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21 OCTOBER 2017

US woos India into 100-year alliance against China

Even as the countdown begins for US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated state visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to India next week in a delicate geopolitical balancing act
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-woos-india-100-year-alliance-china/

13 OCTOBER 2017

 China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests

The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/10/13/china-india-relations-millennia-of-peaceful-coexistence-meet-modern-day-geopolitical-interests/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Modi–Abe love affair drives India and Japan closer

As demonstrated by the September summit between Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, the strengthening of Japan–India ties is continuing apace
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/21/modi-abe-love-affair-drives-india-and-japan-closer/

19 JULY 2017

India’s U-Turn on North Korea Policy

India’s new moves to isolate North Korea will reverberate across East Asia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/indias-u-turn-on-north-korea-policy/

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

7 JULY 2017

China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions

President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions ­between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101742/chinas-xi-jinping-and-indias-narendra-modi-meet-g20
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/g20-summit-amid-stand-off-pm-modi-meets-xi-jinping-in-hamburg-discusses-range-of-issues-brics-4740706/

India, Israel Ink Deal for Air Defense System, Radars, UAVs Worth $4.3 Bln

Indian companies have signed 12 strategic agreements ranging from air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles to medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India under technology transfer worth $4.3 billion during the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv
https://sputniknews.com/military/201707071055317827-india-israel-air-defense-system/

4 JULY 2017

Narendra Modi on Tuesday became the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to step on Israeli soil, undertaking a ‘ground breaking’ visit

It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th visit abroad in three years. But it’s a historic first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel. Less than 11 years after Narendra Modi visited Israel as Gujarat Chief Minister in October 2006, Modi arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport, to a grand official ceremony and warm embrace by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
http://zeenews.india.com/india/israel-extends-extraordinary-welcome-to-pm-narendra-modi-on-his-ground-breaking-visit-benjamin-netanyahu-says-we-love-india-2021210.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/modi-in-israel-pm-begins-groundbreaking-visit-netanyahu-says-historic-4735601/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-visit-holds-special-meaning-for-indian-jews-in-israel-1.2053280
http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/jul/05/modifying-indias-israel-policy-1624455–1.html

27 JUNE 2017

Trump and Modi – American and Indian leaders meet in Washington

US President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/melania-trump-to-join-president-donald-trump-in-welcoming-pm-narendra-modi-at-white-house-10-facts-1717233
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/full-text-pm-modi-us-president-donald-trump-issue-joint-statement-4723678/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/analysis-of-the-indo-us-joint-statement-tougher-on-pakistan-softer-on-china-on-course-for-strategic-partnership/article19153997.ece?homepage=true
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ndq1Cz6Fc

24 JUNE 2017

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-admin-oks-drone-sale-to-india-manufacturer-says/2017/06/23/890fcc18-5878-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.2bc056a2ebd2
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/as-modi-prepares-for-trump-meeting-us-expected-to-ok-india-drone-purchase-117062300284_1.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2099796/china-and-pakistan-watching-closely-us-gives-india-green-light

21 JUNE 2017

India and the Koreas: Promises and Follow-ups

The erstwhile Look East Policy (LEP) was renamed to Act East Policy (AEP), Apart from more economic and political exchanges, the new policy sought to invoke more strategic and deep-rooted cultural connections of India with these countries. It was expected that the Korean peninsula would also receive more attention
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india-the-world/india-and-the-koreas-promises-and-follow-ups-5304.html

14 JUNE 2017

India and the Fight Against Islamic State

As India confronts the threat within its borders, could it find common ground with the Trump administration?http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/india-and-the-fight-against-islamic-state/

12 JUNE 2017

India deploys warship to monitor marine traffic in Malacca Strait

The Indian Navy has deployed a warship near the Strait of Malacca on a permanent basis to monitor the world’s busiest shipping route from its western edge. The ship was deployed last week and will remain in international waters for a longer period to patrol the area
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201706121054543979-india-warship-malacca/

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

5 JUNE 2017

India fears Chinese encirclement, citing ‘overwhelming’ Sino presence in South Asia

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-05/india-fears-chinese-encirclement-citing-overwhelming-sino-presence-in-south-asia/1676616

2 JUNE 2017

Indian army successfully test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast

India on Friday successfully test-fired the land version of the short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base off Odisha coast
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/jun/02/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile-prithvi-ii-off-odisha-coast-1612026.html

26 MAY 2017

Can India be a game changer in Afghanistan?

At best, India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot and does not pretend to be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/05/26/can-india-be-a-game-changer-in-afghanistan/

24 MAY 2017

Indian cabinet approves policy for strategic partnerships in defence

India on Wednesday cleared a long-awaited policy to boost local defence manufacturing by effectively picking industry champions that would tie up with foreign players and make high-tech defence equipment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said
http://news.trust.org/item/20170524131341-k4gi9/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/strategic-partnership-model-for-defence-procurements-comes-into-effect/article18572157.ece?homepage=true
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/defence-acquisition-council-takes-the-right-decision/

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

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

17 APRIL 2017

India’s Modi wants to lift the curtain on ties with Israel

Ever since India established diplomatic ties with Israel 25 years ago, not a single Indian premier has visited the Jewish state. PM Narendra Modi wants to change it, highlighting the intensifying bilateral partnership
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-modi-wants-to-lift-the-curtain-on-ties-with-israel/a-38455349

15 APRIL 2017

Trump and the future of Indo–US relations

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s term as President, those watching in India are intensely anticipating how bilateral relations will proceed with the United States
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/15/trump-and-the-future-of-indo-us-relations/

30 MARCH 2017

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

One thing which the most ardent Modi critics would not deny is that he is a risk taker and does not cave in easily. The question on many people’s minds is whether or not he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood, especially Pakistan
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/387.html

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

India’s attention has been on changes introduced by the administration of Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed. The travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump’s approach towards China and Japan are also being watched closely in India
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/360.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

The Trump administration has served notice that it intends to expand the Indo-US military strategic alliance. This is not surprising, but nonetheless highly significant
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/15/inus-f15.html

25 JANUARY 2017

Trump invites ‘true friend’ Modi in phone conversation

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone conversation on Tuesday in which the two leaders spoke of the close ties between the two countries
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251196607
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/trump-may-find-kindred-spirit-in-indias-modi-another-tough-talking-nationalist/2017/01/25/9a97641e-11eb-4c9f-9b38-a5deab2681d7_story.html?utm_term=.d39ba2c24152

26 DECEMBER 2016

India successfully test fires Agni-5 nuclear capable missile

 India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in Balasore district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v-missile-1.1952048
http://zeenews.india.com/news/videos/top-stories/india-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v_1961837.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

China expressed dissatisfaction on Friday after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, saying it hoped India would recognise the Nobel Peace Prize winning monk as a separatist in religious guise
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-upset-dalai-lama-meets-indian-president

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

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

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

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

4 NOVEMBER 2016

The Indo-Russian air defense entente a blow to China

Among other arrangements included in the arms deal sealed in Goa, Moscow will equip Delhi with five S-400 Triumph air defense systems at a cost of US$5 billion. Many in India view this acquisition as a game-changer in the military equation of South Asia
http://www.atimes.com/indo-russian-air-defense-entente-blow-china/

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

India continues to boost military ties with China

India continues to slowly but steadily build military-to-military+ ties with China, even as it keeps its armed forces on high operational readiness along the western front with Pakistan for any contingency after the cross-border surgical strikes of September 29
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/india-builds-military-ties-china

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

India’s Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for SAARC summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit of South Asian leaders in Pakistan in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/09/two-guides-from-muzaffarabad-helped-uri-attackers-india-tells-pakistan/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pm-narendra-modi-to-skip-saarc-summit-in-islamabad-pakistan-3053240/

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, France ink €7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales

India and France on Friday concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, the first fighter aircraft deal since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90’s.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-france-conclude-rafale-deal/article9140011.ece?homepage=true
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160923_35/

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, Nepal Restore Friendlier Ties

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda
http://www.voanews.com/a/india-nepal-restore-friendlier-ties/3512379.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Nepal-commit-not-to-allow-their-territory-to-be-used-against-each-other/articleshow/54370831.cms
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-09-16/pm-dahal-indian-pm-modi-meet-underway.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

 New Delhi’s decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/arms-race-threaten-india-china-border/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

15 AUGUST 2016

Modi raps Pakistan in national address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of « terrorism » in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-raps-pakistan-in-national-address
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modis-balochistan-comments-upset-pakistan/a-19475682

12 AUGUST 2016

 China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

29 JULY 2016

Confirmed: India Signs $1 Billion Contract for 4 New Sub-Hunter Planes

On July 27, India’s Ministry of Defense signed a $1 billion deal with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing for the purchase of four additional Poseidon 8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to Indian media reports
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/confirmed-india-signs-1-billion-contract-for-4-new-sub-hunter-planes/

17 JULY 2016

India wades into South China Sea dispute

Stating that secure sea routes in the Asia-Pacific region are essential to the Indian economy, the author notes, « A majority of our global trade [about 55%] flows across the Straits of Malacca and beyond. »
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/India-wades-into-South-China-Sea-dispute?page=2

7 JULY 2016

Indian leader on African tour

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. His huge country is looking for raw materials and allies in its quest for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-leader-on-african-tour/a-19385649
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-modi-seeks-to-drum-up-business-in-african-tour
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-s-modi-starts-african-tour-to-drum-up-business-1.1858883

1 JULY 2016

Indian Air Force finally inducts home-grown fighter jet Tejas

India’s first locally-built combat aircraft officially took to the skies on Friday, 33 years after it was cleared for development, marking a long-held goal of cutting expensive imports to build a domestic defence-industrial base
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/01/content_15456919.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-iaf-finally-inducts-home-grown-fighter-jet-tejas-pm-modi-says-moment-of-unparalleled-pride-2230160
http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tejas-light-combat-aircraft-indigenous-india-iaf-hf-24-2887950/

27 JUNE 2016

India joins Missile Technology Control Regime

In a boost to its non-proliferation credentials, India on Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) at a ceremony in South Block, attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and diplomats from the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg missions
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/27/content_15454736.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-become-full-member-of-mtcr-today/article8778729.ece?w=alauto
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245348775

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/25/content_15454167.html

24 JUNE 2016

Examining India’s unsuccessful NSG bid

Despite India’s fervent push for admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the country remains outside the elite body that regulates nuclear trade worldwide – for now. DW examines the reasons behind this
http://www.dw.com/en/examining-indias-unsuccessful-nsg-bid/a-19353253

21 JUNE 2016

India’s embarrassing North Korean connection

A report states that one of the Indian courses to North Koreans offered instructions that « could be directly relevant » to « designing and testing a launch vehicle using ballistic missile technology, such as those on launch vehicles, attitude control, and telemetry, tracking, command and data-handling systems »
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/06/india-embarrassing-north-korean-connection-160620195559208.html

12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is seen as leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

8 JUNE 2016

Indian PM addresses US Congress, calls America ‘indispensable partner’, says terror is ‘incubated’ in India’s neighbourhood

Addressing a joint sitting of US Congress, he also described America as an ‘indispensable partner’ and stated that a strong India is in the US’ strategic interest.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-addresses-us-congress-calls-america-indispensable-partner-says-terror-is-incubated-in-india-s-neighbourhood_1893236.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-address-to-the-joint-sitting-of-us-congress-full-text_1893207.html

7 JUNE 2016

‘US committed to help India build its defence capabilities’

The US is « committed » to help India build its defence capabilities until it can be the « net provider of security » in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Obama administration official has said.
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/-us-committed-to-help-india-build-its-defence-capabilities/146902.html

23 MAY 2016

India and Iran sign ‘historic’ Chabahar port deal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will build and operate a key Iranian port after his talks with President Hassan Rouhani
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36356163
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-develop-irans-chahbahar-port/article8637558.ece?homepage=true
http://nation.com.pk/international/23-May-2016/india-to-boost-iran-port-project-links-to-afghanistan
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/trilateral-transport-transit-agreement-between-iran-india-afghanistan/

12 MAY 2016

‘Doval Doctrine’ can’t help India to make peace with neighbors

Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the second most important official in the government of India. His close ties with Prime Minister Modi reminds one of BN Mullik who, like him, was IB chief (1950-64), had close relationship with then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and influenced his key decisions on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. But Doval is going a few steps ahead of him with his hard line on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. The ‘doctrine’ named after him and expounded by him in two lectures delivered in 2014 and 2015 is analysed here in the light of the Pathankot airbase Attack
http://atimes.com/2016/05/doval-doctrine-cant-help-india-to-make-peace-with-neighbors/

29 APRIL 2016

India’s focus should be peace with China, not US military ties linked to sea row

The US has reason to be happy that India has agreed to militarily cooperate against China in the South China Sea region. However, it is not clear how India stands to benefit from the US’ hostile actions against China in a region which is not of direct strategic interest to India
http://atimes.com/2016/04/indias-focus-should-be-peace-with-china-not-us-military-ties-linked-to-sea-row/

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

20 APRIL 2016

After Modi visit, Saudi Arabia should join hands with India to fight terror

Over the past 15 years, the India-Saudi Arabia relationship has deepened significantly, especially on economic issues. However, it is with regard to counter-terrorism co-operation that their bilateral relations have witnessed the most remarkable changes.
http://atimes.com/2016/04/after-modi-visit-saudi-arabia-should-join-hands-with-india-to-fight-terror/

12 APRIL 2016

India, US agree to share military logistics; use each other’s land, air and naval bases

India and the United States have agreed in principle to share military logistics, the countries’ defence ministers said on Tuesday, as both sides seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China. Washington has for years urged New Delhi to sign a Logistics Support Agreement that allows the two militaries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-us-agree-to-share-military-logistics-use-each-other-s-land-air-and-naval-bases-2201385
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-india-military-logistics-agreement-still-not-finalized/3282252.html

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal, India sign agreements for partnership

The agreements include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on utilisation of India’s assistance for post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, a deal on strengthening road infrastructure in southern plains of Nepal and an accord on rail transport for trading with Bangladesh, among others.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/21/content_15387963.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2016/02/22/458903/India-pledges.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

India’s Military Might: The Real Truth

 The nation invests very heavily in its armed forces who are mindful of the responsibilities; but the apathy of the government functionaries in authority is bewildering. So rampant is the bureaucratic foot-dragging in the garb of due vetting, that the formalisation of the contract for procurement of 36 Rafale fighters is still “work in progress”. With this kind of a system of higher defence management in our country, would our enemies have any worries? Little wonder that our deterrence has bee ..
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/indias-military-might-the-real-truth/

31 JANUARY 2016

India’s ties with Asean set to scale new frontiers

India’s Act East policy will be in focus during the visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari to Thailand and Brunei (February 1-5). The visit is expected to deepen and diversify India’s economic and strategic ties with the two ASEAN countries
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/indias-ties-with-asean-set-to-scale-new-frontiers-rajiv-bhatia/

25 JANUARY 2016

India, France sign deal on purchase of Rafale jets

India and France inked an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on Monday on the sale of 36 French fighter jets, Rafale, but they were unable to sign the final deal due to some “financial” aspects, which are expected to be sorted out in a “couple of days”
http://atimes.com/2016/01/india-france-sign-deal-on-purchase-of-rafale-jets/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-rafale-deal-india-france-ink-mou-to-sort-out-financial-aspects-2170312

24 JANUARY 2016

India, France United In Fight Against Enemies Of Humanity, Says PM Modi: 10 Developments

French President Francois Hollande, who will be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebration, arrived today for a three-day visit that he said was aimed at promoting strategic ties and implement decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France
http://www.ndtv.com/cheat-sheet/fortress-chandigarh-to-welcome-french-president-as-he-begins-india-visit-10-developments-1269397?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped
Why is French President Hollande in India?
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20160124-why-french-president-hollande-india

16 JANUARY 2016

Modi’s spluttering China policies

The prognosis used to be that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, geo-economics will play a central part in driving the Sino-Indian relationship. China needs the big Indian market, while India desperately seeks large Chinese investments to build transit and other infrastructure critical to economic revival
http://atimes.com/2016/01/modis-spluttering-china-policies/

12 JANUARY 2016

Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made public the report of the 10-member Experts Committee that was set up in May 2015 to both evolve a policy framework for facilitating ‘Make in India’ within the purview of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and streamline the procurement process.
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/make-in-india-in-defence-sector-an-overview-of-the-dhirendra-singh-committee-report/0/

9 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani, Indian foreign secretaries to meet on January 15

Amid uncertainty in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said foreign decretary-level talks with India are scheduled to take place on January 15
http://atimes.com/2016/01/act-fast-against-those-behind-pathankot-attack-us-to-pakistan/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-indo-pak-foreign-secretary-level-talks-are-intact-sartaj-aziz-2164032
http://nation.com.pk/national/09-Jan-2016/pak-indian-secys-to-meet-on-15th-aziz

4 JANUARY 2016

An alliance of Kashmiri militant groups claims the deadly attack on the Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase

The United Jihad Council (UJC) said in a statement released that the attack was a message to India that Kashmiri fighters could strike at any sensitive installation across India
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230726/kashmiri-separatist-group-ujc-claims-pathankot-attack

3 JANUARY 2016

Indian consulate attacked in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif city

Two terrorists were killed and two others were currently engaged in a fierce gunbattle with Afghan forces on Sunday, Indian Consul General B Sarkar told bdnews24.com
http://bdnews24.com/neighbours/2016/01/03/indian-consulate-attacked-in-afghanistan-s-mazar-e-sharif-city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-consulate-under/2395768.html

30 DECEMBER 2015

India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country’s military capabilities.
http://news.yahoo.com/india-test-fires-long-range-surface-air-missile-095046245.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/successful-conduct-of-lrsam-firing-by-indian-navy/

25 DECEMBER 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-26/indian-pm-narendra-modi-makes-surprise-visit-to-pakistan-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade/1529930
http://www.dw.com/en/india-pm-narendra-modi-leaves-lahore-after-surprise-pakistan-visit/a-18942319
http://www.dawn.com/news/1228735/modi-arrives-in-lahore-on-surprise-visit

China effectively expels French journalist Ursula Gauthier

Officials have refused to renew Beijing-based journalist Ursula Gauthier’s press visa unless she apologizes for a story. Gauthier wrote criticially on China’s « anti-terror » operations against Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-effectively-expels-french-journalist-ursula-gauthier/a-18942525
http://www.france24.com/en/20151225-french-journalist-gauthier-china-apologise

9 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process

Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225246/pakistan-india-agree-to-restart-comprehensive-dialogue-process
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-pakistan-to-resume-dialogue-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-among-issues-to-be-discussed-2153962
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-full-text-of-joint-statement-made-by-india-and-pakistan-2153928

6 DECEMBER 2015

National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
http://atimes.com/2015/12/national-security-advisors-of-india-pakistan-discuss-terrorism-jk-in-bangkok/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224563/pakistan-india-nsas-hold-talks-in-bangkok

24 NOVEMBER 2015

India will help keep sea lanes free: Modi

India will lend its strength to ensure freedom of navigation in regional waters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday, as he outlined his government’s Act East Policy set against a resurgent domestic economy
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-will-help-keep-sea-lanes-free-modi

