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22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

Philippines votes to extend martial law in south until end of 2017

The Philippine congress on Saturday voted to extend president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist militants
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MILITANT_SIEGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-22-06-26-52
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/philippines-votes-to-extend-martial-law-in-south-until-end-of-2017-1.613078
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40690589

East Timor goes to the polls

People in East Timor, Southeast Asia’s youngest parliamentary democracy, are voting to elect a new parliament. Candidates from 21 parties are competing for 65 seats, with official results expected by August 6
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/east-timorese-form-long-lines-to-vote-in-parliamentary-election-9054658
http://www.dw.com/en/east-timor-goes-to-the-polls/g-39787205

Indonesian President tells police to shoot foreign drug dealers who resist arrest

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to impose the sternest sanctions on drug dealers operating in Indonesia, including gunning them down if necessary
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/07/22/jokowi-orders-police-to-gun-down-foreign-drug-traffickers.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/joko-widodo-police-shoot-suspected-drug-dealers-170722104559016.html

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

21 JULY 2017

Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier

Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/21/trump-administration-bans-us-travel-north-korea-following-death/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40680500

No military talks after DPRK snubs ROK’s call

The Republic of Korea’s (ROK) proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in’s hopes for dialogue
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/180/67/48/1500608409635.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206641
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170721_16/

US will not pay Pakistan for military reimbursements: Pentagon

The Pentagon has decided not to reimburse US$50 millions to Pakistan this year citing the country’s failure to take “sufficient action” against Haqqani network
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/217976-Pentagon-says-it-will-not-pay-Pakistan-military-reimbursements-this-year
https://www.dawn.com/news/1346732/pentagon-blocks-50m-coalition-support-fund-payment-to-pakistan

Taiwan scrambles jets to monitor military planes from mainland China in air defence zone

Taipei has released two photos of Beijing military planes flying over the East China Sea near the island after it scrambled fighter jets to monitor them on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2103643/taiwan-scrambles-jets-monitor-military-planes-mainland
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/22/2003675050

20 JULY 2017

Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, elected as India’s 14th president, who is he ?

Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste Dalit, has been elected as India’s president. Kovind was chosen for the post by the ruling BJP party in a largely symbolic move, which experts say is unlikely to improve the Dalit situation
http://www.dw.com/en/ram-nath-kovind-as-indias-dalit-president-symbolism-and-reality/a-39767055
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40344572
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-who-is-ram-nath-kovind-all-you-need-to-know-about-india-s-next-president-2508467

Thai opposition ‘red shirt’ leader Jatuporn Prompan jailed for defaming former PM Abhisit

Thailand’s Supreme Court jailed a firebrand opposition leader for a year on Thursday (July 20) for defaming a former prime minister, overturning two previous court rulings, in 2012 and 2014, that dismissed the charge against him
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/thai-opposition-red-shirt-leader-jatuporn-prompan-jailed-for-defaming-former-pm-abhisit
https://www.voanews.com/a/thailand-red-shirts-jatuporn-prompan-defamation/3951913.html

19 JULY 2017

Thai army general gets 27 years jail for human trafficking

An army general, two politicians, and police officers were among the 46 people found guilty by a judge in the biggest human trafficking trial in Thailand’s history
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/thai-court-deliver-verdict-people-smuggling-case-170719024750630.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40652012

Indonesia bans local branch of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which calls for sharia and wants to unify all Muslims into a caliphate, has been operating for decades in Indonesia and has tens of thousands of followers
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/indonesia-bans-local-branch-of-islamic-group-hizb-ut-tahrir-1.610313
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/07/indonesia-govt-officially-disbands-islamist-group-hizbut-tahrir/#JdRIGiYPexSLeow6.97

Philippine government calls off formal talks, backchannel negotiations with Reds

Negotiations between the government and communists will not resume next month and even informal talks have been canceled because of recent guerrilla attacks
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/19/1721104/govt-calls-formal-talks-backchannel-negotiations-reds
http://www.manilatimes.net/govt-cancels-talks-reds/339389/

18 JULY 2017

Indonesia parliament Speaker Setya Novanto formally named suspect in major graft case

Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency has named the country’s speaker of parliament as a suspect in a major graft scandal which is estimated to have siphoned around US$170 million out of government coffers
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-parliament-speaker-setya-novanto-named-suspect-in-major-graft-case
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/house-speaker-denies-wrongdoing-e-ktp-project/

China dares India. Says ready for all-out confrontation

China on Tuesday again told India to withdraw its troops from the disputed border at Doklam as a Chinese newspaper warned that Beijing was battle ready and not afraid to go to war with India in an “all-out confrontation”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/china-dares-india-says-ready-for-all-out-confrontation-1.2060997
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/178/96/199/1500390938750.html
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/doklam-standoff-china-india-sikkim-border-standoff-pla-beijing/1/1004522.html

17 JULY 2017

South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea to ease border tensions

South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea, the first formal overture to Pyongyang by the government of President Moon Jae-in, and said the two sides should discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarised border
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/17/south-korea-proposes-rare-military-talks-north-korea-ease-border/
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=206449
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/17/south-korea-seeks-rare-talks-with-north-military-tensions

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers Muslim self-rule to counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday (July 17) in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who have seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-offers-muslim-self-rule-to-counter-isis
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-form-moro-country/339014/
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MUSLIM_REBELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-17-08-15-30

China upset about ‘negative’ Taiwan content in US defence bill

China said on Monday it had lodged a stern complaint with the United States after the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a big annual defence bill that would expand exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-upset-about–negative–taiwan-content-in-us-defence-bill-9038538
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/342317-china-upset-about-negative-taiwan-content-in-us-defense-bill
https://sentinel.tw/trump-first-arms-package-taiwan/

16 JULY 2017

Russia blocks Hokkaido mayor’s visit to disputed Kuril islands over Japan’s sanctions

Russia has denied entry to disputed islands to a mayor from Hokkaido in retaliation for sanctions imposed by Japan over the Ukraine crisis, diplomatic sources said on Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2102829/russia-blocks-hokkaido-mayors-visit-disputed-kurils-over-japans

15 JULY 2017

South China Sea: Indonesia renames part of maritime economic zone in defiance of Beijing

In an act of defiance against Beijing’s territorial ambitions in the region, Indonesia will now call the northern areas of its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea, the ‘North Natuna Sea
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/15/asia/indonesia-south-china-sea-territorial-claims/index.html
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-15/south-china-sea-indonesia-renames-part-of-maritime-economic-zone-in-defiance-of-beijing/1686180

China releases rights activist Xu Zhiyong

Xu Zhiyong, an eminent rights activist, has been freed by Chinese authorities. His release comes days after the death of Liu Xiaobo, a dissident and Nobel peace laureate who was not allowed a cancer treatment abroad
http://www.dw.com/en/china-releases-activist-xu-zhiyong/a-39703649

China stages ‘hasty’ cremation of Liu Xiaobo and has his ashes scattered at sea

Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in custody on Thursday, was cremated and had his ashes scattered at sea on Saturday in a state-choreographed service that friends and activists said was aimed at preventing supporters from honouring him
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2102761/liu-xiaobo-cremated-funeral-ailing-widow-makes-first
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-hong-kong-liu-xiaobo-charter-08-shenyang-communist-party-amnesty-international-mozart-requiem-a7842861.html

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

Anti-Beijing Hong Kong lawmakers disqualified from parliament

Four pro-democracy lawmakers were disqualified from Hong Kong’s parliament Friday (Jul 14) in a move that will worsen growing fears the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under serious threat from Beijing
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/hong-kong-pro-democracy-legislators-disqualified-parliament
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2102733/legislative-council-disqualifications-shift-balance-power
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/07/14/live-hong-kong-reacts-4-elected-pro-democracy-lawmakers-ousted-legislature/

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

13 JULY 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, an important critic of China’s Communist Party, has died after years of imprisonment. He is known for his peaceful fight for democracy
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2101601/chinese-dissident-and-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu
http://www.dw.com/en/liu-xiaobo-chinas-dissident-without-enemies/a-39657576
https://www.nobelpeaceprize.org/Press/Press-Releases2/Norwegian-Nobel-Committee-mourns-Liu-Xiaobo-statement-by-Chair-Berit-Reiss-Andersen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykrfqa90Vfs

12 JULY 2017

Indonesia president inks decree to ban radical groups

Indonesia has issued a decree allowing it to ban groups that oppose its official state ideology, in a move seen to target radical Islamists in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/indonesia-signs-decree-ban-extremist-groups-170712064633968.html
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/govt-issues-perppu-expedite-disbanding-anti-pancasila-organizations-including-hti/
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/indonesia-president-inks-decree-ban-radical-groups

