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23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

22 NOVEMBER 2017

Militant leader accused of masterminding Mumbai attacks ordered freed by Pakistani court

A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2121168/militant-leader-accused-masterminding-mumbai-attacks-ordered
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/22/pakistani-court-orders-release-of-alleged-mastermind-of-mumbai-attacks
https://www.dawn.com/news/1372167/hafiz-saeed-set-to-be-freed-after-lhc-turns-down-extension-in-detention-order

US: Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim crisis is ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States declares the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing”, putting more pressure on the country’s military to halt a crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh
https://www.voanews.com/a/rohingya-myanmar-ethnic-cleansing-us-secretary-state-rex-tillerson-says/4130022.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2121151/us-myanmars-rohingya-muslim-crisis-ethnic-cleansing

New journalist killing shocks India

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

21 NOVEMBER 2017

China jails prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong for 2 years for inciting subversion

A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison on the vague charge of inciting subversion of state power, the latest verdict passed down in a sweeping crackdown on activism that has drawn widespread international criticism
http://www.dw.com/en/jiang-tianyong-chinese-rights-lawyer-sentenced-to-two-years-in-prison/a-41460569
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Christian-lawyer-Jiang-Tianyong-condemned-to-two-years-prison-for-‘subversion’–42373.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/121/26/24/1511257246675.html

China rejects claims it had hand in efforts to oust Mugabe

Beijing: Beijing has said speculation that it had a hand in ongoing efforts to dethrone Robert Mugabe is an “evil” plot designed to sully its reputation and derail China-Africa relations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/21/china-rejects-claims-it-had-hand-in-efforts-to-oust-robert-mugabe

Pakistan turns down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1564050/2-pakistan-rejects-use-chinese-currency/

Vatican, China swap art in bid to mend strained ties

The Vatican and China will exchange paintings, vases and sculptures in a bid to mend often strained ties through « the diplomacy of art », officials said on Tuesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/lifestyle/vatican–china-swap-art-in-bid-to-mend-strained-ties-9426868
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/’Art-Diplomacy’:-two-exhibits-at-the-Vatican-Museums-and-Beijing%E2%80%99s-Imperial-Palace-42379.html

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe refuses to relax immigration rules despite shrinking population

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has insisted his administration has “no intention” of loosening the country’s strict immigration policy despite warnings about its fast shrinking – and ageing – population
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japan-immigration-shinzo-abe-refuse-relax-rules-prime-minister-policy-shrinking-population-foreign-a8065281.html

Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that’s sparked controversy for depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/11/20/indian-politician-offers-1-5m-for-beheading-bollywood-star-over-hindu-queen-muslim-ruler-romance-film.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/padmavati-controversy-supreme-court-madhya-pradesh-shivraj-singh-chouhan-rajput-sanjay-leela-bhansali4946652/
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/film-padmavati-has-united-royals-across-party-lines-in-politics/1/1093690.html

Indonesian Speaker Setya Novanto arrested on second attempt by anti-corruption agency

Indonesia’s parliamentary Speaker has been taken into custody by the country’s anti-corruption agency, after he was arrested over his alleged role in causing state losses of $225 million linked to a national electronic identity card scheme
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-11-20/indonesian-speaker-setya-novanto-arrested-on-second-attempt-by-anticorruption-agency/1718364

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

China lays out three-point plan to ease Rohingya crisis

China has offered to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis, a move Chinese analysts said reflected Beijing’s more proactive and conciliatory tack on regional affairs
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2120607/china-lays-out-three-point-plan-ease-rohingya-crisis

18 NOVEMBER 2017

China, North Korea envoys talk up ties despite nuclear tensions

A senior Chinese envoy has met an aide to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, the two sides said on Saturday (Nov 18), stressing longstanding ties despite deep divisions over the North’s nuclear activities
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-north-korea-envoys-talk-up-ties-despite-nuclear-tensions-9418640
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210865

17 NOVEMBER 2017

Secretary Tillerson signals shift in US policy toward Burma

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson just concluded a visit to Burma where he called upon the government to investigate allegations of atrocities committed by the Burmese military against the Rohingya
http://www.heritage.org/asia/commentary/secretary-tillerson-signals-shift-us-policy-toward-burma
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/11/15/asia/tillerson-myanmar-rohingya/index.html

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party on Thursday (Nov 16) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the « death » of the nation’s democracy
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/cambodia-opposition-laments-death-of-democracy-as-party-banned-9413022
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42006828
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/death-democracy-cnrp-dissolved-supreme-court-ruling

15 NOVEMBER 2017

North Korea: coward Trump deserves death penalty for insulting Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s state media on Wednesday slammed Donald Trump for insulting leader Kim Jong-un, saying the US president deserved the death penalty and calling him a coward for cancelling a visit to the inter-Korean border
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2120006/north-korea-coward-trump-deserves-death-penalty-insulting-kim

14 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte calls Justin Trudeau’s questions about war on drugs an ‘insult’

The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, attacked Canada’s Justin Trudeau at the end of a summit of Asian and western nations for raising questions about his war on drugs, a topic skirted by other leaders, including Donald Trump
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/14/rodrigo-duterte-justin-trudeau-war-on-drugs-insult

13 NOVEMBER 2017

Vietnam, China agree to avoid conflicts in South China Sea

The agreement was announced in a joint statement after Chinese President Xi Jinping made a state visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Monday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/13/542063/Vietnam-China-agreement-South-China-Sea-Xi-Jinping-Hanoi-ASEAN

Trump-Duterte: US president hails ‘great relationship’

US President Trump has said he has a « great relationship » with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as the two met at a regional summit in Manila. The meeting got off to a rocky start with a group handshake gone awry
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41964930
http://www.dw.com/en/donald-trump-meets-philippine-president-duterte-as-asean-summit-kicks-off-in-manila/a-41351485

12 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump offers to mediate in South China Sea row

Trump’s surprise proposal to insert himself into the decades-long row risked a backlash from China, which has repeatedly said the United States has no role to play in what it insists is a series of bilateral issues
http://zeenews.india.com/world/trump-offers-to-mediate-in-south-china-sea-row-2056430.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119551/better-left-untouched-philippines-and-vietnam-wary
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/12/541879/US-Trump-Vietnam-territorial-dispute-China-South-China-Sea

