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wars, conflicts and strategy on 24 April in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 24 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 24, 2019

1185: Battle of Dannoura. Yoshitsune Minamoto fleet beats imperial fleet. Emperor Antoku Taira drowns
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Dan_no_Ura
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dan-no-ura


1311: General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Kafur
http://www.tamiltribune.com/02/0202.html

1945: French paratroopers retake Vientiane from the Japanese

1954: London and Washington repulse for the second time a French request for an US air raid to help Dien-Bien-Phu French garrison in Vietnam

1955: End of the Bandung Conference. 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa condemn colonialism, racism and the Cold War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-bandung-conference-concludes
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675033815_Afro-Asian-Conference_Pandit-Nehru_delegates-from-different-nations_people-on-road

1965: Incident between India and Pakistan in Kutch region

1967: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had « gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily. » in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/westmoreland-makes-controversial-remarks

2003: Beginning of joint military operation USA-Philippines against separatist guerillas

2003: Officials of North Korea inform US diplomats that it has nuclear weapons and is making bomb-grade plutonium

2011: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon call on Cambodia and Thailand to halt fighting along their disputed jungle border as troops exchanged fire for a third day. At least 10 soldiers have been killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee the area since fighting broke out, shattering a tense two-month ceasefire
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/201142441733439734.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13179712

2013: Clashes in the unsettled western Chinese region of Xinjiang killed 21 people, including police officers and local officials
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22276042
http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/24/china-blames-terrorist-for-deadly-clashes-in-troubled-xinjiang/

On 24 April in South Asian history

Jamini Roy

ON 24 APRIL IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on April 24, 2019

1311: General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Kafur
http://www.tamiltribune.com/02/0202.html

1929: Birth of Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India), who died on April 12, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajkumar

1934: Birth of Jayakanthan, Indian journalist and author who died on April 8, 2015
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/jayakanthan-profile-2326-25.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayakanthan

1955: End of the Bandung Conference. 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa condemn colonialism, racism and the Cold War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-bandung-conference-concludes
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675033815_Afro-Asian-Conference_Pandit-Nehru_delegates-from-different-nations_people-on-road
 

1959: Nehru meets the Dalai Lama, who a few weeks earlier has taken refuge in India
http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2013/06/nehru-meets-dalai-lama-remarkable.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3Ye3XqZHQ

1965: Incident between India and Pakistan in Kutch region

1972 : Death of Jamini Roy, Indian painter, born on April 11, 1972

Jamini Roy
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/jamini-roy-5309.php
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jamini-roy.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Jamini+Roy&biw=1366&bih=605&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjA6cO7naXMAhUFWxoKHeLwD6gQ_AUIBigB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgYSF4Ma7JQ

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

1993: The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act comes into force, establishing Panchayati Raj system in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchayat

2006: After 19 days of demonstrations in which at least 14 demonstrators have been killed, king of Nepal Gyanendra restore the parliament that he dissolved in May 2002

2011: Death of Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure, born on November 26, 1926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/for-sai-baba-devotees-a-sunday-of-sorrow-101144

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

2013: A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-22476774
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/world/asia/report-on-bangladesh-building-collapse-finds-widespread-blame.html?_r=0

2015: Leading Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud is shot dead in Karachi in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32452760
http://tribune.com.pk/story/875375/t2f-director-shot-dead-in-karachi/

 

Holidays and observances

Nepal: Democracy Day, commemorating the reinstitution of parliament in 2006

On 24 April in Southeast Asian history

ON 24 APRIL IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on April 24, 2019

1941: Death of the king of Cambodia Sisowath Monivong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisowath_Monivong

1945: French paratroopers retake Vientiane from the Japanese

1948: Dutch create state of Pasundan in western Java

1954: London and Washington repulse for the second time a French request for an US air raid to help Dien-Bien-Phu French garrison in Vietnam

1955: End of the Bandung Conference. 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa condemn colonialism, racism and the Cold War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-bandung-conference-concludes
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675033815_Afro-Asian-Conference_Pandit-Nehru_delegates-from-different-nations_people-on-road

1965: Indonesian President Suharto orders all foreign-owned enterprises (mostly rubber and palm iol plantations) to be seized by the government)

1967: The Chinese chargé d’Affaires and the Chinese consul in Jakarta are declared «personae non gratae»

1967: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had « gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily. » in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/westmoreland-makes-controversial-remarks

1972: Death of Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, born on May 30, 1892
http://www.fernandocamorsolo.com/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Fernando+Amorsolo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnsofd&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=Cw2YT_K1N4Wx0QWNi_XdBQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1249&bih=569

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bf2tqZcAEA

1993: Death of Tran Duc Thao, Vietnamese philosopher, born on September 26, 1917
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tran_Duc_Thao
http://marxismocritico.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/viet-cong-philosophy-tran-duc-thao.pdf

Tran Duc Thao

2003: Beginning of joint military operation USA-Philippines against separatist guerillas

2011: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon call on Cambodia and Thailand to halt fighting along their disputed jungle border as troops exchanged fire for a third day. At least 10 soldiers have been killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee the area since fighting broke out, shattering a tense two-month ceasefire
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/201142441733439734.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13179712

 

On 24 April in Korean history

ON 24 APRIL IN KOREAN HISTORY

Updated on April 24, 2019

1926: Death of Sunjong, last Korean emperor (1907-1910), born on 25 March 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sunjong_of_the_Korean_Empire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7xGg5GOfWU

1930: Death of Jang In-hwan, Korean independence activist, born on March 30, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_In-hwan

1948: In Kobe, Japan, Korean mobs riot in protest against Japanese treatment of Koreans during World War II, and the ambiguous status of Korean residents in Japan
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Mark-Caprio/2962/article.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2008/09/12/national/when-the-koreans-rioted-in-kobe/#.VTkaF-_GPIU

2003: Officials of North Korea inform US diplomats that it has nuclear weapons and is making bomb-grade plutonium

 

 

On 24 April in Japan’s history

ON 24 APRIL IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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Updated on April 24, 2019

1185: Battle of Dannoura. Yoshitsune Minamoto fleet beats imperial fleet. Emperor Antoku Taira drowns
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Dan_no_Ura
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dan-no-ura


1948: In Kobe, Japan, Korean mobs riot in protest against Japanese treatment of Koreans during World War II, and the ambiguous status of Korean residents in Japan
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Mark-Caprio/2962/article.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2008/09/12/national/when-the-koreans-rioted-in-kobe/#.VTkaF-_GPIU

2001: In Japan, by 298 votes against 155 for Ryutaro Ashimoto, reformist Junichiro Koizumi is elected chairman of DLP Party

 

On 24 April in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

1969-04-24 Lin déclaré successeur

ON 24 APRIL IN CHINESE HISTORY INCLUDING TAIWAN

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Updated on April 24, 2019

1945: End of the 8th congress of the Communist Party of China asks again for a new coalition government

1959: Nehru meets the Dalai Lama, who a few weeks earlier has taken refuge in India
http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2013/06/nehru-meets-dalai-lama-remarkable.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3Ye3XqZHQ

1967: The Chinese chargé d’Affaires and the Chinese consul in Jakarta are declared «personae non gratae»

1969: In China, end of the 9th congress of the CCP, Lin Biao becomes officially the Mao’s successor
http://academic.mu.edu/meissnerd/linbiao.htm

1969-04-24 Lin déclaré successeur

1970: The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched
http://www.astronautix.com/d/dfh-1.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MofjUzMAr2c&NR=1

 

2005: Death of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist, born on 2 November 1910
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/may/05/guardianobituaries.obituaries1

Fei Xiaotong

2013: Clashes in the unsettled western Chinese region of Xinjiang killed 21 people, including police officers and local officials
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22276042
http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/24/china-blames-terrorist-for-deadly-clashes-in-troubled-xinjiang/

On 24 April in Asian history

1969-04-24 Lin déclaré successeur

ON 24 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on April 24, 2019

1185: Battle of Dannoura. Yoshitsune Minamoto fleet beats imperial fleet. Emperor Antoku Taira drowns
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Battle_of_Dan_no_Ura
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dan-no-ura


1311: General Malik Kafur returns to Delhi after campaign in South India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malik_Kafur
http://www.tamiltribune.com/02/0202.html


1926: Death of Sunjong, last Korean emperor (1907-1910), born on 25 March 1874
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Sunjong_of_the_Korean_Empire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7xGg5GOfWU

1929: Birth of Dr. Rajkumar, Kannada language film actor/singer (India), who died on April 12, 2006
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajkumar

1930: Death of Jang In-hwan, Korean independence activist, born on March 30, 1875
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jang_In-hwan

1934: Birth of Jayakanthan, Indian journalist and author who died on April 8, 2015
http://www.veethi.com/india-people/jayakanthan-profile-2326-25.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayakanthan

1941: Death of the king of Cambodia Sisowath Monivong
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisowath_Monivong

1945: End of the 8th congress of the Communist Party of China asks again for a new coalition government

1945: French paratroopers retake Vientiane from the Japanese

1948: Dutch create state of Pasundan in western Java

1948: In Kobe, Japan, Korean mobs riot in protest against Japanese treatment of Koreans during World War II, and the ambiguous status of Korean residents in Japan
http://www.japanfocus.org/-Mark-Caprio/2962/article.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2008/09/12/national/when-the-koreans-rioted-in-kobe/#.VTkaF-_GPIU

1954: London and Washington repulse for the second time a French request for an US air raid to help Dien-Bien-Phu French garrison in Vietnam

1955: End of the Bandung Conference. 29 non-aligned nations of Asia and Africa condemn colonialism, racism and the Cold War
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-bandung-conference-concludes
http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675033815_Afro-Asian-Conference_Pandit-Nehru_delegates-from-different-nations_people-on-road
 

1959: Nehru meets the Dalai Lama, who a few weeks earlier has taken refuge in India
http://claudearpi.blogspot.in/2013/06/nehru-meets-dalai-lama-remarkable.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3Ye3XqZHQ

1965: Incident between India and Pakistan in Kutch region

1965: Indonesian President Suharto orders all foreign-owned enterprises (mostly rubber and palm oil plantations) to be seized by the government)

1967: The Chinese chargé d’Affaires and the Chinese consul in Jakarta are declared «personae non gratae»

1967: American General William Westmoreland says in a news conference that the enemy had « gained support in the United States that gives him hope that he can win politically that which he cannot win militarily. » in Vietnam
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/westmoreland-makes-controversial-remarks

1969: In China, end of the 9th congress of the CCP, Lin Biao becomes officially the Mao’s successor
http://academic.mu.edu/meissnerd/linbiao.htm

1969-04-24 Lin déclaré successeur

1969: US B-52’s drop 3,000 ton bombs at Cambodian boundary

1970: The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched
http://www.astronautix.com/d/dfh-1.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MofjUzMAr2c&NR=1

1972: Death of Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter, born on May 30, 1892
http://www.fernandocamorsolo.com/biography
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Fernando+Amorsolo&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvnsofd&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=Cw2YT_K1N4Wx0QWNi_XdBQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CBYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1249&bih=569

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bf2tqZcAEA

1972 : Death of Jamini Roy, Indian painter, born on April 11, 1972

Jamini Roy
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/jamini-roy-5309.php
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/jamini-roy.html
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Jamini+Roy&biw=1366&bih=605&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjA6cO7naXMAhUFWxoKHeLwD6gQ_AUIBigB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgYSF4Ma7JQ

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

1993: The 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act comes into force, establishing Panchayati Raj system in India
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchayat

