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Wars, conflicts and strategy on 26 June in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 26 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 26, 2019

1243: Mongols defeat the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Köse Dağ
http://historiarex.com/e/en/332-battle-of-kose-dag-1243

1843: As the Treaty of Nanking comes into effect, Hong Kong Island is ceded to the British « in perpetuity » and proclaimed a British Crown Colony
https://www.britishempire.co.uk/maproom/hongkong.htm

1843

 1858: Tianjin (Tien-tsin) Treaty between Great Britain and China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tientsin
http://www.chinaforeignrelations.net/node/144

1950: United Nations Security Council demands the immediate withdrawal of North Korea forces from South Korea

1968: United States give back the administration of Bonin islands to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonin_Islands

1971: Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) suggests a new plan to solve the Vietnam War

1972: The shift of US fighter-bomber squadrons, involving up to 150 U.S. planes and more than 2,000 pilots from Da Nang (South Vietnam), to bases in Thailand is completed

1997: As part of its signatory obligations to the Chemical Weapons Convention, India declares its chemical weapon stockpiles and storage facilities
http://www.nti.org/learn/countries/india/chemical/

2007: The Indonesian parliament rejects the defense agreement signed with Singapore in exchange for an extradition treaty for the forced return of corrupted Indonesian businessmen who took refuge in Singapore

2008: North Korea hands over a declaration on its nuclear activities to China, prompting the US president to announce that Washington will take Pyongyang off a state sponsors of terrorism
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/06/200862612112349518.html

2010: Seoul and Washington agree to postpone the U.S. transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea until 2015, given the volatile security situation on the Korean Peninsula. They decide to reschedule the OPCON handover to Dec. 1, 2015, three years later than previously planned
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100627000199

2011: Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

On 26 June in South Asian history

 

ON 26 JUNE IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 26, 2019

1902: Aga Khan III is appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Aga_Khan_III

1914: In South Africa, the Indian Relief Act, passes after a protracted period of Passive Resistance led by Gandhi. It abolishes a £3 tax imposed on Indians who had not renewed their indentures and recognizes « the validity of Indian customary marriages »
https://backtosouthafrica.wordpress.com/tag/indian-relief-act-1914/

1950: Death of Sahajanand Saraswati, Indian polymath, historian, philosopher, and writer, born on February 22, 1889
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sahajanand-saraswati-biography.html

Swamy Sahjanand Saraswati

1985: Birth of Oryen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa (Tibet spiritual leader)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogyen_Trinley_Dorje
http://kagyuoffice.org/

1994: Death of Jahanara Imam, Bangladesh writer and political activist, born on May 3, 1929
http://www.banglagallery.com/bangladesh/ji.php
http://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/people-feature/2017/05/03/jahanara-imam-cherished-flame-light/

 

1997: As part of its signatory obligations to the Chemical Weapons Convention, India declares its chemical weapon stockpiles and storage facilities
http://www.nti.org/learn/countries/india/chemical/

2004: Death of Yash Johar a famous Indian Bollywood film producer, born 6 September  1929
http://www.santabanta.com/cinema.asp?pid=3679

2015 : Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena orders the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

 

On 26 June in Southeast Asian history

ON 26 JUNE IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 26, 2018

1786: Birth of Sunthorn Phu, Thai poet who died on 1855
http://www.poemhunter.com/sunthorn-phu/biography/
http://sakchaip.tripod.com/bookworm/sunthorn/sunthornphu3.html

Sunthorn Phu

1937: Birth of Sombat Metanee, Thai actor and film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombat_Metanee

1948: Death of Lilian Velez (murdered), Filipino actress born on March 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Velez
http://murderpedia.org/male.A/a/anzures-narding-photos.htm

1952: The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_of_Malaya

1971: Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) suggests a new plan to solve the Vietnam War

1972: The shift of US fighter-bomber squadrons, involving up to 150 U.S. planes and more than 2,000 pilots from Da Nang (South Vietnam), to bases in Thailand is completed

2002: For the first time since she has been freed, Aung San Suu Kyi can leave Yangon and go to Mandalay with no problem
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2064608.stm

2002-06-26 Aung San Suu-Kyi in-Mandalay

2006: Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1989267.stm

2007: The Indonesian parliament rejects the defense agreement signed with Singapore in exchange for an extradition treaty for the forced return of corrupted Indonesian businessmen who took refuge in Singapore

2011: Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

2012: Death of Mario O’Hara, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter, born on April 20, 1946
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/46871/mario-o%E2%80%99-hara-68
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_O’hara

 

On 26 June in Japan’s history

ON 26 JUNE IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on June 26, 2018

699: En no Ozunu, a Japanese mystic and apothecary who will later be regarded as the founder of a folk religion Shugendō, is banished to Izu Ōshima
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=425
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_no_Gy%C5%8Dj    

822: Death of Saichō, Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of the Tendai school, born on September 15, 767
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saich%C5%8D
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Saicho.aspx

1928: Birth of Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiro_Nakamatsu

1946: Death in jail of Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (1940-1941), born on March 3, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dsuke_Matsuoka

1966: Birth of Minaguchi Yuko, Japanese voice actress
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=528

1968: United States give back the administration of Bonin islands to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonin_Islands

1972: Japan protests a series of French nuclear tests at Mururoa (South Pacific)

1977: Birth of Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Tite_Kubo

 

On 26 June in Chinese history, Hong King and Taiwan

ON 26 JUNE IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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Updated on June 26, 2019

1243: Mongols defeat the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Köse Dağ
http://historiarex.com/e/en/332-battle-of-kose-dag-1243

1843: As the Treaty of Nanking comes into effect, Hong Kong Island is ceded to the British « in perpetuity » and proclaimed a British Crown Colony
https://www.britishempire.co.uk/maproom/hongkong.htm

1843

 1858: Tianjin (Tien-tsin) Treaty between Great Britain and China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tientsin

1945: Delegates from 51 nations, including the Republic of China, sign the United Nations Charter. China becomes one of the five permanent members of the Security Council
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Charter

1985: Birth of Oryen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa (Tibet spiritual leader)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogyen_Trinley_Dorje
http://kagyuoffice.org/

2008: North Korea hands over a declaration on its nuclear activities to China, prompting the US president to announce that Washington will take Pyongyang off a state sponsors of terrorism
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/06/200862612112349518.html

2011: Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

2011: Chinese dissident Hu Jia is released from jail. Mr Hu, 37, served a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for « inciting subversion ».
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/06/2011625211022390987.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13917882

2013: Three Chinese astronauts are back safely on earth after a two-week mission to an experimental space laboratory, the Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/26/china-shenzhou-10-astronauts-return-safely-to-earth/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/26/china-shenzhou-10-spacecraft-earth-video

2016: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2,6,10,15,18&pos

2017: Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

 

On 26 June in Asian history

1843

ON 26 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on June 26, 2019

699: En no Ozunu, a Japanese mystic and apothecary who will later be regarded as the founder of a folk religion Shugendō, is banished to Izu Ōshima
http://eos.kokugakuin.ac.jp/modules/xwords/entry.php?entryID=425
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_no_Gy%C5%8Dja

822: Death of Saichō, Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of the Tendai school, born on September 15, 767
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saich%C5%8D
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Saicho.aspx

1243: Mongols defeat the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Köse Dağ
http://historiarex.com/e/en/332-battle-of-kose-dag-1243

1501: Birth of Cho Shik, Korean Joseon Dynasty Neo-Confucian scholar and politician who died on February 8, 1572
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cho_Shik

1786: Birth of Sunthorn Phu, Thai poet who died on 1855
http://www.poemhunter.com/sunthorn-phu/biography/
http://sakchaip.tripod.com/bookworm/sunthorn/sunthornphu3.html

Sunthorn Phu

1843: As the Treaty of Nanking comes into effect, Hong Kong Island is ceded to the British « in perpetuity » and proclaimed a British Crown Colony 
https://www.britishempire.co.uk/maproom/hongkong.htm

1843

1858: Tianjin (Tien-tsin) Treaty between Great Britain and China
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tientsin

1902: Aga Khan III is appointed Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Aga_Khan_III

1914: In South Africa, the Indian Relief Act, passes after a protracted period of Passive Resistance led by Gandhi. It abolishes a £3 tax imposed on Indians who had not renewed their indentures and recognizes « the validity of Indian customary marriages »
https://backtosouthafrica.wordpress.com/tag/indian-relief-act-1914/

1928: Birth of Yoshiro Nakamatsu, Japanese inventor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshiro_Nakamatsu

1937: Birth of Sombat Metanee, Thai actor and film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sombat_Metanee