11 NOVEMBER 2017

China seeks closer dialogue with Japan, South Korea to tackle threat from Pyongyang

China on Saturday vowed to strengthen coordination with its neighbours in dealing with the North Korean issue, as US President Donald Trump complimented Beijing on helping to rein in Pyongyang
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119478/china-seeks-closer-ties-japan-south-korea-tackle-threat

Nepal’s three-time premier of monarchy era Kirti Nidhi Bista dies at 90

Kirti Nidhi Bista, a three-time former prime minister during Nepal’s monarchy era, died in Kathmandu on Saturday, state television reported. He was 90
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2119467/nepals-three-time-premier-monarchy-era-kirti-nidhi-bista-dies
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-11/former-pm-bista-passes-away-at-90.html

Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’ of 23 political parties

The grand alliance named Pakistan Awami Ittehad (PAI) will be headed by 74-year-old Musharraf, while Iqbal Dar has been appointed as Secretary General
http://www.freepressjournal.in/world/pervez-musharraf-forms-grand-alliance-of-23-political-parties/1168747

10 NOVEMBER 2017

At APEC, Trump vows the US will « no longer tolerate » unfair trade

US President Donald Trump gave a spirited airing of his « America First » doctrine in a speech to Asia-Pacific leaders on Friday, vowing his country will « no longer tolerate » unfair trade, closed markets and intellectual property theft, as he seeks to rewrite the rules of global commerce
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-apec-trump-vows-the-us-will-no-longer-tolerate-unfair-trade-12123
http://www.dw.com/en/apec-donald-trump-stresses-ties-with-asia-pacific-but-calls-for-better-trade-deals/a-41323594
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41937426

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

« At 16, I killed someone, » he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person « just over a look »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41939823
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/10/filipino-leader-claims-stabbed-someone-death-teenager-country/

9 NOVEMBER 2017

China, US ink $250 bn trade deals to mark Donald Trump’s first visit

Cash-rich China on Thursday wooed the US by signing deals worth more than USD 250 billion during President Donald Trump’s first visit, amidst his criticism of the Communist giant’s unfair business practices and the « chronic imbalance » in bilateral trade
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/china-us-ink-250-bn-trade-deals-to-mark-donald-trumps-first-visit-2055769.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2119211/deals-galore-us-firms-trumps-china-trip-are-real-trade
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/trump-criticises-trade-deficit-but-says-i-don-t-blame-china–12082

Xi, Trump committed to denuclearization on Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday he and his US counterpart Donald Trump have reiterated firm commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and solving the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/151/70/153/1510220285505.html
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/09/trump-xi-say-will-solve-menace-north-korea-together.html

Taiwan is the most important issue in Sino-US ties, Xi tells Trump

Taiwan is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US ties, Chinese President Xi Jinping told visiting US President Donald Trump on Thursday, ahead of the one-year anniversary of Trump taking a precedent-breaking call from Taiwan’s president
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/xi-tells-trump-that-taiwan-is-the-most-important-issue-in-sino-us-ties
http://english.rti.org.tw/news/?recordId=77559
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201711090028.aspx

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

8 NOVEMBER 2017

Trump begins China visit

Donald Trump toured the Forbidden City with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Wednesday (Nov 8) as the US president began the crucial leg of an Asian trip intended to build a global front against North Korea’s nuclear threats
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41912325
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171108_42/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trump-in-china-for-talks-on-north-korea-s-cruel-dictatorship-9387198

Ahead of APEC Summit, 17 NGOs appeal for activists held by Hanoi

A group of 17 non-governmental organizations have written  a joint letter calling on leaders who are gathering this week to take part in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to exert pressure on host nation Vietnam to release detained bloggers and human rights activists
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-APEC-Summit,-17-NGOs-appeal-for-activists-held-by-Hanoi-42260.html

7 NOVEMBER 2017

In South Korea, Trump adopts carrot-and-stick approach to North

US President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea, where he met with President Moon Jae-in and both threatened North Korea with military action and invited it to make a deal with Washington
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/07/541307/Donald-Trump-Seoul-Moon-Camp-Humphreys
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-07/donald-turmp-warns-ready-to-use-force-against-north-korea/9127902?section=world
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41896635

Indonesia court recognises indigenous religions in landmark ruling

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday affirmed the rights of devotees of faiths outside the country’s officially recognised religions, in a move activists welcomed as a « new chapter for religious freedom. »
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/indonesia-court-recognises-indigenous-religions-in-landmark-ruling-12032
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/07/rights-group-welcomes-landmark-court-ruling-on-native-faiths.html

6 NOVEMBER 2017

Two Kashmiri activists awarded Rafto Prize for human rights

Two activists from Indian-administered Kashmir will be awarded Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights on Saturday for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the jury announced
https://www.trtworld.com/europe/two-kashmiri-activists-awarded-rafto-prize-for-human-rights-11944

Trump: ‘samurai’ Japan will shoot down North Korean missiles after buying new weapons from US

US President Donald Trump on Monday said “samurai” Japan will soon have the capability to shoot down North Korean weapons, once it has bought “massive amounts of military equipment” from Washington. Standing next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump promised to work in solidarity with Japan to confront “the North Korean menace”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2118678/trump-samurai-japan-will-shoot-down-north-korean-missiles-after
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/videos/20171106171406446/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/trump-says-japan-would-shoot-n-korean-missiles-out-of-sky-if-it-9377896

China slams Indian minister’s visit to disputed border region

China has objected to a visit by India’s defense minister to the remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region administered by New Delhi but claimed by Beijing, saying the move would block efforts in maintaining peace in the region
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/06/541216/China-Hua-Chunying-Arunachal-Pradesh-India-Nirmala-Sitharaman
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/china-objects-to-nirmala-sitharamans-visit-to-arunachal-pradesh-says-not-conducive-to-peace-and-tranquillity-of-region/

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

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

4 NOVEMBER 2017

China extends national anthem ‘disrespect’ law to Hong Kong

China’s parliament has formally extended a law banning disrespect of the national anthem to cover Hong Kong, a move that critics say undermines the city’s autonomy and freedoms
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/04/china-extends-national-anthem-disrespect-law-to-hong-kong
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/11/04/insulting-national-anthem-set-become-illegal-hong-kong-china-sets-ball-rolling-basic-law-legislation/