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at LAC

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

15 NOVEMBER 2015

Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

Nepal’s newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its « undeclared blockade » as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nepal-pm-asks-india-end-undeclared-blockade-191556569.html
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unofficial-indian-blockade-has-led-to-humanitarian-crisis-pm/

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Modi visit: ‘Huge moment’ for UK and India

After being banned from entering for 10 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday with critics denouncing moves against freedom of speech in India since his government took power a year ago. Trade and defence deals worth billions of dollars are signed during Modi’s maiden visit
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34790212
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34773767
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-modi-in-uk-full-text-of-pm-modi-s-speech-at-british-parliament-2144742
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11984475/Why-is-Indian-prime-minister-Modi-in-London-and-why-are-people-going-to-see-him-at-Wembley-stadium.html

7 NOVEMBER 2015

Indian army successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack missile

Indian Army Saturday (Nov. 7)  successfully test fired the nearly 300-km-range BrahMos supersonic land attack cruise missile from Pokhran in Rajasthan
http://atimes.com/2015/11/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-brahmos-land-attack-missile/

1 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s rising power in Africa

In an attempt to boost trade and investment opportunities abroad, India has welcomed heads of state, policymakers, and businessmen from every country in Africa, marking the largest ever India-Africa summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/10/india-rising-power-africa-151031083435780.html

23 OCTOBER 2015

Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take « credible deterrent » measures in the face of Indian « arms build-up » and « dangerous military doctrines »
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-attacks-dangerous-india-in-us-speech-news-national-pkxvaiegfiabf.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1215094/nawaz-urges-us-to-side-with-pakistan-against-indian-aggression
http://www.sify.com/news/india-desires-dialogue-but-pak-uses-terrorism-as-instrument-mea-news-national-pkxtcvdjjaidb.html

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

9 OCTOBER 2015

Analysis: Blockade politics in Nepal

India’s unofficial blockade of Nepal – now in its third week – has therefore crippled life in this country of 30 million people. Things could get a lot worse
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/analysis-blockade-politics-nepal-151009193817262.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

India and Iran: Challenges and Opportunity

The nuclear deal opens the door for India, but its neighbors have their own plans
http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/india-iran-relations-challenges-and-opportunity/

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

22 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan cancels security meeting with India

Pakistan has said it can not accept what it described as India’s « preconditions » for high-level talks, effectively cancelling a planned meeting between the two countries’ national security advisers (NSA)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/pakistan-cancels-security-meeting-india-150822185254946.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/943180/pakistan-india-deadlock-foreign-policy-wizards-expect-regional-peace-to-suffer/

16 AUGUST 2015

India PM in UAE to boost trade and security ties

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the United Arab Emirates for a two-day visit during which he will deliver a speech to thousands of Indian expatriates, tour a mosque in a symbolic gesture of outreach to Muslims and discuss with rulers how to improve already strong trade links
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/08/india-pm-uae-boost-trade-security-ties-150816141050057.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pm-narendra-modi-arrives-in-uae-for-two-day-visit/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-uae-l/2054556.html

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2015/07/31/102277.php

20 JULY 2015

Why India lags behind China in submarine race

A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi after traversing the Arabian Sea worried Indian authorities concerned about China’s growing undersea-warfare capabilities — more than four times as large as India’s.
http://atimes.com/2015/07/why-india-lags-behind-china-in-submarine-race/
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150721000125&cid=1101

10 JULY 2015

 The beginning of an Israel-India ‘romance’?

 Last week, when the UN Human Rights Council voted on a resolution condemning Israel for its military offensive in Gaza last year, India chose to abstain
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/07/israel-india-gaza-150709005707545.html

24 JUNE 2015

China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub

Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-blocks-un-action-against-pakistan-concerning-mumbai-terror-attack
http://www.freepressjournal.in/china-backs-paskitan-on-zaki-ur-rehman-lakhvis-bail/

10 JUNE 2015

Indian troops cross into Myanmar to attack rebel bases

Indian parachute commandos in helicopters have crossed over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

6 JUNE 2015

Russia and India: A 21st Century Decline

What was once a robust defense trade has fallen away in recent years. Can it rebound?http://thediplomat.com/2015/06/russia-and-india-a-21st-century-decline/

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?ref=asia&_r=0

31 MAY 2015

Modi travels the globe boosting Indian ties

Modi has visited 18 countries in the year since he took office, three times as many as his predecessor Manmohan Singh
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Modi-travels-the-globe-boosting-Indian-ties

26 MAY 2015

India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles

Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-china-relations-advance-by-inches-not-miles-65180/

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

14 MAY 2015

India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks

India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/india-modi-arrives-china-trade-talks-150514043359786.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-china-trip-will-deepen-friendship
http://www.sify.com/news/modi-xi-hold-extremely-productive-talks-news-others-pfpauggbdagfd.html

7 MAY 2015

India moves to settle 1974 border dispute with Bangladesh

India took a step towards ratifying a 41-year-old border dispute with Bangladesh Wednesday that would see thousands of people living in “enclaves” being allowed to choose their nationality
http://www.dawn.com/news/1180515/india-moves-to-settle-1974-border-dispute-with-bangladesh
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/lba-placed-lok-sabha-80964

29 APRIL 2015

US asks India to go slow in boosting trade ties with Iran

The United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-asks-india-other-to-g/1815508.html

20 APRIL 2015

Indian Navy’s stealth destroyer launched

Visakhapatnam is to be commissioned in 2018, and has indigenous component of over 70 per cent. It has been made of Indian Steel manufactured by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The warship’s propulsion system will be from Russia
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/navy-launches-stealth-destroyer-ins-visakhapatnam/article7122363.ece

13  APRIL 2015

China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat

China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-falls-short-of-backing-india-for-a-permanent-un-seat/article7098822.ece

11 APRIL 2015

Why India needs to ‘act’ East

Ever since former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reshaped India’s foreign policy in the 1990s under the so-called ‘Look East’ policy India has strengthened ties with Southeast Asia. The current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally said that it is keen to progress from the ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East.’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/11/why-india-needs-to-act-east/

10 APRIL 2015

India PM Modi orders 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he had ordered 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernise his country’s ageing warplane fleet as neighbouring states upgraded their military hardware
http://www.france24.com/en/20150410-india-france-french-36-rafale-jets-modi/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prime-minister-narendra-modis-visit-to-france/article7090006.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175096/modi-orders-36-ready-to-fly-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets

24 MARCH 2015

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-china-agree-foster-peace-disputed-border
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-agrees-india-maintain-border-peace

19 MARCH 2015

India to have its own satellite-based positioning and navigational services

India is inching towards having its own satellite-backed positioning and navigational services for civilian and strategic application.
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/19/india-sat-system

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

11 MARCH 2015

India to develop two islands in Indian Ocean

In a move which some see as an attempt to mitigate China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean, India has acquired infrastructure development rights to develop two islands in the Indian Ocean
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-develop-two-islands-in-Indian-Ocean/articleshow/46533103.cms

28 FEBRUARY 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge

India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 per cent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military’s long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-raises-defence-budget-modestly-it-confronts-china-challenge
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/limited-rise-in-indias-defence-budget-2015-16/

http://www.business-standard.com/budget/article/marginal-rise-in-defence-budget-115030100017_1.html

25 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy: Big Shift Or Pragmatic Makeover? – Analysis

In light of recent events, especially President Obama’s visit to India and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China, India’s foreign policy appears to have undergone a transformative shift since the heyday of Non-Alignment. Is this indeed the case?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/25022015-indias-foreign-policy-big-shift-or-pragmatic-makeover-analysis/

20 FEBRUARY 2015

China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-indian-pm/1671004.html
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1239592.shtml

 

Ties with India out of closet, says Israel

 

Israel has emerged as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as ship defence missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions have been unpublicised, largely because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1164704/ties-with-india-out-of-closet-says-israel

19 FEBRUARY 2015

India successfully test-fires Prithvi-II missile at Chandipur in Odisha

Strategic Forces Command personnel test-fired the nuclear-weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha on Thursday for a range of 250 km as against its full strike range of 350 km
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46296232.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The_South_Asia_Daily%202.19&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nuclear-capable-prithviii-missile-testfired/article6911901.ece?widget-art=four-rel

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Narendra Modi’s international balancing act

In the eight months since Narendra Modi took office as India’s prime minister, the country has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Barack Obama – giving some the impression that all the big powers are seeking India’s hand.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/narendra-modi-international-balancing-act-150208044316333.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

31 JANUARY 2015

India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-tests-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher

29 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan again opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India

Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

25 JANUARY 2015

India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke a deadlock on a long-stalled civilian nuclear pact Sunday, with both leaders noting their « friendship » as the catalyst for closer diplomatic ties.
http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-modi-discuss-relations-between-us-india/2612582.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/pm-obama-announce-nuke-breakthrough-115012600043_1.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30930581

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

10 JANUARY 2015

India was angry with Mahinda for using China card against it, Delhi happy to see him go; Modi may visit Colombo soon

India surely attaches much importance to Sri Lanka for lots of reasons, and considers it a close ally. But what angered and irritated India was the manner in which Rajapaksa was threatening to turn Sri Lanka into a strategic asset for China at New Delhi’s expense.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117435
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/world/asia/new-president-in-sri-lanka-puts-chinas-plans-in-check.html?ref=asia&_r=0

3 JANUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy Reimagined

The style and substance of Narendra Modi’s foreign policies have been very different from those of his predecessors
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/indias-foreign-policy-reimagined/

10 DECEMBER 2014

Russia India: Putin on visit to broker energy deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a visit to India, where he is due to seek lucrative energy deals.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30408274
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/10/world/asia/india-putin/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 DECEMBER 2014

Modi’s new diplomatic instruments for a new India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking new ways to enhance India’s global diplomacy. Modi is pursuing two paths largely overlooked by analysts of India’s foreign policy: to connect with the Indian diaspora and to encourage links with subnational governments at state and city levels.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/08/modis-new-diplomatic-instruments-for-a-new-india/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Modi Doctrine for the Indo-Pacific Maritime Region

Only six months into his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is breathing new life into the concept of Indo-Pacific security
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-modi-doctrine-for-the-indo-pacific-maritime-region/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

India approves $3.4 billion mounted gun purchase: Official

India approved on Saturday the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the army at a cost of 157.5 billion rupees (S$3.38 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-approves-34-billion-mounted-gun-purchase-official
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146191/india-invites-bids-for-24bn-artillery-contract

21 NOVEMBER 2014

‘Incursions will hurt ties’: Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh hits out at China for ‘illegal occupation’ 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Beijing has illegally occupied the Aksai Chin region in Ladakh, and blamed the Congress for making “China India’s neighbour”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2842985/Incursions-hurt-ties-Rajnath-Singh-hits-China-illegal-occupation.html#ixzz3Jisy2oA2 

14 NOVEMBER 2014

India test-fires nuke-capable missile

India successfully test-fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a test range in eastern Indian state of Odisha on Friday morning, local media reported.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-11/14/content_15191178.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

India and US reach WTO breakthrough over food

India and the US have resolved their disagreements on food security issues, paving the way for the implementation of a global trade pact.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30033130
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-resolve-impasse-over-food-security-issues-at-wto/article6594065.ece?homepage=true

3 NOVEMBER 2014

The problem with Modie hard line toward Pakistan

The new Indian government has pursued a noticeably harder line toward Pakistan-based terrorism than its predecessor.  During the recent electoral campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to “Talk to Pakistan in Pakistan’s language because it won’t learn lessons until then.” 
http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India

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

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-modi-pledges-modernise-vietnams-defences

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.
http://cogitasia.com/india-asean-trade-working-toward-greater-manufacturing-integration/

17 OCTOBER 2014

India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday (first time with success) from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141017/DEFREG03/310170022/India-Test-Fires-Nirbhay-Cruise-Missile
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

3 OCTOBER 2014

India, US to work together to boost maritime security

India and the United States have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-US-to-work-together-to-boost-maritime-securi-65346.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

It is time to set a new agenda in Indo-US ties: Modi and Obama

Terming the Indo-US relationship as “robust, reliable and enduring”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today said the true potential of the ties was yet to be fully realised and the advent of a new government in India was a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the ties.
http://freepressjournal.in/it-is-time-to-set-a-new-agenda-in-indo-us-ties-modi-and-obama/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/anti-terror-to-trade-modi-obama-join-hands-for-model-partnership/

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

Can Modi revive the India-US relationship?

Modi’s US visit, September 26-30, has three broad aspects: Official meetings to build on existing and new pillars of the bilateral agenda; meetings with American CEOs to pitch a « reenergised » India; and connecting with the Indian American community.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/09/can-modi-revive-india-us-relati-201492872246706449.html

2014-09-29

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s Great power game

The election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and geopolitical developments — particularly the US pivot to Asia and the Russia’s new Cold War with the West — have revived India’s prospects of achieving Great Power status
http://www.dawn.com/news/1134772/indias-great-power-game

27 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s Modi calls for reform in speech to UN

Narendra Modi has used his first speech to the UN as India’s prime minister to renew his country’s call for reform of the Security Council.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-29373722

26 SEPTEMBER 2014

Suit filed in US against Modi for India riots

A human rights group in the United States has sued Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for what it says was his complicity in violence in the western state of Gujarat in 2002.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/09/suit-filed-us-against-modi-india-riots-201492612504882672.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/us-court-summons-based-on-class-lawsuit-against-modi/article6448408.ece?homepage=true
http://www.sify.com/news/india-slams-new-york-case-against-modi-as-frivolous-malicious-news-others-oj0wEkccgdahg.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

A Leadership Moment for India and the U.S.

Even before he came to office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called India and the U.S. “natural allies,” stating: “It is in the interest of both the nations to develop further on our relationship.” President Barack Obama, in turn, has outlined the task ahead for both leaderships: to work together “to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership
http://www.brookings.edu/research/flash-topics/flash-topic-folder/us-india-modi-obama-summit

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

China troops withdraw from India border as Xi visit ends

Chinese troops have begun pulling back from the disputed border with India, sources said Friday, as President Xi Jinping wrapped up a rare visit to New Delhi overshadowed by the stand-off at the remote frontier.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1132984/china-troops-withdraw-from-india-border-as-xi-visit-ends
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/hours-after-withdrawing-chinese-troops-cross-into-chumar-region-again/

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China’s Xi makes maiden India visit, seeking to reset ties

India’s new prime minister rolled out the red carpet for Xi Jinping in his home town on Wednesday, as the Chinese president began a maiden visit with both sides seeking to reset the relationship between Asia’s rival superpowers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-xi-makes-maiden-india-visit-seeking-reset-ties
http://tribune.com.pk/story/763520/chinese-premiers-visit-to-india-of-talks-investment-and-existential-threats/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/PM-Modi-welcomes-Xi-Jinping-in-Ahmedabad-India-China-sign-3-pacts/articleshow/42728040.cms

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

India tightens Vietnam defence, oil ties

India extended a US$100 million export credit to Vietnam for defence deals and tightened energy ties on Monday during a visit to Vietnam by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/india-tightens-vietnam-defence-oil-ties-31198.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-india-vietnam-china-xi/2451075.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2014

India, Australia sign long awaited civil nuclear pact

Conservative leaders Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi sealed a long-awaited nuclear energy deal on Friday, paving the way for Australia to sell uranium to India crippled by power shortages and blackouts.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1130069/australia-india-sign-long-awaited-civil-nuclear-deal
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/05/tony-abbott-uranium-india

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties during summit

Japan and India agreed on Monday to strengthen defence ties as Asia’s second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the « expansionism » of some nations
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/japan-and-india-vow-boost-strategic-ties-during-summit
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/429897/india-and-japan-will-shape-21st-century-says-modi

23 AUGUST 2014

India and Pakistan trade gunfire in Kashmir leaving four dead

India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region earlier, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others, officials said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11052670/India-and-Pakistan-trade-gunfire-in-Kashmir-leaving-four-dead.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-and-pakistan-trade-heavy-gunfire-in-kashmir/2425607.html

21 AUGUST 2014

Obama mustn’t underestimate Modi

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India for the India–US Strategic Dialogue, in which he described India as an ‘indispensable partner for the 21st century’, is a clear effort by the American government to jumpstart the flagging bilateral partnership.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/08/21/obama-mustnt-underestimate-modi/

18 AUGUST 2014

India calls off Pakistan talks in Kashmir row

India has called off high-level talks with its neighbour Pakistan after the latter’s envoy to New Delhi held a meeting with Kashmiri pro-independence leaders, India’s foreign ministry has said
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c71f37a4-26e0-11e4-bc19-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz3Am01X0N0
http://www.dawn.com/news/1126123/india-calls-off-foreign-secretary-level-talks-with-pakistan
http://www.firstpost.com/india/pm-modis-honeymoon-with-pakistan-over-as-furious-india-calls-off-talks-1669589.html

14 AUGUST 2014

India Emerges as Largest Foreign Customer of US Arms

India has emerged as the world’s largest arms buyer in recent years, but hopes to reverse this by strengthening its domestic defense industry. The United States was India’s largest arms supplier in recent years, dislodging Russia as New Delhi’s principal source of weapons.
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-emerges-as-largest-foreign-customer-of-us-arms/2413081.html

3 AUGUST 2014

China-India energy rivalry in spotlight as Modi visits Nepal

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be looking to boost hydropower cooperation and reinvigorate ties when he lands in Nepal today in the first visit by an Indian premier in 17 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423835/china-india-energy-rivalry-in-spotlight-as-modi-visits-nepal
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-PM-in-Nepal-to-boost-ties-63017.html

29 JULY 2014

Kerry: US-India Ties at ‘Potentially Transformative Moment’

Relations between the United States and India are at a “potentially transformative moment,” with a new Indian government that presents new opportunities, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said
http://www.voanews.com/content/kerry-us-india-ties-at-potentially-transformative-moment/1967141.html

25 JULY 2014

India stands firm in opposition to WTO deal

The US accused India of bringing the World Trade Organisation to the “brink of crisis” after New Delhi said it would block a global trade deal without agreement on permanent rules covering its food programmes for the poor.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a567594e-13fc-11e4-8485-00144feabdc0.html?siteedition=intl#axzz38baCXVXZ
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-threatens-derail-wto-deal-prompts-angry-us-rebuke

20 JULY 2014

India to spend $ 3,5 bn on military modernization

India’s new Hindu nationalist government cleared on Saturday proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1120373/india-to-spend-35bn-on-military-modernisation

9 JULY 2014

China and India ignore border tensions to forge economic ties

While the countries stand to gain much from improved cooperation, political animosity and territorial disputes dating back to the 1962 Sino-Indian Border Conflict have undermined progress, writes World Review guest expert Vaughan Winterbottom.
http://www.worldreview.info/content/china-and-india-ignore-border-tensions-forge-economic-ties

9 JULY 2014

Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/07/bangladesh-wins-sea-border-dispute-with-india-20147881221238354.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bangladesh-india-welcome-courts-ruling-sea-border

3 JULY 2014

China and India’s top brass meet in Beijing

The vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, Fan Changlong, met with the chief of the Indian Army, General Bikram Singh, in Beijing on Thursday. Singh is the first Indian Army chief to visit China since 2005
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140704000127&cid=1101

