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17 AUGUST 2019

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

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

India’s Modi holds talks with Bhutan counterpart

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

16 AUGUST 2019

Protests erupt in India-administered Kashmir after Friday prayers

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

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

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

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

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

15 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Taiwan Sharply Boosts Defense Budget Amid China Tension

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

15 Myanmar Soldiers, Police and Civilians Dead in Coordinated Attacks

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

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

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

14 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Thai court acquits Red Shirts of terrorism for 2010 protests

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

13 AUGUST 2019

Chinese Ship Returns to Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone

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

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

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

PM Mahathir accuses Chinese schools association of racism over khat controversy

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

India, Russia exchange MoUs in key areas

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

12 AUGUST 2019

Korea to exclude Japan from trade whitelist in September

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

11 AUGUST 2019

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

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

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

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

10 AUGUST 2019

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

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

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

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

Article 370: Tear gas and gunfire at Kashmir protest

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

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

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

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

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

9 AUGUST 2019

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

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

8 AUGUST 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kashmir dispute: Hundreds detained as anger grows

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

7 AUGUST 2019

Pakistan downgrades diplomatic ties, suspends trade with India over Kashmir

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

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

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

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

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

6 AUGUST 2019

Sushma Swaraj: India’s popular former foreign minister dies

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

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

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

China warns US against Asia missile deployment

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

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

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

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

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

5 AUGUST 2019

India abolishes special status for Kashmir

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

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

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

China halts US agriculture purchases as trade war heats up

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

4 AUGUST 2019

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

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

Kashmir tensions intensify amid India, Pakistan skirmishes

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

3 AUGUST 2019

China suspends cooperation with France on police affairs, says report

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

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

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

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

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

2 AUGUST 2019

Blasts in Bangkok as Thai capital hosts regional summit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1 AUGUST 2019

Ahmed Adeeb – Maldives ex-vice president arrested in India

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

Japan, S.Korea FMs meet amid souring relations

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

31 JULY 2019

China bans individual travelers from visiting Taiwan

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

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

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

30 JULY 2019

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

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

Sultan Abdullah installed as the 16th king of Malaysia

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

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks

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

29 JULY 2019

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

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

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

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

Australia Ratifies Maritime Boundaries with East Timor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28 JULY 2019

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

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

27 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

India deploys 10,000 troops in insurgency-hit Kashmir

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

26 JULY 2019

Thai govt urged not to buy power from Laos dam

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

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

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

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

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

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

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

25 JULY 2019

North Korea Fires New Ballistic Missile in Likely Pressure Tactic

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

Chinese private firm makes history with successful orbital mission

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

24 JULY 2019

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

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

23 JULY 2019

Russia and South Korea give conflicting claims over airspace spat

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

22 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

Cambodia, China ink secret naval port deal: report

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

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

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

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

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

21 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

20 JULY 2019

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

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

Pakistan tribal regions hold first provincial polls

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

Veteran Indian politician Sheila Dikshit dies at 81

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

Pro-independence Formosa Alliance forms political party

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

US House Passes Bill to Sanction Cambodia’s Top Officials

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

19 JULY 2019

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

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

Vietnam demands China withdraws vessel from South China Sea

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

18 JULY 2019

Former Pakistani PM Abbasi arrested on corruption charges

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

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

7,800 police in Philippines punished for deadly drug raids

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

17 JULY 2019

Pakistan arrests alleged Mumbai attacks mastermind on terror charges

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

Vietnam, China embroiled in South China Sea stand-off

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

ASEAN now China’s no.2 trade partner

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

16 JULY 2019

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

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

Pakistan reopens airspace for civil aviation after five month

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand’s King Swears in Prayuth, Cabinet

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

15 JULY 2019

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

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

Thai prime minister declares end of military rule

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

13 JULY 2019

Thailand’s Pheu Thai Party picks new leadership

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

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

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

12 JULY 2019

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

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

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

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

11 JULY 2019

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

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

North Korea makes Kim Jong Un head of state

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

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

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

10 JULY 2019

New Thai cabinet ministers appointed

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

9 JULY 2019

US approves arms sale to Taiwan despite Beijing’s objections

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

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

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

8 JULY 2019

Amnesty seeks international probe to end Philippine killings

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

Moon urges Japan to reconsider export restrictions on Korean tech firms

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

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

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

7 JULY 2019

Nepal denies Tibetans’ request to hold Dalai Lama birthday celebration

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

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

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

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

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

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

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

5 JULY 2019

China, Bangladesh to bolster ties

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

4 JULY 2019

Alek Sigley: Australian student released from North Korea

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

Korea warns of retaliatory steps against Japan’s export curbs

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

3 JULY 2019

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

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

Rahul Gandhi quits as India opposition leader

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

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

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

2 JULY 2019

Turkey, China seek to expand economic ties despite political differences

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

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

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

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

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

Indonesia arrests alleged Jemaah Islamiah terrorist network leader Para Wijayanto

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

1 JULY 2019

Hong Kong protesters storm parliament and graffiti the walls

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

 

On 17 August in Asian history

1947-08-17 Indépendance

ON 17 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on August 17, 2019

1304: Death of Go-Fukakusa, 89th emperor of Japan (1246-1259), born on June 28, 1243
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Fukakusa

1338: Death of Nitta Yoshisada, Japanese samurai, born in 1301
http://www.samurai-archives.com/yoshisada.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitta_Yoshisada

1798: The Vietnamese Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Lady of La Vang
http://www.divinemysteries.info/our-lady-of-la-vang-vietnam-1798/
http://catholicism.org/our-lady-of-la-vang-the-catholic-side-of-vietnam.html

1866: Birth of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad, who died on December 12, 1911
http://www.hyderabadplanet.com/mir-mahboob-ali-khan-asaf-jah-nizam.html

1909: Indian revolutionary, Madan Lal Dhingra is hanged in Pentonville prison for Sir Wyllie and Lalkaka murders, born on September 18, 1883
https://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/46_madan-lal-dhingra.html

1926: Birth of Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (1989-2002)
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/people/jiangzemin.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Zemin

1932: Birth of V. S. Naipaul, West Indian writer, Nobel Laureate 2001 who died on August 11, 2018
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2001/naipaul-bio.html

1938: Birth of Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Islamist terrorist movement Jemaah Islamiyah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Bakar_Bashir