1993: Death of Tran Duc Thao, Vietnamese philosopher, born on September 26, 1917
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tran_Duc_Thao
http://marxismocritico.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/viet-cong-philosophy-tran-duc-thao.pdf

Tran Duc Thao

2001: In Japan, by 298 votes against 155 for Ryutaro Ashimoto, reformist Junichiro Koizumi is elected chairman of DLP Party

2003: Beginning of joint military operation USA-Philippines against separatist guerillas

2003: Officials of North Korea inform US diplomats that it has nuclear weapons and is making bomb-grade plutonium

2005: Death of Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist, born on 2 November 1910
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2005/may/05/guardianobituaries.obituaries1

Fei Xiaotong

2006: After 19 days of demonstrations in which at least 14 demonstrators have been killed, king of Nepal Gyanendra restore the parliament that he dissolved in May 2002

2011: United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon call on Cambodia and Thailand to halt fighting along their disputed jungle border as troops exchanged fire for a third day. At least 10 soldiers have been killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee the area since fighting broke out, shattering a tense two-month ceasefire
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/04/201142441733439734.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13179712

2011: Death of Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru, spiritual figure, born on November 26, 1926
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathya_Sai_Baba
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/for-sai-baba-devotees-a-sunday-of-sorrow-101144

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

2013: Clashes in the unsettled western Chinese region of Xinjiang killed 21 people, including police officers and local officials
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22276042
http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/24/china-blames-terrorist-for-deadly-clashes-in-troubled-xinjiang/

2013: A building collapses near Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 1,129 people and injuring 2,500 others
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-22476774
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/world/asia/report-on-bangladesh-building-collapse-finds-widespread-blame.html?_r=0

2015: Leading Pakistani human rights activist Sabeen Mehmud is shot dead in Karachi in a drive-by shooting in Karachi after hosting a talk on allegations of torture in the province of Balochistan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32452760
http://tribune.com.pk/story/875375/t2f-director-shot-dead-in-karachi/

 

Holidays and observances

Nepal: Democracy Day, commemorating the reinstitution of parliament in 2006

Main news of the last weeks

MAIN NEWS OF THE LAST WEEKS IN ASIA

Much more news and analysis if you see by countries

23 APRIL 2019

Heng Swee Keat becomes Singapore’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, paving the way for him to succeed Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday was promoted to become the country’s sole Deputy Prime Minister, moving him closer to succeeding Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong as the Lion City’s next leader
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3007312/heng-swee-keat-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-singapore
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-to-be-appointed-deputy-prime-minister-dpms-teo-chee-hean-and-tharman

Japan, France to cooperate to promote free trade

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Emmanuel Macron say they will work together in leading discussions on free trade and other issues at the G20 summit in Osaka
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190423_41/
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005693828

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

China puts a damper on navy’s 70th anniversary celebrations as it tries to allay fears over rising strength

A 32-strong Chinese fleet led by Asia’s largest destroyer, the Type 055, joined with 18 foreign warships from 13 countries on Tuesday for a naval parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the PLA navy
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3007383/china-puts-damper-navys-70th-anniversary-celebrations-it-tries
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/85/184/154/1556014274642.html?newsId=80684
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-24/china-flaunts-escalating-military-strength-with-naval-parade/11037724?section=world

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

Security forces arrested 40 people over a series of terror strikes in Sri Lanka, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers, officials said on Tuesday. An owner of the house where some suspected attackers lived was also detained
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-bombings-retaliation-for-christchurch-mosque-shootings-minister-says/a-48439995
https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/23/families-of-sri-lanka-blast-victims-gather-for-memorial-in-negombo
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-attacks-retaliation-christchurch-deputy-minister-190423082847025.html

22 APRIL 2019

Vietnamese ex-president Le Duc Anh who ousted Khmer Rouge dies, aged 99

General Le Duc Anh, a Communist Party hardliner and former Vietnamese president who led the invasion of Cambodia which led to the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime, has died aged 99
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnamese-ex-president-le-duc-anh-who-ousted-khmer-rouge-dies-aged-99
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/519014/former-president-le-duc-anh-dies-aged-99.html#5hYYPjrVTItKZQoX.97

Iran, Pakistan to set up border ‘reaction force’ after attacks

Iran and Pakistan have agreed to set up a joint border « reaction force » following a spate of deadly attacks by militant groups on their frontier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced on Monday after talks with visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/iran-pakistan-to-set-up-border-reaction-force-after-attacks-26077
https://www.dw.com/en/iran-pakistan-agree-to-joint-border-reaction-force/a-48434184

Philippines warns journalists out to ‘destroy’ Duterte

Philippine government on Monday (Apr 22) warned the press against plotting to « destroy » President Rodrigo Duterte’s government, as his spokesman accused journalists of spreading fake news
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-warns-journalists-out-to-destroy-duterte-11468044
https://www.manilatimes.net/palace-confirms-times-story-on-oust-duterte-matrix-warns-plotters/543734/#

Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc suffers rare losses in two by-elections

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc suffered two rare losses in by-elections on Sunday (April 21) in an apparent warning from voters not to get complacent ahead of a national election for Parliament’s Upper House later this year
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japan-pm-abes-ruling-bloc-suffers-rare-losses-in-two-by-elections
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update1-japan’s-ruling-ldp-loses-2-out-of-2-lower-house-by-elections

21 APRIL 2019

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani’s term until delayed elections

Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday said it had extended the term of President Ashraf Ghani until delayed elections take place – resolving for now the question of what would happen after his term expires on May 22
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-supreme-court-extends-ghani-s-term-until-delayed-elections-26049
https://ariananews.af/supreme-court-confirms-ghanis-service-term-until-elections/

Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 killed, hundreds injured in Easter Sunday carnage

Eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing at least 207 people and injuring 450, including dozens of foreigners
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/blasts-hit-two-sri-lanka-churches-during-easter-mass-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/21/asia/sri-lanka-explosions/index.html

20 APRIL 2019

Former Asean secretary-general Rodolfo Severino dies, aged 82

Respected diplomat and former secretary-general of Asean Rodolfo Severino Jr died on Friday night (April 19), the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Saturday
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/former-asean-secretary-general-rodolfo-severino-dies-aged-82
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1108735/ex-ambassador-rodolfo-severino-jr-passes-away-at-82

19 APRIL 2019

Uzbekistan, S.Korea sign deals worth $12bn during Moon visit

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday signed deals worth $12 billion with Uzbekistan during a week-long tour of Central Asia, as he seeks to ease reliance on China and the US
https://www.france24.com/en/20190419-uzbekistan-skorea-sign-deals-worth-12bn-during-moon-visit
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190419000624

Korea tops Asia in press freedom: Reporters Without Borders

Korea ranks first among Asian countries in press freedom, according to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released on April 18 by the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Society/view?articleId=170341

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-suspends-kashmir-border-trade-with-pakistan

Malaysia negotiating to buy military assets through barter: Defence Minister

Malaysia is negotiating with several countries to acquire military assets through barter trade, said Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu on Friday (Apr 19)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-assets-through-barter-11461768
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/19/malaysia-negotiating-to-buy-military-equipment-through-barter-system-says-m/1744948

18 APRIL 2019

Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervises test-fire of ‘new tactical guided weapon’

North Korea has developed a new tactical guided weapon and Kim Jong-un supervised the test-fire of it.That’s according to Pyeongyang’s state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday.The test-fire was conducted by the regime’s defense science academy.
Kim Jong-un assessed that having this new weapon means a lot in upping the regime’s combat power
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=235582
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/17/asia/north-korea-suspected-weapon-test-intl/index.html

U.S. offers Japan secret info for development of F-2’s successor jet

The United States has proposed disclosing some of the top-secret details of its state-of-the-art F-35 stealth fighter jet to Japan to encourage joint development of an aircraft that will succeed the Air Self-Defense Force’s F-2 fighter, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0005683861

Japanese Emperor performs ritual to report abdication to Shinto gods

Emperor Akihito prayed at a Japanese shrine Thursday in a ritual to report his upcoming abdication to the Shinto gods
https://japantoday.com/category/national/Emperor-performs-ritual-to-report-abdication
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/106/167/1555582231316.html?newsId=68246

17 APRIL 2019

Indonesia elections: Widodo set for 2nd term as president and new parliament support

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has won a second five-year term, preliminary election results showed Wednesday, in a victory for moderation over the nationalistic rhetoric of his rival, Prabowo Subianto
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesias-widodo-set-for-2nd-term-as-president/
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesias-ruling-coalition-led-by-pdi-p-on-track-to-win-most-seats-in-parliament
https://en.antaranews.com/news/123859/voter-turnout-estimated-at-8390-percent-in-2019-elections-pollster

Five million lost jobs in India between 2016 and 2018: Report

At least five million Indians lost their jobs between 2016 and 2018, and young urban men are being hit hardest, a Bengaluru-based private university said in a report on Tuesday (April 16)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/five-million-lost-jobs-in-india-between-2016-and-2018-report

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

16 APRIL 2019

Chinese Police Hold Another Ethnic Mongolian Writer Over Protest

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia are holding an ethnic Mongolian writer and teacher under criminal detention, a U.S.-based rights group said on Tuesday
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-police-hold-another-ethnic-mongolian-writer-04162019113037.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAUVHuXAwP8

Imprisoned Myanmar journalists awarded Pulitzer prize

On Monday in New York the Pulitzer Center handed its award for International Reporting to Reuters staff, with a special mention for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are serving seven years in Yangon’s Insein Prison for « exposing state secrets. »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/16/asia/myanmar-journalists-pulitzer-intl/index.html
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/wa-lone-kyaw-soe-oo-honoured-pulitzer-prize.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/jailed-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar-win-un-press-freedom-prize

China’s acceptance of Vatican-approved bishop candidates ‘a positive sign’

Beijing’s acceptance of two Vatican-approved bishop candidates from Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi sends a “cautiously positive” signal over their controversial agreement ahead of Good Friday, experts said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3006460/chinas-acceptance-vatican-approved-bishop-candidates-positive
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Jining-and-Hanzhong,-the-first-two-bishops-chosen-after-the-China-Holy-See-agreement.-Nothing-new-46770.html

Watchdog Group Voices Concern over Human Rights in Pakistan

An independent monitoring group in Pakistan has expressed concern about the state of human rights in the country and called for the immediate redressal of the issues highlighted in its annual report, released Monday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/watchdog-group-voices-concern-over-human-rights-in-pakistan/

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

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

15 APRIL 2019

Indian party leaders Yogi Adityanath and Mayawati banned from election trail over hate speech

India’s election watchdog on Monday banned two outspoken politicians from campaigning in the country’s national vote for making provocative speeches which it said could stir communal unrest
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/15/indian-party-leaders-banned-from-election-trail-over-hate-speech
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indias-election-commission-bars-yogi-adityanath-and-mayawati-from-campaigning-1.1555320537072
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/apr/15/after-yogi-mayawati-ec-bans-azam-maneka-from-campaigning-1964724.html

Pakistan reaches ‘agreement in principle’ with IMF over bailout

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Monday said that it held « constructive discussions » with Pakistani authorities during last week’s spring meetings in Washington and that its mission will be visiting Pakistan « before the end of April to continue the discussions » on a bailout package
https://www.dawn.com/news/1476295/imf-says-its-mission-will-visit-pakistan-before-end-of-april-to-continue-constructive-discussions
https://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-imf/pakistan-reaches-agreement-in-principle-with-imf-over-bailout-idINKCN1RR17E?rpc=401&

US Denounces “Coercion” as China Conducts Drills Near Taiwan

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

Philippine President Duterte signs largest national budget of $96.8b, after months of delay