20 JUNE 2014

Revisiting India’s Nuclear Doctrine

Ever since the release of India’s nuclear doctrine in 2003, there have been occasional appeals for its review. Such appeals in the past were limited and went largely unnoticed without generating any meaningful discussion. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) 2014 election manifesto promising to “update and review” country’s decade-old nuclear weapons’ doctrine has triggered a serious debate
http://www.eurasiareview.com/20062014-revisiting-indias-nuclear-doctrine-analysis/

14 JUNE 2014

India must be ‘self sufficient’ in defence technology

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Saturday the country must be « self sufficient » in its defence capabilities at a ceremony inducting a Russian-built aircraft carrier into the navy
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415372/india-must-be-elf-sufficient-in-defence-technology

8 JUNE 2014

India, China Hold Talks on Boosting Trade, Border Disputes

The Chinese and Indian foreign ministers have discussed ways to ease border tensions and enhance economic engagement in the Indian capital.  It is the first high level interaction between the Asian giants since a new government took power in India
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-indian-foreign-ministers-meet/1932020.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/06/new-india-government-talks-with-china-fm-20146813152122169.html

27 MAY 2014

Let’s turn back the clock for peace, Nawaz Sharif urges Narendra Modi

Reviving a 1999 agreement for nuclear disarmament and talks on Kashmir could be the key to peace between India and Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells Narendra Modi
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10858512/Lets-turn-back-the-clock-for-peace-Nawaz-Sharif-urges-Narendra-Modi.html

24 MAY 2014

Pakistan’s Sharif to attend Modi inauguration

Pakistan has accepted an invitation to Nawaz Sharif, prime minister, to attend the inauguration of Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister-designate, officials say
http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/24/pakistan-s-prime-minister-to-attend-indian-prime-minister-s-swearing-in/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/05/pakistan-sharif-attend-modi-inauguration-201452454611476370.html

6 MAY 2014

Why India doesn’t support Western sanctions on Russia

Not only did India abstain from voting on the UN General Assembly Resolution condemning Crimea’s annexation but it has also opposed the imposition of Western sanctions. Together with its fellow members in the BRICS forum, India has rejected Australian suggestion that Russia be excluded from the G20 summit

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/05/06/why-india-doesnt-support-western-sanctions-on-russia/

27 APRIL 2014

India tests high-altitude interceptor missile

India has successfully test-fired an anti-ballistic missile capable of intercepting targets outside the earth’s atmosphere, a major step in development of a missile defence system that is available to only a handful of nations
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/india-tests-high-altitude-interceptor-missile-20144279237382117.html

3 APRIL 2014

Foreign Policy à la Modi

A look at Indian foreign policy since 1964 confirms that it has been characterized more by continuity than by change. And even those changes that have occurred, while important, have been incremental, and unrelated to the political ideology of the party in power. After all, as a serving Indian ambassador recently told me, “An elephant is not prone to making sharp turns

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/141095/manjari-chatterjee-miller/foreign-policy-a-la-modi?cid=soc-facebook-in-snapshots-foreign_policy_a_la_modi-040414

24 MARCH 2014

Indian Foreign Policy: The Cold War lingers

India’s support for Russia during the Crimea crisis should be a wake-up call for Washington

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/indian-foreign-policy-the-cold-war-lingers/

13 MARCH 2014

Case against Indian diplomat who was strip-searched in US dismissed

Devyani Khobragade, the Indian diplomat whose arrest and strip-search in New York caused an international row, has case against her dismissed, but US prosecutors may refile charges related to allegations she exploited her housekeeper
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10694154/Case-against-Indian-diplomat-who-was-strip-searched-in-US-dismissed.html
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-welcomes-dismissal-of-us-charges-against-diplomat/1870247.html

24 FEBRUARY 2014

India becomes biggest foreign buyer of US weapons

India imported $1.9bn of military kit from the US last year, making it the biggest foreign buyer of US weapons, according to research from IHS Jane’s.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/ded3be9a-9c81-11e3-b535-00144feab7de.html?siteedition=intl#axzz2uNCe3XKn

13 FEBRUARY 2014

US restores ties with Narendra Modi as he is tipped to be next Indian PM

The United States has ended a decade-long boycott of the Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi over deadly religious riots as a top diplomat held talks with the man tipped to be the country’s next prime minister.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/13/us-restores-ties-narendra-modi-tipped-indian-pm?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%20Brief%202-13-14

10 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s Rising Regional Military Engagement

New Delhi has been strengthening defense ties with countries across the region

http://thediplomat.com/2014/02/indias-rising-regional-military-engagement/

3 FEBRUARY 2014

The Japan-India strategic equation is not working

If New Delhi’s motive in according Abe the high honour was to elevate the profile of this year’s summit meeting and nudge him to sign on the dotted line of the proposed Japan-India civil nuclear cooperation accord, the outcome was far from satisfactory.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/02/03/the-japan-india-strategic-equation-is-not-working/

25 JANUARY 2014

India, Japan pledge stronger defence ties

India and Japan late Saturday affirmed plans to « further strengthen » defence cooperation against the backdrop of an increasingly assertive China.

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-japan-pledge/968530.html http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41870&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=13fc3dd883ad5b6975463c2215ab0c80#.UuWCW8vLTIU

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/26/india-and-japan-asias-win-win-partnership/

18 JANUARY 2014

Pakistan-India agree to expedite process of trade liberalization

In a bid to strengthen bilateral relations, Pakistan and India Saturday decided to allow greater trade through land route, signalling a thaw in relations after a year’s standoff over military tensions on the border
http://www.nation.com.pk/business/18-Jan-2014/pak-india-agree-to-expedite-process-of-trade-liberalization
http://www.dawn.com/news/1081131/pakistan-india-agree-over-greater-trade-through-land-route

16 JANUARY 2014

Korea, India agree to upgrade trade pact, diplomatic relations

The leaders of South Korea and India agreed to upgrade their economic, diplomatic and security cooperation on Thursday, paving the way for a strategic partnership between the two countries in the future
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140116001003

10 JANUARY 2014

India asks US to withdraw diplomat as row escalates

India on Friday night ordered the United States to withdraw one of its embassy staff from New Delhi in retaliation for the expulsion of an Indian diplomat who had been charged with visa fraud in New York.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10563851/India-asks-US-to-withdraw-diplomat-as-row-escalates.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/01/india-asks-us-remove-embassy-officer-2014110135450998555.html

9 JANUARY 2014

Russian-India ties move into high gear

http://defencenews.in/defence-news-internal.asp?get=new&id=2890

Indian visa row diplomat Devyani Khobragade leaves US

Devyani Khobragade was ordered to leave the US on Thursday after she was indicted on criminal charges and India refused to waive her immunity
http://asiancorrespondent.com/118119/indian-diplomat-strip-searched-in-nyc-leaves-us/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25678366

8 JANUARY 2014

Devyani Khobragade row: India orders ‘more reprisals’ against US

India has ordered more reprisals against the US as a diplomatic row continues over last month’s arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25648285

7 JANUARY 2014

Hong Kong Kung fu movie mogul Run Run Shaw dies aged 106

24 DECEMBER 2013

Pakistan, Indian army commanders meet on Kashmir

Leading army commanders from Pakistan and India met on Tuesday in a bid to reduce tensions in the disputed region of Kashmir after a year of intermittent clashes on the de facto border.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-indian-army-commanders-meet-kashmir

18 DECEMBER 2013

Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar

The arrest and detention of an Indian consular official in New York on visa fraud charges has created a diplomatic uproar, with punitive steps taken against State Department officials in New Delhi.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/12/17/politics/india-us-diplomat/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25435129

6 DECEMBER 2013

India joins Japan in Asian maritime power balance

New Delhi has begun to develop a robust strategic partnership with Tokyo to avoid a similar marginalisation in Southeast Asia. If India enters into a genuine maritime alliance with Japan and acts to project naval power in the South China Sea, it could transform the security environment of the Asia Pacific region.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/12/06/india-joins-japan-in-asian-maritime-power-balance/

20 NOVEMBER 2013

Indian govt gives green light to army for China border troop beef-up

In a move to counter the Chinese building infrastructure facilities upto the Sino-Indian border, the government gave its consent to the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Security to beef up the troop strength giving the green light  for the Army to raise a Corps which will include  deployment of 50,000 additional troops there at a cost of around Rs 65,000 crore (US$10 billion).
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indian-govt-gives-green-light-to-army-for-China-bo-54102.html

14 NOVEMBER 2013

India’s regional diplomacy faltering

From Sri Lanka to Maldives to Bangladesh, India’s relationship with its neighbours seems to have run into trouble.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-regional-diplomacy-faltering

10 NOVEMBER 2013

India PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit

Indian PM Manmohan Singh will boycott this week’s Commonwealth summit in Colombo, officials say, amid a row over Sri Lanka’s human rights record.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887719
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379107/india-pm-to-miss-commonwealth-summit-in-sri-lanka

29 OCTOBER 2013

India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary

India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

25 OCTOBER 2013

India’s defense procurements bungles

Bureaucratic mismanagement is depriving Indian soldiers of much-needed weapons.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/25/indias-defense-procurement-bungles-2/

23 OCTOBER 2013

China-India reach border defence pact

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

21 OCTOBER 2013

India PM fails to strike nuclear deal in Russia

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed Monday to strike a long-delayed nuclear power deal with Russia during talks with President Vladimir Putin that also focused on big arms and energy deals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375657/india-pm-fails-to-strike-nuclear-deal-in-russia

20 OCTOBER 2013

India PM’s Visit To Russia And China: Need For Smart Diplomacy – Analysis

It is for the first time in living memory that an Indian prime minister will visit Russia and China during the same trip, beginning 21 October. The prime minister’s visit to the two countries comes in the back drop of his recent visits to the US, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. Taken together these visits signal a transformation of Indian foreign policy through greater engagement with countries across the world.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102013-india-pms-visit-russia-china-need-smart-diplomacy-analysis/

13 OCTOBER 2013

U.S.-India Relations: The Overshadowed Summit

The U.S.-India relationship is enveloped these days by grand rhetoric.  But for a reality check on the state of bilateral affairs, look no further than the summit meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two weeks ago.  The get-together was designed to inject new energy into a partnership that just a few years ago looked so promising but which is now roundly seen as going flat.  Yet even before Mr. Singh journeyed to Washington, the trip promised to be a ho-hum visit at best.

http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/u-s-india-relations-the-overshadowed-summit/?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_5795375252246638595#%21

1st OCTOBER 2013

India-US Relations: Principle Of ‘Closest Partners’ – Analysis

The United States has placed India in the category of ‘closest partners’ for defence cooperation. The official spin, that came out of Washington, following the meetings between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama last week, was that New Delhi would now be on the same footing as the closest allies of the US such as Britain when it comes to the transfer of defence technology.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/01102013-india-us-relations-principle-closest-partners-analysis/

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence

Building A Sustainable EU-India Partnership – Analysis

After nearly a decade, the ‘Strategic Partnership’ between the European Union (EU) and India launched in 2004 still has to live up to its name. The free trade agreement (FTA) has added a strategic dimension to the partnership, but long drawn negotiations soak up most of the attention and risk pegging the entire relationship to their success or failure. The volume of untapped overall potential appears to expand with time. There is a need to set the priorities for a renewed partnership that not only builds on progress made but also addresses the real needs of each partner. Trade is critically important. But beyond that, a new, forward looking partnership based on urbanisation, development and sustainable growth should be sought.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-building-sustainable-eu-india-partnership-analysis/

Indo-Japanese Relations Since The May 2013 Joint Statement – Analysis

Almost four months have passed since the Manmohan Singh -Shinzo Abe joint statement was issued following their summit meeting held in Tokyo in May, 2013. Some important developments that could transform the India-Japan partnership further have occurred during this period and there is considerable satisfaction in both countries about the follow-up measures taken by both countries.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-indo-japanese-relations-since-may-2013-joint-statement-analysis-2/

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

New role for India in Myanmar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-160913.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

India tests nuclear-capable missile

India has successfully test-fired for a second time a nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391573745235297.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

India And Nepal: Koirala’s Visit And New Delhi’s Interests

Is there a reason why the Indian government has frequently been extending invites to Nepali leaders to visit India in the past few months? What impact could this particular visit have on the current Nepali political scenario?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/14092013-india-and-nepal-koiralas-visit-and-new-delhis-interests-analysis/

28 AUGUST 2013

Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis

On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28082013-can-china-and-india-now-press-the-reset-button-analysis/

21 AUGUST 2013

It Must Be Summer: Pakistan Shells India

India should respond to Pakistan’s mortar fire over the Line of Control with containment, not escalation.

http://fpif.org/it-must-be-summer-pakistan-shells-india/

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.

http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

13 AUGUST 2013

Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10239396/Pakistani-prime-minister-calls-for-better-ties-with-India.html

11 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan says India fired on border posts

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/20138118293667922.html

10 AUGUST 2013

First Indian nuclear submarine set for sea trials

India’s first home-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials in open waters, a step before it becomes fully operational, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Saturday.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-indian-nuclear/771606.html

7 AUGUST 2013

Biden visit: can India live up to US expectations?

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit to India on 22–25 July, while not leading to any major breakthrough, provided a valuable opportunity to renew the high-level political contact between the two countries at a time when there is some concern in India that the Obama administration is not paying adequate attention to the bilateral relationship.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/07/biden-visit-can-india-live-up-to-us-expectations/

6 JULY 2013

Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir

20 JULY 2013

India Marginalized in Myanmar

India has not gained much from Myanmar’s transition from military rule to a fledgling democracy. When Myanmar was ruled by a military junta and shunned by the West, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were seen as alternatives to Chinese influence. But as Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, it is turning more to the West, especially the United States, to balance China’s growing influence, and not to India.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/40479

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.                                                                                       http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/242061/viet-nam-strives-to-strengthen-strategic-partnership-with-india.html

6 JULY 2013

China, India agree to step up border peace efforts: Xinhua

« The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries, » General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.                                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358686/china-india-agree-to-step-up-border-peace-efforts-xinhua

4 JULY 2013

Chinese general warns India in border dispute, calls Philippines ‘troublemaker’

An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up “new trouble” in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi’s defense minister was set to visit Beijing.                                                                                                           http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79787/chinese-general-warns-india-in-border-dispute-calls-philippines-troublemaker

India’s defence minister in first trip to China in 7 years

India’s defence minister will lead a high-level delegation to China on Thursday, the first such trip in seven years, as the two sides ramp up efforts to rebuild trust after a recent flare-up over a border dispute.                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358310/india-defence-minister-in-first-trip-to-china-in-7-years

27 JUNE 2013

Delhi can’t copy Beijing in Central Asia

A copy is almost never as good as the original, which is why India’s efforts at copying the Chinese trajectory in Central Asia have yielded meager returns.               http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/792172.shtml

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to conclude a nuclear cooperation agreement as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000268214

22 MAY 2013

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015.                                                                                                                                                   http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174

20 MAY 2013

China and India pledge to improve ties

India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip.                                                                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html

19 MAY 2013

Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries.                                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html                                                                                                                         http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/                                                                                      http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/

13 MAY 2013

New Sukhoi base to cover south India

Even as the western and eastern fronts with Pakistan and China are bolstered with additional Sukhoi-30MKI squadrons, India has also kick-started plans to base its most lethal « air dominance » fighter in south India to keep a « strategic eye » over Indian Ocean.
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-air-force/51017-new-sukhoi-base-cover-south-india.html

11 MAY 2013

Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm

India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841

2 MAY 2013

India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion

Two weeks ago, Indian military officials announced with expressions of shock that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between the giant neighbors and set up camp an unprecedented six miles into Indian-claimed territory, sparking a still-unresolved standoff. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-china-remain-at-odds-over-alleged-border-incursion/2013/05/02/dd9c0150-b324-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

22 APRIL 2013

India will take every step to protect its interests: Defence Minister AK Antony on China incursion in Ladakh

More than a dozen Chinese soldiers continue to be stationed a remote camp some 10 kilometres (6 miles) within Indian territory in Northen Ladakh. The Indian army set up its own temporary camp just 500 meters (1600 feet) from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers                                                                                           http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html

13 APRIL 2013

India upgrades strategic ties with Japan and Vietnam

The strategic importance of Asia in the 21st century has the world watching. While China has expanded its economic and military might it has growing rivalry with India, Japan and South Korea. Even USA in the Asia Pacific. India and Japan can cooperate proactively in order to tap the vast energy, mineral and livelihood resources in this region as well as in the adjoining South China Sea by checkmating China that has been eyeing the region under the ‘String of Pearls’ strategy. By doing so, both India and Japan can enhance their respective naval capability, transportation systems and maritime security. Vietnam’s relations with Japan and India are flourishing and the year 2013 is considered a pivotal year for the three countries to lay foundation for more sustainable cooperation in the next 40 years. India is better placed to contribute towards this aim in all fields­­–defence cooperation, political cooperation, economic and technical assistance and technology transfers etc.                                                                                                                                                           http://www.dsalert.org/defence-and-security-roundup/2013/04/india-upgrades-strategic-ties-with-japan-and-vietnam/

13 APRIL 2013

India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates

A formal contract is likely to be signed after Russia delivers to India the third and final Talwar-class stealth frigate INS Trikand. http://indrus.in/economics/2013/04/13/india_to_spend_3_billion_for_3_more_talwar-class_frigates_23773.html

10 APRIL 2013

Deepening US–India trade relations

Trade with India represents a big prize for the United States because of the size and strength of the Indian economy, but there are still challenges for US companies doing business in India.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/10/deepening-us-india-trade-relations/

5 APRIL 2013

India’s Foreign Policy

The 2012-2013 annual report of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) begins with the statement that “India’s foreign policy (is) rooted in national ethos”. This seemingly innocuous sentence is indicative of all that is wrong with policy formulation at the MEA. http://southasianidea.com/foreign-policy/indias-foreign-policy/

26 MARCH 2013

The Desi Factor in U.S.-India Relations

According to a new Gallup survey, more than two-thirds of the U.S. public has a positive impression of India, a score that even edges out Israel’s traditionally-high favorability rating. This is the latest indicator of how decisively American perceptions about the country have changed.                                                                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/the-desi-factor-in-u-s-india-relations/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_226640958

25 MARCH 2013

India and Sri Lanka: More constructive role needed

There was no doubt that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would pass the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for its treatment of the Tamil minority. After keeping many guessing how it would vote, India ended up supporting the motion, alongside 24 other countries. Of the remaining countries, 13 voted against it and eight abstained.                                                                                                                                http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/03/25/india-and-sri-lanka-more-constructive-role-needed/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_226265081

21 MARCH 2013

Italy-India row: Rome to send marines back for trial

Two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen, in a case that has sparked a diplomatic row, are to be sent back to Delhi for trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21887903

19 MARCH 2013

China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi

China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy » http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320065/china-india-should-accommodate-each.html

15 MARCH 2013

India bars Italian envoy from leaving over marines row

India’s supreme court has temporarily barred the Italian ambassador from leaving the country as a diplomatic row over Rome’s refusal to return two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen intensified.                                                http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/world/asia/india-italy-fishermen/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130315-india-italy-incident-sea-diplomatic-choppy-waters-fishermen-marines                                                                                       http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5254&Itemid=174

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions

The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.”                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468

9 MARCH 2013

Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome

Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ».                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html