1942: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari)

1945: Sukarno proclaims Indonesia independence

1947-08-17 Indépendance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_Declaration_of_Independence
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Sukarno%27s_Proclamation_of_Indonesian_Independence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oXN2-ifFYI

1945: General Leclerc is appointed commander in chief for French forces in Far East, and Admiral  d’Argenlieu administrator of French Indo-China

1945: President Jose P. Laurel announces the dissolution of the Republic of the Philippines established during the Japanese occupation

1946: Muslim riots in several large Indian cities for an independent Pakistan

1947: The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_Line
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/17th-august-1947-the-radcliffe-line-the-border-between-the-union-of-india-and-the-dominion-of-pakistan-is-revealed

1947: After the Independence of India, the first contingent of British troops sailed for home

1949: Death of Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician, born on November 28, 1891
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorio_Perfecto

1950: The United States of Indonesia changes itself in the Republic (united) of Indonesia

1953: Birth of Korrie Layun Rampan, Indonesian author, poet, and critic who died on November 19, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korrie_Layun_Rampan

1960: Indonesia break up its diplomatic relations with Netherlands

1963: Birth of S. Shankar, Indian film director
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/shankar-tamil-director/biography.html
http://spicyonion.com/director/s-shankar-biography/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg7qRQERhhg&feature=related

1970: Death of Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker, born on May 22, 1908
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.fr/2008/05/ratana-pestonji-father-of-contemporary.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0676112/

1973: The United States and Thailand agree to begin negotiations on the reduction of American troops in Thailand

1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, candidate of the Congress Party is elected president of India, sworn on 24
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_presidential_election,_1974
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/ahmed.html

1978: Birth of Karena Lam, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karena_Lam
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/lam_karena.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fR2GnLpOQU

1981: In Sri Lanka, state of emergency is declared after ethnic clashes between Singhalese and Tamil

1982: Sino-American joint communiqué on the progressive reduction of US sales of weapons to Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique03.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7941.html1983: Three Afghan nationalist moderate movements announce their alliance and support king Zaher Shah in exile in Italy

1988: General Zia-ul-Haq, president of Pakistan, is killed in a plane crash near Bahawalpur 

1988-08-17 muhammad-zia-ul-haq-crashed-airplane
http://storyofpakistan.com/death-of-general-zia-ul-haq/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_and_state_funeral_of_Muhammad_Zia-ul-Haq

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsq2vzjuEHo

1993: Death of Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician, born on September 9, 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Kang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8020.html

1999: Sellapan Rama Nathan is elected president of Singapore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellapan_Ramanathan

2005: Foundation of the People’s New Party (Kokumin Shinto), headed by former lower house speaker Tamisuke Watanuki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_New_Party

2005: Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4158478.stm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Bangladesh_series_bombings

2006: Death of Shamsur Rahman, Bengali poet
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/sep/15/culture.obituaries

2009: Thousands of supporters of Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, have joined a rally in Bangkok to present a petition to the king, seeking a royal pardon for his 2008 corruption conviction
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/08/20098174323179370.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8204589.stm

2009: North Korea agrees to reopen its border with South Korea and allow tourism and family reunions to resume, the North’s KCNA news agency said
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8204516.stm

2012: Taiwan’s high court clears former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader.

2015 : A bomb explodes close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

2015 : Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party wins the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

2017: Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months
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

2018: Imran Khan elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

 

Holidays and observances

Indonesia : Independence Day

All about Bhutan

17 AUGUST 2019

India’s Modi holds talks with Bhutan counterpart

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

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

Bhutan would have more room for balancing maneuvers as the Sino-India relationship is getting warmer. India would not hinder Bhutan’s balancing act unless it hurts India’s core interests. China, of course, is willing to pursue closer relations with Bhutan, the only country in South Asia which has no diplomatic ties with China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/825.html

19 OCTOBER 2018

Bhutan Voters Opt for New Party to Form Government in Its Third General Election

As Bhutan went to the polls on Thursday 18, a large number of voters turned up with a majority opting for the new political party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which secured 55.1% of the total votes
https://thewire.in/south-asia/bhutan-elections-druk-nyamrup-tshogpa-dnt
http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-votes-for-change/

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Bhutan ruling party defeated in election

Bhutan’s prime minister conceded defeat Sunday after the ruling party was knocked out in the first round of the small Himalayan nation’s third-ever election
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-keeps-close-eye-as-bhutan-polls-spring-surprise-result/articleshow/65831694.cms

9 AUGUST 2017

India must stop trampling on Bhutan’s sovereignty

Marco Hung says if left to China and Bhutan, the Doklam border dispute could be easily resolved. Instead, an overbearing New Delhi, mistaking Bhutan as its ‘protectorate’, has just made things worse
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2106074/india-must-stop-trampling-bhutans-sovereignty

29 JULY 2017

Why tiny Bhutan remains the wild card in China’s border standoff with India

For more than a month now, Indian and Chinese troops have been caught up in a standoff on an obscure piece of Himalayan territory known as Dolam, which is disputed between Bhutan and China. The fundamental question is the location of the so-called triboundary point – where all three countries meet
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2104417/why-tiny-bhutan-remains-wild-card-chinas-border-standoff

29 JUNE 2017

Tiny Bhutan protests to China over road building in disputed territory

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has protested to its mighty neighbour China over road building in disputed territory that set off new frictions between Beijing and the Indian government on Thursday (June 29)http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/tiny-bhutan-protests-to-china-over-road-building-in-disputed-territory
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/253782652/bhutan-hopes-china-will-follow-bilateral-agreement-on-borders
http://www.sify.com/news/chinas-foray-into-tiny-bhutan-threatening-himalayan-peace-news-topnews-rg3ieMjgabajd.html

25 APRIL 2017

A judicious view of the emergence of modern Bhutan

The chief justice of a country emerging from a strongly monarchical past, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck says the modernizing kingdom can find its own path
http://www.atimes.com/article/judicious-view-emergence-modern-bhutan/

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Bhutan’s upper house rejects 4-nation traffic deal

The National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan rejected a regional traffic agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) over concerns for environmental pollution and security threat
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/23/content_15530421.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

The China factor in India–Bhutan relations

China’s increasingly cosy relations with Pakistan, and more recently Nepal, has concerned India for many years. The country now appears to be expanding its presence in the Himalayas through negotiations with another of India’s neighbours: Bhutan
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/10/15/the-china-factor-in-india-bhutan-relations/