1945: Delegates from 51 nations, including the Republic of China, sign the United Nations Charter. China becomes one of the five permanent members of the Security Council
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Charter

1946: Death in jail of Yosuke Matsuoka, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan (1940-1941), born on March 3, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%8Dsuke_Matsuoka

1948: Death of Lilian Velez (murdered), Filipino actress born on March 1924
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilian_Velez
http://murderpedia.org/male.A/a/anzures-narding-photos.htm

1949: Kim Gu, president of the Provisional Government of  the Republic of Korea (1927-1948) is murdered. Born on August 29, 1876
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provisional_Government_of_the_Republic_of_Korea

1950: United Nations Security Council demands the immediate withdrawal of North Korea forces from South Korea

1950: Death of Sahajanand Saraswati, Indian polymath, historian, philosopher, and writer, born on February 22, 1889
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/sahajanand-saraswati-biography.html

Swamy Sahjanand Saraswati

1952: The Pan-Malayan Labour Party is founded in Malaya, as a union of statewise labour parties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_of_Malaya

1968: United States give back the administration of Bonin islands to Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonin_Islands

1971: Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) suggests a new plan to solve the Vietnam War

1972: Japan protests a series of French nuclear tests at Mururoa (South Pacific)

1972: The shift of US fighter-bomber squadrons, involving up to 150 U.S. planes and more than 2,000 pilots from Da Nang (South Vietnam), to bases in Thailand is completed

1977: Birth of Kubo Tite, Japanese cartoonist
http://bleach.wikia.com/wiki/Tite_Kubo

1985: Birth of Oryen Trinley Dorje, 17th Karmapa (Tibet spiritual leader)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogyen_Trinley_Dorje
http://kagyuoffice.org/

1994: Death of Jahanara Imam, Bangladesh writer and political activist, born on May 3, 1929
http://www.banglagallery.com/bangladesh/ji.php
http://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/people-feature/2017/05/03/jahanara-imam-cherished-flame-light/

1997: As part of its signatory obligations to the Chemical Weapons Convention, India declares its chemical weapon stockpiles and storage facilities
http://www.nti.org/learn/countries/india/chemical/

2002: For the first time since she has been freed, Aung San Suu Kyi can leave Yangon and go to Mandalay with no problem
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2064608.stm

2002-06-26 Aung San Suu-Kyi in-Mandalay

2004: Death of Yash Johar a famous Indian Bollywood film producer, born 6 September  1929
http://www.santabanta.com/cinema.asp?pid=3679

2006: Mari Alkatiri, the first Prime Minister of East Timor, resigns after weeks of political unrest
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/1989267.stm

2007: The Indonesian parliament rejects the defense agreement signed with Singapore in exchange for an extradition treaty for the forced return of corrupted Indonesian businessmen who took refuge in Singapore

2008: North Korea hands over a declaration on its nuclear activities to China, prompting the US president to announce that Washington will take Pyongyang off a state sponsors of terrorism
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2008/06/200862612112349518.html

2010: Seoul and Washington agree to postpone the U.S. transfer of wartime operational control to South Korea until 2015, given the volatile security situation on the Korean Peninsula. They decide to reschedule the OPCON handover to Dec. 1, 2015, three years later than previously planned
http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20100627000199

2011: Vietnam and China Pledge to Peacefully Resolve Maritime Dispute

2011: Chinese dissident Hu Jia is released from jail. Mr Hu, 37, served a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for « inciting subversion ».
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/06/2011625211022390987.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13917882

2012: Death of Mario O’Hara, Filipino director, producer, and screenwriter, born on April 20, 1946
http://entertainment.inquirer.net/46871/mario-o%E2%80%99-hara-68
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_O’hara

2013: Three Chinese astronauts are back safely on earth after a two-week mission to an experimental space laboratory, the Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace”.
http://www.euronews.com/2013/06/26/china-shenzhou-10-astronauts-return-safely-to-earth/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jun/26/china-shenzhou-10-spacecraft-earth-video

2015 : Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena orders the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of Schedule
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/sri-lankan-president-dissolves-parliament-150626162034921.html

2016: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen attends the formal opening of the expanded Panama Canal June 26, joining heads of state and dignitaries from around the world in celebration of the US$5.4 billion project that took nine years to complete
http://taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2,6,10,15,18&pos

2017: Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

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25 JUNE 2019

Malaysia accepts ruling on Pedra Branca, says PM Mahathir

Malaysia accepts the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 ruling which awarded Pedra Branca to Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (June 25), as he cited the case to show how Asean member states can cooperate despite not seeing eye to eye on every issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/malaysia-accepts-ruling-on-pedra-branca-says-pm-mahathir

UN: Internet Blackout in Western Myanmar May Be Hiding Human Rights Abuses

The United Nations special human rights investigator for Myanmar says the military may be carrying out « gross human rights violations » in western Myanmar under the cover of an Internet blackout
https://www.voanews.com/asia-pacific/un-internet-blackout-western-myanmar-may-be-hiding-human-rights-abuses
https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1041161

24 JUNE 2019

American jailed in Vietnam for 12 years for ‘attempting to overthrow state’

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a US citizen to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of « attempting to overthrow the state », the man’s lawyer said
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/american-jailed-in-vietnam-for-12-years-for-attempting-to-overthrow-state
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/vietnam-jails-man-12-years-overthrow-state-190624082305389.html

23 JUNE 2019

Kim Jong-un receives ‘excellent’ letter from Donald Trump, North Korean media reports

« Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong-un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content, » the agency said
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-23/kim-jong-un-receives-letter-from-donald-trump-state-media-says/11238850
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190623000148

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

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

Qu Dongyu becomes first Chinese national to head UN food and agriculture agency

Qu Dongyu on Sunday became the first Chinese national to be elected to head the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, clinching the post in the first round of voting
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3015748/qu-dongyu-becomes-first-chinese-national-head-un-food-and

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

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

Former RFA Reporters in Cambodian Lose Appeal as Lawyer Asks For Prompt Trial

Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin were taken into custody in November 2017 and charged with “illegally collecting information for a foreign source” under article 445 of the Criminal Code, an offense punishable by a prison term of 7 to 15 years
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/reporters-appeal-06212019160901.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drop-journalists-espionage-charges-urges-rights-group

Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ for Rohingya Muslims in ASEAN summit

Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must « be brought to justice, » in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-calls-for-justice-for-rohingya-muslims-in-asean-summit-27697

Russia has no plans to « pull down the flag » over the South Kurils – Putin

The Russian authorities intend to develop the Far East, including the South Kuril Islands, and there are no plans to lessen attention to that region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with anchorman of the program « Vesti v Subbotu » (« News on Saturday »)
https://tass.com/politics/1065107

21 JUNE 2019

Philippines to Monitor China Telecom For Spying, Cybersecurity Threats

The Philippines will be monitoring China Telecom’s upcoming operations in the country for spying and other cybersecurity threats, Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 20
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-to-monitor-china-telecom-for-spying-cybersecurity-threats_2971570.html

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

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

South China Sea: Satellite image shows Chinese fighter jets deployed to contested island

A satellite image obtained by CNN shows China has deployed at least four J-10 fighter jets to the contested Woody Island in the South China Sea, the first known deployment of fighter jets there since 2017
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/20/asia/china-fighters-satellite-image-woody-island-intl-hnk/index.html

Former Indian top cop Sanjiv Bhatt sentenced to life imprisonment

Will Indians now get arrested and convicted for raising a voice? This is the question Indian Twitter users asked after news came in today from the Indian state of Gujarat that the Jamnagar Court had sentenced Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Sanjiv Bhatt and co-accused to life imprisonment in a 1989 custodial death case
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/former-indian-top-cop-sanjiv-bhatt-sentenced-to-life-imprisonment-1.64732544

How yoga diplomacy helps India assert its rising global influence

On International Yoga Day, Modi uses one of India’s most popular exports to mark his nation’s rising place in the world
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/yoga-diplomacy-helps-india-assert-rising-global-influence-190621104210036.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-cong-only-stands-for-negativity-amit-shah-flays-rahul-gandhi-for-mocking-yoga-day-and-insulting-our-forces-2763584

20 JUNE 2019

China’s Xi and North Korea’s Kim in Pyongyang talks as both face standoffs with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pyongyang on Thursday (Jun 20) during a historic visit to burnish an uneasy alliance, with both facing challenges of their own with US President Donald Trump
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-xi-and-north-korea-s-kim-in-pyongyang-talks-as-both-face-11643546
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/99/58/248/1561035838252.html?newsId=86394
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48672306

US Warns India It Could Limit H-1B Visas for Indian Workers amid Trade Tensions – Reports

