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15 OCTOBER 2019

Singapore and China sign 9 agreements, exchange views on ‘excellent’ state of relations

Singapore and China have signed nine agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, following the conclusion of a top-level bilateral meeting in Chongqing on Tuesday (Oct 15)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-jcbc-meeting-chongqing-heng-swee-keat-12002940

Human rights group shut down in Maldives for ‘insulting’ religion

A temporary shut down order was issued by the Maldives government against the Maldivian Democracy Network for a 2015 report that allegedly ‘insulted’ religion
https://ifex.org/human-rights-group-shut-down-in-maldives-for-insulting-religion/
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-suspends-ngo-for-slandering-islam-148485

Taiwan sends presidential envoy to boost Czech ties after Prague moves to scrap sister city agreement with Beijing

Taiwan has sent a presidential envoy to the Czech capital after the Prague city authorities moved to cut ties with their counterparts in Beijing over the one-China policy
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3033051/taiwan-sends-presidential-envoy-boost-czech-ties-after-prague

Will not allow water to Pakistan: Indian Prime Minister Modi

“For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water and bring it to your houses,” the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, in Charki Dadri in Haryana
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/will-not-allow-water-to-pakistan-indian-prime-minister-modi-1.67148514
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/our-share-of-river-waters-will-no-more-go-to-pakistan-pm/article29690436.ece?homepage=true

Philippines Conducts Maritime Exercises with US, Japan and Australia

The Philippines launched large-scale maritime drills on Wednesday with allies the United States and Japan near disputed areas in the South China Sea, military officials said Tuesday, amid heightened concern about Beijing’s military influence in the region
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/philippine/naval-exercises-10152019122404.html

14 OCTOBER 2019

Prince William, Kate visiting Pakistan to boost ties

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, are arriving in Islamabad on Monday for the first royal trip to the country in more than a decade. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be accorded a red carpet welcome for their first visit to the Pakistan
https://www.dw.com/en/prince-william-kate-visiting-pakistan-to-boost-ties/a-50824401
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2019/10/14/duke-duchess-cambridge-arrive-pakistan-five-day-visit/

13 OCTOBER 2019

Xi Jinping promises to step up Chinese support for Nepal as two-day visit concludes

The two countries signed 20 agreements on Sunday to wrap up Xi’s two-day visit, which marked the first visit by a Chinese state leader to the Himalayan state in more than two decades as Beijing seeks to bolster its influence in South Asia
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3032745/xi-jinping-promises-step-chinese-support-nepal-two-day-visit
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2019/10/13/nepal-and-china-sign-and-exchange-20-agreements
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/joint-statement-between-nepal-and-the-peoples-republic-of-china-full-text/
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20191013-china-and-india-compete-over-strategically-located-nepal-belt-and-road

Pope Francis elevates Kerala nun Mariam Thresia to sainthood at Vatican City

Mariam Thresia, who founded the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Thrissur in May 1914, was raised to the highest position within the centuries-old institution during the ceremony at the St Peter’s Square
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/catholics-celebrate-pope-francis-elevates-kerala-nun-mariam-thresia-to-sainthood-at-vatican-city-1.1570968047166
https://aleteia.org/2019/02/14/meet-indias-newest-recognized-saint/

12 OCTOBER 2019

Xi, Modi agree to trim trade deficit, boost mutual trust amid US-China tensions

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi concluded their second informal summit on Saturday by pledging to overcome trade differences and appreciate “each other’s autonomous foreign policies”, signalling an effort to focus on mutual interests rather than on long-standing contentious issues
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3032656/xi-modi-agree-manage-differences-shore-china-india-ties-chennai
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-and-china-seek-new-era-in-ties-after-leaders-meet-1.922592

11 OCTOBER 2019

South Korea’s army says will cut force by 100,000 in three years

The Army plans to slash troop numbers by nearly 100-thousand in the next three years due to demographic decline and a need to enhance unit structures
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/south-korea-s-army-says-will-cut-force-by-100-000-in-three-years-11992634
http://world.kbs.co.kr/service/news_view.htm?lang=e&Seq_Code=148595
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/356_276997.html

10 OCTOBER 2019

Indonesian Security Minister Wiranto stabbed by suspected Islamic State sympathiser

Indonesia’s Chief Security Minister Wiranto is recovering in hospital after he was stabbed by a suspected Islamic State sympathiser at an event where scores of people were queuing to shake his hand and take selfies
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/indonesian-security-minister-wiranto-injured-in-public-stabbing/11591674
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-security-minister-wiranto-attacked-knife-banten-java-11988010

Two Malaysian lawmakers arrested over alleged ties to Sri Lankan Tamil Tigers

Assemblymen G. Saminathan from the state of Malacca and P. Gunasekaran of Negeri Sembilan were arrested on Thursday, confirmed Thomas Su, a member of the central executive committee in the predominantly-Chinese Democratic Action Party (DAP), which the duo also belong to
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032397/malaysian-lawmakers-arrested-over-alleged-ties-sri-lankan
https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/10/528695/police-arrest-7-men-including-2-assemblymen-supporting-ltte

South Korea may acquire nuclear submarines after North’s missile test

South Korea’s navy is considering acquiring nuclear-powered submarines, it said on Thursday (Oct 10) in a surprise announcement which would change the balance of power in North-east Asia and is likely to upset several of its neighbours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-korea-may-acquire-nuclear-submarines-after-norths-missile-test
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2019/10/205_276934.html

9 OCTOBER 2019

Japan’s Akira Yoshino, 2 others win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Li-ion battery work

Akira Yoshino, honorary fellow at Asahi Kasei Corp., has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Oct. 9 in Stockholm
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20191009/p2a/00m/0na/013000c
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201910090076.html

Malaysian MPs vote to repeal ‘fake news’ law

Malaysian lawmakers on Wednesday (Oct 9) once again voted to repeal a controversial law that punished spreading « fake news » with up to six years behind bars and which critics said was aimed at stifling dissent
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-fake-news-law-repeal-parliament-vote-11985614
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3032217/malaysian-mps-vote-do-away-fake-news-law

Pakistan thanks China for ‘support on Kashmir issue’

The dispute over India’s move to scrap Kashmir’s special status and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor were the main topics of discussion between two leaders. China’s president is expected to travel to New Delhi soon
https://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-thanks-china-for-support-on-kashmir-issue/a-50745277
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zgyw/t1706535.htm
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-s-xi-says-watching-kashmir-supports-pakistan-s-core-interests-30482

8 OCTOBER 2019

Filipino performance artist and activist Carlos Celdran dies

Celdran died in Madrid, where he had been living since January of this year
https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/art/filipino-performance-artist-and-activist-carlos-celdran-dies-1.920912
https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1174945/activist-tour-guide-carlos-celdran-passes-away
https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/10/08/19/days-in-exile-short-docu-provides-glimpse-into-carlos-celdrans-life-in-spain

Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising Communist government on Facebook

Human rights groups have called for the immediate release of a Vietnamese activist arrested for criticising one-party Communist rule on his Facebook page
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/08/vietnamese-activist-arrested-for-criticising-communist-government-on-facebook
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam/facebook-arrrest-09302019170626.html

India takes first delivery in French jet deal

India received on Tuesday the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France in 2016 in a multi-billion-dollar deal that Paris hopes will unlock more sales
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-takes-first-delivery-in-french-jet-deal-1.66995998
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-receives-first-rafale-fighter-jet-from-france/article29618964.ece?homepage=true

South Asia region Al Qaeda chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence agency has confirmed Asim Omar, leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, while several others captured, including Pakistani citizens
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/al-qaedas-south-asia-chief-killed/
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/south-asia-al-qaeda-chief-asim-umar-killed-afghanistan-us-airstrike-1607284-2019-10-08

7 OCTOBER 2019

National Exhibition of Sci-Tech with focus on robots held in Pyongyang

Rapid progress is being made in developing robot technology in North Korea. At the 2019 National Exhibition of Sci-Tech Achievements in the Field of Robot held this week in Pyongyang
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262654062/national-exhibition-of-sci-tech-with-focus-on-robots-held-in-pyongyang

More than 16,000 flee unrest in Indonesia’s Papua region

More than 16,000 scared residents have fled an unrest-hit city in Indonesia’s Papua region, the military said on Monday, as one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years sparked calls for an independent investigation
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/16000-flee-unrest-indonesia-papua-region-191007100152636.html

Seoul fears US is delaying envoy’s approval in retaliation for scrapping of security pact, sources say

South Korea has waited two months for the US government’s approval of its appointed ambassador to Washington, raising concern that the US is delaying its nod in retaliation for Seoul’s abandonment of a security pact with Japan
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3030744/us-revised-hong-kong-democracy-bill-targets-chinese-state-media

US and Taiwan hold forum to shore up support for Taipei in Pacific

Representatives of Pacific Island nations, the US and Taiwan  met in Taipei on Monday to find ways to shore up support for the self-ruled island in the region as Beijing continues to poach its allies
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3031891/us-and-taiwan-hold-forum-shore-support-taipei-pacific
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191007_38/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201910070020.aspx

6 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong court rejects bid to suspend mask ban

A Hong Kong judge has rejected a bid from the city’s pro-democracy legislators to suspend the government’s ban on wearing face masks at protests. Mass demonstrations have continued in defiance of the ban
https://www.dw.com/en/hong-kong-court-rejects-bid-to-suspend-mask-ban/a-50713382
https://www.theepochtimes.com/hong-kong-court-rejects-injunction-to-suspend-anti-mask-law-for-the-second-time_3107474.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-and-crime/article/3031766/hong-kong-court-rejects-second-attempt-get-mask-ban

Sri Lanka President Sirisena abandons re-election bid

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to stand for re-election in November polls, as the politically influential Rajapaksa family nominated two candidates by final registration on Sunday (Oct 6)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-president-sirisena-abandons-re-election-bid

North Korea pulls out of nuclear talks after US insist two sides had ‘good discussions’

Nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States have broken down, Pyongyang‘s chief negotiator has said, despite Washington’s assurances the two sides had “good discussions” in Sweden
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/north-korea-nuclear-talks-us-trump-pyongyang-stockholm-sweden-a9144691.html
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-united-states-summit-talks-11974354

Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hail immortal ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to promote a « long-term, sound and stable » relationship with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said on Sunday (Oct 6), as the two countries mark 70 years of diplomatic relations
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-jinping-and-north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-hail-immortal-ties
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/176/97/211/1570359988422.html?newsId=108907
https://kcnawatch.org/newstream/1570328468-68127007/supreme-leader-kim-jong-un-sends-greetings-to-president-xi-jinping/

Vietnam again accuses China of violating its fishing rights in its exclusive economic zone

Hanoi has again accused Beijing of violating its rights after three Chinese vessels stopped a local crew from fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, Vietnamese media reported
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3031763/vietnam-again-accuses-china-violating-its-fishing-rights-its

5 OCTOBER 2019

Việt Nam, Cambodia issue joint statement

Việt Nam and Cambodia have issued a joint statement on the occasion of the Việt Nam visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen from October 4-5 at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyễn Xuân Phúc
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/18153