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Evaluating Bhutan’s development

With a population of less than one million and nestled in the eastern Himalayas, this small country has adopted the sustainable development approach of gross national happiness (GNH), a measure of wellbeing that differs markedly from traditional measures such as gross national product (GNP)
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/24/evaluating-bhutans-development/

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Bhutan’s queen gives birth to a baby boy

Announcing the birth of The Gyalsey to the nation, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, said that it is the good fortune of the people of Bhutan that on this auspicious day His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born, fulfilling the wishes and the prayers of the people.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutans-royal-couple-welcomes-first-child
http://www.kuenselonline.com/gyalsey-is-born-bhutan-receives-gift-most-precious/

19 AUGUST 2015

Bhutan reports US$42.87m of unused budget last year

In what is a matter of concern for planners and implementers, most government agencies continue to return a substantial amount of unused budgets to the finance ministry at the end of every fiscal year.

http://www.kuenselonline.com/nu-2-8b-of-total-budget-unused-last-year/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Bhutan for Bangladesh’s passage through India

Dhaka and Thimphu have sought Delhi’s cooperation in easing movement of trucks through Indian territory to expand bilateral trade and economic relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-for-Bangladeshs-passage-through-India-68708.html

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties

At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-proposes-30-quota-for-women-in-political-pa-67076.html

21 JULY 2014

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy

A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world’s two most populous nations
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Bhutan-small-kingdom-with-big-diplomacy-30239031.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

Bhutan boost economy by powering India

So tiny Bhutan, with a new government looking for ways to grow the country’s economy, is not hesitating to tap its hydropower potential in collaboration with India. It hopes to increase the amount of electricity generated from the current 1,500MW to 10,000MW within seven years.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutan-boost-economy-powering-india

2 AUGUST 2013

Bhutan’s ‘gross national happiness’ masks problems, says new prime minister

Bhutan’s lauded ‘gross national happiness’ is overused and masks problems with corruption and low standards of living in the country, according to the country’s new prime minister.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10217936/Bhutans-gross-national-happiness-masks-problems-says-new-prime-minister.html

26 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s Thinley still on the happiness trail

The defeat of former Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s party in the Himalayan nation’s second general election this month came as a surprise to most observers, given his international stature. However, in hindsight, the reasons are discernible, and point to popular disapproval of his aggressive pursuit of what can be termed as « Bhutanese exceptionalism. »

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-260713.html

13 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s opposition party scores upset win

People’s Democratic Party storms to power after winning 32 seats out of 47 in nation’s second parliamentary elections.                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013713125727754144.html              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10178571/Bhutan-opposition-sweeps-to-power.html

31 MAY 2013

Bhutanese brave mountains and monsoon for election

Voters in Bhutan braved heavy rain and treacherous mountain paths to cast their ballots on Friday as the « land of the thunder dragon » began electing a government for only the second time.                                                                                                           http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130531-426490.html

27 MARCH 2013

Bhutan’s second trip to the parliamentary polls

With its second general elections, Bhutan takes one more step towards securing its democratic gains.                                                                                         http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/27/bhutans-second-trip-to-the-parliamentary-polls/

30 JANUARY 2013

Booming Bhutan

The Happiest Place on Earth?                                                                                                                        http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138797/john-berthelsen/booming-bhutan

26 JUNE 2012

Bhutan grieves for destroyed historic site

Bhutan is mourning the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a four-century-old architectural wonder that had dramatically stood on a ridge at the confluence of two rivers before it burned to the ground over the weekend.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/bhutan-dzong-fire/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 JUNE 2012

China, Bhutan look to establish formal ties

China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China’s foreign ministry said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120622-354801.html

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Indian Govt lifts ban on export of essential Bhutan items

Bhutan has expressed happiness over acceptance of its request of exemption from application of any export bans on essential commodities. India has exempted Bhutan from the application of ban on export milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-Basmati rice
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=399062&catid=40

4 NOVEMBER 2011

South Asia’s fledgling democracy

Jigme Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan, has told Al Jazeera that his people will seek guidance from the country’s king, who will be asked to intervene if the fledgling democracy encounters any major governing problems. Thinley’s statement has been criticised by Tshering Tobgay, an
opposition leader, who says it reflects a lack of trust and confidence in the government’s capabilities
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/11/201111310720643833.html

 

Xinjiang news

17 AUGUST 2019

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

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

 

21 JULY 2019

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

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

13 JULY 2019

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

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

7 JUNE 2019

Xinjiang’s vanishing mosques highlight pressure on China’s Muslims as Ramadan ends with a whimper

While Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan with prayers and festivities this week, the recent destruction of dozens of mosques in Xinjiang highlights the increasing pressure Uygurs and other ethnic minorities face in the heavily policed region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3013255/xinjiangs-vanishing-mosques-highlight-pressure-chinas-muslims

18 MARCH 2019

China defends its security crackdown in Xinjiang

Authorities in China have arrested almost 13,000 « terrorists » in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said on Monday, in a White Paper defending its controversial de-radicalisation measures for Muslims in the restive far western region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/18/china-says-it-has-arrested-13000-terrorists-in-xinjiang
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/39/55/161/1552903585946.html?newsId=65001

12 MARCH 2019

China says it will eventually phase out ‘vocational training centres’ in Xinjiang where 1 million Uygur Muslims are reportedly held for ‘re-education’

China’s top official in Xinjiang on Tuesday said the “vocational training centres” in the far western border region would eventually be phased out, as Beijing comes under growing international pressure over the mass detention camps
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3001415/china-says-it-will-eventually-phase-out-vocational-training
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xinjiang-will-not-let-up-on-fight-against-extremism-governor

10 FEBRUARY 2019

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman slammed Chinese authorities’ systematic assimilation policy towards Uighur Turks, saying it is a « great embarrassment » in a written statement on Sunday
https://www.trtworld.com/turkey/turkey-calls-on-china-to-close-uighur-detention-camps-24016
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47187170
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/10/asia/turkey-china-uyghur-xinjiang-intl/index.html