8 MARCH 2013

India’s Defence Budget: Inadequate Outlay

The funds allotted for defense expenditure by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for the Financial Year (FY) 2013-14 are inadequate to meet the growing threats and challenges facing the country, modernization of the armed forces and India’s increasing responsibilities as a regional power.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://cogitasia.com/india%E2%80%99s-defence-budget-inadequate-outlay/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_220945456

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.                                    http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/216/Indian-Defence-Budget-2013-14

20 FEBRUARY 2013

The trial and tribulations of Indian forces

While spending billions of dollars on defense equipment, India’s military faces a number of challenges in its quest to enter the 21st century. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/20/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-indias-armed-forces/

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Cameron arrives in India as Anglo-French rivalry peaks

India had barely bid adieu to French President François Hollande – who left town optimistic about a $12-billion contract for French fighter jets – when British Prime Minister David Cameron touched down at Mumbai airport on Monday amid a scandal engulfing an Anglo-Italian helicopter deal.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130218-india-france-britain-cameron-hollande-anglo-french-rivalry-trade

15 FEBRUARY 2013

India, Maldives reach diplomatic impasse

In a dramatic development, Mohamed Nasheed, who until last year was the democratically elected president of the island nation, took political refuge in the Indian Embassy in Male on Tuesday, after a court in the Maldives issued a warrant for his arrest.              http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/02/15/india-maldives-reach-diplomatic-impasse/

Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier

A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

25 JANUARY 2013

Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences

The Sino-Indian border dispute in India’s eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. The quarrel has entangled China and India since 1949, and resulted in the 1962 border war which saw India defeated at the hands of China. Both countries have entered negotiations, but « incompatibilities » are constantly stalling the process                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/OA25Df02.html

10 JANUARY 2013

Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues

A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/

8 JANUARY 2013

India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border

Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html

6 JANUARY 2013

Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops

A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html                                                                                                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Paying Dividends: The US-India Nuclear deals Four Years on

Four years after a historic nuclear deal was signed, many in American policy circles deride the agreement as a failure. They’re wrong.                                                                                  http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/28/americas-strategic-bet-on-india-is-paying-off/

24 DECEMBER 2012

Putin to focus on economic ties on trip to India

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrives in India in Monday on a visit intended to help cement Russia’s position in the growing Indian market and reinvigorate political ties. http://asiancorrespondent.com/94237/putin-to-focus-on-economic-ties-on-trip-to-india/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20834910

20 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

4 DECEMBER 2012

India’s African “Safari”

Trade with Africa jumped from U.S. $3 billion in 2000 to $52.81 billion in 2010-11 and is expected to exceed $90 billion by 2015. India has emerged as Africa’s fourth largest trade partner, after the European Union, China and the United States. Its cumulative investment in the continent exceeded $35 billion in 2011 in industries diverse as energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and telecommunications.                                                                                                                                                                 http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/04/indias-african-safari/

3 DECEMBER 2012

Indian navy prepared to deploy to South China Sea to protect oil interests

The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121203-387407.html

26 OCTOBER 2012

Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle

The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20096813

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 199 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ05Df01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

India Backs Foreign Investment in Retailing

After years of intense debate, India’s government agreed on Friday to open the country’s retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, pushing for a profound shift in India’s economic and political direction http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/business/global/india-backs-foreign-investment-in-retail-sector.html?ref=asia

8 SEPTEMBER 2012

India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19530819

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

China, India defense chiefs meet in sign of thaw

The defense ministers of India and China on Tuesday agree to resume military exercises, signaling a thaw in military ties despite an ongoing dispute over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/88760/china-india-defense-chiefs-meet-in-sign-of-thaw/                                                                                                                                                                                  http://ntdtv.org/en/news/world/asia/2012-09-04/india-and-china-agree-to-improve-defense-ties.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/09/chinese-and-indian-defense-ministers-meet-warily.html

10 JUNE 2011

China’s Territorial Disputes with India

http://www.2point6billion.com/news/2011/06/10/chinas-territorial-disputes-with-india-9450.html

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21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

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

12 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

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

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

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

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

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

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

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

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

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

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

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

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

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

19 JUNE 2017

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

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

18 MAY 2017

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

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

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

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

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

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

29 APRIL 2017

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

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

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

15 APRIL 2017

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

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

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

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

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

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

12 MARCH 2017

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

19 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

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

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

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

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

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

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

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

3  JULY 2016

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

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

20 JUNE 2016

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

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

14 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

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

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

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

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

29 APRIL 2016

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

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

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

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

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

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

30 MARCH 2016

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

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

17 MARCH 2016

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

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

18 MARCH 2016

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

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

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

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

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

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

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

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

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

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

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

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

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

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

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

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

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

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

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

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

5 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

The successful Asean we all want to see built and that we all aspire to is still a work in progress. http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/648732/eight-challenges-asean-must-overcome

29 MAY 2015

Southeast Asia nations agree on anti-trafficking task force

Countries affected by the Asian migrant crisis issue have agreed to establish an anti-trafficking task force, but the Rohingya migrants still face an uncertain future
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/southeast-asia-nations/1880868.html https://sg.news.yahoo.com/no-miracle-solution-asian-migrant-crisis-meeting-183515970.html

20 MAY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia agree to offer temporary shelter to 7,000 migrants

Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer shelter to 7,000 « boat people » adrift at sea in rickety boats but made clear their assistance was temporary and they would take no more
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/490534/news/world/malaysia-indonesia-to-let-boat-people-come-ashore-temporarily
http://www.asianewsnet.net/REFUGEE-CRISIS-Malaysia-Indonesia-agree-to-offer-t-75333.html

14 MAY 2015

Understanding Southeast Asia’s Migrant Crisis

About 25,000 migrants left Myanmar and Bangladesh on rickety smugglers’ boats in the first three months of 2015, according to a United Nations estimate
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/05/14/world/asia/Understanding-Southeast-Asias-Migrant-Crisis.html?ref=asia

8 MAY 2015

Japan, Philippines to hold first naval drill in South China Sea: sources

Japan and the Philippines will hold their first joint naval drill this month in the South China Sea near a disputed shoal claimed by Beijing, sources in Tokyo and the Philippines said
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/japan-philippines-hold-first-naval-drill-south-china-sea-sources

28 APRIL 2015

Asean seeking to resolve sea row ‘through peaceful means’

China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that it was « extremely concerned » after leaders of Southeast Asian countries expressed worry about land reclamation and navigational freedom in the disputed South China Sea
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-seeking-resolve-sea-row-through-peaceful-means
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-extremely-concerned-asean-statement-disputed-sea

26 APRIL 2015

Too early for common SE Asia time zone: Diplomats

The proposal would have put the whole region eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, the same zone as regional economic giant China, diplomatic sources had said
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/too-early-common-se-asia-time-zone-diplomats

21 APRIL 2015

One tanker attacked in SE Asia every two weeks: Watchdog

Pirates attack one small coastal oil tanker every two weeks in the waters off Southeast Asia, which remained the world’s piracy hotspot in the first quarter, the International Maritime Bureau said Tuesday
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/04/21/one-tanker-attacked-in-se-asia-every-two-weeks-piracy-watchdog/

20 APRIL 2015

Vietnam asked Philippines to form pact to counter China, Aquino reveals

A new “strategic partnership” being negotiated between two states fending off China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea was suggested by Vietnam, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has revealed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/1771526/vietnam-asked-us-form-strategic-pact-counter-china-philippine

9 APRIL 2015

No pivot to SE Asia PM: Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is not trying to counter US influence in the region

Russia, which is now considered by Thailand as a true friend after its ties with the United States and other countries in the West soured in the wake of the military coup, is not trying to counter American influence in this region, prime minister Dmitry Medvedev said
http://www.asianewsnet.net/No-pivot-to-SE-Asia-73867.html

10 MARCH 2015

South China Sea security architecture to figure in India-ASEAN dialogue

Amid growing concern over China’s territorial assertions in the South China Sea, India and the 10-member ASEAN will discuss the security architecture in the sea as well as connectivity projects with Southeast Asia to give a fillip to India’s Act East policy, a top official said on Tuesday
http://www.singaporenews.net/index.php/sid/230939159

19 FEBRUARY 2015

Southeast Asia set to become a new EU

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is on course to declare its 10-member nations a unified common market as of December 31, 2015, but sceptics say European Union-style economic integration will be difficult to achieve http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/southeast-asia-set-eu-150211114547688.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

ASEAN Eyes Closer Military Ties in 2015

The grouping is mulling new defense initiatives under Malaysia’s chairmanship
http://thediplomat.com/2015/02/asean-eyes-closer-military-ties-in-2015/

6 FEBRUARY 2015

Malaysia, Indonesia to solve sea spats

The leaders of Malaysia and Indonesia on Friday pledged renewed efforts to resolve stubborn disputes over maritime borders that have long nagged at one of Southeast Asia’s most important bilateral relationships.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/468306/malaysia-indonesia-to-seek-resolution-of-maritime-disputes

4 FEBRUARY 2015

 A new cold war?

With the United States’ renewed affection for Asia provoking suspicion from China, will Southeast Asian nations become pawns as the two superpowers battle for influence?
http://sea-globe.com/a-new-cold-war-southeast-asia-globe/

29 JANUARY 2015

Philippines, Vietnam upgrade ties in show of unity against China

The Philippines and Vietnam are forging closer ties in a symbolic move after China stepped up activities in disputed areas of the East Sea
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/philippines-vietnam-upgrade-ties-in-show-of-unity-against-china-38204.html

3 JANUARY 2014

Thai-Cambodian ties ‘warming’

Thailand and Cambodia look set to take a more compromising stance over their dispute on « overlapping » maritime areas, according to a security source. « They have adopted such a stance because they have already reckoned that unsuccessful negotiations mean both sides will lose benefits. If they can’t reach a deal, it will be impossible to use the maritime resources from the overlapping areas, » the source said
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Thai-Cambodian-ties-warming-30251138.html

27 DECEMBER 2014

ASEAN Way lights path ahead for region

The pursuit of the ASEAN Economic Community – with the goal of forming a single market and production base with a free flow of goods, services, capital and skilled labour – is now in its final stretch
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-way-lights-path-ahead-region

18 DECEMBER 2014

Greater Mekong Subregion likely still a decade away

With the vast Chinese market on its northern doorstep, it is being touted as the next big growth area in Southeast Asia. And it is due to receive a US$51.5 billion boost when Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) leaders meet this week in Bangkok
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Greater-Mekong-Subregion-likely-still-a-decade-awa-69246.html

13 DECEMBER 2014

China, ASEAN should build community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust: Chinese experts 

China and the ASEAN countries should build a community of common destiny with strategic mutual trust to meet the supreme interests of all parties, experts from both sides said at the ASEAN Development Forum 2014 held in Hong Kong on Saturday.
http://en.people.cn/n/2014/1213/c90883-8822514.html

11 DECEMBER 2014

S. Korea-Asean Summit marks 25 years of ties

South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have had ties for 25 years, but each of its members continue to have unique values and things to offer each other
http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-Asean-Summit-marks-25-years-of-ties-68846.html

10 DECEMBER 2014

Businesses hope for more Korean investments in Singapore, ASEAN companies

The inaugural ASEAN-ROK Business Council Meeting was held in Busan, South Korea on Wednesday (Dec 10) with the aim of boosting co-operation between the private sectors, ASEAN and South Korea.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/businesses-hope-for-more/1522828.html

3 DECEMBER 2014

Three paths to sustained economic growth in Southeast Asia

A new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, Southeast Asia at the crossroads: Three paths to prosperity, finds that the region can address its productivity challenges and find new catalysts for growth by pursuing the opportunities associated with three global megatrends
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/energy_resources_materials/three_paths_to_sustained_economic_growth_in_southeast_asia?cid=other-eml-nsl-mip-mck-oth-1412

13 NOVEMBER 2014

Abe pledges aggressive infrastructure support to ASEAN members

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe voiced his intention to aggressively provide assistance for infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia, his latest move to counter efforts by China to gain influence in the region.
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/asia/around_asia/AJ201411130062

11 NOVEMBER 2014

5 things to watch for at Asean summit

The Asean summit that starts here tomorrow will be the last meeting for ASEAN leaders in 2014 and also the last meeting before the chair rotates from Myanmar to Malaysia. Here are five key issues to look out for:
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/442736/5-things-to-watch-for-at-asean-summit

8 NOVEMBER 2014

ASEAN a perennial quiet achiever

On 12 November 2014, ASEAN leaders will gather in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s new capital, for their twice-yearly summit.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/11/08/asean-a-perennial-quiet-achiever/

29 OCTOBER 2014

Experts: Start work on ASEAN power grid now

A power network that connects the national grids of all ASEAN countries could boost energy security, increase energy supply and, ultimately, make electricity cheaper for people.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/experts-start-work-asean-power-grid-now

23 OCTOBER 2014

ASEAN companies face cybersecurity challenges

As companies in the region go online, they face cybersecurity challenges in an evolving business landscape with new threats and security systems that are often too fragmented and complex
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-companies-face-cybersecurity-challenges

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.
http://cogitasia.com/india-asean-trade-working-toward-greater-manufacturing-integration/

10 OCTOBER 2014

Southeast Asia’s Points of Light in a Murky Democratic Dawn

Nearly two decades into the twenty-first century, the struggle for democracy in Southeast Asia continues to battle strong headwinds. Sometimes, as in Thailand where the military seized power last May, this has resulted in a complete reversal of course.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/southeast-asias-points-light-murky-democratic-dawn/

10 OCTOBER 2014

Asean+3 upgrades finance body

Asean plus Japan, China and South Korea on Friday signed an agreement to upgrade their Asean+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (Amro) to an international organisation in the future.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/437045/asean-3-upgrades-finance-body

28 SEPTEMBER 2014

Asean issues first joint statement on ISIS crisis

Asean foreign ministers have raised concerns over the situation in Syria and Iraq, issuing their first joint statement on the brewing crisis over militant group ISIS.The 10-nation bloc released a joint statement on the issue yesterday, after an Asean-US ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Asean-issues-first-joint-statement-on-ISIS-crisis-65059.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2014

Indonesia ratifies Asean haze pact

The Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, which was signed in 2002, went into effect the following year, and Indonesia is the last country to ratify it.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/432547/indonesia-ratifies-asean-haze-pact
http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-ratifies-haze-treaty-12-years-stalling/

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Is bigger better for ASEAN in a mega-regional world?

Big-block trade agreements or ‘mega-regionals’, revolving around one or more major powers, are the latest trend in trade policy negotiations. ASEAN is involved in two: the American-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Chinese-led Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). But are mega-regionals good for trade and economic growth? Will they spur regional and global economic integration? And where does ASEAN stand?

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/09/10/is-bigger-better-for-asean-in-a-mega-regional-world/

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

ASEAN: Toward a common voice

A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In a related video, the CEO of GE ASEAN, Stuart Dean, explains the company’s approach to the region.
http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/public_sector/asean_toward_a_common_voice

29 AUGUST 2014

Banking integration in ASEAN gathers pace

The ASEAN Economic Community, planned to come into effect in 2015, is expected to liberalise goods, capital and skilled labour flows in the ASEAN region. While there has been considerable progress in the area of trade integration, financial integration still lags behind.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/08/29/banking-integration-in-asean-gathers-pace/

12 AUGUST 2014

Asean calls for progress on Code of Conduct

Expressing serious concern over increased tension in the South China Sea, ASEAN foreign ministers have called for quick progress on a long-delayed Code of Conduct (COC) to manage disputes in the waters where China has rival claims with four ASEAN states
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-calls-progress-code-conduct

8 AUGUST 2014

Thailand ‘key to growing China-Asean cooperation’

China sees the upcoming Asean Economic Community (AEC) as an opportunity for further cooperation with the region, and says Thailand can play a leading role in the strengthening of these ties.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thailand-key-to-growing-China-Asean-cooperation-30240582.html

5 AUGUST 2014

Southeast Asia Supplying Jihadists to Middle East?

Southeast Asian governments with large Muslim populations are concerned that the nascent Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, or its Islamic rival the al-Nusrah Front, are recruiting young followers for battle and also raising funds throughout the region.
http://www.asiasentinel.com/society/southeast-asia-supplying-jihadists-middle-east/

2 AUGUST 2014

Asean to look into boosting security ties ahead of AEC

Asean will explore the ways and means of strengthening cooperation in order to tackle new, non-traditional security threats at the annual ministerial meeting in Nay Pyi Taw next week, an official said
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news-62997.html

21 JULY 2014

Asean calls for MH17 probe

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has condemned the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and called for an independent investigation into the catastrophe
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-calls-mh17-probe

1 JULY 2014

China and ASEAN’s Economic Integration: Developments & Opportunities

A collection of articles published by China Briefing on this topic
http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2014/07/01/china-aseans-economic-integration-developments-opportunities.html#sthash%2ERE2ildaE%2Edpuf

3 JUNE 2014

China-ASEAN Wage Comparisons and the 70 Percent Production Capacity Benchmark

As wage increases in China continue to rise – along with the comparatively high national welfare costs – increasing comment is being made as to the legitimacy of the “China Plus One” scenario. Coined some years ago, this theory – in reality, more of a shrewd observation – suggests that future manufacturing capacity will be placed both in China and externally in another location by the same manufacturer.
http://www.china-briefing.com/news/2014/06/03/china-asean-wage-comparisons-70-production-capacity-benchmark.html

30 MAY 2014

Abe backs Asean position

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Friday to support Vietnam and the Philippines in their territorial disputes with China, saying the use of force and intimidation to change the status quo cannot be justified.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/412721/abe-stands-up-for-asean

24 MAY 2014

Asean’s neutrality is its strength

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/aseans-neutrality-its-strength

12 MAY 2014

Asean fires warning shot across China’s bows

Southeast Asian leaders have expressed « serious concern » over worsening territorial disputes in the South China Sea, presenting a rare united front against an increasingly assertive Beijing.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-fires-warning-shot-across-chinas-bows
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409415/china-claims-certain-countries-damaging-its-ties-with-asean

11 MAY 2014

Sea row dominates Southeast Asian summit

Surging maritime tensions dominated a meeting of Southeast Asian leaders Sunday, with Vietnam calling on its regional neighbours for support in its worsening territorial dispute with China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sea-row-dominates-southeast-asian-summit-0

10 MAY 2014

ASEAN FMs Urge Restraint in East China Sea Disputes

Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have expressed concern over escalating tensions in the South China Sea, where China has been involved in maritime disputes with Vietnam and the Philippines
http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-fms-urge-restraint-in-east-china-sea-disputes/1911855.html

5 MAY 2014

Asean centrality rests on peoples not leaders

As the global strategic landscape has undergone dramatic shifted, the much heralded Asean centrality is being challenged to the core. The most frequently asked questions these days are: Is there such thing as the Asean centrality? If so has Asean earned it?http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Asean-centrality-rests-on-peoples-not-leaders-30232855.html

25 APRIL 2014

Wake-up call for Asean nations

After almost 47 years of Asean’s existence, there are many who are inclined to believe that the region’s present peace and prosperity are the natural order of things. Delivering the 34th Singapore Lecture this week, Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah noted that the region’s strategic landscape would be influenced by changes in the relationship between emergent major and middle powers. Asean’s challenge would be to find its place in the new configuration

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Wake-up-call-for-Asean-nations-59639.html

21 APRIL 2014

14 nations look to resolve regional boat people issue

In a two-day international workshop titled Special Conference on the Irregular Movement of People, at the Foreign Ministry on Monday and Tuesday, representatives are expected to establish measures to protect asylum seekers and prevent human trafficking and people smuggling in the region
http://www.asianewsnet.net/14-nations-look-to-resolve-regional-boat-people-is-59484.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/405891/indonesia-speaks-out-on-boatpeople-amid-australia-tension

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Asean winning Japan investments

More Japanese companies are choosing the Asean region over China as an investment destination as rising costs and concerns about the environment make Asia’s biggest economy less attractive, according to the Japan External Trade Organization.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/397532/asean-winning-japan-investments

24 JANUARY 2014

Asian countries talk up ASEAN at Davos meeting

The strength of ASEAN is at its greatest when members work together, Southeast Asian countries said on Friday at a panel discussing the future of the regional bloc amid ongoing territorial spats with China

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asian-countries-talk-up/967290.html

17 JANUARY 2014

ASEAN Ministers Conclude First High-Level Meeting in Burma

ASEAN foreign ministers have concluded the first-ever high-level meeting hosted by Burma, also known as Myanmar, since the once-isolated country joined the grouping in 1997
http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-ministers-conclude-first-high-level-meeting-in-burma/1832420.html

15 JANUARY 2014

Will an Integrated ASEAN Region Challenge China?

