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19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

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

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

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

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

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

Thailand carries out first execution since 2009

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

18 JUNE 2018

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

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

Two Koreas held inter-Korean sports exchanges at border

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

Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox wins appeal to stay in Philippines

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

Japan protests South Korean military drills near contested islands

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

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

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

16 JUNE 2018

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

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

15 JUNE 2018

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

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

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

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

14 JUNE 2018

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

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

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

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

UN calls for international probe into Kashmir rights violations

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

Kashmir journalist Shujaat Bukhari shot dead in Srinagar

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

South, North military meet in Panmunjom

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

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

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

13 JUNE 2018

Taiwan New Party officials indicted for working on behalf of China

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

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

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

South Korean ruling party sweeps local elections

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

Former Maldives president is sentenced to 19 months in prison

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

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

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

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

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

12 JUNE 2018

Trump and Kim sign ‘historic’ document after summit

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

Vietnam Parliament passes cyber law denounced in street protests

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 JUNE 2018

Hong Kong jails top activist Edward Leung for six years

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

Kuril Islands: Japan protests Russian undersea cable to disputed territory

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

10 JUNE 2018

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

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

9 JUNE 2018

Indonesia wins UN Security Council seat

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

Pakistan army denies involvement in abduction of writer Bukhari

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

8 JUNE 2018

Vietnam expels dissident lawyer to Germany

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

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

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

Putin: Cooperation with China at “unprecedented level”

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

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan Govt Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

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

North Korea Razing Key Missile Test Stand

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

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

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

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

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

North Korea Razing Key Missile Test Stand

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

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

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

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

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

6 JUNE 2018

Myanmar and UN reach agreement on Rohingya repatriation process

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

5 JUNE 2018

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

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

India to go ahead with $5.5b Russia arms deal

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

China tacitly warns US not to sail warship in Taiwan Strait

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

US arrests Ron Rockwell Hansen for trying to spy for China

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

Philippines, South Korea sign 4 agreements to boost relations

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

4 JUNE 2018

Vietnam upholds sentence for prominent human rights activists

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

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

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

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

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

3 JUNE 2018

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

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

India, Pakistan clash on Kashmir border ends brief truce

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

2 JUNE 2018

Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations

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

China launches new Earth observation satellite

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

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

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

Singapore signs enhanced defence cooperation pact with Germany

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

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

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

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

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

1 JUNE 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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