Thailand judge shoots himself in court after criticising system

A Thai judge shot himself in the chest in front of a packed court after acquitting several murder suspects and decrying the kingdom’s judicial system in an impassioned speech broadcast on Facebook Live
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49945636
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/thai-judge-shoots-himself-in-court-railing-at-justice-system-11972724
https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30377117

North Korea and US begin fresh talks on nukes and sanctions

North Korean and US officials on Saturday gathered for new nuclear talks in Stockholm after months of deadlock and Pyongyang’s defiant test of a sea-launched ballistic missile this week
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49929914
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/north-korean-and-us-officials-hold-latest-round-of-nuclear-talks

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since ‘dead’ deal

The Taliban met U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war ‘dead’ a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal-1.919441

China launches satellite that can photograph every metre of ground

The Chinese satellite, Gaofen-10, was launched at 2:51 a.m. Saturday (Beijing Time) aboard a Long March-4C rocket and entered the planned orbit successfully. It was the 314th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/05/china-launches-satellite-that-can-photograph-every-metre-of-ground

India, Bangladesh sign seven pacts

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, India and Bangladesh hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries, as they signed seven agreements including the setting up of a joint coastal surveillance system
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-bangladesh-sign-seven-pacts-1.1570287889918
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/05/bangladesh-signs-7-deals-with-india-following-hasina-modi-talks-in-new-delhi

4 OCTOBER 2019

Thai army charges opposition politicians with sedition

The Thai army has filed sedition charges against six key opposition party leaders who debated possible devolution of some powers to the nation’s violence-hit south
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/thai-army-charges-opposition-politicians-with-sedition
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/politics/1764984/opposition-sedition-charge-delusional#cxrecs_s

Vladimir Putin says Russia is helping China build a missile early warning system

Russia is helping China to build an early warning system to counter missile attacks, Vladimir Putin said on Thursday
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3031639/vladimir-putin-says-russia-helping-china-build-missile-early
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262632957/putin-russia-helps-china-build-missile-warning-system

Duterte seeks deeper ties with Latin America, Africa, Central Asia

“In the remaining three years of my term, we will likewise expand the horizon of Philippine diplomacy by deepening our engagement in Latin America, Africa and Central Asia,” Duterte said
https://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/710471/duterte-seeks-deeper-ties-with-latin-america-africa-central-asia/story/

3 OCTOBER 2019

Cambodia Judge Orders Re-Investigation of RFA Reporters’ Case

The judge in Cambodia’s trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists on Wednesday called for a reinvestigation of the espionage and the production of pornography charges, a ruling that a rights expert said was “ridiculous and punitive” and showed the weakness of the case
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/rfa-trial-10032019071156.html
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3031417/cambodian-judge-orders-new-investigation-journalists-us

North Korea says underwater-launched missile test succeeded

North Korea confirmed Thursday it has carried out its first underwater-launched ballistic missile test in three years, in an apparent bid to dial up pressure on the United States ahead of a weekend resumption of their nuclear diplomacy
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/north-korea-says-underwater-launched-missile-test-succeeded/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/02/asia/north-korea-missile-launch-intl-hnk/index.html
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49915224

2 OCTOBER 2019

India celebrates Gandhi Jayanti 150th birthday: PM Modi, President Kovind pay tribute to the Mahatma

It’s the 150th birth anniversary of The Mahatma and celebrations are being held across the country and the world. In pic: PM Modi and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi on 150th birth anniversary at the Rajghat, New Delhi
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191002_43/
https://indianexpress.com/photos/india-news/mahatma-gandhi-jayanti-150-pm-narendra-modi-rajghat-6046875/

Sukarno heir Maharani elected as Indonesia’s first female House speaker

Maharani is the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of Indonesia’s founding president
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/sukarno-heir-elected-indonesia-female-house-speaker-191002023101226.html
https://jakartaglobe.id/context/puan-maharani-sworn-in-as-indonesias-first-female-house-speaker

Japan ups sales tax to 10% amid signs economy is weakening

Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country’s future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-ups-sales-tax-to-10-amid-signs-economy-is-weakening/

1 OCTOBER 2019

Hong Kong Police Fire Live Ammunition At Protesters, Boy Shot in Chest

A Hong Kong police officer shot a protester with a live round on Tuesday (Oct 1) after his unit was attacked by demonstrators in Tsuen Wan district during sustained clashes in the city, a police spokesperson said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-protester-shot-in-the-chest-by-a-live-round-media
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-01/violence-flares-hong-kong-after-china-70-anniversary-parade/11565024

China anniversary: Beijing celebrations mark 70 years of Communist rule

China has celebrated 70 years of Communist party rule and its rise to global superpower status with a military parade showcasing the country’s technology, and a promise from President Xi Jinping that “no force can shake the status of this great nation”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/01/china-celebrates-70-years-military-parade-xi-jinping-hong-kong
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49808078
https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/01/china-s-national-day-military-parade-marks-70th-anniversary-of-communist-state

30 SEPTEMBER 2019

Chinese President Xi Jinping vows to uphold ‘one country, two systems’ in Hong Kong

Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged on Monday (Sept 30) to uphold the principles of « one country, two systems », amid fears that Beijing would intervene to end pro-democracy protests that have rocked Hong Kong for months
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinese-president-xi-jinping-vows-to-uphold-one-country-two-systems-in-hong-kong
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/30/chinese-president-pledges-uphold-one-country-two-systems-hong/

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launches party manifesto as election chatter grows

As talk of an impending general election heats up in Singapore, the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) launched its manifesto, with its party chief insisting that unless the city state became more free and open, it would lag behind in fostering the creativity and innovation needed to drive progress
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3030803/singapore-opposition-politician-chee-soon-juan-launches-party

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghanistan presidential election: polls close as large-scale violence avoided

Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents, mostly in the south and north of the country
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-polls-close-amid-complaints-violence-30179
http://elections.tolonews.com/afghan-polls-end-vote-counting-gets-underway

China set to join Arms Trade Treaty that Donald Trump threatened to abandon

Beijing says it wants to join the pact, which regulates the $70 billion cross-border trade in conventional weapons, as soon as possible. The treaty has been ratified by 104 countries but US President Trump has U-turned
https://www.dw.com/en/china-advances-plans-to-join-arms-treaty-spurned-by-trump/a-50619789
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3030769/china-set-join-arms-trade-treaty-donald-trump-threatened

27 SEPTEMBER 2019

Death of Chinese activist in police custody prompts calls for investigation into torture

Human rights advocates are calling for an investigation into the death of a Wang Meiyu, Chinese activist, arrested after holding up a placard calling for Chinese leader Xi Jinping to step down
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/27/death-of-chinese-activist-in-police-custody-prompts-calls-for-investigation-into-torture
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-death-09242019134327.html

In Counterweight to China, EU, Japan Sign Deal to Link Asia

The European Union and Japan signed an infrastructure deal on Sept. 27 to coordinate transport, energy and digital projects linking Europe and Asia, seeking an alternative to Chinese largesse that has raised suspicion in Brussels and Tokyo
https://www.theepochtimes.com/in-counterweight-to-china-eu-japan-sign-deal-to-link-asia_3098659.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3030700/eu-and-japan-play-guardians-universal-values-effort-challenge

Indonesian President Jokowi urges police restraint after student protesters’ deaths

Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Friday (Sep 27) called for police restraint and promised an investigation into the deaths of two students, killed while taking part in protests that have spread to become the country’s biggest in decades
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/indonesia-protests-jokowi-police-restraint-student-deaths-law-11949808
https://en.tempo.co/read/1253167/jokowi-orders-police-chief-to-investigate-2-students-deaths
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49835084

26 SEPTEMBER 2019

US Senate Committee Passes TAIPEI Act to Boost Taiwan’s International Standing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations unanimously passed the TAIPEI Act on Sept. 25, moving forward a bill that would bolster Taiwan’s ability to fend off China’s diplomatic bullying
https://www.theepochtimes.com/us-senate-committee-passes-taipei-act-to-boost-taiwans-international-standing_3097561.html
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3784577

Sri Lanka’s governing party picks Premadasa as candidate

Sri Lanka’s governing party on Thursday named its charismatic deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa, as its candidate in November’s presidential election, ending a long tussle with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, over the nomination
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/sri-lankas-governing-party-picks-premadasa-as-candidate/
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Sep26_1569507812CH.php

Beijing issues position paper on China and the UN

China’s cooperation with the United Nations (UN) is growing stronger and deeper and entering a new era, according to a position paper published by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/195/203/177/1569505855608.html?newsId=107181

US and Japan agree initial trade deal focusing on agriculture

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sept. 25 signed an initial trade deal that opens up markets to $7 billion worth of U.S. agricultural goods
https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49834705
https://japantoday.com/category/politics/update-3-u.s.-japan-sign-limited-trade-deal-leaving-autos-for-future-talks

25 SEPTEMBER 2019

Pakistan growth rate to be lowest in South Asia: ADB

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected that Pakistan’s economic growth rate will be 2.8% – the lowest in South Asia – and its inflation rate will be 12% – the highest in the bloc of eight nations – in this fiscal year
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2065059/2-pakistans-economic-growth-rate-lowest-south-asia-fiscal-year-adb/

US sanctions Chinese companies for Iran oil imports: Pompeo

The United States on Wednesday (Sep 25) announced sanctions on Chinese companies for buying Iranian oil, stepping up pressure despite European attempts to arrange talks between Washington and Tehran
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-sanctions-chinese-companies-for-iran-oil-imports-pompeo-11942470

Marshall Islands Shows Support for Taiwan After Neighbors Favor China

The Marshall Islands confirmed it was maintaining diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Sept. 25, a welcome show of support for President Tsai Ing-wen who has seen two other Pacific nations drop ties in favor of China in a matter of weeks
https://www.theepochtimes.com/marshall-islands-shows-support-for-taiwan-after-neighbors-favor-china_3094678.html

Beijing Daxing: China’s huge new ‘starfish’ airport opens its doors

Built at a cost of US$63 million, the airport is roughly the size of 100 football fields and is expected to become one of the world’s busiest. It boasts four runways and is expected to handle up to 72 million passengers a year by 2025, eventually reaching 100 million
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-49750182
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3030334/beijing-daxing-airport-worlds-largest-takes-flight

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Japan not inviting South Korea to naval review amid dispute

Japan announced Tuesday that it is not inviting South Korea to a multinational naval review it is hosting next month because their ties are badly strained over history, trade and defense
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/japan-not-inviting-south-korea-to-naval-review-amid-dispute/

Singapore renews military bases pact with US amid deepening defence ties with China

The renewal of a three-decade old pact between the United States and Singapore that grants US forces access to the Lion City’s naval and air bases signals that Washington views the city state as a vital part of its Asia strategy for a long time to come, analysts have said
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3030111/china-will-be-wary-us-singapore-deal-military-bases