China’s status as the global darling for foreign investment and trade is facing some competition these days from Southeast Asian nations that, while small, are forming an increasingly important economic bloc. Though the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, comprises a market of 610 million people — less than half the size of China’s — the bloc’s more affluent consumers are looking increasingly attractive, especially to Japanese companies wary of risks stemming from escalating territorial disputes with Beijing

http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/will-an-integrated-asean-region-challenge-china/

11 JANUARY 2014

Philippines, Vietnam condemn China’s fishing law

The Philippines and Vietnam condemned a new Chinese law that requires foreign fishermen to seek Beijing’s approval to operate in much of the South China Sea, but China’s Foreign Ministry insisted it has the right do so. http://asiancorrespondent.com/118205/philippines-vietnam-condemn-chinas-fishing-law/

14 DECEMBER 2013

Japan, ASEAN Pledge Cooperation in Ensuring Freedom of Navigation

Leaders from Japan and 10 Southeast Asian countries have wrapped up a summit in Tokyo with a pledge to cooperate to ensure freedom of air and sea navigation.

http://www.voanews.com/content/japan-asean-pledge-cooperation-in-ensuring-freedom-of-navigation/1810301.html http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/japan-asean-call-free-seas-skies-201312146434816362.html

13 DECEMBER 2013

Japan ‘to pledge $20 bn aid to Asean’

In a summit of Japan and 10 members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) in loans and grants over five years, public broadcaster NHK and business daily Nikkei reported.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/384696/japan-to-pledge-20-bn-aid-to-asean

29 NOVEMBER 2013

Building ASEAN as a learning community

In October 2003, member states endorsed the ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II), which established a vision for economic integration through the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). At the 2007 ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the deadline to establish the AEC was shortened from 2020 to 2015, underscoring the determination of ASEAN leaders to achieve this ambitious goal.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/11/29/building-asean-as-a-learning-community/

22 NOVEMBER 2013

ASEAN as pawn in great power game

Without a cohesive identity and clear future vision, ASEAN will risk strategic irrelevance and remain at the mercy of great power rivalry between China and the USA for regional influence

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-02-221113.html

24 OCTOBER 2013

Beijing Unveils New Strategy for ASEAN–China Relations

ASEAN–China relations have improved dramatically over the past decade since the inking of their strategic partnership on August 29, 2003. Two-way trade increased more than six-fold over the last ten years to top $400 billion last year, while investments exceeded $100 billion during the same period

http://www.jamestown.org/regions/chinaasiapacific/single/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=41526&tx_ttnews%5BbackPid%5D=52&cHash=4dd6e0c00ec3fa41a3d07dd6a0f1ec3c#.UmwgWMtOLmQ

23 OCTOBER 2013

Vietnam’s role in ASEAN

Joining ASEAN had crucial social, political, economic and security implications for Vietnam. Vietnam’s membership of the grouping integrated its security with the whole of Southeast Asia and created a favourable environment for economic development. This, in turn, raised Vietnam’s global image, leading to increased cooperation with multiple players in the region and greater bargaining clout with super powers like the United States and China.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/10/23/vietnams-role-in-asean/

11 OCTOBER 2013

Wrap-up of the 23rd ASEAN Summit

The major achievements of the 23rd ASEAN Summit held this week in Brunei can be linked to what did and did not happen.

http://aseanec.blogspot.fr/2013/10/wrap-up-of-23rd-asean-summit.html

10 OCTOBER 2013

Myanmar takes Asean chair

Myanmar won a new diplomatic prize Thursday for its dramatic political reforms, taking the helm of Southeast Asia’s regional bloc despite warnings from some critics that the move was premature.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/374040/myanmar-takes-asean-chair
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/former-pariah-myanmar-takes-asean-chair

9 OCTOBER 2013

ASEAN summit gets under way in Brunei

Asian leaders are gathering in Brunei against a backdrop of divisive territorial disputes and flagging free trade efforts, with China taking expected to take on a prominent role in the absence of US President Barack Obama.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/asean-summit-gets-under-way-brunei-20131094534761988.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Asean is not yet ready for integration, Mahathir says

Singapore is the onlymember that will be completely ready for economic integration under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015, and some of the group’s poorer members should be allowed to retain their economic protections, former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday

http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Asean-is-not-yet-ready-for-integration-Mahathir-sa-30215069.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2013

Diamond decade’ ahead for China, Asean

Trade and investment between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are expected to more than double by 2020, Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday.These goals are part of what the premier calls a « diamond decade » of relations the two must strive to achieve. Trade is expected to reach US$1 trillion in 2020, compared with $400 billion last year, Li said at the 10th China-Asean Expo, which opened on Tuesday in Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Diamond-decade-ahead-for-China-Asean-51152.html

20 AUGUST 2013

US firms doubt AEC single market goal

Two leading American business groups Tuesday said US firms operating in Asean countries are sceptical the regional bloc can meet a 2015 deadline to establish a single market.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/365537/us-firms-question-aec-2015-deadline

14 AUGUST 2013

ASEAN vows unity on South China Sea: Thai official

Southeast Asian nations on Wednesday vowed unity in pressing China to accept a binding code of conduct for handling disputes in the South China Sea, the Thai foreign ministry said.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/asean-vows-unity-south-china-sea-thai-official

12 JULY 2013

ASEAN: between China and America

Where is ASEAN going right now? Cambodia had a difficult year as ASEAN Chair in 2012,  struggling with unfortunate regional tension on the issue of South China Sea, which resulted in ASEAN’s disunity for the first time in 45 years.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/12/asean-between-china-and-america/

4 JULY 2013

China Agrees to Discuss ‘Code of Conduct’ Rules

This week the Association of Southeast Asian Nations appeared to make progress on addressing territorial disputes in the South China Sea. Following meetings in Brunei, the group announced that China had agreed to discuss a set of rules known as the “code of conduct” to avoid conflict in the disputed waters http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-south-china-sea-dispute-heads-to-beijing-for-talks/1694932.html                                                                                                     http://www.asianewsnet.net/Koreas-to-meet-on-Gaeseong-48803.html

2 JULY 2013

China and its Neighbors

In recent years China’s claims in the South China Sea have provoked much regional tension with the Philippines and Vietnam, although while the Philippines and Vietnam also have conflicting claims between each other over most of the Spratly Islands, there has not been much tension between these two nations. Malaysia and Brunei, despite being also parties to the Spratlys dispute, have been keeping a low profile. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5539&Itemid=171

24 JUNE 2013

Southeast Asia : The next crisis ?

Southeast Asia, so long a byway of the world economy, has become a well-worn path for foreign investors seeking refuge from the continuing after-effects of the global financial crisis. They have come because the region has been surging ahead over the last few years, even as the West slumped, China readjusted and India stuttered.                                                                                      http://thediplomat.com/2013/06/24/southeast-asia-the-next-crisis/3/?all=true&goback=.gde_1972950_member_252658355

14 JUNE 2013

US investment shifts to ASEAN

As China and India begin to lose luster, private investors are increasingly setting their gaze on the diverse and rapidly growing countries of ASEAN. For US businesses, the shift has become especially palpable. http://investvine.com/us-investment-shifts-to-asean/?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_250373070

2 JUNE 2013

How indigenous people are turned off their lands

Hundreds of thousands in Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand are said to have been displaced http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/02/indigenous-people-turned-off-land

23 MAY 2013

China and its Southeast Asian neighbours need more strategic capital

Early this year, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the ASEAN Secretariat and four ASEAN member countries to strengthen mutual understanding and strategic trust, and show support for ASEAN community building. Chinese Defence Minister Chang Wanquan also visited Brunei and held a consultative meeting with the 10 ASEAN Defence Ministers on the sideline of the seventh ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting to exchange views on regional security issues and discuss measures to reduce tensions in the region, particularly in the South China Sea. Yet there is still a long way to go before a true partnership between ASEAN and China can take hold, with greater investments in strategic trust required. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/23/china-and-its-southeast-asian-neighbours-need-more-strategic-capital/

29 APRIL 2013

Wrap-up of the 22nd ASEAN Summit

Last week the ASEAN Summit and its associated preparatory meetings took place in Brunei. Here are a few developments related to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)                                                                                                                                                http://aseanec.blogspot.fr/2013/04/wrap-up-of-22nd-asean-summit.html?goback=.gde_2343547_member_236423857

15 APRIL 2013

Singapore and the US: an extraordinary relationship’ get closer

While Julia Gillard was preparing for her high-profile visit to China, less noticed by the Australian media was a visit to the United States from 1 to 4 April by Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Lee took a senior delegation of ministers and officials and was afforded excellent access: a meeting with President Obama, and calls with the Secretaries of State, Defense and Treasury among others. As Obama put it in his remarks to the media during Lee’s call, the US has an ‘extraordinary relationship’ with Singapore: ‘We have extremely close military cooperation. And I want to thank Singapore for all the facilities that they provide that allow us to maintain our effective Pacific presence.’ http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/singapore-and-the-us-an-extraordinary-relationship-gets-closer/

26 MARCH 2013

Religion, race and politics: ASEAN’s Gordian knot

It’s time for ASEAN to play a constructive role in tackling religious and racial tensions across the region. http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/26/religion-race-and-politics-aseans-gordian-knot/

22 MACH 2013

On the fast track to a Singapore–Malaysia economic union?

The recent announcement of a high-speed rail link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, with a commute of only 90 minutes, has raised the prospect of closer economic integration between the two cities.                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/22/on-the-fast-track-to-a-singapore-malaysia-economic-union/

17 MARCH 2013

Warming ties between Malaysia and Singapore

Suffice it to say that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building good neighbourly ties between the nations that they are leading. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Business/Story/A1Story20130317-409239.html

13 MARCH 2013

Japan seeks defence ties with ASEAN amid China rows

Japan on Wednesday 13 March called for stronger security ties with Southeast Asia as Tokyo looks to boost alliances at a time of growing territorial tensions with China                                                                http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1259652/1/.html

10 MARCH 2013

Funding tertiary education in Southeast Asia and beyond

In recent decades Southeast Asian countries have simultaneously enjoyed rapid economic growth and a significant expansion of the higher education sector. But many countries in the region are finding it difficult to pay for this expansion of their universities. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/10/funding-tertiary-education-in-southeast-asia-and-beyond/

5 MARCH 2013

Countering Maritime Piracy and Robbery in Southeast Asia: The Role of the ReCAAP Agreement (see PDF)

http://www.eias.org/publication/briefing-paper/countering-maritime-piracy-and-robbery-southeast-asia-role-recaap?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_219471758

22 FEBRUARY 2013

ASEAN’s great power dilemma

Since the end of the Cold War, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has engaged the outside world to play an active security role within greater East Asia. In 1994, ASEAN created the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), at which regional powers such as the United States, Japan, and China meet annually to discuss security issues in the region and beyond                                    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-220213.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia-Singapore Political Obstacle Removed, but Still No Full Implementation of the AFAGIT

Yesterday Singapore’s and Malaysia’s prime ministers announced plans to build a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. This is just the latest progress in improving cross-straits relations. Hopefully, this will help lead to ending the long delay in full implementation of the ASEAN Framework Agreement on Goods in Transit (AFAGIT), a key but low-profile aspect of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). http://aseanec.blogspot.sg/2013/02/malaysia-singapore-political-obstacle.html

6 FEBRUARY 2013

Sombath Case a ‘Blow’ to ASEAN

The “forced disappearance” of Lao activist Sombath Somphone is a blow to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), rights groups said Tuesday, as members of parliament across Asia and Europe urged the Laotian Prime minister to order an “urgent” investigation into his case                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.rfa.org/english/news/laos/sombath-02062013164521.html

18 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN dogged by rights concerns

As senior diplomat Le Luong Minh officially assumed the post of ASEAN Secretary-General about a week ago, a court in his home country Vietnam was sending more than a dozen peaceful activists to jail in the largest trial of its kind in the one-party communist state. http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/rights-01182013210700.html

13 JANURY 2013

Challenging ASEAN: the American pivot in Southeast Asia

As much as China is front and centre for the United States and Asia, the American pivot is not all about the dragon. It is also very much about the 10 member states of ASEAN.                                                                                                       http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/13/challenging-asean-the-american-pivot-in-southeast-asia/

9 JANUARY 2013

ASEAN seeks talks with Beijing to settle South China Sea disputes

This is the aim of the organisation’s new secretary general, Vietnam’s Le Luong Minh, who wants a new round of discussions to reach a global code of conduct. Rules on navigation and borders are not only a regional issue, but something vital for everyone        http://www.asianews.it/news-en/ASEAN-seeks-talks-with-Beijing-to-settle-South-China-Sea-disputes-26816.html

7 JANURY 2013

Brunei to hasten Asean integration

« Brunei’s ASEAN chairmanship in 2013 will be very important in ensuring the ASEAN Community meets its 2015 deadline, and I am confident that Brunei is capable of taking the role as chair », said executive director of the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies Dato Paduka Dr Hj Ismail Hj Duraman.                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.bt.com.bn/news-national/2013/01/03/brunei-hasten-asean-integration

20 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s Time to Invest in Timor-Leste

As Brunei assumes ASEAN’s chairmanship for 2013, one major question it faces is Timor-Leste’s bid for membership in the group. Despite some ASEAN members’ previous resistance to Timor-Leste’s entrance, the country’s sustained political and economic development over the last year and a half reflect a maturing nation poised for ascension to ASEAN. Brunei has a genuine opportunity to build ASEAN’s inclusiveness and invest in a nation that will pay dividends in the future.
http://cogitasia.com/asean%E2%80%99s-time-to-invest-in-timor-leste/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_197275829

 

4 DECEMBER 2012

Le Luong Minh, the new Asean General Secretary

Vietnam nominated Minh to succeed former Thailand foreign minister Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to be the next secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the term 2013-2017. The secretary general role holds ministerial rank, and rotates among ASEAN countries in alphabetical order.
http://cogitasia.com/the-leaderboard-le-luong-minh/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_192902062

23 NOVEMBER 2012

US and China vie for influence in SE Asia

When Air Force One touched down in Cambodia this week, Barack Obama became the first US president to visit the country. But during his trip, part of a US attempt to “rebalance” towards Asia, Mr Obama bumped up against a rival power
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a0566e9e-3493-11e2-8b86-00144feabdc0.html?ftcamp=published_links%2Frss%2Fworld_asia-pacific_china%2Ffeed%2F%2Fproduct#axzz2D9UqYvYy

20 NOVEMBER 2012

No Asean unity in sea row with China

Leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) decided on Sunday to ask China to start formal talks “as soon as possible” on crafting a legally binding code of conduct in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) aimed at preventing violence over disputed territories
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=39081&sec=1
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Asean-Summit,-no-agreement-between-the-U.S.-and-Cina-regarding-the-South-China-Sea-26402.html

18 NOVEMBER 2012

Leaders at ASEAN summit sign human rights declaration

Southeast Asian leaders endorsed a controversial human rights pact on Sunday during an annual summit in which they also focused on bruising territorial rows and deadly unrest in Myanmar. Heads of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hailed their declaration on human rights as a landmark agreement that would help protect the region’s 600 million people http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1237958/1/.html http://www.voanews.com/content/asean-summit-opens-in-phnom-penh/1548305.html

17 NOVEMBER 2012

ASEAN’s democracy deficit and the protection of human rights

The first-of-its-kind ‘ASEAN Human Rights Declaration’ will be adopted at the ASEAN Summit in November this year.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/11/17/aseans-democracy-deficit-and-the-protection-of-human-rights/

24 OCTOBER 2012

Free Speech and the Battle for ASEAN

In the last decade, several of ASEAN’s member countries recognized the need for greater regional integration to confront the challenges of the 21st century. They convinced their fellow members to go along, resulting in the 2007 ASEAN Charter and the announcement of the ASEAN Political-Security Community to be established in 2015. The goal of both is the promotion of greater political integration based upon shared values of human rights, rule of law, and democracy. Unfortunately, diverging trends in freedom of expression within ASEAN signal trouble for the fast-approaching 2015 deadline.
http://cogitasia.com/free-speech-and-the-battle-for-asean/

17 OCTOBER 1012

The defence of narrow seas in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian states are trying to build up toward an unprecedented level of naval modernisation as tensions in the South China Sea test their abilities to find diplomatic solutions to their territorial disputes.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/17/the-defence-of-narrow-seas-in-southeast-asia/

12 OCTOBER 2012

ASEAN: regional stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia?

