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Xinjiang news

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

30 JUNE 2014

China jails 113 in Xinjiang for terrorism

Chinese courts have sentenced 113 people to jail terms ranging from 10 years to life in mainly Uighur Muslim Xinjiang province for terrorism and other charges, according to a government-run news portal.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-jails-113-xinjiang-terrorism-201463063741554316.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10934818/China-jails-113-for-terrorism-in-Xinjiang-mass-trial.html

21 JUNE 2014

China Xinjiang: Police kill 13 attackers

Thirteen assailants have been killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27953164
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20140621000128&cid=1103
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thirteen-shot-dead-after-china-bomb-attack-20146213434779465.html

16 JUNE 2014

Three sentenced to death for Tiananmen Square attack

Three people have been sentenced to death in connection with a suicide car crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, state-run media said Monday.
http://www.france24.com/en/20140616-china-sentenced-death-tiananmen-square-attack/
http://www.euronews.com/2014/06/16/chinese-court-hands-out-death-penalty-for-tiananmen-crash/

China executes 13 for terror, violent crimes in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities executed 13 people on Monday for « terrorist attacks and violent crimes » in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/16/world/asia/china-executions/index.html?hpt=ias_c2
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-executes-13-terror-violent-crimes-xinjiang-xinhua
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/415673/china-executes-13-for-terror-violent-crimes-in-xinjiang

5 JUNE 2014

China sentences nine to death in Xinjiang

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have sentenced nine people to death for « violent terrorism » crimes, state media reported, as part of a nation-wide crackdown on alleged separatist groups
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/china-sentences-nine-death-xinjiang-20146512313719219.html

31 MAY 2014

China indicts eight over 2013 Tiananmen Gate attack

China has indicted eight people on terrorism charges in connection with an attack on Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Gate last year that killed two tourists and three assailants, the government said Saturday

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/06/01/409071/China-indicts.htm

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27647842

http://www.dawn.com/news/1109753/china-indicts-eight-over-2013-tiananmen-gate-attack

30 MAY 2014

China’s president pledges more cash to Xinjiang to defuse ethnic tensions

China’s president has promised to raise incomes and education spending in the country’s restive Muslim north-west in an effort to defuse rising ethnic tensions while calling for tougher security, following an attack in the region’s capital that killed dozens of people

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/30/china-president-more-cash-xinjiang-uighur

29 MAY 2014

Should China Fear Islamic Insurgency?

Xi Jinping may well be able to solve the violence in Xinjiang, but Beijing will need to change course

http://thediplomat.com/2014/05/should-china-fear-islamic-insurgency/

28 MAY 2014

China sentences 55 in mass stadium trial

At least one person has been sentenced to death and 54 others found guilty following a mass trial in China’s restive Xinjiang province for a wide range of crimes including terrorism, separatism and murder, state media has reported.
http://www.aljazeera.com/humanrights/2014/05/fifty-five-sentenced-china-mass-trial-201452814535938889.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10861786/Chinese-court-sentences-55-for-terrorism-charges-in-front-of-packed-stadium.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27600397

26 MAY 2014

China detains more than 200 suspected separatists in Xinjiang, state media says

Police in China’s troubled north-west region of Xinjiang have broken up 23 terror or extremist groups and detained more than 200 suspected militants in the last month, state media has reported.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/26/china-200-separatists-xinjiang-anti-terrorism-crackdown

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang:-more-than-200-Uighurs-arrested-in-connection-with-the-Urumqi-attack-31183.html

23 MAY 2014

Xinjiang attack marks dramatic shift in militant tactics

The bombing of a civilian market in Xinjiang represents a shift in tactics by militants towards more spectacular attacks, analysts say, to invite a disproportionate response by China and so radicalise the Muslim Uighur homeland

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/411405/xinjiang-attack-marks-dramatic-shift-in-militant-tactics

22 MAY 2014

Urumqi attack kills 31 in China’s Xinjiang region

Attackers in China’s restive Xinjiang region have crashed two cars into shoppers at a market, killing 31 people, Chinese media reports say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27502652
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10848336/China-terror-attack-leaves-dozens-killed-after-bombs-thrown-into-busy-market.html

13 MAY 2014

Over 100 Detained After Xinjiang Police Open Fire on Protesters

Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region detained more than 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs who took part in mass protests this week against the detention of women and middle school girls for wearing headscarves, as local officials confirmed that at least two protesters have been shot dead

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-05232014165418.html

12 MAY 2014

More than 200 held in China terror video crackdown

Police in China’s Xinjiang region, home to mainly Muslim Uighurs, have arrested more than 200 people over six weeks for « dissemination of violent or terrorist videos », state media said Monday, amid a wave of train station attacks.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/409421/more-than-200-held-in-china-terror-video-crackdown

4 MAY 2014

Xinjiang police issue order to detain family members of Urumqi bomb suspect

Xinjiang police are looking for 10 family members of an alleged assailant killed in Wednesday’s deadly bomb and knife attack in Urumqi

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1503380/xinjiang-police-issue-order-detain-family-members-urumqi-bomb-suspect

1 MAY 2014

Xinjiang station attack: President Xi Jinping urges action

China’s president has urged « decisive actions » against « terrorist attacks » in Xinjiang after a deadly blast at a railway station, state media say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27232924
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/local-news/other/2014/05/01/406645/Chinas-Xi.htm

30 APRIL 2014

Explosion in China railway during presidential visit leaves dozens injured

At least 50 people were injured when an explosion rocked a train station in Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang province, on the final day of a presidential visit designed to promote Beijing’s war on terrorism
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10799050/Explosion-in-China-railway-during-presidential-visit-leaves-dozens-injured.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china%E2%80%99s-xi-vows-%E2%80%98decisive-actions%E2%80%99-after-xinjiang-attack

http://www.france24.com/en/20140501-dead-attack-station-china-stabbing-bomb/

27 MARCH 2014

The Kunming Attack and China’s Uighur Politics

In the wake of the Kunming attack, experts expect the Chinese government to crack down hard on Uighurs and anyone sympathetic to them

http://fpif.org/kunming-attack-chinas-uighur-politics/

13 MARCH 2014

More than 200 Asylum-Seeking Uyghurs Detained in Thailand

More than 200 Uyghurs fleeing ethnic tension in China’s restive northwestern Xinjiang region have been detained in Thailand and face deportation back home where they could be punished, according to some of their relatives

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/thailand-03132014183027.html

11 MARCH 2014

China’s Jihadists

On March 2, 2014, a train station in Kunming witnessed a horrific slashing attack by black-clad Uighurs wielding large knives and machetes.  The attack left 29 dead and 143 wounded.At least 9 Uighurs,members of the East Turkestan [separatists] Islamic Movement (ETIM), which have committed more than 200 terrorist attacks over the past 12 months, were identified as the attackers.

http://acdemocracy.org/chinas-jihad/

4 MARCH 2014

Exiled Uighur leader urges Beijing not to demonise group… and Xi Jinping says the same

An exiled Uighur rights leader Tuesday urged China against « demonising » the ethnic group after a deadly attack for which officials have blamed separatists from the western region of Xinjiang.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/exiled-uighur-leader-urges-beijing-not-demonise-group
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-others/xi-jinping-calls-for-ethnic-unity-in-china-after-kunming-attack/

3 MARCH 2014

China Captures Remaining Suspects in Train Station Attack

China says it has captured the final three suspects in the stabbing rampage at a train station that killed 29 people and injured 143 others. Citing the Ministry for Public Security Monday, the official Xinhua news agency says the suspects who carried out the attack are part of a terrorist gang led by Abdurehim Kurban.