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JULY 2017

Thailand approves $358 million purchase of S Korean fighter jets

Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved the US$258 million (S$358 million) purchase of eight T-50 advanced jets from South Korea, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said, the latest defence acquisition by a military government that took power following a 2014 coup
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thailand-approves-358-million-purchase-s-korean-fighter-jets
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/politics/2017/07/11/govt-approves-8-8-billion-baht-combat-jet-deal/
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_THAILAND_SKOREA_PLANE_PURCHASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-11-10-22-07

Thailand approves long-delayed US$5.2 billion rail link to China

Thailand’s military government on Tuesday approved US$5.2 billion to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway that will ultimately link Bangkok to southern China, a massive joint infrastructure project with Beijing that has been dogged by delays
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2102217/thailand-approves-long-delayed-us52bn-rail-link-china
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/thailand-greenlights-first-phase-5-5-bln-railway-project-china.html

China dispatches military personnel to Djibouti base

China on Tuesday dispatched members of its People’s Liberation Army to the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti to man the rising Asian giant’s first overseas military base, a key part of a wide-ranging expansion of the role of China’s armed forces
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CHINA_DJIBOUTI_MILITARY_BASE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-11-09-42-57
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/239/143/253/1499783231536.html

China orders telecoms to block access to personal VPNs by February

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet, according to Bloomberg
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253925356/china-orders-telecoms-to-block-access-to-personal-vpns-by-february

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/11/china-moves-to-block-internet-vpns-from-2018

10 JULY 2017

Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections

Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a bill on Monday barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals, a move aimed at keeping the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from capitalising on its association with its popular former leader, Sam Rainsy
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2102025/cambodia-clamps-down-opposition-barring-parties-criminal
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-assembly-passes-party-law-changes-targeting-rainsy

Beijing says US apologises for ‘Republic of China’ gaffe

China said on Monday (Jul 10) the United States apologised after Beijing officially protested a White House statement that mistakenly described Xi Jinping as the president of the « Republic of China »
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-says-us-apologises-for–republic-of-china–gaffe-9019978

Malabar Exercise: India, US and Japan deploy its biggest carriers in show of force against China’s growing naval power

India began holding naval exercises with the United States and Japan off its south coast on Monday, seeking to forge closer military ties to counter growing Chinese influence in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/with-eye-on-china-india-united-states-japan-conduct-naval-excercises/3935558.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170710_29/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2102045/malabar-exercise-india-us-and-japan-deploy-its-biggest-carriers

9 JULY 2017

Still no justice’: Cambodians demand answers one year after death of activist Kem Ley

Thousands gathered on Sunday at the grave of a prominent Cambodian critic who was gunned down a year ago in a murder that sparked widespread anger and scepticism over the alleged killer’s motives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2101895/still-no-justice-cambodians-demand-answers-one-year-after

https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/isolated-and-estranged-kem-leys-family-struggles-after-murder-132235/

8 JULY 2017

US bombers drill near Korea DMZ in show of force

US bombers carried out a rare live fire drill in South Korea on Saturday (July 8), flying close to the DMZ in a show of force after Pyongyang’s latest missile test, the South’s defence ministry said
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/us-bombers-drill-near-korea-dmz-in-show-of-force
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/two-us-bombers-hold-firing-drills-with-south-korean-forces-9015252

Meeting during G20, Abe and Xi seek to improve dialogue

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hamburg Saturday and called on China to play a constructive role in discouraging North Korea from developing missiles and nuclear arms
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003808713
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/108/72/34/1499509875018.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170708_29/

7 JULY 2017

South China Sea: US bombers challenge China territorial claim with bombers flight

Two US bombers fly over the disputed South China Sea, the US Air Force says, asserting the right to treat the region as international territory despite China’s claim to virtually all of the waterway
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-07-07/south-china-sea-us-bombers-challenge-china-territorial-claim-with-bombers-flight/1684508
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101705/us-flexes-military-muscles-tension-mounts-over-north

China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions

President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions ­between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101742/chinas-xi-jinping-and-indias-narendra-modi-meet-g20
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/g20-summit-amid-stand-off-pm-modi-meets-xi-jinping-in-hamburg-discusses-range-of-issues-brics-4740706/

India, Israel Ink Deal for Air Defense System, Radars, UAVs Worth $4.3 Bln

Indian companies have signed 12 strategic agreements ranging from air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles to medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India under technology transfer worth $4.3 billion during the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv
https://sputniknews.com/military/201707071055317827-india-israel-air-defense-system/

Pakistan welcomes the UNSC’s decision to sanction Jamaatul Ahrar, a splinter militant group of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan group

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has praised the United Nations for imposing sanctions on a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, which is linked to deadly attacks in the country
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-07-08-27-10
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1452523/pakistan-welcomes-un-decision-sanction-jamaatul-ahrar/

6 JULY 2017

EU, Japan seal free trade in signal to Trump

Japan and the European Union agreed on Thursday to a free trade pact, creating the world’s biggest open economic area and signalling resistance to what they see as U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist turn
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/EU-Japan-seal-free-trade-in-signal-to-Trump?page=1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/07/06/eu-japan-rebuke-donald-trump-outline-free-trade-deal/http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/06/business/japan-eu-seal-fta-four-years-talks/#.WV5mHrpuI2w

Pakistan test-fire short range ballistic missile

Pakistan says it has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-test-fires-short-range-ballistic-missile-1.2054320

5 JULY 2017

China calls border row with India ‘the worst in 30 years’

China’s envoy to India has warned that a military stand-off along a contested part of the border in the Himalayas was the most serious confrontation between the two nations in more than 30 years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101432/china-calls-border-row-india-worst-30-years
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0705/c90883-9237637.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/doklam-plateau-faceoff-the-way-forward/

China-Russia diplomatic double act exposes Trump’s crudeness

Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin vow to work together on peaceful solution to North Korea crisis – in sharp contrast to US president’s sabre-rattling
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/china-russia-diplomatic-double-act-exposes-trumps-crudeness
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101359/chinese-and-russian-presidents-urge-peaceful-solution
http://www.bangkokpost.com/vdo/world/1281435/russia-and-china-join-forces-over-north-korea

4 JULY 2017

North Korea’s missile test: everything you need to know

Missile experts have examined data from the test to analyse whether North Korea’s claim of being able to reach ‘anywhere in the world’ is true
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/are-north-koreas-missile-claims-true-and-what-do-they-signify
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-17399847

North Korea claims it has test fired intercontinental ballistic missile – a weapon that ‘could reach Alaska’

North Korea claims to have conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, a development that, if confirmed, could move the regime closer to being able to strike the US mainland and dramatically strengthen its hand in negotiations with Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/04/north-korea-launches-ballistic-missile-japans-defence-ministry-says
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/04/donald-trump-attacks-kim-jong-un-twitter-north-koreas-latest/

Narendra Modi on Tuesday became the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to step on Israeli soil, undertaking a ‘ground breaking’ visit

It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th visit abroad in three years. But it’s a historic first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel. Less than 11 years after Narendra Modi visited Israel as Gujarat Chief Minister in October 2006, Modi arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport here, to a grand official ceremony and warm embrace by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
http://zeenews.india.com/india/israel-extends-extraordinary-welcome-to-pm-narendra-modi-on-his-ground-breaking-visit-benjamin-netanyahu-says-we-love-india-2021210.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/modi-in-israel-pm-begins-groundbreaking-visit-netanyahu-says-historic-4735601/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-visit-holds-special-meaning-for-indian-jews-in-israel-1.2053280
http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/jul/05/modifying-indias-israel-policy-1624455–1.html

3 JULY 2017

Indonesia’s reputation as a model of moderate Islam intact: President

Indonesia’s president said on Monday his country remains a model of moderate Islam, countering critics who point to mass rallies by radical Muslims and the jailing of a Christian politician for blasphemy as evidence its reputation is crumbling
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/indonesias-reputation-as-model-of-moderate-islam-intact-jokowi/

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je meets China’s Taiwan affairs minister in Shanghai

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday concluded his visit to Shanghai, where he attended this year’s Taipei-Shanghai Forum, with a controversial closed-door meeting with China’s Taiwan Affairs Office Minister Zhang Zhijun (張志軍) at the Hongqiao State Guest Hotel
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/07/04/2003673849
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030025.aspx
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707030019.aspx

‘A serious political and military provocation’: China blasts US over warship patrol

China has blasted the US for carrying out « a serious political and military provocation » after it sailed a warship near islands that it claims, the latest act by Donald Trump’s administration that has infuriated Beijing
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40476521
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/03/serious-political-military-provocation-china-blasts-us-warship/
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-vows-step-air-sea-patrols-after-us-warship-sails-near-disputed-island

Maldives opposition in fresh bid to take Parliament

Maldives opposition parties on Monday (July 3) launched a new bid to seize control of Parliament through a third attempt to impeach the speaker
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-opposition-in-fresh-bid-to-take-parliament

