Taipei airport for Sha Hailin, a member of the CCP Standing Committee and head of the United Front Department in Shanghai. He is the highest-ranking communist official to visit Taiwan since the new government led by Tsai Ing-wen took office. Doubts hover over the future of bilateral relations.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Protests-welcome-Chinese-communist-leader’s-visit-to-Taipei-38367.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2016/08/23/476329/Protesters-greet.htm

20 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan President says unofficial communication channels remain with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Saturday (Aug 20) that unofficial communication channels with China remain in place despite Beijing in June suspending contacts because the island’s new leader would not endorse the concept of a « One China » principle
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-president-says-unofficial-communication-channels-remain-with-china
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/08/21/476105/Committed-to.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201608200018.aspx

8 AUGUST 2016

Taiwan protests deportation of nationals to China

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) on Monday expressed « adeep regrets » and « strong protests » over the forced deportation of five Taiwan nationals from Kenya to China, saying it showed « contempt for human rights. »
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201608080006.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/08/09/2003652743

4 AUGUST 2016

 Taiwan Sets Up Submarine Development Center

 The center is expected to design Taiwan’s first indigenous diesel-electric submarine by the end of the year
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/taiwan-sets-up-submarine-development-center/

27 JULY 2016

Chinese Warns of ‘Soft’ and ‘Insidious’ Taiwan Independence Forces

The head of China’s National Association of Taiwan Compatriots (中華全國台灣同胞聯誼會) on Tuesday warned of the dangers of “soft Taiwan independence” at a cross-Strait forum in China
http://international.thenewslens.com/article/45216

22 JULY 2016

Tsai rejects deadline over 1992 consensus

The Taiwanese government is unlikely to accept a deadline for agreeing to the 1992 consensus as such a condition is against the will of the people, President Tsai Ing-wen has said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/tsai-rejects-deadline-over-1992-consensus
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/23/2003651597/1
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2016/07/21/44b0a1a4-4e25-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html

20 JULY 2016

 South China Sea: Taiwanese lawmakers and flotilla head to Taiping Island in sovereignty, fishing rights push

Moves come after an international tribunal in the Hague rejected Taipei’s right to an exclusive economic zone around Taiping on July 12
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1992173/south-china-sea-taiwanese-lawmakers-and-flotilla-head
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/07/21/2003651465/1
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201607200013.aspx

15 JULY 2016

Taiwanese actor Leon Dai dropped from Chinese film after political outcry

A Taiwanese actor has been dropped from the lead role in a Chinese film due to his alleged support for Taiwanese independence – even though the shoot has already finished
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jul/15/taiwanese-actor-dropped-china-no-other-love-independence

Taiwan’s friend buying days are over

While she will likely eschew the excesses of the Chen era, Tsai will struggle to expand Taiwan’s space without concessions on sovereignty. If the detente is indeed over, Beijing will resume efforts to prise away Taipei’s allies, with the new president shouldering the blame
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/07/15/taiwans-friend-buying-days-are-over/

7 JULY 2016

China condemns meeting between US officials, Tsai

China urged the United States to stop « sending the wrong signals » to Taiwan independence forces, as the island’s new leader Tsai Ing-wen contacted several US congressmen
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-07/07/content_15459758.html

1 JULY 2016

Taiwan navy ‘mistakenly fires’ supersonic missile towards China, hitting boat

A Taiwanese warship has mistakenly launched a supersonic « aircraft carrier killer » missile towards China, the navy said, hitting a fishing boat and killing one person
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-07-01/taiwan-navy-mistakenly-fires-supersonic-missile-towards-china-hitting-boat/1595456
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1983931/taiwan-launches-investigation-deadly-navy-anti-ship
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/07/02/471015/p1/Missile-misfire.htm

29 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president says wants to maintain communication with China

Taiwan’s government will continue to look for ways to maintain dialogue with China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday, after Beijing said it had halted a regular communication mechanism with Taipei
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-president-says-wants-maintain-communication-china#sthash.zPvYTuB6.dpuf
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-to-continue-dialogue-with-mainland-china-says-tsai/a-19363557

26 JUNE 2016

Taiwan president attends Panama Canal ceremony

President Tsai Ing-wen attended the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160627_13/
http://taiwantoday.tw/mp.asp?mp=9

China says has stopped communication mechanism with Taiwan

The Chinese government said on Saturday (June 25) it had stopped a communication mechanism with Taiwan because of the refusal of the self-ruled island’s new government to recognise the “one China” principle, in the latest show of tension between the two.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-says-has-stopped-communication-mechanism-with-taiwan
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/26/2003649479