3 NOVEMBER 2017

South Korea’s main opposition party strips impeached president of membership

South Korea’s main opposition Liberty Korea Party decided Friday to strip former president Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and stood trial over corruption charges, of her membership
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/4/241/174/1509711033814.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210324

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims must return to Myanmar’s Rakhine as citizens: UN

The head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return to the Southeast Asian country they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540786/Myanmar-Rohingyas-UN-citizenship-Rakhine-Suu-Kyi-Bangladesh
http://www.mizzima.com/news-domestic-international/myanmar-refugees-must-return-citizens-un-refugee-chief

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

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

Brunei named most improved economy in the world

 Brunei Darussalam has been named the most improved economy in the world for the third year in a row in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018, which was released on Wednesday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/brunei-named-most-improved-economy-world

Malaysian royals call for Mahathir to be focus of sedition inquiry

A powerful Malaysian royal family called on Thursday for former prime minster Mahathir Mohamad to face a sedition probe for allegedly insulting an ethnic group from which they claim descent
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2118180/malaysian-royals-call-mahathir-be-focus-sedition-inquiry
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/selangors-royal-council-urges-sedition-probe-of-mahathir-over-bugis-pirate-comment

Xi Jinping sends rare message to Kim Jong-Un in sign relations could be improving

Chinese President Xi Jinping has sent North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a rare message « out of politeness, » Beijing said Thursday, in his first public communication with his wayward neighbour for more than a year
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/02/xi-jinping-sends-rare-message-kim-jong-un-sign-relations-could/
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/02/540704/China-Xi-North-Korea-Kim-relations

1st NOVEMBER 2017

Japan’s Shinzo Abe re-elected prime minister after big election win

Japan’s Shinzo Abe was re-elected prime minister on Wednesday after his ruling bloc’s big election win last month and days before a visit by US President Donald Trump that is expected to be dominated by concerns over a volatile North Korea
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/japan-s-shinzo-abe-re-elected-prime-minister-after-big-election-win-11854
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004040759

South Korean President Moon Jae-in rules out developing nuclear weapons to guard against threat from Pyongyang

South Korea will not develop atomic weapons of its own despite the threat from the nuclear-armed North, President Moon Jae-in declared on Wednesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2117935/south-korean-president-moon-jae-rules-out-developing-nuclear
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20171101000973

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by opposition leader Kem Sokha to be freed from jail, upholding a Sept. 26 decision by an appeals court and leaving him to face trial on charges of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/release-10312017180728.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-upholds-sokha-detention-treason

Japan’s Democratic Party taps Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president

The Democratic Party elected Upper House member Kohei Otsuka as new party president on Tuesday following the formal resignation of Seiji Maehara the previous day
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/31/national/politics-diplomacy/dp-taps-upper-house-member-kohei-otsuka-new-party-president/#.Wfi4ZGjWw2w
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/yukio-edano-stands-up-as-the-leader-of-japans-biggest-opposition

South Korea, China agree to bring exchange, cooperation back onto ‘normal’ track

South Korea and China have agreed to put their bilateral relations back on the right track, apparently normalizing ties thathave been soured over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, the foreign ministry said Tuesday
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/11/120_238499.html
http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/816672.html
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3040177

30 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan to increase defence spending

Taiwan understands the need to spend more on its defence and will continue to increase its military spending, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii that has provoked anger from Beijing
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/taiwan-to-increase-defence-spending-11776

Beijing’s top diplomat in Hong Kong tells foreign envoys to respect China’s sovereignty

Foreign countries must respect China’s sovereignty and understand Beijing’s strategy on Hong Kong in a “comprehensive and accurate manner”, the head of foreign ministry office in Hong Kong told diplomats on Monday
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2117680/beijings-top-diplomat-hong-kong-tells-foreign-envoys

29 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand enshrines ashes of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The king’s ashes were enshrined in two royal temples and Thailand’s Grand Palace, where he had lain in state since he died aged 88 last October
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41795352
https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1350747/royal-relics-and-ashes-of-the-late-king-bhumibol-enshrined

Xi ally Li Qiang named Shanghai party boss — Xinhua

Li Qiang, an ally of Chinese President Xi Jinping, has been named the top Communist Party official in Shanghai, replacing Han Zheng who last week joined the elite Politburo Standing Committee, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/xi-ally-li-qiang-named-shanghai-party-boss-xinhua-1.2114840
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/chinas-leadership-changes-who-is-li-qiang-new-party-chief-of-shanghai

27 OCTOBER 2017

Malaysia unveils expansionary budget as polls loom; sees solid 2018 growth

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced an expansionary budget targeted at his vote bank on Friday (Oct 27), as he looks to shore up support ahead of a tough election that must be called by next August
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-unveils-expansionary-budget-as-polls-loom-najib-razak-9350222

Moody’s project Korea to post 3% GDP growth this year and 2.8% in 2018

Moody’s Investors Service says South Korea is on course to post three percent GDP growth this year, citing the country’s diversified and competitive economy with strong potential for high income levels
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=210043

26 OCTOBER 2017

Thailand begins royal cremation for late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The cremation of the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej officially began on Thursday (Oct 26) with Buddhist religious rites and ceremonial candle-lighting by saffron-robed monks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/200000-thais-gather-around-grand-palace-as-funeral-rites-for-king-bhumibol-begin
http://www.france24.com/en/20171026-thailand-bid-spectacular-final-farewell-late-king-bhumibol-cremation
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41748220
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcqDZxt-1wo

25 OCTOBER 2017

China congress: No heir apparent as Xi reveals top leadership

China has revealed its new senior leadership committee, breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to President Xi Jinping (see the full list of new leaders)
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-41743804
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-25/meet-president-xi-jinping-new-leadership-team/9086372?section=world
http://www.chinadailyhk.com/articles/101/76/75/1508905872099.html
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-25/278369.shtml

24 OCTOBER 2017

Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law granted bail

Jailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong and Nathan Law were released on bail Tuesday pending an appeal against sentences handed down for their role in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-freed-on-bail-pending-appeal/9080716?section=world
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activists-released-on-bail-11615
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/jailed-hong-kong-activist-joshua-wong-released-bail-0