McCain led delegation visits Pakistan for security talks

A high-level US Senate delegation met Pakistan’s top foreign affairs official and powerful military chief in Islamabad to discuss regional security as Washington gears up to send more troops to neighbouring Afghanistan
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/mccain-led-delegation-visits-pakistan-for-security-talks-1.2052546
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1449352/john-mccain-led-us-team-visits-south-waziristan-praises-pak-armys-efforts/

2 JULY 2017

Japan PM’s party suffers historic defeat in Tokyo poll, popular governor wins

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal
https://www.voanews.com/a/japan-tokyo-election-poll/3925080.html
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/07/02/national/politics-diplomacy/koike-camp-dethrones-abes-ldp-historic-tokyo-assembly-election/#.WVkmjrpuI2w
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170703_03/

Latest Long March rocket fails after launch from southern China

China’s ambitious space programme appeared to suffer a setback on Sunday when a Long March-5 rocket with a communications satellite on board failed to successfully launch
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100960/latest-long-march-rocket-fails-after-launch-southern

Taiwan scrambles jets as Chinese carrier passes en route to Hong Kong

Taiwan military jets scrambled to shadow a Chinese aircraft carrier passing through narrow waters separating the two sides en route to Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British colony’s return to China
http://www.atimes.com/article/taiwan-scrambles-jets-chinese-carrier-passes-en-route-hong-kong/
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/acs/201707020017.aspx

1 JULY 2017

Kashmiri Rebel Chief Rejects US Terror Sanctions

The leader of a prominent Kashmir rebel group has rejected U.S. sanctions and vowed to continue fighting until the disputed Himalayan region is “liberated from India.”
https://www.voanews.com/a/kashmiri-rebel-chief-rejects-us-terror-sanctions/3924209.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1342575/us-decision-will-not-affect-legitimate-struggle-for-kashmirs-freedom-syed-salahuddin
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1448045/declaring-terrorist-joint-move-us-israel-india-hum-chief-syed-salahuddin/

Thousands take to Hong Kong streets for annual pro-democracy march following Chinese president’s visit

An annual protest march began in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his visit to the city by warning against challenges to Beijing’s sovereignty
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-hong-kong-march-20170701-story.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/01/hong-kong-xi-jinping-china-power-protests

Xi Jinping sends warning to advocates of Hong Kong independence but offers pan-democrats hope of better relations

President Xi Jinping adopted a speak-softly-but-carry-a-big-stick approach yesterday, offering a chance for dissenters to be engaged but also warning that those who threatened national sovereignty would not be tolerated – and those who heard him took note
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2100843/xi-jinping-challenging-chinese-sovereignty-hong-kong-crosses
http://www.dw.com/en/xi-warns-of-red-line-as-hong-kong-marks-20-years-under-china/a-39501643
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170701_14/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40465359

US, Philippines Navy Ships Patrol Sulu Sea

The United States and Philippine navies held a joint naval patrol Saturday in dangerous southern Philippine waters, amid rising international concern about Islamist militancy and piracy in the region
https://www.voanews.com/a/us-philippines-patrol-sulu-sea/3924116.html
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PAKISTAN_KASHMIR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-01-03-39-37

Indian PM Narendra Modi launches sweeping tax reform

India has introduced its biggest tax reform since gaining independence from Britain 70 years ago. The nationwide tax is expected to streamline business, but critics argue the country isn’t ready for the massive overhaul
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-narendra-modi-launches-sweeping-tax-reform/a-39501750
http://www.euronews.com/2017/07/01/india-divided-over-gst-sweeping-sales-tax-reform

30 JUNE 2017

Moon and Trump discuss security, trade and future alliance at first summit

President Moon Jae-in faced a demand on Friday by U.S. President Donald Trump to resolve trade imbalance between the two countries and pay more of the cost for the presence of U.S. troops in Korea, while winning assurances for stronger defense measures to deter North Korea’s rapidly advancing threats
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170701000014
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205840
https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-working-on-equitable-trade-deal-welcomes-south-koreas-moon/3923073.html

Trump administration confirms Taiwan arms-sale plan

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42bn in arms, the first such sale under the administration of President Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100808/us-arms-sales-morale-booster-taiwan-says-tsai-ing-wen
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-outraged-by-us-1-42-billion-planned-us-arms-sales-to-8992150
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706300008.aspx
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2100657/us-approves-first-arms-sales-taiwan-under-trump-us14

29 JUNE 2017

Vietnam blogger ‘Mother Mushroom’ jailed for 10 years

A prominent Vietnamese blogger known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ was jailed for 10 years on Thursday (June 29), her lawyer said, during a brief trial rights groups decried as « outrageous »
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253782406/vietnam-blogger-gets-10-yr-sentence-for-conducting-propaganda
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/vietnam-blogger-mother-mushroom-jailed-for-10-years

US brands China as among worst human trafficking offenders

The US State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-brands-china-among-worst-human-trafficking-offenders/

Birthday wishes flow in for Jakarta’s jailed ex-governor Ahok

Thousands of well-wishers sent messages to Ahok, who was given two years’ imprisonment in May for blasphemy against Islam, for his 51st birthday. He is serving his sentence in the Rutan Mako Brimob detention centre in Depok
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/birthday-wishes-flow-jakartas-jailed-ex-governor-ahok/#ZmHxSl8O7C8hOkPD.97

Tiny Bhutan protests to China over road building in disputed territory

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has protested to its mighty neighbour China over road building in disputed territory that set off new frictions between Beijing and the Indian government on Thursday (June 29)http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/tiny-bhutan-protests-to-china-over-road-building-in-disputed-territory
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/253782652/bhutan-hopes-china-will-follow-bilateral-agreement-on-borders
http://www.sify.com/news/chinas-foray-into-tiny-bhutan-threatening-himalayan-peace-news-topnews-rg3ieMjgabajd.html

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

28 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong protesters arrested over demonstration a day ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival

Hong Kong police on Wednesday (June 28) arrested pro-democracy protesters, some of whom scrambled up a monument symbolising the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule, a day before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due to arrive for the célébrations
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/hong-kong-protesters-arrested-over-demonstration-a-day-ahead-of-chinese-president-xis
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/28/breaking-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-stage-sit-golden-bauhinia-surrounded-police/

China launches Asia’s biggest, most advanced warship, giving PLA greater reach

Beijing launched what it calls the most advanced and largest warship in Asia on Wednesday, billing it as a major step forward in the modernisation of its navy, according to the official military newspaper
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2100335/china-launches-its-best-and-biggest-warship-push-build
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40426832
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/view/2017-06/28/content_7656051.htm

27 JUNE 2017

China rejects ‘interference’ as Vatican raises bishop case

China said on Tuesday (Jun 27) it opposed outside interference after the Vatican reported that one of its bishops in the country was being held at an undisclosed location after he was forcibly removed from his diocese
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/china-rejects–interference–as-vatican-raises-bishop-case-8982790
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Holy-See-has-expressed-“grave-concern”-over-the-fate-of-Mgr-Shao-Zhumin,-held-by-police-for-more-than-a-month-41126.html

China passes tough new national intelligence law

China’s legislature passed a new national intelligence law on Tuesday (June 27) after an unusually brief round of discussions, granting authorities new powers to monitor suspects, raid premises, seize vehicles and devices and operate overseas
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/china-passes-tough-new-national-intelligence-law

Pakistan rejects U.S. sanctions against Kashmir militant Syed Salahuddin

Pakistan came out in defence of militants fighting Indian security forces in Kashmir on Tuesday, saying it was a legitimate struggle for freedom, after the United States put the head of one of the groups on its list of global terrorists
http://in.reuters.com/article/pakistan-kashmir-salahuddin-idINKBN19I1G6?rpc=401&
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/pakistan-defends-salahuddin-to-keep-backing-kashmir-struggle-1498558496.html

Trump and Modi – American and Indian leaders meet in Washington

US President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/melania-trump-to-join-president-donald-trump-in-welcoming-pm-narendra-modi-at-white-house-10-facts-1717233
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/full-text-pm-modi-us-president-donald-trump-issue-joint-statement-4723678/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/analysis-of-the-indo-us-joint-statement-tougher-on-pakistan-softer-on-china-on-course-for-strategic-partnership/article19153997.ece?homepage=true
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ndq1Cz6Fc

China makes a formal protest after accusing Indian border guards of crossing from Sikkim state into its Tibetan territory

China has accused Indian border guards of crossing into its territory from the state of Sikkim on India’s northeastern border with Tibet, the Chinese foreign and defence ministries have said, complicating an already difficult relationship http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-4641894/China-accuses-Indian-border-guards-crossing-territory.html#ixzz4lEMktQ17
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/geza9H7vcWsvfDXxc6wg9O/China-accuses-Indian-troops-of-crossing-boundary-in-Sikkim.html

26 JUNE 2017

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo released after diagnosis of terminal cancer