Ahead of a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi, the United States has reportedly warned India it will consider capping quotas for the widely popular H-1B work visas on nations pressuring American firms to store data locally in their territories
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201906201075978171-us-capping-h-1b-visas-indian-workers-trade-tensions/
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/us-tells-india-it-is-mulling-caps-on-h-1b-visas-to-deter-data-rules/cid/1692796?ref=top-stories_home-template

Vietnam calls in Russian experts to help preserve corpse of Ho Chi Minh

Vietnam has formed a special team of experts, including four Russian scientists, to help preserve the embalmed body of the Communist-ruled state’s founding leader, Ho Chi Minh, according to a written copy of the official decision seen by Reuters
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/vietnam-asks-russian-preserve-ho-chi-minh-corpse-190620065504121.html

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

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

19 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

Taiwan increases penalties for spying for China

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

Thousands in Nepal protest against cultural ‘guthi’ bill

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

18 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

17 JUNE 2019

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

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

Japan protests Chinese activity near disputed East China Sea islands

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

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

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

16 JUNE 2019

India’s retaliatory tariffs on US goods go into effect

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

Pakistan: Lt Gen Faiz Hameed is new ISI chief

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

15 JUNE 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam suspends extradition bill following mass protests

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

14 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

13 JUNE 2019

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

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

17 nations to join China’s space station

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

Thailand speaker submits bid to disqualify 30 MPs

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

12 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pakistan MQM founder Altaf Hussain arrested in London

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

10 JUNE 2019

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

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

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

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

9 JUNE 2019

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

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

8 JUNE 2019

Việt Nam economy to grow at 6.7%: report

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

Modi launches coastal radar system in Maldives

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

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

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

7 JUNE 2019

UN rights experts seek inquiry into Philippines killings

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

6 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

China, Russia commemorate 70th anniversary of ties

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

Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

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

5 JUNE 2019

House, Senate elect Prayut Thailand’s new prime minister

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

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

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

China launches rocket from Yellow Sea platform for first time

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

4 JUNE 2019

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

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

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

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

Tiananmen Square massacre marked with Hong Kong vigil

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

China rises but 30 years after Tiananmen, crackdown remains taboo

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

3 JUNE 2019

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

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

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

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

2 JUNE 2019

Tiananmen Square: China Defence minister defends 1989 crackdown

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

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

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

1 JUNE 2019

US President Donald Trump terminates preferential trade status for India

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

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

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

31 MAY 2019

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

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

Admiral Karambir Singh takes charge as new Indian Navy chief

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

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

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

30 MAY 2019

Modi sworn in for second term as Indian prime minister

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

Japan, Russia accuse each other of military buildups

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

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

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

29 MAY 2019

Myanmar: Arrest warrant issued for anti-Muslim monk Wirathu

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

Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed elected parliament speaker

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

28 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

27 MAY 2019

Rare meeting between Taiwanese, US security officials angers Beijing

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

Myanmar soldiers jailed 10 years for Rohingya massacre freed after months

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

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

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

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

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

26 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

25 MAY 2019

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

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

24 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

23 MAY 2019

India election results 2019: Narendra Modi takes landslide win

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

Pakistan Tests Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22 MAY 2019

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

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

21 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

20 MAY 2019

Taiwanese President. Tsai determined to seek 2nd term

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

Kashmir group seeks UN probe into torture by India troops

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

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

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

18 MAY 2019

Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Receive Identity Documents for First Time

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

North Korea Begins Crackdown on Falun Gong

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

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

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

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

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

17 MAY 2019

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

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

Taiwan becomes first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage

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

16 MAY 2019

Architect I.M. Pei dies at age 102

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

15 MAY 2019

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

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

Wikipedia blocked in China ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary

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

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

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

UN Mission Urges Financial Isolation of Myanmar’s Military

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

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

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

Putin calls for framework to denuclearize N.Korea

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

14 MAY 2019

Nepal probes journalists for Dalai Lama news

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

Thailand’s next parliament to convene on May 22

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

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

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

At least 128 prisoners of conscience in Vietnam: Amnesty

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

13 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philippines votes in election expected to deliver greater power for Duterte

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

Ex-Interpol chief’s wife gets asylum in France

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

China to impose tariffs on US goods despite Trump warning

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

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

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

11 MAY 2019

Hong Kong lawmakers brawl over controversial extradition bill

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

US-China trade talks break up after US raises tariffs

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

70 countries urge North Korea to scrap nuclear, ballistic weapons

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

Vietnam jails two activists for ‘spreading propaganda’ on Facebook

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

10 MAY 2019

Korean tourist freed by French commando after kidnapping in Burkina Faso

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

China expresses regret over US tariff hike, vows countermeasures

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

China has stepped up efforts to infiltrate Taiwan – president

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

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

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

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

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

Japanese, Russian foreign ministers discuss territorial row

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

9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

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

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

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

Malaysian PM says no timetable for handing over power

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

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

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

8 MAY 2019

2 Russian aircraft breach S Korea’s air defence zone

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

Thailand’s election results put Prayut closer to premiership

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

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

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

7 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

6 MAY 2019

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

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

Brunei halts plan to punish gay sex with death by stoning

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

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

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

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

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

5 MAY 2019

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

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

China-Russia joint naval exercise concludes in Qingdao

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

4 MAY 2019

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

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

North fires short-range projectiles into East Sea

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

3 MAY 2019

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

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

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

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

2 MAY 2019

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

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

1 MAY 2019

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

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

Naruhito formally invested as Japan’s new emperor

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

 

On 25 June in Asian history

1950-06-25 North Korea invades South Korea

ON 25 JUNE IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on June 25, 2019

635: Death of the first Tang dynasty Chinese Emperor Gaozu (618-626), born in 566
http://www.learnchinesehistory.com/tang-dynasty-gaozu/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Gaozu_of_Tang

1579: Death of Hatano Hideharu, Japanese warlord and samurai, born in 1541
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatano_Hideharu

1658 : Aurangazeb arrests his father Shah Jehan and puts him in Agra Fort jail, then proclaims himself emperor of the Moghuls in India
http://asianhistory.about.com/od/india/p/Aurangzeb-Emperor-Of-Mughal-India.htm
http://www.tajmahal.org.uk/shah-jahan.html
http://www.albalagh.net/kids/history/aurangzeb.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurangzeb

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8CPd_UhyGc

1884: Birth of Jeon Myeong-un, Korean independence activist, who died on November 19, 1947
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeon_Myeong-un

1892: Birth of Shirō Ishii, Japanese war criminal who was in charge of the biological warfare Unit 731 and who died on October 9, 1959
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shir%C5%8D_Ishii
http://www.deepblacklies.co.uk/unit731-part1.htm

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ycQiAcGjuY

1900: The Daoist monk Wang Yuanlu discovers the Dunhuang manuscripts, a cache of ancient texts that are of great historical and religious significance, in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunhuang_manuscripts
http://earlytibet.com/about/whereabouts/

1902: Birth of Prince Chichibu, younger brother of Emperor Showa (Harihito), who died on January 4, 1953
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Chichibu

1931: Birth of V. P. Singh, Indian politician, 7th Prime Minister of India (1989-1990) who died on November 27 2008
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/vp-singh.html
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/v-p-singh-5527.php

1936: Birth of Jusuf Habibie, President of Indonesia (1998-1999)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jusuf_Habibie

1937: Birth of Obuchi Keizo, Japanese prime minister (1998-2000) who died on May 14, 2000
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/profile/

1944: Birth of Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer, who died on April 7, 2000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broery

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohc4FtdzSF4

1946: Ho Chi Minh travels to France for talks on Vietnamese independence

1950: North Korea invades South Korea. UN condemns North Korea invasion

1950-06-25 North Korea invades South Korea
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/june/25/newsid_2699000/2699641.stm
http://home.bt.com/news/on-this-day/june-25-1950-invasion-from-communist-north-sparks-the-start-of-the-korean-war-11363988570216

1952: Nguyen Van Tam becomes prime minister to Emperor Bao Dai of Vietnam
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/28/obituaries/nguyen-van-tam-vietnamese-statesman-97.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguy%E1%BB%85n_V%C4%83n_T%C3%A2m

1954: Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai goes to India. An important communiqué on pacific coexistence will be published on 28

1974: Birth of Karisma Kapoor, Indian actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karisma_Kapoor

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F2AfUA0r2A

1975: The Indian Emergency (up to 21 March 1977) starts when President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, upon advice by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, declares a state of emergency effectively bestowing on her the power to rule by decree, suspending elections and civil liberties
http://www.thehindu.com/2000/06/25/stories/13250831.htm
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/~ghosh20p/