On 8 August 2012 ASEAN celebrated its 45th year. As a mature regional economic organisation, ASEAN can act as a potential stabiliser in Southeast and East Asia. ASEAN’s internal developments affect developments in the East Asian region, so the association stands to consolidate this influence by promoting the resolution of the South China Sea issue and supporting Myanmar’s transition to democracy and economic development.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2012/10/12/asean-regional-stabiliser-in-southeast-and-east-asia/

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

China Mends Fences in Sea Dispute

Following much prodding and diplomacy, China appears to be showing some flexibility in its approach towards drawing up a code of conduct with the Southeast Asian nations aimed at avoiding clashes over competing territorial claims in the vast sea, diplomats in the region told RFA
http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/sea-09222012101905.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Experts paint gloomy picture on South China Sea conflict

As China’s military power grows, the potential for conflicts between members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) may increase, and finding solutions within the grouping could become more difficult, experts have said
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/21/experts-paint-gloomy-picture-south-china-sea-conflict.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

Clinton calls for ASEAN unity on S China Sea

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/09/201293153550538791.html

28 AUGUST 2012

ASEAN ministers vow to narrow gap among nations

ASEAN’s economic meeting pledged on Tuesday 28 to support the association’s new members in order to narrow development gaps between the member countries.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/08/29/asean-ministers-vow-narrow-gap-among-nations.html

8 AUGUST 2012

The end of ASEAN centrality?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) suffered a major loss of face, at least in the perceptions of some international media and academic experts, owing to its failure to issue its customary joint communique at its last ministerial meeting (ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, or the AMM) in Cambodia held during July 9-13.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NH08Ae03.html

18 JULY 2012

Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute

Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=33587&sec=1

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271845840265105.html

17 JULY 2012

Why there’s no Asean joint communiqué

I am sharing this article with the Filipino people to inform them of the real state of the discussions during the 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh on July 9. I was present during the discussions in the different sessions.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/44771/why-there%E2%80%99s-no-asean-joint-communique
13 JULY 2012

ASEAN talks fail over South China Sea dispute

Days of heated diplomacy at Southeast Asian talks have ended in failure, as deep splits over China prevented the ASEAN grouping from issuing its customary joint statement for the first time. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201271381350228798.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/13/world/asia/asian-leaders-fail-to-resolve-disputes-on-south-china-sea-during-asean-summit.html?_r=1&ref=asia

1 JUNE 2012

Experts make strong case for Asean integration

Despite the painful lessons from Europe, Asean nations are moving towards integration as a way to boost regional resilience against external shocks
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Experts-make-strong-case-for-Asean-integration-30183284.html

5 MAY 2012

Asean seen as economic growth force by 2015

The Southeast Asian region, with an estimated population of 600 million, is anticipated to join the ranks of China and India as a major economic growth force in Asia should its constituent countries succeed in integrating their economies by 2015
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=30249&sec=1

3 APRIL 2012

ASEAN strengthens regional cooperation against human trafficking

Senior officials from the ASEAN member states came together yesterday  April 3  to strengthen ties in the fight against regional human trafficking
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Singapore/Story/A1Story20120404-337697.html

3 APRIL 2012

Asean calls for Burma sanctions to be lifted

Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean), meeting in Cambodia, have called for economic sanctions against Burma to be lifted
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17599929

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 21 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 21 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 21, 2017

1600: Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, who in effect rule Japan until the mid-nineteenth century. The last shogunate of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sekigahara
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Sekigahara

1727: Sino-Russian accord of Kyakhta to correct boundaries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kyakhta_(1727)

1895: Japanese forces in Taiwan take Tainan, capital of the short-lived Republic of Formosa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitulation_of_Tainan_(1895)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa
http://cta.yam.org.tw/cta31.htm

1920: Beginning of the Battle of Changshanli, between Japanese and Korean, until 26
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Chingshanli

1938: The Japanese troops take Canton (Guangzhou), in China
http://www.bunton.id.au/china40y/chap5.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025102_Canton-Battle_gun_attack
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025105_Canton-Capture_soldiers_march

1938-10-21 Canton burning
1943: The Provisional Government of Free India is formally declared by Subhas Chandra Bose
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21st-october-1943-subhas-chandra-bose-announced-the-provisional-government-of-free-india
http://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/47_subhash-chandra-bose.html

netaji-subhas-chandra-bose

1944: In the first kamikaze attack, HMAS Australia is hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg (441 pound) bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began
http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/rdunn/hms_aust/first_kam.htm

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

1950:Heavy fighting begins between British and Australian forces from the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and the North Korean 239th Regiment during the Battle of Yongju
http://dbpedia.org/page/Battle_of_Yongju
https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/korea/operations/yongju

1959: Border incident in Ladakh (Kashmir) between Chinese and Indian troops

1967: Thousands of demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/100000-people-march-on-the-pentagon

1970: Japan publishes its first White Paper on defense

1972: North Vietnam president Phan Van Dong says he is ready to accept a cease-fire as a first step towards a settlement to the Vietnam war

1972: Bilateral negotiations between China and Soviet Union resume at Moscow

1987: Jaffna hospital massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 70 ethnic Tamil patients, Doctors & Nurses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_hospital_massacre

1994: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections, putting an end to the first nuclear crisis
http://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/agreedframework
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agreed_Framework

2002: North Korea says that the 1994 nuclear agreement with the United States is void following a U.S. decision to suspend deliveries of fuel oil

2003: North Korea rejected U.S. President Bush’s offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program

2008: India and Pakistan open a historic trade link across divided Kashmir for the first time in six decades. The route represents an attempt to solve the long-running dispute over the region by creating « soft borders » allowing the free movement of goods and people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/10/20081021123032900873.html

2011: US and N Korea reach deal over missing troops
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/20111022101237641920.html

On 21 October in South Asian history

ON 21 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 21, 2017

1708: Death of Guru Gobind Singh, Indian 10th Sikh gurus, born on December 31, 1666
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Gobind_Singh

1931: Birth of Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor, who died August 14, 2011
http://www.shammikapoor.net/bio.html

1943: Birth of Tariq Ali, Pakistani writer and film-maker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Ali
http://www.tariqali.org/

1943: The Provisional Government of Free India is formally declared by Subhas Chandra Bose
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21st-october-1943-subhas-chandra-bose-announced-the-provisional-government-of-free-india
http://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/47_subhash-chandra-bose.html

netaji-subhas-chandra-bose

1959: Border incident in Ladakh (Kashmir) between Chinese and Indian troops

1959: The United Nations General Assembly adopts the resolution 1353-XIV in which it expresses its deep concern for the situation in Tibet
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/141/76/IMG/NR014176.pdf?OpenElement
http://www.archieve.claudearpi.net/maintenance/uploaded_pics/1959UNGeneralAssemblyResolution.pdf

1987: Jaffna hospital massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 70 ethnic Tamil patients, Doctors & Nurses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_hospital_massacre

1990: Death of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader, born on May 21,  1921
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/42493010/A-Brief-Biography-of-Shri-Anandamurti-or-P-R-Sarkar#scribd
http://www.anandamarga.org/about/founder/

2008: India and Pakistan open a historic trade link across divided Kashmir for the first time in six decades. The route represents an attempt to solve the long-running dispute over the region by creating « soft borders » allowing the free movement of goods and people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/10/20081021123032900873.html

2010: Death of A. Ayyappan, Indian poet, born on October 27,1949
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-10-22/thiruvananthapuram/28234488_1_poems-ayyappan-poetry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Ayyappan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu6whMiEe7Q&feature=related

2012: One of India’s most influential film-makers, Yash Chopra, dies from dengue fever in Mumbai, aged 80.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20023315

On 21 October in Southeast Asian history

ON 21 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 21, 2017

1627: Death of Frederick de Houman, Dutch explorer who reached Aceh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_de_Houtman

1816: The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia
http://wikimapia.org/103434/Penang-Free-School

1967: Tens of thousands demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/100000-people-march-on-the-pentagon

1972: North Vietnam president Phan Van Dong says he is ready to accept a cease-fire as a first step towards a settlement to the Vietnam war

1988: Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, are indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990

2008: Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is been found guilty of corruption after helping his wife buy a plot of government land in Bangkok at a reduced price
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/10/2008102172221137838.html

2010: In Manmar, the new national flag has been flying at government buildings and NGO offices across the country from 3 p.m
http://www.myanmars.net/myanmar/myanmar-flag-emblem.htm

On 21 October in Japan’s history

ON 21 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on October 21, 2017

1392: End of the reign of Go-Kameyama, born in 1347, 99th emperor of Japan (1383-1392) who will died on May 10, 1424
https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Emperor_Go-Kameyama.html

1500: Death of Go-Tsuchimikado 103th emperor of Japan (1464-1500), born on July 3, 1442
http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Go-Tsuchimikado

1600: Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, who in effect rule Japan until the mid-nineteenth century. The last shogunate of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sekigahara
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Sekigahara

1600: Death of Toda Katsushige, Japanese warlord, born in 1557
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toda_Katsushige

1675: Death of Emperor Higashiyama of Japan who died on January 16, 1710
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Higashiyama

1881: Ito Hirobumi is appointed to chair a government bureau in charge to write a constitution for Japan which will go into effect in 1890
http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/article-9274659/Hirobumi-Ito

1894: Birth of Rampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic, who died on July 28, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edogawa_Ranpo
http://www.kurodahan.com/mt/e/catalog/j0020cate.html

Rampo Edogawa

1895: Japanese forces invade Taiwan and take Tainan, capital of the short-lived Republic of Formosa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitulation_of_Tainan_(1895)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa
http://cta.yam.org.tw/cta31.htm

1920: Beginning of the Battle of Changshanli, between Japanese and Korean, until 26
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Chingshanli

1931: The Sakurakai, a secret society in the Imperial Japanese Army, launches an abortive coup d’état attempt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakurakai

1938: The Japanese troops take Canton (Guangzhou), in China
http://www.bunton.id.au/china40y/chap5.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025102_Canton-Battle_gun_attack
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025105_Canton-Capture_soldiers_march

1938-10-21 Canton burning
1944: In the first kamikaze attack, HMAS Australia is hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg (441 pound) bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began
http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/rdunn/hms_aust/first_kam.htm
http://www.awm.gov.au/wartime/28/article.asp

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

1959: Birth of Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/ken_watanabe/

1965: Birth of Hisashi Imai, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisashi_Imai

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uuU2u8UPls

1970: Japan publishes its first White Paper on defense

1971: Death of Naoya Shiga, Japanese novelist, born on February 20, 1883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiga_Naoya
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/273.html

 

On 21 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 21 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on October 21, 2017

1328: Birth of Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu) Founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1398) who died on June 24, 1398
http://www.mingtombs.eu/emp/01hongwu/hongwu.html
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/china-history/zhu-yuanzhang.htm

1727: Sino-Russian accord of Kyakhta to correct boundaries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kyakhta_(1727)

1895: Japanese forces invading Taiwan take Tainan, capital of the short-lived Republic of Formosa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitulation_of_Tainan_(1895)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa
http://cta.yam.org.tw/cta31.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10033.html

1938: The Japanese troops take Canton (Guangzhou), in China
http://www.bunton.id.au/china40y/chap5.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025102_Canton-Battle_gun_attack
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025105_Canton-Capture_soldiers_march

1938-10-21 Canton burning

1959: The United Nations General Assembly adopts the resolution 1353-XIV in which it expresses its deep concern for the situation in Tibet
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/141/76/IMG/NR014176.pdf?OpenElement
http://www.archieve.claudearpi.net/maintenance/uploaded_pics/1959UNGeneralAssemblyResolution.pdf

1970: Birth of Louis Koo, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Koo
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/koo_louis.htm

1972: Bilateral negotiations between China and Soviet Union resume at Moscow[

1987: Death of Republic of China general Ho Ying-chin
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE1DB153FF931A15753C1A961948260
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Yingqin
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9933.html

2007: End of the XVIIth Chinese communist Party congress
http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/206972/206981/8188387.html
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS22767.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_National_Congress_of_the_Communist_Party_of_China

2007 XVIIe congrès

On 21 October in Asian history

ON 21 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on October 21, 2017

1328: Birth of Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu) Founder of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1398) who died on June 24, 1398
http://www.mingtombs.eu/emp/01hongwu/hongwu.html
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/china-history/zhu-yuanzhang.htm

1392: End of the reign of Go-Kameyama, born in 1347, 99th emperor of Japan (1383-1392) who will died on May 10, 1424
https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Emperor_Go-Kameyama.html

1500: Death of Go-Tsuchimikado 103th emperor of Japan (1464-1500), born on July 3, 1442
http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Go-Tsuchimikado

1600: Tokugawa Ieyasu defeats the leaders of rival Japanese clans in the Battle of Sekigahara, which marks the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate, who in effect rule Japan until the mid-nineteenth century. The last shogunate of Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sekigahara
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Sekigahara

1600: Death of Toda Katsushige, Japanese warlord, born in 1557
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toda_Katsushige

1627: Death of Frederick de Houman, Dutch explorer who reached Aceh
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_de_Houtman

1675: Death of Emperor Higashiyama of Japan who died on January 16, 1710
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Higashiyama

1708: Death of Guru Gobind Singh, Indian 10th Sikh gurus, born on December 31, 1666
http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Guru_Gobind_Singh

1727: Sino-Russian accord of Kyakhta to correct boundaries
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Kyakhta_(1727)

1816: The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia
http://wikimapia.org/103434/Penang-Free-School

1881: Ito Hirobumi is appointed to chair a government bureau in charge to write a constitution for Japan which will go into effect in 1890
http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/article-9274659/Hirobumi-Ito

1894: Birth of Rampo Edogawa, Japanese author and critic, who died on July 28, 1965
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edogawa_Ranpo
http://www.kurodahan.com/mt/e/catalog/j0020cate.html

Rampo Edogawa

1895: Japanese forces invading Taiwan take Tainan, capital of the short-lived Republic of Formosa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitulation_of_Tainan_(1895)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Formosa
http://cta.yam.org.tw/cta31.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/10033.html

1920: Beginning of the Battle of Changshanli, between Japanese and Korean, until 26
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Battle_of_Chingshanli

1931: Birth of Shammi Kapoor, Indian actor, who died August 14, 2011
http://www.shammikapoor.net/bio.html

1931: The Sakurakai, a secret society in the Imperial Japanese Army, launches an abortive coup d’état attempt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakurakai

1938: The Japanese troops take Canton (Guangzhou), in China
http://www.bunton.id.au/china40y/chap5.html
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025102_Canton-Battle_gun_attack
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675025105_Canton-Capture_soldiers_march

1938-10-21 Canton burning
1943: Birth of Tariq Ali, Pakistani writer and film-maker
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tariq_Ali

1943: The Provisional Government of Free India is formally declared by Subhas Chandra Bose
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/21st-october-1943-subhas-chandra-bose-announced-the-provisional-government-of-free-india
http://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/47_subhash-chandra-bose.html

netaji-subhas-chandra-bose

1944: In the first kamikaze attack, HMAS Australia is hit by a Japanese plane carrying a 200 kg (441 pound) bomb off Leyte Island, as the Battle of Leyte Gulf began
http://www.j-aircraft.com/research/rdunn/hms_aust/first_kam.htm

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

1950:Heavy fighting begins between British and Australian forces from the 27th British Commonwealth Brigade and the North Korean 239th Regiment during the Battle of Yongju
http://dbpedia.org/page/Battle_of_Yongju
https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/korea/operations/yongju

1959: Border incident in Ladakh (Kashmir) between Chinese and Indian troops

1959: Birth of Ken Watanabe, Japanese actor
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/ken_watanabe/

1959: The United Nations General Assembly adopts the resolution 1353-XIV in which it expresses its deep concern for the situation in Tibet
https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/RESOLUTION/GEN/NR0/141/76/IMG/NR014176.pdf?OpenElement
http://www.archieve.claudearpi.net/maintenance/uploaded_pics/1959UNGeneralAssemblyResolution.pdf

1965: Birth of Hisashi Imai, Japanese singer-songwriter and guitarist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hisashi_Imai

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uuU2u8UPls

1967: 100,000 demonstrators marched in Washington, DC, in opposition to the Vietnam War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/100000-people-march-on-the-pentagon

1970: Birth of Louis Koo, Hong Kong actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Koo
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/koo_louis.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZ0DOFP5W7o&feature=related

1970: Japan publishes its first White Paper on defense

1972: North Vietnam president Phan Van Dong says he is ready to accept a cease-fire as a first step towards a settlement to the Vietnam war

1971: Death of Naoya Shiga, Japanese novelist, born on February 20, 1883
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shiga_Naoya
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/273.html

1972: Bilateral negotiations between China and Soviet Union resume at Moscow

1987: Jaffna hospital massacre is carried out by Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka killing 70 ethnic Tamil patients, Doctors & Nurses
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffna_hospital_massacre

1987: Death of Republic of China general Ho Ying-chin
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE1DB153FF931A15753C1A961948260
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_Yingqin
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9933.html

1988: Former Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos and his wife, Imelda, are indicted in New York on fraud and racketeering charges. Marcos died before his trial and Imelda was acquitted in 1990

1990: Death of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Indian spiritual leader, born on May 21,  1921
http://fr.scribd.com/doc/42493010/A-Brief-Biography-of-Shri-Anandamurti-or-P-R-Sarkar#scribd
http://www.anandamarga.org/about/founder/

1994: North Korea and the United States sign an agreement that requires North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons program and agree to inspections, putting an end to the first nuclear crisis
http://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/agreedframework
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agreed_Framework

2002: North Korea says that the 1994 nuclear agreement with the United States is void following a U.S. decision to suspend deliveries of fuel oil

2003: North Korea rejected U.S. President Bush’s offer of a written pledge not to attack in exchange for the communist nation agreeing to end its nuclear weapons program

2007: End of the XVIIth Chinese communist Party congress
http://english.cpc.people.com.cn/206972/206981/8188387.html
http://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/RS22767.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_National_Congress_of_the_Communist_Party_of_China

2007 XVIIe congrès

2008: India and Pakistan open a historic trade link across divided Kashmir for the first time in six decades. The route represents an attempt to solve the long-running dispute over the region by creating « soft borders » allowing the free movement of goods and people
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2008/10/20081021123032900873.html

2008: Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, is found guilty of corruption after helping his wife buy a plot of government land in Bangkok at a reduced price
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/10/2008102172221137838.html

2010: In Manmar, the new national flag has been flying at government buildings and NGO offices across the country from 3 p.m
https://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-52358220101021
http://www2.irrawaddy.com/article.php?art_id=19793

2010: Death of A. Ayyappan, Indian poet, born on October 27,1949
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-10-22/thiruvananthapuram/28234488_1_poems-ayyappan-poetry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._Ayyappan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu6whMiEe7Q&feature=related

2011: US and N Korea reach deal over missing troops
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/10/20111022101237641920.html

2012: One of India’s most influential film-makers, Yash Chopra, dies from dengue fever in Mumbai, aged 80.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20023315

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

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20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

China summons British ambassador to Beijing, over ‘raft of incorrect comments’ after UK activist barred from Hong Kong

Beijing on Friday summoned London’s ambassador in a tit-for-tat protest stemming from Hong Kong’s denial of entry to a British human rights activist
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2116341/china-summons-british-ambassador-beijing-over-raft-incorrect

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

Australia will begin holding regular high-level talks with senior members of the Cambodian Government, despite other countries rethinking their engagement with the increasingly authoritarian kingdom
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-20/australia-strengthens-ties-with-cambodia-as-sweden-reconsiders-engagement/1710712

19 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines’ Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/10/19/philippines-duterte-says-malaysian-islamist-militant-killed/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysias-most-wanted-terrorist-mahmud-ahmad-dead-duterte-9325804

The Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar confirms killing of chief Umar Khorasani in drone attack

The Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday confirmed the death of its chief Umar Khalid Khorasani in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province a couple of days ago
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/19/jamaat-ul-ahraar-confirms-killing-of-chief-umar-khorasani-in-drone-attack/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1364849/umar-khalid-khorasani-9-associates-confirmed-killed-by-us-drone-strike

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-ousted-pm-sharif-and-his-family-members-11481
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/207/170/228/1508414929686.html

18 OCTOBER 2017

Central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, says Xi Jinping in communist congress speech

Chinese Xi Jinping says that the central government exercises full control over Hong Kong and Macau. He was speaking at the opening of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress on Wednesday, though did not make direct reference to the Hong Kong independence movement
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/central-govt-exercises-overall-jurisdiction-hong-kong-says-xi-jinping-communist-congress-speech/

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

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts
http://www.dw.com/en/philippine-president-duterte-declares-marawi-liberation-from-jihadists/a-40988478
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-declares-marawi-liberated-military-says-30-militants-9317748

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

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

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

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

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

16 OCTOBER 2017

European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2115618/european-union-ministers-ban-all-investments-and-oil-exports