Jailed Chinese Nobel Peace laureate and dissident Liu Xiaobo has been released on medical parole after being recently diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer, his lawyer and supporters said
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/jailed-chinese-nobel-peace-laureate-liu-xiaobo-released-diagnosis/
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/26/liu-xiaobos-unbearable-fate-is-stark-symbol-of-where-china-is-heading
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2100065/who-chinese-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-whats-his

25 JUNE 2017

Hanoi Expels French-Vietnamese Professor and Government Critic Pham Minh Hoang

French-Vietnamese professor Pham Minh Hoang has been deported to Paris, according to his wife and supporters of the former political prisoner
http://www.vietnamtribune.com/news/253730354/hanoi-expels-french-vietnamese-professor-and-government-critic
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40398096

Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties

Vietnam and Cambodia have pledged to continue building a borderline of peace and friendship during the 50th anniversary of the two nations’ diplomatic ties
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41767/vietnam-cambodia-celebrate-50-years-of-diplomatic-ties
http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/378932/cambodia-na-presidents-speech-at-ceremony-celebrating-viet-nam-cambodia-ties.html#ojEolVumPopVGkjs.97

Burma has released 67 child soldiers in first discharge of the year – UNICEF

As part of an ongoing process to end the forced recruitment of underage children into its army, the Burmese military has released 67 child soldiers. According to AFP, as published by Burmese news site Mizzima, the former junta in Burma had steadily recruited underage fighters for decades until 2012
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/burma-released-67-child-soldiers-first-discharge-year-unicef/#OZW3iSpgYHrEBi2w.97

24 JUNE 2017

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-admin-oks-drone-sale-to-india-manufacturer-says/2017/06/23/890fcc18-5878-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.2bc056a2ebd2
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/as-modi-prepares-for-trump-meeting-us-expected-to-ok-india-drone-purchase-117062300284_1.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2099796/china-and-pakistan-watching-closely-us-gives-india-green-light

China, US agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible’ Korean denuclearisation

China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be « complete, verifiable and irreversible », Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china–us-agree-on-aim-of–complete–irreversible–korean-denuclearisation-8975316

23 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new chief: detention of booksellers in China not our concern

The kidnapping and detention of a group of Hong Kong booksellers is of no concern to the city’s government, its new leader has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/hong-kong-new-leader-carrie-lam-challenge-china-detention-booksellers

India fires 31 satellites-carrying rocket into space

India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/23/526242/India-Satellite-Rocket-Europe
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-launches-eye-in-the-sky-cartosat-2-satellite-why-it-matters-117062300108_1.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-in-pics-isro-s-pslv-c38-succesfully-launches-cartosat-2-series-30-nano-satellites-2481660

 US defense contractor caught with $16,500 in luggage is charged with spying for China

A US defense contractor and former State Department security officer who was found with $16,500 in his luggage has been arrested by American counterintelligence officials and charged with spying for China
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/23/us-defense-contractor-caught-with-16500-in-luggage-is-charged-with-spying-for-china
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/us/politics/kevin-mallory-arrested-spying-china.html

22 JUNE 2017

Thailand passes bill to extend military’s authority for 20 years beyond elections

Thailand’s military-installed parliament on Thursday passed a bill that allows the ruling junta to continue to impose its policies after it holds elections and officially relinquishes power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2099595/thailand-passes-bill-extend-militarys-authority-20-years
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-parliament-approves-bill-which-critics-say-will-prolong-military-role
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/national/30318833

21 JUNE 2017

Hong Kong’s new cabinet revealed with plenty of familiar faces

Beijing has approved chief-executive elect Carrie Lam’s ministerial choices, which mostly comprise incumbents and promotees from within the current administration
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2099273/next-hong-kong-leader-carrie-lam-announces-her-cabinet
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/21/just-hong-kongs-next-leader-carrie-lam-reveals-cabinet-top-3-officials-stay/
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-40346419/who-does-hong-kong-s-leader-carrie-lam-represent

Cambodia’s Hun Sen warns opponents to ‘prepare coffins’ ahead of élections

Cambodia’s strongman premier on Wednesday told his critics and political opponents they faced elimination and should “prepare coffins”, an escalation in rhetoric even for a man known for bellicose speeches
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2099403/cambodias-hun-sen-warns-opponents-prepare-coffins-ahead

US and China officials meet under North Korea cloud

Top US officials began talks with their Chinese counterparts on Wednesday (Jun 21) seeking a tougher line on North Korea’s nuclear ambitions – after President Donald Trump implied that Beijing had already tried and failed
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-and-china-officials-meet-under-north-korea-cloud-8966530
http://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-china-diplomatic-and-security-dialogue-to-focus-on-north-korea-issue

20 JUNE 2017

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against N. Korea

The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/us-sends-supersonic-bombers-show-force-nkorea-48153532

German ambassador to China calls for release of pope-chosen bishop

The German ambassador to China called on authorities on Tuesday to end the apparent confinement of a Catholic bishop and said he was concerned by proposed changes to the country’s rules governing religion
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2099209/german-ambassador-china-calls-release-pope-chosen
http://www.asianews.it/theme-en/China-1.html

19 JUNE 2017

 Thailand lese-majeste: UN urges amendment to law

 The United Nations has called on Thailand to amend its harsh law against insulting the monarchy. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was deeply troubled by the high rate of prosecutions, and the disproportionate sentences for the offence
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40298570

 New South Korean president vows to end use of nuclear power

 South Korea’s new president, Moon Jae-in, has vowed to phase out the country’s dependence on nuclear power, warning of “unimaginable consequences” from a Fukushima-style meltdown
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/new-south-korean-president-vows-to-end-use-of-nuclear-power
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098940/south-koreas-moon-scraps-plans-build-new-nuclear-reactors

 Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines launch joint operations in Sulu Sea to tackle terrorism, transnational crimes

 Joint operations by Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines to fight terrorism and transnational crimes in the Sulu Sea were launched on Monday (June 19) morning from Tarakan island in North Kalimantan
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indonesia-malaysia-and-philippines-launch-joint-operations-in-sulu-sea-to-tackle-terrorism
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170619_36/
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/19/525786/Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines-naval-patrols

18 JUNE 2017

UN veteran becomes South Korea’s first female foreign minister

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday appointed a veteran diplomat as the country’s first female foreign minister, tasked with easing tensions over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098841/un-veteran-becomes-south-koreas-first-female-foreign-minister
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205356
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170618000232

17 JUNE 2017

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim withdraws as PM candidate

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not be a candidate for prime minister in elections due by mid-2018
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/jailed-malaysian-opposition-leader-anwar-ibrahim-withdraws-as-pm-8955268

16 JUNE 2017

Yangon Court Releases Myanmar Satire Columnist Detained Under Controversial Law

A Myanmar court in Yangon on Friday released a detained satire columnist of an independent newspaper after the publication’s top editor testified that he was solely responsible for an article that allegedly insulted the armed forces under a controversial telecommunications law
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/myanmar/yangon-court-releases-myanmar-satire-columnist-detained-under-controversial-law-06162017161031.html

Hong Kong’s PLA garrison no longer just symbolic, top brass say

The People’s Liberation Army has signalled that its Hong Kong garrison is no longer just a sovereign symbol but a combat-ready force that could demonstrate China’s military might
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098721/hong-kongs-pla-garrison-no-longer-just-symbolic-top

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

15 JUNE 2017

Putin: Russia considers constructing bridge to Sakhalin Island in Far East

A bridge to Sakhalin would be very useful in terms of reviving territorial integrity of Russia, President Putin said
https://sputniknews.com/russia/201706151054662806-putin-russia-sakhalin-bridge/

Japan passes controversial anti-terror law despite protests

Japan has passed a controversial law targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, despite a warning by the UN that it could be used to crack down on civil liberties
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/15/japan-passes-brutal-new-terror-law-which-opponents-fear-will-quash-freedoms
http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201706150014.html
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170615_10/

Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy exile order lifted

The Council of Ministers yesterday ended the ban on the return of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, an apparent reaction to the latter’s comments the night before on a radio broadcast vowing to come back if the restrictions were dropped
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/cambodia-pm-hun-sen-lifts-ban/#CGmfz6fuo75vmGIk.97
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rainsy-exile-order-lifted-ex-cnrp-leader-hints-his-return-dependent-pardon
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4623-sam-rainsy-i-will-return-when-all-obstacles-are-cleared.html

14 JUNE 2017

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong denounced by siblings

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

North Korea’ Hidden Cobra group behind eight years of hacks, says US

The US government is issuing a rare alert on the activities of a hacking group it dubs « Hidden Cobra, » saying the group is part of the North Korean government and more attacks are likely
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/north-korean-cyber-group-behind-8-years-attacks-fbi

Chairman of China’s Anbang Insurance reportedly detained

The chairman of an influential Chinese insurance company has stepped down after domestic media reported that he had been detained as authorities pursue a sweeping campaign against alleged corruption in the financial industry
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/14/chinese-tycoon-reportedly-caught-up-anti-corruption-crackdown-wu-xiaohui-anbang
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-40269462