1975-06-25 State of emergency

1975: Birth of Chakrit Yamnam, Thai film and television actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chakrit_Yamnam
http://www.zimbio.com/Chakrit+Yamnam/pictures/pro

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXGlFK6Zyl4

1978: Birth of Aftab Shivdasani, Bollywood actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aftab_Shivdasani


http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x743y1_aftab-shivdasani-pour-miamia_music

1994: After 9 weeks in power, because the Japan Socialist Party has left his anti-LDP coalition, Japanese premier Tsutomu Hata resigns
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/reformist-japanese-pm-hata-resigns-1425046.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/25/world/opposition-forces-japanese-premier-to-leave-office.html
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-06-26/news/9406260284_1_no-confidence-vote-prime-minister-tsutomu-hata-reform

1997: The Number Two of the East-Timor resistance, is killed in a military operation of the Indonesian forces

1997: In Thailand, sixteen bank companies, ears in debt, are ordonned to stop their activities

1998: Bill Clinton starts the first of an American president in China since Tiananmen massacre (till July 3)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/special_report/1998/06/98/clinton_in_china/118430.stm
http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=56229

1998-06 Clinton-Zhu

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

2000: General elections in Japan. The LDP, with 233 representatives on 480, loses the absolute majority, but its alliance keep the majority in the Lower House with 267 members
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_general_election,_2000

2002: In Malaysia, the United Malayan National Organization (UMNO) announces that Prime Minister Mahathir will quit on October 25, 2003, and that he will progressively give his powers to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

2007: Death of Jeeva Murugaraj, Indian film director, born on September 21, 1963
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeeva_(director)

2010: Death of Wu Guanzhong, Chinese painter, born on August 29, 1919
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/arts/design/28iht-obit.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/art-obituaries/7913269/Wu-Guanzhong.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Wu+Guanzhong&biw=1093&bih=451&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjLnIWOucHNAhVLvBoKHf31D8AQ_AUIBigB#tbm=isch&q=wu+guanzhong+paintings

2010: The Hong Kong Legislative Council voted 46 to 12 to approve a plan to add 10 seats to the legislature in 2012. The public would elect lawmakers to fill five seats
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/world/asia/26hkbrief.html?ref=asia

2012: Tens of thousands of supporters of Thailand’s « Red Shirt » protest movement stage a mass rally in Bangkok, amid renewed political tensions in the troubled country.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/06/20126250407414477.html

2012: Police in India arrest one of the key organisers of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 10 Pakistani extremists killed 166 civilians in a three day massacre.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9354226/Mumbai-terror-attack-organiser-arrested.html

2014: China’s most senior official ever to visit Taiwan meets his counterpart to try to improve relations after mass protests in Taipei earlier this year, sparking angry confrontations between protesters and riot police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28012066

2015: In Burma, with their veto power intact, the military still keep the main opposition leader out of the run for the presidency. Only 388 lawmakers out of 664 voting in favour of changing the constitution, far short of the 75 per cent threshold
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Myanmar’s-parliament-keeps-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-away-from-the-presidential-election-34615.html

2017: Hanoi expels French-Vietnamese professor and government critic Pham Minh Hoang
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253730354/hanoi-expels-french-vietnamese-professor-and-government-critic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40398096

Myanmar home policy & society

25 JUIN 2019

UN: Internet Blackout in Western Myanmar May Be Hiding Human Rights Abuses

The United Nations special human rights investigator for Myanmar says the military may be carrying out « gross human rights violations » in western Myanmar under the cover of an Internet blackout
https://www.voanews.com/asia-pacific/un-internet-blackout-western-myanmar-may-be-hiding-human-rights-abuses
https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1041161

29 MAY 2019

Myanmar: Arrest warrant issued for anti-Muslim monk Wirathu

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

27 MAY 2019

Myanmar soldiers jailed 10 years for Rohingya massacre freed after months

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

26 APRIL 2019

Myanmar pardons nearly 7,000 prisoners in second amnesty this month

Myanmar began releasing prisoners on Friday (April 26) after the president announced he would pardon nearly 7,000 people in addition to thousands released earlier this month
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/third-pardon-planned-for-political-prisoners-as-6948-inmates-freed
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/two-political-prisons-released-second-amnesty-announced.html

23 APRIL 2019

Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal of Jailed Reuters Reporters

Myanmar’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military’s brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-48019192
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/myanmar-court-rejects-final-appeal-jailed-reuters-journalists-190423032117093.html

17 APRIL 2019

Myanmar pardons more than 9,000 prisoners in New Year amnesty

President Win Myint said 9,535 local prisoners, and 16 foreigners, had been pardoned in a gesture designed “for the peace and pleasure of the people, and taking into consideration humanitarian concerns”
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/myanmar-pardons-more-9000-prisoners-new-year-amnesty

13 APRIL 2019

Myanmar’s intelligence apparatus under Aung San Suu Kyi

It might have helped the pundits to keep in mind veteran Myanmar-watcher Robert Taylor’s observation that military intelligence had always served as a means of social control in Myanmar, to ask if and how the NLD planned to depart from this pattern, and whether the armed forces (known as the Tatmadaw) would allow this to occur. As expected, Aung San Suu Kyi has faced many of the same challenges as the military regime but, to the surprise of many, she has relied on similar mechanisms and methods to tackle them
https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/myanmar-s-intelligence-apparatus-under-aung-san-suu-kyi

12 APRIL 2019

Prominent Myanmar Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi in Jail For Facebook Post Criticizing Military

A Myanmar court on Friday denied bail for a renowned filmmaker and human rights activist sued by a government military officer for allegedly insulting and defaming the armed forces in a Facebook post, sending him to Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison until his next court appearance in late April, his attorney said
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/prominent-myanmar-filmmaker-held-in-jail-04122019163111.html

19 MARCH 2019

Myanmar court jails Rakhine leader Aye Maung for 20 years for treason

A Myanmar court on Tuesday (March 19) sentenced a prominent ethnic Rakhine leader to 20 years in jail for treason, a verdict likely to intensify anger amid fighting between the ethnic group and the army
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-court-jails-rakhine-leader-for-20-years-for-treason
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/arakanese-politician-author-sentenced-20-years-rakhine-state.html

4 MARCH 2019

Retired Myanmar Army Generals Form New Political Party With Eye on 2020 Vote

Myanmar’s election commission has approved a new political party formed by a splinter group of retired generals from the country’s main opposition party, who have their eyes on the next general election in 2020
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/retired-myanmar-army-generals-03012019182129.html

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Thousands rally in Myanmar’s Yangon to change army-drafted Constitution

Thousands of people rallied in Myanmar’s commercial capital on Wednesday (Feb 27) in support of constitutional reform, amid mounting tension between the ruling party and the military over changes to the charter that enshrines the army’s role in politics
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-rally-in-myanmars-yangon-to-change-army-drafted-constitution

23 FEBRUARY 2019

Myanmar army warns against changing ‘essence’ of constitution

Myanmar’s military Saturday (Feb 23) said they would thwart attempts by leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to alter the « essence » of the country’s controversial constitution, putting the army and civilian administration on a collision course over the politically-charged issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-army-warns-against-changing-essence-of-constitution
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/amendments-not-harm-essence-constitution-military-warns.html
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/objection-to-be-raised-on-amendments-hurting-interests-of-people-and-state-tatmadaw

15 FEBRUARY 2019

Gunmen sentenced in the death of Myanmar democracy advocate Ko Ni

A Myanmar court sentenced two men to death Friday for killing U Ko Ni, a well known adviser to the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and one of Myanmar’s best known advocates for democracy
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/two-sentenced-death-killing-nld-lawyer-u-ko-ni.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/ko-ni-killers-face-death-penalty-myanmar-court-decides-fate-190215011406975.html

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Myanmar to drop charges against ethnic minority protesters in Aung San statue dispute

Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media said on Wednesday, offering a rare concession
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2186013/myanmar-drop-charges-against-ethnic-minority-protesters
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/aung-san-statue-controversy-highlights-vulnerability-of-ethnic-minority-identity
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/police-fire-rubber-bullets-anti-statue-protest-injuring-21.html

1 FEBRUARY 2019

Human Rights Watch says Myanmar government using ‘abusive laws’ to punish critics

Rights group says freedom of expression deteriorating since Aung San Suu Kyi’s government took office in 2016
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/190201053329198.html
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/hrw-report-01312019150555.html

29 JANUARY 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party clashes with military over proposal to change Myanmar’s charter

Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the army’s power over politics as enshrined in the charter
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2184157/aung-san-suu-kyis-party-clashes-military-over-proposal
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/parliament-approves-charter-change-proposal-despite-military-rejection.html