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday (April 15) signed a 3.7 trillion peso (S$96.8 billion) budget for this year, its largest ever, ending months of impasse that forced the South-east Asian country to cuts its growth target
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-duterte-signs-s968b-national-budget-after-months-of-delay
https://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-oks-budget-vetoes-p95b-in-pork/541057/

14 APRIL 2019

Prominent Myanmar Filmmaker Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi Held 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

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested by the police on April 1 and has been imprisoned on remand until April 23, following a magistrate’s ruling at Polgahawela. The magistrate extended the writer’s incarceration when he was brought before the courts on April 9
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/13/writ-a13.html

13 APRIL 2019

Kim Jong-un gives Donald Trump until end of year to change attitude to North Korea nuclear talks

Kim Jong-un said the US must change its attitude to talks by the end of this year if there was to be a third summit with Donald Trump
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/13/kim-jong-un-gives-donald-trump-end-year-change-attitude-north/
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/13/kim-jong-un-gives-donald-trump-end-year-change-attitude-north/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/north-korea-kim-sets-deadline-summit-190413060954553.html

India hopes to avoid US sanctions over Russian missile deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, defying US warnings of sanctions on countries buying Russian military equipment
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-hopes-to-avoid-us-sanctions-over-russian-missile-deal-25807

12 APRIL 2019

Kim Jong-un solidifies grip on power with new title and leadership shuffle

In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un a new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim’s grip on power
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/12/kim-jong-un-solidifies-grip-power-new-title-leadership-shuffle/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=235182
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-new-nominal-head-of-state-guided-kim-jong-un-from-the-beginning

ICC rejects Afghanistan war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court said that despite « a reasonable basis » to consider war crimes commited in Afghanistan there was little chance of a successful procecution. Rights group Amnesty criticized the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/icc-rejects-afghanistan-war-crimes-probe/a-48308608
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/apr/12/icc-rejects-request-to-investigate-war-crimes-in-afghanistan

Malaysia to go ahead with China-backed East Coast Rail link

Malaysia on Friday said it had a signed a fresh deal to proceed with the stalled China-backed East Coast Rail Link (ECRL), after months of false starts and contradictory statements from Prime Minister
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3005831/malaysia-decide-today-stalled-china-backed-east-coast-rail

11 APRIL 2019

Philippine, US troops train for invasion scenario on island adjacent to South China Sea

Philippine and US troops on Wednesday (Apr 10) conducted their first joint airfield seizure drill on an island adjacent to the South China Sea, aimed at helping the Southeast Asian country deal with any potential island invasion
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-united-states-defence-troops-training-exercise-drill-11435390
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1105986/watch-ph-us-forces-hold-amphibious-drills-near-disputed-sea

South Korea’s constitutional court rules to lift abortion ban

South Korea’s constitutional court ruled to lift the country’s 66-year-old ban on abortion on Thursday, in a landmark decision that will decriminalise the medical procedure by the end of 2020
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/11/south-koreas-constitutional-court-rules-lift-abortion-ban/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47890065

Young Chinese to be sent back to villages in Mao-style move

China is planning to send millions of youth « volunteers » back to the villages, raising fears of a return to the methods of Chairman Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution of 50 years ago
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/young-chinese-to-be-sent-back-to-villages-in-mao-style-move-11435694

10 APRIL 2019

China, EU Hail Breakthrough Investment Agreement

European Union and China leaders say they intend to enter into what they called an “ambitious” comprehensive investment agreement by 2020
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-eu-hail-breakthrough-investment-agreement/4869700.html
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/212/39/69/1554863137493.html?newsId=67360
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190409-eu-demands-more-rights-european-companies-china
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3005604/hopes-high-eu-china-joint-statement-opening-more-just-words

Malè, a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. Growing distance from Beijing

The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won 65 seats out of a total of 87. The agreements signed with China are under careful scrutiny
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mal%26egrave%3B%2C-a-landslide-victory-for-the-Democratic-Party.-Growing-distance-from-Beijing–46735.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/maldives-ruling-party-pledges-probe-into-chinese-deals-after-landslide-win_2874276.html

Academics Call on China’s Tsinghua University to Reinstate Professor

A group of prominent academics has called on the ruling Chinese Communist Party to reinstate a professor at one of the country’s top universities
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/professor-04102019100534.html

9 APRIL 2019

Leading Hong Kong Umbrella Movement activists found guilty of public nuisance

Nine activists were all convicted of at least one charge in a prosecution that deployed rarely-used colonial-era public nuisance laws over their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, which called for free elections for the city’s leader
https://www.france24.com/en/20190409-hong-kong-umbrella-movement-democracy-leaders-found-guilty-china
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/04/09/breaking-hong-kong-umbrella-movement-activists-handed-verdicts-public-nuisance-trial/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/hong-kong-occupy-protest-leaders-guilty-190409030057063.html

Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued in US over alleged torture and killings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/09/brother-of-sri-lanka-ex-president-sued-over-alleged-torture-and-killings
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Two-lawsuits-against-Gota-in-US/108-165213
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202406

‘Almost an invasion’: Protesters in Philippines slam Duterte for weak response over disputes in South China Sea

Protesters descended on the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to oppose China’s growing sway in the Philippines, as tensions continue to rise over Beijing’s presence in the contested South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3005446/almost-invasion-protesters-philippines-slam-duterte-weak
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190409_41/
https://www.manilatimes.net/marchers-decry-chinese-activity-in-disputed-waters/537915/

8 APRIL 2019

Indonesian Buddhist woman’s blasphemy conviction upheld

Indonesia’s Supreme Court has upheld an 18-month jail sentence for a 44-year-old Buddhist woman convicted last year on blasphemy charges
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/indonesian-buddhist-woman-blasphemy-conviction-upheld-190408100321754.html
https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/04/08/supreme-court-rejects-buddhist-womans-appeal-of-blasphemy-verdict.html

Russian warships arrive in the Philippines amid rising South China Sea tensions

The destroyers Admiral Tributs and Vinogradov — classified as « large, anti-submarine ships » — docked in Manila early Monday, along with the Admiral Irkut, a « large sea tanker
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/08/asia/russia-philippines-south-china-sea-intl/index.html

United States will be the Philippines’ only military ally, foreign chief Teodoro Locsin says amid South China Sea tensions

The United States will remain the Philippines’ only military ally, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr said, amid an increased Chinese presence near a disputed island in the South China Sea
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3005271/united-states-will-be-philippines-only-military-ally

China, North Korea open new border crossing despite sanctions

China and North Korea opened a new border crossing over the Yalu River, signalling aspirations for deeper economic ties between the neighbours even as Pyongyang’s trade remains crimped by international sanctions
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-north-korea-open-new-border-crossing-despite-sanctions

Bangladesh Posts Border Guard to St. Martin’s Island for 1st Time in 22 Years

The Bangladeshi government on Sunday redeployed over 100 Border Guards Bangladesh personnel armed with heavy weapons to St. Martin’s Island, the country’s southernmost point. It is the first time in 22 years the force has been based on the island off Cox’s Bazar, and reinforces an existing Bangladesh Coast Guard deployment there, officials said
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/bangladesh-posts-border-guard-st-martins-island-1st-time-22-years.html
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/04/07/bgb-deployed-to-st-martins-island

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

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

7 APRIL 2019

Islamabad says New Delhi planning military aggression

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Islamabad has credible intelligence that India is planning an attack between April 16 to April 20
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/islamabad-says-new-delhi-planning-military-aggression-pakistan-india-24534
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/454747-india-likely-to-launch-attacks-against-pakistan-between-april-16-20-fm

RAF and Royal Navy urged to cut ties to sultan of Brunei over anti-gay law

The RAF and Royal Navy are under pressure to cut links with the sultan of Brunei amid a global backlash against his country’s decision to introduce death by stoning as punishment for homosexuality
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/06/oxford-university-navy-raf-must-cut-ties-sultan-brunei-gay-death-stoning-law

6 APRIL 2019

Maldives votes in crucial ballot to elect new parliament

Voting began in the Maldives in a crucial parliamentary election on Saturday many hope would help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-votes-in-crucial-ballot-to-elect-new-parliament-25600
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/liveblog-voting-extended-by-two-hours-144731
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-ex-leader-makes-comeback-in-landmark-vote-11418762

Indian GDP to exceed more than seven percent over next 2 years

In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2019, ADB projects gross domestic product (GDP) growth in India to rise to 7.2% in fiscal year 2019 and reach 7.3% in 2020, reversing two years of declining growth as reforms to improve the business and investment climate take effect
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260282662/indian-gdp-to-exceed-more-than-seven-percent-over-next-2-years

Thailand’s junta charges rival party leader with sedition

The sedition charge, which was filed by the junta, was the second criminal case opened against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, 40, since he formed the progressive, youth-oriented Future Forward Party last year
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/06/asia/thailand-election-thanathorn-sedition-charges-intl/index.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3004944/popular-thai-party-leader-thanathorn-juangroongruangkit
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/06/thailand-party-leader-charged-with-sedition-after-strong-poll-showing

5 APRIL 2019

South China Sea: Duterte warns Beijing of ‘suicide missions’ to protect disputed island

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has warned Beijing to back off from a disputed island in the South China Sea, warning of “suicide missions” if China touches it
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/05/asia/south-china-sea-duterte-beijing-intl/index.html
https://www.manilatimes.net/back-off-pag-asa-island/536113/
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3004904/philippines-mulls-bringing-south-china-sea-dispute-un-hague

Malaysia U-turns on decision to join war crimes court after political pressure

Malaysia will no longer join the International Criminal Court (ICC), said Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Apr 5), citing political pressure and « confusion among the rulers »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-u-turn-icc-not-ratifying-rome-statute-mahathir-pressure-11416980
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/04/476540/dr-m-malaysia-withdraws-rome-statute-due-smear-campaigns
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/malaysia-backtracks-decision-join-icc-190405102217112.html

Thai election officials say 66 victorious candidates face disqualification

Thailand’s Election Commission said Friday (April 5) that scores of candidates who were tipped to secure elected seats in last month’s contentious polls are under investigation and could be disqualified, in a move that could shift yet-to-be-released final results
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3004923/thai-election-officials-say-66-victorious-candidates-face
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/scores-poll-winners-could-be-disqualified-thai-vote

4 APRIL 2019

US set to sell India advanced copters to hunt submarines at sea

India is expected to soon get one of the most advanced naval helicopters capable of hunting submarines in the sea and launching anti-surface missions. The US state department has approved the sale to India of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion
https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/040419/us-set-to-sell-india-advanced-copters-to-hunt-submarines-at-sea.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVOSmUNw8DQ

Shaanxi government razes Qianyang parish to ground (video)

This morning, the Qianyang (Shaanxi) government razed the only parish in the city to the ground. A bulldozer reduced the two-story building to rubble under the supervision of a group of policemen. In the video sent to AsiaNews we hear the sobs of some women, while several faithful look astonished at the destruction
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Shaanxi-government-razes-Qianyang-parish-to-ground-(video)-46686.html

3 APRIL 2019

Malaysia ex-PM Najib pleads not guilty to all charges as trial starts

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. He pleaded not guilty to all charges as the trial begun
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/malaysia-ex-pm-najib-pleads-not-guilty-to-all-charges-as-trial-starts-1.1554275712421
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/03/asia/malaysia-1mdb-najib-razak-jho-low-yacht-intl/index.html
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-03/former-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-faces-jail/10797958?section=world

UN calls for food aid for starving North Koreans despite sanctions

The head of the UN World Food Programme has called for the White House and other western donors to put children’s lives before politics and fund a major injection of aid to North Korea despite the failure of Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/03/un-calls-on-white-house-to-aid-north-korea-despite-standoff