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-captures-remaining-suspects-in-train-station-attack/1862890.html http://www.euronews.com/2014/03/03/china-ethnic-uighurs-say-they-are-being-harassed-after-train-station-knife-/

2 MARCH 2014

Xinjiang separatists behind deadly China rail attack: Xinhua

More than 10 assailants slashed scores of people with knives at a train station in southern China, drawing police fire, in what authorities called a terrorist assault by ethnic separatists based in the far west, state media said Sunday. Thirty-three people were killed and 130 wounded http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2014/03/02/401858/China-blames.htm http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/02/world/asia/china-railway-attack/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

27 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese Lawyer Denied Meeting with Jailed Uighur Client

A lawyer for jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti says he has been denied access to his client in China’s western Xinjiang province.
http://www.voanews.com/content/jailed-uighur-intellectual-denied-meeting-with-lawyer-in-china/1860782.html

US ambassador to China expresses concern about political activists’ rights

The outgoing US ambassador to China urged Beijing on Thursday to respect the rights of peaceful political activists. He said that Washington was deeply concerned about the fate of minority scholar Ilham Tohti, who has been charged with separatism.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/27/us-ambassador-china-concern-political-rights-ilham-tohti

26 FEBRUARY 2014

China condemned for charging Uighur academic Ilham Tohti with separatism

Rights groups have condemned China for charging a prominent Uighur critic of government policy towards his mostly Muslim minority with inciting separatism – a crime that can carry the death penalty
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/26/china-condemned-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti-separatism
http://www.voanews.com/content/uighur-group-slams-chinas-charges-against-intellectual/1859435.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/02/china-charges-uighur-academic-separatism-201422518156947258.html

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Chinese police shoot dead ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang, says state media

Eight terrorists were killed by police and three others by their own suicide devices during a terrorist attack Friday afternoon in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, police said.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/14/china-police-kill-several-terrorists-attack-xinjiang-state-media
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/14/c_133116340.htm

25 JANUARY 2014

Fresh clashes kill 12 in China’s Xinjiang region

Six people have died in explosions and another six have been shot dead by police in fresh violence in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang, home to the ethnic minority Uighurs, state media reported.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/25/fresh-clashes-kill-12-china-xinjiang-uighurs
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391469/china-xinjiang-rocked-as-12-killed-in-fresh-violence

19 JANUARY 2014

China’s media accuse Uighur scholar of separatism

A state-run newspaper in China accused a recently detained Uighur scholar and government critic of splitting ethnic unity in a Saturday editorial, while his lawyer said he has received no official word about the academic

http://asiancorrespondent.com/118558/chinas-media-accuse-uighur-scholar-of-separatism/

17 JANUARY 2014

Xinjiang steps up fight against religious extremists in China

China’s north-western area of Xinjiang will double its anti-terrorism budget in the coming year, state media have reported, raising concerns of an increased wave of repression in the ethnically divided region.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/17/xinjiang-religious-extremists-china-terrorism

15 JANUARY 2014

Uighur scholar and mother seized by Chinese police, says website



Ilham Tohti, a critic of state policies in Xinjiang region, taken from home, overseas-hosted site reports, citing phone call from wife”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/16/chinese-police-uighur-academic-ilham-tohti

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/15/uighur-scholar-mother-chinese-police-ilham-tohti

30 DECEMBER 2013

Eight Killed in Attack on Chinese Police Station

Police in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang say eight attackers were shot dead during in assault on a police station, raising the death toll from violent clashes in the province to at least 35 since November.
http://www.voanews.com/content/eight-killed-in-attack-on-chinese-police-station/1819785.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/12/chinese-police-gun-down-terrorists-201312304312685695.html

17 DECEMBER 2013

Chinese police arrest suspects after Kashgar violence

Chinese police have arrested six suspects in the ethnically divided western region Xinjiang after an outbreak of violence this weekend left 16 people dead, including a number of police officers

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/violence-china-kashgar-dead-xinjiang-muslim

15 DECEMBER 2013

Two police among at least 16 dead after armed clashes in Xinjiang, China: report

Armed clashes between « thugs » carrying explosives and machetes and police left at 16 people dead in China’s Xinjiang province late Sunday, including two officers, state media reported.
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/16/21920254-two-police-among-at-least-16-dead-after-armed-clashes-in-xinjiang-china-report?lite

26 NOVEMBER 2013

Xinjiang university students must have political views approved

University students in Xinjiang will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official has said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/26/xinjiang-china-university-students-political-views

16 NOVEMBER 2013

Deaths in assault on China police station

An assault on a police station in the northwestern region of Xinjiang has left eleven dead, according to the local government, in the latest of a series of attacks pointing to growing unrest in the area.

http://www.euronews.com/2013/11/17/eleven-killed-in-police-station-attack-in-xinjiang-china/

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/17/china-police-station-attack-xinjiang

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/11/deaths-assault-china-police-station-2013111751217662711.html

7 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Account of Tiananmen Square Crash Questioned

Analysts are questioning China’s claim that last week’s deadly car crash in Tiananmen Square was the work of an al-Qaida-linked separatist group fighting in northwest China.

http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-account-of-tiananmen-square-crash-questioned/1785402.html

3 NOVEMBER 2013

China’s Military Chief in Xinjiang Dismissed Following Tiananmen Incident

General Peng Yong, who was named commander of the Xinjiang military region in July 2011, was dismissed from his post as a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party of Xinjiang, the Xinjiang Daily said in a terse dispatch.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-military-chief-punished-after-beijing-attack-report
http://www.voanews.com/content/chinas-military-chief-in-xinjiang-dismissed-following-tiananmen-incident/1782288.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Post-Tiananmen China crackdown ‘will fuel Xinjiang unrest’

Festering discontent with China’s governance of Xinjiang is on the rise and Beijing is intent on clamping down, analysts say, in a vicious cycle that will only spin faster after a fatal attack in Tiananmen Square.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/377615/post-tiananmen-china-crackdown-will-fuel-xinjiang-unrest

30 OCTOBER 2013

Five arrested in Tiananmen Square incident, deemed a terrorist attack

Five suspects have been detained in Monday’s deadly crash in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, which has been identified as a terrorist attack, Beijing police said Wednesday.
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/30/world/asia/china—tiananmen—arrests/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/30/chinese-authorities-step-up-hunt-for-8-tiananmen-square-car-crash-suspects/

29 OCTOBER 2013

China investigating Uighur suspects in Tiananmen Square blaze

Police are scouring Beijing for two suspects from the restive region of Xinjiang after an attack at Tiananmen Square left five dead
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10410714/China-investigating-Uighur-suspects-in-Tiananmen-Square-blaze.html
http://www.euronews.com/2013/10/29/china-suspects-tiananmen-square-car-fire-was-a-suicide-attack/
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/xinjiang-suspects-named-after-tiananmen-crash

14 OCTOBER 2013

Five Uyghurs Killed in Third Straight Week of Fatal Shootings in Xinjiang County

Chinese security forces shot dead five ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs in the third consecutive week of fatal shootings in a restive county in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, an exile Uyghur group said Monday, accusing the authorities of a « cover-up »

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shooting-10142013202904.html

8 OCTOBER 2013

China arrests 110 in Xinjiang for spreading online rumours

Nearly 400 people in China’s north-western Xinjiang region have been investigated for spreading online rumours, state media report.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24444505

3 OCTOBER 2013

100 Uyghurs Rounded Up in Police Hunt in Yunnan

Authorities have rounded up some 100 ethnic minority Uyghurs in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan in recent weeks amid a hunt for suspects fleeing to the Lao border following a deadly clash, according to local sources and police.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/yunnan-10032013183810.html

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Xinjiang attack: China sentences three to death

A Chinese court has sentenced three men to death over violence in Xinjiang that left 35 people dead, state media say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24075807
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-09/13/content_16966708.htm

25 AUGUST 2013

At Least 15 Uyghurs Killed in Police Shootout in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities have shot dead at least 15 ethnic Uyghurs in a desert area in Xinjiang, accusing them of terrorism and illegal religious activity, in the latest violence to rock the troubled northwestern region of China, according to police sources. They were among a group of more than 20 Uyghurs surrounded and fired upon by police in a lightning raid last week in the Yilkiqi township in Kargilik (in Chinese, Yecheng) county in Kashgar prefecture

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/shootout-08252013134303.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Held After Violence Over Prayer Restrictions

A week after police opened fire and suppressed protests by ethnic minority Muslim Uygurs in a village in the restive Xinjiang region, the crowd at the local mosque has plummeted by 70 percent, residents say, suggesting that a silent crackdown is underway. The hundreds of Uyghurs missing from the prayers at the mosque in No. 16 Village of Aykol town in Aksu prefecture have most likely been detained after the deadly violence on Aug. 7 on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr marking the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, according to the residents.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detained-08152013191244.html

10 AUGUST 2013

Three Uyghurs Shot Dead, 20 Injured in Eid Eve Clashes

At least three ethnic minority Muslim Uyghurs were killed and 20 others injured in clashes in China’s troubled Xinjiang region when security forces opened fire at a crowd trying to stop police from arresting suspects outside a mosque on the eve of the Eid al-Fitr festival. The incident occurred on Wednesday 7 night as Uyghurs in the region’s Aksu prefecture were preparing for prayers ahead of the Eid marking the end of Islam’s holiest month of Ramadan.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/clashes-08102013000244.html

31 JULY 2013

Uyghur Scholar Ilham Tohti Under House Arrest

Uyghur scholar and activist Ilham Tohti said Wednesday that he has been placed under house arrest for the fourth time this year, possibly to prevent him from speaking out as representatives from the U.S. and China wrapped up an annual dialogue on human rights.The university professor is an outspoken critic of the government’s treatment of Uyghurs, whose homeland is in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region and who complain of discrimination by the authorities and the country’s majority Han Chinese.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-07312013173204.html

29 JULY 2013

Hundreds of Uyghurs Detained Over Deadly Attack on Chinese Dam Workers

Chinese authorities have detained for questioning hundreds of ethnic minority Uyghurs and are hot on the trail of two key suspects in connection with a fatal knife attack on Han Chinese workers building a dam in the restive Xinjiang region, according to local officials and residents

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/attack-07292013171133.html

22 JULY 2013

Uyghur Student Detained at Beijing Airport

A Uyghur ethnic minority student who once worked as a volunteer for a website of outspoken Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti has been detained by police at the Beijing airport as he was preparing to fly to Turkey to continue his studies, his friend said Monday.

