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25 FEBRUARY 2017

Plans for first post-Trump US contact with North Korea cancelled, says report

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after Donald Trump took office have reportedly been cancelled after the US state department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/plans-for-first-post-trump-us-contact-with-north-korea-cancelled-says-report
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/n-korean-envoy-denied-visa-first-talks-trump-administration-cancelled/

Indonesian president Joko Widodo arrives in Australia for two-day visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo makes his first bilateral visit to Australia this weekend — a sign a military spat early this year has been resolved and relations between the two nations are stable
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/indonesian-president-joko-widodo-arrives-in-australia-for-two-day-visit
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-25/jokowi-trade-islamic-extremism-talks-to-dominate-widodo-visit/8302854?section=world

North Korea is now angry with its only ally and key supporter, China

North Korea – Irked by increasing UN sanctions and the brunt of sanctions by individual nations, including from its closest and only ally, China – North Korea has now vented out its frustration
http://www.chinanationalnews.com/index.php/sid/252003865
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/24/north-korea-says-old-ally-china-dancing-tune-us-coal-ban/

24 FEBRUARY 2017

 China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea

China on Friday dismissed renewed pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over its role in North Korea, saying the crux of the matter was a dispute between Washington and Pyongyang
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-north-koreas-nuclear-plan-problem-between-us-and-north-korea

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

22 FEBRUARY 2017

Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang sentenced to 20 months in jail

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was on Wednesday (Feb 22) sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/convicted-ex-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-sentenced-to-20/3540004.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2072910/disgraced-hong-kong-leader-donald-tsang-escorted-hospital
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/22/hong-kong-former-leader-sentenced-20-months-misconduct/

Thai army claims pact with separatists

Thailand’s army has reached a breakthrough pact with a Muslim separatist group to create a safety zone in restive southern provinces, the lead negotiator said on Wednesday, but analysts queried if it could succeed without support from other groups
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-02/22/content_15575765.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/security/1203013/army-claims-breakthrough-safe-zone-deal

21 FEBRUARY 2017

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years

Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in mid-May, the government has announced, raising hopes of political stability in the deeply divided country
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/nepal-to-hold-first-local-elections-in-20-years/755151
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-hold-first-local-elections-20-years

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

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

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia MPs back law barring PM Hun Sen’s long-time rival

Cambodia’s parliament amended a law on Monday to stop anyone convicted of an offence from running for office, effectively barring long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s main rival
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39027843
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072347/cambodian-parliament-approves-law-stops-main-opposition
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-02-20/cambodia-changes-political-rules-in-triumph-of-dictatorship-critics-say/1652728

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

South China Sea: US aircraft carrier strike group conducts patrols in disputed waters

A United States aircraft carrier strike group has begun patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with Beijing over control of the disputed waterway
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-19/us-carrier-group-patrols-in-south-china-sea/8284224?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-39018882

18 FEBRUARY 2017

China suspends coal imports from North Korea following missile test

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea for the rest of the year, Beijing said Saturday (Feb 18), depriving Pyongyang of a crucial source of foreign exchange following its latest missile test
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-suspends-coal-imports-from-north-korea-following-missile-test
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/china-suspend-coal-imports-north-korea-170218134156911.html

Thousands rally in Malaysia to support PAS bill to strengthen Shariah Court

Thousands of Malaysians have gathered at the heart of Kuala Lumpur to support a controversial bill that will strengthen the powers of the Shariah Court
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-rally-in-malaysia-to-support-pas-bill-to-strengthen/3530078.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072074/tens-thousands-rally-support-islamic-penal-code-bill

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

17 FEBRUARY 2017

Donald Tsang guilty of misconduct in office, making him first Hong Kong leader convicted in criminal trial

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen became Hong Kong’s first ever chief executive to be convicted in a criminal trial as the High Court on Friday found him guilty of misconduct in public office when he was the city’s leader
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2071852/donald-tsang-guilty-misconduct-office-making-him-first-hong
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/hknews/2017-02/17/content_15573309.html