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

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

Last leaders of Muslim militant siege in southern Philippines, killed in fighting

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed on Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115487/isnilon-hapilon-last-leader-muslim-militant-siege-southern
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-of-marawi-war-killed-in-clashes-with-philippine-forces-defence-secretary

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

The Philippine president said he has asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he’s ready to cut diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/139/219/1508040330199.html

China expels former justice minister Wu Aiying from party for graft

Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-expels-former-justice-minister-from-party-for-graft-1.2106081

Cambodia’s political prince Norodom Ranariddh submits to strongman Hun Sen as opposition crumbles

With Cambodia’s opposition warning of the imminent death of its democracy, the historic rival who once beat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election said there was no option but to work with the strongman
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115422/cambodias-political-prince-norodom-ranariddh-submits

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

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

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

11 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls for unity against ‘Great Power’ Interference

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called on Wednesday for the Cambodian people to “stand up” against what he called meddling in the country’s internal affairs by the United States and other nations, urging citizens to unite in defense of Cambodia’s sovereignty
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/unity-10112017162840.html

Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/sex-with-underage-wife-is-indian-supreme-court-rules
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-top-court-says-sex-with-child-bride-is-rape/a-40902473
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sc-says-girl-child-can-t-be-treated-as-commodity-calls-separate-marriage-laws-for-hindus-and-muslims-mockery-2552174

9 OCTOBRE 2017

India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots

An Indian court has commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/death-sentence-for-11-in-train-burning-case-commuted-1.2102999
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/dcNf9VKC84zlq0mnxLQhPJ/Godhra-train-burning-case-Gujarat-high-court-commutes-death.html

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

The Philippines apologised to China on Monday for a « grievous but purely unintentional » mistake after it displayed the logo of the defence ministry of Taiwan, not China, at an event marking Beijing’s donation of 3,000 rifles to Manila.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-apologises-to-china-for-using-taiwan-logo-at-ceremony-9292746
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114532/philippines-sorry-grievous-error-saw-it-use-taiwan

8 OCTOBER 2017

North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/north-korean-leader-promotes-sister-kim-yo-jong-171008172800383.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/kim-jong-uns-closest-aide-is-sister-kim-yo-jong/9030854?section=world
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171008_18/

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

Ten years ago Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to run in elections. Within two months a suicide attack had killed her but authorities are no closer to catching her killers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/who-killed-former-pakistan-prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-1.665423

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

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

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

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

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers file a lawsuit to demand the dissolution of the main opposition party, in a move that would help Prime Minister Hun Sen extend his 32-year rule when the poor Southeast Asian nation votes next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2114260/cambodian-government-files-lawsuit-dissolve-main-opposition
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-party/#i5XkHpbs0LvuRRi9.97

5 OCTOBER 2017

No reason for Singapore to cut military ties with Taiwan, sources say

Singapore has no reason to end its military training programme with Taiwan even though the city state has strengthened military ties with Beijing, sources and observers say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114170/no-reason-singapore-cut-military-ties-taiwan-sources

Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

A Japan-born British author has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Kazuo Ishiguro has received wide acclaim for « The Remains of the Day » and other novels
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171005_30/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/kazuo-ishiguro-wins-the-nobel-prize-in-literature

Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei, celebrates 50 years in power

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is marking 50 years on Brunei’s throne with a spectacular and lavish ceremony at his golden-domed palace. Among the sultan’s contemporary monarchs, only Queen Elizabeth II has had a longer reign
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/your-gilded-chariot-awaits-brunei-sultan-celebrates-50-years-in-power-1.2101019
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/brunei-sultan-mark-golden-jubilee-lavish-celebrations

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, has fled the country, fearing she would be arrested amid a government crackdown on the opposition
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Cambodian-opposition-lawmaker-flees-calls-for-sanctions?page=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-leader-flees-government-crackdown-171004154907403.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/half-of-cambodias-opposition-have-fled-country-in-crackdown

3 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistan’s disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Oct-2017/nawaz-sharif-reelected-as-pml-n-s-president-unopposed
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/03/nawaz-sharif-re-elected-pml-n-president/

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

Outraged by journalists being increasingly subjected to intimidation, threats, violence and even killings in various parts of the country, scores of journalists held a protest rally and march here on Monday to demand strong action ~ by the Centre as well as states ~ against perpetrators of such crimes
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/journalists-form-human-chain-protest-rising-violence-1502504053.html
http://indianexpress.com/videos/news-video/protest-at-chandigarh-press-club-for-violence-against-journalists/

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America’s oldest alliances
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/trump-hails-very-strong-ties-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30328384
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/cartoon/20139

1st OCTOBER 2017

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people joined the march against China’s « authoritarians rule. » The march has been an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s October 1 National Day
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/tens-of-thousands-march-to-defend-hong-kong-s-rule-of-law-against-china-10989
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2113583/national-day-protest-hong-kong-draws-40000-streets

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/194820-italy-orders-north-korea-ambassador-home-over-missiles

30 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rex Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea

The US says it has open channels of communication with North Korea and is « probing » whether the Pyongyang government is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/rex-tillerson-china-korea-talks-170930035204341.html
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20170930-rex-tillerson-opens-channels-communication-north-korea-seeking-de-escalate-tension
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41454007

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

The most prolific figure in Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement Vann Molyvann died at the age of 91 at home in Siem Reap province yesterday morning
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5083941/nation-mourns-legendary-architect-vann-molyvann/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/visionary-architect-vann-molyvann-dies-90

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

China issues white paper on public health

The Chinese government Friday published a white paper on public health, stressing that health is a precondition for the survival of humanity and the development of human society
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/185/226/66/1506682149754.html

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

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

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

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

3-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess

A 3-year-old girl became Nepal’s new living goddess Thursday, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/3-year-old-girl-named-nepals-new-living-goddess.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/nepal-traditions-three-year-old-girl-becomes-new-living-goddess
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-28/new-kumari-trishna-shakya-takes-reign-as-living-goddess-in-photos.html

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China announced on Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China would be closed, as part of the latest sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/china-orders-north-korean-business-closed-under-un-sanctions/8999040?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113262/all-north-korean-firms-and-joint-ventures-china-be
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-orders-north-korean-businesses-closed-under-un-sanctions-1.2097737

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years’ jail for negligence

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-thai-pm-yingluck-sentenced-in-absentia-to-5-years-jail-9255530
http://www.dw.com/en/yingluck-sentencing-the-downfall-of-thailands-shinawatra-family/g-40707831

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

Singapore and China will further deepen military ties, such as through stepping up bilateral exercises between the two countries’ navies and armies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-commitment-to-deepen-defence-ties

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

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

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

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

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

Singapore to promote stronger Asean-China cooperation: PM Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore will promote stronger Asean-China cooperation during its chairmanship of the regional grouping next year, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said at a meeting with Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday (Sept 19), the first day of his visit to China
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-to-promote-stronger-asean-china-cooperation-pm-lee-hsien-loong
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/pm-lee-arrives-in-beijing-for-three-day-official-visit-to-china

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

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

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

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nation-mourns-death-of-hero-marshal-arjan-singh-1.2091509
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/his-life-was-dedicated-to-mother-india-pm-modi-pays-rich-tribute-to-marshal-of-iaf-arjan-singh-4848155/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/state-funeral-for-marshal-arjan-singh-tomorrow/videoshow/60718537.cms?utm_source=Colombia&utm_medium=OrganicNative&utm_campaign=CTNCPV&utm_ctn=16582151-297447

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/cambodia-pm-calls-on-us-to-withdraw-peace-corps-volunteers-9219602
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-hun-sen-suggests-us-embassy-pull-out-peace-corps-volunteers

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

Abe, Modi launch India’s first bullet train project

India on Thursday inched closer to its dream of getting a bullet train when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the country’s first high-speed rail link based on Japan’s famed shinkansen technologygy
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/PM-Modi-and-Japan-s-Abe-launch-Indian-shinkansen-project?page=1
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-and-shinzo-abe-launch-bullet-train-project-10-important-statements-made-by-pm-2545514

East Timor President says to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM

« Today I announce to all the people that the president of the republic … has nominated Dr. Mari Alkatiri to become the prime minister, » President Francisco « Lu Olo » Guterres told a news conference
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/179/203/224/1505384911173.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111149/mari-alkatiri-gets-second-shot-east-timors-prime-minister

China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee

Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2111097/un-chief-and-security-council-call-myanmar-end-violence-against

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

Singapore names first woman president amid concerns over election process

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, was ‘elected’ to the largely ceremonial post. But critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/singapore-names-first-woman-president-amid-concerns-over-election-process-10456
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/halimah-yacob-declared-president-elect-9211392

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/crackdown-raf-09122017084157.html
http://www.rfa.org/about/releases/statement-on-cambodia-09122017092506.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appearing on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

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

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/handed-death-sentence-1993-mumbai-blasts-170907105826622.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/1993-mumbai-serial-blasts-death-for-taher-merchant-feroz-abdul-rashid-khan-abu-salem-sentenced-to-life-4832705/

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

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

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-nuclear-war-atomic-bomb-south-korea-tension-a7926631.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/03/north-korean-nuclear-test-spites-both-washington-and-beijing/
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/03/n-korea-bomb-prompts-global-condemnation

Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/narendra-modi-appoints-indias-first-female-defence-minister
https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-prime-minister-modi-drops-ministers-as-economy-slips/4013252.html

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-over-alleged-plot-with-us-20170902-gy9n71.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/developing-cnrp-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-treason
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081076/cnrp-president-kem-sokha-arrested-claims-regime-change/

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41141473

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-confirms-it-will-close-monday
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081102/cambodia-daily-close/

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Australia and East Timor strike historic deal to end maritime dispute

Australia and East Timor have struck a deal to end a contentious dispute over maritime borders that cut through lucrative oil and gas fields
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2109465/australia-and-east-timor-strike-deal-end-maritime-dispute

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/02/timor-sea-dispute-australia-and-timor-leste-achieve-historic-deal

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

31 AUGUST 2017

Thailand Former PM Abhisit, Suthep cleared for 2010 crackdown on red-shirt

The Supreme Court has upheld the decisions of two lower courts to dismiss the case against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban for the 2010 deadly military crackdown on Red Shirts
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1316327/abhisit-suthep-cleared-for-2010-crackdown-on-red-shirts
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/31/supreme-court-turns-murder-case-abhisit-suthep/
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30325450

A Pakistan’s  anti-terrorism court (ATC) verdict in the Benazir Bhutto murder case acquits five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) suspects and 17-year imprisonment for two police officials

A special anti-terrorism court has sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in prison in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nine years, eight months and three days after the assassination
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495869/benazir-murder-case-five-accused-acquitted-two-police-officers-sentenced-17-years-prison/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/musharraf-declared-fugitive-in-benazir-murder-case-party-shocked-1.2083246
https://www.dawn.com/news/1355153/benazir-murder-case-atc-acquits-5-accused-declares-musharraf-an-absconder

Missiles, radar, glide bombs: Japan wants record US$48b weapons budget as North Korea threat grows

If approved by parliament, it would be the sixth annual increase under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who ended decade-long defence budget cuts
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109126/missiles-radar-glide-bombs-japan-wants-record-us48b-weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/31/national/politics-diplomacy/record-high-budget-request-defense-ministry-seeks-new-anti-missile-measures/#.Wah-cshJY2w
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/japan-defense-ministry-seeks-record-high-budget-amid-n.-korea-threat

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

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

30 AUGUST 2017

What stopped Japan from intercepting North Korean missile?

The altitude and speed of Hwasong-12 would have made it very difficult to destroy missile in flight, while failure would have been embarrassing for Japan and encouraging to N Korea. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo
http://www.dw.com/en/what-stopped-japan-from-intercepting-north-korean-missile/a-40293016

Pakistan’s parliament unanimously adopts resolution rejecting US allegations

The National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a resolution rejecting the US’s new Afghan policy and allegations against Pakistan
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/227074-Pakistan-parliamentarians-forge-unity-against-new-US-policy
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1495029/unanimous-resolution-na-condemns-trumps-anti-pakistan-remarks/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/27/533154/Pakistan-Karachi-rally-Trump-police

29 AUGUST 2017

Islamic State: Australia offers to send Special Forces to help fight IS in Philippines city of Marawi

Australian Special Forces soldiers could soon be deployed to the Southern Philippines to help local forces fight Islamic State (IS) militants in the country’s south
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-29/australia-offers-troops-to-help-philippines-fight-is/8851750?section=world
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/australia-offers-additional-military-help-philippines-fight-islamic-state/#FqGpkVMQvMqmRWrl.97

North Korea fires missile over Japan, sharply escalating tensions

North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan and landed in waters off the northern region of Hokkaido early on Tuesday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, marking a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula
http://www.atimes.com/article/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-sharply-escalating-tensions/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208062
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170829_81/

Kim Jong-un’s latest provocation may strengthen Shinzo Abe’s hand at home because ‘it looks like he’s doing something’

In a break with a long-running cautious defence stance, members of Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party have called for Japan to arm itself with long-range offensive weapons
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2108852/it-looks-hes-doing-something-kim-jong-uns-latest-provocation-may
http://www.dw.com/en/japanese-react-furiously-to-north-korean-missile-launch/a-40279925

28 AUGUST 2017

Tsutomu Hata, known for brief stint as prime minister, dies at 82

Former Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, who served 14 terms in the Lower House, died Monday morning at the age of 82
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/28/national/politics-diplomacy/former-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-dies-82/#.WaRYNChJY2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170828_19/

India and China agree to end border standoff

India and China have agreed to an « expeditious disengagement » of troops in a disputed border area where their soldiers have been locked in a stand-off for more than two months, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/india-china-agree-to-disengagement-along-disputed-frontier-new-9163802
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/doklam-row-china-removes-road-building-equipment-from-face-off-site/articleshow/60262735.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/155/229/170/1503918000706.html
http://www.ibtimes.com/china-india-border-face-ends-what-made-china-step-back-2583363

26 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

Pakistan’s population tops 207 million, census shows

Pakistan’s government says results from a recently conducted national census show the country’s population has risen to 207.7 million
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/society/181473-pakistans-population-tops-207-million-census-shows
http://nation.com.pk/national/26-Aug-2017/pakistan-population-soars-to-208-million

North Korea launches three missiles amid US-South Korea military drills

Two of the North’s missiles flew about 250km (155 miles) off the country’s east coast, the US military said, while one appeared to explode almost immediately
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-short-range-donald-trump-kim-jong-un-military-drill-a7913806.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/26/north-korea-fires-several-missiles-into-sea

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Arrest warrant for Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra after court no-show

Thailand’s Supreme Court has issued an arrest warrant after ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra failed to appear for the verdict in the case regarding her rice subsidy scheme. Hundreds of her supporters had gathered outside
http://www.dw.com/en/hunt-for-thailands-ex-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-after-court-no-show/a-40231366
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30324907
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/25/former-thai-pm-yingluck-shinawatra-misses-court-appearance

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

24 AUGUST 2017

Myanmar’s Rakhine a human rights crisis: Kofi Annan

The Rakhine Advisory Commission, led by its chairman, the former UN Chief Kofi Annan, gave this assessment, without identifying the Rohingyas by name, in its final report released on Thursday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-s-rakhine-a-human-rights-crisis-kofi-annan-9153350

Vietnam calls for greater Asean unity over South China Sea

Nguyen Phu Trong is on a visit to Indonesia – the first by a Vietnamese Communist Party chief since Ho Chi Minh’s visit in 1959. In a speech televised at his home country on Wednesday, he said Asean needed to be unified in resolving territorial disputes
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/08/vietnam-calls-greater-asean-unity-south-china-sea/#TFR10t64WfW1ewKc.97

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

A Singaporean firm has signed an agreement to run Cambodia’s first-ever oil field. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has long desired to strike oil, and it is now one step closer to making that a reality
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-signs-deal-to-develop-first-offshore-oil-field/a-40203848
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5244-cambodia-to-produce-oil-in-2019.html

Kim Jong-un’s orders for more ICBMs raise alarms

Concerns are rising that North Korea may be planning more missile provocations over reports Pyongyang has ordered the production of intercontinental ballistic missile components to be increased
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170823000705
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170823_20/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2107962/north-koreas-leader-kim-jong-un-orders-production-more-rocket
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3037528

22 AUGUST 2017

US president unveils new Afghanistan, South Asia strategy

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

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

India’s Supreme Court rules ‘triple talaq’ Muslim divorce law ‘unconstitutional’

India’s Supreme Court has ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-23/indias-supreme-court-rules-muslim-divorrce-law-unconstitutional/8832692?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41008802

Maldives to reintroduce death penalty after six decades

Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug-trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2107828/maldives-reintroduce-death-penalty-after-six-decades

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/924450/protests-against-war-on-drugs-rodrigo-duterte-kian-loyd-delos-santos
http://www.manilatimes.net/outrage-fires-coalition-drug-war-du30-face-isolation/346005/

UN: Cambodia ‘Approaching a Precipice’ Amid Threats, Fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.”
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-cambodia-approaching-a-precipice-amid-threats-fear-133853/

US-South Korea hold military drills amid tension

The United States and South Korea have kicked off their annual military exercise, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40957725
http://www.euronews.com/2017/08/21/us-south-korea-begin-wargames
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=207751

Cambodia Daily given till Sept 4 to pay taxes

The Tax Department said English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily faced shuttering and the seizure of its assets if it failed to pay back taxes it allegedly owes by September 4 – a seeming escalation in the government’s recent targeting of NGOs and independent media outlets for tax-related scrutiny
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tax-head-threatens-daily-with-september-4-closure-133851/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-given-till-sept-4-pay-taxes
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5222-taxes-trouble-the-cambodia-daily.html

20 AUGUST 2017

Thousands march in Hong Kong for release of pro-democracy leaders

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Hong Kong – some clad in prison uniforms – to demand the release of three of the former British colony’s best-known pro-democracy leaders
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/20/hong-kong-pro-democracy-march-alex-chow-nathan-law-joshua-wong
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-protest-jailing-umbrella-movement-leaders-170820130648345.html
http://www.dw.com/en/thousands-protest-jailing-of-activists-in-hong-kong/a-40165026

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

US warship Indianapolis sunk by Japan during WWII on July 30, 1945, found in Pacific Ocean

Researchers have found the wreckage of the US warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 5.5 kilometers below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/19/us/uss-indianapolis-wreckage-found/index.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/world/asia/uss-indianapolis-paul-allen.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fasia&action=click&contentCollection=asia&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=4&pgtype=sectionfront
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/08/wreckage-uss-indianapolis-72-years-170820140644525.html

18 AUGUST 2017

US, Japan step up defense cooperation

The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/183/80/1503051560742.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170818_11/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003888528

Cambridge University Press pulls scholarly articles from China website at Beijing’s request

Cambridge University Press (CUP), one of Britain’s most respected academic publishers, has blocked online access in China to hundreds of scholarly articles and book reviews on Chinese affairs after coming under pressure from Beijing
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/cambridge-university-press-pulls-scholarly-articles-from-china-website-at-beijings
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2107419/cambridge-university-press-pulls-sensitive-journal