31 JANUARY 2019

Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti, sentenced to life imprisonment by the Chinese government, was nominated as a candidate to receive the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. The proposal comes from a group of 13 US lawmakers, who want to push China to stop what many call the « genocide » of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Uyghur-academic-Ilham-Tohti-nominated-for-Nobel-Peace-Prize-46127.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2184396/us-lawmakers-nominate-jailed-uygur-ilham-tohti-nobel-peace-prize

5 DECEMBER 2018

China refuses top human rights official access to Uighur Muslim ‘re-education’ camps

China has blocked a leading human rights official from visiting the “re-education camps” which hold as many as one million Uighur Muslims
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-uighur-muslim-camps-xinjiang-human-rights-internment-barbel-kofler-germany-a8667886.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/2176508/china-rejects-german-human-rights-delegations-request-visit

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Uyghur crackdown in Xinjiang doubles security spending in one year

Spending on prisons and security-related construction in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang doubled between 2016 and 2017 new research has revealed, undermining China’s denial of the existence of mass internment camps
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/06/asia/xinjiang-uyghur-crackdown-china-intl/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46111865

10 OCTOBER 2018

China legalizes Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’ after denying they exist

China’s far-northwestern region of Xinjiang has revised legislation to provide a legal basis for internment camps where up to 1 million Muslims are being held amid mounting international criticism
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/10/asia/xinjiang-china-reeducation-camps-intl/index.html
https://www.foxnews.com/world/china-region-gives-legal-basis-for-muslim-internment-camps
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45812419

30 AUGUST 2018

UN calls on China to free Uighurs from alleged re-education camps

United Nations’ human rights experts voiced alarm on Thursday (Aug 30) over alleged Chinese political re-education camps for Muslim Uighurs and they called for the immediate release of those detained on the “pretext of countering terrorism”
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/un-accuses-china-of-counter-terrorism-pretext-in-mass-detention-of-muslim-uighurs
https://www.dw.com/en/un-panel-alarmed-by-reports-over-xinjiang/a-45293724
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/08/us-senators-demand-sanctions-against-chinese-officials-over-muslim-abuses/

10 AUGUST 2018

UN says it has reports that China is holding 1 million Uygurs in ‘secret internment camps’

A UN human rights panel said on Friday that it had received many credible reports that 1 million ethnic Uygurs in China were being held in what resembles a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-says-a-million-uighurs-held-in-china-camps-19512
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-45147972
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2159258/un-cites-reports-china-holding-1-million-uygurs-secret

21 JUNE 2018

Is China building ‘political reeducation’ camps for Muslim minorities?

In China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, there have been reports of « reeducation » camps where over 200,000 « suspects » are being held. DW spoke with researcher Adrian Lenz about the veracity of the reports.
http://www.dw.com/en/is-china-building-political-reeducation-camps-for-muslim-minorities/a-44334145
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/06/18/china-is-using-terrorist-threats-to-culturally-cleanse-its-west/

14 MAY 2018

Chinese Uyghurs forced to welcome Communist Party into their homes

More than a million Chinese Communist officials are being dispatched to live with local families in the western region of Xinjiang, a move seen as a sign of the government’s increasingly tightened grip over the area’s predominantly Uyghur Muslim population
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/14/asia/china-xinjiang-home-stays-intl/index.html

China rolls out three-year plan to tackle poverty in Xinjiang

China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang is planning a poverty relief scheme targeting its 22 poorest counties, state-run Xinhua reported on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133730/china-rolls-out-three-year-plan-tackle-poverty-xinjiang
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/china-launches-anti-poverty-drive-restive-xinjiang-180218150517058.html

27 NOVEMBER 2017

China’s ‘three warfares’ in Xinjiang

There has been analysis of China’s use of ‘three warfares’ — public opinion, psychological warfare and legal warfare — in the context of external issues like the South China Sea dispute and the Doklam standoff with India. But China has also deployed elements of the ‘three warfares’ to counter a primarily domestic security challenge: the threat of Uyghur militancy, radicalisation and terrorism in Xinjiang
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/11/27/chinas-three-warfares-in-xinjiang/

6 AUGUST 2017

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

3 JUNE 2017

Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China

 Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/03/muslim-children-forced-to-drop-religious-names-in-western-china

22 APRIL 2017

Inside the shadowy world of Chinese militants fighting in Syria

Many do not speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organised, battled hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad’s forces
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2089808/inside-shadowy-world-chinese-militants-fighting-syria

30 MARCH 2017

Ban on beards and veils – China’s Xinjiang passes law to curb ‘religious extremism’

China’s Xinjiang region passed a law on Wednesday to curb religious extremism, amid the government’s intensifying campaign against what it calls the rising threat of terrorism and separatism in the Uygur homeland
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2083479/ban-beards-and-veils-chinas-xinjiang-passes-regulation
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-30/china-sets-rules-on-beards-to-combat-extremism-in-xinjiang/8401762?section=world
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/30/does-china-have-itself-to-blame-for-the-trans-nationalisation-of-uyghur-terrorism/

18 MARCH 2017

What do Islamic State and Tibet have to do with China’s crackdown in Xinjiang?

The government has responded to the growing threat by bringing in new hardline security restrictions on Xinjiang (新疆) residents – restrictions some experts say have been imported from neighbouring Tibet by Chen Quanguo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party leader, who previously held the same office in Tibet
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2079542/what-do-islamic-state-and-tibet-have-do-chinas-crackdown

10 MARCH 2017

Xi urges ‘great wall of iron’ for Xinjiang’s stability

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Friday that a « great wall of iron » to safeguard national unity, ethnic solidarity and social stability should be built in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-03/10/content_15584177.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/11/china-xi-jinping-wants-great-wall-of-steel-in-violence-hit-xinjiang

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Massive show of force staged in China’s Xinjiang region after terrorist Attack

Thousands of armed police and military vehicles have taken part in a parade in China’s restive Xinjiang region in a massive show of force two days after a deadly attack that authorities blamed on terrorists
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2071788/massive-show-force-staged-chinas-xinjiang-region-after
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/eight-die-five-injured-in-xinjiang-knife-attack-reports-02152017152530.html

20 JULY 2016

Beijing policies in Xinjiang driving Chinese Muslims to join ranks of Islamic State, says US think tank

Tough religious restrictions on Muslim minorities in the country’s far west may have driven more than 100 to join Islamic State (IS), a US think tank said on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1992418/beijing-policies-xinjiang-driving-chinese-muslims-join