25 JANUARY 2019

UN rights envoy Lee calls for Myanmar army chief prosecution

Myanmar’s army chief should be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority, a UN human rights investigator said, adding that holding perpetrators to account for crimes was necessary before refugees who fled the country could return
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-rights-envoy-lee-calls-for-myanmar-army-chief-prosecution-23607
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/prosecute-myanmar-army-chief-rohingya-genocide-envoy-190125112535665.html

15 JANUARY 2019

A new war rages in Myanmar

The Arakan Army, one of Myanmar’s newest and least known insurgent groups, has been hurled from obscurity to prominence after a series of escalated attacks that threaten to tilt the country’s already volatile Rakhine state towards all-out war
http://www.atimes.com/article/a-new-war-rages-in-myanmar/

11 JANUARY 2019

Burmese Reuters journalists lose appeal against seven year jail term

Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years after investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma had their appeal dismissed Friday, crushing their families’ hopes that they would walk free
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/01/11/burmese-reuters-journalists-lose-appeal-against-seven-year-jail/
https://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-eu-uk-call-for-presidential-action-after-reuters-journalists-appeals-rejected/a-47036522
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/myanmar-wives-reuters-journalists-voice-despair-verdict-190111102521706.html

4 JANUARY 2019

Rakhine rebels kill 13 Myanmar police in brazen raids

Thirteen Myanmar police officers were killed in raids on Friday (Jan 4) by ethnic Rakhine rebels, the army said, in a brazen, co-ordinated attack on the country’s Independence Day which adds a dangerous new dimension to conflict in the restive western state
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmars-rakhine-rebels-attack-police-posts-in-pre-dawn-raids
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/nine-security-personnel-killed-aa-attacks-border-outposts-army.html
http://www.mizzima.com/article/thousands-displaced-myanmar-army-and-rakhine-rebels-clash

18 DECEMBER 2018

South Korea foundation scraps award for Aung San Suu Kyi

One of South Korean largest human rights groups will strip Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its 2004 prize because of her « indifference » to the atrocities against the Rohingya minority, organisers said Tuesday (Dec 18)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-foundation-scraps-award-for-aung-san-suu-kyi-11042200

17 NOVEMBER 2018

UN resolution condemns Myanmar’s rights violation

Myanmar, China and Russia, seven other countries voted against it and 26 nations — including Japan — abstained, the UN said
https://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/news/un-adopts-resolution-human-rights-situation-myanmar-1661743

12 NOVEMBER 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty International’s highest honor

Amnesty International announced today that it has withdrawn its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, from Aung San Suu Kyi, in light of the Myanmar leader’s shameful betrayal of the values she once stood for
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/11/amnesty-withdraws-award-from-aung-san-suu-kyi/
https://aineupstrmedia.blob.core.windows.net/media/19463/letter-from-kumi-naidoo-to-aung-san-suu-kyi-embargoed-13-nov.pdf
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/rohingya-crisis-aung-san-suu-kyi-stripped-of-amnestys-highest-honour201811130152130001/

4 NOVEMBER 2018

Myanmar by-election results deliver setbacks for Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party after series of controversies

The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said on Sunday they were defeated in 6 of 13 constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2171636/myanmar-election-results-deliver-setbacks-aung-san-suu-kyis
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/provisional-results-show-stumble-nld-elections.html
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/ruling-nld-secures-seven-out-of-13-vacant-seats-in-by-election

10 OCTOBER 2018

Myanmar newspaper journalists held after handing themselves in to police

Three senior journalists at Myanmar’s largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police on Wednesday, facing accusations of causing « fear or alarm » following a complaint from the Yangon regional government
https://bdnews24.com/media-en/2018/10/11/myanmar-newspaper-journalists-held-after-handing-themselves-in-to-police
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/journalists-eleven-news-including-chief-editor-sent-insein-prison
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/15440

19 SEPTEMBER 2018

Former columnist jailed for ‘abusive’ Facebook posts on Aung San Suu Kyi

 A former columnist for state media has been jailed for seven years for « abusive » Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court official said Wednesday, the latest case threatening free expression in the country
https://www.france24.com/en/20180919-myanmar-facebook-posts-columnist-aung-san-suu-kyi
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/seven-years-in-jail-for-former-columnist-

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi defends jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar 

Aung San Suu Kyi has defended the jailing of two Reuters journalists who were reporting on the Rohingya Muslim crisis, in a speech likely to add to her fall from grace
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45505482
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-defends-jailing-of-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar-1.769783

3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Myanmar jails 2 Reuters journalists for 7 years in ‘state secrets’ case

Two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar’s state secrets law during their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya were jailed for seven years Monday, in a case that has drawn outrage as an attack on media freedom
https://www.france24.com/en/20180903-myanmar-jails-reuters-journalists-state-secrets-rohingya
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/03/asia/reuters-journalists-profiles-myanmar-intl/index.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/the-report-that-led-to-two-reuters-journalists-being-jailed-in-myanmar-1.766499
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/03/a-blow-to-press-freedom-world-reacts-to-jailing-of-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar

27 AUGUST 2018

Myanmar military chiefs should face genocide case for Muslim Rohingya killings, UN report says

Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with « genocidal intent » and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for the gravest crimes under international law, UN investigators say
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-28/myanmar-military-chiefs-should-face-genocide-case-un-says/10170916
https://www.dw.com/en/un-myanmar-army-chiefs-should-face-genocide-trial/a-45239700
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/are-we-going-to-do-nothing-about-the-genocide-in-myanmar-the-nation

25 AUGUST 2018

One year since Myanmar army crackdown, Rohingya seek justice

Rohingya refugees have held demonstrations in Bangladesh to mark one year since Myanmar’s army launched a brutal crackdown of the mostly Muslim minority, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee across the border
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/year-myanmar-army-crackdown-rohingya-seek-justice-180825135538450.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/rohingyas-stage-protest-for-justice-on-crackdown-anniversary
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45307107

21 AUGUST 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government’s actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/21/aung-san-suu-kyi-defends-policies-toward-rohingya-muslims.html

20 AUGUST 2018

Chinese-funded port gives Myanmar a sinking feeling

Myanmar’s government wants to sharply reduce the scale of a Chinese-funded port project on the Bay of Bengal that officials say risks saddling the country with unsustainable debt
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinese-funded-port-gives-myanmar-a-sinking-feeling-1534325404?mod=itp&mod=djemITP_h

11 JULY 2018

Myanmar opens peace conference with ethnic rebels

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s military commander on Wednesday opened a major conference with representatives of ethnic minority groups in the hope of reaching lasting peace after seven decades of strained relations and armed conflict
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-opens-peace-conference-with-ethnic-rebels-18827
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/peace-conference-opens-amid-low-expectations-and-calls-for-reform
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-military-chief-says-tatmadaw-wants-peace-not-weak.html

26 JUNE 2018

General involved in Rohingya crackdown fired after EU sanctions

Major General Maung Maung Soe, who is already under US sanctions, led the brutal military offensive against Rohingya
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/general-involved-rohingya-crackdown-fired-eu-sanctions-180626075100833.html
http://www.dw.com/en/eu-and-canada-sanction-myanmar-officials-over-rohingya-abuses/a-44395522
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2018.160.01.0009.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2018:160I:TOC

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

2 MAY 2018

Burma’s ‘forgotten’ war

The fighting in Burma’s northern borderlands is one of the world’s longest-running civil wars, with the powerful Kachin Independence Army (KIA) rebel group and Burma’s army locked in conflict since the 1960s. Despite making it a flagship of her election campaign, a national peace process led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has stalled
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/05/burmas-forgotten-war/#4m5MBiEx6Z6OBfks.97

 29 APRIL 2018

Myanmar policeman who testified Reuters reporters were framed sentenced to prison

A police officer who testified that police framed two Reuters reporters has been sentenced to an undisclosed prison term for violating Myanmar’s Police Disciplinary Act, a police spokesman told Reuters on Sunday (April 29), without elaborating
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/myanmar-policeman-who-testified-reuters-reporters-were-framed-sentenced-to-prison

17 APRIL 2018

Burma frees 8,500 prisoners in holiday amnesty

Burma announced the release of 8,500 prisoners in a mass pardoning on Tuesday, including dozens of political prisoners and two Christian pastors from an ethnic minority
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/17/burma-frees-8500-prisoners-holiday-amnesty/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/burma-new-president-releases-over-8000-prisoners-in-new-year-amnesty/#mmHW4tpldAyG7pbu.97

11 APRIL 2018

Seven Myanmar soldiers jailed with hard labour for massacre of Rohingya civilians

Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to jail with hard labour for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men last year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2141171/seven-myanmar-soldiers-sentenced-10-years-rohingya-massacre
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/apr/10/myanmar-rohingya-muslims-massacre-burma-soldiers-sentenced-jailed