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

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

16 FEBRUARY 2017

Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 83

An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 83 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2071708/islamic-state-suicide-bombing-pakistan-shrine-kills-75
http://www.euronews.com/2017/02/17/pakistan-suicide-bombing-in-religious-shrine-kills-at-least-72-including
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1329815/attack-sehwans-heart/

15 FEBRUARY 2017

China Warns India Over Taiwanese Delegation Visit

China has lodged protest against the visit of a Taiwanese Parliamentary delegation and has asked India to follow One-China Policy
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201702151050710261-india-china-taiwan-delegation/
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/15/content_15572021.html

Tibetan PM seeks Japan’s support for autonomy of Tibetan people

 Lobsang Sangay, Prime Minister of the Tibetan administration in India, on Wednesday urged Japanese lawmakers to back the ‘middle-way approach’ of autonomy for the Tibetan people
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/tibetan-pm-seeks-japan-s-support-1487147595.html

India puts record 104 satellites into orbit

India successfully put a record 104 satellites from a single rocket into orbit on Wednesday in the latest triumph for its famously frugal space programme
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-puts-record-104-satellites-orbit/
http://www.dw.com/en/india-breaks-world-record-with-simultaneous-launch-of-104-satellites/a-37555439

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

North Korean leader’s half-brother killed by ‘poison needles’ in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, has been killed at an airport in Malaysia after being sprayed in the face by an unidentified liquid, police have said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/14/kim-jong-uns-older-brother-killed-north-korean-spies-poison1/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2017/feb/14/north-korean-leader-kim-jong-uns-brother-dies-in-malaysia-video-report
http://www.atimes.com/kim-jong-nam-murdered-poisoned-needles/

13 FEBRUARY 2017

International community condemns DPRK’s missile test-firing

The international community has generally denounced the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) over its latest test-launch of a ballistic missile on Sunday
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/13/c_136053978.htm
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/korea-declares-ballistic-missile-test-success-170213085718539.html

S.Korea’s Saenuri Party adopts new name

South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party has decided to take on a new name in the wake of a scandal involving President Park Geun-hye
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170213_27/

12 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korea fires ballistic missile, challenging Trump

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan on Sunday in what appeared to be a move timed to follow the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump in Washington
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251655179
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/12/north-korea-shoots-missile-500km-in-show-of-force-to-trump-says-south
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-tests-ballistic-missile-does-not-appear-to-be-icbm/3512368.html

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Jiro Taniguchi, Japanese manga visionary who ‘bridged two worlds of cartoon art’, dies aged 69

Jiro Taniguchi, a legend in Japan’s comic art of manga, died in Tokyo on Saturday at the age of 69, leaving behind an international following for his exquisite line drawing of scenes from everyday life
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2070169/jiro-taniguchi-japanese-manga-visionary-who-bridged-two-worlds

Trump reiterates US support for Japan over Diaoyus in meeting with Abe

US President Donald Trump, fresh from patching up ties with China, has reassured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of US support in any conflict over the disputed Senkaku islands, known as the Diaoyus in China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2070017/trump-and-abe-vow-deeper-trade-and-security-ties-us-and-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/trump-assures-abe-disputed-east-china-sea-islands-170210201048825.html
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251648725

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns for ‘sake of party’

The self-exiled leader of Cambodia’s opposition party said on Saturday (Feb 11) he would resign his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the country’s authoritarian premier
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/cambodia-opposition-leader-sam-rainsy-resigns-for-sake-of-party
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sam-rainsy-resigns-cnrp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38944741

China expels 32 South Korea missionaries amid missile defence tension

China has expelled 32 South Korean Christian missionaries, a Seoul official has said, amid diplomatic tens between the two countries over the planned deployment of a US missile defence system
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/11/china-expels-south-korean-missionaries-amid-missile-defence-tensions

10 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump agrees to support ‘One China’ policy in Xi Jinping call

Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/10/donald-trump-agrees-support-one-china-policy-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-38927891
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/10/content_15569370.html

Donald Trump’s call to Xi Jinping ‘a relief’ for Taiwan

Taipei said on Friday it was well aware of the phone conversation between President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader said he would honour the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069872/taiwan-touch-us-trump-call-xi-jinping
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201702100017.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/02/11/2003664761