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/student-07222013204016.html

19 JULY 2013

Uighur Unrest in Xinjiang Has Nothing to Do With “Terrorists”

Xinjiang, China’s largest and westernmost province, is home to over eight million Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking, predominantly Muslim ethnic minority. The Uighurs have lived uneasily alongside China’s Han majority for centuries, ever since the Qing dynasty seized control over Xinjiang—which lies above Tibet and shares borders with many Central Asian countries—in the 1700s. There are now just slightly more Uighurs in the province than Han Chinese, who have migrated en masse to Xinjiang in recent decades.

http://fpif.org/uighur-unrest-in-xinjiang-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorists/

15 JULY 2013

China claims Uyghurs trained in Syria

The Chinese government has claimed since 2012 that Uyghur militants from Xinjiang are fighting with the rebels in Syria against the government of Bashar al-Assad. On July 1, China said that a Uyghur militant who studied in Istanbul and fought with the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo had returned to Xinjiang and was arrested while planning to carry out « violent attacks » in China.                                                                 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-150713.html

5 JULY 2013

Uyghurs Prevented From Mourning Deaths in Urumqi Riots

Authorities in China’s troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have prevented families of Uyghurs who perished in the July 5, 2009 riots from entering the capital Urumqi to mourn their loss as Beijing marked the fourth anniversary of ethnic violence by staging military « anti-terrorism » exercises.                                               http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/prevented-07052013145108.html

2 JULY 2013

China Tightens Security in Xinjiang Ahead of Anniversary

Chinese authorities are ramping up security and offering rewards to informers in the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang region, in response to a wave of deadly incidents that killed at least 35 people last week                                                                                                                        http://www.voanews.com/content/china-tightens-security-in-xinjiang-ahead-of-anniversary/1693463.html

1 JULY 2013

China ramps up security in Xinjiang after unrest

In a show of force after unrest last week that left 35 people dead, Chinese authorities have ramped up security in the far-western region of Xinjiang.                        http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/01/world/asia/china-xinjiang-violence/index.html?hpt=ias_c1                                                                                                      http://www.rfa.org/english/news/violence-06302013201357.html

29 JUNE 2013

‘Terrorists’ attack police station in restive Chinese province

More than one hundred knife-wielding “terrorists” were repelled after attacking a police station in the volatile Chinese province of Xinjiang, state media claimed on Saturday. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10149884/Terrorists-attack-police-station-in-restive-Chinese-province.html                                                                                                http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/?p=139005

26 JUNE 2013

Xinjiang, police open fire on crowd: 27 victims

In the remote western province, hotbed of ethnic clashes between Han and Uyghurs, tension continues unabated. A group of people assault police station and officers, who open fire at point blank range to repel them.                                                              http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xinjiang,-police-open-fire-on-crowd:-27-victims-28302.html                                                                                                                http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/06/2013626522162718.html

20 JUNE 2013

China jails 11 in Xinjiang for religious hatred

China has jailed 11 people for crimes of ethnic and religious hatred in the far western region of Xinjiang.                                                                                               http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-22982398

18 JUNE 2013

Petrol stations in China’s troubled western region of Xinjiang have displayed notices in recent days calling on Muslim women to remove their veils if they wish to be served, residents said

The notices were mostly evident in the predominantly Uyghur-populated Hotan and Kashgar prefectures in southern Xinjiang, according to residents interviewed by RFA’s Uyghur Service. « They are targeting women who wear veils or headscarves, whether they are young or old, on the grounds that it is supposed to have some connection to terrorism, » a resident of Hotan, who declined to be named, told                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/petrol-06182013153821.html

13 JUNE 2013

Chinese Controls on Uyghur Students Ahead of Ramadan

Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang are forcing Muslim Uyghur students returning there for the summer vacation to attend « political study classes, » ahead of a sensitive anniversary of ethnic violence and the holy month of Ramadan                                                                                                                 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/students-06132013105142.html

6 JUNE 2013

Nowhere to turn for China’s Uyghurs

For years, the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in China’s arid northwest has been the setting of clashes with the central government and ethnic violence between Muslim Uyghurs and Han Chinese. In fact, critics say the government has used anti-terrorism legislation and other means to justify major violations of the human rights of Uyghur people, a Turkic-speaking minority group.                                                                                               http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-060613.html

3 MAY 2013

China Says No Foreign Link in Xinjiang Violence

Investigators found no foreign links to extremist violence in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region last week in which 25 people died, state media said Thursday, diverging from past claims that attacks there are orchestrated overseas.                http://www.chinamedia.com/news/2013/05/03/china-says-no-foreign-link-in-xinjiang-violence/

2 MAY 2013

China Registering the Religious in Xinjiang

Authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have begun keeping registers of religious believers, in a fresh move that appears targeted at the region’s population of 9 milllion mostly Muslim Uyghurs, many of whom chafe under Chinese rule. Photos of such a register from the offices of the Bulaqsu township government near Kashgar city were circulated online this week, showing the assignment of various categories to those on the register, including « strongly religious but holds no religious office, » « woman who wears a veil, » and « person studying the Quran. » http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/registration-05022013112851.html

24 APRIL 2013

Violence in western Chinese region of Xinjiang kills 21

Clashes in the unsettled western Chinese region of Xinjiang killed 21 people, including police officers and local officials, authorities said Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                           http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/24/world/asia/china-xinjiang-violence/index.html?hpt=ias_c                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22276042                                                                                             http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/24/china-blames-terrorist-for-deadly-clashes-in-troubled-xinjiang/

27 MARCH 2013

China Sentences 20 in Restive Region

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/world/asia/china-sentences-20-for-separatists-acts-in-restive-region.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=2&

12 MARCH 2013

Xinjiang Placed on Red Alert After Violence

Security has been tightened in China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region after reports of violence in the central and southern parts of the region, sources said                                                                                                                                     http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/security-03122013193141.html

4 FEBRUARY 2013

Malaysia Hit for Deporting Uyghurs

This is the second time the country has repatriated Uyghurs to China despite concerns their human rights are at risk. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/deport-02042013020002.html

1 FEBRUARY 2013

Uyghur Scholar, Daughter Held

Chinese authorities detain a prominent Uyghur professor as he is about to leave for the United States.                                                                                   http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-02012013225438.html                                            http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-uighur-activist-held-at-chinese-airport-20130202,0,1955165.story?track=rss                  http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/scholar-02022013125856.html

4 JANUARY 2013

Answers Demanded After Reports Uyghur Poet Nurmemet Yasin Died in Prison

Prominent Uyghur writer Nurmemet Yasin has reportedly died inside a Chinese prison. Activists are urging Chinese authorities to clarify the situation.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://ntdtv.org/en/news/china/2013-01-04/answers-demanded-after-reports-uyghur-poet-nurmemet-yasin-died-in-prison.html

2 AUGUST 2012

Xinjiang: China jails 20 for terrorism and separatism

The charges included making explosive devices, promoting religious extremism and plotting « holy war ».
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-19099406

1 AUGUST 2012

China curbs Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang

Chinese authorities in the northwestern province of Xinjiang have banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during the month of Ramadan, prompting an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/08/201281113456325751.html