Mainland mulls preferential policies for Taiwan résidents

The Chinese mainland is considering a series of new preferential policies for Taiwanese residents, ranging from access to public provident funds to better tourism services, a mainland spokesman said Wednesday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/75/122/129/1497429002874.html

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

Suspected North Korean drone photographed US THAAD missile site before crash

A drone suspected to be from North Korea had taken aerial photos of the US THAAD anti-missile defence site in South Korea before it crashed on its way back
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2098094/suspected-north-korean-drone-photographed-us-thaad-missile-site
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=205171
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/13/pictures-show-north-korean-drone-spying-us-missile-defence-system/

12 JUNE 2017

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has switched formal diplomatic ties to mainland China and broken with Taipei, dealing a major setback to Taiwan and boosting Beijing’s presence in the US’ backyard
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2098038/panama-establishes-diplomatic-ties-china-blow-taiwan
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/99210
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706130005.aspx

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

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

Taiwan lawmakers launch support group for Hong Kong democracy

Lawmakers in Taiwan launched a new group to help promote democracy in Hong Kong on Monday, a move likely to rile Beijing ahead of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the city from Britain back to China
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/taiwan-lawmakers-launch-support-group-hong-kong-democracy
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2017/06/13/2003672460

India deploys warship to monitor marine traffic in Malacca Strait

The Indian Navy has deployed a warship near the Strait of Malacca on a permanent basis to monitor the world’s busiest shipping route from its western edge. The ship was deployed last week and will remain in international waters for a longer period to patrol the area
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201706121054543979-india-warship-malacca/

11 JUNE 2017

South Korea names new defence minister days after North tests new anti-ship cruise missile

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Sunday nominated a former navy chief as his defence minister, the president’s office said, as the government faces challenges tackling North Korea’s rapidly developing weapons programme
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097842/south-korea-names-new-defence-minister-days-after-north-tests

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-makes-first-arrest-over-hate-crimes-against-muslims

10 JUNE 2017

Court in Pakistan sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post

A 30-year-old Muslim man has been sentenced to death for posting “blasphemous” content on Facebook in Pakistan
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/shia-muslim-man-sentenced-death-pakistan-court-blasphemy-facebook-guilty-a7784336.html
http://www.dw.com/en/pakistans-alarming-social-media-death-sentence/a-39198406
https://www.dawn.com/news/1149558/the-untold-story-of-pakistans-blasphemy-law

United States expert Xie Feng becomes new foreign ministry commissioner in Hong Kong

A diplomat with two decades of experience in handling Sino-US relations has been appointed to head the foreign ministry office in Hong Kong
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2097769/united-states-expert-xie-feng-becomes-new-foreign-ministry

‘Tremendous loss to Taiwan’: Acclaimed director Chi Po-lin killed in helicopter crash on assignment

Acclaimed Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin, 52, have died in a helicopter crash on Saturday while filming the sequel of award-winning environmental documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201706100018.aspx
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/06/10/tremendous-loss-taiwan-acclaimed-director-believed-killed-helicopter-crash-assignment/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/06/10/498550/beyond-beauty.htm

US commandos helping Philippines troop battle Islamist militants in Marawi

Special forces are providing support to the Philippine military battling to dislodge Islamist militants in a southern city, the US embassy said Saturday, as 13 Filipino marines were killed in fresh fighting
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/10/us-commandos-helpingphilippines-troop-battle-islamist-militants/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40231605
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/06/11/1708722/us-forces-assisting-philippines-battle-end-siege

9 JUNE 2017

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson charged with spying in Cambodia

An Australian filmmaker has been charged with spying in Cambodia, after he was photographed flying a drone over a political rally
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-09/australian-james-ricketson-charged-with-spying-in-cambodia/8606894?section=world
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second2/australian-filmmaker-facing-10-years-national-security-charge-131222/

Thai man jailed 35 years for insulting monarchy on Facebook

A Thai court has sentenced a 34-year-old man to 35 years in prison for insulting the monarchy on Facebook in what is one of the heaviest punishments ever handed down for breaking the kingdom’s tough lese majeste laws
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/thai-man-jailed-35-years-insulting-monarchy-facebook/#oGAPJurBx6CcsZ2r.97
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/09/man-jailed-for-35-years-in-thailand-for-insulting-monarchy-on-facebook

Japanese parliament passes law allowing Emperor Akihito to abdicate

Japan’s parliament passed a law on Friday that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2097577/japanese-parliament-passes-law-allowing-emperor-akihito-abdicate
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-09/amid-a-shortage-of-royals-japan-enacts-law-for-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/1677712

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

8 JUNE 2017

North Korea launches missile salvo at area where US aircraft carrier fleet had sailed

North Korea has fired a volley of what appeared to be land-to-ship missiles, hours after a senior US official said the regime’s recent advances in missile technology were causing “great concern” in Washington
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/08/north-korea-launches-salvo-missiles-tests
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/north-korea-fires-suspected-land-to-ship-missiles-as-south-korea-delays-thaad-8927710

7 JUNE 2017

South Korea suspends deployment of more THAAD pièces

South Korea suspends any further deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country until an environmental impact assessment ordered by President Moon Jae-in is completed
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/07/524463/South-Korea-THAAD-environmental-impact-assessment
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170607000815

Threat for India as China plans to establish its military base in Pakistan: Pentagone report

China is set to expand its military capabilities across the globe, with new overseas bases in countries like Pakistan as the world’s largest army seeks an increased role in defending China’s interest abroad, a report by the Pentagon has said
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253500457/threat-for-india-as-china-plans-to-establish-its-military-base-in-pakistan
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/07/china-to-set-up-military-bases-in-pakistan-pentagon-report
http://zeenews.india.com/world/china-slams-pentagon-report-on-overseas-military-bases-2012830.html

6 JUNE 2017

Thai woman jailed 7 years for insulting royalty

Monta « Ying Kai » Yokrattanakan, whose trial on multiple charges including human trafficking is just beginning, was sentenced to seven years and six months in jail for lese majeste on Tuesday
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-woman-jailed-7-years-insulting-royalty

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal’s prime minister … for the fourth time

Nepal’s parliament on Tuesday elected an unopposed three-time former prime minister to the top post once again, the tenth time in just over a decade the leadership has changed hands in the Himalayan nation
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-parliament-elects-sher-bahadur-deuba-as-new-prime-minister/a-39137708
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/nepal-parliament-elects-new-prime-minister
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-07/pm-deuba-assumes-office-first-cabinet-meeting-sets-five-priorities.html

Pakistani politicians blast Saudi-led coalition amid row with Qatar

Senior Pakistani politicians and lawmakers have denounced a controversial Saudi-led military alliance that has been dealt a severe blow following a diplomatic rift among the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf region
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/06/524388/Pakistan-Saudi-Arabia-coalition

5 JUNE 2017

India launches ‘monster’ rocket

India joined an elite club of nations launching a heavy satelitte, a club that includes only the USA, Russia, Europe, China and Japan
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40158889
http://www.dnaindia.com/technology/report-isro-launches-india-s-heaviest-rocket-gslv-mark-iii-why-it-s-a-big-deal-2462265
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/isros-most-powerful-rocket-gslv-mk-iii-places-gsat-19-communication-satellite-in-orbit/articleshow/59001591.cms

Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections

Cambodia’s embattled opposition made significant gains in this weekend’s local elections, early results showed Monday, a vote closely watched for signs of vulnerability in one of the world’s longest serving leaders
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/cambodian-opposition-make-gains-local-elections
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_CAMBODIA_LOCAL_ELECTIONS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-10-17-12
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ruling-party-opposition-both-claim-commune-election-win-130972/

Maldives joins 4 other nations in cutting ties with Qatar

Maldives announced Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MALDIVES_QATAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-08-11-25
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/06/2017/Maldives-and-Yemen-joins-4-other-nations-in-cutting-ties-with-Qatar

4 JUNE 2017

Cambodian ruling CPP reported winner as Commune vote draws record turnout

A Cambodian government-affiliated media outlet reported victory for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on Sunday as millions of Cambodians turned out for commune council polls, a record turnout in a test of public opinion ahead of 2018 general élections
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/commune-election-06042017094251.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4553-commune-election-ends-cpp-wins.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/04/524131/Cambodian-vote-in-elections

3 JUNE 2017

UNSC adopts resolution sanctioning more North Korean individuals, entities

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-nation council decided to impose travel bans and asset freezes on 14 individuals and put sanctions on two companies, one bank as well as the Strategic Rocket Force of the Korean People’s Army
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204787
http://www.france24.com/en/20170603-un-security-council-blacklists-north-korea-missile-tests
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/06/un-security-council-expands-north-korea-sanctions-missile-tests/#EiMhLDK0w8yYu8jF.97