9 FEBRUARY 2017

In a first, Trump writes a letter to Chinese President, and China is pleased

In a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Trump said he looked forward to working with him « to develop a constructive relationship » that benefits both countries, the White House said in a statement
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251591453
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/09/trump-china-letter-no-phone-call-xi-jinping
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-02/09/content_15568561.html

Vatican and Beijing near deal on appointment of bishops, Hong Kong cardinal says

Beijing and the Vatican have reached an initial consensus over the appointment of bishops on the mainland, removing a key ­obstacle to the normalisation of ties, Cardinal John Tong Hon said
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2069589/vatican-and-beijing-near-deal-appointment-bishops-hong
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Card.-Tong:-The-future-of-Sino-Vatican-dialogue-from-an-ecclesiological-point-of-view-39887.html

7 FEBRUARY 2017

Pakistan slams India, others for demanding permanent UNSC membership

Targeting India, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday rejected the attempts of countries to seek permanent UN Security Council membership
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1319463/pakistan-slams-india-others-demanding-permanent-unsc-membership/

China slams base in South Korea for US destroyer

Beijing voiced its firm opposition on Tuesday to the possible deployment of the United States’ most advanced warship to waters off the Korean peninsula
http://www.asianews.network/content/china-slams-base-south-korea-destroyer-38836

UN slams Thailand for first royal slur charge under new king

The first royal defamation case brought under Thailand’s new monarch was slammed by a top United Nations envoy on Tuesday, who said public figures should not be above scrutiny or criticism
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068736/un-slams-thailand-first-royal-slur-charge-under-new-king

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-bans-taiwan-flag-from-cambodia-124609/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2068554/cambodian-pm-citing-one-china-policy-bans-taiwan-flag

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

Japan, US test-fires new interceptor missile

Japan’s defense ministry says it has successfully test-fired at sea a new interceptor missile jointly developed with the United States
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170205_01/

4 FEBRUARY 2017

Malaysia reopens Pedra Branca island row with Singapore after a decade

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

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

China warns US after James Mattis says disputed isles covered by Japan treaty

China warns Washington that it is risking instability in Asia after US defence secretary Mattis vowed to back Japan in any military clash with Beijing over disputed isles in South China Sea
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/5C2sPoL2ljinLA22sj7VgN/China-warns-US-after-James-Mattis-says-disputed-isles-covere.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/04/china-accuses-us-of-putting-stability-of-asia-pacific-at-risk
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2068083/china-lashes-out-mattis-remarks-east-china-sea-islands

Tibetan musician freed after four years in prison for his patriotic songs

Authorities in southwestern China’s Sichuan province have freed a Tibetan singer jailed for four years for writing songs praising the Dalai Lama and highlighting the hardships of life under Beijing’s rule, according to a Tibetan source
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tibetan-musician-freed-after-four-years-in-prison-for-his-patriotic-songs-39848.html

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

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

3 FEBRUARY 2017

North Korean spy chief sacked in latest purge, says South Korea

The head of North Korea’s spy agency has become the most senior victim of another round of apparent purges ordered by the country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, South Korean officials have said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/03/north-korean-spy-chief-sacked-in-latest-purge-says-south-korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/03/kim-jong-un-dismisses-head-spy-agency-south-korea-says/

UN condemns ‘devastating’ Rohingya abuse in Myanmar

The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child Killing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38858655
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/02/rohingyas-killed-myanmar-crackdown-170203101817841.html

Abe, Mattis reaffirm ties on defense

Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, reaffirming Washington’s commitment to the military alliance with Japan as global concern grows over the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/03/national/politics-diplomacy/shinzo-abe-james-mattis-u-s-japan-bilateral-ties-defense/#.WJTKAoWcHSE
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003500222
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170203_28/

2 FEBRUARY 2017

In Seoul, US defence chief Mattis says South Korea alliance is ‘strong’

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has reassured the leader of South Korea that the alliance between the two nations remains strong
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38824008
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/south-korea-us-agree-to-push-missile-defence-system/3488708.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=200467

1 FEBRUARY 2017

Ban Ki-moon says he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency in surprise announcement