17 AUGUST 2017

Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months

Hong Kong’s most prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong has been sentenced to six months in jail over a 2014 protest
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/hong-kong-jails-umbrella-movement-leaders-170817083036528.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-17/the-young-face-of-hong-kongs-democracy-movement-jailed/8817996?section=world
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/17/asia/hong-kong-umbrella-joshua-wong/index.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2107216/occupy-activists-joshua-wong-and-nathan-law-jailed-hong-kong

15 AUGUST 2017

Thai activist jailed for more than two years after posting anti-royal BBC article on Facebook

A Thai student activist has been jailed for more than two years for posting a BBC article deemed offensive to Thailand’s King on Facebook, his lawyer said
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-15/thai-activist-jailed-for-posting-anti-royal-bbc-article/8810724?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40938914
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90848

Minister resigns over massive Taiwan blackout

Taiwan’s Economic Affairs Minister Lee Chih-kung resigned after a malfunction at the island’s largest natural gas plant on Tuesday (Aug 15) caused a massive blackout that affected millions of households amid a heatwave
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/minister-resigns-over-massive-taiwan-blackout-reports-9125906

Maldive president Abdulla Yameen ‘admits receiving bags of stolen cash’

Apparent admission follows Al Jazeera investigation exposing how Yameen and aides embezzled millions from state coffers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/abdulla-yameen-admits-receiving-bags-stolen-cash-170815091334393.html

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

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

Independence Day speech: Narendra Modi outlines vision for India

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, set a deadline of 2022 for building a New India free of caste differences, corruption and terrorism
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/WYdg9vJ2ULdjh0LULDp8nM/Independence-Day-2017-Narendra-Modi-calls-for-building-new.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pics-at-70-years-young-india-celebrates-independence-day-2530647

14 AUGUST 2017

China issues order to implement UN sanctions on North Korea

China will halt iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea starting Tuesday (Aug 15), following through on new UN sanctions after US pressure for Beijing to strongarm Pyongyang over its ally’s nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-issues-order-to-implement-un-sanctions-on-north-korea

Japanese economy posts longest expansion in more than a decade

Japan’s economy expanded at the fastest pace for more than two years in the three months to June, with domestic spending accelerating as the country prepares for the 2020 Toyko Olympics and low levels of unemployment encouraged businesses to invest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/japanese-economy-posts-longest-expansion-in-more-than-a-decade
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Economy/Japan-logs-4.0-GDP-growth-for-April-June-quarter
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708140012.html

Pakistan marks 70 years of independence with fireworks, huge flag, air show

Pakistan on Monday celebrated 70 years of independence from British India with a patriotic display including a giant flag and a show of air power, as the military’s top brass vowed to wipe out terrorists days after a deadly blast
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-marks-independence-with-fireworks-huge-flag-air-show-1.2074067
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1480831/nation-celebrates-71st-independence-day/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1351502/flag-hoisting-ceremony-in-capital-marks-pakistans-independence-day

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

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

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2106566/laos-cambodia-withdraw-troops-disputed-border-area
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/55/188/11/1502522224623.html
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5077785/hun-sen-threatens-evict-lao-troops/

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

Xi urges restraint on nuclear issue in phone talks with Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping urged concerned parties to practice restraint regarding the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue in a phone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/146/4/92/1502530446344.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2106518/trump-call-xi-jinping-urgent-talks-north-korea

Japan deploys missile defence over North Korea threat to Guam: Reports

Japan deployed its Patriot missile defence system on Saturday (Aug 12), after North Korea threatened to fire ballistic missiles over the country towards the US Pacific territory of Guam, local officials and reports said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-deploys-missile-defence-over-north-korea-threat-to-guam-reports
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003877500
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170812_14/

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

 10 AUGUST 2017

Ruth Pfau: Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ dies aged 87

Ruth Pfau, a German doctor and nun who dedicated her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan and has been described as the country’s Mother Teresa, has died in Karachi aged 87
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40886234
https://www.dawn.com/news/1338320
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477955/pakistani-lepers-messiah-dr-ruth-pfau-passes-away/

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

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

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

A court in Cambodia has sentenced a political analyst to 18 months in prison on the basis of a criminal complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen that he had defamed him in a radio interview
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_DEFAMATION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-10-06-53-32
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5145-kim-sok-sentenced-to-18-months-imprisonment.html

9 AUGUST 2017

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

A Thai man was jailed for 18 years for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/09/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/thailand-sentences-man-18-years-prison-insulting-monarchy/#.WYsmErpuI2w

Vietnam, US agree to strengthen military ties amid Chinese dispute

Vietnam and the United States have agreed to forge deeper military ties, and an American aircraft carrier has been scheduled to visit the southeast Asian country amid a territorial dispute between Vietnam and China
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/09/531167/Vietnam-US-military-ties-Ngo-Xuan-James-Mattis-China

Former Pakistan PM Sharif launches defiant procession

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif led a defiant procession Wednesday (Aug 9) to his party’s stronghold in the eastern city of Lahore as thousands rallied along the route, weeks after he was deposed by the Supreme Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-pakistan-pm-sharif-launches-defiant-procession-9109042
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1477320/live-nawaz-leaves-camp-office-islamabad-kicks-off-homegoing-rally/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1350536/homecoming-nawaz-motorcade-enters-rawalpindi

8 AUGUST 2017

 Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

 Haruo Nakajima, the actor who stomped in a rubber suit to portray the original 1954 Godzilla, helping to make the Japanese monster an iconic symbol of the nuclear era, has died. He was 88
http://www.scmp.com/article/2105925/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-original-godzilla-rubber-suit-dies-88
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/aug/08/haruo-nakajima-actor-who-played-the-original-godzilla-dies-aged-88
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170808_34/

 ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

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

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of juntaA prominent

Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime
http://zeenews.india.com/world/thai-journalist-charged-over-facebook-criticism-of-junta-2031231.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/08/khaosod-english-reporter-charged-sedition-reports-police/

7 AUGUST 2017

North Korea refuses to stop nuclear weapon development, threatens US over sanctions

 North Korea has vowed that « under no circumstances » will it put its nuclear weapons on the negotiating table. Earlier, the North threatened to make the US pay « thousands of times » for drafting the latest sanctions
http://www.dw.com/en/north-korea-refuses-to-stop-nuclear-weapon-development-threatens-us-over-sanctions/a-39999002
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/7/68/63/1502119087630.html

China-Vietnam maritime tensions flare as foreign ministers meeting called off

Strife between Beijing and Hanoi over the South China Sea boiled over on Monday when a scheduled one-on-one meeting of the two countries’ foreign ministers was called off
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105828/china-vietnam-maritime-tensions-flare-foreign-ministers

6 AUGUST 2917

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

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

China sacks senior Xinjiang official for not fighting extremism

A Communist Party official who oversaw a portion of China’s restive northwestern Muslim region of Xinjiang has been dismissed on charges including that he failed to do enough to fight extremism
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/254252017/chinese-official-fired-for-not-fighting-extremism
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-sacks-senior-xinjiang-official-for-not-fighting-extremism-1.2069696

China says N. Korea sanctions ‘necessary’ but urges dialogue

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday that the latest sanctions passed by the United Nations Security Council were « necessary » after North Korea’s missile tests in July, but he noted that they were « not the ultimate purpose. »
http://www.dw.com/en/china-says-n-korea-sanctions-necessary-but-urges-dialogue/a-39980868
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/83/67/1502002876198.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2105591/un-sanctions-north-korea-necessary-not-ultimate-goal

5 AUGUST 2017

United Nations bans key North Korea exports over missile tests

The U.S.-drafted resolution bans North Korean exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It also prohibits countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korean labourers working abroad, bans new joint ventures with North Korea and any new investment in current joint ventures
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/security-council-vote-north-korea-sanctions-170805153043100.html
https://www.un.org/sc/suborg/en/sanctions/1718/resolutions
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40838582

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

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

Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice-President of India, defeats Gopalkrishna Gandhi

India’s ruling party candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected vice president in a parliamentary vote on Saturday (Aug 5), enabling the party to boost its political standing in his southern home region where it lacks a broad support base
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/vice-presidential-election-results-venkaiah-naidu-gopalkrishna-gandhi-nda-opposition/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-never-believed-someone-from-agricultural-background-would-be-here-venkaiah-naidu-after-winning-vp-poll-2521194
http://zeenews.india.com/india/venkaiah-naidu-becomes-13th-vice-president-of-india-a-look-into-his-incredible-journey-from-nellore-to-new-delhi-2030548.html

4 AUGUST 2017

Pope ‘loves China’, Vatican official says on trip there

Pope Francis “loves China” and the Vatican hopes the country has a great future, a Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday cited a visiting Vatican official as saying, in an expression of goodwill despite strained relations between the two
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2105462/pope-loves-china-vatican-official-says-trip-beijing

 East Timor’s Gusmao quits as party leader

 Independence leader Xanana Gusmao has resigned as president of his party following their recent election loss, reportedly saying the East Timorese people had lost faith in them
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/08/05/east-timors-gusmao-quits-party-leader

Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked in Gujarat’s Banasakantha, Congress calls for statewide protests

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car was on Friday stoned and windows broken by hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood-hit Dhanera town in north Gujarat’s Banaskantha district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rahul-s-car-attacked-in-gujarat-says-not-scared-of-cowards-1.2068956
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/rahul-gandhis-car-pelted-with-stones-on-visit-to-flood-hit-gujarat/article19428634.ece?homepage=true
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/rahul-gandhi-shown-black-flags-stone-thrown-at-his-car-in-gujarats-flood-hit-banasakantha-4782221/

3 AUGUST 2017

Japan’s new top diplomat Taro Kono is son of official who wrote landmark 1993 apology to ‘comfort women’

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Taro Kono is known as an outspoken, reform-minded politician unafraid of questioning the party line
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2105245/japans-new-top-diplomat-taro-kono-son-official-who-wrote
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/08/03/national/politics-diplomacy/new-foreign-minister-kono-reform-minded-challenger-party-lines/#.WYOGhbpuI2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201708030024.html

 2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

Cambodia’s social affairs minister has ordered all civil servants to support the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in next year’s general election or resign, and threatened anyone who protests the ballot’s results with violence, prompting a rights group on Wednesday to demand that he be sacked
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/minister-08022017154849.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/minister-demands-loyalty-cpp-civil-servants-warns-protesters-they-will-be-hit-bamboo

Case thrown out against former Thai PM Somchai in rare win for anti-junta camp

A Thai court dismissed a case against former prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, a brother-in-law of deposed former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in a rare victory for the pro-Thaksin, anti-junta movement
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/case-thrown-out-against-former-thai-pm-somchai-rare-win-anti-junta-camp

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2105107/two-former-thai-prime-ministers-acquitted-abusing-power
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/13/137/138/1501661314184.html

1st AUGUST 2017

Pakistan elects Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as interim prime minister

Former petroleum minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has been elected as Pakistan’s interim prime minister. Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif’s brother Shahbaz is expected to take over in September and continue until the 2018 election
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-elects-shahid-khaqan-abbasi-as-interim-prime-minister/a-39916323
https://www.dawn.com/news/1348953/shahid-khaqan-abbasi-sworn-in-as-prime-minister-of-pakistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/01/530385/Pakistan-premier-election-Abbasi

Indian Forces kill senior commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group Abu Dujuna in Kashmir

Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/indian-forces-kill-elusive-let-s-kashmir-commander-1.2067518
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/encounter-breaks-out-in-pulwama/article19400523.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-after-neutralising-abu-dujana-security-forces-to-target-six-high-profile-terrorists-in-jammu-and-kashmir-2520043

Michael Yeung named new Hong Kong Catholic leader as John Tong retires

Coadjutor bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung will become the new head of the Catholic diocese in Hong Kong after Pope Francis approved the retirement of Cardinal John Tong Hon a day after he turned 78
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/From-today,-Msgr.-Michael-Yeung-is-bishop-of-Hong-Kong:-he-is-a-friend-of-Zen-and-Tong-41432.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education-community/article/2104856/leadership-change-works-catholic-churchs-hong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/08/01/controversial-senior-bishop-michael-yeung-head-hong-kongs-catholic-church/

 

On 20 October in Asian history

1935 MaoTseTung-LongMarch

ON 20 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on October 20, 2017

1603: Chinese uprising in Philippines fails after 23,000 killed
http://homepage.ntu.edu.tw/~borao/2Profesores/massacre.pdf

1868: In Japan, Beginning of the Battle of Hakodate between samurai, helped by French advisors, and the imperial army
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hakodate

1884: Birth of Don Stephen Senanayake, first PM of Ceylon (1947-1952) who died on March 22, 1952
 http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lkawgw/dss2.html

1887: Birth of Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, Japanese founder of a collateral branch of the Japanese imperial family, who died on April 12, 1981
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Yasuhiko_Asaka
http://www.moreorless.net.au/killers/asaka.html

1897: Birth of Yi Un, husband of the last Korean crown Princess Euimin (Yi Bangja), who died on May 1, 1970
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yi_Un

1906: Death of Ravi Varma, Indian painter, born on 29 April 1848
http://www.cyberkerala.com/rajaravivarma/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tbbcvjzIA4

1909: Birth of Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter, who died on October 20, 1993 (see also below)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugiyama_Yasushi
http://www.google.fr/search?q=Sugiyama+Yasushi&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=STSfTuDDBcqe-waHvNGDDQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBIQ_AUoAQ&biw=1140&bih=519

1910: Birth of Chen Liting, Chinese director and playwright who died on August 27, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chen_Liting

1927: Birth of Gunturu Seshendra Sarma, Indian poet who died on May 30, 2007
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunturu_Seshendra_Sarma

1928: Birth of Li Peng, Chinese prime minister (1987-1998), nicknamed “the butcher of Tian’anmen”
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/li-peng
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li_Peng

Li Peng 4X5

1934: Birth of Empress Michiko, wife of the reigning Japan’s emperor Akihito
http://theesotericcuriosa.blogspot.fr/2011/02/behind-chrysanthemum-curtain-apparent.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Michiko_of_Japan

1935: In China, end of the Long March. Mao Zedong arrives to Yenan
http://www.history.com/topics/long-march
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/maos-long-march-concludes

1935 MaoTseTung-LongMarch

1944: General Douglas MacArthur fulfills his promise to return to the Philippines when he commands an Allied assault on the islands, stepping ashore at Leyte, 2 1/2 years after he’d said, « I shall return.”


http://www.olive-drab.com/od_history_ww2_ops_battles_1944philippines.php

http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/calendar.php?do=getinfo&day=2008-10-19&e=327&c=1
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/697/today-in-philippine-history-october-20-1944-general-douglas-macarthur-landed-in-palo-leyte-to-reclaim-the-philippines-from-the-japanese

1944: Birth of Nalin de Silva, Sri Lankan theoretical physicist, philosopher and a political analyst
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nalin_de_Silva

1945: In a plebiscite reportedly unanimous, Outer Mongolia declared its independence, later accepted by China
https://books.google.fr/books?id=xT9ZCAAAQBAJ&pg=PA1906&lpg=PA1906&dq=1945+Outer+Mongolia+declared+its+independence&source=bl&ots=qXEvptZj3i&sig=pJysSVa-jmIBJP_FAFa38pBLTE0&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0CD8Q6AEwBGoVChMImo6Rp_POyAIVgn4aCh13BwDm#v=onepage&q=1945%20Outer%20Mongolia%20declared%20its%20independence&f=false

1949: Official end of the Second Eastern Turkestan Republic existing in three districts of Xinjiang since November 12, 1944
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_East_Turkestan_Republic

1951: Opening of talks between Japan and South Korea to solve after World War II disputes

1958: In Thailand, a second coup d’état by army chief Sarit Thanarat takes place, allegedly because of the government failed to solve economic problems
http://www.wikiwand.com/en/Sarit_Thanarat

1962: China launches an offensive again India positions in NEFA and Laddakh up to November 22


http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/india-china-war-of-1962/1/528159.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sino-Indian_War
https://www.quora.com/Why-did-China-invade-India-in-1962

1962: Birth of Dave Wong, Hong Kong/Taiwanese singer-songwriter
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/wong_dave.htm

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

1962: Vong Savang, the son of the king of Laos Savang Vatthana is named crown Prince
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11724227

1964: Relations between South Vietnam, the United States, and Cambodia strongly deteriorate
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/relations-between-south-vietnam-the-united-states-and-cambodia-deteriorate

1967: Death of Shigeru Yoshida, Japanese Prime Minister (1946-1954), born on September 22, 1878
http://www.nndb.com/people/924/000111591/

1967: Birth of Marco Ngai, Hong Kong actor
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Marco_Ngai

1967: Thousands of demonstrators in Oakland, California, hold the biggest protest yet against the Vietnam war
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/20/newsid_3153000/3153144.stm

1969: The Sino-Soviet border negotiations resume in Beijing

1971: Second secret trip of Henry Kissinger to Beijing (up to 26)

1973: Dalai Lama makes first UK visit
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/20/newsid_2489000/2489855.stm

1977: In Thailand, military coup d’état led by Kriangsak Chomanan ousts Tanin Kraivixien
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriangsak_Chomanan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanin_Kraivixien


1982: Julius Jayewardene is reelected president of Sri Lanka with 52,9 % of the votes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_presidential_election,_1982

1983: Birth of Takayuki Yamada, Japanese actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takayuki_Yamada
http://www.jdorama.com/artiste.1357.htm

1986: Birth of Priyanka Sharma, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priyanka_Sharma

1988: Birth of Risa Niigaki, Japanese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Risa_Niigaki

1993: Death of Sugiyama Yasushi, Japanese painter, born on October 20, 1909 (see upper)
http://www.polamuseum.or.jp/english/collection/highlights5/
 https://www.google.fr/search?q=Sugiyama+Yasushi&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=MpdiUorJF8SW0AWy74HwDA&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1188&bih=585

Yasushi Sugiyama

1999: Indian Parliament’s inaugural session after the BJP victory with Atal Bahiri Vajpayee as Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi as leader of the opposition
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/480132.stm

1999: Abdurrahman Wahid is elected the 4th president of Indonesia
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/events/indonesia/profiles/351413.stm

2009: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono becomes the first president of Indonesia to be sworn in for a second term, consolidating political stability in the sprawling southeast Asian archipelago
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/2009102071717146398.html

2010: Death of Farooq Leghari, 8th president of Pakistan (1993-1997), born on May 29, 1940
http://pakistaniat.com/2010/10/19/farooq-leghari/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11584496

2010: 150 elected representatives to Pakistan’s parliament and regional assemblies have been suspended by the election commission for not declaring their assets. That decision means the legislators cannot attend house sessions or vote
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/10/20101018164549518963.html

2012: Bangladesh mutiny: 723 border guards jailed. Nearly 6,000 people have now been jailed for the mutiny over pay and conditions, which left 74 people dead.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20018665
http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=254694

2013: Hong Kong Television Network: Protest over licence ruling. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against what they see as a lack of government transparency and accountability.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24600971

2013: Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the « Sultan of Sulu » after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — died at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end.
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/88357/heir-of-sulu-sultanate-dies

2014: Widodo, the first Indonesian president not to come from the ranks of the country’s established political, business and military elite, took the oath of office in a ceremony at the parliament in the capital, Jakarta, attended by regional leaders and US Secretary of State John Kerry
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/new-indonesian-president-widodo-sworn-2014102041655878556.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/11173758/Indonesia-new-president-who-is-Joko-Widodo.html

2015: 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/