Thai police summon anti-junta politician Thanathorn on sedition charge

Thai police summoned a prominent anti-junta politician on Wednesday to answer a sedition complaint, a police document showed, a charge rising star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit called politically motivated after a disputed election
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/78/253/12/1554275403345.html?newsId=66749
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1655932/thanathorn-summonsed-for-helping-protesters-in-2015

South Korean ship detained for violating UN sanctions: Seoul

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

South Korean police apologize and army expresses regret for 1948 Jeju massacres

South Korean police apologized for the first time Wednesday over massacres that killed 10,000 people decades ago and the military expressed deep regret as President Moon Jae-in seeks to re-examine history
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/03/asia-pacific/south-korean-police-apologize-army-expresses-regret-1948-jeju-massacres/#.XKTmhigzY2w
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=234563

2 APRIL 2019

Some 200 Hindu radicals beat nuns, devastate Catholic school in Tamil Nadu

Members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh destroyed the Little Flower Higher Secondary School in Chinnasalem. Damages total US$ 145,000. Some women tried to strangle the nuns
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-200-Hindu-radicals-beat-nuns,-devastate-Catholic-school-in-Tamil-Nadu-46667.html

France urges Brunei to drop anti-gay stoning law

France has called on the authorities in Brunei to scrap a law that would make adultery or gay sex punishable by death by stoning. The Sultanate maintains the death penalty, but no one has been executed since 1957
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190402-france-urges-brunei-drop-stoning-law-adultery-gay-sex

1 APRIL 2019
Vietnam Gets Six Patrol Boats from U.S. Signaling Closer Security Ties

The Vietnamese coast guard Sunday received six patrol boats from the United States, in a move that indicates a renewed desire for cooperation between the former enemies
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/vn-metal-shark-04012019154518.html

Japan reveals Reiwa to be name of new imperial era ahead of Emperor Akihito’s abdication

The « Heisei » imperial era will end on April 30 when Emperor Akihito steps down. Japan’s government says the imperial era associated with his successor will be known as « Reiwa. »
https://www.dw.com/en/japan-to-welcome-reiwa-era-after-emperor-akihito-steps-down/a-48142022
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201904010048.html
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/japan-announces-era-of-peace-and-harmony/

UN finally tells the truth about Laos

Communist-run Laos has had a relative knack for staying out of the news for its human rights abuses, endemic corruption and sub-par performance in providing services to its citizens. But now finally someone of prominence is speaking out
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/un-finally-tells-the-truth-about-laos/

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

Beijing has responded angrily to the talk of sales by the US of more than 60 Lockheed Martin F-16V jets to Taiwan, even though the fourth generation warplanes, whose original model entered service 40 years ago, will hardly trouble China’s more advanced J-20 fighters
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/sale-of-obsolete-f-16s-to-taiwan-irks-beijing/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2019/03/23/2003712000

Philippines Protests Over Chinese Vessels in Disputed Waters

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest over the presence of more than 200 Chinese boats near an island occupied by Manila in the disputed South China Sea, the president’s spokesman said on April 1
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippines-protests-over-chinese-vessels-in-disputed-waters_2861619.html
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1654796/philippines-protests-swarming-of-chinese-boats-near-island

30 MARCH 2019

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn revokes royal decorations of ex-prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra

The Thai King has revoked the royal decorations of billionaire ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, citing his conviction and « extremely inappropriate » flight from the country, according to an announcement published on Saturday (March 30)
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3003970/thai-king-maha-vajiralongkorn-revokes-royal-decorations-ex
https://www.dw.com/en/thai-king-strips-former-pm-thaksin-shinawatra-of-royal-honors/a-48126792

Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum survives Taleban attack

Taleban fighters on Saturday (March 30) attacked a convoy carrying Afghanistan’s vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, in an assault that left the former warlord unscathed but killed one of his bodyguards
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/afghan-vice-president-abdul-rashid-dostum-survives-taleban-attack
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/dostum-unhurt-his-convoy-attacked-taliban

29 MARCH 2019

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/strategy-03292019170149.html
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-wfp-ink-50m-strategic-plan
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50590692/hun-sen-fires-back-at-the-eu-and-us-over-democracy/

Maria Ressa, founder of news site Rappler and Duterte critic, arrested again

Prominent Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been re-arrested at Manila airport, allegedly for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/philippines-beleaguered-journalist-maria-ressa-arrested-190329015711048.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/226880-maria-ressa-arrested-naia-anti-dummy-law-case-march-29-2019
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47742641
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/29/1905585/fresh-plane-rapplers-ressa-booked-pasig-police

Chinese Xuanhua underground bishop Msgr. Cui Tai arrested

The police also detained the episcopal vicar, Fr. Zhang Jianlin. A priest banned from ministry accused him of « not following the Vatican’s instructions » and urged the police to arrest him. From 2007 onwards, Msgr. Cui Tai has been subjected to continuous detention or house arrest
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Xuanhua-underground-bishop-Msgr.-Cui-Tai-arrested–46630.html

28 MARCH 2019

Thai Election Commission says junta party won popular vote

Thailand’s Election Commission says it has counted 100 percent of the votes from the recent general election and a party allied with the ruling junta has won the most votes, though the results are not yet official
https://www.foxnews.com/world/thai-election-commission-says-junta-party-won-popular-vote
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/thailand-pro-army-party-won-popular-vote-officials-say
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1652556/palang-pracharath-has-most-votes-turnout-at-75-

27 MARCH 2019

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

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

27 MARCH 2019

India’s Narendra Modi announces successful anti-satellite system

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had joined the space “super league” on Wednesday after it successfully tested an anti-satellite system in a demonstration of its space warfare capabilities
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-s-narendra-modi-announces-successful-anti-satellite-system-1.841801
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/mission-shakti-in-the-global-space-defence-race/cid/1687633?ref=top-stories_home-template
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-gets-anti-satellite-capability-to-become-space-superpower-pm-1.1553669804791
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190327_35/

Philippine journalist and prominent Duterte critic Maria Ressa charged again

Philippine authorities said Wednesday (Mar 27) they had filed more criminal charges against Maria Ressa, a veteran reporter and prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, six weeks after detaining her overnight
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippine-journalist-and-prominent-duterte-critic-maria-ressa-11386340
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-journalist-and-prominent-duterte-critic-charged-again
https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/pm/philippines-journalist-maria-ressa-arrested-again/10813424

Brunei to impose death by stoning for gay sex and adultery

Adultery and gay sex in Brunei will be subject to death by stoning from next week, authorities said, under a sharia law that has been on hold for four years amid heavy criticism
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3003546/brunei-impose-death-stoning-gay-sex-and-adultery
https://www.dw.com/en/brunei-shariah-law-applies-death-sentence-for-homosexuality/a-48076114

China expels ex-Interpol chief from Communist Party

While Chinese authorities accuse former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei of taking bribes, his high-profile disappearance has raised concerns about the reach President Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-graft campaign
https://www.dw.com/en/china-expels-ex-interpol-chief-from-communist-party/a-48076055
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/155/8/83/1553695249171.html?newsId=66045

Indonesia threatens to quit Paris climate deal over palm oil

A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday (March 27) Southeast Asia’s biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-threatens-to-quit-paris-climate-deal-over-palm-oil
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/house-speaker-slams-eu-plan-to-phase-out-palm-oil

26 MARCH 2019

Human rights in Hong Kong ‘deteriorating severely’: Amnesty

Hong Kong’s human rights have « deteriorated severely » over the past year, with free speech under attack, Amnesty International said on Tuesday (March 26), the latest report to criticise the city’s government for restricting liberties
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/human-rights-in-hong-kong-deteriorating-severely-amnesty
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2019/03/26/amnesty-warns-rapid-decline-hong-kong-human-rights-citing-political-party-ban-press-freedom-issues/

EU leaders hold out olive branch to Chinese ‘rival’ by saying they want active role in Belt and Road Initiative

European and Chinese leaders sought to reassure each other over economic cooperation on Tuesday despite the increasing US move towards protectionism, as leading EU figures said they were still open to joining China’s “Belt and Road Initiative”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3003378/eu-leaders-hold-out-olive-branch-chinese-rival-hint-they-are
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/260129416/china-eu-stress-importance-of-multilateralism

China denounces US Tibet report as ‘full of prejudice’

Beijing on Tuesday (March 26) denounced a US report accusing the Chinese government of impeding access to Tibet as « full of prejudice » and warned that continued interference in the Himalayan region could damage US-China relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-denounces-us-tibet-report-as-full-of-prejudice

25 MARCH 2019

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

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

24 MARCH 2019

Xi meets Macron as French president seeks united EU front on China

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron met for dinner in the south of France Sunday ahead of official talks with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front to contend with Beijing’s advances
http://www.digitaljournal.com/news/world/macron-looks-to-galvanise-eu-on-china-as-xi-visits-france/article/546039#ixzz5j7yxxaSV
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/36/18/236/1553400082457.html?newsId=65608
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3003078/chinese-president-xi-jinping-meets-french-president-emmanuel

Thais go to polls in first election since 2014 coup

Thais went to the polls on Sunday for the first election since a coup in 2014. The election pits a royalist junta and its allies against a party with links to the former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra
https://www.france24.com/en/20190324-thailand-election-first-vote-2014-military-coup-junta-king-maha-vajiralongkorn
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1650392/exit-poll-gives-pheu-thai-163-seats-palang-pracharat-96
http://sea-globe.com/who-will-be-thailands-next-prime-minister/

22 MARCH 2019

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

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

Vietnam officially protests China over ramming in South China Sea

Hanoi has officially logged a protest with Beijing over the ramming of a Vietnamese fishing boat earlier this month within Vietnam’s waters in the South China Sea
http://www.hanoitimes.vn/news/defend-the-sovereignty/2019/03/81E0D4B0/vietnam-officially-protests-china-over-ramming-in-south-china-sea/
http://blog.vietnam-aujourdhui.info/post/2019/03/22/Vietnam-protests-to-China-over-South-China-Sea-boat-sinking
https://www.theepochtimes.com/vietnam-protests-to-china-over-south-china-sea-boat-sinking_2849022.html

Italy to buy into China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Chinese President Xi Jinping began his European tour in Rome against a background of growing Western unease over Italy joining the Belt and Road Initiative. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is to sign a memorandum of understanding with Xi on Saturday.
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20190322-china-stretches-its-belt-and-road-deep-europe
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20190322/265722.html

21 MARCH 2019

US Imposes New North Korea Sanctions, First Since Failed Summit

The United States imposed sanctions on March 21 on two Chinese shipping companies it says helped North Korea evade sanctions over its nuclear weapons program, the first such steps since a U.S.-North Korean summit collapsed last month
https://www.theepochtimes.com/u-s-imposes-first-new-north-korea-sanctions-since-failed-summit_2848539.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-targets-chinese-firms-for-helping-north-korea-dodge-sanctions_2849051.html

Two former Philippine ministers file case in ICC against China’s island-building in South China Sea

Two former Philippine government officials have filed a case before the International Criminal Court (ICC) holding China’s President Xi Jinping accountable for a massive island-building push in the South China Sea which they charged has led to « the most massive, near permanent and devastating destruction of the environment in humanity’s history »
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/two-former-philippine-ministers-file-case-in-icc-against-chinas-island-building-in
https://www.rappler.com/nation/226315-ex-philippine-officials-bring-xi-jinping-international-criminal-court
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/688787/duterte-icc-suit-vs-xi-won-t-affect-phl-china-relations/story/
https://www.philstar.com/happens/75