24 JUNE 2016

New Taiwan President Travels to Consolidate Diplomatic Ties

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen set off Friday for two friendly nations in Latin America, her first overseas trip after a month in office, to lock in ties that could be disrupted by China. She’ll also meet officials from a wider group of countries including the United States.
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245244285
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/06/25/470315/p1/Tsai-begins.htm

6 JUNE 2016

Taiwan says won’t recognise Chinese air defence identification zone over South China Sea

Taiwan’s new defence minister said on Monday (June 6) the island would not recognise any air defence zone declared by China over the South China Sea, as the island’s top security agency warned such a move could usher in a wave of regional tension.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-says-wont-recognise-chinese-air-defence-identification-zone-over-south-china http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/06/07/2003648057

4 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s Tsai urges China to heal Tiananmen pain

Taiwan’s new president Tsai Ing-wen urged China to give its people more rights and « heal past wounds and pain » on the 27th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on Saturday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/taiwan-s-tsai-urges-china/2845748.html
http://atimes.com/2016/06/democracy-is-nothing-to-fear-taiwan-tells-china-on-tiananmen-anniversary/

25 MAY 2016

Without Clarity on 1992 Consensus, Tsai and DPP Will Face Challenges Ahead

Tsai is known for being a staunch supporter of Taiwanese independence as she was one of the main architects behind former president Lee Teng-hui’s “special state-to-state relations” speech in the 1990s. Over the last eight years, Tsai has been very careful in outlining her ideas for Taiwan independence, but few analysts believe that she has changed her mind. Most would agree that she has adopted a gradualist approach toward Taiwanese independence given the political realities in cross-strait relations.
http://thediplomat.com/2016/05/without-clarity-on-1992-consensus-tsai-and-dpp-will-face-challenges-ahead/

21 MAY 2016

Beijing warns new Taiwan leader on independence

Beijing warned Taiwan’s newly-inaugurated leader against seeking independence saying peace would be « impossible » if the new government attempted to move away from the Mainland
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-05/21/content_15436731.html
http://en.people.cn/n3/2016/0521/c90000-9061048.html

18 MAY 2016

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen’s 5 national security challenges after May 20

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen assumes office on May 20. As the first female president and the head of army of the Republic of China (ROC), she faces five major challenges in national security
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-president-elect-tsai-ing-wens-5-national-security-challenges-after-may-20/

13 MAY 2016

Taiwan tells panel to visit Taiping before making a ruling on South China Sea row

Taiwan on Friday called on an international tribunal not to make a ruling on a disputed South China Sea island if the judges do not first visit it to see for themselves it can sustain life
http://atimes.com/2016/05/taiwan-tells-panel-to-visit-taiping-before-making-a-ruling-on-sea-row/

8 MAY 2016

Taiwan’s new government accuses China of interference in its WHO status

The incoming Taiwanese government on Sunday accused China of « political interference » after a senior Chinese official cast doubt over the island keeping its observer status at the World Health Organisation if bilateral relations deteriorated further
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-china-idUSKCN0XZ0MD?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201605080016.aspx

11 APRIL 2016

Taiwan claims China has kidnapped eight of its nationals

Kenya acquitted a group of Taiwanese citizens in a cybercrime case last week, and then deported them to China. Taiwan says the forced departure constitutes an « abuction » of its citizens by Chinese authorities.
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-claims-china-has-kidnapped-eight-of-its-nationals/a-19178515
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-accuses-china-kidnapping-eight-its-nationals-kenya
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/intl-community/2016/04/12/463194/Govt-protests.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/04/12/2003643753

9 APRIL 2016

Recognising the Republic of China

Opposing the idea of the ROC was a founding principle of the DPP in 1986 and the goal of establishing an independent Republic of Taiwan was written into the DPP party constitution. Interestingly, we are now witnessing both the PRC and DPP gradually come to the conclusion that the existence of the ROC is necessary due to pragmatic considérations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/04/09/recognising-the-republic-of-china/

3 APRIL 2016

Upgrade ties with Taiwan: former US defense official

A former US defense official has called for major changes in Washington’s policies toward Taiwan.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2016/04/03/2003643080

30 MARCH 2016

Could Taiwan be Asia-Pacific’s Ukraine ?