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared that he won’t run for South Korea’s presidency. He had been expected to seek the position after a corruption scandal saw President Park Geun-hye impeached
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/ban-ki-moon-says-wont-run-south-koreas-presidency-surprise-announcement/
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/former-un-chief-ban-ki-moon-will-not-run-for-president-of-south-korea/2017/02/01/b05c816d-9ce5-4c3a-84be-0e5b78890a17_story.html?utm_term=.3dc4f83cea74
ttps://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170201_28/

Philippine communist rebels end ceasefire, accuses Duterte’s government of human rights abuses

The move comes after a third round of peace talks aimed at ending decades of bloodshed wrapped up in Italy last week with no deal on a permanent truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2067244/philippine-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-accuses-dutertes
http://www.manilatimes.net/reds-resume-war/310159/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-communist-rebels-end-ceasefire-but-still-support-peace-talks

31 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan cracks down on group linked to 2008 Mumbai attacks

Pakistani authorities have put Hafiz Saeed, a firebrand cleric linked to the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, under house arrest. Experts say this might be due to the pressure from the new US administration on Islamabad
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistan-cracks-down-on-group-linked-to-2008-mumbai-attacks/a-37343092
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38803746
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1312687/india-urges-credible-crackdown-following-hafiz-saeeds-detention/

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

30 JANURY 2017

 In South Korea, the People’s Party refuses to accept Ban Ki-moon

 People’s Party Chairman Park Jie-won said Sunday his party cannot accept former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a leading presidential hopeful, for now
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2017/01/356_222953.html

29 JANUARY 2017

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

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

28 JANUARY 2017

Thailand: Man sentenced to 11 years in jail for royal defamation, cyber crime

A military court sentenced a man to over 11 years in jail on Friday for royal defamation nine months after he was arrested for protesting other activists’ arrests
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/27/activist-jailed-11-years-online-comments-defaming-monarchy/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thailand-royal-defamation-cyber-lese-majeste/

North Korea likely to have restarted plutonium reactor, says US think tank

North Korea is suspected of having resumed operations at its plutonium production facility, a US institute monitoring the site said Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2066209/north-korea-likely-have-restarted-plutonium-reactor-says-us
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/28/north-korea-has-restarted-reactor-to-make-plutonium-fresh-images-suggest
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170128_14/

27 JANUARY 2017

Foreign workers in Japan hit 1 million for the first time

The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labour-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-first-time
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/27/national/foreign-workers-japan-hit-1-million-mark-first-time-last-autumn-ministry/#.WIvK9YWcE2w

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 « shadow » officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced « shadow » governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

Turkish, Pakistani generals look to boost military ties

Turkish General Staff Deputy Chief Gen. Umit Dundar met Pakistan Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi city Thursday, according to a military statement
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/turkish-pakistani-generals-look-to-boost-military-ties/735589#

25 JANUARY 2017

China gives details of items banned from export to North Korea

China released on Wednesday a new, comprehensive list of goods that can not be exported to North Korea, including many « dual use » items that can be used to build weapons of mass destruction
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-gives-details-items-banned-export-north-korea
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1030654.shtml

Trump invites ‘true friend’ Modi in phone conversation

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone conversation on Tuesday in which the two leaders spoke of the close ties between the two countries
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251196607

24 JANUARY 2017

Timor-Leste drops espionage claims against Australia in maritime border dispute

Timor-Leste has withdrawn its Australian espionage claims in the permanent court of arbitration as a “confidence-building measure”, as the two countries continue to negotiate over their maritime border
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/24/timor-leste-drops-espionage-claims-against-australia-in-maritime-border-dispute
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-24/east-timor-drops-its-spying-case-against-australia/8209400?section=world

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

Japan launches satellite to modernise military communications

The Japanese defence ministry’s first communications satellite was successfully placed in orbit on Tuesday, as part of the country’s efforts to upgrade the Self-Defence Forces’ (SDF) communications network to better deal with security challenges
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2064980/new-arms-race-japans-defence-ministry-launch-first-ever
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_30/

China says it will not back down on South China Sea

China warned Washington Tuesday that it would not back down over its claims in the disputed South China Sea, following vows by the Trump administration to defend US and international interests there
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-will-not-back-down-south-china-sea
http://www.dw.com/en/china-tells-trump-to-act-cautiously-on-south-china-sea-issue/a-37249052
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170124_34/