US Defence Secretary Mattis outrages Beijing with explicit commitment to defend Taiwan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to providing Taiwan with defensive weapons, during an Asia security dialogue held in Singapore Saturday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096762/james-mattis-outrages-chinas-military-delegation-taiwan
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201706030020.aspx
http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/0603/c90000-9223867.html

2 JUNE 2017

After Trump turns back on climate, China and EU vow to push Paris deal forward

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and officials representing the union sign agreement committing the two sides to fully implement the accord
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2096721/after-trump-turns-back-climate-china-and-eu-vow-push

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

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

Japan lower house OKs bill allowing emperor to abdicate

Japan’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Friday that allows ageing Emperor Akihito to step down and calls for a rare debate on the role of women in the male-dominated monarchy
http://www.dw.com/en/japan-passes-bill-allowing-emperor-akihito-to-abdicate/a-39089855
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2096661/japans-game-thrones-one-emperor-abdication-law-passed-and-calls

Indian army successfully test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast

India on Friday successfully test-fired the land version of the short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base off Odisha coast
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/jun/02/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile-prithvi-ii-off-odisha-coast-1612026.html

1st JUNE 2017

East Timor reporters cleared of PM defamation charge

Two East Timor journalists accused of defaming the prime minister were found not guilty by a Dili court on Thursday, in a case that had sparked alarm among press freedom campaigners
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/01/east-timor-reporters-cleared-pm-defamation-charge

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect, and many are confused

China’s new cybersecurity law takes effect today, and experts are rattled about what it all means
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/chinas-new-cybersecurity-law-goes-effect-rattles-businesses

31 MAY 2017

Trump hails deals with Vietnam, but trade imbalance isn’t so good

US President Donald Trump hailed billions of dollars of deals with Vietnam even as he used a visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to highlight the trade imbalance between the two countries
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2096417/trump-and-vietnamese-leader-focus-trade-during-meeting-white-house
http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Deals/Vietnam-investing-billions-in-US-equipment-and-services

Joint statement by Vietnam, US after PM Phuc’s visit to White House

Hanoi and Washington called for refrain from any tension escalation in the East Vietnam Sea, including “the militarization of disputed features,” had “frank and constructive dialogue” to narrow differences on human rights, agreed to promote bilateral trade, and shared concern over ballistic missile tests by North Korea
http://tuoitrenews.vn/politics/41258/joint-statement-by-vietnam-us-after-pm-phucs-visit-to-white-house

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

30 MAY 2017

Indian PM Modi tells Merkel India and Germany ‘made for one another’

At a press conference, the leaders of Germany and India have said that the countries’ relationship is of « international significance. » But ongoing talks are emphasizing how best to beef up business ties
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modi-tells-merkel-india-and-germany-made-for-one-another/a-39043653
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/modi-merkel-nudge-fta-sign-a-dozen-agreements/article18661524.ece?homepage=true

Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into why US delivered four extra THAAD launchers without telling him

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into the introduction of four THAAD anti-missile launchers in addition to two deployed by the US military before his election, his spokesman said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2096212/shocked-south-korea-leader-moon-orders-probe-why-us-delivered
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204592
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/s-korean-president-moon-orders-probe-secretive-installation-us-thaad-launchers

Cambodia’s government is using its courts to silence human rights defenders and political activists, Amnesty International says today in a new report

Using its tight grip on the criminal justice system, the Cambodian government has brought a series of trumped-up charges against members of the political opposition, trade union activists, human rights activists, and political commentators, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/cambodian-courts-used-systematically-silence-dissent-report/#KuiXVQsABjJ5ol1B.97
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/05/cambodia-courts-of-injustice/
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-waging-systematic-campaign-silence-dissent-amnesty

Three India’s ruling BJP politicians charged over 1992 mosque demolition

An Indian court has charged a minister and two senior leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with criminal conspiracy over the demolition of a historical mosque by Hindu extremists in 1992
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-bjp-narendra-modi-ayodhya-mosque-uttar-pradesh-hindu-muslim-destruction-charged-a7764026.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/babri-case-advani-joshi-bharti-charged-with-criminal-conspiracy/article18661463.ece?homepage=true

29 MAY 2017

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/philippines-calls-peace-talks-communist-rebels-170528203757454.html
http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/05/29/1704539/editorial-defiance

28 MAY 2017

China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

A senior Chinese official says his country is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of ongoing disputes in regards to the South and East China Seas in the final communiqué of the recent G7 summit in Italy
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/05/28/523432/China-Lu-Kang-G7-summit-communiqu
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/31/161/203/1495939035157.html

27 MAY 2017

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed, police say

Eight militants, including the successor of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, were killed in two anti-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley since Friday night
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/burhan-wanis-successor-killed-in-kashmir-encounter/article18589337.ece?homepage=true
http://zeenews.india.com/jammu-and-kashmir/rejection-in-love-prompted-sabzar-bhat-become-a-hizbul-terrorist-complete-details-inside-2009606.html
http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-india-kashmir-20170527-story.html

US says China carried out ‘unsafe’ intercept of surveillance plane

Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, US officials told
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-says-china-carried-unsafe-intercept-surveillance-plane/
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095921/two-chinese-jets-unsafe-intercept-us-navy-aircraft

North Korean official accuses UN of refusing to discuss alternatives to sanctions

North Korea has slammed UN Security Council resolutions meant to restrict the country’s trade and international financial ties and accused Secretary General Antonio Guterres of ignoring multiple requests from Pyongyang to consider alternatives
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/2095906/north-korea-official-blasts-uns-refusal-weigh-alternatives-sanctions?cx_tag=recommend_desktop#cxrecs_s

26 MAY 2017

Hong Kong’s Bar Association chief warns against making Basic Law interpretations by Beijing ‘standard practice’

The new head of Hong Kong’s professional body of barristers has warned against worsening fears over the city’s autonomy and judicial independence if “standardising” Beijing’s interpretations of the city’s mini-constitution means making it a regular practice
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2095737/hong-kongs-bar-association-chief-warns-against-making-basic

25 MAY 2017

South China Sea: US warship sails close to disputed Mischief Reef

A US warship has sailed close to an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea, the first challenge to Beijing’s claim to the waters since President Donald Trump took office
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40040231
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/us-warship-sails-near-south-china-sea-reef-claimed-by-beijing-1.2032897
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/109/2/194/1495719739477.html

24 MAY 2917

Nepal PM resigns, casting final local election into doubt

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal « Prachanda » today stepped down from his post, honouring the agreement reached with the ruling partner Nepali Congress (NC) before forming the coalition government
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-pm-resigns-casting-final-local-election-into-doubt/a-38971534
http://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/nepal-pm-pushpa-kamal-dahal-resigns-1410196

Aung San Suu Kyi Opens Second Round of Myanmar Peace Talks

The second round of peace talks under Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, called « 21st Century Panglong”, commenced in the capital Naypyitaw Wednesday amid a cloud of frustration over the lack of progress made since the first conference held under her leadership in August
http://www.voanews.com/a/aung-san-suu-kyi-opens-second-round-myanmar-peace-talks/3868567.html
http://www.atimes.com/article/peace-process-pieces-myanmar/
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170524_29/

First in Asia: Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage on Wednesday, a landmark decision that paves the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions
http://www.atimes.com/article/first-asia-taiwan-recognizes-sex-marriage/
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/24/497864/ruling-puts.htm

Indian cabinet approves policy for strategic partnerships in defence

India on Wednesday cleared a long-awaited policy to boost local defence manufacturing by effectively picking industry champions that would tie up with foreign players and make high-tech defence equipment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said
http://news.trust.org/item/20170524131341-k4gi9/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/strategic-partnership-model-for-defence-procurements-comes-into-effect/article18572157.ece?homepage=true
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/defence-acquisition-council-takes-the-right-decision/

23 MAY 2017

Former South Korean president Park Geun-hye on trial for corruption

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/23/former-south-korean-president-park-geun-hye-on-trial-for-corruption
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=204309

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170523_39/

South Korea fires at suspected drone at border with North amid missile crisis

South Korea’s military fires warning shots at a suspected North Korean drone amid tension over Pyongyang’s latest missile test which drew international condemnation and a warning from China
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-23/south-korea-fires-at-suspected-drone-at-border-with-north-amid-missile-crisis/1673608
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/23/south-koreas-military-fires-warning-shots-unidentified-object/

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1703088/duterte-declares-martial-law-mindanao
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao

22 MAY 2017

Former Jakarta governor Ahok withdraws blasphemy conviction appeal

The family of Jakarta’s jailed Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama unexpectedly withdrew an appeal against his conviction and two-year jail term for blasphemy on Monday (May 22), after it was submitted by his lawyers just hours earlier
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/former-jakarta-governor-ahok-withdraws-blasphemy-conviction-8872026
http://www.dw.com/en/un-calls-on-indonesia-to-free-christian-governor-jailed-on-blasphemy-charges/a-38940788