Indonesia passes law to ban organisations deemed against secular Pancasila ideology

Around 1,000 Indonesians, led by hardline Islamist groups, protested outside parliament on Tuesday (Oct 24) as lawmakers approved a presidential decree banning any civil organisations deemed to go against the country’s secular state ideology
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indonesia-passes-law-to-ban-organisations-deemed-against-its-ideology-9340170

What China’s elevation of President Xi Jinping to the Communist pantheon means for the superpower’s future

China’s Communist Party votes to enshrine President Xi Jinping’s ideology in its constitution, making him the country’s most powerful leader since chairman Mao Zedong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-communist-party-constitutional-amendment-ideology-enshrined-superpowers-future-mao-a8017111.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-24/xi-jinping-becomes-most-powerful-chinese-leader-since-mao-has-name-added-to-constitution/1711526
http://www.dw.com/en/chinas-communist-party-boosts-xi-jinpings-status/av-41092174

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

India to open talks with all parties in disputed Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian government has announced it will commence talks in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir with all parties, including separatists who are calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/23/india-to-open-talks-with-all-parties-in-disputed-jammu-and-kashmir
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/government-announces-sustained-dialogue-solve-kashmir-problem-1502515964.html
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/oct/23/centre-appoints-former-ib-director-dineshwar-sharma-to-initiate-sustained-dialogue-in-jammu-and-kash-1680634.html

22 OCTOBER 2017

Coalition retains two-thirds majority in victory for Japan’s PM Abe

The ruling coalition regained a two-thirds majority in the Oct. 22 Lower House election, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe another victory in his bid to stay in power
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201710230012.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japanese-voters-brave-typhoon-to-cast-ballot-in-snap-election/2017/10/22/8c7aeab4-b5dd-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.fe83ad906928
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/editors/3/proamendmentblocwins23majority/

21 OCTOBER 2017

Filmmaker Wong Kar-wai becomes first Hong Kong director to win Lumière Award

Wong became the first local director to win the Lumière Award – often described as the “Nobel Prize for cinema” – joining a list of high-profile filmmakers including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino
http://www.asiaobserver.org/all-about-hong-kong

20 OCTOBER 2017

UN tells China to release human rights activists and pay them compensation

The United Nations has demanded that China should immediately release prominent human rights activists from detention and pay them compensation, according to an unreleased document obtained by The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/20/un-china-report-release-human-rights-activists-pay-compensation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/20/un-panel-urges-china-to-release-and-compensate-3-activists.html

China summons British ambassador to Beijing, over ‘raft of incorrect comments’ after UK activist barred from Hong Kong

Beijing on Friday summoned London’s ambassador in a tit-for-tat protest stemming from Hong Kong’s denial of entry to a British human rights activist
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2116341/china-summons-british-ambassador-beijing-over-raft-incorrect

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

Australia will begin holding regular high-level talks with senior members of the Cambodian Government, despite other countries rethinking their engagement with the increasingly authoritarian kingdom
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-10-20/australia-strengthens-ties-with-cambodia-as-sweden-reconsiders-engagement/1710712

19 OCTOBER 2017

Philippines’ Duterte says Malaysian militant Dr Mahmud killed

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed on Thursday (Oct 19) that Malaysian Mahmud Ahmad, once tipped to become Islamic State’s point man in Southeast Asia, was killed by the military
http://www.thestar.com.my/news/regional/2017/10/19/philippines-duterte-says-malaysian-islamist-militant-killed/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysias-most-wanted-terrorist-mahmud-ahmad-dead-duterte-9325804

The Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar confirms killing of chief Umar Khorasani in drone attack

The Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA), a breakaway faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), on Thursday confirmed the death of its chief Umar Khalid Khorasani in a US drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province a couple of days ago
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/19/jamaat-ul-ahraar-confirms-killing-of-chief-umar-khorasani-in-drone-attack/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1364849/umar-khalid-khorasani-9-associates-confirmed-killed-by-us-drone-strike

Pakistani court indicts ousted PM Sharif and his family members

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistani-court-indicts-ousted-pm-sharif-and-his-family-members-11481
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/207/170/228/1508414929686.html

18 OCTOBER 2017

Central government exercises overall jurisdiction over Hong Kong, says Xi Jinping in communist congress speech

Chinese Xi Jinping says that the central government exercises full control over Hong Kong and Macau. He was speaking at the opening of the 19th Chinese Communist Party National Congress on Wednesday, though did not make direct reference to the Hong Kong independence movement
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/10/18/central-govt-exercises-overall-jurisdiction-hong-kong-says-xi-jinping-communist-congress-speech/

Taiwan responds to Xi’s tough messages at 19th Congress with worries

Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs admitted Chinese President Xi Jinping’s stern message is probably to create a hurdle for Taiwan on the world stage
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3277365

Xi Jinping delivers report to CPC 19th congress, stressing socialism with Chinese characteristics in new era

Xi Jinping called on all members of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to « secure a decisive victory in building a moderately prosperous society in all respects and strive for the great success of socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era
http://www.ecns.cn/2017/10-18/277457.shtml
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2115858/key-points-xis-speech-chinas-communist-party-congress
http://live.china.org.cn/2017/10/17/opening-ceremony-of-the-19th-cpc-national-congress/

17 OCTOBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares Marawi ‘liberation’ from jihadists

Philippine President Duterte has declared that Marawi city is now liberated from IS-linked jihadists. Rebuilding and rehabilitating the war-torn city will be a test case for Duterte, say analysts
http://www.dw.com/en/philippine-president-duterte-declares-marawi-liberation-from-jihadists/a-40988478
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-declares-marawi-liberated-military-says-30-militants-9317748

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

Declassified US files reveal new details of Indonesia’s mid-60s mass killings

Declassified files have revealed new details of US government knowledge of and support for an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/17/indonesia-anti-communist-killings-us-declassified-files

Malaysian teacher Mahmud Ahmad seen as new ‘emir’ of pro-Islamic State militants in Southeast Asia