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

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

China says Dalai Lama reincarnation ‘must comply’ with Chinese laws

The Dalai Lama has warned of a possible « double reincarnation » with one from a « free country » after Beijing reiterated that his next incarnation must comply with Chinese law
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/21/china-says-dalai-lama-reincarnation-must-comply-chinese-laws/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-21/dalai-lama-says-he-could-be-reincarnated-in-india/10923354?section=world

20 MARCH 2019

Vietnam Court Jails Activist For 2 Years Over Facebook Posts

A court in the southern Vietnamese district of Binh Thuy  sentenced activist and Facebook commentator Le Minh The to two years in prison for  “dividing the people from the (Communist) Party
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/facebook-sentence-03202019165210.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/vietnam-dissident-jailed-for–reactionary–facebook-posts-11363326

Matteo Ricci and the Cultural Revolution absent in ode to friendship between China and Italy sung by Xi Jinping

In an interview given today to the Corriere della Sera, on the eve of his journey that will take him to Rome, Monaco and France, President Xi Jinping’s words are a true love song for Italy. Yet what is really amazing about this long ode to relations between our nation and the Middle Empire is his silence on Matteo Ricci and the Cultural Revolution
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Matteo-Ricci-and-the-Cultural-Revolution-absent-in-ode-to-friendship-between-China-and-Italy-sung-by-Xi-Jinping-46554.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/187/5/1553078442290.html?newsId=65236

Afghan presidential election delayed again

Following the controversial parliamentary elections and the amendment of the election law, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced September 28 as the new date for the polls
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190321_02/
https://www.tolonews.com/elections-2019/iec-announces-new-election-date-september-28

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

US cuts off Afghan president’s security adviser as tension over peace talks simmer

Diplomatic sources said that US cut relations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser after he launched a blistering public attack on the chief US negotiator, Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-freezes-out-top-afghan-official-in-peace-talks-feud-sources-25063
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/will-not-deal-with-mohib-in-kabul-or-in-d-c-u-s/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-cuts-off-afghan-president-s-security-adviser-as-tension-over-peace-talks-simmer-1.838998

18 MARCH 2019

Former premier William Lai makes bid for Taiwan presidency

Former premier William Lai (賴清德) launches his campaign to become the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 2020 presidential candidate today (Monday, March 18)
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3660523
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/taiwan-independence-backer-lai-ching-te-set-to-challenge-tsai-ing-wen-for-presidency
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190318_24/

China defends its security crackdown in Xinjiang

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

Next Dalai Lama could come from India, exiled spiritual leader says as he warns that successor chosen by China won’t be trusted

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, said on Monday it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, where he has lived in exile for 60 years, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/3002246/next-dalai-lama-could-come-india-exiled-spiritual-leader-says-he-warns

16 MARCH 2019

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court as it probes Duterte’s drugs crackdown

The Philippines will from Sunday (March 17) no longer be part of the treaty that created the International Criminal Court (ICC)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-leaves-international-criminal-court-as-it-probes-dutertes-drugs-crackdown
https://globalnation.inquirer.net/173667/chr-impunity-wins-when-ph-withdrawal-from-icc-takes-effect?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

15 MARCH 2019

Activists in Hong Kong and Taiwan closely monitored and harassed as China fears ‘separatist’ collusion

As Beijing grows wary of pro-independence groups seeking to forge closer ties in Hong Kong and Taiwan, activists say they are coming under increased surveillance and harassment from pro-China media outlets and unofficial “operatives.”
https://www.theepochtimes.com/activists-in-hong-kong-and-taiwan-closely-monitored-and-harassed-as-china-fears-separatist-collusion_2838650.html

North Korea says it may suspend nuclear talks

North Korea is considering suspension of denuclearization talks with the United States, Deputy Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui told reporters on Friday
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/15/asia/north-korea-talks-suspension-intl/index.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233372
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/234/30/210/1552644602389.html?newsId=64816

14 MARCH 2019

India, Pakistan Agree for Smooth Progress in Sikh Shrine Project Amid Tensions

India and Pakistan have claimed that Thursday’s meeting on the Kartarpur corridor issue concluded with a significant understanding on operationalising the project. This was the first bilateral meet to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903141073235920-india-pakistan-kartarpur-passage/
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/03/14/pakistan-india-hold-first-round-of-talks-on-kartarpur-corridor-in-delhi/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-seeks-visa-free-access-for-5000-pilgrims-per-day-to-kartarpur-gurdwara-in-pakistan/articleshow/68410402.cms

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

China blocks UN move to designate Pakistan JeM chief Masood Azhar as global terrorist again

The US, the UK and France had moved a fresh proposal in the UN Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group JeM’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, a listing that will subject him to global travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo
https://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/news/china-blocks-move-designate-jem-chief-global-terrorist-again-1714987
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/masood-azhar-kashmir-bombing-sanctions-india-china-blocked-a8822186.html

Taiwan to strip citizenship of Beijing devotees

Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior is reportedly seeking to strip the citizenship of a Taiwanese woman who is now a member of China’s top political consultative body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, after she made a controversial televised speech calling for reunification during the CPPCC’s annual session
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/taiwan-to-strip-citizenship-of-beijing-devotees/

El Salvador top court suspends scrapping of Taiwan trade accord

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

13 MARCH 2019

CIA ‘implicated’ in attack on North Korean embassy in Madrid

Spanish investigators have reportedly linked the CIA to an attack on the North Korean embassy in Madrid last month
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/north-korea-embassy-madrid-spain-attack-cia-a8821171.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/13/spain-investigates-possible-cia-links-to-north-korea-embassy-break-in-madrid

European Union calls for united trade and tech front against ‘rival’ China

The European Union is urging its leaders to take a tougher stand on mounting China-related trade, technology and geostrategic concerns, a major step that could overshadow the country’s relations with Europe for years to come, analysts said
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3001580/european-union-calls-united-trade-and-tech-front-against-rival

Japan to opt out of U.N. motion condemning North Korea’s rights abuses in apparent bid for talks on abductions

For the first time since 2007, Japan will not take part in the submission of a draft joint resolution condemning North Korea’s human rights abuses to a U.N. panel, the government said Wednesday, in a conciliatory gesture apparently aimed at convincing Pyongyang to hold talks with Tokyo
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/03/13/national/japan-forgo-submitting-north-korean-human-rights-motion-u-n-panel-bid-get-answers-abductions/#.XIlOdyhKg2w
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201903130043.html

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

Tokyo begins ceremonies for emperor’s abdication

Akihito read a document to the imperial ancestors containing his decision to leave the Chrysanthemum Throne. There will be a total of nine ceremonies that will culminate in « taiirei seiden no gi », when the sovereign will become « emeritus emperor ». The last monarch to abdicate was Kokaku in 1817
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tokyo-begins-ceremonies-for-emperors-abdication–46473.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190312_17/

UN probing North Korea sanction violations in 20 countries

UN experts say they are investigating possible violations of United Nations sanctions on North Korea in about 20 countries, from alleged clandestine nuclear procurement in China to arms brokering in Syria and military cooperation with Iran, Libya and Sudan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/un-probing-north-korea-sanction-violations-in-20-countries-24864

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

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

Japan to build new warships in ‘message to China’ over Diaoyu Islands

Japan is to begin building a new class of light patrol ships for the Maritime Self-Defence Forces in 2020, the defence ministry has confirmed to the South China Morning Post
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3001340/japan-build-new-warships-message-china-over-diaoyu-islands

10 MARCH 2019

Indian Lok Sabha elections 2019: Seven phase elections to be held from 11 April-19 May, counting on 23 May

Lok Sabha elections will begin on April 11 and continue for over a month till May 19 across seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23, the Election Commission announced Sunday, kick-starting the countdown for a mega electoral battle where the BJP will pitch for a re-election of the Modi government amid the Opposition’s efforts for a united fight to unseat it
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2019/mar/10/lok-sabha-elections-dates-announced-heres-a-ten-point-guide-to-the-election-commissions-briefing-1949316.html

North Korea holds rubber-stamp election to determine Assembly representatives

It’s an election that happens every five years, and it will have officially wrapped up just now at 6 PM, local time. North Korea puts only one candidate on the ballot in each district, and voting is not optional
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190310000229
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47492747
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=233037

Tibet Supporters Mark 60th Anniversary of Failed Uprising Against China

The abortive mission forced the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s traditional Buddhist leader, into exile in mountainous Dharamsala, in India, where he established a Tibetan government-in-exile
https://www.voanews.com/a/tibet-supporters-mark-60th-anniversary-of-failed-uprising-against-china/4822018.html
https://www.tibetsun.com/news/2019/03/10/free-tibet-struggle-60-years-on
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201903100010.aspx

9 MARCH 2019

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

9 MARCH 2019

Myanmar, Ukrainian firm ink arms plant deal

A Ukrainian company and the Myanmar military have signed a joint-venture agreement to build a plant capable of manufacturing armored personnel carriers (APCs) and self-propelled howitzers, the Myanmar website The Irrawaddy reports
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/myanmar-ukrainian-firm-ink-arms-plant-deal/

Malaysian man gets 10 years in prison for insulting Islam on Facebook

The sentence of 10 years and 10 months is believed to be the harshest such penalty on record in the Muslim-majority country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/190309143611139.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189352/malaysian-jailed-more-10-years-insulting-islam-social-media

 

8 MARCH 2018

Thousands march against Philippine President Duterte on International Women’s Day

Thousands of women took to the streets of Manila on Friday (March 8) in protest against President Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged misogyny while an exhibition marking International Women’s Day exhibited the clothes of Philippine rape victims
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thousands-march-against-philippine-president-duterte-on-international-womens-day
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1093593/on-womens-day-chr-calls-for-end-to-misogynistic-remarksrape-jokes?utm_expid=.XqNwTug2W6nwDVUSgFJXed.1

Indonesian activist Robertus Robet charged with insulting military

Indonesia has charged a rights activist with allegedly insulting the country’s military, sparking a protest from campaigners, who derided it as “ludicrous” and an attack on free speech
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189246/activist-robertus-robet-charged-over-singing-song-mocking
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/indonesian-rights-activist-arrest-is-reminder-of-authoritarian-past/

India signs $3b submarine deal with Russia

India has signed a $3 billion (Dh11 billion) deal to lease a third Russian nuclear-powered submarine for 10 years, giving Delhi a boost in the Indian Ocean against arch-rivals Pakistan and China, media reports said
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-signs-3b-submarine-deal-with-russia-1.62533128
https://sputniknews.com/military/201903071073032530-india-russia-submarine-lease/

US asked to sell 66 advanced fighter jets to Taiwan

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

Chinese exports fell more than 20% in February

Last month, dollar-denominated exports plunged 20.7% compared to the same period last year while imports dropped 5.2%, official data released by the General Administration of Customs revealed on Friday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/chinas-exports-plunge-more-than-20/
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259860775/chinese-exports-fell-more-than-20-in-february

7 MARCH 2019

Thai court bans Thai Raksa Chart party for nominating princess as PM

Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the Thai Raksa Chart party should be dissolved and its executives banned for 10 years, a decision that has raised tensions ahead of the country’s first election since the 2014 coup
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/1640796/constitutional-court-disbands-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2189000/election-blow-shinawatras-court-dissolves-thai-raksa-chart
https://www.france24.com/en/20190307-thailand-shinawatra-party-dissolved-princess

China Opens a New Military Base in Tajikistan

The section where the Chinese facilities are located is strategically important as it overlooks one of the crucial entry points from China into Central Asia and is close to the vital corridor through which the country has a connection with Afghanistan’s heartland. The corridor is particularly important to China due to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
http://georgiatoday.ge/news/14741/China-Opens-a-New-Military-Base-in-Tajikistan