30 MARCH 2018

Myanmar president pledges to amend army-scripted constitution

Myanmar’s new president promised to amend the country’s army-written constitution in an inaugural speech Friday, challenging a charter that bans Aung San Suu Kyi from top office and gives the military major powers
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-pledges-to-amend-army-scripted-constitution-10090378
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/u-win-myint-myanmars-likely-new-president.html

28 MARCH 2018

Aung San Suu Kyi loyalist Win Myint elected Myanmar president

The Union Parliament on Wednesday elected former Lower House Speaker U Win Myint the country’s 10th president after U Htin Kyaw left the post last week citing the need to rest
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-president-win-myint-aung-san-suu-kyi-ally-10083324
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/parliament-elects-ex-house-speaker-myanmars-next-president.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/22/67/11/1522249345942.html

21 MARCH 2018

Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw resigns ‘to take rest from duties’

Myanmar’s civilian President, Htin Kyaw, resigns with immediate effect « in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities », and is likely to be replaced by Win Myint, a Suu Kyi loyalist
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-03-21/myanmars-president-htin-kyaw-resigns-to-take-rest-from-duties/1744174
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/president-u-htin-kyaw-resigns-u-win-myint-tipped-as-replacement
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-president-htin-kyaw-resigns/a-43058749

8 MARCH 2018

US Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi’s inaction over what it called « mounting evidence of genocide » committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority
https://www.trtworld.com/americas/us-holocaust-museum-strips-rights-award-from-myanmar-s-suu-kyi-15763
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/03/us-holocaust-museum-strips-aung-san-suu-kyi-of-human-rights-award/#o2WtaELgwXw1MY8u.97
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-holocaust-museum-suu-kyi-20180308-story.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar bulldozing Rohingya villages to destroy its ‘crime scenes’

New satellite imagery shows that the government of Myanmar is bulldozing more than dozens of already-burned-out Rohingya Muslim villages in the west of the country in an attempt to destroy evidence of violence committed by the military, rights groups say
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-bulldozes-rohingya-villages-after-cleansing-campaign-15428
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/23/553332/Myanmar-bulldozing-Rohingya-villages-crimes-scenes
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/23/burmese-government-bulldoze-scores-rohingya-villages/

13 FEBRUARY 2018

Myanmar signs ceasefire with two rebel groups amid decades of conflict

Two ethnic armed groups in Myanmar signed a ceasefire with the government on Tuesday, as leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks to revive a stuttering peace process to end decades of conflict
http://www.radio.gov.pk/13-02-2018/myanmar-signs-ceasefire-with-two-rebel-groups-amid-decades-of-conflict
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/nmsp-ldu-formally-sign-nationwide-ceasefire-agreement
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/analysis-win-peace-commission-mon-lahu-groups-sign-nca.html
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/anc-not-certain-sign-nca-says-nai-han-thar

17 JANUARY 2018

Seven ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed as Myanmar police fire on riot

Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office, in unrest that left seven dead in a state already scored by violence and bitter divisions
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/seven-ethnic-rakhine-killed-myanmar-police-fire-riot
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/rohingya/myanmar-police-shoot-dead-seven-protesters-in-troubled-rakhine-1.2158943

10 JANUARY 2018

Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists under Official Secrets Act

Journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act, after almost a month behind bars. They were reporting on the persecution of Rohingya in Rakhine state
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-court-charges-reuters-journalists-under-official-secrets-act/a-42089691
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-police-charge-reuters-journalists/av-42094207
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/10/reuters-journalists-charged
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180110_39/

29 DECEMBER 2017

Myanmar frees journalists after two months in prison for filming with drone

Two journalists and their two local staff have been released from a Myanmar prison, two months after their arrest for allegedly flying a drone over the parliament
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-29/myanmar-releases-journalists-and-staff-arrested-over-drone/9292710?section=world
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/myanmar-releases-trt-world-journalists-and-fixer-arrested-over-drone-13726

Aung San Suu Kyi has Freedom of Dublin award revoked

Dublin councillors have voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/14/aung-san-suu-kyi-has-freedom-of-dublin-award-revoked
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/councillors-vote-to-revoke-aung-san-suu-kyis-freedom-of-dublin-36406369.html

13 DECEMBER 2017

2 journalists, including Reuters reporter, arrested in Yangon

Two reporters, including a correspondent from the Yangon bureau of the Reuters news service, were arrested on the northern outskirts of the commercial capital last night and will face charges under Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/2-journalists-including-reuters-reporter-arrested-in-yangon
http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/12776
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42335097

24 SEPTEMBER 2017

 Myanmar: How the military still controls the country, not Aung San Suu Kyi

In the debate over whether Aung San Suu Kyi should do more to stop the violence in Myanmar, it’s often pointed out that she has limited power to intervene — the « de facto leader » has widespread support, but the army still rules the joint, writes Liam Cochrane
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-24/myanmar-how-the-military-still-controls-the-country-not-aung-san-suu-kyi/1703974

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi denounces ‘terrorists’, silent on Rohingya exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed « terrorists » for « a huge iceberg of misinformation » on the violence in Rakhine state, but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya Muslims who have recently fled over the border to Bangladesh
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-suu-kyi-denounces-terrorists-silent-on-rohingya/8878652?section=world
http://www.kansas.com/news/nation-world/article171421672.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/09/suu-kyis-silence-rohingya-crisis-explained-170906150029941.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/revoke-nobel-peace-prize-of-myanmar-leader-petition-1.2086138

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Rohingya in Myanmar: what you need to know

What makes Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims one of the most persecuted communities in the world? What is the conflict between the majority Buddhists and the minority Rohingya all about, and what should be done to resolve it?
http://www.dw.com/en/the-rohingya-in-myanmar-what-you-need-to-know/a-40340067

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/rohingya-muslims/

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Over 2,600 homes burned in Rohingya-majority Rakhine: Myanmar

The Myanmar government says over 2,600 houses have been burned down over the past week in the Rohingya-majority areas of the country’s northwest, which have been the scene of one of the deadliest outbreaks of violence against the persecuted Muslim community in decades
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/02/533772/Myanmar-Rakhine-Rohingya-Muslims-Arakan-Rohingya-Salvation-Army-ARSA-Bangladesh-UNHCR

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

Myanmar soldiers opened fire on fleeing Rohingya civilians – mostly women and children – as they attempted to cross the border into Bangladesh and escape surging violence
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/myanmar-violence-traps-rohingya-bangladesh-border-170826101215439.html
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-troops-open-fire-on-rohingya-villagers/a-40248799
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

25 AUGUST 2017

Rohingya insurgent attack leaves 71 dead

Ethnic Rohingya militants in western Myanmar launched overnight attacks on more than two dozen police and border outposts, leaving 71 people dead, the government said Friday, in a significant escalation of their armed struggle
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MYANMAR_ATTACKS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-08-25-09-14-16

18 APRIL 2017

Myanmar publisher who criticised establishment is found stabbed to death

A Myanmar publisher whose magazine has criticised the military, political and business establishment was found stabbed to death in his office at the weekend, police said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-publisher-who-criticised-establishment-is-found-stabbed/3687830.html

2 APRIL 2017

Suu Kyi’s party wins string of seats in by-elections but is rejected by Myanmar’s minorities

Aung San Suu Kyi’s one-year-old government won a string of seats in Myanmar by-elections on Sunday but was bruised by losses in ethnic minority areas
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2084194/suu-kyis-party-wins-string-seats-elections-rejected
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/127740.html

1 APRIL 2017

Myanmar goes to polls for by-elections, in first vote since Suu Kyi swept to power

Myanmar goes to the polls on Saturday for the first time since Aung San Suu Kyi’s party swept to power a year ago, in an early indication of views on her leadership amid increased fighting with armed ethnic groups and slower economic growth
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-goes-to-polls-for-by-elections-in-first-vote-since-suu/3643878.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/01/myanmar-by-election-seen-as-test-for-aung-san-suu-kyi

30 MARCH 2017

Myanmar – A year of democracy

 A year ago, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took over the reins of the country as Myanmar’s first elected government in half a century. Things haven’t turned for the better for everyone since then. Verena Hölzl reports
http://www.dw.com/en/myanmar-a-year-of-democracy/a-38210040

6 FEBRUARY 2017

30 dead as intense fighting breaks out in Myanmar-China border town

At least 30 people were killed Monday in a day of intense fighting in a town on Myanmar’s border with China, authorities said, after rebels dressed in police uniforms launched a surprise raid
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2076489/30-dead-intense-fighting-breaks-out-myanmar-china-border
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39182713