Institute of Policy Analysis and Conflict said he controlled recruitment and financing and was the contact for foreigners wanting to join the fight in the Philippines or with IS in the Middle East
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115735/malaysian-teacher-mahmud-ahmad-seen-new-emir-pro-militants
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/ex-lecturer-malaysia-set-take-over-faction-philippines

16 OCTOBER 2017

European Union ministers ban all investments and oil exports to North Korea in punishing sanctions

The European Union imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea on Monday as part of international efforts to punish the pariah regime for its nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2115618/european-union-ministers-ban-all-investments-and-oil-exports

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan sworn in amid calls from hardliners for « Islamic lifestyle »

Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in former education minister Anies Baswedan as Jakarta’s governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jakarta-governor-sworn-in-amid-calls-from-hardliners-for–islamic-lifestyle–9316138
http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113087/president-jokowi-inaugurates-baswedan-uno-as-jakarta-governor-vice-governor
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/10/16/profile-anies-baswedan.html

Last leaders of Muslim militant siege in southern Philippines, killed in fighting

The two final surviving leaders of a deadly siege in the southern Philippines, including a top Asian terror suspect, were killed on Monday in one of the final battles by thousands of troops to retake the last area in Marawi city held by pro-Islamic State militants
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115487/isnilon-hapilon-last-leader-muslim-militant-siege-southern
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/leaders-of-marawi-war-killed-in-clashes-with-philippine-forces-defence-secretary

15 OCTOBER 2017

Duterte says he refused British aid, ready to lose Europe

The Philippine president said he has asked his finance secretary to reject an unspecified British financial aid package and that he’s ready to cut diplomatic ties with all European countries critical of his deadly anti-drug crackdown
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/139/219/1508040330199.html

China expels former justice minister Wu Aiying from party for graft

Wu Aiying, 65, was justice minister from 2005 until February this year, according to her official resume, and one of only a handful of senior female officials in China
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-expels-former-justice-minister-from-party-for-graft-1.2106081

Cambodia’s political prince Norodom Ranariddh submits to strongman Hun Sen as opposition crumbles

With Cambodia’s opposition warning of the imminent death of its democracy, the historic rival who once beat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election said there was no option but to work with the strongman
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2115422/cambodias-political-prince-norodom-ranariddh-submits

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

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

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

11 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls for unity against ‘Great Power’ Interference

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called on Wednesday for the Cambodian people to “stand up” against what he called meddling in the country’s internal affairs by the United States and other nations, urging citizens to unite in defense of Cambodia’s sovereignty
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/unity-10112017162840.html

Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/11/sex-with-underage-wife-is-indian-supreme-court-rules
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-top-court-says-sex-with-child-bride-is-rape/a-40902473
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sc-says-girl-child-can-t-be-treated-as-commodity-calls-separate-marriage-laws-for-hindus-and-muslims-mockery-2552174

9 OCTOBRE 2017

India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots

An Indian court has commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/death-sentence-for-11-in-train-burning-case-commuted-1.2102999
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/dcNf9VKC84zlq0mnxLQhPJ/Godhra-train-burning-case-Gujarat-high-court-commutes-death.html

Philippines apologises to China for using Taiwan logo at ceremony

The Philippines apologised to China on Monday for a « grievous but purely unintentional » mistake after it displayed the logo of the defence ministry of Taiwan, not China, at an event marking Beijing’s donation of 3,000 rifles to Manila.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-apologises-to-china-for-using-taiwan-logo-at-ceremony-9292746
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114532/philippines-sorry-grievous-error-saw-it-use-taiwan

8 OCTOBER 2017

North Korean leader promotes sister Kim Yo-jong

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has promoted his younger sister to a senior post in the one-party state, according to state media
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/north-korean-leader-promotes-sister-kim-yo-jong-171008172800383.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-09/kim-jong-uns-closest-aide-is-sister-kim-yo-jong/9030854?section=world
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171008_18/

Who killed former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto?

Ten years ago Benazir Bhutto returned to Pakistan to run in elections. Within two months a suicide attack had killed her but authorities are no closer to catching her killers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/who-killed-former-pakistan-prime-minister-benazir-bhutto-1.665423

7 OCTOBER 2017

Taiwan presents defense budget for 2018

The Ministry of National Defense has drafted a budget for 2018 which raises defense spending by 1.9 percent to NT$327.8 billion (US$10.7 billion), a far cry from the 50-percent leap needed to reach 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product
https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3269913

6 OCTOBER 2017

1,000 Chinese soldiers reportedly still in Doklam a month after border stand-off ended

About 1,000 Chinese soldiers are reported to be still deployed in a disputed border region in the Himalayas that was the scene of a 10-week stand-off between India and China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2114265/1000-chinese-soldiers-reportedly-still-doklam-month

Party chief of Da Nang relieved of post, removed from powerful Communist Party of Vietnam central committee

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam has dismissed the Party chief of Da Nang from his post and eliminated him from the committee for violating principle, including using invalid degrees and accepting cars and houses from businesses
http://tuoitrenews.vn/news/politics/20171006/party-chief-of-da-nang-relieved-of-post-removed-from-powerful-central-committee/41936.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-sacks-top-communist-official

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers file a lawsuit to demand the dissolution of the main opposition party, in a move that would help Prime Minister Hun Sen extend his 32-year rule when the poor Southeast Asian nation votes next year
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2114260/cambodian-government-files-lawsuit-dissolve-main-opposition
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-party/#i5XkHpbs0LvuRRi9.97

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

Japanese-born Kazuo Ishiguro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

A Japan-born British author has won this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature. Kazuo Ishiguro has received wide acclaim for « The Remains of the Day » and other novels
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20171005_30/
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/oct/05/kazuo-ishiguro-wins-the-nobel-prize-in-literature

Bolkiah, sultan of Brunei, celebrates 50 years in power

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah is marking 50 years on Brunei’s throne with a spectacular and lavish ceremony at his golden-domed palace. Among the sultan’s contemporary monarchs, only Queen Elizabeth II has had a longer reign
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/your-gilded-chariot-awaits-brunei-sultan-celebrates-50-years-in-power-1.2101019
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/brunei-sultan-mark-golden-jubilee-lavish-celebrations