Laos to go ahead with Luang Prabang dam project despite warnings

The government of Laos has officially informed the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission (MRC) of its plan to build a new dam in Luang Prabang, despite warnings about the project’s environmental effects
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/laos-luang-prabang-dam-project-warnings-190924102523452.html

China pledges new impetus in climate efforts after 2020

China will inject new impetus into climate change efforts after 2020, and use its Belt and Road initiative to boost cooperation in the fight against global warming, State Councillor Wang Yi, the country’s top diplomat, said in a statement
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/china-pledges-impetus-climate-efforts-2020-190924030719252.html

Cambodia’s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy calls for uprising

The former Cambodian opposition leader who lives in exile is calling for a people’s uprising, and an army rebellion, against the government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/cambodias-exiled-opposition-leader-calls-uprising-190924073405574.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2019

‘Howdy, Modi!’: Trump hails Indian PM at ‘historic’ Texas rally

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49788492
https://www.thestatesman.com/world/usa-loves-india-says-donald-trump-howdy-modi-event-1502802952.html

Indonesia says at least 20 killed, dozens injured in Papua unrest

At least 20 people were killed and dozens more injured as fresh unrest erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region Monday, with some victims burned to death in buildings set ablaze by protesters, authorities said
https://www.france24.com/en/20190923-indonesia-papua-unrest-killed-injured-new-guinea
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/deaths-reported-fresh-protests-indonesia-west-papua-190923071714912.html

21 SEPTEMBER 2019

Solomon Islands establishes diplomatic ties with China

Solomon Islands says the decision to switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China was based on « national needs. » The development leaves Taiwan more isolated than ever
https://www.dw.com/en/solomon-islands-establishes-diplomatic-ties-with-china/a-50527170
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/zgyw/t1700053.htm

20 SEPTEMBER 2019

Kiribati cuts ties with Taiwan to switch to China, days after Solomon Islands

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan on Friday, becoming the second country to do so this week and strengthening Beijing’s hand
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-20/kiribati-to-switch-diplomatic-ties-from-taiwan-to-china/11532192
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3780704

19 SEPTEMBER 2019

China publishes white paper on progress of women’s cause

China on Thursday issued a white paper on the progress of women’s cause in the past 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/168/54/21/1568897934399.html?newsId=106616

India builds detention camps for Assam ‘foreigners’

After excluding 2 million people from a citizenship list, Indian authorities in Assam are now building detention centers to incarcerate « stateless » people. DW reporter Murali Krishnan visited an under-construction camp
https://www.dw.com/en/india-builds-detention-camps-for-assam-foreigners/a-50497835

Malaysia Seeks Non-Militarization of South China Sea

Malaysia called Wednesday for non-militarization of the South China Sea, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unveiled his Pakatan Harapan government’s first comprehensive foreign policy document since it took power last year
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/malaysian/malaysia-china-09182019171217.html

18 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong refuses to renew work visa for representative from Taiwan

Tsai Meng-chieh, who works for Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau, was forced to return home on Wednesday after the city government refused to extend his papers, according to officials from the bureau and the Mainland Affairs Council
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3027955/hong-kong-refuses-renew-work-visa-representative-taiwan

17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Indonesia Raises Minimum Marriage Age for Girls to 19

The Indonesian parliament on Monday raised minimum marriage age for girls from 16 to 19 years, as the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation responded to pressure to end child weddings
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-children-09162019163902.html
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3027708/indonesia-raises-minimum-age-brides-19-bid-end-child

Japan’s Shinzo Abe wants a ‘space self-defence force’ to protect the country’s satellites

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that Japan’s existing Air Self-Defence Force may “evolve into the Air and Space SDF” in the future as he stressed the need to strengthen the country’s defence capabilities in outer space
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3027663/japans-shinzo-abe-wants-space-self-defence-force-protect
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190917/p2g/00m/0fp/076000c

Blast at Rally for President Ashraf Ghani Kills 24; Ghani Unharmed

Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 24 people in Afghanistan on Sept. 17, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt
https://www.theepochtimes.com/blast-at-rally-for-president-ashraf-ghani-kills-24-ghani-unharmed_3084754.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190917-afghanistan-election-blast-kills-dozens-afghan-president-ghani-campaign-rally

16 SEPTEMBER 2019

China extends influence in Pacific as Solomon Islands break with Taiwan

The move is a huge blow to self-ruled Taiwan, which has lost six allies since 2016, and to Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election in January amid rising tension with China
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/solomon-islands-switch-diplomatic-ties-from-taiwan-to-china
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190916_31/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201909160022.aspx

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at ‘serious risk of genocide’: UN

Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar still face a « serious risk of genocide », UN investigators said on Monday (Sep 16), warning the repatriation of a million already driven from the country by the army remains « impossible »
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/600-000-rohingya-still-in-myanmar-at-serious-risk-of-genocide-un-11910582

India arrests Kashmir leader Farooq Abdullah under controversial law as restore normal life to Kashmir, Supreme Court tells government

A senior pro-India Kashmiri politician was arrested under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/india-arrests-kashmir-leader-abdullah-controversial-law-190916083339877.html
https://in.reuters.com/article/india-kashmir/restore-normal-life-to-kashmir-supreme-court-tells-government-idINKBN1W115Z?rpc=401&

‘Very difficult’ for China’s economy to grow at 6 percent: PM Li Keqiang

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said it is « very difficult » for China’s economy to grow at a rate of 6 percent or more because of the high base from which it was starting and the complicated international backdrop
https://www.aljazeera.com/ajimpact/difficult-china-economy-grow-6-percent-li-190916011749336.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

Rare map that bolstered Philippines’ case in territorial dispute with China sold for $1 million

A copy of the map, first published in 1734 by the Jesuit cartographer Pedro Murillo Velarde. It was among 270 maps presented to a five-man arbitration tribunal to back the Philippines’ rights to parts of the South China Sea that China was also claiming. Less than a dozen copies exist today
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/15/1951885/1734-map-showing-panatag-sold-auction-p467-million

Afghan Taliban revoke months-long ban on Red Cross

The Taliban on Sunday lifted their ban on the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) that was imposed in April this year, saying in a statement issued by the militant group that they were “granting ICRC permission » to resume their activities
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-revoke-months-long-ban-on-red-cross-1.910476
https://www.dw.com/en/taliban-lifts-ban-on-red-cross-in-afghanistan/a-50437550

14 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysian opposition parties UMNO and PAS formalise pact

Malaysia’s two oldest political parties – UMNO and PAS – signed a charter of formal cooperation on Saturday (Sep 14), presenting arguably the largest political platform for the majority Malay-Muslims
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysian-umno-and-pas-formalise-pact-11906484
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/malaysia-top-opposition-parties-form-alliance-190914134219848.html
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3027189/malaysia-does-marriage-umno-and-pas-pose-threat-mahathirs

13 SEPTEMBER 2019

Thai navy inks deal for LPD warship from China

China and Thailand have signed a deal that will see a Chinese shipbuilding company build a Type 071E landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Thai navy, a move which shows deepened arms trade cooperation between the two countries, a Chinese military expert said
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/09/article/thai-navy-inks-deal-for-lpd-warship-from-china/

12 SEPTEMBER 2019

Duterte says Xi Jinping offered him an oil and gas deal to ignore South China Sea ruling

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said he has been offered a controlling stake in a joint energy deal by Chinese President Xi Jinping in exchange for ignoring an international arbitration in Manila’s favor on the South China Sea
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/09/12/asia/duterte-xi-south-china-sea-deal-intl-hnk/index.html
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/09/12/19/robredo-irresponsible-to-set-aside-ph-win-vs-china-for-joint-exploration
https://www.manilatimes.net/2019/09/12/news/palace-duterte-not-abandoning-hague-ruling/615472/

India jailed thousands in Kashmir crackdown – official data

Authorities in India-administered Kashmir have arrested nearly 4,000 people since New Delhi took its limited autonomy last month, government data shows, the most clear evidence yet of the scale of one of the disputed region’s biggest crackdowns
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-jailed-thousands-in-kashmir-crackdown-official-data-29730

Emotional footage emerges of BJ Habibie, Xanana Gusmao saying farewell

Following the death of former Indonesian president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, footage has emerged of an emotional hospital visit from former Timor-Leste president and prime minister Xanana Gusmao
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/emotional-footage-emerges-of-bj-habibie-xanana-gusmao-saying-farewell
https://www.watoday.com.au/world/asia/touching-farewell-for-the-man-who-gave-east-timor-freedom-20190912-p52qts.html

Cambodia, Laos, agree to step up border demarcation effort

Prime Minister Hun Sen and his visiting Lao counterpart, Thongloun Sisoulith, agreed in a statement to complete the process now that 86% of the border has been marked. The two countries are to add border pillars and produce a map of the borderline as party
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/cambodia-laos-agree-to-step-up-border-demarcation-effort/
http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/freeContent/FreeConten_Laos_cambodia.php
http://www.akp.gov.kh/post/detail/16872

11 SEPTEMBER 2019

Former Indonesian president Habibie dies at the age of 83

Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following the ouster of the dictator Suharto, has died aged 83
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/former-indonesian-president-habibie-dies-at-the-age-of-83
https://en.antaranews.com/news/132602/habibie-the-genius-of-indonesias-first-aircraft-creator
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026787/former-indonesian-president-bj-habibie-dies-83

Japan’s Shinzo Abe shakes up Cabinet, brings in rising star

Japan’s Shinzo Abe on Wednesday (Sept 11) appointed new foreign and defence ministers and promoted a popular rising political star, in a Cabinet reshuffle that fuelled speculation over the Prime Minister’s successor
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/japans-shinzo-abe-shakes-up-cabinet-brings-in-rising-star
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190911_49/
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201909110039.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

Thailand : Another micro party pulls out of coalition

Pichet Sathirachawal, leader of the Prachatham Thai Party, held a briefing in Bangkok on Tuesday to announce the party’s decision
https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailand/general/1746984/another-micro-party-pulls-out-of-coalition#cxrecs_s

Indonesian police arrest dozens over Papua riots

Indonesian authorities have arrested 85 people linked to weeks of deadly unrest in Papua, police said, as Jakarta accused an exiled separatist leader of stoking riots in its easternmost territory
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/indonesian-police-arrest-dozens-over-papua-riots

Solomon Islands Says ‘Business as Usual’ with Taiwan as it Mulls Diplomatic Switch to China

Solomon Islands said that its diplomatic ties with Taiwan were stable, giving the assurance even as China woos the Pacific nation with a development fund if it switches alliance from Taipei to Beijing
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/solomon-islands-says-business-as-usual-with-taiwan-as-it-mulls-diplomatic-switch-to-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201909100023.aspx

India, Nepal inaugurate South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline

South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline with an annual capacity of 2 million metric tonnes was jointly inaugurated via video conference on Tuesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-nepal-inaugurate-south-asia-s-first-cross-border-oil-pipeline/story-iwMxgmp6UsAfsyyJGqon5J.html
https://www.aninews.in/videos/national/pm-modi-nepal-pm-kp-sharma-oli-jointly-inaugurate-cross-border-petroleum-products-pipeline/