5 JULY 2012

Xinjiang After July 5th

It has been three years since a peaceful demonstration turned deadly rocked the city of Urumqi and drew the world’s attention to China’s restive region of Xinjiang. After months of media blackout, China has claimed that the region is calm and Uyghurs live harmoniously alongside their Chinese neighbors. However, tensions persist and the 2009 events are far from forgotten.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/special/XinjiangJuly5/Home.html

29 JUNE 2012

Chinese plane in Xinjiang hijack attempt

Chinese state media said six people on board Tianjin Airlines flight GS7554 from Hotan to Urumqi had tried to “violently” take over the plane ten minutes after take-off.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9365032/Chinese-plane-in-Xinjiang-hijack-attempt.html

22 JUNE 2012

Uyghur Petitioners Beaten

A group of Uyghur petitioners from China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have faced beatings and harassment by police since bringing their grievances over ethnic discrimination to central authorities in Beijing.
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/petitioners-06222012160433.html

6 JUNE 2006

Blast at Xinjiang school injures 17, say China media

Chinese state media says 17 people, including 12 children, have been hurt in an explosion at a religious school in the restive Xinjiang province. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18349613 http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/713522/Kids-rescued-from-illegal-Xinjiang-Koran-camp.aspx

30 MAY 2012

Exile Uyghur Leader’s Children Pressured

Officials in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region have forced exile Uyghur leader Rebiya Kadeer’s son to give up the family’s property, an overseas rights group said Wednesday, as Beijing increases the pressure on the activist’s family
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/kadeer-05302012185611.html

27 MARCH 2012

China violence: Death penalty for Xinjiang attack

A court in China has sentenced an ethnic Uighur to death over a deadly attack in western Xinjiang last month
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17520392

15 FEBRUARY 2012

China launches propaganda drive against « extremism » in far west

China launched a propaganda campaign against illegal religious activities and ‘religious extremism’ in the restive far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, state media said http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1691268.php/China-launches-propaganda-drive-against-extremism-in-far-west

30 JANUARY 2012

Village police to fight « extremism » in China’s far west

China plans to send an extra 8,000 police officers to fight religious extremism, separatism and terrorism in every village in the restive, far western region of Xinjiang, the government said on Monday 30
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1688090.php/Village-police-to-fight-extremism-in-China-s-far-west

27 JANUARY 2012

Two Uighurs Given Life Sentences

In China, two Uighurs were given life sentences, according to a Radio Free Asia report on Friday. They were part of a group of 21 Uighurs deported from Cambodia, where they were seeking asylum. Many of the other deportees were given sentences from 16-20 years, with unclear charges given in less-than-transparent trials. Conflicts often occur between Uighurs, the Turkic-speaking Muslims native to the Xinjiang region, and Han Chinese. Ahead of a change in leadership later this year, the Chinese communist regime is responding to dissent with increasing severity
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2012-01-30/two-uighurs-given-life-sentences.html#video_section

8 JANUARY 2012

BOOK REVIEW

Invisible walls in Xinjiang
The tree that bleeds: a Uighur town on the edge by Nick Holdstock

If the name Yining means anything at all to the outside world, it means inter-ethnic strife. This remote city in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang was rocked in 1997 by riots, officially said to have been fomented by drug addicts, thieves and other « social garbage », but viewed by the outside world as the result of Chinese repression of Uyghur and other ethnic groups who are being increasingly outnumbered by Han Chinese
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/NA07Ad01.html

29 DECEMBER 2011

China kills seven ‘kidnappers’ in restive Uighur region

Chinese authorities said Thursday that police killed seven members of a “terrorist group” in a hostage-rescue operation in the restive Xinjiang region, but an exile group of Uighurs said the violence occurred after a protest by the ethnic minority
http://www.france24.com/en/20111229-china-kills-seven-kidnappers-restive-uighur-region-xinjiang

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

Militant Group Claims Attacks in Western China

An Islamic group said to be tied to Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility in an online video for recent violent attacks that killed dozens in China’s western Xinjiang region, according to an American organization that tracks militant activity
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/world/asia/09china.html?_r=1&ref=asia#h[BAIBAI
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14834042

31 JULY 2011

‘Eruption of violence’ in China’s Xinjiang

Knife-wielding attackers killed 10 people in China’s Xinjiang region and another four were shot dead by police as a wave of violence swept the ethnically-torn area, officials said on Sunday
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201173141816579898.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43959984/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110731-292005.html
http://www.monstersandcritics.com/news/asiapacific/news/article_1654157.php/Bloody-weekend-in-north-west-China-leaves-at-least-15-dead

21 JULY 2011

Rebiya Kadeer: Chinese government real terrorist

The exiled Uyghur leader sees through Beijing’s charges of terrorism in Hotan clashes two days ago and demands China cease arbitrary arrests and torture. Meanwhile, Uyghur sources speak of at least 20 dead and 70 arrested
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Rebiya-Kadeer:-Chinese-government-real-terrorist-22164.html

20 JULY 2011

Deaths in China ethnic violence

Chinese police have said 14 « rioters » were among 18 people killed in a clash at a police station in the ethnically tense northwestern region of Xinjiang, a government website has reported
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/2011719182736197478.html

5 JULY 2011

Two years after riots broke out in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in China and the atmosphere is still tense there

Xinjiang is home to the Uighur ethnic minority. On July 5th, 2009 Chinese security forces suppressed Uighur demonstrations in the capital of Urumqi. The Uighurs were calling for justice for factory workers killed in a fight with Han Chinese that June. The situation quickly turned into full-scale ethnic riots
http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_china/2011-07-07/xinjiang-riots-anniversary-continued-suppression-of-uighurs-.html

24 DECEMBER 2010

Editor Said to Get Life Sentence for Uighur Reports

An ethnic Uighur journalist working for state radio has been sentenced to life in prison on charges that he spread subversive information around the time of deadly rioting in the western region of Xinjiang last year, a Uighur exile group said Friday
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/25/world/asia/25uighur.html?ref=asia

5 JULY 2010

Uighur resentment at Beijing’s rule

Its root cause is ethnic tension between the Turkic Muslim Uighurs and the Han Chinese. It can be traced back for decades, and even to the conquest of what is now called Xinjiang by the Manchu Qing dynasty in the 18th Century
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8137206.stm

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 21 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 21 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1576 The Mughal army defeats Rana Pratap Singh in the Battle of Haldighati

1576-06-21 Battle of Haldighati
http://www.mapsofindia.com/history/battles/battle-of-haldighati.html
http://indohistory.com/battle_of_haldighati.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/rajasthan-book-alters-history-of-battle-of-haldighati/articleshow/59747198.cms

1582: Daimo Oda Nobugana, who almost unified Japan, his forced to suicide in hands of his General Akechi Mitsuhide, In what is known as the Incident at Honno-ji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Honn%C5%8D-ji

1900: Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi.

1942: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearly Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attack by the Japanese against the US Mainland

1944 : Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1944)
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19440621&id=XkMxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LQ4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5366,4056562&hl=fr
http://old.study-in-china.org/ChinaFeature/History/2011919143518992.htm

1944-06-21 Fall of  Changsha

1945: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/21/newsid_3564000/3564489.stm

http://www.shmoop.com/wwii-home-front/iwo-jima-okinawa-battle.html
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun21.html

1957: USA announces the withdrawal of its occupation forces from Japan

2003: Beginning of a six-day visit of Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in China. The first at this level since ten years
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EF21Df01.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/historic-visit-to-china-by-prime-minister-vajpayee-brings-beijing-and-delhi-closer/1/206119.html
http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/modi-inchina-once-when-ex-pm-atal-bihari-vajpayee-visited-china-50681.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jWH0QzysM

2011: Japan and the US agree to drop a 2014 deadline to move a controversial US airbase on the island of Okinawa. Officials from both nations said the Futenma airbase, near the provincial capital of Naha, would be moved « at the earliest possible date after 2014 »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13865346

On 21 June in South Asian history

1948-06-21 C. Rajagopalachari

ON 21 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1576 The Mughal army defeats Rana Pratap Singh in the Battle of Haldighati

1576-06-21 Battle of Haldighati
http://www.mapsofindia.com/history/battles/battle-of-haldighati.html
http://indohistory.com/battle_of_haldighati.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/rajasthan-book-alters-history-of-battle-of-haldighati/articleshow/59747198.cms

1912: Birth of Vishnu Prabhakar, Indian author who died on April 11, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishnu_Prabhakar