3 JUNE 2016

China angered by US questioning ‘anti-terrorism campaign’ in Muslim-majority Xinjiang

China asks the United States to respect the fight against what Beijing says are militants in the far western region of Xinjiang, after Washington expresses concern about the lack of transparency in China’s anti-terrorism campaign.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-06-03/china-angered-by-us-questioning-antiterrorism-campaign-in-muslimmajority-xinjiang/1587250
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/03/content_15444483.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/02/content_15443381.html

8 APRIL 2016

Xinjiang seals US$2b in deals with Pakistan firms

Companies from China’s far western region of Xinjiang signed deals worth about US$2 billion with Pakistan this week during a visit to Pakistan by Xinjiang’s top official, who sought to cement ties with an important security partner
http://www.dawn.com/news/1250730/chinas-xinjiang-seals-pakistan-ties-with-2bn-in-deals
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/business/2016-04/08/content_15413033.html

22 JANUARY 2016

China Jails Xinjiang Rights Activist For 19 Years For Subversion, Spying

Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang have jailed a Han Chinese rights activist for 19 years on subversion and spying charges after he openly criticized government policy in the troubled region.
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/index.php/sid/240488077

3 JANUARY 2016

Role Of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region In Economic Security Of China – Analysis

The main question addressed in this article is why the economic development of Xinjiang is a priority for the Beijing government. How can we explain the fact that Beijing’s investment in Xinjiang is much higher than its investment in other regions populated by predominantly non- Han Chinese population?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/03012016-role-of-xinjiang-uyghur-autonomous-region-in-economic-security-of-china-analysis/

3 DECEMBER 2015

Xinjiang violence: Does China have a terror problem?

Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in recent years and authorities have blamed there has been a spate of high-profile attacks outside the province
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/02/asia/china-xinjiang-uyghurs/index.html

20 NOVEMBER 2015

Chinese police kill 28 members of « terrorist group » – state media reports

Chinese security forces have killed 28 people allegedly responsible for a deadly attack on a coal mine in Xinjiang, state media has said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12006934/Chinese-police-kill-28-members-of-terrorist-group-state-media-reports.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/china-28-terrorists-killed-xinjiang-operation-151120045600089.html

23 JUNE 2015

China’s illusion of harmony

China’s recent crackdown on its Muslim minority population will deepen resentment and further radicalisation
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/06/china-illusion-harmony-muslims-ramadan-150622090238602.html

25 MAY 2015

China busts 181 terror gangs in autonomous Xinjiang region in year-long crackdown

More than 92 percent of groups were raided while planning attacks and 112 suspects turned themselves into security services, according to an assessment of the security operation by Xinjiang’s regional Communist Party committee.
http://www.ucanews.com/news/china-claims-to-have-broken-up-nearly-200-terror-cells-in-xinjiang/73661

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Hacking, shooting incident leave 17 dead in Xinjiang’s Aksu prefecture

Seventeen people have reportedly been hacked, stabbed or shot to death in the latest episode of deadly violence to hit China’s far west.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/aksu-02202015214715.html

23 JANUARY 2015

Arrests in China’s Xinjiang ‘nearly doubled in 2014’

More than 27,000 suspects were arrested, up by more than 95 per cent, in the far-western, predominantly Muslim area, according to reports
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/11365321/Arrests-in-Chinas-Xinjiang-nearly-doubled-in-2014Muslim-Uighurs.html

31 DECEMBER 2014

China promotes governor of troubled Xinjiang Nur Bekri to top energy post

China has promoted the ethnic Uighur governor of the troubled far western region of Xinjiang to the country’s top energy policy body, Chinese media reported on Wednesday, but left unclear who would replace him
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-promotes-governor-troubled-xinjiang-top-energy-post

11 DECEMBER 2014

China’s Urumqi bans Islamic veil, sparking rights concerns

The capital of China’s far western Xinjiang has banned the wearing of Islamic veils in public, the regional government said on Thursday, in a move experts worry could spark more unrest in the troubled region
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/chinas-urumqi-bans-islamic-veil-sparking-rights-concerns

9 DECEMBER 2014

China jails students of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Seven students of a prominent scholar from China’s Uighur minority have been convicted of separatism in a secret trial and given prison sentences of three to eight years, a lawyer said Tuesday.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/448514/students-of-uighur-scholar-jailed-for-eparatism-lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30390801

8 DECEMBER 2014

China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang knife, bomb attacks

Eight people were sentenced to death for their roles in two knife and bomb attacks earlier this year in the violence-plagued western region of Xinjiang , state media reported
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1657774/china-sentences-eight-death-xinjiang-knife-bomb-attacks

29 NOVEMBER 2014

Xinjiang attack leaves at least 15 dead

The official Xinhua news agency said the attack took place on Friday on a “food street” in Shache county, where state media said a series of attacks in July left 96 people dead, including 59 assailants.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/29/xinjiang-attack-15-dead

11 NOVEMBER 2014

22 Sentenced to Prison in Ethnically Split Chinese Region of Xinjiang

The authorities in Xinjiang have imprisoned 22 people in a mass sentencing that included charges of rape, disturbing public order and “illegal preaching,” a state news media outlet reported on Tuesday.
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/12/world/asia/xinjiang-court-sentences-22-to-prison-for-religious-crimes.html?ref=asia&_r=0

27 OCTOBER 2014

China to streamline counter-terrorism intelligence gathering

China will set up a national anti-terrorism intelligence system, state media said on Monday, reporting changes to an anti-terror law expected to be passed this week in the wake of an upsurge in violence in the far western region of Xinjiang
http://digital.asiaone.com/digital/news/china-streamline-counter-terrorism-intelligence-gathering

13 OCTOBER 2014

China sentences 12 to death for south Xinjiang attacks

A court in China’s restive Xinjiang region has sentenced 12 people to death for attacks that left nearly 100 people dead in July.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29592882
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/china-sentences-12-death-xinjiang-20141013125835795435.html

25 SEPTEMBER 2014

40 ‘rioters’ killed in China’s Xinjiang: state media

Six civilians, two police officers and two auxiliary police were also killed in the attacks in Xinjiang’s Luntai county, with 54 civilians injured, according to Tianshan, the regional government news portal.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/434283/40-rioters-killed-in-china-xinjiang-state-media