121 detained, 182 madrasas seized in Pakistan crackdown

Pakistan on Thursday said that law enforcement agencies took 121 people into preventive detention and seized 182 madrasas as part of its continuing crackdown on terror groups
https://zeenews.india.com/asia/121-detained-182-madrasas-seized-in-pakistan-crackdown-2185872.html
http://paktribune.com/news/Govt-took-control-of-JuD-FIF-282197.html

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to « re-open old wounds. » The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

Former S.Korean president Lee Myung-bak released on bail

South Korea’s former president Lee Myung-bak has been released on bail after nearly a year in detention, as he appeals corruption convictions
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190306_37/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232822

Philippine Defense Chief Calls for Review of Defense Treaty with US

The Philippines should review an outdated defense treaty with the United States and avoid unnecessarily being dragged to war in case of conflict between Washington and China over the South China Sea, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/ph-us-treaty-03052019123519.html
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/05/asia/philippines-defense-treaty-china-us-intl/index.html

Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the ‘Sinicisation of religion’

Delivering his annual government work report on Tuesday, Premier Li Keqiang told the national legislature that “we must fully implement the [Communist] Party’s fundamental policy on religious affairs and uphold the Sinicisation of religion in China”
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2188752/no-let-chinas-push-sinicise-religion-despite-global-outcry-over

North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul’s spy service
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/06/03/2019/North-Korea-said-to-be-rebuilding-structures-at-rocket-site
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-06/north-korea-begins-to-rebuild-missile-sites-after-hanoi-summit/10875070
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47465082

5 MARCH 2019

China hikes defence budget by 7.5 pc to $177.6 billion

China’s defence budget for 2019 has been pegged at 1.19 trillion yuan (about 177.61 billion US dollars), marking an increase of 7.5 per cent over the last year’s figure, despite lower economic growth rate ranging between 6 and 6.5 per cent
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2019-03/06/content_9441793.htm
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/259814024/china-hikes-defence-budget-by-75-pc-to-1776-billion
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/2188771/modernising-military-remains-top-priority-china-boosts-defence

China lowers growth target amid trade and debt fears

Beijing is targeting 2019 growth of 6.0 to 6.5 percent, down from the 6.6 percent gross domestic product reported for 2018 – itself the slowest growth in almost 30 years
https://www.euronews.com/2019/03/05/china-lowers-growth-target-amid-trade-and-debt-fears
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/china-warns-of-tough-economic-challenges-ahead/

It’s official: India is Trump’s next target in the trade wars

After months of simmering trade tensions between the United States and India, President Trump is following through on his threat to punish India for being what he called “a very high-tariff nation.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/its-official-india-is-trumps-next-target-in-the-trade-wars/2019/03/05/39000298-3f34-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.908e68c28728
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/donald-trump-s-trade-spat-with-india-why-it-s-bad-optics-and-bad-strategy-119030500648_1.html
https://theprint.in/talk-point/is-indias-protectionism-reason-enough-for-donald-trumps-gsp-move-or-is-us-being-a-bully/201531/

S Korea saw low GDP growth, income rise in 2018

South Korea grew by a six-year low of 2.7% last year, but national per capita income exceeded US$30,000 for the first time, according to data released by the Bank of Korea, or BOK, Tuesday
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/03/article/s-korea-saw-low-gdp-growth-income-rise-in-2018/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232749

4 MARCH 2019

China accuses arrested Canadians of stealing state secrets

Accusations about ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor come as China seeks Huawei CFO’s release
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-accuses-two-detained-canadians-of-stealing-and-selling-state-secrets/2019/03/04/766f2796-3e7e-11e9-a44b-42f4df262a4c_story.html?utm_term=.160449512008
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/china-accuses-detained-canadians-stealing-state-secrets-190304115005135.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-47442562

Duterte stresses desire to rename Philippines

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday reiterated his desire to change the name of the Philippines weeks after he said the late president Ferdinand Marcos was right in wanting to change the country’s name to « Maharlika. »
https://www.asiaone.com/asia/duterte-stresses-desire-rename-philippines
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/04/1898589/duterte-still-bent-renaming-philippines-time-he-did-not-propose-maharlika
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/686788/duterte-reiterates-plan-to-rename-the-philippines/story/

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

59 Nobel laureates urge Imran, Modi to defuse tensions

Fifty nine Nobel laureates have written letters to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse the rising tensions” between the two countries, according to a statement
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68246837.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

Cambodia PM imposes deadline on lifting political bans

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that banned former opposition politicians could lose a chance to have their political rights restored if they are still reluctant to request for it
https://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/180/83/131/1551709977425.html
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50583651/hun-sen-urges-former-politicians-to-request-their-political-rights-restored/

3 MARCH 2019

US and South Korea scrap major military exercises to ease tensions with North

South Korea and the US are eliminating their massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in what they call an effort to support diplomacy aimed at resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=232596
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/03/us-south-korea-scrap-major-military-exercises-ease-tensions/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190304_03/

Pakistan denies Indian claims it used US F-16 jets to down warplane

The US has said it is trying to find out whether Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, potentially in violation of trade agreements, as the standoff between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours showed signs of easing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/03/pakistan-denies-indian-claims-it-used-us-f-16-jets-to-down-warplane

2 MARCH 2019

Shinawatra parties rally across Thailand as crucial court ruling looms

Parties aligned with Thailand’s powerful Shinawatra clan staged major rallies Saturday (March 2) ahead of a court ruling that could deal a gut punch to their prospects in national elections later this month
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/shinawatra-parties-rally-across-thailand-as-crucial-court-ruling-looms

Cardinal Filoni: The Pope’s affection for Taiwan and Taiwan’s for the Pope

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was Papal envoy at the National Eucharistic Congress. At least 10 thousand Catholics participated in concluding Mass
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Filoni:-The-Pope’s-affection-for-Taiwan-and-Taiwan’s-for-the-Pope-46395.html
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201903020014.aspx

1 MARCH 2019

Pakistan hands over captured Indian pilot at Wagah border

An Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan was returned to India at the Wagah border crossing on Friday to the cheers of hundreds of countrymen who gathered to give him a hero’s welcome
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-hands-over-captured-indian-pilot-at-wagah-border-1.831819
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903011072877680-handover-footage-indian-pilot/

 

On 23 April in Asian history

ON 23 APRIL IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on April 23, 2019

1200: Death of Chinese thinker and writer Zhu Xi, born on October 18, 1130
http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Zhu_Xi
http://www.iep.utm.edu/zhu-xi/

1794: Birth of Wei Yuan, Chinese scholar, who died on 26 August 1854
http://sites.asiasociety.org/chinawealthpower/chapters/wei-yuan/

1857: In India, objection by sepoys to cartridges coated with animal grease. This offended both Hindus and Muslims, starting the Sepoy Rebellion on May 10


http://history1800s.about.com/od/thebritishempire/ss/The-Sepoy-Mutiny.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/victorians/indian_rebellion_01.shtml

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yXKbd5IDzU

1858: Samurai Li Naosuke is named tairo in Japan. He will be assassinated on March 3, 1860
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ii_Naosuke

1875: Birth of Uemura Shoen, important woman artist in Meiji, Taisho and early Showa period Japanese painting who died on August 27, 1947

Uemura Shoen
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uemura_Sh%C5%8Den
https://www.google.fr/search?q=Uemura+Shoen&hl=fr&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=PP6TT_qnLMii0QWY-_3aAQ&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&ved=0CCUQ_AUoAQ&biw=630&bih=404&sei=Rf6TT4vCAtKz0QXouc3jAQ#q=Uemura+Shoen&hl=fr&sa=X&rlz=1G1ACAW_FRFR414&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=aa5c9127408965cd&biw=1249&bih=569
http://www.artelino.com/articles/shoen_uemura.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOX_ySjQe4g

1927 : Birth of Annapurna Devi, Hindustani classical musician
http://www.kamat.com/database/articles/annapurna_devi.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annapurna_Devi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdm6eyqUEdc

1930: In British Indian, Qissa Khwani bazaar massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qissa_Khwani_bazaar_massacre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EfBIYlzLDo

1934: Birth of George Canseco, Filipino music composer who, died on November 19, 2004
http://www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/George-Canseco
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1662/today-in-philippine-history-april-23-1934-george-canseco-was-born-in-naic-cavite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c00ecAO-5qU

1938: Bitrh of S. Janaki, Indian singer
http://music.indobase.com/composers-playback-singers/s-janaki.html

 

1946: Sisavang Vang becomes again king of Laos into the French Commonwealth


Sisavang Vong

1946: Manuel Roxas leading the newly formed Liberal Party, wins the election and will become President of Republic of the Philippines on July 4
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1087/today-in-philippine-history-april-23-1946-manuel-roxas-was-elected-president

1949: Cochin-China assembly votes for unification with Annam and Tonkin as part of the State of Vietnam within the French Union

1949: During the Chinese Civil War, establishment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4286.html

1949: In China, Nanjing is taken by Chinese communists
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adst/communist-takeover-of-nan_b_7895902.html

1950: Chinese Nationalist forces evacuates Hainan Island
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1300&dat=19500425&id=NN5YAAAAIBAJ&sjid=h7oDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6834,5769964&hl=fr
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landing_Operation_on_Hainan_Island

1953: In South Vietnam, the United Front of Hoa-Hao and Binh-Xuyen refuse to submit to Catholic President Ngo Dinh Diem causing fighting in Saigon Cholon

1957: Birth of Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer
http://www.kenjikawai.com/index_e.html

1960: Death of Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian-social reformer and writer, born on July 10, 1888
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyohiko_Kagawa
http://www.bu.edu/missiology/missionary-biography/i-k/kagawa-toyohiko-1888-1960/

1967: Birth of Kim Hee-ae, South Korean actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Hee-ae
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Hee-ae.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQC5w6h-xrE

1968: Students protestors at Columbia University in New York take over administration buildings and shut down the university
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbia_University_protests_of_1968

1970: Birth of Sadao Abe, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0008369/
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Abe_Sadao

1971: During the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Pakistan Army and Razakars (volunteers) massacred approximately 3,000 Hindu emigrants in the Jathibhanga area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jathibhanga_massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Razakars_(Pakistan)
http://eastbengaleye.blogspot.fr/2012/01/hindu-genocide-at-jathibhanga.html#!/2012/01/hindu-genocide-at-jathibhanga.html

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

1975: At a speech at Tulane University, President Gerald Ford says the Vietnam War is finished as far as America is concerned
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/ford-says-that-war-is-finished-for-america

1982 : Important offensive of the Afghan resistance in Khost (Paktia province) up to April 28

1989: Death of Hu Die, Chinese actress, born in 1907
http://www.festivalducinemachinoisdeparis.com/spip.php?article101
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4003.html

Hu Die

1990: Birth of Dev Patel, British-Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev_Patel
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=50375

1992: Than Shwe president of the State Peace and Development Council, replacing Saw Maung
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Than_Shwe

1992: Death of Satyajit Ray, Indian filmmaker, born on 2 May 1921
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satyajit_Ray
http://www.satyajitray.org/
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/23-april-1992-satyajit-ray-legendary-indian-filmmaker-died

1992: McDonald’s opens its 1st fast-food restaurant in China

1992: Death of Tanka Prasad Acharya former Nepalese Prime Minister, born on 1912
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanka_Prasad_Acharya

1993: Lalith Athulathmudoli, Sri Lankan minister, and leader of the Democratic United Liberation Front, is murdered by LTTE
http://www.sangam.org/FB_PROPAGANDA/Lalith.htm