1948: Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy. Rajagopalachari is appointed the first (and last) Indian Governor General of the Indian union
https://www.geni.com/people/Chakravarti-Rajagopalachari/6000000009056489225
http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/lord_mountbatten_1985.html1948-06-21 C. Rajagopalachari
1953: Birth of Benazir Bhutto, twice Pakistani prime minister, assassinated on December 27, 2007
https://www.biography.com/people/benazir-bhutto-9211744
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/pakistan/p/Biography-of-Benazir-Bhutto.htm?nl=1

1991 : P.V Narasimha Rao is sworn in as the ninth Prime Minister of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-21-1991p.-v.-narasimha-rao-is-sworn-in-as-the-ninth-prime-minister-of-india 1991-06-21 Narasimha Rao sworn in

1992: Death of Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Bengali poet, born on October 16, 1956
http://www.poemhunter.com/rudra-mohammad-shahidullah/biography/

2003: Beginning of a six-day visit of Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in China. The first at this level since ten years
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EF21Df01.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/historic-visit-to-china-by-prime-minister-vajpayee-brings-beijing-and-delhi-closer/1/206119.html
http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/modi-inchina-once-when-ex-pm-atal-bihari-vajpayee-visited-china-50681.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jWH0QzysM

2012: Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts sabotage the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/20126209109434788.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9346965/Pakistan-courts-order-arrest-of-new-prime-minister-nominee.html

On 21 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 21 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1811: Birth of Pagan Min, 9th king (1846-1853) of the Burmese Konboung dynasty, who died on March 14, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagan_Min

1862: Birth of Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and the founder of the modern Thai education system as well as the modern provincial administration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damrong_Rajanubhab

1900: In the Philippines, General Arthur McArthur, US military governor of the Philippines, issues an amnesty proclamation to those Filipinos who will renounce the insurgent movement and accept US sovereignty

1913: Birth of Luis Taruk who led the  communist People Anti-Japanese Army (Huk) during the WW2 and died on May 4, 2005
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1839/today-in-philippine-in-history-june-21-1913-luis-taruc-was-born-in-santa-monica-san-luis-pampanga
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/283190.Luis_Taruc
https://fr.scribd.com/document/121431056/Luis-Taruc-biography

1961: Birth of Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia since july 2014
http://jokowi-widodo.blogspot.com/2014/10/biography-of-joko-widodo-president-of.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28422179

Joko Widodo

1970: Death of Sukarno, first president of Indonesia
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/indonesia/p/Sukarno-Indonesia-First-President.htm
http://kribo.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/the-day-that-president-sukarno-died/

sukarno 5

1996: Suryadi, closed to Suharto, is elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Indonesia, one of the only three autorised parties, succeeding Megawati Sukarnoputri who says that the congress is illegal
http://www.ipu.org/hr-e/161/ids11.htm

2001: In Malaysia, during the annual meeting of UMNO, prime minster Mahathir accuses the westerners of aiming to overthrow his power

2005: Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai meets US president George W Bush. He is the first Vietnamese leader to go to USA since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975
http://www.c-span.org/video/?187297-1/usvietnam-relations

2005: Death of Filipino cardinal Jaime Sin, who, as leader of the Philippine Catholic church, played an important role in the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, and of Joseph Estrada in 2001. Born on August 31, 1928
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4113474.stm
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/jaime-l-sin

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi urges the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she becomes the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/aung-san-suu-kyi-makes-historic-speech-to-british-parliament-234515

2012: An Indonesia court sentences Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/21/world/asia/patek-bali-bombing-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262113311341476.html

On 21 June in Japan’s history

ON 21 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1582: Daimo Oda Nobugana, who almost unified Japan, his forced to suicide in hands of his General Akechi Mitsuhide, In what is known as the Incident at Honno-ji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Honn%C5%8D-ji

1730: Birth of Motoori Norinaga, the most famous scholar of the Edo period, who died on November 5, 1801
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Motoori_Norinaga
http://www.norinagakinenkan.com/norinaga/shiryo/about.html

1900: Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi.

1942: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearly Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attack by the Japanese against the US mainland

1944 : Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19440621&id=XkMxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LQ4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5366,4056562&hl=fr
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1944)

1944-06-21 Fall of  Changsha

1945: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/21/newsid_3564000/3564489.stm

http://www.shmoop.com/wwii-home-front/iwo-jima-okinawa-battle.html
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun21.html

1952: Birth of Koichi Kashimo, Japanese anime director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=372

1957: USA announces the withdrawal of its occupation forces from Japan

1997: Death of Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, born in November 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shintaro_Katsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZEYJn5UiYo

1997: Death of Toshio Okumura, actor, singer, producer and director, born on November 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shintaro_Katsu

2011: Japan and the US agree to drop a 2014 deadline to move a controversial US airbase on the island of Okinawa. Officials from both nations said the Futenma airbase, near the provincial capital of Naha, would be moved « at the earliest possible date after 2014 »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13865346

On 21 June in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 21 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1307: Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCl%C3%BCg_Khan

1900: Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi

1944 : Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1944)
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19440621&id=XkMxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LQ4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5366,4056562&hl=fr
http://old.study-in-china.org/ChinaFeature/History/2011919143518992.htm

1944-06-21 Fall of  Changsha
1965: Birth of Yang Liwei, first Chinese send in space
http://www.astronautix.com/y/yangliwei.html
http://en.people.cn/200310/15/eng20031015_126052.shtml

1989: Chosen by Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, succeeding Zhao Ziyang who is put under house of arrest
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub7/item76.html

Jiang Zemin & Deng

1992: Death of Li Xiannian, Chinese politician, President of the People’s Republic of China (1983-1988), born on June 23, 1909
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/23/world/li-xiannian-china-ex-president-and-rural-economist-dies-at-82.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-06-23/news/mn-1067_1_li-xiannian

Li Xianniang

2003: Beginning of a six-day visit of Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in China. The first at this level since ten years
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EF21Df01.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/historic-visit-to-china-by-prime-minister-vajpayee-brings-beijing-and-delhi-closer/1/206119.html
http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/modi-inchina-once-when-ex-pm-atal-bihari-vajpayee-visited-china-50681.html

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jWH0QzysM

2012: Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu wins the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20120621-354514.html

2014: Thirteen assailants are killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27953164
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thirteen-shot-dead-after-china-bomb-attack-20146213434779465.html

On 21 June in Asian history

ON 21 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 21, 2018

1307: Külüg Khan is enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C3%BCl%C3%BCg_Khan

1576 The Mughal army defeats Rana Pratap Singh in the Battle of Haldighati

1576-06-21 Battle of Haldighati
http://www.mapsofindia.com/history/battles/battle-of-haldighati.html
http://indohistory.com/battle_of_haldighati.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/rajasthan-book-alters-history-of-battle-of-haldighati/articleshow/59747198.cms

1582: Daimo Oda Nobugana, who almost unified Japan, his forced to suicide in hands of his General Akechi Mitsuhide, in what is known as the Incident at Honno-ji
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incident_at_Honn%C5%8D-ji

1730: Birth of Motoori Norinaga, the most famous scholar of the Edo period, who died on November 5, 1801
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Motoori_Norinaga
http://www.norinagakinenkan.com/norinaga/shiryo/about.html

1811: Birth of Pagan Min, 9th king (1846-1853) of the Burmese Konboung dynasty, who died on March 14, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pagan_Min

1862: Birth of Damrong Rajanubhab, Thai prince and the founder of the modern Thai education system as well as the modern provincial administration
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damrong_Rajanubhab

1900: In the Philippines, General Arthur McArthur, US military governor of the Philippines, issues an amnesty proclamation to those Filipinos who will renounce the insurgent movement and accept US sovereignty

1900: Boxer Rebellion. China formally declares war on the United States, Britain, Germany, France and Japan, as an edict issued from the Dowager Empress Cixi.