24 SEPTEMBER 2014

Interactive: China’s Uighur unrest

Ethnic violence has wracked China’s restive Xinjiang region, leading to a tight government clampdown.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2014/09/interactive-china-uighur-unrest-201492282424478793.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2014

China jails prominent Uighur academic Ilham Tohti for life

A Chinese court has sentenced the country’s most prominent advocate for the rights of Muslim Uighur people to life in prison on separatism charges, his lawyer has said, in a case that has provoked an international outcry.
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/23/world/asia/china-scholar-sentence/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29321701
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-09232014091017.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2014

China begins trial of Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti

Uighur scholar, respected internationally for constructive views on country’s ethnic tensions, is accused of fomenting separatism
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/17/china-begins-trial-of-ilham-tohti
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/17/world/asia/china-uyghur-scholar-trial/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/On-trial-for-separatism,-Ilham-Tohti-says-Uighurs-and-Han-Chinese-have-the-same-problems-in-Xinjiang-32180.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Urumqi police to reward tip-offs on terrorism

Authorities in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, said on Tuesday they will reward informants who report events or individuals connected with activities related to terrorism and religious extremism.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2014-09/10/content_15164630.html

29 AUGUST 2014

China Offers Cash For Marriage to Promote Assimilation in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have announced a slew of cash incentives for interracial marriages between members of ethnic minority groups and majority Han Chinese, local officials said
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scheme-08292014122418.html

24 AUGUST 2014

China executes eight, including Tiananmen attackers

China has executed eight people in the north-western region of Xinjiang, for what it calls « terrorist » attacks, reports the state news agency Xinhua.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28917604
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-tiananmen-square-attack-leaders

16 AUGUST 2014

China says it ‘rescues’ 82 children from Xinjiang religious schools

A sweep on illegal religious activity in the capital of China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has resulted in 82 children being « rescued » from unlicensed Islamic schools and the seizure of religious clothing, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-rescues-82-children-xinjiang-religious-schools

12 AUGUST 2014

China jails 25 more for terror crimes in Xinjiang

A court in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 more people to jail terms ranging from three years to life for terror-related offences, state media said on Tuesday, as the government clamps down on a surge in violence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-jails-25-more-terror-crimes-xinjiang

6 AUGUST 2014

Chinese city bans Islamic beards, headwear and clothing on buses

Authorities in Karamay banned people wearing hijabs, niqabs, burqas or clothing with the Islamic star and crescent symbol from taking local buses, the Karamay Daily reported
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/06/chinese-city-bans-islamic-beards-headwear-and-clothing-on-buses
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28670719

4 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang offers cash rewards for those hunting terrorists

Authorities in far west China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have announced that more than 300 million yuan (about $48 million) would be offered in cash rewards to those who helped hunt suspected terrorists
http://www.ecns.cn/2014/08-04/127543.shtml

3 AUGUST 2014

Xinjiang unrest leaves nearly 100 dead, including 37 civilians, China says

Masked militants attacked civilians, police and officials last week in China’s far western region of Xinjiang leading to almost 100 deaths, the government said on Sunday, giving fresh details on one of the worst incidents of unrest in years
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/03/xinjiang-100-dead-37-civilians-china
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28628332

30 JULY 2014

Imam of China’s largest mosque killed in Xinjiang

Mr Tahir, who was from Xinjiang’s mainly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, was a vocal and public supporter of Chinese policies in the region
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28586426
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/murder-07302014221118.html

Chinese authorities tighten security in Xinjiang region after surge in violence

Security tightened drastically across China’s far western city of Kashgar on Wednesday, as Uighur exiles disputed official reports blaming terrorists for fatal violence that claimed dozens of lives in the same part of the Xinjiang region two days earlier
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/chinese-tighten-security-xinjiang-violence-uighur-muslim-minority

29 JULY 2014

China says dozens killed in Xinjiang attack

Dozens of people were killed and injured in an attack in China’s far western Xinjiang region, home to the mainly Muslim Uyghur minority, state media has reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/07/china-says-dozens-killed-xinjiang-attack-2014729143054999925.html
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/29/chinese-police-shoot-dozens-knife-wielding-attackers-dead-xinjiang
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10999002/Chinese-police-shoot-dead-dozens-after-mass-knife-attacks.html

11 JULY 2014

China jails 32 in Xinjiang on terror charges

Chinese courts in the far-western region of Xinjiang have sentenced 32 people to prison terms ranging from four years to life for terrorism-related charges
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/420115/chinese-courts-jail-32-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28258983

2 JULY 2014

China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast

Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan
http://www.dawn.com/news/1116546/china-restricts-ramazan-fasting-in-xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28123267

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 17 August in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 17 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 17, 2019

1942: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari)

1945: Sukarno proclaims Indonesia independence

1947-08-17 Indépendance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_Declaration_of_Independence

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Sukarno%27s_Proclamation_of_Indonesian_Independence

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oXN2-ifFYI

1945: General Leclerc is appointed commander in chief for French forces in Far East, and Admiral  d’Argenlieu administrator of French Indo-China

1947: The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_Line
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/17th-august-1947-the-radcliffe-line-the-border-between-the-union-of-india-and-the-dominion-of-pakistan-is-revealed

1947: After the Independence of India, the first contingent of British troops sailed for home

1960: Indonesia break up its diplomatic relations with Netherlands

1973: The United States and Thailand agree to begin negotiations on the reduction of American troops in Thailand

1982: Sino-American joint communiqué on the progressive reduction of US sales of weapons to Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique03.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7941.html1983: Three Afghan nationalist moderate movements announce their alliance and support king Zaher Shah in exile in Italy

2005: Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4158478.stm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Bangladesh_series_bombings

2009: North Korea agrees to reopen its border with South Korea and allow tourism and family reunions to resume, the North’s KCNA news agency said
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8204516.stm

2015 : A bomb explodes close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

On 17 August in South Asian history

ON 17 AUGUST IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 17, 2019

1866: Birth of Mir Mahboob Ali Khan, 6th Nizam of Hyderabad, who died on December 12, 1911
http://www.hyderabadplanet.com/mir-mahboob-ali-khan-asaf-jah-nizam.html

1909: Indian revolutionary, Madan Lal Dhingra is hanged in Pentonville prison for Sir Wyllie and Lalkaka murders, born on September 18, 1883
https://www.hindujagruti.org/articles/46_madan-lal-dhingra.html