21 MAY 2017

North Korea’s Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West

North Korea’s main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/north-koreas-unit-180-the-cyber-warfare-cell-that-worries-the-west

North Korea fires another ballistic missile despite sanctions threats

North Korea on Sunday test-fired a ballistic missile, the latest in a series of launches which have sparked international condemnation and threats of tougher UN sanctions
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2095114/north-korea-fires-unidentified-projectile-seoul-says
https://japantoday.com/category/world/seoul-says-north-korea-fires-an-unidentified-projectile

20 MAY 2017

Wu Den-yih wins Taiwan KMT chairman election

Former Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義) won the election for chairman of Taiwan’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang (KMT), on Saturday, and now faces a big challenge to unify and energize the struggling party
http://focustaiwan.tw/news/aipl/201705200021.aspx
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170521_09/

Francisco ‘Lu Olo’ Guterres has been formally inaugurated as Timor-Leste’s new president

The 62-year-old is a former guerrilla fighter who fought in the country’s long struggle to gain independence first from Portugal and then Indonesia
http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/05/20/new-president-timor-leste
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/20/much-to-be-done-new-president-brings-timor-leste-hope-for-a-better-future
http://sea-globe.com/francisco-lu-olo-guterres/

19 MAY 2017

Duterte says China’s Xi threatened war if Philippines drills for oïl

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday (May 19) Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping had warned him there would be war if Manila tried to enforce an arbitration ruling and drill for oil in a disputed part of the South China Sea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-says-china-s-xi-threatened-war-if-philippines-drills-for-8865896

Emperor Akihito: Japan’s government approves abdication bill

The Japanese government has approved legislation that will permit Emperor Akihito to abdicate the Chrysanthemum throne, becoming the first emperor to step down in more than two centuries
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allow-emperor-akihito-abdicate/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/19/japan-emperor-akihito-abdication-bill-backed-by-cabinet
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/japan-cabinet-approves-bill-allowing-first-abdication-emperor-200-years/#yg9sKmVkFA3o4ZSj.97

Chinese fighter jets intercept US ‘sniffer’ plane over disputed territory

A pair of incidents involving fighter jets from China, Japan and the US over the East China seas has escalated an already tense situation. Several nations have claims of sovereignty over parts of the region
http://www.dw.com/en/chinese-fighter-jets-intercept-us-sniffer-plane-over-disputed-territory/a-38897597
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2095015/us-criticises-chinese-military-intercept-nuclear

18 MAY 2017

UN court orders Pakistan to halt execution of Indian ‘spy’

The UN’s top court on Thursday (May 18) ordered Pakistan to stay the execution of an Indian national convicted of spying, in a victory for New Delhi over its bitter rival
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/un-court-orders-pakistan-not-to-execute-indian-national-1.2029392
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1412800/live-icj-decides-whether-order-pakistan-suspend-jadhavs-execution/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/un-court-orders-pakistan-to-halt-execution-of-indian-spy

Russia launches ferry connection with North Korea

The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea was launched on Thursday, the company operating it said, hoping to serve tourists and North Korean workers
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/politics/140803-russia-launches-ferry-connection-with-north-korea
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/05/103_229411.html

Myanmar’s army sues journalists for satirical article

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

Philippines rejects millions in EU development aid

The Philippines has rejected €250 million in development assistance from the European Union due to perceived interference in domestic matters
http://www.asianews.network/content/philippines-rejects-millions-eu-development-aid-46070
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/18/17/palace-ph-only-rejecting-eu-aid-with-conditions

Asean and China agree on draft framework for code of conduct in South China Sea

Asean member nations and China completed a draft framework for the code of conduct (COC) in the South China Sea at a senior officials’ meeting on Thursday (May 18)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/asean-and-china-agree-on-draft-framework-for-code-of-conduct-in-south-china-sea
https://www.nst.com.my/world/2017/05/240507/china-asean-agree-framework-s-china-sea-code-conduct

17 MAY 2017

Beijing denounces name change of Taiwan body in Japan

Beijing on Wednesday denounced the name change of a Taiwan organization responsible for handling ties with Japan, urging Japan to abide by the one-China policy and not disturb China-Japan ties
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/103/192/139/1495031125560.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/foreign-affairs/2017/05/18/497537/re-naming-agency.htm

Fiji is closing its representative office in Taipei

Officials from Fiji have cleared out of their representative office in Taipei, which the South Pacific island nation is shutting down, Kuomintang Legislator Lu Shiow-yen revealed Wednesday
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2017/05/17/497535/fiji-is.htm
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2017/05/18/2003670817

Indian cabinet approves plans to build 10 nuclear reactors

India’s cabinet approved plans on Wednesday (May 17) to build 10 nuclear reactors with a combined capacity of 7,000 megawatts (MW), more than the country’s entire current capacity, to try fast-track its domestic nuclear power programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/indian-cabinet-approves-plans-to-build-10-nuclear-reactors
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/cabinet-clears-proposal-to-build-10-atomic-reactors/article18473481.ece?homepage=true

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/119/113/206/1494993590515.html
http://en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php/4387-china-to-aid-230-million-for-cambodia-s-development.html

15 MAY 2017

EU rejects China’s vision for ‘modern Silk Road’

The EU has dealt a blow to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s bid to lead a global infrastructure revolution, after its members refused to endorse part of the multibillion-dollar plan because it did not include commitments to social and environmental sustainability and transparency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/15/eu-china-summit-bejing-xi-jinping-belt-and-road

14 MAY 2017

China hosts Silk Road summit in shadow of North Korea missile

Beijing: China touted on Sunday its new Silk Road as “a project of the century” at a summit highlighting its growing leadership on globalisation, but a North Korean missile test intruded on the meeting
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-hosts-silk-road-summit-in-shadow-of-n-korea-missile-1.2027198
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-05-14/china-wants-new-silk-road-one-belt-one-road-project-to-help-it-dominate-world-trade/1671328

In first local election in 20 years, Nepal heads to the polls amidst fears of Attack

Voting began in Nepal on Sunday (May 14) in its first local elections in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253192253/in-first-local-election-in-20-years-nepal-heads-to-the-polls-amidst-fears-of-Attack
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/nepal-votes-in-first-local-election-in-20-years

North Korea test-fires what could be new kind of longer-range missile

Launch on day of China’s ‘belt and road’ summit reflects Pyongyang’s determination to push ahead with its nuclear ambitions, analysts say
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094267/china-again-calls-restraint-after-north-korean-missile
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/14/north-korea-has-fired-a-ballistic-missile-according-to-reports-from-south-korea
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/13/north-korea-test-fires-projectile-believed-to-be-ballistic-missile

13 MAY 2017

China, Pakistan Sign Six Memorandums of Understanding to Enhance Bilateral Ties

China and Pakistan signed a total of six Memorandums of Understanding related to cooperation within the framework of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Maritime Silk Road, as well as to cooperation on a number of projects, such as Gwadar port and East Bay expressway and Havelian Dry Port and ML1 Karachi-Peshawar railway project
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201705131053575707-china-pakistan-memorandum-understanding/
http://nation.com.pk/business/13-May-2017/pakistan-signs-nearly-500-million-in-china-deals-at-silk-road-summit
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/204228-Nawaz-meets-Chinese-prime-minister-assures-Pakistans-support-for-On-Belt-One-Road

North Korea open for US talks under ‘right conditions’

Pyongyang would have a dialogue with the Trump administration if the « conditions are there », Yonhap news agency quoted a senior North Korean diplomat, who handles relations with the US, as saying
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/north-korea-open-talks-conditions-170513151959644.html
http://www.arirang.co.kr/News/News_View.asp?nseq=203966

12 MAY 2017

Nepal joins China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, possibly alarming India

Nepal on Friday signed an agreement to be part of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a move that could alarm India, which jostles with China for influence in Kathmandu
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/138328-nepal-joins-chinas-one-belt-one-road-initiative-possibly-alarming-india
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-05-12/nepal-china-sign-framework-deal-on-obor.html

Beijing, US reach trade deal to boost American imports to China in wake of Xi-Trump summit

The United States has reached a trade agreement with Beijing that will boost shipments of American liquefied natural gas, beef and other products, as well as improve its market access of financial services to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2094045/china-us-sign-trade-deal-wake-xi-trump-summit
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2017/05/13/497313/p2/China-agrees.htm
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-39894119

Taiwan touts benefits to US of its weapons purchases

Taiwan will continue to buy arms from the United States with its purchases boosting employment in at least six US states and narrowing the bilateral trade gap, the government has told the United States, in rare public comment sure to anger China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094089/taiwan-touts-benefits-us-its-weapons-purchases

11 MAY 2017

Malaysia Islamist party PAS to sever ties with Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR