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, has fled the country, fearing she would be arrested amid a government crackdown on the opposition
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Cambodian-opposition-lawmaker-flees-calls-for-sanctions?page=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/cambodia-opposition-leader-flees-government-crackdown-171004154907403.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/half-of-cambodias-opposition-have-fled-country-in-crackdown

3 OCTOBER 2017

Pakistan’s disgraced ex-PM Nawaz Sharif re-elected head of ruling party

Pakistan’s ruling party on Tuesday re-elected ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, saying he was “back with full force”, a day after using its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to re-take the job
http://nation.com.pk/national/03-Oct-2017/nawaz-sharif-reelected-as-pml-n-s-president-unopposed
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/10/03/nawaz-sharif-re-elected-pml-n-president/

In Japan, Yukio Edano’s liberal party officially launched

The new party formed by Yukio Edano of the Democratic Party submitted a notice of establishment to the internal affairs minister on Tuesday morning
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003980928

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

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

Trump hails ‘very strong’ ties with Thailand

Donald Trump welcomed Thai junta leader chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to the White House on Monday, trying to turn the page after coups rocked one of America’s oldest alliances
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/trump-hails-very-strong-ties-thailand
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/politics/30328384
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/cartoon/20139

1st OCTOBER 2017

Tens of thousands march to defend Hong Kong’s rule of law against China

Organisers estimated about 40,000 people joined the march against China’s « authoritarians rule. » The march has been an annual fixture over the past few years on China’s October 1 National Day
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/tens-of-thousands-march-to-defend-hong-kong-s-rule-of-law-against-china-10989
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2113583/national-day-protest-hong-kong-draws-40000-streets

Italy orders North Korea ambassador home over missiles

Italy has ordered North Korea’s incoming new ambassador to leave the country in a protest over Kim Jong-Un’s missile launches and nuclear tests
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/194820-italy-orders-north-korea-ambassador-home-over-missiles

30 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rex Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea

The US says it has open channels of communication with North Korea and is « probing » whether the Pyongyang government is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/rex-tillerson-china-korea-talks-170930035204341.html
http://www.france24.com/en/video/20170930-rex-tillerson-opens-channels-communication-north-korea-seeking-de-escalate-tension
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41454007

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

The most prolific figure in Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement Vann Molyvann died at the age of 91 at home in Siem Reap province yesterday morning
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5083941/nation-mourns-legendary-architect-vann-molyvann/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/visionary-architect-vann-molyvann-dies-90

UN chief urges Burma to end ‘nightmare’ for Rohingyas

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday to immediately end military operations that have sent over 500,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh
http://www.france24.com/en/20170929-united-nations-chief-guterres-urges-burma-myanmar-end-nightmare-rohingyas
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/28/asia/myanmar-un-security-council/index.html

Communist Party expels former high-flyer Sun Zhengcai in countdown to key congress

Former political star Sun Zhengcai has been expelled from China’s Communist Party and will face prosecution, state media reported on Friday – two months after his shock downfall and just weeks before a key five-yearly leadership reshuffle
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2113438/chinas-communist-party-expels-former-political-high
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170929_33/
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/china/9/20170929/33348.html

China issues white paper on public health

The Chinese government Friday published a white paper on public health, stressing that health is a precondition for the survival of humanity and the development of human society
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/185/226/66/1506682149754.html

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

Vietnam court sentences to death PetroVietnam ex-chairman in mass trial

A Vietnam court sentenced to death a former chairman of state-run PetroVietnam on Friday after finding him guilty in the mass trial of 51 officials and bankers accused of graft and mismanagement that led to losses of US$69 million (£51.43 million)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vietnam-court-sentences-to-death-petrovietnam-ex-chairman-in-mass-trial-9262556
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4932126/Vietnam-ex-banker-sentenced-death-fraud-saga.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Malaysia bans travel to N.Korea

Malaysia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to North Korea due to mounting tension on the Korean Peninsula
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_32/

3-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess

A 3-year-old girl became Nepal’s new living goddess Thursday, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/3-year-old-girl-named-nepals-new-living-goddess.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/nepal-traditions-three-year-old-girl-becomes-new-living-goddess
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-28/new-kumari-trishna-shakya-takes-reign-as-living-goddess-in-photos.html

All North Korean firms and joint ventures in China to be closed

China announced on Thursday that all North Korean firms and joint ventures in China would be closed, as part of the latest sanctions imposed on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons programme
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-29/china-orders-north-korean-business-closed-under-un-sanctions/8999040?section=world
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2113262/all-north-korean-firms-and-joint-ventures-china-be
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-orders-north-korean-businesses-closed-under-un-sanctions-1.2097737

Japan’s Lower House dissolved, new general election on October 22

Japan’s Lower House of the Diet has been dissolved for a snap election. Japan’s Cabinet has set the date for a snap general election on October 22nd. The campaign will begin on October 10th
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170928_23/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/abe-dissolves-japans-parliament-and-sets-oct-22-election-date

27 SEPTEMBER 2017

Former Thai PM Yingluck sentenced in absentia to 5 years’ jail for negligence

Thailand’s ousted prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was handed a five-year prison sentence on Wednesday (Sep 27) after the country’s highest court found her guilty of negligence in the management of a rice subsidy scheme
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-thai-pm-yingluck-sentenced-in-absentia-to-5-years-jail-9255530
http://www.dw.com/en/yingluck-sentencing-the-downfall-of-thailands-shinawatra-family/g-40707831

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike forms ‘Party of Hope’ before Japanese election

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is set to reshape national politics with the formation of a new party and a new attack on the status quo
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-09-27/tokyo-governor-yuriko-koike-forms-party-of-hope-before-japanese-election/1704922
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003969072

25 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan-Russia joint military exercise begins

A two-week long joint counterterrorism exercise between the special forces of Pakistan and Russia began in Minralney Vody, Russia
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/192485-pakistan-russia-joint-military-exercise-begins
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-russia-friendship-joint-anti-terror-drill/4043265.html

Japan’s Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament’s lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/japan-s-abe-triggers-snap-election-amid-north-korea-crisis-9247120
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/558.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