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia rebukes Philippines for ‘unfriendly’ remarks as Sabah sovereignty claim resurfaces

Bilateral ties could suffer if the Philippines continues to insist it has claims over the Malaysian state of Sabah, said analysts, a day after Putrajaya issued a strong rebuke against “unfriendly” remarks from its Southeast Asian neighbour
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3026382/malaysia-rebukes-philippines-unfriendly-remarks-sabah
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3026422/explained-whats-behind-revived-dispute-between-philippines-and

India imposes curfew after clashes in Kashmir

India imposed a curfew in several parts of the contested Kashmir region yesterday after clashes between security forces and Shi’ite Muslims taking part in a procession, officials and eyewitnesses said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-imposes-curfew-after-clashes-in-kashmir
https://www.dw.com/en/india-tightens-kashmir-crackdown-with-curfew/a-50347136

Nepal, China ink 3 agreements during Chinese FM’s visit

Nepal and China on Monday exchanged three agreements following bilateral talks between the Nepalese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his visiting Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359462/nepal-china-ink-3-agreements-during-chinese-fm-visit
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359481/nepal-deports-6-tibetan-asylum-seekers-to-china

India criticises China on ‘one-sided’ trade policies

Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Monday (Sept 9) criticised China for what he described as one-sided trade policies, casting doubt over the progress of negotiations for a pan-Asian free trade agreement
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-criticises-chinese-trade-policies

8 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan’s animation condemning ongoing anti-government protests wins best screenplay award at Venice Film Festival

Hong Kong filmmaker Yonfan’s riot-themed animation won best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival, with the director condemning protesters for the prolonged political unrest in the city
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3026263/hong-kong-filmmaker-yonfans-animation-condemning-ongoing

Afghan peace talks dead, U.S. to keep pressure on Taliban: Pompeo

Talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan are on hold and the United States will keep pressuring Taliban militants for significant commitments while providing military support to Afghan troops, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/afghan-peace-talks-dead-u-s-to-keep-pressure-on-taliban-pompeo-idUSKCN1VT0GU?rpc=401&
https://ariananews.af/taliban-believes-us-returns-to-negotiation-table/

7 SEPTEMBER 2019

MILF rebels hand in guns in Philippines as part of treaty to end decades-long separatist insurgency

Muslim rebels in the mainly Catholic Philippines began handing over their guns to independent foreign monitors on Saturday, as part of a treaty aimed at ending a decades-long separatist insurgency that has left about 150,000 people dead
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3026176/milf-rebels-hand-guns-philippines-part-treaty-end-decades
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/09/08/1949904/not-sign-surrender-symbol-peace
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hope-of-peace-in-Mindanao%3A-12%2C000-Muslim-rebels-lay-down-their-weapons-47935.html

North Korean artillery commander becomes military chief

Pyongyang has named an army general with expertise in artillery as its new military commander, North Korean state media reported, in a move that an analyst said could signal plans for the development of new weapons
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/07/asia-pacific/north-korean-artillery-commander-becomes-military-chief/#.XXPNBigzY2w

India loses contact with spacecraft trying to land on Moon

India’s space agency has lost contact with the Chandrayaan-2 lunar lander, just as the probe was due to touch down on the moon. It is currently unclear if the mission has failed
https://www.dw.com/en/india-loses-contact-with-lunar-spacecraft/a-50334583
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-49615665

6 SEPTEMBER 2019

North Korea pursues nuclear weapons programme, evades sanctions: UN

North Korea is pressing ahead with its nuclear weapons programme while evading sanctions, a United Nations report said, following a series of recent test-launches that have been downplayed by US President Donald Trump
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/north-korea-nuclear-weapons-programme-evades-sanctions-un-11881026
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/north-korea-pursuing-nuclear-programme-despite-trump-meetings-1.907211

5 SEPTEMBER 2019

Malaysia, Russia discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin have discussed ways to further strengthen ties between the two countries
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/105535
https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/519028/putin-wants-set-aerospace-university-malaysia

North Korea tells UN to cut international aid staff in Pyongyang

North Korea has told the United Nations to cut the number of international staff it deploys to Pyongyang, saying the organisation’s programmes have failed « due to the politicisation of UN assistance by hostile forces, »
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/north-korea-tells-cut-international-aid-staff-pyongyang-190905012401821.html

India extends $1 billion line of credit for development of Russia’s Far East; PM Modi vows to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Moscow

India on Thursday announced an “unprecedented” USD 1 billion line of credit for the development of Russia’s Far East with Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowing that New Delhi will walk shoulder-to-shoulder with Moscow in its quest for the development of the resource-rich region
https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/india-extends-1-billion-line-of-credit-for-development-of-russias-far-east-pm-modi-vows-to-walk-shoulder-to-shoulder-with-moscow/1697338/
https://www.aninews.in/videos/world/india-give-line-credit-worth-us-1-billion-far-easts-development-pm-modi-russia/

4 SEPTEMBER 2019

India keen to acquire shipbuilding tech from Russia as Modi-Putin visits modern shipyard in Vladivostok

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled on a ship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, the first stop in his two-day visit to the Russian Far East region and spent quality time together as Delhi showed interest in acquiring shipbuilding technology from Moscow
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-keen-to-acquire-shipbuilding-tech-from-russia-as-modi-putin-visits-modern-shipyard-in-vladivostok/articleshow/70979714.cms
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/russia-already-india-s-biggest-arms-supplier-in-line-for-more-119090401471_1.html

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam announces formal withdrawal of extradition Bill

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday announced the formal withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades
https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3025641/hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announce-formal-withdrawal
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hong-kong-carrie-lam-withdrawal-extradition-bill-transcript-11872478
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2019/sep/04/carrie-lam-announces-hong-kong-government-will-withdraw-extradition-bill-video

3 SEPTEMBER 2019

Top North Korean, Chinese diplomats meet in Pyongyang amid stalled nuclear talks with U.S.

The foreign ministers of China and North Korea have held talks in Pyongyang, with the two allies vowing to bolster bilateral ties and work closely on security issues amid the North’s stalled nuclear talks with the U.S
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/09/03/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/north-korea-china-envoys-meet-pyongyang/#.XW5wEygzY2w
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/17/113/1567507461420.html?newsId=94046
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_northkorea/908281.html

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

Hong Kong’s Carrie Lam says she would ‘quit’ if she could, fears her ability to resolve crisis now ‘very limited’

Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she has caused « unforgivable havoc » by igniting the political crisis engulfing the city and would quit if she had a choice, according to an audio recording of remarks she made last week to a group of businesspeople
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hongkong-protests-carrie-lam-says-would-quit-11866096
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/02/hong-kong-carrie-lam-would-quit-if-had-choice-leaked-audio

US to start Afghan withdrawal with 5,000 troops out in 20 weeks

America has agreed in principle to withdraw 5,000 troops from five military bases in 20 weeks, in a deal with the Taliban to kick start talks with the Afghan government
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/02/us-start-afghan-withdrawal-5000-troops-20-weeks/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-to-pull-troops-from-5-afghan-bases-in-135-days-after-taliban-deal-passes-29461

Vietnam commemorating 50 years since Ho Chi Minh death

Ho Chi Minh is still revered in Vietnam, seen as the man who brought independence to the country
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/vietnams-ho-chi-minh-commemorating-50-years-death-190902122320416.html
https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/534833/national-ceremony-marks-50-years-implementing-late-presidents-testament.html#J1W63F8pvVE7vIu4.97

1 SEPTEMBER 2019

China, US kick off new round of tariffs in trade war

China and the United States have begun imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-01/us-china-trade-war-escalates-with-additional-tariffs/11468922?section=world
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3025255/china-us-trade-war-latest-tariffs-take-effect-sides-seek-get

Myanmar govt, armed groups issue ceasefire communique

Representatives of Myanmar government’s National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC) and four ethnic armed groups issued a joint communique late on Saturday following their meeting in Kengtung, Shan state, earlier on the day
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/53/251/75/1567329512546.html?newsId=93797

Seoul eyes intelligence-sharing pact with Bangkok as President Moon Jae-in seeks pivot to Asean

To signal its growing interest in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), South Korea will seek an intelligence-sharing pact – called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) – with Thailand
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/3025154/seoul-eyes-intelligence-sharing-pact-bangkok-moon-seeks-pivot
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190901000251

 

On 15 October in Asian history

ON 15 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on October 15, 2019

1265: Birth of Temür Khan, Emperor Chengzong of Yuan -China who died on February 10, 1307
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/01/monarch-profile-temur-khan.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem%C3%BCr_Khan,_Emperor_Chengzong_of_Yuan

1542: Birth of Akbar the Great who ruled the Mughal empire in India from 1556 to 1605
http://www.biography.com/people/akbar-the-great-9178163

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBB96mj2X38

1754: Joseph François Dupleix, Governor general of the establishments in India, returns to France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fran%C3%A7ois_Dupleix

1904: The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia, for Port Arthur (Lushun) in China during the Russo-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1913: Birth of Xi Zhongxun, Chinese reformist leader, father of president Xi Jinping, who died on May 24, 2002
http://chinese-leaders.org/xi-zhongxun/
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/dreams-from-xi-jinpings-father

xi-zhongxun

1914: Birth of Mohammed Zahir Shah, king of Afghanistan (1933-1973) who died on July 23, 2007
http://www.afghan-network.net/Rulers/zahir_shah.html

1914: Birth of Lim Yew Hock, second chief minister of Singapore (1956-1959) who died on November 30, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Yew_Hock
https://remembersingapore.org/2012/11/13/the-curious-case-of-lim-yew-hock/

lim-yew-hock-2

1916: Birth of Admiral Liu Huaqing, father of the modernization of the Chinese PLA Navy
http://cimsec.org/father-modern-chinese-navy-liu-huaqing/13291
http://www.franzbleeker.de/liuhuaqing.html

Liu Huaqing 2

1918: Death of Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian saint, born on September 28, 1835
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_Baba_of_Shirdi
http://www.saibabaofshirdi.net/

1929: Nadir Khan sizes the throne of Afghanistan after a 3-way power struggle. His tribal Wazir army looted government buildings and houses of wealthy citizens because the treasury was empty. Habibullah Kalakani and supporters of Amanullah Khan are killed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nadir_Shah

1931: Birth of Aval Pakir Jainulabdeen Abduk Kalam, President of India (2002-2007)
http://www.abdulkalam.nic.in/profile.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/15th-october-1931-indian-scientist-and-former-president-a.p.j.-abdul-kalam-was-born


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laGZaS4sdeU

1932: Tata Airlines (Now Air India) makes its first fly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Airlines

1934: Birth of N. Ramani, Indian flutist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Ramani

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7jYSLvUqic

1934: The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March the following day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Encirclement_Campaign

1934: Birth of Wang Meng, Chinese writer and Minister of Culture (1986-1989)
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat7/sub39/item1695.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Meng_(author)

wang-meng

1941: Birth of Li Tung, Taiwanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0437619/
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/fr/people.asp?id=7179

1946: Birth of Victor Banerjee, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Banerjee
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051856/

Victor Bannerjee

1948: China’s Red army occupies Jinzhou (Manchuria)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jinzhou
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9962.html

1948-10-15 Final Attack on Jinzhou

1948: Shigeru Yoshida succeeds Hitoshi Ashida as 48th Prime minister, up to February 1949
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Shigeru_Yoshida.aspx#1

1955: Death of Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese composer, born on August 1914
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumio_Hayasaka


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fel93RxdDBw

1952: Birth of Kunihiko Yuyama, Pokemo series film director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3943

1957: China and Soviet Union sign a secret agreement for nuclear cooperation

1957: Birth of Mira Nair, Indian female film maker
https://www.cinestaan.com/people/mira-nair-15195

1961: Death of Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, Indian poet and author, born on February 21, 1896
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/suryakant-tripathi.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suryakant_Tripathi_’Nirala

1963: Elections supposedly intended to restore the presidency to a civilian leader but General Park resigned from the military in August and announced his candidacy. He and the Democratic Republican Party won the elections, signalling the start of South Korea’s Third Republic.