Although one should refrain from reading too much into analogies, historical or geographical, Ukraine’s experiences over the past three years offer some interesting – yet potentially frightening – lessons for Taiwan
http://global-politics.co.uk/wp/2016/03/30/could-taiwan-be-asia-pacifics-ukraine/

23 MARCH 2016

Taiwan takes media on tour of South China Sea island claim

Taiwan flew international media to its largest island holding in the South China Sea on Wednesday in a bid to reinforce its territorial claims in the disputed and increasingly tense region.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/24/2003642295
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2016/03/23/461559/Taiwan-takes.htm
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201603230029.aspx

17 MARCH 2016

Gambia, China resume ties in lieu of Taiwan

China resumed ties with former Taiwan ally Gambia on Thursday, ending an unofficial diplomatic truce between China and Taiwan following January’s landslide election of the leader of a pro-independence party as the self-ruled island’s president.
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/moving-resume-ties-gambia-china-ends-diplomatic-truce-taiwan
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/%2016-03/17/content_15402626.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/03/18/2003641843

10 MARCH 2016

China says Taiwan president-elect must prove does not back independence

Taiwan president-elect Tsai Ing-wen must « prove » her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is not pro-independence before Beijing will deal with her, a senior member of China’s largely rubber stamp parliament said on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-says-taiwan-preside/259023

7 MARCH 2016

Beijing plans tunnel linking China with Taiwan

China is planning to construct a 126-kilometer undersea tunnel to create a high-speed rail link between the mainland and Taiwan.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/china/AJ201603070039
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603070011.aspx

5 MARCH 2016

Beijing steps up warnings on Taiwan independence

Beijing stepped up its rhetoric against Taiwanese independence on Saturday (Mar 5), with Premier Li Keqiang warning against « separatist activities » on the island and pledging to safeguard China’s « territorial integrity »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-steps-up-warnings/2575568.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201603050016.aspx
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/2016-03/05/content_6944119.htm

China announces 7.6-pct

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan policy unchanged after elections: Mainland

A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday promised no major change in its Taiwan policy in the wake of the island’s recent leadership elections.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-02/24/content_15389568.html

23 FEBRUARY 2016

China urges Taiwan to ratify controversial trade pact

China’s commerce minister on Tuesday urged Taiwan to ratify a controversial trade pact that has languished in the island’s parliament after protests over trade dealings with Beijing
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-urges-taiwan-ratify-controversial-trade-pact

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Don’t make us suffer even more, Taiwanese businessmen on Chinese mainland tell president-elect Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwanese businesspeople based on the mainland fear cross-strait economic relations could be harmed by the incoming pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party government.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1915118/dont-make-us-suffer-even-more-taiwanese-businessmen

12 FEBRUARY 2016

US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election

The Obama administration says it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia’s security hotspots.
http://news.yahoo.com/us-urges-china-taiwan-talks-amid-uncertainty-election-050541341.html

10 FEBRUARY 2016

Taiwan’s energy conundrum

The newly elected Taiwanese government led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will be faced with significant challenges in energy policy. Most urgently, viable replacements for Taiwan’s ageing fleet of nuclear reactors must be found.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/10/taiwans-energy-conundrum/

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Securing Taiwan Starts With Overhauling Its Navy

Tsai Ing-wen must make maritime-strategic affairs a priority as president
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/securing-taiwan-starts-overhauling-the-navy-15122

28 JANUARY 2016

Taiwan president visits disputed islands despite US criticism

The outgoing president of Taiwan Ma Ying-jeou has flown to Itu Aba, the largest island controlled by Taipei in the disputed South China Sea region. Taiwan’s ally US called his trip « extremely unhelpful. »
http://www.dw.com/en/taiwan-president-visits-disputed-islands-despite-us-criticism/a-19008594
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-01/28/content_15379710.html
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/01/29/2003638307/1

27 JANUARY 2016

What the United States Owes to Taiwan and its Interests in Asia

On January 16, the people of Taiwan elected a new president, setting the stage for the third peaceful transfer of power between parties in the island’s history. That achievement would seem routine by now, were it not for the vastly different political situation on the other side of the Taiwan Strait.
http://warontherocks.com/2016/01/what-the-united-states-owes-to-taiwan-and-its-interests-in-asia/

25 JANUARY 2016

War with China ‘likely’ if Taiwan continues to seek independence, says ex-PLA general

“We have promised that Chinese people never fight against Chinese people, but if the pro-independence forces continue to press us, we will have no other chance but [to seek] reunification through use of force,” says Luo Yuan, a hawkish retired People’s Liberation Army major general.
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/1904873/war-china-likely-if-taiwan-continues-seek-independence