China follows UN sanctions with bans, limits on fuel products to North Korea

China said on Saturday (Sep 23) it will ban exports of some petroleum products to North Korea, as well as imports of textiles from the isolated North, in line with a United Nations Security Council resolution passed after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-follows-un-sanctions-with-bans–limits-on-fuel-products-to-north-korea-9244112
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/76/231/163/1506145418516.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/23/china-to-enforce-un-sanctions-against-north-korea

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

Hong Kong-Macao office gets new director

The State Council, China’s Cabinet, appointed on Friday Zhang Xiaoming as director of the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/191/48/177/1506093517280.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/22/chinas-top-official-hong-kong-zhang-xiaoming-leaves-beijing-post/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Korea approves $8m in aid to N. Korea via UN agencies

South Korea on Thursday approved a plan to provide $8 million in aid to North Korea via UN agencies as it seeks to handle humanitarian issues separately from political situations
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170921000273
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170921_26/
http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=3038739

20 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan, US agree to ‘stay engaged’ after Trump’s tough talk

Breaking the ice in their ties, Pakistan and the US have agreed to “stay engaged” and carry forward the relationship that has been under strain after President Donald Trump warned Islamabad against providing safe havens to terrorists
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-us-agree-to-stay-engaged-after-trump-s-tough-talk-1.2093516
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1511338/pakistan-us-agree-stay-engaged-pm-abbasi-meets-mike-pence/
https://www.dawn.com/news/1358882/pakistan-us-agree-to-remain-engaged-as-abbasi-meets-vice-president-mike-pence

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Taiwan suspends oil exports to North Korea, imports of clothing

Taiwan has suspended refined oil and LNG exports to North Korea, as well as clothing and textile imports, to comply with United Nations resolutions, a largely symbolic move by the island to show it is a responsible member of the international community
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-taiwan/taiwan-suspends-oil-exports-to-north-korea-imports-of-clothing-idUSKCN1BU18I

Donald Trump threatens to ‘totally destroy’ North Korea in UN speech

Donald Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea in a bellicose first address to the UN general assembly, in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries, calling on “righteous” nations to confront them
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/19/donald-trump-threatens-totally-destroy-north-korea-un-speech
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2111918/trump-addresses-shared-menace-north-korea-and-iran

Aung San Suu Kyi says Burma does not fear scrutiny, but refuses to blame army for abuse of Rohingya

In refusing to acknowledge what is happening in Rakhine state and using her position to promote the idea that abuses against the Rohingya are not being perpetrated or will not be punished, the Myanmar leader is belying the claim she made during the televised address that, ‘Our government has emerged as a body committed to human rights’
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/09/18/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-rohingya/index.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/aung-san-suu-kyi-condemns-human-rights-violations-170919034711821.html
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/aung-san-suu-kyi-speech-those-looking-for-rohingya-intervention-may-now-want-to-give-up-1.629930

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

18 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nawaz Sharif’s party clinches local election victory in Pakistan

The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/18/nawaz-sharifs-party-clinches-local-election-victory-in-pakistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-s-ruling-party-wins-close-parliamentary-race-1.2092021
https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/230749-Nawaz-defeats-Imran

China, Russia begin joint drills near North Korea

China and Russia have started joint naval drills near North Korea, amid continuing tensions chiefly between Pyongyang and Washington that risk turning into a military conflict
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/18/535556/China-Russia-joint-drills-North-Korea
https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2017/09/18/074910162/China-Russia-Begin-Naval-Drills-Near-North-Korea

Dozens arrested after anti-communist mob attacks Indonesia meeting on 1965 massacre

A mob opposed to public discussion of Indonesia’s 1965 massacre of communists tried to force its way into a Jakarta building where they believed communists were meeting, injuring five police officers
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111725/dozens-arrested-after-anti-communist-mob-attacks-indonesia
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/lawmakers-want-discussion-on-1965-purge-banned.html

17 SEPTEMBER 2017

Macao votes in legislative election

The election of the sixth Legislative Assembly of China’s Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) kicked off on Sunday morning, with more than 300,000 registered voters expected to cast their ballots in polling stations
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/177/242/169/1505643725216.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2111580/macau-set-record-turnout-legislative-assembly-polls

India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/nation-mourns-death-of-hero-marshal-arjan-singh-1.2091509
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/his-life-was-dedicated-to-mother-india-pm-modi-pays-rich-tribute-to-marshal-of-iaf-arjan-singh-4848155/
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/videos/news/state-funeral-for-marshal-arjan-singh-tomorrow/videoshow/60718537.cms?utm_source=Colombia&utm_medium=OrganicNative&utm_campaign=CTNCPV&utm_ctn=16582151-297447

16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Why Najib’s Washington visit was a success

I never intended to write this piece but the nonsense that I have been reading on social media in the past three days has compelled me to put to writing to separate fact from fiction
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-najibs-washingtoon-visit-was-a-success#fvjLidkQTBOiWGM2.97
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/trump-called-me-friend-gave-a-personal-send-off-malaysias-prime-minister-najib
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpSZRsL1Lks

15 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea provokes again, fires another missile over Japan

In yet another provocation to the world, North Korea fired another missile that flew over Japan, deepening the regional tensions that have intensified over the last few months
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/254722988/north-korea-provokes-again-fires-another-missile-over-japan
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/north-korea-fires-missile-japan-170914221944101.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41281050

Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/cambodia-pm-calls-on-us-to-withdraw-peace-corps-volunteers-9219602
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-hun-sen-suggests-us-embassy-pull-out-peace-corps-volunteers

14 SEPTEMBER 2017

UN urges Myanmar to end Rohingya violence

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council called on Myanmar’s government to end its military campaign against the Rohingya
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/urges-rohingya-violence-170913174112622.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/13/un-urges-end-to-rohingya-violence-in-myanmar

Abe, Modi launch India’s first bullet train project

India on Thursday inched closer to its dream of getting a bullet train when Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, laid the foundation stone for the country’s first high-speed rail link based on Japan’s famed shinkansen technologygy
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/PM-Modi-and-Japan-s-Abe-launch-Indian-shinkansen-project?page=1
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-and-shinzo-abe-launch-bullet-train-project-10-important-statements-made-by-pm-2545514