23 JANUARY 2017

Trump Withdraws US from 12-Nation Pacific Rim Trade Deal

President Donald Trump moved to pull the United States out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact Monday, dealing a quick blow to Barack Obama’s legacy as the new chief executive began fulfilling campaign promises in his first full week in office
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1185465/tpp-is-done-trump-pulls-us-out
http://www.voanews.com/a/trump-set-to-withdraw-from-pacific-rim-trade-deal/3687969.html

China congratulates Trump – and warns to tread carefully on Taiwan

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message to Donald Trump ­congratulating him on becoming the United States president, as it warned Washington to abide by the one-China Policy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2064723/china-congratulates-trump-and-warns-tread-carefully

21 JANUARY 2017

Former president of Maldives wants to run for office again – and save his sinking nation

He faces jail in the Maldives but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide the island nation away from environmental catastrophe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2064230/former-president-maldives-wants-run-office-again-and-save-his

Beijing internet censors close websites of liberal economic think tank

Two websites run by a liberal Chinese think tank, have been shut down by government censors
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2064260/beijing-internet-censors-close-websites-liberal

20 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen tells Pope she aspires to create ‘new era’ of peace with Beijing

Taiwan aspires to create a “new era” of peace with mainland China, which should set aside the baggage of history and have positive dialogue, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said in a letter to Pope Francis, adding military action could not resolve problems
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2063984/taiwans-president-tsai-ing-wen-aspires-create-new-era
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201701200017.aspx

19 JANUARY 2017

Arrests as Vietnam breaks up rally against China’s ‘invasion’ of Paracel islands

Vietnamese police on Thursday scuffled with activists marking the 1974 Chinese invasion of a disputed island chain as they arrested several people and dispersed journalists
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063573/arrests-vietnam-breaks-rally-against-chinas-invasion
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/vietnam-police-halt-anti-china-protest-over-islands

18 JANUARY 2017

Thai south Muslims mourn death of rebel ‘spiritual leader’

Muslims across Thailand’s restive « Deep South » are mourning the death of Sapae-ing Basor, the spiritual leader of a near 13-year rebellion against Bangkok’s rule that has claimed more than 6,800 lives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-south-muslims-mourn-death-of-rebel-spiritual-leader
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/01/16/death-separatist-leader-prompts-hope-fear-peace-prospects/

Malaysian court revives clemency option for jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysia’s jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim scored a minor legal victory on Wednesday, as a court ruled that he can proceed with his bid to challenge the rejection of his petition for a royal pardon
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2063232/malaysian-court-revives-clemency-option-jailed-leader-anwar
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/18/court-says-anwar-can-challenge-pardons-boards-decision/

Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday (Jan 18) and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/xi-calls-for-world-without-nuclear-weapons-equality-for-all/3448894.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2063383/chinas-xi-calls-world-without-nuclear-weapons
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/video/2017-01/19/c_135980499.htm

17 JANUARY 2017

Cambodia cancels exercise with US military

Weeks after holding its largest-ever joint military exercises with China, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has canceled Cambodia’s routine joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, officials confirmed on Monday
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-cancels-exercise-with-us-military-123545/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062845/cambodia-says-china-not-behind-scrapped-us-military-drill

16 JANUARY 2017

Philippines filed diplomatic protest over South China Sea buildup: Minister

The Philippines has filed a diplomatic protest with China, its foreign minister said on Monday, over Beijing’s installation last year of anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems on its manmade islands in the disputed South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-filed-diplomatic-protest-over-south-china-sea/3442404.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-quietly-protests-chinas-weapons-installations-on-islands

Japan to provide patrol ships to Vietnam amid maritime row with China

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that Japan will provide six patrol vessels to Vietnam as a part of a fresh yen-loan offer totalling 120 billion yen (US$1 billion) to the Southeast Asian country to help its maritime safety efforts amid China’s expanding activities at sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062592/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-meets-vietnamese-leaders-promises?spm=0.0.0.0.RcYBwd
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/16/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WH0epoWcE2w
http://www.thanhniennews.com/politics/japan-to-provide-patrol-ships-to-vietnam-amid-maritime-row-with-china-65869.html