2001: President Bush’s administration announces the greatest sail of weapons to Taiwan, including 8 submarines, 4 Kidd destroyers and 12 antisubmarine Orion class planes

2003: In Beijing, first talks between USA and North Korea since the second nuclear crisis

2003: In Indonesia, opening of Abu Bakar Baashir trial for treason. He is accused to be the leader of Al Qaida-linked Jamaah Islamiyah responsible for Bali attack which caused 202 victims

2004: On Sri Lanka, by 110 votes against 109, the coalition of president Kumaratunga loses the function of speaker of the National Assembly for W.J.M. Lokubandara of principal opposition party, UNP

2010: North Korea has said that it has seized five South Korean-owned buildings in a jointly-operated mountain resort amid rising tensions between the two neighbours, criticizing Seoul for suggestions that the North was involved in the sinking of a South Korean warship last month

2011: Thailand strongly rejects accusations it used chemical weapons against Cambodian troops in fighting that killed 10 soldiers and forced thousands of civilians from their homes

2011: An estimated 2,000 people marched in Hong Kong to demand to release of detained Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei

2012: Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, and newly elected MPs from her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have refused to attend the opening session of parliament over a dispute regarding the wording of the parliamentary oath
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/04/201242341831595332.html

2012: The European Union formally agrees to suspend sanctions against Burma for a year in recognition of « historic changes ». An embargo on arms sales, however, will stay in place
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17813656

2013: Myanmar pardons dozens of political prisoners, a day after the European Union agreed to end almost all sanctions against the Southeast Asian state
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22265293

2013: Death of Shamshad Begum, Indian singer, born on April 14, 1919
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-22275484
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/movies/shamshad-begum-indian-film-singer-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TobLOj8xnAQ

2013: North Korea renews its demand for recognition as a nuclear power, saying it was a pre-requisite for the start of any dialogue with the United States
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10011861/North-Korea-demands-it-is-recognised-as-nuclear-weapons-state.html

2014: US President Barack Obama assures Japan that islands at the centre of its territorial dispute with China are covered by a bilateral defence treaty
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27116863

 

Press and medias freedom in Asia

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

20 APRIL 2019

Malaysia Makes Huge Leap on World Press Freedom Index

A change of governments last year dramatically improved the journalism climate in Malaysia, which stood out as a bright spot in the Asia-Pacific, watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Thursday in releasing its worldwide press freedom rankings for 2019
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/press-freedom-04182019183726.html

19 APRIL 2019

Korea tops Asia in press freedom: Reporters Without Borders

Korea ranks first among Asian countries in press freedom, according to the 2019 World Press Freedom Index released on April 18 by the Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
http://www.korea.net/NewsFocus/Society/view?articleId=170341

16 APRIL 2019

Imprisoned Myanmar journalists awarded Pulitzer prize

On Monday in New York the Pulitzer Center handed its award for International Reporting to Reuters staff, with a special mention for Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are serving seven years in Yangon’s Insein Prison for « exposing state secrets. »
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/16/asia/myanmar-journalists-pulitzer-intl/index.html
https://www.mmtimes.com/news/wa-lone-kyaw-soe-oo-honoured-pulitzer-prize.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/jailed-reuters-journalists-in-myanmar-win-un-press-freedom-prize

29 MARCH 2019

Maria Ressa, founder of news site Rappler and Duterte critic, arrested again

Prominent Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has been re-arrested at Manila airport, allegedly for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/03/philippines-beleaguered-journalist-maria-ressa-arrested-190329015711048.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/226880-maria-ressa-arrested-naia-anti-dummy-law-case-march-29-2019
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47742641
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/03/29/1905585/fresh-plane-rapplers-ressa-booked-pasig-police

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines

Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with « cyber libel » charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/13/asia/maria-ressa-arrest-warrant-intl/index.html
https://www.rappler.com/nation/223438-robredo-otso-diretso-statements-arrest-maria-ressa-february-2019
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/13/philippines-journalists-decry-intimidation-as-website-editor-arrested

6 FEBRUARY 2019

Philippines announces libel charge against critical journalist Maria Ressa

Philippine prosecutors said Wednesday (Feb 6) they will file a libel charge carrying up to 12 years in prison against journalist Maria Ressa, who leads a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/philippines-announces-libel-charge-against-critical-journalist-11206692
https://www.manilatimes.net/doj-files-cyberlibel-charges-vs-rappler/507863/

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

2 JANUARY 2019

Bangladeshi journalist arrested and another on run after writing about voting irregularities in election

A Bangladeshi journalist has been arrested and another is on the run after they wrote about voting irregularities in the country’s general election
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/bangladesh-election-latest-journalist-arrest-free-press-voting-irregularities-sheikh-hasina-on-run-a8707871.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/02/bangladeshi-journalist-arrested-over-election-irregularities-reporting

26 DECEMBER 2018

Pakistan’s journalists complain of increasing censorship

Pakistani journalists, who have taken on military dictators and been beaten and jailed in the pursuit of a free press, say they now face a form of censorship that is more subtle but no less chilling, one spearheaded by the security services
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/pakistans-journalists-complain-of-increasing-censorship-1.61121830

19 DECEMBER 2018

Indian journalist jailed for one year for criticising BJP government

An Indian journalist, Kishorechandra Wangkhem, was jailed for a year under the National Security Act (NSA) after he posted a video on Facebook criticising the current Indian government
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indian-journalist-jailed-for-one-year-for-criticising-bjp-government-1.61022753
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/manipur-journalist-in-12-month-custody-for-targeting-bjp-pm-modi-1964694

12 DECEMBER 2018

Jailed for exposing a massacre: Reuters journalists mark one year in Myanmar prison

Journalists, activists and Myanmar civil society groups are calling for the immediate release of two Reuters reporters, exactly one year since they were arrested and later jailed for their work exposing a massacre of Rohingya Muslims by members of the military
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/11/asia/reuters-reporters-one-year-myanmar-intl/index.html
https://kfgo.com/news/articles/2018/dec/12/myanmar-activists-stage-rally-on-anniversary-of-reuters-reporters-arrest/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/calls-reuters-journalists-release-anniversary-arrests-181212121526158.html

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Where is China’s missing photographer Lu Guang? Hong Kong press club calls for answers

Hong Kong’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club has called on Chinese authorities to confirm the whereabouts of missing award-winning Chinese photojournalist Lu Guang, saying it is “deeply concerned” over his disappearance from China’s western Xinjiang region
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2175674/where-chinas-missing-photographer-lu-guang-hong-kong-press-club
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/chinese-photographer-detained-xinjiang-wife-181128080924813.html

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

5 OCTOBER 2018

Hong Kong rejects visa renewal for foreign press club vice-president who chaired independence talk

The Hong Kong government has refused to renew the work visa of Financial Times correspondent Victor Mallet, who is also the first vice president of the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents’ Club
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1421486-20181005.htm
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/10/05/hong-kong-refuses-visa-renewal-foreign-press-club-vice-pres-chaired-independence-talk/
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/journalists-hit-out-at-visa-denial-10052018110324.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2018

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for journalist amid press crackdown

A court in Pakistan has issued an arrest warrant for a prominent journalist over an article he wrote in May, stoking concerns about diminishing press freedoms following a military-led crackdown on the media during elections earlier this year
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/26/asia/pakistan-press-freedom-intl/index.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/pakistan-court-summons-pm-orders-arrest-journalist-180925073350343.html

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

22 AUGUST 2018

China ‘ejects’ US journalist known for reporting on Xinjiang repression

China has “effectively ejected” an American journalist from the country, a journalists’ association has said, after she won a reputation for hard-hitting reporting on the country’s troubled western Xinjiang region
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/22/china-ejects-us-journalist-known-for-reporting-on-xinjiang-repression

6 AUGUST 2018

Bangladesh arrests top photographer amid student protests

Police have detained Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer and social activist, for spreading anti-government propaganda. The arrest comes amid large student protests that have convulsed the country for over a week
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/06/famed-bangladeshi-photographer-held-over-road-protest-comments
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-top-photographer-amid-student-protests/a-44972531

30 JULY 2018

Malaysia drops sedition case against political cartoonist Zunar

Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque – who goes by the pen-name Zunar – was repeatedly targeted under the former government for his cartoons, which often mocked ex-prime minister Najib Razak and his luxury-loving wife. Some of his collections were banned
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2157492/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-drops-sedition-case-against-political-cartoonist-zunar

9 JULY 2018

Reuters reporters charged under Myanmar colonial-era Official Secrets Act

Myanmar Judge Ye Lwin has decided to proceed to trial with charges against two Reuters journalists accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act in their coverage of the Rakhine crisis
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/09/asia/myanmar-reuters-journalists-intl/index.html
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/reuters-reporters-charged-under-colonial-era-official-secrets-act
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/tragic-turn-screw-jailed-reuters-journalists-case-goes-trial

14 JUNE 2018

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

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

7 JUNE 2018

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

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

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) has condemned the continued detention, which has now exceeded six months, of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, since their arrest on November 14, 2017
http://www.atimes.com/injustice-continues-cambodian-court-extends-detention-of-two-journalists//

15 MAY 2018

The Thailand « Bangkok Post » editor ‘forced to step down’ over critical coverage of Thai military junta government

The editor of the Bangkok Post newspaper said he has been forced to step down after refusing to curtail critical coverage of the ruling military government
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2146253/bangkok-post-editor-forced-step-down-over-critical-coverage
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2018/05/15/editor-removed-for-mismanagement-not-junta-pressure-bangkok-post/

8 MAY 2018

The Phnom Penh Post: CEO and five staff quit Cambodia’s last independent newspaper over interference

The Australian CEO and five senior staff at The Phnom Penh Post have quit in protest over editorial interference at Cambodia’s last independent newspaper
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-05-08/the-phnom-penh-post-ceo-and-five-staff-quit-cambodias-last-independent-newspaper-over-interference/1754846
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/post-senior-staff-out-dispute-over-article

7 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post sold by Australian owner to Malaysian investor who had previous business links with Hun Sen

A newspaper regarded as Cambodia’s last independent English daily has been sold to a Malaysian investor whose PR firm reportedly had previous business links to the prime minister, raising fears of a further squeeze on the free press ahead of July elections
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/07/sale-cambodian-newspaper-sparks-fears-crackdown-press-freedom/
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/phnom-penh-post-sold-malaysian-investor
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/06/newspaper-takeover-staggering-blow-cambodia-free-press-phnom-penh-post

25 APRIL 2018

Taiwan’s press freedom best in Asia

Taiwan has the best press freedom in Asia, with its ranking in the World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) moving up three notches to 42nd place in 2018, higher than any other Asian countries evaluated
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201804250012.aspx

18 APRIL 2018

India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon

Swathi Vadlamudi’s cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and his wife, Sita, to criticise right-wing support for the accused
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43806970
https://feminisminindia.com/2018/04/18/cartoonist-swati-vadlamudi-fir-filed/

21 MARCH 2018

Cambodia’s last free media on shaky ground

The Phnom Penh Post has become the latest target in Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s efforts to silence independent media in the lead-up to national elections in July. The news blackout comes as pro-government media aim to gloss over his administration’s many problems and shortcomings ahead of the polls
http://www.atimes.com/article/cambodias-last-free-media-shaky-ground/

4 MARCH 2018

Charges against  Nepal’s Kandipur Daily journalists ‘attack on press freedom’

Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice. The case against The Kantipur Daily is being seen by government critics as an attack on press freedom
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/charges-nepal-journalists-attack-press-freedom-180304154802551.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-03-04/contempt-of-court-case-kantipur-team-to-reach-sc-at-11am-to-record-statements.html