1912: Birth of Vishnu Prabhakar, Indian author who died on April 11, 2009
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vishnu_Prabhakar

1913: Birth of Luis Taruk who led the  communist People Anti-Japanese Army (Huk) during the WW2 and died on May 4, 2005
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1839/today-in-philippine-in-history-june-21-1913-luis-taruc-was-born-in-santa-monica-san-luis-pampanga
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/283190.Luis_Taruc
https://fr.scribd.com/document/121431056/Luis-Taruc-biography

1942: A Japanese submarine surfaces near the Columbia River in Oregon, firing 17 shells at nearly Fort Stevens in one of only a handful of attack by the Japanese against the US mainland

1944 : Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Changsha_(1944)
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19440621&id=XkMxAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LQ4EAAAAIBAJ&pg=5366,4056562&hl=fr
http://old.study-in-china.org/ChinaFeature/History/2011919143518992.htm

1944-06-21 Fall of  Changsha

1945: The Battle of Okinawa ends when the organized resistance of Imperial Japanese Army forces collapses in the Mabuni area on the southern tip of the main island
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/21/newsid_3564000/3564489.stm

http://www.shmoop.com/wwii-home-front/iwo-jima-okinawa-battle.html
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jun21.html

1948: Lord Mountbatten resigns as Governor General of India, formerly the last Viceroy. Rajagopalachari is appointed the first (and last) Indian Governor General of the Indian union
https://www.geni.com/people/Chakravarti-Rajagopalachari/6000000009056489225
http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/lord_mountbatten_1985.html

1948-06-21 C. Rajagopalachari

1952: Birth of Koichi Kashimo, Japanese anime director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=372

1953: Birth of Benazir Bhutto, twice Pakistani prime minister, assassinated on December 27, 2007
https://www.biography.com/people/benazir-bhutto-9211744
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/pakistan/p/Biography-of-Benazir-Bhutto.htm?nl=1

1957: USA announces the withdrawal of its occupation forces from Japan

1961: Birth of Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia since july 2014
http://jokowi-widodo.blogspot.com/2014/10/biography-of-joko-widodo-president-of.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28422179

Joko Widodo

1965: Birth of Yang Liwei, first Chinese send in space
http://www.astronautix.com/y/yangliwei.html
http://en.people.cn/200310/15/eng20031015_126052.shtml

1970: Death of Sukarno, first president of Indonesia
https://kribo.wordpress.com/2009/01/04/the-day-that-president-sukarno-died/
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/indonesia/p/Sukarno-Indonesia-First-President.htm

sukarno 5

1987: Birth of Ryeowook, South Korean singer (Super Junior)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Ryeowook

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhsNInN23cU

1989: Chosen by Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin is appointed General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, succeeding Zhao Ziyang who is put under house of arrest
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat2/sub7/item76.html

Jiang Zemin & Deng

1991 : P.V Narasimha Rao is sworn in as the ninth Prime Minister of India
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/june-21-1991p.-v.-narasimha-rao-is-sworn-in-as-the-ninth-prime-minister-of-india

1991-06-21 Narasimha Rao sworn in

1992: Death of Rudra Mohammad Shahidullah, Bengali poet, born on October 16, 1956
http://www.poemhunter.com/rudra-mohammad-shahidullah/biography/

1992: Death of Li Xiannian, Chinese politician, President of the People’s Republic of China (1983-1988), born on June 23, 1909
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/06/23/world/li-xiannian-china-ex-president-and-rural-economist-dies-at-82.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-06-23/news/mn-1067_1_li-xiannian

Li Xianniang

1996: Suryadi, closed to Suharto, is elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Indonesia, one of the only three autorised parties, succeeding Megawati Sukarnoputri who says that the congress is illegal
http://www.ipu.org/hr-e/161/ids11.htm

1997: Death of Shintaro Katsu, Japanese actor, born in November 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shintaro_Katsu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZEYJn5UiYo

1997: Death of Toshio Okumura, actor, singer, producer and director, born on November 1931
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shintaro_Katsu

2001: In Malaysia, during the annual meeting of UMNO, prime minster Mahathir accuses the westerners of aiming to overthrow his power

2002: Kim Hong-up (52 years old), son of President Kim Dea-jung, is arrested for corruption. His brother  Kim Hong-gul (38) is in jail since May under the same charge
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2057037.stm

2003: Beginning of a six-day visit of Indian Premier Atal Behari Vajpayee in China. The first at this level since ten years
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/EF21Df01.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/historic-visit-to-china-by-prime-minister-vajpayee-brings-beijing-and-delhi-closer/1/206119.html
http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/modi-inchina-once-when-ex-pm-atal-bihari-vajpayee-visited-china-50681.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_jWH0QzysM

2005: Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai meets US president George W Bush. He is the first Vietnamese leader to go to USA since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975
 
http://www.c-span.org/video/?187297-1/usvietnam-relations

2005: Death of Filipino cardinal Jaime Sin, who, as leader of the Philippine Catholic church, played an important role in the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in 1986, and of Joseph Estrada in 2001. Born on August 31, 1928
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4113474.stm
http://biography.yourdictionary.com/jaime-l-sin

2011: Japan and the US agree to drop a 2014 deadline to move a controversial US airbase on the island of Okinawa. Officials from both nations said the Futenma airbase, near the provincial capital of Naha, would be moved « at the earliest possible date after 2014 »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13865346

2011: Ban Ki-moon wins second term as UN Secretary General. Mr Ban, a former South Korean foreign minister, was the only candidate after the U.N Security Council unanimously recommended his re-election
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13868655

2012: Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu wins the annual German Book Trade Peace Prize, earning praise for his portrayal of what the judges called « the outcasts of modern China. »
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Showbiz/Story/A1Story20120621-354514.html

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi urges the world to help Myanmar complete its journey towards democracy as she becomes the first foreign woman to address both houses of Britain’s parliament
http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/aung-san-suu-kyi-makes-historic-speech-to-british-parliament-234515

2012: An Indonesia court sentences Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/21/world/asia/patek-bali-bombing-verdict/index.html?hpt=ias_c1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/201262113311341476.html

2012: Having already ousted one prime minister this week, Pakistan’s courts sabotage the appointment of a replacement by ordering the arrest of the man nominated to take up the job.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/06/20126209109434788.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9346965/Pakistan-courts-order-arrest-of-new-prime-minister-nominee.html

2014: Thirteen assailants are killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive western province of Xinjiang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-27953164
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/06/thirteen-shot-dead-after-china-bomb-attack-20146213434779465.html

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

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19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

China has pledged around US$100 million to help modernise Cambodia’s military, the government said on Tuesday (Jun 19), the latest largesse showered on the country amid a crackdown on dissent before national elections
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-pledges-us-100-million-in-military-aid-to-cambodia-10447826

Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir CM after BJP pulls out of alliance with PDP

Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday resigned as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the alliance with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/mehbooba-mufti-resigns-as-jammu-and-kashmir-cm-after-bjp-pulls-out-of-alliance-with-pdp/1299802
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-44530254

Xi Jinping pledges unwavering Chinese support for North Korea as Kim Jong-un makes third Beijing visit of 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in Beijing Tuesday for their first face-to-face talks since Kim’s historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/kim-jong-un-china-intl/index.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/19/kim-jong-un-meets-xi-jinping-for-third-time
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-china-visit-beijing-xi-jinping-donald-trump-a8406421.html

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

Thailand has carried out its first execution since 2009, putting a 26-year-old convicted murderer to death by lethal injection in a move condemned by Amnesty International as « deplorable »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thailand-carries-out-first-execution-since-2009-10446210
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180619_43/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2151520/chinese-president-xi-jinping-says-us-north-korea-must

18 JUNE 2018

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

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

Two Koreas held inter-Korean sports exchanges at border

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

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox wins appeal to stay in Philippines

Department of Justice says authorities erred in cancelling missionary visa, but 71-year-old could still be deported over separate case
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/18/australian-nun-sister-patricia-fox-wins-appeal-to-stay-in-philippines
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-strikes-down-order-expelling-australian-nun-who-joined-protest

Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

South Korea has angered Japan by staging military drills near a contested island chain, even as it discusses scaling back joint « war games » with the US to de-escalate tensions with North Korea
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/18/asia/south-korean-military-drills-disputed-islands-intl/index.html

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

Funcinpec party president prince Norodom Ranariddh was injured in a traffic accident on Sunday while his wife died in Preah Sihanouk province when a taxi-car crashed into their car, police said
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50501569/prince-ranariddh-injured-while-his-wife-dies-in-a-traffic-accident/
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/en/9592-2018-06-17-06-46-48.html
http://www.dw.com/en/cambodia-prince-hurt-wife-killed-in-crash/a-44264686

16 JUNE 2018

Chinese President Xi urges Navy to boost combat readiness, build aviation forces

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy to further strengthen its combat training and boost its elite forces’ capabilities
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-urges-navy-to-boost-combat-readiness-build-aviation-forces
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2018-06/15/content_8063837.htm

15 JUNE 2018

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah killed in air strike in Afghanistan – officials

Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a US-Afghan air strike in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan Defence Ministry official said on Friday, a killing likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-taliban-leader-killed-in-air-strike-in-afghanistan-officials-18225
http://www.dw.com/en/who-is-taliban-leader-mullah-fazlullah/a-44244329