Malaysia’s main Islamist party Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) announced on Thursday (May 11) it would sever ties with former opposition ally PKR, the party led by jailed leader Anwar Ibrahim
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-islamist-party-pas-to-sever-ties-with-anwar-ibrahims-pkr
http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-officially-cuts-off-pkr
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/malaysia-s-pas-splits-with-opposition-partner-pkr-8838280#cxrecs_s

Xi calls for more bilateral cooperation as he hosts Vietnamese president

President Xi Jinping on Thursday called for China and Vietnam to boost bilateral cooperation as he received Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, ­despite the two communist countries being at odds over territorial disputes in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2094012/xi-calls-more-bilateral-cooperation-he-hosts-vietnamese
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/195/7/214/1494516576119.html
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2017/05/11/china-says-has-positive-talks-with-vietnam-on-south-china-sea/

Pakistan, Turkey ink MoU for sale of warships, Aircraft

Turkey and Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sale of four Turkish-made corvette warships and 52 Pakistan-made training planes for Ankara’s armed forces, Turkey’s defence industry under-secretariat said
https://www.dawn.com/news/1332372/mou-on-warships-aircraft-deals-signed-with-turkey

DawnLeaks: Pakistani PM Sharif ‘forces’ powerful military to back off

The Pakistani army has recanted its statement about « Dawn Leaks » civilian-military rift that purportedly undermined the premier’s authority. Pro-democracy groups say it’s a rare victory for Sharif over the army generals
http://www.dw.com/en/dawnleaks-pakistani-pm-sharif-forces-powerful-military-to-back-off/a-38797365
http://nation.com.pk/blogs/11-May-2017/dawn-leaks-had-absolutely-nothing-to-do-with-national-security

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

10 MAY 2017

South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in sworn in, offers to visit N. Korea

South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093717/south-koreas-new-president-moon-says-will-visit-pyongyang-under
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-prepared-to-visit-pyongyang
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/10/south-korea-new-president-moon-jae-in-meet-north-kim-jong-un

9 MAY 2017

China’s ‘outstanding’ former top diplomat Qian Qichen dies, aged 89

Former foreign minister and vice-premier played key role in return of Hong Kong and Macau to China
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2093817/chinas-outstanding-former-top-diplomat-qian-qichen-dies
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1046297.shtml

Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president?

Moon’s victory in the race to the presidential Blue House in Seoul could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/09/moon-jae-in-the-south-korean-pragmatist-who-would-be-presidentc
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39860158

Jakarta’s Christian governor Ahok found guilty in Islam blasphemy trial

Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, also known as Ahok, is found guilty of blasphemy and sentenced to a two-year jail term, in a tense trial widely seen as a test of religious tolerance in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/politics/article/2093544/jail-jakarta-governor-ahok-over-blasphemy-against-islam
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/09/christian-governor-of-jakarta-imprisoned-for-blasphemy
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170509_27/

Liberal Moon Jae-in wins election by landslide

Left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in won South Korea’s presidential election by a landslide, an exit poll predicted when voting closed Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2093638/moon-jae-projected-win-south-koreas-presidential-election
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20170508000895

8 MAY 2017

China puts leading human rights lawyer on trial for ‘inciting subversion’

Xie Yang, a 45-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China’s “war on law”, went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/08/china-puts-leading-human-rights-lawyer-on-trial-for-inciting-subversion
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/08/content_15609643.html
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/08/chinese-human-rights-lawyers-seen-enemies-state/

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

Ho Chi Minh City’s top leader removed from Vietnam’s Politburo

The Ho Chi Minh City Party chief Dinh La Thang has been warned and dismissed from the Politburo of the Party Central Committee for multiple financial wrongdoings he had committed when leading Vietnam’s oil and gas behemoth
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/government/177936/dinh-la-thang-disciplined-for-misdeeds-at-petrovietnam.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39840943

Indonesia to disband radical Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir

The government said on Monday (08/05) it will pursue the disbandment of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, or HTI, on the basis that the organization’s activities contradict values enshrined in state ideology Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution
http://jakartaglobe.id/news/government-disband-hizbut-tahrir-denouncement-extremist-ideologies/
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/05/indonesia-disband-hardline-group-hizbut-tahrir-170508163145116.html

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

Asean assures US of stand on North Korea

Asean countries have assured the US of full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolutions to pressure Pyongyang into curbing its nuclear programme
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/asean-assures-us-of-stand-on-north-korea

5 MAY 2017

North Korea CIA plot to kill Kim Jong-un allegation – full text

North Korea is accusing the US and South Korea of plotting to kill its leader, Kim Jong-un. Here is the full statement from the North Korean ministry of state security
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-39819922

Jose Ramos-Horta warns gas dispute with Australia risks pushing East Timor closer to China

East Timor’s former president Jose Ramos-Horta has issued a blunt warning to Australia that the gas dispute between the two countries risks pushing Timor closer to China
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-05/ramos-horta-china/8502370?section=world

China sends homegrown jumbo passenger jet C919 into sky

Change is in the air in China as the country’s first domestically made airliner – the C919 – successfully completed its much-delayed maiden flight from Shanghai Airport
http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/05/china-s-c919-airliner-gets-set-to-challenge-airbus-and-boeing
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/05/content_15608516.html

India Launches South Asia ‘Diplomacy’ Satellite for Communication Services

India launched a ‘South Asia’ satellite on Friday to provide communication services to neighboring countries in a new initiative hailed by leaders of seven South Asian countries as a boost to regional cooperation
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253079660/india-launches-south-asia-diplomacy-satellite-for-communication-services
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/05/content_15608938.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-south-asia-satelite-successfully-launched-pm-modi-congratulates-isro-says-south-asia-leaders-will-celebrate-together-2428591

4 MAY 2017

Vatican and Myanmar establish diplomatic relations as Suu Kyi visits

The Vatican and Myanmar established full diplomatic relations on Thursday in the latest step in the former pariah Asian state’s rehabilitation by the international community
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pope-Francis-and-Aung-San-Suu-Kyi-establish-full-diplomatic-relations-40650.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/vatican-and-myanmar-agree-to-establish-diplomatic-ties-8818552

North Korea warns China of ‘grave consequences’ in first direct rebuke to Beijing over criticism

North Korea has warned China of “grave consequences” in a rare media rebuke which exposes growing divisions between the two historically close allies
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/04/north-korea-warns-china-grave-consequences-first-direct-rebuke/
http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/05/03/0401000000AEN20170503005600315.html
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2017-05/04/content_15608370.html
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045325.shtml

Thai rights lawyer faces up to 150 years in prison for royal insult

A prominent Thai human rights lawyer faces a prison term of up to 150 years if convicted on 10 counts of royal defamation under Thailand’s harsh royal insult law, the legal watchdog Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said on Thursday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/04/content_15608195.html
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/thailand-missing-lawyer-appears-court-faces-150-years-jail-royal-insult/#rFZRpC6HZwYpOcO9.97

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

3 MAY 2017

Abe declares 2020 as goal for new Constitution

In an unprecedented declaration, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday he hopes to see a revised Constitution take effect in 2020, revealing the clearest goal yet of his long-held ambition to amend the national charter, which has remained untouched since its inception seven decades ago
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/05/03/national/politics-diplomacy/abe-declares-2020-goal-new-constitution/#.WQoEKoVOI2w
http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003676123
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/03/content_15607817.html

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

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

2 MAY 2017

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

China on Tuesday welcomed a softer stand taken by Southeast Asian countries on the disputed South China Sea at a weekend summit, saying it showed efforts to ease tension were working
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/05/china-welcomes-asean-summits-softer-stance-south-china-sea/#1tqllVO4BPMAfOwC.97

 US anti-missile system operational in South Korea

The US military says its controversial Thaad missile defence system is now operational in South Korea
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39775854
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170502_08/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/thaad-missile-defence-system-south-korea-170501204447184.html

China demands ‘immediate’ halt to US missile shield in South Korea

China called Tuesday (May 2) for the immediate suspension of a controversial missile defence system hours after Washington confirmed the shield was now operational in South Korea
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-demands-immediate-halt-to-us-missile-shield-in-south-korea-8811534
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1045050.shtml

China updates internet regulations to tighten control over online news

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

1 MAY 2017

Defiant North Korea hints at nuclear tests to boost force ‘to the maximum’

North Korea suggested on Monday (May 1) it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force « to the maximum » in a « consecutive and successive way at any moment » in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression and hysteria
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/defiant-north-korea-hints-at-nuclear-tests-to-boost-force–to-the-maximum–8807744
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-05/01/content_15607055.html

Duterte visits Chinese warships in hometown Davao in first Philippines port call since 2010

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday visited Chinese warships docked in his hometown, highlighting fast-warming relations despite competing claims in the South China Sea
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2092036/duterte-visits-chinese-warships-hometown-davao-first-philippines
http://www.manilatimes.net/president-open-war-games-china-sulu/325058/

 

 



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