1932: Birth of V. S. Naipaul, West Indian writer, Nobel Laureate 2001
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2001/naipaul-bio.html

1946: Muslim riots in several large Indian cities for an independent Pakistan

1947: The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed
ttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radcliffe_Line
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/17th-august-1947-the-radcliffe-line-the-border-between-the-union-of-india-and-the-dominion-of-pakistan-is-revealed

1947: After the Independence of India, the first contingent of British troops sailed for home

1963: Birth of S. Shankar, Indian film director
http://www.filmibeat.com/celebs/shankar-tamil-director/biography.html
http://spicyonion.com/director/s-shankar-biography/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg7qRQERhhg&feature=related

1974: Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, candidate of the Congress Party is elected president of India, sworn on 24
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_presidential_election,_1974
http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:http://pastpresidentsofindia.indiapress.org/ahmed.html

1981: In Sri Lanka, state of emergency is declared after ethnic clashes between Singhalese and Tamil

1983: Three Afghan nationalist moderate movements announce their alliance and support king Zaher Shah in exile in Italy

1988: General Zia-ul-Haq, president of Pakistan, is killed in a plane crash near Bahawalpur

 1988-08-17 muhammad-zia-ul-haq-crashed-airplane

http://storyofpakistan.com/death-of-general-zia-ul-haq/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_and_state_funeral_of_Muhammad_Zia-ul-Haq

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tsq2vzjuEHo

2005: Over 500 bombs are set off by terrorists at 300 locations in 63 out of the 64 districts of Bangladesh
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4158478.stm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_Bangladesh_series_bombings

2006: Death of Shamsur Rahman, Bengali poet
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2006/sep/15/culture.obituaries

2015 : Sri Lanka’s ruling United National Party has won the most seats in the island’s parliamentary August 17 elections, blocking former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attempt to return to power
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33970289
ttp://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-parliamentary-election-rajapaksa-concedes-defeat/article7552952.ece?homepage=true
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/rajapaksas-loss-spells-victory-for-democracy/

2018: Imran Khan elected 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92073
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/imran-khan-becomes-pakistan-s-prime-minister-19633
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45219455

On 17 August in Southeast Asian history

1947-08-17 Indépendance

ON 17 AUGUST IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 17, 2019

1798: The Vietnamese Roman Catholics report a Marian apparition in Quảng Trị, an event which is called Lady of La Vang
http://www.divinemysteries.info/our-lady-of-la-vang-vietnam-1798/
http://catholicism.org/our-lady-of-la-vang-the-catholic-side-of-vietnam.html

1938: Birth of Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Islamist terrorist movement Jemaah Islamiyah
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Bakar_Bashir

1945: Sukarno proclaims Indonesia independence

1947-08-17 Indépendance
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesian_Declaration_of_Independence

https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Sukarno%27s_Proclamation_of_Indonesian_Independence

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oXN2-ifFYI

1945: General Leclerc is appointed commander in chief for French forces in Far East, and Admiral  d’Argenlieu administrator of French Indo-China

1945: President Jose P. Laurel announces the dissolution of the Republic of the Philippines established during the Japanese occupation

1949: Death of Gregorio Perfecto, Filipino jurist & politician, born on November 28, 1891
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorio_Perfecto

1950: The United States of Indonesia changes itself in the Republic (united) of Indonesia

1953: Birth of Korrie Layun Rampan, Indonesian author, poet, and critic who died on November 19, 2015
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korrie_Layun_Rampan

1960: Indonesia break up its diplomatic relations with Netherlands

1970: Death of Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker, born on May 22, 1908
http://thaifilmjournal.blogspot.fr/2008/05/ratana-pestonji-father-of-contemporary.html
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0676112/

1973: The United States and Thailand agree to begin negotiations on the reduction of American troops in Thailand

1991: Birth of Qory Sandioriva, Indonesian beauty queen, Puteri Indonesia 2009
http://qorysandioriva.com/

1996: Birth of Ella Cruz, Filipina child actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Cruz

1999: Sellapan Rama Nathan is elected president of Singapore
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sellapan_Ramanathan

2009: Thousands of supporters of Thailand’s former prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, have joined a rally in Bangkok to present a petition to the king, seeking a royal pardon for his 2008 corruption conviction
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/08/20098174323179370.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8204589.stm

2015 : A bomb explodes close to a shrine in the centre of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 100
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33963280
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/17/asia/thailand-bangkok-bomb/index.html

 

Holidays and observances

Indonesia : Independence Day

On 17 August in Japan’s history

ON 17 AUGUST IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1304: Death of Go-Fukakusa, 89th emperor of Japan (1246-1259), born on June 28, 1243
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Go-Fukakusa

1338: Death of Nitta Yoshisada, Japanese samurai, born in 1301
http://www.samurai-archives.com/yoshisada.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nitta_Yoshisada

 1942: U.S. Marines raid the Japanese-held Pacific island of Makin (Butaritari)

1985: Birth of Yu Aoi, Japanese actress
http://eiga.wikia.com/wiki/Yu_Aoi

1988: Birth of Erika Toda, model and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erika_Toda



http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8f70d_bomb-6-erika-toda_webcam

2005: Foundation of the People’s New Party (Kokumin Shinto), headed by former lower house speaker Tamisuke Watanuki
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_New_Party

On 17 August in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 17 AUGUST IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on August 17, 2019

1926: Birth of Jiang Zemin, General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (1989-2002)
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/data/people/jiangzemin.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Zemin

1978: Birth of Karena Lam, Hong Kong actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karena_Lam
http://www.lovehkfilm.com/people/lam_karena.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fR2GnLpOQU

1982: Sino-American joint communiqué on the progressive reduction of US sales of weapons to Taiwan
http://www.taiwandocuments.org/communique03.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7941.html1993: Death of Feng Kang, Chinese mathematician, born on September 9, 1920
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feng_Kang
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/8020.html

2012: Taiwan’s high court clears former president Chen Shui-bian of one charge of instigating perjury in the latest legal victory for the jailed ex-leader

2017: Joshua Wong and two other Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leaders jailed for six months
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

 

 

On 16 August in Asian history

 

ON 16 AUGUST IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on August 16, 2019

1 BC: Wang Mang consolidates his power and is declared marshal of state. Emperor Ai of Han, who died the day prior, had no heirs
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Mang
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Ai_of_Han