1965: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-draft-card-burned

1969: Millions march in US to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moratorium_to_End_the_War_in_Vietnam

1982: Birth of Yoko Maki, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1536988/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=17780
http://www.acephotos.org/t47840/yoko-maki-photos.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig9x8l6OqDc

1983: Birth of Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephy_Tang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP21cNi2czo

1986: Birth of Lee Donghae, South Korean singer-songwriter and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Donghae
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Lee_Dong-hae.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMUIj83uNpM

1990: United Nations General Assembly approves the Peace plan for Cambodia

1990: Birth of Ji Yoon, South Korean singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeon_Ji-yoon

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK2w-nuiU7g

1997: In Sri Lanka 18 people are killed in a series of bomb blasts in downtown Colombo and some 110 were injured. The blasts occurred at the World Trade Cente
http://books.google.fr/books?id=-wwPNjSnxcYC&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=1997+attack+on+Colombo+world+trade+center&source=bl&ots=rqMBNE7jcW&sig=lDNmDqUC0qBBcTUfjSNran3ijGA&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=SmQ9VM3QLM3fOJaSgdAK&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=1997%20attack%20on%20Colombo%20world%20trade%20center&f=false

1997-10-15 WTC attack

1999: Security Council demands that Taliban turn over Usama Bin Laden to appropriate authorities

1999: In Indonesia thousands of anti-Habibie demonstrators fought police and pressured the official assembly to go forward with reforms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/oct/15/indonesia.marktran

1999-10-15-anti-habibie
1999: In Pakistan Gen’l. Pervez Musharraf declares a state of emergency and suspends the constitution
http://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/oct/15/pakistan.suzannegoldenberg2

2001: Japan prime minister Junichiro Koizumi pays a visit to Seoul. As he did in Beijing, he expresses his remorse for old past
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/koizumiphoto/2001/10/15korea_e.html

2002: In Japan, 5 citizens snatched by North Korean agents in 1978, returned home for a visit
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/oct/16/northkorea.japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/1410389/Japanese-kidnapped-by-North-Koreans-return-home-in-tears.html

2002-10-15 return of 5 kidnapped

2003: China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission, with Yang Liwei as its first astronaut, becoming the third country to send a person into orbit
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3192330.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3192844.stm

2004: The last border small problems between China and Russia are solved

2004: Indonesian prosecutors formally charged militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir with ordering his followers to launch a suicide attack on the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta last year. http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2004/10/16/cleric_charged_with_ordering_attack_on_indonesian_hotel/?camp=pm

2004: Japan wins a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council along with Argentina, Denmark, Greece and Tanzania.
 
2007: Opening of the XVIIth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Hu Jintao makes opening to Taiwan

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=yhVC-Otq6T4&feature=related

2008: A Vietnamese court sentenced journalist Nguyen Viet Chien (56) to two years in prison, accusing him of writing inaccurate stories about one of the country’s most high-profile corruption cases. Fellow reporter Nguyen Van Hai (33) was sentenced on the charges to two years of « re-education without detention
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7673374.stm

2009: In China, six, including one Han, are sentenced to death over clashes in Xinjiang in July, increasing to 12 the number of death sentences
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8308169.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/2009101545858797808.html

2009: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said that China intends to strengthen its cooperation with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its nuclear program.

 2009: A Philippine military tribunal acquits 11 officers of plotting a foiled Feb, 2006, coup against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/12027/philippines-acquits-11-alleged-coup-plotters/
http://news.gaeatimes.com/military-tribunal-acquits-11-young-officers-who-allegedly-plotted-to-oust-philippine-president-197022/

2012: Cambodia former king Norodom Sihanouk dies aged 89
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19943963


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJKY7ucae9k

2012: The Philippines sign a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101

2014: Generals from North and South Korea hold military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/korean-generals-hold-miltary-talks-201410158130822344.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141015001198
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/north-south-korea-military-talks

Main news on Singapore

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15 OCTOBER 2019

Singapore and China sign 9 agreements, exchange views on ‘excellent’ state of relations

Singapore and China have signed nine agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, following the conclusion of a top-level bilateral meeting in Chongqing on Tuesday (Oct 15)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-jcbc-meeting-chongqing-heng-swee-keat-12002940

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore opposition politician Chee Soon Juan launches party manifesto as election chatter grows

As talk of an impending general election heats up in Singapore, the opposition Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) launched its manifesto, with its party chief insisting that unless the city state became more free and open, it would lag behind in fostering the creativity and innovation needed to drive progress
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/3030803/singapore-opposition-politician-chee-soon-juan-launches-party

24 SEPTEMBER 2019

Singapore renews military bases pact with US amid deepening defence ties with China

The renewal of a three-decade old pact between the United States and Singapore that grants US forces access to the Lion City’s naval and air bases signals that Washington views the city state as a vital part of its Asia strategy for a long time to come, analysts have said
https://www.scmp.com/print/week-asia/politics/article/3030111/china-will-be-wary-us-singapore-deal-military-bases

3 AUGUST 2019

New Singapore opposition party backed by PM’s brother launched

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

29 JULY 2019

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

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

26 JULY 2019

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

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

 

8 JULY 2019

Singapore is top source of foreign direct investment into India

Singapore has emerged as the largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) into India, underlining growing business links between the two countries
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/spore-is-top-source-of-foreign-direct-investment-into-india

9 MAY 2019

Singapore passes new law to police fake news despite concerns

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

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

10 APRIL 2019

Is Lee Kuan Yew’s strategic vision for Singapore still relevant?

The thinking of Singapore’s late founding prime minister Lee Kuan Yew has shaped the country’s foreign policy since its independence in 1965. But the world is changing with the shifting geopolitical balance of power, disruptions caused by digital technology, the rise of populism and the backlash against globalisation. Is Lee’s thinking and strategic vision still applicable in this new world?
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/10/is-lee-kuan-yews-strategic-vision-for-singapore-still-relevant/

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Meet the Republic of Singapore Navy’s new poison shrimp. They even call it ‘Invincible’

With the launch of RSS Invincible in Kiel, Singapore is the latest Asia-Pacific country to introduce new-generation submarines, riding on a persistent trend observed amongst regional navies in acquiring undersea capabilities
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/singapore-poison-shrimp-strategy-new-submarines-type-218sg-11260946

18 JANUARY 2019

Singapore former presidency candidate Tan Cheng Bock files application to form new political party

Former presidential candidate Tan Cheng Bock on Friday (Jan 18) announced his return to politics, saying he has filed an application to form a new political party
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/tan-cheng-bock-new-political-party-progress-singapore-11138530
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/singapore-presidential-candidate-plans-opposition-part-190118052735825.html

6 DECEMBER 2018

Singapore extends its own port limits and says it will act firmly if Malaysian vessels continue to intrude

Singapore extended its own port limits in response to intrusions by Malaysian vessels into its waters and also sent out a strong warning: While the Republic has so far responded with restraint against aggressive actions by Malaysian government vessels in its waters, it will not hesitate to act firmly to protect its territory and sovereignty, if necessary
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapore-extends-port-limits-tuas-amid-maritime-boundary-standoff-msia

23 NOVEMBER 2018

Singapore finance minister Heng Swee Keat put in line to be next PM

Singapore’s ruling party on Friday named Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat to a key leadership post, possibly putting him in line to take over as prime minister when current leader Lee Hsien Loong steps down
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/heng-swee-keat-picked-as-paps-first-assistant-secretary-general-indicating-he-will-be-next
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/heng-swee-keat-man-who-saw-singapore-through-financial-crisis
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2174743/singapores-next-prime-minister-heng-swee-keat-safe-pair-hands

30 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore former opposition party chief Lim Tean forms new political party, People’s Voice

Mr Lim Tean, who used to head the opposition National Solidarity Party (NSP), has set up a new political party called the People’s Voice, making it the 11th political party in Singapore
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/former-opposition-party-chief-lim-tean-forms-new-political-party-peoples-voice

25 OCTOBER 2018

Leaders of Singapore’s only opposition party plea for funds to stave off bankruptcy in civil case

Leaders of Singapore’s only parliamentary opposition party have appealed to supporters for financial help, saying they face the risk of bankruptcy as costs mount in civil cases they are fighting
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2170220/leaders-singapores-only-opposition-party-plea-funds-stave
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/workers-party-mps-raise-close-s500000-day-after-public-appeal

23 OCTOBER 2018

Singapore and the EU fly the flag of free trade

At odds with US trade policy, Singapore and the EU champion multilateralism with an eye toward a broader deal with Southeast Asian economies
http://www.atimes.com/article/singapore-and-the-eu-fly-the-flag-of-free-trade/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=a99730b373-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_10_23_11_51&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-a99730b373-31591405

27 SEPTEMBER 2018

Singapore’s total population inches up to 5.64 million, after flat growth last year  

After posting the slowest growth in more than a decade last year, Singapore’s total population size has rebounded slightly, based on government statistics released on Thursday (Sept 27)
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/singapores-total-population-inches-564-million-after-flat-growth-last-year
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-s-population-grows-slightly-to-5-64m-with-non-resident-10763132

21 JULY 2018

Singapore navy takes leadership roles in largest global maritime exercise

The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) has again taken up leadership roles in the Rim of the Pacific (Rimpac) Exercise, the world’s largest international maritime exercise hosted by the United States Navy
https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-navy-takes-leadership-roles-in-largest-global-maritime-exercise

14 JULY 2018

Amid pomp and pageantry, PM Lee gets front-row seat to Bastille Day parade  

In a first for a Singapore leader, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had a front-row seat to the French National Day parade on Saturday (July 14), joining a select group of world leaders accorded the rare honour
https://www.todayonline.com/world/amid-pomp-and-pageantry-pm-lee-gets-front-row-seat-bastille-day-parade
https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/rsaf-takes-part-in-flypast-at-french-national-day-parade-with-pm-lee-as-guest-of-honour