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi vows to investigate crimes against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has promised to investigate UN allegations of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-04/myanmars-suu-kyi-vows-to-investigate-crimes-against-rohingya/8241036?section=world

29 JANUARY 2017

Suu Kyi Muslim political advisor Ko Ni shot and killed at Yangon airport in Myanmar

A gunman has killed a legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the Yangon Airport
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-30/prominent-myanmar-suu-kyi-ally-assassinated/8221980?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2066370/prominent-muslim-lawyer-gunned-down-yangons-international

11 JANUARY 2017

Burma: Fresh fears for freedom of speech under Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration

Given the dozens of people who have been charged or jailed under the new administration for supposed online defamation of the regime, it appears those expectations may have been misplaced
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/burma-fresh-fears-freedom-speech-aung-san-suu-kyis-administration/

8 JANUARY 2017

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

Hardline Buddhist nationalists stopped a Muslim religious ceremony in Yangon on Sunday, witnesses and organisers said, as Islamophobic tensions boil over amid a bloody military campaign against Rohingya in northern Rakhine state
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/buddhist-hardliners-stop-myanmar-muslim-ceremony/3422998.html

 

Asean and Southeast Asian countries inter-relations

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25 JUNE 2019

Malaysia accepts ruling on Pedra Branca, says PM Mahathir

Malaysia accepts the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) 2008 ruling which awarded Pedra Branca to Singapore, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday (June 25), as he cited the case to show how Asean member states can cooperate despite not seeing eye to eye on every issue
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/malaysia-accepts-ruling-on-pedra-branca-says-pm-mahathir

22 JUNE 2919

Malaysia calls for ‘justice’ for Rohingya Muslims in ASEAN summit

Malaysia on Saturday said the perpetrators of violence against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority must « be brought to justice, » in sharp comments delivered at a normally tame regional summit of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/malaysia-calls-for-justice-for-rohingya-musli

21 MAY 2019

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

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

15 MAY 2019

Malaysia Extradites Thai Woman Wanted Over Anti-Monarchy Activities

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

29 APRIL 2019

Indonesia and Vietnam vessels collide in South China Sea, 12 detained

An Indonesian patrol vessel was rammed by two Vietnamese coast guard ships after it intercepted an illegal Vietnamese fishing boat in its waters in the South China Sea, according to its navy
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-30/indonesia-and-vietnam-ships-collide-in-south-china-sea/11056752
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-detains-vietnamese-fishermen-after-high-seas-clash
https://en.antaranews.com/news/124578/indonesia-vietnam-urged-to-make-rules-in-cases-of-conflict

14 APRIL 2019

Making sense of sub-regionalism and regionalism in Southeast Asia

How to make sense of the varied relationships between sub-regional projects and the larger Southeast Asian region?
https://theasiadialogue.com/2019/04/12/making-sense-of-sub-regionalism-and-regionalism-in-southeast-asia/

16 MARCH 2019

Can Japan contribute to equitable development in ASEAN?

Japan provides foreign aid to CLMV countries in order to narrow the income gap among ASEAN members. In particular, Japan is focusing on six areas: supporting human resource development, providing technical cooperation, organising seminars, offering training programs, promoting harmonious labour relations and giving assistance to local governments
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/16/can-japan-contribute-to-equitable-development-in-asean/

14 MARCH 2019

Singapore, Malaysia agree to suspend overlapping port claims

Singapore and Malaysia agreed on Thursday (March 14) to jointly suspend overlapping port claims in the waters off Tuas, saying this was vital to end a stand-off which has seen at least one collision in the waters since the dispute began in December.
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-agree-to-suspend-overlapping-port-claims-joint-statement
https://www.todayonline.com/world/malaysia-and-singapore-agree-revert-original-port-limits

7 FEBRUARY 2019

The Mekong region is caught in a tug-of-war

For the Mekong countries, including Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, 2018 was a big year both domestically and regionally. Key developments from last year will inevitably continue to shape the politics of the region in 2019. In terms of domestic affairs, the most worrying trend is the consolidation of autocratic power in almost all countries
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/02/07/the-mekong-region-is-caught-in-a-tug-of-war/

20 JANUARY 2019

An ASEAN way of cybersecurity

From incident response training to technical cyber capacity building, the new ASEAN-Singapore initiative might be a good venue to promote a common understanding of cybersecurity in the region and beyond, Caitríona Heinl writes
 https://www.policyforum.net/an-asean-way-of-cybersecurity/

7 JANUARY 2019

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam’s invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing’s than Hanoi’s orbit
http://www.atimes.com/article/how-vietnam-lost-and-china-won-cambodia/

18 DECEMBER 2018

Through the Looking Glass – ASEAN-EU Relations in a New Era

ASEAN and the EU have a shared mutual view on community building through collective rules, and are therefore pioneering new approaches to regionalism and the role of regional integration within the international geopolitical power play
https://chargedaffairs.org/through-the-looking-glass-asean-eu-relations-in-a-new-era/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

APEC leaders fail to agree on joint statement amid US-China tensions

It is the first time that world leaders meeting at the APEC summit have been unable to sign a final joint communique. The gathering in Papua New Guinea was dominated by diplomatic sparring between the US and China
https://www.dw.com/en/apec-leaders-fail-to-agree-on-joint-statement-amid-us-china-tensions/a-46344273
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/apec-summit-ends-with-no-communique-amid-china-us-differences-21753
https://www.voanews.com/a/apec-ends-without-communique-as-china-us-differ/4663447.html

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Commentary: The rebirth of the ASEAN miracle growth model

From inception to a shift towards connectivity, the ASEAN Economic Community gets a fresh boost as the region doubles down on building digital capabilities, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Sanchita Basu Das
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/asean-economic-community-connectivity-rebirth-growth-model-10879030

22 OCTOBER 2018

ASEAN, China kick off first maritime exercise

The first-ever maritime exercise held by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and China started on Monday (Oct 22) in the southern Chinese city of Zhanjiang
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/asean-china-kicks-off-first-maritime-exercise-10852692
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2169727/china-embarks-first-joint-naval-drills-asean-us-tensions-simmer

12 OCTOBER 2018

Is Asean better off without the US?

AS recently as just two years ago, whether the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) is better off without the attention of the United States is not a question you would ever hear asked
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/is-asean-better-off-without-the-us/

11 OCTOBER 2018

Do all you can to resolve climate change ‘sticking points’ UN chief urges South-East Asian leaders, in Bali

UN Secretary-General António Guterres, has called for Governments across South-East Asia, to take a lead in the fight against global warming and the damaging impact of climate change
https://news.un.org/en/story/2018/10/1022862

How the death penalty is applied in Southeast Asian countries

The Malaysian government’s announcement on its decision to abolish the death penalty for all crimes has given a ray of hope for anti-capital punishment campaigners in the region
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/10/how-the-death-penalty-is-applied-in-southeast-asian-countries/

23 AUGUST 2018

Does China really dominate Southeast Asia?

Is China truly establishing dominance over neighboring Southeast Asia, or is it a prevailing perception among academics and journalists who have uncritically adopted a pervasive pro-China narrative built on Beijing’s rising investment and influence in the region?
http://www.atimes.com/article/does-china-really-dominate-southeast-asia/

2 AUGUST 2018

Asean, China agree on text to negotiate Code of Conduct in South China Sea

Asean and China have agreed on a single text to negotiate the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea, said Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Thursday (Aug 2)
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/asean-china-agree-on-text-to-negotiate-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2158017/china-and-asean-reach-milestone-draft-deal-south-china
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/102/27/87/1533221289107.html

25 MAY 2018

Southeast Asia Financial Integration and Infrastructure Investment: What Role for the United States?