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

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

14 JUNE 2018

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

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

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit over human rights abuses
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-sanctions-cambodian-general/4438322.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50500338/hing-bun-heang-sanctioned-by-the-us/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/06/13/as-cambodian-democracy-weakens-u-s-sanctions-a-high-ranking-cambodian-official/?utm_term=.69a0afc46b24

UN calls for international probe into Kashmir rights violations

UN Human Rights Office report accuses India and Pakistan of ‘excessive use of force’ and human rights abuses in Kashmir
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/calls-inquiry-human-rights-violations-kashmir-180614082257845.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir-pakistan-un/united-nations-urges-inquiry-into-human-rights-violations-in-kashmir-idUSKBN1JA0PG
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-slams-un-report-on-kashmir-1.2237061

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

A leading newspaper journalist and editor in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, has been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Srinagar
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/shujaat-bukhari-editor-of-rising-kashmir-shot-in-srinagar-injured-1867640
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-valley-plunges-into-grief-after-leading-kashmiri-journalist-shujaat-bukhari-s-assassination-2625404

South, North military meet in Panmunjom

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

Japan and North Korea officials make contact at international conference in Mongolia

Japanese and North Korean officials made informal contact while attending an international conference in Ulaanbaatar, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said Thursday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/14/national/politics-diplomacy/japan-north-korea-officials-make-contact-international-conference-mongolia/#.WyKrPUiFM2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180614_39/

13 JUNE 2018

Taiwan New Party officials indicted for working on behalf of China

New Party spokesman Wang Ping-chung (王炳忠), his father and two supporters were indicted for violations of the National Security Act Wednesday, including recruiting serving and retired military officers to work for China
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3456152
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201806130014.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2018/06/15/2003694912

Donald Trump’s announcement to end military wargames with South Korea leaves former general ‘speechless’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that the US would suspend military exercises with South Korea left one of their most experienced military leaders « speechless »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-13/south-korean-military-leader-left-speechless-by-trump/9865724?section=world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-says-halt-to-us-drills-may-be-needed-to-help-10427042#cxrecs_s
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44464241

South Korean ruling party sweeps local elections

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) has swept the local elections as well as by-elections for 12 empty National Assembly seats
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/06/356_250624.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3049318

Former Maldives president is sentenced to 19 months in prison

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives from 1978 to 2008, was arrested in February on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of his half-brother
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2150667/former-maldives-president-sentenced-19-months-prison

Malaysia’s top two judges resign amid purge of senior officials

Malaysia’s two top judges have resigned from their posts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government purges senior officials seen close to the previous administration
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/malaysia-top-judges-resign-purge-senior-officials-180613060050627.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2150641/malaysian-top-judges-quit-mahathir-mohamads-new-government

Pan-democrats ejected from Hong Kong’s Legislative Council amid checkpoint debate

Authorities in Hong Kong removed five pro-democracy lawmakers from the city’s Legislative Council (LegCo) as a heated debate involving mainland Chinese control of a high-speed rail checkpoint turned into impromptu protests
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pan-democrats-ejected-from-hong-kongs-legislative-council-06132018112122.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/13/five-democrats-kicked-express-rail-joint-checkpoint-debate-bill-reaches-endgame-legislature/
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1401561

12 JUNE 2018

Trump and Kim sign ‘historic’ document after summit

Donald Trump says a « special bond » has been formed with Kim Jong-un after they signed a « historic » document following their meeting in Singapore
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/trump-and-kim-sign-historic-document-after-summit
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/12/asia/singapore-summit-intl/index.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/summit-went-better-than-expected-says-trump-18147

Vietnam Parliament passes cyber law denounced in street protests

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

Philippine army kills 28 pro-IS militants, preempts Eid Fitr bombings

The Philippines armed forces have killed 28 members of the pro-Islamic State Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in military operations to pre-empt attacks by the militants
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippine-army-kills-28-pro-is-militants-preempts-eid-fitr-10424824

US lauds Taiwan ties in dedication of new de-facto embassy

The U.S. dedicated a new de-facto embassy in Taiwan on Tuesday in what officials described as an indicator of robust ties with the self-governing island democracy that China claims as its own territory
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/us-lauds-taiwan-ties-in-dedication-of-new-de-facto-embassy/
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3455223
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-opens-new-de-facto-embassy-in-taiwan-angering-china/4435101.html

China wasn’t at the table but Trump-Kim talks reinforced its role, analysts say

Even though Beijing did not take part in the meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, China watchers say it had much to gain from it
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2150480/china-wasnt-table-trump-kim-talks-reinforced-its-role
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/china-welcomes-trump-kim-summit-calls-for-sanctions-relief-1.739430

11 JUNE 2018

Hong Kong jails top activist Edward Leung for six years

Hong Kong’s leading independence activist was jailed for six years on Monday for rioting and assaulting police, one of the city’s harshest sentences against a democracy activist in recent years
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/hong-kong-jails-activists-edward-leung-years-years-180611050444768.html
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1401002-20180611.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/11/edward-leung-meteoric-rise-fall-hong-kong-independence-leader/

Kuril Islands: Japan protests Russian undersea cable to disputed territory

A territorial spat over the Kuril Islands has been a stumbling block to reconciliation since the end of World War II. Russia now wants to lay an undersea fiber optic cable to the disputed islands
http://www.dw.com/en/kuril-islands-japan-protests-russian-undersea-cable-to-disputed-territory/a-44155558

10 JUNE 2018

Myanmar lawyer Kyaw Hla Aung wins $1.1 million Aurora humanitarian prize

A lawyer from Myanmar who has worked to promote the rights of the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority has been awarded the $1.1-million Aurora Prize for humanitarianism
http://www.thestateless.com/2018/06/1-1-million-aurora-prize-for-awakening-humanity-awarded.html
https://auroraprize.com/en/aurora/article/multimedia/11015/u-kyaw-hla-aung-modern-day-hero
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8kBg3OFfdY

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

Indonesia defeated the Maldives on Friday in the only contested election for a seat on the Security Council starting January 1 and will join the UN’s most powerful body along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2150034/indonesia-south-africa-and-dominican-republic-win-un
https://en.antaranews.com/news/116105/govt-gets-plaudits-for-unsc-seat-win

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

Pakistan’s army on Saturday denied any involvement in the abduction of a writer and rights activist who was kidnapped for several hours this week
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-army-denies-abducting-activist-1.2234165
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1731626/1-army-denies-involvement-abduction-writer-bukhari/

8 JUNE 2018

Vietnam expels dissident lawyer to Germany

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

China hacked US Navy contractor, secured trove of sensitive data on submarine warfare

Chinese government hackers have compromised the computers of a Navy contractor, stealing massive amounts of highly sensitive data related to undersea warfare – including secret plans to develop a supersonic anti-ship missile for use on US submarines by 2020, according to American officials
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-hacked-us-navy-contractor-secured-trove-of-sensitive-data-on-submarine-warfare
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149998/china-twice-hacked-us-navy-contractor-and-stole-data

Putin: Cooperation with China at “unprecedented level”

Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, underscoring how pressure from the West has magnified Beijing’s political and economic importance to Moscow
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/putin-cooperation-with-china-at-unprecedented-level/
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/putin-xi-jinping-china-russia-latest-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-summit-india-pakistan-iran-a8389856.html
http://www.euronews.com/2018/06/08/as-g7-summit-begins-russia-s-putin-meet-china-s-xi

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan Govt Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

North Korea Razing Key Missile Test Stand

New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is razing the missile test stand at the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility north of the city of Kusong in the wake of Kim Jong Un’s April statement announcing a unilateral suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear tests
https://www.38north.org/2018/06/ihari060618/

Top Chinese Communist Party cadre criticises Cultural Revolution for damage to tradition

“The Cultural Revolution eliminated a large part of both the essence and the dregs of traditional culture on the mainland,” said Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body. “But Taiwan preserved it well.”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2149715/top-chinese-communist-party-cadre-criticises-cultural

Philippine website Rappler’s Editor and CEO Maria Ressa wins global press freedom award

The executive editor and CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Ms Maria Ressa, was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on Thursday (June 7)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-website-rapplers-editor-and-ceo-maria-ressa-wins-global-press-freedom-award
https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/204306-david-callaway-speech-maria-ressa-wan-ifra-golden-pen-freedom-award-2018

North Korea Razing Key Missile Test Stand

New commercial satellite imagery indicates that North Korea is razing the missile test stand at the Iha-ri Driver Training and Test Facility north of the city of Kusong in the wake of Kim Jong Un’s April statement announcing a unilateral suspension of ballistic missile and nuclear tests
https://www.38north.org/2018/06/ihari060618/