12 JUNE 2018

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

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

24 APRIL 2018

Singapore cabinet reshuffle: Younger ministers to head two-thirds of ministries, says PM Lee

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has said that the « extensive » reshuffle to the Cabinet announced on Tuesday (Apr 24) means that the Singapore Government’s leadership transition is well underway
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/cabinet-reshuffle-younger-ministers-head-two-thirds-ministries-10171084
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2143147/what-singapores-cabinet-shake-reveals-about-plans-life-after-lee

8 APRIL 2018

Singapore, China sign MOU to boost collaboration in Belt and Road Initiative

Singapore and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Third-party Market Cooperation in Beijing on Sunday (Apr 8) to promote greater collaboration between Singapore and Chinese companies in third-party markets along the Belt and Road
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-china-sign-mou-collaboration-belt-and-road-initiative-10117042
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/singapore-and-china-sign-deal-to-boost-cooperation-on-belt-and-road-initiative

2 MARCH 2018

No need for Singapore to raise defence spending to ‘play catch-up’: Ng Eng Hen  

While Singapore has been outspent militarily in the last decade by its neighbours in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), the Government does not foresee a spike in defence expenditure in the next 10 years, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Friday (March 2)
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/no-need-spore-raise-defence-spending-play-catch-ng-eng-hen
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/defence-spending-kept-steady-despite-new-threats-ng-eng-hen-10005140

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Singapore economy clocks faster-than-expected growth of 3.6% in 2017

The Singapore economy grew 3.6 per cent last year, faster than initial estimates of 3.5 per cent, according to data released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 14)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-clocks-faster-than-expected-growth-of-3-6-in-9958302

23 JANUARY 2018

Major investments planned, says PM Lee as Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

26 DECEMBER 2017

Recalling Singapore’s forgotten unions

The long-ruling People’s Action Party first rose to power on the back of the working class – a once strong, now politically co-opted constituency
http://www.atimes.com/article/recalling-singapores-forgotten-unions/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Johor sultan supports Malaysia’s Pedra Branca challenge

Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has voiced his support for Malaysia’s move to apply for a revision of the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) decision relating to the sovereignty of Pedra Branca, Middle Rocks and South Ledge
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/johor-sultan-supports-malaysia-s-pedra-branca-challenge-report-9435544

5 OCTOBER 2017

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

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

22 SEPTEMBER 2017

Singapore and China to deepen defence ties with more bilateral exercises

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

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

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

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

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malay woman set to be Singapore president

Singapore is likely to have its first female president, with only one candidate qualifying Monday for an election limited to members of the minority Malay community
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_PRESIDENT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-09-11-09-22-06
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/i-promise-to-do-the-best-that-i-can-to-serve-the-people-of-9205824

12 AUGUST 2017

Singapore committed to long-term relationship with Indonesia: DPM Teo

Singapore is committed to a long-term relationship with Indonesia and has worked on a good agenda for the upcoming Leaders’ Retreat next month, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said on Saturday (Aug 12) as he wrapped up a two-day working visit to Jakarta
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-committed-to-long-term-relationship-with-indonesia-dpm-9117690

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

The younger siblings of Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, have launched a scathing personal and political attack on him, saying they have lost confidence in him as a leader and accusing their “big brother omnipresent” of abusing his power
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/singapore-lee-hsien-loong-siblings-accuse-him-of-abusing-power
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2098224/siblings-singapore-pm-fear-their-safety-accusing-him-harassment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40270152

12 JUNE 2017

First woman detained for radicalism in Singapore after she planned to join Islamic State

Police in Singapore have detained a preschool assistant who shared pro-Islamic State group materials online and intended to travel to Syria, their first arrest of a female Singaporean citizen alleged to be a sympathizer of the radical group, the Home Affairs Ministry said Monday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/first-woman-detained-for-radicalism-in-singapore-after-she-8938532
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SINGAPORE_ISLAMIC_STATE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-12-06-51-57

2 JUNE 2017

Singapore and China reaffirm defence ties on sidelines of Shangri-La Dialogue

Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen met the leader of the Chinese delegation at this year’s Shangri-La Dialogue on Friday (June 2), as Singapore and China reaffirm « the warm and friendly bilateral defence relationship », which has steadily progressed over the years
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singapore-and-china-reaffirm-defence-ties-on-sidelines-of-shangri-la-dialogue

25 MARCH 2017

 US gives asylum to Singapore teen dissident

Singaporean teen dissident Amos Yee has been granted asylum in the United States after a ruling that his prosecution and detention in the island state amounted to political persecution
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-gives-asylum-singapore-teen-dissident/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/amos-yee-asylum-prerogative-of-the-us-to-take-in-people-who/3625198.html

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Singapore Budget 2017 aims for innovative economy, quality environment and inclusive society

The Government’s Budget statement for financial year 2017 was delivered on Monday (Feb 20) by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat who outlined three main themes of economy, environment and society
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-budget-2017-aims-for-innovative-economy-quality/3534396.html

24 JANUARY 2017

Hong Kong to return seized armoured vehicles to Singapore

Hong Kong has agreed to return nine Singaporean armoured vehicles that it seized in transit from Taiwan two months ago, but is likely to prosecute the shipping company responsible
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2065027/hong-kong-return-singapores-seized-armoured-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/detained-terrexes-to-return-to-singapore-mfa/3462672.html

22 JANUARY 2017

Are China-Singapore relations about to thaw?

Foreign policy experts say bilateral ties look likely to thaw sooner rather than later after Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin’s ( 劉振民 ) visit to the island republic this week for a scheduled meeting with its foreign policy bureaucrats
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2063656/are-china-singapore-relations-about-thaw

9 DECEMBER 2017

Singapore PM Lee asks Hong Kong leader for immediate return of sized military vehicules

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has asked Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung for the immediate return of the military vehicles that have been held at a Hong Kong port since November, said Singapore Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen in Parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pm-lee-asked-hong-kong-leader-for-immediate-return-of-terrexes/3424088.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060547/beijing-urges-caution-handling-singapores-seized

5 DECEMBER 2016

8 things you should know about Singapore’s wealth gap

The gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening, and in countries like Singapore it is more and more being recognised as a cause for concern
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-things-you-should-know-about-singapore-s-wealth-gap/3343884.html

28 NOVEMBER 2016

China lodges protest with Singapore after military vehicles seized by Hong Kong customs

The row between China and Singapore over the impounding of the city state’s military vehicles in Hong Kong escalated as Beijing lodged a diplomatic protest ­on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2049769/china-lodges-protest-singapore-after-military-vehicles
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/china-makes-representations-to-singapore-over-troop-carriers-in/3324464.html
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2049803/china-has-always-kept-mum-singapores-defence-ties-taipei-so

7 OCTOBER 2016

Indonesia moves closer to ratifying maritime border treaty with Singapore

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

4 OCTOBER 2016

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

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

1 OCTOBER 2016

What’s really making Beijing angry with Singapore?

The argument between Singapore’s ambassador to China and the editor-in-chief of the nationalistic Chinese tabloid Global Times is less about specific actions and deeds as it is about Beijing’s growing disappointment with the tiny Asian city-state
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2024089/whats-really-making-beijing-angry-singapore
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-pm-lee-hsien-loong-053016886.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-should-make-singapore-pay-over-south-china-sea-dispute-says-pla-defence-adviser

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singapore’s Road to Multiculturalism

A national poll released a few weeks ago found most Singaporeans try to live out multiracial ideals and believe in meritocracy. More than seven in 10 Singaporeans believe personal success is independent of race or ethnicity
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/success-is-independent-of/3036556.html

22 AUGUST 2016

Singapore Former President S R Nathan dies, aged 92

Singapore’s longest-serving president S R Nathan has died peacefully at Singapore General Hospital at 9.48pm, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement on Monday night (Aug 22). He was 92.
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/former-president-sr-nathan-dies-aged-92
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/s-r-nathan-the/3064912.html

29 JULY 2016

Singapore will continue to help US engage Asia: Foreign Minister Balakrishnan

Ahead of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s official visit to the United States, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan spoke to Channel NewsAsia’s Nicholas Fang on the significance of the visit. In the first part, Dr Balakrishnan discussed the deep bilateral ties between Singapore and the US. In the second part of the interview, he discussed the future of the relationship between the two countries, and Singapore’s role in helping the US engage Asia.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/singapore-will-continue/2996850.htm

18 JULY 2016

Singapore, Malaysia to mark ‘significant milestone’ with high-speed rail MoU

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his Malaysian counterpart Prime Minister Najib Razak will witness the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project on Tuesday (July 19) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-malaysia-to/2964098.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kl-spore-high-speed-rail-will-enhance-people-to-people-ties-improve-business-linkages

22 JUNE 2016

Singapore puts purchase of US$1 billion military chopper on hold after Super Puma crash

Singapore has delayed a decision on a US$1 billion helicopter purchase after the crash in April of a civilian Airbus Super Puma whose military version was the front-runner to clinch the order, sources familiar with the matter said
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1978937/singapore-puts-purchase-us1-billion-military-chopper-hold

16 MAY 2016

The lion and the kangaroo: Australia’s strategic partnership with Singapore

 In this Lowy Institute Analysis, International Security Program Director Dr Euan Graham examines the strategic value and potential of the Australia–Singapore Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/lion-and-kangaroo-australia%E2%80%99s-strategic-partnership-singapore

3 MAY 2016

In Singapore, eight Bangladeshis detained under Internal Security Act

The eight were members of a clandestine group called Islamic State in Bangladesh, and were planning attacks in Bangladesh, says the Ministry of Home Affairs.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/8-bangladeshis-detained/2751578.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36191987

29 APRIL 2016

Singapore Boosts Ties With Israel in Historic Visit

In part due sensitivities about how such a visit might be seen by Singapore’s larger, Muslim-majority neighbors, a visit by a Singaporean leader has never taken place despite the extremely close security cooperation between both countries. The visit is the first by a Singaporean Prime Minister since diplomatic ties were established between both countries in 1969
http://thediplomat.com/2016/04/singapore-boosts-ties-with-israel-in-historic-visit/

6 APRIL 2016

Singapore’s migrant domestic workers face food rationing, long hours and sexual abuse

More than 230,000 migrant women are employed in the city-state of Singapore
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-04-06/singapores-migrant-domestic-workers-face-food-rationing-long-hours-and-sexual-abuse/1566404

14 MARCH 2016

Singapore versus Hong Kong

Singapore and Hong Kong have long been rivals for the crown of Asia’s best city. But Singapore has now crept well ahead of Hong Kong, a trend that is bound to continue, writes John West.
http://www.asiancenturyinstitute.com/economy/1095-singapore-versus-hong-kong

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore is Asia’s best city for expats, says new Survey

An annual survey measuring quality of living ranked Singapore as the top city in Asia, and 26th globally out of 230 cities.
http://business.asiaone.com/news/singapore-most-liveable-country-asia-pacific-region

24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singapore economy grew 2% in 2015, weakest since 2009

The Republic’s economy expanded by 2 per cent in 2015, the weakest annual growth since 2009 when the economy was hit by the global financial crisis, according to figures released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Wednesday (Feb 24).
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-economy-grew-2/2543540.html