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshs-new-digital-security-law-alarms-journalists/a-42377844

16 JANUARY 2018

Philippine news Rappler website’s licence revoked after Duterte threat

The Philippine government has revoked the operating license of leading news website Rappler, in a ruling denounced by President Rodrigo Duterte’s critics as the latest blow to press freedom
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/philippine-news-websites-licence-revoked-after-duterte-threat
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/philippine-government-seeks-close-rappler-website-180115084959311.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2128513/direct-assault-freedom-press-philippine-government-presses

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/

Pakistani journalist critical of military escapes kidnap attempt

A Pakistani journalist, known for criticising his country’s military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by security services
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistani-journalist-critical-of-military-escapes-kidnap-attempt-1.2155098
http://www.france24.com/en/20180110-pakistan-journalist-escapes-abductors-kidnap-press
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/01/journalist-taha-siddiqui-escapes-abduction-attempt-180110114031762.html

15 DECEMBER 2017

China Has 41 Journalists Behind Bars Amid Ever-Widening Media Controls

As governments jailed a record number of journalists around the world in 2017, a U.S.-based press freedom group says the ruling Chinese Communist Party has a total of 41 journalists currently behind bars under the newly strengthened leadership of President Xi Jinping
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/255748947/china-has-41-journalists-behind-bars-amid-ever-widening-media-controls

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

22 NOVEMBER 2017

New journalist killing shocks India

Local Indian reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik has been shot and killed by a soldier on a military base. The National Union of Journalists said « democracy is being murdered every day. »
http://www.dw.com/en/india-shocked-at-journalists-murder-on-military-base/a-41476246
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/new-journalist-killing-shocks-india
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-42091884

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

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

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/crackdown-raf-09122017084157.html
http://www.rfa.org/about/releases/statement-on-cambodia-09122017092506.html

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say
https://globalvoices.org/2017/09/06/gauri-lankesh-a-journalist-who-was-critical-of-indias-right-wing-is-gunned-down-outside-her-home/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41172115
http://www.dailyo.in/politics/gauri-lankesh-assassination-hindutva-journalist-killed-journalism-bjp-amit-malviya/story/1/19361.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41141473

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-confirms-it-will-close-monday
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081102/cambodia-daily-close/

21 AUGUST 2017

English-language Cambodia Daily given till Sept 4 to pay  back taxes or to be closed

The Tax Department said English-language newspaper the Cambodia Daily faced shuttering and the seizure of its assets if it failed to pay back taxes it allegedly owes by September 4 – a seeming escalation in the government’s recent targeting of NGOs and independent media outlets for tax-related scrutiny
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tax-head-threatens-daily-with-september-4-closure-133851/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodia-daily-given-till-sept-4-pay-taxes
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/5222-taxes-trouble-the-cambodia-daily.html

8 AUGUST 2017

Thai journalist charged over Facebook criticism of junta

Thai columnist who has chronicled the erosion of human rights under junta rule was charged with sedition on Tuesday over Facebook posts that criticised the regime
http://zeenews.india.com/world/thai-journalist-charged-over-facebook-criticism-of-junta-2031231.html
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/08/08/khaosod-english-reporter-charged-sedition-reports-police/

19 JUNE 2017

Journalists in Pakistan under fire from many sides

In addition to attacks from militants or criminals, Pakistani journalists are also facing threats from government agencies or the military itself
http://nation.com.pk/national/19-Jun-2017/journalists-in-pakistan-under-fire-from-many-sides

18 MAY 2017

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

Myanmar’s military on Wednesday sued two local journalists using a controversial censorship law over an article they wrote criticising the top brass as fears grow over curbs on press freedom
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic/myanmar%E2%80%99s-army-sues-journalists-satirical-article
http://www.mmtimes.com/index.php/national-news/yangon/26031-the-voice-daily-chief-editor-writer-face-defamation-suit.html
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/burma/burma-army-files-article-66d-lawsuit-satirical-piece.html

3 APRIL 2017

Journalists who report criticism of military in Thailand should be killed: Senior official

A senior official from Thailand’s National Reform Council has suggested that journalists be given the death sentence if they issue reports critical of the military
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/journalists-report-criticism-military-killed-thai-official/#j1BoAZHQqKwjy2EW.97
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30314094

2 MAY 2017

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

China’s internet regulator has updated its rules on internet and social media news, requiring all online news broadcasters to obtain government licences
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2092405/china-updates-internet-regulations-tighten-control-over
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/02/content_15607693.html

28 APRIL 1917

Where Is ASEAN On Press Freedom?

Southeast Asia has scored badly again on the 2017 annual World Press Freedom Index, with notably big falls registered by Thailand, where the media industry is increasingly muzzled by a military government, and in Cambodia where criminal defamation laws are being used to silence dissent
http://thediplomat.com/2017/04/where-is-asean-on-press-freedom/

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

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

3 MARCH 2017

BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession

A BBC camera crew reporting in China was attacked and later forced by police to apologise and sign a confession for trying to conduct an “illegal interview”, one of its reporters has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/03/bbc-crew-attacked-in-china-says-reporter
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39137293

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

 13 DECEMBER 2016

Japanese media under siege

Between 2012 and 2016, during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s tenure, Japan plunged from 11th to 72nd out of 180 nations in Reporters Without Borders’ global media freedom ranking
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/13/japanese-media-under-siege/

7 DECEMBER 1916

Thailand stands by crackdown on ‘illegal’ news

Thailand’s government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish « illegal » content, the defence minister said on Wednesday, after the BBC’s bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country’s new king
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/12/thailand-stands-crackdown-illegal-news-161207075630291.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/thailand-bbc-investigated-profile-new-king/

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

16 APRIL 2016

Senior Bangladesh editor Shafik Rehman is arrested

Prominent Bangladeshi magazine editor Shafik Rehman has been arrested in Dhaka on suspicion of sedition, police and his family have said.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36063520
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/17/world/asia/bangladeshi-editor-81-is-accused-in-plotto-kill-leaders-son.html?ref=asia
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/04/16/police-arrest-journalist-shafik-rehman-in-a-2015-sedition-case

31 MARCH 2016

Thailand bans journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk from travelling to UN event

Thailand’s Government has banned an outspoken journalist from travelling to Finland to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in May
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-03-31/thailand-bans-journalist-pravit-rojanaphruk-from-travelling-to-un-event/1564576

21 MARCH 2016

China columnist Jia Jia detained by Beijing police, his lawyer says

A lawyer for prominent Chinese columnist Jia Jia, who went missing last week, has confirmed he has been detained by Beijing police
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-35859875
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1928085/chinese-journalist-who-disappeared-way-hong-kong-taken

16 MARCH 2016

Silencing the media in Malaysia

Malaysia has a long history of cracking down on freedom of expression, writes Sonia Randhawa. But that won’t stop Malaysians from fighting back
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/16/silencing-the-media-in-malaysia/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

Longtime Political Cartoonist ‘Stephff’ Loses Work Permit & Visa in Thailand

A longtime political cartoonist for a major English-language newspaper said today he has been denied his media visa, working permit and press card, effectively making it illegal for him to work in Thailand as a journalist.
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454405787
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1454474948&section=11

13 JANUARY 2016

French journalist banned from Indonesia for documentary on human rights abuses

The documentary, called “The Forgotten War in Papua”, looks into the human rights abuses allegedly carried out by the government over the past 25 years in the country’s conflict-ridden eastern Papuan provinces.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/french-journalist-banned-from-indonesia-for-documentary-on-human-rights-abuses/

8 JANUARY 2016

The curious tale of five missing publishers in Hong Kong

The publishers’ serial disappearances have stoked “white terror” fear in Hong Kong, a rare corner of freedom in China. The city’s pro-democracy forces accused Chinese law enforcement agencies of trespassing into the Hong Kong jurisdiction and making illegal arrests
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/01/08/the-curious-tale-of-five-missing-publishers-in-hong-kong/

1 JANUARY 2016

Expelled French reporter flies out of China

French reporter Ursula Gauthier flew out of Beijing airport early on Friday after Chinese authorities refused to renew her press credentials over her criticism of government policy in violence-wracked Xinjiang province
http://www.france24.com/en/20151231-expelled-french-reporter-ursula-gauthier-leaves-china
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/china-expel-french-journalist-uighur-report-151226141810827.html

25 DECEMBER 2015

China effectively expels French journalist Ursula Gauthier

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

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Jailed Chinese journalist Gao Yu granted medical parole after appeal in state secrets case

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu  was on Thursday granted medical parole, hours after a court reduced her seven-year jail sentence for “leaking state secrets” by two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/1883444/gao-yu-chinese-journalist-jailed-leaking-state-secrets

13 NOVEMBER 2015

Reporters Without Borders’ Bashes Thai junta on Press Freedom

“Media Hounded by Junta Since 2014 Coup,” a special report released Thursday by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, describes junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha as a “predator of press freedom” who has systematically rolled back rights and expression
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1447415140&section=11

22 OCTOBER 2015

Bangladeshi group orders firing of female journalists

A banned right-wing group in Bangladesh has issued a threat to media companies asking them to sack female employees, claiming it is against Islamic law for women to work in the media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/bangladeshi-group-orders-firing-female-journalists-151022125708043.html

19 OCTOBER 2015

China holds top reporter on ‘state secrets’ charge

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-holds-top-reporter-on-state-secrets-charge/

24 JULY 2015

Malaysia suspends newspaper over ‘prejudicial’ 1MDB reports

Malaysia’s government suspended the publishing permit of the Edge newspaper group, judging that its coverage of debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) threatens public order and national security, the media company said
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asean/633664/malaysia-suspends-newspaper-over-prejudicial-1mdb-reports
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/highlight/2015/07/25/throttling-the-publics-right-to-know/

21 JULY 2015

Myanmar editors fined for insulting president

A Myanmar court on Tuesday fined two editors of a weekly newspaper 1 million kyat (US$809) each after finding them guilty of violating the country’s media laws by insulting the president
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/631140/myanmar-editors-fined-for-insulting-president
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33618558

11 JUNE 2015

India: Amnesty urges journalist death probe

Jagendra Singh died on Monday, a week after he was allegedly set on fire by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh state
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/journalist-set-on-fire-in-india-after-facebook-post-making-allegations-against-local-politician-10307785.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-33090032
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/they-hounded-and-killed-him-son-recounts-how-journalist-father-was-set-fire

2 JUNE 2015

Myanmar jails writer for 2 years for ‘insulting religion’

Myanmar on Tuesday jailed a writer for two years with hard labour for « insulting religion », his lawyer said, with rights groups condemning the verdict as the country’s latest strike on freedom of expression
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/myanmar-jails-writer-2-years-insulting-religion-lawyer
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/activists-o

5 MAY 2015

Philippines: Why it’s deadly for journalists

Report: Philippines is ranked as the third most deadly country for journalists after Iraq and Syria
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/04/asia/philippines-deadly-for-journalists/index.html

3 MAY 2015

Thai Junta Urged to End Press Censorship on 2015 World Media Day

Four media organizations in Thailand have released a joint statement calling on the ruling military junta to cease restricting freedom of the press on the occasion of World Media Freedom Day
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1430648233&section=11

UN urges Myanmar to ensure press freedom during elections

The United Nations Sunday urged Myanmar to ensure that journalists can report « without fear » during crucial general elections later this year as the former junta-ruled nation marked World Press Freedom Day in Yangon
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/un-urges-myanmar-ensure-press-freedom-during-elections