1378: Birth of Chinese Emperor Hongxi, from September 7, 1424, to his death on May 29, 1425
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongxi_Emperor

1384: The Hongwu Emperor of Ming China hears a case of a couple who tore paper money bills while fighting over them—a case considered equal to the act of destroying stamped government documents, which by law necessitated one hundred floggings by a bamboo rod. However, the Hongwu Emperor decided to pardon them
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongwu_Emperor

1443: Death of Ashikaga Yoshikatsu, Japanese shogun, born on March 19, 1434
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashikaga_Yoshikatsu
http://www.japan-photo.de/e-yoshikatsu.htm

1765: In India, Robert Clive signs the treaty of Allahabad by which Great-Britain will have the monopoly of the collection of tax in Bengal, Orissa and Bihar
http://www.gktoday.in/treaty-of-allahabad/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/content/articles/2005/03/29/robert_clive_feature.shtml

1765-08-16 Traité de Allahabad

1891: The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed
https://philippines.knoji.com/the-steel-church-of-asia-the-san-sebastian-church/
http://www.artesdelasfilipinas.com/archives/24/the-san-sebastian-church-gustave-eiffel-s-church-in-the-philippines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd_42NAtXlk


1886: Death of Sri Ramakrishna, Bengali saint, guru of Swami Vivekananda, born in February 1836
http://www.ramakrishna.org/rmk.htm

1900: After defeating-the Boxer Rebellion, the allied forces loot Beijing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Peking_(1900)
http://www.china.org.cn/e-8guo/4/0.htm

1904: Birth of Minoru Genda, Japanese military aviator and politician who died on August 15, 1989
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=99
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minoru_Genda

1913: Tohoku Imperial University of Japan (modern day Tohoku University) admits its first female students

1945: Thailand denounces its declaration of war on Allies

1945: Lt Gen Jonathan Wainwright, captured by the Japanese in the Philippines, is freed by Russian forces in Manchuria
 
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/senior-u-s-pow-is-released

1945: Takijirō Ōnishi, Japanese admiral, born June 2, 1891, commits suicide
http://ww2db.com/person_bio.php?person_id=170

1945: Following the Japanese capitulation, beginning of the Vietnamese August Revolution
https://alphahistory.com/vietnamwar/august-revolution/
http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/August+Revolution+of+1945+in+Vietnam

1945: After the Japanese capitulation, dissolution of the collaborationist government established by Wang Jingwei in Nanjing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reorganized_National_Government_of_the_Republic_of_China
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7968.html

1945 : Puyi, the last Chinese emperor and ruler of Manchukuo, is captured by Soviet troops
http://history.info/on-this-day/1945-last-chinese-emperor-pu-yi-arrested-by-soviets/

1946: Direct Action Day or The Great Calcutta Killing begins, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours
http://timelines.com/1946/8/16/direct-action-day-also-known-as-the-great-calcutta-killing
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_Action_Day

1951: Death of Du Yuesheng, Triad boss in Shanghai, born on August 21, 1888
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_Yuesheng
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/7972.html

1961: Death of Maulvi Abdul Haq, Father of Urdu, Pakistani scholar
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdul_Haq_(Urdu_scholar)
https://nation.com.pk/20-Sep-2012/molvi-abdul-haq-s-contribution-to-urdu-language

1962: Eight years after the remaining French India territories were handed to India, the ratifications of the treaty are exchanged to make the transfer official
http://www.unostamps.nl/country_french_indian_settlements.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_India

1964: After a January 30 coup d’état Duong Van Minh is replaced by General Nguyen Khanh as President of South Vietnam. A new constitution is established with aid from the U.S. Embassy

1966: The House Un-American Activities Committee begins investigations of Americans who have aided the Viet Cong. The committee intends to introduce legislation making these activities illegal. Anti-war demonstrators disrupt the meeting and 50 people are arrested

1967: Death of K’ung Hsiang-hsi, often known as H. H. Kung,a wealthy Chinese banker and politician in theearly 20th century. He was the richest man in China at that time, born on September 11, 1881
http://oberlin.edu/library/digital/shansi/bios.html

1969: Varahagiri Venkata Giri is elected president of India (starting on August 24)
https://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/v-v-giri-7476.php

1970: Birth of Manisha Koirala, Nepalese Bollywood actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0463539/bio
http://www.bollywoodpicturesgallery.com/manisha_koirala_01.htm

1970: Birth of Saif Ali Khan, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saif_Ali_Khan

1971: The Bangladeshi Freedom Fighters explode several Pakistani warships in Chittagong
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Operation_Jackpot

1980: Birth of Hwangbo, South Korean singer, rapper, and actress (Chakra)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwangbo

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

1991: Birth of G.E.M., Hong Kong singer-songwriter and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gem_(singer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ-8lKZs7s0

1994: In Sri Lanka, land slide election victory of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, led by Chandrika Kumaratunga
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lankan_parliamentary_election,_1994

1997: Noted Pakistani singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, born on October 13, 1948, passes away
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/nusrat-fateh-ali-khan-dead-at-48-19970818

2001: In a speech, Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri apologies for human rights in Aceh and Irian Jaya but excludes independence

2001: USA grant a transit visa to Taiwan prime minister Chang Chun-hsiung on his way to South America in September

2006: Wu Shu-chen, the wife of Taiwan’s president Chen Shui-bian is prosecuted for corruption

2008: Death of Masanobu Fukuoka, Japanese farmer and author, born on February 2, 1913
https://f-masanobu.jp/en/about-masanobu-fukuoka/

2011: In India, police arrest Anna Hazare and detains 1,400 of his supporters ahead of a mass fast to protest against corruption.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/08/20118162334873519.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14542053
http://www.france24.com/en/20110816-asia-protests-anna-hazare-anti-corruption-movement-leader-arrested-india

2013: A senior Chinese official has said the country will phase out the practice of taking organs from executed prisoners from November
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23722796

2018: Death of former Indian prime minister Vajpayee at 93
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/atal-bihari-vajpayee-pragmatist-orator-and-statesman-who-went-beyond-bjps-nationalist-political-agenda/1336734
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-25123943
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/AHuMAy9aPpD6ldi3fTzGzM/Vajpayee-the-man-who-found-India-its-place-among-nations.html

 

Holidays and observances

Gozan no Okuribi (Kyoto, Japan)