Contentious US-Korea missile defense system delayed

The deployment of a controversial US missile defense system in South Korea designed to protect against North Korean aggression could be delayed, Seoul’s defense ministry said on Monday
http://www.dw.com/en/contentious-us-korea-missile-defense-system-delayed/a-37142121
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/biz/2017/01/123_222144.html
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170116000839

15 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia, Japan to deepen defence ties amid China challenge

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate on maritime security and deepen defence ties, as both nations feud with China over sea territory
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2062367/indonesia-japan-deepen-defence-ties-amid-china-challenge?spm=0.0.0.0.ezaHmY
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/15/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-jokowi-unite-south-china-sea-disputes-plan-two-plus-two-meeting/#.WHusPIWcE2w
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/japan/indonesia-japan-affirm-deeper-ties-during-abe-s-asian-tour-1.1962403

One-China policy can’t be bargaining chip, Beijing warns Trump

China’s foreign ministry said its One-China policy isn’t negotiable and urged Donald Trump to recognise the « high sensitivity » with which it views Taiwan, a day after the president-elect hinted for the second time in a month at a reset of US-China relations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/one-china-policy-cant-be-bargaining-chip-beijing-warns-trump
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/15/content_15557302.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-15/beijing-tells-donald-trump-‘one-china’-policy-non-negotiable/8183340?section=world

14 JANUARY 2017

China’s Zhou Youguang, father of Pinyin writing system, dies aged 111

Chinese linguist Zhou Youguang, who created the writing system that turns Chinese characters into words using letters from the Roman alphabet, has died aged 111
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38621697
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-01/14/content_15557259.html

Mahathir launches new party; promises to abolish GST if opposition wins

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM), pledging to unite the opposition to overthrow Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/mahathir-launches-new-party-promises-to-abolish-gst-if/3438820.html

Abe, Turnbull sign pact boosting Japan-Australia defense ties

Following a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Japan and Australia on Saturday signed a revised pact to boost logistics cooperation between their defense forces
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/14/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-arrives-australia-talks-turnbull-security-trade/#.WHqSEoWcE2w
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/14/australia-and-japan-to-strengthen-military-ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/14/content_15557168.html

China and Vietnam to « manage » differences over South China Sea – communique

China and Vietnam pledged on Saturday to manage their differences and safeguard peace in the South China Sea, in a joint communique issued during a visit to China by Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-and-vietnam-to-manage-differences-over-south-china-sea/3438930.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/14/c_135982572.htm

13 JANUARY 2017

Thai parliament approves king’s constitutional changes request, likely delaying élections

Thailand’s military-backed parliament voted overwhelmingly on Friday to make amendments to the constitution as suggested by the new king’s office, a move likely to delay a general election scheduled for the end of the year
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thai-parliament-approves-king-s-constitutional-changes-request/3435906.html

12 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/taiwan-says-nigeria-wants-it-move-its-trade-office-abuja
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2061589/taiwan-accuses-nigeria-collaborating-beijing-after-it?spm=0.0.0.0.Uog6Ij
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/13/2003663000

11 JANUARY 2017

China issues white paper on Asia-Pacific security cooperation

China on Wednesday issued a white paper on policies related to Asia-Pacific security cooperation, which also clarified the nation’s stance on issues of regional concern
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-01/11/c_135974121.htm
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-issues-white-paper-warns-small-and-medium-sized-countries/3430786.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2017-01/11/c_135973695_2.htm

Japan’s Emperor Akihito ‘to abdicate on New Year’s Day 2019’

Japan’s emperor will abdicate and allow his eldest son to ascend the chrysanthemum throne on New Year’s Day 2019, media reports said, as the government prepares legal changes for the country’s first abdication for two centuries
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/japan-considers-changes-to-law-to-allow-emperor-to-abdicate-reports
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/01/11/national/era-name-new-emperor-may-announced-ahead-accession-sources/#.WHaKWIWcE2w

Taiwan passes bill to end nuclear power by 2025

The amendments call for greater use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, and allow private companies to sell electricity to the main utility company
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170112_02/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aeco/201701110029.aspx