28 JANUARY 2016

Lee Hsien Loong says Singapore will allow more opposition lawmakers

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has mooted several changes in the republic’s political system, which include changes to the Non-Constituency Member of Parliament (NCMP) scheme, the Group Representation Constituencies (GRC) system, and the Elected Presidency system
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/singapore-politics/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/parliament-mps-react-to/2465800.html

27 JANUARY 2016

Singapore remains least corrupt country in Asia; North Korea most corrupt

Singapore is still the least corrupt country in Asia, while North Korea remains the most corrupt, according to anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2015.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/01/asia-corruption-2015/

20 JANUARY 2016

Singapore deported 27 men who planned Jihad in Bangladesh

27 male Bangladeshi nationals who were radicalised and supported extremist beliefs have been arrested under the Internal Security Act. http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/01/20/singapore-says-deported-men-planned-jihad-in-bangladesh
http://news.asiaone.com/news/singapore/27-radicalised-bangladeshis-arrested-under-isa-mha

 

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 15 October in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 15 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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1904: The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur (Lushun) in China during the Russo-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1929: Nadir Khan sizes the throne of Afghanistan after a 3-way power struggle. His tribal Wazir army looted government buildings and houses of wealthy citizens because the treasury was empty. Habibullah Kalakani and supporters of Amanullah Khan are killed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nadir_Shah

1934: The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March the following day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Encirclement_Campaign

1948: China’s Red army occupied Jinzhou (Manchuria)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jinzhou

1948-10-15 Final Attack on Jinzhou

1957: China and Soviet Union sign a secret agreement for nuclear cooperation

1965: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-draft-card-burned

1969: Millions march in US to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moratorium_to_End_the_War_in_Vietnam

1990: United Nations General Assembly approves the Peace plan for Cambodia

1997: In Sri Lanka 18 people are killed in a series of bomb blasts in downtown Colombo and some 110 were injured. The blasts occurred at the World Trade Cente
http://books.google.fr/books?id=-wwPNjSnxcYC&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=1997+attack+on+Colombo+world+trade+center&source=bl&ots=rqMBNE7jcW&sig=lDNmDqUC0qBBcTUfjSNran3ijGA&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=SmQ9VM3QLM3fOJaSgdAK&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=1997%20attack%20on%20Colombo%20world%20trade%20center&f=false

1997-10-15 WTC attack

1999: Security Council demands that Taliban turn over Usama Bin Laden to appropriate authorities

2004: The last border small problems between China and Russia are solved

2009: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said that China intends to strengthen its cooperation with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its nuclear program.

2012: The Philippines sign a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101

2014: Generals from North and South Korea hold military talks for the first time in more than three years at a border village on how to ease animosities between the countries after two shooting incidents last week, South Korean media has reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/10/korean-generals-hold-miltary-talks-201410158130822344.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20141015001198
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/north-south-korea-military-talks

On 15 October in South Asian history

1997-10-15 WTC attack

ON 15 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on October 15, 2019

1542: Birth of Akbar the Great who ruled the Mughal empire in India from 1556 to 1605
http://www.boloji.com/history/011.htm
http://www.biography.com/people/akbar-the-great-9178163

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBB96mj2X38

1754: Joseph François Dupleix, Governor general of the establishments in India, returns to France
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Fran%C3%A7ois_Dupleix

1914: Birth of Mohammed Zahir Shah, king of Afghanistan (1933-1973) who died on July 23, 2007
http://www.afghan-network.net/Rulers/zahir_shah.html

1918: Death of Sai Baba of Shirdi, Indian saint, born on September 28, 1835
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sai_Baba_of_Shirdi
http://www.saibabaofshirdi.net/

1929: Nadir Khan sizes the throne of Afghanistan after a 3-way power struggle. His tribal Wazir army looted government buildings and houses of wealthy citizens because the treasury was empty. Habibullah Kalakani and supporters of Amanullah Khan are killed
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Nadir_Shah

1931: Birth of Aval Pakir Jainulabdeen Abduk Kalam, President of India (2002-2007)
http://www.abdulkalam.nic.in/profile.html
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/15th-october-1931-indian-scientist-and-former-president-a.p.j.-abdul-kalam-was-born


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laGZaS4sdeU

1932: Tata Airlines (Now Air India) makes its first fly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Airlines

1934: Birth of N. Ramani, Indian flutist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N._Ramani

1946: Birth of Victor Banerjee, Indian actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Banerjee
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0051856/

Victor Bannerjee

1957: Birth of Mira Nair, Indian female film maker
https://www.cinestaan.com/people/mira-nair-15195

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY4q9yHSJ_A

1961: Death of Suryakant Tripathi ‘Nirala’, Indian poet and author, born on February 21, 1896
http://www.iloveindia.com/indian-heroes/suryakant-tripathi.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suryakant_Tripathi_’Nirala

1997: In Sri Lanka 18 people were killed in a series of bomb blasts in downtown Colombo and some 110 were injured. The blasts occurred at the World Trade Cente
http://books.google.fr/books?id=-wwPNjSnxcYC&pg=PA168&lpg=PA168&dq=1997+attack+on+Colombo+world+trade+center&source=bl&ots=rqMBNE7jcW&sig=lDNmDqUC0qBBcTUfjSNran3ijGA&hl=fr&sa=X&ei=SmQ9VM3QLM3fOJaSgdAK&ved=0CFIQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=1997%20attack%20on%20Colombo%20world%20trade%20center&f=false

1997-10-15 WTC attack

1999: Security Council demands that Taliban turn over Usama Bin Laden to appropriate authorities

1999: In Pakistan Gen’l. Pervez Musharraf declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution
http://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/oct/15/pakistan.suzannegoldenberg2

 

On 15 October in Southeast Asian history

1999-10-15-anti-habibie

ON 15 OCTOBER IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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1914: Birth of Lim Yew Hock, second chief minister of Singapore (1956-1959) who died on November 30, 1984
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lim_Yew_Hock
https://remembersingapore.org/2012/11/13/the-curious-case-of-lim-yew-hock/

lim-yew-hock-2

1965: The National Coordinating Committee to End the War in Vietnam stages the first public burning of a draft card in the United States to result in arrest under a new law
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/first-draft-card-burned

1969: Millions march in US to protest against the continuing war in Vietnam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moratorium_to_End_the_War_in_Vietnam

1990: United Nations General Assembly approves the Peace plan for Cambodia

1999: In Indonesia thousands of anti-Habibie demonstrators fought police and pressured the official assembly to go forward with reforms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/oct/15/indonesia.marktran

1999-10-15-anti-habibie
2004: Indonesian prosecutors formally charged militant cleric Abu Bakar Bashir with ordering his followers to launch a suicide attack on the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta last year.
http://www.boston.com/news/world/asia/articles/2004/10/16/cleric_charged_with_ordering_attack_on_indonesian_hotel/?camp=pm

2008: A Vietnamese court sentenced journalist Nguyen Viet Chien (56) to two years in prison, accusing him of writing inaccurate stories about one of the country’s most high-profile corruption cases. Fellow reporter Nguyen Van Hai (33) was sentenced on the charges to two years of « re-education without detention
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7673374.stm

2009: A Philippine military tribunal acquits 11 officers of plotting a foiled Feb, 2006, coup against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/12027/philippines-acquits-11-alleged-coup-plotters/
http://news.gaeatimes.com/military-tribunal-acquits-11-young-officers-who-allegedly-plotted-to-oust-philippine-president-197022/

2012: Cambodia former king Norodom Sihanouk dies aged 89

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19943963

2012: The Philippines sign a framework peace plan with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The deal follows lengthy negotiations aimed at ending a 40-year conflict that has cost an estimated 120,000 lives.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19944101

On 15 October in Japan’s history

ON 15 OCTOBER IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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1904: The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur (Lushun) in China during the Russo-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1948: Shigeru Yoshida succeeds Hitoshi Ashida as 48th Prime minister, up to February 1949
http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Shigeru_Yoshida.aspx#1

1955: Death of Fumio Hayasaka, Japanese composer, born on August 1914
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumio_Hayasaka


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fel93RxdDBw

1952: Birth of Kunihiko Yuyama, Pokemo series film director
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=3943

1982: Birth of Yoko Maki, Japanese actress
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1536988/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=17780
http://www.acephotos.org/t47840/yoko-maki-photos.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig9x8l6OqDc

2001: Japan prime minister Junichiro Koizumi pays a visit to Seoul. As he did in Beijing, he expresses his remorse for old past
http://japan.kantei.go.jp/koizumiphoto/2001/10/15korea_e.html

2002: In Japan 5 citizens snatched by North Korean agents in 1978, returned home for a visit
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/oct/16/northkorea.japan
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/1410389/Japanese-kidnapped-by-North-Koreans-return-home-in-tears.html

2002-10-15 return of 5 kidnapped

2004: Japan wins a two-year term on the U.N. Security Council along with Argentina, Denmark, Greece and Tanzania.
 

On 15 October in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan

ON 15 OCTOBER IN CHINESE HISTORY, HONG KONG AND TAIWAN

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1265: Birth of Temür Khan, Emperor Chengzong of Yuan -China who died on February 10, 1307
http://madmonarchist.blogspot.fr/2010/01/monarch-profile-temur-khan.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tem%C3%BCr_Khan,_Emperor_Chengzong_of_Yuan

1904: The Russian Baltic Fleet leaves Reval, Estonia for Port Arthur (Lushun) in China during the Russo-Japanese War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russo-Japanese_War

1913: Birth of Xi Zhongxun, Chinese reformist leader, father of president Xi Jinping, who died on May 24, 2002
http://chinese-leaders.org/xi-zhongxun/
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/dreams-from-xi-jinpings-father

xi-zhongxun

1916: Birth of Admiral Liu Huaqing, father of the modernization of the Chinese PLA Navy
http://cimsec.org/father-modern-chinese-navy-liu-huaqing/13291
http://www.franzbleeker.de/liuhuaqing.html

Liu Huaqing 2

1934: The Soviet Republic of China collapses when Chiang Kai-shek’s National Revolutionary Army successfully encircle Ruijin, forcing the fleeing Communists to begin the Long March the following day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Encirclement_Campaign

1934: Birth of Wang Meng, Chinese writer and Minister of Culture (1986-1989)
http://factsanddetails.com/china/cat7/sub39/item1695.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Meng_(author)

wang-meng

1941: Birth of Li Tung, Taiwanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0437619/
http://www.hkcinemagic.com/fr/people.asp?id=7179

1948: China’s Red army occupied Jinzhou (Manchuria)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jinzhou

1948-10-15 Final Attack on Jinzhou

1983: Birth of Stephy Tang, Hong Kong singer and actress
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephy_Tang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GP21cNi2czo

2003: China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission, with Yang Liwei as its first astronaut, becoming the third country to send a person into orbit
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3192330.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3192844.stm

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=VYjlzPSF0rU&feature=related

2004: The last border small problems between China and Russia are solved

2007: Opening of the XVIIth Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Hu Jintao makes opening to Taiwan

http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=yhVC-Otq6T4&feature=related

2009: In China, six, including one Han, are sentenced to death over clashes in Xinjiang in July, increasing to 12 the number of death sentences
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8308169.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2009/10/2009101545858797808.html

2009: China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said that China intends to strengthen its cooperation with Iran, an indication Beijing would oppose growing calls in the West for additional sanctions against the Islamic regime for its nuclear program.