Top Chinese Communist Party cadre criticises Cultural Revolution for damage to tradition

“The Cultural Revolution eliminated a large part of both the essence and the dregs of traditional culture on the mainland,” said Wang Yang, chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, China’s top political advisory body. “But Taiwan preserved it well.”
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2149715/top-chinese-communist-party-cadre-criticises-cultural

Philippine website Rappler’s Editor and CEO Maria Ressa wins global press freedom award

The executive editor and CEO of Philippine news website Rappler, Ms Maria Ressa, was awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom Award by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) on Thursday (June 7)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-website-rapplers-editor-and-ceo-maria-ressa-wins-global-press-freedom-award
https://www.rappler.com/about-rappler/about-us/204306-david-callaway-speech-maria-ressa-wan-ifra-golden-pen-freedom-award-2018

6 JUNE 2018

Myanmar and UN reach agreement on Rohingya repatriation process

Myanmar signed an agreement on Wednesday with United Nations agencies to help kickstart a voluntary repatriation process for some of the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who now reside in temporary camps in Bangladesh
http://sea-globe.com/myanmar-and-un-reach-agreement-on-rohingya-repatriation-process/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-un-sign-pact-on-initial-steps-for-rohingya-return-18016

5 JUNE 2018

India, Japan and US to hold war games in US territory for the first time

For the first time, India, Japan and the United States will hold their annual Malabar exercises off the US territory of Guam, as they seek to improve cooperation amid increasing focus on the Indo-Pacific region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-japan-and-us-to-hold-war-games-in-us-territory-for-the-first-time
http://www.atimes.com/how-china-consciousness-defines-malabar-2018-exercises/

India to go ahead with $5.5b Russia arms deal

India will go ahead with the proposed purchase of five regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced air defence system despite US concerns that the $5.5 billion (Dh20.1 billion) military deal could limit defence cooperation between New Delhi and Washington
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-to-go-ahead-with-5-5b-russia-arms-deal-1.2232160

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

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

US arrests Ron Rockwell Hansen for trying to spy for China

A former US intelligence officer has appeared in court in Seattle charged with attempting to spy for China
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/ex-dia-official-charged-beijing-spy-used-chinese-cell-phones/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44364437

Philippines, South Korea sign 4 agreements to boost relations

South Korea has offered the Philippines $1 billion in official development assistance to help finance President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/167509/ph-south-korea-sign-4-agreements-boost-relations
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=218371

4 JUNE 2018

Vietnam upholds sentence for prominent human rights activists

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

June 4 vigil turnout beats expectations as Hong Kong organisers call for mass showing at next year’s 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square crackdown

Tens of thousands of people gathered at Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday for the annual candlelight vigil to mourn those killed in Beijing’s bloody military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 29 years ago, defying expectations that the turnout – declining in recent years – would further dwindle
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2149245/june-4-vigil-turnout-beats-expectations-hong-kong-organisers
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/video-gallery.htm?vid=1399895
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/06/04/live-29-years-on-thousands-gather-in-hong-kong-to-commemorate-the-1989-tiananmen-massacre/

Hong Kong pro-independence activists given jail term for Parliament chaos

Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison on Monday (June 4) for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city’s Parliament
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/hong-kong-pro-independence-activists-given-jail-term-parliament-chaos
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1399775-20180604.htm

3 JUNE 2018

France, Britain to sail warships in contested South China Sea to challenge Beijing

France and Britain will sail warships through the South China Sea to challenge Beijing’s expanding military presence in the disputed waters, their defence ministers said on Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2149062/france-britain-sail-warships-contested-south-china-sea
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/france-urges-countries-to-respect-international-law-in-south-china-sea

India, Pakistan clash on Kashmir border ends brief truce

India and Pakistan exchanged fire across the Kashmir border on Sunday (June 3), officials said, killing two guards and ending a days-old agreement to honour a ceasefire in the disputed region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-pakistan-clash-on-kashmir-border-ends-brief-truce
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/03/563770/India-Pakistan-Kashmir-border-clashes
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/jun/03/latest-ceasefire-violation-proves-pakistan-says-one-thing-does-another-bsf-ig-1823246.html

2 JUNE 2018

Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations

As the death toll soars there are growing allegations the campaign is a cover for a wave of extrajudicial killings and political intimidation ahead of a general election later this year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/bangladesh-drugs-war-used-hide-political-assassinations/

China launches new Earth observation satellite

China on Saturday launched a new Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-6, which will be mainly used in agricultural resources research and disaster monitoring
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/88/217/54/1527933021253.html

Seoul, Tokyo clash on how North Korea should remove its missiles

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo appeared to clash over the urgency in removing Pyongyang’s short-range ballistic missiles
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/02/seoul-tokyo-clash-onhow-north-korea-should-remove-its-missiles.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563650/Japan-South-Korea-North-Korean-leader-Kim-Jongun-Singapore-Shangrila-Dialogue-security-forum-Itsunori-Onodera-Song-Youngmoo-James-Mattis
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_13/

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

Singapore and Germany have deepened defence ties with an enhanced agreement that provides for cooperation against new forms of threats such as cyber-attacks and hybrid warfare
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-signs-enhanced-defence-cooperation-pact-with-germany

South China Sea dispute: Beijing attacks ‘irresponsible’ US comments

China has branded as « irresponsible » US comments that it is intimidating its neighbours with its military deployment in the South China Sea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44343368
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/02/563659/South-China-US-Mattis-sea-dispute
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180602_19/

Families of Tiananmen victims urge China’s Xi to ‘re-evaluate’ crackdown

Families of Chinese democracy protesters killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have urged President Xi Jinping to acknowledge their suffering and « re-evaluate the June Fourth massacre » as its 29th anniversary approaches
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mothers-of-Tiananmen-tell-Xi-Jinping-that-the-massacre-on-4-June-was-a-crime-against-humanity-44061.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/families-of-tiananmen-victims-urge-china-s-xi-to–re-evaluate–crackdown-10333118

1 JUNE 2018

Trump: June 12 Meeting With N. Korean Leader Is Back On

In confirming the summit, Trump said he believed it would be a “very successful” meeting and “ultimately, a successful process.”
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-expected-receive-personal-letter-north-korean-leader/4419314.html
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/06/02/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/trump-says-kim-summit-june-12-puts-japan-south-korea-spot-economic-aid/#.WxJV1UiFM2w

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

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

Japan wants to deploy land-based US Aegis missile shield in Akita to guard against N Korea threat

The government has installed two Aegis Ashore batteries to protect the entire Japanese archipelago against North Korea’s missile threats, and now wants to put more in the city of Akita
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2148873/japan-wants-deploy-land-based-us-aegis-missile-shield-akita

India’s Modi calls for rules-based order amid sea disputes

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on Friday (Jun 1) the importance of ensuring the freedom of navigation in Asian waters for free trade, days after pledging to help develop a strategic port in Indonesia
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indias-modi-calls-for-rules-based-order-amid-sea-disputes/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/india-stresses-free-navigation-rules-based-order-for-asian-seas-10314824
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180601_34/

 

On 20 June in Asian history

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on June 20, 2018

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

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/British/Blackh.html
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

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

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

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

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

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

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

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

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

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

1901: Birth of Iri Maruki, Japanese artist (The Hiroshima Panels), who died on October 19, 1995
 https://www.bu.edu/today/2015/new-exhibition-recalls-the-horrors-of-hiroshima/
http://voiceseducation.org/content/hiroshima-panels-%E5%8E%9F%E7%88%86%E3%81%AE%E5%9B%B3-genbaku-no-zu

Iri Maruki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2011: Taiwan’s jailed former leader Chen Shui-bian accuses the government of restricting his freedom of speech after he was blocked from publishing a political commentary from behind bars. Initially prison authorities allowed Chen to send the article to the magazine’s editors, but later reversed their decision.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20110620-285105.html

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

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 20 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 20 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

To see another date, on Internet (Google…) type “conflicts and strategy on (date + month) in Asian history”

Updated on June 20, 2018

1756: In Calcutta (India), after their fort have been taken  by Siraj, the nawab of Bengale, 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in a cell. That became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta
http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/southasia/History/British/Blackh.html
http://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Black-Hole-of-Calcutta/

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

1826-06-20 Burney treaty

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

1858-06-20 Fall of Gwalior fort

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

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

1900-06-20 Killing of von Ketteler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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