10 JANUARY 2017

New Thai King requests constitutional changes to ‘ensure his royal powers’: Prime Minister

Thailand’s PM says the new King is requesting changes to the draft constitution to ensure his royal powers but they have « nothing to do with the rights and freedoms of the people »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-01-10/new-thai-king-requests-constitutional-changes-to-ensure-his-royal-powers-prime-minister/1643520
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thai-kings-office-seeks-changes-draft-constitution
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170110_35/

9 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan completes nuclear triad, launches missile Babur-3 from submarine

Pakistan’s first submarine-launched cruise missile Babur-3 is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and giving the country a credible second strike capability, the military said in a statement
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-completes-nuclear-triad-launches-missile-babur-3-from-submarine_1965794.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2060852/watch-pakistan-test-fire-first-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/babur-3-five-things-to-know-about-the-pakistans-1st-nuclear-capable-submarine-cruise-missile_1965804.html

Monday turns Black again in Cambodia as protests restart

Cambodia’s “Black Monday” protest campaign restarted this week after it was put on hold for two weeks as it appeared the government was preparing to release jailed activists and an election commission official
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/monday-turns-black-01092017153718.html
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/black-monday-starts-again-as-adhoc-officers-languish-in-jail-123180/

Australia and Timor-Leste to negotiate permanent maritime boundary

Australia and Timor-Leste have agreed to begin negotiations on a permanent maritime boundary between the two countries, potentially ending years of dispute over the lucrative oil-rich Timor Gap and closing a chapter of mistrust and enmity between the two neighbours
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/09/australia-and-timor-leste-to-negotiate-permanent-maritime-boundary
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-01/09/content_15554015.html

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

Indonesian military commander sacked for training Islamic hardliners with soldiers

An Indonesian military commander has been replaced after photos emerged of members of the hardline Islamic defenders group training with soldiers
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/indonesian-military-commander-sacked-for-training-hardliners/8171268?section=world
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/09/pdi-p-questions-military-training-for-fpi-members.html

China: Beijing forms special police team to combat smog

China has announced plans to set up an « environmental police » force tasked with enforcing pollution restrictions across the capital Beijing in a bid to improve the city’s notorious air quality
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/01/china-launch-environmental-police-force-170108155055619.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/china-beijing-special-police-team-combat-smog/

8 JANUARY 2017

Taiwan’s ‘wise’ Tsai makes low-key US stop, ‘reduces risk of riling Beijing’

Taiwanese president heads to Central America without holding any meetings with Trump and his team during stopover in Houston
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2060386/taiwans-wise-tsai-makes-low-key-us-stop-reduces-risk
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170108_22/
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/01/09/2003662766

Buddhist hardliners stop Myanmar Muslim ceremony

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

South Korean monk self-immolates over ‘comfort women’ deal

 A South Korean monk set himself on fire to protest the government’s deal with Japan on compensation for wartime sex slaves. Japan’s PM Abe has also called on Seoul to remove a « comfort woman » statue as part of the deal
http://www.dw.com/en/south-korean-monk-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal/a-37053930
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060309/south-korean-self-immolates-over-comfort-women-deal-japan-pm-abe

Beijing freezes military ties with Seoul

At least seven joint military events between Korea and China have been cancelled since Seoul agreed to deploy a U.S. antimissile defense system on the peninsula, according to a government insider
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3028404

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

Duterte asks Russia: Be Philippine ally and protector

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continued his offer of friendship to Russia as he visited a Russian antisubmarine vessel docked in Manila
http://www.asianews.network/content/duterte-asks-russia-be-philippine-ally-and-protector-36851
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049353801-philippines-duterte-bases/

Japan, France to begin talks on sharing military supplies, lambast land reclamation in South China Sea

The defence and foreign ministers of Japan and France agreed at their “two-plus-two” meeting on Friday 6 to start negotiations for a bilateral accord on sharing defence supplies and services
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2060198/japan-france-begin-talks-sharing-military-supplies-lambast-land

6 JANUARY 2017

Japan recalls envoy after South Korea puts ‘comfort woman’ statue outside consulate