 

On 14 October in Asian history

ON 14 OCTOBER IN ASIAN HISTORY

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

Updated on October 14, 2018

1256: Death of Kujo Yoritsugu, 5th shogun of the Kamakura shogunate of Japan (1244-1252), born on December 17, 1239
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuj%C5%8D_Yoritsugu

1493: Birth of Shimazu Tadayoshi, Japanese warlord, who died on December 31, 1568
http://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Shimazu_Tadayoshi

1610: Death of Amago Yoshihisa, Japanese samurai and warlord, born in 1540
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amago_Yoshihisa

1643: Birth of Bahadur Shah I, Mughal emperor who rules briefly India and died on February 27, 1712
http://www.storyofpakistan.com/person.asp?perid=P065
http://www.indianetzone.com/37/bahadur_shah_i_mughal_emperor.htm

1854: Signature at Nagasaki of the Anglo-Japanese Friendship Treaty
http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Anglo-Japanese_Friendship_Treaty
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Japanese_Friendship_Treaty

1867: The 15th and last shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate, Tokugawa Yoshinobu, resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokugawa_Yoshinobu
http://www.ndl.go.jp/portrait/e/datas/147.html

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1867: Birth of Masaoka Shiki, Japanese haiku & tanka poet who died on September 19, 1902
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaoka_Shiki
http://terebess.hu/english/haiku/shiki.html

1882: Foundation of the University of Punjab (Lahore), today in Pakistan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_the_Punjab

1900: Birth of Kyoko Chigusa, Japanese actor
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0157374/bio

1901: Birth of San Yu (Chang Yu), Chinese painter who will die on August 12, 1966
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanyu_(painter)
https://www.google.fr/search?q=San+Yu+(Chang+Yu)&biw=1255&bih=550&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiFhoTBxdjPAhWIyRQKHZ2iALQQ_AUIBygC&dpr=1.531911: Birth of Le Duc Tho, Vietnamese Foreign minister and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Duc_Tho

1931: Birth of Nikhil Banerjee, Indian classical musician who died on January 27, 1986
https://www.allmusic.com/artist/nikhil-banerjee-mn0000407724/biography

1942: Birth of Evelio Javier, Filipino politician, lawyer and civil servant, gunned down on February 11, 1986
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelio_Javier

1942: Japanese battleship strikes Henderson Field, Guadalcanal

1943: After Japan declared Philippines independence, José Laurel is elected president, up to August 14, 1945
http://todayinphilhistory.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/october-14-japan-established-the-republic-of-the-philippines-under-the-japanese-sphere-of-influence-1943/
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/685/today-in-philippine-history-october-14-1943-jose-p-laurel-sr-was-inaugurated-as-president-of-the-japanesesponsored-philippine-republic

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1946: Netherland and Indonesia sign cease fire

1947: In Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Don Stephen Senanayake is elected Prime Minister up to 1952
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D.S._Senanayake

1949: Chinese Red Army occupies Guangzhou (Canton)

1950: South Korean Rev Sun Myung Moon is liberated from Hung Nam prison
http://www.reverendsunmyungmoon.org/life_biography.html

1952: During the Korean War, United Nations and South Korean forces launch Operation Showdown against Chinese strongholds at the Iron Triangle. The resulting Battle of Triangle Hill was the biggest and bloodiest battle of 1952


https://erenow.com/ww/korea-traces-of-a-forgotten-war/6.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Showdown
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9841.html

1955: West Pakistan province is founded

1956: Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable caste leader, converts to Buddhism along with 385,000 of his followers
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/14th-october-1956-b.r.-ambedkar-converts-to-buddhism-along-with-365000-followers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._R._Ambedkar
http://www.wondersandmarvels.com/2014/08/dr-b-r-ambedkar-untouchable-reformer-founding-father.html

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1958: Birth of Kaoru Ikeya, Japanese film director
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaoru_Ikeya
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1216767/

1960: Birth of Takashi Ishihara, Japanese film producer
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0410984/

1963: Birth of Kim Jae-beom, South Korea singer
http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Jae-beom.php

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D69OoudikRo

1968: 27 soldiers are arrested at the Presidio in San Francisco for their peaceful protest of stockade conditions and the Vietnam War

1968:The United States Department of Defense announces that the United States Army and United States Marines will be sending about 24,000 troops back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-servicemen-sent-to-vietnam-for-second-tours

1973: Thailand’s University Students protest for a democratic government. 77 are killed and 857 injured
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/october/14/newsid_2534000/2534347.stm
https://nvdatabase.swarthmore.edu/content/thai-students-overthrow-military-thanom-regime-1973
http://teakdoor.com/thailands-festivals-and-celebrations/37238-thailand-oct-14-1973-a.html

1980: Birth of Oh Yun-ah, Korean actress
http://www.asiandb.com/browse/people_detail.pfm?code=1781
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oh_Yoon-ah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5RpyImVp00

1982: Birth of Angela An, Chinese singer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Youqi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9VPpz4iepE

1984: From all parts of Bangladesh, 2 million people converge to Dacca demanding the end of the two and half year Martial Law

1991: The Norwegian Nobel Committee decides to award the Nobel Price to Aung San Suu Kyi for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/press.html
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1991/kyi-bio.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9LizSi4zc&NR=1

1996: Death of Tan Chee Khoon, Malaysian politician, born on March 4, 1919
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan_Chee_Khoon

2001: Giving in to political parties and Muslim associations, Indonesia president Megawati Sukarnoputri condemns US strikes on Afghanistan

2001: Death of general Zhang Xueliang, ruler of Manchuria, who forced Chiang Kai-shek to ally with the Communist for fighting the Japanese, born on June 3, 1901
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/9918.html

2004: In Cambodia, Prince Sihamoni is unanimously selected by the throne Council as the next king (coronation on October 29)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3740282.stm
http://alchetron.com/Norodom-Sihamoni-417407-W#-

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2004: Death of Yoneo Iguchi, Japanese actor, born on December 20, 1924
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0407277/

2006: United Nations Security Council, unanimously votes an embargo on arms sales and luxury goods against North Korea

2007: In Cambodia, Prince Ranariddh, former leader of the royalist party, is sentenced in absentia to 18 months in prison

2008: In China, eight Buddhist monks convicted of bombing a government building in Tibet during an anti-government uprising in March have been sentenced to prison, two of them for life


2011: Burma law to allow labour unions and strikes forbidden since 1962
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-15303968
http://www.france24.com/en/20111014-burmese-granted-right-strike-unionise-thein-sein-workers-labour-rights-ilo-un

2013: According to a Malaysian court: ‘Allah’ is Muslim-only word. The Court says the Catholic Herald newspaper is banned from using Islamic term, in ruling that affects other publications.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/10/malaysian-court-allah-muslim-only-word-2013101434515414336.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Malaysia-,-Christians-banned-from-using-Allah-.-Catholics-announce-appeal-29266.html

2013: Death of Kōichi Iijima, Japanese author and poet, born on February 25, 1930
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K%C5%8Dichi_Iijima

2015: Myanmar’s government and eight smaller ethnic rebel armies signed a ceasefire agreement to end more than six decades of fighting, but other more powerful groups refused to come on board, signaling that peace will remain elusive.
http://www.france24.com/en/20151015-burma-myanmar-government-ceasefire-rebels
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/15/myanmar-s-president-hails-ceasefire-deal-with-rebels-as-historic/

2016: The Sultan of Kelantan Muhammed V is named new Malaysian king for five years
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/kelantan-sultan-will-be-new-malaysia-king
http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2003410

Pakistan culture and history

14 OCTOBER 2019

Dawn.com takes a look back at the past visits to Pakistan by British royalty

« I feel at home in Karachi as we share the same culture and understand each other well » — Queen Elizabeth II, 1997
https://www.dawn.com/news/1509328/historical-ties-a-look-back-at-past-visits-to-pakistan-by-british-royals

21 DECEMBER 2018

US turned blind eye to Pakistan’s nuclear programme in 70s after China’s intervention: Documents

The US acceded to Pakistan’s demand to overlook its secretive nuclear weapons programme following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 70s after Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping convinced Washington to support Islamabad for the « stability » in South Asia, according to latest declassified State Department documents


8 DECEMBER 2018

Peoples of the Indus Valley Basin

Invaders from the North entered the Subcontinent through the Indus Valley (Pakistan). Hence, Pakistan may be termed the heart of the Indus Valley civilization
https://www.thefridaytimes.com/tft/peoples-of-the-indus-valley-basin/

11 SEPTEMBER 2018

WHY A 4,500-YEAR-OLD SKULL IS KEY TO THE POLITICS OF INDIA’S HINDU-MUSLIM DIVIDE

It is a measure of the mood in today’s India that archaeology, genetics and racial purity have now been co-opted in a debate about current politics. Not since the middle of the 20th Century has racial purity been as important in the politics of a major nation. And yes, the term ‘Aryan’ is being bandied about with a worryingly familiar ease
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2162694/why-4500-year-old-skull-key-politics-indias-hindu-muslim-divide

12 JULY 2018

History: Britain, Nepal and some questionable treaties

More than two centuries ago, The British East India Company wanted three things from Nepal: to open a trade route to Tibet, establish a British Resident in Kathmandu and weaken the Gurkha Kingdom of Nepal
http://www.atimes.com/article/history-britain-nepal-and-some-questionable-treaties/

4 DECEMBER 2017

China’s cultural debt to a Nepalese artist in the 13th-century court of Kublai Khan

The neighbourhood of Fuchengmen, just west of central Beijing, no longer bears any resemblance to Kublai Khan’s majestic Yuan dynasty capital of Dadu. Even the most striking symbol of the great emperor’s 13th-century supremacy is now dwarfed by Beijing’s countless high-rise office towers and apartment blocks
http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2122813/chinas-cultural-debt-nepalese-artist-13th-century

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Pakistan unveils 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha, evoking diverse heritage

Pakistan unveiled the remains of a 1,700-year-old sleeping Buddha image on Wednesday, part of an initiative to encourage tourism and project religious harmony in a region roiled by Islamist militancy
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-unveils-1-700-year-old-sleeping-buddha-evoking-diverse-heritage-1.2125669
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/is-this-the-worlds-oldest-buddha-statue-excavated-in-pakistan-2057674.html

17 AUGUST 2017

Pakistan: A Failed State?

Seventy years on from its creation, crisis-ridden Pakistan is a very different country from the one envisioned by its founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah
http://www.historytoday.com/tahir-kamran/pakistan-failed-state?mc_cid=a7205dac6a&mc_eid=18057ba353