The CSIS Southeast Asia Program on April 17, 2018, hosted a small, high-level roundtable discussion on U.S.-Southeast Asia Financial and Investment Relations
https://www.csis.org/analysis/southeast-asia-financial-integration-and-infrastructure-investment-what-role-united-states

9 MAY 2018

China-ASEAN Relations: Adjustment and Cooperation Needed

In the dynamics of China-ASEAN relations, China has often been blamed for taking advantage of disagreements within ASEAN in order to maximize its own interests. China has frequently used its economic leverage to divide ASEAN countries, thus preventing ASEAN from developing some sort of unity in its approach to China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/698.html

28 APRIL 2018

ASEAN concerned over China-US trade spat

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says a mounting trade spat between the United States and China is one of the most pressing worries for southeast Asian nations as their leaders echoed the concern over rising protectionism
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/asean-concerned-over-china-us-trade-spat
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/asean-summit-economy-security-dominate-agenda-180428151930361.html

18 MARCH 2018

ASEAN-Australia Special Summit ends with commitments on cybersecurity, free trade

“The summit has given us an opportunity to confirm Australia’s steadfast commitment to ASEAN, the centrality of ASEAN and Australia as an all-weather friend, now and into the future,” said Mr Turnbull
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/asean-australia-special-summit-commitment-cybersecurity-trade-10054114
https://aseanaustralia.pmc.gov.au/Declaration
https://www.voanews.com/a/southeast-asia-north-korea-australia/4303660.html

27 FEBRUARY 2018

The Rise of Islamist Groups in Malaysia and Indonesia

The rise of Islamism in Malaysia and Indonesia could have severe consequences for the two states’ societies, political systems, and overall stability
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/rise-islamist-groups-malaysia-and-indonesia

31 JANUARY 2018

Malaysia rejects proposal by Philippine government committee to claim Sabah as ’13th federal state’

Malaysia on Wednesday (Jan 31) rejected a proposal by a member of a Filipino government committee to amend the Philippine Constitution to include Sabah as the « 13th federal state » of the Philippines
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-rejects-proposal-by-philippine-government-committee-to-9913514
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2018/01/330566/malaysia-will-not-budge-sabah-claim-philippines#cxrecs_s
https://www.rappler.com/nation/194962-malaysia-sabah-philippines-state-charter-change

25 JANUARY 2018

ASEAN, India leaders vow to push forward economic partnership

India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders vowed Thursday to push forward the regional comprehensive economic partnership (RCEP)
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/26/c_136924999.htm
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-calls-for-greater-economic-integration-asean-india-9896476
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/india-shares-asean-vision-for-rule-based-societies-values-of-peace-modi-118012501757_1.html

19 JANUARY 2018

Cambodia crackdown casts a shadow on ASEAN

If there is any good time for ASEAN to take constructive steps in the full protection of human rights and democracy, the recent Cambodian crackdown provides a good platform
https://www.fairobserver.com/region/asia_pacific/cambodia-crackdown-human-rights-asean-asia-pacific-news-analysis-12002/

16 JANUARY 2017

Singapore, Malaysia ink bilateral agreement to build Rapid Transit System Link by 2024

Singapore and Malaysia have inked a legally binding bilateral agreement to build a cross-border MRT line that will let commuters travel seamlessly between Woodlands North and Johor Baru
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-malaysia-ink-bilateral-agreement-to-build-rts-link-by-2024
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-sign-bilateral-agreement-on-jb-singapore-9864584

11 JANUARY 2018

China and Mekong countries adopt new river plan

In a summit big on fanfare but light on detail this week, China pushed through a five-year development plan with the countries along of one Asia’s most critical and embattled rivers – the Mekong
https://www.voanews.com/a/asian-leaders-start-a-new-plan-for-shared-river/4203046.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/asian-leaders-discuss-mekong-rivers-future-180111075106150.html
http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/11/c_136888801.htm

7 JANUARY 2018

Indian diaspora a platform for stronger ties with ASEAN: Swaraj

India’s dialogue partnership with ASEAN has evolved into a strategic partnership and the Indian diaspora provides a platform for stronger ties with the grouping, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/indian-diaspora-a-platform-for-stronger-ties-with-asean-swaraj-1502559275.html

29 DECEMBER 2017

Events in Southeast Asia to watch in 2018

In addition to several crucial elections, other events in 2018 will shape Southeast Asia’s economies, security, and regional politics. Some more events to watch in 2018
Part 1 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018
Part 2 : https://www.cfr.org/blog/events-southeast-asia-watch-2018-0

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in Southeast Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

7 DECEMBER 2017

Leaders in South-east Asia condemn move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Leaders of countries in South-east Asia on Thursday (Dec 7) reacted strongly to US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to reverse a decades-old American policy and recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-in-south-east-asia-condemn-move-to-recognise-jerusalem-as-israels-capital

 

29 NOVEMBER 2017

ASEAN from A to Z

Here are some ABCs about the 50-year-old regional bloc
http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/multimedia/infographic/11/13/17/asean-from-a-to-z

26 NOVEMBER 2017

South-east Asians positive about Asean but want to see faster pace of regional integration

Nearly three-quarters of South-east Asian citizens would like to see a faster pace of regional development in the future, according to a public survey on regional perceptions conducted throughout the region
http://www.todayonline.com/world/asia/south-east-asians-positive-about-asean-want-see-faster-pace-regional-integration

7 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?

During 2007 Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets against the ruling military junta. These peaceful monks still exist, although many of them went into hiding, or fled abroad. But the Burmese monks in the headlines today are preaching violence instead of peace, and “firm action” instead of meditation
http://theconversation.com/militant-buddhism-is-on-the-march-in-south-east-asia-where-did-it-come-from-86632

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Marwan student «Baco» is new ISIS chief in Southeast Asia

A Malaysian bomber trained by slain terrorist Zulkifli Bin Hir or « Marwan » is the new chief of Islamic State (ISIS) in Southeast Asia, top police officials confirmed Monday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/marwan-student-new-isis-chief-southeast-asia

21 OCTOBER 2017

Vietnamese migrants could be on borrowed time in Cambodia

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

12 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Asean shines bright in foreign investor surveys

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

23 AUGUST 2017

Asean and the EU: Differences and challenges

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

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

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

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

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

8 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN celebrates 50th anniversary

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

5 AUGUST 2017

ASEAN communique stalls amid disagreement on South China Sea stance

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

27 JULY 2017

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

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

18 JULY 2017

South-East Asia’s future looks prosperous but illiberal

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

10 JULY 2017

China, ASEAN see closer economic, trade ties

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

25 JUNE 2017

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

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

20 JUNE 2017

ASEAN, the region’s strategic convenor

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

19 JUNE 2017

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

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

18 MAY 2017

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

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

7 MAY 2017

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

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

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

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

29 APRIL 2017

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

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

27 APRIL 2017

Indonesia-Philippines sea border pact ratified

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

15 APRIL 2017

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

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

3 APRIL 2017

Armies overshadow naval modernisation in Southeast Asia

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

21 MARCH 2017

ASEAN 50 years on: Success or failure?

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

12 MARCH 2017

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

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

21 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

9 FEBRUARY 2017

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

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

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

19 DECEMBER 2016

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

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

8 DECEMBER 2016

Burma halts sending migrant workers to Malaysia amid Rohingya crisis

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

3 DECEMBER 2016

Stay out of our internal affairs – Burma warns Malaysia

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

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

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

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

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

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Malaysia admits armed forces under probe for IS links

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

17  SEPTEMBER 2016

Taking the long view of Singapore–Indonesia relations

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

6 SEPTEMBER 2016

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

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

24 JULY 2016

ASEAN deadlocked on South China Sea after Cambodia blocks statement

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

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

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

3  JULY 2016

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

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

20 JUNE 2016

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

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

14 JUNE 2016

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

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

23 MAY 2016

Sochi ASEAN summit: Russia eyes economic expansion in SE Asia

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

19 MAY 2016

Vietnam is Russia’s bridge to ASEAN

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

5 MAY 2016

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines reach agreement to coordinate maritime security

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

29 APRIL 2016

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

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

Asean seals unlimited flights deal

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

28 APRIL 2016

The Overlooked Gap in the Southeast Asia Maritime Security Initiative

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

30 MARCH 2016

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

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

17 MARCH 2016

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

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

18 MARCH 2016

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2016

South China Sea takes centre stage at US-ASEAN summit

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

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Could ASEAN form a common identity?

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

29 JANUARY 2016

Conservatives still call the shots in Vietnam and Laos

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

17 JANUARY 2016

Islamic State Branches In Southeast Asia – Analysis

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

14 JANUARY 2016

Jakarta Attack Raises Fears of ISIS’ Spread in Southeast Asia

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

8 JANUARY 2016

Philippines urges ASEAN pressure on China for rules on disputed sea

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

5 JANUARY 2016

Democratic contraction in Southeast Asia

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

26 DECEMBER 2015

How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

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

18 DECEMBER 2015

Are South China Sea tensions triggering an arms race?

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

22 N0VEMBER 2015

Asean Community officially formed by 10 member states in landmark declaration

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

18 NOVEMBER 2015

Indonesia against notion to form ASEAN union

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

4 NOVEMBER 2015

No joint declaration at Asean defense chiefs meeting amid sea tensions

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

1 NOVEMBER 2015

Japanese companies remain more keen to invest in ASEAN than China

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

16 OCTOBER 2015

China hosts ASEAN Defense ministers meeting amid South China Sea tensions

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

5 OCTOBER 2015

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

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

8 AUGUST 2015

Eight challenges Asean must overcome

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