Japan has recalled its ambassador to South Korea in protest at the placing of a statue symbolising victims of Japanese wartime sex slavery outside its consulate
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2059912/japan-recalls-its-ambassador-south-korea-over-new-comfort-women
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/06/japan-says-recalling-envoy-to-skorea-over-new-comfort-woman-statue

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart Attack

Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including Gandhi, City of Joy and East is East, died on Friday
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38527232
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2059973/award-winning-indian-actor-om-puri-dies-heart-attack

5 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia backs down on suspension of military cooperation with Australia

Indonesia appears to have backed down over its suspension of all military cooperation with Australia
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-05/indonesia-softens-military-suspension-with-australia/8164440?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2059499/australia-denies-trying-recruit-indonesian-soldiers-after

President Park Geun-hye accused of ‘broadly and gravely’ violating South Korean constitution as impeachment trial begins
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38515236
http://www.euronews.com/2017/01/05/impeachment-trial-against-skorean-leader-goes-ahead-without-her
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/s-korea-presidents-lawyers-say-no-evidence-impeachment

Kashmir integral part of Pakistan, Sharif says

Saying that Kashmir was an “integral part” of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday praised slain Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani as a “vibrant and charismatic leader”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/kashmir-integral-part-of-pakistan-sharif-says-1.1957002

Apple removes New York Times app from China store

Apple has removed the New York Times from its China app store, the tech giant said, after authorities told the company the app breached régulations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/apple-removes-new-york-times-app-from-china-store

4 JANUARY 2017

Indonesia halts military cooperation with Australia over ‘insulting’ West Papua posters at training base

« Offensive » material about West Papua displayed at an Australian Special Forces base has prompted Indonesia’s defence chief to cut military cooperation, throwing future joint exercises into doubt
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-04/insulting-training-material-was-in-relation-to-west-papua/8162284?section=world
http://www.news.com.au/national/offensive-training-materials-behind-indonesias-decision-to-suspend-military-cooperation-with-australia/news-story/1c2ae1a5e94c4043dcb9e2a931abfc83
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-says-military-acted-alone-to-suspend-cooperation-with/3413006.html

3 JANUARY 2017

China tightens Tibetan border security to combat ‘separatism’

China has tightened security regulations in Tibet’s border region to battle the risks of terrorism and ‘separatism’, the state-owned Global Times said
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-tightens-tibetan-border-security-to-combat-separatism/3410352.html

Russian warships visit Manila in Moscow’s bid to hold maritime drills

Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as President Rodrigo Duterte pivots to United States’ traditional rivals
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/philippines-russian-warships-manila-moscows-maritime-drills/

2 JANUARY 2017

Thai army chief vows no more coups as fresh doubt cast on 2017 election pledge

They may have successfully seized power 12 times in the last eight decades but Thailand’s army chief has said military coups are officially a thing of the past
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2058708/thai-army-chief-vows-no-more-coups-fresh-doubt-cast-2017

Indian court bans politicians from using religion, caste to win votes

India’s top court on Monday prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their strategy in upcoming elections. « No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion, » said Chief Justice T.S. Thakur in an order, adding that election process must be a « secular exercise »
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-no-politician-can-seek-vote-in-the-name-of-caste-creed-or-religion-supreme-court-2288542
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38487409

Nepal Supreme Court gives nod for Constitution amendment bill

 Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday said the Constitution amendment bill registered in the Legislative-Parliament should move ahead as it is a matter of Parliamentary supremacy
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/nepal-sc-gives-nod-for-constitution-amendment-bill-1483373284.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-02/ruling-parties-welcome-sc-verdict-to-forward-process-on-tuesdays-meet.html

1 JANUARY 2017

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech

King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/01/thai-king-urges-unity-first-new-year-speech/

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is in the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38482142
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170101_18/

Thousands march in Hong Kong to protest bid to unseat lawmakers

Thousands of protesters, chanting « Sovereignty belongs to the people! » marched through Hong Kong on New Year’s Day to protest at the government’s legal bid to unseat pro-democracy lawmakers Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Leung Kwok-hung, and Edward Yiu
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/thousands-march-in-hong-kong-to-protest-bid-to-unseat-lawmakers/3406990.html

 

 



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