East Timor President says to swear in Mari Alkatiri as PM

« Today I announce to all the people that the president of the republic … has nominated Dr. Mari Alkatiri to become the prime minister, » President Francisco « Lu Olo » Guterres told a news conference
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/179/203/224/1505384911173.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2111149/mari-alkatiri-gets-second-shot-east-timors-prime-minister

China backs UN Security Council’s first Myanmar statement in nine years as ethnic bloodshed forces 380,000 Rohingya to flee

Myanmar said last week it was negotiating with Russia and China to ensure they blocked any censure by the Security Council over the violence in Rakhine state
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2111097/un-chief-and-security-council-call-myanmar-end-violence-against

13 SEPTEMBER 2017

South Korea tests new ‘stealth’ cruise missile in show against Kim Jong-un regime

The country’s military said the air-to-surface Taurus missile, fired from an F-15 fighter jet, travelled through obstacles at low altitudes before hitting a target off its western coast
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-crisis-latest-south-test-cruise-missile-kim-jong-un-regime-taurus-war-military-a7944691.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=208628
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-14/south-korea-conducts-advanced-missile-test-amid-north-threats/8943290?section=world

Singapore names first woman president amid concerns over election process

Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament from the Muslim Malay minority, was ‘elected’ to the largely ceremonial post. But critics expressed dismay that other candidates were disqualified and the election went uncontested
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/singapore-names-first-woman-president-amid-concerns-over-election-process-10456
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/halimah-yacob-declared-president-elect-9211392

12 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea: UN Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions over nuclear test

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-12/north-korea-un-unanimously-adopts-new-sanctions/8894362?section=world
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/security-council-slaps-sanctions-north-korea-170911221328811.html
http://www.trtworld.com/asia/north-korea-slams-un-sanctions-10420

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

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

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

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

Lam accused of undermining freedom of expression in Hong Kong by 13 universities, academic institutions as pro-independence posters appearing on Hong Kong campuses

Thirteen Hong Kong universities and academic institutions accused the Chinese-ruled city’s leader of undermining freedom of expression amid a row over pro-independence banners appearing on campuses
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/pro-independence-posters-appearing-on-hong-kong-campuses-stoke-9206188#cxrecs_s
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/lam-accused-of-undermining-freedom-of-expression-in-hong-kong-by-13-universities

Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh ‘confesses’ to subversion charges in China

A Taiwanese democracy activist confessed Monday to charges of attempting to subvert Chinese government power during a trial in China that has been slammed by rights activists and further soured cross-strait relations
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/09/11/taiwanese-activist-lee-ming-cheh-confesses-subversion-charges-china/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201709110022.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/12/2003678278

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong, ASEAN conclude Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced on Saturday the conclusion of the negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/141/47/68/1504950886173.html

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

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

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mexico expels North Korean ambassador over weapons test

Mexico has expelled North Korea’s ambassador in strong protest at Pyongyang’s recent missile and nuclear tests
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/09/08/534431/Mexico-North-Korea-ambassador-Kim-Hyong-Gil-persona-non-grata

7 SEPTEMBER 2017

Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/handed-death-sentence-1993-mumbai-blasts-170907105826622.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/1993-mumbai-serial-blasts-death-for-taher-merchant-feroz-abdul-rashid-khan-abu-salem-sentenced-to-life-4832705/

6 SEPTEMBER 2917

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

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

5 SEPTEMBER 2017

Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

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

Tsai names Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te as premier

President Tsai Ing-wen named Tainan City Mayor Lai Ching-te as replacement for outgoing Premier Lin Chuan during a news conference at the Presidential Office Sept. 5 in Taipei City
http://www.taiwantoday.tw/news.php?unit=2&post=120984
https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/Policy-Politics/Taiwan-s-next-premier-thought-to-be-China-moderate?page=2

4 SEPTEMBER 2017

Hong Kong drops BBC World Service to be replaced with Chinese state broadcaster

The BBC World Service’s 24-hour broadcast has officially been stopped and replaced with China’s state radio in Hong Kong
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/hong-kong-bbc-world-service-china-state-broadcaster-china-national-radio-a7928746.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41152231

Taiwanese premier resigns amid rising public discontent, but says he completed his major missions

Taiwan will appoint a new premier and form a new cabinet later this week following the resignation of incumbent Lin Chuan amid growing criticism of the government’s performance
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2109632/taiwanese-premier-set-resign-amid-rising-public
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201709040026.aspx
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/09/05/2003677820/1

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-un-nuclear-war-atomic-bomb-south-korea-tension-a7926631.html
http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/09/03/north-korean-nuclear-test-spites-both-washington-and-beijing/
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/03/n-korea-bomb-prompts-global-condemnation

Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/narendra-modi-appoints-indias-first-female-defence-minister
https://www.voanews.com/a/indian-prime-minister-modi-drops-ministers-as-economy-slips/4013252.html

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement
http://www.smh.com.au/world/cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-over-alleged-plot-with-us-20170902-gy9n71.html
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/developing-cnrp-leader-kem-sokha-arrested-treason
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081076/cnrp-president-kem-sokha-arrested-claims-regime-change/

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

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

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

China firmly opposes and strongly condemns DPRK nuclear test

China’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday, expressing firm opposition to and strong condemnation of a nuclear test undertaken by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
http://chinaplus.cri.cn/news/politics/11/20170903/23003.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2109533/china-condemns-north-korean-nuclear-test
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/03/xi-jinping-dark-shadow-north-korea-nuclear-test-chinese-brics

2 SEPTEMBER 2017

Australia and East Timor strike historic deal to end maritime dispute

Australia and East Timor have struck a deal to end a contentious dispute over maritime borders that cut through lucrative oil and gas fields
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/australasia/article/2109465/australia-and-east-timor-strike-deal-end-maritime-dispute

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/02/timor-sea-dispute-australia-and-timor-leste-achieve-historic-deal

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

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

1st SEPTEMBER 2017

Japan’s main opposition party, the Democratic Party, selects former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader

Japan’s main opposition Democratic Party selected former foreign minister Seiji Maehara as its new leader on Friday amid its struggle to become a viable alternative to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2109305/japans-main-opposition-party-selects-former-foreign-minister
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/09/01/national/politics-diplomacy/maeharas-election-democratic-party-president-may-put-pressure-abe-coalition/#.Wam0uchJY2w

 



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